Peach (SSBM)

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This article is about Peach's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. For the character in other contexts, see Princess Peach.
Peach
in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Princess Peach
MarioSymbol(preBrawl).svg
Universe Mario
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Starter
Tier A (6) (North America)
B (6) (Europe)
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A princess with royal recovery abilities.
—Melee's instruction manual

Announced at E3 2001, Peach (ピーチ, Peach) is a starter character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and it was her first appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Currently, Peach is 6th in the A tier, making her the highest ranked of any Mario character. Peach's float cancel gives her a fantastic aerial game. She also has good chaingrabbing abilities, which is particularly useful against higher tiered characters. She is also the owner of one of the best projectiles in the game. Additionally, Peach's recovery is among the best in the game, with many options available to her, allowing her to recover at almost any angle. However, Peach's primary flaw is her light weight and floatiness, which makes her more susceptible to KOs, especially on the upper blast lines. Additionally, her slow dash and weak ground attacks, save for her down smash, impair her approach while on the ground.

Attributes[edit]

Peach does not fall into any specific archetype of a fighting game character; her attributes are quite varied, with below average weight, a low falling speed, and among the slowest dashes in the game, alongside a high air speed. These attributes form the crux of Peach's combat: a focus on aerial combat while forgoing most of her ground-based options.

Arguably Peach's primary strength is her dominant air game. Despite a poor SHFFL due to a low falling speed and high jumping speed, Peach's unique ability to float gives her an enormous advantage in the air over other characters; in addition to allowing her to easily and effectively pursue characters she has knocked into the air, her midair jump's unusual properties allow her to utilise the Double Jump Cancel, a technique that allows her to quickly perform aerials in rapid succession. Outside of this, Peach's fast neutral and back aerials make them potent out of shield options. As a further benefit from her excellent aerial game, Peach's vegetables can become a powerful approaching technique compounded with her DJC.

As a result of her powerful aerial game, Peach owns among the most powerful, albeit specialised, approaches in the game. Against primarily ground-based opponents with poor aerial games, such as the Ice Climbers or Luigi, Peach can quickly overwhelm such opponents. Her vegetables can also allow her to easily camp against other characters, and due to their propensity to "bounce" upon striking other characters, they can be compounded with her DJC to combo either by themselves or with her aerials.

Regardless of her average grab range, Peach also owns a powerful throwing game. Her up throw can potentially chain throw characters with high falling speed, as well as lead into her other throws. Peach's down throw can also lead to a variety of options for herself, including another throw, a tilt, or a DJCed aerial. In addition, her forward throw and back throw can both be used as KO moves, with the former having the highest knockback for a forward throw in the game and the latter allowing her to easily segue into her powerful edgeguard game.

As a final, powerful benefit for Peach, she also boasts arguably one of the best recoveries in the game. With a high air speed, low falling speed, the ability to float, a long midair jump, the ability to recover with her side special and a long recovery special, Peach is extremely difficult to KO off the edges, even with her below average weight. Her fast neutral, up, and back aerials can also act as deterrents to edgeguarders, while her vegetables, if they are in hand during her recovery, can further aggravate such pursuers. Despite this powerful recovery, Peach's low falling speed and below average weight can also allow her to be easily KO'd via the upper blast line, and vertical finishers can more easily KO Peach than other top tiered characters.

Barring her grab and throw game, however, Peach suffers on the ground. Peach's side and down tilt attacks are slow, though good reads by players can potentially allow for her to use them as combo starters. Peach's smashes also suffer from similar problems, though her down smash can inflict significant damage to opponents and shields, while her up smash can potentially act as a potent KO move. A slow dashing speed (the second lowest in the game) also prevents her from easily pursuing opponents on foot, and her various attributes give her the shortest wavedash in the game, preventing her from taking advantage of wave smashing. Arguably Peach's best attack on the ground takes form of her dash attack; the attack can act as a useful combo starter, but barring this, the use of Peach's ground game for approaching should be avoided by players, and instead, they should be used to either continue combos or to finish them.

Moveset[edit]

Peach's aerial attacks.

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% Slaps the opponent twice. The first hit is usually used to start combos.
2%
Forward tilt   13%/11%/10% (clean), 6% (late) Does a 180 degree kick. Capable of seriously juggling heavies at low percentages if they lose their second jump. Can KO opponents above 120%.
Up tilt   12% Bashes her head upwards. Does not have much combo potential, but can be followed up by correctly spaced aerials and Peach Parasol. Peach's head is intangible while the hitboxes are out.
Down tilt   12% Sweeps the ground with her arm and hand. It meteor smashes if the opponent hits her forearm and not her hand. The meteor smash is usually used over the ledge against aerial or recovering opponents. The meteor can KO grounded opponents under 150%. This meteor smash is moderately difficult to land on aerial opponents because of its small hitbox and can only be used effectively over a ledge to KO. Whether this attack is sweetspotted or sourspotted on grounded opponents, it has good combo potential, as it can set up floating aerial strings.
Dash attack   12%/9% (clean), 8%/7% (late) Called "the push" by most competitive players, the attack makes Peach lunge forward and split her hands apart. Good for juggling opponents at low damage percentages, and makes for a fantastic combo starter, as it can be follow up by all her aerials, up tilt, and even Peach Parasol for flashy plays. It can also set up her up throw chain grab. Overall, an integral move in Peach's competitive metagame.
Forward smash   Golf club: 17%/13%
Frying Pan: 17%/15%
Tennis Racket: 12%
Swings one of the following. Damage and knockback vary with each weapon, though all three possess very low knockback.
  • Golf club - Sweetspot at tip is somewhat powerful, KOing at 130% if fully charged. Sourspot, however, will not KO until over 200% regardless of charge. Good for edgeguarding.
  • Frying pan - Strongest of the three, KOing at about 120%. Sends opponents upwards. Sweetspot is the head of the frying pan.
  • Tennis racket - Weakest of the three, uncharged hit does not KO until ridiculously high percentages. Good for edgeguarding.
Up smash   8% (sides), 15% (hand), 19% (arm) Twirls around with arm raised upwards. If sweetspotted (located her palm and her hand), the attack sends opponent upward with high vertical knockback. If sourspotted (located her shoulders and her finger), the move has weak vertical knockback. When sweetspotted, this move can KO opponents at around 73% when fully charged. When sourspotted, it can combo into an aerial attack against fastfallers at high percentages. Both of Peach's arms and hand are intangible while the hitboxes are active.
Down smash   12%/14% (5 hits) (12%-70% total) Spins around to the ground, hitting multiple times. This move has extremely high horizontal knockback if it is fully charged and multiple hits land. If the opponent is above 100% it has moderate horizontal knockback scaling since it deals only one hit on opponent, but it can KO at high percentage if first hit landed. Deals more damage, if the opponent attempts to crouch cancel or two metal opponents is very close to Peach. Multiple hits are semi-spikes. Most damaging move in Melee. Can be used to shield stab opponents. When fully charged and multiple hits land, this move can KO opponents at low percentage under 20% due to the very powerful semi-spike. Multiple hits cannot hit opponents above 100%.
Neutral aerial   14% (clean), 9% (late body), 10% (late arms) Twirls in the air. Can KO at high percentage. Good OoS option because of its speed (frame 2).
Forward aerial   15% Bashes her crown in front of her for huge knockback. It is arguably her best aerial for KOing. If spaced correctly, a float canceled, falling fair can combo into a dash attack.
Back aerial   14% (clean), 10% (late) Bashes her rear backwards for good knockback. Has passable power for it to be a finisher. Good OoS option.
Up aerial   11% (body), 12% (leg), 14% (foot) A quick kick at an upwards angle. Can KO opponents at above 110%.
Down aerial   3% (hits 1-4) Kicks downward four times. Good combo starter but deals low damage and produces barely any knockback. This attack's hitboxes push the opponent upward and can easily set up a KO from a neutral aerial, forward aerial, or back aerial depending opponent's DI.
Grab
Pummel   3% Stomps opponent with her left foot.
Forward throw   2% (hit 1), 8% (throw) Slaps the foe in front of her for very good knockback. Strongest forward throw in the game.
Back throw   2% (hit 1), 9% (throw) Puts opponent behind her and hits them with her rear. The throw can KO opponents above 170% if used near the edge.
Up throw   2% (hit 1), 6% (throw) Puts opponent above her, and volleys him/her upward. Can chaingrab characters with moderate to floaty falling speeds at 0%. Fastfallers must be around 40% damage in order to chain grab this way. She can finish with an up smash or an aerial.
Down throw   0% (hit 1), 7% (throw) Puts opponent down and sits on them. Can chaingrab floaty characters, heavyweights and fastfallers at high percentages. It can lead into her forward tilt depending on character's weight, fall speed, and DI.
Floor attack (front)   6% (front hit), 8%/6% (back hit legs/body) Performs a sweep kick while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   6% Performs a sweep kick while getting up.
Edge attack (fast)   6% Launches herself onto the stage, rear first.
Edge attack (slow)   10% (feet), 8% (body) Slowly gets up and swirls her foot in a 360° motion in front of herself, similar to Mario's down smash, only much weaker and less range.
Neutral special Toad 3% (hits 1-7) Holds a Toad in front of herself, being a counterattack. When an attack hits Toad, he will fire spores at the opponent, with the spores having the same knockback regardless of the attack countered. The spores themselves can be absorbed. Compared to moves such as Fox's Reflector and Marth's Counter, it is somewhat laggy.
Side special Peach Bomber 16% (normal), 18% (smash attack) Lunges forward. If Peach hits opponent, it will produce an explosion and knock them away. When inputted as a smash attack, the move deals more damage and knockback.
Up special Peach Parasol 5% (hit 1), 1% (hits 2-11), 3% (parasol) Jumps upward while holding her parasol, a recovery move. Her parasol allows her to descend very slowly (similarly to the Parasol item), and it is possible to put the parasol down at any time to fast fall - it is even possible to put the parasol back up. The parasol itself does slash damage. Can be used as a followup to an up tilt and dash attack. The parasol itself can damage opponents during Peach's descent.
Down special Vegetable Varies Pulls out a vegetable, which can be used as a projectile.
Vegetable Damage Data
Face Damage Pull Rate
Grin 1-9% 60.34%
Stare 1-9% 10.34%
Closed Eyes 1-9% 8.62%
Surprised 1-9% 5.17%
Happy 1-9% 5.17%
Wink 5-13% 6.90%
Dot-Eyes 11-19% 1.72%
Stitch-Face 29-37% 1.72%
Mr. Saturn 0.33%
Bob-omb 0.33%
Beam Sword 0.33%

Taunt[edit]

  • Performs a spin, then poses and winks, saying "Sweet!"
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Idle poses[edit]

Note: According to the debug menu in Melee, Peach will always perform the idle pose listed first, then will randomly perform any of the idles poses listed below.

  • Looks over both her shoulders and rubs something off her dress.
  • Raises her arms up and stretches.
  • Looks at her hands.
  • Brushes her hair. (Will always perform this idle pose when holding a small item (Capsules, Poké Balls, etc.))
Peach Idle Pose Melee.png

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Peach Cheer NTSC Melee.ogg
Peach Cheer JP Melee.ogg
Description Go-Peach! Pea-chy!
Pitch Group chant Male

Victory poses[edit]

An orchestrated cover of the iconic "Level Completed" music from Super Mario Bros..
  • Turns around and waves to the screen while winking.
  • Looks up towards her right and says, "Oh, did I win?"
  • Holds her hand out, then says, "This is fun!"
Peach-Victory1-SSBM.gif Peach-Victory2-SSBM.gif Peach-Victory3-SSBM.gif

In Competitive play[edit]

Matchups[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee Character Matchups
  FoxHeadSSBM.png FalcoHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBM.png SheikHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadSSBM.png IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBM.png DrMarioHeadSSBM.png YoshiHeadSSBM.png LuigiHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSBM.png YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png LinkHeadSSBM.png MrGame&WatchHeadSSBM.png RoyHeadSSBM.png MewtwoHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadSSBM.png NessHeadSSBM.png PichuHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBM.png Avg.
PeachHeadSSBM.png -1 ±0 -1 -1 -1 Mirror match +2 -1 +1 ±0 +1 +3 +1 ±0 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +3 +2 +1 +2 +3 +2 +1 +1

Peach has a very strong matchup spread when compared to the rest of the cast. She is soft countered by 5 characters, has 3 even matchups, soft counters 9 characters, counters 5, and hard counters 3. Peach does incredibly well against characters who she can easily edgeguard and space with her aerials, such as Roy, Pikachu and especially the Ice Climbers. She is also gifted with the ability to float, and float cancel/double jump cancel to add to her already powerful air game. The Princess can chaingrab as well, which gives certain characters like Bowser or Donkey Kong a large disadvantage against her. Peach has some problematic issues that can be exploited. Her slow falling speed and fairly light weight allow some characters to set up killing options to send her to her demise, which includes various characters in the top tier, like Fox, Sheik, and Captain Falcon. While she is good in the air, Jigglypuff has a better air game than her, and can outspeed her while up in the air, and space her out with moves like forward and back air to potentially create a wall of pain. This results in Jigglypuff being considered her worst matchup in the top tier. Marth is another troublesome matchup because he has various tools to space her out, and has much better range than her. He can exploit her poor ground game, and KO her with moves like Up Tilt or Up Smash. Overall, Peach does quite well against almost every character in the game, but some of the top tiers and more powerful characters can create some tricky problems for Peach. Her very favorable against the Ice Climbers however, lets her become a strong counterpick to them, and she has an even matchup against against Falco, due to her aerial game. Peach can also just as easily beat her losing matchups by exploiting their weaknesses as well(Fox can be chaingrabbed, Sheik can be edgeguarded and camped against, and Marth's recovery can be gimped and edgeguarded with ease).

Notable players[edit]

See also: Category:Peach professionals (SSBM)

Active[edit]

Inactive[edit]

Tier placement and history[edit]

Due to Peach's great aerial potential and combo ability, as well as her powerful potential mindgames, she has been a character consistently ranking in the top tiers of the Melee tier list. However, as time progressed, Armada became the only Smasher who was able to win money from large tournaments with Peach, with all other Peach players being rather lackluster and falling short of the top 8 at national tournaments. Outside of Armada, representation of Peach in tournaments has still been ubiquitous, with many pre-top 8 placements, but other dedicated Peach players have seldom been able to earn significant money. Despite this, Peach is still ranked in the top tier at 6th place, and is still considered by some smashers to be one of the most powerful characters in the game.

PAL viability[edit]

Peach did not receive any changes from NTSC to PAL, but several characters that would years later be placed higher than her on the tier list did; Fox now has a harder time KOing Peach and gets edgeguarded much more easily, Sheik has no guaranteed followups with her down throw and relies more heavily on zoning, and Marth has slightly lower air speed and weight, improving Peach's chances in those matchups. Peach is still ranked 6th in the PAL tier list, but is notably placed in her own tier at B, where most European players can see a noticeable difference in viability between Sheik, Peach, and Captain Falcon.

In Single Player Modes[edit]

In Classic Mode[edit]

Peach can appear in one-on-one battles, as an ally, on a team with Bowser, Mario, Ness, or Zelda, or as a metal opponent. Peach is fought on Battlefield when on a team with Bowser or in the metal battle, and on Temple when on a team with Zelda. In other cases, she is fought on either Princess Peach's Castle or Mushroom Kingdom II. Unusually, unlike every other Mario character (including sub-series), Peach does not appear as a giant opponent, making her the only Mario character overall that is ineligible for this battle type.

In Adventure Mode[edit]

Peach appears in the second portion of Stage 1 along with Mario or Luigi on Princess Peach's Castle.

In All-Star Mode[edit]

Peach and her allies are fought on Princess Peach's Castle.

In Event Matches[edit]

Peach appears in the following event matches:

  • Event 10: All-Star Match 1: Peach is the fourth of five opponents the player must fight in this series of staged battles. The player's character battles her on the Princess Peach's Castle stage, and their character has 2 stock while Peach has 1. With a timer of four minutes, the player must defeat her and the other four characters one-by-one with the overall time and life the player has: Mario, Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Yoshi.
  • Event 15: Girl Power: Peach is one of the opponents fought along with Samus, and Zelda. The player's character is tiny and must KO all opponents in a two stock battle.
  • Event 19: Peach's Peril: As Mario, the player must prevent Peach from being KOed by Bowser for 1 minute. If Mario or Peach dies, the event results in a failure.
  • Event 25: Gargantuans: A tiny Peach makes a cameo appearance in this event. She is not required to be KO'd to complete the event, though she can be KO'd without penalty.
  • Event 35: Time for a Checkup: As Luigi, the player must KO Dr. Mario and Peach in a 1 stock battle. Peach wears her white alternate costume in this event to emulate the white garb traditionally worn by nurses.
  • Event 38: Super Mario Bros. 2: The player must KO Mario, Luigi, and Peach in a 2 stock battle.

Ending images[edit]

Trophy descriptions[edit]

Peach
"Princess Peach presides over the Mushroom Kingdom from her huge castle. Her loyal subject Toad does his best to protect her but always seems to fail spectacularly. Besides her royal duties, Peach is interested in both tennis and golf; since she's so magnanimous, she'll even deign to play a few matches with the evil Bowser. "
Peach (Smash Red)
"Peach's ability to float is invaluable in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as she can return from incredible distances. Balancing this talent, though, is the fact that she's quite light and can be sent flying with a single powerful attack. Her attacks are fairly weak, so you'll have to hang around to win."
  • B: Toad
  • Smash B: Peach Bomber
Peach (Smash Blue)
"Peach's Smash A attack will set her swinging with either a frying pan, tennis racket, or golf club. These bludgeoning devices appear randomly and have different reaches and power levels. The princess uses Toad to absorb attacks, and he counters by sending spores out at attackers. Don't worry about the little guy, though; he takes his job seriously. "

Alternate costumes[edit]

Peach Palette (SSBM).png
PeachHeadSSBM.png PeachHeadYellowSSBM.png PeachHeadWhiteSSBM.png PeachHeadBlueSSBM.png PeachHeadGreenSSBM.png

Trivia[edit]

  • When Peach uses Peach Parasol at the end of the match, she will be rewarded with the Parasol Finish bonus. In addition, if she uses it with the Parasol item, her up special animation will remain the same, but with the Parasol in her hands instead.
  • Peach, Marth, and Roy are the only characters in Melee with a special move that can counter, however Peach's uses her neutral special while Marth and Roy use their down special.
  • Peach and Donkey Kong are the only characters in Melee who cannot use their down special in the air.
  • Peach is the only character in Melee to be in her own tier (in the PAL version) and also not be ranked first or last.
    • Across the whole series, she shares this trait with Ice Climbers on the NTSC Brawl tier list and Diddy Kong on the PAL Brawl tier list, though she is the only one of the three that is not ranked 2nd.
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