- This article is about Luigi's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. For the character in other contexts, see Luigi.
||Luigi has worse traction than his brother, but he's a more powerful jumper.
|—Trophy description of Luigi.
Luigi (ルイージ, Ruīji) is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Luigi's moveset is markedly similar to that of Mario, though his attacks often differ in knockback and trajectory.
Luigi ranks at 13th on the tier list, in the A tier, placing him in the dead centre, along with his older brother, Mario. Luigi is notable for having possibly one of the best air games in all of Melee, with very fast, very powerful and very low lag aerials and very high raw jumping power. With a projectile in tow and a very long wavedash due to his poor traction, Luigi also has some very good approach options; Luigi's wavedash alone is the longest in the game, easily taking him half the distance of Final Destination and traversing the area in a speed only slightly slower than Captain Falcon's dash. Luigi also has some very efficient KO moves on both air and ground giving him very diverse KO power. Luigi's traction, however, acts as a double-edged sword; while it gives him an excellent wavedash, it also limits some of his approaches on the ground if he's not wavedashing. His approaching options in the air are further hampered by his high short hop and slow falling speed, giving him one of the the worst SHFFLs in the game. Additionally, his recovery is short and predictable, with very few options available of extending it to him.
 Unlocking Luigi
To unlock Luigi, the player must clear the first level of Adventure Mode with a 2 as the second digits of the seconds portion of the clock. (Example: XX:X2XX). After this requirement is met, a cinematic plays when the player finishes the level, showing Luigi replacing Mario in the level to battle alongside Peach. The player must then defeat Luigi within one minute. After Adventure Mode is completed, the player will face off against Luigi.
Alternately, playing 800 versus matches will also give the potential to unlock Luigi.
When fought against, Luigi appears in Mushroom Kingdom II, with its ordinary music playing.
While Luigi initially has the appearance of being a clone to his older brother Mario, similar to Dr. Mario, Luigi is a semi-clone of Mario, primarily due to differences between their ground and aerial attacks, unique moves to Luigi, and a variety of different properties between special moves. Luigi's attributes can also wildly vary from Mario's; Luigi's air speed, dashing speed, and traction are among the lowest in the game, wheras Mario's are about average; to support the idea that the two aren't completely alike, Luigi's jumping prowess is higher than Mario's, further differentiating him from Mario. As a result of these varied attributes, Luigi has the longest and fastest wavedash in the game.
Luigi's primary advantage in this regard is his impressive ground approach. Luigi's wavedash is highly conducive to assisting in approaching enemies due to its high speed, and a variety of powerful smash attacks on the ground makes Luigi amongst the best wavesmashers in the game. His forward smash has extremely high knockback scaling (135; the highest in the game), making it a highly effectively KOing move, and his down smash can act as both a combo starter due to its upward knockback, as a combo finisher/restarter, or, at high percentages, as a KOing move.
Luigi also has a variety of powerful attacks in his arsenal. In addition to his powerful forward smash, Luigi's aerial attacks can also wreak havoc onto opponents; his neutral aerial has high, upward knockback, and his forward aerial is fast, has almost no lag, and has high knockback, making it a useful attack both for KOing and edgeguarding. In addition to these, Luigi's down aerial is among the most flexible edgeguarding attacks in the game; in addition to meteor smash properties, its sourspot has high, horizontal knockback, making it a good choice to force opponents off the stage as well. Luigi's side and up special moves can also act as powerful finishers, particularly if the side misfires and if the up special sweetspots.
Luigi's grab game is also good. Although his grab range is merely average, it is much longer than Mario's and his aforementioned long wavedash serves as a wonderful way Luigi can extend its reach. His throw have many varied uses. While his down throw is situational at best, his forward throw can set up a variety of edgeguards. His up throw combos directly into down smash and is a viable chain grab on fast-fallers at low percentages. It can also combo into an aerial attack should opponents DI. His back throw is possibly his best, with the ability to set up edgeguards at low percentages, and the ability to give almost guaranteed KOs at high percentages.
Luigi's strange variety of attributes, however, acts as a double-edged sword. Despite a highly effective wavedash, Luigi's approach without wavedashing is poor, as his low traction leads to a variety of long pauses where he cannot easily counterattack. Additionally, Luigi lacks a particularly useful projectile for use on the ground; his Fireballs have low hitstun and non-stellar range, making them less useful than others in the game. In addition, Luigi's air game, despite his powerful aerials, lacks much need synergy with his stellar ground movement due to his low air speed. A very high short up and a low falling speed also gives Luigi among the worst SHFFLs in the game, even with his low-lag aerials.
Luigi also suffers from a poor recovery. While his 2 recovery moves, Super Jump Punch and Green Missile have long range, they are extremely linear in trajectory; Super Jump Punch does not move Luigi horizontally and Green Missile must be charged to give significant distance. Furthermore, the latter has a fairly long cool down animation in the air, which may cause Super Jump Punch to fall short of reach for the ledge.
Luigi also suffers from being a character that relies heavily on situational attacks and technical gameplay; a majority of Luigi's attacks have to timed properly with a wavedash to be at their most effective, and missing an aerial or improperly timing a down smash can lead to punishment from opponents. Additionally, Luigi is over-reliant on wavedashing; a highly effective Luigi player must have perfect control over his wavedash distance. Using a long wavedash serves him little good up close offensively, and a short wavedash hampers safe retreat. Furthermore, missing the wavedash completely often leads to cruel punishment.
For a gallery of Luigi's hitboxes, see here.
- Neutral attack - Luigi's neutral attack combo is a three-hit attack consisting of two jabs followed by a hip bump. Useful as a low-damage opener. Because the third strike of the combo knocks the opponent away with a medium amount of lag, many players elect to omit the third strike of the combo. Luigi can repeat the first strike of the neutral attack by L-canceling. The attack consists of two jabs, both doing 1-3% damage, and the last hit does 2-5%.
- Dash attack - 10% damage (if all hits connect). Luigi dashes forward and attacks his opponent with a flurry of punches. It hits five times and does moderate damage, but it's not very useful since the last hit leaves Luigi vulnerable for a grab or smash attack.
- Forward tilt - 5-10% damage. Luigi's forward tilt is a sideways kick with medium knockback. It is often used simply to push the opponent away, giving Luigi extra time to maneuver, though hard to follow up with an attack. Can be angled.
- Up tilt - Luigi's up tilt is a swipe that arcs over Luigi's head. Its upward trajectory makes up tilt well suited for comboing, especially against fast-fallers. Hits at an upwards angle in the front and back of him. 4-9% damage.
- Down tilt - Kneels down and kicks. = 4-9% damage. Luigi crouches down and kicks low to the ground. It is a low-knockback attack and is laggy. Since this attack hugs the ground, it can be used to attack a sweet spotting enemy.
- Forward smash - Does a quick jab for 7-19% damage. Luigi winds up and launches his hand straight into his opponent, sending them at a forward and upward trajectory. Good knockback. Can be angled. Sometimes used to end combos. Additionally, charging a forward smash will cease Luigi momentum mid-wavedash, which can make him stop suddenly. Can KO at high percentage.
- Up smash - 9-23% damage. Identical to Mario and Dr. Mario's headbutt with an up-and-behind trajectory, ideal for setting up aerial combos with Luigi. The player can also buffer it in at the end of a wavedash which allows for an alternative vertical launcher to Luigi's common wavedash to down smash approach.
- Down smash - 9-23% damage. Luigi kicks out twice in a break dancing motion, first in front and then behind. This attack has an upward trajectory and its knockback provides for aerial combos against low-damage enemies and KO's against high-damage enemies.
 Other attacks
- Ledge attack - Gets up and somersaults. 8% damage.
- 100% ledge attack - Slowly gets up and thrusts his foot forward. 10% damage.
- Floor attack - Swirls around in a similar fashion to his down smash. 6% damage.
- Neutral aerial - A Sex kick - 4-15% damage. Luigi's neutral aerial has the same knockback properties of most sex kicks, and sends the opponent upwards. For this reason, Luigi's sex kick is a popular tool for juggling and comboing opponents. Can KO at high percentage. One of the strongest sex kicks in the game.
- Forward aerial - Does a quick karate chop. 6-12% damage. High horizontal knockback and is one of his primary KO'ing aerial attacks. It also has high knockback at low damage, good for wavelanding.
- Back aerial - Kicks backwards. 6-11% damage. Good for damage racking and edge guarding.
- Up aerial - Does a flip kick. 7-13% damage. Doesn't offer the same juggling properties from the ground as Mario's; however, it is often used against opponents above Luigi on platforms, or as a vertical launcher to set up an aerial finisher like the chop.
- Down aerial - Twirls his feet under him. 8-16% damage. A valuable edgeguarding alternative to the back aerial. Can meteor smash if he hits the opponent with his hip (in a similar fashion to Young Link's down aerial meteor smash). Luigi's down aerial is a meteor smash and therefore can be meteor canceled. If the wrong part of the attack hits, like the lower hitbox located at his legs, it results in considerable horizontal knockback, making it a great edgeguarding attack.
- Forward throw - 4-7% damage. This throw is relatively weak but can be used near the ledge to set up Luigi's enemy for an edge-guard.
- Back throw - 5-10% damage. Luigi's strongest throw, it is used for throwing enemies off-stage and KOing.
- Up throw - 4-7% damage. Luigi's up throw can chain grab fast-fallers at low damage. If a person DI's, Luigi can follow the opponent up with a wavedash.
- Down throw - 3-6% damage. This throw sends the enemy upwards and slightly to the side, depending on the target's DI. Though it has low knockback, it does not stun the opponent long enough to combo or chain grab.
- Taunt - 1% damage. Luigi's taunt, a casual kick against the ground, is the only taunt in Melee that can damage the opponent. The taunt normally sends the enemy upwards with set knockback, but if Luigi connects with the bottom of his foot, the taunt can also serve as a meteor smash, ideally used on opponents hanging on a ledge. Since it is slow and very weak, Luigi's taunt is rarely used in competitive play.
 Notable players
- See also: Category:Luigi professionals (SSBM)
 Tier placement and history
Luigi was once ranked quite high on the tier list, hovering around positions 6 to 9 for about the first year of Melee's metagame. He would then see a large drop to 12th, which may be attributed to his slippery traction, predictable recovery, and short reach, which many players of top tier characters began adapting to and countering in their own metagames, resulting in worse matchups for Luigi; he was also seen as outclassed by both Dr. Mario and Mario, who either had more power or a less risky combo game, respectively. He then fell to the top of low tier for many years to come. However, with excellent performances by dedicated professionals such as Eddy Mexico showing Luigi's extremely quick mobility and approach with the wavedash and waveland, as well as his great aerial game and KO power despite his poor reach, opinions of Luigi began to change. In recent tournaments such as EVO 2013, Luigi players have placed relatively high with lacking similar performances by Mario, resulting in Luigi pulling ahead back into the middle tier, one spot above Mario in 13th place. Today, Luigi is still a middle tier character who has a relatively small, but strong, player base, and he makes decent impressions in large tournaments.
 Changes from Smash 64 to Melee
Luigi was generally buffed from his transition from Super Smash Bros. to Super Smash Bros. Melee; instead of being in the lower 25th percentile (10th/11th along with Link), Luigi is now in the dead centre of the tier list (13th).
- The new psychics of Melee, particularly the addition of wavedashing, has greatly aided Luigi's poor approach options and range in his attacks, as well as his general mobility, especially on the ground.
- Down smash now does vertical knockback, making it a much better combo starter.
- New forward smash is faster and has much higher knockback scaling.
- Up smash has less startup and ending lag. It also has considerably higher knockback scaling.
- Neutral aerial has new knockback properties, leading to almost entirely vertical knockback, making it a considerably more powerful (can KO under 130%) and flexible attack.
- New forward and down aerials are much more powerful.
- New back aerial is faster and has considerably higher base knockback, making it a more useful edgeguarder.
- Green Missile gives him an additional recovery option. It also slightly aids to his KO ability, being another KO option, though it isn't a very reliable KO move.
- Luigi Cyclone is a much better OoS option, as it now allows Luigi to move along the ground a moderate distance very quickly.
- Slower air speed.
- Down tilt is a less useful combo starter and has more ending lag.
- Fireball has a smaller hitbox.
- Super Jump Punch no longer gains any horizontal distance, and also gains less vertical distance.
- The height gained from Luigi Cyclone when used as a recovery move is slightly lower, and it requires significantly faster button inputs to make Luigi rise. It also needs to be "charged" by being used on the ground before it can be used in midair properly.
A majority of changes made to Luigi were done in order to further differentiate him from his brother, Mario. Luigi's forward smash, neutral combo, forward aerial, up tilt, and down tilt have all been changed into different attacks with different animations. His down aerial also hits only once, instead of being a multi-hit attack like in Smash 64. The opposite can be said for his down special (Luigi Cyclone) - instead of hitting once, it is now a multi-hit attack. It also lasts a shorter time but strikes faster.
In addition to these changes, Luigi received a minor cosmetic change: his overalls are now a navy blue colour (like Mario's) instead of purple from the previous game.
 In single-player modes
Luigi can appear in one-on-one fights, as an ally in the team and giant battles, as a giant opponent, as part of a team, or as a metal character in the game's penultimate stage. In his appearances in one-on-one fights, he either appears in Mushroom Kingdom or Mushroom Kingdom II; as part of a team or as a giant character, he always appears on Mushroom Kingdom II.
Luigi can appear in the Adventure Mode if the player finishes the first stage, Mushroom Kingdom, with the number "two" anywhere in the timer, a cut scene will occur which will show Luigi taking Mario's place in the upcoming battle. The player will then have to battle a team of Luigi and Peach. Of note is that Luigi can appear in the Adventure Mode without being unlocked; encountering him in the Adventure Mode prior to unlocking him is actually one of two criteria the player can meet to unlock him.
If the player has unlocked Luigi, Metal Luigi will appear in Stage 11-2: Battlefield stage alongside Metal Mario.
Luigi and his allies are fought on the Mushroom Kingdom stage.
Luigi is featured in the following event matches:
- Event 31: Mario Bros. Madness: The player's character battles a team of Mario and Luigi in a 2-minute unlimited-stock match in the Mushroom Kingdom stage. Whoever gets the most KOs wins, much like in a standard time-match.
- Event 35: Time for a Check-up: The player plays as Luigi as they battle a team of Dr. Mario and Peach on Yoshi's Story, with each character having 1 stock and the match timed for 3 minutes.
- Event 38: Super Mario Bros. 2: In this match, the player's character must battle against Mario, Luigi, and Peach in an unlimited-time 2-stock match on Mushroom Kingdom II. The odds may seem especially stacked against the player, but the opponent team is subject to friendly fire. The character selection and stage are a direct throwback to the original Super Mario Bros. 2, an American-exclusive NES sequel to Super Mario Bros.
- Event 40: All-Star Match 4: Luigi is the second opponent the player must fight in this series of staged battles. Their character battles him on the Mushroom Kingdom II stage, and their character has 2 stocks while Luigi has one. With a timer of four minutes, the player must defeat him and the other four characters with the overall time and life they have: Marth, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, and Mr. Game and Watch.
- Event 42: Trouble King 2: The player plays as Luigi against a giant Bowser on the stage Poké Floats, with both players having 2 stock each.
 Ending images
 Trophy descriptions
In addition to the normal trophy about Luigi as a character, there are two trophies about him as a fighter, unlocked by completing the Adventure and All-Star Modes respectively with Luigi on any difficulty:
- Luigi (Classic)
- "Although Mario's younger brother has always played second fiddle, Luigi finally garnered the spotlight with his very own game, Luigi's Mansion. Things are looking up for the eternal understudy; he's even picked up his own rival in Waluigi. The day he's referred to as the "lean, mean, green machine" may not be too far off."
- Luigi (Adventure)
- Luigi has worse traction than his brother, but he's a more powerful jumper. His Fireballs aren't affected by gravity, so they fly straight horizontally. The Green Missile is similar to Pikachu's Skull Bash, but there's a 12.5% chance of a spontaneous misfire. Luigi's taunting pose inflicts minor damage.
- Luigi (All-Star)
- Smack someone with Luigi's Super Jump Punch, and if the timing is just right, it will become a Fire Jump Punch of incredible strength. However, Luigi can only jump straight up when delivering this blow, and if his aim is a bit off, he'll only do a single point of damage. The Luigi Cyclone sucks foes in and twirls them about.
Luigi's changeable clothing in SSBM
- The unlocking of Luigi when the seconds mark reaches a 2 references the fact that Luigi always plays second fiddle to Mario.
- Beating Luigi in the Adventure Mode only gives the player 20 bonus points, the smallest bonus point increase in the game. Luigi is also the only unlockable character who can appear in Adventure Mode prior to unlocking him.
- Luigi is the only SSB64 veteran and is overall one of the only Melee characters (Roy, Marth, Falco, and Dr. Mario) to not appear in the Melee intro.
- At the time of SSB64, Luigi did not have an official voice, so he used a higher-pitched version of Mario's voice. This voice is retained for Melee, despite the fact that Luigi was given an official voice in Luigi's Mansion which came out one month before Melee.
- Luigi, Bowser, Link, Yoshi and Young Link are the only characters in Melee to use their default costume when on the green team.
- Luigi is the only character in Melee that has a taunt that can damage a player.
- Snake would gain this feature in all of his taunts in Brawl.