If used by either character, they deal a sword slash combo that can be executed by pressing the special move button; the full combo consists of four hits. In addition, certain portions of the attack also differ depending on the direction the player tilts on the control stick; the second hit has an up and forward variation, and the third and fourth have up, down, and forward variants. The third and fourth slashes deal higher knockback and damage, and Marth's down third attack acts as a meteor smash. The move is faster and easier to execute in succession in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marth's entire body glows a certain color depending on the direction inputted on the analog stick for each part of the attack. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, only the trails of Marth's sword glows.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Dancing Blade's first custom variant is Effortless Blade, which does not have the directional inputs for each attack and does not deal as much damage, but the input window between each attack has been increased. The second variant, Heavy Blade, increases the duration of each strike as well as giving each one greater attack and launch power, though this makes it harder to combo.
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