Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
|First appearance||Mother 3 (2006)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)|
|Console debut||Game Boy Advance*|
- “Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!”
- – Introduction tagline, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Lucas is the protagonist of the Japan-only game Mother 3. In this game, he lived with his twin brother Claus and his parents Hinawa and Flint, in Tazmily Village located in the Nowhere Islands. However, tragedy soon strikes his family, as his mother is killed and his brother is lost, both of which set in motion Lucas' adventure to contend with the Pig Mask Army and its leader Porky. Since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lucas has been playable in every game of the Super Smash Bros. series.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
- “Guess what? it was originally intended to replace him [Ness] with the main character of Mother 3 [Lucas], but problems happened during the delay, so we ended up focusing back on the normal idea.”
- – Masahiro Sakurai, Smabura-Ken Ness page (Japanese)
When Sakurai updated Ness's profile page on July 17, 2001, he explained that Lucas was supposed to replace Ness as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, it was decided that Ness would be retrieved as a playable character instead due to the cancellation of Mother 3's original iteration on the Nintendo 64.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Lucas appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character, one of the two representatives from the EarthBound (Mother) series. Lucas' special moveset is almost exactly like Ness's from the previous games, but with a few minor tweaks. His neutral special is PK Freeze, which sends up a snowflake-shaped blast of PSI energy that freezes opponents caught in its blast radius when Lucas sets it off. His side special is PK Fire, which sends out a lightning bolt-shaped blast of PSI energy directly forward that explodes when it hits. His down special is PSI Magnet, which sets up a barrier of PSI energy in front of himself that absorbs projectiles to restore damage and attack when the barrier is dropped. His up special is PK Thunder, which discharges a streaming, electric blast of PSI energy that can attack opponents and/or propel Lucas. His Final Smash, also shared with Ness, is PK Starstorm, which sends groups of shooting stars raining down on the stage in an inward direction. Lucas does not actually learn any of his special moves in Mother 3; rather, they are all learned by his party member Kumatora. For his stage entrance, Lucas rides in on a tea table shaped like Mr. Saturn.
However, almost all of Lucas' normal moves and smash attacks are completely different. The only exception is his forward smash attack, which operates similarly to Ness' baseball bat, albeit with Lucas wielding a stick instead. In addition, Lucas' grab is the Rope Snake, a weapon used by his party member Duster, which also acts as a tether recovery. One of Lucas's alternate costumes resembles his brother Claus. Lucas's home stage is New Pork City.
Lucas was originally meant to replace Ness in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, this was averted due to the delay and cancellation of Mother 3 for the Nintendo 64, then tentatively known in North America as EarthBound 64. Nonetheless, Mother 3 was later rescheduled and redeveloped for the Game Boy Advance in 2003 and was released in 2006, though only in Japan.
Lucas is voiced by Lani Minella, who also voices Pit.
Role in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary
In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Lucas is shown as a weak, shy and timid figure, almost identically to how he appeared in the beginning of Mother 3.
Lucas first appears alone in The Ruined Zoo. He is attacked by the Porky Statue, but Ness arrives to save him. They proceed to fight Porky, but then Wario arrives with his Dark Cannon and attempts to hit Ness with it. Ness dodges his attacks, so Wario tries to attack Lucas instead. Lucas doesn't move out of the way, so Ness ends up taking the hit himself. Lucas, scared, runs away and meets the Pokémon Trainer, and they join to fight the Subspace Army, as Lucas cannot forget what Wario had done to Ness.
Outside the Ruins, the Pokémon Trainer decides to capture a Charizard that flew by. Before entering them, however, they are ambushed by Wario. They defeat him, but Lucas becomes disappointed that Wario does not have Ness with him anymore. After capturing Charizard and an Ivysaur inside the Ruins, Lucas and the Pokémon Trainer reach The Ruined Hall, where they are attacked by Galleom. After defeating him, Galleom takes them and starts flying into the air, with a Subspace Bomb in his head about to go off. Lucas frees himself and the Pokémon Trainer, and they are then saved by Meta Knight, whose team they then join.
At The Glacial Peak, Meta Knight leaves them, but they are then joined by the Ice Climbers as the Subspace Army is sent out to attack them. Mario, Link, Yoshi, Kirby and Pit then appear and defeated the enemies. Soon, the other remaining heroes show up and they enter Subspace together. Unfortunately, Lucas and the others were defeated by Tabuu. But then Lucas is saved by King Dedede, who had revived Ness and Luigi with badges. All of the revived heroes then fight and defeat Tabuu.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Lucas was initially absent from the roster, but later on released as the second downloadable playable character after Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, on June 14, 2015. Visually, Lucas' moveset is almost totally unchanged from the previous game, though his Final Smash, PK Starstorm, has been altered to be similar to Ness' version. Additionally, Lucas has three new alternate costumes, which feature sprites of the Masked Man, Boney, and a baby Drago on his shirt. Lucas' design is changed: he loses the blush on his cheeks, his eyes lose their bluish hue, and he is taller and sleeker overall. Lucas' mobility is improved in this installment, while his attacks can better link into each other. On the downside, however, many of his attacks either deal less damage and knockback or have less range.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lucas appears as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His moveset is mostly unchanged, but Lucas is now assisted by Kumatora and Boney for PK Starstorm. He can be unlocked by either adventuring through World of Light, playing 350 minutes of VS. Mode and having 35 characters unlocked, or clearing Classic Mode seven times as Kirby or anyone in his unlock tree.
Lucas receives improvements to his mobility, while his grounded and aerial attacks come out quicker. Lucas's damage output receives a mix of positive and negative alterations (such as up aerial dealing 11% instead of 13%, while his down throw deals 11% instead of 6.5%). Several of Lucas's attacks receive names: his up smash is PK Smash Geyser, his down smash is PK Blow, his back aerial is PK Meteor Kick, and his down aerial is PK Foot Stomp.
Lucas's spirit depicts an upscaled variation of his idle overworld sprite in Mother 3, just like his Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker does.
Classic Mode route
|Magic, Sacred Powers, and PSI!|
|2||Robin (male), Robin (female)||Arena Ferox||Conquest (Ablaze)|
|3||Rosalina||Mario Galaxy||Gusty Garden Galaxy|
|4||Giant Palutena||Palutena's Temple (Ω)||Underworld|
|5||Bayonetta||Umbra Clock Tower||Tomorrow Is Mine (Bayonetta 2 Theme) (Instrumental)|
|6||Mewtwo||Kalos Pokémon League||Battle! (Team Galactic)|
|Final||Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)||Final Destination||Master Hand|
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)
Super Mario Maker
In Super Mario Maker, Lucas appears as a Mystery Mushroom costume, which plays the sound effect from Mother 3 when an important item is obtained upon transforming into him. The costume can be randomly unlocked after completing the 100 Mario Challenge on Expert or harder, or unlocked by scanning the Lucas amiibo. Lucas is one of the two downloadable fighters from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U that appear as costumes in Super Mario Maker; the other being Mewtwo.
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Instruction manual: A youth with pronounced psychic powers. His PK-based attacks hit hard.
- Website: The youth with the psychic powers has appeared—it’s Lucas! He makes his anticipated debut from the Japan-only release MOTHER 3.
- While he is timid in nature, he fights splendidly. Is it possible he can surpass even Ness?!
|Lucas||Mother 3||[PK] - Attack +13||Ness, Lucas|
- Mei Ling: I see you're fighting Lucas, Snake.
- Snake: Lucas?
- Mei Ling: That boy has PSI powers, which he can use for different kinds of attacks. But the poor little guy's had such a hard life. His mother was killed when he was young, and he was separated from his brother. After that, he faced all kinds of senseless hardships, and he slowly grew stronger.
- Snake: Senseless hardships--yeah, I had a lot of those, too. The question is how you translate those hardships into a better future.
- Mei Ling: ...Mmm. Well, I hope things turn out OK for him.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Player character trophies
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The following dialogue applies also to Mewtwo, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta, who are also downloadable fighters.
- Pit: Who is THAT?
- Palutena: I have no data on this fighter. I can't believe it!
- Viridi: It must be an intruder from another dimension!
- Pit: Whoever it is, the goal remains the same: to fight and win!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pit: Who's the little guy?
- Palutena: That's Lucas. He's from Tazmily Village. Just like Ness, he uses PSI. He might be the most introverted opponent you've ever fought.
- Pit: If he's so shy, why is he fighting?
- Palutena: He's been through a lot. Things you couldn't imagine. Maybe fighting is how he copes with his feelings.
- Pit: Aw, man. Now I feel bad for him.
- Palutena: Me too. Maybe you shouldn't fight him.
- Viridi: SHOW NO MERCY! Launch this crybaby to the stars!
- Palutena: Or that... Just remember — Lucas's attacks are a bit different from Ness's. Don't expect to be able to fight both of them the exact same way.
- The younger of twin brothers living in Tazumili Village in the Nowhere Islands. He's a kind boy who can communicate with animals, but he's shy and never really got over the tragedy that struck his mother. He fights a warped dictatorship and hunts the Seven Needles, using PSI attacks to do things like absorb enemy projectiles and deal supernatural damage!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|No.||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|564||Lucas||EarthBound Series||Fighter||N/A||N/A||Classic Mode as Lucas||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Super Smash Blog bio
- Like Ness, Lucas is a young boy who uses PSI powers. Some of their PSI moves share the same names, but since Lucas has different abilities, the moves may work differently. Be sure to try them out! For his Final Smash, he calls down a shower of meteors along with Kumatora and Boney.
- "PK Freeze!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "PK Fire!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "PK Thunder!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "PK Starstorm!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "Ow!" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- "Huh?" - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
| Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Lucas performing PK Freeze. (Lani Minella, 2008)||File info|
Names in other languages
|Lucas (French pronunciation)|
- Lucas is shown to have visible teeth in the cutscenes of The Subspace Emissary, despite not having any during actual gameplay. This distinction applies with Ness as well.
- Lucas is the only Super Smash Bros. character to have been a starter, unlockable and DLC character in three separate games. He is also the only character to initially have been cut from an installment before returning in the same installment.
- ^ https://earthbound.fandom.com/wiki/Lucas
- ^ http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n01/n64/software/nus_p_nalj/smash/flash/0717/
- ^ Ness at Sokuhou Smabura Ken!!, the Japanese website for Super Smash Bros. Melee. (Accessed on 15 February 2016)
- ^ Downloadable Content Info. Official Site - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
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- Super Mario Maker costumes
- Super Smash Bros. amiibo line
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- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U fighters
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