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How to Spot a Fake Smash Ball in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Picture this: you’re in the middle of an intense game of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Your opponent’s ahead, but not by much; it would just take one K.O. to put you back in the game. That’s when you spot it: a Smash Ball. You lunge for it, attacking with all your might, hoping that you can land your Final Smash before the timer runs out. But instead, the ball explodes and sends you to a fiery grave. 

Fake Smash Ball Smash Ultimate

The Fake Smash Ball was newly created for Ultimate, and it’s definitely one of the most devious items in the game. The damage it deals is devastating, and it’s hard to distinguish it from the real deal if you don’t know what to look for. Thankfully, we’ve got a handy tip to help you keep these balls straight! 

An authentic Smash Ball has a thick vertical line and a thin horizontal line, just like the Smash Bros. logo. Fake Smash Balls are the opposite; the vertical line is skinny and the horizontal line is chunkier. 

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The difference is minor, but we’ve found that it’s pretty easy to notice when you’re looking for it, even in the midst of a frantic battle. As long as you give Smash Balls a quick look, you’ll know whether or not they’re safe to attack. If you’re feeling sneaky, you could use this knowledge to trick your opponents, calling out the Smash Ball and hoping they fall for a trap. 

If you’ve been slain by a Fake Smash Ball, you’re not alone. Countless Smashers have been obliterated by this item, and many more will be destroyed in the future. Luckily, now that you know what to look for, you can protect yourself against this item and its dirty tricks. The next time you go for a Smash Ball in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you’ll know that it’s the real deal.

Mandi likes games about existentialism and the power of friendship. She's really into chickens.