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This article is about the move used in the Super Smash Bros. series. For the item in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, see Shield (Mario Kart Arcade GP). For the item from Mario's Time Machine, see Shield (Mario's Time Machine). For Rabbid Peach's technique in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, see Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle § Main Heroes.
The Shield's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Kirby using his Shield in Super Smash Bros. Melee

Shield is an ability in all five Super Smash Bros. games and also in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, a shield is used by pressing the shield button. In Super Smash Bros., it is Z Button, and in Super Smash Bros. Melee, it is L Button or R Button. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward, the shield button changes based on the controller and can also be mapped to a different button. Upon pressing the shield button, a circle will appear (or an Egg in Yoshi's case) that will protect the player. The color of the shield depends on the player or team color, which is shown on the character select screen. CPUs will have a grey shield. If a player has the shield on for too long or it is broken by attacks or items, then the shield will break, causing the character to be stunned. They will not be able to move for a couple of seconds, allowing other players to attack them. A shield will also appear if the player continues holding the grab button after the grab has failed.

In all five games, there is a way to "Roll" with a shield, by tilting the control stick right or left while in shield mode. Additionally, in Melee onward, players can perform sidestep dodges to avoid attacks. In Super Smash Bros. Melee only, players can control the strength of their shield, depending on how hard they press the L Button or R Button button. A thicker shield will erode slower from damage but faster from time, while a thinner shield will erode more from damage but significantly less from time duration, adding to shielding strategy. Also in all five games, if Jigglypuff's shield is broken, Jigglypuff will be sent into the air, potentially self-destructing.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[edit]

In the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, one of the items from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is the Shield. The shield can protect the player from incoming items in Dream Race and Dream Long Jump.

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