Low- and mid-tiers buffed in Smash Ultimate 8.0.0 patch

Min Min has made her debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as the version 8.0.0 patch released on June 29. Naturally, the new update also included several balance changes focused on improving the game’s competitive experience. This time around, several low- and mid-tier characters received buffs, likely improving their overall competitive viability.

Many characters underwent changes meant to improve their movesets. The various changes included increased damage output, larger hitboxes for sweetspots, more consistent connection of multi-hit moves, and even decreased knockback in order to assist in combos. Notably, several characters received multiple buffs in the 8.0.0 patch. That list includes Kirby, Captain Falcon, Falco, Marth, Mewtwo, Meta Knight, Pit, Dark Pit, Ike, Diddy Kong, King Dedede, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Corrin, Bayonetta, King K. Rool, Isabelle, Incineroar, and Piranha Plant.

A handful of other characters received only one positive change in the new update. Developers adjusted Sheik’s forward smash, making it easier to connect both hits and extending the range of the second hit. In addition, Ridley got a power boost on his Down-B. Next, Hero can more easily hit multiple times with Kaboom. Finally, Banjo & Kazooie have more range on their get-up attack from a ledge.

Other changes to Smash Ultimate

Despite including a plethora of buffs, Smash Ultimate‘s 8.0.0 patch was free of any major nerfs. As a result, characters like Pikachu, Joker, and Palutena will likely retain their top-tier status for now. Interestingly, Diddy Kong received the biggest nerf of the patch, even though he also got some buffs. Changes to Diddy Kong’s Down-B now prevent him from performing his infinite.

The vulnerability while teching on the ground was tweaked for Ivysaur, Mega Man, Little Mac, Pac-Man, and Duck Hunt. As a result, their vulnerability will match that of the rest of the fighters in the cast. Little Mac also received a change to his vulnerability while using a get-up attack from the ground.

Several characters received adjustments to their Final Smashes in the Smash Ultimate 8.0.0 patch. Those characters were Mario, Jigglypuff, Ice Climbers, Dr. Mario, Zero Suit Samus, Sonic, Olimar, Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina & Luma, Palutena, Bayonetta, and Terry. Of course, this is only relevant for casual players, as Final Smashes are not allowed in competitive play.

Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.

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