When used, Meta Knight leaps sideways with his blade outstretched. If he hits an enemy, he performs a combination lasting up to a good 2 seconds, knocking Meta Knight's opponent upward. Also, when finished, he pulls back a bit. Meta Knight can also change the course of the attack, as he is shown using the same attack upward, allowing it to be used as a recovery. The attack hits 10 times, 1% damage for each hit. After using the attack, Meta Knight becomes helpless. It is possible to cancel the ending lag of the attack by making the end hit the edge, allowing it to be virtually lag free, and allowing it to be used to rush opponents in such stages as Battlefield. This is known as Drill Rush Canceling. Of all of Meta Knight's recovery moves, this move gives the most vertical distance.
In Super Smash Bros. 4 the move has added startup lag, and Meta Knight now rebounds off surfaces upon impacting them near the end of the move. In midair, he'll perform a small jump just before charging forward during the initial delay. Connecting on targets with the final hit that produces the knockback will have Meta Knight recoil a bit backward for safety, but this recoil jump will not occur if Meta Knight does not hit an enemy, unlike the version in Brawl. Also, the move connects more reliably and it is much stronger.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
Drill Rush originates from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, where it is available to Kirby as the Dash-B attack of the Master ability, the ultimate Copy Ability of the game which is granted by Galaxia, Meta Knight's sword. It also somewhat resembles the barrel roll he does for a Quick Spin attack in Kirby Air Ride.