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Reflect Barrier

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Reflect Barrier
Palutena Down B 2 SSBU.gif
Reflect Barrier in Ultimate.
User Palutena
Universe Kid Icarus
Article on Icaruspedia Reflect Barrier

Reflect Barrier (反射盤, Reflection Panel) is Palutena's side special move in Super Smash Bros. 4, and part of her down special move in Ultimate.


When activating this move, Palutena raises her shield forward, summoning in front of her a rectangular wall of purple light which reflects projectiles. This barrier moves slowly away from her, pushing any opponents who make contact and vanishing shortly after. Palutena's shield damages close enemies for 5% and is unblockable, but does negligible knockback and is thus of niche use as an actual attack. While the barrier is wide and tall, it is far from flawless: if aimed right, small and guided projectiles can glance off the top of the wall and hit Palutena, and the move is unable to protect her back. Additionally, if the barrier reflects too much damage (e.g. multiple Green Shells), it will break. Unlike other reflectors, the move can be used immediately after it shatters.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it was relocated to her down special in conjunction with her down special, Counter, and replaced by her neutral special custom move, Explosive Flame. Now, when Palutena counters a projectile, she produces the Reflect Barrier instead of performing her usual attack. Unlike in Super Smash Bros. 4 the barrier no longer moves at all, remaining stationary in front of her until the move's conclusion, and Palutena's shield no longer generates an unblockable hitbox.

Instructional quotes[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS case foldout PalutenaHeadSSB4-3.png A wall appears that reflects projectiles and pushes foes.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Counters physical attacks and reflects projectiles.


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

1. Reflect Barrier 2. Angelic Missile 3. Super Speed
NTSC "Cast a reflective wall that moves forward for a short distance. Can be used to push rivals."

PAL "Casts a reflective wall that moves forwards for a short distance. Can be used to push rivals."

NTSC "Hurtle forth and collide with enemies to send them flying."

PAL "Sends you hurtling forwards. Colliding with an enemy sends them flying."

NTSC "Dash headfirst into opponents. You can even jump and attack while dashing."

PAL "Dashes head-first into opponents. You can even jump and attack while dashing."


Reflect Barrier as it appears in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Reflect Barrier in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Reflect Barrier is an offensive-typed power that Pit or a fighter can wield in Kid Icarus: Uprising. Using this power conjures a shield that deflects projectiles from opponents for a limited time. Unlike the barrier's incarnation in Smash 4, its incarnation in Uprising is stationary, and simply blocks the path. The barrier's physical appearance and its ability to deflect projectiles in Uprising, however, carry over to Smash 4.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese 反射盤
UK English Reflect Barrier
France French Barrière miroir
Germany German Reflektor
Spain Spanish Reflector
Italy Italian Specchiorflesso
China Chinese (Simplified) 反射盘
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 反射盤
South Korea Korean 반사반
Netherlands Dutch Spiegelbarrière
Russia Russian Отражающий барьер


  • Reflect Barrier is one of six special moves to have its directional input changed throughout the series. The other five are Boomerang, PK Fire, Pound, Rock Smash and Explosive Flame.
  • If the Shadow Assist Trophy freezes Palutena while performing Reflect Barrier, the reflect hitbox (and counter hitbox in Ultimate) will remain active and trigger if hit.
Palutena's special moves
Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Neutral special Autoreticle Explosive Flame Heavenly Light Autoreticle
Side special Reflect Barrier Angelic Missile Super Speed Explosive Flame
Up special Warp Jump Glide Rocket Jump Warp
Down special Counter Lightweight Celestial Firework Counter / Reflect Barrier
Final Smash Black Hole Laser