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The mockball is a very important technique, as it allows for early super missiles.


Morphing Ball

Performing the mockball

Easiest method:

Harder method that lets you control your jump height:

These methods come from a few facts of Samus' motion:

In words: Perform a running jump, then press down once to point your gun downward. As you are landing, press down, then forward to roll into a ball and keep your momentum going forward. This motion should be similar to a quarter-circle-forward motion found in some fighting game special moves. Your goal is to hit the ground in the middle of the morphing animation so that you don't bounce.

Here is a video demonstrating the mockball in its most important and common usage:

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