Cloud slashes directly upwards, sending him into the air. If the special button is pressed again, Cloud slashes downwards, plummeting down till he hits the ground. This move is very similar to Ike's Aether or Kirby's Final Cutter, though the downward swing in Cloud's case is purely optional.
The upward slash has two hitboxes: the first hitbox is a stab which deals 3% damage, then the main upwards slash which deals 4%. Cloud is propelled a distance about the height of Battlefield's top platform, and during this slash, Cloud can only grab ledges during the initial thrust, or when Cloud reaches its peak. Much like Rising Uppercut, standard Climhazzard giving mediocre distance and completely stops Cloud's forward momentum on use, making it a notoriously weak recovery if Cloud lacks his second jump or cannot use his wall jump.
If the button is pressed again, Cloud will perform a downwards slash, causing him to fall in a fixed trajectory. This downward slash deals 4.5% by itself, and 3.5% if Cloud lands on a platform. The downward slash will meteor smash the opponent most of the time, but if it lands behind Cloud or anywhere not directly below the sword, it will instead send opponents at a diagonal angle, with extremely high base knockback (enough to KO at 0% at the ledge in rare cases) but low scaling.
While Cloud is under Limit Break status (see Limit Charge), the initial stab deals 6% and the rising slash deals 7% with increased knockback. This variant is extremely effective for recovering, as it propels Cloud 1.5 times higher than the original height and has significant horizontal maneuverability while rising, while additionally being able to carry Cloud's horizontal momentum as he falls. It will also allow grabbing the ledge while it is in progress. However, Cloud players should be wary of using this variant of the move on stages where the main platform has an underside, as the horizontal component may get them stuck in a fatal position if misused.
Common to both versions, if Cloud inputs for the downward slash, he cannot grab the ledge until after descending a distance slightly less than Climhazzard's normal vertical distance; grabbing the ledge while facing the opposite direction requires slightly less than Climhazzard's Limit Break upward distance before the ledge can be grabbed. Attempting to grab the ledge at any lower height will cause a self-destruct. Any horizontal momentum is utterly cancelled if the falling slash is initiated. Repeated use of the downward slash near the ledge at a grabbable height is a viable edgeguarding option, as it can hit below the ledge before Cloud grabs it. If the downward slash's meteor smash hitbox is instead used as a Sacrificial KO, Cloud will almost always lose his stock first, unless the opponent is close enough to the bottom blast line or has high enough damage.
In Smash 4 only, if Cloud is hit near the apex of Climhazzard (Limit Break version or not) and tumbles, he is unable to perform any kind of tech to stop the knockback he sustained, usually leading to a KO. However, he is allowed to tech if he was hit more than once, was grabbed and then launched, or if his damage is over 100% and he does the reeling animation instead.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
Like the other DLC characters, Cloud lacks custom move variations.
Climhazzard (called Ascension in the English version of Final Fantasy VII Remake) is Cloud's second level 2 Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII. When used, Cloud stabs an enemy and then performs a jumping slash that inflicts 4.375 times the damage of a normal physical attack to one enemy. The downward strike may be based on his first Limit Break called Braver, as well as one of the finishing blows in some portrayals of Climhazzard (like in the Dissidia games).
Names in other languages