- This article is about Chibi-Robo's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Chibi-Robo.
in Super Smash Flash 2
Chibi-Robo's official pixel art.
Chibi-Robo is a newcomer starter character in Super Smash Flash 2. He was announced along with Zero Suit Samus and Marth at the McLeodGaming's booth for Super Smash Flash 2 in APEX 2014. His sprites are custom-made and he is accompanied by his best friend, Telly Vision, to give him "support on battles", though Telly is not part of Chibi-Robo's moveset.
Chibi-Robo is currently ranked 15th out of 40 on the the tier list, placing him in the mid B+ tier, a noticeable drop from his last place position of 14th on the last tier list. Chibi-Robo's strengths include a disjointed range and good priority in most of his attacks, as well as some reliable finishing moves in his up aerial, back aerial, first part of neutral aerial, up smash, up tilt, forward smash, back throw, and down smash when sweetspotted. He has a good reflection in Pick Up, which allows him to store a projectile and release it whenever he wants, thus allowing for some good projectile shenanigans. Chibi's Toothbrush is a good recovery move that covers a large horizontal distance at the cost of a rather neglegible height loss, which is easily compensated by both his double jump and his up special, the Chibi-Copter. He has a fast projectile, the Chibi-Blaster, that can be aimed freely, limiting his opponent's approach options. Chibi has a great grab and throw game too, due to possessing a long range grab with throws that can lead directly into his finishers via DI traps or kill the opponent straight up. His combo game is also potent, if straightforward. Common combo starters and extenders include his down tilt, forward aerial, neutral aerial, up tilt, and his up and down throws that can often combo into each other and finish with a sweetspotted up aerial, Chibi-Robo's most reliable KO move.
However, Chibi-Robo is a high faller, which makes him combo fodder at most percentages. His horizontal recovery move, Toothbrush, is fairly linear, thus limiting its effectiveness at high level play. To top it off, Chibi has a below average weight, making him one of the easier characters to KO in the game. This makes it more of problem that he is easy to combo, since he can be KO'd early horizontally, thus making him relatively easy to zero to death. Another hindrance is that while Chibi has plenty of finishing moves and even more setups into them, most of those setups also require the Chibi player to successfully read the D.I. of his opponent in order to net the stock. In addition, Chibi's out of shield game is fairly weak, making him ineffective at dealing with strong shield pressure outside of rolling or committing to a laggy up smash or up tilt, which has less ending lag but also a much smaller hitbox. Chibi also notably suffers from opponents that can take advantage of his lacking mobility such as Fox or Captain Falcon or outrange him with superior disjoints. His reflector, Pick Up, also tends to be glitched, causing most expelled projectiles to be useless in battle.
Historically, Chibi as a character has had a small playerbase, and even less noteworthy players that actively use him in tournaments outside of the now somewhat inactive Drarky and Cookies. Despite this, Chibi jumped up to B+ tier where he is no longer considered the worst character in the game on the second tier list, his strenghts now being apparent, making him a high tier character.
Chibi-Robo is a medium/lightweight character who has disjointed range in the majority of his attacks that can help him out-space his opponents. His attacks are also possess a good amount of priority. Chibi-Robo has finishers in his back aerial, sweetspotted up aerial, up smash, forward smash, back throw, sweet spotted down smash, his neutral aerial at higher percents and Pick Up, if the projectile captured was powerful. He has a spammable projectile in Chibi-Blaster that can help punish approaches, anti-air opponents or gimp opponents when they are trying to recover. He has a long recovery move in Toothbrush, which has high priority.
In terms of a grab & throw game, Chibi-Robo's is among the best in the game despite having a somewhat laggy tether grab, the second longest grab range after Samus. His up and down throw are great for starting combos, getting great follow ups and being able to get kill confirms, if the D.I. is read correctly. This works on characters of all accelerated falling speeds. His forward throw can set up techchases on characters with high acclerated falling speed or even confirm into a kill with up or down aerial if the throw is DI'ed poorly, which can easily happen due to the speed of the throw. His back throw is a strong kill throw that can kill characters as early as 80% close to the ledge but is heavily hampered by proper DI, in which case opponents can live up to or even over 140%.
Chibi-Robo also has one of the strongest air games in the demo, with each aerial being useful in its own way. Neutral and forward aerials are great for approaching and starting combos, with the latter arguably being Chibi-Robo´s best combo tool outside of his throws. His back aerial is strong and has good range, while also doubling as an effective spacing tool. His up aerial is one of the strongest up aerials in the demo and has a sizable hitbox that can be combo'd into from a majority of Chibi's other moves. Though his down aerial has the weakest knockback of all his aerials, it is a strong combo starter on grounded opponents and boasts impressive vertical range, making it a big threat to any offstage opponent.
Despite these numerous strengths, Chibi-Robo also has some significant flaws that severely give him a disadvantage.
For starters, most of his KO confirms can be avoided by proper DI, mostly seen when he tries to get a kill confirm off of his throws; if his grab misses the opponent, it will lead to Chibi-Robo being wide open for attack to the move's ending lag. Even if he manages to connect it, he has to read the opponent's D.I. correctly in order to net a stock. This issue can be mitigated by the sheer number of DI mixups that can all lead into a KO, but against players with proper DI and knowledge of those setups (or even just a missed input), it can be surprisingly difficult to seal the stock nonetheless. He also cannot reliably combo into his smash attacks outside of a few select setups that are avoidable, and his forward and up smash also are notorious for not properly connecting on opponents.
His main means of horizontal recovery, Toothbrush, leaves Chibi-Robo completely open from all sides (except his front), and travels rather slowly, making it easy for skilled edgeguarders to intercept it . Additionally, though Chibi-Blaster is spammable, it also has massive lag on startup if grounded and very little hitstun, which weakens its utility. Chibi's range in some of his attacks leaves him open to characters with disjointed hitboxes in the majority of their attacks. He is also a high faller, which makes him susceptible to combos and chain grabs, with the combination of his below average weight makes him easy to zero to death horizontally.
In the end, Chibi-Robo is a character who runs hot and cold. He has several powerful strengths that can make him a formidable fighter in the hands of an experienced player. However, his flaws keep him from being a high tier character, keeping him a mid-tier character.
|Standard attack||Quick jab followed by a kick.||3%|
|Forward tilt||Holds his plug while electricity surges out of it. Moves Chibi-Robo forwards a bit.||3%, 5%|
|Up tilt||Pulls his head back.||9%|
|Down tilt||Swipes his electrical cord along the ground.||7%|
|Dash attack||Spins around hitting in front of him with his electrical cord.||8%|
|Forward smash||Throws his electrical cord forward. Lackluster knockback but good reach.||4%|
|Up smash||Throws his plug upwards with electricity surging from it. Has short horizontal reach and decent vertical reach, but does decent knockback.||4%|
|Down smash||Thrusts his plug into the ground, causing electricity to surge around him. The sweet spot is being near Chibi when he performs this move, which will do strong vertical knockback. When fully charged, can kill Jigglypuff starting at 40%.||15%|
|Neutral aerial||Spins his electrical cord out around him twice. Good for approaching.||13%|
|Forward aerial||Pulls out a spoon to scoop the opponent up. Good for spacing, starting and extending combos.||10%|
|Back aerial||Pulls out his toothbrush and hits behind him. Great reach and a good finisher.||14%|
|Up aerial||Swings his plug in a large upwards arc with long range and big knockback.||6%|
|Down aerial||Hits with his plug below him. A powerful meteor smash.||13%|
|Grab||Throws his power cord to grab the opponent. Second longest grab.||N/A|
|Pummel||Hits the opponent with his plug.||1%|
|Forward throw||Hits the opponent away with his electrical cord.||9%|
|Back throw||Slams the opponent behind him.||11%|
|Up throw||Throws the opponent in the air and uses the Squirter on them. Can be followed up by different aerials at low percents, while it can confirm into an up air or back air kill, depending on D.I., at mid to high percentages.||3%|
|Down throw||Rubs his brush on the opponent. Can be followed up by any aerial at low percents while can set up into finishers at mid to high percents.||1%|
|Floor attack||Gets up and spins his electrical cord.||8%|
|Ledge attack||Gets up and hits his with his plug.||7%|
|Standard special move||Chibi-Blaster||Fires beams from his blaster. It can be titled up when grounded and tiltled down when airbone.||0%|
|Side special move||Toothbrush||Pulls out his toothbrush and brushes in front of him while moving forwards. Makes him descend slowly in the air and can be held indefinitely.||4%|
|Up special move||Chibi-Copter||Propels himself upwards a short distance, hitting opponents above him multiple times.||1%|
|Down special move||Pick Up||Grabs any projectile that comes within reach and stores it within his head. When used again, Chibi-Robo takes out the projectile and fires it.||0%|
|Final Smash||Giga Robo||Chibi-Robo calls forth Giga-Robo, a gigantic robot that looks like Chibi-Robo, who stays in one place as it continuously stomps the ground. The stomps' shockwaves meteor smash airborne opponents while the legs buries them.||12%|
|On-screen appearance||Comes out of his Chibi-House.|
|Taunts||Standard||Pulls out a panel with a check on it.|
|Down/Up||Pulls out a panel with a "X" on it.|
|Victory theme||A remix of the flourish that plays whenever Chibi-Robo ranks up after gathering many Happy Points in the original Chibi-Robo!.|
|Victory pose||Starts using a vacuum cleaner while Telly Vision cheering.|
|Lose||Claps for the winner while Telly Vision cries.|
Changes from v0.9b
- Main article: Chibi-Robo (Super Smash Flash 2)/Changelog
Chibi-Robo was buffed in that he gained a better vertical recovery and more kill options.
- Up tilt has more hitstun, allowing it to combo into other moves.
- Forward smash does more knockback when hit with the sweet spot of the plug.
- Sweet spotted down smash is stronger.
- Neutral aerial has more range.
- Chibi-Robo's up air was changed to him swinging his plug around him while doing a back flip.
- The move now has more horizontal range than his old up air and deals horizontal knockback.
- However, the move now has a sour spot as the plug goes around him, making it a less consistent KO option than his old up air.
- Down air now has more range, making it a safer edge guarding move.
In competitive play
Tier placement history
On the first tier list of v0.9b, Chibi-Robo was placed last on the tier list of 29th in C tier, showing a really weak standing compared to the other two characters who introduced with him. On the second tier list, Chibi-Robo was bumped up to 25th of C+ tier, showing that Chibi's metagame had improved over the time between the two tier lists. However, on the third and final tier list of v0.9b, Chibi-Robo bumped down to 26th of C tier, making him a bottom tier character again.
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- Chibi-Robo was unfinished during his initial reveal, with many of the sprites unshaded or unfinished. It was built off of Samus as a base, and had unfinished attacks still showing her sprites or using her idle animation.
- The Nintendo Direct on December 18, 2013 that showcased Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder for the Nintendo 3DS made the devs decide to release him in demo v0.9b. This is most likely the reason his model was incomplete when he was revealed.
- Chibi-Robo is the first 2nd party newcomer in to be introduced in Super Smash Flash 2, while other newcomers were 3rd and 4th party.
- Chibi-Robo is currently the only character to be able to catch projectiles.
- Chibi-Robo and Yoshi are the only characters with a long-ranged grab not to have a tether recovery.