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This article is about Wario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Wario.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Wario
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Wario-Man
Wario has unique attacks, like using his Wario Bike and releasing noxious gas. He can jump higher than normal by leaping from his bike, which comes in handy when recovering. For his Final Smash, he turns into Wario-Man and creates copies of himself for an all-out attack!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Wario (ワリオ, Wario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was officially revealed on June 12th, 2018 alongside Little Mac and the rest of the returning roster. Wario is classified as fighter #30.

As in SSB4, Charles Martinet's portrayal of Wario from Brawl was repurposed for Ultimate.

How to unlock

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Wario being the 24th character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Samus or any character in her unlock tree, being the 7th character unlocked after Cloud.
  • Have Wario join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Wario must then be defeated on WarioWare, Inc.


Wario is a short heavyweight character with a great air game and fantastic movement in the air. He boasts the 8th fastest air speed in the game, in addition to being tied for the 2nd best air acceleration, and he also has high gravity and above average falling speed which grants him some of the best aerial mobility of any character. However, his dashing and walking speeds are not nearly as overwhelming, with the former being average at best, and the latter being the 12th slowest in the game, while his traction is around average. Using his high mobility and versatile aerial attacks, Wario is able to dip in and out of the fray to bait attacks and punish. Wario's attacks in general also tend to be disjointed, as his hands don't have a hurtbox, and as he is short, he is generally hard to hit.

Furthermore, Wario boasts strong aerials, with his down and back aerials being potent kill moves, and his up aerial being a highly damaging juggling and comboing tool and a strong KO option. Thanks to Ultimate's universal 3-frame jump squat, he can finally utilize his forward and neutral aerials as fast moves that can combo and pressure his opponents. Wario's air control and quick aerials also make him effective at edgeguarding.

Wario's ground game contrasts with his air game in that it focuses more on power than speed. His forward tilt and forward smash are among the strongest in the cast, although the latter is rather slow and better suited for hard reads. His up and down tilts are great combo tools that could potentially lead to a kill move, and his new shoulder tackle dash attack is both extremely fast in terms of startup and one of the strongest dash attacks in the game.

While his grab is not particularly fast, his throws have decent utility, with his up throw being able to combo into his up aerial and his down throw is both fairly strong and great for keeping opponents close to pressure them further.

Wario's special moves are very unorthodox, and demand practice to use at their highest potential. Chomp is one of the best command grabs in the game, having deceptively long range and decent startup. It heals Wario if it connects, can effectively cover certain edge recoveries, negate certain attacks such as Wonderwing, and absorb many projectiles, often with the benefit of further healing him and slightly increasing the charge of his Wario Waft. The Waft is perhaps his most significant move because, with time, it is a highly damaging kill move with an extremely fast startup. With the Waft in his arsenal, any match can be turned around with the right read. Wario Bike gives Wario an unorthodox approach option that covers for his low ground speed, and continues to move forward and hit enemies after he dismounts it. This gives him a large pseudo-projectile which can apply pressure when used effectively, but the bike has a respawn time which prevents this from being used as a normal projectile. It can be used to surprise unsuspecting players as an approach tool that can blow past some projectiles, dismounted and thrown like an item with kill power, a very effective recovery tool, and a way for Wario to heal and charge his Waft when he eats it. On the flip side, Wario cannot shield or dodge while on the bike and is vulnerable, can have it thrown back at him, and if it is destroyed he must wait 6 seconds before using it again, which can leave him helpless while recovering as his up special, the Corkscrew is rather lackluster as a recovery on its own (although it is a decent out-of-shield option as it is his fastest).

For all of his strengths, Wario does have several weaknesses to counterbalance them. His range is rather mediocre, especially in moves such as neutral aerial and forward aerial, and he lacks projectile attacks outside of a dismounted Wario Bike and thus must take a risk to deal damage. And while his bike recovery can go a far distance, it is fairly easy to gimp him when he does it, so the Wario player has to be careful with when and how he uses it. Also, while Wario does have some fast moves, he is certainly slower and heavier on average than most characters that share his weaknesses, so he can sometimes be overwhelmed in the neutral against small characters with a better range like Olimar. Wario will have to use his high mobility to bait his opponents into making mistakes and capitalize on them with his highly damaging combos and powerful kill moves.

Overall, Wario is a mobile and versatile heavyweight brawler character that rewards patient players that know how to use his movement and his signature Waft special to their fullest. His damage potential and kill power rewards players heavily for finding creative ways to get around his poor range and lack of a proper projectile, and his versatile options and movement give players just the tools to do it.

While his unorthodox style and high learning curve makes him a less popular pick than other characters, those that use him well have found great success in competitive play.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4

Wario has been significantly buffed in the transition from SSB4 to Ultimate. With a faster dash speed and even higher airspeed, Wario's overall mobility has been improved, allowing for both safer approaches and recovery. Directional air dodges also add a new option to his already great and versatile recovery. Changes to game mechanics have benefited him, as the universal 3-frame jumpsquat allows him to utilize his strong air game better than he previously could in addition to giving him more viable out of shield options in his neutral and forward aerials, while the lower landing lag on aerial attacks makes Wario's neutral, forward and up aerials more reliable for starting combos. His neutral aerial has also been altered, as it has more range, its two hits linger for much longer, and the move now has an extremely lenient amount of ending lag of only four frames. Wario also received multiple new reliable KOing options, most notably his new dash attack, which deals greater knockback, and can also be used as an effective tech-chasing tool; his back aerial has also received increased knockback, improving its KO power. Chomp also now heals damage from Wario when biting an opponent or eating projectiles, overall improving his already good survivability. Lastly, some of Wario's attacks have more range due to better hitbox placements.

Wario did receive a few nerfs, however, with the most notable being to the Wario Bike. Similarly to its Brawl incarnation, the bike can no longer be used immediately after despawning or being destroyed, forcing Wario to wait 6 seconds before it can be used again. As such, Wario cannot always rely on the bike for recovery, should he end up offstage while its cooldown is in effect. However, the bike's new scaled knockback helps compensate when used offensively as a projectile. Another nerf Wario has received is that his forward throw, his only throw with KO potential, is much weaker, which limits his overall KO ability.

Overall, Wario's buffs drastically outweigh his nerfs, and he has been a very high-placing character in many top-level Ultimate tournaments thanks to fantastic results from players Tweek, Glutonny, Abadango, Zackray, and kameme utilizing him to win or place high at multiple major tournaments. Due to his fantastic results and strengths, Wario is widely regarded as a top-tier character, in stark contrast to his mediocre SSB4 iteration, and likely better than his appearance in Brawl.


  • Change Wario's appearance is largely the same as it was in SSB4, though his model features a more vibrant color scheme. Similarly to his appearance in Brawl, his clothing and hair features subtle detailing.
  • Change Like Mario and Luigi, Wario's overalls in his classic outfit have greater denim detailing; they are also a brighter shade of purple, more closely resembling his appearance in the Mario and Wario series.
  • Change Wario's alternate costumes have been re-ordered; his classic outfit now occupies his even-numbered costumes instead of the second half, similar to Cloud.
  • Change In his biker outfit, Wario's jacket and helmet straps have more physics-based movement.
  • Change Down taunt has a more comical, "poppier" animation, and is much faster. Wario also now vocalize faster as Luigi's up taunt.
  • Change Air dodge and footstooled animations have changed. Additionally, Wario fully closes his eyes while asleep.
  • Change Wario's left-inputted victory pose now begins with him walking forward for the victory animation before patting his belly, then farting. He also keeps a shocked expression throughout, and takes slightly longer to sniff and scratch his head.
  • Change Wario's Palutena's Guidance conversation has slightly been modified (see here).


  • Buff Like all characters, Wario's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 6).
  • Buff Wario runs faster (1.5 → 1.65).
    • Buff Wario's initial dash is significantly faster (1.3 → 1.837).
  • Buff Wario walks slightly faster (0.847 → 0.889).
  • Buff Wario's air speed is higher (1.21 → 1.271).
  • Change Wario's gravity is higher (0.092 → 0.107). This allows him to land more safely, but worsens his vertical endurance and reduces his jump height.
  • Buff Wario's traction has increased (0.07 → 0.106), improving his ability to punish out of shield. However, it is much lower relative to the cast, going from the 3rd highest to the 42nd highest.
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 4-15) and has more ending lag (FAF 30 → 31).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-16 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 30 → 36).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 27).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-27 → 3-29).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 33 → 51).

Ground attacks

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 14 → 11).
    • Buff The first hit has altered angles (55°/72° → 361°) and knockback (45/38 base/50/40 scaling → 40/38 base/20 scaling) to keep opponents on the ground and closer to Wario, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows it to connect better into the second hit and jab lock.
    • Buff The first hit has three hitboxes instead of two, with the existing ones being smaller (4u/5u → 2.2u/2.2u/2.8u), and they are placed farther horizontally (Z offset: 5u/10u → 7u/9.2u/12u). While this reduces its vertical range, it increases its horizontal range and gives it more favorable hitbox placements overall.
    • Buff The second hit's farthest hitbox follows Wario's hand instead of covering a static area, increasing its vertical range.
    • Nerf Both hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.6× (hit 1), 2× (hit 2)), giving opponents more time to SDI the first hit and DI the second hit.
    • Change The second hit's hitbox on Wario's shoulder has been removed; however, the hitbox on his arm has been moved closer to compensate (Z offset: 8u → 6u).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Change Wario has a new forward tilt: a heavy-handed slap.
    • Buff It deals more knockback (22 base/98 scaling → 20/102), allowing it to KO slightly earlier.
    • Buff It consists of only two hitboxes instead of four, but they are placed farther apart from each other (X offset: -3u/0u/1u/1.8u → -0.5u/2.3u), and the sweetspot is larger (5.5u → 5.7u). Additionally, Wario no longer keeps his arm in front of him after the hitboxes cease. As a result, the move has more favorable hitbox placements overall, with more horizontal range and disjoint.
    • Buff The sourspot deals more damage when the move is angled down (10% → 11%), matching the other angles.
    • Change The sweetspot deals consistent damage across every angle (13% (not angled)/14% (angled up)/12% (angled down) → 13%). This reduces the angled up variant's KO potential, but improves the angled down variant's.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less startup (frame 12 → 8) and ending lag (FAF 36 → 28). In combination with Wario's faster jumpsquat, this greatly improves its combo potential, even allowing it to chain into itself.
    • Buff The clean hit's body hitbox has increased horizontal range (Z offset: 0 → -1.5 - 1.5) and launches at a higher angle (92° → 95°), allowing it to better hit grounded opponents at Wario's sides and lead into subsequent up tilts.
    • Buff The late hit deals more knockback (30 base/50 scaling → 20/120) and launches at a higher angle (80° → 90°), granting it situational KO potential at very high percents, without hindering its combo potential due to the move's reduced ending lag.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (10% → 6% (clean), 6% → 5% (late)).
    • Nerf It no longer grants intangibility on Wario's head or arms.
    • Change The clean hit has altered knockback, which does not fully compensate for its reduced damage (65 base/74 scaling → 28/130). This moderately reduces the move's KO potential, but further improves its combo potential when coupled with the aforementioned changes, granting it a KO setup into a half charged or fully charged Wario Waft at mid to high percents.
  • Dash attack:
    • Change Wario has a new dash attack: his "Shoulder Tackle" Dash Attack from the Wario Land series, which was previously the basis of his forward smash in Brawl.
    • Buff It deals more damage (7% → 11% (clean), 4% → 5% (late)) and knockback, with the late hit no longer having set knockback (80 base/70 scaling (clean), 50 set/100 scaling (late) → 60 base/97 scaling). This significantly improves the clean hit's KO potential, allowing it to KO at around 145% from the center of Final Destination, making it one of the strongest dash attacks in the game.
    • Buff It provides more forward momentum, effectively increasing its horizontal range, despite the hitboxes being smaller (4.5u/4u → 4u/4u (clean), 4u/3u (late)) and located closer to Wario (Z offset: 6u/11u → 5.8u/2u (clean), 6u/9u → 4.8u/2u (late)).
    • Buff The clean hit has a longer duration, with the late hit having a shorter duration instead (frames 4-5 (clean)/6-23 (late) → 5-8/9-23).
    • Nerf The move has one frame more startup (frame 4 → 5).
    • Nerf The clean hit has a sourspot on Wario's body that deals less damage (7% → 5%), although it is outprioritized by the sweetspot.
    • Change The late hit launches at a different angle (180° → 70°), matching the clean hit.
    • Nerf The late hit no longer has a 100% trip chance, and in combination with its altered angle and knockback, it can no longer trip opponents in any capacity whatsoever. This removes its setup potential.
    • Change The late hit has a lower hitlag multiplier (1.2× → 1×).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash deals more damage (19% → 20%).
    • Nerf It has less knockback scaling (99 → 93), marginally reducing its KO potential despite its higher damage.
    • Change Wario's fist enlarges more, although this does not give the move more range. Both of his feet remain on the ground when he punches, only lifting the back leg after the blow.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's clean hit deals more damage (16% → 17%), with only base knockback compensated (40 → 35), marginally improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf The late hit has less base knockback like the clean hit (40 → 35), hindering its KO potential.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has less ending lag (FAF 68 → 62).
    • Buff The clean hit has a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.85×), making it slightly harder to DI.
    • Buff The clean and mid hit's hitboxes have been extended horizontally, and have varying horizontal offsets throughout the move instead of a static one. This increases the move's horizontal range and disjoint.
    • Buff The late hit has a marginally bigger hitbox (2.5u → 2.6u).
    • Change Wario has a surprised facial expression when using down smash.

Aerial attacks

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (12 frames → 7 (neutral, up), 16 → 10 (forward), 27 → 16 (back), 19 → 18 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has less ending lag (FAF 50 → 46).
    • Buff It auto-cancels one frame earlier (frame 44 → 43).
    • Buff Both hits deal slight shield damage (0 → 0.7).
    • Buff The first hit's body hitbox is much larger, and it has gained two additional hitboxes for Wario's respective hands (3u → 4.5u/3u/3u). This significantly increases its range all around, improving its utility for approaching.
    • Buff The first hit has a significantly longer duration (frame 4 → frames 4-17), with a late hit on frames 13-17 that deals 3% if Wario's arms hit; the second hit has more startup instead (frame 15 → 20). This covers a large part of the gap between it and the second hit, further improving its utility as an approach option.
    • Nerf The second hit has more startup with a shorter duration (frame 15-38 → 20-42), causing it to connect less reliably from the first hit's early frames at low percents.
      • Buff However, combined with the aforementioned changes, this further reduces the move's ending lag to only three frames, and allows it to auto-cancel immediately after the hitboxes cease. This considerably improves its combo potential on all accounts.
    • Buff The second hit has a stronger late hit during frames 27-42, dealing 5% damage. While this also increases its knockback, the move still has improved combo potential due to its lower ending and landing lag.
    • Nerf The first clean hit deals slightly less damage (6.5% → 6%).
    • Nerf The second hit has a smaller hitbox (4.5u → 3.5u).
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Wario's head enlarges slightly less during the move, but the hitbox placements remain unchanged, slightly increasing its disjoint and making it safer to use.
    • Buff It deals more knockback (20 base/100 scaling → 21/106), improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf Its initial auto-cancel window is one frame shorter (frames 1-5 → 1-4).
  • Down aerial:
    • Change Down aerial has a slightly different animation, with Wario putting his arms around his head, and his hands together in a diving pose.

Throws and other attacks

  • Grabs:
    • Buff All grabs are active for three frames instead of two.
    • Buff They have increased horizontal range (Z2 offset: 9.3u → 10.3u (standing), 11.3u → 12u (dash), -15.8u → -15.9u (pivot)).
    • Nerf They have more ending lag (FAF 30 → 36 (standing), 37 → 44 (dash), 35 → 39 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have more startup (frame 8 → 11 (dash), 12 (pivot)). As a result, Wario no longer has the same startup for all his grabs, nor has the fastest pivot grab in the game.
    • Change Wario's hand is placed lower when grabbing an opponent.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.6%).
    • Change It has much less startup (frame 5 → 2) and ending lag (FAF 19 → 8), but deals considerably more hitlag (4 frames → 15), keeping its effective duration unchanged. Relative to the rest of the cast, Wario's pummel is now among the slowest but most damaging, rather than average on both accounts.
    • Change Wario's finger points slightly higher when pummeling the opponent.
  • Change All of Wario's throws have been altered with more exaggerated animations.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw consists of a hitbox before the throw, like back throw in Brawl, allowing it to hit bystanders. Its total damage remains unchanged (12% → 4% (hit 1), 8% (throw)).
    • Nerf The throw portion's knockback scaling has not been fully compensated for its lower damage output (65 → 70). This significantly hinders its KO potential, no longer being one of the strongest forward throws in the game.
    • Nerf While the move's lag remains the same, it inflicts hitlag due to the new hitbox, making it easier to DI.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Due to Wario's faster jumpsquat, up throw has gained utility as a combo starter, with followups into up aerial from low to mid percents.
    • Nerf The throw portion deals less damage (7% → 4%; 11% total → 8%).
    • Buff The throw portion has more knockback scaling (72 → 105), allowing it to KO slightly earlier despite its lower damage.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff The throw portion deals more damage (4% → 7%; 8% total → 11%).
    • Change It has a more forceful animation, with Wario clenching his fists upon contact, better resembling the Ground Pound from the Wario Land games.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (8% → 10%).

Special moves

  • Chomp:
    • Buff Both biting opponents and eating projectiles now heals Wario; the former heals him by 0.6% per bite, while the latter does by 1%, like eating non-explosive items.
    • Buff The throw has much more knockback scaling (76 → 109), allowing it to KO at high percents.
    • Buff It has less ending lag after eating a projectile (FAF 36 → 26).
    • Buff The explosion from eating explosive items has less startup (frame 18 → 17), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 73 → 72).
    • Buff Eating explosive items deals less recoil damage (5% → 3%).
    • Nerf It has more ending lag if it misses (FAF 38 → 42).
    • Nerf It no longer grants intangibility on Wario's head.
  • Wario Bike:
    • Buff A thrown bike has noticeably altered knockback (50 (base)/0 (scaling) → 48/68), no longer being unable to scale with percent, and thus allowing it to KO at high percents. The launch angle was also changed (361° → 43°).
    • Buff The wheelie slam comes out faster, to where it can hit opponents as soon as the bike drops down, allowing it to hit aerial opponents more easily.
    • Buff The start of the wheelie deals slightly more damage (8% → 8.3%).
    • Nerf After the bike is destroyed or disappears, it has a cooldown of six seconds before it can be used again.
    • Nerf The bike no longer bounces as much when thrown, giving fewer options as a projectile.
    • Change Aerial Wario Bike has physics when Wario is not riding it, rather than staying static in animation.
    • Change Wario gets thrown forward and put into tumble if he hits a wall whilst riding the bike.
    • Change The bike releases smoke and sparks to signify how much damage it has taken.
    • Change Wario continually pumps his fist while performing a wheelie with the bike.
  • Corkscrew:
    • Buff The looping hits use five hitboxes instead of a single one, which are smaller (6.5u → 3u/4u/4u/4u/4u), but spread farther around Wario (Y offset: 11u → 6u/7u/7u/13u/13u, Z offset: 0u → 1u/4u/-3u/4u/-3u), increasing their range.
    • Buff Both the first hit and looping hits have altered angles (85°/115°/85°/105° → 127° (first hit), 104° → 80°/105°/115°/105°/115° (looping hits)) and are weight-independent, and the latter also have a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.6×) and SDI multiplier (0.5× → 0.3×). This allows them to connect more reliably.
    • Buff The looping hits' hitboxes deal different damage each (1% → 1%/1.2%/1.3%/1.4%/1.5%). This increases its total damage output, although it is much more inconsistent as a result.
    • Buff The last hit no longer have two separate hitboxes on each of Wario's hands, instead having one hitbox that extends between them. The body hitbox is also larger (4u → 5u) and placed lower (Y offset: 8u → 7u). Altogether, this increases the last hit's range, especially above Wario.
    • Change The last hit's hand hitbox has a lower hitlag multiplier (2.5× → 2×).
    • Change The last hit is weight-independent, hindering the move's KO potential against lighter targets, but improving it against heavier ones.
    • Change Wario's hands no longer expand for the last hit.
  • Wario Waft:
    • Change Wario Waft's fart cloud's visual effects have been redone.
    • Change Wario turns away from the screen when executing a fully charged Wario Waft.
    • Change A fully charged Waft triggers Special Zoom.
  • Wario-Man:
    • Change Wario-Man has been significantly overhauled. Instead of a transformation, it is a cinematic Final Smash where Wario dashes forward, hitting caught opponents several times in a comic book style and launching them away at the end, similar to Stampede!.
    • Nerf Wario-Man is significantly less effective overall, no longer giving Wario access to a stronger version of himself with invincibility and extremely fast attacks, instead limiting him to a ramming attack that has merely average power and is much easier to avoid.
    • Change Wario once again vocalize "Oooooh..." at the end of move like in Brawl, though it now plays during the final hit of cinematic rather than the deactivation itself.
    • Bug fix As a result, the undead glitch on the Stamina Mode, and results screen glitch on the timed team battle have been removed.

Update history

Wario has been slightly buffed via updates.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Wario can grab ledges faster after using down aerial (76 frames → 72).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Chomp can eat projectiles more easily.
  • Buff Chomp has less ending lag after eating a projectile (FAF 35 → 25).
  • Buff A yellow flash will manifest when Wario Bike is usable again.
  • Bug fix Wario is now able to consume the Staff with Chomp.
  • Bug fix The grounded state glitch has been fixed.
  • Bug fix Self-Destruct glitch with Wario-Man in Fourside has been fixed.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Bug fix Fixed a rare glitch where Wario's bike would instantly turn sideways.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Change Wario's head animation during hitstun was shifted.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Forward throw's first hit has altered placements (X offset: 1u → 0u; Y offset: -1u → -3u), preventing it from missing characters such as Ganondorf.
  • Buff Wario recovers faster from eating food (FAF 50 → 36).


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

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   4% A one-two punch. Among one of the worst neutral attacks in the game, due to its slow startup (frame 8) and lack of range, although it provides more reward than down tilt at lower percentages since down tilt cannot combo reliably until then. Similar to his two punch combo from Wario World.
Forward tilt   13% A quick, heavy-handed slap. The move can be angled, has a considerable range and is a versatile kill option at the ledge, with the downward-angled variant hitting every single ledge hang. Also disjointed due to his hand not possessing a hurt box and a big hitbox that reaches far from the hand.
Up tilt   6% (clean), 5% (late) Wario thrusts his outstretched hands upwards. It provides little knockback but is a potent combo starter, linking into many aerials and most notably, can confirm into Wario Waft. It also has a hitbox that lasts a relatively long time and the disjointed hands make it a good anti-air move. Possibly based off of Wario's victory animation in Wario Land II upon unlocking Time Attack mode.
Down tilt   4% Wario violently pokes the ground with his index finger, damaging opponents as he does so. It provides very little knockback and can combo into aerials and ground moves, most notably Dash Attack. It also has a long horizontal range and provides disjoint due to the hands lacking a hurt box, although the hitbox itself is very narrow and can miss opponents that are even slightly above it. Likely based on the "Touch" themed microgames from the WarioWare series.
Dash attack Shoulder Tackle 11% (clean), 5% (late/early, body) Wario performs his signature "Shoulder Tackle" dash attack from the Wario Land series. A powerful kill move with an extremely short startup on frame 5. The late hit is weaker but launches opponents at an upward angle, where Wario can potentially follow up with a juggle situation. The early hit has a sour spot inside Wario's body that is hard to hit and deals 5%. It has long-range due to Wario's momentum as he charges forward, allowing it to cross-up shields.
Forward smash   20% Wario winds back greatly with his fist, and delivers an enormous backhanded punch. Nearly the same range as his forward tilt, with a large hitbox that goes over Wario's fist. It has a high-end lag and the slowest startup of Wario's smash attacks but is very powerful. The winding back can allow moves to whiff, thus being punished by the attack. Due to coming out on frame 18 and having 46 frames of ending lag it is very punishable if missed.
Up smash   17% (early), 13% (late) A hard-hitting, arcing headbutt. Wario's head enlarges significantly during the attack and extends upward, has a large hitbox and has head intangibility, making it very disjointed. The attack has high launching power and covers a fair amount of both vertical and horizontal range, but has a comical amount of end lag with 45 frames, to the point where Wario would be standing and still be in lag. May be based on the third hit of his basic attack combo in Wario World.
Down smash   13% (early), 10% (late) Spins on the ground thrice, bashing foes with his head. The move consists of three hits, though only one hit can connect. The first hit is capable of KO'ing at high percents while subsequent hits are much weaker, and it launches at a low angle, good for gimping many recoveries. Hits most ledge hangs, although it possesses high-end lag, and the poor range makes it an unsafe move to use for the most part, although it is Wario's fastest smash attack at 8 frames.
Neutral aerial   6% (hit 1, early/late, body), 3% (hit 1, late, arms), 4% (hit 2; early) 5% (hit 2; late) Wario inflates his belly and spins in the air with his arms and legs spread wide. Very fast startup. The attack has two hits, further divided between a clean hit and late hit that act independently from each other. Unlike the second hit, which only has a hitbox on Wario's belly, the first hit has two additional hitboxes that cover his arms as well. Both hits can combo into each other at low and mid percents if Wario moves back and forth in the air, and has almost no ending lag, as he can act just 4 frames after the hitboxes cease, making it an excellent tool for combos and racking up damage. The late hit can lead to another aerial and even Wario Waft. It autocancels at frame 43, immediately after the hitboxes cease. Visually similar to Wario's crouch-jump from Virtual Boy Wario Land and Wario Land: Shake It!.
Forward aerial   7% (clean), 4.5% (late) A quick kick forwards. The first few frames do more damage and knockback. Low knockback and poor range, lacking a hitbox on the tip of the foot, but starts up very fast, making it useful for gimping or escaping pressure, as well as being a decent poking tool. The late hit can lock and also combos easily into other aerials at low percents. It autocancels in a short hop.
Back aerial   12% Wario propels his head backward. A viable KO move as it is his strongest aerial knockback-wise. It also has a relatively quick startup at frame 9 and sends at a somewhat low angle, but it has high ending lag and Wario can be hit, as his head enlarges and then slightly moves around. Autocancels if used at the peak a short hop.
Up aerial Hand Slap 13% Wario claps his hands and feet together in mid-air. His strongest aerial damage-wise with the best vertical knockback as well. A potent combo starter. If used after a fast fall, it can lead to an aerial and Wario Waft at low-mid percent. It also possesses a large hitbox and is disjointed due to the hands not having a hurt box. Fast for its power, coming out on frame 8, but has 38 frames of ending lag, which can make it punishable.
Down aerial   1.3% (hits 1-6), 4% (hit 7) Wario puts his hands above his head and spins while upside down, drilling with his hands and head. The last hit has powerful diagonal knockback that can KO at high percents. When landing with it before the final hit, it can often lead to a half waft, albeit not on heavier characters due to lack of hit stun. If the move fails to connect into the subsequent hits, it can also weakly meteor smash the opponent, although it cannot get stronger due to its set knockback. The move is visually similar to Wario's animation upon getting a birdie in Mario Golf (GBC).
Grab   Grabs the opponent by the torso with one hand. Based on his one-handed grabs in the Wario Land series.
Pummel   1.6% Pokes the opponent in the gut with his index finger. Likely based on the "Touch" themed microgames from the WarioWare series.
Forward throw   8% (throw), 4% (collateral) Launches the opponent forward with his rear-end. Can kill lightweights at higher percents, but struggles to kill mid and heavyweights. Also Wario's highest damage throw, useful for damage racking.
Back throw Wild Swing Ding 7% (throw), 8% (collateral) The Wild Swing Ding attack from Wario World. Grabs the opponent by the legs, spins them around three times and launches him/her behind himself, damaging those who come in contact with the spin, which can be good for getting opponents away if in a match with more than 2 characters. Despite being similar to Mario's back throw, it is surprisingly weak in damage and knockback, being unviable for killing.
Up throw   4% (throw), 4% (collateral) Wario tosses the opponent up and punches them upwards with enlarged fists. Can link into up airs at low and low-mid percents.
Down throw   7% (throw), 4% (collateral) Throws the opponent on the ground and slams them with his rear end. Hits the opponent at a low angle behind Wario, which can lead to follow-ups via reading the opponent's options afterward. The move and exaggerated animation are based on the ground pound move from Wario Land and Wario World.
Floor attack (front)   7% Wario gets up and pokes his finger both forwards and backward. A potential reference to the "Touch" themed microgames from the WarioWare series.
Floor attack (back)   7% Wario spins around, punching with his fist extended.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Wario thrusts his fists in front of him, then kicks his legs behind him.
Edge attack   10% Crawls up the ledge and flips onto his back, attacking with his fists. Among the fastest ledge attacks in the game.
Neutral special Chomp 2.4% (each bite), 5% (throw), 0.6% (self-heal), 13% (eating explosive), 3.6% (explosive self-damage) Wario opens his mouth and closes it upon the opponent, chewing on those who are caught, healing 0.6% damage per bite. It has a long-range and very fast startup (8 frames). It can be used to consume items and projectiles, healing 1% damage from items, and a third of the damage by a projectile's base damage. Eating explosives will cause them to detonate inside of Wario, harming him, but the explosion will damage nearby foes, providing good knockback. Healing items consumed with Chomp heal 1.5x more damage than normal. Consuming items lessens the time necessary to charge the Wario Waft. Based on the Hot Dog Hog microgame from the WarioWare series and the Hyper Suction move from Wario World.
Side special Wario Bike 0.6%-11.2% (ram, varies depending on acceleration and timing, full speed consistently deals 11.2%), 8.3% (wheelie beginning, can combo with ram), 5% (wheelie), 13% (wheelie ground slam), 7% (turn), 3% (turn late, can hit twice), 3.5% (jumped off) Wario climbs aboard his trademark Wario Bike and races around the stage, damaging opponents in his path. During this, from frame 1, Wario gains a small amount of knockback-based armor, able to take up to 20 units of knockback. Tilting the opposite direction on the ground will make him turn around, dealing damage and killing at high percents, and tilting in the air can adjust the angle of the Wario Bike and his jump afterward. Holding up will produce a wheelie, and pressing down during a wheelie makes the bike perform an extremely powerful ground slam.

After dismounting the bike, Wario can destroy it, throw it at opponents, or eat it with Chomp. The bike has 18 HP and is unaffected by the 1v1 multiplier. When thrown, the Wario Bike can launch opponents a fair distance, even KO'ing them at high percents. In the air, the bike gives a small initial vertical hop along with a free jump via dismounting it.

After losing the Wario Bike, Wario cannot summon another bike for 6 seconds, and only if he touches the ground again. If the player tries to do so before the cooldown ends or a Bike is already out, not within his reach, Wario will instead look helplessly around the stage for his bike. The look animation can be canceled if landing on the ground after initiating it in the air, or performing it in the air and reaching maximum fall speed.

Up special Corkscrew 5% (first hit), 1%-1.5% (hits 2-5), 4% (final hit) Wario launches himself into the air, hitting enemies multiple times while spinning. The final hit has decent diagonal knockback with the hands, KO'ing at high percents. Wario's body has a hitbox that launches up, although is very difficult to hit due to the hand hitboxes taking priority. The move can be steered diagonally left or right. Possibly based on the Corkscrew Conk from Wario World. While both moves feature vertical ascension, the two moves are different visually.
Down special Wario Waft 0% (no charge), 12%-15.5% (minor charge), 20%-29.9% (moderate charge), 27% (maximum charge), 20% (maximum charge headbutt) Flatulence that grows in strength and knockback the longer it goes unused. Its charge cannot be lost in any way without using the move itself. By Chomping items, the Wario Waft charges faster by 1.5 seconds. There are 4 levels of charge, all with varying effects: at no charge, the waft will always trip opponents but deals no damage and is the slowest waft (frame 16), the second level is the second slowest (frame 10), the third level (half-charged) is the fastest (frame 5) and has good KO potential, and the fully charged waft deals the most damage and knockback, has a huge hitbox below and super armor (frame 5-10), and also sends Wario flying upwards with a headbutt that has equally powerful KO potential, although is slower than the third level of charge (frame 9).
Final Smash Wario-Man 10% (tackle), 20.8% (successive hits; 1.3% each), 12% (fart), 10% (release), 52.8% (total) Wario consumes a bulb of garlic and propels himself into his opponents. If the move connects, Wario transforms into the masked anti-hero, Wario Man from the WarioWare series and splits himself into multiple copies, dealing a series of blows to opponents caught into the attack. The final blow is delivered by an explosive fart that launches the opponents, KO'ing them at mid to high percents. The strength of the final fart is not affected by the charge of Wario's down special.

On-screen appearance

  • Crashes onstage with his bike while laughing. Wario then jumps off and his bike explodes as he dusts himself off.


  • Up taunt: Laughs so hard that his jaw unhinges, in which he will then force his mouth shut with his hands.
  • Side taunt: Shakes his rear end at the screen with his hands extended in each direction while making an "Unh-unh!" kind of noise.
  • Down taunt: Faces the screen and shouts "Wah!" three times, with the third "Wah!" having the most enthusiasm. For each "Wah!" Wario holds up three fingers that form a "W" (his initials), first with his left hand, then his right, then both hands at the same time.
  • Bike taunt: Laughs and faces the screen while doing his signature "W" hand sign with both hands, and then picks his nose with his left hand.

Idle poses

  • Bashes his fists together twice.
  • Scratches his bottom while looking towards the screen.

Victory poses

  • Left: Walks forward, pats his belly twice, then farts, sniffs his behind, and scratches his head, saying "Ooh!" in surprise.
  • Up: Spins around with his motorcycle, stops facing the screen saying "Yes!" plucks the end of his mustache, and holds up three fingers in the shape of a W.
  • Right: Laughs gloatingly and then falls over, rolling on his back.
A remix of Stonecarving City's stage theme from Wario Land: Shake It!.

In competitive play

Since the beginning of Ultimate's metagame, Wario was commonly said to be superior to his previous iterations due to his more consistent KO options, his already fast speed being further increased, and his stronger, more reliable combo game. His waft is also notorious as a comeback mechanic for closing out stocks when in a dire or last stock situation. Tweek, in particular, has won several majors with the character, winning Let's Make Moves, Glitch 6, Frostbite 2019, and Glitch 8. Glutonny is also widely considered the best player in Europe, having won almost every European major and placing consistently high at majors in North America, most notably finishing 3rd at EVO 2019 with the character. Japan developed Wario's potential even further as he is one of the most represented characters in Japan, with many players such as Abadango, kameme, and Nietono using him as a main or secondary. Because of this, Wario is universally considered as a top-tier character, with Dabuz and Tea going as far as to consider him the single best character in the game.

Notable players

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.



Classic Mode: I'm-a Gonna Win!

Wario's congratulations screen.

All of Wario's opponents are champions who utilize brute strength and hard, heavy-hitting attacks, much like Wario himself.

While the English title refers to Wario's catchphrase in the international version of Mario Kart 64: "I'm-a Wario! I'm-a gonna win!", the Japanese title (オレ様怪力ナンバーワン!) more accurately reflects the theme of the route, translating roughly to "My super strength is number one!"

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Coliseum Death Mountain
2 Charizard CharizardHeadSSBU.png Pokémon Stadium 2 Victory Road - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire Charizard's Pokémon Trainer is absent.
3 Ike IkeHeadSSBU.png Arena Ferox Against the Dark Knight
4 King Dedede KingDededeHeadSSBU.png Fountain of Dreams Gourmet Race (Melee)
5 King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png Kongo Falls Crocodile Cacophony
6 Incineroar IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Pokémon Stadium The Battle at the Summit! Items do not appear.
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Wario has Ruins - Wario Land: Shake It! accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light

Finding Wario in World of Light

Although Wario does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Wario was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He can be found in the Dracula's Castle sub-area. A switch must be pressed to change the orientation of the lever blocking him.

Fighter Battle

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Wario SSBU.png
10,100 WarioWare, Inc. (Ω form) WarioWare, Inc.


Wario's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Wario in World of Light allows the player to preview the first 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 classic outfit has a Fighter Spirit of its own, available through the shop. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Wario also makes an appearance as a legend-class Primary Spirit as his alter ego, Wario-Man.

In Spirit battles

As the main opponent

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Chargin' Chuck Super Mario Series Wario Team WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png (×4)
1,800 Super Mario Maker (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy favors dash attacks Ground Theme - Super Mario World
Standard Bike Mario Kart Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png (×4)
2,100 Figure-8 Circuit N/A •The enemy's side special has increased power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Mario Kart Stadium - Mario Kart 8 Waluigi
Eggplant Man.png
Eggplant Man Wrecking Crew Series Wario Team WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png (×6)
1,900 Wrecking Crew (Battlefield form) •Item: Golden Hammer •Defeat an army of fighters Wrecking Crew Medley
King bulblin.png
King Bulblin & Lord Bullbo The Legend of Zelda Series Wario WarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
2,000 Bridge of Eldin N/A •The enemy favors dash attacks Main Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Groose The Legend of Zelda Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,800 Skyloft •Item: Exploding Types •The enemy starts the battle with a Bomber
•The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power
•The enemy loves to jump
Ballad of the Goddess (Original)
SSBU Pigma Dengar Spirit.png
Pigma Dengar Star Fox Series Wario WarioHeadClassicRedSSBU.png
Wolf WolfHeadPinkSSBU.png
4,300 Lylat Cruise (Battlefield form) •Move Speed ↑ •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy has increased move speed when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Star Wolf (Brawl)
Weezing Pokémon Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
2,200 Pokémon Stadium (hazards off) •Hazard: Poison Cloud •The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
Master Belch EarthBound Series Wario WarioHeadClassicGreenSSBU.png
4,200 Mario Bros. (Battlefield form) •Defense ↓
•Hazard: Sticky Floor
•The floor is sticky
•You have reduced defense after a little while
Unfounded Revenge / Smashing Song of Praise
Mr EAD Spirit.png
Mr. EAD F-Zero Series •Giant Wario WarioHeadRedSSBU.png
•Giant R.O.B. ROBHeadBlueSSBU.png
3,800 Big Blue N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy's dash attacks have increased power
•The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
Brain Cleaner
Specknose Kid Icarus Series Wario WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png (×3)
1,800 Reset Bomb Forest N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Kid Icarus Retro Medley
Dribble Spitz Spirit.png
Dribble & Spitz WarioWare Series Wario WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadGreenSSBU.png
4,000 Saffron City •Uncontrollable Speed •All fighters move faster and can't stop quickly after a little while
•The enemy favors side specials
WarioWare, Inc. Dribble
Wario-Man WarioWare Series Wario WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png
13,700 WarioWare, Inc. (hazards off) •Sudden Final Smash •The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
WarioWare, Inc.
Count Cannoli Wario Land Series Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,800 WarioWare, Inc. (hazards off) •Item: Transforming Types •Items will be pulled toward the enemy Ashley's Song
Frillard Animal Crossing Series Wario WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png
Isabelle IsabelleHeadYellowSSBU.png
Villager VillagerHeadPurpleSSBU.png
2,400 Town and City N/A •The enemy loves to taunt Town Hall and Tom Nook's Store - Animal Crossing: Wild World
Soda Popinski Spirit.png
Soda Popinski Punch-Out!! Series Wario WarioHeadClassicRedSSBU.png
9,300 Boxing Ring •Item Tidal Wave Stamina battle
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•Certain items will appear in large numbers
World Circuit Theme
Excitebike Excitebike Series Wario Team (×4) (WarioHeadRedSSBU.png,WarioHeadYellowSSBU.png,WarioHeadGreenSSBU.pngx2)
3,800 Mario Circuit N/A •The enemy favors side specials Excitebike - Mario Kart 8
Spirits old man lobber.png
Old Man Lobber The Legendary Starfy Series Wario WarioHeadClassicRedSSBU.png (×3)
3,800 Tortimer Island N/A •The enemy's throws have increased power
•The enemy favors grabs and throws
Tortimer Island Medley

As a minion

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Salsa Spirit.png
Salsa EarthBound Series Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadBlueSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadRedSSBU.png
1,700 Gerudo Valley (Battlefield form) •Item: Banana Peel •The enemy favors special moves Mother 3 Love Theme Fassad
Larachel Spirit.png
L'Arachel Fire Emblem Series Robin RobinHeadYellowSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadIndigoSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Castle Siege •Health Recovery •The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage Preparing to Advance Dozla
Dr Crygor.png
Dr. Crygor WarioWare Series Dr. Mario DrMarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
R.O.B. ROBHeadBlueSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,400 WarioWare, Inc. (hazards off) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Mike's Song Wario Bike
Princess Shokora.png
Princess Shokora Wario Land Series Peach PeachHeadFireSSBU.png
Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadRedSSBU.png
2,900 Mushroom Kingdom II •Item: Transforming Types •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Timed battle
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
Ruins - Wario Land: Shake It! Wario
Dion Max and Jack.png
Dion, Max, & Jack Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajima Villager VillagerHeadYellowSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadBlueSSBU.png
Wario WarioHeadClassicGreenSSBU.png
1,800 Tortimer Island •Item: Beastball •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Village of the Blue Maiden Max
Makoto Persona 5.png
Makoto Niijima Persona Series Sheik SheikHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Giant Clear Wario WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,000 Dracula's Castle (Ω form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy is invisible
Last Surprise Johanna

Alternate costumes

Wario Palette (SSBU).png
WarioHeadSSBU.png WarioHeadClassicSSBU.png WarioHeadRedSSBU.png WarioHeadClassicRedSSBU.png WarioHeadYellowSSBU.png WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png WarioHeadGreenSSBU.png WarioHeadClassicGreenSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video


  • Wario's entry on the Japanese Super Smash Blog was on August 2nd, 2018, the same day WarioWare Gold was released in Japan.
  • Wario's buttons on his overalls in the E3 video, his showcase video, and one of his website screenshots were incorrectly gold, as opposed to their usual white. However, in the final game, the error was corrected.
  • Wario, along with King K. Rool and Incineroar, each have a Classic Mode route that consists almost entirely of super-heavyweight fighters.
  • One of the Japanese website screenshots that show Wario using his neutral aerial shows him doing the move with an angry expression on his face, which was changed in the final release with Wario having a happy expression while using the move.
  • Despite receiving non-English voice actors in non-English versions of WarioWare Gold, Wario is still voiced by Charles Martinet in all versions of Ultimate.
  • Wario's overalls outfit has odd properties with his face in covering textures such as ink and the Metal Box's activation, with his face being covered instantly by these instead of gradually.
  • Prior to 8.0.0, Wario's forward throw did not work correctly on Ganondorf due to the first hit not connecting properly.
  • Wario and R.O.B. are the only Nintendo sole fighters who can be found in the Dark Realm