- This page is about throws performed from a grab. For information about throwing items, see this page
A throw is an attack, performed while grabbing the target, that ends the grab. Throws appear in all installments of Smash. In Super Smash Bros., two types of throws can be performed by pressing left or right on the control stick when grabbing the enemy. In Melee and Brawl, the player can also press up or down on the control stick, triggering two other throws.
Some throws have their speeds affected by the grabbed enemy's weight. An easy example is comparing Mario's back throw speed against both Bowser and Jigglypuff (Jigglypuff is thrown about twice as fast).
Throws in Super Smash Bros. are usually attacks of high knockback, suited to knocking out enemies or send them off-stage. The main exception to this is Captain Falcon and Jigglypuff, whose forward throws are both used for combos and have very little knockback.
In Melee, by contrast, throws are rarely powerful attacks (with a few exceptions, such as Ness' back throw and Mewtwo's back and up throws). The characters now have four different throw types, up, down, front and back. Many throws, usually down throw, have the capacity to combo into subsequent attacks, including grab (repeated use of throw to grab combos are known as chain grabs).
In Brawl, there are even fewer powerful throws than in Melee. For example, Peach's forward throw no longer has KO potential. A couple of throws have still retained their power, such as Ness' back throw. Like in Melee, many throws can be followed up with other attack, and chaingrabs are still fairly frequent (such as Falco and King Dedede's down throw combos).