This article is about Wario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Wario.
Wario has unique attacks, like using his Wario Bike and releasing noxious gas. He can jump higher than normal by leaping from his bike, which comes in handy when recovering. For his Final Smash, he turns into Wario-Man and creates copies of himself for an all-out attack!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

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

When unlocked, he is fought at WarioWare, Inc.



  • Fast air acceleration.
  • Is a heavy weight, giving him high survivability.
  • Versatile moveset.
  • Chomp is a command grab.
  • Wario Waft is a fast KO move and good punish.
  • Amazing recovery with the combination of Corkscrew, Wario Bike and Wario Waft.


  • Lacks range on many moves.
  • No meteor smashes.
  • Smash Attacks have high end lag.
  • Relies mostly on Wario Waft as a quick and reliable KO move.
  • No conventional projectiles.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


Ground Attacks

  • Forward tilt has been changed to a heavy-handed slap.
  • Wario's dash attack has been changed to his shoulder bash from the Wario Land games (which was previously his forward smash in Brawl).

Aerial Attacks

  • Back aerial has significantly less ending lag.

Grabs and Throws

  • Down throw has an altered animation which makes it more resemble the Ground Pound from the aforementioned Wario Land games.

Special Attacks

  • Wario-Man is no longer a transformation. It now involves performing a cinematic comic book-style attack that launches enemies away at the end.
  • Chomp now heals Wario when he bites the opponent.
  • Wario Bike takes 6 seconds before it is able to respawn should Wario lose the motorcycle.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: A cross punch followed by an uppercut.
  • Forward Tilt: A heavy-handed slap.
  • Up Tilt: A "raise the roof" move.
  • Down Tilt: Pokes the ground.
  • Dash Attack (Shoulder Tackle): A shoulder tackle.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: A powerful backhanded punch.
  • Up Smash: An arcing headbutt.
  • Down Smash: Spins around on his bottom.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): A poke to both sides.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Spins with his fist extended.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): Punches both fists in front of him, then kicks both legs behind him.
  • Ledge Attack: Flips onto his back and punches both fists backward.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Inflates his stomach and spins with his limbs spread wide.
  • Forward aerial: A sex kick.
  • Back aerial: Thrusts his head backward.
  • Up aerial (Hand Slap): An overhead clap.
  • Down aerial: Spins upside-down.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Pokes the opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Hip thrusts the opponent forward.
  • Back Throw: Spins thrice and throws the opponent backward.
  • Up Throw: Punches the opponent into the air.
  • Down Throw: Takes the opponent down and Ground Pounds them.

Special Moves

Wario's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Chomp
Side Special Wario Bike
Up Special Corkscrew
Down Special Wario Waft
Final Smash Wario-Man


  • Up Taunt: Belly-laughs so hard his jaw unhinges and he has to manually put it back in place.
  • Side Taunt: Wiggles his rear at the screen with his hands extended in both directions.
  • Down Taunt: Shouts "Wah!" at the screen three times and holds up different hands each time with each making a three-fingered W.
  • Bike Taunt: Laughs at the screen while doing his "W" sign with both hands, then picks his nose with his left hand.

On-Screen Appearance

  • Rides in on his chopper which explodes after he dismounts.

Idle Poses

  • Stretches his arms criss-crossed as he tilts his head back.
  • Scratches his butt.

Victory Poses

  • Rides in on his chopper, giving his signature "W" pose with his hand.
  • Falls to ground, laughing hysterically.
  • Pats his stomach a few times before farting.

In competitive play

Since the beginning of Ultimate's metagame, Wario was commonly said to be superior to his previous iterations due to his more consistent KO options, his already fast speed being further increased, and his stronger, more reliable combo game. His waft is also notorious as a comeback mechanic for closing out stocks when in a dire or last stock situation. Wario also benefits from having a frame 3 jumpsquat greatly as he can now make more use out of his air game.

Unlike in Smash 4 where Wario's results diminished as the metagame went on, he has maintained the same level of success from all of his top players. Tweek, in particular, has won several majors with the character, winning Let's Make Moves, Glitch 6, Frostbite 2019, and Glitch 8. Glutonny is also the best player in Europe by a large margin, having won almost every European major and placing consistently high at majors in North America, most notably finishing 3rd at EVO 2019 with the character. Japan developed Wario's potential even further as he is one of the most represented characters in Japan, with many players such as Abadango, kameme, and Nietono using him as a main or secondary. Due to his dominance across the world, opinions on Wario have been extremely positive as ESAM, Leffen, MkLeo, Maister, Marss, and VoiD believe that the character is among top 5 in the game with Dabuz and Tea claiming that he is the absolute best character in the game.

However, this is slightly debatable due to nerfs that Wario received in patch 11.0.0 which nerfed his up tilt and his Wario Waft. These nerfs have made it noticeably harder for Wario to land his easiest confirms into waft. On top of that, Wario's notorious combo game is worse due to up tilt's nerf. Therefore Wario is seen as a less effective character than before; the extent of which is currently unknown, however.

Despite this, Wario is still seen as a top tier and is much better than his iteration in Smash 4.

Classic Mode: I'm-a Gonna Win!

All of Wario's opponents are champions who utilize brute strength and hard, heavy-hitting attacks, much like Wario himself. The only base roster heavy characters absent are Donkey Kong and Bowser.

While the English title refers to Wario's catchphrase in the international version of Mario Kart 64: "I'm-a Wario! I'm-a gonna win!", the Japanese title (オレ様怪力ナンバーワン!) more accurately reflects the theme of the route, translating roughly to "My super strength is number one!"

Role in World of Light

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

Wario was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He can be found in the Dracula's Castle sub-area. A switch must be pressed to change the orientation of the lever blocking him.

Palette Swaps



  • In the beta of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it is shown that Wario's overalls palette swap originally had gold buttons instead of white as seen in this image.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. entry to where Wario palette swaps alternate from Biker to Overall instead of listing all the Biker first and then the Overalls.
  • His last palette swap is a reference to Mario in the 1985 game, Super Mario Bros.

External links

WarioSymbol.svg Wario universe
Characters Wario (Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Side Characters Assist Trophies Kat & Ana  · Ashley
Mii Fighter Costumes Ashley  · Wario
Stage Hazard 5-Volt
Stages WarioWare, Inc.  · Gamer
Music List List of Music (WarioWare series)
Songs "Ashley's Song"  · "Mike's Song"  · "Mona Pizza's Song"
Collectibles Trophies Brawl Trophies  · 3DS Trophies  · Wii U Trophies
Stickers List of Stickers (WarioWare series)
Spirits List of spirits (Wario series)
Related universes Mario  · Donkey Kong  · Yoshi  · Wrecking Crew