Pac-Jump

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Pac-Jump
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Pac-Man using Pac-Jump.
User Pac-Man
Universe Pac-Man
Mappy
Attack while bouncing on a trampoline.
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Bounces high into the air with a trampoline that sticks around for a little while.
—Description from Ultimate's Move List

Pac-Jump (パックマンジャンプ, Pac-Man Jump) is Pac-Man's up special move.

Overview[edit]

Pac-Man turns into his ball form and summons a blue trampoline that stays in mid-air. The trampoline can be bounced on by anyone two more times, with each subsequent bounce launching characters higher than the last, but a third time causes it to break and the user to become helpless. Should anybody other than the user jump off of the trampoline, their jump will be refreshed, had they already used it. The trampoline will also change color based on the number of bounces it has left (from blue, yellow, then to red).

The move can also be used offensively: once Pac-Man bounces off the trampoline, he will begin to chomp, causing 5-8% of damage to anyone he touches until his jump reaches its peak. While the chomps do minimal damage and knockback, the move is a useful out of shield option, since the trampoline is spawned on frame 1, and instantly forces grounded opponents to jump (and thus technically makes the chomp unblockable against grounded enemies).

The red trampoline's breaking effect is the only way for twelve characters to enter helplessness. Those characters are Yoshi, Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, Snake, Ivysaur (in Ultimate), R.O.B., Sonic, Bowser Jr., Mega Man, Bayonetta, Chrom, and Banjo & Kazooie. This makes it so that characters who did not have a helpless state in the previous game gain one, and by extension, is the second iteration in the series to have helplessness for every character, the first being Melee when characters air dodged.

In Ultimate, the trampoline can be attacked by other players, although it cannot be attacked by the user. Based on the current color and the power of the attack, the trampoline will become yellow, red, or disappear altogether. The trampoline is also spawned at frame 10, making the chomp blockable.

Glitches[edit]

No Collision Glitch (1.0.8 - 1.0.9)

  • In versions 1.0.8 and 1.0.9 of SSB4, a glitch exists where a character can be dropped through solid ground by the trampoline. This occurs if Pac-Man creates a new trampoline while someone else is in the process of landing on an existing one that is very close to a floor, which causes the victim to temporarily not collide with the stage and simply fall through it. Victims of the glitch are almost certain to be KO'd, as they find themselves effectively teleported under the stage and unable to escape. This glitch was fixed in version 1.1.0.

"Helpless" Glitch

  • An existing glitch occurs when Pac-Man obtains a Super Mushroom or Poison Mushroom while using Pac-Jump. Pac-Man will quickly perform his respective "grow" or "shrink" animation, but will immediately return to his helpless animation while still moving normally. This helpless animation is completely aesthetic, and the player can cancel it with any attack or dodge.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Pac-Jump 2. Power Pac-Jump 3. Meteor Trampoline
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"Bounce high into the air with a trampoline that sticks around for a little while." "Summon a trampoline that bounces you higher than usual but doesn't stick around." "Bounces you less high. When it's red, it has a meteor effect and can bury whoever jumps on it."
  1. Pac-Jump: Default.
  2. Power Pac-Jump: The move sends Pac-Man high into the air with one large spring upward. However, the trampoline immediately disappears. Anyone above Pac-Man will be chomped on consecutively, trapping them and hurting them by 9% if the whole attack connects.
  3. Meteor Trampoline: The jumps off the trampoline are slightly less than the standard variation's initial bounce, and lessens every time a character bounces off the trampoline, severely hindering Pac-Man's vertical recovery. When a character touches Pac-Man when he chomps, they will be damaged 3%, and the damage lessens with every bounce. Each time a character bounces on the trampoline, there is a weak meteor hitbox directly below it. The trampoline will meteor smash the player who touches it when it is red. If the trampoline is on the stage floor, it will bury the opponent rather than meteor smash them. If a player gets meteored by the red trampoline with another player standing on-stage below the trampoline, the grounded opponent will be buried.

Origin[edit]

Mappy using trampolines in Mappy.

Pac-Man's ball form originates from his sprite in the very first Pac-Man game.

The trampoline is a reference to the 1983 Bandai Namco arcade game Mappy. In the game, there are several trampolines that start the game colored green. Every time they are bounced on, they change color to blue, yellow, and red. When bounced on when red, the trampoline breaks apart, leaving Mappy helpless. The trampoline in Pac-Jump goes through these colors in the same order, but starts out blue since Pac-Man immediately bounces on it once it appears.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • It is possible for Pac-Jump to cause two players to become helpless simultaneously.
  • In Ultimate, it was previously shown that attacking the trampoline would turn it green, and it would also put enemies into a helpless state when they jumped on it (regardless of the current level). Both of these changes were removed in the final game.