Mii Gunner (SSBU)
The Mii Gunner (Mii射撃タイプ, Mii Shooting Type) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They were confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018, along with the other Mii Fighter types, Brawler and Swordfighter. Mii Gunner is classified as Fighter #53.
As with the other Mii Fighters, the Miis have 12 voice options, provided by Yūji Kishi, Takashi Ōhara, Ryōtarō Okiayu, Michihiko Hagi, Hideo Ishikawa, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Umeka Shōji, Ayumi Fujimura, Makiko Ōmoto, Minami Takayama, and Kimiko Saitō.
The Mii Gunner has been redesigned to be the slow, yet durable combatant of the three Mii Fighters. They are tied with Link, Yoshi, Captain Falcon, and Min Min in terms of weight, possess an average walking speed, the 5th slowest dashing speed, and 14th slowest air speed in the game. As with the other two Mii Fighter types, the Gunner has access to 12 different special moves: Charge Blast, Laser Blaze, and Grenade Launch (Neutral Special), Flame Pillar, Stealth Burst, and Gunner Missile (Side Special), Lunar Launch, Cannon Jump Kick, and Arm Rocket (Up Special), and Echo Reflector, Bomb Drop, and Absorbing Vortex (Down Special).
Like the other Mii Fighters, one of the primary strengths of the Mii Gunner is their diverse set of versatile specials. As the long range and projectile-heavy Mii Fighter, many of their specials excel at neutralizing approaches, racking up damage, edgeguarding, and shield pressure from a distance. Charge Blast is a very good KO'ing option which is extremely consistent, quick, and powerful when fully charged. Gunner Missile are both good at spacing and keeping enemies out. The Super variant deals a solid bit of damage and knockback while the Homing variant can wall out approaches and also help the Gunner initiate approaches of their own. Laser Blaze racks up decent damage while also causing flinching, making it a valuable tool similar to Falco and Fox's Blaster. Finally, Flame Pillar and Bomb Drop are both good tools for ledgetrapping and setting up kill confirms. A bomb drop at mid-high percentages can reliably confirm into back aerial while an opponent trapped in Flame Pillar can be combo'd into a fully charged Charge Blast. Additionally, the Mii Gunner can also further solidify their defensive playstyle with the usage of Echo Reflector and Absorbing Vortex, both of which aid in countering other campy or projectile-based characters.
Accompanying the Mii Gunner's vast collection of zoning specials is a very interesting and varying set of normals. While many of the Gunner's normals suffer from mild ending lag, they either possess high KO'ing power or range. Forward smash and up aerial are both among the longest-ranged moves in the game (the latter which can secure very early KO's at the top of the blast line and the former being an excellent way of reading rolls and covering landing options), forward tilt and neutral air are good tools to push pressuring opponents off of them, and forward aerial is a very useful move, which not only can edgeguard and space opponents from a distance due to it being a projectile, but it also can be used to perform a technique called gundashing, which is an excellent technique that significantly helps mitigate the Mii Gunner's lacking mobility and their recovery. Alongside the aforementioned moves are a slew of moves that have respectable KO'ing power such as up smash, up tilt, down tilt, down smash, and back aerial.
Lastly, the Mii Gunner has adequate choices for recovery. With the exception of Cannon Jump Kick, Lunar Launch and Arm Rocket both provide a fantastic amount of distance, especially Arm Rocket which has far more control both horizontally and vertically. This combined with their heavy weight gives the Mii Gunner a decent ability to survive at higher percents.
Of course, the Gunner does not come without their flaws. While many of their moves have tremendous range or KO'ing power, most of them are very laggy. This is especially prominent with their up and down tilt, which both have decent start up, but significant ending lag while moves that are fast such as forward tilt and neutral air have poor range and KO potential. As a result, they struggle to acquire reliable KOs outside of a fully charged Charge Blast.
While the Mii Gunner's array of special moves are all very potent, there are some that do not come without their weaknesses. Laser Blaze is a fairly slow and easily interceptible projectile, Grenade Launch travels in a very slow and short-ranged arc that no longer can be charged or controlled, Flame Pillar has relatively substantial lag on both ends and doesn't last as long as other flame-arc moves, and Bomb Drop can be hit back to the Gunner, making them a poor choice to use against opponents with disjoints.
As mentioned before, the Mii Gunner has terrible mobility. Their air speed, dashing speed, and initial dashing speed are among the slowest in the game, making them a very sluggish fighter both on the ground and in the air outside of gundashing. Additionally, their status as a heavyweight makes them very easy to combo despite their decent survivability and while their recoveries are good, they do not come without their weaknesses. Arm Rocket possesses no damaging hitbox despite its fantastic mobility and distance, Lunar Launch, while in possession of good vertical distance and a relatively powerful projectile, has poor horizontal distance, and Cannon Jump Kick is a terrible recovery move, providing very little distance both horizontally and vertically while also being very slow and easily intercepted.
Overall, the Mii Gunner is a jack of all trades amalgamation of all projectile based fighters. The ability to mix and match several different special moves adds a unique layer of versatility by allowing several different playstyles for the same basic fighter, making Mii Gunner among the most unpredictable to fight against. However, all of the customizable special moves have a fatal flaw to prevent them from being overpowered and/or are an inferior version of a similar move other fighters possess. Their strengths do marginally outweight their weaknesses and as a result, is a fighter that excels at walling out opponents while struggling up close. Their multitude of projectiles provide them with countless options to keep opponents away, rack up damage, and edgeguard. However they must be mindful and extremely careful, as one mistake can cause them to take a huge chunk of damage. They are a relatively simple character to pick up with a playstyle similar to Samus and can be a potent zoner, though due to their aforementioned weaknesses, they are considered to be an inferior zoner like that of Samus, Snake, and the Belmonts.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Like the other Mii Fighters, the Mii Gunner retains their general moveset, with many direct changes to how their special moves function. The changes to the Gunner's specials were not as drastic as those of the Mii Brawler (who gained four completely new special moves), but are rather alterations and improvements to the Gunner's moveset, much like the Mii Swordfighter. However, the Gunner's changes are a mixed bag of buffs and nerfs overall.
Like the other Mii Fighter types, the Mii Gunner now has set attributes, including high weight (the Gunner is now a heavyweight weighing as much as Captain Falcon, even surpassing the largest possible Mii Fighter in Smash 4), significantly increasing their survivability in general, especially since the Gunner's below average falling speed has been unaltered. However, the rest of the Gunner's attributes have been heavily worsened, with many of their stats being significantly below average or even bottom 10 (notably their run speed, initial dash speed, and air speed). As a result, the Gunner's staying power is now above average, but their overall mobility has become one of the slowest in the game, further enforcing the Gunner's camping-centric playstyle.
The Gunner's standard moveset has been buffed in various ways. Their inconsistent jab and up aerial now connect better due to faster transition speed, and some of the Gunner's moves have been given more utility due to a reduction of lag (forward tilt), greatly increased damage (forward smash), or KO potential (forward smash and the second hit of down smash, which now acts individually for each hit instead of leading into one another).
The universal frame 3 jumpsquat and reduction to landing lag benefit the Gunner as well, as they now have faster access to their powerful air game and are less vulnerable against shield. The Gunner's throws, previously notorious for all dealing 5%, have been buffed, with up throw now being the second most damaging in the game behind King K. Rool, and down throw being much more reliable for starting combos till mid percents.
The Gunner's special moves have been a mix of changes, though the majority of their specials have been significantly buffed. Many of their projectiles (such as Charge Blast, super missiles from Gunner Missile, and Stealth Burst) do vastly increased damage or knockback, fixing one of the Gunner's old problems of KO potential. Those that have not gained power buffs have instead been improved as utility projectiles, with Flame Pillar, Laser Blaze and Bomb Drop each having heavily improved abilities (multi-hit combo initiation, no damage falloff, and stage control, respectively). The Gunner's recovery moves have also been buffed, as Lunar Launch travels significantly higher, Cannon Jump Kick has excellent out of shield KO power, and Arm Rocket's trajectory can be altered during travel.
However, the Mii Gunner has received notable nerfs. The Gunner's mobility changes are by far the most glaring weakness from their transition to Ultimate, as they now have to rely on spacing to compensate for their significantly lowered movement speed, which is amplified due to the cast receiving many movement buffs in general. The Gunner's powerful tilts have been slightly toned down, limiting their fastest grounded KO options, while forward aerial, previously a pinnacle of the Gunner's neutral game, had its distance reduced without compensation for landing lag, though this has since been marginally rectified in the 2.0 update.
Some of the Gunner's specials have been nerfed, most notably with Grenade Launch and Gunner Missile; Grenade Lauch's lowered ending lag does not compensate for the utility it had in Smash 4 (since its startup was heavily increased and it can now only fire in one direction and trajectory), while homing missiles now sacrifice homing ability for speed, making them less effective. Finally, the Mii Gunner's combo potential is still limited despite the buffs they received, as their combo initiators act as "hit-and-run" spacing attacks with few followups (such as their tilt attacks and neutral aerial).
Overall, the Mii Gunner has been repurposed into a slow-moving, hard-hitting heavyweight projectile fighter, who has to rely on their special moveset's zoning abilities to rack up damage and force opponents into making a mistake to capitalize on, similar to Samus and the Belmonts. While a more effective fighter compared to their iteration in Smash 4, the Gunner's viability compared to the cast and, more significantly, their impact on the metagame, are still yet to be determined due to their small playerbase and sparse results. Nevertheless, it has seen success, with players such as Katakiri placing in the top 8 of 2GG: Run it Back.
Throws and other attacks
Mii Gunner has received a mixture of buffs and nerfs in balance patches, but was overall nerfed. While their forward aerial auto-cancels earlier and their up smash connects more reliably, the nerfs to the shield damage of various projectiles in update 3.0.0 affect Mii Gunner more negatively than most other characters.
For a gallery of Mii Gunner's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Much like the other Mii Fighters, the Mii Gunner was perceived lukewarmly on release due to the improvements to their movesets. While the severe nerfs to their mobility were noted, along with the loss of their more infamous camping tools (most notably a shorter forward aerial, weaker Gunner Missiles, and the nerfs to Grenade Launch), the buffs to their other moves more than made up for it, as it improved a majority of attacks that were lackluster in Smash 4 (such as forward smash, up aerial and their throws). Overall, they were considered a relatively average "zoner"-type character. Despite this, the Gunner was one of the most obscure characters in competitive play in the early metagame; both the Mii Gunner and Mii Brawler were overshadowed by the extremely positive perception of the Mii Swordfighter, who took in most of the Mii Fighter's representation overall.
While it was relatively difficult to find Mii Gunner users in the first year of Ultimate's competitive lifespan, interest in the character took an unprecedented turn upon the release of the Sans Mii Fighter costume, which caused representation of the character to skyrocket for some time. Despite this, the Mii Gunner has not made much of an impact in the competitive scene, with only a few notable users achieving lukewarm results, such as Katakiri, Deon, and Protom; professionals usually agree that the Gunner is significantly outclassed by other zoners with similar playstyles, such as Samus and Simon. While their current standing in the metagame is still debatable, the Mii Gunner is typically considered the least effective Mii Fighter of the three, or on par with the Mii Brawler at most.
Role in World of Light
Although the Mii Gunner is absent from the World of Light opening cutscene, they were vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except for Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
In the mode itself, the default Mii Gunner can be found on the island that leads to the Forest Hill.
Defeating Mii Gunner automatically adds the default Mii Gunner under the name Mii with a default 1111 moveset to the list of Mii Fighters for all modes where Mii Fighters are usable. This Mii cannot be restored if deleted.
Mii Gunner's fighter spirit is available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Mii Gunner 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. Unlike most fighters, the spirit for the Mii Gunner only uses the default Gunner's artwork from Ultimate.
In Spirit battles
Conditions in italic aren't listed on the Spirit Battle preview screen.
As the main opponent
As a minion
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