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This article is about Mega Man's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Mega Man.
Mega Man
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Mega Man.png
Mega Man symbol.svg
Mega Man's official artwork.
Universe Mega Man
Stock icon SSF2 Mega Man stock icon.png
Availability Starter
Final Smash Mega Legends
Tier B (29)

Mega Man is a veteran starter character in Super Smash Flash 2. Mega Man's moveset consists a variety of weapons and adapters from many of his classic games. His sprites are custom-made and based on his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U with him receiving some attacks of his moveset from said game but also including some moves not present in the two latter.

Mega Man is currently ranked 29th on the tier list, placing him the B tier. Mega Man's strengths are his strong array of projectiles, giving him decent approach options and allowing him to gain stage control as well as trap opponents into favorable positions. Mega Man has a good combo ability to rack up damage, a good projectile game, good range in the majority of his attacks, and KO moves in his forward tilt, down smash, up aerial, back aerial, up tilt, and fully charged Mega Buster when near a blast line. His Crash Bomber can also pressure shields quickly and effectively, and can lead to earlier KOs thanks to its ability to be detonated on command by the player.

However, Mega Man is susceptible to combos and juggling, due to his above average weight and average falling speed. He also suffers from an average running speed and overall slow close-ranged moves, causing him to struggle against fast characters. His only means of recovery is generally Beat Call, which while having heavy armor and being able to cancel into an aerial, is predictable and can put Mega Man in a bad situation if caught. While it covers a long distance overall, it's slow and lacks a hitbox protect Mega Man, as he can only use use an uncharged Mega Buster while Beat is carrying him, or the move will be canceled. The majority of his projectiles are linear and can be bypassed or reflected by those who read his movements correctly. Mega Man also has trouble with closing out stocks, as his punish game is very strong for dealing damage but does not convert well into taking a stock.

Mega Man appears to have a small player base and has poor representation in online tournaments. The few Mega Man players do not actively participate in tournaments. The few that do participate do not take high placements in tournaments normally.

Attributes

MG icon.svg See also: Mega Man (Super Smash Flash 2)/Hard data

Mega Man is a projectile-centered character with great zoning capabilities. He has a great projectile game with having various projectiles in his special moves. These projectiles can also be comboed into each other, leading to high damage output depending on the opponent's weight and hurtbox size. He also has disjointed range in some of his attacks, which can help him space out opponents or edgeguard from a safe distance. He has reliable finishers in his forward tilt, up tilt, down smash, back air, initial part of up air, back throw, fully charged Mega Buster, and Crash Bomber.

Mega Man has a strong projectile game led by his Mega Buster, which is a chargable move with a hitbox on frame 1 when released. This gives Mega Man an unreactable KO option in close or mid-range for whiff punishing, as well as covering defensive options such as rolling or jumps out-of-shield (and can lead to shield pokes if the opponent does not act for an extended period of time). Mega Buster can also be used as a spammable projectile in its uncharged (stage 1) and semi-charged (stages 2 and 3) states for projectile camping, racking up damage, breaking out of grabs, or interrupting approaches. Additionally, the player is able to change the direction they are facing in midair when charging the move, giving the player to perform reverse aerials in midair without any other input.

Water Wave is another strong projectile and arguably one of the best projectiles in the game. Water Wave is a transcendent projectile which travels along the ground and launches opponents upwards, giving Mega Man notable stage control and coverage on ground approaches in addition to follow-ups with smash attacks and aerial attacks. This projectile also is made up of multiple smaller projectiles, making it difficult to reflect unless the opponent has a long-lasting reflector (which can also make the opponent vulnerable to other non-projectile attacks) and allowing it to deal large amounts of damage when combined with an uncharged Mega Buster to cause all the hits to connect. Water Wave also can hit opponents hanging from a ledge, being one of the few moves with this strength of ledge pressure. Crash Bomber is another strong projectile, allowing for strong KO potential at lower percents, shield pressure, and ledge trapping. As it can be detonated remotely, it can severely decrease the needed damage to KO an opponent from any of Mega Man's KO moves, and it can also be used to setup into shield breaks or shield pokes when pressuring an opponent with another move such as Mega Buster. Additionally, using a technique known as Leech Bomb, Crash Bomber can be attatched to the walls of stages, allowing the player to remotely detonate it as an opponent gets near to launch them and attach another projectile to them.

Mega Man also possesses an effective aerial game, with all of his aerial attacks being disjointed and relatively versatile. His forward aerial is considered his best, as it lasts a considerable duration with little startup or ending lag and has solid range, making it a great spacing and approaching tool in addition to a combo starter and poke. His neutral aerial is long-lasting as well and surrounds his whole hurtbox, making it useful for landing in addition to combos. His up aerial is another strong projectile that travels a large distance directly upward, being able to pressure opponents above him and even land early KOs to opponents close to the upper blast line. In addition to his aerial attacks, his up special move, Beat Call, is effective in both recovery and controlling the air. Notably, the move can be canceled with an aerial attack at any time (known as Beat Cancelling), allowing Mega Man to use Beat Call to gain a few frames of heavy armor before a move, turn around quickly to instantly use reverse aerials, or outright use aerial attacks out-of-shield without being hindered by jumpsquat. It also allows Mega Man to recover using air adjustments in his movement while outspacing attempted edgeguards, and his recovery can be improved further by canceling it into back air, which gives Mega Man a horizontal boost in momentum.

Mega Man has a decent grab and throw game as well, as he can use back throw and down throw at early percents to start combos, though he has to read the opponent's DI correctly to perform the follow-up. Back throw can follow-up into back air or up air, and down throw can be followed with a neutral air, forward air, or up air. Forward throw can be used to set up early edgeguards and tech situations. Back throw and forward throw can also be used as reliable finishers at high percents when near the ledge, with back throw having higher knockback.

However, Mega Man also has several weaknesses, with one being his relatively poor close-quarters combat. Many of his strongest grounded attacks, including his up tilt, forward smash, and down smash, suffer from considerable startup or ending lag. Barring neutral air, faster moves such as his standard attack and dash attack are often poor or unreliable at knocking opponents away. His projectiles, while strong, are also mostly linear, and his heavy reliance on them can cause him to suffer against opponents with reflectors or other ways to counter them. Another weakness is his recovery, with Beat Call being his only method of vertical recovery. Although the move covers a large distance and has heavy armor throughout the duration, its path is also very linear and predictable, leaving Mega Man vulnerable with only uncharged Mega Buster shots to defend himself without canceling the move.

Mega Man's other weaknesses generally relate to his base stats, such as his average weight and modest running speed, which can cause him to become easily trapped in disadvantage or take significant amounts of damage against most of the roster. This, combined with how his overall moveset lacks fast frame data or good close-quarters combo potential, causes the character to be forced into a more defensive and slow playstyle, which becomes a bigger disadvantage against many other characters with an explosive punish game. While a good player can use Mega Man's tools to exploit opponents in neutral, this is not as beneficial against approaches that come from diagonally above him, as Mega Man lacks notable moves which can cover that area. Thus, characters who have good air approaches or are able to bait approaches with multiple jumps, such as Meta Knight or Isaac, can do very well against Mega Man.

Overall, Mega Man is a versatile ranged fighter, possessing great range and spacing tools while having difficulty up close. He carries considerable combo and KO potential in many of his projectiles and disjoints but is held back by his overall slow close-ranged attacks and average stats, forcing him to keep his distance with opponents until he is able to risk using one of his slow but powerful finishers.

Moveset

Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack Fires three small white boomerangs from his arm cannon in front of him. Each is a projectile that travels a short distance before returning to Mega Man, hitting up to two times each. Very high priority and can be used to jab lock or lead into a grab. Based on Quick Boomerang from Mega Man 2. 1%
Forward tilt Creates a sword of fire from his arm cannon and swings it in front of him. High knockback, and one of his best KO moves. Based on Flame Sword from Mega Man 8. 14%
8%
Up tilt Jumps off of the ground and uppercuts. Very strong when landed early, allowing for early KOs. Can be moved left or right while airborne but suffers high ending lag, making it very punishable if missed. Based on the Mega Upper, particularly its appearance in the Marvel vs. Capcom series. 17%
12%
8%
Down tilt Slides a large distance across the ground. Has little startup lag and a long duration, and is useful for punishing whiffs or chasing opponents rolling away. Its low knockback also makes it a useful combo starter. Based on the sliding move introduced in Mega Man 3. 8%
7%
Dash attack Boosts forwards while spinning. Good priority, but weak and difficult to connect all six hits. Long duration but noticeable ending lag. Based on Top Spin from Mega Man 3. 1%
4%
Forward smash Charges and fires a short-ranged fist projectile from his arm cannon. Deals decent knockback and is safe against shields. However, due to it being a projectile, it can be reflected back at him. Based on Hard Knuckle from Mega Man 3. 16%
Up smash Turns both of his hands into electrodes that come together to give off electricity above him. Relatively fast and long lasting, hitting up to seven times. It deals the same damage regardless of its charge, an oddity for a smash attack. Based on Spark Shock from Mega Man 3. 2%
8%
Down smash Fires two grounded flame pillars on either side of him from his arm cannons. One of Mega Man's strongest KO moves, though it also suffers from high startup and ending lag. Based on Flame Blast from Mega Man 6. 17%
14%
9%
8%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Summons four jewels that orbit around him, then disappear after some time. Hits two times with disjointed range around his whole body and can be used as a get-off-me and landing option. Based on Jewel Satellite from Mega Man 9. 4%
Forward aerial Spins a large drill from his arm cannon in front of him. Hits three times with disjointed range, and has a long duration with little startup or ending lag. A strong poking tool and combo move. Based on Drill Bomb from Mega Man 4. 3%
Back aerial Turns back and fires a flaming discharge behind him from his arm cannon, propelling himself slightly backwards. Deals high knockback but has a long startup as well. Based on Atomic Fire from Mega Man 2. 15%
13%
10%
Up aerial Fires a small tornado straight upwards from his arm cannon. The tornado has a wind box that carries the opponent upward. Travels a considerable distance and hits up to six times before disappearing. Can pressure opponents above Mega Man. Based on Air Shooter from Mega Man 2. 4%
1%
4%
Down aerial Thrusts his arm cannon downward and then fires a sound wave from it. Hits two times, with the initial arm cannon hit being a small but strong meteor smash, though it can be interrupted by the second hit. Based on Noise Crush from Mega Man 7. 10%
6%

Grab and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab Reaches forward with an enlarged hand to pick an opponent up over his head. Based on Super Arm from Mega Man. N/A
Pummel Squeezes the opponent with his Super Arm. 2%
Forward throw Throws the opponent forwards. High knockback and can KO at high percents. 8%
Back throw Throws the opponent backwards. The strongest of his throws in terms of knockback and one of his best KO moves. 11%
Up throw Throws the opponent upwards. Can be used as a combo throw at low percents, particularly against fast fallers. 7%
Down throw Slams opponent onto the ground. Can combo into most aerials and tilts, including a KO confirm into back aerial. 8%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Floor attack Gets up and kicks in front of and then behind him. 7%
Ledge attack Climbs up, then swings his foot in front of him. 8%

Special moves

Special move Name Description Damage
Neutral special move Mega Buster Fires plasma shots from his arm cannon. Holding the special input charges the Mega Buster for a more powerful shot, with there being four types of shots. The player also can move and jump while charging, and they can hold the move at full charge for a few seconds before releasing it. The first shot is small and weak, dealing less damage and flinch the farther it travels. Each subsequent shot is bigger and stronger, and the fourth shot is a strong KO move. Useful for covering large distances and racking up damage. 1-3%
9%
15%
18%
Side special move Crash Bomber Fires a grappling bomb that sticks to walls and opponents, exploding after a few seconds pass. The player can also manually detonate the bomb by pressing the special input after it attaches. Allows for starting, extending, and finishing combos depending on when the bomb is detonated, as well as KO confirms, shield pressure, a get off me move, and guaranteed followups for extra damage 10%
Up special move Beat Call Pulls out Beat, a robotic bird, who flies upward with Mega Man for about three seconds. Can be moved left or right and canceled with an aerial attack. This move can also be used in conjunction with uncharged Mega Buster shots, which weaken as they travel. Mega Man has heavy armor throughout its duration. 1-3%
Down special move Water Wave Fires a small projectile that creates ten pillars of water on contact with the ground, one after another. A small, weak projectile before hitting the ground. The pillars knock opponents upward and can hit opponents hanging on ledges. Useful for racking up damage, landing safely, and setting up follow-ups. A blue blink of light will shine on Mega Man to indicate when he can shoot it again. 1%
5%
Final Smash Mega Legends Fires a large Black Hole Bomb, which traps opponents hit by it. Any opponents pulled in are faced with several generations of Mega Man, who all fire their Busters in unison. 5%
40%

Misc.

Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Teleports into the stage.
Taunts Standard Transforms his hand into a cannon, opening the vents, and makes a pose.
Side Turns away from the camera, transforms his hand into a cannon and makes a pose.
Down/Up Places his fist in the ground, teleports out of the stage and immediately comes back.
Idling Looks around.
Victory theme A short remix of the title theme from Mega Man 2.
Victory pose Teleports in, making the Japanese box art Mega Man pose when landing.

Changes from v0.9b

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Aesthetics

  • Neutral Mega Man has been updated from his old Mega Man 7 sprites to a new, custom sprite based on his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Attributes

  • Buff Run speed increased (8.8 → 9).
  • Buff Air acceleration briefly increased (0.7 → 1.6).
  • Nerf Maximum air speed decreased (9.45 → 8).
  • Nerf His roll speed was decreased, like everyone else's.

Ground attacks

  • Buff His old standard attack been replaced with Quick Boomerang, which is a multiple-hit and range attack, much stronger than the old one.
  • Nerf Slide was changed from dash attack to down tilt and has less range.
    • Nerf Top Spin, his new dash attack, is much slower and has more end lag.
  • Buff Up tilt has more range.
  • Buff Up smash is now Spark Shock, which is much stronger and can KO earlier.
  • Nerf His down smash is now Flame Blast, which is much harder to hit due to lag and range.
    • Buff However, his new down smash is stronger than his previous one.

Aerial attacks

  • Buff His up aerial is now Air Shooter, which can properly juggle opponents.
  • Buff He has a new neutral aerial, Jewel Satellite, which has more range than Top Spin.

Grab and throws

  • Neutral All his throws were replaced with throws from the official games.

Special moves

  • Nerf Weapon Use and Weapon Change have been removed, leaving only the Mega Buster as his neutral special move.
    • Neutral He has a new down special move called Water Wave.
  • Neutral Crash Bomber was moved to his side special move.

In competitive play

Match ups

Notable players

PlayfulPiano - 22nd on SSF2 2021 PR. Placed 3rd at Mac and Cheese 4, 7th at BBT 17, 7th at Just Vibin' 6, 7th at Bowler's 4th, and 7th at Last Chance. Wins on HiDa (#06), shirobby (#09), JMi (#11), Godly (#13), Lil_Natey (#16), gunslinger (#18), and jiracha (#20).

Tier placement history

In tier lists for demo v0.6; Mega Man was ranked 7th of D tier on the first list and ranked 6th of B tier on the second list. On tier lists for demo v0.7; Mega Man was seen as a top-high tier character where he ranked 4th of A tier on the first list and 6th of B tier on the second list. In demo v0.8b; Mega Man was seen as a low tier character ranking 17th of D tier. Mega Man would return to being seen as top tier character in demo v0.9a where he ranks 7th. However, in demo v0.9b would see Mega Man ranking 27th in C tier, returning him to a being low tier character. Due to the changes in the metagame would see Mega Man rising to 18th place of B tier on the second tier list of v0.9b, where he is seen as a mid tier character.

Gallery

Costumes

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Artworks

Screenshots

Early designs

Designs

Misc.

Trivia

  • Originally, X, which was first playable in Super Smash Flash, was meant to return instead of the actual original blue bomber. He would have used his "Model X" design from the Mega Man ZX series.
  • After the "Model X" Mega Man X got replaced with the classic Mega Man, his old appearance consisted of sprites directly taken from Mega Man 7.
  • Mega Man and Sora, in v0.7, were the two characters who could switch their neutral special move. However, in v0.8a, Sora's down special move became Thunder, while Mega Man's Weapon Change remained until Beta, where it was replaced by Water Wave.
  • Mega Man, along with Falco, Marth, Meta Knight, Isaac, Sonic, and Black Mage are the only characters so far who wear their default costumes in team battle when they are on the blue team.
  • Mega Man along with Yoshi, Jigglypuff, Tails, Luffy, Mr. Game & Watch, and Zero Suit Samus are the only characters so far who do not go into a helpless state under normal circumstances.
  • Mega Man and Black Mage have normal attacks that act as projectiles. In Mega Man's case his standard attack, forward smash and up aerial.
  • Mega Man, Sandbag, Chibi-Robo, Black Mage, PAC-MAN, and Bomberman are currently the only true "silent characters" in the game, as Mega Man does not say anything. Rather, he makes a bunch of noises from the Mega Man games.
    • Prior to Beta, Mega Man actually had several voice clips, including a grunt when jumping, saying "Let's do it!" (taken from Mega Man 8) upon using his Final Smash and saying "Alright!" (taken from Mega Man Powered Up) in his victory pose.
  • Although Mega Man was originally considered a newcomer in SSF2, as he was included in the game before his confirmation in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, which retconned him as a veteran following the release of the two later.
  • Mega Man's pose in his current artwork is taken from the Japanese title screen from the original Mega Man game. Conversely, the pose is taken from one of his victory poses in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
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