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Sora Guide: Matchup Chart and Combos

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sora Guide

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

Sora Tier and Overview

Stats and General Info

Sora Image
Game Series Kingdom Hearts
Smash Bros. Debut DLC2
Fighter Number 82
Unlock Order Fighter Pass Vol. 2
Number of Jumps 2
Weight 85 Units (72/87)
Dash Speed 1.58 (65/87)
Air Speed 0.96 (65/87)
Fast Fall Speed 2.304 (64/87)
Special Attributes None

Tier List Placement

SSBU Sora Icon A Tier Tier

Great Aerial Game as well as Recovery

Sora has excellent aerial abilities, with his 3-hit aerial combos allowing you to easily rack up damage on an opponent. Additionally, his strong recovery gives him tons of potential for edge guarding, while allowing him to safely make it back to the stage. With several safe moves to pressure opponents with, he is a fairly easy character for less advanced players to pick up.

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Sora's Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths ・Good reach and safe moves to pressure with
・Long-lasting hitboxes on many of his moves
・Excellent recovery, with many options for getting back to the stage
・Great potential for edgeguarding
Weaknesses ・Very lightweight
・Very floaty, and somewhat slow mobility
・Somewhat difficult to KO with

Sora Matchup Chart

Matchup Chart

Sora Image

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 Sora.
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.

Good Matchups for Sora

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Sora Counters

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Sora Combos

Combo Video

List of Combos

Fast Fall Nair┳Up Smash
      ┣Up B
      ┣Fair (3-Hit Combo)
      ┗Forward Tilt
Fast Fall Fair ┳Up Smash
       ┣Up B
Up Air ┳ Back Air
   ┣Up Smash
   ┗Up B
Down Tilt┳Up Tilt
    ┗Up B
Down Throw━Fair (3-Hit Combo)

Sora Moveset Explanation


SSBU Sora Jab
Sora's jab is a a 3-hit combo that can be used as a quick get-off me tool to send opponents away with the Keyblade. Press the A button three times (or hold it) to get the combo. Stopping at the second hit won't launch the opponent.

Tilts and Dash Attack

Dash Attack

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A quick burst option where Sora slides forward with one foot first.

Forward Tilt

SSBU Sora Forward Tilt Attack
Sora's forward is another 3-hit combo with the keyblade that deals more damage and knockback than the jab, at the cost of having a slower startup. Stopping at the second hit won't launch the opponent.

Up Tilt

SSBU Sora Up Tilt Attack

Sora's up tilt is a move where he swirls the Keyblade above his head, and can be used as an anti-air. It will also hit opponents directly in front of Sora.

Down Tilt

SSBU Sora Down Tilt Attack

Sora's down tilt is a downward swipe that bounces opponents upward, and will be useful as a combo starter.


Netural Air

SSBU Sora Neutral Air Attack

Neutral air is a move where Sora swings the keyblade around his body. Pressing the A button multiple times (or holding it) will allow for a 3-Hit combo.

Forward Air

SSBU Sora Forward Air Attack

Sora's forward air is similar to his forward tilt in the fact that inputting the move in succession will allow for a three hit combo. The first hit swings in front of Sora, chaining into the next two hits, with the last one dealing great knockback, making it powerful for edgeguarding or KOing opponents.

Up Air

SSBU Sora Up Air Attack

Sora's up air is a swing above him, which goes in a wide arc. The move's decent range means that it will be good for juggling opponents above you, or perhaps even as a combo finisher.

Back Air

SSBU Sora Back Air Attack

Sora's back air is a simple swing behind him that has good power and knockback, and will likely be useful as a KO move.

Down Air (Hurricane Blast)

SSBU Sora Down Air Attack

Sora's down air is a powerful move where he spins in circles and comes dropping down to the ground.


Forward Smash

SSBU Sora Forward Smash Attack

Sora's forward smash is a rather standard smash attack where he swings the Keyblade forward once at the opponent in front of him. It has a rather long hitbox, making it easy to land on approaching opponents.

Up Smash

SSBU Sora Up Smash Attack

Sora's up smash sends the keyblade straight upward with a flash. It has a sweetspot in the middle, which will deal more damage and knockback.

Down Smash

SSBU Sora Down Smash Attack

Sora's down smash is a move where Sora hops up and slams the keyblade down. Since it shifts Sora's hurtbox upward for a brief moment, it can actually allow him to dodge low hitting moves such Ganondorf's down tilt. The move also sends out shockwaves, allowing you to hit opponents even if the Keyblade didn't touch them directly.


Neutral Special - Magic

Sora's neutral special will automatically cycle between three different spells in order - Firaga, Thundaga, Blizzaga, with the next spell showing up above Sora's damage. The moves will cycle on their own each time one is used.

SSBU Sora Neutral Special Magic Attack
Firaga sends a fireball straight ahead of Sora. Repeatedly pressing B in succession will allow you to continuously cast it without changing spells.


Thundaga casts three bolts of lightning down from above sky ahead of Sora. If the first hit lands, it will combo into the other two. It also has smaller range in the air than it does when used on the ground.


Lastly, Blizzaga will temporarily freeze an opponent, although it has a rather short range. Freezing an opponent leaves them open for another attack.

Forward Special - Sonic Blade

SSBU Sora Forward Special Sonic Blade

Sora's forward special is a move that will launch forward toward an opponent in the air. Similar to Pikachu or Greninja's up specials, the move can be used three times in a row in any direction by repeatedly pressing the special button and holding a direction, making it very good for recovering. Since it is hard to punish on shields, it is also a good approach tool and burst option.

Up Special - Aerial Sweep

SSBU Sora Up Special Aerial Sweep

Sora's up special sends him swirling upward, in a similar manner to Link's up special. It is useful as a combo finisher and a recovery tool. After it ends, Sora can also use his forward special to continue moving in the air.

Down Special - Counterattack

SSBU Sora Down Special Counterattack

A basic counter move, with the added benefit of allowing Sora to deflect projectiles to his backside. When Sora counters a move up close, the oppontent who hit him will have their attack interrupted before being hit back. This move will only work for countering opponents in front of Sora.

Grab and Throws


SSBU Sora Grab
Sora has a basic non-tether grab where he lunges forward and grabs with his hand.

Forward Throw

SSBU Sora Forward Throw
A standard throw forward, mainly used for putting an opponent offstage or gaining stage control.

Back Throw

SSBU Sora Back Throw
Similar to Mario, Sora spins around and chucks the opponent behind him. It has decent knockback, and looks like it could potentially be a kill throw at higher percents.

Up Throw

SSBU Sora Up Throw
Sora throws an opponent straight upward, which could be useful against characters with poor disadvantage, although it seems like it will throw them too high for true follow ups.

Down Throw

SSBU Sora Down Throw
Bounces the opponent lightly, and will likely lead to several aerial follow ups, making it the go-to throw option at lower percents.

Final Smash

SSBU Sora Final Smash

Sora's final smash is a move called Sealing the Keyhole. As the name implies, it seals opponents a keyhole before dealing heavy damage to them.

Sora Balance Changes

Version 13.0.1 Balance Patch

Basic Movements Adjusted the length of some of the animations when knocked down on the ground to match other fighters.

How to Get Sora

Purchase Via the Fighter's Pass Vol. 2

Sora is included with the Fighter's Pass Vol. 2, which can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop for $29.99 USD ($37.79 CD). The Fighter's Pass Vol. 2 includes a total of six additional DLC characters (including Sora), so be sure and purchase it if you want to have all characters.

Purchase Individually For $5.99 USD

If you just want Sora, you can purchase him individually by getting the Challenger Pack 11. It will cost $5.99 USD ($7.55 CA).

Unlock the Hollow Bastion Stage

The Hollow Bastion Stage is unlocked alongside Sora. The background of the stage changes and travels around the floating fortress. As the battle draws to an end, the stage will transition to Dive to the Heart which depicts several characters from the series in stain glass, such as Riku, Roxas, and Xion, among others.

9 Kingdom Hearts Tracks Are Also Unlocked

SSBU Kingdom Hearts Tracks

Upon obtaining Sora as a playable character, you also get to unlock 9 new tracks from the Kingdom Hearts series.

Sora Alt Costumes and Color Variations

Sora's alt skins represent various outfits he wore in the main Kingdom Hearts games.

P1 P2
P3 P4
P5 P6
P7 P8

Sora Reveal Trailer

When Did Sora Come Out?

Released on October 18th, 2021

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In a Smash Direct on October 5th, 2021, Sora was revealed as the final DLC character fro Smash Bros Ultmate. He was then released as a playable character on October 18th.

Who Is Sora?

Smash Bros x Kingdom Hearts.png

Game Series Kingdom Hearts
Fighter Number 82

The Main Character of Kingdom Hearts

Sora is the main character of the Kingdom Hearts series. In it, he teams up with popular Disney characters such as Donald Duck and Goofy in order to defeat the Heartless and save his friends! Sora wields the Keyblade, a magical weapon that allows him to Seal the Keyhole to various worlds and remove the Heartless who have appeared there.

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