B-Sticking refers to changing the control setup to use the C-Stick for special moves in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. B-Sticking provides a simpler way to perform a Recoil Special, a technique that allows a player to jump forward and start a special move while bouncing backwards. However, this technique can be done similarly with standard controls. Performing Recoil Specials is also sometimes referred to as "Wavebouncing".
B-Sticking requires that the player be using the GameCube Controller or classic controller with a custom name. The player must then go in to the Options -> Control Settings and change the controls for the controller for their name. The primary change that needs to be made is that the C-Stick must be changed so that instead of performing smashes, it executes Specials. This also gives B-Sticking its name, since the player is using the C-Stick to perform special moves.
Performing a Recoil Special
To perform a Recoil Special with the B-Stick setup, jump forward and immediately move the C-stick in the opposite direction of travel. This will perform the Side Special in midair, and immediately bounce the fighter backwards. This can add some range to the Side Special while spacing the fighter further away from their opponent. Up specials and down specials can also be performed like this, by moving the C-Stick between that direction and the diagonal direction behind the direction of travel. That is, between up and up-left diagonal for an up special if moving right, for example. The Standard Special can also be performed by moving the C-Stick directly diagonal in the opposite direction of travel (eg. a Standard Special while moving right, the C-Stick must be moved up-left or down-left). Note that this will only perform a Special move as if the B button were tapped once. To continue to hold the attack (to charge it or to have an attack like Din's Fire move further), it is recommended that L, R, or Z be assigned to perform specials. This way, while the thumb is being used to hit the C-Stick, one of the fingers can press and hold the assigned trigger, allowing the special to continue.
To perform this technique without the c-stick, the player must jump forward, do a special backwards, than immediately smash the control stick or D-pad forward. This will make the character turn twice, and will create the bound.
Other uses of the setup
Dashing up special
Similar to how an up smash can be performed out of a dash, but with this setup, an up special can be performed much the same way. To do this, start to dash, and just before reaching the point where the player wants to perform the up special, press back on the joystick and then up on the C-Stick. The character should continue to slide forward and begin to perform their up special. This technique also works with down specials (such as the Luigi Cyclone).
The B-Sticking setup can be used to more easily perform a Back Aerial out of a dash by pressing the C-Stick backwards while running. This will cause the character to turn around and jump while still moving forward.
Characters who greatly benefit
The following characters have a very noticeable recoil on one or more of their specials with practical applications
- Toon Link
- Zero Suit Samus
- Donkey Kong
- Solid Snake
- Kirby (with copy ability from any character)
Strangely, quickly thrusting the B-Stick in random directions will make the player jump and will continue to do so until the player stops thrusting the B-Stick.
Other B-Sticking Videos
- Zero9teen's B-sticking/Wavebouncing video
- Zero9teen's Wavebounce Character Demonstration Part 1
- Zero9teen's Wavebounce Character Demonstration Part 2