Rest

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Rest
Rest
Rest in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
User Jigglypuff
Universe Pokémon
Article on Bulbapedia Rest (move)
Rest puts Jigglypuff into a deep sleep, but at the instant it drops off, an intense energy force radiates out of the exact center of its body.
—Jigglypuff's trophy description in Melee
Use it while touching a foe to unleash its hidden power.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's Quick Guide

Rest (ねむる, Sleep) (named Sleep on the original Super Smash Bros. website) is Jigglypuff's down special move in all games of the Smash series. Jigglypuff turns toward the screen and falls asleep for about 3 seconds. Before Jigglypuff falls asleep, any opponent in contact with it is instantly hit, with a ping sound being heard. This attack is nearly infamously known for having high knockback, zero startup lag (as it hits on frame 1), very small range, and a long vulnerability period. Jigglypuff gains invincibility for about 25 frames, approximately the time it takes to close its eyes; however, this is negligible due to the move's extreme ending lag.

In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Rest is a powerful move that deals high damage and knockback. In Melee, it can be combo'd into using some of Jigglypuff's moves, such as up throw or up aerial, and it can KO reliably at as low as 25%. It can even one-hit KO the Fighting Wire Frames in Cruel Melee. However, during the transition from Melee to Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it was heavily nerfed (with its KO power being drastically reduced so that it starts KOing reliably only at 75%), though it now applies a flower on hit, with the move dealing much more total damage when including the flower's damage-over-time. It was subsequently buffed in Super Smash Bros. 4; in addition to retaining the flower effect, the changes to game mechanics makes the move possible to combo into again, while the move itself deals significantly more knockback, though still not comparable to its power in Melee.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Rest 2. Leaping Rest 3. Wakie Wakie
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"A well-earned nap. Use it while touching a foe to unleash its hidden power." "A well-earned nap… with added altitude. No one will disturb you all the way up there." "A short yet peaceful nap. Oh, and you explode when you wake up. Not so peaceful, I guess."
  1. Rest: Default.
  2. Leaping Rest: Launches Jigglypuff upwards while it falls asleep. While it has less knockback than Rest, it consists of a jumping "tackle" hitbox that can be combo'd into more easily. Hitting with the early frames still causes a flower effect, though the tackle does not. The initial hit does not KO until up to 40% later from the ground, with the tackle KOing slightly later. Jigglypuff sleeps for 50% longer than the default. On stages like Kongo Jungle (64), it can be used as a last resort recovery move, however it cannot be used on most stages, as Jigglypuff cannot grab ledges while asleep.
  3. Wakie Wakie: Loses its ability to send opponents flying when they make contact. When Jigglypuff falls asleep, it emits a pushing vortex, which can make the move harder to land, but can also protect Jigglypuff by pushing foes away. Jigglypuff stays asleep for just half the amount of time, then Jigglypuff will wake up with an explosion larger than the vortex, take 5% recoil damage, and inflict 15% flame damage to nearby opponents. The move is overall faster, with more startup but lower ending lag, despite the waking up animation having a frame speed multiplier of 2. The move has the potential to KO from 90% to 100%.

Origin[edit]

Rest in Generation VI Pokémon games.

The Super Smash Bros. version of Rest is completely different from the Pokémon version. In Pokémon, Rest is a Psychic-type status move introduced in Generation I that does not do damage to opponents; instead, it puts the user to sleep for two turns in exchange for recovering all of their HP back to maximum and healing any status ailments. The two turns of sleep may leave the user open to their opponent's attacks or setup, unless the user has an item or Ability that can cure the sleep early.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Rest also puts the user to sleep and leaves it vulnerable in exchange for a powerful effect, but instead of healing damage, it deals damage with very powerful knockback if used right next to a foe. In the description of one of its Melee Smash trophies, as well as in Snake's Codec Conversation about Jigglypuff, it is stated that this is because at the instant Jigglypuff falls asleep, a huge buildup of energy forms at the center of its body. This is an example of the Smash producers changing the functions of a move to suit the games; other examples of this from the Pokémon series include Withdraw and Double Team.

In every Pokémon generation, Jigglypuff can learn Rest by leveling up, being one of the few Pokémon that can do so. Also, nearly every Pokémon can learn Rest via TM44.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The voice clip Jigglypuff uses when waking up from Rest in the original Super Smash Bros. was moved from Melee onward to its usage of Rollout, instead receiving a new voice clip for the aforementioned Rest wakeup. Additionally, Jigglypuff vocalizes twice in SSB while asleep, while it only does so once in the rest of the Smash games.
  • This is the only non-custom special move that can cause a flower.
  • In Brawl, if Jigglypuff lands while still asleep, its eyes will open for a single frame before closing again.
  • In SSB4, it is possible to land this move on Donkey Kong and Charizard at the ledge, however this is not possible on any other character.
  • In SSB4, despite the move being interruptible before the waking animation is complete, when used in the air Jigglypuff is unable to move to the left or right until the animation is completely finished, resembling its behavior in Brawl. Although Jigglypuff is able to perform any other action as normal, which then immediately enables it to move again. The cause of this glitch is unknown.
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