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Back Shield

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Back Shield
Assist Trophy

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.


Artwork of the Back Shield as it appears in Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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.

The Back Shield item in Smash Tour.

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.
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.

No. Image Name Type Class Slot Ability Series
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Alm & Celica
★★★ 3 Back Shield Equipped Fire Emblem Series

Equipping the General Pepper, Alolan Exeggutor, Gyromite, Phyllis & Pelly or Flow Support Spirits will equip the player with a Back Shield at the start of a match.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
General Pepper
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Star Fox Series
Alolan Exeggutor
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Pokémon Series
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★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped R.O.B. Series
Phyllis & Pelly Spirit.png
Phyllis & Pelly
★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Animal Crossing Series
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★★ 1 Back Shield Equipped Splatoon Series