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Palutena (SSBU)

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This article is about Palutena's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Palutena.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Palutena SSBU.png
Universe Kid Icarus
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Black Hole Laser

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 versions of the game, albeit via recycled voice clips from Super Smash Bros. 4. However, they did record new Palutena's Guidance conversations for every character who was not playable in the base roster of Smash 4, aside from the DLC characters in Fighters Pass 1 and 2.

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.


Palutena is a tall middleweight. Her walking speed, dash speed, air acceleration and gravity are above average (with her air acceleration being the fifth best in the game), her traction and falling speed are both average, and her air speed is below average. In addition, she has relatively high jumps, giving her overall excellent mobility, albeit being a bit slower in the air.

Palutena has a dynamic, well-rounded moveset. She has both excellent combo potential and good zoning tools, meaning she can be played effectively either defensively or offensively. Her staff counts as a disjointed hitbox and she has two projectiles in her moveset as part of her special moves, meaning she can apply safe pressure from a distance and force approaching opponents off her. Her projectiles are unique by the fact that they are completely unconventional. Her aerial-based moveset, speed and versatility means she can easily overwhelm opponents and quickly rack up damage.

Her ground attacks are generally the weakest part of her moveset, but they can be useful. Her jab has good range, can be held to deal more damage and can also be jab cancelled into other moves. Her dash attack is very fast and grants Palutena partial invincibility; it is also a KO option around 160%. Her tilt attacks are somewhat situational: forward tilt has a long-lasting hitbox and can be used to intercept approaching opponents and floor recoveries. Her down tilt has utility for edgeguarding opponents, while her up tilt - her tilt attack with the fastest startup - can be used for forcing opponents into the air and is even a viable KO option at higher percents.

Outside of her grounded attack moves, Palutena’s ground game is strong thanks to her grabs and throws having good utility, with her grabs being quick and having good range. Her down throw is her strongest combo throw, comboing into all of her aerials and having KO confirms at higher percents. Her back throw is her strongest throw, being capable of killing from the ledge around 130%, while her forward throw also has a kill confirm at higher percents with Explosive Flame. Her up throw is the weakest of her throws, though it still has utility for forcing opponents into the air where Palutena’s can safely apply aerial pressure.

Palutena's smash attacks are very viable KO options due to each having excellent range and dealing decent damage. Up smash has a very long-lasting hitbox and covers a lot of vertical range directly in front of Palutena; it can be used to KO opponents in the air and even intercept air dodges due to how long the hitbox lasts. Her forward and down smashes are similar, both in their damage output and the fact that they have a wind effect to move opponents away from Palutena if they are just outside of the move’s hitbox.

The strongest part of Palutena's moveset, however, is her aerials, each having strong combo or KO potential. Despite all of her aerials having rather high ending lag, this is compensated by their very low landing lag and generous autocancel windows making them very safe on shield. Her neutral aerial is a very fast and safe move, being Palutena’s best combo tool by far as it combos into her other aerial attacks (including itself) until reasonably high percents, while also having KO potential at very high percents. Her up aerial is an extremely good juggling tool capable of killing off the top blast zone around 100% (even on heavyweights), with its fairly large, long-lasting hitbox making it difficult to avoid. Her back aerial, like her dash attack, grants invincibility on Palutena's shield. It has the strongest knockback of any of her aerials and is one of Palutena’s best KO options, especially from down throw. Her forward aerial, while not quite as strong, is a good combo finisher with KO potential towards the side blast zones at very high percents. While her down aerial is generally considered the weakest of her aerials, if used offstage it can have a meteor smash effect, meaning it can kill opponents at the bottom blast zone.

Additionally, Palutena’s special moves each have utility, most prominently for zoning. Her Explosive Flame can be used on opponents some distance from Palutena, and is good for forcing them into the air or for securing KOs from the top blast zone at higher percents. Her neutral special attack, Autoreticle, while not quite as useful as Explosive Flame, is another projectile which can apply safe pressure and rack up damage from a distance. Her up special, Warp, is a teleport which grants invincibility on frames 16-32. In addition to being useful for getting into a more favourable stage position, its invincibility makes it an extremely useful recovery tool which, combined with Palutena’s high jumps, gives her a very good recovery. Finally, her down special is a counter which acts similarly to Lucina and Marth’s counter when used on nearby opponents, but can also reflect projectiles from a distance. Lastly, several of her moves, such as her tilts and aerial moves, have additional shield damage, making her good at pressuring, especially since her forward and back aerials can autocancel in a short hop fast fall.

Although Palutena has very good strengths, she does have a number of noticeable weaknesses. Her most glaring problem is her mediocre ground game, with all of her grounded attacks bar her dash attack coming out on frame 8 or later and almost all of her moves either have high startup (smash attacks and down tilt), punishable ending lag (forward, back and down aerials and smash attacks) long duration (all of her tilts) or all three (forward tilt and special moves), making her very vulnerable if her attacks miss or are dodged or shielded. While some of her grounded attacks have the potential to KO, such as forward tilt, up tilt and dash attack, it is not until much higher percents than her other attacks. This is another weakness of Palutena - while a number of her moves have the potential to KO at reasonable percents, she can still struggle to secure kills due to her options being either somewhat risky or situational. Though her back aerial is a reliable kill option at reasonable percents, it has high ending lag and her smash attacks each have a noticeable amount of startup and very high ending lag, making them punishable, while Explosive Flame is also easily punishable if whiffed due to its endlag and her up aerial relies on Palutena being underneath her opponent. Furthermore, while Palutena’s recovery is decent in its distance, Warp leaves her helpless and lacks a hitbox to protect her, which - combined with the fact that Palutena is a tall character - means that her recovery can be easily exploited by opponents who know how to intercept teleport recoveries.

Despite this, Palutena is generally considered at worst a high tier character due to her versatility, well-roundedness and relatively easy combo game. Her lack of overwhelming weaknesses means that there are few opponents she struggles against, and thus her representation at tournaments has generally been excellent thanks to players like Nairo maining her and achieving noteworthy results. However, some players like ZeRo have voiced their opinion that Palutena’s relative simplicity means her representation may dwindle over time. However, he has since taken back the statement.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Palutena had been considered a low-mid tier character in Smash 4 (ranking dead last of mid tier), and suffered from poor tournament representation even after receiving buffs via updates. In the transition to Ultimate, she has been drastically buffed, to the point where she is considered to be one of the most improved returning characters, similarly to the changes Pichu received.

In addition to the universal mobility buffs, nearly the entirety of Palutena's moveset has been improved in various ways, many of which are substantial. Starting with her ground game, forward tilt, having previously been considered the worst of its kind, has less startup and ending lag, connects both hits reliably, and has increased power; likewise, up tilt has increased power and connects more reliably, while down tilt has a longer duration and more favorable angles of knockback. Dash attack deals more damage and has much less ending lag, allowing Palutena to better take advantage of the invincibility at the front of the move. Furthermore, all her smash attacks have less ending lag, forward smash and down smash have stronger windboxes, and up smash has a much longer duration, allowing it to catch airborne opponents more effectively.

Palutena's aerial game has been further strengthened, now being one of the most efficient aspects of her moveset. The most notable example is neutral aerial, which has larger hitboxes, connects more reliably, consistently launches opponents in the direction Palutena is facing, and heavily benefits from the universally decreased landing lag on aerial attacks. As such, it has become one of Palutena's most reliable approach options, and more infamously, it can combo into itself multiple times to rack up large amounts of damage, as well as other aerials. Forward aerial and down aerial both deal more damage without compensation on their knockback, with the latter also having a longer duration (previously lasting only one frame), while back aerial has increased knockback and no longer possesses a sourspot. Additionally, up aerial deals slightly more damage and auto-cancels much earlier, no longer failing to auto-cancel in a full hop. These changes amount to noticeably improving Palutena's KO ability overall, allowing her to close stocks better at high percents with her safer options, which is complemented by their lower landing lag. As for her grab game, her throws have received few changes, but more notably, back throw KOs more effectively near edges due to launching opponents at a lower angle.

Moreover, Palutena's special moveset, previously considered among the most situational in Smash 4, has undergone an overhaul with considerable improvements. Instead of having Reflect Barrier as her side special and Counter as her down special, both moves have been merged into her down special, which triggers Counter or Reflect Barrier depending on whether the attack it blocks is reflectable or not, while her new side special is Explosive Flame, previously one of her custom neutral specials in Smash 4. This effectively gives Palutena an additional move, and makes her the only character alongside the Mii Fighters to retain a former custom move. In addition to this, all of her returning special moves have been buffed. Autoreticle's shots are faster and deal both more damage and knockback, while Explosive Flame is likewise considerably stronger (KOing opponents reliably at high percents), has much less ending lag, and can be summoned at two different distances depending on control stick input. This greatly improves Palutena's zoning capabilities, allowing her to threaten opponents from diverse positions, and gives her a more defined strength of long ranged attacks that have excellent utility. Lastly, Warp grants slightly more intangibility, and from her down special, Counter has less startup (no longer being the slowest in the game), a longer window, and less ending lag especially upon a successful counterattack, in addition to dealing more knockback, while Reflect Barrier has a much higher damage multiplier on reflected projectiles.

In spite of her myriad of buffs, Palutena did still receive some notable nerfs. Although her full neutral attack connects more reliably, the first hit can no longer be used for jab cancel setups at high percents due to its altered knockback. Up tilt has fewer active frames, making it slightly worse as an anti-air attack, while back aerial's invincibility is slower and shorter, preventing it from blocking opposing attacks as consistently, and up aerial has more startup. Additionally, as Reflect Barrier can no longer be triggered on command, it is less effective for preemptively deterring projectile use. However, these nerfs are largely outweighed by the larger and more significant amount of buffs she has received, while other nerfs, such as the increased ending lag on her grabs and reduced shield damage on her projectiles, have also affected the rest of the cast.

Palutena's buffs have improved her standing in Ultimate's metagame by a large margin, with a huge representation at all levels of play, and she has consistently attained high placements in tournaments thanks to players such as Nairo, Gen, and Zinoto. Additionally, unlike other prominent characters in the metagame since the game's release, such as Peach, Pichu, and Olimar, Palutena has not received any drastic nerfs in updates. As a result, she is widely considered a top tier character by the Smash community, as well as one of the best characters in the game.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from Super Smash Bros. 4, Palutena's model has a more subdued color scheme, now more closely resembling her appearance in Kid Icarus: Uprising. 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.
  • Change Palutena is more emotive as she now smiles consistently rather than frowning.
  • Change Palutena's skirt now has independent physics.
  • Change Palutena's shielding animation is slightly altered.
  • Change The golden door in Palutena's on-screen appearance now disappears without the transparency effects.


  • Buff Like all characters, Palutena's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Palutena walks slightly faster (1.21 → 1.271).
  • Buff Palutena runs faster (1.888 → 2.077).
    • Buff Her initial dash speed is much faster (1.5 → 2.035).
  • 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).
  • Buff Palutena's gravity is higher (0.105 → 0.12). In combination with her faster falling speed, this improves her vertical mobility, while not affecting her vertical endurance due to gravity no longer affecting vertical knockback between 70 and 110 degrees.
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (FAF 31 → 30).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 31 → 35).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 26).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 34 → 50).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Change The first hit has an altered animation. Palutena swings her staff downwards instead of jabbing it forward.
    • Buff The first hit and neutral infinite's finisher have less ending lag (FAF 26 → 25 (hit 1), 43 → 40 (finisher)).
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the neutral infinite faster (frame 15 → 11).
    • Buff The first hit has altered angles to keep opponents closer to Palutena (80° → 361°/180°), and has gained a hitstun modifier of 4, allowing it to lock opponents and connect better into the infinite.
    • Buff The infinite has a lower hitlag multiplier (1.2× → 0.5×) and SDI multiplier (1× → 0.4×), a different launch angle to keep grounded opponents closer to Palutena (60°/110° → 361°), and a much larger hitbox (3.5 → 6u). This allows it to connect much more effectively, and rack up more damage overall despite each hit dealing slightly less damage (0.8% → 0.6%).
    • Nerf The first hit has a shorter hitbox duration (frames 8-10 → 8-9).
    • Nerf The first hit deals less knockback (30 base/60 scaling → 25/20 base/20 scaling), removing its guaranteed jab cancel setups from Smash 4, despite its lower ending lag and additional hitstun.
    • Change The first hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (0.5× → 1.6×).
    • Change The infinite has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 7×. This allows it to lock opponents into their shields between each hit, and thus pressure them more effectively, but also allows them to cancel shieldstun and punish Palutena more easily if they shield 10 hits or more.
  • Change Forward tilt and up tilt have flashier motion effects.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has less startup (frame 17, 25 → 14, 24) and ending lag (FAF 68 → 60).
    • Buff The first hit no longer has a sourspot (6%/4% → 6%), and the second hit deals higher, consistent damage (6%/4% → 7%), as well as more knockback (43 base/100 scaling → 78/80), allowing it to KO at around 130% near the edge.
    • Buff The first hit has different angles (48° → 90°/45° (clean), 285°/100° (mid), 20°/85° (late)), set knockback (43 base/65 scaling → 25/45 set/100 scaling, 25/40/100, 35/30/100) that is weight-independent, a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.8×), and it can no longer be SDIed (1× → 0×). These changes allow it to connect much more reliably into the second hit, regardless of the opponent's percent.
    • Buff The second hit has larger hitboxes (4.1u/2.8u → 4.8u/3.9u).
    • Buff Palutena's right arm is now intangible for the duration of the hitboxes.
    • Nerf The move has a shorter hitbox duration by one frame (frames 17-24/25-39 → 14-23/24-35).
    • Change The second hit launches at a slightly different angle (361° → 40°).
  • Up tilt:
    • Buff Up tilt has less startup lag (frame 10 → 8) and a shorter total duration (FAF 68 → 56).
    • Buff It has lower hitlag multipliers (1× → 0.5× (looping hits), 2× → 1.5× (last hit)), and the looping hits have a faster rehit rate (5 → 3), causing the move to execute noticeably faster.
    • Buff The last hit deals higher, consistent damage (2.5%/1.5% → 4.5%), with knockback not fully compensated (60 base/195 scaling → 75/136), slightly improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf The looping portion has a shorter duration (frames 10-38 (looping hits)/40-41 (last hit) → 8-22/24-25), and thus hits five times instead of six before the last hit, despite its faster rehit rate. This increases the move's ending lag by five frames, as its total duration was not fully compensated.
      • Buff However, the looping hits deal more damage (1.2% → 1.4%), and alongside the last hit's increased damage, the move's total output is still higher (9.7% → 11.5%).
    • Change The last hit's hitbox was moved more upwards (Y offset: 19u/13u → 23u/17u). This improves its vertical range, but causes it to have a blindspot and makes it harder to hit opponents on the ground.
    • Change The last hit has a lower hitlag multiplier (2× → 1.5×).
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has a longer hitbox duration (frames 14-24 → 14-27), making it even more effective for 2 frame punishes.
    • Buff It launches grounded opponents at a lower angle (361° → 35°), improving its edgeguarding and KO abilities near the edge. It also launches aerial opponents at a higher angle (70° → 75°), improving its combo potential when used to catch landings and hit ledge-hanging opponents.
    • Buff Some of its hitboxes are larger and extend farther, giving it more range.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has significantly less ending lag (FAF 52 → 38).
    • Buff It deals more damage (9% → 11% (clean), 5% → 7% (late)), although with its knockback compensated (70 base/90 scaling → 71/76 (clean), 60/70 → 61/56 (late)).
    • Change Its invincibility starts one frame later with its duration compensated (frames 4-15 → 5-16).
    • Nerf Adding to this, its invincibility has been noticeably worsened as Palutena's body is longer invincible for the entire duration of the move. It now only grants her upper body invincibility between frames 5-6 with only her arm having invincibility for the remainder duration.
    • Change It causes Palutena's shield to glow, indicating its hitbox.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has less ending lag (FAF 67 → 64).
    • Buff The hitboxes have a longer duration (frame 18-19 → 18-20), with the windboxes having a shorter duration instead (frames 20-31 → 21-31).
    • Buff The hitboxes have slightly more knockback scaling (97/96 → 100/102), while the windboxes have more set knockback (40 → 60 (clean), 26 → 35 (late)), improving the move's KO potential.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash has less ending lag (FAF 68 → 64).
    • Buff It has a longer hitbox duration (frames 18-26 → 18-35), now lasting twice as long as before, although with a weaker late hit during frames 31-35. This allows it to punish dodges and landings a lot more efficiently.
    • Buff The mid and high hitboxes deal more knockback (55 base/85 scaling → 58/89 (mid), 55/87 → 62/92 (high)) and are larger (2.5u → 2.8u).
    • Change Its normal effect was replaced with a magic effect.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash has less ending lag (FAF 72 → 69).
    • Buff The sweetspot has more base knockback (40 → 52), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff Its hitboxes are larger (2.5u → 3.7u (clean), 4u → 6u (late), 8u → 9u (windboxes)).
    • Buff The windboxes have more horizontal range (Z offset: 22u → 24u) and more set knockback (30 → 55), making them more effective for disrupting opponents.
    • Change The clean hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.4×), while the late hit has a lower multiplier (1× → 0.85×).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (20 frames → 12 (neutral), 12 → 7 (forward), 16 → 10 (back), 24 → 14 (up), 18 → 11 (down).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial has lower hitlag multipliers (1× → 0.5× (looping hits), 2× → 1.5× (last hit)), and the looping hits have a faster rehit rate (5 → 4), causing the move to execute noticeably faster.
    • Buff It has larger hitboxes (3.4u → 4.2u (looping hits), 11u → 11.5u (last hit)), improving its utility for approaching.
      • Nerf However, the last hit has a smaller hitbox against aerial opponents (11.5u → 9.8u).
    • Buff The looping hits have more set knockback (20 → 65/80 (hit 1, grounded opponents only), 65 (hits 2-6)), which in combination with the move's landing lag allows them to combo into several other moves, including an up aerial at high percents as a KO setup, and to be used for drag-down setups. However, the penultimate hit has a hitstun modifier of -13 (giving it roughly the same hitstun as the Smash 4 looping hits), so only the first five hits are effective for these purposes.
    • Buff The last hit comes out faster (frame 31 → 29).
      • Nerf However, the move's total duration remains unchanged, increasing its ending lag.
    • Buff The last hit always sends opponents in the direction Palutena is facing. Combined with her faster dash speed and the move's lower landing lag, this allows it to combo into itself several times at low percents, greatly improving her damage racking ability.
    • Nerf The last hit deals less knockback (30 base/180 scaling → 35/155). While this slightly improves its combo potential at low percents, it more drastically hinders its KO potential at high percents.
    • Change Due to the looping hits' faster rehit rate, the move hits seven times instead of six. However, its damage values have been redistributed (1.7% (hits 1-5) → 1.4% (hits 1-6), 5% → 5.1% (last hit)), leaving its total damage unchanged.
    • Change The first hit no longer has set knockback against aerial opponents.
    • Change The beginning of the animation is slightly different. Palutena now spins her staff by knocking the lower part of it instead of letting it spin on its own.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial deals more damage (9% → 10%) with no compensation on knockback, improving its KO potential near the edge.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial no longer has a sourspot (12%/9% → 12%), and has slightly more knockback scaling (92 → 95), improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf It gains invincibility later and for a shorter duration (frames 3-10 → 7-10).
      • Nerf Adding to this, the move no longer grants Palutena's upper body invincibility for the entire duration (along with no longer granting any invincibility to her right arm). Instead, Palutena's upper body is only granted invincibility on frame 7 with only her arm and shield gaining invincibility for the remainder of the invincibility duration.
    • Change It causes Palutena's shield to glow, indicating its hitbox.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial auto-cancels significantly earlier (frame 64 → 42), doing so in a full hop.
    • Buff The looping hits have a lower hitlag multiplier (0.8× → 0.6×) and a faster rehit rate (5 → 3). As a result, the move executes noticeably faster, and hits six times instead of five, increasing its total damage (9% → 10%).
    • Change The last hit comes out faster (frame 25 → 24). However, this is compensated by the multi-hits of up aerial having a shorter duration meaning the amount of startup remains the same.
      • Nerf However, the move's total duration remains unchanged, increasing its ending lag.
    • Nerf The move has more startup, with the looping hits having a shorter duration (frames 8-23 → 10-22).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial has a longer hitbox duration (frame 10 → 10-11).
    • Buff It deals more damage (9% → 11%) with no compensation on knockback, making it a stronger meteor smash.
    • Buff The meteor hitbox is slightly larger (4u → 4.2u).

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Buff Pivot grab has more range (Z2 offset: -17.4u → -18.9u).
    • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 32 → 40 (standing), 40 → 48 (dash), 40 → 43 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grabs have more startup (frame 9 → 10 (dash), 10 → 11 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash grab has less range (Z2 offset: 13.7u → 13.1u).
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (5 frames → 14), but has significantly less startup (frame 8 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 23 → 7), shortening its duration.
    • Nerf It deals much less damage (3.1% → 1.3%).
    • Change Palutena pummels the opponent by holding her staff vertically instead of horizontally.
  • Back throw:
    • Buff Due to the Sakurai angle being lower against aerial opponents in Ultimate (45° → 38°), back throw KOs more effectively near edges.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw triggers a hitlag effect on both Palutena and the opponent for 7 frames prior to release, rather than inflicting 5 frames of hitlag on the opponent upon release, and has more knockback scaling (25 → 30). This worsens its combo potential beyond low percents.
      • Buff However, it has less ending lag to compensate (FAF 50 → 46), and launches at a slightly higher angle (70° → 73°), which combined with Palutena's faster jumpsquat and jump speed slightly improves its combo potential at low percents nevertheless.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Autoreticle:
    • Buff Autoreticle's shots are faster (frame 29/35/41 → 25/31/37).
    • Buff The shots deals more damage (2.9% → 3.5%) and knockback (20 base/42 scaling → 40/41), making them more effective for disrupting approaches. The changes now give the move a chance of tripping opponents.
    • Nerf The shots have received negative shield damage (0 → -1.7), effectively dealing around half their usual damage to shields.
    • Nerf The changes to locking make the projectile almost useless to start combos.
    • Change Autoreticle's reticle is red instead of green. Additionally, Palutena illuminates her staff's orb with a blue light instead of a yellow one.
  • Explosive Flame:
    • Buff Explosive Flame, previously one of Palutena's custom 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 It has significantly less ending lag (FAF 89 → 72).
    • Buff It deals considerably more damage (0.8% → 1.5% (hits 1-6), 4.2% → 5.5% (hit 7); 9% → 14.5% total) without compensation on knockback. This turns it into a much more effective finisher, KOing opponents from ground level at around 135% if all hits connect.
    • Buff It can be unleashed at two different distances away from Palutena depending on whether the control stick is tilted or tapped, improving its zoning ability.
    • Buff The looping hits have a lower SDI multiplier (1× → 0.4×).
    • Nerf It has received negative shield damage (0 → -0.7 (hits 1-6), -2.7 (hit 7)), effectively dealing around half its usual damage to shields.
    • Change The last hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.5×).
  • Warp:
    • Buff Warp has one extra frame of intangibility (frames 16-31 → 16-32).
    • Change It has a more stylish appearance.
  • Counter and Reflect Barrier:
    • Buff Reflect Barrier has been merged with Counter; By default, Counter activates upon blocking an attack, but if it is a reflectable projectile, Reflect Barrier activates instead, akin to King K. Rool's Gut Check and Joker's Tetrakarn / Makarakarn. 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 The move has less startup with a longer counter window (frames 10-31 → 7-34), less ending lag (FAF 75 → 71), and grants intangibility earlier (frames 10-16 → 6-12).
    • Buff Upon activation, Counter has significantly less ending lag (FAF 56 → 37), as does Reflect Barrier compared to the previous side special (FAF 56 → 35), and the latter also has immediate startup (frame 8 → 1).
    • Buff Counter has more base knockback (40/20 → 50/30), with only the sweetspot having less knockback scaling (75 → 70), making it more consistent and improving its KO potential near edges.
    • Buff Projectiles reflected by Reflect Barrier have a much higher damage multiplier (1.17× → 1.4×).
    • Nerf Reflect Barrier has a shorter duration (frames 9-66 → 1-42), and no longer possesses an offensive hitbox.
    • 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 deter projectile use with the barrier's longer duration.
    • Change Palutena closes her eyes instead of showing a angry look upon activating the move. Additionally, she no longer shouts "Counter" until she successfully counters a melee attack. Counter also glows blue instead of yellow.
  • Black Hole Laser:
    • Buff Black Hole Laser produces a larger black hole and a wider laser, making the attack harder to avoid.
    • Nerf The final hit has less knockback scaling (135 (trapped)/105 (collateral) → 127/97), reducing its KO potential.

Update history[edit]

Palutena has received a mixture of buffs and nerfs in updates, being slightly nerfed overall. Update 2.0.0 made Warp safer to recover with, and reduced her neutral aerial's hitlag, making it harder to SDI. In 3.0.0, however, she has been affected by the universal reduction of shield damage for projectiles, and as a result, Autoreticle and Explosive Flame are less effective for shield pressure when used in conjunction. Update 7.0.0 granted her a mix of buffs and nerfs but nerfed her overall: while down smash and up tilt's last hit are stronger, her notorious neutral aerial has less range in the final hit and down throw has more knockback, worsening her combo potential. Overall, Palutena remains a highly viable character, although the changes from the last patch made her slightly worse.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased.
  • Buff Up tilt's last hit deals more damage (2.5% → 4.5%) with knockback not fully compensated (60 base/195 scaling → 75/136), slightly improving its KO potential.
  • Buff Down smash's sweetspot has more base knockback (40 → 52).
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's last hit deals less knockback (30 base/180 scaling → 35/155). While this slightly improves its combo potential at low percents, it more drastically hinders its KO potential at high percents.
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's last hit has a smaller hitbox against aerial opponents (11.5u → 9.8u).
  • Nerf Neutral aerial's penultimate hit inflicts 13 less frames of hitstun, worsening the move's drag-down setups and removing its infinites against certain opponents on platforms (such as Ridley).
  • Nerf Down throw has more knockback scaling (25 → 30), worsening its combo potential.
  • Change Palutena's shield has been adjusted during her idle animation while holding a small item, causing it to no longer clip through her arm.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Black Hole Laser:
    • Nerf Nearby opponents are slowed down for a shorter period at the start of the move.
    • Nerf Black Hole's windbox is smaller (50u → 45u). Combined with the move's shorter slowdown period, this makes it easier to escape.


For a gallery of Palutena's hitboxes, see here.

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 proceeds to attack with repeated bursts of light, followed by a final burst from an upward swipe. The first hit can lock. The final hit does decent knockback allowing it to function as a situational KO move. However, it is slow for a neutral attack, coming out on frame 8.
0.6% (loop),
3.5% (last)
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. Its long duration and range allows it to punish sidesteps and backward rolls. The second hit has slightly more range than that of the first. However it comes out on frame 14, and its long duration and high lag makes it very punishable if missed.
Up tilt   1.4% (hits 1-5), 2.5% (hit 6) Kneels 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. It also has the lowest startup lag of her tilts, coming out on frame 8. However, its long duration and noticeable ending lag make it punishable. It also has a blindspot that makes it almost impossible to hit small or crouching characters like Kirby.
Down tilt   8.5% (grounded opponents), 5% (aerial opponents) Kneels and telekinetically twirls her staff along the ground in front of herself. A good spacing tool, and can even punish sidesteps. Slow startup on frame 14 but a low 12 frames of ending lag and has a long 14 frames duration. If the opponent is hit in the air it will be launched vertically, and it's a semispike if it hits opponents on the ground. It is one of the few moves in the game that has a longer duration than ending lag, and because of these attributes combined, it's one of the best moves for edgeguarding and 2-framing opponents. It also has the lowest ending lag of a move in her movest, even less than the first hit of her jab.
Dash attack   11% (clean), 7% (late) Rams into the opponent with her shield. Its 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. Fast startup on frame 6, although it is unsafe on shield. The clean hit has decent knockback and KOs around 160%.
Forward smash   16% (base), 13% (tip) Conjures a pair of ethereal wings and flaps them forward. Great range. This move has a huge windbox near the tips of the wings that can push away opponents and potentially gimp recoveries. The tip of the wings is weaker compared to the inner part. Has quite a bit startup lag at frame 18, tied with up smash, and very high ending lag with 43 frames, making this move very punishable. Occasionally, Palutena utters "Goddess Wings!" when using this move.
Up smash   16%/12%/9% (clean, base/middle/tip), 13%/9%/7% (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. It has a long-lasting 18-frame duration, and unlike her other smash attacks, has a moderate 28 frames of ending lag, making it her most reliable smash attack. However the long duration and moderate ending lag still makes it very punishable if missed or dodged and it has almost no horizontal range in front of Palutena and without covering her from directly above and behind.
Down smash 15% (clean), 13% (late) Conjures a pair of ethereal wings and flaps them downward on both sides. It has very long range. Its clean hitbox has the highest knockback scaling out of her smash attacks. Much like her forward smash, huge windboxes appear near the tips of her wings and has a sourspot at the tip. Much like her forward smash, Palutena occasionally utters "Goddess Wings!" when using this move. Due to coming out on frame 17 and having extreme ending lag (49 frames), it is very easy to punish.
Neutral aerial   1.4% (hits 1-6), 5.1% (hit 7) Telekinetically spins her staff around herself. Has the lowest amount of startup lag in her moveset, coming out on frame 5. Notorious for its ability to effectively combo into itself and into other aerials, being capable of comboing into itself at low percents until four times, and especially for its importance to Palutena's gameplan thanks to its low ending and landing lag, making it very spammable. It also can easily set up an edgeguard when fast fallen, and due to its high knockback scaling, it has enough knockback to KO middleweights at around 150% on the edge of Final Destination. All of these traits combined make it one of her best moves and is arguably one of the best moves in the game due to its effectiveness. Autocancels in a full hop.
Forward aerial   10% A flying kick. It has long disjointed range and is somewhat disjointed, as the hitbox extends beyond Palutena's leg. It has a generous autocancel window, doing so in a short hop fast fall, and has decent knockback, allowing it to set up edgeguards at high percents. Comes out on frame 9, but it has high ending lag and a short hitbox duration.
Back aerial   12% Rotates her body to slam her shield behind her. Much like her dash attack, the clean hitbox grants invincibility around her upper body, and the duration of its hitbox is indicated by a shine. Its invincibility is brief, which is just before the hitbox first comes out (frame 7). Like her fair, it has a generous autocancel window, allowing it to autocancel in a short hop fast fall. It has a large hitbox, but is unable to cover Palutena at point-blank range. It also has 40 frames of ending lag, making it very punishable if not used close to the ground.
Up aerial   1% (hits 1-5), 5% (hit 6) Twirls while emitting her halo above her. Comes out on frame 10, and is tied with down aerial for being the slowest start-up of Palutena's aerials. It has several hitboxes that grant great coverage above Palutena. It has good power and can KO reliably around 110%. Autocancels in a full hop.
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. It is also fairly fast for a meteor smash, coming out on frame 10. 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. However it is unarguably Palutena's worst aerial for a number of reasons. Due to it hitting on frame 10, it is tied with her up aerial for her slowest aerial. It also has the shortest range, duration, and worst autocancel window of her aerials (autocanceling late in a full hop), while its knockback is only average for a meteor smash at best. It also has immense ending lag (47 frames) which is among the laggiest aerials in the game. Additionally, it only lasts 2 frames and combined with its lack of vertical reach make it hard to use effectively. This makes it among the hardest to land aerials in the game and as such, makes it a very high risk, but only moderate reward move with characters like Ivysaur, Luigi and Cloud having noticeable better meteor smashes at a similar or even faster speed.
Grab Telekinetically clinches the opponent. Palutena's standing grab range is above-average, while her pivot grab also has impressive range. However, her grab has a noticeable amount of ending lag.
Pummel   1.3% Emits a small burst of light.
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 edgeguard 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, doing so at around 130% on middleweights on the edge of Final Destination, and it is also useful for setting up an edgeguard.
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, while its ending lag makes it unfavorable as a combo starter. 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. Because of this, it is a potent combo starter at a wide range of percents, being able to set up neutral aerial strings at low to mid percents (or just combo into any of her aerials) and can even set up for KO confirms into back aerial at high percents, although after update 7.0.0, this is noticeably more difficult to pull off.
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. Its very minor knockback also makes it poor for spacing.
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. However it is very punishable if missed. However, it is safe on shield due to its minimal ending lag.
Up special Warp 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) and lacks a hitbox to protect her.
Down special Counter/Reflect Barrier 1.3× (countered attack)/1.4× (reflected projectile) Palutena uses her shield to retaliate against an opponent's attack. If a physical attack connects, Palutena will forcefully thrust her staff forward, 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 hit 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.


  • 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]

  • Left: Twirls with her staff held out, hovering off the ground. She then raises it in an arc 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?). If this quote plays in the Japanese version, Palutena does not look at the camera.
  • Up: Enters from the side of the screen hovering. She then briefly spins her staff in front of herself telekinetically, catches it, and stands with it pointed outwards. During the pose, she says "Too bad for you." ("ちょっと大人げなかったかしら?", Was that a bit immature??).
    • 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...!).
  • Right: Uses her staff to briefly perform the Backwards Showgirl (a pole dancing move) before assuming a seated stance while floating and laughs. In the Japanese version, she says ("本気出しても良いんですよ。", 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]

Since the beginning of Ultimate, Palutena has always had a very positive reception among the Smash community, as many top players noticed her considerable buffs from Smash 4 early on and was agreed on as a high tier for much of 2019. However, after Nairo won Mainstage and Let's Make Big Moves, her already strong reception and results have further increased, with strengths such as her notorious neutral aerial, KO confirms from her down throw, and her relatively low learning curve becoming even more apparent, while her few weaknesses are relatively minor. This has to led to nearly all top players to believe she is a top tier, with many claiming she is among the best in the game, alongside Pikachu, Joker, and Peach.

While update 7.0 slightly reduced the effectiveness of her neutral aerial and down throw, these nerfs have had a relatively minor effect on her viability and she remains an excellent choice in competitive play.

Although since Nairo was banned from competitive play, the meta is now currently represented with players such as Abadango, Jagaimo, Gen, Chag, Compact, and many more.

Notable players[edit]


Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.


Classic Mode: A Little Divine Intervention[edit]

Palutena's congratulations screen.

Referring to being a goddess herself, Palutena's opponents all come from series where religion and mythology play a key role. The title is the same as a phrase she says in her debut character trailer for Super Smash Bros. 4.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Link LinkHeadSSBU.png and Zelda ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Great Plateau Tower Overworld
2 Cloud CloudHeadSSBU.png Midgar Magnus's Theme The track used and Cloud as an opponent serve as an allusion to Magnus, who also wields a sword which has almost the same size as its user.
3 Simon SimonHeadSSBU.png and Richter RichterHeadSSBU.png Dracula's Castle Destroyed Skyworld
4 Shulk ShulkHeadSSBU.png Gaur Plain Thunder Cloud Temple
5 Bayonetta BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Umbra Clock Tower Riders Of The Light
6 Pit (x3) PitHeadSSBU.pngPitHeadYellowSSBU.pngPitHeadRedSSBU.png and Dark Pit (x3) DarkPitHeadSSBU.pngDarkPitHeadGreenSSBU.pngDarkPitHeadBrownSSBU.png Palutena's Temple Underworld Horde Battle
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

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

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Palutena has Destroyed Skyworld accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Palutena in World of Light

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

During the opening cutscene, Palutena was present on the cliffside 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.

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).

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Palutena SSBU.png
12,500 Palutena's Temple (Ω form) Destroyed Skyworld


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.

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
Wanda Spirit.png
Wanda Super Mario Series •Tiny Palutena PalutenaHeadRedSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadCyanSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,500 Green Greens (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Mario Paint Medley
Elline Spirit.png
Elline Kirby Series •Tiny Palutena PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,800 Rainbow Cruise •Item: Balls •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Butter Building (Brawl)
Alolan Exeggutor Pokémon Series •Giant Palutena PalutenaHeadGreenSSBU.png
4,300 Tortimer Island (hazards off) N/A •Timed stamina battle
•The enemy favors up smash attacks
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Alolan Exeggutor)
Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
Nyna Fire Emblem Series Palutena PalutenaHeadCyanSSBU.png
Ganondorf GanondorfHeadGreySSBU.png
4,200 Temple N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy tends to avoid conflict
•The enemy heals over time
Shadow Dragon Medley
Deirdre Spirit.png
Deirdre Fire Emblem Series Palutena PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,700 Temple •Attack Power ↓ •You have reduced attack power Edge of Adversity
Lilina Fire Emblem Series Palutena PalutenaHeadRedSSBU.png
Roy RoyHeadCyanSSBU.png
3,500 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Beyond Distant Skies - Roy's Departure
Ninian Spirit.png
Ninian Fire Emblem Series Palutena PalutenaHeadGreenSSBU.png
Roy RoyHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,400 Castle Siege (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy can use their Final Smash twice in a row
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
Winning Road - Roy's Hope
Elincia Spirit.png
Elincia Fire Emblem Series Palutena PalutenaHeadRedSSBU.png
3,600 Skyworld •Health Recovery
•Attack Power ↑
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is healed when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy has increased move speed
Victory Is Near
Classic Medusa Spirit.png
Medusa Kid Icarus Series •Giant Palutena PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png
4,600 Find Mii (Ω form) •Hazard: High Gravity •The enemy has super armor but moves slower
Stamina battle
•Your jumping power decreases after a little while
Boss Fight 1 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
Pseudo-Palutena Kid Icarus Series Palutena PalutenaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
1,900 Dracula's Castle N/A •Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Ditto) Destroyed Skyworld
Katrina Spirit.png
Katrina Animal Crossing Series Palutena PalutenaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
3,700 Smashville •Sudden Damage •All fighters take serious damage
•The enemy favors dash attacks
•The enemy has increased move speed
Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World
Serena Spirit.png
Serena Animal Crossing Series Palutena PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png
1,900 Fountain of Dreams •Item: Hammer •The enemy is easily distracted by items The Roost - Animal Crossing: Wild World Serena (Animal Crossing)
Melia Xenoblade Chronicles Series Palutena PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shulk ShulkHeadLavenderSSBU.png
4,200 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Poison Floor •The floor is poisonous
•The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
Time to Fight! - Xenoblade Chronicles
Mia Spirit.png
Mia Golden Sun Series Palutena PalutenaHeadCyanSSBU.png
2,200 Delfino Plaza (Large Island) N/A •Timed battle
•The enemy shields often
•The enemy can heal by shielding attacks
Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun
Elena Spirit.png
Elena Pandora's Tower Palutena PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png
3,600 Great Plateau Tower •Item Tidal Wave •The enemy becomes temporarily invincible after eating
•The enemy starts with damage but has increased defense
•Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
Midna's Lament
Culdra Culdcept Series Palutena PalutenaHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,200 Temple •Magic and PSI Unleashed •All fighters' magic and PSI attacks have increased power Culdcept
Athena Asamiya.png
Athena Asamiya Psycho Soldier Palutena PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Richter RichterHeadGreenSSBU.png
9,400 Mushroomy Kingdom (hazards off) N/A •The enemy favors special moves
•Reinforcement will appear during battle
Psycho Soldier Theme (Overseas Version)
Rhea Fire Emblem Series Palutena PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
•Giant Charizard CharizardHeadWhiteSSBU.png
10,300 Bridge of Eldin (hazards off) N/A Stamina battle
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy is giant
The Apex of the World
Haanit Ophilia Spirit.jpg
H'aanit & Ophilia OCTOPATH TRAVELER Palutena PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
Wolf WolfHeadSSBU.png
Pit PitHeadWhiteSSBU.png
9,200 Summit (Battlefield form) •Health Recovery •The enemy's ranged weapons have increased power
•The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random
•The enemy is healed significantly when the enemy's at high damage
Battle Start - Fossil Fighters: Frontier Ophilia

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Mòrag Xenoblade Chronicles Series Lucina LucinaHeadNavySSBU.png
Palutena PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png
2,400 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The floor is lava
Battle!! - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Brighid
Trevor Spirit CoD.png
Trevor C. Belmont Castlevania Series Simon SimonHeadIndigoSSBU.png
Palutena PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadRedSSBU.png
13,000 Dracula's Castle •Assist Trophy Enemies (Alucard) •Hostile assist trophies will appear when the enemy's at high damage
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Beginning Sypha Belnades
Isaac Spirit.png
Isaac Golden Sun Series Mii Swordfighter MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png (Moveset 1222, Isaac Wig, Isaac's Outfit, High Voice Type 1)
Palutena PalutenaHeadCyanSSBU.png
Robin RobinHeadGreenSSBU.png
Roy RoyHeadYellowSSBU.png
8,900 Wuhu Island (Swaying Bridge) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Isaac) •The enemy's magic attacks have increased power
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun Mia

Alternate costumes[edit]

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


Character Showcase Video[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, her hair became a brighter green, her lips shrank, and her eyes grew. Overall, these changes make it more consistent with the official artwork from both Kid Icarus: Uprising and Smash 4 (especially the latter), as well as her in-game model.
  • 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.
    • As Palutena's Fighter Spirit artwork uses an unaltered illustration from Kid Icarus: Uprising, it depicts her chiton still revealing most of her thigh. This is probably an oversight, as the Spirits for Camilla from Fire Emblem: Fates and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had modified artwork to be less provocative.
      • This oversight appears to be shared with the Fighter Spirits for Bayonetta and female Corrin, who likewise use unaltered artwork from their games of origin, but have had censorship applied to them in their playable forms.
  • Palutena is one of the last characters to unlock. 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.
    • Despite this, there is a convoluted way that can make Palutena the 3rd unlockable character that the player encounters. If the player takes the northern route in World of Light, unlocks Sheik, then heads west to unlock Lucas, they could complete Classic Mode as Lucas to unlock Palutena.
  • 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 fighters 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.
    • Despite using Hades as an example, his spirit does not appear in World of Light at all.
  • Prior to update 8.0.0, Palutena's unique voice clip when winning against Pit ("Oh, so sorry about that, Pit.") was missing in the Sound Test. She shares this distinction with Fox, Wolf, Simon, and Lucina.
  • Palutena is the only Kid Icarus character to not fight alongside a CPU ally in the final round of her route.
  • Oddly, Palutena does not vanish when performing a directional air dodge despite the sound effects playing. She shares this oddity with Rosalina & Luma and Greninja.
  • Oddly, Palutena's internal files of voice clips for her smash attack uses the same three-number codes (e.g. "003" in case of "Goddess wings!" voice clip) used for special moves, Final Smashes, and on-screen appearances of characters whose voice clips are ported from Super Smash Bros. Brawl (including partial ones like Sonic), as well as few other characters such as Kirby, Ness, King Dedede, Lucario, Robin, and Rosalina & Luma, instead of using the "attack" descriptor that smash attacks usually share with neutral attack, tilt attacks, dash attack, aerial attacks, and floor attacks. This was also present in Smash 4. Daisy shares a similar (but not entirely the same) oddity with her on-screen appearance and Daisy Bomber.
    • In King Dedede's case, this does not apply to voice clips for Dede-Rush; and in Robin's case, this only applies to the voice clip used when his tomes are broken.