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.
Wario is a highly agile heavyweight fighter with great aerial control and speed. While he isn't particularly fast on the ground, his ability to weave in and out of his opponents space with aerial movement is a significant aspect of his character, along with the fact that he isn't particularly large like most characters in his weight class. 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 combo tool. With the newly reduced universal 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 makes 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 Smash are among the strongest in the cast, although the latter is extremely laggy and more 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 and one of the strongest dash attacks in the game. While his grabs themselves have poor speed, they are generally very damaging, with his up throw even being able to combo into his up aerial. While Wario's attacks are slightly more on the slow and strong side, his incredible mobility and high weight allow him to overwhelm his opponents through smart reads and tricky movements.
Wario's specials are unorthodox and a huge source of his strength. Chomp is a fast and short ranged command grab that heals him if he lands it, boosting his already high survivability. It also has the potential to kill near the ledge and absorb items and projectiles which will heal him and charge his Wario Waft. The Waft is perhaps his most significant move, because with time, it is a highly damaging kill move with extremely fast start up. With the Waft in his arsenal, any match can be turned around with the right read. The Wario Bike is an important but risky move with many strengths and weaknesses. It can be used to surprise unsuspecting players as an approach tool that can blow past some projectiles, dismounted and thrown as 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. He has poor range and lacks projectile attacks outside of a dismounted Wario Bike, and thus must take a risk whenever he wants to do 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 weakness of having poor range, so he can sometimes be overwhelmed in the neutral against small characters with good 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 projectiles, and his versatile options give players just the tools to do it.
While his unorthodox style 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'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, Zackray, TheReflexWonder, and HIKARU utilizing him to win major tournaments such as Valhalla II, Let's Make Moves, Glitch 6, and Frostbite 2019, as well as high place finishes at GENESIS 6, Smash Ultimate Summit and 2GG: Prime Saga.
Wario has been slightly buffed via updates.
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.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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