This article is about Olimar’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Captain Olimar.
Captain Olimar battles by issuing commands to various types of Pikmin under his control. Pikmin comes in different colors that correspond to different abilities. Olimar’s alternate appearance lets you play as Alph!
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Olimar (オリマ) is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was confirmed during the E3 2018 Conference on June 12, 2018. Alph also returns as his palette swap.

When unlocked, he is fought at Distant Planet.



  • Decent grab range.
  • Great recovery.
  • Pikmin can be thrown to damage opponents directly or apply a small bleed on them.
  • Small size which allows to dodge some projectiles easier.
  • Has five different types of Pikmin which give different strengths and bonuses.
  • Strong and disjointed smash attacks allow for safe punishes and quick damage.
  • Can control the order that the Pikmin are used in.


  • Extremely lightweight, meaning that Olimar can die easily from knockback.
  • Needs his Pikmin to use most of his moveset. Each Pikmin also affects Olimar's strength and range and micromanaging is needed to select the desired Pikmin as the lead follower.
  • Winged Pikmin's distance varies greatly depending on what Pikmin are following Olimar. Three purple Pikmin will greatly reduce his ability to recover.
  • Pikmin can be killed, forcing Olimar to call for more.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • When Olimar takes damage, his helmet gets cracked, but fixes itself in a few moments.

Ground Attacks

Aerial Attacks

Grabs and Throws

  • Olimar's grab uses all of his current Pikmin to grab the opponent; damage of pummels and throws may change depending on how many Pikmin Olimar currently has.

Special Attacks


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack (Tornado Attack): one-two punch
  • Forward Tilt: long windup that results in giant hand slap
  • Up Tilt: leaps up a short distance and spins, inflicting damage on both sides; nearby grounded foes in range are caught and launched up
  • Down Tilt: forward slide accompanied by headbutt
  • Dash Attack: cartwheel attack, popping foes up

Smash Attacks

Note: Purple and red Pikmin do the most damage.
  • Forward Smash (Pikmin Dash): fast attack that has Olimar flinging Pikmin
  • Up Smash: flips next available Pikmin upward that has initial front strike
  • Down Smash: sends a Pikmin out on either side to strike; fastest of his smashes

Other attacks

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

Aerial Attacks

Note: Purple and red Pikmin do the most damage.
  • Neutral aerial: spin attack with most body parts causing damage; quick-striking with long duration
  • Forward aerial: overhead forward strike made by grabbing a Pikmin by its stem
  • Back aerial: backward upward strike made by grabbing a Pikmin by its stem
  • Up aerial: upward strike made by grabbing a Pikmin by its stem
  • Down aerial: downward strike made by grabbing a Pikmin by its stem

Grabs and Throws

  • Grab: sends out Pikmin to grab foe; range extends with more available Pikmin
  • Forward Throw: standard
  • Back Throw: standard
  • Up Throw: standard
  • Down Throw: standard

Special Moves

Olimar's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Pikmin Pluck
Side Special Pikmin Throw
Up Special Pikmin Chain Winged Pikmin
Down Special Pikmin Order
Final Smash End of Day


  • Up Taunt: Joyfully jumps in place twice.
  • Down Taunt: Swings his hips twice.
  • Side Taunt: Lies down on the ground, rolls around as if basking in nature, and then gets up.

On-Screen Appearance

Idle Poses

Victory Poses

In competitive play

In the early metagame, Olimar was widely considered a contender for the best character in Ultimate, alongside Peach and Pichu. Olimar had many strengths, including stronger throws, a faster Pikmin Pluck, and less lag on his smash attacks, particularly his up smash. This, along with Olimar's increased speed, made him a rather campy character, overwhelming the opponent with his Pikmin and recover them quickly when they are killed. As a result of these strengths, players such as Dabuz, Shuton, and Myran performed spectacularly with Olimar and consistently placed in top 8 at many tournaments.

Patch 3.0.0 and the subsequent patch 3.1.0, however, nerfed Olimar's smash attacks and made them less safe on shield, while Pikmin Throw dealt less shield damage. This hurt Olimar in the metagame. Myran saw a noticeable dip in performance and Dabuz now uses both Olimar and Rosalina & Luma. Nevertheless, Dabuz and Shuton continued to achieve high placements with Olimar, and it is widely agreed that Olimar is still a viable threat in the metagame. Shuton in particular was able to win EVO Japan 2020 with the character.

Classic Mode: Planetary Explorer

Olimar faces off against characters who are space travelers in their respective series.

Role in World of Light

Although Olimar has been absent from the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Olimar can be found in the mode by choosing to save Marth instead of Sheik or Villager. The spirit of a magician is needed in order to enlarge some mushrooms to reach him.

Palette Swaps



  • If any Spirits that boost fire attacks are used on Olimar, his forward Smash when used with the red Pikmin has extremely high knockback, sometimes even being an OHKO.

External links

PikminSymbol.svg Pikmin universe
Characters Captain Olimar / Alph & Pikmin (Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Side Characters Assist Trophy Burrowing Snagret
Background characters Red Bulborb  · Pikmin
Stage Hazard Red Bulborb  · Peckish Aristocrab
Enemies Red Bulborb  · Iridescent Glint Beetle
Stages Distant Planet  · Garden of Hope
Item Pellet  · Hocotate Bomb
Music List of Music (Pikmin series)
Collectibles Trophies Brawl Trophies  · 3DS Trophies  · Wii U Trophies
Stickers List of Stickers (Pikmin series)
Spirits List of spirits (Pikmin series)