Palutena's Guidance is Pit's Smash Taunt, performed on Palutena's Temple in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When it is activated, a conversation is initiated about an opponent Pit is facing, in the same fashion as Snake's Codec Conversations in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Palutena's Guidance is based upon the conversations Pit would have with other characters throughout Kid Icarus: Uprising. The dialogue appears on the bottom screen during gameplay, which is featured on the top screen. The conversations primarily involve Palutena or Viridi informing Pit about the task at hand. Other characters can also participate in them, though many conversations end up going on tangents, or don't even relate to the task at all. The conversations show up randomly and are dependent on what chapter and segment are being played.
The Smash Taunt can be activated by Pit on Palutena's Temple. During the match, the player must press the down taunt button for one frame. When this is done successfully, Pit will perform a crouching animation for five seconds, during which time he is immobile. As long as this animation completes without interruption, a conversation will begin. The Smash Taunt can only be done once per match, even if it was unsuccessful due to the animation's interruption.
Pit's Smash Taunt references various conversations that he could have with Palutena throughout Kid Icarus: Uprising; in addition to reusing the same artwork for the conversation boxes, the conversations feature a light-hearted, comical tone from the game, complete with occasional points where the two break the fourth wall.
In addition to Palutena and Pit, Kid Icarus character Viridi appears in several of the conversations, also utilizing her artwork from Kid Icarus Uprising. In a handful of conversations, namely the one about him, the Ice Climbers, and Wolf, Dark Pit also joins in. In Wii U, Chrom joins in on the conversation regarding Robin, using his portrait from Fire Emblem Awakening. In Ultimate, Alucard makes a cameo during Richter’s conversation, using his portrait from Symphony of the Night, and having an echo effect on his voice similar to the one heard in the same game.
Palutena's Guidance returns in Ultimate, with new conversations for returning veterans that were not present in Smash 4, Smash 4's downloadable fighters, and Ultimate newcomers, including the DLC character, Piranha Plant. The majority of conversations for returning characters that were present in Smash 4 are recycled, but six receive new conversations: Link, Zelda, Sheik, Ganondorf, Ike and Robin. All of Viridi's voice lines for the recycled conversations in the English versions are also re-recorded, as she is now voiced by Dayci Brookshire instead of Hynden Walch. If Stage Morph is on, the morph will be delayed until the conversation ends.
Conversations (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
Note: Although the exact same voice clip is used for Pit's line about feeling bad for the Koopalings in both versions, the text either says 'kind of' or 'kinda', depending on which version is played. Viridi's remarks about the mysterious relationship between Bowser and the Koopalings refers to Nintendo's changing stance on the characters. The Koopalings were initially referred to as Bowser's children in Super Mario Bros. 3, but this background was later discarded and the Koopalings are currently classified as captains of his army.
Note: Pit and Palutena mentioning Charizard being short in the flight department references the removal of the gliding mechanic previously present in Brawl.
Note: While Dark Pit and the Lightning Chariot were newly recruited to Viridi, Phosphora had already been aligned with the Forces of Nature.
Note: Viridi's statement that there are many different Ganondorfs is only partially correct. While there have been various different Links and Zeldas throughout the series, there have only been two different Ganondorfs: One that has remained the same individual across the series' diverging timelines while appearing in either his Gerudo form or his demonic form, and another that has appeared exclusively in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures hundreds of years after Ganondorf's death in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This may also refer to the versions of Ganon from said diverging timelines, who have evolved differently based on the events occurring in their respective timelines. This is corrected in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version of the conversation.
Note: This conversation references the fact that both Kid Icarus and The Legend of Zelda were released in 1986 in Japan. Pit's confusion with Viridi's remarks references Kid Icarus: Uprising, where the character openly dislikes the human species due to them often destroying the ecosystems around them.
Note: While Viridi's inflection in her last line suggests sarcasm, Lucina does not have a deep sense of humor within Fire Emblem Awakening; her profile states that she is "the least likely to get a joke", and in some of her support conversations, others often make remarks of her stern personality, such as Inigo referring to her as "so darn grim" and Cynthia saying she needs to "loosen up".
Note: This conversation references The Year of Luigi, a promotional advertising campaign where Nintendo celebrated Luigi's 30th anniversary since his debut in Mario Bros.
Note: Palutena's remarks about Mario being Pit's first ally is a reference to Brawl's Subspace Emissary. Upon being sent out by Palutena to take down the Subspace Army, Pit encounters Mario's trophy in the clouds. Additionally, the earlier half of this taunt bears a striking similarity to that of Snake's Codec message of Mario in the previous game.
Notes: Unlike most other guidances, Mega Man's guidance directly lists out the majority of his moveset in Smash Bros, which are all special weapons gained from the Robot Masters in the original Mega Man games.
Note: This is mentioning the fact that most of the time, when Meta Knight is defeated in a Kirby game, his mask shatters, revealing a face quite similar to Kirby's.
Note: Pit references the Shadow Bugs from Brawl's Subspace Emissary as a nod to Mr. Game & Watch's role in the mode; according to Masahiro Sakurai, the Shadow Bugs are a mysterious substance that can be extracted from Mr. Game & Watch, which allowed Tabuu to create a majority of the members of the Subspace Army. Despite what Viridi says, a Judge with 9 does not actually KO an opponent immediately, but it does still have high knockback and damage.
Note: The conversations about Olimar and Alph are identical, hence Pit not referring to them by name. Alph is the only alternate character (that isn't a simple gender swap) whose Guidance conversation isn't different from the main character's.
Note: Palutena's talk about Pit's wings is an allusion to Chapter 2 of Kid Icarus: Uprising, in which Palutena speculates on the tastiness of barbecued angel wings while he flies through a lightning storm.
Note: Pit saying that he has fought Palutena before references Chapter 20 of Kid Icarus: Uprising, where he is tasked with defeating Palutena after she is possessed by the Chaos Kin. The ending of the conversation references not only Pit's Smash Taunt, but also Palutena's role in Brawl; as part of Pit's previous Final Smash, Palutena's Army, Palutena would summon multiple centurions to attack Pit's opponents. Interestingly, Pit can still use the Power of Flight despite that being granted by Palutena.
Note: Pit pronounces R.O.B. as three separate letters, unlike how Palutena and the announcer pronounce it as a full name. Pit's nickname for R.O.B., "Mr. HVC-012", is a reference to the product number of R.O.B. in Japan.
Note: Contrary to what Palutena says, Chrom actually can learn Aether in Fire Emblem Awakening, as part of his basic skill set as a Great Lord; however, the animation in the class with his signature weapon Falchion doesn't include a vertical jump like Ike's, explaining the quote. Viridi's remarks about Chrom being similar to Ike also reference the reason for Chrom's exclusion from the game; after the reveal of Lucina and Robin as playable characters, Masahiro Sakurai stated that Chrom was ultimately not included as a playable character because he believed the sword-wielding character would end up being too similar to either Marth or Ike. Palutena's quip of Chrom taking a nap before his appearance in this conversation is a reference to one of his Barracks quotes on what he does during his free time.
Note: This conversation references confusion that sometimes occurs amongst players who frequently call the protagonists by the series' name, particularly with some referring to Link as Zelda. Additionally, the Japanese version has Viridi comment on Pit's name not being Palutena per the franchise's name (パルテナの鏡, Mirror of Palutena)
Note: Pit and Palutena commenting on Sheik's true identity and Viridi not taking them seriously could be a subtle reference to the legacy of Ocarina of Time. While it is common knowledge in modern times that Sheik is actually Zelda — partially due to their playability in the Smash Bros. series itself — Sheik's identity is technically one of Ocarina of Time's biggest spoilers, revealed late in the game between the second-last and last dungeons.
Note: Pit's unfamiliarity with Shulk references how the Xenoblade series was the newest game universe to be introduced to Smash 4 (and the fact that his universe was completely absent from Brawl due to not being released until over two years later); it could also reference how Kid Icarus: Uprising was released before Xenoblade Chronicles in North America. Also, Pit's lines reference some of Reyn's battle quotes from Xenoblade Chronicles.
Note: Pit's knowledge of Mr. Resetti may be a reference to his role as an Assist Trophy in the previous game. Additionally, the Japanese dialogue mentions how the Villager's name is the first one in Smash Bros. to be written in hiragana.
Note: Palutena is referencing Wario's first appearance as Wario-Man in WarioWare: Touched! — however, Wario-Man's first appearance was actually WarioWare: Twisted!. Also, TMI is an abbreviation for "too much information".
Note: Viridi saying that "Angels are nothing more than divine interns." and Pit saying "Angels are messengers of the gods!" is a reference to when Pit asked Palutena if all gods had angels like Palutena had Pit.
Note: The Wii Fit Trainer is the only character with an alternate costume that changes that character's gender whose Guidance conversation for said alternate costume is unique.
Note: This conversation is similar to Snake's Codec when performed on Yoshi as in both conversations the characters in the conversation question on how Yoshi lays eggs even if it is male.
Note: Palutena's comment about dark magic references Spirit Tracks, where Zelda had the ability to control Phantoms. It may also be referencing Phantom Hourglass, where the Phantoms were creations of the antagonist, Bellum.
Conversations (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Note: Palutena calling Bayonetta a "wearer of questionable outfits" is likely based on her default clothes being made entirely of her own hair, which also exposes parts of her body when using Wicked Weaves ingame (which is heavily censored in Smash Bros.). Viridi's statement of asking Pit to "just wiggle around" out of her combos may jokingly reference the derisive "Just SDI" meme that appeared in response to complaints about Bayonetta in Smash 4, as SDI is the one of the most effective methods to escape Bayonetta's aerial strings.
Note: Palutena referring to Chrom's sword as simply "Falchion" in opposition to Marth's Exalted Falchion and Lucina's Parallel Falchion was originally "Sealed Sword Falchion" in the Japanese version, which is what Chrom's sword prior to its upgrade is called in Awakening. The localization of Awakening changed it to simply Falchion, and Ultimate followed suit with this.
Note: Pit's last line will change depending on whether or not the player is currently in a Stamina match. Also, contrary to Palutena's claims, Cloud never made it into SOLDIER; due to a traumatic event, he adopted the memories from Zack Fair, a friend of his who was an actual SOLDIER 1st Class.
Note: The beginning of this Guidance directly breaks the fourth wall of players having the option to choose three story paths in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation.
Note: Viridi's line about how "the monkeys never should have messed with the stuff", and how it "blew up in their faces" is misleading: she might be referring to the Galactic Federation (which is made up of humans, or "monkeys" by Viridi) and their production of Phazon Enhancement Devices, but the Space Pirates were actually the first to experiment with Phazon. The former's use of Phazon, however, did not have as negative an impact as the latter. However, Viridi could be referring to the terminal corruption state experienced by Rundas, Ghor, Gandrayda, and Samus (during a Game Over) due to overuse of their Phazon Enhancement Devices, a miscalculation the Federation failed to foresee and thus unknowingly putting the bounty hunters in danger.
Note: Though Ganondorf's appearance in Ultimate is based on his incarnation in Ocarina of Time, Pit directly calls him "the Calamity, the ultimate evil that can't be killed". This is a direct reference to Calamity Ganon, a primal form of Ganondorf which acts as the main antagonistic force in The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, who can only be sealed away with the divine power of the Goddess.
Note: Pit's comment on the Ice Climbers being "kicked out of Smash for illegal teaming" is likely a reference to their exclusion from Super Smash Bros. 4, as the 3DS version could not handle the mechanics of the two-in-one fighter. Palutena's comment on their lack of cooperation may also reference de-syncing in past games, allowing for tricks such as infinites and chain-grab wobbles.
Note: The reference to "mercenary" was "Ranger" in the Japanese version, which was Ike's base class in Path of Radiance (Hero being Ike's base class in Radiant Dawn). Mercenary is a similar class in most other games that usually promotes to Hero, but it does not exist in Path of Radiance or Radiant Dawn.
Note: While Pit says 'That tiger's on fire!', the in-game text erroneously says 'That's tiger's on fire!'
Note: Palutena refers to Isabelle as "she Isabelle" rather than "she's Isabelle". This is most likely a pun to she is a bell due to the fact that she wears bells on her head. In Japanese, the joke is instead related to the fact that she is a Shih Tzu; "シーズー犬だから、しずえ。"
Note: Contrary to Palutena's statement, Ken has never possessed the Dark Hado. However she may be referring to his brainwashed transformation known as Violent Ken which actually uses M. Bison's Psycho Power instead of the Dark Hado.
Note: According to Leigh Loveday (writer of the Donkey Kong Country series) on Rareware.com's former "scribes" column, K. Rool's motivation for stealing the banana hoard is either that he wants Donkey Kong to starve to death so that he can occupy his "cosy treehouse pad," or perhaps that he simply likes bananas. The latter explanation is supported in the Donkey Kong Country manual which states the Kremlings coveted the Bananas for their nutritional value, and contradicted in DK: Jungle Climber where K. Rool states that he despises bananas.
Note: "OP" is a common slang word in gaming that means "overpowered". In this case, the Master Sword powers up in the presence of Calamity Ganon in Breath of the Wild. However, Palutena notes that Ultimate's Ganondorf is from a different game (Ocarina of Time), and thus this mechanic would not work. Regardless, Ganondorf's weakness to the Master Sword is a common story mechanic, and traditionally deals the final blow to Ganondorf in the Legend of Zelda series.
Note: Though the dialogue was originally unchanged in Ultimate, due to the Mii Gunner's redesigned outfit, the two references to backpacks were later omitted.
Note: When Viridi starts naming off the different species of Piranha Plants, her dialogue humorously speeds up. This also gives Viridi the single longest line of dialogue in Palutena's Guidance.
Note: Whether this conversation or a conversation that applies to the Pokémon themselves comes up when the taunt is triggered is chosen depending on the Pokémon that is present: If the present Pokémon is the one that is first sent out (which can be chosen when picking Pokémon Trainer), the conversation will revolve around said Pokémon. If a Pokémon is presently out that wasn't the first one (i.e. Ivysaur or Charizard, if Squirtle was chosen first), then the conversation will revolve around the Pokémon Trainer.
Note: Pit calling the Pokémon Trainer a "twerp" is most likely a reference to how Team Rocket refers to Ash and his friends in the Pokémon anime. Palutena's somewhat morbid reference to the Pokémon playing together at a 'farm upstate' is a common phrase used to delicately tell children that their animal has passed away or had to be put down. On a lighter note, the "farm" Palutena mentions could be instead referring to My Pokémon Ranch, or even the Poké Pelago, although the pelago is not really a "farm".
Note: Pit's declaration of "Ridley confirmed!" may be a nod to Ridley's consistent popularity as a potential fighter since the first Smash Bros. Pit saying "Is that canon?" may be referring to the fact that Viridi's information (Ridley building Mecha Ridley) has been previously mentioned only in obscure online supplemental materials for Metroid: Zero Mission; alternatively, he may be questioning Viridi's claim that Ridley is "officially [...] a narcissist". Finally, Proteus Ridley, a version of Ridley where he was regenerating his organics during his Meta Ridley form, is the only incarnation of Ridley not mentioned in the conversation.
Note: Pit's confusion regarding how to say Ryu's name refers to a similar inconsistency with its official pronunciation; the announcer and Palutena both use the first pronunciation. Pit saying "SURE YOU CAN!" is wordplay on Ryu's up special move, Shoryuken. Viridi's mention of the opponents Ryu has faced are in reference to the Marvel vs. Capcom series, as well as many other crossovers in which he appeared (including Super Smash Bros.), which feature such opponents as Cyber-Akuma (Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter), Mega Man, the X-Men, Abyss (Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes), the Avengers, Shuma-Gorath, and Firebrand (from Capcom's Ghosts 'n Goblins series), although in the Street Fighter series there have also been mutants (such as Blanka and Necro) and cyborgs, like Seth. Ryu has also faced androids and cyborgs in Street Fighter X Tekken (Alisa and Jack-X, and Bryan and Yoshimitsu, respectively).
Note: Palutena and Viridi refer to Sheik using male pronouns, much to the confusion of Pit (who knows Sheik's true identity). Conversely, Ultimate refers to Sheik using female pronouns in her moveset and tips. Sheik's gender has been a longstanding dispute since the character's inception. Due to the differing nature of pronouns in Japanese, Sheik's gender is never brought into the conversation at all, with Pit's last remark simply being a comment on Viridi's advice.
Note: Pit recognizing Simon Belmont is a possible reference to how both of them were main characters in the promotional cartoon series Captain N: The Game Master and his explanation of "hitting the scene around the same time" refers to how both series debuted in 1986. Additionally, Pit's math is wrong — 1094 AD to 1999 is only 905 years, not a thousand (though Pit making such a mistake is still within character).
Note: Pit saying they should “bust out the cannons” is likely a reference to the Cannon weapon class from Kid Icarus: Uprising. He also comments on how he "never thought [he'd] get a chance to fight [Snake] again", referencing how both Pit and Snake debuted in Brawl, but Snake was cut from Smash 4. Also, when Pit thinks about adding bombs to his arrows, Viridi sarcastically says it's very original, because some of the Legend of Zelda games already have that ability.
Note: Viridi saying "glorified palette swap" is likely a reference to how Wolf and Dark Pit are based on Fox and Pit respectively. However, while Dark Pit is a full clone and an Echo Fighter, Wolf is a pseudo-clone whose moveset barely resembles Fox’s.
Note: The way Viridi calls out Pit's name is similar to how Zelda calls Link's name when talking to him telepathically in A Link to the Past and Breath of the Wild.
Characters available as downloadable content use a generic Guidance conversation, presumably to avoid having to repeatedly bring in the characters' voice actors for new lines each time a new character is added. The generic conversation was discovered at Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's launch in the game's sound files. The conversation consists of Pit, Palutena, and Viridi briefly discussing an unknown fighter. Unused and inaccessible through normal play at first, it was confirmed to be a placeholder conversation for additional fighters on April 15th, 2015, with the release of the first DLC character, Mewtwo, though Bayonetta's reveal trailer had Palutena give Pit information on her.
The same dialogue was also found in Ultimate and was unused until the release of Joker. However, Piranha Plant has a unique conversation, presumably due to being developed at the same time as the main game.
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