This article is about Bowser's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Bowser.
Who's the greatest nemesis of all!? It's King Bowser! In Super Smash Bros. his power and weight make him a reliable fighter. Use his Fire Breath to keep opponents at bay, then use his damaging attacks to launch them off the stage! He transforms into Giga Bowser for his Final Smash and delivers a super powerful punch!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Bowser is a veteran fighter in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee. His return was confirmed at the E3 2018 Conference on June 12, 2018.



  • Heaviest fighter in the game.



Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • Up and side taunts have been shortened.
  • Bowser has two new victory poses.
  • Tough Guy has an amplified effect.

Ground Attacks

  • Down tilt has much less lag and can now trip.
  • Down smash is now a claw swipe that has more power and range than the previous down smash.

Aerial Attacks

  • All aerials have significantly less landing lag (neutral and back aerials have five frames less, forward and down aerials have ten frames less, and up aerial has sixteen frames less).

Grabs and Throws

  • Grab is faster.
  • Pummel is weaker, but quicker by comparison.
  • Up throw is much stronger and Bowser now hops when executing the final hit of the move.
  • Down throw is faster and stronger.

Special Attacks

  • Flying Slam spins Bowser around more dramatically and now has an explosion effect upon landing.
  • Aerial Whirling Fortress's last hit has greatly improved knockback.
  • Giga Bowser's functionality has drastically changed: rather than utilizing Bowser's Brawl moveset, he teleports to the background of the stage and aims a single punch that will force a Screen KO on its victims or do massive knockback upon them if their percentage is low enough.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Bowser punches forth once, and then punches forth with the opposite fist.
  • Forward Tilt: Bowser throws a backhanded punch.
  • Up Tilt: Bowser slashes his claws overhead.
  • Down Tilt: Bowser slashes his claws across the ground twice.
  • Dash Attack: Bowser throws a kick.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Bowser leaps forwards and throws a powerful dropkick.
  • Up Smash: Bowser leaps upwards, striking up with his spiky shell.
  • Down Smash: A claw swipe.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): Sweeps his claws along the ground.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Sweeps his claws along the ground.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): Sweeps his claws along the ground.
  • Ledge Attack: An inward claw swipe.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Bowser spins around in the air, slashing his claws around.
  • Forward aerial: Bowser swipes his claws in a downwards arc through the air.
  • Back aerial: Bowser kicks backwards with both legs.
  • Up aerial: Bowser throws a headbutt upwards.
  • Down aerial: Bowser retracts into his shell and dives downwards towards the ground.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Bowser headbutts the grabbed opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Bowser places the opponent on his horns and sways his head forward to launch the opponent.
  • Back Throw: Bowser lobs the opponent backward.
  • Up Throw: Bowser spins in his shell and launches the opponent upwards.
  • Down Throw: Bowser body slams the opponent.

Special Moves

Bowser's Special Moves
Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Fire Breath
Side Special Koopa Klaw Flying Slam
Up Special Whirling Fortress
Down Special Bowser Bomb
Final Smash Giga Bowser Giga Bowser Punch


  • Up Taunt: Sways his head backward while roaring and exhaling steam.
  • Side Taunt: Leans forward and chomps furiously.
  • Down Taunt: Teeters.

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play


Palette Swaps

Bowser Palette (SSBU)


External links