Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features the most expansive roster in the franchise, with fan favorites returning from previous games and new characters entering the series. With the vast number of fighters available, there is one to fit every fan’s playstyle. These characters fall into several categories that depend on the type of role they fill.
Heavy hitters are fighters that rely on hard-hitting strikes, often at the sacrifice of consistency and speed. These characters are primarily available through DLC, but opponents from standard gameplay should also be considered as they are more accessible to the general player base and are more commonly found on rosters.
10 King Dedede
One of Kirby’s biggest nemeses, King Dedede, can hold his own among the many incredible fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series. He has a fantastic aerial recovery, which not only saves him from falling but also lands him with a thud back on the stage, damaging enemies that are too close.
Although he is one of the slowest characters in the game, he can attack enemies from a distance with his side special, which throws projectiles. In conjunction with his powerful hammer attacks, King Dedede is an underappreciated heavy hitter.
9 Pokémon Trainer (Charizard)
Charizard is a bit different from other heavy hitters in that it is a part of a trio of fighters. These give the Pokémon Trainer variety, and if Charizard is on the stage, it fills the role of the heavy hitter extremely well.
Its side special attack propels Charizard toward opponents, dealing significant damage to enemies at the expense of a bit of damage to itself. Unlike many other heavy hitters, this Pokémon has a decent aerial recovery. Charizard is a major reason that Pokémon Trainer is considered one of the best Pokémon fighters in the game.
One of the heaviest characters in the game, Ganondorf’s smash attacks can be devastating. In addition to this, his side special sends him a fair distance forward, potentially grabbing a nearby enemy and dealing damage.
Ganondorf’s neutral special is a strike that charges slowly, but if it hits, it deals an immense amount of damage. The downside to playing Ganondorf is his lackluster aerial recovery, but since he is such a heavy character, he does not get thrown from the stage much anyway.
Ike, like many other heavy hitters, has a mediocre aerial recovery. This weakness aside, he is a stellar heavy character with options for fast attacks. His side special throws him across the stage, swinging his sword at the nearest enemy in his path.
Another incredible feature of Ike’s is his counter, which is extremely valuable, especially against enemies that are faster than him. This allows him to block the attack and strike back with great force. His access to these utility moves and his heavy strikes make him a terrifying opponent to fight.
Bowser, the toughest of all Mario’s foes, is an incredibly strong fighter in Smash. He is quite slow, but his weight helps him to stay on the stage when hit. His down special propels him to the ground, landing on enemies and doing a great deal of damage. His neutral special lets him breathe fire, allowing him to keep opponents at a distance for a period of time.
Bowser does not always do consistent damage, but the damage that he can deal is sizable. Even if opposing characters use a shield, Bowser’s side special is a powerful grab move. This means that Bowser can find a way to hold his own against any enemy.
5 Little Mac
Little Mac is a unique figure among heavy hitters as he is quite lightweight. This means that he can be launched relatively easily, but he also has extremely powerful strikes. He can move incredibly quickly around the stage, allowing him to land blows when enemies least expect it.
When his Power Meter is fully charged, he can unleash a devastating punch, knocking out various enemies easily. His counter lets him avoid damage on many occasions, and although his aerial recovery is weak, he thrives when fighting on the ground.
4 King K. Rool
With an excellent aerial recovery and attacks that can hit both close and far enemies, King K. Rool can be an intimidating foe. His neutral special attack fires a cannonball, which goes a significant distance and does a reasonable amount of damage.
He is a slow character, but his counter lets him deal with fast and slow enemies alike, allowing him to stay dominant in a matchup. His weight also allows him to strike with immense power. If his attacks are well-timed, he can defeat many enemies quickly.
3 Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong has been a staple of the series for a long time and is one of the best fighters from Super Smash Bros. 64. Donkey Kong’s variety in moves helps him to deal with opponents of all kinds. To catch enemies off-balance, Donkey Kong hits the ground repeatedly, causing a small tremor in the surrounding area. This opens up the opportunity for him to strike.
His neutral special, which either charges power or releases a strong punch, depending on whether the move is charged or not, can knock out opponents even at a fairly low percentage. In addition, his side special can temporarily incapacitate enemies, which leaves them vulnerable to one of his powerful blows.
A heavy character with a lot of speed, Cloud has a variety of special moves that are powered up when his Limit Gauge is full. His neutral special attack sends slashes across the stage, going a great distance and damaging enemies in its path.
The best character in Final Fantasy VII, Cloud can perform rapid combo attacks that can launch enemies fairly easily. His aerial recovery is his biggest weakness, but even so, it is not terrible. With the extremely high amount of damage he can deal in a short period of time, this sacrifice of aerial recovery for power is more than worth it.
1 Captain Falcon
One of the faster heavy hitters, Captain Falcon can get around the stage much more quickly than others of his category. He is a bit lighter than most, making him slightly easier to launch. This is a worthy tradeoff, though, as Captain Falcon uses his speed to his advantage, maneuvering around enemies’ strikes and answering back swiftly.
His side special has great reach, allowing him to approach enemies rapidly. His most powerful move, the Falcon Punch, can end matches almost immediately if used at the proper time. With these attacks and faster-than-usual speed, Captain Falcon is the most effective heavy hitter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.