Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (SSBU)

Snake Guide: Matchup Chart and Combos

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Snake Guide

This is a guide to using Snake in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Snake's bread and butter combos, how to unlock, frame data, alt costumes and skins, as well as Snake's matchups, counters, and tier list placement can all be found here.

Snake Tier and Overview

Stats and General Info

Snake Image
Game Series Metal Gear
Smash Bros. Debut Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Fighter Number 31
Unlock Order 39
Number of Jumps 2
Weight 106 Units (19/87)
Dash Speed 1.595 (60/87)
Air Speed 0.987 (61/87)
Fast Fall Speed 2.768 (26/87)
Special Attributes Crouch Walk

Tier List Placement

SSBU Snake Icon A+ Tier Tier

A long-ranged zoner with powerful projectiles and normals

Smash Ultimate Snake has several powerful normals (Jab, Dash Attack, and Tilts), which allow him to keep opponents out with his specials, and brawl when up close. Snake players should use his arsenal of projectiles (B, Side B, Down B) to limit their opponents options and rack up damage. In addition to his powerful explosives, Snake can use his fast and heavy hitting up tilt (↑ + A) to finish out his opponents' stocks.

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Snake's Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths ・Can survive to very high percents
・Grenades can be used to escape combos
・Very high damage output on most of his kit
・Access to a wide variety of powerful projectiles
Weaknesses ・Very bad air mobility and poor disadvantage state, with somewhat exploitable recovery
・Bad frame data on many of his moves
・Gets comboed easily

Snake Matchup Chart

Matchup Chart

Snake Image
Mega Man
FoxInklingJokerMii GunnerMr. Game & WatchNessPalutenaZero Suit Samus
Banjo & KazooieBowserChromCloudFalcoGreninjaHeroIkeIsabelleLinkLucasLucinaMarioMarthMeta KnightMin MinOlimarPac-ManPikachuPit/Dark PitPokemon TrainerR.O.B.Rosalina & LumaRoyRyuSamus/Dark SamusSephirothSheikToon LinkVillagerWarioWii Fit TrainerWolfYoshiYoung LinkZelda
BylethCaptain FalconCorrinDiddy KongDonkey KongDr. MarioDuck HuntIncineroarJigglypuffKenKing DededeKing K. RoolLucarioLuigiMewtwoMii BrawlerMii SwordfighterPeach/DaisyRidleyRobinShulkSimon/RichterSonicSteveTerry
BayonettaBowser Jr.GanondorfIce ClimbersKirbyLittle MacPiranha PlantSheik

Notes About Matchup Chart

1. -2 = Disadvantage. -1 = Slight Disadvantage or Even. 0 = Even. +1 = Slight Advantage or Even. +2 = Advantage.
2. The matchup chart was based around both the opinions of professional players of each character, as well as our own experience through playing Snake.
3. Characters within each tier are unordered
4. Pokemon Trainer's individual Pokemon (Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard) as well as Echo fighters with no significant difference than their regular counterpart are not shown.
5. For other characters who are not shown here, we are still investigating the matchup.

Snake Combos

Bread and Butter Combos
Fair→Up Tilt
(0% to 50% only)
Back Throw→Dash Attack
(Low % only)
Up Throw→Up Tilt (Up Air)
Advanced combos
Short Hop Nair→Down Tilt
(0% to 10% only)
Short Hop Nair→Dash Attack
(Consistenly lands from 20% to 40%)
Neutral Special→Nair

Bread and Butter Combos Explanation

Combo 1
Combo 2
Combo 3
Fair→Up Tilt
Landing forward air at low percents will allow you to follow through with this combo. If you throw out forward air at the same time you jump, up tilt will not reach, so be sure to jump completely before doing forward air.
Back Throw→Dash Attack
A combo that only works at low percents.
Up Throw→Up Tilt (Up Air)
A combo that begins with up throw. From 0% to 20% up tilt will connect after the up throw, but from 30% it will stop connecting. After that, use up air instead.

Advanced Combos Explanation

Combo 4
Combo 5
Short Hop Nair→Down Tilt (Dash attack)
On an opponent with little to no damage (under 10%) use down tilt. After that, use dash attack instead to connect this combo. If you do not short hop the neutral air, the attack will not land.
Neutral Special→Nair
A combo based off of Snake's grenade. Until 40% this combo will land with one jump, but from 50% a second jump will be required.

Snake Frame Data and Moveset

Best Out of Shield Options

Move Frames
Down Air 6 Frames
Back Air 10 Frames
Up Smash 11 Frames
Shield Grab 12 Frames
Neutral Air 13 Frames

Snake doesn't have the best out of shield options, due the fact that most of his aerials have somewhat long startup. The exception to this is down air, which comes out in just 6 frames, making it his safest option. The downside to this move is the fact that it only hits below and slightly to the side of Snake, meaning that it will not always connect, depending on the opponent's position.

Snake's grab has pretty decent range, but slow startup, so it should only be used when an opponent hits your shield with a very unsafe attack. Up Smash has a hitbox that comes out directly in front of Snake and combos into the projectile, but the projectile itself has long startup, so it is not going to be quick enough to punish opponents who attack from above.

Jab (Neutral Attack)

1v1 Damage (%) Startup Frames
Jab 1
3.0 3
Jab 2 3.0 4
Jab 3 7.2 8


Jab is Snake's fastest attack, making it a great tool to get opponents off of you at close range.

Dash Attack / Tilts

1v1 Damage (%) Startup Frames
Dash Attack
(Dash + A)
13.2 5
Dash Attack (Weak Hit) 9.6 9
Forward Tilt (Hit 1)
(← or → + A)
4.8 4
Forward Tilt (Hit 2) 10.8/8.4 8
Up Tilt
(↑ + A)
17.4 6
Up Tilt
(Late Hit)
16.2 8
Down Tilt
(↓ + A)
14.4 6

Dash Attack

Snake's dash attack comes out very fast and has a long hitbox. During the attack, his upper body is invulnerable, making this a great move to use against landing opponents. It can combo into itself, and crosses up shields, making it great for both approaching and getting away from the opponent. It is a very useful tool in Snake's kit.

Forward Tilt

Snake's forward tilt also has good startup, high damage, and good knockback. Although slightly slower than Snake's jab, it can be reversed, making it one of his main tools for close-range combat. The attack has two hits, but you can use just the first hit for poking at shields.

Up Tilt

Snake's up tilt has very high knockback and fast start up. Its knockback power rivals that of a smash attack, making it ones of Snake's main KO moves. It has a short range though, make sure you are close enough to an enemy to hit them with it. It can kill around 100%, and at later percents, can be comboed into from down throw.

Down Tilt

Down tilt has good range and comes out fast. It has a longer hitbox than forward tilt, but it is shorter vertically. It is mostly used to poke at opponents or hit an opponent close to the ground.

Smash Attacks

1v1 Damage (%) Startup Frames
Forward Smash
(Smash ← or → + A)
26.4 41
Up Smash 1 (Firing)
(Smash ↑ + A)
4.8 11
Up Smash 2 (Explosion) 16.8 36
Down Smash (Hit 1)
(Smash ↓ + A)
14.4 8
Down Smash (Hit 2) 16.8 20

Forward Smash

Snake's forward smash is a slow and very powerful attack where he shoots at the ground with an RPG. It is quite difficult to actually land the attack due to its slow start up, but it can KO foes even under 100%. This attack has a lot of endlag too, so it can easily be whiff punished if used recklessly. It deals a ton of shield stun, so despite being very laggy, it is somewhat hard to punish out of shield for some characters.

Up Smash

Snake's up smash fires a explosive from a mortar into the air. If it lands, it will explode and cause AOE damage. Snake's up smash is unique in that if you charge the smash attack, instead of damage increasing, the height of the mortar will increase. Note that it can be reflected by opponents.

Down Smash

Down smash comes out fast, and is very strong, but its low hitbox makes it difficult to hit a jumping opponent, so it's mostly for punishing rolls.


1v1 Damage (%) Startup Frames
Neutral Air (Hit 1)
(A + no direction while airborne)
3.6 10
Neutral Air
(Hit 2)
3.6 18
Neutral Air
(Hit 3)
3.6 26
Neutral Air
(Hit 4)
14.4 36
Forward Air
(Hold ← or → in the direction you are facing + A while airborne)
18/16.8 23
Back Air
(← or → Opposite of the direction you are facing + A while airborne)
19.2/16.8 7
Back Air
(Weak Hit)
12/10.8 10
Up Air 1
(↑ + A While Airborne)
16.8 10
Up Air 2 (Weak Hit) 12 13
Down Air (Hit 1)
(↓ + A While Airborne)
4.8 3
Down Air
(Hit 2)
3.6 10
Down Air
(Hit 3)
3.6 17
Down Air
(Hit 4)
12 25

Neutral Air

Snake's neutral air is a powerful move in Snake's arsenal. It has multiple hits and can lead into combos if fast falled onto an opponent. However, it has slow startup, so it doesn't work well as a combo breaker. Neutral air, as well as all of Snakes aerials, is not a safe move on shield, so instead rely on ground attacks or projectiles for poking.

Forward Air

Snake's forward air has good damage and knockback. It comes out slow, but the end of his leg has a meteor hitbox and can KO opponents early used to spike offstage.

Back Air

Snake's back air comes out fast and has excellent knockback. However, this move has heavy endlag upon landing, and can be easily punished. None of its hitboxes are safe on shield.

Up Air

Snake's up air is a strong attack with good knockback. Up air can KO opponents if hit in the air at higher percents. However, this move has significant landing lag, so only use it when your opponent is high in the air. When they are lower to the ground, try using up smash instead.

Down Air

Snake's down air has excellent start up and deals good damage. While the attack comes out fast, the hitbox only hits directly below and diagonally, making it difficult to use as a combo breaker. Since the move is Snake's fastest aerial, it is a decent out of shield option for up close opponents.


1v1 Damage (%) Startup Frames
Neutral Special (Grenade Pull)
- 1
Neutral Special (Neutral Throw) - 8
Neutral Special (Underhand Throw) - 9
Neutral Special (Smash Throw) - 10
Neutral Special (Explosion) 10.8 1
Side Special (Weak Hit)
(← or → + B)
8.4 42
Side Special
(Strong Hit)
16.8 -
Up Special
(↑ + B)
7.2 7
Down Special (C4)
(↓ + B)
- 21
Down Special (C4 While Crouching)
(↓ + B)
- 16
Down Special (Detonate)
(↓ + B)
20.4 25

Neutral Special (Grenade)

Snake's neutral special throws a grenade at your opponent. After pulling the pin, it takes 2.5 seconds until it explodes. This explosion can also injure Snake (although he takes less knockback).

If you keep holding neutral B while playing as Snake, you can move left, right, and jump while throwing. The grenade can be thrown in 3 different directions depending on the control stick input. When you want to cancel your movement, push the shield button. When you cancel, the grenade will drop where you are standing, allowing it to be used like a regular item.

Throwing this grenade at an opponent won't lead to any follow-ups generally, so instead of attacking by throwing it after picking it up, you can continue shielding while holding the item. When your opponent goes to grab you, they will be caught in the blast, and that can lead to a follow up.

Stick Input Throw
Back Throws the grenade up into the air.
Its air time is short
No Input Throws the grenade up then it falls down.
Long distance
Forward Strongly throws the grenade forward.
Its air time is long

Side Special (Nikita)

Snake's side special controls a missle that explodes upon impact. It can be moved with the control stick, but Snake cannot move during this time. When you want to stop controlling it, press the shield button to cancel the missle. This attack is great for edgeguarding opponents, as it is a risk free way for Snake to get offstage kills.

Up Special (Cypher)

Snake's up special has him hold on to a cypher while it pulls him up. After the move is activated, it can be canceled by attacking or dodging. If the move ends from taking too much damage, it can be activated again. While this move can be abused by your opponent, weaker attacks (an attack that deals under 7%) will not stop your recovery, due to its armor.

Down Special (C4)

Snake's down special plants C4 into the ground. The explosive can be attached to walls, the ground, and even opponents. If you use down special a second time, it will detonate the bomb, causing an explosion. Snake will also take damage from the mine, so be careful when detonating it. The explosion can also be used on Snake to assist with recovery.

Grabs and Throws

1v1 Damage (%) Startup Frames
Pummel 1.56 1
Grab (Normal) 8
Dash Grab 11
Pivot Grab 9
Forward Throw (Hitbox)
(← or → While Grabbing)
10.8 21
Back Throw (Hitbox)
(← or → While Grabbing)
10.8 20
Up Throw (Hitbox)
(↑ While Grabbing)
8.4 22
Up Throw (Throw) 4.8 23
Down Throw (Hitbox)
(↓ While Grabbing)
10.8 35

Forward Throw

Snake's forward throw sends opponents too far away to connect any combos, so it is used for stage control.

Back Throw

Snake's back throw sends your opponent straight back. It has little endlag, allowing you to move right after you throw. Connect this throw into a dash attack at lower percents.

Up Throw

Throws your opponent straight forward. After throwing, up tilt or up air can connect.

Down Throw

Snake's down throw lays your opponent gently down on the ground. At high percents, your opponent cannot move for some time, allowing this throw to combo into kill confirms such as up tilt.

Final Smash

Attack How to Use Effect
Covering Fire Press B after obtaining the Smash Ball Snake throws out a flare grenade, and then can use a crosshair to lock onto opponents (up to 5 times). Once the time ends, rockets are fired at the targets. If no opponents were targeted, rockets go directly to the crosshair's position.

Snake Balance Changes

Version 7.0.0 Balance Patch

Other Increased shield size.
Made the head briefly invincible after activating shield.

Version 4.0.0 Balance Patch

Basic Movements Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Version 3.1.0 Balance Patch

Neutral Attack 1 Made it easier to hit multiple times when continuing with Neutral Attack 2.
Neutral Attack 2 Increased forward movement distance and made it easier to hit multiple times when continuing with Neutral Attack 3.

Version 3.0.0 Balance Patch

Back Air Attack Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.
Up Smash Attack Increased vulnerability.
Side Special Reduced the attack range of airborne missiles.
Neutral Special Reduced the power against shields.

Version 2.0.0 Balance Patch

Up Tilt Attack Extended the high-damage window.

Major Changes From Brawl

Up Smash
(↑ + A)
Attack now only moves forward. Nerf.
Down Smash
(↓ + A)
Changed from a landmine to a kick that hits both sides of Snake. Nerf.
Side Special
(← or → + B)
Now moves much faster.

How to Unlock Snake

Unlocking Via Smash Mode
39th Fighter Unlocked
After unlocking Metaknight, let 10 minutes pass OR play another battle in smash after soft-resetting OR return to the menu from World of Light
Unlocking via Classic Mode
Clear Classic Mode 5 times using Link.
Unlocking via World of Light
Metal Gear Base

There are three ways to unlock Snake. Completing any of these, then defeating Snake when they appear in the “a New Challenger Appears” screen will allow you to use them afterward.

How to Unlock Characters Fast

Snake Alt Costumes and Skins

Snake Reveal Trailer

Smash Ultimate Character Guides

List of Fighters
Tier List
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Unlocking Characters
Unlocking Fighters

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Air Speeds of All Characters Fast Fall Speeds of All Characters


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