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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Wii U Ike.png

The Radiant Hero is back and beefed up! Ike is a pure swordsman with great power and range owing to his massive Ragnell. This makes Ike a great beginner character, as one can easily rack up damage and KO early just by keeping their distance. Despite this, Ike is still a great pick for higher level matches due to his massive reach. Many of Ike's moves have large swooping arcs, so he is great at mid-range zoning and punishing rolls. Ike's weaknesses are pretty well-known, chief of which being that all of his attacks are pretty sluggish. Ike's horizontal recovery is also quite poor, often forcing Ike to recover from directly below the stage. Ike is often overlooked due to his slowness, but his awesome reach gives him a strong edge over other heavyweight powerhouses.

Basic attributes[edit]

Ike is one of the heaviest characters in the game, being as heavy as Wario. He has a poor dash, but his air speed is passable. Ike falls decently fast, suiting his high weight.


Moveset Analysis[edit]

Standard Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) 2 button(+2 button2 button2 button) Ragnell Combo Ike punches, knees then swings his sword down.
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button)
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+2 button Sword Fan Ike swings his sword out in front of him. The attack can be angled up or down by tilting the control stick.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left control or Right control)+A button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Up lstick+A button Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Hop Smack Ike thrusts his sword upward.
Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Up cpad+A button
Down lstick+A button Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Ragnell Sweep Ike swings his sword low to the ground.
Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Down cpad+A button
A button while dashing A button while dashing 2 button while dashing Swinging Lunge Ike swings his sword forward.
A button while dashing A button while dashing A button while dashing
A button while hanging A button while hanging 2 button while hanging Ike climbs up and kicks foes away.
A button while hanging A button while hanging A button while hanging

Smash Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button+2 button Deadly Swing Ike does a slow but powerful swing forward.
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left control or Right control)+A button Smash (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button Lethal Arc Ike swings his sword over him.
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up control+A button Smash Up cpad+A button
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button Double Strike Ike slashes at either side.
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down control+A button Smash Down cpad+A button

Air Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png 2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Ragnell Circle Ike swings his sword in a circle.
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Sword Club Ike swings his sword downward.
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Sword Blow Ike quickly swings his sword out behind him.
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Ragnell Propeller Ike rotates his sword over him.
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Meteor Spike Ike stabs downward, meteor smashing with the tip of the sword.
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png

Throws

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button after grab A button after grab 2 button after grab Heroic Headbutt Ike headbutts the grabbed opponent.
A button after grab A button after grab A button after grab
Right lstick after grab Right nunchuk after grab Right dpad after grab Radiant Kick Ike kicks the grabbed opponent forward.
Right lstick after grab Right control after grab Right cpad after grab
Left lstick after grab Left nunchuk after grab Left dpad after grab Hero's Roundhouse Ike swings the grabbed opponent backward and kicks them away.
Left lstick after grab Left control after grab Left cpad after grab
Up lstick after grab Up nunchuk after grab Up dpad after grab Mercenary Uppercut Ike punches the grabbed opponent upward.
Up lstick after grab Up control after grab Up cpad after grab
Down lstick after grab Down nunchuk after grab Down dpad after grab Radiant Stomp Ike stomps the grabbed opponent into the ground.
Down lstick after grab Down control after grab Down cpad after grab

Special Attacks[edit]

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
B button B button 1 button Eruption Ike charges up and stabs his sword at the ground, causing an explosion. The strength and radius of the blast increases with the charge, and Ike gains super armor upon full charge.
B button B button B button
Tempest Ike charges up much faster, but the attack is a lot weaker. However, it creates a huge tornado that blows away enemies.
Furious Eruption The explosion has greater range and power, but Ike takes damage upon using it partially or fully charged.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+B button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button Quick Draw Ike reels back and charges, then lunges forward. The more he charges, the greater the distance he goes. After reaching full charge, Ike can hold the charge for as long as he wants. While lunging forward, Ike will attack the first character in his path.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left control or Right control)+B button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+B button
Close Combat Ike charges forward with a tackle. The attack is weaker but can outprioritize some attacks.
Unyielding Blade Ike's swing does more damage and he gains super armor during the dash, but the dash is slower.
Up lstick+B button Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Aether Ike throws his sword straight up, leaps up after it and slams down. Ike is protected with super armor shortly after throwing his sword.
Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Up cpad+B button
Aether Drive Ike throws his sword up diagonally, gaining horizontal distance at the cost of some height. Also does slightly more damage.
Aether Wave The move is weaker, but Ike sends out a shockwave forward after landing similar to Kirby's Final Cutter.
Down lstick+B button Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Counter Ike goes into a defensive stance. If he is hit during this stance, he will strike back with increased force. Ike's counter activates slightly slower than the others.
Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Down cpad+B button
Paralyzing Counter Ike's counterattack stuns enemies, but does very low damage.
Smash Counter Ike counters a short while after he is attacked, retaliating harder than the default Counter.

Taunts

Control Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Up dpad 1 button Up dpad+A button Ike holds his sword up pointing it ahead and roars.
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad
(Left dpad or Right dpad) 1 button+2 button A button Ike swings his sword away and says "Prepare yourself!"
(Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad)
Down dpad 2 button Down dpad+A button Ike sticks his sword in the ground and says "Hmph!"
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad

Final Smash - Great Aether[edit]

Ike performs a flaming upward swing. If it hits, he will launch his target to the center top of the stage and deliver a hard-hitting combo of sword strikes. He then finishes with a burning descent, drawing his target down with him. The blast from the landing can also launch nearby enemies. Ike's Great Aether is one of the most popular Final Smashes in the game, one of the reasons being how effective it is. Its initiation strike has great range and coverage due to the length of the Ragnell, letting him potentially catch multiple foes in the move. It's also among the strongest Final Smashes there is, almost always KOing after the damage dealt from the combo. On stages with a high platform in the middle, it can even potentially KO from 0%!