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10 Best Showdown Brawlers in Brawl Stars

Brawl Stars has seen some major changes in the past few months. The meta has shifted a lot, and Brawlers who were never even considered for this list rose through the ranks and made everyone take notice of their might. This, my friends, is a list of the 10 Best Showdown Brawlers in Brawl Stars

List Explanation and Criteria

This list is purely based on Solo Showdown games in the current meta in Brawl Stars. We have seen pros like MoneyCapital, who mains solo Showdown, play all of these Brawlers. The opinions of other pro Brawl Stars players have also been looked at, before compiling this list. The criteria chosen is a Brawler’s effectiveness in 1v1 battles against other Brawlers, their stats like DPS, survivability, map rotations, et al.


Who are the best Showdown Brawlers in Brawl Stars

10. El Primo

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El Primo gets the 10th spot because he has that HP and DPS necessary to survive scuffles with almost all Brawlers. He is not a favorite Brawler of many, because many consider him to be the weakest tank in terms of raw power. But in Solo SD, Primo is a BEAST. As mentioned before, he has a lot of HP and is the tankiest Brawler in-game along with Frank. In addition to that, once a Primo is on you and gets you to low health, you are done for. His Super provides him with both a huge attack boost and a quick getaway to escape an enemy. Although he has so much going for him, he is weak against other tanks like Bull and Darryl, while Shelly completely counters him.


9. 8-Bit

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One of the most vicious Brawlers you will ever go 1-on-1 with. You’ll be at full health at one moment, the next, an 8-Bit is shredding you. He has very high damage output and coupled with his range, that damage can get rid of any Brawler. But the drawback is, he has very slow movement speed. He cannot easily escape from situations when he is at a disadvantage. His Super increases his mobility and attack speed, but it is limited only to a particular area. So, if you ever find yourself in a tricky situation with 8-Bit and you don’t have your Super ready, you have to blast your way out.


8. Shelly

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The tank-buster. She counters all tanks and is the go-to Brawler in a meta full of tanks. Her Super can take out any Brawler from up close, and paired her “Shell Shock” star power, can stun Brawlers too. She is the first Brawler you get when you create a new account and is very easy to play. Her basic attacks deal a lot of damage too, but because of the presence of a lot of good ranged Brawlers, she is at #8 in the list.


7. Rosa

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She was very OP, basically invincible, on release. Over the months, though, she has been nerfed. She is still a great Brawler in Solo Showdown because she holds her own against better Brawlers. Her Super provides her with a shield that reduces damage, and her first Star power enables her to heal up whenever she is in a bush. Her basic attack is kind of like a poke, and it is really annoying. Like Primo, once she is on to you and continues to hit you, you are good as gone, if you don’t KO her first. But due to her nerfs, it is easier to take her down now, hence, she takes the seventh spot on the list.


6. Sandy

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Sandy is one of the newest Brawlers in Brawl Stars. He is an expert at pushing people into one another, making them fight. His basic attack does a lot of damage, and he can easily take out the squishier Brawlers like Crow and Colt. His Super forms a giant sand cloud which makes him go invisible. This helps him to surprise enemies and also escape unwanted fights. He is kind of a high skill-cap Brawler but is very powerful when mastered.


5. Crow

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I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been frustrated by an enemy Crow chipping away at me. He is a very annoying Brawler to go up against, especially because of his mobility. He has very high movement speed, and his poisonous knives frustrate his enemies to no end. When you think you got away from him, he catches up to you and pokes you again. His Star power enables him to reduce an enemy’s healing, and that can prove to be a match-winner. His Super does HUGE damage, and also provides him with an escape plan. This gets him the 5th spot on this list.


4. Leon

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Leon, just like Rosa, was very OP on release. Then he received nerfs, which kind of weakened him, but he survived. He shoots blades at his enemies, and at close range, at least against squishy Brawlers, they are lethal. His Super turns him invisible, helping him to get gang up on a Brawler, and also confuse Brawlers in the midst of a fight. His 1st Star power increases his movement speed, while his second Star power heals him up while he is invisible. All of this makes him a great choice to play in Showdown.


3. Bo

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This man can see everyone! His 1st Star power helps him to check bushes from far away, and hence he is great on maps like Cavern Churn. You cannot hide from a Star power Bo unless you are invisible. He is great at long range, and great at close range. His explosive arrows deal a crazy amount of damage, and he can very effectively counter Shelly. He is one of the tanker long-ranged Brawlers, and that HP helps him to survive in fights.


2. Darryl

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He is the best tank in-game at the moment. He does a lot of damage, has huge survivability, and can easily take out any Brawler with his Super. The only Brawler that gives him trouble is Shelly, but he can still take her out if he can surprise her. His 1st Star Power, “Steel Hoops’ grants him a shield that greatly reduces his damage, and hence, he fearlessly takes on other Brawlers. He destroys a power-cube box in 3 hits, which helps in gathering a lot of power cubes early in the match. This, along with his shield, makes him one of the most powerful Brawlers in the game.


1. Carl

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He is a mini-tank with a lot of chip damage. He has always been a great Showdown Brawler, but the last couple of balance changes made him the best, No.1. His second Star power, “Protective Pirouette”, grants him a shield when he uses his Super, just like Darryl. This shield reduces the damage he takes, and that along with his Super, helps him take down a Brawler as well as escape a fight. His high chip damage and high health make him a very annoying Brawler to face, and he is not easily KO’d. He has medium movement-speed, but he compensates for it with a very fast and damaging Super. He spins in a circle (Pirouette), damaging enemies in his way, and with the star power, protects him from enemy hits. Because of these amazing abilities, he is currently the best Brawler in Showdown.


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