Peach pulls Toad out of hammerspace, and holds him out in front of her. Upon being hit, Toad will emit a damaging shower of spores. Unlike Roy or Ike's Counter which increases in damage when countering stronger attacks, Toad's spores do the same damage (3% each for a total of 18%) and knockback regardless of the power of the blocked attack. The spores themselves can be absorbed, and the move is in fact the only counterattack that fires projectiles when activated. When using this move in midair, Peach will float upwards upon the first use which can be used to surprise an opponent.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the animation is altered, as Peach now cowers while letting Toad protect her. Daisy also uses a Toad in her moveset, but he is blue instead, and she looks towards the Toad instead of appearing scared.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
The move is unique to the Super Smash Bros. series, but the Toads are Peach's loyal servants in the Mario series, as well as the Mushroom Kingdom's dominant species. Toads dropping spores upon being hit was first seen in Mario Tennis upon completing a tournament with Toad.
Toads appear in a variety of colors, blue included. Blue Toad is playable in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, and New Super Luigi U, and a separate blue Toad only named Toad is playable in Super Mario 3D World. Toads do not have any known direct affiliation with Daisy outside of her close friendship with Peach, but Toad can be partnered with her in the Mario Party series and other sports spin-offs, as well as being seen cheering her on when playing as her in Super Mario Run's Toad Rally.
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