Villager (むらびと, Murabito) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Villager is classified as fighter #45.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Villager must then be defeated on Smashville.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Villager received a mix of buffs and nerfs in the transition to Ultimate from Smash 4. One of Villager's biggest buffs was the changes with Pocket, which not only can store items indefinitely, but also allows Villager to act faster after pocketing an item. The changes to the game’s physics also notably benefit Villager’s play style, as he gets more reward from using his aerial attacks and other projectiles thanks to the changes to air-dodging making it easier to punish opponents mistakes from afar. Villager's aerials have also mostly been buffed, with all of them having less landing lag, forward and backward aerials dealing higher knockback, and down aerial now spiking regardless of the number of turnips. Finally, Villager's previously mediocre mobility has been improved, while the universal 3-frame jumpsquat improves Villager's combo potential, notably with down throw.
However, most of Villager's ground attacks have been nerfed, with most of them having more ending lag, less knockback or less range, while down aerial had its startup nearly doubled. While Villager's recovery is still strong, the helium for Balloon Trip now takes longer to recharge, which worsens Villager's recovery and allows opponents to edgeguard much more easily.
It is currently unknown how Villager's buffs and nerfs will affect the character within the early meta.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Mistake to Underestimate
Villager fights against characters who appear unsuited for battle, such as Isabelle and Wii Fit Trainer. This is likely a reference to the similar reason for Villager not being included in Brawl.
Role in World of Light
The default male Villager was among the fighters that were summoned to fight against the army of Master Hands. He was also present when Galeem unleashed its beams of light. He is seen panicking alongside Duck Hunt and a composed Wii Fit Trainer. He was vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters, excluding Kirby.
During the mode itself, the default male Villager can be unlocked early on shortly after rescuing Mario, where the player arrives at a crossroads and has the choice to rescue him, Marth or Sheik. If one of the others is rescued first, Villager's path will be blocked by a force field created by Master Hand, which will disappear upon defeating a boss or can be circumvented by looping back to the other side.
Villager's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Villager in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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