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Crate varients from SSBB.
Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
Crate variants.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in SSB
Item class Carrying
This contains one to three items. Since it's so heavy, only DK can carry it around.
—Super Smash Bros. instruction manual

A Crate (, Box) is an item that has appeared in every game in the Super Smash Bros. series. Crates are containers which can hold various different items or up to three of the same item. Because Crates are very heavy, a character who has picked up a Crate will not be able to jump or attack at all while holding it, and they cannot be picked up in mid-air. After being picked up, a Crate can be thrown in any regular direction (up, forward, backward, or down). Crates are very similar to Barrels.

Exploding Crates are "dud" Crates that do not contain items and explode when destroyed, delivering strong damage and knockback to players caught in the explosion, even to the player who threw the crate. In all five games, every crate has a one in eight chance of being an exploding crate.

Rolling Crates[edit]

The Rolling Crate in action.

Rolling Crates are a type of Crate that first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. These Crates are identified by their tiny, black wheels on the bottom, and can oftentimes go unnoticed. They also always spawn at the same angle, unlike normal crates. If a player hits this Crate without destroying it, it will start sliding in the direction it was hit. Characters hit by the Rolling Crate will take damage and knockback depending on the speed of the Crate, and the Crate normally breaks. Characters can stand on them, even when in motion.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Crate's artwork in SSB.

In the original game, a character who has picked up a crate will not be able to move at all (in addition to being unable to jump or attack). However, Donkey Kong exclusively has a special ability allowing him to move and jump freely while holding a Crate.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Falco carrying a crate in Melee.

Characters (other than Donkey Kong) carrying a Crate can now move very slowly while holding it, but cannot walk off ledges; if the control stick is held down, the character and the Crate will both tumble off the ledge and they will drop the Crate. Donkey Kong retains his ability to move freely while holding Crates and other heavy objects.

In this game, Crates have a small random chance of containing an enemy from Adventure Mode, such as a ReDead, Goomba, or an Octorok. When they are thrown at opponents, they can deal 18%-22% damage and have a decent amount of knockback.


Crate trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Crate's trophy in Melee
A Crate will release lots of items when it's broken open. It's very heavy, so unless your character is strong, you'll walk slowly while under its burden. You can throw Crates up, down, left, or right, but it's hard to hit opponents because the throwing process takes time. Every now and then, a Crate will explode under duress.
N64: Super Smash Bros. (4/99)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Crates, along with Barrels, can now have a different appearance depending on the stage played on. On futuristic stages such as Lylat Cruise, they take on a futuristic appearance. On more fantasy-based stages such as Yoshi's Island, the crates will look like wrapped-up presents.[1] Donkey Kong gains knockback-based super armor when carrying a crate, similar to his forward throw.

Crate types chart[edit]

Normal Futuristic Presents


Crates trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Crates's trophy in Brawl
Item holders. You can destroy these to get at the items they contain, but be careful, because they will sometimes explode when broken. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, crates were uniform in design, but this time around, their appearance will change to match the stages. They'll sometimes look futuristic--other times, they'll look like presents with fancy ribbons.
N64: Super Smash Bros.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Rolling Crates trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Rolling Crates's trophy in Brawl
Rolling Crates
Special crates that look like normal ones but have four wheels attached to the undersides. Try to destroy these and they will go rolling along, smashing everyone in their path. When a rolling crate is destroyed, it will reveal the same sorts of items found in normal crates. You can also jump on a rolling crate for a fun ride.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The various crate designs in SSB4.

Crates (including rolling crates) return in Super Smash Bros. 4. The futuristic crate now sports a new design, with the Smash logo on the sides. The present crate has been redesigned as well, with an obvious lid and no horizontal ribbons on the sides.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, for unknown reasons, all familiar stages except for Smashville use the normal wooden design regardless of the crate design they had in Brawl.

Crate types chart (3DS)[edit]

Normal Futuristic Presents

Crate types chart (Wii U)[edit]

Normal Futuristic Presents


Crates's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC Throw or attack this crate to bust it open and get the goodies hidden inside. The crate may look different based on the stage you're battling on, but the items inside won't change. Sometimes these things can explode, however, so it's best to be very crateful around them...
N64: Super Smash Bros. (04/1999)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PAL Just throw or attack crates to get at the goodies inside! Their appearance changes depending on the stage, so maybe you'll get a wooden crate, or...maybe you won't. That doesn't change how it is on the inside, though, which is a good life lesson. Also, it may just explode if you attack it – another important life lesson from us to you.
N64: Super Smash Bros. (11/1999)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Rolling Crates's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Rolling Crates's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Rolling Crates
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS A normal-looking box, this one actually has wheels on the bottom. Just give the box a little nudge—its own weight will turn it into a rolling weapon. It's possible to ride on top of it, but you certainly aren't traveling in style. Be sure to stop the box or jump off before it hits something!
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U These normal-looking boxes actually have wheels on the bottom. Just give one a little nudge, and its own weight will turn it into a rolling weapon. It's possible to ride on top of it, but you certainly won't be traveling in style. Be sure to jump off of the box before you roll off of the edge of the stage!
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (03/2008)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PAL These boxes look perfectly normal until you notice the wheels underneath. Or until you put one on a slope and watch it roll away! You can attack a rolling crate for the items inside, or send it hurtling towards your enemies. You can even jump on top and go for a ride – just make sure you get off again before you hit something!
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (06/2008)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Crates and Rolling Crates return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using their designs from Super Smash Bros. 4.

Crate types chart[edit]

Normal Futuristic Presents

Damage throughout the series[edit]

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Action SSB Melee Brawl 3DS/Wii U
Throw 21% 17% 17% 18%
Explosion throw 44% 41% 40% 41%
Up tilt throw 21% 21% 21% 21%
Up tilt throw explosion 43% 43% 44%
Down tilt throw 21% 24% N/A N/A
Down tilt throw explosion 46% N/A N/A
Forward smash throw 23% 22% 20% 18-27%
Explosion forward smash throw 44% 50% 50%
Up smash throw 21% 21% 24-32%
Up smash throw explosion 43% 43% 47-55%
Down smash throw 27% N/A N/A
Down smash throw explosion 49% N/A N/A
Air throw (DK) 21% 21% 20%
Air throw explosion (DK) 36% 43% 43%
Air up tilt throw (DK) 22% 21% 30%
Air up tilt throw explosion (DK) 43% 43% 52%
Air down tilt throw (DK) 23% 21% 21%
Air down tilt throw explosion (DK) 45% 44% 43%
Air forward smash throw (DK) 25% 23% 18-28%
Explosion air forward smash throw (DK) 45% 45% 40-51%
Air up smash throw (DK) 21% 21% 33%
Air up smash throw explosion (DK) 43% 43% 56%
Air down smash throw (DK) 27% 21% 21%
Air down smash throw explosion (DK) 39% 44% 44%


The crate is a common real world item, which the Smash version is directly based off. Usually made of wood or metal, the crate is primarily used as a shipping container for particularly large objects that could easily be damaged outside of an enclosed space.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Box
UK English Crate
France French Caisse Crate
Germany German Kiste Crate
Spain Spanish Caja Box
Italy Italian Cassa Crate
China Chinese 箱子 Crate
South Korea Korean 상자 Box
Netherlands Dutch Kist Box
Russia Russian Ящик Box

Rolling Crate[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese キャリアーつき箱 Box with Carrier
UK English Rolling Crate
France French (PAL) Caisse roulante Rolling Crate
Quebec French (NTSC) Caisse sur roues Wheeled Crate
Germany German Rollkiste Rolling Crate
Spain Spanish Caja rodante Rolling Box
Italy Italian Cassa mobile Moving Crate
China Chinese (Simplified) 滑轮补给箱 Pulley Supply Crate
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 滑輪補給箱 Pulley Supply Crate
South Korea Korean 바퀴 달린 상자 Box on Wheels
Netherlands Dutch Rollende kist Rolling Box
Russia Russian Ящик на колесах Box on Wheels


  • In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in update 1.1.0, rarely when a crate is broken, certain items will briefly float in mid-air before falling on the ground.
  • In Brawl and both versions of SSB4, it is possible for a fighter to momentarily perform their "crate pick-up" animation without actually picking the crate up. This only seems to happen if they are a slight distance away or in front of the actual crate.
  • On the image for Milestones in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, blue and green present crates are shown, despite only red presents being usable.
  • In both versions of SSB4, if a character gets grabbed when turning around while carrying a crate or another heavy item, they will face the background instead of the screen. This is known as the Backwards Glitch and it was first found by DeadDraco[1]. This only works with playable characters whose positions get mirrored when turning around, so they can face the screen regardless of whether they're facing right or left.
    • The characters who can perform this glitch are: Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Bowser Jr., Wario, Kirby, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Greninja, Duck Hunt, R.O.B., Dr. Mario, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Sonic, Mii Brawler, Mewtwo and Ryu.[2] [3]
  • A destroyed crate shares its animation with the Barrel, showing a large smash symbol, even though it's small on the Barrel. [2]