Beam Sword

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The Beam Sword in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, respectively.
The Beam Sword in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, respectively.
The Beam Sword in Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, respectively.
The Beam Sword in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

The Beam Sword is an item seen in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros., the weapon was composed of a long pink blade of energy and had extremely long reach. The Beam Sword can also be thrown as an excellent projectile weapon for moderate damage. A thrown Beam Sword would also knock the foe back quite a ways.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Beam Sword had purple hue and its blade was shorter. However, the length of the blade would change depending on who picked the weapon up. The size also changed according to the strength of the attack – A Smash Attack gave the blade its maximum length. Throwing the Beam Sword resulted in minimal damage in this game, as well as a severely reduced knockback.

The Beam Sword returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where it takes on a new bluish-white hue; in this game, however, when used with a smash attack, the sword extends, allowing for the weapon to have a longer range.

Beam Swords reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with a new design. The blade has a shape most similar to that of Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as graduated colors of red and blue. Unlike in Melee and Brawl, the length of the blade is constant between characters.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Type Image Description
Beam Sword Trophy94.PNG With its distinctive glowing blade, the Beam Sword is eye-catching and lethal. At first, the blade is about the size of a short sword, but the length changes depending on who wields it. The blade also lengthens in direct proportion to the power of an attack, so it reaches its maximum size when swung as a smash attack.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Beam Sword BrawlTrophy501.png N64 Super Smash Bros. A sword with a blade of glowing energy. The length of the blade changes depending on the fighting spirit of the wielder. It has four attacks: a standard attack, a strong side attack, a side smash attack, and a dash attack. When doing a side smash attack, the beam sword's blade grows to three times its normal length--that's the best reach of all battering weapons.
Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears In
(Wii U version only)
Beam Sword
N64 Super Smash Bros. (4/1999)
Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
A powerful sword with a blade of pure energy. It isn't the strongest weapon to land on the battlefield, but its shape can change based on how it is used to attack. A forward smash will make the blade especially long. Lash out at your foes from a distance–they can't hit back!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Espada láser Laser sword
German Laserschwert Laser Sword


  • The Japanese versions of Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee had sound effects for the Beam Sword that were similar to the ones used by Star Wars' Lightsaber. The sound effects were changed during their localization, although Super Smash Bros Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U retain the sound effects.
  • It may be worth noting that another (though more recent) element of the Super Smash Bros. series may have also been inspired by the Star Wars's lightsaber: At the very least in retrospect, Masahiro Sakurai considers the dual blades Pit uses in Super Smash Bros. Brawl similar to Darth Maul's double-bladed lightsaber and is also revealed to be a fan of the Star Wars series.[1]


  1. ^ As revealed in volume 228 (May 2008) of Nintendo Power.