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Freezing

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Not to be confused with the freeze glitch. For game freezing, see game crash.
Blizzard, a freezing attack, being used in Melee
Blizzard, used in Brawl

Freezing, also known as ice, is an attack effect in the Super Smash Bros. series that debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee and has appeared in every subsequent game.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee only, being hit by a freezing attack causes a variation of the ping sound to play; high knockback-dealing attacks, such as the Freezie and Articuno's attack, cause the actual ping sound.

Freezing attacks are boosted by Freezing Attack stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's The Subspace Emissary and the Support Spirit skill Water & Ice Attack ↑, as well as certain Spirit Battle conditions in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Spirit skill or trait Water/Freezing Resist ↑ will worsen freezing attacks.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Support Spirit skill Ice-Floor Immunity prevents the equipped fighter from being frozen or being damaged by Spirit Battle ice floors, but does not affect the damage the player takes from freezing attacks.

Technical Data

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The base time an opponent is frozen is calculated with 5 × d + 0.5 × p, rounded down, where;

Fighters hit by a freezing attack are frozen for an amount of time based on the damage dealt by the attack; in Ultimate only, the duration is typically increased by 1 frame for every 2 percent of the victim's current damage. For example, if Mario is hit by PK Freeze at max charge at 25%, the equation will be 5 × 21.8 + 0.5 × 25. As a result, the base time spent frozen will be 121.5 frames. Since only damage influences the equation, factors such as weight and knockback are irrelevant.

Similar to when buried, opponents can mash to reduce the number of frames spent frozen. For every input, 4 frames of ice are removed[1]. However, if opponents are hit by an attack, they suffer an additional 4 frames of ice as well.

Fighters will take 0.5× damage and 0.25× knockback while frozen. As a result, it is very difficult to KO an opponent while frozen, with even powerful meteor smashes dealing negligible knockback. However, given the amount of time an opponent can stay frozen, despite the halved damage, it is an excellent way to build damage, since they are immobile. Setting opponents up with other external factors such as items and projectiles is also effective.

Additionally, Hero's Kacrackle Slash applies a 2× multiplier to base frozen time[2], giving him ample time to set the opponent up.

The Subspace Emissary

Freezing is one of the more useful effects in The Subspace Emissary: it deals extra damage to flame-based enemies and about half of the bosses, and is only specifically resisted by Glices. However, it cannot cause non-fighter enemies to freeze, and attacks with the freezing effect are rare and almost exclusively indirect, which most enemies and bosses resist; Judge is the only non-indirect freezing attack available in The Subspace Emissary, and it can only be used at random.

List of freezing attacks

By characters

Character Move(s) Games
Giga Bowser Down smash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Hero Command Selection (Kacrackle Slash) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ice Climbers Ice Shot Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Blizzard
Iceberg Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby Ice Breath Super Smash Bros. 4
Kirby (Copy Abilities) Ice Shot Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
PK Freeze Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lucas PK Freeze
Luigi Ice Ball Super Smash Bros. 4
Mega Man Ice Slasher
Mr. Game & Watch Judge (number 8) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ness PK Freeze Super Smash Bros. 4

By items

Character Move(s) Games
Assist Trophies Krystal: Ice Blast Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Riki: Freezinate Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wily Capsule: Ice projectiles Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Freezie Thrown Freezie Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Attacking a Freezie Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Poké Ball Pokémon Abomasnow: Ice Punch Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Abomasnow: Blizzard Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Alolan Vulpix: Icy Wind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Articuno: Icy Wind Super Smash Bros. Melee
Ditto: Transform (if the summoner possesses freezing attacks) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kyurem: Icy Wind Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Suicune: Blizzard Super Smash Bros. Melee
Suicune: Contact with head before attacking Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Suicune: Aurora Beam Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Togepi: Powder Snow Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By enemies and bosses

Enemy/Boss Attack(s) Games
Blue Bubble Ramming into the player Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Crazy Hand Tri-Poke (third hit) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Frozen Rope Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Cryogonal Ice Beam Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Giga Bowser Down smash Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Glice Ice attack Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Marx Ice balls Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Master Hand Icy Wind Super Smash Bros. 4

By stage hazards

In addition to natural stage hazards, the Spirit Battle condition "The floor is frozen" creates a hazard that inflicts freezing damage.

Stage Hazard Games
Gerudo Valley Kotake's ice spell Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mushroom Kingdom U Falling Icicles Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Trivia