Jigglypuff (SSBM)

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This article is about Jigglypuff's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. For the Pokémon in other contexts, see Jigglypuff.
in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Universe Pokémon
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Unlockable
Tier A (5)
Jigglypuff's normal attacks are weak, and because of its light weight it's easily sent flying. However, with its incredible midair agility, it seems to dance when airborne.
—Description from Jigglypuff's trophy.

Jigglypuff, (プリン, Purin), is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee from the Pokémon series, making a return from the first Super Smash Bros game. Jigglypuff retains most of its moves from Smash 64, though with some modifications.

Jigglypuff is in the A tier at 5th place on the Melee tier list, a significant improvement from its 6/12 position on the previous game's tier list, and it's best rank in the series. Jigglypuff's jump on the tier list is due to its incredible recovery, an extremely dangerous edgeguarding technique in the wall of pain, a powerful KO move that can easily be comboed into, and an overall great aerial game and developed metagame. Its floatiness also makes it the only character in the top tier who cannot be easily comboed or chaingrabbed, which is also aided by its small size, which allows Jigglypuff to avoid most KO setups that most other characters would fall vulnerable to. Regardless, Jigglypuff still has problems. It is light and floaty, making it easier to KO with stray moves or certain low percentage setups than other characters. Jigglypuff's options on the ground are also limited, because of its poor range and a lack of a projectile. It also has a slow walking speed and dashing speed. Compounded with a poor dash dance, Jigglypuff's neutral game, which is largely committal, is not as good as that of other top-tiered characters; instead, it relies on its lethal punishes, edgeguards, and aerial mobility to succeed. Recent developments in the Melee metagame have also worsened Jigglypuff's matchups against other top-tier characters, such as Fox, Marth, and Falco. Regardless, Jigglypuff still has an excellent amount of favorable matchups, with its only true disadvantageous matchup being Fox, and two of its matchups are nearly unloseable (against Ness and Pichu).

How to Unlock[edit]

To unlock Jigglypuff, Complete Classic Mode or Adventure Mode on any difficulty.

Jigglypuff is fought on Pokémon Stadium, with the titular track playing.


Jigglypuff is, in general, a character of extremes. It has the slowest dash speed (tied with Zelda), the fastest air speed, the second lightest weight (along with Mr. Game & Watch), and the slowest falling speed. All of these properties gives Jigglypuff among the most unusual, but versatile, approach in the game.

Jigglypuff's greatest strength is its almost unparalleled combo ability; with a low falling speed, fast, high hitstun, low knockback aerials, good tilts, and average power throws, Jigglypuff has plenty of ways to start and continue combos against almost any other character in the game. Additionally, Jigglypuff's combo ability, unlike most other characters, is not dependent on the opponent's characteristics; Jigglypuff can combo every type of character in the game quickly and efficiently. Jigglypuff's combo ability is particularly easy to see with the Space animal slayer, which almost guarantees a KO against some fast fallers in the game. Jigglypuff's approach in the air is also very good; with a very short, yet long ranged short hop, and multiple fast, low-lag aerials, Jigglypuff's SHFFL is very powerful, even considering its low falling speed. On the flip side, Jigglypuff, due to its unusual properties and small size, is immune to most chaingrabs in the game, making it among the few characters in the top tier invulnerable to such approaches.

Jigglypuff also has incredible power in some of its attacks; its forward throw and forward smash act as potential KO moves at higher percentages, and its down smash and back throw can set up edgeguards. Jigglypuff's special moves also have high KO potential; Rollout requires charging, but at high charges, it moves quickly, is difficult to block and/or break, and packs incredible horizontal power. Jigglypuff's most powerful attack, however, is Rest. Among the most feared attacks in the game, Rest is an attack of extremes, with no starting lag (hitting on the very first frame), extreme ending lag, and incredible power, easily KOing characters at low percentages.

Due to its characteristics and recovery prowess, Jigglypuff is also among the most dangerous edgeguarders in the game, with quick and powerful aerials easily able to disrupt most recoveries. Additionally, Jigglypuff's Wall of Pain is an incredibly powerful method of edgeguarding that can be started either offstage or on the stage, and when used correctly, it almost guarantees a KO on opponents, particularly those with poor recoveries, such as Falco or Roy.

Jigglypuff's recovery is also considered to be the best in the game; with five midair jumps, the lowest falling speed, and the highest air speed, Jigglypuff can recover from nearly any situation, as Pound, with its Rising Pound capabilities, gives Jigglypuff almost infinite vertical and horizontal distance.

Jigglypuff, however, is among the easiest characters to KO; due to having the second lowest weight in the game (along with Mr. Game & Watch, and second to Pichu), as well as its general floatiness, Jigglypuff is very vulnerable to all blastlines, particularly the upper lines.

Additionally, despite having almost unparalleled approach in the air, Jigglypuff's ground approach is among the worst in the game; due to a short wavedash, having the slowest dash in the game (alongside Zelda), having short-ranged, high-lag smashes, and an average grab range, Jigglypuff is almost entirely dependent on staying in the air to attack and combo well. Jigglypuff also lacks a projectile of any type; unlike other characters, such as Marth, Jigglypuff also cannot negate projectiles easily, though its short crouch can mitigate this slightly.

Jigglypuff's defense game is also decidedly average; despite decent rolling and sidestep dodges and a large shield in proportion to its body, Jigglypuff's shield has an odd property: whenever broken, it delivers 300 points of vertical knockback to Jigglypuff (by comparison, the typical smash attack at roughly 100% percentage deals about 165 to 195 points of knockback), and instantaneously KOs it. As such, players must take heed when shielding for long periods of time.

Changes from Smash 64 to Melee[edit]

When transitioning from Smash 64 to Melee, Jigglypuff received multiple buffs, primarily in regards to its power, speed, range, combo ability, and recovery. Tournament results demonstrate this, and Jigglypuff went from 6th out of 12 on the Smash 64 tier list to 5th out of 26 on the Melee tier list. As a result of these improvements in both tournament and tier placings, Jigglypuff is widely considered one of the most buffed characters in the game, alongside Samus.


  • Notice.png Jigglypuff received a new taunt, where it now spins in place while winking at the player.
  • Notice.png Its "applause" pose on the Results Screen now properly loops, instead of merely moving its head twice and then stopping.


  • Buff.png The power, speed, and range of its attacks were generally increased.
  • Buff.png Jigglypuff's air speed is much faster (35 → 1.35), from the fourth fastest in Smash 64 to the fastest in Melee, largely improving Jigglypuff's approaching, combo ability, and recovery potential.
  • Buff.png Jigglypuff's midair jumps give height, also greatly improving its recovery.
  • Nerf.png Dashing speed reduced to being the slowest in Melee, along with Zelda (42 → 1.1).
  • Notice.png Jigglypuff is significantly heavier (53 → 60), improving its endurance but making it easier to combo.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff.png Up tilt has higher base knockback, improving its combo ability at low percentages.
  • Buff.png Down tilt has more range, improving its spacing ability, plus it has slightly faster startup.
  • Buff.png Forward smash is significantly more powerful, from the second weakest in Smash 64 to the sixth most powerful in Melee.
  • Buff.png Up and down smashes have slightly faster startup.
  • Nerf.png Up smash is weaker and has more ending lag.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff.png All of Jigglypuff's aerials have stronger combo ability, with the wall of pain being much easier to perform.
  • Buff.png Forward and back aerials have more range, especially back aerial, making both of them better for approaching.
  • Nerf.png Aerials are weaker, especially neutral aerial, which has significantly lower knockback scaling.
  • Nerf.png Down aerial no longer meteor smashes aerial opponents and is less effective for gimping.

Grab and throws[edit]

  • Buff.png Jigglypuff has been given a up throw and a down throw, improving its grab options.
  • Notice.png Forward throw from Smash 64 moved to up throw in Melee.

Special attacks[edit]

  • Notice.png Jigglypuff has a new neutral special: Rollout. It's a chargeable move that deals good damage, can KO early regardless of where the opponent is on the stage, and moves at fast speeds when fully charged.
  • Notice.png Pound is now a side special due to Rollout now becoming its neutral special.
  • Buff.png Pound sends opponents on a different trajectory that gives it more favourable combo ability. Rising Pound is also much easier to perform, another improvement of Jigglypuff's recovery.
  • Notice.png Sing now puts opponents to sleep for longer at higher percentages, instead of putting opponents to sleep for longer at lower percentages like in Smash 64.
*Buff.png It can also be ledge-cancelled, which can occasionally set up a Rest for careless edgeguarders.
*Buff.png Additionally, it gives a slight vertical boost in midair making it a recovery option. However, the risk of missing the ledge and the fact that Jigglypuff loses all aerial maneuverability and momentum makes an air dodge or Rising Pound a better option with their greater control.
  • Buff.png Rest has significantly more knockback, deals 8% more damage, and there is a slightly larger variety of ways to combo into it.
  • Nerf.png Rest has a slightly smaller hitbox.


Jigglypuff's aerial attacks

For a gallery of Jigglypuff's hitboxes, see here.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% Two quick jabs with rather poor range. Good for jab resetting and can lead into tilts.
Forward tilt   10% Does a quick roundhouse spin, feet extended. Has short range. Can be angled up or down.
Up tilt   9% (clean), 8% (late) Extends its foot upwards quickly. Relatively good for combos, being able to chain into itself at lower percentages, and is a great setup for an aerial attack at higher percentages.
Down tilt   10% Quickly extends its foot downwards.
Dash attack   12% (clean), 8% (late) A generic dash attack; trips and falls head-first forwards. Somewhat fast and powerful, but is predictable, and has moderate ending lag.
Forward smash   17% (clean), 13% (late) Does a small hop forward with foot extended. Has minor startup and ending lag, but is a decent finisher at higher percentages due to its extremely high knockback scaling; it has the second highest knockback scaling in the game out of the forward smashes, losing only to Luigi's.
Up smash   14% Headbutts upwards. It can be good for leading into aerial combos or finishing, and it can combo into Rest at mid percentages, but due to the ending lag, it isn't too reliable. There is a smaller hitbox in Jigglypuff's head that deals 15% damage but never connects due to overlapping the bigger hitbox.
Down smash   12% Enlarges both its feet sideways. Has a bit of ending lag, but with semi-spike properties, it can be a good edgeguarder. However, Jigglypuff's aerials are usually safer and more reliable. Both of Jigglypuff's feet are intangible the moment the hitboxes come out.
Neutral aerial   12% (clean), 9% (late) Squishes itself and extends its feet. Decent spacing move, and has sex kick properties. Can be good for edgeguarding.
Forward aerial   12%/10% (clean feet/body), 7% (late) Quickly extends both feet in front of itself. It is useful for edgeguarding and is the backbone of many of Jigglypuff's aerial combos, but is not as powerful or reliable as its back aerial.
Back aerial   12% Spins backward and kicks behind itself. This is Jigglypuff's key tool for edgeguarding. It is extremely useful for wall of pain techniques, which can be potentially deadly, and if done correctly, guarantees a KO. It has a particularly large hitbox behind Jigglypuff when it comes out.
Up aerial   12% Waves its arm up in an arch. Decent vertical KO power, and excellent for juggling, compounded with Jigglypuff's multiple midair jumps. Can combo into Rest on its own or after an u-throw (usually done at mid-high percentages to ensure that the Rest is landed), especially against fastfallers.
Down aerial   2% (hits 1-8) A downwards drill kick. Not much hitstun. If the player used short hopped down aerial with L-cancel, it can lead to a Rest. Deals 16% damage total if all hits connect.
Pummel   3% Slaps opponent with its tuft of hair. Somewhat slow.
Forward throw   5% (hit 1), 7% (throw) Puffs itself up and launches foe in front. Surprisingly high knockback compared to most throws in Melee, can lead into an edgeguard KO near the ledge, though not as reliable as its back throw. Second strongest forward throw in Melee. The throw can KO opponents above 130% when used very close to the ledge.
Back throw   10% Similar to Kirby's, takes foe and throws them behind while going on its back. A very good and reliable option for forcing opponents offstage, setting up an edgeguard.
Up throw   11% Spins once and tosses opponent upwards. Can lead into aerial combos against fast fallers and lightweights or floaty characters at low percentages. At low percentages against fastfallers, it can combo into Rest; at mid percentages, an uair can be added to ensure that the Rest is landed, as stated above.
Down throw   1% (hits 1-4), 3% (hit 5), 2% (throw) Grinds opponent with itself on the floor. Can combo into Rest against floaty characters.
Floor attack (front) 8% (foot), 6% (body) Spins one leg around while getting up, kicking behind then in front of itself.
Floor attack (back) 8% (foot), 6% (body) Spins one leg around while getting up, kicking behind then in front of itself.
Edge attack (fast) 6% Gets up onto the stage, foot extended.
Edge attack (slow) 6% Slowly gets up and spins its body in a similar fashion to its d-smash.
Neutral special Rollout 10-18% Charges up and rolls very fast in one direction. Can turn around by tapping the control stick in the opposite direction. If the move is uncharged, it doesn't do any damage (unless the opponent is close to Jigglypuff the moment it starts rolling), but it gets more powerful and faster the more it is charged, with KO potential when fully charged. However, due to being predictable and easy to dodge (it can be jumped over, spot dodged, and even shield grabbed), it is rarely used in competitive play. It can be used for recovery as long as Jigglypuff grabs onto the ledge, but otherwise it makes it helpless, and there are almost always better options available.
Side special Pound 13% Extends a fist forward, knocking opponents up and behind Jigglypuff. Does high knockback, especially at low percentages, and has a long lasting hitbox. It also deals 20 shield damage, which is fairly high for an attack. Pound is mainly used as a recovery move - it can be angled up and down, the former referred to as Rising Pound, which, combined with Jigglypuff's five midair jumps, extremely fast air speed, and extremely low falling speed, give it a gigantic recovery.
Up special Sing 0% Sings, sending opponents nearby to sleep. However, it has extremely low range and the opponent can often wake up before Jigglypuff finishes singing. The sing time can be cancelled if Jigglypuff grabs onto the ledge, with the opponent falling asleep (leaving them vulnerable), but that isn't effective due to the move's such low range. Overall, the move is near useless.
Down special Rest 28% Rests. Normally, this leaves Jigglypuff very vulnerable, but there is a very small hitbox located near its eyes, which deals extremely high damage and knockback, being able to KO reliably at as low as 25%. Can easily be combo'd into with a variety of moves, notably its u-throw, uair, u-tilt, and d-throw. It is among the most feared attacks in the game due to its extreme power and instantaneous startup, but if it misses, it leaves Jigglypuff extremely vulnerable. Most useful in teams matches where a teammate can cover Jigglypuff's extreme ending lag upon using Rest with a jab. Deals flame damage.


  • Spins around on one foot, then looks at the camera inflated, winking and saying "Jigglypuff!" The eye Jigglypuff winks depends on which side it's facing.

Idle pose[edit]

  • Looks at its side while jumping.
Jigglypuff Idle Pose Melee.png

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Jigglypuff Cheer NTSC Melee.ogg
Purin Cheer JP Melee.ogg
Description Jig-gly-puff! Puh-riiin!
Pitch Male Male

Victory poses[edit]

An excerpt from the main theme of Pokémon.
  • Hestitates for a while, then jumps up and lands on its back.
  • Jumps twice, then does a backflip.
  • Sleeps, then suddenly wakes up.
Jigglypuff-Victory1-SSBM.gif Jigglypuff-Victory2-SSBM.gif Jigglypuff-Victory3-SSBM.gif

In Competitive play[edit]


Super Smash Bros. Melee Character Matchups
  FoxHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBM.png SheikHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBM.png DrMarioHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png RoyHeadSSBM.png MewtwoHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBM.png PichuHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBM.png Avg.
JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png -1 ±0 +1 +1 Mirror match +1 ±0 +1 +1 +1 ±0 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1

Jigglypuff has one of the most positive matchup spreads in the game, though it hard counters fewer low-tier characters than most of the other top-tiers. It is soft countered by one character, has even matchups with three, soft counters nine, counters ten, and hard counters two. It has an advantage against characters with poor or predictable recovery options, such as Captain Falcon, Sheik, Marth, Ganondorf, and Mario. It also has an advantage against characters who do not have reliable KO setups against it due to its light weight and floatiness, such as the aforementioned Sheik and Marth. Jigglypuff struggles against characters with strong vertical KO options, most notably Fox's up smash and up air, while also struggling against characters who can use projectiles to disrupt Jigglypuff's approach options, such as Falco and Dr. Mario. Despite these flaws, Jigglypuff's amazing edgeguard and punish game give it positive matchups against almost all of the cast.

In the modern metagame, however, professionals have adapted to Jigglypuff's toolset. Due to the general increased technical ability and patience among Fox professionals, Fox is now considered a true counter to Jigglypuff, even on Jigglypuff's best stages such as Dream Land. Marth is also now considered to have an even or advantageous matchup against Jigglypuff; Marth professionals such as PewPewU and PPMD have adopted a wide variety of new KO setups and approach options while more readily abusing his superior neutral game, utilizing previously unexplored or obscure advanced techniques. Thus, although Jigglypuff still has an advantage against most of the cast and retains a powerful punish game, its advantages over some top tiers have diminished over time. The recent rise of Hungrybox, however, has led some to believe that the aforementioned improvements against Jigglypuff have been neutralized.

Notable players[edit]

See also: Category:Jigglypuff professionals (SSBM)



Tier placement and history[edit]

Since the beginning of the Melee metagame, Jigglypuff has had among the biggest improvements, going from a lower-mid tier character to a viable top tier character. In the first tier list (October 2002), Jigglypuff was ranked 17-18th place (tied with Ness), but jumped to 10-11th in the second tier list (December 2002). Jigglypuff hovered around the 8th-11th spots before rising to 6th-7th place (tied with Captain Falcon) in the ninth tier list (October 2008), largely due to Mango showing how dominant Jigglypuff was in the air, and how powerful its pressure game and combo abilities were. With Mango continuously dominating more Melee tournaments using Jigglypuff, and the rise of another nationally dominant Jigglypuff player in Hungrybox, Jigglypuff jumped up to top tier in the original 10th tier list (September 2010), tied with Fox and Falco for the top position. In the actual 10th tier list (December 2010), Jigglypuff was ranked third under Fox and Falco. Jigglypuff is ranked 5th place in the twelfth (current) tier list, as of December 2015. Jigglypuff has had a much smaller playerbase than the rest of the top tier characters, with only four representatives on the 2015 SSBM Player Rankings.

PAL viability[edit]

Jigglypuff was relatively unchanged from the NTSC version, although it can now take damage from Bowser's down throw due to the changes in its properties, which is not a significant nerf due to Bowser's lack of usage in PAL regions. However, it benefits from the nerfs to some other top-tiered characters, who either lost KO options (Sheik), have decreased aerial drift (Marth) or recovery distance, or a combination of the three (Fox). As such, it is considered slightly better relative to the cast in PAL than in NTSC, and is ranked 4th on the PAL tier list instead of 5th. Jigglypuff's tournament representation in PAL is roughly the same as in NTSC, with a handful of top Jigglypuff mains (notably Hack and Tekk) and a small pool of lower-leveled ones.

In single-player modes[edit]

In Classic Mode[edit]

Once Jigglypuff is unlocked, it may appear in the game's Classic Mode as a one-on-one, team (alongside Kirby or Pikachu), giant, multi, or metal opponent, as well as an ally in team and giant fights.

In all of its appearances, Jigglypuff appears on Pokémon Stadium; when paired with Kirby in the team battle, it will appear on Green Greens.

In Adventure Mode[edit]

Jigglypuff can appear in Stage 7 of the Adventure Mode; in the Pokémon Battle, Jigglypuff can appear among the Pikachus the player has to fight against.

In All-Star Mode[edit]

In All-Star Mode, Jigglypuff and its allies are fought on Poké Floats.

In Event Matches[edit]

Jigglypuff appears in the following Event Matches:

  • Event 32: Target Acquired: As Falco, the player must KO Jigglypuff as many times as possible in one minute on Corneria. However, Arwings also fire frequently at the stage, and Falco must KO Jigglypuff more often than the Arwings to win the event.
  • Event 37: Legendary Pokémon: As any character, the player must fight against a team of four Wire Frames and Jigglypuff; everyone has two lives, and the only items that spawn are Pokéballs, all of which only produce legendary Pokémon. Jigglypuff will never directly attack the player, and will instead only pursue Pokéballs when they appear. Defeating all five opponents also gives the player the opportunity to unlock Pichu.
  • Event 39: Jigglypuff Live!: As Jigglypuff, the player must fight against a team of three other Jigglypuffs, with friendly fire turned on; all fighters have three lives, and the damage ratio has been increased.
  • Event 40: All-Star Match 4: Jigglypuff is the third opponent fought in this series of staged battles. The selected character battles it on the Poké Floats stage with a stock of 2 while Jigglypuff has 1. With a timer of four minutes, the player must defeat it and the other four characters one-by-one with the overall time and damage: Marth, Luigi, Mewtwo, and Mr. Game & Watch.

Ending images[edit]

Trophy descriptions[edit]

In addition to the normal trophy about Jigglypuff as a character, there are two trophies about it as a fighter, unlocked by completing the Adventure and All-Star modes respectively with Jigglypuff on any difficulty:

Jigglypuff (Adventure)
Jigglypuff's normal attacks are weak, and because of its light weight it's easily sent flying. However, with its incredible midair agility, it seems to dance when airborne. Rollout is a powerful speed attack, but be careful not to fly off the edge. Pound does serious damage, and it can also help as a recovery move.
Jigglypuff (All-Star)
Jigglypuff can put its enemies to sleep if they are in range of its Sing attack, although the attack does not work on airborne foes. Rest puts Jigglypuff into a deep sleep, but at the instant it drops off, an intense energy force radiates out of the exact center of its body. If this force comes in contact with an enemy, look out! Rest is Jigglypuff's wild card.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Jigglypuff's alternate costumes in Melee


  • Jigglypuff is one the five hidden characters, along with Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Young Link, and Pichu, to be seen in the opening movie.
  • Jigglypuff is the only character who has a different voice actor when the language is switched to Japanese.
  • Jigglypuff's and Mr. Game & Watch's stock icons show their entire body; they are the only characters in Melee to have this.
  • After picking up a Metal Box, Jigglypuff's eyes disappear.
  • Jigglypuff and Luigi are the only unlockable veterans in Melee.