- "Run" redirects here. For information on the CPU mode in Brawl, see Evade.
Dashing is a form of ground movement faster than walking. It is performed by tapping sideways on the control stick. The player's character enters his or her initial dash animation, in which they change directions with very little lag, and then proceeds to his or her running animation. In Brawl, a character attempting to dash can Prat Fall instead. While dashing, characters can also perform their dash attack or jump. The Bunny Hood item increases a character's running speed. The concept of the initial dash is vital to many forms of ground movement, such as dash-dancing, Fox-trotting and pivoting.
 Other terminology
The initial dash is the first part of a character's dash during which a character can change directions with very little lag. The concept of the initial dash is vital to many forms of ground movement, such as dash-dancing, fox-trotting, and pivoting.
A stutter step is the term for when a character begins to dash but stops almost immediately, often used for positioning and mindgames. Along with merely stopping, characters can also Dash cancel via a variety of other methods.
 Running speed
Running speed is the rate at which a character can run.
|6-7||Donkey Kong and Kirby|
|9-10||Link and Jigglypuff|
|11-12||Luigi and Ness|
Taken from Antdgar's Frame Data
- A ">" means that the character to the left of the ">" accelerates to his/her top speed quicker than the character to the right of the ">."
- A "=" means the two or three characters between the "=" have the same exact acceleration.
|4-6||Sheik > Pikachu > Pichu|
|7-10||Young Link > Roy > Yoshi > Donkey Kong|
|11-15||Falco > Dr. Mario = Mario > Mr. Game & Watch > Bowser|
|16-20||Samus > Kirby = Mewtwo > Ice Climbers > Ness|
|23-24||Link > Peach|
|25-26||Jigglypuff > Zelda|
|4-5||Sheik and Zero Suit Samus|
|7-8||Charizard and Pikachu|
|9-10||Diddy Kong and Marth|
|12-13||Toon Link and Donkey Kong|
|15||Mr. Game & Watch|
|16-20||Lucas, R.O.B., Bowser, Ivysaur, and Mario|
|22-23||Lucario and Falco|
|24-27||Olimar, Ness, Wolf, and Ice Climbers|
|28-30||Ike, Squirtle, and Kirby|
|31-35||Wario, Peach, Snake, Luigi, and Link|
|36-37||King Dedede and Zelda|
Note that several slow runners have a dash attack to move a far distance quickly, and some characters have a DACUS to increase mobility.