Mario (SSB4)/Down aerial

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Hitbox visualization of Mario's down aerial.
Hitbox visualization of Mario's down aerial upon landing.

Overview[edit]

Mario's down aerial is the Mario Tornado; a move where he attacks opponents with discus spinning clotheslines ending with a backfist body-stretch, whilst shouting "Yahoo!". It is likely based on the Spin Jump that originated in Super Mario World. The move deals five hits of 1% damage with set knockback, then a sixth one inflicting 5% damage that launches them away vertically.

Like all of Mario's aerial attacks aside from his forward aerial, his down aerial has very fast startup, at frame 5; it is tied with Fox's for the second fastest down aerial in the game, losing only to Lucario and Meta Knight's. It also deals moderate damage (10% total), can autocancel in a short hop, and its first five hits have decreased SDI multipliers, while the last hit has surprisingly high base knockback succeeded by low ending lag (12 frames). All of these traits make Mario's down aerial a useful move for approaching, comboing, racking up damage and protecting Mario from juggling. When landing with the move, it has moderate landing lag (19 frames), but produces a quake hitbox that deals 2% damage with set knockback and benefits it from frame canceling, reducing the landing lag and allowing Mario to followup with a neutral attack, tilt, down smash or grab at close enough range. At low percentages, this down aerial's low ending lag enables it to combo into Super Jump Punch or any other aerial, with the effectiveness depending on the target's weight and falling speed. Due to the last hit's high knockback, it is also a surprisingly effective KO move near the upper blast line, KOing middleweights under 120% with no rage and under 80% with max rage.

Despite its plethora of advantages, one notable flaw Mario's down aerial possesses is the long delay between its penultimate hit and last hit, which combined with the low set knockback of the former enables characters with an aerial attack faster than frame 4 to hit Mario out of the move, and allows any character other than Bowser, Donkey Kong, Ganondorf, Jigglypuff, King Dedede or Ryu to air dodge out of it (though escaping with an air dodge is punishable). Its landing hit is also unsafe on shield, rendering the move punishable if the player relies too much on its frame canceling ability. However, if Mario doesn't trap the opponent into the down aerial too high up from the ground, they will receive landing lag if they try air dodging out of it, enabling him to punish and potentially initiate a combo; this scenario is most commonly set up from a followup into down aerial out of an up throw, where fastfallers are unable to air dodge without receiving landing lag. Rage can alleviate this escapability issue as well; when Mario is at 70% or more, the penultimate hit deals minimally higher yet enough knockback to prevent middleweights' air dodges from coming out before the last hit.

Overall, like the rest of his aerials, Mario's down aerial is a highly useful move to his metagame, and due to its outstanding advantages, it is often considered one of the best down aerials in the game.

Hitboxes[edit]

ID Part Damage SD Angle BK KS FKV Radius Bone Offset SDIx FFx T% Clang Rebound Type Effect G A Sound Direct
Hits 1-5
0 0 1% 0 AngleIcon94.png 0 100 10 7.0 0 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.8x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Hand).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png S Kick SpecialsDirect.png
1 0 1% 0 AngleIcon94.png 0 100 10 5.0 0 0.0 3.0 0.0 0.8x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Hand).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png S Kick SpecialsDirect.png
2 0 1% 0 AngleIcon94.png 0 100 10 5.0 0 0.0 -1.0 0.0 0.8x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Hand).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png S Kick SpecialsDirect.png
Hit 6
0 0 5% 0 AngleIcon75.png 80 100 0 11.0 0 0.0 6.8 0.0 1.0x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Hand).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png
Landing hit
0 0 2% 0 AngleIcon361.png 0 100 60 4.32 0 0.0 3.2 4.0 1.0x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Foot).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png
1 0 2% 0 AngleIcon361.png 0 100 60 4.32 0 0.0 3.2 -4.0 1.0x 1.0x 0% HitboxTableIcon(Clang).png HitboxTableIcon(Rebound).png TypeIcon(Foot).png EffectIcon(Normal).png HitboxTableIcon(GroundedTrue).png HitboxTableIcon(AerialTrue).png L Kick SpecialsDirect.png

Timing[edit]

Attack[edit]

Initial autocancel 1-4
Hits 1-5 5, 7, 9, 11, 13
Hit 6 25
Ending autocancel 33-
Interruptible 38
Animation length 44
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Landing lag[edit]

Hitboxes 1-3
Animation length 19
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Autocancel
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This move in SSB64 This move in SSBM This move in SSBB This move in SSB4 This move in SSBU Mario's moveset
Neutral attack (1 · 2 · 3) · Forward tilt · Up tilt · Down tilt · Dash attack · Forward smash · Up smash · Down smash
Neutral aerial · Forward aerial · Back aerial · Up aerial · Down aerial
Grab · Pummel · Forward throw · Back throw · Up throw · Down throw
Floor attack (front) · Floor attack (back) · Floor attack (trip) · Edge attack
Neutral special (def · c1 · c2) · Side special (def · c1 · c2) · Up special (def · c1 · c2) · Down special (def · c1 · c2) · Final Smash