In Super Smash Bros. 4
Shulk is ranked as an A-tier character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Despite his poor standing in human play, Shulk is a highly capable Figure Player with a potent skill set. He possesses a deadly set of smash attacks; each one has great strength and range and are strong against shields. Alongside these, Shulk has access to the strongest counter in the game: with proper timing, it can help him turn the tide of battle in a matter of seconds. Each of Shulk’s Monado Arts can catch opponents off-guard by shuffling his stats. The Buster and Smash Arts in particular are invaluable and essential to his success.
Though Shulk boasts many promising strengths, he is plagued with just as many flaws holding him back. A general rule of thumb in Smash is that great power comes with great lag, and Shulk is no exception: his strongest moves are horribly slow and can be taken advantage of if they miss. Shulk’s AI tends to use Back Slash off the edge and to its death; it will also shuffle through its Monado Arts while recovering, become distracted, and fall too low to successfully recover. Shulk is also known to prioritize the Jump and Speed Arts over the superior Buster, Smash, and Shield Arts.
In spite of his many weaknesses, Shulk has accrued great tournament results and representation. Supernova (among many others) has found success with Shulk, helping cement his position as a top-tier character.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Shulk was buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As with all fighters, his base mobility was increased; however, the speed of his attacks was also noticeably improved. Shulk’s forward smash and down smash deal more knockback, allowing him to get KOs more easily. Monado Arts can also be selected quicker, and each Art has had its effects amplified.
However, Shulk was slightly nerfed in certain aspects of his play. His neutral attack was toned down; it has a smaller hitbox, less range, less damage, and slower speed, severely weakening its use as a neutral option. Vision is no longer unblockable and its knockback has been notably decreased.
Overall, Shulk has retained solid tournament results and representation. Blank is known for training a strong Shulk amiibo, and has won several competitions with the character.
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