Dash attack

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Fox's dash attack in Super Smash Bros. 4

A dash attack (ダッシュ攻撃) is an attack performed by pressing the attack button while dashing. Most dash attacks come out quickly, but have noticeable ending lag, making them very easy for wary opponents to punish (particularly using a shield grab). Prior to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many dash attacks could be used for cross-ups due to the large amount of momentum inherited from the prior dash.

If the grab button or either of the shield buttons are pressed repeatedly right after attempting a dash attack, the attack will be cancelled and turned into a boost grab. Similarly, in Brawl, many dash attacks can be interrupted by performing an up smash in a technique labeled the dash attack canceled up smash (DACUS) to provide a large boost of momentum. Certain dash attacks are fast enough to hit before the up smash comes out, allowing for a Gatling Combo.

List of dash attacks[edit]

Character Description
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo rolls forward to strike with his entire body.
Bayonetta Lunges forward with her gun extended for a pistol whip.
Bowser Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Lunges forward horns-first.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a running kick.
Bowser Jr. Leans back while deploying and attacking with a buzzsaw from the Junior Clown Car's mouth.
Captain Falcon Performs a running shoulder tackle.
Charizard Performs a running kick.
Chrom Performs a running inward slash.
Cloud Holds the Buster Sword diagonally and thrusts its edge forward with both hands for a running slash.
Corrin Jumps forwards and spins in a missile-like fashion while twirling Omega Yato for multiple hits.
Daisy Shoves her hands forwards, then separates them for a second hit.
Dark Pit Performs a running inward slash with his bow.
Dark Samus Floats while performing a running shoulder tackle.
Diddy Kong Performs a cartwheel leading into a downward double-handed slap.
Donkey Kong Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Performs a running kick.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Rolls forwards to strike with his entire body.
Dr. Mario Performs a low sliding kick.
Duck Hunt The dog lowers his body and slides along the ground while the duck lunges forward with its beak.
Falco Performs a running kick.
Fox Performs a running kick.
Ganondorf Performs a running shoulder tackle.
Greninja Performs a low spinning kick out of its run.
Hero Leaps up with his sword raised and then forcefully slashes down to the ground as he lands.
Ice Climbers Swipe upward with their hammers.
Ike Brings Ragnell behind him and then slashes it in front of himself into a forwards-pointing position.
Incineroar Performs a leaping knee strike.
Inkling Throws a lunging elbow bash.
Isabelle Trips and drops a small pot, throwing it forward.
Ivysaur Super Smash Bros. Brawl Falls prone on the ground into a sliding headbutt.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a running shoulder tackle.
Jigglypuff Falls forward out of its run to strike with its head.
Joker Throws an upwards kick, then transitions it into a reverse back kick.
Ken Performs a running kick.
King Dedede Dramatically trips, then slams his entire body onto the ground in front of himself.
King K. Rool Leaps forward belly-first, attacking with his armor.
Kirby Super Smash Bros. Falls forward out of his run to strike with his head.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Engulfs his body in a fireball and launches himself forward.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Performs a sliding series of spinning kicks out of a handstand.
Link Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Slashes downward and outward.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Leaps up with his sword raised and then forcefully slashes down to the ground as he lands.
Little Mac Throws a downwards punch with a very wide arc.
Lucario Performs a running kick.
Lucas Briefly rears back, then thrusts a single palm thrust forwards with a PSI spark emanating from his hand.
Lucina Performs a running outward slash.
Luigi Throws a panicked series of punches in front of himself.
Mario Performs a low sliding kick.
Marth Performs a running outward slash.
Mega Man Spins around several times while forming a bladed tornado around himself.
Meta Knight Performs a running kick.
Mewtwo Thrusts its palms forwards with dark energy emanating from them.
Mii Brawler Performs a running kick.
Mii Gunner Leans far forwards and performs a leaning arm cannon punch accompanied by a burst of flame from it.
Mii Swordfighter Super Smash Bros. 4 Leans forwards and stabs straight ahead.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a braking outwards slash.
Mr. Game & Watch Equips a helmet, then performs a tackling headbutt with it.
Ness Super Smash Bros. Performs a forwards double palm thrust.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Thrusts his hands forwards and releases three back-to-back PSI sparks from them.
Olimar Performs a cartwheel, attacking with his whole body.
Pac-Man Transforms into his wedge form and performs a set of bites while moving forwards.
Palutena Bashes her shield forward.
Peach Super Smash Bros. MeleeShoves her hands forward, then separates them.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateShoves her hands forward, then separates them for a second hit.
Pichu Throws out a jumping headbutt.
Pikachu Throws out a jumping headbutt.
Piranha Plant Tackles forward with its pot.
Pit Performs a running inward slash with his bow.
R.O.B. Swings his arms downwards in front of himself.
Richter Twirls the Vampire Killer in a ring around his body while sliding forwards.
Ridley Performs a lunging bite.
Robin Brace the Bronze Sword close to their body for a rigid forwards stab.
Rosalina & Luma Rosalina: Thrusts her body forwards, then swings herself upwards in a floaty fashion.
Luma: Performs an upward-swinging tackle.
Roy Performs a running inward slash.
Ryu Performs a running kick.
Samus Performs a running shoulder tackle.
Sheik Performs a simultaneous outwards knifehand swipe with both arms.
Shulk Slashes inwards with the Monado.
Simon Twirls the Vampire Killer in a ring around his body while sliding forwards.
Snake Performs a jumping-forwards somersault.
Sonic Super Smash Bros. Brawl Lunges forwards while curling into a ball.
Super Smash Bros. 4 Lunges forwards while curling into a ball, then performs a flying kick for a final hit.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a running kick.
Squirtle Super Smash Bros. Brawl Performs a jumping shell tackle.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Uses its water wave to propel itself forward while kicking with both feet.
Terry Performs Power Charge, a running shoulder tackle attack that appears in his home series as one of his special moves.
Toon Link Slashes downwards and outwards.
Villager Trips and drops a small potted plant, throwing it forwards.
Wario Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Holds his arms up and trips forwards, striking with his fingers and head.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs his iconic running shoulder tackle attack from his home series.
Wii Fit Trainer Assumes the Gate pose to perform a sliding arm strike.
Wolf Super Smash Bros. Brawl Performs a sudden backflipping kick.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Throws a wide-angled forwards straight kick.
Yoshi Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Headbutts forwards out of his run.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a running kick.
Young Link Slashes downwards and outwards.
Zelda Thrusts both of her palms forward with magic emitting from them.
Zero Suit Samus Super Smash Bros. Brawl Performs a running kick.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a jet-propelled flying knee strike.

Notable dash attacks[edit]

  • Kirby's dash attack, exclusively in Melee, will carry him off of platforms during its use. All other dash attacks do not allow their users to leave the platform they are standing on, including the same attack in Ultimate.
  • Snake's dash attack causes him to end in his crouching pose instead of the usual idle pose, though this effect is mostly cosmetic.
  • Wolf's dash attack in Brawl is the only one in the series to bring all the momentum from the dash to an instantaneous halt.
  • While several attacks throughout the series grant brief intangibility, Palutena's dash attack is one of the very few attacks in the series (and the only dash attack) to grant outright invincibility, protecting her extended arm due to the use of her shield.
  • Like many of his other attacks, King K. Rool's dash attack utilizes his characteristic Belly Super Armor – in its case, for the entire duration his stomach is extended.
  • Prior to Smash 4, Peach, Zelda, Pit, and Mewtwo had unique dash attacks while holding battering items, which allowed them to hit twice in the case of the former three, while Mewtwo's hits several times.

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