This article is about Samus' appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Samus.
With her Charge Shot, Missile, and Bomb, Samus has three different projectiles to keep her opponents in check from a distance. When fully charged up, her Charge Shot is quite powerful. For her Final Smash, she launches a wide laser beam that can be moved up and down!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Samus is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Her return was hinted in the first teaser trailer in March 2018 before being officially confirmed at the E3 2018 Conference on June 12, 2018. In this game, Samus is once again modeled after how she appeared in Metroid: Other M.



  • Heavy weight grants high survivability.
  • Capable of wall jumping.
  • Possesses a tether recovery.
  • Has the longest grab range in the game.
  • Floatiness allows her to escape combos.
  • Fast pummel.
  • Down aerial can meteor smash.
  • Multiple projectiles allow her to effectively zone out opponents.
  • Charge Shot is a powerful ranged kill move.
  • Missiles can assist in combos and are an effective zoning tool.
  • Bombs allow Samus to briefly stall in the air, assisting recovery.
  • Screw Attack has high priority and good ledge sweet spot range.


  • Floatiness makes landing difficult.
  • Lacks priority on many moves.
  • Considerable lag on many moves.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • Has a faster roll now.

Ground Attacks

Aerial Attacks

  • Down aerial has faster start-up.

Grabs and Throws

  • Samus has a new up throw.

Special Attacks

  • Charge Shot can now be charged in midair instead of being released. It can also be cancelled in midair, though doing so is riskier than cancelling it on the ground.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack (Straight and Cannon Hammer): Samus throws a jab, then swings her arm cannon in a downwards arc in front of herself.
  • Forward Tilt: Samus performs a side kick.
  • Up Tilt: Samus performs an axe kick.
  • Down Tilt: Samus thrusts her arm cannon across the ground; an explosion occurs at the barrel of the arm cannon.
  • Dash Attack: Samus rams her shoulder forwards in a tackling maneuver.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Samus punches forwards with her arm cannon, which then releases an explosion from the barrel.
  • Up Smash: Samus swings her arm cannon overhead, releasing multiple explosions from the barrel.
  • Down Smash: Samus sweeps her leg across the ground, hitting on each side.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): Swings her arm cannon in front of herself and then fires a blast behind herself.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Performs a low-level roundhouse kick.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): Performs a shin kick in front of herself and then fires a blast behind herself.
  • Ledge Attack: Performs a legsweep while climbing up.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Samus spins around horizontally while kicking with one leg to each side.
  • Forward aerial: Samus swings her arm cannon on a downwards arc in front of herself while releasing multiple small explosions from the barrel.
  • Back aerial: Samus kicks backwards with one leg.
  • Up aerial: Samus performs a drill kick upwards.
  • Down aerial: Samus swings her arm cannon below herself; spikes when sweetspotted.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Samus smacks the opponent in the face.
  • Forward Throw: Samus hurls opponent forward.
  • Back Throw: Samus hurls opponent backwards.
  • Up Throw: Samus uses her arm cannon to blast the opponent upwards.
  • Down Throw: Samus slams the opponent into the ground.

Special Moves

Samus's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Charge Shot
Side Special Missile
Up Special Screw Attack
Down Special Bomb
Final Smash Zero Laser


  • Up Taunt: Salutes vigorously with her left arm as her thrusters activate.
  • Down Taunt: Aims her Arm Cannon behind herself, then kneels while aiming it in front of herself.
  • Side Taunt: Faces the screen and changes her Arm Cannon to its Zero Laser configuration.

On-Screen Appearance

Arrives from a Save Station.

Idle Poses

  • Rubs her Arm Cannon with one finger.
  • Brings her Arm Cannon down and then pulls it back up.

Victory Poses

  • Left: Lands on the ground and readies her Arm Cannon.
  • Up: Fires multiple shots from her Arm Cannon while kneeling, then strikes a pose. The pose is based on her appearance on the cover of Metroid II: Return of Samus.
  • Right: Fires a Super Missile and strikes a pose similar to her official artwork.

In competitive play

To be added

In Spirit Battles

As the Main Opponent

  • Gravity Suit
  • Chozo Statue
  • Kanden
  • Trace
  • Skull Man (Reflect)
  • Sandbag (Giant)
  • ST Falcon
  • Flare

As a Minion

  • Dark Man 4 (x3)
  • Diskun
  • Bayonette

Palette Swaps

800px-Samus Palette (SSBU)



  • Samus is the only starting character to have an Echo Fighter.

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