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How to short hop in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The method for performing a short hop has changed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but pulling one off isn't at all complicated.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can at times seem deceptively simple. Even though the Nintendo Switch brawler was designed with ease of access in mind, there are plenty of advanced techniques that power players will want to make use of. One of those techniques is called a short hop, and the way it's executed is slightly different in Ultimate than it has been in previous Super Smash Bros. titles. Here's how the new short hop works.

How to perform a short hop in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

To short hop in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, simply press the jump and attack buttons simultaneously. With the default control scheme, this can be accomplished by pressing the X and A buttons at the same time. When executed correctly, the fighter will make a short leap and perform an aerial attack.

The short hop is a particularly useful technique that can be used to get out of tight situations. Since it's not a full-bore leap, it minimizes the window of time aerial-focused opponents need to attack. It also makes for a great way to dodge attacks coming from below, and may even serve to surprise an advancing opponent.

According to the official Smash Bros. website, the short hop is on a list of advanced techniques for Smash Ultimate players to master. The others include the directional air dodge, which allows characters to duck away from incoming attacks mid-jump, and the perfect shield, also known as a parry, which is a critical move that stops aggressive opponents in their tracks. Be sure to check out our guide on how to parry attacks in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to get a better feel on how to execute a perfect shield.

Pulling off a short hop in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is as simple as pressing two buttons at once. Stay on top of other must-know details concerning Nintendo's latest Switch brawler by heading over to Shacknews' Super Smash Bros. Ultimate walkthrough and guide.

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