Link with one stock.

Stock is a setting in Versus Mode in which the winner is the last player with remaining lives or "stock". In stock setting, the game allocates to each player a number of lives, which are depleted one by one each time the player is sent off the stage. If you put a time limit into a stock match via additional rules, when time is up, the winner is the player with the most stock left.

The word "stock" can also be used to describe each life: "We played with 4 stock." Stock setting with a time control is the standard setting for tournaments. It can also be used to indicate how much a player beat another, i.e. A says "I 4-stocked B" if A had 4 stock when he removed B's last life.

Stock are used to measure how many times a player can be K.O'd before they can no longer respawn, though in one player modes, they can Continue at the cost of some Coins and half their Points. They are measured by symbols directly above the player's Damage Percent. Stock can be set to anything from 1 to 99 in vs. matches and from 1 to 5 in Classic and Adventure modes. All-Star must be played with only one stock. The player, in Classic or All-Star mode, is given point bonuses depending on whether or not all of their stock remained intact by the end of the last round. The player is also given one stock to complete a target mini game, Board the Platforms, Snag the Trophy or Race to the Finish. Despite this, getting KO'd will not deduct a stock from the next round's total.

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