PK Flash

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PK Flash
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Ness using PK Flash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
User Ness
Universe EarthBound
Article on WikiBound PK Flash
Hold ButtonIcon-GCN-B.png to charge this powerful psychic attack.
Melee's instruction manual
Hold B and tilt left stick left and right to move the explosive ball of light.
SSB4's instruction manual (Wii U version)
Ness lands a fully charged PK Flash on Captain Falcon in Melee

PK Flash (PKフラッシュ, PK Flash) is Ness's neutral special move since Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is a chargeable attack.

Overview[edit]

When the move is initiated, Ness enters a hunched-over pose to prepare the attack. This causes a ball of green light to appear above him like so. As the special move button is held, the ball of light moves downwards and increases in power, until the special button is released, or until it is fully charged, at which point it explodes.

PK Flash can be charged until it falls to the altitude from where Ness initiated the attack. It can be slightly moved horizontally and vertically by using the control stick. If the attack falls upon a platform or a higher level of a stage before it is detonated, it will disappear harmlessly. This can be a problem, especially in Brawl, since it falls below Ness' height when fully charged (but nonetheless, it is still considered fully charged if the player lets go of the special button right before it hits the ground). The ball of light is easier to control in Brawl than it is in Melee.

When performed in the air, it puts Ness into a helpless falling animation. Fully charged, without the influence of special conditions, it deals a maximum damage of 39% with huge knockback.

Due to Ness's accent, many players mishear "PK Flash" as any of a variety of phrases, such as "PK Pulse" and "PK Cross", as the final "sh" sound is quieter than the rest of the yell. However, when Kirby copies Ness, he clearly says "PK Flash" when he uses it, despite both characters having the same voice actress. In Super Smash Bros 4, due to Ness's new voice clips, PK Flash is now heard correctly.

Of all projectiles, PK Flash has the highest knockback when fully or almost fully charged, and KOs as low as 60%. In SSB4, PK Flash covers more range behind Ness, whereas in previous games, PK Flash has reduced range if shifted behind.

Originally, in Melee, the attack is colored green, while in Brawl and SSB4, it is given more of a blueish tint.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. PK Flash 2. Rising PK Flash 3. PK Freeze
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"An electrical blast that explodes after a while or when you release the button." "A PK Flash that just keeps rising. Lower on power and sideways motion." "Like PK Flash, but freezes opponents when it hits."
  1. PK Flash: Default.
  2. Rising PK Flash: The attack moves upward with minimal control. It has a larger hitbox at the cost of damage. It is magenta in color instead of green.
  3. PK Freeze: Inflicts less damage, but freezes opponents. Works like Lucas's neutral special, except with the same inertia as PK Flash. It is sky blue in color instead of green. Falls slightly slower and starts higher up than PK Flash.

Techniques[edit]

Due to the move's lag and the fact that it leaves Ness vulnerable, some players try to avoid using this attack. However, it does have some uses. For example, it can be used for low percentage Star KOs when used on an opponent that is landing. It can also be used for edgeguarding, attacking recovering opponents and/or gimping their recoveries.

The move also has good uses in Team Battles. It can be absorbed three times (or once in SSB4) by Mr. Game and Watch's Oil Panic, giving him a OHKO. It can also be used for healing a Lucas or another Ness by having them use PSI Magnet on it. Finally, Ness' teammate can grab his opponent, allowing Ness to use his fully charged PK Flash.

Origin[edit]

Ness using PSI Flash Ω in EarthBound.

PK Flash (localized as PSI Flash in EarthBound) first appeared in EarthBound and later appeared in Mother 3. In both games, the move involved using the character's psychic power to cause a strong flash. In EarthBound, Ness learns PK Flash. There are four levels to this power, which are: α (Alpha), β (Beta), γ (Gamma), and Ω (Omega). PK Flash α will only cause enemies to cry or feel strange. PK Flash β can also cause enemies to feel numb or be instantly destroyed. PK Flash γ and Ω each increase the chance of more powerful effects and decrease the chance of weaker ones. When Ness uses PK Flash in Smash, the player can either let PK Flash fully charge and "explode" or stop charging early for a less powerful explosion. PK Flash being weaker when less charged and most powerful when fully charged is likely a reference to the different levels of PK Flash in EarthBound.

In Mother 3, Lucas would learn PK Flash after he was shocked by an electrical discharge. The PK Flash in Mother 3 didn't have any levels, so PK Flash could deal minor status afflictions like crying or one-hit KOs at any point of the game.

Glitches in Brawl[edit]

In Brawl, if PK Flash is spammed when Ness is directly on top of a orange or green spring within a custom stage, he can stall inside of the spring for short periods of time. After a short amount of time, however, he will bounce out of the spring as normal. This also works with PK Thunder.

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Trivia[edit]

  • PK Flash is the only special move for Ness that he can also learn in EarthBound.
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