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This article is about Isabelle's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Isabelle.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.
Universe Animal Crossing
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Dream Town Hall
Isabelle Turns Over A New Leaf!
—Introduction tagline

Isabelle (しずえ, Shizue) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was announced as a newcomer at the end of the September 13, 2018 Nintendo Direct in tandem with the then-untitled Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While she shares many moves with Villager, Isabelle is not classified as an Echo Fighter, and is instead a semi-clone. As such, Isabelle is classified as Fighter #68.

Although Isabelle speaks Animalese within her home series and reveal trailer, she is completely mute in Ultimate.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

Isabelle must then be defeated on Town and City (the Ω form is used in World of Light).


Isabelle is a moderately short and floaty lightweight with slow overall mobility. As a semi-clone of her fellow Animal Crossing fighter Villager, she is similar to him in many aspects. However, Isabelle is also lighter and floatier, has faster grounded and aerial mobility, and cannot wall jump. Moreover, Isabelle also has multiple attacks that are unique to her (such as all three of her smash attacks), while even the moves she shares with Villager have different animations and mechanics.

Isabelle's grounded moves have their utility mainly due to their range and low startup, as all of her standard grounded moves have less than 10 frames of startup barring her grab. Neutral attack is Isabelle's fastest grounded move, and while it is a weak single-hit move, it can be used to combo into her smash attacks at high percentages, and can also be used to jab lock opponents reliably; forward tilt is useful for spacing thanks to its decent knockback and range, while also serving as a situational KOing move at higher percents near the ledge; up tilt can be used for combos and juggles thanks to its relatively fast speed and low knockback; down tilt possesses decent range, while the sweetspot close to her is a respectably powerful KOing option at high percents; and dash attack is a projectile that can be used off of platforms against opponents on the ground or on lower platforms, and it can also be used near the ledge for edgeguarding or potentially as a 2 frame punish. Her smash attacks also have some utility as well: forward smash is her strongest grounded KOing option if sweetspotted; up smash hits twice and is her best vertical KO move while also comboing into up aerial at low percents; and down smash is a semi-spike that can be used for KOing near the ledge, edgeguarding, and 2 frame punishes.

Isabelle's aerials autocancel in a short hop and each one has a distinct perk. Neutral aerial is Isabelle's fastest aerial and her best out of shield option, and it is a sex kick that can be used to combo into Isabelle's other moves or break out of combos. Forward and back aerials have her fire slingshot projectiles that are useful for approaching, spacing and edgeguarding; back aerial has slower startup but less ending lag than forward aerial, and is stronger as well. Finally, up and down aerials have her always swing two turnips as opposed to also one or three like Villager, making them more consistent overall; up aerial is a good follow-up from up tilt, is useful for juggling, and the clean hit can even act as a situational KOing move near the upper blast line, while down aerial's clean hit is capable of meteor smashing if sweetspotted, while otherwise launching opponents on the Sakurai angle, enabling it to be used for edgeguarding. The inability to tech grounded meteor smashes also gives sweetspotted clean down aerial limited combo potential at higher percents as well. Combined with her ability to maintain offstage presence due to her floaty nature, Isabelle's mix of fast and ranged aerials make edgeguarding one of the focal points of her strengths.

Her grab game also has some utility. Isabelle uses a net as part of her tether grab, which has a longer range than normal grabs, but more startup and ending lag as a result; however, Isabelle does not have a grab aerial in spite of her long-ranged grab. Isabelle can also use her grab to pocket items as well. Down throw can be used to initiate aerial combos, forward throw can setup edgeguards by throwing opponents off the stage, and back throw is a potent KO throw, being among the top ten of back throws in terms of kill power. Up throw deals decent damage, but its lack of utility aside from that makes it Isabelle's least useful throw.

Isabelle sports versatile special moves. Her neutral special, Pocket, allows her to steal an opponent's projectile and send it back at them, helping to discourage projectile camping against her. Her down special, Lloid Trap, has her planting Lloid into the ground. Lloid Trap will active whenever an opponent walks over Lloid or can be activated manually, making it useful for surprising opponents, though it also takes notable time to plant and leaves her vulnerable, not being active until frame 51. However, despite this flaw, Lloid establishes another notable strength Isabelle possesses, ledge trapping; when planted in the correct position, Lloid alone can cover rolling and jumping get up's while Isabelle herself can attempt to cover other get-up options, allowing her to have an easier time maintaining advantage. In addition, Lloid has other forms of utility; it can combo into up aerial if Isabelle is close enough, making it a KO confirm at higher percents. Lloid also has the niche application known as "Glyroid"; when manually detonating Lloid during her initial dash, Isabelle will quickly slide a short distance, allowing it to be used as a movement mix-up for approaching. Her side special, Fishing Rod, is a command grab that allows her to grab and throw opponents from distances farther than her grab can, and it also functions as a tether recovery and an edgeguarding tool, as the fact that it can hang offstage allows her to catch opponents with slower recoveries. Her up special, Balloon Trip, provides incredibly long vertical and horizontal distance, though it travels a slightly shorter distance than Villager's version. This, in addition to her Fishing Rod's great horizontal distance, gives Isabelle an outstanding recovery.

However, Isabelle is not without her flaws, the most notable of which being her disadvantage state; due to her floatiness and light weight, Isabelle struggles at getting back to the ground quickly and is therefore quite vulnerable to juggling and early KO's, all while the fact that her aerials provide little coverage below her and that she has no way to mix up her already floaty movement outside of B-reversing Pocket further accentuate this problem.

Many of her special moves have major flaws. While her Fishing Rod is a versatile command grab with a very good range, it is flawed in many ways. Unlike all other grabs in the game, it is unusually capable of being shielded and suffers from a lot of ending lag, making it very punishable. Lloid Trap is also very flawed; planting Lloid leaves her vulnerable and takes 51 frames to be active, it disappears after only 10 seconds and can easily be destroyed due to it only having 8% of HP, and in some cases the resulting explosion will damage Isabelle herself and some characters can even run through it without getting affected. While Isabelle's recovery is very long-distanced, she has no way to defend herself while using Balloon Trip, due to the move lacking a hitbox, and popping the balloons will render her helpless, meaning that despite her recovery being fairly good on paper, it can easily be edgeguarded in practice. Finally, Isabelle loses some of Villager's most important tools for zoning in the neutral game, namely Lloid Rocket and Timber, making her noticeably worse at zoning than her counterpart.

Overall, Isabelle is a more well-rounded character than Villager, having inferior zoning and camping ability, but better mobility and a more reliable set of standard attacks in comparison. However, her special attacks have notable flaws and she has inferior endurance due to her lighter weight and slower falling speed. Because of this, she is often seen as an inferior counterpart to Villager. This has resulted in a negative competitive reception, as many top professional players view her not only as an inferior counterpart to Villager (who by himself has rather mixed competitive reception and poor tournament representation), but also potentially as one of the worst characters in the game. Her tournament representation reflects this, as it is very poor in all regions, and her most significant results are either from the very early days of Ultimate's meta, or her being used as a secondary or pocket to other characters. However, due to her low popularity in tournaments, it is debatable whether Isabelle is actually a poor character, or her representation is poor simply because of dedicated mains. As such, her true standing in the meta remains to be seen.

Update history[edit]

Isabelle received a mix of buffs, nerfs and glitch fixes via game updates, but was buffed overall. Update 2.0.0 fixed some infamous glitches, such as the infinite Assist Trophy glitch and Slingshot Crash, and enabled Isabelle's neutral aerial to auto-cancel earlier. Update 3.0.0 nerfed her forward and back aerials' shield damage as part of the general nerf to projectiles. More notably, this same update modified Fishing Rod in two ways: its hook gained the ability to catch an opponent while it is idle, thus granting it a guaranteed set-up for a 2 frame punish, but at the cost of its active frames being decreased significantly. However, update 3.1.0 undid these changes to Fishing Rod.

In update 4.0.0, Isabelle received a number of worthwhile buffs. She travels farther when rolling, which compliments her defensive playstyle. Isabelle's neutral attack, which was near-universally viewed by players as one the worst moves of any kind in the game, received a number of changes that noticeably improve its utility, most notably granting her a unique edge trap technique dubbed the "Wobbelle". Her up smash and Fishing Rod's up throw became stronger KOing options, thanks to their increased knockback scaling. Lastly, Fishing Rod and Lloid Trap had their lag decreased; in particular, Lloid Trap's decreased start-up lag enables it to function much better against most opponents that dash over it.

Following update 7.0.0's buff to Fishing Rod's tether range, update 8.0.0 granted Isabelle a number of worthwhile buffs, similarly to update 4.0.0. Her up tilt, dash attack, up smash, and down aerial each had their lag decreased by varying amounts, with up tilt in particular becoming much more effective for combos as a result. In addition, Isabelle's up aerial received more base knockback, and her pummel's hitbox was enlarged in order to improve its consistency.

Update 13.0.0 granted Isabelle her final buffs, with the most notable of these being to her down smash: its KO potential was improved via increased knockback, whereas the enlargement and repositioning of its hitboxes improved its reliability both as a "Wobbelle" KO confirm and as a 2 frame punish. Down tilt's ending lag was decreased; in addition to making the move safer overall, this enables its close hitbox to set up at low percentages, similarly to dash attack's close hitbox as of update 8.0.0. Forward smash's clean hitbox became slightly easier to land, thanks to it gaining 1 more active frame. Lastly, forward throw's knockback was increased, which improved its utility as a stage control option.

Overall, Isabelle fares better than she did at the launch of Ultimate, thanks to her buffs improving her neutral game and the consistency of her KO options.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.1.0

  • Buff Up and down aerials have less landing lag (12 frames → 9).
  • Buff Lloid Trap's detection range is longer (6.8u → 8.5u).

Fishing Rod:

  • Buff Maximum rod lenght with smash input increased (52 → 58).
  • Nerf Maximum rod lenght with tilt input decreased (42 → 38).
  • Nerf Decreased the travel speed of the hook (tilt: 2.2 → 2; smash: 3.8 → 3.6).
  • Nerf Decreased the window for smash inputs (6 frames → 4).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0

  • Buff Dream Town Hall grants Isabelle invulnerability after the last hit.
  • Bug introduced Created the Slingshot Crash glitch where if Villager or Isabelle Pocket one another's slingshot from a Pocket, the game will crash.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Forward aerial deals less shield damage (0 → -3.5/-2/-1 (early/mid/late)).
  • Nerf Back aerial deals less shield damage (0 → -4.5/-2.5/-1.5 (early/mid/late)).
  • Nerf Fishing Rod's reel has fewer active frames (frames 2-11 → 10-11).
  • Buff Fishing Rod's reel can catch opponents in the air while it is not moving, giving it a guaranteed setup for 2 frame punishes.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Change Fishing Rod was reverted to its pre-3.0.0 behavior.
    • Buff The move has more active frames when reeling back (frames 9-11 → 2-11).
    • Nerf Fishing Rod no longer catches opponents while it is not moving.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff Isabelle's rolls travel a longer distance (2.25u → 2.85u).
  • Buff Neutral attack deals less knockback (21 base/38 scaling → 14/30), has a lower SDI multiplier (1× → 0.5×) and deals more hitstun (8 frames → 14), allowing it to chain into itself more reliably and making it safer to use.
  • Buff Up smash's second hit has more knockback scaling (111 → 116).
  • Buff Fishing Rod has less startup lag (frame 25 → 21) and can be reeled in faster (frame 50 → 46).
  • Buff Fishing Rod's up throw has more knockback scaling (62 → 66).
  • Buff Lloid Trap has less startup lag once activated (frame 11 → 9). This means most characters can no longer run over it without getting hit.
    • Nerf The rehit interval was increased to compensate (8 frames → 9), which can result in fewer hits occurring when catching opponents partway through the attack.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Adjusted variables related to Fishing Rod's ledge tether range (14, 10, -3, -10 → 20, 25, -3, -10), in order to improve its reliability as a tether recovery.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Up tilt has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 30), improving its combo potential.
  • Buff Dash attack has less startup (frame 9 → 7), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 42 → 40).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff The move has less startup (frame 11 → 9), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 48 → 46).
    • Change It starts charging sooner (frame 8 → 7).
  • Buff Up aerial has more base knockback (30 → 40).
  • Buff Down aerial has less startup lag (frame 14 → 11) with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 46 → 43).
  • Buff Pummel has a larger hitbox (5u → 6.3u), allowing it to connect more consistently.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11.0.0

  • Change Changed the length of vulnerability when crumpling to be consistent with other fighters.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 13.0.0

  • Buff Down tilt has less ending lag (FAF 35 → 32)
  • Buff Forward smash's clean hit has a longer duration (frames 14-15 → 14-16).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has higher knockback scaling (100 → 104 (front hit)/105 (back hit)).
    • Buff The far hitbox on both hits is larger (4u → 5u). This gives the move more vertical range, although these hitboxes were moved closer to Isabelle (z offset: 12.5/-12.5 → 11.5/11-5) to compensate for their horizontal range.
  • Buff Forward throw deals more knockback (102 base/10 scaling → 107/20).


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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Toy Hammer (ピコピコハンマー) 2% Swings a toy hammer downward. This move is a single-hit jab with very low knockback. It can lock and, at low percentages, the move can hit multiple times due to its speed and low ending lag. As of update 4.0.0, it has a wobbling-inspired technique known as the "Wobbelle", which enables it to reliably trap an opponent at an edge as long as Isabelle walks forward very slightly and immediately following each hit.[1] As a result, the Wobbelle allows neutral attack to rack up damage even past 200%. It also allows neutral attack to combo reliably into Isabelle's tilt attacks, down smash and Pocket; its forward tilt, clean down tilt and especially down smash combos, in particular, are potent KO confirms. Although the Wobbelle is a useful technique, maintaining it requires precise timing between hits, and it is susceptible to SDI.
Forward tilt Umbrella (かさ) 9% Swings a candy umbrella horizontally. Compared to Villager's, it launches at a slightly lower angle and has higher knockback growth, which make it capable of KOing at reasonable percentages while near the edge. However, it has more ending lag compared to his.
Up tilt Broom (ほうき) 8% Swings a broom in an overhead arcing motion. Has minimal startup (frame 6) and, as of update 8.0.0, it can combo reliably into itself at low percentages, and neutral, up and forward aerials at low to medium percentages. It can even combo into up smash's second hit at 0%, although this is only effective during its final frames and if the opponent fails to DI properly.
Down tilt Weed Pluck (草ぬき) 13% (close), 8% (far) Uproots some weeds. Has noticeably less ending lag than Villager's, but a shorter hitbox duration. The move's sweetspot deals slightly more damage, whereas the sourspot deals much less damage.
Dash attack Jar (つぼ) 10% (beginning), 6% (pot) Trips while holding a ceramic pot. Like Villager's, the pot itself is a projectile that will either break or bounce off the ground after hitting it. The hitbox on the pot disappears after bouncing off the ground. When used near an edge, it will fall off and continue to have a hitbox. Compared to Villager's, it has less startup and ending lag.
Forward smash Cracker (クラッカー) 17% (clean), 8% (late) Fires a party popper forward. Somewhat fast startup (frame 14) for a smash attack, but has noticeable ending lag (27 frames). It also has two hitboxes: a small hitbox close to Isabelle and a bigger one farther away from her. However, it has poor range despite being disjointed. When clean, it is her most reliable KO option, although the clean hit only lasts for 2 frames. In comparison, its late hit fails to KO at reasonable percentages.
Up smash Sign (ひょうしき) 2% (hit 1), 12% (clean hit 2), 10% (late hit 2) Blows her whistle, causing a do-not-enter sign to spring up from the ground in front of her. It has 2 hits that connect into each other; the second hit can combo into up aerial at low percentages, and KO outright at reasonable percentages.
Down smash Bucket (バケツ) 10% (front), 8% (back) Empties a bucket of water in front of herself and then behind herself, similarly to Inkling's down smash. It is Isabelle's fastest, yet least damaging smash attack. Despite its below-average damage output, it is a decent KO option regardless, thanks to it being a fairly strong semi-spike with respectable startup (frame 8) for a smash attack.
Neutral aerial Pom-Poms (ポンポン) 10% (clean), 6% (late) Twirls around twice while holding pom-poms. It has fairly quick startup (frame 5) and a decently damaging clean hit, which collectively make it a serviceable out of shield option. The late hit can lock at low percentages, and when coupled with the move's minimal landing lag and useful autocancel window, it can be a useful set up into the Wobbelle.
Forward aerial Front Slingshot (前パチンコ 7% (clean), 4% (mid), 2.5% (late) Fires a pellet from a slingshot. Functions identically to Villager's.
Back aerial Back Slingshot (後パチンコ 9% (clean), 5% (mid), 3% (late) Fires a pellet from a slingshot. Functions identically to Villager's.
Up aerial Upward Turnips (上カブ 10% (clean), 5% (late) Swings a pair of white turnips upward. Due to swinging two turnips, hers is overall more consistent compared to Villager's. It also has less landing lag.
Down aerial Downward Turnips (下カブ 10% (clean), 5% (late) Swings a pair of white turnips downward. Like her up aerial, she will always swing two turnips, making it more consistent than Villager's and is safer to use as a result of its lower landing lag. The clean hit will meteor smash opponents if sweetspotted, whereas any other part of the turnips will launch opponents horizontally.
Grab Net (あみ) Swings a net downward. Like Villager's, using it on an item will cause her to pocket it. Compared to Villager, her dash grab has 1 less frame of startup. Notably, all of Villager's throws were altered to varying degrees in his transition to Ultimate, whereas Isabelle's back, up and down throws retain the properties of Villager's throws from SSB4.
Pummel Net Tightening (あみ締め) 1% Yanks the net backward.
Forward throw Forward Net Throw (前あみ投げ) 9% Throws the opponent with an overhead swing. Its low knockback scaling makes it best suited for throwing opponents off the stage to set up edgeguards. This move has greater knockback scaling than Villager's throw
Back throw Back Net Throw (後あみ投げ) 11% Turns around to throw the opponent with a horizontal swing. Isabelle's strongest throw, and the only one that can KO at reasonable percentages.
Up throw Up Net Throw (上あみ投げ) 10% Flips the net over and tosses the opponent upward.
Down throw Down Net Throw (下あみ投げ) 6% Turns her net horizontally and slams it on the ground. Can combo into aerials at low to mid percentages.
Floor attack (front)   7% Isabelle swings a broom in front, and then behind her.
Floor attack (back)   7% Same as her other floor attack, but swings the broom behind her first.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Swings a broom in front, then behind herself while getting up.
Edge attack   9% Isabelle slides along the ground and shoves with pom-poms in her hands.
Neutral special Pocket 1.9× (multiplier) Pockets projectiles and items. After pocketing a projectile, using the neutral special input will produce and use the projectile. Using neutral special with a pocketed item will put the item in Isabelle's hand. This move functions identically to Villager's version.
Side special Fishing Rod ≈9.5%-18.7% Casts out a fishing rod. The distance the rod's line is cast depends on whether or not it was inputted while flicking the control stick. It can be left out for ≈5 seconds before Isabelle will automatically begin to slowly reel it in. Pressing the special or attack button will automatically reel it in completely at any time. It will also reel in automatically if an item is grabbed. When an opponent is captured by the rod's hook, she reels them in and can throw the opponent in one of 4 directions. The forward, back and up variants can KO at high percentages, while the down variant can combo until high percentages. Much like a thrown item, the damage output for the throws is directly proportional to how fast the bobber is moving at the time of capturing the opponent. Fishing Rod can also be used as a tether recovery and can grab items. Unlike normal grabs, it cannot bypass shields, even when reeled in. Another unique quirk is that it is unable to bypass reflectors or counterattacks, and is even blocked by passive shields.
Up special Balloon Trip Sits on a swinging bench with two bunny-shaped balloons. It grants a lot of distance, though it travels a slightly shorter distance than Villager's version. Pressing or holding the special button will cause Isabelle to rise. Pressing the attack button will cancel the move while propelling her slightly upwards. If canceled with the attack button, the next use will only have one balloon until landing on stage.
Down special Lloid Trap 1.6% (hits 1 and 2), 0.9% (hits 3-5), 12% (hit 6) Plants Lloid the Gyroid into the ground. When someone steps over him, or when the down special is inputted again, Lloid propels himself vertically, dragging the opponent with him. If nothing happens for 10 seconds, Lloid will disappear. After taking 8% (not counting the 1v1 multiplier), he will explode, which will also damage Isabelle if she is near the explosion.
Final Smash Dream Town Hall 10% (collateral loop), 15% (collateral explosion), 50.5% (entirety) When activated, Tom Nook, Timmy and Tommy appear and build a Town Hall, trapping opponents that get caught in their construction zone. Once the Town Hall is completed, Isabelle, Tom, Timmy and Tommy celebrate briefly before it explodes, which inflicts high damage and knockback. Although it is almost identical to Dream Home, it deals more damage and has both higher knockback and a faster final hit.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Isabelle comes out of the Town Hall while cheering before it shrinks and then disappears into a puff of smoke.
Isabelle's on-screen appearance.


  • Up taunt: Isabelle waves her hand while looking toward the screen. Based on the "Greetings" emote.
  • Side taunt: Isabelle claps her hands while facing the screen. Based on the "Delight" emote.
  • Down taunt: Isabelle dances, waving her arms in an inward circular motion while stepping in place. She then jumps up, and lands facing the screen with her arms spread out. Based on the "Complete" emote in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Stretches her arms.
  • Turns around and inspects her outfit.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Description I - sa - belle! Shi - zue-san! Forza Fuffi ale ale! Forza Fuffi ale ale! Is - a -belle! *claps 3 times* Ma - rie!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Description Isa - belle!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Waves twice and spreads her arms.
  • Up: Waves goodbye to Lloid as he flies upwards in the background, then turns toward the camera with a pose similar to the one in her official render.
  • Right: Dusts herself off, jumps twice, and poses triumphantly with her hands on her hips. Her end pose is based on the "Pride" emote.
A remix of the first "Phrase" of the original Animal Crossing theme for the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, slightly sped up.

In competitive play[edit]

When Isabelle was first revealed, there was a glimmer of hope for the character due to her similar neutral and campy patient playstyle with Villager. On release, she was considered to be generally effective, as she shared some abilities from Villager: her slingshot was considered a good option for zoning and/or approaching and edgeguarding, and her Pocket prevented camping from other zoners. Her unique tools were also considered: Lloid Trap functioned as an effective tool for stage control, and could also force reactions from her opponent or set up an aerial combo, while Fishing Rod became rather notorious for dealing with recoveries and being rather difficult to deal with, especially at lower skill levels.

However, Isabelle's representation quickly dropped after the first few months, with players considering her not as good of a character as initially imagined. In addition to sharing the same weaknesses as Villager, Isabelle has additional flaws that hinder her (such as her infamously short smash attacks), while her camping game does not benefit as much to Ultimate's engine.

As a result of these factors, Isabelle has not made a significant impact in tournaments and has little representation throughout Ultimate's current metagame. This is also exacerbated by the fact that she is outshined by her original counterpart, Villager, who is also struggling in the meta with limited representation, despite being considered a better character than her. Due to Villager's stronger presence and Isabelle's weaknesses, numerous professionals view her as one of the worst characters in the game. On the other hand, a few other players believes the character is underrated and has potential due to her strong camping game and effective edge tools. Furthermore, dedicated players such as Nery, kept, and Lv.1 use her as either a solo main or a secondary and have placed well at both a regional and national level. Finally, update 4.0.0. gave her several buffs to her moveset, including her neutral attack's "Wobbelle" technique, which traps the opponent at an edge with her neutral attack until KO percentages. As of now, her true tournament viability and tier placement in the meta is questionable.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Isabelle professionals (SSBU)

Classic Mode: Best in Show[edit]

Isabelle's congratulations screen.

Isabelle's opponents are composed of nearly every female challenger that appears in the base game. The only base roster female characters absent are Dark Samus and Spiky-eared Pichu. Popo of the Ice Climbers is the only male character fought in this route, because neither Popo nor Nana can spawn alone, regardless of which one is the leader. Additionally, the music that plays in each round alters, with odd numbered routes playing title themes from the Animal Crossing series, and even numbered routes playing music from that stage's home universe.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 VillagerHeadPinkSSBU.png VillagerHeadGreenSSBU.png VillagerHeadBlueSSBU.png VillagerHeadChartreuseSSBU.png Villager (×4) Smashville Title Theme - Animal Crossing: Wild World (Brawl)
2 WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer, PokémonTrainerHeadRedSSBU.png Pokémon Trainer, and PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png Pikachu Wii Fit Studio Super Hoop
3 PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena, LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina, ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda, CorrinHeadFemaleSSBU.png Corrin, and RobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png Robin Temple (Battlefield form) Title Theme - Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer This battle is a free-for-all.
4 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus, BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta, and SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus Moray Towers Split & Splat InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling and IceClimbersHeadRedSSBU.png Ice Climbers (with Nana leading, and with their red costume equipped) are CPU allies.
5 PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach, DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy, RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina & Luma, and BowserJrHeadWendySSBU.png Wendy Princess Peach's Castle Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World
6 SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik Gerudo Valley Ocarina of Time Medley
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 Isabelle has Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Isabelle in World of Light

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

She can be found near a small town on a secluded road, that requires the spirit of Kapp'n (Wild World) to be driven through a tunnel to reach. Freeing her unlocks a path to the town.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Isabelle SSBU.png
3,900 Town and City (Ω form) Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World


Isabelle'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 Isabelle has been unlocked. Unlocking Isabelle 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. Her fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with her artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles[edit]

Conditions in italic aren't listed on the Spirit Battle preview screen.

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 Baby Peach.png
Baby Peach Super Mario Series •Tiny Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
3,600 Princess Peach's Castle N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy favors dash attacks
•The enemy has increased move speed
Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. (Melee)
SSBU spirit Dixie Kong.png
Dixie Kong Donkey Kong Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,100 Jungle Japes •Item: Banana Peel •The enemy is easily distracted by items Swinger Flinger
SSBU spirit Saria.png
Saria The Legend of Zelda Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadTealSSBU.png
Young Link YoungLinkHeadRedSSBU.png
9,900 Garden of Hope •Hazard: Fog •The stage is covered in fog
•The enemy will charge up a powerful Final Smash
Saria's Theme
SSBU spirit Medli.png
Medli The Legend of Zelda Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
9,300 Pirate Ship N/A •The enemy has increased jump power Dragon Roost Island
from the game's files
Crazee Dayzee Yoshi Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,700 Yoshi's Island •Flowery •You constantly take minor damage
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Meloetta)
Flower Field
SSBU spirit Nago.png
Nago Kirby Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,900 Green Greens (Battlefield form) •Item: Soccer Ball •The enemy has an extra midair jump Forest/Nature Area
SSBU spirit Susie.png
Susie Kirby Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
•Metal Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadNavySSBU.png
3,400 Halberd (hazards off) N/A •The enemy is metal Pink Ball Activate!
SSBU spirit Meowth.png
Meowth Pokémon Series •Gold Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png×2
3,300 Golden Plains N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle
Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Meowth)
Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
SSBU spirit Lissa.png
Lissa Fire Emblem Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
Chrom ChromHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,300 Arena Ferox N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Duty (Ablaze)
SSBU spirit Sakura (Fire Emblem).png
Sakura (Fire Emblem) Fire Emblem Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
Corrin CorrinHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,100 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy heals over time
Lost in Thoughts All Alone (Remix)
SSBU spirit Elise.png
Elise Fire Emblem Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,600 Coliseum •Item: Recovery Types •Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy heals over time
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Lost in Thoughts All Alone (for 3DS / Wii U)
SSBU spirit 5-Volt.png
5-Volt WarioWare Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
3,500 Gamer •Earthquake
•Sudden Damage
•All fighters take serious damage after a little while
•Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage
SSBU spirit Cream & Cheese.png
Cream & Cheese Sonic The Hedgehog Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
•Tiny Squirtle SquirtleHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,500 Green Hill Zone •Hazard: Low Gravity •Gravity is reduced
•The enemy takes less damage while in the air
Rooftop Run Cream
Harriet Animal Crossing Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,700 Town and City •Strengthen Weapon
•Item: Swords
•All fighters' melee weapons have increased power after a little while Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World
Keitlin & Katie spirit
Kaitlin & Katie Animal Crossing Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadTealSSBU.png
•Tiny Isabelle IsabelleHeadBlueSSBU.png
4,100 Smashville •Hazard: Fog •The stage is covered in fog Tour - Animal Crossing: New Leaf Kaitlin (normal Isabelle)
Katie (tiny Isabelle)
Zipper T. Bunny Animal Crossing Series •Bunny Isabelle IsabelleHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,800 Smashville N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Title Theme - Animal Crossing: Wild World
Digby Animal Crossing Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
3,900 Smashville N/A •The enemy has increased power for the first part of the battle House Preview
SSBU spirit Roll Caskett.png
Roll Caskett Mega Man Legends Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,700 Pilotwings •Item: Hocotate Bomb •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Light Plane (for 3DS / Wii U)
SSBU spirit Cereza.png
Cereza Bayonetta Series •Tiny Isabelle IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png
Bayonetta BayonettaHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,900 Luigi's Mansion N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Let's Dance, Boys!
SSBU spirit Coraline.png
Coraline StreetPass Mii Plaza Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
Mii Gunner MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 1111, Pirate Hat, Splatoon 2 Outfit, No Voice)
1,800 Wuhu Island (Speedboat) N/A •The enemy favors side specials Mii Plaza
DeMille Tomato Adventure •Bunny Isabelle IsabelleHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,800 Yoshi's Island (Melee) •Item: Maxim Tomato •The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Attack and Run!
Ashley Robins's spirit battle
Ashley Robbins North America
Ashley Mizuki Robins PAL
Trace Memory Series North America
Another Code Series PAL
Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
•Clear Villager VillagerHeadCyanSSBU.png
3,700 Luigi's Mansion N/A •The enemy is invisible Main Theme - Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
from the game's files
Ouendan Cheerleaders Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadBlueSSBU.png×3
4,000 Pokémon Stadium •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy favors neutral air attacks
Ring a Ding
from the game's files
Looksley Looksley's Line Up North America
Tales in a Box: Hidden shapes in perspective! PAL
Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,500 Paper Mario •Invisibility
•Item: Smoke Ball
•All fighters are invisible Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! Medley
from the game's files
Arcade Bunny Nintendo Badge Arcade •Bunny Isabelle IsabelleHeadGreySSBU.png
3,700 PictoChat 2 (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Arcade Bunny)
•Item: Franklin Badge
•Hostile assist trophies will appear Arcade Bunny's Theme
SSBU spirit Lappy.png
Lappy ASTRAL CHAIN •Giant Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
2,400 Fourside (hazards off) •Invisibility
•Item: Throwing Types
•The enemy is invisible
•The enemy is giant
Balloon Trip (for 3DS / Wii U)
SSBU spirit C.J..png
C.J. Animal Crossing Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadSSBU.png
Inkling InklingHeadBlueSSBU.pngInklingHeadSSBU.png
4,400 Wuhu Island (The boat) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Starfy)
•Item: Unira
•Defeat the main fighter to win
•Hostile assist trophies will appear when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy favors side specials
Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Goldeen)
Kapp'n's Song

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Lloid Animal Crossing Series Villager VillagerHeadYellowSSBU.pngVillagerHeadBlueSSBU.png
Isabelle IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.pngIsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Mushroomy Kingdom N/A •The enemy favors side specials Title Theme - Animal Crossing Lloid
Brewster Animal Crossing Series Falco FalcoHeadGreenSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadCyanSSBU.pngVillagerHeadBlueSSBU.png
Isabelle IsabelleHeadPurpleSSBU.png
8,800 Luigi's Mansion •Item Tidal Wave (Food) •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
•Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
The Roost - Animal Crossing: Wild World Isabelle
Frillard Spirit
Frillard Animal Crossing Series Wario WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png
Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadPurpleSSBU.png
2,400 Town and City N/A •The enemy loves to taunt Town Hall and Tom Nook's Store - Animal Crossing: Wild World Isabelle

Alternate costumes[edit]

Isabelle Palette (SSBU).png
IsabelleHeadSSBU.png IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png IsabelleHeadPinkSSBU.png IsabelleHeadRedSSBU.png IsabelleHeadPurpleSSBU.png IsabelleHeadTealSSBU.png IsabelleHeadGreySSBU.png IsabelleHeadBlueSSBU.png

Reveal trailer[edit]


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • Isabelle is the fourth character to be announced in Ultimate that was previously featured as a Mii costume in Super Smash Bros. 4, the others being Inkling, Chrom, and King K. Rool. Additionally, she uses a party popper in her forward smash, which is used in the Mii Gunner outfit based on her instead of an arm cannon.
  • The Nintendo Direct that revealed Isabelle as a playable fighter was supposed to air on September 6th, 2018. However, an earthquake struck Hokkaidō, Japan that day. Its aftermath prompted Nintendo to postpone the Direct—and by extension, news of Isabelle's inclusion in Ultimate—by one week, out of respect for those affected by the tremor. This makes Isabelle the only playable character in the series' history whose reveal was explicitly delayed for any given reason.
  • Isabelle's reveal trailer initially appeared to be a reveal trailer for a new Nintendo Switch installment of the Animal Crossing series and was followed by an actual teaser trailer confirming such a title (later named Animal Crossing: New Horizons) for 2019.
    • Tom Nook is even seen watching Isabelle's own trailer on his computer, before telling the audience he has to get back to work, in order to prepare for the upcoming game, which can be considered its own mini teaser for New Horizons as in that game, Tom Nook is the primary helper at the beginning instead of Isabelle as in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
    • At one point, Isabelle wishes that the mayor "wasn't so busy with the campsite and Smash." 'The campsite' refers to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, which was released in October 2017.
    • This is the second time an upcoming Nintendo game has been teased through a character reveal trailer, the first being Luigi's Mansion 3, which was teased by Luigi's new Poltergust in Simon and Richter's reveal trailer.
  • In her reveal trailer, Isabelle opens a letter inviting her to join Smash Bros. that is enclosed in an envelope with a wax seal in the shape of the Super Smash Bros. logo. This is a callback to Villager's reveal in the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. 4, and the only other use of the Smash Invite letter literally being received by physical post (the other being Villager's reveal).
  • There was an error on Isabelle's page on the Smash Bros. Ultimate site where her Animal Crossing symbol is the same color as Villager's (a dark green), instead of chartreuse, her background color.
  • Strangely, Isabelle's reveal trailer shows that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was then still Rating Pending, even though the rating had already been revealed to be rated E10+ at the time. Whether this was an error on Nintendo's part or ESRB's part is unknown, though European trailers kept the PEGI 12 rating.
  • In a Famitsu column, Sakurai noted that because Isabelle and Villager have significantly different proportions and personalities, it was not possible for Isabelle to be Villager's Echo Fighter, and therefore she was developed as a unique character,[2] although she still shares many moves with Villager. This makes Isabelle the only clone so far whose reasoning for not being labeled as an Echo Fighter has been explicitly confirmed.
  • Isabelle is the only character in the base roster whose official confirmation was not part of a Super Smash Bros.-centered Nintendo Direct. Instead, she was revealed as part of a general Nintendo Direct.
  • Isabelle is one of five characters with a "hit-grab" (a grab that can be blocked), the other four are Joker, Terry, Byleth and Ridley.
    • She is only character to have this property in the base game, since Skewer didn't gain this property until update 8.0.0, and the others were introduced as DLC.
    • Notably, all of these characters debuted in Ultimate.
  • Similar to Chomp, characters trapped in Isabelle's grab appear to have the upper half of their models removed, presumably so that even large characters can fit inside the net. This also happens with Villager.
  • With a weight value of 88, Isabelle is the lightest newcomer in the base game of Ultimate.
    • She is, however, the third lightest newcomer overall, behind Sora and Sephiroth with weight values of 85 and 79 respectively.