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Green Missile (Japanese: Luigi Rocket - ルイージロケット, Ruiji Roketto) is Luigi's Side Special Move. It can be charged for about four seconds, and once let go, Luigi is launched sideways like a rocket, the distance and damage being based on how long he charged.

Overview

There is a 1/8 (12.5%) chance in Melee and Brawl, and a 1/10 (10.5%) chance in 3DS/Wii U, that Green Missile will be a "misfire"; a large explosion is produced and Luigi is launched much farther than normal, dealing 25% with high knockback.

For some reason, CPU-controlled Luigi's in Melee will always use Green Missile to recover, instead of Super Jump Punch. This may be related to the fact that Luigi's Super Jump Punch is completely vertical, with no horizontal movement, but the CPU-controlled Luigi's will even use Green Missile when directly below a ledge. In Brawl, lower level CPU Luigi's will always use the Super Jump Punch to recover (since it can gain more horizontal distance), but the higher level CPUs will use Green Missile to recover from far away and combine it with their double jump and Super Jump Punch.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl allows Luigi to hold this move at full charge indefinitely, and if a partially charged one hits a wall, occasionally, Luigi will get stuck for a brief moment and have to pull himself free. Also, he makes a spring noise as his body bobs up and down. Something not very well known about Luigi's Green Missile in Brawl is that it gives Luigi a slight vertical boost if used right after a jump. It's unknown why this occurs, but it could have something to do with Luigi's falling speed, which is normally slow. If this trick is used when Luigi is metal or is wearing a Bunny Hood (both of which increase a character's falling speed), that boost will be much higher.

In Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, the moved is slightly nerfed since charging so much can overcharge the move, failing the use. This leaves Luigi in a tired state, leaving him vulnerable to attacks. The chances of misfire also have decreased, making it less risky near edges, but reduces its KO and recovery potential.

Green Missile provides Luigi a means of horizontal recovery (one of his most obvious flaws in the original Super Smash Bros.), though the amount of distance is dependent on its charge. Its damage also is dependent on the charge, having KO potential at 150%. A major drawback of Green Missile is its long charge and end lag, making Luigi extremely punishable if the move misses, as he lands on the ground.

Luigi's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS
Standard Special Fireball
Side Special Green Missile
Up Special Super Jump Punch
Down Special Luigi Cyclone
Final Smash Negative Zone Poltergust 5000

Custom Variations

Floating Missile

Floating Missile

Green Missile can be customized to become Floating Missile in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U. It charges up quickly and goes in a straight line, but deals less damage.

Strengths:

  • Charges up faster
  • Gravity won't affect Luigi while using the move.
  • Better for horizontal recovery.

Weaknesses:

  • Deals less damage

Floating Missile works much better as a recovery. Gravity stops affecting Luigi as he uses the move, so he travels in a straight horizontal path. The fast charge time means Luigi can get farther faster as well. The move deals less damage, but not much less than the considerable amount Green Missile delivers.

Quick Missile

Quick Missile

Quick Missile is Green Missile's other customization. Luigi can fly faster and farther than normal, but will slide across the ground if he fails to hit anything.

Strengths:

  • Flies faster
  • Better for horizontal recovery

Weaknesses:

  • Will slide on ground if the move fails to hit anyone
  • Left vulnerable to attacks due to sliding

The Quick Missile is another reliable recovery due to the great distance and speed of the move even when uncharged. The move still deals considerable damage as well. The sliding has some good and bad qualities to it. Luigi can still damage opponents while sliding, but it will also make him vulnerable and easy to punish, similar to ending lag. Opponents can easily jump over Luigi and attack him while he is still sliding or getting up.

Luigi's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Bouncing Fireball Iceball
Side Special Floating Missile Quick Missile
Up Special Fiery Jump Punch Burial Header
Down Special Mach Cyclone Clothesline Cyclone

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