The SSB wiki quotes the Melee instruction manual on Mario's cape in stating:

Reflect projectile attacks and spin enemies around.

Which projectiles are actually reflected?

Is it all projectiles? Is it limited to energy projectiles (eg. Fox/Falco's Blaster)? Are non-energy projectiles (like Yoshi's Egg Throw or Link's Hero's Bow) reflected? Unless all projectiles are reflected, a good answer would provide a list of all those projectiles that are actually reflected.

For reference, I have found this list of all projectiles in the SSB universe.

  • I think it's all of them, but I'm not 100% certain
    – JonK
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 14:31
  • @JonK Yeah I think it's probably most, but not sure if it's all of them, hence the question :P Commented May 26, 2017 at 14:46

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According to this forum, the cape can deflect all projectiles:

Mario's cape can reflect literally any projectile (like Villager's bowling ball and falling tree, and Megaman's charge shot) that isn't an explosive. Explosives tend to explode when hit by the cape, but the damage is reflected.

Although the forum appears to be talking about a different Super Smash Bros, I believe it upholds, since the cape is considered a reflector (see below). The thing with explosive projectiles is that they will blow up instead, but the damage is reflected. In my time playing Melee, this is how I remember it as well.

According to the Wiki page for reflection, the cape is considered a reflector. On the same page, it lists all items that are able to be reflected, including character abilities and the environmental projectiles. Ignoring those, it states in the table for items that "All Thrown Items" are reflectable.

According to the link you added in your question, the only ability I see that may not be reflectable is Sheik's Vanish ability, which is considered a projectile according to that page. There are a few others in that list that aren't, but they are for characters that do not exist in Melee.

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    If the answer is referencing Villager and Megaman, then it is probably referencing SSB: Brawl, and not SSB: Melee Commented May 26, 2017 at 14:48
  • @B.S.Morganstein I still think it upholds. I'll see if I can find any differences between versions.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 14:49
  • Yeah if you find a source verifying its the same I'm happy to accept Commented May 26, 2017 at 14:57
  • @B.S.Morganstein I think the Wiki page linked in my answer is the best bet. The cape (or really reflectors) doesn't appear to have changed across the years between the games with the exception of when an item is reflected too many times it either (depending on the game) stuns the person trying to reflect it, or ignored the reflector completely.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 15:00
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    @B.S.Morganstein Villager and Megaman were added in SSB4, not Brawl.
    – Mage Xy
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 15:07

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