Mega Man (SSBU)
Mega Man (ロックマン, Rockman) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Mega Man is classified as fighter #46.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Mega Man must then be defeated on Wily Castle.
Mega Man is a short, semi-heavyweight character. He has average walking speed, mediocre running speed, fast air speed and an excellent air acceleration. He also falls quickly and has low traction. Thus, he is aerodynamic in terms of movement and for his weight has decent mobility. As in his home series, Mega Man's moveset relies heavily on various projectiles, giving his attacks unusual functions and characteristics. This extends beyond his special moves and into his standard moveset. For his neutral attack, he fires shots from his Mega Buster, and for his forward tilt, he fires shots from his Mega Buster while walking. His up tilt, the Mega Upper, is a jumping uppercut, and his down tilt is a forward slide.
Despite having an unusual set of moves, Mega Man shines in approaching while spacing opponents at midrange and disrupting any approaches, for he is blessed with two projectiles that can cause opponents to react predictably: Metal Blade's ability to be thrown in eight directions and trapping opponents in high hitstun makes it a fantastic mindgame and shield-baiting tool, while Crash Bomber can cause panicky opponents to run towards Mega Man or shield the explosion. Both projectiles easily lead to a grab punish as Mega Man owns a great grab combo ability, having a fast grab and many of his attacks connecting reliably after a throw. This allows him to rack up damage easily once he grabs an opponent. He does not have much trouble KOing once his opponents are damaged either, for he has many finishing options ranging from his up tilt to his forward and back aerials to his projectile-based forward smash, which can be used to edgeguard. His other projectiles are terrific, notably his aerials; up aerial can rack up damage very quickly and KO early if an opponent is high up, and his down aerial is one of the safest meteor smashes in the game. To top it all off, Mega Man is a fantastic spacer: his jab is a fast and useful projectile (that can be used while moving and jumping) which interrupts most attacks and weak projectiles at a safe range, and when combined with Metal Blades and Crash Bombs makes Mega Man difficult to approach, while also keeping the opponent away from him. He also has a great grab and throw game, with down throw being a reliable combo starter, up throw being useful for pressuring and juggling, and a back throw with great power, KOing reliably. Due to his amazing pressuring ability and grab game, characters without a projectile or with low reach can have trouble approaching without being severely punished. Even if he does get knocked around, Mega Man is a heavyweight character, weighing only slightly less than Ryu, meaning he is more likely to survive potentially lethal blows that could KO a lighter character, especially with proper DI and his good recovery move, Rush Coil, which doesn't leave him helpless.
Regardless of his good grab game and punishing options, Mega Man still has some flaws to counter his strengths. Since his projectiles are imperative in initiating combos, he suffers against opponents with reflectors or other methods to render his projectiles ineffective, such as the Villager and Isabelle's Pocket. His low speed and ending lag on his non-projectile moves significantly limit his approach. He lacks options in keeping away foes up close, with no actual melee jab or quick standard attacks to knock them away. Because most of his strongest attacks suffer from either noticeable startup or ending lag, Mega Man works best at mid-range where his attacks can connect safely, though at the cost of giving opponents a good amount of time to react to any of his attacks, somewhat making his finishers predictable.
In essence, Mega Man is a very versatile, medium-ranged projectile fighter who has no trouble spacing opponents, though KO attempts can be risky for him as he suffers slightly at close range due to the lag of his attacks. He has to use his effective spacing and grab punish options to rack up damage at medium range while keeping his distance until the opponent is weak enough to risk using one of his slow yet powerful finishing moves. This causes Mega Man to be patient in his gameplan, with him having to wait for one opening to take out stocks effectively. Despite this, his strengths outshine his weaknesses, and he has good representation and great results overall.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Mega Man has been greatly buffed overall in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate. Many of his projectile attacks have longer range and less ending lag, with several notable examples. His Mega Buster shots, a staple of his neutral game in Smash 4, cover a longer distance, allowing him to apply more pressure from afar, and his forward smash has been drastically improved, with longer range and much less ending lag that enable it to be used much more safely as a disjointed KO option, strengthening his already excellent pressure and projectile game. Leaf Shield has also been immensely buffed, with the shield activating significantly faster, hitting opponents at a quicker rate (thus dealing more damage), and the leaves no longer disappearing on hit. Mega Man's close-up game has been improved as well, as his dash attack deals more damage and connects more reliably, and his forward aerial has decreased landing lag with considerably more knockback, allowing it to combo at lower percents and KO reliably at higher percents, while also making it safer on shield. Lastly, Rush Coil no longer incurs a high amount of landing lag, noticeably improving Mega Man's recovery mixups, as he can now safely land onstage with the move instead of having to grab the ledge.
Alongside his direct buffs, Mega Man benefits drastically from the universal changes in Ultimate. The ability to run-cancel with any ground attack gives him more opportunities to land his powerful up tilt, and his overall faster mobility alongside the nerfs to air dodges allow him to challenge and pressure opponents more effectively with his projectiles, especially his up aerial to juggle them. The reintroduction of directional air dodges also further improves Mega Man's recovery, as due to Rush Coil not leaving him helpless, he can use a directional air dodge after it for additional distance.
In spite of this, Mega Man has received some nerfs. Most notably, because footstools can now be teched, his well-known jab lock and KO setups are less consistent, hindering his guaranteed damage racking and KO ability. However, his direct nerfs are comparatively minor, with the only noticeable ones being his forward smash's weaker power increase when charged, and his removed ability to shield or grab while using Leaf Shield. As a result, Mega Man's arsenal is generally more potent, and he remains a viable character. He has earned a solid representation and has amassed excellent results in tournaments, with players such as kameme and yeti, and most professionals considering Mega Man a high-tier character; notably, he is considered a top 15 character by ESAM, and a top 10 character by Mew2King.
Throws and other attacks
Mega Man has been nerfed overall in game updates.
For a gallery of Mega Man's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.
Classic Mode: Variable Weapons System: Online!
Mega Man's opponents are stylized similar to the many boss fights that are in the Mega Man series, (e.g. Dr. Mario being Dr. Wily). Mega Man also fights Galleom as the penultimate boss. The final battle is against Dr. Mario, and then Mewtwo, who appears upon Dr. Mario's defeat.
Note: Every round except the bonus stage plays a track from the Mega Man series.
Note 2: All rounds except the fifth and sixth round have stages being in Ω form.
Role in World of Light
Mega Man was among the fighters that were summoned to fight against the army of Master Hands.
During the opening cutscene, Mega Man was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. He was vaporized offscreen and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby. A puppet fighter cloned from him is later seen, alongside ones cloned from Mario, Pikachu, Palutena, and other fighters.
Mega Man can be found near the entrance of the Base sub-area, guarded by the spirit of Sigma.
Mega Man's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Mega Man in World of Light allows the player to preview the 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
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video