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Jump Force is a Japanese crossover fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game features an array of characters from popular manga and anime series who have also made appearances in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology in celebration of the magazine’s 50th anniversary.

Amongst this list are some of the most notable characters in the world of manga from manga/anime series such as Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Hunter x Hunter and more. Some characters included in the game are Naruto, Sasuke, Luffy, Zoro, Goky, Frieza, Vegeta, Gon, Kurapika and Killua.

The game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch port also being released worldwide on August 28, 2020. Jump Force follows a story which allows the player to be introduced as a new Hero in a world where several manga universes collide.

The story goes as follows; When the real world collides with many of the Shōnen Jump universes, humanity is invaded by the “Venoms”, an army of mind-controlled villains led by Kane and Galena. 

(Image Credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment)

In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the “Jump Force” under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. But a suspicious figure is using both the Jump Force and the Venoms as an attempt to gain a mysterious artifact and merge all worlds into one.

Frieza attacks New York City with an army of Venoms, being confronted by Son Goku; however, a stray laser blast from Frieza fatally wounds a civilian in the war zone. Trunks revives the civilian with a cybernetic device called an umbras cube, giving them the potential to be a hero like them. 

Frieza withdraws, allowing Goku and Trunks to take the civilian back to their HQ, where they are greeted by Director Glover. Glover explains that the manga worlds from “Jump” have somehow begun merging with the real world and using their own umbras cubes to turn evil-hearted humans into Venoms, forcing him to create the Jump Force to quell the threat; the organization consists of heroes from the “Jump” worlds, along with other people saved through the cubes.

The gameplay for Jump Force is exciting and unrestrictive. It is a 1-v-1 fighting game where the player controls a team of three characters from a selection of various manga series. Players control one character at a time while the others are used as support, with players able to switch between them during battle. Combat functions similarly to the previous Jump fighting game.

The game involves players moving around a 3D space and utilizing various combos and special moves to attack their opponents. The match ends when one team depletes the other’s health bar. As well as several moves and combos, each character in Jump Force also has an “Awakening” ability which serves as their ultimate and best ability. This may be activated when the Awaken meter is full. 

As with many video games that offer an aspect of multiple unique characters, there is usually a list of those characters that is compiled to identify and help players to pick and choose which characters they want to use, based on which ones are the most powerful.

In general, tier lists are a way to rank the members of a category against each other. Most commonly they are used to rank characters against other characters in terms of how “meta” they are, however you could also make a tier list for weapons or for any other unique aspect or feature of something.

This tier will break down the best characters to use in Jump Force and will divide them into tiers. So in order to understand which characters are the best and why, it is important to first know what the different tiers are.

Tier List Key

Jump Force Full Tier List

S Tier

Fighter Moves Universe
Frieza Death Beam You Might Die This Time Death Saucer Death Ball (Awakening) Dragon Ball
Sosuke Aizen Firey Lightning Howl Black Coffin Airtight Five-Dragon Destruction (Awakening) Bleach
Naruto Uzumaki Rasengan Rasen Shuriken Six Paths Spar Tailed Beast Bomb (Awakening) Naruto
Gaara Sand Shower Sand Tsunami Sand Coffin: Sand Burial Grand Sand Mausoleum Seal (Awakening) Naruto
Hisoka Bungee Gum Anonymous Magician Grim Reaper’s Quiz Human Hammer (Awakening) Hunter x Hunter
Makoto Shishio First Secret Sword: Blazing Soul Second Secret Sword: Crimson Lotus Arm Infinity Cyclone Final Secret Sword: Kaguzuchi Samurai X
Ichigo Kurosaki Piercer of Heavens: Zero Piercer of Heavens: Moon Fang Cross Blast Piercer of Souls Shin Tensa Zangetsu (Awakening) Bleach

A Tier

Fighter Moves Universe
Gon Freecs Jajanken Stance Fortify Temper Resolute Fist (Awakening) Hunter x Hunter  
Asta Demon Slayer Sword Demon-Dweller Sword Black Hurricane Black Meteorite (Awakening) Black Clover
Dragon Shiryu Rising Dragon Punch Soaring Mountain Dragon Excalibur Enraged Dragon Force (Awakening) Saint Seya
Sasuke Uchiha Onyx Chidori Fire Style: Fire Ball Jutsu Amaterasu: Inferno Style Flame Control Takemikazuchi-no-Kami (Awakening) Naruto
Sabo Flame Fist Dragon Claw Dragon’s Breath Flame Dragon King (Awakening) One Piece
Vegeta Galick Gun Spirit Breaker Energy Blast Volley Final Flash (Awakening) Dragon Ball
Izuku Midoriya Detroit Smash Delaware Smash Manchester Smash Delaware Detroit Smash (Awakening) My Hero Academia
Goku Kamehameha Meteor Combination Raging Strike Super Spirit Bomb (Awakening) Dragon Ball

B Tier

Fighter Moves Universe
Rukia Kuchiki First Dance, White Moon Next Dance, Hakuren Third Dance, White Sword Bankai: White Haze Punishment (Awakening) Bleach
Yugi Moto Dark Magician Strike Dark Magician Girl Summon Draw! Slifer the Sky Dragon (Awakening) Yu-gi-oh!
Boruto Uzumaki Vanishing Rasengan Boruto Blast Lightning Triplet Boruto Spiral (Awakening) Boruto
Kenshiro Hundred Rending Fists Heaven Splitting Life or Death Awakening of the Senses Battle Grief (Awakening) Fist of the North Star
Kenshin Himura Nine-Headed Dragon Flash Flash of the Heavenly Flying Dragon Dragon Cry Flash Godspeed Flash of the Heavenly Flying Dragon Samurai X
Kakashi Hatake Lightning Blade Kamui Shuriken Lightning Style Shadow Clone Kamui Lightning Blade (Awakening) Naruto
Dai Avan Strash A Avan Strash B Dragonic Aura Release Giga Strash (Awakening) Dragon Quest: Adventures of Dai
Cell Perfect Attack Perfect Flash Perfect Barrier Solar Kamehameha (Awakening) Dragon Ball
Monkey D Luffy Gum-Gum Red Hawk Gum-Gum Grizzly Magnum Gum-Gum Hawk Gatling Gear Fourth Attack (Awakening) One Piece

C Tier

Fighter Moves Universe
Killua Zoldyck Lightning Palm Thunderbolt Godspeed Godspeed Bolt (Awakening) Hunter x Hunter
Marshall D Teach Seaquake Dark End Dark Vortex Black Hole Liberation (Awakening) One Piece
Sanji Diable Jambe! Mutton Shot Diable Jambe! Joue Shot Diable Jambe! Poele a Frire: Spectre Diable Jambe! Concasse Spin (Awakening) One Piece
Kurapika Dowsing Chain Steal Chain Holy Chain Scarlet Kurta (Awakening) Hunter x Hunter
Yusuke Urameshi Spirit Gun Spirit Wave Organ Murder Spirit Gun Mega (Awakening) Yu Yu Hakusho
Dio Useless, Useless Checkmate Blend The World (Awakening) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Jotaro Ora Ora Ora! My Stand: The Judge Star Finger Time Stopper (Awakening) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
Boa Hancock Pistol Kiss Slave Arrow Love-Love Beam Perfume Femur (Awakening) One Piece

D Tier

Fighter Moves Universe
Toguro Finger Flip Bullets Stronger You Think You’re Invincible Full Power! 100% of 100% (Awakening) Yu Yu Hakusho
Trunks Burning Attack Final Impact Shining Sword Attack Heat Dome Attack (Awakening) Dragon Ball
Ryo Saeba Quick Shot Bullseye Double Rocket Launcher X-Y-Z (Awakening) City Hunter
Pegasus Seiya Pegasus Meteor Fist Pegasus Comet Fist Pegasus Rolling Crush Cosmic Star Arrow (Awakening) Saint Seya
Roronoa Zoro 1080 Pound Phoenix One-Sword Style Lai Death Lion Song Three Thousand Worlds The Billion-Fold World Trichiliocosm (Awakening) One Piece

F Tier

Fighter Moves Universe
Kaguya Otsutsuki Eighty Gods Vacuum Fists Almighty Push Murderous Bone Ash Expansive Truthseeker Orb (Awakening) Naruto
Piccolo Special Beam Cannon Evil Assault Hellzone Grenade Light Grenade (Awakening) Dragon Ball
Renji Abarai Zabimaru Snake Fang Red Gun Baboon Bone Crusher Snake Fang Cannon (Awakening) Bleach