In Super Smash Bros. 4
Bayonetta is ranked as a B-tier character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Bayonetta is one of the few characters capable of performing and landing combos; since most Figure Players fail to connect their hard-coded combos, this gives Bayonetta a slight advantage over other fighters. Her jab and tilts are her greatest assets, and allow her to follow up with one of her devastatingly powerful smash attacks. She also wields a counter, Witch Time, that slows down opponents on contact and leaves them vulnerable.
However, Bayonetta suffers from a variety of flaws. Her smash attacks are riddled with high ending lag that leave her open to attack, and her AI is occasionally too focused on its aerial combos; as a result, it may miss and fail to connect them. Furthermore, the AI’s usage of After Burner Kick and Witch Twist as recovery options is poor.
Overall, Bayonetta has accrued decent tournament results and representation, though she is not known to have won any tournament championships. FarmingSim and Dreamy Jay have both trained the character.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Despite her unimpressive standing in Super Smash Bros. 4, Bayonetta was significantly nerfed for her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is now considered one of the worst FPs in the game. Bayonetta’s few buffs include increased mobility, a stronger dash attack, and the ability to angle her forward smash.
Bayonetta already suffered from heavy ending lag on her most powerful kill moves in the previous title; unfortunately, Ultimate has made this issue even worse. All three of her smash attacks are slow and punishable, making it incredibly difficult to score KOs in such a fast-paced metagame. To add to this trouble, Bayonetta’s neutral, up, and down aerials have had their power significantly reduced.
Overall, Bayonetta has received terrible tournament results and representation. Though Dreamy Jay is considered the most successful Bayonetta trainer in Ultimate, the character rarely wins tournament sets and is considered almost entirely hopeless.
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