Terry (テリー, Terry) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the first third-party representative from SNK. He was officially announced in the September 4th, 2019 Nintendo Direct as the fourth downloadable character from the Fighters Pass. He was released on November 6th, 2019 and is classified as fighter #74.
Takashi Kondō reprises his role as Terry from The King of Fighters XIV and onwards.
Terry Bogard is a tall, heavyweight fighter weighing the same as Samus, Dark Samus, and Bowser Jr., that uses special inputs for his special moves, much like Ryu and Ken, and also shares their unique trait of always facing their opponent in 1v1 matches. He has slow air speed and decent running speed, but is characterized most by his great ground game. This includes a powerful initial dash which allows Terry to play footsies very effectively, a strong set of normals and special moves, as well as his unique ability to attack directly out of a spot dodge, and finally his comeback mechanic which allows incredibly powerful Super Special Moves that require a specific input combination to use.
Terry's playstyle capitalizes on his strong bait-and-punish options. Terry has good tools, sporting many finishing moves in his forward tilt, dash attack, smash attacks, back and down aerials, and a majority of his specials. Forward tilt sports good range and above-average damage, while granting Terry's leg intangibility; dash attack possesses good knockback, damage, and traveling distance while being able to cross up shields; forward smash deals very high damage and knockback with impressive horizontal range to boot; up smash has good vertical range and also deals high damage and knockback; down smash has good range and high speed, but is still decently strong; back aerial deals high damage and knockback and sports excellent range; and down aerial is Terry's most damaging aerial, and can meteor smash opponents.
Similar to his fighting game-originating counterparts, Terry's special moves have special inputs which allow for more power and capabilities. These are generally dictated by how long the player holds the special button and normally determine distance and strength. His neutral special, Power Wave, is a projectile that travels on ground and serves as a good long-range poke that has both a weak and strong version, with the latter having a faster travel distance. In mid-air, it instead turns into a mid-range poking tool that deals more knockback, while also temporarily suspending Terry in the air. All of Terry's other moves come in four different variations when accounting for their weak/strong regular input variations and their weak/strong command input variations. Burning Knuckle (↓ ↘ → + attack/special) is one of Terry's go-to KO options, as even the weak regular input can KO opponents at fairly early kill percents, and it's Terry's best tech chasing tool. Terry is also the first character to sport a "backward special" in the form of Crack Shoot (↓ ↙ ← + attack/special); while it's not a KO move, it high-profiles through certain low attacks and also has a wide enough hitbox that it serves as both a reliable anti-air and Terry's most reliable cross up option at point blank range. Rising Tackle (c.↓ ↑ + attack/special) sports intangibility on the legs, and it's command input version sports full body invincibility, making it an effective anti-air. Finally, Power Dunk (→ ↓ ↘ + attack/special) serves as a strong combo ender, with invincibility on startup, and is another one of Terry's most reliable KO moves. The command version has a meteor hitbox, though connecting this hitbox is difficult as it's only active during the descending portion.
One of Terry's biggest strengths is his punish game. Due to his special cancelling after moves such as his jab, neutral aerial, and down aerial, Terry can successfully deal a large amount of damage from any opening. The aforementioned Power Dunk is among the most notable, as Terry can cancel into it from even his jab, and KO opponents with relative ease. Additionally, Terry's comeback mechanic grants him access to two Super Special Moves, Power Geyser (↓ ↙ ← ↙ → + attack/special or ↓ ← ↓ → + attack/special), and Buster Wolf (↓ ↘ → ↓ ↘ → + attack/special or ↓ → ↓ → + attack/special). Power Geyser releases from the ground directly in front of Terry in a massive explosion with incredible height and damage, acting as an extremely effective anti-air move as well as dealing a considerable amount of shield damage very quickly. Buster Wolf acts as a hit command grab similarly to Isabelle's Fishing Rod, and causes Terry to dash forward a fair distance (roughly half the length of Final Destination) into a two hits attack which causes incredible damage and knockback. While Terry is able to use these attacks any amount of times when passed the percentage threshold, they are very punishable if blocked or whiffed.
Although he is known for being a punishing character with a plethora of KO moves, set-ups, and confirms, Terry still has a good combo game. Neutral attack can easily chain into itself or special cancel to deal high amounts of damage; up tilt boasts both high speed and damage, has good range, special cancels, and juggles aerial opponents; and down tilt deals extremely low damage and knockback while having very low, all-around lag, allowing it to be spammed. Neutral and up aerials both provide plentiful combo opportunities due to their mixture of low all-around lag, good range, and decent damage and knockback. Despite his poor air speed, his neutral air can combo into itself with ease, giving Terry a form of Wall of Pain, which can then be easily followed up with his Down Air meteor smash.
In spite of his strengths, Terry still has notable drawbacks. His two extra specials via his comeback mechanic serves as a double-edged sword; because these special moves are only accessible by reaching 100% damage (or 0.3× max HP in Stamina mode), coupled with the fact that each move has considerable ending lag, especially Buster Wolf, makes them extremely risky to used. This makes Terry's comeback mechanic the epitome of risk vs reward, forcing his playstyle to drastically change when it comes into play.
Terry's overall disadvantage is another glaring weakness of his. His fall speed is among the lower half of the cast, which combined with his large hurtbox makes him susceptible to juggles. Rising Tackle, while having intangibility throughout the first half of the move, is unable to sweetspot the ledge, meaning that Terry is forced to utilize it from very low under the stage, as he is otherwise left vulnerable for a hard punish at the move's apex. Additionally, the move's vertical and horizontal distance is sub-par, making it a generally inferior recovery move. His aerial speed is also among the worst in the game, making his off-stage survivability lacking; while he's able to mix up his recovery to a certain extent with his specials, he's unlikely to survive if he's exhausted his double jump and his side special. Additionally, despite having a strong grounded neutral game, it is largely centered around baiting the opponent to approach and reading their habits to lead into combo extensions. As such, Terry doesn't possess many good pokes outside of Down Tilt. Given his average ground speed and poor air speed, his air approaches are fairly weak unless he starts close to his target.
Similarly to fellow fighting game veterans Ryu and Ken, Terry also has a rather high learning curve compared to most of the cast due to his command inputs being a crucial part of his success. His Extra Special moves in particular can be difficult to execute in some situations, and further compounding his recovery, it is not uncommon for a miss-input to result in an unintentional self-destruction offstage. As such, it is crucial to get the hang of inputting moves correctly and at the right time in order to aviod putting Terry in a very unfavorable situation.
Overall, Terry is a melee-focused heavyweight character with immense combo, damage, and KO options in all areas. His access to Super Special Moves at high percents gives Terry the mental edge over opponents, as any ill-managed approach on the opponent's end can be called out by extremely hard punishes, and due to being a heavyweight he is very hard to KO without a proper edgeguard, making him more dangerous the longer he holds onto his stock. However, his poor disadvantage state and mediocre off-stage survivability means players need to be mindful of every off-stage option, as Terry can easily die to an off-stage gimp, and despite his powerful neutral, many of his most effective moves leave him vulnerable, meaning the player must make calculated decisions with which attacks to throw out in pressure situations. While his strengths currently seem to outweigh his weaknesses, his viability in competitive games is yet to be determined, due to his recent release.
For a gallery of Terry's hitboxes, see here
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Terry has the unique ability to perform a counterattack right after spot dodging. This is inspired by a mechanic in Fatal Fury where characters can shift to the background and foreground, with an attack that sends them back into the main plane. It is also similar to a mechanic from The King of Fighters series which allows fighters to perform a quick dodge, which can quickly be acted out of. By pressing the attack button immediately after performing a spot dodge, Terry will interrupt the dodge with a modified version of his up tilt. It has been sped up to strike 2 frames faster, his entire upper body is also intangible, instead of just his arm, and it deals more knockback and launches at a higher angle. However, it deals less shieldstun, and cannot be cancelled into any special moves.
Super Special Moves
Terry can perform two Super Special Moves using command inputs when either: he is at 100% damage in Stock or Time battles, including Super Sudden Death, or he has less than either 30% of his starting HP or less than 100 HP, whichever is lower, in Stamina battles. Much like Real Bout Fatal Fury, they can be used indefinitely when the GO Icon appears.
Jumps onto the stage from the background and adjusts his hat, similarly to the lane switching mechanic of the Fatal Fury games.
In competitive play
Due to Terry's extremely recent release, it is hard to tell how viable he is at all levels of play. His combo-oriented gameplan paired with his extremely powerful finishers at higher percents shows a glimmer of what he could be competitively. For now, it is too early in his lifetime to tell how viable he is. The initial response from top players has been mostly positive, with players like Dabuz, Locus, and Leffen noting his powerful neutral and punishing game, as well as lauding his high damaging combos and kill setups. However, other players have expressed skepticism, pointing out his poor disadvantage and recovery as large drawbacks that may potentially hinder his viability.
Classic Mode: The King of Smash
Every match is a stamina battle, where the player faces three opponents, one by one. This is based on The King of Fighters series, which features 3-on-3 battles. The characters on each team have a thematic consistency, either belonging to the same series or sharing certain attributes. Terry will start off with 150 stamina while his opponents start with 100.
Role In World of Light
Due to his status as downloadable content, Terry does not have a legitimate role in World of Light. Instead, he is unlocked for use in the mode after freeing 10 fighters from Galeem's control. If loading an existing save file that meets this condition before downloading Terry, he is immediately unlocked.
Terry's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 coins, only after Terry itself is downloaded. Unlocking Terry in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with its artwork in Ultimate.
In Spirit Battles
Terry is not currently featured in any spirit battles.
Character introduction video