This article is about Ness' appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Ness.
Ness has a variety of moves, from long-range attacks using psychic powers known as "PSI," to short-range attacks with his bat and yo-yo. Ness can also unleash PK Thunder, a guided attack that can launch him like a rocket or help him recover!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

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





Changes from SSBWU/3DS


Ground Attacks

Aerial Attacks

  • Ness' up-air has been changed to a multi-hit attack.

Grabs and Throws

  • Ness' grab and pummel now make use of his PSI.
  • Ness' down throw now has more circular effects to it to replicate the animations of PSI attacks in the Earthbound games.

Special Attacks

  • PK Flash moves faster and doesn't put Ness into a helpless state when used in the air.
  • PK Thunder has hexagonal effects around it to make it more visible. It is also a reference to the animations of PSI attacks in EarthBound.
    • Moreover, a small arrow will appear to point Ness' launching direction when PK Thunder is close to him.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Ness throws a punch, then a second punch, and then finishes with a kick.
  • Forward Tilt: Ness does a side kick; can be angled up and down.
  • Up Tilt: Ness thrusts upwards with his hands, some PSI energy appearing from his fingertips.
  • Down Tilt: Ness kicks low to the ground.
  • Dash Attack: Ness thrusts his hands forwards and releases multiple sparks of PSI energy.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash (Batter Up!): Ness swings his signature baseball bat forwards; will reflect projectiles.
  • Up Smash (Around the World): Ness does an "Around the World" trick with his yo-yo, hitting in front of himself and then overhead, ending behind him.
  • Down Smash: Ness does a "Walk the Cat" trick with his yo-yo, hitting low to the ground behind him and then in front of himself.

Other attacks

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

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Ness spins around with his outstretched arms emitting PSI, similar to Zelda's Neutral Aerial.
  • Forward aerial: Ness thrusts both hands forwards and releases multiple shocks of PSI energy.
  • Back aerial: Ness kicks backwards with both legs.
  • Up aerial: Ness waves his hand overhead and emits PSI-Energy from his index finger, hitting 5 times.
  • Down aerial: Ness stomps downwards with one foot, PSI energy bursting from the tip of his foot.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Ness pummels his opponent with PSI-Energy.
  • Forward Throw: Ness uses psychic powers to spin the opponent around before hurling them forward.
  • Back Throw (Reverse PK Throw): Ness uses telekinesis to flip the opponent over him and then hurl them backwards.
  • Up Throw: Ness spins opponent above his head with PSI-Energy, then throws them upwards.
  • Down Throw: Ness hurls opponents beneath him and blasts multiple bolts of fire into them.

Special Moves

Ness's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special PK Fire PK Flash
Side Special PK Fire
Up Special PK Thunder
Down Special PSI Magnet
Final Smash PK Starstorm


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

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

To be added


Palette Swaps

800px-Ness Palette (SSBU)


External links