Pac-Man (SSBU)

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Pac-Man
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Pac-Man
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4


Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Super Pac-Man
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This fighter appears in both his classic form and his form with hands and legs. He has many unique special moves, such as using a trampoline or a fire hydrant. For his Final Smash, he grows into a giant Super PAC-MAN, chomping and launching his opponents!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Pac-Man (パックマン, Pac-Man) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12, 2018. Pac-Man is classified as fighter #55.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Pac-Man must then be defeated on Pac-Land.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Due to his low tier standing in Smash 4, Pac-Man has been significantly buffed with a few nerfs.

One of Pac-Man's biggest buffs involve his infamous tether grab, which players panned as the worst in Super Smash Bros. 4 due to its lag and hitbox issues. It is now significantly faster overall, acts as one 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, eliminating his worst weakness and now gives him one of the better tether grabs in the game. Additionally, Bonus Fruit now cycles significantly faster and allows Pac-Man to charge cancel by jumping, giving him more options and speeding up a previously slow-charging projectile, and can also be cycled if he holds a fruit he previously dropped. The Fruit Recycling technique allows Pac-Man to constantly pressure with his Bonus Fruits by allowing him to switch fruits and setup new combos after catching a fruit, and the Bell fruit can now paralyze opponents if Z-dropped as well, granting a new item setup.

Other improvements come in the form of changes to his mobility, as his overall speed is faster than before, patching his mediocre speed in Smash 4. His recovery is longer, as Power Pellet is faster and less punishable, grants even more distance, and has less lag on a wall collision. He has also received an abundance of buffs to his standard moveset: his tilt attacks have less lag, and some of his best aerial combo initiators (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 his attacks have new benefits, with moves such as down tilt being less punishable due to momentum changes, dash attack hitting one extra time while keeping its safety, down aerial connecting better and doing more damage, and his new up tilt reaching higher while also being much faster. Finally, his mediocre KO potential has been improved, as his punishable smash attacks have less startup, Power Pellet's fully charged sweetspot is much stronger, and the aforementioned buffs to Bonus Fruit allow Pac-Man to access the Key projectile more easily.

However, Pac-Man received several nerfs that affect his combo game. The mechanics of his Bonus Fruits have been changed in many ways, severely limiting the variety of item techniques he can perform: the time window for catching fruits is now very narrow, as most of the fruits disappear almost immediately after hitting an opponent, while the Cherry and Strawberry now have a set distance and no longer linger on the ground. Z-dropped fruits cannot be picked up again, and 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 setups when sent flying.

His new up tilt is more situational than his previous up tilt, as it can no longer hit opponents directly next to Pac-Man, and it is unable to hit his Fire Hydrant to send it at a backwards angle. Neutral and forward aerials can no longer lock, removing lock followups, though this is compensated by their adjusted knockback values which allow them to combo at a wider percent range. 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 lack of range and a dependence on setups to KO.

Overall, Pac-Man's moveset is now more consistent for fighting against close confrontations, 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, though his playstyle has less of an emphasis over item stalling and rewards item positioning and setups more than before. As of now, it is unknown how Pac-Man fares in comparison to the rest of the cast.


Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Pac-Man's model features a more subdued color scheme.
  • Change Pac-Man's 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 when using smash attacks, looks disappointed if his grab misses, and appears 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.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Pac-Man's jumpsquat animation now 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).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Neutral attack transitions faster.
    • Nerf Neutral attack's first hit deals slightly less damage (3% → 2%).
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Up tilt has been changed, it is now a quick upwards punch.
    • Buff Up tilt has more vertical range.
    • Buff Up tilt has much less ending lag (FAF 34 → 25) and less knockback, improving its combo potential.
    • Nerf Up tilt deals slightly less damage (7% → 6.5%). Pac-Man's fist also has one less frame of intangibility (frame 6-10 → 7-10).
    • Nerf Up tilt's hitbox is now located on Pac-Man's fist. As a result, it has a smaller hitbox and much less horizontal reach, now 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.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has less ending lag (FAF 29 → 27).
    • Change Down tilt has less knockback.
    • Change Down tilt now sends Pac-Man forward, then back to where he started. This makes the move significantly more safe in terms of positioning, but also removes its ability to pseudo-crawl.
  • Dash attack:
    • Change Dash attack now hits four times instead of three.
      • Change As a result, dash attack has a longer duration (FAF 42 → 46).
      • Buff It also causes Dash Attack to deal more damage (9% total → 10%).
    • Nerf The last hit deals less damage (5% → 4%), weakening its KO power.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less startup (frame 18 → 16).
      • Nerf Its duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
    • Buff Forward smash has more knockback (KOs Mario at 81% → 72% from the edge of Final Destination).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has less startup (First Hit: frame 13 → 11, Second Hit: Frame 16 → 15).
      • Nerf Its duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has less startup (frame 18 → 15).
      • Nerf Its duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (Neutral: frame 12 → 7, Forward: 16 → 10, Back: 22 → 13, Up: 16 → 10, Down: 20 → 12).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has noticeably lower knockback. Coupled with its lowered landing lag, it can now combo consistently.
    • Buff Neutral aerial has lost its weakest hitbox that dealt 3%, and the weakest hit now deals 6% minimum.
    • 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.
    • Nerf All hitboxes of neutral aerial can no longer lock opponents.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial deals more damage (5.3% → 7.65%).
    • Buff Forward aerial has more base knockback but much less knockback growth, 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.
  • Up aerial:
    • Change Up aerial has an altered ending animation.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's hits transition faster, with 1 frame less lag between each one.
    • Buff Down aerial has 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)).
    • Buff Down aerial's final hit has more horizontal knockback, giving it edgeguarding and KO potential offstage.
    • Buff Down aerial's final hit always sends in the direction Pac-Man is facing, improving combo potential.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change Grab's tractor beam now has a smoother extending and receding animation, and its graphical effects more closely match the hitboxes.
  • Change If the grab misses, Pac-Man will look disappointed.
  • Buff Grab has significantly less endlag (FAF 76 → 60) and its dead zones have been removed.
  • Buff Grab has one long-lasting hitbox instead of multiple short hitboxes (frames 12-14, 22-24 & 32-39 → 12-36).
  • Change Pummel is much faster but deals less damage (3.25% → 1.2%).
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw deals more damage (6% → 8%) and knockback, however it still lacks KO potential.
  • Back throw:
    • Change Back throw now has a visible wind effect while Pac-Man spins.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw now has combo potential, allowing followups into neutral aerial or Pac-Jump at 0%, or up aerial from around 0-60%. It can also start damaging setups at 0% with the aid of Bonus Fruits and down aerial.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw is performed significantly faster, making it better for tech chases and gives the opponent less time to DI.

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 now be jumped or air dodged out of while charging.
    • Buff Cherry, Apple and Key deal slightly more damage (Cherry: 4% → 4.3%, Apple: 9% → 9.5%, Key: 15% → 16%).
    • Buff When Z-dropped, Bonus Fruit's Bell can now stun the opponent.
    • Buff If Pac-Man grabs a fruit he's previously thrown or dropped, Bonus Fruit is now able to be recycled through the items again.[1]. 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.
    • Nerf Bonus Fruit's Strawberry and Orange take slightly longer to charge (Strawberry: frame 19 → 20, Orange: frame 29 → 32).
    • Nerf Orange and Bell deal slightly less damage (Orange: 8% → 7.5%, Bell: 8% → 7.5%).
    • Nerf Cherries and Strawberries now have a limited airtime before they disappear automatically, significantly lowering their maximum distance. It is no longer possible to bounce them off platforms to extend their lifetime.
    • Nerf Key deals slightly less knockback (KOs Mario at 100% → 104% from the edge of Final Destination).
    • Change Bonus Fruit's items can now only be Z-dropped once before being unable to be recatched by anyone.
    • 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, making it much harder to recatch fruits after hitting enemies and it makes it harder for them 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 Power Pellet has been sped up overall.
    • Buff All variants of Power Pellet travel further, with the fully-charged version now traveling almost the full length of Final Destination.
    • Buff Fully charged Power Pellet's sweetspot is much stronger, and can now KO at 110% at the middle of Final Destination.
    • Buff Power Pellet has less endlag when colliding with a wall.
    • Change Pac-Man's afterimages when using Power Pellet now 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 now 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.
    • 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 now 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 now go from yellow to white.
  • Fire Hydrant:
    • Change Fire Hydrant has altered physics, now 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.
  • Super Pac-Man:
  • Change Super Pac-Man has been changed. Pac-Man still transforms into a two-dimensional sprite to launch enemies, but now 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]

1.2.0:

  • 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.
  • Change Pac-Man now changes his facial expression when whiffing his dash grab and pivot grab similar to if he whiffs his standing grab.
  • Buff Key when using Pac-Man's Fruit Recycling Technique now cycles back to Key instead of having it disappear.

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).
    • Buff Cherry no longer disappears immediately after hitting an opponent.

Moveset[edit]

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% Two punches, followed by a bicycle kick. Comes out quickly (All hits are frame 4), but the third hit has some endlag, and little knockback.
2%
4%
Forward tilt   8% Pac-Man kicks forward, throwing his arms back with an angered expression. Very quick (frame 5), and can kill around 160% at the edge.
Up tilt   6.5% Punches upward, hopping up slightly. Has decent vertical range, with little knockback and ending lag to extend combos. Cannot hit Pac-Man's sides, however.
Down tilt   6% Pac-Man changes into his Classic Form and chomps downward. Once the move finishes, Pac-Man returns back to his original position, making Down Tilt a safe poking tool.
Dash attack PAC Dash Bite 2% (hits 1-3) 4% (hit 4) Pac-Man changes into his Classic Form and slides forward, chomping repeatedly. Hits four times, with the last hit having low vertical knockback. This move has a long animation, but next to no ending lag, making it incredibly safe (even against shield).
Forward smash   15% (sour), 16% (sweet), 8% (late) Reels back before throwing Blinky in front of him. Has a sourspot on his arm, while the ghost itself is the sweetspot. Deals decently high knockback and damage, and has a very long-lasting late hitbox. Has some endlag, however.
Up smash   3% (launcher), 14% (Inky), 7% (late) Balances on one foot while throwing Inky upward. Has a launcher hitbox in front of him. Also has a long-lasting late hitbox. Has decent knockback, but struggles to kill below 100%.
Down smash   13% (clean), 6% (late) Crouches while throwing Pinky and Clyde to either side. The weakest of Pac-Man's smashes, but it sends at a very low angle (29°) for gimps.
Neutral aerial   10% (clean), 6% (late) Spins around in his Classic Form. Very fast (frame 3), and lasts a long time. Very little landing lag and knockback, so it is good for combos, but has high ending lag in the air.
Forward aerial   6.5% Kicks in front of him. Comes out fast (frame 5), with little ending lag (FAF 26). Can chain into itself, or other moves for combos.
Back aerial   11.8% (clean), 7% (late) Dropkicks behind himself. Middlingly fast (frame 9), but has decent landing lag (13 frames) and very little knockback.
Up aerial   10% A sweeping bicycle kick above. Very long duration (frame 9-16), but has little knockback, and too much ending lag to combo reliably.
Down aerial   1.7% (hits 1-3), 5.9% (hit 4) Stomps below himself four times, with the last hit sending horizontally. Has massive base knockback, able to kill reliably offstage below 100%.
Grab   Pac-Man holds his hand out to produce a long tractor beam (based on Galaga). A tether grab, but cannot be used to grab ledges. Very slow (Standing: Frame 12, FAF 59. Dash: Frame 14, FAF 67. Pivot: Frame 15, FAF 62), but lasts a long time and has quite far reach.
Pummel   1.3% Slams his head into the opponent.
Forward throw 8% Reels back, then tosses the opponent at a 59° angle. Too much ending lag to combo, and too little knockback to kill, but can be used for mixups due to its awkward angle.
Back throw 11% Similar to Mario, Luigi, and Wario, though it does not have a collateral hitbox. Grabs opponent and swings them around twice, throwing them behind on the second spin. Kills around 140% on the ledge. Pac-Man's most damaging throw.
Up throw 5% Swings his arm upward to throw the opponent into the sky. Has little knockback and endlag so it can combo, and kills around 220%.
Down throw 1.5% (Hits 1-3), 6% (Hit 4) Changes into his Classic Form and chomps the opponent four times, with the last hit dealing low knockback. Sends at a low angle for techchases, but has very high ending lag.
Floor attack (front)  
Floor attack (back)  
Floor attack (trip)  
Edge attack   10.8%
Neutral special Bonus Fruit 4.3% (cherry), 6% (strawberry), 7.5% (orange), 9.5% (apple), 12% (melon), 9% (Galaxian), 7.5% (bell), 16% (key) Pac-Man cycles through 8 different objects, each with their own damage output, knockback, speeds, and angles. All can be recaught once, and if Pac-Man has a Fruit in his hand, pressing B will continue the cycle from that Fruit's position.
Side special Power Pellet 3% (before eating Power Pellet), 4% (uncharged), 12% (fully charged) Pac-Man summons a string of Pellets in front of him, then chomps 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 pellet, as well, Pac-Man has Super Armor for a short time.
Up special Pac-Jump 5% (early), 6% (mid), 7% (late) Summons a trampoline below him, which will launch Pac-Man higher as it changes color (from blue, to yellow, to red). Any character can jump on the trampoline, but only Pac-Man will be sent into freefall from it. Anybody but Pac-Man himself can harm the trampoline (which sends it into different colors before destroying it entirely). Any character who jumps on a red trampoline will be instantly forced into freefall.
Down special Fire Hydrant 9% (falling), 13% (tumbling). Summons a Fire Hydrant, which falls downward until it hits the 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 takes 13% or more, it will tumble (taking the angle and speed of the move that launched it), dealing damage to anyone who gets hit by it.
Final Smash Super Pac-Man Pac-Man eats some Bonus Fruit, grows large, and turns into his 2D Classic Form before looping around the stage repeatedly. 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 ultimately slows down (while gaining a trail of red afterimages) before the Final Smash ends.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Appears in ball form, trips, and raises a fist.
  • Chases a vulnerable ghost in 2D form, then poses in 3D form.
  • Lands on the ground while a sign reading "7650" appears, then gives a thumbs up with a pixelated fairy. This pose is based on Pac-Land.
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]

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: Ageless Classic[edit]

Pac-Man fights classic characters in accordance to their original release date.

Round Opponent Stage Music
1 Mario, Luigi, and Donkey Kong 75m (Battlefield form) PAC-MAN
2 Duck Hunt Duck Hunt
3 Ice Climbers and R.O.B. Wrecking Crew (Battlefield form) Power-Up Music - Wrecking Crew
4 Young Link, Samus, Simon, and Pit Hyrule Castle Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda
5 Little Mac, Mega Man, and Snake Boxing Ring Mega Man Retro Medley
6 Marth, Dr. Mario, and Kirby Dream Land GB Kirby Retro Medley
Bonus Stage
Final Dracula ? Dwelling of Doom

Role in World of Light[edit]

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 a mushroom area.

Spirits[edit]

PAC-MAN's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Pac-Man in World of Light allows the player to preview the first 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.

Alternate costumes[edit]

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Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadBlueSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadYellowSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadBlackSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadPurpleSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadWhiteSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadRedSSBU.png Pac-ManHeadPlaidSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Pac-Man's stock icon, alongside that of the three different Mii Fighter types, is among the few ones that do not depict the character's head. Instead, it takes on the look of Pac-Man's original arcade sprite, which also served as a life counter in the arcade game.
    • Instead of having recolored sections of his stock icon for his alternate costumes, his palette swaps are represented by a colored neon bar undernearth his stock icon, which appear similar to the wall sections from the original Pac-Man.
  • Pac-Man's artwork in Ultimate resembles his artwork in Pac-Man Vs., albeit with Pac-Man angled differently.
  • Pac-Man is unlockable in Kirby's Classic Mode column, likely referencing how the two are round balls that primarily revolve around eating enemies.

References[edit]


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