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Shantae Dances through the Danger!
Universe Shantae
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances Newcomer
Availability Starter
Final Smash Super Silky Creme

Shantae (美咲, Misaki - meaning “Beauty Bloom”) appears as a newcomer in Super Smash Bros. V , revealed at the end of the 9th Gen Nintendo Console Exclusive Shantae 5 Direct on October 23, 2018.

“Shantae is the eponymous protagonist of the Shantae series. A half-genie, and the guardian of Scuttle Town, Shantae works tirelessly to thwart the plans of the nefarious lady-pirate, Risky Boots, or other forces threatening the town.”

Her alternate costume is confirmed to be her Green Ninja outfit from Shantae: Half Genie/Hero which gives her a small ground and aerial speed boost but slightly decreases damage on most moves (Exceptions being Floor get up moves and Special Moves) <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;"> For her appearance in SSBV, Shantae is voiced by her voice actor in her games, Christina Valenzuela. She is voice by Eri Kitamura in the japanese version, Eri voiced Ami Kawashima in the anime Toradora!



  • Very strong sword and special attacks

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">High jump

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Not much lag on most regular moves

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pretty quick ground movement

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Alright air speed

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Can wall cling and wall jump


  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Lightweight meaning can be KO’ed early

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Weak grabs that dont KO until 180%+

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Ending lag on few key attacks


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Shantae is a speedy character. She has a pretty high jump and her sword and special attacks are really strong. Most of her moves do not have much lag and she’s pretty quick and agile in the air. Another thing to note is that she can wall cling and wall jump.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Her special moves are very good. She can either bellydance into the quick attacking Monkey, the powerful yet punishable Elephant, or the tricky Spider by using her down special.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Now she’s lightweight meaning she can KOed early. She does not really have kill grabs and some of her key moves doe have some considerable ending lag to them.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">These negatives aside, Shantae is a really good character with Powerful specials, quick movement, and decent regular attacks.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">One last thing to note is that her Neutral and Side Specials do nothing unless she has done the bellydance Down Special.


Ground Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Attack 4% Attacks with the tip of her ponytail. Low knockback making it easily spammable but it doesn’t come out too fast.
Neutral Combo
Dash Attack 11% Blue aura appears behind Shantae as she blazes forward letting out a cry and attacking with the tip of her sword. Good knockback.
Side Tilt Spit Fire 6% Shantae spits a medium ranged fire in a downwards angle. Can be reflected as it is treated as a projectile.
Up Tilt 9% Shantae slices upwards with her. Good juggle and combo capability.
Down Tilt 6% Shantae attacks opponents with the tip of her hair while crouching. Can trip.
Side Smash Harpy Blow 14%-23% Transforms into her Harpy form and does a forward wing blow. Direct contact with wings deals damage and can easily KO. Has a windbox. The charging animation involves the bellydance.
Up Smash Tinkerbat Slash 14%-22% Transforms into her Tinkerbat form and does an upward slash. The charging animation involves the bellydance.
Down Smash Naga Tail Whip 15% (each side) Transforms into her Naga form and does a tail whip on both sides. The charging animation involves the bellydance.

Aerial Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Aerial 7% (ponytail), 8% (sword) Shantae twist around attacking with her ponytail and sword.
Forward Aerial 6% Attacks with the tip of her ponytail. OK knockback.
Back Aerial 16% (clean), 10% (late) Shantae slashes behind her with her sword. Good knockback and has KO potential. Similar to Captain Falcon’s back air, sort of.
Up Aerial 10% Shantae uppercuts with her sword. High critical hit chance.
Down Aerial 8% (descent), 2% (landing) Shantae dives foot first. Initiates a medium powered meteor smash during the beginning. Not too fast (but fast) of a descent and with good timing can recover out of.

Grabs and Throws

Name Damage Description
Pummel 2% *Grabs with hair, medium-long range, can be used to grab the ledge offstage* Hits with the gold bracelet on her hand.2%
Forward Throw 3% Tosses opponent forward. Good for forward air combo strings.
Back Throw 3% Throws opponent back.
Up Throw 5% Tosses opponent upward.
Down Throw 2% (throw), 4% (jump) Throws opponent down jumping off them.


Name Damage Description
Floor Attack (front) 2% (Hair Swipe), 7% (Feet Kick) Kicks up. Hair swipes behind her. Feet kick in front of her.
Floor Attack (bank) 7% Kicks behind then in front of her.
Floor Attack (trip) 5% Swipes around her.
Edge Attack 7% Gets up using hair to attack.

Special Attacks

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special in Monkey Bellydance Monkey Claw 4.4% (First Slash), 6% (Second Slash), 8% (Third Slash) Chargeable. There are parts to the charge. The first charge or “tapping” involves Shantae slashing with her claw once. Charging an extra “ping sound” then tapping B involves her slashing twice. Charging fully involves 3 slashes with the final one having good knockback. Which can KO lighter opponents under 122%.
Elephant Bellydance Elephant Stomp 14% (in Vibration Radius), 19% (direct contact with foot) Shantae stomps the ground in Elephant mode which shakes/vibrates the ground. The vibration has ok knockback. Has super armor and can spike opponents if used in midair.
Spider Bellydance Venom Spray Sprays venom in spider mode. The venom poisons the opponent which cause the new poisoned effect to roll in which involves a fighter glowing in a small hint of purple or green depending on the source (in this case, purple) and little poison bubbles popping out of them occasionally. During the poisoning they lose 1% every second for 25 seconds. The more the venom spray is used the less effective it becomes. The time decreasing 5 seconds each time it is used until it can only do 1% each second for only 2 seconds. The effectiveness resets on the next stock. The spray is medium ranged and can be reflected back at Shantae poisoning her.
Side Special in Monkey Bellydance Monkey Bullet 10%, 8% (late) Similar to Diddy kong’s Monkey Flip, only difference is she doesn’t grab but strikes the opponent bouncing off in her monkey form. Has good knockback. Also a good recovering option.
Elephant Bellydance Elephant Charge 17% Shantae charges tusk first in her elephant form. Has really high knockback and kills lighter fighters really early (kills Pikachu at 92% to be exact). Has super armor. The downside is that at she doesn’t stop until she either gets to the other edge or on the edge of a platform (on stages that don’t have edges, she stops as she’s about to go off the stage. Can be reflected as well. Can be used to recover and Shantae will revert back to human form grabbing the ledge if done correctly.
Spider Bellydance Spider Slash 11% Works similar to a smash move. Shantae slashes at the opponent with her spider claws in spider form. High critical hit chance.
Up Special Warp Dance 6% (hit 1), 10% (ground hit 2 near), 7% (ground hit 2 far), 12% (ground hit 2 near), 8% (ground hit 2 far) Shantae does a quick belly dance and warps in the direction inputted. Can attack after the warp, similar to Zelda’s warp. Has some ending lag to it.
Alternate 1 Pirate Hat Pulls out a pirate hat which works similar to Peach’s parasol. She holds onto it with both hands. She can also attack coming off of it.
Alternate 2 Cannon Shot 12% Shoots a cannon downwards, sending her flying upward. The cannon damages and grounds any opponent it makes contact with. Not as much range as her other 2.
Down Special Monkey Bellydance (Down Special always decides Neutral and Side Specials.)

Changes Shantae into her monkey form (only for her Neutral and Side Special of course). The animation is pretty short. After she uses the special moves associated with the transformation she turns back to Human Form immediately.

Alternate 1 Elephant Bellydance (Down Special always decides Neutral and Side Specials.)

Changes Shantae into her elephant form (only for her Neutral and Side Special of course). The animation is pretty short. After she uses the special moves associated with the transformation she turns back to Human Form immediately.

Alternate 2 Spider Bellydance (Down Special always decides Neutral and Side Specials.)

Changes Shantae into her spider form (only for her Neutral and Side Special of course). The animation is pretty short. After she uses the special moves associated with the transformation she turns back to Human Form immediately.

Final Smash Super Silky Creme 14% (from a hit) Shantae applies the Super Silky Creme which allows her ponytail to grow really large and it turns a glowing cream color (larger than Final Destination, in both height and distance) then she spins around as her ponytail swipes every direction. She can move and jump while spinning. The effects wear off, and hair turns back to normal as she stops spinning when its over after a short amount of time. She cannot be damaged while in this form.

Animations and Misc.


<p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:11pt;margin-bottom:11pt;line-height:1.8;">About the same height as Peach.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">SIDE - Shantae signals at the opponent to come forward, while saying “Come at me!” “私に来て!, (Watashi ni kite!) in japanese.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">UP - Shantae laughs out loud in a taunting way. <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">

DOWN - Shantae does a hip dance with her arms out while humming.

Character Selection Screen Animation

Shantae is seen dancing.

On Screen Appearance

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Shantae turns into her human form as she pops out of a random puddle of water in mermaid form.

Victory Animations

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Shantae spins around, with her ponytail dropping sparkles into the air, then she points her hand up in the air with a big open smile.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Shantae jumps high with excitement, lands then begins to hip dance with her hands out (similar to her taunt).

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Shantae bellydances into her Harpy form, flies at the screen with a smile, then back to ground level.

Losing Animation

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Shantae is seen clapping with a pretty jealous look on her face.

Crowd Cheer

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">“Shaaantae!”

Victory Theme

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">A flourished remix of the first bit of instrumental for the Shantae Half Genie/Hero theme song “Dance Through the Danger ”. Key point is 0:00-0:12.

Fighting Stance

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Stands with hands out, bouncing from back and forth with hair flowing from the bouncing.

Idle Poses

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Shantae does a short dance.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Shantae brushes her ponytail lightly with her hand.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Simple walk with hands out.


Simple dash, both arms in motion, with hair flowing.


To be added.

Palette Swaps and Alternate Costume w/Palette Swap


Color Origin/Description
Default Red Shantae's regular appearance
Second White Based off the apperance of Shantae in her pajamas.
Third Green Based off Rottytops's appearance
Fourth Purple Based off Risky Boots's appearance
Fifth Blue Resemblea Vinegar's appearance
Sixth Red (Hair) Based off Nega-Shantae.
Locked First Green Shantae's regular appearance in her ninja outfit.
Locked Second Black Much resembles the classic ninja

Reveal Trailer

Half Genie/Hero The trailer is presented in CGI.

The Reveal Trailer Starts off with Marth and Link doing battle. As they're battling, they hear the sound of what seems to be a Monkey. They stop look and see a monkey looking at them. They decide to get closer and when they do they get completely slashed being blown away in the process. The monkey appears to transform and purple hair is shown. The camera then goes up revealing Shantae who is seen dancing then comes the tagline - "Shantae Dances through the Danger!".

Now comes the gameplay. The Music used in the gameplay portion is a flourished remix of the Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Scuttle Town OST. Shantae starts off doing her up taunt then she begins to battle. She starts off doing some normal ground attacks then she does her smashes. Her special moves are now shown off. She does her elephant bellydance dance then Side Bs knocking out Mario, Pikachu, and Fox. She then does her Spider bellydance then poisons Ike then proceeds to knock him out with the Slash. Much more of her moveset is shown then comes her final smash. She executes her final smash taking out Bowser, Inkling, and Samus in the process. Afterwards she does her down taunt. He then ends off with her doing her dash attack as the camera zooms towards her. The post-trailer shows gameplay of her alternate costume showing how much faster she is using it.