Edge attack

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An edge attack (ガケのぼり攻撃 or 崖登り攻撃, Cliff climbing attack) is an attack performed by pressing the attack button while hanging on an edge. This allows the character to get up onto the stage while performing an attack.

In the first three games, once a character has received 100% of damage, they begin to perform a different edge attack than normal. The attacks are usually slower, but do more damage to opponents, although the increase is usually only 3-5%. For example, Yoshi's edge attack involves a quick 6% tail whip, while when at high damage, it becomes a slow 12% headbutt. However, in Smash 4, this effect is removed and the edge attack is the same regardless of damage percent for all characters.

Edge attacks are generally avoided in competitive play due to their slow speed and limited usefulness. Players will often use other techniques or attacks to return to the stage instead. However, players will often mix in edge attacks to catch the opponent offguard, especially if their character's edge attack has great reach (such as Donkey Kong's and Wolf's), and/or has invincibility frames (which are safer to punish an opponent caught charging smash attacks near the edge with than other edge options).

List of fast edge attacks/edge attacks[edit]

Character Description
Banjo & Kazooie Climbs up and swipes one claw forward.
Bayonetta Climbs up and does a low legsweep forward.
Bowser Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and spins forward while retreating inside his shell.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and swipes one claw forward.
Bowser Jr. Flips over and attacks with two wrecking balls from the Junior Clown Car.
Captain Falcon Climbs up and kicks forward.
Charizard Climbs up and rams its head forward.
Chrom Flips onto the stage and swings his sword forward.
Cloud Climbs up and swings the Buster Sword forward.
Corrin Climbs up and swings the Omega Yato forward.
Daisy Climbs up and swipes one hand forward.
Dark Pit Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
Dark Samus Climbs up and does a jump kick forward.
Diddy Kong Climbs up and swings his tail forward.
Donkey Kong Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up, turns around and throws his rear forward.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and hammers one arm downward.
Dr. Mario Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and does a dropkick at an upward angle.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Duck Hunt Climbs up and and the duck pecks forward.
Falco Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Fox Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Ganondorf Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and kicks forward.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and does a backhand punch.
Greninja Climbs up and does a legsweep.
Hero Climbs up and does an inward sword slash forward.
Ice Climbers Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and slams their hammer on the ground.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up does a forward hammer swing.
Ike Super Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a leaping upward sword swing.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and swings his sword forward.
Incineroar Climbs up and swipes one hand forward.
Inkling Climbs up and swings the Splattershot forward.
Isabelle Climbs up and thrust a pom-pom forward while sliding on the ground.
Ivysaur Climbs up and swings one vine forward.
Jigglypuff Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Flips onto the stage, with one foot extended.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Flips onto the stage and kicks forward.
Joker Climbs up and swings his knife forward.
Ken Climbs up and kicks forward.
King Dedede Climbs up and kicks forward.
King K. Rool Climbs up and swipes one hand forward.
Kirby Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Flips onto the stage, with one foot extended.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Flips onto the stage and extends one foot forward.
Link Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Flips onto the stage and swings his sword downward.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and thrusts his sword forward.
Little Mac Climbs up and thrusts his fist forward.
Lucario Climbs up and thrusts both arms forward.
Lucas Flips onto the stage and does a legsweep forward.
Lucina Flips onto the stage and swings her sword forward.
Luigi Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a dropkick at an upward angle.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Mario Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a dropkick at an upward angle.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Marth Flips onto the stage and swings his sword forward.
Mega Man Climbs up and kicks forward.
Meta Knight Climbs up and does a forward reverse slash.
Mewtwo Super Smash Bros. Melee Flips onto the stage and swings its tail downward.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and does a low tailsweep.
Mii Brawler Climbs up and does a low karate chop forward.
Mii Gunner Climbs up and swings their Arm Cannon forward.
Mii Swordfighter Climbs up and swings their sword forward.
Mr. Game & Watch Climbs up and swings a bell forward.
Ness Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and does a dropkick at an upward angle.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Flips onto the stage and does a legsweep forward.
Olimar Super Smash Bros. Brawl Flips and does a headbutt at the ground.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and punches forward.
Pac-Man Climbs up and kicks forward.
Palutena Climbs up and does a sweepkick.
Peach Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Jumps onto the stage and quickly thrusts her rear forward.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and swipes one hand forward.
Pichu Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and does a flipping axe-kick.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and swings its tail forward.
Pikachu Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and does a flipping axe-kick.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Flips onto the stage and strikes with its tail.
Piranha Plant Climbs up and thrust its pot/pipe forward.
Pit Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
R.O.B. Super Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and swings both arms forward.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and fires a blast from his burner.
Richter Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
Ridley Climbs up and swings one arm forward.
Robin Climbs up and does a low stab with the Bronze Sword.
Rosalina & Luma Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
Roy Flips onto the stage and swings his sword forward.
Ryu Climbs up and kicks forward.
Samus Climbs up and does a jump kick forward.
Sheik Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Shulk Climbs up and swings the Monado forward.
Simon Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
Snake Climbs up and does a low legsweep forward.
Sonic Climbs up and Spin Dashes forward.
Squirtle Climbs up and swings its tail forward.
Terry Unknown
Toon Link Super Smash Bros. Brawl Flips onto the stage and swings his sword downward.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and does a reverse swipe with his sword.
Villager Climbs up and does a legsweep.
Wario Climbs up and flips onto his back, attacking forward with both his hands.
Wii Fit Trainer Climbs up and performs a Side Plank.
Wolf Super Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a dropkick forward.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and swipes one claw forward.
Yoshi Climbs up and swings his tail forward.
Young Link Super Smash Bros. Melee Flips onto the stage and swings his sword downward.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Climbs up and swings his sword forward.
Zelda Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
Zero Suit Samus Climbs up and performs a low kick forward.

List of edge attacks (Over 100%)[edit]

Character Description
Bowser Climbs up and swipes one claw forward.
Captain Falcon Climbs up and throws an uppercut.
Charizard Climbs up and swings its tail forward.
Diddy Kong Climbs up and kicks forward.
Donkey Kong Climbs up and swipes one hand forward.
Dr. Mario Climbs up and kicks forward.
Falco Climbs up and does a flipping axe-kick.
Fox Climbs up and does a flipping axe-kick.
Ganondorf Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and throws an uppercut.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a low kick forward.
Ice Climbers Climbs up and and does a low swing with their hammers.
Ike Climbs up and does a horizontal swing with his sword.
Ivysaur Slowly climbs up and headbutts forward.
Jigglypuff Super Smash Bros. Climbs up and charges forward with a headbutt.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a spinning split kick.
King Dedede Climbs up and slams his hammer down to the ground.
Kirby Super Smash Bros. Climbs up and charges forward with a headbutt.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and does a spinning split kick.
Link Super Smash Bros. Climbs up and swings his sword upward.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and thrust his sword forward.
Lucario Flips and does a downward kick.
Lucas Climbs up and punches forward.
Luigi Climbs up and kicks forward.
Mario Climbs up and kicks forward.
Marth Climbs up and does a horizontal slash.
Meta Knight Climbs up and does a horizontal slash.
Mewtwo Telekinetically walks on the side of the stage and swipes one hand forward.
Mr. Game & Watch Climbs up and swings a bell.
Ness Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Melee Climbs up and does a kick.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and punches forward.
Olimar Climbs up and does a low kick forward.
Peach Climbs up and does a legsweep forward.
Pichu Climbs up and swings its tail forward.
Pikachu Climbs up and swings its tail forward.
Pit Climbs up and thrusts his bow forward.
R.O.B. Climbs up and sticks one arm forward.
Roy Climbs up and does a horizontal slash.
Samus Super Smash Bros. Climbs up and punches forward.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Climbs up and thrusts her arm cannon forward.
Sheik Climbs up and rams her elbow forward.
Snake Climbs up and does a low kick.
Sonic Climbs up and kicks twice with both feet.
Squirtle Climbs up and headbutts forward.
Toon Link Climbs up and thrust his sword forward.
Wario Climbs up and jabs his index finger downward.
Wolf Climbs up and does a flipping axe-kick.
Yoshi Climbs up and headbutts forward.
Young Link Climbs up and thrust his sword forward.
Zelda Climbs up and swipes her hand forward.
Zero Suit Samus Climbs up, spins and punches forward.

Trivia[edit]

  • Sonic is the only character with an edge attack (his slow one) that can hit twice.
  • Mr. Game & Watch's edge attacks are the only ones to not deal fixed knockback, instead dealing the same strength of knockback as floor attacks.
  • In SSB4, Bowser uses his secondary edge attack animation from Brawl for his edge attack, while Giga Bowser uses his standard edge attack animation from Brawl for his edge attack.
  • Bowser's under 100% edge attack in Melee is arguably the best edge attack in the game, having long range, many invincibility frames and very long hitbox duration, hitting his way in and all the way back.
  • Some edge attacks are able to stage spike opponents, if timed properly.[1]

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