Samus (SSBU)

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This article is about Samus's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Samus.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Samus SSBU.png
Universe Metroid
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Starter
(Unlockable in World of Light)
Final Smash Zero Laser
With her Charge Shot, Missile and Bomb, Samus has three different projectiles to keep her opponents in check from a distance. When fully charged up, her Charge Shot is quite powerful. For her Final Smash, she launches a wide laser beam that can be moved up and down!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Samus (サムス, Samus) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She retains her modified Metroid: Other M design from SSB4. Samus is classified as fighter #04.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]


  • Change Samus's model features a more subdued color scheme.
  • Change Samus has a new air dodge animation.
  • Change Samus's eighth costume, formerly based on Dark Samus, has been replaced with a black and yellow costume due to Dark Samus's inclusion as a playable fighter.
  • Change Samus has two new victory poses:
    • She fires a Super Missile and strikes a pose similar to her official artwork.
    • She lands on the ground and readies her arm cannon.


  • Buff Like all characters, Samus's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Samus dashes faster.
  • Buff Samus has faster horizontal air speed.
  • Buff Samus reaches the maximum height of her jumps more quickly.
  • Buff Samus's roll is significantly faster.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral attack's first hit has set knockback and hitstun, causing it to struggle to combo into other moves (including the second hit of neutral attack) and making it more punishable.
  • Change Dash attack now produces a visual effect similar to the Shinespark ability from Super Metroid.
    • Buff Dash attack has increased knockback, allowing it to KO at high percents.
    • Nerf Dash attack has more endlag, reducing its combo potential.
  • Buff Forward smash's explosion sweetspot is slightly larger.
  • Buff Down smash deals more knockback.
    • Change Down smash has an altered ending animation, with Samus retaining more momentum from the kick.
  • Nerf Up smash no longer reaches opponents on the ground.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials aside from up aerial have less landing lag.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's animation is faster.
  • Buff Forward aerial now moves Samus forward a bit when used, giving it more range, especially if performed immediately during a short hop.
  • Change Back aerial has a slightly different animation. Samus now faces further behind herself while kicking and curls in her leg afterwards.
  • Buff Up aerial's hits link together more reliably.
  • Buff Down aerial has significantly reduced landing lag.
  • Change Grab aerial no longer follows Samus's vertical movement, with the Grapple Beam staying in place, similar to how it behaved in Melee.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Standing grab has fewer startup frames and less end lag.
  • Nerf Samus's pummel is slower.
  • Buff All throws deal more damage.
  • Buff Down throw is a more consistent combo starter.
  • Buff Back throw and up throw can KO at high percents.
    • Change Up throw has a new animation, with Samus blasting her opponent upward with her arm cannon.

Special moves[edit]

  • Charge Shot:
    • Buff Charge Shot can now be charged in midair. A midair charge can be cancelled by jumping or airdodging, but doing so incurs additional landing lag.
    • Buff Charge Shot deals more damage at full charge.
    • Buff Charge Shot charges faster.
  • Missile:
    • Change Missiles have updated designs. When firing a missile, Samus's visor and armor lights flash blue in reference to Samus's palette when Missiles are selected in the original Metroid.
    • Buff Super Missiles travel faster and stall initially before flying forward, similar to the Turbo Missile custom move from SSB4.
    • Buff Super Missiles deal more damage.
    • Buff Super Missiles have slightly less endlag.
    • Buff Samus can drift horizontally while firing a missile in the air.
  • Screw Attack:
    • Buff Screw Attack has less lag before Samus begins falling.
  • Bomb:
    • Buff Bombs have an earlier contact hitbox.
  • Zero Laser:
    • Change When Samus unleashes Zero Laser, the jets on the back of her suit vent flames as exhaust.
    • Buff The exhaust deals damage to anyone standing behind Samus.

Classic Mode: Another Planet, Another Bounty[edit]

The opponents Samus faces are akin to the battles that she has faced throughout the Metroid series. Samus unlocks Inkling at completion. If not, she unlocks Incineroar.

Round Opponent Stage Music
1 Wolf Brinstar Title Theme - Metroid
2 Giant King K. Rool Brinstar (Ω form) Brinstar Depths
3 6 R.O.B.s Brinstar Depths Brinstar (Melee)
4 Giant Ridley Norfair Vs. Ridley
5 Mewtwo, Bowser, and Charizard Norfair (Ω form) Multiplayer - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
6 Dark Samus Frigate Orpheon Vs. Parasite Queen
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination

Character unlock tree[edit]

Samus' Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:

Each character can be unlocked by clearing Samus' Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Mario's character unlock tree, starting with Sonic.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Samus was among the fighters summoned to the cliffside to fight an army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Samus was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. Samus attempted to fight back against the beams by shooting them with her arm cannon, but to no avail. Samus was vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment alongside the rest of the fighters (except for Kirby).

In gameplay, the playable Zero Suit Samus, as well as other Spirit versions of Samus such as the Gravity Suit and Fusion Suit, are separate spirits from the original Samus; however, the story significance of this is unknown, as Samus and Zero Suit Samus never appear together in cutscenes, and are seen transforming into each other outside of World of Light.

Samus is later seen among several other fighters, making their last stand against Galeem and Dharkon. She also shows up in the bad ending where Galeem emerges victorious against Dharkon, witnessing Galeem engulf the world in light.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Samus Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Samus is the only female character on the game's starting roster (aside from Pikachu's female alternate costumes.)
  • Samus is the only one of the original 12 characters from Smash 64 to have an Echo Fighter.
  • In her official artwork, Samus's pose matches the image of her alongside Anthony Higgs from Metroid: Other M. This same image was used on the official Other M website with Higgs removed.
  • While Samus' playable design has not been updated to the more recent Metroid: Samus Returns, her Fighter Spirit uses her artwork from said game rather than Other M.
  • Coincidentally, Samus's character number is the same as the number of playable Metroid characters in Ultimate.

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