Slash

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Ike's forward smash hitting Snake. The crescent-shaped visual effect indicates that his forward smash has a slash effect.

There are many attacks in the Smash Bros. series that make use of the slash effect. In most cases, the effect is used by attacks involving sharp objects. It is easily identifiable by the visual effects generated on impact: a white and blue circular slash in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, and a crescent-shaped visual effect from Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward.

There are two slashing sound effects in Super Smash Bros., while Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 have three each. In Brawl, there is only one sound played at differing speeds and pitches based on the attack used. For example, Link's down aerial has a low pitch, whereas Bowser's neutral attack has a medium pitch. Not all slash attacks use these sound effects, however: many of Young Link and Toon Link's sword attacks instead use punching sound effects.

Stab[edit]

Luigi's forward smash. The stab effect is shown as a straight line.

Super Smash Bros. 4 introduces the stab effect, a variant of the slash effect used for a handful of attacks, such as Luigi's forward smash and Bowser's up smash. The two effects are functionally identical, differing only in visuals: the stab effect is shown as a straight line in the direction of the attack, instead of as a crescent.

List of slash attacks[edit]

By characters[edit]

Character Move(s) Games
Bowser Up tilt Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up smash (first hit; uses stab effect in Smash 4)
Down smash
Down aerial
Whirling Fortress
Up throw
Back floor attack
Neutral attack Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Down tilt
Back aerial
Koopa Klaw Super Smash Bros. Melee
Forward aerial Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Trip attack
Flying Slam (Subspace Emmisary) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Dash Slash Super Smash Bros. 4
Bowser Jr. Forward tilt
Up tilt
Dash attack
Forward smash
Up smash
Down aerial
Down throw
Charizard Neutral attack Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up tilt
Up smash
Pummel
Down tilt Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Back aerial (sweetspot of first hit)
Glide attack
Forward aerial Super Smash Bros. 4
Dragon Rush (both custom Flare Blitz and during Mega Charizard X)
Cloud All attacks except first hits of jab, down tilt, pummel and throws
Corrin All attacks except pummel, up and down throws, Dragon Fang Shot (projectile), Dragon Lunge (kicks), last hit of Draconic Ascent, Counter Surge, and Torrential Roar
Dark Pit All attacks except up tilt, Electroshock Arm, Striking Flight, Impact Orbitars, pummel, back throw, up throw and Dark Pit Staff
Duck Hunt The duck's beak during rapid jab, all tilts, dash attack and all aerials except neutral aerial
Falco Down tilt Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Falco Phantasm
Up aerial (first hit) Super Smash Bros. Melee
Neutral attack Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up tilt
Forward smash
Neutral aerial (only last hit in Brawl)
Forward aerial
Fox Fox Illusion Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up smash (sweetspot) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Wolf Flash (sourspot) Super Smash Bros. 4
Twisting Fox
Ganondorf Warlock Blade
Giga Bowser Neutral attack Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up aerial
Whirling Fortress (all but first hit)
Up tilt Super Smash Bros. Melee
Down tilt
Koopa Klaw
Greninja Rapid jab Super Smash Bros. 4
All smash attacks
Forward aerial
Water Shuriken
Shifting Shuriken
Stagnant Shuriken
Secret Ninja Attack
Ike All attacks except first hits of jab, Eruption (except sourspot at the tip of the sword), pummel and throws Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
King Dedede Super Dedede Jump (stars)
Waddle Dee Toss (tossed Waddle Doos and Gordos) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Gordo Throw Super Smash Bros. 4
Topspin Gordo
Quick Dedede Jump (stars)
Kirby Final Cutter Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up smash (sweetspot) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Upper Cutter Super Smash Bros. 4
Ultra Sword (all but first hit)
Kirby (Copy Abilities) Hero's Bow Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Nayru's Love
Needle Storm
Shield Breaker
Mach Tornado Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Eruption (sword tip)
Palutena's Bow
Blaster (Wolf; bayonet attached to the blaster) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Silver Bow Super Smash Bros. 4
Water Shuriken
Metal Blade
Gale Strike
Link All attacks except neutral aerial, back aerial, Boomerang (sourspot in Melee, entire Boomerang in SSB), Bomb, first hit of grab air in Brawl, pummel and forward, back and down throws Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Power Bow Super Smash Bros. 4
Ripping Boomerang
Lucas Up smash (first hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Lucina All attacks except pummel and throws Super Smash Bros. 4
Luigi Forward smash (stab effect in Smash 4) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Marth All attacks except sweetspotted up aerial (Melee and Brawl), pummel and throws
Mega Man Dash attack Super Smash Bros. 4
Back aerial
Up aerial
Metal Blade
Tornado Hold
Leaf Shield
Meta Knight All attacks except dash attack, forward, up and down throws Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Mewtwo Forward tilt Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. 4
Front floor attack (hit 1) Super Smash Bros. Melee
Mii Brawler Down throw Super Smash Bros. 4
Mii Swordfighter All attacks except pummel and forward, back and down throws
Mr. Game & Watch Back aerial Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Judge #4
Down aerial (falldown) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Octopus
Pac-Man Dash attack Super Smash Bros. 4
Down tilt
Neutral aerial
Down throw
Lazy Fruit (key)
Power Pellet
Distant Power Pellet
Enticing Power Pellet
Pac-Jump
Power Pac-Jump
Meteor Trampoline
Palutena Forward smash
Down smash
Peach Forward tilt (tip) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Peach Parasol (open parasol) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Down smash Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up smash Super Smash Bros. 4
Pit All attacks except up tilt (excluding first hit in Brawl), Upperdash Arm, Striking Flight, Impact Orbitars, pummel, back throw, up throw and energy pillars during Three Sacred Treasures Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
R.O.B. Gyro
Slip Gyro Super Smash Bros. 4
Robin Neutral attack (except non-rapid third jab)
All tilts
Dash attack
All aerials and smashes with the Bronze Sword
Levin Sword (both when dropped before breaking and when thrown)
Elwind and customs
Pair Up (Chrom's attacks)
Roy All sweetspotted attacks except up smash, pummel, throws, Flare Blade, last hits of Double-Edge Dance, Blazer, Counter and Critical Hit Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. 4
Sheik Neutral attack (except rapid jabs in Melee and finisher in Smash 4) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Dash attack
Up smash (sweetspot)
Needle Storm
Chain (non-tip) Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Forward smash Super Smash Bros. 4
Forward aerial
Up aerial
Down aerial (falldown)
Shulk All attacks except pummel and first hits of jab, forward smash, up smash, up aerial and down aerial
Snake Cypher Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sonic Up throw Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Forward aerial Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Toon Link All attacks except Boomerang, Bomb, pummel, forward, back and down throws Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Piercing Arrow Super Smash Bros. 4
Villager Timber (sprouting tree and axe)
Timber Counter (sprouting tree and axe)
Super Timber (sprouting tree and axe)
Wario Chomp Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Down tilt Super Smash Bros. 4
Inhaling Chomp
Wii Fit Trainer Up smash
Neutral aerial (second hit)
Wolf Neutral attack Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Forward tilt
Down smash
Forward aerial
Up aerial
Down aerial
Blaster (bayonet attached to the blaster)
Wolf Flash (sourspot)
All throws except forward throw
Young Link All attacks except neutral aerial, back aerial, sweetspot of down aerial, Fire Bow, Boomerang, Bomb, edge attacks and forward, back and down throws Super Smash Bros. Melee
Zelda Forward tilt Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Nayru's Love
Farore's Wind (except reappearance in Brawl)
Farore's Windfall Super Smash Bros. 4
Phantom Slash
Phantom Breaker
Phantom Strike
Zero Suit Samus Up tilt (second hit) Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Up aerial Super Smash Bros. Brawl

By items[edit]

Item Attack Games
Assist Trophies Ghirahim: All attacks Super Smash Bros. 4
Kat & Ana: Sword attacks Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Lyn: Sword strike
Saki Amamiya: Sword attacks
Samurai Goroh: Katana slashes
Spinies: Contact with body
Beam Sword All swings and throws Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Drill Shot drill Super Smash Bros. 4
Parasol All swings, open parasol hit Super Smash Bros. Melee
Poké Ball Pokémon Beedrill: Take Down Super Smash Bros.
Chikorita: Razor Leaf Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
Clefairy: Gust Super Smash Bros. Melee
Fletchling: Peck Super Smash Bros. 4
Keldeo: Secret Sword
Latias and Latios: Steel Wing Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Lugia: Aeroblast
Scizor: Metal Claw Super Smash Bros. Melee
Snivy: Razor Leaf Super Smash Bros. 4
Staryu: Contact with body Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Suicune: Contact with head after attacking Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Unown: Take Down Super Smash Bros. Melee
Weavile: False Swipe Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Zoroark: Fury Swipes Super Smash Bros. 4
Ray Gun Shots Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Unira Throws and contact when set Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4
Warp Star Aerial-only meteor smash Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4

By enemies and bosses[edit]

Enemy/Boss Attack(s) Games
Armight Sword throw and slashes Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Auroros Dive
Autolance Stab and sword throw
Bucculus Hits while grabbing a foe
Crazy Hand Finger Drill (upper parts) Super Smash Bros. Melee
Cymul Spin Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Darknut Sword swings Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Duon Forward charge Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Head bash (blue side active)
Triple arm slash (blue side active)
Flage Slash flurry Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Geemer Contact with body
Greap Scythes Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Green Kritter Claw swipes Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Master Hand Finger Drill Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Porky Hitboxes while walking
Stab attack
Puppit Claw swipes
Ridley Background fly attack
Claw sweep
Loop-de-loop
Wind attack
Shaydas Blade slashes
Stalfos Sword swings Super Smash Bros. 4
Sword Primid All sword attacks Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Ticken Head charge
Trowlon Beak hit

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In Melee, two slash attacks that collide will produce a clanging sound effect reminiscent of metallic noises akin to swords clashing. This is the only game to have such a unique trait for slash attacks.
  • In Brawl and SSB4, there is a set of slash-based sound effects that are noticeably slower and deeper pitched than regular slash sounds. These are normally reserved for Ike because of Ragnell's status as a heavy broadsword. However, this sound effect is also used for Shulk's Back Slash if he hits an opponent's back with the move, Dunban's attacks during Chain Attack, and Chrom's attacks during Pair Up.


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