Edge attack

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An edge attack (ガケのぼり攻撃 or 崖登り攻撃, Cliff climbing attack) is an attack performed by pressing the attack button while hanging on an edge. This allows the character to get up onto the stage while performing an attack.

In the first three games, once a character has received 100% of damage, they begin to perform a different edge attack than normal. The attacks are usually slower, but do more damage to opponents, although the increase is usually only 3-5%. For example, Yoshi's edge attack involves a quick 6% tail whip, while when at high damage, it becomes a slow 12% headbutt. However, in Smash 4, this effect is removed and the edge attack is the same regardless of damage percent for all characters.

Edge attacks are generally avoided in competitive play due to their slow speed and limited usefulness. Players will often use other techniques or attacks to return to the stage instead. However, players will often mix in edge attacks to catch the opponent offguard, especially if their character's edge attack has great reach (such as Donkey Kong's and Wolf's), and/or has invincibility frames (which are safer to punish an opponent caught charging smash attacks near the edge with than other edge options).

List of edge attacks[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Character Under 100% Over 100%
Captain Falcon Climbs onto the stage and performs a low kick. 6% damage. Climbs onto the stage and quickly jabs. 4% damage.
Donkey Kong Turns around 180 degrees and jabs the opponent with his rear. 6% damage, does not hit opponents right next to the edge. Slaps the edge and then climbs on. 6% damage.
Fox Flips and kicks onto the stage, then dashes backwards. 4% damage. Quickly flips and kicks onto the stage. 4% damage.
Jigglypuff Jumps onto the edge and kicks, then performs a small backflip. 4% damage. Climbs onto the edge, dashes forward, then backflips. 4% damage.
Kirby Does a front-flip, kicking. Climbs up onto the edge, then does a headbutt.
Link Flips onto the stage while slashing with his sword. 4% Slowly pulls himself up and slashes upwards with his sword. 4%
Luigi Climbs onto the edge and kicks the area around him. Climbs on and kicks the area in front of him.
Mario Performs a motion similar to a cartwheel Climbs on and kicks the area in from him.
Ness Performs a cartwheel attack. Very similar to Mario's Climbs on slowly then kicks with his right leg.
Pikachu Does a cartwheel-like kick with right leg. Climbs on then attacks with its tail.
Samus Does a kick with her right leg. Slowly climbs up and punches with left hand.
Yoshi Spins his tail. Climbs on and attacks with his head.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Character Under 100% Over 100%
Bowser Rolls quickly onto the stage for 8%. Climbs up onto the stage and swipes claws for 10%.
Captain Falcon Jump Kicks onto the stage for 10%. Climbs onto the stage while throwing an uppercut for 8%.
Donkey Kong Throws his rear at the opponent for 8%. Climbs up and slaps for 10%.
Dr. Mario Cartwheels onto the stage with a double kick. 6% body, 8% legs. Climbs onto the stage with a straight kick for 10%.
Falco Double kick onto the stage. 6% body, 8% legs. Front-flip-kick onto the stage. 6% body, 8% legs.
Fox Double Kick onto the stage. 6% body, 8% legs. Front-flip-kick onto the stage. 6% body, 8% legs.
Ganondorf Jump kicks onto the stage for 10%. Climbs onto the stage while throwing an uppercut for 8%.
Ice Climbers Swings hammer in an arc while climbing onto stage. 6% body, 8% hammer. Crawls onto the stage, swinging hammer at floor level. 8% body, 10% hammer.
Jigglypuff Flip kick onto the stage for 6%. Split kick onto the stage for 6%.
Kirby Flip kick onto the stage for 6%. Spinning Split kicks onto the stage for 6%.
Link Flips onto the stage with a downward sword slice for 8%. Climbs onto the stage with a sword thrust for 8%.
Luigi Cartwheels onto the stage with a double kick. 6% body, 8% legs. Climbs onto the stage with a straight kick for 10%.
Mario Cartwheels onto the stage with a double kick. 6% body, 8% legs. Climbs onto the stage with a straight kick for 10%.
Marth Jumps onto the stage with a downward sword slice. 8% sword, 6% hilt. Climbs onto the stage with a sweeping upward sword slice. 8% sword, 6% hilt.
Mewtwo Flips onto the stage while tail whipping. 6% body, 8% tail. Climbs onto the stage with an arm swipe for 10%.
Mr. Game & Watch Climbs onto the stage, swinging a bell. 6% body, 8% bell. Climbs slowly onto the stage, swinging a bell. 6% body, 8% bell.
Ness Cartwheels onto the stage with a double kick for 8%. Climbs onto the stage with a jump kick for 10%.
Peach Jumps onto the stage with a hip bump for 6%. Climbs on stage with a low spin kick for 6%.
Pichu Climbs onto the stage with a quick front-flip-kick for 8%. Climbs onto the stage with a tail smack for 6%.
Pikachu Climbs onto the stage with a quick front-flip-kick for 8%. Climbs onto the stage with a tail smack for 6%.
Roy Jumps onto the stage with a downward sword slice. 8% sword, 6% hilt. Climbs onto the stage with a sweeping upward sword slice. 8% sword, 6% hilt.
Samus Leaps onto stage with a kick for 10%. Climbs onto the stage with a cannon thrust for 10%.
Sheik Climbs onto stage with a double kick for 8%. Climbs onto the stage and elbows. 6% body, 8% arm.
Yoshi Tail spins onto the stage for 6%. Headbutts onto the stage for 12%.
Young Link Flips onto the stage with a downward sword slice for 8%. Climbs onto the stage with a sword thrust for 8%.
Zelda Climbs onto the stage with a slap for 6%. Climbs onto the stage with a low spin kick for 6%.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Character Under 100% Over 100%
Bowser Hits the opponent with a spinning attack when Bowser is in his shell. 8% damage. Does a slow claw swipe as he pulls himself up for 10%.
Captain Falcon Flips himself up with a fast kick. 10% Climbs up, then does a small uppercut as he stands up. Oddly, does less damage than his "Under 100%" attack, dealing 8%.
Charizard Does a fast headbutt. 8% normally, 5% when exhausted. Makes a slow swing of its tail. 10% normally, 7% when exhausted.
Diddy Kong Sweeps his tail along the ground for 8%. Performs a low kick for 10%.
Donkey Kong Thrusts his whole body forward, back-first, for 8%. Covers quite a bit of distance for an edge-attack. Slaps low to the ground. 10%
Falco Slides forward with both legs for 8%. Shares this animation with Fox and Wolf. Delivers a flip-kick for 10%. Shares this animation with Fox and Wolf.
Fox Slides forward and comes back a short distance with both legs for 8%. Shares this animation with Falco and Wolf. Delivers a flip-kick for 10%. Has a small blind spot very close to the ledge. Shares this animation with Falco and Wolf.
Ganondorf Quickly delivers a backhand. 10%. Climbs up and thrusts one leg forward. 10%.
Ice Climbers Thrusts their hammers overhead. Both climbers deal 8%. Sweep their hammers low to the ground. Both climbers deal 10%.
Ike Gets up and does a low, spinning slash for 8%. Pulls up slowly, then does a short slash parallel to the ground, much like his Quick Draw. 10%.
Ivysaur Sweeps one of its vines forward. 8% normally, 5% when exhausted. Does a short range tackle. 10% normally, 7% when exhausted.
Jigglypuff Does a flipping kick, much like Kirby. 6% Pulls up and does a spinning split kick. 6%. Shares this animation with Kirby.
King Dedede Thrusts one foot forward, similar to his down-tilt, for 8%. Swings his hammer overhead for 10%.
Kirby Does a kick as he flips over the edge for 6%. Scoots up, then does a low spinning kick, similar to his Down Smash for 6%.
Link Performs an overhead slash for 8%. Slowly climbs up, then thrusts his sword forward, similar to the final hit of his Neutral attack combo. 10%.
Lucario Quickly pulls up onto the stage strikes with both palms. Fast and Good Range. Damage varies, dealing anywhere from 3-12%, depending on the strength of its aura. Slowly pulls up onto the stage and does a flip kick. Damage varies, dealing anywhere from 10-19%, depending on his aura. At full power, this is the strongest edge attack in the game.
Lucas Flips onto the stage, kicking with both legs for 8%. Shares this animation with Ness. Slowly delivers a powerful punch for 10%. Shares this animation with Ness.
Luigi Flips over the edge, kicking the opponent with both legs. 8% damage. Shares this animation with Mario. Slowly gets up and kicks. 10% damage. Shares this animation with Mario.
Mario Does a somersault and then kicks upwards, from a laying down position. 8% damage. Shares this animation with Luigi. Gets up then does an attack similar to his down tilt. 10% damage. Shares this animation with Luigi.
Marth Flips onto edge with a quick downward diagonal slash from left to right. 6% base. 8% tip. Quick, low, horizontal slash with medium lag. Less range than normal edge attack. 10% base and tip.
Meta Knight Leaps onto stage and slashes for 8%. Virtually the same as the above, but slower, dealing 10%.
Mr. Game & Watch Climbs up, and swings his bell forward. 8%. Virtually the same as the above, but slower, dealing 10%.
Ness Flips onto the stage with a kick for 8%. Shares this animation with Lucas. Delivers a powerful punch for 10%. Shares this animation with Lucas.
Olimar Somersaults onto the stage headbutting. Deals 8%. Thrusts his legs along the ground for 10%.
Peach Quickly thrusts her rump forward for 6%. Slowly sweeps both legs along the floor for 10%.
Pikachu Flips forward with its tail overhead. 8%. Pokes its tail forward for 10%.
Pit Flips onto the stage with a kick, dealing 8%. Thrusts his bow forward for a stab that deals 10%.
R.O.B. Thrusts both hands forward, similar to his forward-air. 7%. Thrusts one arm forward for 10%. Covers more ground than his other edge attack.
Samus Does a high-arcing kick for 6%. Climbs up with a punch from her arm cannon for 10%.
Sheik Flips up and does a two-legged sliding kick for 8%. Does an elbow jab dealing 8%.
Snake Flips around, kicking with his heel for 8% Slowly kicks both legs forward. Deals 10%.
Sonic Charges forward a short distance in spinball form. 8%. Delivers two kicks. The first does 6%, the second for 7%. The first kick rarely leads the opponent into the second.
Squirtle Crouches and swipes its tail with a spin. 8% normally, 5% when exhausted. Does a slow headbutt. 10% normally, 7% when exhausted.
Toon Link Swings his sword overhead for 8%. Thrusts his sword forward for a stab, similar to the final hit of his Neutral attack combo. 10%.
Wario Crawls up the edge and flips onto his back, attacking with his head. 8% Crawls up the edge and slides his hand across the ground. Similar to his down tilt. 10%
Wolf Slides forward, attacking with both legs for 8%. Shares this animation with Fox and Falco. Flips onto the stage with a kick, dealing 10%. Shares this animation with Fox and Falco.
Yoshi Quickly sweeps his tail forward for 6%. Slowly swings his head forward for 12%. Similar to his Forward smash.
Zelda Does a low spinning sweep before she stands. 6%. Slaps in front of her for 10%.
Zero Suit Samus Does a low spinning kick for 8%. Does a turning forearm thrust dealing 10%.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Character Edge Attack
Bayonetta Climbs up and does a low sweep with her leg for 7%.
Bowser Does a slow claw swipe as he pulls himself up for 7%.
Giga Bowser Hits the opponent with a spinning attack when Giga Bowser is in his shell for 16%.
Bowser Jr. Flips over and attacks with two wrecking balls for 7%.
Captain Falcon Flips himself up with a fast kick for 7%.
Charizard Does a fast headbutt for 8%.
Cloud Takes one step onto the stage and swings his sword forward for 8%.
Corrin Climbs up and swings his sword forward for 7%.
Dark Pit Flips over and does a spin kick for 7%. Shares this animation with Pit.
Diddy Kong Sweeps his tail along the ground for 7%.
Donkey Kong Slaps low to the ground for 8%.
Dr. Mario Flips over the edge, kicking the opponent with both legs for 7%. Shares this animation with Mario.
Duck Hunt Climbs onto the stage as the duck pecks forward for 7%.
Falco Slides forward with both legs for 7%. Shares this animation with Fox.
Fox Slides forward with both legs for 7%. Shares this animation with Falco.
Ganondorf Quickly delivers a backhand for 8%.
Greninja Gets up and does a spin kick for 7%.
Ike Pulls up slowly, then does a short slash parallel to the ground, much like his Quick Draw, for 8%.
Jigglypuff Does a flipping kick for 6%. Shares this animation with Kirby.
King Dedede Thrusts one foot forward for 8%.
Kirby Does a flipping kick for 7%. Shares this animation with Jigglypuff.
Link Climbs up, then thrusts his sword forward, similar to the final hit of his Neutral attack combo, for 7%.
Little Mac Faceplants on the ground and thrusts his fist forward for 7%. 10% as Giga Mac.
Lucario Quickly pulls up onto the stage strikes with both palms. Damage varies, dealing anywhere from 4-12%, depending on the strength of his aura. 12% as Mega Lucario.
Lucas Flips onto the stage with a kick for 7%. Shares this animation with Ness.
Lucina Gets up and does a quick horizontal slash for 7%. Shares this animation with Marth and Roy.
Luigi Performs a two-footed legsweep while climbing up for 7%.
Mario Does a somersault and kicks upwards from a laying down position for 7%. Shares this animation with Dr. Mario.
Marth Gets up and does a quick horizontal slash for 7%. Shares this animation with Lucina and Roy.
Mega Man Flips over the edge and kicks the opponent for 7%.
Meta Knight Leaps onto stage and slashes for 7%.
Mewtwo Flips onto the stage while tail whipping for 7%.
Mii Brawler Performs a low karate chop while getting up for 7%.
Mii Gunner Swings their arm cannon ahead for 7%.
Mii Swordfighter Climbs onto the stage and stabs forward for 7%.
Mr. Game & Watch Climbs up and swings his bell forward for 7%.
Ness Flips onto the stage with a kick for 7%. Shares this animation with Lucas.
Olimar Thrusts his fist forward for 7%.
Pac-Man Does a spin kick for 7%.
Palutena Gets up and does a spin kick for 7%.
Peach Climbs up and does a low sweep with her hand for 7%.
Pikachu Flips forward with its tail overhead for 7%.
Pit Flips over and does a spin kick for 7%.
R.O.B. Climbs up and does a spinning sweep for 7%.
Robin Climbs up and thrusts forward with his sword for 7%.
Rosalina & Luma Kicks forward with her feet for 7%.
Roy Gets up and does a quick horizontal slash for 8%. Shares this animation with Marth and Lucina.
Ryu Thrusts his foot forward for 7%.
Samus Leaps onto the stage with a kick for 7%.
Sheik Flips up and does a two-legged sliding kick for 7%.
Shulk Climbs up and does a downward slash for 7%. 5% if the Speed Monado Art is in effect, 4% if the Shield Monado Art is in effect, 9% if the Buster Monado Art is in effect, and 3% if the Smash Monado Art is in effect.
Sonic Charges forward a short distance in his spinball form for 7%.
Toon Link Thrusts his sword forward for a stab, similar to the final hit of his Neutral attack combo for 7%.
Villager Gets up and thrusts his foot forward for 7%.
Wario Crawls up the edge and flips onto his back, attacking with his hands for 8%.
Wii Fit Trainer Gets up and does a yoga pose, thrusting her arm upward and her legs forward for 7%. 8% if Deep Breathing is in effect.
Yoshi Quickly sweeps his tail forward for 7%.
Zelda Does a low spinning sweep before she stands for 7%.
Zero Suit Samus Does a low spinning kick for 7%.

Trivia[edit]

  • Sonic is the only character with an edge attack (his slow one) that can hit twice.
  • Mr. Game & Watch's edge attacks are the only ones to not deal fixed knockback, instead dealing the same strength of knockback as floor attacks.
  • In SSB4, Bowser uses his secondary edge attack animation from Brawl for his edge attack, while Giga Bowser uses his standard edge attack animation from Brawl for his edge attack.
  • Bowser's under 100% edge attack in Melee is arguably the best edge attack in the game, having long range, many invincibility frames and very long hitbox duration, hitting his way in and all the way back.
  • Some edge attacks are able to stage spike opponents, if timed properly.[1]

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