Down aerial

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Sonic's down aerial in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Lucario's down aerial in Brawl.
Mario's down aerial in Melee.

The down aerial (下空中攻撃, Down/lower/under midair attack; commonly abbreviated as Dair or d-air, and referred to as AttackAirLw internally) is an aerial attack that is performed in midair by pressing the attack button and tilting the control stick downward. Its official term varies between titles, where it is known as a down midair attack in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and a down air attack from Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward. Many of these moves are meteor smashes, and some of these moves can be either stall-then-falls or multi-hit attacks.

List of down aerials[edit]

Unless stated otherwise, all down aerials are assumed to have the ability to meteor smash, with most of them requiring a clean hit or sweetspot to be landed.

Character Description
Banjo & Kazooie Performs the Beak Buster, where Banjo flips upside-down and Kazooie pounds the ground with her beak.
Bayonetta Somersaults and performs a falling axe kick with her legs split. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Bowser Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Retreats into his shell and spins horizontally with his spikes pointing downward, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Retreats into his shell and rises slightly with his spikes pointing downward, then performs a spinning dive. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Bowser Jr. Rotates a drill from the Koopa Clown Car below himself, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Captain Falcon Stomps with both legs.
Charizard Super Smash Bros. Brawl Stomps with both legs.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Stomps with one leg.
Chrom Performs a two-handed takedown slash.
Cloud Performs a lingering downward thrust with the Buster Sword.
Corrin Transforms both legs into spears and does a diving kick, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Daisy Rapidly kicks at a diagonally downward angle four times. Cannot meteor smash.
Dark Pit Slashes downward in an arc starting from the front.
Dark Samus Turns upside down and swings her Arm Cannon in an arc starting from the front.
Diddy Kong Performs a double axe handle swing.
Donkey Kong Super Smash Bros. Stomps with both legs.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Stomps with one leg.
Dr. Mario Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. 4 Performs a drill kick at a slight diagonal angle. Possesses a landing hitbox but cannot meteor smash.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Stretches his body and stomps with both legs.
Duck Hunt The dog turns towards the screen and performs a somersaulting headbutt, then thrusts his lower back to propel the duck downward, who performs a somersaulting peck.
Falco Performs a single-hitting drill kick at a slight diagonal angle.
Fox Performs a multi-hitting drill kick at a slight diagonal angle. From Smash 4 onward, it possesses a landing hitbox, but cannot meteor smash conventionally.
Ganondorf Stomps with both legs, producing an electric effect on hit.
Greninja Performs a diving kick with both legs, bouncing off upon hitting an opponent.
Hero Thrusts his sword downward with one hand.
Ice Climbers Super Smash Bros. Melee Perform a lingering downward thrust with their hammers. Cannot meteor smash.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Perform a diving thrust with their hammers. Cannot meteor smash.
Ike Performs a two-handed takedown slash.
Incineroar Stomps with both legs.
Inkling Thrusts the Splattershot downward.
Isabelle Thrusts two turnips downward.
Ivysaur Turns upside down and blasts pollen from its bulb, stalling briefly in midair afterwards.
Jigglypuff Performs a drill kick at a slight diagonal angle, hitting multiple times. Cannot meteor smash conventionally from Melee onward.
Joker Turns upside down and slashes in an arc starting from behind. If active, Arsene stomps with one leg after Joker's attack. Only Arsene's attack can meteor smash.
Ken Throws out a cross at a diagonally downward angle.
King Dedede Super Smash Bros. Brawl Twirls his hammer below himself, hitting multiple times. Cannot meteor smash.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Swings his hammer downward.
King K. Rool Stomps with both legs.
Kirby Performs a drill kick at a slight diagonal angle, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Link Performs a lingering downward thrust with the Master Sword. Upon hitting an opponent, Link bounces off and can hit them again. Cannot meteor smash prior to Smash 4.
Little Mac Weakly punches downward.
Lucario Stomps with one leg after the other, releasing aura from its feet and stalling briefly in midair. Cannot meteor smash.
Lucas Performs four consecutive stomps, releasing PSI sparks from his feet.
Lucina Somersaults horizontally and slashes in an arc starting from behind.
Luigi Super Smash Bros. Performs a multi-hitting drill kick at a slight diagonal angle.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimatePerforms a single-hitting drill kick at a slight diagonal angle.
Mario Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a multi-hitting drill kick at a slight diagonal angle. In Melee, it possesses a landing hitbox, but cannot meteor smash.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs the Mario Tornado, previously his down special; he spins horizontally with his arms extended, hitting multiple times, then fully outstretches his body for a final hit. It possesses a landing hitbox, but cannot meteor smash.
Marth Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Slashes downward in an arc starting from the front.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Somersaults horizontally and slashes in an arc starting from behind.
Mega Man Uses the Hard Knuckle, firing one fist as a projectile below himself.
Meta Knight Slashes downward in an arc starting from the front. Cannot meteor smash.
Mewtwo Super Smash Bros. Melee Somersaults horizontally and stomps with one leg.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Somersaults horizontally and stomps with one leg, releasing a small blast of dark energy from its foot.
Mii Brawler Performs a double axe handle swing.
Mii Gunner Thrusts their arm cannon downward and releases a blast from it.
Mii Swordfighter Turns upside down and performs a twirling stab, hitting multiple times. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Mr. Game & Watch Super Smash Bros. Melee Thrusts a key downward. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a diving thrust with a key. Possesses a landing hitbox.
Ness Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Stomps with one leg.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Stomps with one leg after a spin, releasing a PSI spark from his foot.
Olimar Grabs his leading Pikmin by its stem and swings it downward. If no Pikmin are following Olimar, he still performs the move, but it has no effect.
Pac-Man Performs four consecutive stomps. Cannot meteor smash.
Palutena Performs a roundhouse kick downward.
Peach Rapidly kicks downward four times. Cannot meteor smash.
Pichu Turns upside down and spins in a corkscrew, releasing electricity from its head. Causes recoil damage to Pichu, and possesses a landing hitbox. Cannot meteor smash in Melee.
Pikachu Turns upside down and spins in a corkscrew, releasing electricity from its head. Possesses a landing hitbox. Cannot meteor smash prior to Ultimate.
Piranha Plant Thrusts its pot downward.
Pit Slashes downward in an arc starting from the front. Cannot meteor smash in Brawl.
R.O.B. Points his base at a slight diagonal angle and activates his thrusters, rising slightly afterwards.
Richter Performs a diagonal divekick, bouncing off upon hitting an opponent.
Ridley Performs a divekick straight downward with both legs.
Robin Slashes downward with either the Bronze Sword or Levin Sword. Meteor smashes if the Levin Sword is used.
Rosalina & Luma Rosalina: Summons a falling planetary ring below herself with a stomp.
Luma: Stomps with one leg. Cannot meteor smash.
Roy Super Smash Bros. Melee Slashes downward in an arc starting from the front.
Super Smash Bros. 4 Performs a two-handed takedown slash.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a two-handed takedown slash with the Binding Blade set ablaze.
Ryu Throws out a cross at a diagonally downward angle.
Samus Turns upside down and swings her Arm Cannon in an arc starting from the front.
Sheik Super Smash Bros. Melee Performs a lingering kick at a diagonally downward angle. Cannot meteor smash.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Performs a diagonal divekick. Cannot meteor smash in Brawl, and possesses a landing hitbox from Smash 4 onward.
Shulk Thrusts the Monado downward, then activates its beam blade for a second hit.
Simon Performs a diagonal divekick, bouncing off upon hitting an opponent.
Snake Performs four consecutive stomps, rising slightly upon its use. Cannot meteor smash conventionally.
Sonic Performs a diagonal divekick. Cannot meteor smash in Brawl.
Squirtle Thrusts its tail downward and spins horizontally, hitting multiple times. Cannot meteor smash.
Terry Unknown
Toon Link Performs a diving thrust with the Master Sword. In Brawl, upon hitting an opponent, Toon Link bounces off and can hit them again.
Villager Thrust one, two, or three turnips downward, with the amount being random. Can only meteor smash with three turnips in Smash 4.
Wario Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Turns upside down and spins horizontally, hitting multiple times with his head. Cannot meteor smash conventionally.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Turns upside down and spins horizontally with his hands below his head, hitting multiple times. Cannot meteor smash conventionally.
Wii Fit Trainer Assumes the Chair pose to stomp with both legs.
Wolf Swings both arms downward simultaneously, slashing with his claws.
Yoshi Performs a flutter kick with both legs, hitting multiple times. From Smash 4 onward, it possesses a landing hitbox, but cannot meteor smash conventionally.
Young Link Performs a lingering downward thrust with the Kokiri Sword. Upon hitting an opponent, Young Link bounces off and can hit them again. Cannot meteor smash in Ultimate.
Zelda Stomps with one leg.
Zero Suit Samus Performs a diagonal divekick. Possesses a landing hitbox.

Notable down aerials[edit]

Animation of Marth's down aerial in Melee.
  • The down aerials of Bayonetta, Bowser, Corrin, Greninja, Ice Climbers, Mr. Game & Watch, Richter, Ridley, Simon, Sheik, Sonic, Toon Link, and Zero Suit Samus all function as stall-then-falls, except in Melee (and Brawl for Bowser).
  • The down aerials of Link, Toon Link (in Brawl only), and Young Link cause them to bounce a short distance up and away from the opponent upon hitting them or their shield. The hitbox remains active when this happens and he is able to hit the opponent again for extra damage.
    • Similarly, Greninja, Simon, and Richter's down aerials cause them to jump off the opponent upon hitting them or their shield with their down aerials. Unlike the Links' down aerials, these jumps end the move and allow them to perform any action, including combos into other attacks.
  • Mega Man's down aerial is the only one that is a projectile, and thus can be reflected or Pocketed.
  • Lucario, Ivysaur, and R.O.B.'s down aerials stop their movement in the air, unless they were experiencing knockback before their use.
  • In Melee, the down aerials of Captain Falcon, Falco, Fox, and Marth can all spike opponents.
    • Captain Falcon's down aerial possesses a hitbox in his upper body that powerfully spikes opponents, colloquially known as the nipple spike.
    • Falco's down aerial is very fast for a spike (coming out on frame 5), and a vital component to his pillar combos. However, it has been nerfed in the PAL version of the game, as only the clean hit spikes instead of the entire move, making it less effective for edgeguarding and beating crouch canceling.
    • Fox's down aerial is additionally notorious for its use in his waveshine infinite combo.
  • Ganondorf's down aerial is the strongest meteor smash among playable characters in Melee and Brawl, as well as one of the strongest meteor smashes and down aerials as a whole in the series, dealing particularly high damage and enough knockback to KO reliably onstage. In Smash 4, it is one of the only two meteor smashes that cannot be teched on the ground, due to its high amount of freeze frames.
  • Marth's down aerial, specifically in Melee, is possibly the most feared with its speed, range, and ability to spike. Its effectiveness has been reduced in the PAL version, and later in Brawl, where it can be meteor canceled, though it still retains a large part of its utility. In Smash 4, however, it was severely nerfed with reduced range, weaker sourspots, increased startup, meteor smashing only at the middle of the swing, and having a reversed animation (starting from behind Marth rather than in front of him), making it significantly harder to land.
  • Yoshi's down aerial is the most damaging in all of its appearances, dealing a maximum of 56% in SSB, 53% in Melee, 35% in Brawl, 32.2% in Smash 4, and 28% in Ultimate. This allows it to easily bring opponents to KO percentages, especially those with large hurtboxes. Although it deals the least damage in Ultimate, it connects much more reliably than in previous games to its looping hits using the autolink angle.
  • Ivysaur's down aerial in Ultimate is notorious for its large, disjointed hitbox and its ability to consistently meteor smash opponents, making it excellent for edgeguarding.