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This article is about Simon's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Simon Belmont.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Simon SSBU.png
Universe Castlevania
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Grand Cross
Tier D- (74)
Simon Lashes Out!
—Introduction tagline

Simon (シモン, Simon) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is the second fighter from Konami after Snake. He was announced as a newcomer during the August 8th, 2018 Super Smash Bros. Direct alongside Richter, Chrom, Dark Samus, and King K. Rool. Simon is classified as Fighter #66.

Keith Silverstein, Simon's English voice actor in Castlevania: Judgment, reprises his role as Simon in English versions of the game. Hideo Ishikawa, who voiced Simon in DreamMix TV World Fighters, also reprises the role in the Japanese version. In the Korean version, Simon uses his English voice clips.

Simon, alongside his Echo Fighter Richter, are ranked 74th out of 82 on the current tier list, placing the Belmonts in the D- tier. The Belmonts are well known for their strong zoning and keeping opponents away from them thanks to their arsenal of projectiles and their range thanks to their signature whip. They are good at harassing their opponents in neutral and keeping them in a disadvantage for long periods of time. Their strengths culminate in them at the ledge, with several tools for ledgetrapping, such as Holy Water and forward tilt. Uppercut is an effective out-of-shield option against aggressive players or those who can get in their defense. The Belmonts also have the unique property to angle some of their aerials, namely forward air and back air to hit opponents low to the ground or anti-air them. Overall, the Belmonts are effective at controlling the pace of the match.

However, the Belmonts are equipped with a multitude of crippling weaknesses. Their disadvantage state is among one of the worst in the game due to not having a single viable combo escape, with the exception of down air, which can be predictable. They also suffer from one of the worst recoveries in the game with Uppercut, providing very little horizontal distance and drift and their tether recoveries not having much reach, allowing any character in the game to edgeguard them consistently if sent offstage.

The Belmonts are formidable zoners with tools to constantly keep their distance, but opponents who get past their flurry of projectiles can often take advantage of their poor defensive game, and make it difficult for them to reset to neutral. Thus, they are difficult characters to be consistent with at a high level. While their representation have dropped after the first few years of the game, they have seen some respectable tournament results and representation from players, such as T3 Dom and YoseFu.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

Simon must then be defeated on Dracula's Castle (the Ω form is used in World of Light).


Simon is a heavyweight fighter with a handful of effective projectiles and incredibly long disjointed attacks. In turn, he is burdened with poor mobility, especially in the air, and shares his attributes with his descendant and Echo Fighter, Richter; despite having the 8th-fastest falling and fast falling speed, he has below-average gravity, the 4th slowest walk speed, the 13th-slowest dash and air speed, and is tied with Snake for the lowest air acceleration in the game. He also has the 5th lowest traction, tied with Bowser Jr. and King Dedede.

One of Simon's most notable traits are his notorious projectiles within his special moves. Firstly, Axe is a very strong projectile that can be thrown in three angles, which makes it effective at both edgeguarding and a threatening anti-air option, compounded by its ability to go through solid terrain. The axe can additionally lead into forward aerial, or, at higher percents, Uppercut for a KO. His side special, the Cross, functions like a boomerang, though unlike other boomerang projectiles, it does not follow Simon, instead going straight and then briefly going backwards on its own if not grabbed by Simon; in addition to this, it sends opponents vertically in the air with low knockback, which is favorable for setups into aerial attacks, the Axe, or an up smash. His up special, Uppercut, is a very fast out of shield option with decent kill power that has multiple setups into it, such as the Cross, or more notably, down aerial. Finally, his down special, Holy Water is a great projectile for ledge-trapping, combo setups or kill setups such as a forward smash, forward tilt, or Uppercut; its flame effect also enables it to detonate Young Link and Toon Link's bombs as well as Link's Remote Bombs.

Simon's other notable trait is his impressive range. His Vampire Killer whip offers the overall second longest disjointed range out of any fighter in the roster, and it makes his overall kit well-rounded and versatile. In the air, despite his aerial mobility being sluggish, his aerials are effective in their own rights; his up, forward and back aerials all have impressive range and can be used as tether recoveries, along with the latter two having the unique ability to be angled. His down aerial, while lacking the disjoint of his other aerials, is a notoriously effective combo tool, as it functions much like Greninja's down aerial; it meteor smashes at the beginning, but what makes it versatile is its late hit. On the late hit, both Simon and the opponent will bounce back up at diagonal angles, which opens up many KO confirms, notably into his Uppercut. At low percentages, it can combo into itself multiple times, which can potentially make it a zero-to-death tool if the opponent reacts poorly.

Simon's range is also effective on the ground, as his sluggish frame data is compensated by his attacks having immense range and power at the spiked ball at the end of the whip, to the point where they can be considered safe on shield if spaced, despite their lag. All of his smash attacks are notable examples of this; his forward smash is very powerful when tippered, and when combined with its ability to be angled, this makes it a deadly edgeguarding and ledge-trapping tool. His up smash is very strong when tippered, making it a reliable anti-air tool and a combo finisher and KO confirm out of his Cross. His down smash hits on both sides like most others, and keeps his trademark range while possessing decent power when sweetspotted. His forward tilt possesses decent range and uncharacteristically low ending lag, his dash attack is relatively quick and effective for crossing up shielding opponents, and his down tilt, while not disjointed, is a unique two-hit move that causes him to pseudo-crawl, allowing him to cross up foes or effectively retreat from the corner. Due to Simon's excellent range and his three projectiles, he is very good at keeping the opponent at bay.

Simon also has a good grab game. His grab has below-average range and possesses noticeable lag, but his dash grab gives him a lot of momentum due to his low traction. His throws also have great utility: his forward and back throws have good KO potential despite their rather quick speed, and can be used to set up edgeguards otherwise. His up throw is considered to be his most useful throw, as its decent damage is compounded with its great setup ability, being able to start juggles. His down throw is rather situational and is his least used throw, but nevertheless has combo potential thanks to Simon's range.

Despite all these strengths, Simon has some glaring weaknesses. Perhaps his most infamous shortcoming is his extremely poor recovery, being among the worst in the game, despite having three aerials function as tether recoveries; his very low air movement, combined with Uppercut offering very poor vertical and horizontal momentum, give him very poor offstage presence. As such, he is very easy to gimp, and overall has a slim chance to return to the ledge, making him easy to KO despite his good endurance due to his almost non-existent offstage game. This is further compounded with Simon's susceptibility to combos due to his heavyweight status, poor aerial attributes, and lack of effective combo breakers within his moveset, preventing him from easily getting out of combos or escaping pressure. Due to his very low traction and slow attacks, he also has a poor out of shield game outside of Uppercut.

Despite his zoning and spacing potential, it is overall burdened by his poor frame data, lackluster overall mobility, and narrow attacks. His slow movement makes him vulnerable to pressure and zoning. To make things worse, he only has one aerial move that comes out before frame 10, and that is his frame 8 neutral aerial, while forward back and up aerials come out on frame 14 and down aerial on frame 13. While he has his projectiles, they each have noticeable startup and are susceptible to being reflected back, which can be a huge turnabout, especially since the projectiles play a huge role in Simon's neutral game. An opponent can also catch Holy Water mid-flight and use it against Simon, as he can only have one out at a time, allowing his opponents to perform combo setups or kill setups on him.

Simon's poor frame data also gives him a mediocre close-range game, as many of his attacks are unsafe if not spaced properly, which often leaves him heavily susceptible to punishment. While Simon's whip attacks have excellent range, they are also very narrow, and some attacks, such as up tilt, up smash, and up aerial only hit directly above Simon, giving him poor hitbox placements and creating big blindspots that can cause them to miss opponents even if they are directly touching him, which hampers his juggle ability and overall punish game, and gives him a hard time hitting smaller characters. Finally, his moves tend to be rather weak when sourspotted, making spacing crucial if the player plans to score an early KO. With his grab range being below-average and his kill power being noticeable with his tipper mechanic, he must keep his space and fish for tippered tilts and aerials for maximum effect, in a similar vein to Marth.

Overall, Simon is a fighter who excels when he is distanced from his opponent and controlling the main stage: he should use his variety of projectiles to keep opponents at a workable distance to take full advantage of his spectacular range, all while avoiding getting sent offstage due to his poor offstage survivability.

In direct comparison to his Echo Fighter, Richter, who is almost fully identical to him with only one single difference, Simon has seen smaller representation on his own. The two, however, have seen below-average results in the current metagame due to their shared weaknesses.

Update history[edit]

Simon was slightly buffed overall in game updates. In 3.0.0, his edge attack received a range increase, but his Cross projectile was nerfed due to it receiving reduced shield damage. 4.0.0 removed his ability to perform the down air stall that he and many other characters with stall-then-fall down aerials could perform.

After a long absence from the game's patches, Simon was given more noteworthy changes, and was buffed overall in 9.0.0. His rapid jab received transcendent priority, which prevents it from being cancelled by weak attacks. His dash attack deals more damage and altered knockback, making it KO more often near the ledge but not from center stage. His up tilt also received altered knockback, which makes it safer to hit at low percentages but reduces its KO ability. His up smash has less start up and ending lag, and also deals more knockback. His down smash also deals more knockback, and his Uppercut has more vertical range.

Overall, Simon's strengths and weaknesses have been largely kept intact so far, and his standing relative to the cast remains largely the same.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Edge attack has more range.
  • Nerf Cross deals less shield damage (0 → -3/-2.5 (throw/return)).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Change Down aerial descends immediately when using the move after being launched.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 9.0.0

  • Buff Rapid jab and its finisher have transcendent priority, preventing them from being canceled out by weak attacks.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff The looping hits deal more damage (1.7% → 2%; 12% total → 13.5%).
    • Change The last hit has more base knockback (70 → 80), but less knockback scaling (115 → 105). This improves its KO potential near the edge, but reduces it from across the stage.
  • Change Up tilt has more base knockback (60 → 88), but less knockback scaling (75/100 → 57/82). This increases its safety on hit at low percents, but slightly reduces its KO potential.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has less startup (frame 18 → 16), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 56 → 54).
    • Buff It deals more knockback (61/60 base/88/82 scaling → 64/63/91/85).
  • Buff Down smash has more knockback scaling (77 → 82 (front), 82 → 87 (back)).
  • Buff Uppercut's hitbox stretches farther vertically (Y offset: 23u—6u → 26u—6u), increasing its range above Simon.


  • Simon's whip, the Vampire Killer, possesses a sweetspot at the tip of the chain where the spiked ball is.
  • Simon's forward aerial, back aerial, and up aerial all act as tether recoveries, allowing them to be used for recovery but also cancels the attacking part of the move while it is in progress.
  • Unlike other disjointed weapons, the Vampire Killer's hitboxes cannot pass through solid terrain; hitting an obstacle will cause the move to deal no damage. This applies to every whip move except neutral attack, up tilt, down smash and neutral aerial.
  • Simon can crawl.

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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Short Bash (ショートバッシュ / Second Bash (セカンドバッシュ) / Whip Rush (ウィップラッシュ) / Whip Finish (ウィップフィニッシュ) 2% Swings the Vampire Killer twice while holding it lengthwise, with his left hand holding its chain. Mashing the attack button quickly will cause Simon to rapidly spin the whip to damage opponents, with a final uppercut that sends opponents away. If not done quickly enough, Simon will cancel the first two hits, ending the attack and leaving him vulnerable. This move is Simon's fastest option up close.

If the attack button is held down instead, Simon will hold out the Vampire Killer, and it can then be manually twirled around. This attack is based on his Whip Twirl from Super Castlevania IV, and it is functionally similar to Sheik's Chain in Melee and Brawl. The chain deals minor damage in this way, but can cancel very weak projectiles that collide with it. The spiked ball of the chain is its sweetspot, which deals more damage and sends opponents away. If pushed off a platform by a windbox while doing this, Simon will continue dangling the whip, and can be moved left and right through the air while simultaneously controlling it.

1.5% (spiked ball), 1% (chain)
0.5% (loop), 2.5% (end)
Forward tilt Level Swing (レベルスイング) 12% (spiked ball), 10% (chain) Simon's iconic whip strike, first introduced in the original Castlevania. It has high range for its speed, comes out on frame 12 and has low ending lag. This makes it useful for general spacing. However, only the initial whip lash deals damage, and opponents can crouch under it. The tip of the chain deals more damage, and can KO at around 120% at the edge of Final Destination. If the attack button is held, Simon will transition into the Whip Twirl, identical to his neutral attack.
Up tilt Wide Shake (ワイドシェイク) 10% (whip), 2% (close) A quick whip twirl in a lasso-like fashion that covers above his head. Its hitbox is wide and covers above Simon's head, along with his arm. Provides excellent coverage above Simon, granting it good pressuring capabilities against aerial opponents. It can also potentially chain into itself more than once at low percents and can KO at very high percents. However, it has no grounded hitboxes beside him whatsoever, making it risky against grounded opponents. The move also has a very weak hitbox when the chain first comes out, though it has no typical use.
Down tilt Sliding (スライディング) / Sliding Kick (スライディングキック) 5% A slide kick based on Richter Belmont's Slide and Jumping Slide from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The first hit is incapable of KOing even at 999%, but if the button is pressed again, Simon does a jumping kick that carries his momentum, comboing from the first hit. The jump deals less damage late, and is capable of jumping off platforms and edges. The first hit allows Simon to slide under projectiles or high hitboxes. The second hit can KO beginning at 140% from the edge of Final Destination.
7% (clean), 3.5% (late)
Dash attack Tackle (タックル) 1.7% (hits 1-5), 3.5% (end) A dashing attack while twirling the Vampire Killer beside himself. Based on Richter Belmont's Blade Dash from Symphony of the Night. The dash covers half of Final Destination. Capable of destroying weak projectiles, but extremely damaged opponents may be knocked out before the final hit. This move is also one of a handful of attacks that can cross-up in Ultimate.
Forward smash Full Swing (フルスイング) 18% (spiked ball), 16% (chain), 14% (chain, close) Simon's iconic whip strike, first introduced in the original Castlevania. Rears back before performing a long-ranged whip crack while taking a step forward. Can be angled. It has tremendous reach, being the second-longest non-projectile forward smash in the game (behind only Min Min), and outperforming Corrin, Mii Gunner, and Shulk. Deals the most damage at the tip of the chain, and less when up close. The sweetspot can KO as early as 57% from the edge of Final Destination, and if fully charged, can KO as early as 30% on lighter characters. It is safe on shield when sweetspotted due to its sheer distance, and deals respectable damage to shields. The rest of the move is punishable on shield due to its high lag overall, and opponents can crouch under the chain. If angled down, the sweetspot can hit ledge hanging opponents.
Up smash Bat Killer (バットキラー) 16% (spiked ball), 14% (chain) A vertical whip crack, similar to the way Simon can crack his whip in Super Castlevania IV. It has immense vertical range, being able to reach as high as the top platform of Battlefield, but its hitbox is strictly vertical, incapable of hitting anyone directly beside Simon or the chain, even if the opponent is practically touching him. The hitbox is also very narrow, making positioning important. Due to its high ending lag, this makes the move suited solely for aerial targets. While hard to hit, the sweetspot has extreme power, KOing as early as 67% on Final Destination. It can combo from up throw at 0-30%, though opponents can DI away from this.
Down smash Whirlwind (ワールウインド) 16% (spiked ball), 14% (chain), 12% (chain, close) Drags the Vampire Killer across the ground from forward to back. Impressive overall range like his other smash attacks, and also deals less damage up close in a similar fashion. Both hits do the same amount of damage, with the first hit being rather fast. The sweetspot KOs as early as 85% from the edge of Final Destination. If not sweet-spotted, the move is punishable.
Neutral aerial Round Guard (ラウンドガード) 1% (hits 1-6), 4% (end) The aerial Whip Twirl from Super Castlevania IV. Twirls the Vampire Killer around his body. It's his fastest aerial in terms of startup, coming out on frame 8. Lacks the range of his usual moves, but deals multiple hits and can protect Simon from being pursued aerially. Has slightly deceptive range due to the twirling graphic, and only covers one character length around him. It has great combo potential, with the looping hits sending at the autolink angle, allowing a falling neutral aerial to combo into a grab, forward tilt, neutral attack, or several other moves. Can autocancel in a short hop.
Forward aerial Aerial Swing (エアリアルスイング) 12% (spiked ball), 10% (chain), 2% (body) Rears back and performs a long-ranged whip crack, similar to his jumping whip attack in the original Castlevania. It can be angled slightly upward and downward at roughly a 20 degree angle; if angled down, the move can hit grounded opponents. Excellent range, allowing it to hit distant targets easily. However, the hitboxes are slim and have a short duration, while the move has some startup (frame 14), requiring precise use. Has low ending lag, allowing Simon to double jump and perform another aerial if done from a short hop. Also can be used as a tether recovery, which is useful as Simon has no horizontal recovery options otherwise. The sweetspot can KO from 125% at the edge of Final Destination.
Back aerial Aerial Back Swing (エアリアルバックスイング) 12% (spiked ball), 10% (chain), 2% (body) Rears back and performs a long-ranged whip crack behind himself. Identical damage, properties and usage as forward aerial, and can also be aimed up and down. Like forward aerial, Simon can double jump and perform another aerial if done from a short hop, and it also acts as a tether recovery. Has more knockback growth despite the similar damage, with the sweetspot KOing from 110% at the edge of Final Destination.
Up aerial Aerial Top Swing (エアリアルトップスイング) 12% (spiked ball), 10% (chain), 2% (body) An aerial vertical whip crack, similar to the way Simon can crack his whip in Super Castlevania IV. Rears back and performs a long-ranged whip crack directly above him. Functionally identical to forward and back aerials in all aspects apart from attack direction and the inability to be angled. Like forward and back aerials, Simon can double jump and perform another aerial if done from a short hop, and it also acts as a tether recovery, covering around the same distance as Uppercut. The sweetspot KOs from 100% while in the air.
Down aerial Jump Kick (ジャンプキック) 12%, 7% (late) A stall-then-fall divekick, based on the ability both Simon and Richter can obtain in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Goes downward at a diagonal angle, with the first two frames being a meteor smash. Comes out on frame 13, which is rather fast in comparison to other meteor smashes. On hit, Simon will bounce back with a flourish, which can combo into other attacks: the early hit easily combos into forward or back aerials at medium percents, Uppercut at 100% or above as a KO combo, or even into itself at low percents. However, it is dangerous to use offstage, since Simon's recovery is very poor and the duration of the move will most likely lead to a self-destruct if used carelessly. The move's hitbox also does not completely cover Simon's outstretched leg hurtbox, meaning that opponents' attacks can easily trade with it or even completely snuff it out. It is also Simon's only aerial that cannot autocancel in a short hop.
Grab Grab (つかみ) Reaches out with his left arm. Notably, while Simon can use his whip as a tether recovery, he does not use it to grab opponents; despite this, his grabs are fairly slow for a non-tether grab, additionally hampered by below-average range. These traits make it a poor choice in most situations, especially when considering Simon's already slow mobility.
Pummel Grab Kneebutt (つかみニーバット) 1.3% A knee strike. Average power and speed.
Forward throw Swing Throw (スイングスルー) 7% Spins once and flings the opponent forward. If the opponent misses a tech, it can be followed up with forward smash, forward tilt or dash attack at 0%. Tech rolls can be caught with Axe. Simon's strongest throw, capable of KO'ing from 125% at the edge of Final Destination.
Back throw Swing Back Throw (スイングバックスルー) 7% Flings the opponent backwards with both arms. Has the same combos as forward throw, but it is weaker for KOing due to its lower knockback scaling and slightly higher angle. It KOs from 145% at the edge of Final Destination.
Up throw Toss & Beat (トス&ビート) 6% (hit 1), 4% (hit 2) Heaves the opponent into the air before lashing at them with the Vampire Killer. One of Simon's most useful throws due to its setup ability and damage, being the most damaging throw in his moveset. Can initiate combos at 0% such as into up smash, the later hitboxes of Uppercut, or start aerial juggles. At higher percents, it can set up into up aerial for a KO, though opponents can DI this.
Down throw Slapdown (スラップダウン) 8% A chokeslam. Like forward and back throws, it can follow up with forward smash or forward tilt at 0%, or cover tech rolls with Axe. Can also lead into a second hit of a down tilt at low percents.
Forward roll
Back roll
Spot dodge
Air dodge
Floor attack (front)
Floor getups (front)
  7% Kicks behind, then in front of himself.
Floor attack (back)
Floor getups (back)
  7% Kicks behind, then in front of himself.
Floor attack (trip)
Floor getups (trip)
  5% Kicks behind, then in front of himself.
Edge attack
Edge getups
  9% Kicks forward while getting up.
Neutral special Axe 15% Throws an axe projectile that travels at a high parabolic arc. The angle can be changed by holding forward or back before throwing. Simon's aerial momentum is stopped once he throws the axe. Extremely high startup lag, with the axe's angle making it ineffective to use conventionally. However, it deals high damage and knockback while also going through solid terrain, giving it powerful edgeguarding capabilities. Its high freeze frames also give it a useful, albeit very limited followup ability. The axe can KO grounded opponents from 140% on Final Destination.
Side special Cross 6%, 8% (smash thrown), 5% (returning) Flings a silver cross projectile that functions similarly to Boomerang, including the ability to be smash-thrown to fly further and deal more damage. Unlike Boomerang, the Cross makes no attempt to return to Simon, and only flies straight forward and back. The Cross reaches the edge of Final Destination if thrown from the middle, and will travel to the other edge if left uncaught. Only one Cross can be out, and Simon can catch it upon returning. This is generally Simon's main stage-control tool to interrupt approaches and initiate combos. Simon may occasionally say "Begone!"
Up special Uppercut 2% (hit 1), 1.5% (hit 2-5), 6% (hit 6) A rising uppercut with the Vampire Killer in hand. Simon's main recovery move, though its poor height and Simon's limited air mobility makes it difficult to use as a recovery. Functions better as an attack, as it starts up quickly, can punish aerial opponents, and combos reliably from down aerial. KOs rather late on the ground, though it can KO much earlier as an aerial combo finisher as early as 120%. However, it has significantly lower range compared to Simon's other attacks.
Down special Holy Water 2.9% (flask), 1.3% (flames, hits 1-8) Drops a flask of Holy Water diagonally downwards. Once it hits the ground or an opponent, the flask bursts and unleashes a pillar of red flames. Only one flask or pillar of flame can exist at one time. If the flask is caught, it will become an item that opponents can use against Simon. It can also be reflected, perfect shielded or hit back to affect the Simon who threw it. Has similar functionality as PK Fire, keeping opponents trapped within the projectile and in position for a followup, and lacks a final stronger hit. Rather infamous for being the setup to a forward smash at ledge.
Final Smash Grand Cross 3% (coffin), 35% (crosses), 10% (ending) Summons a large coffin in front of him, which traps opponents that touch it the moment it appears. If successful, Simon grabs the coffin with the Vampire Killer's chain, swings it in a wide arc and hauls it skywards, then unleashes the devastating Grand Cross technique while flexing, blasting the coffin with magical crosses and sending the victims flying. Extremely powerful, able to KO as early as 25%.


Stats Weight Dash speed Walk speed Traction Air friction Air speed Air acceleration Gravity Falling speed Jumpsquat Jump Height Double jump Height
Value 107 1.73 – Initial dash
1.52 – Run
0.76 0.085 0.02 0.94 0.01 – Base
0.02 – Additional
0.085 1.85 – Base
3 30 - Base
18 - Short hop

Announcer call[edit]

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Appears onstage surrounded by rays of light, and cracks the Vampire Killer before coiling it.


  • Up Taunt: Grunts and holds the Vampire Killer in the air, coiled up.
  • Side Taunt: Holds the Vampire Killer lengthwise and spins it around himself twice.
  • Down Taunt: Cracks the Vampire Killer on the ground next to him, saying "Come!" (来いっ!, Come!).

Idle poses[edit]

  • Stands upright with his right hand on his hip. Based on Richter Belmont's pose before his fight in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Thrusts his hand downwards. Resembles his idle from Castlevania.

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 Si - mon Bel - mont! Shi - mo - n! Si - mon! Si - mon! Si - mon! Si - mon! Bel - mont!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Shouts "I vanquish the darkness!" ("闇を打つ!", Strike the darkness!) as he whips the ground around him twice, before holding the Vampire Killer taut. This is a possible reference to Castlevania II: Simon's Quest during the end of nighttime when the game will show a prompt stating "The morning sun has vanquished the horrible night."
    • Against non-DLC characters affiliated with darkness (Bayonetta, Dark Pit, Dark Samus, Ganondorf, and Ridley), Simon has an 80% chance to simply say, "To darkness!" ("闇に変わる!", Turn to darkness!).
  • Up: Holds the coiled Vampire Killer in the air before lashing it out against the ground while spinning once. The ending pose appears similar to promotional art for Castlevania Chronicles.
  • Right: Jumps up to grab a Magic Crystal then whips forward. Simon will then continuously whip and jump as the camera cuts to a side view, referencing a phenomenon when the A and B buttons are held after collecting an orb in the original Castlevania.
A remix of the "Stage Clear" theme from the original Castlevania.

In competitive play[edit]

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Simon players (SSBU); Category:Richter players (SSBU)

  • France Noxumbra RichterHeadSSBU.png - The best Belmont player in Europe. His 4th place at Ultimate WANTED 3 is considered one of the best tournament runs of the character, beating top players such as eMass and Homika. He was ranked as high as 22nd in the country during the OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse Europe ranking.
  • Canada Riddles RichterHeadSSBU.png - The best Belmont player during 2019. His 13th place finish at Super Smash Con 2019 remains the highest solo placement for the character at a supermajor and has beaten Dabuz and Scend. He was also the first Belmont player to place on a global power ranking with his 47th on the Fall 2019 PGRU. He switched off the character after Terry's release and now mains him and Kazuya.
  • USA T3 DOM RichterHeadSSBU.png - The current best Belmont player in the world. He has been the only Belmont player to reach the same peaks with the character, having major placements of 13th at Glitch - Infinite and 17th at Double Down 2022 and is the only other Belmont player to be comparably ranked internationally with 60th on the UltRank 2022.
  • Japan TRIGGER SimonHeadSSBU.png - The best Belmont player in Japan. He is one of the only players to have represented Simon throughout the whole game's lifespan. He has made multiple top 64s at supermajors, with 33rd at Kagaribi 5 and EVO Japan 2020, marking some of the best Simon results in the meta.
  • USA YoseFu SimonHeadSSBU.png - The best Simon player in the United States. He managed to place 9th and beat MuteAce at CEO 2023 and also placed 25th and beat KEN at Mainstage 2022, the latter being the best solo Simon result at a supermajor. He was also one of the most active Belmont players online during the pandemic, placing in the Area 51 section on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6.

Tier placement and history[edit]

When the game was released in December 2018, Simon and Richter attracted interest due to their unique attributes, including extremely long reach, an array of powerful projectiles, and ledge trapping potential; many players initially viewed the Belmonts as a high tier, or potentially a top tier character because of their spacing and zoning ability allowing them to play an effective defensive game. Simon and Richter were also notable counterpicks against certain characters, such as Olimar, that struggled with their range and keep away game. During the early stages of the metagame, the Belmonts were relatively popular characters, with Riddles being their highest level representative. However, their weaknesses were soon discovered to be perhaps too significant to overcome, most notably a notoriously poor recovery due to short-distance recovery moves with mediocre protection that left them severely vulnerable to gimping, but they also suffered from significant KOing inconsistency, mediocre frame data, vast difficulty in hitting agile small characters with their attacks predominantly having thin hitboxes, and very poor all-around mobility. Thus, most of their playerbase, including Riddles, eventually dropped them for other characters and their results fell off as a result. Because of this, the consensus about the Belmonts shifted, with most players viewing them as mid tier or low tier characters.

During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belmont playerbase experienced a small resurgence, with players such as T3 DOM, Noxumbra and TRIGGER rising to prominence with decent results both online and offline. The Belmonts have also received buffs in update 9.0.0. However, these buffs made little to no impact in fixing the main weaknesses of the characters, ultimately leaving them placing 68th on the first tier list and falling to 74th on the second and current tier list.

Classic Mode: Smash-vania[edit]

Simon's congratulations screen.

Simon fights monstrous characters that reference the beasts he battles in the Castlevania series.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool and IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png Incineroar Dracula's Castle (Battlefield form) Vampire Killer (Remix) Most likely based on the appearances of the Creature and Flea Man from the first Castlevania game. Could also be based on Minotaur and Werewolf from Symphony of the Night.
2 Giant RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley Luigi's Mansion (Ω form) Out of Time Based on the Giant Bat from Castlevania, evidenced further by its appearance in the final stage of that game with the same song playing.
3 BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta and DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit Umbra Clock Tower Bloody Tears / Monster Dance This battle is a free-for-all. Likely based on Carmilla and her servant from Rondo of Blood, Laura.
4 CharizardHeadBlueSSBU.png Charizard and KingDededeHeadGreenSSBU.png King Dedede Kalos Pokémon League Beginning Charizard's Pokémon Trainer is absent. Most likely based on the appearances of Leviathan and Cyclops from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Could also be based on Slogra and Gaibon from Super Castlevania IV. Stage transitions are turned off.
5 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser, GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf, and MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo Reset Bomb Forest Simon Belmont Theme (The Arcade) Most likely based on the final three bosses right before Dracula in the final stage of Super Castlevania IV, Slogra, Gaibon, and Death, evidenced further with Simon's theme playing as it did during the final battle against Dracula. Stage transitions are turned off.
6 RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter Dracula's Castle Divine Bloodlines Based on Richter's brainwashing in Symphony of the Night.
Bonus Stage
Final Dracula Dracula's Castle Phase 1: Nothing to Lose
Phase 2: Black Night

Note: Every stage plays a track from the Castlevania universe, no matter what universe the stage originates from.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Simon has Bloody Tears / Monster Dance accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Simon in World of Light

Simon was among the fighters that were summoned to fight against the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Simon was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. He was vaporized offscreen and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby. A puppet fighter cloned from him is later seen with ones cloned from Villager, Captain Falcon and other fighters.

In the mode proper, he is a mandatory unlock found in the middle of the Temple of Light, that needs to be beaten to activate a teleporter which leads to the second portion of the sub-area.

He is later seen alongside several other fighters, as they make their final stand against Galeem and Dharkon.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Simon SSBU.png
7,500 Dracula's Castle (Ω form) Vampire Killer (Remix)


Simon'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 Simon has been unlocked. Unlocking Simon 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. His fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with his artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit Battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Bord & Cord & Barst.png
Bord & Cord & Barst Fire Emblem Series Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.pngSimonHeadYellowSSBU.png×2
1,800 Wuhu Island (Swaying Bridge) N/A •The enemy favors neutral specials Coliseum Series Medley Barst (blue costume)
Bord & Cord (yellow costumes)
SSBU spirit Hector (Fire Emblem).png
Hector (Fire Emblem) Fire Emblem Series Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png (220 HP)
9,700 Coliseum N/A •The enemy has super armor and is hard to launch or make flinch
Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased attack power
Attack - Fire Emblem
SSBU spirit Knight Man.png
Knight Man Mega Man Series •Metal Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png (120 HP)
2,500 Castle Siege (Throne Room) N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy favors smash attacks
•The enemy is metal
Mega Man 4-6 Retro Medley
SSBU spirit Trevor C. Belmont.png
Trevor C. Belmont Castlevania Series Simon SimonHeadIndigoSSBU.png
Palutena PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png
13,000 Dracula's Castle •Assist Trophy Enemies (Alucard) •Hostile assist trophies will appear when the enemy's at high damage
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
SSBU spirit Alucard.png
Alucard Castlevania Series Simon SimonHeadIndigoSSBU.png
13,500 Dracula's Castle •Assist Trophy Enemies (Alucard) •Hostile assist trophies will appear Dracula's Castle Trevor Belmont
SSBU spirit Reinhardt Schneider.png
Reinhardt Schneider Castlevania Series Simon SimonHeadOrangeSSBU.png
1,900 Find Mii (hazards off) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge Iron-Blue Intention
SSBU spirit Julius Belmont.png
Julius Belmont Castlevania Series Simon SimonHeadOrangeSSBU.png
9,600 Dracula's Castle (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy has increased attack power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Jet Black Incursion
SSBU spirit Gabriel Belmont.png
Gabriel Belmont Castlevania Series Simon SimonHeadRedSSBU.png
3,800 Temple N/A •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
•The enemy starts the battle with a Beam Sword
Cross Your Heart
SSBU spirit Heracles.png
Heracles Glory of Heracles Series Simon SimonHeadOrangeSSBU.png
3,600 Temple •Item: Food •The enemy starts the battle with an Ore Club Revolt -Striving for Hope-
Zael The Last Story Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png
Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,600 Temple •Sudden Damage •You'll occasionally take sudden damage when the enemy's at high damage Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun
Spirit of Aeron from Pandora's Tower
Aeron Pandora's Tower Simon SimonHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,900 Great Plateau Tower •Item Tidal Wave •The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge
•Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
The Valedictory Elegy

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Diskun Disk System Young Link YoungLinkHeadRedSSBU.png
Pit PitHeadYellowSSBU.png
Simon SimonHeadRedSSBU.png
Samus SamusHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,100 Temple (Battlefield form) N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Famicom Medley Simon Belmont (Akumajō Dracula for the Famicom Disk System)
SSBU spirit Calista.png
Calista The Last Story Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun Zael

Alternate costumes[edit]

Simon Palette (SSBU).png
SimonHeadSSBU.png SimonHeadRedSSBU.png SimonHeadYellowSSBU.png SimonHeadBlackSSBU.png SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png SimonHeadPurpleSSBU.png SimonHeadOrangeSSBU.png SimonHeadIndigoSSBU.png

Reveal trailer[edit]


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • According to Sakurai from a Nintendo Dream Magazine interview, Simon was added in due to the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot.[1]
  • Simon's render is based off of the box art of the original Castlevania, now turned to face the side and with the Vampire Killer in front of him.
  • Simon is the first character to be introduced in the same installment as his clone since Melee, where Marth was added to the roster along with his clone, Roy.
    • He is also the first third-party character to ever have a clone, the second being Ryu.
  • The screenshot of Simon holding an axe in front of Bowser is a reference to Super Mario Bros., where the axe is used to defeat Bowser and his impostors in castle levels.
  • Similarly to both Little Mac and Ryu in Smash 4, Simon shares some small animations with Captain Falcon, such as his shield break animation and ledge getup attack, likely due to their similar physiques. He shares this trait with fellow Konami characters Richter and Snake.
  • In the August 8, 2018 Nintendo Direct, the words: "Richter originated some of these moves. So, Simon also echoes Richter!" are seen on the bottom. Sakurai also mentions that because some of Simon's moves originate from Richter, it's "hard to say who's really echoing who".
    • Simon's down tilt, dash attack, up special, and Final Smash all originated with Richter. Simon is unable to use these moves in his original series.
  • Like King Dedede, Lucina, King K. Rool, and Richter, Simon's name is pronounced differently between the different international versions of Ultimate. The Japanese version places extra emphasis on the first syllable of Simon's name (and pronouncing it "she" instead of "sigh"), and pronounces the end as "moan" instead of "mon".
    • Outside of the English and Japanese versions, the French version pronounces Simon's name like in the Japanese version, while most other languages use the English pronunciation.
  • Simon is the only playable character introduced in Ultimate to have an Echo Fighter, that being his blood-relative successor, Richter.
  • In Simon's reveal trailer, he creates flames by throwing the Holy Water into some Food items next to Link, a reference to the cooking mechanic featured in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
    • The two foods produced are roast meat and skewers, which are the main collectible foods of Castlevania and Breath of the Wild respectively.
    • Simon being unlocked by clearing Classic Mode as Link could be a reference to how both characters have demonic beings for unique bosses in each of their routes.
  • Simon is one of the few characters to speak during a KO: his alternate KO line has him mutter "Curses!" ("しまった...", Dang it...!).
  • The manual for Ultimate previously stated that Simon could wall jump. This is false, as neither Belmont can, and his name was later replaced with Pac-Man's.
  • Simon is the only character to have a special victory dialogue against characters from different series.
  • In the gameplay sections of the Belmonts’ reveal trailer, Simon and Richter are facing and attacking to the right for most of the scenes. This could be a possible reference to Castlevania's left-to-right style of progress throughout levels.
  • Simon's forward tilt hitbox becomes active at frame 12, the exact same timing as his whip attack in the NES Castlevania trilogy, among other later games.
  • Simon's description on the North American amiibo website is based on his description from Super Smash Blog.
  • Despite how the move looks, Simon's down special is considered to be grabbing an item according to the game's statistics.
  • Simon has a cartoony tripping sound effect compared to Richter, who has a more realistic sound.