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
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Ike must then be defeated on Coliseum.
Ike is a tall heavyweight swordfighter hailing from the Fire Emblem series, being tied for the thirteenth heaviest character in the game with Wario, Ridley, Simon, and Richter. Fittingly for a heavyweight, Ike's mobility is generally poor: while he has above-average air speed, traction, falling speed, fast falling speed, and gravity, he sports the 14th slowest walking speed, the 12th slowest dashing speed, below-average initial dash, low jump height, and the 4th lowest air acceleration.
Ike's KO potential is a staple of his attributes, having some of the strongest attacks in the game. Additionally, Ike possesses great, disjointed reach throughout his moveset. His forward smash deals among the highest damage and knockback out of any smash attack, with the clean hit being able to KO most opponents at a mere 75% at the center of Final Destination. It also has a very high range, with the early hit being able to hit opponents above and behind him. Up smash hits in a wide, semi-circle arc that covers Ike. Like his forward smash, it also deals decent damage and knockback, albeit its front hit is slightly weaker than his forward smash’s clean hit. However, it is useful for punishing rolls and landings. Down smash is Ike's fastest smash attack, initially hitting on frame 13, while boasting high damage and knockback overall. The move hits from the front and the back of him (the back hit starts on frame 32), with the clean back hit sporting considerably more power than the front. Other notable attacks that possess great damage and knockback include forward tilt, up tilt, dash attack, back aerial, up aerial, and down aerial.
As mentioned earlier, Ike possesses high weight, which not only grants him great endurance, but also allows him to take advantage of rage better than most characters.
His combo ability is also respectable, with neutral aerial being his best combo starter. Not only does it cover a large area around him to protect him from many attacks, but it also deals fairly low knockback, which allows it to combo into itself or other moves at various percentages. Neutral aerial can also combo into his back aerial or up aerial for semi-reliable kill confirms at moderately high percentages. At low percentages, it can combo into grabs. Additionally, Ike can start combos with his down throw at low percentages, leading to moves such as up aerial or Aether. Down tilt has low knockback scaling and launches at a mostly vertical angle, making it a consistent, reliable combo starter at most percentages.
Despite his strengths, Ike is not without his fair share of flaws. As mentioned earlier, he possesses slow movement speed, which causes him to struggle against quick, agile characters like Zero Suit Samus and Pikachu. His frame data is among the worst in the game, with generally high ending lag in his attacks and only his three-hit neutral attack (frame 4, 3, and 5 for each respective hit), down tilt, and back aerial (both frame 7) coming out faster than frame 10. Back aerial is also his only aerial attack that can autocancel in a short hop. His counter is one of his most punishable and unreliable options due to being one of, if not the slowest in the game, with a sluggish startup of 9 frames and considerable ending lag (on both the whiff and counterattack). Consequently, characters with superior attack speed like Mario and Fox can easily overwhelm and punish him, especially if his attacks are whiffed. Most of Ike’s out-of-shield options are slow and committal, granting him a mediocre out-of-shield game. Additionally, Ike's disadvantage state is extremely poor due to lacking effective options to land or protect him from pressure and juggling. Furthermore, many of his landing options (such as neutral aerial) are predictable and/or having short-lasting hitboxes. While his high weight grants him long survivability, it also makes him easy to combo and juggle. Ike also possesses two linear and predictable recovery moves, Quick Draw and Aether, ultimately making him vulnerable to gimps offstage. Quick Draw travels a strictly horizontal distance, and Aether leaves him vulnerable to many attacks when ascending (especially counters and projectiles). These weaknesses grant him a poor approach against many characters, which is exacerbated by his lack of projectiles not allowing him to force approaches from opponents.
Overall, Ike is a character who possesses worthy strengths, but players must be cautious when playing him. As such, his outstanding range and power grant him a strong punish game, but players must bear his exploitable recovery, slow mobility, and especially poor frame data. These attributes have helped Ike in achieving strong tournament results in the early competitive metagame, but his playstyle has also become highly superficial as the metagame progressed, causing both his tournament representation and results to collapse considerably. Regardless, Ike is still considered a viable character in competitive play, and active players like Ryuga have achieved competent results with the character.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Ike has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition from SSB4 to Ultimate, but he was buffed overall.
Ike's 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 faster startup, lower landing lag, reduced damage, and a more reliable disjoint, making it an even better approach option and combo starter, to the point it now has semi-reliable KO confirm on his back and up aerials. He has also received a new up aerial with greatly increased horizontal and vertical range, improving his powerful juggling capabilities. Thanks to his faster jumpsquat, Ike is able to combo with his down throw at low percents more reliably. Eruption can now generate a maximum of three flame pillars if fully charged, improving its already powerful ledge-trapping potential. Finally, the already-high power on a few of his moves has been further increased, such as with forward tilt, forward smash, down smash, and the landing hit of Aether.
However, Ike's nerfs were also noticeable. His running speed was almost unchanged, making it much worse relative to the cast, now being the 12th slowest runner in the game. 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 to create new blindspots, and having decreased knockback, making it less useful as an edgeguarding tool and removing almost all of its KO potential. Combined with his much slower grounded mobility relative to the cast, this hinders Ike's approach. While several of his attacks now have increased power, it has been reduced on some of his other moves, most notably with up tilt and his aforementioned forward aerial. Additionally, the changes to rage have indirectly nerfed Ike since it is now less effective for comebacks at higher percents. Also, Ike is now more vulnerable to edgeguarding during Aether, since Ragnell no longer passes through the stage (instead moving along the perimeters), making Ike even more vulnerable offstage. Combined with the size reduction of most stage's ledges, Ike's recovery remains very exploitable due to Aether's short horizontal recovery distance, and Quick Draw not receiving changes to help its recovery potential. Lastly, Ike's grabs have been nerfed; while the increased ending lag is a universal nerf for the cast, Ike's grabs also have shorter range, making them much less reliable for punishing.
In the end, Ike's changes and improvements have given him new ways to gain the advantage and also grant him a deadlier punish game. As such, he has less overall difficulty in KOing, but because his mobility has not improved significantly (especially when compared to most other characters), he has a slightly harder time at keeping up with the rest of the cast. His worsened grabs also force him more to use his range to punish opponents. As far as tournament representation, Ike received impressive results in the early competitive metagame of Ultimate, thanks to players such as MkLeo, Marss, and Ryuga. However, as the metagame advanced, Ike's popularity has noticeably diminished and he hasn't achieved nearly as many results as before (with MkLeo completely dropping the character while Marss only using him as a rare counterpick character), and other characters such as Cloud and Lucina have started to become more popular than him. Due to these turn of events, Ike's tier placement is debatable, as most smashers are starting to believe that he might not be nearly as effective as originally imagined. Nevertheless, Ike is still viewed to be improved from SSB4, with many players considering this to be Ike's best iteration in the series, and he is considered a viable choice overall for competitive play.
Throws and other attacks
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 Chrom's 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.
For a gallery of Ike's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
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. In an early competitive play of Ultimate, he was then seen as a top-tier character. At that time, the game involved the prominence of disjoints, which benefits Ike as he has disjoints, courtesy of Ragnell. Thanks to this, Ike developed powerful results, especially from MkLeo. This caused him to have a positive 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. When 7.0.0 came out, few competitive players like ZeRo, Mew2King, MkLeo, and Leffen say that he's roughly a mid-tier. Most players still say Ike is viable and is good like a high-tier. The general consensus is that while Ike is a good character, his gameplan is very linear and relies far too much on predictable, easily avoidable moves, such as his neutral aerial. Regardless, this iteration is generally considered to be his best one in Smash yet, mostly seen as an upper-mid tier through a high-tier character, achieving arguably the best tournament results relative to his previous incarnations.
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.
Classic Mode: The Black-Clad Warriors
Ike's opponents are all fighters in black alternate costumes, referencing his rivalry with the Black Knight.
Role 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.
Ike's default Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. His Fighter Spirit is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins, or by completing a challenge (Classic Mode: KO fighters from Fire Emblem 20 times). Unlocking Ike in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Additionally, his Radiant Dawn outfit has a Fighter Spirit of its own, available through the shop. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video