Fire Hydrant

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Fire Hydrant
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Pac-Man using Fire Hydrant in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
User Pac-Man
Universe Pac-Man
Drop a fire hydrant that sprays water, pushing foes.
Smash for 3DS's foldout
Summons a fire hydrant that shoots powerful jets of water, pushing nearby fighters.
—Description from Ultimate's Move List

Fire Hydrant (消火栓, Fire Hydrant) is Pac-Man's down special move.

Overview[edit]

Pac-Man throws a fire hydrant below himself: enemies hit by the falling hydrant take 9% damage. If the hydrant lands on the ground, it will stay in place and shoot out water two times. The direction of the shots depends on Pac-Man's position: if he's above the hydrant, water is shot from the top, pushing characters upwards; otherwise it is shot from both sides, pushing them horizontally. All fighters, including Pac-Man himself, are affected.

The hydrant can also be attacked: once it has taken at least 13% damage (12% before version 1.0.4), it is launched in the direction of the attack. Characters hit by the thrown hydrant (including Pac-Man if the hydrant was launched by an opponent) take 13% damage and high knockback.

A hydrant dropped on a steep incline will instantly start rolling down it, knocking away opponents and turning the move into a fast and formidable projectile in such circumstances.

If a character uses a smash attack on a fire hydrant and launches it, they will not make any sounds.

If a fire hydrant lands on an opponent then the opponent will be dealt 23.4% damage and above depending on the accuracy of the attack.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Fire Hydrant 2. On-Fire Hydrant 3. Dire Hydrant
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"Summon a fire hydrant that shoots powerful jets of water that push nearby fighters." "Summon a fire hydrant that unleashes fire instead of water. Careful, it'll hurt you too!" "Summon a fire hydrant that will explode after a while or when it hits the ground."
  1. Fire Hydrant: Default.
  2. On-Fire Hydrant: Shoots fire out three times. This fire can inflict 4% to 8% damage every time it touches anyone, including Pac-Man. Direct contact with the hydrant when Pac-Man drops it inflicts 8% damage and has a fire effect. When the hydrant is launched by an attack, any contact with it will inflict 15% damage, with lower knockback than the standard hydrant. In addition, it takes less damage to launch than the regular variation.
  3. Dire Hydrant: Pac-Man drops a hydrant that explodes upon touching the ground. When used in the air, the hydrant will explode after falling a short distance, or when it makes contact with a foe. The explosion will inflict 10%, and has a fire effect. Despite being an explosion, it has low knockback and is an inefficient method to KO an opponent, even at high percentages. The explosion does not hurt Pac-Man.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, this variation is a Challenge unlock, only obtainable by scoring at least 200000 points on Stage 2 of Target Blast in a single game.

Trophy information[edit]

Trophy in for Wii U.
Trophy in for 3DS.
Fire Hydrant
Ntsc Fire hydrants appear as obstacles in the game PAC-LAND. Some of them shoot water, and some even reveal items when pushed. In Smash Bros., PAC-MAN's down special puts a fire hydrant under him that shoots water to push foes. Try dropping it on someone returning to the stage!
Pal Fire hydrants appear as obstacles in the game PAC-LAND. Some of them shoot water, and some even reveal items when pushed. In this game, PAC-MAN's down special puts a fire hydrant under him that shoots water to push back foes. Try using it as a wall or dropping it on someone who's off the stage!
PAC-LAND (1984)

Glitch[edit]

Using the Fire Hydrant on Pac-Land next to one of the stage's pre-existing Fire Hydrants can prevent Pac-Man's own Fire Hydrant from properly falling to the ground; as a result, other characters can get stuck underneath the Hydrant as it constantly "falls", inflicting significant damage to opponents.

In Ultimate, a rare glitch exist when the windbox of the Fire Hydrant would unintentionally launch characters significantly.

Origin[edit]

Pac-Man next to a Fire Hydrant in Pac-Land

In the game, Pac-Land, fire hydrants appear as common obstacles. They shoot water that can push Pac-Man away, acting as a hazard should he be pushed towards ghosts.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • As the Fire Hydrant is a constantly active hitbox throughout its lifetime, counterattacks and moves such as Gravitational Pull can retaliate against the hydrant even if it has landed.
  • Prior to the release of Ultimate, it was showcased that the blobs of water could be destroyed by both Pac-Man and his opponents. In the final game, however, this is absent.