This article is about Captain Falcon's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Captain Falcon.
A fighter that possesses both speed and power! But in exchange, he is frequently left open. Being able to successfully land his neutral special, Falcon Punch, can greatly influence the battle in multiplayer matches.
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Captain Falcon is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. His return was confirmed at the E3 2018 Conference on June 12, 2018.

When unlocked, he is fought at Port Town Aero Dive.



  • Extremely fast running speed.
  • Capable of wall jumping.
  • Considerable low knockback scaling on some attacks, allowing him to combo opponents with efficiency.
  • Very good aerial game.
  • Little landing and ending lag on most Aerial Attacks except for Forward and Down Aerials.
  • Good variety of KO moves.
  • Up Tilt, Down Aerial and aerial Raptor Boost can all Meteor Smash.


  • Fast falling speed.
  • Subpar recovery.
  • Many attacks have low range.
  • Inability to deal with projectile users and long-range opponents.
  • Using Falcon Kick in midair causes him to plummet and can lead to self-destructs.
  • Most ground attacks have considerable ending lag.
  • Falcon Punch has high starting lag.
  • No projectiles.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • Like other fighters, strong attacks such as Falcon Punch will trigger a dramatic slow-motion effect on 1v1 fights.
  • The racetrack in Blue Falcon has a new texture.

Ground Attacks

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

Special Attacks

  • Falcon now grabs with one hand during Falcon Dive rather than two.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Captain Falcon punches forth once, then a second time, and finishes with a knee jab; if the button is pressed quickly enough, he will unleash a flurry of quick punches that finishes with a final strong punch.
  • Forward Tilt: Captain Falcon performs a side kick; can be angled up and down.
  • Up Tilt (Wheel Kick): Captain Falcon performs an axe kick; spikes when sweet spotted.
  • Down Tilt: Captain Falcon kicks low to the ground.
  • Dash Attack: Captain Falcon tackles forwards with a shoulder ram.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Captain Falcon throws a strong backhanded punch.
  • Up Smash: Captain Falcon performs two high kicks.
  • Down Smash: Captain Falcon kicks forwards, and then kicks behind himself.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front):
  • Floor Attack (Back):
  • Floor Attack (Trip):
  • Ledge Attack:

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Captain Falcon spins around while kicking forwards twice.
  • Forward aerial (Knee Smash): Captain Falcon powerfully slams forwards with his knee; famously known as the "Knee of Justice"; incredibly powerful when sweet spotted.
  • Back aerial: Captain Falcon strikes behind himself with one arm.
  • Up aerial (Overhead Kick): Captain Falcon kicks overhead.
  • Down aerial: Captain Falcon powerfully stomps downwards with both legs.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Knees the opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Captain Falcon punches the opponent forwards.
  • Back Throw: Captain Falcon tosses the opponent backwards and then kicks them away.
  • Up Throw: Captain Falcon uppercuts the opponent away.
  • Down Throw: Captain Falcon slams the opponent into the ground.

Special Moves

Captain Falcon's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Falcon Punch
Side Special Raptor Boost
Up Special Falcon Dive
Down Special Falcon Kick
Final Smash Blue Falcon


  • Up Taunt: Crouches down to power up with slight flames coming out from him.
  • Down Taunt: Does a salute while saying “Show me your moves!” If facing to the left, he will point with his hand instead.
  • Side Taunt: Reaches forward with a beckoning motion while saying “Come on!”

On-Screen Appearance

The Blue Falcon rushes on screen, stopping so Captain Falcon can come out.

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

Notable players

  • Big D - One of the best Captain Falcon players in the world. Uses Captain Falcon as a secondary, and placed 4th at Don't Park on the Grass 2018 and 33rd at GENESIS 6.
  • Fatality - The best Captain Falcon player in the world. Placed 17th at Frostbite 2019, 4th at Midwest Mayhem Ultimate and 9th at Super Splat Bros.
  • NickC - One of the best Captain Falcon players in the world. Placed 5th at both NYXL Pop-Up! and Smash at The Paramount, and 13th at both Let's Make Moves and Glitch 6.

Classic Mode: Up Close and Personal

Captain Falcon fights opponents who specialize in close-range combat.

Round Opponent Stage Music
1 Donkey Kong Jungle Japes Battle for Storm Hill
2 Ganondorf Gerudo Valley Gerudo Valley
3 Ryu Suzaku Castle Ryu Stage
4 Roy Arena Ferox Attack - Fire Emblem
5 6 Mii Brawlers Coliseum The Devoted
6 Little Mac Boxing Ring Jogging / Countdown
Bonus Game
Final Bowser, then Giga Bowser Final Destination King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3

In Spirit Battles

As the Main Opponent

  • Bullet Bill
  • Funky Kong
  • Machamp
  • Hitmonlee (x2)
  • Blaziken
  • Baba
  • Blood Falcon (x2)
  • Zero (Metal Gear Solid 3)
  • Duo (x2)
  • Guile
  • Nash
  • Fighting Alloy Team (x4)
  • Mach Rider
  • Eagle
  • Drake Redcrest
  • Nick
  • Henry Fleming

As a Minion

  • Alfonzo & Engineer Link
  • Jody Summer
  • Black Shadow

Role in World of Light

Captain Falcon was among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Captain Falcon was present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. He attempted to escape in the Blue Falcon, but Galeem vaporized him and his vehicle before he could do so. He was then imprisoned by Galeem along with the rest of the fighters (excluding Kirby). A puppet fighter of him can be seen behind Mario in the group of puppet fighters under Galeem's control.

Captain Falcon can be found early in the mode if the player goes through Villager's path instead of those of Marth and Sheik. He is in the middle of a racetrack that can only be traversed with the assistance of Pico's spirit.

Palette Swaps

Captain Falcon Palette (SSBU).png


External links

FZeroSymbol.svg F-Zero universe
Characters Captain Falcon (64  · Melee  · Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Side Characters Assist Trophy Samurai Goroh
Mii Fighter Costume Captain Falcon
Stage Hazards F-Zero Racers
Miscellaneous Blue Falcon  · Falcon Flyer
Stages Mute City  · Big Blue  · Port Town Aero Dive  · Mute City SNES
F-Zero Grand Prix
Music List of Music (F-Zero series)
Collectibles Trophies Melee Trophies  · Brawl Trophies  · 3DS Trophies  · Wii U Trophies
Stickers List of Stickers (F-Zero series)
Spirits List of spirits (F-Zero series)
Masterpieces F-Zero