Drill Rush (ドリルラッシュ, Doriru Rasshu; formerly named the "Triple Dash") is the name of Meta Knight's Side Special Move. Meta Knight leaps backward via a brief backflip, and whirls forward in the fashion of a drill with his blade outstretched.


If he hits an enemy, he performs a combination lasting up to 2 seconds, knocking Meta Knight's opponent upward. Also, when finished, he pulls back a bit. Meta Knight can also change the course of the attack, allowing it to be used as a recovery. After using the attack, Meta Knight becomes helpless. Of all of Meta Knight's Special Moves, this move gives the most vertical distance of any of them.

Meta Knight's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Mach Tornado
Side Special Drill Rush
Up Special Shuttle Loop
Down Special Dimensional Cape
Final Smash Galaxia Darkness Darkness Illusion

Custom Variations

High-Speed Drill

High-Speed Drill is one of Meta Knight's Side Special Moves that can be used via customizations. It's faster than Drill Rush, but the angle can't be changed.


  • Faster move
  • Travels farther


  • Leaves Meta Knight helpless after use
  • Angle cannot be changed

The High-Speed Drill is for players that want greater horizontal recovery from the Drill Rush. The move travels faster and farther than the default variation, but it will still leave Meta Knight helpless after use. The angle of the attack cannot be changed, so the attack is unable to be used for carrying opponents across the stage.

Shieldbreaker Drill

Shieldbreaker Drill is one of Meta Knight's Side Special Moves that can be used via customizations. It's a Drill Rush designed to break shields. The attack power and distance are reduced.


  • Deals more shield damage


  • Less damage
  • Less distance
  • Leaves Meta Knight helpless after use

The Shieldbreaker Drill, as the name implies, deals more shield damage. However, it deals less damage to opponents and does not travel as far. The move leaves Meta Knight helpless after use and the shorter distance of the move makes it poor for use as a recovery move.

Meta Knight's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Entangling Tornado Dreadful Tornado
Side Special High-Speed Drill Shieldbreaker Drill
Up Special Blade Coaster Lazy Shuttle Loop
Down Special Shield Piercer Stealth Smasher


It may be derived from Kirby's Running-B move when he has the Master Ability (which he has when he uses Meta Knight's sword) in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. It also somewhat resembles the barrel roll he does for a Quick Spin attack in Kirby Air Ride.

Drill Rush Canceling

It is possible to cancel the ending lag of the attack by making the end hit the edge, allowing it to be used to rush opponents in stages such as Battlefield.

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