Mewtwo (ミュウツー, Mewtwo) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Like in Melee, Mewtwo is once again an unlockable character. Mewtwo is classified as fighter #24.
Keiji Fujiwara's portayal of Mewtwo from Smash 4 was repurposed for Ultimate.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Mewtwo must then be defeated on Spear Pillar.
Much like its appearances in Melee and Smash 4, Mewtwo's attributes are notorious for being very polarizing, and only its falling speed and gravity are considered average. It has a tall hurtbox, but despite this, it is the 5th lightest character in the game, weighing only 77 units. However, its mobility is excellent, as it's tied for having the 17th fastest walking speed, the 8th fastest dashing speed, and the 3rd fastest air speed.
Like in its previous appearances as well, Mewtwo has a very potent air game. Its neutral aerial has a variety of uses; its very low ending lag gives it great combo potential into its other aerials, or Mewtwo can drag opponents down with it for grounded followups. Its forward and back aerials are very useful combo extenders and can KO at high percentages, with back aerial in particular covering a large area behind it. Up aerial, like back aerial, has large range, and is useful for juggling and has KO potential near the upper blast line. Lastly, its down aerial is a very powerful meteor smash when sweetspotted, and still has KO potential when sourspotted at high percents. However, it hits on frame 15, which makes it Mewtwo's slowest aerial when it comes to startup.
Another one of Mewtwo's primary strengths is its incredible grab game. While its grabs' speeds and ranges are only average, its throws are very versatile. Forward throw, when all of its hits connect, becomes one of the most damaging throws in the game, giving it damage racking potential and ability to refresh its stale moves. Its up and back throws are among the strongest of their kind and have better KO potential than in Smash 4. Lastly, its down throw is a useful mixup combo starter at higher percentages, and can also be used to read an opponent's reaction and capitalize on it. Overall, both its air game and grab game give Mewtwo a variety of options to quickly rack up damage on its opponents.
In comparision to its air and grab games, Mewtwo's ground game is more powerful, albeit riskier. While overall strong, all but a few of its grounded moves have noticeable ending lag, therefore makes them unsafe if shielded, whiffed, or dodged. One of its best ground moves is its neutral attack; it's a versatile move for many reasons, as it can both jab cancel and jab lock, which allows Mewtwo to start combos more consistently. Its tilts also have their uses. Forward tilt is a good move for creating space at low-mid percentages, and can KO outright at high percentages near the ledge. Its up and down tilts are very reliable combo starters due to their long ranges and different hitboxes, each having varying angles and knockback. Lastly, its smash attacks have distinct perks as well; its forward smash is powerful and can be angled, but is very punishable due to having noticeable startup and ending lag. Its up smash has low startup despite its range and power, and it functions as a great anti-air attack due to having a large disjoint that covers above Mewtwo. However, it has the highest amount of ending lag out of its smash attacks, making it very punishable. Lastly, down smash only hits on one side, but it has very high knockback scaling and has very low ending lag.
Lastly, Mewtwo has a versatile special moveset. Shadow Ball has many uses regardless of charge; it can stop approaches, has zoning potential, and is one of the strongest projectiles in the game when fully charged, being able to KO at realistic percentages. Confusion has multiple functions, as it can function as a command grab, a reflector, and even temporarily stall Mewtwo in the air, which can improve its recovery. Teleport grants intangibility and travels far with large horizontal momentum, which makes it a safe and versatile recovery option. The last of Mewtwo's special moves is Disable; as it grants intangibility on startup, it is very useful for punishing bad reactions and can secure KO confirms. However, it's risky to use otherwise because it has to be facing the opponent in order for it to work.
Despite Mewtwo's strengths, it has some noticeable weaknesses. One of which is its infamous frailty; Mewtwo's very light weight makes it easy to KO, while its tall frame, average falling speed and average gravity make it easier to combo compared to other characters of its weight class. Furthermore, Mewtwo lacks an effective aerial move to disrupt combos, and an attempt to Teleport out of a combo can be punished due to its noticeable ending lag and momentum.
The majority of Mewtwo's moveset also possesses some restrictions in spite of their advantages. Despite its aforementioned hurtbox properties, Mewtwo's tail-based attacks are still susceptible to being countered, owing to the base of its tail being a part of its hurtbox. Fully charged Shadow Ball has recoil when used in the air, which can cause an inadvertent self-destruct while off-stage. Disable is punishable if it whiffs and can be reflected because of its status as a projectile, the latter of which can easily lead to a fatal turnabout against Mewtwo at high percentages.
Aside from forward aerial and fully charged Shadow Ball, the rest of Mewtwo's KOing options can be difficult to land. Up and back throw can be risky to attempt because of its aforementioned average grab range. Forward and down smash have slow start-up lag, whereas up smash has minimal horizontal range below its blast of dark energy. Despite their speed and accuracy, forward aerial and Shadow Ball's KO potentials can be hindered via staleness because of their frequent usage in Mewtwo's combos and neutral game, respectively. Lastly, its frame data is slightly below-average, which makes its attacks even more prone to punishment if they are not spaced well. As a result, Mewtwo can pressure effectively, yet is also vulnerable to pressure.
In regard to playstyle, Mewtwo's is an odd combination of styles: it fits the archetype of a glass cannon, yet typically relies on bait and punish tactics and defensive maneuvers to keep opponents from performing rushdowns and capitalizing on its very tall frame and extremely light weight. This does not mean Mewtwo is forced to rely on turtling, however, as its outstanding mobility, excellent air game, and overall powerful moveset make it a force to be reckoned with. As such, Mewtwo is a "high-risk, high-reward" character with a fairly high learning curve, as it has to capitalize on reads more often than not because of its frailty and susceptibility to pressure.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
In spite of previously being a top tier character in Smash 4, Mewtwo has overall been buffed in its transition to Ultimate. It benefits greatly from the ability to dash-cancel into any grounded move, which alleviates most of the problems with its very low traction (which itself has substantially increased). Its superb mobility has become even better, and most of its viable KOing options have improved with better knockback and/or range, and has gained a few new ones as well. Its survivability has also improved slightly due to Mewtwo's increased weight, and the readdition to directional air dodges improve its own air dodge's mindgame potential.
However, Mewtwo has recieved a few nerfs, one of which is to its special moveset. Shadow Ball is smaller and slightly weaker when fully charged, which marginally worsens its KO potential. Confusion has lost most of its use as a recovery move as it halts most of Mewtwo's horizontal momentum in the air, and followups off of it can be a bit harder due to the command grab not centering opponents in the middle of the ripple. Lastly, Disable is also harder to hit on smaller characters due to its altered hitbox placements. Its already below-average frame data was worsened slightly with increased ending lag on many of its moves, most notably up smash and its grabs. Mewtwo's tail hurtbox has also slightly increased, which gives it a harder time to utilize its disjointed tail attacks. Lastly, its air dodge, commonly considered by many in Smash 4 to be the best air dodge in the game due to its speed and mindgame potential, has been nerfed when it comes to frame data, having slightly increased startup and much more ending lag.
Overall, Mewtwo's KO potential has become consistently more powerful along with its already outstanding mobility being greater, which outweighs the nerfs that it has recieved in its transition. Because of this, Mewtwo has widely been considered to fare better than in Smash 4, with good tournament results all-around.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Classic Mode: Psychic Control
Each round, through its psychic powers, Mewtwo controls previous opponents to use as teammates in future rounds; these teammates typically represent characters that have been possessed in their home series. Each round uses a track taken from the universe fought in the previous round.
Role in World of Light
Mewtwo was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.
Mewtwo was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Mewtwo and Zelda attempted to reflect the beams using Confusion and Nayru's Love respectively; this effort failed, with both being vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment, along with the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby).
Mewtwo was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat, it can be found in the Mysterious Dimension. Its location will be accessed during the quiz segment asking which spirit cannot be inhaled by Kirby (the answer being Whispy Woods).
Mewtwo's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Mewtwo in World of Light allows the player to preview the first 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.
Additionally, one of Mewtwo's Mega Evolved forms appears as a Primary Spirit.
Character Showcase Video
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