Ness' PK Flash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is stronger than you might think, check out this montage of Fow using it with surprising efficiency

'Extend combos, edge guard/anti-edge guard, trap, intimidate, or just straight up delete a stock!'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 18, 2019 at 1:19 p.m. PDT

Ness and his psychokinetic abilities have been a part of Super Smash Bros. since the franchise's earliest days, but his PK Flash technique is sometimes regarded as a tad too slow to be all that big of a threat. A Ness player by the name of Fow thinks differently.

Fow has more than a few tournament matches under his belt with Earthbound's silent protagonist and has been spotted multiple times making PK Flash look much more efficient than many of us would have thought. The Ness player recently released a montage showing this off directly.

"Ness users. Don't sleep on PK Flash!" Fow states in a recent tweet. "When used optimally Ness' PK flash can be used to extend combos, edge guard/anti-edge guard, trap, intimidate, or just straight up delete a stock!"

This particular move sees Ness freeze in place to charge up a green ball of energy that forms above his head. The player can choose how long they wish to charge up before unleashing the actual attack, which manifests in an explosion that results in huge knockback.

A move like this takes a special amount of foresight/reading of the opponent's future actions since it has such a large telegraph period. As noted in his text, Fow uses it as opponents try to make their way back to the ledge after being knocked away.

This would seem like one of the only ways players could get PK Flash to work, especially in the extra-speedy climate of competitive play, but Fow goes on to show how this move can be a real threat in multiple avenues of Ness' gameplay.

Check out the quick montage below and let us know if you learned anything new about this particular Smash attack that's been around since day one.


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