- This article is about the general ability to attack in the air. For the attack in Super Smash Flash, see jump attack.
An aerial attack is any attack performed in the air that's not a special move.
There are five standard aerial attacks, performed by pressing the attack button in any 4 directions or no direction at all while in the air - The neutral aerial, the forward aerial, the back aerial, the up aerial, and the down aerial. Each attack is usually set so that the hitbox of the attack will hit in the general direction of that aerial attack.
Forward aerial hits right in front. Depending on the character it can be a multi-hit attack, a strong finisher or a spacing tool.
Up aerial hits straight up or in an arc, mostly used for juggling or as a vertical finisher.
Some characters (Link and Samus) can also use their tether recoveries as an attack while midair, this is also known as a grab aerial or zair. These moves have long range, come out fast and have low landing lag, making them effective for spacing and poking.