Since almost every single character that has been a part of the Smash Bros. series is making a return in Ultimate, it is no surprise that Snake also makes a return. There have been a few changes that will take time to get used to and our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Snake Guide will guide you through them as well as mention the move sets, alternate costumes, and the final smash.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Snake
Snake was last a part of Super Smash Bros Brawl. Since then, there have been quite a few changes and Snake tends to be on the side of characters that went through more changes than others. We will be looking at those changes and how they impact the new Snake.
Snake has had quite a few changes. Apart from the animations which have been overhauled (victory pose, hand grenades, and jumpsquat have new animations), your Forward tilt and Up tilt both deal more damage than they used to.
There is also a brand new Final Smash along with a New down smash.
As for your hand grenade, they are now larger than they were. This is not the only change in the explosives department, as your C4 is also stickier. Lastly, Snake has some new dialogue options in the game.
How to Unlock Snake
All of the characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate unlock through the same mechanic.
You can either play the World of Light single-player mode, go through the Classic Mode with your character, or take part and win the ‘Challenger Approaches’ fights.
There is a way to have the Challenger fights appear again and again. To do that, take part in the challenger fight and quit the game. When the game restarts, set up a custom ruleset match that has a time limit of 1 minute.
Once the match is over, you will have a brand new challenge waiting for you. Simply repeat this process until you unlock Snake.
Snake has a brand new Final Smash. It is called Covering Fire, and has Snake calling in an airstrike. You will be able to mark 5 different players and launch homing missiles at them.
This will be a great way to finish off enemies who are cowering away and trying to avoid you.
Snake Strengths and Weaknesses
Snake is a very heavy character. This makes him very tough, allowing for impressive survivability.
His utilities make him a very strong zoning character. Controlling platforms is a walk in the park for Snake due to his utilities.
His ground game is very strong as well because of his quick tilts, strong jab and dash attacks. His knockback is also very high, which gives you a ton of ways to kill an enemy.
He has decent evasion skills due to his low crouch height. He can even crawl.
Because of his tall stature, he has a big hitbox. This makes it easier for opponents to juggle him or perform long combos on him.
Performing combos with Snake’s aerial attacks is very difficult due to their high start-up and/or ending lag. His smash attacks also suffer from this problem.
You have to be careful with his land mines or else you’ll damage, or even kill yourself if you’re at a high percentage.
His speed on ground is subpar. He can’t keep up with a lot of other characters in the game.
His remote missile is very hard to use because of the fact that it makes him very vulnerable. Furthermore, the projectile can be deflected by the enemy so it’s very situational.
- Neutral Attack: Snake punches twice followed by a spinning hook kick.
- Forward Tilt: Snake strikes with his knee and then swings his arms down.
- Up Tilt: An upward kick.
- Down Tilt: A simple leg sweep.
- Dash Attack: A roll tackle which Snake ends in a crouch position.
- Forward Smash: Snake shoots an RPG in front of him.
- Up Smash: Snake shoots a mortar launcher. This fires a mortar bomb up into the air which explodes on contact with the ground. The longer you charge, the higher up the bomb will go.
- Down Smash: Snake kicks from side to side.
- Neutral Aerial: Snake spins around, kicking in all direction.
- Forward Aerial: Snake does a midair axe kick.
- Back Aerial: Snake kicks behind him with both of his legs.
- Up Aerial: Snake kicks up with both of his legs.
- Down Aerial: Snake stomps down four times with both of his feet.
Grabs and Throws
- Pummel: Snake puts his enemy in a chokehold.
- Forward Throw: Snake throws the enemy forward.
- Back Throw: Snake throws the enemy behind him.
- Up Throw: Snake grabs the enemy and jumps up into the air, and then falls down to the ground with the enemy; letting go on contact with the ground.
- Down Throw: Snake chokes out the enemy and puts them on the ground. This forces a tech-chase.
How to Play
Smash revolves around reading your opponent and predicting what they’re going to do. Snake’s utility forces them to make a move, allowing you to easily counter it. This is why Snake is such a good character.
While most of the characters in the game tend to be the strongest while airborne, Snake shines with his incredibly strong range attacks. Snake has grenades, rocket launchers and land mines in his arsenal. Snake is one of the best characters in the game at edge-guarding due to his powerful utilities.
Snake’s grenade is his most fundamental zoning option. He can have two of them at a time and can throw the grenades at virtually any range; and he can even pull the pin in his hand. This helps him make a zone on the stage which is under his control.
When fighting ranged characters, throw the grenade and they’ll be forced to pause or react. When fighting rush-down characters, drop it at your feet to stop their rush and confuse them.
If you’re being combo’d by a character, pull the pin while the grenade is in your hand and it will completely interrupt their combo.
You can drop a land mine on the ground using your down special, which can then be detonated later. The simplest way to use it is to just drop it at the spot where your opponent seems to be going the most. You can also just straight-up stick this mine onto the opponent’s body.
Snake’s Nikita missile is a bit tricky to use as Snake freezes while using it, making it very easy to punish. The best way to use this attack is to edge-guard and to lead with the missile to approach the enemy with ease.
Snake’s Up Smash is another powerful move. This projectile has the greatest vertical range in the game, making it an excellent option for edge-guarding, zoning or just camping.
Snake’s ground moves are very powerful and compliment his zoning moves very well. His grab range is pretty high, making it hard to shield against him.
His Up Tilt is very fast and deals quite a bit of damage, making it difficult to jump out of. His dash attack covers rolls and his powerful jab covers spot dodges.
When you perform a down throw, it’ll force the opponent in a tech-chase. If you predict the opponent’s move correctly, you can punish it and perform true combos. If you get the opponent up to 160% with the combo, end with an up tilt to get a kill.
One thing which is quite surprising about Snake is that he’s a very heavy character. He can literally survive at 200% against certain characters in the game. Meaning, trading hits with the enemy isn’t a very risky thing to do at all
There are quite a few costumes that you can adorn when playing as Snake. They are based on the camo used in the Metal Gear series and have Red, Black, Blue, Grey, Green, and Animal Print versions.
Do note that our SSBU Snake Guide is currently work-in-progress. We will continue to share more information in the coming days.