Ice Climbers are back for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, giant wooden mallets in hand. This is no surprise of course, given that every fighter in Smash Bros history is in the game. And seeing as so many fighters will be included this time around, we figured we’d bring you breakdowns of each one. In this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ice Climbers Guide, we’ll give you info on the Ice Climbers moveset, what’s changed since the last appearance, and also a look at the alternate costumes that will be available.
Be sure to check out our ever growing list of character breakdowns at our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Characters Guide. It has individual breakdowns for each character, and we’re adding more and more in the run up to launch day. Check back regularly to see if your favorite character has been covered.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ice Climbers Guide
Ice Climbers missed out on the fun in the last Smash Bros game, being relegated to being a trophy. In Smash Bros Ultimate though, they’re back as fully-fledged fighters. There have been a few changes since their last appearance though, as well as some more alternate costumes being added in. let’s take a look.
Ice Climbers' Smash Bros. Ultimate Moves Set and Final Smash
Just below, you can see a complete roundup of all the Ice Climbers' moves in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There’s also a listing for Iceberg, the Final Smash move for the pair of fighters.
|Special Move Controls||Special Type||Special Move Name|
|B||Neutral Special||Ice Shot|
|Left Stick Left/Right + B||Green Missile||Squall Hammer|
|Left Stick Up + B||Up Special||Belay|
|Left Stick Down + B||Down Special||Blizzard|
|B when FS Meter is Full||Final Smash||Iceberg|
How to Unlock Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Unlike previous Smash games, fighters are unlocked in the same way for all, rather than character-specific challenges. This means that while it can be a bit of a grind, all you need to do is play the game naturally and you’ll eventually unlock all of the characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We’ve listed the three ways you can unlock characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate below:
- Playing the World of Light single-player mode.
- Completing Classic Mode with a character.
- Playing the ‘Challenger Approaches’ fights that appear regularly, you will need to win them.
The fastest method involves triggering the Challenger Fights by reloading the game regularly. We’ve listed the method below:
- Quit to the home screen and Restart the game.
- Create a match with a custom rule set.
- Make sure the match is 1 minute long, or 1 stock if you'd prefer.
- After finishing the match (you can win or lose) you will offered a new Challenger Fight.
- You'll need to win the Challenger fight
For more info on unlocking characters using the modes listed above, head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Character Unlock Guide .
Ice Climbers Changes in Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Since the Ice Climbers last appeared in Smash, there have been a few changes. We’ve collected them in the following list:
- A number of animations have been changed, and both characters are more expressive
- Chain grabbing has been removed
- New up aerial involving a hammer swing
- Ice Climbers can take damage if their Ice Shot attack is directed back at them
- If Popo is engaged in a grab, Nana cannot act
- Squall Hammer move has been tweaked, final hit sends the enemy upwards
- Nana cannot grab
- Final Smash lasts for less time
- If Nana is knocked off stage, Popo can save her
Ice Climbers Alternate Costumes in Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Just like many other characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Ice Climbers will have alternate Costumes. In general, they are just minor color variations on their outfits, though which one you choose does alter the play slightly. You see, if you choose the red and purple costumes, the grey and brown, the two light blue, or the blue and red costumes, then the lead character will be Nana. Otherwise, Popo will lead.
Ice Climbers Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Just like in previous games, Ice Climbers have Iceberg as their Final Smash. In Super Smash Bros Ultimate though, it is a little different. It doesn’t last as long for one, and also now features a polar bear sitting on the giant iceberg. Once the Iceberg is triggered, an orange bird will enter the stage. The Ice Climber can grab onto the bird and circle around the stage.
That’s everything we know about Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We’ll be adding more info as we get it, but in the meantime you can head over to our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Guides Hub for more info on the game.