Paralyze

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Pit paralyzed by Zero Suit Samus's Paralyzer in Brawl
For the effect causing characters to be dazed for a period of time, see Stun.

Paralyze is an attack effect in the Super Smash Bros. series that debuted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and has appeared in every subsequent game. Fighters hit by paralyze attacks are inflicted with the paralysis status condition for an amount of time based on the attack's knockback.

Outside of Final Smashes and custom moves, Zero Suit Samus's Paralyzer and down smash, Corrin's Dragon Fang Shot, and the bell from Pac-Man's Bonus Fruit are the only fighter attacks with the paralyze effect. Additionally, several Assist Trophies and Poké Ball Pokémon, stage hazards, and Smash Run enemies have the paralyze effect.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Support Spirit skill Zap-Floor Immunity prevents the equipped fighter from being paralyzed, but does not affect the damage it takes from paralyzing attacks.

Status condition[edit]

Paralyzed fighters freeze in place while shaking back and forth briefly, before taking the knockback of the attack.

Any fighter hit by a paralyzing attack will be inflicted with paralysis. In Brawl and Smash 4, if a fighter that was paralyzed is hit by a paralyzing attack again before they land, grab a ledge, or can act out of the effect will only cause damage to them with no knockback or paralysis; in Ultimate, the fighter takes knockback alongside the damage, merely without being paralyzed, allowing such moves to still function as traditional launchers until that fighter can be paralyzed again.

The duration of paralysis in frames is k * ((d / 2.6) + 14) * h * c * 0.025 (rounded down), where k is the attack's knockback, d is its damage, h is its hitlag multiplier, and c is the crouch canceling hitlag modifier (0.67 if active, and 1 otherwise). For example, a move that deals 4% damage, 60 units of knockback, and has a normal hitlag multiplier will paralyze targets for 23 frames if not crouch canceled. As such, moves that have knockback scaling (rather than set knockback like Zero Suit Samus's Paralyzer) and deal a high amount of hitlag will paralyze the opponent for longer as their percent increases. Paralysis is weight independent, but is still affected by knockback resistance (such as from the Metal Box). In Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, since crouch canceling multiplies knockback taken by 0.66× alongside its effect on hitlag, it becomes a particularly effective countermeasure against paralysis, reducing its duration by 0.5695×. Paralysis duration is capped at 76 frames in Brawl and Smash 4, and 90 frames in Ultimate.

List of paralyzing attacks[edit]

By characters[edit]

Character Move(s) Games
Captain Falcon Lightning Falcon Kick (side hitboxes, landing) Super Smash Bros. 4
Corrin Dragon Fang Shot Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Dark Pit Dark Pit Staff (trapping hit)
Donkey Kong Focused Slap (both hits, both on the ground and in the air) Super Smash Bros. 4
Ganondorf Beast Ganon (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Greninja Secret Ninja Attack (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. 4
Ike Paralyzing Counter
Kirby Ultra Sword (first trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Kirby (Copy Abilities) Dragon Fang Shot
Bonus Fruit (bell)
Paralyzer Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Link Triforce Slash (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Little Mac Stunning Straight Lunge Super Smash Bros. 4
Lucario Stunning Double Team
Pac-Man Bonus Fruit (bell) Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Lazy Fruit (bell) Super Smash Bros. 4
Pikachu Thunder Wave
R.O.B. Super Diffusion Beam (second-last hit)
Robin Pair Up (Chrom's trapping dash)
Toon Link Triforce Slash (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Sheik Light Arrow (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Paralyzing Needle Super Smash Bros. 4
Young Link Triforce Slash (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zelda Light Arrow (trapping hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Zero Suit Samus Down smash Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Paralyzer
Electromagnetic Net Super Smash Bros. 4

By items[edit]

Item Attack Games
Assist Trophies Nikki: Spooky Ghost Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wily Capsule: Lightning projectiles Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Yuri Kozukata: Camera Obscura Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Poké Ball Pokémon Ditto: Transform (if the summoner possesses paralyzing attacks) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Spewpa: Stun Spore Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By enemies and bosses[edit]

Enemy/Boss Attack(s) Games
Devil Car Paralyzing fumes Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Kihunter Acid
Red Bubble Ramming into the player
Starman PK Beam γ and PK Beam Ω

By stage hazards[edit]

In addition to natural stage hazards, the Spirit Battle condition "The floor is electrified" creates a hazard that inflicts paralyzing damage.

Stage Attack Games
Mute City SNES Racers that touch the track boundaries occasionally get shocked, which paralyzes anyone on them. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Orbital Gate Assault Orbital Gate's Force Field Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Gamer 5-Volt Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Midgar Electrified platforms Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


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