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The Laser Lock Lives!

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Smash 3DS, Smash Wii U
Hello every0ne, The 0ne here! I'm still working on the complete guide to locking with Falco, which will be uploaded on YouTube within a week or so.

To hold you over, I'm doing a character specific thing for a change. My mang, Falco.
I think Falco is an extremely underrated character in Smash 4. He is like E tier on the tier list, which is completely stupid, IMO; all that was really changed were lasers and the removal of his chain grab from Brawl. They even BUFFED his recovery. A LOT. It's kind of like what happened with Meta Knight.
"He's not really really good anymore? Trash."

But that is not what this is about is it? Aside from my desire for more Falco players in this world, I wanted to share some information about a technique that was popularized in Brawl.

Falco's laser lock. If you don't know what a lock is, check out this video made by my boy @MySmashCorner.

In Brawl, Falco could use his Kreygasm lasers to lock the victim all across the stage with relative ease. Now that he can't autocancel the lasers anymore, character sucks right? Nope! He can still do an effective three-hit lock with those lasers. In fact, their slower rate of fire, especially on the ground, is actually perfect timing for a lock!

Like Melee and Brawl, Falco's lasers have what's called set knockback. Set knockback means that the move in question (in this case lasers) is given a specific base knockback amount, and then absolutely zero knockback growth/scaling. This means Falco can literally lock his opponents who miss their techs all the way to 999%! Nobody else in the game can say that!


While this is great and all, I brought this information up for a reason. Falco can't actually lock every character in the game. Some of them are just too skinny, and the lasers don't reach that low. Now, he can RESET everyone with a laser, so all hope is not lost. It's just that a number of fighters are too thin to get hit by the second and third lasers after the first one.

Although, Zero Suit Samus is so incredibly thin that you can only reset her with a laser on like frame 3 at max of a missed tech bounce...

I've done the research, and have gone through all 52 characters in the game to find out which characters do and don't get locked by all three lasers when they miss a tech. I hope you all refer to this spreadsheet before a matchup you don't know a lot about! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...X8m7tu8QDfqO1EqRZB_DOvg/edit?usp=docslist_api
It would suck to be in a last-hit situation, getting the reset, it's the best setup in the universe, and try to shoot three lasers when you only were able to use one.

Enjoy! There's more awesome Falco locking goodness coming soon, so STAY TUNED!!

P.S. I really do try my hardest to find all the required information I need, and even more so to put it all together in a formal, cohesive manner in these guides and my YouTube channel so that you guys like it. If you like what you see, want to play me in some online matches, or just talk to me about whatever suits your fancy, please hit me with a follow and subscribe to my YouTube at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCHEXQkplztiMnWqjEpvwAhg
I'd be eternally grateful, and it'll give me a reason to get things out to you faster! G'bye now!
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Looking foward to all the shenanigans, i use Falco a lot too and i really dislike how underrated he is, all these tier lists have such a bad mid-low to bottom tier characters, it makes my heart cry when i see Falco, Zelda, Dr. Mario, Wii Fit Trainer and a few others all the way to the bottom tier...

Oh and i also subscribed to your channel! ^.^
Looking foward to it.
The 0ne
The 0ne
Thank you so much! I'm happy to share my thoughts about the current state of the game as well as knowledge I feel people should know.

Oh yeah, and I also play Doc, and I mean. He's not THAT bad, right?
Awesome guide man! Falco is one of my mains, and I'm also surprised that he's so low tier! I think he's a great balanced character. I also subbed to you on Youtube, I hope you come out with more Falco goodness in the future!
The 0ne
The 0ne
Wow thanks dude! Means more to me than you think! That's one more person in this world giving me a reason to play the game I love and share my knowledge with the community as efficiently as I can.

And that tier list is all screwed up at the bottom, isn't it?
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