Pac-Man (SSBU)

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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.
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 an unlockable 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]

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, and no longer smiles while drowning.
  • 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 Pixelated fairies from Pac-Land appear during Pac-Man's down taunt in place of Blinky and Pinky. One also appears in his Pac-Land-inspired victory animation.
  • Change Namco Roulette's animation is faster. Its roster includes the exclusive characters from both the Wii U and 3DS versions. Additionally, Heihachi Mishima and The Prince of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy have been added.

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 faster (1.6 → 1.87).
  • Buff Pac-Man's air speed is faster (1.04 → 1.092).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral attack transition is faster.
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Up tilt has been changed, it is now a quick upwards punch.
    • Buff Up tilt has more vertical range.
    • Nerf Up tilt has less horizontal reach.
  • Down tilt:
    • Change Down tilt now sends Pac-Man forward then back to where he started.
      • Buff This makes the move significantly more safe in terms of positioning.
      • Nerf This means down tilt can no longer make him pseudo-crawl.
  • Buff Dash attack now hits four times instead of three.

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).
  • Buff Neutral aerial has noticeably lower knockback, allowing it to combo.
  • Buff Forward aerial has stronger knockback, causing tumble at earlier percents.
  • Buff Back aerial has increased knockback.
  • Change Up aerial has an altered ending animation.
  • Buff Down aerial's hits connect significantly better.
  • Buff Down aerial deals considerably more damage.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change If the grab misses, Pac-Man will look disappointed.
  • Buff Pac-Man's grab has significantly less endlag.
  • Buff Dead zones on Pac-Man's grab have been removed.
  • Buff Pummel is faster.
  • Nerf Pummel deals less damage.
  • Buff Down throw is performed significantly faster making it better for tech chases.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Bonus Fruit
    • Buff Bonus Fruit cycles significantly faster.
    • 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]
    • Nerf Bonus Fruit's items can now only be Z-dropped once before being unable to recatch.
    • Change The sprites used during Bonus Fruit have been redrawn with thinner outlines.
  • Power Pellet
    • 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.
    • Change Pac-Jump's trampoline now turns green whenever it is attacked.
    • Change Pac-Jump's trampoline, once attacked, now forces a helpless state. This can be used in or against Pac-Man's favor.
    • Change Pac-Man's afterimages when using Pac-Jump are more visible and now go from yellow to white.
  • Fire Hydrant
    • Change The blobs of water fired by Fire Hydrant can now be attacked and destroyed, even by Pac-Man himself. While this allows Pac-Man to avoid making careless mistakes while maneuvering around the Hydrant, it also allows opponents to disrupt water-based setups.
  • 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. Aesthetically, the move resembles Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, featuring pulsating lights in the background and rising pitch with each consecutive enemy eaten.

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 (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Pac-Man Palette (SSBU).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.
  • Pac-Man's artwork in Ultimate resembles his artwork in Pac-Man Vs., albeit with Pac-Man angled differently.


  1. https://twitter.com/Purple_Debo/status/1068527554359750662
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