- This article is about Captain Falcon's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For other uses, see Captain Falcon.
Captain Falcon (キャプテン・ファルコン Kyaputen Farukon?) is a secret veteran character from the F-Zero series that appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His return was officially confirmed on the Smash Bros. DOJO! on February 22, 2008.
Captain Falcon is currently ranked 34th on the tier list. Captain Falcon possesses impressive speed and power in his attacks, and his fast mobility grants him a very powerful pressuring game and high survivability against other fighters. However, his tier placement is mainly due to the change in physics, which resulted in his combo and KO prowess being nerfed severely, which further compounds his issues with a short reach and linear recovery..
How to Unlock
- Play 70 Brawls
- Beat Classic Brawl Mode on the Normal difficulty setting or greater in less than 12 minutes.
- Get Captain Falcon to join the party in The Subspace Emissary.
For the first two methods, Captain Falcon must be fought and defeated on Port Town Aero Dive.
Captain Falcon the 11 heaviest character in the game tied with Link with great momentum canceling, especially vertically due his very quick fast falling speed, with strong attacks, and has the second fastest running speed, second to Sonic. However, though his speed is useful, his dash has very low traction, causing him to trip more often than other characters, although he has the shortest tripping animation in the game. His attacks mostly consist of kicks and punches, including the famed Falcon Punch, which is one of the most powerful moves knockback wise in the game. However, it is a very situational move because it has a very slow start-up and high amount of ending lag. He is also capable of performing Wall jumps. He has the second fastest falling speed, but his air speed is one of the best in the game.
Many of his moves have high knockback and damage, lending him considerable power, but they also have considerable start-up time and small sweetspots. His standard special, the Falcon Punch, deals high damage, can KO at early percentages, and can be reversed in direction after start-up, but its extremely slow start-up makes it extremely situational in actual play. Raptor Boost makes him rush forward, then do a quick fiery uppercut that pops opponents in the air, but the abysmal shieldstun and slow start-up makes it very easy to block or shield and if he misses it he falls with considerable ending lag. When used in the air, he will instead swing downward, Meteor Smashing targets. This makes it useful when recovering, since it can meteor smash edge-guarders and even edgehoggers but the attack is slow, predictable, and it leaves Captain Falcon more vulnerable than the Falcon Dive. Raptor Boost also has the ability to cut through most projectiles, but Captain Falcon lacks a projectile himself. Falcon Kick sends him rocketing forward when used on the ground, and downward and slightly forward when used in midair. It deals decent damage and knockback, but it has below-average start-up and the hitbox is rather small, making it only good at surprise, quickly get downward or punish laggy moves. Contrary to the name, Falcon Dive sends him upwards with a little horizontal movement, which gives him a great horizontal recovery when combining it with great air speed. If the Falcon Dive connects, it will deal damage to an opponent and Captain Falcon will jump off from them (sometimes stage spiking when used against edge-guarders, although it can be teched to prevent that) and he will be able to use Falcon Dive again. Falcon Dive can also grab edgehoggers if they are within its grab range. In terms of recovery, though, Falcon Dive is a slow move, can't auto-sweetspot ledges if he is using it in the opposite direction of the edge and it is easy to edgeguard because it has no grab box directly above him and although Captain Falcon has a very big ledge sweetspot range, Falcon Dive is easily edge hogged, and if he still manages to get to the stage, his recovery leaves him in a fairly high landing lag, high enough to often allow the edge-hogger to get up in time to punish it. Although it is a minor problem, Captain Falcon suffers from the Landing lag glitch. Captain Falcon's very fast falling speed makes recovery problems even worse.
Many of his moves make powerful finishers. His forward aerial (informally known by many different names, of which "Knee of Justice" is probably the most popular) is known for having extreme knockback, but it is hard to sweetspot and has fairly slow start-up (the first frames of it are not avoidable on reaction but are still predictable). His back aerial has good start-up and knockback, his down aerial is a powerful meteor smash, and his forward smash deals high damage with very high knockback scaling. Even though most of his attacks have good power and damage output, they have considerable start-up lag, unfavorable hitboxes (which can make it difficult to land his attacks), and his little amount of disjoints can become a major trouble against characters with disjoints that outranges him, especially the faster ones. His throws chain well, but Captain Falcon himself is an easy target for chain grabbing and comboing (like Ike's jab canceling) due to his heavy weight, large size, and fast falling speed. All of this results in a poor approach.
Falcon's critical weakness lies in his abysmal shieldstun, which, combined with his slow ground attack speed and lack of projectiles, results in a lack of a reliable approach. His poor, small hitboxes in his aerials and fast falling speed only add to his approach problems, and also make it difficult for him to hit grounded characters from the air. His below average attack speed, unfavorable hitboxes, and only decent range makes approaching with Captain Falcon difficult, meaning he is easily camped. Though, his high mobility does help during approaches. Captain Falcon also has a difficult time handling small characters, because most of his attacks have very small and no low hitboxes.
In the end, Captain Falcon relies on his weight, survivability, power, decent range, and mobility to make up for his abysmal approaches, poor amount of disjointed hitboxes and his often sluggish attacks. He can KO and rack up damage quite easily when the opportunity presents itself, though he lacks a quick ground killing move.
Changes from Melee to Brawl
Captain Falcon has been severely nerfed from SSBM to SSBB (one of the biggest nerfs from Melee to Brawl, despite having some good buffs). His attacks are slower and have been given less favorable hitboxes, which makes safe approaches and landing blows difficult. Additionally, his traction is significantly lower, now one of the lowest. Captain Falcon's down aerial now has a sweetspot, smaller hitbox, is weaker, and can no longer Nipple Spike, meaning that he has a harder time meteor smashing in general. The Knee Smash (forward aerial) is much harder to sweet spot and is slightly weaker in terms of knockback (though it is stronger in terms of damage output, if only by 1%). In recovery, his falling speed is lower (but it is still very fast in comparison to other characters in Brawl). The Falcon Dive can now grab edge-hoggers and has a larger grab-zone, making Captain Falcon harder to edgehog. It also travels slightly more distance vertically, but much less horizontal distance; and can break targets in "Target Smash!!" mode. On the downside, Falcon Kick no longer enables him to regain his second jump, and Falcon Dive travels much less horizontal distance. The Falcon Punch can now be reversed for a short time during the startup. The Falcon Punch has less startup time, but lower knockback. Captain Falcon is now able to swing the Home Run Bat like other characters can. Because of this, he can now properly use a Home Run Bat for a Homerun Contest. Captain Falcon's forward smash has been weakened significantly (now has only slightly below-average knockback, compared from being the 3rd most powerful f-smash in Melee). His down smash is weaker in terms of knockback, adding up to his nerfs. Raptor Boost is easier to use and makes a "leapfrog" effect when the attack connects in the air, making it much safer to use in the air. Overall, Falcon is a slower and much weaker character in Brawl. He is no longer the 3rd strongest character, now he`s most likely the 19th most strongest character in Brawl.
In terms of cosmetics, Captain Falcon has a slightly new design from F-Zero GX, most notably his scarf (from F-ZERO GP Legend). Many of his attacks have new sound and fiery effects. He retains the same voice from Melee, but had many of his voice clips redone.
- Neutral Attack - Punches twice then knees the opponent, which is followed by a series of punches. The first two punches and the kick do 4% and 5% respectively, and the punches at the end do 1% each. A good jab-canceling move, the first hits can lead into a grab. Extremely fast, this is Captain Falcon's fastest attack, start-up lag wise (frame 3), though poor shieldstun.
- Dash Attack - Rams a shoulder into the opponent. Quick, but few reliable follow-ups, extreme unsafety on shields due lack of shieldstun and high ending lag means it's still an unsafe approach move. When the hit is successfully landed, it can lead into his N-Air, running u-smash, or some other aerial combo. 9-12%. The attack, though short in duration, is at its strongest when it first comes out (hits on frames 7-16).
- Side Tilt - Roundhouse kick. Mediocre range. This can be angled up or down. At higher percents, near the ledge, it can lead into Falcon Dive, The Knee, or a D-Air. Best used as a quick punisher, though fairly awkward in general. Can KO when angled up at very high percents, though overwise fairly weak. 7-10%, hits on frames 9-11.
- Up Tilt - An Axe kick with good horizontal knockback. This move's hitbox stretches from above Falcon, giving it some anti-air properties, to dropping in front of him. Above average KO power with good range, with a disjoint slightly extending the range, though somewhat slow (hits on frames 17-22). It also moves Falcon forward a little. When used near the ledge, it can lead into a D-air or F-air 10-13%.
- Down Tilt - Does a sweep kick with vertical knockback. This move has lost practically all of its combo ability from Melee, the only real combo being at moderate-high damages, where it can lead into his Knee. The starting lag (frame 11-15) is predictable, and ending lag prevents any quick follow up, usually giving the foe enough time to escape at lower damages. It has decent horizontal reach. 10-12%.
- Forward Smash - Rears back and jabs an elbow forward, making a fire effect in contact. Great knockback scaling but its low base knockback makes its killing power only slightly below average among forward smashes (though the high knockback scaling makes momentum canceling not very effective on it). It also has fairly good reach, but slow and has abysmal shieldstun. Can also be angled. 19-26%, hits on frames 18-20.
- Up Smash - Kicks into the air twice. Good knockback for a u-smash, especially for a multi-hit u-smash. This is one of Falcon's best moves due to the good vertical range, power, damage output, its usefulness as a running u-smash (due to Captain Falcon's very fast dash speed), and juggling ability. It has very poor horizontal reach, which can make it difficult to land on grounded opponents, but the horizontal disjoint makes the range better than it looks and using it during a dash can help with this problem. First kick does 8-11% and hits on frames 22-23, second hit does 13-18% on frames 28-29. Total, 21-29%. This move can be followed by Falcon's Up Special or simply his U-Air.
- Down Smash - A kick forward, then backward. Very high horizontal knockback with great reach and little vertical knockback as well, though rather easy to DI at mid-high percents. If the move connects when the foe is directly on Falcon, the first hit has a small trapping hitbox below him so the foe gets hit into the second kick, though quite rare. Unlike most of his moves, it's safe on shields and has a quick charge release, making it one of his better moves. However, it is one of the slower d-smashes in the game, but during the attack, it`s surprisingly fast. 16-18% for each kick. First kick hits on frames 19-21, second on frames 29-31. In the Changes from Melee to Brawl section, it stated that Falcon`s Down Smash has gotten slightly stronger from Melee, but in Melee, it could KO under 93% (Fully charged) while in Brawl, it could KO under 96%-101% (Despite Bowser being lighter from Melee, therefore weakening the move somewhat by a fairly large amount).
- Ledge attack - Flips over and brings his foot down. Very fast with good range. 10%. The only ledge attack that is stronger than its 100% counterpart.
- 100% Ledge attack - climbs up the ledge and does an uppercut attack. Medium Speed, though short range. 8%. The only 100% ledge attack that does less damage than the normal ledge attack.
- Floor attack - Spin kicks his foes. Very fast. 5%
- Trip attack - Gets up and hits forward and backward with his fist. 6-7%
- Neutral Aerial - Kicks horizontally twice, first hit 4%, then 6% damage, for 10% total damage if they both connect. The first hit has very low set knockback which is intended to lead directly into the second hit. Has almost no landing lag. It's purpose from Melee has been reduced dramatically due to the lower hitstun, making both kicks connect much harder, and it's duration is risky to use airborne. Start up of 7 frames.
- Forward Aerial - Knee Smash: Jabs a knee forward. If sourspotted, it deals 3% with extremely low knockback, but if sweetspotted, it deals 19% with extremely high knockback, making it an excellent horizontal finisher, although it is very hard to land due to 14 frames start-up, sweetspot lasting only 1 frame and the back counts as a semi-sourspot (very weak but still stronger than hitting in later frames, though it is much less useful than hitting later). When sweetspotted, an electric effect can be seen. Also, the sour-spotted knee can trip opponents if they are not airborne, which has combo starting potential, goes well into a grab/smash. And against characters with poor recoveries, the sourspotted knee can edge guard them, or follow-up the Knee into his Up Aerial. Has high landing lag, but it can be completed in the air during a short hop before Captain Falcon lands.
- Back Aerial - A quick backhand. Has high knockback when sweetspotted, although significantly less than his Forward Aerial. It has somewhat low reach but the sweetspot has a very short duration and the sourspot is exceedingly weak (its not as extreme as in the case of his fair). Has some landing lag, though it is less than his fair and dair. Hits on frames 10-15.
- Up Aerial - Kick flips with fast start-up and good all around range (though non directly below him). The attack does more horizontal knockback if hit at the tip but more vertical knockback if his body connects. Has almost no landing lag at all. One of his best moves and is easily his most versatile attack, it easily juggles or follows into another aerial, with good KO potential at high percents. It can also edgeguard quite well and more reliably than his fair, dair, and bair. 12% damage when sweetspotted, hits on frames 6-12.
- Down Aerial - Stomps downward. This is a meteor smash with above average power when his boots hit the target. When it connects on his body, it deals horizontal knockback, which means that the Nipple Spike has been removed. Even so, the knockback is surprisingly high for a non sweetspot and it can earn Captain Falcon many surprise KOs, especially since foes may DI the wrong way, thinking they are going down instead of horizontal. It has a fairly small hitbox, making it hard to land. This can also be completed completely like Ganondorf's Down Aerial following a short hop, but the horizontal range is much worse, making this much less effective than Ganondorf's and it has high landing lag should someone perform it too late in the short hop. Hits on frames 16-18.
Grabs & Throws
- Grab: Captain Falcon's standing and pivot grab both have terrible range. The standing grab has the 2nd shortest horizontal grab range in the game, only slightly better than Ganondorf's, and some characters are capable of completely ducking underneath it. The pivot grab has 16 frames start-up to reduce its usefulness despite Captain Falcon's mobility. His dash grab has moderate end lag and mediocre range (but better than his standing grab thanks to his speed), but it's slow enough to be punishable as an approach when spot dodged or jumped over.
- Grab Releases: Primarily due to his speed, Falcon has a grab release option on a handful of characters. He is able to Up Smash both Lucas and Meta Knight by hyphen smashing. He has the knee on Ness, however this requires a small amount of room to dash before jumping. With Wario he has a multitude of options, most notably his down air and forward air. He may grab release down air, jab cancel his first jab, grab release down air again, jab cancel again, and finish with a forward air for a total of 53% damage. Falcon can optionally cancel his second jab to add another 4% (2%*2), however with Wario's high air speed, he is capable of DIing out of his grab range. Alternatively, he can grab release forward air, jab cancel, and use another forward air, but this deals less damage and would mainly be used to move Wario towards an edge or some other hazard. Note however those on Wario generally require flat surfaces in order to auto cancel Falcon's aerials and he may have difficulty following up with anything on stages with multiple platforms (i.e. Lylat Cruise). In addition, the timing with aerial grab release follow-ups takes practice to master.
- Pummel - Knees the enemy's midsection. A fast pummel. 2% damage.
Note: all of Falcons throws excluding Down Throw have KO power in sudden death. However, Up Throw may not guarantee a KO vs fast fallers - likewise, Forward Throw or Back Throw might not finish heavyweights.
- Forward Throw - Punches the enemy and sends them forward. Can be used to pseudo-chain throw the opponent at very low percentages. Has no guaranteed follow ups but generally better than Down Throw vs fast fallers and fighters with good sex kicks. Its low angle knockback is useful near edges as Falcon can run off the edge and Uair or jump and fast fall Bair. 4% then 5% damage.
- Back Throw - Puts the enemy behind him and kicks. 4% then 5%. Looks identical to his back throw from the original SSB, though with much less KO potential. Usually only used to get the opponent offstage.
- Up Throw - Holds the enemy up and uppercuts with his left hand. Mainly upwards knockback, though it appears to be slightly angled. 3% then 4%. This is Falcon's most powerful throw, knockback wise. Useful against opponents he needs in the air as long as possible.
- Down Throw - Flips opponent and throws them on the ground. Can potentially combine with other attacks (but significantly less so than in previous Smash iterations), however this is heavily depending on the foe's DI reaction, weight, and damage. A running short hopped Up Aerial is a true combo at low damages on most characters, which can then further combo into a jab and another throw on certain characters like Bowser. 7% damage.
|Captain Falcon's Special Moves|
|Standard Special||Falcon Punch|
|Side Special||—||Raptor Boost|
|Up Special||Falcon Dive|
|Down Special||Falcon Kick|
|Final Smash||—||Blue Falcon|
- Up Taunt - Clenches his fists while surrounded by a fiery aura.
- Side Taunt - Jumps back, extends his hand out, and says "Come on!"
- Down Taunt - Gives a salute while saying "Show me your moves!" This taunt can be done faster if Captain Falcon is facing left.
- The Blue Falcon appears then Captain Falcon jumps out of it as it speeds off.
Captain Falcon's Match-ups
Role in the Subspace Emissary
In Subspace Emissary, Captain Falcon will team up with Captain Olimar and his Pikmin. When Olimar sends his Pikmin to attack a giant ROB, it wakes up the robot, causing it to shake off the Pikmin. Luckily, Captain Falcon drives his F-Zero machine straight towards them, jumps out in mid-motion, and Falcon Punches the ROB, thus destroying it, but upon landing, Olimar's remaining Pikmin (except for the red Pikmin beside Olimar) were killed when he slid into them. When Captain Falcon shouts "Falcon Punch!" in this Subspace Emissary Cutscene, it strongly resembles the sound bit from the N64 version of the game. Once the two get out of the forest, they find a Primid transport platform that is holding the trophied Donkey Kong hostage. The two watch as Diddy Kong falls from Falco's Arwing, and fires peanuts at the ship. After Diddy Kong revives DK, Captain Falcon grabs Olimar, and jumps off the ledge and onto the ship. Then the four must fight off a horde of Primids. Afterwards, the ship will take them into the secret Subspace HQ, where they will meet up with Samus, Pikachu, and, eventually, a friendly ROB.
After fighting off a large army comprising of various Subspace troops with the others, the heroes are unable to stop the ROBs which arm the last remaining Subspace bombs. Captain Falcon seemed to be analyzing the power of the Subspace Bombs, because afterwards, he motions to everyone to "Get out of this place ASAP". Captain Falcon presses a few buttons on his wrist, summoning his ship, the Falcon Flyer. Everyone piles into the ship and prepares to escape the doomed base when they are attacked from behind by Meta Ridley. After defeating the monster, they escape the floating island where a giant explosion of subspace engulfs the island. (In fact, the explosion is so fatal, the island doesn't return to normal even after Tabuu is beaten. Instead, a light -shaped like an "X"- is in its place.) Captain Falcon joins with the other heroes and uses his ship to help in the assault on the Subspace Battleship. He continues to help throughout the rest of the story.
Towards the end, Captain Falcon and everyone else glimpse Tabuu. In a single, devastating act, Tabuu turns everyone into trophies. All are brought back to life due to the Dedede Badges and efforts of Kirby, Luigi, Ness, and Dedede. With the aid of Sonic, Tabuu becomes vulnerable, and a final battle between the characters and Tabuu begins. The player may pick Captain Falcon to fight Tabuu, if the player has found and picked up the Captain Falcon trophy.
The following stickers can only be used by Captain Falcon:
- Blue Falcon: [Specials: Direct] Attack + 3
- Capt. Falcon (F-Zero): [Slash] Resistance +23
- Capt. Falcon (F-Zero GX): [Arm, Leg] Attack + 8
- Capt. Falcon (F-Zero X): [Specials: Direct] Attack +19
- Gomar & Shioh: [Specials: Direct] Attack +10
- Samurai Goroh: [Arm] Attack +18
- Black Shadow (F-Zero GX):[Flame] Attack +25
A skilled F-Zero pilot and resourceful bounty hunter. All that's known of his past is that he hails from Port Town. He's won fame and fortune outracing his opponents in his beloved Blue Falcon. His incredible athleticism and never-say-die attitude makes him the pilot to turn to in times of trouble.
- F-Zero (Super Nintendo)
- F-Zero GX (Nintendo Gamecube)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl marks the first time Captain Falcon's name is spelled out, as previous installments abbreviated the Captain, making him C. Falcon.
- Captain Falcon is one of the few characters to speak during The Subspace Emissary. He yells out "Falcon Punch!" (in a different tone than in-game) while using the move on a giant R.O.B. and he says "Come on!" following with a snap to summon the Falcon Flyer.
- Captain Falcon is one out of four characters who has a holstered weapon but does not use it. The others are Ganondorf (his sword), Sheik (her dagger), and Solid Snake (his SOCOM pistol).
- Captain Falcon has a two-hit side smash when using any melee weapons.
- Captain Falcon can be seen in the "How To Play" video in the game, despite being a secret character. Ness also shares this oddness.
- Captain Falcon and Ness are the only two characters to have their unlockability status change between games.
- KO percentage wise, Captain Falcon is one out of two characters in Brawl whose Down Smash is their most powerful smash attack, the other being Wolf.
- Two of Captain Falcon's alternate costumes are notable; one, the purple and red palette, is a reference to Blood Falcon, who is his evil clone in the F-Zero series. The second, which is his pink and white palette, is nicknamed Captain Fabulous by the internet due to the color scheme.
- The way Captain Falcon finishes off the giant R.O.B. in The Subspace Emissary is similar to the way he finished off Black Shadow in F-Zero: GP Legend.
- Captain Falcon shares the same moveset with Ganondorf despite the two characters being completely unrelated. The following is a list of similarities that the two characters share;
- When he calls up the Falcon Flyer in Subspace Emissary, the word "F-ZERO" can be seen quickly flashing on his visor for one second.
- Interestingly, if Captain Falcon aims his forward smash attack either up or down, no effects will play.
- Captain Falcon's page at Smash Bros. DOJO!!.
- Screenshots of Captain Falcon and the rest of the Subspace Emissary characters
- Captain Falcon Guide on SWF
- Captain Falcon's hitbox size of each of his moves