Boss Galaga

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Boss Galaga
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Boss Galaga as seen in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Universe Galaxian
Appears in SSB4
Ultimate
Item class Throwing

Boss Galaga (ボス・ギャラガ, Boss Galaga) are the strongest of the main enemies in the Galaga series by Namco.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an item[edit]

A Boss Galaga attacking Fox in the Wii U version.

The Boss Galaga appears as an item, and is one of the two items introduced in Smash 4 (the other being the Beetle) that can potentially OHKO opponents by sending them up to the upper blast line. When thrown, Boss Galaga will fly to the top of the screen (dealing a small amount of damage to anyone it collides with), then fly in formation as it did in its home series. After such, it will dive down and home in on the targeted player's last known position and fire its tractor beam. If it misses, it will fly offscreen and do nothing, but a character caught by its tractor beam will be taken to the top of the screen and over the upper blast line while 8-bit sound effects from the original Galaga plays: this can be avoided by mashing buttons to escape. The tractor beam can only catch fighters a few moments after being fired; anyone near the beam after that will not be affected.

A Boss Galaga can take damage while it lies on the ground, while being held, as it hovers in mid-air and while it fires its tractor beam: after the first hit it turns blue and purple, and after the second it is destroyed in a flurry of purple pixels. Similarly to the Beetle, it is incredibly difficult to escape from the Boss Galaga's grasp if the victim is at 50% or higher, though it is possible to shake out at low percents. It's possible for a Boss Galaga to remain in place with a captured fighter if a solid ceiling or something similar blocks its path, which gives the victim time to escape or after a while, will cause the Boss Galaga to release them.

Boss Galagas will disappear if thrown above the upper blast line.

In Smash Tour[edit]

The Boss Galaga appears as a blue item: when selected, the opponents' positions on the map will be randomly swapped.

A Boss Galaga Smash is one of the possible battle types: in it, only Boss Galagas appear as items.

Trophy information[edit]

Boss Galaga trophy in for 3DS.
Boss Galaga trophy in for Wii U.
Boss Galaga
ntsc A boss enemy from Galaga. When thrown, it will spiral skyward and hang out for a time and then descend and pull in fighters with a tractor beam. If you get caught, try to escape by wiggling around as best you can. Unfortunately, there is no bonus fighter for defeating this enemy...
pal A boss enemy from Galaga. When thrown, it spirals into the air and drifts for a while before descending on a fighter and using a tractor beam to pull them up. If the beam touches you, you'll be captured and carried off, so all you can do is wiggle around and try to escape! Defeating the Boss Galaga won't net you another fighter. Sorry!
Galaga (1981)


In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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As an item[edit]

The Boss Galaga keeps its function from SSB4. Additionally, when a character gets caught the background of the stage changes into a spacescape reminiscent of the original Galaga game.

Origin[edit]

Boss Galaga as it appears in Galaga.

In Galaga, Boss Galagas appear as one of the common enemies of normal stages. They attack by flying down and firing their tractor beam at the player: if they hit they capture the player's ship, flying back up to the swarm with it and causing the player to lose a life. During the procedure, the same sounds heard in SSB4 are played. If the Boss Galaga with the ship is defeated the captured ship moves downwards towards the player, and if they make contact the player will be able to control and fire both ships side-by-side at the same time. Like in SSB4 the Boss Galaga takes two hits to defeat: it turns purple when hit once and it explodes when hit twice.

Trivia[edit]

Boss Galaga stuck under an item block.
  • A bug can occur if Boss Galaga takes past the blast line a player suffering the slow effect caused by the Timer, Shadow, or Swirlix. Should this happen, when the player returns the special effects such as the colorful starbursts from taking damage, their launch trails from high knockback and other similar effects will stay slowed down, despite the player moving at normal speed. This effect will remain for the remainder of the match.
  • It is possible for Boss Galaga to get stuck under objects such as floors and blocks. It and any character Boss Galaga has abducted will then be stuck until the abductee manages to escape or the obstacle disappears.


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