For fighter info, see Lucas (SSBB), Lucas (SSBWU/3DS), and Lucas (SSBU).

Lucas (リュカ Ryuka?) is the main protagonist in the EarthBound/MOTHER universe, debuting in the Japan-only MOTHER 3 for Game Boy Advance.

Character description

Lucas' in-game sprite from MOTHER3

Lucas is a timid young boy that is 6 years old at the beginning of the game, and 12 at the end. His mother, Hinawa, died protecting Lucas and Claus from a mechanized Drago. Lucas is Claus' younger twin.

After the first three chapters of the game (when he grows up), he is drafted by Wess to find Duster at Club Titiboo. On the way, he learns PSI and begins to battle the Pigmask Army and pulls 4 of the 7 sacred needles to awaken the Dark Dragon living under the Nowhere Islands, the other 3 being pulled by his twin brother, Claus, who was transformed into a chimera and brainwashed by the Pigmask Army after he tried to avenge the death his mother.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

A popular rumor states that in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Lucas was meant to replace Ness as a playable character, but Ness was included due to time constraints. The rumor was substantiated by Sakurai himself on July 17th, 2001, when he updated Ness' profile on the original Melee website.

To quote Sakurai on the matter:

  • 実は当初、MOTHER3の主人公に変更する予定でしたが、いろいろあって遠回りしながら、元のさやに収まりました。
  • ("Actually, at first, I planned to change him [Ness] into the protagonist of MOTHER3 [Lucas], but for various reasons during the delay, I settled back on the original idea.")

Both Ness and Lucas would later appear as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a playable character

Lucas - Super Smash Bros. Brawl.png
Main article: Lucas (SSBB)

Lucas makes his debut in the Smash Bros. series as a playable character in Brawl. All four of Lucas' special moves are similar to Ness', but with some key differences. For example, the orb of Lucas' PK Thunder goes through opponents and can deal multiple hits, while the orb of Ness's PK Thunder disappears on contact. Lucas also has near-identical physics to Ness's along with having a couple of similar attacks, classifying him as a semi-clone of Ness. The reason for this, was because Sakurai stated in an interview with then president Satoru Iwata, that when Sakurai found out Mother 3 was not going to be in North America, he cut his original plan of having Lucas be a replacement of Ness, they'll both be in the game to represent each region.

Trophy Info

The younger of twin brothers living in Tazmily Village in the Nowhere Islands. He's a kind boy who can communicate with animals, but he's shy and never really got over the tragedy that struck his mother. He fights a warped dictatorship, hunts the Seven Needles, and crosses swords with his missing brother, Claus. In the end, the young boy with psychic PSI powers grows up.
  • (GameBoy Advance) Mother 3 (Japan Only)

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

As a playable character

Lucas - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.png
Main article: Lucas (SSBWU/3DS)

Although Lucas was not present in the final roster upon the initial worldwide release of the game, he was confirmed to return as a DLC playable character on April 1st, 2015 and was released worldwide on June 14th, 2015. His non-fighter trophy appears in both versions of the game, in addition to his special moves which are available as custom special moves for Ness.

Visually, Lucas' moveset is almost totally unchanged from the Brawl, though his Final Smash, PK Starstorm, has been altered to be similar to Ness' version.


Before adventuring, Lucas was a timid, cautious boy. His journey has made him a stronger person. Maybe he met someone to spend his life with... Hang on—we're moving way too fast! For now, remember that Lucas and Ness are favorites in the hearts of EarthBound fans.
  • (GBA) Mother 3 (Japan)
The younger of the twin brothers from Nowhere makes his triumphant return to the game of Smash. Hailing from the Japan-only game Mother 3, Lucas's specialty is psychic projectile attacks. He can use these PSI attacks to do things like absorb enemy projectiles and deal supernatural damage!
  • (GBA) Mother 3 (Japan)
Lucas (Alt.)
Lucas's up special PK Thunder can hit enemies multiple times, but if you hit yourself with it, you can then tackle and launch opponents! Lucas's up smash has the strongest launch power of any fighter's up smash. The range for this attack is wide, and it's strongest right after Lucas unleashes the attack.
  • (GBA) Mother 3 (Japan)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a playable character

Lucas - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.png

Main article: Lucas (SSBU)


  • Lucas' PSI shapes are polygon-based (Hexagons to be exact) compared to Ness's, which are circle-based. This is because in Mother 3, Lucas's special attack, PK Love, has hexagon animations.
  • Lucas has a teal color on his eyes in Brawl. The same is for Ness who has eye colors in Melee and Brawl.
  • The Japanese enunciation of Lucas's name is based on the French enunciation, where the "s" at the end would be silent.
  • Even though he has never had a game released to Western audiences, Lucas still speaks English in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Lucas is one of the two characters in the Smash Bros. series before Ultimate to debut as a starter and have his availability option switched in future installments, with the other character being Wario.
    • He is also the only character in the series to have been a starter (Brawl), an unlockable (Ultimate), and DLC (Smash 4).

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