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Smash • Jan 30, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate v2.0.0 update has been released - Patch notes and character balance changes

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate v2.0.0 update has been released - Patch notes and character balance changes
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With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set to enter into its third month of existence, Nintendo has released the latest major patch.

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Smash Ultimate launched in December 2018 and while it was a critical and commercial success, many players were surprised to see a lack of updates to the game in the weeks following launch.

After the 1.2.0 patch dropped on December 14, Nintendo went silent on the update front for Smash Ultimate, but that all changed with the release of the v2.0.0 update.

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The v2.0.0 update for Smash Ultimate has finally arrived.

What does the 2.0.0 patch contain? 

In a surprise move, Piranha Plant was made available with this update. While the patch notes themselves say that it would be released "at a later date," Nintendo later followed up with a Tweet stating that the character is now playable. 

In addition to Piranha Plant, the v2.0.0 update contains a laundry list of changes to various characters in the game. 

While the patch notes themselves don't give much information about the balance changes - simply stating "Various gameplay changes" in true Nintendo fashion - they separately released a massive chart (found below) detailing every change. 

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That's right, Piranha Plant is Smash Ultimate's first DLC character. Really.

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Will the 2.0.0 patch affect Genesis 6? 

The prospect of a new patch usually has the community both excited and anxious to see what changes will come, but this time around, many were upset over the fact that Nintendo would drop a patch just days before the biggest Smash Ultimate tournament of the year, Genesis 6.

Most notably, TSM’s William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte expressed his contempt towards Nintendo for the timing of this patch on Twitter.

Luckily for Leffen and anyone else who was worried about the negative effect this patch could have on Genesis, the tournament organizers let everyone know that the tournament will be held on the current patch no matter when Nintendo releases the 2.0.0 update.

You can read the full patch notes for the v2.0.0 update below:

OFFLINE
・You can now play Spirit Board with up to four players.
Select the Spirit you want to challenge on the Spirit Board, and then go to Party → Fighter to select the number of people who will play. When playing with multiple people, you will lose the battle if any player is KO'd.

・The below Spirits will now appear in the Shop.
 ・Partner Pikachu
 ・Partner Eevee
 ・Dice Block
 ・River Survival
 ・Golden Dash Mushroom

ONLINE
・Adjusted the calculation method for Global Smash Power.
*Online play requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

GENERAL
・Added the DLC fighter Piranha Plant.
*Piranha Plant will become available for purchase as DLC at a later date. 
・Pressing both jump buttons at the same time will now cause you to Short Hop.
・Fixed the issue where the KO score included your teammates' KOs when Team Attack was On.
・Game-balance adjustments. You can see which fighters had specific adjustments on the official website. 
・Various gameplay fixes.


Source - Nintendo In-game Notice

Additionally, you can find the full list of character balance changes below, courtesy of Nintendo below: 

FighterMoveChange
MarioDashAttack Adjusted launch angle.
MarioFS MeterExtended launch distance.
Donkey KongForward Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
LinkUp Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
LinkNeutral SpecialExtended the time from when the arrow is loosed to when it disappears.
SamusSide SpecialExtended the range of the missile and reduced the vulnerability when using the move in the air.
SamusDown Special Reduced vulnerability.
Dark SamusDown Special Reduced vulnerability.
YoshiForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
KirbyDash AttackIncreased power range and attack power while maintaining launch distance.
KirbySide Tilt AttackSlightly reduced vulnerability and extended undamaged launch distance.
KirbyDown Special Adjusted the super armor frames after using the move.
PikachuGrab AttackShortened hitstun time.
LuigiUp Smash Attack Extended launch distance.
LuigiDown Air AttackOpponents on the ground will no longer suffer a meteor effect.
LuigiSide SpecialReduced vulnerability.
LuigiDown Special Extended launch distance.
NessUp Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
NessDown Air AttackIncreased attack power and maintained launch distance.
JigglypuffSide Tilt AttackReduced vulnerability.
JigglypuffDown Tilt AttackExtended launch distance.
JigglypuffUp Smash Attack Increased attack power of low-power zone.
JigglypuffBack Air AttackIncreased attack speed.
JigglypuffForward ThrowAdjusted launch angle.
JigglypuffFS MeterExtended launch distance.
PeachUp SpecialShortened launch distance of repeated attacks.
DaisyUp SpecialShortened launch distance of repeated attacks.
BowserNeutral AttackIncreased power.
BowserSide Tilt AttackIncreased power.
BowserDown Smash AttackExtended launch distance.
BowserUp SpecialMade it easier to hit multiple times.
BowserFinal Smash & FS MeterCrouching opponents will now be launched the same as standing opponents.
Ice ClimbersBasic MovementsNana and Popo will follow each other more when separated.
Ice ClimbersUp SpecialMade it easier to grab edges.
SheikUp Smash Attack Increased the first attack’s range.
SheikDown Smash AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
SheikForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
SheikUp Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
SheikSide SpecialReduced vulnerability.
PichuGrab AttackShortened hitstun time.
GanondorfForward Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
GanondorfUp Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
MewtwoDash AttackShortened the downtime from shielding.
MewtwoSide Tilt AttackThis move will now always launch forward.
MewtwoUp SpecialMade it easier to grab edges.
RoyDown Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
ChromDown Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
ChromUp SpecialShortened the meteor distance. When falling off the stage with an opponent, Chrom will be KO’d first.
Mr. Game & WatchForward Air AttackIncreased attack range.
Mr. Game & WatchDown Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
PitFinal Smash & FS MeterCrouching opponents will now be launched the same as standing opponents.
Zero Suit SamusSide Smash AttackShortened the launch distance when the attack hits the middle of an opponent's body.
Zero Suit SamusForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
Zero Suit SamusUp Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
Zero Suit SamusDown SpecialShortened the amount of time undamaged opponents are buried.
WarioDown Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
SnakeUp Tilt AttackExtended the high-damage window.
IkeUp SpecialShortened the meteor distance.
CharizardDash AttackIncreased attack power and extended launch distance.
Diddy KongNeutral Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
LucasUp Tilt AttackAdded electrical damage.
LucasNeutral Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
LucasDown Air AttackAdded electrical damage.
LucasGrab AttackAdded electrical damage.
SonicSide Tilt AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
SonicForward Air AttackShortened hitstun time.
SonicBack Air AttackReduced vulnerability when landing.
SonicFS MeterExtended launch distance.
King DededeSide SpecialReduced the attack range of the moving Gordo.
LucarioForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
LucarioNeutral SpecialShortened hitstun time.
LucarioFS MeterIncreased power.
R.O.B.Side SpecialMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Toon LinkForward Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
Toon LinkBack Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
Mega ManSide Tilt AttackSpecial moves will not be activated when jumping and using Mega Buster.
Rosalina & LumaDash AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Rosalina & LumaUp Tilt AttackExtended launch distance for Luma's Up Tilt Attack.
Rosalina & LumaDown Tilt AttackExtended the distance Luma moves forward.
Rosalina & LumaNeutral Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move. Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.
Rosalina & LumaForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
Rosalina & LumaDown Air AttackShortened the amount of time between the start of the move and the meteor effect.
Rosalina & LumaNeutral SpecialReduced vulnerability when sending out and calling back Luma.
Rosalina & LumaUp SpecialMade it easier to grab edges.
Rosalina & LumaFinal Smash & FS MeterShortened the distance you can shift when the attack is making contact.
Little MacNeutral Air AttackShortened the landing time and the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
Little MacUp Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
GreninjaDown Smash AttackIncreased the range of the inner attacks.
GreninjaUp SpecialCan no longer move immediately when landing on a moving platform or slanted ground.
Mii BrawlerFlurry AttackIncreased attack range and shortened the opponent's hitstun shuffle distance.
Mii BrawlerUp Smash Attack Extended the high-damage window and reduced the low-damage window.
Mii BrawlerNeutral Air AttackReduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Mii BrawlerBack Air AttackReduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.
Mii BrawlerUp Air AttackIncreased power.
Mii BrawlerNeutral SpecialIncreased power.
Mii BrawlerNeutral SpecialReduced vulnerability.
Mii BrawlerSide SpecialExtended distance and increased speed.
Mii BrawlerUp SpecialMade it easier to grab edges.
Mii BrawlerDown SpecialGreatly increased damage to opponents' shields.
Mii BrawlerDown SpecialExtended launch distance of kick performed with extra input.
Mii GunnerForward Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
PalutenaNeutral Air AttackShortened hitstun time.
PalutenaUp SpecialMade it easier to grab edges.
PAC-MANForward Air AttackShortened the landing time and the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
PAC-MANDown Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
PAC-MANNeutral SpecialExtended the time until you disappear after landing the attack.
RobinUp SpecialIncreased the speed of the backwards edge-grab range detection.
ShulkForward Air AttackShortened the landing time and the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
ShulkUp Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
Duck HuntNeutral SpecialReduced vulnerability.
DuckHuntSide SpecialIncreased vulnerability. Shortened hitstun time for the exploding clay pigeons.
RyuNeutral AttackOpponents hit in the air will be launched, making it easier to hit them with the next hit.
RyuForward Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
RyuDown Tilt AttackCan no longer jump immediately after using the move.
KenNeutral AttackOpponents hit in the air will be launched, making it easier to hit them with the next hit.
KenNeutral Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
KenForward Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
KenDown Tilt AttackCan no longer jump immediately after using the move.
CloudForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
CloudDown SpecialIncreased the range of Finishing Touch at the beginning of the move.
CorrinNeutral Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
CorrinForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
CorrinUp Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
BayonettaNeutral Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
InklingNeutral Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
InklingSide SpecialShortened the amount of time undamaged opponents are buried. Moved attack range back while on the ground.
RidleyNeutral Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
RidleyForward Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
RidleyDown Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
RidleyFS MeterIncreased power.
King K. RoolNeutral SpecialShortened the length of the vacuum effect.
King K. RoolUp SpecialReduced the range of the attack.
King K. RoolDownward ThrowShortened the amount of time undamaged opponents are buried.
IsabelleNeutral Air AttackShortened the landing time and the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
IncineroarUp Smash Attack Extended launch distance.
IncineroarUp Air AttackShortened the amount of time you cannot grab edges after using the move.
IncineroarDown Air AttackShortened the landing time after using the move.
IncineroarUp ThrowExtended launch distance.
IncineroarUp SpecialExtended vertical and horizontal distance.
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