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This article is about Bowser's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For the character in other contexts, see Bowser.
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Bowser
Mario symbol
Universe Mario
Availability Starter
Weight class Heavy
Final Smash Giga Bowser
Tier B+ (18)

Bowser is a playable veteran starter character in Super Smash Flash 2. He was originally shown during the initial planning phases of the game, going through several different design iterations before finally resurging after being revealed at the end of the second McLeodGaming Direct. Bowser's sprite design, moveset and voice clips come directly from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His color and dash animation come from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.



Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack 1 Does a quick swipe. 6%
Standard attack 2 Does another swipe with his other claw. 12%
Down tilt Does a crouching double swipe attack. 24%
Down smash Retreats into his shell and rapidly spins in place. 16%
Side tilt Punches forward. 15%
Forward smash Performs a very strong headbutt forwards. 30%
Up tilt Swings a claw above him. 11%
Up smash Gets on all fours and lunges upwards with his shell. 20%
Dash attack Does a running headbutt. 12%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Spins around in his shell. 13%
Forward aerial Slashes forward with his claw. 15%
Back aerial Arcs his back, attacking with his shell behind him. 17%
Up aerial Swings his head above himself in an arc. 18%
Down aerial Goes into his shell, flips over, and spins rapidly. 5%

Grabs and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab Grabs opponent. N/A
Pummel Headbutts opponent. 9%
Forward throw Throws his opponent forward using his head. 8%
Back throw Throws his opponent behind him using his head. 11%
Up throw Throws his opponent up, then grinds them on his shell while spinning around. 11%
Down throw Throws his opponent to the ground and body slams them. 7%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Ledge attack Sweeps in front of him with his claw. 8%
100% ledge attack None for now. N/A
Floor attack Sweeps with his claws twice, first in front of him, then behind him. 6%

Special moves

Special move Name Description Damage
Standard special move Fire Breath Bowser releases a fireball, which explodes on contact. In the air, the fireball moves diagonally downwards. 9%
Side special move Flying Slam Bowser grabs the opponent and performs a flying suplex that can be controlled in whatever direction desired.14%
Up special move Whirling Fortress Bowser retreats into his shell which begins to rapidly spin and gains height. When used on the ground, he can slide across the ground very fast. 19%
Down special move Bowser Bomb Bowser plummets downwards at a high speed before slamming into the ground in a sitting position. When used on the ground, he will hop into the air first before dropping. 19%
Final Smash Giga Bowser Unknown.


Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Walks out from a fiery void
Taunts Standard: Stomps, throws his head back, and roars. Side: Same as Standard. Down: Same as Standard.
Victory theme Remix of the flourish that plays when Mario or Luigi grab a flagpole in Super Mario Bros.. It is shared with Mario, Luigi and Peach.
Victory pose Sweeps with his claws twice, first in front of him, then behind him.

In competitive play

Match ups

Notable players

Tier placement history



  • Steven Damian Borgers stated that Bowser, Sheik and Donkey Kong were his hardest character projects and that Bowser is his most proudest accomplishment.
  • In v0.9b, there exists several files relating to Bowser, hinting that he was initially meant to be playable in an earlier build of the game. He has an unused announcer's call, two different variations of a character select portrait (one in the pre-v0.9 style), palette data, and is referenced numerous times in the character code.

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