Smash Ultimate is mostly comprised of characters that appeared in previous games in the series. But there are a few exceptions. One of the most notable is Incineroar, who just feels custom built for a fighting game from the start. The flaming, wrestling cat-man is as flamboyant as they are interesting to play. That’s a good thing. It really helps this Pokemon stand out from the very, very big crowd they’re entering for the first time ever.
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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Incineroar is actually the final evolution of a recent starter Pokemon: Litten. That cutesy character grew up into a very big boy with obvious overtones of professional wrestling. In terms of gameplay, that means Incineroar often stops to pose after certain special attacks. So expect his whiffed hits to be easily punished by quick-thinking players.
According to the official Nintendo description of Incineroar…
Well, actually, Nintendo doesn’t have an official description of this particular fighter. Maybe it’s because they’re so new? Maybe someone just forgot? Either way, it feels like a slap in the face to this incredibly cool new combatant. Oh well! Let’s take a look at the video below.
Darkest Lariat (B) – Twirls like a tornado with arms spread wide. Wilting left or right can move the attack.
Alolan Whip (Side + B) – Bounces foes off the ropes. The type of follow-up attack depends on the timing of the button press.
Cross Chop (Up + B) – Jumps into the air, then dives down diagonally. Causes an explosion when landing that hits nearby opponents.
Revenge (Down + B) – Increases attack power by taking hits from opponents. The power is relative to the damage taken.
Max Malicious Moonsault (Final Smash) – Incineroar grabs an opponent while engulfed in flames. It then repeatedly attacks the foe in the air before slamming them back into a ring. Only one fighter can be grabbed, but the final blast deals damage to anyone nearby.
Strengths & Weaknesses
The flamboyant grappler Pokémon brings a touch of style to the arena. His hits are strong, he’s a heavyweight, and he boasts some impressive grab moves that can fling opponents sky-high. Incineroar loves to fight in a ring, both feet on the ground, slamming foes as the crowd cheers on.
Once his feet leave the mat, though, the trouble starts. Incineroar’s recovery is both tricky and lacking. Not to mention his aerial game isn’t quite as strong as his ground game. He’s also
Despite having a great base design, Incineroar doesn’t get much in the way of alternate costumes. That’s right; he’s another palette swap character. But, as with a lot of the more cartoonish designs, those alternate colors pop a lot more on his very bright coat. We only wish they had changed the color of fire on his championship belt…
And there’s our guide to Incineroar: a professional wrestler with a lot of fire behind his eyes. That might just be literal fire, actually… Well, whatever! Give this brand-new member of the Super Smash Bros. family a whirl. You might just love his technique!
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.