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Fire Bird is Falco's up special move in the Super Smash Bros. series starting with his debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Upon executing the move Falco charges up the move, surrounded by fire that damages nearby opponents before launching himself in the direction the player is holding the control stick. Compared to Fox's Fire Fox and Wolf's Fire Wolf, Fire Bird hits several times while Falco is moving before dealing a more powerful hit with greater knockback at the end. However, Falco does not fly as far as Fox or Wolf using their up special moves, traveling the shortest distance of the three. Like Fox's move, hitting a surface while using Fire Bird causes Falco to bounce off of it, ending the move.
Falco's two custom special move variants for Fire Bird in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U are Fast Fire Bird and Distant Fire Bird. Fast Fire Bird does not have a charging period, but also does not travel as far and deals less damage, only hitting one time. Distant Fire Bird takes longer to charge and moves more slowly but is more powerful and travels farther; the charging also does not deal damage and the final hit is removed, instead dealing a more powerful hit when Falco begins moving.