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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Wii U Zero Suit Samus.png

Samus joins once again as a suitless contender, this time with some added firepower from her rocket boots! Zero Suit Samus is a very well-rounded character suited for offense. She is very quick and possesses a range of speedy attacks, making her a very agile attacker. She also has good reach for a speedster archetype, from her long legs she uses to kick to her Paralyzer shots and whip, which let her take on a more defensive approach as well. Zero Suit Samus also has one of the best combo games in the roster, being one of the few that can reliably combo into her KO move, Boost Kick, off of a grab. However, Zero Suit Samus's high jumps, which usually helps her continue air combos, makes it harder to connect her strong aerial moves against grounded enemies. For how important her throws are for racking damage, she also has a very slow tether grab. Nevertheless, Zero Suit Samus is a powerful character and a dangerous opponent, packing both speed, damage and reliable KOs.

Basic attributes[edit]

Upon losing her bulky power suit, Zero Suit Samus's weight drops from being the heaviest humanoid character to one of the lightest. However, without her armor weighing her down, Zero Suit Samus becomes much faster on all fronts, from attacking to dashing to advancing in the air. Strangely, she also falls much faster than regular Samus. Zero Suit Samus has a pretty high jump, and this combination of high jumps with high fall speed may give her a similar feel to Greninja.


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) Lightning Jab Zero Suit Samus punches, strikes with her gun then elbows her target away. The first hit has the quickest startup an attack can have in the game.
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 Rocket Roundhouse Zero Suit Samus does a roundhouse kick. The attack can be angled by tilting the control stick up or down.
(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 Handstand Scissor Zero Suit Samus does a scissor kick while upside down, hitting twice.
Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Up cpad+A button
Down lstick+A button Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Booster Sweep Zero Suit Samus does a low sweep kick.
Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Down cpad+A button
A button while dashing A button while dashing 2 button while dashing Thruster Charge Zero Suit Samus lunges forward a great distance.
A button while dashing A button while dashing A button while dashing
A button while hanging A button while hanging 2 button while hanging Zero Suit Samus climbs up and kicks.
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 Double Boosters Zero Suit Samus does two forward kicks powered up by her rocket boots.
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 Whip Cyclone Zero Suit Samus spins her whip over her.
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 Ground Paralyzer Zero Suit Samus fires a paralyzer shot in front of her t stun foes. Charging the move increases the stun duration.
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 Whip Ring Zero Suit Samus swings her whip around her.
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 Double Thrusters Zero Suit Samus kicks forward two times.
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 Rear Roundhouse Zero Suit Samus kicks behind her.
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 Rocket Flip Zero Suit Samus does a flip kick.
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 Zero Descent Zero Suit Samus does a fast dive kick. It's a meteor smash if the attack connects at her foot.
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
(ZL button or ZR button)Control-Modifier-(Air).png Z button+A buttonControl-Modifier-(Air).png Minus buttonControl-Modifier-(Air).png Whip Grab Zero Suit Samus uses her plasma whip to grab. It gives her grab a lot of range, but also makes it one of the slowest grabs in the game if it misses. Do not use grabs carelessly or you'll open yourself up to a punish. Zero Suit Samus can also use her whip in midair as an attack. The whip strike is weak but virtually lagless, so it's a great alternative to Zero Suit Samus's other moves when attacking foes in front. She can also use her whip to as a tether recovery, which has much better horizontal range than Boost Kick.
(Zl button or Zr button)Control-Modifier-(Air).png Z buttonControl-Modifier-(Air).png L buttonControl-Modifier-(Air).png
A button after grab A button after grab 2 button after grab Zero Knee Zero Suit Samus knees 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 Plasma Shock Zero Suit Samus zaps the grabbed opponent with her gun.
Right lstick after grab Right control after grab Right cpad after grab
Left lstick after grab Left nunchuk after grab Left dpad after grab Roundhouse Toss Zero Suit Samus kicks the grabbed opponent backwards.
Left lstick after grab Left control after grab Left cpad after grab
Up lstick after grab Up nunchuk after grab Up dpad after grab Flip Launch Zero Suit Samus kicks the grabbed opponent upwards.
Up lstick after grab Up control after grab Up cpad after grab
Down lstick after grab Down nunchuk after grab Down dpad after grab Heel Crush Zero Suit Samus drops the grabbed opponent to the ground and slams her foot down on them.
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 Paralyzer Zero Suit Samus fires a shot that travels forward and stuns foes it hits. Charging the shot increases its damage and stun but reduces its speed.
B button B button B button
Blast Shot Zero Suit Samus can fire her pistol faster and the shots move quicker and have more range. However, each shot can no longer stun enemies and has lower damage.
Electromagnetic Net Zero Suit Samus fires a low-range shot that grows in size as it moves forward. Worst damage among her neutral specials.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+B button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button Plasma Whip Zero Suit Samus swings her plasma whip out. Hit with the tip for maximum knockback. It also functions as a tether recovery in the air.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left control or Right control)+B button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+B button
Plasma Dash Zero Suit Samus charges forward, ramming into enemies in her way.
Whip Lash Only the tip of the whip can harm enemies, but it will knock them toward Zero Suit Samus.
Up lstick+B button Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Boost Kick Zero Suit Samus does a rising kick with her rocket boots providing lift, then finishes with a powerful roundhouse. Initiate this attack while parallel to your target to ensure all hits connect.
Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Up cpad+B button
Impact Kick Zero Suit Samus only hits once during her ascent, then again with the roundhouse. Each hit is stronger, but the hits combo less reliably.
Lateral Kick Zero Suit Samus boosts up at a more horizontal angle at the cost of height.
Down lstick+B button Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Flip Jump Zero Suit Samus flips forward or backward. If she touches an enemy while she is falling, she will jump off of them, burying grounded foes and meteor smashing aerial ones. Press the attack button during the flip to follow up with a kick, which is much stronger and has a powerful meteor smash at her foot.
Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Down cpad+B button
Shooting Star Flip Kick The flip doesn't hurt enemies, but the kick is much stronger.
Low Kick Zero Suit Samus flips with a lower arc, gaining distance while sacrificing height.

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 Zero Suit Samus throws her gun up, catches it and says "Is that all?".
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad
(Left dpad or Right dpad) 1 button+2 button A button Zero Suit Samus cracks her whip and says "Try me!".
(Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad)
Down dpad 2 button Down dpad+A button Zero Suit Samus twirls her whip around her and says "You're mine!".
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad

Final Smash - Gunship[edit]

Zero Suit Samus jumps into her iconic spaceship and flies into the foreground. After that, you view the screen from the gunship's perspective. Use the reticle to aim and press any attack button to fire powerful twin lasers at the spot your crosshairs are aimed at. The twin lasers hit multiple times and launches foes after they end. Zero Suit Samus gets five blasts before the Final Smash ends, although Gunship can also end if you take too long to use up all five shots. Gunship is a pretty effective Final Smash, giving you absolute invincibility for its whole duration while having the range of the entire screen, but the drawback is the laser blasts aren't particularly strong. Try to land multiple consecutive shots on a foe as they get knocked closer and closer to the edges of the screen to increase your chances of a KO. If you miss by a hair, you can still move the crosshairs a bit while firing to fine tune your aim.