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This article is about Wario's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Wario.
Wario
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Wario
Wario symbol
Wario's official pixel art.
Universe Wario
Stock icon SSF2 Wario head
Availability Starter
Weight class Medium-heavy
Final Smash Wario-Man
Tier B (20)

Wario is a veteran starter character in Super Smash Flash 2 and the only character representation of the Wario universe. His overall design is directly based on his Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U appearance, mixing some animations from said games as well as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, including his voice clips. As such, Wario's moveset is also based on the one he has in the official Super Smash Bros. games.

Wario is currently ranked 20th out of 40 on the current tier list, placing him in the B tier. Wario's notable strengths include a good air game, decent combo ability, a good grab and throw game, and great KO moves in his forward smash, Shoulder Bash (in the move's final frames), down throw, dash attack, up smash, and the later stages of Wario Waft. Though he lacks a projectile, he can easily dodge them using his good speed for a fighter his size and weight, and his excellent air mobility allows him to wobble in and out of his opponent's range, which gives him some time to throw out a few spacing moves, or a finisher if he can. He also possesses good recovery options, as Shoulder Bash covers a decent horizontal distance, and a fully charged Wario Waft covers a distance equal to the distance covered by his up special, Corkscrew, allowing him to extend his vertical recovery as well.

However, Wario's biggest flaw is his short range (possessing the shortest grab range), which makes him vulnerable to characters with attacks that have a disjointed hitbox (ex. Meta Knight, Lloyd). As Wario possesses an above average weight and is a high faller, the majority of the cast can easily combo him (although Wario can avoid this by using his air mobility to escape attacks). He has a couple of KO options with his forward smash, up smash, Wario Waft, forward tilt, up aerial, and the final frames of Shoulder Bash, but these do have considerable amounts of starting and ending lag, making him easier to punish, and Corkscrew does not gain much vertical height on its own, giving him a relatively poor vertical recovery if he does not have a full-charge Wario Waft on hand. Furthermore, due to his poor ground mobility, poor range and lack of a projectile, he is forced to rely on close-range attacks to damage or KO the opponent.

While Wario appears to have a small, dedicated player base, he has poor representation in online tournaments. Some Wario players do not actively participate, and the few who do participate do not place high.

Attributes

MG icon See also: Wario (Super Smash Flash 2)/Hard data

Wario can be described as an unorthodox character due to his attributes. His most unusual trait is his high air speed and air acceleration, giving Wario the ability to effectively camp in the air, and wobble in and out of the opponent's range. He has powerful finishers in his forward smash, Shoulder Bash (in the moves final frames), up smash, up air, forward tilt, and the Wario Waft (depending how long it has been charged). His great air mobility, combined with most of his aerials having good priority grants him a good air game and good approach options in the air. Wario also has an effective edgeguarding game with his back air and Chomp. He has effective combo starters in his down smash, down tilt, Chomp, up tilt, and up throw. Due to Wario's size, he is not as susceptible to shield poking like other characters. He has a good grab game with his forward and up throw being chain grabs on big characters and fast fallers while they are good combo starters on other characters. His back throw can be used as KO moves near the ledge on light characters. Furthermore, Wario's weight, air mobility, and falling speed makes him a hard character to KO.

However, Wario suffers from poor range (having the shortest grab in the current build) which leaves him is vulnerable to characters with disjointed hitboxes (ex. Ichigo and Sora). Due to not having a projectile, poor ground mobility and reach in his attacks gives him problems approaching on the ground. As a result, Wario must rely on his air game to approach and combo opponents. His recovery is predictable and gives him trouble recovering against good edgeguarders. Furthermore, due to his medium to high weight and being a high faller, he is susceptible to certain chain grabs if he doesn't avoid them properly.

Moveset

Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack Does a left hook and a right hook, while moving forward. 5% (first hit), 5%(second hit)
Down tilt Thrusts his hand diagonally downward while crouching. 6%
Down smash Does an Earthshake Punch from "Wario Land: Shake It!". Because it does not deal knockback and has low ending lag, it allows Wario to start combos or catch the opponent's roll. 10%-21%
Forward tilt Performs a short straight-punch. 10%
Forward smash Winds back and delivers an enormous backhanded punch. One of his best KOing moves, being able to KO Mario at the edge of Final Destination at 54% when fully charged, though this has the highest endlag of Wario's smash attacks. 19% (uncharged) 27% (fully charged)
Up tilt Thrusts both hands in the air. 11%
Up smash A spinning headbutt. This attack hits multiple times. 13%-19%
Dash attack Flops forward on his belly. 11%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Stretches out hands and legs in a skydiver pose and spins. 13%
Forward aerial Flying forward kick. 9%
Back aerial A backwards headbutt. 12%
Up aerial Claps both hands above himself. 11%
Down aerial Turns upside down and spins while falling, hitting with his head. 4% (per hit)

Grab and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab Reaches forward with his hand. The shortest grab range in the current build. N/A
Pummel Shakes opponent (a reference to the Shake move from Wario Land: Shake it!). 2% 
Forward throw Hits opponents away with his rear end. 9%
Back throw Spins the opponent around thrice and throws them away. Resembles the Wild Swing-Ding from Wario Land. 10%
Up throw Tosses the opponent up and bumps them with his head. 6%
Down throw Violently sits on opponents. Does 2 hits. 8%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Floor attack Punches around himself, starting with in front of him. 5%
Ledge attack Climbs up, then swipes his hand in front of him. 6%

Special moves

Special move Name Description Damage
Standard special move Chomp Opens his jaws to trap opponents he comes into contact with. When he traps an opponent, pressing the special button makes him chomp on the opponent, throwing them away after the max chomp limit is reached, or if time passes. It can chain into itself if used against a larger character or a wall, making it useful for racking up damage. 2% (each bite)

10%

(When hit just in front of Wario)

Side special move Shoulder Bash Dashes forward shoulder-first, knocking back any opponent in his way. 8%-24%
Up special move Corkscrew Launches into the air while spinning around, damaging opponents on his way. 11%
Down special move Wario Waft Releases a fart that can be charged over time to be more powerful, ranging from a small waft to a large explosion. Like the main Super Smash Bros. games, this move can gain height the longer it is charged, though it gains significantly less height that in Smash. Nevertheless, it is still a useful move for recovering. 17%-27%
Final Smash Wario-Man Transforms into Wario-Man, making him more powerful. Varies

Misc.

Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Comes from a purple Warp Pipe.
Taunts Standard Wario laughs so hard that his jaw breaks, so he has to forcefully put it back in place with his hands.
Side Wario shakes his rear end at the camera while snickering.
Down/Up Wario yells, "Wa, wa, wa!" while putting up 3 fingers for each "Wa!" which supposedly symbolizes the "W" for Wario, and holds up 6 fingers in the last "Wa!" while facing the screen.
Idle poses Crosses his arms twice with his fists clenched.
Victory theme Stage Clear theme from Wario Land: Shake It!.
Victory pose Shows off his muscles and says, "Yes!".
Lose Angrily claps for the winner.

Changes from v0.9b

MG icon Main article: Wario (Super Smash Flash 2)/Changelog

Wario has received a lot of changes to his moveset, with having a lot of his move set from the "main games" being incorporated. Wario has received a lot of buffs due to this and is considered a more effective character then last demo.

Aesthetics

  • Neutral Wario has received custom made sprites that resembles his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
    • Buff This allows him to have better hitbox placement across his whole sprite and he has more range.
    • Nerf However, he is now much taller than before, making him easier to combo and chain grab.
  • Buff Wario can now crawl.

Ground attacks

  • Buff Dash attack works much more similarly to the one from the main games, where he trips and he pops the opponent up. This move also decreases his hurtbox.
    • Nerf However, it lacks the power and priority of his old dash attack.
  • Buff Forward tilt does more knockback.
  • Buff His new forward smash, which works more akin to the "Wii U and 3DS" version, has more range and deals much more knockback then his previous forward smash.

Aerial attacks

  • Buff Wario's up aerial now has a sweetspot and a sourspot. The sweetspot deals large knockback, while the sourspot can allow the move to combo into itself or into other moves.
  • Buff Back aerial is now his back aerial from the main Super Smash Bros. games where he thrusts his head backwards. It is stronger then his old back air.
  • Buff Wario's down aerial is now his down aerial from the main Smash games, where he does a head drill. This gives a good approach option and has good priority.

Grab and throws

  • Neutral Wario's back throw now tosses his opponent behind him.
    • Buff It is stronger then his old back throw.
  • Nerf Down throw no longer sends at a sem-spike angle and is not a good KO move anymore.

Special moves

  • Buff Corkscrew goes slightly higher, and allows good horizontal movement
  • Buff Wario Waft is much stronger at full charge, and allows Wario to gain height.
    • Neutral Wario now has gas effects that show what charge the Waft is at.

In competitive play

Tier placement history

When Wario was first introduced; he was seen as a mid-low tier character. In the tier lists for demo v0.7; Wario ranked 11th of C tier on the first list and 12th of E tier on the second list.

In demo v0.8b; he had a huge leap where he ranked 1st of S tier.

In demo v0.9a; Wario was originally seen as one of the worst characters in the demo, but ranked 12th when players started noticing his strengths and is considered an mid-high tier character.

In demo v0.9b, the changing metagame of other characters, the addition of new ones and lackluster changes to Wario brought him down to be 28th in C tier. The changing metagame did not help Wario by much where he rose to 26th of C tier, but he is still seen as a bottom tier character. On the final tier list, Wario dropped to 30th, last on the tier list where he was seen as the worst character in the demo.

In Beta, on the first tier list, Wario ranked 22nd in B- tier, which was a noticeable rise from his 30th place in v0.9b. However, he ended up dropping to 36th of C- tier on the second tier list. In the current tier list, Wario is ranked as 20 of B.

Gallery

Costumes

SSF2 Wario Costumes (temporal)

Artworks

Screenshots

Early designs

Designs

Misc.

Trivia

  • Wario is the only character to have the most differences between his Super Smash Bros. incarnation and his SSF2 incarnation:
    • His appearance in SSF2 is his yellow cap and purple overalls from the Wario Land and Mario series instead of his biker outfit from the WarioWare series.
    • Alongside Pichu, Wario has at least one different special move, in this case, his side special move.
    • He is the only veteran character with a different entrance.
    • He has a completely different victory theme.
  • Wario's older sprites in the game were used in AnimationRewind's Cartoon Fight Club.
  • Wario and Peach are the only two characters that have been both first and last in separate tier lists. In Wario's case, he was first in the 0.8b tier list, and last in the 0.9b third tier list.
  • Wario's early pixel art was based on one of his taunts in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
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