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This article is about Sandbag's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Sandbag.
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Sandbag
Super Smash Bros. symbol
Sandbag's official pixel art.
Universe Super Smash Bros.
Stock icon SSF2 Sandbag head
Availability Unlockable
Unlock criteria Clear Classic mode on normal difficulty or higher, without using continues using the random slot character, then defeat it in a 1-stock match on Waiting Room.
Weight class Medium
Final Smash Revenge
Tier D (38)

Sandbag is a newcomer unlockable character in Super Smash Flash 2. It was first revealed in SSF2 Dev Blog #5 on April 1, 2016, and initially thought to be an April Fools' joke. However, a special blog, SSF2 Dev Blog #5.1, was released two days later confirming Sandbag's inclusion as the game's "joke" character. Sandbag was a pet project by SSF2 developer, James TSON Hadden and its development was completed in a week's time thanks to the character using only three sprites in all of its animations which were then rotated, stretched, and distorted in Flash to create over 70 unique animations.


Sandbag is a good fighter but lacks good movement and recovery options. It has a range of combo starters, up throw, up tilt, down tilt, and down throws, and finishers in forward smash, down aerial, forward throw, standard attack, dash attack, forward aerial, and Bob-omb Toss. Recovery-wise, Sandbag has a theoretical infinite recovery in its up special, but it will kill at higher percentages. Sandgrab and Sanddash lets it get a decent horizontal movement and a medium vertical movement, respectively. Its walk/dash is unorthodox and ordinarily among the slowest in the game but can be more than doubled using its crouch to interrupt its hopping animation. This technique is called soaping.

While Bob-omb Toss can get Sandbag back on stage usually, it has many disadvantages, such as killing Sandbag at high percents and racking up damage quickly due to the necessary repeated use to recover at low percents while off-stage.

Sandbag has the fastest dodges in the game.


Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack Headbutts opponent. Great knockback. 9%
Down tilt Rolls across the ground. 10%
Down smash Does a ground-pound. 2 hits. 10%
Forward tilt Leaps itself forward and afterwards, performs a headbutt. 13%
Forward smash Low-leaps itself forward. 15%
Up tilt Headbutts upwards. Can string into itself, neutral aerial and/or back aerial. 7%
Up smash Jumps high, while contortioning itself. 2 hits 9%
Dash attack Rolls forward. Has high ending lag. 14%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Spins vertically in the air, very quick and low landing lag. Can string into itself. 11%
Forward aerial Does a kick forwards. Great range and knockback. 11%
Back aerial Does a kick backwards. Great range, low knockback. Can string into itself. 9%
Up aerial Swings head upwards. 9%
Down aerial Curls up, then kicks downwards. Strongest meteor smash in the game. 19%

Grab and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab Grabs opponent with its head. N/A
Pummel Headbutts opponent. 2%
Forward throw Falls flat on the ground, damaging opponents. The strongest forward throw in the game. 13%
Back throw Spins the opponent many times, then throws it backwards. 9%
Up throw Headbutts opponent upwards. 11%
Down throw Ground pounds the opponent twice. Can connect with its up aerial, forward aerial, back aerial and neutral aerial very easily 4%

Other attacks

Attack Description Damage
Floor attack Jumps up and hits both ways. 6%

Special moves

Special move Name Description Damage
Standard special move Capsule Spawn Picks a capsule from inside itself that can contain any items currently active in the Item switch. 9%
Side special move Sandgrab Leaps itself forward, then grabs and throws opponents in its path with its head.  6%
Up special move Bob-omb Toss Throws a Bob-omb in the air, exploding itself, dealing great damage and upwards knockback, on both itself and opponents. If it hits the opponent before it hits Sandbag, does increased damage and much more knockback. 18%
Down special move Sanddash A controllable burst of momentum in any direction that can be cancelled into any other attack, including itself when used on the ground. N/A
Final Smash Revenge Carries opponent to Home-Run Contest Arena, stops time to attack them, then smashes them with a Home-Run Bat. TBA


Misc. Description
On-screen appearance A part of the Home-Run Contest roadway will briefly appear. Sandbag comes flying and lands on it, then gets up as the road disappears.
Taunts Standard Falls flat on the ground, then goes back up. Very similar to Luigi's side taunt.
Side Very quickly squishes itself. Can be used as a niche faster endlag/startup for its dash.
Down Spin once vertically while a random comical sound effect, such as those emitted by Mr. Saturn or when a Party Ball opens, plays.
Idle poses N/A
Victory theme Based on the menu theme from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Victory pose Tilts to the side and winks at the camera.
Lose Winks for the player with a bandage on its right side.

Changes and revisions

MG icon Main article: Sandbag (Super Smash Flash 2)/Changelog

Sandbag had his combo game and KO power nerfed, and his neutral game buffed, as patches passed. Below are the major changes done to him in the latest demo.

  • Nerf Jab's startup increased by one frame.
  • Buff Sanddash sideways movement greatly increased.
  • Nerf Down aerial's hitstun modifier removed, angle also heavily decreased (300 → 285).

In competitive play

Match ups

Notable players

Tier placement history


Palette swaps

Sandbag palette





  • Sandbag, Bandana Dee, Chibi-Robo, Mega Man, PAC-MAN, and Bomberman are currently the only true "silent characters" in the game.
  • Sandbag's reveal trailer highlighted the revamped item sprites that would later be shown in Dev Blog #7.
  • Sandbag cannot grab the ledge and can only move in hops instead of full sprint. It is the only character with these traits.
  • Sandbag is currently the only character in the game to have a unique forward tilt and dash attack when using battering items.
  • Sandbag has hitbox data in v0.9b, despite not being playable in that version.
  • Sandbag, along with Bandana DeeNarutoSoraLloydJigglypuff, and Pichu, is one of the characters that do not clap to the winner in the results screen. In Sandbag's case, it is seen winking with a bandage on its right side.
  • In v0.9b, a glitch in the early online made it possible for Sandbag to win against a player if they self-destructed. Because Sandbag was not playable at the time, at the results screen, the announcer and victory theme remained silent, and Sandbag itself stood still.

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