This article is about Fox's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Fox McCloud.
He can overwhelm his opponents with his quick movements, and his specials don't leave him open for counterattacks. His costume and voice have been redone to match his appearance in Star Fox Zero. This Fox is brand new! "Come on!"
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Fox is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the first playable character in Super Smash Bros. He was confirmed to return on June 12, 2018 during E3 2018.



  • Fast running speed.
  • Possesses the fastest falling and fast falling speed in the game, giving him excellent ground to air transitioning.
  • Capable of wall jumping.
  • Very fast attacks overall.
  • Excellent combo and ledgetrapping ability.
  • Many of his attacks can auto-cancel in short hops.
  • Has one of the strongest up smashes in the game.
  • Great horizontal and vertical recoveries, with Fox Illusion and Fire Fox, respectively.
  • Fox Illusion can be used twice in the air, greatly increasing his horizontal recovery.
  • Has a projectile, Blaster, that can be rapid-fired.
  • Fox Illusion can be used to quickly get in and out of combat.
  • Has a reflector.


  • Very light which makes him easy to launch and KO.
  • Fast falling speed makes him very easy to combo. Combined with his light weight. this gives him a very poor disadvantage state.
  • Blaster deals low damage, no knockback and doesn’t flinch.
  • Lacks a proper Meteor Smash, with neither Down Aerial nor aerial Reflector dealing enough downwards knockback.
  • Predictable and exploitable recovery.
  • Fox Illusion has no hitbox in Fox himself; rather it is in the after-image.
  • Fire Fox is quite slow and easy to intercept as a recovery, as well as having very low priority, not being reliable enough to be used offensively.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • Fox's design has been updated to match his appearance in Star Fox Zero.
  • Mike West reprise his role providing new voice clips sounding more akin those appearance in Star Fox Zero & Starlink: Battle for Atlas, while Takashi Ōhara now voices him in Japanese version.

Ground Attacks

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

  • All grabs have increased ending lag (FAF 29 → 37 (standing), 36 → 45 (dash), 34 → 40 (pivot)).
  • All grabs are less extended (Z2 offset: 9u → 8u (standing), 10.8u → 9.6u (dash), -15u → -13.5u (pivot)), reducing even further his already poor grab range.
  • Pummel:
  • Pummel deals less damage (1.2% → 1%)
  • It has less startup (frame 2 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 10 → 6), but deals considerably more hitlag (4 frames → 11), increasing its effective duration.
  • Pummel has an extended hitbox (Z offset: 6.5-9.5), improving its ability to hit bystanders.
  • Back throw:
  • Back throw launches opponents at a higher angle (45° → 56°), worsening its ability to set up edgeguards.
  • Down throw:
  • Due to the new knockback speed up effect decreasing hitstun for higher knockback values, as well as Fox's slower initial dash speed, the move has lost its combo potential almost entirely, only leading into a forward aerial at very low percents if the opponent does not DI away.
  • Down throw fires three lasers instead of four, but they deal more damage (1.5% → 2%), leaving the total damage unchanged.
  • Edge attack:
  • Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special Attacks


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Fox punches with an arm, then the other, and then unleashes a series of rapid kicks, which ends with a stronger one.
  • Forward Tilt: Fox does a side kick; can be angled up and down.
  • Up Tilt: Fox kicks behind himself in an upwards arc, hitting behind and above.
  • Down Tilt: Fox swings his tail across the ground.
  • Dash Attack: Fox leaps off the ground and kicks forwards.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Fox performs a butterfly kick, leaping forwards and kicking in a downwards motion.
  • Up Smash: Fox does a backflip, kicking upwards.
  • Down Smash: Fox does a splits kick, kicking to both sides.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack: As he climbs the edge, he projects himself forward and does a frontal kick with both legs.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Fox performs a sex kick.
  • Forward aerial (Tornado Kick): Fox spins around multiple times, throwing out five kicks in front of himself.
  • Back aerial: Fox kicks backwards with one leg.
  • Up aerial (McCloud Flip): Fox does a flip, kicking upwards and then striking upwards with his tail.
  • Down aerial: Fox drill kicks downwards.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Fox jabs his knee into the grabbed opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Fox punches the opponent forward.
  • Back Throw: Fox throws the opponent backwards and then fires three lasers at them.
  • Up Throw: Fox throws the opponent upwards and then fires three lasers at them.
  • Down Throw: Fox pins the opponent down and fires multiple lasers into them.

Special Moves

Fox's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Blaster
Side Special Fox Illusion
Up Special Fire Fox
Down Special Reflector
Final Smash Landmaster Team Star Fox


  • Up Taunt:
  • Down Taunt:
  • Side Taunt:

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

In stark contrast to pre-release Ultimate, where it was speculated that Fox would be an unviable character, Fox initially saw a very positive reception due to all of the indirect benefits he received from the game's engine as well as phenomenal results from professionals such as Light, Lui$, Paseriman, and ZD. Light especially was a top 10 player in the first year of Ultimate and had consistently made top 8 at national tournaments. In the early metagame, most players believed that Fox was a top-tier character, with some arguing that he was a top 5 character.

As the metagame progressed, however, Fox's results have steadily dropped as players have either gotten less consistent results such as Light, completely dropped Fox such as Larry Lurr, or have picked up other characters to cover Fox's bad matchups such as Lui$. Fox's placement became a huge topic of debate, with some players such as Dark Wizzy, MKLeo, and Tweek continuing to rank him as a top 10/15 character while others, including Light and Larry Lurr themselves, claiming that he's "overrated" and believing that he is high-tier at best due to his major weaknesses. On the other hand, Fox's perception in Japan is more optimistic as most of their top players rank him among the top 10 in the game, with Zackray ranking him 7th and Paseriman ranking him 4th.

In the online metagame, characters that require precision and strict reaction times are considered less viable. Due to this, Fox's results have dwindled significantly as all of Fox's best players have either temporarily dropped him or have not attended online tournaments at all. Despite receiving buffs during this period, Fox continued to see low results in the metagame, with players such as ESAM and Kola believing the character is not even top 20.

Overall, despite lower representation and perception from the early metagame, Fox continues to see strong results after the pandemic period thanks to the efforts of Light. Fox is considered to be one of the seven top-tier veterans in Smash 4 to place well in Ultimate despite their nerfs from Smash 4.

Classic Mode: Spaceborne Smash

Fox's opponents are all space travellers.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Samus Brinstar Title Theme - Metroid
2 Rosalina & Luma Mario Galaxy Egg Planet
3 Meta Knight Halberd Meta Knight's Revenge
4 Giant Dark Samus Frigate Orpheon Star Fox Medley Zero Suit Samus is a CPU ally.
5 Olimar Distant Planet Stage Select - Pikmin 2
6 Wolf Venom (Omega form) Star Wolf (Brawl)
Final Master Hand Final Destination ? On a high intensity, Crazy Hand teams up with Master Hand.

Role in World of Light

Fox was among the fighters that were on the cliffside that gathered to defeat the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Fox was issuing orders to the other fighters, telling them "[not to] let a single one [of the Master Hands] get away". Fox was also present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. He was vaporized offscreen, and was placed under Galeem's imprisonment alongside the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby). A puppet fighter cloned from him is later seen along with ones cloned from Simon, Mario and other fighters.

Fox is unlocked near a heart-shaped lake. The player must defeat either Nyna's or Panther Coroso's spirit to access his unlock battle. Unlocking Fox will allow the player to access the red switch which opens the red gate leading towards the Temple of Light sub-area as well as clearing a path blocked by rocks. This makes him one of the few mandatory fighter unlocks.

Fox is fought on the Omega version of Corneria, with a Shield spirit and a power of 3,770.

He is later seen again alongside Mario and several other fighters, making their last stand against Galeem and Dharkon. In the bad ending where Galeem emerges victorious against Dharkon, Fox is among the fighters witnessing the world becoming engulfed in light.

In Spirit Battles

As the Main Opponent

  • Krystal
  • James McCloud
  • Gyrowing
  • General Pepper
  • Vulpix (Tiny)
  • Alolan Vulpix (Tiny)
  • Revolver Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid 3)
  • Tails
  • Rouge the Bat
  • Redd
  • Raymond Bryce
  • Russ
  • Tempo

As a Minion

Palette Swaps


Tips about a character's background and how to use that character can appear at random intervals on the loading screen. The player can also access the full list of tips at any time in the "Vault" section. The following tips are copied verbatim from the in-game text.

  • Fox's Origins: Fox made his debut in 1993, in the SNES game Star Fox. In his fighter craft, the Arwing, he fought to take down the evil scientist Andross.
  • In His Series: Fox is the leader of the mercenary group Star Fox. He cares about his team and has a strong sense of justice. He heads to Venom to defeat Andross, the scientist responsible for the disappearance of his father.
  • Blaster (Neutral Special): The Blaster fires quickly, and its shots go a long way, but enemies won't flinch when they're hit, so use this at a safe distance.
  • Fox Illusion (Side Special): When you use this move on the ground, Fox will always stop if he reaches an edge. When used in the air, you need to be a little more careful.
  • Using Fox Illusion Effectively (Side Special): A shielded opponent will stop Fox in his tracks, leaving him open to counterattack. Try to use this move when your opponent can't anticipate it.
  • Reflector (Down Special): This move can reflect projectiles, and it also damages nearby opponents when activated.
  • Reflector in the Air (Down Special): Using Reflector in midair slows down Fox's fall back to the ground. Using this when an enemy is about to attack from below can throw off their timing.
  • Launching with Reflector (Down Special): A direct hit from Reflector will launch opponents at a low angle. You can use this to disrupt an opponent trying to make their way back to the stage.
  • Team Star Fox (Final Smash): The full force of Team Star Fox engages the targeted opponents. If Wolf is one of the opponents, Fox will deliver a special line.
  • Tornado Kick (Forward Air Attack): Time your attack so that you land before hitting your opponent for a fifth time. They'll bounce off the ground, and you can make follow-up attacks.
  • McCloud Flip (Up Air): A two-part attack where Fox kicks and swats opponents with his tail. It's great for doing damage and launching opponents.


External links

StarFoxSymbol.svg Star Fox universe
Characters Fox McCloud (64  · Melee  · Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Falco Lombardi (Melee  · Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Wolf O'Donnell (Brawl · Ultimate)
Side Characters Assist Trophies Andross  · Krystal
Mii Fighter Costume Fox McCloud
Background characters Fox McCloud  · Falco Lombardi  · Slippy Toad  · Peppy Hare  · Krystal  · ROB 64  · Wolf O'Donnell  · Leon Powalski  · Panther Caroso
Miscellaneous Arwing  · Wolfen  · Great Fox
Stages Sector Z  · Corneria  · Venom  · Lylat Cruise  · Orbital Gate Assault
Item Smart Bomb
Music List of Music (Star Fox series)
Collectibles Trophies Melee Trophies  · Brawl Trophies  · 3DS Trophies  · Wii U Trophies
Stickers List of Stickers (Star Fox series)
Spirits List of spirits (Star Fox series)
Masterpieces Star Fox 64