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Luigi
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Series Mario icon
Final Smash Elemental Medals
Appearances Super Smash Bros., Melee, Brawl, Crusade
Tier (0.8) A (23)

General

Luigi (Japanese: ルイージ, Ruīji) is Mario's younger and taller brother, often serving as a sidekick, and a major character in the Mario series. Eternally living in his brother's shadow, Luigi has held the spotlight in many games, particularly Mario spin-off titles and the Luigi's Mansion games. Luigi is one of the longest-running characters in the Mario series, having first appeared in Mario Bros., originally created for the sole purpose of a second player option. Luigi is known for his exceptional jumping talents (surpassing even his brother's), his fearful and cowardly personality and his overall prominence in the Mario series.

Changes from Brawl to Crusade.

The most noticeable change in his moveset is a new Final Smash, called Elemental Medals. Smaller changes include the following.

  • Green Missile has much less cooldown time when landing. 

Attributes

Luigi, like Mario, has a well-rounded set of attacks. He is generally fast and has above-average strength (especially considering his speed). Luigi can also jump higher and fall slower than Mario, allowing him to stay in the air longer. However, Luigi is also slower than most characters on the ground and in the air, but his Down Special and Side Special allow him to move rather quickly to compensate. Luigi is capable of going highly on offense in Crusade due to his fast, high priority attacks. His main weakness is the fact that he has very short range on most of his attacks and moves rather slowly in the air.

Luigi is a surprisingly strong middleweight with very quick attack speed (almost no slow attacks), yet slow mobility and short range. While many consider Luigi a clone or semi-clone of Mario, there are some important differences between them. Like Mario, his Fireballs (or in this case, Thunder Hands) help his approach, but Luigi’s travel less distance and are not affected by gravity, which can be good or bad depending on the situation. Luigi has one of the highest initial jumps in the game, which helps his air game. Luigi is also a good juggler due to his very fast up tilt, neutral aerial, and up aerial. Luigi's neutral aerial is a powerful sex kick and can often kill at high damage percentages on most characters. He is able to use his down throw to set up his juggles on many characters when they are at low percentages, but Luigi himself is vulerable to juggles due to his floaty descent from the air. His smashes, like most of his attacks, are considered fast and unusually strong, especially his forward smash. His specials are also considered good and great for recovery. If one keeps pressing the special attack button during Luigi Cyclone while moving upward (as the movement is momentum based), Luigi will rise up, greatly aiding his recovery. His side special, the Green Missile, can be used for horizontal recovery to make up for the lack of horizontal recovery from his Super Jump Punch. However, the Green Missile requires charging and can be stopped with projectiles normally, but if he gets a misfire (which happens 12.5% of the time), it's an extremely powerful attack. A green missile misfire can be good in some situations because it has more power and covers more distance than normally, but it can also be bad because it can cause Luigi to self-destruct. His Super Jump Punch is unique in the fact that if sweetspotted, it will become the Fire Jump Punch, a much stronger version that deals fire damage and can kill at very low percentages (about 50%). However, if Luigi's Super Jump Punch does not sweetspot, it only does 1% with almost no knockback and is very punishable unless he grabs a ledge.

Luigi's main problems revolve around his unusual mobility and his poor reach. Luigi has slow falling speed (although this also has its advantages, such as preventing certain chain grabs and Kirby's throw combos, as well as aiding his overall aerial game), the second-slowest lateral air speed, slow dash speed, and the lowest traction, all of which make approaching with Luigi a chore. His moves are quick, but short-ranged, so characters that can keep Luigi away with their speed and range (like Goku and Lucario) fare well.

Luigi's Normal Moves

Combo

  • A punch, another punch, and a hip thrust. - 3%,2%,4%. This Jab gives Luigi very good range and is fast.

Side Tilt

  • A spin side kick - 9%. This attack has decent speed, range, and knockback, but it has slow cooldown.

Up Tilt

  • Upwards kittenswipe - 8% - 6%. Luigi's fist travels in a semi-circle above himself, giving him a good defense against aerial opponents. It also combos into other moves (and itself) easily.

Down Tilt

  • Crouching Kick - 7%. This move has a lot of stun, and it spikes opponents who are hanging from a ledge.

Neutral Air

  • Sex Kick - 12%, 5% late hit. This is one of the fastest aerial attacks in the game, and it ironically sends players straight up into the air. It's a relatviely powerful move.

Fair

  • Vertical chop - 11%. This attack sees Luigi Karate Chop in front of himself with good range, but relatively weak knockback. It has a very short cooldown. 

Bair

  • Reverse mule kick - 13% to 11%, 6% if hit late. Very similar to Mario's Bair, bur Luigi's has a sweet-spot on the tip of his feet that does extra damage.

Up Air

  • Bicycle kick 10% with first hit, 7% if hit late. This move is good for starting or continuing combos and is very fast, much like Mario's Up Air.

Dair

  • Drill Kick 12% to 10%. This attack is fairly quick and has a sweet-spot that spikes enemies straight down.

Side Smash

  • Spearhand 14%. A very powerful attack that sends enemies up at a 45 degree angle.

Up Smash

  • Lead Headbutt 16%. This attack has weaker knockback than Mario's Up Smash, but it has more range and deals more damage.

Down Smash

  • Break dance kick 13% in front,12% in back. This spin kick is one of Luigi's fastest attacks and sends the opponent flying upwards and to the rear.

Forward Throw

  • Spin throw 10%. This throw has solid knockback and damage.

Back Throw

  • Hip Thrust 8%. Weaker than Forward Throw, but only slightly. The launch angle is lower as well, making this potentially more useful for edge guard set-ups.

Up Throw

  • Upward toss 8%. This move doesn't combo very well, but it puts your opponent in an awkward position.

Down Throw

  • Downward slam - 8%. This move is harder to combo with than Mario's Down Throw, but it sets up nicely for air follow-ups.

Dash Attack

  • Multiple punches - up to 10%. This move is humorous in appearance but rather fast.

Ledge attack

  • Low kick - 8%.

Luigi's Special Moves

Type Name Description
Neutral Special Thunder A horizontal electric projectile that ignores gravity and moves a bit slowly. 5%.
Side Special Green Missile Luigi blasts off, headbutting enemies. Holding B will make him charge it up for more speed and power. It has a one-in-eight chance of a "misfire", which sees Luigi blast off at uncontrollable speed. Damage varies from 10% to 24%.
Up Special Super Jump Punch Luigi leaps straight up with an uppercut that causes a coin to come out of his foe on hit. If hit with precision during the start up of the move, it will become a powerful Fire Jump Punch (24%).
Down Special Luigi Cyclone Luigi spins, fists outsretched, hitting foes up to 5 times for up to 11% damage. This move allows Luigi to move left and right very quickly, and he may rise up by pressing B repeatedly.
Final Smash Elemental Medals Luigi pulls out his Poltergust 2000 equipped with Fire, Ice, and Water elemental weapons. Use A to fire them and B to switch weapons. Luigi can walk around and jump during this Final Smash. During the final few seconds, the elemental weapons get bigger.

Trivia

Notable Appearances

Gallery

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