Meta Knight (SSBU)

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This article is about Meta Knight's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Meta Knight.
Meta Knight
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Meta Knight SSBU.png
Universe Kirby
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Darkness Illusion
This fighter not only has tons of quick moves, he can perform a midair jump five times! All his special moves have a recovery aspect, so use them at the right time. His Final Smash is Darkness Illusion, which unleashes a fast series of aerial attacks.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Meta Knight (メタナイト, Meta Knight) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Meta Knight is classified as fighter #27.

As in Smash 4, Eric Newsome's portrayal of Meta Knight from Brawl was repurposed for English-releases of Ultimate. Similarly, Atsushi Kisa'ichi's portrayal from Brawl was also recycled for Japanese-releases.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]


  • Change As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Meta Knight's model features a more subdued color scheme. His mask, armor, and sword feature more detailed textures.
  • Change Galaxia's sword trails have reversed colors, using aqua with yellow accents instead of the yellow with turquoise accents from Smash 4.
  • Change Meta Knight's eyes close while using his up taunt. Additionally, the trails emitted by the tornado are colored white instead of yellow.
  • Change His Galacta Knight-inspired alternate costume more closely resembles its inspiration: his mask becomes cross-shaped, his spikes and insignia become yellow, and Galaxia turns pink like Galacta Knight's lance. Similarly, Galaxia turns silver when donning the Dark Meta Knight costume, and his mask gains a scar, much like his doppelgänger.
  • Change Two of Meta Knight's victory animations were altered: one has him slashing twice then performing another slice with his sword held backwards; another has him flying around and dropping to the ground and striking a pose.
  • Change Meta Knight has a new sidestep animation, wrapping himself in his mantle during the dodge.


  • Buff Like all characters, Meta Knight's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Meta Knight walks faster (1.18 → 1.239).
  • Buff Meta Knight dashes much faster (1.9 → 2.09).
  • Buff Meta Knight's air speed is faster (0.99 → 1.04).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Jab has less ending lag and its animation is faster.
  • Buff Forward tilt has a bigger hitbox.
  • Change Dash attack has higher horizontal knockback, reducing its combo potential vertically. However, this makes it more potent for horizontal combos utilizing up air.
  • Change Up smash has a slightly different animation, with Meta Knight performing a back flip at the end of the strikes.
  • Nerf Down smash has a slightly altered animation, which no longer hits behind Meta Knight.
    • Buff Down smash appears to have a improved hitbox, now matching the sword trail.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Buff Forward aerial, back aerial and down aerial have larger hitboxes, making it easier to hit opponents.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Mach Tornado travels faster.
  • Nerf Mach Tornado only hits once instead of being a multi-hit attack, decreasing its damage output.
  • Buff Mach Tornado has much more knockback and is capable of killing horizontally far earlier, being a very viable combo finisher.[1]
  • Buff Drill Rush deals much more knockback.
  • Buff Shuttle Loop goes higher and has less landing lag.
  • Nerf Shuttle Loop has significantly less knockback, making it much harder to KO with, and its second hit connects less reliably with its first.
  • Buff Dimensional Cape travels farther, making it better for recovery.
  • Change Meta Knight has a new Final Smash, Darkness Illusion. It creates a surge of energy around Meta Knight which traps opponents, dragging them into the air, where Meta Knight clones himself to strike repeatedly, before finishing with a slash that sends opponents at a horizontal angle. It bears a resemblance to Upper Calibur, Meta Knight's strongest attack in Kirby: Star Allies, with the cross-lightning being similar to Kirby Super Star Ultra's version of Mach Tornado and Meta Knight's Shuttle Loop when combined with electricity in Kirby Star Allies.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Although Meta Knight 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.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Meta Knight Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Meta Knight's stock icon is one of four to show the character's eyes, the others being Kirby, R.O.B. and Sonic.
  • Meta Knight is the only character whose eyes glow a color other than yellow when using his Final Smash. In his case, they glow red due to his eyes already glowing yellow.

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