Captain Falcon (SSB)/Down aerial

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The hitbox of Captain Falcon's down aerial.
A string of up aerials, with a down aerial being used to finish the combo.

Captain Falcon stomps below him, dealing 14% damage. The move's hitbox lasts a very long time, but it has very quick startup. The move functions as a meteor smash, striking airborne opponents downwards when they are hit by the move. The move's reach is also extended by a small hitbox above Captain Falcon's legs. The move is a powerful meteor smash (even if it hits during the latter frames), and it can KO at moderately low percentages offstage. Due to the move having high power throughout the entire duration, it can easily be used after an edge drop and a midair jump to cover the area around Falcon, being very difficult for most recovering characters to get past. If the move is used on a grounded opponent, it produces very weak knockback that only just lifts them off the ground at around 80-90%, though at around 80% it can lead into an up smash to get the opponent into the air, and at around 100-150% (depending on the falling speed of the opponent) it can lead straight into a back aerial or occasionally a neutral aerial for a KO. Used on a grounded opponent at lower to moderate percentages, it can also tech-chase rather easily. This can be performed out of a short hop or after an aerial down aerial onstage. In addition to this, it can be used effectively with the help of platforms; for example, Falcon can use it almost immediately after dropping through a soft platform. Additionally, a down aerial can be used on a grounded opponent right next to the edge of the stage to combo into another down aerial, a forward smash, or even a Falcon Punch.

Captain Falcon can also perform a Ken Combo variation by jumping, using his back aerial (at lower percentages) or forward aerial (at moderate percentages), jumping again and using a down aerial to meteor smash the opponent. A down aerial can also be used to finish a string of up aerials. According to Ken himself, the Ken Combo was initially developed in Smash 64 using an up aerial → down aerial combo with Captain Falcon.

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This move in SSB64 This move in SSBM This move in SSBB This move in SSB4 This move in SSBU Captain Falcon's moveset
Neutral attack (1 · 2 · 3 · inf) · Forward tilt · Up tilt · Down tilt · Dash attack · Forward smash · Up smash · Down smash
Neutral aerial · Forward aerial · Back aerial · Up aerial · Down aerial
Grab · Forward throw · Back throw
Floor attack (front) · Floor attack (back) · Edge attack (fast) · Edge attack (slow)
Neutral special · Up special · Down special