In Super Smash Bros. 4
Duck Hunt is placed in the C+ tier in Super Smash Bros. 4. Duck Hunt’s most notable strength is their excellent special moves; Trick Shot spawns a tin can that explodes on contact while Clay Shooting fires a versatile long-distanced projectile. In addition to an excellent ranged game, Duck Hunt also has a solid recovery, a good jab, and a useful set of tilts.
However, Duck Hunt suffers from a wide range of flaws. The AI almost always jumps before using Trick Shot, which quickly becomes predictable and exposes the character to incoming attacks. The AI jumps too often in general and throws in a neutral or forward aerial to break the silence. Duck Hunt also struggles to KO their opponents, as their forward, up, and down smashes tend to whiff.
Overall, Duck Hunt has accrued below average tournament results and representation. Its problems KOing have resulted in many lost matches; as a result, Duck Hunt never won a standard competition throughout Smash 4’s lifespan.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Duck Hunt was buffed for their appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As with all fighters, their mobility has been enhanced, helping them create a distance more reliably. Their smash attacks now have set knockback on the first two hits, allowing them to connect more reliably; this partially alleviates their issues KOing from the previous title. Furthermore, Trick Shot, Clay Shooting, and Wild Gunman have less ending lag and increased utility.
Unfortunately, Duck Hunt have seen several nerfs; their weight has been decreased from Smash 4, making them more susceptible to powerful attacks from the likes of Bowser and King K. Rool. Their neutral aerial also deals less damage and has less KO potential.
Overall, Duck Hunt is thought to have improved during the transition from 4 to Ultimate, but its tournament results and representation remain about average. The character is notoriously underused in competitions, thus their true potential has yet to be seen.
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