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I've seen players reflect lasers with just the normal shield. Is there a special button combination?

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There is 2 types of Powershielding. When you enter full-shield, things happen that way:

  1. the first 2 frames are ineffective
  2. the next 2 frames are used to powershield projectile and physical hits
  3. the next 2 frames only powershield physical hits

Against Projectile :

  • Time Window is 2 frames
  • Knockback is cancelled
  • Hitlag is cancelled
  • Projectile ownership becomes yours
  • Projectile damage is halved
  • Projectile is sent back in the opposite trajectory

Against Physical Hit :

  • Time Window is 4 frames
  • Knockback is increased
  • Shield is cancelled (means you can do anything you want after powershielding

Also if your Full Shield get hits by a projectile on the 5th frames, it won't get powershielded, but as long as you remain in shield mode, the next physical hit you receive will be powershielded, even if you switch to Light-Shield.

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Wow that's even more informative than the wiki. Could you include a link to a source? – SetchSen Jul 3 '12 at 4:31
Actually we picked up these data by ourselves using Action Replay and debug mode (which allows frame per frame game mode). The wiki isn't updated anymore since 2008/2009 i think. – Salepate Jul 3 '12 at 11:50
If you change your mind about the best answer, you can change it. – SaintWacko Jul 3 '12 at 15:59

This is called a perfect shield and happens when you throw up your shield at the exact right moment. It's incredibly hard to execute and requires a lot of practice. An excerpt from the linked wiki page:

Perfect shielding is done by quickly and fully depressing a shield button two frames before an attack connects. If done correctly, there will be a significant flash on the shield and a distinctive "chlink" sound. Because it is technically a shield, it is ineffective against grabs.

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