Explosive perfect shield is a special effect in Super Smash Bros. 4. It was considered the best bonus available and was a centralizing force in the early amiibo metagame. Hence its name, Explosive perfect shield generates a damaging explosion whenever its user perfect shields an attack.
Explosive perfect shield was first popularized by Glenn. Smash 4’s AI was highly defensive, and early tournaments essentially revolved around which Figure Player could best utilize Explosive perfect shield. The bonus carried several FPs to victory, including surprising characters (Kirby and Pikachu) who would have never made it to grand finals without its help.
Explosive perfect shield was eventually banned; the community agreed that it was boring to watch and made tournaments dull. In competitive Super Smash Bros. tourneys (that include human players), elements of the game are not banned due to being boring; in the amiibo metagame, this is different, as it is much less popular than competitive Smash and needs to retain as many viewers as it can. Explosive perfect shield was banned alongside Critical-hit capability, and did not return as a Spirit effect in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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