Smash Ultimate update 4.0.0 patch notes

All the character tweaks and balance changes included in the update 4.0.0 patch notes for Smash Ultimate.

The next beefy update to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has arrived in update 4.0.0, and while the new Hero character will no doubt be drawing the most attention (you can check out his full moveset here!), plenty of other changes have been hidden under the hood too. Final Smashes have received a tweak, and a whole host of balance changes have been brought in that should shake up the cast a bit. To keep you on top of all the changes, here are the Smash Ultimate update 4.0.0 patch notes:

Smash Ultimate update 4.0.0 patch notes

Smash Ultimate update 4.0.0 patch notes
Update 4.0.0 for Smash Ultimate introduces the Hero character, but there are many more changes hidden in the patch notes. © Nintendo

There are a huge number of changes in the 4.0.0 patch, but most are minor adjustments to multi-hit moves or niche scenarios like waking up from sleep. A few characters have received notable buffs though, so look out for the changes to Ridley, Isabelle, Charizard, Pit/Dark Pit, Mewtwo and a few others. Those worried about Joker getting a hefty nerf can rest easy as well, the only change is a very slight weakening of Arsene’s counter. Outside of the main notes, it's worth adding that the 4.0.0 update also adds a Very Easy difficulty to Adventure mode (World of Light) and introduces some new Dragon Quest spirits to the shop. Right, onwards to the full Smash Ultimate update 4.0.0 patch notes:

Character

Move

Notes

All Fighters With Shields (Link, Young Link, Toon Link, Hero)

Basic Movements

Characters who carry shields can now shieldstun shuffle when blocking a projectile with their shield.

All Fighters

FS Meter

Once the FS Meter is fully charged, the Final Smash must be used within 20 seconds or the FS Meter will reset. Note: This change will not affect Spirits mode.

All Fighters

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The max combo count in Training will stop counting when the opponent can move

All Fighters

Item Attack

Shortened the distance opponents can hitstun shuffle when attacked by the Daybreak item.

All Fighters

Item Attack

A fighter on the ground will now be launched after one hit from the Thwomp assist trophy.

Mario

Basic Movements

Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Donkey Kong

Basic Movements

Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Link

Basic Movements

Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Link

Up Special

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

Samus

Basic Movements

Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Samus

Up Smash Attack

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

Dark Samus

Up Smash Attack

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

Yoshi

Side Smash Attack

Reduced the range opponents will be pushed while charging.

Fox

Basic Movements

Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Peach

Neutral Special

When blocking an attack from the rear, Toad’s counterattack will hit opponents easier.

Peach

Up Special

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

Daisy

Neutral Special

When blocking an attack from the rear, Toad’s counterattack will hit opponents easier.

Daisy

Up Special

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

Bowser

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Sheik

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Mewtwo

Basic Movements

Reduced the area of the tail that can take damage.

Mewtwo

Up Smash Attack

Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.

Extended launch distance.

Mewtwo

Down Smash Attack

Reduced vulnerability.

Mewtwo

Backward Throw

Increased power.

Mewtwo

Side Special

Increased attack speed.

Increased the speed to reflect projectiles.

Mr. Game & Watch

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Pit

Neutral Attack 1

Increased attack speed.

Pit

Up Tilt Attack

Reduced vulnerability.

Pit

Down Smash Attack

Extended launch distance when hit with the first attack.

Pit

Back Air Attack

Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.

Pit

Down Air Attack

Extended launch distance when hitting an opponent in the air with a meteor effect.

Dark Pit

Neutral Attack 1

Increased attack speed.

Dark Pit

Up Tilt Attack

Reduced vulnerability.

Dark Pit

Down Smash Attack

Extended launch distance when hit with the first attack.

Dark Pit

Back Air Attack

Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.

Dark Pit

Down Air Attack

Extended launch distance when hitting an opponent in the air with a meteor effect.

Zero Suit Samus

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Snake

Basic Movements

Adjusted the vulnerability when waking up from sleep to match other fighters.

Pokémon Trainer

Other

The invincibility time for grabbing edges is no longer shortened when performing a Pokémon Change in the air and then grabbing an edge.

Ivysaur

Down Air Attack

Reduced the range of the strong launching attack.

Shortened the launch distance when the weak launching attack hits.

Ivysaur

Side Special

Reduced attack speed and increased vulnerability.

Ivysaur

Up Special

Shortened launch distance for the high-damage range when using the attack in the air.

Charizard

Side Tilt Attack

Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.

Charizard

Side Smash Attack

Increased power. 

Extended launch distance.

Charizard

Up Smash Attack

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

Charizard

Neutral Air Attack

Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts. 

Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.

Charizard

Forward Throw

Extended launch distance.

Charizard

Side Special

Increased the speed of the edge-grab timing.

Lucas

Dash Attack

Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.

Lucas

Side Tilt Attack

Increased the range at the beginning of the move.

Extended launch distance when hit in the high-damage range.

Lucas

Up Smash Attack

Extended the invincibility time at the start of the move.

Lucas

Up Air Attack

Reduced vulnerability.

Lucas

Side Special

Reduced vulnerability when landing after using the move.

Sonic

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Olimar

Side Smash Attack

Increased the distance for Purple Pikmin.

Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts for Purple Pikmin.

R.O.B.

Neutral Attack 1

Reduced the amount of time opponents will be in the damage animation when hit with the tip’s attack range.

Toon Link

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Villager

Up Smash Attack

Made it easier to hit multiple times.

Rosalina & Luma

Basic Movements

Rosalina can be more easily grabbed from the front when walking, crouching, and shielding when Luma is following.

Rosalina & Luma

Neutral Attack 1

Luma will be in front when reversing the attack.

Rosalina & Luma

Side Smash Attack

Luma will be in front when reversing the attack.

Rosalina & Luma

Up Smash Attack

Luma will be in front when reversing the attack.

Greninja

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Little Mac

Neutral Attack 3

Depending on the timing of continuing from neutral attack 2 to neutral attack 3, neutral attack 3 will no longer decrease vulnerability.

Mii Brawler

Basic Movements

Reverted falling speed to match version 3.0.0.

Mii Brawler

Neutral Special 2

Increased attack speed.

Extended launch distance.

Mii Brawler

Up Special 1

Extended launch distance.

Mii Swordfighter

Neutral Special 3

Made it easier to hit multiple times.

Mii Gunner

Up Smash Attack

Made it easier to hit multiple times.

Shortened launch distance when the full combo doesn't connect.

PAC-MAN

Neutral Special

Will no longer drop the Bonus Fruit while charging the neutral special even if flipped left or right with attacks like Mario’s side special.

Ryu

Basic Movements

The attack after a perfect shield will be unleashed after facing the opponent.

Ken

Basic Movements

The attack after a perfect shield will be unleashed after facing the opponent.

Corrin

Side Smash Attack

Extended launch distance.

Corrin

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Corrin

Side Special

Reduced vulnerability when jumping after stabbing the ground.

Corrin

Up Special

Extended vertical and horizontal distance.

Bayonetta

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Ridley

Up Smash Attack

Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.

Extended launch distance.

Ridley

Back Air Attack

Increased power.

Ridley

Up Air Attack

Increased the high-damage range.

Made easier to hit the high-damage range.

Ridley

Dash Attack

Increased attack range.

Ridley

Side Special

Reduced vulnerability when jumping after grabbing an opponent.

Extended launch distance when throwing an opponent at the edge.

Ridley

Up Special

Increased attack speed.

Increased movement speed.

Simon

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Richter

Down Air Attack

Immediately descend when using the attack after being launched.

Isabelle

Basic Movements

Extended distance of forward and backward dodging.

Isabelle

Neutral Attack 1

Made it easier to hit multiple times.

Isabelle

Up Smash Attack

Extended launch distance.

Isabelle

Side Special

Extended launch distance of upward throws.

Increased the speed of the grab detection.

Isabelle

Down Special

Increased attack speed of the Lloid attack.

Piranha Plant

Dash Attack

Adjusted launch angle.

Piranha Plant

Up Tilt Attack

Reduced vulnerability.

Piranha Plant

Side Special

Capped the attack-power increase when repeatedly reflected.

Increased attack speed.

Increased the amount of time hit detection lasts.

Piranha Plant

Down Special

Reduced vulnerability.

Increased the power against shields.

Shortened the charge time until reaching max charge.

Joker

Down Special

While Arsene is summoned, projectiles that deal 50% or more damage cannot be reflected.

Those are the complete update 4.0.0 patch notes for Smash Ultimate as supplied by Nintendo. How did your main fare? Let us know in the comments below! While you’re here, why not take a look at our Smash Ultimate Tier List as it won’t be long before the 4.0.0 update results in some changes!

Associate Editor

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