Princess Peach FAQ Written by scarlet_puppy 2008 Completely revamped in 2009 TABLE OF CONTENTS ------------------------ 1) The Legal Stuff 2) Why pick Princess Peach? 3) Peach's Pros and Cons. 4) Peach’s attacks. 4a) Standard Attacks. 4b) Smash Attacks. 4c) Special Attacks. 4d) Throws. 4e) Aerial Attacks. 4f) Final Smash. 5) Changes from Melee to Brawl 6) Combos 7) Taunts. 8) Costumes. 9) Key Tactics and Tips 10) Advanced Techniques 11) Vs. Strategies. - Bowser - Captain Falcon - Diddy Kong - Donkey Kong - Falco - Fox - Ganondorf - Ice Climbers - Ike - Jigglypuff - King Dedede - Kirby - Link - Lucario - Lucas - Luigi - Mario - Marth - Meta Knight - Mr Game and Watch - Ness - Olimar - Peach - Pikachu - Pit - Pokemon Trainer - R.O.B - Samus - Sheik - Snake - Sonic - Toon Link - Wario - Wolf - Yoshi - Zelda - Zero Suit Samus 12) How do I go about fighting Peach? 13) Role in Subspace Emissary 13a) Storyline 1 13b) Storyline 2 14) Miscellaneous Trivia 15) Credits. 1) The Legal Stuff. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Feel free to print off this FAQ for your own use. However, this FAQ may not be reproduced under circumstance other than private use. It may not be placed on any site other than GameFAQs or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or on any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. If you see this on any other site, then contact me at email@example.com to let me know. OK, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on to the actual FAQ. 2) Why pick Princess Peach? -------------------------------------------------------------------- Personally, I don't think Peach is given enough credit. Very few people seem to use her in Brawl. Some have been put off of her because some of her moves got toned down since Melee, but don't let that fool you. Peach is still a solid fighter if you know how to use her, and she's a very unique and unusual character by Brawl standards. Also, since not many people play against Peach you have the advantage of a lot of people not knowing the match-up too well. Anyway, I hope that this guide encourages you to pick up Peach if you are considering her, or if you already play Peach, that this guide helps you to learn her better. Let's get started, shall we? 3) Peach's Pros and Cons ----------------------------- If you're looking for a character like Mario who's generally well Balanced in all areas, then Peach isn't the character for you. Peach is one of those characters that has some massive strengths, but also some large weaknesses as well. The key to playing well with Peach (and just about any character, really) is to use her skills to your advantage as much as possible, while working around her weaknesses so that they impact you as little as they possibly can. Here is a list of her main pros and cons. Pros: - The ability to float: Peach's ability to float is definitely a blessing, and not even one in disguise. By holding down the jump button, you can hover in the air for around four seconds. She can float at any point in the air, even if that's only a couple of inches off th eground. It's also worth noting that Peach is the only character that can do this. As explained later in the guide, this has massive advantages, helping her to combo, recover and approach in all situations. - Very fast attacks: The majority of Peach's attacks are fast, and usually have little start-up and ending lag. Some moves start up in as little as 2 frames (jab and Nair). This applies to tilts, smashes and aerials. This means that she can easily rack up damage on her opponent and interrupt slower characters with ease. - Good combo/juggle ability: Peach is one of the few characters in this game with good combos. Most of her combos involve Dairs and her Tilts, and to some extent her throws too, and she is able to bring most characters up to about 30-40% with ease. - Turnips: Peach yields what is arguably the most versatile projectile in the game. Unlike most projectiles, you pick it up and carry it like an item. The amount of uses this has is down to your imagination really. It can be used for edgeguarding, for pressuring, mindgames, racking up damage, camping and approaching via Glide Tossing. You also have a low chance of picking up a sword, bomb or Mr. Saturn, or a 'Stitchface' that does massive damage and good knockback, even if items are turned off. - Great aerials: Peach's air game, when combined with floating, can be devastating. Nair and Bair are quick and powerful, and can be comboed into easily. Fair is debatably Peach's best killing move, and Dair is a brilliant combo attack. Add to this that her aerials can be auto-cancelled to make them nearly unpunishable and you've got one sweet air game. - Her air game and ground game complement each other: Thanks to Peach's auto-float, the advantages of her ground game and air game can be mixed up with devastating consequences. For example, she can use one of her high priority aerials to attack her opponent, cancel her float and land back on the ground, and if they try and counter-attack, you canimmediately use a tilt or smash to send them away. - Great at edgeguarding: Peach is also a supreme edgeguarder. With some characters, you can toss turnips at them to send them further from the stage. If you want to be more risker, try floating off the stage and using Nair or Fair. If it hits, then it's certain death for them. This can help kill opponents at early percents. - Fantastic horizontal recovery: Peach has many resources for recovering horizontally. For a start, she can float, which in most cases can get you back to the stage on its own. However, if you have used your float already, if you have some height, you can use Peach Bomber to get back. If you need to get some vertical height as well as horizontal, her parasol will work perfectly. Essentially, if you need to recover horizontally, and you do not die initially, she WILL get back to the stage. - Chaingrabbing: Peach has a limited chaingrab on heavy and fast-falling characters. It's nowhere near as good as the likes of Ice Climbers and King Dedede, but it can still rack up a good amount of damage (sometimes over 30%) and can be followed up immediately with a FTilt or UTilt for extra damage. - Effective close-up game: Peach is a formidably fighter in close quarters. Because many of her moves have little lag, and do decent damage, she can keep the pressure on at close range with ease. She also has decent priority, and as such she can interrupt opponents pretty well overall. Cons: - Floaty: Peach falls very slowly, which is a double-edged sword. Though aiding her aerial game, it also leaves her more susceptible to being juggled in the air, and also it means she suffers more vertical knockback, making her easy to star KO. - Lightweight: Peach is one of the lighter characters in the game. Not Jigglypuff light, but she gets knocked back quite a bit by powerful attacks, so you have to be careful, otherwise you'll find yourself dying quite early. - Bad ground mobility: Though her air mobility is great due to floating, her ground mobility is not. Her walk and dash are both very slow, and ground floating is not very fast either due to her slower air speed since Melee. To be honest, this isn't really a big problem, but it's still something to be aware of. - Poor vertical recovery: Though her horizontal recovery is up there with the best in Brawl, her vertical recovery is among the worst. Although you get a decent amount of vertical distance from your parasol, you have to almost entirely rely on it for vertical recovery, because her second jump is the shortest in the game. This means that if you get Meteor Smashed, you're usually screwed. - Lacks killing power: Although Peach has no trouble whatsoever racking up damage, finishing off your opponent can be quite tough, and this is arguably her biggest flaw. Peach's best kill moves are USmash, FSmash and Fair. However, USmash has to be sweetspotted to do much kncokback (and on some opponents this is very difficult) and FSmash only has good killing power when she pulls out the golf club or tennis racket (and even then you have to sweetspot the tennis racket). Finally, her Fair is predictable and has noticeable start-up lag. Overall, Peach has a tough time killing her opponent. - Limited range: Peach's long range game is somewhat limited, since she can only really use her turnips when going long range. Her Peach Bomber has nice range, but cannot be used much unless you enjoy getting punished. This fact is very important against sword wielders like Marth and Ike. 4) Peach’s attacks. I will now describe Peach's moves, what they do, and what they are good for. Obviously some moves are more useful than others, but no move is completely useless. A good player can utilise any move's good points and use it to their advantage, and in order to do that you have to know what the move does first. The attacks will be described in this format: Button Combination - Name of Attack Description: What Peach does when doing the move Damage dealt: The amount of damage it causes (duh!). Killing Percent: The percentage at which it kills Mario (it's lower for light weights and higher for heavies). Pros: Good points about the move Cons: Bad points about the move Analysis: What is this move good for? Notes: - The damage dealt section ignores Stale Move Negation - The Killing Percent assumes you are at the middle of Final Destination, and that you have kept the move perfectly fresh. - If the Kill Percent is written as LOL that means that it will never, ever kill in a normal match, though I've listed the percent anyway just so you know how it goes. - Only Peach's special moves have official names. Everything else was given a name that I felt described it well. 4a) Standard Attacks. ------------------------ Neutral A- Double Slap Description: Peach does two swift slaps across her opponent's face (ah, the humiliation!) Damage dealt: 3% for each slap (6% total) Killing Percent: First slap: N/A (set knockback) Second slap: LOL (around 450% I think....) Pros: - Comes out really quickly (in two frames!) - Good range on the second slap - Great for interrupting your opponent's rhythm - Has very little lag (making it difficult to punish) - Can lead into a grab (and sometimes a chaingrab) - Great priority for a jab (stops most projectiles) Cons: - Does little damage - Has no killing power whatsoever Analysis: This is a very useful and versatile move. It's great for getting your opponent out of your face, and it can also lead to a grab afterwards, which on some characters is very useful. It can also stop you getting grabbed, which against some characters is vital. And since it's quick you can't really punish it. By jab standards it also has very nice priority, allowing it to clank with a number of projectiles. Also, this move's low knockback may mean that you can get in another hit before they have time to react. Also, this move is good for refreshing your kill moves because it's fast and hits twice. However, this move isn't really very powerful knockback or damage wise, so don't think you'll be getting any KOs with it. Still, overall, this is a great move that you should use whenever you don't know what to do or if you want to refresh some of your stale moves. ----------------------------- DTilt (down tilt)- Ground Sweep Description: Peach sweeps her hand along the floor Damage dealt: 10% Killing Percent: 170% Pros: - Good range - Great at shield stabbing - A good launcher and combo move - Can Meteor Smash (though it's very hard to do) Cons: - Not much knockback - Noticeable start-up lag - Can be quite predictable Analysis: An underused and underappreciated attack. Yes, it is often quite predictable, but that's only if you use it too often. When thrown out occasionally, it's very useful. At low percentages, this move can combo into FSmash or UTilt, and at higher percents, it can still make a decent launcher, albeit not quite as effective as FTilt. It is also one of Peach's best ranged moves, and can be used to shield stab. There are also a couple of ATs involving it (more on this later). Finally, it has the potential to Meteor Smash opponents. It's extremely situational, but if your opponent doesn't sweetspot the edge, this move has a small chance of sending them straight downwards. Overall, I would say this is a decent move to use, and one that deserves more respect than it gets. ---------------------------- FTilt (forward tilt)- Can-Can Kick Description: Peach kicks her leg upwards at a 180 degree angle. Damage dealt: 6%, 10%, 11% or 13% (depending on which hitbox you connect with) Killing Percent: 135%, 165% or 180% (depending on where it hits) Pros: - A great launcher - Good for comboing at low percents - Comes out quickly - Decent knockback at close range - Good vertical range Cons: - Low damage and knockback at long range - Noticeable ending lag Analysis: This is another very nice attack in Peach's arsenal. This move has little start-up time (6 frames), and also at low percents this is a very useful combo move, linking into various aerials and tilts. At medium percents, it still makes a great launcher, even better than DTilt. This move is also a useful anti-air move since it has good vertical range and there are multiple hitboxes, though the weaker hitboxes aren't quite as useful overall. In fact, FTilt even makes a nice kill move on lighter characters (provided that you kept it fresh, of course). The biggest problem with this move is that it has a fair bit of ending lag, making it quite easy to punish if it misses. However, at close range, this is probably one of your best options, and also it's handy for opponents who like to stay in the air a lot. ------------------------ UTilt (up tilt)- Heart Blast Description: Peach raises her hand and releases a giant heart cloud above her Damage dealt: 13% Killing Percent: 150% Pros: - Fast and has little lag - Has an extremely disjointed hitbox - Incredibly high priority - Tons of vertical range - Can stop ANY Dair in the game (though the timing is quite difficult on some characters) - Makes a great follow-up move after a launcher - Decent vertical knockback Cons: - Not much horizontal range Analysis: Woah, hold on a second. This move wasn't in Melee! Indeed, this is Peach's brand new UTilt. But was it added for the best? Let's put it this way: replacing her old UTilt with this is like exchanging a quarter for $10. What can I say? This move is fantastic! It's disjointed, incredibly ranged and provides perfect defense against almost anything that's coming down from above you. It's also fast and doesn't have much lag afterwards. Plus you can abuse it as much as you want, because regardless of the decay it gets, it still has godly priority and range overall. This move should be used with any opportunity that you get, and it is also good as a follow-up move for combos. It also has some surprise factor since a lot of people expect USmash instead. Also, if you keep this move fresh, like FTilt it can make a decent substitute killer. It's not quite broken, but it's definitely overpowered. This could have been perhaps the best UTilt in the game if it weren't for one character (*coughSnakecough*). ------------------ Dash Attack- Palm Push Description: Peach pushes forward (strangely it does two hits...) Damage dealt: 4% for each hit (8% overall) Killing Percent: First hit: LOL (700%...) Second hit: 235% (good luck getting it to hit at that percentage, though...) Pros: - Can make a nice occasional surprise attack - A fairly good combo starter at low percentages - Re-catches turnips if you've thrown them already Cons: - Poor damage - Very, very little knockback - At higher percentages, the first hit pushes the opponent too far away to be hit by the second part of the attack - Leaves you vulnerable if shielded - Not much range for a dash attack Analysis: I'll be honest: this move isn't that great. It can be useful if used once or twice at low percentages, because it can make a fairly good combo starter, and is often unexpected, but if you use it too often then you'll most likely get shieldgrabbed for it. And once you get over 120% or so, the first hit of the move hits the opponent too far away to be hit by the second part. This move doesn't kill at all, and it doesn't do great damage anyway. All in all, this move is too much risk for too little reward. Whenever you have the chance to use this move, there is almost certainly a better option. 4b) Smash Attacks. ------------------------------ FSmash (forward smash)- Weapon Swing Description: Peach grabs either a golf club, tennis racket or frying pan and swings it forwards. Damage dealt: Tennis Racket: 12%-16% (13-18% when sweetspotted) Golf Club: 15-21% Frying Pan: 18%-25% (19-27% when sweetspotted) Killing Percent: Tennis Racket: 60-95% when sweetspotted; 150-210% when sourspotted Golf Club: 85-125% Frying Pan: 90-135% Tennis Racket: Pros: - Has a very, very powerful sweetspot at the tip of the racket that kills at 95% uncharged! - The purely horizontal knockback means that it has some use with edgeguarding against non-ledge sweetspotters. Cons: - Very weak knockback if not sweetspotted. - Low damage for a smash attack. - Very difficult to sweetspot (requires either excellent spacing or a lot of luck) Now at first glance this weapon sucks ***. It has poor damage, doesn't kill until 150%+ even when fully charged and its range is outclassed by the golf club. However, the one thing that makes this weapon useful is that there is an extremely powerful sweetspot right at the tip of the racket. When hit with, it kills at below 100% without being charged, and at about 60% when fully charged. Hitting the sweetspot with this is one of those things that makes both you and your opponent go 'WTF?!' Unfortunately, you need very good spacing in order to get the sweetspot to hit, since it's pretty small. However, if you ever think that you can sweetspot it, then by all means give it a try. You might well succeed. Golf Club: Pros: - Very long range - Good killing power.... - ... and without any hassle setting it up - Has a backwards as well as a forwards hitbox, and hits in the air. Cons: - No combos whatsoever (though it’s not really meant to combo) This is probably the best of the three weapons overall. It has the best range of all of the weapons, hitting slightly behind Peach and also it works better as an anti-air move. As well as that, it also has decent damage and knockback as well. It doesn't have as much killing power as the tennis racket does, but fortunately it's much less of a hassle to set up because the golf club doesn't have to be sweetspotted in order to kill, and therefore one your opponent reaches about 110% or so, this is probably the weapon that you'll want. If I had to pick one of the three weapons to keep in her FSmash, it would be this one. Frying Pan: Pros: - Does a lot of damage - Can easily follow up with another attack afterwards - Good at killing on stages with low vertical height (e.g. Corneria) Cons: - Bad at killing on stages with medium/high vertical height - Very small range How useful the frying pan is varies depending on what situation you're in at the time. At low percents, it's the best weapon to get, because it does a lot of damage and can usually be followed up with another attack afterwards. However, when you're trying to kill your opponent, it's the worst one to get, because it has less knockback than the other two, and also it has less range, meaning that it's harder to connect with. However, on stages with lower vertical blast lines, the frying pan becomes more viable as a killing move. So yeah, overall, the effectiveness of this varies. The move as a whole: Pros: - Good for racking up damage - Potentially great killing power - You will never get the same weapon twice in a row, so you can eliminate one that you don't want. - Since the weapon that you pull out is completely random, your opponent has no way of telling which one you'll get... Cons: ... and likewise, you don't know which one you'll get either. - It's incredibly frustrating to get the wrong weapon (e.g. getting a frying pan when you set up for the tennis racket) Analysis: Although this move relies somewhat on luck, it can be very useful due to its versatility in both racking up damage and finishing your opponent off. With proper timing, spacing and a little pinch of luck, this move can work wonders for you. Definitely use this if you think it will connect. ----------------------- USmash (up smash)- Pirouette Palm Description: Peach thrusts her arm upwards while twirling Damage dealt: 8%-11% when sourspotted; 15-21% when sweetspotted at palm; 17-23% when sweetspotted at shoulder Killing Percent: Sourspotted: 140-190% Sweetspotted at palm: 60-95% Sweetspotted at shoulder: 45-80% Pros: - When sweetspotted, it's her best killing move (kills at about 80% or 95%, depending on which sweetspot you hit with). - Fast considering how powerful it can be. - A good launcher (even if sourspotted) - Decent range (has an unusual disjoint) - Easier to sweetspot on large characters Cons: - Very weak knockback when not sweetspotted. - Very low damage when not sweetspotted. - Can be hard to sweetspot on small and medium characters. Analysis: This is a very interesting move. For a start, it has three hitboxes. One at her palm, which kills at about 100%, one at her shoulder, which kills at about 80%, and one on the rest of her body which barely kills at all. This move can be hard to sweetspot, but it's easier against large characters and characters in a helpless state. It can also, possibly, hit dodge roll spammers. Though hard to hit with, it can be a fantastic killing move if it does. This move also makes a good launcher at low percentages, regardless of whether or not it sweetspots. What makes this move great is that there are certain platforms on stages that it can go through and sweetspot, making a great surprise early kill. Definitely try and kill with this if you think it'll work and their percent isn't high enough to use Fair yet (or if Fair is stale). ------------------------ DSmash (down smash)- Spinning Slashes Description: Peach spins around with her dress extended Damage dealt: 5%-7% for each hit. Up to four hits possible. Killing Percent: 265-345% (And this is a smash attack?!) Pros: - One of the fastest smashes in the game (6 frames) - Decent at racking up damage at low percentages - Can shield stab and shield damage easily - Great for getting your opponent out of your face - Can punish spotdodgers and roll dodgers - Can stage spike on the ledge. - Nice priority - Fantastic at refreshing moves Cons: - Doesn't do much damage if only one or two hits connect (which is more common as damage increases) - Usually only hits once at 90%+ (and even at low percents it sometimes only hits once) - No killing power at all - Punishable if you don't hit - Gets worse as you charge it (no, seriously...) Analysis: OK, so if you played Melee Peach, you'll probably be thinking, 'WTF?! What happened to her DSmash?!' Yeah, it does way less damage and knockback now. In other words, it's no longer broken. But don't let that fool you; it's still a decent move. At low percentages it can rack up damage well when you consider how fast it is (a move that starts up in six frames and potentially does 15-20% can't be all bad). It's also good against characters using shields or spot dodges too much. However, don't use this move at about 100%+ because only one hit of it will connect. Still, at the start of a stock it's a decent move, especially since it's so unexpected. Oh, and also this move is great for refreshing stale moves, because it hits 2 or 3 times usually up until about 90-100% or so. As long as you aren't expecting this move to kill, I'd say it's pretty useful overall. 4c) Special Attacks -------------------- B- Toad Description: Peach pulls out Toad (from where, exactly?) and holds him in front of her. If hit during this time, Toad will let out some damaging spores. Damage dealt: 3-18% (Depending on the amount of spores that hit. The closer they are, the more spores that connect). Killing Percent: 180% Pros: - Good against overly agressive opponents - Does a lot of damage if all the spores connect - Has decent knockback - Prevents people from spamming - Can aid recovery by stalling your fall (helpful against edgehoggers) Cons: - Peach is briefly vulnerable before and after Toad comes out (counter frames don't start until 11 frames in) - Grabs bypass it completely. - Easy to punish if used too often. - Since the spores count as projectiles, some characters can reflect them back at you. Analysis: I would recommend using this move sparingly. It can be quite hard to time it correctly, but if you do it can potentially do a lot of damage and decent knockback. This move is great for aggressive players or for spammers. Also, if you need to grab the ledge and the opponent is trying to edgehog you, you can use Toad to hover slightly, and when you do the parasol their invincibility frames should have run out and you will knock them off the edge. Be careful not to spam this move though, or you will get punished. ---------------------- Forward B- Peach Bomber Description: Peach launches herself forward with her hip outstretched, causing an explosion of hearts if it connects. Damage dealt: 15% Killing Percent: 240% Pros: - Can follow up with other attacks at low percentages - Nice range - Useful for recovering horizontally - Great for edgeguarding (due to its horizontal knockback) - Brilliant surprise attack Cons: - Considerable start-up lag - A whole lot of ending lag - Not much knockback on the ground - Passes through shields rather than hitting them, making you vulnerable when landing. - Very poor priority Analysis: This move has improved a fair bit since Melee, however it's still situational and should never be spammed blindly. On the ground, it's a very risky move. It has a lot of start-up lag, and if it misses, your opponent could write a novel about how they're going to punish it. However, it can make a great surprise attack occasionally, and at very low percents you can follow up with Fair. But whatever you do, do not spam it, because if you miss, you will be punished. And I wouldn't recommend using this on the ground at all once you've reached around 100%. In the air it's much more useful, because you have far less ending lag. This move is also good for recovering, because if you need to get back from a horizontal angle and you've used your float already, this is a better option than the parasol because it's safer. Also, this move is a decent edgeguard tool because it semi-spikes, which is great against players with bad horizontal recoveries. To summarise: don't use this move much on the ground, but if you're in the air it's much more useful, though it still should only be used when you're edgeguarding. And don't forget it makes a good horizontal recovery move. --------------------- Down B- Vegetable Description: Peach pulls up a turnip (or rarely, a different item) from the ground Damage dealt: Regular: 9-12% Ditto: 19-22% Tired: 9-12% Winking: 13-16% Shocked: 9-12% Sleeping: 9-12% Laughing: 9-12% Stitched Up: 37-40% Killing Percent: 130% for the stitched up turnip LOL for all the others Pros: - Arguably the most versatile projectile in the game - Can be carried and thrown anywhere. - Can be thrown in the air or on the ground. - Great for approaching if used with a Glide Toss - Good edgeguarding tools - Useful for pressuring your opponent - Can rack up a lot of damage - There is a low chance that you'll pull up a Beam Sword, a bomb, a Mr. Saturn of a Stitchface turnip. - Can bait an airdodge or other defensive move which you can then punish. - Stops certain approaches from your opponent - Can combo into other moves - Useful for momentum cancelling Cons: - You can't pluck turnips in mid-air (which makes sense if you think about it) - Your opponent can catch it and use it against you. - Disappears when it hits a shield (though this isn't necessarily always a bad thing) Analysis: If you read through the pros section, you should realise what a fabulous move this is, and that you should use this a lot if you want to do well. Some people underestimate the turnips, but if you learn how to use them properly, it's Peach's best move. You can use them to stop opponents rushing in aggressively, to pressure them, for approaching, retreating, baiting, edgeguarding or plain damage racking. You can Glide Toss them, regular toss them, smash toss them, hell you can do practically anything you want with them. The limit on what you can do with turnips boils down to how much imagination you have. You can fit it into all sorts of fancy combos and tricks, so make sure that you use it as well as you can. This is truly a great projectile, and you should use this move often. As a side note, I feel I should mention what you do with the special items you can pluck out. You have a 1/58 chance of pulling out a Stitchface, which is like a normal turnip, except that it does massive damage and good knockback. You also have the Beam Sword. Strangely, when you pluck it out, it has a lot less range than normal. Fortunately, you can easily remedy this by dropping it and picking it up again. It has great range, so take advantage of that. Next you have Mr. Saturn, which at first will appear useless. It does almost no knockback and little damage. So what is it good for? Put simply: it's fantastic at shield wrecking! Throw this at a shield and it practically breaks it there and then. Finally, you have the bob-omb. It does massive damage and massive knocback (it kills Mario at 30%). But be careful. When the opponent sees that's you've got it, they'll try and avoid you as much as they can. And don't throw it at them when they're close, or you'll get caught in the blast too. And whatever you do, make sure it doesn't blow up in your hand! ------------------------ Up B- Peach Parasol Description: Peach jumps with her parasol pointed upwards, and then opens it to decrease fall speed. Damage dealt: 5% on first hit, 1% on each of the three hits after that and 4% on the final hit. 3% if the umbrella is already open. Killing Percent: 185% Pros: - Decent vertical distance - Fantastic horizontal distance - Can stall your death (good for timed matches or on certain stages) - Good surprise attack - The top of the parasol can stop some spikes and projectiles - Can switch between having the parasol closed or opened. Cons: - Large ending lag - Leaves you very vulnerable in the air - Attack wise, it leaves you vulnerable if the final hit misses. - Pretty much your only tool for recovering from a vertical axis (her miniscule second jump doesn't really count) Analysis: Most of the time this should be used as a recovery move, and in that respect it's pretty good. It gets average vertical distance, and it's your main tool for recovering vertically, but where it really shines is with horizontal recovery. Since Peach falls really slowly, she can cover a massive horizontal distance while the parasol is open. However, it leaves her massively open to attack. You can go back to falling normally by cancelling the parasol, and you can bring it up again by pressing up. So as a recovery move it's good overall. This move also has some use as an attack. This move has hitboxes all over Peach's body and has high priority, and since it's so unexpected it can make a great surprise attack. However, only do this sparingly. If you miss with the final hit, you're asking to be punished, and you don't really get enough reward to compensate. 4d) Throws. For the most part, Peach's throw game is pretty average. Her grab range is OK, her pummel is OK, and her actual throws are OK too. They can help when more aggressive tactics don't work, but don't abuse them too much. ------------------- Pummel- Shin Kick Description: Peach kicks her opponent's shin Damage dealt: 2% for each hit Killing Percent: N/A Pros: - Can rack up extra damage - Great for refreshing stale moves Cons: - If you pummel too much, your opponent may escape before you can throw them. Analysis: It's just like every other pummel in the game, really. It can be good at racking up extra damage, but be wary of using it too much. Still, if you think you can fit in one or two before you throw, by all means go ahead. It's worth noting that you can fit in more pummels when your opponent is at higher percentages. As a general rule, you can usually fit in one pummel for every 40% damage your opponent has. -------------------------- Fthrow (forward throw)- Royal Slap Description: Peach deals a mighty slap to her opponent Damage dealt: 10% Killing Percent: 235% Pros: - Decent knockback by throw standards - Decent damage Cons: - Can't combo at all - Though decent knockback, nowhere near enough to kill. Analysis: This throw is fairly average overall. It sends your opponent too far away to combo or chaingrab, and it doesn't send them far enough to make a decent kill move. You can potentially run up and do the grab again, but that only works once a match or so since it relies on its surprise factor. However, one use that this move does have is that it can set up for edgeguarding well if you're near the ledge. In conclusion, this is probably your best option if you're close to the ledge because afterwards you can try and edgeguard them, though otherwise it isn't that great overall. ---------------------- Bthrow (back throw)- Hip Bump Description: Peach bashes her opponent with her hip Damage dealt: 11% Killing Percent: 355% Pros: - Decent base knockback - Does a good chunk of damage Cons: - Can't kill because its knockback growth is poor. - Can't combo at all. Analysis: At first this throw probably doesn't look very useful, but it has some good points. For a start, though it will never kill, at low percents, you can try and tech chase it when they land (though doing so is risky). It can also send your opponent away for some edgeguarding, though FThrow always does that better. It also does decent damage. All in all, this move is very situational, but if you can't combo with DThrow and you still want to build up some damage, then you can always try this out. ---------------------------- Dthrow (down throw)- Falling Hip Description: Peach drops her opponent to the ground and slams her butt on top of them. Damage dealt: 7% Killing Percent: 310% Pros: - Great for comboing - Can chaingrab fastfallers and heavyweights. Cons: - Doesn't do much damage Analysis: This is Peach's best throw in most cases. For a start, she has a chaingrab on several characters in the game. How long she can chaingrab depends on who you play against, but on characters like Fox you can do it to over 30%, and once it's over you can finish off with FTilt or UTilt. For floaty or light characters, who you cannot chaingrab, you can still usually follow up with FSmash or some other move at low percentages. All in all, this is a good throw, and is most often your best choice out of a grab. ---------------------------- Uthrow (up throw)- Gut Palm Description: Peach hits her opponent in the stomach, sending them upwards into the air. Damage dealt: 2% to start, then 8% total Killing Percent: 300% Pros: - Can combo into UTilt (albeit only on heavyweights at below 20%) - Decent for positioning Cons: - Not much damage - Little knockback, but not little enough to be useful for combos Analysis: Some people really hate on this move. Sure, it's not that great, but it's not completely useless. As stated above, it can combo into UTilt at really low percents on heavies, but really Peach has better ways of comboing into it. One of the best uses for this move would be in positioning. If there's a platform above you, you can use UThrow to get them on top, and then you can use UTilt or USmash to poke them while they're up there. You can tech chase with Peach Bomber. Unfortunately, in most other circumstances another throw is better. DThrow can chaingrab and follow-up better, while BThrow and FThrow are better in terms of pure damage and getting your opponent off-stage. This throw isn't very good overall, but don't neglect it completely. It can make a nice surprise throw sometimes. 4e) Aerial Attacks. ------------------------ Nair (neutral air)- Peach Twirl Description: Peach twirls in the air with her arms outstretched. Damage dealt: 13% if hit initially, 10% shortly after that and 9% after that Kill Percent: 150% if sweetspotted; 200% if sourspotted Pros: - VERY quick (comes out in 2 frames) - Decent knockback - Good for edgeguarding - Can sometimes hit twice - Great priority - Perhaps her best OOS option Cons: - Weak when sourspotted Analysis: This is an excellent aerial that isn't really given enough credit, but then again when you look at Dair and Fair you can sort of understand why. For a start, it's really fast, and also due to its multiple hitboxes, it's hard to air dodge properly. Its fast speed and high priority also makes it great out of a shield. After you're done shielding an attack, you can quickly short hop an Nair and land back on the ground soon after. This move is also great for finishing Dair combos. Also, if a character has caught you in an combo or juggle, then use Nair. It should at least trade hits, if not pass through it. It also makes a very nice edgeguarding move, due to its speed and knockback. It can also make a surprise kill move as well, though often it will be too stale by then. So yeah, all in all this is probably one of Peach's best moves, and one that you should try to incorporate into your game where you can. -------------------------- Uair (up air)- Launch Kick Description: Peach launches a kick above her. Damage dealt: 11-13% Kill Percent: 145% (180% if you hit with the sideways hitbox) Pros: - Good for aerial combos - Hits through platforms well - Nice vertical range - Useful for momentum cancelling Cons: - Very little horizontal range - Only hitbox is at her foot, not on her rest of her leg Analysis: This is arguably Peach's least useful aerial, but that doesn't mean it's bad at all. In fact, I would say it's pretty great. It makes a perfect follow-up move when doing Dair combos, and it can sort of protect you from opponents above, though UTilt or Usmash are often better choices. It has decent range and adequate knockback (not enough to kill until around 140%+, though), and therefore this move is pretty useful, especially for combos. This move has a very strange horizontal hitbox though. It's hard to describe, and difficult to hit with deliberately. Try it out and you'll understand. Anyway, as a whole, this aerial is another good addition to Peach's moveset, and is your best option when trying to momentum cancel an attack. Plus you can hit through platforms with it as well. ------------------------ Fair (forward air)- Royal Crown Slap Description: Peach takes off her crown and uses it to smack her opponent. Damage dealt: 15% Kill Percent: 120% Pros: - Great knockback - Overall, Peach's best killing move - Great for edgeguarding - Very hard to punish if spaced correctly and auto-cancelled - Decent range Cons: - Some start-up lag - A lot of landing lag if not auto-cancelled Analysis: This move is very useful for several reasons. For a start, it's her best killing move overall. Although in some circumstances, USmash and FSmash can have more knockback, Fair is the only consistent kill move Peach has, especially if you use it off-stage. However, it also has some other uses. If you auto-cancel it and space it properly, this move is practically impossible to punish, since you can follow up with a slap or a grab. The only problem with this move is that it has a bit of start-up lag, and therefore can be quite predictable. Nonetheless, it's still very useful. --------------------------- Bair (back air)- Backwards Hip Description: Peach lunges her hip backwards Damage dealt: 7% when sourspotted; 14% when sweetspotted Kill Percent: 140% when sweetspotted, LOL when sourspotted (400% or so) Pros: - Fast start-up time - Powerful damage and decent knockback when sweetspotted - Very high priority - Sourspot can lead into the Bair lock (more on this later) - Good for edgeguarding Cons: - Sourspot cannot kill at all and does little damage - Leaves you vulnerable due to relatively high ending lag Analysis: Another very useful aerial overall. Now, there are two parts to this move: the sourspot and the sweetspot. The sweetspot of this move does nice damage and knockback, and at about 125% and above it can make a decent kill move, though if you use it for edgeguarding it can kill a fair bit sooner. This move also has high priority, which can help trade hits with characters that have high priority, and diminish the moveset of those with poor priority. Secondly, you have the sourspot, which at first sight looks pretty sucky. However, since it has almost no knockback, you can combo afterward pretty easily, and in fact it can even jab lock (which will be explained in more detail in the 'Advanced Techniques' section). But if you're trying to kill, it's not ideal. Overall, this is yet another great aerial to Peach's arsenal, and you should definitely try and incorporate it into your game. ------------------------ Dair (down air)- Flurry Kicks Description: Peach kicks downwards four times Damage dealt: 3% for first three hits; 5% for the fourth (14% overall) Kill Percent: 200% Pros: - Very hard to punish if used right - Puts on a lot of shield pressure - Due to its long duration, it is almost impossible to spot dodge or air dodge properly. - Fantastic for comboing - Makes a great approach - High priority - Protects you from above - Beats out some recoveries and most USmashes Cons: - Little killing power (though it isn’t supposed to kill tbh) - Can be smash DI'd out of (if they have really quick reactions) Analysis: This is perhaps Peach's best move, and a must if you want to do well with her. At low to mid percentages, it's a fantastic combo move. You can do this move either short hopped or floated, either way it's a combo machine. After Dair, you can follow up with an aerial, or a tilt if you short hopped it, and in fact you can Dair twice on heavies; this move has as many combos as you can think up. But don't think that it's only good for comboing. It puts a lot of pressure on your opponent's shield, and in addition, it can make a great approach thanks to its great priority. Also, if your opponent is trying to recover, this move is almost impossible to air dodge, and it sets up for a Nair for the kill. Also, this move has deceptive range, especially on the final kick. All in all, this is an excellent move that you should use as much as you can. 4f) Final Smash. Peach Blossom Description: Borders of Peach and flowers fill the screen, and Peach doesa dance. Opponents are then sent to sleep while peaches rain down from the sky. Damage dealt: 10% if your opponent is really far away 20% if they're medium distance 40% if they're really close up to you (and I mean REALLY close) Kill Percent: N/A (it sends them to sleep rather than blasting them away like most Final Smashes) Pros: - Sends your opponent to sleep, allowing you a fully-charged smash on them (USmash and tennis racket FSmash are usually your best choices) - Peaches that fall down can be eaten to recover health (5% per peach). Since there are 13 peaches, you can recover up to 65% health! - Very large range (covers a good portion of Melee Temple) - Does a lot of damage and sleep time when opponents are up close. Cons: - Deals little damage when opponents are further away. - Opponents who stay in the air or grab onto the ledge will not fall asleep (though they still take damage) - Opponents can eat your precious peaches to recover health as well Analysis: People really hate on this Final Smash, but to be honest I think it can be quite useful if you use it properly. Many people will say, 'LOL just hang onto the ledge or jump off the stage, then you can steal her peaches and that helps you rather than hinders you.' The trick is to use a move that sends them to the ground quickly (BThrow and DSmash work well) and then immediately execute the Final Smash. That way they will get caught in the song and fall asleep, and get a good amount of damage too. As far as I can tell, I think that the amount of time you stay asleep depends on how close you are to Peach when it is executed; the closer you are, the longer you stay asleep. When they're asleep, you have two options: eat the peaches to recover your health, or whack them away for the kill. If you choose the latter option, then the best option is either a fully charged USmash or a fully charged tennis racket FSmash sweetspot. If the character lies above Peach's shoulder when asleep, then use USmash. If not (as is the case with most characters in the game), then use the tennis racket. If one of your opponents isn't asleep, eat the peaches as soon as you can so that they can't take them for themselves. Overall, I think that this Final Smash is very underrated. Sure, it may not cause a ton of damage or be an OHKO, but that's not what it was intended to do. If you can trap your opponent into falling asleep, provided that they're at about 60%+, they're dead meat. And if they aren't, you can always eat the peaches and recover a whole lot of health in the process. 5) Changes from Melee to Brawl A number of changes have been made to Peach's moves in the transition from Melee to Brawl. Some have been improved; others have been weakened. Now, the majority of moves have had minor changes (e.g. attacks doing 1 or 2% more or less damage), so I'm just listing the main changes to Peach's moveset here. Nerfs: DSmash: This is easily her biggest nerf from Melee to Brawl, and arguably the most nerfed move in any transition in the series. In Melee, this move was broken.It started up in 5 frames, it ate shields for breakfast, had super high priority, racked up tons of damage (sometimes over 30% in one go!) and had high knockback, allowing it to kill at around 120%. In Brawl, it still has little start-up lag and reasonably high priority, but now it rarely does more than 15% in one go, and it has no killing potential whatsoever. It's not useless, but it has gotten a whole lot worse. FThrow: In Melee, this was one of the best KO throws in the game, ejecting opponents at around 100%. It's now been severely weakened, and it doesn't kill now until, like, 240% or something (unless they DI the wrong way, and even then it's only at around 160%). Dash attack: Rather than doing one hit for 12%, it now does two hits for 4% each. As well as lower damage, it has lost most of its knockback and combo potential, although it can still be used as a decent juggle starter (though not as good as it used to be). No more Float Cancels: Float cancelling, which allowed her to combo Well and make her aerials unpunishable if done right, has been removed. You can still auto-cancel, but it's not as effective, since the timing for it can be quite strict. However, since here aerials have less lag in general, the only aerial this has a major effect on is Fair. UThrow: Well, the throw itself didn't change, but due to the fact that players fall more slowly now, this throw can no longer chaingrab fast fallers, and it can't really combo anymore either. Much lower second jump: Peach's second jump gets way less distance now than it did in Melee, limiting her vertical recovery. This isn't without its advantages, however, because it allows you to stay close to the ground easier. Weight: It seems that Peach has been on a diet recently, because she's a fair bit lighter than she was in Melee, making her easier to kill. This does have its advanatges though, because it makes her harder to combo and chaingrab. Buffs: UTilt: Definitely her biggest buff. Gone is the unreliable short range headbutt, to be replaced by a giant heart cloud appearing above Peach's head. This move is just too good. It has massive vertical range, a ridiculously disjointed hitbox, not much lag and decent knockback and damage. Maybe Peach should get some other moves replaced if this is how they'll be improved. Toad: Another great improvement. In Brawl, the move comes out faster, and has more counter frames, making it much easier and more viable to use. As well as all this, it also has more knockback, enough to kill your opponent at moderately high percentages. Peach Bomber: This move has also been buffed a good amount. For a start, this move is slightly faster starting up and ending (though it's still quite slow, so don't spam it). It also covers significantly more distance than it did in Melee, which not only makes it easier to connect with, but it helps with her horizontal recovery too. The only nerf is that can't bomb regular walls for vertical recovery anymore. You can still connect with destructible objects, though this is rarely useful. Overall, however, the move is much improved. FSmash: This move was one of the weakest forward smashes in terms of knockback in Melee. Although still fairly weak compared to some other FSmashes, this move now has more knockback, making it a more viable killing move. Speed and range remain more or less unchanged. Dair: Dair is more powerful in terms of damage and knockback, but at the same time it is still as good a combo move as it ever was, allowing you to rack up more damage with your combos. Parasol: The parasol gets considerably more vertical distance and a hell of a lot more horizontal distance because of its super slow falling speed. Be aware that this makes you more vulnerable to juggling, however. Mixed (received both nerfs and buffs): Turnips: When you use turnips, if they hit a shield, rather than bouncing off they will now disappear completely, thus eliminating the possibility of using the turnips again. However, there is now a slightly higher chance of getting a beam sword, a bob-omb or a Mr. Saturn (still very low however). Changes that do not affects gameplay whatsoever: Peach Bomber: It releases a bunch of hearts rather than a fiery explosion when it connects. IMO, it fits Peach's personality better this way. The change is purely aesthetic; damage and knockback remain the same, pretty much. Parasol: Her parasol has her design from Super Paper Mario, and changes colour to match her dress. 6) Combos Now, a lot of people say that in Brawl, there are no true combos due to the small level of hitstun and air dodges etc. However, this is not true. A handful of characters do in fact have true combos, and Peach is one of them. Here's a list of some useful combos for you to try: Neutral A > Grab: After doing the first jab, if you're quick you can then grab your opponent. At low percents, this can lead to a chaingrab on certain characters, and at higher percents you can pummel then throw to help refresh any stale moves you have. Neutral A > FTilt: This works pretty well overall, and once you've done this you can follow up with one of the combos I am about to list. FTilt > FTilt > UTilt: I love this one. You pop them up into the air with FTilt,hit them with another FTilt before they can react, and then finish off with a nice UTilt to send them away. Damaging and very useful. FTilt > FTilt > USmash: Good damage and knockback. Works best on heavier characters, though it can work on midweights too if used properly. FTilt > Parasol: This one is pretty risky, but if you can pull it off, it's good at surprising opponents who would expect a different follow-up attack. DTilt > Parasol: Same premise as the one listed above, except that you use a different attack to start off with. DTilt > UTilt: Fairly simple. It works well at low percents and is useful agaisnt opponents that use their shield too much. DTilt > FSmash: Very useful. Generally it's best to get the golf club here since it's much more likely to connect, but if they're close, the pan comes in handy because it does the most damage. DTilt > Nair: Another fairly simple combo. When you do the DTilt, if they try and airdodge the second hitbox of Nair will still hit them. FSmash (frying pan) > UTilt: Though another short combo, it does a lot of damage overall, so try it out sometime. FSmash (frying pan) > Nair: Useful if your opponent likes to air dodge. Peach Bomber > Fair: This only works at very low percents, but it's more or less unavoidable and one of my favourites overall. DThrow > DThrow ... : Yeah, it's the chaingrab, and I suppose technically you could argue that chaingrabs =/= combos, but I figured it was worth listing. How long you can do this for varies by character, and you can use one of the other combos in conjunction. DThrow > FTilt: This will always work up until about 50% (depending on the character). It's also a safe way to end the chaingrab. DThrow > UTilt: Slightly riskier, but if you can space it properly you can normally get it in. DThrow > FSmash: Most reliable when the golf club comes out, but can work with any weapon. And now for the Dair combos. Seriously, Dair combos could almost get a section to themselves, but I'll try and list them all here. Dair > Uair: This is the most common one. It works on just about everyone bar perhaps Jigglypuff. Not as damaging as some other combos, but simple. Dair > Nair: Same basic premise as the one above. Dair > Bair: This one is for when you space it so that the enemy goes behind you on the last hit. Dair > Fair: Works best at around medium percents, and can also make a very useful edgeguarding tool. Dair > Dair: Eight kicks in a row. That's a lot of pummeling, and in some cases a lot of shield pressure as well. Works on everyone, with the possible exception of Jigglypuff. Dair > Dair > One of the ones listed above: This only works on heavy and fast- falling characters, but when you can get it in it's very useful for racking up damage. Short hop Dair > Fast fall > UTilt: It's amazing how many moves combo into UTilt, isn't it? Another fairly basic combo. Short hop Dair > Uair > Fast fall > UTilt: This one is better, though harder to pull off properly. On heavy characters you can even double jump and get in another Dair. Short hop Dair > FSmash: Yeah, another one that combos into FSmash. You know the drill here. 7) Taunts OK, I don’t really think taunts are worth using. They are useless for any purpose bar annoying your opponent, and time could be better spent pulling up a turnip. Still, I suppose it's your choice, so if you think you can risk it, by all means go ahead. Anyway, here are how her taunts go. Up Taunt- Peach twirls her parasol and says, ’Sweet’. Side Taunt- Peach grabs her skirt and dances while singing, ‘La la la la la la la.’ Often considered one of the most annoying taunts in the game. Down Taunt- She spins, puts out her finger while leaning forward and says, ‘Uh huh.’ 8) Costumes For the purpose of completion, here is a list of all of the costumes Peach has. Costume 1: Peach's regular outfit. A pink Victorian style dress, with a golden crown and white gloves. She also wears sky blue jewellery. Costume 2: This outfit makes her look a lot like Daisy. She has brunette hair, green jewellery and a yellow dress. Costume 3: Peach's dress and jewellery are all red. Costume 4: Peach wears a blue dress with reddish jewellery. Costume 5: Peach wears a light green dress with purple jewellery. Costume 6: My personal favourite. Her dress is white while the jewellery is turquoise. 9) Key Tactics and Tips Now that we've gone through all the moves, here's some advice on how to help you win fights. - Keep your kill moves fresh: Peach is well known for having some issues killing,and due to the strength of Stale Move Negation in Brawl, it's important to not use your main kill moves (USmash, FSmash and Fair) too much, so that when yougo for the kill they are more powerful. If your kill moves are stale, good moves for refreshing them are her neutral A slap, dash attack and DSmash, because they hit multiple times, and it doesn't matter if they're stale because they'll never kill at all. Pummeling your opponent after grabbing them works well too. - Secondary kill moves: USmash, FSmash and Fair are Peach's best kill moves overall, but once you get above 120%, then you have a few more options with regards to what kills and what doesn't. Nair and Bair both kill at about 140%, while Uair and FTilt kill at about 150%, depending on the character, of course. - Floating: Peach is the only one in the entire game who can float, so use this accordingly. Many Peach players use their float as much as possible, and with good reason. A trick particularly worth practicing is Auto-floating, whereby at any point in the air, you hold jump and press down, and you will then float, even if you're only a couple of inches off the ground. Most of the time you should either float at ground level or at short hop level. Floated Dairs are great for combos and approaching. Also, if you can perfect auto- cancelling, you can do an floated aerial quickly, land, then almost immediately follow up with something else. It's a trick well worth knowing. - Recovery: Peach's recovery is pretty strange. It's perfect for recovering horizontally, but not so much vertically. Here's how you should recover, depending on how you get knocked back. If you have to recover horizontally, then if you have your float intact, use that and you should be close to the stage. If you can't reach it after floating, but you still have some vertical height, then use a Peach Bomber to get back while staying on the offensive. If you need some vertical distance too, then your parasol is your best option. Now onto vertical recovery. Sadly, most of the time, if you get Meteor Smashed, you're essentially ****ed, but sometimes you can make it back. To do so, immediately double jump and use your parasol. If someone is trying to edgehog you, use your Float or Toad to hover, and when their invincibility frames run out, you should hit them off of the edge. - Defense: Peach's defense is rather mixed. First, her OOS (out of shield) game is pretty good overall. After you're done shielding, either short hop or float, and then you can do Nair, Dair or Bair. If you have a turnip in your hand, you can throw that too. Speaking of which, if your opponent gets too close, you can often throw a turnip to get them to back off a bit. If pulling a turnip is impractical, then neutral A slap will do. If your opponent is attacking you from above, that's probably the easiest to defend against. UTilt will cut through essentially any Dair or any attack which propels you downwards. Sometimes you can use USmash as well if you want, though it's not as safe. Unfortunately, Peach's aerial defense sucks. Her dodge lasts 49 frames, and has a massive SIXTEEN frames of invincibility. That means that fortwo thirds of the airdodge you're vulnerable. If you need to protect yourself from an enemy from below, Dair sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, but it's better than nothing for sure. - Edgeguarding: Peach's lack of killing power can be made up for through her great edgeguarding game. When your opponent is off the stage, you have some ways to try and keep them off. Here are some tactics you can use and how well they work. Turnips are the safest option, but their effectiveness varies greatly by opponent. On someone like Ganondorf or Link, it's ridiculously good, but if you're up against Jigglypuff or Snake, they don't work nearly so well. You can also try floating off the stage and using an aerial on your opponent. It's risky, but if it connects it means certain death for whoever it hits. Nair and Bair work well due to their fast speed and priority, and Fair is slower but more powerful. Once you've done the aerial, use your parasol to get back to the stage. 10) Advanced Techniques Peach, like many characters in Brawl, has a number of character specific ATs that can potentially turn the tide of the match. Or they might be flashy and just for show. It really depends... Technique: Dash cancelled floating What does it do: This allows you to transition from dashing to ground floating smoothly and quickly. How do you do it: It's very simple. Simply dash, and then, while dashing, tilt the control stick downwards slightly and hold down the jump button. Usefulness: 2/10. It's not really that beneficial, to be honest. It's more for show and that sort of stuff. I guess it could have some use for mindgames, but for the most part it's pretty useless. Technique: Bair lock What does it do: The weak spot of Bair has jab lock properties, meaning that if your opponent is on the ground, you can repeatedly use the weak spot of Bair to lock them on the ground until they reach the edge. How do you do it: First of all, you have to knock your opponent to the ground. At low percentages, Fair should work, but at higher percentages Bair and Nair also work. After that, you have to consistently ground float and hit with the weak part of Bair. After each hit, you have to cancel the float, restart it and hit again. Usefulness: 9/10. The timing for doing this is incredibly difficult, but if you can do it, it's brilliant. Your opponent is locked in place and can't do anything about it. Afterwards, you can follow up with many different moves and do a lot of damage overall. Don't be ashamed if you can't do it; I have trouble with it myself. But trust me, if you can learn to do it, it is a fantastic technique. Technique: DTilt Backdash What does it do: Peach performs an attack while sliding backwards. How do you do it: While Peach is doing the DTilt, at one point she moves 'backwards'. Then, at that point, you perform any attack, or jump, to Cancel the DTilt and do said attack. Usefulness: 6/10. It's good for mindgames and can catch your opponentoff- guard, but often you will be moved back too far for the attack you do to properly connect. The exception is FSmash, which when coupled together with this is very useful. Technique: Pseudo-Wavedash What does it do: Peach slides a tiny amount left or right, then faces the held direction and brings her shield up. How do you do it: Jump and immediately air dodge while holding down-left or down-right. Usefulness: 3/10. I suppose it could help a tiny bit with positioning, but really it's mostly for mindgames anyway. Still, it might well be worht trying some time. Technique: Glide Tossing Turnips What does it do: It allows Peach to throw an item the same distance as a Dash toss, only faster and less punishable, and also it causes you to slide forward while you're throwing it, giving you the advantages of a forward roll. How do you do it: When you have a turnip in hand, do a dodge roll, and about 1/6 of the way through throw the item. Usefulness: 10/10. OK, technically this isn't a Peach-exclusive AT, but it's so brilliant that I have to mention it. The benefits of Glide Tossing turnips are Brawl's equivalent of an orgasm (well, not really LOL, but you know what I mean).As mentioned above, it throws your turnip maximum distance and is very hard to punish, and also it slides you forward slightly, which makes it excellent for approaching your opponent. Reverse Glide Tossing is also a great way of camping and being defensive, though bear in mind that people aren't going to be too happy with you for doing it. Add in the fact that Peach is the second best glide tosser in the game (ZSS has the most insane glide toss ever!) and you get a technique which overall is a must to learning Peach. Practice this technique as much as you can. Technique: Auto-float cancelling What does it do: It allows you to take advantage of the ledge's invincibility frames while using an attack. How do you do it: First, hang on the ledge. Then float, cancel it immediately, then do an aerial and grab the ledge again. You should keep the invincibility frames for most of the attack. Usefulness: 7/10. This technique can be pretty useful when you have the chance to do it. It's pretty useful for stalling (which won't make you very popular, but it's helpful) and plus it allows you to be safe while doing an aerial attack. Bear in mind however that your opponent has to be close-up to you to be at maximum effectiveness. 11) Vs. Strategies Now, every character in the game is different, which ultimately means that you need different tactics for each of them. However, here’s some general info to help you. Medium characters are generally the easiest, since they have no massive strengths, whereas fast characters pose a problem because Peach is quite slow, and therefore they can attack you quicker than you can with them. Also, strong hitters are a threat because Peach is lightweight, but on the other hand the heavy hitters are usually big and slow, and thus Peach won’t have much trouble doing some quick attacks on them. In general, most of her matchups are fairly neutral. With a few exceptions,it's rare for either character to have a major advantage over the other. No Fox vs Pikachu style matchups here. Here's a guide for you: 30:70 or worse – Horrifically bad for you; almost no chance of winning. Fortunately, Peach has no matchups this bad. 35:65 - Ouch. This is going to be a very hard match for you to win. Your opponent has many advantages over you, and you don't have nearly as many over them. Winning isn't impossible, but if they know what they're doing, it'll be an uphill struggle. Lucky for us there are only two or three matchups this bad anyway. 40:60 - This is still bad, but not quite as bad as 35:65. They still have some noticeable advantages over you, but this time around you have a slightly better chance of winning. Stay alert, and don't make mistakes. 45:55 - This matchup is still in your opponent's favour, but only slightly. Generally if your opponent is less skilled, you should win, but if they are more skilled, they will win. If they are evenly skilled, then they should win slightly more often, but not 100% of the time. 50:50 - All even. May the best man win. Both players have advantages over the other, and they more or less balance out. 55:45 - Very slightly in your favour. For the most part it's even, but in this case you have a trick of two to give you the slight edge. Don't get too full in the head about it though, or you will lose. 60:40 - Now we're getting there. You have a decent advantage over your opponent this time around, although they still have a couple of tricks up their sleeves. Still, if you have the right techniques, this shouldn't be too troubling for you at all. 65:35 - This is even more in your favour. You have some serious advantages over your opponent, and if you know how to approach them and deal with them, they'll be very hard pressed to beat you. 70:30 - If you know your stuff, your opponent will get raped. Put it this way: they're Tom, and you're Jerry. There are two reasons why you will hardly ever see a matchup this good. First of all, she only has a couple of matchups this good in the first place. Second, chances are your opponent will counterpick. Nonetheless, if you do fight against them, then make the most of it. 75:25 or higher – Your opponent will get screwed over, plain and simple. Too bad Peach doesn’t have any matchups this good Character: Bowser Matchup: 60:40 This matchup shouldn't pose too many problems as long as you know what to expect. Unlike most matchups, you don't want to be ground floating too much, because then he can side B you for hefty damage and knockback, and if you're near the edge a Bowsercide. Float a little above his head instead. Bowser is also the heaviest character in the game, which means that although you have to get a lot of damage before pulling off the kill, it is much easier to do Dair combos on him. In fact, you can combo with other aerials and tilts as well. You also have a limited chaingrab on him. Bowser is also well known for having very strong attacks. All of his smashes kill at 70% or less. Fortunately, his attacks are also very slow, meaning that you can easily evade them or counterattack yourself. There are two main things to look out for. First of all, he has a grab release on you, so your best bet is to DI upwards and away to try and escape it. Also, don't use Toad on his FSmash. It bypasses it completely. Still, be aware of his threats and how to counter them, and overall this is a fairly easy matchup. Character: Captain Falcon Matchup: 70:30 This is one of the easiest battles you'll be facing. For a start, Cpt. Falcon is well known for having atrocious priority, and that combined with his generally slow attacks mean that he'll have trouble landing a single hit on you. Also, since he is moderately heavy, he's also pretty easy to combo, and his fast falling speed means you have a small chaingrab on him. However, ifyou do get hit, it's gonna hurt. His attacks have very high damage and knockback. Don't worry too much about Falcon Punch; it's incredibly easy to dodge. However, when you're off the stage, you are vulnerable to the Knee of Justice, which will inevitably lead to your doom if it sweetspots. Ultimately, the same is true the opposite way round. His recovery is very easy to gimp with turnips, and in fact he has trouble dealing with turnips in general. Stay at medium range and attack relentlessly, while trying to get him off-stage. This match should be really easy for you. Character: Diddy Kong Matchup: 60:40 Diddy Kong is a very unique character, and his matchup with Peach is a very interesting one. The first thing that will pop into people's minds when they think of pro Diddys is 'banana glide toss', and they would be right to do so. Do not get hit by his banana peel, or he will combo you with either a dash grab, dash attack for FSmash. However, banana peels will not trip you up when you're ground floating, so make sure to do this often. Also, if you use an aerial during a ground float and drop, you will grab the banana with no lag. You can then glide toss them yourself and follow up with your own attacks. Putting the bananas aside, his peanut gun is also good at stopping your approaches, so that forces you to fight in the air more. Diddy is also very quick (quicker than you), but he is also quite a light hitter. His FSmash and his DSmash are the main kill moves he possesses, but they are still weaker than yours. Also, here's something to try. Diddy's recovery is susceptible to gimping, and Fair, Nair or turnips can screw up his return to the stage greatly, though it's not always as easy as it sounds. Finally, watch out for his Dair spike. It's fast, and if it connects you won't recover due to Peach's rubbish vertical recovery. In conclusion, ground float more, glide toss his bananas and edgeguard when possible. Character: Donkey Kong Matchup: 45:55 At first glance, Donkey Kong's advantages may seem overwhelming. He has a fantastic ground game, THREE spikes and powerful smashes. So why is the matchup 45:55? Well, here's how it goes. Although his ground game is very good indeed, his attacks are somewhat laggy. However, he also has much more range than you, so you'll need to use turnips and Peach Bomber more often in this match. He also has a Bair with good range and power, though in general your air game is superior to his, so make sure to stay in the air when you can. Also, although he has three spikes (Dair, Fair and forward B), two of them are very slow, so they are easy to airdodge. You have to make sure he doesn't space properly or he'll get a Fair on you with ease. DK's recovery is similar to yours in a way; good horizontally, bad vertically. Unfortunately, it's hard to gimp, although if you space well Fair may just connect. His Giant Punch should be feared. He gets Super Armor while executing it, meanign that he can't be knocked away, so it's best not to attack him, because it can KO you at 70%. The best way to counter DK is to throw turnips and then move on to Dair combos. FSmash should be used primarily for racking up damage, because USmash is much more effective due to it being easier to sweetspot. Overall, our camping is definitely an advantage, but his speed to power ratio and his massive range puts this in his favour slightly. Character: Falco Matchup: 50:50 The main thing to watch out for here is lasers. They will prevent you from ground floating towards him, and short hop laser means that you have to be more careful how you approach him. Although turnips can be reflected by him, they can still be quite useful at preventing approaches. Another major threat is his Dair spike, which is deadly if landed correctly. And then there's his chaingrab, but fortunately Peach can Nair out, so that’s no problem for us. And you have your own tricks to use against him. You get a guaranteed 40% at the start if you chaingrab then follow up with a FTilt. Also, his recovery is easily predicted. His vertical recovery is easy to edgehog too. Contrary to what his fast falling speed suggests, he is also light like you, so you can finish him off easily at around 100%. But then ultimately, he can finish you off then too, if not earlier, so stay on your toes. Overall, he has a lot of advantages over you, but your chaingrab makes things a bit better overall, so make sure to use it. Character: Fox Matchup: 55:45 Contrary to popular belief, Fox fights very differently from Falco. For a start, his ground mobility is much faster and far better than yours. He also has a fast laser which is good for racking up damage. Finally, make sure to watch out for his very powerful USmash, which will kill Peach at very low percentages, yet also comes out quickly. However, although he's faster and stronger than Peach, your aerials are much better. They have higher priority in general, and can help get out of juggles. Also, you can easily punish his Dair with a UTilt. In addition, at the start of the match, you can get an easy 40% by chaingrabbing him and then finishing off with FTilt. Also, despite his incredibly fast falling speed, he is very light and easy to KO. Overall, it's mostly an even matchup, but the chaingrab means that it swings slightly in your favour. Character: Ganondorf Match-up: 65:35 This is quite possibly one of your easiest match-up of all. He only has a handful of advantages on you. His Gerudo attack can be comboed into a dash attack or DTilt, which can potentially kill you (well, the dash attack will anyway, at about 90%). And also, most of his attacks have very strong knockback. All of his smashes kill you at about 80%, and many other attacks also have strong knockback. Now that that's out of the way, let's look at all the advantages we have over Ganon. For a start, though his attacks are among the strongest in the game, they are also among the slowest, meaning that you have big priority over him with your jabs, tilts and aerials. Dair combos work incredibly well on him, sometimes building up as much as 50% damage. Although his aerials are quite effective, they lack speed, and thus are no match for our Nairs, Bairs and Dairs. He also has a lot of problems when it comes to his dismal recovery, which is very easy to gimp with turnips. One thing to be aware of is his stomp. On the ground, UTilt will beat it without worries. In the air, you have to be careful to air dodge properly, or you'll be kicking yourself. If you can perfect auto cancelled Fairs and jabs, then that shuts down many of his approach options. In other words, if you learn how to play Peach well, this match-up is a cinch. Character: Ice Climbers Matchup: 60:40 This is a very unique matchup for one simple reason. The game treats the Ice Climbers as two characters instead of one. By far the biggest threat that they pose is their infinite chaingrabs. In other words, if you get grabbed, kiss your stock goodbye. Thus, you have to be more careful about your approach. A good tactic would be floating above their heads (where they can't grab you) and starting off a Dair combo. This also helps avoid those pesky icebergs they send at you. If they get too close to you, use your neutral A slap to send them away. It comes out fast and has enough knockback to keep you out of grabbing range. The key to winning this matchup is killing Nana early. Focus on her, and try and edgeguard her when she's recovering. If she dies, Popo can only chaingrab you up to about 15%, he is much weaker and his recovery is shorter. Thus, if you get him off the stage afterwards, he will die. Put simply, the matchup is about 50:50 when they're together, and 75:25 when separated. Character: Ike Matchup: 55:45 This is a weird matchup really. Ike and Peach are pretty much polar opposites regarding what they're good at. Ike has immense range, killing power and weight, whereas Peach has speed, combos and a better recovery. It's very important that you don't get predictable with this matchup. If you make a mistake, he can punish you with FSmash, which has huge range and kills at 50%. As a result, be careful how you use your Floating techniques. He also has pretty long range aerials, so expect to see him retreating with Fair or the like. However, most have quite high start-up lag, with the exception of Bair. However, you have a very powerful tool against him: turnips. He has no projectile, so you can use these outside of his attack range and camp with them by Glide Tossing. Toad is also very useful in this match, because most of his attacks have a lot of lag, but if you get too predictable with it, you will be punished, so watch out. Finally, his recovery is pretty crap. If he uses Quick Draw, simply jump into him. You take some damage and knockback, but he falls helplessly to his death afterwards, so I'd say it's worth it. As for Aether, you can easily Toad it so that as he comes up the spores will hit. All in all, this is slightly in Peach's favour, because it can be pretty hard for Ike to hit Peach, but if he does, then it will hurt. Character: Jigglypuff Matchup: 60:40 This match will be a lot different to other matches, so bear that in mind. On the plus side, when it comes to fighting on the ground, Peach wins, no questions asked. Peach's ground attacks are faster, better ranged and possess higher priority. As a result, most Jigglypuff players will play the game in the air for most of the time. Jigglypuff's aerial game is fantastic. Her aerials are all quick, damaging and have high priority. Fair is strong and a common edgeguarding tool and Bair is great for comboing, as is Dair. And since she has the slowest falling speed and second fastest air speed, she can't be shieldgrabbed from them since she can simply glide away. One thing to watch out for is the Dair to Rest combo. Normally you can shield before Rest hits you, but if you trip, and you're over 70%, say goodbye to your stock. Jigglypuff is also the lightest in the game, which is both a good and a bad thing. On the plus side, Peach has no trouble killing her. Moves like FTilt and UTilt start to boast legitimate killing power against her. However, this also means that Dair combos do not work on her. Although her ground game generally stinks, her smashes are actually pretty strong. They'll keep their strength due to not being affected by Stale Move Negation, and can actually kill at below 130%. Fortunately, since they have short range and are slow, usually they are easy to avoid. However, if you fall with your Parasol or get put to sleep, that's when their chance to attack you arises. All in all, Peach has an advantage here, because her anti-air ground game, especially UTilt, works wonders in this matchup, and also she is light and easy to kill. But whatever you do, don't underestimate her aerial prowess. Character: King Dedede Matchup: 50:50 Don't think this guy is like all the other heavyweights. Although he is often regarded as having slow attacks, some of his most potent attacks are not slow at all. Like the Ice Climbers, he has a very potent chaingrab, though fortunately Peach's lightweight and floatiness means it isn't an infinite. Nonetheless, it's best not to get grabbed. He has much more range than you, especially with regards to Waddle Dee Toss and FTilt, so the key to winning against Dedede is pressuring him with turnips. As well as turnips, you'll want to use lots of jabs and fast aerials to rack up damage. DSmash is also good for poking his shield. Make sure to keep your distance though, because his grab range is insane. Finally, there are two main moves you want to watch out for. First is Bair, which comes out fast, is fairly powerful and good for edgeguarding. Second is his UTilt which is both very fast and has killing potential at 100%. Basically, to fight Dedede you should combo, use lots of turnips and for goodness sake don't get grabbed. Character: Kirby Matchup: 50:50 Kirby, though small, is surprisingly strong. FSmash and USmash both kill early, Hammer is slow but powerful, DSmash has a sweetspot that semi-spikes, and Bair can potentially kill, though it is more often used for combos. Because his range isn't too great, turnips and the occasional Peach Bomber work well here. You'll also be using floats a lot, since when you approach this way, if done at the right altitude he can't do much to stop it until you're close enough to attack. He can also steal your Toad attack, though fortunately it is not as effective as yours. He is also very light and floaty, meaning that you can kill him at low percentages, though he can do the same to you. It's best to not stay on the ground too much, because at high percentages that's where he'll be getting the kill. If he uses his Stone attack and it misses, you can run in for a free dash grab too. This is a tough match for all concerned here; just make sure to stay in the air once you get to about 100% or so. It helps you survive for much longer; trust me. Character: Link Matchup: 60:40 Link is one of the easier heavy characters you can face. For a start, his attacks are very slow and laggy, meaning that you can easily counterattack and punish him. However, because of his sword, he has much more priority and disjoint on most attacks, so try and stay up close when you can. He also has some very good projectiles. The boomerang is pretty boring, but the arrows are good at stopping floating approaches, and his bombs are similar to your turnips, except that they take longer to pull out and always do the same damage, rather than it varying. His Zair is often used as an approach option, but fortunately Toad works well on it, so try and predict it when you can. Essentially, if you stay up close, you will win, because you can easily juggle and combo him into oblivion, and then finish off with a nice Fair or smash. But what swings this match in your favour is Peach's great edgeguarding. Link has one of the worst recoveries in the game, and turnips and edgehogging combined completely wreck it. In this match, here are the golden rules: stay at long range, you lose. Stay close up, you win. Get him off-stage, you win. Character: Lucario Matchup: 45:55 I don't know where to start here. Well, first of all, here's the deal. As he takes more damage, his attacks become stronger, in terms of knockback, damage and range. This means that at low percentages, he's very weak, but beyond 100% he's a monster. What's interesting is that although his attacks take a while to come out, they have very little cooldown lag, meaning that they are hard to punish, but attacking him before they occur works well. You'll want to float higher in this match, because his aura sphere candestroy low floats easily. His Aura Sphere also limits the usefulness of your turnips. Also, he will often use his dodge roll a lot. Try USmashing when he doesn't space this correctly to punish him. Lucario also has very good aerials, the best of which is Dair, which has high priority, speed and power. UTilt will beat this attack, but USmash will not, so don't expect to sweetspot it here. It's recommended that you save your Fair for killing purposes here. Peach does have oen big advantage though. Because his up B does no damage, it is incredibly easy to edgehog. You don't even have to time correctly. Still, for the most part, you have to concentrate a lot to win, and his long range and 'high risk' high return' property makes this matchup slightly advantaged towards him. Character: Lucas Matchup: 60:40 Lucas is one of the two PK users in the game, the other being Ness. The first thing to note is that he has three projectile: PK Freeze (which freezes you, obviously), PK Fire and PK Thunder. PK Freeze is too slow to worry about, but PK Fire and PK Thunder can be pretty annoying. PK Fire can be floated over to reduce its annoyance factor, but his PK Thunder is much harder to avoid, because you can't really airdodge it because they can simply turn it back at you; use Nair to outrprioritise it instead. He also has some very strong smashes. FSmash in particular is notable because it's quick and reflects projectiles, so keep that in mind when using turnips, and never, ever Toad it. USmash and DSmash are extremely strong, but fortunately, if it misses, you can pretty much write a book about how you're going to punish it during his recovery time. He also has a tether grab, which, like all tether grabs, has long range but a lot of ending lag. Lucas also has a decent aerial game, especially Dair and Nair. If he tries to approach you from the air, FTilt can usually stop him due to the range advantage we have. Finally, if you're feeling cruel, here's a small trick you can do. Lucas is notable for having an extra 10 frames on his ground grab release. Peach has a fast grab, so here's what you do. Grab Lucas, and pummel him as much as you can. This forces a ground release, and then you can simply dash grab and repeat until you reach the end of the stage. It's not an infinite, but it racks up a fair bit of damage. All in all, this would be55:45 most likely, but the grab release trick stacks the cards further in our favour. Character: Luigi Matchup: 50:50 Luigi is a lot different from his brother, let me tell you. For a start, he has incredibly low traction, which is both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, he slides too far to shieldgrab you properly, but at the same time it makes him harder to combo. He's also more difficult to combo because if he DIs out, he can use Nair to hit you back, and it's pretty powerful overall. His tornado and fireballs can also be used to pressure you effectively, and they can be annoying to try and get around. However, that's not to say that we're helpless in this situation. For a start, our turnips can be used to pressure him before he can get a lead on us, and once he's off the stage, his recovery is quite predictable and easy to edgeguard, so use that to your advantage. We can also outrange most of his aerials with our own, and we can space better than he can. In fact, Luigi doesn't have too much range in general. However, Luigi has two moves to watch out for: FSmash and up B. FSmash can kill us fresh at 80%, and if he lands up B properly, he can kill us at as low as 50%. Luckily for us, these moves have low range, so use turnips to stop him from closing in. All in all, this matchup is another fairly even battle for Peach, since both characters have advantages over the other. Character: Mario Matchup: 55:45 Mario is often considered the most average character in the game. He has average weight, average power and average speed overall. But he also has some traits that makes him not so ordinary. For a start, he's surprisingly good at edgeguarding. His cape can turn you around and force your momentum in the opposite direction, and his FLUDD can push you backwards. You should never use Toad against his cape, since the spores will get reflected back at you, and you may die as a result. His samshes all have decent power, so make sure to be on the look-out for them, as well. Other than that, this match-up isn't too bad for Peach. She can use FTilt and UTilt to stop aerial approaches, Fair can outrange most of his attacks except his fireballs, and if you learn how to powershield his fireballs then you should do fine. Dair combos work alright against him, and for the most part general Peach tactics are what you need here. Character: Marth Matchup: 40:60 This is probably one of your toughest matches, but it's not unwinnable. The first thing to note is that every attack has a sweetspot at the tip of the sword. When not sweetspotted, his attacks possess average strength. When they do sweetspot, they have very high knockback and damage, thus Marth players will try and space accordingly. Glide tossing turnips can greatly hinder this spacing, and it's recommended to do this whenever you can, because he has no projectile to counteract with. Other than that, he has much higher range and priority than you do, and his attacks are also pretty quick, so you have to make sure to keep your guard at all times. In particular you should look out for his Fair, which is fast, high priority, and great for edgeguarding. Properly spaced Fairs and FSmashes are also necessary to try and counteract his spacing, because he does it really, really well. Fortunately, his recovery isn't too good if he's recovering horizontally, so try and gimp him if you can. Still, overall, this is a tough match-up for Peach, so you have to be a decent amount more skilled than your opponent to win. Character: Meta Knight Matchup: 35:65 Peach's worst matchup in the game, but then again the majority of the cast have a lot of trouble dealing with Meta Knight. Well, for a start, his attacks are stupidly fast, and have extreme priority. Essentially, almost all of MK's attacks are as fast as Peach's jab and Nair. Another move to watch out for is Mach Tornado, which can rack up massive damage on you. Dair can hit out of it, as can FSmash. Something else to note is that his DSmash is fast, yet very strong, and usually kills you at about 100% (80% if you get hit by the back part). He can also gimp you very easily with Fair and Nair. You can potentially time Toad and hit him, but don't abuse it. Also, don't try to gimp his recovery. You'll get attacked and soon regret your decision. The best option against him is to play defensive. Camping with turnips can help, because he doesn't have a projectile, and float occasionally, but do not use Dair combos (they don't work on him). It's a very tough match, but it's not quite impossible. Character: Mr. Game and Watch Matchup: 40:60 Whatever you do, do not underestimate this guy. There are several things about him to fear. For a start, he has incredible priority aerials that are great at racking up damage and disrupting your approaches. His Bair is particularly potent at this, so expect to see him use that move A LOT. His Nair is also pretty potent too. As if that wasn't enough, he also has powerful smashes with little start-up and ending lag. On top of that, his DThrow combos straight into DSmash, which at quite high percentages usually means death. Turnips can help make his Bair a little less painful, and in addition using Toad can stop him being too agressive, which makes things a tad easier. At first, you may think that the fact that he's extremely light allows you to KO him easier. However, a good G&W player will use Bucket Braking to cancel momentum, allowing them to live for longer than you would expect. This is going to be an uphill struggle for Peach, and if you don't know what to expect it becomes almost impossible. Character: Ness Match-up: 60:40 Ness, the second of the PK users, is actually not much like Lucas, but the overall matchup is similarly in our favour. However, he can be deadly in the right hands. He has a very good air game: Bair can kill well if he sweetspots it, Fair is long range and good for pressuring, and Dair is a very powerful meteor smash. You can counter these however. Our Bair counters his Fair well, and Bair and Dair are easily telegraphed so that you can airdodge to avoid them. However, there are other threats that he can pose to you. He has a very strong BThrow, so once you get to about 110% or so, make sure to avoid getting grabbed. His FSmash can also reflect projectiles, including turnips and Toad's spores, so watch out. Fortunately, we have a big advantage. Ness has a very easy to gimp recovery. Simply use turnips or jump out and get hit by the PK Thunder head and he'll be sent to his doom. This makes killing him much easier. We also have that trick just like with Lucas where we can pummel him all the way across the stage, because he also has an extra 10 frames on his grounded grab release. This match should be fairly good for you if you know what to expect. Character: Olimar Matchup: 65:35 Olimar is a very good character. However, Olimar is the fire; Peach is the water. Surprisingly, Peach is one of the best Olimar counters in the game. One reason for this is that her moves are very good at killing off his Pikmin. Dair, DSmash, Peach Bomber and Nair are especially potent at this. Olimar's grab game is also cancelled out due to the fact that you can float over his grab range. And from there he has few ways to deal with your approaches, since FSmash and DSmash won't reach, and moves that will generally have lower priority. And not to mention that his air game is outranged by your Fair and Bair. However, one thing to note is that he has a lot of killing power, meaning that he can kill you easily and quickly. However, so can you. He's light, so you generally knock him off the stage early on. Although you can kill him the traditional way, it's much much easier to gimp him. First of all, throw a turnip at him. Once you've done that, float jus above the ledge and drop when you think Olimar is going to up B. If you guessed right, he's more or less screwed. Finally, as if all that wasn't enough, if you activate Toad while a Pikmin is attached to you, it will attack! His main threat, IMO, is that his up B can mess with your Dair approachs if you don't space well. Still, this match is still very strongly in Peach's favour. Olimar may be able to stand up to the top tiers in the game, but he has a lot of trouble with this princess. Character: Peach Matchup: Have a wild guess.... (50:50, in case you didn't realise) Obviously, the matchup that Peach faces against another Peach is dead even, since it is the same character, after all. That means thaty everything you can do, she can do back, and vice versa. As a result, you can expect a lot of floating around, Dairs for combos, Fairs for spacing, turnips galore and all the other things that make Peach players what they are. Although Dair combos are hard to punish if spaced right, if they aren't spaced right you can easily punish with UTilt or FTilt. With luck, you might even be able to USmash them as well. Since both of you have exactly the same range, spacing here is crucial, and turnips are very useful for racking up damage here. If they try and throw one at you, you may be able to catch it and throw it back at them using your glide toss, but don't make this your number 1 priority. It's also worth being aware that she may pull out Toad occasionally. If you can predict it, you can punish it in a myriad of ways. Finally, when she's recovering, watch how she does so. If her recovery gets too predictable, then use some turnips or aerials to edgeguard her. All in all, the winner of this match comes down to whoever has the better spacing. Character: Pikachu Matchup: 50:50 This is one of your most even matchups of all (well, except for when you face yourself obviously). On the ground, Pikachu is better. In the air, you're better. Your floating Dairs should cancel out his Thunder Jolts, but if you don't space yourself properly, you could end up eating his UTilt, and then another UTilt, then some aerial combo. Needless to say, be careful. One of his most feared moves is DSmash, however good Smash DI can usually get you out after a few hits. When it comes to aerials, he's pretty good, but Nairs and Bairs will almost always out-priotize them if you use them correctly. His biggest advantage over you is his killing moves. Since he's very light, KOing him isn't too big a problem here, but getting KO'd by him is. His USmash and FSmash are very strong and quick, but since their sweetspots are close range, you can try to keep your distance to stop being hit by them. And watch out for Thunder! Yes, you can air dodge, but a good Pikachu will wait out your air dodge and hit you as you're vulnerable. QAC is also annoying, but proper timing of DSmash can hit him out of it. Also, if you get the chance, FSmash makes a good punishing tool. All in all, each side has their advantages, but it mostly evens out and it's all a matter of which player has more skill. Character: Pit Matchup: 55:45 Pit is often considered to be one of the most annoying characters in the game, and perhaps with good reason. He has arrows as a projectile, which if used right can be a major threat to approaches, and in addition he has TWO reflectors, and a really long recovery. However, that doesn't mean that things are hopeless for you. For a start, many of his moves hit you multiple times, allowing you time to smash DI them. As well as that, his recovery may be great in terms of distance, but if you hit him during his up B, then he won't get another one and he falls to his doom. His arrows are also much more manageable if you learn to powershield them well. In many ways, Pit is a lot like Peach: both characters have several fast attacks, but have trouble landing the killing blow. His main kill moves here are FSmash, Bair, and to a minor extent FTilt, so make sure to try and avoid them if you can. Oh, and a final word of warning: never Toad his Angel Ring; its reflecting properties will send the spores straight back into your face. All in all, this is in Peach's favour, though really anyone could win in this match. Character: Pokemon Trainer Matchup: Overall - 55:45 Squirtle - 55:45 Ivysaur - 60:40 Charizard - 45:55 Oh boy. It's three characters in one. Each character must be dealt with in a certain way, but if you can larn what to do and when, then their threat to you can be reduced rapidly. First of all, there's Squirtle. Perhaps Squirtle's best attribute is his great air game. Combined with his high air speed, his Fair and Bair will be used a lot in this match, and they can rack up damage pretty quickly. So how do you deal with this? Use Bair to counter, that's how. Also, he has two strong smashes: USmash and FSmash, so watch out for them, and since FSmash has high ending lag you can punish it easily. He also has a strong DThrow, so don't get grabbed at high percentages. But you have your own tricks to use. Floating Bairs and Dairs will hit him hard, and also since he's extremely light, Peach doesn't have any issues killing here. Fair will work in a pinch. Also, make sure to keep pressuring him with turnips, as he doesn't have a proper projectile himself. Ivysaur is the middle weight of the three, and like Squirtle she has a couple of thing to watch out for. For a start, she has Bullet Seed, and if you get caught it can rack up a lot of damage. If you get hit by the horizontal hitbox, DI towards Ivysaur and you should avoid the bullets. There's also her Razor Leaf, which can mess with your floating game. Ivysaur also has a long range Bair, though fortunately it only does 4% damage. And those are her main threats to you. She has an incredibly powerful USmash, but it's so slow that you should never get hit by it if you're paying any attention at all. Your best bet is to get floating Dairs in, and after that you can counter most of her attacks by using your own Bair. This matchup would probably be neutral, but there's one thing swinging it in your favour. Ivysaur's recovery is atrocious; there are two ways to gimp it. You can either edgehog at the right time, or pummel her with turnips. If you choose to edgehog, be aware that if you don't time it right, she might stage spike you. Charizard is the heaviest of the three and is ultimately your biggest threat as well. Why is he such a threat? Two words: Rock Smash. It has huge damage, huge knockback and good priority. NEVER rush straight in on Charizard, or you'll be eating a Rock Smash to the face. Other things to watch out for are his good grab range and his strong attacks. Like other heavy weights, he hits hard, but he also hits slow as well. Since most of his attacks have high ending lag, you can easily punish him if he makes a mistake, and most of your fast attacks will come out faster than his. If possible, you can also try to gimp him, but it's no easy task. Oh, and just in case you didn't get it the first time, avoid his Rock Smash or you WILL suffer. All in all, Charizard is the only Pokemon you're likely to have trouble with, and due to Stamina they can't stay as him for the whole match. However, it can be very confusing to have to play three different characters in one match, but after a while you should get used to it. Character: R.O.B. Matchup: 55:45 R.O.B. is one of the more unusual characters in the game, and in a game like Brawl that's definitely saying something. One of his biggest strengths lies in his incredible camping game, involving his gyros and lasers mostly. Fortunately, we can glide toss his gyro back at him if we can get it, and we can float to try and avoid his camping. Chances are they will expect this though, so get ready to deal with his air game. His aerials are great overall, especially Fair, which is fast and well ranged. Fortunately, when it comes to his air game, he has a massive blind spot underneath him because his Dair is so slow, which easily allows you to Uair or UTilt him before he can attack. However, the same also applies to Peach, and in a sense neither characters wants the other underneath them. To get past these aerials and camping, you'll need to approach with turnips when you can (what else is new?) and Dair combos are very good if you can get them, because ROB is fairly heavy. Also, ROB has several moves with high start-up, making Toad much more useful in this matchup. Like us, he also doesn't kill particularly well, though USmash is pretty powerful if he can hit with it. The only real problem with him is that his recovery is very hard to gimp, because he can stop his up B, attack, then continue his up B. Still, overall you have ways of getting around his strengths and exploiting his weaknesses, and to a lesser extent he does for us too. Character: Samus Matchup: 50:50 Don't be fooled by the fact that she's low on the tier list. She can still cause you some problems if you let your guard down. First of all, approaching with floating DOES NOT WORK in this match, because she can simply use her incredibly long Zair or one of her projectiles to knock you out of the sky. Glide Tossing turnips is a much more viable option, and it can cancel out her projectiles a bit. Learning to powershield properly also helps a lot too. Other than the problems with approaching, similar tactics apply here. Short hopped Dairs work well here, and turnip pressure is as good as usual, but you have to make sure to watch out for her projectiles, especially her charge shot. She also has a fairly good air game. Fair and Uair hit multiple times and can pressure opponents well; SDI makes them a bit less painful. Bair can be used to kill if sweetspotted, and Dair can meteor smash, so try not to get her above you in the air, because chances are you won't recover. To make things easier, Samus is arguably the worst at killing in the game. Bair, FSmash and DTilt are all viable, but Bair has to be sweetspotted to work, and DTilt has little range and is punishable, and she doesn't have much else to kill reliably below 150%. However, because she's heavy and has a very good recovery, chances are you won't be killing her very early on either. As a result, these matches can end up lasting a long time, and in the end the winner will be the person who can read their opponent better. Character: Sheik Matchup: 60:40 Sheik is fast. And when I say fast, I mean FAST. She has one of the best dash speeds in the game, and her attacks are also very quick. All of her aerials and tilts have very little start-up and ending lag. The main thing you have to watch out for is needles. Fortunately, you have a very efficient way of dealing with them: floating at head level. Despite her speed, you have several advantages over her. Like you, she as trouble killing. For a start, her only good kill move is USmash, and nothing else kills below 130%. So make sure you don't get sweetspotted with that. Also, due to her fast falling, you can chaingrab and FTilt up to about 40%, and Dair combos work well on her. Finally, her famous FTilt lock doesn't work on Peach; after two or three hits, simply Nair to escape from it. Her combo game, which she relies on heavily, doesn't really work on Peach due to her floatiness and light weight, and as such, we have the advantage. Character: Snake Matchup: 35:65 This is a very annoying matchup indeed. First of all, you should be aware that Snake has ridiculously good DACUS. It sends him roughly halfway across Final Destination and can be used to trap you. His other projectiles also pose problems. Grenades can stop your combos and chaingrabs, and also he'll use his C4 and DSmash to try and trap you, so make sure you use floating a lot to get around them. The matchup would be frustrating enough with these alone, but Snake also had insane priority and highly disjointed tilts. In particular, watch out for his UTilt. It has a massive disjoint in front of him, it's fast and it kills you at about 90%. This can massively break down your Dair combos. To get around it, then you'll essentially need to hit and run, be aware of his traps, and have a lot of patience. I won't bother trying to sugarcoat it; this is not going to be easy. Character: Sonic Matchup: 60:40 Sonic is one of those characters that seems more like 30:70 if you don't know how the match will work, so it's important to know what to expect. His dash is incredibly fast, and his attacks are fairly quick for the most part too, and as such he excels at punishing your mistakes. This means that you shouldn't play aggresively, because chances are you'll slip up at some point and you'll have to pay the price for it. If you're defensive with camping, he's forced to approach you, since he has no proper projectile. Once he does get to you, his spin dash attacks can be cancelled out through proper use of Nair and Bair, because Sonic's priority on his attacks aren't particularly great, and thus they will knock him about with ease. If he uses Homing Attack on you, then that's a chance for a free UTilt or USmash. Most importantly, you should never become too predictable, because if you do, then he can punish you for it, and you'll lose. Vary your approaches and attacks when you can, and since Peach in general has more priority, it can help get around the hedgehog and his tricks. Overall, it's in our favour, unless you get aggressive or predictable, in which case it's in his favour. Character: Toon Link Matchup: 45:55 This guy may not look tough, but he's a fair bit more challenging than regular Link is, so don't let your guard down. This is one of those matches where you don't want ot be floating too much. His good air game and projectiles will knock you straight out of the sky. However, using Dair will cancel out his projectiles, so it can make a decent approach, but don't abuse it. If you're really close, try using Toad the projectiles instead. His best kill move is USmash, so when you get to about 100%, be aware that he'll start using it. He also has a Zair, though it's only about half as long as Link's, so it's easier to deal with. Then there's his Dair. If you're in the air when he's using it, quickly air dodge and he should fall to his death. On the ground, UTilt can beat it with good timing. Never, under any circumstances, should you Toad it. This one is quite tough, but if you know what you're doing you can make it easier for yourself. Character: Wario Matchup: 50:50 Wario can seem overwhelming when used right, but there are ways to get around him. One of the main issues you have to contend with is his air game. He has a tremendous air speed, and high priority aerials to match, and he can weave in and out of you, attacking you and then retreating out of range. However, a properly spaced Bair beats ALL of his aerials in terms of range. His ground game is also pretty good; his bite has high priority and can be used after a Dair, because even if you shielded it, since the bite counts as a grab it will still hit. FSmash is a poweful finisher with super armor, and his tilts are quite powerful as well. One of the main things that stops this matchup being too painful are your turnips, which can help deal with his aerial control and spacing, since he has no proper projectile himself, so make sure you use them often. When he's recovering, if he uses his bike, don't destroy it, because you might be able to force him off the stage again, and without his bike his recovery is significantly worse. His waft is still annoying, and if fully charged, it has large knockback, and can do 40% damage in one go! His waft is fully charged when he starts flashing brown. Despite his short height, Wario is actually pretty heavy, which makes him hard to kill, but also means that you can double Dair in your combos, allowing easier damage racking overall. Make sure to save your Fair for the kills, or he'll live forever. Finally, we have a grab release on Wario. After air releasing him, we can USmash or perform any aerial. The problem: it's extremely hard to grab a good Wario. All in all, Wario can be tough, but in the end it boils down to being about even. Character: Wolf Matchup: 45:55 Wolf is very annoying, but we do have some advantages. On the plus side, he's relatively heavy, and falls quickly, meaning that you can chaingrab him to over 30% (though he can shine out if you don't time it properly), and you can also Dair combo him very well. However, Wolf has a big advantage when it comes to range; his FSmash has very little start-up lag and travels along the stage, and his aerials all have pretty good range too. Our Fair slightly outranges his Bair, but his Bair comes out a fair bit faster, so the range advantage doesn't mean too much. His laser camping is also something to watch out for; floating and powershielding comes in very handy here. And there's his shine, which he'll use a fair bit in close range. If he abuses it, you can get a grab in, but good Wolfs probably won't do that. He also kills us pretty early, mainly through his smashes, especially DSmash. Fortunately, his recovery isn't so hot, so you want to edgeguard him when you can. Nair and Bair can outprioritise his recovery if timed right, and his recovery is also very susceptible to edgehogging. If it weren't for his recovery, I'd label this 40:60, but as it stands it's only slightly in his favour. Character: Yoshi Matchup: 55:45 Yoshi is an underrated character, with a number of tricks up his sleeve. First and foremost are his eggs, which are very irritating and force you to approach. Once again, powershielding is the answer, and make sure to approach from the ground. He also has a very high air speed, the best in the game, and his Bair has high priority, though it is usually telegraphed and you can SDI it. Yoshi's best kill move is his Uair, which means that you don't want to be above him in the air (even more than is usual). You also have to make sure not to get predictable around Yoshi as well. Spamming floats all the time will lead to being hit by a USmash, and if you chase after him too much, he'll be able to pivot grab you. Also, contrary to popular belief, Yoshi isn't that easy to gimp. If you footstool him, he'll fall to his doom, yes, but most good Yoshis will airdodge imemdiately after their second jump to make them harder to footstool. In addition, his Egg Toss can be combined with his air speed to gain a decent amount of horizontal distance, and mild vertical distance too. One good thing about this match is that he can't really punish you out of his shield (which is an egg, rather than the normal sphere), since he can't jump out of his shield, eliminating the chance to use aerials, and also his shieldgrab is very slow and easy to spotdodge. Overall, Yoshi is a slippery little dinosaur, but if you can get the shield pressure on him, it's in your favour, at least slightly. Character: Zelda Matchup: 60:40 Zelda, a character favoured by beginners, and not so much by experts. However, she does have some advantages over you. You have to be extra careful when spacing your Dair, because if you mess up, she can USmash you, and it's pretty strong and has super high priority. Zelda also has several other kill moves, including all her smashes, UTilt, Fair and Bair. You can't afford to be predictable with your floating, because she can use a lightning kick on you, which can kill us at like 60% or something. Otherwise, this is in our favour. The aim of the game is to bait Zelda and punish, which fortunately Peach can do easily. At long range, Zelda wins, but at mid and close range we win. At mid range, Din's Fire is too laggy to use, and if you have a turnip in hand, she has to approach, and Zelda can't approach very well thanks to her unreliable air game. In addition, our Nair cancels out Din's Fire, making it much less useful here. Zelda is also very easy to gimp, since she only really has one recovery option, and as a result you can pressure her, then edgehog so that she won't recover. Zelda has a reflector, but due to the low angle at which it sends turnips, chances are they won't be using it all that often to reflect your turnips. Finally, if you get caught in her FSmash, you can simply SDI out of it. USmash can't be SDI'd out of so easily, so it's best just to avoid that if possible. Overall, turnip baiting is the reason that this is to our advantage, so make sure to use it whenever possible. Character: Zero Suit Samus Matchup: 45:55 Zero Suit Samus is a powerful character unlike anyone else in the game, and absolutely nothing like Power Suit Samus whatsoever. The first thing to notice is that she produces three armour pieces when she appears at the start of the match. They're pretty powerful (they have knockback similar to stitchface turnips), so you can try and use them against her, if you can grab them that is. If they're doing too much harm to you, then throw them away. Once they've disappeared, things get more complicated. ZSS has a very strong air game, especially Uair, which juggles you to hell and back, and Bair, which kills us at around 100%. She also has several options for juggling you when you're in the air, such as up B and USmash. If she's trying it juggle you, fastfall back to the stage ASAP. Short hopped Dairs and turnips work well against her, since her projectile is fairly weak in comparison. Her options out of shield are also rather limited, because her aerials are more suited to juggling, and her grab is very, very slow. Speaking of which, if she fails an attempted grab, make sure to punish it, because it has over 20 frames of ending lag. Her DSmash is also notable, because it can stun you, leading to either highly damaging combos or a lead into a kill move. Fortunately, it only hits on one side, so it can't punish roll dodges as effectively as other DSmashes. Also, despite what everyone seems to say, ZSS is NOT easy to gimp. If she DIs up for your attacks, she can use her large second jump and her Flip Jump, which grants invincibility frames. Her tethers are rarely needed, and if they are, if you don't time your edgehog perfectly, she may take you down with her and have time to re-tether. And don't try to gimp her Flip Jump. She can perform a kick out of it which spikes you, and will most likely kill you. All in all, this is a fairly tough matchup, so make sure to take advantage of turnips and shields, and punish her grab when you can. 12) How do I go about fighting Peach? Is a Peach pro kicking your butt on a consistent basis? Want to know a way to teach them a lesson? Well, then I'm here to help. The following section tells you a variety of ways to help you tackle a Peach player. Now, many people will tell you that Peach lacks killing power, which is true. However, she does have several tools to eject her opponents from the stage. Her USmash, when sweetspotted, can kill at 80%, her FSmash at 80-120% 9if you get the tennis racket sweetspot or golf club), her Fair at about 120%, and her Bair at 140%. So make sure that you don't mistake her for a stupidly weak character. One of the most important aspects of her game is that her long range options are severely limited. Apart from Peach Bomber and turnips, most of Peach's game needs the opponent to be close up to her. This is a huge advantage if you have a projectile. Missiles, lasers and the like are great for using against Peach. Lasers are the most effective, since missiles can be blocked by turnips. As well as that, Peach's vertical recovery is very poor. It relies almost entirely on her parasol attack, which makes her very easy to edgeguard, and can lead to an early victory for you. There is also the matter of her terrible aerial defense. Normally, her defense isn’t so bad, but in the air, that all changes. She’s light, tall and floaty, making her very easy to juggle. This is made worse by the fact that he air dodge is beyond terrible (she only gets 16 frames of invincibility with a 49 frame duration). She can use Dairs or fastfalled Nairs and Bairs to try and counter your moves, but if you aim it right, Peach is a sitting duck in the air. Juggle her when you can. When playing against Peach, you should use vertical killing moves against her rather than horizontal killing moves. This is because if she activates her float quickly, she can survive a big hit at high percentages horizontally, but if you use a strong vertical attack you wouldn't have much trouble finishing her at 90%+. Meteor smashes are also highly effective, since she can’t recover from them to save her life. If you have a fast character, then that's a big help when fighting against Peach. Although her attacks are quick, her running speed is pretty slow, which means you can get around the arena more easily than she can, and may mean that you get a hit in quicker. If you have a heavy character, then that's a bit more of a problem. Block as many of her quick hits as you can, and try and keep your distance from her, since most heavy characters have a better range than she does. Oh, and of course make sure to avoid those Dair combos of hers. Here's a small tip for you. If you're holding onto the edge and you're thinking of doing a recovery attack, don't. A good Peach player will simply whip out Toad and you'll be sent flying. Instead, jump up and see if you can get in a quick aerial, or dodge roll. Speaking of aerials, you know how I've said in this guide that Peach pros will often float a little above the ground? Well, a good way of dealing with this is to do a dash attack on her, which can end up leading to powerful juggles with the right combos. Of course, this is only if they get their float height wrong. Properly spaced floating aerials are very hard to counter. When Peach is using turnips on you, if you press A at the right time, you can catch them and throw them back. Also, if she pulls up a special item, nothing is stopping you from knocking it out of her hands and taking it for yourself. Be aware that she’ll know what to expect though, and may be able to capitalise on this. Finally, here's how to avoid her Final Smash. Many already know this, but then again not everyone does. If you want to stop yourself falling asleep, then here's something important to remember: if you're in the air at the point where you are supposed to fall asleep, you will not fall asleep. I think you still take the damage though, but you can easily recover that by quickly eating some of the peaches she had conjured up. Hanging on the ledge works well too, and is often easier. Now, it isn't uncommon to find a Peach player who uses Toad over and over again. When faced with such a situation, here's what to do. There is some lag between the start of the attack and when the counter is effective (about 11 frames). Attack as she's pulling Toad away and she'll be helpless. Better yet, try using a long range attack to set Toad off, and then quickly do a dash attack to set up a combo. So remember, when facing Peach: use long range moves, watch out for turnips and Toad, look out for her combos, try and outspace her and once the damage has been racked up, use a vertical move to send her to her doom. 13) Role in Subspace Emissary Peach's role in Subspace Emissary is relatively minor, but it's still quite interesting because there are two different storylines, depending on who you decide to save when she and Zelda are captured by Petey Piranha. Here are both of them for you to read. 13a) Storyline 1 If Peach is saved, she joins Kirby as they both escape from the stadium on a Warp Star. They are pursued by the Halberd, and land on top of it. Soon they fall off and reach the ground, fighting along through hordes of Subspace foes. Later on, Kirby leaves Peach behind, and Bowser appears from the sky and turns her into a trophy. The Shadowbugs (that came along with Bowser) make a clone of Peach that proceeds to ambush Mario and Pit with a Dark Cannon. However, Link destroys the Dark Cannon and he and Yoshi fight and defeat her. When the clone is defeated, Mario witnesses her trophy disintegrating into Shadowbugs and, believing it was the real Peach, proceeds to attack both Link and Yoshi with Pit’s help. When they are defeated, Kirby makes a return after Dedede races by and snatches Mario and Pit's trophy. He slices the handle off of the crane and revives Mario and Pit. The heroes Mario, Pit, Yoshi, Link and Kirby chase after Dedede. In his castle lair, Dedede plants a button on Zelda, Luigi and Ness before Bowser attacks and takes Zelda. Once in possession of Zelda, Bowser retreats back to the Halberd where Peach is already a prisoner in trophy form. 13b) Storyline 2 If Peach was not saved, Wario appears whilst she is trapped under her wrecked cage. He blasts her with a Dark Cannon and turns her into a trophy, before fleeing the stadium with her. She is later captured by King Dedede when he ambushes Wario and steals his Cargo along with Ness. As he passes Mario and company, Mario spots her on the back of the Cargo, and Link shoots the Cargo, slowing it down so that they can pursue Dedede. King Dedede puts his own Dedede brooch on her, but when Bowser attacks his castle, he finds her trophy and takes it. However, he is pursued by Mario and Pit, and when Pit fires an arrow at Bowser, the Dedede brooch falls off and is found by Kirby. Bowser escapes in the Koopa Clown Car and takes her trophy up to the waiting Halberd. 14) Miscellaneous Trivia - Wondering where Peach's floating ability comes from? Well, back when Super Mario Bros. 2 was released back in 1988, Peach was one of the four playable characters, and although she was the weakest and slowest of the four, she made up for that because she could float in the air for about two or three seconds, making her a good choice for beginners because it was easier to time her jumps. Nintendo cleverly included this ability in the Smash Bros. series, and it is a vital part of her metagame. - Her turnip move also stems from the fact that in Super Mario Bros. 2 the main item used to defeat enemies was turnips you could pull up from the ground. Also, the turnips came in different sizes, which translates to the different faces that you can see when you pull them up. Like floating, turnips are vital to playing a good Peach. - Many people think that Peach got nerfed horribly from Melee to Brawl. In Melee, she was considered the 5th best in the game. I think her nerfing is highly exaggerated. Yes, she isn't as good now, but her nerfs are nowhere near as bad as what people like Sheik, Jigglypuff or Captain Falcon received. Yes, she did lose her broken DSmash (a move that comes up super fast, can potentially do 40%+ damage and kills at 100%+ is broken IMO), her second jump was toned down, her FThrow isn't so good and her dash attack was nerfed as well. But she did receive some improvements too. Her horizontal recovery is better (not that it was crap to begin with...), her aerials have less lag, FSmash has killing potential now, UTilt and Peach Bomber are way better and Toad was improved. Always look on the bright side of things. - Despite being 19th (exactly middle tier) in the American tier list, in the Japanese one she was 2nd last! I've heard that the Japanese play more aggressively, so that might have something to do with it.... She’s now 23rd instead, which is still a tad low in my opinion, but never mind. - As a joke, a few Smashers have claimed that Brawl Pikachu 'stole' Melee Peach's DSmash due to its quick start-up, high priority and high knockback. However, Pikachu's DSmash is easily worse because it does less damage and can be SDI'd out of easily. And no, Brawl Peach's DSmash does not suck! - Peach no longer says 'Suh-weet!' in her taunts any more. Now she just says 'Sweet.' really blandly and mundanely. Still, this is balanced out by her childish and annoying side taunt, assuming that you like annoying your opponents. - When Peach does her parasol attack, it will be the same colour as her dress, regardless of the costume. A tiny little detail that IMO is quite quaint. - Her second jump gets more vertical distance in Subspace Emissary than in the rest of the game. Don't ask me why; it just does. - The costume where Peach has brown hair makes her look like Daisy, also from the Mario series. However, whereas in Melee the jewels and crown changed to look more like her, in Brawl it is a simple re-colouring. - According to an interview with Sakurai, Peach's configurations from Melee to Brawl (mostly referring to attack changes and animation schemes) were the most time-consuming of any veteran character. - In Super Mario RPG, Peach had a move called Super Slap. It's possible that her FThrow is based on that (though that may be pushing it a bit). - Her attacks seem to involve more hearts in this game. Her UTilt causes a heart to appear and smack the opponent, compared to a simple headbutt in Melee. Also, when her Peach Bomber connects, a bunch of hearts appear, whereas in Melee it was a fiery explosion. The hearts may be a reference to Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS. - There seem to be a limited amount of Peach users online. Some simply prefer high tier characters (Peach is mid tier), whereas some people seem to think of Peach as a non-serious character. Oh well, their loss... - Peach is the only character with a randomised smash attack, her FSmash. As previously stated, you could get either a golf lcub, a tennis racket or a frying pan. The tennis racket and the golf club both stem from the various Mario spin-offs there have been over the years, while her frying pan was one of her most powerful weapons in Super Mario RPG. 15) Credits. Well, we’re near the end of the FAQ. Before I go, here are some people that I wish to thank for their contributions to this FAQ. Nintendo: For making such a great and fun game. Somebodysunshine: I borrowed the move names that he gave, because it’s better than putting, ‘Ground Slap’ or ‘Hip Bash’ or whatever. I decided to change them to my own names afterwards, but I still think s/he deserves credit. Smashboards: For their helpful information and guidance. Super Smash Bros Wiki: For the info on Peach's role in SSE. Arrozbatata: For giving me some tips. Paladin_Fox: For giving me some more tips. You: For taking the time to read my FAQ. I hope you enjoyed reading. That’s all for now.