Smash Ultimate already has plenty of basic sword wielding Fire Emblem characters. At least Ike can claim to be one of the early entrants in the Super Smash Bros. series, making his franchise debut in Brawl. It’s one little wrinkle that sets this fairly basic fighter apart from the much more colorful cast of gods and monsters populating the Smash Ultimate roster.
Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.
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You can’t say that Ike doesn’t know his way around that big sword of his. Most of his moves involve slashes, thrusts, and summoning great, big gouts of fire with his blade. He also has a counter move that blocks incoming damage and redirects it back at his opponents. So there’s a bit of finesses to this otherwise straightforward fencer.
According to Ike’s official Nintendo character description…
Ike’s side smash attack is extremely powerful, but it leaves him open, so you’ll need to read your opponent’s moves carefully. You can choose between his Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn costumes.
Eruption (B) – Plunges his sword into the ground, triggering a fiery burst. Suffers damage by his own hand when fully charged.
Quick Draw (Side + B) – Lunges forward and slashes at any foe in his path. Can be charged.
Aether (Up + B) – Throws his sword upward, jumps to grab it, and then swings it on the way down.
Counter (Down + B) – Blocks and counters an attack. The strength of the opponent’s strike decides the strength of the counter.
Great Aether (Final Smash) – Ike knocks his foes into the air and then strikes them repeatedly. Finally, he slams them down to the ground with a single powerful blow. The first strike lacks reach, but it can hit multiple opponents.
Strengths & Weaknesses
We like Ike. Or rather, Smash Ultimate seems to like Ike. The Fire Emblem boy with the big sword (uh, one of them anyway) can dish out a lot of damage and guard the ledge pretty well. Trading blow-for-blow with Ike usually ends in his favor. If you’re all about the big, heavy sword swings, good news: so is Ike.
His recovery game is still lacking, however, thanks to the short vertical distance on his up-B. When Ike leaves solid ground — or worse, when he’s sent flying off-stage — things get hairy. Best to keep on the stage,. If you do go airborne, try to keep Ike near a ledge.
Another Fire Emblem character, another set of very slightly different costumes. At the very least, his two different costumes — from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn — are represented. They just don’t look that different from one another. But there’s something to be said for how flashy his big cape looks. It’s so colorful!
And that’s most of what we know about Ike for the time being! Lovers of sword-swinging Fire Emblem characters sure have their pick of the litter in Smash Ultimate. But maybe this blue-haired bad boy is the one for you? Take our tips into battle, give him a try, and find out for yourself!
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.