A complete summary of Falco’s performance in Super Smash Bros. 4 can be found on the character’s information page. It includes strengths and weaknesses, AI quirks, and an archive of tournament representation and results.
Stats & Bonus Effects
Falco’s best equipment setup consists of a strong commitment to Attack and Defense (+100 Attack / +100 Defense / -80 Speed) at the cost of Speed. In terms of bonus effects, Hyper smash attacks, Improved launch ability, and Improved escapability are essential.
Falco benefits from the Burst Blaster and Distant Fire Bird custom moves. The former fires faster but has decreased power while the latter travels a farther distance and eases recovery.
An amiibo becomes strongest if it is mirror matched all the way to Level 50. This is done to teach the AI which moves to rely on; after reaching Level 50, it will use this training as a base and expand upon it with matchup experience. While training your amiibo, do not play aggressively or go off-stage; instead, remain grounded and keep the following moves in mind:
- Neutral options: jab, forward tilt, up tilt, and down tilt (Tail Cutter). Falco’s jab and tilts are best used at lower percentages. Each one is quick and inflicts respectable damage. Forward tilt and down tilt are best against grounded opponents, while up tilt can be used as a light aerial punish. With good timing, it can also juggle foes.
- Main KO moves: forward smash and up smash. Falco has two solid KO moves – his forward and up smashes. Forward smash has deceptive range due to moving Falco forward, and is the strongest move in his arsenal. Up smash is slightly faster, but is not quite as strong.
- Moves to avoid: down smash, neutral special (Burst Blaster), side special (Falco Phantasm), and up special (Distant Fire Bird). Fox amiibo overuse their down smash – and Falco amiibo may get into this habit if left unchecked. Avoid down smash at all costs. Burst Blaster does not bring Falco much benefit, and is still somewhat laggy even with its increased speed. Falco Phantasm and Distant Fire Bird should be used for recovery purposes only.
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