Smasher's theorycraft exactly what percentage Hero's Thwack can kill at - Dexerto

Smasher’s theorycraft exactly what percentage Hero’s Thwack can kill at

Published: 19/Aug/2019 21:52 Updated: 19/Aug/2019 22:31

by Alan Bernal


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character Hero has been at the center of much debate, and a closer analysis at his Whack/Thwack ability shows how the powerful attack can eliminate players at different percentages.

The second DLC character for the game’s Fighter Pass was met with eager anticipation when announced, but his implementation into Ultimate has gone awry as competitive players are questioning his place in the roster.

Various clips and footage shows Hero using his Command Selection that can randomly call upon the move Thwack, which can instantly kill an opponent at certain low percentages while dealing very little damage itself.

MeshimaHero can get easy kills with Thwack, but certain conditions being met makes it easier than others.

But it looks like the mystery of the K.O. percentage for Thwack is being revealed via a rigorous breakdown by Japanese Smash Researcher ‘Meshima’ after meticulously recording in-game results.

It seems as if the probability of being killed by Thwack and Whack scales with the percent of damage the opponent has. While that’s basic Smash Bros. knowledge, the interesting part lies in both how little the opponent’s percentage has to be to get a one-in-five change to kill, as well as how Hero’s percentage affects the chance of eliminating a foe with the move.

“Enemy % is fixed at 1.0% if the enemy is less than 20% (of damage),” Meshima said after looking at how the move’s effects changes at various percentages. “If the enemy% exceeds 20%, the probability increases when the enemy% increases, and the probability increases when the damage is 160% and 100%.”

MeshimaThe breakdown of Meshima’s analysis for the move.

The analyst also noted how “the chance (of killing) increases with your own percentage, + 20% at maximum 300%.”

According to the data, the opponent only needs to be at 21% for a 150% Hero to Thwack them out of existence, even if it is only an 11.71% chance.

There’s been a ton of backlash against people being allowed to pick Hero in Smash Bros. events, as these kind of odds can still marr the competitive integrity of a tournament.

Legends of the Smash scenes like William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte applauded Hero’s ban by the South Australia Smash Central organization. Meanwhile, others like Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios insisted that the hate toward Hero is a “knee-jerk reaction” from the Smash community.

While the numbers water down opinions that Hero’s Thwack is inherently OP, it still gives weight to some people thinking the character has no place in a high stakes Smash Bros environment.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.