R.O.B. (ロボット, Robot) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018. R.O.B. is classified as fighter #42.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, R.O.B. must then be defeated on Wrecking Crew.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Likely as a result of his mid-low tier placement in SSB4 (36th out of 55th), R.O.B. has been considerably buffed in his transition to Ultimate. One of his biggest buffs was to Arm Rotor: The move has less start-up, traps opponents in the looping hits significantly more reliably, and had much stronger knockback on the final hit. All of these changes has turned what was previously considered an all-around useless move into one of R.O.B.'s most dangerous moves in his toolkit, functioning both as a powerful combo finisher and a reliably edgeguarding tool. Robo Beam reaches its charge state sooner and Gyro can now be jump cancelled, improving his mix-up options involving his projectiles, and all-around improve his strong zoning game. His ground game has also improved, with dash attack having less endlag, making it a harder move to punish as well as improving its combo potential, and his forward smash and down smash are now more reliable finishers, with the former having increased range, and the latter now sending opponents at a consistent angle. Lastly, his aerials have been considerably improved: Neutral air has reduced start-up, landing lag, and increased range, making not only more useful in combos, but also makes it a more reliable move to come down from the air with. Back aerial is much stronger and harder to punish due to changes to shieldstun and its landing lag reduction, down aerial has more knockback, making it a more dangerous edgeguarding tool, and up air sends more vertically upwards, allowing it to vertically KO earlier.
However, R.O.B. has received a few nerfs. His grab game has overall been nerfed, with universal changes to grabs hindering the safety of his grabs. His up throw has increased endlag, making follow-ups harder, and his down throw now buries, allowing for guaranteed follow-ups at high percents, but removes any guaranteed set-ups at low to mid percents. Lastly, despite the buffs to his neutral air, his problems with having a big hurtbox and coming down from the air from SSB4 have not been fully addressed, leading to a few of the roadblocks he faced in the previous.
Overall, R.O.B.'s buffs heavily outweigh his nerfs, though how he fares compared to the rest of the cast is currently unknown. R.O.B.'s results in the early metagame of Ultimate have been very strong, where he is currently represented by notable players such as 8BitMan and WaDi.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Unreadable Expressions
R.O.B.'s opponents all wear masks or lack expressive faces.
Role in World of Light
Although R.O.B. 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.
R.O.B. was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He can be found in the Mysterious Dimension sub-area, as the fighter closest to the entrance.
R.O.B.'s Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking R.O.B. 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, R.O.B. makes an appearance in a few Support Spirits.
Character Showcase Video
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