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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ice Climbers Guide

This is a guide to Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Everything about Ice Climbers, including bread and butter combos, how to unlock, how to descync, alt costumes and skins, as well as Ice Climbers matchups and counters can be found here.

Ice Climbers Tier and Overview

Stats and General Info

Ice Climbers
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Game Series Ice Climber
Smash Bros. Debut Super Smash Bros. Melee
Fighter Number 15
Unlock Order 10
Number of Jumps 2
Weight 92 Units (53/87)
Dash Speed 1.53 (72/87)
Air Speed 0.83 (86/87)
Fast Fall Speed 2.08 (80/87)
Special Attributes None

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SSBU Ice Climbers Icon C Tier Tier

A unique puppet-type duo character

Ice Climbers in Smash Ultimate have the unique property of being two characters that function as one. When they are together, they will do whatever moves you input, and when separated, Nana will be controlled by the CPU until the pair reunites. While they no longer can wobble or chain grab opponents like in previous games, they still have deadly combo potential, and can deal massive damage when attacking simultaneously.

Ice Climbers are a high execution character, with lots of potential if enough practice is put in, including learning how to desync them (shown below). While together, they are a rather powerful duo, but if Nana (the AI controlled partner) is KO'ed, then Popo will be alone and severly limited in his gameplan. When alone, Ice Climbers' recovery, damage output, and KO power are all significantly reduced, so it's vital to make sure your opponent does not take out your partner.

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Ice Climbers' Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths ・Very powerful attacks when together (attacks hit twice)
・Acting as a pair gives them large hitboxes
・Very powerful combos and grab game
Weaknesses ・Terrible recovery when separated, and very weak overall when alone
・Very hard to fully take advantage of

How to Make Ice Climbers Desync

Down Throw Desync

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Ice Climbers can be desynced with down throw. The second the opponent is thrown to the ground, if you perform another move, you will desync.

Up Air Desync

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Ice Climbers can be desynced with an up air. If up air is quickly performed 2 times in a row, you will desync.

Dash Cancel Desync

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Ice Climbers can be desynced by dash canceling. While dashing, flick the stick backwards in the opposite direction and perform a tilt attack to desync.

Ledge Desync

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Ice Climbers can be desynced via the ledge. When Ice Climbers fall from the ledge, dodging towards the stage will cause them to desync.

Ice Climbers Matchup Chart

Matchup Chart

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GreninjaHeroMega ManMii GunnerMii SwordfighterMin MinPac-ManPiranha PlantSephirothShulkSimon/RichterSnakeVillagerZero Suit Samus
Banjo & KazooieBylethChromCloudDuck HuntIkeIsabelleJokerLinkLucasLucinaMeta KnightMewtwoMr. Game & WatchOlimarPalutenaPikachuR.O.B.RobinRosalina & LumaRoySamus/Dark SamusSteveToon LinkYoshiYoung LinkZelda
BowserBowser Jr.Captain FalconCorrinDiddy KongDonkey KongDr. MarioFalcoGanondorfIncineroarInklingJigglypuffKenKing DededeKing K. RoolKirbyLittle MacLucarioMarioMarthMii BrawlerNessPeach/DaisyPit/Dark PitPokemon TrainerRidleyRyuSonicTerryWii Fit TrainerWolf

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 Ice Climbers.
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.

Ice Climbers Combos

Bread and Butter Combos
Dash Attack→Up Air
Up Tilt→Up Air
Down Throw→Side Smash
Advanced Combos
Down Throw→Foward Roll→N-air→Side Special→Down Throw→F-air
Down Throw→Down Special→Short Hop Down Special→Short Hot Down Special→Short Hop Down Special

Bread and Butter Combos

Dash Attack→Up Air

This combo works at various percents. This is an easy combo that can do around 30% in damage.

Up Tilt→Up Air

This combo works on opponents at low percents. This is an easy combo that can do around 30% in damage.

Down Throw→Side Smash

This combo works on opponents at low percents. Immediately after the down throw, input the down smash.

Advanced Combos

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Weights of All Characters Run Speeds of All Characters
Air Speeds of All Characters Fast Fall Speeds of All Characters


3 Anonymousabout 3 years

But the grab part isn’t working for # 4

2 Anonymousabout 3 years

Oh wait nvm it just doesn’t work on Terry


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