In Super Smash Bros. 4
Ganondorf is currently ranked in the S tier in Super Smash Bros. 4, making him one of the best characters in the game. Ganondorf’s arsenal of moves is as deadly as they come, as he has many powerful tools to work with. His most infamous attack is Flame Choke, a command grab that bypasses shields, deals heavy damage, and combos into a down tilt. Ganondorf’s smash attacks are among the strongest of their kind, all with extremely high KO potential; forward smash in particular can break shields even when uncharged. Ganondorf is also a heavyweight, making him a bulky and resilient fighter.
Unfortunately, Ganondorf is held back by a few (albeit minor) flaws that slightly hinder his battlefield prowess. His smash attacks, while strong, are quite slow; they can be easily dodged or blocked with the right timing. Ganondorf’s recovery is another issue: neither his jump nor his up special grant much height. His biggest weakness, however, is perhaps his large frame, as he is often caught in jab combos from the likes of Link, Luigi, and Pac-Man.
As a result of his prominent strengths, Ganondorf has accrued excellent tournament results and representation. Supernova, Glenn, Cloud, FarmingSim, and Arklaine have all achieved notable results with the character, cementing Ganondorf’s status as a top-tier fighter throughout the metagame’s lifespan.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Though Ganondorf was buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, changes to the AI and air dodge mechanics have resulted in an overall nerf to the character. As with all fighters, Ganondorf’s mobility has been noticeably improved. Many of his attacks deal more damage, with his forward smash in particular having become extraordinarily powerful.
However, Ganondorf retains many of his flaws from the previous title; his smash attacks are still slow and his recovery is still rather poor (as the new air dodge mechanics make it easier to gimp than ever). Ganondorf was previously able to rely on Flame Choke as his primary damage-racking move; unfortunately for him, amiibo now tech it every time and it is impossible to teach the AI to take advantage of tech chase situations. As a result, Ganondorf is left with a sluggish moveset and is often overwhelmed by faster characters such as Pikachu and Ness.
While Ganondorf is still considered viable, his standing relative to the cast is considerably lower in Ultimate than in 4. His tournament representation thus far has been rather low and the character is considered to have fallen off from the previous title.
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