Items Guide

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Clobbering Items
-Beam Sword
-Hammer
-Fan
-Home Run Bat
-Star Rod
Distance Attack Items
-Fire Flower
-Ray Gun
Special Items
-Maxim Tomato
-Heart Container
-Star



Clobbering Items

Clobbering items is another big group of items you can find while playing Smash. A character can pick up one of these items and use it to attack another opponent by performing his/her A attacks on the ground or he/she can chuck the item to deal damage (applies to most clobbering items but not all). Some clobbering items are more powerful than others, but most clobbering items are pretty good though, and some of these items can potentially turn the tide of battle to your favour. Every characters has a different animation for using a clobbering item, but they all do the same damage and has the same power with the same item. Unlike most other items, most clobbering item will decrease in power and damage if you use the same attack over and over again.

Beam Sword

Description: You know the light sabres from Star Wars. The beam sword looks very similar to that and it has a pink blade. Press A if you want to pick it up.
Function: Since it's a sword, you should use it to attack people. The beam sword replaces your character's weak attack, sideways strong attack, sideways smash attack and your running attack. You can also throw the beam sword like you would throw a throwing item.

Attack No. 1: Beam Sword Weak Attack
Buttons: A while on the ground, holding the sword
Damage: 12%
KKT score: 130%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Medium Long
Attack Description: The character will hold the sword in one hand and swing the sword forward quickly. Depending on what character you use, the swing may be in a vertical or horizontal arc.

Attack No. 2: Beam Sword Strong Attack
Buttons: Tilt stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the sword
Damage: 18%
KKT score: 80%
Startup: Medium Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Medium Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character takes a harder single handed swing with the sword. This is close in strength to most smash attacks and is quite powerful.

Attack No. 3: Beam Sword Smash Attack
Buttons: Tap stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the sword
Damage: 25%
KKT score: 45%
Startup: Medium
Duration: Medium Short
Recovery: Medium Slow
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character will hold the sword with both hands (Samus will still hold it in one hand since she only has one hand) and swing it hard, producing a very powerful blow. Some characters produce a big vertical arc that can hit people above and some character produce a horizontal arc that can hit people behind them.

Attack No. 4: Beam Sword Running Attack
Buttons: Press A while running and holding the sword
Damage: 16%
KKT score: 93%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Medium
Recovery: Medium
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character will either thrust the sword forward or swing it in a slight arc while running.

Attack No. 5: Beam Sword Throw
Buttons: Press R to throw the sword. Tap or tilt the stick to control the force and direction of the throw.
Damage: 20%
KKT score: 58%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Range: Long
Attack Description: The character will throw the sword in any direction you want him/her to. The beam sword will rotate in mid air and it can fly pretty far.

My Opinion: The beam sword is a pretty good weapon to have because it improves all the moves it replaces on your character. The beam sword smash is very powerful but it is a bit slow, so set up for it with the weak and strong attacks. The running attack for the beam sword is also good since it has a very long reach. I find that when I can't seem to get a hit with any other move, I can still hit people with the beam sword running attack. The beam sword is also a pretty good throwing item since it's big, flies pretty fast and pretty far, and deals a lot damage and is quite powerful. Usually you would want to keep a beam sword since it is a pretty good item to have, but when you want to attack someone far away, throwing the sword is not a bad idea.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hammer

Description: This is the same hammer used by Mario during the old days when he battled DK. It has a big black cylindrical piece of metal on its wooden handle. Press A to pick it up and use it. The hammer is different from all other clobbering items. Read the attack description for details.
Function: The hammer is used to kill people. It is one of the most devastating weapons in Smash Bros.

Attack No. 1: Hammer Swing
Buttons: No need to press any buttons.
Damage: 30%
Flight Path: Close to straight up, but not quite
Reach: Long
Attack Description: After picking up the hammer, your character will hold the hammer in both hands and start swinging it wildly. You will hear the classic hammer music from the old Mario games. During the hammer craze, your character will not be able to perform any other attacks and has only one jump. Anybody who gets hit by the hammer will be launched skywards. The hammer will hit anyone in front, above and behind the character holding it. Because the hammer moves so fast, it will cancel most attacks that comes at the character holding it. The hammer craze will stop after 12 seconds and it will disappear, and your character will return to normal. You can see when the hammer is about to run out. It will start flashing near the end of its usage. Contrary to popular believe, your character can still grab the edge while holding a hammer.

My Opinion: There is no doubt that the hammer is probably the most fearsome weapon in Smash Bros. No character except Yoshi can take more than 3 hits from the hammer and survive. Yoshi can be hit more than three times because of his momentum cancelling second jump. If you see a hammer, go and grab it because you definitely don't want an opponent to get to it first. When you have the hammer, go and chase after your opponents. They will try and run away from you, but if you are persistant enough, or your opponents are not very good, you should be able to hit someone. During the time of the hammer craze, avoid jumping unless you absolutely have to because your underside is not protected while you are holding the hammer.
Here are some strategies in case that an opponent gets hold of the hammer first. If you are Kirby, you can jump above the hammer person and use stone (down+B). The stone will withstand one hammer hit and will go through the hammer and hit the person wielding it. If you are either Samus or Link, you can use your long reach grabs and try to grab the hammer person, but I don't really recommend doing that because the hammer person can jump out of the way. If you just died or has a star, go after the hammer person. Hit the person off the edge and he/she can't come back since he/she doesn't have any air jumps while using the hammer. If you have an item in your hand, chuck it at the hammer person. The best thing to throw here is probably a bob-omb. If you have a long range projectile (blaster, ray gun, charge shot etc.), shoot at the hammer person if he/she is far away. Start running if the person get close. If you happen to be underneath the hammer person and your character has a good juggle move, you can attempt to juggle the hammer person since he/she can't protect his/her underside, but you better be very good at juggling since missing a juggle may mean losing a life. When jumping away from the hammer person, avoid using your third jump unless you absolutely have to do so. If the hammer person gets close to you, use your shield, which can take two to three hits without breaking. If you can, try to hang on an edge where the hammer has trouble hitting you. Hammers are very dangerous weapons, but with my advice and a bit of luck, your character might survive.
Rating: 5 out of 5. This is the easiest way to kill all your competitors.

Fan

Description: This is a giant paper fan that is mostly white but has a red grip. Press A to pick up the fan.
Function: You use the fan to perform quick attacks on people or use it to break their shields. The fan replaces your character's weak attack, sideways strong attack, sideways smash attack and your running attack. You can also throw the fan like you would throw a throwing item.

Attack No. 1: Fan Weak Attack
Buttons: A while on the ground, holding the fan
Damage: 2%
KKT score: None, can't kill out right.
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: None
Reach: Medium
Attack Description: The character will hold the fan in one hand and swing the fan forward very quickly. The speed is almost as fast as the infinite combos of some characters. The fan hits will draw the victim closer and closer to the person holding fan.

Attack No. 2: Fan Strong Attack
Buttons: Tilt stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the fan
Damage: 4%
KKT score: None, no power
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: None
Reach: Medium Long
Attack Description: The character takes a harder single handed swing with the fan. This is slightly slower than the weak attack but is still quite fast. Like the weak attack, the hit will draw the victim closer to the wielder of the fan.

Attack No. 3: Fan Smash Attack
Buttons: Tap stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the fan
Damage: 8%
KKT score: None, constant power
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Medium Fast
Flight Path: Regular but backwards
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character will hold the fan with both hands (Samus will still hold it in one hand since she only has one hand) and swing it hard. The victim of the hit will be sent flying behind the wielder of the fan. A fan smash will break most shields in one hit.

Attack No. 4: Fan Running Attack
Buttons: Press A while running and holding the fan
Damage: 8%
KKT score: None, constant power
Startup: Fast
Duration: Medium
Recovery: Medium
Flight Path: Regular Backwards
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character will either thrust the fan forward or swing it in a slight arc while running. The effects are the same as the smash attack but this attack usually won't be able to break a full shield in one hit.

Attack No. 5: Fan Toss
Buttons: Press R to throw the fan. Tap or tilt the stick to control the force and direction of the throw.
Damage: 9%
KKT score: star finish at 124%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Straight up
Range: Medium Short
Attack Description: The character will toss the fan in any direction you want him/her to. The fan will rotate in mid air but it doesn't fly very far.

My Opinion: The fan is kind of useless since it actually weakens the attacks it replaces. The only two characters I could think of that could use the fan to do some good are Jigglypuff and Luigi, who can use the fan to draw an opponent into the reach of their special power moves (rest and fire punch, respectively). Even though the fan is fast, you won't be able to do much damage since each hit only hurts a little. The only cool use of the fan is to break the opponent's shield, but your opponents might not bother to block since the fan does very little damage. Add the fact that the fan is crappy for throwing, and you know that the fan sucks. Don't bother picking it up unless you are really bored and want to annoy your opponents.
Rating: 2 out of 5

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Home Run Bat

Description: It's a wooden baseball bat. Nothing special about its looks. Press A to pick up the bat.
Function: You can hit people with the bat or throw it at an opponent. The bat replaces your character's weak attack, sideways strong attack, sideways smash attack and your running attack. If you do it right, the homerun bat can be the most powerful attack in the game.

Attack No. 1: Home Run Bat Weak Attack
Buttons: A while on the ground, holding the bat
Damage: 7%
KKT score: 214%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Medium
Attack Description: The character will hold the bat in one hand and swing the bat forward quickly. Different characters will swing the bat differently.

Attack No. 2: Home Run Bat Strong Attack
Buttons: Tilt stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the bat
Damage: 12%
KKT score: 128%
Startup: Medium Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Medium Fast
Flight Path: None
Reach: Medium Long
Attack Description: The character takes a harder single handed swing with the bat.

Attack No. 3: Home Run Bat Smash Attack
Buttons: Tap stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the bat
Damage: 10%
KKT score: 0%. This is not a typo.
Startup: Slow
Duration: Medium
Recovery: Medium Slow
Flight Path: 45 degrees
Reach: Medium Long
Attack Description: The character will hold the bat with both hands (Samus will still hold it in one hand since she only has one hand) and the bat will start glowing. The character will then swing the bat forward with tremendous force. Anyone who gets hit by the smash attack will be killed instantly unless another hit intercepts the person during the flight or if the victim bounces twice or more off walls. This is why this weapon is called a Home Run Bat; it's because it can home run your enemies out of the stage. You know you hit someone with the smash when you hear a very sharp shrill.

Attack No. 4: Home Run Bat Running Attack
Buttons: Press A while running and holding the bat
Damage: 16%
KKT score: 93%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Medium
Recovery: Medium
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character will either thrust the bat forward or swing it in a slight arc while running.

Attack No. 5: Home Run Bat Throw
Buttons: Press R to throw the bat. Tap or tilt the stick to control the force and direction of the throw.
Damage: 24%
KKT score: 42%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Range: Long
Attack Description: The character will toss the bat in any direction you want him/her to. The bat will rotate in mid air it can fly pretty far.

My Opinion: Some people think the bat is the best item in Smash because of its ability to kill people instantly with the home run smash. Personally, I think the hammer is much more dangerous since the home run smash is pretty slow, so most of the time your opponent will hit you first, block, or dodge the attack. The best chances to hit home runs is when a bunch of people is fighting with each other. Slowly sneak beside them and home run them when they are still occupied with each other. The bat's other ground attacks aren't that good, so it's not as good a combat weapon as the beam sword. The bat, like the beam sword, is also a great weapon for chucking at people. It does a lot of damage, is very powerful, and flies fast and far. If it doesn't look like you are going to be able to home run anybody, chuck the bat to deal a heavy blow to an opponent.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Star Rod

Description: I believe this item came from the Kirby games. It is a white rod with swirly red pattern that make it look like a candy cane and it has a yellow star on its tip. Press A to pick up the star rod.
Function: The rod functions like a clobbering item in that you can hit people with it or throw it at an opponent. The rod replaces your character's weak attack, sideways strong attack, sideways smash attack and your running attack. The star rod also qualifies as a distance attack item because it contains twenty stars that can be launched if the character holding it performs the strong or smash attack.

Attack No. 1: Star Rod Weak Attack
Buttons: A while on the ground, holding the rod
Damage: 10%
KKT score: 156%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Medium
Attack Description: The character will hold the rod in one hand and swing the rod forward quickly. Different characters will swing the bat differently. The star rod will sparkle and glow during the attack

Attack No. 2: Star Rod Strong Attack
Buttons: Tilt stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the rod
Damage: 15% + 12% for the star
KKT score: 100% for just the 15% physical blow
Startup: Medium Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Medium Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Medium Long for the physical blow. Range for the star is medium.
Attack Description: The character takes a harder single handed swing with the rod. A star will fly out of the tip of the rod and fly forwards. It's possible to land both hits, but the star tends to hit after the physical blow, making the victim's flight a bit shorter than it would have been with the physical blow.

Attack No. 3: Star Rod Smash Attack
Buttons: Tap stick sideways + A while on the ground, holding the rod
Damage: 22% + 12% for the star
KKT score: 46% if the physical blow hits after the star hits.
Startup: Medium
Duration: Medium Short
Recovery: Medium
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Long for the physical blow. The range of the star is medium long.
Attack Description: The character will hold the rod with both hands (Samus will still hold it in one hand since she only has one hand) and swings the rod forward with a lot of force, A star will appear from the tip of the rod and fly forward. This star from the smash flies a bit further than the star from the strong attack. It's quite common to get both hits to connect when doing this smash.

Attack No. 4: Star Rod Running Attack
Buttons: Press A while running and holding the rod
Damage: 16%
KKT score: 93%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Medium
Recovery: Medium
Flight Path: Regular
Reach: Long
Attack Description: The character will either thrust the rod forward or swing it in a slight arc while running.

Attack No. 5: Star Rod Throw
Buttons: Press R to throw the rod. Tap or tilt the stick to control the force and direction of the throw.
Damage: 16%
KKT score: 108%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Horizontal with downward angle
Range: Long
Attack Description: The character will toss the rod in any direction you want him/her to. The rod will rotate in mid air it can fly pretty far. Unlike most other projectiles, the star rod sends people downwards.

My Opinion: A lot of people don't like the star rod, probably since it is not as good as clobbering item as the beam sword and it's not quite as good as a distance attack item as a ray gun. While the above points are true, the star rod is still a pretty good item that can make your character's attack more powerful. The star rod smash is the most damaging smash attack in the game and is close in power to the beam sword smash. The projectiles are also a nice extra to have, especially if you are using a character without his own projectiles. The star rod is also a pretty good throwing item, particularly if the opponent is trying to come back to the stage or is near the edge. The downward launch angle of a flying star rod can usually kill people near the edge since it's quite difficult to come back from a hit like that.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Distance Attack Items

These items are used to attack people from a distance. The star rod qualifies as an item in this category. There are two more items in the category that I will introduce to you now. These items are pretty useful and cpus seems to be very good at using these two items.

Fire Flower

Description: It is a red circular flower with green stalk and leaves. Press A to pick up the flower.
Function: It's called the fire flower, so it must have something to do with fire. That assumption is correct. You use the fire flower to burn people or you can chuck it at an opponent. While holding a fire flower, your character will be unable to use his weak attack, sideway strong attack and smash attack, and aerial neutral and forward attack.

Attack No. 1: Fire Flower Breath
Buttons: Press A while holding the fire flower. Hold A to continue to sprout flames.
Damage: 3% per blast
KKT score: None, no power
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: None
Range: Short
Attack Description: The character will hold the fire flower in front of his/her mouth and star blowing air into the flower. The flower will then produce a sprout of flames in the direction of the breaths. Anyone caught by the fire will be burned and trapped inside until the fire pushes the person out of its range. The fire flower contains 59 blasts that does 3% damage each before it runs out.

Attack No. 2: Fire Flower Toss
Buttons: Press R to throw the flower. Tap or tilt the stick to control the force and direction of the throw.
Damage: 12%
KKT score: 119% with the more common 11% hit
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Range: Medium Long
Attack Description: The character will toss the flower in any direction you want him/her to. Anybody hit by the flower will be set on fire and will be sen flying.

My Opinion: The fire flower can be very useful in some situations, particularly if you trap an opponent between you and a wall. Use the fire flower to bring the opponent's damage way up and then kill the person with a power hit. In most combat situations though, the fire flower isn't that useful since the range of the flames is a bit short. If you manage to get beside someone, you can burn them a bit but the flame will eventually push the person out of range. Don't let a cpu player get a hold of a fire flower because cpus seems to be able to use the flower very well. After you use up the flower, throw it at an opponent. Even though the flower is not a particularly good for throwing, it doesn't hurt to chuck it if you used it all up.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Ray Gun

Description: The ray gun is a futuristic looking laser pistol thingy.
Function: Since the ray gun is a gun, obviously you use it to shoot people. You can also chuck the ray gun at an enemy. While holding a ray gun, your character will be unable to use his weak attack, sideway strong attack and smash attack, and aerial neutral and forward attack.

Attack No. 1: Ray Gun Blast
Buttons: Press A while holding the gun. Hold A to continue to sprout flames.
Damage: 10% per blast
KKT score: Over 300%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Steep diagonal, but you won't notice it unless the target has very high damage
Range: Very Long (Across the whole stage)
Attack Description: The character will hold the ray gun in one hand and presses the trigger. A green ray will come out of muzzle and fly forward with tremendous speed. Any opponents who gets hit will be eletricuted and fly slightly upwards. The ray gun can fire a maximum of 16 shots before it runs out. The shots will decrease in damage if you shoot over and over with the gun.

Attack No. 2: Ray Gun Toss
Buttons: Press R to throw the gun. Tap or tilt the stick to control the force and direction of the throw.
Damage: 15%
KKT score: 87%
Startup: Fast
Duration: Short
Recovery: Fast
Flight Path: Regular
Range: Long
Attack Description: The character will toss the gun in any direction you want him/her to. The gun will rotate in mid air and can fly pretty far.

My Opinion: The general strategy when you get a ray gun is to put some distance between you and your opponents, and then turn towards your opponents and start pegging them from a distance. The ray gun is pretty cheap since each blast sets the target up perfectly for the next blast. After using up all the ammo, chuck the ray gun, which is a decent throwing weapon, towards an opponent to cause extra damage. You can also use the ray gun up close since its rate of fire is pretty fast, but it's safer to shoot people from far away. Don't ever let a cpu get a ray gun because cpus are very annoying when they get this item. They can shoot very well and get you several times before you can escape.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Special Items

I'll list the last three items in this category. Two of the items are used to replenish your character's health during battle. The last item is truely special in the sense that it is the only item that can do what it does. Read on to find out more.

Maxim Tomato

Description: It's a big tomato with the letter "M" on it. Press A to pick it up.
Function: A Maxim Tomato can be used to take away 100% of your damage percentage during battle, therefore healing your character. During healing, your character will glow and sparkle and your damage percentage at the bottom of the screen will decrease very quickly. The item takes effect as soon as you pick it up. If you are hit during the healing process, the damage done by the hit will be subtracted from the amount that the tomato can heal and the distance your character flies depends on what damage your character was at when the attack came.
My Opinion: This item could be a life saver if it comes at a convienient moment. Even if you don't really need it, pick it up anyways unless you have a team mate who needs it more than you, because you don't want an opponent to get this healing item.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Heart Container

Description: It's a giant pink heart with a silver border. Unlike other items, when a heart appears, it will float slowly upwards for some distance then slowly float back down. Press A to pick it up.
Function: The Heart Container is like the Maxim Tomato, but it can heal all your damages. The item takes effect as soon as you pick it up. During healing, your character will glow and sparkle and your damage percentage at the bottom of the screen will decrease very quickly. If you are hit during the healing process, the distance your character flies depends on what damage your character was at when the attack came.
My Opinion: It's about the same as the tomato but even better. The heart is probably the rarest item of all so be sure to be the first one to snatch it. Use the same strategy for the tomato.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Starman

Description: It's a star with two eyes that bounces around on the stage. This thing is from the Mario Brothers games. Unlike other items, you just have to come in contact of it to get its effect and you don't have to drop the item you already have to pick it up. It won't disappear in a puff of smoke like other items. Instead, it will bounce around on the stage until it bounces off into a pit if nobody picks it up.
Function: When you touch the star, you character will glow and sparkle, a funny music will come on and your character will be invincible for about 10 seconds.
My Opinion: What's there to say. This thing makes your character INVINCIBLE!!! Albeit for a short while. When a star appears, get to it as quickly as possible and make sure no one else gets it before you. When you get is effect, go and lay the smackdown on your opponents, since they can't fight back. This is one of the best items in the game.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Hopefully that this 3 page guide helped you understand more about the items that appear in Smash. Don't be afraid to be an item hog since it's much easier to win that way. Good luck and have fun playing Smash.

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