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Bowser not flinching from Kirby's rapid jab.

Passive armor is an umbrella term encompassing occasions where a character experiences continuous armor without any restrictions. Examples of this include Tough Guy, Tough Body, and continuous super armor seen on transformation-related Final Smashes. Spirit abilities such as Super Slow Armor and Armor Knight can provide the effect to any character, albeit with statistical downsides such as decreased movement speed. Bosses can also be considered to have something akin to passive armor.

Overview[edit]

Passive armor was first formally introduced in Melee for Nana and Giga Bowser, where they have 5 and 20 units of subtractive knockback-based armor respectively. In Nana's case, the armor makes her slightly harder to launch than Popo, while for Giga Bowser it is intended to make him harder to launch, taking advantage of his massive weight value. As the armor is subtractive, attack that inflict knockback below the threshold won't launch either character, though in the case of Nana this is rarely seen outside of cases like Luigi's Super Jump Punch sourspot, because of the particularly low threshold and the Ice Climbers' below average weight; however crouch cancelling could slightly increase the effectiveness of the armor. Though Nana doesn't have any form of passive armor as of Brawl, the introduction of Bowser's Giga Bowser Final Smash introduced passive super armor for the first time. Smash 4 would expand on this further, adding Giga Mac, Mega Charizard X, and Mega Lucario, albeit with significantly nerfed durations to transformation Final Smashes in general. Smash 4 also introduced the Tough Guy mechanic for Bowser, giving him 19 units of knockback-based armor permanently with no drawbacks. With Giga Bowser no longer being a fully-controllable character in Ultimate, he received 95 units of knockback-based armor for his boss incarnation, rather than super armor. Ultimate's DLC would also introduce Tough Body as an effective clone of Bowser's fighter ability for Kazuya, only it uses 14 units of knockback-based armor.

Passive armor follows the general rules of armor — for example, grabs and some attack effects will override it — but this nature also leads to some unique side-effects, such as being present during the buried and frozen states, which can lead to delayed reactions to their effects. Passive armor is most commonly seen in the form of knockback-based armor as an extremely minor mechanic, such as the case with Nana or Kazuya, where the threshold is so low that it's effectively nonexistent in many matchups. Passive armor will sometimes come in the form of "subtractive" armor, wherein the knockback is subtracted instead of requiring a threshold to be reached to deal full knockback.

Ultimate introduced spirits, which can provide passive armor effects; specifically, Super Slow Armor and Super Armor from the likes of Regigigas, Polar Bear, Walhart, and Gold Mario can provide passive knockback-based armor to any character. The thresholds are almost identical, though Super Slow Armor, as the name implies, comes with a significant drawback in reducing the user's movement speed.

List of instances of passive armor[edit]

Character Passive armor Subtractive?
Bowser 19 KBSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate No
Giga Bowser 20 KBSuper Smash Bros. Melee Yes
Super armorSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 No
95 KBSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate No
Giga Mac Super armorSuper Smash Bros. 4 No
Kazuya 14 KBSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate No
Mega Charizard X Super armorSuper Smash Bros. 4 No
Mega Lucario Super armorSuper Smash Bros. 4 No
Metal Box 30 KBSuper Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Yes
Nana 5 KBSuper Smash Bros. Melee Yes
Super Slow Armor (spirit skill) 132 KBSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate No
Super Armor (spirit skill) 130 KBSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate No

Tough Guy / Tough Body[edit]

Tough Guy and Tough Body are fighter abilities, originally introduced with Tough Guy in Smash 4. These specifically apply to Bowser and Kazuya, respectively, in the form of passive knockback-based armor, summing to 19 and 14 KB respectively. Giga Bowser also has the same mechanic, though it isn't named, and it has a threshold of 95 KB. This armor requires the armor threshold to be breached to deal hitstun and knockback. Nana and Giga Bowser both have abilities with similar effects in Melee, but it's subtractive, meaning that instead of requiring a threshold to be reached to deal full knockback, the knockback is subtracted by the value after calculation, preventing them to flinch if the value goes below 0.

Because Tough Guy and Tough Body's presence includes crouching, thanks to the 0.85× knockback reduction it provides, it improves the armor's ranges significantly; Kazuya in particular benefits from this as he will be crouching more often than most characters because of his unique crouch-based attacks. Bowser's armored smash and tilt attacks, as well as Kazuya's armored smash attacks and Heaven's Door, also benefit from the passive armor in Ultimate, giving him effectively two layers of armor for attacks to break through. Because the armor is knockback-based, Tough Guy's effectiveness deteriorates as percentage builds. As the character using it takes more damage, they take more knockback, which gives Tough Guy a hard limit in every matchup. Additionally, effects that increase knockback, such as rage, will also affect Tough Guy. For a character-specific example, Hero's Psyche Up applies a 1.2× knockback multiplier directly onto his moves which, as a result, significantly decreases Tough Guy's effectiveness—if not neuter it outright—until it goes away.

Due to Tough Guy's very low knockback threshold, its usefulness is highly specific to the point of being essentially nonexistent in some matchups. While characters like Luigi and Mega Man are noticeably impacted due to their reliance on weak, spammable projectiles in neutral, others such as Donkey Kong and Ganondorf are completely unaffected. This applies even moreso to Kazuya's Tough Body, having drastically lower damage ranges due to his lower base threshold and weight; for example, while Bowser can armor Pyra's Rapid Jab well until 174%, Kazuya can only armor it until around 12%. Like all armor, Tough Guy does not protect characters from grabs either, so characters that are noticeably affected by the ability can normally make up for it through a grab-heavy playstyle. Tough Guy was indirectly buffed in Ultimate thanks to the universal knockback reduction in all rapid jabs. The addition of damage-based armor into his moveset also assisted with this, adding a degree of safety at tighter percent ranges. Because Bowser himself gained more weight, it's common to see him armor rapid jabs to extremely high thresholds and punish them outright.

In the case of Giga Bowser, because he cannot be grabbed in any way and has gigantic weight, it is near-impossible to make him launch or even experience hitstun at first. Seeing Giga Bowser's Tough Guy break is extremely rare, but not impossible with charged smash attacks, strong items, or Final Smashes. However, whether the effort required to make him launch is a viable objective is very arguable.

List of attacks affected by Tough Guy/Tough Body[edit]

An icon for denoting incomplete things.
  • Bold percentages represent the damage limit if Bowser and Kazuya were crouching.
  • Moves with damages labeled "Limitless" means that Tough Guy will always trigger against the move.
  • Moves that are available as custom moves are in italics.
User/Item Move Part of Move Damage Limit Notes
By Characters
Banjo & Kazooie Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 83%/318%BowserHeadSSBU.png Closest hitbox
12%/168%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png Mid hitbox
503%/737%BowserHeadSSBU.png
139%/295%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Egg Firing / Breegull Blaster Breegull Blaster 454%/615%(Eggs 1-6;long range), 628%/841%(Eggs 1-6; maximum range), 572%/753%(Eggs 7-12; mid range), 769%/Limitless(Eggs 7-12; long range)BowserHeadSSBU.png After the 13th egg, becomes Limitless for standing and crouching at all ranges except for point-blank
Bayonetta Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 116%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
205%/333% BowserHeadSSBU.png
13%/99%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
282%/410% BowserHeadSSBU.png
82%/168%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Bullet Climax Entire move 116% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
120%/157% BowserHeadSSBU.png
58%/83%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Uncharged bullets
Bowser Up Throw Attack hitbox 6%/23%BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hits 1 - 7
Bowser Jr. Neutral Attack Jab 1 18%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Rapid Jab 617%/842% BowserHeadSSBU.png
255%/405%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Dash attack Entire move 3%/18% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
22%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox; applies to hits 1 - 5
Forward smash Entire move 29% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1 - 5
Byleth Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 363%/597% BowserHeadSSBU.png
12%/168%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
503%/737%BowserHeadSSBU.png
139%/295%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Captain Falcon Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 356%/500% BowserHeadSSBU.png
128%/224%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Charizard Down Throw Attack hitbox 4%/23% BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral damage
Flamethrower Entire move 34%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
35%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Weak hitbox
Fire Fang LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Embers
Fireball Cannon 46%/92%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Weak hitbox
Chrom Double-Edge Dance 4th hit; angled down 279%/349%BowserHeadSSBU.png
157%/204%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1-4
Corrin Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 180%/293% BowserHeadSSBU.png
11%/86%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Forward smash Yato hitboxes LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png
Daisy Neutral Aerial Entire move 3%BowserHeadSSBU.png Late hitbox
Down Aerial 6%/53%BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hits 1 - 3
Dark Pit Neutral Attack Rapid Jab LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
617%/842% BowserHeadSSBU.png
255%/405%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Down Aerial Entire move 3%-5%BowserHeadSSBU.png Meteor hitbox
Silver Bow Entire move 3%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
0%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Uncharged
Donkey Kong Neutral attack Jab 1 7%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Jumping Headbutt Entire move 81%/101%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Tough Guy does not trigger if Bowser is hit while airborne
Dr. Mario Neutral Attack Jab 1 88%/145% BowserHeadSSBU.png
4%/46%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Jab 2 36%/136% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Duck Hunt Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 13%/169% BowserHeadSSBU.png Closest hitbox
363%/597% BowserHeadSSBU.png
12%/168%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Clay Shooting Reticle shots 306% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Falco Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 500%/663% BowserHeadSSBU.png
233%/342%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Blaster Entire move LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Explosive Blaster Applies to hits 1 - 4
Fox Neutral Attack Jab 1 7%/81% BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Jab 2 30%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Rapid Jab 36%/143%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
270%/378% BowserHeadSSBU.png
98%/171%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox in Smash 4
Neutral Aerial Entire move 2%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
4%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Late hitbox
Greninja Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 50%/94%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
617%/842% BowserHeadSSBU.png
255%/405%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Back Aerial Entire move 0%/11%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
0%/12% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hit 1
1%/13%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
1%/14% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hit 2
Water Shuriken 3%/28% BowserHeadSSBU.png Uncharged
Hero Magic Burst Entire move 368%/523%BowserHeadSSBU.png
147%/269%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
At MP 100; does not include the last hit
743%/LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png
185%/336%, 313%/564%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
BowserHeadSSBU.png At lower to lowest MP; does not include the last hit
KazuyaHeadSSBU.png At MP 50 and MP 1, respectively.
Whack 4%/23%BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser can still get KO'd.
Ice Climbers Ice Shot Entire move 27%/47%BowserHeadSSBU.png Closest range
30%/53%BowserHeadSSBU.png
10%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest range
Blizzard Entire move 27%BowserHeadSSBU.png Closest hitbox
35%BowserHeadSSBU.png
9%/71%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Middle Hitbox
Ike Aether Falling hit 54%/73%BowserHeadSSBU.png
27%/42%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Doesn't apply for the last hit; must be grounded
Inkling Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 363%/597%BowserHeadSSBU.png
12%/168%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
712%/947%BowserHeadSSBU.png
329%/485%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Up Aerial Entire move 0%-1%/43%-44%BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hit 1 only; farthest hitbox
Ivysaur Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 147%/222%BowserHeadSSBU.png
31%/81%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Side Tilt Entire move 8%/88% BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hits 1 - 6
Neutral Aerial 55%/130% BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hits 1 - 7
Bullet Seed 29%-31% BowserHeadSSBU.png All seeds, except the last
Jigglypuff Neutral attack Jab 1 5%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Spinphony Entire move LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser is still turned around
Joker Gun/Gun Special Entire move 5%BowserHeadSSBU.png Close range
48%/67%BowserHeadSSBU.png
20%/35%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Mid range
King Dedede Neutral Attack Rapid Jab LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
494%/681% BowserHeadSSBU.png
194%/319%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
382%/569% BowserHeadSSBU.png
92%/218%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
Super Dedede Jump Stars 4%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.BowserHeadSSBU.png
Quick Dedede Jump
Kirby Neutral Attack Jab 1 74%/119%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Rapid Jab LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
124%/197% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Link Quickfire Bow Entire move 17%/50% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged
1%/16% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Full charge
Bow and Arrows Arrows 0% BowserHeadSSBU.png Thrown
1%BowserHeadSSBU.png Z-Dropped
Little Mac Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 120%/158% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
298%/579% BowserHeadSSBU.png
77%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Also applies when as Giga Mac in Smash 4
Down Aerial Entire move 8%/18% BowserHeadSSBU.png
0%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Clean hitbox
11%/22%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
12%/23% BowserHeadSSBU.png
2%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Late hitbox; also applies when as Giga Mac in Smash 4
Lucario Neutral Attack Jab 1 7%-4%-1%/84%-67%-48%BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Aura Sphere Entire move 0%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged
Piercing Aura Sphere 44%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Lucas Down tilt Entire move 24%/55%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
14%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
PK Thunder Projectile 115%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
118%/169%BowserHeadSSBU.png
37%/72%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Applies to the hitboxes in the "tail"
Lucina Dancing Blade 4th hit; angled down 97%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
279%/349% BowserHeadSSBU.png
157%/204%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1- 4
Luigi Up Aerial Entire move 0%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
2%-3%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Late hitbox
Fireball 55%/82%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
56%/86%BowserHeadSSBU.png
13%/31%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Early hitbox
66%/99% BowserHeadSSBU.png
16%/38%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Late hitbox
Bouncing Fireball 55%/82% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Closest hitbox
64%/95% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mid hitbox
77%/113% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Farthest hitbox
Super Jump Punch LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.BowserHeadSSBU.png Sourspot
Mario Neutral Attack Jab 1 5%/72% BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Jab 2 37%/139% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Fast Fireball Entire move 193%/298% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Weak hitbox
Marth Dancing Blade 4th hit; angled down 97%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
279%/349% BowserHeadSSBU.png
157%/204%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Hits 1 - 4
Mega Man Neutral Attack Pellets 372%/510%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
384%/524% BowserHeadSSBU.png
5%/99%, 16%/38%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.BowserHeadSSBU.pngMid/Long range
KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngMid and Long range, respectively
Side Tilt
Neutral Aerial
Up Aerial Entire move Limitless BowserHeadSSBU.png Late hitbox
Crash Bomber 190%/312%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
10%/135% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1 - 4
Leaf Shield 17%/79%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Meta Knight Neutral Attack Entire move 93%/150%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
66%/128% BowserHeadSSBU.png
17%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Does not include the finishing hit
Mewtwo Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 52%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
550%/751% BowserHeadSSBU.png
227%/361%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Shadow Ball Entire move 33% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
23%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Uncharged
Mii Brawler Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 281%/394% BowserHeadSSBU.png
102%/178%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Mii Gunner Charge Shot Entire move 2%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged
Min Min Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 172% /313%BowserHeadSSBU.png
59%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
340%/480%BowserHeadSSBU.png
118%/212%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Mr. Game & Watch Neutral Attack Jab 1 LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Rapid Jab LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
101%/201% BowserHeadSSBU.png
22%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Forward Aerial Entire move Limitless BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hit 1 only
Back Aerial Entire move 2%/16% BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hits 1 - 3
Short Order Chef Entire move 101%/256% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Steak
120%/300% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Skinny fish
Limitless Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Fat fish
Judge Entire move 8%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.BowserHeadSSBU.png/32%BowserHeadSSBU.png Judge #2 only
Mythra Neutral Attack Jab 1 34%/128%BowserHeadSSBU.png farthest hitbox
6%/76%BowserHeadSSBU.png closest hitbox
Jab 2 174%/268%BowserHeadSSBU.png
30%/93%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
farthest hitbox
Rapid Jab 188%/305%BowserHeadSSBU.png
12%/90%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Ness Neutral attack Jab 1 13%/41%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Jab 2
Down Tilt Entire move 164%/209%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
151%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
189%/258%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
199% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Down Throw Attacking hitbox 3%/28%BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral; applies to hits 1 - 3
PK Fire Pillar 44% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
66%/128%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Percent in Smash 4 also includes crouching
Lasting PK Thunder Projectile 104%/150%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Applies to the hitboxes in the "tail"
Olimar Dizzy Whistle Entire move Limitless Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser is still turned around
Palutena Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 162%/263%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
173%/281%BowserHeadSSBU.png
11%/83%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Peach Neutral Aerial Entire move 2%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
3%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Late hitbox
Down Aerial 6%/53%BowserHeadSSBU.png Applies to hits 1 - 3
Pichu Neutral Attack Entire move 12%BowserHeadSSBU.png Closest hitbox
Forward Throw Attacking Hitbox 3%/19%BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral; applies to hits 1 - 3
Pikachu Neutral Attack Entire move 8%/44%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
82%/165% BowserHeadSSBU.png
18%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
34%/74%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
87%/176% BowserHeadSSBU.png
19%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Middle hitbox
Forward Throw Attacking hitbox 2%/16%BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral; applies to hits 1 - 4
Thunder Jolt Entire move 2%/4%/7% BowserHeadSSBU.png Early/Mid/Late hitbox
Piranha Plant Neutral Attack Jab 1 11%BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Jab 2 43%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Rapid Jab 593%/622%BowserHeadSSBU.png
245%/389%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Down throw Attacking hitbox 13%BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral damage
Pit Neutral Attack Rapid Jab LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
617%/842%BowserHeadSSBU.png
255%/405%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Down Aerial Entire move 3%-5%BowserHeadSSBU.png Meteor hitbox
Palutena Bow Entire move 5%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
6%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Uncharged
Pyra Neutral Attack Jab 1 26%/101%BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
3%/59%BowserHeadSSBU.png Closest hitbox
Jab 2 174%/268%BowserHeadSSBU.png
30%/93%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Rapid Jab 173%/281%BowserHeadSSBU.png
11%/83%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Flame Nova Entire move LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png Closest hitbox; applies to all hits except the final
Richter Neutral Attack Jab 1 5%/74%BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Rapid Jab 617%/842%BowserHeadSSBU.png
255%/405%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Holy Water Pillar 131%BowserHeadSSBU.png Same percent when crouching
Ridley Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 198%/406%BowserHeadSSBU.png
37%
Closest hitbox
10%/149%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png Mid hitbox
571%/779%BowserHeadSSBU.png
235%/375%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
R.O.B. Neutral Attack Jab 1 8%/26%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Down tilt Entire move 0%
Backwards Arm Rotor LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. 1st hit facing Bowser
Gyro 84%BowserHeadSSBU.png Uncharged; late hitbox
Slip Gyro 5%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sliding across the ground
Guided Robo Beam Initial big laser LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Robin Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 47%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
384%/593%BowserHeadSSBU.png
59%/185%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Rosalina & Luma Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 537%/741% BowserHeadSSBU.png
211%/347%
KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Rosalina
215%/349% BowserHeadSSBU.png
14%/103%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Luma
Grand Star Grand Star looping hits Limitless BowserHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png only if Bowser/Kazuya is above on a platform
Roy Double-Edge Dance 4th hit; angled down 97% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
279%/349% BowserHeadSSBU.png
157%/204%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1 - 4
Ryu Down tilt Entire move LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Tapped; farthest hitbox
Hadoken Shakunetsu Hadoken 166%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
335% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Fast-tapped; applies to hits 1-4
Samus Charge Shot Entire move 2%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged
Dense Charge Shot 0%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Sephiroth Shadow Flare Initial projectile 54%/106%BowserHeadSSBU.png
13%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Uncharged
26%/55%BowserHeadSSBU.png
3%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Fully charged
Sheik Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 43%/148%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
208%/372%BowserHeadSSBU.png
77%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Forward throw Attack hitbox LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral damage
Back throw
Up throw
Down throw
Shulk Neutral Attack Jab 1 100%/316% BowserHeadSSBU.png Buster Art; farthest hitbox
Simon Neutral Attack Jab 1 5%/74%BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Rapid Jab 617%/842%BowserHeadSSBU.png
255%/405%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Holy Water Pillar 131%BowserHeadSSBU.png Same percent when crouching
Sonic Neutral Attack Jab 2 8%/88%BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Down Throw Attacking hitbox 23%BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral damage
Double Spring Entire move 8%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Terry Neutral Attack Jab 1 238%/351% BowserHeadSSBU.png
63%/139%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Closest hitbox
Jab 2 (1st hit) 47%/172%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Toon Link Pummel Entire move 4% BowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral damage; same percent when crouching
Hero's Bow 6%/24%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
7%/25% BowserHeadSSBU.png
Uncharged
0% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Full charge
Fire Arrow Limitless Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged; direct hit
527%/664% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Full charge; direct hit
Piercing Bow 390%/572%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged
140%/208%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Full charge
Villager Neutral Attack Entire move 122%/309% (lead fist); 10%/243% (rear fist) BowserHeadSSBU.png Farthest hitbox
Down smash Entire move 3%/11%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Wario Wario Waft Entire move LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.BowserHeadSSBU.png Uncharged
Garlic Breath Closest range
Wii Fit Trainer Neutral attack Jab 3 19%/46%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
16%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Burying hitbox
Yoshi Neutral Attack Jab 1 87%/144% BowserHeadSSBU.png
3%/40%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Down Aerial Entire move 9%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
12%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1 - 6
Young Link Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 403%/566%BowserHeadSSBU.png
145%/254%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Zelda Neutral Attack Rapid Jab 293%/410%BowserHeadSSBU.png
107%/185%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Forward Aerial Entire move 6%BowserHeadSSBU.png Sourspot
Back Aerial
Down Aerial 20%/33% Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
21%/34%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Late sourspot
Nayru's Love 30%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
31%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Applies to hits 1 - 3
Nayru's Rejection 40%Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Bowser is still turned around
Zero Suit Samus Neutral Attack Jab 1 127%/208% BowserHeadSSBU.png
7%/60%KazuyaHeadSSBU.png
Farthest hitbox
Blast Shot Entire move LimitlessBowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Uncharged
By Items
Beehive Bees LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png Only toughs out the first attack
Fire Flower Thrown item 25%/46%BowserHeadSSBU.png
19%/36%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Dropped item 30-53%/66-88%BowserHeadSSBU.png Depends on the distance dropped
Mr. Saturn Thrown item 9-10%, 32%/24-25%, 62%BowserHeadSSBU.png
9-10%, 31%/24-25%, 62%BowserHeadSSBU.png
7%, 28%/20%, 56%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Depends on distance thrown
Dropped item 9-11%/24-40%BowserHeadSSBU.png Depends on distance dropped
Staff Shots 5%/25%BowserHeadSSBU.png Point-blank range
Super Scope Shots 164%/210%BowserHeadSSBU.png Uncharged
Superspicy Curry Flames 3%/120%BowserHeadSSBU.png
By Pokémon
Abomasnow Blizzard 19%BowserHeadSSBU.png
Inkay Topsy-Turvy LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png
Staryu Swift 24%/69%BowserHeadSSBU.png
By Assist Trophy
Klaptrap Rapid bites 961%/LimitlessBowserHeadSSBU.png Collateral damage

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