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Robo Beam

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Robo Beam
ROB Neutral B SSBU.gif
Robo Beam used in Ultimate.
User R.O.B.
Universe R.O.B.

Robo Beam (ロボビーム, Robo Beam) is R.O.B.'s neutral special move.


When uncharged, the attack is a thin, red laser that does a small amount of damage (normally 5%) and has decent hitstun. It can be angled up or down and ricochets off of walls and floors, though it will stop if it hits a wall head-on. The laser will penetrate any targets it hits for its lifetime. R.O.B. must wait 1 second for the laser to recharge, or else he will shoot a short-ranged burst that can only hit opponents at point-blank range. Despite its significantly shorter range, the uncharged version deals more damage than the standard Robo Beam.

When the laser is charged, the red light on R.O.B.'s head will begin to flash rapidly. Kirby also has this property when he copies R.O.B. There are actually two levels of charge: the aforementioned standard "charge", and the Super Robo Beam, which charges if the beam is left alone for 20 seconds. Super Robo Beam is much stronger and thicker and has increased range (enough to travel all the way across any stage), though it is significantly slower than a normal Robo Beam. If used at a very close range, the beam will do stronger flame damage, starting at 9%.

In The Subspace Emissary, R.O.B. Blasters use a purple Robo Beam, although it is shorter and cannot be charged.

Instructional quote[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Move List ROBHeadSSBU.png Fires a laser beam, but only when the LED on its head is flashing. It can bounce off the floor.


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

1. Robo Beam 2. Wide-Angle Beam 3. Infinite Robo Beam
"Fire a laser beam, but only when the LED on your head is flashing. It can bounce off the floor." "A Robo Beam that can be fired at a wider range of angles but doesn't do quite as much damage." "Never runs out of charge, but isn't as strong as the standard Robo Beam."
  1. Robo Beam: Default.
  2. Wide-Angle Beam: R.O.B. can aim at a much wider arc, but it has slightly longer start-up and deals less damage.
  3. Infinite Robo Beam: Robo Beam can be fired consecutively, but it takes longer to charge to Super Robo Beam. It also deals less damage, has slightly longer start-up and both beams lose their ability to ricochet.


Art showing R.O.B.'s glowing, unending gaze.
An advertisement snippet showing R.O.B.'s glowing eyes.

Robo Beam is virtually identical in function (including the ricochet) to the Laser copy ability from the Kirby series. R.O.B. has no relation to the Kirby franchise (outside of a guest appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3), but this move is likely to have been an idea incorporated by Kirby creator and Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai when putting together R.O.B.'s moveset. While the real-life R.O.B. toy never had the ability to fire lasers, the flashing red LED on R.O.B.'s head being an indicator of Robo Beam's charge is a throwback to when the red light flashed to indicate that R.O.B. was ready for use with the NES.


In Brawl[edit]

In Smash 4[edit]

In Ultimate[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ロボビーム, Robo Beam
UK English Robo Beam
France French Laser robotique
Germany German Robo-Strahl
Spain Spanish Láser Robo
Italy Italian Raggio laser
China Chinese (Simplified) 机器人光束
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 機器人光束
South Korea Korean 로보빔, Robo Beam
Netherlands Dutch Robostraal
Russia Russian Роболуч


  • When the beam is uncharged, R.O.B.'s arms will be down instead of facing straight forward.
  • While R.O.B does not vocalize when using Robo Beam (due to the fact that, prior to Ultimate, it has no "voice"), Kirby will announce a robotic "Beep!" when using the Copy Ability of Robo Beam in every game.