An Assist Trophy is an item that, when grabbed, summons a character out of various origins to temporarily aid the holder. Assist Trophies function nearly identical to Poké Balls, however, no Pokémon come out of them, and once an Assist Trophy is grabbed, it is automatically activated only if the holder is standing on the ground without any lag of any kind. Unlike the Poké Ball, Assist Trophies can be eaten.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, some Assist Trophies can be 'defeated' by attacking them, which will make them disappear quickly. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, most of the Assist Trophies can be KO'ed just like any other fighter by dealing enough damage, which gives the player a point. Hence, most of them can be grabbed by the players and are affected with items, but they can also air-dodge similar to that in Melee. They can also be KO'ed by the player who summoned them to avoid others to KO it for a point.
Originally, only one Assist Trophy can be used at any given time. The next Assist Trophy will not appear until the data for the character it will release is fully loaded.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this has changed. Multiple assist trophies can be active at the same time, creating unique combinations. Some assist trophies will attack enemy assist trophies in addition to the other fighters.
There's a rule for this: only damageable Assist Trophies can be at the same time with another, with the exception of Ghosts, which can be defeated but cannot be with other Assist Trophies at the same time. Non-damageable Assist Trophies still can only appear one at a time. Some Assist Trophies cannot be summoned at specific stages due to platform limitations or because they also made a cameo appearance in the background, such as the Moon in Great Bay.
Some Assist Trophies can show unexpectedly as enemies in spirit battles, or are present as mini-bosses in World of Light.
List of Assist Trophies
|Akira||Super Smash Bros.||Virtua Fighter|
|Akira attacks the opponents and blocks any physical attacks from them.|
|Alucard||Castlevania||Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse|
|Alucard slashes at players several times and transforms into a bat to attack. He can also dodge if tried to attack him, making him tricky to KO.|
|Andross||Star Fox||Star Fox|
|Andross appears in the background and shoots tiles at the players.|
|Arcade Bunny||Super Smash Bros.||Nintendo Badge Arcade|
|Summons a claw above the stage that grabs any enemies, pulls them up, and drops them. The number on the claw shows the number of tries before it disappears.|
|Ashley possesses a purple cloud that will make anyone in the dark zone take damage and possibly end up buried in the ground. Players also disappear for a few seconds within the cloud. If someone eats food in the dark zone, they will receive damage instead.|
|Barbara||Super Smash Bros.||Daigasso! Band Brothers|
|Barbara strums on her guitar creating damaging soundwaves, similar to Konga Beat, but with less range and duration.||-|
|Black Knight||Fire Emblem||Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance|
|Black Knight uses strong slash attacks to his opponents, though he walks very slowly, but doesn't flinch with standard attacks.|
|Bomberman||Super Smash Bros.||Bomberman|
|Bomberman appears and places his bombs on the ground which explode in four directions. His bombs can also be attacked by other opponents to backfire him or other opponents.|
|Burrowing Snagret pops up from the ground and pecks at the enemies when they are near it. Might get stunned if attacked from back while pecking.|
|Chain Chomp||Mario||Super Mario Bros. 3|
|Chain Chomp can try to reach the opponent quickly to attack them.|
|Chef Kawasaki||Kirby||Kirby Super Star|
|Chef Kawasaki attacks by throwing plates. He ends by pulling fighters with his ladle and then cooks them in a pot, damaging them, then splashes them out, leaving some food.|
|Color TV-Game 15||Super Smash Bros.||PONG|
(Color TV-Game 15)
|2 paddles from the video game "Pong" appear on the edges of the screen, hitting a ball back and forth that can injure players. The paddles can also damage players on contact.|
|Dark Samus||Metroid||Metroid Prime 2: Echoes|
|Dark Samus is seen shooting beams rapidly and unveiling blue tentacles around her.
Became a playable character in Ultimate
|Super Smash Bros.||Devil World|
|Devil shirfts the stage boundaries. However, Hoop Damage is not added if you are out of the boundaries the Devil creates.|
|Dillon||Super Smash Bros.||Dillon's Rolling Western|
|His attack involves rolling a quick charge. He proceeds to charge up one last time, turning yellow, repeatedly dealing damage while doing so, and shoots off the screen.|
|Dr. Kawashima||Nintendo DS||Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!|
|He flings bubbled numbers at the fighters, which can be attacked to change their direction. When they collide and form a "10", a giant explosion occurs. A number greater than 10 will create a small, weak explosion, while a number lesser than 10 will fly as usual.|
|Dr. Wright||Super Smash Bros.||SimCity|
|Dr. Wright summons buildings to rise up out of the ground. This damages opponents who are standing in the area of the building, and produces great vertical knockback. Occasionally makes a massive skyscraper.|
|Elec Man||Mega Man||Mega Man|
|Elec Man shoots his signature Thunder Beam horizontally and vertically.||-|
|Excitebikes||Super Smash Bros.||Excitebike|
|Excitebike racers ride around the stage causing damage to those they collide with. Some of them, if on a stage with an edge, will go back and forth until their time runs out.||-|
|Flies & Hand||Mario||Mario Paint|
|Flies appear on-screen and a hand with a fly swatter swats the flies and opponents.|
|Ghirahim||Zelda||The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|
|Ghirahim moves acrobatically across the stage, attacking with a sword and knives. Any projectiles thrown at him are reflected.|
|Guile||Street Fighter||Street Fighter II|
|Guile crouches to the ground, and when his opponents gets closer to him, he attacks them with his Flash Kick. Can also blocks projectiles.|
|Original Pac-Man enemies, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. They move in the air, damaging other players that touch them. Each ghost have a unique movement pattern.|
|Gray Fox||Metal Gear||Metal Gear|
|Frank Jaeger, the Gray Fox, runs around slashing opponents. Also reflects stray projectiles.
Unlock in Brawl: Unlocked with Snake.
|Hammer Bro||Mario||Super Mario Bros.|
|Hammer Bro throws hammers in an arc to the opponents by either standing or jumping.|
|Helirin||Super Smash Bros.||Kuru Kuru Kururin|
|Helirin floats around the stage while rotating, acting as a solid platform or wall.||-|
|Infantry & Tanks||Super Smash Bros.||Famicom Wars|
|The Advance Wars infantry and tank sprites roam across the stage shooting at players. When spawned, they follow the direction of the summoner.|
Unlock in Brawl: Play 300 Battles.
|Super Smash Bros.||Golden Sun|
|Isaac pushes opponents off the stage by using a skill called Move, represented by giant magic hands. It can be dodged and escaped. However, escaping is just about impossible unless you're on the tip of the hand.|
Unlock in Brawl: Play 200 battles.
|Isabelle||Animal Crossing||Animal Crossing: New Leaf|
|Isabelle will toss various fruits at the one who summons her, healing them upon touch. Other opponents can also heal themselves with these fruits by picking them.
Became a playable character in Ultimate
|Jeff Andonuts shoots 5 homing rockets from his Multi Bottle Rocket five invention (four small and one large) at his opponents. Sometimes fires a second round.|
JP: Dori Kururi & Rasanda 8
|Super Smash Bros.||Drill Dozer|
|Jill attacks opponents with her drill, sometimes getting stuck.||-|
|Kapp'n||Animal Crossing||Animal Crossing|
|Drives his bus to off-screen. Carries away a fighter who got hit by the bus, while others get knockback. Can be escaped like any grab.|
|Kat & Ana||Wario||WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!|
|Kat and Ana fly in different directions, slashing at anybody in front of them. However, they always cross in the same spot.||-|
|Klaptrap||Donkey Kong||Donkey Kong Country|
|Klaptrap walks around, latches on fighters and bites them constantly.|
|Knuckle Joe||Kirby||Kirby Super Star|
|Knuckle Joe delivers a series of Vulcan Jabs to his opponents and finishes with either a Smash Punch or an uppercut attack named Rising Break.|
|Knuckles||Sonic the Hedgehog||Sonic the Hedgehog 3|
|Attacks enemies with his fists and also does homing attacks similar to Sonic. Can also go underground to do stealth attacks. Any enemies on ground will be buried.|
|Krystal||Star Fox||Star Fox Adventures|
|Attacks other fighters with her staff and does ice attacks with it.|
|Lakitu and Spinies|
|Mario||Super Mario Bros.|
|Lakitu drops Spinies onto the field, spiking opponents on the way down. Upon landing, the Spinies walk around giving damage to opponents. Lakitu can be knocked off the screen or killed.||-|
|Little Mac runs around punching opponents.
Became a playable character in 3DS/Wii U onwards
|Lyn||Fire Emblem||Fire Emblem|
|The screen darkens, as Lyn focuses and then having teleported, she delivers a single, powerful strike focused on the nearest opponent, similar to Galaxia Darkness in animation and knockback.|
|Magnus||Kid Icarus||Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)||Magnus attacks by swinging his sword, and jumping and then swinging his sword. Can meteor smash airborne opponents.||-|
|A Metroid latches onto players and repeatedly gives them damage. Can be attacked and shaken off, but prevents the victim from using recovery moves. However, if done right, the character can spam recovery moves indefinitely until the Metroid disappears. It can be defeated only with ice attacks or damaging it when frozen.|
|Midna||Zelda||The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|
|Midna uses her hair to grab an opponent and swing it at any part of the stage. Ocassionally teleports around the stage if she is idle.|
|Moon||Zelda||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|
|Comes in from the background of the stage and covers a great portion of it. It makes a very powerful impact and deals repeated damage to all fighters it hits before eventually exploding, launching them away with great knockback.|
|Appears in a beaker and shoots a rainbow-colored laser from its eye. She is also protected by Rinka enemies. Becomes vulnerable after her laser attack.|
|Mr. Resetti||Animal Crossing||Animal Crossing|
|Mr. Resetti gives speeches about different topics. If attacked, he will keep talking. If attacked too much, he causes an explosion.||-|
|A "Nintendog" (Either a Labrador Retriever in Brawl, a French Bulldog in 3DS/Wii U, or a Toy Poodle in Ultimate) blocks the screen.|
|Nightmare appears as the power orb before reverting to his wizard form, upon which he engulfs the screen into complete darkness. This effect causes players to attack blindly.|
|Nikki||Super Smash Bros.||Swapnote|
|Nikki appears in front of a screen and draws various creatures and objects on her Nintendo 3DS which ultimately come to life on the battlefield, acting as potential hazards.|
|Phosphora||Kid Icarus||Kid Icarus: Uprising|
|Phosphora soars through the air at a high speed, shooting lightning bolts.|
|Prince of Sablé||Super Smash Bros.||Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru|
|Transforms into a snake or a frog, and unloads multiple attacks on any opponent he catches.|
|Rathalos||Super Smash Bros.||Monster Hunter|
|Flies across the stage and do aerial attacks, and also blast fireballs onto the opponents.|
|Ray MK III||Super Smash Bros.||Custom Robo Arena|
|Ray MK III flies around the stage shooting missiles and green energy bullets.|
Unlock in Brawl: Play 100 Brawls
|Attacks using Arts such as Happy Happy, which heals all characters within its vicinity, Freezinate, which freezes opponents, Yoink!, which causes those within the vicinity to trip, and Bedtime, which puts opponents to sleep.|
(Xbox 360/PS3/Wii U/Switch)
|Rodin appears and punches the enemies with his giant arms through the portals. Also uses heel kicks similar to Bayonetta.|
|Saki Amamiya||Super Smash Bros.||Sin & Punishment|
|Saki Amamiya slashes and fires with his Dolphin Gun.||-|
|Samurai Goroh slashes his swords while chasing opponents. Can jump to reach airborne opponents.|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Sonic the Hedgehog||Sonic Adventure 2|
|Shadow slows down time with Chaos Control, similar to the Timer item, but with shorter duration. The summoner continues to move at normal speed.|
Unlock in Brawl: Unlocked with Sonic.
In Ultimate, he will also freeze opposing players in place before leaving.
|Sheriff||Super Smash Bros.||Sheriff|
|From homonym 1979 Nintendo`s arcade game, he will shoot at the opponents at various directions.|
|Shovel Knight||Super Smash Bros.||Shovel Knight|
|Attacks with his Shovel Blade by digging out dirt and his signature Shovel Drop. Also digs out food from the ground.|
|Skull Kid||Zelda||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|
|Skull Kid summons a variety of effects such as flipping the screen in different directions, reversing player controls, and making players invisible in his cloud.|
|Spring Man||Super Smash Bros.||ARMS|
|Spring Man punches his opponents with his very long arms and ends with a special attack.|
|Performs a concert and the stage blast line will shrink over and over.|
|Super Smash Bros.||Densetsu no Stafy|
|Starfy spins, damaging players. Provides very little knockback.|
|Starman teleports at random parts of the stage while shooting out lightning bolts from his eye. Shows the message "SMAAASH!" from the game Earthbound after defeated.|
|Sukapon||Super Smash Bros.||Joy Mech Fight|
|Sukapon appears and throws the enemies in different directions. It also attacks by throwing its head.|
|Takamaru||Super Smash Bros.||The Mysterious Murasame Castle|
|Takamaru uses his Multidirectional Pinwheel Knife Rook Attack and slashes with his sword.|
|Thwomp||Mario||Super Mario Bros. 3|
|Thwomp crushes his opponents, but only when they are near him.|
|Tiki||Fire Emblem||Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)|
|Tiki transforms into her Manakete form and breathes fire at the opponents.|
|Tingle||Zelda||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|
|Tingle randomly summons a variety of strange effects (see article).||-|||
|Vince||Super Smash Bros.||Art Academy: First Semester|
|Vince draws his paintings to blind all the opponents. The affected opponents take continuous damage too.|
|Waluigi repeatedly stomps opponents into the ground. This onslaught is followed by either a strong kick or a strike from his tennis racket. If an opponent is in the air, Waluigi will jump up and repeatedly send his foot downwards, meteor smashing any opponent he comes in contact with.|
|Wily Capsule||Mega Man||Mega Man|
|Dr. Wily pilots his Wily Capsule from Mega Man 7 and attacks the opponents with his orbs. However, when his Wily Capsule is destroyed, Dr. Wily surrenders and begs for mercy.|
|Yuri Kozukata||Super Smash Bros.||Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water|
|Yuri uses her camera to take pictures at the opponents, and when she does, it will damage and stun them.|
|Zero||Mega Man||Mega Man X|
|Zero uses his beam sword to do slash attacks and beam attacks.|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A capsule that contains characters who will help you out in battle. You won't know who's in the capsule until you open it. It may be someone everyone knows or someone who's a bit of a mystery. The majority of these characters are invulnerable, so attacking them is not an option. You know what that means, right? RUN!
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
This strange capsule contains a guest character who will aid you in your battle. Who will emerge? Grab it to find out! Maybe it'll be a famous character from a popular game, or perhaps a goofy sidekick here to prove his or her worth. Too bad you can't choose who shows up or control them...
- Hammer Bro. is the only Assist Trophy character to appear as an enemy in the Subspace Emissary.
- In Classic Mode, if the character who summoned an assist trophy dies, the assist trophy goes away. However, this does not happen in All-Star mode.
- In the GameCube preview issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, the Smash Bros Melee article comments that Nintendo originally tried to implement Assist Trophies in Melee. The only trophy concept they gave details on was one that would release the ducks from Duck Hunt to fly around the stage and interfere with the fighters.
- Oddly, they appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite regular trophies being absent.
- Fans show dissapointment when a specific character is announced as an Assist Trophy because they were hoping to see the character playable in the installment while there is no source of confirmation that being an Assist Trophy disqualify the character from being a playable fighter. Fans were more vocal at the Assist Trophy announcement of a character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This has happened to Waluigi, Bomberman, Knuckles, Krystal, Shadow the Hedgehog, Lyn, Isaac, Zero, Spring Man, Ashley, Black Knight, Midna, Skull Kid and Shovel Knight.
- The Pokémon and Yoshi series are the only series without any Assist Trophy characters. Due to the Pokémon series having the Poké Ball and Master Ball items instead, the Yoshi series is the only series without any summonable characters.
- The Animal Crossing series is the only series to have differing assist characters for every game (Mr. Resetti appears in Brawl, Isabelle appears in Smash 4, and Kapp'n appears in Ultimate).