Fast fall

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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. 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.

Fast falling speeds in SSB[edit]

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, though he would probably then quickly re-accelerate to his regular falling speed.
  • Giant Donkey Kong's fall speed and fast falling speeds are 72 and 100, respectively.

Fast falling speeds in Melee[edit]

Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
1-2 Falco 3.1 3.5 12.9%
1-2 Captain Falcon 2.9 3.5 20.7%
3 Fox 2.8 3.4 21.4%
4-5 Link 2.13 3 40.8%
4-5 Sheik 2.13 3 40.8%
6 Donkey Kong 2.4 2.96 23.3%
7 Yoshi 1.93 2.93 51.8%
8 Roy 2.4 2.9 20.8%
9 Pikachu 1.9 2.7 42.1%
10 Ganondorf 2 2.6 30.0%
11-12 Pichu 1.9 2.5 31.6%
11-12 Marth 2.2 2.5 13.6%
13 Bowser 1.9 2.4 26.3%
14-18 Mario 1.7 2.3 35.3%
14-18 Dr. Mario 1.7 2.3 35.3%
14-18 Samus 1.4 2.3 64.3%
14-18 Mewtwo 1.5 2.3 53.3%
14-18 Mr. Game & Watch 1.7 2.3 35.3%
19-20 Young Link 2.13 2.2 3.3%
19-20 Ness 1.83 2.2 20.2%
21-24 Luigi 1.6 2 25.0%
21-24 Peach 1.5 2 33.3%
21-24 Kirby 1.6 2 25.0%
21-24 Ice Climbers 1.6 2 25.0%
25 Zelda 1.4 1.85 32.1%
26 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.

Fast falling speeds in 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 King Dedede 1.95 2.73 40.0%
2 Link 1.6 2.666 66.625%
3 Captain Falcon 1.837 2.5718 40.0%
4 Fox 1.831 2.5634 40.0%
5 Snake 1.73 2.422 40.0%
6 Falco 1.708 2.3912 40.0%
7 Pikachu 1.5 2.379 58.6%
8-9 Ganondorf 1.65 2.31 40.0%
8-9 Ike 1.65 2.31 40.0%
10-11 Donkey Kong 1.58 2.212 40.0%
10-11 Sheik 1.58 2.212 40.0%
12-13 Squirtle 1.3 2.1 61.5%
12-13 Marth 1.5 2.1 40.0%
14-15 Diddy Kong 1.43 2.002 40.0%
14-15 Zero Suit Samus 1.43 2.002 40.0%
16 Sonic 1.45 2 37.9%
17 Pit 1.42 1.988 40.0%
18 Wario 1.4 1.96 40.0%
19-20 Bowser 1.39 1.946 40.0%
19-20 Meta Knight 1.39 1.946 40.0%
21 Lucas 1.37 1.918 40.0%
22-24 Kirby 1.2 1.9 58.3%
22-24 Toon Link 1.28 1.9 48.4375%
22-24 Wolf 1.8 1.9 5.556%
25-26 Ivysaur 1.35 1.89 40.0%
25-26 Charizard 1.35 1.89 40.0%
27 Ness 1.31 1.834 40.0%
28 Olimar 1.3 1.82 40.0%
29 Yoshi 1.29 1.806 40.0%
30 Mario 1.28 1.792 40.0%
31 Mr. Game & Watch 1.24 1.736 40.0%
32 Luigi 1.22 1.708 40.0%
33-35 Lucario 1.2 1.68 40.0%
33-35 Ice Climbers 1.2 1.68 40.0%
33-35 R.O.B. 1.2 1.68 40.0%
36 Zelda 1.13 1.582 40.0%
37 Samus 1.07 1.498 40.0%
38 Peach 1.05 1.47 40.0%
39 Jigglypuff 0.98 1.372 40.0%

Notes[edit]

Fast falling speeds in SSB4[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 Fox 2.05 3.28 60%
2 King Dedede 1.95 3.12 60%
N/A Wario-Man 2.2 3.08 40%
3 Link 1.6 3.04 90%
4 Greninja 1.85 2.96 60%
5 Captain Falcon 1.837 2.9392 60%
6 Roy 1.8 2.9 61.11111%
7-9 Falco 1.8 2.88 60%
7-9 Little Mac 1.8 2.88 60%
7-9 Mega Man 1.8 2.88 60%
10 Bayonetta 1.77 2.832 60%
11-12 Sheik 1.75 2.8 60%
11-12 Diddy Kong 1.75 2.8 60%
13-14 Zero Suit Samus 1.7 2.72 60%
13-14 Mii Brawler 1.7 2.72 60%
15-16 Lucario 1.68 2.688 60%
15-16 Cloud 1.68 2.688 60%
17 Meta Knight 1.66 2.656 60%
18-22 Bowser Jr. 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 Corrin 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 Duck Hunt 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 Ganondorf 1.65 2.64 60%
18-22 Ike 1.65 2.64 60%
23 Donkey Kong 1.63 2.608 60%
24 Wario 1.61 2.576 60%
25 R.O.B. 1.6 2.56 60%
26 Mii Swordfighter 1.6 2.56 60%
27-28 Marth 1.58 2.528 60%
27-28 Lucina 1.58 2.528 60%
N/A Mega Lucario 1.56 2.496 60%
29 Pikachu 1.55 2.48 60%
30-34 Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 Dr. Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 Mewtwo 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 Robin 1.5 2.4 60%
30-34 Shulk 1.5 2.4 60%
35-36 Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
35-36 Dark Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
37-38 Sonic 1.45 2.32 60%
37-38 Mii Gunner 1.45 2.32 60%
39-41 Charizard 1.4 2.24 60%
39-41 Palutena 1.4 2.24 60%
39-41 Ryu 1.6 2.24 40%
42 Bowser 1.39 2.224 60%
43 Lucas 1.37 2.192 60%
44-46 Zelda 1.35 2.16 60%
44-46 Olimar 1.35 2.16 60%
44-46 Pac-Man 1.35 2.16 60%
47 Villager 1.32 2.112 60%
48 Ness 1.31 2.096 60%
49-50 Wii Fit Trainer 1.3 2.08 60%
49-50 Samus 1.3 2.08 60%
51 Yoshi 1.29 2.064 60%
52 Toon Link 1.28 2.048 60%
53 Luigi 1.25 2.0 60%
54 Mr. Game & Watch 1.24 1.984 60%
55 Kirby 1.23 1.968 60%
56 Rosalina 1.2 1.92 60%
57 Peach 1.15 1.84 60%
58 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.

Fast falling speeds in SSBU[edit]

Rank Character Regular Falling Speed Fast Falling Speed Speed Increase
1 Fox 2.1 3.36 60%
2-3 Little Mac 1.95 3.12 60%
2-3 King Dedede 1.95 3.12 60%
4 Mii Brawler 1.92 3.072 60%
5 Link 1.6 3.04 90%
6 Captain Falcon 1.865 2.984 60%
7-9 Simon 1.85 2.96 60%
7-9 Richter 1.85 2.96 60%
7-9 Greninja 1.85 2.96 60%
10-15 Wolf 1.8 2.88 60%
10-15 Falco 1.8 2.88 60%
10-15 Roy 1.8 2.88 60%
10-15 Chrom 1.8 2.88 60%
10-15 Young Link 1.8 2.88 60%
10-15 Mega Man 1.8 2.88 60%
16 Ridley 1.78 2.848 60%
17-18 Bowser 1.77 2.832 60%
17-18 Bayonetta 1.77 2.832 60%
19 Incineroar 1.76 2.816 60%
20-21 Sheik 1.75 2.8 60%
20-21 Diddy Kong 1.75 2.8 60%
22 Snake 1.73 2.768 60%
23-24 Zero Suit Samus 1.7 2.72 60%
23-24 King K. Rool 1.7 2.72 60%
25-26 Cloud 1.68 2.688 60%
25-26 Lucario 1.68 2.688 60%
27 Meta Knight 1.66 2.656 60%
28-33 Sonic 1.65 2.64 60%
28-33 Corrin 1.65 2.64 60%
28-33 Ganondorf 1.65 2.64 60%
28-33 Ike 1.65 2.64 60%
28-33 Duck Hunt 1.65 2.64 60%
28-33 Bowser Jr. 1.65 2.64 60%
34 Donkey Kong 1.63 2.608 60%
35 Wario 1.61 2.576 60%
36 R.O.B. 1.6 2.56 60%
37-40 Marth 1.58 2.528 60%
37-40 Lucina 1.58 2.528 60%
37-40 Shulk 1.58 2.528 60%
37-40 Inkling 1.58 2.528 60%
41 Pichu 1.9 2.5 31.579%
42-45 Palutena 1.55 2.48 60%
42-45 Mewtwo 1.55 2.48 60%
42-45 Pikachu 1.55 2.48 60%
42-45 Mii Swordfighter 1.55 2.48 60%
46 Charizard 1.52 2.432 60%
47-49 Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
47-49 Dr. Mario 1.5 2.4 60%
47-49 Robin 1.5 2.4 60%
50-51 Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
50-51 Dark Pit 1.48 2.368 60%
52 Mii Gunner 1.45 2.32 60%
53-54 Ryu 1.6 2.24 40%
53-54 Ken 1.6 2.24 40%
55-56 Ivysaur 1.38 2.208 60%
55-56 Toon Link 1.38 2.208 60%
57 Lucas 1.37 2.192 60%
58-59 Samus 1.33 2.168 63.008%
58-59 Dark Samus 1.33 2.168 63.008%
60-63 Olimar 1.35 2.16 60%
60-63 Pac-Man 1.35 2.16 60%
60-63 Squirtle 1.35 2.16 60%
60-63 Zelda 1.35 2.16 60%
64-65 Luigi 1.32 2.112 60%
64-65 Villager 1.32 2.112 60%
66 Ness 1.31 2.096 60%
67-69 Ice Climbers 1.3 2.08 60%
67-69 Wii Fit Trainer 1.3 2.08 60%
67-69 Isabelle 1.3 2.08 60%
70 Yoshi 1.29 2.064 60%
71 Mr. Game & Watch 1.24 1.984 60%
72 Kirby 1.23 1.968 60%
73 Rosalina 1.2 1.92 60%
74-75 Peach 1.19 1.904 60%
74-75 Daisy 1.19 1.904 60%
76 Jigglypuff 0.98 1.568 60%

References[edit]

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