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The Changer of Fate
Universe SSB Xenoblade SeriesXenoblade Chronicles
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances SSB4
Recent Game '3DS Xenoblade Chronicles
Availability Starter
Final Smash Chain Attack/Monado III

Shulk makes his second return to the Super Smash Bros. franchise in Super 5mash Bros. 5. Shulk can utilize the power of his Monado for devastating attacks that boasts a long reach. He can also access his Monado Arts as well as Skill Tree to enhance his own abilities. He has largely been buffed up from Super Smash Bros. fro Wii U and 3DS. Aesthetically, his model has remained unchanged since Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

Changes from Smash 4


Special Custom Set A

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Monado Arts 0% Shulk activates one of five Arts, which enhance some of his abilities while reducing others.
Custom 1 Decisive Monado Arts 0% Arts last longer, but once an Art is activated it cannot be changed.
Custom 2 Hyper Monado Arts 0% Both positive and negative effects of Arts are amplified, and the Arts last for a shorter duration of time.
Side Special Back Slash 10%/9% (front), 16%/14% (back) Shulk launches himself forward, slamming his Monado down in front of him. If does more damage and knockback if it connects in the back.
Custom 1 Back Slash Leap --- Shulk leaps up before slashing downward towards the ground. Has reduced horizontal movement, but comes out a little faster.
Custom 2 Back Slash Charge --- Shulk leaps forward, gaining super armor for the slash. This move has increased horizontal movement, but has harshly reduced damage if not striking the back.
Up Special Air Slash 6% (hit 1 clean), 5% (hit 1 late), 5.5% (hit 2) Jumps upwards with a Monado swipe, similarly to Dolphin Slash. Pressing the attack button at the end of the swipe will result in a second, forward swipe.
Custom 1 Advancing Air Slash 6% (hit 1 clean), 5% (hit 1 late), 8% (hit 2) The first slash launches enemies diagonally, with the second slash moving Shulk forward.
Custom 2 Mighty Air Slash 9% (hit 1 clean), 7% (hit 1 late), 10% (hit 2) The first slash launches enemies diagonally, with the second slash moving Shulk forward.
Down Special Vision 1.3x (min 13%/10% or 10%/7%) A counterattack, similar to that of the Fire Emblem series. Has the longest counter window in the game.
Custom 1 Dash Vision 1.0x (min 11%/8% or 8%/5%) Shulk takes a big step forward and the counter's range is extended. The counter is faster, but lacks power.
Custom 2 Power Vision 1.5x (min 20%/17% or 17%/14%) Shulk counters an attack with greater power. However, the attack is slower and if used too much, the counter will become less and less effective.

Special Custom Set B

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Skill Tree: Integrity 0% Shulk activates his Skill Tree: Integrity which allows him access to four skills that can be used once at a time, much like the Monado Arts. These consist of:

  • Medium Equipment: It raises Shulk's Launch Resistance and weight but decreases his jump and speed stats.
  • Secret of Life: 5% life is restored when grabbing a healing time.
  • Rewarding Work: KO'ing an improve sees a 10% increase in standard and special attack power for a duration of time.
  • Resilient Warrior: Increases shield health against melee and projectile attacks but has lag to the start up and ending of the shielding.
Custom 1 Skill Tree: Intuition 0% Much like Skill Tree; Integrity but changes the available skills:

  • Battle Cry: Issues forth a cry that increases Shulk's attack power y 2 points and his allies by 1 point. Has less duration with overuse.
  • Underdog: Increases all of his stats by 2.5 if in last place though decreases with overuse.
  • Equipment Master: Reduces wight by 8 percent but decreases defense and launch resistance. Jump and Speed is improved
  • Element of Surprise: Attacks deal 1.5% more damage from behind but does 1,5% less damage from anywhere but the back.
Custom 2 Skill Tree: Bravery 0% Much like the default Skill Tree: Integrity but with different skills:

  • Fate Evasion: The down special Vision has more damage and longer duration when this skill is activated though decreases with overuse.
  • Lone Warrior: Air Slash has improved traveling distance for the defaults if Shulk is the only one on the stage.
  • Ultimate Defense: Back Slash has improved priority and can cancel out attacks as well has super armor attached to the traveling animations.
  • Glorious Future: Monado Purge has a less cool down when activated though it has more start up lag.
Side Special Slit Edge 12% (clean), 3% (late) Shulk dashes forward and performs a quick cut. It doesn't push the opponent backwards but causes Shulk to simply pass by. It does the most damage when the slash hits right in the middle of the opponent. It deals less damage if it hits before or after.
Custom 1 Precise Slit Edge 17% (clean), 3% (late) It does more damage and knockback but the window for it connecting is much smaller.
Custom 2 Wide Slit Edge 7% (clean), 2% (late) It does less damage and is slower but has a longer window for it to connect.
Up Special Cyclone 2.3% (per hit) Shulk form a yellow and white Cyclone made of either underneath him. It then pushes high into the air. Only the cyclone does damage and will juggle players before throwing them upwards.
Custom 1 Cyclonic Basher 1.2% (per hit cyclone), 8% (Monado), 13% (Monado ground) Shulk uses the Cyclone to launch him into the air. He then spins in the air and then comes crashing down; slamming the Monado into the ground.
Custom 2 Launching Cyclone 0% It doesn't deal any damage but it launches Shulk much higher into the air with more vertical and horizontal distance.
Down Special Monado Purge 20% (full clean), 13% (mid clean), 6% (near empty clean), 2% (empty clean), 15% (full late), 10% (late), 4% (near empty late), .5% (empty late) Shulk can purge the Monado when he has access a Monado Art or Skill Tree. This causes Shulk to release the power of the Monado. It does more damage and knockback the quicker he activates Monado Art or Skill Tree and decreases with time. It acts like a projectile that fires forward. When performed, it removes the Monado Art or Skill Tree and a cool down time to activate again is initiated.
Custom 1 Delayed Monado Purge 16% (full clean), 10% (mid clean), 4% (near empty clean), 1% (empty clean), 13% (full late), 8% (late), 2% (near empty late), 0% (empty late) It does less damage but it is quicker than the default when started up. As well, the duration of time is much slower. The cool down time is fairly quick.
Custom 2 Consuming Monado Purge 24% (clean), 16% (late), 8% (Shulk) Instead of dealing damage depending on when it is fired, it does a fixed amount of damage. It does more damage and knockback. However, it damages Shulk and causes the cool down time to be much longer.

Final Smash

Name Damage Description
Final Smash 1 Chain Attack 3% (hit 1), 2% (hits 2-12), 12% (hit 13), 5% (hit 14) Shulk summons Dunban and Riki to perform a Chain Attack on his opponents, before finishing them off with a strong Monado slash.
Final Smash 2 Monado III Varies Shulk unlocks Monado III which increases the attacka nd special powers as well as the Monado Arts and Skill Tree duration drastically. Shulk's speed also increases and he has super armor to many of his attacks. His attacks also have increases reach and deal freeze frames when it connects.


Italics means they have to be unlocked.

  • Holds out his right hand and says, "Now it's Shulk time!" (Up)
  • Shulk points the Monado forward and says "The future doesn't belong to you!". (Left)
  • Fistpumps with his left hand and says, "I'm really feeling it!" (Right)
  • Activates the Monado, poses with it, and says, "This is the Monado's power!" (Down)

Character Selection Screen

  • Shulk activates his Monado and says "Ok, my turn!"
  • Shulk slashes his Monado forward and says "Monado! Show me the way!"
  • Shulk pumps his fist into the air and says "Nothing's gonna stop me!".

On Screen Appearance

  • Jumps down with the Monado, then places it on his back after it deactivates.
  • Shulk dashes out of an appearance and then readies his Monado.
  • Shulk appears pulling the Monado from a downed Mechon which explodes. He then stands up and sheathes it.

Victory Animations

  • Swings the Monado a few times while it is active, then holds it level to his head as it deactivates, saying either "The future is ours to decide." or "I've got a good rhythm going!"
  • Swings the inactive Monado upwards, then places it on his back, saying either "I got through that pretty good!" or "This is a good result!"
  • Bows down with the Monado held lengthwise, then it activates, and he changes grip, saying either "I can feel the power!" or "I can change the future."
  • Shulk picks up the Monado and slashes forward after doing a pose. He then says " "Not good enough!"
  • Take his left arm an dpumps it while holding his right arm. He then says " "Piece of cake!"
  • Shulk appears next to Reyn and Fiora. Shulk says "We will create a new world!" and Reyn says "But we didn't really contribute tot he fight..." and Fiora says "The burden is all on you Shulk :laughs:". Shulk then activates his Monado and says "You guys can depend on me!"

Losing Animations

  • Shulk is looking forward while clapping his hands.
  • Shulk is gritting his teeth while holding his head.
  • Shulk is holding his left arm while panting as if out of breathe.

Victory Fanfare

A flourished remix of the second half of the riff of "You Will Know Our Names", the battle theme used in Xenoblade Chronicles when fighting a unique monster.

Idle Poses

  • Taps his foot and makes a thinking gesture.
  • Quickly looks behind himself.
  • Shulk moves the Monado in front of his face.
  • Shulk rotates his arm and cracks his neck.


Shulk's trophies can be earned by completing Classic Mode, Adventure Mode, All-Star Mode, and Boss Battle mode. In addition, further trophies can be found during matches and at the Trophy Shop.


Unlock: Classic Mode

Shulk (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode Console/White

Shulk (Alt)

Unlock: Adventure Mode Handheld/Pink

Grand Shulk

Unlock: Boss Battle Console

Jungle Shulk

Unlock: Boss Battle Handheld

'Shulk (Back Slash)

Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop Blue

Shulk (Skill Tree)

Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop Indigo

Shulk (Black)

Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop

Shulk (Yellow)

Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop

Shulk (Up) Brown

Unlock: Match or Trophy Shop

M100 Shulk

Unlock: Complete a Pit Character Challenge

Chain Attack

Unlock: All Star Mode (Easy or Normal)

Monado III

Unlock: Unlock all Robin trophies

Alternate Costumes

Color Title Color Notes Status
Red Red Based on Shulk's default design. Starter
White White Based off of Fiora's color scheme. Starter
Black Black Based off of Dunban's color scheme. Starter
Brown Orange Based off of Reyn's color scheme. Starter
Blue Blue Based off of Sharla's color scheme. Starter
Lavender Pink Based off of Melia's color scheme. Starter
Yellow Yellow Based off of Riki's color scheme. Starter
Trunks Black Based off of Shulk's swimsuit armor. Starter
Gold Gold Resembles the color scheme for Zanza. Starter
Indigo Indigo Based off Dickson's color scheme.. Starter
Grand Armor Shulk Red Based of the Grand Armor set for Shulk. Locked
Jungle Shulk Green Based of the Jungle Armor for Shulk. Locked
M100 Shulk Gray Based off the m100 Plate armor for Shulk. Locked


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