Smash Ultimate introduces a lot of moves that bury your character, leaving you open to a strong attack. To name a few, we have Ikling's side special, Rob's down throw, King K. Rool's down throw and down tilt, Mr. Game & Watch's down smash, etc...

To avoid being punished, you can Button Mash to escape the bury faster. Button mashing is also useful for escaping grabs and shield break stun faster as well, so in combination with the amount of buries in this game, mashing has become more useful than ever before.

Smash 4 changed the way that mashing (and optimal mashing) worked from Melee, resulting in videos like this being made to walkthrough and explain the best way to mash.

In Smash Ultimate, what is the most optimal way to mash out of bury situations? Is it still the same as Smash 4 or have things changed again?


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In addition to Tal's answer that points out that mashing in ultimate is the same as Smash 4, there is a trick that can help you get some more button inputs faster while using a GameCube or pro controller.

In the control settings you can rebind your d-pad from taunt to another input such as shield. This will allow you to circle the d-pad for four inputs in rapid succession.

Below is ZeRo (competitive Smash player) explaining the d-pad mash trick:

Unfortunately, this means that you will be unable to taunt. So you will have to decide for yourself whether the fast mashing is worth the cost.

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    You can't Taunt in Online mode in Smash Ultimate anyway, so there's really no reason not to for Online Play.
    – SGR
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 15:57
  • @SGR Does this apply to damage-dealing taunts or Kirby's dismissal of other fighters' powers?
    – zr00
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 16:06
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    @zarose apparently all taunts have been removed (even Luigi spike and Snake box projectile) but if Kirby can taunt if he has a hat on. Source
    – Malco
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 15:00

The video you linked says in the description that mashing in Ultimate is the same as in 4.

So, depending on your preferences - you can either waggle or circle the control stick, or press as many different buttons as possible.

Circling the control stick is effective, but not quite as effective as pressing as many buttons as possible. To ensure button presses count, only hit one button at a time, and ensure that you don't hold buttons with the same inputs. Swiping your fingers around the controller in such a way to avoid hitting buttons with the same actions will maximize your mashing and minimize your grabbed/buried time.


For completeness sake, I'd like to add some numbers here. The Beefy Smash Dudes just recently released a video on Smash Ultimate Buries a few weeks ago. The video included some data on how long different buries actually are to give us something to compare them by.

In addition, they explain that mashing will help to shorten the time, but different mashes will reduce the time different amounts. An input like A, B, L or X will reduce bury time by .25 seconds or 15 frames. Directional inputs on your control stick on the other hand, reduce the buy by half that of the buttons, or about .13 seconds or 8 frames (however, the game only counts the cardinal directions--up/down/left/right--as inputs on the stick).

So it does seem like the most effective way is either to run your right thumb over A/B/X/Y repeatedly, or to remap your D-Pad like Malco suggests and then do the same thing on your left hand. While circling the control stick on the left will work (and be less painful than the other two), it will also be half as effective as the other options. As they say, "No pain, no gain."

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