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This article is about the item. For the term referring to playing poorly on purpose, see sandbagging.

Symbol of the Smash Bros. series.
The appearance of Sandbag from Smash titles.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in Melee
Item class Carrying / Damage Recovering
Can produce items each time you hit it.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl instruction manual
Hit Sandbag to make items fall out! The more you hit it, the easier it will be to launch.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS in-game description

Sandbag (サンドバッグくん, Sandbag-kun) is a character from the Stadium game Home-Run Contest in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It also appears as an item during matches in Brawl, SSB4, and Ultimate.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Home-Run Contest[edit]

Sandbag in Melee during the Home-Run Contest.

Sandbag made its debut in Melee, alongside the new Home-Run Contest event. In the mode, players are given ten seconds to hit Sandbag as far as possible using a Home-Run Bat. Sandbag is given a visible damage percentage in this mode, as to allow players to estimate how far it will travel when hit by the Home-Run Bat.

Sandbag is considered a character, allowing the game to record its damage percentage and allowing players to grab it. Sandbag can also be controlled by a human player through the use of the debug menu. However, a majority of its moveset is not programmed, as it is not intended to move or otherwise act as a standard combatant. As a result, attempting to attack, midair jump, or shield with it will cause the game to freeze. In addition, Sandbag cannot be KOed, even after passing the blast lines, and it can eventually crash the game if it falls too far beyond them, as the game will eventually be unable to calculate its position on the screen. As Sandbag lacks animations for moving and jumping, it uses its idle stance for such movements.


The Sandbag trophy is obtained by completing the Home-Run Contest with every character.

Sandbag trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Sandbag's trophy in Melee
Sandbag exists for one reason only: to get smashed in the Home-Run Contest. Pound on Sandbag as much as possible in the time allotted, then swing for the fences as you compete for the longest home run of all time. Getting hit doesn't hurt Sandbag at all. As a matter of fact, it loves to see players wind up and let loose.
Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/01)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Home-Run Contest[edit]

Sandbag as seen in Brawl's Home-Run Contest.

In Brawl, Sandbag reprises its role in the Home-Run Contest. However, Sandbag is lighter and it also slides further after landing from a hit. Between games, Sandbag also became an item instead of a character, and therefore, it can no longer be grabbed or thrown. Its programming, however, contains unused subactions for character-based situations, such as the event of being grabbed, suggesting that it may have formerly been intended to remain as a character.

Like in Melee, Sandbag's trophy is unlocked by getting a distance with all characters in the Home-Run Contest. Note that characters who may be switched during matches, namely Zelda and Sheik, Samus and Zero Suit Samus, and the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon, do not need to be repeatedly used in order to attain the trophy.

As an item[edit]

Example of a "CD Factory" made using Stage Builder.

As well as its appearance in the Home-Run Contest, Sandbag can appear as an item during matches. Sandbag is a unique item in that while it can release items upon being hit, like the crate and capsule, it cannot actually be picked up and thrown. It can, however, be swallowed by Kirby, King Dedede, and Wario, as well as Munchlax.

As players have a degree of modification over what Sandbag can drop via the Item Switch, Sandbag is also of particular interest to use in CD Factories, a type of custom stage made using Brawl's Stage Builder.

On the Online Practice Stage[edit]

Mario on the Online Practice Stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Source: Smash DOJO!!

Sandbag appeared on the Online Practice Stage, and players were given the option to practice combos or otherwise attack it while waiting for Wi-Fi matches to start. Sandbag's damage percent couldn’t be seen, though it did take more and more knockback the more it was hit. If sent below the bottom blast line, Sandbag would respawn in the center of the stage; this did not occur if Sandbag passed the upper blast line.


Sandbag trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Sandbag's trophy in Brawl
An item that appears in the Home-Run Contest, where the goal is to do lots of damage to Sandbag, then send it flying as far as you can. It also appears in the regular game. If you smash it, a storm of confetti and items will burst out. Sandbag doesn't feel pain, though; in fact, it's happy to be of service.
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Sandbag reprises its role in the Home-Run Contest and the Online Practice Stage. Additionally, it appears when testing a Mii Fighter, and it also makes a cameo in Little Mac's reveal trailer as his punching bag.

As an item[edit]

Sandbag as an item in SSB4.

Sandbag returns as an item, acting identical in function to its Brawl incarnation. It no longer drops CDs.


Sandbag's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS This little guy is great for getting in some practice against. In Home-Run Contest you'll send it flying, and in normal battles it has a habit of dropping items when you lay into it. Sandbag seems pretty content with being your punching bag, so it'd almost be mean not to go all out on it.
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U This little guy makes a great sparring partner. No, really! In Home-Run Contest you'll send it flying, and in normal battles it has a habit of dropping items when you lay into it. Sandbag seems pretty content with being your punching bag, so it'd almost be mean not to go all out on it.
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/2001)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PAL This little guy is pretty good to practise with! In the Home-Run Contest, the goal is to attack Sandbag and then whack him as hard as you can to send him flying! He even appears in normal matches, where you can hit him to get lots of food and items. Don't worry, though – he loves to help out. It doesn't even hurt him at all!
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (05/2002)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Banjo & Kazooie taking part in the Home-Run Contest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Sandbag's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate appearance.

Sandbag returns in Ultimate as an item. As a humorous aesthetic, Sandbag now shows visible happiness if left alone for a period of time or when it is grabbed. Sandbag can be grabbed and thrown, much like in Melee (unless it's in the Home-Run Contest). It has a weight of 115.

Sandbag also appears when testing a Spirit Team or a Mii Fighter, or a controller configuration in the Options menu. While Sandbag no longer appears as the primary opponent in the Online Practice Stage, it can randomly appear as an item instead.

With the return of Home-Run Contest in version 5.0.0, Sandbag once again reprises its role. Sandbag has infinite launch resistance for the first hit that connects with it, and now blushes when at high damage.


The Sandbag also appears as an Advance-class support spirit. It can be first obtained by reaching 250% or more during battle.

The Sandbag's Spirit Battle uses an unmoving Samus puppet fighter, referencing how the Sandbag is an idle character, and is fought on the Pokémon Stadium 2 stage's Ω form. During the battle, the Home-Run Bat appears and the player has ten seconds to defeat Samus, referencing the similar gameplay mechanics in the Home-Run Contest.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
1 Critical-Health Defense ↑ Super Smash Bros. Series


The sandbag is a real world item. It is, as the name suggests, a bag full of sand or other material. It is used for a multitude of purposes, one of them being used to absorb blows and strikes. Versions made specifically for this purpose were created and evolved into the modern punching bag, which Sandbag is directly inspired by. In Japanese, the English loanword "sandbag" is used to refer to punching bags.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese サンドバッグくん Sandbag-kun
UK English Sandbag
France French Sac de sable Sandbag
Germany German Sandsack
Spain Spanish Saco de arena Sandbag
Italy Italian Sacco da allenamento Training Bag
China Chinese 沙包哥 Brother Sandbag
South Korea Korean 샌드백 Sandbag
Netherlands Dutch Sandbag
Russia Russian Боксерский мешок Punching Bag