Item-swallowing

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Kirby and King Dedede swallow items using Inhale.
Wario swallowing a crate using Chomp.

Item-swallowing is a technique in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, performable by Kirby, King Dedede, and Wario. These characters can use their neutral special moves to eat most items. Kirby and King Dedede use Inhale while Wario uses Chomp. Additionally, Munchlax uses the same list for the items it will eat.

When an item is swallowed, it takes some time for the character to swallow it. Light items are immediately swallowed, but non-explosive heavy items like barrels have the characters briefly remain bloated with the item in their stomach, before they eventually swallow it. Explosive items that are eaten will cause about 5% damage to the consumer, and if it is eaten by using Chomp, will also deal 13% damage to nearby opponents.

Food and other recovery items (except the Team Healer), Dragoon and Daybreak parts, Superspicy Curry, Super Mushrooms, Poison Mushrooms, Warp Stars, Super Stars, Metal Boxes, and Timers take immediate effect upon being eaten.

In Super Smash Bros. 4, it has been buffed, as Kirby and Wario can restore 1% damage from eating most items. Swallowing healing items has the same effect as using them normally. For example, swallowing a Fairy Bottle will heal 1% if the character is at less than 100% damage and will heal 100% damage if above. Wario and King Dedede gain 1.5x more HP from eating food items (Kirby can copy Wario's Chomp or King Dedede's Inhale for the same effect). Wario and King Dedede can also now eat energy projectiles like Ness's PK Fire and Mario's Fireballs, but do not receive any health. Finally, eating items, projectiles from items (like the Ray Gun's projectiles), and foods will increase the Wario Waft's charge for Wario.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it has been further buffed for both Kirby and King Dedede. Kirby, upon inhaling a projectile, can either spit it back out as a star or swallow it to recover some health. King Dedede's Inhale acts as a reflecting move, returning projectiles in their original form with a 1.5× damage multiplier.

Edible items[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Projectile attacks[edit]

Character Move Edible by Heals Explosive Heavy
Mario, Luigi Fireball WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Peach Vegetable WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Bowser Fire Breath WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Yoshi Egg Throw WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Bowser Jr. Clown Cannon WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Mechakoopa WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No
Wario Wario Bike WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png
Diddy Kong Peanut Popgun, Banana Peel WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Mr. Game & Watch Chef WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Link Hero's Bow, Gale Boomerang WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Bomb WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No
Zelda Din's Fire (Flames) WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Sheik Needle Storm WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Burst Grenade WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No
Toon Link Hero's Bow, Boomerang WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Bomb WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No
Samus Charge Shot, Missile, Bomb WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Zero Suit Samus Paralyzer WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Pit Palutena Bow WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Palutena Autoreticle WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Robin Thunder (all charge levels), Arcfire, Elwind WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Discarded Tomes and Levin Sword WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Duck Hunt Trick Shot, Clay Shooting WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Kirby Final Cutter WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
King Dedede Gordo Throw WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Fox, Falco Blaster WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Pikachu Thunder Jolt WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Charizard Flamethrower WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Lucario Aura Sphere WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Greninja Water Shuriken, Hydro Pump WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
R.O.B. Robo Beam WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Gyro WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Ness PK Fire, PK Thunder WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Villager Lloid Rocket, forward aerial, dash attack WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Timber (Wood chip) WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Header WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Dr. Mario Megavitamin WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Dark Pit Silver Bow WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Pac-Man Bonus Fruit WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Power Pellet WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Fire Hydrant (Hydrant, water) WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Mega Man Metal Blade WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKirbyHeadSSB4-U.png No No
Crash Bomber, Leaf Shield, neutral attack,
forward tilt/smash, neutral/up/down aerial
WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Mewtwo Shadow Ball, Disable WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Lucas PK Fire, PK Thunder WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Ryu Hadoken WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Cloud Blade Beam WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Corrin Dragon Fang Shot WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No
Bayonetta Bullet Climax WarioHeadSSB4-U.pngKingDededeHeadSSB4-U.png No No No

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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Trivia[edit]

  • When using Inhale, the player must usually stand directly next to an item. However, certain items will be actually pulled in from a greater distance.
  • Munchlax's function as a Poké Ball Pokémon is to eat all the items (except Trophies, CDs, Stickers, other Poké Balls and Smash Balls) on the stage.
  • Yoshi cannot swallow items, making him the only character that can hold opponents in his mouth but cannot swallow items. This is odd because in his games, Yoshi is known for eating enemies and fruits, so it would make sense for him to be able to swallow items.
  • Characters can eat Waddle Dees and Waddle Doos from Dedede's Waddle Dee Toss attack; however, Kirby doesn't turn to Beam Kirby when he swallows a Waddle Doo even though it occurs in the Kirby series.
  • Characters who can swallow items can eat Sandbag in the Wi-Fi room, but another will reappear instantly.
  • Wario swallows items quicker than Kirby and Dedede, but still takes a while to swallow big things, such as his bike.