Electric

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There are various attacks in the Super Smash Bros. series that cause the electric effect. Targets hit by these attacks will be shocked and spark for a second or two. Electric attacks have other effects:

  • They multiply the freeze frames of an attack by 1.5x.[1][2] Prior to Brawl, this multiplier only applied to the victim, not the attacker.
  • They do no damage to Yellow Pikmin, which will not flinch.
  • They are strengthened by Electric Attack stickers.
  • They are weakened by Electric Resistance stickers.
  • They make Hotheads grow larger and make them more powerful.
  • In Smash 4, they cause attacks to inflict one more frame of hitstun than usual.

In the first three installments of Smash Bros., electric attacks always emit very loud sounds on hit. This has been toned down to a "buzzing" sound in Smash 4, making them much quieter.

The majority of magic, energy, and PK attacks use the electric effect, though this is hardly universal. The electric effect can be confused with the paralyze effect, as the only common moves that can paralyze use electrical sound effects.

Pikachu's Thunder in Brawl, a powerful electric attack.

List of electric attacks[edit]

By characters[edit]

Character Move(s) Games
Captain Falcon Knee Smash (sweetspotted) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Lightning Falcon Kick Super Smash Bros. 4
Dark Pit Electroshock Arm Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Electrocut Arm Super Smash Bros. 4
Quickshock Arm
Dark Samus Forward smash Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Up smash
Forward aerial
Forward throw
Grab aerial
Charge Shot
Screw Attack (entire move)
Phazon Laser
Donkey Kong Lightning Punch Super Smash Bros. 4
Dr. Mario Forward smash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Shocking Sheet Super Smash Bros. 4
Falco Lasers during back, up and down throws Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Reflector
Blaster Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Explosive Blaster Super Smash Bros. 4
Burst Blaster
Fox Reflector Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Charge Blaster Super Smash Bros. 4
Wolf Flash (sweetspotted)
Ganondorf Neutral attack (except sourspot in Brawl and Smash 4) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Down aerial
Dark Dive
Giga Bowser Up smash
Neutral aerial Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Back aerial
Down aerial
Whirling Fortress
King Dedede Waddle Dee Toss (Waddle Doo lasers) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Bouncing Gordo Super Smash Bros. 4
Kirby (Copy Abilities) Charge Shot Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Thunder Jolt
PK Flash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Shadow Ball (charge hitbox) Super Smash Bros. Melee
Blaster (Falco) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pikmin Pluck (thrown Yellow Pikmin)
Blaster (Wolf) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Charge Blast Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Thunder (Robin)
Link Shocking Spin Super Smash Bros. 4
Lucas Forward tilt (sweetspot) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Dash attack
Up tilt (tip)
Up smash
Down smash
Neutral aerial
Forward aerial (sweetspot)
Back aerial
PK Thunder
PSI Magnet
Down aerial (last sweetspotted hit) Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lucina Iai Counter Super Smash Bros. 4
Mario Shocking Cape
Marth Iai Counter
Mega Man Forward smash Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Up smash
Mewtwo Neutral aerial Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pummel
Shadow Ball (charge hitboxes) Super Smash Bros. Melee
Floor attack
Mii Brawler Forward smash Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mii Gunner Charge Blast Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Echo Reflector
Full Blast
Mr. Game & Watch Judge (number 5) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ness PK Thunder Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
PK Flash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Dash attack Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Forward aerial
Back aerial
Rising PK Flash Super Smash Bros. 4
Lasting PK Thunder
Rolling PK Thunder
Forward PSI Magnet
Olimar All Pikmin-based attacks with a Yellow Pikmin (all smashes, all aerial attacks except for neutral aerial, pummel, all throws, Pikmin Throw and customs) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pikmin Chain (Yellow Pikmin) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Pichu Forward smash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Forward aerial
Down aerial
Thunder Jolt
Skull Bash
Thunder
Pummel
All throws
Forward tilt Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Down smash
Back aerial
Volt Tackle
Pikachu Forward smash Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Forward aerial
Down aerial
Forward throw (back throw in Smash 64)
Thunder Jolt
Thunder
Down smash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pummel
Quick Attack
All throws (except forward throw) Super Smash Bros. Melee
Skull Bash
Volt Tackle Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Thunder Wave Super Smash Bros. 4
Thunder Shock
Shocking Skull Bash
Meteor Quick Attack
Quick Feet
Thunder Burst
Distant Thunder
Forward tilt Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Neutral aerial
R.O.B. Forward smash Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Diffusion Beam Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Diffusion Beam Super Smash Bros. 4
Robin All aerial attacks (neutral aerial in Ultimate only; Levin Sword) Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
All smash attacks (Levin Sword)
Thunder
Thunder+ Super Smash Bros. 4
Speed Thunder
Samus Charge Shot Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Screw Attack (last hit)
Forward and back throws Super Smash Bros.
Grab aerial Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zero Laser Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Dense Charge Shot Super Smash Bros. 4
Melee Charge Shot
Screw Rush
Apex Screw Attack
Sheik Chain (tip) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Wario-Man Corkscrew Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Wolf Blaster (shots) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wolf Flash (sweetspot)
Reflector
Zelda Neutral attack Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Up tilt
Dash attack
Forward smash (last hit)
Up smash
Lightning Kicks (sweetspot)
Pummel
Down throw
Neutral aerial (last hit) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Down aerial (sweetspot)
Zero Suit Samus Neutral aerial Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Up smash
Forward throw
Plasma Whip (whip body)
Forward smash Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Plasma Wire
Power Suit Samus
Gunship lasers Super Smash Bros. 4
Zero Laser Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By items[edit]

Item Attack Games
Assist Trophies Barbara: Shockwaves Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Elec Man: Thunder Beam Super Smash Bros. 4
Phosphora: Electric shots Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wily Capsule: Lightning projectiles Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Beam Sword First hit of forward smash when used by Captain Falcon Super Smash Bros. Melee
Fan
Hothead Spark Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Key Throw against enemies Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Parasol First hit of forward smash when used by Captain Falcon Super Smash Bros. Melee
Poké Ball (Pokémon) Bewear: first hit of uppercut Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Dedenne: Discharge Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ditto: Transform (if the summoner possesses electric attacks) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lugia: Aeroblast, contact with body Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lunala: Moongeist Beam Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Raikou: Spark Super Smash Bros. Melee
Zapdos: ThunderShock
Ray Gun Shots Super Smash Bros.

By enemies and bosses[edit]

Enemy/Boss Attack Games
Crazy Hand Lasers Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Sweep attack Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Parts of drill attack
Flying Punch
Jet flight (comeback)
Triple poke (second hit)
Applause combo (fourth hit)
Cross punch combo (startup)
Duon Blue laser attack Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Feyesh Tentacle swipe
Ganon Lightning discs Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Glunder Discharge Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Jyk (zap variety) Contact with body Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Marx Eye lasers Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Giant mouth laser
Master Core Master Giant: Electric orbs Super Smash Bros. 4
Master Beast: Dark Thunder
Master Hand Slamming punch Super Smash Bros.
Parts of drill attack Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Lasers Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Flying punch
Metal Face Laser Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Plasma Wisp Plasma beam Super Smash Bros. 4
Porky Beam attacks Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Lightning bolt
Rayquaza Dragon Pulse
Thunder
Spaak Spark and thunderbolt attacks
Tabuu Electrical Shield
Eye Lasers
Off Waves
Waddle Doo Eye beam Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Yellow Devil Lasers Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By stage hazards[edit]

Stage Hazard Game(s)
Balloon Fight Sparks Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Corneria Great Fox blaster charge Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kalos Pokémon League Rayquaza in Dragon Chamber Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Midgar Ramuh's Judgment Bolt Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Orbital Gate Assault Forcefield Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Unova Pokémon League Zekrom's Fusion Bolt Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate

Trivia[edit]

The playable characters' appearances when hit by electric attacks in Smash 64 where some of the characters get shocked with cartoon animations showing; this is the only game in the series to use such an easter egg.
  • In Super Smash Bros, characters hit by electric attacks will briefly flash black, with their skeleton visible. The exception is Samus, whose suitless shape is seen instead. Non-playable characters do not have this effect. Using AR codes can enable the player to play as a skeleton for an entire game.
  • In Melee, when Pikachu uses its back, up, or down throw on an opponent, it begins to spark immediately, without the "shock" being displayed when the move connects. This was fixed in Brawl, where they were given a neutral effect. This also happens to Pichu, with these attacks also being the only ones that don't cause recoil damage to it (besides dismissed Thunder).
  • In Brawl and Smash 4, characters use a special animation when hit by an electric attack, which has them continuously tremble in place during freeze frames and before being launched, instead of using a single animation frame, and is the same as their animation when paralyzed.
  • When a character is hit by an electric attack in Brawl and they have high enough damage, the crowd doesn't make any sounds unless the electric attack in question happens to hit an opponent that has already been launched by another, non-electric attack.

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