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Battlefield (SSBM)

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This article is about the Battlefield as it appears in Melee. For other versions, see Battlefield (disambiguation).
Special Stage
Battlefield in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Battlefield in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in Melee
Availability Unlockable
Unlock criteria Clear All-Star Mode on any difficulty with any character.
Bolded tracks must be unlocked
Melee Main: Battlefield
Alternate: Multi-Man Melee 1
Metal Battle (when fighting a metal character in Classic Mode and the Metal Bros. in Adventure Mode)
Tournament legality
Melee Singles: Neutral
Doubles: Neutral

Battlefield (戦場, Battlefield) is a special stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Several battles in single-player modes are fought here:

Falco is fought here in his unlock battle.

Stage overview[edit]

Battlefield's main platform is flat, just like Final Destination, but not as long. Three smaller platforms are suspended in a pyramid pattern above the main platform. It shares cosmetic similarities to Final Destination in that the background is abstract and changes shape and color constantly.


In competitive play, Battlefield is infamous for its very thin edges. Recovery on this stage is considered difficult for many characters: it is easy to miss the edge with a vertically aimed up special move, causing the player to end up stuck underneath the stage for a likely KO. It is more difficult to sweet spot the edge using characters such as Marth and Fox on this stage compared to other similar stages. There is one exception to this: with Falco (and with Fox with more difficulty), it is possible to edge cancel Falco Phantasm/Fox Illusion on one of the bottom platforms. Then, the player can choose to immediately phantasm to the next platform, which also edge cancels.

Battlefield's edges are alleged to be "glitchy". The angled walls connected to the ledges make it possible for a character to slip underneath the ledge, before their ledge grab box enters the range that allows for ledge grab, which makes the ledge grab fail. For example, it is possible for Peach to float toward the edge at the correct height to grab it, but move too close, with her ending up below the edge, which leads to her plummeting to death after her float ends. Because in Melee it is impossible for a character to grab an edge, if their central edge grab box divider intersects the edge or floor besides it. Or in other words, as that divider is always inline with the characters position, the character has to be beside the edge horizontally to be able to grab it.

The Battlefield's edges also make so called "magic pixel" recovery possible, where some characters will auto-sweetspot the ledge while moving upwards, similar to the default mechanic in future games. This may happen when a recovering character moves very closeby the point that connects the wall and the ceiling underneath one of the ledges, with circumstances lining up well. It's possible, because from collision standpoint, ceilings extend slightly beyond their end points. If a character hits that roughly 1 unit wide extension (1 SDI input results in max 6 units movement for reference) of the ceiling below ledge, they can also collide with the wall above it simultaneously. Then, the wall collision can push them enough outward to get them beside the ledge horizontally, while the ceiling collision may push them downward, to allow ledge grab. For all of that to result in a "magic pixel" ledge grab, it's not enough to angle ones recovery move precisely to hit the tiny ceiling extension (i.e. the "magic pixel"). In addition one has to space the recovery such that they're very close to the ceiling before the collision happens, and they have to have the top of their collision box extend upwards when the collision happens, such that the ceiling collision actually results in downward movement. And they also have to have wide enough collision box and enough upwards speed, such that the wall collision pushes them enough outward from below the ledge. And, of course, their ledge grab box also has to reach to the edge. Due to the precise conditions and the risk involved, "magic pixel" ledge grabs occur very rarely.[1]

A technique unique to Mewtwo where, due to the thinness of the edges, can use Confusion to pull its opponent through the floor by the ledge leading to gimps on opponents with bad recoveries.

Tournament legality[edit]

Because of its simple layout, Battlefield has been a tournament legal stage throughout all of Melee's tournament history, outside of Final Destination-only tournaments held early in the game's life. It is often considered the most neutral stage by professionals, as its geometry and platform layout do not give many significant matchup-specific advantages in the majority of singles matches, though its ledges can be problematic. As such, in tournament play, Battlefield is often the first stage that two players strike to.


The Battlefield trophy is unlocked alongside the stage itself by clearing All-Star Mode with any character on any difficulty.

Battlefield trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Battlefield's trophy in Melee
Super Smash Bros. Melee borrows settings from many different games to create its stages, but the Battlefield is an original creation. While its initial impression may strike some players as a bit ominous, the layout itself is fairly standard, lending it to serious, straightforward matches. Additionally, it's used to pit players against the Fighting Wire Frames.
Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/01)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 戦場 Battlefield
UK English Battlefield
France French Champ de Bataille Battlefield
Germany German Battlefield
Spain Spanish Campo de batalla Battlefield


HD version of Event 44
The alternate background in single player modes.