Needle Storm is Sheik's standard special move in all of her playable Super Smash Bros. appearances. Sheik gathers up to six needles, which can be thrown at any point by pressing. In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sheik charges by holding down the special move button and throws by releasing it, but in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Sheik charges by simply pressing the button, and can attack by pressing again. Like most charging special moves, Sheik can stop charging by shielding or rolling.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Needle Storm has two custom variants that can be unlocked: Penetrating Needles and Paralyzing Needle (Paralysing Needle in the PAL version). Penetrating Needles throws only three needles, but they are able to go through opponents and deal electric damage, while Paralyzing Needle throws a single needle that cannot be charged, takes longer to throw, and deals less damage but is able to stun opponents that are hit.
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