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Not to be confused with Shield break jump, or jump out of shield.
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King Dedede breaking his shield, causing a shield jump in Brawl.

Shield jump is an aspect of every character's shield in each Super Smash Bros. game.

Overview[edit]

Falco has been pushed off an edge.

Every attack in the Super Smash Bros. series can damage a shield. As the shield gets attacked, its size is gradually reduced until it eventually breaks, and a shield jump occurs afterward. The character is sent a small distance upward and then falls back to the ground. Upon getting up, the character is temporarily stunned and vulnerable to any attack. Shield break jumps cannot be cancelled in any capacity as the character shield break jumping is intangible (except in Brawl). Furthermore, if a character's shield breaks close to a ledge, they can possibly fall off the stage, which leaves them entirely helpless.

In Melee, having one's shield broken by an opponent rewards the player with Shattered Shield bonus, worth -1000 points, while breaking their own shield rewards them the Shield Stupidity bonus, worth -2000 points. Breaking another opponent's shield rewards the character the Shield Buster bonus, worth 2500 points. All three of the bonuses can stack, and performing the required tasks multiple times proportionally increases their value.

Shield jump height values[edit]

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Rank Character Shield jump height
1 Jigglypuff's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Jigglypuff 936.83905
2 Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Falco 61.303986
3 Greninja's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Greninja 55.884041
4 BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png Bayonetta 53.641396
4 Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zero Suit Samus
6 Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Luigi 50.114208
7 Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Diddy Kong 50.01783
8 Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Rosalina & Luma 48.520573
9 Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sheik 47.378315
10 R.O.B.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. R.O.B. 46.106945
11 Lucario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Lucario 45.646511
N/A Mega Lucario
12 Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Captain Falcon 45.298752
13 SamusHeadSSB4-U.png Samus 44.899666
14-17 Dr. Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Dr. Mario 44.1
Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mario
Mii Brawler's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Brawler
RyuHeadSSB4-U.png Ryu
N/A Mii Brawler's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Brawler (Multi-Man Smash)
18 Yoshi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Yoshi 43.80624
19 Palutena's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Palutena 43.590145
20 Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Donkey Kong 43.487122
21 Wii Fit Trainer's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wii Fit Trainer 43.21534
22 Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sonic 42.488163
23 Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Duck Hunt 42.367996
24 Shulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Shulk 42.241882
25 Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ness 41.843109
26 Bowser Jr.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser Jr. 41.762489
27 Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Fox 41.616199
28 Pac-Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pac-Man 41.382965
29 Toon Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Toon Link 41.0252
30-31 Lucina's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Lucina 40.849941
Marth's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Marth
N/A Mii Gunner's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Gunner (Multi-Man Smash) 40.67
32 Mii Gunner's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Gunner 40.668427
33 Olimar's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Olimar 40.652481
34 Robin's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Robin 40.316494
35 King Dedede's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. King Dedede 40.315399
36 Mega Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mega Man 39.83392
N/A Giga Bowser
N/A Warioman
37 Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser 39.607784
38 Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Villager 39.44894
39 LucasHeadSSB4-U.png Lucas 39.15
40 Charizard's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Charizard 38.853573
41 Zelda's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Zelda 38.295349
42-43 Dark Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Dark Pit 37.633354
Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pit
44 Wario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Wario 37.033981
45 Peach's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Peach 36.442474
46 Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pikachu 36.197403
47-49 CloudHeadSSB4-U.png Cloud 35.679428
CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png Corrin
Ike's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ike
50 Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Meta Knight 35.135567
51 Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mr. Game & Watch 33.404976
52 Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mewtwo 32.5
53 RoyHeadSSB4-U.png Roy 32
54 Little Mac's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Little Mac 31.572279
N/A Giga Mac
N/A Mii Swordfighter's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Swordfighter (Multi-Man Smash) 31.06
55-56 Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Link 31.059187
Mii Swordfighter's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mii Swordfighter
57 Ganondorf's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Ganondorf 30.969843
58 Kirby's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Kirby 28.716846

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Rank Character Shield jump height
1 JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png Jigglypuff 936.84
2 FoxHeadSSBU.png Fox 58
3 GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Greninja 52
MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png Mii Brawler
5 SheikHeadSSBU.png Sheik 47.5
6 PichuHeadSSBU.png Pichu 47
7 BayonettaHeadSSBU.png Bayonetta 46
DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png Diddy Kong
FalcoHeadSSBU.png Falco
10 RyuHeadSSBU.png Ryu 45.5
11 CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png Captain Falcon 45.3
12 JokerHeadSSBU.png Joker 45
YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png Young Link
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus
15 InklingHeadSSBU.png Inkling 44.1
KenHeadSSBU.png Ken
MarioHeadSSBU.png Mario
18 IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar 44
WolfHeadSSBU.png Wolf
20 PalutenaHeadSSBU.png Palutena 43.59
21 DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png Donkey Kong 43.5
HeroHeadSSBU.png Hero
23 TerryHeadSSBU.png Terry 42.6
24 Sephiroth's stock icon. Sephiroth 42.5
25 SoraHeadSSBU.png Sora 42.4
26 ShulkHeadSSBU.png Shulk 42.24
27 IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png Ice Climbers 42.11
28 ChromHeadSSBU.png Chrom 42
KazuyaHeadSSBU.png Kazuya
LucarioHeadSSBU.png Lucario
MegaManHeadSSBU.png Mega Man
RoyHeadSSBU.png Roy
33 BowserJrHeadSSBU.png Bowser Jr. 41.76
34 Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png Banjo & Kazooie 41.2
35 LinkHeadSSBU.png Link 41
PiranhaPlantHeadSSBU.png Piranha Plant
ROBHeadSSBU.png R.O.B.
38 LucinaHeadSSBU.png Lucina 40.85
39 MiiGunnerHeadSSBU.png Mii Gunner 40.67
40 KingDededeHeadSSBU.png King Dedede 40.32
RobinHeadSSBU.png Robin
42 CorrinHeadSSBU.png Corrin 40
DrMarioHeadSSBU.png Dr. Mario
DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png Duck Hunt
GanondorfHeadSSBU.png Ganondorf
RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley
ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png Toon Link
WarioHeadSSBU.png Wario
WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png Wii Fit Trainer
50 BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser 39.61
KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool
52 CloudHeadSSBU.png Cloud 39.5
RichterHeadSSBU.png Richter
SimonHeadSSBU.png Simon
55 LucasHeadSSBU.png Lucas 39.15
56 BylethHeadSSBU.png Byleth 39
MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight
MiiSwordfighterHeadSSBU.png Mii Swordfighter
SnakeHeadSSBU.png Snake
SonicHeadSSBU.png Sonic
61 CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard 38.85
62 LuigiHeadSSBU.png Luigi 38
MarthHeadSSBU.png Marth
MythraHeadSSBU.png Mythra
PyraHeadSSBU.png Pyra
66 DarkPitHeadSSBU.png Dark Pit 37.63
PitHeadSSBU.png Pit
68 LittleMacHeadSSBU.png Little Mac 37
MewtwoHeadSSBU.png Mewtwo
MinMinHeadSSBU.png Min Min
NessHeadSSBU.png Ness
VillagerHeadSSBU.png Villager
YoshiHeadSSBU.png Yoshi
74 DaisyHeadSSBU.png Daisy 36.44
PeachHeadSSBU.png Peach
76 PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu 36.2
77 DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png Dark Samus 36
Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png Pac-Man
SamusHeadSSBU.png Samus
ZeldaHeadSSBU.png Zelda
81 IkeHeadSSBU.png Ike 35.68
IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur
SquirtleHeadSSBU.png Squirtle
84 Steve's stock icon. Steve 35.6
85 IsabelleHeadSSBU.png Isabelle 35
MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch
OlimarHeadSSBU.png Olimar
88 KirbyHeadSSBU.png Kirby 34
89 RosalinaHeadSSBU.png Rosalina & Luma 33

Jigglypuff's shield jump[edit]

Jigglypuff has the most notable shield jump out of every character. In every Smash Bros. title, breaking Jigglypuff's shield makes it shield jump extremely high, due to a large amount of knockback from the break. Under most circumstances, Jigglypuff passes the upper blast line and gets KOed. This can only be prevented by an overhead obstruction or if another character inflicts knockback on Jigglypuff as it flies.

Due to changes with the upper blast line's behaviour in Smash 4, Jigglypuff can only be Blast KO'd, unless it is tiny on a large stage like Palutena's Temple. Star KOs or Screen KOs are mostly ineffective against Jigglypuff from a shield jump because of its jumping speed. This appears to have been reverted in Ultimate.

It is never officially explained within the games why Jigglypuff has a high shield jump.

Advantages[edit]

The first noticeable advantage is in Melee's Adventure Mode, when the player has to escape the exploding Brinstar. This stage consists of a vertical climb, which can be completed a lot faster from shield jumping. However, as this technique requires shield breaking, the Shield Stupidity bonus, worth -2000 points, is awarded to the player. The shield jump enables Jigglypuff to reach areas in Brawl's Subspace Emissary that few others could, and complete stages, such as Glacial Peak, in record time.

Custom stages in Brawl[edit]

Brawl's introduction of custom stages created a new use for shield jumping: a platform high above the main battlefield can provide Jigglypuff a spot that few other characters can reach or hit with ranged attacks. Only Pit and R.O.B. can reach a similar height normally. Jigglypuff can be potentially threatened by Meta Knight and Kirby's throws, and other characters can use the bomb jump.

The Super Jiggly Jump[edit]

When Jigglypuff's shield breaks, it flies upward with its hitstun animation for a period of time. During this period, Jigglypuff can be KOed from the upper blast zone. If Jigglypuff does not reach the upper blast line until after this period, it continues to fly upwards and beyond the blast line as if it had simply jumped very high. This move is easiest to perform on a ceiling that Jigglypuff only gets stuck on for a short period of time, or with accurate timing as it is pushed away from the ceiling.

One easy way of doing this is on the Brawl stage New Pork City. For this to be executed, Jigglypuff must stand along the right side of the floating structure closest to the middle and shield until it jumps. If Jigglypuff is close enough to the right wall, it skims the wall and continues to be KOed. If a character uses either the Mushroom or the Poison Mushroom, it may possibly escape the stun as it reverts to normal size. This enables the player to move freely during the fall.

It can also be performed underneath certain blocks in the Mushroomy Kingdom stage.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Smash 64, Kirby, Pikachu, and Jigglypuff use their Star KO voice clips when their shield is broken; all other characters use one of their voice clips for taking heavy knockback.

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Melee[edit]