|“||Attacking one of these until it breaks gives you the ability to use your Final Smash.||”|
|—Smash Bros. DOJO!|
|“||The Smash Ball is a mysterious sphere that floats around the stage. It will break once it takes enough damage. The player who delivers the last hit will be able to use a powerful move called a Final Smash, but only once.||”|
|—Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Website|
The Smash Ball (スマッシュボール, sumasshu bōru) (formerly called a Smash Emblem or Smash Orb by fans) is a special item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate It appears to allow the user to activate an especially powerful Final Smash attack.
The Smash Ball appears as a multicolored sphere resembling the Super Smash Bros. logo. In 3DS/Wii U, Smash Balls will pulsate and leave multicolored trails in their wake when roaming around the stage.
When a Smash Ball appears, the screen blinks and the crowd will gasp. After its appearance, the Smash Ball will roam around the stage. The physics of its movement tends to vary: it will normally bounce off walls and other solid stage elements, though on occasion it will pass through them.
In order to use it, fighters must break it by landing attacks on it. Any Assist Trophy character or Pokemon summoned by the player can contribute to breaking the Smash Ball, though they will not actively chase after it, and thus only deal damage if the Smash Ball is in close proximity with them. It should be noted that the resistance of the Smash Ball to attacks will gradually decrease the longer it remains on stage, so a "fresh" Smash Ball will need to take 43% damage to break, and less damage the longer it is on the field. The Smash Ball can be knocked back by attacks, though the amount taken varies as well.
Upon successfully breaking a Smash Ball, the character will enter "standby mode," which is indicated by a multicolored glow and yellow eyes. The screen also is affected when the Smash Ball is broken: in Brawl the screen darkens, but in 3DS/Wii U the screen will fade to grey with everything appearing dark except the character in standby mode. In this mode, the user must use their neutral special move to initiate a Final Smash, essentially using up the Smash Ball. Once the Final Smash ends, the character leaves standby mode and the battle proceeds as normal. Alternatively, if the user is attacked enough, the Smash Ball will leave the user, allowing the other fighters to chase after it.
After time passes when no one breaks the Smash Ball, it will fly off and disappear. It will also disappear if it is broken by stage elements (such as the lava wall on Norfair) or by the effects of certain items (such as the Smart Bomb). Only one Smash Ball appears at a time, and none appear when a fighter is in standby mode. The Smash Ball will not appear if the Dragoon or Daybreak parts are in play.
Nikki has a chance of drawing a penciled Smash Ball; which functions identically to a normal Smash Ball.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduced a new item the Fake Smash Ball: which resembles a Smash Ball but explodes instead of granting a Final Smash.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A mighty item. Each character has a unique secret technique known as a Final Smash that can only be used when that character acquires a Smash Ball. Use it well, and you'll be one huge step closer to victory. It can turn the battle's tide, help you put the finishing touches on a complete thrashing, or even provide a chaotic finish that's sure to leave you laughing until you cry.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
This item can truly turn the tide of battle. Once broken open, a character's Final Smash will be unlocked. If your opponent collects this, you'd better brace yourself for a powerful special move. This item is pretty durable and floats around the stage, so timing and positioning are key.
- When Jigglypuff is using the deflating taunt when it has the Smash Ball, a glowing ball of energy will appear. This is the Smash Ball's form inside the character that broke it.
- In the Iwata Asks interview for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Masahiro Sakurai revealed he intended to add the Final Smashes since the first game in the series. However, he didn't reveal if the way to use a Final Smash would be via breaking a Smash Ball nor the use of a similar item.
- In training mode, when Smash Ball is on the field and a Dragoon Part is spawned, the Smash Ball disappears. This occurs vice versa as well, except any Dragoon Parts being held will not disappear.
- The Smash Ball is 2 dimensional. This can be seen on the trophy or video replays, as it always faces the camera.
- In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Smash Ball creates a multi-colored trail whenever it moves around.
- There is a trapped version called the Fake Smash Ball, which is also called a "Smash Bomb" in Japan.