In Super Smash Bros. 4
Fox is currently placed in the C tier in Super Smash Bros. 4. Fox is notorious within the community for being incredibly difficult to train (with some arguing that he is the most difficult to train). Though he has few definitive strengths, the advantages Fox does have allow his viability to hang by a thread. His infinite jab comes out fast and deals respectable damage and his tilts are even faster and stronger. He also has a solid set of special moves, including a useful projectile in Blaster as well as several recovery options.
As a combo-oriented character, Fox translates into an awkward and erratic amiibo. His AI is among the worst in the game, as it spams its down smash to no end despite the move’s poor range and power. In fact, Fox’s entire moveset lacks range and power, which makes getting KOs very difficult. Adding to these troubles is Fox’s light weight, which further worsens his matchup against the heavyweight fighters that rule the metagame.
In the early Smash 4 amiibo metagame, Fox was ranked as one of the worst fighters in the game; however, thanks to MegaVGmaster and DONkLE, the character was represented surprisingly well and accrued very decent tournament results. In competitions that allowed equipment, Fox paired well with the Crash run bonus effect.
If you would like to read the Super Smash Bros. 4 Fox amiibo training guide, please refer to this post.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Fox received both buffs and nerfs in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As with all fighters, Fox’s mobility (which was already fairly high) was increased; this entails an enhancement of his walk speed, run speed, and air speed. His forward and up smash attacks now inflict more damage, which helps alleviate his problems scoring KOs. Furthermore, changes to Ultimate’s AI have been kind to Fox; both amiibo and CPU players will now utilize simple combos against opponents.
Though Fox has noticeably improved from Smash 4, his key weaknesses have been retained (albeit slightly lessened). His range, KO power, and light weight still hold him back and give him poor matchups against heavyweights and fighters with swords or long-ranged weapons.
Fox is thought to be much better than in the previous title; unfortunately, his tournament representation is lacking and he has not accrued any notable placements. As a result, his true viability remains to be seen.
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