Absorption

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Super Smash Bros. series This article's title is unofficial.
Ness absorbing Charizard's Flamethrower in Brawl.
Mr. Game & Watch absorbing Bowser's Fire Breath and counter-attacking in Brawl.
"Energy-based attack" redirects here. For the attack type, see Energy.
For the technique referred to as "absorbing damage" by the Twinkle Toes bonus in Super Smash Bros. Melee, see tech.

Absorption is the process of using a particular down special move to "capture" an "energy-based" projectile (or just a general hitbox in rare cases). It then provides a benefit to the character absorbing it based on the damage output of the absorbed attack. What constitutes an absorbable attack other than being labeled as energy-based is not consistent throughout the Smash series, and has no relation with move types or effects. Super Smash Bros. 4 added some explosive-type attacks that were not able to be absorbed in previous games, yet did not include all of them.

Only four characters in the Super Smash Bros. series have special moves that can absorb specific attacks, namely Ness, Lucas, Mii Gunner, and Mr. Game & Watch. Ness and Lucas' absorbing special move is PSI Magnet, Mr. Game & Watch's is Oil Panic, and the Mii Gunner's is Absorbing Vortex. PSI Magnet and Absorbing Vortex heal the user based on the absorbed attack's power, while Oil Panic stores the strength of up to three projectiles for unleashing a single attack later. Absorption is not to be confused with the likes of Villager's Pocket or any other form of collecting items.

In The Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Floows are also capable of absorbing attacks, though they do not appear to do anything with the absorbed energy. In Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Chandelure appears to be capable of absorbing flame and darkness attacks to power up its own attacks, but absorbs all attacks with these effects, including non-projectile attacks.

As of version 1.1.3 in Smash 4, absorbed attack power from fellow teammates during Team Battles with Friendly Fire turned on is halved.

List of absorbable attacks[edit]

By Characters[1]
User/Item Move Part of Move Games
Bowser (Giga Bowser) Fire Breath Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Charizard Flamethrower Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Flare Blitz Explosion[2]

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Cloud Blade Beam Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Corrin Dragon Fang Shot Energy Shot

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Daisy Toad Spores

SSBU Icon.png

Dark Pit Silver Bow Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Dark Samus Bomb Explosion

SSBU Icon.png

Charge Shot Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Diddy Kong Rocketbarrel Boost Explosion[3]

SSB4 Icon.png

Dr. Mario Megavitamin Entire move

SSBM Icon.png

Duck Hunt Trick Shot Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Clay Shooting Explosion (from reticle shots)

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Falco Blaster Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Fox Blaster Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Hero Frizz/Frizzle/Kafrizz Entire move SSBU Icon.png
Command Selection Sizz, Sizzle, Bang, Kaboom, Snooze, Whack, Thwack, and Hocus Pocus (when using before mentioned moves) SSBU Icon.png
Ice Climbers Blizzard Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Ice Shot Ice block

SSBM Icon.png

Inkling Splattershot Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Splat Bomb Explosion

SSBU Icon.png

Jigglypuff Wakie Wakie Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Joker Eiha/Eigaon Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Ken Hadoken Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

King Dedede Super Dedede Jump Stars

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Waddle Dee Toss Waddle Doo's beam attack

SSBB Icon.png

Kirby Copy Ability Some neutral special moves[4]

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Final Cutter Wave

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Link Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Remote Bomb Explosion

SSBU Icon.png

Forward smash Sword Beam

SSBU Icon.png

Lucario Aura Sphere Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Force Palm Aura burst

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Lucas PK Fire Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

PK Freeze Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

PK Thunder Projectile only

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Luigi Fireball Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Mario Fireball Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Mega Man Crash Bomber Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Hyper Bomb Explosion SSB4 Icon.png
Danger Wrap Explosion SSB4 Icon.png
Forward smash Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Forward tilt Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Neutral attack Shots

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Neutral aerial Shots

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Mewtwo Forward throw Shots

SSBM Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Shadow Ball Entire Move

SSBM Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Mii Gunner Forward aerial Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Charge Blast Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Laser Blaze Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Grenade Launch Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Flame Pillar Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Stealth Burst Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Lunar Launch Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Bomb Drop Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Mr. Game & Watch Chef Sausages

SSBM Icon.png

Forward aerial Bomb

SSBU Icon.png

Ness PK Fire Bolt only (SSB), entire move (Melee onwards)

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

PK Flash Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

PK Thunder Projectile only

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Pac-Man Dire Hydrant Explosion SSB4 Icon.png
Palutena Autoreticle Shots

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Explosive Flame Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Peach Toad Spores

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Pichu Thunder Bolt

SSBM Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Thunder Jolt Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Pikachu Thunder Bolt

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Thunder Jolt Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Pit Palutena's Bow Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

R.O.B. Robo Beam Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Richter Holy Water Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Ridley Plasma Breath Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Robin Arcfire Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Elwind Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Thunder Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Rosalina Floaty Star Bit Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Shooting Star Bit Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png

Ryu Hadoken Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Samus Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Charge Shot Entire Move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Sheik Burst Grenade Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Vanish Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Simon Holy Water Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Snake Hand Grenade Explosion

SSBU Icon.png

Remote Missile Missile

SSBU Icon.png

C4 Explosion

SSBU Icon.png

Forward smash Entire move

SSBU Icon.png

Up smash Shell

SSBU Icon.png

Toon Link Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Villager Lloid Rocket Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation While charging; entire move

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Volatile Breathing Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Wolf Blaster Shot

SSBB Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Yoshi Yoshi Bomb Stars

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Young Link Bomb Explosion

SSBU Icon.png

Zelda Din's Fire Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Zero Suit Samus Down smash Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Paralyzer Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

By Items
Blast Box Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Bob-omb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Bombchu Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Fire Flower Flames

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Gooey Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Lip's Stick Spores

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Motion-Sensor Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Rage Blaster Shots

SSBU Icon.png

Ray Gun Shots

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Staff Shots

SSBU Icon.png

Star Rod Stars

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Steel Diver Shots

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Super Scope Shots

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Superspicy Curry Flames

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

By Assist Trophies
Guile Sonic Boom

SSBU Icon.png

Krystal Ice Blast

SSBU Icon.png

Mother Brain Rinkas

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Phosphora All attacks

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Starman PK Beam

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Zero Genmu Zero

SSBU Icon.png

By Pokémon
Charizard Flamethrower Flames

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png

Cyndaquil Flamethrower Flames

SSBM Icon.png

Electrode Self-Destruct Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Fennekin Incinertate Non-grounded fireball

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Genesect Techno Blast Beam

SSB4 Icon.png

Meowth Pay Day Coins

SSB64 Icon.png

Starmie Swift Stars

SSB64 Icon.png

Staryu Swift Stars

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Vulpix Fire Spin Fireball

SSBU Icon.png

By Stage Hazards
Corneria Shots fired from Arwings and Wolfens

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4-3 Icon.png

Shots fired from Great Fox

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4-3 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

Pyrosphere FG-II Graham Unit shots

SSB4-U Icon.png

Saffron City Electrode Self-Destruct SSBU Icon.png
Charmander Flamethrower

SSB64 Icon.png

Venusaur Razor Leaf

SSB64 Icon.png

Sector Z Shots fired from Arwings

SSB64 Icon.png

Venom Shots fired from Arwings and Wolfens

SSBM Icon.png

Wily Castle Yellow Devil's shots

SSB4-U Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

By Enemies and Bosses
Armank Energy Shot

SSBB Icon.png

Chandelure Fire Spin, Will-o-Wisp

SSB4-3 Icon.png

Duon Scattershot

SSBB Icon.png

Galeem Fireballs from Tri-Eye Attack

SSBU Icon.png

Gamyga Lasers

SSBB Icon.png

Magikoopa Spells

SSB4-3 Icon.png

Marx Ice Ball

SSBU Icon.png

Master Edges Sword projectiles

SSB4 Icon.png

Master Hand Finger bullets

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png

Monoeye Energy Shot

SSB4-3 Icon.png

Puppit Lasers

SSBB Icon.png

R.O.B. Blaster Beams

SSBB Icon.png

Scope Primid Shots

SSBB Icon.png

Spaak Electric ball

SSBB Icon.png

Lightning bolt

SSBB Icon.png

Starman PK Beam

SSB4 Icon.png SSBU Icon.png

  1. ^ For playable characters, if an attack has only one hitbox, the Part of the Move section is defined as the "Entire move" for this list. For example, in Smash 4, for certain bomb attacks the explosion is the only hitbox, so if the explosion is absorbable it is listed as "Entire move" for this list. If a move has multiple parts that are all able to be absorbed, it is noted as the entire move.
  2. ^ Must strike the stage or a different opponent first. An active hitbox will connect otherwise.
  3. ^ Either when the barrels are free-roaming and crash into the stage, or if Diddy rams directly into the stage. The barrels have active hitboxes before it explodes.
  4. ^ Kirby's version of Chef in Brawl can be absorbed while the original version cannot.

Trivia[edit]

  • Every Super Smash Bros. game prior to Ultimate debuts one character with an absorption move: Ness in Super Smash Bros., Mr. Game & Watch in Melee, Lucas in Brawl, and Mii Gunner in SSB4.