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
Complete one of the following:
Olimar must then be defeated on Distant Planet for all three methods.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Olimar was noticeably buffed overall from his iteration in SSB4. His lackluster mobility, while still below-average, has been improved, as he now has better run speed and better air speed. His already incredible ground game was also improved through his grab having more range, as well as his up smash having less ending lag, resulting in it becoming 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 much more safely than in SSB4. Pikmin Pluck is faster as well, which allows Olimar to regain Pikmin faster.
However, Olimar received some slight nerfs. His down throw launches opponents at a more horizontal angle, making follow-ups less reliable. Pikmin also have slightly lower HP, making them die more easily. He also now has one of the slowest initial dashes in the game due to other fighters' initial dashes getting far more substantial buffs than his. His recovery also became more abusable as a result of the travel distance of his up special, Winged Pikmin, being further reduced with consecutive use.
Regardless, Olimar's negligible 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. As a result, Olimar was often considered a top-tier character prior patch 3.1.0. However, he received significant nerfs in 3.1.0, more so than any other potential top tier character. Because of this, his previous reputation as a potential top-tier character is now debatable, and it's currently unknown how much improved his post-3.1.0 self is compared to his SSB4 incarnation.
Olimar has been significantly nerfed overall via game updates. Update 2.0.0 fixed an infamous glitch which allowed Pikmin to double the strength of the spirit multiplier, causing attacks with his Pikmin to deal massive amounts of damage under the right circumstances. However, he received a bug in this same patch that caused all of his smash attacks to no longer increase in damage while being charged. While this glitch was fixed in update 3.0.0, he received a new bug in this patch which causes reflected Pikmin to inflict damage onto himself after they've returned to him, leading to the possibility of unintentional self-destructs caused by Olimar using moves that boast a decent amount of KO power. The changes made to the shield mechanics in this same update also harmed him by making his smash attacks less safe on perfect shield. In addition, like with many other projectiles, his forward smash and Pikmin throw now deal less shield damage, although the amount of shield stun went unchanged. Update 3.1.0 was by far the most nerfed Olimar received. The size of Olimar's hurtbox has been enlarged, making him easier to hit, and his forward and up smashes had their ending lag increased with the sweet spot on his forward smash became harder to land. This same patch also noticeably reduced the travel distance of his up special with consecutive use, hampering his recovery.
Due to Olimar's strongest traits being toned down, he is considered to be worse than he was pre-patch. Though Dabuz initially claimed he would drop the character, he eventually went back on this and continues to use him in bracket with excellent results. Shuton has also continued to dominate the Japanese scene with Olimar, but Myran has seen a notable drop off in results after the patch. Overall, Shuton and Dabuz's continued success with the character indicates that while he may have been nerfed, he remains a potent character in the right hands.
In competitive play
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.
Classic Mode: Planetary Explorer
Olimar faces off against characters who are space travelers in their respective series.
Role in World of Light
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'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.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As an ally
Character Showcase Video