Final Cutter is Kirby's Up Special Move in all three of the Super Smash Bros. video games. Kirby draws a silver blade, similar to a scimitar, jumps into the air a bit less than the height of Falco's full jump, and falls quickly, releasing a blue "wave" projectile forward if he lands on a solid surface, travelling the distance of a Falco Phantasm.
Generally hits best on the way up, and at the very end of the attack. Although it lost much power and use in the transition from Super Smash Bros. to Super Smash Bros. Melee, it is still quite useful to skilled players. It should also be noted that the move as a whole can be moved much further horizontally when used on the ground as opposed to in the air. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Final Cutter is stronger than in Melee.
The descent of the move delivers a heavy Meteor Smash, which is easier to use over a pit. This can develop into a technique known as Cuttercide/Kutterkaze. When the opponent is trying to recover, Final Cutter can be used to intercept them and spike them downward, killing both the player and (most of the time) the opponent as well (beware that the player using Cuttercide passes the blast line first.)
In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, players using this move lose all of their jumps if knocked out of it.
This move is also useful against edgeguarding if used high in the air at the top corners of stages, such as Final Destination or Battlefield. If Kirby performed the move at a good enough distance and an edgeguarder was in the air coming for it, Kirby could potentially catch the opponent on the sword's descent, sending them towards the lower blast line and finding itself grabbing the edge.
Unlike most other recovery moves, Final Cutter does not throw Kirby into helplessness; when the ascent is finished, Kirby falls quickly and retains the hitbox. However, if Kirby lands at the edge of a platform and is pushed off by wind, conveyor belts, Mario's F.L.U.D.D. or Squirtle's Water Gun while he is still in his ground-slam animation, Kirby will quickly slide off into his helpless form.
|Kirby's Special Moves|
|Standard Special Move:||Inhale|
|Side Special Move1:||Hammer|
|Up Special Move:||Final Cutter|
|Down Special Move:||Stone|
|Final Smash2:||Cook Kirby|
| 1: In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl only.|
2: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl only.
Debuted as a special move seen in Kirby Super Star, if Kirby had the Cutter ability and was close enough to the enemy while attacking, the normally ranged Cutter technique would become a rapid slashing combo attack, ending in the Final Cutter. The "Final Cutter" move has more recently been used by Kirby's Sword ability in games such as Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. In Kirby and the Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad, coincidentally, the input for that move is Up B.
Kirby could also unlock this move, along with other Smash-techniques by acquiring the Smash ability in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror.