Weight

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Mario's back throw speed differs depending on the weight of the character being thrown.

Weight is a measurement of how much a character can resist knockback. Weight is one of several factors used in calculating the amount of knockback a character experiences. Characters with a higher weight (heavy) tend to suffer less knockback, and characters with a lower weight (light) tend to suffer more knockback, all other factors controlled.

Overview[edit]

A graph demonstrating how the rate of knockback increase is affected by weight, labeled with Bowser's and Pichu's weights in SSBU

Weight is, in practice, understood as how difficult it is to send a character flying away. Because of this, it is generally considered an advantage for a character to be heavy, as less knockback makes it harder to KO a character. Additionally, in Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4, many throws take longer to execute on heavier characters, giving the opponent being thrown more time to properly react to throws and to DI effectively. Because throwing heavier characters causes the throwing animation to continue longer once the target is released, the viability of throw combos may be affected; for example, in Melee, Captain Falcon is not vulnerable to many of the up throw chain grabs (such as from Marth) that the space animals are vulnerable to; in Brawl, the Ice Climbers' infinite chain grabs are more difficult to perform on heavyweights; and in Smash 4, Robin's down throw to up aerial "Checkmate" KO setup is the hardest to perform against Bowser and Charizard, since they are heavy but have low falling speeds. In Ultimate, weight is a factor in determining how much a character can be pushed by an opponent running into them, and how far they will push other opponents.

Lighter characters do have a few advantages. Because of the higher knockback they receive, they can usually escape combos earlier. However, since weight affects high knockback values more than low ones, this advantage is less significant compared to the disadvantage of being easier to KO; the size of a character's hurtboxes, as well as their falling speed and gravity prior to Ultimate (and especially in Melee), have a larger impact than weight on how vulnerable a character is to combos. Nevertheless, a few specific combos are less effective on lightweights to a much greater degree, namely Fox's waveshine combos in Melee and King Dedede's down throw chain grab in Brawl; in both cases, characters with a weight value below 86 are knocked down rather than pushed along the ground, allowing them to tech or execute a floor recovery and escape subsequent uses of such moves. Other advantages to light weight include weight-sensitive platforms, such as those in Mushroom Kingdom and Rainbow Cruise, which fall slower while holding less weight, making them safer to use for lighter characters. Finally, certain weight-based throws have hitboxes that appear for very short lengths of time, and if the target is very light, the animation may progress so quickly that the hitbox appears and vanishes in less than a frame without hitting — this causes the lightest characters to take less damage, notably with Bowser's down throw in NTSC Melee and Link's down throw in Brawl, both of which miss their pre-throw hit on Jigglypuff.

Heavier characters tend to have stronger attacks, longer range, worse recovery (that is; recoveries that are slower or cover less distance), bigger hurtboxes, and slower movement, while lighter characters tend to have weaker attacks, shorter range, better recovery, smaller hurtboxes, and faster movement. However, this is a loose trend that many characters defy in some way — Captain Falcon is heavy but dashes incredibly fast, Yoshi is heavy but has a high jump and weaker attacks, Wario is heavy but short and highly maneuverable, Zelda is light-medium with slow and strong attacks, Falco is light with a lackluster recovery (prior to Smash 4) and very high falling speed, and Little Mac is light but has among the worst recoveries in the games he appears in.

In single player modes, sometimes unnaturally high weight is introduced to challenge the player, such as when fighting Metal Mario; this is often paired with additional knockback resistance, since even characters with infinite weight will still take knockback from any attack with a base knockback greater than 0.

On an additional note, some attacks are weight-independent, and will always act as if the target fighter's weight is set to 100; the amount of knockback dealt will remain consistent, no matter how light or heavy the target is. This is especially notable for attacks that have the bury, paralyze, or stun effects. However, other factors, such as knockback taken multipliers, and knockback resistance, still affect the amount of knockback dealt.

Super Smash Bros. weight values[edit]

These values use a different scale than the later games - heavier characters have lower numbers, representing a direct multiplier in the knockback formula. For comparison purposes, the equivalent value in the newer system is also listed.[1]

Super Smash Bros. Melee weight values[edit]

Following are the characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, ranked in order of heaviest to lightest. The Metal Box multiplies a character's base weight by 3, the Super Mushroom by 1.6, and the Poison Mushroom by 0.625.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl weight values[edit]

This is a list of characters' weights in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Rank Character Weight
1 BowserHeadSSBB.png Bowser 120
2 DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png Donkey Kong 116
3 SnakeHeadSSBB.png Snake 113
4 KingDededeHeadSSBB.png King Dedede 112
5 CharizardHeadSSBB.png Charizard 110
6 GanondorfHeadSSBB.png Ganondorf 109
7 SamusHeadSSBB.png Samus 108
8-9 WarioHeadSSBB.png Wario 107
YoshiHeadSSBB.png Yoshi
10 ROBHeadSSBB.png R.O.B. 106
11 IkeHeadSSBB.png Ike 105
12-13 CaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png Captain Falcon 104
LinkHeadSSBB.png Link
14 WolfHeadSSBB.png Wolf 102
15-16 IvysaurHeadSSBB.png Ivysaur 100
LucarioHeadSSBB.png Lucario
17 MarioHeadSSBB.png Mario 98
18 LuigiHeadSSBB.png Luigi 97
19 SonicHeadSSBB.png Sonic 95
20-22 LucasHeadSSBB.png Lucas 94
NessHeadSSBB.png Ness
PitHeadSSBB.png Pit
23 DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png Diddy Kong 93
24-25 IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png Ice Climbers 92
ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png Toon Link
26 PeachHeadSSBB.png Peach 89
27 MarthHeadSSBB.png Marth 87
28-29 SheikHeadSSBB.png Sheik 85
ZeldaHeadSSBB.png Zelda
30-31 FalcoHeadSSBB.png Falco 82
OlimarHeadSSBB.png Olimar
32 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png Zero Suit Samus 81
33 FoxHeadSSBB.png Fox 80
34-35 MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Meta Knight 79
PikachuHeadSSBB.png Pikachu
36 KirbyHeadSSBB.png Kirby 78
37-38 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png Mr. Game & Watch 75
SquirtleHeadSSBB.png Squirtle
39 JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png Jigglypuff 68

Super Smash Bros. 4 weight values[edit]

This is a list of characters' weights in Super Smash Bros. 4.

According to the game, weight is the base factor in determining how many powers can be equipped in Smash Run. There are other factors — namely a character's speed — so it is not a direct linear correlation, but as a general rule weight definitely carries a positive correlation: the higher the weight, the greater the number of powers, with the only exceptions being Miis and the DLC fighters having a power limit of 25.

Certain updates have made slight alterations to the weights of characters, affecting both survivability and resistance to combos. These changes have not had a major effect on most characters in the metagame, with the exceptions of Sheik and Bowser, who are considered to be worse and better after their weight alterations, respectively.

Rank Character Weight Power Limit
+2 Giga Bowser 400
+1 Giga Mac 140
1 BowserHeadSSB4-U.png Bowser 130 29
2 DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-U.png Donkey Kong 122 27
3 KingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png King Dedede 119 28
4 CharizardHeadSSB4-U.png Charizard 116 27
5 GanondorfHeadSSB4-U.png Ganondorf 113 29
6-7 BowserJrHeadSSB4-U.png Bowser Jr. 108 27
SamusHeadSSB4-U.png Samus
8-9 IkeHeadSSB4-U.png Ike 107 26
WarioHeadSSB4-U.png Wario 27
n/a Wario-Man
10 ROBHeadSSB4-U.png R.O.B. 106 26
11-13 LinkHeadSSB4-U.png Link 104
YoshiHeadSSB4-U.png Yoshi
CaptainFalconHeadSSB4-U.png Captain Falcon 25
14 RyuHeadSSB4-U.png Ryu 103
15-17 MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png Mega Man 102
ShulkHeadSSB4-U.png Shulk
MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png Mii Fighter (heaviest)
18-19 CloudHeadSSB4-U.png Cloud 100
MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png Mii Fighter (default)
20 LucarioHeadSSB4-U.png Lucario 99
n/a Mega Lucario
21-23 CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png Corrin 98 25
DrMarioHeadSSB4-U.png Dr. Mario
MarioHeadSSB4-U.png Mario
24-26 MiiBrawlerHeadSSB4-U.png MiiSwordfighterHeadSSB4-U.png MiiGunnerHeadSSB4-U.png Mii Fighter (lightest) 97
LuigiHeadSSB4-U.png Luigi 24
VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png Villager
27-29 DarkPitHeadSSB4-U.png Dark Pit 96
PitHeadSSB4-U.png Pit
WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png Wii Fit Trainer
30-32 RobinHeadSSB4-U.png Robin 95
RoyHeadSSB4-U.png Roy 25
Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png Pac-Man
33-36 NessHeadSSB4-U.png Ness 94
LucasHeadSSB4-U.png Lucas
SonicHeadSSB4-U.png Sonic 23
GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png Greninja 24
37-38 DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png Diddy Kong 93
ToonLinkHeadSSB4-U.png Toon Link
39-40 DuckHuntHeadSSB4-U.png Duck Hunt 91 23
PalutenaHeadSSB4-U.png Palutena
41-42 LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png Lucina 90
MarthHeadSSB4-U.png Marth
43 PeachHeadSSB4-U.png Peach 89
44 ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png Zelda 85 22
45 BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png Bayonetta 84 25
46-47 FalcoHeadSSB4-U.png Falco 82 22
LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png Little Mac 23
48 SheikHeadSSB4-U.png Sheik 81 24
49-50 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png Zero Suit Samus 80 23
MetaKnightHeadSSB4-U.png Meta Knight 22
51-54 FoxHeadSSB4-U.png Fox 79 24
OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png Olimar 23
PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png Pikachu
KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Kirby 21
55 Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png Rosalina 77 22
56 MrGame&WatchHeadSSB4-U.png Mr. Game & Watch 75 23
57 MewtwoHeadSSB4-U.png Mewtwo 74 25
58 JigglypuffHeadSSB4-U.png Jigglypuff 68 21

Update history[edit]

1.1.3[edit]

  • Buff Ganondorf's weight: 112 → 113
  • Buff Kirby's weight: 77 → 79
  • Nerf Sonic's weight: 95 → 94

1.1.4[edit]

  • Nerf Rosalina's weight: 78 → 77
  • Nerf Sheik's weight: 85 → 84
  • Nerf Zero Suit Samus's weight: 81 → 80

1.1.5[edit]

  • Buff Bowser's weight: 128 → 130
  • Buff Charizard's weight: 115 → 116
  • Buff Mewtwo's weight: 72 → 74
  • Nerf Sheik's weight: 84 → 81

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate weight values[edit]

This is a list of characters' weights in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Mii Fighters now have their weight determined by their class rather than their size modifiers from their creation.

The average weight value for all fighters is rounded down to 96.01, meaning that Pit, Dark Pit, Ivysaur, and Wii Fit Trainer are the characters whose weights are closest to the average.

Rank Character Weight
1 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser 135
2 KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool 133
3-4 DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong 127
KingDededeHeadSSBU.png King Dedede
5 GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf 118
6-7 CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard 116
IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar
8 PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png Piranha Plant 112
9-12 SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus 108
DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Dark Samus
BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Bowser Jr.
TerryHeadSSBU.png Terry
13-17 WarioHeadSSBU.png Wario 107
IkeHeadSSBU.png Ike
RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley
SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon
RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter
18-20 SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake 106
ROBHeadSSBU.png R.O.B.
Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png Banjo & Kazooie
21-24 LinkHeadSSBU.png Link 104
YoshiHeadSSBU.png Yoshi
CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Captain Falcon
MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png Mii Gunner
25-26 RyuHeadSSBU.png Ryu 103
KenHeadSSBU.png Ken
27 MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man 102
28 HeroHeadSSBU.png Hero 101
29-30 MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png Mii Swordfighter 100
CloudHeadSSBU.png Cloud
31-33 MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario 98
DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario
CorrinHeadSSBU.png Corrin
34-35 LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi 97
ShulkHeadSSBU.png Shulk
36-39 PitHeadSSBU.png Pit 96
DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit
IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur
WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer
40-43 RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy 95
ChromHeadSSBU.png Chrom
RobinHeadSSBU.png Robin
Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-Man
44-47 NessHeadSSBU.png Ness 94
LucasHeadSSBU.png Lucas
MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png Mii Brawler
InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling
48 JokerHeadSSBU.png Joker 93
49-52 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers 92
LucarioHeadSSBU.png Lucario
WolfHeadSSBU.png Wolf
VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager
53-54 ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png Toon Link 91
PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena
55-57 MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth 90
DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong
LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina
58-59 PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach 89
DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy
60-62 YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link 88
GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja
IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle
63 LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac 87
64-65 SonicHeadSSBU.png Sonic 86
DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt
66 ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda 85
67-68 FalcoHeadSSBU.png Falco 82
RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina
69 BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta 81
70-71 MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight 80
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus
72-75 KirbyHeadSSBU.png Kirby 79
PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu
OlimarHeadSSBU.png Olimar
MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo
76 SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik 78
77 FoxHeadSSBU.png Fox 77
78-79 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch 75
SquirtleHeadSSBU.png Squirtle
80 JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png Jigglypuff 68
81 PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu 62

Update history[edit]

3.0.0[edit]

  • Buff Mewtwo's weight: 77 → 79

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Super Smash Bros. Melee's Blue Smash Trophy of Mario, his mass is the standard upon which other Smash fighters are measured. While this is true in NTSC Melee (having a weight of 100), the PAL version dropped Mario's weight to 98, which was slightly below-average. This was carried over for future installments.
    • The only character other than Mii Fighters to have a weight value of 100 since this change is Cloud.
  • In each game, the enemy team all have the same weight as Mario, despite each being based on characters of different weights.
    • However, one exception applies to the Female Wire Frame in Melee, who has a weight of 90. This is due to the development team copying Zelda's moveset over to the Female Wire Frame.
  • In Brawl, Giga Bowser and Wario-Man are programmed to have weights of 400 and 130, respectively; however, they cannot be knocked back, so their weight only has an effect on certain stage elements, such as Rainbow Cruise's see-saw platforms.
    • In Smash 4, Giga Bowser retains his weight of 400, and Giga Mac possesses a weight of 140, however Wario-Man no longer has a higher weight than Wario. Additionally, unlike Giga Bowser, Giga Mac can be affected by windboxes (but is still unaffected by regular knockback), making him the only transforming character who has a weight change that can affect gameplay outside of stage elements.
  • Pichu is the lightest character in every Smash game it appears in, those being Melee and Ultimate. In the remaining three games, Jigglypuff is the lightest character, and it remains the second-lightest character in all games where Pichu is playable.
    • Likewise, Bowser is the heaviest playable character in every game since his debut in Melee, with Donkey Kong being the heaviest in the original Super Smash Bros. and the second heaviest in every game afterwards until Ultimate where King K. Rool replaces him.
  • A tip in Smash 4 states that Kirby is the third lightest character in the game, and Mr. Game and Watch is the second. While this was originally true, the addition of Mewtwo, as well as Kirby's weight being changed, made this tip incorrect (he is now the fifth lightest, tied with Fox, Olimar, and Pikachu, while Mr. Game & Watch is now the third lightest).
  • Some moves treat character weights as a set value (such as 100), regardless of the recipient's actual weight. An example of this is Finishing Touch.
  • Weight changes from items such as the Metal Box do not affect the speed of throws affected by weight.
  • The PAL version of the original Super Smash Bros. is the only version of any Smash game where Link and Captain Falcon do not weigh the same.
  • For some characters, weights in the Smash series are sometimes inconsistent with those for said characters in other games. Yoshi, for example, is a heavyweight in every Smash title, but is in the medium and light classes in the Mario Kart series. The inverse is true for Rosalina, although the weight class of karts seems to be based on a character's size instead of how much they actually weigh (Rosalina is very tall, which might dictate her kart's size and weight). Another character, Mewtwo, weighs 269 pounds according to the Pokédex, but is one of the lightest characters in every Smash game in which it is a playable character. However, it is explained in Melee that Mewtwo is easier to send flying around due to it using its psychic powers to constantly float.
  • The original Super Smash Bros. is the only game where Fox is a middleweight character, being on par with Mario and Luigi in that game. He would receive a massive weight reduction in Super Smash Bros. Melee, which has largely stuck with him ever since.

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