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Dark Dive is Ganondorf's Up Special Move. It is similar in function to Captain Falcon's Falcon Dive, but instead of the opponent getting hurt by fire, they will be shocked by electricity if Ganondorf connects with them. Like the Falcon Dive, it can be used repeatedly if Ganondorf successfully grabs an opponent, and he can grab a ledge at the peak height of this move when facing the other direction. This helps to sweetspot and to keep Mario players from caping.

Appearances

Melee

The move itself is essentially a clone move of Falcon Dive, except that there are electric effects. He rises up, catching anyone who's above him, and zaps them. He can use this move again after. Also, as with most moves Ganon has compared to Falcon, the move is stronger than Falcon Dive, and is easier to KO foes with. Unfortunately, it cannot grab, or even affect foes on a ledge, making this move extremely easy to edgeguard.

Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ganondorf can still grab opponents with his Dark Dive, but if the move does not connect until the end of the animation, the opponent is simply knocked away with Darkness damage. In addition, Ganondorf can now grab opponents hanging onto the ledge, which often stage spikes them, though they can tech it and punish Ganondorf because they can move before Ganondorf can.

The Dark Dive has much weaker knockback in Brawl, deals less damage and can even get punished from grabbing the opponent with it depending on their damage percent and how fast their aerials are. The move is also capable of destroying targets in Target Smash!! when his body comes in contact with the target.

In The Subspace Emissary, Ganondorf attacks Tabuu with his Dark Dive after he finds out that he is controlling Master Hand with his Chains of Light. The distance Ganon travels with Dark Dive seems to be highly exaggerated. Even before he touches Tabuu, he is hit by a counterattack, turning him into a trophy.

Ganondorf's Special Moves
Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS
Standard Special Warlock Punch
Side Special Gerudo Dragon Flame Choke
Up Special Dark Dive
Down Special Wizard's Foot
Final Smash Beast Ganon

Custom Variations

Dark Fists

Dark Fists is one of Ganondorf's Up Special Moves that can be used via customization. A two hit move, the first hit knocks opponents into the air, then Ganondorf chases the opponent into the air to follow up with another punch.

Strengths:

  • Good kill move
  • Combo finisher
  • Higher damage

Weaknesses:

  • Less vertical distance for recovery
  • Cannot punish shields
  • Loss of a command grab

Dark Fists, unlike the default variation, is an attack rather than a command grab. For this reason it cannot punish shielding opponents; however, it deals higher damage and can kill most character at just above 100%. It covers less vertical distance and takes a moment to get going, making it poor for recovery. It is also a good combo finisher because of its upward launch which puts opponents into a difficult position.

Dark Vault

Dark Vault is one of Ganondorf's Up Special Moves that can be used via customization. The jump is larger than normal, but the grab will only work at the very beginning or very end of the attack.

Strengths:

  • Greater vertical distance
  • Greater vertical height after launching an opponent with it
  • Command grab

Weaknesses:

  • More difficult to grab opponents with
  • Less damage

The Dark Vault is for Ganondorf players that want better recovery. He covers more vertical distance with the move alone, and if he successfully grabs an opponent he leaps much higher into the air; unfortunately, it is difficult to grab opponents with since it can only grab opponents at the very start or very end of the move. It is a command grab which makes it useful for punishing shielding opponents. The move itself deals less damage but launches opponents a great horizontal distance which can make it a good edge-guarding tool.

Ganondorf's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Warlock Blade Warlock Thrust
Side Special Flame Wave Flame Chain
Up Special Dark Fists Dark Vault
Down Special Wizard's Dropkick Wizard's Assault

Differences with Falcon Dive

  • Electrical effects instead of flames.
  • Multi-hitting instead of 2 hits.
  • In Brawl it deals a total of 11% damage, while in Melee, it dealt 17%.
  • Stronger knockback-wise in Melee, but much weaker in Brawl, and can get hit out of it by many characters at mid percents or higher.
  • Doesn't go as high and moves much slower horizontally after using it, but falls slower after using it.
  • Dark Dive hits with an uppercut that deals 7% damage with Darkness element if he doesn't grab the opponent earlier in the move.
  • Is a little slower.


Trivia

  • In Melee, victims don't visibly wince from this attack, while in Brawl, they squint in pain.
  • In Brawl, the grab part of the attack can not break a Smash Ball, similar to Falcon Dive. Oddly, it can break targets in Target Smash!!, hit enemies in The Subspace Emissary and harm Bosses in Boss Battles.

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