Fox (フォックス, Fox) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Fox is classified as fighter #07.
Mike West, Fox's English voice actor from Star Fox 64, Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas reprises his role with updated voice clips while the Japanese version has him voiced by Takashi Ōhara, his voice actor in the Japanese versions of Star Fox 64 3D and Star Fox Zero.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Fox received a mix of buffs and nerfs during his transition from Smash 4, but was generally nerfed. All of his aerials have less landing lag, and his mobility has seen minor improvements. His KO options (such up smash) have received buffs as well, granting him having access to some new kill setups that weren't possible in his previous iterations. Fox also greatly benefits from the game's engine changes and new mechanics, with run cancelling allowing him to approach with his great grounded options and revamped airdodges making his powerful juggling options even more so.
However, Fox also received some noticeable nerfs, the most significant ones being to his recovery, as Fire Fox's travel distance is shorter, Reflector only allows stalling once, and Fox Illusion no longer bypasses shields, making it much more difficult for him to bypass opponents and reach the edge of the stage, being easier for him to being punished and edgeguarded. He is also even lighter than before, worsening his endurance.
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 makes it uncertain as to whether he was buffed or nerfed from Smash 4 to Ultimate. Nevertheless, his early metagame representation is still high, with players such as Larry Lurr, Light, Charlie, and ZD placing highly at regional and national tournaments.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Spaceborne Smash
Fox's opponents are all space travelers.
Character unlock tree
Fox's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:
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
Fox was among the fighters that were on the cliffside that gathered to defeat the army of Master Hands.
During the opening cutscene, Fox was issuing orders to the other fighters, telling them "Don't [not to] let a single one [of the Master Hands] get away." Fox was also present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. He was vaporized offscreen, 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.
Fox is fought on the Omega version of Corneria, with a Shield spirit and a power of 3,770.
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.
Fox's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. 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.
Character Showcase Video
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