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Mr. Game & Watch (SSBU)/Down aerial

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Hitbox visualization showing Mr. Game & Watch's down aerial.
Hitbox visualization showing Mr. Game & Watch's down aerial, when landing.

Overview

Mr. Game & Watch drops down with the key from Donkey Kong Jr., making the move a stall and fall aerial. Similar to Bowser, Mr. Game & Watch can influence his descent while using down aerial.

This move is surprisingly disjointed and descends quite quickly, making it difficult to challenge directly from below. It also has decently strong KO potential, with a meteor smash on the early hit and a strong late hit. Running off with down aerial to try and meteor smash is also a valid strategy, as Mr. Game & Watch will survive even without a jump. This makes it a decent landing option in disadvantage, especially when considering the strong autocancel. If one full hops and then uses Fire, it can also autocancel. It can also work from a side platform on Battlefield. This can make the move significantly safer than most stall and fall aerials, though he still remains vulnerable during the move's animation.

However, like many stall and fall aerials, down aerial has its drawbacks. The move leaves Mr. Game & Watch completely vulnerable from the sides and above, making it among the most punishable moves in his kit. It is also still possible to challenge down aerial from below with moves such as King K. Rool's strong, intangible up aerial. In addition, it only deals 4 frames of shieldstun with both the aerial and landing hitboxes, making it extremely unsafe on shield (-17 with the landing hitbox). Due to how the shield is hit in-context, this usually allows opponents to jump out of shield and avoid the landing hitbox, making it even less safe.

Update History

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Down aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 51 → 49), matching the move's interruptibility and allowing the move to auto-cancel after a full hop + Fire.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Change Down aerial no longer has its downward movement disabled when used out of hitstun.

Hitboxes

ID Part Damage SD Angle BK KS FKV Radius Bone Offset SDIx FFx T% Clang Rebound Type Effect G A Sound Direct
Clean hit
0 0 11.0% 0 AngleIcon270.png 20 106 0 4.0 top 0.0 -6.5 0.8 1.0x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Weapon).png EffectIcon(Stab).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png
Late hit
0 0 11.0% 0 AngleIcon60.png 22 117 0 4.0 top 0.0 -8.0 -0.6 to 2.2 1.0x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Weapon).png EffectIcon(Stab).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png
Landing
0 0 3.5% 0 AngleIcon40.png 60 50 0 5.5 top 0.0 2.0 5.0 to -2.2 1.0x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Weapon).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png

Timing

Attack

Initial autocancel 1-5
Hits 1-3 12-13
Hit 4 14-38
Ending autocancel 50-
Interruptible 50
Animation length 51
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Landing lag

Hitboxes 1-2
Interruptible 23
Animation length 30
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Legend (1 square = 1 frame)
FrameIcon(Lag).png
Lag time
FrameIcon(Hitbox).png
Hitbox
FrameIcon(HitboxChangeS).pngFrameIcon(HitboxChangeE).png
Hitbox change
FrameIcon(Autocancel).png
Autocancel
FrameIcon(Interruptible).png
Interruptible


This move in SSBM This move in SSBB This move in SSB4 This move in SSBU Mr. Game & Watch's moveset
Neutral attack (1 · inf) · Forward tilt · Up tilt · Down tilt · Dash attack · Forward smash · Up smash · Down smash
Neutral aerial · Forward aerial · Back aerial · Up aerial · Down aerial
Grab · Pummel · Forward throw · Back throw · Up throw · Down throw
Floor attack (front) · Floor attack (back) · Floor attack (trip) · Edge attack
Neutral special · Side special · Up special · Down special · Final Smash