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This article is about Robin's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Robin.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Fire Emblem
Other playable appearance in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Pair Up

Robin (ルフレ, Reflet) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially revealed on June 12th, 2018 alongside Lucina and the rest of the returning roster. As in the previous game, both male and female versions of Robin are playable, although the male Robin is showcased in promotional material and used as the default palette swap for the character. Robin is classified as Fighter #56.

David Vincent and Lauren Landa's portrayals of male and female Robin respectively from Super Smash Bros. 4 were repurposed for Western editions of Ultimate. Additionally, Yoshimasa Hosoya and Miyuki Sawashiro's portrayals of male and female Robin respectively from SSB4 were repurposed for the Japanese editions of Ultimate.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Robin being the 53rd character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Kirby or any character in his unlock tree, being the 5th character unlocked after Zelda.
  • Have Robin join the player's party in World of Light.

Robin must then be defeated on Castle Siege (the Ω form is used in World of Light).


Robin is a tall, middleweight character who has very appalling mobility. Robin’s dashing speed is the second slowest in the game, and their walking speed is very slow. Outside of these attributes, Robin's other traits are typical of a middleweight; their air speed, traction, falling speed, and gravity are all average. However, Robin's air acceleration is above average. As a result of these attributes, Robin has difficulty chasing foes and fleeing from them at the same time, though their oddly decent aerial mobility compensates this to a degree.

Robin's tomes provide a myriad of spacing, pressuring, and additional damaging capabilities. Both the Thunder and Fire tomes can disrupt opponents, rack up damage, and open up windows to chain attacks together. Thunder and the slightly stronger Elthunder peppers at mid-range or shorter, while Arcthunder travels for longer and has trapping capabilities for pressure, combos and set-ups, and Thoron pierces through opponents and deals considerable knockback. Arcfire produces a trapping, multiple hitting pillar of flame that is instrumental for approaching or disrupting approaches, pressuring, and chaining together attacks. In addition to the Fire tome, Robin's neutral attack involves the Wind tome: the former tome generates a singular explosion of fire magic that deals strong diagonal knockback, while the latter tome generates a neutral infinite consisting of wind magic that deals high damage and concludes with a blast of wind magic that deals strong vertical knockback. Elwind provides respectable vertical recovery and its first hit can be used to punish aerial and post-recovery opponents by spiking them at point-blank with the first hit. Lastly, Nosferatu is a self-healing move which heals Robin, especially if cast from behind and while having a higher damage percentage than his opponent, while it also cannot be shielded due to functioning like a grab. However, it is tricky to use, as the opponent must be at almost point-blank range to land it, although Arcthunder's trapping ability can help Robin land it easier, and it grants full-body intangibility.

Aside from using tomes, Robin's Levin Sword is a potent weapon in its own right. It is a powerful, fairly long-ranged, and electrically-charged sword that functions as a terrific offensive tool due to its excellent pressure capabilities, its impressive combo potential and its high KO power. Robin whips this out for their smash and directional aerial attacks when a smash input is inputted, and for neutral aerial when the Levin Sword is already in use. It can be swung eight times before it breaks. Robin's down smash with the Levin Sword has good ledge trapping potential, as it can hit hanging opponents and the electric shockwaves cover both sides of Robin. Despite being vastly inferior to the Levin Sword in regards to KO potential, the Bronze Sword has combo potential due to its weaker knockback. Their neutral aerial covers both front and back sides successively, which can be useful for spacing in the air, and is their most effective out of shield option. Their down tilt can keep away grounded opponents in front of them.

Once Robin's tomes are depleted and the Levin Sword is broken, they can act as throwable items that deal immense damage, shieldstun and knockback. Properly managing Robin's discarded weapons is crucial for optimal play, as the opportunities they can potentially grant are significant. Outside of his magic and sword attacks, Robin has two useful throws: back throw is a viable KOing option near the edge, while down throw is a reliable combo starter.

However, as previously stated, Robin suffers from numerous weaknesses, such as being the second slowest runner in the game. Furthermore, Robin lacks defensive options and has trouble brushing off opponents, especially those who are directly beneath, making Robin susceptible to rush-downs and juggles. Robin’s tilts generally have short range, making it difficult for Robin to fight at mid-range outside of the use of tomes. Many moves, specifically smash attacks and special attacks, have significant ending lag, which leaves Robin wide open for punishment proceeding their execution. Elwind leaves them vulnerable and interceptable after use, and when not properly managed or kept track of, can run out at critical times. Lastly, Robin's durability mechanic limits offensive options when either the Levin Sword or tomes are exhausted.

Overall, Robin is a tactically-based character with varied spacing, damage-accumulating and KO options that must be used wisely and opportunely. At the same time, the lack of mobile and defensive options leave Robin vulnerable to pressure and combos. With this, Robin players must keep track of their weapons' durability, intelligently respond to their opponents, and take precise offensive action for success in battle.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Robin has been given a mix of buffs and nerfs from the transition to Ultimate, but has been buffed overall. The universal reduction to landing lag now creates safer landing options (especially with the Levin Sword's high shield stun), and the universal 3-frame jump squat allows Robin to take advantage of his extremely powerful aerials.

Several of his attacks have reduced lag or increased KO power, while most of his formerly situational attacks are more effective due to altered hitboxes: up tilt now has grounded hitboxes, and up smash has much better horizontal reach above Robin, significantly improving their reliability. Neutral aerial can now use the Levin Sword, giving it much better utility and better edgeguarding capabilities. Robin's neutral attack, a staple in the neutral game, also fares significantly better due to the improvements to neutral attacks, with the first two hits now being capable of locking; the Elwind infinite connects significantly better, and the Arcfire finisher transitions earlier while using half the durability it used to in SSB4.

Robin's special moves have been heavily revamped. With the exception of the uncharged version, all versions of Thunder hit much harder and now function as effective KO moves, especially Thoron; the move can now also be charge-canceled by jumping. Arcfire is much harder to escape from and travels much farther, making it even more effective for combo initiating. Elwind can have its trajectory significantly altered and grants more distance, recharges faster, and pushes opponents if the wind blades hit the ground. Finally, Nosferatu has slightly more range, heals and deals damage at a faster rate, and has fewer uses, allowing it to generate a used tome much faster.

However, Robin's nerfs are also notable. Despite being given the same ground movement increases of about 10% like the rest of the cast, Robin is just as slow compared to the rest of the cast; as result, he is still one of the slowest characters in terms of grounded mobility. The biggest change is to the Levin Sword, which Robin no longer starts with at the start of the match, forcing several seconds of downtime before the Levin Sword is usable. Robin's most effective tools have also been nerfed: Arcthunder's significantly lower looping duration now prevents followups unless initiated at a distance, Arcfire is now canceled by any other hitbox, Elwind has fewer uses, and down throw has increased knockback, reducing the percent range in which combos (such as the "Checkmate", a down throw to up aerial) can be performed. Finally, Robin still possesses some of his former flaws, such as a mediocre grab, problems with escaping pressure due to awkward hitboxes, and aforementioned mediocre grounded mobility.

Overall, Robin has gained many new KO options, and has gained new benefits that patch up major issues present in SSB4, but at the cost of several of his previously potent moves being less effective, leading to mixed results. Though Robin’s tournament representation has been low, he has shown signs of success thanks to the efforts of Jul, who placed 17th at Shine 2019, and Deci, who placed 9th at Port Priority 5. As such Mew2King and Jtails both think Robin is underrated and solo viable. As a result, it is unknown how Robin currently fares compared to the rest of the cast.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Robin's model features a more subdued color scheme. Both genders have hair that is more stylized, and eyes that appear sharper.
  • Change The player can now see how many uses Robin's Levin Sword and each Tome has, located above their icon on the damage meter, akin to Inkling's ink gauge and Hero's MP Gauge.
  • Change Several of Robin's alternate costumes have different hair colors that no longer match the color of Robin's coat. For example, male Robin's green costume now has light brown hair and female Robin's red costume has blonde hair. These typically reference other Fire Emblem characters rather than just Robin's own customization options.
  • Change Robin shares a new victory theme with Lucina and Chrom that is based off "Id (Purpose)" from Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • Change Robin's victory poses have been altered:
    • Change The left-inputted victory pose now causes flames to swirl from both hands.
    • Change The up-inputted victory pose no longer generates a sword trail.
    • Change The right-inputted victory pose has Chrom properly loop during the post-victory animation, although he no longer blinks and always keeps his eyes open.
  • Change The Bronze Sword is no longer present in Robin's clapping animation.
  • Change Palutena's Guidance conversation for Robin has been changed, presumably due to Chrom being upgraded to a playable character.


  • Buff Like all characters, Robin's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 7).
  • Buff Robin runs faster (1.15 → 1.265) going from the slowest in SSB4 to the second-slowest in Ultimate.
    • Buff Robin's initial dash is much faster (1.5 → 1.815).
  • Buff Robin's air speed is slightly faster (1 → 1.05).
  • Buff Robin's traction is higher (0.055 → 0.105).
  • Nerf Robin no longer starts the match with the Levin Sword, and instead has to wait for it to appear. This only occurs on Robin's first stock, as subsequent stocks start with it.
  • Change The particle effect of Robin regaining tomes and the Levin Sword are more opaque, making it much easier to tell when the weapon in question has recharged.
  • Nerf Discarded tomes deal significantly less damage (18% → 12.3%) and knockback when thrown.
    • Buff In turn, this improves their combo potential

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff First two hits of neutral attack have altered animations and can lock.
    • Buff Neutral attack's fire finisher has a reduced cost, allowing for more uses before recharging (6 → 12).
    • Buff Neutral attack's fire finisher has less startup lag (frame 10 → 6).
    • Buff Neutral infinite has less startup lag (frame 9 → 4) and a faster rehit rate (frames between hits: 3 → 1).
    • Buff Neutral infinite's wind finisher has higher knockback scaling (160 → 186).
    • Buff Neutral infinite keeps opponents on the ground while hitting them. This allows it to connect much more reliably.
    • Nerf Neutral attack deals less damage (3%/3%/5% → 2%/1.5%/5% (hits 1-3), 1% → 0.7% (infinite)).
    • Change Neutral infinite has altered particles.
    • Change The infinite has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 3×. This allows it to lock opponents into their shields between each hit, and thus pressure them more effectively, but also allows them to cancel shieldstun and punish Robin more easily if they shield 10 hits or more.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has more base knockback (50 → 62).
    • Nerf Forward tilt's hitbox has been moved closer to Robin (Z-offset: 15u → 14u), slightly reducing its horizontal range.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less ending lag (FAF 36 → 33).
    • Buff Up tilt starts from ground level, allowing it to hit enemies in front.
    • Buff Up tilt has a slighty longer duration (frames 6-13 → 6-14).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has significantly less ending lag (FAF 50 → 42).
  • Smash attacks:
    • Buff Smash attacks while the Levin Sword is depleted grant a slightly larger recharge boost.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff The clean hit of Levin Sword's forward smash deals more knockback (50 base/87 scaling → 53/90).
    • Buff The late hit deals more damage with the Levin Sword (5% → 10%), and knockback scaling (70 → 80). This significantly improves its KO potential to the point that it can now kill below Sudden Death percents, KOing middleweights at around 165% from the center of Final Destination.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has an altered animation when holding the Levin Sword. Robin's sword levitates out of the right hand and does a twirl before raising upward. This increases its range, and the move is now capable of hitting opponents on the ground and from behind. It also can combo more reliably from down throw at 0%. [4]
    • Buff The clean hit of Levin Sword's up smash deals more knockback (45 base/84 scaling → 55/86).
    • Buff The late hit deals more damage with the Levin Sword (5% → 10%), and knockback scaling (70 → 80), significantly improving the late hits KO potential.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff The clean sparks (Levin Sword only) travel outwards, increasing their range.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (neutral: 18 → 11, forward: 18 → 11, back: 19 → 11, up: 18 → 11, down: 26 → 16).
  • Neutral aerial:
  • Buff Neutral aerial has less startup (frame 9 → 7 (hit 1), 22 → 20 (hit 2)), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 50 → 48).
    • Buff Robin can now use the Levin Sword for neutral aerial. Like other aerial attacks, this gives it more range, an electric effect and it deals more damage (7% → 11.5%).
      • Nerf Neutral aerial with the Levin Sword uses durability as a result of the change, and Robin can no longer switch to the Bronze Sword while in midair if the Levin Sword is equipped.
      • Nerf Neutral aerial with the Levin Sword cannot auto-cancel in a short hop.
    • Nerf Neutral aerial deals marginally less damage with the Bronze Sword (7% → 6.9%).
    • Change The player can hold both the special move and attack buttons at the same time to switch to the Levin Sword while using neutral aerial. While not mentioned in-game, this only works if the player has the A+B Smash Attack control option enabled.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grab:
    • Change A halo-like indicator appears during Robin's grab, visualizing its range. This halo also appears when successfully grabbing an opponent.
    • Change The speed of Robin's throws are no longer weight-dependent.
    • Nerf Dash grab and pivot grab have more startup lag (frame 8 → 10 (dash), 9 → 11 (pivot)).
    • Buff Dash grab and pivot grab have less ending lag (FAF 49 → 47 (dash), 46 → 42 (pivot)).
    • Buff All grabs have had their hitboxes moved farther from Robin (Z-offset 2: 8.7u → 9.2u (standing), 10.7u → 11u (dash), 14.7u → 15.7u (pivot)), improving their horizontal range overall.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw deals more base knockback (82 → 95), allowing it to better set up for edgeguards.
  • Down throw:
    • Change Down throw deals more knockback (30 base/88 scaling → 50/108). Now it is capable of KOing below 200%, but it has less effective follow-up potential at mid percents and hinders the “checkmate” combo.

Special moves[edit]

  • Thunder:
    • Change Thunder charges appear as a shrinking circle, with each stage shrinking until resizing into the next stage with a different color. This makes it easier to tell what level Thunder is at.
      • Change Thunder charges are denoted by different colors: aqua for Thunder, yellow for Elthunder, and purple for Arcthunder.
      • Change The covers for Thunder's tomes change to denote the charge levels of the move.[1]
    • Buff Thunder charges much faster (Elthunder: frame 38 → 33, Arcthunder: frame 108 → 73, Thoron: frame 168 → 133).
    • Buff Thunder, Elthunder, and Arcthunder have less startup lag (frame 11 → 8).
    • Buff Thunder can be charge-canceled midair by jumping.
    • Buff Thunder deals more damage (4.5% → 5.5%).
    • Change Elthunder has a bright yellow color.
    • Buff Elthunder deals more damage (10.5% → 11%) with knockback not compensated, KOing earlier.
    • Buff Elthunder travels faster (2.5 → 2.8).
    • Nerf Elthunder has a lower duration (46 frames → 42).
    • Buff Arcthunder deals significantly more damage (10% → 23.6%).
      • Buff The final hit deals more drastically more damage (1% → 8%) with knockback not fully compensated (60 base/280 scaling → 85/85), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Arcthunder is extended below and above the projectile, allowing it to hit shorter characters more easily (Y offset : 0 → -0.7—0.7).
    • Buff Arcthunder's projectile is active for longer (59 frames → 72).
    • Nerf Arcthunder keeps opponents in place for a much shorter time. As a result, Robin can no longer act fast enough to follow up with the trapping hits, unless the move connects at a distance where Robin can run beside the projectile.
    • Buff Thoron deals much more knockback (50 base/230 scaling → 75/191) making it a powerful KO move at 105% or above.
    • Nerf Thoron cannot be held to make the beam longer, instead being as long as the previous held version by default. This means the move has more endlag overall since it cannot be tapped for less (FAF 62-74 → 74).
    • Nerf Thoron comes out slower (frame 20 → 23).
  • Arcfire:
    • Buff Arcfire's initial fireball has a longer duration (frames 17-50 → 17-77), traveling much farther before expiring.
    • Buff Arcfire deals more damage if all hits connect (10% → 15.1%).
    • Buff Arcfire is much harder to escape.
    • Buff Arcfire's projectile is slightly bigger (1.6u → 1.8u).
    • Nerf Arcfire's pillar no longer activates when hitting another hitbox.
  • Elwind:
    • Change Elwind projectiles are thicker and more opaque.
    • Buff Elwind's projectiles can be angled, letting Robin go twice in the same direction, improving horizontal recovery by making it less linear and less predictable. Additionally, the move has been sped up and can travel further horizontally.
    • Buff Elwind sends Robin much higher.
    • Buff Robin grabs ledges faster when using Elwind backwards (52 frames → 39).
    • Buff Elwind projectiles push opponents away when they hit the ground.
    • Buff Elwind recharges faster (6 seconds → 4).
    • Nerf Elwind has fewer uses before needing to recharge (9 → 5).
    • Buff When using Elwind while depleted, Robin will gain a short upward boost upward, slightly improving the chance of a successful recovery.
      • Buff The short boost does not render him helpless, meaning Robin can follow up with a midair jump or directional air dodge.
    • Nerf A sourspot was added to the first active frame of the first blade, making it harder to spike with.
  • Nosferatu:
    • Change Nosferatu is more opaque and has fewer particles, looking more like a dark whirlpool instead of a cloud of particles.
    • Buff Nosferatu has slightly more range.
    • Buff Nosferatu's hits have been sped up, allowing Robin to heal and deal damage at a faster rate than before.
    • Buff Nosferatu has less ending lag (FAF 56 → 50).
    • Nerf Nosferatu has reduced uses (4 uses → 3).
      • Buff However, this allows Robin to expend its charges and use the book as a throwing item faster.
    • Buff Nosferatu recharges faster (40 seconds → 30).
  • Pair Up:
    • Buff The final hit deals more damage (14% → 18%).
    • Nerf The final hit has significantly lower knockback scaling (162 → 118), dealing slightly less knockback overall despite its increased damage.

Update history[edit]

Aside from a glitch being fixed in update 3.1.0, Robin has received a mix of buffs and nerfs via game updates, but has been buffed overall. Update 2.0.0 made Elwind safer for recovering by shortening its edge lockout time when it is used backwards. Update 3.0.0 decreased the shield damage outputs of Thunder, Elthunder and Arcfire as part of a near-universal nerf to projectiles. However, update 6.0.0 provided a number of useful buffs for Robin. The most notable ones were to Thunder and Arcfire: the former had its charge times sped up significantly, whereas the latter gained a much longer duration. As a result, Robin's respectable zoning ability and trapping potential were improved by a fairly noticeable degree.

This update also granted Robin a few quality of life buffs: forward tilt's higher knockback improved its spacing potential, neutral aerial's overall lag was decreased (which also improved it as a follow-up from down throw), and the Levin Sword will now recharge slightly faster when using the Bronze Sword for smash attacks. Update 9.0.0 granted transcendent priority to neutral infinite's finisher as part of a near-universal buff. Update 13.0.1 also made neutral infinite and its finisher larger and hit harder so it is harder for opponents to fall out of the move if caught in certain positions.

Overall, Robin fares better than he did at the launch of Ultimate, although it is unknown as to how much of an impact the buffs will have his stance in the metagame.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Robin grabs the ledges faster when using Elwind backwards (52 frames → 39).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Thunder and Elthunder deal less shield damage (0 → -2.5/-5.5 (Thunder/Elthunder)).
  • Nerf Arcfire deals less shield damage (0 → -1/-0.6/-2 (hits 1/2-8/9)).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Bug fix Fixed an issue that resulted in Robin losing functionality when getting hit by Lucas's PSI Magnet and absorbing Thoron at the same time.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

  • Buff Smash attacks while the Levin Sword is depleted grant a slightly larger recharge boost.
  • Buff Forward tilt has more base knockback (50 → 62).
  • Buff Neutral aerial has less startup (frame 9 → 7 (hit 1), 22 → 20 (hit 2)), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 50 → 48).
  • Buff Thunder charges faster (Elthunder: frame 38 → 33, Arcthunder: frame 88 → 73, Thoron: frame 148 → 133).
  • Buff Arcfire's initial fireball has a longer duration (frames 17-61 → 17-76), traveling much farther before expiring.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 9.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 13.0.1


  • The Bronze Sword has very minimal KO potential due to dealing low damage and significantly low knockback. It also has unimpressive reach, shorter-lasting hits, and minimal freeze frames. However, its weak strength enables it to combo somewhat effectively, especially at higher percents. Conversely, the Levin Sword has significantly greater KO potential, due to it dealing significantly more damage and knockback. In addition to dealing electric damage, it has a greater reach than the Bronze Sword, freeze frames and a lingering hitbox, the latter of which deals less damage if it hits late.
  • Robin cannot immediately use the Levin Sword: its durability must reach maximum capacity before being used. This only occurs at the beginning of the match.
  • Robin's tilt attacks solely use the Bronze Sword, while smash attacks use the Levin Sword, provided that it is not broken. All aerials can use either sword - if Robin tilts a direction in midair, the Bronze Sword will be used, but if Robin taps a direction like a smash attack, the Levin Sword will be used instead.
    • Robin can now also use the Levin Sword for a neutral aerial by pressing the attack button and the special move button simultaneously. However, this only works if the player has the A+B Smash Attack control option enabled.
    • If the player has smash attacks mapped to their C-Stick and the Levin Sword is available, the Robin will always use the Levin Sword for aerials if the C-Stick is used for the attack direction, as the game still reads the input as a smash attack despite Robin being in midair. If the C-Stick is mapped to tilt attacks, then using the C-Stick while in midair will always use the Bronze Sword (unless the Levin Sword was brought out beforehand, in which case it will need to be put away and the Bronze Sword brought out- see below).
  • After using the Levin Sword for any attack, Robin will continue to use it for all directional aerial attacks until it either breaks, or Robin uses an attack that resets the current sword to the Bronze Sword (i.e. neutral attack, tilt attacks, dash attack, floor attacks, and edge attack).
  • KOing opponents will speed up the recharging time for all of Robin's weapons.
    • Using aerials and smash attacks will speed up the recharging time for the Levin Sword.

For a gallery of Robin's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% An upward slash followed by a downward slash. The move can then proceed to a third finishing hit or into a neutral infinite, depending on whether the attack button is held or button mashed. The former is a fiery explosion, and the latter is a barrage of blade-shaped blasts of wind magic that hits multiple times and ends with a more powerful blast that launches the opponent directly upwards. Both of these third hits have very high knockback for neutral attacks, and are viable KO options starting from around 130%. However, using one drains the durability of the Arcfire or Elwind tome, respectively, with the neutral infinite draining more durability the longer it is sustained. If one of these tomes is depleted, Robin will always use the other third hit regardless of how it is inputted, and if both are depleted, Robin will only be able to use the first two sword slashes.
5% (Arcfire finisher)
0.7% (Elwind loop), 2% (Elwind final hit)
Forward tilt   7.5% An outward turning, downward slash. A decent, though short ranged spacing option.
Up tilt   6% An inward turning, upward slash. Its arc is rather generous, making it useful for catching jumps if an opponent is close by. At low percents, it is able to combo into itself.
Down tilt   6% A crouching, outward slash. Short ranged but very quick and is a decent combo starter, allowing for followups such as dash attack or an aerial.
Dash attack   10% (clean), 6% (late) Slides forward, thrusting the Bronze Sword at a low angle. Low range but causes Robin to dash forward slightly, making it a decent burst option. It is also decently powerful, and can KO near the ledge at high percents.
Forward smash   Bronze: 9.6%
Levin: 16% (clean), 10% (late)
An underhanded outward thrust. A powerful KO option; with the Levin Sword, it also possesses a lingering hitbox. The clean hit can KO rather early, while the late hit, though much weaker, is capable of KOing around 165% from the center of Final Destination.
Up smash   Bronze: 9%
Levin: 10% (early), 15% (clean), 10% (late)
The animation differs depending on the sword that is used: if it is the Bronze Sword, Robin thrusts it upward. If it is the Levin Sword, it will levitate out of Robin’s hand, and twirls it before raising it upward. The Levin Sword version has great coverage, capable of hitting opponents on the ground and behind Robin, though this deals less knockback than hitting an opponent above. Its large hitbox also allows it to combo reliably from down throw at 0%.
Down smash   Bronze: 8%
Levin: 15% (clean), 12% (late)
Kneels and strikes the floor via a slash with the equipped sword. The Levin Sword generates brief sparks on both sides of Robin, which can hit opponents even after getting up, thus warding off punishment attempts on either side. It can also break a full shield if fully charged and all of its hitboxes connect.
Neutral aerial   Bronze: 6.9%
Levin: 11.5%
An inward slash forwards, followed by an outward slash backward. If the special move and attack button are pressed (provided the A+B control setting is turned on), Robin will switch to the Levin Sword. The Levin Sword version of this move deals increased damage and covers both sides with increased range, but it cannot autocancel in a short hop. Unlike in SSB4, using neutral air will not put away the Levin Sword.
Forward aerial   Bronze: 7.5%
Levin:12.5% (clean), 5% (late)
An upward swipe. Because of its arc, it can catch grounded opponents while in the air. It has very poor KO potential with the Bronze Sword, but its knockback makes it easy to combo with, usually into itself, or other aerials. The Levin version also has combo potential, being able to combo into other aerials at low percents such as neutral aerial and another forward aerial when SHFF'd
Back aerial   Bronze: 9%
Levin: 15% (clean), 5% (late)
A backward thrust. Fast, but has a somewhat narrow hitbox which can make landing it awkward, though it still autocancels from a short hop. It can hit a few frames after ending while using the Levin Sword, with the vertical launch angle of the late hit allowing for combos into another Levin aerial such as up aerial or another back aerial.
Up aerial   Bronze: 7.8%
Levin: 13% (clean), 5% (late)
An upward overhead slash. It is a great juggling option with the Bronze Sword due to its low knockback and large arc, while it is one of Robin's most effective aerials with the Levin Sword due to its massive range and KO potential. It has lingering hitboxes with the Levin Sword and can combo into itself and neutral aerial at low percents when SHFF'd.
Down aerial Undercut Bronze: 7.2%
Levin: 11% (clean), 8% (late)
A downward slash. It also hits slightly in front of Robin. The sweet spot in the middle of the Levin Sword can meteor smash while it is swung down, while the Bronze Sword cannot meteor smash at all. The move has a lingering hitbox if the Levin Sword is used.
Grab   Wraps the opponent in a whirling stream of magic. The grab's range is visualized by a halo. This halo also appears when Robin successfully grabs an opponent. Compared to other grabs, Robin's grab is on the slow side; coupled with its low range, this makes it rather undependable and punishable.
Pummel   1.5% A small blast of magic. Although weaker, it is also much faster compared to its previous iteration.
Forward throw   8% Magically shoves the opponent forward. Has moderate base knockback but low knockback scaling, making it more suited for sending opponents offstage.
Back throw   11% Turns around and magically tosses the opponent backward. Robin's strongest throw, with very high base knockback and decently high knockback growth.
Up throw   9% Magically heaves the opponent upwards.
Down throw   6% Magically slams the opponent onto the ground, launching them vertically upward. Its knockback has been increased from the previous game, which allows for KOs below 200%. However, this removes Robin's ability to perform effective follow-ups, but it can still combo into up tilt at low percents and neutral aerial at mid percents.
Floor attack (front)   7% Swipes forward with the Bronze Sword, then backward.
Floor attack (back)   7% Same as frontal floor attack, but strikes backward first.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Same as back floor attack.
Edge attack   9% Performs a thrust with the Bronze Sword while climbing up.
Neutral special Thunder 5.5% (Thunder), 11% (Elthunder), 23.6% (Arcthunder), 15.6% (Thoron) Robin casts thunder magic from a Thunder tome. It is a chargeable projectile with distinct properties for each charge level:
  • Thunder is produced when the move is uncharged. It is a small, weak, and very short-ranged projectile, but it is very fast and can catch approaching opponents off-guard, allowing for a follow-up attack.
  • Elthunder is produced after a brief charge. It is a small, fast projectile that traverses the entire stage, with decent damage and knockback. While not a viable KO option on its own before extreme percents, its knockback can be powerful enough to finish off opponents recovering offstage.
  • Arcthunder is produced after a more lengthy charge. Unlike the previous levels, Arcthunder is initially quite slow, but it accelerates over time. It explodes in a small X-shape on contact with an opponent or hitbox, dealing multiple hits and significant knockback, KOing at 120% from the edge of Final Destination.
  • Thoron is produced at full charge. It is a massive energy beam long enough to cover the entire stage, dealing multiple hits to anyone caught in it and KOing at 90% from the edge of Final Destination. However, it has an extremely long startup and endlag, and if Robin is hit before releasing the beam, the charge will be lost. Despite acting like a projectile, Thoron's hitbox is connected to Robin, and the entirety of the beam will move with Robin's movements if used in the air.
Side special Arcfire 2% (hit 1), 1.2% (hits 2-8), 4% (final explosion) Robin casts fire magic from an Arcfire tome. It creates a tiny fireball that travels diagonally downward from above Robin’s head and bursts into a pillar of flame on impact with an opponent or shield. Opponents trapped in the flame pillar take multiple hits and are pushed slightly upwards, and when the pillar expires, it explodes, dealing a fair amount of upward knockback. It is primarily useful for disrupting approaches and capitalizing on the opponent's reaction, while it can also be used for edgeguarding, either by directly attacking the opponent or covering the edge as they attempt to grab it. However, if the initial fireball meets any hitbox from the opponent, the fireball will dissipate without detonating. Can combo and kill confirm into up smash; can also combo into itself, aerials, and Nosferatu if timed properly.
Up special Elwind 5% (first blade), 7% (second blade) Robin casts wind magic downward twice from the Elwind tome, which propels Robin a great distance upwards. Elwind's projectiles can also be angled, allowing for a great horizontal recovery as well as vertical. If used when the Elwind tome has 2 durability units remaining, Robin will only cast one wind blade, providing significantly less momentum. If used while fully depleted, Robin will not generate any wind blades but will gain a short upward boost, slightly improving the chance of survival. Although difficult to use as an attack, the first wind blade has a meteor smash effect on the first few frames, and both blades generate a small push effect on impact with the ground.
Down special Nosferatu 2% (loop) Robin casts Nosferatu on a nearby opponent to drain their health and heal Robin, while also dealing damage to other nearby opponents. This acts as a command grab and will bypass shields. The healing increases in power the more damage Robin has compared to the opponent, healing upwards of 40% if the difference is over 100. The healing power also increases if used on an opponent facing away from Robin. Nosferatu only has three uses before it runs out of durability; this can be used in Robin's advantage to easily create a throwable tome. If Nosferatu connects in midair, Robin will become helpless once the move ends.
Final Smash Pair Up 3% (initial hit), 26% (combo), 18% (final hit) Summons Chrom via warp magic to pair up and attack. Chrom slashes the opponent upward into the air and then he and Robin relentlessly attack the opponent, with Chrom repeatedly slashing with his Falchion, while Robin casts thunder and fire magic, including Bolganone. After they finish their barrage, they perform a final simultaneous strike that spikes the opponent to the ground, which deals enough recoil to launch them towards the upper blast line. Upon successful use, all of Robin's weapons (including the ones that have yet to break) will have their durability restored.

Durability system[edit]

Robin using Arcfire and the tome's durability meter depleting upon being used, as shown via Move List.

Robin has a unique fighter ability: true to the Fire Emblem series, where items break after being used too many times, Robin's tomes and Levin Sword do the same if they are used too often. If Robin attempts to use an attack that uses durability-affected weaponry and is interrupted by an attack while attempting to use it, then that will count as one use of the weapon, even if no damaging hitbox is produced. Robin always carries the last tome and sword that was used in each hand, provided their durability has not depleted. The amount of remaining durability is displayed in the form of a bar that appears above his icon on the HUD. Once a depleted weapon is restored, a unique animation of the weapon appearing in one hand with a flash of light will start, provided that Robin is standing completely still; tomes appear in the left hand while holding it up in the air, while the Levin Sword reappears in the right hand while flicking it in a manner similar to one of Robin’s idle poses. These poses can be canceled, similarly to taunts.

If Robin fully depletes a weapon, it will be tossed backward, hitting any opponents before it disappears. In the case where Robin is sent flying by knockback immediately after depleting a weapon, the used weapon will be dropped on the ground before Robin is knocked back. They disappear almost immediately after hitting the ground once, but they can also be picked up and thrown. The Levin Sword deals 15% when smash thrown, while the tomes deal 12.3% when smash thrown, making both attacks decent surprise KOing options due to their high base knockback. The discarded weapons can also lock if Z-dropped on an opponent.

If Robin does not have the proper tome for a given special move and tries to perform it, Robin will perform the animation but will not produce any hitboxes. For the Levin Sword, all such attacks will instead use the Bronze Sword, which cannot break, but has a shorter range, deals considerably less damage and knockback, and also lacks the Levin Sword's lingering electrical hitboxes.

Weapons restore gradually after they have been depleted, which is displayed as the meter refilling its units. When Robin scores a KO, it reduces the respawn timer for all currently-regenerating weapons by a small amount. Alternatively, aerials and smash attacks will hasten the respawn time for the Levin Sword.

Durability points for weapons do not replenish while Robin is using a tome, and the only way to replenish a weapon is to get a new copy of it. Respawning after being KO'd also has all of the weapons replenished, as does Pair Up, though only if it is used successfully.

Note: All weapons' durability meters are composed of 20 "units". However, different weapons can only be used so many times.

Thunder tome[edit]

Stage Durability points
Thunder 1
Elthunder 3
Arcthunder 5
Thoron 8
Recharge rate
Seconds 10
per KO -1.5
  • Even if Thunder has less durability than the desired spell requires, it can still be performed, though the tome will be immediately depleted afterward. Thunder respawns after 10 seconds, minus 1.5 seconds per KO.
    • If Kirby copies Robin, he will lose the Copy Ability altogether once he consumes all of his Thunder's 20 durability units.

Arcfire tome[edit]

Move Durability points
Neutral Attack 3 1.67
Side Special 3.3
Recharge rate
Seconds 10
per KO -1

Elwind tome[edit]

Move Durability points
Neutral Infinite 2 (per second)
Up Special 2 (per wind blade)
Recharge rate
Seconds 4
per KO -2

Nosferatu tome[edit]

Move Durability points
Down Special 6.67
Recharge rate
Seconds 30
per KO -1

Levin Sword[edit]

Move Durability points
Smash attacks/Aerials 2.5
Recharge rate
Seconds 6
per KO -3
per smash attack/aerial -1

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Warps onto the stage via a Warp staff.


  • Up taunt: Points the currently held sword upward. Male Robin says "Let's tip the scales!" (戦局を変える., I'll change the state of war.), while female Robin says, "Time to tip the scales!" (戦局を変えます., I'll change the state of war.)
  • Side taunt: Magically suspends the active sword and tome in the air, rotates the sword in place and flips through the tome's pages using magic, and says, "Prepare yourself!" In Japanese, male Robin says 覚悟はいいかい?, (Are you prepared?), while female Robin says 覚悟はいいですか?, (Are you prepared?)
  • Down taunt: Magically encircles himself with the active sword and tome before pointing a hand towards the camera. Male Robin says "You're not ready!" (やってやるさ., Let's do it then.), while female Robin says, "Here I go!" (いきますよ!, Let us go!)

Idle poses[edit]

  • Closes both eyes and turns around, opening the active tome to read it briefly.
  • Slowly waves the active sword forwards with a flourish.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Ro - bin! Ref - let! Daaaaaraen! Ro - bin! Ro - bin!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Ro - Ro - bin! ¡Ro - bin! Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.
¡Daraen! ¡Daraen! ¡Ra ra ra! Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Robin! *claps 2 times* Ro - bu - in!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Generates flames with a wave of their hands, then spreads out the free arm. Male Robin says "The key to victory lies within." ("勝利の秘策はここにある, The secret to victory is here.). Female Robin says "Ha! Checkmate." ("私の策にはまりましたね!, According to plan!).
    • If Lucina is present after a match, male Robin sometimes says "Lucina, I hope I didn't hurt you." ("ルキナ、痛くなかったかい?, Lucina, are you hurt?). If this quote plays, male Robin will not generate flames from his hands. This quote is rather glitchy, as it can play even if Lucina does not participate in a match.
  • Up: Crosses arms with weapons in hand, then spins clockwise and swings the Levin Sword. Male Robin says "I'm always three steps ahead." ("常に三手先を考えるんだ。", I always think three steps ahead.). Female Robin says "A good tactician has nothing to fear." ("戦略を練れば、恐るるに足りません。, If you have a strategy, there is nothing to fear.).
  • Right: Faces the screen while back to back with Chrom, before turning around posing with their weapons. Male Robin says "It seems our fates are joined." ("僕たちは互いに絆で結ばれているんだ。, We are bonded by mutual ties.). Female Robin says "I've got your back." ("私が、あなたの半身になります。, I'll be your other half.).
    • If Lucina is present after a match, female Robin sometimes says "How can you protect Chrom if you can't protect yourself?" ("そんなことじゃ、クロムさんを守れませんよ!, You can't protect Chrom like that!).
    • If Robin's Final Smash has been used during the match, Chrom will sometimes say "My strength is yours!" (お前は俺が守る!, I'll protect you!), the same quote Chrom shouts when a unit pairs up with him in Awakening.
A short orchestral cover of "Id (Purpose)" from Fire Emblem Awakening.

In competitive play[edit]

Compared to other characters' transitions from Smash 4, which saw them receive considerable buffs and drew the attention of competitive players, Robin did not receive nearly as much attention. While some of Robin's moves were buffed, some of their reliable moves from Smash 4 were toned back, with their neutral at the start of a match taking a temporary yet significant hit by not allowing them immediate access to the Levin Sword. Additionally, despite Robin's average air speed and above average air acceleration being nearly akin to Marth, their lackluster ground mobility presents liabilities, as the speed increases Robin received were too given to much faster characters in the transition. While Robin certainly does possess potent and powerful tools in the right hands, most professionals did not deem them very notable on early tier lists. Arcfire's newfound utility in place of their "checkmate" confirm left ambiguity in functionality where initial attention was passed over in favor of already perceivably stronger characters to which he shares attributes of resource reliant zoning (Olimar), trapping (Pac-Man), and sword spacing (Ike), rendering Robin in comparatively low positions.

Perceptions of Robin have increased somewhat since then, as Robin players have achieved some success with the character. Players such as Mew2King and Jtails see Robin as underrated in the current metagame. All the while, Robin's viability past mid tier is still up for debate, due to sparse activity and low travel among the best of their playerbase, on top of low visibility in particular regions.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Robin professionals (SSBU)

Classic Mode: Thunder and Flames[edit]

Robin's congratulations screen.

Robin fights each round against two fighters (with the exception of Round 6): one that wields electricity, and one that wields fire.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu and CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard Pokémon Stadium Prelude (Ablaze) Charizard's Pokémon Trainer is absent.
2 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus and RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy Coliseum Winning Road - Roy's Hope
3 PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu and IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar Pokémon Stadium 2 Destiny (Ablaze)
4 ROBHeadGreySSBU.png R.O.B. and KenHeadSSBU.png Ken Norfair Conquest (Ablaze)
5 DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario and BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser Mushroom Kingdom II Duty (Ablaze)
6 RobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png (RobinHeadSSBU.png) Opposite-gender Robin Arena Ferox Id (Purpose)
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Note: Every round except the bonus stage and boss plays a track from Fire Emblem.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Robin has Id (Purpose) (Remix) accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Robin in World of Light

Although neither gender of Robin appears in the World of Light opening cutscene, they were vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Male Robin was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He can be found in the Dracula's Castle sub-area as the last fighter to be awakened aside from Richter before confronting Dracula; a ghost blocks Robin on the ladder below, and if Wario had been previously awakened by rotating the lever blocking him, said lever must be switched back to its original orientation for the cannon to ricochet off and destroy the ghost.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Robin SSBU.png
10,700 Castle Siege (Ω form) Prelude (Ablaze)


Male Robin's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Robin has been unlocked. Unlocking Robin 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. Female Robin also has a fighter spirit of her own, available through the shop. Unlike most fighters, the spirits for Robin only use their artwork from Ultimate, rather than also having alternative artwork from a previous appearance.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
SSBU spirit Mallow.png
Mallow Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png×3
4,100 Magicant •Item: Lightning •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Time's Running Out!
SSBU spirit Antasma.png
Antasma Mario & Luigi Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
4,300 Peach's Castle (Battlefield form) •Item: Food
•Hazard: Slumber Floor
•The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
The Grand Finale
SSBU spirit Agahnim.png
Agahnim The Legend of Zelda Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png×2
3,600 Temple (Ω form) •Reflect-Damage Buffed •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors special moves
•All fighters' reflected projectiles have increased power
Dark World (Brawl)
SSBU spirit Zant.png
Zant The Legend of Zelda Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
4,100 Bridge of Eldin (Battlefield form) •Giant •The enemy is giant after a little while
•Timed battle (2:00)
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Abra)
Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
from the game's files
Hongo Yoshi Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
2,000 Super Happy Tree •Sudden Final Smash •The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash after a little while Yoshi's Story (64)
SSBU spirit Magolor.png
Magolor Kirby Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,300 Halberd •Hazard: Screen Flip •The screen will suddenly flip
•The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
SSBU spirit The Three Mage-Sisters.png
The Three Mage-Sisters Kirby Series Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.pngRobinHeadRedSSBU.pngRobinHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,600 Dream Land (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's special moves have increased power A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2
SSBU spirit Plasma Wisp.png
Plasma Wisp Kirby Series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
2,300 Prism Tower (Battlefield form) •Item: Hothead
•Hazard: Zap Floor
•The floor is electrified
•The enemy favors neutral specials
City Trial
Artwork used for The Skull's Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
The Skull F-Zero Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,900 Big Blue N/A •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors down specials
Brain Cleaner
SSBU spirit Merric.png
Merric Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,700 Castle Siege N/A •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors special moves
Shadow Dragon Medley
SSBU spirit Linde.png
Linde Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadPinkSSBU.png
4,100 Temple (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Zap Floor •The floor is electrified
•The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
Shadow Dragon Medley
SSBU spirit Gharnef.png
Gharnef Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
2,700 Unova Pokémon League (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy favors down specials
Lords-A Chance Encounter
SSBU spirit Julius.png
Julius Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png (120 HP)
2,200 Castle Siege (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Power-Hungry Fool
SSBU spirit Nino.png
Nino Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,600 Arena Ferox N/A •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors up specials in the air
Attack - Fire Emblem
SSBU spirit L'Arachel.png
L'Arachel Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadIndigoSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Castle Siege •Health Recovery •The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage Preparing to Advance
SSBU spirit Lyon.png
Lyon Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Giant Ridley RidleyHeadPurpleSSBU.png
3,700 Unova Pokémon League (hazards off) N/A •Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy is giant
Preparing to Advance
SSBU spirit Soren.png
Soren Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadPurpleSSBU.png
1,800 Temple (Battlefield form) •Magic and PSI Unleashed •The enemy favors special moves
•All fighters' magic and PSI attacks have increased power
Victory Is Near
SSBU spirit Leo.png
Leo Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
9,200 Reset Bomb Forest (hazards off) •Hazard: High Gravity •Your jumping power decreases
•The enemy starts the battle with a Black Hole
•The enemy's melee blows will heal them when they hit
Lost in Thoughts All Alone (for 3DS / Wii U)
SSBU spirit Blaze the Cat.png
Blaze the Cat Sonic The Hedgehog Series Robin RobinHeadPinkSSBU.png
4,100 Green Hill Zone (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Flower
Reach for the Stars
SSBU spirit Balder.png
Balder Bayonetta Series •Giant Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png (140 HP)
4,200 Umbra Clock Tower (hazards off) N/A •The enemy's special moves have increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
The Legend Of Aesir
SSBU spirit Yoko Belnades.png
Yoko Belnades Castlevania Series Robin RobinHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,800 Spear Pillar (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy's special moves have increased power
Lost Painting
SSBU spirit Hector (Castlevania).png
Hector (Castlevania) Castlevania Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
Ridley RidleyHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,700 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Item: Battering Types •Reinforcements will appear during the battle Lament of Innocence
SSBU spirit Death.png
Death Castlevania Series Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,400 Dracula's Castle •Hard to Launch
•Sudden Damage
•You take serious damage after a little while
•You are hard to launch
•The enemy starts the battle with a Death's Scythe
Nothing to Lose
SSBU spirit Shaft.png
Shaft Castlevania Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,700 Dracula's Castle (Ω form) •Move Speed ↓
•You have reduced move speed
•The enemy is invisible
Dance of Gold
from the game's files
Ivan Golden Sun Series Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
2,300 Onett •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
•The enemy starts the battle with a Gust Bellows
Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun
SSBU spirit Orville.png
Orville Takt of Magic Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Pit PitHeadBlueSSBU.png
Zelda ZeldaHeadRedSSBU.png
3,400 PictoChat 2 N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Struggle Against Chaos
Kageshina Kurabe Nintendoji Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,800 The Great Cave Offensive •Item Tidal Wave •Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while Boss 1 - Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
SSBU spirit Igor.png
Igor Persona Series Robin RobinHeadSSBU.png
Ridley RidleyHeadBlueSSBU.png×3
10,600 Kalos Pokémon League (hazards off) •Health Recovery
•Item: Assist Trophy
•Defeat the main fighter to win
•Start with 300% damage
•You are healed significantly after a little while
Aria of the Soul
SSBU spirit Dorothea.png
Dorothea Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadRedSSBU.png×3
2,400 Garreg Mach Monastery (Reception Hall) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy's electric attacks have increased power
Fódlan Winds
SSBU spirit The Turks & Rufus Shinra.png
The Turks & Rufus Shinra FINAL FANTASY Series Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Mii Gunner MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png×2 (Moveset 2223, Business Suit - White)
Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 2123, Business Suit - White)
Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 2123, Business Suit - White)
7,700 Fourside (Battlefield form) •Item: Exploding Types •Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
•The enemy starts the battle with a Steel Diver
Those Who Fight (AC Version)
SSBU spirit Elvis & Adelle.png
Elvis & Adelle Bravely Default Robin RobinHeadSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadSSBU.png
3,800 Reset Bomb Forest (forest) •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy favors side specials
Save the World, Heroes!
SSBU spirit Xion.png
Xion Kingdom Hearts Series Robin RobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png (80 HP)
Robin RobinHeadSSBU.png×2 (60 HP)
3,700 Delfino Plaza (rooftop) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
Stamina battle
Shrouding Dark Cloud

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Lissa.png
Lissa Fire Emblem Series Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png
Chrom ChromHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,300 Arena Ferox N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Duty (Ablaze) Himself
SSBU spirit Jonathan Morris.png
Jonathan Morris Castlevania Series Richter RichterHeadRedSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadRedSSBU.png
9,300 Dracula's Castle N/A •The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power Jail of Jewel Charlotte Aulin
from the game files
Isaac Golden Sun Series Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 1222, Isaac Wig, Isaac's Outfit, High Voice Type 1)
Palutena PalutenaHeadCyanSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
Roy RoyHeadYellowSSBU.png
8,900 Wuhu Island (Swaying Bridge) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Isaac) •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun Ivan
SSBU spirit Frey & Freya.png
Frey & Freya Zangeki no Reginleiv Link LinkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest •Giant •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•You are giant
Save the World, Heroes! Freya
SSBU spirit Hero's Comrades.png
Hero's Comrades DRAGON QUEST Series Ike IkeHeadBlackSSBU.png (120 HP)
•Tiny King Dedede KingDededeHeadPinkSSBU.png (120 HP)
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsBlueSSBU.png (100 HP)
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png (130 HP)
•Tiny Robin RobinHeadRedSSBU.png (90 HP)
Zelda ZeldaHeadGreenSSBU.png (110 HP)
Link LinkHeadTealSSBU.png (100 HP)
13,300 Yggdrasil's Altar N/A •The enemy has increased melee-weapon damage and move speed
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination Veronica
SSBU spirit Kevin & Charlotte.png
Kevin & Charlotte Mana Series Incineroar IncineroarHeadOrangeSSBU.png
•Tiny Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png
9,100 Hyrule Castle (hazards off) •Health Recovery
•Attack Power ↑
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is healed significantly when the enemy's at high damage
Preparing to Advance Charlotte
SSBU spirit Tressa & Cyrus.png
Tressa & Cyrus OCTOPATH TRAVELER Villager VillagerHeadPinkSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadSSBU.png
9,400 Luigi's Mansion •Item: Battering Items
•Hazard: Heavy Wind
•Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun Cyrus
SSBU spirit Amalthus.png
Amalthus Xenoblade Chronicles Series •Giant Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadGreySSBU.png (120 HP)
Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.pngx5 (50 HP)
9,500 Shadow Moses Island (Ω form) •Health Recovery •The enemy has super armor but moves slower
Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Praetor Amalthus - The Acting God - Indoline Loyalists

Alternate costumes[edit]

Robin Palette (SSBU).png
RobinHeadSSBU.png RobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png RobinHeadRedSSBU.png RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png RobinHeadPinkSSBU.png


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • Female Robin's pose in her official art resembles the third hit of her Arcfire neutral attack.
  • Despite now being a playable character, Chrom still appears in Pair Up and Robin's victory poses, even if Chrom is in the fight with Robin.
    • This makes Robin one of the two characters who have a separate (and playable) character in one of their victory poses, the other being Piranha Plant (with Mario appearing in one of its victory poses).
  • Male Robin will sometimes say the quote: "Lucina, I hope I didn't hurt you." when fighting against Lucina. However, this may occur even when his opponent is entirely someone else.
    • Additionally, when the victory quote is used, the flame effects will not play.
  • Both of Robin's fighter spirits are two of only 11 fighter spirits in the game to use their in-game render for their spirit artwork instead of original artwork from their game.
    • The other characters are both male and female Pokémon Trainer, both male and female Wii Fit Trainer, Cloud's alternate costume from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, all three Mii Fighters, and Kazuya.
    • A possible explanation could be that Robin has no official artwork of them in Fire Emblem Awakening as they are a customizable avatar and don't appear on any promotional material compared to Corrin, as Fire Emblem Awakening, the game where Robin originates, mainly features Chrom and Lucina instead.
      • Despite this, however, the characters of Tharja and Garon, from Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates respectively, use their conversation portraits from their games as spirits in Ultimate, and Nintendo's official site for promoting Awakening uses both gendered Robin default portraits on the characters section.[2]
  • Interestingly, both the thigh armor and leg warmers around Robin's boots appear to completely vanish when looked at from the inside.[3][4] This oddity was not present in either gender's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in-game models or on their official Ultimate artworks.
  • In Sound Test, most characters with male and female alternate costumes have two identical announcer voice clips, as placeholders to accommodate for languages with gendered nouns (for example, Inkling in Spanish is "Inkling chica" for female costumes and "Inkling chico" for male costumes). Unusually, Robin also has two announcer voice clips, even though their name is the same between genders in all languages. Furthermore, Corrin and Byleth only has one voice clip, meaning this is unique to Robin.
  • Robin is the only character who travels to Mushroom Kingdom II in Classic Mode.
  • Robin is the only fighter originating from Fire Emblem Awakening who is never fought on Arena Ferox for his unlocking battle. He is instead fought on Castle Siege. Lucina is always fought on that stage no matter which method, while Chrom switches his unlock battle stages depending on whether one is playing World of Light (fought on Castle Siege) or otherwise (Arena Ferox).
    • Robin is also the only fighter from Fire Emblem Awakening who does not use either version of Id (Purpose) in any of his unlock battles, even though the theme is more associated with Robin than either Chrom or Lucina in the source material.
  • Coincidentally, the Robin puppet fighters' appearance in World of Light highly resembles future Robin's appearance when possessed by Grima in Fire Emblem Awakening, especially the ones who affiliated with Galeem, complete with red eyes.
  • Robin is the only fighter who debuted in Fire Emblem: Awakening that is not an Echo Fighter of another character, as Lucina is an Echo Fighter of Marth while Chrom is an Echo Fighter of Roy.