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This article is about Pac-Man's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Pac-Man.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pac-Man SSBU.png
Universe Pac-Man
Other playable appearance in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Super Pac-Man
Tier S- (14)

Pac-Man (パックマン), stylized in-game as PAC-MAN, is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed alongside the rest of the veterans on June 12, 2018. Pac-Man is classified as Fighter #55. Like in Super Smash Bros. 4, Pac-Man reuses sound effects from various Pac-Man games and Bandai Namco arcade games.

Pac-Man is currently ranked 14th out of 82 on the tier list, which is a significant improvement over his appearance in SSB4 (where he was ranked 45th out of 54). Pac-Man's greatest strengths lie in his zoning capabilities thanks to his barrage of projectiles in Bonus Fruit and Fire Hydrant. Bonus Fruit is notable for having different projectiles with distinguishing properties, with Bell being the most effective one as it confirms into KOs. His Hydrant is notorious for creating a barrier that a lot of characters can struggle to deal with up close, allowing Pac-Man to continue setting up shop behind it. His recovery is among one of, if not, the best recoveries in the game due to its outstanding travel distance of Power Pellet and mixup potential and Pac-Jump giving him a high vertical boost. This makes Pac-Man one of the hardest characters to edgeguard due to his amount of options. Pac-Man's normals are also amazing in their own right as most of them have amazing frame data and shield safety, which allows him to box out his opponents at ease. Finally, his grab, previously seen as one of the worst in Smash 4, has been buffed significantly to increase its hitbox detection, allowing it to even beat spotdodges.

Despite his abundance of strengths, Pac-Man has some flaws. Pac-Man has few reliable ways to KO his opponent, with his smash attacks and aerials being pretty predictable, so holding shield can be effective against him. His projectiles can also be used against him, with the Bonus Fruit being able to be caught when shielded and used freely against him, as well as his Hydrant being able to be hit back at him by a strong enough move. His recovery, while amazing, is relatively exploitable, as both moves can be interrupted: Power Pellet can be canceled if the pellet is hit before Pac-Man dashes, and while Pac-Jump allows up to three total uses, it can be used by opponents to recover themselves, or force Pac-Man into helplessness if the trampoline is used three times.

Overall, Pac-Man has all the tools he needs to fare well in the meta while players who know the matchup can take advantage of his weaknesses. Pac-Man has seen some strong results and representation in both a major and supermajor level from players such as Tea and JDV.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

Pac-Man must then be defeated on Pac-Land (the Ω form is used in World of Light).


Pac-Man is a middleweight whose attributes deviate slightly from other fighters of his weight class. Although his dashing and air speeds are average and his traction and air acceleration are above-average, Pac-Man's walking speed is slightly below-average, his falling speed is below-average, and his gravity is low. As a result, these traits make Pac-Man a rather floaty character, albeit not to the degree of Rosalina & Luma. Pac-Man is also able to crawl and wall jump, although the former is largely impractical because of his crouch's tall height.

Pac-Man, like Diddy Kong, is reliant on his item-producing special moves to control the flow of a battle and win in the neutral game. Two special moves, Bonus Fruit and Fire Hydrant, grant him numerous mix-ups for almost any situation. The fruits and objects generated by Bonus Fruit each have different attributes; in addition to functioning as useful spacing, combo, and edge-guarding options, some of them (primarily the apple, melon and key) notably boast respectable KO potential as a way to circumvent the sluggishness and short ranges of Pac-Man's smash attacks. As a result, Bonus Fruit allows Pac-Man to confuse and force movements from his opponents to put them in disadvantageous positions, especially off-stage.

When used in the air, Fire Hydrant functions similarly to Stone, which makes it useful for covering landings or breaking combos. It is also Pac-Man's most powerful projectile when launched, which makes it a viable KO option from a distance. In addition to its offensive potential, Fire Hydrant has defensive potential, thanks to its bursts of water possessing a push effect. As a result, the water can be used to create space, gimp poor recoveries, and even force opponents into Pac-Man's attacks.

Aside from his projectiles, Pac-Man also possesses a slow, but potent KO option in Power Pellet. Power Pellet also functions both as a great recovery and mindgame option: it can be aimed prematurely and made to curve in creative angles using his Fire Hydrant's push effect, and can function as a KO confirm from Bonus Fruit's bell. Pac-Jump is an effective vertical recovery should all of its trampoline jumps be used, and makes it safe to edge-guard off-stage, as Pac-Man will likely make it back onto the stage. It is also difficult to gimp, especially from an overhead perspective, thanks to Pac-Man's jumps having unblockable hitboxes. Due to its quick start-up and aforementioned hitboxes, Pac-Jump also functions as a good out of shield option when used properly.

Outside of his specials, Pac-Man has a good combo game. Though his ground attacks are weak with slight ending lag, Pac-Man's neutral attack and tilt attacks are fast. His tilts, in particular, also give him slightly extended hitboxes (forward tilt and up tilt) or slide him forward (down tilt), letting him attack out of shield easily or poke opponents at a safe distance. Pac-Man's dash attack is one of his best approach options, thanks to it hitting multiple times and having extremely minimal ending lag, the latter of which is very atypical for dash attacks. Pac-Man is also capable in the air; his aerial attacks are fast and can chain into themselves (especially his forward and up aerials). In addition, his neutral and back aerials are effective edge-guarding options; their clean hitboxes also make them useful from out of shield and for KOing, respectively.

Unlike in SSB4, Pac-Man has a respectable grab game; he possesses a rather long ranged grab with long lasting hitboxes, giving him a good grab range. His throws have some utility: up throw has combo potential (primarily into neutral and up aerials) at low to medium percentages, whereas down throw has a decent damage output and can set up tech-chases (most notably into Bonus Fruit's key, Power Pellet, dash attack, or a short hopped forward aerial into neutral aerial). Although the lattermost combo does not work on characters whose hurtboxes are low after missing a tech, it is still beneficial, as Pac-Man can instead lock the opponent with a short hopped forward aerial at low to medium percentages. Forward throw can be used for mix-ups due to its minimal ending lag and awkward launching angle, whereas back throw is a decent KO option.

Pac-Man has a few noticeable weakness, however; arguably his biggest one is his inability to KO early because of the overwhelming majority of his moves having low base knockback. Although his tilts and aerials are fast, only Pac-Man's down and clean back aerials can KO at reasonable percentages and especially while near the left or right blast lines. Although Pac-Man's smash attacks can KO easily while near the edge thanks to their respectable damage outputs and knockback growth values, they are very punishable and predictable because of their considerable start-up and ending lag.

Although Bonus Fruit's key and a launched Fire Hydrant are viable KO options, the former needs to be charged in order to be accessible, whereas the latter can be easily used against Pac-Man just as he is about to launch it. Additionally, Pac-Man's average overall range and awkward hitboxes can make landing hits or spacing difficult against opponents with long range. His below-average overall mobility can also make it difficult to chase down opponents, create space and/or cycle through Bonus Fruit, especially against rushdown-oriented characters.

Pac-Man's grab game, while nowhere near as awful as it was in SSB4, is still flawed in some ways. His grabs, despite being much more consistent, are still somewhat risky due to retaining fairly high ending lag that tether grabs are known for. Although Pac-Man's up throw now has combo potential and his back throw remains a reasonably strong KO option, his forward and down throws leave a lot to be desired. The former throw's higher damage output and base knockback make it only mediocre at best for mix-ups, whereas the latter throw has all but lost its already minimal combo potential due to its ending lag being increased.

Despite their perks, all of Pac-Man's special moves can be used against him. Bonus Fruit's objects are items that can only exist once at a time, hence opponents can grab them out of the air, nullifying one of Pac-Man's only projectiles so long as they hold onto it. So long as Bonus Fruit is nullified, Pac-Man is disadvantaged at spacing, KOing and mindgames, while a competent opponent can even use Bonus Fruit's items against him. Fire Hydrant can be turned against him as well; it can be knocked back or reflected by opponents, even in the first few frames when it is released, making it possible for Pac-Man to immediately be dealt noticeable damage. Its push effect also affects him, and can inadvertently cost Pac-Man if he is careless.

Despite being strong, Power Pellet is highly predictable and can be interrupted by any attack, which drops a healing Power Pellet that can be used by the opponent. Pac-Jump, despite propelling Pac-Man very high vertically, can also be used by opponents for gimping Pac-Man's own recovery. Due to these possibilities, a good Pac-Man player must keep watch of where his items are in order to inflict the highest knockback possible at a safer range, and avoid his items' abilities being turned against him.

Overall, Pac-Man excels at mindgames and damage racking, yet his moveset's overall low base knockback and average range make him difficult for him to KO opponents early. As a result, he is dependent on utilizing traps and zoning in order to continually deal damage and set up a KO, such as collectively using his air game, Bonus Fruit, and varied recovery to edge-guard. While Pac-Man's special moves grant him a uniquely versatile moveset, they can also hinder him in battle, as one careless move can ultimately decide the momentum of not only himself, but even the whole match itself.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Possibly due to his low tier status in Super Smash Bros. 4 (where he is ranked 45th out of 54 on SSB4's tier list), Pac-Man was buffed significantly overall in his transition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One of Pac-Man's biggest buffs involves his grab, which was widely regarded as the worst grab in SSB4 due to its lag and hitbox issues. It is now significantly faster overall, acts as a single, continuous hitbox instead of separate, short-lasting ones, and is more in line with the cast due to the universal increase to grab ending lag. When coupled with his up throw's newfound combo potential and his back throw remaining a reasonably strong KO option, Pac-Man now possesses a decent grab game.

Additionally, Bonus Fruit now cycles significantly faster and allows Pac-Man to charge cancel by jumping, giving him more options in the process. If Pac-Man picks up one of Bonus Fruit's items he previously dropped, he can begin the cycle at the one he is currently holding. This technique, dubbed the Fruit Recycle, allows Pac-Man to constantly pressure with his Bonus Fruit's items by allowing him to switch items and set up new combos after catching an item. Bonus Fruit's bell, in particular, can now paralyze opponents if it is Z-dropped, granting him a new item set-up.

Other improvements come in the form of changes to his mobility; his overall speed is faster compared to his mediocre speed in SSB4. His recovery reaches further, as Power Pellet is faster and less punishable, grants even more distance, has less lag on a wall collision, and no longer makes him tumble when he runs into the ground, instead allowing him to move along the floor. Pac-Man has also received an abundance of buffs to his standard moveset: his up and down tilt attacks have less lag, and some of his best aerial combo starters (such as neutral aerial and forward aerial) have altered knockback, allowing his attacks to flow better into each other. The universal reduction to landing lag further improves his respectable combo ability by allowing him access to his quick aerials, while the ability to dash cancel ground moves lets him approach with his tilts.

Some of Pac-Man's attacks have new benefits: down tilt is less punishable due to its momentum changes and lower ending lag, dash attack gains an additional hit while having even less ending lag (relative to its final hit), down aerial's hits link together much better and inflict more damage, and his new up tilt being faster overall and having higher vertical range. Finally, Pac-Man's mediocre KO potential has been improved: his smash attacks have less start-up, Power Pellet's fully charged sweetspot and forward smash are much stronger, back aerial launches at a lower angle, down aerial's final hit is much stronger and launches at a much lower angle, and Bonus Fruit's aforementioned buffs allow Pac-Man earlier access to its key.

However, Pac-Man received some noticeable nerfs that affect his combo game. The mechanics of his Bonus Fruit's items have been changed in many ways, severely limiting the variety of item techniques he can perform: the time window for catching the items is now very narrow, as most of the items disappear almost immediately after hitting an opponent, while the cherry and strawberry now have a set distance and no longer linger on the ground.

Bonus Fruit's items also cannot be picked up again after being Z-dropped; when coupled with the changes to footstools and locks, Pac-Man can no longer perform his notorious zero-to-death footstool combos. While all these changes prevent the opponent from capitalizing on his own fruits, it also makes his item-camping play even more straightforward. Fire Hydrant's physics have also been changed, as it loses more momentum and height from each bounce, making it less effective for coverage and set-ups when it is launched. In addition, many moves are less useful for launching Hydrant, lessening the variety of coverage and pressure.

Pac-Man's new up tilt is more situational than his previous up tilt, as it can no longer hit opponents directly next to him, and it is unable to launch Fire Hydrant backward. Neutral and forward aerials have lost their ability to lock, although this is compensated by their adjusted knockback values enabling them to combo at wider percentages. Pac-Jump is even more exploitable than before, as opponents can now hit the trampoline to reduce its uses. Finally, Pac-Man retains many of his former issues despite his buffs, such as mediocre overall range and a dependence on setups to KO.

Overall, Pac-Man's moveset is more consistent for close-quarters combat, and his tools have been improved to keep up with the fast pace of Ultimate. The changes overall make Pac-Man a significantly more formidable fighter, although his playstyle has less of an emphasis over item stalling and rewards item positioning and setups more than before. Although Pac-Man's representation is generally minimal, he has obtained very strong results competitively regardless, thanks to the efforts of players such as EKING, Sinji and especially Tea. As a result, Pac-Man has achieved a positive reception across the community overall, where he is near universally considered to be a high tier character in comparison to his low tier status in SSB4, with some players like Mew2King and MkLeo even claiming that Pac-Man is a top tier fighter.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Pac-Man's model features a more subdued color scheme; the yellow of his body is now much lighter compared to the saturated shade used in SSB4, being more consistent with his appearances outside of Smash. His boots now have well-defined soles on the bottom.
  • Change Like most of the cast, Pac-Man is more expressive, now not being limited to simply smiling and surprised expressions. He now shows an angry look during his forward smash, down smash, back aerial, and the end of his dash attack. He will also look disappointed if his grab misses, and will appear panicked while drowning. His mouth also briefly opens when he stands up from a crouch.
  • Change Pac-Man's on-screen appearance has been slightly altered, now doing a slow chomp in his 8-bit form, before jumping into his modern form. In Smash 4, the chomp is quicker and stops once Pac-Man opens his mouth once.
  • Change Pac-Man's taunts have been altered:
    • Change Namco Roulette's animation is faster. Its roster includes the exclusive characters from both the Wii U and 3DS versions. Additionally, Heihachi Mishima from Tekken and The Prince of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy have been added.
    • Change Side taunt has been altered to show Pac-Man alternating chomps left and right twice, instead of twice on one side before turning.
    • Change Pixelated fairies from Pac-Land appear during Pac-Man's down taunt in place of Blinky and Pinky.
  • Change A fairy now appears in his Pac-Land-inspired victory animation.


  • Buff Like all characters, Pac-Man's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Pac-Man walks faster (1.045 → 1.097).
  • Buff Pac-Man dashes faster (1.52 → 1.672).
  • Buff Pac-Man's initial dash is much faster (1.6 → 1.87).
  • Buff Pac-Man's air speed is slightly higher (1.04 → 1.092).
  • Buff Pac-Man has significantly more traction (0.045 → 0.116).
  • Buff Spot dodge has slightly less ending lag (FAF 26 → 25).
  • Nerf Forward roll has a slightly shorter duration (frames 4-16 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has slightly more startup lag (frame 4 → 5), a slightly shorter duration (frames 4-16 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 30 → 35).
  • Buff Neutral air dodge has a slightly longer duration (frames 3-27 → 3-29).
  • Buff Neutral air dodge has less significantly less landing lag (22 frames → 10).
  • Nerf Neutral air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 33 → 56).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Change Neutral attack's first hit is now a hook rather than a jab.
    • Buff Neutral attack transitions faster.
    • Buff Neutral attack's first and second hits no longer use set knockback, instead having minimal knockback scaling (22/16 set/ 100 scaling → 25/15 base/ 25/20 scaling (hit 1), 26/15 set / 100 scaling → 30/35 base / 30/35 scaling (hit 2)), and all but one of its hitboxes launch at a more consistent angle (80°/361° → 361°/361°/180°/361° (hit 1), 80°/361° → 361°/361°/361° (hit 2)), allowing both hits to connect into each other more reliably and jab lock.
    • Nerf Neutral attack's first hit deals slightly less damage (3% → 2%).
    • Nerf Neutral attack's first and second hits have increased hitlag multipliers (1× → 1.6× (hit 1), 1× → 1.2× (hit 2)), giving the opponent more time to SDI each hit.
    • Nerf Neutral attack's first and second hits have had their two larger hitboxes replaced with smaller ones (4.2u/3.5u → 1.5u/1.7u/2u/2u (hit 1), 4.2u/3.5u → 2.5u/2.8u/3u (hit 2)), giving them less range.
    • Nerf All hits of neutral attack have shorter durations (frames 4-6 → 4 (hits 1 and 2), 4-7 → 4-5 (hit 3)).
  • Dash attack:
    • Change Dash attack hits four times instead of three.
      • Buff All hits after the first one have less startup lag (frame 20/30 → 19/28/37) and the last hit has comparatively less ending lag (FAF 42 → 46).
      • Buff Dash attack deals more damage if all hits connect (9% → 10%).
    • Buff The looping hits have drastically less hitlag (2x → 0.6x), making them much harder to SDI out of.
    • Nerf The last hit deals less damage (5% → 4%) with knockback scaling partially compensated (60 → 65).
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has altered hitboxes (4u/4u/3u → 4.8u/3.6u/3u) with the outermost hitbox larger and positioned further out (X offset: 6 → 7), improving its range overall despite the middle hitbox being smaller.
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Pac-Man has a new up tilt: a quick upwards punch.
    • Buff Up tilt has more vertical range.
    • Buff Up tilt has much less ending lag (FAF 34 → 25), improving its combo potential.
    • Nerf Up tilt deals slightly less damage (7% → 6.5%) and much less knockback (50 base/100 scaling → 43/68), noticeably hindering its KO potential.
      • Buff However, its reduced knockback further improves its combo potential.
    • Nerf Pac-Man's fist has one less frame of intangibility (frame 6-10 → 7-10).
    • Nerf Up tilt's hitbox is located on Pac-Man's fist. As a result, it is generally smaller overall (6.5u → 5.5u/3.2u), and has much less horizontal reach, missing most characters on the ground even if they stand directly next to him. Due to the same factors, Pac-Man's new up tilt can no longer be used to knock Fire Hydrant backwards.
    • Change Up tilt launches at a slightly higher angle (96° → 93°).
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has less ending lag (FAF 29 → 27).
    • Change Pac-Man returns to his original position after attacking, rather than moving forward, improving its safety, but making it worse for tech-chasing.
    • Change Down tilt has more base knockback and less knockback scaling (50 base/80 scaling → 65/50), making it safer on hit at lower percents, but hindering its KO potential.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less startup lag (frame 18 → 16) with its duration increased (18-28 → 16-29, 11 frames → 14).
      • Nerf Its FAF remains unchanged, giving its strong hit more comparative ending lag and making it less safe on shield.
    • Buff Forward smash's ghost has a bigger hitbox (4.8u → 5.4u (early), 4u → 4.3u (late)) and extends vertically (Y offset: 5 → 5.4-4.2), improving its range.
    • Buff Forward smash's early hits deal noticeably more base knockback, greatly improving its KO potential despite the lower knockback scaling (25 base/99 scaling → 40/97).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Both hits of up smash have less startup lag (frame 13/16 → 11/15) with its duration increased on the second hit (16-26 → 15-28, 11 frames → 14).
      • Nerf Its FAF remains unchanged, giving its strong hit more comparative ending lag and making it less safe on shield.
    • Buff Up smash's ghost has a larger hitbox (6u → 6.2u (clean), 4u → 4.5u (late)).
    • Change Up smash's first hit now uses set knockback (95 base/20 scaling → 125 set/100 scaling) and launches at a lower angle (115° → 135°). This improves its linking ability into the second hit and now allows it to be used to knock a Fire Hydrant backwards, but significantly worsens its reliability as a follow-up option off of Bonus Fruit's Bell projectile.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has less startup lag (frame 18 → 15) with its duration increased (18-28 → 15-28, 11 frames → 14).
      • Nerf Its FAF remains unchanged, giving its strong hit more comparative ending lag and making it less safe on shield.
    • Buff Down smash's ghosts have larger hitboxes (6u → 6.2u (clean), 4u → 4.5u (late)) and extend vertically (Y offset: 6 → 5.3-5.8), improving its range.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (Neutral: 12 frames → 7, Forward: 16 → 10, Back: 22 → 13, Up: 16 → 10, Down: 20 → 12).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial deals less knockback (20 base/100 scaling → 45/70). Coupled with its lowered landing lag, it can combo consistently.
    • Buff Neutral aerial's later hits deal more damage (6% → 8.5% (mid), 3% → 6% (late)).
    • Change Neutral aerial's angle on all hits was changed (361° → 50°). This increases its combo potential, but removes its ability to lock.
    • Buff Neutral aerial has larger hitboxes (7.0u → 7.6u (clean), 5.0u → 7.0u (mid), 3.5u → 4.5u (late)).
    • Nerf Neutral aerial's lowered knockback removes one of Pac-Man's former KO options, as it can no longer KO until the 180% range.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial deals more damage (5.3% → 7.65%).
    • Buff Forward aerial has more base knockback, but less knockback scaling (7 base/90 scaling → 70/29), increasing the percent range in which the move can combo.
    • Nerf Due to the changes to its knockback, forward aerial can no longer lock opponents.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff The changes to the Sakurai Angle has back aerial launch opponents at a lower angle (40°/45° → 38°), improving its KO potential.
  • Up aerial:
    • Change Up aerial has an altered ending animation.
    • Nerf Up aerial now pushes Pac-Man back down to where he would have been as the move ends. In order to use the floating effect to boost his recovery, one must repeatedly interrupt the ending animation of the move with another up aerial.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's hits transition faster, with 1 frame less lag between each one.
    • Buff Down aerial's multi-hits are larger (5.5u → 6.2u) and have gained an additional hitbox against aerial opponents, improving its range overall.
    • Buff Down aerial has much less ending lag (FAF 60 → 50).
    • Buff Down aerial deals more damage (1.5% → 2% (hits 1-3), 6% → 7% (hit 4), 10.5% → 13% (maximum)) with knockback compensated on the final hit (90 scaling → 80).
    • Buff Down aerial's multi-hits deal more set knockback (10 → 35 (grounded), 10 → 22 (aerial)), and launch aerial opponents at an altered angle (100° → 130°), improving its linking ability overall.
    • Buff Down aerial's final hit sends at a more horizontal angle (65° → 45°), granting it edgeguarding and KO potential.
    • Buff Down aerial's final hit always sends in the direction Pac-Man is facing, improving its combo potential.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grab:
    • Nerf Dash grab and pivot grab have more startup lag, no longer the same as his standing grab (frame 12 → 14 (dash), 12 → 15 (pivot)).
    • Buff All grabs have significantly less ending lag (FAF 76 → 59 (standing), 76 → 67 (dash), 76 → 62 (pivot)).
    • Buff Grab has two long-lasting hitboxes instead of multiple short hitboxes (frames 12-14, 22-24 & 32-39 → 12-33 (standing)/14-35 (dash)/15-36 (pivot)).
    • Buff One of grab's hitboxes extends alongside the tractor beam's animation, removing its notorious blindspots.
    • Change Grab's tractor beam has a smoother extending and receding animation.
    • Change If the grab misses, Pac-Man will look disappointed.
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (5 frames → 14), but has much less startup (frame 16 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 25 → 7), shortening its duration.
    • Nerf Pummel deals much less damage (3.25% → 1.3%).
  • Change Forward, back and up throws are no longer weight dependent.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw deals more damage (6% → 8%) and has more base knockback (48 → 55), improving its edgeguarding potential.
  • Back throw:
    • Change Back throw has a visible wind effect while Pac-Man spins.
    • Buff Back throw releases the opponent earlier (frame 28 → 25) and has significantly less ending lag (FAF 72 → 60).
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has less ending lag (FAF 45 → 38) and base knockback (60 → 55), granting it combo potential.
  • Down throw:
    • Change Down throw's animation has been sped up significantly.
    • Nerf Down throw releases the opponent earlier (frame 39 → 34) with its duration unchanged, increasing its ending lag.

Special moves[edit]

  • Bonus Fruit:
    • Buff All Bonus Fruit except the second and third fruits cycle significantly faster (Apple: frame 54 → 52, Melon: 78 → 72, Galaxian: 102 → 92, Bell: 126 → 112, Key: 150 → 132).
    • Buff Bonus Fruit can be jumped or air dodged out of while charging.
    • Cherry
      • Buff Cherry deals slightly more damage (4% → 4.3%).
      • Change They deal slightly less knockback overall (40 (base)/80 (scaling) → 41/71)
      • Nerf Their lifespan can no longer be extended by keeping them in the air for longer, and they will despawn after a set amount of time.
      • Nerf Cherries deal less shield damage (0 → -2.1).
    • Strawberry
      • Change Strawberries deal slightly less knockback (40 (base)/80 (scaling) → 41/71)
      • Nerf Their lifespan can no longer be extended by keeping them in the air for longer, and they will despawn after a set amount of time.
      • Nerf Strawberries deal less shield damage (0 → -3).
    • Orange
      • Nerf Oranges deal slightly less damage (8% → 7.5%)
      • Nerf They have altered knockback values (50 (base)/76 (scaling) → 51/68) which combined with the lower damage output drastically weakens their KO potential.
      • Nerf Oranges deal less shield damage (0 → -3.2).
    • Apple
      • Buff Apples deal slightly more damage (9% → 9.5%).
      • Nerf They have reduced knockback values (60 (base)/100 (Scaling) → 61/91), KOing slightly later despite the increased damage, and more favourable launch angle (75˚ → 80˚).
      • Buff However, the higher launch angle makes it less susceptible to DI, and makes LSI impossible, improving the consistency of the Apple's KO potential.
      • Nerf Apples deal considerably less shield damage (0 → -4.7).
      • Nerf Apples have a shorter maximum duration (240 frames → 180).
    • Melon
      • Nerf Melons deal less knockback (40 (base)/100 (scaling) → 39/94), hindering their KO potential.
      • Change Melons launch at a slightly higher angle (55˚ → 60˚), slightly improving their vertical KO potential, while slightly worsening their horizontal KO potential.
      • Nerf Melons deal significantly less shield damage (0 → -6).
      • Change Melons move more slowly (initial speed: 1 → 0.85), and accelerate downward more quickly (gravity: 0.005 → 0.006).
    • Galaxian
      • Change Galaxians deal slightly less knockback (40 (base)/80 (scaling) → 41/72).
      • Nerf Galaxians deal considerably less shield damage (0 → -4.5).
    • Bell
      • Nerf Bells deal slightly less damage (8% → 7.5%).
      • Change Bells deal more knockback at low percents, and much less knockback at high percents (30 (base)/120 (scaling) → 70/54). This also means they paralyze opponents for longer at lower percents, but the paralysis duration increases much more slowly.
      • Nerf As a result of the above changes, Bells are now incapable of KOing at realistic percents.
      • Buff When Z-dropped, Bells can now still paralyze the opponent.
      • Nerf Bells deal slightly less shield damage (0 → -1.9).
    • Key
      • Buff Keys deal more damage (15% → 16%).
      • Buff Keys travel faster (speed: 3.6 → 3.8), and thus have more range.
      • Nerf Keys have altered knockback (40 (base)/90 (scaling) → 55/68), KOing later, despite the increased damage.
      • Change Keys launch at a lower angle (55˚ → 48˚).
      • Nerf Keys deal less shield damage (0 → -4).
    • Buff If Pac-Man grabs a fruit he's previously thrown or dropped, Bonus Fruit is able to be recycled through the items again. This allows him to store his items in a similar manner to Pocket, create possible setups from his Bell to his Key, reduce the opportunities for his opponents to use his fruits against him, and keep up pressure with his more powerful fruits for a longer period of time.
      • Buff Bonus Fruit's new recycling mechanic allows fruits to be caught again if they are charged slightly before throwing, as they are considered a newly generated item.
    • Buff Bonus Fruit's toss has less ending lag (FAF 45 → 42).
    • Change Bonus Fruit's items can only be Z-dropped once before being unable to be caught by anyone. This limits Pac-Man's combo potential and removes his zero-to-deaths, but makes it harder for other players to limit his usage of Bonus Fruit.
    • Change Dropped fruits (either from being thrown or if an opponent knocks it out of Pac-Man's charge process) will only bounce once before disappearing instead of lingering on the floor for around three seconds. This makes it difficult for anyone to take advantage of dropped fruits, and significantly limits fruit-catching methods.
    • Change Bonus Fruits that hit an enemy pop into air for a much shorter time. This makes it much harder to recatch fruits after they hit enemies, but it also makes it harder for the enemies to grab it in the air.
    • Change The sprites used during Bonus Fruit have been redrawn with thinner outlines. If Pac-Man tries generating a fruit while one is in play, a pixelated "pop" effect will display instead of a puff of smoke.
  • Power Pellet:
    • Buff All variants of Power Pellet travel further, with the fully-charged version traveling almost the full length of Final Destination.
    • Buff Power Pellet has less ending lag when colliding with a wall, and no longer makes Pac-Man tumble onto the ground when the Pac-Dot trail is aimed at the floor. Instead, he will move along the ground in the last horizontal direction he moved in during the attack.
    • Nerf There is now a weak hit right at the start of the dash triggered by grabbing the Pellet, which deals just 1% damage and weak knockback.
    • Nerf Pac-Man's trajectory in the air after grabbing the Pellet now curves downwards, slightly weakening its recovery potential.
    • Change Pac-Man's afterimages when using Power Pellet go from yellow to orange and then red. Pac-Man also flashes white and red after eating the power pellet.
  • Pac-Jump:
    • Change Pac-Jump's trampoline has a hurtbox.
      • Buff This means Pac-Jump's trampoline can be used to block projectiles.
      • Change The trampoline can be attacked by other players, but not by Pac-Man. Based on the power of the attack, the trampoline's uses will be reduced, from as little to one use or all uses.
    • Buff Pac-Jump has a longer duration (frames 4-17 → 4-21).
    • Nerf Pac-Jump's trampoline comes out on frame 10 rather than frame 1, so the move is no longer unblockable.
    • Change Pac-Jump's attack damage increases with time, similar to Dr. Mario's neutral air (Early: 7% → 5%, Middle: 6%, Late: 5% → 7%).
    • Change Pac-Man's afterimages when using Pac-Jump are more visible and go from yellow to white.
    • Change At the peak of each jump, the damage increases.
  • Fire Hydrant:
    • Change Fire Hydrant has altered physics, acting heavier and losing more height and speed from each bounce.
    • Buff Fire Hydrant's heavier physics makes it easier to hit grounded opponents.
    • Nerf Fire Hydrant's new physics significantly reduce its overall coverage and distance when bouncing.
    • Nerf Aerial Fire Hydrant has more startup lag, matching the grounded version's startup (frame 9 → 12).
      • Buff Its total duration was unchanged, reducing its ending lag.
    • Change Fire Hydrant's fall attack has a reduced hitlag multiplier (1.5× → 1×).
    • Buff Fire Hydrant's hitbox extends further downwards when falling (Y offset: 6 → 6-2).
  • Super Pac-Man:
    • Change Super Pac-Man has been changed. Pac-Man still transforms into a two-dimensional sprite to launch enemies, but automatically moves forward and loops around the screen, slowly building up speed. His trajectory can be adjusted by aiming him up or down. He will also eat items he runs into during the move. Aesthetically, the move resembles Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, featuring pulsating lights in the background and a rising pitch as the move progresses.

Update history[edit]

Pac-Man received a mix of buffs, nerfs and glitch fixes via game updates, but was buffed slightly overall. Update 1.2.0 introduced a universal nerf by removing the ability to Z-drop items out of hitstun. This nerf hurt Pac-Man more than any other fighter, as it removed the defensive strategy of opponents getting hit by Bonus Fruit's item that Pac-Man is holding while attacking, allowing Pac-Man to run away and possibly punish the opponent. Update 2.0.0 then buffed Pac-Man's combo potential by making his forward and down aerials autocancel earlier and having Bonus Fruit's items last longer after making contact, widening the window to follow up and more easily keep opponents in hitstun.

Update 3.0.0's near-universal nerf to projectiles' shield damage outputs noticeably affected Bonus Fruit and Fire Hydrant. Update 3.1.0 improved up smash's first hit ability to link into its second hit by adjusting its launching angle. Update 4.0.0 fixed a notorious flaw with Pac-Man being forced to drop charging Bonus Fruit while being reversed; this no longer makes Pac-Man vulnerable after being reversed and now possibly lets him punish the opponent. Update 7.0.0 enlarged Pac-Man's shield as part of a near-universal buff, while update 8.0.0 nerfed his rolls slightly by standardizing their lag with the rest of the cast's rolls.

Overall, Pac-Man fares mildly better than he did at the launch of Ultimate. Although his optimal game plan has changed from that of a zoner to more of a bait-and-punish style because of the universal item and projectile nerfs and his combo-oriented buffs, Pac-Man's competitive standing has not changed much and he remains among the most significantly buffed veterans in the game (similarly to Palutena, Roy and Pichu).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.2.0

  • Bug fix Bonus Fruit's Key will no longer be discarded when it is recycled.
  • Nerf The universal change removing the ability to Z-drop items out of hitstun reduces Pac-Man's ability to get out of combos when holding a Bonus Fruit.
  • Bug fix Dash grab changes Pac-Man's facial expression like his other grabs.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 43 → 26), which allows it autocancel out of a short hop fast fall.
  • Buff Down aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 56 → 50), matching the move's interruptibility.
  • Buff Bonus Fruits take longer to disappear after hitting an opponent (30 frames → 32), giving him slightly more time to grab it again.
    • Buff Cherry no longer disappears immediately after hitting an opponent.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Bonus Fruit deals less shield damage (0 → -2.1/-3/-3.2/-4.7/-4.5/-6/-1.9/-4 (cherry/strawberry/orange/apple/melon/Galaxian/bell/key)).
  • Buff Fire Hydrant has more range below it when it is falling (Y offset: 6u → 6u-2u).
  • Nerf Fire Hydrant deals less shield damage (0 → -2.3/-3.3 (falling/launched)).
  • Change Several basic animations, such as idle and crouch animations, have been adjusted.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Bug fix Fixed an issue that resulted in Pac-Man facing the wrong way.
  • Buff Up smash's hits connect more reliably. (Hit 1 angle: 112° → 135°).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff Pac-Man will no longer drop his Bonus Fruit if he is hit with a move that reverses while charging the attack.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Nerf Standing and rolling techs have one frame more ending lag (FAF 26 → 27 (standing), 40 → 41 (rolling)), matching the rest of the cast.
  • Bug fix Fire Hydrant can no longer freeze characters holding an assist trophy item if they ledge roll into the hydrant.


For a gallery of Pac-Man's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Pac-Hook (パックフック) / Pac-Counter Hook (パックカウンターフック) / Pac-Upper Kick (パックアッパーキック) 2% An alternating pair of hooks followed by a backflip kick. Each hit has quick start-up (frame 4), but the third hit has slight ending lag and minimal knockback.
Forward tilt Pac-Kick (パックキック) 8% A side kick. It has quick start-up (frame 5), yet slight ending lag (FAF 31). Unlike the majority of forward tilts in Ultimate, it retains very low base knockback and very high knockback growth. As a result, it can KO at around 160% at the edge, but is unsafe on shield and on hit at low percentages.
Up tilt Pac-Upper Punch (パックアッパーパンチ) 6.5% An uppercut. It has decent vertical range, low vertical knockback, decent start-up (frame 7) and minimal ending lag (FAF 25). It also grants intangibility to Pac-Man's fist on frames 7-10. Altogether, these traits make it useful for starting and/or extending combos. However, it cannot hit directly in front of or behind Pac-Man, making it largely suited to being an anti-air attack, platform poke, or niche edge coverage option.
Down tilt Pac-Bite (パックバイト) 6% Pac-Man changes into his Classic Form and chomps downward. It has minimal ending lag and long range, since Pac-Man moves forward at a far distance. Once the move finishes, he returns back to his original position. Altogether, these traits make it a safe poking tool.
Dash attack Pac-Dash Bite (パックダッシュバイト) 2% (hits 1-3), 4% (hit 4) Pac-Man changes into his Classic Form and slides forward while chomping repeatedly. It hits 4 times, with the last hit having low vertical knockback. This move has a long animation, but almost no ending lag (FAF 46, while the last hit comes out frame 37), making it incredibly safe (even against a shield). The hitbox comes out on frame 10, but it has a windbox on frames 3-9, making it one of the fastest dash attacks overall when combined with its very minimal ending lag. One of Pac-Man's best approach options.
Forward smash Blinky (アカベエ) 15% (sourspot), 16% (sweetspot), 9% (late) Thrusts Blinky (the red ghost) in front of himself. It has a sourspot on his arm, while Blinky himself is the sweetspot. Just like his other smash attacks, it can nullify projectiles. Deals respectable damage and high knockback while Blinky also has a long-lasting late hitbox. It has 26 frames of ending lag (FAF 53), however, and its long duration makes it easy to punish if it used carelessly.
Up smash Inky (アオスケ) 3% (launcher), 14% (Inky), 8% (late) Thrusts Inky (the cyan ghost) directly overhead. It has a brief hitbox on Pac-Man's clenched fist that is in front of him and launches the opponent directly into Inky. Inky deals decent damage and knockback while also having long-lasting late hitbox. It is Pac-Man's fastest smash attack (coming out on frame 11, with Inky coming out on frame 15) and has 24 frames of ending lag (FAF 50). However, its moderate power results in it KOing effectively beginning at around 130%.
Down smash Pinky & Clyde (ピンキー&グズタ) 13% (clean), 7% (late) Crouches while thrusting Pinky and Clyde (the pink and orange ghosts, respectively) in front of and behind himself simultaneously. Pinky and Clyde are semi-spikes and have impressive range, making them ideal for gimps and punishing rolls. Like Blinky and Inky, they have long-lasting late hitboxes. However, it is Pac-Man's weakest smash attack and its 29 frames of ending lag (FAF 55) is the highest amount out of his smashes.
Neutral aerial Pac-Roll (パックロール) 10% (clean), 8.5% (mid), 6% (late) Quickly assumes his Classic Form and then backflips repeatedly. It has very quick start-up (frame 3), a long duration, very minimal landing lag and low knockback. Altogether, these traits it useful for combos. Its clean hit is also useful for edge-guarding, although the move itself has high ending lag in the air (FAF 52). Auto-cancels in a full hop.
Forward aerial Pac-Air Kick (パックエアキック) 7.65% A roundhouse kick. It has an average damage output, high base knockback and very low knockback scaling. However, it is the fastest forward aerial in the game in regard to start-up (frame 5), and the second fastest forward aerial (behind Luigi's) in regard to ending lag (FAF 26). It also has only 10 frames of landing lag and auto-cancels in a short hop fast fall. Altogether, these traits make it one of Pac-Man's best moves, since it can chain into itself or other moves effectively, as well as function as a reliable approach option.
Back aerial Pac-Drop Kick (パックドロップキック) 11.8% (clean), 7% (late) A dropkick. It has decent start-up (frame 9), ending (FAF 41) and landing lag (13 frames) for an aerial of its kind. It can also auto-cancel in a short hop. Its clean hitbox makes it Pac-Man's most reliable aerial for KOing, although it has only mediocre knockback for an aerial of its type.
Up aerial Pac-Somersault Kick (パックサマーソルトキック) 10% A backflip kick. It has decent start-up, a very long duration (frames 9-16), minimal knockback and 20 frames of ending lag (FAF 37). It can also auto-cancel in a short hop, and is the only aerial in the game that can perform a functional drop cancel. It resembles the Flip Kick from Pac-Man World 2.
Down aerial Pac-Stomp (パックスタンプ) 2% (hits 1-3), 7% (hit 4) A series of stomps. Its last hit has massive base knockback and launches diagonally, which make it able to KO reliably below 50% while very close to the left/right blast line. Onstage, however, it does not KO until after 150% due to its mediocre knockback scaling. Pac-Man's most damaging aerial if all of its hits connect. Outside of KOing, it is also very useful for edge-guarding or as a combo finisher offstage, notably being able to KO early after 2 forward aerials.
Grab Grab (つかみ) Holds his hand out to emit Boss Galaga's tractor beam. It has noticeable start-up, but lasts a long time and has fairly long range and low ending lag for an extended grab.
Pummel Grab Pac-Headbutt (つかみパックヘッドバット) 1.3% A headbutt.
Forward throw Pac-Capture Cut (パックキャプチャーカット) 8% Reels back and then shoves the opponent away. Its below-average knockback makes it unable to KO at reasonable percentages. However, it can be used for mix-ups, due to it launching at 58° and having minimal ending lag.
Back throw Pac-Giant Swing (パックジャイアントスイング) 11% A giant swing. Unlike similar throws, however, it lacks a collateral hitbox. It is Pac-Man's only throw that KOs reliably, and does so beginning at around 140% at the edge.
Up throw Pac-Upper Throw (パックアッパースルー) 5% Swings the opponent into the air with one hand. Deals minimal damage and knockback; when coupled with its low ending lag, it can combo into neutral and up aerials at low percentages. However, its minimal power means that it will not KO until around 220%.
Down throw Pac-Devour (パックデバウアー) 1.5% (hits 1-3), 6% (hit 4) Changes into his Classic Form and chomps the opponent 4 times, with the last hit dealing low knockback. It launches at 43°, making it useful for tech-chases (most notably into Bonus Fruit's key). However, its very high ending lag prevents it from having true follow-ups.
Floor attack (front)   7% Kicks around himself while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Kicks around himself while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Performs a side kick to the left and then to the right while getting up.
Edge attack   9% Performs a legsweep while climbing up. It has deceptively long range for an edge attack.
Neutral special Bonus Fruit 4.3% (cherry), 6% (strawberry), 7.5% (orange), 9.5% (apple), 12% (melon), 9% (Galaxian), 7.5% (bell), 16% (key) Raises his hand to cycle through the 8 different bonus items from Pac-Man. The fruits, Galaxian, bell and key each have their own damage outputs, knockback values, traveling speeds, and launching angles. All of them can be re-caught once; if Pac-Man has a bonus item in his hand, pressing the special button will continue the cycle from that object's position, also allowing him to re-catch the object again.
Side special Power Pellet 4% (before eating Power Pellet), 6% (uncharged), 12% (fully charged) Summons a string of Power Pellets in front of himself, then dashes quickly in his Classic Form to chomp along the trail. The string can be angled in any direction and travels very far, making it an incredible recovery option. Also has high knockback if Pac-Man hits the opponent after eating the Power Pellet. Just after eating the final Power Pellet, Pac-Man also gains super armor for 8 frames.
Up special Pac-Jump 5%-7% (early), 6%-8.42% (mid), 7%-10% (late) Summons a trampoline below himself, which will launch Pac-Man higher as it changes color (blue → yellow → red). Any character can jump on the trampoline, but only Pac-Man will be rendered helpless by it. Anyone other than Pac-Man himself can damage the trampoline, which also changes its coloration before destroying it entirely). Anyone, including Pac-Man, who jumps on the trampoline while it is red will be instantly rendered helpless. It can be used at edge to limit the opponent's get-up options and approach.
Down special Fire Hydrant 9% (falling), 13% (tumbling) Summons a Fire Hydrant underneath himself. When used in the air, the Fire Hydrant falls downward until it hits solid ground. Once grounded, it spurts water out of its sides twice (or on top, if someone is standing on it). This water pushes enemies and items away. If the hydrant receives 13% or more, it will be launched (taking the angle and speed of the move that launched it) and become the property of the character that dealt the tumbling blow. It is a fairly strong projectile when launched, KOing Mario at the edge of Final Destination at 128% with good DI. The Fire Hydrant's velocity only affects the direction an opponent is launched, and does not affect the strength or the angle of the hit. This is also one of the few non-item projectiles in the game that is subject to gravity, bouncing along the ground and slowing down after each bounce.
Final Smash Super Pac-Man 20% (yellow), 28% (red) Eats both a Power Pellet and a Super Pellet, grows enormous as a result, and then changes into his Classic Form before looping around the stage repeatedly. Pac-Man always moves in a straight line, but his angle can be altered to catch opponents running away. As the Final Smash progresses, Pac-Man moves faster and faster, then starts acquiring a red tint, after which he deals more damage to opponents. The final dash deals the most damage but travels very slowly and creates afterimages. Running into opponents chomps them, dealing knockback and turning them into ghost eyes, similarly to consumed ghosts in Pac-Man. Items can also be eaten in this way, which removes them from play. Every "consumed" enemy or item gives 200 points, then 400, then 800, then 1600, then 3200, then all subsequent ones yield 7650. However, the point value is completely aesthetic.


Stats Weight Dash speed Walk speed Traction Air friction Air speed Air acceleration Gravity Falling speed Jumpsquat Jump Height Double jump Height
Value 95 1.87 – Initial dash
1.672 – Run
1.097 0.116 0.015 1.092 0.01 – Base
0.07 – Additional
0.072 1.35 – Base
3 34.1 - Base
16.48 - Short hop

Announcer call[edit]

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Assumes his Classic Form, chomps slowly, and then assumes his normal form.


  • Up Taunt: Performs the Namco Roulette, which involes him summoning a sprite and associated sound effect from a classic Namco game.
  • Side Taunt: Changes into his Classic Form and chomps from side to side while his chomping sound from Pac-Man plays.
  • Down Taunt: Lays on the ground as a pair of fairies from Pac-Land and a few music notes appear above his head. During this, an arrangement of the first 5 notes of the intermission theme from Pac-Man plays.

Idle Poses[edit]

  • Rubs his head.
  • Looks at the screen and winks while giving a thumbs up, similarly to his official render from SSB4.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Pac - Man! Go! Go! Pac-Man! Pac - Man! *claps 3 times* Pac - Man! Pac Man! Pac - Man! Pac Man!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Goooo - Pac-Man! Pac - Man! Pac - Man! *claps 3 times* Pac - Man!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Appears in ball form, trips, and raises his fist.
  • Up: Chases a vulnerable ghost in 2D form, then poses in 3D form.
  • Right: Lands on the ground while a sign reading "7650" appears, then winks and gives a thumbs up alongside Buttercup, a fairy companion of his who debuted in Pac-Land. This pose is based his official artwork for the TurboGrafx-16 version of Pac-Land. Both the sign and Buttercup do not appear in Team Battles.
A remix of the jingle that plays when starting a new game in Pac-Man, as well as completing levels in Pac-Man World 2.

In competitive play[edit]

Tier placement and history[edit]

Ever since the release of Ultimate, Pac-Man has seen a highly positive response thanks to buffs to his mobility, Bonus Fruit, and grab game, all of which improved his combo potential. As a result of the buffs, Pac-Man has seen strong results from players, most notably Sinji and Tea, ever since the early metagame. Tea in particular has recently seen increasing success, being able to win or place top 8 at several majors and supermajors and defeating several top players from around the world. As a result, Pac-Man has achieved a significantly stronger reception from the community compared to his SSB4 days, with most people believing Pac-Man is either at the top of high tier or a top tier fighter, making him ranked 14th on the first and current tier list.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Pac-Man players (SSBU)

Classic Mode: Ageless Classic[edit]

Pac-Man's congratulations screen.

Pac-Man's opponents are fighters who debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or appeared in an NES game at least once. These fighters are listed in accordance with the dates of their debuts, similarly to All-Star Mode in Super Smash Bros. 4. The exceptions to this are Donkey Kong and Young Link: the former uses his red alternate costume to reference Cranky Kong's color scheme during his time as the first Donkey Kong, whereas the latter is a substitute for the Link from the original The Legend of Zelda due to being the closest to his age compared to Link and Toon Link. The boss of this route, Dracula, also fits this theme due to the original Castlevania (his game of origin) debuting on the NES.

Round Opponent Stage Music
1 MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario, LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi, and DonkeyKongHeadRedSSBU.png Donkey Kong 75m (Battlefield form) PAC-MAN
2 DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt Duck Hunt No music
3 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers and ROBHeadGreySSBU.png R.O.B. Wrecking Crew (Battlefield form) Power-Up Music - Wrecking Crew
4 YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link, SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus, SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon, and PitHeadSSBU.png Pit Hyrule Castle Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda
5 LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac, MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man, and SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake Boxing Ring Mega Man Retro Medley
6 MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth, DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario, and KirbyHeadSSBU.png Kirby Dream Land GB Kirby Retro Medley
Bonus Stage
Final Dracula Dracula's Castle Dwelling of Doom

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Pac-Man has PAC-MAN'S PARK / BLOCK TOWN accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Pac-Man's location in World of Light.
Finding Pac-Man in World of Light

Although Pac-Man 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.

By taking Marth's route, the player can find Pac-Man near the mushroom area.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Pac-Man SSBU.png
3,300 Pac-Land (Ω form) PAC-MAN


PAC-MAN's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Pac-Man has been unlocked. Unlocking Pac-Man 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. His fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with his artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit Battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Chain Chomp.png
Chain Chomp Super Mario Series •Metal Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadBlackSSBU.png
4,000 Yoshi's Island (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Chain Chomp) •Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy favors side specials
•The enemy is metal
Main Theme - Super Mario 64
SSBU spirit Nipper Plant.png
Nipper Plant Super Mario Series •Tiny Pac-Man Team Pac-ManHeadWhiteSSBU.png×8
1,900 Super Mario Maker (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy loves to jump
•Defeat an army of fighters
Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3 (Remix)
SSBU spirit Hothead.png
Hothead Super Mario Series •Curry Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
2,000 Mushroom Kingdom U (Slide Lift Tower) •Item: Hothead •The enemy breathes fire
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
The enemy starts the battle with a Hothead
Castle / Boss Fortress - Super Mario World / SMB 3
SSBU spirit Starlow.png
Starlow Mario & Luigi Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadYellowSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,300 Brinstar (Battlefield form) •Tiny
•The enemy is giant
•The enemy is tiny after a little while
Tough Guy Alert!
SSBU spirit Broque Monsieur.png
Broque Monsieur Mario & Luigi Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,800 Mario Bros. (Battlefield form) •Defense ↑
•Item: Blocks
•The enemy has increased defense
•The enemy shields often
•The enemy's shield has extra durability
Tough Guy Alert!
Tap-Tap Yoshi Series •Metal Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadWhiteSSBU.png
2,200 Yoshi's Island N/A •The enemy is metal Wildlands
from the game's files
Burt the Bashful Yoshi Series •Giant Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadPlaidSSBU.png
2,000 Super Happy Tree (Ω form) N/A •The enemy deals damage when falling
•The enemy is giant
•The enemy has increased defense
Fortress Boss - Super Mario World
SSBU spirit Chef Kawasaki.png
Chef Kawasaki Kirby Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadPlaidSSBU.png
9,000 Green Greens •Assist Trophy Enemies (Chef Kawasaki)
•Item: Food
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Gourmet Race (Brawl)
SSBU spirit Magneton.png
Magneton Pokémon Series •Metal Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadWhiteSSBU.png×3 (50 HP)
2,200 Pokémon Stadium 2 (Electric type) N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy is metal
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee)
SSBU spirit Electrode.png
Electrode Pokémon Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png
3,600 Saffron City Bob-omb Festival
•Item: Exploding Types
•Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Brawl)
SSBU spirit Lurchthorn.png
Lurchthorn Kid Icarus Series Pac-Man Team Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png×6
1,800 Reset Bomb Forest (forest) •Item: Super Scope •The enemy is easily distracted by items
•The enemy starts the battle with a Super Scope
•Defeat an army of fighters
Wrath of the Reset Bomb Lurchthorn's segments
SSBU spirit Mockiwi.png
Mockiwi Pikmin Series •Giant Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png (100 HP)
•Ally: Olimar OlimarHeadRedSSBU.png (50 HP)
1,500 Garden of Hope N/A •Join forces with a CPU ally
Stamina battle
•The enemy is giant
Over Wintry Mountains
SSBU spirit Mettaur.png
Mettaur Mega Man Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png (120 HP)
1,800 Wrecking Crew N/A Stamina battle
•The enemy shields often
•The enemy doesn't like to jump
Cut Man Stage
SSBU spirit Bonus Fruit.png
Bonus Fruit PAC-MAN Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png×2
2,100 Pac-Land (Ω form) N/A •Timed battle (0:20)
•The enemy favors neutral specials
from the game's files
Bisk Splatoon Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,700 Saffron City •Move Speed ↑ •The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy has increased move speed after a little while
Endolphin Surge
Bytans Super Smash Bros. Series Pac-Man Team Pac-ManHeadPlaidSSBU.png×4
1,800 Kongo Falls (Ω form) •Item: Balls •The enemy is easily distracted by items Step: The Plain
from the game files
Bubbles Clu Clu Land Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png
1,800 75m (Battlefield form) •Item: Unira •The enemy is easily distracted by items Clu Clu Land
Moe The Legendary Starfy Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Tortimer Island N/A •The enemy shields often
•The enemy's shield has extra durability
Tortimer Island Medley
from the game's files
Telly Chibi-Robo! Series •Tiny Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,700 Living Room •Item: Throwing Types •The enemy is easily distracted by items
•The enemy falls slowly
•The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt
Noisy Notebook
Kurikin Kurikin Nano Island Story Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadBlackSSBU.png×4
1,400 Hanenbow •Tiny
•Item: Unira
•All fighters are tiny
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Electroplankton (Original)
Spirit of Zip from FlingSmash
Zip FlingSmash Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png
2,200 Golden Plains •Assist Trophy Enemies (Chain Chomp)
•Hazard: Low Gravity
•Gravity is reduced after a little while
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Mole Patrol
Clip & Snip Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! Series Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png
Kirby KirbyHeadRedSSBU.png
3,600 PictoChat 2 N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge Noisy Notebook Clip
SSBU spirit Boss Galaga.png
Boss Galaga Galaga Series •Tiny Pac-Man Team Pac-ManHeadWhiteSSBU.png×5
3,400 Lylat Cruise (Battlefield form) •Item: Boss Galaga •Items will be pulled toward the enemy
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
•Defeat an army of fighters
Galaga Medley Galaga

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Ball.png
Ball Game & Watch Series Mr. Game & Watch MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadBlackSSBU.png
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadRedSSBU.png
Kirby KirbyHeadWhiteSSBU.png
3,900 Flat Zone X (hazards off) •Item: Balls •The enemy favors grabs and throws
•The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power
Flat Zone 2 Ball
SSBU spirit Ghosts.png
Ghosts PAC-MAN Series Kirby KirbyHeadRedSSBU.png
Jigglypuff JigglypuffHeadBlueSSBU.png
Squirtle SquirtleHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,500 Pac-Land (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Ghosts) •Hostile assist trophies will appear PAC-MAN Clyde
SSBU spirit King Olly.png
King Olly Paper Mario Series Toon Link ToonLinkHeadPurpleSSBU.png
•Giant Metal Pac-Man Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
9,700 Princess Peach's Castle (Ω form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy favors air attacks
•The enemy is metal
Attack and Run! Stapler

Alternate costumes[edit]
Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadBlueSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadBlackSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadPurpleSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadWhiteSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadPlaidSSBU.png


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • Pac-Man's stock icon, alongside that of the 3 different Mii Fighter types, is among the few ones that do not depict the fighter's head. Instead, it takes on the look of Pac-Man's original arcade sprite, which also served as a life counter in the original Pac-Man.
    • Instead of having recolored sections of his stock icon for his alternate costumes, Pac-Man's alternate costumes are indicated by a colored tubular line underneath his stock icon. The line appears similar to the wall sections from the original Pac-Man.
  • Pac-Man is unlockable in Kirby's Classic Mode column, likely in reference to how they are spherical, easygoing protagonists who are notable primarily for eating enemies.
    • Alongside Jigglypuff and Squirtle, both fighters appear in the "Ghosts" spirit Battle; Kirby represents Blinky, Jigglypuff represents Pinky, Squirtle represents Inky, and Pac-Man himself represents Clyde.
    • In addition, Mr. Game & Watch is another fighter to appear in one of the spirit battles where it involves ghosts from the Pac-Man series. In this case, Mr. Game & Watch (using his blue alternate costume) represents TURN-TO-BLUE.
    • Pac-Man is the only third-party character in Kirby's unlock column.
  • In Pac-Man's showcase video, it shows that Fire Hydrant's bursts of water can be punched out of the air. However, this cannot be achieved in the released version of Ultimate.
    • On the same video, it also shows that attacking the trampoline from Pac-Jump would turn it green, and it would also put enemies into a helpless state when they jumped on it (regardless of the current level). These also cannot be achieved in the released version of Ultimate.
  • Pac-Man is the only fighter whose Classic Mode route features a Round that does not play any music.
  • If Pac-Man uses his Final Smash during a match and wins the match, and if his "up" victory pose plays, the large Pac-Man sprite will not appear, causing Pac-Man's model to appear out of thin air.
  • Oddly enough, the initial animation of his Super Pac-Man Final Smash in Ultimate doesn't have Pac-Man holding any Power Pellet or Super Pellet anymore, as opposed to how it was in SSB4, although he still has the animation of him eating them from the latter, appearing as he's only eating air in Ultimate before transforming into Super Pac-Man.
  • The damage output of Pac-Man's forward aerial (7.65%) is a subtle Easter egg. The number 765 can be pronounced in Japanese as "na-mu-ko"; this particular number, known as a goroawase number, commonly appears in Namco games and is even referenced through Pac-Man's Final Smash.
  • Pac-Man, Samus, Dark Samus, and Mr. Game & Watch are the only fighters who do not emit red-flashing eyes in the spirit battle previews in World of Light.
  • Humorously, the 3D model used for Pac-Man's Classic Form is labeled internally as "pizzapacman".
  • Pac-Man and Ryu are the only third-party fighters in the base version of Ultimate that do not appear in any of the game's CGI trailers.
  • Despite also debuting on the Nintendo Entertainment System or appearing at least once on the NES, Peach, Bowser, Zelda, Palutena, Wario, Ridley, Koopalings, Daisy and Meta Knight do not appear in Pac-Man's Classic Mode route.