Jigglypuff (プリン, Purin) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. After initially being seen several times during the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza on October 23rd, 2014, it was formally added to the official website on November 5th, 2014.
Jigglypuff is once again voiced by Rachael Lillis in English and Mika Kanai in Japanese, albeit via recycled voice clips from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. As in previous games, it also has different voice actresses in French and German.
Jigglypuff is ranked 55th out of 55 on the tier list, placing it at the very bottom of the the entire list, in the G tier. This is a slight drop from its already very low ranking in Brawl at 36th out of 38th, and its worst placement in the series. Jigglypuff retains its strong air game due to its high aerial mobility thanks to its very fast air speed and multiple midair jumps, as well as good juggling ability thanks to its fast and long-lasting aerial attacks. All of these attributes facilitate a strong edgeguarding potential, and allow it to perform its signature Wall of Pain technique, although not with quite the same potency, while its neutral and back aerials are potent KOing options, include a now-buffed Rest.
However, Jigglypuff is strongly held back by its poor ground game, due to its poor mobility on the ground and short range on most of its attacks, including its grab. Furthermore, Jigglypuff has significant difficulty in KOing opponents, as it has few reliable KO moves, and a majority of them feature considerable amounts of lag that cause them to be unsafe in most scenarios. In addition, Jigglypuff is prone to air release combos from several characters within 10 frames that can either combo or kill. Its endurance is unarguably the worst in the game, as it is extremely floaty and possesses the lowest weight in the game, further exacerbated by the new rage mechanic and weaker shields. It also risks dying if it breaks its shield.
Jigglypuff is considered non-viable for tournament play, though a number of players have made some impacts at tournaments, with LeeT notably placing 33rd at Shine 2016 and 49th at CEO 2017 while exclusively using Jigglypuff, and Captain L ranking with it as a co-main on the Panda Global Rankings v5. Despite this, Jigglypuff continues to have only a small playerbase, and it has notably failed to receive any buffs from updates in the game.
How to unlock
After completing one of the two methods, Jigglypuff must then be defeated on Unova Pokémon League.
Jigglypuff is a character of extremes, as evident with its attributes: it has the second highest traction, the second fastest air speed, the highest air acceleration, the lowest falling speed, and the lowest gravity. These attributes make Jigglypuff a very mobile character in the air and give it easily controllable ground movement. However, it has the slowest walking speed and the second slowest dashing speed, the lightest weight and the lowest jump force, as well as a fairly slow jumpsquat. As such, these attributes make Jigglypuff unable to quickly traverse the stage on foot and susceptible to early KOs. To make up for its low jumping force, however, it has five midair jumps, which further enhance its aerial evasiveness. Its very low gravity also results in it taking slightly below average hitstun.
Jigglypuff's main strength is its formidable air game. Excluding back aerial, all of its aerial attacks have lingering hitboxes and, in the case of down aerial, multiple hits. Their duration is the primary reason Jigglypuff is deceptively difficult to challenge in the air, as opponents will most likely collide within an attack's final frames. All of its aerials, aside from up aerial, also have enough range to be spaced correctly thanks to Jigglypuff's aerial mobility, allowing it to zone and approach opponents safely in the air. Each of Jigglypuff's aerials also have their own distinct strengths. Neutral aerial is its fastest aerial and one of the strongest sex kicks in the game, even when stale, and can easily gimp poor recoveries due to its late hitbox being sufficiently strong enough to do so. Due to its speed and power, it also works as a good out of shield or approach option, and its long duration allows it to break combos. Forward aerial has the second weakest knockback of Jigglypuff's aerials, but this grants it good combo potential in return. It can also easily put opponents off-stage, and is the main component of the wall of pain technique: once an opponent with a poor recovery is launched off-stage, Jigglypuff can follow up with several other forward aerials until they reach the blast zone, where Jigglypuff can finish the opponent off with another forward or a neutral aerial. Back aerial is Jigglypuff's strongest aerial, KOing reliably at 135%, and having a remarkable range, given Jigglypuff's small size. It is also safe on shield due to its high damage output and above average hitlag, though it is also its slowest aerial, making it a bit predictable. Up aerial has a deceptively long-lasting hitbox, which can be problematic for any opponent that has issues dealing with juggling, and it is also a situational finisher near the upper blast line. Lastly, down aerial can be used as a highly damaging out of shield or pressuring option, dealing up to 14% damage, and has low ending lag. It can sometimes also work as an anti-juggling option against characters with slow aerial mobility or moves.
Jigglypuff's unmatched floatiness, very fast air speed, multiple jumps and strong air game give it a tremendous off-stage presence. Due to lacking a traditional recovery move, its recovery is fairly susceptible to gimping, though its other attributes make its recovery very effective regardless. Its fast air acceleration also allows it to disorient opponents that attempt to edgeguard it. With the aid of Pound, it can also stall its recovery and protect its landing. Jigglypuff is fearsome at edgeguarding: with proper spacing and good timing, it can gimp all but the farthest distanced recoveries without being put at risk; Cloud, Ness, Ganondorf, Dr. Mario and Little Mac are perhaps the most susceptible to its edgeguarding, as their recoveries lack both speed and resilience, while the latter four performances against Jigglypuff revolve around maintaining stage control most of the time.
Finally, Jigglypuff has a trump card in Rest, its signature move; it has very high vertical knockback at all percentages, to the point where it can reliably KO any character at 70%, but KOs most characters at as early as 50%. It hits on frame 2 with a flower effect and has full intangibility until Jigglypuff closes its eyes. In addition to being an incredible punishment option, the threat of Rest forces opponents to be very careful when using laggy moves, especially due to Jigglypuff's ability to perform an occasionally situational true combo into it. The easiest way to confirm a Rest is with forward aerial: hitting with the move's final frames will lead into an unavoidable Rest, which becomes even more potent if used in the air or with high rage. Depending on the opponent's falling speed, a jump may be necessary to reach them. Another reliable way to confirm one is by landing with up aerial: should Jigglypuff land immediately after hitting the opponent, Rest can be landed without fail. This combo works optimally on platforms due to its limited percentage range and its ability to KO as low as 35%.
Up tilt can also lead into Rest, which can be used to rack up at least 30%, but opponents can be launched too far away past low percentages. Lastly, retreating with down aerial can also work, but aside from being the hardest to perform, it is also the least likely to succeed. Other methods of safely using Rest involve crouching, buffering, a footstool jump, a jab reset, or interrupting an opposing neutral attack, though few characters are vulnerable to these methods, and they usually require impeccable timing. Platforms can be a saving grace when considering Rest, as they can lead into 0% KO confirms on certain characters and, if they are moving, can make it a bit harder to punish. For all its potential, however, Rest has the slowest interruptibility in the game, allowing Jigglypuff to move only after five and a half seconds if the move is inputted, making it easy to punish, even if it KOs the opponent, and thus being a gamble to attempt in almost any circumstance.
However, Jigglypuff is held back by numerous weaknesses, which are severe enough to almost outweigh its strengths. The most detrimental is its survivability: Jigglypuff's stats result in it having the shortest endurance in the game. As a result, it can be knocked out as early as 35% with a sufficiently strong attack. The introduction of rage is an additional burden, since opponents can send it flying even earlier, in some instances a combo being all it takes for Jigglypuff to be KO'd even at 0%. These drawbacks force Jigglypuff to play extremely cautiously, as any damage taken can prove dangerous in the long run. Adding insult to injury, Jigglypuff's shield jump has enough force to KO it even from the very bottom of Palutena's Temple. This makes shielding very risky at low percentages, as the possibly survivable punishes normally received after a shield break are replaced by a guaranteed KO that can only be stopped by a ceiling.
Furthermore, Jigglypuff has a very problematic ground game. While most of its ground moves are fast in proportion to their power, its lack of range and slow grounded approach prevent it from racking up large amounts of damage with only a few moves. This is worsened when considering the utility of its grounded attacks: neutral attack's incredible speed can lead into additional follow-ups, forward tilt is fast and highly damaging, up tilt can KO at unusually low percentages, and down tilt is a semi-spike with high base knockback. As for its smash attacks, forward smash has surprisingly high knockback scaling, while down smash has intangibility and the lowest launch angle of any other conventional semi-spike. Its grab game also has similar issues: while Jigglypuff has some of the fastest grabs in the game and the second most damaging set of throws (tied with Ganondorf and being surpassed only by Bowser), the former have very short range and the latter lack any follow-ups or KO potential, with its strongest throw, up throw, not being able to KO reliably even well beyond 200%. This also results in Jigglypuff being easily kept at bay by shields without usage of Pound's high shield damage. Jigglypuff suffers from air release combos due to its high air friction and slow airdodge startup. Several characters can react within 10 frames can combo or even kill. An example would be Zero Suit Samus at certain percents comboing with up aerial, up aerial, and Boost Kick against Jigglypuff even with little rage for a KO. Another example is Meta Knight using his unavoidable grounded Shuttle Loop out of air releases. Although Jigglypuff can escape these combos with a well timed Rest, this is extremely risky, and the hitbox will not connect against fighters with disjointed attacks.
Jigglypuff's approach, despite being good in the air, is overall predictable. Most of the time, Jigglypuff might have to be close to the opponent, read its reaction in order to approach, or bait it in order to make its move. Its aerial moves are not good for approaching from a long distance as they are unsafe on shield when late, and its dash attack is terrible at doing so due to its long duration, despite its low cooldown. Coupled with the overall short range on its attacks, it is at a big disadvantage against characters with large disjoints like Marth, Shulk, and Cloud. Its polarizing mobility is also a noticeable flaw. Although it has among the best aerial games in SSB4, its ground movement is one of the worst, as it does not efficiently give Jigglypuff the chance to traverse across the ground quickly like most other lightweight characters can, and in turn makes it very troubling on the offensive side of battle should it be going against speedy characters, such as Sonic.
Lastly, all of Jigglypuff's specials are incredibly situational. Rollout is a chargeable attack that can KO incredibly early no matter where it is used, but is incredibly predictable and its deceptively small hitbox results in it effectively having no priority, despite dealing 14% damage when fully charged. Sing has awkward timing, little range, does not work on aerial opponents, and, despite not having a hitbox, can be countered. Its sleep effect can also be shortened with button mashing, reducing its otherwise devastating consequences. As a result, Jigglypuff has no reliable or safe recovery options, instead relying on its remaining jumps and Pound to recover, making it easy to gimp despite its usual off-stage comfort. Rest is very risky to use, and Pound is slow and cannot break shields that are on or near full health.
Jigglypuff has among the most polarized custom moves in the game, with few of them having utility that overall surpass the default versions. Relentless Rollout has much less power, but is much faster, hits multiple times and pierces opponents, making it less punishable and allowing it to be used as a recovery mix-up. Pound Blitz is slower and less powerful, but can still pressure shields while hitting multiple times and granting more momentum. Hyper Voice is better for protecting Jigglypuff, since it deals reasonable knockback and works in the air. Its other custom moves are disregarded in favor of the default versions due to their very low utility; Spinphony is, in particular, considered to be its worst custom move (and arguably the worst custom special move in the game), as it has very slow start-up, a very long interval between its active hitboxes and very long ending lag, to the point one could use it from the upper blast zone of the stage, and be dragged down to the lower blast zone by the ending of the move, which are flaws that completely overshadow the moves' utility at reversing opponents out. Raging Rollout has more power and is unblockable, but is much slower at charging, grants less distance, has high ending lag and doesn't pierce opponents. Sideways Pound sends opponents at a semi-spike, but is worse for recovering. Leaping Rest has more coverage since Jigglypuff jumps when using the move, but is much weaker and it naps for a longer time, making it more punishable if it misses. Wakie Wakie has decreased ending lag, increased range, pushes opponents away opponents while "napping" and sends opponents horizontally rather than vertically, again similarly to Rest's iteration in Melee, but is also slightly weaker, causes recoil damage, and its increased startup makes Jigglypuff vulnerable. In addition, while Jigglypuff does benefit from its best custom moves since they enhance its strengths in one way or another, they also fail to fix most of its major flaws.
Overall, Jigglypuff can quickly rack up damage or KO opponents, but can be KO'd just as quickly. Despite this, characters like Ganondorf are also prominent in these areas to a much bigger extent. As a result of its very risky playstyle and mechanics as well as its punish game compared to other characters, its popularity in competitive play remains poor, as it has notoriously low tournament representation and almost no tournament results in singles at high levels of play. Even so, Jigglypuff has already received better representation and results than in Brawl, as it has more dedicated players like CrazieCuban, Speclar, LeeT, MASTER PUFFY, RDR7, and Serynder, who have performed decently within their regions. It should also be noted that Jigglypuff fares much better in doubles play, as its combination of evasiveness and strength are well-suited to this environment, courtesy of a teammate's attacks giving Jigglypuff many new options.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Jigglypuff has received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition to Smash 4 however, despite being ranked as the third worst character in Brawl, Jigglypuff was ultimately nerfed due to its most critical flaws from Brawl not being addressed, but rather worsened, while its few strengths (such as its air game and edgeguarding ability) have been toned down.
Jigglypuff is, for the most part, adversely affected by universal gameplay changes. The removal of edge-hogging gives it a much harder time edgeguarding opponents, and while a number of characters have had their recoveries buffed, Jigglypuff's recovery was overall nerfed, as Pound grants less momentum than before, only marginally increasing its recovery distance when executed frame-perfectly, while simultaneously slowing it down significantly. Furthermore, Jigglypuff's jumps are marginally lower now (due to its higher gravity), and Rollout is now unsafe as a recovery option as Jigglypuff can no longer move left and right while falling after hitting an opponent with it. The addition of rage hinders its already poor endurance, and it usually cannot survive long enough to make effective use of the mechanic. The changes to shield mechanics further compound its frailty, as Jigglypuff's unusual shield jump is now a greater liability than in Brawl. However the weakening of shields also allows Pound to break shields more easily, which coupled with the increased strength of Rest, improves Jigglypuff's offensive capabilities somewhat. While Jigglypuff benefits from the drastic changes to hitstun, as it is now able to perform true combos with its aerials again, its nerfed air game counterbalances this issue: its up, down and back aerials (particularly the latter) have increased lag. Its forward aerial, a staple move in previous games, deals less damage and less knockback, making it significantly less useful than before removing one of Jigglypuff's faster and safer KO options, while its lower short hop removes its notable ability to use two aerials in one short hop. Due to this, a down aerial no longer auto-cancels from a short hop, nerfing its approach. Its ground game was also weakened, as it no longer has access to DACUS and its smash attacks now deal less damage and knockback, with the reduction in ending lag for its down and up smashes and its faster dashing speed failing to compensate for this well enough. Because of these changes, its KOing ability is much worse, and even with the changes to hitstun allowing for some hit confirms into Rest, it still has difficulty landing said move and some of the setups Jigglypuff previously had into Rest (including down aerial and a jab lock) are either much more difficult and situational in the former's case or in the latter's case, no longer possible at all. In general, Jigglypuff's locking options are far worse due to alterations to its previous main locking moves. As a result, Jigglypuff's remaining locking options either stop working before rest can KO or in down smash's case; it is too laggy and sends opponents too far away and the new three hit lock limit naturally hinders Jigglypuff's damage racking potential after locking an opponent.
However, Jigglypuff also received some buffs, most notably Rest's aforementioned power having been partially restored since Brawl, which also scales well with rage. Its neutral and back aerials have been buffed to KO at realistic percentages, with neutral aerial regaining some of the power it once had in Smash 64 although back aerial's power came at the cost of being much slower and losing its wall of pain potential due to it being re-purposed as a KOing option combined with its slower speed/higher launching angle. Jigglypuff's smash attacks and grabs have slightly reduced lag, improving its approach and speed altogether when combined with its slightly higher dash speed, albeit for the exchange of less damage. Its dash attack also no longer rebounds with a hitbox, giving it some utility for KOing as well as both a new, albeit situational, approach tactic, and a way to deal with projectiles.
Even so, these buffs do not compensate at all for the large nerfs it has received including its worse damage output and its worse aerial game and the changes to the game's mechanics did not help Jigglypuff that much. As a result, Jigglypuff remains an extremely poor character and is an easy contender for the worst in the game. The majority of the Brawl cast had benefited from Smash 4's mechanics far more than Jigglypuff did and a fair amount of Brawl's weaker characters including most of Jigglypuff's fellow bottom-tier characters, such as Mario and Captain Falcon had been buffed both directly and indirectly. Lastly, Jigglypuff does not really benefit from a slightly more favorable matchup spread as while certain dominant characters from Brawl, such as Meta Knight, have been considerably nerfed, they still have clear strengths that Jigglypuff either lacks or said strengths being counterbalanced by Jigglypuff's weaknesses, allowing said characters to overcome Jigglypuff.
While several poorly regarded characters like Charizard, Ganondorf and Zelda have received buffs over game updates, Jigglypuff did not receive any improvements whatsoever and newer updates had introduced characters such as Bayonetta who gave Jigglypuff even more trouble. As such, its standing relative to the cast is worse than in Brawl and it only got worse over time due to the aforementioned reasons, and it once again lacks viability in competitive play, though its overall potency compared to Brawl is somewhat debatable due to the more polarized character balance in the former game.
Jigglypuff is notorious for not receiving any direct changes despite being unilaterally considered a bottom-tier character. However, the changes to shield mechanics in updates 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 indirectly nerfed Jigglypuff, as the increased shieldstun makes its susceptibility to being instantly KO'd by having its shield broken more of a liability. Conversely, these changes also make Jigglypuff's attacks slightly safer on shield (most notably its back aerial) and benefits Pound's high shield damage output, slightly improving its limited approach. It also slightly benefits from the nerfs given to some of its hardest matchups in game updates, such as Diddy Kong, Sheik, Zero Suit Samus, and Bayonetta. However, it is the one of the only two non-top tier fighters to have never received a single buff (the other being King Dedede), and as such, is currently considered the worst fighter in the game. Overall, Jigglypuff fares considerably worse relative to the cast than it did during the initial release, due to not receiving any truly significant changes from game updates.
For a gallery of Jigglypuff's hitboxes, see here.
In competitive play
Tier placement and history
In the early metagame, it was widely considered that Jigglypuff was, at best, a mid-tier to low-tier character, and that Jigglypuff's buffs from Brawl would allow it to perform better in SSB4. However, its results and representation outside of doubles play were never as high as other characters that would rank above it in the future, and it would soon become clear that Jigglypuff had ironically lost much more than it gained in the transition. Despite the improved balancing of other characters, it infamously remained stagnant in game updates, with only a glitch that gave Rollout mindgame potential being fixed in update 1.0.4. As such, it was ranked 55th on the first 4BR tier list, making it the second lowest ranked character on the entire tier list.
Jigglypuff continued to languish near the bottom of the tier list, due to still being unchanged positively by game updates while other bottom-tier characters like Zelda and Ganondorf have received numerous buffs. Despite LeeT placing 33rd at Shine 2016 while exclusively using Jigglypuff for the tournament's entirety, it was nonetheless ranked 58th, placing it at the very bottom of the entire tier list. This has continued into the third tier list, with the only slight change to its tier status being its reassessment as a low-tier character due to the bottom-tier being abolished. Although some players felt that Jigglypuff has earned a slightly higher placement on the tier list due to having better results and representation than some characters ranked above it - for example LeeT placing 49th at CEO 2017 - Jigglypuff once again ranked dead last at 55th on the fourth and current tier list, even after the exclusion of Miis from the tier list.
It wouldn't be until 2018 that Jigglypuff would start seeing improvements in the metagame. Captain L started using Jigglypuff as a secondary alongside Pikachu and has gotten impressive placings such as 2nd at Arcane Tournaments 2018, 3rd at Flatiron 3, and 25th at GENESIS 5. Captain L used Jigglypuff to defeat players such as John Numbers, Larry Lurr, BestNess, Strike, Blank, and Pandarian, and has also taken ESAM to game 5. Furthermore, Arika would make an impressive run at Umebura Smash 4 Final where he would defeat Masashi and takera en route to a 17th place finish, the highest placement for a solo Jigglypuff player at a national tournament. Although these results take advantage of the opponent's lack of matchup experience, they nevertheless are more impressive as of late than the results of some of the other low and mid characters ranked above Jigglypuff such as Ganondorf, Dr. Mario, Kirby, Robin, Pit, Yoshi, and Dark Pit. Due to this, its position has become a point of debate; some smashers like Dabuz, Raito, and ESAM believe that Jigglypuff should be ranked higher while others claim that its weaknesses are too significant for it to be ranked any higher. Regardless, Jigglypuff is still considered to be one of the worst characters in the game and is considered nonviable in the current metagame.
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