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Quick Draw

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Quick Draw
Ike Side B SSBU.gif
Quick Draw in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
User Ike
Universe Fire Emblem
This article is about Ike's side special move, Quick Draw. For the Link and Toon Link technique, see Quickdraw (technique).

Quick Draw (居合い斬り, Iai/Quick-Draw Cutter) is Ike's side special move.


Ike charges his attack.
Ike lunges forwards and slashes his opponent.

Ike raises his sword, then quickly dashes forwards and attacks any opponent in range with a sword slash. Ike will stop in front of the first character he runs into, regardless if the move deals damage or not; if an opponent is intangible (through spot dodging or otherwise), Ike will still end the dash at the opponent's location, dealing no damage. Quick Draw can be charged by holding the special move button to increase the distance Ike travels (approximately halfway across Final Destination uncharged, or three-quarters to nearly the entire length of the stage when fully charged), along with the damage and knockback of the slash. The uncharged version is among Ike's fastest ways to attack from outside of his normal threat range and is an important mobility tool due to its ability to autocancel from a full jump. The charge stance can be held indefinitely, even after the move's charging is completed, which means that this move can be an unavoidable tech-chase option at close range. The charge can no longer be held indefinitely in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, now releasing automatically after about two seconds of being fully charged, but a patch would later grant it increased damage and knockback on the ground, turning it into a committal but dangerous ground coverage tool. If the move does not connect, it has punishable ending lag, but its speed, travel distance, and ability to hold its charge forever in its first two appearances make it extremely difficult to challenge. It should be noted that, when used on the ground, the dash stops at platform edges, preventing accidental self-destructs.

This move can also be used while off the stage to give Ike significant horizontal recovery. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl contact with an opponent makes Ike immediately helpless, making standing in his path and taking the hit a viable gimping strategy; this is no longer the case in Super Smash Bros. 4, as Ike now has a short timeframe after hitting an opponent in midair for performing other actions like Aether or a jump before becoming helpless. As a downside, Quick Draw's trajectory pairs with Aether to make his overall recovery somewhat predictable and polarized, as both of his recovery moves feature high but one-directional movement, but unlike Aether, Ike may choose to release Quick Draw at varying heights to recover low and high, as he can travel a very long distance after the move has already ended if he is not intercepted. It should be noted that when using Quick Draw to recover and aiming for the ledge, the move should be aimed slightly above the edge, as unlike similar moves such as Fox Illusion or Falco Phantasm, Ike is still affected by gravity during the startup of the dash.

Like other special moves, Quick Draw can be reversed; however, the reversed Quick Draw has no special properties over the standard version.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction booklet IkeHeadSSBB.png Rush forwards while performing a powerful slash.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout IkeHeadSSB4-3.png Lunge forward, and slash any foe in your path. Can be charged.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List IkeHeadSSBU.png Lunges forward and slashes at any foe in his path. Can be charged.


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

1. Quick Draw 2. Close Combat 3. Unyielding Blade
NTSC "Lunge forward and slash at any foe in your path. Can be charged."

PAL "A lunge forwards, ending with a slash at any foe in your path. Can be charged up."

NTSC "A faster forward lunge that ends with a body blow that launches foes."

PAL "A fast-paced lunge forwards, dealing a body blow that launches any foe you pass."

NTSC "Grants super armor during the charge and lunge, but the lunge is slower and shorter."

PAL "Grants super armour while lunging and charging, but lunges more slowly and a shorter distance."

  1. Quick Draw: Default.
  2. Close Combat: Moves faster and launches foes upwards while passing through them, but deals less damage.
    In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, this variation is a Challenge unlock, only obtainable by destroying a total of 1000 blocks in Trophy Rush.
  3. Unyielding Blade: Grants super armor and increases damage, but doesn't travel as far or attack as fast.


Ike's critical hit animation in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

This is one of Ike's critical hit animations in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. The term iai (pronounced "ee-ai") or "iaidō" (lit. quick-draw path) is a Japanese sword technique involving a quick-draw strike followed with a quick re-sheathing of the blade, not to be confused with the battōjutsu which works almost the same, but does not involve quick re-sheathing. The concept is to be active and ready to respond to any attack, including any subsequent ones.

Despite its Japanese name, Quick Draw and the animation it's based on is not a true "iaidō" since it does not involve any sort of re-sheathing. Thus, it is more like battōjutsu than iaidō. The English name likely revolves around the terms "quick draw", "fast draw" or "quick on the draw", nodding to the speed at which Ike travels upon unleashing it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese 居合い斬り
UK English Quick Draw
France French Vive lame
Germany German Blitzhieb
Spain Spanish Espadazo
Italy Italian Colpo rapido
China Chinese (Simplified) 居合斩
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 居合斬
South Korea Korean 수평베기
Netherlands Dutch Flitsslag
Russia Russian Быстрый выхват


  • Ike can be KOed if he uses this move against an inhaling King Dedede near a ledge. When Ike dashes forward, he will attack Dedede with Quick Draw's slash but then continue flying past him, usually falling helplessly to the KO line. If a King Dedede player is using Inhale on a ledge and an Ike player accidentally inputs a Quick Draw while facing him, this can cause a stalemate where neither player will give up their respective charge. That said, such stalemates are no longer in possible in Ultimate, owing to the fact that moves like Quick Draw can no longer have their charge held indefinitely.