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This article is about Lucas' appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Lucas.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe EarthBound
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash PK Starstorm

Lucas (リュカ, Lucas) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was revealed along with Ness and all other previous veterans on June 12th, 2018 and is classified as fighter #37.

As in Smash 4, Lani Minella's portrayal of Lucas from Brawl was repurposed for Ultimate.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Lucas must then be defeated on New Pork City.



Being a pseudo-clone of Ness, Lucas shares attributes with him in terms of special moves. However, the two are very different from each other in gameplay. Lucas is a middleweight that has slow walking speed, average dashing speed, average gravity, fast air speed, and below average falling speed. He makes up for his lack of ground mobility with the speed of his attacks, with many possessing low lag, allowing him to rack up damage quickly and safely.

Lucas's greatest strength lies in his ability to loop moves together. At low %, neutral air combo's into itself; this was mostly popularized by Remi. Because Lucas can cancel his jump by using an technique called "Double Jump Cancel Z-air" as the tether grab can also combo into itself across the entire stage. Up air can also combo into itself multiple times and can, thanks to the help of platforms, do up to 60%. Down tilt can also loop into itself starting at around 80% until the opponent is in KO% for up throw if they are playing a fast-faller like Fox or Greninja. Because of changes in the engine from Smash 4 to Ultimate, grounded spikes cannot be teched. This gives Lucas the ability to loop down air into itself and finish the opponents off with a forward smash or forward air. And lastly aerial spikes aren't techable if they reach a certain knockback this causes back aerial to loop into itself as well at around 60%, even though this is a lot more niche and harder to pull off as all the other loops.

His Rope Snake tether grab has very low endlag and moderate range. His up and back throws are among the strongest of their kind, making them good KOing options. His forward throw is also very powerful, though not to the same degree as his up and back throws. His down throw however, has been severly nerfed compared to SSB4 as Lucas is unable to get any follow-ups from down throw if the opponent is past 30%. This made players uncertain how to judge and play Lucas as he was a pseudo-grappler in SSB4.

Lucas also possesses some strong ground moves primarily down tilt and forward tilt are worth noticing. Down tilt doesn't have a lot of range but it makes up for it by being just as fast as R.O.B.'s down tilt and only being 1 frame laggier. Combined with the fact that the close hitbox combo's into jab, forward tilt, forward air, and (at really high % or fastfallers) Grab and it's definitely a grounded move to respect. Forward tilt is a strong disjointed poking tool that when angled up can anti air a plethora of moves. It can also easily 2-frame recoveries when angled down. It's also extremely safe on shield and can only be punished by Link's Up-B OoS. Up tilt is also used to pop opponents out of the air similar to forward tilt but can combo into up air if they are around 30%. Tap jump is advised in order to do so as that's the only way to bypass the Shorthop Macro. Jab is a useful "get off me" tool, but overall outclassed by down tilt's framedata and utility. Dash Attack comes out fairly slow, and lowers Lucas' ground speed while executing it but its hitbox is pretty large and can 2-frame/ hit people on the ledge. It suprizingly doesn't kill as early as you'd expect for this kind of dash attack. For example Mario gets KO'd at 105% at the ledge.

Lucas's smash attacks also have a lot of utility. While his forward smash is the weakest in terms of range and knockback (though still decent), it makes up for it by being his fastest smash attack, this move also has the ability to reflect projectiles. Lastly, forward smash also has a tipper hitbox that kills a lot earlier. Down smash has Lucas strike the ground three times in front of him; each hit getting progressively larger, but also getting progressively weaker (with the first hit of the move possessing very high knockback). This makes the move very useful for ending jab lock combo's, edge-guarding and 2-frame punishes. His up smash has invincibility on frame 1-7 which therefore also avoids grabs. It also has extremely high knockback that can KO reliably at low percentages. However, the start-up and recovery is extremely high thus making it a high risk/high reward read option.

Shortly coming back to Lucas's aerial game. His neutral aerial has a small hitbox and loses to nearly any hitbox in the game. However it's also active for 15 frames straight making it ideal to catch airdodges, spotdodges and jumps from the ledge. His back aerial is a meteor smash when sweetspotted and slightly disjointed. His forward aerial is his best spacing aerial as it has massive range, is one of the safest aerials in the game and has strong knockback making it a reliable KOing option. His up aerial is a juggling tool and combo starter that can KO at really high percentages. His down aerial consists of four hits with the final hit having a modest meteor effect and has a few uses: dragging opponents down to the bottom blastzone, short hop chaining the move on grounded opponents at certain percentages to rack up damage, and the grounded meteor smash can be comboed into a kill-confirm (such as forward smash, forward aerial, or up aerial). Finally his grab aerial sends out Rope Snake who deals damage and can be used as a tether recovery, its ability to be double jumped canceled makes it a useful combo tool and to move opponents across the stage.

Three of Lucas's special moves, PK Fire, PK Thunder, and PSI Magnet, share the same name as Ness but function differently, while PK Freeze is unique to him. PK Freeze freezes opponents and now launches opponents horizontally with high knockback, making it one of his most infamous edge-guarding techniques. PK Fire sends a fiery bolt straight forward which explodes on contact. It doesn't explode on shields however. It's a decent spacing tool that deals moderate knockback and can be used to snipe offstage opponents for a KO. PK Thunder does not disappear upon hitting an opponent like Ness's but instead the tail hits multiple times. The orb of PK-Thunder has very high knockback and hitstun even at lower % making it possible to combo into itself and drag the opponent to the blastline. It does disappear when it collides with a hard platform or wall. It also disappears when an opponent hits Lucas while he is doing the attack. PK Thunder 2 sends him a much greater distance than Ness's, making it a much safer and reliable recovery and allows him to safely go far off to the sides or far below the stage to edge-guard his opponents, though it lacks the early KO potential of its counterpart. Thanks to these special moves, Lucas has a very potent edge-guarding game.

Finally, PSI Magnet absorbs energy based projectiles. The amount of damage it heals depends on the projectile's power as it heals 1,66x more as the projectile capping at 30%. This makes the move useful for improving Lucas' survivability and to discourage projectile camping from characters with energy projectiles. If projectiles are absorbed while grounded, the end lag after the absorption can be cancelled on the same frame as the absorption with a jump, dodge, or spot dodge, improving the move's safety on the ground. The initial startup of the move contains a windbox that will pull opponents closer to Lucas, in the air, the strength of the windbox scales based on the opponents percentage, which can be useful for setting up an edge-guard situation. The move also has a hitbox upon releasing the special button. Said hitbox is also one of the safest non projectile moves on shield in the game (being +0 on block), and can lead into some combos at low percentages and KO opponents at high percentages.

However, Lucas is not without his drawbacks. Because Grab Out of Shield has an additional 4 frames start-up in Ultimate and Lucas doesn't have a fast aerial or up smash, his Out of Shield game is one of the slowest in the game. Additionally because his walk, dash and run speed are average at best, Lucas primarily struggles when he gets rushed down as he isn't unable to keep out the opponent with forward air and forward tilt. Lucas also struggles in disadvantage as he doesn't have a good hitbox under him to force landings and being floaty makes him extremely susceptible to getting juggled. Lastly Lucas' combo game even though extremely deadly and having safe starters is also slow thus requires a read and additional high execution in order to get high damage started.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Near the end of SSB4's metagame Lucas was considered a high tier character (28th out of 55), being tied with Ness. In the transition to Ultimate Lucas has received a mix of buffs and nerfs, but it's difficult to determine whether he has been buffed or nerfed overall. Most of Lucas's biggest strengths from the previous game have been significantly nerfed, and his mix-up options are not as effective as before, but his moveset as a whole is much more consistent, granting him many more options he lacked in the previous game.

Lucas has received comparetively few nerfs, though most of them have been heavy, with the most notable of these nerfs being his severely worsened combo game; previously renowned for being incredibly dangerous and for Lucas's ability to heavily mix it up, his down throw no longer combos into any of his aerials beyond very low percentages, and the universally techable footstools and changes to locking have significantly hindered his previously guaranteed setups into said combos. Overall, Lucas no longer has access to potentially unavoidable and heavily damaging strings, semi-guaranteed KO set-ups from his down throw (into back aerial at the edge, or to up aerial at high percentages), or to footstool-based combos unless the opponent isn't able to tech in time. Aside from the nerfs to his combo game, PK Thunder 2 now has halted momentum at the end of its animation, which shortens his recovery. Lucas also has a slightly harder time landing due to PSI Magnet no longer halting his momentum in the air.

In spite of these nerfs, Lucas has nevertheless predominantly received many more significant buffs. His frame data and damage output have all been strengthened as a whole, which has made his attacks generally safer than in SSB4 (especially if sweetspotted, due to their electric effect), and slightly compensates for his watered down combo game. Lucas's approach and aerial game are much more effective, as his forward, back and up aerials all are now capable of autocanceling from a short hop, the former is a much more viable move for KOing, and the latter's hitbox now matches its animation more correctly. His grab aerial can now be double-jump canceled as well, which now gives him an additional option for approaching. His grounded game has seen several noteworthy improvements, as forward tilt has more range and power, his up and down tilts have more combo ability, up smash has exponentially increased power and now renders him invincible for longer, and down smash can now once again hit opponents multiple times. Finally, Lucas's special moves have all been improved as well; in particular, PK Freeze has been drastically improved, as it no longer makes Lucas helpless, can travel trough soft and semi-soft platforms, now follows the ground on contact with hard platforms, sends at a lower angle that gives it edgeguarding potential, and leaves opponents frozen for a much longer period of time at higher percentages. PK Fire also sends at a lower angle, making it a more viable projectile; PK Thunder travels faster; and PSI Magnet is faster.

Aside from the changes to footstooling and locking, some of the universal changes made to Ultimate's engine have significantly benefitted Lucas overall. Like with most other veterans, his previously lacking mobility is somewhat better thanks to his faster dashing and air speeds; combined with his improved aerials and PK Fire, this gives him a significantly more useful neutral game. The increased shieldstun further improves the safety of Lucas' attacks on shield, especially if they're sweetspotted. Thanks to the changes to air dodges and the return of directional air dodges, Lucas has another option to mix up his recovery, furthermore, like Ness, Lucas's directional air dodge travels farther than other characters. Adding to this, because characters can only air dodge once before landing or getting hit, when combined with a retooled PK Freeze, Lucas's edgeguarding game is much more lethal than before. On the other hand, the ability to air dodge once before landing or getting hit has further worsened his ability to land.

In the end, while Lucas's strongest trait in his combo game was considerably toned down, many of his most glaring weaknesses were notably improved, some of his less-potent moves became stronger, and the changes to the game's pace have provided more leeway for him, granting him far more options than he had in SSB4. This makes him more of an all-rounder, making him more similar to his fellow EarthBound fighter Ness, though with more options and a better recovery at the cost of simplicity and combo capabilities. While Lucas's changes makes it uncertain as to whether he was buffed or nerfed, most players agree that Lucas has generally improved at the pace the rest of the cast has. So far, despite Lucas's playerbase remaining small in competitive play, he has achieved above average to strong results at the local and regional levels, thanks to players such as ChocoTaco, Mekos and WhYYZ, though they have been more sparse in national tournaments. As of now, Lucas's viability in competitive remains up for debate, although he is generally agreed to remain a viable character, likely moreso than in SSB4.


  • Change As with other previous downloadable fighters in SSB4, Lucas' appearance is largely unchanged, although his model features a more subdued color scheme due to the aesthetic used in Ultimate. Like Ness, the detailing on his clothes and weapons are more prominent, such as the stitching on his socks. Additionally, his hair is more defined, and his skin tone is slightly tanned.
  • Change Lucas faces the foreground at an angle, instead of facing directly forward. In addition, he always faces the screen regardless of which direction he turns, causing all of his animations to be mirrored while altering some. However, he reverts to Ness' previous idle animation while holding a small item.
  • Change Lucas has a new idle pose where he points to his forehead with his eyes closed with his leading hand then waves it in front of him. It replaces the animation of Lucas waving his fists in front of him.
  • Change Lucas is more expressive. His eyes are now more prominent when using his attacks, as well as his new facial features when hit.
  • Change Lucas' PSI graphic effects have been changed: they are now dominantly light blue instead of magenta, closely resembling the colors of PK Love in Mother 3.
  • Change Lucas' left-inputted victory pose now has light glow from where the Needle is pulled, as well as glittery particle effects coming from its trail. Lucas also strikes a different pose.
  • Change As with Ness, Lucas has a new victory theme; it is an arrangement of the last two out of the Eight Melodies from EarthBound Beginnings.
  • Change As with all previous downloadable fighters in SSB4, Lucas now has a unique Palutena's Guidance conversation.


  • Buff Like all characters, Lucas's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Lucas dashes faster (1.5 → 1.65).
  • Buff Lucas's initial dash is faster (1.3→1.815).
  • Buff Lucas walks slightly faster (0.85 → 0.893).
  • Buff Lucas' air speed is slightly higher (1.1 → 1.155).
  • Buff Lucas jumps higher.
  • Nerf Because footstools can now be teched, Lucas's d-throw/up-air into Footstool combo game has been removed.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Change All three hits of Lucas's neutral attack have more hitlag (1.0/1.0/1.0 → 1.7/1.8/2.0).
    • Buff Neutral attack's second hit can be interrupted sooner, improving its potential for mix-ups.
    • Nerf Neutral attack deals slightly less damage (8.5% → 7.5%).
    • Buff The third hit launches at a lower angle (48 → 361).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less startup (frame 15 → 13), less ending lag (FAF 39 → 38) and a longer hitbox duration (frames 13-15 → 13-17).
    • Buff Dash attack has increased knockback scaling (70 → 81), increasing its KO power.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Sweetspot forward tilt deals more base knockback (30 → 55) and knockback scaling (75 → 80), increasing its KO power.
      • Buff The sweetspot also has a bigger hitbox during the first 2 active frames (4.7u → 5.6u).
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less ending lag (FAF 37 → 34).
    • Change Up tilt now uses the electric effect.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt deals more damage (3% → 5%).
    • Buff Down tilt's close hit has more vertical angle (76 → 84), allowing more consistent follow-ups.
    • Buff Down tilt has increased base knockback (18/8 → 20/10) and combined with its higher damage, makes it easier to combo at lower percent.
    • Nerf Down tilt has an altered animation and its far hit was removed, lowering its vertical range.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has slightly less ending lag (FAF 47 → 46).
    • Buff Sweetspotted forward smash has higher knockback growth (88 → 91).
    • Nerf The reflector activates later with a shorter duration (frame 10-19 → 11-19).
  • Up smash:
    • Change Up smash's hitboxes are handled differently. The new hitbox positions jitter a bit more without affecting the total reach of the move.
    • Buff All up smash's second hit hitboxes deal 2% more damage (19/18/16/14/12% → 21/20/18/16/14%) without their knockback compensated, increasing their KO power.
    • Nerf The hitboxes in the second hit are all smaller (12u/11u/10u/8u/6.5u → 11u/10u/9u/6u).
    • Buff Up smash has more active frames (frames 30-53 → frames 30-55) due to having an additional hitbox.
    • Buff Up smash has more invulnerability during startup (frames 1-4 → 1-7).
    • Change Because Up-smash's Charge Hold is on frame 4 and the invulnerability was increased to 7, Lucas now has 3 frames of invulnerability after releasing Up-smash
  • Down smash:
    • Change Lucas now bends his elbow after each shot of down smash, and his fingers are more pronounced throughout.
    • Buff All hits of down smash have increased active frames (2 → 3 frames).
    • Buff The three hits of Lucas's down smash now reset between hits, allowing it to hit opponents or shields multiple times.
      • Nerf The individual hits of down smash deal significantly less shield damage to compensate (0/0/0 → -10/-8/-6).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials except grab aerial have less landing lag (13 frames → 12 (neutral), 12 → 7 (forward), 15 → 9 (back), 12 → 7 (up), 24 → 16 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has much larger hitboxes (5.3u (loop)/8u (last) → 6.9u/10.2u).
    • Buff Neutral aerial is harder to SDI out of, despite retaining its 2x modifier, as its hitlag has been reduced (1 → 0.44).
    • Nerf The looping hitbox has fewer active frames (frames 7-23 → 7-21), consequently reduces the maximum number of hits to 4, reducing its total damage (12% → 10%).
    • Nerf Neutral aerial now sends opponents behind or in front of Lucas depending on which part of the hitbox hits the last hit. This makes it more difficult to guarantee combos with.
      • Buff Although this grants it followups with back aerial which it didn't have before.
    • Change Lucas appears furious during the ending hitbox rather than looking scared.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 38 → 34), re-enabling it to auto-cancel out of a short hop.
    • Buff Forward aerial's sweetspot deals more damage (11.5% → 12.5%), launches at lower angle (46° → 42°), and has increased knockback scaling (97 → 103), significantly improving its KO potential, even beyond its power in Brawl.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 39 → 34), enabling it to auto-cancel out of a short hop.
    • Buff Back aerial has more active frames (frames 15-20 → 15-22), giving it additional vertical range below Lucas and allowing it to hit small targets.
      • Nerf The sweetspot for aerial opponents has a shorter duration (15-20 → 15-19).
    • Change Back aerial can now spike grounded opponents. While this benefits from opponents' inability to tech grounded spikes, this hinders its ability to send grounded opponents offstage from behind him.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 38 → 34), re-enabling it to auto-cancel out of a short hop.
    • Buff Up aerial's hitbox is now attached to Lucas's head. This removes its blindspot and increases its range.
      • Buff The main hitbox is now extended and an extra hitbox is added behind him on frames 8-10, giving the move a noticeable disjoint behind Lucas.
      • Change A motion trail has been added above Lucas's head to indicate the hitbox's new pattern.
    • Buff Up aerial has much less ending lag (FAF 46 → 32).
    • Buff Up aerial has increased active frames (frames 7-9 → 7-10), giving it additional horizontal range, and improving its juggling potential.
    • Nerf Up aerial deals less damage (13% → 11%) without full compensation on its base knockback (10 → 20), giving it considerably less KO power.
      • Buff However, its higher base knockback combined with its lower ending lag makes it safer on hit at low percents.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial’s first three hits connect more reliably due to altering angle (90° → 363°)
    • Nerf Down aerial now pushes grounded opponents away from its hitboxes, rather than picking them up from the ground as in Smash 4.
    • Nerf Down aerial’s hitboxes at Lucas’ feet are smaller (5u → 4.2u (Hits 1-3)/6.9u → 5.5u (Final hit)) and has an altered hitbox placement (Y offset: -5 → -4), decreasing its range below Lucas.
  • Grab aerial:
    • Nerf Grab aerial has less range.
    • Buff Grab aerial has more active frames (9-19 → 9-21).
    • Buff Grab aerial deals slightly more damage (4% (clean)/2.8% (late) → 5% (snake head)/3% (arm and snake body)).
    • Buff Grab aerial has less ending lag (FAF 60 → 52).
    • Buff Grab aerial can be double jump canceled, allowing Lucas to use it very close to the ground to start combos and approach.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grab:
    • Change The endings of Lucas's grabs now feature interruptible animations during which the Rope Snake doubles back to return to Lucas.
    • Change Lucas's animation when holding a grabbed opponent has been altered; he now holds Rope Snake in one hand and uses the other to hold the opponent in place with telekinesis.
    • Change Lucas now looks angry during his grab animation.
    • Nerf Lucas's grabs all have less active frames (8 frames → 6 frames).
    • Nerf Lucas's standard grab has one frame more ending lag (FAF 46 → 47).
    • Buff Lucas's dash grab has one frame less ending lag (FAF 56 → 55).
  • Pummel:
    • Change Lucas's pummel animation now has him attack the grabbed opponent with PSI.
  • Forward throw:
    • Change Lucas has a new forward throw animation, where he throws the opponent with one hand instead of two.
    • Buff Forward throw has increased knockback scaling (65 → 69).
  • Back throw:
    • Change Lucas has a new back throw: a telekinetic underhand throw backwards.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has increased knockback (78 base/69 scaling → 77/73).
  • Down throw:
    • Change Lucas has a new down throw animation. Lucas lifts the opponent in the air using telekinesis, then forcefully slams them into the ground, sending them up and away.
    • Buff Down throw deals more damage (6.5% → 11.0%) and thus more knockback.
    • Nerf Down throw has more ending lag (FAF 50 → 58), reducing its combo potential at low percentages due to its increased knockback (78 → 100 (base)/51 → 32 (growth)) and removes his KO confirm from an up aerial at higher percentages, which was one of his more potent finishers in Smash 4.

Special moves[edit]

  • PK Freeze:
    • Change Lucas's animations during the move have been tweaked; Lucas himself now completely faces the screen, and the particle effects of the explosion now feature the PK Freeze graphic effects from Mother 3.
    • Buff PK Freeze deals 1% more damage on all charges (9%-22% → 10%-23%).
    • Buff PK Freeze deals more knockback (80 (base)/21 (growth) → 35/60).
    • Buff The projectile travels faster.
    • Buff The projectile can now travel through soft and semisoft platforms.
    • Buff PK Freeze no longer dissipates upon making contact with hard platforms and can instead be held at the ground until the move is fully-charged.
    • Buff The projectile now launches opponents at a horizontal angle (80° → 34°) away from Lucas (no matter which direction he faces), making it better for edgeguarding and KO'ing.
    • Buff Lucas no longer becomes helpless when firing PK Freeze in the air.
    • Buff It has more active frames (1 → 4).
    • Nerf Fully charged PK Freeze has more startup (89 → 92) and ending lag (116 → 119).
  • PK Fire:
    • Change Lucas's hands now feature a red spark until PK Fire is fired, similarly to his finger in his down smash animation. The same spark appears when PK Fire successfully connects. PK Fire graphics from Mother 3 now appear when Lucas fires it and when it bursts.
    • Buff PK Fire has slightly increased damage (9% → 10%).
    • Buff PK Fire has increased knockback growth (97 → 110) and launches at slightly lower angle (45° → 42°).
  • PK Thunder:
    • Change Lucas's PK Thunder's graphic effects have been changed; rather than maintaining its magenta coloration from Smash 4, PK Thunder has been changed to be varying hues of blue. The move has also gained particle effects which resemble its respective PSI graphics from Mother 3.
    • Buff PK Thunder's electric ball travels faster.
    • Buff Grounded PK Thunder has less ending lag.
    • Change It has an angle indicator when the ball of lighting moves close to Lucas. While this allows for the player to more accurately determine the trajectory Lucas will travel during PK Thunder 2, it also makes it more predictable to opponents.
  • PK Thunder 2:
    • Nerf Lucas's momentum at the end of PK Thunder 2 is lower, slightly shortening its recovery distance.
    • Buff PK Thunder 2 has less landing lag.
    • Nerf PK Thunder 2 deals less damage when all hits connect. (35.5% → 32.5%)
    • Change PK Thunder 2 last hit now triggers Special Zoom.
    • Buff The window for using PK Thunder again after bouncing against a wall is much bigger.
  • PSI Magnet:
    • Change PSI Magnet now features its PSI graphics from Mother 3 upon use. Lucas' back is angled lower in the end of his animation, similar to the beginning of his run animation in Mother 3.
    • Change PSI Magnet's launching hitbox is now extended (Z offset: 12 → 7-9), however isn't as far out, reducing its maximum reach but making it more consistent at hitting opponents close to Lucas.
    • Buff PSI Magnet now features a Windbox on frame 7 which drags opponents closer to the PSI Magnet's hitbox.
      • Change This windbox doesn't scale with the opponents % when Lucas is on the ground, but it does in the air
    • Nerf PSI Magnet no longer halts Lucas's momentum in the air. This prevents Lucas from being able to use it to mix up his landing as effectively.
    • Buff PSI Magnet begins absorbing sooner (10 → 7 frames) and has less ending lag (36 → 28 frames).
  • PK Starstorm:
    • Change PK Starstorm is now similar to its Brawl iteration, firing meteors inwards towards the center of the stage, but at a slower rate and with slower meteors. His pose during the move no longer reuses Ness's Final Smash animation and is instead replaced with one reminiscent of his animation in Brawl. Lucas is also assisted by Kumatora and Boney. Like his other PSI moves, the move features graphics from PK Starstorm's animation in Mother 3, including the background from the Final Boss.
      • Change However, the trajectory of the meteors can still be angled.

Update history[edit]

Lucas has been slightly buffed via game updates. Update 2.0.0 buffed neutral aerial by allowing him to grab edges earlier and reducing its landing lag. Following this, update 4.0.0 buffed Lucas in a few more ways. Forward tilt's sweetspot gained a larger hitbox (albeit only during the first 2 frames) and higher base knockback, both of which make it a deceptively useful KO option, especially when angled upward as a follow-up from down tilt. Aside from these changes, dash attack's duration was lengthened, up smash gained more invincibility frames during start-up, and up aerial and PK Fire had their ending lag and landing lag decreased, respectively. Most recently, update 8.0.0 improved the consistency of Lucas' pivot grab by adjusting its axis positioning.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Neutral aerial has less landing lag (14 frames → 12).
  • Buff Lucas can grab edges earlier after using neutral aerial (73 frames → 69).
  • Change Up tilt, down aerial, and pummel gained the electric effect.
    • Nerf This means Yellow Pikmin are now invulnerable to Lucas's up tilt and down aerial.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff Forward tilt's sweetspot has more base knockback (45 (unangled), 35 (angled up/down) → 55) and its hitbox is bigger during the first 2 active frames (4.7u → 5.6u).
  • Buff Dash attack has a longer hitbox duration (frames 13-15 → 13-17).
  • Buff Up smash has more invulnerability during startup (frames 1-4 → 1-7).
  • Buff Up aerial has less ending lag (FAF 34 → 32).
  • Buff PK Fire has less landing lag (21 frames → 19).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Pivot grab stretches farther towards Lucas (Z offset: 0.5u → 3.5u), making it less likely to whiff at point-blank range.
  • Bug fix The projectiles of PK Starstorm no longer launch in the opposite direction if initiated above the blast zone.


  • Lucas possesses a special jump. When jumping in midair, Lucas will ascend in a floatier, curved trajectory. The upward momentum of Lucas's double jump can be affected through various actions if timed correctly, such as aerial attacks, air dodges or special moves. This trait is shared with Ness and Mewtwo.
  • Lucas is allowed to cancel his double jump with Z-air but he can also do so with an item toss. Ness and Mewtwo also share this trait.
  • Lucas possesses a tether attack and grab.

For a gallery of Lucas' hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2.5% A right-legged roundhouse kick, followed by a right-legged hook kick, followed by a left-legged reverse roundhouse kick. The last hit has slightly more range. Hits first on frame 2, making it Lucas' fastest ground attack. The first and second hits can jab lock, but might miss on very thin characters like Joker and Zero Suit Samus. The second hit can be interrupted sooner than in Smash 4, and lead into a grab or aerial attack.
Forward tilt   11% (sweetspot), 7.5% (sourspot) A palm thrust that emits a small blast of PSI energy from his hand. It can be angled and has a disjointed hitbox, although its sweetspot is located inside of the blast. It is generally considered one of the best, if not the best forward tilt in the game due to its low lag throughout, powerful knockback, and 2-frame ability, making it one of Lucas’ best KO options. This move's sourspot can lock opponents at low percents.
Up tilt   1.5% (hit 1), 8% (clean hit 2), 5% (late hit 2) Telekinetically tilts himself upside down to perform a vertical thrust kick that emits a blast of PSI energy from his foot. It can combo into itself, a neutral aerial or an up aerial at low to medium percents.
Down tilt   5% A legsweep. Although weak, it is fast and reliable for either racking up damage or chaining into itself, a neutral attack, a forward tilt or at higher percents even a forward aerial and a grab. Hits on frame 3, making it tied with Ness, Little Mac, R.O.B., and Meta Knight's down tilts for being the fastest down tilt in the game. The edge of down tilt unfortunately doesn't lock opponents like it used to do in other iterations.
Dash attack   13% (sweetspot), 9% (sourspot) A dashing palm thrust that emits a blast of PSI energy from his hand. Has noticeable start-up and deals more damage the farther the opponent is from Lucas.
Forward smash   14% (base), 15% (tip), 1.5× (reflected projectiles) Swings a stick in front of himself. The stick's tip deals slightly more damage and knockback. Lucas' stick also the ability to reflect projectiles.
Up smash PK Smash Geyser 2% (hit 1), 21%, 20%, 18%, 16%, or 14% (clean to late hit 2) Emits a large blast of PSI energy above his head. Despite in-game tips saying it can attack opponents hanging on the edge, this is only partly true; It'll either whiff or not connect properly on 60% of the cast, the remaining 40% will get hit and combo'd into the strong hit. It is a huge "high-risk, high-reward" attack; it has an extreme amount of ending lag, which makes it very punishable if missed, but it is strong enough to KO at 80% when uncharged and at 54% when fully charged. It also has other positives, as it renders Lucas invincible on frames 1-7 making it even dodge grabs, grants intangibility to his head on frames 15-29 and has a very large hitbox, making it a decent anti-air attack if used correctly. The animation appears to based on Lucas' Seven Needles pulling animation.
Down smash PK Blow 17% (clean), 14% (mid), 11% (late) Aims his arm diagonally downward and emits three consecutive blasts of PSI energy towards the ground while holding his hand in a finger gun gesture. With each blast, its range increases at the expense of damage and knockback. It is one of the strongest down smashes in the game when clean, as it is able to KO as low as 60% near the edge depending on the opponent's weight and DI. If well timed, it can also catch recovering opponents before they grab the edge. Has a bit of start-up lag, but surprisingly low ending lag for its power. Unlike in SSB4, each blast is treated as its own hitbox, meaning that it can potentially hit multiple times at low percents, and damages shields more than once.
Neutral aerial   2% (hits 1-3), 4% (hit 4) Tumbles while emitting blasts of PSI energy around his torso. A good combo starter. Unlike in the previous game, its launching angle is more horizontal, and the last hit launches the opponent depending on which side they are on in relation to Lucas.
Forward aerial   12.5% (sweetspot), 9% (sourspot) A flying kick that emits a blast of PSI energy from his foot. It's fast and disjointed, making it a good off-stage option and one of Lucas' better spacing options. Its sweetspot deals the most knockback and can KO Mario at the ledge at 106% on Battlefield. This move's sourspot can lock opponents at early percents. It also autocancels in a shorthop.
Back aerial PK Meteor Kick 12% (sweetspot), 9% (sourspot), 7% (late) A backflip kick that emits a trail of PSI energy from his foot. It can meteor smash at the tip of his foot and has disjointed reach, with its weakest hitbox being at the tip. The last hitbox of this move can lock opponents at early percents. It can also autocancel if buffered out of a shorthop.
Up aerial   11% An upward headbutt. The move's hitbox is now properly attached to Lucas' head unlike in SSB4, making it a more reliable attack. Deals respectable knockback, making it a good KO option near the upper blast line. It can also autocancel. At 70% and lower it's an effective combo tool as it leads into itself and other aerials on landing.
Down aerial PK Foot Stomp 3.5% (hits 1-3), 5% (hit 4) An alternating series of stomps, with each stomp emitting a small blast of PSI energy from his feet. Isn't as disjointed as it looks as it's range has been slightly nerfed from Smash 4. The last hitbox of this move can lock opponents at low percents. The sour hits of D-air can also lock opponents on a platform. Because grounded spikes have become untechable in ultimate, D-air can be looped into itself at around 65% on average and combo into a F-smash for the kill.
Grab aerial Midair Rope Snake 5% (clean snake), 3% (arm and late snake) Unfurls Duster's Rope Snake in front of himself. It can damage opponents and act as a tether recovery.
Grab Rope Snake Unfurls Duster's Rope Snake in front of himself. His standing grab is deceptively fast, although his pivot grab is very slow. The Pivot grab also has a blind spot directly in front of Lucas.
Pummel   1.3% Attacks the opponent with a discharge of PSI energy.
Forward throw   10% Telekinetically throws the opponent in front of himself. KO's 1-4% earlier than up-throw on some of the most common legal stages.
Back throw   10% Telekinetically throws the opponent behind himself. It is his strongest throw. It can KO even super heavyweights at 154% near the edge without rage.
Up throw   10% Telekinetically whirls the opponent around his head, then throws them directly overhead. One of the strongest up throws in the game, as it KOs around 116%-180% depending on the opponent's weight and DI.
Down throw   11% Telekinetically slams the opponent into the ground head first. Shows a bury effect, however this is purely aesthetic. It can combo into aerials at low percentages, but it loses followup potential quickly at higher percentages because of its noticeable ending lag and knockback.
Floor attack (front)   7% Kicks around himself while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Kicks around himself while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Kicks behind himself and then in front of himself while getting up.
Edge attack   9% Performs a low-angle kick while climbing up.
Neutral special PK Freeze 10%-23% Emits a snowflake-shaped blast of PSI energy from his head that freezes opponents. The direction of the blast's path can be controlled, it can be made stronger by holding the special button and it can be concluded at a deceptively fast speed. A notoriously effective edgeguarding tool, as it launches opponents away from Lucas and has great maneuverability, as well as having a large hitbox.
Side special PK Fire 3% (lightning), 7% (fire) Thrusts both of his hands forward to release a lightning bolt-shaped PSI projectile from his hands. Unlike Ness' PK Fire, Lucas' version results in a brief, fiery explosion of PSI energy that launches the opponent away, rather than a long-lasting pillar of fiery PSI energy. It is further differentiated from Ness' version in that it flies straight ahead regardless of whether it is used on the ground or in the air, as well as causing a minimal amount of recoil both on the ground and in the air, making it more effective as a spacing tool than Ness' PK Fire.
Up special PK Thunder 2.5% (projectile head), 0.8% (projectile tail, rapid hits), 8% (PKT2 initial), 2% (PKT2 rapid hits 1-5), 1.5% (PKT2 rapid hits 6-10), 10% (PKT2 last) Emits a streaming, electrical PSI projectile from his head. It can be directed into Lucas to launch him at a high speed. It doesn't disappear after hitting an opponent and instead hits multiple times, giving it damage racking potential. This effect also applies PK Thunder 2, with Lucas hitting an opponent multiple times upon colliding with them. Deals immense damage if all of PK Thunder 2's hits connect, making it one of the most damaging up specials in the game. It is also a versatile recovery option if used correctly, as it covers great distance while being hard to properly counter itself due to its multi-hit and intangible properties.
Down special PSI Magnet 8% (ending), heals 2× the damage of absorbed projectiles (maximum 30%) Thrusts his arm forward to emit a glowing orb of PSI energy around his outstretched hand, which comes out quicker and absorbs more damage than Ness' variant. Any energy-based projectiles it absorbs will heal him. When a projectile hits him from behind, Lucas will turn around and heal from it, but not as consistently as in Brawl. It can also be used offensively, due to it being safe on shield, dealing damage and having a semi-spike knockback to opponents inside of it when it dissipates. The move now has a windbox box that drags in opponents near it.
Final Smash PK Starstorm 6.5% (per hit) Boney and Kumatora join Lucas, who summons a shower of falling stars that fly towards the center of the stage, damaging opponents in range. The trajectory of the meteors can be angled left and right. Unique to Lucas' version of PK Starstorm, the range of the meteors can also be adjusted. Tilting the stick up causes the meteors to spread out near the top of the screen (this will allow the meteors to hit opponents closer to the upper blast line, but will miss any who are grounded); tilting down causes the meteors to slightly angle outwards as they fall towards the stage (if done from the center of Final Destination, the meteors will cover almost the entirety). Overall, it has far more control than Ness's version.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Rides in on a Mr. Saturn-style coffee table, then hops off. The table is based on the one that Lucas rides in order to reach Saturn Valley in Mother 3.


  • Trips, shakes his head, and gets back up.
  • Duster's Rope Snake comes out of Lucas's hand and has a brief conversation with him, as Lucas shrugs at it.
  • Angrily positions his right hand up to his forehead and grunts while generating small bursts of PSI energy from his index and middle fingers, then swings his hand down to emit a trail of PSI energy.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Taps the toes of his shoes on the ground.
  • Holds one finger to his forehead, and then swings his arm outward.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Forcefully pulls one of the Seven Needles out of the ground, sending it flying off-screen while Lucas looks toward the screen in a battle-ready pose.
  • Up: With his back toward the screen, he crouches while poking at something on the ground with a large stick. After the camera zooms in, he then turns his head around to face the screen and says "Huh?" while briefly sporting a surprised expression.
  • Right: Bends down on one knee and waves his right arm in from himself while releasing blasts of PSI energy from his index and middle fingers.
A flourished combination of the final two out of the Eight Melodies in Mother / EarthBound Beginnings.

In competitive play[edit]

Lucas is a character who generally plays a mixup style. He is capable of zoning, primarily through the usage of PK Fire and Zair, but many players underestimate his abilities in close range combat, in which he is more than capable due to several fast, safe moves such as Down Tilt and Forward Tilt. His results and representation were pretty scarce in early Ultimate. However, he has achieved some level of representation through the players of Mekos and ChocoTaco. As a result, top professional players, such as Mew2King, ESAM, and Armada value him as an upper mid tier. Dabuz, on the other hand sees Lucas as a low tier. However, some players, such as MkLeo, view him as a high tier, with good combo ability and edgeguarding through PK Freeze and PK Fire. Overall, his current place and viability in the meta is debatable.

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: Magic, Sacred Powers, and PSI![edit]

Lucas' congratulations screen.

All of Lucas' opponents have supernatural abilities.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Ness NessHeadSSBU.png Magicant Magicant
2 Robin (x2) RobinHeadSSBU.pngRobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png Arena Ferox Conquest (Ablaze)
3 Rosalina & Luma RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Mario Galaxy Gusty Garden Galaxy
4 Giant Palutena PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena's Temple (Ω form) Underworld
5 Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Umbra Clock Tower Tomorrow Is Mine (Bayonetta 2 Theme) (Instrumental)
6 Mewtwo MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Kalos Pokémon League Battle! (Team Galactic)
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Note: All stages Lucas travels to are Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS stages.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Lucas has Mother 3 Love Theme accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Lucas in World of Light

Although Lucas does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Lucas can be found on a village covered in fog as a callback to his home of Tazmily Village.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Lucas SSBU.png
6,600 New Pork City (Ω form) Unfounded Revenge / Smashing Song of Praise


Lucas's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Lucas in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Articuno, Zapdos, & Moltres Pokémon Series •Reflect Lucas (×3) (LucasHeadCyanSSBU.pngLucasHeadOrangeSSBU.pngLucasHeadRedSSBU.png)
13,700 Find Mii (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy reflects projectiles
•The enemy's PSI attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley Articuno (cyan costume), Zapdos (orange costume), and Moltres (red costume)
Kumatora EarthBound Series Lucas LucasHeadCyanSSBU.png
4,200 New Pork City (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Ice Floor •The floor is frozen
•The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Flower
Mother 3 Love Theme
Masked Man EarthBound Series Lucas LucasHeadGreySSBU.png
9,400 New Pork City (Ω form) N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy will charge up a powerful Final Smash
•The enemy has increased attack power
Porky's Theme
Claus Spirit.png
Claus EarthBound Series Lucas LucasHeadOrangeSSBU.png
•Metal Lucas LucasHeadGreySSBU.png
13,200 Garden of Hope (Battlefield form) •Strengthen Weapon •Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•All fighters' melee weapons have increased power after a little while
•The enemy is metal
Mother 3 Love Theme Masked Man (Metal Lucas)
Kid Dracula Kid Dracula Lucas LucasHeadGreySSBU.png
9,600 Dracula's Castle •Hazard: Slumber Floor •The floor is sleep-inducing
•The enemy's melee blows will heal them when they hit
Dwelling of Doom

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Slugger Green Glove Spirit.png
Slugger & Green Glove Yoshi Series Ness NessHeadYellowSSBU.png
Lucas LucasHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,500 Yoshi's Island •Item: Beastball •The enemy starts the battle with a Home-Run Bat Obstacle Course - Yoshi's Island Green Glove
Flint Spirit.png
Flint EarthBound Series Snake SnakeHeadChartreuseSSBU.png
Lucas LucasHeadOrangeSSBU.png
4,200 Onett (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy starts the battle with a Franklin Badge
Mother 3 Love Theme Claus
Hinawa EarthBound Series Zelda ZeldaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Lucas (×2) (LucasHeadOrangeSSBU.pngLucasHeadBlueSSBU.png)
13,100 Yoshi's Island •Easy to Launch •All fighters are easy to launch Mother 3 Love Theme Lucas and Claus
Boney EarthBound Series Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadBrownSSBU.png
Lucas LucasHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,500 Onett N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Mother 3 Love Theme Lucas
Pitcher Batter Spirit.png
Pitcher & Batter Baseball Ness NessHeadBlueSSBU.png
Lucas LucasHeadRedSSBU.png (×2)
1,700 Pokémon Stadium 2 (hazards off) •Item Tidal Wave
•Item: Sports
•The enemy favors side smash attacks
•The enemy starts the battle with a Home-Run Bat
•Certain items will appear in large numbers
Baseball (Training) Catcher(s)

Alternate costumes[edit]

Lucas Palette (SSBU).png
LucasHeadSSBU.png LucasHeadOrangeSSBU.png LucasHeadBlueSSBU.png LucasHeadRedSSBU.png LucasHeadGreySSBU.png LucasHeadCyanSSBU.png LucasHeadGreenSSBU.png LucasHeadPurpleSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Because Lucas' PSI-based attacks now have light blue effects, this creates an inconsistency with his artwork in the panoramic "Everyone Is Here!" illustration, which features his former pink-and-yellow PSI effects.
  • Lucas' character portrait is based on his side taunt.
  • Lucas is in Kirby's Classic Mode unlock column, the same one as Ness.
  • Lucas is currently the only Brawl newcomer to receive a completely new victory theme.
  • While holding a small item, Lucas still reverts to Ness's previous idle animation despite Ness receiving a new one.
  • When Lucas performs his forward smash while facing left, the stick won't shrink inside his hand.
  • There's an animation bug regarding Lucas's back-hitting/wallbounce hitstun animation in which animation blending does not occur, causing him to "snap" into his tumbling animation. This does not occur with Ness.
  • When factoring in his availability in Brawl and SSB4, Lucas is the only character in the entire series to have been a starter character, an unlockable character, and a DLC character.
  • Lucas and the Ice Climbers are the only playable characters that use sprites as their Fighters Spirit image.