Stage transformation

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For information on the similarly titled feature, see Stage Morph.
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A stage transformation is a feature that is used for certain stages in the Super Smash Bros. series. Stage transformations vary greatly in differences, with some stages changing minimally, and others becoming noticeably different. Typically, transforming stages in the Super Smash Bros. series are banned from tournament play, depending on how drastically a transformation can affect a match.

A stage transition is a stage transformation that occurs within a cycle of transformations. As a stage transitions, it moves along a determined layout, resetting back to the start as soon as it reaches the end. Like transforming stages, transitioning stages are typically banned from tournament play.

Both Ω and Battlefield forms of transforming and transitioning stages entirely lack all forms of transformation.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Stage Games Transformation type Notes Tournament legality
Peach's Castle Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance The platform near the bottom of the stage will slowly shift left and right. Banned

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Stage Games Transformation type Notes Tournament legality
Big Blue Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling Goes forward on a race track on the Falcon Flyer. Players can also fight on top of the racer's cars and floating platforms that occasionally appear. Banned
Brinstar Depths Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation As the players are fighting, Kraid will occasionally appear in the background, swiping at the stage with his claws. When hit, the stage will slowly spin either left or right, depending on which claw Kraid uses. Banned
Great Bay Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance After a certain amount of time, the turtle will sink into the ocean, and will come back up some time later, occasionally facing a different direction. Additionally, Tingle's balloon acts as a platform, though if a player remains on it for too long or attacks it, the balloon will pop. Banned
Icicle Mountain Super Smash Bros. Melee Scrolling Transitions strictly upwards and downwards rather than forwards, a trait only this stage has in Melee. Features a wide variety of platforms to jump on. Topis and Polar Bears appear on this stage in Adventure Mode. Banned
Mute City Super Smash Bros. Melee Cruise This stage starts as a platform and floats along the track, occasionally dropping down on the road, leaving players vulnerable to the racers driving through. Banned
Poké Floats Super Smash Bros. Melee Scrolling A stage that uses enlarged Pokémon as part of the layout, switching between ones such as Squirtle, Onix, and Unown. Banned
Pokémon Stadium Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation There are five variations: Basic, Grass, Water, Fire, and Rock. One can see which variation it will change into for several seconds prior to the actual transformation on the large screen in the background. The layout of the stage will depend on which variation is used. For example, the Water variation features a pond (which is shallow and does not affect gameplay), a windmill that functions as a spinning platform, and two platforms to the right. Counterpick
Princess Peach's Castle Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance At various points during a match, buttons will appear on the stage. If a player presses or attacks it, platforms and "!" Blocks appear in varying colors and locations, depending on the color of the button pressed. Banned
Rainbow Cruise Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling Starting on a flying ship, it flies to a series of platforms that players must jump on, ultimately leading back to the ship. Banned
Venom Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance While the stage layout itself does not change, the stage will fly through a cave, capable of causing launching players to bounce off of a ceiling or wall. Banned
Yoshi's Story Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance Lakitu's Cloud, dubbed "Randall", will circle around the sides of the stage as a platform. This has become very infamous in tournaments, as Randall has inadvertently helped players recover when they should have lost a stock. Starter

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Stage Games Transformation type Notes Tournament legality
Castle Siege Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation This stage has three different forms, transforming into the second form about 40 seconds into a match. The first form takes place on top of a castle rampart; the second stage is in the throne room, with destructible statues functioning as platforms. The final stage is an underground level with a somewhat similar layout to Final Destination, though there is a small raised indentation on the right side of the platform and the platform will tilt left and right. After some time in the cavern, the stage will revert back to the first form. Counterpick
Bridge of Eldin Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform appearance Albeit minor, the middle of the bridge will occasionally be destroyed by King Bulblin, leaving a large hole in the middle of the stage. Characters with weak recoveries may have trouble getting across. After some time, a portal will appear above and reform the broken bridge. Banned
Delfino Plaza Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Much like Mute City in Melee, Delfino Plaza starts on a platform, floating across the Delfino Plaza and making occasional stops in the various areas. Unlike Mute City, however, there are no stage hazards. Counterpick
Flat Zone 2 Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Complete Transformation This stage has four forms: Fire, Oil Panic, Lion, and Chef, all of which are based on the Game & Watch games that were released back in 1981. Banned
Frigate Orpheon Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Every so often, lights will flash and an alarm will sound, and the stage will flip upside down. This can become troublesome, as players can become disoriented by its sudden change and this could cause them to self-destruct. Counterpick
Halberd Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Starting as a floor with walkoff blast lines, the floor later opens and a platform rises out of it, then becoming similar to Mute City, until stopping on top of the Halberd, becoming a flat stage with a single platform above. After some time, the hangar platform reappears and lifts back off of the Halberd, continuing to carry the fighters for roughly a minute before returning to the Halberd. Counterpick
Luigi's Mansion Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation The mansion is completely destructible, divided into four sections. When all sections are destroyed, the stage then has a similar layout to Final Destination, before the stage rebuilds itself. Banned
Mushroomy Kingdom Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling A recreation of World 1-1 from the original Super Mario Bros., albeit with a more aged and decayed design. "?" Blocks appear all over the stage, giving an item whenever jumps into the bottom of it in a similar vein to Mario in his game. Banned
PictoChat Super Smash Bros. Brawl Complete Transformation PictoChat contains 27 different variations, including Standard, the standard version, Fire, a variation with fire as stage hazards, and Missiles, a variation with missiles as stage hazards. Banned
Pirate Ship Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling As the ship sails, numerous events happen, including a watchtower shooting bombs at the ship, running into a rocky island, and a cyclone sweeping the ship up into the sky before falling back into the sea. Banned
Pokémon Stadium 2 Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Functions almost identically to Pokémon Stadium. The variations are Basic, Electric, Flying, Ground, and Ice, all with layouts and background Pokémon relating to the variation. Banned
Port Town Aero Dive Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Functionally identical to Melee's Mute City, though with indestructible stage hazards and different layouts. Banned
Rumble Falls Super Smash Bros. Brawl Scrolling Functionally identical to Icicle Mountain, albeit with ladders and launchers; unlike Icicle Mountain, the camera only scrolls upwards. Banned
Summit Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling After a certain amount of time, the stage will break off and slide down a mountain into the sea, remaining there for some time until resetting back onto the top of the mountain. Banned
WarioWare, Inc. Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Around every 30 seconds, the door in the background opens and the players must play a Microgame. There are nine possible Microgames that can be played. Banned
Yoshi's Island Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform appearance The platform in the middle of the stage occasionally tilts left or right, and Blarggwiches will occasionally appear to the left or right of the stage, acting as platforms. Starter

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Stage Games Transformation type Notes Tournament legality
3D Land Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling Functionally identical to Mushroomy Kingdom. Layouts are based on World 1-1, World 8-2, World 4-1, World 4-3, Special 3-2, and Special 6-4. Banned
Arena Ferox Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Starting out as a flat stage, platforms occasionally rise from the ground, some of which are destructible. Counterpick
Coliseum Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Strikingly similar to Arena Ferox in function, albeit with walkoff blast lines instead. Banned
Dream Land Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling Primarily a transitioning stage, but also will transform into the Mt. Dedede Boss Rush Lobby, the Castle Lololo interior, Bubbly Clouds, Castle Lololo exterior, and Dedede's Ring. Banned
Flat Zone X Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Exactly the same as Flat Zone 2, except with the addition of Helmet from Melee's Flat Zone. Banned
Golden Plains Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling Shifts left and right occasionally, revealing a larger part of the stage with more coins to collect. Banned
Kalos Pokémon League Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation This stage contains five forms: The Main Hall, the Dragonmark Chamber, the Blazing Chamber, the Ironworks Chamber, and the Flood Chamber, each one containing background Pokémon and stage elements relating to the type represented. Rarely, Legendary Pokémon can be encountered, each with unique special effects that affect the stage. Banned
Living Room Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Objects, such as blocks and a toy mouse, will appear at the top of the stage and fall to the ground, changing the layout of the stage and damaging any players that happen to be underneath it. Banned
Mario Circuit Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Functionally identical to Melee's Mute City. Banned
Midgar Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation As players are fighting on the stage, a spherical object known as Materia can appear. Once a player collects it, it will give a random summon. Various things can happen to this stage in turn, such as being slanted by fire, moving platforms, and being sliced in half. The summoner themselves are immune to these effects. Banned
Mushroom Kingdom U Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Contains four variations: Acorn Plains, the default layout, the Rock-Candy Mines, the Slide Lift Tower, and the Meringue Clouds. Kamek will appear at points during the match, casting a spell to cause the transformation to occur. Nabbit will also show up periodically when the stage transforms. Banned
Mute City Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance The racers periodically drive in, capable of acting as platforms, and will randomly leave. The platforms above have no changes. Banned
Pac-Land Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Scrolling Follows the layout of the original Pac-Land game, including the town level, the bridge level, the mountain level, and ending at the fairy world. Afterward, the stage scrolls back to the left and repeats the process until the match is finished. Banned
Paper Mario Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Contains three variations: Hither Thither Hill, S.S. Flavion, and Bowser's Sky Castle. Hither Thither Hill is the starting point, and the stage cycles through forms in the listed order. The transformation occurs in a pop-up book style. Banned
PictoChat 2 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Contains 26 drawings, including Seesaw, Paper Airplanes, and Pac-Pix, all with different functions and hazards. Banned
Pilotwings Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Switches between airplanes and a ceiling briefly appears at a certain point that launching players can bounce off of. Banned
Prism Tower Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Starting as a walkoff similar to Halberd, a platform will rise and take players to various locations around Lumiose City in the sky, stopping at certain points and transforming to include platforms. Counterpick
Rainbow Road Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Cruise Functionally identical to Melee's Mute City, with Shy Guys in karts functioning as stage hazards. Banned
Reset Bomb Forest Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Starts on a castle, similar to Castle Siege. After approximately a minute, Viridi appears in the background and drops a Reset Bomb, destroying the castle and creating a white flash. The stage then becomes a forest with the remains of the castle scattered about. A Lurchthorn will also appear in the lower blast line. After some time, the castle will be restored in another white flash, restarting the cycle. Banned
Skyloft Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Functionally identical to Delfino Plaza, stopping at the various areas of Skyloft. Counterpick
Spirit Train Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance Every now and then, an arrow will appear and the camera will pan over to the front of the train, then coming back to reveal the rear carriage has changed. Platforms, Armored Trains, and Dark Trains appear, also functioning as platforms. Carriages are Basic, Broken, Multi-platform, Coal, and House. Banned
Town and City Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance After spending 30 seconds in the Town section — which has 3 platforms, with the one in the middle moving up and down — the stage will transition to the City section, which has 2 platforms that move from side-to-side. After another 30 seconds, the stage will move back to the Town section and the cycle repeats. Platforms leaving the stage can KO players. Starter
Umbra Clock Tower Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Platform Appearance As players fight, various platforms can appear and disappear over time. Counterpick
Woolly World Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Scrolling Starts in a hill area, with clouds and a rocket acting as platforms. After some time, the stage moves into the sky and the ground disappears, leaving only the rocket and clouds to stand on. It then transitions to a third area, coming down to the ground with toy blocks instead of a hill, and rises back up to the sky once more, then resetting to the first area. Banned
Wrecking Crew Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Like Luigi's Mansion, Wrecking Crew's layout is destructible, though not by direct attacks from the fighters; instead, portions are destroyed with the use of the bombs that can be found around the stage. Banned
Wuhu Island Super Smash Bros. for Wii USuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Functionally identical to Delfino Plaza. The landmark layouts are Frisbee Dog Park, Swaying Bridge, the boat, rocks at sea, Maka Wuhu, boating gate, Wishing Fountain, Swordplay Colosseum, and Talon Rock. Banned

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Stage Games Transformation type Notes Tournament legality
New Donk City Hall Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cruise Functionally similar to Prism Tower. Banned
Great Plateau Tower Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Complete Transformation Like Luigi's Mansion, the stage is completely destructible. Banned
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