Ken (ケン, Ken) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. An Echo Fighter of Ryu, he was confirmed as a playable character alongside Incineroar and Piranha Plant on November 1st, 2018. Ken is classified as fighter #60ε.
Ken's English voice actor is Reuben Langdon, who has voiced the character since Street Fighter IV, while his Japanese voice actor is Yūji Kishi, who has been voicing him since Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Ken must then be defeated on Boxing Ring.
Differences from Ryu
Ken is considered the original "Echo Fighter" in fighting game history, but unlike other Echo Fighters in the game, Ken's differences extend beyond visual changes and damage distribution, using the gameplay differences from Super Street Fighter II Turbo onwards to separate him from his mirror character, Ryu. He primarily trades Ryu's stronger knockback in exchange for more combo routes and damage-racking capabilities, similar to their differences in their home series. Several of his attacks are entirely different as well, and he is also slightly faster than Ryu.
Since Ken has multiple entirely different moves from Ryu, he is near-universally accepted to be the most unique Echo Fighter. As such, he, much like fellow Echo Fighters Lucina and Chrom, is not expected to share a tier list spot with his base fighter, and is expected to be legally allowed to be used with his base fighter in Squad Strike.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Unique to Ken, he has 2 additional special moves that are performed only by input. Both moves, each being a variation of roundhouse kicks, originate from Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Classic Mode: Red-Hot Rivalry
All of Ken's opponents are rivals to the main character of their franchise of origin.
Role in World of Light
Although Ken does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Ken was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He can be found in Dracula's Castle.
Ken's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Ken 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. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Character Showcase Video
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