Sheik (シーク, Sheik) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018 alongside Zelda and the rest of the returning roster. Sheik is classified as fighter #16.
Sheik is now voiced by Ayumi Fujimura, who voices her alter-ego in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and portrays her in Ultimate as well. She replaces Jun Mizusawa.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Sheik must then be defeated on Gerudo Valley.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Like most dominating characters, Sheik in Smash 4 was considered the one of the most potent characters (and the best character in the middle of the game's lifetime) due to her infamous neutral game even after receiving the most nerfs from game updates, which did little to reduce her effectiveness. Possibly as a result of her dominance, Sheik has been nerfed overall in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate.
Sheik's notable nerfs are from her attacks in which it now deal far less damage, due to her main combo moves like all tilts, neutral aerial and forward aerial, in addition to Needle Storm and Bouncing Fish. This requires her to string even more hits together in order to rack up notable amounts of damage, exacerbated by her lack of KO ability. Her already poor survivability has also been worsened due to her weight being decreased, and while the weakening of rage makes her combos more consistent, it gives her more difficulty KOing at high percentages. Furthermore, while Sheik benefits from the universally faster jumpsquats and lower landing lag like the rest of the cast, most other characters have received more significant buffs in those aspects, due to her having already had the overall fastest frame data in Smash 4, allowing more characters to keep up with her.
Sheik did receive some buffs besides universal changes, however. Her rapid jab connects much more reliably and its finisher has less ending lag, making it more effective for damage racking despite its individual hits dealing less damage. Her up tilt, down tilt and Needle Storm (especially the aerial version) also have less ending lag, improving their combo potential, while her generally least used moves in Smash 4 such as her dash attack, down smash, down aerial and up throw deal more damage. Most notably, however, her back aerial deals more damage and knockback, improving its previously lacking KO potential when sweetspotted (though it is still a relatively weak aerial), and her pummel has gone from one of the slowest to one of the fastest, allowing it to be used more safely.
Overall, Sheik's nerfs outweight her buffs, making her worse than her Smash 4 iteration, though it is currently unknown how much they will exactly end up affecting her in Ultimate's metagame. Her current representation in Ultimate has been below average, with many notable players such as Vinnie, Mr. R, and VoiD dropping her in favor of other characters.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Classic Mode: Masquerade
Sheik's opponents are characters who wear masks or other forms of headwear to conceal their identity.
Role in World of Light
During the mode itself, Sheik can be unlocked early on shortly after rescuing Mario, where the player arrives at a crossroads and has the choice to rescue her, Marth or Villager. If one of the others is rescued first, Sheik's path will be blocked by a force field created by Master Hand, which will disappear upon defeating a boss or can be circumvented by looping back to the other side.
Sheik has a separate awakening battle from Zelda, who appears in the opening cutscene.
Sheik's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Sheik in World of Light allows the player to preview the 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.
Character Showcase Video
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