When used, the dog summons one of five 8-bit gunmen, who will stand still for a moment before their eyes flash and then proceed to exclaim, "Fire!". Then, the gunman will face the direction the dog was facing and fire a single shot. This move has start-up lag, and the time before it fires depends on each gunman. Each gunman also has different damage outputs, ranging from 4% to 7%, with each gunman's damage output varying by 1%. These attacks deal very little knockback, only being able to KO when the opponent has reached anywhere from 200% to 300% damage. In addition, opponents can attack the various gunmen. Doing this temporarily stuns them and prevents them from firing their weapons, and they won't fire at all if they take 5% damage or more; each gunman has 5 HP. However, this allows them to function as a type of shield and thus protect Duck Hunt. The gunmen are summoned in a random cycle, each appearing once with every use of the move until all of them have appeared and the cycle resets. As such, the fifth and final gunman in a cycle can be predetermined based on the four preceding them.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
The gunmen that Duck Hunt summons are taken directly from the classic NES title Wild Gunman, which uses the NES Zapper to play. The game's objective is to square off against various gunmen in a classic Wild West quick draw showdown. When the gunman's eyes flashes and the word "Draw!" appears onscreen, the player has a small time frame to draw and shoot the gunman. Failing to do so will result in the gunman yelling "Fire!!", and proceed to shoot the player, causing a game over; drawing before being prompted to do so will have the same effect.