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.
R.O.B.'s beeping sound effects from Brawl and Smash 4 were repurposed for Ultimate.
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.
R.O.B. is the eighteenth heaviest character in the game, being tied with Snake and Banjo & Kazooie, thus making him a heavyweight. R.O.B. sports average mobility: he has the thirty-third fastest walking speed, thirty-ninth fastest dashing speed and average initial dash, twenty-sixth fastest air speed, thirtieth highest air acceleration, and the forty-eighth highest traction. R.O.B. also has the thirty-ninth highest falling, fast falling speeds, and gravity.
Like in Brawl and Smash 4, R.O.B. is a zoning-oriented character with very useful projectiles to keep his opponents at bay. Robo Beam enables him to attack from considerable distance, and becomes the noticeably stronger Super Robo Beam when it is left idle for 14.3 seconds. While Robo Beam interrupts opponents faster, Super Robo Beam deals more damage and has higher knockback growth. Gyro is an auto-chargeable projectile that becomes an item when fired. Compared to Robo Beam, it has a more favorable angle for disrupting opponents, while also being more manipulable as a projectile and having greater KOing potential. Thanks to R.O.B.'s item throws being among the strongest in the game, Gyro is also very useful when smash thrown as an item.
Aside from his offensive prowess with projectiles, R.O.B. also does not have issues against projectiles, courtesy of Arm Rotor's ability to reflect them with greater strength than they initially had. In addition to its reflection ability, Arm Rotor now boasts KO potential, thanks to its finishing hit having significantly higher knockback growth.
R.O.B's ground game is very good, Jab comes out on frame 3 and acts as a quick move at low percents to escape pressure situations, it can also jab lock and combo. Forward tilt can be useful for spacing at higher percents since it comes out on frame 7, but its' usefulness ends there. Up tilt comes out on frame 4, and is very good for acting as an anti air and combos into up air, which can kill. Down tilt is R.O.B.'s single best move, it lowers his hurtbox a little bit, it has great range, more range than forward tilt and jab, it ties with jab as R.O.B.'s fastest move at frame 3, its total active frames is only 14, meaning it is one of the most safe to spam moves in the game, the move pressures shields and the only thing that can punish the move out of shield is frame 5 or faster up b moves like Fire and Dolphin Slash, the move trades with shield grabs, the move also combos into itself at lower percents and at higher percents it can start comboing into grab or dash attack, and at even higher percents it can send opponents into a jab lock scenario for a kill at relatively low percents, these jab locks are notoriously hard to react to because of the very low launch angle for down tilt and the low knockback. Lastly dash attack is useful for punishing landings and whiffs, the move is very fast at frame 7, has lots of range, and can combo into forward air at low to mid percents.
R.O.B.'s air game is also strong, thanks to the excellent and disjointed ranges of all but one of his aerials. Neutral aerial has large, disjointed hitboxes that make it great for covering the opponents options if they lack the range to deal with it, it's also very hard to punish out of shield, due to its damage, total landing lag (7 frames), and range despite its speed and autocancel window. It is also a reliable combo starter at low to medium percentages when SHFF'd, as well as a useful spacing option. Up aerial is R.O.B.'s least useful aerial over all however it is one of his best options for covering the space above him, thanks to its usefulness in harassing airborne opponents due to its large and long lasting hitboxes and its strength despite the surprising speed of the move. Back and down aerials are R.O.B.'s most damaging aerials when sweetspotted, and have large hitboxes like neutral aerial. However, they also boast specific strengths: the former has recovery potential thanks to it propelling R.O.B. forward slightly, and it is R.O.B.'s only aerial that can kil in neutral due to the safety of the move thanks to its power, great hitbox size and the distance he gains when using it, whereas the latter is a meteor smash that can hit below the ledge and kill very early if done so, it is also active for a total of 6 frames. Lastly, forward aerial is R.O.B.'s fastest aerial coming out on frame 6, this makes it very spammable in neutral due to how low committal it is to use, as R.O.B. can act right after the move ends, however its hitbox has much shorter range and isn't disjointed.
Unlike in Brawl, R.O.B. now boasts respectable KO potential. Like his up aerial, back aerial, up throw and Arm Rotor, R.O.B.'s smash attacks now boast KO potential, thanks to being buffed in various ways. Forward smash's sweetspot deals slightly more damage and higher knockback. Although forward smash's other hitboxes deal less damage, they have been re-positioned farther outward, which improves its range. Up smash's sweetspot and down smash also deal more damage and, like forward smash, have had their hitboxes tweaked for the better: up smash now has hitboxes on R.O.B.'s arms that launch the opponent into its thruster hitboxes, whereas down smash is now a semi-spike and sends opponents at a consistent trajectory as opposed to launching them in a random direction.
R.O.B.'s grab game has also improved. Forward and back throws are still limited in regard to utility, but are nevertheless decent for spacing and setting up edge-guards, back throw however, can kill at the ledge at very high percents, and both can combo into dash attack or gyro at very low percents. In comparison, R.O.B.'s up throw is much more useful. Up throw is his most damaging throw; a very viable KOing option, especially when boosted by rage; and can even be used for combos at low percentages. However, down throw is possibly his least useful throw, down throw deals poor damage, and buries opponents, however with mashing the opponent can typically get out before R.O.B. has any chance to act, the throw does, however, gain some use at percents past 125%, where R.O.B. can 50/50 mix up with short hop up air or up smash, depending on if the opponent mashes or not, and at around 154% the up smash becomes a true combo.
Although R.O.B. possesses a number of useful traits, he also has some noteworthy shortcomings. Despite his KO potential's drastic improvements, landing his KOing options can still be problematic because of them being laggy and/or having unimpressive ranges. The latter trait is particularly noticeable in regard to R.O.B.'s arm-based attacks, most of which have hitboxes that have either become smaller and/or tweaked for the worse. For example, his grab game is hindered by his overall grab range now being the shortest in the game because of his much smaller grabboxes, whereas his up tilt has drastically less utility because of its adjusted hitboxes.
In addition to R.O.B.'s hitbox issues, his hurtbox also hinders him, it is very large and wide, meaning he can get hit by a lot of things that other characters such as Pichu would have an easier time getting away from. This also means he is susceptible to combo-oriented characters, such as Mario and Palutena. This is further compounded by his aerials' inability to reliably break combos: neutral and down aerials are too slow, forward and up aerials only hit in front of and above R.O.B., respectively, and back aerial has both slow start-up and only hits behind him.
While R.O.B.'s zoning game remains his greatest strength, the universal nerf to projectile camping has somewhat toned it down. Gyro, in particular, has been the most adversely affected of his projectiles: in addition to retaining its susceptibility to being stolen, a fired Gyro deals drastically less damage and covers less range. The removal of glide tossing also significantly hinders its approach potential. Robo Beam's nerfs are not as severe in comparison, but are nevertheless noticeable: it now deals slightly less damage, and both it and Super Robo Beam travel slower. As a a result of these nerfs, R.O.B. now has a more difficult time dealing with most characters that have better projectiles (such as Young Link and Pikachu); attacks that counteract his own projectiles (such as Fox and Mr. Game & Watch); or both (such as Wolf).
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
R.O.B. has been significantly buffed overall in his transition to Ultimate. Similarly to Mario, R.O.B. has received comparatively few major changes in his transition from the previous game; however, most of these changes have majorly improved his toolkit, and he benefits from the changes made to the game's engine as well.
Arguably R.O.B.'s most impactful buff is towards his Arm Rotor. Previously universally regarded as one of the worst attacks in SSB4, it has reduced start-up lag, much less endlag and faster execution, and larger hitboxes and improved angles that connect with each much better. This not only significantly improves its use as an edgeguarding option, but when combined with the other changes made to his moveset, it has now become one of the most devastating combo finishers in Ultimate, granting R.O.B. potential zero-to-death combos and allowing him to KO opponents at early percentages.
Several of R.O.B.'s attacks have received quality of life changes that improve their utility. Forward smash and back aerial deal more knockback, granting them increased KO potential and toning down one of R.O.B.'s previous weaknesses. Up tilt has had its first hit's hitbox from Brawl restored, increasing its range and reliability. Down smash now launches opponents at a consistent angle, improving its consistency all around. Robo Beam has larger hitboxes and launches at lower angles, improving their effectiveness as edgeguarding options. Lastly, Gyro has been significantly buffed: it can now be returned to the dock once R.O.B. has grabbed it to charge it again and fire it with less startup, as opposed to tossing it once he has grabbed it. It can also now be jump canceled. These changes grant R.O.B. even more potential combo routes and give him more safe options against opponents.
R.O.B. benefits from most of the universal changes to the game's engine. The universal increase in mobility and the ability to use any attack out of a run cancel allows R.O.B. to close out the distance more effectively and compounds his improved up-close game. The universal decrease to landing lag noticeably improves R.O.B.'s combo game as well; aside from changes made to his Arm Rotor, they make up aerial's looping hits more viable for starting combos, and neutral aerial's reduced start-up lag coupled with its decreased landing lag noticeably improves its combo potential and makes it a safer option when landing. Lastly, the changes to air dodging benefit R.O.B., as they allow him to edgeguard opponents more effectively, and allow R.O.B. to air dodge out of Robo Burner to gain more distance, improving his recovery.
However, R.O.B. has received a few nerfs as well. His grab game has been weakened overall, with universal changes to grabs hindering the safety of his grabs despite his improved standing grab. His up throw has increased endlag, making follow-ups harder, and his down throw now buries, allowing for read-based follow-ups at high percents, but removing any guaranteed set-ups at low to mid percents, particularly his effective down throw-up air combo, dubbed the "Beep Boop". R.O.B. also retains a few of the same issues from his previous incarnation; his unusually large size and lack of fast aerial options leave him susceptible to juggling (with the buffs to his neutral air failing to fully address this issue), his up-close game is still exploitable due to R.O.B.'s lack of attacks with disjointed range, and his recovery remains predictable and easy to hit him out of with a sufficiently ranged move.
Overall, R.O.B.'s playstyle remains fundamentally unchanged from SSB4, but changes to several of his attacks and to the game's engine have now properly cemented R.O.B. as the "jack-of-all-trades" between his fellow zoning brethren, as they give him having a far deadlier punish game compared to both of his previous incarnations. R.O.B.'s results in the early metagame of Ultimate have been the strongest of any of his incarnations thus far, thanks to the efforts of notable players such as 8BitMan, Dill, OCEAN, Raffi-X, WaDi and Zackray. This has lead to a strikingly positive reception from the competitive Smash community, with most players viewing him as a high-tier character, in comparison to his mid-tier status in both Brawl and Smash 4.
For a gallery of R.O.B.'s hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Portions of R.O.B.'s body descend from the sky and assemble together.
In competitive play
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.
Classic Mode: Unreadable Expressions
R.O.B.'s opponents all wear masks or lack expressive faces. His boss, Galleom, fits in with the theme due to being a robot and lacking expressive face.
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, standing in a floating island with scattered mechanical junk. To reach him, the player must first defeat the spirit of Redd as the answer to a trivia question ("Which of these spirits sells furniture?"), allowing access to the island he's in.
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.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
As in SSB4, R.O.B.'s default costume switches between the 1st and 2nd costumes listed here depending on the language the game is set to. The Famicom colors are the default if the language is set to Japanese, Korean, or Chinese, while the NES colors are the default color if the language is set to English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch or Russian.
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