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Backward Throw (reffered to as "back air", "bair", and "ABA") is a throw performed by pressing backwards on the control stick after having grabbed the enemy. These throws rarely lead to combos but often have decent knockback, often more than forward throws and thus can be used to throw enemies off the edge to be edge-guarded. In Super Smash Bros., all back throws have very high knockback and are viable KO moves.

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Luigi's back throw.

Backward Throws in Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros., the best backward throws, similar to forward throws are the characters with a good jab set up and virtually anyone who isn't a tether/extended reach grab. The majority of back throws have incredibly high knockback, being used next to ledges for gimp opportunities outside of Kirby who has an overall better forward throw.

  • Mario: Spins with the grabbed opponent some circles and throws them. Can KO at medium to high percentages. One of the many back throws in Super Smash Bros. that you can Jab Reset into.
  • Luigi: Same as Mario's., but stronger in terms of knockback. More difficult to set up due to a worse down air and worse tap a.
  • Donkey Kong: Throws opponent very strongly behind him. Strongest backward KO throw in Super Smash Bros.. Moderately easy to set up. Useful against the wall on Hyrule Castle. Can be comboed into by a Down Special and Forward Air Attack.
  • Yoshi: A moderately weak throw with low knockback compared to other throws. Difficult to set up. Considered worse backward throw in Super Smash Bros..
  • Link: Kicks opponent behind him. Moderately high knockback. Moderately difficult to set up.
  • Samus: Throws opponent behind her. High power, can be set up by fully charged shot or possibly a down air or tap a.
  • Kirby: Slams opponent onto the ground behind him. It is similar to [1]and the Big Suplex move from Super Star's [2]. Considered a worse throw than the forward throw.
  • Fox: Throws the opponent behind him by tumbling. Pretty good power. Very easy to set up due to lasers, reflections, and resets.
  • Captain Falcon: Kicks opponent behind him, Very high power and easy to set up. Used at high percents, as his forward throw is used for combos or a mid-percents by an edge.
  • Pikachu: Shocks the opponent (no damage) and throws them back, very high power, easy set up.
  • Jigglypuff: Back suplexes the opponent. moderately good power, moderately easy to set up but forward throw is usually much more useful.
  • Ness: A very strong throw with high power but only moderate range.

Backward Throws in Super Smash Bros. Melee

  • Bowser: Throws the opponent behind him. 10%
  • Captain Falcon: Turns around and kicks the opponent. 5%
  • Donkey Kong: Throws opponent behind him. 10%
  • Fox: Throws the opponent behind him and blasts him/her. 75
  • Ice Climbers: Throws opponent behind him/her. 7%
  • Kirby: Does a backflip and slams opponent into the ground. 7%
  • Link: Turns around and kicks the opponent. 4%
  • Mario :Spins around and throws the opponent. 12%
  • Ness: Uses psychokinesis powers to lift opponent 180 degrees above him and throws them behind him. 10%
  • Pikachu: Rolls backwards several times and throws opponent. 9%
  • Peach: Turns around and rams the opponent with her hip. 11%
  • Samus: Throws the opponent behind her. 6%
  • Sheik: Turns around and kicks the opponent. 5%
  • Yoshi: Spits the opponent behind it. 6%
  • Zelda: Uses her magic to throw them behind her. 11%
  • Dr. Mario: Same as Mario's. 12%
  • Falco: Same as Fox's. 7%
  • Ganondorf: Same as Captain Falcon's. 7%
  • Jigglypuff: Rolls backwards and throws opponent. 9%
  • Luigi: Same as Mario's. 10%
  • Marth: Turns around and throws opponent on ground. 4%
  • Mewtwo: Like Ness's, and uses psychokinesis. 10%
  • Mr. Game & Watch: Juggles opponent and tosses them. 8%
  • Pichu: Like Pikachu's but shorter in duration. 9%
  • Roy: Same as Marth's. 4%
  • Young Link: Same as Link's. 4%

Backward Throws in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

  • Mario: Spins with the grabbed opponent some circles and throws them. Can KO at high percentages. 12%
  • Luigi: Same as Mario's, but stronger in terms of knockback.
  • Peach: Hits opponent behind her with her hip. 11%.
  • Bowser: Throws opponents behind him. 10%.
  • Donkey Kong: Throws opponent behind him. A good KO throw. 11%.
  • Diddy Kong: Throws opponents behind him. 10%.
  • Yoshi: Spits out opponent behind him. 7%.
  • Wario: Hits opponent behind him with his torso. 9%.
  • Link: Kicks opponent behind him. 7%.
  • Zelda:Throws opponent behind her. 11%.
  • Sheik: Kicks opponent behind her. 7%.
  • Ganondorf: Kicks opponent behind him. 10%.
  • Toon Link: Lies onto the opponent. 7%.
  • Samus: Throws opponent behind her. 8%.
  • Zero Suit Samus: Kicks opponent behind her. 6%.
  • Pit: Slams opponent onto the ground behind him. 8%.
  • Ice Climbers: Throws opponent behind him. 6%. Note: Easy to chaingrab with.
  • R.O.B.: Throws opponent behind him. 10%.
  • Kirby: Slams opponent onto the ground behind him. 8%.
  • Meta Knight: Slashes opponent behind him with sword. 10%.
  • King Dedede: Slams opponent behind him with hammer. 16%, Making it the most damaging throw in the game and good KO potential.
  • Olimar: Slams opponent onto the ground behind him. It depends on the Pikmin how many damage it does. Red and white Pikmin give 7%, yellow and purple pikmin give 9%, blue Pikmin give 14%. Great KO move when it's a blue Pikmin.
  • Fox: Shoots opponent behind him with Blaster. Damage depends on how many shots hits the opponent. It can deal a maximum of 8%.
  • Falco: Same as Fox's.
  • Wolf: Slashes opponent behind him with claws. 7%.
  • Captain Falcon: Kicks opponent behind him, Similar to Ganondorf. 9%
  • Pikachu: Tumbles with opponent. 9%
  • Squirtle: Kicks opponent away behind him. 10%
  • Ivysaur: Throws opponent behind him. 10%
  • Charizard: Same as Ivysaur's.
  • Lucario: Slams opponent onto the ground behind him. 10%
  • Jigglypuff: Back suplexes the opponent. 10%
  • Marth: Throws opponent behind him. It only does 4% and the throw itself won't send opponents far either.
  • Ike: Turns around and kicks the opponent away. 6%
  • Ness: Throws opponent behind him with psychokinesis. Does 11%, and it has the highest KO potential of all backward throws.
  • Lucas: Just like Ness, only it does 10% and has less KO potential, though still a powerful throw.
  • Mr. Game & Watch: Juggles the opponent as a ball, and after that the opponent gets thrown Backwards. 8%
  • Snake: Turns around and slams opponent on the ground. Can KO at high percents if the opponent doesn't DI. 9%
  • Sonic: Tumbles with opponent. 8%

Backward Throws in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Notable back throws include:

  • Ness' backward throw, arguably, has the farthest knock back of any throw in the game and can KO opponents at mid-high percentages. However, at very low percentages it has almost no knockback.
  • Donkey Kong's backward throw in Brawl is also very powerful in terms of knockback and isn't much weaker than Ness' backward throw.
  • Mewtwo's backward throw is similarly powerful, acting as one of it's best KO options.
  • Dr Mario's backward throw is more powerful than Mewtwo's and can damage other enemies during the throw animation.
  • Luigi's backward throw in Brawl is very powerful, similar to Dr. Mario. It is also somewhat showy with the long duration.
  • Mario's backward throw mimics how he threw Bowser in Super Mario 64
  • King Dedede's backward throw, the most damaging at 16%.


See also

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