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PSI Magnet Ness Absorption Brawl

Ness absorbing Charizard's Flamethrower with PSI Magnet in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Oil Spill Absorption Brawl

Mr. Game & Watch absorbing Bowser's Fire Breath and counter-attacking in Brawl.

For the technique referred to as "absorbing damage" by the Twinkle Toes bonus in Super Smash Bros. Melee, see tech.

Absorption is the process of using a particular special move to "catch" an opposing non-physical projectile, or a teammate's projectile if Team Attack is turned on. The absorber then provides some benefit to the user based on the absorbed attack.

The only three moves capable of absorption are PSI Magnet, Oil Panic, and Absorbing Vortex; PSI Magnet and Absorbing Vortex heal the user based on the absorbed attack's power, while Oil Panic stores the strength of up to three projectiles in order to unleash them all at once in a single attack. Floows are also capable of absorbing attacks, though they do not appear to do anything with the absorbed energy. This means that there are only four playable characters who are able to absorb non-physical attacks, namely Ness, Lucas, Mii Gunner and Mr. Game & Watch.

List of Absorbable attacks

User/Item Move Part of Move Games
By Characters
Bowser (Giga Bowser) Fire Breath Entire move

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Charizard Flamethrower Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Cloud Blade Beam Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Dark Pit Silver Bow Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Diddy Kong Rocketbarrel Boost Free-roaming barrels

SSB4 Icon

Dr. Mario Megavitamin Entire move

SSBM Icon

Duck Hunt Trick Shot Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Falco Blaster Entire move

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Fox Blaster Entire move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Ice Climbers Blizzard Entire move

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon

Ice Shot Entire move

SSBM Icon

King Dedede Super Dedede Jump Stars

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Waddle Dee Toss Waddle Doo's beam attack

SSBB Icon

Kirby Copy ability Some Neutral Special attacks

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Final Cutter Wave

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Link Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Lucario Aura Sphere Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Force Palm Aura shot

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Lucas PK Fire Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

PK Freeze Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

PK Thunder Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Luigi Fireball Entire move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Mario Fireball Entire move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Mega Man Crash Bomber Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Forward Smash Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Forward Tilt Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Neutral Attack Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Mewtwo Forward Throw Shots

SSBM Icon SSB4 Icon

Shadow Ball Entire Move

SSBM Icon SSB4 Icon

Mr. Game & Watch Chef Sausages

SSBM Icon

Ness PK Fire Entire move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

PK Flash Entire move

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

PK Thunder Entire move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Palutena Autoreticle Shots

SSB4 Icon

Peach Toad Spores

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Pichu Thunder Bolt

SSBM Icon

Thunder Jolt Entire move

SSBM Icon

Pikachu Thunder Bolt

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Thunder Jolt Entire Move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Pit Palutena's Bow Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

R.O.B. Robo Beam Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Robin Arcfire Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Elwind Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Thunder Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Rosalina Star Bits (custom versions only) Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Ryu Hadoken Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Samus Bomb Entire move

SSB64 Icon

Charge Shot Entire Move

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Sheik Burst Grenade Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Vanish Entire Move

SSB4 Icon

Toon Link Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Villager Lloid Rocket Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation Entire move

SSB4 Icon

Wolf Blaster Shot

SSBB Icon

Yoshi Yoshi Bomb Stars

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Zelda Din's Fire Entire Move

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Zero Suit Samus Down Smash Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Paralyzer Entire move

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

By Items
Blast Box Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Bob-omb Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Bombchu Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Fire Flower Flames

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Gooey Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Lip's Stick Spores

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Motion-Sensor Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Ray Gun Shots

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Star Rod Stars

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Steel Diver Shots

SSB4 Icon

Super Scope Shots

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

Superspicy Curry Flames

SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

By Pokémon
Charizard Flamethrower Flames

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon

Cyndaquil Flamethrower Flames

SSBM Icon

Electrode Self-Destruct Explosion

SSB4 Icon

Genesect Techno Blast Beam

SSB4 Icon

Meowth Pay Day Coins

SSB64 Icon

Starmie Swift Stars

SSB64 Icon

Staryu Swift Stars

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4 Icon

By Stage Hazards
Corneria Shots fired from Arwings, Wolfens, and the Great Fox

SSBM Icon SSBB Icon SSB4-3 Icon

Pyrosphere FG-II Graham Unit shots

SSB4-U Icon

Saffron City Charmander Flamethrower

SSB64 Icon

Venusaur Razor Leaf

SSB64 Icon

Sector Z Shots fired from Arwings

SSB64 Icon

Venom Shots fired from Arwings and Wolfens

SSBM Icon

Wily Castle Yellow Devil's shots

SSB4-U Icon

By Enemies and Bosses
Armank Energy Shot

SSBB Icon

Chandelure Fire Spin, Will-o-Wisp

SSB4-3 Icon

Duon Scattershot

SSBB Icon

Gamyga Lasers

SSBB Icon

Magikoopa Spells

SSB4-3 Icon

Monoeye Energy Shot

SSB4-3 Icon

Master Edges Sword projectiles

SSB4 Icon

Master Hand Finger bullets

SSB64 Icon SSBM Icon SSBB Icon

Puppit Lasers

SSBB Icon

R.O.B. Blaster Beams

SSBB Icon

Scope Primid Shots

SSBB Icon

Spaak Electric ball

SSBB Icon

Lightning bolt

SSBB Icon

Starman PK Beam

SSB4 Icon

Trivia

  • Coincidentally, every Super Smash Bros. game debuts one character with an absorption move. Ness in Super Smash Bros., Mr. Game & Watch in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Lucas in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Mii Gunner with Absorbing Vortex in Super Smaash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
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