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Final Cutter

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Final Cutter
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Final Cutter in Ultimate.
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Final Cutter (ファイナルカッター, Final Cutter) is Kirby's up special move.


Kirby draws a silver blade, similar to a scimitar, jumps into the air a bit less than the height of Falco's full jump, and falls quickly, releasing a blue "wave" projectile forward if he lands on a solid surface, travelling the distance of a Falco Phantasm. This attack is somewhat similar to Ike's Aether.

The move generally hits best on the way up and at the very end of the attack. Although it lost much power and use in the transition from Super Smash Bros. to Super Smash Bros. Melee, it is still quite useful to skilled players. It should also be noted that the move as a whole can be moved much further horizontally when used on the ground as opposed to in the air. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Final Cutter is stronger than in Melee.

The descent of the move delivers a heavy meteor smash, which is easier to use over a pit. This can develop into a technique known as Cuttercide/Kutterkaze. When the opponent is trying to recover, Final Cutter can be used to intercept them and spike them downward, killing both the player and (most of the time) the opponent as well (beware that the player using Cuttercide passes the blast line first.)

In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, players using this move lose all of their jumps if knocked out of it.

This move is also useful against edgeguarding if used high in the air at the top corners of stages, such as Final Destination or Battlefield. If Kirby performed the move at a good enough distance and an edgeguarder was in the air coming for it, Kirby could potentially catch the opponent on the sword's descent, sending them towards the lower blast line and finding itself grabbing the edge.

Unlike most other recovery moves, Final Cutter does not throw Kirby into helplessness; when the ascent is finished, Kirby falls quickly and retains the hitbox. However, if Kirby lands at the edge of a platform and is pushed off by wind, conveyor belts, Mario's F.L.U.D.D., Squirtle's Water Gun or simply pushing him off while he is still in his ground-slam animation, Kirby will quickly slide off into his helpless form.

Bigger Kirby glitch[edit]

In Smash 64, Final Cutter can be used in the air to trigger a unusual bug known as the Bigger Kirby glitch. After performing his up special in the air, Kirby will become slightly bigger. This size increase is slightly more pronounced in the international versions than in the Japanese one, though the final size is the same in all versions, and lasts until Kirby is KO'd. This effect is not purely aesthetic but increases Kirby's range, notably allowing him to hit below platforms with certain attacks, at the cost of making him a bigger target, especially when crouching.

Instructional quote[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee instruction booklet KirbyHeadSSBM.png Soar into the sky, then dive down with this cutting move that unleashes a shock wave.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet KirbyHeadSSBB.png Swoop up and down while attacking with a blade. On landing, the blade emits a wave that does additional damage.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout KirbyHeadSSB4-3.png Strike up and down. Sends out a shock wave.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List KirbyHeadSSBU.png Jumps high into the air, striking on the way up and on the way down. Creates a shock wave when landing.

In The Subspace Emissary[edit]

In the story, Kirby uses the move to cut down King Dedede's stolen Cargo and secure a pair of trophies, either Mario and Pit's or Link and Yoshi's, depending on which princess Kirby rescued from Petey Piranha.


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

1. Final Cutter 2. Wave Cutter 3. Upper Cutter
"Jump high into the air, striking on the way up and down. Creates a shock wave when landing." "Jump high into the air, and then slam down to the ground, sending rocks flying." "Strike powerfully as you rise through the air. You can't attack on the way down."
  1. Final Cutter: Default.
  2. Wave Cutter: The blade deals no damage, but upon landing creates a rock wave with more power and range than the normal shockwave. Has faster start-up. If used high enough in the air, the move will be weaker. The wave of rocks can be reflected.
  3. Upper Cutter: Comes out faster and does more damage while traveling (higher) up as well as no longer making Kirby plummet straight down, but loses both the meteor smash and shockwave and puts Kirby into his helpless state on the way down, although there is noticeable vertical momentum after the attack ends. Resembles the Sword Upper from the Sword ability.


Final Cutter in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.

The Final Cutter first appeared as a special move in Kirby Super Star, then-known as "Nonstop cutter attack". When Kirby had the Cutter ability and was close enough to the enemy while attacking, the normally ranged Cutter technique would become a rapid slashing combo attack known as the Cleaving Cutter (an inward chop, then a turning inward-upward 180 slash akin to his "Cutter Dash" move), ending in the Final Cutter.

In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, Final Cutter also appears as part of the Sword ability, functioning exactly like it does in Smash Bros. The Smash Bros. ability, which appears in Amazing Mirror, Kirby's Dream Collection, and Kirby: Planet Robobot, also includes Final Cutter with its Smash Bros. functionality, even featuring the same blade design.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ファイナルカッター, Final Cutter
UK English Final Cutter
France French Super tranche
Germany German Final Cutter
Spain Spanish Corte final
Italy Italian Sciabolata
China Chinese (Simplified) 最终弯刀
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 最終彎刀
South Korea Korean 파이널 커터, Final Cutter
Netherlands Dutch Doorkliever
Russia Russian Последный разрез
Portugal Portuguese Golpe Cortante


  • In prerelease versions of Smash 4, Kirby still had a neutral expression while using this move, like previous games.

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