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In the sticker system used by Super Smash Bros. Brawl, some attacks are coded as being indirect (stickers display them as Specials: Indirect in NTSC and Indirect in PAL). Generally this indicates that an attack is a projectile or is similarly long-ranged and not involving hand-to-hand contact; despite the name, they do not have to be part of a special move.

The main effect of indirect attacks is that most enemies in The Subspace Emissary resist them to a small degree. This is presumed to encourage close-range combat as opposed to camping and turtling to defeat enemies in the mode. The only enemies to not resist them are Floows and the bosses Master Hand, Crazy Hand, Porky, Meta Ridley, and Tabuu. Indirect attacks also affect certain items: Uniras are not moved or dislodged by indirect attacks, and Metal Boxes do not activate when struck by one.

List of indirect attacks by characters[edit]

Character Attack Notes
Banjo & Kazooie Egg Firing / Breegull Blaster
Shock Spring Jump aerial version, falling pad
Rear Egg
Bayonetta Bullet Arts
Bullet Climax
forward smash
up smash
down smash
Bowser Fire Breath
Bowser Jr. Clown Cannon
Abandon Ship! clown car, explosion
Mechakoopa
Shadow Mario Paint
Byleth neutral aerial landing
Failnaught
Aymr shockwave
Captain Falcon Super Smash Bros. Brawldown smash hit 1 interior
Charizard Super Smash Bros. Brawlforward aerial
Flamethrower
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Rock Smash fragments
Super Smash Bros. 4Mega Charizard X Dragon Rush and Fire Blast
Chrom Awakening Aether
Cloud Blade Beam
Omnislash for the normal version, every hit except the final aerial slash and landing; for Ver. 5Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, only the dash and initial hit
Corrin Dragon Fang Shot water ball
Dragon Ascent surrounding water when initiating the move
Daisy Vegetable
Dark Pit Silver Bow
Guardian Orbitars
Super Smash Bros. 4Dark Pit Staff
Dark Samus Charge Shot
Missile both types
Bomb
Phazon Laser except arm cannon at start
Diddy Kong Peanut Popgun peanut, thrown
Rocketbarrel Boost hit 1, loose barrels
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Rocketbarrel Barrage ram
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateBanana Peel
Super Smash Bros. UltimateHyper Rocketbarrel
Donkey Kong Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateHand Slap only the grounded versionSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Konga Beat
Dr. Mario Super Smash Bros. 4forward smash electricity
Megavitamins
Doctor Finale
Duck Hunt Trick Shot
Clay Shooting
Wild Gunman
Falco Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4neutral attack infinite end wind
Blaster
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Landmaster shot
Fox Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4neutral attack infinite end wind
Blaster
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Landmaster shot
Giga Bowser Fire Breath
Greninja Water Shuriken
Hydro Pump
Secret Ninja Attack mat
Hero Frizz / Frizzle / Kafrizz
Zap / Zapple / Kazap for Zap, with sufficient mp only: every hit except last, lightning pillar; for Zapple: every hit except last, lightning pillar; for Kazap: bolt projectile, initial shock, shockwave
Woosh / Swoosh / Kaswoosh
Command Selection Sizz, Sizzle, Bang, Kaboom, Whack, Thwack, Magic Burst, Kamikazee
Ice Climbers Ice Shot
Blizzard
Inkling Splattershot
Super Jump start, landing
Splat Bomb
Killer Wail
Isabelle dash attack
forward aerial
back aerial
Lloid Trap
Ivysaur Bullet Seed seeds
Razor Leaf
Joker Gun / Gun Special
Eiha / Eigaon
Kazuya Devil Blaster
Final Blaster
Ken Hadoken
Shippu Jinraikyaku / Shinryuken only the Shippu Jinraikyaku version, first six kicks
King Dedede Inhale spit star
Super Smash Bros. BrawlWaddle Dee Toss
Super Dedede Jump stars
Super Smash Bros. BrawlWaddle Dee Army wind
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateGordo Throw bouncing gordo
Super Smash Bros. 4Dedede Burst
King K. Rool Blunderbuss
Crownerang
Kirby Inhale spit star
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Final Cutter wave
Super Smash Bros. 4Ultra Sword
copy abilities any neutral special that is indirect
Link Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Hero's Bow
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Gale Boomerang
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Bomb
Super Smash Bros. 4Triforce Slash
Super Smash Bros. Ultimateforward smash sword beam
Super Smash Bros. UltimateBow and Arrows
Super Smash Bros. UltimateBoomerang
Super Smash Bros. UltimateRemote Bomb
Super Smash Bros. UltimateAncient Bow and Arrow
Little Mac Super Smash Bros. UltimateGiga Mac Rush
Lucario Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4neutral attack tip
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4down smash front interior
Super Smash Bros. Brawlforward smash tip
Aura Sphere not chargingSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. UltimateAura Storm beam
Lucas Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4up smash
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4down smash
PK Freeze
PK Fire
PK Thunder thunder projectile
PSI Magnet end
PK Starstorm
Lucina up smash sides
Luigi Fireball
Super Smash Bros. Ultimategrab aerial
Mario Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4forward smash fire
Fireball
F.L.U.D.D.
Mario Finale
Marth up smash sides
Mega Man neutral attack pellets
forward tilt
forward smash
neutral aerial pellets
up aerial
down aerial
Metal Blade
Crash Bomber
Leaf Shield
Mega Legends black hole bomb explosion
Mewtwo Shadow Ball
Mii Brawler Shot Put
Mii Gunner forward aerial
Super Smash Bros. Ultimateback aerial
up aerial
Charge Blast
Flame Pillar
Lunar Launch
Laser Blaze
Stealth Burst
Bomb Drop
Grenade Launch
Gunner Missile
Absorbing Vortex
Full Blast
Mii Swordfighter Gale Strike
Shuriken of Light
Chakram
Min Min forward smash dragon laser
forward aerial smash version, dragon laser
back aerial smash version, dragon laser
Punch (neutral special) grounded Ramram (ring)
Punch (side special) Ramram (ring, both tilt and smash versions) and Dragon (laser)
Mr. Game & Watch Super Smash Bros. Brawlneutral attack end
Chef food
Super Smash Bros. Ultimateforward aerial bomb
Super Smash Bros. Ultimateup aerial
Mythra Ray of Punishment / Chroma Dust light projectiles
Sacred Arrow falling arrows and beam
Ness PK Flash
PK Fire
PK Thunder thunder projectile
PSI Magnet end wind
PK Starstorm
Olimar up smash
down smash
Pikmin Throw Purple, SSE
forward smash
Pac-Man Bonus Fruit
Fire Hydrant
Palutena forward smash outer windbox
down smash outer windboxes
Super Smash Bros. 4up smash
Autoreticle
Explosive Flame
Black Hole Laser
Peach Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Toad
Vegetable
Pichu Thunder Jolt
Thunder bolt
Pikachu Thunder Jolt
Thunder bolt
Piranha Plant Ptooie
Poison Breath poison cloud
Pit Super Smash Bros. BrawlPalutena's Arrow
Super Smash Bros. BrawlPalutena's Army
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimatePalutena Bow
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateGuardian Orbitars
Super Smash Bros. 4Three Sacred Treasures
Pokémon Trainer Triple Finish
Pyra Blazing End spinning aegis sword
Prominence Revolt flame pillar
Burning Sword flame pillar
R.O.B. Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4up smash
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4forward smash
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4neutral aerial
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4back aerial
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4down aerial
Robo Beam
Gyro
Super Smash Bros. BrawlDiffusion Beam
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Diffusion Beam
Super Smash Bros. UltimateGuided Robo Beam
Richter Axe
Cross
Holy Water
Ridley Plasma Breath
Robin up smash with levin sword, sides
down smash with levin sword, shockwave
Thunder
Arcfire
Elwind
Super Smash Bros. UltimateNosferatu when it catches an opponent
discarded levin sword and tomes
Rosalina & Luma Star Bits
Super Smash Bros. 4Power Star
Super Smash Bros. UltimateGrand Star
Roy Critical Hit
Ryu Hadoken also applies to Shakunetsu Hadoken
Shin Shoryuken / Shinku Hadoken for Shin Shoryuken, only the first hit
Samus Charge Shot
Missile both types
Bomb
Zero Laser except arm cannon at start
Sephiroth Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare
Shadow Flare
Scintilla
Sheik Super Smash Bros. Brawlneutral attack infinite end wind
Needle Storm
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Light Arrow hit 1
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateBurst Grenade
Super Smash Bros. UltimateSheikah Dance dash
Simon Axe
Cross
Holy Water
Snake up smash only mortar shot when not explodingSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Brawldown smash
Super Smash Bros. Brawlforward smash
Hand Grenade
Remote Missile
Cypher
C4
Super Smash Bros. BrawlGrenade Launcher
taunt
Sonic Spring Jump falling spring
Sora up tilt low first hit
up smash low first hit
Magic all three spells
Sealing the Keyhole
Squirtle Super Smash Bros. Brawlup smash
Water Gun charged onlySuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Steve down tilt
up smash
down smash
down aerial
Minecart
TNT
Terry Power Wave both ground and aerial versions
Triple Wolf
Power Geyser
Toon Link Hero's Bow
Boomerang
Bomb
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimateTriforce Slash
Villager dash attack
forward smash
Super Smash Bros. 4up smash firework
forward aerial
back aerial
Lloid Rocket
Timber watering canSuper Smash Bros. 4, tree, woodchip
Wario Super Smash Bros. Brawlforward smash front
Chomp bite, explosion
Wario Bike thrown, tires
Wario-Man up smash wind
forward smash front
Chomp bite, explosion
Wario Bike thrown, tires
Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation
Header soccer ball
Wii Fit
Wolf Blaster laser
Super Smash Bros. BrawlWolf Flash during
Super Smash Bros. BrawlLandmaster shot
Yoshi Egg Throw
Yoshi Bomb stars
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Dragon fire breath, fireball
Young Link Fire Arrow
Boomerang
Bomb
Triforce Slash
Zelda Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4up aerial
Din's Fire
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Light Arrow hit 1
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. UltimatePhantom Slash only the dashSuper Smash Bros. 4
Zero Suit Samus down smash
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4up smash hit 1, whip hits 2-6
Super Smash Bros. Brawlforward smash whip
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4neutral aerial
Paralyzer
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Plasma Whip all but grounded hit 1
Super Smash Bros. BrawlPlasma Wire
Super Smash Bros. BrawlPower Suit Samus all but final hit
Super Smash Bros. Brawlarmour pieces
Super Smash Bros. 4Gunship
Super Smash Bros. UltimateZero Laser every hit except the final blast

List of indirect attacks by items[edit]

All items, with the exception of battering items when swung and the Screw Attack, are indirect.