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Mario Finale, Mario's Final Smash.

A Final Smash (最後の切りふだ, Last Trump Card) is a type of special move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Final Smashes tend to be incredibly powerful attacks, often leaving the user invincible for the move's duration (the periods vary from character to character, but always apply upon startup/execution), are generally unblockable, and, if properly executed, usually have the capacity to KO at least one opponent. Final Smashes performed correctly will give the player a great advantage, and may help to catch up to others or cement a commanding lead. Many Final Smashes also temporarily slow down stage elements, such as platform movements and motions in the background.

To perform a Final Smash, a player must first either destroy a Smash Ball, fill the Final Smash Meter in SSBU (although then the Final Smash will be weaker) or fall sufficiently far behind in a match that they are given a "Pity Final Smash" upon respawning. Once any of these happen, the screen will darken, the player's character will be engulfed in a multi-colored aura and their eyes will glow a bright yellow; in this state, the character's neutral special move is effectively replaced with a single use of their Final Smash.

In Brawl, the majority of Final Smashes are powerful enough that they have the potential to KO incredibly early or even one-hit KO if used properly. In SSB4, Final Smashes were universally made much weaker, many of them no longer being able to KO opponents at low percentages. In Ultimate, they have been made at least as strong as in Brawl, but they have also been tweaked to be less disruptive to gameplay.

Bayonetta's Infernal Climax in SSB4 became the first Final Smash with the potential to instantly KO trapped opponents. In Ultimate, several Final Smashes have this property.

Most Final Smashes cause the camera to temporarily zoom in on the user when activated, though there are some situations where this does not occur, such as with Pac-Man's Final Smash, Super Pac-Man. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, through a currently unconfirmed nature, there are some cases where Final Smashes that normally zoom in don't zoom in at all.

Only one Smash Ball or Final Smash can be present onscreen at any given time. When most Final Smashes are performed in the air, upon ending the move, the character gains a slight boost in height and regains their spent midair jumps, usually preventing a self-destruct.

Final Smashes are affected by Rage and Stale-Move Negation (and therefore will usually gain a freshness bonus), but are not affected by stat changes from equipment or Mii Fighter sizes.

Prior to Brawl[edit]

Masahiro Sakurai revealed in an interview with former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that he intended to include Final Smashes in the original Super Smash Bros., even going as far as to record voice clips for each of them. The idea, however, was held off until Brawl. Some of these voice clips, which were contained in the Super Smash Bros. debug menu, were eventually and correspondingly used in Brawl.

Pity Final Smash[edit]

A Pity Final Smash.

A Pity Final Smash (Easy Final Smash in SSB4) randomly occurs when any player is KO'd and is 5 points behind the current leader. Also, in SSB4, at least 6 KOs between all players must be landed for any player to acquire one. This player respawns with the ability to perform a Final Smash. This Final Smash cannot be dropped by the player.

In a 2-player timed match in Brawl, since the points differ by two for each kill, it is possible to go from a lead of 4 points to 6 without triggering the Pity Final Smash condition (which is to be exactly 5 points behind). If a player SD's, and consequently loses only one point, then a Pity Final Smash is possible.

Pity/Easy Final Smashes cannot occur while a Smash Ball is present on the battlefield, even when the requirements are met. In Brawl, Pity Final Smashes can be disabled only by turning the Smash Ball off; simply setting the overall item frequency to "None" does not prevent players from getting them if Smash Balls are still turned on. In SSB4, either method will prevent Easy Final Smashes. Additionally, they cannot occur in 2-player matches, for non-human players, or by a player SD'ing.

Changes in Ultimate[edit]

Mario's FS Meter, which is currently at max gauge.
Lucas, Zelda, Samus, and Marth playing with the FS meter enabled.

Sakurai stated in Nintendo Direct that every Final Smash would be standardized to be simple and straight to the point. As a result, Final Smashes were made universally faster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, removing most player-controlled ones; the KO potential of Final Smashes has also been increased. Because of the universal speed increase and control removal applied to Final Smashes, many Final Smashes such as Wario's Wario-Man, Little Mac's Giga Mac, and Bowser's Giga Bowser, had their functionality changed significantly, while others, such as Fox and Falco's Landmaster and Donkey Kong's Konga Beat, have been completely replaced. The Final Smash Meter (FS Meter) is also introduced, which is a toggle feature in the rules that allows players to gain a weaker form of their Final Smash by filling up their gauge during battle. However, while multiple meters can be full at once, only one Final Smash can be performed at a time.

List[edit]

Fighter Super Smash Bros. Brawl Final Smash Super Smash Bros. 4 Final Smash Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Final Smash
Bayonetta Infernal Climax
Bowser Giga Bowser[1] Giga Bowser Punch
Bowser Jr. Shadow Mario Paint
Captain Falcon Blue Falcon[2]
Charizard Triple Finish (Pokémon Trainer) Mega Charizard X Triple Finish (Pokémon Trainer)
Chrom Awakening Aether
Cloud Omnislash
Corrin Torrential Roar
Daisy Daisy Blossom
Dark Pit Dark Pit Staff
Dark Samus Phazon Laser
Diddy Kong Rocketbarrel Barrage Hyper Rocketbarrel
Donkey Kong Konga Beat Jungle Rush
Dr. Mario Doctor Finale
Duck Hunt NES Zapper Posse[2]
Falco Landmaster Team Star Fox
Fox
Ganondorf Beast Ganon Ganon, The Demon King
Greninja Secret Ninja Attack
Ice Climbers Iceberg[1] Iceberg[1]
Ike Great Aether
Incineroar Max Malicious Moonsault
Inkling Killer Wail
Isabelle Dream Town Hall
Jigglypuff Puff Up
Ken Shippu Jinraikyaku / Shinryuken[3]
King Dedede Waddle Dee Army Dedede Burst Dede-Rush
King K. Rool Blast-O-Matic
Kirby Cook Kirby Ultra Sword
Link Triforce Slash Ancient Bow and Arrow
Little Mac Giga Mac Giga Mac Rush
Lucario Aura Storm Mega Lucario[2] Aura Storm
Lucas PK Starstorm[4]
Lucina Critical Hit
Luigi Negative Zone[5] Poltergust 5000 Poltergust G-00
Mario Mario Finale
Marth Critical Hit
Mega Man Mega Legends
Meta Knight Galaxia Darkness Darkness Illusion
Mewtwo Psystrike
Mii Brawler Omega Blitz
Mii Gunner Full Blast
Mii Swordfighter Final Edge
Mr. Game & Watch Octopus[2][6]
Ness PK Starstorm[4]
Olimar End of Day
Pac-Man Super Pac-Man[2][6]
Palutena Black Hole Laser
Peach Peach Blossom
Pichu Volt Tackle[6]
Pikachu Volt Tackle[6]
Piranha Plant Petey Piranha
Pit Palutena's Army[5] Three Sacred Treasures Lightning Chariot
Pokémon Trainer Triple Finish Triple Finish
Richter Grand Cross
Ridley Plasma Scream
R.O.B. Diffusion Beam Super Diffusion Beam Guided Robo Beam
Robin Pair Up
Rosalina Power Star[7]
Roy Critical Hit
Ryu Shin Shoryuken / Shinku Hadoken[3]
Samus Zero Laser
Sheik Light Arrow Sheikah Dance
Shulk Chain Attack[2]
Simon Grand Cross
Snake Grenade Launcher Covering Fire
Sonic Super Sonic[6]
Toon Link Triforce Slash
Villager Dream Home[8]
Wario Wario-Man[6]
Wii Fit Trainer Wii Fit
Wolf Landmaster Team Star Wolf
Yoshi Super Dragon Stampede!
Young Link Triforce Slash
Zelda Light Arrow Triforce of Wisdom
Zero Suit Samus Power Suit Samus Gunship Zero Laser

Notes[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 These Final Smashes leave the character vulnerable (either entirely or just to damage) during their Final Smash.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Prior to Ultimate, these Final Smashes never zoomed in on the user of the Final Smash. In the case of Shulk, the camera did move, but it did not necessarily zoom in on him.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The move that is used depends on the range at which the Final Smash is activated.
  4. 4.0 4.1 This Final Smash's function was heavily modified in the transition from Brawl to Smash 4, then reverted back to resemble its original incarnation in Ultimate. However, its title has remained the same across all three titles.
  5. 5.0 5.1 These Final Smashes leave the character vulnerable during part of their Final Smash.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 These Final Smashes function in a completely different fashion in Ultimate than they did in previous titles, but are considered to be the same move due to retaining similar aesthetic details and keeping the same name. In the case of Volt Tackle, Pichu gains it as a new move due to last appearing in Melee (in which Final Smashes did not exist), while Pikachu keeps the move from its post-Melee appearances but has had its function dramatically changed.
  7. Known as Grand Star in Ultimate.
  8. Known as Housewarming Party in PAL regions.

In competitive play[edit]

In tournaments, all items, including Smash Balls, are turned to "none" and "off," respectively, meaning that Final Smashes do not appear in tournaments. While there has been some dispute in the past whether Smash Balls solely of all items should be allowed, due to Final Smashes resembling the "super move" concept of more traditional fighting games, the general consensus is that they are detrimental to competitive play for several reasons:

  • Final Smashes behave very differently from the typical "super moves" of other fighting games: they are not built up through any controllable means while a match plays out (such as dealing or taking damage) and are instead acquired through breaking a completely separate and randomly spawning "super move" item that flies around the stage in an unpredictable pattern. Such properties can lead to a player gaining a large advantage from just being in the right place at the right time.
    • Only one player is allowed to be on standby at any given time, thus precluding any potential immediate counters with Final Smashes and forcing the opponent to wait for the next Smash Ball to spawn.
    • The frequent appearance of Smash Balls, which is not affected by what the item frequency is set to, heavily centralizes the match on "getting the Smash Ball" rather than outplaying the opponent.
    • Characters with high air mobility and range are better at pursuing and obtaining the Smash Ball than others; it is unlikely, for instance, that a Little Mac player fighting a Jigglypuff player on an Ω form stage can break the Smash Ball before their opponent gets to it, unless it happens to spawn or float close to the ground.
    • In SSB4, spawn times for Smash Balls can vary wildly, ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes, further increasing their randomness.
  • Most Final Smashes are considered to have disproportionate power; simply using one competently will result in massive damage if not a clean KO of the opponent, easily accomplishing what could take far more effort for the opponent to match. In addition to this, not all Final Smashes are guaranteed to be reliable at KOing opponents, as some operate as a stage-wide nuisance and have more difficulty KOing opponents. This is most prominent in Brawl; some polarized examples include:
    • Sonic's Final Smash deals very high damage and knockback, and his immense movement speed allows him to quickly score multiple KO's, even against opponents that are very far away.
    • Zero Suit Samus's Final Smash is very ineffective due to its small area-of-effect and low power, and it forces her to turn into the less viable Samus when the Final Smash finishes, which the player will also not be able to reverse unless they acquire another Smash Ball.
    • Peach's Final Smash doesn't KO opponents at all, instead putting nearby opponents to sleep and spawning numerous healing items.
  • In Brawl, the loading time required before a Final Smash actually becomes available to a character is somewhat random and invisible to players, so one may end up using a neutral special for no apparent reason and possibly providing the opponent a free opportunity to counter.

Because items are turned to off and none and tournament rules generally specify lower stock than what is required to trigger them, Pity Final Smashes also do not appear in tournaments. One might argue that allowing Pity Final Smashes would allow a badly beaten player to stage a comeback, as they do not appear at random like Smash Balls do. However, this can only happen in a match of at least 6 stocks, which is considered to be far too high for tournaments (taking a very long amount of time to complete matches), and competitive players generally consider an element designed solely to aid a worse-performing player to be anti-competitive. In SSB4, as they cannot occur in a 1v1 setting, in which most competitive matches take place, it can be said that Smash Balls must be disabled in competitive SSB4 solely due to Pity Smashes having the capacity to occur in a doubles match but not a singles match.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate seems to address a number of these issues:

  • The Final Smash Meter eliminates the need for luck to obtain Final Smashes, and Final Smashes earned by the FS Meter are weaker than those obtained from a Smash Ball.
    • This brings them more in line with other controllable one-use, high-risk attacks such as Wario Waft, KO Uppercut, and Limit Breaks.
    • While only one player can use a Final Smash at a time, any number of players can be on standby at once assuming their FS Meter is full.
  • Transformation or otherwise player-controlled Final Smashes have been removed entirely, reducing the gap in effectiveness between Final Smashes.

Eyeball glitch[edit]

In SSB4, a glitch can occur affecting the eyeballs of multiple characters, most notably Jigglypuff, as a result of an oversight in the coding of the graphical effects of characters eyeballs during final smashes. When breaking the smash ball with a move that causes a character's eyeballs to point in a certain direction, upon finishing their final smash, said fighter's eyeballs will be locked in this same position until a move or action is performed that also causes the fighter to look in a direction. This occurs because when a fighter breaks the smash ball, their eyeballs are temporarily replaced with yellow eyeballs, at which point their regular eyeballs are stored exactly as they were just before their eyeball model was replaced. In some extreme cases, this glitch can even be carried over into victory animations, such as one of Jigglypuff's victory animations.

Trivia[edit]

  • When a character uses their Final Smash, their equipment is temporarily disabled. This is noticeable with Auto Heal and a high attack stat.
    • If Rosalina is KO'd before her Final Smash wears off, her equipment will start working again.
  • Ryu and Ken are the only fighters with two Final Smashes in a single installment.
  • Ryu's input Hadoken and Shakunetsu Hadoken can still be performed while in Final Smash standby mode, making Ryu (and Kirby with Ryu's Copy Ability) the only fighters who can use a neutral special move in standby after breaking the Smash Ball, barring glitches and disc load delay.
  • Mega Charizard X and Mega Lucario are the only Final Smashes that grant super armor as well as a reduction in damage sustained while transformed.
  • When any Final Smash is used, if the user is completely off-screen (when the user is taking magnifying glass damage), there will be no start-up lag or animation. The attack just goes out immediately. Cool down time is still normal.
  • Mario, Samus, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff are the only members of the Original 12 to have kept their Final Smashes the same without any functionality changes.
  • Pit, Zero Suit Samus, R.O.B., and King Dedede are the only characters who have appeared since Brawl to have a different Final Smash across every installment.
  • Palutena and Chrom are the only characters that originally appeared as part of a fighter's Final Smash in older installments before becoming a fighter themselves in a later one. Both coincidentally became playable in the game following their Final Smash cameo.
  • Young Link (Ultimate), Toon Link (Ultimate), Chrom, Dark Pit, and Ken are the only clone or Echo Fighters to have a different Final Smash than their base character.
    • Young Link, Toon Link, Roy, and Lucina are the only clones to share their Final Smash with another clone.
  • Charizard and Lucario are the only characters to have gained a new Final Smash in a future iteration of a game, only for it to be reverted back to its original Final Smash. In the former's case, it gained Mega Charizard X in Smash 4 before it was reverted back to Triple Finish in Ultimate, as a consequence of being grouped back into the Pokémon Trainer's party. The latter, meanwhile, is reverted back to Aura Storm, also in Ultimate, due to the design changes to how Final Smashes work in said game. Unlike Charizard, however, Lucario retains its visual transformation into Mega Lucario.
  • In Ultimate, when a character uses their Final Smash and another character is in the frame during the initial shot, the other character will have a shocked expression on their face.

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