Olimar (SSBU)

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This article is about Olimar's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Captain Olimar.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Pikmin
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash End of Day
Captain Olimar battles by issuing commands to various types of Pikmin under his control. Pikmin come in different colors that correspond to different abilities. Olimar's alternate appearance lets you play as Alph!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Olimar (ピクミン&オリマー, Pikmin & Olimar) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018. In addition, Alph returns as an alternate costume for Olimar. Olimar is classified as fighter #40. Olimar uses Pikmin to assist him in attacking his foes, with a core playstyle revolving around managing and using his various Pikmin combinations to his advantage.

Voice samples for all Pikmin except Winged Pikmin are provided by Hajime Wakai, though recycled from the Pikmin games. Voice samples for the Winged Pikmin are provided by Atsuko Asahi.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

  • Play VS. matches, with Olimar being the 48th character to be unlocked.
  • Clear Classic Mode with Mario or anyone in his unlock tree, being the last character unlocked.
  • Have Olimar join the player's party in World of Light.

With the exception of the third method, Olimar must then be defeated on Garden of Hope.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Olimar was significantly improved from his iteration in Super Smash Bros. 4. His lackluster mobility was improved as he now has better run speed and better air speed. His already incredible ground game was also improved as his grab having more range as well as his up smash having less endlag resulting in it being a terrifying combo option and kill move. Olimar's up throw was also significantly buffed to have similar knockback to Mewtwo's up throw. His notorious damage output was also buffed as all iterations of his Pikmin (excluding Purple Pikmin) have been buffed. His biggest flaw from Smash 4 was also fixed as his aerials now have Transcendent priority which allows Olimar to trade moves alot more safely than in Smash 4. Pikmin Pluck is faster as well which allows Olimar to regain Pikmin faster

However, Olimar recieved some slight nerfs. His down throw launches opponents at a larger horizontal distance, making follow-up less reliable. Pikmin also have slightly lower hp making them die easier. He also now has the slowest initial dash in the game due to everyone else having their's more improved than his did.

Regardless, Olimar's negligable nerfs are not enough to outweigh his buffs as he has already obtained incredible results in Ultimate's early metagame thanks to Dabuz, Shuton, Myran, and ImHip who have been very successful with him at top level tournaments.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Olimar's model features a more subdued color scheme.
  • Change Alph's suit now features a lateral, zipper-like line down the center.
  • Change Olimar's helmet cracks after taking a certain amount of damage, but will quickly be repaired. It also appears cracked when he is Screen KO'd.
  • Change Pikmin now always face the screen regardless of which direction they turn.
  • Change Pikmin now have trails that match their colors when attacking, like in the Pikmin games.
  • Change Olimar now only jumps twice during his up taunt, shortening its duration.
  • Change Olimar has a new sidestep animation.
  • Change Olimar now hangs onto a ledge with one hand and his eyes now bulge outward rather than show a neutral expression.


  • Buff Like all characters, Olimar's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Olimar walks faster (0.9 → 0.945).
  • Buff Olimar dashes much faster (1.47 → 1.617).
  • Buff Olimar's initial dash speed is slightly higher (1.6 → 1.606); however, it is now the slowest initial dash speed in the game due to the rest of the cast having their initial dash speed having been increased significantly more than Olimar's.
  • Buff Olimar's air speed is slightly higher (0.82 → 0.861).
  • Nerf Health is lower for all Pikmin types (8 HP → 6 (R,Y), 11 HP → 8 (B), 7 HP → 5 (W), 13 HP → 11 (P).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Jab has slightly more end lag overall, meaning its harder to combo from it.
  • Buff Up tilt has slightly decreased end lag (frame 45 → 39).
  • Buff Up smash has significantly reduced end lag (frame 56 → 37) increasing its safety and giving it combo potential.
  • Buff Clean red, white and purple based up smash deal more damage (15.6% → 18.2% (R), 8% → 10.4% (W), 18.2% → 20.8% (P)).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (15 frames → 13 (neutral), 15 frames → 9 (forward/back), 30 frames → 18 (up/down)).
  • Buff All aerials involving Pikmin now have Transcendent priority.
  • Buff All aerials that use Pikmin have increased range.
  • Nerf Up and down aerials auto-cancel one frame later (frame 30 → 31).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff All Pikmin in Olimar's squad will be used at once for his grab, significantly improving its potential range. The more Pikmin he has, the greater the range.
  • Nerf All grabs have slightly increased ending lag.
  • Change Olimar's pummel is now a quick upward punch from Olimar himself. It is much faster than his previous pummel, but deals less damage.
    • Nerf Olimar can no longer benefit from the high-damaging pummel of White Pikmin.
  • Change Up throw has a more exaggerated animation.
  • Buff Up and back throws using Blue Pikmin deal much more knockback, being comparable to Mewtwo's throws.
  • Nerf Olimar's down throw launches opponents at a larger horizontal distance, making follow-up less reliable.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Pikmin Pluck executes much faster.
  • Buff Pikmin that latch onto opponents via Pikmin Throw deal more damage (Red, Yellow, and Blue Pikmin (1.1% → 2%), White Pikmin (3.7% → 4.6%)).
  • Nerf Purple Pikmin thrown via Pikmin Throw deal less damage (6.5% → 6%).
  • Buff Pikmin Order is noticeably faster.
  • Change Pikmin Order's whistling animation is less exaggerated.
  • Buff End of Day has been significantly sped up, with the Hocotate Ship crashing onto the stage almost immediately after the move's cutscene.

Update History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0 Olimar has been affected in the 1.2.0 update.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Bug fix Fixed a bug where Pikmin would apply attack modification twice when using spirits.
  • Nerf Introduced a bug where Olimar's smash attacks are unaffected by charging them.

Prior to 2.0.0, there was an infamous bug when spirits are active where Pikmin mistakenly apply their attack modification twice, resulting in potentially ludicrous amounts of damage.


  • All Pikmin-based moves and grabs use the next Pikmin in the line to perform the given attack. Upon performing a move, that Pikmin goes to the back of the line.
Name Damage Description
Olimar Red Yellow Blue White Purple
Neutral attack 3% (arm), 4% (fist) The Rocket Fist's one-two combo. It has very minimal start-up and ending lag, average knockback growth, and its second hit launches at 45°. At low percents, can combo into down tilt.
3% (arm), 4% (fist)
Forward tilt 11% The Rocket Fist's wind-up punch. It is powerful for a tilt attack, thanks to its decent damage output and high knockback growth.
Up tilt 0.6% (hits 1-5), 4% (hit 6) A jumping twirl. Hits multiple times, with its last hit having very high knockback growth. Altogether, these traits make it a decent anti-air attack.
Down tilt 6% A sliding tackle. It hits on frame 6, and has very low base knockback, very high knockback growth, and minimal ending lag. Altogether, these traits make it a reliable combo starter at low to medium percents. It can combo into itself (especially on fast-fallers), up tilt, smash attacks, and aerial attacks, depending on the opponent's DI. It can also interfere with an opponent's edge grab attempt, thanks to its hitbox being capable of going below the edge. Like neutral attack, performing it repeatedly will slightly move Olimar forward.
Dash attack 7% (hit 1), 4% (hit 2) A cartwheel. It can function as a mix-up, as it is able combo into up aerial at 0%-10%. However, its second hit's very low damage output, high base knockback, and low knockback growth collectively make it unable to combo past very low percents, or KO at reasonable percents.
Forward smash 8.4% (far)/ 14% (mid)/ 20.3% (close) 6% (far)/ 10% (mid)/ 14.5% (close) 6% (far)/ 10% (mid)/ 14.5% (close) 4.8% (far)/ 8% (mid)/ 11.6% (close) 9.6% (far)/ 16% (mid)/ 23.2% (close) Points forward to command a Pikmin to leap forward and perform a corkscrew tackle. The leaping Pikmin can be reflected.
Up smash 14% (mid)/ 18.2% (close) 10% (mid)/ 13% (close) 10% (mid)/ 13% (close) 8% (mid)/ 10.4% (close) 16% (mid)/ 20.7% (close) Points upward to command a Pikmin to jump and perform a cartwheeling tackle. The leaping Pikmin can be reflected. This move has uses in starting combos at low to mid percents, depending on the opponent's character, Olimar can get any aerial out of up smash, most interestingly, he can perform up air chains out of an up smash, this leads to an extremely damaging combo, due to this move's ending lag being so scarce, its not unusual for this move to be safe on whiff and even on shield if spaced well, as the shieldstun is high, this move can also act as a good out of shield option due to its deceptively good range hitting in front of Olimar and due to its great vertical range and duration it can also punish landings and sometimes even juggle opponents. In addition to all of this it has no major problems killing at a good percent either as the sweetspot of any pikmin other than white pikmin will usually kill below 150%. However up smash does have its downsides, it can easily be intercepted due to olimar's smashes having projectile priority, meaning they lose out to any attack as long as the opponents hitbox comes out before the pikmin's does. This combination of factors and lack of inherent flaws make it one of the best if not the single best up smash in the game, if not one of the best moves in the game as a whole and is a must for any Olimar main to master, due to its safety, range, use in out of shield, ridiculous combo potential, and kill power.
Down smash Pikmin Left/Right Dash 12.6% (mid)/ 15.4% (close) 9% (mid)/ 11% (close) 9% (mid)/ 11% (close) 7.2% (mid)/ 8.8% (close) (mid)/ 17.6% (close) Squats slightly and points to both of his sides to command two Pikmin (the lead Pikmin, and the Pikmin next in line) perform dashing tackles. Either Pikmin on each side can be reflected.
Neutral aerial Tornado Attack 1.5% (hits 1-4), 2% (hit 5) A jumping twirl, resembling his up tilt. It is Olimar's only aerial that does not use Pikmin, or have transcendent priority. However, it lacks KO potential like his other aerials.
Forward aerial 11.9% 8.5% 8.5% 6.8% 13.6% Grabs a Pikmin by its stem and swings it downward in front of himself. It is a very reliable follow-up from down throw, and is useful for edge-guarding.
Back aerial 15.1% 10.8% 10.8% 8.6% 17.2% Grabs a Pikmin by its stem and swings it upward behind himself. It is Olimar's most damaging aerial. However, it has the highest start-up lag out of his aerials.
Up aerial 12.6% 9% 9% 7.1% 14.3% Grabs a Pikmin by its stem and twirls it upward. It is tied with down aerial as his second most damaging aerial, and is a viable KOing option. However, it has a noticeable amount of landing lag.
Down aerial 12.6% 9% 9% 7.1% 14.3% Grabs a Pikmin by its stem and swings it downward. It is tied with up aerial as his second most damaging aerial. It is also a meteor smash, but only against aerial opponents and during its first frame. However, it has a noticeable amount of landing lag.
Grab Points forward to command the lead Pikmin to grab the opponent. The Pikmin function as disjointed grabs, and Olimar's overall grab range varies depending on both the number of Pikmin present, and the lead Pikmin. White Pikmin have the longest range, followed by Red, Yellow and Blue (which are all tied for 2nd), and Purple (with the shortest range). With 3 Pikmin present, and the lead being a White Pikmin, Olimar possesses the longest grab range in the game.
Pummel 1% Olimar punches the opponent. Faster but weaker than his previous pummel.
Forward throw 6.7% (3 Pikmin), 6.1% (2 Pikmin), 5.5% (1 Pikmin) 8.4% (3 Pikmin), 7.7% (2 Pikmin), 7% (1 Pikmin) 14.2% (3 Pikmin), 13% (2 Pikmin), 11.8% (1 Pikmin) 8.4% (3 Pikmin), 7.7% (2 Pikmin), 7% (1 Pikmin) 8.4% (3 Pikmin), 7.7% (2 Pikmin), 7% (1 Pikmin) The Pikmin leap forward, body slamming the opponent on the ground.
Back throw 8.6% (3 Pikmin), 7.9% (2 Pikmin), 7.1% (1 Pikmin) 10.8% (3 Pikmin), 9.9% (2 Pikmin), 9% (1 Pikmin) 18.3% (3 Pikmin), 16.8% (2 Pikmin), 15.3% (1 Pikmin) 10.8% (3 Pikmin), 9.9% (2 Pikmin), 9% (1 Pikmin) 10.8% (3 Pikmin), 9.9% (2 Pikmin), 9% (1 Pikmin) Same as the forward throw, but the Pikmin leap backwards instead. If 3 Pikmin are present, and the lead Pikmin is blue, it is one of Olimar's most damaging throws.
Up throw 1.2% (hit), 6.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (hit), 5.9% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (hit), 5.4% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (hit), 8.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (hit), 7.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (hit), 7% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (hit), 15% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (hit), 13.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (hit), 12.5% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (hit), 8.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (hit), 7.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (hit), 7% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (hit), 8.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (hit), 7.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (hit), 7% (throw) (1 Pikmin) The Pikmin toss the opponent upward, then leap up and headbutt them further upward.
Down throw 1.2% (slam), 6.7% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (slam), 6.1% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (slam), 5.5% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (slam), 8.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (slam), 7.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (slam), 7% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (slam), 14.2% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (slam), 13% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (slam), 11.8% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (slam), 8.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (slam), 7.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (slam), 7% (throw) (1 Pikmin) 1.2% (slam), 8.4% (throw) (3 Pikmin) / 1.1% (slam), 7.7% (throw) (2 Pikmin) / 1% (slam), 7% (throw) (1 Pikmin) The Pikmin perform a leaping piledriver.
Floor attack (front) 7% Headbutts in front and then behind himself.
Floor attack (back) 7% Punches in front of himself and then spins around to punch behind him.
Floor attack (trip) 7% Punches in front of himself and then spins around to punch behind him.
Edge attack 9% Throws a punch while climbing up.
Neutral special Pikmin Pluck Plucks a Pikmin. It cannot be used in midair, and has noticeable ending lag if it is attempted in midair, or if no more Pikmin can be plucked.
Side special Pikmin Throw 2% (per hit) 2% (per hit) 2% (per hit) 4.6% (per hit) 6% Throws a Pikmin, which latches onto opponents and damages them before falling off either because of flinching, the opponent's damage, or being killed. In regard to the opponent's damage, a Pikmin's latch duration decreases when the opponent's damage increases, even when undisturbed. Due to the Purple Pikmin's inability to latch onto anything like in their home series, they will instead deal damage on contact.
Up special Winged Pikmin Two Winged Pikmin carry Olimar around. Winged Pikmin's effectiveness is dependent on both the amount of Pikmin that Olimar has, and the frequency of its usage. In regard to frequency, it takes approximately 3 seconds (180 frames) for Winged Pikmin to be able to travel the same distance again after the conclusion of the initial usage. Olimar can also use his aerial attacks while being carried, similarly to Wings of Icarus. However, doing so will render him helpless immediately after the conclusion of the attack.
Down special Pikmin Order Blows his whistle to recall Pikmin and/or sort out their order in the line. It grants super armor, which lasts from startup to before Olimar's antenna emits the blue lights. It has a very low amount of endlag, and can even be cancelled (just before the lights turn from yellow to red).
Final Smash End of Day 10% (launch), 10% (ascent), 15.1% (Red Bulborbs), 10% (descent), 12%/10% (explosion) Jumps into the Hocotate Ship and launches into outer space, which buries any nearby opponents. While the ship has left the stage, Red Bulborbs attack opponents to steadily inflict damage. The Hocotate Ship then descends from outer space, and explodes upon crash landing onto the stage. The duration of the whole Final Smash is faster than in SSB4.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Exits the Hocotate Ship and then plucks three Pikmin, after which the Hocotate Ship disappears in a puff of smoke.


  • Up taunt: Joyfully jumps in place.
  • Side taunt: Lies down on the ground, rolls around as if basking in nature, and then gets up.
  • Down taunt: Swings his hips twice.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Rubs his helmet with both hands.
  • Moves his arms back and forward in a basic limber exercise.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Performs a toe touching exercise while a Yellow Pikmin rests on the ground and a Red Pikmin looks around, waving its arms, and occasionally jumping.
  • Plucks a White, Blue, and Purple Pikmin. The White Pikmin and Blue Pikmin bounce off Olimar's head, whereas the Purple Pikmin squashes him onto the ground. Olimar's eyes will comically bulge outward upon being squashed before his expression returns to normal, whereas Alph will comically wince upon being squashed before his expression returns to normal.
  • Sways in place while a Red, Yellow, and Blue Pikmin walk around him in a circle.
A flourished remix of a small excerpt of the title theme of Pikmin.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: Planetary Explorer[edit]

Olimar faces off against characters who are space travelers in their respective series.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Mario and Rosalina & Luma Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy
2 Wolf Lylat Cruise Star Wolf's Theme / Sector Z (for 3DS / Wii U)
3 Kirby and King Dedede Dream Land Planet Popstar This battle is a free-for-all, and Kirby and King Dedede will primarily target each-other.
4 Zero Suit Samus Brinstar Brinstar (Melee)
5 Fox and Falco Corneria Corneria - Star Fox
6 Alph Distant Planet Garden of Hope When playing as Alph, the opponent is Olimar.
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand, and the track Master Hand / Crazy Hand plays during the battle.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Although Olimar does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Olimar can be found in the mode by choosing to save Marth instead of Sheik or Villager. The spirit of a magician is needed in order to enlarge some mushrooms to reach him.


Olimar's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Olimar 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.

Additionally, due to being an alternate swap, Alph has his Spirit count as another Fighter Spirit. Each type of Pikmin also possess a spirit of their own, as either Primary or Support Spirits.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Olimar Palette (SSBU).png
OlimarHeadSSBU.png OlimarHeadRedSSBU.png OlimarHeadGreenSSBU.png OlimarHeadBlueSSBU.png OlimarHeadAlphSSBU.png OlimarHeadAlphGreenSSBU.png OlimarHeadAlphPinkSSBU.png OlimarHeadAlphRedSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • During the official Ultimate website's launch on June 12th, 2018, Olimar's name was erroneously labeled as "OLIMER" in English variants of his fighter page. The typo was later corrected.
  • The part of Olimar's showcase trailer where Alph crouches next to a prone Olimar is a reference to a scene in Pikmin 3 after Alph initially rescues Olimar from the Mysterious Life Form.
  • Olimar's (and Alph's) official artwork resembles Brittany's pose in her Pikmin 3 artwork, albeit flipped.
  • In World of Light, Olimar and the Mii Fighters will never be spawned as a false character in battles with Galeem and Dharkon. While Kirby will also not appear, he is an exception, as he was never initially imprisioned.

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