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Ness absorbing Charizard's Flamethrower with PSI Magnet in Super Smash Bros. 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.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Charizard Flamethrower Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Cloud Blade Beam Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Dark Pit Silver Bow Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Diddy Kong Rocketbarrel Boost Free-roaming barrels

SSB4 Icon.png

Dr. Mario Megavitamin Entire move

SSBM Icon.png

Duck Hunt Trick Shot Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Falco Blaster Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Fox Blaster Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Ice Climbers Blizzard Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png

Ice Shot Entire move

SSBM Icon.png

King Dedede Super Dedede Jump Stars

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Waddle Dee Toss Waddle Doo's beam attack

SSBB Icon.png

Kirby Copy ability Some Neutral Special attacks

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Final Cutter Wave

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Link Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Lucario Aura Sphere Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Force Palm Aura shot

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Lucas PK Fire Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

PK Freeze Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

PK Thunder Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Luigi Fireball Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Mario Fireball Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Mega Man Crash Bomber Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Forward Smash Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Forward Tilt Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Neutral Attack Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Mewtwo Forward Throw Shots

SSBM Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Shadow Ball Entire Move

SSBM Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Mr. Game & Watch Chef Sausages

SSBM Icon.png

Ness PK Fire Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

PK Flash Entire move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

PK Thunder Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Palutena Autoreticle Shots

SSB4 Icon.png

Peach Toad Spores

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Pichu Thunder Bolt

SSBM Icon.png

Thunder Jolt Entire move

SSBM Icon.png

Pikachu Thunder Bolt

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Thunder Jolt Entire Move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Pit Palutena's Bow Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

R.O.B. Robo Beam Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Robin Arcfire Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Elwind Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Thunder Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Rosalina Star Bits (custom versions only) Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Ryu Hadoken Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Samus Bomb Entire move

SSB64 Icon.png

Charge Shot Entire Move

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Sheik Burst Grenade Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Vanish Entire Move

SSB4 Icon.png

Toon Link Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Villager Lloid Rocket Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Wii Fit Trainer Sun Salutation Entire move

SSB4 Icon.png

Wolf Blaster Shot

SSBB Icon.png

Yoshi Yoshi Bomb Stars

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Zelda Din's Fire Entire Move

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Zero Suit Samus Down Smash Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Paralyzer Entire move

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

By Items
Blast Box Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Bob-omb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Bombchu Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Fire Flower Flames

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Gooey Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Lip's Stick Spores

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Motion-Sensor Bomb Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Ray Gun Shots

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Star Rod Stars

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Steel Diver Shots

SSB4 Icon.png

Super Scope Shots

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

Superspicy Curry Flames

SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

By Pokémon
Charizard Flamethrower Flames

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png

Cyndaquil Flamethrower Flames

SSBM Icon.png

Electrode Self-Destruct Explosion

SSB4 Icon.png

Genesect Techno Blast Beam

SSB4 Icon.png

Meowth Pay Day Coins

SSB64 Icon.png

Starmie Swift Stars

SSB64 Icon.png

Staryu Swift Stars

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4 Icon.png

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

SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png SSB4-3 Icon.png

Pyrosphere FG-II Graham Unit shots

SSB4-U Icon.png

Saffron City Charmander Flamethrower

SSB64 Icon.png

Venusaur Razor Leaf

SSB64 Icon.png

Sector Z Shots fired from Arwings

SSB64 Icon.png

Venom Shots fired from Arwings and Wolfens

SSBM Icon.png

Wily Castle Yellow Devil's shots

SSB4-U Icon.png

By Enemies and Bosses
Armank Energy Shot

SSBB Icon.png

Chandelure Fire Spin, Will-o-Wisp

SSB4-3 Icon.png

Duon Scattershot

SSBB Icon.png

Gamyga Lasers

SSBB Icon.png

Magikoopa Spells

SSB4-3 Icon.png

Monoeye Energy Shot

SSB4-3 Icon.png

Master Edges Sword projectiles

SSB4 Icon.png

Master Hand Finger bullets

SSB64 Icon.png SSBM Icon.png SSBB Icon.png

Puppit Lasers

SSBB Icon.png

R.O.B. Blaster Beams

SSBB Icon.png

Scope Primid Shots

SSBB Icon.png

Spaak Electric ball

SSBB Icon.png

Lightning bolt

SSBB Icon.png

Starman PK Beam

SSB4 Icon.png

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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