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Palutena vs. Pikachu Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tiers, match-up votes and discussion



Palutena


Pikachu

SSBU match-up numbers for Palutena vs. Pikachu

Palutena 5 / Pikachu 5:
55.9% of the votes
Palutena 4 / Pikachu 6:
44.1% of the votes

  Total votes for Palutena vs. Pikachu match-up: 68

Comments

Earthquakedude said on July 16, 2021 at 12:51 p.m.

Palutena's worst matchup, which is agreed upon by almost every Palutena and Pikachu player, where in fact both ShinyMark and Esam think this matchup is almost as bad as 3/7, making it one of the most one sided top tier matchups in the whole game. Other Pikachu players like DM and Mada think this matchup is only 6/4 in Pikachu's favor where on the Palutena side, players like Chag, Cheeks, Frozen and many other notable ones think Pikachu wins very slightly at best.

This matchup also got directly worse in patches due to Palutena's significant nerfs which effected this matchup quite a bit. She lost down throw bair in patch 7.0.0 and her standing grab's hitbox got nerfed, as well as her fair having more landing lag in 11.0.0. The main reason this matchup is losing is due to neutral being really hard for the goddess of light. Pikachu is to short to get hit by her rising aerials (notably nair, which starts all her combos) and it's general evasiveness with Quick Attack make it hard to zone out with Autoreticle and Explosive Flame, which can get Palutena whiff punished. Pikachu also has great OOS options for Palutena's aerials other then fair, which has to be spaced perfectly now, and she lost access to her lethal grab which could tomahawk a shielding Pikachu (she can still do it, but it is no longer her great swiss army knife). Pikachu's edguearding and ledgetrapping also go full force here, as well as Palutena's lack of confrims and Pikachu's more consistent kill confrims making her lose offstage and in killing although she has greater power in her moves then it, and Pikachu's much more superior punish game thanks to it's better combo starters and combos themselves make her lose in damage racking as well (uair bridges and nair loops, respectively). Palutena can take advantage of some things, mainly Pikachu's very 2 frambale recovery with d tilt and can still generally do well with the lead as she does win trades in this matchup, but overall, it is very diffcult for her.

This matchup is definitely a struggle for Palutena, and a secondary is for sure advised. I vote 4/6 mainly because of the greater consensus for it among the playerbases of the 2 characters, but if you voted 3/7 I really wouldn't blame you.
Videos of the matchup:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX0bk... (this one was before 7.0.0 and 11.0.0 but it is a very solid set, and I can't find any other vods of this matchup offline)

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