As opposed to my other articles on powerful characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Incineroar isn’t considered “top-tier.” This refers to the tier lists people and professional Smash players (like ZeRo) make, ranking the characters. Incineroar, for example, has mostly appeared in the B or mid-tiers. This is saved for characters that can be good in the right hands, but have obvious weaknesses.
Right away I’ll say that Incineroar has a poor, predictable recovery. He has one real option for recovery and can be punished for it easily. Plus, he is just really slow. In fact, his run speed is the slowest in the game. But there are ways around that, and otherwise, he has got some great aspects.
From 0-60% in a flash
Incineroar’s biggest plus is that he hits incredibly hard, especially after the right combination of specials. His down special, Revenge, works similar to a counter except he takes less damage than he normally would and there’s no knockback. However, it powers Incineroar up so that his next move does more damage relative to how strong the move he took was.
On the other hand, his side special, the Alolan Whip, is strong in a different way. It has three outcomes depending on when you hit a button: a lariat, a launcher, or he fumbles completely. When you manage to hit the lariat after stocking a Revenge charge, you’re looking at a consistent 50-60% damage.
Just a relatively good move set
Other than that, Incineroar just has a pretty strong catalog of moves. His up special, the Cross Chop, has power armor and great damage; plus, it’s hard to predict and can meteor spike. His neutral special, Darkest Lariat, hits harder than you would think and has invincibility. You can rely on it whenever you need to just hit the opponent safely.
Lastly, all of his standard “attack moves” range from mediocre to amazing, and his throws are incredibly strong. Incineroar really just has flair on all of his animations, making them easy to remember.
A lovable B-tier fighter
Overall, Incineroar hits like a 10-ton truck, oozes charm, and has a great toolkit, making him staggeringly powerful in the right hands. But he, more than the other characters I’ve talked about, needs the right type of player. Otherwise, he can easily be toyed with by a competent, faster opponent.
What about you? Are you a fan of the Alolan superstar newcomer? Do you think he’s worth being on this list? Let me know in the comments down below!