Dash Attack

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Wario uses Dash Attack in Wario World.
Wario does the Dash Attack in Wario World.
“With my 'body slam', I'm not afraid of pirates.”
Wario, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 4.

The Dash Attack,[1] also known as Body Slam,[2][3] Barge,[4] Wario Attack,[5] Dashing,[6] Attack,[7][8][9] and Shoulder Barge,[10] is Wario's signature attack in the Wario franchise. It consists of Wario charging at high speed while ramming everything on his path using his powerful shoulders. It first appeared in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and has since then appeared in many games featuring Wario, most prominently in the Wario Land series. Its main purpose is to attack enemies, but it can also be used to hit switches or break open treasure chests and blocks.

Roy Koopa is shown to perform a similar attack in his sprites for Super Princess Peach as well as in New Super Mario Bros. 2. In Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Donkey Kong likewise performs a similar move.


Wario Land series[edit]

This move is a simple attack in the Wario Land games; it can be used to attack one enemy at a time or to destroy blocks, and normally allows Wario to move faster than running. Jumping in the middle of this attack changes it into a Jump Attack[11], which ends upon landing or turning around. The cave master from Wario Land II makes use of a similar attack when he is confronted by Wario in order to knock him out of the arena, forcing Wario to restart the battle; in turn, Wario must attack the cave master the same way three times to claim victory. In Wario Land 3, it can be upgraded to break harder blocks and attack several enemies at once. Wario Land 4 was the first game to introduce the name "Dash Attack" (and subsequently its aerial variant Jumping Dash Attack)[12], however, unlike its contemporary usage, this term was used to describe a more powerful variant of the same ability where Wario quickly rushes as his speed greatly increases; then, he is able to run into multiple blocks and enemies without stopping. He is also able to break the more solid, blue blocks. His regular attack is also present, but compared to this "Dash Attack", it is less powerful and Wario bounces back against blocks. To avoid future confusion in later games, the name Dash Attack was given to Wario's regular attack, with the original "Dash Attack" move getting removed, but also giving Wario different alternatives to perform similar moves like the Max Fastosity Dasherators seen in Wario Land: Shake It!.

Wario's Woods[edit]

In Wario's Woods, when Toad takes time in a round, Wario will temporarily take the place of Birdo and perform an attack periodically, knocking the ceiling a step downwards.

Wario World[edit]

Wario using the Dash Attack toward a large Magon in Wario World
Wario using Dash Attack toward a large Magon in Wario World

In Wario World, the Dash Attack makes Wario take off in a burst of speed when the player presses the R Button Button. This is handy for quickly moving around or barreling through enemies. Another move, coupling a Dash Attack with a punch, can be executed by pressing, holding, and releasing the B Button Button.

WarioWare series[edit]

In the WarioWare games, the Dash Attack appears in a few microgames referencing the Wario Land games, for example, in Loot Scoot, it enables Wario to break through walls and repel mummies to escape an avalanche of gold and treasure; another example is found in a microgame simply titled Wario Land (specifically based on Wario Land 4) where Wario must use the Dash Attack to successfully take out a Spear-Mask while avoiding its front spear. In WarioWare: Get It Together!, the Dash Attack is Wario's main gameplay mechanic. Performed by pressing A Button, it can be used in microgames to push and break objects.

Wario: Master of Disguise[edit]

In Wario: Master of Disguise, Thief Wario can use a short-ranged Dash Attack. Unlike in past platformers featuring the move, Wario immediately returns in place after executing it.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The attack appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Wario's forward smash attack. Like in Wario: Master of Disguise, he stays in one spot while executing it (unless in his Wario-Man form).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The attack makes a return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this time as Wario's dash attack. The in-game tips refer to it as the Shoulder Tackle. It behaves closer to the Dash Attack from the original Wario Land games, covering a longer distance.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

In Mario Strikers: Battle League, Wario performs a Dash Attack as he tackles.





Names in other languages[edit]

Dash Attack[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 体当たり攻撃[13] (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)
Taiatari Kōgeki
体当たり[14] (Virtual Boy Wario Land)
アタック[15][16] (Wario Land II / Wario Land 3 / Wario Land 4)
ダッシュアタック[16][17] (Wario Land 4 / Wario World / Wario Land Shake)
Dasshu Atakku
ダッシュ (Wario World)
ショルダータックル (Wario: Master of Disguise)
Shorudā Takkuru
Tackle Attack



Dash Attack


Shoulder Tackle
French Attaque smash (Wario Land 3) Smash attack
German Rippentriller (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3) Rib Trill, possibly a pun on Lippentriller ("lip trill"), a type of trill performed on brass instruments
Italian Attacco fulmineo Rapid attack
Spanish Empellón (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)
Ataque relámpago (Dash Attack variant, Wario Land 4)
Ataque raudo (Wario Land: Shake It!)
Lightning attack
Swift attack

Jump Attack[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンピングアタック[18][19]
Janpingu Atakku
ジャンピングダッシュアタック[20] (Wario Land 4)
Janpingu Dasshu Atakku
Jumping Attack

Jumping Dash Attack


  1. ^ Wario World instruction booklet, pages 7-8 (British English) or pages 9-10 (American English).
  2. ^ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 English instruction booklet, page 11.
  3. ^ Hamm & Rudolf GmbH, Frankfurt. Super Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 27.
  4. ^ Virtual Boy Wario Land English instruction booklet, page 22.
  5. ^ In-game information for the Loot Scoot microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare Gold
  6. ^ Stratton, Steve. Wario Land: Shake It! PRIMA Official Strategy Guide. Page 4.
  7. ^ Wario Land II instruction booklet, page 5.
  8. ^ Wario Land 3 English instruction booklet, page 5.
  9. ^ Wario Land 4 American instruction booklet, page 7.
  10. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) issue 16, page 18.
  11. ^ Wario Land 4 American instruction booklet, page 9.
  12. ^ Wario Land 4 American instruction booklet, page 10.
  13. ^ Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 3.
  14. ^ Virtual Boy Wario Land: Awazon no Hihō Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.
  15. ^ Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel Japanese instruction booklet, page 5.
  16. ^ a b Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara Japanese instruction booklet, pages 7 and 10.
  17. ^ Wario Land Shake Japanese instruction booklet, pages 19, 24, and 25.
  18. ^ Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel Japanese instruction booklet, page 6.
  19. ^ Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara Japanese instruction booklet, page 9.
  20. ^ Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara Japanese instruction booklet, page 10.