Items are some of the main things that make this game so additively fun. However, they can also make play very frustrating and/or annoying. They certainly add an element of chance to the game. Essentially, items act to balance out character and player differences, making for a fun casual game, but in serious play they don’t allow for the skilled players to always defeat the less skilled ones. There is quite the list of available items, and some are more fun than others.
Put simply, these are items that contain other items, as many as three at a time. To open these containers, you can either pick them up and throw them or you can simply attack them. Beware though, as some a random number of containers are explosive, which means you go BOOM when you kick them, though people tend to do so anyway in an attempt to get an item. + and + throws the item in either direction. Remember though, when taking long shots at an opponent, it’s better to break the container and throw one of the items inside than to throw the container itself, because you’re either wasting or giving your opponent items if you miss.
All containers can explode if they are empty, so it's helpful to throw them quite a distance!
- Crate: The crate is just that, a great big wooden box. Picked up and thrown, the crate flies a short distance and then breaks when it hits the ground and/or an opponent. Donkey Kong, due to his massive strength, can pick up and carry crates, though he can only perform a single jump at a time while holding one. Also, you can attack it, at your own risk, but it is most times a better option in the heat of battle, because it takes a little while to pick up a crate, as it is rather heavy.
- Barrel: This is a barrel, shaped quite like those from the Donkey Kong series, but really, how different do barrels get? You can pick this up and throw it (or attack it), but when it hits a surface, it rolls until it runs into a wall or a character and breaks. Donkey Kong, just like when he threw them at Mario in the original Donkey Kong game, can pick barrels up and be exactly as mobile as he is with the crate. For other characters, it takes a while to pick up, so it might be a better idea to just smack it and hope for the best.
- Canister: This is a white and pink canister that looks like a Dr. Mario pill. Anybody can pick this up, carry it and throw it at stuff. Because this one can be picked up instantaneously, it’s a better idea to grab it, jump, and throw it at the ground or an opponent, and then take the items, to avoid getting blown up.
- Chansey Egg: The eggs tossed around by the cute little pink Chansey contain items as well. Chancey drops three eggs, and one of them is usually explosive. Treat them like canisters, and try not to wonder too much why her eggs contain large explosive devices. These are also dropped in the Saffron City stage.
These weapons are held by a character and swung at them to inflict damage and death. Because they are an additional weapon, they provide a longer-range attack with a disjointed hitbox (attacking part is not part of the attacker, so you can't hit the weapon to stop it), as well as adding on additional damage. Each one of these weapons has a different attack for:
These items are not used for any other attacks, which means that when you execute other attacks, you'll just do them while holding the item, without actively using it. Also, each character has a different version of each of the above movements, so learn your characters’. All of these weapons, when thrown, are action-blockable. You can also hold items while you're in your shield. To do this, hold and then press or .You can always do this as long as you are holding . This is useful for hand-to-hand items, as you may need to block with an item that you don't want to let go of.
- Home-Run Bat: This weapon is good, old-fashioned fun. Though not as long range or as quick as the beam sword, the baseball bat’s draw lies in the smash, wherein your character winds up and lets loose, and if it connects, it kills if your opponents have around 70% or more, but it can kill under 70% too.Usually your character will have a bit of a backswing, which means that opponents just slightly behind you will get launched as well. Remember, though, that this attack has a long warm-up and cool-down time, so be careful using it (make sure you have good position and timing) and take advantage fighting it (roll, jump, or dash-dance out of the way, and then pounce on them, after their swing is done). The thing is; you need to get perfect timing to do the Whoosh move. You need to press or in synchronization with the button. This move works without an item as well. The closer they are; the more damage they'll do. You'll know if you've done it correctly because there will be a blue star at the time of impact. It is a good way to unexpectedly kill someone. If you can time it just right, it can become one of the most effective edge guarding techniques.
- Beam Sword: The game's "lightsaber", this pink, glowing rod of doom is a hated weapon for those who must fight against its skilled users. Its relative speed and long range (as well as its knockback) make it a great juggling weapon, and its length makes for a large projectile when it’s spinning through the air at an opponent. This large projectile has impressive knockback, so watch out. A common strategy is to run-juggle your opponent, as the dash attack stays out for a good while and this defeats techs and rolls. You can take them all the way across the stage by repeating this attack. It's also a great defensive weapon - one tap of at the right time and you can slap them away from you with a quick neutral swing of the sword.
- Fan: The fan is seen by many as a weapon purely usable for annoyance. A fast neutral swing with low recovery time coupled with medium-high knockback makes a weapon that can lock an opponent in place for whole chunks of time, doing 1 damage per hit. If they try to run away, they are stunned - if they put up their shield, the fan does it massive damage (shield breaks in 2-3 hits). The tilt is a bit slower, but has more knockback, and the smash even more so. The thing with the fan is that it knocks them toward you when you hit them, so if you smash or + them with it, they will fly over your character to the other side. So, the best way to get through a fan if you are stuck in the middle of it is to push or toward your opponent, and you will end up running past them. If they turn around in time, they can trap you again, but if you're quick enough, you can avoid it and hit them with a real attack. Thrown, the fan causes very large upward launching action, making it easy to kill light characters off of the top with it. However, this makes it a nearly useless edge-guarding weapon, because it simply gives them altitude. Have fun playing with this weapon.
- Star Rod: This weapon is hard to place in a certain genre, because it is a hand-held weapon with both a melee attack and a projectile attack. A neutral swing of the wand gives simply a melee swish, but tilts and smashes both shoot a star out of the end of the wand in the direction of the attack. This star has decent knockback, but travels relatively slowly and has a maximum range, so it should not be used at long distances. The best use of the wand is to throw it, as (if it hits them, of course) it will send your enemy away and down with decent knockback. This means that if you hit them with it while they are near or off of the edge, they will be spiked down at an angle, making recovery much more difficult, or even impossible.
- Fire Flower: Unlike one would expect, picking this item up and using it does not change your character's colors and allow him/her to throw fireballs, but instead it shoots out a continuous stream of fire. This fire stuns your opponent and has little knockback, allowing you to keep your opponent trapped in the fire for a few seconds, accumulating free damage. It does knock them back a bit with every hit, allowing them to escape the fire after a couple of seconds of damage. Adding this to the relatively slow speed of the fire makes this weapon less useful when simply triggered from a stationary position. However, you can trap someone with it easily by either falling from above them while holding or by putting their back to the wall and burning the living daylights out of them. The latter method can rack up significant damage, and your opponent can't really do anything until your flower runs out of charge. When this happens, the flower will simply emit puffs of useless smoke. Thrown, the flower has acceptable knockback and does fire damage, stunning them for a bit longer than a normal item would.
- Ray Gun: This weapon shoots out a very fast laser projectile which zaps the opponent. The shots send your opponent into the air and slightly back, stunning them for a short duration. Because it can be fired quickly, and stuns for a short duration, you can juggle your opponent for a long time. This is not possible to do against opponents with high damage, as they will get knocked higher into the air and will have a chance to recover from the attack. Small, quick characters like Fox can escape the barrage, but big, slow characters like Donkey Kong are easy pickings for this weapon. Individual shots don't do much damage, but ten shots in a row followed by throwing the gun at your opponent will deal significant damage. At long range, and against highly damaged opponents it is sometimes necessary to time the shots and/or jump up when shooting so that you can continue hitting them without them being able to recover. Because it keeps opponents in the air and pushes them back, it is possible to push players rather far off the edge, and then throw the gun to send them flying way out over the abyss. Of course, this is a gun and will run out of ammo, so the final job it can do is to be thrown for another hit.
This category covers the items that are meant to be thrown at an opponent. Pressing while holding these items throws the item (as that is its whole purpose). However, one must remember that every item in the game (save the Hammer, Heart, Tomato, and Star) can be thrown by pressing . Neutral attacks, tilts, and smashes all work as well when throwing items, for different pressure on while throwing causes different throwing distance. Some items work very well when thrown (melee weapons especially), so that should be a very viable option when using an item. However, do not throw away items unnecessarily, because you are just giving them to your opponent if you miss. Also, though items will bounce if thrown with some sideways momentum, when thrown straight up or down they do not, unless they bounce off of another character.
- Motion-Sensor Bomb (Mine): Once thrown, this little gray disk lands on the ground with a "click", and after about a half-second, activates. Anyone or anything that touches the mine now will cause it to explode, causing very good damage. It doesn't have quite the knockback of a Bob-Omb, but it is good enough. If you can distract your opponent enough so that he/she doesn't see/hear that you planted a mine, so much the better. However, even if they know where it is, you can still direct them towards it, though it's harder. Throwing your opponents into mines is also a lot quicker than simply smashing them off of the stage. If they hit that mine, they're gone; if not dead then certainly off of the stage. Play with these, but be careful that you remember where your mine (and your opponents') landed, because they are very hard to see once planted. By throwing it down at your feet and quickly rolling away, you can hide the fact that you planted a mine and get many more kills.
- Bob-Omb: This is the most potent explosive in the entire game, by far. It's also a very impatient bomb, for after being left alone for a while, it begins to wander back and forth across whatever platform it's on (it won't fall onto any others), starting in the direction of the nearest character. After a while it bores of even this and stops walking, gets all red and glowy, and then detonates. To avoid getting rocked by Bob-Ombs, if you don't see it appear, don't go get it. Once picked up, the bomb is happy, and will explode on contact with anything. Avoid being too near an enemy when you throw it, especially if they shield, because then you'll just get launched to your death. This explosion knows no allegiance, so don't throw it at yourself or your teammates. Also, if you push and press and hit someone, this will result in an explosion dealing 40% damage instead of 30%. This is probably the best edge-guarder in the game, owing to the fact it explodes on contact when thrown.
- Bumper: You can achieve some really funny, unexpected results with this weapon. The most effective way to use it is to throw it slightly above players trying to jump back to edge of the platform - this sends the shooting downward to their death. Alternatively, a bumper thrown just right can send an opponent into a mine or into someone else's fist. A bumper thrown at an opponent standing right in front of you will bounce back and hit you in the face. A bumper on the floor restricts the movement of players, and can also be used as a tool to help you combo your attacks (e.g., a punch sends them flying into a bumper, which bounces them back into a kick). This is also an ideal edge guarder. You can use it to edge-guard in two ways: 1. Put it next to a gap, so anyone climbing up gets bumped. (this usually doesn't kill) or 2. Throw it at anyone trying to get back on the main platform/s.
- Green Shells: As seen in various Mario games, Koopa shells can be used as potent projectiles when kicked or simply picked up and thrown. The same is true in Super Smash Brothers. If attacked, a shell will simply cruise off in the direction that it was hit. Throwing a shell can make it go further, though shells will also respond to very light tosses and taps, making them creep along the ground. They move only if given momentum, and will disappear after a random number of tosses. This weapon has very good knockback, but watch out when throwing it, as once it bounces off of a surface, it can hit and damage you.
- Red Shells: This shell is almost the same as the green counterpart. The only difference is, when it lands on a platform, it will travel back and forth on that platform, knocking anything in the way, until eventually disappearing.
- Poké Ball: These are very useful items. First of all, hitting your opponent with them does good damage and has good knockback. Secondly, and most importantly, when the ball comes to a stop, out pops a Pokémon. With any Pokémon, the act of popping out of the ball hurts the opponent. There are 13 different types of Pokémon, each doing different things, which hurt everyone but the owner of the Poké Ball (and his teammates).
|Beedrill||Your opponents will groan and/or shout, "***, bees!" A single Beedrill (a wasp-like Pokémon) will fly out of the ball, hover for a moment, then take off in either direction, flying out of the level. If it hits you doing so, it will damage and knock you back moderately. Just when you think it's gone, though, it comes back from the KO wall it left through...and it brought friends. A line of Beedrills, altitudes slightly randomly modulated, stream horizontally across the stage at the altitude where the Poké Ball was originally dropped. These guys hurt as much as their scout buddy, except there are lots of them. You're going to want to stay either well above or below these Pokémon, as, though they do deviate from the normal altitude, it isn't by very much.If you are lucky enough,you may even see the Beedrills coming out of the first.|
|Blastoise||Your opponent shall jump away quickly before he states his name and starts spamming Hydro Pumps. The Hydro Pump hits good with a nice pushback, on both the victim and Blastoise himself. Chance is that Blastoise falls off the platform by the recoil, but will continue firing if he lands on another platform. Obviously, jumping away is safest to dodge his attacks.|
|Chansey||This happy little pink Pokémon cheerfully distributes three eggs, each containing up to three items. She does not appear in Training Mode.|
|Charizard||Bursting out of the Poké Ball with a ferocious roar, Charizard spews flame alternately in both directions (left and right, that is) as he turns his head from side to side. This flame is just like fire flower flame, in that it hurts and holds you in place, but different in that when he turns to burn the other side, you can move.|
|Clefairy||Because this pink and white Pokémon has no self-esteem, she shamelessly copies the attack of another random Pokémon. You can tell which she is by watching her actions, so be careful you don't get hit by a Hitmonlee that you thought was an Onix.|
|Goldeen||Goldeen, sometimes called Goldink generally makes your opponents chuckle at your misfortune. However, that's about all she does, flopping around, quite literally, like a fish out of water, repeating her name until she disappears or flops off of the edge. Good riddance. Very occasionally does she deal some damage to someone, and the victim would have to be pretty darn unlucky.|
|Hitmonlee||This is a Pokémon with an identity issue. When he pops out of the ball, he clearly says "Psyduck", although he is obviously not a Psyduck. He leaps into the air after a moment with an extended flying side-kick, yelling a Poké-warcry. He can't jump very high, so leaping above him is the best option, but he will aim for you if you are in his range, and he moves parabolically, so he can hit and kill you on the way back down as he plunges to his untimely end. When he hits you, it hurts, so just avoid him.|
|Koffing||Another self-involved Pokémon, Koffing states his own name and then begins spewing poison gas from every one of his many orifices. If you get in the middle of these puffs of gas, you will be juggled around between them and damaged, making this a beautiful set-up for a killing aerial by the owner of the Poké Ball. This is an area-effect Pokémon, so if you can stay out of its cloud, you will be just fine, but watch for your opponent knocking you into it. If you have this Pokémon, it is most effective near edges.|
|Meowth||Like Koffing, Meowth is an area-effect Pokémon, one of the deadliest in the game. Not even bothering to state his identity, Meowth begins spewing out coins in a rotating, four-spoked windmill pattern. These coins, though they hit for 1% damage each, present a high-damage juggle threat to any and all characters, especially heavy ones. Getting caught in one of these is extremely painful, and can lead to quick death if you have a semi-good opponent. They are area effect, so if you throw it, put it on an edge or back your opponent against the wall with one, and if you are defending against it, well, stay out of the way and hope they don't throw it onto the edge. Anyone unlucky enough to get thrown into the Meowth will get 200% damage dealt to them in 5 seconds or less|
|Mew||Another pointless Pokémon. Unlocked after you successfully unlock all four secret characters, this rare Pokémon will randomly appear in Poké Balls. If it does so during single-player, it nets you mass points. In multi-player, it simply sparkles and then flies away. Like Goldeen, Mew is simply a waste of oxygen.|
|Onix||With a wordless roar, Onix pops out of the Poké Ball and throws himself straight up, through the KO ceiling. However, it seems that he isn't rated for that sort of altitude, because he begins to come apart, and the boulders that made up his body begin raining from above. If hit by Onix himself as he heads for the roof, you will go flying, big time. If you are hit by falling boulders, you will be bounced upwards (hey, no one ever said that the physics in this game made sense) and stunned for a moment. As the boulders fall in a medium-sized radius around the Poké Ball, it's a good idea to stand clear and use projectiles from afar.|
|Snorlax||The obese monster of the Pokémon world, this lazy guy bellows his own name as he flies up towards the ceiling. He must have found a burger joint up there or something, because when he comes down, he is livin' large. If you get hit by him, either on the way up or the way down, you will go flying up and away from him at impressive speeds. This is a good Pokémon for getting some breathing room, because your opponents will most likely get out of range of the falling fat guy.|
|Starmie||This little starfish-dude isn't the smartest of Pokémon, but can be very damaging against a disadvantaged opponent. Starmie comes out of the Poké Ball and heads towards an opponent. When it reaches the right point, it opens fire with a horizontal stream of energy blasts in the opponent's direction. If they are off of the edge or if they simply have nowhere to run, this star attack hurts as it juggles them in the air. However, to combat a Starmie, if you jump high and then fast-fall before it starts firing, you can get it to miss you completely, as it doesn't move once the shooting starts.|
There are two types of recovery items. These items normally don't drop as frequently as others do, so be sure to quickly make your way to them if they do drop.
- Maxim Tomato: A sweet and juicy tomato with a black "M" in the center. When used, your damage is reduced by 100%, and your percentage cannot be increased while you are being healed.
- Heart: This does the same thing as the Maxim Tomato, except it heals you of all your damage (999% damage). It also defies the laws of physics by dropping very slowly.
Because they can give an unfair advantage to one player or another that does not depend very much on skill - essentially, it either levels or immensely steepens the playing field - these two items are usually banned from serious competition.
The hammer is most likely the best weapon to tilt the odds of winning in your favor. It drives your character into a smashing spree (your character takes his/her hammer and whacks it back and forth), with the classic music from its origin. With 30% damage per hit and a high upward knockback, the hammer will easily score a star finish at just around 60%. It depends on the distance between where the opponent was hit and the KO barrier. The drawback is, if you hold a hammer, double (or triple) jumping is impossible. If for any reason, you get knocked off the stage, the only way to make it back on with the hammer is to "float" back with the tilted fall. Also, remember that you cannot throw away the hammer. You hold on to it for the duration that it lasts, which you may regret as you plummet to your death.
For fighting a hammer, many people run away, but if you do it right, you can use your opponent's hammer as a handicap. Kirby's + Stone and Link's bomb will hit right through the hammer and maybe even knock it out of their hands, and if they hit while the hammer is back, boomerangs, fireballs, and other projectiles will connect. Also, the hammer's blocking radius does not extend very far behind your opponent, so you can smash them in the back if you can get behind them. It is also possible to grab and throw someone with a hammer using Link or Samus. Essentially, you're trying to either knock the hammer out of their hands or knock them off of the edge where they will fall helplessly into the pit.If you use + or + ,you will only do 15% damage. Notice if someone has a hammer, their feet are unprotected, so most + attacks will work if you are underneath. But Yoshi and Pikachu's + attacks will work fine. Yoshi's throw might even work if you get behind your opponent. Even thrown items will have an effect, especially the bumper, which might knock the opponent off a ledge. Even try shooting Ness upward into the opponent! Or use Yoshi's move to trap them from behind! Even use Captain Falcon's Falcon Kick ( + ) on the ground! You see, there are many moves that can break through a hammer. Most charecters have a least one.
However, once again, as this item is rather cheap, it is often banned from tournaments as well.
The star is another powerful item. It grants you limited invincibility, so you will not be hit or damaged from any attack. While you have the star, the invincibility music from the Mario games plays, but be careful, as the invincibility dies a few moments after the music does. Also, this invincibility does not save you from flying through a KO barrier. An interesting twist is if you are invincible and you fall off of the edge of Planet Zebes, you will fall right through the lava to your death, as it will not hurt you and launch you back up. This is also regarded as a "cheap" item, and is also usually banned from tournaments.However, it is pretty useful. If an opponent is unintelligent enough to go near you, grab something (Bob-ombs,Explosive Containers,or any players close to you) and throw it at them. You won't be damaged, but they will.