Robin (ルフレ, Reflet) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate who was confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018. 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 both male and female Robin from SSB4 were repurposed for Western editions of Ultimate. Additionally, Yoshimasa Hosoya and Miyuki Sawashiro's portrayals of both male and female Robin from SSB4 were repurposed for the Japanese editions of Ultimate, respectively.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Robin must then be defeated on Castle Siege.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Possibly due to his mid-tier placement in SSB4 (37th out of 55), Robin has been given a mix of buffs and nerfs from the transition to Ultimate, but has been greatly buffed overall. The most notable buff is that Robin has received significant mobility improvements: Robin’s walk speed, air speed, run speed (which was the slowest in SSB4) and initial dash speed are all faster, allowing Robin to catch up or escape from opponents. The universal reduction to landing lag now creates safer landing options (especially with the Levin Sword's high shieldstun), and the universal 3-frame jumpsquat allows Robin to take advantage of extremely powerful aerials.
Several attacks have reduced lag or increased KO power, while most 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. 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 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 less uses, allowing it to generate a used tome much faster.
However, Robin's nerfs are also notable. The biggest change is to the Levin Sword, which Robin no longer starts with it 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 serious flaws, such as a rather poor grab, problems with escaping pressure due to awkward hitboxes, and mediocre mobility at best (with the second-slowest running speed in the game) despite the buffs received.
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 previously potent moves being less effective, leading to mixed results. Though Robin has received decent reception in the early metagame, tournament representation has been low, though he has shown signs of success thanks to the efforts of Jul, who recently 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.
Throws and other attacks
Robin has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in game updates, but has been buffed overall. The main and only nerfs come from 3.0.0, in which the universal shield changes with projectiles negatively affected Robin's shield damage. Otherwise, their kit was made more effective, and this is mainly seen in 6.0.0: A Bronze Sword smash attack give a slightly larger charge increase to Levin Sword when using a smash attack, forward tilt was made stronger, neutral aerial was made faster, all of the variations in Thunder charge faster, and Arcfire travels further horizontally and last much longer. Overall, it's unknown on how much the buffs will affect their stance in the metagame, but many unarguably agree that they were made a more effective character.
For a gallery of Robin's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
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 their 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 replenishes all weapons, 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.
Warps onto the stage using warp magic.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Thunder and Flames
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
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.
Male Robin's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. 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
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video