This article is about Bowser Jr.'s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Bowser Jr..
The Jr. Clown Car this little fella rides in takes less damage when attacked than Bowser Jr. himself—so try to stay in the car when taking damage. The different color variations are the Koopalings!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Bowser Jr. is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He was confirmed to return on June 12, 2018, during E3 2018. As in the previous game, all of Bowser Jr.'s alternate costumes are one of the seven Koopalings. Bowser Jr. retains his voice from his Super Smash Bros. 4 incarnation.

When unlocked, he is fought at Delfino Plaza.



  • Good variety of attacks, balancing fast multi-hits and slower single-hit attacks, making him quite versatile.
  • All his attacks have disjointed hitboxes, meaning opponents will not cause damage if they hit his attacks directly. His Side Smash Attack is notable for having very low ending lag, being able to be cancelled into other moves.
  • High priority on many moves.
  • Very good recovery.
  • Takes less damage when hit on the Junior Clown Car.
  • Abandon Ship is a good anti-recovery move, and unlike other Up Specials, does not leave him in a helpless state, and also gives them a unique Aerial Attack which is stronger than his normal Air Attacks.
  • Good variety of combos and spacing options.
  • Powerful zoning game.
  • Clown Cannon can be charged to increase damage, speed, and range, and if charged enough can be dropped over edges on recovering opponents.
  • Clown Kart Dash is an amazing approach option, combo starter, and horizontal recovery; it can also be jumped out of, which is useful for mind-games when approaching or recovering
  • Mechakoopa provides outstanding stage control. It can be placed on platforms to prevent opponents from using that platforms. It can be tossed out from above as an approach option, used on edges to limit opponent's options, and can be picked up and thrown or z-air dropped by Bowser Jr. for combo set-ups and spacing tools


  • Clown Cannon and Mechakoopas cannot be spammed unless their respective projectiles disappear.
  • Clown Cannon has very low priority, can be easily avoided, and has high starting and ending lag.
  • Opponents can pick up a Mechakoopa and throw it back at Bowser Jr.
  • Many of his best damaging moves have a considerable startup and ending lags.
  • Low range on some attacks.
  • Weak throw attacks, which also lack follow up options.
  • Very predictable, with attacks being easy to identify due to the variety of weapons used.
  • Attacks with low knockback easily gimp Bowser Jr.'s Abandon Ship and leave him without recovery options, and while he can air-dodge this can hurt his recovery as he cannot grab the ledge while dodging.
  • Koopa Clown Car's spinning ground attack has high ending lag; the move also goes backwards a bit before moving forwards, which can hurt recovery especially if Bowser Jr. is near the blast line.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


Ground Attacks

  • The last hit of neutral attack is now an uppercut, giving it more vertical range.
  • His down tilt can now consume any healing items.

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks

  • Clown Cannon can now fire a cannonball while another one is already in play and the cannonball now spins instead of flying straight.


Ground Attacks

  • Neutral Attack: The Junior Clown Car performs a one-two combo, followed by a flurry of punches, followed by a jab.
  • Forward Tilt: The Junior Clown Car thrusts a pitchfork forward.
  • Up Tilt: The Junior Clown Car thrusts a pitchfork upward.
  • Down Tilt: The Junior Clown Car uses its tongue to lick forward three times.
  • Dash Attack: The Junior Clown Car opens its mouth to swing a grinder twice.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash (Smash Twin Drills): The Junior Clown Car uses two drills to drill the opponent in place.
  • Up Smash: Bowser Jr. performs a handstand to attack with the Junior Clown Car’s spinning propellor.
  • Down Smash: The Junior Clown Car slams wrecking balls on both sides.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): Gets up while spinning a pair of boxing gloves outstretched on both sides.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Gets up while spinning a Grinder around himself.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): Gets up while thrusting a pitchfork on both sides.
  • Ledge Attack: Slams a pair of wrecking balls while climbing up.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: The Junior Clown Car spins around with the boxing glove arms extended.
  • Forward aerial: The Junior Clown Car swings a wrecking ball forward in a circling motion.
  • Back aerial: The Junior Clown Car thrusts a wrecking ball backward.
  • Up aerial: Swings a hammer above himself.
  • Down aerial: The Junior Clown Car extends a drill from its underside hatch to pierce opponents.

Grabs and Throws

  • Grab: The Junior Clown Car extends a claw to grab the opponent.
  • Pummel: Hits the opponent with a toy hammer.
  • Forward Throw: The Junior Clown throws an uppercut.
  • Back Throw: The Junior Clown Car spins and then throws the opponent backward.
  • Up Throw: The Junior Clown Car flings the opponent upward.
  • Down Throw: The Junior Clown Car throws the opponent onto the ground and then extends a drill from its underside hatch to pierce opponents.

Special Moves

Bowser Jr.'s Special Moves
SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Clown Cannon
Side Special Clown Kart Dash
Up Special Abandon Ship
Down Special Mechakoopa
Final Smash Shadow Mario Paint


  • Up Taunt: Bowser Jr. jumps and sits on the rim of the Clown Car while exhaling a small flame.(Same for the other Koopalings.)
  • Side Taunt: Bowser Jr. pulls out a hammer and swings it around twice(.For the Koopalings, they pull out their Wands.)
  • Down Taunt: The Clown Car performs a doughnut in its go-kart form while sporting an angry expression, while Bowser Jr ending up dizzy.(Same for the other Koopalings)

On-Screen Appearance

  • Pop out from the clown car and mock(Same for the other Koopalings)

Idle Poses

  • Hop his clown car (Same for the other koopalings)
  • Look around his area.(Same for the other Koopalings)

Victory Poses

In competitive play

To be added

Classic Mode: Mama Peach, Where Are You?

All of Bowser Jr.'s opponents are princesses, some of which are teamed up with their love interest (or in Lucina's case, her father).

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Rosalina & Luma Mario Galaxy Rosalina in the Observatory / Luma's Theme
2 Lucina and Chrom Arena Ferox Prelude (Ablaze)
3 Daisy and Luigi Mushroom Kingdom U Mario Tennis / Mario Golf
4 Zelda Hyrule Castle Saria's Theme
5 6 Mii Fighters Peach's Castle Main Theme - Super Mario 64 The Mii Fighters all wear princess wigs.
6 Mario and Peach Delfino Plaza Delfino Plaza
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand On Intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand, and the track Master Hand / Crazy Hand plays during the battle.

Role in World of Light

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

Bowser Jr. was many of the fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He is found in one of two alternate pathlines on the Triforce of Power segment of the Sacred Land sub-area, guarded by various Legendary spirits.

Palette Swaps

Bowser Jr. Palette (SSBU).png


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