Neutral special move

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Captain Falcon's neutral special move, Falcon Punch in Brawl.
Charizard's Flamethrower.

The neutral special move (officially referred to as standard special move prior to Ultimate, also known as neutral B, standard B, B move or simply B) is a special attack performed by pressing the special move button without holding a direction on the control stick. As the original Super Smash Bros. lacks side special moves, neutral specials can also be used if the stick is tilted sideways; with the introduction of side specials in Melee, some characters' neutral specials were changed to be side specials, with a new neutral special taking their place.

The majority of neutral specials are either a projectile or a strong single-hit attack that may be chargeable (and sometimes both). If a character has a single projectile, it is most likely to be their neutral special. Neutral specials also tend to not move the character.

Reverse neutral special move[edit]

Mewtwo reversing his direction in mid air.

A reverse neutral special move allows a character in mid-air to use a neutral special in the opposite direction that they're facing. This requires a different method than simply holding backward and pressing 'B', as this would activate the side special move. Instead, one must tap the control stick in that direction and allow it to return to its neutral position before pressing 'B'.

In Melee, Brawl, and SSB4, the player can perform a reverse neutral special move by tapping the control stick in the opposite direction they are facing right after they press 'B'. This can be done on the ground and in the air, although some characters will not reverse even when doing the input or have extreme difficulty doing so, such as Samus.

List of neutral special moves[edit]

Character Move Description
Bayonetta Bullet Climax Bayonetta charges and then fires her guns. In Ultimate, the move can be angled.
Bowser Fire Breath Bowser breathes fire as long as the button is held, but the range and strength of the flames gradually decreases.
Bowser Jr. Clown Cannon Bowser Jr. charges and then fires a large, slow cannonball projectile. It flies straight before dipping downward, retaining its hitbox.
Captain Falcon Falcon Punch Captain Falcon readies this attack for about one second, then unleashes a powerful punch engulfed in flames in the shape of a falcon. Tapping the opposite direction during the startup will cause Captain Falcon to turn before unleashing the punch; the reversed punch is more powerful.
Charizard Flamethrower Functions similarly to Bowser's Fire Breath.
Chrom unnamed Functions similarly to Roy's Flare Blade, but with no flame explosion.
Cloud Blade Beam Cloud launches a crescent shaped projectile from his sword. The Limit version hits multiple times on contact.
Corrin Dragon Fang Shot Corrin charges and then releases a large water orb projectile, closing the jaws of his transformed hand in a powerful bite as the projectile leaves them. The projectile paralyzes opponents.
Daisy Toad Functions similarly to Peach's Toad.
Dark Pit Silver Bow Functions similarly to Pit's Palutena Bow, but the arrows' trajectories can barely be influenced once fired.
Dark Samus Charge Shot Functions similarly to Samus's Charge Shot.
Diddy Kong Peanut Popgun Diddy Kong fires a peanut in arc. The move can be charged, but charging it for too long causes the popgun to backfire and damage Diddy. In Brawl, the peanuts stay on the field as food items.
Donkey Kong Giant Punch Donkey Kong swings his arm to charge up the Giant Punch, a single powerful blow directly ahead. The charging can be cancelled and the move will retain its charge until it is used.
Dr. Mario Megavitamins Functions similarly to Mario's Fireball, but Dr. Mario throws pills.
Duck Hunt Trick Shot Duck Hunt produces a tin can. It can be moved in short hops with Zapper shots via additional button presses, and will explode on contact with an opponent or after enough time has passed. If Duck Hunt or an opponent hits the can with another attack, the direction it hops in will be reversed.
Falco Blaster Functions similarly to Fox's Blaster, but the shots are slower and cause the opponent to flinch.
Fox Blaster Rapidly fires laser blasts ahead in a straight line. Fox's Blaster shots do not cause opponents to flinch.
Ganondorf Warlock Punch Functions similarly to Captain Falcon's Falcon Punch.
Greninja Water Shuriken Greninja charges and then releases a shuriken made of water, which can deal multiple hits. The longer it is charged, the larger and stronger it becomes and the less distance it travels.
Ice Climbers Ice Shot Each Ice Climber releases a small iceberg projectile that slides along the ground. The projectiles will change direction if struck by another attack.
Ike Eruption Functions similarly to Roy's Flare Blade, but creates an explosion all around Ike rather than mostly in front of him. In Ultimate, multiple pillars of fire will extend outward.
Incineroar Darkest Lariat Incineroar spins quickly with its arms hold out to its sides, dealing multiple hits.
Inkling Splattershot Inkling fires its Splattershot continuously forward.
Isabelle Pocket Functions similarly to Villager's Pocket.
Ivysaur Bullet Seed Ivysaur will rapidly shoot seeds upward in a column as long as the attack button is held, lasting a maximum of a few seconds.
Jigglypuff Pound Super Smash Bros. Jigglypuff slides forward with a single punch. The move can be angled in midair.
Rollout Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Jigglypuff charges in place, then rolls forward at high speed. The longer the charge, the greater the distance traveled and damage dealt. Jigglypuff will bounce off when hitting opponent, ending its roll. Prior to Ultimate, ending the move in midair would cause Jigglypuff to tumble helplessly until hitting the ground or bottom blast line; in Ultimate, the player regains control after the move ends.
Ken Hadoken Functions similarly to Ryu's Hadoken.
King Dedede Inhale Functions similarly to Kirby's Inhale, but King Dedede cannot copy fighters. In Ultimate, while Kirby will spit out inhaled projectiles as stars, King Dedede spits them out in their original forms.
King K. Rool Blunderbuss King K. Rool fires a cannonball from his Blunderbuss. The Blunderbuss sucks in air after firing, and nearby opponents can be sucked in and then launched as projectiles.
Kirby Inhale Kirby will suck in air for as long as the button is held. If an opponent is sucked in, Kirby can spit them out in the form of star projectile, or he can swallow them to gain their Copy Ability. When Kirby possesses a Copy Ability, his neutral special will use that move instead of Inhale. Kirby can also Inhale items and, starting in Ultimate, incoming projectiles.
Link Boomerang Super Smash Bros. Link throws his Boomerang forward. The projectile can be angled.
Hero's Bow Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Link fires an arrow from his box. The projectile can be charged.
Traveler’s Bow Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Similar in function to the above, but arrows fired will remain on the ground and can be picked up by Link, who can then shoot multiple arrows at once.
Little Mac Straight Lunge / KO Uppercut Little Mac charges and then dashes forward with a powerful lunging punch. The longer the charge, the further the move travels and the stronger it is. When Little Mac's Power Meter is full, the KO Uppercut temporarily replaces Straight Lunge as his neutral special move.
Lucario Aura Sphere Functions similarly to Mewtwo's Shadow Ball, but retains a hitbox while charging, which Shadow Ball lost after Melee'.
Lucas PK Freeze Functions similarly to Ness's PK Flash, but the move freezes opponents instead of launching them with an electric attack.
Lucina Shield Breaker Functions similarly to Marth's Shield Breaker.
Luigi Fireball Functions similarly to Mario's Fireball, but the green fireballs travel in a straight line instead of bouncing along the ground.
Mario Mario fires a small fireball which bounces along the grounds, dealing minimal damage.
Marth Shield Breaker Marth charges and then releases a sword stab that deals high shield damage. In Melee, the attack was an overhead swing instead of a stab. Starting in Ultimate, the stab can be angled up, forward, or down.
Mega Man Metal Blade Mega Man throws a circular, bladed projectile in one of 8 directions. The Metal Blade deals multiple hits as it flies. If one lands on the ground, it can be picked up and thrown like a normal item.
Meta Knight Mach Tornado Meta Knight spins into a whirling tornado which deals multiple hits before launching opponents as it ends. Meta Knight can be controlled in midair during the move, and button mashing will make it rise faster.
Mewtwo Shadow Ball Mewtwo charges a large ball of shadowy energy. The charging can be cancelled and the move retains its charge until Mewtwo uses it. In Melee, the ball had an active hitbox while being charged.
Mii Brawler Shot Put Mii Brawler tosses a shot, a black Iron ball resembling a cannonball, into the air. It travels a short distance and falls quickly.
Mii Gunner Charge Blast Functions similarly to Samus's Charge Shot.
Mii Swordfighter Gale Strike Mii Swordfighter produces a small whirlwind which flies upward in an arc.
Mr. Game & Watch Chef With each press of the button, Mr. Game & Watch uses a frying pan to launch small food items as projectiles with random trajectories.
Ness PK Fire Super Smash Bros. Ness throws a short-ranged fire projectile which bursts on contact.
PK Flash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ness produces a green energy projectile which initially deals no damage. It slowly moves forward in arc, and its trajectory can be slightly influenced while it moves. Releasing the button before the projectile vanishes causes it to explode into a large electrical burst. The longer the button is held, the more powerful the explosion.
Olimar Pikmin Pluck Olimar pulls a Pikmin from the ground and adds it to the back of his lineup. If the maximum amount of Pikmin are already on the field, the move does nothing. The type of terrain Olimar is standing on influences the probability to pluck a specific color of Pikmin.
Pac-Man Bonus Fruit Pac-Man begins to charge a projectile in a unique way: As he charges, the available projectile cycles from various fruit, to a Galaxian, to a Bell, and finally to a Key. Pac-Man can choose which projectile to throw by interrupting the charge before the Key appears. Each projectile is fired with a different speed and trajectory and causes a different effect upon hitting.
Palutena Autoreticle Palutena produces a short-lived targeting reticle a short distance ahead of her. If an opponent is in range while the reticle is active, Palutena fires several weak energy projectiles in their direction.
Peach Toad Peach summons Toad to protect her with a counterattack. If Toad is struck, he will release a cloud of damaging spores. Prior to Ultimate, Peach holds Toad out in front of her; in Ultimate, Toad stands on the ground defensively on his own.
Pichu Thunder Jolt Functions similarly to Pikachu's Thunder Jolt.
Pikachu Pikachu's releases a small electrical projectile. If the projectile hits the ground, it travels forward a considerable distance before dissipating.
Pit Palutena Bow Pit fires an ethereal arrow from his bow. Holding the button down allows Pit to aim in multiple directions before releasing the arrow. While the arrow is in flight, its trajectory can be bent heavily at will, even allowing the arrows to fly in circles.
Richter Axe Functions similarly to Simon's Axe.
Ridley unnamed Ridley releases a stream of fireballs from his mouth. The move can be charged.
R.O.B. Robo Beam R.O.B. fires a beam light from its eyes. This move charges passively when not in use, going from a thin line to a wide beam and gaining in power the greater its charge. The beam can be angled.
Robin Thunder Robin charges thunder magic. In its weakest form, Thunder is a small, weak, and short-ranged projectile. Charging further transforms it into Elthunder, a large projectile, then Arcthunder, a powerful and long-ranged attack that hits multiple times on contact, and finally Thoron, a large multi-hitting beam of electricity. The charging can be cancelled and Thunder retains its charge until Robin uses it.
Rosalina Luma Shot Rosalina sends Luma barreling forward into opponents. Luma Shot can be charged to increase the distance Luma travels and the damage it deals. This move is ideal for separating Luma from Rosalina to control space and perform combination attacks.
Roy Flare Blade Roy charges power in his sword while the button is held down. Once fully charged, or when the button is released, he unleashes a single sword strike forward. The more it is charged, the greater the intensity of the flame explosion. It is extremely powerful, and deals recoil damage to Roy, when fully charged.
Ryu Hadoken Ryu releases a large energy projectile. It travels further before disappearing if the attack button is held. If the original Street Fighter command inputs are used instead of the neutral special input, it becomes a fiery Shakunetsu Hadoken.
Samus Charge Shot Samus charges power in her Arm Cannon to power the Charge Shot, an energy ball projectile. The charging can be cancelled and the move will retain its charge until it is used. The more it is charged, the larger the projectile is and the further it travels. Prior to Ultimate, using the move in midair would always fire it at its current charge level; in Ultimate, Samus gains the ability to charge the move in midair (and can still choose to fire it).
Sheik Needle Storm Sheik throws slim, nearly invisible needles ahead, which travel very fast. If used in the air, the needles are thrown diagonally downward. Sheik can charge the move to throw more needles at once.
Shulk Monado Arts Shulk selects form a set of his Monado Arts, temporary states which each power up a different character attribute (jump height, speed, damage, knockback, or knockback resistance) while weakening another. Arts can be cycled through prior to one being selected or, in Ultimate, they can be selected quickly from a wheel.
Simon Axe Simon throws a heavy, slow axe in a wide arc.
Snake Hand Grenade Snake pulls the pin on a hand grenade with a fuse of a few seconds, and holds onto it like an item. Once thrown, it can be picked up and thrown by any fighter. If two of his grenades are already on the field, Snake cannot produce another.
Sonic Homing Attack Sonic rises into the air for a moment, then shoots forward, curving to target a nearby opponent. After bouncing off on contact with an opponent, the move can be used again as many times as desired. In Ultimate, a reticle appears on the opponent the move is about to target.
Squirtle Water Gun Works similarly to Mario's F.L.U.D.D.
Toon Link Hero's Bow Works similarly to Link's Hero's Bow.
Villager Pocket Villager extends his hand and grabs hold of any one item or projectile in a short range. The item or projectile is then stored away until neutral special is used again. If the stored item is something Villager can hold, it will be placed into his hand. If not, it will be launched forward as a projectile. Almost any item can be pocketed, and in general, any projectile which is reflectable can be pocketed.
Wario Chomp Wario opens his jaws wide and chomps down around the head of nearby opponents. Trapped opponents receive damage for a few seconds and then are released. Items can be eaten as well, with most healing Wario upon being swallowed, and explosive items damaging him instead. In Ultimate, Wario also regains health while he chomps on an opponent.
Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation Wii Fit Trainer charges energy to power the Sun Salutation, an energy ball projectile. The charging can be cancelled and the move will retain its charge until it is used. Using a fully charged Sun Salutation heals a small amount of damage.
Wolf Blaster Functions similarly to Falco's Blaster, with an additional close-range melee hit at the start of the attack.
Yoshi Egg Lay Yoshi sticks his tongue out in a similar manner to his grab. If he catches an opponent with it, they are swallowed and trapped inside an egg which they must break out of through button mashing.
Young Link Fire Bow Functions similarly to Link's Hero's Bow, but the arrows have a flame effect.
Zelda Nayru's Love Zelda surrounds herself with a spinning prism-like barrier which reflects projectiles and deals damage to nearby enemies.
Zero Suit Samus Paralyzer Zero Suit Samus charges and releases a short-ranged energy projectile which paralyzes opponents on contact.

List of custom neutral special moves[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Character Neutral Special Move Custom Special Moves
Bayonetta Bullet Climax N/A
Bowser Fire Breath Custom 1: Fire Shot
Custom 2: Fire Roar
Bowser Jr. Clown Cannon Custom 1: Piercing Cannon
Custom 2: Air Cannon
Captain Falcon Falcon Punch Custom 1: Falcon Dash Punch
Custom 2: Mighty Falcon Punch
Charizard Flamethrower Custom 1: Fire Fang
Custom 2: Fireball Cannon
Cloud Blade Beam N/A
Corrin Dragon Fang Shot N/A
Dark Pit Silver Bow Custom 1: Piercing Bow
Custom 2: Guiding Bow
Diddy Kong Peanut Popgun Custom 1: Exploding Popgun
Custom 2: Jumbo Peanuts
Donkey Kong Giant Punch Custom 1: Storm Punch
Custom 2: Lightning Punch
Dr. Mario Megavitamins Custom 1: Fast Capsule
Custom 2: Mega Capsule
Duck Hunt Trick Shot Custom 1: High-Explosive Shot
Custom 2: Zigzag Shot
Falco Blaster Custom 1: Explosive Blaster
Custom 2: Burst Blaster
Fox Fireball Custom 1: Impact Blaster
Custom 2: Charge Blaster
Ganondorf Warlock Punch Custom 1: Warlock Blade
Custom 2: Warlock Thrust
Greninja Water Shuriken Custom 1: Stagnant Shuriken
Custom 2: Shifting Shuriken
Ike Eruption Custom 1: Tempest
Custom 2: Furious Eruption
Jigglypuff Rollout Custom 1: Relentless Rollout
Custom 2: Raging Rollout
King Dedede Inhale Custom 1: Dedede Storm
Custom 2: Taste Test
Kirby Inhale Custom 1: Ice Breath
Custom 2: Jumping Inhale
Link Hero's Bow Custom 1: Power Bow
Custom 2: Quickfire Bow
Little Mac Straight Lunge Custom 1: Flaming Straight Lunge
Custom 2: Stunning Straight Lunge
Lucario Aura Sphere Custom 1: Snaring Aura Sphere
Custom 2: Piercing Aura Sphere
Lucas PK Freeze N/A
Lucina Shield Breaker Custom 1: Storm Thrust
Custom 2: Dashing Assault
Luigi Fireball Custom 1: Bouncing Fireball
Custom 2: Iceball
Mario Fireball Custom 1: Fast Fireball
Custom 2: Fire Orb
Marth Shield Breaker Custom 1: Storm Thrust
Custom 2: Dashing Assault
Mega Man Metal Blade Custom 1: Hyper Bomb
Custom 2: Shadow Blade
Meta Knight Mach Tornado Custom 1: Entangling Tornado
Custom 2: Dreadful Tornado
Mewtwo Shadow Ball N/A
Mii Brawler Shot Put Custom 2: Ultimate Uppercut
Custom 3: Exploding Side Kick
Mii Gunner Charge Blast Custom 2: Laser Blaze
Custom 3: Grenade Launch
Mii Swordfighter Gale Strike Custom 2: Shuriken of Light
Custom 3: Blade Flurry
Mr. Game & Watch Chef Custom 1: XXL Chef
Custom 2: Short-Order Chef
Ness PK Flash Custom 1: Rising PK Flash
Custom 2: PK Freeze
Olimar Pikmin Pluck Custom 1: Hardy Pikmin Pluck
Custom 2: Explosive Pluck
Pac-Man Bonus Fruit Custom 1: Freaky Fruit
Custom 2: Lazy Fruit
Palutena Autoreticle Custom 1: Explosive Flame
Custom 2: Heavenly Light
Peach Toad Custom 1: Sleepy Toad
Custom 2: Grumpy Toad
Pikachu Thunder Jolt Custom 1: Thunder Wave
Custom 2: Thunder Shock
Pit Palutena Bow Custom 1: Piercing Bow
Custom 2: Guiding Bow
R.O.B. Robo Beam Custom 1: Wide-Angle Beam
Custom 2: Infinite Robo Beam
Robin Thunder Custom 1: Thunder+
Custom 2: Speed Thunder
Rosalina Luma Shot Custom 1: Luma Warp
Custom 2: Power Luma Shot
Roy Flare Blade N/A
Ryu Hadouken N/A
Samus Charge Shot Custom 1: Dense Charge Shot
Custom 2: Melee Charge Shot
Sheik Needle Storm Custom 1: Penetrating Needles
Custom 2: Paralyzing Needle
Shulk Monado Arts Custom 1: Decisive Monado Arts
Custom 2: Hyper Monado Arts
Sonic Homing Attack Custom 1: Stomp
Custom 2: Surprise Attack
Toon Link Hero's Bow Custom 1: Fire Arrow
Custom 2: Quickfire Bow
Villager Pocket Custom 1: Garden
Custom 2: Pocket Plus
Wario Chomp Custom 1: Inhaling Chomp
Custom 2: Garlic Breath
Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation Custom 1: Enriched Sun Salutation
Custom 2: Sweeping Sun Salutation
Yoshi Egg Lay Custom 1: Lick
Custom 2: Egg Launch
Zelda Nayru's Love Custom 1: Nayru's Rejection
Custom 2: Nayru's Passion
Zero Suit Samus Paralyzer Custom 1: Blast Shot
Custom 2: Electromagnetic Net


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