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A tier list is a list that organizes the brawlers into divisions based on how strong they are, and how viable they are in the current meta game. They usually shift around quite a bit due to new strategies, balance changes, new map releases, new game modes, and new characters. All of those factors are considered when giving them a rating out of 10. The S Tier is the best category, followed by the A Tier, then the B Tier, and at last the C Tier which is objectively the worst of the brawlers.

[Tier list updates]
It’s been enough time for people to realize that Piper is a very strong brawler. Most people are starting to get the hang of the game, and they are learning to combat brawlers that seemed so OP before. These are a few of the reasons why our tier list is getting updated! Like the previous one, we are using a system that ranks the strongest brawlers S tier all the way to the weakest ones at C tier. However, we recognize that some brawlers are very strong in one particular gamemode, and seem lackluster in the others. This is why this guide uses a ‘sub tier’ system where I will rank the brawler separately for each gamemode. However, do not match those rankings with the average tiers, it is just a system to let you know what each brawler’s best gamemode is! Note: this tier list is purely the author’s opinion at the time of making the list and you may have a separate opinion. Let’s get started!
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Updates on September 4-5th

There were huge balance changes on Sep 4-5th. This tier list will be updated soon taking that changes and new brawlers into consideration.

S Tier

Rating: 8.0 - 10.0
S Tier includes the best brawlers in the game which are the most common and effective brawlers within the meta game. These Brawlers are consistent in most gamemodes and are fairly easy to play well, but a skilled player can really take these brawlers to the next level.

Brawler/
Rating
Explanation
Shelly
Shelly

9.0
At the top of almost every tier list out there, Shelly doesn’t really have a weakness. Her solid HP, high damage and range, and game changing ultimate ability make her a force to be reckoned with. Her low skill cap makes her easy and fun to play, but a good Shelly player can make the most of her high close range damage. She is great in all gamemodes, and on top of that, she is the first brawler you unlock in the game!

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: S
Heist Rank: S Showdown Rank: S
Bull
Bull

8.8
Because there are very few tanky brawlers in Brawl Stars, Bull is pretty easily the best of them. His longer range than El Primo makes him able to get his ultimate up easier and his concentrated shotgun damage up close can outdamage even a Shelly. In order to use him to his fullest potential though you will need to sneak around to flank the enemy or they will never let you get close. His high HP and high close range damage makes him a fun and reliable brawler to play as well as make him a good pick in any gamemode.

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: S
Heist Rank: S Showdown Rank: S
Piper
Piper

8.2
The new brawler Piper has been tearing up the Brawl Stars maps! Her incredible high damage from a long distance makes her very difficult to deal with. Her shots are easy to hit and hard to dodge because of their very quick movement speed. Her ultimate makes her the only long range brawler to have a getaway tactic and it synergizes particularly well with her high damage at long range, low damage at short range basic attack. Her only bad gamemode is Showdown, where she will most likely be put into a lot of close combat situations. Overall, a very high damage brawler if used correctly!

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: S
Heist Rank: S Showdown Rank: C

A Tier

Rating: 7.0 - 7.9
A Tier includes brawlers which aren’t considered the top brawlers in the game, but can still be very viable in competitive play. They are viable in most gamemodes, and most are easy to pick up and play. Not as often seen as an S tier brawler, they are still strong.

Brawler/
Rating
Explanation
Mortis
7.8
Well known as “the king of smash and grab” Mortis can be used well in most gamemodes, but struggles the most in heist as he can’t reliably deal damage to the safe. He can get by in showdown, but if you can master him in SnG then he can carry your team to victory. He has many counters though, so do not allow your dashes to make you feel like you are invincible. If you cannot use his dashes well then you will never see his full potential. He is probably the most difficult brawler to learn but one of the most rewarding to master. Definitely figure him out if you are lucky enough to obtain him.

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: A
Heist Rank: C Showdown Rank: B
Colt
Colt

7.8
The best common sharpshooter, Colt’s multitude of bullets allow him to be a forgivable sniper, still dealing plenty of damage without needing to hit all of his shots. He is the best long range sniper up close because he can hit every shot easily and has a quick reload time. His ultimate is less forgivable though, as it can be difficult to hit enemies for a huge amount of damage. Although not as strong as Piper, Colt’s high amount of damage and versatility allow him to be A tier.

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: S
Heist Rank: S Showdown Rank: C
Nita
Nita

7.6
Once thought to be OP, Nita’s untameable bears weaknesses are being exploited. Her bear is easily kiteable, although stand still while it is on your tail and you will find yourself the victim of its angry paw swings. Her bear is great for zoning enemies into groups, which combos very well with her splash basic attack. By herself she isn’t great at 1v1 fights, but with the help of her bear the enemy will find themselves taking a lot more damage than they first thought. Overall, Nita is a easy to play, useful brawler and definitely deserves A tier.

SnG Rank: A Bounty Rank: A
Heist Rank: B Showdown Rank: A
Poco
Poco

7.4
Being the only current healer in the game and having almost undodgeable basic attacks, Poco is automatically a strong brawler. Why he doesn’t shoot up to S tier is the low skill ceiling. It is very easy to master him, and not a large reward if you do put in a lot of time into playing him. That being, he is a very fun brawler to just pick up and play and is great with working with his team. His range nerf definitely did help him be less powerful, but he can save games with his team heal ultimate ability. For these reasons, he made the A tier.

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: A
Heist Rank: A Showdown Rank: B
Spike
Spike

7.4
Spike is a source of high damage and crowd control. His long range, high damage spikes allow him to create a ton of havoc before even getting his game changing ultimate. If his damaging and slowing ultimate catches you, you are most likely dead if Spike has a teammate nearby. Used correctly, he is a very dangerous weapon that can completely turn around a game if he catches multiple opponents in his ultimate. Out of everyone on the A tier, he is the closest to becoming S tier. His opponents usually find him as a thorn in their side. (Forgive the pun)

SnG Rank: S Bounty Rank: A
Heist Rank: A Showdown Rank: B

B Tier

Rating: 6.0 - 6.9
The B Tier has brawlers that aren’t popular in the meta, but can pop up from time to time with skilled players and good strategies. They have their strengths, but most are better in certain situations. They either take quite a bit of skill to play well, or don’t have a high ceiling for potential, possibly both.

Brawler/
Rating
Explanation
Bo
Bo

6.8
Bo is the least powerful of the epics, although one of the most difficult to play well. He has a lesser impact on the game than the other epics because he can’t singlehandedly win the game for his team very well. He is versatile, doing well on most gamemodes, but what really hold him back is his ultimate. Yes, it is strong as a zoning tool, but if you know how to play against it then it isn’t as effective as most other ultimates. However, he definitely can dish out high damage if you know how to use him correctly. He just isn’t quite there to make it to A tier.

SnG Rank: A Bounty Rank: B
Heist Rank: B Showdown Rank: B
El Primo
El Primo

6.8
This mexican wrestler used to be OP in the first few weeks, but he has fallen a long way. His versatility and easy-to-use playstyle made him a quick favourite brawler to many people. Unfortunately for Primo fans, his short range and easily kiteable nature made him easily avoided. Much like the Sparky of clash royale, he destroys people who don’t know how to deal with him. He quickly was replaced by Bull, whose longer range and higher skill playstyle made El Primo the common replacement of Bull. Don’t be fooled by El Primo’s sad story though. He is a great beginner brawler and can destroy opponents if they give him the chance.


SnG Rank: B Bounty Rank: A
Heist Rank: B Showdown Rank: S
Crow
Crow

6.7
Unlike El Primo, Crow is being discovered as a stronger brawler than everyone initially thought. His poison is useful for keeping brawlers out of the fight for longer, because they can’t regenerate health while his poison slowly ticks damage on them. His mediocre damage and health force him to be lower on the tier list, but if played well and in combination with the right brawlers, Crow can be a real threat in the gem mine.

SnG Rank: A Bounty Rank: B
Heist Rank: C Showdown Rank: B
Dynamike
Dynamike

6.5
This brawler is often thought as one of the worst brawlers in the game, but if you play Dynamike well, he can carry a game with a highlight 3 man ultimate. Dynamike has a similar attack to Barley’s, as both have a delayed damage shot in an area. Dynamike can use his shots to zone enemies and if placed correctly, they can 2 hit a squishy damage dealer. Most people believe that Dynamike is only strong at lower levels, but a good Dynamike player can bring a game back in your team’s favour. He is good in most gamemodes especially heist, which gives him the potential to be A tier if played by a strong player.

SnG Rank: A Bounty Rank: B
Heist Rank: S Showdown Rank: C
Jessie
Jessie

6.4
This scrappy mechanic works a lot like Nita, in the way that she spawns another unit to deal damage to enemies. She is weaker than Nita though, because you can simply stay away from her turret to be safe and her attack does less damage. However, the turret is great for zoning enemies away from a certain area of the map like the gem mine. Her basic attack is unique in the way that it continues to try to hit the next closest enemy brawler to the enemy she hits with it. This allows her to be able to scout ot hidden enemies and land multiple shots at once. Her low health and damage drop her down to B tier, despite her unique attack.

SnG Rank: A Bounty Rank: B
Heist Rank: C Showdown Rank: B

C Tier

Rating: 5.0 - 5.9
The C Tier contains brawlers which are almost unseen within the meta, as they are essentially useless in the meta.

Brawler/
Rating
Explanation
Barley
Barley

5.6
He has a similar delayed zoning mechanic to Dynamike, but doesn’t really deal adequate damage per attack. Most more advanced brawlers will not stay in his poison (Or whatever he throws) to take the second tick of damage. Dynamike is simply a better version of Barley, except in Heist where Barley shines.

SnG Rank: B Bounty Rank: C
Heist Rank: S Showdown Rank: C
Brock
Brock

5.4
Brock is one of the the weakest of the high damage, low health ranged brawlers. His shots go far too slow to hit reliably, and is just outshined by the likes of Piper and Colt. His ultimate is the best thing that he can bring to the brawl, but requires him to hit a lot of his shots to get, which is a problem with Brock. If you can be accurate with his shots, you will most likely be better off with Colt or Piper.


SnG Rank: B Bounty Rank: B
Heist Rank: A Showdown Rank: C
Ricochet
Ricochet

5.3
And last but not least- okay; maybe Ricochet is the worst brawler in the game according to most people. Yes, his shots bounce off walls, allowing him to be able to be effective from odd angles and yes, he has the longest range in the game, but his ultimate is basically a higher damage version of his basic attack, so he can be outshined by even Brock. He also has the lowest health in the game at 500, so a Piper with max attack can take him out in one hit at her max range. As if he wasn’t a bad enough brawler already… His unique ability to ricochet shots is the only reason why you would pick him, but there is just a lot of better options.

SnG Rank: B Bounty Rank: B
Heist Rank: C Showdown Rank: C

Conclusion

So in conclusion, that was my tier list on the brawlers of the game currently. I apologize if I offended anyone with where I placed your favorite brawlers, this is just the opinion of me and in most cases, the general Brawl Stars community. If you disagree with my placements, then feel free to put it in the comments, but not without a good reason to back it up! If you like this article, there will be more to come, and feel free to check me out at my Twitter, @Awfulwaffles1 (I don’t have many followers as I recently created it) and DM me to ask any questions. If you wish to join my band, it’s Greater Design (Top 150 NA) where we are looking to shape the Brawl Stars community. Lastly, watch out for more of my articles on this site in the future!

Happy brawling! :)

FAQ

Is the Legendary the best of all time?

It's not definitely. I believe many players love to play Shelly the starter unit. Each unit has pros and cons, there are 4 game modes ( including Smash & Grab, Bounty, Heist, and Showdown), and combination with the other types of unites is really important. Those elements make the game not simple P2W and give even common units chances to be a star player.

Attack stats chart

Note: Some character's attack stats get updated after the update on July 1-2. The main attack stats table below will be updated soon!

  • BD - Base damage
  • PS - Projectile speed
  • AT - Active time
  • CD - Cooldown (seconds)
  • RT - Recharge time (seconds)
  • CR - Casting range: the area by which the characters attack goes.
UserBDPSCDRTATCR
Shelly
Shelly
8027
3rd
0.251.25
2nd
15023
Brock
Brock
260
1st
230.252.515036
2nd
Colt
Colt
8032
1st
0.05
2nd
1.5
3rd
65030
3rd
jessie
Jessie
140
3rd
240.252.015027
Nita
Nita
160
2nd
250.251.25
2nd
15018
DynamikeDynamike160
2nd
120.251.715022
El Primo
El Primo
80-0.05
2nd
0.8
1st
65011
Bull
Bull
10026.250.251.5
3rd
15016
Ricochet
Ricochet
8032
1st
0.05
2nd
1.25
2nd
65040
1st
Barley
Barley
120120.252.015022
Poco
Poco
160
2nd
180.252.015022
Mortis
Mortis
160
2nd
-0
1st
2.5-12
Bo
Bo
80240.05
2nd
2.365026
Spike
Spike
120
3rd
200.252.215023
Crow
Crow
6030
2nd
0.251.5
3rd
15028

Super ability stats chart

  • BD - Base damage
  • PS - Projectile speed
  • AT - Active time
  • CD - Cooldown (seconds)
  • RT - Recharge time (seconds)
  • CR - Casting range: the area by which the characters attack goes.
UserBDPSCDATCR
Shelly
Shelly
8038
2nd
0.25150
1st
23
Brock
Brock
260
3rd
80.25185025
Colt
Colt
8045
1st
0.05
2nd
125040
2nd
Jessie
Jessie
(60)11(24)0.05
2nd
250
3rd
15
Nita
Nita
(100)110.05
2nd
250
3rd
15
Dynamike
Dynamike
500
1st
120.25150
1st
22
El Primo
El Primo
200-0.05
2nd
-27
Bull
Bull
200-0.05
2nd
-33
3rd
Ricochet
Ricochet
8045
1st
0.05
2nd
125060
1st
Barley
Barley
120130.25105028
Poco
Poco
-400240.25150
1st
28
Mortis
Mortis
200250
1st
200
2nd
40
2nd
Bo
Bo
300
2nd
220.05
2nd
250
3rd
26
Spike
Spike
100120.25150
1st
23
Crow
Crow
6030
3rd
0.05
2nd
-26

Comments

Anonymous
<< Anonymous
GameA1 Reply
Thank you for your reply!
Anonymous
Overall a great list man! Im especially glad someone agrees with me about dynamike. I agree he can be really good in the right hands. A couple issues i saw:

Poco is one of the worst at heist and you ranked him at A, when El primo is definitely better at heist than poco, and he is ranked B.

Also colt can be fairly good at showdown, i think he should be rank B or even A, and once agan, poco and crow are ranked B ahead of colt and they're definitely not better at showdown than colt.

The list is almost spot on, but the rankings for the certian game modes are a bit off at some points. Maybe research a bit more and makes some tweaks for an ultimate brawler list! Nice Work!
<< Anonymous
GameA1 Reply
Thank you for your comment on our writer's work! We'll keep updating this to help players :)
Anonymous
are you saying dynamike is trash he is pretty viable but not just in top tier mabye in low to mid tier
<< Anonymous
Awfulwaffles Reply
On the contrary, I think Dynamike is a very underrated pick and can be useful at every level. He has the ability to make a big impact on the game.
Anonymous
Are those new characters true?
Anonymous
Great, I look forward to read the upcoming tier list!

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