Explosive Flame

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Explosive Flame
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Explosive Flame in Ultimate.
User Palutena
Universe Kid Icarus
Article on Icaruspedia Explosive Flame
Sets off an explosion a distance away. The stick can be flicked to make it go even farther.
—Description from Ultimate's Move List

Explosive Flame (爆炎, Bursting Flame) is one of Palutena's alternate neutral special moves in Super Smash Bros. 4 and is her side special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Upon using this move, Palutena summons a spherical explosion in front of her a set distance away (increased by a smash input in Ultimate). This explosion expands and engulfs any opponents trapped in it, causing steady damage and trapping opponents, similar to the Smart Bomb. It is unable to hit anyone directly in front of her, but if she is moving – falling or on a moving platform – the explosion will appear in relation to where she was when the button was pressed (indicated by a flash) instead of where she is when the explosion begins.


Special Move customisation was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Autoreticle 2. Explosive Flame 3. Heavenly Light
"Fire energy blasts from your staff directly at an opponent in front of you." "Create a blast in front of you that can hit opponents multiple times." "Surround yourself in rays of light that damage opponents."


Explosive Flame in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Explosive Flame is an offensive power that Pit or a fighter can use in Kid Icarus: Uprising. It is functionally similar to a Smart Bomb; when used, an explosion appears in front of the user, trapping any enemies and dealing damage. In Uprising, though, this explosion's center lies on the ground forming a hemispherical shape, and is much larger than its incarnation in Smash.



  • In the Russian translation of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this move is known as "Отражающий барьер", which means "Reflective Barrier". This is an error, as it likely refers to Palutena's side special move that was originally in Super Smash Bros. 4.
  • Explosive Flame is one of six special moves to have its directional input changed throughout the series.

Palutena's special moves
Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Neutral special Autoreticle Explosive Flame Heavenly Light Autoreticle
Side special Reflect Barrier Angelic Missile Super Speed Explosive Flame
Up special Warp Jump Glide Rocket Jump Warp
Down special Counter Lightweight Celestial Firework Counter/Reflect Barrier
Final Smash Black Hole Laser