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    Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Nintendo Wii
    
    Luigi Character Guide
    Version 2.5
    
    By Carlo Fiore
    
    Also known as Diocleziano/SegaMaster
    
    If you need to contact me, fire off an email to 
    cfdiocleziano@gmail.com.
    
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    Copyright - Carlo Fiore 2008. 
    
    This guide may be not be reproduced under any circumstances 
    except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on 
    any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without 
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    prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
    
    No Exceptions!
    
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
    1. Introduction                                 [INTRO]
    2. Move List                                     [MOVE]
    3. Strategies                                   [STRAT]
    4. Stadium                                       [STAD]
       a. Multiman Brawl                            [amult]
       b. Homerun Contest                           [bhome]
       c. Boss Battles                              [cboss]
    5. Character Strategies                         [CHARS]
    6. Fighting Against Luigi                         [FAL]
    7. Updates                                      [UPDTS]
    8. Credits                                       [CRED]
    
    Copy the codes to the right and use Ctrl+F to jump straight 
    to the section you need.
    
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    1. Introduction                                [INTRO]
    
    Welcome to the fight! The long awaited third game in the 
    Smash Bros. series has finally arrived, to much fanfare.
    
    Naturally, players quickly began gravitating towards the 
    characters that suited them best. That, my friends, is the 
    very purpose of this guide. This is for those who aspire to 
    be the best using the one and only man in green, Luigi.
    
    Luigi has evolved quite a bit over the course of the series. 
    In the beginning, he was for all intents and purposes 
    identical to Mario. The only things that set him apart were 
    different properties as far as his speed, weight, and 
    strength/effect of attacks. Melee changed things up a bit, 
    giving him several new techniques that were all his own, 
    (and giving birth to the goofy fan term "Luigified") as 
    well as lowering his traction a great deal. 
    
    Finally, Brawl came along, and Luigi has been diversified 
    enough that He and Mario no longer play anything alike.
    
    As a fighter, Luigi is floaty, and his movements are a bit 
    slow, but most of his attacks come out ridiculously fast, 
    and you can abuse this to build up some major damage. He 
    also has multiple recovery options, and a couple of very 
    versatile moves that can be used effectively in many 
    situations.
    
    The following is a list of Luigi's major strengths and 
    weaknesses.
    
    PROS:
    
    Great aerial attacks.
    Attacks come out fast.
    With the right moves, can kill at low percentages.
    Good combo ability, primarily while airborne.
    
    CONS:
    
    Slow movements.
    Somewhat lightweight. Can be KOed quickly if you're not 
    careful.
    Certain techniques leave him terribly vulnerable.
    Most of his moves aren't well suited for KOs until damage 
    is fairly high.
    
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    Here is list and description of Luigi's available 
    costumes/color swaps.
    
    Green/Blue (Green team)
    Classic Luigi.
    
    White/Green
    Luigi as seen when using the fireflower power up.
    
    Light Blue/Dark Blue (Blue Team)
    
    Pink/Red (Red Team)
    Some people call this Luigi's pimp clothes. That's neither 
    here nor there, I just thought I should say it.
    
    Orange/Blue
    
    Purple/Black
    Waluigi's colors.
    
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    Methods for unlocking Luigi:
    
    -Play 22 brawls in group mode.
    -Beat classic without using continues.
    -Get Luigi to join you in Subspace Emmisary
    
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    2. Movelist                                     [MOVE]
    
    Ah, the movelist. Strategy will help you later on, but like 
    any fighting game, the most important weapon in your 
    arsenal as a player is total mastery over your characters 
    techniques and abilities. 
    
    The following reveals every one of Luigi's moves, including 
    important info such as Damage percentages, knockback range, 
    and a minor description of the moves strengths and 
    weaknesses, in some cases including the more appropriate 
    times to utilize them. Study up.
    
    It should be noted that I tested these damage percentages 
    myself. No reference was used.
    
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    Standard A button attacks
    
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    A
    3%
    
    AA
    5%
    
    AAA 
    10%
    
    
    So, there's your standard A button combo that every 
    character has. It should be noted that you don't ever have 
    a reason to tap the A button only once or twice. If you're 
    going to use this standard attack, then use the whole combo.
    
    This will benefit you anyway, as the whole 3 hit combo is 
    very fast, and surprisingly enough the final hit has low 
    but decent knockback. It's a quick, nifty way to get 
    someone out of your face for second. If you're fast, after 
    you've knocked someone away you can follow them with a Down 
    B special, and deal some damage before they can recover.
    
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    Dash Attack
    
    Individual hits
    1% each
    Final hit
    2%
    
    If you connect with the entire animation, you'll hit 7 
    times for a total of 8%. I've heard talk that this move is 
    useless, but not really. Once caught in the flurry, a 
    character can't escape the rush until the move is over, and 
    the final hit has very low knockback (larger at higher 
    percents), but it's enough to get people away for a brief 
    moment.
    
    If you're in a Free for all battle, and you have multiple 
    opponents in front of you, the move can catch all three of 
    them at once. However, this is difficult to do, and it's 
    not recommended. But the option is there.
    
    Be careful with this dash attack. You can use it, but do so 
    sparingly; it's one of the moves that leaves Luigi horribly 
    vulnerable if it doesn't connect.
    
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    Forward Tilt
    10%
    
    Damage builder. Low knockback at higher percentages. 
    
    Up Tilt
    9%
    
    Low knockback, but very good for setting up aerial combos. 
    Send your opponents up and hammer with them with Luigi's 
    superior aerial ability.
    
    Down Tilt
    9%
    
    At low percents, this move will typically only cause your 
    enemies to flinch. Occasionally, they may lose their 
    footing and fall to ground, but it's a quick recovery from 
    there and you really won't be able to take advantage of it.
    
    Around 90%, this'll start causing some very, very minor 
    knockback. Use it to set up a quick smash attack.
    
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    Aerial Attacks
    
    Aerials are one of Luigi's greatest assets. His general 
    floatiness and quick attacks make it simple to pound out 
    two to three attacks in a single jump with time to spare. 
    In two jumps, you can potentially hit with up to six 
    attacks, and quickly build up the damage. Abuse fast 
    falling while doing this (while falling, tap the control 
    stick downto fall much faster) and with some quick 
    reactions, you can combo your enemies to hell and back.
    
    Neutral Air
    14%
    
    This move has been strengthened since the last game. It 
    comes out very quick, and at higher damages (around 100) it 
    can actually be used as a reasonably effective kill move.
    
    This is a decent option for approaching an opponent from 
    above, but don't rely on it too much.
    
    Out of all of Luigi's aerial attacks, this one is the most 
    laggy, meaning it takes much longer after using this for 
    Luigi to revert to "normal" and be able to use other 
    attacks. It's not hard to do, but try to only use it when 
    you're positive it will connect.
    
    Up Air
    13%
    
    Mid range knockback at higher percentages. It's best used 
    for racking up damage during combos.
    
    Down Air
    11%
    
    Good for approach from above, and mid range knockback. Most 
    often, when this move hits, your enemy will fly to the side 
    of you. However, on occasion this move will count as a 
    meteor smash, and can be used to spike your opponent down 
    into oblivion.
    
    UPDATE: I was previously having problems getting the spike
    to work reliably, as the conditions seemed to have changed
    since Melee. However, my personal method was flawed.
    
    Thankfully, reader TheUnruly1 stepped in and helped me get 
    my ass in gear.
    
    Here's what he had to say:
    
    "It actually needs to connect *above* his knees and up, or 
    at least above the most useful, downward-reaching part of 
    the move. And during the first couple of frames the attack 
    is out."
    
    That's right as rain folks.
    
    This is harder to do than it was in Melee, and the window 
    of oppurtunity seems to be shorter. 
    
    The range he gives is accurate, but can be tough to actually
    manage. It almost makes it easier to do if you are rising 
    up to meet someone falling towards you, and it may help to 
    start out trying to use it that way so you'll get a sense 
    of it's range.
    
    As for the timing, you'll want to start the attack the 
    instant before it would connect. Practice this and get the
    timing down to an art, and you'll be able to pull off the 
    Meteor Smash just about anytime you need it.
    
    
    Forward Air
    10%
    
    How disappointing. In melee, this was a very powerful kill 
    move. It has been downgraded severely. 
    
    The speed of the attack is as great as ever, with mid level 
    knockback, but it will only KO at very high percents, 
    nearing 150 even for lighter characters.
    
    You can use this move to get people the hell away from you, 
    but do not try to rely on it for kills. 
    
    Back Air
    12%
    
    Mid knockback. Fun to use when edge guarding, and more 
    likely to kill than Forward Air.
    
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    Other attacks 
    
    Attacking when hanging from a ledge
    
    This is the move you use if you press the A button when 
    hanging from a ledge.
    
    If your own damage is lower than 100%, then this attack 
    will do 8% to your opponent.
    
    If your own damage is higher than 100%, then this attack 
    will do 10% to your opponent.
    
    Down Taunt
    2%
    
    Luigi was once the only character who could do damage 
    with his taunt. Nowadays, Snake can as well (thanks to 
    theblackbreath for alerting me to this fact). Luigi's,
    however, is still more fun to use, heh.
    
    If you somehow manage to connect with this little kick, 
    you'll do 2% damage and send your opponent straight up in 
    the air. The knockback however, is set, and your opponent 
    will fly the same distance whether their damage is 0% or 
    999%.
    
    An interesting bit though, is that if your enemy is hanging 
    from a ledge, and you manage to kick them with this taunt 
    while they are hanging, they will be instantly spiked 
    straight down to their deaths, damage ignored and unable to 
    recover.
    
    This is undeniably fun. Unfortunately, this move has no 
    practical use. If you have the guts to attempt to use it as 
    an attack during a heated fight, and you actually manage to 
    connect with it, consider it a humiliation tactic.
    
    Crawling
    
    Not really an attack, but it seemed the most appropriate place
    to put this.
    
    Luigi is one of the handful of characters who is able to crawl.
    
    Personally, I haven't found much use for crawling, enough so
    that I often forget that it can be done at all.
    
    It is there though, and Luigi can do it (rather humorously,
    he scooches along while crouched), so keep it in mind.
    
    Thanks to Kevin G. for pointing out that I forgot to add this.
    
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    Smash Attacks
    
    Forward Smash
    Uncharged 
    14%
    Fully charged
    19%
    
    This move is deadly. Use it for kills. The knockback is 
    fantastic, and it can kill as low as 50-60% when fully 
    charged, give about 10-15 for the heavier characters. For 
    reference, Bowser, the heaviest character, will die from 
    this attack at about 75%. Even the quick uncharged version 
    of this smash will start killing in the 70% range.
    
    If you can sweetspot this smash and hit with the very tip 
    of Luigi's fingers, the knockback will be slightly greater. 
    The added distance is moot, however, as by the time an 
    opponent's damage is high enough for it to matter, the move 
    will be capable of killing them anyway.
    
    Up Smash
    Uncharged
    12-15%
    Fully Charged
    16-21%
    
    Mid range knockback. The uncharged version of this attack 
    won't be useful for kills until much higher percents. The 
    fully charged version will start to kill around 80-90%.
    
    Try to use this to hit people who may be on platforms above 
    you. It can work pretty well as a surprise attack this way.
    
    Down Smash
    Uncharged 16-18%
    Fully Charged 22-23%
    
    Mid knockback. A full charge will start to kill in the late 
    80s. If you're quick, this move is good for clearing space 
    around you to create some breathing room.
    
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    B Special Moves
    
    B - Fireball
    6%
    
    This is a fairly short range projectile compared to others 
    in the game. It's too slow to abuse it, but throwing 
    fireballs during small breaks in the action can help to 
    build up damage over time. Keep in mind that Luigi's 
    fireball is not affected by gravity, and will fly straight 
    and true until it disappears. 
    
    Up B - Super Jump Punch/Fire Jump Punch
    Standard hit - 1%
    Perfect "Fire" hit - 25%
    
    Usable for Recovery
    
    As attacks go, this move is very dangerous to use, but the 
    payoff is immense if you succeed. If you hit the opponent, 
    but your aim is off, the move will do a measly 1% damage 
    and leave you horribly vulnerable.
    
    However, if you get a perfect hit, it will ping, Luigi's 
    fist, and subsequently, his opponent's whole body will set 
    on fire, and the enemy will be sent flying straight up at 
    high speed. The perfect hit will do 25% damage. 3 Fire jump 
    punches will rack up 75% damage, and will kill anyone, 
    anywhere. The thing is, the speed and distance of the 
    knockback for this move is ridiculous, and if you're good 
    enough to hit somebody with it in the air, you can kill 
    them at very low percentages.
    
    Make absolutely sure to use fastfalling (again, tap down on 
    the control stick while falling to fall faster) after 
    performing this move as an attack, especially if you miss. 
    It takes a long time for Luigi to hit the ground again, and 
    you'll be wide open until he recovers. Out of all of 
    Luigi's moves, this technique has the highest payoff, but 
    with the greatest risk. Be careful!
    
    As a recovery move, it's best for gaining height if you're 
    trying to return from below the stage. Luigi has become 
    more mobile while falling after this move than he was in 
    the last game, so you can use it a little bit farther away 
    from the edge than you might think is safe. However, it 
    depends on your distance and your height. Experiment so you 
    can feel what the limits are.
    
    Forward B - Green Missile
    Anywhere from 5 to 26%, depending on the charge.
    Misfire will hit for 25%
    
    Usable for recovery
    
    This move is chargeable. Hold the B button to start the 
    charge. When it's full, Luigi will start flashing, but he 
    won't be able to move. He'll still in the squatting, pre-
    launch position until you release the B button to fire. The 
    higher you charge, the greater the resulting speed and 
    distance that be reached when you release.
    
    There is a small chance that this move will "misfire". When 
    this happens, Luigi will explode, and fly very far, very 
    fast. The distance and speed will vary depending on how 
    much you charged before you released.
    
    When the misfire happens, Luigi will catch fire, and any 
    opponents he hits in the process will be sent flying, 
    potentially to their deaths if the damage is high enough.
    
    There's no way to be sure when this will happen, but a 
    misfire won't be able to screw you up nearly as bad as it 
    could in Melee, so don't worry about it overmuch.
    
    The Green Missile is Luigi's best method for horizontal 
    recovery.
    
    I somehow forgot to mention on interesting side effect of
    the Green Missile, and thanks to romanshelton flamedtechno
    for reminding me.
    
    When the green missile is about halfway and above to being
    fully charged, it is possible, if facing a wall when firing
    it, that Luigi will get his head jammed into the wall.
    
    It's not a random effect, and you can do it reliably once you
    work out the point where the charge is great enough to put
    you through the wall.
    
    Mind you, it doesn't work on every surface. 
    
    Unfortunately, this technique is just for kicks (and can 
    leave you vulnerable if your opponent dodges and you
    get stuck in a wall behind them). As far as recovery goes, 
    it can help you get closer to the ledge while getting a 
    breather, but don't depend on it. Getting stuck will 
    hold you to the wall for a few seconds, but it will 
    NOT reset your jumps. In short, if you've already used 
    your second jump and are too far below the stage's ledge
    for the Super Jump Punch to save you, then you're boned 
    anyway. Sorry!
    
    Down B - Luigi Cyclone
    5 hits
    First 4 - 2% each
    Final - 4% 
    
    Usable for recovery.
    
    This move is incredibly versatile. 
    
    When this hits, the opponent is sucked into the cyclone to 
    take each hit. The first four build damage, and the final 
    hit low to mid knockback.
    
    Use this on the ground and hold left or right, and will 
    Luigi will zip off in that direction while spinning. This 
    is harder to control than it was in Melee (you can still
    move quickly back and forth, but the range is smaller)
    but it's still very effective. You can use this method 
    for crowd control, combo setups, and as a very speedy 
    way to close the distance with your opponent.
    
    Something special about the cyclone is that if you 
    repeatedly and quickly tap B after activating it, you can 
    use it gain height. This has a couple of different uses, 
    but you need to remember how to use it properly.
    
    If you started the move on the ground and you start tapping, 
    you quickly gain a good amount of height. This allows you 
    to safely attack from below. If you started the move in the 
    air and start tapping, the result depends on your inertia. 
    If you were moving up, say out of a jump, the height gain 
    is fantastic, and can be used for attacking and recovery. 
    However, if you were falling at the time, the move will 
    hold you in the air for the duration, but you won't gain 
    any real height. Remember not to use it while falling if 
    there isn't any ground beneath you!
    
    You can use the Cyclone for pursuit of an airborne enemy. 
    This will be discussed further in the strategy section.
    
    As a recovery move, this is great for getting some height 
    while far from the stage, and works wonders for catching 
    the ledge from below the stage. Again, make sure you're 
    moving up when you start tapping during the spin. If you're 
    falling, you won't gain any height.
    
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    Throws
    
    Grab Attack - Headbutt
    3%
    
    Up Throw
    8%
    Mid range. Use it to set up combos.
    
    Forward Throw
    9%
    
    Low range.
    
    Back Throw
    12%
    
    Very high range. This move has been beefed up again since 
    Melee. At high percents, it is definitely capable of a KO, 
    especially closer to the edge of a stage. Luigi's grab 
    range isn't real great though, so be careful when 
    attempting to use this.
    
    Down Throw
    6%
    
    Will give your enemy some bounce! This can be used to 
    chaingrab, but it's slow, and Luigi's short grab range 
    makes it difficult. It's not all that useful, but it can be 
    done.
    
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    Final Smash
    
    NEGATIVE ZONE
    
    Damage Varies
    
    When Luigi's Final Smash is activated, things get trippy, 
    and Luigi performs a strange dance that has a number of 
    effects. Once the dance is complete, you'll be able to move 
    and attack your disadvantaged enemies. 
    
    The following list, referenced with thanks from 
    smashbros.com, are the possible status effects that can 
    happen to the enemies that are caught in range of the 
    Negative Zone.
    
    Lowered attack power.
    Lighter weight. (Will fly farther when hit)
    Increased tripping.
    Low level, but constant, damage increase.
    Flower on head.
    Dizziness. (dazed and unable to move)
    Taunting.
    Sleeping.
    Slowed movement. (similar to the watch item)
    
    It won't cause all of these every time, but rather a varied 
    mix of them each time.
    
    Negative Zone is far more effective than one might think.
    
    However, this Final Smash does have an area of effect. 
    Don't hammer the B button the moment you get the smash ball, 
    if your opponents aren't around you, they won't get caught 
    in the circle, and the smash will be wasted.
    
    First thing to note is this, if you catch your enemies in 
    the smash, but none of the side effects halt their ability 
    to move, they will still be able to attack you. Thankfully, 
    it doesn't matter, as Luigi is entirely invincible until he
    completes the dance.
    
    Hopefully though, the smash will stop them in their tracks, 
    and even if it doesn't, you'll be in a good position. You 
    can now systematically visit each of your downed opponents, 
    and nail them with a perfect Super Jump Punch, or 
    alternatively, a fully charged forward smash. If you're in 
    a free for all and you're quick, you can easily kill all 
    three of your opponents this way.
    
    It seems I stand corrected about one thing. Thanks go to 
    David M. and Jason J., who wrote in to tell me that you
    can in fact get more than one kill on the same opponent while
    this smash is active.
    
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    3. Strategies                                  [STRAT]
    
    Combo potential - Luigi is a beast in the air. He falls 
    slow enough and has fast enough attacks that it's easy to 
    get out several standard aerial attacks in two jumps. Use 
    this to your advantage to rack up the damage and control 
    where your opponent flies.
    
    Learn the versatility of Luigi Cyclone - Use this to close 
    the distance with your opponent quickly, and use it to 
    clear crowds. The last hit has knockback, so use it to 
    quickly surprise your opponent and send them up to set up 
    combos.
    
    One useful thing about the Cyclone is pursuit. Quickly 
    tapping the B button after starting the move will let you 
    gain a lot of height. You can, for example, use an Up throw 
    on an enemy, then chase them up with the cyclone and nail 
    them before they can react.
    
    If you hit an opponent high enough straight up, quickly 
    jump, and while you're still moving up, start tapping the 
    cyclone. If you're quick and you time it right, you can 
    interrupt their fall with your attack, and if their damage 
    is high enough the final hit can score a KO. If you learn 
    how to do this well, you can get a lot of vertical KOs.
    
    Finishing Moves - You're best finishers are as follows.
    
    Forward Smash - Charge it up if you can.
    Perfect (Fire) Super Jump Punch - Devastating. But be 
    careful with it.
    Aerial Neutral A - This has surprising power. Experiment 
    with it and you'll see what it can do.
    Back Throw - It has the power, just use it sparingly. 
    Luigi's grabs aren't the greatest, and you'll be vulnerable 
    if you miss.
    Aerial Down A - It has the potential to spike. Use it often, 
    especially while edge guarding. Don't be afraid to meet 
    your opponent with this. Even if it doesn't spike, the 
    sideways knockback is effective.
    
    Recovery - Luigi has three different recovery moves, and 
    can return from very far away if you use them properly.
    
    Here's an example.
    
    First off, when sent flying, immediately use directional 
    influence (hold the control stick in the opposite direction 
    of your flight) to slow yourself down. Once heading back 
    towards the stage, start charging the green missile. Charge 
    time depends on your distance and height, so use your best 
    judgment, just know that you'll rarely have time to charge 
    it all the way.
    
    Once you've reached the length of your missile, use your 
    double jump, and near the height of your jump, start up the 
    Luigi cyclone and tap to gain as much height as possible. 
    This will put you close enough to either get back to safety, 
    or put you in range to successfully recover with the Super 
    Jump Punch.
    
    Mix things up, depending on where you've been sent, and 
    eliminate unnecessary moves if you're close enough to not 
    need them.
    
    One last note on the Cyclone. If you're returning to the stage
    from above and your opponent is waiting for you, use the 
    Cyclone rather than an A attack. The priority is better, and 
    you'll have a better chance of coming out on top after the clash.
    
    Team Battles - 
    
    The most effective partners for Luigi are those that make up 
    for his weaknesses (range, projectiles,), and are strong enough 
    to be able to cover him in return when he's vulnerable. 
    
    Ness and Lucas are both good choices for coverage, strength, 
    and range. 
    
    Sonic and other speed characters are also effective to help 
    set up kills. Rack up the damage and finish them off before
    they can blink.
    
    Luigi can also effectively cover a primarily projectile user, 
    providing the close range dominance while his partner builds 
    up the damage while afar.
    
    Super Jump Punch Combo- 
    
    Thanks to Booken The Blue and Daniel for writing to me on
    this subject. I added the comments, but the moves are all 
    them.
    
    The gist of this combo is using the A standard attacks to 
    set up the Fire Jump Punch.
    
    Booken's version (1 tap of the A button) and Daniel's 
    (2 taps) can be equally effective based on the situation, but
    can be dangerous for you if you screw it up.
    
    In short, get up close, tap A once, or twice for a longer stun,
    and while the opponent flinches from the attack, quickly use 
    the Super Jump Punch. 
    
    It works pretty well, and is good for building damage provided
    you can hit with it, but it is kind of reckless. If you're 
    slightly off on your aim, or the opponent is able to shield the
    jump itself, you'll be entirely vulnerable to an enemy that
    is in the perfect position to counterattack.
    
    Take note though, that while it can work on any character, it's
    much easier to use on larger slower characters. The faster your
    opponent, the more likely they'll be able to dodge this. You
    can probably spam it on the likes of Bowser, but use it 
    sparingly on the likes of Fox. They'll punish you horribly 
    if you miss.
    
    KamikaziCat wrote in with two combos he created. Here's what
    he had to say, copied directly from his email.
    
    "Screw Punch
    I have created a technique that Requires the use of an item, 
    Grab a screw ball and run up to and enemy and quickly jump 
    twice.  Right as you finish your second jump use the up b and 
    usually you will use the super Jump punch.  The best thing is 
    that they are already in the air so chances of killing are a 
    lot higher.
    
    Luigi's Gambit
    This one is only useful when you have an enemy who is charging 
    a easily recognizable smash.  Get just outside their smash 
    range, and Roll towrds them.  Immediatly do the up b.  You have 
    a good chance that it will do the super jump punch.  The problem 
    is that if you go too far you will fall into a medium to full 
    charged smash."
    
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    4. Stadium                                      [STAD]
    
    The Stadium has four mini events that can be played solo or 
    with a friend. These are:
    
    Home Run Contest
    Multi Man Brawl
    Break the Targets
    Boss Battles
    
    I've included strategies for the Home Run Contest, Multi Man 
    Brawl, and Boss Battles.
    
    However, I do not intend to include anything for Break the 
    Targets. 
    
    The reason for this is that while I'm fully capable of 
    beating the times required for challenges, it's not a 
    difficult task. There will eventually be a dedicated FAQ 
    that will do a far better job at Break the Targets, with 
    far better times, than I possibly can. Besides, Luigi 
    really isn't the best character to use to get the fastest 
    times in that mode.
    
    However, if you feel like the guide should include some BtT 
    strategy, and you have a good one with a good time, please 
    send it in. Be clear and concise. I'll be happy to add a 
    Break the Targets section to the guide if anyone sends in 
    some info. I will use the most effective strategies I receive, 
    and you will of course be credited if I use yours.
    
    Again, if there are no submissions for Break the Targets, 
    I will not be adding such a section to the guide!
    
    Now, on to the stadium!
    
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    a. Multi Man Brawl                             [amult]
       
    10 man/ 100 man Brawl
       
    If you can pick up the controller, you can handle 10 man 
    brawl. There's no doubt about that. 100 man is a bit more 
    difficult.
    
    Utilize your smashes; you don't need to charge them. All of 
    them will kill here. Avoid the Super Jump Punch, it's too 
    slow to be worthwhile here, and you will end up eating the 
    damage.
    
    Your aerial attacks will be a life saver, so stay up. And 
    don't be afraid to abuse the items. That's why they are 
    there.
    
    If you're unable to beat this the typical way, then try 
    going for the cheapo way. Luigi cyclone is very effective 
    in this fight. Now, if you use the Luigi cyclone on the 
    ground, it'll react like always, pulling in for multiple 
    hits, and knocking back on the last hit.
    
    That won't do you much good in this fight where you can 
    have as many as 5 guys on your back at once.
    
    However, since your enemies are very lightweight they react 
    differently to certain attacks. The properties of the 
    Cyclone are different in the air here, and EACH HIT WILL 
    KILL ANYONE IT TOUCHES.
    
    In short, jump up, spam the cyclone in the air, and watch 
    the explosions as your enemies die. 
    
    If you're quick enough, the cyclone method can clear out 
    the game in less than 3:00 minutes, unlocking one of the 
    challenge windows.
    
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    3-minute Brawl
    
    This is simple. If you beat the 100 man brawl, you can 
    survive the 3 minute brawl. Use the same strategies. You'll 
    be fine.
    
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    15- minute Brawl
    
    Believe it or not, the same method used on the 100 man Brawl
    and 3 minute Brawl will work here. It's just much more 
    difficult, and takes a lot more patience, and spamming of 
    Down B in the air.
    
    If you're lucky enough to get a situation where you only have
    1 or 2 enemies onscreen, rather than kill them right away, try
    to avoid them. You can burn up a lot of time this way without
    having to fight. If you start taking damage though, knock them
    out and try again later.
    
    Above all, stay on the attack. And if you see a bomb, don't be
    a hero. If you can manage it, detonate from a safe distance, 
    but don't pick it up. It's often too hard to set up a situation 
    where it's actually safe to use a bomb, and that applies double 
    to the smart bomb.
    
    You'll be hating life if you get blown to smithereens by a 
    stupid mistake a mere minute from the finish.
    
    15 minute Brawl and Cruel Brawl (shown next) are NOT easy. 
    Patience will serve you best here.
    
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    Cruel Brawl
    
    This is terribly hard to do.
    
    Keep moving constantly, and stick to aerial attacks when you can, 
    especially the neutral B. Cyclone will help you clear the crowds 
    in some cases, but it can also bunch them together and set them 
    up for a quick smash attack. You don't have time to charge 
    smashes, so don't bother.
    
    Also, never use your Super Jump Punch for anything but 
    recovering from below the stage. You are far too vulnerable 
    here for this move to even begin being useful as an attack.
    
    If you get knocked off, you can attempt to trick your opponents 
    into following you down before grabbing the ledge yourself. 
    The Alloys are incapable of recovering outside of jumps. 
    If you hang from a ledge and drop off, the aggresive alloys will 
    often follow you down. Use your own recovery to return back to 
    the ledge, while the alloy falls to their death. 
    
    That bit is more effective for other characters, but Luigi can 
    utilize it to a degree.
    
    Combine these things carefully. It can be tough to get a lot of 
    KOs in this mode with Luigi, but it can be done well enough to 
    at least unlock the challenges.
    
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    b. Home Run Contest                            [bhome]
    
    Again, I am accepting strategies for Home Run Contest, 
    provided they beat my own score. Send'em in if you got'em 
    folks!
    
    Alright, so here's my method.
    
    Start off by grabbing the bat right away. Immediately throw 
    the bat at Sandbag, and the moment you throw it, toss off a 
    Fireball. When Sandbag ricochets off the wall, the Fireball 
    will stop him in his tracks so you can quickly hit him 
    again. Grab the bat, throw it again, and Fireball again.
    
    Now grab the bat, throw it yet again, then immediately turn 
    left and throw a Fireball. Sandbag will hit it from above 
    when he bounces over there. Grab the bat, and throw it at 
    Sandbag a final time, then quickly turn right to hit him 
    with another fireball and stop him close to the right edge.
    
    Now grab the bat, hit him with two or three more fireballs, 
    depending on how much time you have left, and then Smash 
    him with the bat. Try to sweetspot the tip of the bat, 
    it'll help a bit.
    
    With this method, you can get over 1800 feet.
    
    Here is a link to youtube video, that shows me completing
    the test with the strategy written above. I apologize for 
    the poor quality, but it's clear enough that you can see
    what is being done.
    
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46urh2npmok
    
    Do you have a strategy that can reliably beat my score of 
    1873.4 feet? Send it in. My email is up top.
    
    Big UPDATE:
    
    I'm pleased to say that several people wrote in strategies
    for Home Run Contest that Smash my record. I'll be quoting
    their comments from their emails, and including any links 
    they may have sent. Big thanks go out all of you, well done!
    
    First up, Felix R.:
    
    "Anyways, here is my strategy you get the bat and get near 
    the sand-bag. Once near, you throw the bat up and press 
    the attack button twice. When the bat drops pick it up again.
    You do that for 4 times and add in a hit from the bat, 
    some fireballs, or just a punch and launch that sucker. 
    With this I got an amazing record of over 1900 feet on my 
    first try! It took me a while to get it to over 2000 feet,
    but that took luck."
    
    Next up is Clayfrd, who nailed 2016.1 feet.
    
    "My starting move is described as follows: 1. Pick up the 
    bat and stand as close to the bat as possible. 2. Throw the 
    bat straight up. 3. IMMEDIATELY use the fire jump punch 
    (Up+B). This move automatically racks up 51% damage and leaves
    you with about 6.5 seconds left once the bag drops back down.
    The last step is to throw the bat at the sandbag right before
    it hits the ground and continually throw the bat at the 
    sandbag as it nears the ground until about 2 seconds are left. 
    At that point, walk over to about halfway between the center 
    and the right edge of the platform, and wind up right at one. 
    The sandbag should be oriented right at the tip of Luigi's bat, 
    and the damage will exceed or be at 150 damage once the bat 
    has been swung. The sand bag will fly over 2000 feet."
    
    Clayfrd also sent me a follow up email with a quick
    note and a link to a video of his record on youtube. Here 
    it is:
    
    "I have uploaded a video, and while it has poor quality, 
    if you follow the instructions that I sent you, you will 
    understand what's going on."
    
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG3yd4hOLd4
    
    I also a recieved an email from Chris B. He says he has hit
    over 1900 feet as well, but didn't send me a strategy. Chris,
    send one in! 
    
    Thanks again everybody, for sending me your scores!
    
    
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    c. Boss Battles                                [cboss]
    
    The Boss Battle mode can be horribly difficult, especially 
    at the highest difficulty levels. The setup is the same 
    as All-Star mode. You fight each boss one at a time, while 
    visiting a "rest area" between each bout. The rest area 
    contains 3 heart containers that will fully heal you, which 
    you can use at your discretion. It doesn't seem like much, 
    but what makes this mode difficult is that there are no 
    continues. If you die, you start over, period.
    
    I can't tell you the best times to use your heart containers. 
    That really depends on how you fair in the fights, so use 
    your best judgment. My advice, if you hit about 100-120%, 
    heal up, unless you're very confident that you can beat the 
    next boss without doing so. For the record, the Ridleys and 
    the Hands are the easiest to avoid taking damage from, so 
    keep that in mind when you see your upcoming fights and 
    plan the use of your heart containers.
    
    This section contains mini strategies for handling each 
    boss. The order is random, so skip to the one you need.
    
    I'll say ahead of time, that it's best to avoid using the 
    Super Jump Punch in these battles. The delay is too great, 
    and bosses don't flinch, so you will be punished for it. 
    At the very most, use it to finish them off, but only if 
    you've mastered the timing and are sure their health is 
    low enough that the move will kill.
    
    1. Master Hand and Crazy Hand
    
    The Hands are probably the easiest battles to handle. Both 
    of them telegraph their attacks. When you see them winding 
    up to use one their high variety of moves. Stop and stay 
    put, just for a moment, and then move. This will ensure 
    that the hands aren't moving when they finally unleash the 
    attack, and thus allows you to quickly dodge almost 
    anything they throw at you.
    
    The biggest thing you have to watch out for is their screw 
    attack. You'll know when this is being used. The hand will 
    move to your location, fingers pointed together and 
    straight up. It will then start spinning, and flames will 
    come out from the bottom of the glove. After launching, 
    they'll come back down on you spinning (hence screw attack). 
    This move is irritating, as it locks you in place, deals 
    a great deal of damage, and knocks you back a good ways 
    once complete. It is also nearly impossible to dodge.
    
    The best way to avoid this, is to dodge the flames at the 
    startup, then while the hand is off the screen, wait just 
    a moment before they come back and jump off the stage. 
    Don't get to far out. Do your best to keep your airtime, 
    and when the attack ends or is close to it, grab that ledge.
    
    This isn't a perfect dodge method, but it will save you most
    of the time. Practice it.
    
    If you're lucky, you may be able to kill them before they ever
    use this move.
    
    2. Ridley and Meta-Ridley
    
    The Ridleys will usually fly off the screen before attacking. 
    Keep on eye on them and learn the timing for their return to 
    dodge their attacks.
    
    It's safe to stay airborne most of the time while fighting 
    them, and a good idea too. The majority of their attacks 
    affect the stage in some way, from dragging his tail from 
    end to end, or in the case of Meta-Ridley, pulling the Blue 
    Falcon almost entirely off the screen. 
    
    Luigi's aerial attack speed is great for this fight. If 
    you're near him, you can pull three aerial UP A attacks 
    in a single jump. Abuse your speed and air dodge at the 
    first hint of trouble.
    
    Stay alert and pressure him.
    
    3. Rayquaza
    
    It's possible to get some quick smash attacks in on Rayquaza, 
    as most of the time he remains grounded. If you do this, 
    watch out for his tail sweep, it hurts.
    
    If he charges up an energy ball, stay high, it travels 
    along the ground.
    
    This battle is relatively simple.
    
    4. Porky
    
    This fight is dangerous.
    
    First and foremost, be patient. Porky has a lot of attacks, 
    and many of them are high damage and likely to kill.
    
    The best way to handle things is to play defensive and 
    don't let him hit you at all. This isn't a fight where 
    you can safely eat the damage and kill him quickly.
    
    A decent way to wittle away his health is to get on top of 
    him. Pound on him like crazy, but stay cautious. There are 
    three attacks that can wreck you while you're up there.
    
    First of all, he'll clasp his two upper claws together 
    over his head, and start charging an energy ball, which 
    he'll eventually release. You can get caught in the charge, 
    so move it.
    
    Second, he has a quick attack where one of the upper claws 
    unleashes a terrible flurry of attacks in one direction. 
    This can hit you if you're up top, so don't think you're 
    safe just because the attack is indirect.
    
    Third, he will sometimes jump in the air and hover, sending 
    bolts of energy to the ground. If you're on top of him, 
    you'll go with him, and you'll be off the screen during 
    the attack. Don't panic, you won't die if you're standing 
    still, but if you take a hit while you're up there chances 
    are you'll be flying off the top.
    
    5. Petey Pirahna
    
    Pick a cage and stick to it. 
    
    It's tempting to wail on him because he is so big, but 
    that can backfire badly. Don't be too impatient to dodge, 
    his hits have a good bit of knockback.
    
    If you are unable to hit a cage for a bit, you can attack 
    his body. It's not as effective, but it will still lower 
    both health bars a bit and it's a good way to add to his 
    damage in dangerous times.
    
    If he jumps, jump with him and air dodge. If you don't 
    dodge, you'll avoid the shockwave when he lands, but 
    you'll still get hit by his body on the way down.
    
    The Luigi Cyclone can help to rack up hits in this fight.
    
    6. Duon
    
    This fight is the suck, it really is. Abuse the hell out 
    of your air dodge. Take shots at him when you can, but 
    dodge, dodge, dodge.
    
    Most of his attacks hit hard, and multiple times, and 
    are capable of racking up the damage quick.
    
    If he happens to shoot his missiles, to try to direct them 
    back into him. The damage they will do to him is immensely 
    helpful.
    
    The Cyclone will help you again, use it along the ground if 
    you need to get away from him quick.
    
    7. Galleom
    
    Galleom can destroy you if you're not careful, but it isn't 
    that difficult to avoid his attacks.
    
    If he goes into his tank form, drop everything and avoid it 
    at all costs.
    
    The same rule applies if he starts jumping. Don't let this 
    move catch you! If it does, you'll be embedded in the ground, 
    and Galleom will keep jumping on your fool head and crank 
    up your damage like crazy.
    
    8. Tabuu
    
    Tabuu is much easier to handle in the Boss Battle mode than 
    he was in Subspace Emmisary.
    
    Don't try to chase him around, he's too fast for you in 
    that regard. If you are impatient and insist on chasing 
    him, you can use the Cyclone to cover more ground very 
    quickly. Just be careful not to start it just as he's 
    using one of his own attacks, or you'll be horribly 
    vulnerable.
    
    Stay steady, and when he teleports near you, abuse your 
    aerial attack speed to get in 6 or 7 shots, more if you're 
    quick about it.
    
    Be patient and stick to your aerial game.
    
    His moves are pretty telegraphed, so despite their speed 
    you'll almost always see them coming, stay on your toes 
    and you can dodge everything he throws at you.
    
    One last note on Tabuu, you don't have to fear the "Red rings
    of death" nearly as much here. In the story mode, this attack
    was a one hit KO, guaranteed. In this case, while they can 
    still easily kill you (around 60% damage) it's not instant, 
    so don't despair if you eat this attack once or twice, it's not 
    over yet.
    
    
    
    
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    5. Character Strategies                        [CHARS]
    
    This bit will be devoted to providing mini strategies for 
    taking on each character. Luigi, like any character, fairs 
    better against certain characters, and worse against others. 
    He does, for example, have a very hard time against opponents 
    with a lot of reach in their attacks, made worse by the fact 
    that Luigi's own standard moves have actually been shortened. 
    You'll often have to take an indirect approach against these 
    sorts of characters.
    
    Keep in mind that everyone plays different, and these 
    comments are not set in stone. Use them as they apply to 
    improve your game as much as possible. Know your enemy, 
    and all that jazz.
    
    Section 6 is devoted to fighting Luigi himself, so skip 
    there if that's what you're looking for.
    
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    Mario - Mario can definitely meet you on your own terms. 
    His attacks and movements are a bit faster, but his 
    strength no longer matches up to Luigi's. Fight him head on, 
    but don't allow him any opportunities. Watch out for his 
    aerial forward attack. It comes out slow, but if he times 
    it right, it's almost certainly a spiked KO. Remember that 
    you can beat him in the air.
    
    Peach - Peach is very mobile in the air. However, her vertical 
    jumping and recovery are terrible now. If you can get her 
    below the stage, it'll usually mean a death for her.
    Be careful of Peach using her second jump's hover the barest
    bit above the surface of the stage. It keeps her at ground
    level while doubling her mobility and speed, and she will 
    nail you with all the aerial attacks she wants. The best 
    way to counter this is with a Cyclone along the ground.
    
    Bowser - Luigi can take Bowser pretty easily. Abuse your 
    speed advantage, and get Bowser up in the air to really 
    mess him up. Throws will be effective.
    
    Donkey Kong - Donkey Kong isn't much more difficult to 
    fight than Bowser. His reach is great though, and his 
    speed a step up from melee. Feel free to go on the 
    offensive, just watch out. Mind also, that his throws 
    are strong with high range.
    
    Diddy Kong - Diddy is, unfortunately, a very difficult 
    match up for Luigi. His speed in all areas can be 
    painful to experience. When you fight Diddy, don't try to 
    play the field. In essence, either play strictly 
    defensively, or go all out beserker on him. The all 
    attack method works a bit better, but be mindful of 
    the damage you take. Diddy can knock you out as 
    quickly as you can do so to him.
    
    Yoshi - Though Yoshi's game has improved, there's not a 
    whole lot he can do to you. You can count on a bad player 
    to spam the egg roll, and do it poorly. Be careful though, 
    a good Yoshi player will know how to use it properly, as 
    well as snipe the hell out of you with thrown eggs. Luigi's 
    floatiness only makes him an easier target for that. Watch 
    out for the Forward smash, it's a doozy.
    
    Wario - Wario is unpredictable as hell, which I suppose is 
    the way he likes it. He's not really floaty, yet he's 
    incredibly mobile in the air, and it's easy for him to jump 
    in, attack and pull back completely out of your range, laughing 
    at you all the while. It doesn't help that the majority of his 
    attacks come out fast. Thankfully, Wario is surprisingly not 
    all that strong, so you'll be able to take a bit of punishment 
    just the same. Be wary of his Up tilt and Down tilt. The UP 
    tilt is especially dangerous and can easily kill you.
    
    Link - You can't beat Link up close. His range is too great. 
    It doesn't help that he's primarily a projectile user, and 
    he can hurt you from afar when you're trying to get your 
    bearings. Luigi's superior speed and recovery are your keys 
    to victory. Don't let him start juggling you. His range is 
    great enough that if you can't avoid coming down on top of 
    him, you'll never be able to hit him before he clobbers you. 
    Dodge roll frequently, and smash him when he's vulnerable 
    after using his projectile attacks and smashes.
    
    Zelda - Luigi can have a very difficult time fighting a good 
    Zelda. Her reach is deceptive, and extended a good deal by 
    the bursts of magic that come from her hands. It's easy for 
    Zelda to trap Luigi this way and build up a lot of damage in 
    a short time. Play a primarily defensive game. For the most 
    part, you'll want to stay away from her. Don't try to 
    approach her from above, her up attacks from the ground 
    have greater priority than Luigi's aerial down and aerial 
    neutral (and really, most of her attacks have greater priority 
    than Luigi's overall). Approach quickly, watch out for din's 
    fire, and try to launch her.
    
    Sheik - Sheik used to be a great danger to Luigi, but not so 
    much anymore. Her forward smash is easy to avoid, but her 
    smashes aren't that strong anyway. Mind her chain, it can 
    be used as a tether recovery, and it's very fast in this vein, 
    so don't expect to be able to edgeguard Sheik without meeting 
    her in the skies. She is faster than Luigi, so play defensively 
    when necessary to prevent her from building up your damage 
    with her quick attacks.
    
    Ganondorf - His attacks are slow, but stupidly strong. Try 
    to find a good balance between offense and defense. Hit and 
    run tactics will work well until you can trap him.
    
    Toon Link - Toon Link loses the range of his older self, but 
    gains a hell of a lot of speed in the trade off. He will leave 
    you in the dust, so don't bother trying to keep up with him. 
    For the most part, let him come to you, and try not to approach 
    unless he's using his projectiles. Don't get hit with aerial 
    Down A, it's painful, and will spike when you're in the air.
    
    Samus/Zero Suit Samus - In the Power suit, Samus's strengths are 
    projectiles. It's easier for Luigi to handle her this way. In 
    the Zero Suit, her close combat range is increased bigtime, 
    and the paralyzer gun (and the down smash) will allow her to 
    take free hits at you. You can approach normal Samus head on 
    and be ok, but take on Zero Suit with caution.
    
    Pit - Pit can be a nightmare for Luigi. He doesn't have the best 
    KO attacks, but his strengths make up for it. He has huge reach, 
    and several fast attacks that will trap you and eat you alive. 
    A good Pit can quickly overwhelm Luigi, so keep your cool. Also, 
    take note, the Cyclone can stop Pit's Forward B.
    
    RomanShelton wrote in with a weakness, here's his quote:
    
    "Pit's down B can actually reverse the Luigi Hurricane, 
    making you spin backwards and can even get you off the stage 
    if you're close enough."
    
    Ice Climbers - First thing you should know. Don't underestimate 
    them. The Ice Climbers are faster than before, and their double 
    smash attacks are as painful as ever. Avoid them, lest they chain 
    grab you to hell. If the player gets a chance to split the Ice 
    Climbers and control them independently, you'll be in for some hurt. 
    It's kind of a time waster, but make it a point to 
    destroy the second Ice Climber as soon as possible. A lone 
    Ice Climber isn't nearly as effective in battle, and the 
    recovery is mostly shot (Forward B, watch for it). From there 
    you can control the situation.
    
    R.O.B. - R.O.B.'s most dangerous attacks are the ones that use 
    the boosters on his underside. These have a lot of knockback,
    but the moves are easy to see before they come out, so dodge 
    quick. Keep an eye on the light on his head; when it's flashing, 
    you know his laser is fully charged. The move is extremely fast 
    and hard to dodge. You're best bet here is to be on the 
    attack constantly, and don't give him a chance to use his 
    projectiles.
    
    Kirby - Kirby hasn't changed much. You don't have to worry 
    about his hammer much in the air. The strength is greater, 
    but the format of the attack has changed, so it's easier to 
    avoid now. Don't let him grab and throw you, lest he attempt 
    a suicide move and take you with him. His grab range isn't 
    much, so it shouldn't be too tough to avoid if you watch 
    yourself. Keep in mind that his speed has been ramped up a bit.
    
    MetaKnight - MetaKnight's attacks are incredibly fast, and he 
    can build up damage quickly. Fortunately, he's a wimp, and 
    has a terrible time KOing his opponents. The best way to 
    beat MetaKnight is to outlast him, so plan out your stocks 
    and try to get first blood. If you can claim a couple of 
    MetaKnight's stocks without sacrificing more than one of your 
    own, it's unlikely he'll be able to make a comeback and beat you.
    
    King DeDeDe - King DeDeDe is a heavy with several jumps. 
    Unusual, but he gets a lot of air, especially with his Up b 
    recovery, so you're not likely to take him out at the bottom 
    of the stage. It's tough to KO him anyway, and you'll have to 
    build up a lot of damage to do it reliably. Be quick and utilize 
    the Super Jump Punch; it's just as effective as always. Watch out 
    though. It comes out slow, but King DeDeDe's forward smash is by 
    far the most powerful attack in the game (not including final 
    smashes) and can easily KO as low as 40%. Treat this fight with 
    respect.
    
    Captain Olimar - Olimar can truly be a terror to fight if he's 
    in the right hands. It'll serve you well to disable his Pikmin. 
    He's mostly useless without them, and if you can knock out a few 
    and set him up in the air quickly, he won't be able to restore 
    them right away, and you can have your way of the match for a 
    short while. Also, Olimar's only recovery is a tether, and 
    the fewer pikmin he has, the less effective it is. If he has a 
    full set of 6 pikmin, play cautious. He can hit hard, and no one 
    else in the game can rack up the damage as quickly as Olimar can 
    with the Pikmin throw.
    
    Fox - Fox is as stupid fast as ever. His strength has been toned 
    down though, and fighting a good Fox player, while still 
    troublesome, is not the dangerous prospect it once was. 
    Fox has Luigi completely outmatched in speed, and while he can't 
    attack as frequently in the air, his attack speed and priority will 
    put the hurt on you. Dodge frequently and go for the smash, Fox is 
    still light and you can put him down early with the right timing. 
    His blaster still won't make you flinch, so if you don't mind 
    eating a few points of damage, hit the Cyclone and approach him 
    quickly.
    
    Falco - Falco's blaster has a brief flinch effect. His jumps are 
    strong as ever, but his recovery sucks, so meet him in the air 
    and take him down. He's not as fast as Fox, but slightly stronger, 
    so he can be every bit as dangerous in the right hands. Stay on the 
    move.
    
    Wolf - Wolf's techniques can best be described as "feral". He's not 
    the fastest, but he has a good deal of power. If you're up against 
    a good Wolf player, it won't be easy to predict his next move. 
    Wolf's blaster doesn't have the range that Fox and Falco's have, 
    but it's more powerful. His recovery also doesn't have as much 
    range, but it works well as an attack; watch out for the kick at 
    the end. Remember that Wolf's Forward B has slightly upward 
    movement so don't assume you're safe from it.
    
    Captain Falcon - Falcon is still a deadly combination of speed 
    and power. Let him bring the fight to you, a Captain Falcon player 
    will usually be aggresive anyway. Be ready to move at a moment's 
    notice, his attacks will catch you quicker than you can blink 
    if you aren't prepared. You can take the fight to the air and 
    come out on top easily, but be careful of the Falcon Dive, 
    it can ruin your plans and set you up for some big damage.
    
    Pikachu - Pikachu has regained a lot of his power to match up 
    with his speed, and is now far more dangerous than he was in 
    Melee. Thunder will hurt you bad, don't be next to him when 
    the lighting bolt hits and creates the burst of electricity 
    on the ground. Pikachu's Up Smash is still his most dangerous, 
    and his short range but quick throws can be disorienting. 
    Just for fun, try to match Skull Bash with Green Missile!
    
    ---Pokemon Trainer---
    
    Squirtle - Squirtle is the quickest but the weakest of the 
    bunch. His smashes won't KO until high damages, but be on the 
    lookout anyway, as he can build up your percent quicker than 
    you may imagine. His recovery isn't the best, but he can cover 
    the edges fairly well with his water gun.
    
    Ivysaur - The balanced creature of the three. His reach is 
    monstrous, so play defensively and don't give him an opening 
    to catch you. Don't get caught in his aerial Up A, it's power 
    is intense and can kill easily. Remember that his only 
    recovery is a tether, but it has the greatest range.
    
    Charizard - Very strong, but his attacks are slow. You'll want 
    to be wary of Rock smash. It's reach is weak, but the power is 
    very damaging. Charizard has multiple jumps, but his recovery 
    move is pretty weak, balancing things out. You can fight 
    him much the same way you might handle Bowser or DK, so it 
    shouldn't be too much of a problem.
    
    Lucario - Lucario is floaty and light. You can kill him 
    quickly, but don't discount his power. The strength of his aura 
    grows at higher percentages, so play more defensively once his 
    damage hits about 70%. Go for the kill quick to neutralize this 
    ability. Lucario's Forward B is like a fourth smash, and while 
    his Aura sphere (B) won't kill as quickly as Mewtwo's Shadow Ball 
    used to, it's still effective for building damage.
    
    Jigglypuff - Nobody is as mobile in the air as Jigglypuff. 
    She can recover from just about anywhere, so shoot to kill. 
    She's light, so it's not that hard. Rest isn't as strong as 
    it used to be, but it's still harsh if you get caught by it. 
    Never fail to punish Jigglypuff if Rest fails! Rollout is a bit 
    harder to use correctly, but it's power hasn't changed. 
    Don't get taken by suprise by this move.
    
    Marth - Marth can wreck you with his speed and his reach. 
    It can be very difficult to take down a good Marth. Be fast 
    with your attacks, but bide your time and wait for an 
    opening before using them. If you have to, don't be afraid 
    to play defensive; you should be doing your best to stay 
    out of his reach. Use Luigi Cyclone on the ground to 
    approach him quickly. If you can knock him into the air, 
    you'll have a better chance of building up his damage.
    
    Ike - You might think Ike to be as dangerous as Marth with 
    his reach, but he isn't. Luigi is fast enough to play like 
    a speed type character and take potshots and Ike while 
    dodging any attacks that come his way. Be aggressive here, 
    but stay cautious. Ike is a beast, and he only needs one 
    solid opening to ruin your day. Don't give it to him.
    
    Ness - Ness is capable of meeting Luigi in aerial combat. 
    He can juggle with his Yo-Yo, and his Up tilt will set you 
    up for his combos. Don't allow yourself to be put in this 
    situation. Luigi is still faster in the air, so if you meet 
    Ness in the skies, do everything you can to control happenings. 
    
    Lucas - Don't make the mistake of thinking that Lucas plays 
    the same as Ness. His moves don't do as much damage, but 
    they can trap you, making it easy for him to combo and 
    rack up the points quickly. As with Ness, don't get in 
    the way of the "cannonball" move when he recovers with 
    PK Thunder. Lucas also has a tether recovery with his 
    throw (so yes, he can grab you from a distance), so try 
    to knock him out quick before he can use either of his options.
    
    Mr. Game and Watch - Mr. Game and Watch has been improved a 
    lot. He's much stronger, his aerial down A is now a very fast 
    spike, and his recovery is just ridiculous. Thankfully, he's 
    still a lightweight, so with enough power you can still void 
    his recovery from the sides. His Up B still has insane 
    vertical range however, so it'll be tough to KO him at the bottom. 
    If you're playing a Game and Watch that starts spamming 
    judgment, stay away. If you get hit by a 9, you're dead.
    
    Snake - Most of Snake's attacks are powerful with a lot of 
    knockback. His strengths lie in his weaponry however. 
    Watch his movements like a hawk. A Snake player will lay mines 
    and C4 on the field frequently, and try to force you into the 
    them using many different tactics, including chasing you with 
    a Nikita missile. Watch out for the Up smash and the Forward 
    Smash, both are devastating.
    
    Sonic - His main strength is building up damage quickly. A 
    good Sonic will be able to head you off at any pass, so try 
    to be aggressive and attack frequently. Luigi is light for 
    a middleweight, and with Sonic's ability to dish out quick 
    damage, even his lack of KO power may not save you. Take 
    advantage of Sonic's light weight, and remember that 
    despite Sonic's speed, Luigi's attacks come out quicker. If 
    you can get him in the air, he'll be done for. Keep your eyes 
    open though, like Wario, Sonic's moves, his specials doubly 
    so, are very unpredictable. 
    
    
    
    
    
    
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    6. Fighting Against Luigi                        [FAL]
    
    By now you know Luigi's strengths and weaknesses don't you? 
    If not, check the small list of Pros and Cons in the 
    introduction for a quick rundown.
    
    First of all, everyone's aerial game has been a bit reduced 
    thanks to the ability to air dodge without penalty. However, 
    Luigi can still beat most people in the air in terms of 
    speed and sometimes priority.
    
    Try to keep the fight on the ground. Use smashes frequently. 
    It's possible to KO Luigi at low damages. Press him 
    constantly, but be careful and dodge quickly, as he has 
    several attacks that are good for giving himself some 
    breathing room. 
    
    Look out for the Cyclone. It's faster than you think.
    
    Most importantly, several of Luigi's attacks leave him 
    terribly vulnerable. The Super Jump Punch, when it connects 
    properly (which a good Luigi player will be able to do 
    consistently) is his most powerful move, but it's also the 
    most risky. 
    
    Don't ever miss the chance to take advantage of his 
    downtime. Faster characters will have an easier time 
    managing this, but anyone can if they stay on Luigi and 
    watch him closely.
    
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    7. Updates                                     [UPDTS]
    
    Version 1.0
    
    Friday March 21, 2008.
    
    First submission. Guide is mostly complete. 
    
    Version 2.0
    
    Friday March 21, 2008
    
    Rejected, on the grounds of being incomplete. 
    Started work on V. 2.0.
    Added mini strategies in Stadium covering every boss in 
    Boss Battles mode.
    
    Saturday March 22, 2008
    
    Completed Character strategies for every fighter in the game.
    Added information about effective partners in Team Battles 
    in the Strategies section.
    Added another brief note on using the Cyclone for recovery.
    Added strategy for Cruel Brawl and 15 minute Brawl.
    For all intents and purposes, the guide is complete 
    at this point.
    Fixed an incredibly frustrating formatting problem.
    Second Submission.
    
    Tuesday April 1, 2008
    
    Added note granting permission for the guide to be posted
    on 4 other websites: neoseeker, supercheats, cheatplanet,
    and gamesradar.
    Added link to a youtube video for a visual strategy of
    Home Run Contest.
    Added tiny revision on comments about Down Taunt (under
    movelist section)
    Added the Super Jump Punch combo to the strategies section.
    Added info about spiking with the Down Air.
    Submitted to update as Version 2.2.
    
    Saturday May 3, 2008
    
    Added correction on Final Smash.
    Added two new reader combos.
    Added two reader Home run Contest Records.
    Added Ascii art to heading.
    Made note of the Cyclone's vulnerability to Pit's Down B
    in the Character strategy section.
    Somehow, though I included them in my initial notes, I forgot
    to mention crawling, and getting stuck to walls with the
    Green Missile. These things have now been added.
    Submitted to update as Version 2.5
    
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    8. Credits                                      [CRED]
    
    Masahiro Sakurai
    
    For making the game
    
    Shigeru Miyamoto
    
    For creating the Mario Bros. and Luigi.
    
    GameFAQs.com
    
    Smashbros.com
    
    For the reference about Luigi's Final Smash side effects, 
    and for the methods of unlocking him.
    
    http://www.network-science.de/ascii/
    
    For the handy ascii generator that created the guide's
    slick new heading.
    
    TheUnruly1
    
    For his helpful info about spiking with the Down Air.
    
    theblackbreath 
    
    Who wrote in to tell me that Luigi is no longer the only 
    one who can damage with a taunt.
    
    Booken The Blue and Daniel
    
    Who each wrote in with their own versions of the Super 
    Jump Punch Combo. The methods have been combined under a 
    single heading in the strategy section.
    
    Thanks to flamedtechno, Kevin G., David M., Jason J.,
    romanshelton, Felix R., Clayfrd, Chris B., and KamikaziCat,
    who all sent in a wide and varied number of things, 
    including final smash tidbits, combos, Home run Contest 
    records, reminders to include things I stupidly forgot,
    and so on. All of these things have been gratefully 
    included in the guide.
    
    And You!
    
    Thanks for reading.
    

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