Duck Hunt (SSB4)

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Duck Hunt
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Duck Hunt
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Universe Duck Hunt
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash NES Zapper Posse
Tier D (37)
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Duck Hunt Takes Aim!
—Introduction tagline

Duck Hunt (ダックハント, Duck Hunt), rendered in-game as Duckhunt in the Japanese version and known as Duck Hunt Duo in the PAL version, are playable characters in Super Smash Bros. 4. After initially being leaked on August 19th, 2014 as part of the ESRB leak, and then being hinted at in a Director's Room Miiverse post on October 22nd, 2014,[1] Duck Hunt were officially announced during a Nintendo Direct on November 5th, 2014.[2] In addition to their titular game, Duck Hunt reference two other "Light Gun Series" games, Hogan's Alley and Wild Gunmen, via their neutral special move, side special move, and Final Smash.

Duck Hunt are currently ranked 37th out of 58 on the tier list, placing them in the D tier. Duck Hunt have a very capable zoning game thanks to their three versatile projectiles, with the remote controllable Trick Shot being especially useful. Their fast air speed and useful aerial attacks also grant them a decent air game, which in turn syncs well with their projectiles' ability to maintain stage control. Duck Hunt's frame data is also quite good: nearly all of their moves have less than 10 frames of start-up lag and possess very high knockback growth, which makes them fairly capable of warding off opponents in close quarters combat when necessary.

However, Duck Hunt's most glaring flaw is their KO potential, as their moveset's overall very high knockback growth is offset by their overall low damage output and overall very low base knockback. By extension, their smash attacks are infamously unreliable: despite having multiple hitboxes, respectable overall damage outputs, and the ability to increase their ranges via charging, their initial hitboxes' knockback and launching angles can result in opponents inadvertently evading their last hitboxes.

Due to Duck Hunt's above average falling speed and them being tied for the third lightest middleweights, their endurance is also unimpressive. By extension, their recovery's overall mediocrity compounds this flaw: although the dog is capable of wall jumping, and Duck Jump is a maneuverable recovery option that covers a decent amount of vertical and horizontal distance, Duck Jump is slow and offers no protection.

Although Duck Hunt's flaws have resulted in them attaining minimal tournament representation, they have achieved respectable tournament results regardless, thanks to You3, Dandy Penguin, ImHip, Raito, Brood and Ozone each achieving top 10 placings at the regional level. In addition, Dandy Penguin and ImHip have achieved top 10 placings at the national level, while Brood has taken a set a off of ZeRo. As a result of Duck Hunt achieving better results in comparison to a number of characters that are considered much better than them, their current tier placement is debatable.

How to unlock[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Play 110 VS Matches.
  • Complete Classic Mode with 8 characters.

After completing one of the two methods, Duck Hunt must then be defeated on Battlefield, even if their home stage of the same name is present in the game's system as of update 1.1.1.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

After completing one of the two methods, Duck Hunt must then be defeated on Duck Hunt.

Attributes[edit]

Duck Hunt are middleweights whose overall mobility is rather average. Their walking speed, air speed, falling speed, and air acceleration are quite fast, while their dashing speed is average. However, their gravity and traction are both low. Aside from these general attributes, the dog and duck each possess specific traits: the dog can crawl and wall jump, while the duck has a hurtbox just like the dog.

As their name in the PAL version suggests, Duck Hunt is not a single entity, but actually a team of characters like the Ice Climbers, the Pokémon Trainer, and Rosalina & Luma. In Duck Hunt's case, the team consists of the dog and a duck from Duck Hunt, as well as an off-screen hunter using the NES Zapper. The dog and duck comprise the majority of the team's moveset, such as using spins, paw swipes, headbutts, and pecks. The dog also initiates their neutral and down specials, Trick Shot and Wild Gunman, while the duck performs their up special, Duck Jump. Conversely, the hunter is involved with only five moves: their smash attacks, the remainder of Trick Shot, and their side special, Clay Shooting.

Duck Hunt's offensive special moves are oriented at zoning and stage control. Trick Shot is useful for not only playing mindgames, but also helping Duck Hunt with edge-guarding. However, the explosion also damages Duck Hunt, which forces careful spacing between them and the tin can. Clay Shooting's long range makes it useful for luring opponents from a distance, and especially for hindering an opponent's approach. Wild Gunman is best suited for mindgames like Trick Shot, and both moves can synchronize rather well with each other. Unlike Trick Shot, however, Wild Gunman has little offensive use because of its varying damage outputs, unimpressive knockback, and each gunman being unable to fire if they are dealt at least 5%. Another perk that each of Duck Hunt's offensive special moves is their inherent defensive capabilities: Trick Shot's tin can, Clay Shooting's clay pigeon, and Wild Gunman's gunmen are each able to block an opponent's projectiles, similarly to Link and Toon Link's Bombs. Lastly, Duck Jump is a maneuverable recovery option and covers a decent amount of vertical and horizontal distance.

Fittingly enough for a team with a bird, Duck Hunt's air game is perhaps the strongest aspect of their offense after their projectiles, and it typically synchronizes well with their projectiles, thanks to the latter's suitability for stage control. Their neutral aerial is useful for edge-guarding thanks to its minimal start-up lag and sex kick properties, while its clean hitbox is strong enough to reliably KO even on-stage opponents at reasonable percentages. Both their forward and back aerials are useful for edge-guarding, while the latter's sweetspot and their up aerial are also strong enough to KO reliably. Lastly, their down aerial is their most damaging aerial, and is able to meteor smash.

Although Duck Hunt's grounded attacks are less effective than their aerial attacks, they still have their uses. Their neutral attack is perhaps their best grounded attack: its neutral infinite is reliable for damage racking thanks to its hits connecting together reliably even at high percentages, while both its last hit and its infinite's finisher are reliable for spacing thanks to their very high knockback growth. Their up tilt is their only consistent combo starter, as it can combo into itself until almost 30% on middleweights, and even higher on heavyweights and fast-fallers depending on their DI. It can also act as a set-up for a short hopped up aerial, or even function as a situational KOing option at very high percentages. Down tilt is useful for launching Trick Shot's tin can back into the line of fire, dash attack has impressive range and decent power, and all of their smash attacks have good ranges and respectable power.

However, Duck Hunt possess glaring weaknesses. The most notable one is their KO potential: even though almost the entirety of their moveset has very high knockback growth, this is offset by their overall low damage output and overall very low base knockback. To compound this, their smash attacks are infamously inconsistent, as their initial hitboxes' very high knockback growth and unfavorable launching angles make it possible for opponents to inadvertently evade their concluding hitboxes. Duck Hunt's aerials do not fare much better: only their clean neutral, clean back, and up aerials have KO potential, while they and their forward and down aerials are best suited for edge-guarding because of their short ranges.

Duck Hunt's endurance is also unremarkable. In addition to their aforementioned above average falling speed, they are tied with Palutena as the third lightest middleweights in the game. This is further compounded by their overall recovery being mediocre at best, as Duck Jump's slow travel speed and lack of protection often forces the dog to wall jump. These traits also make Duck Hunt susceptible to rushdowns and combos, although their neutral aerial, Trick Shot, and Clay Shooting can somewhat help them alleviate these types of pressure.

While it is not as burdensome as their KO potential and recovery, Duck Hunt's grab game is nevertheless a mixed bag. Their grabs' ranges are deceptively long, their pummel is among the most damaging in the game, and their forward and back throws can help them launch an opponent into Trick Shot's trajectory if they initially dodged the tin can. Forward throw can also combo into a dash attack beginning at 0%, and then into a dashing, short hopped forward aerial from very low percentages to medium percentages. However, none of their throws possess KO potential, down throw is extremely ineffective at starting combos, and their pummel is tied with Mega Man's as the fourth slowest in the game.

Duck Hunt possess a few notable custom moves. Zigzag Shot is very unpredictable and travels an impressive distance upward. When the shots are timed correctly, it functions as a capable, albeit gimmicky, KOing option. Super Duck Jump covers more vertical distance and has a windbox that pushes away nearby opponents, but has more start-up lag and covers almost no horizontal distance. The variations of Wild Gunman are the most promising, however: Quick Draw Aces makes Duck Hunt's zoning game more powerful and even more difficult to counter at the cost of covering less distance, whereas Mega Gunman's improved defense and larger hurtbox grants them a way to ward off pressure at the cost of weakening their zoning and stage control games.

Overall, Duck Hunt's projectiles make them very capable at maintaining a strong defensive presence and playing mindgames. However, due to relying heavily on their projectiles in order to maintain an offensive presence, Duck Hunt can be very vulnerable to characters that can counteract them, such as those capable of reflection. As a result, players must also properly synchronize their projectiles with their useful air game in order to maintain a precise, varied, and pressuring offensive presence both on the ground and in the air.

Update history[edit]

Duck Hunt have received a handful of buffs via game updates. Update 1.0.8 made their neutral aerial safer by decreasing its landing lag. Update 1.1.0 improved the utility of their neutral attack's last hit, and slightly improved their forward smash's reliability by increasing the sizes of its second and last hitboxes. However, this same update also slightly toned down their neutral infinite's damage racking potential. Lastly, update 1.1.5 slightly improved Duck Hunt's KO potential by marginally increasing the knockback growth of their smash attacks' last hits.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.8

  • Buff Neutral aerial's landing lag decreased: 22 frames → 17.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.0

  • Change Neutral attack's first and second hits have received two hitboxes with differing angles.
  • Buff Neutral attack's third hit deals 1% more damage: 4% → 5%, has increased knockback: 40 (base)/125 (growth) → 50/130, its hitbox size increased: 5u → 5.8u, and its vertical displacement increased: 4.5u → 5.5u.
  • Nerf Neutral infinite's finisher hitbox no longer stretches vertically.
  • Buff Forward smash's second and third hits' hitbox sizes increased: 4.5u (second)/5.1u (third) → 5.2u/7u.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.5

  • Buff Forward smash's third hit has higher knockback growth: 123 → 125.
  • Buff Up smash's third hit has higher knockback growth: 110 → 112.
  • Buff Down smash's third hit has higher knockback growth: 153 → 155.

Moveset[edit]

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% The dog performs a paw swipe, followed by a headbutt, followed by a two-footed side kick performed from the baby freeze, a variation of the freeze breakdancing move. If button mashed, the duck pecks repeatedly at alternating angles, and then thrusts its wings and beak forward. It is one of Duck Hunt's most useful moves, thanks to its damage racking and spacing potentials.
3%
5%
1% (loop), 3% (last)
Forward tilt   8% The dog leans on his chest and forepaws in order to thrust his lower back forward and propel the duck, who performs a peck. It can be angled and is decent for spacing, while its horizontal angle allows it to propel a Trick Shot can a long distance forward.
Up tilt   7% The dog leans on his chest and forepaws in order to thrust his lower back upward and propel the duck, who performs an upward headbutt while thrusting its wings upward. It can combo into itself from 0%-28% on middleweights (and up to 35% on heavyweights and fast-fallers), into an up smash and into a short hopped neutral aerial at low percentages, and into a short hopped up aerial at medium percentages. In addition to its combo potential, its very high knockback growth enables it to KO middleweights at 164%. However, it has very minimal horizontal range, which forces Duck Hunt to practically stand next to a grounded opponent in order to land it.
Down tilt   8% The dog swings his lower back forward to propel the duck, who performs a turning peck. Due to being a semi-spike, it is very useful for moving Trick Shot's tin can while it is in front of themselves, especially since it launches the can faster than pressing the special button does. It is also decent for shield stabbing. Despite being a semi-spike, its average damage output and below average knockback growth make it unsuitable for edge-guarding.
Dash attack   10% (clean), 7% (late) The dog slides onto his chest and forepaws in order to thrust his lower back forward and propel the duck, who performs a peck. It covers a fair amount of distance and its very high base knockback makes it decent at warding off an opponent. However, it has noticeable ending lag.
Forward smash   4% (hits 1-2), 9% (hit 3), 17% (all hits connect) The dog barks to signal the off-screen hunter to fire the NES Zapper three times in front of the dog and duck while they comically dodge the shots. It is a semi-spike and the longer it is charged, the larger its range becomes. However, its first two hits are unreliable, as their angles and very high knockback growth can occasionally launch opponents too early, and thus allow them to evade its last hit. As a result, it is preferable to space accordingly in order to simply use the last hit when attempting to score a KO. Its last hit KOs middleweights at 111% while near the edge.
Up smash   2% (hit 1), 2.4% (hit 2), 10% (hit 3), 14.4% (all hits connect) The dog looks upward to signal the off-screen hunter to fire the NES Zapper upward three times while the dog and duck comically dodge the shots. Like forward smash, its range increases the longer it is charged. Although its first two hits are unreliable because of their angles and very high knockback growth, they are slightly more reliable compared to forward smash and down smash's first two hits. Its last hit KOs middleweights at 134%.
Down smash   5% (hits 1-2), 6% (hit 3), 16% (all hits connect) The dog looks at the ground to signal the off-screen hunter to fire at both sides while the dog and duck comically dodge the shots. Its first and last hits are in front of the dog, while the second hit is behind him. Its last hit launches the opponent behind the dog, and as a result, Duck Hunt must face away from the edge when attempting to use this move in order to properly launch the opponent off-stage. Like forward and up smashes, its range increases the longer it is charged, but its first two hits are unreliable because of their angles and very high knockback growth. Its last hit KOs middleweights at 124% while near the edge.
Neutral aerial   11% (clean), 5% (late) The dog performs a cartwheel. It functions like a sex kick and it hits on frame 6, which ties it with up aerial for the lowest amount of start-up lag out of Duck Hunt's aerials. When coupled with its clean hitbox's decent damage output and very high knockback growth, it is decent at breaking out of combos and juggles, and is strong enough to KO middleweights at 126% while near the edge. However, its late hitbox has no KO potential.
Forward aerial   6.5% (duck), 10% (duck's beak), 7.5% (late duck's beak) The dog thrusts his lower back forward to propel the duck, who performs a corkscrew peck. It hits on frame 7, which ties it with back aerial for the lowest amount of start-up lag out of Duck Hunt's aerials. In addition, it has the lowest amount of landing lag out of Duck Hunt's aerials. When coupled with its range and the duck's beak functioning as a sweetspot, it is useful for spacing, edge-guarding, and aerial follow-ups. However, its sweetspot's average damage output and knockback growth make it unsuitable for KOing outright.
Back aerial   10% (duck), 12% (duck's beak), 10.5% (late duck's beak) The dog thrusts his lower back backward to propel the duck, who performs a turning peck. It hits on frame 7, which ties it with forward aerial for the lowest amount of start-up lag out of Duck Hunt's aerials. Like forward aerial, the duck's beak is a sweetspot, though it is much stronger in comparison, to the point that it will KO middleweights at 125% while near the edge. However, its other hitboxes have much lower KO potential, and it has the second highest amount of landing lag out of Duck Hunt's aerials.
Up aerial   3% (hits 1-2), 6% (hit 3) The duck pecks upward three times while carrying the dog in tow. It hits on frame 6, which ties it with neutral aerial for the lowest amount of start-up lag out of Duck Hunt's aerials. Its last hit has the highest knockback growth out of Duck Hunt's aerials, which makes it strong enough to KO middleweights at 123% while near the upper blast line. It also auto-cancels with a short hop.
Down aerial   5% (hit 1), 10% (hit 2) The dog somersaults to propel the duck, who performs a somersaulting peck. It has an excellent auto-cancel window, which allows it to auto-cancel even after fast falling at the peak of their double jump. Its second hit can also meteor smash airborne opponents. However, landing before the second hit comes out results in Duck Hunt enduring very high ending lag, which makes it unsafe to use before landing.
Grab   The dog bites the opponent and holds them with his mouth. Despite their animations, Duck Hunt's grabs have deceptively long ranges, especially their pivot grab.
Pummel   3% The duck performs a headbutt. It is one of the most damaging pummels in the game, but is tied with Mega Man's pummel as the fourth slowest in the game.
Forward throw   8% The dog rears his head back and sways it forward to throw the opponent. It can combo into a dash attack or Clay Shooting from 0% to very low percentages, and a forward aerial from low to medium percentages. It can also be used to throw an opponent toward Trick Shot's tin can if the tin can is still on-stage.
Back throw   9% The dog spins around to throw the opponent. It is Duck Hunt's most damaging throw and, like forward throw, it can be used to throw the opponent into the trajectory of Trick Shot's tin can if it is still on-stage.
Up throw   6% The dog performs a handstand kick. It can lead into an up aerial at low percentages. Despite having the highest knockback growth out of Duck Hunt's throws, it lacks KO potential because of its low damage output.
Down throw   5% The dog sways his head downward to slam the opponent onto the ground. It is Duck Hunt's least damaging throw, but can function as a set-up into up aerial at high percentages for a potential KO combo. Outside of this, it can combo into Trick Shot and a forward aerial at low to medium percentages. However, these combos are largely ineffective, as the former is risky because of Trick Shot's explosion also being capable of harming Duck Hunt, whereas the latter requires a hard read.
Floor attack (front)   7% The duck pecks on either side of the dog.
Floor attack (back)   7% The duck headbutts behind the dog and then in front of the dog.
Floor attack (trip)   5% The duck pecks behind the dog and then in front of the dog.
Edge attack   7% The dog climbs up and leans on his chest and forepaws in order to thrust his lower back forward to propel the duck, who performs a peck.
Neutral special Default Trick Shot 8% (explosion), 1.8%-2% (contact) The dog kicks away a tin can from the Hogan's Alley game mode of the same name. The can is explosive and subsequent neutral special button presses alert the player with the Zapper to shoot the can forward. After enough button presses, the can starts to emit smoke and will then explode. The can is able to be manipulated by the dog and duck's attacks outside of the special button. However, this also applies to the opponent's attacks, while the explosion will also hurt the dog and duck if it hits them. It is Duck Hunt's best edge-guarding option, and KOs middleweights at 145% while near the left/right blast lines.
Custom 1 High-Explosive Shot 7%/12% (explosion), 1% (contact) The tin can is kicked only once upon its initial activation. It covers greater distance, travels faster, and can potentially deal more damage than the default version. However, pressing the special button again at any time will make the tin can explode immediately, making it less suitable for edge-guarding.
Custom 2 Zigzag Shot 6% (shot), 6% (explosion), 2% (contact) The tin can's direction alternates in the air for each special button press. Getting hit by the explosion launches the opponent directly upward, while the tin can's contact hitbox can lead into juggling combos that can potentially KO them near the upper blast line. However, the explosion deals less damage.
Side special Default Clay Shooting 2% (hit 1), 1.8% (hits 2-4), 5% (hit 5) The dog throws a clay pigeon, based on the Clay Shooting sub-game (Game C) from Duck Hunt. It has two flight trajectories: a slow, higher arc and a faster, straight arc. Moving while performing the move initiates the former, whereas standing still and performing the move initiates the latter. Pressing the special button again causes the off-screen hunter to destroy it with a barrage of shots from the NES Zapper, making it a natural combo. It is useful for hindering approaches, but can also act as a set-up into a dash attack from 0% to medium percentages, or into a forward aerial at high percentages. Although somewhat situational, the clay pigeon can also act as a makeshift landmine by allowing it to land on the ground, and then destroying it to surprise an opponent.
Custom 1 Rising Clay 2%-8% The clay pigeon slowly rises into the air and deals more damage the farther it travels. However, it is thrown slower and cannot be shot at. It retains Clay Shooting's trajectory influence.
Custom 2 Clay Break 7% (hit 1), 7% (hit 2), 13% (hit 3) The clay pigeon is thrown faster and can be shot at three times, with each shot being stronger than the default version's. However, each shot has varying accuracy. It retains Clay Shooting's trajectory influence.
Up special Default Duck Jump The duck flies upward while carrying the dog before getting tired and falling to the ground. It is maneuverable, and covers a decent amount of vertical and horizontal distance. However, it is unsafe because of its slow speed and lack of protection.
Custom 1 Duck Jump Snag 1% (hits 1-6), 2% (hit 7) The dog bites any nearby opponents repeatedly as the duck carries him upward, which can potentially gimp an opponent's recovery. However, it covers much less vertical distance, and somewhat less horizontal distance.
Custom 2 Super Duck Jump Covers more vertical distance and has a strong push effect upon ascending, thanks to a gust generated by the duck flapping its wings. The dog and duck ascend faster as well, making it less susceptible to being gimped from above. However, it has more start-up lag and covers noticeably less horizontal distance.
Down special Default Wild Gunman 4%-7% The dog summons an 8-bit gunman from Wild Gunman. The gunman will fire his gun after a set amount of time, which is dependent on the gunman that appears, and then disappear in a puff of smoke. The gunman can also block attacks, but if he receives at least 5%, he will fall and thus not fire his gun. Once a gunman falls, Duck Hunt must wait for very briefly before they can summon another one.
Custom 1 Quick Draw Aces 6%-9% Each gunman has less start-up lag, while their shots' damage outputs and base knockback are slightly higher. However, their shots' ranges are shorter and their knockback growth is lower. The gunmen also have much less durability, as they will fall if they receive 1%.
Custom 2 Mega Gunman 3%-6% Each gunman is significantly larger, and thus has much more durability, to the point that each one is able to receive 40% before falling. However, their damage outputs are slightly lower, and they will only fire after a considerable delay if nothing hits them.
Final Smash NES Zapper Posse 45% The dog barks to call in a flock of 8-bit ducks. The flock tackles the opponent, launching them into a Wild West-styled field from Wild Gunman. The opponent is then repeatedly fired at by the gunmen, who are also shooting at the cardboard cutout gangsters and tin cans from Hogan's Alley. It is fairly powerful, as it KOs middleweights at 75% while near the edge.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • The dog leaps into an 8-bit sprite of grass with the duck on his back before they both rise from the grass while the dog performs his signature laugh. The grass then disappears in a puff of smoke.
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Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: The dog performs a handstand and barks before the duck, while perched on one of his hindpaws, quacks at him to stop.
  • Side taunt: The dog lays on his side and does his signature laugh while the duck flaps its wings tauntingly.
  • Down taunt: The dog stands on his hindpaws and dances.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
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Idle poses[edit]

  • The dog and the duck sniff the ground.
  • The dog scratches his ear.
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Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Duck Hunt Cheer NTSC SSB4.ogg
Duck Hunt Cheer JP SSB4.ogg
Description Duck Hunt! Dakku Han-to!
Pitch Group chant Female

Victory poses[edit]

A remix of the jingle that plays before a new game starts in Duck Hunt. It begins with the original 8-bit rendition, then transitions to an orchestral rendition for the rest of its duration.
  • The dog uses Wild Gunman to the left and then immediately to the right while the duck either Super Smash Bros. for Wii Ulooks at the Gunman, or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSlooks at the dog.
  • The dog dashes on-screen, turns around to kick a tumbling tin can similarly to Trick Shot, and then strikes a pose alongside the duck.
  • The dog leaps into an 8-bit sprite of grass, and then rises from the grass while performing his signature laugh as the duck flies out and either Super Smash Bros. for Wii Ulooks at the camera, or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSlooks off into the distance. It is almost identical to their on-screen appearance.
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In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png Duck Hunt 3121 3123 3122 1121 1123
3132 1132 3111 3221 3323

Notable players[edit]

Active[edit]

Inactive[edit]

Tier placement and history[edit]

Duck Hunt's viability has been among the most contentious throughout SSB4's lifespan. They were initially considered to be among the best characters in the game, largely thanks to their zoning game offering them excellent set-ups and stage control. Later, it would become clear that Duck Hunt's overall average mobility, smash attacks' awkward hitboxes, handful of KOing options, and over-reliance on set-ups collectively hindered them in competitive play. As a result, their playerbase in the Western scene declined dramatically, even in light of the nerfs to Diddy Kong and Sheik, two of their most challenging matchups. Despite this, Duck Hunt achieved respectable tournament success in Japan thanks to Brood, Raito and You3, who also breathed life into their metagame by employing even smarter set-ups, frame traps, and pressure options. Western players that continued to main Duck Hunt, such as Dandy Penguin and ImHip, would also achieve decent success in tournaments.

These instances of success somewhat improved Duck Hunt's perception, to the point that they were tied with Little Mac for the 42nd/43rd on the first tier list, and then ranked 42nd on the second tier list. Duck Hunt's perception continued to improve following Brood, You3 and Raito placing 25th, 33rd and 49th, respectively, at GENESIS 4. This, in turn, saw them ranked 37th on the third and current tier list, and thus be reassessed as mid-tier characters instead of low-tier characters. Despite this continued success and improved tier status, Duck Hunt's tier placement is debatable. Some players argue that they, like Palutena, should be ranked slightly lower because of their results remaining quite sparse, regardless of their aforementioned flashes of success. Conversely, others disagree with this assessment after Raito placed 9th at CEO Dreamland, 17th at Umebura Japan Major 2017, and 13th at both 2GGC: Nairo Saga and CEO 2017.

Reveal trailer[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Duck Hunt
ntsc You could call these two the stars of the NES 1985 launch title Duck Hunt. The goofy dog would chase down any ducks hit by the Zapper. In Smash Bros., these two work as a team to fight. When a can or a clay pigeon is in play, hit the button again to fire at it. Show your foes how the ducks felt!
pal Back in 1987, when Duck Hunt came out, these two might not have had the best relationship. That all seems to have changed now, and this unlikely pair are here to fight together. After throwing a can or a clay pigeon, press the button again to have a little helper fire the NES Zapper for extra damage!
NES: Duck Hunt (10/1985)
Duck Hunt (Alt.)
ntsc Duck Jump, an up special, has the charming twosome float up in an adorable fashion. It also makes getting back to the stage much easier. Their side smash can hit up to three times at close range, depending on your shooting skills. By charging up the attack, you can increase the range even further!
pal Duck Jump Duo, an up special, has the charming twosome float up in an adorable fashion. It also makes getting back to the stage much easier. Their side smash can hit up to three times at close range, depending on your shooting skills, and by charging up the attack, you can increase the range even further!
NES: Duck Hunt (10/1985)
NES Zapper Posse
In this Final Smash, three games from the Light Gun Series team up: Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, and Wild Gunman. A flock of ducks fly by, warping anyone they hit to the Wild West. There, a posse of gunmen will use foes for target practice! If the ducks don't hit anyone, though, nothing happens besides some birds passing through.

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

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DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadBlackSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadBlueSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadBrownSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadTanSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadYellowSSB4-U.png DuckHuntHeadRedSSB4-U.png

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Duck Hunt make a few references to their home game:
    • The dog performs his signature laugh during their on-screen appearance, side taunt, and one of their victory poses.
    • The dog's tiptoeing animation is almost identical to his animation seen in the beginning of each round of Duck Hunt.
    • The dog being targeted during their smash attacks is a reference to the fact that players can shoot him during a bonus game in VS. Duck Hunt.
    • When they are rendered helpless after using Duck Jump, the sound effect used when a duck falls after being shot in Duck Hunt is played.
  • The dog is the third playable canid character after Fox and Wolf, and the second quadrupedal character after Ivysaur. The duck is the third playable avian character after Falco and King Dedede.
    • However, the dog is also capable of being bipedal. He stands on his hind legs during their down taunt, during their defeated/No Contest animation, and while swinging the Home-Run Bat, and while carrying a heavy item.
  • Duck Hunt and Dark Pit are the only newcomers to not appear in the opening movie. Unlike Dark Pit, however, Duck Hunt are also the only newcomers to not have footage from their reveal trailer in the movie.
  • Duck Hunt, Pac-Man, and Villager are the only characters who have special moves based on a series other than their home series.
  • Duck Hunt are the only unlockable newcomers who are the sole representatives of a new universe.
  • Duck Hunt are among the few characters who lack voice clips in Sound Test. Despite this, the dog barks during some of his attacks, laughs during their side taunt, on-screen appearance and one of their victory poses, yelps during their star KO, and whines if NES Zapper Posse misses. The duck quacks during their up taunt, and each of the gunmen yell before firing. This could be because they are registered as sound effects instead of voice clips. Because of this, some, if not all, of these sounds can still be heard, even if Duck Hunt is metal.
  • When the game is slowed down via Training, Special Smash, or the Timer, the number of hits for Duck Hunt's smash attacks will double from three to six if all of their hits connect, which results in their smash attacks dealing twice as much damage. Conversely, the last hit of each of their smash attacks will be more powerful when the game is sped up. These quirks technically make Duck Hunt's smash attacks the most damaging and among the most powerful in the game.
  • Duck Hunt are the only characters whose facial expressions change when their trailer's tagline is displayed.
  • Due to their home stage being downloadable content in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, unlocking Duck Hunt in that version of SSB4 involves fighting them on Battlefield, instead of on their home stage of the same name. Despite this, they are fought on their home stage in Classic Mode in both versions of SSB4.

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pic of the Day: October 22, 2014
  2. Nintendo Direct 11.5.2014
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