Ike (SSBU)

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Ike
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Universe Fire Emblem
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Great Aether
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Ike's side smash attack is extremely powerful, but it leaves him open, so you'll need to read your opponent's moves carefully. You can choose between his Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn costumes.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Ike (アイク, Ike) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Ike is classified as fighter #32.

Ike has new voice clips in both versions of Ultimate; Michihiko Hagi reprises his role in the Japanese version, and Greg Chun now voicing Ike in English, reprising his role from Fire Emblem Heroes, replacing Jason Adkins who voiced him in Brawl and SSB4.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Ike must then be defeated on Coliseum.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Ike was noticeably buffed in the transition from SSB4 to Ultimate. His mobility has been improved to help with the new faster pace of Ultimate, and he shares the universal buffs of a 3-frame jumpsquat (reduced from 7 frames) and significant landing lag decreases for his aerials. Ike's neutral aerial has become an even better combo starter and approach option thanks to its faster startup, lower landing lag and reduced damage, and he has also received a new up aerial with greatly increased range, improving his powerful juggling capabilities, while Eruption can now generate a maximum of three flame pillars if fully charged, improving its already powerful ledge-trapping potential. Finally, Ike is able to combo with his down throw at low percents more reliably.

However, Ike still struggles in some areas and his nerfs were noticeable. His running speed was almost unchanged, making it much worse relative to the cast, now being the 12th slowest runner in the game and his recovery remains very exploitable due to Aether's short horizontal recovery distance, and Quick Draw not getting changes to help its recovery potential, which was made worse to the reduction in the size of most stage's ledges. The changes to rage have indirectly nerfed Ike as well, due to it being less effective for comebacks when he is at higher percents. Furthermore, his forward aerial, a staple of his neutral game in Brawl and SSB4, has been nerfed as well, with it dealing less damage, having increased ending lag, no longer autocanceling in a short hop, the hitboxes being repositioned creating new blindspots, and having decreased knockback, making it less useful as an edgeguarding tool and removing almost all its KO potential. Combined with his much slower grounded mobility relative to the cast, this hinders Ike's approach. His Aether is also worse against edgeguards because Ragnell does not pass through the stage anymore making Ike's recovery more vulnerable.

Thanks to these changes and improvements to his moveset, many players consider this to be Ike's best iteration in the series, with him getting great results in the early metagame thanks to players such as MkLeo, Marss and Ryuga. However, in recent times, Ike's popularity has somewhat diminished as he hasn't achieved nearly as many results as before while other characters have started to become more popular than him. As such, MkLeo mostly uses Lucina and Joker while Marss only uses him as a counterpick character. Due to these turn of events, Ike's tier placement is debatable as some smashers are starting to believe that he might not be nearly as effective as originally imagined. Regardless, he is still viewed to be significantly improved from SSB4.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Ike's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing now features simple detailing, similar to Brawl.
  • Change Ike's appearance as a Ranger in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - the basis of his appearance in Brawl - is his default costume. His appearance as a Hero in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, which was his default design in SSB4, is now an alternate costume, and five of his previous costumes have been distributed among the two appearances. Additionally, Ike has a new alternate costume based on his father, Greil.
  • Change The model for his Radiant Dawn appearance is largely similar to SSB4. However, it has a number of differences. His skin tone is noticeably more tanned, and his facial features have been modified; his face is narrower, his eyes have an altered shape and are closer together, and his hair is slightly more voluminous and spiked. In addition, Radiant Dawn Ike's collar has been made smaller and is now flared, his neck is longer, and his cape hangs lower from the front, giving a better overall view of his face. Other changes include his pauldron now jutting outwards and no longer moving with his left arm, his arm bandaging being less visible, and his muscles being more pronounced.
  • Change Ike's voice changes depending on the costume. In the Japanese version, Ike's voice is deeper and more masculine in his Radiant Dawn costume. The differences are much less noticeable in the English version; Ike sounds slightly more aggressive and serious in his Radiant Dawn costume.
  • Change Ike has a new idle animation, which is more similar to his idle stance in Path of Radiance.
  • Change Ike no longer does a backflip during his backward jumping animation.
  • Change Ike's clapping animation now differs slightly depending on which outfit he is using. Path of Radiance Ike has a new clapping animation, whereas Radiant Dawn Ike reuses the previous animation from Brawl and SSB4.
    • Change Additionally, Ragnell is no longer present in the "No Contest" screen.
  • Change Ike has different victory quotes depending on which outfit is used.
    • Change During the victory animation where he swings Ragnell twice, Path of Radiance Ike says, "Your skills were... remarkable," (あんたの戦い、見事だった, Your combat was excellent.) and Radiant Dawn Ike says, "Don't stand in my way." (どうして俺の前に立った, Why do you stand before me?)
    • Change During the victory animation where he plants Ragnell into the ground, Path of Radiance Ike says, "I submit to no one," (誰にも、譲る気はない, I cannot yield to anyone.) and Radiant Dawn Ike says, "I must move forward." (俺は前に進む, I move forward.)
    • Change During the victory animation where he performs an Aether, Path of Radiance Ike says, "You'll get no sympathy from me," (極めれば…誰にも負けはしない, To the end... I will not lose to anyone.) and Radiant Dawn Ike says, "I fight for my friends." (俺には守るべき物が在る, I have things I must protect.)

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Ike's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 7).
  • Buff Ike dashes slightly faster (1.5 → 1.507).
    • Buff Ike's initial dash is faster (1.5 → 1.815).
  • Buff Ike walks slightly faster (0.869 → 0.912).
  • Buff Ike's air speed is slightly faster (1.08 → 1.134).
  • Buff Ike's traction is significantly higher (0.044 → 0.112), improving his punish game out of shield.
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 31).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-18 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-18 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 33 → 36).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 27).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Nerf Air dodge has more startup (frame 3 → 4) and significantly more ending lag (FAF 34 → 50).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 4-31).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 11 → 9), which transitions into the third hit faster (frame 12 → 9), allowing them to connect better.
    • Buff The first and second hits have altered angles and knockback to keep opponents close to Ike, akin to other neutral attacks. While this removes their already minimal jab canceling potential, this more prominently allows them to connect better and jab lock.
    • Nerf The first and second hits deal less damage (3% → 2.5%).
    • Nerf The third hit has more ending lag (FAF 39 → 41).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has faster startup (frame 13 → 12).
      • Nerf However, as its interruptibility frames remain unchanged, this gives it one frame more ending lag.
    • Buff It deals more damage (12.5% → 13.5%) without compensation on knockback, improving its KO potential.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has drastically less ending lag (FAF 48 → 40), which combined with Ike's faster jumpsquat grants the late hit combo potential.
    • Buff The clean hit lasts longer compared to the late hit (frames 11-13/14-21 (clean/late) → 11-16/17-21).
    • Nerf The hitbox is smaller and has been repositioned (Y offset: 1-13 → 2.8-13.5), making less extended and moving it further up the blade, reducing its horizontal range.
    • Nerf Up tilt deals less damage (14% → 12% (clean), 10% → 8% (late)) without compensation on knockback. This hinders the clean hit's KO potential.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has increased combo potential due to Ike's faster jumpsquat.
    • Nerf Down tilt's hitboxes are smaller (3.8u/3.8u/3.8u/3u → 3.4u/3.4u/3.4u/3u) and have been repositioned, reducing both its vertical and horizontal range.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 52 → 48).
    • Buff Dash attack has an extra hitbox, the returning hitboxes are larger (6.3u/4u → 7u/5u), and the hitboxes have been repositioned, improving the move's range, and making it easier to land the sweetspot since the new hitbox is a sweetspot.
    • Buff The changes to jostle mechanics allow dash attack to hit opponents close to Ike more easily.
    • Buff It has increased shieldstun (1x → 1.2x), improving its safety on shield.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash's sweetspot deals more base knockback (40 base/86 scaling → 49/85), improving its KO potential despite its decreased knockback scaling.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash deals more damage (14% → 16% (hit 1), 17% → 19% (hit 2, clean), 8% → 9% (hit 2, late)) without compensation on knockback, improving its KO potential.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (14 frames → 8 (neutral), 18 frames → 14 (forward), 19 frames → 11 (back), 15 frames → 9 (up), 23 frames → 14 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has faster startup (frame 12 → 10).
    • Change It deals less damage (10% → 7.5% (clean), 7% → 6% (late)) without compensation on knockback. As a result, it has lost its KO potential, but significantly improves its combo potential combined with its lower landing lag.
    • Change The swing has been slightly sped up, reducing the duration of its hitboxes (frames 12-27 → 10-22), but allowing it to hit around Ike faster.
      • Nerf The clean hit lasts shorter compared to the late hit (frames 12-21/22-27 (clean/late) → 10-14/15-22).
    • Buff It auto-cancels earlier (frame 64 → 50), but still requires a double jump to autocancel.
    • Nerf Its initial auto-cancel window has been shortened (frames 1-5 → 1-2).
    • Buff It has a different animation, with Ike facing more toward the screen and no longer tucking his legs in. His entire body now moves with the sword. The new animation increases its range.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial has faster startup (frame 12 → 11).
    • Buff It now always launches opponents in the direction Ike is facing, even if hit from behind, improving its reliability for edgeguarding.
    • Buff It now sends opponents at a lower angle (361° → 30°), further improving its edgeguarding use.
    • Nerf It has increased ending lag (FAF 55 → 60).
    • Nerf The hitboxes have been moved towards the middle of the blade, reducing the move's range and giving it a larger blindspot.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (13% → 11.5%), and has increased base knockback (30 → 55), but noticeably reduced knockback scaling (100 → 65), no longer KOing middleweights until around 175% from the center of Final Destination. This drastically hinders its KO potential.
    • Nerf It autocancels later (frame 36 → 42), thus no longer doing so in a short hop. This hinders Ike's already poor approach.
    • Nerf It no longer has an initial auto-cancel window.
  • Back aerial:
    • Nerf Back aerial now has four smaller hitboxes instead of two large hitboxes, which are moved lower and one of them is now extended, significantly reducing its vertical range.
  • Up aerial:
    • Change Ike has a new up aerial: a wide overhead swing starting from the front, similar to the rest of the Fire Emblem cast, but going inwards rather than outwards, and without a backflip.
    • Buff It has significantly increased range and coverage around Ike, especially horizontally, allowing it to juggle opponents much more effectively.
    • Nerf It has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 13-29 → 13-18).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves down aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its lower landing lag.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 33 → 37 (standing), 41 → 45 (dash), 39 → 40 (pivot)).
    • Nerf All grabs have reduced horizontal range (Z offset: 4u-9.4u → 4u-8.4u (standing), 4u-11.2u → 4u-10u (dash), 4u-15.4u → 4u-14.2u (pivot)).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (5 frames → 15), but has less startup (frame 5 → 1) and significantly less ending lag (FAF 23 → 7), shortening its duration.
    • Nerf It deals much less damage (3% → 1.6%).
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw deals more damage (3% → 3.5% (hit 1), 7% → 7.5% (total)).
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw deals more damage (3% → 3.5% (hit 1), 7% → 7.5% (total)).
    • Buff It has less startup (frame 26 (hit 1), 28 (throw) → 18, 20).
      • Nerf However, the move's total duration remains the same, increasing its ending lag. Ike's faster jumpsquat fails to compensate, thus hindering its combo potential.
    • Change Up throw's larger collateral hitbox has been moved down (Y offset: 21 → 9), noticeably reducing the throw's vertical range but making it much easier to hit opponents in front of Ike.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw has increased combo potential due to Ike's faster jumpsquat.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (8% → 10%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Eruption:
    • Buff Eruption now produces multiple flaming pillars as it charges, with a maximum of three pillars of decreasing sizes. This greatly improves its range and edgeguarding potential.
    • Change Much like in Brawl, Ike vocalizes when unleashing a fully charged Eruption.
    • Change Fully-charged or high charge levels of Eruption cause Special Zoom when it hits.
  • Quick Draw:
    • Buff Quick Draw has less ending lag both when missed (FAF 57 → 53) and when the attack is triggered (FAF 45 → 35).
    • Buff Quick Draw has much greater vertical range.
    • Nerf Its charge can no longer be held indefinitely.
  • Aether:
    • Buff Aether has less startup (frame 18 → 15), with faster super armor on the aerial version as well (frame 18 → 15).
    • Buff The grounded version grants much more super armor (frames 18-38 → 5-35), allowing it to tank through opposing attacks more effectively.
    • Buff The move has less landing lag (38 frames → 36).
    • Buff The landing hit deals significantly more knockback, now being able to KO middleweights at around 180%.
    • Nerf Ragnell can no longer clip through the bottom of stages while using Aether, instead moving along the stages' perimeters, making it less safe against opponents at the ledge.
  • Counter:
    • Buff Counter's intangibility is faster (frame 9 → 8).
    • Buff In addition to its full intangibility, it grants intangibility on Ike's head for the entire counter duration.
    • Nerf It has a shorter counter duration (frames 8-35 → 8-33).
    • Nerf It has more ending lag on both the counter (FAF 59 → 74) and the attack (FAF 35 → 44), making it much riskier to use.
    • Change It now gives off flaming visuals from Ragnell after Ike performs a successful counterattack.
    • Change Ike's vocalizations during a successful counterattack have been altered. Path of Radiance Ike says, "Gotcha!" and Radiant Dawn Ike says, "Amateur!"
  • Great Aether:
    • Nerf The final hit launches at a lower angle (70° → 63°), weakening its KO potential.
    • Nerf The sword deals less damage when hitting opponents while flying up for Ike to grab it (10% → 3%), thus reducing the maximum damage of the final smash (60% → 53%).
    • Change The move is significantly flashier, with a dark blue backdrop alongside flaming visuals. Before the final hit, the victim flashes with blue light, and the landing eruption now appears significantly more cartoony, with fewer smoke effects.

Update history[edit]

Ike has been slightly nerfed via update 2.0.0: Aether's meteor smashing hitbox had its knockback decreased, a nerf which was shared with Soaring Slash. However, using Aether for sacrificial KOs or edge trumping nevertheless remains a viable strategy. When coupled with Ike's other strengths being untouched, his viability remains firmly intact.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

Moveset[edit]

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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.5% A left-handed punch, followed by a right-legged front kick, followed by a kneeling downward slash. The first hit can be repeated by holding the attack button. Due to three hits come out on frame 4, 3 and 5, respectively, it has the lowest amount of startup lag out of Ike's entire moveset. When coupled with its respectable damage output, moderate knockback and its last hit's impressive range, it is very useful as a close range option.
2.5%
5%
Forward tilt   13.5% A lunging outward slash. Can be angled. Its startup and ending lag are high for a tilt attack, but it has long range and deals high damage and knockback, KOing middleweights under 130% from the center of Final Destination.
Up tilt   12% (clean), 8% (late) Hops to thrust Ragnell upward while holding it parallel to the ground. It is overall slow for a tilt, but deals respectable damage and knockback, and its hitboxes have a long duration, which alongside its high disjointed range allows it to beat out opposing attacks from above very effectively. The clean hit can KO middleweights at around 130%, while the late hit can set up combos into a neutral, forward or up aerial at low to mid percents.
Down tilt   8% A kneeling inward slash. Due to it hitting on frame 7, it is Ike's fastest tilt attack. It has long range, relatively low ending lag, and launches opponents vertically with high base knockback and low knockback scaling. Altogether, these traits make it a useful combo starter into any of Ike's aerial attacks except down aerial at low to mid percents. However, it deals the least damage out of Ike's tilts, and its knockback renders it unable to KO at reasonable percents.
Dash attack   14% (clean, body), 11% (clean, blade), 9% (late) A lunging, two-handed upward slash. It is one of the most powerful dash attacks in the game, with its clean hit's sweetspot KOing middleweights at around 140% from the center of Final Destination. When coupled with its impressive range and its clean hitboxes' anti-rebounding priority, it is extremely useful for punishing opponents at a distance away, most notably when they are about to land. However, due to hitting on frame 15, it is one of the slowest dash attacks in the game.
Forward smash   19% (early, clean tip), 22% (clean blade) A lunging, two-handed downward slash. It deals impressive damage and knockback, making it one of the strongest forward smashes in the game, and hits in a wide arc that can even reach opponents above and slightly behind Ike, albeit with the early hit. Its clean hit's sweetspot can KO opponents at around 75% from the center of Final Destination. However it comes out on frame 31 and has 49 frames of ending lag, making it very difficult to hit, in addition to being highly punishable on shield. As a result, the move is unreliable to use except for hard punishes.
Up smash   17% (clean), 10% (late) An overhead arcing slash starting from the front. It possesses a clean hit during the arc itself, and a late hit as a shockwave when Ragnell hits the ground. Like forward smash, the clean hit boasts impressive damage and knockback; however, its slow startup at frame 25 and very high ending lag leave it very punishable. Compared to forward smash, it is noticeably weaker, with the clean hit KOing opponents at around 90%, but has less startup and ending lag, and covers a wider arc around Ike, giving it better utility in punishing landings and rolls if timed properly.
Down smash Cast Off 16% (hit 1), 19% (hit 2, clean), 9% (hit 2, late) A kneeling, two-handed outward slash in front of himself and then behind himself. It is Ike's fastest smash attack by a considerable margin, hitting on frame 13. The front hit is considerably weaker than Ike's other smash attacks, but still boasts respectable power, KOing opponents at around 105% from the center of Final Destination. As a result, it is Ike's most reliable smash attack overall; however, its 35 frames of ending lag still leaves it very punishable if missed or shielded. On the other hand, the back hit is slower, coming out on frame 32, and has a much weaker late hit, but its hitboxes have a longer duration, and the clean hit is far stronger, dealing impressive damage and KOing opponents at around 85%, while having less ending lag compared to the front hit.
Neutral aerial   7.5% (clean), 6% (late) A semi-circular slash in front of himself. It has the lowest landing lag out of Ike's aerials, and its hitboxes have a long duration, provide wide coverage around and below Ike, and launch opponents vertically. Altogether, these traits make it an infamously reliable combo starter when SHFF'd, while also being a relatively safe spacing option. It is infamous for reliably comboing into a wide variety of attacks, including neutral attack, tilts and grab at low percents, and any aerial attack (including itself) at low to mid percents. At higher percent, it can be followed up with any of Ike's aerials and eventually becomes a notoriously reliable kill set-up into up aerial near 100%, though at even higher percents this stops being the case. It deals the lowest damage out of Ike's aerials, with knockback that prevents it from KOing at realistic percents, and its long duration makes punishable if used high up in the air, as well as risky to use offstage. It is also unable to autocancel even in a full hop, requiring a double jump to do so.
Forward aerial   11.5% A two-handed downward slash. It covers the entirety of Ike's foreside, making it capable of hitting above and below him. Combined with its moderate startup at frame 11, landing lag and damage output, this makes it a staple for following up combos and spacing. However, its knockback has been noticeably weakened from Smash 4, rendering it unable to KO reliably except near edges, and it can no longer autocancel in a short hop, while also being risky to use offstage due to its high ending lag. As a result, Ike's neutral and back aerials are now generally superior options because of their lower lag, neutral aerial's better combo potential, and back aerial's higher damage and better power, with forward aerial's only advantages over them being its longer active frames and vertical range.
Back aerial Repositioning Slash 14% Quickly turns around to perform an outward slash. Due to it hitting on frame 7, it is Ike's fastest aerial. When coupled with its high damage and knockback for its speed, long horizontal range, and low landing lag, it is one of Ike's most viable approach and KO options. It can KO middleweights at around 120% from the center of Final Destination. Like the rest of Ike's aerials, however, its high ending lag prevents it from being used offstage as safely. It also has short vertical range. Ike's only aerial move that he can autocancel in a short hop.
Up aerial Rising Swing 11% An overhead arcing slash starting from the front. It has large coverage around Ike, low landing lag (the second lowest out of his aerials) and high knockback, allowing it to function as a highly effective juggling move. It can also set up combos into an up tilt or any of Ike's aerials (including itself) when SHFF'd, and is able to KO opponents reliably near the upper blast line at high percents. Its disadvantages are its slow startup at frame 13 and high ending lag, making it difficult to land from a neutral state; however, due to its efficiency in punishing opponents and racking up damage elsewhere, it is one of Ike's most useful moves.
Down aerial   15% A two-handed downward slash between his legs. The tip of Ragnell is a meteor smash, while the blade launches opponents at a horizontal angle. It is Ike's most damaging aerial and has high knockback, KOing opponents at around 125% from the center of Final Destination with its non-meteor hitboxes. The meteor smash hitbox also enables it to start combos against grounded opponents for high damage, leading into nearly any of Ike's attacks depending on the opponent's percent, and even possessing a KO setup into an up aerial at high percents. However, it has the slowest startup at frame 15 and shortest hitbox duration out of Ike's aerials, as well as poor horizontal range.
Grab   Reaches out with his free hand.
Pummel   1.6% A headbutt. Moderately slow, but one of the most damaging pummels in the game.
Forward throw   3.5% (hit 1), 4% (throw) A front kick. It is a semi-spike, which makes it a reliable edgeguard setup at high percents. However, due to its high ending lag, it is unreliable for tech-chasing.
Back throw   3% (hit 1), 4% (throw) A spinning back kick. It is a semi-spike like forward throw, which also makes it a reliable edgeguard setup at high percents, but has less ending lag by comparison that grants it tech-chasing potential, most notably into dash attack at low to medium percents.
Up throw   3.5% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Plunges Ragnell into the ground and then double axe handles the opponent upward. It is tied with forward throw for Ike's most damaging throw by a slight margin. It has overall weak knockback and moderate ending lag, allowing it to combo into a forward or up aerial from mid to high percents for slightly more damage compared to using down throw; however, these followups are not as reliable due to the throw's higher ending lag, while it also lacks any notable KO potential by itself.
Down throw   3% (hit 1), 4% (throw) A one-handed body slam followed by a knee drop. Its average base knockback, relatively low ending lag and vertical angle make it an excellent combo starter from low to mid percents, particularly into an up tilt (against larger characters), any of Ike's aerials (except down aerial), and Aether. Due to its surprisingly high knockback scaling, it is also Ike's strongest throw, KOing middleweights at around 190% without rage. As a result of this, however, its followups stop working earlier compared to up throw.
Floor attack (front)   7% Swings Ragnell around himself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Swings Ragnell around himself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Swings Ragnell around himself.
Edge attack   10% Performs an outward slash while climbing up.
Neutral special Eruption 10% (uncharged), 35%/28%/26% (fully charged, first pillar), 31%/25% (second pillar), 27%/22% (third pillar) Lifts Ragnell in front of himself in a two-handed reverse grip, and plunges it into the ground to produce a pillar of blue flames. It has transcendent priority and is chargeable, causing Ragnell to become engulfed in flames that become more prominent the longer it is charged. Its impressive vertical range and respectable power even when uncharged make it useful for edgeguarding, hitting recovering opponents before they can grab the edge if timed properly. When reaching full charge level, it grants super armor and produces one additional flame pillar away from Ike, or two if held for the maximum duration, significantly increasing its horizontal range; however, it also deals 10% recoil damage to him in the process. It can KO middleweights at around 150% when uncharged, and at around 55% from center stage when fully charged. The flame pillars at full charge deal more damage the closer to their base opponents are hit. A fully charged Eruption is also capable of instantaneously breaking a full shield, similar to a fully charged Shield Breaker.
Side special Quick Draw 6% (uncharged), 13% (fully charged) Kneels on one knee and readies himself to charge forward. If an opponent comes in range, Ike will perform a lunging outward slash. When fully charged, the slash is strong enough to KO middleweights at around 120%. However, it has high ending lag if no opponent comes in range. In midair, it renders Ike helpless if he does not hit an opponent, but can still function reliably as an alternate recovery option due to the long horizontal distance it provides when charged, as well as its very low landing lag if timed properly.
Up special Aether 6% (hit 1 clean), 4% (hit 1 late), 2% (hit 2), 1% (hits 3-5), 3% (descent), 6% (landing) Performs the Sol portion of Aether, which sees Ike throwing Ragnell directly upwards, causing it to spin before he leaps upwards to grab Ragnell, perform a spinning slash, then slash downwards to land on the ground. It covers a respectable amount of vertical distance, but almost no horizontal distance. It grants super armor when initiated and until Ike begins rising, which is longer if the move is used on the ground, while all but its first hit have transcendent priority. Although it is primarily used for recovering, it can also function as a useful damage racking option when all of its hits connect due to its high total damage. The start of its descending hitbox also meteor smashes opponents, allowing it to be used for a sacrificial KO. As of the 2.0.0 update, Ike's chance of dying before the opponent during the move has been increased, making the tactic less reliable.
Down special Counter 1.2× (minimum 10%) Parries and then counterattacks against any incoming attacks with a reverse gripped downward slash while Ragnell is covered in blue flames. It is slow for a counterattack, activating on frame 9, and has high ending lag, but is among the strongest counterattacks in the game. Additionally, due to granting Ike full intangibility on frames 8-15, it can effectively be used to retaliate against attacks one frame before its counter window.
Final Smash Great Aether 5% (hit 1), 3% (hit 2), 2% (hits 3-15), 5% (hit 16), 4% (hit 17), 10% (hit 18) Performs an upward slash while Ragnell's blade is engulfed in flames. If any opponents are hit, they are launched upward and Ike throws Ragnell into the air along with them. He then leaps upward, catches Ragnell while its blade is still aflame, and unleashes a devastating series of slashes alongside a thrust, a wheel kick and a roundhouse kick. Ike then concludes the attack with a descending, two-handed slash that slams the opponent to the ground and creates a massive explosion upon impact. The explosion launches the opponent and any bystanders toward the upper blast line.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Warps onto the stage using warp magic and grunts while briefly performing an inward slash.

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Holds Ragnell with both hands in front of himself while growling loudly as wind blows through his cape.
  • Side taunt: Rears back and then holds Ragnell to his side while saying "Prepare yourself!" with a smirk on his face. In the Japanese version, he says 覚悟しろ。 (Get prepared.)
  • Down taunt: Plunges Ragnell into the ground, then folds his arms while saying "Hmph!" with a smug facial expression as wind blows through his cape, and removes Ragnell from the ground.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Taps Ragnell's blade on his shoulder.
  • Rubs the edge of Ragnell's blade.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Slashes Ragnell twice, then rests the blade on his shoulder. Path of Radiance Ike says, "Your skills were… remarkable." ("あんたの戦い、見事だった", Your combat was excellent.), while Radiant Dawn Ike says, "Don't stand in my way." ("どうして俺の前に立った", Why do you stand before me?).
  • Up: Forcefully plants Ragnell into the ground, then crosses his arms. Path of Radiance Ike says, "I submit to no one." ("誰にも、譲る気はない", I cannot yield to anyone.), while Radiant Dawn Ike says, "I must move forward." ("俺は前に進む", I move forward.).
  • Right: Performs Aether while facing the screen. Path of Radiance Ike says, "You'll get no sympathy from me." ("極めれば…誰にも負けはしない", To the end... I will not lose to anyone.), while Radiant Dawn Ike says, "I fight for my friends." ("俺には守るべき物が在る", I have things I must protect.).
An orchestral, sped-up cover of several bars of the Fire Emblem Theme, the title theme for the original Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which has since become the main theme of the series and appeared in every game.

In competitive play[edit]

Starting the release, Ike was visually seen as a significantly improved character from the previous installment, where he was considered a low-mid tier character. He was then seen as a high-tier character. The game involved prominence of disjoints, which benefits Ike as he has disjoints, courtesy of Ragnell. Ike developed powerful results, especially from MkLeo. This caused him to have a powerful reception, with ZeRo, ESAM, and Mew2King designating him as a high tier character. Unfortunately, Ike has been less popular since MkLeo dropped him in favor of other characters; the general consensus is that while Ike is a good character, his gameplan is very linear and relies too much on easy to avoid moves, such as his neutral aerial. Regardless, Ike is still successful and is arguably considered to be his best iteration in Smash yet.

Notable players[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.

Active[edit]

Inactive[edit]

Classic Mode: The Black-Clad Warriors[edit]

Ike's congratulations screen.

Ike's opponents are all fighters in black alternate costumes, referencing his rivalry with the Black Knight.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadNavySSBU.png and Kirby KirbyHeadPurpleSSBU.png Fountain of Dreams Meta Knight's Revenge
2 Morton BowserJrHeadMortonSSBU.png, Greninja GreninjaHeadBlackSSBU.png, and Sonic SonicHeadBlackSSBU.png Spear Pillar Knight of the Wind The choice of music is a reference to both Ike and Sonic facing a foe with the Black Knight alias.
3 Dark Pit DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Reset Bomb Forest Dark Pit's Theme
4 Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Umbra Clock Tower One Of A Kind
5 Giant Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) On the Hunt - Gloomy Manor Ver.- (Instrumental)
6 Link LinkHeadBlackSSBU.png and Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBlackSSBU.png Bridge of Eldin Hyrule Castle (Outside)
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Ike has Victory Is Near accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Ike in World of Light

Although Ike does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Ike was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He is one of the fighters found in the Mysterious Dimension sub-area, being an obligatory unlock before the next necessary fighter battle Meta Knight is encountered, and after Greninja has been awakened.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
32
Ike SSBU.png
Ike Attack 11,200 Coliseum (Ω form) Eternal Bond


Spirits[edit]

Ike's default Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode, or by completing a challenge. Both his default and alternate Fighter Spirits are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Ike in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

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
639
Sigurd.png
Sigurd Fire Emblem series Ike IkeHeadBlueSSBU.png
Neutral
3,800 Arena Ferox •Defense ↑ •The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage Edge of Adversity
726
Magnus Spirit.png
Magnus Kid Icarus series Ike IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png
Attack
4,300 Coliseum (Ω form) N/A •The enemy has super armor but moves slower
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
•The enemy has increased attack power
Magnus's Theme
1,328
Hero's Comrades Spirit.png
Hero's Comrades Dragon Quest series Ike IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png
King Dedede KingDededeHeadPinkSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadRedSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaHeadGreenSSBU.png
Link LinkHeadTealSSBU.png
Shield
13,300 Yggdrasil's Altar N/A •The enemy has increased melee-weapon damage and move speed
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
•Stamina battle
The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination Hendrik

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
641
Seliph.png
Seliph Fire Emblem series Marth MarthHeadBlueSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
3,600 Castle Siege •Defense ↑ •The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage Edge of Adversity Sigurd
653
Eirika.png
Eirika Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
9,200 Coliseum N/A •The enemy has increased attack power
•The enemy has increased move speed
•The enemy has increased jump power
Preparing to Advance Ephraim
658
Soren.png
Soren Fire Emblem series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Shield
1,800 Temple (Battlefield form) •Magic and PSI Unleashed •The enemy favors special moves
•All fighters' magic and PSI attacks have increased power
Victory Is Near Ike
659
Mist.png
Mist Fire Emblem series Zelda ZeldaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadYellowSSBU.png
Grab
3,500 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) •Health Recovery
•Defense ↑
•The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage
Victory Is Near Ike
976
Hogansalley.png
Gangster, Lady, & Policeman Hogan's Alley Wolf WolfHeadOrangeSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png
Attack
1,700 Tomodachi Life (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Duck Hunt Medley Policeman

Alternate costumes[edit]

Ike Palette (SSBU).png
IkeHeadSSBU.png IkeHeadBrownSSBU.png IkeHeadPurpleSSBU.png IkeHeadRedSSBU.png IkeHeadYellowSSBU.png IkeHeadGreenSSBU.png IkeHeadBlueSSBU.png IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Ike is the only character who uses different voice clips in alternate costumes while still being the same person, as opposed to gender-swapping (Robin, Corrin, etc.) or becoming a completely different character (Bowser Jr.).
    • Bayonetta also uses different voice clips in her alternate costumes, though this only applies to the Japanese version of the game.
  • Ike, Inkling and Pokémon Trainer are the only characters to have alternate costumes with different animations. Ike's Radiant Dawn alternate costume has a different defeated/No Contest animation.
  • In the segment in which Ike uses Great Aether from his character showcase video, there is an error in which his portrait displays him in his Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn outfit despite currently being in his Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance outfit.
  • Ike's pose in his official artwork resembles the Mii Swordfighter's artwork from Super Smash Bros. 4 and his sidestep in the same game.
  • Several of Ike's new Japanese victory quotes are taken directly from his original games.
    • In his Path of Radiance costume, he can say "極めれば…誰にも負けはしない" (To the end... I will not lose to anyone.), which originally appeared during Ike's battle with the Black Knight in Chapter 27 of Path of Radiance. The line was originally translated as "My sword-fighting skills were given to me by my father. If I stay true to them, I cannot lose." Ultimate uses the pre-existing line, "You'll get no sympathy from me."
    • In his Radiant Dawn costume, he can say "どうして俺の前に立った" (Why do you stand before me?), which originally appeared when Micaiah confronted Ike in Chapter 3-13 of Radiant Dawn. The line was originally translated as "Why would you seek me out?" Ultimate translates it to "Don't stand in my way."
    • In his Radiant Dawn costume, he can also say "俺には守るべき物が在る" (I have things in which I must protect.), which originally appeared before Ike's battle with the goddess Ashera in the the final chapter of Radiant Dawn, Rebirth 5. The line was originally translated as "This battle means more than any of the others, because it’s for the life of every person that I’ve ever cared about." Ultimate uses the pre-existing line, "I fight for my friends."
  • Ike is the only Brawl veteran who faces Sonic as a Classic Mode opponent.
  • Ike's amiibo selects his Radiant Dawn alternate costume, which was the basis for the figure and his SSB4 design, by default.
    • This makes Ike the only veteran who currently has no amiibo that can scan in his default costume.
  • Both Ike's Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn costumes uses different knockout voice clips when KO'd in Stamina Mode. Path of Radiance Ike uses the standard KO voice clip and Radiant Dawn Ike uses the alternate KO voice clip.
    • In the Japanese version, the voice clips are reversed.
  • Although Ike's Classic Mode mostly contains characters wearing black, Ganondorf, Cloud and Dark Samus do not appear as his opponents.
  • Ike's Classic Mode route is vaguely similar to Bowser's, as both characters face fighters of only one specific color for opponents.
    • The only difference being that Bowser faces every ordinary fighter (who aren't the Mii Fighters in his first round) in their default costumes, while only half of Ike's opponents's costumes are by default.
      • Not to mention Bowser's unique boss, Rathalos has a specific code of red to his appearance.