Palutena (SSBU)

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Palutena
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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KidIcarusSymbol.svg
Universe Kid Icarus
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4


Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Black Hole Laser
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With her wings and staff, this goddess's attacks cover a wide range. With her up smash, neutral special, and side special, she can create a ranged attack in almost every direction except for directly beneath her! Keep the pressure on your opponents from a distance with ranged attacks!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Palutena (パルテナ, Palutena) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Palutena is classified as fighter #54.

Brandy Kopp and Aya Hisakawa reprise their role as the voice of Palutena in the English and Japanese speaking versions of the game respectively, through reused voice clips from Super Smash Bros. 4, although they recorded new voice lines for Palutena's Guidance for new fighters in SSBU', and fighters absent from SSB4, as well as those who were previously DLC in that game.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Palutena must then be defeated on Palutena's Temple.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Palutena has been greatly buffed from SSB4 to Ultimate. In addition to receiving universal mobility buffs to compensate for losing access to Lightweight, most of Palutena's grounded moves have reduced lag in general. Her tilts and smash attacks come out faster, end quicker, have more reliable hitbox placements, and have more kill power. Her zoning game has improved with Autoreticle coming out faster, and her new side special Explosive Flame allowing her to ledge trap opponents, read landing options, snipe opponents at a safe distance, and KO at reasonable percents. Warp has one more frame of invulnerability and is unique in that it provides Palutena with a landing mix-up option (because of the change to the air dodge mechanic). Finally, her down special is less laggy and now functions both as a counterattack and a reflector. All of these buffs provides Palutena with multiple landing options, a safer neutral, and better zoning tools.

Nevertheless, Palutena did receive some nerfs. Like all other characters, all variations of her grab have more startup and endlag, which noticeably affects her due to her grab and throw games being her main tool for starting combos. Reflect Barrier can no longer be activated by command, and it has less active frames, making it easier for projectile users to bait her into using her riskier new down special. Finally, her back aerial's invincibility starts comes later, making it less safe to use in the neutral game.

As a result of her buffs, Palutena has consistently been a very high-placing character at both the local and regional level thanks to players such as Nairo, Dabuz and Iceninja.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Palutena's model has a more subdued color scheme. Her chiton and armor feature simple detailing, and her face appears more realistic and expressive.
  • Change Palutena's sidestep now causes a visible warping effect when she disappears.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Palutena's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Palutena walks slightly faster (1.21 → 1.271).
  • Buff Palutena dashes much faster (1.888 → 2.077).
  • Buff Palutena's air speed is slightly faster (0.91 → 1).
  • Buff Palutena's max additional air acceleration is higher (0.1 → 0.105).
  • Change Palutena's falling speed and fast falling speed are higher (1.4 → 1.55) and (2.24 → 2.48) respectively.
  • Change Palutena's gravity is higher (0.105 → 0.12). When combined with her higher fall speed, this improves her vertical endurance but makes her more susceptible to combos.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit of neutral attack has slightly less ending lag (frame 26 → 25). It can now also lock opponents and the multi hits connect more reliably.
    • Nerf The first hit of neutral attack has a shorter duration (frames 8-10 → 8-9). Additionally, it no longer launches opponents vertically which when combined with the removal of jab canceling hinders its overall utility.
  • Buff Forward tilt and up tilt have fewer startup frames (frame 17 → 14 (forward), frame 10 → 8 (up) and less ending lag (frame 68 (both) → frame 60 (forward), frame 56 (up)).
  • Change Forward tilt and up tilt have flashier motion effects.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt's second hit deals more damage and knockback, now being a situational KO option, much like her up tilt and dash attack.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Up tilt deals slightly less damage (9.7% → 9.5%).
    • Change Up tilt has reduced hitlag.
  • Down tilt:
  • Buff Down tilt has a longer duration (frames 14-24 → 14-27). It also deals more damage (8% → 8.5%).
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (52 frames → 38).
    • Buff Dash attack deals more damage (9%/5% → 11%/7%).
    • Nerf Dash attack travels a shorter distance and gains invincibility later (frame 4 → 5).
    • Change Dash attack now causes Palutena's shield to glow, indicating its hitbox.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less ending lag (67 frames → 64) and a the clean hit has a longer duration (frame 18-19 → 18-20). It also deals higher knockback, KO'ing ~9% (sweetspot) and ~15% (sourspot) earlier.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has less ending lag (68 frames → 64).
    • Buff Up smash has a longer duration (frame 18-26 → 18-35).
  • Down smash:
  • Buff Clean down smash has less startup with more active frames (18-19 → 17-19). It also has less ending lag (72 frames → 69).

Aerial Attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (20 frames → 12 (neutral), 12 frames → 7 (forward), 16 frames → 10 (back), 24 frames → 14 (up), 18 frames → 11 (down).
  • Buff Forward aerial (9% → 10%) and down aerial (9% → 11%) both deal more damage without much compensation on their knockback, making them stronger overall.
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial's final hit comes out faster (frame 31 → 29). [1]
  • Back aerial:
    • Nerf Back aerial's invincibility starts later (frame 3 → 7).
    • Buff Back aerial deals more knockback.
    • Change Back aerial now causes Palutena's shield to glow, indicating its hitbox.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff The last hit of up aerial has less startup lag (frame 25 → 24). It also auto-cancels earlier (frame 64 → 42) now doing so in a full hop.
    • Change Up aerial now hits 6 times instead of 5. It also has reduced hitlag.
    • Nerf Up aerial has more startup lag and a shorter duration (frames 8-23 → 10-22).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial has a longer duration (frame 10 → 10-11).

Grabs and throws[edit]

  • Nerf Dash and pivot grabs are slower (frame 9 → 10 (dash), frame 10 → 11 (pivot).
  • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (frame 32 → 40 (standing), frame 40 → 48 (dash), frame 40 → 43 (pivot).
  • Buff Back throw deals higher knockback.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Autoreticle:
    • Buff Autoreticle's animation is overall faster, with the projectiles being fired sooner (frame 29/35/41 → 25/31/37).
    • Buff Autoreticle deals more damage per hit.
  • Explosive Flame:
    • Buff Explosive Flame, previously one of her alternate neutral specials, is now her side special. Since Reflect Barrier has been merged into her down special, she has effectively gained an additional move. This provides Palutena with another long-ranged attack option.
    • Buff Explosive Flame deals more damage.
    • Buff Explosive Flame's distance can be controlled depending on smash input.
    • Nerf Explosive Flame is now reflectable and absorbable.
  • Warp:
    • Buff Warp has one extra frame of invincibility (frames 16-31 → 16-32).
  • Counter and Reflect Barrier:
    • Buff Down special now functions as both Counter and Reflect Barrier. If she's hit by a melee attack, Counter activates; if she's hit by a projectile, Reflect Barrier activates. This allows her to respond to a larger variety of attacks using only one move while also freeing up her side special for an additional move.
    • Buff Both Reflect Barrier and Counter have fewer startup frames and a longer duration (frames 10-31 → 7-34). They also have less end lag (frame 75 → 71).
    • Buff Counter deals less base knockback, but has much higher scaling being able to KO at any given percentage depending on strength.
    • Buff The sourspot of Counter has been removed.
    • Nerf Its reduced base knockback however, can no longer OHKO any character at the center of the stage, even when countering with max damage.
    • Nerf Reflect Barrier has fewer active frames.
    • Buff Reflect Barrier has a higher projectile multiplier.
    • Nerf Palutena can no longer directly access Reflect Barrier. As a result, she can no longer use its windbox on command to gimp opponents, or use the move early to deter projectile use.
  • Black Hole Laser
    • Buff Palutena's Final Smash, Black Hole Laser, produces a larger black hole and a wider laser, making the attack harder to avoid.

Update History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Reduced hitlag on neutral air, allowing it to execute faster.
  • Buff Palutena can grab ledges more easily during Warp.

Moveset[edit]


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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% Thrusts her staff forward, emitting a blast of light from its orb. While holding her staff out, she then proceededs to attack with repeated light bursts, followed by a final burst from an upward swipe. The first hit can lock.
0.6% (loop)
3.5%
Forward tilt   6% (hit 1), 7% (hit 2) Telekinetically twirls her staff in front of herself, inwards. This move can hits twice altogether if the tail of the staff hits the opponent. It's long duration and range allows it to punish sidesteps and backward rolls. The second hit has slightly more range than that of the first.
Up tilt   1.3% (hits 1 - 5), 2.5% (hit 6) Kneels down and telekinetically twirls her staff overhead. Unlike her forward and down tilts, it has KO potential due to the high knockback scaling on the last hit.
Down tilt   8.5% (clean), 5% (late) Kneels down and telekinetically twirls her staff along the ground in front of herself. A good edge-guarding and spacing tool, and can even punish sidesteps.
Dash attack   11% Rams into the opponent with her shield. It's clean hitbox grants partial invincibility to Palutena's body and arm (frames 5 and 6 on her upper body; 7-16 on her arm). Her shield emits a shine, which indicates the duration of its hitbox.
Forward smash Goddess Wings 13% (tip), 16% (middle) Conjures a pair of ethereal wings and flaps them forward. This move has a windbox near the tips of the wings that can push away opponents and potentially gimp recoveries. Has quite a bit of ending lag, making this move very punishable.
Up smash   16% (base), 12% (middle), 9% (tip, early), 7% (tip, late) Raises her staff skyward, conjuring a cyan beam of light that erupts from the ground in front of herself. Has the second highest vertical range of any up smash in the game, surpassed only by Snake's. The beam has three hitboxes: one at the base, one at the middle, and one at the top.
Down smash Goddess Wings 13% (tip), 15% (middle) Conjures a pair of ethereal wings and flaps them downward on both sides. Its clean hitbox has the highest knockback scaling out of her smash attacks. Much like her forward smash, a windbox appears near the tips of her wings.
Neutral aerial   1.3% (hits 1 - 6), 5% (hit 7) Telekinetically spins her staff around herself.
Forward aerial   10% A flying kick.
Back aerial   12% Rotates her body to slam her shield behind her. Much like her dash attack, the clean hitbox grants invincibility arround her upper body, and the duration of its hitbox is indicated by a shine. It's invincibility is brief, which is just before the hitbox first comes out (frame 7).
Up aerial   1% (hits 1 - 5), 5% (hit 6) Twirls while emitting her halo above her.
Down aerial Purging Kick 11% A downward roundhouse kick. Unlike most meteor smashes, it will always meteor smash midair opponents, thanks to its consistent hitbox. Conversely, it will obliquely launch grounded opponents (grounded opponents in front of Palutena are launched behind her, and vice versa), which allows it to be used as a punishment option from out of shield when SHFF'd.
Grab   Telekinetically clinches the opponent. Palutena's overall grab range is above-average: her standing grab is the fourth longest ranged non-tether grab in the game, while her pivot grab also has impressive range. However, her dash grab has a moderate amount of ending lag.
Pummel   1.3% Emits a burst of light from her staff.
Forward throw   9% Slightly curls herself and then telekinetically pushes the opponent forward while throwing out her arms. It is Palutena's second most damaging throw, but only has utility as an edge-guard set-up.
Back throw   10% Telekinetically lifts the opponent and then performs an inverted version of the Arabesque (a ballet position) to fling the opponent backward. It is Palutena's most damaging throw, and her only throw that KOs at reasonable percentages. It is also useful for setting up an edge-guard.
Up throw   8% Telekinetically raises the opponent upward with her left arm, and heaves them upward by thrusting her staff upward. Despite having high base knockback, its average damage output and below-average knockback scaling make it unreliable at KOing without the use of a highly elevated platform. As a result, it is better suited for setting up aerial pressure.
Down throw   5% Telekinetically lifts the opponent, then slams them onto the ground. It is Palutena's most useful throw, thanks to its high base knockback, very low knockback growth, and diagonal launching angle. Depending on the opponent's DI, it can combo into any of her aerials.
Floor attack (front)   7% Swings her staff behind herself and then in front of herself before getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Same as her frontal floor attack.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Swings her staff in front of herself and then behind herself before getting up.
Edge attack   9% Performs a legsweep while climbing up.
Neutral special Autoreticle 3.5% (per shot) Illuminates her staff's orb to aim a reticle over the opponent, and then fires three energy blasts at that location. It will only fire the blasts if nothing blocks her target, and if the opponent is within range and not intangible. The shots can lock, although due to the changes on locking, it has even less use to initiate combos. It can be used as a way for stopping direct approaches and to force an approach. It is also able to hit opponents behind Palutena, such as if she is moving when it fires and if the opponent is at the maximum horizontal range toward her. Although situational, it also has very minor recovery potential, thanks to it briefly stalling her descent. However, it has high ending lag, regardless of whether or not it targets anything.
Side special Explosive Flame 1.5% (hits 1 - 6), 5.5% (hit 7) Creates a multi-hitting explosion approximately 4 character lengths away from herself. If inputted like a smash attack, the explosion hits approximately 7.5 spaces away. The ability to change its range makes it a decent spacing and zoning tool, as well as an edge-guarding option. This move has good KO potential, thanks to its loop hits reliably trapping the opponent, and its last hit having impressive knockback.
Up special Warp 0% Disappears and then reappears in a chosen direction. It quickly covers both a respectable amount of vertical distance and a decent horizontal distance while rendering Palutena invisible (frames 16-32). It can also be edge-canceled, which grants it defensive and re-positioning potentials. However, it renders Palutena helpless after she reappears unless it is edge-canceled.
Down special [[Counter/Reflect Barrier]] 1.3× countered attack/1.4× reflected projectile Palutena uses her shield to catch an opponent's attack. If a physical attack connects, Palutena will forcefully thrust her staff out, creating a blast of light. If a projectile attack connects, she raises her shield to emit a rectangular barrier that reflects the projectile.
Final Smash Black Hole Laser 40.8% (maximum damage) Illuminates her staff's orb and twirls around repeatedly before firing a Black Hole from her staff's orb, after which she quickly retreats off-stage in order to fire a Mega Laser into the Black Hole. The Black Hole does not deal damage, but pulls the opponent into itself and places them in a tumbling state. Conversely, the Mega Laser hits multiple times before concluding with a final blast that launches the opponent and dissipates the Black Hole.


On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Walks out of a golden door that is decorated with her halo's design and emits a bright, shining light.

Taunts[edit]

  • Up Taunt: Raises her arms overhead and then brings them down while producing ethereal wings, emitting her halo, and saying "You shall be purified!" (浄化してあげましょう, You will be purified.)
  • Side Taunt: Laughs while using her staff to perform a twirling, inverted version of the Arabesque.
  • Down Taunt: Lets go of her staff and telekinetically holds it next to herself, then brushes her hair aside while emitting her halo and saying "Ready when you are." (いつでもどうぞ?, Feel free whenever.) before grabbing her staff.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Taps the ground with the tail of her staff and shield in front of herself, during which she briefly emits her halo.
  • Looks away while crossing her staff and shield in front of herself, during which she briefly emits her halo.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Twirls her staff and points it in front of her, saying "No one can hide from the light." (さ、回収しましょうか?, So, shall we recover?).
    • If Pit is present in the match, there is a chance she will instead say "Oh, so sorry about that, Pit." (やられちゃいましたね?, Were you hurt?).
  • Twirls around while hovering, saying "Too bad for you." (ちょっと大人げなかったかしら?, I wonder if you grew up a bit?).
    • If Dark Pit was present in the match, there is a chance she will instead say "Poor little Pittoo." (いつまでも意地っ張りですね~, Forever a nuisance~).
  • Laughs while using her staff to briefly perform the Backwards Showgirl (a pole dancing move) before assuming a seated stance while floating. In the Japanese version, she says (本気出してもいいんですよ?, It's all right to fight seriously.).
A flourished remix of a small excerpt of the title screen theme of Kid Icarus, with an original ending.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: A Little Divine Intervention[edit]

Referring to being a goddess herself, Palutena's opponents all come from series where religion and mythology play a key role, such as the Belmonts being devoted Christians with holy equipment or the Zelda series having multiple deities who often require or grant assistance to the players. The title is the same as a phrase she says in her debut character trailer for Super Smash Bros. 4. Her song in the credits is "Destroyed Skyworld".

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Link and Zelda Great Plateau Tower Overworld
2 Cloud Midgar Magnus's Theme
3 Simon and Richter Dracula's Castle Destroyed Skyworld
4 Shulk Gaur Plain Thunder Cloud Temple
5 Bayonetta Umbra Clock Tower Riders Of The Light
6 Pit and Dark Pit Horde Battle Palutena's Temple Underworld
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand, and the track Master Hand / Crazy Hand plays during the battle.

Note: Most stages play a track from the Kid Icarus universe, no matter what universe the stage originated from. The only exception being Umbra Clock Tower.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Palutena was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Palutena was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. She attempted to block a beam with Reflect Barrier, which the beam completely pierced, disintegrating her. Her defeat causes Pit and Dark Pit to lose their Power of Flight, making the duo fall victim to the beams as well. They were all placed under Galeem's imprisonment alongside the rest of the fighters, excluding Kirby. A puppet fighter cloned from her is later seen alongside ones cloned from Greninja, King Dedede, Pokémon Trainer and other fighters.

Presumably, Palutena fell temporarily under Dharkon's control after Galeem was first defeated, the narration of Dharkon's introduction being vague on how many fighters he stole from Galeem.

Palutena is the last fighter to be found to be imprisoned by Galeem. In The Final Battle, she is called by Galeem as part of reinforcements after Dark Samus is awakened and Crazy Hand is beaten. She is an obligatory unlock for the true ending, as awaking her leads to a battle with Master Hand that frees him from Galeem's control (both of whom's defeats greatly shifts the balance of power in Dharkon's favor).

Spirits[edit]

Palutena's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Palutena in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a Fighter Spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Palutena Palette (SSBU).png
PalutenaHeadSSBU.png PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png PalutenaHeadCyanSSBU.png PalutenaHeadGreenSSBU.png PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png PalutenaHeadRedSSBU.png PalutenaHeadBlackSSBU.png PalutenaHeadPurpleSSBU.png

Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Palutena is the only character to have two previously separate moves merge into one, being Counter and Reflect Barrier.
  • Palutena's artwork was one of three to have been updated on the official site, alongside Falco and Shulk. Compared to her original artwork, her halo was added, her chiton now covers up more of her thigh, and her lips shrank, and her eyes grew.
  • Due to age rating issues, the slit in her chiton was changed to cover up more of her thigh beginning in the 1.0.6. update for Japanese releases of SSB4. This change was retained in Ultimate, including all international versions.
    • While her official artwork depicts the top of the chiton's slit as fused together, it appears to be stitched together on her in-game model.
  • Palutena is one of the last characters to unlock no matter which method is chosen. She's the last unlockable character in Kirby's Classic Mode column, she is the final opponent in the timed encounters, and in World of Light, she is in the Final Battle map.
  • An interview with Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Palutena and Bayonetta were under consideration to survive Galeem's attack in the World of Light opening. They were turned down in favor of Kirby, due to both women being very complex characters to use for beginners and that other characters of their series were also turned into spirits, stating that Palutena couldn't do anything to escape as all other Kid Icarus deities like Hades were also turned into spirits.
    • Both Palutena and Bayonetta are in the Final Battle map, appearing as the last of all fighters. This implies that Galeem (and eventually Dharkon) knew how big of a threat Palutena and Bayonetta were (Palutena being a Goddess, and Bayonetta's slaughter of two gods) to his plans, so he kept them as a last resort.


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