Super Smash Bros Ultimate Bowser Guide – Moves List, Combos, How to Play, Counters

In our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Bowser Guide, we talk about what changes have been brought on board for Bowser including his moves, combos, playing as Bowser, and countering him.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Bowser

Like the previous titles, SSBU will not just be adding the good guys; the huge roster of 76 characters would have some of the iconic villains to play with.

One such villain is Bowser, it is no surprise that they added Bowser since Mario is also part of the roster and Bowser has been added to keep him in check.

Since the last game, Bowser has been blessed with few damage buffs, so it is advised to give him a try.

Aesthetics Changes

As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Bowser’s model features a more subdued color scheme. His colors overall are slightly darker and more monotone, while his scales, hair, horns, and spikes exhibit simple detailing.

Bowser has been made more expressive than previous installments with facial expressions reminiscent of his appearances in the Mario series.

Bowser has a new victory pose. He now breathes fire towards the screen before striking a pose that is similar to his Smash 4 artwork. It replaces his shell spinning victory pose.

Bowser’s roaring victory pose now shows him performing a headbutt with his horns before rearing his head back to roar. His body also faces more towards the screen during said animation.

Up and side taunts have been shortened, the latter updated to match his upright stance. Fire Breath has changed color slightly.


Unfortunately, as expected, a villain does not receive the same kind of treatment as the heroes. Therefore, Browser does not come with a variety of costumes – unlike Mario; Bowser could not be made to fit in a tuxedo.

Although damage buffs make up for the lack of costumes, Bowser has several costumes, but each of which is essentially a palette swap. His palette comes in orange, purple, yellow, green, red, and blue.

Moves List and Combos

Bowser’s airspeed is faster, but Bowser is heavier and falls faster. His neutral attacks do less damage and his down throw does more damage.

Like Mario, his special moves have been carried over from Smash 4. Bowser can use Fire Breath, Whirling Fortress, and Bowser Bomb.

He can also transform himself into Giga Bowser. Giga Bowser has changed and now appears as a giant and lands a punch on the screen. Screen KO possible.

Our SSBU Bowser Guide, as of now, is work-in-progress. We will continue to add more content in the coming days.