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The Pitfall as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.
A Pitfall.
Universe Animal Crossing
Appears in Brawl
Item class Throwing/trapping
Article on Nookipedia Pitfall Seed

The Pitfall (おとしあなのタネ, Pitfall Seed) is an item that appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It hails from the Animal Crossing series.


A player finds a Pitfall Seed in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

In all games in the Animal Crossing series, pitfall seeds are items that can be found buried in the ground with the exception of New Horizons, which requires a crafting recipe for a pitfall seed. If the player or an animal walks over a buried pitfall seed, they will fall and be temporarily stuck in a hole. Players can dig up pitfall seeds and rebury them elsewhere, making it possible to pull "pranks" by setting traps for animals or other players to fall into. Unlike in Smash, buried pitfall seeds are visible in the form of an X-shaped mark on the ground, although they are indistinguishable from other buried items such as fossils.


When thrown, the Pitfall can bounces off walls until it touches the ground, which it then embeds itself into with no trace, but will disappear with a puff of smoke after a few minutes. Unless the opponent is invincible, the next enemy to walk onto its location will sustain damage and become buried. Characters on a platform will remain buried for the normal duration as determined how much damage they sustained, though characters on a fall-through platform will be spiked downwards through the platform after the "buried" animation has finished. This also happens when the item is thrown at a grounded enemy. When thrown at an airborne enemy or at an enemy hanging on an edge, the target is meteor smashed. Having multiple Pitfall items and planting them in the exact same spot can cause more damage than usual.

Pitfalls will not bury downed characters (including if Olimar lands on one after his Final Smash), but the audience may still cheer as usual.

Damage output[edit]

The Pitfall used as a meteor smash.
Walk over 10% 10% 12%
Throw 17% 16% 20.2%
Up tilt throw 14-16% 19% 19.4%
Down tilt throw 17-18% N/A N/A
Dash throw 19% 19% 23%
Forward smash throw 20% 21% 23.8-24%
Up smash throw 12-21% 22% 19.4%
Down smash throw N/A N/A N/A
Aerial throw 17% 18% 20.2-23%
Aerial drop 16% 18.4%
Aerial up tilt throw 11-18% 19% 19.4%
Aerial down tilt throw 16% 20% 19.4%
Aerial forward smash throw 17-18% 17% 24.2-25.5%
Aerial up smash throw 13-18% 19% 19.4%
Aerial down smash throw 16-19% 20% 19.4%


Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Pitfall item appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros Brawl. It is obtained by completing 100-Man Brawl with any character.

The Pitfall trophy in Brawl.
A tricky little item you can bury. Any player who passes over it will drop into a hole. If you land in a pitfall, move the Control Stick quickly back and forth to escape, because until you do, you're completely defenseless. In Animal Crossing, this item also dropped passersby into holes. It was a thrill to bury one and wait for a visiting pal to stumble across it.
GameCube: Animal Crossing
Nintendo DS: Animal Crossing: Wild World

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Pitfall trophy in for Wii U.
The Pitfall trophy in for 3DS.
Ntsc You can plant this in the ground as a trap against your enemies. If they set it off, they'll be rooted in place and at your mercy. If opponents are spending too much time in the air, throwing this at them can send them meteoring down to the ground—or better yet, right off the stage!
Pal Bury this item anywhere you like, then wait for an unsuspecting fighter to step on it. They'll drop into a hole and be stuck there, giving you the chance to practise your best smashes on them. If that's not for you, try hitting your opponent with it in mid-air for a devastating meteor smash!
Nintendo DS: Animal Crossing: Wild World (11/2005)
3DS: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (06/2013)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese おとしあなのタネ Pitfall Seed
UK English Pitfall
France French Piège Pitfall
Germany German Falle Pitfall
Spain Spanish Trampa Pitfall
Italy Italian Trappola Pitfall
China Chinese (Simplified) 陷阱种子 Trap Seed
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) Pitfall
South Korea Korean 함정 씨앗 Trap Seed
Netherlands Dutch Valkuil Pitfall
Russia Russian Западня Pitfall


  • In Brawl, if Wario strikes a buried Pitfall while riding on his Wario Bike (and is not wheelieing or taunting), he will be sent flying for a near certain KO. This is due to how Wario is considered grounded despite being unable to be buried or plunged, and so he takes the full effect of the planted Pitfall's fixed knockback value of a ludicrous 300 (designed for a long bury time). This knockback value is also why the crowd cheers when someone enters a Pitfall.
  • The incoming damage reduction provided by the Brick-Wall Style is considerably greater against the Pitfall, possibly as a nod to Booker and Copper originating from the same series.

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