Luigi (SSB4)

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This article is about Luigi's appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4. For the character in other contexts, see Luigi.
Luigi
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Luigi
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Universe Mario
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
Availability Starter
Final Smash Poltergust 5000
Tier D (29)
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Luigi (ルイージ, Luigi) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. As part of Nintendo's Year of Luigi, his return to the series was announced during the Nintendo Direct on August 7th, 2013.[1] Traditionally, Luigi has always been an unlockable character revealed after an installment of Super Smash Bros. had been released. However, SSB4 is the first installment to break that tradition,[1] as he was both revealed before release and is now a starter character. Charles Martinet reprises his role as Luigi's voice actor, albeit through voice clips recycled from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.[2]

Luigi is currently ranked 29th out of 58 in the tier list, placing him at the bottom of the D tier and directly in the middle of both the mid-tier and the overall tier list. This is a vast improvement over his placement in Brawl, where he was ranked 28th out of 38 ranking in Brawl, and his best placement in the series since Melee, where he was ranked 13th out of 26. Luigi's most notable strength is the utility of his moveset: he is difficult to punish due to his overall fast attack speed, his very potent air game is supplemented by several of his grounded moves' favorable launching angles, and he has numerous moves that boast outstanding combo potential. Luigi's recovery is also unpredictable and long-distanced, with Green Missile and Luigi Cyclone being risky to intercept.

However, Luigi retains his overall slow mobility, with his slow air speed and low traction being the attributes that most significantly hinder his movement, punishment ability and out of shield options. His recovery is also very slow, making edgeguarding detrimental to him. Finally, his range is very limited, which prevents him from racking up damage from a safe distance and making him prone to camping, despite having Fireball as a projectile.

Overall, Luigi tends to run hot-and-cold like in previous installments. While his representation remains average, his results in tournaments are better than ever before, thanks to the efforts of professionals such as Mr. ConCon, Boss, J.Miller, and Elegant.

Attributes[edit]

Luigi is a middleweight whose attributes differ noticeably from other characters of the same weight class. While he has average walking speed, he has slightly below average dashing speed and the lowest traction in the game. Luigi's aerial attributes are also quite different from a typical middleweight: he has very slow falling and air speeds, low gravity, above average air acceleration, and the fourth highest jumps. As a result of these attributes, Luigi has slow mobility overall and is floaty.

Much like his older brother, Luigi can be very difficult to punish, since all but two of his regular moves (forward smash and down aerial) come out before frame 10. This, in turn, is supplemented by the immense utility of his overall moveset. His neutral attack deals respectable damage overall, has decent range and can be jab canceled. His tilt attacks also have their own perks: forward tilt can be angled, has decent range and is good for spacing beginning at 55%, up tilt has excellent combo potential up to high percentages and can KO at very high percentages, and down tilt can potentially trip grounded opponents and hinder aerial opponents that attempt to grab the edge due to using the Sakurai angle. Luigi's smash attacks are strong enough to KO at reasonable percentages, but his up smash and down smash also have some utility. Up smash has set-up potential from 0%-5% and is a very reliable follow-up from down throw beginning at 0%. Down smash is largely similar in comparison: it is a reliable follow-up from down throw beginning at 0% (albeit only against heavyweights/fast-fallers) and its front hit has set-up potential from 0%-5%. However, it is also useful for punishing rolls and damage racking due to its damage output, range and being his fastest smash attack.

Luigi's aerial attacks are also very useful: each of them have respectable damage outputs, can be autocanceled from a short hop, and possess specific perks. Neutral aerial's clean hit deals strong vertical knockback, which makes it both a great combo breaker and a situational KOing option near the upper blast line, whereas its late hit's weak vertical knockback makes it a very useful combo starter when fast fallen. Forward aerial is the fastest of its kind and is very useful for approaching, edgeguarding and combos. Back aerial is very powerful and has long range, which enable it to function as a safe KOing option or as an approach option when used as part of a reverse aerial rush. Up aerial is useful for combos and has the lowest amount of landing lag out of his aerial attacks. Lastly, down aerial is the third fastest of its kind, surpassed only by Meta Knight's and Little Mac's respectively, and is able to meteor smash.

As a semi-clone of Mario, Luigi has two special moves that are derived from his older brother, yet his versions deviate in noticeable ways. Fireball is a projectile that is useful for pressuring as well as limiting an opponent's approach, recovery or edgeguarding attempt like Mario's, but is unaffected by gravity like his. Super Jump Punch has very quick start-up like Mario's, but consists of a sweetspot and sourspot unlike his, which makes it function much differently in comparison: the sweetspot boasts devastating power, which makes it a very potent punishment option, yet it is very risky due to its ending lag and extremely weak sourspot. Aside from these, Luigi's other special moves are completely distinct from Mario's. Green Missile deals damage and grants Luigi horizontal recovery, both of which can be increased thanks to its ability to be charged. However, it is also possible for Green Missile to misfire; in this case, it becomes even stronger than the fully charged version and it covers about 60% of Final Destination. Lastly, Luigi Cyclone can function as an approach option, a KOing option near the upper blast line and, with enough button mashing, a vertical recovery option. While difficult to perform, it can even gimp recoveries as well.

Finally, Luigi's grab game is among the best in the game. His grabs are among the fastest in the game, while his pummel is tied with Mr. Game & Watch's as the third most damaging in the game. His forward and up throws have minimal utility, but they are quick and deal respectable damage, with the former being a capable edgeguard set-up. His back throw, although weakened since Brawl, is just as strong as Lucas' and can KO at high percentages. His down throw, however, is by far his most useful throw. Although update 1.1.1 altered its knockback to the point of considerably nerfing its combo potential, it remains one of the most versatile throws in the game. At low percentages, it can be followed up by forward tilt, up tilt and any smash attack, while it can then be followed up with any aerial attack, Luigi Cyclone and Super Jump Punch up to medium percentages. Even at medium to high percentages, it can reliably set up an up aerial. These combos vary between floaty characters and fast-fallers, but his versatile aerial attacks can still rack up large amounts of damage regardless.

However, Luigi has noticeable weaknesses, with the most significant one being his recovery. Green Missile is slow and can be stopped by opponents willing to endure its hitbox, while Luigi Cyclone requires an extreme amount of button mashing to be effective without prior momentum. Lastly, Super Jump Punch is the least effective recovery option in his arsenal, due to it lacking any sort of horizontal movement as Luigi ascends. This means he is overly reliant on his double jump to recover, as his slow air speed will make it very difficult to return to the stage, making his long-distanced recovery slow and easily gimped. Most of Luigi's attacks and all of his grabs have very short ranges, making it very difficult for him to fight opponents with disjointed hitboxes, especially in the air. His plentiful and effective out of shield options are also usable only sporadically, since he gets pushed back very far when shielding due to his very low traction, while his lack of a reflecting move leaves him vulnerable to camping.

As in previous installments, Luigi's mobility prevents him from approaching quickly, especially from the air. This results in him having significant trouble keeping up with faster opponents, such as Sheik, Zero Suit Samus and Sonic, which in turn weakens his otherwise excellent neutral game. As a result, Luigi is must either use short hopped neutral, forward and back aerials to approach, or use Fireball to force approaches. However, there are a few methods that, at varying degrees, alleviate Luigi's problematic traction. Shield-stopping negates his dash's noticeable skid, improving his approach's safety. Fox-trotting enables Luigi to dash while only enduring a slight slide rather than the skid, making it slightly risky, yet allowing him to go on the offensive more reliably and even enabling him to play mindgames, particularly baiting. The last method is simply walking: although Luigi's walking speed is average like his dashing speed, it is not as glaringly susceptible to his slippery traction like his dash is. When coupled with proper usage of Fireball, this method can also enable him to maintain stage control. A notable user and proponent of the walking method is J.Miller.[3]

Luigi has a number of useful custom moves. His most notable custom moves are Floating Missile and Quick Missile. Floating Missile propels Luigi in a perfectly straight line and is weaker, but charges in less than a second, making it much riskier to intercept. Quick Missile travels much farther and moves much faster, much like how Green Missile functioned in Melee, but it has less power, no traction and considerably more ending lag. Luigi also has a few other custom moves that are rather useful. Ice Ball has slower movement speed, yet has more range and can momentarily freeze opponents, completely disrupting their approach. Burial Header grants more height, descends faster, has much less landing lag and buries grounded opponents, at the cost of having a weaker sweetspot. Mach Cyclone covers almost no horizontal distance and it possesses windboxes instead of looping hitboxes, but it grants a tremendous amount of vertical distance and its lone hitbox is stronger, making it great at edgeguarding. However, the rest of his custom moves have advantages that are situational at best, making them generally not worth using.

Overall, Luigi can be a force to be reckoned with as long as his significant flaws are circumvented. While his representation in the competitive scene has lowered somewhat since update 1.1.1 due to said update considerably nerfing his down throw's combo potential, he has achieved great results in tournaments regardless.

Changes from Brawl[edit]

Luigi has been significantly buffed in the transition from Brawl to SSB4. His neutral and combo games have been improved, with the latter being among the most effective in the entire game. Additionally, he is more agile overall, which further supplements these improved traits. However, Luigi did receive a number of nerfs. His recovery was moderately worsened, some of his moves (including all of his KOing options) had their power weakened, and most of his moves have lower damage outputs. Nonetheless, he has still been established as one of the most successful characters in tournament play.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in SSB4, Luigi has a more cartoonish and sleeker design, while his overall color scheme is more vibrant. Additionally, his overalls' pant legs are no longer rolled up around his ankles. Altogether, these changes make him better resemble his appearances in the latest Mario games.
  • Change Luigi is more expressive and, unlike in previous installments, much less depressive overall. While Luigi retains his panicked expression in some instances, such as when using his dash attack or while hanging from an edge, he now smiles in other instances, such as when using Fireball and during the results screen if he was defeated or if the match ended in a no contest. He also sports a fairly neutral expression in other instances, such as when using Luigi Cyclone or his forward aerial, as well as humorous or quirky expressions to further reference his awkwardness, such as while sidestepping and upon being screen KO'd.
  • Change Like Mario, Luigi's chest now always faces the foreground.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Luigi dashes faster (1.34 → 1.5).
  • Buff Luigi's traction is higher (0.022 → 0.024), though it is still the lowest in the game.
  • Buff Luigi's air speed is faster (0.7332 → 0.7341766).
  • Change Luigi's falls faster (1.22 → 1.25).
  • Buff Luigi's fast falling speed is faster (1.708 → 2.0).
  • Buff Luigi's gravity is higher (0.065 → 0.075). While this is typically a nerf due to it affecting a character's overall survivability, it is a buff in Luigi's case, as it somewhat alleviates the drawbacks that his floatiness provides.
  • Buff Short hop is lower and jump is higher, improving his air game and aerial maneuverability.
  • Change Jump's animation has changed. Luigi now pedals his legs back and forth while in midair similarly to the Scuttle, one of his signature techniques that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 2 and has appeared in a number of other Mario games.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral attack's last hit has increased base knockback (50 → 65), improving its spacing potential. It also sends Luigi forward, improving its range.
  • Nerf All tilt attacks deal less damage (9% → 6% (up), 10% → 8% (forward), 9% → 8% (down)).
  • Nerf Forward tilt's hitbox duration is shorter (5-10 → 5-7).
  • Buff Up tilt has altered knockback (30 (base)/127 (growth) → 8/150), improving its combo and juggling potentials while retaining its KO potential.
  • Change Down tilt can now trip opponents. However, it can no longer meteor smash.
  • Buff Dash attack's hits connect together much better and its last hit has increased knockback (50 (base)/100 (growth) → 60/128), improving it reliability and spacing potential.
  • Nerf Forward smash has decreased knockback growth (135 (all angles) → 121 (upward)/116 (non-angled)/117 (downward)), hindering its KO potential.
  • Change All angled versions of forward smash deal consistent damage rather than each angle having a respective damage output.
  • Nerf Sweetspotted up smash deals 1% less damage (15% → 14%).
  • Nerf Down smash deals less damage (16%/17% → 14%/15%) and has increased start-up lag (frame 3 → 6 (front), frame 12 → 14 (back)).
  • Buff Down smash has increased knockback growth (80 (both) → 85 (front)/104 (back)), improving its its KO potential.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Neutral, forward, up, and down aerials deal less damage (14% → 12% (neutral), 10% → 8% (forward), 13% → 11% (up), 11% → 8%/10% (down)).
  • Nerf Neutral and back aerials have increased landing lag (10 frames → 14 (neutral), 12 frames → 16 (back)).
  • Nerf Neutral aerial can no longer be performed twice from a single short hop and its hitbox duration is 1 frame shorter. Clean neutral aerial also has decreased knockback growth (100 → 90), hindering its KO potential.
  • Change Late neutral aerial's angle has been altered (90° → 80°).
  • Buff Forward aerial has increased range, improving its approach and edgeguarding potentials.
  • Buff Back aerial deals 2% more damage (12% → 14%).
  • Nerf Back aerial has increased ending lag (interruptibility frame 37 → 46). When coupled with Luigi's lower short hop, it can no longer be used twice from a single short hop. Clean back aerial's duration is also shorter (frames 6-10 → 6-7).
  • Nerf Down aerial has 8 more frames of landing lag and its meteor smash hitbox has decreased knockback growth (100 → 80).
  • Buff Down aerial's meteor smash hitbox is now based on timing rather than positioning, improving its reliability.
  • Nerf Down aerial deals 3% less damage (11% → 8%).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Grab has decreased ending lag.
  • Buff Dash grab has decreased start-up lag (frame 12 → 8).
  • Buff Pummel deals 0.2% more damage (3% → 3.2%).
  • Nerf Back throw deals 2% less damage (12% → 10%), reverting it to how it functioned in Melee and thus hindering its KO potential.
  • Buff Luigi has a new down throw, a Ground Pound. Compared to the previous down throw, it is better for combos due to the changes to hitstun canceling.
  • Buff Floor attacks deal 1% more damage (6% → 7%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Nerf Late Fireball deals 1% less damage (6% → 5%).
  • Buff Fireball has increased range.
  • Buff Uncharged Green Missile deals 5% more damage (5% → 10%). Green Missile's hitbox has also been re-positioned to cover Luigi's entire head instead of only his neck.
  • Nerf Fully charged Green Missile deals ≈6.2% less damage (26% → ≈19.8%).
  • Change Holding a fully charged grounded Green Missile past a certain point will now cancel the move, instead of holding the charge indefinitely. Upon being overcharged, Luigi will be vulnerable for a very brief moment. While this makes it impossible to use Green Missile to stall opponents and thus force them to go into Luigi's line of fire if they want to continue fighting, it also makes it so that Luigi will not be stuck in a position that could potentially prove fatal.
  • Change Green Missile's chance of misfiring has decreased (12.5% → 10%). This improves its safety while near edges, but hinders its offensive and recovery potentials.
  • Buff Grounded Super Jump Punch's sweetspot has increased knockback growth (73 → 77), improving its KO potential. Grounded Super Jump Punch also grants less vertical distance, slightly improving its safety.
  • Nerf Aerial Super Jump Punch has increased start-up (frame 6 → 8) and landing lag. It also grants less horizontal distance after ascending and much less vertical distance, to the point that it is now being unable to reach the top platform on Battlefield. Altogether, these changes hinder its recovery potential.
  • Change Super Jump Punch's angle has been altered (90° → 88°).
  • Nerf Luigi Cyclone deals 3% less damage (12% → 9%) due to consisting of six hits instead of eight. It also has increased start-up lag (frame 7 → 10).
  • Buff Luigi Cyclone's hits connect together better and its last hit has increased knockback (60 (base)/115 (growth) → 80/130 (grounded)/120 (aerial)), improving its KO potential near the upper blast line.
  • Nerf Aerial Luigi Cyclone grants much less vertical distance, is extremely difficult to ascend with without a jump, and requires much more button mashing in order to ascend. Altogether, these changes hinder its recovery potential.
  • Change Luigi has a new Final Smash, Poltergust 5000. Unlike Negative Zone, Poltergust 5000 traps nearby opponents and deals considerable damage and strong vertical knockback to the point of easily scoring KOs, rather than affecting a very wide area and granting Luigi easy openings to inflict more damage and/or possibly secure KOs.

Update history[edit]

Luigi has received a mix of buffs and nerfs via game updates, though his buffs outweighed his nerfs until update 1.1.1. While said update brought about only two nerfs, the nerf to his down throw was considerable enough to counter the numerous buffs that the updates gave him. The changes to shield mechanics also indirectly nerf Luigi, as it is even harder for him to punish out of shield and his best moves do not have noticeable hitlag. As a result, Luigi has become a slightly less effective character than he was during the initial release of SSB4, although he is still viable despite his most notable strengths (his combo and punishing games) being toned down.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Buff Forward smash damage: 14%15%
  • Change Forward smash side angle: 55 → 53
  • Change Down smash angle: 70 → 60
  • Buff Down smash knockback scaling: 80 → 100
  • Buff Forward aerial hand hitbox radius: 4.8 → 5.6
  • Change Order of hitboxes of forward aerial reversed (no practical effect).
  • Buff Super Jump Punch (default) ground sweetspot radius: 1.6 → 1.7
  • Change Super Jump Punch (default) ground sweetspot z-offset: 6.1 → 7.0
  • Buff Super Jump Punch (default) air sweetspot radius: 2.1 → 2.2
  • Change Super Jump Punch (default) air sweetspot z-offset: 4.7 → 5.5

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Nerf Fireball deals 1% less damage the farther it goes: 6% → 5% (late).

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.0

  • Change Forward aerial deals less damage (9% → 8%). While this slightly worsens its edgeguarding abilities, it also slightly improves its combo abilities.
  • Nerf Fireball's ending lag is increased (total: 40 → 43 frames).
  • Buff Fiery Jump Punch (custom 2) knockback growth increased (40 → 50).
  • Buff Super Jump Punch's default grounded hitbox size increased (1.7u → 2.2u).
  • Buff Super Jump Punch's default aerial hitbox size increased (2.2u → 2.7u).
  • Nerf Down tilt's angle altered from 74° to the Sakurai angle significantly hindering its function as a combo starter or set-up.
  • Buff Down tilt's knockback growth increased (54 → 65).
  • Buff Down tilt's ending lag is decreased (29 → 26).
  • Buff Down tilt's new angle improves its edgeguarding potential, though not to the same degree as in Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.1

  • Nerf The changes to shield mechanics have been detrimental to Luigi, as the increase in shieldstun makes it much harder for him to punish from out of shield due to his already low traction. Additionally, only a very select few of his moves benefit from these changes, with the most notable example being a fully charged or misfired Green Missile.
  • Nerf Down throw's knockback has been altered (75 base/30 growth → 55 base/83 growth). The new knockback scaling removes Luigi's most notable follow-ups (very few moves are now only semi-guaranteed KO set-ups), particularly outside of medium percents.
  • Buff Down aerial spike hitbox increased (1.8 → 2.5).
  • Buff Down smash knockback growth increased (80/100 → 82/104 first/second strikes)
  • Buff Fiery Jump Punch hitbox size increased (3.8 → 4.0).
  • Buff Fiery Jump Punch horizontal displacement (6.4 → 7.0).
  • Change Luigi Cyclone initial hitbox hitlag increased (1.0 → 1.3).
  • Change Luigi Cyclone angle 90° → 89°.
  • Nerf Aerial Luigi Cyclone final hitbox growth decreased 130 → 120.
  • Buff Clothesline Tornado damage increased (8% → 10%/12% depending on the hitbox.)
    • Buff The sweetspot hitbox is larger.
    • Buff The sweetspot has more base knockback: 60 → 100.
    • Nerf The sweetspot has drastically decreased growth: 120 → 70.

Moveset[edit]

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% A one-two combo followed by a hip thrust. Its last hit slightly moves Luigi forward and, when coupled with its decent damage output and fast overall speed, it is a safe yet reliable damage racking option. It can also be jab canceled into a grab, down tilt, or Super Jump Punch.
2%
5%
Forward tilt   8% A reverse roundhouse kick. It can be angled and is decent for spacing beginning at 40%.
Up tilt   6% An overhead swipe. It can hit opponents directly behind Luigi. Like Mario's up tilt, it is very useful for initiating combos and partaking in juggling. However, it also possesses enough knockback to KO at very high percentages.
Down tilt   8% A crouching back kick. It can trip at low percentages and even hit opponents that are trying to grab the edge.
Dash attack   1% (hits 1-6), 2% (hit 7) A series of rapid, childish punches. Its last hit launches the opponent a fair distance away from Luigi, but it is very punishable.
Forward smash   15% A knifehand thrust. It can be angled like his forward tilt, with the upward angled version dealing the most knockback and the non-angled version dealing the least. Regardless of its angle, it has respectable power and speed, yet very poor range. However, its range issue can be somewhat alleviated with pivoting, due to Luigi's pivot being tied with Little Mac's as the second best in the game.
Up smash   14% (head), 12% (body) An upward headbutt. It is the most consistent KOing option out of Luigi's smash attacks. The angle at which opponents are launched changes depending on where they were hit, as hitting from Luigi's front will cause them to be launched backward and vice versa.
Down smash   14% (legs), 15% (body) A legsweep performed from a flare, an acrobatic technique used in breakdancing and gymnastics. Its front hit is fairly unreliable for KOing, but its back hit is much stronger, to the point of KOing noticeably earlier. However, both hits are very reliable for punishing rolls and damage racking due to their range and overall speed. It is also possible for both hits to make contact with the opponent.
Neutral aerial   12% (clean), 6% (late) A flying kick. It is the only sex kick in the game that deals vertical knockback. This makes it a capable combo starter and approach option either while falling or from a short hop, a very useful anti-pressure option, and even a surprise KOing option near the upper blast line if the opponent does not react properly. Originates from Super Mario 64.
Forward aerial   8% A downward knifehand strike. It is a quick and reliable follow-up from down throw at medium percentages, as well as being capable at edgeguarding or approaching. In addition to the hitbox on Luigi's hand, a hitbox exists on his body that has the quirk of launching opponents in the opposite direction.
Back aerial   14% (clean feet), 8% (clean legs, late) A dropkick. It is reliable for KOing and approaching, especially when used as part of a reverse aerial rush. Like his forward aerial, its hitbox, while slightly covering Luigi's body up to his front side, has the same quirk of launching the opponent in the opposite direction if the body portion of the hitbox lands.
Up aerial   11% (clean), 7% (late) A backflip kick. It is useful for combos like Mario's, but cannot combo into itself as easily as his due launching at a more horizontal angle.
Down aerial   10% (clean), 8% (late) A diagonal corkscrew dropkick. Its sweetspot is a meteor smash, though it only lasts for 1 frame. Unlike in previous games, its sweetspot is now based on timing rather than positioning, making it easier to land. When coupled with down throw, its meteor smash can extend combos or even act as a KOing combo near the edge. Conversely, its sourspot deals slightly horizontal knockback, which is unreliable for edgeguarding unless performed off-stage and beginning at 140%.
Grab   Reaches out. While Luigi's grab ranges are relatively short, they have minimal lag. His standing grab is the fastest in the game, while his pivot grab is also very effective, due to his pivot being tied with Little Mac's as the second best in the game.
Pummel   3.2% A headbutt. Moderately slow, but tied with Mr. Game & Watch's as the third most damaging pummel in the game.
Forward throw   9% Spins the opponent around once and throws them forward. Very fast and Luigi's second most damaging throw, but has very minimal utility outside of dealing damage. Its only other benefits are acting either as an edgeguard set-up at high percentages, or as a set-up into dash attack. However, this combo is only effective against lightweights and middleweights beginning at 0% and against heavyweights until low percentages, depending on the latter's DI.
Back throw   10% (throw), 6% (collateral) Spins the opponent by their legs three times before throws them backward. It also can hit other opponents while spinning, which deals minor damage and knockback. Due to reverting to how it functioned in Melee, it is less reliable at KOing than in Brawl. However, it is still a reliable KOing option, with its power rivaling Mario and Dr. Mario's back throws. Originates from Super Mario 64.
Up throw   8% Heaves the opponent directly overhead with both hands. Like his forward throw, it is fast, but has very minimal utility outside of dealing damage. Its only other benefit is acting as a set-up into a short hopped Luigi Cyclone, a combo that is only effective on middleweights, heavyweights and fast-fallers beginning at 0%.
Down throw   6% Shoves the opponent under himself and Ground Pounds them. An excellent combo starter that can lead into up tilt and any smash attack beginning at 0%, as well as any aerial, Luigi Cyclone and Super Jump Punch until medium percentages. Although it loses most of its combo potential at high percentages, it can combo into either Luigi Cyclone against jumping opponents or Super Jump Punch against air dodging opponents, so long as Luigi is not affected by rage.
Floor attack (front)   7% Gets up and kicks behind himself and then in front of himself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Gets up and punches behind himself and then in front of himself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Gets up and kicks behind himself and then in front of himself.
Edge attack   7% Performs a two-footed legsweep while climbing up.
Neutral special Default Fireball 6% (clean), 5% (late) Fires a Green Fireball from his hand. It is fairly spammable, which enables it to pressure, zone, stop approaches or even act as a set-up for a grab. Like Mario's Fireball, it deals less damage as it covers more distance. Unlike Mario's Fireball, it is unaffected by gravity, which makes it less suitable at edgeguarding compared to Mario's Fireball.
Custom 1 Bouncing Fireball 6% (clean), 5% (mid), 4% (late) Functions almost identically to Mario's Fireball, although its bouncing arc is more vertical compared to his. However, its late hit deals slightly less damage and it has a noticeable amount of ending lag.
Custom 2 Ice Ball 4% Fires an Ice Ball from his hand. It freezes opponents at high percentages and has longer range, but deals slightly less damage and is slow.
Side special Default Green Missile 10% (uncharged), ≈19.8% (fully charged), 25% (misfired) Crouches and then shoots himself forward to perform a flying battering ram. If charged on the ground for too long, the charge is canceled. It also has a 10% chance to misfire, which deals considerably more damage and knockback, but always travels the same distance regardless of the charge. Its lag makes it punishable whether it is used for offense or recovering, which makes reads very important in order to use it effectively.
Custom 1 Floating Missile ≈4.3% (uncharged), ≈18% (fully charged), 23% (misfired) Flies directly straight, which improves its accuracy, and charges faster. However, it deals less damage, especially when uncharged, and knockback.
Custom 2 Quick Missile ≈5.15% (uncharged), ≈20% (fully charged), 20% (misfired) Flies much farther and faster, but missing causes Luigi to slide across the ground, making it even riskier than either Green Missile or Floating Missile. It also deals less damage when uncharged and misfired, but negligibly more damage when fully charged.
Up special Default Super Jump Punch 25% (grounded sweetspot), 20% (aerial sweetspot), 1% (sourspot) A jumping uppercut. It is a very potent punishing option due to its sweetspot's outstanding damage output, though its ending lag makes it very punishable as well. Its sweetspot also deals respectable shield damage and emits both a flame effect and a ping sound. In the air, its sweetspot is larger, yet weaker, and does not emit the ping sound. However, its sourspot deals minuscule damage and no knockback. As a recovery move, it grants more vertical distance if Luigi's double jump was used beforehand.
Custom 1 Fiery Jump Punch 18% (grounded sweetspot), 15% (aerial sweetspot), 1% (sourspot) Covers more horizontal distance, grants slightly more invincibility and its sweetspot is easier to hit, but covers less vertical distance, noticeable ending lag and dealing less damage. However, it also covers more vertical distance if Luigi's double jump was used beforehand. Like aerial Super Jump Punch, it does not emit the ping sound effect when sweetspotted. It is comparable to how Luigi's Super Jump Punch functioned in Melee.
Custom 2 Burial Header 8% (descent), 8% (landing), 1% (sourspot) Covers significantly more vertical distance, to the point that it allows him to reach the top platform on Battlefield, and ascends even higher if Luigi's double jump was used beforehand. Instead of a flaming sweetspot, Luigi deals burying damage as he descends. This results in it dealing significantly less damage, although he descends and gets up much faster, which allows for follow-ups.
Down special Default Luigi Cyclone 1.5% (loop), 3% (last) Rapidly spins around, trapping the opponent and damaging them with a series of discus clotheslines and spinning backfists before launching them by powerfully outstretching his arms. Unlike Mario Tornado and compared to Dr. Tornado, it can enable Luigi to move quickly along the ground, making it decent as a surprise approach option. While in the air, button mashing grants it two special quirks: it will enable Luigi to ascend after his first jump, which also carries his double jump's momentum to enable an easier ascent, or it can act as a pseudo-spike, though the latter technique is quite difficult to perform. Outside of these two quirks, it can also function as a KOing option near the upper blast line. It appears to be based on the Spin Jump.
Custom 1 Mach Cyclone 6% Covers significantly more vertical distance, especially when button mashed, and has slightly less start-up lag. Unlike Luigi Cyclone, it consists of a windbox and a hitbox, the latter of which deals twice as much damage and significantly more knockback than Luigi Cyclone's last hit. Altogether, these traits make it more efficient at recovering compared to Luigi Cyclone. However, it does not cover any horizontal distance, cannot punish rolls due to its windbox, and has more ending lag.
Custom 2 Clothesline Cyclone 10% (first), 12% (last) Deals significantly more damage and knockback, due to consisting of two hitboxes instead of looping hitboxes. Its first hit has deceptive range and is a semi-spike, which allows it hinder approaches. Conversely, its last hit launches opponents vertically and is extremely powerful. However, its first hit lacks KO potential until very high percentages, while its second hit is very difficult to land due to its first hit's long duration. Additionally, it has significantly more start-up and ending lag, which makes it unable to be used for recovering. It is comparable to how Luigi Cyclone functioned in SSB.
Final Smash Poltergust 5000 30% (max captured), 10% (throw) Equips the Poltergust 5000 and then vacuums nearby opponents into it before ejecting them out with great force. The sooner the opponents are vacuumed in, the more damage they accumulate before being launched.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • A green Warp Pipe appears and Luigi leaps out of it while hesitantly saying "Let's-a go!" and sporting a frightened expression that appears very similar to the one he has on the cover of Luigi's Mansion.[2]
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Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Strikes a variety of poses in the following order: he faces the screen with one hand on his waist while displaying the V sign with the other, referencing his animation from Luigi's Mansion when he would find a key. Then he turns to the right slightly, pointing his hands that direction while giving a frightened look on his face. Then, he places his left hand just below his nose, similar to his artwork for Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Then he turns away from the screen, crouching as if he is sad, just like his Bogey animation in Mario Golf. Finally, he faces the screen once more, with both hands on his face, giving a frightened look that appears very similar to the one he sports on the cover of Luigi's Mansion.
  • Side taunt: Planks while saying "Pow! Pow!" It is based off of one of his victory poses from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Due to it moving Luigi towards the screen as well as lowering his hurtbox, some attacks, such as Fox's and Falco's Blasters, may actually miss him as a result.
  • Down taunt: Bashfully kicks the ground while sighing. If it makes contact with an opponent that is hanging on an edge or is off-stage, Luigi will perform a powerful meteor smash. Conversely, if the opponent is on-stage, it instead deals set knockback. It also deals 2% in either case and is similar to the animation Luigi performs when he loses a minigame in Mario Party 2.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
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Idle poses[edit]

  • Rubs the back of his head sheepishly.
  • Pulls on his nose, which slightly stretches and then snaps back into place.
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Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Luigi Cheer NTSC SSB4.ogg
Luigi Cheer JP SSB4.ogg
Description Wee-gee! Rui-ji!
Pitch Group chant Group chant

Victory poses[edit]

A flourished remix of the Victory Theme used in Super Mario Bros.
  • Planks twice, similarly to his side taunt.
  • Childishly swings his arms at the air, similarly to his dash attack, then exhaustively gasps afterward. It is also the same animation used when he is selected in Super Smash Bros.
  • Turns around and then makes finger gun gestures with both hands while saying "Bang! Bang!"
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In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
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1312 3312 3212 2311 3231

Notable players[edit]

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Active[edit]

Inactive[edit]

  • Japan Aki - The best Luigi player in Japan prior to update 1.1.1.
  • USA ANTi - A top-level Luigi player and co-mained him alongside Mario prior to update 1.1.1.
  • USA False - A top-level Luigi player and co-mained him alongside many other characters prior to update 1.1.1.
  • USA Larry Lurr - Used Luigi as a secondary prior to update 1.1.1.
  • USA Poltergust - Co-mained Luigi alongside Yoshi prior to update 1.1.1.
  • USA Shel - A top-level Luigi player and co-mained him alongside Ryu prior to update 1.1.1.

Tier placement and history[edit]

Since SSB4's release, Luigi's placement was a topic of debate, as his buffs were quickly acknowledged in his transition from Brawl and saw him perceived as a mid-tier character. Players took into account his combination of a strong combo game, good projectile, and quick frame data, yet noticed the retention of his poor mobility and predictable recovery. Positive opinions on Luigi, however, saw a sudden rise from early to mid-2015, as players recognized the potency of his combos and KO set-ups from his down throw. Additionally, he was noted for having an even matchup against Diddy Kong, who was considered the best character at the time, due to multiple high-profile cases of a Luigi defeating a noteworthy Diddy Kong player in tournaments. The most notable instance of this was Mr. ConCon achieving a bracket reset against ZeRo. These traits resulted in Luigi achieving niche status as a strong main and counterpick, and even a position as a top-tier character in the eyes of the community. Despite having fairly limited usage at high-level play, he was quite common at low-level and mid-level play, and many of the players who abandoned Diddy Kong following his nerfs in updates 1.0.6 and 1.0.8 moved on to Luigi.

However, Luigi underwent a noticeable drop in perception after update 1.1.1, due to the update bringing about changes to shield mechanics that made it harder for him to punish out of shield, and nerfing his down throw to the point of heavily altering his powerful guaranteed follow-ups and removing his down throw's guaranteed KO set-ups. However, Luigi's down throw still managed to maintain highly damaging combos at low percentages and, when coupled with his impressive performances up to update 1.1.1, he was ranked 16th on the first tier list. This placed him at the top of the D tier and became his best ranking in the series at the time.

Despite this, many players who mained Luigi dropped him for other characters due to the intensity of the nerfs from update 1.1.1, which was further compounded by the release of the DLC characters Corrin and Bayonetta, two matchups considered unfavorable for him. By the time of the second tier list, Luigi's ranking saw a considerable downturn, as he dropped 13 spots to his current ranking of 29th. Although he remains in the D tier, his drop is the second largest between the first and second tier lists, in addition to resulting in him going from being the third highest ranked mid-tier character to the middle of the mid-tier. While Luigi's current placement is roughly similar to where he was according to popular opinion during the very early months of SSB4's lifespan, it is tied with his placement in Melee as his best placement in the series to date.

Trophies[edit]

Luigi
ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Luigi recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Year of Luigi, but all that attention just made him even more shy and awkward. In Smash Bros., Luigi takes a lot of cues from his brother in fighting style, adding flair to moves like Super Jump Punch. His taunts, however, are truly unique.
ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Luigi recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Year of Luigi, but all that attention just made him even more shy and awkward. In Smash Bros. (as in life), Luigi tends to follow his brother's lead, but he adds his own flair to moves like Super Jump Punch. His taunts, however, are 100% Weegee.
pal With the Year of Luigi long gone now, it's up to you to prove to everyone that Mario's cowardly co-star is still awesome. He may share a lot of moves with his brother, but he still puts his own spin on things. When you Super Jump Punch a foe just right, for example, the noise he makes is epic. His taunts are pretty funny too. Try them!
Mario Bros. 1983
Nintendo 3DS: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 03/2013
Luigi (Alt.)
ntsc Luigi may sulk when his down taunt is used, but his little dejected kick can actually hurt a nearby enemy fighter. It can even trigger a meteor smash! Notice an enemy leisurely hanging from the edge? Run over and pout on the edge—that foe will be the one with something to pout about!
pal Luigi might look a bit sulky when you use his down taunt, but when he does it next to another fighter, it can get in a little hit - well, a "little hit" that can also sometimes be a meteor smash! Say you spot a fighter hanging off the edge of the stage. Just give them a pout and a kick with this taunt, and they'll fall to their doom.
Mario Bros. 1983
Nintendo 3DS: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 03/2013
Poltergust 5000
ntsc A ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner created by Professor E. Gadd. In Luigi's ghostly adventures, it's the only thing standing between him and complete terror. In this game, it sucks in enemies, damages them, and then fires them diagonally upward. If it's used in an area with no ceilings, you might send them soaring right off the screen!
pal A ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner created by Professor E. Gadd. In Luigi's ghostly adventures, it's the only thing standing between him and abject terror. In this game, it sucks in enemies, damages them, then fires them diagonally upward. Use it in an area with no ceilings, and you might send them soaring right off the screen!

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Luigi's official artwork is based on his side taunt.
  • Early in development, Luigi could wall jump, although this was scrapped in the final release.
  • The trophy description for Luigi in the North American version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U makes a reference to Weegee, a popular internet meme. However, it could also be a reference to a number of games where he excitedly refers to himself "Weegee".
  • Luigi's All-Star trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS resembles his Adventure Mode trophy from Melee, albeit with a different costume.
  • Luigi was the first of the original four unlockable characters to be confirmed for SSB4.
  • If timed correctly, Luigi's side taunt can actually enable him to avoid several attacks, as displayed in the opening video for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
  • In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the "Luigi (With Poltergust 3000)" trophy is titled erroneously. The Poltergust that Luigi is wearing in that trophy is actually the Poltergust 5000 from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, as evident by the Strobulb located on its back.
  • When Luigi crawls, his footsteps emit the running sound effect from Mario Bros.
  • Due to the fact that Luigi's head comes forward into the z-axis when he crouches, he can avoid certain projectiles that go behind his head.

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