Shadow (シャドウ, Shadow) is a playable character newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, although he was an assist trophy in Brawl and Wii U/3DS. He was announced to celebrate the release of Sonic Mania along with Tails. He is one of the SEGA representatives, appearing along side his fellow series members, Puyo Puyo's Arle, and Alex Kidd. He is voiced by Kirk Thornton in the English version, and Koji Yusa in the Japanese one.
Shadow plays somewhat similar to Sonic, however, he has a bunch of neat tricks of his own, playing a more ranged and defense based play style mixed with an aggressive and speedy one. He is currently considered as a Mid High Tier.
Shadow's attributes is very similar to Sonic's. They share the same walking speed, air speed, and jump heights, however, Shadow has more traction, is slightly slower, and is more floaty than Sonic is. Shadow shares some attacks Sonic had in the last games, like his Up Tilt being Sonic's double kick. However, he is more defensive than Sonic, having a projectile, being able to evade attacks more easier than his "father" character.
However, he holds similar weaknesses to Sonic, and his more floaty weight allows him to die much quicker than Sonic. He is still considered as a good character in competitive play, and many Sonic mains use Shadow as a counter pick, due to them having very similar match ups.
|Jab||Shadow punches, punches again, and backflip kicks in the air. Resembles his melee combo in Shadow The Hedgehog.||2%, 3%, 5%|
|Dash Attack||Spins forward and kicks upwards. Similar to Sonic's dash attack, however, the attack kicks the opponent upwards rather than to the side.||1% (hits 1-3), 5% (final hit)|
|Side Tilt||Swipes fowards in the air with his hand, releasing a yellow aura. Resembles his first melee attack in Sonic Battle. This can be angled.||5%|
|Up Tilt||A 540 kick, similar to Sonic's up tilt in Brawl and Wii U/3DS, which was changed to the Sonic Eagle. It works similarly to how Sonic's worked.||2%, 7%|
|Down Tilt||Kicks forwards while crouching. Can be used as a good poke.||4%|
|Foward Smash||Puts his hand back while charging, then punches forwards with chaos energy around his fist. This hits multiple times.||2% (hits 1-5), 4% last hit.|
|Up Smash||Shadow charges, then summons a shield made out of chaos aura. This actually nullifies most projectiles. Hits multple times, however, it has a lot of ending lag.||2% (hits 1-4), 5% (last hit)|
|Down Smash||Shadow kicks on the ground. As he his kicking, the player can press the attack button again and Shadow will kick again with a bigger attack radius. This can happen up to 5 times. Resembles his X attack in Sonic 06.||3% for each hit.|
|Neutral Air||Shadow summons a bubble of aura around him, similar in function like his Up Smash. The attack itself is fairly weak, used mostly as a defensive move.||7% (Highest), 4% (Lowest)|
|Foward Air||Shadow twirls in the air, gains a bit of height, then kicks downwards while traviling diagonally downards. The twirl at the start up can hit the opponent, and it leads up to the kick, if Shadow lands the hit at the beginning of the move, the opponent will be meteor smashed. Shadow will always bounce off of the opponent if the kick connects.||3%, 2% (The start up)|
|Up Air||Shadow kicks in a similar fashion to Sonic. However, Shadow's is much stronger than Sonic's.||5% (First hit), 3% (Second hit)|
|Back Air||Similar to Sonic's back air attack, but Shadow's is weaker and chains into itself more easier.||3%|
|Down Air||Shadow flips and kicks downwards while doing so, sending the opponent downwards. This refrences his kick attack in Sonic Boom.||6%|
|Pummel||Shadow knees the opponent, similar to how Sonic does.||2%|
|Forward Throw||Dropkicks the opponent away.||5%|
|Down Throw||Similar to Sonic's, Shadow spins in a ball and revs up on the opponent.||2%, 3%, 5%|
|Back Throw||Shadow turns around and kicks the opponent while jumping up a bit. Refrences his kick he performs against Silver in Sonic 06.||4%|
|Up Throw||Shadow kicks the opponent into the air.||5%|
|Shadow's Special Moves|
|Standard Special Move||Chaos Attack|
|Side Special Move||Chaos Spear|
|Up Special Move||Black Tornado|
|Down Special Move||Chaos Dash|
|Final Smash||Chaos Control|