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Beam Sword

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Beam Sword
Official artwork of a Beam Sword from the SSBU website.
The Beam Sword in Smash 4.
The Beam Sword as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Beam Sword trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
BeamSwordIconSSB.png

Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
The Beam Sword
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in SSB
Melee
Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Item class Weapon
This is an item of great power. It also has the longest range of all Clobbering Items when thrown.
Super Smash Bros. instruction manual.

The Beam Sword (ビームソード, Beam Sword) is a long-range battering item. It similar in appearance to a lightsaber, and is often informally referred to as the "lightsaber" for this reason. Available in all five games, it can be wielded and charged for melee attacks or can be thrown, like all other battering items.

Origin[edit]

Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi square off using lightsabers; the weapons are a distinctive pop culture icon.

The Beam Sword acts as a reference to similar weapons found in various science fiction media, most prominently the lightsaber from the Star Wars film series. The item's sound effects are similar to those found in lightsabers, including the distinctive swinging sounds and sharp crackling noise when two swords collide. These sound effects were modified in the PAL and American releases of Super Smash Bros. and all versions of Super Smash Bros. Melee to no longer resemble that of the lightsabers, but would be standardised to resemble the weapon in all regions from Super Smash Bros. Brawl onwards. Furthermore, starting with Melee, the Beam Sword's blade could retract in some animations, furthering the connection between the item and its source.

Operation[edit]

Fox charges up a forward smash with the Beam Sword. The retracting blade references weapons in various forms of science fiction.

As a battering item, the Beam Sword will bolster the player's power, as well as potentially add some options to their game via throwing. In Melee and Brawl, the Beam Sword's range significantly increases in size, particularly in the case of charged smash attacks. In each of its subsequent appearances, its range has increased, with Brawl's variant of the weapon potentially having thrice the range of its Melee counterpart. With this, the beam of the blade can also pass through walls. In Super Smash Bros. 4, character-specific Beam Sword attacks, such as Marth and Roy's two-hit slashes, are no longer present.

In Melee and Brawl, a Beam Sword is one of few unusual items Peach can pull out via her Vegetable attack, though the chances of this are slim (1 out of 58 chance). In addition, the behavior surrounding the event is unorthodox for Brawl; in the first minute of plucking the item, the sword's range is severely decreased, as Peach will use her item throwing animation rather than her standard item swinging animation. After a minute, the item pickup sound will play and the Beam Sword regains its usual properties, though the player can also toss the sword and pick it up again to restore its proper attributes.

Damage[edit]

Action SSB Melee Brawl 3DS/Wii U
A 12% 7% 5% 4% - 5%
F-Tilt 18% 11% 7% 8% (9% near base)
Dash 16% 13% 7% 8% (7% near base)
Dash (Peach/Zelda) N/A 23%(13%+10%)
Dash (Mewtwo) N/A 18% N/A
F-Smash 25% 15% - 20% 11% - 15% 13% - 20%
F-Smash (C. Falcon) 25% 15% - 14%(5%+9%) 18%(8%+10%) - 26%(11%+15%)
F-Smash (Sheik) N/A 14%(5%+9%) - 19%(6%+12%) 23%(11%+12%) - 32%(15%+17%)
F-Smash (Pit) N/A N/A 18%(7%+11%) - 26%(9.5%+16.5%)
F-Smash (Ike) N/A N/A 14%(6%+8%) - 19%(8% + 11%)
F-Smash (Marth/Roy, if first swipe connects) N/A 14%(1%+13%) - 20%(1%+19%) 16%(5%+11%) - 23%(7%+16%)
Drop 5% 7% 8% - 10% 6% - 7%
Forward tilt throw 15% 12% 11% - 12% 11% - 12%
Up tilt throw 16% 10% - 13% 13% 13% - 14%
Down tilt throw 13% 8% - 14% 12% 12%
Dash attack throw 19% 9% - 14% 14% 13% - 15%
Forward smash throw 19% 10% - 15% 15% 14% - 15%
Up smash throw 20% 10% - 17% 16% 15% - 16%
Down smash throw 13% 10% - 18% 12% - 16% 15% - 16%
Air Drop 13% 8% 10% 7% - 9%
Air Forward tilt throw 17% 8% - 12% 12% 11% - 12%
Air up tilt Throw 17% 10% - 11% 13% 13%
Air down tilt throw 19% 6% - 14% 10% 10% - 11%
Air forward smash throw 19% 7% - 12% 12% 11% - 12%
Air up smash throw 20% 2% - 13% 13% 11% - 12%
Air down smash throw 20% 6% - 14% 10% 12% - 14%

Trophies[edit]

Melee[edit]

Trophy in Melee.
Beam Sword

With its distinctive glowing blade, the Beam Sword is eye-catching and lethal. At first, the blade is about the size of a short sword, but the length changes depending on who wields it. The blade also lengthens in direct proportion to the power of an attack, so it reaches its maximum size when swung as a smash attack.

N64: Super Smash Bros.

Brawl[edit]

Trophy in Brawl.
Beam Sword

A sword with a blade of glowing energy. The length of the blade changes depending on the fighting spirit of the wielder. It has four attacks: a standard attack, a strong side attack, a side smash attack, and a dash attack. When doing a side smash attack, the Beam Sword's blade grows to three times its normal length--that's the best reach of all battering weapons.

N64: Super Smash Bros.

SSB4[edit]

The Beam Sword trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Swordfighter Trophy Box.

Trophy in for 3DS.
Trophy in for Wii U.
Beam Sword

Ntsc A powerful sword with a blade of pure energy. It isn't the strongest weapon to land on the battlefield, but its shape can change based on how it is used to attack. A forward smash will make the blade especially long. Lash out at your foes from a distance—they can't hit back!

Pal The blade of this sword is made of pure light energy. It's not very powerful, but depending on your attack, it can have a pretty long reach! Just wait till you use it for a side smash! You can make the most of its power by attacking enemies as they're falling, or when you're too far away for them to counter-attack.

N64: Super Smash Bros. (04/1999)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Spirits[edit]

In Ultimate, equipping the Susie, Hal Emmerich, or Isa Jo support spirits will give the player a Beam Sword at a start of their stock.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
358
SSBU spirit Susie.png
Susie
Support
★★ 1 Beam Sword Equipped Kirby Series
752
Hal emmerich
Hal Emmerich
Support
★★ 1 Beam Sword Equipped Metal Gear Solid Series
1,165
Image used for the Isa Jo Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
Isa Jo
Support
★★ 1 Beam Sword Equipped Sin & Punishment Series

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ビームソード, Beam Sword
UK English Beam Sword
France French Épée laser Laser Sword
Germany German Laserschwert Laser Sword
Spain Spanish Espada láser Laser Sword
Italy Italian Spada laser Laser Sword
China Chinese (Simplified) 光束剑 Beam Sword
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 光束劍 Beam Sword
South Korea Korean 빔 스워드, Beam Sword
Netherlands Dutch Laserzwaard Laser Sword
Russia Russian Лучевой меч Beam Sword