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Falco Lombardi
FalcoSSBU.png
Species Avian (possibly a falcon)
First appearance Star Fox (1993, Star Fox series)
Super Mario: Lost in Time (1993, Mario series)
Latest appearance Starlink: Battle for Atlas (2018, Star Fox series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario series)
“Personally, I prefer the air!”
Falco Lombardi, Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Falco Lombardi is one of the main protagonists of the Star Fox series, the "ace pilot" of the team Star Fox and, due to his flying skills, is the friendly rival of team leader Fox McCloud. He used to be a member of various gangs, but bailed out to join the new Star Fox team being formed by Fox. Falco leaves the Star Fox team on occasions, and always reappears when needed. He has a very laid back but cocky attitude and is smart mouthed. Despite this, nothing gets in the way of Falco and Fox's friendship.

History[edit]

Club Nintendo[edit]

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Falco made a brief appearance in the German Club Nintendo magazine comic "Super Mario: Verloren in der Zeit". He is watching the Olympics together with Fox and Peppy.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

StarFox Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Falco
Falco SSB4 Art.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Blaster
Side:  Falco Phantasm
Up:  Fire Bird
Down:  Reflector
Final Smash:  Landmaster (Brawl, 3DS/Wii U)
Battle entrance
Falco ejects from an upside-down Arwing.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Falco Lombardi in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Falco (SSBM)

Falco is a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He is, however, unlockable, and is unlocked by beating 100-Man Melee or by playing 300 Melee matches, and then beating Falco on Battlefield. While his voice clips are mostly provided by Hisao Egawa, Ben Cullum voices Falco during the Adventure Mode Stage 6 cutscene or the Corneria Smash Taunt, and would later provide Falco's voice for Star Fox Adventures.

Falco's moves are exactly the same as Fox's, though his special moves have different attributes. Falco's Blaster has more of a forceful effect but isn't rapid-fire, and his Reflector attack blasts people upwards instead of sideways. His side special, named Falco Phantasm, possesses a meteor smash effect when used in midair though it does not travel as far as Fox Illusion, and his up special, Fire Bird, does not have as much reach as Fox's Fire Fox but can deal more damage. In addition, Falco has more attack power and jumps higher than Fox, while running slower and falling faster. Falco is also heavier than Fox, though is still one of the lighter characters.

Falco also appears in Stage 6 of Adventure Mode. In this, he, Slippy, and Peppy will appear in their Arwings in the second half of the battle to shoot at both the player and Fox. Additionally, if Falco is unlocked, he will sometimes replace Fox in the second battle, forcing Fox into the Arwing.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

SmashWiki article: Falco (SSBB)
Falco SSBB.png

Falco returns as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. To unlock him, the player must to play 50 Brawl matches, complete 100-Man Brawl, or having him join the party in The Subspace Emissary after clearing The Swamp; using one of the former two methods the player must then beat him on Lylat Cruise to unlock him. His design has been changed, appearing more similarly to his appearance in Star Fox Command rather than Star Fox 64, and is now voiced by Dex Manley.

Falco's moveset has been altered for this game, differentiating him further from Fox. He kicks his Reflector forward rather than holding it in place, and his Falco Phantasm travels as far as Fox Illusion. His Final Smash is the Landmaster, in which he summons one of the vehicles to drive and attack opponents.

Falco also has a Smash Taunt on the Lylat Cruise stage as well as on the returning Corneria stage.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Falco's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary

In the Subspace Emissary, he appears after Bowser shoots Diddy Kong (and uses him and some Shadow Bugs to create False Diddy Kong) and almost shoots Fox McCloud. Falco comes in with Arwing and jumps out with his guns to shoot and destroy Bowser's Dark Cannon (causing Bowser to retreat) and sees False Diddy Kong, Fox revives Diddy Kong and they all fight the evil clone. After defeat, Falco attempts to leave but Diddy Kong tries to tells him Donkey Kong has been kidnapped and turned into a trophy. Falco however ignores him, so Diddy Kong grabs Falco and drags him, just as he did with Fox when he ignored Diddy Kong. After Falco understands, he jumps inside his Arwing so they can follow Donkey Kong. Falco drops Diddy Kong off on the plane Donkey Kong is on, and he (with Captain Olimar and Captain Falcon) rescues Donkey Kong. Falco flies by in his Arwing giving a thumbs up at Diddy Kong.

After this, he wasn't seen again until the battle at the Battleship Halberd Bridge, where he joins Fox, Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, Lucario, and Solid Snake in defeating Duon. Once all of the teams unite, they enter Subspace, where they are defeated by Tabuu, with Falco being among the victims. King Dedede, however, comes to his aid with the help of Luigi and Ness, who were revived by Dedede's badges and are helping him revive most of the others. The newly revived Falco then heads with the others to stop Tabuu at the Great Maze once and for all.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

SmashWiki article: Falco (SSB4)

Falco returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, his moveset and appearance being largely unchanged from his Super Smash Bros. Brawl incarnation, though he is now voiced in English by Mark Lund, who voiced Falco in Star Fox 64 and Star Fox 64 3D, and reprised his role in Star Fox Zero and Starlink: Battle for Atlas. In the Nintendo 3DS version, Falco is unlocked by either completing Classic Mode without the use of continues or by playing 20 matches, then defeating Falco in a 1-stock match on the Corneria stage. In the Wii U version, he is unlocked by either completing Classic Mode for the first time or by playing 10 matches, then defeating Falco in a 1-stock match on the Orbital Gate Assault stage.

Falco once again has smash taunts on the returning Corneria stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and the returning Lylat Cruise stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Falco also appears during the conversations on Orbital Gate Assault.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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SmashWiki article: Falco (SSBU)

Falco returns as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this time more closely resembling his appearance in Star Fox Zero.[1] He has a new Final Smash, involving him leading an "unorthodox formation" of Arwings.[1] Mark Lund reprises his role as Falco, though with some newly recorded voice clips.

Special moves[edit]

Blaster[edit]
Falco's Blaster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Blaster (Falco)

The Blaster is Falco's standard special move, which he shares with Fox and Wolf. When used, Falco fires a laser with a limited range to damage opponents. Falco's Blaster behaves similarly to Fox's original Blaster in Super Smash Bros., stunning opponents when hit and having a higher fire rate while in the air, though it cannot be fired as rapidly as Fox's current Blaster. As of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the lasers from Falco's Blaster also have the longest range out of the three Star Fox characters, and shots also deal electric damage. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Falco's Blaster has a slightly faster firing rate, while dealing slightly more hitstun.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Blaster's first custom variant is the Explosive Blaster, which fires a smaller shot with decreased range that pushes opponents back but explodes after some time, dealing multiple hits. The second is the Burst Blaster, which behaves similarly to Fox's Blaster, being able to fire rapidly but no longer stunning opponents.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラスター
Burasutā
Blaster
Falco Phantasm[edit]
Falco Phantasm in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Falco Phantasm

Falco Phantasm is Falco's side special move. Similar to Fox's Fox Illusion and Wolf's Wolf Flash, Falco quickly dashes forward, damaging any nearby opponents. This move deals more damage and knockback than Fox Illusion, and when used in midair, the move meteor smashes anybody it hits. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, this move does not have as much distance as Fox Illusion, while in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it travels the same distance. Like Fox Illusion and Wolf Flash, Falco can stop the move by pressing the special attack button again, though this is removed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, in which the move is instead automatically stopped when Falco reaches a ledge.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Falco Phantasm's first custom variant is Falco Phase, which makes Falco invincible for the duration of the move, although the move itself does not inflict damage on opponents. The second variant is Falco Charge, which deals increased damage and knockback at the beginning of the move, but does not travel as far.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファルコビジョン
Faruko Bijon
Falco Vision
Fire Bird[edit]
"Fire Bird" redirects here. For information about the enemy from Mario vs. Donkey Kong, see Firebird.
Fire Bird in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Fire Bird

Fire Bird is Falco's up special move. Upon executing it, Falco charges up the move, surrounding himself in fire that damages nearby opponents before launching himself in the direction the player is holding the control stick. Compared to Fox's Fire Fox and Wolf's Fire Wolf, Fire Bird hits several times while Falco is moving before dealing a more powerful hit with greater knockback at the end. However, Falco does not fly as far as Fox or Wolf using their up special moves, traveling the shortest distance of the three. Like Fire Fox, hitting a surface while using Fire Bird causes Falco to bounce off of it, ending the move.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Fire Bird's first custom variant is Fast Fire Bird, which does not have a charging period, but also does not travel as far and deals less damage, only hitting one time. Its second variant, Distant Fire Bird, takes longer to charge up and moves more slowly but is more powerful and travels farther; the charging also does not deal damage and the final hit is removed, instead dealing a more powerful hit when Falco begins moving.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアバード
Faia Bādo
Fire Bird
Reflector[edit]
Falco's Reflector in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Reflector (Falco)

The Reflector is Falco's down special move, shared with Fox and Wolf. Like Fox's Reflector, when used in Super Smash Bros. Melee, an energy barrier surrounds Falco, reflecting any projectiles that collide with it and increasing the amount of damage they deal when they hit. The barrier itself can also damage nearby opponents (although Falco's knocks opponents back at an angle), though it can shatter if hit enough times, leaving Falco dazed as if his shield broke. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward, Falco instead kicks his Reflector at opponents instead of holding it in place; while it still deflects projectiles and damages opponents, it no longer protects Falco from physical attacks.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the first custom variant for Falco's Reflector is the Accele-Reflector, which only reflects while it is moving forward and moves faster than normal but increases the speed of reflected projectiles. The second is Reflector Void, which destroys projectiles but deals greater damage on its own.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese リフレクター
Rifurekutā
Reflector

Final Smash[edit]

Landmaster[edit]
Falco's Landmaster in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Landmaster

The Landmaster is Falco's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, shared with Fox and Wolf. It is a powerful tank vehicle introduced in Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars, used by the Star Fox team in ground missions, although its design is specifically based on its appearances in both Star Fox 64 and Star Fox: Assault. Upon activating the move, Falco leaps into the air and falls back down inside the Landmaster. It functions and controls the same as Fox's Landmaster; compared to it, however, Falco's Landmaster has weaker shots and battering damage, but a stronger barrel roll with less knockback, and the cannon shots deal more damage when opponents are standing on it. It also flies faster than Fox's, though it is the slowest on the ground.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ランドマスター
Randomasutā
Landmaster

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Falco appears as a Costume in Super Mario Maker. Falco's costume can be unlocked by scanning his respective amiibo or randomly by completing the 100 Mario Challenge on expert difficulty. His sound clip from the original SNES Star Fox game is used when the player uses the Falco costume.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies[edit]

Type Image Game / Moves Description
Classic Trophy67.PNG Star Fox
03/93
A Star Fox team pilot, Falco's constant air of casual indifference belies his precise piloting skills. He avoids discussion of what he did before joining the team, but many consider it likely that his past was filled with reckless behavior. He's not much for cooperation, but he does respect those more skilled than he is.
Adventure Trophy68.PNG B: Blaster
Smash B: Falco Phantasm
Where his leader, Fox, has blinding speed, Falco has his own distinct skills and advantages. He has both a higher jump and a longer reach than Fox, and although his Blaster lacks rapid-fire capabilities, it strikes with shocking force. Unlike Fox Falco can stop enemies in their tracks with his Blaster fire.
All-Star Trophy69.PNG Up & B: Fire Bird
Down & B: Reflector
Falco's amazing jumping abilities have many merits, but it's vital to realize that it comes at the cost of some attack power and defensive strength. He falls at a high speed, which disrupts potential attackers, but this also prevents successful recoveries occasionally. Hit an opponent with Reflector, and he or she will fly straight up; this is Falco's quickest attack.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Website bio[edit]

Falco is a pilot from the Star Fox series. He’s a cool customer who likes doing things his own way.

He has the best initial jump of all the characters, and he likes shooting his Blaster as he leaps about.

Snake's Codec[edit]

Note: this is the only codec conversation where Snake is given information from someone other than his team members, due to Falco's own teammate, Slippy Toad, hacking the channel (which does not occur for Fox's codec conversation).

  • Snake: This is Snake...
  • Slippy: Copy, Snake! This is Slippy!
  • Snake: Whaa--! Who is this? What are you, some kind of frog?!
  • Slippy: Easy there, buddy! Just thought I'd hop on the wireless and give you a holler. Don't get mad!
  • Snake: Hacked right into my channel, huh...
  • Slippy: But I'm not here to mess nothin' up. Don't worry.
  • Snake: ...
  • Slippy: Just so ya know, Falco uses a Blaster and Reflector that I designed, just like Fox does. But Falco will kick his Reflector and send it flyin' around. Just showin' off, if you ask me.
  • Snake: No reason a weapon can't have more than one use. In fact, I'd say its versatility shows how well you designed it.
  • Slippy: Hey, maybe so! I feel all fuzzy now! Thanks, Snake!
  • Snake: Maybe next time we meet, you can design me a weapon...

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Falco BrawlTrophy061.png SNES Star Fox (NTSC), Starwing (PAL) A Team Star Fox pilot whose real name is Falco Lombardi. He once roamed the starways as the head of a galactic gang, and his piloting skills are superb. He affects an air of cool disdain and is sometimes uncooperative, but in reality his passion for the Star Fox team is second to none. He once left the team to fly solo for a time.
DS Star Fox Command
Landmaster (Falco) BrawlTrophy062.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Falco's Final Smash. He jumps aboard the Landmaster high-spec, antiaircraft tank. With the tank's powerful cannon blasts and rolling ability, it's possible to take out all enemies at once. The Landmaster is based on actual production vehicles, but Team Star Fox's Landmaster was customized by the team's mechanic, Slippy Toad.
Falco (Assault) BrawlTrophy190.png GCN Star Fox: Assault A somewhat arrogant and smart- mouthed member of Team Star Fox. He often seems perturbed, especially when antagonized by Panther, and claims to dislike the cold. Although separated from the team, he joins back up for the battle on Sauria and pretends that the reason behind his loyalty to the team is purely monetary.
Falco (Command) BrawlTrophy191.png DS Star Fox Command Tired of the daily grind and monotony of work after the events of Star Fox: Assault, Falco seeks more stimulating adventures with his buddies from his days as a space delinquent. He meets up again with Fox, who is battling a new enemy, the Anglar, on the planet Venom. Falco again vows to fight alongside Fox as a member of the Star Fox team.

Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Falco 64 Sticker.png Star Fox 64 [Weapon] - Attack +11
Usable by: Fox, Falco, Wolf
Falco Adventures Sticker.png Star Fox Adventures [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +11
Usable by: Fox, Falco, Wolf
Falco Command Sticker.png Star Fox Command [Energy] - Attack +14
Usable by: Fox, Falco, Wolf
Falco Assault Sticker.png Star Fox Assault [Tail] - Attack +20
Usable by: Falco

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Falco FalcoTrophy3DS.png FalcoTrophyWiiU.png SNES Star Fox (03/1993)
N64 Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
A talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team, Falco can be a bit rough around the edges. He once led his own galactic gang before joining up with Fox. In Smash Bros., his ability to jump high and deal damage in the air makes him a powerful threat, and his thrown Reflector can catch foes by surprise. Ex-gang leader, ace pilot and comrade of Fox, Falco Lombardi might play it cool, but he's burning with passion on the inside. In this game, he excels at jumping and aerial combat, and the way his Reflector move flies forwards can catch foes off guard. Add to that his balanced array of attacks, and it's clear that Falco's a real threat.
Falco (Alt.) FalcoAllStarTrophy3DS.png FalcoAltTrophyWiiU.png SNES Star Fox (03/1993)
N64 Star Fox 64 (07/1997)
Falco's Blaster looks identical to Fox's at first, but actually it's quite different! The beams Falco fires deal more damage and cause the victim to flinch, but at a slower rate of fire. Considering Falco's lineage, it's not all that surprising that he can fire faster while airborne. Falco's Blaster looks identical to Fox's at first glance, but they are actually quite different. Most notably, Falco's version causes enemies to flinch, which can be invaluable when warding off approaching foes. It also deals more damage and has a slower fire rate - though its fire rate actually increases when used in mid-air.
Landmaster (Falco) N/A LandmasterFalcoTrophyWiiU.png Falco jumps aboard his Landmaster for his Final Smash, This powerful combat vehicle sports an explosive cannon and a heavily armored exterior. Falco can blast other fighters or simply drive into them with his tank. This Landmaster also flies higher than Fox's, letting Falco give his rivals a pick-me-up...off the stage! With immense firepower and tough armour, the Landmaster makes for a mighty Final Smash. Falco can use this fine combat vehicle to run down and roll into rivals, as well as inundate them with cannon blasts. His Landmaster can hover a bit higher than Fox's making it easier to pick rivals up and give them a nice comfy ride off the stage!
Falco (Assault) N/A FalcoAssaultTrophyWiiU.png GCN Star Fox: Assault (02/2005) Falco, the ace pilot on the Star Fox team, and Fox set out to deal with Oikonny's rebel army. However, they were shocked by something completely unexpected! Was it Oikonny's amazing, unmatched fighting prowess? Pfft! As if! They were surprised by a sudden attack by hive-minded alien invaders! Star Fox's ace pilot. He and Fox go to deal with Oikonny's rebel army, only to see something incredibly unexpected - the battle between the Cornerian forces and the rebel army gets interrupted. Good news, right? Nope! It's interrupted by a surprise invasion of countless life forms operating with a single consciousness. Yikes!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Palutena: Do you know who this is, Pit?
  • Pit: Falco Lombardi! Ace pilot on the Star Fox team! Great Jumper!
  • Palutena: ...Exactly. Captain Falcon's already got the falcon motif. Falco looks more like a pheasant to me.
  • Pit: Mmm, sounds delicious.
  • Viridi: If I were you, I'd keep your voice down. If he hears you, he'll make you eat his boots.
  • Palutena: Falco used to be the leader of a galactic gang, so you can expect him to be good in a fight.
  • Pit: I'm starting to freak out here. I mean, this guy is famous throughout the entire galaxy!
  • Palutena: Watch out for long-range attacks like his Reflector shot and Blaster.
  • Viridi: You'll see he's quick on the draw.

amiibo[edit]

  • A talented pilot and part of the Star Fox team, Falco can be a bit rough around the edges. He once led his own galactic gang before joining up with Fox. He affects an air of cool disdain and is sometimes uncooperative, but in reality his passion for Star Fox is second to none.

Quotes[edit]

  • "Mission complete!" - Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • "Hands off my prey!" - Super Smash Bros. Melee (Japanese), Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • "Piece of cake!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • "Don't try me!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "You aren't worth the trouble!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • "Had enough already?!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • "You're off your game, Fox!" -Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • "Get some!" - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • "Sorry, gotta jet!" - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • "Showtime!" - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • "We've got multiple bogies inbound!" - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • "Time for a little payback!" - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファルコ・ランバルディ
Faruko Ranbarudi
Falco Lombardi
Russian Фалько Ломбарди
Falko Lombardi
Falco Lombardi
Korean 팔코 람바디
Palko Rambadi
Falco Lombardi
Chinese 法爾科・蘭巴帝
Fǎěrkē Lánbādì
Falco Lombardi

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nintendo. (June 13, 2018). Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2018.