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Party Ball

Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
Artwork of the Party Ball.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in Melee
Item class Carrying

A Party Ball (くす玉, Kusudama) is a container item that appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


It can be picked up and thrown or hit to be opened. When picked up, it can be thrown but as soon as it hits the ground, a character, or an attack, it floats up and makes a little jingle and then opens up to reveal its items inside. Like Crates and Barrels, while holding a party ball, a character's speed is drastically decreased, and they will not be able to jump or attack.

  • Often contain many random items.
  • May store an enemy (from Adventure Mode) in Melee.
  • In Brawl, when it is thrown towards an enemy, the party ball will travel in a curve and home in on that enemy.
  • Another way to open the party ball is to hit it. In Melee, party balls take about 30% damage to break open. In Brawl and Smash 4, one hit can set it off.
  • Some of the item sets it can drop includes Food (36% chance), several Bob-ombs (12% chance), or just an assorted set of items (42%).
  • It also has a 10% chance of exploding.
  • In Smash 4, there is also a small chance that a Party Ball will not release any items.
  • Once airborne, the Party Ball can be struck but will only cause hitlag and not affect the ball. However, certain attacks can push or pull it. Using Spitball Sparky (Mr. Game & Watch's up aerial) from a slight distance will blow it up and off the top of the screen, for example.

Note that an item will only appear in a Party Ball if that item can be used. Otherwise, for example, if only bombs are on, it will always have a bomb party. Likewise, if the Party Ball is the only item enabled, all they will do is explode.

Damage throughout the series[edit]

A Party Ball in Brawl releasing various items.
Action Melee Brawl SSB4
Throw 15% 15% 15%
Explosion Throw 39% 27% 39%
Up tilt throw 16% 15% 19-24%
Up tilt throw explosion 38% 24% 45-50%
Down tilt throw 22% N/A N/A
Down tilt throw explosion 36% N/A N/A
Forward smash throw 20% 18% 17-22%
Explosion forward smash throw 41% 43% 43-48%
Up smash throw 17% 15% 22-27%
Up smash throw explosion 39% 39% 49-54%
Down smash throw 21% N/A N/A
Down smash throw explosion 49% N/A N/A
Air throw (DK) 17% 15% 15%
Air throw explosion (DK) 40% 39% 46%
Air up tilt throw (DK) 16% 15% 25%
Air up tilt throw explosion (DK) 38% 39% 51%
Air down tilt throw (DK) 21% 15% 15%
Air down tilt throw explosion (DK) 44% 39% 39%
Air forward smash throw (DK) 21% 17% 18-23%
Explosion air forward smash throw (DK) 42% 31% 43-49%
Air up smash throw (DK) 16% 15% 28%
Air up smash throw explosion (DK) 38% 39% 55%
Air down smash throw (DK) 26% 16% 16%
Air down smash throw explosion (DK) 44% 40% 40%
Drop 9% N/A N/A
Explosion Drop 22% N/A N/A


While the Party Ball is original to the Smash series, it resembles a waritama (or confetti ball), a Japanese spherical decoration which, when triggered by a pull string (which is also present in the Party Ball and, despite its Brawl trophy hinting at it, cannot be interacted with in any way), can split in half and release confetti or balloons and is typically associated with ceremonies such as graduations. Functionally, the Party Ball also resembles a Piñata, which is typical of Latin America. Like the Party Ball, the Piñata is a paper object that is meant to be attacked until it breaks and the items contained inside (usually candy or toys) fall to the floor for party members to take.


Melee Trophy[edit]

Party ball trophy in Melee.

Party Balls are just what they sound like: a recipe for wild fun packed into a paper ball. Throw or strike one into the air, then wait for it to trigger its time-release. Parties are always unpredictable, so here are the odds on how zany your party might be: Self-destruction: 10% Food banquet: 36% Bob-omb fest: 12% Other: 42%

Brawl Trophy[edit]

Party ball trophy in Brawl.

A giant ball stuffed to bursting with items and food. Throw it or attack it, and after a few seconds, it will burst open with fanfare, spilling items all around. The fluttering confetti adds to the celebratory atmosphere. Some Party Balls are filled with nothing but bombs, though, so handle with care. Perhaps if you just pulled the string...Naw, that doesn't work.

GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

SSB4 Trophy[edit]

Party Ball
North America A celebratory ball, filled with irresistible treasures just begging to be released. Once thrown, it floats into the air and releases its prizes. It could be a variety of awesome items, but you should be careful-sometimes the Party Ball is stuffed with Bob-ombs. How rude!
Europe These balls are just bursting with items! Hit or throw one, and it'll start to float up. And then...POP! Streams of confetti and goodies galore! Keep in mind, though, that there are actually two types of party ball - the other one is packed with Bob-ombs! ...What do you call a group of those things, anyway? A kaboom of Bob-ombs?
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/2001)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese くす玉 Kusudama
UK English Party Ball
France French (PAL) Ballon Surprise Surprise Ball
Quebec French (NTSC) Ballon-surprise Surprise Ball
Germany German Party-Ball
Spain Spanish (PAL) Bola de fiesta Party Ball
Mexico Spanish (NTSC) Piñata
Italy Italian Sfera festa Party Ball
China Chinese 彩球 Lottery Ball
South Korea Korean Gourd
Netherlands Dutch Partybal Party Ball
Russia Russian Дискобол Disco ball