Animal Crossing (2001-N64)
If in his games, villager is there to bring happiness to the people around him, in Smash Ultimate, the villager is a zoning character who will on the contrary constantly harass his opponents ! Many of his attacks thus have projectiles, which makes him particularly dangerous from a platform.
- Good punish game
- Great offstage
- Excels at zoning
- Bad statistics
- Hard against swordsmen
- Usable recovery
- Big stages to zone
- A useful wall for the F Smash
- Easily breakable balloons
- No interesting setups on it
Villager is a character that has atypical characteristics, especially on his special attacks. His Neutral B allows him to catch a projectile he can send back with its power two times increased and a projectile he can send whenever he wants. Finally, his Down B requires several steps. The first time you use it, you plant a seed, which you can then water to make it grow as a tree that deals heavy damages at the place where it takes root. Finally, it unlocks the axe to the villager that deals huge damages and can also be used to knock the tree in order to make it fall on your opponent.
This attack allows him to put almost any opponent's projectile in his pocket, sending it back with its power increased by two, so it's very handy in many match-ups ! You should also note that this attack has invulnerability's frames and that some objects remain in the pocket until the villager dies.
BACK AIR AND FORWARD AIR
These are his main zoning tools. These are villager's essential moves and they allow him to keep the opponent at a great distance while harassing him. Note that the Back Air comes out after the Forward Air but is more powerful and can therefore kill more easily.
It is also an important tool in the villager's zoning game. The side B is also very useful to stop his movement in the air in a neat way, which allows villager to faint a landing, to wait some time offstage in order to see how the opponent reacts or even to stop your own ejection !
It is the main attack to get near an opponent and to initiate combos. On top of that, it's the villager's best out of shield option and the attack allows him to easily edgeguard the characters with a bad recovery by hitting them with a Neutral Air !
It is an important attack for villager because it helps him to make a tree grow which takes 10 seconds from the first step. It remains present during 10 seconds, has 30 HP and can deal huge damages when the enemy gets hit by its growth or its fall. Beyond that, making a tree grow gives you access to the axe which can help you to break a shield or to send your opponent fly away very quickly.
This is an important tool especially as an edgeguard tool if you drop a bowling ball on your opponent. The attack is safe on shield while being very violent. It can also kill an opponent very quickly at the edge of the stage or can be placed from the ledge of a stage that has platforms. Burying your opponent with a Down Smash at high % can even lead to a sure death when it is followed by a Forward Smash !