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My Top 10 Favourite Moves in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest in the multiplayer fighting Super Smash Brothers games, where players can choose from a variety of characters from various Nintendo titles and battle with them. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is played every moment of the day by fans around the world and now offers over 70 characters to choose from.

Players can choose from a variety of characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Players can choose from a variety of characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

With so many characters and move sets, what is the best character to choose? This all depends on personal preference; do you want a high-speed character or someone who can deal a lot of damage? There are various rankings and tiers for each character, and who you choose is yours to decide.

Each character (although some are 'copies' or near-copies of others, such as Daisy and Peach or Lucina and Marth) has their own move set. Some moves are OK, some are weak, and some are great. Here are my top ten favorite moves in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Dr. Tornado

Dr. Tornado

10. Dr. Tornado (Dr. Mario)

Doctor Mario has been a Smash character since Melee on the Gamecube. His down and B move, Dr. Tornado, is a special move that involves spinning, dealing significant damage to enemies, and sending them flying.

Mario also used to have this move but has been replaced with F.L.U.D.D. since Brawl.

Counter is a combo breaker.

Counter is a combo breaker.

9. Counter (Peach, Daisy, Marth, Lucina, Ike, Roy, Palutena, King K. Rool)

Counter is a useful move for reflecting attacks. It's a good combo breaker and can use enemies' strength against them! Counter can really turn the tables at the last moment and is particularly useful for incredibly powerful attacks such as Ganondorf's Warlock Punch or DK's Giant Punch.

Wario Bike

Wario Bike

8. Wario Bike (Wario)

Low-tier or not, no one can deny that Wario's motorcycle is a great move. It helps Wario reach the edge after he's been thrown off, it lets him mow down other players, and it offers a tiny health regeneration if he swallows it!

Charge Shot

Charge Shot

7. Charge Shot (Samus)

Samus is another character who has been around since the original Nintendo 64 Smash Brothers, and her incredibly powerful Charge Shot has featured as her B move in every release. Ideal for delivering a strong final blow against an opponent.

6. PK Freeze (Lucas)

Lucas' PK Freeze is even better in Smash Ultimate and can be devastating for a struggling opponent trying to land! If they're at a high percentage, it's hard for them to survive being frozen solid and yeeted off the screen.

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5. Down Smash (Donkey Kong)

Donkey Kong has a mean way of finishing off opponents by simply down-smashing them when they're off the edge. This is almost impossible to recover from and a great way for DK to get quick wins.

4. Stone (Kirby)

Yet another character who has been here through the beginning, Kirby is an adorable fighter with many great moves. One of these is Stone, activated with down and B, where Kirby transforms into one of several shapes to perform a strong crush against an opponent below.

Though this move can be dodged fairly easily and Kirby can be grabbed while it's activated, this move is great for two reasons: the fact that it can be canceled at any time by pressing B (unlike many other down and B moves) and the fact that it renders Kirby invulnerable for a short time, making it a great shield alternative in times of peril.

Flying Slam

Flying Slam

3. Flying Slam (Bowser)

Similar to a grab but activated with side-B, Bowser's Flying Slam is impossible to escape and extremely powerful, making for a devastating end move. Stay away from Bowser if your handicap is high because this is a great finisher!

Phantom Slash

Phantom Slash

2. Phantom Slash (Zelda)

Zelda is probably one of the best characters in Smash Ultimate and her move set is difficult to beat. Down-B summons a temporary phantom which protects Zelda and delivers a hit to the opponent ahead, from a small punch to a mighty sword slash depending on how powered up the move is.

Phantom Slash makes for a powerful edge guard finisher as well as part of a combo.

Din's Fire

Din's Fire

1. Din's Fire (Zelda)

Taking the number one spot is another move from Zelda - side and B creates Din's Fire, an exploding fiery projectile excellent for edge guarding and long-range attacks.

Though not the most powerful projectile in the game, Din's Fire can be controlled fairly well, and when combined with Phantom Slash, it renders Zelda players nearly unstoppable as they dominate the battlefield.

Honorable Mentions

Some honorable mentions of great Smash Ultimate moves include Young Link's Fire Arrow, Kirby's Inhale, Captain Falcon's Falcon Punch, and Palutena's Explosive Flame. Ultimate is a lot of fun and each player has their own style and character with whom they fight well. Who's your main, and what's your favorite move?

© 2019 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 02, 2020:

Hi Jeremy! I've been busted by some counter moves in my time. They're downright terrifying.

Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on March 01, 2020:


Great minds think alike, I did a similar countdown for projectile attacks! I completely agree with your counterattacks entry (especially Palutena's) since the main workaround for them (grabs) can't be used midair. And as you mention, the fact that they get stronger based on what they counter makes them nasty against power characters.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 10, 2020:

What a disgustingly sexist comment! :)

Cowasaurus on February 10, 2020:

When I found out that this was written by a girl, I knew this would be all wrong and inaccurate

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