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Close-up on where the shadow ball appears when caught.

The shadow glitch is a glitch exclusive to version 1.0 of Super Smash Bros. Melee. It was discovered by INF8, Veg, and Simna ibn Sind; it allows the Shadow Balls in Mewtwo's forward throw to be caught as items. This requires three characters: one Mewtwo, one character to catch the shadowball, and one other character to be thrown.


  • Have Mewtwo grab and forward throw another player (this works well with Bowser).
  • Have the third character jump and air dodge into the resulting stream of Shadow Balls and press the Z button to catch one.


  • If the Shadow Ball is thrown, it will freeze the game unless it is quickly recaught.


A video of the glitch being performed

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