Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists are an arcane science that no one can ever truly master. That won't stop Smash Bros. players from judging new characters to see how they stack up in the roster. Enter Smash Bros. Ultimate's newest fighter, Piranha Plant.
Piranha Plant is the first DLC fighter released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Dubbed "The Plant" by the Smash Bros. community, Piranha Plant is available for free to players who register their copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before January 31. We have a handy guide on how to get Piranha Plant here.
Although Piranha Plant has only been out for a single day, players have already started putting the character through its paces. Initial reports from players on the r/SmashBros subreddit is optimistic, calling the character fun to play.
But beneath the positive responses are players dissecting Piranha Plant, looking for specific tics and meta capabilities. It's already been discovered Piranha Plant is adept at edge guarding, and players seem to be focusing on Piranha Plant's side b attack—a poisonous spray move that can be charged for a good chunk of damage.
You NEED to edgeguard, juggle, and ledgetrap with Plant. That's absolutely where they shine the most brilliantly. Everywhere else? We'll have to see, because it's looking pretty booty lol— Ace(@AceStarThe3rd) January 30, 2019
Prominent Super Smash Bros. pros are also testing out Piranha Plant. Their impressions could offer valuable insight into whether Piranha Plant, in its earliest stages, is viable for the coming Smash Bros. tournaments. Super Smash Bros. world champion Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman has already released a 20-minute video, though that's more of a competitive breakdown of the character rather than a review.
Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada streamed Piranha Plant on launch day for about six hours and called the character "hard," but also noted that it's been less than a day since the character was released.
Its been a few hours since Piranha Plant got released sooo WHAT ARE YALL THOUGHTS ON PP SO FAR? LEMME HEAR EM pic.twitter.com/3xTWr5486b— NRG Nairo (@NairoMK) January 30, 2019
Smash Bros. pros William "Leffen" Hjelte, Andreas Lindgren, and Adam "Armada" Lindgren streamed Piranha Plant together on launch day as well, testing out the new fighter. Although it's still early days, Hjelte and Adam Lindgren call Piranha Plant "funny." Lindgren says Piranha Plant doesn't "grab me as good, but he's annoying."
Regardless of how Piranha Plant will shape up, the character won't be eligible for major tournaments until February as the first batch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments will be using an earlier version without Piranha Plant added. So far the weird and fun plant has attracted a fair number of fans who have named themselves #PlantGang.
As a precaution, some Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players have reported that playing as Piranha Plant in the All-Star single-player mode can corrput save files. Nintendo has yet to address these reports, but it's something to keep a note of before playing Piranha Plant in All-Star mode.
For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guide hub for character breakdowns, unlock guides, and starter tips. Also check out our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review for our full impressions of Nintendo's newest fighting game. And make sure to check out our own Piranha Plant guide, too!