Gravitational Pull

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Gravitational Pull
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Gravitational Pull
User Rosalina
Universe Mario
Article on Super Mario Wiki Gravitational Pull (move)
Draw items safely towards you, injuring foes on the way.
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Draws items and projectiles safely toward her. While being drawn in, they can damage foes.
—Description from Ultimate's Move List

Gravitational Pull (アイテムキャプチャー, Item Capture) is Rosalina's down special move. In the move, Rosalina waves the Star Cursor from Super Mario Galaxy around her as a form of protection.

Overview[edit]

While the move deals no damage to opponents, it provides several unique effects. First, it attracts all nearby items towards Rosalina. Items grabbed in this way are reset to their initial state, so Rosalina can pick them up and use them even if they were previously thrown by someone else. Second, it will also grab any incoming projectiles and orbit them around Rosalina before drawing them in and deleting them. Whether a projectile can be grabbed follows the same rules as Villager's Pocket: it must be reflectable, be detached from its user, and have a graphical model. Projectiles orbiting Rosalina are changed to her ownership similar to a reflector, meaning they will deal damage to opponents that happen to get in the way. Finally, Gravitational Pull will cause a loose Luma to return to Rosalina provided it isn't loose due to Luma Shot.

Because this move has very little lag in Super Smash Bros. 4, using it repeatedly will give Rosalina (and Luma, provided the two are together) complete protection even against rapid-firing projectiles such as Fox's Blaster. Although Rosalina will not do any damage to opponents when absorbing projectiles from a distance, this still gives her a significant neutral game advantage against many characters, as it forces them to approach. This move doesn't work against opposing or reflected Luma Shots, and can't pull in Pikmin unless it's from either Kirby or Villager's Pocket. This move will briefly stall Rosalina's momentum if used in midair. Gravitational Pull is also very effective at gimping Ness and Lucas, as the move can be used to intercept and absorb their PK Thunder while they're trying to get back onto the stage.

Gravitational Pull does not work against Zelda's Din's Fire, Ness' PK Flash, Lucas' PK Freeze, Olimar's Pikmin, and Duck Hunt's Gunmen.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gravitational Pull can also equip items, instead of only pulling them in. The move also loses one active frame, where items and projectiles aren't nullified anymore. Additionally, the move can also absorb Pikmins now.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Gravitational Pull 2. Catch & Release 3. Guardian Luma
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"Draw items and projectiles safely toward you. While being drawn in, they can damage foes." "Pull foes in and damage them. Has no effect on items or projectiles." "Causes Luma to grow bigger and protect you from attacks. Also does a bit of damage."
  1. Gravitational Pull: Default.
  2. Catch & Release: Causes fighters to be drawn in and damaged, being released after. However, Rosalina will lose her ability to draw in items. Highly inferior to the default, due to removing Rosalina's immunity to most projectile attacks, and it doesn't deal much knockback to fighters, making it rather impractical to use offensively.
  3. Guardian Luma: Luma briefly grows larger, protecting Rosalina, and somewhat retains the ability to pull in items. The Luma can also damage nearby fighters, giving the move some offensive properties.

Origin[edit]

Suppressing a Grand Goomba using the Star Cursor in Super Mario Galaxy.

While the move is not a clear translation of any move in Super Mario Galaxy, Gravitational Pull implements various features of the Star Cursor. The Star Cursor itself appears as part of the move, as it surrounds Rosalina, leaving a blue trail behind it, just like in Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, the player can collect Star Bits by moving the Star Cursor over them. Rosalina's ability to draw in items with this move appears to be based on this ability.

In the two-player mode of Super Mario Galaxy, the second player takes control of their own Star Cursor, which they can use to suppress enemies and other hazards by pointing at them and holding A. The ability to deflect projectiles using Gravitational Pull and the ability to damage enemies with Catch & Release may also have been drawn from this feature of the Star Cursor.

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