Is Sheik really the most difficult character to get into Elite Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Bouncing Fish or bust

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 17, 2020 at 7:45 p.m. PDT | Comments: 7

Those of you that are attempting to get every character in Elite Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have probably heard about the "horror" of Sheik. Out of the 80 characters in the game, it is often stated that Sheik is the most difficult to obtain Elite status with.

Some time ago, I was actually able to get Sheik into Elite Smash. I can definitely say that the experience left quite an impression on me.

If I were to give my past self a piece of advice towards getting Sheik into Elite Smash, I would tell myself to not neglect Sheik's Bouncing Fish. Although it received a number of nerfs during the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate, I'd argue that this is Sheik's best move.

"If I were to give my past self a piece of advice towards getting Sheik into Elite Smash, I would tell myself to not neglect Sheik's Bouncing Fish."

In terms of weaknesses, Sheik is said to have low damage output, the worst raw KO power in the game, and is very light. Essentially, you have to work 10 times harder to take an opponent's stock if you neglect the Bouncing Fish like I did โ€” that's not even an exaggeration.

Initially, I was deterred from using Sheik's Bouncing Fish down special due to how precise it was. To adjust its range, you either have to press forward or backwards on the control stick. Pressing the special button a second time will also influence when the hitbox becomes active.

If the timing of the inputs behind Sheik's Bouncing Fish is incorrect, then you'll perform Sheik's Burst Grenade side special instead. While off stage, this is almost certain doom due to its immense amount of recovery โ€” at least it doesn't put you in a helpless state like in Smash 4.

As I kept self-destructing by trying to incorporate this, I eventually taught myself that I should stop attempting to use Bouncing Fish altogether. Little did I know that it's the Bouncing Fish that stitches Sheik's moveset together and makes her function.

After giving myself a break from attempting to get Sheik into Elite Smash, I ended up "unlearning" my apprehension to use the Bouncing Fish. Suddenly, I no longer needed to get the opponents' percentages to 200-300% before I went for a KO โ€” again, this is no exaggeration.

By becoming more comfortable with the Bouncing Fish, I was able to surprise opponents as they were closer to the side blast zones. This meant that I could now KO at 50% from time to time.

Although I had a few combos at my disposal that ended with the Bouncing Fish, I found that catching double jumps with the Bouncing Fish was often even more successful. Depending on the other character, this could make it very difficult for the opponent to recover back to the stage.

By continuing to get better with Sheik's Bouncing Fish, I was eventually able to get her into Elite Smash. At the time, I did believe that she was the most difficult character to achieve Elite status with.

Since then, Sheik has, ironically, become one of my favorite secondaries to use. I imagine I'd have a simpler time getting Sheik into Elite Smash if I were to attempt this challenge again while retaining my knowledge of the first attempt.

While it was hard to get Sheik into Elite Smash, I feel like Luigi gave me more trouble in the long run.

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