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This page is about the status effect. For other uses, see Frozen (disambiguation).
The Ice Climbers being frozen.

Frozen is a state which characters enter when they are hit by a freezing attack of enough knockback. When characters are frozen, their in-game appearance is being trapped in a block of ice. In this state, characters are unable to do anything. Characters thaw out naturally over time, although button mashing helps to break out faster. Being hit with a fire attack will immediately thaw a character and deal minimal knockback. How long a character stays frozen depends on how much knockback the freezing hit did; if the knockback is too weak, the character will not be frozen at all. As a result, it is rather difficult to freeze giant or metal opponents.

Frozen characters cannot be affected by other status effects (such as being asleep, buried, or stunned), take quartered knockback, and cannot be grabbed. The ice also halves the damage of all incoming attacks while altering the shape of the character's hurtbox.

Female Robin frozen

Usually, the hit that causes freezing will send a character upwards (while also seeming to drastically decrease their vertical endurance). This has the effect of making it difficult to push a frozen character off an edge, as well as making most freeze-based KOs occur off the top. This is solely based on the angle of the attack and is not a property of the freezing effect itself; it is simply a convention.

In Melee and Brawl, Screen KO'd and Star KO'd characters will remain in their ice block until they respawn, but in SSB4 and Ultimate opponents will thaw immediately before crossing the upper blast line.


  • According to the official Nintendo website, an "ice" effect was originally planned for inclusion in Super Smash Bros. It is unclear whether this refers to characters being frozen or simply the usage of ice-based attacks.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, if players are KO'd in Stamina Mode by freezing, they will remain frozen for the rest of the match.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, if a frozen character gets Star KO'd, the sound of the ice shattering can be heard, but the character will be shown frozen while flying in the background.
  • In Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, if a frozen character goes past the blast line, there is a chance that instead of using their KO voice clip, they will instead use their damage voice clips instead, use both of them simultaneously or nothing at all.
    • The same thing happens when crossing a blast line with extreme knockback, such as getting hit by a Green Shell at 999% or getting blasted by a Bob-omb near the blast line in Sudden Death.
  • Although ice floats on water in real life, frozen characters will sink into it and get KO'd unless they break out of it.
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