A forward tilt, also known as an "f-tilt" or "side tilt", and officially a strong side (横強攻撃, Side strong attack), is a tilt attack performed by any character by holding the control stick forward and pressing the attack button while on the ground. This is distinct from a forward smash in that the control stick is only tilted, not tapped, when performing this attack. Side tilt attacks generally act as either alternatives to a character's forward smash or as quick defensive moves with less lag time than a smash.
Along with certain forward smashes, some side tilts can be angled up or down to some extent, pointing the hitbox in a diagonal direction instead of totally forward. Most attacks that are angled up are slightly more powerful than if they weren't angled, while some are weaker if angled downwards. Knockback is also affected by angling, with up angles providing more vertical knockback and down angles providing more horizontal knockback. Side tilts cannot be charged like smash attacks.
Forward tilts in Super Smash Bros.
The majority of forward tilts are used just for spacing, a majority of them are weak for combos outside of facing a wall. Pikachu, Ness, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Mario, Luigi, Jigglypuff, Captain Falcon, Samus, and Fox are examples of this. Of the more basic forward tilts, Yoshi is usually considered to have the best forward tilt while DK and Ness are considered to have the worst. Samus's is also slightly unique as it is slightly quicker and is more often used than the other "bad" forward tilts due to Samus having few good ground moves. All forward tilts are as follows:
Forward tilts in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Forward tilts in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Forward tilts in Super Smash Bros. 4
* This assumes the Mii is default height and weight.
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