Falco (SSBU)

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This article is about Falco's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Falco Lombardi.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Falco SSBU.png
Universe Star Fox
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Unlockable
He's a talented aerial fighter with amazing jumping ability, but Falco is a bit slower on the ground. His final smash is an all-out attack using an unorthodox formation of Arwings!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Falco (ファルコ, Falco) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Mark Lund, Falco's voice actor from Star Fox 64 3D, Star Fox Zero, and Starlink: Battle for Atlas reprises his role with new voice clips.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

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  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Falco's model features a more subdued color scheme. His feathers feature simple detailing, similar to Brawl.
  • Change While Falco retains some design elements from SSB4, he now wears his flight suit and headset from Star Fox Zero.
  • Change Falco has altered sidestep and rolling animations.
  • Change Falco now does a different pose in his jumping in the air victory animation.
  • Change Falco has a new victory pose. He walks up to the camera, shrugs, and says "Sorry! Gotta jet!" while crossing his arms. This line seems to replace his "You aren't worth the trouble." line from previous games.


  • Buff Like all characters, Falco's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Change Neutral infinite now finishes with a spinning downwards kick instead of a knifehand strike. Falco also now does a backflip upon finishing the attack.
  • Buff Forward tilt has less ending lag.
  • Buff Up tilt has much less ending lag and a larger hitbox, hitting grounded opponents more easily.
  • Nerf Up tilt does less damage.
  • Nerf Down tilt has more startup.
  • Buff Down tilt does more damage on its sweetspot.
  • Change Falco's torso faces the opposite direction when performing a down smash.
  • Change Up smash has an altered animation.
  • Buff Up smash does slightly more damage.
  • Change Forward smash has an altered animation.

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Buff Back aerial has a larger hitbox.
  • Nerf Back aerial has increased startup.
  • Buff Down aerial has faster startup and less endlag. It also autocancels from a shorthop.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Blaster fires slightly faster and has significantly lower ending lag on the ground.
  • Change Blaster makes a different sound when fired and when hitting an opponent.
  • Buff Falco Phantasm has significantly less ending lag when used on the ground.
  • Nerf Falco Phantasm has increased startup and shorter travel distance when used in the air.
  • Change Reflector's ending animation has been altered, with Falco standing upright to catch his Reflector while turned slightly.
  • Buff Reflector has significantly reduced ending lag.
  • Change Falco has a new Final Smash which involves him leading an Arwing strike in a similar manner to Fox's Final Smash, but with a more erratic and aggressive flight pattern. Unlike Fox's version, Falco's sends opponents almost vertically.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Falco was among the fighters summoned to the cliffside to fight an army of Master Hands.

Falco was present when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. Falco attempted to flee the scene immediately, as he was already seated in his Arwing; however, Galeem destroyed his aircraft and transformed him into a spirit along with the rest of the fighters, excluding Kirby.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Falco Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • One of the pictures of Falco from his fighter page on the Ultimate website features him using Fire Bird above the Great Plateau Tower. This is a likely homage to Revali, a similar looking character from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • A section of Falco's trailer pictures him showing frustration by charging Fire Bird once he notices a roast chicken food item on the ground. This is a recurring joke from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as Falco's clear movie shows him crouching near the roast chicken food item, as well as Roy's clear movie, where he is seen "turning" into a roast chicken item upon being hit by Flare Blade.
  • In Falco's character showcase video, frame-by-frame inspection reveals that the hitbox visualization of Falco's Blaster lasers and Falco Phantasm are visible while Falco fights Cloud. [1][2]. This is likely an error that went unnoticed during editing.
  • Falco's artwork was one of the three that have been updated on the official site, alongside Palutena and Shulk. In his case, he is covered with more feathers, his forehead appears slightly larger, and his body and beak have more saturated colors.
  • Due to an error on the American official site blog, Falco is the only character with a blog post to not be included when sorting via the "By Fighter" category.

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