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Double jump

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Toon Link double jumping in Brawl.

A double jump (also called an air jump or a midair jump) is a jump that can be used once every time the user is airborne. Just like the grounded jump, double jumping is achieved by hitting up on the Control Stick or hitting the jump button. Every character has at least one double jump in the Smash Bros. series, regardless of whether such an ability exists in their original series, while some characters can use up to five.

Overview[edit]

A character's double jump(s) are restored upon landing, grabbing a ledge, being KO'd and respawning, or being grabbed by an opposing character (even if the character being grabbed does not touch the ground). Unlike most recovery moves, double jumps are not given back to the player upon being put into hitstun. This can be catastrophic to a character trying to return to the stage if they have already used their double jump(s) and an opponent edge guards their attempt to recover.

In contrast with jumps from the ground, each character only has one height of a double jump, whereas the player can control grounded jumps to be either short hops or full hops. The exception to this is with characters with more than one midair jump, as these usually decay in height with each successive jump.

Yoshi's double jump is unique in that it provides a significant amount of knockback-based armor.

Animations[edit]

Double jumps are a lot more varied in animation than single jumps. Most characters twist or flip, and some characters inflate themselves (Kirby, Jigglypuff, King Dedede) or flap their wings (Meta Knight, Charizard, Pit, Dark Pit, Bayonetta, Ridley, Kazooie). During these animations, all characters cast a double circle platform beneath them that disappears after the jump is completed (except for R.O.B. in Brawl, in which a smoke ring is formed instead from the base of his Robo Burner; this does not waste any fuel from his recovery). Like jumps from the ground, characters have a different animation if they are jumping backward. For example, Mario spins around when performing a regular midair jump, but does rapid backward somersaults when performing a backward midair jump. This does not apply to characters with multiple double jumps, in which case they simply turn 180 degrees horizontally as they jump. If a character flips, their collision bubble moves accordingly, though this has no effect on the jump itself.

Delayed double jumps[edit]

Most characters have their vertical speed instantly set to their given value upon using their double jump, providing an immediate height boost. Certain characters instead have double jumps that have a short pause before applying a slower and constant upwards boost, controlled by animation rather than an immediate velocity change. Depending on the game, the floatiness of such second jumps allows for several techniques such as double jump canceling and rising aerials. Ness, Mewtwo, Lucas, Kazuya and Sora have this type of double jump. Yoshi had a delayed double jump in Smash 64, Melee and Brawl, while Peach had it in Melee before losing it in Brawl.

Multiple double jumps[edit]

Most characters can only jump once while in the air; however, some characters can jump multiple times without touching the ground. Most characters cannot turn around in midair using their double jump, but all characters with multi-jumps can turn around when in midair by using jump while holding away from the direction the character is facing on the Control Stick. Characters without multiple midair jumps that can turn around include Yoshi, who is also able to turn around with his midair jump, and Steve, who can use Minecart to turn around at any time midair regardless of having no jumps left.

Fighters with multiple midair jumps tend to gain substantially less height per jump than the jumps of fighters with only one. There is usually also a brief delay between the end of one jump and being able to start the next. Usually, this delay is small enough for the character to gain a decent amount of height with all of their jumps, but if the character is metal, these multi-jumps become useless or nearly useless.

Characters with multi-jumps usually have poor air speed (with the exception of Jigglypuff, who has among the best air speed, in exchange for among the worst jump height).

In Melee, Captain Falcon and Ganondorf gain another midair jump after using Falcon Kick and Wizard's Foot, respectively. Bayonetta can also restore her double jump by inputting Witch Twist 4 frames after initiating the double jump (3 frames prior to version 8.0.0 of Ultimate). This effectively gives her access to three midair jumps (through two uses of Witch Twist) if the technique is performed correctly. In the initial release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, a bug allowed Robin and Kirby, upon copying Robin, to regain all of their respective midair jumps after charging Thoron; this bug was removed in version 1.0.4.

In games from Melee onward, characters with multiple midair jumps cannot drop through soft platforms during any of their midair jumps until their animation completes, even if holding down on the Control Stick or after fast falling. This does not apply to their ground jumps and is unlike other characters, who can all drop through platforms during any portion of their midair jump.

A Smash Run Power allows any character to have extra midair jumps.

Some Spirits, such as Ho-Oh, give players an additional midair jump when equipped.

Multiple double jumpers[edit]

Fighter Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Double jumps
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png 2
Charizard CharizardHeadSSBB.png Charizard's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. CharizardHeadSSBU.png 2
Dark Pit Dark Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. DarkPitHeadSSBU.png 3
Jigglypuff Jigglypuff's head icon from SSB. JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png Jigglypuff's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png 5
King Dedede KingDededeHeadSSBB.png King Dedede's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. KingDededeHeadSSBU.png 4
Kirby Kirby's head icon from SSB. KirbyHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. KirbyHeadSSBU.png 5
Meta Knight MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png 5
Pit PitHeadSSBB.png Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. PitHeadSSBU.png 3
Ridley RidleyHeadSSBU.png 2
Sephiroth Sephiroth's stock icon. 2 (in Winged Form)

Double jump heights[edit]

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Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Rank Character Double Jump Height
1 Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mewtwo 58.542999
2 Yoshi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Yoshi 51.560001
3 Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Falco 50.506073
4 Greninja's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Greninja 46
5 Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zero Suit Samus 44.199909
6 BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png Bayonetta 42
7 Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Luigi 41.305771
8 Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Diddy Kong 41.208694
9-10 Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sheik 40
Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Rosalina & Luma
11 ROBHeadGreySSB4-U.png R.O.B. 38
12 Lucario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Lucario 37.619999
13 Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Captain Falcon 37.306652
14-15 SamusHeadSSB4-U.png Samus 37
Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Fox
16-17 Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mario 36.331814
Dr. Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Dr. Mario
18 Charizard's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Charizard 36
19 Palutena's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Palutena 35.900002
20 Wii Fit Trainer's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wii Fit Trainer 35.599998
21-23 Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Donkey Kong 35.5
Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pikachu
Mii Brawler's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Brawler
24 Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sonic 35
25 Shulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Shulk 34.799999
26 LucasHeadSSB4-U.png Lucas 34.48
27 Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ness 34.476265
28 Bowser Jr.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser Jr. 34.400002
29 Pac-Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pac-Man 34.099998
30-31 Toon Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Toon Link 33.799999
Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Duck Hunt
32-33 Marth's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Marth 33.660133
Lucina's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Lucina
34 Mii Gunner's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Gunner 33.500343
35 Olimar's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Olimar 33.5
36 Robin's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Robin 33.208813
37 King Dedede's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. King Dedede 32.849998
38 Mega Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mega Man 32.799999
39 Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser 32.611839
40-41 Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Villager 32
CloudHeadSSB4-U.png Cloud
42 Zelda's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zelda 31.552761
43-46 Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pit 31
Dark Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Dark Pit
Ike's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ike
CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png Corrin
47 Wario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wario 30.5
48 Peach's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Peach 30.025824
49 RyuHeadSSB4-U.png Ryu 29.5
50 Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Link 29
51 Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Meta Knight 28.925524
52 Mii Swordfighter's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Swordfighter 28.299999
53 RoyHeadSSB4-U.png Roy 28
54 Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mr. Game & Watch 27.511969
55-56 Ganondorf's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ganondorf 26
Little Mac's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Little Mac
57 Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Kirby 22
58 Jigglypuff's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Jigglypuff 19.786329

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rank Character Double Jump Height
1 MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo 57.35
2 YoshiHeadSSBU.png Yoshi 51.56
3 FalcoHeadSSBU.png Falco 50.51
4 KazuyaHeadSSBU.png Kazuya 49
5 GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja 46
6 NessHeadSSBU.png Ness 45.65
7 ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus 44.2
8 LucasHeadSSBU.png Lucas 44.13
9 BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta 42
10 LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi 41.31
11 DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong 41.21
12-14 SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik 40
RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina & Luma
SoraHeadSSBU.png Sora
15 PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png Piranha Plant 38.52
16 ROBHeadGreySSBU.png R.O.B. 38
17 LucarioHeadSSBU.png Lucario 37.62
18 CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Captain Falcon 37.31
19-21 SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus 37
DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Dark Samus
FoxHeadSSBU.png Fox
22-23 MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario 36.33
InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling
24 PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu 36.02
25 CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard 36
26 PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena 35.9
27 WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer 35.6
28-30 DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong 35.5
PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu
MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png Mii Brawler
31 SquirtleHeadSSBU.png Squirtle 35.35
32 SonicHeadSSBU.png Sonic 35
33 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers 34.69
34 BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Bowser Jr. 34.4
35 Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-Man 34.1
36 SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake 34.07
37-38 JokerHeadSSBU.png Joker 34
Sephiroth's stock icon. Sephiroth 34
39-40 ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png Toon Link 33.8
DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt
41-43 MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth 33.66
LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina
YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link
44-45 OlimarHeadSSBU.png Olimar 33.5
ShulkHeadSSBU.png Shulk
46 RobinHeadSSBU.png Robin 33.21
47 MythraHeadSSBU.png Mythra 33
48 KingDededeHeadSSBU.png King Dedede 32.85
49-50 MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man 32.8
IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar
51-52 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser 32.61
KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool
53-55 VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager 32.5
CloudHeadSSBU.png Cloud
IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle
56 MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png Mii Gunner 32.3
57 IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur 32.25
58-59 RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley 32
Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png Banjo & Kazooie
60 ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda 31.55
61-65 PitHeadSSBU.png Pit 31
DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit
IkeHeadSSBU.png Ike
CorrinHeadSSBU.png Corrin
HeroHeadSSBU.png Hero
66 WolfHeadSSBU.png Wolf 30.71
67 WarioHeadSSBU.png Wario 30.5
68-69 PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach 30.03
DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy
70-71 RyuHeadSSBU.png Ryu 29.5
KenHeadSSBU.png Ken
72-77 LinkHeadSSBU.png Link 29
SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon
RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter
TerryHeadSSBU.png Terry
MinMinHeadSSBU.png Min Min
PyraHeadSSBU.png Pyra
78 MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight 28.93
79 BylethHeadSSBU.png Byleth 28.5
80 MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png Mii Swordfighter 28.3
81-82 RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy 28
ChromHeadSSBU.png Chrom
83 DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario 27.785184
84 MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch 27.51
85-86 GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf 26
LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac
87 Steve's stock icon. Steve 22.5
88 KirbyHeadSSBU.png Kirby 22
89 JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png Jigglypuff 19.79

Origin[edit]

Double jumping is a common mechanic in many platforming video games, with the oldest game to include such an ability being Namco's Dragon Buster. Occasionally it is given as a power-up or an upgrade, while other times it is just a natural ability. Fighters who can double jump in their native games include Bayonetta, Daisy, Kazooie, Kirby, Samus, Sonic, Wario, Yoshi, King Dedede, and Meta Knight.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Despite being able to actually fly, both Charizard and Ridley have fewer midair jumps than both Pit and Dark Pit, who cannot actually fly on their own.
  • In SSB4, with any character that can turn around using their midair jump, holding backward and pressing the attack button a few frames before the character fully turns around will cause them to use their back aerial instead of their forward aerial as they turn around, thus erroneously attacking in the opposite direction. This appears to be a glitch, as it did not happen in previous games.
  • Melee is the only game to not introduce any characters with multiple double jumps.
  • Banjo & Kazooie are the only third party and DLC fighter to always have multiple double jumps. Sephiroth also has the ability to perform more than one midair jump, but only in his winged form.
  • SSB4 is the only game to not Introduce any characters with a delayed double jump.

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