The back aerial attack (後空中攻撃, Rear/back midair attack; commonly abbreviated as bair or B-Air, and referred to as AttackAirB in Melee's Debug Menu and internal Brawl files) is an aerial attack that can be performed in midair by pressing the attack button and tilting the control stick or d-pad in the direction opposite to which the character is facing. Its official term varies between titles, where it is known as a back midair attack in Melee, and a back air attack in Brawl. 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 Zero Suit Samus and Mario, and can be used to approach or deny approaches with a technique known as a reverse aerial rush.
List of back aerials in Super Smash Bros.
In general, back aerial attacks in Super Smash Bros. are slow but with good range and good knockback. The average back aerial deals 16% with its knockback being 10 base and 100 scaling. All except Link's are one-hit moves having a clean hit and a late hit (with the exception of Captain Falcon):
List of back aerials in Super Smash Bros. Melee
List of back aerials in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
List of back aerials in Super Smash Bros. 4
* This assumes the Mii is default height and weight.
List of back aerials in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Notable back aerials
Reverse Aerial Rush
The Reverse Aerial Rush, often abbreviated the RAR, is a technique in Brawl and Smash 4 that allows a character to use a back aerial in front of him or her. This is often used because the character has an inferior forward aerial or that a back air is simply more efficient than a normal attack at the time. It can also be used as an approach option. Many characters, such as King Dedede and Ness, can benefit from this technique.
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