Isabelle (SSBU)

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in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Animal Crossing
Availability Unlockable
Isabelle Turns Over A New Leaf!
—Introduction Tagline
Isabelle joins the battle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf! She uses various trinkets from around the village to battle. Her side special, "Fishing Rod," not only allows her to snag and bring opponents closer, it can also be used as a recovery move.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Isabelle (しずえ, Shizue) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The secretary for the player character in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and de facto mascot of the Animal Crossing franchise, she was announced as a newcomer at the end of the September 13, 2018 Nintendo Direct. While she shares many moves with Villager, Isabelle is not an Echo Fighter and has a multitude of unique moves and animations.


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  • Isabelle's moveset shares several similarities to Villager, such as a similar dash attack, the use of Pocket, slingshot and turnip attacks, and grabbing with a net.
  • She wears her Spring/Summer outfit by default, but can also wear her Autumn/Winter outfit, and a red outfit based on her brother Digby.

Known moveset[edit]

Standard Attacks[edit]

  • Neutral: Whacks the opponent with a toy hammer. This move is a single-hit jab with no followup attack and very low knockback.
  • Dash attack: Identical to Villager's, but with a brown pot instead of a potted sapling. The jar is heavier, so it falls faster and doesn't go as far.
  • Grab: Swings a net down in front of her, much like Villager.

Tilt Attacks[edit]

  • Forward tilt: Swings a pink umbrella in front of her, much like Villager.
  • Up tilt: Swings a broom over her head.
  • Down tilt: Pulls a weed out of the ground, much like Villager.

Smash Attacks[edit]

  • Forward smash: Fires a party popper forward. Considerable recovery frames, and rather poor range.
  • Up smash: Erects a do-not-enter sign in front of her while blowing her whistle. Has 2 hits that connect into each other.
  • Down smash: Splashes a bucket of water back and forth, similar to Inkling's Slosher.

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Neutral aerial: Twirls around twice in the air while holding pom-poms.
  • Forward aerial: Fires a pellet from a slingshot in front of her. Identical to Villager's.
  • Back aerial: Fires a pellet from a slingshot behind her. Identical to Villager's.
  • Up aerial: Swings turnips above her head. Unlike Villager's, she will always swing two turnips, making it more consistent but removes the chance of getting 3 turnips.
  • Down aerial: Swings turnips below her body. Unlike Villager's, she will always swing two turnips, making it more consistent but removes the chance of getting 3 turnips.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Neutral special (Pocket): Grabs at the air, allowing Isabelle to store any projectile or item nearby for up to 30 seconds. Once Isabelle has stored something, using the move again will pull it out. Projectiles will be fired with the same velocity but deal more damage and knockback.
  • Side special (Fishing Rod): Casts a fishing line out in front of her, grabbing opponents and pulling them closer to her before throwing them. Fishing Rod also works as a tether recovery. Isabelle can also grab and throw opponents while she's in the air with the Fishing Rod. Unlike other grabs in the series, the hook can be shielded.
  • Up special (Balloon Trip): Hops onto a flying swing attached to a pair of bunny-ear balloons. Excellent controllable recovery. Humorously, when falling she pulls her skirt down to keep it from flying up.
  • Down special (Lloid Trap): Buries a Lloid in the ground. When stepped over by another fighter, the Lloid fires vertically, carrying the opponent with it. The Lloid can be destroyed when planted. It can also be detonated by pressing down and the special button again.
  • Final Smash (Dream Town Hall): Traps nearby opponents in the construction of the Town Hall which explodes once completed with the enemies inside, similar to Villager's Dream Home.


  • A taunt where Isabelle waves her arms and jumps for joy, based off of the Complete emote.
  • A taunt where Isabelle claps in place, based off of the Delight emote.
  • A taunt where Isabelle cheers and raises her hand.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Isabelle comes out of the Town Hall cheering before it shrinks into a puff of smoke.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Dusts herself off, then jumps for joy twice before putting her hands on her hips in a confident manner.
  • Waves energetically with her left then right hands, then poses with her arms wide open and a joyful smile.
  • Waves goodbye to Lloid as he rockets off to the distance, then turns to face the camera and pose.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Isabelle was absent in the CGI portion of the World of Light trailer, though she presumably became a spirit alongside the rest of the galaxy (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. She appears in the gameplay footage portion of the trailer, seen with red eyes, along with the rest of the enemies seen in the footage.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Isabelle Palette (SSBU).png

Reveal trailer[edit]


Character 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 moveset, which was used in her Mii costume in place 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 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.
  • 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 a similar letter found by Villager in his mailbox in the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. 4.
  • There is 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.
  • Isabelle is the first newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to be from a franchise that had their first character introduced in Super Smash Bros. 4 . Her inclusion also makes Animal Crossing the first franchise with a single character in Smash 4 to receive another playable character, the other being Street Fighter.
  • Strangely, Isabelle's reveal trailer shows that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still Rating Pending, even though the rating had already been revealed to be rated E10+. Whether this is an error on Nintendo's part or ESRB's part remains to be seen, though European trailers keep 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 has completely unique animations,[1] although she still shares many moves with Villager.


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