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"FF" redirects here. For the Final Fantasy series, see Final Fantasy (universe).
For the Fatal Fury series, see Fatal Fury (universe).
Not to be confused with falling speed, which measures how fast a character falls naturally.
Differences with fast falling: the Samus on the left uses the technique, while the Samus on the right does not.

A Fast fall is the act of falling more quickly than usual in mid-air. It is performed by tapping down on the control stick while falling, as long as the character is not tumbling. The character will continue to fast fall until landing on the platform or taking a hit. Gravity is ignored once a fast fall is begun; the character's downward velocity is simply set to their fast falling speed without accelerating. Fast falling is a technique commonly used to speed up a character's game, especially after a short hop. It is a part of SHFFLing, an advanced technique.

Stall-then-fall aerials have an effect similar to fast falling, though the move is an attack, and most of the time cannot be stopped or slowed.

If the player taps down on the control stick while hanging from a ledge, their character will begin to fast fall right after letting go of it, whereas if simply tilted down or in the opposite direction of the ledge, they will merely let go of it. This also works with down specials, except for ones that slow down falling or gain height, such as Fox's Reflector or Luigi's Luigi Cyclone.

In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. 4[1], the character will flash and a white star will appear at his or her torso when fast falling (in Smash 4, the stars can appear in several places, but all are still located near the fast-falling character's midsection). In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a "whoosh" sound will be heard when fast falling, but there is no visual indicator, making it harder to pick up on, especially with other surrounding sound effects. There is no indicator in Super Smash Bros. Brawl whatsoever. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, fast falling is indicated by a small flashing blue-purplish star appearing next to the character for a brief moment, similar to Smash 4.

In Smash 4 and Ultimate, characters can cancel a fast fall by using an aerial attack. This will set their falling speed to the normal maximum.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

JPN
Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
1 LinkHeadSSB.png Link 64 102 59.38%
2 CaptainFalconHeadSSB.png Captain Falcon 60 100 66.7%
3 FoxHeadSSB.png Fox 60 96 60.0%
4 DonkeyKongHeadSSB.png Donkey Kong 56 89 58.9%
5 NessHeadSSB.png Ness 55 88.25 60.45%
6 YoshiHeadSSB.png Yoshi 55 88 60.0%
7 PikachuHeadSSB.png Pikachu 52 83 59.6%
8 KirbyHeadSSB.png Kirby 48 76 58.3%
9 MarioHeadSSB.png Mario 44 70 59.09%
10 LuigiHeadSSB.png Luigi 42 67.5 60.7%
11 SamusHeadSSB.png Samus 42 67 59.5%
12 JigglypuffHeadSSB.png Jigglypuff 38 60.5 59.21%
NTSC
Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
1 LinkHeadSSB.png Link 64 102 59.38%
2 CaptainFalconHeadSSB.png Captain Falcon 66 100 51.5%
3 FoxHeadSSB.png Fox 60 96 60.0%
4 DonkeyKongHeadSSB.png Donkey Kong 56 89 58.9%
5 NessHeadSSB.png Ness 55 88.25 60.45%
6 YoshiHeadSSB.png Yoshi 58 88 51.72%
7 PikachuHeadSSB.png Pikachu 52 83 59.6%
8 KirbyHeadSSB.png Kirby 48 76 58.3%
9 MarioHeadSSB.png Mario 44 70 59.09%
10 LuigiHeadSSB.png Luigi 42 67.5 60.7%
11 SamusHeadSSB.png Samus 42 67 59.5%
12 JigglypuffHeadSSB.png Jigglypuff 38 60.5 59.21%

Notes[edit]

  • Oddly enough, Metal Mario's fast falling speed (70) is lower than his regular falling speed (100). This means that he would actually slow down by fastfalling.
  • Giant Donkey Kong's fall speed and fast falling speeds are 72 and 100, respectively.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
1-2 FalcoHeadSSBM.png Falco 3.1 3.5 12.9%
1-2 CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png Captain Falcon 2.9 3.5 20.7%
3 FoxHeadSSBM.png Fox 2.8 3.4 21.4%
4-5 LinkHeadSSBM.png Link 2.13 3 40.8%
4-5 SheikHeadSSBM.png Sheik 2.13 3 40.8%
6 DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png Donkey Kong 2.4 2.96 23.3%
7 YoshiHeadSSBM.png Yoshi 1.93 2.93 51.8%
8 RoyHeadSSBM.png Roy 2.4 2.9 20.8%
9 PikachuHeadSSBM.png Pikachu 1.9 2.7 42.1%
10 GanondorfHeadSSBM.png Ganondorf 2 2.6 30.0%
11-12 PichuHeadSSBM.png Pichu 1.9 2.5 31.6%
11-12 MarthHeadSSBM.png Marth 2.2 2.5 13.6%
13 BowserHeadSSBM.png Bowser 1.9 2.4 26.3%
14-18 MarioHeadSSBM.png Mario 1.7 2.3 35.3%
14-18 DrMarioHeadSSBM.png Dr. Mario 1.7 2.3 35.3%
14-18 SamusHeadSSBM.png Samus 1.4 2.3 64.3%
14-18 MewtwoHeadSSBM.png Mewtwo 1.5 2.3 53.3%
14-18 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png Mr. Game & Watch 1.7 2.3 35.3%
19-20 YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png Young Link 2.13 2.2 3.3%
19-20 NessHeadSSBM.png Ness 1.83 2.2 20.2%
21-24 LuigiHeadSSBM.png Luigi 1.6 2 25.0%
21-24 PeachHeadSSBM.png Peach 1.5 2 33.3%
21-24 KirbyHeadSSBM.png Kirby 1.6 2 25.0%
21-24 IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png Ice Climbers 1.6 2 25.0%
25 ZeldaHeadSSBM.png Zelda 1.4 1.85 32.1%
26 JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png Jigglypuff 1.3 1.6 23.1%

Notes[edit]

  • Giga Bowser and Wireframes have fast falling speeds that equal their regular falling speeds. Because of this, fast falling with them does not have any effect except for slightly increasing how fast they reach their regular falling speed.
  • Not only is Young Link's unusually low speed change the lowest in Melee, but also the entire series. It is the only change lower than 10%, other than Wolf in Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
N/A Giga Bowser 2.5 3.5 40.0%
N/A Wario-Man 2.2 3.08 40.0%
1 KingDededeHeadSSBB.png King Dedede 1.95 2.73 40.0%
2 LinkHeadSSBB.png Link 1.6 2.666 66.625%
3 CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png Captain Falcon 1.837 2.5718 40.0%
4 FoxHeadSSBB.png Fox 1.831 2.5634 40.0%
5 SnakeHeadSSBB.png Snake 1.73 2.422 40.0%
6 FalcoHeadSSBB.png Falco 1.708 2.3912 40.0%
7 PikachuHeadSSBB.png Pikachu 1.5 2.379 58.6%
8-9 GanondorfHeadSSBB.png Ganondorf 1.65 2.31 40.0%
8-9 IkeHeadSSBB.png Ike 1.65 2.31 40.0%
10-11 DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png Donkey Kong 1.58 2.212 40.0%
10-11 SheikHeadSSBB.png Sheik 1.58 2.212 40.0%
12-13 SquirtleHeadSSBB.png Squirtle 1.3 2.1 61.5%
12-13 MarthHeadSSBB.png Marth 1.5 2.1 40.0%
14-15 DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png Diddy Kong 1.43 2.002 40.0%
14-15 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png Zero Suit Samus 1.43 2.002 40.0%
16 SonicHeadSSBB.png Sonic 1.45 2 37.9%
17 PitHeadSSBB.png Pit 1.42 1.988 40.0%
18 WarioHeadSSBB.png Wario 1.4 1.96 40.0%
19-20 BowserHeadSSBB.png Bowser 1.39 1.946 40.0%
19-20 MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Meta Knight 1.39 1.946 40.0%
21 LucasHeadSSBB.png Lucas 1.37 1.918 40.0%
22-24 KirbyHeadSSBB.png Kirby 1.2 1.9 58.3%
22-24 ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png Toon Link 1.28 1.9 48.4375%
22-24 WolfHeadSSBB.png Wolf 1.8 1.9 5.556%
25-26 IvysaurHeadSSBB.png Ivysaur 1.35 1.89 40.0%
25-26 CharizardHeadSSBB.png Charizard 1.35 1.89 40.0%
27 NessHeadSSBB.png Ness 1.31 1.834 40.0%
28 OlimarHeadSSBB.png Olimar 1.3 1.82 40.0%
29 YoshiHeadSSBB.png Yoshi 1.29 1.806 40.0%
30 MarioHeadSSBB.png Mario 1.28 1.792 40.0%
31 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png Mr. Game & Watch 1.24 1.736 40.0%
32 LuigiHeadSSBB.png Luigi 1.22 1.708 40.0%
33-35 LucarioHeadSSBB.png Lucario 1.2 1.68 40.0%
33-35 IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png Ice Climbers 1.2 1.68 40.0%
33-35 ROBHeadSSBB.png R.O.B. 1.2 1.68 40.0%
36 ZeldaHeadSSBB.png Zelda 1.13 1.582 40.0%
37 SamusHeadSSBB.png Samus 1.07 1.498 40.0%
38 PeachHeadSSBB.png Peach 1.05 1.47 40.0%
39 JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png Jigglypuff 0.98 1.372 40.0%

Notes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
N/A Giga Bowser 2.5 4 60%
N/A Giga Mac 2.2 3.52 60%
1 FoxHeadSSB4-U.png Fox 2.05 3.28 60%
2 KingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png King Dedede 1.95 3.12 60%
N/A Wario-Man 2.2 3.08 40%
3 LinkHeadSSB4-U.png Link 1.6 3.04 90%
4 GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png Greninja 1.85 2.96 60%
5 CaptainFalconHeadSSB4-U.png Captain Falcon 1.837 2.9392 60%
6 RoyHeadSSB4-U.png Roy 1.8 2.9 61.11111%
7-9 FalcoHeadSSB4-U.png Falco 1.8 2.88 60%
7-9 LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png Little Mac 1.8 2.88 60%
7-9 MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png Mega Man 1.8 2.88 60%
10 BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png Bayonetta 1.77 2.832 60%
11-12 SheikHeadSSB4-U.png Sheik 1.75 2.8 60%
11-12 DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png Diddy Kong 1.75 2.8 60%
13-14 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png Zero Suit Samus 1.7 2.72 60%
13-14 MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png Mii Brawler 1.7 2.72 60%
15-16 LucarioHeadSSB4-U.png Lucario 1.68 2.688 60%
15-16 CloudHeadSSB4-U.png Cloud 1.68 2.688 60%
17 MetaKnightHeadSSB4-U.png Meta Knight 1.66 2.656 60%
18-22 BowserJrHeadSSB4-U.png Bowser Jr. 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png Corrin 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png Duck Hunt 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 GanondorfHeadSSB4-U.png Ganondorf 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 IkeHeadSSB4-U.png Ike 1.65 2.64 60%
23 DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-U.png Donkey Kong 1.63 2.608 60%
24 WarioHeadSSB4-U.png Wario 1.61 2.576 60%
25 ROBHeadSSB4-U.png R.O.B. 1.6 2.56 60%
26 MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png Mii Swordfighter 1.6 2.56 60%
27-28 MarthHeadSSB4-U.png Marth 1.58 2.528 60%
27-28 LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png Lucina 1.58 2.528 60%
N/A Mega Lucario 1.56 2.496 60%
29 PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png Pikachu 1.55 2.48 60%
30-34 MarioHeadSSB4-U.png Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 DrMarioHeadSSB4-U.png Dr. Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 MewtwoHeadSSB4-U.png Mewtwo 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 RobinHeadSSB4-U.png Robin 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 ShulkHeadSSB4-U.png Shulk 1.5 2.4 60%
35-36 PitHeadSSB4-U.png Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
35-36 DarkPitHeadSSB4-U.png Dark Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
37-38 SonicHeadSSB4-U.png Sonic 1.45 2.32 60%
37-38 MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png Mii Gunner 1.45 2.32 60%
39-41 CharizardHeadSSB4-U.png Charizard 1.4 2.24 60%
39-41 PalutenaHeadSSB4-U.png Palutena 1.4 2.24 60%
39-41 RyuHeadSSB4-U.png Ryu 1.6 2.24 40%
42 BowserHeadSSB4-U.png Bowser 1.39 2.224 60%
43 LucasHeadSSB4-U.png Lucas 1.37 2.192 60%
44-46 ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png Zelda 1.35 2.16 60%
44-46 OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png Olimar 1.35 2.16 60%
44-46 Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png Pac-Man 1.35 2.16 60%
47 VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png Villager 1.32 2.112 60%
48 NessHeadSSB4-U.png Ness 1.31 2.096 60%
49-50 WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png Wii Fit Trainer 1.3 2.08 60%
49-50 SamusHeadSSB4-U.png Samus 1.3 2.08 60%
51 YoshiHeadSSB4-U.png Yoshi 1.29 2.064 60%
52 ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png Toon Link 1.28 2.048 60%
53 LuigiHeadSSB4-U.png Luigi 1.25 2.0 60%
54 MrGame&WatchHeadSSB4-U.png Mr. Game & Watch 1.24 1.984 60%
55 KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Kirby 1.23 1.968 60%
56 Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png Rosalina 1.2 1.92 60%
57 PeachHeadSSB4-U.png Peach 1.15 1.84 60%
58 JigglypuffHeadSSB4-U.png Jigglypuff 0.98 1.568 60%

Update history[edit]

1.1.3[edit]

  • Buff Lucario's fast-falling speed: 2.496 → 2.688

1.1.5[edit]

  • Buff Samus's fast-falling speed: 2 → 2.08

Notes[edit]

  • Ryu and Wario-Man are the only characters in SSB4 to have a fast-fall increase lower than 60%, with 40%. Similarly, Roy and Link are the only characters with a higher fast-fall increase, with 61.11111% and 90% respectively.
  • Mewtwo, Ganondorf, Marth, Mario, Dr. Mario, Link, and Zelda are the only veteran characters in SSB4 who are able to surpass their fast-falling speed in Melee.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
1 FoxHeadSSBU.png Fox 2.1 3.36 60%
2-3 KingDededeHeadSSBU.png King Dedede 1.95 3.12 60%
2-3 LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac 1.95 3.12 60%
4 JokerHeadSSBU.png Joker 1.63 3.097 90%
5 MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png Mii Brawler 1.92 3.072 60%
6 LinkHeadSSBU.png Link 1.6 3.04 90%
7 MythraHeadSSBU.png Mythra 1.87 2.992 60%
8 CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Captain Falcon 1.865 2.984 60%
9-11 SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon 1.85 2.96 60%
9-11 RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter 1.85 2.96 60%
9-11 GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja 1.85 2.96 60%
12 SephirothHeadSSBU.png Sephiroth 1.84 2.944 60%
13-18 FalcoHeadSSBU.png Falco 1.8 2.88 60%
13-18 WolfHeadSSBU.png Wolf 1.8 2.88 60%
13-18 RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy 1.8 2.88 60%
13-18 ChromHeadSSBU.png Chrom 1.8 2.88 60%
13-18 YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link 1.8 2.88 60%
13-18 MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man 1.8 2.88 60%
19 RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley 1.78 2.848 60%
20-21 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser 1.77 2.832 60%
20-21 BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta 1.77 2.832 60%
22-23 IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar 1.76 2.816 60%
22-23 Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png Banjo & Kazooie 1.76 2.816 60%
24-25 SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik 1.75 2.8 60%
24-25 DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong 1.75 2.8 60%
26 SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake 1.73 2.768 60%
27 PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png Piranha Plant 1.95 2.73 40%
28-29 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus 1.7 2.72 60%
28-29 KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool 1.7 2.72 60%
30-31 LucarioHeadSSBU.png Lucario 1.68 2.688 60%
30-31 CloudHeadSSBU.png Cloud 1.68 2.688 60%
32 MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight 1.66 2.656 60%
33-38 SonicHeadSSBU.png Sonic 1.65 2.64 60%
33-38 CorrinHeadSSBU.png Corrin 1.65 2.64 60%
33-38 GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf 1.65 2.64 60%
33-38 IkeHeadSSBU.png Ike 1.65 2.64 60%
33-38 DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt 1.65 2.64 60%
33-38 BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Bowser Jr. 1.65 2.64 60%
39 DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong 1.63 2.608 60%
40 PyraHeadSSBU.png Pyra 1.62 2.592 60%
41 WarioHeadSSBU.png Wario 1.61 2.576 60%
42-43 ROBHeadSSBU.png R.O.B. 1.6 2.56 60%
42-43 BylethHeadSSBU.png Byleth 1.6 2.56 60%
44-47 MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth 1.58 2.528 60%
44-47 LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina 1.58 2.528 60%
44-47 ShulkHeadSSBU.png Shulk 1.58 2.528 60%
44-47 InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling 1.58 2.528 60%
48 HeroHeadSSBU.png Hero 1.57 2.512 60%
49 PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu 1.9 2.5 31.579%
50-53 PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena 1.55 2.48 60%
50-53 MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo 1.55 2.48 60%
50-53 PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu 1.55 2.48 60%
50-53 MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png Mii Swordfighter 1.55 2.48 60%
54-55 CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard 1.52 2.432 60%
54-55 MinMinHeadSSBU.png Min Min 1.52 2.432 60%
56-58 MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
56-58 DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
56-58 RobinHeadSSBU.png Robin 1.5 2.4 60%
59-61 PitHeadSSBU.png Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
59-61 DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
59-61 TerryHeadSSBU.png Terry 1.48 2.368 60%
62 MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png Mii Gunner 1.45 2.32 60%
63 SteveHeadSSBU.png Steve 1.42 2.272 60%
64-65 RyuHeadSSBU.png Ryu 1.6 2.24 40%
64-65 KenHeadSSBU.png Ken 1.6 2.24 40%
66-67 IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur 1.38 2.208 60%
66-67 ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png Toon Link 1.38 2.208 60%
68 LucasHeadSSBU.png Lucas 1.37 2.192 60%
69-72 ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda 1.35 2.16 60%
69-72 SquirtleHeadSSBU.png Squirtle 1.35 2.16 60%
69-72 OlimarHeadSSBU.png Olimar 1.35 2.16 60%
69-72 Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-Man 1.35 2.16 60%
73-74 SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus 1.33 2.128 63.008%
73-74 DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Dark Samus 1.33 2.128 63.008%
75-76 LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi 1.32 2.112 60%
75-76 VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager 1.32 2.112 60%
77 NessHeadSSBU.png Ness 1.31 2.096 60%
78-80 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers 1.3 2.08 60%
78-80 WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer 1.3 2.08 60%
78-80 IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle 1.3 2.08 60%
81 YoshiHeadSSBU.png Yoshi 1.29 2.064 60%
82 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch 1.24 1.984 60%
83 KirbyHeadSSBU.png Kirby 1.23 1.968 60%
84 RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina 1.2 1.92 60%
85-86 PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach 1.19 1.904 60%
85-86 DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy 1.19 1.904 60%
87 JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png Jigglypuff 0.98 1.568 60%

Update history[edit]

3.1.0[edit]

  • Nerf Mii Brawler's fast-falling speed: 3.072 → 2.72

4.0.0[edit]

  • Buff Mii Brawler's fast-falling speed: 2.72 → 3.072

Notes[edit]

  • Bowser, Luigi, and the Ice Climbers are the only veteran characters in Ultimate who can surpass their fast-falling speeds from Melee this time around, but couldn't do so in the last games they appeared in (which are Smash 4 and Brawl, respectively). However, Luigi is a special case; his fast-falling speed in Smash 4 was identical to his fast-falling speed in Melee.
  • Out of every veteran character in Ultimate who can't surpass their fast-falling speed in Melee, Kirby and Jigglypuff are tied for coming the closest; their fast-falling speeds in Ultimate (1.968 and 1.568, respectively) are just 0.032 units off from their fast-falling speeds in Melee (2.0 and 1.6, respectively).

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