In Super Smash Bros. 4
Sheik resides in the B tier in Super Smash Bros. 4, making her a middle-ranked fighter. When controlled by AI, Sheik is somewhat out of her element; her moveset is catered to combos and aerials, both of which are ineffective in the amiibo metagame. Sheik still has a skill set strong enough to make her threatening, however; her jab hits multiple times and racks up damage fast, her recovery is reliable, and she can juggle opponents with her forward tilt and strike with a fast set of smash attacks.
Unfortunately, Sheik suffers from several flaws, the most notable of which being her low attack power. Her moves are fast, but not the slightest bit strong, making it tough for her to seal the deal with a KO. This issue can, in part, be patched up with boosts to her Attack stat, but her KO power will still pale in comparison to stronger fighters like Bowser and Ganondorf. Sheik’s AI also has a few odd tendencies; it may use its side and up specials improperly and at random, giving foes a great opportunity to strike. Finally, Sheik is a lightweight. Not only are her attacks weak, but she herself cannot take many hits before getting KO’d.
Overall, Sheik has accrued below average tournament results and representation. Alongside Bowser Jr. and Duck Hunt (among others), Sheik is one of the most underrepresented amiibo in Smash 4, though trainers such as FarmingSim have achieved moderate success with her.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Despite her middling placement in Smash 4, Sheik was significantly nerfed for her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition to an increase in mobility across the board, Sheik retains her signature attack speed and maintains her recovery potential from the previous title. Other changes include her rapid jab connecting more reliably and additional damage and knockback on her back aerial.
However, Sheik’s already-poor damage output and KO potential have been even further weakened and her weight has been reduced. While the changes to Ultimate’s AI are beneficial to Sheik (as it can now utilize simple combos), the character must connect several consecutive hits to inflict any noticeable damage. As a result, Sheik is lucky to score a single KO during a match and often loses entire games before she can close a stock.
Sheik’s unforgiveable KO issues have resulted in awful tournament results and representation, and trainers now consider her non-viable in a competitive environment. Sheik’s sole trainer is Penguhr, who has not yet claimed a championship title with the character.
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