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MultiVersus tier list: Ranking the best characters for 1v1 and 2v2

Which are the best characters in MultiVersus?

On the hunt for an up-to-date MultiVersus tier list? The stylish Warner Bros-em-up only soft-launched from its open beta phase in July, but already it has captured the attention and frantic button-mashing fingers of tens of thousands of players on Steam. Fighting games like these live and die by their roster of characters and their movesets, and thankfully Player First games have done a commendable job of making all 17 characters viable in both 1v1 and 2v2 matchups.

Of course, a meta always arises no matter how balance the characters may be. And while you can feasible beat anyone as any character, in reality victory can come quite a lot easier with certain characters than others. Below we'll walk you through our MultiVersus tier list for both 1v1 and 2v2 play, along with our opinion on each of the characters in the game, their strengths and drawbacks, and our reasoning behind their position in our tier lists.

MultiVersus tier list

The tier list of best characters in MultiVersus differs depending on whether you're playing 1v1 or 2v2. Some characters are just much better suited to team plays than solo fighting, thanks to moves which positively affect teammates, or perhaps because they are ranged specialists who work best alongside a melee character who can keep the enemy's attention. With that in mind, we've put together two separate tier lists so you can get an idea of each character's strengths and ideal roles. Take a look!

MultiVersus 1v1 tier list

  • S Tier: Batman, Bugs, Finn, Harley, Tom & Jerry
  • A Tier: Arya, LeBron, Jake, Shaggy, Taz
  • B Tier: Garnet, Superman, Velma, Wonder Woman
  • C Tier: Iron Giant, Reindog, Steven

MultiVersus 2v2 tier list

  • S Tier: Batman, Bugs, Finn, Harley
  • A Tier: Jake, LeBron, Shaggy, Tom & Jerry, Taz, Velma
  • B Tier: Arya, Reindog, Superman, Wonder Woman
  • C Tier: Garnet, Iron Giant, Steven

Who is the best character in MultiVersus?

Right now I think the best character in MultiVersus is probably Finn, particularly when it comes to 2v2 play. He's a straightforward character to learn, but hits extremely hard and has probably the best horizontal game of any character. I think it's a little too easy to become a little bit too strong as Finn at the moment. His dominance falls off a bit at the higher tiers of play (often replaced by the mages), but this guide isn't really aimed for players at that level.

Another strong contender is Batman, who just does everything extremely well, from mobility in the air to recovering quickly and landing strong combos both in melee and at range. And the other biggest contenders for the throne are the mages, Bugs Bunny and Tom & Jerry, both of whom are absolutely devastating with their barrages of ranged attacks at the higher levels of play.

We'll talk in more detail about Finn and all the other characters in MultiVersus further below, including why we've placed them where we have in the above tier lists.


MultiVersus characters list

Batman

The character portrait of Batman, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Bruiser | 1v1 Rank: S-Tier | 2v2 Rank: S-Tier

Batman is an extremely solid character at every level of play in MultiVersus. He's fairly easy to learn, and his strong combos and high vertical mobility make him very challenging to go up against in both 1v1 and team fights. With some practice, you can quickly slot a batarang into your combos to mix up your melee moves with a versatile ranged attack that keeps enemies from recovering very easily. Overall, a fantastic character, and a very popular one - so even if you don't intend to play as him, you should take the time to learn his moves so you know what to expect when going up against the Dark Knight himself.


Bugs Bunny

The character portrait of Bugs Bunny, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Mage | 1v1 Rank: S-Tier | 2v2 Rank: S-Tier

Speaking of chaotic, a good Bugs Bunny player is an absolute terror to go up against. His attacks range from powerful mallet swings to thrown pies to falling safes and blown kisses which stun an enemy ready for a super-powerful attack. And that's not even taking into account his passive box of tricks from which he can retrieve and throw new items at a moment's notice. Even in 1v1, he can keep you at bay so consistently with his barrage of projectiles, and he's very dangerous in melee as well with a couple of incredibly long combos that you can trap enemies with at a moment's notice. At the highest level of play, he's a strong contender for the best there is.


Finn

The character portrait of Finn, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Assassin | 1v1 Rank: S-Tier | 2v2 Rank: S-Tier

Finn is our pick for the all-round best character at the moment in MultiVersus. His ground attacks hit like a truck; he has strong combos and easy access to a couple of versatile armour-breaking moves; and his upward air special is infamous thanks to its huge hitbox and devastating vacuum attacks which can easily push even low-damage opponents out of the arena. Finn has no big downsides at the moment, and his ability to purchase items on the fly from his shop allows him to switch up his game and avoid becoming predictable.


Harley Quinn

The character portrait of Harley, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Assassin | 1v1 Rank: S-Tier | 2v2 Rank: S-Tier

If it weren't for Finn, Harley would be the most powerful assassin character in MultiVersus. She has a lot of fast and painful combos, particularly in the air, and she can mix things up with some fiendishly placed balloon traps and sticky bombs. Her damage-over-time confetti passive just adds to the chaos she can inflict on an enemy team or solo player. A very strong fighter both at low and high level, and not too difficult to learn, either.


Tom and Jerry

The character portrait of Tom and Jerry, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Mage | 1v1 Rank: S-Tier | 2v2 Rank: A-Tier

Tom, like Bugs, is insanely good with ranged attacks, and he also stands his ground in melee, which makes him a versatile and reliable character in most situations. He particularly excels in 1v1 situations, where he can control the pace of the fight with a seemingly endless barrage of projectiles before priming a final up-air or mallet attack to send the opponent flying out of the arena.


Arya Stark

The character portrait of Arya, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Assassin | 1v1 Rank: A-Tier | 2v2 Rank: B-Tier

Arya feels a lot like Harley Quinn to me. They're both assassins, both quick and able to deal lots of damage in a short space of time. But while Harley has the extra traps and projectile attacks, Arya can backstab, and steal her enemy's face in order to utilise their neutral attacks. It can be tough to use Arya to the best of her ability, as her moveset isn't the most straightforward out there. But she excels in 1v1 scenarios, and her sideways special knife throw is a tremendously good attack, giving her armour break, mobility, and powerful harrassment all in one.


LeBron James

The character portrait of LeBron, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Bruiser | 1v1 Rank: A-Tier | 2v2 Rank: A-Tier

LeBron is the most recent addition to the MultiVersus character roster, and the playerbase is still learning what he can do and how high his potential might be. But it's starting to look like he might be very strong indeed. He's a tough character to master, with a very high skill ceiling thanks to the extra layer of moves he can pull off depending on whether he has his basketball or not. But the ball is also his greatest strength, because he can pull off some truly insane combos - the kind that just look unfair on the other player. He's not at the very highest level simply because his attacks aren't exactly quick. But in terms of layering combos onto more combos, there aren't many better than LeBron.


Jake

The character portrait of Jake, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Bruiser | 1v1 Rank: A-Tier | 2v2 Rank: A-Tier

Jake is a very solid A-Tier character in my mind. He has a lot of strength in the air thanks to his upward special, and his side special horse attack is just plain annoying, particularly in teams when you're distracted fighting Jake's teammate. He's no Finn with his powerful attacks, but he can switch between fast combos and fairly heavy-hitting attacks with ease. His only slight downside is that he isn't the fastest, most responsive character out there, and if you're caught on the edge of the arena it can be tough to get back on track with a decent enemy guarding the platform from you.


Shaggy

The character portrait of Shaggy, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Bruiser | 1v1 Rank: A-Tier | 2v2 Rank: A-Tier

Shaggy, like Jake, has no passive abilities. What you see is what you get with him, and what you get is a versatile bruiser with some pretty quick, strong attacks and combos that can be hard to stop once you get in the rhythm. His rage makes his next attack extremely powerful, giving him a handy toolkit for yeeting enemies out of sight. He might not be terribly mobile, but his combos both on the ground and in the air make him probably the best, most reliable A-Tier character in the game in my mind.


Taz

The character portrait of Taz, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Bruiser | 1v1 Rank: A-Tier | 2v2 Rank: A-Tier

Taz's combos are annoying as hell. You might think his strength lies in eating his enemies and turning them into chicken (the latter is useful, for sure, for the healing effects bestowed on Taz and his teammates for attacking chicken-d enemies), but Taz's real strength is his quick attacks and his annoyingly spammable sideways tornado special. It's a bit like a less intense Finn whirlwind. The same is true of his dogpile, which can be used to great effect to throw teammates out of bounds, although that particular attack is on a cooldown, which lowers its effectiveness somewhat.


Garnet

The character portrait of Garnet, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Bruiser | 1v1 Rank: B-Tier | 2v2 Rank: C-Tier

Garnet's main issue is that she isn't as fast as a lot of other characters, so her admittedly powerful attacks and combos require a lot of careful timing to get right, which is hard to pull off in the heat of the moment. I've seen some very good Garnet players making good use of combos to knock enemies into the air, then following it up with an upward special to catapult them off the screen. Overall, though, she's a mid-tier character in my opinion.


Superman

The character portrait of Superman, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Tank | 1v1 Rank: B-Tier | 2v2 Rank: B-Tier

Superman is a new player's kryptonite. His unparalleled air mobility and ability to grab and toss enemies in the air allows him to punish players who are caught on the edges with no time to dodge, which makes him seem overpowered to new players who haven't yet got their bearings on every character's moveset. And, to be fair, he is still a good character even past that stage. His attacks are very strong, and his overabundance of armour can make him tricky to deal with at times. He is, however, quite slow and predictable a lot of the time once you get to know him well.


Velma

The character portrait of Velma, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Support | 1v1 Rank: B-Tier | 2v2 Rank: A-Tier

Now Velma's an interesting character. If you give her some space, she can make your life hell with her seemingly endless ranged attacks. Her speech bubbles are extremely easy to use - as long as you hit an enemy with your first neutral normal attack, subsequent speech bubbles will hone in on the targeted enemy, each one knocking them up further than the last and leading to some very easy KOs. However, her melee game isn't nearly as strong, which is why she's best suited for team matches where her teammate can force her opponents to keep their distance while Velma does what she does best.


Wonder Woman

The character portrait of Wonder Woman, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Tank | 1v1 Rank: B-Tier | 2v2 Rank: B-Tier

Wonder Woman's claim to fame is her shield, which she can hold to her side or above her head while in the air to block projectiles and make it almost impossible to spike her off the edge of the arena. She's otherwise a very straightforward character, similar in some ways to Superman but in my opinion with a slightly inferior moveset. She's still decent, with some moves that can situationally make for some great team plays. But overall, she's fallen a little behind the curve.


Iron Giant

The character portrait of Iron Giant, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Tank | 1v1 Rank: C-Tier | 2v2 Rank: C-Tier

Iron Giant is possibly the trickiest character in MultiVersus to learn how to play well. His overwhelmingly large hitbox means it's just so easy to land hits on his metal frame, both melee and projectile alike. His fuel mechanic is hard to wrap one's head around at first, and serves as another barrier to entry for new players. He can certainly be used very well, with strong punches and kicks and an annoying downward air attack that sets everything below him on fire for decent damage-over-time. But overall he can't hold a candle to most of the other characters in the game.


Reindog

The character portrait of Reindog, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Support | 1v1 Rank: C-Tier | 2v2 Rank: B-Tier

Reindog's large frame and heavy focus on team plays means he was always bound to suffer in 1v1s. But his call to fame teamplay skill - his tether which can pull teammates towards him to save them from death - is, I'd argue, not actually as useful as simply having two powerful characters on your side. Reindog can deal a fair bit of over-time damage if he's left alone, but both in melee and at range there are much better options in the roster.


Steven Universe

The character portrait of Steven Universe, a playable character in MultiVersus, against a blurred background.
Role: Support | 1v1 Rank: C-Tier | 2v2 Rank: C-Tier

Steven Universe is, by many accounts, the worst character in MultiVersus right now. I do think he can be powerful in the right hands, particularly at the lower levels of play, thanks to his armour-providing bubble which stops enemies from dodging through him to the other side while it's active. His ability to create shield platforms is interesting but ultimately doesn't amount to much, and his attack combos are just a little too slow and predictable.


Warner Bros. are making no secret of the fact that they plan on adding loads more characters over time, so rest assured that this tier list is far from final. We're expecting to see more tweaks and nerfs before the game declares itself officially launched in full. In the meantime, be sure to also check out our guide on the best Perks in MultiVersus.

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