Brawl Stars Tier List – Best Brawlers (w. Star Power & Gadget) – incl. Otis

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What brawler is actually the best brawler? You can’t level up all 58 brawlers in Brawl Stars at the same time so I need to see which one you’re really using. That’s why I was looking around for tier lists to see which one works best but I was quite disappointed after a short time – most tier lists are either outdated with the recent balance changes and others are simply listing brawlers without any further explanation.

For that reason I have written this tier list and frequently updated it with all the balancing changes and also added the new brawlers to show you which ones are really viable right now.

What’s a Tier List?

It’s the brawlers ranked from S-Tier (Supreme, the outstanding strong) over A– (very strong) and B-Tier to C-Tier (niche useful or not that useful right now).

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What I Focused On In My Tier List Of Best Brawlers

When making my tier list for Brawl Stars, I did focus on these things primarily:

  1. Versatility in every single mode
  2. Stats, especially HP and damage
  3. Super Power & Star Power

This means a supportive brawler like Pam will be good in game modes that focus on team play and staying alive, just to give you one example, but there’s a lot more to consider.

The Best Brawlers Tier List

Okay, enough introduction! Let’s jump into the tier list right away.

S Tier

These brawlers are simply overpowered right now and dominate the other brawlers in pretty much all situations.


S Tier

Janet is right now the strongest brawler in Brawl Stars, hands down. Good damage, really far range of her normal attacks, it goes through targets and hit the targets behind and her gadgets and star powers will make her pretty much impossible to kill.


S Tier

Carl is really hard to balance and she’s jumping tier all over the place and now he’s again so high on the tier list with the recent changes to his projectile speed. This was not much on paper, but in reality that makes his so strong right now and he can evade so well, although his super can get interrupted well by other brawlers. If you have him at a decent level, run him.

Gadget Strength:

 Flying Hook (A)  Heat Ejector (F)

Best Star Power:

 Power Throw (B)  Protective Pirouette (C)


S Tier

Bonnie may move slow in her cannon form but her projectiles are really fast, so fast that you often enough don’t even have to aim. In her melee form she’s quick and deals a lot of damage and if you manage to play all of that well, you will devastate your enemies.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


S Tier

Lola has outstanding basic stats that already make her really strong and give enemies a hard time dealing with her. Also, her attacks are easy to play as they have a long range and quite an area they cover. It’s nothing special about her abilities that make her stick out, it’s just the way her kit works.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Improvise (S) Sealed With a Kiss (B)


S Tier

Squeak is just so strong with his star power and gadget that slows enemy brawlers down, combined with the amounts of damage he deals. He can even slow down multiple enemies at the same time and then wipe out a full team when dealing damage to them.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Chain Reaction (B) Super Sticky (C)

A Tier

Strong options and brawlers you want to have in your team. These brawlers here are able to handle most situations well but aren’t as ‘overpowered’ as the ones in the S Tier.


A Tier

Crow is in between the S Tier and the A Tier for the reason that there are more and more brawlers up here that can evade his attacks and super and his gadets that slows enemies down is still one of the strongest in Brawl Stars.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Extra Toxic (S) Carrion Crow (B)


A Tier

Spike is, and I can’t even recall for how long, still so strong due to his overall damage output and he can even deal that on a massive range and also not easy to avoid for the opponents.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Curveball (S) Fertilize (A)


A Tier

Stu has great gadget options that makes the whole team take advantage of and with his charged super he’s extremely hard to hit. The only reason I don’t have him here in the S Tier is that it takes a lot of skill to really play him well.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Gaso Heal (S) Zero Drag (A)


A Tier

Max can dodge enemy attacks really well and with her super she can help the whole team to dodge attacks and that makes her a great brawler to run in your team.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Super Charged (A) Run n’Gun (B)


A Tier

Leon is still a great assassin, especially as he doesn’t has to directly stay next to his target to deal his damage and that make shim still really versatile against so many brawlers. With his fast movement speed he can evade slower projectiles and brawlers easier.

Gadget Strength:

Lillipop Drop (S) Clone Projector (F)

Best Star Power:

 Invisiheal (S)  Smoke Trails (B)


A Tier

Belle has a great range on normal attacks as well as on her super attack and can punish enemies that stay close to each other ruthlessly.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Positive Feedback (A) Grounded (F)


A Tier

Surge is strong, but it’s very difficult to upgrade him so not many people are running him (or are able to do so). If that would be possible, he would be higher in the list and more players run him and the whole list would change a lot.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Served Ice Cold (A) To The Max (F)


A Tier

Emz is probably the most balanced brawler in Brawl Stars right now. She deals good damage, has a good range, enough health to keep her up and can deal with most brawlers in most situations, so I have no reason to rank her somewhere else in the current meta.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Hype (A) Bad Karma (B)


A Tier

Gene hasn’t changed much recently and is still a really strong brawler and the reason is his super power that is simply so strong. A single, well-landed, charge up can change the outcome of many matches, especially in Gem Grab, Brawl Ball or Knockout. If he’s in your team (or the enemy team), this makes him so strong as the other team has to watch out for him constantly.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Magic Puffs (A) Spirit Slap (F)


A Tier

Penny was ranked so long for such a long time so I’m really happy with her changes in the recent balancing update! She was the single brawler I was running pretty much in the first months of playing Brawl Stars. Now that her gadgets and Star Powers are reworked and also the star power has become permanent, she is really annoying to deal with and strong. If nothing is changing, I believe she will stay hier on the tier list for quite some time now.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

… reworking right now due to her rework …


A Tier

Grom has been nerfed on his super damage but got a stronger regular attack now and that makes him a lot stronger overall. He can now kill many brawlers with 3 shots and that makes him really dangerous and a candidate for the A Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 X Factor (B) Foot Patrol (F)


A Tier

Piper is still (and she like in this tier forever) very viable. With her long-range attack she does well in most game modes and she only struggles in close-range situations, but her super power helps her evade that so she’s doing really well.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Snappy Sniping (A) Ambush (A)


A Tier

Colonel Ruffs got his gadget nerfed in the recent update and it changes enough in his versatility that I see him in The A Tier instead the S Tier now. This forces players to use another gadget than the Take Cover gadget which changes his dynamics and playstile. Still a very good brawler, just not overpowered anymore.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)


A Tier

Gale hasn’t changed much and is still really versatile in countering tanks well. Although tanky brawlers moved down a little bit in this new updated tier list, but his Star Power and the way he can sustain against pretty much all brawlers in all situations in quite all game modes in Brawl Stars make him a very nice pick overall.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Blustery Blow (S) Freezing Snow (S)


A Tier

Byron has received another nerf and this time nerfing his reload speed really makes him weaker and now he’s not overpowered enough anymore to qualify for the S Tier. He’s still a really good brawler, but his days of being overpowered are over.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Malaise (A) Injection (B)


A Tier

Eve has a similar fate as Byron and received now another nerf, this time for her Star Power, and this makes her less overpowered as well. I personally believe she will get nerfed even more but for now I rank her here in the A Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Happy Surprise (S)  (C)


A Tier

Bo has been improving and, with the recent projectile speed increase buff, he’s now a really great option to run if you are skilled enough to run him and especially against setups and players that will have problems avoiding his mines.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

Circling Eagle (C) Snare a Bear (C)


A Tier

Sprout is really effective unless the enemy team can break through his super and get in close range, but those situations are not happening that frequently, making him a very good brawler that gives the enemy team a hard time.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Overgrowth (B) Photosynthesis (B)

B Tier

The brawlers in this tier are good in certain situations or in certain game modes in Brawl Stars right now – let’s call it the niche tier.


B Tier

Griff is doing slowly better since many brawlers that give him a hard time are slowly decreasing in versatility and get less used. So, I see him at the top of the B Tier, scratching on the gates of the A Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Keep the Change (B) Business Resilence (C)


B Tier

Ash is now down-ranked a lot and you might recall how he was in the S Tier. So, what happened? Well, you will see that plenty of tanky brawlers have lost versatility (and he is still one of the best close-range brawlers in Brawl Stars) so that’s one reason. The other one is that Byron lost a lot of versatility as well and the reason Ash was that highly effective was when you run him in a team with Byron. So, long story short, he’s not as good on his own anymore and his boosting partner also lost versatility and for that reason he is now here in the B Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 First Bash (B) Mad As Heck (B)


B Tier

Rico is also down-ranked one tier. He’s still great on maps that have a lot of walls as you can do magic with his bouncing shots. Anyway, now that we have brawlers up in the list that are easy to fly and jump the map, Rico has problems hiding behind walls and lost versatility overall.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

Super Bouncy (A) Robo Retreat (A)


B Tier

Sandy got a nerf that reduced her damage and although it didn’t appear much on paper, it is drastic. So, in the previous version you saw her quite up in the tier list and also in Brawl Stars you saw her everywhere. Her quick reload speed and the damage that is able to take out enemy brawlers in 3 hits made her so strong, but now her damage is reduced enough to not make that possible anymore so she’s in the B Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Rude Sands (A) Healing Winds (A)


B Tier

Brock overall has long range and his rockets deal good damage, but with the recent change that made them slower, many brawlers that can move faster can evade it easily.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Rocket No. 4 (B) More Rockets!  (B)


B Tier

Tara relies a lot on her clones to take damage for her so she can hide behind them, but many of the brawlers that run the meta in Brawl Stars right now are able to attack through them and she’s having a hard time against them.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Healing Shade (S) Black Portal (A)


B Tier

Pam is struggeling more and more against the top tier brawlers, but the reason I still see her here is that she’s easy to use with her range and also she’s great in 1-on-1 situations.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

Mama’s Squeeze (A) Mama’s Hug (C)


B Tier

Darryl is now also a tier lower like the other brawlers that I downranked for the reason having problems with the higher-tier brawlers that can easily evade his close-range and counter most of what he does with it, even when he’s using his super. I think a quick fix for him would be the ability to deal more burst damage, but we’ll see where Supercell takes the future balancing changes…

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Steel Hoops (A) Rolling Reloaded (C)


B Tier

Rosa is great if you play her on a map that has plenty of bushes so she can get closer to her enemies, although those maps are limited. I think her bottom line takeaway right now is that she’s A Tier when you have bushes, C Tier if not, so overall here in the B Tier like the other brawlers that are situational good.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Plant Life (A) Thorny Gloves (C)


B Tier

Mr. P is now here in the B Tier (moved down from the A Tier) because many of the high ranked brawlers are having it easy to counter him and attack through his porters and before there’s a drastic change to one of that, I don’t see him in a higher tier, tbh.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Revolving Door (B) Handle with Care (B)


B Tier

Buzz will be a rated a little higher now, although still having the problem against brawlers that are able to evade easily (and those are the ones up in the higher tiers above). The reason I ranked him higher is that he does better compared to Dynamike and there are still some brawlers that have a real hard time dealing with him.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Eyes Sharp (A) Tougher Torpedo (C)


B Tier

Fang is also at the same spot compared to the previous versions of this tier list, really strong at close-range situations but falls off as soon as you will find yourself in long-range combat situations with him in Brawl Stars. The reason is that his stunning gadget hasn’t improved since it was nerfed a few balancing changes ago and that’s the reality here for him.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Fresh Kicks (S) Divine Soles (A)


B Tier

Frank is amazing when it comes to his bare hitpoint pool and he can make some brawlers hate their lives (well, that short time until they get taken down by him). But he’s slow, there are also enough brawlers that have an easy time taking him down and for that reason he’s in the B Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Sponge (B) Power Grab  (B)


B Tier

Otis is also in the B Tier. Yes, this might come as a surprise to you, but since he was predicted so strong before the official release, Supercell decided to make some nerfs prior his release and he’s not not that overpowered as many players predicted him to be. He has good attacks, is easy to use and is great 1-on-1 in Brawl Stars and is a great counter to close-range brawlers, so B Tier for starting out is a good start. I’m also actually glad he didn’t turn out to be as overpowered as it appeared before his release.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

… not finally ranked …


B Tier

Mortis can be good to counter certain brawlers, no question, but not allround a great counter and easy to predict. That’s pretty much the definition of the B Tier for Brawl Stars here, so he’s ranked here.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

 Creepy Harvest (A) Coiled Snake (F)


B Tier

Barley has good area control but his attacks do have less range than other brawlers that “throw” their attacks and he’s useful if you want or need to control an area – otherwise, not too viable.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Lou is a brawler that has it actually all, good damage, nice abilities and decent survivability. The only issue is, it’s not easy to hit opponents with his attacks and they are quite predictable and therefore easy to dodge.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Bibi has her close range but she’s really quick so you can run her to counter certain brawlers efficiently, especially those that like to evade, are slow or really need to stay out of closer situations. Her job right now is basically close-range sniping certain brawlers by catching them and then dealing her high damage as quick as possible. She’s no general damage dealer overall, more like an assassin.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Meg is also a brawler that I have a hard time ranking. Just plain she is not a good brawler at all but with her Super Power, she’s really strong. So, the reason I have her here in the B Tier is that you will need to run her in a team that takes care of her until she can charge up her Super Power and then she really shines. If you don’t have that team or the opponent effectively suppress her, you’ll have a problem running her. I think that qualifies her best for the niche tier here on the list.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Colette was a brawler that I recently moved up into the niche tier here because her gadget is so efficient dealing with brawlers that are chunky and have a lot of health. Please be aware that the meta above changed and those brawlers aren’t that meta in Brawl Stars right now anymore, so I have dropped her here in the B Tier a little. She’s still exactly the same way good in those situations, but those situations aren’t that dangerous anymore.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Tick shines if you need a brawler that will control areas and he is great to do so as he can stay save away and play his mechanics. His biggest problem is that he has a lot of problems in direct confrontations 1-on-1 versus other brawlers, especially with his low health, and that’s also happening frequently so I ranked him here.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Bea has one single thing where she’s really useful and that’s handling close-range brawlers with her save distance. That’s really good and works out well, but there are other options to deal with and you normally don’t encounter setups that have no good counter for her, especially with her low health, so the B Tier is the only spot I see her right now.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Bull is still staying here between the B Tier and the C Tier. I have a hard time ranking him higher on the B Tier, as he struggles with what close-range brawlers struggle right now but he’s still versatile in approaching so doing better in many situations than the brawlers in the C Tier.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


B Tier

Amber is here in this spot on the tier list for quite some time and nothing changed for her recently. She’s good working at mid-range against her opponents, but once they are too close or too far away, she will have a lot of trouble.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)

C Tier

The brawlers in this tier are not bad in general, but they only work solid in certain situations. They struggle against the brawlers ranked higher in this tier list, so only pick them in the right situations.


C Tier

8-Bit dropped a lot, you might remember that I had him in the A Tier in the previous version of this tier list. His situation dramatically changed as he is depending so much on his Super Power and with more and more brawlers being able to jump/fly and evade it, his versatility among all the brawlers has dropped a lot and I think he’s top C Tier/bottom B Tier right now.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


C Tier

Poco hasn’t changed much with the recent changes. He works good if you use him to help chunky brawlers stay alive as a support brawler, but most opponents know exactly how to deal with him in that situation so I wouldn’t run him right now unless you want a very specific setup going.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


C Tier

El Primo struggles like other brawlers with low range right now, although he charge up better and is chunky with his hitpoints. Still, not good enough to be in a higher tier on this list right now.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


C Tier

Jessie is still in the C Tier as she’s for quite some time now. Her turret works great against opponent brawlers that have a hard time reaching it without taking significant damage but there are enough brawlers that can outrange it and deal with it pretty easily and, most of the times, you have such a brawler in the enemy team.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


C Tier

Nani, this might be controversial for some of you, is also in this tier. She used to be a lot more viable by one-shotting enemies but not that you see so much more players using the shield gear on their brawlers that don’t have many hitpoints, this will happen a lot less and make Nani less viable.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


C Tier

Colt is, on paper, a great brawler to deal with the better brawlers by dealing good damage and having this great range. The biggest problem, and it’s not just a problem of your skill as a player, is, that you will barely hit the target. And a skilled player know exactly how to evade him. This nullifies a lot of his strengths and I think this C Tier is a solid fit.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)

F Tier

The brawlers in this tier are not working well right now and you should not run them.


F Tier

Shelly stays here in the F Tier. Yes, she got some boost from the recent changes but it’s simply not enough to rank her in a different tier right now. She struggles pretty much the same as all the brawlers here in this tier. Don’t get me wrong, she’s good close-range but she has such a hard time approaching other brawlers to do what she does well that she’s not viable, especially as all the meta brawlers in Brawl Stars right now are so good evading that she won’t shine at all.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


F Tier

Dynamike dropped a lot with the recent balancing changes, as he used to be in the C Tier in the previous version but as more and more brawlers with the abilities and mechanics to evade are dominating the tier list of Brawl Stars right now, he simply has a hard time and gets countered very effectively. Until something changes about that, he will be ranked here.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


F Tier

Nita will stay here in the lowest tier. She’s not awful but she only can be good against brawlers that she can beat in range, and those brawlers aren’t the ones ranked very high. So, as a counter to mediocre brawlers that the other brawlers have an easy time against plus the fact that she has a hard time against most of the higher-ranked brawlers, she’s not a very versatile pick right now. Also, the newer brawlers are all having a easy time dealing with her bear.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


F Tier

Jacky is also staying at the end of the tier list compared to the last update as nothing changed for her in the recent balancing changes. She has some more range compared to Edgar but she still has a lot of struggles to get close enough to opponent brawlers so she’s simply not viable right now.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


F Tier

Edgar used to be very bad in the last versions of Brawl Stars and didn’t get any balancing changes in the recent update round, so still at the very tail of this tier list. It’s just too easy right now to counter him and now with Oatis being released in Brawl Stars the situation didn’t get any better as he can counter Edgar even better than the other brawlers.

Gadget Strength:

 A (A)  A (F)

Best Star Power:

A (B)  (C)


Conclusion

So, I hope this tier list helps you performing well in Brawl Stars and, as always, I will update the entire list when new balancing changes are coming so you always see the latest possible state of Brawl Stars reflected here. If you have questions, just drop a comment below!

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