When the command is inputted, the Hero will go into a thinking pose, and the player will be given a random selection of four spells from Hero's spell pool to choose from, with a total of 21 possible spells. While this list is open, Hero cannot move unless he shields or jumps, which will cancel the move altogether. The spells available are chosen upon inputting the move, and if the player does not see a spell they wish to use at the time, they can shield and immediately cancel the spell selection, and then input the special again to get another random selection of four spells. If the player holds towards the other direction upon selection, Hero will immediately turn around upon executing the move. Spells cannot appear twice in a row.
MP refilling is paused while the menu is open. Additionally, the Hero can only have the menu out for 8 seconds.
List of spells
Hocus Pocus effects
In the Dragon Quest series, all magic is chosen using a command list that lists off every spell the party member currently knows. Notably, the command list in Dragon Quest lacks the random element that the Command Selection has in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; the randomness was likely added to Super Smash Bros. due to a combination of balance purposes and the unwieldiness of having to navigate the full spell list in the middle of a match.
All the spells shown in Command Selection are spells or spell-like abilities that have previously appeared in the Dragon Quest series:
The thinking pose Hero takes while selecting a spell is similar to one of the Luminary's in-battle idle animations in Dragon Quest XI.