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Capsule Melee Trophy.png

Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in SSB
Item class Container
Since this is small, anybody can carry it. Break it open to reveal what's inside.
Super Smash Bros. instruction booklet description

The Capsule (カプセル, Capsule) is an item that appears in the games of the Super Smash Bros. series. This item is relatively small and when thrown it releases a different item. If thrown at an opponent, it can also KO them if they are sufficiently weakened. It has a 12.5% chance of exploding when opened.


When a capsule is broken, by being either attacked or thrown, it will usually drop a single item regardless of its size, excluding Crates, Barrels, and Rolling Crates. It has a 12.5% chance of exploding upon being broken, which can deal 22-42% damage with high knockback, so caution is advised. It is more likely to explode if all other items are turned off. In Melee, it may also hold common enemies from Adventure Mode. King Dedede has a small chance of throwing a capsule with Waddle Dee Toss, even with the item frequency set to none (though not if containers are directly turned off). If King Dedede is holding a capsule and uses Waddle Dee Toss, the capsule will be thrown.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a player who throws an exploding capsule downwards seems invulnerable to it and no longer takes damage unlike previous titles, which increases its safety.


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Action SSB Melee Brawl 3DS/Wii U Ultimate
Collision 9% 14% N/A N/A
Explosion 30% 22% 22% 22% N/A
Throw 9% 15% 15% 15% N/A
Explosion throw 39% 37% 41% 41% 17%
Dash attack throw 14% 17% 17% 17% 20%
Dash attack throw explosion 44% 40% 17% 44% 52%
Up tilt throw 10% 15% 15% 17% 17%
Up tilt throw explosion 40% 36% 43% 44% 47%
Forward tilt throw 9% 16% 14% 14% 17%
Forward tilt throw explosion 39% 37% 14% 40% 50%
Down tilt throw N/A 17% N/A 18% N/A
Down tilt throw explosion N/A 39% 22% 42% N/A
Forward smash throw 13% 19% 18% 19% 21%
Explosion forward smash throw 43% 40% 44% 45% 53%
Up smash throw 14% 15% 19% 20% 21%
Up smash throw explosion 44% 36% 47% 48% 54%
Down smash throw N/A 20% N/A 22% N/A
Down smash throw explosion N/A 43% 22% 46% N/A
Air throw 11% 22% 15% 16% 17%
Air throw explosion 41% 38% 41% 42% 49%
Air Drop N/A 14% 14% 14% 15%
Air Drop Explosion N/A 30% 39% 39% 42%
Air up tilt throw 13% 14% 14% 16% 17&
Air up tilt throw explosion 43% 37% 39% 44% 48%
Air down tilt throw 13% 17% 14% 14% 17%
Air down tilt throw explosion 43% 39% 39% 39% 48%
Air forward smash throw 14% 17% 15% 15% 21%
Air forward smash throw explosion 44% 38% 41% 42% 53%
Air up smash throw 14% 14% 14% 17% 17%
Air up smash throw explosion 44% 37% 39% 44% 48%
Air down smash throw 15% 17% 14% 14% 17%
Air down smash throw explosion 45% 39% 39% 42% 48%


While the design of the Capsule is original to the Smash series, it is based on the real world item of the same name. Capsules, commonly known as Gashapon, are usually dispensed from a vending machine and contain a random prize on the inside. This prize is usually a small toy or figure.


In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Capsule's trophy in Melee
These small containers contain items that fly out when the Capsules break. Capsules will explode roughly 12.5% of the time, so deciding when and where to break them can be quite a strategic decision; sometimes, it's better to throw them rather than attacking them directly. Explosive Capsules pack a tremendous punch.
Super Smash Bros. (4/99)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Capsule's trophy in Brawl
A small item filled with...items. Break it open to get what's inside. However, there's a 12.5 percent chance that a capsule will contain explosives, so it's important to think about where you're throwing the capsule to break it open. You won't find crates or barrels in capsules, but you may find capsules within barrels and crates.
N64: Super Smash Bros.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Capsule's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC This tiny capsule can hold one item inside it, no matter how massive that one item may be. How does it do that? No idea! But all you have to do to get the prize is break the capsule. It's possible for these things to explode, so it's best to break it against walls or opponents. They won't be upset. Maybe.
N64: Super Smash Bros. (04/1999)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PAL These little capsules are only big enough to hold one item (regardless of how large that item turns out to be...), and to get at it, just break it open! One thing to keep in mind, though, is that capsules sometimes explode when you throw them. Dangerous, right? So, to make sure you stay safe, just throw them at your enemies!
N64: Super Smash Bros. (11/1999)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese カプセル Capsule
UK English Capsule
France French Capsule
Germany German Kapsel Capsule
Spain Spanish Cápsula Capsule
Italy Italian Capsula Capsule
China Chinese (Simplified) 胶囊 Capsule
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 膠囊 Capsule
South Korea Korean 캡슐 Capsule
Netherlands Dutch Capsule
Russia Russian Капсула Capsule