Down throw is a throw performed by pressing down on the control stick after having grabbed the enemy. These throws are typically used as combo-starters, and a few, like Sheik's and King Dedede's, can be used to chain throw. Down throw chain throws typically work only on floaty characters, who are generally more difficult to combo than fast-fallers; thus, they are highly valuable to any character. Other notable down throws include Captain Falcon's and Ganondorf's. Toon Link's down throw can set up for a barrage of b-airs followed by a d-air meteor smash.


In Melee, Bowser's down throw does no damage to Jigglypuff, but this has changed in Brawl.

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