Back Shield

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Back Shield
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Artwork of the Back Shield as it appears in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Universe Kid Icarus
Appears in SSB4
Item class Defending
Article on Icaruspedia Back Shield

The Back Shield (バックシールド, Back Shield) is a unique item from the Kid Icarus series. It was introduced in Super Smash Bros. 4 and returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


The Back Shield originated as an item in Kid Icarus: Uprising. Much like in SSB4, it temporarily protects Pit from enemy attacks from behind and it rotates with Pit to always be behind him.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an item[edit]

The Back Shield protecting Toon Link from Sonic in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

As the name would suggest, the item protects the fighter's rear from harm. The shield lasts for 30 seconds, with time reduced based on how much damage it has taken (5 Home-Run Bat swings at 30% damage reduces it by about 5 seconds, for example).Some fighters can also take advantage of their back aerials as they won't be damaged from colliding with another fighter's attack. There is a slight push effect near the shield.

In Smash Tour[edit]

The Back Shield appears as a red item: when selected, it makes the user start a battle with the Back Shield equipped.

In-game description from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS[edit]

This shield protects your back from various attacks. However, it'll break if it takes too much damage.

Trophy information[edit]

Back Shield trophy in for 3DS.
Back Shield trophy in for Wii U.

ntsc This durable, defensive shield comes to Smash Bros. from Kid Icarus: Uprising. If you pick it up, it will attach itself to you, protecting your back from most threats. It won't stop grabs or piercing attacks, however, and it only lasts so long before vanishing.

pal A floating shield from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Pick it up and it'll protect you from attacks from behind. It's not perfect, though, as it can't block grabs or piercing attacks. Still, it'll block any standard attacks until it eventually disappears, so it's a pretty useful thing to get your hands on!

Nintendo 3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an item[edit]

The Back Shield returns in Ultimate. It retains its design and function from SSB4.


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