Jigglypuff (プリン, Purin) is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Mainly included due to its popularity in the anime at the time, Jigglypuff is notable for its similar appearance and nature to Kirby, and the fact that they share a lot of moves makes them semi-clones. It is the floatiest and lightest character in the game, a trait it has kept in subsequent appearances.
Jigglypuff is voiced by Rachael Lillis in English and Mika Kanai in Japanese, its voice actresses in the dubbed and the original anime.
Jigglypuff ranks 6th, right in the middle of the tier list, in the B tier. It is notable for being the lightest, floatiest, and lowest gravity character in the game. Jigglypuff has many low knockback attacks, which when combined with its floatiness, can be abused to its advantage in several combos against heavier characters, especially by gimping them or carrying them all the way to the lateral blast lines. It also has some moves with disproportionate power, like its up smash, back throw, and the famous Rest. However, because Jigglypuff is so light and floaty, it is very easy to KO. In addition, Jigglypuff lacks a rising up special move for recovery, forcing it to rely on its remaining midair jumps and Pound to recover.
Jigglypuff's pros are considered to be on par with its flaws, and because of this, it has some favorable to even matchups in the current metagame, and has achieved above average tournament representation and results. However, Jigglypuff ranks worse in Japan at 8th, due to the higher strengths some other characters have in comparison to Jigglypuff.
How to unlock
Note: Jigglypuff can be unlocked after Ness and/or Captain Falcon if criteria for the latter two is fulfilled during the 1P Game.
Most of Jigglypuff's moveset consists of low knockback attacks. Its great aerial mobility makes up for the fact that it has the second slowest dash speed. It can also use the teleport techique to help with its ground game. Jigglypuff also has in its arsenal surprisingly powerful finishing attacks, such as its up smash.
Jigglypuff's ground attacks are generally slow and weak, other than its smashes. Neutral attack, forward tilt, and down tilt have little use in general. Up tilt is also weak but can be used for combos at low-mid percentages, and it can lead into an up smash or Rest as a finisher. Forward smash is a decent finisher at high percents, up smash is one of the strongest in the game, while down smash sends the opponent at a semi-spike trajectory, making it useful for edgeguarding. Jigglypuff has some good aerials, with a good edgeguarding ability. Its down air can meteor smash, but its weak which makes it better at setting follow ups.
Jigglypuff has a unique set of special moves, which can be considered "extreme". They all tend to have incredible strengths bundled with terrible weaknesses. Its neutral special move (Pound) has short range (like all of Jigglypuff's moves) and a decent amount of startup lag, but it also does high damage, solid knockback, a lot of shield damage, and can easily give Jigglypuff additional recovery, especially horizontally. Its down special move (Rest) is known for having incredible strength if it connects, considerable ending lag, zero startup, poor range, and providing invincibility frames until its eyes close. It is an excellent combo finisher, and can be comboed into from a variety of follow ups such as up tilt, down air and up air. Its forward throw can be comboed into Rest for a kill at mid percents against fast fallers like Captain Falcon, Fox, Link along with characters with high falling speed such as Yoshi and Donkey Kong, which is known as the Space animal slayer. Its up special move, Sing, puts opponents to sleep, but unlike in future games, it keeps opponents asleep longer at low percentages. This allows it to start combos at low percents.
On the receiving end, Jigglypuff's floatiness, low weight, and small size make it difficult to land long combos on it. Furthermore, Jigglypuff's slow falling speed, five midair jumps, good air speed, and Rising Pounds allow it to recover from almost any distance horizontally. On the downside, its vertical recovery is very bad due to only three of its midair jumps giving actual height (its fourth midair jump gives next to no height, and its fifth merely slows its descent) and it lacking a rising up special move. This makes it very vulnerable to meteor smashes and semi-spike attacks like Fox's Shine spike. Also, Jigglypuff's slow falling speed makes it very easy to juggle, and very vulnerable to characters with powerful vertical finishers, such as Fox with his up smash and up aerial. Light weight also has its downside, as Jigglypuff will often be knocked out at earlier then any other character. If Jigglypuff's shield breaks when there is no ceiling, it will be Star KOed, so Jigglypuff players must be very careful when shielding multi-hit attacks and attacks that cause high shield damage. This is problamatic in certain matchups, like Yoshi, who posses strong shield break combos.
Differences between game versions
NTSC-J to NTSC-U
Jigglypuff was buffed overall in the transition to NTSC-U, with the longer range on its down smash helping it edgeguard opponents, and the much higher power of Rest making it a go-to finisher out of a combo. However, the removal of momentum sliding slightly hurts its approach. Overall, Jigglypuff is slightly better than in the Japanese version.
NTSC-U to PAL (AUS)
Jigglypuff was nerfed in its transition to PAL. While it indirectly benefits from the teleport glitch covering more distance, which in turn gives Jigglypuff better approach options, down aerial and especially Rest have smaller hitboxes; making them harder to land.
PAL (AUS) to PAL EUR
For a gallery of Jigglypuff's hitboxes, see here.
In competitive play
Numbers in brackets indicate position in 64 League Rankings 2017
Main article: Teleport (SSB)
A technique that allows Jigglypuff to slide forward a moderate distance. Jigglypuff can attack, jump, or perform other actions out of the slide (it even allows it to go offstage), and with it giving it some speed, it can be used for movement, faster than just dashing due to Jigglypuff's low dashing speed.
Main article: Rising Pound
Using Pound and tilting the control stick up immediately after will cause Jigglypuff to rise up during the move's animation, which can largely increase its horizontal recovery, and is its only real shot at vertical recovery outside its midair jumps.
Fake ledge jump
The Balloon PKMN with the big, round eyes. It sings a soothing melody, sending those that hear it to sleep. When mad, it puffs itself up. As a Balloon PKMN, its body is light, weak, and easy to knock away.