Projectile

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Mario's fireball is an example of a projectile.

A projectile is an attack or other object that operates independently of the character that used it. Common examples of projectiles include the Charge Shot, Blaster shots, and thrown items. Most projectiles can be reflected, while others can also be absorbed.

A majority of characters have at least one projectile attack, while some have two or even three. It is considered a disadvantage to lack a projectile, as they can be very useful in both approaching and camping out opponents' approaches. Projectiles also cause the target to take hitlag while the user does not, which allows a few free frames of action.

As projectiles are (in general) considered indirect attacks, the vast majority of enemies in the Subspace Emissary resist them outside of any weak points they may have - in fact, only Porky, Meta Ridley, and Tabuu do not. Projectiles are also generally special moves executed with the B button, but since Brawl, some characters such as Snake, the Villager, and Mega Man have standard attacks that are projectiles.


Projectiles used by characters[edit]

This table includes all non-Final Smash projectiles for every character, as well as some important properties of each. Note that, while a projectile may not be absorbable, that does not exclude the ability to be Pocketed.

Character Projectiles Reflectable Absorbable Unique/Special Properties
Bayonetta Bullet Climax Yes No Chargeable, but only affects first two shots. Pressing B repeatedly causes her to continue firing.
Bowser Fire Breath Yes Yes Size and length decreases as Bowser continues to breathe, releasing the move slowly recharges it.
Bowser Jr. Mechakoopa Yes No
Abandon Ship No No The Clown Car becomes a projectile after abandoned.
Clown Cannon Yes No
Cloud Blade Beam Yes Yes
Corrin Dragon Fang Shot Yes Yes Only the projectile attack can be absorbed. Can be charged to change size and damage.
Dark Pit Silver Bow Yes Yes Chargeable and controllable. Can be held for a slightly limited time, and can be aimed up.
Diddy Kong Peanut Popgun Yes No Can be charged, which increases damage and speed while flattening the movement angle, but charging too much causes the move to fail. Can be grabbed and subsequently thrown as an item. The overcharge explosion in SSB4 cannot be reflected or absorbed.
Banana Peel Yes No Produces a Banana Peel.
Rocketbarrel Boost (when the barrels come off) Yes No Has a random trajectory. Cannot be shielded.
Dr. Mario Megavitamins Yes YesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
NoSuper Smash Bros. 4
Affected by gravity, bounces on the ground.
Duck Hunt Trick Shot Yes Yes Can be launched higher and/or farther by pressing the special move button repeatedly. Explodes after a while, or if it hits an enemy. The explosion can be absorbed, but the hit right before it cannot.
Clay Shooting Yes No The clay pigeon is shot if the special move button is pressed. If hit by an attack (including ones that normally would reflect projectiles), then it breaks automatically.
Wild Gunman Yes No
Falco Blaster Yes Yes Follows straight trajectory. Causes flinching. The lasers are also used in his back, up and down throws, and can also be reflected and absorbed in said moves.
Fox Blaster Yes Yes Follows straight trajectory. Does not cause flinching (except in Smash 64). The lasers are also used in Fox's back, up and down throws from Melee onward, and can also be reflected and absorbed in said moves.
Greninja Water Shuriken Yes No
Hydro Pump Yes No Does not cause flinching.
Ice Climbers Ice Shot Yes YesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
NoSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Bounces off shields, causing it to travel the other direction. Hugs the ground, following straight trajectory.
Blizzard Yes Yes  
King Dedede Inhale (spit-out character) Yes No Spits in straight trajectory.
Waddle Dee Toss Yes/No Yes/No Affected by gravity, can be angled up or down and shortened or lengthened. Waddle Doos' Beam Whip can be reflected or absorbed, Gordos and thrown items can be reflected, while tossed Waddle Dees and Waddle Doos cannot.
Gordo Throw Yes No Can be reflected by any attack doing over 2%.
Super Dedede Jump (stars produced) Yes Yes  
Kirby Inhale (spit-out character and swallow) Yes No The character that's been turned into a star will be shot out of Kirby's mouth in a straight trajectory in front of him if he spits that character out. If he swallows a character, the star will appear behind him with the same properties but with much shorter range. If reflected and it hits Kirby, he will keep his copy ability, but the swallow animation will stop a few frames earlier.
Final Cutter (shock wave) Yes Yes Produces a wave after Kirby touches the ground, hugging it and following a straight trajectory.
May copy another character's neutral special projectile.
Link Boomerang/Gale Boomerang Yes No Tries to return to Link. Can be angled. In Brawl and SSB4, produces a vacuum effect on return.
Bomb Yes NoSuper Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
YesSuper Smash Bros. 4
Produces a Bomb, which acts as an item. It explodes after 7 seconds, and can deal self-damage.
Bow/Hero's Bow Yes No Can be charged, and held forever before releasing. The charge affects the firing speed and distance. Affected by gravity, stops moving when it hits the ground.
Lucario Aura Sphere Yes Yes Waves up and down slightly; moves perfectly straight when fully charged. Can be held forever (damages foes who touch the Aura).
Force Palm's aura Yes Yes In very close distance, acts as a throw instead.
Lucas PK Freeze Yes Yes Affected by gravity and can be tilted forward and backwards.
PK Fire Yes Yes Travels straight forward and disappears after about 3/8 of the way across Final Destination.
PK Thunder Yes Yes Controllable.
Luigi Fireball Yes Yes Follows straight trajectory.
Mario Fireball Yes Yes Affected by gravity, bounces on the ground.
F.L.U.D.D. Yes No Pushes opponents and does no damage. Can be tilted up and down.
Mega Man Neutral attack, forward tilt and neutral aerial Yes Yes Fires up to three shots.
Forward smash Yes Yes
Up aerial Yes No Hits opponents repeatedly and pushes them upward.
Down aerial Yes No Meteor smashes opponents.
Metal Blade Yes No
Crash Bomber Yes No Can be passed from player to player much like a Gooey Bomb.
Leaf Shield Yes No Can only be reflected when Mega Man fires the leaves.
Mewtwo Shadow Ball Yes Yes Huge recoil when used fully charged. Waves up and down slightly. Can be held forever (In Melee, damages foes who touch the ball during charging). Small Shadow Balls are launched during Mewtwo's forward throw (which can also be absorbed).
Disable Yes No  
Mii Brawler Shot Put Yes No
Mii Gunner Forward aerial Yes Yes
Charge Blast Yes Yes
Laser Blaze Yes Yes
Grenade Launch Yes Yes Can be charged for longer distance. The multi-hitting explosion can be absorbed, but the hit right before it cannot.
Flame Pillar Yes Yes
Stealth Burst Yes Yes Reflectors cannot affect the projectile as it is travelling, but they will reflect the explosion.
Gunner Missile Yes Yes
Lunar Launch No No
Bomb Drop Yes Yes Detonates instantly upon contact with an opponent. The explosion can be absorbed, but the hit right before it cannot.
Mii Swordfighter Gale Strike Yes No
Shuriken of Light Yes No
Chakram Yes No
Mr. Game & Watch Chef Yes YesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
NoSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Random trajectory. In Brawl, the projectiles created by Kirby copying this move can be absorbed, unlike the Mr. Game & Watch version.
Ness PK Flash Yes Yes Affected by gravity and can be tilted forward and backwards.
PK Fire Yes Yes Creates gravity-affected fire pillar on impact, trajectory changes when used in midair.
PK Thunder Yes Yes Controllable.
Olimar All of Olimar's Pikmin attacks - namely, his smash attacks, directional aerials, grabs, throws, Pikmin Chain, and Pikmin Throw - are considered projectiles due to the Pikmin being the active object, not Olimar.
Pac-Man Bonus Fruit Yes No Effects change depending on the object thrown.
Fire Hydrant Yes No Reflectable while airborne. Water produced by the hydrant is also reflectable.
Palutena Autoreticle Yes Yes Targets opponents; doesn't fire any projectiles if there are no targets in range.
Explosive Flame Yes Yes Prudces a multi-hitting explosion a set distance away from Palutena.
Celestial Firework Yes Yes Flies straight upward from the ground.
Peach Toad Yes Yes The spores produced on a successful counterattack are projectiles.
Vegetable Yes No Produces a vegetable item, and rarely Bob-ombs, Mr. Saturns, or Beam Swords.
Pichu Thunder Jolt Yes Yes Causes 1% recoil damage. Hugs the stage.
Thunder Yes Yes Causes 3% recoil damage if the bolt hits Pichu.
Pikachu Thunder Jolt Yes Yes Hugs the stage, can travel up walls, along ceilings, and below the edge (except in SSB). Has diagonal trajectory in the air.
Thunder Yes Yes Cannot go through platforms above Pikachu.
Pit Palutena Bow Yes Yes Chargeable and controllable. Can be held for a limited time, and can be aimed up.
Pokémon Trainer Flamethrower (Charizard) Yes Yes Can be tilted up and down. Can be held forever, but fire length gradually decreases.
Rock Smash fragments (Charizard) Yes No  
Bullet Seed (Ivysaur) Yes No Can be held for limited time.
Razor Leaf (Ivysaur) Yes No Can be tilted up and down, but trajectory is fairly random.
Water Gun (Squirtle) Yes No When charged, pushes opponents and does no damage unless uncharged. Can be tilted up and down.
R.O.B. Robo Beam Yes Yes Can reflect off surfaces at certain angles, can be tilted up and down. Charges automatically.
Gyro Yes No Produces a Gyro item.
Robin Tomes in all special moves act as projectiles when discarded.
Thunder Yes Yes Properties change depending on charge level.
Arcfire Yes Yes Bursts into a column of flame on impact.
Elwind Yes Yes Can meteor smash opponents.
Rosalina Luma Shot Yes No When distanced, Luma can be called back.
Star Bits Yes No Only the two custom variants are projectiles; the standard move is not.
Ryu Hadoken Yes Yes A slow, blue energy projectile. Input Hadoken is larger and deals more damage. Shakunetsu Hadoken is orange, fiery, and deals multiple hits.
Samus Charge Shot Yes Yes Follows straight trajectory; chargeable. In Smash 64, it can go on for an infinite distance. From Melee onward, it will disappear if it doesn't hit anything for a few seconds.
Missile Yes No Can fire a homing missile or super missile.
Bomb Yes NoSuper Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
YesSuper Smash Bros. 4
Detonates either instantly upon contact with an opponent, or from Brawl onward, after a set period of time. In SSB4, the explosion can be absorbed, but the hit right before it cannot.
Sheik Needle Storm Yes No Can be tilted up and down. Can be charged forever, but only six needles can be held and fired.
Vanish No No Considered a projectile because the explosion and hitbox do not follow Sheik.
Burst Grenade Yes Yes Only the explosion can be absorbed.
Snake Hand Grenade Yes No Can be picked up, grenade itself does not cause flinching and can be tilted forward and backwards (when tilted backwards it will fall next to Snake). Can also injure the user. Detonates after few seconds. Does not explode on contact.
Remote Missile Yes No Controllable. Shielding against it makes the user lose control of its trajectory.
Cypher (once let go of) Yes No  
Up smash Yes No  
Down smash No No  
C4 No No  
Taunt Yes No Affected by gravity. Can be picked up by opponents (while Snake is still inside of it), though only Donkey Kong can move around while holding it.
Sonic Spring Jump (aerial usage) No No  
Toon Link Hero's Bow Yes No Can be charged, and held forever before releasing. The charge affects the firing speed and distance.
Boomerang Yes No Tries to return to Toon Link. Can be angled.
Bomb Yes NoSuper Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
YesSuper Smash Bros. 4
Produces a bomb item. Explode after some seconds. Can damage the user.
Villager Forward smash Yes No Drops a bowling ball.
Forward aerial Yes No Fires a slingshot pellet.
Back aerial Yes No Fires a slingshot pellet.
Lloid Rocket Yes No
Timber (cut tree) Yes No
Wario Wario Bike (once dismounted, can be thrown) Yes No Can be destroyed (resulting in two tires that can also be picked up and thrown in Brawl).
Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation Yes Yes Also heals the user when fully charged. Can be absorbed immediately after charging is finished.
Header Yes No Shoots a soccer ball at a downward angle; acts as a melee attack in close ranges.
Wolf Blaster Yes Yes Follows straight trajectory; acts as a melee attack in close ranges.
Yoshi Egg Throw Yes No Can be tilted forward, backwards, up and down (when tilted backwards the egg will go next to Yoshi). Holding down the special button will make the egg travel further.
Yoshi Bomb (stars) Yes Yes  
Young Link Fire Bow Yes No Can be charged, and held forever before releasing. The charge affects the firing speed and distance.
Boomerang Yes No Tries to return to Young Link.
Bomb Yes No Produces a bomb item. Explode after some seconds. Can damage the user.
Zelda Din's Fire Yes Yes Reflectors cannot affect the projectile as it is travelling, but they will reflect the explosion.
Phantom Slash Yes No
Zero Suit Samus Paralyzer Yes Yes Stuns opponent in place. Chargeable for a limited amount of time.

Characters without projectiles[edit]

The following characters currently lack projectiles.