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Bouncing Fish

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Bouncing Fish
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Sheik performs Bouncing Fish in Ultimate
User Sheik
Universe The Legend of Zelda

Bouncing Fish (跳魚, Leaping Fish) is Sheik's down special move in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, replacing Transform due to Sheik and Zelda now being separate characters.


Sheik leaps forward with an arced kick, visually similar to Flip Jump.

Pressing the attack button after the initial leap makes Sheik kick sooner, much like Jolt Haymaker. The trajectory of this move can be altered by sticking the control stick in the desired direction.

If the kick lands, the opponent will receive high knockback, and Sheik will rebound backwards at a higher arc than the original. Upon rebounding, Sheik is able to press the attack button again for an additional kick, aesthetically and damage-wise similar to the first. If landed, Sheik will again rebound backwards at the same improved arc and is able to do so a third time with the same rebound and arc. However, pressing the attack button again during this fourth arc will not trigger the kick again.

The move can be used as an aerial approach or as a followup to a forward aerial, though it has moderately high landing lag if missed. The distance gained by the move makes it useful for recovery. Additionally, Sheik can rebound off of walls using the move. It is impossible to use it on the ground while metal. If attempted, Sheik will do a short hop, then fall.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout SheikHeadSSB4-3.png Flip through the air, and strike foes with your heel.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List SheikHeadSSBU.png Flips through the air and strikes foes with her heel. If the kick lands, she bounces back.


Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Bouncing Fish 2. Jellyfish 3. Pisces
"Flip through the air and strike foes with your heel. If you land the kick, you bounce back" "Flip higher and slam downward with your heel. Land the kick to bounce straight up." "Flip lower and press the button again to kick. Land the kick to bounce forward."
  1. Bouncing Fish: Default.
  2. Jellyfish: Arcs much more vertically, easier to land a hit, and will rebound Sheik slightly upwards. Not useful as a recovery, as Sheik falls straight downwards with high ending lag if missed, unless she is recovering from high above. Also deals less damage, especially against grounded opponents. The first kick allows Sheik to set up a second kick with strong knockback.
  3. Pisces: Arcs much closer to the ground and faster, but will not attack unless the button is pressed again, and rebounds Sheik forwards. The kick has strong reverse knockback and does more damage, but it has more ending lag if missed.


The bouncing fish is a move original to Smash and does not appear in any other Sheik related media. The move does resemble a Tengkong Pantui Cepu[1], a kick used in the Nanquan martial art, with an added 360° midair twist.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese 跳魚
UK English Bouncing Fish
France French (PAL) Saut vrillé avant
Quebec French (NTSC) Poisson volant
Germany German Salto
Spain Spanish Salto delfín
Italy Italian Salto del delfino
China Chinese (Simplified) 跳鱼
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 跳魚
South Korea Korean 도어
Netherlands Dutch Vliegende Vis
Russia Russian Рыбий отскок


  1. ^ Tengkong pantui 360. Retrieved on 2021-01-26.