Back aerial

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Wolf's back aerial in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Mario's back aerial in Melee.

A back aerial attack (後空中攻撃, Rear/back midair attack; commonly abbreviated as bair or B-Air, and referred to as AttackAirB internally) is an aerial attack that can be performed in midair by pressing the attack button and tilting the control stick in the direction opposite to which the character is facing. Its official term varies between titles; it is known as a back midair attack in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and a back air attack from Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward. The majority of these attacks are kicks, and tend to be considerably stronger and/or faster than a fighter's other aerial attacks; some are notable for being their fastest and most reliable KO moves, such as those of Ike and Zero Suit Samus, and can be used to approach with a technique known as a reverse aerial rush.

List of back aerials[edit]

Unless stated otherwise, all back aerials are aimed behind the user.

Character Description
Banjo & Kazooie unknown
Bayonetta Performs a back kick at a high angle.
Bowser Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Leans back and thrusts his shell spikes.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a dropkick.
Bowser Jr. Deploys a wrecking ball from the Koopa Clown Car and swings it in a straight line.
Captain Falcon Jabs at a diagonally downward angle.
Charizard Super Smash Bros. Brawl Swings one wing horizontally, followed by its tail.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Swings its tail in an upward arc.
Chrom Slashes in an upward arc, turning Chrom around after its use.
Cloud Slashes horizontally with the Buster Sword.
Corrin Sprouts dragon wings and thrusts them backward, hovering slightly and propelling himself forward.
Daisy Thrusts her rear, generating a flower particle from it.
Dark Pit Separates the Silver Bow and stabs with both blades simultaneously.
Dark Samus Performs a back kick.
Diddy Kong Performs a roundhouse kick.
Donkey Kong Super Smash Bros. Performs a dropkick.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a back kick.
Dr. Mario Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a dropkick.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a spinning dropkick.
Duck Hunt The dog thrusts his lower back backward to propel the duck, who performs a turning peck.
Falco Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Performs an outstretched back kick, hitting to both sides.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a quick back kick.
Fox Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs an outstretched back kick, hitting to both sides.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a roundhouse kick.
Ganondorf Jabs at a diagonally downward angle.
Greninja Performs three consecutive kicks at different angles.
Hero Slashes in a delayed heavy upward arc.
Ice Climbers Swing their hammers horizontally.
Ike Slashes horizontally with Ragnell.
Incineroar Performs a roundhouse kick.
Inkling Jabs with the Splattershot.
Isabelle Fires a pellet from a slingshot.
Ivysaur Swings one vine after the other in a downward arc.
Jigglypuff Performs a roundhouse kick. Turns Jigglypuff around in Ultimate.
Joker Slashes in an upward arc. If active, Arsene chops in a downward arc, causing the duo's attacks to interlock with each other.
Ken Performs a roundhouse kick.
King Dedede Super Smash Bros. Brawl Performs a back kick.
Super Smash Bros. 4 Swings his hammer in an upward arc.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Swings his hammer horizontally.
King K. Rool Punches in a downward arc from a turnaround.
Kirby Performs a dropkick.
Link Kicks twice with one leg after the other.
Little Mac Weakly throws out a spinning backhanded punch.
Lucario Extends one arm and unleashes a blast of aura.
Lucas Performs a somersaulting kick in a downward arc, emitting a PSI spark from his foot.
Lucina Slashes in an upward arc, turning Lucina around after its use.
Luigi Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a dropkick.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a spinning dropkick.
Mario Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a dropkick.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a spinning dropkick.
Marth Slashes in an upward arc, turning Marth around after its use.
Mega Man Uses the Slash Claw, generating three crescent-shaped energy swipes from his hand.
Meta Knight Performs three consecutive horizontal slashes at different angles.
Mewtwo Swings its tail in an upward arc.
Mii Brawler Performs a back kick.
Mii Gunner Unleashes a fiery blast from their arm cannon.
Mii Swordfighter Slashes horizontally.
Mr. Game & Watch Holds a turtle behind himself that bites opponents, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Ness Super Smash Bros. Performs a dropkick.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a dropkick, releasing a PSI spark from his feet.
Olimar Grabs his leading Pikmin by its stem and swings it in an upward arc. If no Pikmin are following Olimar, he still performs the move, but it has no effect.
Pac-Man Performs a dropkick.
Palutena Bashes her shield.
Peach Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Thrusts her rear.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Thrusts her rear, generating a heart particle from it.
Pichu Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a series of belly turns.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a series of belly turns while discharging electricity around itself, hitting multiple times. Causes recoil damage to Pichu.
Pikachu Super Smash Bros. Performs a back kick.
Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a series of belly turns. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a series of belly turns, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Piranha Plant Spits out a fiery blast.
Pit Separates the Palutena Bow and stabs with both blades simultaneously.
R.O.B. Points his base behind himself and activates his thrusters, propelling himself forward.
Richter Whips horizontally with the Vampire Killer. Can be angled diagonally up or down, and function as a tether recovery.
Ridley Performs a roundhouse kick.
Robin Stabs at a diagonally downward angle. Can use either the Bronze Sword or the Levin Sword.
Rosalina & Luma Rosalina: Performs a dropkick, releasing a miniature spiral galaxy from her feet.
Luma: Performs a dropkick.
Roy Slashes in an upward arc, turning Roy around after its use.
Ryu Performs a roundhouse kick.
Samus Performs a back kick.
Sheik Performs a back kick.
Shulk Stabs at a slight upward angle with a double grip.
Simon Whips horizontally with the Vampire Killer. Can be angled diagonally up or down, and function as a tether recovery.
Snake Performs a dropkick.
Sonic Performs a roundhouse kick.
Squirtle Super Smash Bros. Brawl Jabs with its tail.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Jabs with its tail and spins horizontally, hitting multiple times.
Toon Link Slashes in an upward arc.
Villager Fires a pellet from a slingshot.
Wario Leans his full body back, hitting with his head and arms.
Wii Fit Trainer Assumes the Cobra pose to perform a dropkick.
Wolf Performs a back kick.
Yoshi Super Smash Bros. Performs a dropkick.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Swings his tail repeatedly in vertical arcs.
Young Link Kicks twice with one leg after the other.
Zelda Performs a magically infused lunging kick that is extremely powerful if it hits near Zelda's foot, but extremely weak otherwise. It is known as the Lightning Kick.
Zero Suit Samus Performs a roundhouse kick.

Notable back aerials[edit]

Dr. Mario's back aerial in Melee can semi-spike, while Mario's cannot.
  • Marth, Lucina, Roy, and Chrom's back aerials turn them around in midair, unlike any other aerial attack in the series. In Ultimate, Jigglypuff's back aerial also has this property.
  • R.O.B. and Corrin's back aerials propel them forward. R.O.B. covers more overall distance, while Corrin travels faster.
  • Simon and Richter's back aerials have two unique distinctions from every other in the series: they can be angled up or down much like forward tilts and forward smashes, and function as tether recoveries. Their forward aerials also have these properties.
  • The back aerials of Villager and Isabelle are projectiles, and as such, can be reflected and Pocketed.
  • Lucas and King K. Rool's back aerials are the only ones in the series that can meteor smash.
  • Palutena's back aerial is the only one in the series that provides invincibility (as opposed to intangibility), specifically behind herself from her shield, allowing it to safely cancel out any projectile and win trades with opposing aerial attacks.
  • Zelda's back aerial is one of her Lightning Kicks, and deals very high damage and knockback at high percents when sweetspotted, but is extremely weak when sourspotted. It is particularly powerful in Melee, but its utility has been reduced in later games due to the removal of L-canceling, as well as receiving much more ending lag and a less favorable auto-cancel window starting in Smash 4.
  • Jigglypuff's back aerial in Melee and Brawl is used for the highly effective wall of pain. In Smash 4, it has increased lag and knockback, losing its wall of pain ability, but KOing much more reliably at high percents.
  • Ganondorf back aerial is one of the strongest in all its appearances. In Melee, it is the second strongest back aerial, surpassed only by Zelda's.
  • Mr. Game & Watch has the only back aerial in Melee that cannot be L-canceled, due to being coded as a special move. This oddity is also present in his neutral aerial and up aerial.
  • Kirby's back aerial in Melee can be used to perform the "fence of pain", much like Jigglypuff's wall of pain.
  • Dr. Mario's back aerial in Melee is a semi-spike with high base knockback, making it effective for edgeguarding.
  • Fox's back aerial in Brawl is a powerful semi-spike when sweetspotted, and is very safe to use from a short hop due to its nearly immediate auto-cancel window after its hitboxes cease. From Smash 4 onward, the move has consistent power across its hitboxes and all of them semi-spike, but it is considerably weaker.
  • Several characters' back aerials in Smash 4 and Ultimate are powerful finishers, as well as the strongest out of their aerial attacks, usually KOing under 160% from center stage. Some notorious examples are Bowser's, which deals a tremendous 19% damage and is one of the strongest in the game, and Falco's, which is one of the fastest yet also the strongest if its clean hit is landed (although its startup has been increased in Ultimate).