A meteor smash is a type of attack in the Super Smash Bros. series that strikes opponents downwards, as opposed to horizontally or upwards like most attacks. Many meteor Smashes are designed to convincingly KO opponents that are in the air with no ground below them (such as when they are attempting a recovery). As such, most of these meteor smashes are somewhat slow to execute, requiring accurate timing and positioning to land a successful blow.
Some meteor smashes are not meant for edgeguarding, and are only done to knock opponents into other hits of the attack. Other meteor smashes can only damage opponents that are on the ground, making them impossible to send targets downwards. These are known as unconventional meteor smashes.
 General characteristics
As they hit opponents downwards, meteor smashes cause targets that are not in the air to immediately bounce off the ground they're standing on, reducing the knockback received by 20% and thus making such attacks much weaker and less reliable on grounded targets; if the intended knockback is below a certain amount it will not even deliver any vertical knockback at all, and instead merely cause flinching and perhaps tripping. As a result, only the strongest meteor smashes (such as Ganondorf's down aerial) are viable KO moves in non-edgeguarding situations.
Despite their reduced power on grounded opponents, the amount of hitstun delivered by a meteor smash is not affected by the knockback reduction, meaning such moves will cause more hitstun than non-meteor smashes with equal knockback. Combined with their vertical trajectory, this results in meteor smashes being excellent combo starters on grounded opponents.
 Meteor cancelling
Meteor cancelling is the act of instantly negating the downwards knockback of a meteor smash by jumping or using an up special after being hit. In Melee, a meteor cancel can be done at any time, producing a distinctive wind-cutting sound and a sparkle (the character will also briefly glow white); in Brawl, meteor cancels are unindicated and can only be done after 25 frames (depending on the character, see below), and attempting to jump to meteor cancel will result in a 40 frame penalty before the window opens. Characters can meteor cancel even if they were hit while grounded, though they must have bounced off a ceiling and still be taking the now-downwards knockback to do so.
Meteor cancelling does not exist in SSB. Due to this, every meteor smash in the game can be considered a spike.
 Characters with unusual meteor cancel windows in Brawl
In Brawl, some characters can meteor cancel sooner than others. Most characters can meteor cancel after 25 frames, while others have different values:
- Charizard: 30 frames
- Ivysaur: 15 frames
- Meta Knight: 32 frames
- Olimar: 15 frames
- Pit: 30 frames
- Wolf: 60 frames
- Yoshi: 20 frames
- Zero Suit Samus: 15 frames
It is curious how characters that use wings for multiple jumps have a longer-than-usual window whereas those who inflate for multiple jumps do not, while characters who rely on tether recoveries have a shorter window to accomodate for their recovery weakness.
 Similar techniques
A meteor smash is not to be confused with a spike; while spikes also have downwards knockback angles, they are diagonal enough to not be recognized as a meteor smash, and thus cannot be meteor cancelled. Despite this, many smashers use the term "spike" to refer to meteor smashes, with the term "true spike" referring to spikes. Meteor smashes are also not to be confused with a stage spike, where attacks with standard knockback angles can cause opponents to bounce off the underside of a stage and fly downwards, unable to meteor cancel.
 List of meteor smashes
Not all characters have access to a meteor smash (i.e. Pikachu in all three games). The characters that can meteor smash and their respective meteor smashes are listed and described here. Some items, such as Moltres and the streams of a Super Scope, as well as the attacks of some bosses, also have meteor smash hitboxes, but they are not be listed here. Spikes and semi-spikes, due to their differing properties, are not listed here. This list does not include unconventional meteor smashes.
 In Super Smash Bros.
As noted above, there is no meteor canceling in the original, so some prefer the term spike for these set of moves, though they are officially called Meteor Smashes. They as a whole are much faster than their counterparts in Melee and Brawl, even considering the increased speed of the game.
- Down aerial - Its hitbox extends from his chest to his feet. As the chest connects, the opponent will be sent at a slight angle.
- Down aerial - Donkey Kong's feet grow when the attack is used, making the spike wider than others.
- Forward aerial - The attack sends the opponents in different angles depending on which area hits. It has very little landing lag.
- Down aerial - A drill aerial which isn't great on damage output. It can combo effectively to his up tilt.
- Down aerial - A drill aerial that can be followed up with many ground attacks. It is the weakest meteor smash.
- Down aerial - A drill aerial that has a landing hitbox that prevents up tilt follow ups unless it is Z-canceled.
- Final Cutter - A up special move that can be used against characters which recover with some extra height to throw them down.
- Down aerial - A drill aerial that has almost no knockback. It is less effective than Mario's because of Luigi's jumping height.
- Down aerial - A drill aerial that has weak set knockback.
- Mario Tornado - It can meteor smash when the lower segment of the final hitbox lands successfully.
- Down aerial - Even though it has short range, it is very quick and can deal a lot of damage if double jump canceled.
- Down aerial - It is a very quick meteor smash, meaning it is very effective.
- Down aerial - Despite the move being weak, it has the greatest damage output of many attacks.
- Forward aerial - It has great knockback for its speed, being reliable for early KOs.
- Down aerial - A rather effective stomp with a decent hitbox size, decent start-up and low ending lag, and high power (fourth strongest meteor in Melee). It is often used because Captain Falcon can jump off the stage, hit with it, and recover with ease due to its low ending lag. If Captain Falcon hits with its upper hitbox (the nipples), it acts as a spike and is called the nipple spike.
- Raptor Boost (aerial) - Captain Falcon rushes forward with a downwards vertical swing that weakly meteor smashes airborne opponents. This is a very risky attack because the attack is often done off-stage and once used renders him helpless. Conversely, Ganondorf's aerial Gerudo Dragon does not produce a meteor smash hitbox.
- Down aerial - A standard stomp attack with Donkey Kong. It has below average start-up with moderate to high ending lag, but has a large hitbox with above average power. It should ideally be used against characters recovering from above, due to Donkey Kong's poor vertical recovery.
- Forward aerial - This is a low-accuracy meteor which hits only if the opponent is touched by Donkey Kong's hands at the end of the move. The attack has very slow start-up lag, with very high ending lag. It is the most difficult of all his three meteor smashes to perform, and is arguably impractical, as the down aerial always meteor smashes, is stronger, is faster, and is generally much easier to perform successfully.
- Headbutt - Normally, this move buries opponents. But on aerial enemies, it works as a weak meteor smash. This tactic is useful for safe edge guarding as Donkey Kong can meteor smash a recovering opponent while keeping himself on the floor. However, the meteor's low power makes it easy for the opponent to recover from it.
- Falco Phantasm - If the opponent is airborne while struck with this move, they will be meteor smashed weakly. It is relatively easy to meteor cancel, but can surprise a non suspecting opponent. Conversely, Fox's Fox Illusion is not a meteor smash.
- Down throw - If Falco throws his opponent down near an edge which can't be passed through while facing away from the edge, the opponent will fall downwards at very high speeds.
- Down throw - A weaker version of Falco's down throw. When Fox throws his opponent down at an edge which can't be passed through while facing away from the edge, the opponent will drop at a quick, considerable speed.
- Down aerial - Very similar to Captain Falcon's down aerial, which is a very powerful stomp, except slightly slower. The three hitboxes cover nearly all of Ganondorf's body, so it is technically possible to meteor smash someone while hitting them with Ganondorf's head. This is by far the strongest meteor smash in the game, being the only meteor smash that can reliably KO grounded opponents under 100%. It is also the most powerful aerial attack in the game when it hits an airborne opponent (even if the opponent is grounded, a few aerials hit harder, such as Bowser's up aerial). Factoring this with the fact it is easy to land and recover from due to its low ending lag, it is usually considered the best meteor smash in Melee.
- Forward aerial - The Ice Climbers swing their hammers in an arc downwards, and meteor smash the opponent if landed properly. This move has some start-up and ending lag with relatively poor reach and average power. Both Nana and Popo's hammers have meteor smashing properties.
- Down aerial - Kirby's drill has meteor smash properties. While the meteor smash is very weak, Kirby can "drag" the opponent down, increasing its effectiveness, and easily recover due to Kirby's great vertical recovery.
- Final Cutter - This is a relatively weak meteor smash but can be used against characters which recover with some extra height to throw them down.
- Down tilt - One of the few tilt meteors. Link swipes the ground in front of him, meteor smashing airborne opponents if landed properly. A somewhat risky edgeguarding technique, as if it is not landed properly, it will hit the opponent upwards, aiding their recovery. It is generally ideal for Link to use this on an enemy that is recovering from below. Unlike Young Link, Link can not use the outermost hitbox to meteor smash, making the move difficult to land.
- Down aerial - This attack has two hitboxes. Luigi quickly spins once in the air and those he hits with the upper hitbox (located at his waist) are meteor smashed with strong knockback. If the wrong part of the attack hits, like the lower hitbox located at his legs, it results in considerable horizontal knockback, making it a great edgeguarding attack nonetheless. This move can be used on both sides of him, but his backside is generally easier to land the meteor smash hitbox because of the angle at which he spins, and it is also difficult to land on grounded opponents.
- Taunt - Luigi kicks his foot into the ground. If it hits an opponent hanging on an edge, it will hit them with a meteor smash. It has weak set-knockback, with a small hitbox, making it one the least effective meteor smashes in the game.
- Forward aerial - Mario makes a large swinging motion with his fist, meteor smashing anyone he hits. This attack has very slow start-up lag and very high ending lag, making it a risky and difficult meteor smash to land. On the plus side, it will always meteor smash the opponent when landed.
- Dancing Blade - On the third hit of his Dancing Blade attack, if the "down" attack is chosen, Marth will spin and swing his sword into the ground. The movement produces a meteor smash hitbox. Its knockback and speed are average. It is very effective over a ledge; however, timing is very important to successfully meteor smash a recovering opponent. The tip of the sword does not meteor smash, however.
- Down aerial - If Marth hits with the tip of the sword, the opponent will be meteor smashed downwards at blazing speed. In the PAL version, the down aerial strikes the opponent downwards in the same way as in the NTSC version, although in the PAL version it can be meteor cancelled, making it a meteor smash. However, in the NTSC version of the game this attack isn't registered as a meteor smash and thus can't be meteor cancelled, making it a spike. If Marth does not hit with the tip of his sword, Marth will jump a little bit, and the opponent will be hit horizontally weakly.
- Down aerial - Mewtwo flips and stomps downwards. A weak to moderately powerful meteor smash, it has three hitboxes with sightly varying degrees of power. The meteor smash has slow start-up lag, and the overall size of the hitboxes are small, making it a difficult meteor smash to land. However, it will always meteor smash when landed, and has low risk, due to Mewtwo's great vertical recovery.
- Down aerial - Mr. Game & Watch pulls out a key and thrusts it below him. The first few frames of this attack strike the opponent downwards.
- Down aerial - Ness' stomp has quite a bit of start-up lag. It has high knockback at 0%, but it also has very low knockback scaling, being unable to KO grounded opponents at even 200%, and is relatively easy to meteor cancel. Ness's subpar recovery can make this a risky meteor smash if he uses this attack offstage and misses.
- Down tilt - One of the few tilt meteors in the game. Peach swipes at the ground in front of her. Any airborne player hit with her forearm will be meteor smashed. If the hand connects instead of the arm, the opponents will be sent upwards and can KO airbone opponents at 127%. This meteor smash is moderately difficult to land on aerial opponents because of its small hitbox and can only be used effectively over a ledge to KO. The meteor can KO grounded opponents under 150%.
- Down aerial - This attack is similar to Marth's down aerial, but Roy's down aerial is much weaker, has more ending lag, and is generally harder to pull off. Hitting with Roy's wrist just above the hilt of the sword will meteor smash. Like Young Link's down aerial, the opponent has to be above Roy for the move to meteor smash. It is perhaps the worst meteor in Melee as it is extremely weak and difficult to land, and Roy will usually self-destruct when used over the ledge due to its very high ending lag and Roy's fast falling speed. It is less risky to use at hitting opponents recovering from above so that Roy can also recover.
- Double-Edge Dance - It is similar to Marth's special attack, but the third attack must be upwards instead.
- Down aerial - Samus' standard meteor smash where she swipes her arm cannon downwards in an arc. It has a wide hitbox and is the fifth most powerful meteor smash in Melee. A commonly used attack due to its strong power, ease of landing, and low risk.
- Down aerial - Yoshi's classic flutter kick. Each of his kicks is a meteor smash, although they are considerably weak.
- Forward aerial - This attack is similar to Mario's forward aerial, but instead Yoshi uses his head to slam the opponent downward. However, it is much stronger and faster than Mario's, and is not quite as risky. It is the third strongest meteor smash in Melee and is generally one of the most effective.
- Down aerial - Young Link thrusts and holds his sword under him for a while. If the player hits the opponent with the hilt of the sword, they will be dealt fire damage and meteor smashed powerfully (sometimes referred to as the "dragon down aerial"). While this is the second strongest meteor smash in Melee, it is generally impractical due to the extreme difficulty of landing it because of the fact that it will hit opponents upwards instead if the meteor smash hitbox does not land, and its high duration makes it very risky to use for edgeguarding. The meteor smash hitbox must be to the side and above Young Link instead of straight down to edgeguard opponents from above as it meteor smashes opponents at a different angle. If the grounded opponent is on the soft platform and above or to the side Young Link, then it will launch opponent upward powerfully, capable of star KOing any grounded opponents (only if the characters are on the soft platform) around 75%.
- Down tilt - Young Link sweeps his sword on the ground in front of him. It is similar to Link's down tilt though surprisingly more powerful and easier to land. It is ideal to use this attack on an enemy which is recovering from below. It is considered better than Link's down tilt meteor smash, considering the fact that, unlike Link's down tilt, it can meteor smash with the tip of the sword.
- Down aerial - An extremely weak meteor smash which Zelda performs by extending her leg downwards. While it is relatively fast, it is by far the weakest single hit meteor smash in Melee.
- Down tilt - Zelda performs this attack by sweeping her leg. Another down tilt that can meteor smash opponents. This attack has extremely poor reach and power. Most effective when the opponent is hanging off a ledge.
 Enemies and bosses
- Fighting Wire Frames - The Wire Frames in general share the meteor smashes of their parent characters, though the Male Wire Frame cannot use Raptor Boost, and the Female Wire Frame lacks Zelda's down tilt meteor.
- Master Hand - Several of Master Hand's attacks can meteor smash, but all of them are impractical because the boss has difficulties connecting with them on targets off the edge of the stage.
- Both the Power Punch and Flying Punch are meteor smashes, and are strong enough to KO off the top.
- The tail end of the Jetstream before Master Hand flies into the background is a weak meteor.
- Crazy Hand - Crazy Hand shares the meteor smashes of the Power Punch and Jetstream.
It should be noted that, with the addition of the footstool jump, all characters can perform a meteor smash in Brawl. Characters who have an attack with a meteor smash hitbox are listed here, along with each attack. Only a few characters lack a meteor smash outside of Footstool Jumping. The thrown Pitfall, a falling Warp Star, Moltres's body, Metagross, Lakitu's Spinys, Deoxys (when it is ascending), Ho-Oh's Sacred Fire and Waluigi's stomp also have this effect. Semi-spikes are not included in this list. No spikes are currently known in Brawl, so all meteors can be cancelled. However, meteor cancelling is not possible when meteor smashed while swimming. Also, meteor smashes can cause tripping on grounded opponents if their damage was too low to produce knockback.
- Down tilt as Giga Bowser - Sweeps twice with his claws along the ground. Only the first hit meteor smashes, however the first hit isn't dragged to the second hit.
- Down aerial - Only if the final hit is sweetspotted. One of the most impractical meteors in the game as it is extremely weak and difficult to land; its high ending lag and Bowser's relatively poor recovery also lowers its effectiveness. Bowser is generally better off using his other, much better and safer edgeguard options.
- Down aerial - Captain Falcon's classic stomp, but will only meteor smash if the opponent is directly underneath him. If they are to the side, they will be knocked upwards at an angle, which means that the nipple spike has been removed from Brawl. It is weaker than it was in Melee, with a smaller hitbox, which makes it more difficult to land and generally less effective.
- Raptor Boost - If used in the air, Captain Falcon will leapfrog over the opponent, thrusting them downwards and himself to safety. This is generally not a safe maneuver, unless when used as a recovery. The meteor smash has high base knockback, but its low knockback scaling allows opponents to recover from it at even high percentages. Regardless, it is an effective counter-edgeguard option against careless edgeguarders.
- Down aerial - Diddy Kong thrusts both fists under him, meteor smashing the opponent. It is a fast meteor with slightly below average power and a small hitbox. It is similar to Wolf's down aerial but stronger and more difficult to land.
- Monkey Flip - When he catches the opponent and jumps, the opponent is meteor smashed weakly.
- Rocketbarrel Boost - If an opponent is hit with this while directly under the barrels, he or she is meteor smashed very weakly.
- Down aerial - Donkey Kong stomps beneath him while making a tough guy pose, meteor smashing any opponent powerfully. It has a large hitbox and will always meteor smash but has slow start-up and risky ending lag. Regardless, it is considered the best and most reliable of his three meteor smashes.
- Forward aerial - Donkey Kong swings his fists together in an arc. It hits between frames 25 and 28, with frames 27 and 28 being a meteor smash. It is slightly weaker than his down aerial but is still powerful. While it has good horizontal reach, it still has very slow start-up and ending lag, but Brawl's physics make it a less risky meteor to attempt than it was in Melee. If the non-meteor smash hitbox is landed, it instead hits the opponent horizontally with powerful knockback.
- Headbutt - If this hits an aerial opponent and makes contact when the head is near the bottom, rather than embedding him or her in the ground, it launches him or her downwards weakly but still has usefulness (like pivot spiking or using it in the edge).
- Down aerial - First few frames meteor smashes with average power. Start-up lag wise, it is the fastest meteor smash in Brawl. This is considered by some to be the best meteor smash in Brawl in short-hop edgeguarding situations and is arguably the best meteor smash when used on characters recovering from above (this is mostly due to Falco's incredible jumping abilities). Like the other meteors that were spikes in Melee, this sends opponents at a slight diagonal angle instead of straight down. Due to Falco's lacklustre recovery, this attack is a moderate risk to use offstage if it is used in conjunction with a fast-fall.
- Falco Phantasm - When used while Falco is airborne, it meteor smashes airborne opponents it connects with. However, unless used as a recovery, this is generally a dangerous maneuver that will likely result in a self destruct, and it is very weak as well, generally only succeeding at successfully meteor smashing an opponent when they are caught off-guard or if they have a poor vertical recovery.
- Down aerial - An extremely weak drill meteor smash. Like the other meteors that were spikes in Melee, this sends opponents at a slight diagonal angle instead of straight down, but this is hardly noticeable due to its extremely weak knockback. However, it does have fast start-up lag, and can "drag" opponents down, but due to its long duration and Fox's fast falling speed, this attack is risky to use for edgeguarding.
- Down aerial - Anyone caught in the stomp is electrocuted and sent flying downward if they are in the air, regardless of how it connects. It has rather low ending lag in the air, making it easy to recover from (just like it was in Melee), but it has slow start-up and high landing lag. It is still the most powerful meteor smash in the game and is still the only meteor that reliably KOs grounded opponents under 100%. It is also the most powerful aerial attack in Brawl when it hits an airborne opponent (like in Melee, there are very few aerials that hit grounded opponents harder, such as Link's sweetspotted down aerial). It is one of the few meteors capable of meteor smashing at 0% and is a highly effective meteor smash when meteor smashing opponents recovering from below. Ganondorf's down aerial is most notable for its extremely high knockback scaling, which is equal to Ike's uncharged forward smash.
- Flame Choke - Ganondorf lifts his opponent by the head and launches them directly into the ground. If it is used over a ledge, they are sent downwards very weakly, and will grab any ledge which can be grabbed at any percentages, as it has set knockback.
- Wizard's Foot - A stall-then-fall. If used in the air, the first few frames of this move meteor smashes airborne opponents. While it is one of the most powerful meteor smashes in Brawl, it is difficult to use without self-destructing, due to its high duration, high ending lag, and the fact it puts Ganondorf in a fastfall at the end of the move. Mostly inferior to the down aerial meteor as it is weaker, generally more difficult to land, and much more difficult to recover from. Like the other meteors that were spikes in Melee, this sends opponents at a slight diagonal angle instead of straight down. It is notable for being the strongest meteor smash in Brawl with a diagonal trajectory.
- Beast Ganon (Final Smash) - If Ganondorf stuns his opponent, but does not hit them, they will fall straight down. Usually only performable if the opponent is on the ledge. When items are counted, it has the highest base knockback of any meteor smash in Brawl, at 6207 mph at 0%.
- Forward aerial - The Ice Climbers swing their hammers in an arc. While it is a decently powerful meteor smash, only the CPU partner's hit can meteor smash. Therefore, the forward aerial is unable to meteor smash as a solo climber.
- Down tilt - Ike crouches and sweeps his blade forward along the ground. It is a very strong meteor smash with good reach, yet it has slow start-up and ending lag. It is by far the strongest tilt meteor smash with very high base knockback and high knockback scaling, and it is overall one of the strongest meteor smashes in Brawl. If it hits the opponent with the handle, it sends him or her horizontally instead but with the same power as the meteor hitbox, making it still deadly to recovering opponents.
- Down aerial - Ike thrusts his blade below him. The entirety of the blade meteor smashes very powerfully anyone who is hit at the initial thrust with huge power. It also has a long, disjointed hitbox. It is generally the second strongest meteor smash in Brawl, being even capable of star KOing grounded opponents well under 150% as it has above average base knockback and very high knockback scaling.
- Aether - Meteor smashes airborne opponents with the downwards slash, similar to Kirby's Final Cutter. Unlike Final Cutter, it does not have set knockback, but its knockback scaling is extremely low, making it an ineffective meteor smash at even high percentages if the opponent is not near the lower blast line.
- Super Dedede Jump - Meteor smashes airborne opponents when falling down. It can be dangerous to use unless using it while recovering. It is a very powerful meteor however, that can easily KO a careless edgeguarder if it lands.
- Down aerial - A very weak drill meteor smash. Kirby can fastfall while using this move to "drag" the opponent down with him, increasing the meteor smash's effectiveness. It can be considered best drill meteor as Kirby can perform multiple meteor smashes on a recovering opponent and still recover safely, or perform a footstool jump after landing the meteor which usually results in a KO.
- Final Cutter - This move meteor smashes airborne opponents with the downwards slash. Mostly it combos someone into the shock wave, but it can be used on the edge to meteor smash. It high base knockback, making it useful for Multi-Man Brawl in some situations, but it has set knockback, making it ineffective when used far from the lower blast line. Still, it can also be used to counter-edgeguard if it catches an opponent on a ledge.
- Down tilt - Link sweeps his sword along the ground, meteor smashing when sweetspotted. It has very high base knockback, enough to possibly KO at 0%, along with sending the opponent on a slight diagonal trajectory. However, it has very low knockback scaling and is extremely difficult to land due to its small sweetspot near the hilt of the sword.
- Aura Storm - If an opponent overlaps Lucario in the air, he or she will be sent down quickly. It has set knockback though the knockback is still determined by how much damage Lucario has.
- Back aerial - Lucas sweeps a downwards arc behind him with his legs, accompanied by PSI Hexagons to increase range. The hexagons are the sweetspot and send the opponents flying away, but only the tip of his foot will meteor smash. The meteor smash has below average power even when sweetspotted, and it is very difficult to land. The angle at which the opponent is sent downwards (possible deviation of about 20 degrees to either side) is also hard to predict, and this may cause the opponent to get smashed down onto the stage if the meteor smash is performed near the edge.
- Down aerial - Lucas stomps downwards four times with four PSI Hexagons. The first three hits have little vertical knockback while the fourth hit has weak meteor smash properties. When sourspotted, it instead produces weak horizontal knockback instead.
- Down tilt - Opponent must be directly under Luigi in order to be meteor smashed; the primary part of the attack (Luigi's foot) only meteor smashes on grounded opponents. It has below average knockback.
- Down aerial - Meteor smashes when Luigi's body hits as opposed to his legs. It is a meteor smash with below average power and is generally difficult to land. It does have fast start-up lag however, and its low ending lag make it generally unrisky. While it is weaker than it was in Melee, it is easier to land the meteor smash hitbox. Not landing the meteor smash hitbox still sends the opponent on a horizontal trajectory, making it useful for edgeguarding even if the meteor smash hitbox is not landed.
- Down Taunt - One of the only two taunts in the game that has a damaging hitbox. Luigi kicks his foot into the ground. If it hits an opponent, it will meteor smash them with set knockback. Strongest meteor smash at 0% in Brawl when items are not counted, due to its extremely high base knockback.
- Forward aerial - Mario swings his fist in an arc. Meteor smashes opponents when sweetspotted. Very weak for a single hit meteor smash and it has slow start-up and ending lag. Must be sweetspotted to meteor smash unlike in Melee, but due to Brawl's physics, it is less risky. Even though this meteor smash wasn't a spike in Melee, it sends opponents at a slight diagonal trajectory in Brawl.
- Down aerial - Large downwards arc of the blade. Anyone caught with the tip is sent downwards, meteor smashing with above average power. Start-up lag wise, it is the second fastest meteor smash in Brawl, (Falco's and Fox's are faster by 1 frame) but it is also one of the laggiest as well (has high landing and ending lag). One of the more difficult meteors to land and can result in a SD, especially if the player fastfalls. Like the other meteors that were spikes in Melee, this sends opponents at a slight diagonal angle instead of straight down.
- Dancing Blade - If the third attack is down (green), the move produces a meteor smash. The tip of the sword, like in Melee, does not meteor smash.
- Down aerial - A stall-then-fall. Stalls in the air, then falls quickly with his key extended downwards. Anyone hit in the air with the initial fall is meteor smashed with above average knockback. Is one of the safer stall-then fall aerials.
- Down throw - Juggles opponent in the air like a ball then sends them down into the ground. If done close to the edge, the opponent is meteor smashed.
- Down aerial - Step kick. Ness's classic stomp, with slow start-up, but a decent size hitbox and this is the second-strongest meteor smash at 0%. It has low knockback scaling and is incapable of KOing grounded opponents under 200%. Despite this, it is one of the deadliest meteor smashes in Brawl due to its very high base knockback, being one of the few meteors that can successfully meteor smash an opponent at 0%. As damage rises, other meteor smashes become more effective however. When sourspotted, it hits opponents with powerful horizontal knockback.
- Down aerial - Thrusts a Pikmin under him. The first few frames can meteor smash the opponent. They effect and power of the meteor smash is different depending on which Pikmin is used. White Pikmin produce a very weak meteor smash. Yellow Pikmin produce an average power meteor smash with electric damage. Blue and purple Pikmin produce a powerful meteor smash with no special effects. The red Pikmin produces one of the strongest meteor smashes in Brawl, accompanied by fire damage. Regardless of the Pikmin, Olimar's down aerial has low base knockback, but much better knockback scaling. Due to the small hitbox and even smaller sweetspot, this is a difficult meteor smash to land, despite its rather fast start-up lag.
- End of Day - If a midair opponent (opponents on the ground are submerged into the ground instead) makes contact with the Hocotate Ship when it appears, they are sent downwards very quickly.
- Down tilt - Sweeps hand along the ground with fairly short reach. The sweetspot is small however, making it difficult to catch opponents in the meteor smash hitbox. It does have high base knockback, but its low knockback scaling, difficulty of landing, and the fact that when sourspotted, it sends opponents on a vertical trajectory, make it generally an ineffective meteor smash.
- Down tilt - Sweeps his blade along the ground, meteor smashing opponents when sweetspotted. It sends opponents on a diagonal trajectory with high base knockback. However, it has low knockback scaling and is difficult to sweetspot.
- Down aerial - Turns upside down and shoots a burst of powder from his bulb. Very situational due to its high ending lag and risk of getting edge-hogged. It is also difficult to land the meteor smashing hitbox. Looks like its up aerial, except upside down. Unlike its up aerial, it is a very weak aerial attack.
- Down aerial - Stomps beneath itself, and regardless of where it connects, it will meteor smash airborne opponents. It has slow start-up lag, but it produces a decently sized hitbox that meteor smashes with above average power, and is of relatively low risk due to Charizard's recovery. On grounded opponents, the down aerial produces a different, slightly stronger hitbox that does not meteor smash.
- Down aerial - R.O.B. fires his thrusters downwards. It is a meteor smash with low base knockback and very slow start-up lag. However, it has high knockback scaling, and produces a large hitbox with a long duration. It is also has very low risk due to it giving R.O.B. a slight push upwards, and R.O.B.'s great recovery.
- Down aerial - Samus swings her arm-cannon in a downwards sweep. The attack has fairly large hitbox and will always meteor smash, though it has slow start-up lag, and very weak base knockback. While ineffective at low percentages, it has very high knockback scaling, making it a deadly meteor smash at high percentages. Its low ending lag and Samus' floatiness also make it a very low risk meteor smash.
- Forward aerial - Snake does an ax-heel kick, bringing his leg down from above his head to a little behind him. Anyone caught in his foot arc will get meteor smashed very powerfully. If the leg connects, it instead send the opponent upwards with slightly weaker, but still powerful vertical knockback. It is by far the strongest forward aerial meteor in Brawl, with great horizontal reach. It does have slow start-up however, and its high ending lag puts Snake at risk to be edgeguarded if he failed to hit the opponent with the forward aerial.
- Down aerial - A stall-then-fall. Stalls in the air, then falls quickly with sword thrust downwards. It has fast start-up, and produces a powerful meteor smash with the initial hitbox. But if Toon Link misses the opponent, he will almost always plunge to his demise due to the fast speed at which Toon Link falls and the very long duration of the attack. If the initial hitbox is not landed, the down aerial instead produces average vertical knockback.
- Down aerial as Wario-Man - Face his head downward and drills, falling at a very fast speed. A very strong meteor smash, covers a great distance and since he can fly, he can easily land this attack off-stage without self destructing.
- Down throw as Wario-Man - When used next to a stage ledge, it will very powerfully meteor smash anyone he has grabbed. It is easier to use if Wario-Man is facing into the middle of the stage.
- Down aerial - Thrusts his arms downwards quickly. It is a rather easy to land meteor smash with a surprisingly large hitbox and above average start-up lag for a meteor smash, but it has weak base knockback, making it ineffective at low percentages. It does have high knockback scaling however, making it effective for meteor smashing at high percentages. While it doesn't have high ending lag, Wolf's recovery can make this a risky meteor smash to edgeguard with if the stage lack huggable ledges.
- Wolf Flash - The very end of the attack in his lower hitbox produces a decently powerful meteor smash. It is difficult to land though, and can only be feasibly used without SDing to meteor smash with as a counter-edgeguard maneuver.
- Forward aerial - Like Mario's and Donkey Kong's forward aerials, except Yoshi swings his head in an arc. Meteor smashes at the more extended parts of his head. Much weaker than it was in Melee, but still has average power, and slow start-up lag and is of even lower risk. It can be used to finish off a grab-release chain.
- Down aerial - Rapidly kicks his feet under him. Most damaging drill meteor smash, with 11 hits of 3% each. It is an extremely weak meteor smash however, but being a "drill" meteor, Yoshi can "drag" the opponent down with him, increasing its effectiveness.
- Down tilt - Zelda sticks her foot out, normally popping people up. If it hits an airborne opponent and is sweetspotted, it meteor smashes them very weakly. It has very fast start-up lag, but poor reach.
- Down aerial - Zelda sticks her foot downwards, with rather low start-up and ending lag. If it hits on the first frame of execution, the opponent is electrocuted and shot downwards with high power, being one of the strongest meteor smashes in Brawl. If the move hits after the first frame, it is an extremely weak meteor smash, with a slight diagonal trajectory. The "sweetspot" hitbox cannot be landed on grounded opponents unless they are shielding.
- Down aerial - A stall-then-fall aerial. A very weak meteor smash that nails down during the entire fall. Due to the fast speed at which Zero Suit Samus falls and the very long duration of the attack, she will almost self destruct, even if it hits, making this a rather impractical meteor smash to use unless one intends to perform a sacrificial KO or attempt to be hit by the opponent's recovery attack.
- Flip Jump - Zero Suit Samus does a flip jump. If an attack button is pressed while she performs this, she sticks out her foot pointing towards the center of the arc of the jump. Anyone who hits the tip of the foot is meteor smashed very powerfully.
- Plasma Wire - This move shoots upwards, meteor smashing anyone above Zero Suit Samus down on the last hit. While the meteor smash has very low knockback scaling, its high base knockback allows it to successfully meteor smash an opponent when they're caught offguard. However, due to the fact that the opponent must be well above Zero Suit Samus for the meteor smash to land, it is only feasible to use as a meteor smash when she is being edgeguarded from above.
 Items that meteor smash
- Pitfall - When a Pitfall is thrown at an airborne opponent, they will be sent downwards.
- Warp Star - When falling, they will be meteor smashed powerfully.
 Stage hazards
- Green Greens - If a player touches a bomb block from below, they will be knocked downwards.
- Jungle Japes - If a player touches a Klaptrap, they are powerfully knocked downwards.
- Pirate Ship - If a player touches the bottom of the front end of the ship, they will be meteor smashed powerfully, instantly KOing them.
 Enemies and bosses
- Galleom - The non-bury hitboxes of the Multihop meteor smash.
- Master Hand/Crazy Hand - The Power Punch is a meteor smash.
- Porky - Porky's jump attack has a metor smash while he falls.
- Spaak - When a Spaak loops around to fire a lightning bolt of either type, its body has a meteor smash hitbox.
 Meteor smash chart
The following is a chart showcasing the post-calculation data of the meteor smashes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (negligible meteor smashes and those that can't be landed on airborne opponents are not included in the chart). The data shown is the data of the strongest hitbox within the attack that meteor smashes. Meteor smashes are ranked based on the knockback they produce on Mario at 100%.
Base knockback is the knockback produced at 0%, while knockback scaling is the amount of knockback increase per percentage point.
- * = Meteor smash produces a diagonal downwards trajectory instead of straight down.
- (aerial) = Attack used while airborne.
|Rank||Character/Meteor smash||Base Knockback||Knockback at 100%||Knockback at 200%||Knockback at 300%||Knockback Scaling|
|1.||Ganondorf's down aerial||2811||8528||14245||19962||57.17|
|2.||Ike's down aerial||2587||6869||11151||15433||42.82|
|3.||Ganondorf's Wizard's Foot*||2827||6869||10912||14955||40.43|
|4.||Ike's down tilt||2910||6714||10517||14321||38.04|
|5.||Zelda down aerial||2725||6578||10432||14286||38.54|
|6.||Olimar's down aerial (Red Pikmin)||2265||6547||10829||15111||42.82|
|7.||Snake's forward aerial||2505||6547||10590||14633||40.43|
|8.||Zero Suit Samus' Flip Jump||2931||6256||9582||12907||33.25|
|9.||Donkey Kong's down aerial||2393||6247||10100||13954||38.54|
|10.||King Dedede's Super Dedede Jump||2905||6140||9374||12608||32.34|
|11.||Ness' down aerial||3598||5925||8253||10581||23.27|
|12.||Olimar's down aerial (Blue/Purple Pikmin)||2105||5908||9712||13516||38.04|
|13.||Toon Link's down aerial||2327||5753||9178||12604||34.26|
|14.||Donkey Kong's forward aerial||2070||5710||9349||12989||36.40|
|15.||Peach's down tilt||2811||5658||8505||11352||28.47|
|16.||R.O.B.'s down aerial*||2032||5597||9161||12726||35.65|
|17.||Charizard's down aerial||1783||5586||9390||13193||38.03|
|17.||Mr. Game & Watch's down aerial||1783||5586||9390||13193||38.03|
|19.||Ice Climbers' forward aerial||2045||5370||8696||12022||33.26|
|20.||Samus' down aerial||1280||5323||9366||13409||40.43|
|21.||Diddy Kong's down aerial||1965||5290||8615||11941||33.25|
|22.||Captain Falcon's down aerial||1461||5262||9068||12871||38.03|
|23.||Marth's down aerial*||2199||5242||8285||11328||30.43|
|24.||Olimar's down aerial (Yellow Pikmin)||1910||5235||8561||11886||33.25|
|25.||Link's down tilt*||3398||5061||6723||8386||16.63|
|26.||Falco's down aerial*||1388||4952||8517||12081||35.64|
|27.||Wolf's down aerial||1288||4926||8565||12203||36.38|
|28.||Lucas' back aerial*||1810||4803||7796||10788||29.93|
|29.||Wolf's Wolf Flash||1562||4796||8031||11265||32.34|
|30.||Yoshi's forward aerial||1094||4733||8371||12010||36.39|
|31.||Luigi's down taunt||4725||4725||4725||4725||0.00|
|32.||Luigi's down aerial||1580||4666||7752||10838||30.86|
|33.||Pit's down tilt*||3045||4588||6131||7674||15.43|
|34.||Zero Suit Samus' Plasma Wire||2988||4144||5300||6456||11.56|
|35.||Mario's forward aerial*||1444||4117||6790||9464||26.73|
|36.||Olimar's down aerial (White Pikmin)||1745||4113||6482||8851||23.69|
|37.||Captain Falcon's Raptor Boost (aerial)||2488||3938||5429||6920||14.91|
|38.||Zero Suit Samus' down aerial*||1727||3213||4699||6185||14.80|
|39.||Ivysaur's down aerial||1267||3162||5057||6952||18.95|
|40.||Donkey Kong's Headbutt||1419||2925||4432||5938||15.06|
|41.||Kirby's Final Cutter||2902||2902||2902||2902||0.00|
|43.||Lucas' down aerial||1055||2871||4688||6504||18.16|
|44.||Diddy Kong's Rocket Barrel||1405||2829||4252||5676||14.24|
|45.||Falco's Falco Phantasm (aerial)||1637||2583||3528||4473||9.45|
|46.||Kirby's down aerial||1285||2284||3283||4283||9.99|
|47.||Fox's down aerial*||1309||1778||2248||2717||4.69|
|48.||Yoshi's down aerial||654||1592||2531||3469||9.38|
 See also
- Spike – an attack that sends the opponent downwards yet cannot be canceled.
- Semi-spike – an attack that hits the opponent at a very low angle, minimizing recovery opportunities.
- Footstool jump – a technique in Super Smash Bros. Brawl which makes a character jump on their opponent's head. If done in midair, it causes a meteor smash.