- This article is about Jigglypuff's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For this Pokémon in other contexts, see Jigglypuff.
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, due to several factors. The main such factor 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, in spite of its incredible air mobility, effective aerial game, strong edge guarding game, and possession of one of the best recoveries. 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:
- Play 350 VS. matches.
- Find Jigglypuff in The Swamp stage after completing the Subspace Emissary. It can be found through the first door after defeating the False Giant Diddy Kong. Note that this method does not show the challenger approaching screen, but a cutscene of Jigglypuff challenging the player shows instead.
- Complete 20 or more events after completing the Subspace Emissary.
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.
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.
- Jigglypuff is now a slightly heavier character.
- Rollout now has two stages of being "fully charged": 'Fully Charged' and 'Super Charged'. Rollout also no longer puts Jigglypuff into a helpless state if used in the air.
- Jigglypuff is capable of cancelling the initial frames of its dash attack for a DACUS, slightly improving its otherwise slow ground game.
- Forward and down aerials are slightly stronger.
- In a similar vein to Captain Falcon, the revamp to hitstun prevents Jigglypuff from racking up a significant amount of guaranteed damage and makes it much harder to land its finishing moves (Rest in particular).
- Rest has significantly less knockback and initial damage, greatly reducing its overall utility. Its knockback trajectory, however, is now almost completely vertical, ensuring that the opponent cannot respawn quickly enough to punish Jigglypuff after the initial hit (unless they happen to be Screen KO'd instead). In place of the fire effect, it places a flower upon landing a hit, which can rack up damage (though this is a nearly useless effect, as Rest is most ideally used for a KO and would be punished in any other situation).
- Air speed and falling speed are slower.
- Forward throw is much weaker.
- Smash attacks are slightly weaker and have more ending lag.
- Back, neutral, and up aerials are weaker.
- Pound's knockback is more vertical.
- Down throw now only does damage when the opponent is thrown, not during the rolling part of the attack.
Jigglypuff also received some cosmetic changes. The biggest cosmetic change is that almost all of Jigglypuff's movements now make a squeaky, rubbery, and puffy sound (including midair jumps and attacks). Another cosmetic change is yellow sound waves appear around Jigglypuff when Sing is used instead of colorful sound waves. Jigglypuff also doesn't open its eyes in the last part of the song, instead only opening them when the song is over. Jigglypuff's blue and green costumes have changed. Blue is now a sunhat, and green is now a nightcap. Jigglypuff also has a new costume which is a white hat with a bit of pink, based on the female trainer's hat from FireRed and LeafGreen.
||Two very quick, yet extremely short ranged slaps. Good for jab locking. Has a start-up of 5 frames.
||Spins once while kicking. Short ranged. Can be angled, with no difference to damage.
||Lifts its foot behind it, attacking upward. Main hitbox is behind Jigglypuff, although there is a small weaker one in front of it. Hits on frame 9-11. Good knockback.
||Ducks down and sticks its foot out. Has average start-up (10 to 12 frames) and ending lag, but decent range for Jigglypuff. Mid-low knockback, cannot combo or KO effectively.
||Spins forwards, resembling a miniature Rollout. Unlike other dash attacks, it can "jump". Hits on frame 5-15.
||Slides forward while keeping foot stuck out. Short duration, but average starting and ending lag (start-up of 16 and it ends on frame 24), but strong knockback.
||13-18% (front), 15-21% (back)
||Headbutts upward. Works well with DACUS. Strong knockback. The DACUS greatly enhances Jigglypuff's slow ground game, as it allows it to attack from a distance, with the up smash being a powerful vertical finisher. Hits on frames 16-19.
||Puffs downward, kicking to both sides. Has good knockback, but short range. It is a semi-spike. Hits on frame 14. Good edgeguarding move, putting opponents in inconvenient places to recover.
||10% clean, 6% late
||Sticks foot out, shrinking in on itself a little. Is a very long sex kick. Hits on frame 6-29.
||12% (sweetspot), 10% (sourspot)
||Dropkicks forward, the upper hitbox being its sweetspot, and the tip and lower hitbox being its sour spot. It is a decent finisher. Good for a Wall of Pain. Hitbox out on frame 8 and it last until frame 20.
||Spins once backward and kicks. Also good for Wall of Pain and stage spiking, but for higher percentages are needed for KO's from it. Hits on frame 8-11.
||Waves once upward, has good duration, very small hitbox. Low knockback up to 100% gives it decent combo ability. Knockback readily increases after 100%. If the player uses all of Jigglypuff's midair jumps and uses its up aerial, it can KO opponents at 120% damage. Hits on frame 8-16.
||16% if all hits connect
||Spinning drill kick. Can lead into a rest at low percents. Start-up of 5 frames. First few hitboxes that are on the inside have meteor smash hitboxes. These can only be dealt at low percentages, as otherwise the other hitboxes push the opponent away from the inner ones. Even at low percentages, the meteor smash hitboxes are canceled by others.
||Hooks opponent with left arm. Low range.
||Slaps with its tuft of hair. Very slow and powerful for a pummel.
||Puffs once, hitting opponent forward. Low knockback, cannot chain due to high ending lag.
||Back suplexes opponent. Decent knockback.
||Spins once and sends opponent up. Decent finisher.
||Rolls back and forth on its opponent.
|Floor attack (front)
||Spins legs around while getting up, kicking in front and behind it. Short ranged. Makes a Rollout sound.
|Floor attack (back)
|Floor attack (trip)
|Edge attack (fast)
||Turns and kicks.
|Edge attack (slow)
||9% front, 8% back
||Gets up and spins on both sides of it. Vertical knockback.
||Charges up, and then rolls at opponent. Damage, velocity, and knockback determined by charge time.
||Pounds forward, gives Jigglypuff some horizontal momentum.
||Puts close enemies to sleep.
||For 1 frame, Jigglypuff is invincible and any opponents in contact will be sent flying upwards, and can KO Bowser at 25%. Has over 240 frames of ending lag.
||Slowly puffs up. At the apex of the move, any characters touching Jigglypuff will be sent flying.
Jigglypuff's NTSC and PAL cheer
Jigglypuff's Japanese cheer
Comes out of a Poké Ball.
- Up taunt- Spins on one leg around and says "Jigglypuff" while puffing up a little.
- Down taunt- Waves its arms up and then flattens and floats down.
- Side taunt- Spins very fast on one leg then stops and has its arm pointed upward while looking in the direction it's pointing.
- See also: Category:Jigglypuff professionals (SSBB)
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 is the worst character in the game and not Ganondorf; in fact the Japanese rank Jigglypuff as the worst character on their tier list.
Jigglypuff is an optional character in the Subspace Emissary, much like Toon Link and Wolf, who consequently does not have a role in the story.
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.
- Charizard: [Arm, Leg] attack +10
- Deoxys: [Slash] attack +10
- Entei: [Flame] attack +20
- Goldeen: [Leg] attack +4
- Groudon: [Flame] resistance +14
- Gulpin: [Electric] attack +16
- Jigglypuff: [Body, Spin] attack +31
- Jirachi: [Arm, Leg] attack +7
- Meowth: [Slash] attack +5
- Metagross: Launch resistance +23
- Mew: [Body, Spin] attack +4
- Moltres: [Flame] attack +20
- Pokémon Trainer: [Arm, Leg] attack +13
- Staryu: [Specials: Direct] attack +3
- Togepi: [Body, Spin] attack +11
- Torchic: [Flame] attack +8
- Weavile: [Slash] attack +5
Jigglypuff's alternate costumes in Brawl
Jigglypuff's trophy in Brawl
A Balloon Pokémon. It invites opponents in close with its big, round eyes, then puts them to sleep with a calming song. The secret to the song's unfailing efficacy is Jigglypuff's ability to sing on the wavelength that will make its opponent the sleepiest. It also uses Attract to infatuate opponents who touch it. It uses a Moon Stone to evolve into Wigglytuff.
- : Pokémon Red/Blue
- : Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
- Jigglypuff is the only veteran character not to have a role in the main story of Subspace Emissary, being unlockable only after its completion.
- One of Jigglypuff's taunts involves it deflating, floating to the ground, and inflating. This is based on Jigglypuff's "faint" animation in battles in the home console Pokémon games.
- Despite the fact that Jigglypuff is usually unlocked first in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Jigglypuff is one of the last characters to be unlocked in Brawl.
- Jigglypuff has only two KO screams — one for a Star KO and another for a normal KO.
- Luigi and Jigglypuff are the only characters not to be playable in an event unless chosen.
- Jigglypuff is the only character to have any of its nerfed attributes mentioned on Dojo!!, which said that Rest's power (in both damage and knockback) has reduced.
- Jigglypuff's "head sprite" in Brawl is the only one that shows the whole character's body. Mr. Game and Watch's "head sprite" in Melee also showed his whole body, but it was changed in Brawl.
- Jigglypuff is one of several characters that are affected by the Bridge of Eldin glitch.
- When in metal form, Jigglypuff's eyes disappear.
- Jigglypuff, along with Diddy Kong, Pokémon Trainer, and Ice Climbers, are the only characters that do not clap on the "Defeated/No Contest" Screen.
- Jigglypuff's trophy description states that it uses Attract to infatuate opponents who touch it, which is incorrect. Attract is a status move that causes infatuation, while Cute Charm is an ability that causes infatuation on physical contact, and one which Jigglypuff can have.
- Most of Jigglypuff's voice clips were simple imports from Melee. One voice clip, involving it screaming "Jiggly!" was imported and can be heard in the sound test, but is not used by Jigglypuff at all in the game.
- Jigglypuff is the only character to have been unlockable in every smash game.