Fox (SSBU)

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Fox
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Star Fox
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
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Final Smash Team Star Fox
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He can overwhelm his opponents with his quick movements, and his specials don't leave him open for counterattacks. His costume and voice have been redone to match his appearance in Star Fox Zero. This Fox is brand new! "Come on!"
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Fox (フォックス, Fox) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He and the previous fighters were revealed on June 12, 2018. His fighter number is #07.

Mike West, Fox's English voice actor from Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Super Smash Bros. 4, Star Fox Zero, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas reprises his role with new, lower-pitched voice clips akin to his portrayal from Star Fox Zero, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas. In the Japanese version, Fox is voiced by Takashi Ōhara, his voice actor in the Japanese versions of Star Fox 64 3D and Star Fox Zero, replacing Kenji Nojima.

Attributes[edit]

Fox is a lightweight, hit-and-run type character with excellent grounded mobility and good frame data for the majority of his moveset. Fox is incredibly mobile: He possesses the fifth fastest dashing speed, third fastest walking speed, 32nd fastest air speed, 21st highest air acceleration, the highest falling (and thus fast falling) speed and gravity in the game, with the latter two allowing him to quickly move from the air to the ground with ease. These attributes allow him to keep up with almost any opponent while additionally making him very difficult to punish.

In terms of attack speed, almost all of Fox's moves have less than 10 frames of startup lag, which greatly helps him with approaching and comboing, while some of them are decently powerful despite of their quick startup. All of his grounded moves excluding smash attacks have both low startup and ending lag, which allows them to connect and flow into each other extremely easily. All of his aerials also have quick startup lag, with some of them being able to auto-cancel from a short hop (back aerial, up aerial), or have low landing lag (neutral aerial, back aerial), and alongside his fast falling speed, give him a good aerial approach and shield pressure.

Another one of Fox's biggest strengths is his combo potential. Almost all of his moves can combo into each other and he even has several KO confirms. Though a majority of his combos are not as lengthy compared to other characters like Sheik, the higher damage output makes up for it.

Fox's tilts are an important part of his combo game. Forward tilt, while mostly used for spacing, can be used as a combo starter at low to mid percentages and can start tech chases at higher percentages, giving Fox an opportunity to extend his combos if the opponent fails to tech or if the tech is read properly. Up tilt can combo into itself and can lead into other grounded moves or aerials. Down tilt is one of Fox's best combo starters despite it being difficult to connect, and can combo into most of his aerials and up smash at various percentages. Dash attack is quick and is one of his best moves for whiff punishes, with its early hit being able to combo into several moves (most notably neutral aerial) or start a 50:50 scenario into his forward aerial or up aerial, while the late hit can set up into up smash as a KO confirm at high percentages.

Fox's aerials are also a huge staple of his moveset, arguably being the most important part of his combo game. All of his aerials have either average or above average damage output and they can combo into other aerials and some grounded moves, including smash attacks. Neutral aerial has very high speed, as well as low knockback, all of which allow it to combo into other moves even at high percentages, and allows it to serve as a reliable KO setup, with the weak hit of neutral aerial being able to lead into up smash. Forward aerial can combo into up aerial and can drag opponents down if Fox lands before ending the move, allowing for jab lock/tech chase opportunities and can even drag the opponents down offstage, which can gimp certain characters. Back aerial can combo into grounded moves at lower percentages and is useful for shield pressure and KOing at high percentages. Up aerial deals the highest amount of damage and can combo into itself, making it a great juggling move. Additionally, it can serve as an effective KO move, which makes it arguably his most potent aerial, due to the amount of moves that can combo into it. Down aerial can pressure shields and can lead into other aerials if autocanceled. The landing hit launches opponents at a low angle and can setup into up smash as a KO confirm.

His grab and throw game is below average, but is nonetheless an important part of Fox's arsenal. Fox's grab is fast and has decent ending lag, but has low range, requiring Fox to be very close to the opponent. His pummel, while weak, is very fast, allowing him to slightly damage the opponent before throwing and is effective for unstaling other moves. None of his throws are true combo starters (barring down throw at low percentages if the opponent DIs in), but can help with setting up juggles and combos if the opponent's reaction is read properly.

Fox's special moves have several uses. His Blaster, while it lacks hitstun and deals low damage at longer range, is quick and helps with forcing the approaches while unstaling his moves without drastically reducing the effectiveness of the projectiles. Fox Illusion is one of his two recovery moves, covers a good horizontal distance and doesn't leave him helpless. It can be used to start combos or even KO outright at really high percentages with the grounded version. Fire Fox covers great distance, can be angled and deals high damage if all of the hits connect, and with the high knockback it can stage spike reckless edgeguarders. Reflector is quick, reflects projectiles and is one of the only reflectors that can be held indefinitely. It has intangibility and hitbox on startup, which can help with breaking out of combos or gimping weak recoveries offstage. It also reduces Fox's falling speed, giving him a landing or recovery mix-up potential.

Fox has a good KO potential despite his attributes. Fox's up smash has quick startup, has high knockback on clean hit, good range and even has few setups into it, making it his primary KO move. Forward smash, while fairly weak at lower percentages, has decent knockback growth and endlag. It's best used for punishing the regular ledge getup because of the good range and lasting hitbox. Down smash is his quickest smash attack, which makes it useful for covering rolls. It can also 2-frame punish the opponents, all while sending them at a semispike angle. Up aerial deals high knockback and can KO at reasonable percentages if the opponent is above the ground. Back aerial, while noticeably weaker compared to his fellows Falco and Wolf, still has decent knockback and launches at a semispike angle, and is his safest KO move.

However, he has several notable weaknesses. His primary weaknesses are the endurance and recovery. He's the fifth lightest character in the game, in addition to being taller than other characters in his weight class (though still relatively small) and has the highest falling speed and gravity, which makes him extremely susceptible to combos and getting KOd early, which gives him a terrible disadvantage state and one of the worst survivabilities out of all the cast. His recovery, while covering a great distance, is nonetheless linear and predictable. Fox Illusion can't be angled and can only change the drift after the hitboxes end, which can be intercepted with most moves. Fire Fox has a very slow startup and is linear, which makes him very vulnerable to stage spikes and meteor smashes and cause him to get KOd extremely early offstage. Reflector can only stall once, which lessens the mix-up options. His air dodges have among the shortest distances in the game, making them ineffective for the recovery, and coupled with the falling speed, air dodging below the stage is almost always fatal.

Despite possessing moves with high knockback, he can struggle KOing the opponents. Up smash has high endlag and is hard to land without a read or setup. Neutral aerial, which is used to KO confirm into the up smash, can be predictable and only true combos at certain percentages without tumbling the opponent, unless it gets stale, while down aerial has high landing lag and can sometimes send the opponents at a different angle. Forward or down smash are also hard to land and deal unimpressive knockback at mid-high percentages and the latter has low reach. Up aerial is predictable, has narrow hitboxes, can stale if used frequently and the second hit can sometimes even miss after hitting with the first one. Back aerial has a small hitbox, short duration, is angled somewhat high, making it hard to land, especially on short characters. All of his KO moves deal unimpressive shield damage and because the moves can stale on shield, this can make the opponent shield more often and cause his moves to KO even later. Fox Illusion stops on shield, which can make it punishable if used predictably. In addition, none of his throws are viable KO options, which further exacerbates the unreliability of KOing. Since he has high falling speed, high endlag on his aerials and slow vertical recovery, edgeguarding with Fox is risky and can put him in an even more vulnerable position. In addition, while the rage can help with KOing to the certain extent, he doesn't benefit from it as much as heavier characters, who can usually survive for much longer and gain more rage in return.

Overall, Fox is a glass cannon character. He can approach the opponents with his proficient movement and attack speed, which allows him to quickly deal high damage to opponents and KO them with several of his finishers. However, the player must stay unpredictable and not let himself get punished, otherwise he can suffer from high damaging combos and get KOd very early.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Because of his top tier status in Super Smash Bros. 4 (7th out of 55th tied with Sonic), Fox has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate, being nerfed overall, although less so compared to most of top tier veterans. All of his aerials have less landing lag, and his general mobility has seen improvements due to the game's new engine changes. His primary KO options (such as up smash) have received buffs as well, granting him access to some new kill setups that weren't possible in his previous iterations. His down tilt has an altered knockback and angle, making it a more viable combo starter. Fox greatly benefits from the engine changes and new mechanics, with run cancelling allowing him to approach with his great grounded options and revamped air dodges making his powerful juggling options even more oppressive. In addition, the startup time on his Reflector has been cut in half and has intangibility on startup, allowing him to escape combos easier and edgeguard more safely.

However, Fox also received some very noticeable nerfs, the most significant ones being to his recovery and ability to combo in his finishers. Fire Fox's travel distance is now slightly shorter, Reflector only allows stalling once, and Fox Illusion no longer bypasses shields and travels slightly shorter. This makes it much more difficult for him to bypass and cross-up opponents on stage, while also making it much easier for him to be punished and even more vulnerable to edgeguards. In addition, while Fox benefits from the general changes in Ultimate, it also makes his offstage survivability more exploitable. He is also lighter and has a higher gravity than before, matching his gravity in Melee and worsening his already terrible endurance.

While he has improved KO potential thanks to forward and up smashes gaining more knockback, he lost several KO confirms due to the general changes in Ultimate all while several of his moves, such as up tilt and down tilt had their launch angle changed, and combined in addition to reeling animation no longer being untechable, with down aerial no longer being frame cancellable and removing jab cancel setups and other moves have received other negative changes: forward tilt's altered knockback reduces its combo potential, almost completely removes its locking potential while also reducing its KO potential, up tilt can no longer 2-frame, has less range, and its sourspot take priority over the sweetspots and have more knockback, worsening both its damage potential and combo ability combined with the new angle, and Fox's already poor grab game is now even worse, with his grabs having even less range, back throw being worse for edgeguarding and the faster knockback physics almost completely removing down throw's combo potential when combined with its unfavorable angle and Fox's slower initial dash. Lastly, up smash's animation is faster with the hitbox duration unchanged, making the clean hit harder to land, while also no longer giving intangibility to Fox's head, thus making harder and less reliable for him to KO opportunents compared to SSB4.

The changes to perfect shields both benefit and hinder Fox. He arguably benefits from the revamped perfect shield the most because of possessing very quick moves like up tilt or up smash, while perfect shield is ineffective against the quick multi-hit attacks, like Fox's down aerial. In contrast, it also makes the opponent easier to retaliate against otherwise hard to punish moves, like neutral aerial, forcing Fox to use one of his staple moves less predictably.

Overall, Fox's tremendous strengths and advantages are now even better than they used to be, but his key weaknesses are significantly more exploitable, which many agree outweigh the new advantages, as he has an even harder time getting out of disadvantage. As a whole, however, Fox continues to have a high amount of representation in the competitive scene, and has still achieved noteworthy results in the early metagame of Ultimate thanks to the efforts of notable players including Light, Lui$, ZD, and Eon. Light in particular has notably defeated high level players including Nairo, Samsora, Marss, Dabuz, Glutonny, and MKLeo, while also placing 2nd at Glitch 7 - Minus World, 3rd at 2GG: Prime Saga, 5th at GENESIS 6 and Frostbite 2019, and 7th at EVO 2019 and Super Smash Con 2019. Because of this, his competitive reception has been extremely positive overall, where many players including ESAM, Dabuz, Mew2King, ZeRo, Dark Wizzy, Armada, and VoiD view him as a high or top tier character just like in SSB4. As a result, Fox is one of the few top tier veterans alongside Mario and Zero Suit Samus to consistently place well. As of now, Fox remains a viable character, but the player has to play more carefully because of losing some combos and his weaknesses being more exploitable.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Fox now wears his flight suit and headset from Star Fox Zero, while still retaining some elements of his appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4. The proportions of his head have been slightly altered, and his fur is more pronounced. Fox now also has visible whiskers. Lastly, the aesthetic used in Ultimate has resulted in Fox's overall color scheme being more subdued.
  • Change Fox's jacket collar is smaller, and his holster has been redesigned indigo with vegas gold tints. Additionally, his headset is now entirely gray. Lastly, Fox's toe boxes are much smoother and are brick red. These changes are unique to Ultimate.
  • Change Like all characters, Fox is significantly more expressive than in previous games.
  • Change Idle, walking, and on-screen appearance all have slightly different animations. However, Fox will revert to his idle animation from Brawl while holding a small item.
  • Change Opponents and items hit by Fox's lasers now have a black puff of smoke appear off them, as if they are being burned.
  • Change Much like in Melee, Fox has a voice clip when performing his midair jump. Due the the changes in the last game, he now vocalizes occasionally.
  • Change Fox's taunts have been tweaked.
    • Change Up taunt has a different ending animation, with him performing a short fist pump. He also says "Let's go!" instead of "Here I come!" during the taunt.
    • Change Side taunt has an altered animation: Fox now spins his Blaster in his hand rather than tossing it in the air.
    • Change Down taunt now has Fox saying "Come at me." instead of "Come on!".
  • Change Fox's victory animation that is based on his character selection from Smash 64 has the camera behind Fox, rather than in front of him. [1]

Attributes[edit]

  • Change The changes to perfect shielding both benefit and hinder Fox. He can more easily punish the opponents out of shield with his fast moves and allows him to pressure shields because of perfect shields mostly being ineffective against multi-hits like his down aerial, but it also makes easier for the opponents to punish his safe aerials, most notably neutral aerial.
  • Buff Like all characters, Fox's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Nerf Fox's weight has been decreased (79 → 77), now being lighter than Kirby and the 5th lightest character in the game.
  • Buff Fox runs significantly faster (2.184 → 2.402).
    • Nerf Fox's initial dash speed is slower (2.4 → 2.09), no longer being the fastest in the game.
  • Buff Fox walks faster (1.45 → 1.523).
  • Buff Fox's air speed is noticeably faster (0.96 → 1.11), now being average instead of below-average.
  • Buff Fox's falling speed and fast falling speed are slightly higher (2.05 → 2.1) and (3.28 → 3.36) respectively.
  • Nerf Fox's gravity is much higher (0.19 → 0.23), now being as high as in Melee. While this makes his jumps slightly faster, it worsens his endurance at higher percents considerably, particularly when coupled with his lower weight, and makes him much more susceptible to combos at lower percents.
  • Buff Fox's traction is higher (0.06 → 0.115).
  • Nerf The removal of un-techable reeling on the ground hinders Fox more than the rest of the returning veterans, as his up smash KO setups from his forward tilt, neutral aerial and down aerial at high percentages can now always be teched.
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-14 → 4-12).
  • Nerf Back roll has more ending lag (FAF 27 → 33).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 25 → 24).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has more startup and grants less intangibility (frames 2-15 → 3-14).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 2-25 → 2-26).
  • Nerf Air dodge has more ending lag (FAF 31 → 39), although now it is the fastest in the game due to the universal changes.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 6 → 5), which transitions into the infinite faster (frame 7 → 5).
    • Buff The infinite has a shorter gap between hits (4 frames → 2) and a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.5×), allowing it to connect more reliably and making it harder to escape, despite its higher SDI multiplier (0.4× → 0.6×).
    • Nerf The first hit and infinite deal less damage (2% → 1.8% (hit 1), 0.7% → 0.6% (infinite)).
    • Nerf The first and second hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.8× (hit 1), 1.2× (hit 2)), giving opponents more time to SDI them.
    • Nerf The second hit's hitboxes have a shorter duration (frames 2-3 → frame 2).
    • Nerf The infinite has more startup (frame 3 → 5), no longer possessing an early hit that deals 0.4%, though this is mitigated by the second hit's faster transition into it.
    • Nerf The infinite's finisher has more ending lag (FAF 33 → 39).
    • Change The first and second hits have altered angles (35°/80°/20° (hit 1), 40°/76°/68° (hit 2) → 361°/180°) and knockback (hit 1: 15 base/40 scaling → 20/15 base/35/33/20 scaling, hit 2: 25/32 base/70/80 scaling → 20 base/35/33/20 scaling) to keep opponents close to Fox, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows them to connect better and jab lock, but worsens their guaranteed jab cancel setups.
    • Change The first and second hits have altered animations, with Fox standing more upright rather than lunging forward.
    • Change The infinite's finisher has higher base knockback (30 → 55), but lower knockback scaling (170 → 130).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Forward tilt angled up deals less damage (8% → 7%).
    • Nerf For all angles, forward tilt has higher base knockback (10 → 40), but lower knockback scaling (110 → 80). This makes it safer on hit at low percents, but hinders its KO potential while also hindering its locking potential.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Up tilt's animation has been changed, with Fox's foot being higher and at a raised angle on the frame that the hitbox first comes out. This prevents it from 2-framing.
    • Nerf The clean hit's grounded sweetspot deals less damage (9% → 8%).
    • Nerf The sourspots now take priority over the sweetspots, diminishing the move's damage potential.
    • Nerf Every hitbox except the sweetspot has been reduced (5.5u/5u/4u → 5u/4.5u/3.5u).
    • Change The sourspots deal more knockback (18 base/110 scaling → 20/125). This improves their KO potential, but worsens their combo potential. Conversely, the sweetspots have consistent base knockback (22 (grounded)/18 (aerial) → 20), and effectively deal less knockback as a result of their scaling values remaining unchanged.
    • Nerf The sourspots launch opponents towards Fox like the grounded sweetspot (80° → 110°). As a result, combined with their higher knockback, they can no longer true combo into an up aerial as a KO option at high percents.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt launches opponents at overall higher angles (45°/65°/80°/90° → 77°/75°/72°), has higher base knockback (25 → 70) with lower knockback scaling (100 → 50), and inflicts 3 additional frames of hitstun. This noticeably improves its combo potential.
    • Nerf Its hitboxes have been slightly reduced, with the farthest hitbox having been removed altogether (3.3u/3.2u/3u/2u → 3.2u/2.8u/3u).
    • Nerf Due to the farthest hitbox's more horizontal angle, it can no longer true combo into an up aerial as a KO option at high percents.
    • Change It uses a slap SFX instead of a punch SFX on hit.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 36 → 32), improving its combo potential.
    • Buff It has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 1.8×, which combined with the increased shieldstun for ground attacks and the reduced end lag, this makes it safer on shield.
    • Nerf Due to the changes to jostle mechanics, it can no longer cross-up shields, allowing it to be punished more easily despite its increased shieldstun.
    • Change It has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.15×).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash deals more knockback (20 base/98 scaling → 28/100 (clean), 20 base → 30 (late)), improving its KO potential and improving its safety at lower percentages.
    • Nerf It has a shorter duration (frames 13-15 → 13-14 (clean), 16-18 → 15-16 (late)) and travels a shorter distance.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's clean hit has increased knockback scaling (94 → 97), slightly improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf The animation is faster with the hitbox duration unchanged. While this makes it easier to hit behind Fox, it also makes the clean hit harder to land, making it more inconsistent as a KO option.
    • Nerf It no longer grants intangibility on Fox's head at frames 1-9, making it worse as an anti-air tool.
    • Change The move's ending animation has been modified: Fox now does a three point landing after doing his up smash.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (11 frames → 7 (neutral), 27 → 18 (forward), 15 → 9 (back), 22 → 13 (up), 25 → 17 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has less ending lag (FAF 42 → 39).
    • Nerf Its hitboxes have a shorter duration (frames 4-25 → 4-23).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial deals significantly more damage (2%/1%/0.6%/0.8%/3% → 1.8%/1.3%/1.8%/2.8%/4.8% (hits 1-5), 7.4% → 12.5% (total)), with knockback scaling compensated on the last hit (130 → 103).
    • Buff The linking hits have a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.66×), making them harder to SDI out of.
    • Buff All hits after the first come out faster (frame 13, 19, 26, 32 → 11, 15, 20, 25), allowing them to connect more reliably, and giving the move faster interruptibility as a result (FAF 51 → 44).
      • Nerf Due to the move's auto-cancel window remaining unchanged, this effectively increases its ending lag before it can autocancel.
    • Nerf Due to the shorter gaps between hits, and rage no longer affecting set knockback, the move cannot lead into a footstool as effectively, hindering its gimping potential.
    • Nerf Due to Fox's higher gravity, and no compensation on the vertical boosts from the kicks, the move is much less effective at extending Fox's jumps, stalling him in the air and makes it much harder to autocancel in a full hop.
    • Change The move has gained a landing hitbox, which improves its safety on landing, but hinders its tech-chasing capabilities.
    • Change It has an altered animation.
  • Back aerial:
    • Nerf Back aerial autocancels slightly later (frame 15 → 18), making it harder to autocancel in a short hop fast fall.
    • Buff It has an altered animation, with Fox facing more towards the screen, and leaving his leg outstretched for the entirety of the hitbox duration, effectively increasing the range of the last 2 frames of the active frames.
  • Up aerial:
    • Nerf The second hit of up aerial deals less damage (11% → 10%), although with its knockback scaling compensated (100 → 108).
    • Nerf Fox's higher falling speed and gravity prevents up aerial to autocancel in a short hop, unless with extremely precise timing.
    • Buff Due to the lower landing lag, the first hit can now combo into other moves, and possesses a KO setup into up smash at high percents.
    • Change The first hit of up aerial now uses a slap SFX instead of a punch SFX on hit.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's linking hits deal more knockback (5 set/38 base → 20/65) and their upper hitboxes use a different angle (250° → 325°), allowing them to connect better.
      • Buff They also have a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.66×), making them harder to SDI out of.
    • Buff It auto-cancels slightly earlier (frame 29 → 28).
    • Change The hitbox on the foot is slightly larger (3u → 3.2u), but is no longer extended.
    • Nerf The final hit's foot hitbox is noticeably smaller (8.5u → 7u).
    • Nerf The move can no longer be frame canceled, worsening its landing hit's combo potential at higher percents despite its lower landing lag.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Standing and pivot grabs' hitboxes have a longer duration (frames 6-7 → 6-8 (standing), 11-12 → 11-13 (pivot)).
  • Nerf All grabs have increased ending lag (FAF 29 → 37 (standing), 36 → 45 (dash), 34 → 40 (pivot)).
  • Nerf All grabs are less extended (Z2 offset: 9u → 8u (standing), 10.8u → 9.6u (dash), -15u → -13.5u (pivot)), reducing even further his already poor grab range.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (1.2% → 1%).
    • Nerf It has less startup (frame 2 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 10 → 6), but deals considerably more hitlag (4 frames → 11), increasing its effective duration.
    • Buff Pummel is now an extended hitbox (Z offset: 6.5-9.5), improving its ability to hit bystanders.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw launches opponents at a higher angle (45° → 56°), worsening its ability to set up edgeguards.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf The faster knockback physics and reduced hitstun for higher knockback values decrease down throw's combo potential, due to its more horizontal launch angle compared to others, as well as Fox's slower initial dash speed.
    • Change Down throw fires three lasers instead of four, but they deal more damage (1.5% → 2%), leaving the total damage unchanged.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Blaster:
    • Buff Blaster has less ending lag (FAF 40 → 37 (grounded), 38 → 35 (aerial)), improving its camping ability.
    • Buff The lasers have a slightly longer duration (20 frames → 22), and thus more range.
  • Fox Illusion:
    • Buff Fox Illusion deals more damage (3% → 8% (grounded), 5% (aerial)), with knockback only fully compensated on the aerial version (10 base/170 scaling → 30/110 (grounded), 10/200 → 15/148 (aerial)). This drastically increases the grounded version's knockback, allowing it to KO middleweights under 180%.
    • Buff It can no longer send opponents behind Fox, allowing the aerial version to start combos more consistently.
    • Buff The grounded version has much less ending lag (FAF 70 → 56).
    • Nerf Fox Illusion has more startup lag (frame 21 → 25).
    • Nerf The aerial version has more ending lag (FAF 70 → 73).
    • Nerf The move covers slightly less distance, and it immediately halts when it hits an opponent's shield, making it easier to punish.
  • Fire Fox:
    • Buff Fire Fox deals less damage on the initial hits (2% → 1.8%), but more on the dash (14% → 16% (clean), 8% → 10% (late)), allowing it to still deal slightly more total damage (28% → 28.6%).
    • Buff The initial hits deal less knockback (28 base/30 scaling → 20/20), and have lower hitlag (1× → 0.8×) and SDI multipliers (1× → 0.6×), allowing them to connect more effectively despite launching at a more vertical angle (110° → 105°).
    • Buff The dash deals more knockback (60 base → 70 (clean), 60 base/60 scaling → 85/50 (late)), which alongside its increased damage improves its KO potential, despite launching at a lower angle (80° → 60°).
    • Buff It also has larger hitboxes (5.3u (clean)/4.7u (late) → 7.2u/5u).
    • Nerf Fire Fox travels a shorter distance.
    • Change Its charging animation has been altered, and Fox glances up before firing.
  • Reflector:
    • Buff Reflector has less startup (frame 6 → 3) and ending lag (FAF 41 → 37).
    • Buff It has gained intangibility on frames 2-3, improving its utility as a combo breaker and as a gimping tool.
    • Buff The aerial hitbox launches at a lower angle (40˚ → 24˚), improving its edgeguarding potential.
    • Nerf Its hitbox has a shorter duration (2 frames → 1).
    • Nerf Only the first use will stall Fox in the air before landing.
    • Change Reflector is a darker shade of blue.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Fox has a new Final Smash called Team Star Fox, which involves an Arwing strike. Upon activating, Fox yells, "It's go time!" If the Arwings successfully catch their target, Fox yells, "Star Fox, fire at will!" with it captioned on screen during the cinematic.
      • Change If Team Star Fox is used against Wolf, Fox will say, "This is the end for you, Wolf!"
    • Nerf Team Star Fox is easier to avoid compared to the Landmaster and has less versatility.
    • Buff Team Star Fox can potentially deal more damage than the Landmaster, and the single hit has increased KO power, making it more consistent.
    • Buff Due to being a cutscene Final Smash, Fox can no longer accidentally self-destruct like he could in the Landmaster.

Update history[edit]

Fox has received some fairly minor adjustments in game updates. The biggest change was his neutral attack's second hit being adjusted to more reliably connect into the rapid jab in update 3.1.0. These changes have had little to no impact on Fox's viability, and he continues to be considered a high-tier character by top-level players.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff The outermost hitbox of neutral attack's second hit launches opponents towards Fox (361° → 180°) and has more knockback scaling (10 → 20), allowing it to connect into the infinite more reliably.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff The lag upon waking up from the sleep effect has been adjusted, matching the rest of the cast.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

  • Nerf Fox's aerial hitstun animation has been altered to have his head placed slightly higher, allowing some multi-hit moves such as Spin Charge to connect more easily.

Moveset[edit]

For a gallery of Fox's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   1.7% Two alternating jabs followed by a flurry of kicks, ending with a mid-level roundhouse kick with his opposite leg. Quick start-up time (frame 2) means that dash-cancelling into jab is a solid approach option in neutral, is a good spot dodge punish option and is a reliable move for breaking non true grounded combos. Compared to Smash 4, the jab can lock and the rapid jab connects better, making it a more effective damage racking tool at almost any percentage. However, it can no longer jab cancel into other moves. Good combo finisher, most notably with early hit neutral aerial at low percentages. However, the rapid jab finisher has high endlag, making it very punishable on shield.
1%
0.6% (loop), 2% (final hit)
Forward tilt   7% A roundhouse kick with good startup (frame 6), very low endlag and decent range, making it good for spacing. However, it's not safe on shield if not spaced properly. Has transcendent priority, which allows it to ignore or trade with other moves, but prevents it from cancelling out projectiles. Can be angled up or down, both of which deal more damage and knockback than if not angled. Using this move repeatedly causes Fox to move slightly forward. Angling it down may hit the opponents hanging on the ledge. May cause tripping at low percentages. Using forward tilt at low percentages can combo into itself once more, at low-mid percentages can lead into dash attack and at mid percentages can lead to tech chase and jab lock opportunities.
6%
7%
Up tilt   8% (clean foot on grounded foe), 7% (clean/mid foot on aerial foe), 6% (clean leg/late foot on grounded foe; mid leg/foot on aerial foe), 5% (late foot on aerial foe) Fox plants his hands on the ground and does a scorpion kick with his right leg. Has an extremely fast startup for a tilt (frame 3), which can make it a good option for surprising the opponents and is his most reliable option to use after perfect shielding. Compared to Smash 4, the hitboxes are moved higher up, which makes it impossible to 2-frame punish but is better as an anti aerial move. A purple trail indicates the hitbox, starting behind and ending in front of him. It's not safe on shield, making it punishable. Combos into itself along with jab, down tilt, forward tilt, up smash (at higher percents), neutral air, up air, back air and several other moves. Fox's strongest tilt attack when sweetspotted, although it will only start KOing Mario at around 215% on Final Destination.
Down tilt   8% (close), 7% (far) Fox spins while crouching, sweeping with his tail. Comes out on frame 7 and can 2-frame punish certain opponents if timed properly. One of his best combo starters due to the new launch angle - can lead into up smash, neutral air, down air, back air, forward air, and in case the opponent DIs towards Fox, up air.
Dash attack   6% (clean), 4% (late) A flying kick with great startup (frame 4) and low endlag. Good approach option in neutral that can lead to a jab, up tilt, up smash, neutral air or down air follow-up. The late hit can combo into forward aerial at mid or up smash as a KO setup at higher percentages, while the early hit can follow up into forward or up aerial depending on the opponent's reaction. However, it stops on shield unless done at point blank range, making it punishable.
Forward smash   14% (clean), 11% (late) An outwards crescent kick. Fox's only non special move that has more than 10 frames of startup (13 frames), but has decent endlag compared to his other smash attacks, making it somewhat hard to punish on whiff, but is still punishable on shield. It has good range since Fox somersaults forward. It has a decent duration for a smash attack, making it reliable for punishing regular ledge getups. Has somewhat low base knockback for a forward smash, but decent knockback growth. KOs Mario at around 92% near the ledge and at around 127% at the center of Final Destination. The late hit is capable of hitting opponents on the ledge, while also having a decent knockback near the ledge, KOing Mario at around 116% near the ledge of Final Destination, albeit failing to KO until around 160% at the center of Final Destination.
Up smash Flip Kick 16% (clean), 11% (late) A bicycle kick with good horizontal and great vertical range. One of Fox's primary KO moves. Very fast (frame 8), has high knockback and even has reliable KO setups to it, most notably falling late neutral aerial to up smash. However, due to high ending lag, it is very punishable if shielded or whiffed. Late hit also has a significantly weaker knockback and can only KO the opponents near the ledge at very high percentages. Can hit opponents standing on top of some platforms, like lower platforms on Battlefield. The clean hit KOs Mario at around 107% on Final Destination. The late hit is hard to land because of up smash's short duration and launches opponents weakly at a horizontal angle. It KOs Mario at around 137% at the edge of Final Destination, and at around 180% at the center of Final Destination.
Down smash   14% (feet), 12% (legs) A split kick. Quick start-up (frame 6) means this move can be used to cover rolls and ledge options and is Fox's most reliable 2-frame punish move. Sends the opponent at a semispike angle. His legs gain intangibility the moment the hitboxes are active (frames 6-7). However, its high endlag makes it punishable if shielded or whiffed. KOs Mario at around 116% and 159% while near the ledge and at the center of Final Destination, respectively.
Neutral aerial   9% (clean), 6% (late) A flying kick. Fox's fastest aerial attack, coming out on frame 4. Due to being a sex kick, it loses power the longer it is out. However, the late hit can be useful for setting up any of his attacks at mid to high percentages, especially due to rather low landing lag (7 frames) coupled with Fox's quick falling speed and it can be relatively safe on shield if spaced properly. A great combo & pressure tool that all Fox mains would be wise to take advantage of. Auto-cancels from a full hop. Third strongest aerial when clean hit, albeit it only starts KOing Mario near the ledge of Final Destination at around 169%.
Forward aerial Tornado Kick 1.7% (hit 1), 1.2% (hit 2), 1.7% (hit 3), 2.7% (hit 4), 4.8% (hit 5); 2% (landing hit) Five swiveling roundhouse kicks performed in quick succession. Comes out on frame 7. This move makes Fox "hover" until the move ends if used right after a jump. Good for building up damage, as opponents will be trapped within the flurry of kicks for the duration of the attack. Suffers from noticeable landing lag (18 frames) and auto-cancels in a full hop, but with strict timing. When fast-fallen, hitting an opponent with any of the first four kicks will drag them towards the ground, allowing for Fox to combo into any of his tilts and smashes upon jab-locking. It can function as a pseudo meteor smash when fast-falling offstage with the opponent before the final hit, allowing him to gimp some opponents who have used their midair jump and can even possibly lead into the Reflector, making the opponent even harder to to recover, but it also puts Fox at higher risk for recovering back to the stage. It can also be used as a situational KOing option while near the upper blast zone at very high percentages.
Back aerial   13% A back kick. A good KO option at very high percentages due to decent startup (9 frames) low landing lag (9 frames), semispike angle, and somewhat high knockback. It has great auto-cancel window (frame 18), allowing Fox to use back aerial at the peak of short hop and fast fall while still auto-canceling before landing, making it a good pressure and spacing option and is relatively safe on shield if hit with the tip of the move, making the move somewhat hard to punish. Also great for catching horizontal recovery options, but it leaves Fox vulnerable offstage due to very high endlag and Fox's high falling speed. It also has poor range and is angled high, making it somewhat hard to land. Fox can combo out of back air at low percentages. KOs Mario at the ledge of Final Destination at around 118%, and around 155% at the center of Final Destination.
Up aerial McCloud Flip 5% (hit 1), 10% (hit 2) From a midair somersault, Fox attacks above him with a tail sweep followed by a heel kick. Comes out on frame 9. Can combo into itself and is great for juggling opponents while racking up quick damage. If hit with the tip of the first hit, there's a chance that the second hit will miss. While it can auto-cancel from a short hop, it can only be done on the first frame Fox jumps after a jumpsquat. Due to lower landing lag (13 frames) compared to Smash 4 and first hit of up aerial having a set knockback, landing only the first hit on the grounded opponent can lead into other moves at any percentage, most notably up smash. Fox's strongest aerial in terms of knockback, and can KO Mario at his full jump height at around 125% and can even KO Mario on the ground starting at 143% on Final Destination, if both hits connect in both cases.
Down aerial   1.3% (hits 1-6), 3% (hit 7); 1% (landing) A drill kick that hits multiple times in quick succession. Auto-cancels from a full hop, and has a good startup (frame 5), making it useful for reading jumps and for getting Fox from the ledge back on stage. The last hit deals low knockback. While it has high landing lag (17 frames), it can be used as a mix-up in case the opponent expects and wants to perfect shield the neutral aerial, or to shield poke. There's a chance the opponent will fall out of this move. The landing hit launches opponents away and at high percentages, a running up smash can be used as an immediate follow-up.
Grab   Reaches out with his right arm. Has quick startup (frame 6), but has low range and moderate endlag.
Pummel   1% A knee strike. Very fast, but also weak.
Forward throw 4% (hit), 3% (throw) Releases the opponent and quickly performs a cross, launching them forward. Can be used for tech chasing at mid percentages or putting the opponents offstage. Fox's strongest throw, but fails to KO Mario until around 212% at the very edge of Final Destination.
Back throw 2% (throw), 2% (Blaster shots) Throws the opponent backward and shoots them with three rapid shots from his Blaster. Due to high angle and very weak knockback, it's not great at putting the opponents offstage. It can be used to set up tech chase on platforms at various percentages.
Up throw 2% (throw), 2% (Blaster shots) Throws the opponent upward and shoots them with three rapid shots from his Blaster. Can be used to put the opponent on the platform or to follow up with up air if the opponent's reaction is read properly. Has weak knockback as it only starts KOing Mario at around 294% on Final Destination.
Down throw 2% (Blaster shots), 1% (throw) Slams the opponent onto the ground and fires three rapid, point-blank shots at them with his Blaster. Less reliable as a combo starter compared to Smash 4 due to the changes of knockback, angle and hitstun and Fox's slower initial dash speed. Can follow up with an up smash, back air, neutral air, or forward air at low-mid percents depending on opponent's DI and / or if the opponent's reaction is read properly.
Floor attack (front)   7% Does a kick in front and in back.
Floor attack (back)   7% Punches forward and kicks backward.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Spins around, kicking around himself.
Edge attack   9% Fox climbs up the ledge and does a sliding dropkick. Afterwards, he retreats with a single-armed back handspring.
Neutral special Blaster 3% (point-blank range), 2% (mid range), 1.3% (long range) Takes his Blaster out of its holster and fires at the opponent. The Blaster itself has relatively low endlag and projectiles have the transcendent priority which makes it good at forcing the approaches at long distances. The Blaster's lasers are fired rapidly, but do not make the opponent flinch and they lose power the farther they travel. Slightly less lag while used in the air. Can be used for camping and is an excellent move for punishing shield breaks or very laggy moves (like Rest) because of the lack of hitstun.
Side special Fox Illusion 8% (grounded version), 5% (aerial version) Dashes forward at a blindingly fast speed, leaving behind afterimages. Fox will launch opponents at an upwards angle on contact. Can be used as a situational recovery option. Stops on shields, making it punishable. The end of the grounded version can function as a KO setup into his up aerial at around 100% on middleweights. The grounded version can also function as a situational KOing move, KOing Mario at around 174% on Final Destination.
Up special Fire Fox 1.8% (charge loop), 16% (clean dash), 10% (late dash) Engulfs himself in an aura of flame before launching himself in a fiery tackle. Since this move is fire-based, it can detonate some items like Links' bombs. Travels a long distance, but has very high startup for both his charging flames and dash (20 and 43 frames, respectively), in addition to it being completely linear making Fox widely open for edgeguards. The trajectory of the move can be chosen before Fox launches himself, with up to 8 angles to choose from. After the move ends, Fox becomes helpless. Can be used to kill at high percents, however, this is risky due to the high end lag. It can also stage spike reckless edgeguarders who got hit with Fire Fox.
Down special Reflector 2% (activation), 1.4× reflected projectile Activates his Reflector, surrounding himself with a blue hexagonal energy field. All projectiles are deflected and do increased damage. The Reflector also damages nearby foes upon activation, weakly launching them at a semispike angle. After reflecting a projectile, Fox can jump, spot dodge or roll, which allows him to escape potential punishes. It stalls Fox in the air, giving him a landing or a recovery mix-up, though he can only do it once until he lands or gets hit. Due to 3 frame startup, intangibility on frames 2-3 and low knockback angle, this move can be used to finish combos, start tech chases, escape combos, and edgeguard or gimp recoveries.
Final Smash Team Star Fox 3% (trapping hit), 30% (lasers), 10% (end) Upon activation, Fox shouts "It's go time!", with a large green reticle appearing in front of him. Three Arwings fly in a tight formation from behind the screen in the area where the reticle is located. Upon hit, a cinematic begins with Fox and his team flying in a group of Arwings, as Fox himself says, "Star Fox- fire at will!" (saying "This is the end for you, Wolf!" if he hits Wolf), as all of the members then fire lasers at the trapped opponents, damaging them heavily and launching them horizontally as the cutscene ends.

On-screen appearance[edit]

Ejects from an Arwing.

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Charges up with flames, like with his Fire Fox move, and says "Let's go!" (行くぞ!, Let's go!)
  • Side taunt: Spins his Blaster in his hand in the air before putting it back in its holster.
  • Down taunt: Leans back and states "Come at me!" (かかってこい!, Come at me!) whilst beckoning with his hand.
    • Smash Taunt: Kneels down before contacting Team Star Fox. This can only be done on Star Fox stages, and is performed by tapping the down taunt command. Fox will hold a pose for a few seconds, then a conversation will begin. This can only be done once each round and if the player is hit while Fox is holding his pose before the conversation starts, it is canceled.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Does a Tae Kwon Do fighting stance and takes a deep breath.
  • Holds out his hand and makes a beckoning gesture.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Fox holds out his Blaster, then proceeds to spin it in his hand before putting it in his holster, saying "This is Fox. Returning to base." ("こちらフォックス、これより帰還する。", This is Fox, heading back.).
    • If Falco was present in the match, there's a chance he will say "Better luck next time, Falco." ("まだまだだな、ファルコ。", Not just yet, Falco.) instead.
  • Up: Points his Blaster to the right, then the left, and then points it to the right again, saying "Mission complete!" ("作戦完了!", Operation complete!).
  • Right: Crosses his arms, looks upward, and raises his tail (his "character chosen" animation and taunt in Super Smash Bros.).
This victory theme is based upon the main theme of Star Fox 64, and more specifically the title theme. It is also reminiscent of the music that would play when a mission was completed or accomplished.

In competitive play[edit]

In stark contrast to pre-release Ultimate, where it was speculated that Fox would be an unviable character and possibly even one of the worst characters in the game, Fox has achieved fantastic results since the game's release from professionals such as Light and ZD, which has caused him to achieve an extremely positive reception from most players. This is widely due to all of the indirect benefits Fox received from the game's engine as well. This has led many top players to believe that Fox is a top tier character, with many ranking him among the top 10-15 characters in the game, with some arguing that he could potentially be top 5. However this is debatable as Fox's representation in the current metagame is still lower than many other characters considered top tier. Furthermore, Fox's results were not as stellar as in the early days of Ultimate, as some players have either completely dropped the character or have picked up other characters to cover Fox's weaknesses.

Notable players[edit]

Active[edit]

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.

Inactive[edit]

Classic Mode: Spaceborne Smash[edit]

Fox's congratulations screen.

Fox's opponents are all space travelers. Every round plays music from the opponents’ home series, except for Round 4, which plays music from Star Fox.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Samus SamusHeadSSBU.png Brinstar Title Theme - Metroid
2 Rosalina & Luma RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Mario Galaxy Egg Planet
3 Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Halberd Meta Knight's Revenge
4 Giant Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Frigate Orpheon Star Fox Medley Team Battle. Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png is a CPU ally.
5 Olimar OlimarHeadSSBU.png Distant Planet Stage Select - Pikmin 2
6 Wolf WolfHeadSSBU.png Venom (Ω form) Star Wolf (Brawl) Items do not appear.
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On 7.0 intensity, Crazy Hand teams up with Master Hand.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Fox has Main Theme - Star Fox accompany the credits.

Character unlock tree[edit]

Fox's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:

  1. Captain Falcon
  2. Zero Suit Samus
  3. Peach
  4. Falco
  5. Daisy
  6. Bowser Jr.
  7. Wolf
  8. Mewtwo

Each character can be unlocked by clearing Fox's Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Mario's character unlock tree, starting with Sonic.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Fox in World of Light

Fox was among the fighters that were on the cliffside that gathered to defeat the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, he was issuing orders to the other fighters while pointing his blaster at Galeem's Master Hand army, telling them "Don't let a single one of them [of the Master Hands] get away." Fox was also present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. He was vaporized offscreen despite his attempt to escape in his Arwing, and was placed under Galeem's imprisonment alongside the other fighters (excluding Kirby). A puppet fighter cloned from him is later seen along with ones cloned from Simon, Mario and other fighters.

Fox is unlocked near a heart-shaped lake. The player must defeat either Nyna's or Panther Caroso's spirit to access his unlock battle. Unlocking Fox will allow the player to access the red switch which opens the red gate leading towards the Temple of Light sub-area as well as clearing a path blocked by rocks. This makes him one of the few mandatory fighter unlocks.

He is later seen again alongside Mario and several other fighters, making their last stand against Galeem and Dharkon. In the bad ending where Galeem emerges victorious against Dharkon, Fox is among the fighters witnessing the world becoming engulfed in light, with Samus and Bowser by his side.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
07
Fox SSBU.png
Fox Shield 3,700 Corneria (Ω form) Star Fox Medley


Spirits[edit]

Fox's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode, depicting his Star Fox Zero artwork. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Fox in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Additionally, Fox makes an appearance in a Support Spirit.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
387
Krystal.png
Krystal Star Fox series Fox FoxHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadBlueSSBU.png
Neutral
13,100 Corneria •Assist Trophy Enemies (Krystal) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Theme from Area 6 / Missile Slipstream Fox McCloud
389
James McCloud.png
James McCloud Star Fox series Fox FoxHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
13,800 Venom •Move Speed ↑
•Defense ↑
•Attack Power ↑
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy has increased move speed when the enemy's at high damage
Star Fox Medley
394
Gyrowing.png
Gyrowing Star Fox series Fox FoxHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Grab
1,900 Pilotwings N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt Sector Ω
404
Generalpepper.png
General Pepper Star Fox series Fox FoxHeadRedSSBU.png
Neutral
3,500 Corneria •Sudden Final Smash •The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash after a little while Main Theme - Star Fox
430
Vulpix Spirit.png
Vulpix Pokémon series •Tiny Fox FoxHeadRedSSBU.png
Attack
1,500 Saffron City N/A •Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Vulpix) Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
431
Alolan Vulpix Spirit.png
Alolan Vulpix Pokémon series •Tiny Fox FoxHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Shield
2,100 Summit (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Fog •The stage is covered in fog
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Alolan Vulpix)
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
762
Revolver Ocelot.png
Revolver Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid 3) Metal Gear Solid series Fox FoxHeadOrangeSSBU.png
Grab
4,300 Shadow Moses Island (Battlefield form) •Item: Shooting Types
•Hazard: Zap Floor
•The floor is electrified
•The enemy's ranged weapons have increased power
Snake Eater
777
Tails Spirit.png
Tails Sonic the Hedgehog series Fox FoxHeadYellowSSBU.png
Grab
9,600 Windy Hill Zone •Assist Trophy Enemies (Knuckles)
•Hazard: Low Gravity
•Gravity is reduced
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy starts the battle with an enhanced Ray Gun
Emerald Hill Zone
790
Rouge Spirit.png
Rouge the Bat Sonic the Hedgehog series Fox FoxHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Grab
3,700 Fourside N/A •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy's melee blows will heal them when they hit
•The enemy has increased jump power
Sonic Heroes
836
Redd Spirit.png
Redd Animal Crossing series Fox FoxHeadYellowSSBU.png
Neutral
3,700 Smashville N/A •Items will be pulled toward the enemy 2:00 a.m. - Animal Crossing: Wild World
1,244
Raymondbryce.png
Raymond Bryce Disaster: Day of Crisis Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Shield
2,300 Fourside •Earthquake
•Hazard: Heavy Wind
•Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
•Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage after a little while
Encounter
1,263
Russ Spirit.png
Russ Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers Fox FoxHeadYellowSSBU.png
Grab
1,700 Gerudo Valley •Item: Rocket Belt •The enemy takes less damage while in the air
•The enemy loves to jump
•The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger
1,272
Tempo Spirit.png
Tempo HarmoKnight Fox FoxHeadRedSSBU.png
Neutral
1,600 Pac-Land •Reflect-Damage Buffed •The enemy starts the battle with a Home-Run Bat
•All fighters' reflected projectiles have increased power
Fruit Basket
1,357
Andy Bogard.png
Andy Bogard FATAL FURY series Fox FoxHeadSSBU.png
Shield
2,000 Delfino Plaza Jump Power ↓ •Stamina battle
•All fighters have reduced jump power
Pasta - FATAL FURY 2
1,368
Zacian&ZamazentaSpirit.png
Zacian & Zamazenta Pokémon series Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Wolf WolfHeadRedSSBU.png
Neutral
13,900 Spear Pillar (Ω form) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge The Battle at the Summit! Zacian
1,373
LeonRE.png
Leon Resident Evil Series Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Villager (×9) (VillagerHeadYellowSSBU.png x3, VillagerHeadPinkSSBU.png x3, VillagerHeadSSBU.png x3)
Shield
3,800 Gerudo Valley Item: Exploding Types •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Stamina Battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Psycho Bits

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
385
Slippy toad.png
Slippy Toad Star Fox series Greninja GreninjaHeadGreenSSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Shield
9,600 Frigate Orpheon (hazards off) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Timed battle
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Corneria - Star Fox Fox McCloud
386
Peppy Hare Spirit.png
Peppy Hare Star Fox series •Bunny King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Neutral
8,800 Venom N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Main Theme - Star Fox 64 (Melee) Fox McCloud
388
Rob 64.png
ROB 64 Star Fox series R.O.B. ROBHeadYellowSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadOrangeSSBU.png
Shield
3,300 Corneria (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Area 6 - Star Fox 64 Fox McCloud
406
DashBowman.png
Dash Bowman Star Fox series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Neutral
1,500 Corneria (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Return to Corneria - Star Fox Zero Fox McCloud
1,087
Nico Fire Spirit.png
Nico Fire StreetPass Mii Plaza series Ness NessHeadGreenSSBU.png
Fox FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png
Sonic SonicHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Attack
1,500 Big Blue •Uncontrollable Speed •All fighters move faster and can't stop quickly Wii Sports Resort Streetpass Dogs

Alternate costumes[edit]

Fox Palette (SSBU).png
FoxHeadSSBU.png FoxHeadBlackSSBU.png FoxHeadRedSSBU.png FoxHeadGreenSSBU.png FoxHeadOrangeSSBU.png FoxHeadWhiteSSBU.png FoxHeadYellowSSBU.png FoxHeadPurpleSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Fox retains his Wolf costume, despite Wolf also being a separate playable character. This contrasts with Samus, Peach, and Ike, whose Dark Samus, Daisy, and Chrom costumes were replaced when the latter three were made echo fighters (also making them similar to Mario having his Wario-based costume replaced by his Builder Mario costume).
  • If Fox wins a match with Falco present, there's a chance he will say, "Better luck next time, Falco!", in one of his victory animations. However, this line is strangely not found in his Sound Test.
  • Fox is the only character whose unlock column for Classic Mode includes at least one character who debuted in each game in the Smash series. (Whereas Mario and Kirby have no newcomers from Ultimate unlocked in their columns respectively)
    • Not counting characters with opposite gender alternate costumes (like Robin and Corrin), Fox has the most female fighters in his unlock column, as his column features Peach, Daisy, and Zero Suit Samus for unlockable characters.
  • Despite Fox receiving an update on his design, the afterimages of his Fox Illusion still uses his design from Smash 4. This is shared with Falco's Falco Phantasm.
  • Fox's fight with Wolf on Venom in his Classic Mode references his team's final fight with Star Wolf in Star Fox 64 before Fox goes on to fight Andross. It also likely references the famous "No items, Fox only, Final Destination" meme; no items spawn, Wolf is a pseudo-clone of Fox, and it takes place on the Ω Form of Venom.
    • His appearance on Final Destination during the opening movie also likely references the meme.
    • Additionally, his fight against Master Hand and Crazy Hand references the battle against Andross from the same game, where Fox must target his hands to attack him.
  • If Fox blocks an attack with his shield, he will revert to his shielding pose from Smash 4. This also happens with Luigi.
    • The pose itself affects Fox's hurtbox positioning as it makes him stand upright rather that slouch, which results in making it easier for opponents to hit him vertically with a smaller shield.
  • Fox's entry on the official Super Smash Blog makes a reference to Fox's down taunt in previous games, where he shouts "Come on!". However, in the context of Ultimate, this reference is lost as Fox doesn't say "Come on!" during his down taunt anymore, instead he says "Come at me!".
  • Fox is the only starter whose unlock tree contains all of the unlockable characters from his universe.
  • Fox is the lightest character absent in Pichu's Classic route.