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Traction is a measure of how long it takes for a character to stop moving from a sideways force when grounded. Characters with low traction slide farther than others after walking, dashing, wavedashing, being hit by an attack while grounded, and so on.

Having high traction affords greater ground control over a character, so high traction is generally an advantage. Characters with low traction generally require more precise movement across the ground and cannot punish attacks as effectively out-of-shield since they will get pushed further away from the opponent. However, there are cases where low traction is useful: low traction is necessary for a long wavedash in Super Smash Bros. Melee and there are cases where sliding away from a shielded attack can help escape later hits of it. Luigi is well-known for having the least traction of any character in all games.

Traction is significantly lessened by slippery terrain such as ice; all characters have decreased traction on slippery surfaces except the Ice Climbers, who are unaffected.

Traction rankings

Super Smash Bros.

RankCharacterValue
1-5Link2
1-5Samus2
1-5Fox2
1-5Pikachu2
1-5Ness2
6Captain Falcon1.8
7Donkey Kong1.7
8Yoshi1.6
9Mario1.5
10Kirby1.4
11Jigglypuff1.1
12Luigi0.7

Super Smash Bros. Melee

RankCharacterValue
1-4Peach0.1
1-4Link0.1
1-4Zelda0.1
1-4Pichu0.1
5-6Pikachu0.09
5-6Jigglypuff0.09
7-13Donkey Kong0.08
7-13Young Link0.08
7-13Sheik0.08
7-13Kirby0.08
7-13Fox0.08
7-13Falco0.08
7-13Captain Falcon0.08
14Ganondorf0.07
15-23Mario0.06
15-23Dr. Mario0.06
15-23Bowser0.06
15-23Yoshi0.06
15-23Samus0.06
15-23Ness0.06
15-23Marth0.06
15-23Roy0.06
15-23Mr. Game & Watch0.06
24Mewtwo0.04
25Ice Climbers0.035
26Luigi0.025

Notes

  • Wireframes have friction values of 0.08 (Male) and 0.1 (Female).
  • Giga Bowser has a friction value of 0.06.
  • Sandbag has a friction value of 0.06.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

RankCharacterValue
1Lucario0.0736
2Jigglypuff0.0718
3-6Wario0.07
3-6Zero Suit Samus0.07
3-6Wolf0.07
3-6Sonic0.07
7-8Peach0.068
7-8Ganondorf0.068
9Falco0.065
10Link0.064
11-16Mario0.06
11-16Sheik0.06
11-16Fox0.06
11-16Mr. Game & Watch0.06
11-16Olimar0.06
11-16R.O.B.0.06
17Pikachu0.0596
18Samus0.0585
19Bowser0.0577
20-22Meta Knight0.055
20-22Charizard0.055
20-22Marth0.055
23Toon Link0.0547
24Ness0.0546
25Snake0.0542
26Zelda0.054
27Ivysaur0.0532
28Donkey Kong0.0529
29Pit0.0505
30Captain Falcon0.05
31Kirby0.0493
32-33Diddy Kong0.0484
32-33King Dedede0.0484
34Lucas0.045
35Ike0.044
36Yoshi0.0426
37Squirtle0.042
38Ice Climbers0.035
39Luigi0.022

Notes

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

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RankCharacterValue
1Lucario0.0736
2Jigglypuff0.0718
3-5Zero Suit Samus0.07
3-5Wario0.07
3-5Little Mac0.07
6-9Peach0.068
6-9Ganondorf0.068
6-9Rosalina0.068
6-9Palutena0.068
10Falco0.065
11-12Link0.064
11-12Mii Swordfighter0.064
13-21Fox0.06
13-21Sheik0.06
13-21Mr. Game & Watch0.06
13-21Olimar0.06
13-21R.O.B.0.06
13-21Villager0.06
13-21Wii Fit Trainer0.06
13-21Sonic 0.06
13-21Mega Man0.06
22Pikachu0.0596
23Samus0.0585
24Bowser0.0577
25-28Marth0.055
25-28Lucina0.055
25-28Meta Knight0.055
25-28Robin0.055
29Toon Link0.0547
30Ness0.0546
31Zelda0.054
32Donkey Kong0.0529
33-34Pit0.0505
33-34Dark Pit0.0505
35Captain Falcon0.05
36Kirby0.0493
37-38Diddy Kong0.0484
37-38King Dedede0.0484
39-46Mario0.045
39-46Dr. Mario0.045
39-46Bowser Jr.0.045
39-46Greninja0.045
39-46Duck Hunt0.045
39-46Pac-Man0.045
39-46Mii Brawler0.045
39-46Mii Gunner0.045
47-48Ike0.044
47-48Shulk0.044
49Yoshi0.0426
50Charizard0.04
51Luigi0.024
n/aMewtwo?
n/aLucas?
n/aRoy?
n/aRyu?
n/aCloud?
n/aCorrin?
n/aBayonetta?

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