Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard Guide: How to Play Terry

by in Fighting Games | Nov, 20th 2019

Nintendo, in collaboration with SNK Corporation, have released the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character and that is Terry Bogard. This fourth and penultimate addition to the game for the first season pass is a confusing one since he isn’t that famous in the general gaming community. However, regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with Terry Bogard, this guide will have you on the ground running in no time.

Who Is Terry Bogard? Why Is He in Smash?

For the first part of our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard guide, we are going to go over who exactly this new character is. Whereas nearly everyone in the video game community has at least heard of the Dragon Quest series or Banjo & Kazooie, Terry is more mysterious for many players.

For starters, Nintendo’s fighting game collaboration series is no stranger to hosting fighters who aren’t well known in the gaming community. After all, there are already characters like the Ice Climbers, Ness, Richter Belmont, and others who aren’t nearly as popular as Mario, Pikachu, Link, Cloud, and the rest of the gang.

Because of this, the inclusion of Terry Bogard in the game isn’t too surprising since Nintendo is known for bringing popularity to lesser known fighters from various game series. In the case of Terry, though, this is an interesting case because he is popular in a certain sphere of gaming.


Terry Bogard hails from the fighting series Fatal Fury, which was created by SNK Corporation. It is a long-running fighting series that has made its mark on the genre, creating branching series like the King of Fighters and more that are still going even today.

With such a storied history in the fighting game community behind it, it is honestly surprising that SNK Corporation doesn’t have any fighters in the Nintendo series already. That is why it makes sense that Nintendo and SNK worked together to ensure that one of the fighters is in the game.

Considering that Terry Bogard, his brother, and best friend are the initial fighters that you can choose from in the first Fatal Fury, it makes sense that one of the three would be the addition to this game. With the fan base that is behind Terry, it is even less surprising that he is the one to represent SNK.

In that first game, Terry Bogard joins together with his younger brother and best friend to enter the King of Fighters tournament. This fighting tournament was hosted by the villainous enemy of Terry who also happened to murder his father. They entered the tournament with hopes of revenge.

Terry Bogard General Info: How to Buy Him, Release Date

Now that you know who Terry Bogard is and what he is all about, here is how you can get this new fighter in your game. Terry Bogard is available right now in the game as his release date was November 6, 2019. After the character was revealed, all we knew was that he was coming in the month of November.

The official reveal trailer for Terry Bogard

Once the month of November 2019 rolled around, Nintendo announced a special broadcast that would go live on November 6 to show off everything that you need to know about in their own Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard guide of sorts.

From there, fans suspected that the character would be joining the game on the same day as the broadcast as had been the case for the other DLC fighters to that point. Those predictions were right as the character launched in the game soon after the broadcast ended that day.

There are two ways that you can purchase Terry Bogard for your game and that largely depend on how you use the game. The first is through the fighters pass that contains the first five DLC fighters that are being released for the game post-launch.

It costs $24.99 and comes with all five fighters plus the stages, music, and more that come with each of them. That roughly translates to around five dollars or so for each fighter. On the other hand, though, you are able to purchase each fighter like Terry individually if you wish.

If you are looking just to get Terry, you are able to purchase him separately from the fighters pass for a slightly more expensive price individually than in the pass. In the end, it all comes down to what you prefer for the fighters. If you just want Terry, you can just buy him standalone.

On the other hand, if you are looking to get three or more fighters that are in the set, we recommend that you go ahead and get the fighters pass. Since four of the five fighters are known now, you are able to make a more informed decision on if the fighters pass seems worth it to you.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard Guide: Basics

Here are the basics that you need to know about playing as Terry in our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard guide. Terry Bogard is about as traditional as they come when it comes to fighters. This makes sense because he does come from a fairly standard fighting series himself.

At the same time, though, he is even more standard than other fighting game characters like Ryu and his counterpart Ken. This is one fighter that has a deep moveset and combos that make him perfect for players who are used to fighting games.

If you aren’t used to fighting games on the more traditional side of things, you are going to need to take some time to really master how Terry plays. This is one fighter that demands your full attention and we don’t recommend that you divide up practicing him with other fighters.

It is best to focus on Terry alone and devote as much time as possible to mastering his various combos and attacks. If you are able to master Terry, though, you will find a fighter who is quite rewarding. His technical nature will keep opponents feeling like they don’t know what to do.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard Guide: Moveset


Terry’s moveset begins with his basic attacks that you can use for him. When you are dealing with his basic attacks, he has a neutral combo attack that has three parts to it when rapidly used in a chain. This is a standard attack that you will likely use quite a lot.

If you press the A button three times in a row, you will find that Terry will do two punches one after another followed by a basic kick. From there, we get into the more specific stuff like his aerial and neutral attacks. Terry has a breadth of attacks that he can use while jumping into the air.

This includes both his forward jump kick and his backward jump kick, both of which take place in the air. These are solid moves that have the player leap forward or backward and surprise the opponent. It is also great for starting those aerial juggles that are crucial in matches.

There is also the totally neutral jump attack that Terry has as well as a leap down slam attack that is great for unleashing on opponents below. For the most part, though, his upper attack is fairly lame and isn’t your best option for taking on opponents who are above you.

Instead, you will want to focus on the upward tilt attack that you have with the right thumbstick. This uppercut attack is a strong move for taking on someone who has the high ground and provides a good opening for starting those aerial combos.

As for the other tilt attacks, they aren’t super great and most of them can be ignored. The only other good one is the side tilt attack that is a kick that allows you to knock back your opponent a fair bit. As for the down tilt, you are better off just going without it.

Dashing is something that we highly recommend for Terry as his dash attack is fairly strong, deals solid damage, and will launch opponents well. From there, things get a bit more complicated as we get into his special attacks. For the most part, it all comes down to how long you hold down the B button.

His neutral B button is called Power Wave. You can launch this off rather weakly by just pressing the button but holding it down will make it stronger and faster. This is the same case for his recovering special move that is not super great by just pressing and should be held down instead.

Then there is the forward B special where you attack with a burning knuckle. The same method applies here of holding down the button for a stronger attack. What is interesting, though, is that you can also move the stick diagonally if you want for angled attacks.

One of the strongest moves that you won’t want to ignore is the power dunk move, which is the down special attack. It is an interesting one that is sort of similar to Incineroar’s upward then downward attack. Terry will launch upward, despite you pressing down and then come down with a powerful kick attack.

From there, Terry has two more special commands. If you get your damage above 100%, Terry will see the word Go next to his name. This unlocks two extremely strong moves that make insane use of the Z-stick style for the fighter. One deals with a quarter-circle back attack and then a half-circle forward.

The other is just two quarter-circles in a row. Both are strong and will be recommended in tough situations where your damage is getting dangerously high. With basically more moves and combos than any other character in the game, Terry is not one for players who aren’t willing to dedicate time.

But if you master his complex moveset, you will be treated to a one-of-a-kind fighter that will keep any enemy on their toes at all times.

Who Is Next for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

With the release of Terry Bogard, there is but one fighter left in the season pass at this time. So, the question is who are they? Well, the problem is that Nintendo has yet to reveal this character and hasn’t announced when it will announce them.

In addition, this means that we have no idea of its release date. The benefit is, though, that the fifth fighter has to be released by February 2020 so we should find out more soon. Even though we have no idea who the fifth fighter will be, we have some ideas thanks to rumors and leaks.

Banjo & Kazooie was the first Western-focused character in the season pass but we do think that they will not be the last. It is possible that we could get another Western character like Minecraft’s Steve or Doomguy in the near future.

At the same time, though, there are rumors that we might see someone like Ryu from Ninja Gaiden making an appearance in the game. There is also the chance that we could get a Resident Evil character like Leon Kennedy since Capcom has been releasing so many of those games on Switch lately.

Regardless of who is added to the game in the future, we shouldn’t have too much longer to wait to find out. We suspect that a Nintendo Direct in early January 2020 will reveal the fifth and final character for the first pass. It is also likely that they will release soon after that.

Beyond that, we now have confirmation that a second fighters pass is on the way in the future with five more characters to join the fray. Stay tuned for information on all of these and more in the near future.


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