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This article is about Incineroar's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Incineroar.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Incineroar SSBU.png
Universe Pokémon
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Max Malicious Moonsault
Tier C+ (52)
Incineroar Enters the Ring!
—Introduction tagline

Incineroar (ガオガエン, Gaogaen) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed alongside Ken and Piranha Plant on November 1st, 2018, and was the final newcomer revealed for the base roster. Incineroar is classified as Fighter #69.

Tyler Bunch (credited as "H.D. Quinn"), who voices Professor Kukui's Incineroar in the English dub of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, reprises his role. In Japanese, Incineroar is voiced by Unshō Ishizuka, who passed away 2 months and 19 days before Incineroar's reveal. Incineroar also has different voice actors for the French and German versions due to its name being different in those languages, being voiced by Frédéric Clou in French and an unidentified voice actor in German.

Incineroar is ranked 52nd out of 82 on the current tier list, placing it in the C+ tier. Incineroar's main strength is its high damage power especially when fighting up close. It has several moves that have fast frame data and large hitboxes, which allows it to rack up damage quickly. In addition, Incineroar possesses several strong KO options, including three of its throws, Alolan Whip, and most of its aerials. All of its moves are further powered up thanks to Revenge, which allows Incineroar to not only tank a hit, but also deal even more damage the next time it attacks. Finally, Revenge and Incineroar's heavyweight allow it to survive to higher percents and take advantage of rage, making it even deadlier.

However, Incineroar also has several weaknesses, most notably its sluggish movement in both the air and on the ground; its walking and dashing speed are the slowest in the game. This gives Incineroar a poor neutral game, which combined with a lack of projectiles and somewhat short range, means it can have trouble getting close to those that can camp or outrange it. Furthermore, its KO moves are also somewhat inconsistent, as many of its moves either have sourspots that deal less damage and knockback or have poor knockback scaling; Revenge also does not last forever as there are several ways for it to disappear, including getting grabbed. This leads to Incineroar having to rely on either its throws or Alolan Whip to KO, which can become predictable. Finally, Incineroar's recovery is also lackluster due to Cross Chop's limited horizontal distance if not used above or near the stage, which can lead into a self-destruct if not positioned properly.

Overall, Incineroar is most effective when fighting and pressuring players up-close, but it has trouble against those that can outspeed or outrange it. Although initial results from Incineroar were lackluster, they have since noticeably improved thanks to the efforts of players such as Skyjay.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Incineroar being the 46th character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Samus or any character in her unlock tree, being the 4th character unlocked after Pit.
  • Have Incineroar join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Incineroar must then be defeated on Boxing Ring. In World of Light, it is fought on the Ω form of Spear Pillar.


Incineroar draws many comparisons to some of the slowest, hardest-hitting fighters from throughout the history of the Super Smash Bros. series: it is a tall super heavyweight (being tied with Charizard as the 6th heaviest character) who has the 19th fastest falling speed, the 11th highest gravity, and average air acceleration. However, Incineroar is the overall slowest character in the game: it has the slowest walking and dashing speeds among the entire cast, the 10th slowest air speed, and it is tied for the 14th slowest initial dashing speed.

As a character that pays homage to professional wrestling, Incineroar's moveset boasts an abundance of single-hit attacks and throws, and its attacks have respectably large hitboxes for a close-range fighter of its mobility. Contrary to its sluggish movement and heavy weight, Incineroar's frame data is surprisingly above-average, with fairly quick start-up and respectable ending lag in spite of their impressive damage outputs. Unlike most other hard hitters, Incineroar's weaker attacks are fairly reliable combo starters that work at a myriad of percentages, giving its moveset an excellent amount of utility. Meanwhile, most of its stronger moves are greatly damaging and, in many cases, capable of KOing early. As expected of a super heavyweight, rage helps Incineroar KO even easier, and it is able to take advantage of it easily thanks to its quick falling speed, high gravity and aforementioned weight collectively granting it impressive endurance.

Unsurprisingly for a professional wrestling-inspired fighter, Incineroar's greatest asset is its excellent grab game. While Incineroar's grab range is average, its grabs are decently quick, linger longer than average (though its dash grab and pivot grab are slow), and it has one of the best sets of throws among the entire cast, all of which have respectable damage outputs. Its forward, back, and up throws are all powerful (with each being the strongest of their kind in the game in certain situations), whereas down throw is the core of its combo game. The latter can lead into various aerials (including down aerial, though its slow start-up makes it a mix-up), forward and dashing up smash at very low percentages, and Darkest Lariat. It can also potentially lead to a risky sacrificial KO with Cross Chop, which will always result in the opponent being KO'd first.

Forward throw has high knockback even at low percentages, making it an acceptable throw to set up an edgeguard at percentages where down throw won't combo anymore, and to KO at high percentages near the edge. Back throw, when performed at the edge, can potentially rival Ness' own back throw as the strongest throw in the game, and can KO light characters exceptionally early; however, due to its launch angle, lack of damage during the actual throw (as it consists of a hit before the opponent is thrown), and lackluster resistance to DI, it can be survived relatively easily if used mid-stage and kills far later than Ness' own throw if used in such a situation. Finally, up throw is Incineroar's most reliable KO throw due to being the strongest of its kind (only surpassed by Olimar's up throw with Blue Pikmin), and easily KOs earlier with the assistance of platforms and/or a low upper blast line. Overall, Incineroar has KO throws for any given situation, while also having a reliable combo starter.

Similarly to some of its fellow super heavyweights, Incineroar also possesses a unique grab; in this case, a command grab that functions as its side special, Alolan Whip. Upon execution, the player must press the attack or special button again after the throw initiates, and depending on timing, it has three outcomes: performing it early will result in a back body drop that has high vertical knockback that scales slowly, performing it too late will result in the opponent harmlessly bouncing back while damaging Incineroar, and performing it cleanly (as the opponent is about to collide with Incineroar) results in a lariat that is one of Incineroar's strongest moves, thanks to impressive horizontal knockback and a low launch angle. Even the early and failed versions of the move have their uses, with the back body drop KOing earlier while near the upper blast line, and the collision being usable to set up a reversal.

Incineroar's grounded moveset is a good example of its fast frame data for its high damage and power. Neutral attack is tied for the second fastest attack in Incineroar's moveset, and it is tied with King K. Rool, Ike, and Wario's neutral attacks for the third most damaging non-infinite neutral attack in the entire game, being surpassed only by Kazuya and Terry's. Forward tilt is the strongest in the game when sweetspotted, and is among Incineroar's best KO options on the ground due to its solid startup and semi-spike angle. Up tilt and down tilt serve similar purposes, being combo starters that can set up into Incineroar's other moves. Up tilt can link into itself at low percentages and into aerials at low to medium ones, and serves as an anti-air due to invincibility on Incineroar's head. Conversely, down tilt has impressive range, lowers Incineroar's hurtbox, and has excellent combo potential throughout all percentages, allowing combos into up tilt or up smash at low percentages or aerials at high percentages, including KO confirms into all its aerials (barring down aerial) or Darkest Lariat.

Dash attack's clean hitbox makes it is one of the strongest attacks of its kind in the game, but is mainly useful as a burst KO option when fresh, as Incineroar's slow speed can make it quite predictable. Finally, Incineroar's smash attacks have their own unique perks. Forward smash comes out surprisingly quickly, KOs extremely early when sweetspotted at the foot (being the 4th strongest when sweetspotted), and deals good shield damage. Up smash has a wide, consistently strong hitbox and grants intangibility, which make it useful for both anti-air tactics and KOing outright. Finally, down smash momentarily shifts Incineroar's hurtbox upwards, allowing it to dodge grabs, attacks, and even projectiles to act as a hard punish.

A few of Incineroar's aerial moves are also useful. Neutral aerial is also tied for its second fastest attack and has a large hitbox all-around. When sweetspotted, it can be used to KO offstage; if not, it can still function as a powerful combo starter, especially for an out of shield option. Up aerial is Incineroar's go-to aerial juggle option due to its wide hitbox and its capability of comboing from up and down tilts. Down aerial is a powerful meteor smash that can still KO even if the sourspot hits, and at lower percentages, sets the opponent up for a combo. Forward and back aerials are Incineroar's main way to KO opponents in the air, aside from Alolan Whip, thanks to their faster startup, with short hop forward aerial being a quick follow up to down tilt, and full hop forward aerial following down throw at higher percentages. Due to its aerials' power and decent enough recovery, Incineroar's edgeguarding game is respectable.

Incineroar's other special moves complete its moveset with a few versatile tools. Darkest Lariat is Incineroar's get-off-me option, possessing fast startup (being tied for neutral attack and neutral aerial as its second fastest attack), a long duration, transcendent priority throughout its hitboxes, invincibility on its arms, and a very strong early hit. Though its power gradually weakens over time, its perks allow it to outprioritize many moves (even weak projectiles) while hitting hard. Cross Chop is Incineroar's main recovery move; it can contest against other attacks due to its super armor during the start, and the descending hit deals high knockback. It is also a powerful combo finisher or sacrificial KO, as the initial descent's high base knockback allows it to gimp any character at 0% should the descending hit connect.

Finally, Revenge is a unique counterattack that retaliates with a weak hit, but stores a stackable power increase that affects Incineroar's next move; with a sufficiently strong buff, it grants exorbitantly powerful punishes, with moves such as its smashes, Darkest Lariat, Alolan Whip, and most infamously back throw turning into some of the strongest attacks in the game. While the buff lasts for one successful move, it is not lost should the attack hit an opponent's shield, making Incineroar's moves generally safe on block and can even result in the opponent's shield being broken if they keep shielding, leading to their doom. The buff does eventually go away if Incineroar uses too many moves without landing a hit, or if Incineroar itself is hit enough times, or if Incineroar is grabbed and thrown by an opponent. Revenge's buff is not lost upon hitting the failed version of Alolan Whip, but is lost upon hitting the first neutral attack if you do not complete the jab combo.

However, Incineroar's powerful abilities come at a severe cost. Its biggest issue comes from its poor neutral game. As mentioned before, Incineroar possesses abysmal mobility; when combined with a lack of a projectile, this makes it very easy to zone out and gives it a terrible approach. While the hitboxes on its moves are large, Incineroar's overall range remains somewhat short, so any sufficiently long-ranged projectile or disjointed range can be enough to keep Incineroar at bay. This is especially troublesome considering the cast is also full of characters with either greater mobility (such as Sonic), superior melee range (such as Lucina), good zoning games (such as Min Min), or in some cases, all three points (such as Wolf).

Further adding to this is Incineroar's poor air game: although moves like neutral aerial offer good utility, and forward and back aerials have the range to outspace opponents, none of Incineroar's aerials can autocancel from a short hop aside from up aerial (with forward aerial not autocanceling even from a full hop). This significantly limits their use in the neutral game, as their poor autocancel windows make them unable for approaching reliably. In bulk, this gives Incineroar one of the most lackluster neutral games of any character, being one of the characters with the most trouble at getting close to opponents to begin with, and forces it to heavily rely on bait-and-punish tactics in order to get in.

Another prominent issue is Incineroar's recovery. Cross Chop turns into an inevitable self-destruct if Incineroar is not directly below the edge or above stage level, which can lead to falling into predictable recovery paths, while Alolan Whip is very linear and has considerable ending lag. Incineroar's slow air speed, fast falling speed, and high gravity further compound its recovery issues. That said, Alolan Whip can intercept edgeguard attempts thanks to its non-inputted collision, allowing Incineroar to potentially reverse the situation. Furthermore, neither Cross Chop's descent nor Alolan Whip render Incineroar helpless, so Incineroar does have the ability to mix its recovery up when used in tandem with a directional air dodge and its midair jump, especially if it recovers from a high altitude, which adds to its impressive endurance. However, in a similar manner to Marth, if it doesn't have its double jump, Incineroar is highly vulnerable to being edgeguarded. By extension, any sufficiently strong semi-spike or meteor smash will almost certainly result in Incineroar being KO'd, and any combo that drags it offstage is usually fatal if it is not at a high enough altitude to recover.

Although its frame data gives it less of an issue breaking out of combos and rushdown tactics, its only reliable options to break through such tactics are neutral aerial, Darkest Lariat, and Revenge; all of which are exceptionally simple to punish predicted. If it is unable to break through combos, its slow mobility can leave it very vulnerable to constant aggression, in addition to being vulnerable to zoning and spacing. Its poor neutral game further contributes to this, as it can make it very difficult for Incineroar to even get back to a position where it can try to exploit the opponent's offense or defense. Despite its fast falling speed, Incineroar's slow air speed also leaves it vulnerable to juggling. Altogether, all these flaws collectively result in Incineroar having a poor disadvantage state.

Although its moveset has greatly damaging options, Incineroar has surprisingly inconsistent KO potential compared to many of its fellow super heavyweights. While its throws are among the strongest in the game and many of its other moves possess high knockback at low percentages as a result of their high base knockback, their knockback doesn't increase quickly due to their low knockback scaling. Notable examples of this are neutral and back aerials, back throw, Darkest Lariat and Alolan Whip's back body drop. Notably, some of Incineroar's moves require landing a sweetspot in order to attain their maximum knockback; notable cases include forward tilt (despite the sweetspot being the strongest in the game), forward smash, and both forward and back aerials.

Finally, disregarding its up throw, Incineroar has the worst vertical KO potential of the super heavyweights. Up tilt, up aerial, and Alolan Whip's back body drop all have lackluster power, while its up smash, while powerful, is relatively slow for an out of shield option. Revenge can alleviate this issue to a degree, but this requires Incineroar to read the opponent's attack in the first place. In addition, the buff is lost once it has successfully landed an attack, meaning that if Incineroar is forced to attack with one of its weaker moves, it is possible to waste the buff entirely. The buff can also be gradually lost by attacking Incineroar, by waiting after approximately 60 seconds (which is possible due to Incineroar's susceptibility to being outranged or camped), or outright wasted by throwing Incineroar via a regular grab or a command grab, further adding to its inconsistency.

In the end, Incineroar falls within the "grappler" playstyle archetype, which notoriously requires a very specific playstyle to be effective. Incineroar excels at taking advantage of close-range openings, where it can land powerful blows or start consistent combos that rack up damage quickly in only a few hits, all while being difficult for an opponent to punish due to its staying power, relative safety on shield and heavy punish abilities, making Incineroar very formidable once it wins the neutral game and gets in close. However, its significantly below-average mobility and relatively short range makes getting in its greatest hurdle, as most of the cast can simply run away and attack from a distance. Also, while it has an incredible overall damage output, it suffers inconsistent KO potential that is mostly reliant on its throws and side special, making it predictable when it comes to scoring a KO.

Update history[edit]

Incineroar received a mix of buffs, nerfs and glitch fixes via game updates, but was buffed overall. Update 2.0.0 strengthened up smash and up throw, and made down aerial auto-cancel properly. The most notable buff, however, was Cross Chop's increased overall travel distance, which improved Incineroar's notoriously weak recovery at certain angles and especially its vertical recovery (although lower angles that are not directly below the edge are still almost impossible to recover from). As part of a near-universal buff to multi-hit attacks, update 3.1.0 buffed neutral attack by adjusting its hits in order for them to connect more reliably.

Update 6.0.0 further buffed Incineroar in a number of ways. Neutral attack's third hit was strengthened noticeably, thus improving neutral attack's reliability in regard to warding off opponents. Forward aerial gained a late hitbox, which makes the move function similarly to Diddy Kong's forward aerial. Down aerial's meteor smashing hitbox is now significantly easier to land, thanks to it out-prioritizing the sourspot. Lastly, Darkest Lariat's clean hit has increased power and range, while Revenge became safer via increases to its active frames and knockback alongside decreased ending lag. Following this, update 7.0.0 adjusted the collateral knockback of Alolan Whip's back body drop and lariat: this made them safer on hit against at low percentages when used on bystanders, yet noticeably weakened the lariat's KO potential against bystanders.

Update 8.0.0 provided Incineroar with a number of helpful buffs, the most notable of which were to Alolan Whip and Revenge. Alolan Whip's overall lag was decreased by 2 frames, and its already powerful lariat was strengthened even further. Revenge's damage multiplier was increased significantly, thus making it much more rewarding. Its ending lag from a missed counter attempt was also decreased yet again, which improved its safety.

In addition to these buffs, up smash's already respectable KO potential was improved even further via its knockback being increased overall. Incineroar's grab game was also improved: each of its grabs received 1 frame decreases to their start-up and ending lag, while forward throw was strengthened slightly, making it the strongest forward throw in the game. Lastly, update 13.0.0 buffed Incineroar by slightly increasing the damage outputs of down smash, up aerial and Cross Chop at the cost of slight knockback compensation for each move.

Overall, Incineroar fares better than it did at the launch of Ultimate, thanks to its buffs improving the consistency and/or utility of several of its moves, particularly Cross Chop and Revenge.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Up smash has more knockback.
  • Buff Incineroar can grab edges earlier after using up aerial (frame 58 → 56).
  • Buff Down aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 59 → 45), matching the move's interruptibility.
  • Buff Up throw has more knockback.
  • Buff Cross Chop travels farther vertically and horizontally (Height multiplier: 0.81× → 1×). While this hinders its potential as a KO confirm follow-up from down throw, this more prominently improves its recovery potential.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Bug fix The glitch that allowed the opponent to lose 2 stocks using Alolan Whip collision glitch with Fishing Rod in Stamina matches has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack's hits connect more reliably.
  • Bug fix A glitch involving Alolan Whip and Mii Brawler's Counter Throw putting a fighter in a state where the game will crash if they are KO'd has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

  • Buff Neutral attack's third hit deals more damage (4.7% → 6.7%) and knockback (75 base/50 scaling → 80/60).
  • Buff Forward aerial has gained a late hit on frames 11-14 that deals less damage (12%/13% → 9%/9.6%), increasing the move's duration and allowing it to lock more effectively.
  • Buff Down aerial's sweetspot takes priority over the sourspot, making the meteor smash easier to land.
  • Darkest Lariat:
    • Buff Darkest Lariat's clean first hit deals more damage (16%/12% → 17%/13%) with no compensation on knockback.
    • Buff The clean first hit's hitboxes on Incineroar's arms are larger (4.6u/4.2u → 5.8u/5.4u) and placed higher (Y offset: 10u → 11u), increasing its range.
    • Nerf The late first hit's arm hitboxes are placed higher (Y offset: 10u → 11u). While this better matches the move's animation, it more prominently makes it slightly worse at hitting small characters.
  • Revenge:
    • Buff Revenge's counter window lasts longer (frames 3-22 → 3-27), and the move has reduced ending lag both when missed (FAF 59 → 54) and successful (FAF 29 → 26).
    • Buff The counterattack launches at a marginally lower angle (52°/56° → 51°/54°) with slightly more knockback (36/34 base/38/36 set → 40/38/40/38), and uses weight-independent knockback, making it consistent across the cast.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Alolan Whip's hitboxes have altered knockback against bystanders (80 base/50 scaling → 128/34 (back body drop), 20/76 → 88/38 (lariat)), making them safe on hit at low percents.
    • Nerf However, this also severely weakens the lariat collateral's KO potential.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Up smash has altered knockback (94 base/53 scaling → 89/61), increasing it overall.
  • Buff All grabs have one frame faster startup (frame 8 → 7 (standing), 12 → 11 (dash), 13 → 12 (pivot)), with their total duration reduced as well (FAF 39/47/45 → 38/46/44).
  • Buff Forward throw has more knockback scaling (52 → 58).
  • Alolan Whip:
    • Buff The move has faster startup (frame 18 → 16), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 60 → 58).
    • Buff The lariat attack has more knockback scaling on both grabbed opponents (440 → 454) and bystanders (38 → 40).
  • Revenge:
    • Buff The move has less ending lag if it misses (FAF 54 → 50).
    • Buff It applies a larger damage multiplier to the next attack (1 + (0.25 + 0.075 * damage) → 1 + (0.5 + 0.075 * damage)).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 13.0.0

  • Buff Down smash deals more damage (16% → 17%), with only a slight decrease to its base knockback (75 → 73), improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Up aerial deals more damage (8% → 9%), with its knockback compensated (65 base/87 scaling → 66/79).
  • Cross Chop:
    • Buff The non-spiking descending hit of Cross Chop deals more damage (11% → 13%), with its knockback scaling compensated (54 → 48).
    • Buff The explosion deals more damage (9% → 10.8%), with its knockback compensated (88 base/83 scaling → 89/72).


  • Incineroar will display various animations after using its neutral attack, dash attack, all smash attacks and Alolan Whip; it strikes a boastful pose if an attack hits, and expresses frustration if it misses (during its smash attacks). Aside from neutral attack's third hit, all of these animations are interruptible. All pose-inducing attacks (excluding neutral attack's third hit) also result in a crowd (separate from the standard crowd) cheering in response.
  • Incineroar continuously receives damage while swimming. This trait is shared with Charizard, Sonic, and Inkling. This references Incineroar being susceptible to water due to being a Fire-type Pokémon.

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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Wide Chop (すいへいチョップ) / Kneebutt (ニーバット) / Elbow Smash (エルボースマッシュ) 2.5% A knifehand strike, followed by a knee lift, followed by the sok ngat (an uppercut-style elbow strike used in Muay Thai). If the third hit lands, Incineroar will taunt by pointing its finger toward the ground. Unlike many neutral attacks, holding the attack button only causes Incineroar to do a single attack unless it connects. The first hit can jab reset. As of update 6.0.0, it is tied with King K. Rool, Ike and Wario's neutral attacks for the third most damaging non-infinite neutral attack in the entire game, and is surpassed in that regard only by Kazuya and Terry's neutral attacks.
Forward tilt Throat Chop (じごくづき, Hell Thrust) 13% (hand), 12% (arm) A knifehand thrust. Can be angled. It is a semi-spike and deals high damage for a tilt attack of its speed. It is the strongest forward tilt in the game in regard to KO potential; it KOs at 80% from the edge of Final Destination, and at 116% from the center. Despite possessing a sourspot, it is practically impossible to land unless initiated at very close range due to the sweetspot taking priority over the sourspot. It appears almost identical to the Pokémon anime's depiction of Throat Chop.
Up tilt Jumping Headbutt (ジャンピングヘッドバット) 9% A hopping, upward arcing headbutt. It has a wide hitbox above Incineroar and grants intangibility to its head on frames 6-11, allowing it to fend off aerial approaches. It also combos into itself at 0%, and neutral aerial or up aerial from 25%-75%. However, it has blind spots directly beside Incineroar's legs; as a result, it can miss short and/or prone enemies due to its very minimal horizontal range.
Down tilt Surface Kick (すいめんげり) 9% A legsweep. It has impressive combo potential at various percentages; follow-ups include neutral attack or grab at 0%, up tilt at 18%-90%, up smash at 50%-69%, forward aerial at 30%-145%, back aerial at 40%-170%, and up aerial up to as high as 210%. Despite only using one leg for the attack, both of Incineroar's legs gain intangibility during the move; the kicking leg lasts on frames 8-11, whereas the other leg lasts on frames 9-11.
Dash attack Jumping Kneebutt (ジャンピングニーバット) 13% (clean), 9% (late) A knee strike. The clean hit KOs at 102% from the edge of Final Destination, whereas the late hit has underwhelming power. If it lands, Incineroar will kneel on one knee, and point its thumb toward itself while gloating.
Forward smash Medullary Slash (えんずいぎり) 16% (leg), 20% (foot) An enzuigiri. If it lands, Incineroar will gloat with its arms spread out, similarly to its down taunt. Conversely, it will fold its arms and clench its fists in dismay if it misses, though this animation is rarely seen due to the attack being interruptible before it plays. It has decent range and a sweetspot on Incineroar's foot; the sweetspot is strong enough to KO at 39% from the edge of Final Destination, and inflicts high shield damage as well. It is also fairly fast in spite of its power, thanks to it coming out on frame 16, but its high ending makes it easy to punish, especially on shield. Although its sourspot has a respectable damage output, its knockback values result in its KO potential being underwhelming in comparison. Despite being small, the sourspot also takes priority over the sweetspot.
Up smash Hammer Knuckle (ハンマーナックル) 17% An upward double axe handle. If it lands, Incineroar will look to the sky and point upward, and it will clench its fists in dismay if it misses. It is Incineroar's fastest smash attack, both start-up and endlag-wise. It starts at ground level and has a rather big hitbox that covers the front of Incineroar and even reaches slightly behind it. It also grants intangibility to Incineroar's arms and hands throughout its active frames (frames 13-18). Although its damage output is respectable and consistent, these traits are counterbalanced slightly by its below-average knockback scaling. It KOs at 116% on Final Destination.
Down smash Body Press (ボディプレス) 17% A jumping splash. If it lands, Incineroar will point its finger upward while on the floor, and it will pound its fist on the ground angrily if it misses. As Incineroar leaves the ground while using the move, it can dodge ground attacks and act as a hard punish. It inflicts moderately high shield damage and, like forward smash, it is incredibly powerful, KOing at 62% from the edge of Final Destination. However, it has considerable start-up and ending lag, being Incineroar's laggiest smash attack in both regards.
Neutral aerial Flying Body Attack (フライングボディアタック) 13% (clean), 7% (late) A splash. It has very fast start-up and functions like a sex kick, which make it useful for breaking out of combos. Auto-cancels with a jump.
Forward aerial Drop Kick (ドロップキック) 12% (clean legs), 13% (clean feet), 9% (late legs), 9.6% (late feet) A dropkick. It inflicts more damage and knockback if the feet hitbox connects, enabling it to KO at 110% from the edge of Final Destination. Its start-up lag also enables it to hit opponents if it is buffered from a short hop. It auto-cancels if Incineroar lands before the hitbox comes out, allowing it to cancel tumbling.
Back aerial Sobat (ソバット) 11% (leg), 13% (foot) A hook kick. Like forward aerial, it deals more damage and knockback if the foot hitbox connects, and it can hit opponents if buffered from a short hop. KOs at 89% from the edge of Final Destination. Like neutral aerial, it auto-cancels with a jump.
Up aerial Wheel Kick (あびせげり) 9% A crescent kick. It has a wide arc covering above Incineroar, but cannot hit opponents directly next to it. It auto-cancels with a short hop. A very useful juggling option that can even combo into itself, it is also generally useful for combo chains. However, opponents can react out of its combos with proper DI.
Down aerial Meteor Stomping (メテオストンピング) 15% (clean feet), 14% (clean legs), 9% (late feet), 8% (late legs) A double foot stomp. It has rather slow start-up, but it is a powerful meteor smash if the feet hitbox connects. Conversely, the body hitbox launches opponents diagonally.
Grab Grab (つかみ) Reaches out with both arms to clinch the opponent. It has noticeable ending lag, while its dash and pivot grabs come out somewhat slow on frame 11 and 12, respectively.
Pummel Grab Headbutt (つかみヘッドバット) 1.6% A headbutt. Powerful, but slow.
Forward throw Tiger Swing (タイガースイング) 12% (throw), 4% (early), 6% (mid), 8% (late), 10% (latest) A giant swing. It deals collateral damage to bystanders, which grows in power as Incineroar gains speed during the swing. As of update 8.0.0, it is the strongest forward throw in the game, and is able to KO middleweights at 103% from the edge of Final Destination. However, it launches too far for any follow-ups aside from a dash attack at 0% if the opponent misses a tech.
Back throw German Suplex (ジャーマンスープレックス) 14% (hitbox), — (throw) A German suplex. When used right at the edge, it is potentially even stronger than Ness' back throw, as it is capable of KOing at 90% from the edge of Final Destination. It can even OHKO the lightest characters at the edge of stages while boosted by Revenge. While further away from the edge, however, Incineroar's back throw is considerably weaker than Ness', and is actually outclassed by Zelda, Dr. Mario, and Isabelle's back throws in addition to Ness'. Incineroar has higher knockback until about 120%; thereafter, Ness' back throw becomes stronger due to its higher knockback scaling. It can also hit bystanders, as it launches them at a lower angle and KOs them even earlier (at 75%).
Up throw Tiger Bridge (タイガーブリッジ) 12% An Argentine backbreaker rack drop. Incineroar poses with its arms raised and fists clenched upon completion. It has too much ending lag to combo reliably, but can follow up into an up aerial or Cross Chop if the opponent does not react in a sufficient amount of time. Like forward and back throws, it is extremely powerful; it KOs at 139% on Final Destination and significantly earlier when used on a platform.
Down throw Chokeslam (のどわおとし) 9% A chokeslam. Incineroar pumps its fist upon completion. Unlike Incineroar's other throws, it is a combo starter instead of a KOing option. It has forward smash and dashing up smash as true follow-ups at 0%. It can also combo reliably into Darkest Lariat and neutral aerial at low percentages, and forward and up aerials at low to medium percentages. Due to Incineroar's overall slow speed, however, it loses its combo potential past medium percentages or if Incineroar has a sufficiently high level of rage. Prior to update 2.0.0, down throw could KO confirm into Cross Chop as a sacrificial KO. Due to Cross Chop's vertical travel distance being increased as of update 2.0.0, however, this KO confirm now usually works only as a mix-up if the opponent reacts poorly.
Floor attack (front)   7% Swipes around itself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Swipes around itself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Swipes behind itself then punches forward.
Edge attack   10% Swipes forward while climbing up.
Neutral special Darkest Lariat 17%/13% (clean hit 1), 12%/10% (late hit 1, hit 2), 11%/9% (hits 3-4), 10%/8% (hits 5-6), 8%/6% (hits 7-8) Spins rapidly to perform a series of discus lariats and spinning backfists. It hits multiple times, with each hit becoming progressively weaker, but they launch opponents away instead of linking into each other. Incineroar gains invincibility during the move (frames 5 and 6 on its whole body, frame 7 on its head and arms, and frames 8-57 on its arms). It has extremely minimal start-up, and the entire move possesses transcendent priority; combined with its arm invincibility, this allows it to break through opposing attacks and weaker projectiles, aside from moves with sufficient range. Incineroar can move left or right slowly by holding a direction, and it even slows Incineroar's descent, though its slow speed means it is not suitable for recovery. Its early hit KOs at 108% from the edge of Final Destination.
Side special Alolan Whip 20% (lariat), 12% (back body drop), 4% (collision) A command grab involving Incineroar lunging a short distance forward to grab an opponent. The opponent is then thrown against wrestling ropes that appear after the grab connects. Depending on when the special or attack button is pressed after grabbing an opponent, Incineroar will perform one of three different moves: a lariat that launches the opponent the direction Incineroar is facing (input just as the opponent touches Incineroar); a back body drop that launches the opponent vertically (input any time after the opponent rebounds); or a failed attempt that causes the victim to collide against Incineroar's head, dealing 4% to both (too late/no input). Upon executing the lariat, Incineroar poses with its arms in the air and performs "devil horn" signs with both its paws, while tilting its head upward. The lariat deals 20% and can KO at 72% from the edge of Final Destination. The back body drop deals 12% and can KO at 159% (or earlier when used near the upper blast line and/or on a stage with a low ceiling). Although the collision cannot KO at all, it can be used to simultaneously help Incineroar recover and gimp the opponent. During the throw, Incineroar gains heavy armor that withstands 11.99%. If the opponent is hit out of the move, Incineroar will shrug toward the screen. It does not cause helplessness, which allows Incineroar to use it to extend its recovery.
Up special Cross Chop 2.5%/3%/4%/5% (ascent), 3.5% (descent), 13% (Cross Chop), 10.8% (close explosion), 5.5% (far explosion) Leaps upward while engulfed in flames before descending diagonally to perform a cross chop. Incineroar gains damage-based armor a few frames after its initial ascent (frames 4-15), and Incineroar can change its direction right after starting the move. It causes a large explosion if Incineroar lands while the descending hitbox is still active. The rising and descending hits have set knockback, with the descending hit having extremely high base knockback; this is capable of gimping opponents even at 0% for a sacrificial KO, with Incineroar always being KO'd after its opponent. Incineroar's descending body hitbox is similarly powerful, KOing at 75% from the edge of Final Destination, with the explosion being almost as powerful. However, the move has a high ending lag. Unlike most up specials, Cross Chop does not render Incineroar helpless unless Incineroar lands during its descent and does not touch any solid ground. However, its awkward trajectory requires it to be used parallel to or above an edge to recover, as it is a self-destruct any other way.
Down special Revenge 2.4% (counterattack) Points its chest outward in a cocky manner. It functions as a counterattack, albeit much differently: upon being hit by an attack or projectile, Incineroar retaliates with a weak burst of flame after receiving significantly reduced damage from the countered attack, and its next move is powered up. As a visual indicator, Incineroar's body radiates an orange glow. This buff can stack depending on the number of countered moves and damage resisted. The buff has a very long duration (≈60 seconds), though its duration is reduced slightly each time Incineroar gets hit and it is lost entirely if Incineroar is grabbed and thrown. Once a powered up move connects, the buff is expended. If a smash attack, Cross Chop, or Alolan Whip's lariat connects while Revenge is active, the camera will perform the Special Zoom. With maximum stacks, Incineroar is able to inflict ≈70% with just a single smash attack, giving it some of the strongest possible attacks in standard matches. The flame attack also grants intangibility on frames 1-19.
Final Smash Max Malicious Moonsault 3% (start-up), 2% (initial grab), 7% (hit 1-4) Activates its Incinium Z and lunges forward. Upon grabbing the first opponent it comes in contact with, the opponent is thrown against the ropes of a wrestling ring. Incineroar then uppercuts the opponent upward, dropkicks them even further upward, uppercuts them again, and then finishes with a diving battering ram that sends it and the opponent descending into the ring to generate an explosion within the ring as a boxing bell chimes. The opponent is then launched alongside any bystanders. It is very powerful, as it can KO as early as 20%. If Incineroar misses on the ground, it slaps its knee in frustration.


Stats Weight Dash speed Walk speed Traction Air friction Air speed Air acceleration Gravity Falling speed Jumpsquat Jump Height Double jump Height
Value 116 1.76 – Initial dash
1.18 – Run
0.62 0.114 0.015 0.88 0.01 – Base
0.06 – Additional
0.126 1.76 – Base
3 31.6 - Base
14.4 - Short hop

Announcer calls[edit]

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Emerges from a Poké Ball and struts while smirking.


  • Up taunt: Points to the sky as its flame belt ignites.
  • Side taunt: Pounds its chest then raises its fist triumphantly while facing forward.
  • Down taunt: Kneels and poses with its arms out, as if calling to the crowd.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Flexes its muscles in the "crab pose", a variant of the "Most Muscular" bodybuilder pose.
  • Wiggles the fingers of one of its paws, a common taunt used to initiate a wristlock-based test of strength.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Description In - cine - ROAR! Gao - gae - n! In - ciner - roar! In - cine - roar! Félin - ferno - Félin - fer - no!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Description Fu - e - gro, huh! In - cine - roar! *claps 5 times* In - cine - roar! Eoheung - yeom!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Roars as its flame belt ignites, then throws a punch toward the camera while grinning.
  • Up: Laughs while triumphantly raising a championship belt above its head, then makes a beckoning gesture while grinning.
  • Right: Performs a left-handed claw swipe, then a right-handed claw swipe, and then roars briefly upon kneeling.
A small excerpt of the title screen theme song of Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow Versions. The song has since become the Pokémon series' main theme song.

In competitive play[edit]

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Incineroar players (SSBU)

  • USA Magister - The first Incineroar player to garner significant results and was the best Incineroar player in the world in the early metagame. He was the first Incineroar player ranked in the top 100 on a notable global ranking, ranking 93rd on the OrionRank Ultimate: Six Months In. He also placed top 64 at several majors including 25th at the supermajor GENESIS 6 and 33rd at 2GG: Prime Saga and Glitch 8 - Missingno. He has not entered a notable tournament since 2020.
  • Mexico Nanon - One of the best Incineroar players in the early metagame. Regularly placed top 64 at Mexican events, including 9th at the superregional BIT MASTER MTY 8, 13th at the superregional Bit Master Mty 10, and 33rd at the major Smash Factor 8.
  • Mexico Skyjay - The best Incineroar player of all-time, and one of the best Mexican players in the post-online metagame. He is the only Incineroar player to place top 8 at majors, most notably placing 2nd at the supermajor Collision 2023. He is also the only Incineroar player who was ranked in the top 50 on a notable global power ranking, with his highest ranking being 23rd on the LumiRank Mid-Year 2023.

Tier placement and history[edit]

At the start of Ultimate, Incineroar was considered a mid-tier fighter by most professionals thanks to its raw power and threatening KO potential. Incineroar also attained a decent amount of success from players, especially Magister, who placed well at both regional and majors. However, as the metagame progressed, Incineroar's sluggish movement began to work against it as it was unable to keep up with the fast, agile characters that were in the metagame. Likewise, Incineroar's representation also suffered, especially following Magister's lower activity and performance. As such, opinions on Incineroar fell, with many professionals considering it to be a low-tier or even bottom-tier character.

The post-pandemic metagame saw a revival for Incineroar as dedicated mains began showcasing Incineroar's grappler archetype, specifically its high damage and KO potential. In particular, Skyjay's greater presence on the national scene helped improve Incineroar's representation as Skyjay began consistently placing highly at majors, becoming a consistent top 50 threat by the end of 2021. Due to Incineroar's improving results, players reassessed Incineroar as a mid-tier once again, which is reflected in its position on the current tier list, where it is ranked 52nd as a lower-mid tier. Since then, many players have argued that Incineroar should be ranked even higher, especially following an explosion of strong results from Skyjay which included his 2nd-place finish at Collision 2023.

Classic Mode: Burning Pro Wrestling Spirit![edit]

Incineroar's congratulations screen.

Incineroar's opponents, like itself, are among the heaviest fighters of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's base roster. Its Classic Mode route's title is further highlighted by Rounds 1 through 6 occurring on Boxing Ring, as well as Round 3 and the Final Round referencing tag team wrestling by featuring Greninja as a CPU ally.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser Boxing Ring The Grand Finale
2 GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf Boxing Ring Molgera
3 BowserJrHeadMortonSSBU.png Morton and BowserJrHeadLudwigSSBU.png Ludwig Boxing Ring (Battlefield form) Fortress Boss - Super Mario World GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja is a CPU ally. Based on a tag team wrestling match.
4 KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool Boxing Ring (Battlefield form) Gang-Plank Galleon References the boss battle against King Krusha K. Rool in Donkey Kong 64.
5 DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong Boxing Ring (Ω form) Boss 2 - DK: Jungle Climber References Donkey Kong's guest appearance as a bonus opponent in the Wii version of Punch-Out!!
6 IncineroarHeadPurpleSSBU.png Incineroar Boxing Ring (Ω form) Battle! (Lorekeeper Zinnia) If the player uses the purple alternate costume, the opponent will be the IncineroarHeadSSBU.png default Incineroar.
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand and Crazy Hand Final Destination Master Hand / Crazy Hand GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja is a CPU ally.

Note: Each Round uses a music track from the opponents' respective home series.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Incineroar has The Battle at the Summit! accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Incineroar's location in World of Light.
Finding Incineroar in World of Light

Although Incineroar does not appear in World of Light's opening cutscene, it was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Incineroar was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. It can be found on the southwest path of The Dark Realm, where the spirit of Caeda must be beaten to access it.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Incineroar SSBU.png
12,500 Spear Pillar (Ω form) The Battle at the Summit!


Incineroar's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Incineroar has been unlocked. Unlocking Incineroar in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Its fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with its 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
SSBU spirit Victini.png
Victini Pokémon Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png
13,400 Prism Tower (Battlefield form) •Easy to Launch •You are easy to launch
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Victini)
N's Castle
SSBU spirit Solgaleo.png
Solgaleo Pokémon Series •Gold Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png (160 HP)
9,400 Spear Pillar (hazards off) N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy favors special moves
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Solgaleo)
Battle! (Elite Four) / Battle! (Solgaleo/Lunala)
SSBU spirit 9-Volt & 18-Volt.png
9-Volt & 18-Volt WarioWare Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadGreenSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadYellowSSBU.png
9,000 Gamer (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Sheriff)
•Item: Boss Galaga
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
WarioWare, Inc. 18-Volt
SSBU spirit Big the Cat.png
Big the Cat Sonic The Hedgehog Series •Giant Incineroar IncineroarHeadPurpleSSBU.png
2,600 Windy Hill Zone (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy is giant
Open Your Heart
SSBU spirit Red Pikmin.png
Red Pikmin Pikmin Series •Tiny Incineroar Team IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png×12 (10 HP)
3,900 Garden of Hope (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Main Theme - Pikmin (Original)
Tom Nook Animal Crossing Series •Tail Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png
3,600 Smashville •Sudden Final Smash
•Item: Food
•The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
•The enemy's melee blows will heal them when they hit
Town Hall and Tom Nook's Store - Animal Crossing: Wild World
SSBU spirit Great Tiger.png
Great Tiger Punch-Out!! Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadBlackSSBU.png (140 HP) IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png×2 (100 HP)
3,400 Boxing Ring N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Minor Circuit (Original) Great Tiger's illusionary clones (gray costume)
SSBU spirit Zangief.png
Zangief Street Fighter Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png (140 HP)
9,100 Boxing Ring •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy's throws have increased power
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Zangief Stage Type A
SSBU spirit T. Hawk.png
T. Hawk Street Fighter Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadBlueSSBU.png (120 HP)
1,800 New Donk City Hall (hazards off) •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy's up special has increased power
•The enemy's throws have increased power
Stamina battle
T. Hawk Stage Type B
SSBU spirit Joe Higashi.png
Joe Higashi Fatal Fury Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png (160 HP)
2,000 Kongo Falls (Ω form) •Jump Power ↓ Stamina battle
•All fighters have reduced jump power
•The enemy starts the battle with an Ore Club
A New Poem That the South Thailand Wants to Tell - FATAL FURY 2
SSBU spirit Dragaux.png
Dragaux Ring Fit Adventure Incineroar IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png (200 HP)
9,500 Find Mii (Ω form) •Metal Shift
•Item: Food
•The enemy is giant when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy will occasionally turn metal when the enemy's at high damage
Stamina battle
Battle Start - Fossil Fighters: Frontier
SSBU spirit Kevin & Charlotte.png
Kevin & Charlotte Mana Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png
•Tiny Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png
9,100 Hyrule Castle (hazards off) •Health Recovery
•Attack Power ↑
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is healed significantly when the enemy's at high damage
Preparing to Advance Kevin
SSBU spirit King & Armor King.png
King & Armor King Tekken Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png (130 HP)
Incineroar IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png (130 HP)
3,800 Boxing Ring •Attack Power ↑ Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
Ethno Evening King (orange costume)
Armor King (gray costume)
SSBU spirit Ogerpon.png
Ogerpon Pokémon Series Incineroar Team IncineroarHeadGreenSSBU.pngIncineroarHeadBlueSSBU.pngIncineroarHeadSSBU.png (60 HP)
•Metal Incineroar IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png (60 HP)
8,900 Tortimer Island N/A Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy is metal
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Diamond / Pokémon Pearl Green: Ogerpon
Red: Ogerpon (Hearthflame Mask)
Blue: Ogerpon (Wellspring Mask)
Metal: Ogerpon (Cornerstone Mask)

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Raikou, Entei, & Suicune.png
Raikou, Entei, & Suicune Pokémon Series Greninja GreninjaHeadVioletSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
9,900 Suzaku Castle •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley Entei
Founded in a french YouTube video
Lion Game & Watch Series Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png
3,600 Flat Zone X (Lion) N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Flat Zone 2 Lion
SSBU spirit Nia.png
Nia Xenoblade Chronicles Series Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (90 HP) (Moveset 2122, Nia Wig, Nia Outfit, High Voice Type 2)
Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png (90 HP)
9,100 Gaur Plain (hazards off) N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy heals over time
Battle!! - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Dromarch
Gormott[SB 1]
SSBU spirit Maria Renard.png
Maria Renard Castlevania Series Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Falco FalcoHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Cucco Slash Cat
Baxter & Forthington Rhythm Heaven Series North America
Rhythm Paradise Series PAL
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadYellowSSBU.png
•Tiny Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png
1,500 Pilotwings •Item: Throwing Types •The enemy is easily distracted by items Monkey Watch Forthington
SSBU spirit Morgana.png
Morgana Persona Series Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
•Giant Incineroar IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png
11,500 Mementos (hazards off) •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Last Surprise Zorro
SSBU spirit Grookey, Scorbunny, & Sobble.png
Grookey, Scorbunny, & Sobble Pokémon Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png
•Bunny Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Squirtle SquirtleHeadSSBU.png
9,600 Onett (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy has increased attack power when badly damaged
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
•The enemy starts the battle with a Lip's Stick
Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Scorbunny
  1. ^ This alternative occurs when the corresponding DLC has been purchased and downloaded.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Incineroar Palette (SSBU).png
IncineroarHeadSSBU.png IncineroarHeadGreenSSBU.png IncineroarHeadBlackSSBU.png IncineroarHeadBlueSSBU.png IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png IncineroarHeadPurpleSSBU.png IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png

Reveal trailer[edit]


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • While explaining Incineroar's neutral special, Darkest Lariat, Masahiro Sakurai referenced Street Fighter's Zangief by mentioning his "Red Cyclone" nickname.
    • Fittingly, Zangief's spirit is placed within an Incineroar puppet fighter for his spirit battle.
  • Prior to the addition of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's downloadable content, Incineroar was the fighter with the most recent games of origin, Pokémon Sun and Moon, which were released on November 18, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS. Incidentally, Greninja also held this title in Super Smash Bros. 4. Both are partial Dark types who are the final evolutions of starter Pokémon, they were the sole Pokémon series newcomers in their respective Super Smash Bros. installments, and their damage meter portraits are tilted slightly compared to their official renders.
    • With the addition of DLC, Incineroar's placement as the most recent fighter of origin (Pokémon Sun and Moon released in November 2016) has been superseded by Byleth (Fire Emblem: Three Houses released in July 2019), similarly to how Greninja's placement as the most recent fighter of origin in SSB4 was superseded by Corrin.
  • Leaked artwork of Alola's fully evolved starter Pokémon depicts Incineroar using a giant swing and an Argentine backbreaker rack drop.[1] In Ultimate, it uses these moves as its forward throw and up throw, respectively.
  • Unshō Ishizuka provided the Japanese voice for Incineroar in Ultimate before his unexpected passing on August 13, 2018. Ishizuka recorded all of his voice clips for the game before his death.[2]
    • Incineroar's Japanese voice clips are much more muffled and lower in quality than in other languages, especially given how they appear to be in much higher quality in the Japanese version of its reveal trailer. This is likely because Ishizuka was not able to return for ADR before his death, resulting in the development team having to use the voice clips as they originally were.
  • Incineroar's double jump fall animation notably has it descend lower than in its regular falling animation. This can result in it hitting the lower blast zone slightly earlier if it attempts to recover low on certain stages.
  • Incineroar is the only playable Pokémon that does not have a special move based on a Pokémon move of its primary type.
    • It is also the only playable Pokémon to not have a special move that originated in Generation I.
  • Incineroar and Ken are the first pair of fighters from different series who share a reveal trailer.
  • Incineroar is the only first-party newcomer in the base game for Ultimate who was not represented in any way in previous Super Smash Bros. installments, due to not existing at the time.
  • Incineroar is the only Pokémon fighter (and non-Street Fighter fighter) that is not fought in any of its home series' stages when being unlocked. It is instead fought on Boxing Ring as a reference to its reveal trailer and wrestling influences.
  • Incineroar's Classic Mode route features the lowest number of stages among the entire cast, due to it traveling only to Boxing Ring (in all three forms).
  • Incineroar, Wario and King K. Rool all have Classic Mode routes themed around super heavyweight fighters.
    • Morton and Ludwig are the only opponents in Incineroar's Classic Mode route that are heavyweights instead of super heavyweights. However, their inclusion could be a reference to how they (along with Roy Koopa) are portrayed as heavier than the rest of the Koopalings in the Mario series.
  • Incineroar is one of the few fighters who emits any sounds during their idle animations.
  • Due to an error on the American official site blog, Incineroar does not have its own fighter tag on its blog entry and is thus not listed when sorting the "By Fighter" category. This also applies to Falco.
  • Incineroar is the only fighter in the base version of Ultimate who was not in the game's original project plan when it was drafted in December 2015. When choosing characters, Sakurai wanted to pick one from a newer game, and with the upcoming release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, a spot for a playable Pokémon was reserved in order to be determined later. Although Sakurai did consider Decidueye, he ultimately chose Incineroar instead, primarily because he had never designed a wrestling-oriented fighter before.[3][4][5][6]
  • Incineroar is the second fighter to brandish a championship belt in their victory pose, with the first being Little Mac.
    • Unlike Little Mac, who wears the World Video Boxing Association (WVBA) World Circuit Championship from the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, Incineroar's championship belt is unique to Ultimate.
  • Aside from touching Pac-Jump's red trampoline, Incineroar cannot render itself helpless apart from a very specific condition, this being landing with a Cross Chop and failing to touch solid ground during the initial rebound. It shares this trait with Kirby, who can only experience helplessness if he slides off an edge during Final Cutter or by copying Meta Knight and using Mach Tornado in the air.
  • There is a visual glitch with Incineroar's eyes in spirit battles where it gains multiple irises when hit.[7]
  • Zooming in around Incineroar's neck during its reverse knockback animation reveals a gap between its neck and body.[8]
  • Due to the visual aesthetic used in Ultimate, Incineroar's design differs slightly from its design in the Pokémon series. As a fighter, it has more defined musculature, its torso's gray fur has a light-to-dark color gradation, and its fur (especially the spiky portions on its head, shoulders and tail) has noticeable definition.
  • Incineroar will briefly extend its toes' claws (similarly to the retractable claws of real-life felines) during its forward smash, back aerial, and the dropkick it uses during Max Malicious Moonsault. Although Incineroar's model in the Pokémon series also has these claws, they are not used due to it lacking animations that make them appear.
  • Despite Incineroar having separate voice actors for the French and German translations, its trailer in those languages uses its English voice clips instead.
  • After Pichu, Incineroar is the second playable Pokémon to possess only types shared with previously-introduced Pokémon fighters, due to Fire and Dark already being represented by Charizard and Greninja, respectively.