Tether recovery

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Link using his Clawshot, a tether recovery move, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Tether recovery[1][2] is a recovery technique used in every Super Smash Bros. game since Super Smash Bros. Melee. It allows the fighter to cling onto the stage, using a chain-like item. The chain then retracts, slowly bringing the player back up to the stage. The tactic usually has a large range, and can reach out very far, but is ineffective if no target is hit. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, only three characters have a tether recovery move, Link, Young Link and Samus.


Name Used by
Aerial attacks Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont
Belay Ice Climbers
Chain Sheik (Brawl)
Clawshot Link (Brawl and later games)
Grapple Beam Samus, Dark Samus
Grappling Hook Joker
Hookshot Link (Melee), Young Link, Toon Link
Pikmin Chain Olimar (Brawl)
Plasma Whip Zero Suit Samus
Plasma Wire Zero Suit Samus (Brawl)
Rope Snake Lucas
Vine Whip Ivysaur



  1. ^ "Link". Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Published May 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Director's Room Miiverse post (April 29, 2014)