Jigglypuff (プリン, Purin) is a character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Jigglypuff visually appears unchanged from past Smash Bros. games, though has suffered a large nerf from Super Smash Bros. Melee to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Jigglypuff is currently ranked 36th on the current Super Smash Bros. Brawl tier list in the low tier, which is an extreme drop from 5th in the Melee tier list. Jigglypuff possesses an incredible air mobility, a good aerial game, one of the strongest edge guarding games, and one of the best recoveries in Brawl. However, the reason for its huge tier drop is its terrible transition to Brawl's physics (like Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff's comboing ability was more reliant on hitstun than other characters). Jigglypuff has also had its KO moves nerfed, with Rest in particular suffering greatly; as opposed to KOing under 25% like it did in Melee, it does not reliably KO until around 75%, and it is much harder to land due to the ability to act out of hitstun and the reduced falling speeds (acting out of hitstun also prevents comboing into it). In addition to this, Jigglypuff has terrible reach in most of its attacks, one of the worst ground games (a combination of poor reach, slow ground speed, and terrible ground attacks), the worst endurance of any character in Brawl (exacerbated by Brawl's defensive play), most of its attacks being punishable on landing at low percents (combination of low base knockback in its attacks and high ending lag), and poor air to ground transitioning due to its floaty falling speed that prevent it from approaching safely in many match-ups. Such factors combine to result in terrible matchups (including seven hard counters) and tournament results. As a result of its huge nerfs to its strongest traits and terrible transitioning to Brawl, Jigglypuff holds distinction of having the largest tier list drop between Melee and Brawl.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
The player must then defeat Jigglypuff on Pokémon Stadium 2.
Jigglypuff is the lightest, slowest, and floatiest character in the game. Its fighting style is unique as it will spend most of its time in midair, as it is designed to be the ultimate midair brawler. With 6 jumps, combined with the second fastest air speed (only second to Yoshi), the slowest falling speed, and Rising Pound, Jigglypuff dominates in aerial combat, and, with its forward aerial and back aerial moves, it can use the Wall of Pain technique very effectively allowing opponents to be KOed at low percentages by being juggled off-screen. Jigglypuff's excellent aerial maneuverability makes up for its slow dash speed (the slowest in the game). A main disadvantage is that Jigglypuff's lightweight and floatiness means that it is sent flying rather easily in any direction. However, its light weight (combined with being floaty and small) also makes it immune to most chaingrabs. Despite this, because its air release has almost no horizontal distance, Jigglypuff can suffer from grab release combos by characters like Yoshi (though Jigglypuff has high vertical distance in its air release and can move one frame before anyone else's air release).
Jigglypuff has many attacks with decent knockback, but these attacks also have very low range (being light and poor ranged makes approaches very dangerous) and sometimes a medium amount of starting and/or ending lag. Its recovery is aided by Rollout, also a devastating approach attack on the ground, and the fact it never enters a helpless state makes the attack effective in the air too. However, Rollout, as with all charging approach attacks, can be predictable and could lead to a self-destruct, if not careful. The move Rest provides invincibility frames which come out in one frame - faster than a shield - this allows for avoiding some dangerous situations. Rest can also deal up to 45% damage, and has vertical knockback and almost no horizontal knockback, guaranteeing a KO at around 75%, meaning Jigglypuff's vulnerability time after Rest is avoided if the attack hits. However, Rest leaves Jigglypuff extremely vulnerable if it misses. Jigglypuff also has a good array of Smash Moves, though they are quite laggy, though strong nonetheless. Jigglypuff lacks projectiles, but its great aerial mobility helps it dodge many of them easily. Upon breaking its shield, Jigglypuff will be sent for a Star KO if there is no ceiling above it (see Shield Jump).
One of the most well-known features of Jigglypuff is likely the fact that it has the slowest falling speed in the game (much like Fox having the fastest falling acceleration in the game), which is both beneficial and detrimental. This is beneficial because it allows for techniques such as the Wall of Pain, it grants Jigglypuff its amazing recovery, and it allows Jigglypuff to easily stay airborne when there are troubles on the ground. This is also detrimental because Jigglypuff cannot move from the air to the ground as quickly as most characters, limiting its options in most situations, and it makes vertically KOing Jigglypuff very easy.
Jigglypuff is a character of extremes, having the slowest falling speed, the second-fastest air speed, the lightest weight, the shortest height of jumps, and the slowest dash speed. This makes playing against it different from playing against any other character.
Changes from Melee to Brawl
Jigglypuff received relatively minor buffs and in turn suffers mostly from the change of physics to Brawl and nerfs to its finishing moves, making it a significantly less effective character.
NTSC and PAL: Jig-gly-puff!
Jigglypuff makes a bouncy noise and shouts.
In competitive play
Tier placement and history
Jigglypuff has always been seen as one of the worst characters in Brawl; right away players noticed its significant nerfs to key attributes, and its terrible transitioning into Brawl's physics and gameplay changes. Over the years, despite Jigglypuff's still strong aerial game, air camping abilities, and amazing recovery, metagame developments for Jigglypuff have been startlingly barren. Jigglypuff is also perhaps the most unpopular character in Brawl competitive play, lacking the dedicated playerbase other low tier characters have, having barely any notable players, and being a very rare sight at even local tournaments with casual players. As such, Jigglypuff has always been ranked among the four worst characters in the game in all iterations of the BBR's tier list. Some players even think Jigglypuff, rather than Ganondorf, is the worst character in the game; in fact the Japanese rank Jigglypuff as the worst character on their tier list.
Role in The Subspace Emissary
To unlock it, first the player must complete the Subspace Emissary, whereupon an extra door in The Swamp can be found that links to Pokémon Stadium 2, where Jigglypuff is performing a song. Jigglypuff is then fought and, if defeated, is unlocked (if not already unlocked) and joins the player's party.
These stickers can only be used by Jigglypuff or a select few including it.
In Event Matches