Dark Pit (SSB4)
Dark Pit (ブラックピット, Black Pit) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4, being an unlockable newcomer. Dark Pit was teased before release, being shown in Palutena's reveal trailer, and officially confirmed by the Smash website on October 9th, 2014 alongside Dr. Mario, in a post-release announcement. He is a moveset clone of Pit and, like Dr. Mario and Lucina, Dark Pit was originally intended to be an alternate costume before being split off into his own character, the reason to this being due to the oddity of him wielding the Three Sacred Treasures and the Electroshock Arm being already modeled..
Just as in Kid Icarus: Uprising, Dark Pit shares the same voice actors with Pit, with Antony Del Rio voicing him in English and Minami Takayama in Japanese, albeit with completely different voice clips.
Dark Pit currently ranks 30th out of 58 characters on the tier list, in the C tier and tied with Pit. While he is almost a full clone of Pit down to his movement options and combos, along with bearing a good damage racking ability, Dark Pit has a significantly more useful KO option in Electroshock Arm, and a stronger (though less versatile) damage racking projectile in Silver Bow. However, as Dark Pit largely retains Pit's moveset, he suffers from the same issues as him, such as largely weak finishers that give him trouble taking stocks outside of aggressive edgeguarding, along with a weaker version of Pit's forward tilt. Regardless, he has the benefits of his aerials being able to autocancel out of a short hop, his recovery being long distanced, and his edgeguarding ability being effective thanks to his multiple jumps.
Dark Pit's tournament representation was previously respectable, particularly due to Nairo having previously mained him, but after Nairo dropped him for Zero Suit Samus, his representation has become much worse than Pit's already below-average representation.
How to unlock
Dark Pit must then be defeated on Reset Bomb Forest .
Dark Pit must then be defeated on Palutena's Temple.
Unlike most clones, who at least have different properties to differentiate themselves from the original (such as Lucina lacking Marth's tipper and Dr. Mario being a "stronger and slower Mario"), Dark Pit is almost exactly the same as his base character, Pit, in both moveset and movement speed (walking speed, dashing speed, air speed, falling speed and three double jumps). Excluding the smaller hitbox size on his jab's rapid finisher and the less base knockback on his forward tilt, Dark Pit's standard attacks are all carbon copies of Pit's, sharing the exact same frame data, damage and knockback, making Dark Pit quite literally a clone chracter (even their taunts share the exact same length of time despite looking different). The main differences between them are two of their special moves, which makes Dark Pit almost like a custom moveset counterpart of Pit with his own roster slot. This means combat-wise, Dark Pit works exactly the same as Pit, only with aesthetic differences (such as him using a different weapon, while having different taunts and voice lines). A Pit player will have no trouble playing Dark Pit because of their mirrored movesets, but there are some minor differences that can make Dark Pit either a better or worse character to pick in a matchup.
The first difference is Dark Pit's Silver Bow: compared to Pit's Palutena's Bow, Silver Bow's arrows travel in an almost fixed straight trajectory that can be only shifted slightly up and down. This means they are significantly less accurate than Pit's curve-heavy arrows, making it impossible for him to land as many aimed shots or be as much of a nuisance to opponents that are knocked offstage as Pit. Instead, they possess slightly higher overall damage, increased knockback, and speed when uncharged, which makes them more rewarding if used to deal damage than when compared with Pit's. Dark Pit's arrows are inferior to Pit's if a player solely uses them to camp, gimp or pester opponents, as they cannot be guided accurately. However, if a player prefers not to concentrate on aiming arrows as much as Pit, this can be an upside, as Dark Pit can allow them to focus on other matters, rather than aiming projectiles.
The second and more significant difference is his side special. Electroshock Arm, apart from dealing electrical damage, it sends opponents in a diagonal trajectory when landed, compared to Pit's Upperdash Arm which knocks opponents vertically. Combat-wise, Upperdash Arm KOs more consistently anywhere on the stage (starting at 150%) than Electroshock Arm if both Pit and his opponent are grounded due to its vertical knockback. By contrast, Electroshock Arm's diagonal knockback allows it to net KOs much earlier at the sides of the stage (starting at 80%), deals more damage, and its higher knockback when grounded makes it deceptively powerful if it lands on an onstage opponent due to its angle of knockback. Because of these differences, Electroshock Arm is a reliable KO move at the edges of the stage, especially against heavyweights or fighters with poor recovery as a diagonal angle can KO them more reliably, as well as make it more difficult for them to get back on stage: a perfect example would be against Ganondorf, who would be in more trouble if sent offstage by Electroshock Arm than up into the air but still safely over the stage by Upperdash Arm. Additionally, its knockback angle also makes Electroshock Arm a better offstage edgeguard (although its endlag when missed makes it a dangerous option).
All in all, in line with Dark Pit's Idol description in Uprising, the "flawed clone of Pit" is a more difficult character to use projectile-wise due to his harder hitting but less accurate projectile when compared to Pit, but he brings a different finishing tool into battle in the form of Electroshock Arm, which opens up a few more opportunities for him to earn KOs. Regardless, both Pit's differences are not all that significant, and it is up to the player to decide which Pit to use in combat since both are solid "all-rounders" with a more notable preference towards edgeguarding and recovery.
Dark Pit doesn't gain much benefit from his custom moves; only his neutral special really gains any benefit. Piercing Bow deals more damage and passes through rivals, but cannot be angled, giving it even less control than the regular Silver Bow. Guiding Bow is basically the opposite of Piercing Bow, it trades damage for more control, making it similar to Pit's Palutena's Bow.
Similar to Pit, Dark Pit's changes in updates were minor, but were improvements in general. The changes to shielding mechanics in 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 are beneficial to him due to his multi-hit moves and his side special, Electroshock Arm, having better shield damaging capabilities. The base damage of Silver Bow was also increased (along with the projectile's speed) in 1.1.0, making Dark Pit's arrows a slightly stronger but less accurate variant of Pit's Palutena's Arrow. Update 1.1.3 buffed Electroshock Arm due to sending opponents at a more horizontal angle, making it KO earlier and more deadly against sub-par recoveries. Overall, Dark Pit seems to be better than he was in the game's initial release.
In competitive play
Tier placement and history
Like his original counterpart, Dark Pit has been ranked as a mid-tier character since the game's release, largely due to Pit's perception at the time being shared with him, and inheriting many of Pit's attributes as well. Despite his playerbase and tournament results being among the lowest in competitive play (even lower than those of Pit), smashers have still demonstrated him to have a valuable niche over some characters Pit has slightly more difficulty dealing with, such as King Dedede. As a result, smashers such as Earth and KiraFlax have used him alongside with Pit, proving him to still be a rather viable character in competitive play, due to the great balance between his strengths and weaknesses, this consensus being also shared with Pit. This ended with Dark Pit ranking at 17th on the first 4BR tier list, only one place above his original counterpart.
Like Pit's tournament results, however, Dark Pit's tournament results have never been as high as other mid-tier characters despite being impressive, even being lower than those of Pit's. Due to this, he would later see a drop to 27th on the second tier list, the fifth largest drop between the first and second lists, and three spots below Pit, then finally drop to 30th-31st on the third and current tier list, now sharing the spot with Pit.
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