Snake (SSBU)

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This article is about Snake's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Solid Snake.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Universe Metal Gear
Other Smash Bros. appearance in Brawl

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Covering Fire
Back by popular demand, Snake brings a ranged fighting style unlike any other fighter in the game. His Final Smash locks onto an opponent and fires five homing missiles.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Snake (スネーク, Snake) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Snake is classified as fighter #31.

Rather than Kiefer Sutherland, who voiced his predecessor in the Metal Gear Solid V series, David Hayter confirmed on Twitter that he would be reprising his role as Snake, albeit with recycled voice clips from Brawl. Akio Otsuka also reprises his role in the Japanese version.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Snake must then be defeated on Shadow Moses Island.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


  • Change Snake retains his design from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. However, his body suit appears less form-fitting than before, and his overall appearance appears to be more detailed, particularly his hair and bandana.
  • Change Snake has refined animations for many of his moves.
  • Change Snake's series symbol has changed from the FOX logo to the "!" Alert symbol seen in Metal Gear Solid games.
  • Change Snake has two additional alternate costumes, increasing his total to 8. One is a somewhat shiny, pure black costume resembling the Metal camouflage from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The other is a lighter green costume resembling the leaf camouflage from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
  • Change Snake has a new victory animation. He does a spin kick, a side kick, and then finishes with a pose. The pose is a reference to the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots when Old Snake fights Liquid Ocelot. It replaces the cardboard box victory pose from Brawl. [1]


  • Buff Like all characters, Snake's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete, the biggest difference out of everyone (down from 9).
  • Buff Snake dashes much faster (1.35 → 1.595).
  • Buff Snake's initial dash is much faster (1.1 → 1.76).
  • Buff Snake has faster airspeed (0.94 → 0.987).
  • Nerf Snake is much lighter (113 → 106), going from third heaviest in Brawl to tied for 16th in Ultimate, worsening his endurance.
  • Buff The removal of chain grabbing noticeably improves Snake's endurance against certain characters.
  • Buff The changes made to air dodging benefit Snake's recovery, improving his horizontal range and versatility.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Neutral attack hits connect much better.
    • Nerf Neutral attack deals less damage (14% → 11%).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Forward tilt's range has been reduced.
    • Nerf Forward tilt does less damage (8% → 4% (hit 1), 9%/10%/12% → 9% (hit 2)).
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt deals more damage (13% → 14.5% (clean), 12% → 13.5% (late)).
    • Nerf Up tilt's knockback has been slightly reduced.
    • Nerf Up tilt's deceptively large horizontal range has been reduced.
  • Down tilt:
    • Change Down tilt now sends Snake forward then back to where he started.
      • Buff This makes the move slightly more safe in terms of positioning.
      • Nerf This means down tilt can no longer make him pseudo-crawl.
    • Buff Down tilt deals more damage (10% → 12%).
  • Forward smash:
    • Change Snake now vocalizes his forward smash after the move has been performed. It additionally has a new "clicking" sound effect.
  • Up smash:
    • Change Up smash's mortar shells now only land in front of Snake making its trajectory more reliable.
    • Change Snake now vocalizes his up smash after the move has been performed.
    • Buff Up smash's mortar shell deals more damage (10% → 14%).
    • Nerf The removal of DACUS significantly hinders Snake's up smash approach.
  • Down smash:
    • Change Snake has a new down smash: a double-sided kick that is slightly similar to Zelda's. This increases its range and makes it more consistent and reliable at KO'ing, though it removes Snake's landmine combos and ability to stage control.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial is slightly faster and can now finish in a short hop. It also has less ending lag.
    • Buff Hits of neutral aerial connect better.
    • Nerf All of neutral aerial's hits do considerably less damage (6% → 3% (hit 1), 5% → 3% (hit 2), 4% → 3% (hit 3), 13% → 12% (hit 4).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial is slightly faster.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Snake halts his momentum in the air while performing down aerial, similar to Lucario's. This makes down aerial autocancel in a short hop.
    • Buff Hits of down aerial connect better.
    • Nerf All hits of down aerial do less damage (6% → 4% (hit 1), 5% → 3% (hits 2-3), 12% → 10% (hit 4)).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw deals more damage (10% → 11%).
    • Buff Up throw has increased followup potential.
  • Down throw:
    • Change Snake performs down throw slightly faster.
    • Nerf Down throw deals less damage (12% → 9%).
    • Nerf Due to the removal of chain grabbing, Snake can no longer use down throw repeatedly, reducing his potential damage output.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Hand Grenade:
    • Change Hand Grenades are much larger, making them more likely to hit opponents but also more likely to hit Snake himself.
    • Change Hand Grenades now operate on a timer of 3 seconds as opposed to 4 seconds in Brawl.
    • Buff Snake moves faster with a Hand Grenade in his hand.
    • Bug fix When a second Hand Grenade is thrown, the first no longer falls straight down.
  • Remote Missile:
    • Buff Remote Missile travels faster and turns quicker.
    • Change Remote Missile uses a different sound when preparing to fire a missile.
    • Change Remote Missile no longer fully stops and drops down when shielding, instead falling in an arc.
  • Cypher:
    • Nerf Cypher can now be destroyed, worsening Snake's recovery.
    • Bug fix Grab release glitch on Cypher was fixed.
  • C4:
    • Change C4 now emits a flashing red light for a few seconds after being placed, improving its visibility. This allows Snake to keep track of his C4 more easily, but also allows enemies to do the same.
    • Change Snake can now say "There!" in addition to "Now!" when detonating a C4.
    • Buff C4 now sticks to opponents much more reliably than in Brawl.
    • Buff C4 stuck to an opponent no longer falls off after they are launched by a high-knockback move.
    • Buff Snake now remains crouched when detonating a C4 from a crouching position.
    • Nerf The explosions of Hand Grenades and C4 can now be absorbed.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Snake has a new Final Smash called Covering Fire. It involves him throwing a flare grenade to call an airstrike. A crosshair will first appear to mark opponents before five homing missiles are fired at the marked victims. This resembles the way flare grenades are used in Metal Gear Solid V, where a support helicopter could be called to provide backup, with homing missiles being one of the options. The UI for the missiles bears a resemblance to the one used for the FIM-92 Stinger homing missile launcher.

Classic Mode: Weapons and Equipment OSP[edit]

Snake's opponents all use projectile weapons.

Round Opponent Stage
1 Male and Female Inklings Moray Towers
2 Diddy Kong Kongo Falls
3 Pit Shadow Moses Island (Battlefield form)
4 Link Jungle Japes
5 2 Samuses and 2 R.O.B.s Norfair
6 Snake (Green Costume) Shadow Moses Island
Bonus Stage
Final Galleom ?

Role in World of Light[edit]

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

During the opening cutscene Snake was present on the cliffside when Galeem absorbed the Master Hands and unleashed his beams of light. While the other fighters were attempting to deflect or dodge the beams, Snake hid in his cardboard box; this proved useless, as a beam of light vaporized him and his box, placing him under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters, except for Kirby.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Snake Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Snake was announced to return in Ultimate on June 12th, 2018, which was also the 10 year anniversary of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
  • Snake is the only returning third-party character to have his Final Smash completely changed.
  • The official Smash Bros. website lists Snake as being the 31st character to join the series, which is coincidentally the same amount of years from the first installment of the Metal Gear series was released, back in 1987, to Snake's return to Smash, in 2018.
  • Snake is the only returning third-party character not to appear in Super Smash Bros. 4.
  • Snake is the only character in Smash history whose series symbol has been entirely changed: the FOX logo was altered to the "!" Alert symbol from Metal Gear Solid.
    • This is possibly due to the FOX logo also being the logo for the former Kojima Productions, a studio within Konami responsible for developing Metal Gear games which have since dissolved and reformed as an independent developer.
  • Ultimate is the third time Snake, Simon, and Bomberman appeared in a video game together, the first two being DreamMix TV World Fighters and Super Bomberman R.

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