Staffs are a class of projectile weapons in Kid Icarus: Uprising, with long range and the property of increased damage over distance. The design of the Staff in Smash is that of Uprising's Insight Staff, which is said to be good for beginners.
As an item
The Staff swiftly fires a thin laser beam straight ahead. The damage dealt by the laser increases with its distance from the user, starting at 5% below 30 units (from the tip of the Staff; roughly the length of a platform on Pokémon Stadium). Only one opponent can be attacked with each beam and it will inflict knockback. The staff has an extremely long range that surpasses the length of most stages (600 units), and has a damage cap of 30% at 180 units (roughly 70% of the length of Big Battlefield's main platform). Reaching the damage cap will cause a Special Zoom and a unique piercing particle effect. Additionally, the Staff's attack will always hit on frame 12 no matter the distance, despite the visual effect of the beam moving forward.
Equipping the Centurion, Commander, or Cupid support spirits will give the player a Staff at a start of their stock.
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