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Smash Ultimate: Bayonetta Guide - Combos and Move List

Smash Ultimate: Bayonetta Guide - Combos and Move List

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She brings the hack-and-slash style into Super Smash Bros. fights.

Choosing your character in any fighting game is a special process. To get successful, you should know your virtual guy or a girl perfectly, practice their every move and combo notoriously. In fact, your choice defines the general playing experience in the future and somewhat describes you as a personality. This is true for most fighting games (such as Tekken, for example). But for the Super Smash Bros. series, the process of choosing your character is even more significant.

The variety of fighters here is absolutely breathtaking. You can take Sonic and have that specific atmosphere around the blue hedgehog. Or you can take Ryu and bring the power of Street Fighter games into SSBU. And your experience will change drastically! Would you like to choose Smash Ultimate Bayonetta? Then be ready to delve into the unique hack-and-slash action from the original games with this powerful girl!

Our Smash Bros. Ultimate Bayonetta guide describes the story behind this character and highlights the basic Bayonetta moveset.

Recently, we published a similar guide on SSBU Banjo-Kazooie

Umbra Witch

Her real name is Cereza but the world knows her as Bayonetta. She is a witch but not an ordinary one (are there ordinary witches?). Bayonetta belongs to the clan of Umbra Witches and performs powerful dark magic.

In her core games, Bayonetta uses lots of different weapons and participates in seemingly endless fights against all sorts of mystical creatures - with blood splashing all over the place and various over-the-top animations, such as creating a mighty demon out of her long hair.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Bayonetta is not that aggressive. After all, the Nintendo fighting is fun entertainment, not an epic story of mythological battles. Still, many Bayonetta moves resemble the original animations from these two games:

  • Bayonetta - 2009. The heroine tries to restore her memories by returning to her old home. On the way, Bayonetta fights angel warriors. You can play this game on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch and PC (that’s a lot of devices)
  • Bayonetta 2 - 2014. The witch finds herself fighting angels again but then she is forced to explore other dimensions to save her friend Jeanne from Inferno. This installment is exclusive for the Nintendo consoles: Wii U and Switch.

Of course, it’s better to explore the story directly in the games - but the plot here is not so important as an excellent battling system.

  • Bayonetta 3 is an upcoming game, planned for the Nintendo Switch.

Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This witch is quite popular as a game character. You can meet her at many gaming gatherings because cosplayers love her. And you can meet Bayonetta as a guest character in some popular gaming series. She joined Nintendo fighting in the game Super Smash Bros. 4 (for 3DS and Wii U).

In SSBU, the Bayonetta move list is pretty unique. For example, she can use guns to shoot the opponents from a safe distance. This feature helps properly meet fighters while they return to the platform.

Another awesome feature of Bayonetta is the ability to transform into bats and thus avoid attacks. For example, a Smash Ultimate Bayonetta guide may recommend to use this trick to come close to the opponent even if they try to stop your fighter.

This character has good recovery options - she can perform her Up special twice, “jumping” in the air.

In general, Bayonetta is a good in-air fighter and many of her combos start with pushing the opponent up.

You can also check out our Bayonetta Matchup Chart here.


How to play Bayonetta Smash Ultimate

 Basic Attacks - Bayonetta Smash Moves

  • Jab starts relatively long Smash Ultimate Bayonetta combos. The fighter makes quite a lot of hits. Still, the Frame Data for some of the attacks in this series is high, so opponents have a chance to make a fast response. 
  • With the Dash Attack, Bayonetta can reach distant opponents, but this move takes a long preparation.
  • Forward Tilt - a series of three kicks. 
  • Up Tilt - a good attack for pushing the opponent into the air and starting a Bayonetta combo
  • Down Tilt - a low swipe with the foot.

Air Attacks - Super Smash Bros Bayonetta moveset

  • Neutral Air - Bayonetta spins in the air with her foot stretched.
  • Forward Air is quite similar to the neutral one. It’s a mighty hit with the hand. You can perform it three times.
  • Back Air - a backward heel kick. It’s a nice attack to perform outside the platform. You push the opponent far away from the ground and still have the possibility to return safely.
  • Up Air - a flip kick (Captain Falcon has something similar). 
  • Down Air - it drops Bayonetta onto the platform. Your fighter performs a kick.

Special Attacks - Bayonetta Special moves

  • Neutral Special - Bullet Climax. Bayonetta shoots the opponent from two guns. You can charge this attack for a bigger damage. The girl can even use her feet guns (!) for this.
  • Side Special - Heel Slide / After Burner Kick. With this attack, you activate the slide and the following hit. Some effective Bayonetta combos Smash Ultimate start with Heel Slide. 
  • Up Special - Witch Twist. Bayonetta spins in the air and makes a powerful jump. For the recovery purpose, you can activate second Witch Twist, combined with the midair jump.
  • Down Special - Witch Time. It’s a nice trick to slow down the time and avoid dangerous attacks and land a powerful hit.

Smash Attacks - Bayonetta Smash Ultimate guide

  • Forward Smash - Bayonetta summons a powerful demon from another dimension that hits the opponent as a giant fist.
  • Up Smash - the same demon fist appears from the platform, so this is like an uppercut (Incineroar has a more proper uppercut though)
  • Down Smash hits the opponents downwards. This is a good attack when the opponents are outside the platform.

Bayonetta Final Smash

  • Infernal Climax - like the other Smash attacks, the final smash reminds the style of Bayonetta punish attacks from the original games. The witch slows down time and attacks opponents. When the Bayonetta counter, or magic gauge, is full, she summons a huge dragon-like demon. It can attack up to three victims

Bayonetta’s Bread and Butter Combos in Smash

The best way to discover various combos for a fighting game character is to play a lot to understand the basic attacks and experiment a lot in the training mode to see how those attacks can be linked into each other. But let’s make the whole process a bit faster and simpler! Here you’ll find some examples of Bayonetta’s strings and combos. They will help you to know where to start from.

Bayonetta in SSBU has many options for combo play, and this is both good and bad news for the players. It’s good because you can be creative and invent your own stuff. It’s bad because that creativity requires some work and dedicated practice from your side.

Down Tilt is a very good combo starter for Bayonetta. It’s a swipe that launches opponents into the air. You can use it at any damage percentage.

  • Down Tilt -> Forward Air
  • Down Tilt -> Neutral Air (starting from around 30%)

After launching with Down Tilt and landing the first follow-up, you can experiment with other air attacks. For example, don’t let the victim fall on the platform by landing Up Special.

If the damage percentage is low, you can follow Down Tilt with Forward Tilt.

  • Down Tilt -> Forward Tilt -> Grab

Another interesting combo starter is Up Tilt. You could link it into Up Air, but that might not work on low percentages. In this case, try to use the starting string Up Tilt -> Up Tilt.

  • Up Tilt -> Up Air (with mid-high percentages)

Forward Air is good to start a combo (when the opponent is in the air already) or to use as a combo continuation. Practice these strings:

  • Forward Air -> Forward Air -> Neutral Air
  • Forward Air -> Up Air

Use Side Special Heel Slide to start combos (hold B to perform the second kick). The opponent is launched in the air just a bit, so you might need to practice the follow-up.

  • Heel Slide -> Forward Air
  • Heel Slide -> Neutral Air
  • Heel Slide -> Up Tilt -> Up Special -> Up Special -> Forward Air

Another version of Side Special is After Burner Kick. In its Down-angled form, this attack is also a good combo starter and internal part of Bayonetta’s combos.

  • Down-angled After Burner Kick -> Neutral Air
  • DABK -> Forward Air
  • DABK -> Neutral Air

Down Smash Witch Time can be followed by other Smash attacks to KO the opponent on high percentages. The time-slowing magic might also help you to start other combos.

Combos for low percentages:

  • Down Tilt -> After Burner Kick -> Up Special -> After Burner Kick -> Up Special -> Forward Air
  • Heel Slide -> Up Tilt -> Up Special -> Up Special -> Forward Air

Combos for high percentages:

  • DABK -> Up Special -> After Burner Kick -> Up Special -> Neutral Air
  • DABK -> Up Special -> After Burner Kick -> Up Special -> Forward Air
  • Down Tilt  -> Up Special -> After Burner Kick -> Up Special ->  After Burner Kick -> Neutral Air
  • Down Tilt  -> Up Special -> After Burner Kick -> Up Special ->  After Burner Kick ->  Forward Air

You can get a much better effect from this Bayonetta Smash guide (or in fact, any fighting games guide) if you not only read the theory but also implement your knowledge in practice. Don’t try to remember everything in one go. Start with something specific, convert it into your real skill and then return to this article for a new portion of info.

Here, on DashFight, you’ll find lots of helpful SSBU guides. For example, we recommend beginners to check out the article How to Play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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