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This article is about Pit's appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4. For the character in other contexts, see Pit.
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Pit as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Universe Kid Icarus
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Brawl
in Ultimate

Availability Starter
Final Smash Three Sacred Treasures
Tier D (32/33)
Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Pit (ピット, Pit) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. His return to the series was announced during the E3 Nintendo Direct on June 11th, 2013.[1]

Rather than retaining Lani Minella as his voice actor from the English version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pit is now voiced by Antony Del Rio, who reprises his role from the English version of Kid Icarus: Uprising. However, he remains uncredited, possibly due to being a union-based voice actor. Minami Takayama, who voiced Pit in the Japanese versions of Brawl and Uprising, also reprises her role, with new voice clips.

Pit is currently ranked 32nd/33rd out of 55 on the tier list, placing him in the D tier and tying him with his clone, Dark Pit. This is a moderate drop from his placement in Brawl, where he was ranked 17th out of 38. Pit's frame data is deceptively fast, as almost the entirety of his moveset has less than 10 frames of start-up lag. On a related note, all of his aerial attacks are capable of auto-canceling with a short hop. When these traits are coupled with his disjointed range and projectile, Palutena Bow, Pit boasts a very effective neutral game.

Pit is also among the handful of characters who possesses multiple double jumps, which not only assists his recovery and landing options, but also makes him very capable at edge-guarding. Lastly, Pit's grab game has improved considerably: his forward throw now possesses KO potential, and the changes to hitstun canceling have made his down throw into a very reliable combo starter.

However, Pit's KO potential is unimpressive: aside from edge-guarding and his forward/up smashes, his other KOing options are only effective when sweetspotted (forward tilt and back aerial), or at very high percentages (forward throw and Upperdash Arm). Changes to game mechanics have also nerfed Pit in certain ways: the removal of gliding hinders his recovery, while edge trumping hinders his edge-guarding potential.

Although Pit has a small playerbase, he has nevertheless managed to achieve a decent level of success, thanks to the likes of Earth, Kuro and KiraFlax. Earth, in particular, has demonstrated Pit's viability: he has won a number of regional tournaments; achieved a number of above-average placings at the regional and national levels in both singles and doubles play; and was ranked 35th on Panda Global Rankings' v3 list.


Pit is a middleweight who has above-average walking and dashing speeds; slightly below-average traction; average air acceleration and falling speed; and below-average air speed and gravity. Pit's jump and double jump are both low, although this flaw is largely offset by his three double jumps. These attributes collectively render Pit's overall mobility as average, yet make him adept at adapting to most situations. Unlike most of his fellow middleweights, Pit also has above-average height.

As a beginner-friendly character, Pit has a low learning curve, yet is quite rewarding when played wisely. His ease of use is probably best exemplified by his frame data: aside from six moves (forward tilt, forward smash, and forward, back, up and down aerials), the rest of Pit's normal moveset has less than 10 frames of start-up lag. Pit's neutral special, Palutena Bow, reinforces his ease of use: its ability to be charged and easily maneuvered makes it very useful for zoning, edge-guarding, and even mindgames. When these traits are coupled with his Palutena Bow's disjointed range, Pit's neutral game is among the most effective in SSB4 when utilized properly.

Much like his attributes, Pit's moveset is balanced, so much so that it seemingly has no glaring strengths or weaknesses. When coupled with his great neutral game, Pit's edge-guarding potential, punishment ability, and conversions are all balanced compared to the rest of the cast. Pit's ground game overall possesses a decent level of utility. Neutral attack, down tilt and down smash are decent spacing options, thanks to their quick start-up and moderate ending lag in proportion to their range.

Neutral attack is also useful for jab canceling, while dash attack can punish landings and whiffed attacks very effectively, and down smash's back hit is a moderately strong semi-spike. Up tilt and especially up smash are useful anti-air moves, while the latter also boasts enough power to score KOs. Lastly, forward smash is Pit's strongest KOing option, and is tied with Marth, Lucina, and Samus' forward smashes as the fastest smash attack of its kind in the game.

Unlike in Brawl, Pit now possesses a respectable grab game. His grabs' ranges have increased, while his dash grab's decreased start-up and ending lag make it much safer. However, his forward and down throws underwent the most noticeable improvements. Forward throw's increased base knockback enables it to KO at high percentages while near the edge, whereas the changes to hitstun canceling have made down throw into a very reliable combo starter. Although Pit's up and back throws have less utility in comparison, they have decent damage outputs and launch opponents into unfavorable positions. These traits make them useful at keeping his forward throw fresh for a later KO attempt, as well as alleviating the staleness of his other moves.

Pit's air game is also useful, thanks to his aerial attacks' ability to auto-cancel and their particular strengths. Neutral aerial has the lowest amount of startup lag out of his entire moveset, a long duration, and an excellent auto-cancel window. Altogether, these traits make it useful for edge-guarding, approaching and, when SHFF'd, starting combos. Forward and up aerials are reliable followups from down throw; in addition, the former is useful for approaching and edge-guarding, whereas the latter is excellent for juggling. Back aerial is Pit's strongest aerial attack when sweetspotted, making it ideal for spacing as part of a reverse aerial rush or KOing outright. Lastly, down aerial is useful for edge-guarding, thanks to it being a meteor smash during its first frame, and its fairly large range also makes it decent for approaching.

In the transition to SSB4, almost the entirety of Pit's special moveset underwent numerous changes in reference to Kid Icarus: Uprising. His new side and down specials use weapons that debuted in Uprising; his new up special references Palutena's ability to grant him the Power of Flight; and his new Final Smash uses the Three Sacred Treasures. Upperdash Arm functions very similarly to Raptor Boost: it propels Pit forward and, upon making contact with something, results in him throwing an uppercut that has a decent damage output and very high base knockback. As a result, it boasts KO potential unlike Angel Ring, at the cost of damage racking potential. Upperdash Arm also has utility outside of offense: it grants super armor; can reflect projectiles; and can function as a horizontal recovery option. However, it is very punishable because of its dash's noticeable start-up lag and extreme amount of ending lag, especially when it misses. Upperdash Arm's deflection property is also fairly inconsequential, since it reflects projectiles at an upward diagonal angle instead of directly back at the opponent.

Power of Flight covers an impressive amount of distance, and be angled to propel Pit either vertically, diagonally, or almost horizontally. It also offers better protection compared to Wings of Icarus: Pit can immediately reuse it upon being hit, and it grants intangibility that lasts slightly longer than Wings of Icarus' invincibility. However, Power of Flight's linearity results in it lacking the unpredictability and impressive versatility that Wings of Icarus possesses. Lastly, Guardian Orbitars protect Pit on his left and right sides with energy shields that reflect projectiles. They are also capable of pushing opponents back, which makes them capable of edge-guarding. While these traits make them seem like a direct upgrade of Mirror Shield, the Orbitars are not indestructible like the Shield: should they end up being destroyed, they cannot be used again for 10 seconds. In addition, their high amount of ending lag makes them highly risky when used on the ground or when landing.

Despite his strengths, Pit does have some weaknesses. Like Mario, most characters are able to outperform him in various areas: as examples, Mario himself and Luigi have more versatile combo games; Mewtwo has better mobility; Link and Toon Link are better at camping; Cloud has greater range; and Charizard is overall much stronger. Pit's KO potential, however, is his most noticeable weakness. Despite possessing a serviceable amount of KOing options, only his forward smash and up smash are consistently effective, and even these are highly unsafe on shield. In comparison, his other KOing options are only effective when sweetspotted (forward tilt and back aerial), or at very high percentages (down smash, forward throw and Upperdash Arm). This, in turn, is further compounded by his lack of guaranteed KO set-ups.

Although rage alleviates Pit's KO potential, his average endurance means that he cannot utilize it as consistently or effectively as heavier characters can. In addition, rage also hinders Pit's combo game out of down throw and neutral aerial, which are two of Pit's most effective combo starters. As a result, Pit will typically spend a comparatively longer time racking up damage before attempting to score a KO, and will often give the opponent high amounts of rage in the process.

Each of Pit's aerials also come with noticeable drawbacks. Neutral aerial has notoriously small loop hitboxes which opponents can SDI out of; forward aerial has small initial hitboxes; up aerial is among the slowest in the game relative to its power; and down aerial is inconsistent because its multiple hitboxes launch at different angles. Although all of Pit's aerials auto-cancel with a short hop, none of them auto-cancel with a short hop buffered fast fall. This means that all Pit players must manually delay their fast fall perfectly in order to use neutral, back and forward aerials effectively. This can also make Pit's combos and pressure game difficult to execute.

Despite the fact that most of Pit's aerials are relatively weak, each has large amounts of landing lag. When coupled with Pit's slow air speed and his forward aerial's very small initial hitboxes, Pit noticeably struggles to both land and contest other aerial opponents. In the end, Pit's aerials are helpful in his advantage state and supplement his grounded neutral game, but are much less useful when he is disadvantaged.

Although it is still long-distanced, Pit's recovery has nevertheless worsened since Brawl. Once renowned for its versatility, Pit's recovery is now linear and predictable: his double jumps are lower; gliding has been removed; and Power of Flight is largely inferior to Wings of Icarus because of it functioning like a traditional recovery move. Additionally, while Upperdash Arm can aid Pit's horizontal recovery, it has an extreme amount of ending lag when performed in the air, making it extremely risky when improperly used as a recovery option. Lastly, Pit's grab game is slightly offset by his slightly below-average traction, which can make shield grabs slightly difficult to use when blocking powerful attacks.

Pit possesses some decent custom moves. Guiding Bow grants even more control over the arrow's curvature, albeit at the cost of a lower damage output. Interception Arm functions similarly to a counterattack and boasts better KO potential, thanks to its higher damage output and knockback. However, it lacks any recovery potential because of it moving Pit very slightly backward upon being used, and also forces him into his lengthy aerial ending lag while in midair. Breezy Flight makes Pit more difficult to gimp at its start, but at the cost of weakening his long-distanced recovery. Lastly, Amplifying Orbitars are significantly stronger reflectors, making them a better choice against projectile-reliant characters. However, they lack pushboxes and have less durability.

All in all, Pit's strengths are on par with his weaknesses. His moveset consists of many moves with either long ranges (his grounded moves and back aerial); long durations (neutral/forward/up aerials and forward tilt); low ending lag (auto-canceled neutral/forward aerials, down smash and Palutena Bow); or quick movement (dash attack, dash grab and Upperdash Arm). This combination of traits, along with his good grounded mobility, allows Pit to reliably keep opponents in a disadvantage state, either stuck trying to land or getting off the edge.

In the end, this is arguably Pit's saving grace: he can cover enough options and retain advantage long enough to rack up more damage than a character of his limited combo potential should. However, he suffers from unimpressive KO potential similarly to lightweights, yet lacks the extended combo options and safe pressuring options that they typically possess for damage racking. Conversely, Pit also has a poor disadvantage state like many heavyweights, yet his overall damage output is considerably lower than most of theirs.

Despite being a very balanced character, players often overlook Pit in favor of his fellow all-rounder Mario, due to the latter having better frame data and consistent KO potential. This has also been reflected in his tournament representation, which is minimal outside of Japan, much like in Brawl. However, Pit has nevertheless managed to achieve a decent level of success in the competitive scene: Earth has won a number of regional tournaments, while Chompy, Len, Kuro, and KiraFlax have collectively achieved a number of above-average tournament results at the regional and national levels in both singles and doubles play.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Pit received some of the most noticeable changes of any returning veteran, similarly to Bowser, Dr. Mario, Roy, King Dedede and Charizard. Most of his moves have been heavily altered, with his special moves being the most noticeably changed in order to reference Kid Icarus: Uprising. As a result, Pit's transition from Brawl to SSB4 saw him receive a mix of buffs and nerfs, but due to his key weaknesses being more exploitable, he has been overall nerfed.

Due to Pit's special moveset being changed to reflect Kid Icarus: Uprising, it has received a mix of both buffs and nerfs. Pit's new side special, Upperdash Arm, provides the most utility out of the three: it possesses KO potential and super armor; can be used for horizontal recovery; and can deflect projectiles. His new down special, Guardian Orbitars, provide protection on both sides, but have limited durability. Lastly, Pit's new up special, Power of Flight, can be immediately reused even if he is hit during its usage, though it has vastly less versatility because of its strictly linear path as well as lacking the windbox and advanced techniques Wings of Icarus had.

Pit's previously poor grab game has been improved: the changes to hitstun canceling make his down throw into a very useful combo starter, while his forward throw has KO potential at very high percentages. The removal of meteor canceling benefits Pit more than other returning veterans, as he is no longer more vulnerable to meteor smashes than most of the rest of the cast and he has gained a new meteor smash with his down aerial. Pit's grounded mobility has improved, which allows him to extend his combos and apply more grounded pressure to his opponents.

However, Pit has received some significant nerfs, most notably to his recovery: it is now hindered by lower and less floaty double jumps, the removal of gliding, and Power of Flight's aforementioned lack of versatility. Many of Pit's attacks also have lower damage outputs, shorter hitbox durations, and increased start-up and ending lag. This is notably obvious with Palutena Bow and his back aerial, with the former being laggier, travelling much slower and being less maneuverable while the latter has drastically reduced KO potential going from one of the most powerful back aerials to a back aerial with below average power.

In addition to the removal of gliding, other game mechanic changes within SSB4 have indirectly nerfed Pit. The removal of edge-hogging in favor of ledge trumping nerfs Pit's edge-guarding potential (although it greatly benefits Power of Flight), which is further compounded by the majority of the cast having improved recoveries. Additionally, rage is a mixed bag for Pit: while it alleviates his unimpressive KO potential, his merely average endurance results in him being unable to utilize it as consistently or effectively as other characters. As a result, Pit generally has more trouble KOing effectively while becoming easier to KO himself.

Overall, Pit's strengths and weaknesses are more balanced out as while he has no detrimental weaknesses, he also lacks any highly notably strengths or options putting him at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the cast who either have much more prevalent strengths or they posses moves with far more utility. As a result of these changes, Pit is worse overall as his weaknesses were not properly addressed while his strengths were toned down. The general changes to the game's mechanics also benefit him less than other returning veterans. Pit's position relative to the cast is debatable, as while a majority of the veterans ranked above him in Brawl were either nerfed to some degree or were outright removed, some of the veterans who were once low-tier or bottom-tier, have been buffed to varying degrees and most of the rest of the returning veterans benefit from Smash 4's mechanics more than he does to the point where some characters are far more effective in Smash 4 regardless of if the character was directly buffed or nerfed overall.


  • Change Pit's design has changed. His eyes are now slightly larger; his nose is now slightly smaller; and his hair is now slightly longer and maple brown, instead of auburn. Additionally, Pit's ornaments are now metallic gold, instead of aureolin; his leg ring is now ornate, instead of plain; his leotard now has a matte finish, instead of a satin finish; his plate fibula has a thinner plate and a larger gem; his bracers and buskins are thicker; and his buskins have larger buckles. Lastly, the aesthetic used in SSB4 has resulted in his bracers being sleeker; his bracers, buskins, and gauntlet being slightly more vibrant; and his buskers' fur trim being of a significantly higher visual quality than in Brawl. Altogether, these changes make Pit appear virtually identical to his appearance in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  • Change Pit's eye color is now slightly subdued. He also now wears archery gloves on both hands, instead of only wearing one on his left hand. These changes are unique to SSB4.
  • Change Pit has received two new alternate costumes.
  • Change Pit is significantly more expressive. He now scowls with his mouth open during certain attacks; appears alarmed upon tripping; blushes while being grabbed; his irises shrink while teetering and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSupon being screen KO'd; and he Super Smash Bros. for Wii Usports a toothy smirk during his new victory pose. Each of these new expressions are largely based on Pit's expressions used during his conversations in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  • Change Pit's on-screen appearance has an updated sound taken directly from Kid Icarus: Uprising, which plays when he descends onto the ground after starting missions or reviving from tall heights.
  • Change Pit has a new victory pose. He now rears his right arm back before thrusting it forward to strike the V sign and saying "Victory!" It is based on the pose he strikes upon defeating Hades at the end of Uprising. This replaces his victory pose from Brawl where he made similar pose to his current Smash Taunt and said "Great Palutena, victory is ours!"
  • Change Dash's animation has changed. It is now based on Pit's running animation in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  • Change Pit now has a Smash Taunt that can be used on Palutena's Temple. It is based on his conversations with Palutena in Uprising.
  • Change Pit now says "Come on!" during his up taunt, "That all you got?" during his side taunt, and occasionally "I'm finished!" upon being KO'd. These are alternate translations of his respective quotes in Japanese, which are unchanged. The lattermost being quoted directly from the English releases of Kid Icarus games, makes having the reference in both Japanese and English. Down taunt is also lower pitched.
  • Change Palutena Bow is thicker, slightly longer, and its blades' edges and fullers are now metallic gold and cerulean respectively, instead of aureolin and ultramarine, respectively. Additionally, its trail is now whitish gold with cerulean accents, instead of whitish amber. Lastly, its bow and blade swings' sound clips are lower pitched.
  • Change Palutena Bow no longer emits a sound effect upon being split apart during Pit's idle pose.


  • Buff Pit walks faster (1.18 → 1.199).
  • Buff Pit dashes faster (1.583 → 1.66215).
  • Nerf Pit's air speed is a tiny bit slower (0.893 → 0.89) going from the 15th slowest out of 39 characters to the 8th slowest out of 58.
  • Change Pit falls slightly faster (1.42 → 1.48), although he falls slower relative to the cast. This improves his vertical endurance, but makes him more susceptible to combos.
  • Change Pit's gravity is slightly higher (0.075 → 0.081).
  • Nerf Pit's third and fourth jumps grant noticeably less height.
  • Buff Pit is slightly heavier (94 → 96), improving his endurance.
  • Change Rolls, spot dodge and air dodge have updated sound effects. They now emit the same sound effect as Pit's dodge from Uprising.
  • Buff Air dodge has less startup (frame 4 → 2) and ending lag (FAF 40 → 32).
  • Nerf Air dodge has a shorter duration (frames 4-29 → 2-26).
  • Buff Back roll has less ending lag (FAF 33 → 28).
  • Nerf Rolls have a shorter duration (frames 4-17 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has a shorter duration (frames 2-20 → 2-16).
  • Nerf The removal of gliding hinders Pit's recovery. This also means that he no longer has a glide attack removing one of his strongest and safest KO options.[2]

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Nerf Neutral attack's first and second hits transition into their next hits slower (frame 8 → 11), have more ending lag (FAF 20 → 27 (hit 1), FAF 21 → 30 (hit 2)), and deal less damage (3% → 2%) with knockback compensated on the first hit (10 (base)/40 (scaling) → 38/30), while the second hit no longer uses set knockback (70/85 (set)/100 (scaling) → 30 (base)/30 (scaling)). This hinders their jab canceling potentials, as well as the second hit's linking ability at high percents. The third hit also has a shorter duration (frames 3-7 → 3-4), while the neutral infinite deals less damage (1% (near)/2% (far) → 0.8%).
    • Buff Neutral attack's third hit has increased knockback (50 (base)/70 (scaling) → 60/100), and neutral infinite has received a finisher, a lunging outward slash. These changes improve their safety on hit.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Nerf Pit has a new forward tilt, a scissoring slash while arcing his body. Compared to the previous forward tilt, it deals less damage (12% → 7% (base)/10% (tip)), no longer deals shield damage (1 → 0) and has less range (3.84u/4.8u/5.2u → 3.5u).
    • Buff Forward tilt has less startup with a longer duration (frames 14-16 → 10-14) and increased knockback (12 (base)/95 (scaling) → 40/100) compared to the previous forward tilt, improving its KO potential when sweetspotted despite its lower damage.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Pit has a new up tilt, a bicycle kick followed by a stretch kick. Compared to the previous up tilt, it has more startup (frame 2 → 6) and ending lag (FAF 36 → 43), deals less damage (3% (hit 1)/6% (hit 2)/7% (hit 3) → 2%/3%/5%) and its third hit has a shorter duration (frames 15-18 → 15-16).
    • Buff Up tilt's first and second hits have different angles (90° → 100° (hit 1), 115°/75°/90° → 365°/90° (hit 2)) allowing them to link better, while its third hit launches at a consistent angle (90°/115°/75° → 83°) and has increased knockback (60 (base)/70 (scaling) → 50/120), improving its KO potential despite its lower damage. The weakening of SDI also makes its hits harder to escape.
    • Change Up tilt's second and third hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.2×). This makes them safer on shield, but easier to DI.
  • Down tilt:
    • Nerf Down tilt uses a single extended hitbox that covers the blade, rather than four different hitboxes, which has a shorter duration (frames 6-8 → 6-7), deals less damage (11% → 6%), has less base knockback (80 → 70), and launches at a different angle (80°/280° → 55°) removing its ability to meteor smash. The move also has increased ending lag (FAF 30 → 32). These changes drastically hinder its spacing, edgeguarding and KO potentials.
    • Change Down tilt's animation has slightly changed. Pit now leans farther inward to perform the kneeling slash.
  • Dash attack:
    • Change Pit has a new dash attack, a spinning inward slash. Unlike the previous dash attack, it deals consistent damage (11% (body)/12% (arm)/9% (blade) → 11%).
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 42 → 39), different knockback (20 (base)/100 (scaling) → 80/50) and launches at a consistent angle (80°/70°/60° → 60°) compared to the previous dash attack, significantly improving its safety on hit, and allowing it to start combos at low percents thanks to the changes to hitstun canceling.
    • Nerf Dash attack's lower knockback scaling hinders its KO potential.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash's animation has changed. Pit now always splits his Palutena Bow in order to perform a downward slash before quickly reassembling it in order to perform a spinning outward slash. This new animation increases its range, and its first hit additionally has different angles (90°/110° → 70°/35°/0°) with higher set knockback on grounded targets (40 → 43/53), allowing it to link better into the second hit.
    • Nerf Forward smash has more startup with a shorter duration for each hit (frames 6-8 → 10 (hit 1), 18-20 → 21 (hit 2)), more ending lag (FAF 48 → 59), and deals less damage (7% (hit 1)/12% (hit 2) → 5%/10%), although its knockback was compensated (30 (base)/108 (scaling) → 42/122). Its first hit also has lower set knockback against aerial targets (40 → 5/15), allowing some characters to air dodge out of the second hit if they are hit by the weaker hitbox and Pit does not have enough rage.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's first hit has a longer duration due to receiving a late hit (frame 6 → 6-7), and its angles are distributed differently (270°/90°/110° → 365°/105° (clean)/110° (late)), allowing it to link better. Its second hit also has less startup (frame 11 → 10), while its third hit launches at a higher angle (80° → 89°) and has increased knockback (75 (base)/83 (scaling) → 66/102),[2] improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf Up smash has more ending lag (FAF 47 → 52).
    • Change Up smash's animation has slightly changed. Pit now slightly leans backward while slashing upward. This new animation improves its vertical range, but slightly hinders its horizontal range.
    • Change Up smash's third hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.2×). This makes it safer on shield, but easier to DI.
  • Down smash:
    • Nerf Down smash's first hit deals less damage (13% (body)/12% (base)/10% (tip) → 12% (body/base)/10% (tip)) and launches at a different angle (361° → 55°), hindering its KO potential despite its knockback values being increased (30/25/18 (base)/90 (scaling) → 35/93).
    • Buff Down smash's second hit deals more damage (10% (body)/9% (base)/8% (tip) → 12% (body/base)/10% (tip)) and knockback (20 (base)/90 (scaling) → 25/93), and is now a semi-spike (75° → 30°), significantly improving its edgeguarding and KO potential.
    • Buff Down smash's animation has slightly changed. Pit now leans farther inward to perform each slash. This new animation improves its range.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial's loop hits have lower SDI multipliers (1.4× → 0.8×), which along with the weakening of SDI makes them significantly more difficult to escape from. Its last hit also has more range (8u → 9.2u) and a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.8×), making it safer on shield.
    • Buff Neutral aerial has decreased landing lag (30 → 24 frames).
    • Nerf Neutral aerial's loop hits deal less damage (1% → 0.7%), which decreases its overall damage output by 2.1% (11% → 8.9%). It also has increased ending lag (FAF 52 → 55).
    • Change Neutral aerial's animation has slightly changed. Pit now swings his Palutena Bow slightly behind himself for its last hit.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Nerf Pit has a new forward aerial, a buzzsaw-like series of slashes. Compared to the previous forward aerial, it deals less damage (15% (body)/14% (hilt)/13% (blades) → 1.5% (hits 1-2)/4% (hit 3)), has more ending (frame 39 → 47) and landing lag (15 → 20 frames), and less range (3.8u/5.5u/4.5u → 1.5u (hits 1-2)/4u (hit 3)). This worsens its damage racking, spacing and KO potentials, despite the last hit's increased hitlag multiplier (1× → 2.2×) and knockback values (10 (base)/82 (scaling) → 20/180).
    • Buff Forward aerial has less startup (frame 12 → 11) compared to the previous forward aerial.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial's sourspot deals more knockback (10 (base), 80 (scaling) → 30/96).
    • Nerf Back aerial deals less damage with a sourspot at the blades' base (15% → 12%/8%), both hits have altered angles (361° → 46° (tip)/66° (base)) and its sweetspot has lower knockback scaling (100 → 96), significantly hindering its KO potential going from the 3rd strongest back aerial in the game to a back aerial of below average power. It also has more startup (frame 9 → 10), ending (frame 40 → 41) and landing lag (15 → 20 frames), and its late hit has been removed, significantly shortening its duration (frames 9-25 → 10-12).
    • Change Back aerial's animation has slightly changed. Pit now leans farther backward while performing the double reverse gripped thrust. This new animation makes Pit's hurtbox narrower, and makes its sweetspot more apparent. However, it horizontally expands his hurtbox and hinders its range.
    • Change Back aerial has different angles (361° → 46° (tip)/66° (base)). This hinders its edgeguarding ability, but allows the sourspot to start combos at certain percent ranges by landing quickly enough after hitting the opponent.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has lower SDI multipliers (1.3× → 0.7× (loop hits)/1× (last hit)), which along with the weakening of SDI makes it significantly more difficult to escape from. Its last hit also launches at a higher angle (361° → 68°) and has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 2×), improving its juggling potential and safety on shield.
    • Buff Up aerial has decreased landing lag (30 → 24 frames).
    • Nerf Due to consisting of five hits instead of six, up aerial deals less damage (12% → 10%). It also has more startup (frame 9 → 12) and ending lag (FAF 45 → 50).
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial has received a sweetspot on its clean hit that is a meteor smash. When coupled with the removal of meteor canceling, this significantly improves its edgeguarding ability.
    • Buff Down aerial has decreased landing lag (30 → 24 frames).
    • Nerf Down aerial deals less damage (12% → 10%).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff All grabs have increased ranges.
  • Buff Dash grab has less startup (frame 10 → 8) and ending lag (FAF 40 → 37).
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw has more base knockback (30 → 50),[2] improving its KO potential.
    • Change Due to the removal of chain grabbing, forward throw can no longer combo into itself at low percents. However, with the changes to hitstun canceling and its higher base knockback, it can instead combo into a dash attack or up smash (depending on character) at those percents.
  • Back throw:
    • Buff Back throw has more base knockback (50 → 65), allowing it to combo into a dash attack at low percents with the changes to hitstun canceling, while also improving its KO potential.
  • Down throw:
    • Bug fix On some stages, down throw's first hit will not hit Peach.
    • Buff The changes to hitstun canceling significantly improve down throw's combo potential at low to medium percents.
    • Change Down throw launches at a lower angle (80° → 70°).

Special moves[edit]

  • Palutena Bow:
    • Change Palutena's Arrow has been renamed to Palutena Bow.
    • Change Palutena Bow's visual effects have slightly changed. Its arrow's outline is now sky blue, instead of blue.
    • Change Palutena Bow's animation has slightly changed. Pit now uses it while leaning slightly forward and having his legs and wings spread-eagle, instead of using it while in a kneeling position. It also has updated sound effects.
    • Buff Palutena's Bow has less ending lag in the air if the arrow is shot forwards (FAF 44/30 (instantly shot/from release) → 43/27).
    • Nerf Palutena Bow has more ending lag on the ground if the arrow is shot forwards (FAF 44/30 (instantly shot/from release) → 59/45).
    • Nerf Palutena Bow has one more frame of ending lag if the arrow is shot upwards (FAF 26 (from release) → 27).
    • Nerf Palutena Bow has more startup lag in the air (frame 20 → 22).
    • Nerf The arrows deal less damage (5% (uncharged)/11% (fully charged) → 3.27%/8.6%) and knockback (4 (base), 80 (scaling) → 11/65), and their damage increases less per frame (0.1% → 0.09%).
    • Nerf The arrows travel much slower (8 → 3.5).
      • Buff The arrows now increase in speed as they are charged, although they still travel slower than the Brawl arrows when fully charged (8 → 7.7).
    • Nerf The arrows now only have a duration of 44 frames, rather than lasting until they hit something/go off screen. Because of this, Pit can now only have one arrow out at a time.
    • Nerf Due to their reduced speed, the arrows cannot be curved as quickly.
  • Upperdash Arm:
    • Change Pit has a new side special, Upperdash Arm. Pit equips the Upperdash Arm in order to perform a dashing uppercut. Unlike Angel Ring, Upperdash Arm consists of a regular hitbox and an inert hitbox instead of loop hitboxes (1%/2% → 11% (grounded)/9% (aerial)), and has a set duration (frames 16-35 (grounded dash)/frames 19-35 (aerial dash), frames 2-4 (grounded uppercut)/frames 2-5 (aerial uppercut)) instead of a potentially infinite one. This makes it capable of KOing, but significantly worse at pressuring shields, racking up damage or disrupting an opponent's edge recovery.
    • Buff Compared to Angel Ring, Upperdash Arm has less ending lag if it hits (FAF 64 → 50 (grounded)/58 (aerial)), and it propels Pit much farther in the air, making it better for recovery. Unlike Angel Ring, it grants super armor.
    • Nerf Compared to Angel Ring, Upperdash Arm's dash has more startup (frame 12 → frame 16 (grounded)/19 (aerial)) and more ending lag if it misses (FAF 64 → 83 (grounded)/121 (aerial)). Its reflection damage multiplier is lower (1.5× → 1×), and it reflects projectiles at an upward angle rather than directly back at the opponent, making them more difficult to hit.
  • Power of Flight:
    • Nerf Pit has a new up special, Power of Flight. Pit quickly flies in a given direction by using the Power of Flight. Unlike Wings of Icarus, Power of Flight functions like a traditional recovery move because of its linear trajectory,[2] and thus does not allow Pit to attack while using it or perform wing dashing. Compared to Wings of Icarus, it has a shorter maximum duration (195 frames → 145.2) and lacks a windbox on startup. Altogether, these changes make it significantly easier to edgeguard.
    • Buff Unlike Wings of Icarus, Power of Flight can be reused immediately after Pit is hit while using it. It also grants intangibility regardless of whether or not Pit is on the ground, whereas Wings of Icarus grants invincibility only if he is on the ground, and said intangibility lasts longer in both cases (frames 1-4 → 9-19 (grounded)/15-19 (aerial)). Lastly, it can be angled to give it a more diagonal or horizontal trajectory.
  • Guardian Orbitars:
    • Buff Pit has a new down special, Guardian Orbitars. Pit wields the Guardian Orbitars near his arms in order to protect himself. Like Mirror Shield, Guardian Orbitars block both melee attacks and projectiles, while reflecting the latter with 1.5× the damage and 1.7× the speed that they originally had.
    • Nerf Unlike Mirror Shield, Guardian Orbitars are breakable, possessing 18 hit points with gradual regeneration similar to shields, and cannot be used for 10 seconds if broken. Compared to Mirror Shield, they have more startup lag (frame 6 → 9) and lack super armor on startup.
    • Change Guardian Orbitars have a push effect, whereas Mirror Shield has a reverse effect.
  • Three Sacred Treasures:
    • Change Pit has a new Final Smash, Three Sacred Treasures. Pit wields the Three Sacred Treasures (the Arrow of Light, the Mirror Shield, and the Wings of Pegasus) in order to fire a barrage of ethereal arrows, energy blasts, and energy pillars. Compared to Palutena's Army, Three Sacred Treasures' projectiles travel faster than the Centurions, making them better at damage racking and pressuring.[2] Like Palutena's Army, they do not have set accuracy. Unlike Palutena's Army, they render Pit invincible, yet completely immobile, throughout their duration.

Update history[edit]

Like Mario, Pit has received a very small number of minor changes from game updates. His only noteworthy buff was from update 1.1.0, which decreased the ending lag for Palutena Bow and its custom variations. Similarly to Mario, Pit is both helped and hindered by the changes to shield mechanics brought about by updates 1.1.0 and 1.1.1. Although these changes make his multiple hitting moves and Upperdash Arm slightly safer on shield, they also make it slightly harder for him to punish out of shield because of his slightly below-average traction.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch where Pit would clip through sloped terrain while using his edge attack as another character grabbed the edge.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.0

  • Buff Neutral infinite's finisher's hitbox size increased: 5u → 6u.
  • Change Neutral infinite's finisher's z-axis displacement decreased: 9u → 8.5u.
  • Buff All variations of Palutena Bow have had their ending lag decreased by 3 frames.


For a gallery of Pit's hitboxes, see here.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% A reverse gripped downward slash, followed by a reverse gripped inward slash, followed by an upward slash. If button mashed, Pit will spin the Palutena Bow repeatedly to perform an undulating, buzzsaw-like series of slashes, which concludes with a lunging outward slash. Its first hit can also be jab canceled reliably, which is more effective at higher percents and if Pit has rage, with its most notable followups being down tilt, down smash, dash grab, and neutral aerial.
0.8% (loop), 2% (last)
Forward tilt   7% (base), 10% (tip) Arcs his body forward to perform a scissoring slash. It is decent for spacing and quite powerful for a tilt attack when sweetspotted. Its sweetspot is located at the tips of the blades. While near the edge of Final Destination, the sweetspot KOs middleweights at 134%/122% (3DS/Wii U). Due to it hitting on frame 10, however, it is Pit's slowest tilt attack. Despite having the same knockback values as its tip, its base's lower damage output makes it unsuited for KOing.
Up tilt   2% (hit 1), 3% (hit 2), 5% (hit 3) A bicycle kick followed by a stretch kick. Compared to up smash, its lower ending lag makes it safer at harassing an opponent on a platform directly above Pit. However, it lacks any guaranteed followups due to its high launch point and ending lag, and although its last hit has very high knockback scaling, it lacks KO potential because of said hit's low damage output.
Down tilt   6% A kneeling outward slash. Its minimal startup and moderate ending lag make it Pit's best grounded spacing option. However, despite its high base knockback, its mostly horizontal angle prevents it from having any guaranteed followups, with the closest being dash attack at low percents. Because of its angle and low knockback scaling, it is also ineffective for edgeguarding and KOing.
Dash attack   11% A spinning inward slash. It has low knockback scaling and launches at 60°, which allows it to combo into an up smash at low percents, depending on the opponent's DI. Its long range also makes it excellent for punishing landings. However, its moderate ending lag makes it punishable on shield.
Forward smash   5% (hit 1), 10% (hit 2) Performs a reverse gripped inward slash with a blade, then quickly reassembles the Palutena Bow in order to perform an outward slash with the Palutena Bow. Its first hit has low set knockback to connect reliably into its second hit. However, against aerial targets, the first hit's set knockback on its innermost hitbox deals insufficient hitstun to lead into the second hit, allowing opponents with fast air dodges to avoid the second hit altogether if they are hit offstage, unless Pit has a high amount of rage. On the edge of Final Destination, the second hit KOs middleweights at 107%/92% (3DS/Wii U).
Up smash   3% (hit 1), 2% (hit 2), 8% (hit 3) Jumps to perform three upward slashes. It hits on frame 6, which is very fast for a smash attack, and its long vertical range makes it a useful anti-air attack. Its last hit's very high knockback scaling enables it to KO middleweights from anywhere on Final Destination at 130%/119% (3DS/Wii U). However, its deceptively horizontal range results in it hitting grounded opponents only if they are at point-blank range in front of Pit.
Down smash   12% (base), 10% (tip) Performs a kneeling outward slash with a blade, followed by a squatting reverse gripped thrust behind himself with the other blade. Its sweetspot is located at the base of each blade. It hits on frame 5, which ties it with Dark Pit, Mario, Dr. Mario, Zelda and Ryu's down smashes as the second fastest smash attack of any kind in the game, being surpassed only by Meta Knight's buffered down smash. It is thus very useful for punishing rolls. While the first hit has higher base knockback and both hits have equal knockback scaling, the back hit's sweetspot KOs earlier thanks to its semi-spike angle. At the edge of Final Destination, the back hit's sweetspot KOs middleweights at 125%/116% (3DS/Wii U), while the front hit's sweetspot KOs at 155%/144% (3DS/Wii U).
Neutral aerial   0.7% (hits 1-7), 4% (hit 8) A buzzsaw-like series of slashes in front of himself. It hits multiple times, with its last hit having high knockback scaling, though it has a smaller hitbox behind Pit that connects less reliably. It has the ability to nullify weak projectiles and its last hit has very high knockback scaling, which make it ideal approaching or edge-guarding. Auto-cancels from a short hop, making it a decent set-up option when SHFF'd.
Forward aerial   1.5% (hits 1-2), 4% (hit 3) Lunges forward to perform a buzzsaw-like series of slashes that hits multiple times. The last hit has the second highest knockback scaling out of his entire moveset, although the final hitbox's low damage output makes the move best suited for edge-guarding, spacing, or approaching. Auto-cancels from a short hop, but has a very short duration and minimal vertical range.
Back aerial   8% (base), 12% (tip) A double reverse gripped thrust. It is Pit's longest ranged aerial and can auto-cancel in a short hop, which make it a fairly useful spacing option, especially when used as part of a reverse aerial rush. When sweetspotted, it is also Pit's most damaging aerial. While its base is largely ineffective, it nonetheless has follow-up potential at certain percents. While near the edge of Final Destination, its sweetspot KOs middleweights at 137%/125% (3DS/Wii U). However, it has noticeable landing lag and a very small hitbox, the latter of which can make it difficult to land its sweetspot.
Up aerial   2% (hits 1-5) An overhead, buzzsaw-like series of slashes. It hits multiple times, with its last hit launching at 68° and having the highest knockback scaling out of his entire moveset. These traits make it a useful juggling option. Even though it KOs middleweights beginning at 153% while near the upper blast line, it only does so if all of hits connect because of its last hit's very low damage output. It can also auto-cancel.
Down aerial   10% A downward arcing reverse gripped slash. It has a sweetspot on the first hit frame that is a meteor smash, while its fairly large range allows it to function as an approach option. However, it has noticeable landing lag and takes longer to auto-cancel after the hitboxes cease compared to Pit's other aerials.
Grab   Reaches out with his free hand.
Pummel   2% A knee strike. A fairly fast pummel.
Forward throw   6% (hit 1), 4% (throw) An upward slash. Due to having the highest knockback scaling out of his throws, it is Pit's only throw with KO potential. While near the edge of Final Destination, it KOs middleweights at 163%/148% (3DS/Wii U). Although it is best suited for KOing, it is decent at setting up edge-guards, and even has minimal combo potential, leading into a dash attack or up smash at low percents.
Back throw   8% Grabs the opponent by their head, spins around with them in tow, and them slams them onto the ground headfirst. It is best suited for spacing, but it can also combo into a dash attack at low percents, or act as a set-up into Palutena Bow at medium to high percents.
Up throw   4% (hit 1), 7% (throw) A handstand kick, similar to Sheik's up throw. It is Pit's most damaging throw, but its throw hitbox's average base knockback and knockback scaling make it unsuited for KOing or combos. As a result, its only utility is dealing damage and initiating aerial pressure alongside Palutena Bow.
Down throw   2% (hit 1), 4% (throw) Pins the opponent to the ground and then slashes their back. It is Pit's best combo starter, as it can combo into a dashing up smash at 0%-10%, and into a neutral, forward and up aerial at low to medium percents.
Floor attack (front)   7% Slashes on either side of himself while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Slashes in front of himself, then thrusts behind himself while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Spins the Palutena Bow behind himself and then in front of himself before getting up.
Edge attack   7% Performs a hook kick while climbing up.
Neutral special Default Palutena Bow 3.27% (uncharged), 8.6% (fully charged) Shoots a whitish sky blue, ethereal arrow from his Palutena Bow. The arrow can be aimed left, right, or directly upward while charging, and the arrow itself can be curved in any direction in mid-flight, which make it very useful for edge-guarding and gimping.
Custom 1 Piercing Bow 5.1% (uncharged), 11.7% (fully charged) Shoots a larger, stronger arrow that pierces through enemies. However, it takes longer to charge, travels slower, has less range, and lacks the ability to be curved. Startup and end lag are increased.
Custom 2 Guiding Bow 2.1% (uncharged), 6% (fully charged) Shoots an arrow that stays on-screen longer, has longer range, and can be curved to the point of forming two complete circles. However, its damage output and knockback are both lower.
Side special Default Upperdash Arm 11% (grounded), 9% (aerial), 1× (reflected projectiles) Wields the Upperdash Arm to perform a dashing uppercut. Despite having below-average knockback scaling, its decent damage output and very high base knockback enable its grounded version to KOs middleweights on Final Destination at 142%/130% (3DS/Wii U). Upperdash Arm also grants super armor during the dash, and reflects projectiles at a 50° angle. Its aerial version deals slightly less damage and has less knockback scaling, but is still strong enough to KO middleweights while near the upper blast line of Final Destination at 148%/132% (3DS/Wii U). However, Upperdash Arm is an overall laggy attack, regardless of whether it is used on the ground or in the air. This is especially evident in regard to its aerial version, as missing it results in Pit enduring a lengthy ending animation that can easily cause a self-destruct if it is used unwisely.
Custom 1 Interception Arm 13% (grounded), 11% (aerial) Functions similarly to a counterattack, with Pit assuming a defensive stance and retaliating against any opponent who attacks him. Uniquely, the counterattack will still activate so long as the opponent is simply in very close proximity. In addition, the uppercut itself is overall stronger; its grounded version KOs middleweights at 119% while near the edge of Final Destination in the 3DS version, whereas its aerial version KOs them at 136% while near the upper blast line of Final Destination in the 3DS version. Like Upperdash Arm, it grants super armor. However, it completely lacks recovery potential, as Pit will only move very slightly backward after using it before tumbling downward with the move's usual aerial ending lag. There is also a slight delay until Pit throws the uppercut, which can allow opponents to shield it.
Custom 2 Quickdash Arm 9% (grounded), 7% (aerial) The dash is faster, which makes it better suited for horizontal recovery. Pit also plows through opponents after hitting the uppercut, whereas the uppercut itself launches the opponent diagonally like Electroshock Arm. As a result, Pit can either chase after an opponent for a potential follow-up, or avoid being punished by a shielding opponent. However, there is a slight delay until Pit performs the dash, while the uppercut's slightly lower damage output and significantly lower knockback make it unsuited for KOing.
Up special Default Power of Flight Soars through the air by using the Power of Flight. It covers a significant amount of distance, and the flight's direction can be angled in any way except downward, making it capable of being a purely vertical and nearly horizontal recovery option. With a maximum duration of 2.42 seconds (145.2 frames), Power of Flight also lasts much longer than the majority of other recovery moves. It also grants intangibility on frames 9-19 when used on the ground, and on frames 15-19 when used in the air.
Custom 1 Striking Flight 9% (clean), 6% (late) Deals damage, which makes it safer against edge-guards. However, it has more start-up, cannot be angled as much, and covers very minimal horizontal distance.
Custom 2 Breezy Flight The flight is faster and Pit emits a tornado upon start-up that pushes away opponents in the opposite direction of his ascent. However, it covers less distance.
Down special Default Guardian Orbitars 1.5× (reflected projectiles) Wields the Guardian Orbitars to create twin energy shields that protect his left and right sides. They reflect projectiles with 50% more power and 70% more speed than they originally had, and can block physical attacks. However, they have 18 HP for physical attacks, with 0.07 HP regenerated every frame (4.2 HP per second), and break if it is fully depleted, after which they require 10 seconds to regenerate. Guardian Orbitars also push away opponents who are near Pit when he wields them, which makes them capable of edge-guarding. In the air, Pit can drift while using them, even if they are broken. Guardian Orbitars have a minimum duration of 0.33 seconds (20 frames) and a maximum duration of 1.33 seconds (80 frames), and have moderate ending lag when deactivated. However, they leave Pit open to attacks above and below him, and have moderate ending lag unless they are broken; in the latter case, ending lag is significantly reduced and allows Pit to react almost immediately.
Custom 1 Impact Orbitars 5% Offensive variations that generate two semi-spike hitboxes on each side of Pit. They also grant super armor. However, they have a much shorter duration, and are unable to reflect projectiles or block melee attacks.
Custom 2 Amplifying Orbitars 2× (reflected projectiles) Variations that have an increased reflection multiplier for both damage and speed. They also have less start-up lag, a minimum duration of 0.27 seconds (16 frames), and a maximum duration of 2.5 seconds (150 frames). However, they are more fragile and cannot push opponents.
Final Smash Three Sacred Treasures 2% (small arrows, energy blasts), 12% (large arrows), 15% (energy pillars) Wields the Three Sacred Treasures to perform an automatic assault by using the Arrow of Light and the Mirror Shield interchangeably for combat, while the Wings of Pegasus are used for hovering in midair. Pit initially fires three types of projectiles: numerous small, whitish orange arrows are fired rapidly in a fanning motion; large, whitish yellow arrows that home in on opponents are fired one at a time; and a quartet of whitish green energy blasts home onto the opponent's location (similarly to Autoreticle) are fired in an intersecting pattern. The barrage concludes with Pit firing a quartet of whitish sky blue arrows into the sky, which cause energy pillars to rain down in random locations, similarly to PK Starstorm in Brawl. Its small arrows can easily rack up damage, but only its large arrows and energy pillars have KO potential.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Slowly descends onto the stage while surrounded by rays of sparkling light that shine down from the sky.


  • Up taunt: Separates the Palutena Bow and crouches down, then twirls its blades before standing up, crossing them over his head and saying "Come on!" (勝負だ!, Let's battle!)
  • Side taunt: Separates the Palutena Bow and then flourishes its blades before striking a pose while saying "That all you got?" (まだまだ!, Not just yet!) It is similar to Pit's animation during the end of Skyworld's first cutscene in The Subspace Emissary.
  • Down taunt: Spreads out his arms and wings, during which a few feathers are loosed from his wings. This is the only taunt that does not split his Bow into blades if it was in bow form beforehand.
  • Smash taunt: Activates Palutena's Guidance. Kneels down before contacting Palutena, Viridi, Dark Pit (when fighting against him) and even Chrom (when fighting against Robin). Pit then receives information on one of his opponents; this applies to every character in the game, including himself, with altered conversations for the Koopalings and the male Wii Fit Trainer. There is a specific conversation reserved for the downloadable characters, but the dialogue remains the same regardless of which DLC character Pit is fighting. Palutena's Guidance can be used only on Palutena's Temple, and is performed by rapidly pressing the button which activates Pit's down taunt. Pit will hold a pose for a few seconds prior to the conversation starting. Palutena's Guidance can only be done once per match, and if Pit gets hit while holding his pose before the conversation starts, it will be canceled. If Pit is KO'd, the conversation will end. Lastly, if there is more than one opponent on-screen when the conversation begins, one of the opponents will be randomly chosen to be discussed.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
Pit's up taunt in Smash 4 Pit's side taunt in Smash 4 Pit's down taunt in Smash 4

Idle poses[edit]

  • Briefly fiddles with his Palutena Bow. Pit will split it into its blades if it is in its bow form.
  • Taps the tips of his buskins on the ground and then impatiently hops in place.
Pit's first idle pose in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pit's second idle pose in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Description Pit! Pit! This is it! Pit-to!
Pitch Group chant Female

Victory poses[edit]

An orchestral excerpt of Kid Icarus' title screen theme.
  • Descends from the sky and flourishes his blades while saying "It's game over for you!" In Japanese, he yells "撃破ー!" (Struck down-!). It is very similar to his side taunt.
  • Slightly turns to his right side while rearing his right arm back, then thrusts it forward to strike the V sign while saying "Victory!" and sporting either Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSa neutral expression, or Super Smash Bros. for Wii Ua toothy smirk. In Japanese, he yells "ピース!" (Peace!) It is very similar to the pose he strikes after defeating Hades in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  • Slowly spins the Palutena Bow in front of himself, then strikes a pose while saying "That was easy!" or "What's up now?!" In Japanese, he says "楽勝楽勝!" (Easy win easy win!/Easy peasy!). Pit's concluding pose is very similar to the one he sports in his official artwork for Brawl.
PitPose1WiiU.gif PitPose2WiiU.gif PitPose3WiiU.gif

In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Pit 3111 3112 1113 2113 3113
2111 2112 1112 3311 3121

Notable players[edit]

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the PGR 100, which recognizes the official top 100 players in Super Smash Bros. 4 of all time.

Tier placement and history[edit]

Pit has been perceived as a mid-tier character since SSB4's release. Despite his playerbase and tournament results being among the most sparse, players such as Chompy, Earth, KiraFlax, Kuro and Plastic Poptart spearheaded his metagame and proved he could still keep up with the faster pace of the metagame. This consensus also applied to his clone, Dark Pit, because of their very minor gameplay differences. Earth's efforts in competitive play, most notably placing 13th at GENESIS 3, supported Pit's viability as a character. As a result, he was ranked 18th on the first tier list, which placed him one spot below Dark Pit.

While Pit's tournament results had been impressive up to this point, they have never been as consistent or common as other mid-tier characters, such as Bowser. Despite Earth continuing to perform well with the character at high-level tournaments, which included a 9th-place finish at EVO 2016, Pit's continually barren results and very small playerbase hindered his standing within subsequent tier lists. The addition of DLC characters served to further harm him, as Bayonetta and Cloud can counter his all-rounder gameplan while not possessing the problems of his lackluster KO potential. This would culminate him to be ranked 24th on the second list, placing him three spots above Dark Pit; 30th/31st on the third tier list, tying him with Dark Pit; and 32nd/33rd on the fourth and current tier list.

Despite the fourth list's restructured tiers rendering him and his clone as the third highest ranking mid-tier characters, Pit and Dark Pit's placements are nevertheless debatable. While some players agree with their current placement, others like Dabuz argue that both Pits should be ranked lower because of their lack of any particular "game-breaking" traits that some higher-ranked characters possess. Dabuz advocates on how both Pits, despite their lack of significant weaknesses, fail to stand out among other characters and how their lacking representation relegates them to be among the worst characters in the game. This is further compounded with other low-tier characters producing greater results, such as ZAKI’s run with King Dedede at 2GG: Hyrule Saga. However, most smashers generally disagree and maintain that though his standing has fallen over time, he still maintains a decent repertoire as a mid-tier.


Ntsc Pit is the captain of Palutena's royal guard. Despite the wings on his back, Pit needs the Power of Flight from Palutena in order to truly fly. In Smash Bros., he can still get more air than most, with four jumps and a special move that boosts him higher. He has a new reflect move—it protects both sides!
Pal Despite being an angel with wings and all that jazz, Pit can't fly without a little bit of help from his favourite goddess, Palutena. In this game, he's good at both close and ranged combat, and can even deflect projectiles. On top of that, with a high-flying up special and the ability to jump four times in mid-air. He's also got great recovery skills.
NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
Pit (Alt.)
Ntsc Pit's side special Upperdash Arm delivers an uppercut so strong, it can send foes flying for a KO. If you miss and fall off the stage, Pit's up special can bring him soaring back. Another of Pit's specials is Palutena Bow, which fires arrows Pit can aim even after they've left the bow.
Pal Pit's Upperdash Arm special launches him forwards to strike with an uppercut. It's so powerful, it can deliver an instant KO! If you accidentally dash off the stage with it, one of his up special will get you back on easily. His Palutena Bow special can be charged up, shot straight up into the air, and you can even guide the arrows mid-flight!
NES: Kid Icarus (08/1987)
3DS: Kid Icarus: Uprising (03/2012)
Three Sacred Treasures
Ntsc The Arrow of Light, the Wings of Pegasus and the Mirror Shield-three legendary artifacts that Pit once used to defeat the evil Medusa. When you activate Pit's Final Smash, he can use them in this game, too! After firing a barrage of different bow attacks, his final shot will cause powerful light pillars to rain down on the battlefield.
Pal The Arrow of Light, the Wings of Pegasus and the Mirror Shield - three legendary artifacts that Pit once used to defeat the evil Medusa. And when you activate his Final Smash, he can use them in this game too! After firing a medley of different bow attacks, his final shot makes powerful light pillars rain down on the battlefield.

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

Pit Palette (SSB4).png
Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. PitHeadYellowSSB4-U.png PitHeadRedSSB4-U.png PitHeadGreenSSB4-U.png PitHeadBlueSSB4-U.png PitHeadBlackSSB4-U.png PitHeadCyanSSB4-U.png PitHeadPinkSSB4-U.png



  • Pit was the first Brawl newcomer confirmed to reappear in SSB4.
  • Of all the characters who made the transition from Brawl to SSB4, Pit underwent the most changes to his special moves, with his previous side special, up special, down special and Final Smash being replaced.
    • Despite this, Mirror Shield has technically remained a part of his moveset, albeit now as a part of his new Final Smash.
  • Pit and Dark Pit are the only characters with two reflectors in their default movesets.
  • In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pit and Dark Pit's wings will not be outlined if outlines are turned on.
  • Both Pit and Dark Pit, akin to the former in Brawl, have some of their moves not applying to their respective bows being in their bow forms or being split into blades. The moves that fit this are their down tilts, dash attacks, up specials, down taunts (despite both of them being different), rolls and sidesteps (only if the latter two are done at the frame before their shielding animation properly occurs).