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This article is about Meta Knight's appearance in Super Smash Flash. For the character in other contexts, see Meta Knight.
Meta Knight
in Super Smash Flash
SSF Meta Knight.png
Universe Kirby
Stock icon SSF Meta Knight stock icon.png
Switches place with Kirby
Availability Starter
Tier A (12)

Meta Knight is a playable newcomer starter character in Super Smash Flash. He shares a slot with Kirby, and can swap out at any time with his standard attack. All of his attacks involve swinging his Galaxia sword around. His sprites are ripped straight from his playable appearance in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, the remake of the game he made his debut in, Kirby's Adventure.

Meta Knight is ranked 12th on the tier list, near the middle. This is one spot higher compared to his placement in the previous tier list


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Meta Knight has one of the best recoveries in game, with four midair jumps and a decent air speed. His attacks are all disjointed, giving him good range and decent instant-KO attacks. He also has the ability to switch out with Kirby, which can be used to escape pressure. He has a solid dash dance, making him one of the few characters in the game to be able to overcome the game's slippery physics.

Despite this, Meta Knight lacks a projectile, though he has less trouble dealing with them than Kirby. Due to his switching move, Meta Knight only possesses four moves that deal damage, which grants him less options than the other characters on average.

His cons are relatively minimal, but his strengths do not match the same level as the higher tiered characters, thus leaving him in the higher end of the mid tiers.

Hard data

Meta Knight's hard data
Base info
Hitstun taken 8 Number of jumps 5
Attack boost 2 Attack length 15
Attack cooldown 15 Health division 12
Horizontal speed 19
Deceleration 1 Attack start speed 0.7x
Acceleration 0.65 Turn around speed 20
Short hopping speed 9 Jumping speed 14
Gravity 1 Falling speed 25
Individual attack data
Standard attack damage N/A Side attack damage 4
Down attack damage 5 Instant-KO value 6
Roll attack speed 18 Jump attack damage 0


Attack Image Description Damage
Standard attack SSF Kirby - Meta Knight standard attack.png Switches places with Kirby. This move can be used to evade attacks, as Kirby and Meta Knight become invincible when they are swapping until one of them actually reaches the floor. It is possible to cancel the switch normally, by turning around, jumping or using a down attack. N/A
Side attack SSF Meta Knight side attack.png Slashes twice with his sword; he first strikes with the Lunging Slice, slashing from top to bottom, and then immediately proceeds with the Meta Chop, slashing from bottom to top. 4%
Down attack SSF Meta Knight down attack.png Slides along the ground with his sword extended, propelling himself forward. 5%
Up attack SSF Meta Knight up attack.png Stabs with his sword upwards. 6%
Down aerial SSF Meta Knight down aerial.png Thrusts his sword downwards, plummeting to the ground.
Jump attack SSF Meta Knight jump attack.png Uniquely, rather than attacking when he is rising, Meta Knight can only do it while falling as he extends his sword in a similar manner to his down attack. Oddly, his jump attack does not deal any damage but still deals knockback. 0%


  • Meta Knight is one of two characters to appear in SSF before even the first Super Smash Bros. Brawl trailer (which confirmed his inclusion in the aforementioned game) was released, with the other being Sonic.
  • For some reason, the Poison Mushroom's shrinking sound effect can be heard when Meta Knight uses his down attack.
  • Due to the difference between Kirby and Meta Knight's attack boost values, switching from Meta Knight to Kirby will make the player move forwards during most of the move automatically, while this will not happen when switching from Kirby to Meta Knight.
  • Meta Knight is the character with the lowest health division value in SSF, making him take more knockback than everyone else when hit.