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Air friction

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Air friction is a measure of how long it takes for a character to stop moving from a sideways force when in midair. It is the aerial equivalent to traction, which only applies when grounded.

Air friction only applies when the player is not holding the Control Stick in a horizontal direction (or the input is being ignored, such as when in hitstun). If the player is attempting to slow down, air acceleration applies instead, and air friction is ignored. This allows characters to be designed with several properties:

  • High acceleration and high friction means a character will change velocity quickly in all situations.
  • High acceleration and low friction means a character will respond quickly to the player's controls, but be very slow to decelerate if the player lets go.
  • Low acceleration and high friction means a character will respond slowly to the player's controls, but be very quick to decelerate if the player lets go. This would lead to an unintuitive situation where a player trying to slow down will take longer than simply allowing friction to take over.
  • Low acceleration and low friction means a character will change velocity slowly in all situations.

Air friction also determines how far a character travels when they are aerial grab released (along with gravity in Melee and Brawl). A character with low air friction will travel a long horizontal distance whereas characters with high air friction will not travel far at all. This is because air friction acts as a force against the momentum granted by the aerial grab release. This results in characters with higher air friction being left in a more vulnerable position after being aerial grab released. This is especially significant in Brawl, due to the long amount of time the grab released opponent cannot act. Characters with high air friction in Brawl are much more vulnerable to aerial grab release followups (unless they have extremely high gravity to compensate), especially if they can be forced into an aerial grab release from the ground. This is the reason why Wario's aerial grab release in Brawl sends him nowhere horizontally, making him extremely vulnerable to followups.

It is circumstantial as to whether high or low air friction is good or bad and it is also game dependent (as with the aforementioned Brawl aerial grab release example). Low air friction means a character will not slow down as much if the player attempts to use a neutral aerial when moving, and will cause them to travel a bit further during combos. But on the other hand, high air friction helps resist being KO'd to a degree, and it may be beneficial in some cases to slow to a stop quicker without providing directional input.

Air friction values[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

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Rank Character Air friction
1 Jigglypuff's head icon from SSB. Jigglypuff 1
2 Kirby's head icon from SSB. Kirby 0.5
3 Pikachu's head icon from SSB. Pikachu 0.45
4-5 Ness's head icon from SSB. Ness 0.4
4-5 Yoshi's head icon from SSB. Yoshi 0.4
6-8 DK's head icon from SSB. Donkey Kong 0.3
6-8 Fox's head icon from SSB. Fox 0.3
6-8 Samus's head icon from SSB. Samus 0.3
9-10 C. Falcon's head icon from SSB. Captain Falcon 0.2
9-10 Mario's head icon from SSB. Mario 0.2
11 Luigi's head icon from SSB. Luigi 0.15
12 Link's head icon from SSB. Link 0

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Rank Character Air friction
1 JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png Jigglypuff 0.05
2 SheikHeadSSBM.png Sheik 0.04
3 NessHeadSSBM.png Ness 0.03
4-9 DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png Donkey Kong 0.02
4-9 FalcoHeadSSBM.png Falco 0.02
4-9 FoxHeadSSBM.png Fox 0.02
4-9 GanondorfHeadSSBM.png Ganondorf 0.02
4-9 IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png Ice Climbers 0.02
4-9 KirbyHeadSSBM.png Kirby 0.02
N/A Male Wire Frame 0.02
10-13 DrMarioHeadSSBM.png Dr. Mario 0.016
10-13 MarioHeadSSBM.png Mario 0.016
10-13 MewtwoHeadSSBM.png Mewtwo 0.016
10-13 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png Mr. Game & Watch 0.016
14 YoshiHeadSSBM.png Yoshi 0.013
15-20 BowserHeadSSBM.png Bowser 0.01
15-20 CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png Captain Falcon 0.01
15-20 LuigiHeadSSBM.png Luigi 0.01
15-20 PichuHeadSSBM.png Pichu 0.01
15-20 PikachuHeadSSBM.png Pikachu 0.01
15-20 SamusHeadSSBM.png Samus 0.01
N/A Giga Bowser 0.01
21-26 LinkHeadSSBM.png Link 0.005
21-26 MarthHeadSSBM.png Marth 0.005
21-26 PeachHeadSSBM.png Peach 0.005
21-26 RoyHeadSSBM.png Roy 0.005
21-26 YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png Young Link 0.005
21-26 ZeldaHeadSSBM.png Zelda 0.005
N/A Female Wire Frame 0.005
N/A Sandbag 0.001

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Rank Character Air friction
1 WarioHeadSSBB.png Wario 0.08
N/A Wario-Man 0.08
2 JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png Jigglypuff 0.0375
3 NessHeadSSBB.png Ness 0.0225
4 SheikHeadSSBB.png Sheik 0.021
5 SquirtleHeadSSBB.png Squirtle 0.018
6-12 DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png Donkey Kong 0.015
6-12 FoxHeadSSBB.png Fox 0.015
6-12 GanondorfHeadSSBB.png Ganondorf 0.015
6-12 IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png Ice Climbers 0.015
6-12 KirbyHeadSSBB.png Kirby 0.015
6-12 MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Meta Knight 0.015
6-12 OlimarHeadSSBB.png Olimar 0.015
13-14 IvysaurHeadSSBB.png Ivysaur 0.014
13-14 LucasHeadSSBB.png Lucas 0.014
15 FalcoHeadSSBB.png Falco 0.013
16 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png Mr. Game & Watch 0.012
17-21 DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png Diddy Kong 0.01
17-21 MarioHeadSSBB.png Mario 0.01
17-21 PeachHeadSSBB.png Peach 0.01
17-21 SonicHeadSSBB.png Sonic 0.01
17-21 ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png Toon Link 0.01
N/A Fighting Alloy Team 0.01
22 YoshiHeadSSBB.png Yoshi 0.00975
23 IkeHeadSSBB.png Ike 0.009
24-26 CharizardHeadSSBB.png Charizard 0.008
24-26 PitHeadSSBB.png Pit 0.008
24-26 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png Zero Suit Samus 0.008
27-31 BowserHeadSSBB.png Bowser 0.0075
N/A Giga Bowser 0.0075
27-31 CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png Captain Falcon 0.0075
27-31 LuigiHeadSSBB.png Luigi 0.0075
27-31 PikachuHeadSSBB.png Pikachu 0.0075
27-31 SamusHeadSSBB.png Samus 0.0075
32-33 KingDededeHeadSSBB.png King Dedede 0.006
32-33 ZeldaHeadSSBB.png Zelda 0.006
34-35 LucarioHeadSSBB.png Lucario 0.005
34-35 SnakeHeadSSBB.png Snake 0.005
36-37 ROBHeadSSBB.png R.O.B. 0.004
36-37 WolfHeadSSBB.png Wolf 0.004
38 LinkHeadSSBB.png Link 0.0038
39 MarthHeadSSBB.png Marth 0.00375

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Rank Character Air friction
N/A Wario-Man 0.08
1 Mega Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mega Man 0.05
2 Wario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wario 0.04
3 Jigglypuff's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Jigglypuff 0.0375
4 Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ness 0.0225
5 Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mewtwo 0.016
6-19 Bowser Jr.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser Jr. 0.015
6-19 Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Donkey Kong 0.015
6-19 Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Duck Hunt 0.015
6-19 Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Fox 0.015
6-19 Ganondorf's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ganondorf 0.015
6-19 Greninja's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Greninja 0.015
6-19 Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Kirby 0.015
6-19 Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mario 0.015
6-19 Mii Brawler's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Brawler 0.015
6-19 Olimar's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Olimar 0.015
6-19 Pac-Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pac-Man 0.015
6-19 R.O.B.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. R.O.B. 0.015
6-19 RyuHeadSSB4-U.png Ryu* 0.015*
6-19 Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sheik 0.015
N/A Giga Mac 0.015
20 LucasHeadSSB4-U.png Lucas 0.014
21 Dr. Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Dr. Mario 0.1212
22-23 Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Meta Knight 0.012
22-23 Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mr. Game & Watch 0.012
24-32 Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Falco 0.01
24-32 Mii Gunner's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Gunner 0.01
24-32 Palutena's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Palutena 0.01
24-32 Peach's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Peach 0.01
24-32 Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Rosalina 0.01
24-32 Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sonic 0.01
24-32 Toon Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Toon Link 0.01
24-32 Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Villager 0.01
24-32 Wii Fit Trainer's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wii Fit Trainer 0.01
33-36 CloudHeadSSB4-U.png Cloud 0.009
33-36 CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png Corrin 0.009
33-36 Ike's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ike 0.009
33-36 Shulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Shulk 0.009
37-42 BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png Bayonetta 0.008
37-42 Charizard's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Charizard 0.008
37-42 Dark Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Dark Pit 0.008
37-42 Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Diddy Kong 0.008
37-42 Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pit 0.008
37-42 Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zero Suit Samus 0.008
N/A Giga Bowser 0.008
43-48 Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser 0.0075
43-48 Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Captain Falcon 0.0075
43-48 Little Mac's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Little Mac 0.0075
43-48 Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Luigi 0.0075
43-48 Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pikachu 0.0075
43-48 SamusHeadSSB4-U.png Samus 0.0075
49 Robin's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Robin 0.007
50-51 King Dedede's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. King Dedede 0.006
50-51 Zelda's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zelda 0.006
52-54 Lucario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Lucario 0.005
52-54 RoyHeadSSB4-U.png Roy 0.005
52-54 Yoshi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Yoshi 0.005
N/A Mega Lucario 0.005
55-56 Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Link 0.0038
55-56 Mii Swordfighter's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Swordfighter 0.0038
57-58 Lucina's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Lucina 0.00375
57-58 Marth's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Marth 0.00375

* Ryu is a special case thanks to his Fighter ability. If Ryu jumps, his air friction is 0, meaning he will not slow down at all unless the player attempts to decelerate. If Ryu becomes airborne through other means, his air friction is a standard 0.015.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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Rank Character Air friction
1 MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man 0.05
2 WarioHeadSSBU.png Wario 0.04
3 JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png Jigglypuff 0.0375
4 NessHeadSSBU.png Ness 0.0225
5-6 SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon 0.02
5-6 RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter 0.02
7 SquirtleHeadSSBU.png Squirtle 0.018
8 MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo 0.016
9-28 MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario 0.015
9-28 DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong 0.015
9-28 KirbyHeadSSBU.png Kirby 0.015
9-28 FoxHeadSSBU.png Fox 0.015
9-28 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers 0.015
9-28 SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik 0.015
9-28 GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf 0.015
9-28 OlimarHeadSSBU.png Olimar 0.015
9-28 ROBHeadSSBU.png R.O.B. 0.015
9-28 GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja 0.015
9-28 Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-Man 0.015
9-28 BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Bowser Jr. 0.015
9-28 DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt 0.015
9-28 RyuHeadSSBU.png Ryu 0.015*
9-28 InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling 0.015
9-28 RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley 0.015
9-28 KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool 0.015
9-28 IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar 0.015
9-28 MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png Mii Brawler 0.015
9-28 KenHeadSSBU.png Ken 0.015*
29-31 IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur 0.014
29-31 LucasHeadSSBU.png Lucas 0.014
29-31 Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png Banjo & Kazooie 0.014
32-36 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch 0.012
32-36 MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight 0.012
32-36 TerryHeadSSBU.png Terry 0.012
32-36 MythraHeadSSBU.png Mythra 0.012
32-36 MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png Mii Gunner 0.012
37 DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario 0.11472
38-48 PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach 0.01
38-48 FalcoHeadSSBU.png Falco 0.01
38-48 SonicHeadSSBU.png Sonic 0.01
38-48 ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png Toon Link 0.01
38-48 VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager 0.01
38-48 WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer 0.01
38-48 RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina 0.01
38-48 PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena 0.01
38-48 IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle 0.01
38-48 JokerHeadSSBU.png Joker 0.01
38-48 DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy 0.01
49-53 IkeHeadSSBU.png Ike 0.009
49-53 ShulkHeadSSBU.png Shulk 0.009
49-53 CloudHeadSSBU.png Cloud 0.009
49-53 CorrinHeadSSBU.png Corrin 0.009
49-53 PyraHeadSSBU.png Pyra 0.009
54-62 PitHeadSSBU.png Pit 0.008
54-62 DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit 0.008
54-62 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus 0.008
54-62 CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard 0.008
54-62 DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong 0.008
54-62 BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta 0.008
54-62 PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png Piranha Plant 0.008
54-62 HeroHeadSSBU.png Hero 0.008
54-62 Sephiroth's stock icon. Sephiroth 0.008
63-71 SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus 0.0075
63-71 PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu 0.0075
63-71 LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi 0.0075
63-71 CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Captain Falcon 0.0075
63-71 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser 0.0075
63-71 PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu 0.0075
63-71 LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac 0.0075
63-71 DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Dark Samus 0.0075
63-71 Steve's stock icon. Steve 0.0075
72 RobinHeadSSBU.png Robin 0.007
73-74 ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda 0.006
73-74 KingDededeHeadSSBU.png King Dedede 0.006
75-78 YoshiHeadSSBU.png Yoshi 0.005
75-78 RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy 0.005
75-78 SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake 0.005
75-78 ChromHeadSSBU.png Chrom 0.005
79-80 LucarioHeadSSBU.png Lucario 0.004
79-80 WolfHeadSSBU.png Wolf 0.004
81-82 LinkHeadSSBU.png Link 0.0038
81-82 MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png Mii Swordfighter 0.0038
83-85 MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth 0.00375
83-85 YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link 0.00375
83-85 LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina 0.00375

* Ryu and Ken are a special case thanks to their Fighter ability. If Ryu/Ken jumps, their air friction is 0, meaning they will not slow down at all unless the player attempts to decelerate. If Ryu/Ken become airborne through other means, their air friction is a standard 0.015.