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Foods that can appear in the series.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Appears in Melee
Item class Damage Recovering

Food (たべもの, Food) is an item that, when used, recovers a small amount of the user's damage. Although they often spawn in groups from Party Balls, the items can spawn on their own, and some items of food are unique to specific stages.


Various collectible foods in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
The sprites of every collectible vegetable in Ice Climber.

The use of food as an item in video games is not uncommon, and some Nintendo games also featured the use of food in such a way. In Ice Climber, for example, a variety of vegetables appear in each level. If a player collects all the vegetables, they are awarded a bonus. Yoshi's Story required Yoshi to eat thirty fruits within a level to complete it; in these cases, the fruit also recovered some of his health. The EarthBound series also featured the use of both everyday and esoteric foods as recovery items. In the Castlevania series, there are often food items placed throughout Dracula's Castle to replenish or deplete the health depending on the food item.

Food that restored the player's health also appeared in Kirby Super Star as well as many other Kirby series games, acting as a common, yet low-powered method to recover Kirby's health. The use of food in the series is especially relevant to the item's appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series, as items featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee would later reappear in Kirby Air Ride as a common, low-health recovery food. In addition, several food sprites from the Kirby franchise have been reused and modified to accommodate the sprites for the Super Smash Bros. series.


As an item[edit]

Food commonly spawns on stages in the games, and large bundles of food are frequently dispensed from the Party Ball. As a relatively common item, food generally does not recover significant amounts of damage. The strongest food items recover only 9-12% of the player's health, with a majority often recovering below 6%.

In Brawl, there is a special "gulp" sound effect for when characters consume food that happens to be a liquid, like the tea or orange juice items.

As a stage feature[edit]

An icon for denoting incomplete things.
Luigi with a Vegetable in front of him on Summit.

Three stages in the series, Green Greens, the Summit, and Tortimer Island, dispense unique foods: Green Greens features Apples, the Summit features Vegetables from the original Ice Climber game (complete with unique sound effects from the game when consumed), and Tortimer Island features some tropical fruits like lychees. In the case of Green Greens, some of the apples dropped by Whispy Woods will instead take the form of items that can be thrown at opponents; if items are turned off via the Item Switch, these apples will always be the type that can be thrown. If items are disabled on Summit, the Vegetables will never spawn; it is unknown if this is the case for Tortimer Island.

Yoshi's Story has Shy Guys flying around that carry normal food, which repeatedly shifts between different types of food as they hold onto it unless they drop it when attacked. If items are turned off, the food will disappear but the Shy Guys will remain.

As a Pokémon item[edit]

The Pokémon Chansey in Melee can potentially drop Eggs as a part of Softboiled. These Eggs can potentially heal any players that pick up the items though, like the food items on stages, this does not happen if food is disabled; they will either explode or drop other items.

In individual attacks[edit]

Five characters (Peach, Daisy, Diddy Kong, Villager, and Mr. Game & Watch) can spawn Food themselves. Peach can summon a variety of peaches as part of Peach Blossom. Daisy can summon daisies with Daisy Blossom. In Brawl, Diddy Kong's Peanut Popgun and Rocketbarrel Barrage can potentially spawn shelled peanuts. Mr. Game & Watch summons food with Judge hammer #7 (1 random food item in Melee, 1 apple in Brawl and Smash 4, 3 apples in Ultimate). Villager's Timber has a very small chance of dropping a cherry, orange, pear, apple, or peach.

"Eating While Reclining"[edit]

Snake, eating while reclining.

Brawl added a technique called Eating While Reclining (倒れアイテム食べ, Eating items while downed or DownEatU and DownEatD internally in Brawl files, depending on which side the character is lying). If a character lands hard by some food, the player can press the attack button to grab and eat the food without needing to get up first.[1] This technique, however, has no practical use, and it can even be detrimental; knocked-down players will be unable to use their getup attack if they land near food, removing a getup option, and since the action leaves players vulnerable, it may even get players unaware of this obscure mechanic's existence punished for trying to use a getup attack near food.

List of food[edit]

Food comes in many varieties, some of which only appear in certain games. Ultimate has 36 types of food that are not character-exclusive, while previous games have 28. As a general rule, the more mass a piece of food has, the more damage it heals.

Food Description Healing
Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Apple A red apple with a stem 5% 4% 4% 4%
Bananas A three-banana bunch 5%
Bread A thick loaf of white bread sliced in thirds 10% 10%
Bun A bread roll with a cross cut on top 3%
Chashu ramen A bowl filled with ramen noodles, seaweed, egg, fish cake, and pieces of roast pork 7%
Cheese A wedge of yellow cheddar Swiss-like cheese Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
A wheel of white cheese with about one-sixth missing Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4% 7% 5%
Cherries A pair of cherries attached at the stem 1% 1%
Cherry pie A slice of cherry pie 7% 6% 6%
Chocolate A bare 2-by-4 chocolate bar Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A 3-by-5 chocolate bar partially wrapped in aluminum foil Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
6% 5% 5%
Cola A glass of soft drink with ice and a slice of lemon as a garnish 3% 3%
Cookie A shortbread cookie in the shape of a heart 2%
Corn dog A corn dog with ketchup on a skewer 6%
Cream soda A vanilla ice cream float with melon soda as the liquid 5%
Curry rice A plate with rice on one side and curry sauce with meat and potatoes on the other 7%
Daisy A giant daisy head (spawned by Daisy Blossom) 20%
Dim sum A shu mai dumpling with a green pea on top in a steam basket 7% 5% 5%
Donut A donut with the near half glazed in chocolate icing Super Smash Bros. Melee
A donut with the top glazed in chocolate icing Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A plain donut Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
4% 6% 5%
Drumstick A chicken leg wrapped in a blue and red-striped white piece of paper 12%
Dumplings Two bao dumplings and lettuce on a plate 5%
Eggs A plate of two sunny-side-up eggs with broccoli and bacon on the side 5% 5%
Fried rice A bowl of rice fried with various vegetables (fancy bowl in Melee, dark red bowl in Brawl) 7% 11%
Grapes A cluster of purple grapes (with leaves in SSB4 and Ultimate) 3% 3% 4% 4%
Gyūdon A bowl of rice topped with beef, onions, and red pickled ginger 7%
Hamburger A burger on a sesame seed bun with cheese, lettuce, and tomato Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
A burger on a sesame seed bun with onions, lettuce, and tomato Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
(with mayonnaise in Melee, chicken burger in Melee, beef burger in Brawl and Ultimate)
6% 7% 7%
Hanami dango Three rice flour dumplings colored pink, white, and green on a skewer 3%
Hot dog A hot dog on a bun with lettuce, pickles, mustard, and ketchup 6% 6%
Ice cream A sugar cone with soft-serve vanilla ice cream Super Smash Bros. Melee
A wafer cone with a mix of vanilla and strawberry ice cream Super Smash Bros. Brawl
3% 6%
Kebab A corn cob, a piece of shrimp, a cherry tomato, a bacon-wrapped sausage, and other pieces of meat on a skewer 5% 5%
Kiwi Half of a kiwi fruit with the skin intact 2% 2%
Lemons A pair of lemons with leaves 2% 2%
Lollipop A swirl lollipop on a stick in rainbow colors Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A swirl lollipop on a stick in candy corn colors Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
9% 3% 3%
Melon A green honeydew melon of the Yubari King variety with a stem that forks in 2 directions 6% 7%
Milk A blue and white carton of milk with "MILK" in a red all-capitals serif font written on itSuper Smash Bros. Melee
A bottle of milk with a blue wrapper reading "SMASH MILK" written on it in a white all-capitals sans-serif font with a purple cap (thin in Brawl, thick in SSB4)Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
5% 4% 5% 5%
Mont Blanc Pureed chestnuts piped on a cake base with a chestnut and a marzipan leaf on top 5% 5%
Omelette A white plate of rice covered by a French style omelette, tomato sauce, and parsley 7%
Onigiri Rice molded into a triangle laying on a strip of seaweed 6% 4% 4%
Orange A round orange 4%
Orange juice A wine glass filled with orange juice Super Smash Bros. Melee
A thick milkshake glass with an orange slice on the edge and a pink straw filled with orange juice Super Smash Bros. Brawl
3% 3%
Pancakes A stack of pancakes topped with butter and maple syrup 7% 7%
Parfait A fruit parfait with ice cream on the top 11%
Peach A regular-sized peach (spawned by Peach Blossom Super Smash Bros. Brawl) 5%
Peach (giant) A giant peach (spawned by Peach Blossom Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) 20% 20%
Peanut A de-shelled peanut (spawned by Peanut Popgun or Rocketbarrel Barrage Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4) 4% 4%
Pear A light-green skinned pear with its stem 4% 4%
Pineapple A whole pineapple with its rind and stem 5% 5%
Pizza A thin-crust pizza with various toppings Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Brawl
A thick-crust pizza with tomato and basil Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
8% 11% 7%
Popcorn A red and white-striped bucket filled with popcorn 6% 6%
Power Pellet A pixellated circle (spawned by Power Pellet) 2% 2%
Salad A mixed vegetable salad in a bowl topped with dressing 5% 5%
Salisbury steak A slab of Salisbury steak on a plate topped with mushroom sauce with a side of cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, and carrots 7% 7%
Sausages A pair of sausages drizzled with ketchup 5%
Shiitake mushroom A dark brown mushroom cap with light stem 5%
Soba tray A square container filled with buckwheat noodles, a dipping sauce, some condiments, and chopsticks 5%
Spaghetti A white plate of spaghetti pasta with Bolognese sauce on top 6% 8% 8%
Squash soup A bowl of butternut squash soup on a plate with a wooden spoon to the side 4% 4%
Steak A slab of grilled steak (served on a plate in Brawl) 10% 12%
Strawberry A single strawberry with its stem and leaves intact 1% 1%
Strawberry shortcake A two-layer shortcake with whipped cream and strawberries 10% 11% 11%
Sushi A wooden tray with a large green leaf and various sushi Super Smash Bros. Melee
A simple plate of shrimp and tuna sushi Super Smash Bros. Brawl
8% 4%
Tea A simple white cup filled with light brown tea on a white saucer Super Smash Bros. Melee
A simple white cup filled with dark brown tea on a white saucer Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A fancy white cup with a gold handle filled with orange tea on a fancier saucer Super Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2% 2% 2% 2%
Tempura A plate with three pieces of shrimp tempura garnished with parsley 6% 6%
Turkey A whole roast turkey on a plate with parsley, tomato, and lemon 7% 15% 15%
Unagi rice A rectangular pan of rice and Japanese eel 9%
Watermelon A round watermelon (longer variant in Brawl) 6% 9%


The Food item appears as a trophy in Melee, Brawl, and Smash 4. The Ice Climber vegetables also appear as a trophy in Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Food's trophy in Melee
These food items will restore your health when you eat them. There are 28 different types of food, and the nutritional value and yumminess quotient differs slightly with each type. Party Balls tend to hold the largest amount of food items. You may be vulnerable when gorging yourself, but you do need to eat to survive.
Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/01)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Food's trophy in Brawl
Treats that decrease your damage. The nutritional value of each food, and how much damage it heals, is carefully measured. What's better for you, sushi or a donut? Party Balls contain a lot of food, so if you eat it all yourself, you can really lower your damage. There may be times when you laugh and walk away from food, and times when you watch someone else eating and cry.
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Vegetables's trophy in Brawl
The Ice Climbers' goal is to climb peaks. Just below each peak is a bonus stage where these bonus items appear in this order: eggplant, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, corn, turnip, pumpkin, Chinese cabbage, potato, and mushroom. You'll also get points for grabbing the condor at the peak after collecting the veggies. Why vegetables? That's a mystery for the ages.
NES: Ice Climber

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

NTSC Pick up food and eat it to restore health. There are 28 kinds of food in all, including bread, which heals 10 damage, roast chicken, which heals 15, and so on. The fancier the food, the more damage it will heal. Keep an eye out for Party Balls—they may drop a whole buffet for you to nom!
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (12/2001)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
PAL Pick up food and eat it to restore health. There are 28 kinds of food in all, including bread, which heals 10 damage, roast chicken, which heals 15, and so on. The fancier the food, the more it heals you! Party Balls normally have a lot of food inside, so try to scoff it all up yourself!
GameCube: Super Smash Bros. Melee (05/2002)
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


The Eggplant appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class support spirit. It can only be purchased at Timmy and Tommy's.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Eggplant.png
1 Stamina ↑ Ice Climber Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese たべもの Food
UK English Food
France French Nourriture Food
Germany German Nahrungsmittel Food
Spain Spanish Comida Food
Italy Italian Cibo Food
China Chinese 食物 Food
South Korea Korean 음식 Food
Netherlands Dutch Eten Food
Russia Russian Еда Food


The eggplant used as the Ice Climber symbol.
  • The eggplant is used as the symbol for the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. Melee and all subsequent games, even though vegetables themselves do not appear in Melee.
  • Throughout the series, the food items have always been rendered as 2D cut-out photographs made to always face the player when turning the camera; the food that appears on specific stages, on the other hand, has always been done in 3D.
    • Many said photographs have been found in their original resolution, the images were found in various stock image CDs by the company Sozaijiten.[2]
  • While attempting to eat food, there is a small window in which fighter's are carrying the food before eating it. If they flinch during that time, an item drop will occur. This will not occur with the Heart Container.
  • Snake and Steve are the only characters who make unique sounds whenever they consume food or similar items, such as the Maxim Tomato, Superspicy Curry and healing items generated by characters such as Power Pellets. In Snake's case, this references what Naked Snake would do upon consuming food in Metal Gear Solid 3; in Steve's case, this references Steve's unique munching sound in Minecraft.
  • The milk in Brawl, Smash 4 and Ultimate says "Smash Milk" on its sides.
  • In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS's and Ultimate's Training Mode, all food initially appears to be a cherry when time does not advance. The food type will change as normal time is advanced.
  • In Ultimate's Training Mode, if the game speed is altered, food that is spawned in will appear and sometimes change to a cherry a few frames later. The food item will recover the amount of what initially appeared, giving the appearance of cherries healing random amounts or having varying sizes.[3]