Captain Falcon (SSBU)

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Captain Falcon
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Captain Falcon SSBU.png
Universe F-Zero
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Blue Falcon
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 portrayal of Captain Falcon from Melee and Brawl were repurposed for Ultimate.

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.


Captain Falcon is a tall heavyweight character. However, despite his weight, he boasts outstanding mobility; he boasts the second fastest dash speed, the 6th fastest falling speed, along with the eleventh fastest air speed. Strangely, though, his walking speed and initial dash are rather slow.

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. 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 heavyweights also boasts excellent KO power, as well as 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, it is also long enough to punish spot dodges reliably. His up smash in particular even functions as a situational combo starter at low percentages, allowing Captain Falcon to deal huge amounts of damage off of a few hits. His forward, back, and down aerials deal high knockback, along with the formermost being a powerful semi-spike. His down tilt, while having noticeable startup, sends at a semi-spike angle with high knockback, and has low ending lag, making it not only a good spacing and poking tool, but also a great edgeguarding and KO move.

However, he has his weaknesses. Though he has numerous hard-hitting moves, most of them are difficult or slow to land, some prominent examples being his smash attacks. His Knee Smash is faster than those moves, but 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 his kills. Though his neutral game is good overall, his lack of a projectile leaves him susceptible to camping. His high weight and fast falling speed give him endurance, but they also leave him especially vulnerable to combos, and he has no fast options with which to break them.

Captain Falcon also has somewhat limited options from landing a grab. To begin with, his grabs' ranges are overall somewhat short despite his height, making it risky to throw out. His down throw, while a decent combo starter at low percentages, loses said combo potential very quickly at higher percentages. His forward and back throws don't have much other purposes other than KOing, with the former being relatively weak for a KO throw. His up throw has too high of ending lag in order to combo properly, and cannot KO too reliably at high percentages. Overall, while his grab game isn't outright useless, it doesn't have much reward past high percentages.

Captain Falcon's greatest problem lies in his recovery, despite having an impressive air speed. His two recovery options, Falcon Dive and Raptor Boost, are linear and do not grant enough distance, making them predictable and easily intercepted, and they have small ledge sweetspots. These two moves do not have hitboxes above him, leaving him open to meteor smashes, which he usually cannot survive due to his short recovery and 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 be launched back at him, leaving him very vulnerable to gimps and be KO'd. Although he has a wall jump, he will be in danger offstage without his double jump.

Overall, Captain Falcon fits into a huge rushdown playstyle; when combining his excellent mobility and combo game, he can string very long combos for huge amounts of damage. However, one must be cautious due to his noticeable susceptibility to combos.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Being considered a high tier character in Smash 4 (ranked 19th out of 55 characters), Captain Falcon has undergone a mixture of buffs and nerfs in his transition to Ultimate, but he was overall slightly nerfed. The dramatic increase in his learning curve suggests this.

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 making it safer for spacing; his up tilt consistently meteor smashing both grounded and aerial opponents, allowing for combos; 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. 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 and 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; 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, most notably with his Knee Smash, which deals far more damage if sweetspotted, 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 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, now travels significantly less distance as a result of his increased traction — a change that also affects his throws negatively, with his forward throw losing all its guaranteed combo potential, and down throw being much less reliable for combos at higher percents in combination with its altered knockback. Most importantly, the latter can no longer lead into semi-guaranteed KO confirms at high percents, nor can it force an option select at the ledge, where the appropriate DI for forward throw resulted in a KO from down throw and vice versa. 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. Another of Falcon's most nerfed moves is his up aerial; while it has slightly less ending lag, its increased landing lag compared to other aerials (which instead had it decreased) and lower damage weaken its punishability and KO setups, and the changes in knockback physics have slightly worsened the ability to chain into itself repeatedly. Adding to this, while his slower KO options were improved, his faster ones, such as back aerial and Raptor Boost, have been worsened, the latter no longer KOing 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 one of, if not, the slowest in the game, 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, while Captain Falcon's buffs have improved several of his options and punish game, the nerfs to the previous options he had in Smash 4 mean he has to take higher risks at approaching and optimizing their use, instead of constantly relying on a few safe options to rack up damage and set up KOs, which is more 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 significantly more cautious of their opponents in order to win the neutral game, which now gives him a higher learning curve compared to Smash 4, where he had a rather low learning curve. His representation in the early metagame of Ultimate has been relatively average, although he still has seen good amounts of success thanks to the efforts of notable players such as Fatality, NickC, and Ogey who continue to represent him in tournaments. As the meta progressed, his representation gradually improved, as some top players like Marss and Glutonny began to use him as secondaries. As of right now, he is considered by most players as an upper mid-tier character, although his true viability remains up for debate.


  • 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. His eyes 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.


  • 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 reintroduction of dash-dancing hurts Falcon's grounded movement due to possessing one of the slowest initial dashes in the game, 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 knee 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.
  • 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.
  • 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%).
    • 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 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 All grabs have less range on aerial opponents (standing/pivot: 3.3u → 1.65; dash: 2.6u → 1.3).
    • 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 → 29) and has gained a hitstun modifier of 3, greatly improving 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.
    • Nerf The uppercut sends at a lower angle (85° → 76°) and deals much less knockback (100 base/75 scaling → 82/55). While this improves its combo potential, it significantly reduces its KO power, no longer KOing opponents at realistic percentages without rage.
    • 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 → 15), with its total duration reduced as well (FAF 74 → 71).
    • 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 buffed by game updates so far. Update 3.1.0 gave him more noticeable buffs, while update 7.0.0 provided minor buffs for him. 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.

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 Raptor Boost deals more hitstun (+0 → +2).
  • 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.


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 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.
0.6% (loop), 3% (last)
Forward tilt   10% (foot), 9% (leg) A roundhouse kick that can be angled. The move has a sweet spot on Captain Falcon's foot and a slightly weaker sour spot on his leg. 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 ax kick that travels in a very circular motion. This move is very dangerous for opponents, as it is very quick, hard to punish, and meteor smashes both grounded and aerial opponents. Useful for creating grounded combos or hitting opponents jumping over the ledge and slightly high recoveries.
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 a 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 a high range since Captain Falcon rears back, which can cause other moves to completely whiff. It also can be angled, increasing its damage slightly.
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. At low to mid percents, it can combo into an up aerial against fast-fallers, and a decent anti-air due to hitting twice and having leg intangibility.
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-end 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. 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 sweet spotted, but is incredibly weak if sour spotted 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.
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 air at low-mid percents, and Falcon Dive near the blast zone.
Down aerial   14% Performs a double foot stomp. Meteor smashes when sweet spotted at his legs and sends opponents horizontally if sour spotted 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 does not cause him to slide as much, 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 at 0%, 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, thus making it better suited for starting aerial combos.
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 due to being a command grab and deals high knockback.
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).


  • 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 in transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate. 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. Initial opinions on him have varied between a solid mid-tier to a solid high-tier, but his perception started to rise after patch 3.1.0, which made his options on his punish game becoming more reliable. 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.



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 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
Captain Falcon SSBU.png
Captain Falcon
3,300 Port Town Aero Dive (Ω form) F-ZERO Medley


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
Bullet Bill Super Mario series Captain Falcon Team CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png (×4)
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
Funky Kong Spirit.png
Funky Kong Donkey Kong series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png
Diddy Kong DiddyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadYellowSSBU.png
9,000 Kongo Jungle •Item: Bullet Bill •The enemy is easily distracted by items Funky's Fugue
Machamp Spirit.png
Machamp Pokémon series •Giant Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png (×2)
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)
Hitmonlee Pokémon series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png (×2)
3,600 Suzaku Castle N/A •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power Pokémon Gym/Evolution - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
Blaziken Spirit.png
Blaziken Pokémon series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
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
Baba Spirit.png
Baba F-Zero series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
1,900 Big Blue N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased move speed
Dream Chaser
Blood falcon.png
Blood Falcon F-Zero series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png (×2)
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
Zero MGS Spirit.png
Zero (Metal Gear Solid 3) Metal Gear Solid series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Snake SnakeHeadBlackSSBU.png
3,500 Shadow Moses Island •Move Speed ↓ •You have reduced move speed after a little while Snake Eater
Duo Mega Man series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png (×2)
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)
Guile Spirit.png
Guile Street Fighter series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadGreenSSBU.png
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
Charlie Nash.png
Nash Street Fighter series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png
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
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)
3,300 Final Destination (Battlefield form) N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Cruel Smash Red Alloy
Mach rider.png
Mach Rider Mach Rider series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
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
Eagle Advance Wars series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png
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
Drake Redcrest.png
Drake Redcrest Chibi-Robo! series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Tiny Metal R.O.B. ROBHeadCyanSSBU.png
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!
Nick Captain Rainbow Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png
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
Henry fleming codename steam.png
Henry Fleming Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
1,900 New Pork City (Battlefield form) •Item: Shooting Types •The enemy starts the battle with a Rage Blaster Trouble Brewing II
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)
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
Kyo Kusanagi.png
Kyo Kusanagi THE KING OF FIGHTERS series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadSSBU.png
Donkey Kong DonkeyKongHeadWhiteSSBU.png
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
Albert Wesker.png
Wesker Resident Evil series Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
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
Alfonzo Spirit.png
Alfonzo & Engineer Link The Legend of Zelda series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png
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
Jody Summer.png
Jody Summer F-Zero series Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadRedSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,400 Big Blue N/A •The enemy has increased move speed and reduced weight White Land (Remix) Captain Falcon
Black Shadow.png
Black Shadow F-Zero series Ganondorf GanondorfHeadGreySSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png
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
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
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]

Captain Falcon Palette (SSBU).png
CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadRedSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadGreenSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadBlueSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadWhiteSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadYellowSSBU.png CaptainFalconHeadCyanSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[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.