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Robo Beam is R.O.B.'s Neutral Special Move. R.O.B. fires a small pink laser that does a small amount of damage (normally 5%) and has decent stun capabilities.

Overview

The shots can be angled up or down and reflect off of walls, floors, and shields. This attack also passes through opponents, allowing the player to hit multiple foes. R.O.B. must wait one second for the laser to recharge, or R.O.B. will shoot a weak, short-range laser. When the laser is charged, the red light on R.O.B.'s head will begin to flash. Kirby also has this property when he copies R.O.B. There are actually two levels of charge; if the beam is left alone for 20 seconds, it will become the Super Robo Beam. Super Robo Beam is much stronger and thicker, and has increased range (enough to travel all the way across any stage), though it is significantly slower than a normal Robo Beam.

If used at a very close range, the beam will do higher, fire type damage, starting at 9%.

Gallery

R.O.B.'s Special Moves
Brawl SSBWU/3DS
Standard Special Robo Beam
Side Special Arm Rotor
Up Special Robo Burner
Down Special Gyro
Final Smash Diffusion Beam Super Diffusion Beam

Custom Variations

Wide-Angle Beam

Wide-Angle Beam is one of R.O.B.'s Standard Special Moves that can be used via customizations. R.O.B. fires a laser that has a wider range than the default, but the move give less damage.

Strengths

  • Longer range
  • Faster

Weaknesses

Infinite Robo Beam

Infinite Robo Beam is one of R.O.B.'s Standard Special Moves that can be used via customizations. R.O.B. fires a laser that never runs out of charge, as the name implies. The move is not very strong.

Strengths

  • Never runs out of charge
  • Can be angled

Weaknesses

  • Slow at the start
  • Deals less damage
  • Can't ricochet off a platform when angled
  • Doesn't travel as far
  • Can be absorbed, reflected, and destroyed by Rosalina's Down Special.

R.O.B.'s Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Wide-Angle Beam Infinite Robo Beam
Side Special Reflector Arm Backward Arm Rotor
Up Special Robo Rocket High-Speed Burner
Down Special Fire Gyro Slip Gyro

Origin

While the move is unique to Brawl, the flashing red light on R.O.B.'s head when the Robo Beam is charged is a throwback to when the red light flashed to indicate that R.O.B. was ready for use with the NES.

Trivia

  • When the beam is uncharged, R.O.B.'s arms will be down instead of facing straight forwards.
  • A R.O.B. Blaster uses a purple Robo Beam with somewhat different properties.
  • Kirby's "Laser" copy ability from the Kirby video game series is similar to Robo Beam in the way that it ricochets if it hits a slope or another slanted surface.

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