Ken (ケン, Ken) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was announced as a newcomer during the November 1st, 2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, alongside Incineroar. He is an Echo Fighter of Ryu, thus being 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 onward to distinguish 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, being the only Echo Fighter that is a semi-clone. As such, he, much like fellow Echo Fighters Chrom and Lucina, 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. These moves can only be used on the ground.
Classic Mode: Red-Hot Rivalry
All of Ken's opponents are rivals to the main character of their franchise of origin. Because Crazy Hand represents the destruction of Master Hand’s creations, Crazy Hand is encountered in Master Hand’s place on lower difficulties.
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'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.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
Character Showcase Video
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