Wii Fit Trainer's side-special, Header, spawns a soccer ball that she hits. I know you can shoot it at different angles by pressing special a second time sooner or later, but are there any other angles I can use to hit people off-stage?

For example, the soccer ball only shoots kind of downwards, what if they recover high?

How can I cover all angles?

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    – childe
    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:21
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If you press shield after you start side-special but before you actually hit the ball, you'll go into free fall and the ball will just bounce in front of you. You can then hit it with any move you want!

Different moves will give you different angles and speeds, but my 5 most used angles for edge-guarding are:


If they recover high like you mention, you can side-special toward stage and then forward-tilt back toward the ledge. This will result in hitting the ball with your back foot and sending it with a nice arc to catch anything high:

Back-hit F-tilt Soccer Ball


For a fast ball straight ahead, you can do a forward-tilt in front of you:

Front-hit F-tilt Soccer Ball

Low #1

This is probably my most used edge-guard. It's both simple and covers most recoveries.

Cancel the side-special on the ledge side, and then immediately input a single jab:

Jab Soccer Ball

Low #2

The issue with the other low technique is that it goes a little far from the stage. If you have someone who's recovering closer to the stage, they'll be safe from it. At this point, I'd go off stage and look for a down-air spike, but maybe the opponent has a dangerous recovery for you or you prefer the stage. In that case, this one's for you!

You'll have to be pretty close to the ledge, since you'll be sending the ball straight down. Cancel side-special toward the ledge and then immediately do a short-hop down-air (this can be buffered easily by holding jump, attack and down on the control stick right after you go into free fall from cancelling the side-special):

Down-air Soccer Ball

Low Fancy

This one will give you almost the same angle and speed as a simple jab, but if you're feeling a little spicy and you want to impress people, you can go for a back hit of forward air.

Cancel side-special toward the ledge, then immediately turn around and short-hop fast-fall a forward-air:

Forward-air Soccer Ball

If this lands, it'll pop the opponent up perfectly for a run-off down-air to maximize the spiciness. You can see me instinctively beginning to run off-stage for one in the above gif.

Everything Else

There are of course a bunch more possibilities, but these are the moves I've found to be the easiest and most useful for covering recovery options.

For all possible moves and their trajectories, I'd invite you to look at these absolutely incredible graphs put together by Ashlynn Zlicious (@violightning).

  • If there are any others that you think are useful that I missed, feel free to write an answer with those techniques--I'd love to see them!
    – scohe001
    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:03
  • I'm wondering what that move is where you cancel, use your down normal attack and it flies backwards? Not sure what it's called.
    – childe
    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:20
  • @senpai could you be thinking of down-tilt? (that's a Smash 4 link, but the animation is basically the same)
    – scohe001
    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:48
  • I have a new-found love for this skill now. I didn't know you could do more than the default!
    – Seiyria
    Feb 18, 2019 at 13:35
  • +1 for feeling spicy. That seems to me to be half of what me and my friends do in SSBU.
    – Anoplexian
    Feb 18, 2019 at 16:09

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