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 Yuji Kishi, Takashi Ohara, Ryotaro Okiayu, Michihiko Hagi, Hideo Ishikawa, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Umeka Shoji, Ayumi Fujimura, Makiko Ohmoto, Minami Takayama, and Kimiko Saito respectively.
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 low representation and results.
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.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Role in World of Light
Although the Mii Gunner has been 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. 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
As a main opponent
As a minion
Main article: Alternate costume (SSBU)/Mii Fighter
Character Showcase Video