Piranha Plant (SSBU)
Piranha Plant (パックンフラワー, Packun Flower) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Revealed alongside Ken and Incineroar on November 1st, 2018, it is the first DLC character in Ultimate, and was made available on February 1st, 2019. However, it was made available at no cost as early as January 29th, 2019 for players who pre-purchased the digital version of Ultimate or registered their physical version with My Nintendo by January 31st, 2019. Piranha Plant is not part of the Fighters Pass. Piranha Plant is classified as fighter #70.
Piranha Plant is a semi-super heavyweight fighter with below-average mobility and effective anti-air tools. Compared to other heavyweights, it fits in the mold of an archetypal heavyweight: while its dashing speed is average, it has a slow walking speed, air acceleration, and air speed.
One of Piranha Plant’s most effective strengths are its special moves, which are well varied and good for various situations. Its neutral special, Ptooie, is a unique projectile that can be tossed in either direction or held in the air as a good anti-air option and a good trading tool due to its power and transcendent priority. Poison Breath is a slow-moving projectile that doesn’t make opponents flinch but deals massive damage, especially when at full charge; opponents must be very wary of it, making it a good area-denial tool. It also has a great recovery in the form of Piranhacopter, which has hitboxes beside Piranha Plant and travels a great distance, which combined with Piranha Plant’s high weight, gives it excellent survivability overall. Lastly, its down special, Long-Stem Strike, has super armor during its pot phase and tremendous range when fully-charged. However, it can at times be risky as it increases its hurtbox size quite a lot during the attack frames.
Piranha Plant’s ground game is overall rather versatile; its tilts are good for starting juggles or combos as well as spacing and KOing. Up tilt can lead into various aerial attacks and a forward smash at low percents; its forward tilt is decently fast and can KO at very high percentages; its down tilt is a versatile combo starter, being capable of leading into moves such as forward tilt or forward aerial at low-mid percentages, and into aerials afterwards. Its smash attacks are generally slow but powerful, such as its forward smash, which has some start up and end-lag but KOs as early as 60% on most fighters when sweet-spotted near the ledge.
Its aerials are overall well-rounded, making its air game overall decent despite its rather sluggish mobility and moves with relatively high landing lag. Neutral aerial is a multi-hit move that functions much like Palutena's and Ivysaur's neutral aerial, being a capable combo move with the ability to drag opponents down for combos and potentially makes it a gimping tool due to this trait; Forward aerial is good for edge-guarding, thanks to its wide range; Back aerial is a slow but very powerful move that KOs at 80% near the ledge; up aerial is one of its best combo/juggle tools thanks to the speed and wide range; and down aerial is a long-ranged and decently strong meteor smash with very fast startup.
Another strength Piranha Plant possesses is a decent grab game; while its grab range is short, its grabs' frame data is among the fastest in the game, and its throws have their own unique perks; forward throw is a useful throw for positioning and edge-guarding, back and up throws have KO potential at high percentages, and down throw is a viable combo starter at low to high percentages.
Piranha Plant does, however, have some noteworthy flaws. Its overall mobility is lackluster, having an average initial dash speed and dash speed, but lack of air acceleration and slow air speed. This gives it difficulties keeping up with swift characters such as Zero Suit Samus or Sonic, especially in the air, which makes it rather easy to zone out. Piranha Plant’s high weight and tall hurtbox make it vulnerable to combos, particularly from those with strong combo games such as Bayonetta or Luigi, and has trouble landing from juggles because of it having slight difficulty breaking out of them. Finally, Piranha Plant's approach options are rather predictable, with its overall frame data being generally slow. This is no exception to its KOing options either, with most of Piranha Plant's KO moves being either short-ranged or laggy.
Overall, Piranha Plant is a unique heavyweight that utilizes various projectiles and attacks to effectively zone and KO opponents, but must be careful when throwing out normal attacks to avoid being punished due to the endlag many of them have, thus making it a patient fighter when it comes to approaching. Despite Piranha Plant’s popularity as a character, it has had extremely low tournament representation so far, which has resulted in mixed opinions on the character's viability in the competitive scene; making it currently unclear how Piranha Plant stands relative to the game’s cast.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: New Bloom
All of Piranha Plant's opponents are the base roster newcomers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With the exception of the first match, each battle features one unique newcomer and one Echo Fighter, with the matches being placed in the order of the unique newcomer’s reveal. The boss, Rathalos, is also notably new to the series.
Role in World of Light
Due to its status as downloadable content, Piranha Plant does not have a legitimate role in World of Light. Instead, it is unlocked for use in the mode after freeing 10 fighters from Galeem's control. If loading an existing save file that meets this condition prior to downloading Piranha Plant, it is immediately unlocked.
Piranha Plant's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins, only after Piranha Plant itself is downloaded. Unlocking Piranha Plant 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 it with its artwork in Ultimate.
While Piranha Plant itself does not appear in other spirits, Petey Piranha (who appears in its Final Smash) has his own spirit.
In Spirit Battles
Piranha Plant is not currently featured in any spirit battles.
Character Showcase Video
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