WB Games’ new platform shooter MultiVersus features a total of 17 playable characters from a wide range of Warner Bros. media franchises. Some of them are great in 1v1 battles, while others work best in a team. Most importantly for new players, many of the MultiVersus characters must be unlocked either with gold coins earned through gameplay and quests, or with Gleamium premium currency. For players not willing to spend money, it is very important to choose the strongest and most well-rounded characters in the game as the first heroes, as some characters, such as Steven Universe, do not perform well in the current MultiVersus meta tag, including in 1v1 fights and 2v2.
In total, MultiVersus has 17 characters to choose from, which are divided into five main classes: Bruisers, Assassins and Mages – they all know how to deal damage in various ways, while tank and support characters perform almost the same role as in other multiplayer games. Most of these characters are locked when the player first starts the game, but by spending Gleamium, or gold coins earned in matches and challenges, more characters from the list can be unlocked.
Only time will tell if MultiVersus can steal the platform fighting crown from Smash Bros, but for now, players can dominate 1v1 and 2v2 battles using the best characters for each mode in the current MultiVersus meta.
The best characters for a 1v1 game
Generally speaking, most players prefer to avoid support characters such as Steven Universe, the original character Raindog, or Velma from Scooby Doo in 1v1 matches. As their name suggests, support characters work best when supporting other characters, and tend to play relatively poorly alone. However, outside of the support class, there are some good options for 1v1 matches.
Batman and Taz the Tasmanian Devil are both Bruisers who excel at 1v1. Like its counterparts in other media, the MultiVersus incarnation of the Dark Knight is well-prepared for any situation, with a range of powerful, brutal ground and air attacks complemented by useful tools such as the Batarang, Bat-Bomb, and Smoke Bomb. Thanks to them, Batman not only delivers strong blows, but also has several ranged attack options that allow him to control the battlefield. In the hands of an experienced player, Batman can effectively deal damage and act as a support character at the same time: abilities such as Bat-Slide and Bat-Hook allow him to quickly move or get close to the enemy.
Taz dominates MultiVersus matches despite some recent, much-welcome character upgrades. Taz’s powerful “Taz-Nado” lateral special move allows Taz to deal multiple damage and block the opponent. Taz also wields a range of damage-dealing special moves, including Chew Spit, which allows him to swallow enemies, chew them up, and then spit them out again for massive damage, as well as allowing him to swallow incoming projectiles and spit them back out with “You spit out what you eat.” All this is complemented by Taz’s passive ability “Bottomless Pit”, due to which his attacks inflict the “Delicious” effect. When fully cast, Delicious applies the Cooked status effect, turning the opponent into a fried chicken that Taz can repeatedly attack, slicing off bits of meat that can heal him. Despite the nerf, Taz is still a nasty opponent in any 1v1 matchup.
Outside of the Bruiser class, MultiVersus’ Game of Thrones incarnation of Arya Stark is arguably the best 1v1 Assassin class choice. Arya moves and attacks quickly, using moves like Knife Thrower, which breaks through armor and deals high damage, and the iconic Face Steal, which allows her to steal an opponent’s face and send out a shockwave to stun enemies. Both ground and air attacks give her incredible mobility, allowing her to lunge forward to stab enemies with her sword, or dodge enemy strikes and quickly counterattack. This complements her passive Critical Strike ability, which causes her to deal more damage when attacking an enemy from behind. However, it is best suited for experienced players, as Assassin characters receive additional damage from hits.
Rounding out the list of top picks for 1v1 is the Iron Giant character from MultiVersus. As a tank, the Iron Giant is an unconventional 1v1 pick, and since he’s the biggest character in the game, he’s also more likely to be an easy target. However, the Iron Giant can take a lot of damage thanks to moves like Bolt of Friends to create damage-resistant armor, and its sheer size and weight make it difficult for a lone opponent to knock it off the platform. Dealing damage to him increases the rage meter; when it reaches its maximum, the Iron Giant can enter Enrage Mode, which makes him immune to recoil, alters his movements, and allows him to deal massive amounts of combo damage.
The best characters for a 2v2 game
Many characters that play well in 1v1 also play well in 2v2 matches. However, having a teammate can allow the player to choose less traditional options. 2v2 is where MultiVersus support characters like Steven Universe and Velma really shine, and when paired with a decent damage dealer or tank, they can really prove their worth.
Velma from Scooby Doo is a popular cheerleading choice these days. Although her melee and damage dealing abilities are nothing special, Velma does a great job of getting buffs for allies and debuffs for opponents. Spread Knowledge allows Velma to reduce or restore the duration of teammates’ abilities by throwing a book towards enemies, which buffs her team and deals damage to the enemy. Likewise, Motivational Speaker allows her to damage opponents with a beam attack and heal her team at the same time. She can take hits for her teammates to collect clues, and even save allies from combat by running, grabbing, and taking them out with Quick Thinking. Velma from MultiVersus is hard to pick up and play, but those who take the time will likely be happy with most of the 2v2 couples they meet.
Likewise, many mage characters, such as Bugs Bunny, play very well paired with Bruiser or Tank. Mage characters attack from a distance using ranged attacks, which makes them less than ideal for a solo game, but great for teams where the Bruiser or Tank can draw the attention of the enemy to themselves. Bugs is an excellent ranged fighter, pulling out a variety of moves from his signature box to attack opponents. Bugs can deal some melee damage himself, but the best strategy for Bugs Bunny in MultiVersus centers on his many projectile attacks. Bugs can throw pies with Pie Barrage, heal allies, damage enemies, throw safes, and launch missiles. His attack is “Am I not adorable”? allows him to kiss enemies, stunning them. Basically, Bugs is a great choice for players looking to disrupt the battlefield and wreak havoc.
Tanks like Superman and Iron Giant are also great for 2v2 play. As mentioned above, the Iron Giant has high survivability and can strike back hard if provoked. These qualities are greatly enhanced by the presence of a teammate of any class. MultiVersus Superman lives up to his name by taking damage and hitting enemies from a distance with abilities like Heat Vision and Frost Breath that knock enemies back and inflict Freeze.
Whether the player is participating in 1v1 or 2v2 combat, even weak characters can shine in the hands of experienced players. Non-standard picks and choosing a character not normally picked can give the player an element of surprise.