Zoroark (ゾロアーク, Zoroark) is a Dark-type Pokémon introduced in the series' fifth generation. It is known as the Illusion Fox Pokémon.
Zoroark is a Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V, and was the very first Generation V Pokémon ever revealed, being the main character in the movie Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Zoroark is categorized within the Pokédex at #571 as the "Illusion Fox Pokémon". It evolves from Zorua starting at level 30. It and Zorua are only available in Black and White by using event Pokémon, though it can be found in the wild in Pokémon X and Y: its original rarity might be the reason for its ability to appear out of a Master Ball in Super Smash Bros. 4. Zorua and Zoroark have the signature Ability Illusion, which allows them to pose as the last Pokémon in the party they belong to while retaining their moveset and typing until they are hit by an attack.
Fury Swipes is a common physical Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It has 80% accuracy and hits the target 2-5 times with 18 base power for every hit. Zoroark can learn it at level 13 when still a Zorua, or via Move Reminder.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Zoroark appears as a Poké Ball and Master Ball Pokémon. When summoned, the entire screen turns darker, and Zoroark will pause before teleporting behind an opponent, attempting to hit them with a slash. The initial trapping slash can be safely shielded; if Zoroark fails to catch an opponent, it will teleport and try again several times.
On hit, the opponent gets sent to the top of the screen, where Zoroark pelts them with repeated Fury Swipes before slamming its target to the ground. Its combo does 15 hits for a total of 38%, while the finisher can KO at high percentages. Overall, the attack is very similar to some Final Smashes like Great Aether and Secret Ninja Attack, although it is noticeably weaker, and the final hit can usually be safely teched unlike these final smashes.
CPU players will hold their shields up for long periods of time when Zoroark is summoned, presumably in an attempt to avoid being hit by the initial slash. They will do this even if Zoroark isn't close, allowing human players to do an easy shield break.
Smash Balls will not appear while Zoroark is on the battlefield and vice versa, to prevent Final Smashes that take opponents to the top of the stage (such as Great Aether) from clashing with Zoroark.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Zoroark reprises its role as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It appears to have the same behaviour as it did in Smash 4. A glitch exists involving Zoroark, in which a fighter who is in the Fury Swipes attack is hit by a Hammer or Golden Hammer, and the temporary invincibility caused by the special hitlag of the items prevents Zoroark's final attack from connecting, leaving the fighter stuck in the air until they are hit. If another Zoroark is spawned, it will crash the game if Zoroark targets that fighter while they are trapped. This glitch was patched in 10.0.0