Quick Attack (でんこうせっか Denkō Sekka?, lit. "Lightning Speed") is Pikachu's Up Special Move. After a short delay, Pikachu moves in a straight line in the direction in which the control stick is tilted, or upwards if it is not tilted. A Tilt of the control stick in a different direction will cause another, similar burst.



The high speed of this move renders Pikachu nearly invulnerable, but it is exposed at the beginning, middle, and end moments, when it briefly holds still. Quick Attack requires much practice before players can effectively take advantage of its two-direction functionality.

In Super Smash Bros.

This attack cannot deals damage. However, it is by far one of the best recoveries overall. Pikachu is notable for having one of the most diverse recoveries as well. Pikachu has multiple invincibility frames during the beginning and middle of the move. It is possible to attack Pikachu only before and after the bursts. Because of this, Pikachu can ledge-stall indefinitely. The range of this move also allows Pikachu to go far out from the edge to edgeguard. It is also possible to travel with almost no change in direction between bursts. Pikachu can alternate between taunts and Quick Attack, each canceling the other. Finally, it can be used to escape situations and can go through a portion of the wall in Break the Targets.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros Melee's Quick Attack is for the most part similar to the attack in Super Smash Bros. Unlike the SSB version, Melee's deals 1-3% damage per hit to characters Pikachu passes through. The attack has a huge range, but the second burst requires a minimum rotation of 38 degrees. Quick Attack in Melee has fewer invincibility frames than in Super Smash Bros. It can also be cancelled.

In Super Smash Bros Brawl

Pikachu can deal light damage to characters it passes through, being stronger in damage (5%, if hit twice by Pikachu pulling a 180°), but it has less range than in Melee. Thus, people often use Skull Bash as an additional recovery move. It has more invincibility frames by the edge, however.

Pikachu's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Thunder Jolt
Side Special Skull Bash
Up Special Quick Attack
Down Special Thunder
Final Smash Volt Tackle

Custom Variations

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Quick Attack can be customized into Meteor Quick Attack or Quick Feet.

Meteor Quick Attack

Meteor Quick Attack doesn't bring Pikachu as high, but can meteor smash anyone it hits, especially at the start and when Pikachu changes direction.


  • Meteor smashes


  • Longer startup time
  • Goes slightly less distance

Quick Feet

Quick Feet will only transport Pikachu in a single direction instead of two, but will take him very farther.


  • Goes farther


  • Only goes upwards once

Pikachu's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Thunder Wave Thunder Shock
Side Special Shocking Skull Bash Heavy Skull Bash
Up Special Meteor Quick Attack Quick Feet
Down Special Thunder Burst Distant Thunder

Quick Attack Cancel

Pikachu's quick attack can also be cancelled into the ground, in a maneuver known as Quick Attack Cancel (also called QAC'ing). This is a very useful technique, as it is seen as a main way for Pikachu to approach many characters. With practice, it can also lead into a well-placed aerial or special move. To perform a QAC, you must hold the control stick down right after you initiate the move. It requires precise timing, and can difficult to perform at first. If performed successfully, Pikachu will make the "bending" animation, but won't move at all.


A Staravia uses Quick Attack.

Quick Attack is a popular move in the main series Pokémon games. It has a priority of +1, which means this move will always go first when used, unless the opponent uses a move with higher priority. It is a rather weak move with a base power of 40 and is a Normal-type attack.


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