The Franklin Badge (Japanese: フランクリンバッヂ in Mother and Mother 3, フランクリンバッジ in Mother 2) is a recurring item in the Mother series, and also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It functions differently in every game that it appears in.
The Franklin Badge (alternatively FranklnBdge) is in the original Mother game only capable of deflecting PK Beam γ attacks, which normally would result in an instant death. A total of two Franklin Badges can be found in the game. One is obtained from Pippi by answering her questions in a certain order, and one is found in a present in the northern area of Duncan's Factory.
Only one Franklin Badge is found in EarthBound, being given to Ness by Paula before he faces Mr. Carpainter. Unlike in the previous game, it reflects all lightning-based attacks back to the enemy if in a person's inventory, instead of PK Beam γ.
"By keeping it as one of your items, it deflects a lightning attack back at the attacker."
In Mother 3
The Franklin Badge is given to Lucas indirectly by Flint in Chapter 7, originally as a Courage Badge. However, after giving it to a Mr. Saturn in Saturn Valley for inspection and cleaning, it is revealed that the Courage Badge was merely an old and rusted Franklin Badge. It is given back to Lucas after he meets Ionia in Argilla Pass, and stays in the key items section of the inventory, as opposed to being able to stay in an individual's inventory. Because of this, it will only deflect lightning for Lucas. It otherwise behaves similarly as it does in EarthBound.
The Franklin Badge makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Here it is a trophy and item. Its purpose is to deflect projectile attacks, like many attacks other fighters have. However the Franklin Badge only stays temporarily.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- A badge you can put on to gain the ability to reflect all projectiles. It has exactly the same effect as other reflectors in the game, like the one Fox uses. In EarthBound, it was used to counter Thunder attacks. The lightning bolt on the badge is proof of its capacity. Its importance and usefulness made a deep impression on players.
Super Smash Bros. 4
- While not the most flashy of accessories, the Franklin Badge is actually incredibly useful. When wearing it, any projectiles launched your way will be reflected harmlessly off you. There is no downside, so grab this as soon as it appears. Don't get too confident, though—the bonus doesn't last long.
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