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This article is about Falco's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For the character in other contexts, see Falco Lombardi.
in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Falco SSBB.jpg
Universe Star Fox
Other playable appearances in Melee
in SSB4
in Ultimate
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Landmaster
Tier A- (7)

Falco (ファルコ, Falco) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was confirmed to return as a playable character on February 20, 2008. Hisao Egawa reprises his role in the Japanese version from Melee, providing new voice clips, while he is now voiced by Dex Manley in the English version of the game.

Falco is ranked 7th out of 38 on the tier list, the lowest position of the A- Tier and top tier, and a slight drop from his Melee tier placement, where he was 4th overall. Falco's Blaster shots are very fast, hard to punish, very long-ranged, transcendent, and allow him to camp and punish approaches easily. At low percents, Falco can rack up damage quickly using lasers and his down throw chain grab with many follow-ups such as the Gatling Combo or the meteor smash in his down aerial. He also has incredible vertical mobility, fast attack speed, a strong all-purpose attack in his back aerial, the aforementioned down air meteor smash (the fastest meteor smash in Brawl with only 5 frames of startup lag), a long-ranged Reflector, and other tricks such as his BDACUS.

Falco still has significant problems, however. While his vertical mobility is excellent, his horizontal mobility is sub-par as Falco has below-average air speed and average dashing speed at best. Falco can have difficulty KOing his opponents who can survive his meteor smash offstage from his chain throw, possessing few reliable KO moves that are not particularly powerful and stale quickly (made worse by the fact that some of his finishers are used frequently). Falco also has a poor recovery; while his Falco Phantasm provides great horizontal distance, it can be predictable and leaves Falco vulnerable for the duration of the move, allowing opponents to easily hit him out of it. Additionally, his Fire Bird travels a short vertical distance, has a very small ledge sweetspot, and is easily edgehogged. His fast falling speed also hinders his recovery, and the fast acceleration of it makes him vulnerable to chain throws from characters like Pikachu who can chain throw him from low percentages to a KO. Regardless of his disadvantages, Falco still maintains excellent matchups across the roster, and has achieved very strong tournament results.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Falco must then be defeated on Lylat Cruise.


A demonstration of Falco following up his down throw chaingrab with a down aerial meteor smash.

Falco has a diverse moveset featuring quick attacks, great follow-up ability, capable finishers, the ability to wall jump, the highest initial jump in the game, and a fantastic projectile. Outside of his forward aerial, all of his aerials cancel quickly upon landing, including his down aerial. Falco's Blaster has great range, transcendent priority, and decent speed. The ending lag of aerial blaster shots also cancel quickly upon landing. This gives him an incredible ability to approach or shutdown approaches, as short-hopped Blaster cancels can be immediately chained into many of Falco's other attacks at close or mid range. Although he has a great camping game, he also has a very good close-range game. He has a very fast jab which is can be used to rack up damage or set up for a grab, and his spot dodge is one of the fastest in the game. Falco can also bolster his approach with his dash attack, a quick, strong move that is difficult to defend against. Falco has a chance to forcibly trip opponents with his quick down special, Reflector to further harass their approach due its great range, although it is unsafe on shields and spot dodges due its fairly long ending lag and low amount of shield stun. Reflector can go through walls and also has the ability to reflect uncommon projectiles, such as Pikachu's Thunder. It can also be used in conjunction with his blaster to safely disrupt recovering opponents from a distance.

One of Falco's most potent moves is his down throw. Although impractical for KOs, it instead provides Falco with an excellent and easy to use chain-throw, chaining into itself up to damage percentages as high as 50% on most characters including the down aerial finish, and it affects more characters than King Dedede's down throw chain. When Falco gets to the edge during the chain-throw, he can unavoidably meteor smash opponents to their doom; should they be able to recover, he can simply edge-hog at the right time to prevent their return (on some characters, it doesn't work against most characters). This attack chain is particularly fatal to all the space animals, including himself, due to the delay and movement limitations in their up specials, though Fox can still recover thanks to his buffed up midair jump in the form of Rising Fair. Falco's down throw also combines well into down aerial and dash attack, and a popular alternative finish to the chain-throw is the Gatling Combo where Falco will hit with dash attack before instantly canceling into an up smash. As for characters on which he cannot initiate his chaingrab, his down throw still makes for a good setup move as he can follow up the throw with a wide range of attacks from his arsenal, such as his neutral and down aerials, side smash, DACUS, Blaster, Reflector, jab, and forward tilt. However, Falco's grab range is sub-par at best and as such, he can have trouble grabbing nimble characters who can potentially out-camp him such as Meta Knight or Fox, who would otherwise be helpless against Falco's chain grab. It should be noted though that if Falco lands close to his opponents after successfully connecting a short hopped double laser, he is almost guaranteed a free grab.

For finishing moves, one of Falco's lackluster areas, Falco can use his forward and up smashes to good effect, though his forward smash is slow and is weak in the tip (although it has a fast charge release, has fairly long range and the hitbox lasts some frames with the weak hitbox being during the last frames). His up smash has strong, purely vertical knockback if it hits during the upswing of his kick, and can be used as a DACUS to gain the jump on opponents further away, though its hitboxes have poor range. The hitboxes of the latter portion of Falco's up smash have little knockback and cannot KO below 200%. However, at high percentages, it acts as a somewhat effective semispike, which can prove fatal to opponents with poor recoveries. Falco is also armed with a fast and powerful meteor smash in his down aerial that can KO at percentages as low as 50%. However, although this move has a slight horizontal disjoint, it has little range with only a small sweetspot the very start on the move spikes, and sourspotting the attack knocks back horizontally with fairly low knockback and lasts a long time while in the air, which makes it dangerous to use off the edge given Falco's fast falling speed. Falco's down aerial excels at spikes near the edge and at spiking opponents above the stage, setting them up for punishment or even a different finisher as they get up from the floor. Falco also has an infinite in the form of his laser lock which can be set up up somewhat easily with his down aerial or down throw followed by a buffered jab (see the techniques section below for more thorough information). It can also potentially set up KOs from his BDACUS.

Falco's major weaknesses lie in recovery and finish ability. Although Falco Phantasm (side special) gives moderately good horizontal distance, Fire Bird (up special) has very short distance, leaves Falco vulnerable during the charge, and is easily edgeguarded, and its only real use is recovering from below or diagonally. His falling speed has some hindrances, such as making him a candidate for Pikachu's 0%-100% chain-grab (although he has resistance against chain-grabs that are ineffective against lightweights such as King Dedede's down throw chain-grab). Although planking can pose a problem for Falco, this issue is ameliorated in the tournament scene where it's usually limited or banned altogether. The main causes of Falco's poor finish ability stem not from a lack of KO moves, but rather his difficulty in landing them, particularly against quick, mobile characters, due to the fact that some of his moves used for racking up damage also happen to be his only KO moves, have poor range, and stale when his foes get within KO percentages, and his forward smash has its aforementioned power though slow start-up and ending lag.

Other than his recovery and poor finishing ability, Falco has no critical problems. Smart, experienced Falco players have overcome these setbacks with his defense and adaptability.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Unlike in Melee where Falco was a clone of Fox, Falco's moveset received a massive overhaul, to the point where is now a semi-clone rather than a full clone.

While Falco is still a top tier character in Brawl, he has been significantly nerfed from Melee with little to no compensation, albeit to a lesser extent than Fox. His overall endurance has been worsened; his much slower falling speed and the changes to knockback formula have made him more frail despite his increased weight, similar to Fox. His Reflector has lost a lot of its utility: it can no longer be jump-cancelled, and the changes to hitstun have removed his high damaging combos and KO setups from Melee. Falco's overall KO power has been weakened, as his back aerial, down tilt, and forward smash are weaker. Down aerial is slightly stronger during its early hitbox; however, it now only meteor smashes during the first few frames, instead of throughout the whole move, similarly to how it was in the PAL version of Melee. Also, due to the removal of spikes, it is now meteor-cancellable, significantly worsening its KOing potential.

Falco's new moves have overall poorer utility than their previous iterations. Neutral aerial is less effective for approaching, pressuring, and comboing, forward aerial has very high landing lag, and up aerial deals less damage and is weaker. Forward smash's sweetspot is hard to land. His already poor recovery has been both buffed and nerfed: he can maneuver more effectively offstage due to his lower falling speed and faster air speed, and Falco Phantasm goes farther, but Fire Bird travels an even shorter distance than before.

However, Falco has received notable buffs. His grab game has better utility. Down throw can no longer be teched by opponents, and allows for easy and highly damaging chain-grabs, partially making up for the loss of his Shine combos. The addition of the DACUS gives Falco a new and reliable approach option, and aids his damage racking ability. The more defensive gameplay in Brawl has indirectly boosted his already strong camping game; the loss of several mobility options makes it much harder to overcome Falco's Blaster, and he has gained a few notable laser techniques, and he can also fire two lasers from a short-hop.

Despite his numerous nerfs, Falco still remains more effective than the majority of the cast since most other veterans were heavily nerfed to various degrees, as well as him being less affected by the transition of Melee's physics to Brawl's compared to other characters.


  • Change Similar to Fox, Falco's design is based off his appearance in Star Fox Command. The boost in graphics also gives Falco much more detail.
  • Change Falco has a new running animation.
  • Change Falco's taunt from Melee has been moved to down taunt, and is dubbed in English where he now consistently says "Hands off my prey!" (俺の獲物に手を出すな!)
  • Change Falco has received two new alternate costumes, Yellow Jumpsuit & Black Jumpsuit.
  • Change As on-screen appearances were not present in Melee, Falco now receives one.


  • Buff Falco is slightly heavier (80 → 82).
    • Nerf However, like Fox, due to Brawl's changes to the knockback formula (knockback is now also based on a character's gravity), Falco's vertical endurance is still drastically worse, to the point he has the 14th worst vertical endurance out of 39 characters with momentum canceling, whereas in Melee, he had the 3rd best vertical endurance out of 26 characters.
  • Nerf Falco walks slower (1.4 → 1.28).
  • Nerf Falco dashes slower (1.5 → 1.432).
  • Buff Falco's air speed is slightly faster (0.83 → 0.893).
  • Buff Falco's additional air acceleration is higher (0.05 → 0.07), increasing the total amount (0.07 → 0.08) despite his base air acceleration being lower (0.02 → 0.01). Relative to the cast however, it is significantly lower, as it has gone from the 3rd highest to just the 20th highest.
  • Buff Falco's traction is lower (0.08 → 0.065), going from the 7th highest in Melee to the 9th highest. Compared to the returning veterans, however, Falco's traction is higher, making it easier for him to punish out of shield.
  • Change As with the returning veterans, Falco's falling speed is drastically slower (3.1 → 1.708). Compared to the returning veterans, however, Falco falls much slower going from having the highest falling speed to the 6th highest, improving his recovery and making him less vulnerable to combos, while drastically weakening his vertical endurance despite being heavier.
  • Change Falco's gravity is lower (0.17 → 0.112) going from the second highest to the 4th highest.
  • Nerf Falco jumps slightly lower (51.5 → 50.52).
  • Nerf Jumpsquat is one frame slower (5 → 6 frames).
  • Buff Spot dodge has a longer duration (frames 2-15 → 2-20).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Change Neutral attack, up tilt and forward smash now have a slash effect instead of a normal effect.
  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Falco has a new neutral attack, where he chop-slashes with one wing after the other, then spins quickly while leaning forward stationary with a single wing out to repeatedly slash the opponent. The first two hits have a longer duration (frames 2-3/3-4 → 2-5/3-6), more vertical range, and set knockback (0 → 5 (hit 1)/20 (hit 2)).
      • Buff Additionally, the first hit launches at a higher angle (70° → 80°), and with the introduction of SDI multipliers in Brawl, has received a below-average multiplier (0.5×), while the neutral infinite has shorter gaps between hits (7 → 5 frames), set knockback (10 (base)/80 (scaling) → 3 (set)/100 (scaling)), and different angles as well (80° → 30°/50°/80°). Altogether, these changes allow the move to connect all hits more reliably.
    • Nerf Neutral attack can no longer be jab canceled into other moves, due to its set knockback and the first hit having more ending lag (frame 16 → 17). The second hit also deals less damage (4% → 2%).
  • Nerf Forward tilt has a shorter duration (frames 5-9 → 6-8) and more ending lag (frame 26 → 28).
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Falco has a new up tilt, where he swings both of his wings above his head in a tip-toed turn. Compared to the previous up tilt, it hits twice, with its damage values redistributed (9% → 4%/3% (hit 1)/5% (hit 2)).
      • Buff Up tilt has better vertical reach, and faster startup with a longer duration overall (frames 5-11 → 4-9 (hit 1)/12-16 (hit 2)).
    • Nerf New up tilt has less horizontal range behind Falco, and can no longer combo due to its higher ending lag (frame 23 → 37) and the introduction of hitstun canceling. The first hit has also received a sourspot, while the second hit deals less knockback due to its lower individual damage output, despite its knockback scaling being increased (120 → 150).
  • Nerf Down tilt deals less damage with a sourspot at the tip of Falco's tail (13% → 12%/9%), and has drastically less knockback scaling (125 → 90), no longer being a reliable KO move (KOing around 170% rather than around 100% in Melee).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has more base knockback (35 (clean)/20 (late) → 40/30).
    • Change Dash attack's angle has been altered (72° → 65° (clean)/40° (late).
  • Forward smash:
    • Change Falco has a new forward smash, where he swings his wings forward in an overhead swipe.
      • Buff Forward smash's late hit has a much larger hitbox (3.6u/3.2u/2.4u → 9u)). With the addition of hitlag multipliers in Brawl, the move has also received below-average multipliers (0.5× (clean)/0.3× (late)), making it harder to DI.
    • Nerf Forward smash has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 12-21 → 17-22), more ending lag (frame 40 → 51), deals less damage (17% (clean)/14% (late) → 15%/10%) and has less knockback scaling (90 (clean)/105 (late) → 88/90), hindering its KO potential and no longer being one of Falco's most reliable KO options. Its clean hit was also moved closer to his body, making it harder to land without a hard read, despite the longer overall reach of the forward smash.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff The introduction of the DACUS turns Falco's up smash into a much better approach and followup option, as well as a quick move that can deal damage in excess of 20% at lower percentages (via the Gatling Combo). Its late hit also deals more knockback (10 (base)/100 (scaling) → 18/98).
    • Nerf Up smash has more startup (frame 7 → 8) and no longer grants intangibility on Falco's head. Its clean hit also has less knockback (25 (base)/100 (scaling) → 20/98), although this is mitigated by the generally slower falling speeds in Brawl.
  • Down smash:
    • Nerf Down smash has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 6-10 → 7-9), more ending lag (frame 46 → 47), deals less damage on its sweetspots (16% → 15%), and has less range, greatly decreasing its utility. Combined with the loss of intangible frames on the leg hurtboxes when charging, it is less effective as an edgeguarding option.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Change All aerials except forward aerial have decreased landing lag (15/7 frames → 9 (neutral), 20/10 frames → 15 (back), 18/9 frames → 15 (up), 18/9 frames → 12 (down)). Due to the removal of L-canceling, however, their landing lag is not fully compensated.
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Change Falco has a new neutral aerial: a single tumbling spin swipe with his wings to his right. Compared to the previous neutral aerial, it hits four times, with its damage values redistributed (12% (clean)/9% (late) → 3% (hits 1-2)/2% (hit 3)/4% (hit 4)).
      • Buff Neutral aerial has less startup (frame 4 → 3) and more range behind Falco.
    • Nerf Neutral aerial has a shorter duration (frames 4-31 → 3-5, 6-9, 14-17, 21-24), more ending lag (frame 42 → 49) and autocancels later (frame 37 → 43). Due to consisting of multiple hits with angles that do not link very well (361° → 110° (hits 1-3)/361° (hit 4)), it is less reliable overall, as opponents can easily SDI out of it, and it cannot lead into other moves as effectively as his previous neutral aerial. Furthermore, it has less range in front of Falco, and its last hit deals less knockback due to its lower individual damage output, despite its base knockback being increased (10 → 40), leaving it unable to KO until very high percents.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Change Falco has a new forward aerial, where he spins in a horizontal corkscrew to perform a drilling peck, similar to Pikachu and Sonic's forward aerials.
      • Buff Forward aerial now consists of a loop hit with a rehit rate of 8, and a last hit, rather than five separate hits, giving it a consistently active hitbox (frames 6-8, 16-18, 24-26, 33-35, 43-45 → 6-33 (loop)/34-35 (last hit)) and thus making it easier to hit. Its loop hit additionally uses the autolink angle (361° → 365°), and both its hitlag multiplier (0.7×) and SDI multiplier (0.8×) are below-average, allowing the move to connect all hits more reliably.
    • Nerf Forward aerial has more ending lag (frame 53 → 58) and much more landing lag (22 → 33 frames), making it very risky to use close to the ground. It also deals less damage (9%, 8%, 7%, 5%, 3% (hits 1-5) → 2% (loop)/3% (last hit)), and has less knockback for both the loop hits (10 (base)/100 (scaling) → 0/40) and last hit (50 (base)/100 (scaling) → 80/60), allowing opponents to shield or air dodge out of it until high percents, and hindering its KO potential. Furthermore, the last hit has received an above-average hitlag multiplier (2×), making it easier to DI.
    • Change Forward aerial now has a slash effect instead of a normal effect.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial's late hit has more base knockback (0 → 30).
    • Nerf Back aerial's clean hit sweetspot and late hit deal less damage (15% (clean)/9% (late) → 13%/7%), weakening the former despite its slightly increased knockback scaling (100 → 103).
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Falco has a new up aerial, where he performs a frontflip kick. Compared to the previous up aerial, it only hits once instead of twice, but this allows it to connect more consistently.
      • Change It has more horizontal range but less vertical.
    • Nerf Up aerial has more startup with a shorter duration (frames 8-9, 11-14 → 10-14), deals less damage (6% (hit 1)/10% (hit 2) → 11%), and its sweetspot has less knockback (22 (base)/120 (scaling) → 27/100), reducing its KO potential.
    • Change Up aerial's angles have been altered (70°/90° → 68°/80°).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's clean hit deals more damage (12% → 13%), improving its KO potential. The move also autocancels earlier (frame 30 → 27), allowing it to autocancel in a short hop, and can be used more safely offstage due to Falco's much slower falling speed.
    • Nerf Down aerial can now be meteor canceled, and no longer meteor smashes with the late hit (290° → 361°). While the latter was also the case in the PAL version of Melee, the clean hit in Brawl has a much shorter duration as well (frames 5-14 (clean)/15-24 (late) → 5-7/8-21), making the move harder to meteor smash with, although it remains one of Falco's most powerful edgeguarding options. The late hit also deals less damage (9% → 8%) with less knockback scaling (100 → 90).
    • Change Down aerial's clean hit's angle has been altered (290° → 280°).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Standing and dash grab have less startup (frame 7 → 6 (standing), frame 12 → 11 (dash)) and ending lag (frame 31 → 30 (standing), frame 41 → 40 (dash)).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel is faster (24 → 16 frames).
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (3% → 2%).
  • Change All of Falco's throws are no longer weight dependent.
  • Back throw:
    • Buff Back throw launches at a lower angle (56° → 33°), improving its edgeguarding ability despite its knockback scaling being decreased (85 → 80).
  • Buff Back and up throws deal more total damage (7.46% → 8%) due to the changes to stale-move negation.
  • Up throw:
    • Nerf Up throw has less knockback (75 (base)/110 (scaling) → 70/100).
    • Change Up throw's angle has been altered (90° → 107°).
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw's shots deal more damage (1% → 2%), which along with the changes to stale-move negation increases the move's total damage (4.73% → 9%). It also launches at a different, non-meteor smash angle (270° → 50°), and has less knockback (150 (base)/40 (scaling) → 45/130), allowing it to chain grab from low to mid percents.
    • Nerf Down throw's different angle removes its ability to tech-chase, hindering its setup potential past mid percents, especially with the changes to hitstun. This also removes its ability to one-hit KO at the ledge if the opponent did not meteor cancel.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attacks have more set knockback (90 → 110).
    • Buff Slow edge attack deals more damage (8%/6% → 10%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Blaster
    • Nerf Falco can no longer fast fall while firing lasers, hindering his ability to control their height precisely. In particular, Falco can no longer short hop laser lower than a grounded laser and cannot fire consecutive low lasers as frequently. This makes his lasers less effective for pressuring and approaching since he cannot get to the ground as quickly after firing them. However, it remains one of his best options, still gives him among the best neutrals in Brawl, and is still considered one of the best moves in the game.
    • Change Falco's lasers are blue instead of red.
    • Buff Falco can now shoot two lasers in a short hop, making them better for tacking on damage, especially against aerial opponents. The lock mechanics in Brawl also allow them to rack up damage very effectively via laser locking. Furthermore, due to powershielding no longer reflecting projectiles, lasers are safer to use for camping.
  • Falco Phantasm:
    • Buff Falco Phantasm travels significantly farther; combined with Falco's slightly faster air speed and slower falling speed, this makes it a noticeably better horizontal recovery option overall.
    • Nerf Falco Phantasm's meteor smash hitbox is weaker.
  • Fire Bird:
    • Buff Fire Bird now has hitboxes while charging, akin to Fire Fox, significantly decreasing its startup (frame 43 → 20) and allowing it to deal much more total damage (16% → 31%). Its last hit also has a much larger hitbox (4.096u → 10u).
    • Nerf Fire Bird travels a shorter distance and causes Falco to lose all momentum after using the move, drastically lowering his already slow air speed until he lands. The dashing portion of the move now also consists of nine hits instead of a single hit, which have redistributed damage outputs (16% → 3% (hit 1)/2% (hits 2-9)), knockback that doesn't properly match Falco's travel speed (30 (base)/50 (scaling)), and an above-average SDI multiplier (1.5×), while the last hit launches at a lower angle (80° → 361°) and its knockback was barely compensated (80 (base)/60 (scaling) → 70/90). This makes the move much harder to connect, despite the dashing portion's second to eight hits using the autolink angle (80° → 365°), and leaves it unable to KO until very high percents, removing nearly all its offensive utility.
    • Change Like Fox, Falco now consistently says "Fire!" when using Fire Bird.
  • Reflector
    • Change Reflector now behaves differently: Falco now kicks his reflecting device forward, and it then comes back to him as if magnetized, instead of him activating and holding it in place like Fox's version of the move.
      • Buff Due to its different behavior, Reflector has more horizontal range and its hitbox lasts longer (frame 1 → 4-13). It also reflects projectiles immediately (frame 4 → 1) without incurring additional lag upon reflection, deals shield damage (0 → 5), has received a below-average hitlag multiplier (0.5×) making it harder to react to, and cannot be SDIed (0×).
    • Nerf Reflector no longer grants intangibility, no longer stalls in midair, and cannot be extended, instead having a set duration with more ending lag than when not extended in Melee (frame 40 → 51). Due to its different behavior, it also cannot reflect projectiles from behind. Furthermore, it can no longer be jump canceled, and its hitbox has more startup (frame 1 → 4), deals less damage (8% → 6%), and launches at a lower angle (84° → 361°) with less knockback (110 (base)/50 (scaling) → 35/30), removing Falco's shine combos entirely, which were his most lethal form of punishment in Melee. While it has gained a trip chance of 40%, its ending lag is too high for it to be followed up on, while making it unsafe on hit if it does not trip. Altogether, these changes significantly weaken the move's utility.
    • Change Reflector now uses a unique sound effect instead of the sound effect of grabbing an item.
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Falco now has a Final Smash: Landmaster. Falco's Landmaster is visually identical Fox's Landmaster, but it has better air mobility, a higher jump, weaker cannon shots, a more damaging barrel roll, and slower ground speed. After 18 seconds, Falco's Landmaster will disappear.


  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   4% Falco does a jab, another jab, and then tilts diagonally and spins very quickly with his arms out. Has very low startup lag coming out on frame 2, surprisingly great range and it has low ending lag, making it a great move to use at close range or in pressure situations. Falco has no guaranteed followups out of jab, although it does have great mixup potential, potentially leading into another set of jabs, a grab or even a smash attack. The neutral infinite can easily be escaped and punished, although it has low ending lag.
Forward tilt   9% Kicks his leg out. Can be angled. Has decent range, making it a solid spacing option.
Up tilt   4% (hit 1), 3% (hit 1 tip), 5% (hit 2) Swings both of his wings above his head in a tip-toed turn, hitting twice. Good for racking up damage as it is fast and can potentially combo into itself at lower percents. Can KO at very high percents.
Down tilt   12% (near), 9% (far) A quick tail swipe. It has decent vertical knockback although it cannot KO until very high percents. It is not a highly useful move although it is a usable mixup in some situations.
Dash attack   9% (clean), 6% (late) Jumps slightly off the ground while running and performs a kick. It has very fast startup lag and covers a good amount of distance, making it a good approach tool. If Falco connects the dash attack during its first active frame, he can cancel it into an up smash for extra damage/shield pressure (known as the gatling combo), further increasing its utility.
Forward smash   15% (clean), 10% (late) Brings his wings back behind himself and slam-chops with them in a forward lean, slashing anyone who is caught in it. Decent knockback and good range, although it comes out slowly compared to Falco's other moves.
Up smash   14% (clean), 12% (late) A bicycle kick. Weaker than Fox's up smash but better for juggling. Below average knockback (although it can still easily KO at high percents) but it has fast startup lag and good range. When used as a DACUS, Falco will slide a long distance along the stage, making it a great approach/followup option. Overall a very useful move due to its DACUS properties, along with its ability to be used after a dash attack.
Down smash   15% (feet), 13% (legs) A split kick that comes out relatively quickly. His legs are intangible for a short time before the attack strikes. It is his fastest smash attack in terms of startup lag and it hits on both sides, making it a decent option however, its knockback is unspectacular and it can easily be punished.
Neutral aerial   3% (hits 1-2), 2% (hit 3), 4% (hit 4) Does a series of spinning swipes with his wings, hitting four times. The final hit knocks opponents away. The move has very low startup and landing lag, and it can potentially lead into Falco's other moves if Falco lands after the early hits, making it a solid landing option.
Forward aerial   2% (hits 1-4), 3% (hit 5) Turns horizontally and spins, hitting multiple times with his beak, similar to Pikachu's or Sonic's forward aerial. The move starts off with weaker multi hits, which then progress into a final strong hit. The loop hits deal pitiful knockback, to the point where they don't chain into each other until mid percents or even high percents depending on the character. Falco's opponent can air dodge out of the move or even hit him before the loop hits connect, assuming that they don't just fall out of it outright. The move has very high ending lag and landing lag, making it dangerous to use in most situations, especially when landing. The final hit does have high base knockback, so it can potentially be used for an early percent stage spike, although this can be avoided. Easily Falco's worst aerial and it is even a contender for the worst aerial in the entire game, with Falco's neutral aerial being a much better multi hit option.
Back aerial   13% (clean sweetspot), 9% (clean sourspot), 7% (late) A backwards kick. Has very fast startup lag, decent range, with the move lasting a decent amount of time and it covers both sides of Falco (although the front hit is weaker). The move also has decent knockback which along with its fast startup lag, makes it one of his better KO options. The move can be hard to land in some situations however due to Falco's poor mobility.
Up aerial   11% An overhead vertical flip kick. Falco's legs have decent knockback although his body acts as an extremely weak sourspot. The move has moderate startup lag coming out on frame 10, but it has unimpressive range. The hitbox also launches opponents at a fairly unfavourable vertical angle. As a result, Falco's up aerial is not a great move, as it be avoided fairly easily, although it can be used for vertical KOes as well as momentum cancelling.
Down aerial   13% (clean), 8% (late) Turns diagonally and spins. At the start of this attack, the hitbox from his knee to his lower body, can execute a meteor smash at his spinning heel. It has extremely fast start-up lag for a meteor smash, it has good knockback for a meteor smash despite its fast startup lag and it has low landing lag with a decent auto-cancel window. The move can set up combos (or be used in combos) at low percents and it can set up tech chases at higher percents. It is also naturally good at edgeguarding, due to it being a fast and powerful meteor smash. The move does have high ending lag however, so it can be risky offstage, especially when combined with Falco's fast falling speed. Its late hit also launches opponents horizontally with low knockback, making it less effective overall. It is still overall one of Falco's most useful tools however, being a good combo, edgeguarding and landing option.
Grab   Grabs the opponent.
Pummel   2% A quick knee strike.
Forward throw   4% (hit 1), 3% (throw) Bashes the opponent forward. A decent option to get opponents off stage although it is not particularly effective at KOing.
Back throw   2% (throw), 2% (shots) Throws the foe backwards and then fires three shots with his Blaster. The blaster shots can be avoided with good DI making the throw rather ineffective outside of getting opponents off stage.
Up throw   2% (throw), 2% (shots) Throws the foe upwards and fires three shots with his Blaster. Much like his back throw, Falco's opponents can DI to avoid the laser shots. It is overall Falco's least useful throw as it does not achieve anything notable.
Down throw   2% (shots), 1% (throw) Tosses opponent upward, then fires four very quick Blaster shots. The throw has low knockback and very low ending lag. Because of this, it can chain grab most characters at low percentages, and may be finished with a down aerial meteor smash at the edge of the stage or with a down aerial, up smash or even a gatling combo. Even at tumble percents, Falco still has multiple mixups against his opponents depending on their DI (including an unavoidable Jab at mid percents against no DI/DI down) and at high percents, it can even lead into a DACUS for a KO setup. Because of this, Falco's down throw is easily his best throw, as well as one of the best throws in the game. It is one of the main reasons why Falco is considered to be a top/high tier character.
Forward roll
Back roll
Spot dodge
Air dodge
Floor attack (front)
Floor getups (front)
  6% Falco lunges and kicks backwards and forwards.
Floor attack (back)
Floor getups (back)
  6% Falco extends to attack in front and in back.
Floor attack (trip)
Floor getups (trip)
  5% Falco spins around, kicking those who are near.
Edge attack (fast)
Edge getups (fast)
  6% (legs), 8% (body) Falco lunges at the opponent with a kick.
Edge attack (slow)
Edge getups (slow)
  10% Falco slowly gets up and hammers the ground with a kick.
Neutral special Blaster 3% Falco fires his blaster. Compared to Fox's Blaster, it is slower but the lasers last for much longer and they stun opponents. It auto-cancels on landing and it fires faster when used in the air, which allows Falco to easily and quickly shoot two lasers in a short hop. Falco can very easily camp with lasers, by running away and spamming short hop lasers, which can be very difficult for certain characters to deal with. If a laser connects just as Falco is landing, Falco can followup with a DACUS as a hard punish, or he can continue to pressure with lasers. They can also be used to edgeguard, by intercepting character's jumps, specials moves and even glides. They are also an effective locking tool as if Falco's opponent misses a tech, he can easily shoot lasers at them from any distance, which he can continuously do until his opponent reaches a ledge, where he can then punish them with a DACUS. It is overall a defining neutral tool for Falco, and his lasers are usually considered to be the second best projectile in the game (behind Diddy Kong's Banana Peel) due to how safe and spammable they can be in the right situations. Much like his down throw, it is one of the main reasons why he is ranked so highly on the tier list.
Side special Falco Phantasm 7% (ground), 6% (airborne opponents when used in air) Falco dashes forward, leaving an afterimage behind him. Unlike Fox Illusion, Falco Phantasm launches opponents downwards (at least the aerial version) and has slightly less startup lag and landing lag. It is a great recovery option, as well as a great approach option and it is a good tool to escape pressure, as it travels a great distance in a short amount of time and it can be very difficult to punish if spaced well. Similar to Mach Tornado, Falco is considered to be grounded and airborne during the move, which means that both ground moves and aerials will clash with the move (unless they out-priotise it), meaning that most moves cannot punish it while Falco is travelling forwards. It can also be shortened, which grants it mixup potential as the opponent might be expecting Falco to perform the full version. The move can be punished if Falco poorly spaces it however, and it can be edge hogged although overall, it is one of Falco's most useful moves, being a great move to use for recovering and approaching or to use as an escape tool to set up laser pressure.
Up special Fire Bird 2% (charging loop), 3% (launch hit 1), 2% (launch hits 2-9) Falco charges up and suddenly fires himself in any direction, depending on what direction is held. The attack hits multiple times. The move is slow and it travels a very short distance making it an easily exploitable recovery move, while also being ineffective as an attack. The move should only be used either as an occasional recovery mixup or when it is required for Falco to survive offstage.
Down special Reflector 6% (reflector), 1.5x damage for reflected projectiles Falco activates his Reflector and kicks it away from him, reflecting any projectiles and shocking any enemies it comes in contact with. The reflector is active throughout the entire animation, making it a good option to deal with projectiles. As an attack it can be used as a long range poking tool that trips low-damage opponents, although it has high ending lag and very low knockback, making it easily punishable on hit if the opponent does not trip. It is not a great attack although it can be a used as a long range mixup and it is naturally useful against characters with projectiles.
Final Smash Landmaster 5-19% (movement), 15-16% (turn), 13% (shot), 13% (roll), 14% (fall) Falco summons his Landmaster. It has more aerial mobility than Fox's, but is slightly weaker and has less ground mobility.


  • Silent Lasering: A silent laser refers to canceling the ending lag of a single blaster shot by short hopping and using his Blaster instead of using it in the ground. This allows Falco to SHDL and combo a laser into an up smash, DACUS, or BDACUS for a KO. Another interesting advantage to this technique is that a perfectly performed silent laser will cancel about 6 frames of the blaster's landing lag. This will allow Falco to land in front of his opponents and grab them before they can spot dodge. He can proceed to start his trade mark, deadly chain grab combos. It should be noted that this will not work if the blaster is stale, as a stale silent laser will only cancel 4 lag frames.
  • Laser Cancelling: Using Falco's Blaster before touching the ground cancels landing lag and shortens response time upon landing. The optimal timing is noticeable because Falco will draw his laser, but not fire a shot. This is used for mind games, because of its look of Falco immediately becoming neutral. It is more useful for flail recovery than tapping the shield button upon landing because there are no frames on landing, and Falco is able to attack more quickly. In Melee, the response time reduction is more significant, but it lacks in flail recovery. In Brawl, the flail recovery is better, but the response time reduction is almost unnoticeable. They both cancel flail (assuming the player has control) equally.
  • Laser lock: Some of Falco's moves have enough hit stun to cause opponents to bounce on the ground. If one's reflexes allow it, Falco can use his lasers to trap opponents in the bouncing animation, effectively giving him a potent and inescapable lock.


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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
1.432 – Run
1.28 0.065 0.013 0.893 0.01 – Base
0.07 – Additional
0.112 1.708 – Base
6 50.52007143 - Base
? - Short hop

Announcer call[edit]

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Wii Remote selection sound[edit]

  • Falco says "Piece of cake!" like one of his taunts.
Falco's selection sound

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Ejects from an upside-down Arwing.


Falco is one of only four characters to speak in all three taunts in Brawl, the others being Zero Suit Samus, Peach and Pikachu (though Peach uses real words in two of her taunts, and Pikachu, like most Pokémon, only ever says variations of its name). Additionally, in the English version, Falco speaks in his taunts with a Brooklynese Italian-American accent (his surname, Lombardi, is Italian).

  • Up taunt: Kicks his reflector around like a hackey sack before catching it, and says "Piece of cake." Japanese: (楽勝だぜ。, An easy win.)
  • Side taunt: Stands on one foot with his wing raised, posing and says "Don't try me." (かかってきな。, Come bring it.)
  • Down taunt: Spins once and crosses one arm, (same as in Melee) and says "Hands off my prey." (俺の獲物に手を出すな!, Get your hands off my prey!)
  • Smash taunt: On Lylat Cruise or Corneria, Falco can summon various Star Fox Conversations by quickly tapping down on the Control Pad (for one frame). This taunt can only be used once per match.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt Smash taunt
FalcoUpTauntBrawl.gif FalcoSideTauntBrawl.gif FalcoDownTauntBrawl.gif Taunts-Brawl-Falco-SmashTaunt.png

Idle poses[edit]

  • Slightly turns to the side.
  • Moves his hand in front of his face.
Falco Idle Pose 1 Brawl.png Falco Idle Pose 2 Brawl.png

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Description Fal - Co! Fal - Co!
Pitch Group chant Group chant

Victory poses[edit]

This victory theme comes from the main theme of Star Fox 64.
  • Up: Jumps extremely high and lands kneeling. He then looks up at the camera.
  • Left: Rapidly kicks and says "Had enough already?" (くたばるのはまだ早いぜ。, Too early to kick the bucket just yet.) Then puts his foot down and crosses his body over to look at the camera.
  • If Fox is present after a match, 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.)
  • Right: Crosses arms, turns his head to the side, and says "You aren't worth the trouble". In Japanese: 付き合ってらんねぇな。 (Not worth associating with.)
Up Left Right
Falco-VictoryUp-SSBB.gif Falco-VictoryLeft-SSBB.gif Falco-VictoryRight-SSBB.gif

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

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Tier placement and history[edit]

Falco has always been seen as a top-tier character in Brawl, though he is ranked slightly lower in the most recent tier lists than in the previous ones. Falco was ranked 5th place on the first tier list (September 2008) in the top tier, and rose to 3rd in the second (January 2009; his highest position so far). He then remained at 4th from the third tier list to the sixth, before dropping to 6th on the seventh (April 2012), then 7th on the eighth and current list, as of April 2013. While Falco has had many notable players contributing to his metagame, as well as having always had great matchups against the majority of the cast, he does have trouble against some top/high tiers, and his less successful recent tournament results hold him back, though he still remains a top tier character.

Role in The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Falco in SSE.

Ejecting from his Arwing, Falco shows up just in time to save Fox from trophyization at the hands of Bowser and a Shadow Bug clone of Diddy Kong by flip-kicking the Dark Cannon from Bowser's hands and destroying it with dual lasergun fire, forcing Bowser to leave. He is shown to use two blasters, but only uses one when he is used in-game. This makes Falco the only character who destroys a Dark Cannon in SSE, no matter which princess the player rescues. The Diddy clone begins to absorb more Shadow Bugs, becoming gigantic, and after Fox revives the real Diddy, the three fight the giant clone. Falco then turns to leave, but is dragged back by Diddy and reluctantly comes along. A stupefied Fox shrugs his shoulders and walks off after them as he received the same treatment from Diddy earlier.

As Captain Falcon and Olimar look down at the ship carrying Donkey Kong's trophy, Falco's Arwing shows up, ejecting Diddy Kong from the cockpit. Diddy then activates his Rocket Barrel Jet Pack and shoots the ship with his Peanut Popguns. Landing on the ship, he quickly detrophifies DK, and after DK, Diddy, Captain Falcon, and Olimar defeat the Primids that board the ship, Falco gives Diddy and Donkey Kong a thumbs up as he leaves.

He makes his next appearance in the battle against Duon on the Halberd, where he teams up with Fox, Peach, Zelda, Snake, and Lucario. When it's defeated, Peach revives Mr. Game & Watch as Meta Knight takes back control of his ship. He uses his Arwing during the attack on the Subspace Gunship and maneuvers effectively to avoid the cannons. He enters Subspace and stands loftily, as if he is above this. When he is turned into a trophy, he is rescued by Luigi, Ness and King Dedede, and joins them in the Great Maze. He aids them in the fight against Tabuu.

Playable appearances[edit]

After Outside the Ancient Ruins is finished, Falco will be removed from the player's team until the Duon battle in Battleship Halberd Bridge.

Exclusive stickers[edit]

These stickers can only be used by Falco or a select few including him.

  • Andrew: Launch Resistance +7
  • Arwing: [Leg] Attack +6
  • Falco (Star Fox 64): [Weapon] Attack +11
  • Falco (Star Fox Adventures): [Specials: Indirect] Attack +11
  • Falco (Star Fox Command): [Energy] Attack +14
  • Falco (Star Fox: Assault): [Tail] Attack +20
  • Fox (Star Fox 64): [Energy] Attack +18
  • Fox (Star Fox Adventures): [Arm, Leg] Attack +15
  • Fox (Star Fox Assault): [Energy] Attack +33
  • Krystal (Star Fox Adventures): [Electric] Attack +28
  • Krystal (Star Fox Command): [Energy] Attack +12
  • Krystal (Star Fox: Assault): [Tail] Attack +17
  • Miniature Dachshund: [Tail] Attack +28
  • Panther: [Tail] Attack +18
  • Pigma: [Arm] Attack +7
  • ROB: [Electric] Resistance +15
  • Wolf: [Arm, Leg] Attack +15
  • Wolfen (Star Fox 64): [Tail] Attack +16
  • Wolfen (Star Fox: Assault): [Tail] Attack +30

Using stickers[edit]

Falco mainly benefits from energy stickers as his Blaster and Reflector as well as all of his throws except his forward throw are energy attacks. He has exclusive access to a few tail stickers which covers his down tilt. He's most benefited from arm and leg stickers due to the majority of his attacks are punches and kicks. He also benefits from slash stickers as much of his standard moves as well as his Falco Phantasm are slash attacks. Flame stickers can cover his Fire Bird special move.

In Solo Modes[edit]

Classic Mode[edit]

In Classic Mode, Falco can appear as an opponent or ally in Stage 7 if he has been unlocked along with Fox, Wolf, and Captain Falcon on Lylat Cruise. Falco can also appear as an opponent in Stage 11, but only if he hasn't appeared in Stage 7.

All-Star Mode[edit]

In All-Star Mode, Falco is fought in Stage 16 alongside Fox and Wolf on Lylat Cruise.

Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Ending Images[edit]


Falco's main and Final Smash trophies can be obtained by clearing Classic Mode and All-Star mode respectively with Falco.

Classic Mode trophy
NTSC A Team Star Fox pilot whose real name is Falco Lombardi. He once roamed the starways as the head of a galactic gang, and his piloting skills are superb. He affects an air of cool disdain and is sometimes uncooperative, but in reality his passion for the Star Fox team is second to none. He once left the team to fly solo for a time.
SNES: Star Fox
Nintendo DS: Star Fox Command
PAL A Team Star Fox pilot whose full name is Falco Lombardi. He once roamed the starways as the head of a galactic gang, and his piloting skills are superb. He affects an air of cool disdain and is sometimes uncooperative, but in reality his passion for the Star Fox team is second to none. He once left the team to fly solo for a time.
SNES: Starwing
Nintendo DS: Star Fox Command
Landmaster (Falco) trophy
Landmaster (Falco)
NTSC Falco's Final Smash. He jumps aboard the Landmaster high-spec, antiaircraft tank. With the tank's powerful cannon blasts and rolling ability, it's possible to take out all enemies at once. The Landmaster is based on actual production vehicles, but Team Star Fox's Landmaster was customized by the team's mechanic, Slippy Toad.
PAL Falco's Final Smash. He jumps aboard the Landmaster high-spec, anti-aircraft tank. With the tank's powerful cannon blasts and rolling ability, it's possible to take out all enemies at once. The Landmaster is based on actual production vehicles, but Team Star Fox's Landmaster was customized by the team's mechanic, Slippy Toad.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Alternate costumes[edit]

Falco Palette (SSBB).png
FalcoHeadSSBB.png FalcoHeadOrangeSSBB.png FalcoHeadBlueSSBB.png FalcoHeadRedSSBB.png FalcoHeadGreenSSBB.png FalcoHeadBlackSSBB.png



  • Falco holds the world record for Level 2 Target Smash, by completing it in 3.95 seconds. He also holds the Co-op Target Smash world record for Level 1 with Toon Link (2.66 seconds), and holds the top two records in Level 2 (Co-op) with:
  • Falco's up and down smashes have the lowest uncharged base knockback of all the uncharged up and down smashes.
  • Strangely, the Prima game guide gives Falco a "10" ranking on speed, even though his dash speed is actually only average (although his walking, falling, and attack speed are among the fastest).
  • The lasers fired during Falco's up, down and back throws can be reflected, and damage Falco instead, if his opponent is wearing a Franklin Badge.
  • All of Falco's smash attacks can hit on both sides of him.
  • Owing to his thick Brooklyn accent in the English dub of Brawl, Falco's down taunt, where he says "Hands off my prey", is thought to sound like "Hands off my bread" to a number of players; this inspired a number of jokes, image macros, and references in the Smash community.
  • Falco is the only character who has a codec conversation that does not feature Colonel Roy Campbell, Otacon, nor Mei Ling; instead, his Codec Conversation features Slippy, who is implied to have hacked onto Colonel's channel.
  • Despite wearing a scanner on his headgear in his game model, Falco does not wear this in his official artwork.

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