Showdown is a unique mode in Brawl Stars. It differs from all the other modes because they all are team-based and Showdown is a free-for-all.
Likewise, there is a completely different set of strategies, tips, and tricks for Showdown that are unique to this mode. In this guide, we will be covering some of these tips, tricks, and strategies so anyone can become amazing at Showdown.
1. Gain Large Amounts of Trophies
Showdown is the only game mode that if you are good, you are practically guaranteed to gain trophies; all the others heavily depend on your teammates.
Therefore, if one of your events is a Showdown, play it with the Brawlers you most want to rank up in trophies. Even if you have maxed out the coins for the event, still play it because trophies are worth it.
2. Use the Right Brawlers and Methods
You have to use the right Brawlers in the right ways to be successful in Showdown. Here is a breakdown of each Brawler and its utility and methods in Showdown:
Shelly is good in all Showdown maps but Stormy Plains. Considering she is a Common Brawler, this is pretty good.
The way to use her effectively is to camp out in bushes and ambush attackers at point-blank range. The only exception to this is with El Primo and Bull, where you should kite them from a safe distance.
Colt is decent in all Showdown maps but excels in Death Valley. In Death Valley the way to win is to immediately fire along the bushes on both sides of you when you start; one or two good shots and you can kill some lower-health brawlers instantly.
In the other maps, you just have to find straight lanes and trap people in those lanes, and DO NOT camp in the bushes as Colt’s strengths lie in attacking from range, not point-blank. Always keep moving, and place your attack in front of Brawlers so you will hit them as they move.
Dynamike is one of the better Brawlers in Showdown, being good all-around if you can use him correctly. He is versatile and a big bonus he has is that he can attack from behind walls.
He is very good in Stormy Plains and Skull Creek because they have so many walls to hide behind, and not many other brawlers can attack over walls. You just have to remember to cast the bombs ahead of the person so they will walk into it and take maximum damage.
Nita is a reasonable Brawler for her rarity in Showdown; she can take out some low health Brawlers pretty easily and her attack is hard to miss. You have to hide in bushes and ambush low health Brawlers, or keep a safe distance and kite high health Brawlers.
She is not as strong in the maps with lots of walls.
Probably the best Showdown character, El Primo is overpowered in this mode because of his insane health and attack. Since his range is terrible though, the best strategy would be to hide in bushes and ambush people that come by.
In maps with few bushes and lots of walls, you should land a few punches on people and then run away and heal, slowly charging your super, and then use it and attack an unsuspecting Brawler. With this you can beat Brawlers with more Power-Ups than you.
Brock is quite good in some maps and not good in others; he has certain overwhelming strengths and other weaknesses. You always have to be careful with him, as his low health leaves him vulnerable from a quick death by Bull or El Primo.
In the maps with lots of walls he is not as good, because his attack does not break walls; your best bet there is to chip at people and load your super then wreck low health Brawlers with it. In the open maps, Brock excels, and you just have to fire accurately and prioritize targets appropriately.
Barley is not the best at Showdown because of his low direct damage and low health, but is still viable in some situations. Only use him in the maps that have lots of walls, as he will be much harder to reach in those maps.
Like many other Brawlers, his attack must be placed ahead of the Brawler it is targeting so the bottle can get maximum damage. Make sure not to destroy the Power-Up boxes from a distance and let other Brawlers have it for free.
Bull is very good in Showdown, with his high health and direct damage. His best bet is to hide in bushes and ambush, because of his insane damage at point-blank range.
Be careful of ranged Brawlers kiting you, they will eventually kill you unless you have your Super up. Do not use your Super when the gas closes in as it will probably catapult you into the poison gas.
Jessie is quite good in Showdown if you utilize her attack and Super correctly. Scrappy should always be placed in the bushes so it will surprise people.
Jessie’s attack should be used on a Power-Up box or two and a Brawler. This will damage the boxes and the Brawler because of Jessie’s attack mechanic.
Ricochet excels in maps with lots of walls, but also in the open maps. Overall, a solid competitor in Showdown despite his low health.
You have to accurately aim and shoot to get maximum value for your shots; sometimes you just have to guess and shoot if your target is off the screen. Be careful of high damage Brawlers.
Poco is extremely easy to use, and his attack almost never misses; if he gets some Power-Ups he will demolish low health Brawlers. You just have to be wary of wasting your attacks.
Your goal is to get value from your attacks, maybe hitting multiple boxes and a Brawler. This will quickly win you matches and get your Poco rising up the ranks.
Bo is one of the best in Showdown, due to his damage and health mix and his agility. His Super can be used to take out Power-Up Boxes and Brawlers if placed well.
You have to use him to kite short and medium range Brawlers and snipe multiple boxes at once. Place his Super near a cluster of boxes to get serious value out of it.
Piper just wasn’t made for Showdown. Her attack is tough to land on these maps with so many walls, but she could still be viable as her Super is extremely handy.
Keep your distance from everyone to provide maximum damage for your shots, and use your Super to elude danger it times of need.
Pam is good in Showdown, but is hard to use effectively. As her accuracy is low, the best thing to do with her is to hide in bushes and ambush low and medium health Brawlers, while kiting high health Brawlers and chipping at them so they cannot heal.
Her Super (healing turret) should be planted in an area shielded by walls and/or in a bush so it stays alive. Be careful as Brawlers will try to exploit the turret and fire at it so they can clip you as well, so maybe only duck into that radius when you need it.
Tara is amazing in Feast or Famine because of her piercing cards and good in all the other maps. If you get close, all 3 of her cards can hit one person, dealing 300 damage per attack.
You should ambush low health Brawlers and two-shot them from close range, and kite higher health Brawlers. When using her attack and Super, take advantage of her area damage and catch multiple enemies at once (for example, when two Brawlers are having a 1 on 1).
Mortis excels in Skull Creek and is decent in all the other maps. His amazing mobility and Super can get him out of a tough situation quickly.
In Skull Creek, the boxes are grouped, so attack multiple boxes at once and use the boxes themselves for protection; do not be afraid to use your attacks to dash away in time of need. In the other maps, the best way to win is to be constantly moving and chipping at people and getting value off of your Super.
Spike is another Brawler that can shoot over walls. Take advantage of this and his area splash attack to snipe multiple targets at once.
Your main goal with Spike is to keep safe distance and chip at people, then catch them with your Super and wreck them. In Feast or Famine, a valuable place to cast attacks and Super is in the middle of that circle of Power-Up boxes, as this will load your Super quickly and the Super will get insane value.
Crow was not meant for Showdown either. His low direct damage and low health make him one of the worse Showdown Brawlers.
He does have an incredibly fast movement speed and high range, so use that to your advantage and load up his Super. The Super can be used to fly out of dangerous situations.
3. Be Cautious of Power-Up Boxes
Be careful of the Power-Up boxes. There will often be someone hiding in a bush near a Power-Up box so be careful when you think there is a free one for you to get. Especially in Feast or Famine, it’s not always a good idea to rush in the middle and grab the boxes.
A good way to get a feel for the maps and when to rush in is to Bot Brawl. This is severely underrated but it provides valuable practice in a non-stressful setting, as the bots are actually quite good!
4. Shoot Into Bushes as a Ranged Brawler
If you are a ranged Brawler, fire a shot into every bush as you pass by it. This forces any Brawlers hiding in the bush (most likely low-range ones) to come out, and then you can kite them from a safe distance.
The worst thing to find is to be playing a Jessie and walk into a bush to hide, and you find an El Primo who promptly takes you out. This prevents that from happening and gives you much higher chances of winning.
5. Be Wary of the Matchmaking!
If you have just won a Showdown or come in second with a certain Brawler, do not use that Brawler again immediately after. It is reasonably certain to me that, after many days of data collection, the matchmaking system is made this way.
Sometimes when you win twice in a row you might ridicule me and say this is false, but think about how much control the matchmaking system has over your success. For example, if you just won with El Primo, they can put you next to a Ricochet and a Colt in your next battle, and you will almost certainly lose because your Super is not loaded at the beginning.
Even worse, they could have put you with all ranged Brawlers, and you would have had a 99% chance of losing.
This concludes my guide on the Top 5 Tips in Showdown. I hope this helps you do well in Showdown and gain a TON of trophies from it!