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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.

Michihiko Hagi reprises his role in the Japanese version now providing new voice clips, and Greg Chun now voices Ike in English version, reprising his role from Fire Emblem Heroes, replacing Jason Adkins who voiced him in Brawl and Smash 4.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

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

Attributes[edit]

Ike is a tall heavyweight swordfighter hailing from the Fire Emblem series, being tied for the 13th-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 13th-slowest dashing speed, below-average initial dash, low jumping height, and the 8th-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 is also useful for mindgames and shield breaks due to its excellent reach (the early hit can 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 it is generally weaker. 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.

Ike also has a unique special moveset. His neutral special, Eruption, is chargeable, grants super armor when released half charge or higher, deals very high damage and knockback, and has an excellent vertical reach and the most horizontal range out of his entire kit, all of which make it a fearsome edgeguarding tool. His side special, Quick Draw, is also chargeable and propels him forward, making it a good mixup in his neutral game as it helps his recovery, mobility, and approach. His up special, Aether, covers decent vertical distance for a recovery move, but minimal horizontal distance. However, the descending hitbox is an incredibly powerful meteor smash that has the potential to KO opponents at 0% when they are offstage (even if just barely), making it quite dangerous to intercept Ike in many circumstances. His down special, Counter, is among the strongest of their kind in the game, having a 1.2x damage multiplier and dealing excellent knockback. It is also relatively useful for protecting against edgeguarding and disrupting some recoveries.

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, compounded by his excellent kill power.

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 and has little landing lag, 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 KO 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 tilt, up aerial, or Aether. Finally, 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 (especially on the ground), which causes him to struggle against quick, agile characters like Zero Suit Samus and Pikachu. He also has some of the worst frame data in the game, with severe ending lag in most of 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 aforementioned counter is one of his most punishable options due to being arguably 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, several of his landing options (like 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, made worse by his unimpressive landing options. Ike also possesses two linear and predictable recovery moves, Quick Draw and Aether, ultimately making him vulnerable to gimps and low semi-spikes 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 camp or 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 an excellent punish game, but players must space his attacks precisely so that his advantages are even useful against opponents. They must also bear several drawbacks, such as his exploitable recovery, subpar mobility, and awful 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[edit]

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 confirms 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 and he still struggles in a few areas. His dashing speed was almost unchanged, making it much worse relative to the cast, now being the 13th-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 significantly 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, he is now more vulnerable to edgeguarding offstage during Aether, since Ragnell no longer passes through the stage (instead moving along the perimeters). Combined with the size reduction of most stage's ledges, Ike's recovery remains highly 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 due to his enhanced overall moveset and combo ability, 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 achieved impressive results in the early competitive metagame of Ultimate, thanks to players such as MkLeo, Marss, and Ryuga. Unfortunately, Ike's popularity has noticeably diminished as the metagame advanced, and he hasn't achieved nearly as many results as before (with MkLeo completely dropping the character, and Marss only using him as a rare counterpick character). Furthermore, other characters such as Cloud and Lucina have started to become more popular than him.

Fortunately, Ike has received even more buffs in 8.0.0, with his already excellent KO power becoming even stronger, thanks to changes to his dash attack, forward aerial and Aether. Although his neutral aerial was weakened, his combo game has remained strong thanks to improvements to down tilt, while neutral aerial remained as a viable combo tool. Due to these turn of events, Ike's overall perception has become more positive again, with many players considering him to be a high-tier character, making this his best iteration in the series. However, his viability still remains somewhat debatable due to online tournaments currently being more prominent, and it is unknown if he will become more popular than other characters that once became more popular than him before 8.0.0, such as Cloud.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Ike's appearance as a Ranger in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - the basis of his appearance in Brawl - is once again 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 costume-purple jacket. They replace his "ordinary soldier" and Chrom-inspired costumes, with the latter being coincide with Chrom's inclusion as a playable fighter.
    • Change Palutena's Guidance conversation for Ike has been changed to accommodate for his Path of Radiance costume.
  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, both of Ike's models feature a more subdued color scheme, and his clothing on both designs now feature simple detailing. Additionally, both models have been updated:
    • For his Path of Radiance model from Brawl, the inside of his cape is now light pink instead of yellow, and his boots are now colored brown instead of orange. His facial features are slightly different, with Ike's face being less narrow, and now having slightly smaller and rounder eyes, making them closer to his appearance in Path of Radiance. Most notably, his hair has a simpler, tamer appearance, being overall flatter and now mostly flowing downwards. While this makes it look less like how it appears in PoR's pre-rendered cutscenes, it gives it a closer resemblance to more recent depictions of Ike.
    • For his Radiant Dawn model from SSB4, his skin tone is noticeably more tanned, and his facial features have been notably modified; his face is narrower, his eyes are sharper and closer together, and his hair is slightly more voluminous and spiked. In addition, Ike's neck is longer, his collar has been made smaller and is now flared, and his cape hangs lower from the front, giving a better overall view of his face. His pauldron now jutts outwards and no longer moves with his left arm, and his arm bandaging is less visible. Finally, Ike's muscles are more pronounced.
  • Change Ike's voice changes slightly depending on the costume. In the Japanese version, Ike's voice is deeper and more masculine in his Radiant Dawn costume. In the English version, Ike sounds more energetic and aggressive in his Path of Radiance costume, and more serious and composed in his Radiant Dawn costume.
  • Change Ike has a new idle animation, which is more similar to his idle stance in Path of Radiance: he faces more towards the screen, and his left arm is no longer suspended, while clenching his left fist.
  • 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 During his victory animations, Ike has different quotes depending on which outfit is used.
    • On the first one 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?).
    • On the second one 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.).
    • On the third one where he performs 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 takes 3 frames to complete (down from 7).
  • Buff Ike dashes slightly faster (1.5 → 1.507), although it is by far the lowest increase out of everyone.
    • 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 10 → 9), which transitions into the third hit faster (frame 11 → 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 The move 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 The move 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 it less extended and moving it further up the blade. This reduces its horizontal range.
    • Nerf The move deals less damage (14% → 12% (clean), 10% → 8% (late)) without compensation on knockback. This hinders the clean hit's KO potential.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff The move has increased combo potential due to Ike's faster jumpsquat.
    • Nerf Its 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 The move has less ending lag (FAF 52 → 48).
    • Buff The move's hitboxes are larger (6.3u/4u → 7u/5u) and have been repositioned, and it has an extra hitbox. This improves the move's range, and makes 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 The move's sweetspot deals more base knockback (40 base/86 scaling → 49/85), improving its KO potential despite its slightly decreased knockback scaling.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Both hits deal more damage (14% → 16% (hit 1), 17% → 19% (hit 2, clean), 8% → 9% (hit 2, late)) without compensation on knockback, improving the move's 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 The move has faster startup (frame 12 → 10).
    • Nerf It deals less damage (10% → 7.5% (clean), 7% → 6% (late)), although its knockback growth has been compensated (105 → 130).
    • 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 now lasts shorter compared to the late hit (frames 12-21/22-27 (clean/late) → 10-14/15-22).
    • Nerf The late hit has smaller hitboxes (4u → 3u).
    • Buff It auto-cancels earlier (frame 64 → 50), but still requires a double jump to auto-cancel.
    • 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 The move 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.
    • Buff It has less ending lag (FAF 55 → 52).
    • 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 has altered knockback (30 base/100 scaling → 55/60). This drastically hinders its KO potential, no longer KOing middleweights until around 175% from the center of Final Destination.
    • Buff Its higher base knockback makes it much safer on hit at lower percentages.
    • Nerf It auto-cancels 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 The move 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.
    • Buff The last active frame has a large extended hitbox directly behind Ike, prohibiting issues with the z-axis.
  • 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 and Ike's faster jumpsquat.

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:
    • Nerf It deals much less damage (3% → 1.6%).
    • Buff It has faster startup (frame 5 → 1), deals more hitlag (5 frames → 15), and has significantly less ending lag (FAF 23 → 7), shortening its duration and increasing the amount of times Ike can pummel the opponent before throwing them or before they break out.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff It deals more damage (3% → 3.5% (hit 1), 7% → 7.5% (total)).
  • Up throw:
    • Buff It deals more damage (3% → 3.5% (hit 1), 7% → 7.5% (total)).
    • Buff It has faster 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 also fails to compensate, thus hindering its combo potential.
    • Change The collateral hitbox has been moved down (Y offset: 21 → 9). This noticeably reduces the throw's vertical range, but makes it much easier to hit bystanders in front of Ike.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff It 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 The move now produces multiple flaming pillars of decreasing sizes as it charges, producing two pillars when at a high level of charge, and three pillars at maximum charge. 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 The move has less ending lag both when missed (FAF 57 → 53) and when the attack is triggered (FAF 45 → 35).
    • Buff It has much greater vertical range.
    • Nerf Its charge can no longer be held indefinitely, now releasing it after roughly two seconds of being fully charged.
  • Aether:
    • Buff The move has faster 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 launches at a lower angle (60° → 50°) and has nearly double the knockback scaling (80 → 155). This drastically improves the move's KO potential, KOing at around 115% from the center stage if all hits connect, and grants Ike new KO setups.
    • 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.
    • Buff The changes to knockback received during meteor smashes significantly improve Aether's sacrificial KO potential, as Ike is now less likely to be KOed first than his opponent.
  • Counter:
    • Buff The move'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 in English 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 received a mix of buffs and nerfs from game updates, but has been slightly buffed overall. In update 2.0.0, Aether's meteor smash hitbox was made weaker, a nerf shared with Chrom's Soaring Slash. However, using Aether after ledge trumping the opponent or to secure sacrificial KOs remains a viable strategy. Update 8.0.0 granted Ike a variety of changes, with one notable nerf and several buffs. Neutral aerial's combo potential was worsened due to its increased knockback and lowered range on the sourspot, making it less effective for combos at high percents. To compensate, down tilt's knockback was lowered, allowing it to combo for a longer time, while forward aerial has lower ending lag and increased damage (with compensation on knockback), making it safer to use and increasing the damage it deals during combos. Both dash attack and Aether were also made stronger KO options, with Aether's first hitbox no longer being cancelled by other moves, and the landing hit having its knockback and angle improved to reliably KO.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Nerf Aether's meteor hitbox has reduced knockback though it can still KO opponents first.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Down tilt has less knockback scaling (70 → 55), allowing it to combo at a wider percent range.
  • Buff Dash attack has more knockback scaling (78 → 88 (clean), 100 → 110 (late)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Change The move has much more knockback scaling (105 → 130). This removes its previous KO setups, but restores most of its standalone KO power from Smash 4.
    • Nerf The late hit has smaller hitboxes (4u → 3u).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff The move has less ending lag (FAF 60 → 52), making it safer to use offstage.
    • Buff It deals more damage (11.5% → 13%), with knockback scaling partly compensated (65 → 60).
  • Aether:
    • Buff The first hit has transcendent priority, improving its utility out of shield.
    • Buff The landing hit launches at a lower angle (60° → 50°) and has much more knockback scaling (115 → 155). This drastically improves the move's KO potential, KOing at around 115% from the center stage if all hits connect, and grants Ike a new KO setup from his neutral aerial near the edge at mid percents, regardless of said move's nerfs.

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 its hits come out on frames 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 attack 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 its 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 does 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 sweet spot 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 extreme 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. As his strongest overall attack, the clean hit's sweet spot can KO opponents at around 75% from the center of Final Destination. Oddly, there is a tiny tipper hitbox that is much weaker and launches more vertically, KOing at around 95% compared to the clean hit, though this hitbox rarely ever lands instead of the normal hit in regular gameplay. However, it is arguably the slowest forward smash in the game, taking 84 frames to complete (the most of any forward smash). It also has a pitifully slow startup of 31 frames, as well as a ludicrous 49 frames of ending lag. This makes it very difficult to hit and highly punishable on shield. As a result, the move is unreliable to use except for hard punishes or reads.
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% (clean hit 2), 9% (late hit 2) 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 renowned for reliably comboing into a wide variety of attacks, including neutral attack, tilts and grab at low percents, and an 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 Aether near 80%, though at even higher percents this stops being the case. It does 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   13% 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 its 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 a 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. It starts in front of Ike and has large coverage around him, 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 16 and shortest hitbox duration out of Ike's aerials, as well as poor horizontal range. Like all of Ike's other aerial attacks, it also has severe ending lag.
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 edge guard 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 performs an upward double axe handle. 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 instantly 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 a 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% (clean hit 1 clean), 4% (late hit 1), 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 somersaulting series of slashes, then conclude with a descending slash. 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. Due to update 2.0.0 decreasing its descending hitbox's knockback, it has become slightly less reliable at KOing opponents early. Update 8.0.0 vastly changed the move’s behavior; the knockback of the last hit is now much more horizontal, and had its knockback increased significantly, to the point of KOing middleweights as low as 70% near the ledge.
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 the 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 the 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: Like his down taunt, Ike 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]

At the beginning of the game’s release, Ike was seen as a significantly improved character from the previous installment, where he was considered a low-mid tier character. At that time, the metagame involved the prominence of disjoints, which benefitted Ike. Thanks to this, Ike developed very strong results, especially from MkLeo. This caused him to have a positive reception, with ZeRo, ESAM, and Mew2King designating him as a high-tier character. However, Ike has been less popular since MkLeo dropped him in favor of other characters.

As people learned more of the metagame, he’s been slowly worsening due to more characters having potential or more buffs such as Cloud or Sonic. With more characters having much potential, Ike was prominently said to be more of a mid tier character ever since the metagame grew upon some characters.

When Patch 8.0.0 dropped, Ike received numerous buffs and a nerf. His neutral aerial, which was once his best combo starter and his main neutral tool, now has more knockback, allowing for fewer followups, most notably his up aerial for a kill confirm. Although this can be seen as a nerf that hurt him, it also serves as an indirect buff to allow Ike to rely less on his neutral aerial and instead use more moves and not have a one-dimensional linear gameplan. For example, his Aether now kills much earlier at the ledge, giving him a better out of shield option and down tilt has more combo potential and forward air has more knockback. These buffs further improved his perception in the community and some players, such as ESAM, Maister, Dabuz, and Marss, now see him as a high tier character. Maister, in particular, believes that Ike is one of Mr. Game & Watch's few losing matchups, if not his hardest matchup. As a result, this iteration is generally considered to be his best one in Smash yet, achieving arguably the best tournament results relative to his previous incarnations.

As of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Ike has a lot of reputation in online. His aerials can be safe since players having a hard time parrying with lag online. A few players such as Yez and Ravenking had been having great placements due to Ike being part of the online COVID-19 competitive scene. Yez as an example has done very successfully in major online tournaments like The Box or Super Smash Galaxy as an notable example. Ravenking also has a noticeable player base as well, doing very well in Lockhart Series, Collision Online, and even winning an A-Tier tournament The Box: Lunch Box 2. Due to this, Ike in online is seen much better than his offline player base, but they're still both viable nevertheless.

Notable players[edit]

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.

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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 references Sonic and the Black Knight; both Sonic and Ike face a foe known as the Black Knight.
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
Attack
11,200 Coliseum (Ω form) Eternal Bond


Spirits[edit]

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[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
•Tiny King Dedede KingDededeHeadPinkSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png
•Tiny 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 Ghost of 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, like Pokémon Trainer, Wii Fit Trainer, Inkling, and Byleth, is one of the few 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.
  • All of Ike's new Japanese victory quotes are derived from his original games, and in all but one case are direct quotations.
    • In his Path of Radiance costume:
      • His "誰にも、譲る気はない" (I have no intention of yielding to anyone) is taken from a conversation he has with Mist in the prelude to Chapter 28 of Path of Radiance, prior to his duel with the Black Knight, but is taken out of context for Ultimate: it was originally Ike expressing his determination to fight the Black Knight at all and refusal to let anyone talk him out of it, not a refusal to lose. Accordingly, the English version of Path of Radiance translated the line as "That's one thing I won't let anyone else do in my stead," while Ultimate translates it as "I submit to no-one."
      • His "あんたの戦い…見事だった" (You fought... well.) line originates from his battle with Bryce in the Endgame of Path of Radiance; this line was originally translated in that game as "You fought...a good fight." Ultimate translates it as "Your skills were... remarkable."
      • His "極めれば…誰にも負けはしない" (To the end... I will not lose to anyone.) line originates from his battle with the Black Knight in Chapter 27 of Path of Radiance. In the English version of Path of Radiance, this was translated as "My sword-fighting skills were given to me by my father. If I stay true to them, I cannot lose." The English version of Ultimate replaces it with the pre-existing "You'll get no sympathy from me" line from prior Smash games.
    • In his Radiant Dawn costume:
      • His "どうして俺の前に立った" (Why do you stand before me?) line originates in Parth 3 Chapter 13 of Radiant Dawn, in which he appears as a boss besieging Micaiah's army, and is said when one of Micaiah's allies engages in combat with him. The line was originally translated as "Why would you seek me out?" Ultimate translates it to "Don't stand in my way."
      • His "俺には守るべき物が在る" (I have things in which I must protect.) line is taken from the prelude to the final battle with the goddess Ashera in the final chapter of Radiant Dawn. 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." The English version of Ultimate replaces it with the pre-existing "I fight for my friends" line from prior Smash games.
      • His "俺は前に進む" (I move forward.) line is a condensed version of a line he speaks in the aftermath of his slaying of the Black Knight in the Part 4 Endgame: 俺は立ち止まらん。死ぬまで前に進み続ける。 (I will not stop. I will keep moving forward until I die.) In the English localization of Radiant Dawn, this was translated as "I will keep fighting. I won't stop until I die," while Ultimate translates the shortened version simply as "I must move forward".
  • Ike is the only Brawl veteran who faces Sonic as a Classic Mode opponent.
  • Ike is the only Fire Emblem character not to travel to any stages from the series in Classic Mode route, nor does he fight any characters from his own series.
  • 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 use different knockout voice clips in Stamina Mode when knocked out of HP during his final stock. 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.
    • By extension, Ike is one of the only two characters who use their alternate KO voice clip when KO'd, with the other being Marth.