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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 (46)
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 46th out of 54 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 lowest ranking in the series by far. The majority of Falco's moveset are characterized with high speed and very favourable angles, granting him a strong combo game and juggling capabilities. These are further assisted 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 characterized with high power, giving Falco surprisingly high KO power for a lightweight; 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 moveset 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 auto-canceling 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 sub-par horizontal mobility, making it very difficult to catch 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 the game's mechanics have hindered Falco overall, as the removal of DACUS, the Gatling Combo, and chain grabbing impair 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 in competitive play. However, Falco has attained a rather noticeable degree of success for a low-tier, due to the efforts of Falco's dedicated players, such as AC, Cyro, Deus and Keitaro.

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 tall lightweight character with polarized movement. He has the strongest jumping ability, a fast walking speed, fast falling speed and high air acceleration, but has a below average dashing and air speeds and the 8th highest gravity. These stats give Falco sub-par horizontal mobility, albeit proficient vertical mobility due to exceling in reaching impressive heights. These attributes also offer Falco good vertical endurance for a lightweight.

Owing to his status as a "talented aerial fighter" with an "amazing jumping ability" and fast falling speed, Falco's greatest strengths lie in his strong combo, juggling, and edgeguarding capabilities; this combines with Falco's greatest strength being characterized by the excellent frame-data of his moveset. His neutral attack and forward tilt are both exceedingly quick, while up tilt and down tilt can be useful for comboing into other attacks or even KO at high percentages. Falco's smash attacks are all powerful with reasonable reach as well. His down smash is also a semi-spike, making it excellent at edgeguarding. Falco's aerial game is also powerful due to the distinctive utility of his aerial attacks. Neutral aerial deals relatively high knockback while being extremely 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 useful for gimping by fast-falling during the move then footstool jumping over the opponent, in a similar manner to fellow Star Fox 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 jumping prowess. Back aerial is Falco's strongest aerial, as well as his second-fastest, making it a great choice in several scenarios. Lastly, down aerial, while significantly nerfed from Brawl, can still be useful for KOing offstage, as it is a powerful 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 relatively damaging, making it great at racking up damage before throwing the opponent. His forward throw has decent power 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 useful for comboing into one of Falco's aerial attacks 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 primary projectile and, while extremely unsafe at close range, is an invaluable tool for zoning, 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 effortlessly 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. Aerial Falco Phantasm also meteor smashes aerial opponents and has little landing lag, making it useful for gimping recoveries and repositioning, respectively. Lastly, Fire Bird, his primary means of recovery, grants him respectable distance in all chosen directions. 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 lack of 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 sub-par, which hinders his ability to traverse across stages. This gives him significant trouble approaching and pressuring opponents, since Blaster, his most reliable tool at doing so, is no longer capable of auto-canceling. In addition, while Falco's moveset is overall among the fastest in terms of start-up lag, a majority of Falco's moveset is burdened with slow ending lag, making misused moves heavily susceptible to punishment. When combined with his overall poor reach on his melee-oriented attacks and the fact that most of his moveset's sweetspots are out-prioritized by their sourspots, all of these stats heavily impair Falco's neutral game, causing him to have trouble at KOing despite his overall high power. As for his recovery, while his high jumps, Falco Phantasm, wall jump and Fire Bird all give him a considerably long-distanced recovery, it is extremely predictable due its linearity and Falco's poor aerial mobility. These four options are suffer from high ineffectiveness on their own, making his recovery fairly easy to gimp. Outside of low percentages, Falco's combo-oriented attacks 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 evasive options. His survivability is below-average at best, primarily because of Falco's low weight, high gravity, and predictable recovery.

Falco benefits from a decent amount of custom moves. Burst Blaster has less range, but executes much faster, forcing poor approaches from the opponent much more easily. Falco Phase cannot hit opponents and does not grant momentum, like in Melee, but Falco cannot be damaged either, and the move is also faster. Distant Fire Bird is slower and lacks a charging hitbox, like in Melee, but its distance is increased and possesses 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 heavily situational, or lack much noticeable advantages over the default variants.

Overall, like Kirby and Luigi, Falco has a tendency to hot and cold. Falco boasts excellent combo potential, considerable vertical mobility and KO power, although his sub-par horizontal mobility, poor range and drastically nerfed neutral game make it difficult to put his newfound abilities to utility. In addition, Falco has the tools that let him defensively pressure his opponent, then effectively capitalize on their errors with his strong combo and edgeguarding capabilities. However, he can struggle catch up with opponents who can outmaneuver or outrange his options. Although he can score early KOs through a well-executed edgeguard or hard read, Falco must be careful not to let opponents take advantage of his own weaknesses to avoid being combo'd and KO'd early himself.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Falco has received a mixture 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 drastically nerfed overall during the transition to SSB4, 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 drastically, removing his most prevelant weakness from Brawl. His down tilt has regained its lost power from Melee, and his smash attacks are stronger. His forward aerial's final hit boasts more power and unaffected by SDI, his up aerial possesses consistent power and deals more vertical knockback, and his back aerial, while possessing a shorter duration and less range around him, boasts much more power, to the point of being the eighth-strongest back aerial overall in SSB4, while also being the fastest in the game. In addition, his grab game has received some noticeable improvements, with up throw possessing comboing abilities, and back throw now possessing KO power. Among those, Falco's recovery has especially been improved. While Falco Phantasm can no longer be shortened and its hitbox was noticed nerfed, it no longer causes Falco to fall into helplessness, allowing Fire Bird to be performed immediately after Falco Phantasm's usage, with the latter also granting more distance than before. Due to their sluggishness, both tools also benefit drastically from the removal of edge-hogging and the introduction of ledge trumping.

However, the nerfs Falco received created new weaknesses in Smash 4, that were harsh enough to drastically cripple his neutral game. The removal of DACUS (and subsequently, by extension, the Gatling Combo) prevents his improved up smash from being effective as an approaching option or a combo finisher. The removal of chain grabbing is considered a double-edged sword for Falco: while he is no longer adversely affected by it due to being less susceptible to combos, his ability to easily rack up large amounts of damage with his down throw have been effectively removed in SSB4. His down throw, by itself, also directly nerfed, as it deals less damage and deals more knockback, hindering its combo potential. His down aerial, a staple asset in Melee and Brawl, has been drastically slowed down due to its drastically increased startup lag and no longer auto-canceling in a short hop. These changes heavily impair down aerial's utility to the point it is now useless outside of edgeguarding and/or gimping even then, down aerial deals less knockback. Falco Phantasm has increased startup lag, travels more slowly and its hitbox no longer lasts for its entire duration while travling distance, greatly hindering its usage onstage and it can no longer be shortened, hindering its mixup potential. Finally, Falco's Blaster, one of the most reliable tools for approaching and pressuring in Melee and SSB4, is slower and incapable of auto-cancelling. These changes make Falco much less of a threat in the neutral game, as it is now considerably more different for him to retain great versatility of his high power.

Overall, most of Falco's buffs are not heavily beneficial while the nerfs he received practically removed some of his previous best tools. SSB4's adjusted mechanics have not benefited Falco heavily in comparison to most of the returning veterans since Brawl, along with removing a few of his notirous 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.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in SSB4, 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 slower 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 slower 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 benefits and hinders Falco. It significantly improves his endurance, however, it also removes his ability to chain grab, removing his most reliable method to rack up damage in the previous game.
  • Buff Rolls have less ending lag (FAF 32 → 30).
  • Nerf Rolls have less intangibility (frames 4-19 → 4-16).
  • Buff Air dodge has less startup (frame 4 → 2) and ending lag (FAF 50 → 32).
  • Nerf Air dodge has less intangibility (frames 4-29 → 2-26).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has less intangibility (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×).
    • 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, update 1.1.0 and 1.1.1's adjusted shielding mechanics also assist some of Falco's moveset without harming others by increasing their safety on shield, while Falco's excellent out of shield prevents himself from being hindered by it. These changes gave Falco more offensive options and improved both his KOing and his previously nerfed damage-racking abilities, causing him to fare better than during SSB4's initial release.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Buff Forward aerial's landing hit deals considerably more damage (2% → 5%). Its knockback values were not compensated, drastically improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Forward aerial's landing hit extends farther horizontally (z offsets: 11/8 → 12/7), increasing its horizontal range.
  • Buff Down aerial has less ending lag (FAF 58 → 52) and landing lag (26 frames → 23).
  • Buff Blaster has a more generous repeat window (frames 7-14 → 7-17).
  • Buff Grounded Blaster has a shorter delay between shots (34 frames → 29).
  • Buff Grounded Blaster has less ending lag (FAF 64 → 59).
  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch in which Reflector Void failed to reflect Timber properly.
  • Change Landmaster's falling hitbox can no longer hit damageable floors.


Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Buff Up smash's first hit's leg hitboxes can now hit grounded opponents, while the early foot hitbox can now hit aerial opponents. This removes the move's blind spot against grounded opponents at close range, while giving the move signficantly more horizontal range against aerial opponents.
  • Nerf Up smash's first hit's leg hitboxes launch opponents at a higher angle (140° → 110°) with considerably more knockback (30 (base), 20 (scaling) → 60/25). This makes them connect less reliably into the second hit against aerial opponents.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.8

  • Buff Falco's air speed is higher (0.893 → 0.93).
  • Buff Falco's air acceleration increased (0.07 → 0.09).
  • Buff The first two hits of neutral attack now always launch opponents in the direction Falco is facing, improving their reliability.
  • Buff The near hitboxes on the first hit of neutral attack are larger (3u (middle)/2u (near) → 3.2u/2.5u)), with the near hitbox being positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 0 → -0.5).
  • Change The near and far hitboxes on the first hit of neutral attack have swapped priority.
  • Change The near hitboxes on the first hit of neutral attack launch opponents at lower angles (80° → 68° (near)/77° (middle)).
  • Change The first hit of neutral attack has more base knockback (30 → 35). This improves its jab canceling potential, but hinders its ability to lead into the second hit.
  • Buff The second hit of neutral attack's near hitbox is much larger (2u → 5u) and it is positioned closer to Falco (x offset: 0 → -0.5).
  • Change The second hit of neutral attack's near hitbox launches opponents at a lower angle (50° → 45°).
  • Buff Neutral infinite's near hitboxes are larger (3u (middle)/2u (near) → 3.2u/2.7u).
  • Change Up smash's first hit's late foot hitbox now overrides the early foot hitbox.
    • Nerf This means that the foot hitbox can no longer hit grounded opponents above Falco, preventing it from hitting opponents on higher platforms.
    • Buff However, the move always failed to lead into the second hit against opponents on higher platforms, allowing Falco to simply land the second hit, which is much more powerful.
  • Buff Up smash's second hit has less startup lag with a longer duration (frames 14-19 → 13-20). The animation was unchanged, giving the move more range below Falco.
  • Change Up smash's second hit now has a part value of 1 on its hitboxes. As the first hit's hitboxes are deleted, this has no affect.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's loop hits have more set knockback (15 → 22) and they now use the auto-link angle (110° → 367°). These changes greatly improve neutral aerial's reliability.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's loop hits have a larger middle hitbox (4u → 6u) and it is now static, now fully covering Falco's body.
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's second hit deals less damage (3% (hit 2)/12% (total) → 2%/11%).
  • Buff Neutral aerial's final hit has higher base knockback (40 → 55), improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's final hit now uses one large extended hitbox rather than multiple smaller hitboxes (4u/4u/3u/3u → 8u), giving it more range overall.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's final hit now always launches opponents in the direction Falco is facing, making it more consistent.
  • Change Neutral aerial's final hit has considerably more hitlag (1x → 2x). This makes it benefit more from frame canceling (even with its higher knockback) but this also makes it easier to DI and it significantly hinders the move's safety on shield.
    • The changes to shields in 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 would remove the shield safety disadvantage caused by the higher hitlag.
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's final hit has startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 21-24 → 23-24).
  • Buff Forward aerial has less startup lag (frame 12 → 10), ending lag (FAF 59 → 51) and landing lag (32 frames → 25).
  • Buff Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 54 → 46).
  • Nerf Forward aerial has a a shorter duration (frames 12-34/35-36 → 10-27/28-29).
    • Buff However, the final hit's lower startup lag allows Falco to complete the move in a short hop, which he previously could not do.
  • Buff Forward aerial's loop hits have a shorter rehit rate (6 → 4). This gives forward aerial an extra loop despite its shorter duration, increasing its maximum damage (8% → 9%) as well as making it connect more reliably and making it harder to escape on shield.
  • Nerf Forward aerial's landing hit damage (5% → 3%) without full compensation on its base knockback (30 → 50), significantly hindering its KO potential.
  • 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).
  • Nerf Up aerial has a shorter initial auto-cancel (frames 1-6 → 1-3).
  • Buff Up aerial's foot hitbox is slightly larger (4.8u → 5u).
  • Nerf Up aerial deals less damage (11% → 10%), with the foot and leg hitboxes also dealing less knockback (27 (base), 100 (scaling) → 35/90), considerably hindering its KO potential.
  • Nerf Up aerial's foot hitbox launches opponents at a lower angle (68° → 65°), hindering its KO potential along with its lower damage and knockback.
  • Buff Up aerial's leg and body hitboxes launch opponents at higher angle (68°/80° → 75°/85°), with it no longer being possible to LSI the leg hitbox.
  • Buff Up aerial's body hitbox deals drastically more knockback (30 (base), 20 (scaling) → 35/90). When combined with its higher launch angle, this transforms the hitbox from a drastically weaker sourspot to the move's sweetspot.
    • Nerf However, this also removes the hitbox's ability to lead into followups at higher percents, including potential KO confirms.
  • Buff Down aerial's clean hit has a longer duration (frames 16-18 → 16-19).
  • Buff Down aerial's late hit has a slightly larger hitbox (5u → 5.3u).
  • Buff Down aerial's clean now launches grounded opponents upwards with a less horizontal angle (285° → 80°). This means that the move can no longer be teched at higher percents, giving it much more consistent followup potential as well as granting it KO potential at very high percents.
    • Nerf However, this also removes down aerial's ability to lock and trip at lower percents, hindering its followup potential at lower percents in certain scenarios.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.4

  • Buff Up smash's first hit has less startup lag with a longer duration (frame 8 → 7-8). The animation was unchanged, giving the move considerably more range below Falco.
  • Buff Duriing up smash, Falco now has intangibility on his attacking leg while the hitboxes are active.
  • Change Up smash's first hit has altered knockback (60/80 (base near/far), 25/30 (scaling near/far) → 70/18).
  • Change Up smash's first hit now has weight independent knockback.
  • Change Up smash's Middle hitbox has been moved slightly forwards (x offset: 1.5 → 2).
  • Buff Up smash's far hitbox is positioned further away from Falco (x offset: 5 → 7.7 (hit 1 early)/7 (hit 1 late/hit 2)), giving the move more range.
  • Buff Up smash's second hit deals more knockback (30 (base), 98 (scaling) → 31/104), improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Down smash has higher knockback scaling (76 → 78), slightly improving its KO potential.
  • Bug fix Down Throw Ledge Spike Bug removed.
  • Nerf Trip invincibility and all trip followups except floor attack have one less frame of invincibility.


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 and rivals other attacks of comparable strength, such as Ness's back throw. When including its ability to auto-cancel 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 heavily 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   Reaches forward with his right wing. A somewhat quick grab with average range.
Pummel   2% Knee strikes the opponent. Decent speed.
Forward throw   4% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Launches the opponent forward with a cross. Lacks true follow-ups at 0%, though it can follow-up with dash attack. At around 40%, it causes opponents to tumble, allowing setups, such as a lock from neutral attack or Blaster, or tech-chases if the opponent rolls. Otherwise, this throw is typically useful for sending opponents offstage.
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 lasers, though opponents can easily DI out of it. It is otherwise used to send opponents offstage, much like forward throw.
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 all of Falco's aerial attacks (excluding 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 from it at said ranges of percents.
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% Pulls out his Blaster and fires a slim blue laser projectile. In comparison to Fox's Blaster, it fires at a much slower rate but causes hitstun and deals electric damage. It is very laggy on the ground, making it very punishable if the opponent is close or at a low percentage. However, it is much more effective in the air, as it can be fired marginally faster while airborne and has significantly lower ending lag, with short hop Blaster shots causing Falco to experience only 6 frames of landing lag. This is one of Falco's primary tools with multiple usages, including deterring approaches, gimping offstage opponents, tacking on damage, and locking failed techs, especially since the shorts have low fixed knockback.
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. It also visually alters the lasers fired from throws. Similar to Zero Suit SamusElectromagnetic Net.
Custom 2 Burst Blaster 2% (near), 1% (far) It has comparable functionality to Fox's Blaster in that it fires faster, but has less 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. It does not fire quicker in mid-air.
Side special Default Falco Phantasm 7% (ground), 6% (airborne opponents when used in air) Rears back before launching himself forward in a blue blur of afterimages. The grounded move will stop if Falco reaches a ledge. In comparison to Fox Illusion, Falco Phantasm starts up faster and deals less knockback when grounded, but will meteor smash aerial opponents, allowing it to be useful for gimps. As the grounded version moves opponents slightly towards Falco, it can be used to initiate combos. It is also an excellent horizontal recovering option, as it does not cause helplessness. However, it can only be performed once in midair before landing and has a predictable trajectory. Despite its looks, the hitbox stops short near the end of the move when Falco begins to slow down. After concluding the dash, Falco does a cancellable animation where he fist pumps both his arms towards his sides.
Custom 1 Falco Phase 0% It executes quicker, and Falco is intangible for the duration of the move, but it cannot hit opponents either. It does not give Falco 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, which makes it more versatile for gimping.
Up special Default Fire Bird 2% (charging loop, 7 hits), 3% (launch hit 1), 2% (launch hits 2-8), Engulfs himself in an aura of flame before launching himself in a fiery tackle. The trajectory of the move can be chosen before Falco launches himself, with over 40 angles to choose from. After the move ends, Falco becomes helpless. Compared to Fire Fox, Fire Bird travels less distance, deals multiple hits and almost lacks KO potential, though it inflicts a high amount of total damage if every hit lands (deals a maximum of 31%, being one of the most damaging up specials in the game). It can, therefore, be used as a niche damage-racking option, though the looping hits sometimes have issues maintaining the opponent trapped in the move.
Custom 1 Fast Fire Bird 2% Instantly fires himself in all chosen directions, at the expense 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 possessing a 1.5× SDI multiplier.
Down special Default Reflector 5% (Reflector), 1.2× (reflection) Activates his Reflector and kicks it forward, reflecting incoming projectiles back towards opponents and dealing minimal electric damage to opponents that make contact. It then returns to him as if it was magnetized. It can also be useful as a poking tool that can lock floored opponents 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 nullifies absorbable projectiles instead of reflecting them. Non-absorbable projectiles are still reflected, but deal less damage due to its reduced 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 Landmaster has several methods of attacking, such as firing the laser turret and ramming into opponents by manuevering into them. While piloting it, Falco can drive it around and hover by holding down the jumping button. Unlike Fox's, however, it has better aerial mobility at the expense of comparatively less powerful blasts.

Stats[edit]

Stats Weight Dash speed Walk speed Traction Air friction Air speed Air acceleration Gravity Falling speed Jumpsquat Jump Height Double jump Height
Value 82 1.9 – Initial dash
1.472 – Run
1.28 0.065 0.01 0.93 0.01 – Base
0.09 – Additional
0.13 1.8 – Base
2.88Fast-fall
6 50.506073 - Base
17.34 - Short hop
50.506073

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Ejects from an upside-down Arwing.
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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: Holds out his hand and slowly raises it in a beckoning gesture, whilst saying "Get some!" (かかってきな。, Come bring it.)
  • Down taunt: Spins on one foot, then poses with one of his arms/wings before him, saying "Hands off my prey!" (俺の獲物に手を出すな!, Get your hands off my prey!) while doing so.
  • 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.
  • Flaps 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]

This victory theme is based upon the main theme of Star Fox 64, most specifically the title theme. It is also reminiscent of the music that would play when a mission was completed or accomplished.
  • Jumps high into the air while scoffing, and then performs a crouching pose upon descending to the ground while forcing out a laugh.
  • 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 players (SSB4)

Tier placement and history[edit]

Falco has been regarded rather poorly ever since Smash 4's release. Smashers immediately 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 performances in Melee and Brawl. The nerfs to his down aerial, another signature move of his, further contributed to his weak status, as well as his grounded mobility being somewhat slower than in Brawl. As time went on Falco continued to see little representation and lacked notable results at a national level, leading many to believe that his nerfs were too severe for him to be even a mid-tier, while the buffs he received in updates failed to address his ineffective neutral game. Meanwhile, various characters who were at some point considered comparatively sub-par, notably Meta Knight, Marth, and Mewtwo, received buffs that raised their position in the metagame, worsening Falco's position relative to the cast. All these issues led to Falco slowly declining on tier lists, from 38th on the first tier list to 49th on the second tier list, and then 50th on the third tier list.

It wouldn't be until near the end of the game's lifespan when Falco's representation began to improve, which is due to dedicated mains such as Keitaro or players who use Falco as a secondary or co-main such as AC and Daybreak. In addition, some players began arguing that Falco had some potentially good matchups against projectile-based characters that were ranked higher than him, like Villager, Mega Man, and Toon Link, although his overall matchup to the top echelon remains rather poor. Due to these developments, some players believe Falco is rather underrated, citing his strong combo game, powerful back aerial, feared down tilt and an effective reflector. This was reflected in Falco's slight rise to 46th on the current tier list, with a few arguing Falco could be ranked higher. Nevertheless, the community unanimously considers Falco as a shell of his former self.

Trophies[edit]

3DS Classic Mode trophy
Wii U Classic Mode trophy
Falco
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 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.
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U A talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team, Falco Lombardi is 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.
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
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: Starwing (06/1993)
N64: Lylat Wars (10/1997)
3DS All-Star Mode trophy
Wii U alternate trophy
Falco (Alt.)
NTSC 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.
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
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: Starwing (06/1993)
N64: Lylat Wars (10/1997)
Landmaster (Falco) trophy
Landmaster (Falco)
NTSC 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 this 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]

Falco Palette (SSB4).png
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 ranked 46th on the current tier list, Falco's ranking 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 retains his spot dodging animation from Melee and is voiced by Hisao Egawa in gameplay in the Japanese version.