Up tilt

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Kirby's up tilt in Brawl.
Mario's up tilt in Melee
Wii Fit Trainer's up tilt in SSB4

An up tilt (abbreviated "u-tilt"), officially called a strong up (上強攻撃, Up/above/upper strong attack) before Ultimate, is a tilt attack that can be performed by any character by holding the control stick lightly upward and pressing the attack button while on the ground. It can be difficult to pull off an up tilt quickly, as if the player tilts too fast, they'll either jump or do an up smash instead. Turning off tap jump can help avoid the former problem, or the player can do some other action and hold up on the control stick before it ends.

More often than not, up tilts are used for juggling, as they usually lack the knockback to disturb low damage combos outside of a few exceptions such as Ganondorf and Captain Falcon.

Since the Wii Remote-only control scheme lacks both a control stick and any other way to jump, up tilts become unusable without first holding up during a prior action, making them the only normal attack which a player may not be able to use for no in-game reason.

List of up tilts[edit]

Character Description
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo kicks upward with one leg as Kazooie lifts him up.
Bayonetta Twirls her gun while whipping it above herself, hitting twice.
Bowser Swings his claw in an arc above himself.
Bowser Jr. Deploys a pitchfork from the Koopa Clown Car and uppercuts with it.
Captain Falcon Swings his leg up and then down in front of himself for an axe kick.
Charizard Shrugs its wings upwards.
Chrom Slashes in an arc above himself from front to back.
Cloud Slashes from back to front above himself.
Corrin Performs an upwards sword twirl.
Daisy Points upwards alongside a flower-shaped magic burst.
Dark Pit Throws an upwards-angled butterfly kick.
Dark Samus Performs an axe kick in front of herself.
Diddy Kong Swats in an arc above himself.
Donkey Kong Swings his palm in an arc above himself.
Dr. Mario Throws a spinning uppercut.
Duck Hunt The dog lies down while the duck thrusts its body upwards, wings-first.
Falco Super Smash Bros. Melee Throws a scorpion kick behind and above himself.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spins while slashing above himself with one wing after another.
Fox Throws a scorpion kick behind and above himself.
Ganondorf Lifts his leg up, hangs it in the air, and then slams it into the ground in front of himself alongside a massive explosion.
Greninja Swipes its tongue above itself in an arc.
Hero Swings his sword in an upward arc.
Ice Climbers Thrust their hammers upwards head-first while twirling them for multiple hits.
Ike Holds Ragnell parallel to the ground and then performs a jumping thrust with it.
Incineroar Performs a jumping, arcing headbutt to the area above itself.
Inkling Performs a backflipping kick.
Isabelle Swipes a broom in an arc above herself.
Ivysaur Plants its vines onto the ground and then vaults off of them to tackle upwards with its body.
Jigglypuff Swings its leg upwards behind itself.
Joker Throws his knife upwards and lets it twirl above him for multiple hits, then catches it.
Ken Tapped: Uppercuts very quickly with his elbow.
Held: Throws an upwards punch.
King Dedede Headbutts above himself.
King K. Rool Throws a quick uppercut.
Kirby Swings his leg upwards behind himself.
Link Slashes the Master Sword in a wide arc above himself.
Little Mac Swipes his fist above himself in a wide arc while crouching.
Lucario Throws a sweeping kick upwards.
Lucas Flips upside-down and kicks above himself with a PSI spark at his foot.
Lucina Swings Parallel Falchion in a wide arc up and around her head.
Luigi Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Throws a quick uppercut.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Performs a back-to-front knifehand swing above himself.
Mario Throws a spinning uppercut.
Marth Swings Falchion in a wide arc up and around his head.
Mega Man Performs a very strong jumping and spinning uppercut.
Meta Knight Stabs straight upwards.
Mewtwo Performs a psychic-powered backflipping tail strike.
Mii Brawler Throws an uppercut.
Mii Gunner Uppercuts with their cannon while simultaneously releasing a fiery blast from it.
Mii Swordfighter Slashes in an arc above themselves.
Mr. Game & Watch Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Swings a flag in an arc himself.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Swipes straight upwards with a flag to lead into a second upwards flag swipe with the opposite hand.
Ness Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl Thrusts both of his palms straight upwards.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Thrusts both of his palms straight upwards while releasing a blast of PSI from them.
Olimar Jumps up and spreads his arms out while spinning rapidly for multiple hits.
Pac-Man Super Smash Bros. 4 Headbutts above himself.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Jabs straight upwards.
Palutena Kneels down and releases her staff, letting it spin above her for multiple hits.
Peach Super Smash Bros. Melee Headbutts above herself.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Points upwards alongside a heart-shaped magic burst.
Pichu Swipes its tail above itself in an arc.
Pikachu Swipes its tail above itself in an arc.
Piranha Plant Gives its head a vigorous shake above itself.
Pit Super Smash Bros. Brawl Plants one of his blades into the ground and uses it to perform a double kick out of a handstand.
Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Throws an upwards-angled butterfly kick.
R.O.B. Thrusts his arms straight upwards.
Richter Twirls the Vampire Killer in a circle above his head.
Ridley Cuts above himself in a front-to-back arc with his wing.
Robin Performs an inwards uppercutting slash with the Bronze Sword.
Rosalina & Luma Rosalina: Launches a saturnian ring a short distance above her head.
Luma: Throws a strong uppercut.
Roy Slashes in an arc above himself from front to back in reverse grip.
Ryu Tapped: Uppercuts very quickly with his elbow.
Held: Throws an upwards punch.
Samus Performs an axe kick in front of herself.
Sheik Sticks one of her legs straight up and then swings it downwards in front of herself.
Shulk Slashes upwards with the Monado for a spinning uppercut.
Simon Twirls the Vampire Killer in a circle above his head.
Snake Kicks straight up above himself.
Sonic Throws a butterfly kick to the area straight above him.
Squirtle Hops straight up for a quick headbutt.
Terry Unknown
Toon Link Leans back and slashes in an arc above himself.
Villager Twirls a stick upwards for two hits.
Wario Thrusts his palms upwards.
Wii Fit Trainer Assumes the Triangle pose to swipe upwards with an outstretched arm.
Wolf Hops up and swings his leg upwards.
Yoshi Super Smash Bros. Performs an upwards headbutt.
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Flicks his tail up in front of himself.
Young Link Slashes above himself in an arc.
Zelda Waves her palm above herself in an arc, emitting a magic flash from it.
Zero Suit Samus Performs a modified spinning scissor kick out of a handstand.

Notable up tilts[edit]

  • Ganondorf's up tilt, known as the Volcano Kick, has the longest startup for an up tilt, but deals high damage and extreme knockback. From Brawl onwards, it also creates a vacuum that draws other characters towards him, and is notable from Smash 4 onwards for instantly breaking full shields with its sweetspot.
  • Marth's up tilt in Melee covers a large area around him, has long range, and relatively low ending lag, making it one of the best anti-air options in the game, and allowing it to combo into subsequent up tilts, aerial attacks, and even a grab or forward smash against fast fallers, while it can KO floaty characters at mid-high percentages.
  • From Smash 4 onward, Captain Falcon's up tilt meteor smashes opponents who are struck with his heel, making it the only up tilt in the series that is a conventional meteor smash. Conversely, from Melee onward, Samus and Dark Samus's shared up tilt is an unconventional meteor smash.
  • Snake's up tilt in Brawl is often considered the best in the game due to its high knockback, fast startup, and huge disjointed hitbox. In Ultimate, its hitboxes have become smaller, but it still sports a frightening combination of speed and power, causing it to handily retain its status as one of the best up tilts in the game.
  • In Brawl, King Dedede's up tilt has more knockback than his uncharged up smash, and the third highest knockback of any up tilt, after those of Ganondorf and Snake, along with being not particularly slow, making it one of the best up tilts in the game. In later games, its knockback has been reduced to the point of being weaker than his up smash.
  • Kirby's up tilt in Smash 64 is considered overall one of the best moves in any Smash game, due to its extremely low lag (lasting only 16 frames), high damage output, and hugely disjointed hitbox. It is notable for its ability to easily and quickly rack up damage and break shields, as well as being able to outspace some characters' reliable approach options on its own (such as Yoshi's).
  • Mega Man's up tilt is very fast to start up and incredibly powerful, with among the highest knockback of any tilt (KOing at around 85%, earlier than even some uncharged up smashes), but has extremely high ending lag. Additionally, it is one of only two tilts in the series along with Simon and Richter's shared down tilt that causes the user to functionally leave the ground.