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Tech Check

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Ganondorf performing a successful Tech Check against Captain Falcon's Falcon Dive in Melee, punishing the latter with his powerful forward aerial.

A Tech Check is a technique that is mainly unique to Captain Falcon's Falcon Dive and Ganondorf's Dark Dive. It exists in all Smash games as of Super Smash Bros. Melee (as wall techs were not present in Smash 64).

As of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch 11.0.0, however, the endlag of both characters' throws have been significantly decreased, making the technique considerably harder, albeit still possible.


When Captain Falcon or Ganondorf grab an opponent near a ledge or stage base with their respective up special, the opponent can wall jump tech the throw and punish the character during endlag. This technique is controversial in the Captain Falcon and Ganondorf communities, with many players arguing that the loss of control is a disproportionate punish for merely recovering.

Given the nature of the technique, the Tech Check is strictly an execution test on both sides, with little else involved. The user must tech, or be stage spikeed, while the Captain Falcon / Ganondorf player must mix up their timing to make the best of their situation.


The technique was originally named Rockcrocking, named after the player of the same name, RockCrock. After RockCrock was accused of sexual assault, however, Captain Falcon and Ganondorf players attempted to change the term to remove any reference to him. The new name was chosen on a Twitter poll created by Fatality, where "Tech Check" won the poll by a significant margin.[1] Despite the pushing of the new term from prominent players, it has not been fully adopted, with many players still using "Rockcrocking", chiefly out of tradition.