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:
With the exception of the third method, Olimar must then be defeated on Garden of Hope.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
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 through his grab having more range, as well as his up smash having less ending lag, 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 much more safely than in Smash 4. 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 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 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 is often considered a top-tier character, if not one of the best characters in the game.
In competitive play
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
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