Location and Uses
Assist Trophies are capsule-like items in the Super Smash Bros. series, first appearing in the third installment, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They appear at random during battles and are automatically broken open when picked up by a fighter, summoning a random non-playable character that will aid the fighter in battle for a short time.
The characters summoned with Assist Trophies originate from a wide variety of game series, including some that are not represented with playable fighters. A total of five characters from The Legend of Zelda series have appeared as Assist Trophies.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
When Tingle is summoned, he will stand in the background away from the fighters and perform his signature "Kooloo-Limpah!" dance. Instead of tossing confetti, though, one of the following strange effects will occur at random:
- He produces a large amount of Hammers, some of which land on the ground for the fighters to use. These can include Golden Hammers.
- He produces a large amount of Banana Peels, causing the ground to become slippery and continually trip up the fighters.
- He spontaneously catches fire, giving every fighter the effect of the Superspicy Curry item, which causes them to breathe fire uncontrollably.
- His balloon inflates, and he floats off-screen as he releases several smaller balloons. This has no effect on the battle.
- Some flower effects appear around Tingle as the game's camera zooms in on the fighter who summoned him, remaining there until Tingle disappears.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Ghirahim will aggressively attack any nearby opponents by slashing his blade and throwing daggers. He can traverse the stage by dashing, jumping, and teleporting.
Midna will stand in a relaxed pose for several seconds, then attempt to grab and throw any nearby opponents with her hair, inflicting 20% damage per throw. She can also teleport around the stage to get closer to opponents.
Skull Kid will hover in the background, producing a visual effect similar to when he screams at the Moon during the battle against him in Majora's Mask. One of the following disruptive effects will occur at random, remaining in effect until Skull Kid disappears.
- The screen is flipped either horizontally or vertically.
- All players' directional controls are inverted.
- All players become invisible.
Ghirahim and Midna appear from Assist Trophies at an average rate. Skull Kid appears at a slightly lower rate, and Tingle lower still. It is possible to eliminate Ghirahim or Midna from the battle by attacking them several times.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Tingle no longer appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, possibly because he is relegated to a background character in the returning Great Bay stage. All other Assist Trophies from the Zelda series return, along with newly-added Moon in its Majora's Mask 3D appearance, bringing the total to 59. When summoned, the Moon appears far in the stage's background and gradually crashes down upon the opponents, taking up much of the screen and dealing multiple hits for up to 60% damage.
New to Ultimate is the ability to have multiple Assist Trophies appear at once; the characters summoned can even wind up fighting each other. Players can now earn a KO point by eliminating certain Assist Trophy characters from the battle, including Ghirahim and Midna.
List of Assist Trophies
|Attacks nearby opponents with sword strikes and throwing knives. He will traverse the stage by dashing, jumping, and teleporting.
|Attempts to grab and throw a nearby opponent with her hair, dealing 20% damage per throw. She will teleport nearer to opponents every few seconds.
|Crashes down upon opponents, dealing multiple hits for massive potential damage.
|Hovers in the background and causes one of several disruptive effects to occur at random.
|Stands in the background, performs his "Kooloo-Limpah!" dance, and causes one of several strange effects to occur at random.
|The Wind Waker
Midna appearing in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Skull Kid causing disruptive effects in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The Moon falling on the Bridge of Eldin stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- "Assist Trophy
Call on different characters to help you fight! They're not safe from getting KO'd, though..." — Nintendo, Items | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch system , Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site, published n.d., retrieved November 10, 2018.
- "Relative frequency" — Assist Trophy , SmashWiki, retrieved April 6, 2021.
- "In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, more than one Assist Trophy can be on the stage at once. A larger number of Assist Trophies were also made able to be KO'd, which grants the player who KO'd them one point." — Assist Trophy , SmashWiki, retrieved April 6, 2021.