A down tilt (abbreviated "d-tilt"), officially called a strong down (下強攻撃, Down/lower/under strong attack) before Ultimate, is a tilt performed by any character by holding the control stick lightly down and pressing the attack button while on the ground, or crouching ahead of time and pressing the attack button. It can also be performed by pressing Z while crouching.
Down tilts tend to be very quick grounded moves with good range, making them useful for spacing and "poking" from a distance. Some down tilts are also combo or followup initiators, while others are capable edgeguarding moves due to their semi-spike angle. In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, some down tilts are capable of meteor smashing opponents, while in Brawl and SSB4, many have the ability to make opponents prat fall occasionally.
Down tilts in Super Smash Bros.
Down tilts in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Down tilts in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Down tilts in Super Smash Bros. 4
* This assumes the Mii is default height and weight.
Down tilts in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Notable down tilts
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