A barrel (タル Taru?) is a container item which can hold various items that has appeared in the entire Super Smash Bros. series. This makes it similar to a crate. When one picks up a barrel, because they are so heavy, one will not be able to jump, attack, and one will move very slowly while holding it (with the exception of Donkey Kong). After one has picked up a barrel, one can throw it up, forward, or down. If a standing barrel is hit with a weak attack or lands on a sloped surface, it will roll across the stage.

In the original Super Smash Bros., the player cannot move while holding a barrel, unless they are playing as Donkey Kong. Interestingly, Donkey Kong can not throw Barrels below him. There is a 12.5% chance barrels, crates, and capsules will have explosives, so it is a good idea to throw them so they won't come back and possibly explode on the player.


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Collision 12% 15% 15%
Explosion 20% 22% 37%
Throw 21% 20% 18-19%
U-Tilt Throw N/A 22% 15%
D-Tilt Throw N/A 25% 20%
F-Smash Throw 21% 24% 20-21%
U-Smash Throw N/A 25% 15%
D-Smash Throw N/A 30% 21%
Air Throw (DK) 21% 23% 22%
Air U-Tilt Throw (DK) N/A 23% 15%
Air D-Tilt Throw (DK) N/A 25% 22%
Air F-Smash Throw (DK) 21% 25% 23-24%
Air U-Smash Throw (DK) N/A 29% 15%
Air D-Smash Throw (DK) N/A 30% 22%

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Melee, barrels can also very rarely release an Adventure Mode enemy, such as a ReDead, an Octorok, or a Goomba.[1] When they are thrown at opponents, they can deal 18 to 22% damage and good knockback. When they explode once they have hit an opponent, they can deal around 45% damage and strong knockback. They contain only one item.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, barrels, along with Crates, have a different appearance depending on what stage the player is playing on. On a more futuristic stage, e.g. Lylat Cruise, they take on a futuristic appearance, and on more fantastical stages, e.g. Yoshi's Island, they look like wrapped-up presents. [2] Barrels also fly much farther and faster when struck. Additionally, if a rolling barrel comes to a rest, it stops being harmful to players and can be picked up a re-thrown, or attacked to send it flying/break it.

Barrel types chart

Normal Futuristic Presents

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Barrels are included in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and they appear to function similarly to what they did in Brawl.

Barrel types chart (3DS)

Normal Futuristic Presents

Barrel types chart (Wii U)

Normal Futuristic Presents



Barrel trophy in Melee.

Like Crates, Barrels are often filled with items and occasionally explosive. Thrown Barrels may break on contact or go rolling along the ground to smash into characters. Like the Crate, the Barrel is heavy, so it will restrict the speed at which the character carrying it can move. This speed differs between characters.
Super Smash Bros., 04/99


Barrels trophy in Brawl.

Item holders similar to crates-- their appearance will also change to fit the area. When you throw a barrel, it won't shatter, but rather roll across the stage. When a rolling barrel hits a character, that character gets sent sailing. Barrels are heavy, so you'll need two hands to pick them up, and your foot speed will decrease too.
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl


Barrels trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Barrels trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

These barrels are crammed full of items, but they're also incredibly tough to break. No baby hits here—attacking too lightly will just send the barrel rolling away, making it a dangerous obstacle for both you and your foes. And if others break the barrel, they'll get the items you wanted!
  • Super Smash Bros. (04/1999)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


  2. Crates and Barrels. Smash Bros. DOJO!!. (2007-06-14). Retrieved on 2007-11-09.

See also

SmashBrosSymbol.svg Super Smash Bros. universe
Playable Characters Mii Fighter (3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Mii Brawler (3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)  · Mii Swordfighter (3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)  · Mii Gunner (3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Other characters Fighting teams Fighting Polygon Team · Fighting Wire Frames · Fighting Alloy Team · Fighting Mii Team
Bosses Master Hand  · Crazy Hand  · Giga Bowser  · Galleom  · Duon  · Tabuu  · Master Core  · Galeem  · Dharkon
Stages Battlefield (Duel Zone  · Melee  · Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Final Destination (64  · Melee  · Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Big Battlefield (for Wii U  · Ultimate)
Meta Crystal  · Small Battlefield  · Home-Run Stadium  · Training stage ultimate
Items Assist Trophy  · Banana Gun  · Barrel  · Beam Sword  · Beastball  · Black Hole  · Blast Box  · Bumper  · Capsule  · CD  · Coins / Coins and Bills  · Cracker Launcher  · Crate  · Custom Part  · Drill  · Fake Smash Ball  · Fan  · Food  · Gooey Bomb  · Healing Field  · Healing Sprout  · Home-Run Bat  · Key  · Motion-Sensor Bomb  · Party Ball  · Rage Blaster  · Ray Gun  · Rolling Crates  · Sandbag  · Smash Ball  · Smoke Ball  · Sticker  · Stock Ball  · Team Healer  · Timer  · Trophy  · Trophy Stand
Music Lists List of Music (Super Smash Bros. series)  · List of Music (Adventure Mode)
Songs "Super Smash Bros. Brawl Main Theme"  · "Lifelight"
Collectibles Trophies Melee Trophies  · Brawl Trophies  · 3DS Trophies  · Wii U Trophies
Spirits List of spirits (Super Smash Bros. series)