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This article is about Dark Samus' appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Dark Samus.
Dark Samus joins the battle as Samus's echo fighter. With floatier movement, it's a little different from Samus--and it doesn't roll when dodging or jumping. If you look closely, you can see that its bombs and missiles look a little different, too.
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Dark Samus is a newcomer fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, serving as an unlockable character and an Echo Fighter of Samus. It was confirmed during the August 8th Smash Direct.

How to Unlock

  • Play VS matches, with Dark Samus being the 50th fighter unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Samus or any character in her unlock tree, with Dark Samus being unlocked after Incineroar.
  • Have Dark Samus join the party in World of Light.

In the first two methods, Dark Samus must be fought and defeated on Frigate Orpheon.

Attributes

Strengths

Weaknesses

Summary

Moveset

Ground Attacks

Normal

  • Neutral Attack: Low damage, quick punch accompanied by overhead smash. Best used defensively.
  • Forward Tilt: Roundhouse kick plus knockback.
  • Up Tilt: Crescent Axe Kick, bringing leg up to smash down on opponents. Anti-air, but good combo starter.
  • Down Tilt: Quick ground strike with Arm Cannon that launches opponents into the air.
  • Dash Attack: Shoulder tackle foe, launching them into the air.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Slower attack that results in explosion, area-of-effect knockback. Good for opponents on edge-hanging foes.
  • Up Smash: Series of shots skyward juggles foe, then launches them skyward. High damage, with the bulk of it in the last shot.
  • Down Smash: Leg sweep, quicker of the smashes.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack:

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Moderate damage, aerial spin kick.
  • Forward aerial: Descent coupled with Arm Cannon shots. Good to use as recovery from ledge falls to deter foes and get to a safe spot.
  • Back aerial: Back kick with knockback.
  • Up aerial: With legs vertically up, spinning air attack that launches foes higher. Quick, and a good way to edge recover and control the aerial landscape.
  • Down aerial: Downward sweeping blast with Arm Cannon. Landing meteor smash on foe attempting to ledge recover will likely result in a KO.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Ranged grab with Plasma Whip.
  • Forward Throw: Throw opponent with Plasma Whip forward.
  • Back Throw: Throw opponent with Plasma Whip backward.
  • Up Throw: Cannon launch into the air.
  • Down Throw: Slam that bounces foe.

Special Moves

Dark Samus' Special Moves
Ultimate
Standard Special Charge Shot
Side Special Missile
Up Special Screw Attack
Down Special Bomb
Final Smash Phazon Laser

Taunts

  • Up Taunt: Floats upright while emitting Phazon.
  • Side Taunt: Spins in place while emitting Phaon.
  • Down Taunt: Crouches and holds her Arm Cannon upright.

On-Screen Appearance

  • Emerges from a portal of darkness

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

  • Raises her arm into the air before lowering it in a fist pump.
  • Splits into two clones before reforming while holding her her Arm cannon upright.
  • Turns around before the camera zooms into her face.

In competitive play

To be added

In Spirit Battles

As the Main Opponent

Palette Swaps

Dark Samus Palette (SSBU)

Trivia

  • Dark Samus is the second fighter who was once an Assist Trophy in a previous Super Smash Bros. installment, the first being Little Mac and the third being Isabelle
  • Dark Samus is the only echo fighter based on a starter character.
  • Dark Samus is the first fighter to be referred to as "genderless" in Ultimate, being a construct made from Phazon.

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