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Not to be confused with fast-faller, which refers to characters that have a high natural falling speed.

Mario using fast falling while jumping.

Fast falling is the act of falling quicker than usual in midair. It is performed by pressing the down button while in the air. Gravity is ignored once a fast fall has begun; the character's downward velocity is simply set to their fast falling speed without acceleration. Fast falling is mostly used after a short hop to hit the ground quicker and follow up with more attacks. It is a part of SHFFL'ing and is considered an advanced technique.

Stall-then-fall aerials have an effect similar to fast falling, though the move is an attack, and most of the time cannot be stopped or slowed.

If players press down while hanging on a ledge, their character will begin to fast fall, whereas if pressed in the opposite direction, the character will let go of the ledge. This also works with down special moves with the exception of ones that slow down falling speed or makes the character gain height (ex. Fox's Reflector and Mario's Mario Tornado).

Fast falling is with accelerated falling speed, which is the falling speed a character enters after being knocked up.

Characters fast falling speeds

Character Speed
Waluigi 22
Falco 20.5
Luffy
Fox 20
Donkey Kong 19
Krystal
Captain Falcon 18
Ganondorf
Ichigo
Link
Ryu
Sheik 17.5
Bomberman 17.1
Lucario 17
Simon
Sonic
Chibi-Robo 16
Goku
Kaiō-ken Goku
Isaac
Lloyd
Mario
Pit
Rayman
Sandbag
Tails
Zero Suit Samus
Mega Man 15.7
Marth 15.5
Mr. Game & Watch 15.1
Bandana Dee 15
Kirby
Meta Knight
Naruto
Ness
Yoshi
Black Mage 14
Luigi
Pichu
Pikachu
Sora
Wario
PAC-MAN 13.9
Peach 13.5
Bowser 13
Samus
Zelda 10.5
Jigglypuff 9.5
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