Screw Attack

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This article is about the item. For information about the special move used by Samus, see Samus Aran § Screw Attack.
Screw Attack
File:Screw Attack Brawl artwork.png
First appearance Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
File:Screw Attack Wii U.jpg
The Screw Attack in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

The Screw Attack in a recurring item in the Metroid series, allowing Samus to attack enemies with a spinning move while jumping. They are also used as weak items in the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. If the players press A Button near a Screw Attack, they pick it up. If the players jump while equipped with one, the jump is very similar to Samus's up special move, which is also named Screw Attack, jumping with a spin attack that damages opponents are nearby

These items can also be thrown at another player for minor damage, though the jumps often lead to combos. Also, when thrown, anyone it hits automatically performs a Screw Attack. Although this hurts them, if they are close to other players when hit, they hurt them as well. Afterwards, the target that got hit by the thrown Screw Attack enters a helpless state.

The item returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, when it is picked up, it attaches itself to the player, much like the Franklin Badge. This allows players to use the Screw Attack's powers while using another item, but it does not allow players to throw it at others.

Trophy information

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Name Image Game Description
Screw Attack File:Trophy109.png Metroid
One of Samus Aran's power-ups from the original Metroid, the Screw Attack turns a jump into a rotating attack move. When carrying this item, any character's ordinary jump move will turn into a Screw Attack. By the same token, if you throw this item at an enemy, your foe will spontaneously do a Screw Attack.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name Image Game Description
Screw Attack File:BrawlTrophy530.png NES Metroid A badge you can wear to turn your jumps into Samus's signature Screw Attacks. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, it was an item you carried, but this time around it's a badge you wear--which means you can use it and another item at the same time. There's a good chance you'll be able to string together Screw Attacks and midair strikes for powerful combos.
SNES Super Metroid

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Screw Attack File:ScrewAttackTrophy3DS.png NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
This handy item grants you the same power as Samus's Screw Attack when you pick it up. With the right timing, you can execute a devastating combo of midair attacks. Be careful, though—some fighters sacrifice the height of their jumps when they're wearing this. A badge-type item that lets you use Samus's powerful Screw Attack technique when you jump. If you use it at the right moment, you might even be able to pull off deadly combos with other mid-air strikes. But watch out - some characters' jumps might not be as high while using this.

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Names in other languages


Language Name Meaning
Japanese スクリューアタック改
Sukuryū Atakku-kai
Screw Attack Modified
Chinese 旋轉攻擊(改) (Traditional)
Xuánzhuǎn gōngjí (gǎi)
团身攻击(改) (Simplified)
Tuán shēn gōngjí (gǎi)
Spin Attack (Modified)

Ball-Roll Attack (Modified)
German Screw Attack -
Russian Шаровая атака
Sharovaya ataka
Ball Attack
Spanish Ataque espiral Spiral attack