This article is about the down special move of several characters from the Star Fox universe. For moves that reflect generally, see reflectors.
Fox Reflector closeup

The "Reflector Device"

The Reflector, also called the Shine, is Fox's, Falco's and Wolf's down special move. When used, the user creates a blue, hexagonal energy field which acts as a shield, and deflects any projectile from any angle (with the exception of Final Smashes). It can also be used to damage enemies in close proximity to the user when activated. If this shield deflects too many projectiles in one use, it will shatter, like a normal shield, and leave the user stunned. In Brawl, it was revealed that the shield originates from a small device the user carries. How it is used and its effects depends on the user.


Like most of Fox's moves, the Reflector is unique to the Super Smash Bros. series, but may have been inspired by the Arwing's ability to deflect enemy fire by doing a Barrel Roll. In addition, it bears a similarity to the Barrier power-up in Star Fox: Assault, although that game was released years after Super Smash Bros. If anything, the SF:A Barrier takes after the SSB Reflector.

Character Differences

Fox Reflector

The Reflector, when used by Fox.


Fox's Reflector creates a blue hexagonal shield around himself. Fox can keep the Reflector active for as long as he wants, and using it in midair slows his falling speed (this works by reducing his air speed and resetting his downwards acceleration). The reflector multiplies a projectile's damage and knockback by 1.5 when reflected if the projectile is reflected several times, his reflector may break, similar to a shield breaking. The Reflector is often used for shine spikes, which involve using the Reflector's damaging properties to knock recovering enemies downwards. It is also extremely useful against bosses, considering most of their attacks are projectiles.

In SSB, the Reflector caused a sound effect identical to the sound effect used for picking up items. Because of this, Fox made a different sound when he grabbed items.

Fox's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Blaster
Side Special Fox Illusion
Up Special Fire Fox
Down Special Reflector
Final Smash Landmaster Team Star Fox
Falco Reflector

The Reflector, when used by Falco in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


In SSBM, Falco's Reflector is identical to Fox's, although it sends opponents upwards when used as an attack; because of this, Falco cannot waveshine, unlike Fox. .

In SSBB, Falco uses his Reflector by kicking it away from him when it is activated. It then returns as if magnetized. This is considered a reflector that is a projectile, and it travels through enemies unhindered. Because Falco kicks it, he cannot hold it in place. This means that when playing as Falco, the player must use good timing to reflect projectiles. When the Reflector comes back to Falco, it can also reflect any projectiles back at any angle at the last second.

Falco's Special Moves
Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Blaster
Side Special Falco Phantasm
Up Special Fire Bird
Down Special Reflector
Final Smash Landmaster Team Star Fox
Wolf's Reflector

The Reflector, when used by Wolf.


Wolf's Reflector, instead of creating a hexagonal, blue shield, produces an elliptical, magenta shield. Also, unlike Fox or Falco's Reflector device, Wolf's Reflector device is on his back instead of on his belt. While it is ordinary when used as a Reflector, and it does little damage as as attack, it gives Wolf a few invincibility frames (as shown in the picture of Wolf's Reflector shield) the instant it's activated, allowing him to live through one-hit KOs if timed correctly. These same frames also work like Marth and Ike's Counter : Wolf blocks the attack with the invincibility, then the Reflector shocks the opponent as if it were a counter.

Wolf's Special Moves
Brawl Ultimate
Standard Special Blaster
Side Special Wolf Flash
Up Special Fire Wolf
Down Special Reflector
Final Smash Landmaster Team Star Wolf
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