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Falco (SSB4)

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This article is about Falco's appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4. For the character in other contexts, see Falco Lombardi.
Falco
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Falco as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
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Universe Star Fox
Other playable appearances in Melee
in Brawl
in Ultimate
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Landmaster
Tier F (47)
Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Falco (ファルコ, Falco) returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Falco was officially confirmed on October 3rd, 2014, alongside Ness and Wario, coinciding with the North American and European release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. As in Melee and Brawl, Hisao Egawa reprises his role in the Japanese version with his re-recorded voice clips of the game. Mark Lund, his voice actor from Star Fox 64 3D, now voices him in the English version, replacing Dex Manley from Brawl.

Falco ranks 47th out of 55 on the tier list, an extreme drop from Brawl where he was ranked 7th out of 38, and an enormous drop from his Melee position where he was ranked 4th out of 26, making this his worst placement in the series by far. The majority of Falco's moves have high speed and very favourable angles, granting him a strong combo game and juggling capabilities. These are further aided by his good grab game and strong jumps, with the latter remaining the highest in the game. His moves that lack speed or reach are also packed with power, giving his moves surprisingly high KO power; for example, his back aerial can reliably KO below 130%. He also boasts an effective grab game and out of shield game, with all of his throws possessing great utility and/or KO power, while the speed of his moves allows him to easily punish opponents out of shield.

However, Falco's neutral game has been drastically weakened, with several of the moves that made him a threat at all ranges being nerfed: his two staple moves, Blaster and down aerial, now being much slower, and both are also incapable of autocancelling in a short hop, eliminating Falco's ability to safely approach; changes to his back aerial by lowering its duration and reach also make it less effective at spacing. These weakened tools amplify the issue of Falco's low horizontal mobility, making it very difficult to keep up with opponents or force an approach. Finally, even though Falco benefits from the changes to hitstun cancelling as they make down throw much better for combos, it can no longer lead into the Gatling Combo or rack up damage on its own. In fact, the changes to game mechanics have hindered Falco overall, as the removal of DACUS, the Gatling Combo, and chain grabbing hurt his damage racking capabilities overall, while the introduction of rage makes him more susceptible to KOs, due to his light weight. His recovery, despite being long distanced and buffed overall, is still slow, predictable, and easily intercepted, making Falco vulnerable to gimps.

Owing to his flaws, especially compared to his Brawl incarnation, Falco has held poor tournament representation and results in competitive play. Although updates to the game have attempted to buff a number of his negative attributes, he still has struggled to make an impact at tournaments at the national level.

How to unlock[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Play 20 VS Matches.
  • Complete Classic Mode without using any continues.

Falco must then be defeated on Corneria.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Falco must then be defeated on Orbital Gate Assault.

Attributes[edit]

Falco is a light character with polarized movement. He has the strongest jumping ability, a fast walking speed, fast falling speed and high air acceleration, but a rather slow dashing speed, below average air speed and very high gravity. These stats give Falco slow horizontal movement, but proficient vertical movement. They also give him good vertical survivability for a character of his weight.

Falco's greatest strength is the speed of his moveset. His neutral attack and forward tilt are both exceedingly quick, while up tilt and down tilt can be used to combo into other attacks or even KO at high percentages. His smash attacks are all powerful and have decent reach as well. Down smash is also a semi-spike, making it very good at edgeguarding. His aerial moves are also powerful in their own way. Neutral aerial deals decently high knockback and is very quick, making it an excellent option for disrupting an opponent's moves and a great combo extender/finisher. Forward aerial is powerful and can easily KO offstage, and can be used for gimping by fast-falling during the move then footstool jumping over the opponent, in a similar manner to fellow fighter Fox. It also has a strong landing hitbox with disjointed range. Up aerial sends opponents vertically and is a great move for comboing and KOing off the top, thanks to Falco's high jumps. Back aerial is Falco's strongest aerial, as well as his second fastest, making it a great choice in many scenarios. Lastly, down aerial, while significantly nerfed from Brawl, can still be useful for KOing offstage, as it is a meteor smash. All of these moves grant Falco a versatile combo game.

Another advantage Falco possesses is his grab game. His pummel is quick and decently damaging, making it great at racking up damage. The forward throw is decently strong and can set up a dash attack or an edge guard. Back throw is great for giving Falco some breathing space, since the first hit is a semi-spike, and when combined with the laser's hit, the throw can even KO at high percentages. Up throw sends opponents straight up, and can be used to combo into any aerial or even KO at very high percents. Finally, down throw can combo into dash attack and any aerial at low percentages, or tech-chase if the opponent is past combo percentages, like in Brawl. Coupled with his fast rolls and sidestep, with the former being long-distanced, as well as his aforementioned combo abilities, Falco has an impressive out of shield game.

His special moveset also provides some interesting options. Blaster is Falco's main projectile and, while extremely unsafe at close range, is an invaluable move for pressuring, gimping recoveries (especially those of Ganondorf, Little Mac and Cloud) and halting or even outright preventing approaches. Reflector is, as its name implies, a move capable of reflection, allowing Falco to actively combat camping. It also carries a damaging hitbox that has a high chance of tripping opponents, even at percentages over 400%, allowing for potential tech-chases. Falco Phantasm involves Falco quickly dashing sideways, making it great for horizontal recovery. The aerial version also meteor smashes aerial opponents and has little landing lag, making it useful for gimping recoveries and repositioning, respectively. Lastly, Fire Bird, his primary recovery move, grants him respectable distance in any direction chosen. It also allows Falco to slide across the air, letting him mix up his positioning, and has damaging hitboxes throughout (dealing 31% of all hits connect), making up for its low speed.

However, Falco has numerous weaknesses. His most prominent flaws are his neutral game and recovery. Regarding his neutral game, Falco's horizontal mobility is fairly slow, which limits his movement across the stage. This gives him significant trouble approaching and pressuring opponents, since Blaster, his most reliable tool at doing so, can no longer autocancel. In addition, while Falco's moves are overall very quick startup-wise, many of them are slow endlag-wise, making misused moves heavily susceptible to punishment. When combined with his overall poor reach on his melee attacks and the fact that most of his moves' sweetspots are close to his body, Falco has a below average neutral game, making him have trouble at KOing despite his overall high power. As for his recovery, while his high jumps, Falco Phantasm, wall jump and FireBird all give him a very long-distanced recovery, it is extremely predictable due to how linear it is. These four options are also very ineffective on their own, making his recovery fairly easy to gimp. Outside of low percentages, Falco's combo-oriented moves are prone to being DIed, making it harder for him to rack up damage effectively, which is further exacerbated by the removal of chain grabbing, DACUS and the Gatling Combo. Despite being light, Falco is susceptible to combos, due to his fast falling speed and lack of escape options. His survivability is below average at best, mainly because of Falco's low weight, high gravity, and predictable recovery.

Falco benefits a decent amount from custom moves. Burst Blaster has less range, but is much faster, forcing bad approaches from the opponent much more easily. Falco Phase cannot hit opponents and does not grant any momentum, like in Melee, but Falco cannot be hurt either, and the move is also faster. Distant Fire Bird is slower and has no charging hitbox, like in Melee, but it moves further and has more momentum, considerably improving his recovery. Reflector Void destroys most projectiles instead of reflecting them, but deals more damage on contact, and is the optimal choice against certain characters like Villager or if the opponent lacks projectiles. The other variations of his custom moves are either very situational, or do not have many advantages over the default.

Overall, like Kirby and Luigi, Falco runs hot and cold. Despite having excellent combo potential and KO power, his slow ground mobility, poor range and significantly nerfed neutral game make it very difficult to put his newfound abilities to use. Mainly due to his poor neutral game, Falco's weaknesses outweigh his strengths, resulting in poor tournament representation and similar results, with very few dedicated mains such as Armando and Keitaro.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Falco has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition from Brawl to Smash 4. Even though the former is technically of greater quantity than the latter, he is considered to be significantly nerfed overall, due to his neutral game being drastically weakened and the nerfs he received are far more severe than the buffs he received.

Falco's power has been improved significantly, removing his main weakness from Brawl. His down tilt has regained its lost power from Melee and his smash attacks are stronger. His forward aerial is stronger and unaffected by SDI, his up aerial has consistent power and more vertical knockback, and his back aerial while having a shorter duration and less range around him has much more power, to the point of being the eighth strongest overall in the game while also being the fastest in the game. In addition, his grab game has seen some improvements, with up throw having comboing abilities, and back throw now having KO power. His recovery has also been noticeably buffed. While Falco Phantasm can no longer be shortened and its hitbox was noticed nerfed, it no longer puts Falco in helpless state, allowing Fire Bird to be used immediately after, with the latter also granting more distance than before. Due to being slow, both moves also benefit a lot from the removal of edge-hogging.

However, the nerfs Falco received created new weaknesses that were harsh enough to severely cripple his neutral game. The removal of DACUS (and subsequently the Gatling Combo) prevents his newly buffed up smash from being used as an approach option or a combo finisher. The removal of chain grabbing is a double-edged sword for Falco. While he is no longer adversely affected by it, his ability to easily rack up large amounts of damage with his down throw is no longer present. His down throw was also directly nerfed as it deals less damage and has higher knockback, hindering its combo potential. Down aerial, a staple in Melee and Brawl, has been drastically slowed down having immensely increased startup lag and no longer auto-cancelling in a short hop. These changes hinder down aerial so much to the point where it is now useless outside of edgeguarding and even then, down aerial has reduced knockback. Falco Phantasm has increased startup lag, travels more slowly and its hitbox no longer lasts for its entire duration moving forwards greatly hindering its use on stage and it can no longer be shortened hindering its mixup potential. Finally, his Blaster, formerly one of the most reliable tools for approaching and pressuring, is slower and incapable of autocancelling. These changes make Falco much less of a threat in the neutral game, as it is now considerably harder for him to put his high power to good use.

Overall, most of Falco's buffs are not highly beneficial while the nerfs he received practically removed some of his previous best tools. The general changes to the mechanics also did not help him as much as some other characters while taking away a few of his key traits. Due to these nerfs, Falco is considered to be one of the characters to have been nerfed the most in the transition from Brawl to Smash 4. His harmful changes have resulted in many players having poor opinions about him and he has seen far less success in tournaments.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in Smash 4, Falco's attire is sleeker, and his overall colour scheme is more vibrant.
  • Change Falco now has eight costumes much like the rest of the cast. In addition, all of his alternate costumes are completely renewed.
  • Change Blaster's design has slightly changed.
  • Change Falco now says "Get some!" when he performs his side taunt, instead of "Don't try me."

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Falco dashes faster (1.432 → 1.472) although it is lower relative to the cast, going from the 18th slowest out of 39 characters to the 16th slowest out of 58.
  • Buff Falco's air speed is higher (0.893 → 0.93) although it is lower relative to the cast, going from the 16th slowest out of 39 characters to the 14th slowest out of 58.
  • Buff Falco's air acceleration is higher (0.08 → 0.1), going from the 20th fastest out of 39 characters to the 7th highest out of 58.
  • Buff Falco's double jump is significantly higher (height multiplier: 0.92x → 1x).
  • Nerf Falco falls faster (1.708 → 1.8). This makes him more susceptible to combos and while this would improve his vertical endurance, this is offset by his higher gravity, giving him marginally worse vertical endurance overall.
  • Buff Falco's fast falling speed is faster (2.3912 → 2.88), improving his air game and making him less susceptible to juggling.
  • Change Falco's gravity is higher (0.112 → 0.13). This improves his ability to land, but hinders his endurance, air time and makes him more susceptible to combos, especially against lower knockback moves.
  • Nerf Falco's Item throw is weaker (1 → 0.94). Additionally, the removal of glide tossing greatly hinders his approach with items.
  • Change The removal of chain grabbing both helps and hinders Falco. It significantly improves his endurance, however, it also removes his ability to chain grab, removing his most reliable way to rack up damage in the previous game.
  • Buff Rolls have less ending lag (FAF 32 → 30).
  • Nerf Rolls have a shorter duration (frames 4-19 → 4-16).
  • Buff Air dodge has less startup (frame 4 → 2) and ending lag (FAF 50 → 32).
  • Nerf Air dodge has a shorter duration (frames 4-29 → 2-26).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has a shorter duration (frames 2-20 → 2-16) and more ending lag (FAF 23 → 26), no longer being one of the fastest spot dodges in the game.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff With the exception of the infinite, neutral attack now always launches opponents in the direction Falco is facing, making it more consistent.
    • Change The first two hits have swapped priority on their nearest and furthest hitboxes.
    • Nerf The first two hits have shorter durations (frames 2-5 (hit 1)/3-6 (hit 2) → 2-4/3-5).
    • Nerf The first two hits have more ending lag (FAF 17/19 → 23/26).
    • Buff The first hit deals more knockback (5 (set), 100 (scaling) → 35 (base)/30), which improves its jab canceling potential despite its higher ending lag (especially at higher percents).
      • Nerf However, this also hinders its ability to lead into the second hit, especially against floatier characters.
    • Buff The first hit's near hitboxes launch opponents at a lower angle (80° → 68°/77°), making it connect more reliably into the second hit.
    • Nerf The first hit deals less damage (4% → 3%).
    • Nerf The first hit has smaller hitboxes (4u/4u/4u → 2.5u/3.2u/4u) which are positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 0/2/6 → -0.5/1.5/4.5), reducing its range.
    • Nerf The first hit transitions into the second hit later (frame 8 → 9).
    • Buff The second hit's near and far hitboxes launch opponents at different angles (50° → 45° (near)/80° (far)), making it connect more reliably into the infinite.
    • Buff The second hit's near hitbox is larger (4u → 5u) and it is positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 0 → -0.5), giving it more range inside of him.
    • Nerf The second hit deals more knockback (20 (set), 100 (scaling) → 30 (base)/30). This makes it connect less reliably into the infinite and while this would improve the move's jab canceling potential, this is offset by the move's higher ending lag, hindering its jab canceling potential overall.
      • Nerf Additionally, the higher knockback and launch angles of the first two hits often put the opponent considerably higher in the air, which prevents them from landing as soon as they are no longer in hitstun. This makes it much easier for them to perform an aerial action to avoid any jab cancel followups.
    • Nerf The second hit's mid hitbox is smaller (4u → 3u) and both the mid and far hitboxes are positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 2/6 → 1.5/4.5), reducing its range.
    • Nerf The second hit transitions into the infinite later, especially when held (frame 8 (pressed)/10 (held) → 9/17). This makes the infinite much easier to avoid if Falco holds to do the infinite, despite the second hit's higher knockback.
    • Buff The infinite has less startup lag (frame 9 → 7).
    • Buff The weakening of SDI makes the infinite harder to escape from (although it can still easily be avoided), despite its SDI multiplier being increased (1× → 1.2×).
    • Change If Falco uses the infinite near an edge, he can now potentially slide off the edge and cancel the move. This improves its safety but hinders its reliability.
    • Nerf The infinite deals less damage (1% → 0.4%).
    • Nerf The infinite has smaller hitboxes (3u/4u/5u → 2.7u/3.2u/3.5u) which are positioned closer to Falco (z offset: 4/10/14 → 4/7/12), reducing its range.
    • Nerf The infinite's far hitbox launches oppponents at a lower angle (80° → 70°), making it connect less reliably.
    • Nerf As with other infinites, the infinite now pushes Falco away from his opponent after a few hits. This significantly hinders its damage racking potential, especially at walls.
      • Change If Falco uses the infinite near an edge, this property can potentially push Falco off the edge and cancel the move. This improves its safety but hinders its reliability.
    • Buff The infinite has received an updated finisher, an outward knifehand strike.
      • Buff This new finisher uses a regular hitbox (rather than a windbox) which deals damage (0% → 3%) and much more knockback (29 (set), 100 (scaling) → 60 (base)/100).
    • Buff The finisher has more range inside of Falco, as Falco now stretches far out using the move and the move now uses an extended hitbox which extends further away/inside from Falco (z offset: 12 → 14/8).
    • Buff The finisher has a longer duration (frame 2 → 5-6).
    • Nerf The finisher has much more startup (frame 2 → 5) and ending lag (FAF 9 → 40), greatly hindering its safety.
      • Nerf When combined with its new hitbox, this also removes its mixup potential.
    • Nerf The finisher has a smaller hitbox (7u → 5u), giving it less vertical range despite its hitbox being moved upwards (y offset: 8 → 9).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Forward tilt has more ending lag (FAF 27 → 28).
    • Nerf Forward tilt has an altered animation where Falco does stretch his leg as far out, reducing its range, despite the foot hitbox being positioned further away from Falco (y offset: 4.8 → x offset: 5).
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff The changes to hitstun canceling and DI grant up tilt combo potential beyond non tumble percents.
    • Buff The early first hit launches opponents at a lower angle (100° → 106°) and it has higher set knockback (60 → 100), allowing it to connect more reliably into the second hit, as well as making it safer if it fails to lead into the second hit.
    • Nerf The early first hit has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 4-5 → 5).
    • Nerf The early first hit now only has one static hitbox in front of Falco rather than four hitboxes covering Falco's arm, which significantly reduces its range inside and above Falco.
      • Nerf Additionally, the early first hit can no longer hit aerial opponents, considerably increasing up tilt's startup lag against them (frame 4 → 6).
    • Buff The late first hit and the second hit's hand hitboxes are positioned further away from Falco (x offset: -4 (hit 1)/-5 (hit 2) → 5/6.2), giving them more range, especially the former.
    • Nerf The late first hit's shoulder and arm hitboxes are smaller (5u/6u → 4u/5u) and the lowest hitbox has been removed.
    • Nerf The second hit has smaller hitboxes (5u/6u/6u → 4u/4u/5u) and the lowest hitbox has been removed.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff The changes to hitstun canceling and DI considerably improve down tilt's combo potential.
    • Buff Down tilt has an altered animation where rather than spinning around in place with his tail out, Falco steps forward slightly and sweeps his tail in front of him. The hitboxes are also now attached to the tip of Falco's tail rather than the base with both of these changes giving down tilt more range despite the hitboxes being positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 0/6/12 → -4.1/1.9/7.8).
      • Nerf However, this also gives the move less range inside of Falco despite the nearest hitbox being larger (2.4u → 2.6u).
    • Buff Down tilt deals more knockback (25 (base), 90 (scaling) → (50/35)/(90/88)), improving the furthest and especially the nearest hitboxes' KO potential.
    • Nerf The middle hitbox deals less damage (12% → 11%), hindering its KO potential, as its knockback was not fully compensated.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack deals more knockback (40/30 (base), 90 (scaling) → (80/70)/70).
    • Buff The clean hit has a larger hitbox (5.28u → 5.5u) which now uses a static extended hitbox, considerably improving its range.
    • Buff The late hit is positioned further away from Falco (x offset: 0 → 2), giving it more range.
      • Nerf However, the late hit is also smaller (4.32u → 4u), reducing its range above and behind Falco.
    • Nerf Dash attack has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 4-7 (clean)/8-17 (late) → 8-11/12-18), with its total duration subsequently increased (FAF 36 → 40). This considerably hinders dash attack's usage as a burst approach option or as a whiff punishment tool.
    • Nerf The removal of DACUS (and subsequently the Gatling combo) significantly hinders dash attack's utility.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less ending lag (FAF 50 → 49).
    • Buff The clean hit deals more knockback (40 (base), 88 (scaling) → 42/(90/93/96)), improving its KO potential, especially the far hit.
    • Buff The clean hit's furthest hitboxes have been moved further away from Falco (x offset: 3.2/6.5 → 4/8), improving their range.
    • Buff The late hit has higher base knockback (10 → 30).
    • Nerf Forward smash has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 16-20 (clean)/21 (late) → 17-19/20). As the move's animation is unchanged, this remove's the clean hit's ability to hit opponents behind Falco.
    • Nerf Forward smash has a higher hitlag multiplier (0.5× (clean)/0.3x (late) → 1×/0.5×), making it easier to DI.
    • Nerf The late hit has a smaller hitbox (9u → 6u) which has been moved closer to Falco (z offset: 13 → 12). When combined with the hitbox coming out one frame sooner, this significantly reduces its range.
      • Buff However, the hitbox is now extended, giving it more range inside of Falco.
  • Up smash:
    • Change Falco has a new up smash, a sideways-flipping kick that hits with both legs with the following-legged hit re-positioning him forward. It hits twice instead of once.
    • Buff Up smash has less startup with a longer duration (frames 8-11 (clean)/12-17 (late) → 7-12 (hit 1)/13-20 (hit 2)).
    • Buff Up smash now grants intangibility on Falco's legs while the hitboxes are active, making it harder to intercept.
    • Buff Up smash deals more damage overall (14% → 4% (hit 1)/12% (hit 2)/16% (total)).
    • Buff Up smash has larger hitboxes (3.5u/3.5u/3u → 4u/3.5u/4u (hit 1 clean)/4u/3.5u/3.5u (late)/5u/3.5u/3u (hit 2)) and the foot hitbox has been moved further away from Falco (y offset: 6 → x offset: 7.7 (hit 1 (clean))/7 (hit 1 (late)/hit 2)).
    • Nerf Up smash has more ending lag (FAF 45 → 50).
    • Nerf With up smash now being a multi hit move, it is overall less reliable as there are multiple instances where the second hit can miss after the first hit connects (especially when the opponent is far below Falco).
    • Nerf The second hit launches opponents at a lower angle (95° → 80°) and its knockback was not fully compensated for its lower damage (20 (base), 98 (scaling) → 31/104), slightly hindering its KO potential on its own.
      • Buff However, the extra damage and the upwards lift from the first hit gives up smash slightly higher KO potential overall.
    • Nerf The removal of DACUS greatly hinders up smash's utility, greatly hindering its approach potential as well as removing its ability to be used after a dash attack.
    • Nerf The second hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.3×).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has higher knockback scaling (70 → 78), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Down smash now uses static hitboxes, which gives the move more range, especially during its later active frames.
      • Nerf However, this also gives the move less range inside of Falco.
    • Nerf Down smash has smaller hitboxes (5u/5u/4u/4u → 4.3u/4.3u/3.5u/3.5u).
    • Nerf The near hits deal less damage (13% → 12%).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has less ending lag (FAF 50 → 49).
    • Buff The loop hits have higher set knockback (10 → 22) and they now use the autolink angle (110° → 367°), which alongside the weakening of SDI, allows them to connect more reliably.
    • Buff The loop hits' right arm hitbox is larger (4u → 6u).
    • Buff The final hit deals considerably more knockback (40 (base), 100 (scaling) → 55/130). This improves its KO potential, while the changes to hitstun canceling and DI allow it to retain its combo potential at lower percents.
    • Buff The final hit now always launches opponents in the direction Falco is facing, making it more reliable.
    • Buff The final hit now uses one large extended hitbox rather than four smaller normal hitboxes (5u/5u/4u/4u → 8u), giving it more range.
    • Change Neutral aerial now has a slash effect instead of a normal effect.
    • Change The final hit has a much higher hitlag multiplier (1x → 2x). This allows the move to significantly benefit more from the introduction of frame canceling but this also makes it much easier to DI.
    • Nerf Neutral aerial has more landing lag (9 frames → 15), hindering its safety as well as its followup potential, despite the loop hit's higher knockback (unless the move is perfectly frame canceled).
    • Nerf Neutral aerial has a longer animation (49 frames → 57), increasing the amount of time Falco cannot grab ledges after performing the move.
    • Nerf The loop hits' wing hitboxes are smaller (5u → 4u) and they are positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 4/-4 → 3).
    • Nerf The loop hits' left arm hitbox is smaller (4u → 3u).
    • Nerf The second hit deals less damage (3% → 2%).
    • Nerf The final hit has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 21-24 → 23-24).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial has less ending lag (FAF 60 → 51).
    • Buff Forward aerial has less landing lag (33 frames → 25).
    • Buff Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 49 → 46).
      • Nerf However, it auto-cancels later relative to when the final hitbox comes out.
    • Buff Forward aerial has a new animation where Falco does not stretch out as far. This makes Falco harder to hit.
      • Nerf However, this animation is also slightly longer (59 frames → 61).
    • Buff The loop hits deal much more knockback (0 (base), 40 (scaling) → 60 (set)/100) and they have a much faster rehit rate (8 → 4). This not only makes the move drastically more reliable (with the move going from almost never connecting properly to now working very reliably) but this also makes the move drastically safer, as opponents can no longer avoid or hit Falco out of the multi hits at lower percents.
    • Buff The loop hits' near hitbox is larger (4u → 5u) and its far hitbox has been moved further away from Falco, improving its range.
      • Buff Additionally, the move's hitboxes are now static, giving it more consistent horizontal range.
      • Nerf However, the near hitbox has been moved further away from Falco, giving it less range inside of him.
    • Buff The final hit launches opponents at a lower angle (50° → 361°) as well as dealing more damage (3% → 4%) and much more knockback (80 (base), 60 (scaling) → 55/145), greatly improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Forward aerial now has a landing hitbox which deals a decent amount of knockback and it possesses high hitlag (which only applies to the opponent). This drastically improves forward aerial's safety when landing, especially on hit.
      • Buff Altogether, these changes drastically improve forward aerial's utility, removing its status as a contender for the worst aerial in the game.
    • Nerf Forward aerial has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 6-33 (loop hits)/34-35 (final) → 10-27/28-29).
    • Nerf Forward aerial has a higher SDI multiplier (0.8x (loop hits)/0x (final) → 1x (both)), with it now being possible to SDI the final hit.
    • Nerf Forward aerial has a higher hitlag multiplier (0.7× (loop hits)/2x (final) → 1×/2.5×), making it easier to DI. As forward aerial cannot be frame canceled, this hinders the move overall.
    • Nerf The loop hits deal less damage (2% → 1%), reducing forward aerial's total damage output despite the move having an extra loop hit (11% → 9%).
    • Nerf The final hit has one smaller extended hitbox rather than two normal hitboxes (8u/6u → 6u), reducing its range.
  • Back aerial:
    • Change Back aerial has a new animation, with Falco kicking more horizontally.
      • Buff This new animation slightly narrows Falco's hurtbox, leaving him less vulnerable.
      • Nerf However, this animation is also slightly longer (39 frames → 41).
    • Buff The clean hit has much higher knockback scaling (103 → 130), significantly improving its KO potential to the point where it is now one of the strongest back aerials in the game.
    • Buff Back aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 23 → 15), although it still auto-cancels three frame after the hitboxes are removed.
    • Buff The changes to shieldstun considerably improves the move's safety on shield, now being completely unpunishable on shield for the entire cast if auto-canceled perfectly.
    • Change As with most other back aerials, back aerial now always launches opponents behind Falco.
    • Nerf Back aerial has a shorter duration (frames 4-7 (clean)/8-19 (late) → 4-5/6-11).
    • Nerf Back aerial has smaller hitboxes (4.5u/6u/4u → 4.8u/3.2u (clean), 4u/5u/4u → 3.8u/2.8u (late)), the foot hitbox has been moved closer to Falco (y offset: 4.1 → x offset: 4) and the front hitbox has been removed, reducing its range.
      • Nerf Altogether, these changes hinder back aerial's ability to wall out opponents.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has less startup lag (frame 10 → 7).
      • Nerf However, its total duration was not fully compensated (FAF 36 → 35), giving it more ending lag.
    • Buff Up aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 26 → 23).
    • Buff The foot hitbox is slightly larger (4.8u → 5u).
    • Buff The middle and lowest hitboxes launch opponents at higher angles (68°/80° → 75°/85°). When combined with the changes to hitstun canceling and DI, this improves up aerial's combo potential.
    • Buff The lowest hitbox deals drastically higher knockback (30 (base), 20 (scaling) → 35/90), going from an incredibly weak sourspot to now being the move's sweetspot.
    • Nerf Up aerial has a shorter initial auto-cancel window (frames 1-6 → 1-3).
    • Nerf Up aerial deals less damage (11% → 10%).
    • Nerf The upper hitboxes deal less knockback (27 (base), 100 (scaling) → 35/90), which along with their lower damage, hinders its KO potential.
    • Nerf The foot hitbox launches opponents at a lower angle (68° → 65°).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff The removal of meteor canceling improves down aerial's reliability, although this is partially offset by the move's reduced power.
    • Buff The clean hit has a longer duration (frames 5-7 → 16-19).
    • Change The clean hit launches aerial opponents at a slightly more horizontal angle (280° → 285°).
    • Change The clean hit now launches grounded opponents vertically (280° → 80°). This improves its KO potential as well as preventing opponents from teching the move at higher percents (considering the changes to meteor smashes), however, this also hinders its followup potential at lower percents.
    • Change The clean hit has a much higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 2×). This allows the move to greatly benefit from the introduction of frame canceling but this also makes it much easier to DI.
    • Nerf Down aerial has drastically higher startup lag (frame 5 → 16), no longer being the fastest meteor smash. This makes the move much harder to land.
      • Buff However, its total duration was not fully compensated (FAF 50 → 52), giving it less ending lag.
    • Nerf Down aerial has much more landing lag (12 frames → 23).
    • Nerf Down aerial has shorter initial auto-cancel window (frames 1-4 → 1-3).
    • Nerf Down aerial auto-cancels later (frame 27 → 38), no longer doing so in a short hop.
    • Nerf Down aerial has a longer animation (49 frames → 63).
    • Nerf The late hit has a shorter duration (frames 8-21 → 20-30).
      • Nerf Altogether, these changes greatly hinder down aerial's safety and utility.
    • Nerf Down aerial has smaller hitboxes (5.5u → 4.2u (clean)/5.3u (late)).
    • Nerf The clean hit has lower knockback scaling (100 → 80). This makes the move barely stronger against grounded opponents despite its higher launch angle while also making it much weaker against aerial opponents.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf Standing and pivot grabs have more startup lag (frame 6 (standing)/9 (pivot) → 8/11) with their total durations subsequently increased (FAF 30 (standing)/36 (pivot) → 32/38).
    • Buff Dash grab has less startup lag (frame 11 → 10).
      • Nerf However, its total duration was unchanged, giving it slightly more ending lag.
    • Buff All grabs extend further away from Falco (z offset: 8.8 (standing)/8 (dash)/-12.8 (pivot) → z stretch: 8.9/10.7/-14.9), giving dash and pivot grabs more range.
    • Buff Standing and pivot grabs extend further inside of Falco (z offset: 4.8 (standing)/-4.8 pivot → 4/-4), giving them more range inside of Falco.
    • Nerf All grabs have smaller grabboxes (4.8u (standing/pivot)/4.5u (dash) → 3.1u/2.5u), giving all grabs less vertical range as well as giving standing grab less horizontal range despite its grabbox being extended slightly further away from Falco.
  • Pummel:
    • Change Pummel has an updated animation and its hitbox has slightly altered positioning (x/y offsets: 0/0 → 0.5/-0.5).
  • Forward throw:
    • Change Forward throw has an updated animation where Falco takes more time to stand upright after the throw.
    • Buff The hitbox has a larger duration (frame 10 → 10-11).
    • Change Falco releases his opponent from forward throw one frame later (frame 11 → 12).
  • Back throw:
    • Buff Falco now only shoots one laser instead of three. When combined with the weakening of DI, this makes back throw much more reliable as Falco can now reliably land the entire throw (outside of higher percents where the opponent can still DI to avoid the laser).
    • Buff Back throw deals more damage (2% (throw)/2% (lasers)/8% (total) → 6%/3%/9%). The throw's knockback scaling was not fully compensated (80 → 60) while the laser's knockback was not compensated, improving its KO potential (to the point where the move can now KO at realistic percents if the laser connects).
    • Change Back throw launches opponents at a slightly higher angle (33° → 35°).
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Falco now only shoots one laser instead of three. When combined with the weakening of DI, this makes up throw much more reliable as Falco can now reliably land the entire throw (outside of higher percents where the opponent can still DI to avoid the laser).
    • Buff Up throw launches opponents at a more vertical angle (107° (throw)/50° (laser) → 94°/90°). When combined with the changes to hitstun canceling and DI, this siginificantly improves up throw's combo potential despite the laser coming out sooner than the previous third laser (frame 24 → 20).
    • Buff The throw and the laser deal more damage (2% (throw)/2% (lasers)/8% (total) → 4%/4%/8%). The throw only received a decrease to its base knockback (70 → 60) while the laser's knockback was not compensated. When combined with their higher launch angles, this significantly improves up throw's KO potential (to the point where the move can now KO at realistic percents if the laser connects).
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Falco now only shoots one laser instead of four, significantly reducing down throw's total damage output (9% → 5%).
    • Nerf The throw deals more damage (1% → 3%) without full compensation on its knockback (45 (base), 130 (scaling) → 60/110). This greatly hinders down throw's followup potential at lower percents as Falco's opponent is now put into tumble at 0%, allowing them to DI and reducing the amount of followups Falco can perform.
      • Change Despite these changes, the changes to hitstun canceling and DI still allows Falco to combo from down throw at lower percents.
  • Floor attack:
    • Buff Floor attacks deal more damage (6% → 7%) and shield damage (1 → 8) per hit, with minimally compensated knockback scaling (50 → 48).
    • Change Floor attacks' angles have been altered (361° → 48°).
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack no longer has set knockback (110 (set)/100 (scaling) → 90 (base)/20 (scaling)).
    • Change Edge attack deals consistent damage (8% (legs)/6% (body) → 7%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Blaster:
    • Buff Blaster has less startup lag (frame 12 (grounded)/10 (aerial) → 11/9).
    • Buff Blaster has a more generous repeat window (frames 8-16 → 7-17).
    • Bug fix The Laser glitch has been removed.
    • Nerf Blaster has more ending lag (FAF 57 (grounded)/42 (aerial) → 59/50).
    • Nerf Blaster has a longer delay between consecutive shots (24 frames → 29 (grounded), 15 frames → 24 (aerial)).
    • Nerf Blaster no longer auto-cancels on landing, greatly hindering its safety as well as greatly hindering Falco's camping potential.
    • Nerf When Falco lands on the same frame as the laser comes out, the laser will now make a sound effect, making lasers easier to react to in this situation.
    • Nerf Lasers have lower set knockback (3 → 2).
    • Nerf Lasers travel slower (5 → 3.8).
    • Nerf Lasers have a drastically shorter duration (98 frames → 33). When combined with their slower travel speed, this drastically reduces the distance lasers travel, with them now only covering around 3/4ths of Final Destination.
    • Nerf The changes to shields have hindered the laser's safety on shield as their lack of hitlag now applies to shielding opponents.
    • Nerf The longer gap between shots, the slower speed/shorter distance of the lasers and the introduction of the three hit lock limit, have greatly hindered the laser's locking potential.
      • Nerf Altogether, these changes have drastically hindered Blaster's utility to the point that it completely detriments Falco's entire gameplan.
  • Falco Phantasm:
    • Buff Falco Phantasm no longer leaves Falco helpless when used in midair, though it can still only be used once in the air. When combined with the removal of edge hogging, this drastically improves its recovery potential.
    • Buff Falco Phantasm no longer dashes over edges when used on the ground.
    • Buff Falco Phantasm has less landing lag (20 frames → 16).
    • Buff Falco now retains some forward momentum after the move ends.
    • Buff The aerial version has a larger hitbox against aerial opponents (2.5u → 3u).
    • Buff The removal of meteor canceling improves the aerial version's reliability against aerial opponents.
    • Change Falco Phantasm has an altered animation, with Falco crossing his wings before spreading them outwards.
    • Change The hitboxes are positioned higher (y offset: 4 → 5 (grounded)/6 (aerial)).
    • Nerf Falco Phantasm has more startup (frame 17 → 18) and ending lag (FAF 58 → 61).
    • Nerf Falco Phantasm can no longer be shortened, hindering its mix-up potential.
    • Nerf Falco Phantasm dashes more slowly and covers less distance.
      • Nerf Notably, the hitboxes now end before Falco dashes forward the full distance, creating a blindspot near the end of the dash as well as greatly reducing its range as an attack.
    • Nerf The grounded version has a smaller hitbox (5.11u → 3u).
    • Nerf The aerial version has a smaller hitbox against grounded opponents (5u → 4u).
    • Nerf Falco can no longer reuse Falco Illusion if he is aerial grab released out of it.
  • Fire Bird:
    • Buff Falco's momentum is no longer completely halted after performing Fire Bird at an upwards 45° angle, making it cover noticeably more distance.
    • Buff The dash hitboxes have lower SDI multipliers (1.5× → 0.8×), which alongside the weakening of the mechanic, makes them harder to escape (although they are still unreliable).
    • Nerf Fire Bird no longer gives Falco a slight vertical boost at the end of the move, making it slightly harder to recover if Falco overshoots the ledge from behind.
    • Nerf The dash hitboxes are positioned closer to Falco (y offset: 5 → x offset: 4.2), giving them less range.
  • Reflector:
    • Buff Reflector has less ending lag (FAF 52 → 51).
    • Buff The hitbox is larger (3u → 3.5u).
    • Buff Reflected projectiles have a higher speed (1x → 1.3x) and duration multiplier (0.5x → 0.8x).
    • Change Reflector has an updated sound effect and animation.
    • Nerf The hitbox deals less damage (6% → 5%).
    • Nerf The hitbox has a lower trip chance (40% → 25%).
    • Nerf The hitbox can now be reflected (although it will only hit Falco when used at close range).
    • Nerf The Reflector has a shorter duration (frames 1-51 → 1-32), no longer lasting the entire animation.
    • Nerf Reflected projectiles have a lower damage multiplier (1.5× → 1.2×).
  • Landmaster:
    • Nerf Landmaster is weaker and has a shorter duration (18 seconds → 12).
    • Change Landmaster is now light blue, instead of dark blue.
    • Bug fix The regenerating terrain glitch has been fixed.

Update history[edit]

Falco has been buffed via game updates. In update 1.0.4, his Blaster's firing rate was increased, which slightly improved his neutral game. Update 1.0.8 buffed Falco's punishing game by making his neutral aerial more versatile, as well as increasing the speed of his up and forward aerials. The same update also slightly improved his aerial mobility by increasing his air speed and acceleration. Update 1.1.4 increased his down smash's knockback, while improving his up smash by decreasing its start-up, increasing its knockback, and granting intangibility to its first hit. Lastly, the new shield mechanics also aid some of Falco's moves without harming others. These changes gave Falco more offensive options and improved both his KOing and his previously nerfed damage racking abilities, making him better than he was in the game's initial release. However, since none of them have improved his below average neutral game, Falco still remains at a disadvantage compared to most of the cast.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Buff Landing hit of forward aerial deals more damage: 2% → 5%.
  • Buff Landing hit of forward aerial extends farther horizontally (Z offset: 11 → 12; Z2 offset: 8 → 7), increasing its range.
  • Buff Down aerial has less ending lag (frame 58 → 52) and landing lag (26 → 23 frames).
  • Buff Blaster can shoot faster.
  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch in which Reflector Void failed to reflect Timber properly.
  • Change Certain hitbox properties of Landmaster have been changed.


Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.8

  • Buff Falco's air speed increased: 0.893 → 0.93.
  • Buff Falco's air acceleration increased: 0.07 → 0.09.
  • Buff Neutral attack improved. It keeps opponents in place more reliably for all of its hits and its hitboxes' sizes increased.
  • Buff Neutral aerial improved. It keeps opponents in place more reliably for all of its hits, its hitboxes' sizes increased, and it always launches in the direction Falco faces.
  • Nerf Neutral aerial deals 1% less damage: 12% → 11%.
  • Buff Forward aerial deals 1% more damage if all aerial hits connect: 5% → 6%.
  • Buff Forward aerial's start-up and landing lag decreased: 12 frames → 10 (start-up), 32 frames → 25 (landing).
  • Buff Forward aerial overall lag decreased: 58 frames → 50, giving it follow-up potential.
  • Nerf Forward aerial's landing hit deals 2% less damage: 5% → 3%.
  • Buff Up aerial's start-up decreased: 10 frames → 7.
  • Buff Up aerial's hitbox sizes increased and deal more vertical knockback.
  • Change Up aerial's sourspot removed, leaving it with a single hitbox that deals 1% less damage than its previous sweetspot: 11% → 10%. This makes its utility much more consistent at the cost of an extra powerful hitbox.
  • Buff Sweetspotted down aerial's duration increased by 1 frame.
  • Buff Sourspotted down aerial's hitboxes' sizes increased.
  • Change Sweetspotted down aerial no longer meteor smashes grounded opponents. Instead, it now launches opponents at a slightly diagonal trajectory. This makes it incapable of being teched at the cost of removing its follow-up potential at high percentages.

Technical changelist 1.0.8

Change Old value New value
Jab 1 hitboxes 0 and 2 switched
Jab 1 base knockback 30 35
Jab 1 angle (hitboxes 0-1) 80° 68°/77°
Jab 1 size (hitboxes 0-1) 2/3 2.5/3.2
Jab 1 Z-offset (hitbox 0) 0 -0.5
Jab 2 hitbox 2 angle 50° 45°
Jab 2 hitbox 2 size 2 5
Jab 2 Z-offset (hitbox 2) 0 -0.5
Transition from Jab 2 to Jab 3 frame 10 frame 9
Rapid jab loop hitbox sizes 2/3 2.7/3.2
Neutral air weight-based knockback increased
Neutral air hitbox sizes increased
Neutral air (hit 2) damage 3% 2%
Neutral air hits now auto link
Neutral air's final hit now forces front-facing knockback
Animation speed 1.33× for frames 0-37
Looping hits refresh time 6 4
Number of looping hits 3 5
Forward air landing damage 5% 3%
Forward air base knockback 30 50
Up air damage 11% 10%
Up air angle 68°/68°/80° 65°/75°/85°
Up air base knockback 27/27/30 35/35/35
Up air knockback scaling 100/100/20 90/90/90
Up air hitbox 0 size 4.8 5
Animation speed 1.5× for frames 0-8
Up air startup 10 frames 7 frames
Down air sweetspot produces a different hitbox with a nonmeteor angle on grounded opponents 285° 80°
Down air sourspot replaces sweetspot one frame later 19 20
Down air sourspot hitbox size 5 5.3

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.4

  • Buff Up smash is significantly improved. Both kicks hit one frame earlier, the first kick has intangibility frames on his legs, hits better against ducking opponents, and is stronger.
  • Buff Down smash has higher knockback growth.
  • Bug fix Down Throw Ledge Spike Bug removed.
  • Nerf Trip invincibility and all trip followups except floor attack have one less frame of invincibility.

Technical changelist 1.1.4

Change Old value New value
Up smash first kick startup frame 8 frame 7
Leg intangibility N/A 7 → 11
Up smash first kick (hitbox 0/1) base knockback 60 70
Up smash first kick (hitbox 0/1) knockback growth 25 18
Up smash first kick (hitbox 0) position (1.5,0,0) (2,0,0)
Up smash first kick (hitbox 2) base knockback 80 70
Up smash first kick (hitbox 2) knockback growth 30 18
Up smash first kick (hitbox 2) position (5,0,0) (7.7,0,0)
Up smash first kick (hitbox 2) other position (5,0,0) (7,0,0)
Up smash second kick startup frame 13 frame 12
Up smash second kick (hitbox 0/1/2) base knockback 30 31
Up smash second kick (hitbox 0/1/2) knockback growth 98 104
Up smash second kick (hitbox 0) position (5,0,0) (7,0,0)
Up smash second kick (hitbox 1) position (1.5,0,0) (2,0,0)
Down smash knockback growth 76 78


Moveset[edit]

For a gallery of Falco's hitboxes, see here.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% Performs two knifehand strikes, then tilts diagonally and spins very quickly with his wings spread out before finishing with another knifehand strike. A handy jab cancelling tool due to its quick speed (comes out on frame 2), as it can be followed up by a tilt, down smash or a grab.
2%
0.4% (loop), 3% (last)
Forward tilt   9% A roundhouse kick. It can be angled strongly, but has below average knockback. Can lock opponents.
Up tilt   4% (hit 1), 3% (hit 1, late tip), 5% (hit 2) Slightly twists around and swings both of his wings upward. The tip of the first hit is a meteor smash, although it is very hard to land consistently in normal gameplay as both attacks connect well with each other. Useful for comboing. It also functions as a fast, though somewhat weak KOing option, dealing enough vertical knockback to KO at around 160%.
Down tilt   12% (near), 11% (mid), 9% (far) Swipes across the floor with his tail feathers. One of the strongest down tilts in the game, reliably KOing at 120% if sweetspotted. It also has combo potential depending on the knockback it deals.
Dash attack   9% (clean), 6% (late) A flying kick. The late hit launches the opponent at a lower angle.
Forward smash   15% (clean), 10% (late) A two-handed overhead slash downwards. Has high knockback and speed, though has slow startup on the flipside. Its sweetspot is at his hands. One of Falco's strongest attacks, KOing at 102%.
Up smash   4% (hit 1), 12% (hit 2) A sideways-flipping kick that hits twice. Falco's legs have intangibility while the hitboxes are active. KOs at 130% and comes out as a rather fast damage rack-up tool, but has some notable lag.
Down smash   15% (feet), 12% (legs) A split kick. Comes out quickly and Falco's feet are intangible for a short time before the attack. However, it has below average reach. There is a very small sourspot in the center of his body that deals weak vertical knockback, but the move's ending lag renders it practically unusable for combos. Falco's hurtbox also shrinks down during this attack, allowing him to avoid high-aimed moves if timed properly.
Neutral aerial   3% (hits 1-2), 2% (hit 3), 3% (hit 4) Spins and swipes repeatedly with his wings, hitting four times. A good combo move, with each hit connecting well with one another. The last hit launches opponents away. As the move's looping hits use the autolink angle, it can be used during a fast fall to gimp recovering opponents.
Forward aerial   1% (loop, 5 hits), 4% (last hit), 3% (landing) Spins in a horizontal corkscrew to perform a drilling peck. It is similar to Pikachu and Sonic's forward aerials. Can KO around 100% offstage while not being particularly hard to land. It has a landing hit positioned around Falco's head that launches opponents away with decently strong knockback, making this move one of Falco's most reliable KOing options overall. As the move's looping hits use the autolink angle, it can be used during a fast fall to gimp recovering opponents.
Back aerial   13% (clean), 7% (late) A back kick. It is notorious for being one of the fastest and strongest back aerials in the game; the clean hit comes out at frame 4 and possesses incredibly high knockback scaling that even exceeds moves such as Ness's back throw. When including its ability to autocancel from a short hop fast fall, it is a powerful KOing option and combo breaker, capable of KOing at 130% from the center of Final Destination. However, its other qualities have been heavily toned down since Brawl, with its range and duration being considerably shorter.
Up aerial   10% A somersault kick. The kick covers above Falco, giving it rather good range. The attack also starts behind him, allowing the early hit to catch opponents while he's landing. Juggles well at low percentages and can KO at higher percents, although its knockback is lacking compared to Fox's. Regardless, Falco's high jumps allow it to be used from very high up near the blast line, where it can KO as early as 115%.
Down aerial   13% (clean), 8% (late) Briefly pulls his legs upward before performing a downward corkscrew stomp. A decently strong meteor smash on aerial opponents; as a carryover from Melee, it is one of the few meteor smashes that sends opponents diagonally downwards. Due to the clean hit's 2× hitlag multiplier, it benefits significantly from frame cancelling, though this is very situational. The late hit can also lock opponents. However, the move has high startup lag and landing lag, so it is mostly used for reads.
Grab   An average grab.
Pummel   2% Knee strikes the opponent. Decent speed.
Forward throw   4% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Launches the opponent forward with a cross.
Back throw   6% (throw), 3% (shot) Throws the opponent backwards and then shoots them once with his Blaster. Can KO at around 150% near the edge if the opponent is hit by the laser.
Up throw   4% (throw), 4% (shot) Throws the opponent upwards and then shoots them once with his Blaster. A reliable combo starter until high percentages thanks to Falco's high jumps. It can combo into any aerial (except down aerial) and, with a proper read, lead into a KO with up aerial. The throw itself can KO at high percentages if performed on stages with platforms, although opponents can DI away from it at said percent range.
Down throw   2% (shot), 3% (throw) Throws the opponent to the ground and shoots them with his Blaster. Like his up throw, it is a very reliable combo starter. It can lead into an up smash or dash attack at low percentages, as well as a neutral, forward or back aerial at medium percentages.
Floor attack (front)   7% Lunges and kicks backward and forward.
Floor attack (back)   7% Extends to attack in front and in back.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Spins around while kicking.
Edge attack   7% A corkscrew dropkick.
Neutral special Default Blaster 3% Unlike Fox's variant, the shots come out much slower, travel slower, aren’t as long, and don’t go as far, but they flinch opponents and don’t decay in power as they travel. The Blaster fires slightly faster in the air, although this speed increase is negligible. Due to the lasers' low fixed knockback, they can lock opponents at any percent.
Custom 1 Explosive Blaster 1% (loop, 4 hits), 2% (last) The Blaster's laser slows down as it travels and explodes right before it stops. It pushes opponents while traveling, but does not deal damage until the laser explodes. Also visually alters the lasers fired from throws. Similar to Zero Suit Samus’ Electromagnetic Net.
Custom 2 Burst Blaster 2% (near), 1% (far) Acts similarly to Fox's Blaster in that it fires faster, but has lower power, length, range, and loses its ability to make the opponent flinch. Additionally, it still fires slower than Fox's, though its ending lag is significantly lower. Doesn’t fire quicker in mid-air.
Side special Default Falco Phantasm 7% (ground), 6% (airborne opponents when used in air) Dashes forward at a blinding speed, leaving behind afterimages. Unlike Fox Illusion, Falco Phantasm will launch airborne opponents straight downward on contact, and it has 2 less startup frames. On grounded opponents, it sends them upwards with favorable force to combo into a back aerial.
Custom 1 Falco Phase 0% Quicker, and Falco is intangible for the duration of the move, but it cannot hit opponents either. It does not give Falco any momentum.
Custom 2 Falco Charge 4% (early), 12% (clean), 4% (late) The dash's range is shorter, but it hits much harder at the beginning of the move.
Up special Default Fire Bird 2% (charging loop, 7 hits), 3% (launch hit 1), 2% (launch hits 2-8), Cloaks himself in flames and before firing himself in any direction, depending on what direction is held. The launch attack hits multiple times. It also travels a shorter distance than Fox's Fire Fox. The first launch hit can knock opponents away from the rest of the hits.
Custom 1 Fast Fire Bird 2% Instantly fires himself in any direction, but at the cost of a shortened distance.
Custom 2 Distant Fire Bird 8% (first hit), 2% (loop) The charging time is longer, but Falco travels further. The initial part of the attack launches opponents, while the rest of the attack hits opponents multiple times, dealing weak knockback and having a 1.5× SDI multiplier.
Down special Default Reflector 5% (Reflector), 1.2× (reflection) Activates his Reflector and kicks it away from him, reflecting any projectiles and hitting opponents it comes in contact with. It then returns to him as if magnetized. The move can be used as a poking tool that can lock or trip low damaged opponents to start combos.
Custom 1 Accele-Reflector 2% (Reflector), 1× (reflection) The Reflector deals less damage, can only reflect while moving forward and does not increase the reflected projectiles' damage output, but doubles the speed of the reflected projectiles. The Accele-Reflector is colored green.
Custom 2 Reflector Void 9% (Reflector), 0.75× (reflection) The Reflector deals more damage and destroys absorbable projectiles instead of reflecting them. Non-absorbable projectiles are still reflected, but deal less damage due to its lowered reflection multiplier. Its angle and knockback are almost identical to his Reflector in Melee. The Reflector Void is colored purple.
Final Smash Landmaster 12%/11%/10%/8% (movement), 10% (roll), 8%/12% (shot) Calls in a Landmaster. Like Fox's Landmaster, Falco's version can shoot laser blasts and damage opponents while maneuvering around. Unlike Fox's however, it has better aerial mobility at the cost of weaker blasts.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Ejects from an upside-down Arwing.
FalcoOnScreenAppearanceSSB4.gif

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Kicks his Reflector around like a hacky sack and says "Piece of cake!" (楽勝だぜ。, An easy win.) before catching it.
  • Side taunt: Poses by standing on one foot with his wing raised before saying "Get some!" (かかってきな。, Come bring it.)
  • Down taunt: Spins once and crosses one wing before saying "Hands off my prey!" (俺の獲物に手を出すな!, Get your hands off my prey!)
  • Smash taunt: When fighting as Falco on the Corneria stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS or Lylat Cruise in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, quickly tap down on the directional pad once and he will kneel down and seem as though he is trying to communicate with someone through a device, and then stand back up, at which point a conversation will begin with another character from the Star Fox universe.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
Falco's up taunt in Smash 4 Falco's side taunt in Smash 4 Falco's down taunt in Smash 4

Idle poses[edit]

  • Slightly turns to his side.
  • Moves his wing in front of his face.
Falco's first idle pose in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Falco's second idle pose in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Description Fal-co! Fal-co!
Pitch Group chant Group chant

Victory poses[edit]

A flourished remix directly from Brawl based on the theme that would play at the title screen in Star Fox 64.
  • Jumps high into the air and then performs a crouching pose upon descending to the ground.
  • Performs a rapid series of kicks and then poses, saying "Had enough already?" (くたばるのはまだ早ぇぜ。, Too early to kick the bucket just yet.)
    • If Fox is present after a match, there is a chance he will instead say "You're off your game, Fox." Or in Japanese: 腕が落ちたな、フォックス。 (Your skills have fallen off, Fox.)
  • Crosses arms and looks away, saying "You aren't worth the trouble." In Japanese: 付き合ってらんねぇな。 (Not worth associating with.)
FalcoPose1WiiU.gif FalcoPose2WiiU.gif FalcoPose3WiiU.gif

In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Falco 1123 1121 1133 1131 3123
3121 3133 3131 2123 2133

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Falco professionals (SSB4)

Tier placement and history[edit]

Falco has been viewed rather poorly ever since Smash 4's release. Players took little time to notice the severe nerfs to his Blaster, which was an essential component of Falco's playstyle in his previous iterations and a driving force behind his top-tier placements in Melee and Brawl. The nerfs to his down aerial, another signature move of his, further contributed to his weak status, as well as being somewhat slower on the ground than in Brawl. As time went on and Falco saw little representation and almost no notable results to speak of, it became clear that his nerfs were indeed too severe for him to be even a mid-tier character in the eyes of the community. This is in spite of the fact that Falco has received numerous buffs over the game's life span, due to them largely failing to address his ineffective neutral game. Meanwhile, characters like Ike, Meta Knight, Marth, and Mewtwo, who were all at some point considered similarly below-average, would go on to receive more meaningful buffs, which served to only worsen Falco's position relative to the cast. Falco's nerfs and his ongoing lack of tournament presence would lead him to place at 38th on the first tier list released by the 4BR. He then saw drops to 49th on the second tier list, and again to 50th on the third tier list.

Towards the end of the game’s lifespan, however, Falco has earned some noteworthy results as of late thanks to smashers like Armando, Keitaro, and Anragon. Many smashers have also learned that Falco has some favorable and even matchups against some of the middle and high tier characters like Villager, Mega Man, Toon Link, Olimar and Lucas. Due to these traits, some players have argued in support of him and believe he is rather underrated, citing his strong combo game, powerful back aerial, feared down tilt and an effective reflector. Due to the discovery of Falco's niche matchups, he saw a slight improvement to 47th with some smashers still claiming he deserves to be even higher. Regardless, Falco holds the distinction of having the largest tier drop from Brawl to Smash 4 and regarded to be significantly worse than his previous iterations due to his overwhelming nerfs and terrible matchup spread against the high and top tier characters.

Trophies[edit]

Falco
North America A talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team, Falco can be a bit rough around the edges. He once led his own galactic gang before joining up with Fox. In Smash Bros., his ability to jump high and deal damage in the air makes him a powerful threat, and his thrown Reflector can catch foes by surprise.
Pal Ex-gang leader, ace pilot and comrade of Fox, Falco Lombardi might play it cool, but he's burning with passion on the inside. In this game, he excels at jumping and aerial combat, and the way his Reflector move flies forwards can catch foes off guard. Add to that his balanced array of attacks, and it's clear that Falco's a real threat.
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
Falco (Alt.)
North America Falco's Blaster looks identical to Fox's at first, but actually it's quite different! The beams Falco fires deal more damage and cause the victim to flinch, but at a slower rate of fire. Considering Falco's lineage, it's not all that surprising that he can fire faster while airborne.
Pal Falco's Blaster looks identical to Fox's at first glance, but they are actually quite different. Most notably, Falco's version causes enemies to flinch, which can be invaluable when warding off approaching foes. It also deals more damage and has a slower fire rate - though its fire rate actually increases when used in mid-air.
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
Landmaster (Falco)
North America Falco jumps aboard his landmaster for his Final Smash, This powerful combat vehicle sports an explosive cannon and a heavily armored exterior. Falco can blast other fighters or simply drive into them with his tank. This landmaster also flies higher than Fox's, letting Falco give his rivals a pick-me-up...off the stage!
Pal With immense firepower and tough armour, the Landmaster makes for a mighty Final Smash. Falco can use this fine combat vehicle to run down and roll into rivals, as well as inundate them with cannon blasts. His Landmaster can hover a bit higher than Fox's making it easier to pick rivals up and give them a nice comfy ride off the stage!

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

  • All-Star Battle: Melee: Falco is one of the eight opponents fought in this event. All the opponents debut in Melee and reappeared in Smash 4 as veterans.
  • Duck Hunt!: As Duck Hunt, the player must defeat 10 ducks which appear in the stage background. Falco can interfere with the progress with Giant Falco appearing after some time has passed.
  • Great Fox Defense: Falco must prevent a group of Mr. Game & Watches from landing on the stage. The Mr. Game & Watches have more stock on higher difficulties.
  • Up to Speed: As Sonic, the player must defeat Fox, Falco, and Captain Falcon in a high-speed 1 stock match.

Co-op Events[edit]

  • Keep 'Em off the Ship!: Fox and Falco team up to prevent a larger wave of Mr. Game & Watches from landing on the stage.
  • Sky Pirates: Meta Knight and Dark Pit must team up to defeat Captain Falcon and Falco before the plane returns to the airfield.
  • The Ultimate Battle: Two players select a character and must defeat the entire roster.
  • Visiting Onett: Falco is one of the opponents Ness and Villager must fight against. The opponents are space characters or characters from other planets.

Alternate costumes[edit]

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Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. FalcoHeadOrangeSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadBlueSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadRedSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadGreenSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadBlackSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png FalcoHeadPinkSSB4-U.png

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Falco has three English voice actors between both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4. He has Mark Lund for his battle voice and the Orbital Gate Assault Smash taunts, Dex Manley for the Lylat Cruise Smash taunts, and Ben Cullum for the Corneria Smash taunts. He shares this distinction with Fox.
    • Regardless of the release dates of both Star Fox 64 3D and Super Smash Bros. 4, Falco is still reprised by Hisao Egawa in Japanese as opposed to being voiced by his new Japanese voice actor, Kōsuke Takaguchi (this also occurs with Fox).
  • As mentioned above, Falco's custom move Explosive Blaster will visually alter the lasers from his throws.
  • Smash 4 is the first installment where Falco is not unlocked by completing 100-Man Smash. This unlock criteria goes to Wario instead.
  • Falco is the last non-DLC character amiibo to be released in the Super Smash Bros. amiibo lineup.
  • Due to being placed 47th on the current tier list, Falco's tier placement marks the first time a Star Fox character is in the low tiers.
  • Much like Zelda, this is the only game where Falco reuses his design from a previous game with his Star Fox Command appearance being reused.
  • This is the final game in the series where Falco keeps his spot dodge animation from Melee and is voiced by Hisao Egawa in gameplay in the Japanese version.