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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 playable appearance in Brawl

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Covering Fire
Tier S- (15)

Snake (スネーク, Snake) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018, with his appearance exclaiming "Everyone is Here!" with the rest of the returning roster. Snake is classified as Fighter #31.

David Hayter and Akio Ōtsuka's respective English-language and Japanese-language portrayals of Snake from Super Smash Bros. Brawl were repurposed for Ultimate. The former actor confirmed he was willing to record new lines for the character, but it was decided to only use the voices from Brawl instead.[1] [2] In the Chinese and Korean versions, Snake uses his English voice clips.

Snake currently ranks 15th out of 82 on the Ultimate tier list, placing him in the middle of S- tier. This is a marginal drop relative to his placement in Brawl, where he was ranked 6th out of 38. He is gifted with an exceptionally versatile moveset, having a wide variety of powerful tools at his disposal, including fast startup on the majority of his attacks, large, disjointed hitboxes on many of his moves, high damage and knockback output, one of the game's best burst options with his dash attack, an excellent projectile and camping game with his many explosives, a great tech-chasing and setup move with his down throw, a fast and highly damaging out of shield option with his down aerial, and fantastic stage control, ledge trapping and edgeguarding capabilities. His grenades are one of the best projectiles in the game due to their frame 1 startup, making them excellent combo breakers and setup tools, and their ability to be shield dropped and subsequently picked up gives them vast utility for both offense and defense in battle. They can also be B-reversed to help Snake mix up his landing, and his heavyweight status gives him strong endurance, while also allowing him to make use of rage. His up tilt remains an extremely lethal KO move due to its decently sized hitbox, as well as its sheer speed and power.

Snake inherits several flaws that were endemic to him in Brawl. His main issue is his recovery; despite the high distance Cypher provides, it remains predictable and easy to intercept, which is now made worse by it being able to be destroyed, and his slow-acting air speed makes him susceptible to gimping, despite the benefits of the game's air dodge mechanics. While he has several tools like C4 to refresh his recovery and grenades to break out of combos, he's often forced to self-inflict damage just to recover or reset into neutral, which combined with his susceptibility to combos, trouble landing, and the inability to tech at very high percentages, gives him a very poor disadvantage state. Although several of his attacks having fast startup, many of his moves have notable end lag, which can leave him vulnerable on block. The removal of DACUS, of which he was previously one of its most proficient users, has also limited his mobility options to an extent. Additionally, due to his explosives being able to be absorbed, this can give him trouble against characters with absorption based moves. Finally, Snake's KO options are all fairly predictable. Since many of his kill moves like smash attacks are slow acting, he's often times limited to attacks like up tilt that are easy to anticipate, since many of his KO setups are a lot more circumstantial.

Nonetheless, his pros greatly outweigh his cons. Since the release of the game, Snake has consistently seen heavy representation among all levels of competitive play, with multiple top results posted by players such as ApolloKage, Shogun, and MVD.

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. In World of Light, he is fought on Final Destination.


Snake is a tall heavyweight character, being tied with R.O.B. and Banjo & Kazooie as the 18th heaviest character. Much like several other heavyweight zoners, Snake has poor overall mobility; while he has above-average traction, falling speed, and fast falling speed, his dashing speed, initial dash, walk speed, air speed, and gravity are all below-average, his jumps are among the lowest in the game, and he is also tied with Simon and Richter for the lowest air acceleration in the game. As a result of his mobility, Snake is highly reliant on zoning and trapping with his projectiles in the neutral.

One of Snake's biggest strengths is his moveset: similarly to a few other characters, such as Young Link, the overall utility provided by Snake's moveset is so considerable that he lacks a single "bad" or "useless" move. An example of this would be his ground game. His neutral attack comes out quickly and is a good anti-pressure tool with good mixup potential. His forward tilt is a 2-hit attack with fast start-up (frame 4) and a decently sized hitbox. It also has high knockback, allowing it to KO at high percents. His up tilt is often considered one of the best in the game due to its deceptively fast start-up (frame 6), very strong KO power, and disjointed hitbox. It is also infamous for being able to be confirmed into by his down throw, which is a true combo at high percents (around 160%). His down tilt is one of his best poking tools, having fast speed (frame 6) and a great disjoint that goes beyond Snake's feet. It also puts Snake into his crouch position on the first frame of the move, making it a great way to evade certain attacks. Lastly, his dash attack comes out very quickly (frame 5) and is a useful approaching option due to its good knockback which even allows it KO at the ledge at very high percents, while it also crosses shields, grants Snake arm intangibility, and has a reasonable amount of ending lag, giving him one of the game's best burst options and making it arguably the best dash attack in the game.

Snake's smash attacks offer a unique set of options. His up smash shoots a missile upwards and the height at which it travels can be increased by charging the move. This makes it great for edgeguarding, ledgetrapping, and as an anti-air. The launcher also has a hitbox that comes out on frame 11. His forward smash, while extremely slow, is incredibly strong and is decently safe on shield due to its relatively low endlag and large hitbox, making it great for hard reads or if the opponent rolls in Snake's direction. Its large hitbox also reaches beyond the ledge and allows it to 2 frame punish opponents. His down smash is fast, has good KO power (especially with the back hit), possesses a disjointed hitbox on both hits that goes beyond Snake's feet and makes it a good tool for 2-framing and edgeguarding, and is relatively safe on shield if its back hit connects.

While Snake's air attributes are poor, his aerials by themselves have lots of utility. Neutral aerial is strong and deals very high damage, making it great for edgeguarding and as a follow up move out of Snake's explosives. Its first three hits can also setup into other moves if Snake lands as quickly as possible after connecting one of the hits. Forward aerial is a very powerful meteor smash with great horizontal and vertical range. Down aerial is often considered Snake's best aerial, as it comes out very quickly (frame 3), has decent range and knockback, and deals high damage, with all the hits combined dealing 20% in a short hop. The move also gives Snake a small vertical boost in the air and autocancels in a short hop. Due to its aforementioned speed, it is useful for racking up damage and is a very effective out of shield option. Up aerial is relatively quick, has strong vertical power, and a large disjointed hitbox that extends far beyond Snake's legs. Finally, back aerial is fast, deals high damage with powerful knockback, and has long disjointed range along with a high amount of active frames, making it a reliable landing option and a way to escape juggles as well as a potential KO move.

Snake's grab game is also fairly versatile. His dash grab goes a surprisingly long distance thanks to him sliding forward during it. His throws, however, are where his grab game shines. Down throw is unique in that it has the down effect: while this makes it unsafe at low percents, as the opponent can react before he can, it gains enough hitstun at high percents to allow Snake to follow up reliably, with up tilt being renowned as a guaranteed KO confirm at 160%. It is also useful for tech chasing, as Snake can predict his opponent's tech option and potentially rack up more damage or possibly even KO the opponent if the player makes the correct read. His up throw can combo into his up tilt at low percents as a solid damage racker, and his back throw can combo into his dash attack at low percents as well as C4 at mid to high percents. Lastly, his forward and back throws have decent knockback scaling, making them great for setting up edgeguards or, to a lesser degree, KOing at very high percents.

Finally, Snake's special moves allow for many fantastic options. His neutral special, Hand Grenade, is arguably one of the best projectiles in the game for many reasons. It is infamous for starting on frame 1, which lets Snake instantly escape combos once he is out of hitstun and also makes it to where opponents must be cautious when trying to combo or juggle him in an effort to not get hit by his grenades. Grenades are also very useful for zoning and as defensive options, as Snake can shield while holding one to make pressuring his shield dangerous. They are also very useful for stage control, ledge trapping, setups, and as camping tools. His side special, Remote Missile, is one of the greatest edgeguarding tools in the game, thanks to its controllable movement, strong knockback, and low commitment, as Snake can edgeguard opponents with ease without leaving the stage. His down special, C4, is a remote activated bomb with strong power. It can also be difficult to see at times due to its small size and is among the best and most versatile trapping and stage-controlling tools in the game thanks to how it essentially puts certain parts of the stage "off-limits" and forces opponents to move in a different part of the stage where Snake can continually pressure them. Additionally, Snake can attach it to the opponent if he is close enough, which gives him an opportunity to deal high damage or potentially KO at high percents, especially if used as confirm out of his back throw. It can also be used to extend his recovery by placing one down in midair and detonating it immediately. Lastly, his up special, Cypher, is his main recovery move and goes a considerable distance and doesn't leave him helpless. It also provides Snake with some damaged based armor, and a useful lingering hitbox that can cover his air dodge to the ledge.

In spite of his strengths, Snake still has noticeable weaknesses, one of which being his frame data. While he does have several moves with remarkably quick start-up (jab, down aerial, back aerial, Hand Grenade, down smash, and all of his tilts), the majority of his moveset has very high endlag, making them easy to punish if missed. While his aforementioned forward aerial and forward smash are quite strong, they have the highest startup lag of their types in the game. His reliance on explosive projectiles in the neutral can be a downside in matchups against characters with energy-absorbing moves, such as Ness, Lucas, or Mr. Game & Watch, or against characters that can use his explosives against him such as Villager or Isabelle.

His recovery can also be very vulnerable at times. Though the Cypher does have positive attributes, it can be rather slow and easy to catch. Many moves can hit right though the armor, and if it gets destroyed without Snake taking damage, he will become helpless. This situation can easily lead to a lost stock when recovering low. There is also a period of time after the Cypher is deployed in which it can not be acted out of. These issues lead to Snake favoring a very high recovery in most situations. Unfortunately, getting back to stage from so far up offers the opponent a large window of time to chase down his landing. To evade a good opponent, the Snake player must consistently mix-up his landing with different movement options and attacks. Mastery of Snake's explosives, falling aerials, air dodges and reverse specials is required for a safe and consistent return to the stage.

Snake also has a notoriously poor disadvantage state. As a heavy character he is still vulnerable to combo strings and juggling. Grenade somewhat mitigates this issue as it can be used as a frame one combo breaking tool. However, this tactic does have downsides. If the grenade activates, Snake will receive damage and knockback. At higher percents, he may end up at a greater disadvantage or possibly lose a stock. Some characters can also hit Snake without ever triggering the grenade. Carelessly thrown grenades can also be used by opponents, who will often have better follow-ups at their disposal than Snake. Despite the various uses of his C4, it automatically detonates after a certain period of time, which can damage Snake or even KO him if the player carelessly activates it or loses track of its detonation time frame. Finally, some of Snake's aerial moves can be punished due to their noticeable landing lag if they fail to hit an opponent.

Snake can also struggle to kill. Snake's two most reliable killing options (up tilt and down throw) can be rather predictable at times. This is especially true for down throw. High level players know that reaching 159% means a 100% guaranteed death to Snake's next grab. Though Nikita missiles are strong for edgeguarding, many characters have a variety of options to deal with Nikita. This issue can be partially mitigated by shield canceling it after the missile gets hit to activate a secondary hitbox. However, this tactic significantly reduces the damage and knockback of the Missile.

Overall, Snake is a zoning and stage-trapping oriented character with versatile specials and projectiles for forcing the opponent to move into a disadvantageous position. However, this doesn't necessarily mean he is required to stay at a distance to be most effective. He possesses several fast and strong melee attacks, which can easily rack up damage, and keep the opponent off of him. Throughout the first year of Ultimate, Snake achieved impressive results thanks to players such as Ally and MVD. However, after Ally was banned from events, Snake's results have gotten slightly worse, but he nonetheless has top level representatives such as ApolloKage, MVD, DIO and Shogun.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Brawl, Snake was considered among the best characters in the game (placed 6th out of 38 characters) thanks to his extreme damage output and knockback, huge disjointed hitboxes, excellent endurance due to a combination of very high weight and great momentum canceling, an excellent projectile and zoning game with his explosives, and a chain grab with his down throw which he could tech-chase. Possibly owing to his extreme success, Snake received a large mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition to Ultimate; when it comes to direct changes, Snake has seen some significant nerfs to power and his disproportionately large hitboxes, but he greatly benefits from the universal changes, along with having received buffs to his projectiles. All in all, Snake has been slightly nerfed overall.

Directly, Snake has suffered from several critical nerfs to his moveset. His damage output and KO power from Brawl have been largely toned down, as his neutral attack, forward and down tilts, dash attack, forward smash, and all of his aerial attacks deal less damage, knockback, or both; this substantially weakens his damage racking ability and KO potential, putting them more in-line with the rest of the cast despite remaining above average. While he still possesses large disjoints in his attacks, Snake's range has been significantly neutered, as the infamously large hitboxes on his attacks are now much smaller or have been completely removed; his infamous up tilt, in particular, has had its range drastically reduced. All of his moves' explosions can now be absorbed, worsening his matchups against characters with absorption based moves such as Ness, Lucas, and Mr. Game & Watch. Most notably, Snake's down smash no longer involves him placing a landmine, removing one of his main tools for stage control (although it remains deceptively strong) in lieu of a more traditional punish tool. Snake's weight is also much lighter, now being a heavyweight character instead of a super heavyweight, while his Cypher can now be destroyed by opponents if their attack is powerful enough.

Some of the indirect changes have also been very detrimental for Snake. The removal of chain grabbing and DACUS have altered Snake's playstyle: the former hinders his down throw's damage racking and tech chase potential (further compounded by its reduced damage), while the latter eliminates one of his best approaching options. The removal of hitstun canceling now makes Snake much more susceptible to combos, which is especially gruesome considering most of the cast has access to them in one way or another. Lastly, the neutering of momentum canceling, as well as Snake's reduced weight and Cypher's vulnerability to being destroyed, has dramatically crippled his survivability, which is further exacerbated by the changes to teching, as this hinders his bomb recovery by making techs impossible to perform at high enough percents. Altogether, the two latter changes make Snake's disadvantage widely inferior to his appearance in Brawl.

However, Snake has also received some direct improvements to his toolkit. Most notably, his previously poor air game was drastically improved: his neutral and down aerials' multihits have reduced startup and better linking angles, significantly improving their consistency and potential as follow ups, while down and back aerial can now autocancel in a short hop and full hop respectively. Due to the direct improvements it has received along with Snake's significantly faster jumpsquat, down aerial is much more effective and reliable as a fast and highly damaging out of shield option. For his grounded moves, down tilt has lower ending lag and increased damage, making it safer as a poking and shield pressuring tool; up tilt has slightly increased KO potential on both the clean and late hit and the clean hit has a longer duration, making it an even more fearsome KO option; dash attack has both increased knockback at low percentages and a lower angle and extended duration on the clean hit, allowing it to setup edgeguard opportunities and making it far more effective as a burst option, especially at lower percents. Furthermore, while down throw is less useful for tech chasing and deals less damage, it immobilizes opponents on the ground for a specific amount of time depending on their percent before the throw, giving Snake guaranteed KO setups at high percents including a KO confirm into up tilt once the opponent is at ~160%.

His smash attacks have also received notable buffs: forward smash has decreased ending lag, making it harder to punish and safer on shield when combined with the shield changes, and up smash has increased KO and ledgetrapping potential since its trejectory is much less randomized. Even his new down smash, despite its removed stage control potential, is much faster, making it more conventional for KOing, punishing rolls, and 2-framing. His special moves have also been given improvements: Hand Grenades have less lag when they are generated and explode faster (the latter can be both benefical and detrimental depending on the circumstance), while C4 detonates faster and has less ending lag in all aspects. The most crucial upgrade however, was to Remote Missile — it is easier to control and much more maneuverable, reaches its top speed at a faster rate, and has less ending lag both when canceled and upon hitting the opponent, vastly improving its utility.

In spite of the nerfs to his damage racking, neutral game and survivability, Snake immensely benefits from some of the universal changes to Ultimate's game engine. Similar to the returning veterans, Snake has faster mobility (although it is still below average) and decreased landing lag in all of his aerial attacks, giving him landing options. Most importantly however, Snake benefits the most from the universal 3-frame jumpsquat as his jumpsquat is no longer the slowest in the series, massively improving his ground to air transitioning as well as his out of shield game. Additionally, while the removal of chain grabbing hurts his down throw's tech chasing potential, it more importantly improves his endurance as he is no longer vulnerable to highly damaging chain grabs from certain characters, most notably Pikachu and King Dedede. The changes to air dodges benefit Snake as well, as the reintroduction of directional air dodges improves his recovery by allowing him to get additional distance to the ledge after using Cypher, and Cypher's lingering hitbox can cover his air dodge, while the limit to one air dodge per air time (until the character lands or is hit) combine well with Remote Missile's buffs and grant Snake one of (if not) the best edgeguarding tools in the game. While the changes to hitstun canceling impair Snake's disadvantage, they also allow him to utilize his projectiles as setup tools into his attacks much more effectively. Finally, the shield changes and increased shieldstun (especially for tilts) makes his moves safer on shield and harder to punish despite his lower damage.

In the end, the changes Snake received has toned down almost all of his strongest traits that are deemed as overpowered, such as his impressive endurance, huge damage output, and disproportionately large hitboxes. However, while the direct nerfs Snake has received are of greater quantity than his buffs, the direct changes have also improved his strengths in specific areas, most notably his edgeguarding, while the changes to universal mechanics has nevertheless improved his most severe flaws in Brawl, such as his aerial game and mobility (both of which were considered to be amongst the worst in Brawl). Snake also retained most of his key traits from his Brawl incarnation; while most of them are much weaker in Ultimate, none of the nerfs have outright removed said traits, remaining very respectable comparing to the majority of the cast, and optimizations to his playstyle in the metagame further cement his position. As a result, Snake only performs slightly worse in Ultimate than his Brawl incarnation, and he remains an incredibly successful, if very difficult to play, character in competitive play.


  • Change Due to the game's graphical improvements, Snake has a sleeker design, and his overall color scheme is more vibrant. His body suit appears less form-fitting than before, and his overall appearance appears to be more detailed, particularly his hair and bandana. His pupils are also smaller. Altogether, these changes make Snake closely resemble his official artwork for Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection.
  • Change Snake's idle animation has been altered. His upper body has been turned to face more towards the screen and he stands more upright instead of slouching.
  • Change The majority of Snake's animations are more fluid and polished.
  • Change Snake now always speaks during his on-screen appearance.
  • Change Snake has been updated with features introduced in Smash 4.
    • Change Snake has a Boxing Ring title, a Palutena's Guidance conversation, and two new alternate costumes. 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 uses one of his attacking voice clips (or stays silent) when using a smash attack with battering items rather than the voice clip from his forward smash in Brawl.
    • Change Snake's previously unused damage yells from Brawl's Sound Test are now heard when taking high knockback.
  • Change Snake no longer uses unique sounds on hit for his jab, dash attack, tilts, and aerials.
  • Change Snake has a new victory animation. He does a spin kick, a side kick, and then finishes in a CQC stance. 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.


  • Buff Like all characters, Snake's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 9), the biggest difference out of the cast. This greatly improves his ground-to-air transitioning and his out of shield game.
  • Buff Snake walks faster (0.84 → 0.882).
  • Buff Snake runs much faster (1.35 → 1.595).
    • Buff Snake's initial dash is significantly faster (1.1 → 1.76), no longer being the second slowest. This noticeably improves his mobility on the ground.
  • Buff Snake crawls backwards faster (0.4 → 0.5), bringing him in line with most of the other characters capable to crawl.
  • Buff Snake's air speed is faster (0.94 → 0.987), although it is significantly slower relative to the cast, going from the 19th highest out of 38 characters to the 59th highest out of 89 characters.
  • Buff Snake's fast falling speed is higher (2.422 → 2.768).
  • Buff Snake's traction is significantly higher (0.0542 → 0.116) going from the 25th highest to the 16th highest.
  • Nerf Snake is significantly lighter (113 → 106), making him a normal heavyweight instead of a super heavyweight, going from 3rd heaviest in Brawl to tied with R.O.B. and Banjo & Kazooie for 16th in Ultimate, worsening his endurance especially vertically when combined with the removal of momentum canceling and the general changes to vertical knockback.
  • Buff The removal of chain grabbing noticeably improves Snake's endurance against certain characters.
  • Buff The 19% damage increase to shields, higher shieldstun and more limited out of shield options make Snake's moves safer on shield despite many of them having decreased damage.
  • Change The changes to hitstun canceling both help and hinder Snake. While they leave him much more susceptible to combos (even with his reduced weight) and make his bomb recovery easier to punish, they also grant him setups from his projectiles into his direct attacks, most notably his highly damaging neutral aerial and down aerial. Due to Hand Grenades coming out on frame 1, they also give Snake one of the best combo breaking abilities out of the cast, compared to air dodges and aerial attacks having previously been the fastest options out of hitstun for every character.
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (FAF 36 → 31).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-19 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 34 → 36).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has more startup with less intangibility (frames 2-20 → 3-17), and more ending lag (FAF 26 → 27).
  • Nerf Air dodge grants less intangibility (frames 4-29 → 4-28) and has more ending lag (FAF 40 → 48).
  • Buff The reintroduction of directional air dodges benefits Snake more than most other characters, as due to Cypher not causing helplessness, he can get additional distance with a directional air dodge after using it.
    • Buff Combined with the removal of edgehogging, this considerably improves Snake's recovery, especially since Cypher's hitbox can cover his air dodge to the ledge.
  • Nerf All of Snake's explosions (including forward smash, up smash, Hand Grenades, Remote Missile, and C4) can be absorbed.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions slightly faster into the second hit (frame 7 → 6).
    • Buff The first hit's outermost hitboxes launch opponents towards Snake (80°/88°/80° → 180°), allowing it to connect and lock opponents more reliably from far distances.
    • Buff The third hit has less startup lag (frame 10 → 8).
    • Nerf All hits deals less damage (4% → 2.5% (hit 1), 3% → 2.5% (hit 2), 7% → 6% (hit 3)), with the latter also dealing significantly less knockback (60 base/115 scaling → 70/58). Combined with its reduced damage output, it is no longer the strongest neutral attack in the game, and no longer KOs until around Sudden Death percents.
    • Nerf All hits have noticeably smaller hitboxes (4u/3.5u/5.5u/3.5u → 1.9u/2.1u/2.3u/2.3u (hit 1), 3.7u/3.5u/5u/3.5u → 2.6u/2.6u/3.5u (hit 2), 4u/6.5u/4u/4u → 3.3u/3.8u/4.3u (hit 3)).
    • Nerf All hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.6× (hits 1-2), 1.8× (hit 3)), giving opponents more time to DI the last hit; however, it remains harder to SDI than in Brawl due to the weakening of the mechanic.
    • Nerf The first two hits no longer use set knockback, and instead have less base knockback (30/20 set/100 scaling → 25/20/26/20 base/25/20 scaling (hit 1), 20 set/100 scaling → 28/25/28/25 base/25 scaling (hit 2)), causing them to connect less reliably at higher percents, while hindering the first hit's jab cancel setups until high percents, despite gaining a hitstun modifier of 2 on the fist hitbox.
    • Nerf The third hit has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 10-13 → 8-9), and its total duration was not compensated for its faster startup, increasing its ending lag.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Both hits have smaller hitboxes (7u/6u/5u → 4.5u/4.5u (hit 1), 6u/7u/5u/6.5u → 4.5u/6u/6u (hit 2)).
    • Nerf The first hit and the second hit's grounded sweetspot deal less damage (8% → 4% (hit 1), 12% → 11% (hit 2)), hindering the second hit's KO potential.
    • Nerf The first hit launches grounded opponents at a higher angle (275°/361° → 78°), and has less knockback compared to the previous sourspot, but no longer has set knockback compared to the previous sweetspot (50/30 base/20/0 set/75 scaling → 42 base/0 set/10 scaling). As the sweetspot was larger than the sourspot and outprioritized it, this causes the first hit to connect less reliably into the second hit against grounded opponents overall, despite gaining a hitstun modifier of 2, and removes its ability to trip and lock opponents.
      • Nerf This also means that the second hit's grounded sweetspot can no longer connect after the first hit, further worsening its KO potential.
      • Nerf Against aerial opponents, it launches at a higher angle (361° → 65°), and deals much less knockback (50 base/100 scaling → 20/10) with a hitstun modifier of 2, but the resulting hitstun is no longer enough for it to true combo into the second hit until high percents. This allows aerial opponents to jump or air dodge out of the second hit, and removes the first hit's individual KO potential against them.
    • Nerf The first hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.6×), giving opponents more time to DI the second hit.
    • Nerf The second hit has more startup (frame 6 → 8) and ending lag (FAF 31 → 40). This causes it to hit one frame later after the first hit, despite its marginally faster transition (frame 11 → 10).
    • Nerf The second hit's sourspot takes priority over the sweetspots.
    • Change The second hit has more base knockback, but less knockback scaling (55 base/80 scaling → 85/62).
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt deals more damage (13% → 14.5% (clean), 12% → 13.5% (late)), with the clean hit's knockback not fully compensated (55 base/95 scaling → 65/82), slightly improving its KO potential. In combination with the increased shieldstun and more limited out of shield options, this makes it noticeably safer on shield.
    • Buff The clean hit has a longer duration, with the late hit having a shorter duration instead (frames 6-7/8-13 → 6-8/9-13).
    • Buff The late hit launches opponents at a higher angle (84° → 95°), and its knockback was not fully compensated for the increased damage (45 base/95 scaling → 50/88), slightly improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf Up tilt has much smaller hitboxes (6u/5u/5u (clean) → 3.5u/2.5u/2.5u (clean, frames 6-7), 7u/5u/6u (late) → 5u/3u/3u (clean, frame 8; late)), and the clean hit's hitboxes are not placed as far (Z offset: 12u/4u/7.5u → 7u/4u/2.5u (frame 6), 10u/5u/2.5u (frame 7), 0u/0u/0u (frame 8)). This drastically reduces its infamously disjointed horizontal range, to the point where opponents have to be close to Snake in order for the move to connect.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has less ending lag (FAF 35 → 31).
    • Buff It deals more damage (10% → 12%). Combined with its reduced ending lag and the shield changes, this makes it significantly safer on shield.
    • Nerf It has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 6-9 → 6-7).
    • Nerf It deals drastically less knockback (50 base/100/110/100 scaling → 60 base/62 scaling), no longer KOing until very high percentages, despite its increased damage.
    • Nerf The hitbox covering Snake's body has been removed.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff The changes to jostle mechanics allow dash attack to connect more reliably at point-blank range, as Snake can no longer run through his opponents.
    • Buff The clean hit has a longer duration, with the late hit having a shorter duration instead (frames 5-6/7-12 → 5-8/9-12).
    • Nerf The clean hit has much more base knockback, but much less knockback scaling (50 base/85 scaling → 95/45), greatly hindering its KO potential.
      • Buff However, the clean hit launches opponents at a lower angle (65° → 45°), which alongside its higher base knockback, allows it to set up edgeguards more effectively and makes it much more effective as a burst option.
    • Nerf The Gatling Combo can no longer be performed, hindering dash attack's damage racking ability.
    • Nerf The late hit has less knockback scaling (85 → 75).
  • Smash attacks:
    • Change The voice clips for Snake's smash attacks have been swapped around. His forward smash uses his previous down smash's clip, his up smash uses his previous forward smash's clip, and his down smash uses his previous up smash's clip.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less ending lag (FAF 80 → 74).
    • Nerf It deals less knockback (100 base/60 scaling → 66/75), reducing its KO potential despite its higher knockback scaling, especially at the edge.
    • Change Snake no longer vocalizes consistently when using the move, and he does so after it has been performed, rather than before. It has additionally gained a new "clicking" sound effect.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's mortar shell no longer follows a random trajectory, instead always arcing slightly towards Snake's front. While this removes its ability to hit opponents behind Snake, it most importantly improves its consistency, allowing it to be used more effectively for disrupting approaches and edgeguarding.
    • Change The move's sound effects are more realistic, replacing the previous move's distinctive "bloop" sound.
    • Buff The mortar shell deals more damage (10% → 14%) with knockback not fully compensated (90 base/67 scaling → 87/60), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff The mortar shell travels slightly higher when uncharged.
    • Buff Due to the changes to hitstun canceling, opponents can no longer air dodge the mortar shell after the first hit, and due to the weakening of DI, they can no longer get out of its range as effectively, allowing it to connect more reliably.
    • Nerf Snake takes longer to act out of up smash (FAF 51 → 55).
    • Nerf The removal of DACUS significantly hinders its approach potential.
    • Nerf The first hit has smaller hitboxes (8u/8u → 5u/5u) that are not placed as far horizontally (Z offset: -2u/8u → 1u/7u), decreasing its overall range especially horizontally, despite the hitboxes now extending vertically (Y offset: 4u → 4u-6u).
    • Nerf The mortar shell has more startup (frame 29 → 35).
      • Buff However, since the move's total duration was not fully compensated, this reduces its ending lag by two frames.
  • Down smash:
    • Change Snake has a new down smash: rather than setting up a landmine, he kicks to his frontside, then his backside, similar to Zelda's down smash.
    • Buff It has dramatically less startup (frame 61 (setup), 132 (explosion) → 8 (hit 1), 20 (hit 2)) and a shorter total duration (FAF 77 → 45), and launches at a semi-spike angle (88° → 25° (hit 1), 20° (hit 2)), making it much more useful as a close range attack and granting Snake another potent edgeguarding tool.
    • Buff Due to functioning as a sweeping down smash rather than hitting both sides simultaneously, it can connect both hits at low percents if the opponent is launched backward by the first hit, racking up much more damage (14% → 26%).
    • Buff It can affect aerial opponents, and no longer damages Snake.
    • Nerf Due to being a direct attack instead of a projectile, Snake can no longer set up an additional trap with his down smash to complement his other projectiles, removing its utility as a neutral and stage control tool, as well as its followup ability. As a result, it is generally much more situational.
    • Nerf Both hits have an immensely shorter hitbox duration than the previous landmine's detector (≈24 seconds → frames 8-10 (hit 1), 20-22 (hit 2)).
    • Nerf Both hits have smaller hitboxes than the landmine's explosion (5u/5u/5u → 4u/3.3u).
    • Nerf The first hit deals less damage than the landmine (14% → 12%).
    • Nerf Unlike the landmine, the new down smash does not have transcendent priority.
    • Nerf Both hits deal less knockback compared to the landmine (90 base/58 scaling → 30/87 (hit 1), 30/88 (hit 2)), hindering their KO potential despite their higher knockback scaling.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (30 frames → 16 (neutral), 30 → 19 (forward, back), 22 → 15 (up), 30 → 20 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff The hits after the first have less startup (frame 22/34/44 → 18/26/36), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 68 → 60), allowing it to land all hits in a short hop.
    • Buff The first three hits use the autolink angle against aerial opponents (120°/60°/100°/75° (hits 1-2), 260°/280°/100°/75° (hit 3) → 367°/90°) and have more consistent set knockback (5/5/40/40 (hits 1-2), 10/10/70/70 (hit 3) → 30/50). Combined with the weakening of SDI and the hits' faster startup, this allows them to connect much more reliably.
    • Buff Due to the move's reduced landing lag, the first three hits can set up into other attacks against grounded opponents if Snake lands as soon as possible after any of them hits.
    • Nerf All hits deal less damage (6% → 3% (hit 1), 5% → 3% (hit 2), 4% → 3% (hit 3), 13% → 12% (hit 4); 28% total → 21%). The last hit also deals much less knockback (45 base/95 scaling → 25/90), greatly hindering its KO potential, no longer being the strongest neutral aerial in the game (although it remains among the strongest).
    • Nerf All hits except the last have a shorter hitbox duration (4 frames → 2).
    • Nerf All hits have smaller hitboxes (5u/5u/5u/5u → 4u/4u (hits 1-3), 9u → 7.5u (hit 4)) that do not cover as much space vertically (Y offset: 14u/14u/2u/2u (hits 1-3) → 7u/7u (hit 1), 9u/9u (hits 2-3), 13u → 11u (hit 4)) and horizontally (12u/2u/12u/2u → 4u-11u (hits 1-3), 11u → 7u (hit 4)), significantly reducing the move's range.
    • Change The last hit is now weight-independent, improving its KO potential against heavyweights, but hindering it against lightweights.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff The removal of meteor canceling improves sweetspotted forward aerial's reliability for edgeguarding.
    • Buff The changes to hitstun canceling combined with the move's reduced landing lag grant the sweetspot combo potential onstage from low to mid percents.
    • Nerf It deals less knockback (40 base/100 scaling → 35/90), hindering its KO potential, although its sweetspot remains one of the strongest meteor smashes in the game.
    • Nerf It grants Snake a weaker vertical boost (1.2 → 0.8), making it riskier to use offstage and removing its ability to auto-cancel in a full hop.
    • Nerf The sourspot is noticeably smaller (6.5u → 4.7u).
      • Buff However, because the sourspot outprioritizes the sweetspot, this makes the meteor smash sweetspot easier to land.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial can now auto-cancel before its animation ends (frame 43 → 40), although it remains unable to auto-cancel in a short hop.
    • Buff The clean hit's sweetspot is placed on Snake's feet rather than his legs (Z offset: -11u/-5.5u/0u → -4u/-10u). This gives it a more favorable placement, allowing the move to be spaced more effectively, and making the sweetspot easier to land without getting outprioritized by the sourspot.
    • Nerf It deals much less knockback (40 base/90 scaling → 42/43 base/72 scaling (clean), 25/100 → 25/85 (late)), no longer being one of the strongest back aerials in the game.
    • Nerf It has smaller hitboxes, and the hitbox on Snake's back has been removed (5.4u/5.7u/4u → 4.5u/5.4u (clean), 5u/5u/4u → 4.3u/5u (late)).
    • Nerf The late hit has gained a sourspot on Snake's legs akin to the clean hit, which deals less damage (10% → 9%).
      • Buff However, coupled with its reduced knockback, this allows it to lock opponents for longer.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff The changes to hitstun canceling combined with the move's reduced landing lag grant it some combo potential from low to mid percents.
    • Nerf The clean hit has more base knockback, but much less knockback scaling (40 base/95 scaling → 65/72), hindering its KO potential.
    • Nerf The late hit has less knockback scaling (100 → 95).
    • Nerf It has much smaller hitboxes (6u/6u/6u → 4u/4u/4u), and they are placed higher (Y offset: 10u/15u/20u → 15u/18u/21u). While it has marginally longer range above Snake as a result, it also has much shorter frontal range and no longer covers his upper body, making it harder to connect against grounded opponents.
    • Change It has an altered animation, with Snake flipping forward before the kick rather than backward.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 60 → 53).
    • Buff The hits after the first have less startup (frame 14/25/36 → 10/17/25).
      • Nerf However, the move's total duration remains the same, increasing its ending lag.
    • Buff Snake gains a significant vertical boost after performing the final kick (0 → 1.2), allowing the move to auto-cancel in a short hop combined with its faster auto-cancel window, and increasing its safety offstage.
    • Change Snake is not pushed downwards slightly during the first kick (0 → -0.2).
    • Buff The first three hits have lower set knockback (50 (hit 1), 60 (hit 2), 80 (hit 3) → 50/35/25 (all)), and the uppermost hitbox launches at a more horizontal angle (80° → 70°). Combined with the weakening of SDI and the hits' faster startup, this allows them to connect much more reliably.
    • Buff It is much faster when used out of shield due to Snake's significantly faster jumpsquat (frame 12 → 6). Combined with the move's multihits connecting much more consistently, this improves its utility as an out of shield option.
    • Nerf All hits deal less damage (6% → 4% (hit 1), 5% → 3% (hits 2-3), 12% → 10% (hit 4); 28% total → 20%). The last hit also has much less knockback scaling (110 → 80), significantly hindering its KO potential.
    • Nerf It has noticeably smaller hitboxes, with the last hit also having one of its hitboxes removed (6u/7u/7u (hits 1-2), 7u/8u/8u (hits 3-4) → 5.5u/5.5u/4.5u (hits 1-3), 7u/6u (hit 4)).

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 30 → 35 (standing), 40 → 43 (dash), 30 → 38 (pivot)).
    • Nerf All grabs have smaller hitboxes (4.5u/3.5u (standing), 4.5/3.5u/3.5u (dash, pivot) → 4u/2u).
    • Nerf The changes to aerial grab releases heavily hinder Snake, as he no longer has any guaranteed follow ups out of an aerial grab release (such as dash attack or a regrab) outside of his explosives.
  • Change The speed of forward, back and up throws is no longer weight-dependent.
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (4 frames → 14), but has less startup (frame 2 → 1) and much less ending lag (FAF 18 → 7), shortening its effective duration.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (2% → 1.3%).
    • Change It has a quieter animation, with Snake not yanking the opponent backward as much.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw has less startup (frame 26 → 21), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 45 → 40).
    • Change It has a different ending animation, where Snake poses with his arms out.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw has more startup (frame 17 → 20), making it easier to DI.
      • Buff However, it has a shorter total duration (FAF 32 → 31), reducing its ending lag by four frames. Alongside the changes to hitstun canceling and Snake's faster initial dash, this allows it to combo into dash attack at low percents and C4 at mid to high percents.
    • Change Snake no longer faces the other way after using back throw.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has less ending lag (FAF 50 → 48). Combined with the changes to hitstun cancelling, this allows for combos into Snake's up tilt at low percents.
    • Buff It has gained a hitbox before the throw, allowing it to hit bystanders.
    • Buff It deals more damage (10% → 7% (hit 1), 4% (throw)); 11% total).
    • Buff The throw has altered knockback (68 base/60 scaling → 55/130). It deals more knockback overall, especially at high percents, improving its KO potential despite the heavier launch physics.
    • Nerf Due to the new first hit's hitlag, the throw is easier to DI.
    • Change It has an altered animation, with Snake shoulder tackling the opponent as he falls.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw has drastically less startup (frame 59 → 35).
      • Nerf However, its total duration was not fully compensated (FAF 60 → 42), giving it six more frames of ending lag.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (12% → 9%).
    • Nerf Due to the removal of chain grabbing, Snake can no longer tech-chase opponents repeatedly with the move, hindering its damage racking potential.
    • Change How soon an opponent can act out of down throw is based on their percentage before the throw; it begins immobilizing them for three frames, which increases to four frames at 7%, then by one frame for every additional 17%, until capping out at 13 frames. This hinders its tech-chasing potential at lower percents, but gives Snake guaranteed followups at higher percents, most notably a KO setup into up tilt once it reaches its cap at 160%.
  • Floor attacks:
    • Buff Floor attacks deal more damage (6% → 7%) and shield damage (1 → 8) per hit, with minimally compensated knockback scaling (50 → 48).
    • Change Their angles have been altered (361° → 48°).
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack grants more intangibility (frames 1-21 → 1-27).
    • Buff It deals more damage (8%/6% → 9%), and no longer uses set knockback (110 set/100 scaling → 90 base/20 scaling), making it stronger at higher percents.
    • Nerf It has noticeably less range (6u/5u/4.5u/3u → 4.5u).

Special moves[edit]

  • Nerf Due to tumbling characters no longer hitting opponents they fly into other than the one that launched them (including projectiles belonging to them), Snake can no longer disrupt opponents or rack up extra damage on them by launching himself with his explosives.
  • Hand Grenade:
    • Buff Generating the Hand Grenades has less ending lag (FAF 24 → 22).
    • Buff Snake can now use his double jump while holding a Hand Grenade, improving its aerial versatility.
    • Nerf The normal throw has more startup (frame 6 → 8 (normal)).
      • Buff However, its total duration was unchanged, reducing its ending lag.
    • Change Hand Grenades operate on a timer of 2.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
    • Nerf Thrown Hand Grenades have a lower base damage value (2% → 1%).
    • Nerf The explosion deals less damage (12% → 9%) and has lower knockback scaling (70 → 69), hindering its KO potential.
      • Buff However, this also improves its combo potential in combination with the changes to hitstun canceling and DI, making it more practical to combo from in a greater amount of situations.
    • Nerf The explosion has a smaller hitbox during its first active frame (20u → 12u).
    • Change The explosion has received negative shield damage (0 → -4.5), which alongside its reduced damage output, reduces its shield damage despite the universal increase to shield damage. This weakens Hand Grenades' shield pressuring ability against opponents, but allows Snake himself to shield them more safely.
    • Bug fix Shield dropping a Hand Grenade no longer causes other active ones in the air to fall straight down, nor drops Hand Grenades held by other characters.
  • Remote Missile:
    • Buff Remote Missile has one frame less startup (frame 42 → 41).
    • Buff It has less ending lag both when canceled (FAF 34 → 28) and upon hitting an opponent (FAF 34 → 30).
    • Buff The Remote Missile reaches its top speed immediately upon being fired, travels faster, and turns much quicker, making it significantly easier to control and hit opponents with.
    • Buff The changes to air dodges in combination with the move's faster maneuverability significantly improve its utility for edgeguarding, as it can now cover opponents' recovery options much more effectively and force them to use up their air dodges, KOing them at high percents if it hits. This gives it a more defined purpose in Snake's arsenal, no longer being one of his most situational moves.
    • Buff The weak hit has more base knockback (45 → 50).
    • Nerf It no longer deals shield damage (1 → 0).
    • Change The Remote Missile no longer fully stops and drops down when canceled, instead falling in an arc carried by its horizontal momentum.
    • Change It uses a different sound when preparing to fire a missile.
  • Cypher:
    • Buff Snake can grab ledges out of Cypher, improving its safety.
    • Nerf Cypher can be destroyed by attacks that deal at least 13% damage, worsening Snake's recovery.
    • Nerf Due to the new limitations to teching, Snake can no longer infinitely stall by using Cypher, hitting himself with C4 and then teching on the stage if his percent is too high, hindering his recovery at high percents.
    • Nerf It no longer deals shield damage (1 → 0).
    • Change It launches at a slightly different angle (361° → 42°).
    • Change It no longer uses set knockback (90 set/100 scaling → 63 base/17 scaling), making it weaker at low percents, but stronger at high percents.
    • Change It uses two smaller hitboxes instead of a single large hitbox (6u → 2.5u/3u).
    • Bug fix The grab release glitch has been fixed.
    • Bug fix Grabbing onto a ladder no longer causes Snake to become helpless whenever he lets go or falls after climbing to the top.
  • C4:
    • Buff While crouching, Snake can place and detonate a C4 without standing up, allowing him to take advantage of his low crouch while using the move.
      • Buff Placing it from a crouching position has less startup (frame 20 → 14) and a shorter total duration (FAF 45 → 34) compared to the standing version.
    • Buff It detonates faster with a longer duration (frames 29-30 → 25-27), and has less ending lag (FAF 40 → 33 (standing, aerial), 36 (crouching)). In combination with the changes to hitstun canceling, this improves its combo potential from low to mid percents.
    • Nerf It no longer deals shield damage (1 → 0).
    • Nerf Dropping it in the air has one frame more startup (frame 15 → 16).
      • Buff However, its total duration remains the same, reducing its ending lag.
    • Nerf Sticking it to an opponent when Snake is on the ground has one frame more startup (frame 8 → 9).
      • Buff However, it has much less ending lag (FAF 33 → 25), now matching the wall version.
    • Nerf Meta Knight's significantly worse placement in Ultimate makes the Omnigay technique much less useful.
    • Change C4 emits a flashing red light for a few seconds after being placed, increasing its visibility. This allows Snake to keep track of it more easily, but also allows opponents to do the same.
    • Change It produces a quieter sound when placed.
    • Change Snake kneels when detonating it from a standing position.
    • Change Snake can say "There!" in addition to "Now!" when detonating it, which was previously an unused voice clip from Brawl's files.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Snake has a new Final Smash called Covering Fire. It involves him throwing a flare grenade to call an airstrike. He will announce "It's showtime!" if the move is started on the ground, but not in the air. A crosshair will first appear to mark opponents in intervals before five homing missiles are fired at the marked victims. Targets must be marked multiple times in order to send more of the missiles at them. Any missiles not given a target when their mark is placed will simply fly at where the crosshair was at the time. 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.

Update history[edit]

Snake received a mix of buffs, nerfs, and glitch fixes via game updates, but nerfed slightly overall. Update 2.0.0 buffed his already powerful up tilt by increasing the clean hit's hitbox length and reducing the late hit's hitbox. Update 3.0.0, however, was a mixed bag for Snake. His back aerial's knockback was increased, but his up smash gained slightly more ending lag. Hand Grenade and Remote Missile were also nerfed, with the former dealing less shield damage (though this change also buffs Snake, as it is much safer for him to block his own Hand Grenade) and the latter received a smaller hitbox during its descent. Update 3.1.0 improved his neutral attack's consistency, while update 4.0.0 made up throw's collateral hitbox blockable. Lastly, update 7.0.0 enlarged Snake's shield as part of a near-universal buff, and granted brief intangibility to his head when he activates his shield.

Overall, Snake fares mildly worse than he did at the launch of Ultimate, although he remains a very dominating character in the metagame.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0

  • Bug fix Fixed an issue that allowed Snake himself to launch incorrectly at maximum percentages using C4.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Up tilt's clean hit has a slightly increased duration, with the late hit's duration reduced (6-7/8-13 → 6-8/9-13).
  • Bug fix Self stick C4 has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Up smash has more ending lag (FAF 51 → 55).
  • Buff Back aerial's sweetspot deals more knockback.
  • Nerf Hand Grenade deals less shield damage (0 → -1/-4.5 (impact/explosion)).
    • Buff However, this also makes it safer for Snake to shield his own grenades.
  • Nerf Remote Missile has a smaller hitbox while falling (-2.5u → -2u).
  • Bug fix Invisible Cypher fixed.
  • Bug fix Climbing a ladder after using Cypher no longer causes Snake to become helpless once he lets go or climbs to the top.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 1 connects into neutral attack 2 more reliably. (BKB 20 → 26).
  • Buff Neutral attack 2 moves Snake forwards more and connects into neutral attack 3 more reliably.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Change The lag upon waking up from the sleep effect has been adjusted, matching the rest of the cast.
  • Nerf Up throw's collateral hitbox is now blockable.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased.
  • Buff Snake's head is briefly intangible when activating his shield.


  • Snake can crawl. Notably, Snake's crawl is one of the lowest in the entire game, alongside that of Wii Fit Trainer.

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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Jab (ジャブ) / Straight (ストレート) / Rolling Sobat (ローリングソバット) 2.5% The Punch + Punch + Kick combo from Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. It comes out fast (frame 3) and is useful for mixups as well as a quick "get off me" option. At high percents, it can even jab cancel into his forward tilt if connected with the hitbox on his fist, being one of the few jabs in the game to be able to jab cancel.
Forward tilt Knee Kick (膝蹴り) / Hammer Knuckle (ハンマーナックル) 4% A forward knee-thrust. Pressing the attack button a second time will have Snake follow up with an overhead swing with both arms. The knee slightly launches opponents vertically, making it harder to connect the second hit at higher percents. The second hit uses a large hitbox that is somewhat disjointed, as it goes moderately far beyond Snake's arms. This move is seen during a cutscene in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes when Snake fights Gray Fox.
9% (body), 10% (fists, aerial), 11% (fists, grounded)
Up tilt Upward Kick (上蹴り) 14.5% (clean), 13.5% (late) An upward scorpion kick. One of Snake's best KO options and one of the best up tilts in the game due to its fast startup, decent range, and high knockback. Starting at 160%, Snake has a true KO setup into up tilt from down throw, and can even KO earlier if the opponent's reaction is read after the down throw. It can also be setup into from the first hit of his neutral aerial against certain characters if Snake lands quickly enough. It is the fourth strongest up tilt in the game, only losing to Sephiroth when tippered, Mega Man on its sweet spot and Ganondorf, capable of KOing middleweights starting as low as 100%, making it comparable to an up smash in terms of strength.
Down tilt Crawl Attack (ホフク攻撃) 12% A low spin kick while prone. Deals very high damage for a tilt of its speed, coming out on frame 6, and also possesses good disjointed range, with the outermost hitboxes reaching over his foot. It serves as one of Snake's best poking tools in the neutral.
Dash attack Forward Roll (前転) 11% (clean), 8% (late) Does a somersault forward. It propels Snake forward a considerable distance, comes out on frame 5, making it one of the fastest dash attacks in the game, has intangibility on his arms for the entire hitbox duration (frames 5-12), and deals good knockback. This makes it one of the best dash attacks and burst options in the game. Has enough knockback to be able to KO at the ledge at high percentages, but not enough to make it a reliable KO move in the center of the stage. The somersault and subsequent transition to crouching are visually identical to those moves used by Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series.
Forward smash Rocket Launcher (ロケットランチャー) 22% Snake takes out an RPG-7 rocket launcher and aims it at the ground directly in front of himself, causing a huge explosion. It has an extremely slow startup (frame 41), but it is one of the strongest smash attacks in the game, being able to KO exceptionally early. It starts KOing Mario at the ledge as low as 40%, and under 70% from center stage uncharged. Additionally, it is generally safe on shield because it has surprisingly low ending lag for its power, and can 2-frame punish opponents reliably due to its massive hitbox that reaches below the stage. Interestingly, it can be absorbed by moves like PSI Magnet and Oil Panic which makes it one of the few non-projectile moves to have this property.
Up smash Mortar (迫撃砲) 4% (mortar), 14% (shell) Snake slams a mortar in front of himself and fires a shell into the air. The slamming down of the mortar knocks the enemy directly into the path of the shell. The movement of the shell is almost entirely vertical, landing directly in front of Snake's position. Charging the up smash does not increase its power, but it increases the speed and height of which it travels. When fully charged, the projectile greatly exceeds the range of Palutena's up smash. The fixed trajectory of the shell, coupled with the fact that charging it doesn't affect the damage, makes this move great for edgeguarding.
Down smash Double Low Kick (ダブルローキック) 12% (hit 1), 14% (hit 2) A double-sided kick. Launches opponents at horizontal semi-spike angles and deals considerable knockback, with the back hit being much stronger. It is Snake's fastest smash attack, with the front hit coming out on frame 8 and the back hit being moderately safe on shield (-14) for a smash attack. The move has impressive range, as both hits have a disjoint that reaches beyond Snake's feet, allowing the move to 2-frame opponents if timed correctly. The front and back hits KO Mario starting at 108% and 85%, respectively.
Neutral aerial Quadruple Kick (4連キック) 3% (hit 1-3), 12% (hit 4) Snake performs four kicks in quick succession. At low percents against heavy and fast-falling characters, a short-hopped neutral aerial can lead to a neutral attack, tilts, and a short-hop down aerial. The first three hits can also setup into other attacks if Snake manages to land quickly enough. The last hit is very powerful, KOing Mario at the ledge starting at 112%. Additionally, it deals extremely high damage, being the second most damaging neutral aerial in the game, dealing 21% unstaled and only losing to Bowser's.
Forward aerial Heel Drop (かかと落とし) 14% (leg), 15% (foot) A midair axe kick. It has slow start-up and high ending lag and landing lag, but it is a very powerful meteor smash with great vertical and horizontal reach. Connection with the sourspot at the leg results in very powerful vertical knockback, KOing grounded opponents at around 129%.
Back aerial Double-Footed Kick (両足蹴り) 14% (clean, legs), 16% (clean, feet), 9% (late, legs), 10% (late, feet) Snake dropkicks behind himself, planking in the air. Has fast start-up (frame 7) along with very good range and disjointed hitboxes, just like Snake's other attacks, and deals high damage with excellent horizontal knockback when hit cleanly, especially when sweetspotted. It also has a high amount of active frames, making it useful for landings, although its high landing lag makes this tactic risky. Its high landing lag also make it very easy to punish if it misses. Has sex kick properties. Interestingly, the sweetspot has a weaker kick sound effect than the sourspot, which has a heavy kick sound effect. The sweetspot KOs Mario at 90% at the ledge, and at 126% from center-stage. Autocancels in a full hop.
Up aerial Inverted Handstand Kick (反転倒立蹴り) 14% (clean), 10% (late) Snake dropkicks straight upwards, similar to his back aerial. It has fairly fast start-up with good vertical reach and powerful vertical knockback, and its hitbox acts as a large disjoint, as the final hitbox goes much higher compared to Snake's feet. It still has considerable ending lag, like the rest of Snake's aerials, although it can autocancel in a short hop, making it safer than his other aerials as a landing tool.
Down aerial Trampling Kick (踏みつけ蹴り) 4% (hit 1), 3% (hits 2-3), 10% (hit 4) Snake launches four subsequent stomps below himself. A very fast and powerful damage-racking out-of-shield option, as it has the fastest startup of any down aerial in the series, coming out at frame 3, and like Snake's other aerials and several other attacks, the first three stomps are disjointed, with hitboxes that reach under his legs. The third and fourth kicks add vertical speed, allowing Snake to slow his fall and autocancel the move from a short hop. Oddly, shortly after the first kick, Snake is pushed downwards slightly.
Grab Grab (つかみ) Reaches in front of himself with both of his arms, grabbing and holding his opponent in a restraining chokehold. The grabbing position itself is unique to Snake. Has decent range for a non-tether grab, although it is rather slow for one as a trade-off, starting on frame 8. However, since he kneels down and leans forward to grab the opponent, he can be hit by an attack that wouldn't hit him normally. Based on a similar maneuver from the Metal Gear Solid games.
Pummel Strangle (締め付け) 1.3% Tightens his chokehold.
Forward throw Throw Down (投げ倒し) 9% Snake twists the opponent's arms behind their back then steps forward, and then forcefully shoves them into the ground in front of him. It deals decent knockback for a forward throw, KOing middleweights starting at 160%, and earlier with rage.
Back throw Pull Down (引き倒し) 9% Snake performs a sasae tsurikomi ashi[1], shifting the restrained opponent towards him, trips them with a sweep of his leg, and flips them over, slamming them on the ground behind him. It has very low ending lag, allowing it to combo into dash attack at low percentages, and into an attached C4 as a kill confirm at around 90%. It can also KO middleweights by itself at around 148%. Resembles his primary throw from Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2.
Up throw Body Drop (体落とし) 7% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Snake performs a tai otoshi on his opponent, slamming them back-first. Can combo into his up tilt at low percents, and KO middleweights at around 180%.
Down throw Silent Takedown (拘束解放, Restrainment Release) 9% Lays the opponent on the floor, putting the opponent into a downed status. How soon an opponent can act depends on their damage. At high percents, it gives Snake guaranteed follow-up options, with the most reliable one being up tilt starting at 160%. It resembles a similar CQC maneuver from the Metal Gear Solid series, in which Snake rendered enemies unconscious by suffocating them.
Floor attack (front)   7% While getting up, he kicks on one side and punches on the other.
Floor attack (back)   7% Rotates his body around with both his feet sticking out and gets up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Gets up and kicks both sides of himself.
Edge attack   10% Climbs on to the stage and performs a sweep kick.
Neutral special Hand Grenade 0.9~4.25% (grenade), 8.6~10.75% (explosion) Snake pulls out a grenade and unpins it. The grenade will detonate after 2.5 seconds. Tapping the B button will have Snake throw the grenade right away while holding down the B button will have Snake to continue to hold on to the grenade until B is released. The distance Snake throws the grenade can be controlled by holding forwards or backward on the stick when the grenade is thrown. Pressing the shield button or taking damage will cause Snake to drop the grenade. It has an instantaneous startup, coming out on frame 1, and because of this, it can negate his otherwise poor disadvantage state, and this makes it one of his best tools overall and one of the best projectiles in the game. Dropped grenades can be picked up and thrown like ordinary items. Snake can have up to two grenades active at a time. Aesthetically, if Snake is standing too close to a grenade when it detonates, he will duck and cover his ears. Kirby mimics this behavior when he uses Grenade as a Copy Ability.
Side special Remote Missile 7% (early/dropped missile), 14% (missile) Snake takes out a Nikita missile launcher and fires a remote-controlled missile. The missile can be controlled with the control stick. Pressing the shield button will cause Snake to put the launcher away and stop controlling the missile. One of his best moves for edgeguarding, as it allows him to put pressure on an offstage opponent without putting himself at risk of an attack.
Up special Cypher 6% (camera) Grabs onto a flying reconnaissance camera and slowly hovers upwards. Snake gains slight armor while hanging on the camera. It does not put Snake into a helpless state, meaning he can continue to perform attacks once the move ends. However, he cannot use Cypher again until he lands on the ground, grabs onto a ledge, or takes knockback. One can cancel the move early by performing any aerial attack, pressing down on the stick, or air dodging. When the move ends, the Cypher will continue to fly upwards and damage enemies it comes into contact with. Activating Cypher will not cancel Snake's existing momentum, so if Snake is falling downwards, the Cypher will have to slowly decelerate him before starting to move him upwards.
Down special C4 17% (explosion) Snake bends down and plants a C4 on the ground where he is standing. When used in the air, he instead drops the C4 straight down. Snake can also stick the C4 towards a wall if he is standing near one, or attach it directly onto a nearby enemy. By using the move when a C4 has already been placed, Snake takes out a remote detonator and detonates the explosive. The C4 is one of Snake's most versatile tools; it can be used for KOs, stage control, mindgames, edgeguarding, and more. Snake can also use the C4 for recovery by dropping it in midair and detonating it, blasting him upwards and allowing him to use Cypher again without touching the ground or a ledge. The C4 automatically explodes after 1600 frames.
Final Smash Covering Fire 15% (per missile) Snake will toss a flare grenade, exclaim "It's showtime!", crouch, and put his hand up to his ear, which will cause a crosshair to appear onscreen. At the upper left are two bars: one solid, and one made up of 5 segments. The solid bar indicates how much time until the missiles are launched, while the segmented bar underneath represents the missiles: missiles that have locked onto an opponent are shown as red segments, while those that have not been locked on an opponent are shown as grayed-out segments.

The crosshair can be guided to lock on to opponents, marking them with a reticle. Opponents can even be marked with multiple missiles. After the brief duration, the missiles will launch from the foreground, attacking the targeted opponents. The missiles that have not locked on to a target will instead fire at around where the crosshair was last positioned.

Up taunt 1.8%~3.1% Pulls a cardboard box over himself from his left side, then discards it. All of Snake's taunts are a variation of this move, with slightly different animations and timing. The taunt can be canceled by pressing another input, making Snake discard the box earlier. The total duration of the taunts is different because of the different starting animations when Snake puts the box over himself, with his up taunt being the fastest to complete. Once Snake discards the box, it will fall down and hit for weak damage. The box can fall over the edge for a great distance, making it a situational edgeguarding tool, though predictable because of the long duration of the taunt.

Opponents can remove Snake's box while he is hiding under it, but with the exception of Donkey Kong, will be forced to throw it immediately. The box can also be removed by Villager and Isabelle using Pocket. Removing the box doesn't cause the taunt animation to end prematurely.

Side taunt 1.8%~3.1% Lies down and pulls a cardboard box over himself, then discards it. It is in the middle of Snake's taunts speed-wise.
Down taunt 1.8%~3.1% Kneels and pulls a cardboard box over himself from in front of him, then discards it. It is the slowest of Snake's taunts to complete.

Announcer call[edit]

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Snake's stealth camouflage disengages to reveal himself to his opponent(s). Snake then announces "Kept you waiting, huh?" upon appearing. Taken from the beginning of the Tanker chapter in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.


  • All taunts: Puts a cardboard box over himself, which is removable. All three of his taunts are variations of this, though with slight differences in animation and cancelability. When he removes it, any nearby enemies will receive damage.
    • Smash Taunt: Kneels down and contacts his support team - Colonel Roy Campbell, Otacon, and Mei Ling, and even Slippy Toad (only when in a match with Falco) - via his codec. This is possible only on Snake's home stage, Shadow Moses Island, can only be done on characters that were playable in Brawl, cannot be done on Ike's Radiant Dawn costume, and is performed by inputting the down taunt command extremely quickly. Snake will hold a pose for a few seconds, then a conversation between Snake and his support team will begin. This can only be done once each round and if the player is hit while Snake is holding his pose before the conversation starts, it is canceled. However, the player can be hit while the conversation is going, though the conversation ends if Snake is KO'd, which, in a nod to the Metal Gear Solid game over screens, causes the character Snake was talking with to shout "SNAAAAAAAAKE!!". It can be done with any number of other players on the screen; if there is more than one opponent, the game will randomly choose one to talk about.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Scratches his beard.
  • Quickly looks behind himself.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Cheer Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Snake Snake Snake! Sna - ku! Snake! Snake! Snaaaake! Snake! Snake! *clap 3 times* Snake! Snake! Snaaaake!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Description Snake! Snake! Snaaaake! Esnake! Esnake! Eeeeee-snake! Snake! Snake! Snaaaake! Sna - ke!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Does a spin kick, a sidekick, and then finishes in a CQC stance, all while saying "Not even close!" ("まだまだだな。", Not yet.). The pose is a reference to the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots when Old Snake fights Liquid Ocelot.
  • Up: Seen in a crouching position from the side, saying "Colonel, mission accomplished." ("大佐、任務完了だ。", Colonel, mission accomplished.) into his codec.
  • Right: Crawls forward a step and rolls into a crouching position, saying into his codec "This is Snake. I'm done here." ("こちらスネーク、これより帰還する。", This is Snake, returning from here.).
A small excerpt of the main theme of Metal Gear Solid. In the game, this excerpt is used twice: when VR Training is completed, and when Solid Snake is caught and the player earns a Game Over.

In competitive play[edit]

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Snake players (SSBU)

  • Canada Ally - The best Snake player in the world during the early metagame and the only Snake player to win a major, doing so at Pound 2019. However following some controversy he has been mostly inactive.
  • Mexico AlanDiss - One of the best Snake players in North America in the post-online metagame, and is also a top 10 player in Mexico during that period. He has placed top 24 at every post-online major he has attended, including 9th at both the supermajor Smash Factor X and the major Delfino Maza 2023.
  • USA ApolloKage - One of the best Snake players in the world in the post-online metagame, placing top 8 at several majors including 5th at the supermajors Let's Make Moves Miami and Mainstage 2022. His highest ranking is 20th on the UltRank 2022.
  • Japan DIO - One of the best Snake players in the post-online metagame, placing top 8 at several majors including 4th at the supermajor Kagaribi 7 and 7th at the supermajor Umebura SP 9. His highest ranking is 27th on the LumiRank Mid-Year 2023.
  • Japan Hurt - Began seriously competing offline in 2023 and has since established himself as one of the best Snake players in the world. His best run to date was at the supermajor DELTA 5, where he defeated several of Japan's best players including acola, Miya, and Shuton to place 2nd. He has also won a multitude of events, including the superregionals KOWLOON 6 and Maesuma TOP 13.5 "U-22".
  • Netherlands Mr.R - Although more known for his Chrom in the early metagame, he was also considered the best Snake player in Europe in the early metagame. He notably used Snake to defeat MkLeo and place 9th at the supermajor 2GG: Prime Saga, and has also placed 5th at both the supermajor Albion 4 and the major Smash Factor 8 with Snake.
  • USA MVD - One of the most prominent Snake players in Ultimate, and was considered the best Snake player in the world in 2021, ranking 20th on the OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse. He has placed top 8 at several majors, including 4th at the major Super Smash Con: Fall Fest and 5th at the supermajor Let's Make Big Moves.
  • USA Salem - He was known for playing a variety of characters, with his most prominent characters being Snake. He was considered one of the best Snake players in the world in the early metagame, with his highest global ranking being 17th on the OrionRank 2019, and notably defeated MkLeo at the supermajor Pound 2019 to finish 5th. However following controversies he has since been banned from several tournaments and has effectively retired.
  • USA ScAtt - Co-mains Snake with Mega Man, ranking 40th on the Fall 2019 PGRU with both characters. He used Snake to place 9th at the supermajors Smash 'N' Splash 5 and The Big House 9. His activity has since declined, and he has mostly been participating in events in his region.
  • Japan Shogun - Although inconsistent throughout his career, he was the best Snake player in the world from mid-2019 until the start of the online metagame, placing 9th at the major Umebura SP 7 and 17th at the supermajors EVO 2019 and 2GG: Kongo Saga during this time. He retired from competitive play in 2023.

Tier placement and history[edit]

In the early metagame, Snake was an incredibly popular character. The character's multiple strengths, including a frame 1 option to break combos, great edgeguarding tools, and guaranteed kill setups at higher percents, enabled mains to develop a vibrant metagame. These strengths gave the character one of the highest representations in the metagame: Snake placed 2nd in representation for the first half of 2019,[3] while Snake was one of the most common characters used by power ranked players in 2019.[4] The high reception to the character was backed up by strong major results coming from players such as Ally, MVD, and Salem. This overwhelmingly positive reception led many players to consider Snake as one of the best characters in the game.

This high perception, however, wouldn't last as players began learning how to play around Snake's strengths while using Snake's lacking disadvantage state in their favor. Furthermore, Snake's top-level representation also began to suffer mid-2019 due to Ally's ban, MVD's decline in results, and Salem picking up other characters to use alongside Snake. Although Snake continued to have high representation going into, during, and out of the online metagame, players began wondering whether Snake was starting to fall out of the metagame.

Doubts on Snake, however, eventually faded as Snake's popularity remained. Old mains such as MVD, Shogun, and DIO continued to see strong, yet somewhat inconsistent, results on a major level, while new names, most notably ApolloKage, appeared on the national scene. This has allowed Snake to maintain his high representation in the metagame, and players in the current metagame still consider Snake to be a top tier, making him ranked 15th on the first and current tier list.

Classic Mode: Weapons and Equipment OSP[edit]

Snake's congratulations screen.

Snake's opponents all use projectile weapons. Additionally, all the items that spawn are either projectile weapons or explosives, to go with the theme of the route. OSP stands for On-Site Procurement, which is the condition for many of Snake's missions in the series. The boss of his route, Galleom, fits with the theme due to it using explosive projectile weapons.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 InklingHeadSSBU.pngInklingHeadBlueSSBU.png Inkling (x2) Moray Towers Encounter
2 DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong Kongo Falls Theme of Tara
3 PitHeadSSBU.png Pit Shadow Moses Island (Battlefield form) Theme of Solid Snake
4 LinkHeadSSBU.png Link Jungle Japes Snake Eater
5 SamusHeadSSBU.pngSamusHeadBlueSSBU.png Samus (x2) and ROBHeadGreySSBU.pngROBHeadSSBU.png R.O.B. (x2) Norfair Main Theme - METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER Horde Battle.
6 SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png Snake Shadow Moses Island MGS4 ~Theme of Love~ A possible reference to Les Enfants Terribles, a government project in the Metal Gear series that creates clones of Big Boss, including Solid Snake himself. The CPU will be the SnakeHeadSSBU.png default Snake if the player chooses the green alternate costume.
Bonus Stage
Final Galleom Base Boss Battle - Super Smash Bros. Brawl References to how Galleom resembles Metal Gear machines.

Note: All stages except for the final round will play a song from the Metal Gear series, no matter what universe the stage originates from.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Snake has MGS4 ~Theme of Love~ accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Snake's location in World of Light.
Finding Snake in World of Light

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 obviously 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 (humorously, the box itself is also a spirit that can be obtained in World of Light).

Snake can be found in the Base sub-area reminiscent of his series, where Galleom is fought.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Snake SSBU.png
9,000 Final Destination Encounter


Snake'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 Snake has been unlocked. Unlocking Snake 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 Reference
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Adam Malkovich.png
Adam Malkovich Metroid Series Snake SnakeHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadWhiteSSBU.png
1,600 Shadow Moses Island N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior
SSBU spirit Ness's Father.png
Ness's Father EarthBound Series •Clear Snake SnakeHeadChartreuseSSBU.png
Ness NessHeadBlackSSBU.png
13,500 Onett N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy is invisible
Humoresque of a Little Dog
From the game's files
Flint EarthBound Series Snake SnakeHeadChartreuseSSBU.png
Lucas LucasHeadOrangeSSBU.png
4,200 Onett (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy starts the battle with a Franklin Badge
Mother 3 Love Theme
Zoda F-Zero Series Snake SnakeHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,600 Mute City SNES •Item: Motion-Sensor Bomb •The enemy starts the battle with a Lip's Stick Sand Ocean (Original)
Liquid Snake spirits
Liquid Snake Metal Gear Solid Series Snake SnakeHeadChartreuseSSBU.png
13,900 Shadow Moses Island •Hazard: Poison Cloud •The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
from the game's files
Roy Campbell Metal Gear Solid Series Snake SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,700 Shadow Moses Island •Attack Power ↑
•Defense ↑
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
Battle in the Base Solid Snake
Solidus Snake
Solidus Snake Metal Gear Solid Series Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,900 Shadow Moses Island •Move Speed ↑ •The enemy has increased move speed when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge
MGS4 ~Theme of Love~
Naked Snake2
Naked Snake Metal Gear Solid Series Snake Team SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png×4
9,000 Distant Planet (Rain) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Snake Eater Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, and Solidus Snake (reinforcements)
SSBU spirit Snake Man.png
Snake Man Mega Man Series Snake SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png×2 (120 HP)
1,900 Kongo Jungle (Ω form) •Item: Bombchu Stamina battle
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Snake Man Stage
SSBU spirit Napalm Man.png
Napalm Man Mega Man Series Snake SnakeHeadRedSSBU.png×3 (50 HP)
1,600 Wily Castle (hazards off) N/A •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Napalm Man Stage
SSBU spirit Lao.png
Lao Xenoblade Chronicles Series Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
1,800 Kongo Jungle (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's shooting items have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Staff
Xenoblade Chronicles Medley
SSBU spirit Alessandro Inzaghi.png
Alessandro Inzaghi Napoleon Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
1,900 Pirate Ship •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage Filled with Hope
Kyle Hyde
Kyle Hyde Hotel Dusk: Room 215 Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
4,100 Fourside (hazards off) •Item: Timer
•Hazard: Fog
•The stage is covered in fog Swan Lesson
SSBU spirit Kloster (Grief).png
Kloster (Grief) DAEMON X MACHINA •Tiny Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Giant Samus SamusHeadBlackSSBU.png×2
•Giant Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadGreySSBU.png
9,500 Frigate Orpheon (hazards off) •Attack Power ↑
•Item: Shooting Types
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Mechanical Rhythm Grief
SSBU spirit Ralf & Clark.png
Ralf & Clark Ikari Warriors Series Snake SnakeHeadRedSSBU.png SnakeHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,800 Gaur Plain (hazards off) •Item: Exploding Types •The enemy's shooting items have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Super Scope
IKARI - KOF XIV Ralf Jones (red costume)
Clark Still (blue costume)
SSBU spirit Chris.png
Chris Resident Evil Series Snake SnakeHeadBlueSSBU.png
Richter RichterHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,900 Fourside (Battlefield form) •Item: Shooting Types •The enemy starts the battle with a Franklin Badge
•The enemy's ranged weapons have increased power
•The enemy favors special moves
Battle in the Base

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Reference
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Young Samus.png
Young Samus Metroid Series Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadShortsOrangeSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,400 Frigate Orpheon N/A •The enemy falls slowly Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior Adam Malkovich
from the game's files
Mei Ling Metal Gear Solid Series Wii Fit Trainer WiiFitTrainerHeadRedSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png
2,300 Midgar (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Fog •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The stage is covered in fog
MGS4 ~Theme of Love~ Old Snake
EVA Metal Gear Solid Series Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadGreenSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadChartreuseSSBU.png
3,600 Garden of Hope •Item: Food •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
Snake Eater Naked Snake
from the game's files
Zero (Metal Gear Solid 3) Metal Gear Solid Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,500 Shadow Moses Island •Move Speed ↓ •You have reduced move speed after a little while Snake Eater Naked Snake
Big Boss
Kazuhira Miller Metal Gear Solid Series Ken KenHeadYellowSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png×3
9,600 Midgar (hazards off) •Attack Power ↑ •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
Encounter Solid Snake, Big Boss, and Liquid Snake
from the game's files
Tank & Infantry Famicom Wars Series •Metal Iggy BowserJrHeadIggySSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png×2
3,900 Gerudo Valley N/A •The enemy favors neutral specials
•The enemy is metal
Garage Infantry
Andy's Spirit Battle
Andy Advance Wars Series Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadRedSSBU.png
•Tiny Snake SnakeHeadRedSSBU.png×8
3,400 Halberd (Ship deck) •Health Recovery
•Item: Exploding Types
•The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage
•Defeat an army of fighters
Filled with Hope Infantry

Alternate costumes[edit]
SnakeHeadSSBU.png SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png SnakeHeadRedSSBU.png SnakeHeadBlueSSBU.png SnakeHeadGreenSSBU.png SnakeHeadWhiteSSBU.png SnakeHeadChartreuseSSBU.png SnakeHeadBrownSSBU.png


Fighter 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 veteran third-party character to have his Final Smash completely changed, and also the only one who was not playable in Super Smash Bros. 4
  • 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 shares his Classic Mode unlock tree with Simon and Richter, who are also third-party characters from a Konami franchise.
  • 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.
  • Snake is the only fighter in Ultimate that will emit a voice line when eating a food item, with phrases along the lines of "Mmhmmm!", "Good!" and "Tasty!". This is a clear reference to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, where Snake will elicit a reaction when eating.
    • The only other fighter known to perform a similar action is Steve, in which the burping sound effect from Minecraft will play after he consumes a food item.
  • 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.
  • This is the second time where the Metal Gear franchise crosses over with the Monster Hunter franchise - the first of which was in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker featuring Rathalos, who is coincidentally a boss character and Assist Trophy in Ultimate.
  • Snake is the least common opponent for Classic Mode routes, as he appears in 3 different routes.
    • He appears in Wolf's route in Round 6, Pac-Man's route in Round 5, and his own route in the penultimate round.
  • Oddly enough, unlike other characters, holding the special move button while shielding as Snake does not allow him to angle the shield without triggering dodges (or jumping if tap jump is turned on); he can only do this by holding multiple shield buttons. While this also applies to Inkling, it is because of the special move input while shielding being designated for refilling their Ink Tank.
  • Snake's stock icon depicts him without facial hair, similar to his appearances in Metal Gear 2 and Metal Gear Solid.
  • There's a glitch regarding the use of Cypher where if Snake gets fired out of Barrel Cannon or is hit by the tornado in Hyrule Castle, any aerial action performed will leave him helpless. Additionally, if Snake performs a tech, throws an item and lands, or gets knocked down and stands back up, the helplessness will be stored, causing him to lose access to the move while grounded and will become helpless once he leaves the ground by either jumping or falling off the stage. This glitch is a carryover from Brawl.
  • Despite also specializing in explosives and projectile weapons, Mega Man and Bowser Jr. do not appear in Snake's Classic Mode route.
  • When fighting off the fifty puppet fighter army as Master Hand in World of Light, Snake is one of the eight fighters fought there, being affiliated with Galeem.
    • He is also the only one affiliated with Galeem who is from a third-party franchise.
  • When scanning in a Snake amiibo, he plays his on-screen appearance animation instead of one of his taunts.


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