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Food artwork from Brawl.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in SSBM
Item class Damage Recovering

Food (たべもの, Food) is an item that, when used, recovers a small amount of the user's damage. Although they often spawn in groups from Party Balls, the items can spawn on their own, and some items of food are unique to specific stages.


As an item[edit]

Food commonly spawns on stages in the games, and large bundles of food are frequently dispensed from the Party Ball. As a relatively common item, food generally does not recover significant amounts of damage; the strongest food items recover only 9-to-12% of the player's health, with a majority often recovering below 6%.

In Brawl, there is a special "gulp" sound effect for when characters consume food that happens to be a liquid, like the tea or orange juice items.

As a stage feature[edit]

Three stages in the series, Green Greens, the Summit, and Tortimer's Island, dispense unique foods; Green Greens features Apples, the Summit features Vegetables from the original Ice Climber game (complete with sound effects from the game when consumed), and Tortimer's Island features some tropical fruits like lychees. In the case of Green Greens, some of the apples dropped by Whispy Woods will instead take the form of items that can be thrown at opponents; if items are turned off via the Item Switch, these apples will always be the type that can be thrown. If items are disabled on The Summit, the Vegetables will never spawn; it is unknown if this is the case for Tortimer's Island.

Yoshi's Story has Shy Guys flying around that carry normal food, which repeatedly shifts between different types of food as they hold onto it unless they drop it when attacked (however, sometimes they may roulette between other kinds of items). If items are turned off, the food will disappear but the Shy Guys will remain.

As a Pokémon item[edit]

The Pokémon Chansey in Melee can potentially drop Eggs as a part of Softboiled; these Eggs can potentially heal any players that pick up the items, though like the food items on stages, they will all be throwable if food is disabled.

In individual attacks[edit]

Three characters: Peach, Diddy Kong, and Mr. Game & Watch can spawn Food themselves. Peach can summon a variety of peaches as part of Peach Blossom (her Final Smash), Diddy Kong's Peanut Popgun and Rocketbarrel Barrage can potentially spawn shelled peanuts (Brawl only), and Mr. Game & Watch summons an apple with judgment hammer #7.

"Eating While Reclining"[edit]

Snake, eating while reclining.

Brawl added a technique called Eating While Reclining (倒れアイテム食べ, Eating items while downed or DownEatU and DownEatD internally in Brawl files, depending on on which side the character is lying). If a character lands hard by some food, the player can press the attack button to grab and eat the food without needing to get up first.[1] This technique however has no practical use, and it can even be detrimental; knocked-down players will be unable to use their getup attack if they land near food, removing a getup option, and since the action leaves players vulnerable, it may even get players unaware of this obscure mechanic's existence punished for trying to use a getup attack near food.


Food Items
Food Description Healing Power
Sushi Platter Tray w/ large green leaf & various sushi (SSBM) or a simple plate of shrimp and tuna sushi (SSBB) 8% (SSBM) 4% (SSBB)
Hanami Dango Three balls of rice flour dumpling colored pink, white, and green on a skewer (SSBM) 3%
Cheese A wedge of firm yellow cheese with holes (SSBM) or a wheel of soft white cheese (SSBB) 4% (SSBM) 7% (SSBB)
Grapes A cluster of purple (SSBM) or blue-purple grapes (SSBB)(SSB4) 3% (SSBM)(SSBB) 4% (SSB4)
Donut Donut half dipped in chocolate icing on the side (SSBM) or fully dipped on the top with chocolate icing (SSBB) 4% (SSBM) 6% (SSBB)
Gyūdon (lit. Beef bowl) A bowl of rice with beef, onion, and red pickled ginger on top (SSBM) 7%
Watermelon A whole watermelon with green striped circle (SSBM) with a longer shaped variety (SSBB) 6% (SSBM) 9% (SSBB)
Ice Cream Wafer cone with soft-serve vanilla ice cream (SSBM) mixed with strawberry ice cream (SSBB) 3% (SSBM) 6% (SSBB)
Pizza Thin-crust pizza with various toppings (SSBM) (SSBB) 8% (SSBM) 11% (SSBB)
Melon A green melon of the Yubari King variety with a stem that forks in 2 directions (SSBM)(SSBB) 6% (SSBM) 7% (SSBB)
Bananas Bunch of yellow bananas (3) (SSBM) 5%
Fried Rice A dish of rice fried with various vegetables (SSBM)(SSBB) 7% (SSBM) 11% (SSBB)
Onigiri Rice molded into a triangle held by a strip of seaweed (SSBM)(SSB4) 6% (SSBM) 4% (SSB4)
Orange A round orange (SSBM) 4%
Rice Lunch Tray Square container of rice, tea, condiments, and chopsticks (SSBM) 5%
Hamburger Sesame seed bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and meat (SSBM)(SSBB) 6% (SSBM) 7% (SSBB)
Turkey Whole roast turkey on plate with parsley, tomato, and lemon. Highest healing food in Smash 3DS/Wii U and in the series. (SSBM)(SSB4) 7% (SSBM), 15% (SSB4)
Curry Rice Plate with rice on one side and curry sauce with meat and potatoes on the other (SSBM) 7%
Cup of Tea White cup on saucer with light brown tea, (SSBM) dark brown tea, (SSBB) or orange tea. (SSB4) The cup and saucer have a more fancier design in SSB4, even with the cup handle being made of gold 2%
Milk Blue and white carton of milk (SSBM) or a blue/white bottle of milk (SSBB)(SSB4) 5% (SSBM)(SSB4) 4% (SSBB)
Chicken Drumstick A chicken leg wrapped with a piece of paper with blue/red strips. Highest healing food in Brawl (SSBB) 12%
Spaghetti White plate of spaghetti pasta with Bolognese sauce on top (SSBM)(SSB4) 6% (SSBM) 8% (SSB4)
Omelette White plate with rice covered by a French style omelette, tomato sauce, and parsley (SSBM) 7%
Strawberry A single strawberry with stem and leaves intact (SSBM)(SSBB) 1%
Shiitake Mushroom Dark brown mushroom cap with light stem (SSBM) 5%
Orange Juice Wine glass (SSBM) or thick milkshake glass cup (SSBB) with orange juice with an orange slice and a pink straw (SSBB) 3%
Chashu (lit. Fork Roast) Rāmen/Lamian Bowl with noodles, vegetables, egg, fish cake, and pieces of roast pork (SSBM) 7%
Apple A red apple with stem (SSBM)(SSBB)(SSB4) 5% (SSBM) 4% (SSBB)(SSB4)
Unagi Rice Rectangular pan with rice and Japanese eel. Highest healing food in Melee (SSBM) 9%
Chocolate A 2-by-8 (SSBB) or 3-by-15 (SSB4) chocolate bar with the wrapper still on (SSB4) 6% (SSBB) 5% (SSB4)
Pineapple A whole pineapple with rind and stem (SSBB) 5%
Bread A bread roll with a cross cut on top (SSBB) or a loaf of bread (SSB4) 3% (SSBB) 10% (SSB4)
Cherry Pie A slice on cherry pie (SSBB)(SSB4) 7% (SSBB) 6% (SSB4)
Lollipop A swirl lollipop on a stick with a rainbow-colored variety (SSBB) or a candy corn-colored variety (SSB4) 9% (SSBB) 3% (SSB4)
Sausages A pair of sausages with a drizzle of ketchup (SSBB) 5%
Steak A slab of grilled steak on a plate (SSBB) with a variant consisting of Salisbury steak with mushroom sauce and vegetables (SSB4) 10% (SSBB) 7% (SSB4)
Dim Sum/Dianxin A steam basket with a shu mai dumpling and a green pea on top (SSBB)(SSB4) 7% (SSBB) 5% (SSB4)
Cookie A shortbread cookie in the shape of a heart (SSBB) 2%
Strawberry Shortcake A two layered shortcake with whipped cream and strawberries (SSBB)(SSB4) 10% (SSBB) 11% (SSB4)
Parfait A fruit parfait with ice cream on the top (SSBB) 11%
Cream Soda A vanilla ice cream float with melon soda as the liquid (SSBB) 5%
Kiwi Half of a kiwi fruit with the skin intact (SSB4) 2%
Cherry A pair of cherries with the stem (SSB4) 1%
Pear A pear with stem and light skin (SSB4) 3%
Lemon A pair of lemons with leaves (SSB4) 2%
Hot Dog Hot dog on a bun with lettuce, pickles, mustard and ketchup (SSB4) 6%
Soda A glass of soda on the rocks with lemon as garnish (SSB4) 3%
Kebab Corn cob, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, bacon wrapped sausages, and meat on a skewer (SSB4) 5%
Pancake Soft, fluffy pancakes with butter and syrup on top (SSB4) 7%
Popcorn Popcorn on a red and white striped bucket (SSB4) 6%
Tempura A plate with three pieces of shrimp tempura garnished with parsley (SSB4) 6%
Squash Soup A bowl of butternut squash soup on a plate with a wooden spoon to the side (SSB4) 4%
Mont Blanc Pureed chestnuts piped on a cake base with a chestnut and marzipan leaf on top (SSB4) 5%
Salad Mixed vegetable salad on a bowl covered in lettuce (SSB4) 5%
Eggs with Bacon Plate of two sunny side up eggs with broccoli and bacon (SSB4) 5%
Peach A regular sized peach in Brawl or a giant peach in SSB4, from Peach's Peach Blossom (SSBB)(SSB4) 5% (SSBB), 20% (SSB4)
Peanut A peeled peanut from Diddy Kong's Peanut Popgun or Rocketbarrel Barrage (SSBB)(SSB4) 4%


The Food item appears as a trophy in Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4.

Melee description[edit]

Food's trophy in Melee
These food items will restore your health when you eat them. There are 28 different types of food, and the nutritional value and yumminess quotient differs slightly with each type. Party Balls tend to hold the largest amount of food items. You may be vulnerable when gorging yourself, but you do need to eat to survive.
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/01)

Brawl description[edit]

Food's trophy in Brawl
Treats that decrease your damage. The nutritional value of each food, and how much damage it heals, is carefully measured. What's better for you, sushi or a donut? Party Balls contain a lot of food, so if you eat it all yourself, you can really lower your damage. There may be times when you laugh and walk away from food, and times when you watch someone else eating and cry.
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/01)

SSB4 description[edit]

ntsc Pick up food and eat it to restore health. There are 28 kinds of food in all, including bread, which heals 10 damage, roast chicken which heals 15, and so on. The fancier the food, the more damage it will heal. Keep and eye out for Party Balls-they may drop a whole buffet for you to nom.
pal Pick up food and eat it to restore health. There are 28 kinds of food in all, including bread, which heals 10 damage, roast chicken, which heals 15, and so on. The fancier the food, the more it heals you! Party Balls normally have a lot of food inside, so try to scoff it all up yourself!
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/2001)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


Various collectible foods in Kirby 64': The Crystal Shards.

The use of food as an item in video games is not uncommon, and some Nintendo games also featured the use of fruit in such a way. Yoshi's Story, for instance, required Yoshi to eat thirty fruits within a level to complete it; in these cases, the fruit also recovered some of his health. The EarthBound series also featured the use of both everyday and esoteric foods as recovery items.

Food that restored the player's health also appeared in Kirby Super Star as well as many other Kirby series games, acting as a common, yet low-powered method to recover Kirby's health; the use of food in the series is especially relevant to the item's appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series, as items featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee would later reappear in Kirby Air Ride as a common, low-health recovery food. In addition, several food sprites from the Kirby franchise has been reused and modified to accommodate the sprites for the Super Smash Bros. series.



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