In Super Smash Bros. 4
Palutena is currently ranked as a D+ tier character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Palutena’s jab is fast and inflicts decent damage, while her tilts are slightly stronger and boast lasting hitboxes. Palutena’s recovery potential is also above average.
Unfortunately, Palutena suffers from a slow moveset; her smash attacks are among the most sluggish in the game and are not powerful enough to compensate for their low speed. Because Palutena’s strongest moves suffer from high startup lag, she often struggles to land KOs. The AI is also notorious for never using its Counter move.
Overall, Palutena has accrued decent tournament results and representation. Despite being low-tier, she was consistently represented by Dreamy Jay, who was able to win a tourney with her towards the end of the metagame’s lifespan.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Palutena has been significantly buffed for her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition to a universal increase in her mobility, Palutena also enjoys utility buffs to her aerials, smash attacks, and special moves. Counter and Reflect Barrier have also been merged into her down special; as a result, she has essentially been granted a fifth special move.
Though Palutena is ranked much higher than in Smash 4, she still suffers from a slew of flaws. She has unfavorable matchups against higher-tiered characters (mainly Bowser, Zelda, and any opponent who is comfortable off-stage) and occasionally self-destructs by failing to aim her up special.
Overall, Palutena has accrued above average tournament results and representation and is considered to have improved from the previous title. Both Dreamy Jay and Cucco-Master have found success with the character and are among the only ones to win an Ultimate tournament with her.
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