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Captain Falcon (SSBU)

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Captain Falcon
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe F-Zero
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Blue Falcon
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A fighter that possesses both speed and power! But in exchange, he is frequently left open. Being able to successfully land his neutral special, Falcon Punch, can greatly influence the battle in multiplayer matches.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Captain Falcon (キャプテン・ファルコン, Captain Falcon) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. As with the original Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he is once again an unlockable character. Captain Falcon is classified as fighter #11.

As in Smash 4, Ryō Horikawa's portrayals of Captain Falcon from Melee and Brawl were repurposed for Ultimate. However, Horikawa briefly returned to voice Captain Falcon in Min Min's reveal trailer, though only recording eating sounds for Captain Falcon rather than new voice lines.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Captain Falcon being the 11th character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Fox or any character in his unlock tree, being the 1st character unlocked.
  • Have Captain Falcon join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Captain Falcon must then be defeated on Port Town Aero Dive.

Attributes[edit]

Captain Falcon is a tall medium-heavyweight character. However, despite his weight, he boasts some of the best overall mobility out of any character; he sports the second fastest dashing speed, the 7th fastest falling speed, the 11th fastest air speed, and the 14th highest gravity. His jumps and wall jumps are also very high. Strangely, though, his walking speed is rather slow, while his traction and air acceleration are around average. Lastly, while the speed of his initial dash is above average, its animation is rather slow, making his turnaround quite slow. Nonetheless, his high mobility overall, combined with his strong punish game, benefits him with a trademark speed-and-power combo.

Despite lacking a projectile, Falcon has an overall effective neutral game, courtesy of his mobility. His primary combo starter is grounded Raptor Boost; its low knockback along with its vertical launching angle and low ending lag make it a fearsome combo starter if landed, allowing it to combo into a plentiful of moves. Neutral aerial can chain into itself at low percents, and Falcon can combo it into his other aerials if he lands with the first hit. His up tilt consistently meteor smashes opponents even if they are grounded, making it not only a great combo tool, but a decent edgeguarding tool as well. One of his best combo tools is his up aerial; at a wide range of percents, it can create incredibly long chains, especially into itself due to its low base knockback and overall low lag. Alternatively, Falcon can chain his up aerial into some of his deadliest finishers, most notably into his forward aerial, the Knee Smash.

Captain Falcon, like most of his fellow medium-heavyweights also boasts excellent kill power. He also has a formidable edgeguarding ability. His up and down smashes are both excellent baiting options due to their low lag, making them safe on shield and potentially even on whiff. Even if they both have rather noticeable startup, they are also long enough to punish spot dodges reliably. His up smash in particular even functions as a situational combo starter at low percentages, which can allow Falcon to deal insane amounts of damage in just a few measly hits. While his forward smash is his least useful smash attack as a whole, even it serves well as a kill move. His forward, back, and down aerials all deal high knockback, with his forward aerial being the strongest of its type in the entire game. His down tilt, while having noticeable startup, sends at a semi-spike angle with high knockback, and it has low ending lag, making it not only a good spacing and poking tool, but also a great edgeguarding and kill move, the lattermost quirk being extremely rare for a down tilt.

Falcon’s special moves also possess multiple uses. Falcon Punch, while being extremely situational in the long run, is one of the strongest attacks in the entire game, especially when reversed on the ground, and is perfect for punishing shield breaks. As mentioned earlier, Raptor Boost is an excellent combo starter on the ground. In the air, it has the potential to meteor smash, and it also serves well as a kill move in such cases. Falcon Dive is one of the strongest command grabs in the game, and while it is linear, it does cover a decent amount of distance. All in all, it is an excellent combo finisher, despite having noticeable startup lag. Finally, Falcon Kick is effective in terms of dealing with pressure due to its speed and long-lasting hitbox, and it also possesses decent kill power when hit early on. It is also an excellent tool for returning to the stage quickly when used in the air.

However, Captain Falcon does have his fair share of weaknesses. While he is a powerhouse, most of his kill moves are difficult to land, the most prominent examples being his forward smash and Falcon Punch. His forward aerial is faster than those moves, but even then it suffers from a rather small sweetspot that lasts for only one frame, making it hard to land without an air dodge read or setup off of an up aerial. As a result, he often has to rely on edgeguarding to score KOs. Though his neutral game is good overall, his lack of a projectile leaves him susceptible to camping. While his above average weight and fast falling speed give him excellent endurance, they also leave him vulnerable to combos, which is further exacerbated by the fact that he has little to no fast options with which to break them.

Falcon’s moveset in general is also loaded with issues. As mentioned earlier, most of his kill moves are slow and tough to land, which forces him to rely on edgeguarding to KO effectively. Falcon Kick is extremely unsafe offstage due to its lag and his fast falling speed, as it is not unlikely for Falcon to self-destruct with it. While Raptor Boost can meteor smash in the air, it will leave him helpless if he misses, which could result in a self destruct. Other examples of unreliability within his moveset lie in his neutral aerial and up smash, which tends to have trouble connecting properly at high percents. His overall range, while not necessarily lacking for a brawler, is also quite short compared to other characters with good physical reach, especially due to the fact that he lacks a projectile.

While Falcon has a good ground game and an excellent air game, his grab game can be seen as mediocre. To begin with, his grab range is overall somewhat short despite his height, making it risky to throw out. His down throw, while a decent combo starter at low percentages, loses its combo potential rather quickly at higher percentages. His forward and back throws don't have much other purposes other than killing, with the former being relatively weak for a kill throw. His up throw has too much ending lag to combo properly, and it, like his forward throw, is weak for a kill throw. Overall, while Falcon’s grab game isn't outright useless, it doesn't offer too much past high percentages.

Falcon's worst problem lies in his recovery, despite his impressive air speed. His two recovery options, Falcon Dive and Raptor Boost, are linear and do not grant enough distance, especially not the latter, making them predictable and easily intercepted, while they also have small ledge sweetspots. Raptor Boost also doesn’t have a hitbox above him, which can leave him open to meteor smashes, which he usually has trouble surviving due to his linear recovery and fast falling speed. To his merit, he can reuse Falcon Dive if it connects with an opponent, and even stage spike them, though this is easily teched. However, in some offstage instances when Falcon Dive connects on a opponent, they can hit the ledge and be launched back at him and possibly even kill him if they act, which leaves him very vulnerable to gimps. Although he has the best wall jump in the game, Falcon will be in danger offstage without his double jump.

Overall, Captain Falcon is the epitome of a rushdown character; when combining his excellent mobility and combo game, he can string very long combos for huge amounts of damage. Otherwise, if he can use his kill moves wisely, he doesn’t have much trouble scoring KOs. However, one must be cautious due to his susceptibility to combos and short-distanced recovery.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Being considered a high tier character in Smash 4 (ranked 19th out of 55 characters), Captain Falcon was initially nerfed in his transition to Ultimate, but he also recieved muliple buffs in future game updates. Nonetheless, he was overall slightly nerfed due to the dramatic increase in his learning curve.

Falcon's grounded game has seen bountiful buffs in one way or another. On one hand, several of Falcon's options at close range have been improved, some of which are more rewarding by virtue of their increased combo potential. Notable examples are his neutral infinite connecting much more reliably and being therefore more effective for racking up damage; his forward tilt's lower lag and higher base knockback making it safer for spacing; his up tilt consistently meteor smashing both grounded and aerial opponents, allowing for combo extensions; and his up smash's increased damage, added leg intangibility, and reduced ending lag turning it into a high-risk, high-reward combo starter that can contest aerial approaches. A notable buff was to his neutral aerial's first hit; while it is harder to connect into the second hit at high percents, it more notably launches opponents at a more vertical angle on landing, allowing Falcon to land combos and even kill confirms with his Knee Smash, which deals far more damage if sweetspotted. On the other hand, his other options have improved KO ability, such as his dash attack, his new forward smash (despite already being remarkably powerful in Smash 4), and his down smash, the latter which now semi-spikes and hits low-profile opponents more effectively, allowing him to take stocks more reliably up close.

Furthermore, Falcon's entire special moveset has been buffed in miscellaneous ways: Falcon Punch has significantly increased knockback, making it deadlier as a hard read or shield break punish much like in previous games; Raptor Boost is a much more effective combo starter on the ground thanks to its lower knockback, endlag, and new damage-based armor on hit, and leaves Falcon less vulnerable if it connects in the air (no longer causing helplessness in such case); Falcon Dive has increased knockback and less ending lag making it safer to hit opponents with and giving him a KO option that can counter shielding opponents, as well as increased recovery distance; and Falcon Kick is faster, has increased power on the ground, and less landing lag. In addition to these direct changes, the universal changes in Ultimate benefit Falcon's rushdown oriented playstyle, having increased mobility and reduced landing lag on aerial attacks that allow him to juggle and punish opponents more effectively, the ability to use any attack out of a dash cancel further improving his grounded game, and the removal of teching grounded meteor smashes giving his up tilt and down aerial increased combo potential.

However, Captain Falcon has received significant nerfs as well, which counterbalance most of his buffs. His increased traction may help his out-of-shield weakness, but it also greatly shortens his dash grab, infamous in Smash 4 for being one of Captain Falcon's best approach punish and/or burst options due to its large ground coverage and high reward. It also affects his throws negatively, with his forward throw losing all its guaranteed combo potential, and down throw being less reliable for combos at higher percents in combination with its altered knockback despite his lower jumpsquat. Most importantly, the latter can no longer lead into semi-guaranteed KO confirms at high percents, and he has a harder time for mix-ups at the ledge. This hinders a large component of his playstyle from Smash 4, as his grab is now harder to land, less rewarding, and due to all standard grabs having increased ending lag in Ultimate, easier to punish if it misses. His up aerial may have slightly less ending lag, but it also has increased landing lag compared to other aerials (which instead had it decreased), lower damage, and a shorter duration with increased startup, weakening its KO setups and slightly worsening the ability to chain into itself repeatedly. Adding to this, his back aerial and Raptor Boost have less knockback; while the former is only slightly weaker, the latter can no longer KO at realistic percents in exchange for its increased combo ability. Meanwhile, his new forward smash, while dealing more knockback, has significantly decreased range, to the point it can sometimes miss at point-blank range if the opponent is pushed by Falcon himself.

Finally, while Falcon's playstyles benefit from some of the universal changes, other changes have negatively impacted the way he has to execute his playstyle. Namely, the tumbling animation from a footstool jump now being techable prevents him from racking up large amounts of damage and setting up KOs by repeatedly footstooling and meteor smashing opponents back up with his down aerial. Ironically, the changes to dash-dancing have also adversely affected him more than other characters; since his initial dash animation is quite slow, this causes his dash-dancing animation to be more awkward and slower-moving than other characters, and reduces its mindgame potential compared to his previous extended dash-dance in Smash 4.

Overall, Captain Falcon's buffs have improved several of his options and punish game, as well as granted him new options to utilize his speed and power. However, the nerfs to the previous options he had in Smash 4 mean he has to take higher risks at approaching and optimizing their use, which is dangerous for him, since a large number of characters in Ultimate are either zoners or have had their close-up game buffed to various degrees. As such, Falcon players have to be more cautious of their opponents in order to win the neutral game, which now gives him a higher learning curve compared to Smash 4. He was initially seen to be worse than in Smash 4 in the early metagame of Ultimate, but as the meta progressed, his representation gradually improved; some players like Fatality, NickC, Nishiya, and Ogey still showed the character had good potential, while higher ranked players like Marss and Glutonny began to use him as secondaries. In addition, game updates gave him significant buffs to help him with his power and combo ability. As of right now, he is currently considered by most players as a high tier character, although his true viability remains up for debate.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in Ultimate, Captain Falcon's model features a more vibrant color scheme, with his racing suit having a purple tint like in Melee. In addition to an upgrade in detail, his attire appears to have visible scuffs; his logo also appears to be warn-down. His racing suit appears to be less form-fitting, while his muscles are more chistled. The "eyes" on his mask are also larger, akin to Brawl.
    • Change Captain Falcon's logo is now a modeled part of its body rather than a texture.
  • Change Captain Falcon has a slightly altered dashing animation, where he now keeps his hands clenched.
  • Change Captain Falcon's mouth once again moves during his down and side taunts, like in Brawl. Both taunts have also been shortened, with the former now having the same duration when facing either direction.
  • Change Captain Falcon's tumbling animation has been altered. He faces more towards/away from the screen, similar to Little Mac, Shulk, Greninja, and other fighters.
  • Change Captain Falcon's right-inputted victory pose has an altered ending animation. Instead of pointing his wrist sideways, he points it upwards, forming a pose similar to his idle pose.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Captain Falcon's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Captain Falcon walks faster (0.94 → 0.987).
  • Buff Captain Falcon runs faster (2.32 → 2.552).
    • Buff His initial dash is faster (1.7 → 1.98).
  • Buff Captain Falcon's traction has been drastically increased (0.05 → 0.105). This makes it easier for him to punish out of shield.
  • Buff Captain Falcon's air speed is faster (1.1 → 1.218).
  • Change Captain Falcon falls slightly faster (1.837 → 1.865).
  • Nerf Forward roll has more ending lag (FAF 28 → 30).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup (frame 4 → 5) and ending lag (FAF 28 → 35).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 27).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has more ending lag (FAF 34 → 43).
  • Buff The changes to air dodges greatly benefit Falcon: the ability to only air dodge once allows him to take better advantage of his fast mobility to pressure and juggle opponents, while their increased ending lag allows him to punish them more effectively with powerful moves such as Knee Smash.
  • Buff The ability to run cancel any move significantly benefits Falcon's grounded neutral game and punish game. This allows him to pressure the opponent easier by canceling into a neutral or tilt attack, especially if pivot canceled.
  • Nerf The ability to tech aerial footstools prevents Falcon from repeatedly footstooling and meteor smashing opponents back into the air with his down aerial, removing one of his most potent damage racking options.
  • Nerf The strengthening of dash-dancing hurts Falcon's grounded movement due to the animation of his initial dash being fairly slow, as it hinders its mindgame potential.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit has an altered animation, with Falcon jabbing underhanded. This slightly lowers its position, allowing it to hit shorter and crouching characters.
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second faster (frame 8 → 5), which transitions into either of the subsequent hits faster (frame 10 → 8).
    • Buff The infinite has faster startup (frame 9 → 5), a much shorter gap between hits (5 frames → 2) and reduced knockback (15/15/8 base/50/50/30 scaling → 8 base/15 scaling), in addition to keeping opponents on the ground, and gaining a hitstun modifier of 2 on each hit. This allows it to connect much more reliably.
    • Buff The infinite's finisher deals more damage (2% → 3%), though with its knockback scaling compensated (70 → 55).
    • Nerf The first two hits and the infinite deal less damage (2% → 1.5% (hits 1-2), 1% → 0.6% (infinite)).
    • Nerf The first three hits have reduced range overall (hit 1: 4.3u/4.3u/3.3u → 2.0/2.3/2.5/2.5; hit 2: 4.3u/4.3u/3.3u → 2.5/3.0/3.6; hit 3: 6.0u/3.5u → 5.5/3.8).
    • Nerf The infinite's finisher has drastically more ending lag (FAF 40 → 50).
    • Nerf The infinite has an increased hitlag multiplier (0.3× → 0.5x). Combined with the universally increased hitlag, this allows opponents to SDI the hits, which was previously impossible due to their lack of hitlag, despite their decreased SDI multiplier (0.7× → 0.4×).
    • Change The first and second hits have altered angles (hit 1: 80° → 361°/361°/180°/361°; hit 2: 80° → 361°) and knockback (both hits: 20 set/100 scaling → 20 base/25 caling) to keep opponents close to Captain Falcon, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows them to connect better and lock, but removes their guaranteed jab cancel setups.
    • Change The infinite and its finisher have altered hitbox sizes (infinite: 4.2u/4.0u/4.0u → 2.25/6.5; finisher: 7.0u → 4.5/4.5). This gives the finisher more horizontal range, but reduces its vertical range.
    • Change The infinite has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 9×. This allows it to lock opponents into their shields between each hit, and thus pressure them more effectively, but also allows them to cancel shieldstun and punish Captain Falcon more easily if they shield 10 hits or more.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff It has less startup and a longer hitbox duration (frames 9-11 → 7-10), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 32 → 30). This makes it safer to use at close range.
    • Nerf The sweetspot no longer has priority over the sourspots.
    • Change It has significantly increased base knockback, but significantly decreased scaling (10 base/100 scaling → 60/58). This noticeably improves its safety on hit at low percents, but drastically hinders its KO potential, to the point it can no longer KO reliably.
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff It has less startup (frame 17 → 14), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 40 → 37).
    • Buff It meteor smashes throughout its entirety, including grounded opponents, instead of only aerial opponents at the heel. Due to the removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes, this drastically improves its combo potential.
      • Buff This makes the meteor smash stronger if Falcon's heel doesn't connect (22 base → 35).
    • Buff It gives Falcon intangibility on his leg, though due to Falcon raising his arm during the animation, he will still rarely be able to avoid a hit.
    • Nerf It has an altered animation where Captain Falcon's foot no longer reaches all the way to the floor, resulting in a more circular motion. This animation reduces its vertical range, making it almost unable to hit opponents hanging from an edge.
    • Change It no longer moves Falcon forward with each use, which makes it safer to use for spacing, but reduces its range slightly.
  • Down tilt:
    • Change The hitbox on Falcon's torso sends at an inverse angle (25° → 155°).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Both clean and late hits have more knockback scaling (50 → 67). This makes the clean hit stronger (KOing at around 170% without rage), and the late hit much safer on hit at low percentages.
    • Buff It has less ending lag (FAF 38 → 35).
  • Forward smash:
    • Change Captain Falcon has a new forward smash: a backhand punch that resembles Warlock Punch.
    • Buff It deals more knockback overall (angled up/non-angled: 24 base/95 scaling → 36/94; angled down: 24 base/83 scaling → 36/87), improving its KO potential, especially when angled down.
    • Nerf It only consists of two hitboxes rather than three (4.5u/3.0u/3.0u → 3.8/3.2). Falcon also doesn't lean forward as much before hitting and no longer lunges forward during the attack. This makes the move harder to land, significantly reduces its range and leaves it prone to missing short opponents.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff It has less ending lag (FAF 52 → 46). Combined with Falcon's faster jumpsquat and jump speed, this allows it to true combo into an up and forward aerial from low to mid percents.
    • Buff Both hits have a longer duration (hit 1: frame 22 → frames 22-23; hit 2: 28 → 28-29), and grant Falcon intangibility on his respective legs, making the move safer to use against opposing aerial attacks.
    • Buff Both hits deal more damage (hit 1: 6%/11% → 7%/12%; hit 2: 13%/12% → 14%/13%). Thanks to this and the changes made to the second hit’s knockback, it is now tied with Lucas's up smash as the second strongest in the game.
    • Buff One of the first hit's hitboxes (hitbox ID 1 → 0) outprioritizes the other (hitbox ID 0 → 1). The hitboxes also have slightly altered angles (95°/110°/80°/90° → 96°/110°/80°/80°) and knockback values (hitbox 0: 140 set → 150; hitbox 1: 120 → 90; hitbox 3: 30 base/20 set → 8 base/10 set). These changes make the first hit connect better into the second hit.
    • Change The second hit has more base knockback, but less knockback scaling (30 base/104/106/112 scaling → 70 base/72/74/80 scaling).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has an altered animation where Falcon kicks lower to the ground, allowing it to hit smaller and crouching opponents more easily. In spite of this animation change, its horizontal reach is unaffected.
    • Buff It launches at a lower, semi-spike angle (361° → 28°). This improves the move's KO potential especially near edges, despite the second hit's lower knockback scaling (90 → 84).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials except up aerial have reduced landing lag (12 frames → 7 (neutral), 30 → 18 (forward), 12 → 10 (back), 21 → 12 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial transitions faster into the second hit (frame 20 → 13), with its total duration mostly reduced as well (FAF 45 → 40).
      • Nerf However, this increases its ending lag by 2 frames, making it more difficult to chain multiple neutral aerials without landing.
    • Buff The first hit no longer has set knockback (55 set/100 scaling → 50 base/25 scaling), and deals more knockback to grounded opponents (55 set/100 scaling → 65 base/75 scaling), improving its combo potential on landing, despite its increased SDI multiplier (1.0x → 1.4x).
      • Nerf However, this makes the first hit transition into the second hit less consistently on aerial opponents at very high percentages.
    • Change The second hit has less knockback scaling (130 → 120), improving its combo potential but worsening its KO power.
    • Change The first hit sends at lower angles (86°/78°/74° → 74°/80°/68°). Two of its hitboxes send grounded opponents at lower angles as well (86°/78° → 68°/74°).
    • Nerf The first hit has smaller hitboxes (5.0u/6.5u/5.5u → 6.0/4.0/3.5), slightly reducing its range.
    • Change The second hit has altered hitbox sizes (4.8u/6.0u/5.0u → 5.2/6.0/3.8). This makes it easier to connect from afar, but slightly harder to connect up close.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Sweetspotted Knee Smash deals more damage (19% → 22%), albeit with a little bit of its knockback scaling compensated (93 → 81). This damage increase also makes it much harder to punish on landing if shielded.
    • Buff Sweetspotted Knee Smash hitbox is larger (3u → 3.75u)
    • Buff The move's reduced landing lag increases the usefulness of its late hit's bonus trip chance, allowing Captain Falcon to get true followups if it trips the opponent.
  • Back aerial:
    • Nerf It deals less knockback (25 base/100 scaling → 27/97), KOing slightly later.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff It has slightly less ending lag (FAF 34 → 32), improving its combo potential into itself.
    • Nerf It has one frame more startup and a shorter duration (frames 6-12 → 7-12).
    • Nerf It has a new animation which is noticeably longer than the previous animation (33 frames → 52). This increases the amount of time Captain Falcon cannot grab the ledge after using the move.
    • Nerf It has one frame more landing lag (9 frames → 10). Combined with the decreased shieldstun for aerial attacks, this makes it much less safe on shield.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (clean: 11%/10% → 10%/9%; late: 10%/9% → 9%/8%).
    • Change The clean hit has more base knockback, but less knockback scaling (16 base/100 scaling → 20/96) and sends at a lower angle (70° → 66°). Combined with its lower damage, these changes improve its combo ability, but hinder its KO potential.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves down aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its reduced landing lag.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Change Falcon has altered swing animations for battering items like the Beam Sword, no longer performing a stab forward when using a forward smash. This applies to all except his dash attack.
  • Grabs:
    • Buff Standing and pivot grabs have less startup (standing: frame 7 → 6; pivot: frame 12 → 10).
    • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 31 → 36 (standing); 38 → 44 (dash); 37 → 39 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Due to Falcon's increased traction, dash grab does not cause him to retain as much horizontal momentum. This significantly decreases its range.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.3%).
    • Change It deals more hitlag (4 frames → 14), but has much less startup (frame 4 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 16 → 7).
    • Change It has an altered animation where Captain Falcon strikes the opponent with his left knee, somewhat resembling his Knee Smash.
  • Forward throw:
    • Nerf Forward throw's first hit deals less damage (5% → 3.5%; 9% → 7.5% total).
    • Nerf Due to Falcon's increased traction no longer allowing him to retain horizontal momentum during the throw, it has lost its combo potential.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw's first hit deals less damage (5% → 3.5%; 9% → 7.5% total).
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw's release deals more damage (3% → 5%; 7% → 9% total), allowing it to KO more reliably at high percents despite its reduced knockback (80 base/110 scaling → 68/100) and very slightly lower angle (85° → 84°).
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw has less base knockback (80 → 65), but more knockback scaling (45 → 70). Combined with Falcon's increased traction no longer allowing him to retain horizontal momentum during the throw, this hinders its combo potential past low and mid percents despite its higher angle (65° → 68°); most notably, this removes his semi-guaranteed setups into forward aerial at high percents.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 10%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Falcon Punch:
    • Buff It has less ending lag when not reversed (FAF 110 → 104).
    • Buff It has significantly altered knockback (grounded/aerial/aerial reversed: 0 base/90 scaling → 93/59; grounded reversed: 0 base/90 scaling → 85/65). This makes it no longer unsafe on hit at low percents (as in previous games), and significantly increases its KO power despite its reduced knockback scaling (for reference, it can KO middleweights at 55% from the center of Final Destination).
      • Nerf However, this results in its usefulness in Home-Run Contest being reduced yet again, being the least useful in this game than in any other game the mode appears in.
    • Buff Both versions have larger hitboxes (grounded/reversed: 4.0u/2.5u/3.5u → 4.5/2.5/4.0; aerial/aerial reversed: 4.6u/2.875u/4.025u → 5.175/2.875/4.6).
    • Buff Falcon slides backwards slightly at the end of the move, somewhat improving its safety, especially on shield.
    • Nerf Falcon Punch does not move Falcon as far when performing the move, slightly reducing its range despite its larger hitboxes.
    • Change Like several other powerful attacks in the game, Falcon Punch triggers Special Zoom when it successfully hits an opponent.
    • Change Falcon Punch's flames are more pronounced and better resemble an actual falcon model than in Smash 4. In addition, the falcon particle effect lingers for much longer.
  • Raptor Boost:
    • Buff Both versions deal more damage (9% grounded/8% aerial → 10% both), with knockback not compensated on the aerial version, improving the meteor smash's KO potential.
    • Buff Grounded Raptor Boost has less startup (inert detector: frame 16 → 10), and less ending lag if it misses (FAF 80 → 72).
    • Buff Falcon has damage-based armor (10%, 12% in 1v1) on the grounded version right before the uppercut comes out (frames 1-5), akin to how Heavy Raptor Boost in Smash 4 had Super Armor. This improves its use for zonebreaking, although the active armor frames make it difficult to use reliably.
    • Buff The uppercut has a reduced hitlag multiplier (2.0x → 1.5x), making it harder to DI.
    • Nerf The uppercut has more startup (frame 4 → 5).
      • Buff However, it has much less ending lag (FAF 36 → 28) and has gained a hitstun modifier of 3, combined with Falcon's faster jumpsquat it greatly improves its combo potential.
    • Buff Aerial Raptor Boost no longer causes helplessness or landing lag if the overhand is activated, increasing its safety.
    • Buff One of the overhand's sourspots has been removed, with the meteor smash hitbox having the highest priority, improving its reliability.
    • Change The uppercut sends deals much less knockback (100 base/75 scaling → 82/30). This significantly improves its combo potential, although it significantly reduces its KO power, no longer KOing opponents at realistic percentages.
    • Nerf The uppercut has altered hitboxes, which are attached to Falcon's body (startup: 7.0u → 6.0/5.5; ending: 7.0u → 4.5). This reduces its range.
    • Change The move has a slightly altered animation.
  • Falcon Dive:
    • Buff It covers more horizontal range and travels higher, and reversing it no longer decreases its horizontal distance.
    • Buff It has less landing lag (30 frames → 24).
    • Buff One of the move's grabboxes has increased size (4.5u → 5.0), and a higher position (Y-axis displacement: 12.0 → 13.0), improving the move's protection from above, as well as its reach, while only marginally reducing its consistency against grounded opponents.
    • Buff The throw has less ending lag (FAF 61 → 55).
    • Buff The throw deals more damage (12% → 13%; 17% → 18% total) and has altered knockback (40 base/82 scaling → 85/62). Overall, this improves its KO potential.
    • Buff The hitbox when Falcon latches onto an opponent deals knockback to bystanders (50 base/100 scaling, at an angle of 361), instead of simply damaging them, making the move safer to use in doubles or free-for-alls.
    • Bug fix Connecting with the throw no longer gives RCO lag.
    • Change Falcon Dive has Captain Falcon flash with an orange tint when grabbing an opponent. It additionally has a new animation, in which he grabs his opponent with one hand while leaning more similar to Dark Dive in SSB4 onward, and the flip after grabbing an opponent has him spin slightly.
    • Change The move's sound effects no longer cut off when grabbing an opponent.
  • Falcon Kick:
    • Buff Grounded Falcon Kick has less startup (frame 18 → 13), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 74 → 69).
    • Buff The grounded version's clean hit deals more damage (13% → 15%), all of its hits have more knockback scaling (clean: 60 → 84; mid: 40 → 60; late: 60 → 65), and they launch at a much more horizontal angle (clean: 80° → 52°; mid: 68° → 52°; late: 50° → 46°). This increases its KO ability overall, with the clean hit remaining mostly the same from center stage save for its angle, which allows it to KO earlier near edges.
    • Buff Aerial Falcon Kick has much less landing lag (48 frames → 36), making it safer as a landing option.
    • Buff The aerial version deals more knockback (clean: 40 base/60 scaling → 80/52; mid/late: 40 base/65 scaling → 80/46; landing: 20 scaling → 35). This improves the clean hit's KO potential (KOing at around 150% from center stage) and makes the entire move safer on hit.
    • Buff The aerial version's landing hit sends at a lower angle (80 → 60). This makes it harder to punish.
    • Nerf The aerial version's mid and late hits deal less damage (mid: 13% → 12%; late: 11% → 9%). This worsens their KO potential despite their higher knockback.
  • Blue Falcon:
    • Nerf The starting hit has smaller hitboxes (19.0u/22.0u/19.0u → 16.0/18.0/16.0) with altered displacements (hitbox 0: 10.0 Z-axis displacement → 13; hitbox 2: 50.0 Z-axis displacement → 45). This significantly reduces its range, especially right in front of Falcon.
    • Nerf The finishing hit has significantly lower knockback scaling (165 → 135), no longer being a potential One-hit KO, and rendering it fairly average in strength overall, even despite the general nerfs to final smashes in general.
    • Change Blue Falcon releases flames on both sides when the Blue Falcon itself is on the racetrack, making it appear much like a falcon itself.
    • Change The track Captain Falcon drives on sports a new design with no side rails, better matching the rail-less sections of F-Zero race tracks.

Update history[edit]

Captain Falcon has been significantly buffed by game updates so far. In update 3.1.0, back aerial's knockback was increased, which slightly restored its KO potential after it was initially nerfed in the transition from Smash 4. Knee Smash's sweetspot and Falcon Kick's clean hit were both made easier to land, thanks to adjustments to their hitboxes. Captain Falcon's close range options and combo game were also improved: forward tilt's base knockback was increased, up tilt's lag was decreased, and Raptor Boost's uppercut gained a marginal decrease to its start-up lag alongside increases to its hitstun and the damage threshold of its armor. In 8.0.0, Raptor Boost was buffed again; the grounded version has a longer horizontal range, its old Smash 4 launch angle and decreased its knockback, allowing combos to start quicker and extend into further percents, as well as the meteor hitbox being more consistent. Additionally, down tilt and up smash were given increased knockback, dash attack has less ending lag, and Falcon Kick is much quicker and stronger on the clean hit, making it a better burst option. He was among the many characters that received a shield buff in update 7.0.0, but he also gained a small jab buff that allows it to connect better.

Overall, Captain Falcon fares much better than he did at the beginning of the metagame, however due to online tournaments currently being more prominent, his true viability still remains unknown.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Forward tilt deals more base knockback (50 → 60).
  • Buff Up tilt has less startup lag (frame 17 → 14) with identical ending lag, shortening its duration (FAF 40 → 37).
  • Buff Forward aerial's sweetspot is larger (3.0u → 3.75u).
  • Buff Back aerial deals slightly more knockback (25 base/94 scaling → 27/97).
  • Buff Raptor Boost's uppercut has less startup lag (frame 6 → 5).
  • Buff Raptor Boost's armor has a higher damage threshold (8% → 10%).
  • Buff Grounded Raptor Boost deals more hitstun (+0 → +3).
  • Buff Falcon Kick's clean hit has a longer hitbox duration, with the total duration of the attack being the same (frames 15-17 (grounded), 16-18 → 16-20 (aerial)).

Technical changelist 3.1.0

Changed Before After
Up tilt frame 1-16 No frame speed multiplier FSM: 0.8125×
Raptor Boost frame 1-7 No frame speed multiplier FSM: 0.8×

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased by 1.05×.
  • Buff The hitbox on neutral attack's first hit that launches opponents towards Captain Falcon has higher priority than one of the hitboxes that launches them away. This makes it more likely to pull opponents towards Falcon, allowing it to link better into the second hit.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 38 → 35), improving its combo potential. It has a lower shieldstun multiplier (1.875× → 1.5×), which fully compensates for the clean hit's advantage on shield, but not the late hit's, making the latter slightly safer on shield.
  • Buff Down tilt has more knockback scaling (80 → 86).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff The second hit has more knockback scaling (72/74/80 → 80/81/88).
  • Raptor Boost:
    • Buff The uppercut launches at a higher angle (76° → 85°) and has much less knockback scaling (52 → 30). This allows it to combo at a wider percent range, including a read into Knee Smash.
    • Buff The uppercut's innermost hitbox stretches much farther horizontally (Z offset: 5.5u → 5.5u—12.5u), increasing its range.
    • Buff The overhand's meteor hitbox has the highest priority, making the move easier to meteor smash with.
  • Falcon Kick:
    • Buff Falcon Kick has less startup (frame 15 (grounded)/16 (aerial) → 13/14), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 71 → 69 (grounded, landing), 68 → 66 (grounded, off-edge), 59 → 57 (aerial)).
    • Buff The clean hit has more knockback scaling (84 → 88 (grounded), 52 → 57 (aerial)).

Moveset[edit]

For a gallery of Captain Falcon's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   1.5% Two straight punches followed by a knee strike. Alternatively, the first two punches can be followed by a series of punches, culminating in an underhand punch that has very high base knockback. The knee strike has incredibly high knockback for a neutral attack, killing Mario at the edge of Final Destination at 140%. The infinite and underhand punch have deceptively high range, being able to reach fighters slightly further out than his normal two-punch knee strike. The first two hits can also lock, but it is hard to do so due to its higher hitbox.
1.5%
5%
0.6% (loop), 3% (last)
Forward tilt   10% (foot), 9% (leg) A roundhouse kick that can be angled. The move has a sweetspot on Captain Falcon's foot and a slightly weaker sourspot on his leg. It is one of his best neutral options; it is a bit slower than neutral attack, but has more range over it, and can start tech chase situations at mid percents. Angling the move increases its damage, and angling down allows it to hit short characters effectively, which Captain Falcon struggles with.
9% (foot), 8% (leg)
10% (foot), 9% (leg)
Up tilt Wheel Kick 11% An axe kick that travels in a very circular motion. It has good vertical range in front of him and the ability to meteor smash both grounded and aerial opponents. Useful for creating grounded combos or hitting opponents trying to recover high. However, it has high startup lag for a tilt.
Down tilt   10% A sweep kick with horizontal knockback, making it useful for edgeguarding because of this trajectory, as well as its kill power and ability to hit ledge hangs. Has high starting lag for a tilt.
Dash attack   10% (clean), 6% (late) A shoulder tackle that grants a lot of forward distance. Useful for punishing landings and can occasionally start combos due to its diagonal trajectory and speed, but it is punishable on shield like most dash attacks. It has increased knockback compared to the previous installment, making it a situational KOing move.
Forward smash   20% Rears back and performs a lunging backhanded punch while posing, which has a flame effect. It has high starting and ending lag, but the move has high range since Captain Falcon rears back, which can cause other moves to completely whiff. It has high KO power and can also can be angled, increasing its damage slightly.
19%
20%
Up smash   7%/12% (hit 1), 14%/13% (hit 2) Performs a 540 kick. A potent move that despite its slow startup, has low ending lag and deceptive horizontal range. Both hits deal more damage at the upper portion of Captain Falcon's leg. Though it has very good knockback, at low to mid percents, it can combo into an up aerial against fast-fallers. Due to hitting twice and having leg intangibility, it also can contest aerial approaches. However, both hits are much harder to land on platforms.
Down smash   14% (hit 1), 18% (hit 2) Kicks forward and then backward. The back kick is more powerful than the front kick and makes the move useful for roll reads. Unlike most down smashes, it cannot hit ledge hangs, although it compensates by having decent horizontal range and somewhat low ending lag.
Neutral aerial   4% (hit 1), 6% (hit 2) Kicks forward twice. It is a reliable follow-up to his down throw at mid-percents, and transitions faster than the version in SSB4. The first hit has vertical knockback on grounded opponents, intended to reliably lead into the second hit, but if Falcon lands with only the first hit, it becomes a viable combo starter that can combo into his aerials, even his Knee Smash at mid-high percents. Also an effective edge guard tool, due to being a multi-hit and having decent kill power offstage.
Forward aerial Knee Smash 22% (clean sweet spot), 6% (clean sour spot), 3% (late) Captain Falcon's renowned Knee Smash. It has very high knockback and an electric effect if sweetspotted, but is incredibly weak if sourspotted or hit with the late hit. It deals massive shield damage and has respectable landing lag, making it an excellent shield-pressuring tool if aimed well. Also used as a combo finisher or hard read tool against airborne opponents, such as if they air dodge predictably.
Back aerial   13% (clean), 8% (late) A quick backhanded strike. Low landing lag, making it one of Captain Falcon's best approach options. The move has good power, and it can combo into a dash attack or grab on landing at low percents. Due to Falcon's high air speed, it can even perform a wall of pain at low-mid percents offstage.
Up aerial Overhead Kick 10%/9% (clean), 9%/8% (late) A flip kick. Has fast startup with a decently long duration, good all-around range (though not directly below him), low ending lag, minimal landing lag, low base knockback and autocancels in a short hop. All these factors make it a great combo starter, which can combo into itself, down aerial at low-mid percents, Knee Smash at higher percents, and Falcon Dive near the blast zone. The last frames of the move send at a more horizontal angle, which can combo into back aerial.
Down aerial   14% Performs a double foot stomp. Meteor smashes when sweetspotted at his legs and sends opponents horizontally if sourspotted at his hips. It can lock opponents at low to mid percents, and when it starts bouncing opponents off the ground, can combo into Knee Smash.
Grab   Reaches out with his right hand. While Captain Falcon's dash grab is significantly shorter, it can no longer whiff up close since characters are not able to run through each other in Ultimate.
Pummel   1.3% Jabs the opponent with his left knee.
Forward throw   3.5% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Punches the enemy, sending them forward diagonally. It can easily be followed up with a dash attack at low percentages, and KO at higher percents around 159% from the edge of Final Destination.
Back throw   3.5% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Puts the enemy behind him and kicks them backward, knocking them back diagonally. His best kill throw horizontally, KOing middleweights at around 147% at the edge of Final Destination with DI.
Up throw   4% (hit 1), 5% (throw) Holds the enemy up and punches them upward with his left hand. Can kill off the top, useful for when Captain Falcon is not in the position for forward or back throws to kill. It KOs middleweights at around 181% on Final Destination.
Down throw   6% Swings the foe overhead and then slams them on the ground with a single arm. Alongside Raptor Boost and the first hit of neutral aerial, this is one of Captain Falcon's main combo starters, being capable of starting combos into neutral aerial and back aerial at low percents, up aerial at a wide range of percents, and even forward aerial at specific percentages as a KO setup.
Floor attack (front)   7% Kicks behind himself with one leg, then performs a flip to kick in front of himself with the same leg before standing up.
Floor attack (back)   6% Performs a breakdance-esque rotation, kicking out with both legs to hit both sides of himself before standing up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Punches both sides of himself while getting up.
Edge attack   10% Pulls himself up from the ledge and kicks with his right leg.
Neutral special Falcon Punch 25% (grounded), 28% (grounded reverse), 22% (aerial), 25% (aerial reverse) Winds up and releases his iconic fiery punch, yelling "Falcon... Punch!" while doing so. Turning around while using the move increases its power, but slightly increases its startup lag, while landing an aerial punch lowers its power. The grounded version can KO middleweights at around 50% from the center of Final Destination, a strong increase over its SSB4 iteration. Inputting up or down on the control pad when Captain Falcon is performing an aerial Falcon Punch will result in a very small boost in that direction.
Side special Raptor Boost 10% Dashes forward, performing an uppercut on the ground if the move connects with an opponent or an overhand in the air. The aerial version meteor smashes aerial opponents if they are directly below Falcon. On the ground, Captain Falcon is granted 10% (12% in 1v1) Damage-based armor right before the hit connects, on frames 1-5. The move will now deal the same damage regardless of whether it is performed on the ground or in the air. The aerial version will leave Captain Falcon helpless if the move does not connect against opponents. Unlike the version in SSB4, Raptor Boost is not a KO option due to its low knockback, but it is much better at comboing into his aerials (including Knee Smash at certain percents) and even up tilt at mid-percents at the ledge. It can even confirm into up aerial at high percents as of 8.0.0.
Up special Falcon Dive 5% (hit 1), 13% (throw) Leaps upward and grabs any opponent that comes in range, launching them away with an explosion. If successful, Captain Falcon will flip backward while shouting "Yes!", and he can use the move again instead of becoming helpless. This is Falcon's main recovery move and works as an out-of-shield option despite its moderate startup due to being a command grab and dealing high knockback. It also serves as a risky combo finisher offstage.
Down special Falcon Kick 15%/11%/7% (grounded), 15%/12%/9% (aerial), 9% (landing) Bursts forward with a flaming high-speed kick, shouting "Falcon Kick!" while he does so. If used on the ground, he will travel horizontally. If used in the air, he will plunge down at a diagonal angle. The move gets weaker as it continues, though the early hits have KO potential.
Final Smash Blue Falcon 10% (hit 1), 20% (hit 2), 10% (throw) Calls in the Blue Falcon, which flies through the stage in front of him. If the Blue Falcon hits any opponents, a short cutscene plays where Captain Falcon is seen piloting the Blue Falcon, and he then runs over the caught opponents and sends them flying. Characters who are not hit during a successful attempt will stay in place (as they cannot be visible at this time) until the end of the move. Like certain other Final Smashes, if no one is hit when the Blue Falcon appears, the attack fails.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Captain Falcon jumps out of his ship, the Blue Falcon after it flies into the stage. The Blue Falcon then speeds off. Like in previous games, Captain Falcon has the unique property where his jumping animation will differ based on facing direction (a simple vaulting jump if facing right, and a front flip if facing left).

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Kneels while emitting a fiery aura, similarly to Falcon Dive's startup.
  • Side taunt: Thrusts his arm out and gestures for his opponent to come closer, exclaiming "Come on!"
  • Down taunt: Gives a salute to his right side while saying "Show me your moves!" When facing left, Captain Falcon extends his saluting arm behind him; this also shortens the taunt.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Leans forward and thrusts his arm out.
  • Similar to the first one, but he crouches slightly and thrusts his elbow out instead of his arm.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Kneels while briefly emitting a fiery aura, similarly to his up taunt and one of his SSB poses.
  • Up: Performs a 540 kick, then assumes a crouching fighting stance.
  • Right: Performs a hook kick, then a roundhouse kick, and then a hook kick before striking a pose.
An electric guitar-based cover of the short track that would play when a character finished a race in F-Zero GX.

In competitive play[edit]

Many players have noticed Captain Falcon's higher learning curve compared to Smash 4. As a result, his player base noticeably dropped, due to the fact that his once easy-to-use combos (which included his dash grab and footstool combos) became harder to use or were removed entirely as a result of the game's mechanics; the changes to his playstyle required players to be more cautious in the neutral game. Despite his lower playerbase, however, his perception was anything but bad, as initial opinions on him varied anywhere between a solid mid-tier to a solid high-tier character.

Captain Falcon has received numerous buffs throughout the game's lifespan that has gradually improved his perception over time: patch 3.1.0 made his options on his punish game more reliable, while patch 8.0.0 gave noteworthy improvements to improve his close quarters combat and his combo game. Due to these buffs, Captain Falcon has caught the attention of many players, such as ESAM, Marss, Dabuz, and Fatality, who consider him a solid high-tier character and much better than he was in the first year of Ultimate. While his overall representation is still relatively average compared to the rest of the cast, his results have begun to improve thanks to players such as Fatality and NickC.

Notable players[edit]

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.

Active[edit]

Inactive[edit]

Classic Mode: Up Close and Personal[edit]

Captain Falcon's congratulations screen.

Captain Falcon fights opponents who specialize in close-range combat. To fit with the theme, Captain Falcon fights Giga Bowser as his final boss, the one with by far the least amount of projectiles (one).

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Jungle Japes Battle for Storm Hill
2 Ganondorf GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Gerudo Valley Gerudo Valley
3 Ryu RyuHeadSSBU.png Suzaku Castle Ryu Stage
4 Roy RoyHeadSSBU.png Arena Ferox Attack - Fire Emblem
5 Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (x6) Coliseum The Devoted Horde Battle.
Mii Brawler costume combinations:
  • No headwear and Red Fighter Uniform
  • Ninja Headband and Orange Tracksuit
  • Ribbon Girl Mask and Ribbon Girl Outfit
  • No headwear and Green Fighter Uniform
  • Saki Amamiya Wig and Cyan Tracksuit
  • Spring Man Mask and Spring Man Outfit
6 Little Mac LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Boxing Ring Jogging / Countdown
Bonus Stage
Final Bowser BowserHeadSSBU.png, then Giga Bowser Final Destination King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3 (Bowser)
Giga Bowser (Giga Bowser)
A Maxim Tomato appears after defeating Bowser in the final round.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Captain Falcon has Fire Field (Remix) accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Captain Falcon in World of Light

Captain Falcon was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Captain Falcon was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. He attempted to escape in the Blue Falcon, but Galeem vaporized him and his vehicle before he could do so. He was then imprisoned by Galeem along with the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby). A puppet fighter of him can be seen behind Mario in the group of puppet fighters under Galeem's control.

Captain Falcon can be found early in the mode if the player goes through Villager's path instead of those of Marth and Sheik. He is in the middle of a racetrack that can only be traversed with the assistance of the Pico spirit.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
11
Captain Falcon SSBU.png
Captain Falcon
Attack
Attack
3,300 Port Town Aero Dive (Ω form) F-ZERO Medley


Spirit[edit]

Captain Falcon's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Captain Falcon in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
41
Bulletbill.png
Bullet Bill Super Mario Series Captain Falcon Team CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png (×4)
Attack
1,800 Mushroom Kingdom •Item Tidal Wave
•Item: Bullet Bill
•Certain items will appear in large numbers
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Airship Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3
141
Funky Kong Spirit.png
Funky Kong Donkey Kong Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
Neutral
9,000 Kongo Jungle •Item: Bullet Bill •The enemy is easily distracted by items Funky's Fugue
437
Machamp Spirit.png
Machamp Pokémon Series •Giant Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png (×2)
Grab
3,900 Wrecking Crew N/A •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power
•The enemy favors neutral attacks
•The enemy is giant
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (64)
447
Hitmonlee.png
Hitmonlee Pokémon Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png (×2)
Attack
3,600 Suzaku Castle N/A •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power Pokémon Gym/Evolution - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
487
Blaziken Spirit.png
Blaziken Pokémon Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
Attack
3,800 Coliseum •Uncontrollable Speed •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy is very fast and can't stop quickly
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire
597
Baba Spirit.png
Baba F-Zero Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
Attack
1,900 Big Blue N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased move speed
Dream Chaser
601
Blood falcon.png
Blood Falcon F-Zero Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png (×2)
Attack
9,400 Port Town Aero Dive N/A •The enemy's special moves have increased power
•The enemy favors special moves
•The enemy has increased move speed
Car Select
764
Zero MGS Spirit.png
Zero (Metal Gear Solid 3) Metal Gear Solid Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
Grab
3,500 Shadow Moses Island •Move Speed ↓ •You have reduced move speed after a little while Snake Eater
872
Duo.png
Duo Mega Man Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png (×2)
Shield
3,700 Wily Castle (Ω form) N/A •The enemy's neutral special has increased power
•The enemy has super armor and is hard to launch or make flinch
Stamina battle
We're Robots (Dr. Wily Stage 2)
984
Guile Spirit.png
Guile Street Fighter Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadGreenSSBU.png
Shield
13,700 Pilotwings (Ω form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Guile)
•Jump Power ↓
Stamina battle
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•All fighters have reduced jump power
Guile Stage Type A
995
Charlie Nash.png
Nash Street Fighter Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png
Grab
3,700 Halberd (Ship deck) •Metal Shift
•Jump Power ↓
•The enemy will occasionally turn metal when the enemy's at high damage
Stamina battle
Guile Stage
1,107
SPI-Fighting Alloy Team.png
Fighting Alloy Team Super Smash Bros. Series Captain Falcon Team CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png (×4)
Zelda Team ZeldaHeadBlueSSBU.png (×4)
Mario Team MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png (×4)
Kirby Team KirbyHeadGreenSSBU.png (×4)
Attack
3,300 Final Destination (Battlefield form) N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Cruel Smash Red Alloy
1,126
Mach rider.png
Mach Rider Mach Rider Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Shield
1,700 Port Town Aero Dive N/A •The enemy has increased move speed
•The enemy starts the battle with a Super Scope
Mach Rider
1,136
Eagle.png
Eagle Advance Wars Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png
Attack
1,800 Corneria •Defense ↑
•Attack Power ↑
•Item: Shooting Types
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
•The enemy starts the battle with a Staff
Garage
1,209
Drake Redcrest.png
Drake Redcrest Chibi-Robo! Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Tiny Metal R.O.B. ROBHeadCyanSSBU.png
Neutral
1,700 Living Room N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy's neutral special has increased power
•The enemy loves to taunt
ST01: Roll Out, Wonderful 100!
1,242
Nick.png
Nick Captain Rainbow Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png
Neutral
1,500 Fountain of Dreams •Assist Trophy Enemies (Takamaru)
•Item: Super Star
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Minor Circuit (Original) Captain Rainbow
1,279
Henry fleming codename steam.png
Henry Fleming Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
Attack
1,900 New Pork City (Battlefield form) •Item: Shooting Types •The enemy starts the battle with a Rage Blaster Trouble Brewing II
1,310
Ryuji Persona 5.png
Ryuji Sakamoto Persona Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
•Giant Mii Gunner MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 121?, Pirate Hat, Steampunk Getup, Black Outfit Color, No Voice)
Shield
4,800 Luigi's Mansion (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy starts the battle with a Home-Run Bat
Last Surprise
1,362
Kyo Kusanagi.png
Kyo Kusanagi THE KING OF FIGHTERS Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Attack
9,500 King of Fighters Stadium •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•All fighters have reduced jump power
ESAKA!! - KOF 2002 UM
1,372
Albert Wesker.png
Wesker Resident Evil Series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Attack
9,500 Norfair (Ω form) •Attack Power ↑
•Metal Shift
•Temporary Invincibility
•The enemy will occasionally be invincible
•The enemy will occasionally turn metal when the enemy's at high damage
Stamina battle
Theme of Solid Snake

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
260
Alfonzo Spirit.png
Alfonzo & Engineer Link The Legend of Zelda Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png
Attack
3,600 Spirit Train •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy's dash attacks have increased power
•The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy can deal damage by dashing into you
Full Steam Ahead Alfonzo
595
Jody Summer.png
Jody Summer F-Zero Series Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadRedSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
9,400 Big Blue N/A •The enemy has increased move speed and reduced weight White Land (Remix) Captain Falcon
604
Black Shadow.png
Black Shadow F-Zero Series Ganondorf GanondorfHeadGreySSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
Shield
13,500 Port Town Aero Dive (Battlefield form) •Sudden Damage •You'll occasionally take sudden damage after a little while Devil's Call in Your Heart Blood Falcon
1,306
Phantom Thieves Spirit.png
Phantom Thieves of Hearts Persona Series Joker JokerHeadSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadRedSSBU.png
Chrom ChromHeadBlackSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadBlackSSBU.png
Grab
13,300 Mementos (Haru Okumura background, hazards off) •Sudden Final Smash
•Item: Daybreak Parts
•The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash when the enemy's at high damage
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There Ryuji Sakamoto

Alternate costumes[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • A pre-release screenshot for the game shows Captain Falcon in his Blood Falcon costume, with the logo on the back reading "Hell Hawk"; in the final game, this is only true for the Japanese release of the game, as other languages translate it to "Blood Hawk".
  • Captain Falcon's fighter number, #11, is coincidentally his Vs. Mode unlock number; he is the only character in Ultimate with this distinction.
  • Although most characters from the original Super Smash Bros. are numbered by their debut game's original release date, Captain Falcon and Ness can be considered an exception; F-Zero was originally released in 1990, four years before EarthBound. Additionally, in Super Smash Bros., Captain Falcon will always be fought first if the unlock conditions for both him and Ness are met simultaneously. However, it is also possible that Ness is numbered per the 1989 release date of EarthBound Beginnings, which is also how he is ordered in Brawl's All-Star Mode.
  • Captain Falcon's render pose greatly resembles Mario's pose in Brawl.
  • Captain Falcon and Mario are the only two characters to face Giga Bowser as their final boss in Classic Mode.
  • Oddly, no sound effect plays whenever a character gets hit by the lower hitbox of the first hit of Captain Falcon's up smash. This is due to the hitbox having no sound assigned in his moveset files.
  • On the character selection screen, the icon in the Japanese version shows Captain Falcon's name within only one row, while in the English version it is shown with two rows. He shares this trait with Mr. Game & Watch, Zero Suit Samus, Pokémon Trainer, Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina & Luma, the Mii Fighters, Piranha Plant and Banjo & Kazooie.
  • Interestingly, both of Captain Falcon's falling animations use the incorrect animation when moving forward and backward in midair. He uses his secondary falling animation when moving during his first falling animation and vice versa.
  • For Min Min's reveal trailer, Captain Falcon's voice actor, Ryō Horikawa, was brought back to record new voice effects of Captain Falcon eating. This is the first time Captain Falcon has received new voice sounds since Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64.