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This article is about Ichigo's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For the character in other contexts, see Ichigo Kurosaki.
Ichigo
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Ichigo
Bleach symbol
Universe Bleach
Availability Starter
Weight class Medium-heavy
Final Smash Bankai Ichigo
Tier A (10)

Ichigo is a playable newcomer starter character in Super Smash Flash 2. He was one of the first four playable characters, along with Mario, Kirby, and Lloyd, confirmed in a trailer and demo. He is also the only playable representative of the Bleach franchise so far.

Ichigo is currently ranked 10th on the tier list on the A tier. This is a vast improvement from his 19th-place position being a mid tier on the last tier list. Ichigo has a disjointed hitbox, strong air game, and powerful finishers in his forward smash, up smash, back aerial and neutral aerial. He has a good mobility option in his pseudo wavedash which gives him a good approach option. This, along with his small short hop and his fast falling speed allows him to perform SHFFL aerials to approach.

However, Ichigo's recovery is sub-par. His side special move covers a long horizontal distance, but requires a long period of charging, during which Ichigo will continue to fall, which limits its use offstage. His up special move, while difficult to edgeguard on its own, covers very little horizontal and vertical range, making it arguably one of the worst recovery moves in the game. As a result of his recovery problems and his high falling speed, he has no offstage game, and is even vulnerable to meteor smash gimps at 0%. His falling speed also makes him susceptible to chain grabs and combos. His finishers, though very powerful, are also very slow, which makes Ichigo over-reliant on hard reads and mindgames to finish characters off. He also has momentum issues, as it is very difficult for him to regain stage control once lost, especially against faster, campier characters.

Despite his placing, Ichigo has a strong player base and has solid representation in online tournaments, though his results are somewhat lackluster even in smaller events.

Attributes

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

Ichigo has good range in the majority of his attacks. His neutral air, forward tilt and down tilt are excellent tools for spacing. He posses a projectile in Getsuga Tenshō, which has a lot of priority in it that can help him in canceling out other projectiles. Ichigo has KO moves in his forward smash, up smash, neutral air, back air and up air.

Concerning his recovery, Ichigo has multiple options to recover. Getsuga Tenshō is able to slow down his falling speed and stall him, he can use it multiple times. He can use his forward air to push him forward, allowing another way to recover horizontally. His main means of horizontal movement is Engetsuzan, which he can charge to cover more distance and allows him to pass through any opponent. His only means of vertical recovery, is Kōtei-ki Tōshin, which protects him from above while covering a fair vertical distance.

Ichigo posses a good grab and throw, possessing the eleventh longest grab in the current demo. With down throw, he can set up tech chases, perform chain grabs, start combos, and use it as a guaranteed set up into his finishers or a strong meteor smash off the stage. In fact, the throw itself can be used at the ledge for a very strong meteor after chaingrabbing. Up throw, at low percents, can followed be up with an up air if the player is quick enough. However, it has little hitstun, allowing most opponents to escape it easily. Forward throw can be followed up with a forward air or a dash attack, depending on the opponents accelerated falling speed and directional influence, but the throw also has little hitstun. Back throw can be used to set up edge guards.

However, Ichigo's average weight, being a high faller and size makes him susceptible to combos and chain grabs.

Kōtei-ki Tōshin is his main means of vertical recovery and makes him hard to gimp from above. However, it covers little vertical distance and combined with his falling speed makes it hard for him to recover. Disjointed attacks are able to hit through the hitbox of the move.

Ichigo has a polarizing neutral game. Outside of Ichigo's aerials, he can use his dash attack, Engetsuzan, down tilt and his pseudo wave dash as his approach options. Dash attack and Engetsuzan cover good range while also being able to out-prioritize certain projectiles and attacks, which allows Ichigo to shut down other characters neutrals. However, the two options are not safe on shield, which can lead to him being punished, while also higher priority attacks can knock Ichigo out of the moves. This forces Ichigo to time his approach options accordingly to what the opponent is doing.

Moveset

Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage Knockback Priority Total frames Active frames
Neutral attack Two slashes followed by an overhead slash. 4% 0, 100, 70° 2 11 5-7
4% 0, 100, 90° 12 4-5
4% 60, 100, 30° 11 1-3
Forward tilt Slashes in front of him. Good for spacing. 12% 40, 70, 50° 3 15 5-6
Up tilt Slashes above his head in an arc. Combo starter. 9% 40, 90, 80° 3 15 4-5
9% 40, 90, 130° 5
9% 40, 90, 115° 6
Down tilt Uses Shunpō to move while stabbing forwards. 9% 40, 80, 45° 3 21 5-9
Dash attack Stops for a bit and then uses Shunpō to move and stab forward. 8% 85, 30, 40° 3 21 7-12
Forward smash Slams the Zangetsu into the ground in front of him. 14-20% 55, 95, 35° 5 34 12-14
14% 13
Up smash Slashes in an arc with Zangetsu over his head. Slow, but does strong knockback. 14-20% 50, 95, 90° 5 28 14-16
14%
Down smash (Kongenzan) Uses Shunpō to jump up into air and then stabs the Zangetsu into the ground. 4% 30, 90, 300° 6 43 15-18
1% 40, 40, -7° 19-30
3% 30, 190, 42° 31-32


Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage Knockback Priority Total frames Active frames
Neutral aerial Slashes underneath him at an angle horizontally. Does good knockback. 11% 65, 100, 55° 4 16 5-6
9% 61, 100, 55°
Forward aerial Uses Shunpō followed by a slash. Performing it close to the ground will result in a Pseudo wavedash. 8% 60, 31, 45° 2 11 3-6
Back aerial Turns around and slashes horizontally behind himself. High knockback. 14% 30, 100, 30° 3 17 7-8
Up aerial Slashes upwards in an arc. 13% 40, 85, 90° 4 22 5-6
Down aerial Slashes below himself while flipping forwards. The entire hitbox is a meteor smash. 10% 40, 50, 270° 3 24 9-11


Grabs and throws

Attack Description Damage Knockback Priority Total frames Active frames
Grab Reaches with his hand out to grab. Slower than average. N/A N/A N/A 15 5
Pummel Slashes with the Zangetsu. 1% N/A N/A 9 5
Forward throw Violently throws his opponent in front of him. 8% 60, 60, 50° 0 13 8
Back throw Slams opponent behind him and slashes them. 9% 50, 80, 25° 0 23 7
6% 15
Up throw Throws his opponent in the air and uses Shunpō to slash his opponent with the Zangetsu. Low hitstun. 7% 90, 25, 90° 0 17 10-13
Down throw Slams the opponent into the ground. It is a meteor smash and can set up tech chases. 9% 90, 30, 280° 0 12 8


Other attacks

Attack Description Damage Knockback Priority Total frames Active frames
Floor attack Slashes behind himself and then in front. 6% 0, 110, 50°, 100 3 26 8-10,
16-19
Ledge attack Rolls up and does a quick slash. 8% 0, 110, 30°, 100 3 19 11-14
100% ledge attack Rolls up and slams the blade into the ground. 11% 0, 110, 30°, 100 3 31 19-27


Special moves

Attack Name Description Damage Knockback Priority Total frames Active frames
Standard special Getsuga Tenshō Swings the Zangetsu releasing a slow-pacing, arc-shaped projectile. 0% N/A N/A 36 22
0% 40, 0, 0 6-17
2% 55, 0, 82° 6 19 1-19
Side special Engetsuzan Uses Shunpō to quickly teleport forward with a slash. Can be charged for more range and damage. 7% 75, 15, 65° 3 25 9-14
7% 19
7% 75, 10, 65° 9-14
7% 19
Up special Kōtei-ki Tōshin Spins the Zangetsu above his head. On the ground it has a windbox that drags opponents in. 1% 30, 20, -5° 1 46 6-35
1% 65, 20, 90° 36-37
0% 70, 0, 90° 0 7-35
0% 60, 0, 145° 7-10
2% 30, 80, 90° 1 42 7-38
Down special Gazan Uses Shunpō upwards and brings the Zangetsu down on the opponent. The higher the distance, the more damage it deals capping at 95%. 0% 0, 0, 280° 7 23 1-2
6% 40, 95, 270° 4 20-23
6% 40, 95, 270° 18 10-18
Final Smash Bankai Ichigo Ichigo transforms into his Bankai form, making him more powerful. 18%

Misc.

Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Ichigo uses Shunpō, turns around and unsheathes the Zangetsu.
TauntsStandard: Points with the Zangetsu in front of him and says 「お前を斬るぜ」 (Omae o kiru ze, lit. "I'll cut you").Side: Swings the Zangetsu to his side as it shines and says 「後悔すんなよ」 (Kōkai sun'na yo, lit. "Don't regret").Down: Ichigo attempts to put on his headband, fails and drops it, and falls to his knees in embarrassment, and then comes back up.
Victory theme A remix of "Number One", Ichigo's theme from Bleach.
Victory pose Holds Zangetsu in the air and puts it on his shoulder.
Lose pose Claps for the winner.

Changes from v0.9a

Ichigo has received an overhaul in his movement and attacks. The new Shunpo effect has buffed Ichigo in that it gives his attacks more range and helps his recovery. Ichigo has received nerfs in some of his moves losing KO power, but the buffs he received greatly outweigh the nerfs. Ichigo benefits from the lower hitstun of the demo due to him being less susceptible to chain grabs. He in turn gained speed buffs in his attacks and is able to combo a lot better than he could last demo outside of chain grabs.

Aesthetics

  • Neutral Ichigo has received a recolor and a new idle pose.

Attributes

  • Nerf Dashing speed was decreased.
  • Buff The new Shunpo effect Ichigo has received gives him more range and movement in some of his attacks.

Ground attacks

  • Buff Down tilt has more range.
  • Nerf Forward tilt is significantly weaker.
  • Buff Up tilt is faster, which makes it easier to combo with.
  • Buff Dash attack has more range.
  • Nerf The changes to down smash has made it a significantly less reliable move for edge guarding. The meteor smash portion is harder to land and is weaker. The new Shunpo effect does not benefit the move. The move also deals less damage.
  • Buff New forward smash is stronger and has more range.

Aerial attacks

  • Buff Forward air benefits from the new Shunpo effect due to it pushing Ichigo forward, which allows him to get two hits on certain opponents while not having to use his second jump and it aids his recovery.
    • Buff When used close to the ground allows Ichigo to perform a Pseudo wavedash.

Grabs and throws

  • Buff Grab range was increased significantly.
  • Nerf Forward throw sends opponents at a higher angle, which combined with his decreased dashing speed makes it no longer able to chain grab.
  • Neutral New up throw has Ichigo throwing his opponent in the air and than using Shunpo to slash them.
    • Nerf This makes Ichigo lose his former chain grab and the less hitstun of the demo makes it harder for follow ups.
  • Buff New down throw is a meteor smash with high base knockback, which can set up tech chases. If the opponent does not tech and they bounce off the ground can allow for chain grabs.

Special moves

  • Buff Getsuga Tenshō now has a wind effect which can help Ichigo's recovery, has more priority and can help Ichigo gain stage control.
    • Nerf However, it has lost its KO power, it can no longer be spammed and the start up, along with the slow moving projectile, gives the opponent time to Perfect shield it.
  • Buff Engetsuzan lowers Ichigo's falling speed slowly, has more priority, covers more range and can go through opponents. This strongly buffs Ichigo's horizontal recovery.
  • Buff A grounded Gazan now stuns the opponent if they're in front of Ichigo.
  • Buff A grounded Kōtei-ki Tōshin now has a vortex effect, where opponents who are close to Ichigo will be sucked into the attack. A wind effect has been added to the move where opponents who are above Ichigo will be blown into the air.
    • Buff Aerial Kōtei-ki Tōshin gains more height.

In competitive play

Match ups

Notable players

Active

Inactive

Tier placement history

The tier lists for demo v0.6; Ichigo was seen as a top tier character ranking 2nd of B tier for the first list of demo v0.6 and 3rd of A tier for the second list. In demo v0.7; Ichigo was seen as a high tier character because he was stuck as 7th on both lists. In demo v0.8b; Ichigo rose to 3rd of A tier where he was seen as a top tier character. However, in demo v0.9a; Ichigo tier position dropped to 20th of what can be considered C tier where he is seen as a mid-low tier character (This is Ichigo's first time being outside of A or B tier). In demo v0.9b, Ichigo returned to B tier where he is ranked 18th. On the second list of demo v0.9b, Ichigo dropped down by one to 19th place of B tier, where he is still seen as a mid tier character.

Gallery

Palette swaps

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Artwork

Screenshots

Designs

Trivia

  • Ichigo was the very first character programmed for Super Smash Flash 2 prior the v0.6 development reboot.
  • Ichigo has the most meteor smashes in his moveset, with four meteor smashes: Gazan, down aerial, down smash and down throw. This does not include Bankai Ichigo, which has down aerial and down smash as meteor smashes.
  • Ichigo was the last manga-originated character to have his sprites updated, with Naruto's sprites being updated in a patch for demo v0.9a and Goku's sprites update were shown on the DOJO!!! for v0.9b. Ichigo's was not shown until a picture was posted on the McLeodgaming Facebook page.
    • Ironically, Ichigo was put into the game before Naruto and Goku.

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