A down throw (下投げ, Down/lower/under throw; commonly abbreviated as d-throw or Dthrow, and referred to as ThrowLw internally), commonly abbreviated as d-throw, is a throw performed by tilting the control stick down after having grabbed the opponent. They were introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee; in the original Super Smash Bros., there were only forward throws and back throws. In the transition to Melee, Captain Falcon's previous forward throw became his down throw, and he instead received a new forward throw.
Down throws typically depict the user slamming the victim onto the ground, bouncing them off at diverse vertical angles, and possess low knockback to the point of not KOing even in Sudden Death, as well as low ending lag. Because of this, they are excellent combo starters for several characters throughout all games, acting as the go-to throw when the opponent is at low to medium percentages, or even high percentages depending on the specific down throw's combo potential. In Melee and Brawl, many down throws can also be used for chain grabs, most notably Sheik's in Melee and King Dedede's in Brawl, even leading to zero-to-death combos against some characters. However, despite their vertical launch angle and low knockback, some down throws possess too much ending lag to allow for any true combos, such as Toon Link's, Zero Suit Samus's in Ultimate, and Duck Hunt's, while still failing to KO at realistic percentages; such throws are generally considered useless, and ignored in favor of the characters' other throws.
List of down throws
Down throws with hitboxes consist of two or more hits on the grabbed opponent (the hitbox, then the throw), and can affect other opponents near the thrower.
Notable down throws