Hothead artwork from Brawl.
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Hotheads (パサラン, Pasaran) are items that, when thrown, will slide across the ground releasing bursts of sparks and damaging opponents of the character that has thrown this item. When hit with fire or electricity-based attacks, they grow bigger, dealing more knockback. However, in contrast to what its trophy says, there is an upper limit to how large the Hothead can become (roughly three times its original diameter).
It must be picked up and thrown to be activated. Once the Hothead lands on the ground or a platform, it will move along the surface in the direction it was thrown and periodically release sparks, which are almost 2 times as strong as a smash-thrown hothead of the same size. A Hothead can continue to grow after it is thrown. If it is thrown onto a stage, the Hothead will cling onto the stage's walls and surface. If, however, it lands on a platform, the Hothead will simply roll off until it finds solid ground (or just falls off the screen). Hotheads eventually disappear in an amount of time inversely proportionate to their size (that is, bigger ones vanish faster).
A hothead will reach maximum power after it takes approximately 30%. But if the hothead is undamaged and hit by a fire or electric based attack that deals over 30% (such as Ike's Eruption), its power can exceed this limit and gain OHKO power. This can be taken to ludicrous extremes by knocking five Soccer Balls into a Hothead using Marth's Critical Hit (only in Training Mode is this plausible), causing the Hothead to deal 140% or more and becoming impossible to reflect.
In Super Mario World, Hotheads were enemies that appeared inside Wendy Koopa's Castle on World Six, Choco Island. This level largely comprised of stone blocks, which had Hotheads constantly moving around them. Unlike those in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, they were not enlarged by fire and they never disappeared.
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An item that, when tossed, sticks to the terrain and moves, causing damage to those it touches. Whoever threw it won't take damage. It will grow larger if it's attacked, which ups its attack range. However, an increase in size corresponds to a decrease in the time it stays on the screen. A really big Hothead will take up the entire screen, and is quite a sight to behold.
- Oddly, even though Hotheads do fire damage, they cannot ignite Blast Boxes or idle Bob-ombs upon contact.
- In game, Hotheads are actually rendered in 2D. However, in their trophy appearance they are in 3D.
- Without the aid of items, Ike can create the strongest hothead out of any character by hitting it with a stage 8 Eruption.
- The highest possible damage output known for a hothead without hacking is 274% when smash thrown and 426% when it sparks. For a hothead to become this strong, the situation with the five Soccer Balls and Marth's Critical Hit must be replicated, but after the Soccer Balls have sustained the maximum amount of damage.
- Hotheads will cling to and slide over the surface of some bosses.
Items in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Party Ball · Sandbag · Rolling Crates|
|Key · Stock Ball · Trophy Stand|
|Collectibles||CD · Coins · Sticker · Trophy|
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