In Super Smash Bros. 4
Lucas is currently placed in the B tier in Super Smash Bros. 4. Quite frankly, Lucas is outclassed by Ness in almost every way: his PK Fire lacks combo potential and his PK Thunder is comparatively weak. Even so, Lucas does possess several advantages of his own. He has an excellent set of smash attacks; his forward smash comes out fast and can reflect projectiles while up smash is one of the strongest aerial punishes in the game. PK Freeze can temporarily immobilize opponents while PK Fire can be used at a distance to keep enemies away. Lucas’s recovery also far surpasses Ness’s — in addition to having a tether grab, his PK Thunder travels much farther.
Being a semi-clone of Ness, Lucas shares several flaws with him. Although Lucas’s PK Thunder flies farther than Ness’s, it can still be interrupted. Mario, Link, and King Dedede (among others) can continuously delay Lucas’s recovery with their respective projectiles. Lucas’s biggest flaw, however, is his AI – it may overuse its grab aerial, PK Fire, and / or PK Thunder – in the case of the latter, it occasionally fires itself off-stage which leads to an otherwise avoidable self-destruct.
Overall, Lucas has accrued average tournament results and representation, though is thought to be objectively inferior to Ness. Supernova is one of Lucas’s top trainers, and has won several tournament championships with the character.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lucas was noticeably buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His previously lacking mobility has been increased across the board, allowing him to more easily keep up with faster characters. Lucas’s forward smash, up smash, forward aerial, and PK Freeze attacks all deal more damage; most notably, however, is the introduction of off-stage play for Figure Players. Unlike in Smash 4, FPs now leave the stage to gimp opponents, and Lucas’s kit aligns perfectly with this change. He can now utilize his back and down aerials to meteor smash enemies and close stocks early, allowing him to win games more easily.
That being said, Lucas has received a small number of nerfs to compensate for his buffs. His up aerial deals less damage, his down and grab aerials have less range, and PK Thunder 2 deals less damage. Lucas’s down throw has also lost its combo ability due to a changed angle. These nerfs are considered negligible, however, and do not noticeably weaken the character.
Overall, Lucas has received strong tournament results and representation, perhaps the greatest example of which being Leaf’s Lucas amiibo Leaf PSI. Lucas continues to accrue impressive results and is thought to be a high-tier character in contrast to his middling position in the previous title.
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