Captain Falcon (SSBU)
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. Captain Falcon is classified as fighter #11.
Captain Falcon is once again voiced by Ryō Horikawa, using recycled voice clips from Brawl and Smash 4.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Captain Falcon must then be defeated on Port Town Aero Dive.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Captain Falcon has received a mix of buffs and nerfs from Smash 4 to Ultimate. Some of his moves have less reach (which means he has to fight even closer to his opponents), such as his new forward smash (which is worse overall, despite being stronger). Captain Falcon's biggest nerf, however, comes from the fact that his up aerial and down throw are much less reliable combo options due to their altered knockback. His dash grab also doesn't go as far and, like every other characters' grabs, it has been made slower. His up tilt's altered animation makes it more difficult to edgeguard opponents.
Nonetheless, he did receive some buffs. Notably, he benefits from Ultimate's engine (universal mobility increases), improving his already fantastic offense playstyle. His dash attack is now a situational KO option. Forward tilt has decreased start-up and ending lag and increased base knockback, making it better at spacing. His up smash has less ending lag (almost akin to Melee). Falcon's down smash has an altered animation that makes it easier to hit smaller/crouching opponents. Knee Smash deals significantly higher shield damage, now being able to break halfway depleted shields, and its sweetspot is easier to land. It also deals more damage, but with compensated knockback. His special moves were improved overall. Falcon Punch has significantly higher knockback, now regaining its power from Melee and Brawl (though its range was reduced yet again). Raptor Boost, despite no longer being a KO move, has less start-up, is now more of a zone breaker, combo starter (though due to its ending lag, it's still not very reliable) and no longer puts him into helpless if he hits someone, making it a better recovery move. Falcon Dive has significantly higher knockback, now being a reliable KO option and combo finisher just like in "64". It also retains Captain Falcon's momentum when used in the opposite direction. Lastly, Falcon Kick has less start-up and ending lag, and its initial hit launches opponents diagonally (which makes it better for KO'ing at the edge, but worsens its consistency at KO'ing).
Overall, Falcon has to fight even closer to the opponent, which is even more dangerous for him, since a larger number of characters are zoners in Ultimate. As such, Falcon players have to be significantly more cautious of their opponents in order win the neutral. Captain Falcon's representation in the early metagame of Ultimate has been below average, although he has seen some success thanks to the efforts of notable players such as Fatality, who continues to represent him in tournaments.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Up Close and Personal
Captain Falcon fights opponents who specialize in close-range combat.
Role 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).
Captain Falcon can be found in the mode if the player goes through Villager's path instead of those of Marth and Sheik, or can be accessed from the other two paths after the player clears the Molten Fortress. He is in the middle of a racetrack that can only be traversed with the assistance of the Pico spirit.
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 Samus 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.
Character Showcase Video
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