Plasma Whip

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Plasma Whip
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Zero Suit Samus using Plasma Whip.
User Zero Suit Samus
Universe Metroid
Article on Metroid Wiki Plasma Whip
Not to be confused with Plasma Wisp or Plasma Wire.
Attack with a lash formed of plasma. This move can also be used to grab onto the stage edges.
Brawl's instruction manual
Attack foes with an energy whip. Can grab on to edges.
Smash for 3DS's foldout
Attacks foes with an energy whip. Can also be used to grab on to edges.
—Description from Ultimate's Move List

Plasma Whip (プラズマウィップ, Plasma Whip) is Zero Suit Samus's side special move.


Upon pressing the special button, Samus shoots the Plasma Whip forward a long distance, with small knockback and damage throughout its length, except for a fairly large sweetspot at the tip. The body of the whip can knock the enemy into the tip, which has large knockback (at least as large as Samus' side smash, but with longer range) and is considered her best KO move outside of her forward and back aerials. Does 19% damage (if the opponent is close to Samus because its pushed to the tip, doing two hits), 16% if only the tip hits. In Super Smash Bros. 4, Plasma Whip has been nerfed. The tip of the Plasma Whip is weaker, it deals less damage, and it no longer KOs at high percentage outside of edge guarding and stage spikes.

The move is a little laggy after extending, but comes out at about the speed of a smash attack. In the air, it can be used as a tether recovery; it differs from her other tether move, the Plasma Wire, in that it has longer horizontal range, but much less vertical range, giving Zero Suit Samus several options for tethering, depending on whether she is level with or below the ledge. The Plasma Wire can also grapple ledges that are below Zero Suit Samus' level, which can be useful for varying up her recovery. There is a small blind spot in the middle of the Plasma Whip which the opponent is not hit. If spaced correctly, it can be used after a down smash.


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

1. Plasma Whip 2. Plasma Dash 3. Whip Lash
"Attack foes with an energy whip. Can also be used to grab on edges." "A dashing strike with your gun. Doesn't use the whip, so it can't grab to edges." "Knock foes toward you with the very end of the whip. The rest of the whip does nothing."
  1. Plasma Whip: Default.
  2. Plasma Dash: A small dash forward with Samus' gun, striking multiple times. Cannot tether recover.
  3. Whip Lash: Ensnares opponent and draws them in, does not connect if Samus is too close to the opponent.



  • Through hacking Brawl, unique item grabbing and throwing animations have been found for Plasma Whip. This suggests that the move was, at one point, also designed to have the ability to grab items from afar and fling them towards opponents. Judging from the animations, it also suggested that Zero Suit Samus could steal opponents' held items by using Plasma Whip against them.