Upon executing Fire Bird, Falco charges up the move, surrounding himself in fire that damages nearby opponents before launching himself in the direction the player is holding the control stick. Compared to Fire Fox and Fire Wolf, Fire Bird hits several times while Falco is moving before dealing a more powerful hit with greater knockback at the end. However, Falco does not fly as far as Fox or Wolf using their up special moves, traveling the shortest distance of the three. Like Fire Fox, hitting a surface while using Fire Bird causes Falco to bounce off of it, ending the move.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Fire Bird's first custom variant is Fast Fire Bird, which does not have a charging period, but also does not travel as far and deals less damage, only hitting one time. Its second variant, Distant Fire Bird, takes longer to charge up and moves more slowly but is more powerful and travels farther; the charging also does not deal damage and the final hit is removed, instead dealing a more powerful hit when Falco begins moving.
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