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Back Shield

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Back Shield
Back Shield KI-U.jpeg
Official artwork of a Back Shield.
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 item in Smash Tour.

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.


Back Shield's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Back Shield's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Back Shield
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!
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.


While the Back Shield itself does not have a spirit, the item appears as an ability for the primary spirit Alm & Celica and the support spirits General Pepper, Alolan Exeggutor, Gyromite, Phyllis & Pelly, or Flow. Using any of the listed spirits will give the player a Back Shield at the start of a match.

Primary spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Alm & Celica.png
Alm & Celica
★★★ 3 2913 8744 1471 4413 1278 3836 Back Shield Equipped Fire Emblem Series

Support spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit General Pepper.png
General Pepper
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Star Fox Series
SSBU spirit Alolan Exeggutor.png
Alolan Exeggutor
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Pokémon Series
SSBU spirit Gyromite.png
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped R.O.B. Series
Artwork used for Phyllis & Pelly's Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
Phyllis & Pelly
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Animal Crossing Series
from the game's files
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Splatoon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese バックシールド Back Shield
UK English Back Shield
France French Bouclier dorsal Back Shield
Germany German Rückenschild Back Shield
Spain Spanish Retroescudo Back Shield
Italy Italian Scudo posteriore Rear Shield
China Chinese Back Shield
South Korea Korean 백 실드 Back Shield
Netherlands Dutch Rugschild Back Shield
Russia Russian Спинощит Back Shield