Reflector (リフレクター, Reflector), informally known as Shine notably in competitive play, is Fox's down special move. When used, Fox creates a blue hexagonal or purple energy field which acts as a shield, and deflects any reflectable attack from any angle. It can also be used to damage enemies in close proximity to Fox when activated. If this shield deflects too many projectiles in one use, or if its user attempts to reflect a projectile of sufficient power (such as a constantly reflected Red or Green Shell), it will shatter, like a normal shield, and leave the user stunned. In Brawl, the Reflector does not shatter. Rather, it simply ceases reflecting projectiles. It was revealed that the shield originates from a small device the user carries. How it is used and its effects depends on the user.
Fox's Reflector creates a blue hexagonal shield around himself. Fox can keep the Reflector active for as long as he wants, and using it in midair slows his falling speed (this works by reducing his air speed and resetting his downwards acceleration). In Melee, Fox can also jump out of his reflector, like with regular shields, which is what allows waveshine combos. The reflector multiplies a projectile's damage and knockback by 1.5 when reflected. If the projectile is reflected several times, his reflector may break, similar to a shield breaking, except in Brawl, where the projectile just passes through the reflector and damages Fox normally. When used near a foe in the first frames, it deals 6% damage with a slightly angled down horizontal angle (being a semi-spike), set knockback and a sparkling effect. The Reflector is often used for shine spikes in edge-guarding, which involve using the Reflector's damaging properties to knock recovering enemies downwards. It is also extremely useful against bosses, considering most of their attacks are projectiles. Fox's Reflector also grants him 1 frame of invincibility when used at the beginning.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Reflector uses the sound effect used for picking up items. This was also used in Super Smash Bros., except that items don't make the same sound in this game, and Fox still made a slighty different sound from other characters when picking up items. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Reflector's sound effect was changed.
While the reflector is active, Fox's falling speed is altered: Fox falls and accelerates more slowly; this is the reason that the Chillin dash works. In Brawl, the move's ending lag was decreased, so Fox can effectively hover and stall in the air by repeatedly using his reflector. The slowed falling speed, mixed with the damaging aspect of the Reflector, can prevent Fox being juggled. Fox can also turn in midair when repeatedly activating the reflector. However, shine-spiking in Brawl is much less useful due to a combination of the reflector's damage affected knockback, longer recoveries, and floatiness, though it can be used immediately while hanging on a ledge.
In Super Smash Bros. 4, Fox's reflector was given much more ending lag, comparable to his Reflector in Melee, to prevent stalling in the air. It also no longer semi spikes aerial opponents, practically eliminating all of the move's offensive capability in Fox's edgeguarding. When Fox reflects a projectile on the ground, during the reflector's animation change Fox can cancel the move into a roll, spotdodge or jump by making the appropriate directional input. As a result, when pulling out the reflector on the same frame a projectile reaches it, it will almost always result in Fox spotdodge canceling it, due to the player having to push down on the control stick to activate the move.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
Fox can perform a technique referred to as Chillin dashing, named after Chillindude829, in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is performed by running off the edge, and at the moment the character is going to fall off, the character must use the Reflector and perform a jump shine. Covering a decent distance, it is useful for edgeguarding. It is generally followed up by a jump canceled back aerial. A pseudo-Chillin dashing can be performed in Super Smash Bros.; however, since Fox cannot jump out of his shine, it would only work to edgeguard against recoveries.
Similar to shield platform dropping, this technique is done by performing a shine while on a soft platform, and then dropping through it by pressing down on the control stick. This technique is the trigger to activate Shine Mines.
Fox can also perform a technique referred to as Shine Mining, a term coined and discovered by Darktooth, in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is performed by first shining in the location the player wishes to leave the shine mine. Then, when the player wishes to activate the mine, he/she must perform a shine drop through a platform anywhere on stage, and the mine will become an active reflector for exactly two frames starting from the 2nd frame after activation. It is important to note that the mine does not have the knockback and damage properties of the initial frames of a normal reflector - it can only reflect projectiles. The limited uses and difficult input timing make this technique extremely situational, but it can be used in various ways for edge-guarding.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee Fox (along with Falco) can grab immediately out of a shine. This is possible because shine is interruptible with a jump which from there the player can perform a jump-canceled grab. The resulting animation shows a shine immediately followed by a grab. This is useful because when performed on an opponent's shield, if the shine doesn't hit then the grab will due to the grab's property of beating shields. This technique isn't unbeatable however. If one predicts can predict a shine grab or other techniques, he can roll away before the grab is performed. This particular situation plays into the role of mindgames.
Like most of Fox's moves, the Reflector is unique to the Super Smash Bros. series, but may have been inspired by the Arwing's ability to deflect enemy fire by doing a Barrel Roll. As revealed in Brawl, Slippy is the Reflector's original designer, and provided Fox and Falco with this special equipment for the occasion of fighting. Fox's energy shield shape as a hexagon might also reference the shape of the Supply rings in Star Fox 64. Up until Brawl, there was no sign of how Fox activated his Reflectors, as he simply held a stance and the energy shield simply "appeared" around them. However, Subspace Emissary and the Star Fox cast's redesigns in Brawl revealed that their reflectors were miniature devices that activated on a swipe of their hands. These devices would later make their first canonical appearance in Star Fox Zero, once again attached to Fox and Falco's belts but serving no purpose in gameplay.
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