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Dimensional Cape (Japanese: Dimension Mantle - ディメンジョンマント, Dimenjonmanto) is Meta Knight's Down Special Move. Meta Knight wraps himself in his cloak, disappearing for a few moments, then reappearing. If the attack button is held, upon reappearing Meta Knight will slash in the opposite direction in which he moved while using the attack.

Overview

The place where he reappears can be determined by tilting the control stick. If no direction is tilted, Meta Knight will stay in the same spot he was in. This can be used as a counter move if timed correctly. It can be used to disappear from projectiles, even attacks. However, Meta Knight, while using this move, is invisible, but not invincible, and can be hit by any attack during the teleport, a fact CPUs often exploit.

The slash after the Dimensional Cape does around 14% of damage, and has some knockback. It can also be used as a recovery move, but afterwards, Meta Knight will enter Helpless state. This is an extremely "flashy" move, and is often used for showing off.

Meta Knight's Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS
Standard Special Mach Tornado
Side Special Drill Rush
Up Special Shuttle Loop
Down Special Dimensional Cape
Final Smash Galaxia Darkness

Custom Variations

Shield Piercer

Shield Piercer is one of Meta Knight's Down Special Moves that can be used via customizations. The attack penetrates shields, but the power and distance are lower.

Stealth Smasher

Stealth Smasher is one of Meta Knight's Down Special Moves that can be used via customizations. Meta Knight travels a longer distance, but he's left vulnerable for longer.

Meta Knight's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Entangling Tornado Dreadful Tornado
Side Special High-Speed Drill Shieldbreaker Drill
Up Special Blade Coaster Lazy Shuttle Loop
Down Special Shield Piercer Stealth Smasher

Origin

This move is likely based on Meta Knight's ability to teleport using his cape in the Kirby games. Usually, after he is defeated in the games, his mask falls off, and after realizing this, he wraps himself in his cape and jumps, disappearing. It is not too much of a stretch to suggest Meta Knight could use this technique as a sneak attack. However, Meta Knight prides on honorable fighting.

He is also seen doing this move in Kirby Super Star to destroy the platform he is standing on and make a dramatic entrance.

Ledge Techniques

Many players disregard the cape, but it is very useful for surprising opponents, making recovery less predictable. The Dimensional Cape can be used for edgeguarding in a number of ways. A few of these are listed here:

Dashing Dimensional Edgehog

Dash toward the edge and use the Dimensional Cape. At the right distance, Meta Knight will fall over the edge and grab it. There is a very small amount of time to DI as well, so Meta Knight can lean towards the edge slightly if he is about to SD. Doing this technique at the wrong distance will result in either an SD or not reaching the edge. It is used to reach the edge quicker for edgehogging.

Dimensional Edgestall

By using the Dimensional Cape in midair, Meta Knight will perform it while falling slightly off the edge. Quickly tap the control stick upward, then return it to its neutral position. If done correctly, Meta Knight will reappear right on the edge, and will grab it. This can be used to create an endless edgestall. It can also be used without tapping the stick downward or moving it after the move is initated, resulting in disappearing and reappearing in place. If done wrongly however, this will usually result in an SD.

Dimensional Edgeguard Punish

By performing the first part of the first Dimensional Edgestall method above, but by keeping hold of the special move button and keeping the control stick pointed upwards, Meta Knight will reappear right next to the edge and perform the slash, punishing edgeguarders. He can move slightly to the left and right by holding the stick diagonally upward.

Infinite Dimensional Cape

This technique is banned from tournaments, due to its potential to stall matches. It is performed by holding down on the Control Stick and very quickly using up on the C-Stick repeatedly after the activation of the move. This is also possible to do with the Wii Remote with Nunchuk by setting the Up D Pad to Up Smash.

Trivia

  • This is the only Down Special Move to put its user into a helpless state if it is used in midair, just like all of Meta Knight's Special Moves.
  • If the game is paused and the camera is zoomed in on Meta Knight just as he's about to vanish, the camera will move in slow motion.
  • If timed correctly, Meta Knight can be Instant-KO'd if he uses the Dimensional Cape when Mario uses his Cape.

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