How to Smash 4: The Ultimate Tech Guide

A how-to guide for Super Smash Bros. 4 players who want to take their game to the next level. This blog covers topics such as character tech, advanced techniques, and mindset.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 is a beautiful game. It’s a wonderful game. And, like all great games, it’s also a frustrating one. You can’t just pick up a controller and start button-mashing your way to victory — you need to learn the ropes, and that takes time.

But don’t worry, we’re here to help. This tech guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to play Super Smash Bros. 4, from the basics of moving and fighting to more advanced techniques like wavedashing and L-canceling. By the time you’re done reading this guide, you’ll be ready to take on all comers — including your friends, family, and anyone else who dares challenge you to a match.

So let’s get started!

The characters

There are currently 58 playable characters in Super Smash Bros. 4. Each character has unique moves and abilities that set them apart from the others. The roster is divided into four categories: Starter, Unlockable, Downloadable, and Metroid.

The Starter Characters are the default characters that are available from the start of the game. They are:
-Donkey Kong
-Samus/Zero Suit Samus
Robin (male) Robin (female) fielder Chrom Ike King Dedede Diddy Kong Meta Knight Pit/Dark Pit Little Mac Falco LombardiShulk Rosalina & LumaMr. Game & Watch Ness Captain Falcon Olimar & PikminJigglypuff Kirby Pikachu Villager Wii Fit Trainer Zelda & Sheik Zero Suit Samus Jokers ( Persona 5 protagonists) Hero ( Dragon Quest protagonist) Banjo & Kazooie Terry Bogard Byleth( Fire Emblem: Three Houses protagonist) Min Min Steve & Alex Ice Climbers Ryu Simon Belmont Richter Belmont Incineroar Daisy Isabelle Ken Street Fighter Pokémon Represents the series as a whole Pokémon Trainer Red Blue Yellow Dillon Alex Arowana Batter Up! Captain Falcon Chrom Ike Inkling King Dedede Little Mac Metal Face Mii Brawler Mii Gunner Mii Swordfighter Mr. Game & Watch Ness Olimar& Pikmin Pac-Man Palutena Pit Queen Sectonia ROB Shulk Simon Belmont Solid Snake Terry Bogard Villager Wario Wii Fit Trainer Wolf Young Link Zero Suit Samus Ridley Ridley representsthe Metroid series as a whole Metroid Prime Metroid Other M Metroid Fusion Metroid Zero Mission SMSB4 Bowser Jr. Dr. Mario Duck Hunt Duo Falco Lombardi Ganondorf Greninja Ike Jigglypuff King Dedede Kirby Link Lucina Luigi Mario Marth Mega ManMeta Knight Mewtwo MiiGunner Ness Pacman Peach Pikachu Pichu Pit R.O.B. Donkey Kong Diddy Wario Rosalina and LumaRoy Ryu Sheik Shulk Sonic Squirtle Toon Link Villager Wario Wii fit trainer Yoshi Zelda Zero Suit Samus”

The stages

The first thing you need to know about playing Super Smash Bros. 4 is that there are nine stages, and each stage has its own unique layout and hazards. For example, the Yoshi’s Island stage has a hazard where Yoshi can lay eggs that hatch into chicks, and if you’re hit by one of these chicks, you’ll be momentarily stunned. Conversely, the Princess Peach’s Castle stage has a hazard where a giant Bowser head will occasionally breathe fire, and if you’re caught in the fire, you’ll take damage. You need to be aware of these hazards and learn how to avoid them if you want to succeed in Super Smash Bros. 4.

In addition to the unique hazards of each stage, every stage also has other features that can affect the course of a match. For example, some stages have ledges that players can cling onto to avoid being KO’d, while other stages have roofs that players can stand on to dodge attacks. There are also stages with moving platforms, which can make it difficult to land attacks or be knocked off the stage. Understanding the layout and features of each stage is essential for success in Super Smash Bros. 4.

The nine stages in Super Smash Bros. 4 are:

-Final Destination
-Lylat Cruise
-Mario Galaxy
-Mushroom Kingdom U
-Wily Castle


In Super Smash Bros. 4, there are a variety of items that can be used to help you in battle. Each item has a different effect, and can be used in different ways to help you win. Here is a list of all the items in Super Smash Bros. 4, and what they do.

-Banana Peel: A peel that can be thrown on the ground. Anyone who steps on it will slip and fall.
-Beans: A plant that produces three small beans when thrown. Anyone whoeat them will fart, which will damage nearby opponents.
-Bombchu: A small, self-propelled bomb that will crawl along the ground until it hits an opponent or explodes on its own after a short time.
-Bomber Girl: A girl who runs around the stage dropping bombs. If you touch her, she’ll explode and damage you.
-Boomerang: A throwing weapon that will come back to you after it hits an opponent or reaches the end of its range.
-Boss Galaga: A giant Galaga ship that appears on the stage and fires at opponents. It can be destroyed, but takes multiple hits to do so.
-Bullet Bill: A large bullet that is fired from offstage. It homes in on opponents and damages them when it hits them.
-Buzzy Beetle Shell: The shell of a Buzzy Beetle, which can be worn by players to protect themselves from attacks from below. It can also be thrown at opponents to damage them.
-Capsule: A small container that contains one of many different items when broken open.
-Chain Chomp: A large chain with a ferocious dog at the end of it that appears onstage and chases after opponents. It can be chained to a post to keep it from moving around the stage too much.
-“Cloud” Mushroom: A mushroom that gives the player larger size and increased floatiness for a short period of time when eaten.
-Coin: A golden coin that is worth 50 points when collected. They are often found in groups of 100 or more.
-Cracker Launcher: A powerful fireworks launcher that fires explosive crackers at opponents . It can also be used as a melee weapon . up close . .

Game Modes

Smash 4 has a total of 8 game modes: For Fun and For Glory, Solo, Squad Strike, Tourney, Training, Special Smash Bros., Multi-Man Smash, and Home-Run Contest.

For Fun and For Glory are the two standard game modes. For Fun is exactly what it sounds like – a more relaxed setting in which players can experiment with moves and characters without worrying too much about losing. For Glory is the competitive mode in which players try to win at all costs. In both of these modes, you can set the number of stocks (lives) anywhere from 1 to 8, the time limit anywhere from 1 to 99 minutes, and the stage to any of the game’s stages (including Final Destination).

Solo is self-explanatory – it’s just you against computer opponents. The number of opponents and their difficulty can be adjusted in this mode.

Squad Strike is a 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 battle in which players take turns fighting each other. Each team has a set number of “stocks” (lives), and when one team runs out of stocks, the other team wins.

Tourney is a mode in which up to 64 players can compete in a bracketed tournament. The tourney can be set up so that it lasts until there is only one player left standing, or so that each match is played for a set number of minutes/rounds/stocks.

Training Mode is where players can practice their moves against a dummy opponent. In this mode, players can adjust the strength and speed of their dummy opponent, as well as turn on various indicators that show things like hitboxes and launch trajectories.

Special Smash Bros. is a mode with special rulesets that can be applied to any stage. Some common examples include Big Head Mode (everyone has a huge head), 8 Player Smash (8 players fighting at once), Slow Motion (the game speed is reduced), and Metal Mode (players are made of metal and take less damage). There are over 100 different rule variations that can be applied in this mode.

Multi-Man Smash pits players against an army of computer-controlled opponents. There are several different variations on this mode, including 10-Man Smash (10 opponents), 100-Man Smash (100 opponents), 3 Minute Smash (fight for 3 minutes), Rival Smash (fight until your score doubles that of your nearest opponent), Endless Smash (fight until you lose), Cruel Smash (computer opponents have increased strength), and All-Star Smash (fight top characters from each series). Multi-Man modes are generally considered to be good training ground for new players because they provide a consistent environment in which to practice moves and combos.


Overall, the How to Smash 4: The Ultimate Tech Guide provides a great starting point for those who want to improve their Super Smash Bros. 4 skills. It covers a variety of topics, from the basics of the game to more advanced techniques. Whether you’re a casual player or a competitive smash player, this guide will help you take your game to the next level.

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