Wario (ワリオ, Wario) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018. Wario is classified as fighter #30.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Wario must then be defeated on WarioWare, Inc..
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Wario's moveset has been slightly altered to be more reflective of the Wario Land series, as the series' iconic Shoulder Tackle and Ground Pound are now referenced in his dash attack and down throw respectively.
Wario has been significantly buffed in the transition from SSB4 to Ultimate. With a faster dash speed and higher air speed, Wario's overall mobility has been improved, allowing for both safer approaches and recovery. Directional airdodges 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. Wario also received multiple new KO'ing options, most notably his new dash attack, which deals greater knockback, and can also be used as an effective tech-chasing tool. Chomp also now heals damage from Wario when biting an opponent or eating projectiles, overall improving his survivability.
Wario did receive a few nerfs however, 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.
Because of these changes, Wario has been a very high-placing character in many Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments, due to players such as Tweek, Glutonny, TheReflexWonder, and HIKARU utilizing him to win major tournaments such as Valhalla II, Let's Make Moves, and Glitch 6, as well as high place finishes at GENESIS 6.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: I'm-a Gonna Win!
All of Wario's opponents are champions who utilize brute strength and hard, heavy-hitting attacks, much like Wario himself. The title refers to Wario's catchphrase in the international version of Mario Kart 64: "I'm-a Wario! I'm-a gonna win!"
Role 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.
Wario's default Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. Both the default and alternate Fighter Spirits are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Wario also makes an appearance as a Primary Spirit as his alter ego, Wario-Man.
Character Showcase Video
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