Pit is currently ranked 17th on the tier list, placing him at the bottom of the C tier. Pit possesses one of the best projectiles in Brawl with his Palutena's Bow, as it is fast, chargeable, has range that covers the entire stage, and gives Pit a great amount of control over its trajectory. Pit also has one of the best recoveries in Brawl, possessing multiple midair jumps, a glide, and a recovery move in Wings of Icarus that gains the greatest distance of any in Brawl, as well as giving him complete control over his movement during the move. Additionally, Pit possesses fast attacks throughout his moveset, above average movement speed and good mobility, one of the strongest planking capabilities, and two effective reflectors. Pit, however, has problems with KOing opponents, as he is a rather weak character that does not possess many finishers, and he heavily relies on his back aerial and forward smash to KO (the former requiring the landing of the initial hitbox while being short-ranged, and the latter being heavily prone to stale-move negation while being SDIable out of). Additionally, Pit's recovery is especially vulnerable to gimping, as if he is flinched during Wings of Icarus, he cannot use the move again until landing. Pit also has rather short reach in his attacks, despite being a sword character. Overall, Pit has rather good matchups (losing only a handful and being hard countered by only Meta Knight), and while his tournament results are below average in American tournaments, they are much stronger in Japan, where he is ranked 8th on their tier list at the top of the A tier.
Pit is a character who can play into many roles. He combines attacks well, can play up front with low lag smashes and multi-hit neutral attack moves (though his close up game is impaired by poor range), moves relatively quickly, and has a respectable aerial game. Pit is easily juggled due to being a semi-floaty medium weight, but this also makes him difficult to chaingrab. Unique to Pit are two moves that reflect projectiles - his Mirror Shield, which also protects Pit from many attacks, gives him armor while pulling it out and actually turns foes the opposite direction much like Mario's Cape, giving him good gimping capabilities, and his Angel Ring, which is also good for racking up damage.
Pit's Palutena's Arrow is a great projectile due to its fast speed, long range, quick start-up time (making it easily spammable). However, it's also easily perfect shielded due to its fast speed, which makes it lose some of its usefulness. Pit can have only 4 arrows flying around at once, once the player inputs the next arrow the first one will disappear.
Pit has an advanced technique known as Wing Dashing, which sends Pit flying forward a small bit. He also has one of the longest recoveries in the game, with three midair jumps, the fastest glide in the game, and an exceptional up special Wings of Icarus. However, should Pit get hit while using Wings of Icarus or attacks out of it, he cannot use it again until he lands onto the ground, grabs a ledge, or gets KO'd. Pit is the only character who cannot use his up special again if he is hit out of it.
Pit's moves generally have low lag, low knockback, and deal medium damage. This, however, is one of Pit's greatest weaknesses. Due to stale-move negation, continued use of his smashes can make KOing a difficult task, forcing the player to switch to projectile attacks to buff out smashes again. Pit's back aerial is his most powerful attack, which is a solid KO move due to its speed. Careful Pit players can maximize his potential, while playing through his weaknesses, but it can be a difficult task.
In competitive play
Role in The Subspace Emissary
Pit starts off watching the stadium match between Mario and Kirby through a reflecting pool in a sky palace. After witnessing the invasion of the Subspace Army interrupting the match, the goddess Palutena summons him and sends him to attack the Subspace Army, providing him the Palutena Bow. He eventually meets and teams up with Mario, after battling through a Greap. Mario, stuck in trophy form, is awakened by and joins forces with Pit to fight off the Subspace Army.
Later, they chase after the Ancient Minister but fail to catch him. If the player rescued Zelda, Pit and Mario would face off against a clone of her made from Shadow Bugs. Link, who was passing by with Yoshi, was furious because he thought that the copy of Zelda was the real thing so he and Yoshi attack Pit and Mario. When the player wins against Link and Yoshi, they are turned into trophies and are captured by King Dedede but are rescued by Kirby. Kirby revives Link and Yoshi, then Link fires an arrow at the car that King Dedede stole from Wario to slow him down. Pit, Mario, Link, Yoshi and Kirby then team up to stop King Dedede.
If the player rescued Peach, Link and Yoshi would attack the clone of Peach and Mario and Pit would attack Link and Yoshi, but they would lose and turn into trophies. Then they get captured by King Dedede but are rescued narrowly by Kirby. They are then revived by Kirby and Pit fires an arrow at the Cargo that King Dedede stole and the story continues. The five heroes then come across King Dedede's castle, which has been raided by Bowser. The team catches up to Bowser, who has stolen the trophy of Peach/Zelda. Bowser dodged Mario and Pit's attacks and escaped in his Koopa Clown Car.
Much later, the team once again runs into the Ancient Minister. Pit fires an arrow at the Minister but he dodges before it hit. They then chase after the Minister but are stopped by his R.O.B. army. The R.O.B's then start to activate the Subspace Bomb that the Minister carried. Mario and Pit try to take the R.O.Bs that are activating the bomb off (Pit tries to pull one off while Mario punches the other) but are pulled away by two other R.O.B's. The team barely escapes when the bomb explodes. Later, the team comes down to help Marth, Ike, Ice Climbers, Lucas, and the Pokémon Trainer from a huge army of Subspace minions. Soon, he and the rest of the heroes stormed into Subspace but were transformed into trophies by Tabuu's Off Waves. He was rescued later by Ness, Luigi, and King Dedede. Afterwards, he then helped the characters get through The Great Maze and participated in the battle against Tabuu himself.
In Event Matches