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Bowser (SSB4)/Side special/Default

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This article is about the hitbox visualization in Super Smash Bros. 4. For the move itself, see Flying Slam.
Hitbox visualization showing Bowser's grounded Flying Slam.
Hitbox visualization showing Bowser's aerial Flying Slam.
Hitbox visualization showing Bowser's Flying Slam's collateral.

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Bowser swings his arm in front of him to grab an opponent. The move is one of Bowser's best neutral options due to its property of being able to auto-cancel upon landing. This allows him to have tricky movement and to end the lag of his bulky aerials, which alleviate Bowser's weaknesses in having to land with the long end lag of his moves. Besides its utility in the neutral, the move boasts as a powerful KO option and can KO opponents at medium-high percents with rage when used on the top platform of common stages such as Battlefield and Smashville. The move provides enough pressure to force the opponent to consider whether or not to shield or to jump. It's a powerful alternative to Bowser's already strong grab and grab game, and due to the move's knockback sending at an upward angle, it can DI mixup an opponent as if they hold in, they do to the top, and if they hold out, they die straight to the side, forcing the opponent to DI down and away, sending them offstage for an edgeguard. It also puts them in the air, giving more opportunity to pressure the opponent and juggle them.

Update history

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Nerf Sacrificial KOs using Flying Slam now KO Bowser first instead of the opponent. When Bowser is KO'd, the opponent is released from the grab, potentially allowing them to recover back onto the stage.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Buff Bowser has more control over Flying Slam's trajectory.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.3

  • Buff Flying Slam's grab to slam transition speed increased. This makes it function similarly to how it did in Brawl.
  • Buff All variations of Flying Slam now have invincibility frames before Bowser leaves the ground.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.4

  • Buff All variations of Flying Slam's grab range increased.
    • Buff Ground Hand Hitbox Size: 4/3 → 5/4.
    • Buff Large Hitbox X Position: 17 → 17.5.
    • Buff Ground to Air Hand Hitbox: 1/1 → 2/2.
    • Buff Outer Hitbox X Position: 17 → 17.5.
    • Buff Air Hand Hitbox: 5/3.5 → 6/4.5.
    • Buff Large Hitbox X Position: 15 → 15.5.



Hitbox type Damage Angle Base knockback Knockback scaling Fixed knockback value Weight dependent
Throw 18% 60 80 60 0 No


ID Part Damage SD Angle BK KS FKV Radius Bone Offset SDIx FFx T% Clang Rebound Type Effect G A Sound Direct Stretch
0 0 15% 1 AngleIcon361.png 80 80 0 8.0 0 0.0 2.0 6.5 1x 1x 0% HitboxTableIcon(NoClang).png HitboxTableIcon(NoRebound).png TypeIcon(Spin).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png 0.0 2.0 -4.5

This move in SSBM This move in SSBB This move in SSB4 This move in SSBU Bowser's moveset
Neutral attack (1 · 2) · Forward tilt · Up tilt · Down tilt · Dash attack · Forward smash · Up smash · Down smash
Neutral aerial · Forward aerial · Back aerial · Up aerial · Down aerial
Grab · Pummel · Forward throw · Back throw · Up throw · Down throw
Floor attack (front) · Floor attack (back) · Floor attack (trip) · Edge attack
Neutral special (def · c1 · c2) · Side special (def · c1 · c2) · Up special (def · c1 · c2) · Down special (def · c1 · c2) · Final Smash