Nickname The Visionary
Special Moves Monado Arts (Neutral), Back Slash (Side), Air Slash (Up), Vision (Down)
Final Smash Chain Attack
First appearance Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)
Voice actor(s) Shintarō Asanuma (Japanese), Adam Howden (English)

Shulk (シュルク, Shulk) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. After initially being leaked in Super Smash Bros. 4 on August 19th, 2014 as part of the ESRB leak, Shulk was officially revealed in a Director's Room Miiverse post on August 29th, 2014, which coincided with the announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on the same day. Adam Howden and Shintarō Asanuma reprise their roles as Shulk's voice actors in the English and Japanese versions of SSB4, respectively.

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In Xenoblade Chronicles, this young lad's colony is attacked by the Mechon, so he and his friends set off to take them down. In Smash Bros., his Monado Arts let him change his specialization during battle. You can choose to boost a stat-his jump or attack, for example-but other stats might drop as a result, so choose wisely.


  • On Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Shulk's armorless alternate costume will cause part of his neck to stretch and connect with the Monado during his on-screen appearance and down taunt. However, this is not the case if the game is paused (via pausing or the "Hold L" option in Training Mode).
    • Similarly, on the same frame as taking hitstun, the Monado's active Art symbol will flash in front of Shulk's neck. Both these graphical glitches are due to his neck sharing the same bone as the Monado's ring.
  • If playing on any 2D stages on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, such as Flat Zone 2 or Super Mario Maker, the Monado's beam blade will not align properly during his victory pose in which he swings the Monado twice, his victory pose in which he wields the Monado in a reverse grip, and Chain Attack's final hit.
  • Shulk makes a few references to his home game:
    • He retains his jumping animation from Xenoblade Chronicles, while his dashing animation and one of his idle poses are almost identical to how they appeared in said game as well.
    • When it is not in use, the Monado simply hangs from his back. This carryover makes Shulk the only sword-wielding character in the Super Smash Bros. series that does not hold their sword when not attacking with it. Ganondorf and his Sword of the Six Sages are exempt because of that sword's usage as a weapon only occurring as a custom move.
    • Many of his voice clips are re-recorded versions of the lines that he would speak throughout Xenoblade Chronicles.
      • His alternate blast KO line, "Not good!" (不味いね!), is a reference to one of his battle lines from Xenoblade Chronicles, "Not good... I'm losing it...", which he mutters when his tension is at its lowest level in battle. This also makes Shulk one of the few characters to speak after being KO'd.
  • Shulk is the only character to tumble towards the screen when another character footstool jumps on him, whereas other characters would tumble towards the direction they were facing. He is also the only character to hit the screen with his back during a screen KO. These animations make the Monado and its active Art more visible to the player.
  • Shulk is the only human sword-wielding character that uses a "wobbling" sound effect while charging up smash attacks instead of the "unsheathing" sound that the rest of the sword-wielding characters use.
  • Shulk and Palutena are the only characters who can interrupt one of their aerials during their ending frames. In Shulk's case, he can interrupt all of his aerials during their ending frames, which allows him to act out of them before he lands. One example is replacing a back aerial's 19 frames of landing lag by performing a neutral aerial before landing, decreasing its landing lag to 10 frames.
  • The voice clip for Shulk's third victory pose, "I can change the future!", is missing from the Sound Test.
  • Despite not being a third-party character, Shulk is placed alongside them in most official material, including the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS roster and foldout. In the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U roster, Shulk is placed before the clones, whereas its manual has him placed before Bowser Jr. As a result of this placement, Shulk may be mistaken as a third-party character. Due to Nintendo's acquisition of Monolith Soft in 2007 prior to the development of Xenoblade Chronicles, however, Shulk is not a third-party character along with other characters such as Bandai Namco's Pac-Man and Goku, Team Shanghai Alice's Reimu, Sega's Sonic, Bayonetta and AiAi, Capcom's Mega Man and Ryu, etc.
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