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Shadow Bug

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Shadow Bug
Shadow Bug render used for Spirit. Ripped from Game files.

Official Render of Shadow Bugs.

Universe Super Smash Bros.

Shadow Bugs are the small, glowing, violet spheres of which the members of the Subspace Army are made in The Subspace Emissary. They are apparently embodiments of a primordial substance. Shadow Bugs were created by extracting a mysterious substance from Mr. Game & Watch, leading Tabuu to have him captured to become the source of the Subspace Army's soldiers.

They first appeared in a Smash Bros. DOJO!! update called "This World", which introduced the main plot of The Subspace Emissary, shown being dropped down from the Halberd, as well as surrounding a single Primid.

Additionally, Shadow Bugs are mentioned in Palutena's Guidance for Mr. Game & Watch, in which Pit says, "Hey, it's a Shadow Bug!". This is a reference to how Shadow Bugs were extracted from Mr. Game & Watch.

Shadow Bug Clones[edit]

Main article: False character
Bowser, false Bowser, and a trophified Peach in Bowser's Surprise Attack on Peach cutscene in The Subspace Emissary of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The false Bowser pictured on the right is created from Shadow Bugs.

Shadow Bugs are capable of copying a character's trophy and assuming their appearance, but are also capable of altering certain qualities such as size, as seen in the fight with the giant Diddy Kong. A copy of a character created by Shadow Bugs will have a purple tinge, be surrounded by a smoky shadow aura, and possess glowing yellow eyes. Bowser himself had a platoon of Shadow Bugs which he ordered to serve as a clone of himself, both to act as a decoy and a second-in-command.


Shadow Bugs trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Shadow Bugs's trophy in Brawl
Shadow Bugs
Embodiments of a primordial substance that can take the form of any number of lesser Subspace foes. They can also copy the forms of trophies to create evil doppelganger versions of them. The mysterious substance inside Mr. Game & Watch can be extracted endlessly. Once Tabuu discovered this, he used Mr. Game & Watch to create the Subspace Army.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl


The Shadow Bug appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Advanced-class support spirit. It can be purchased at Beedle's Tent.

The Spirit Battle for Shadow Bug uses an army of Mr. Game & Watch puppet fighters and is fought on the Pokémon Stadium stage. During the battle, the stage will be covered in a poisonous cloud, referencing the Shadow Bugs' purple color and their ability to swarm.

No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
Shadow Bug render used for Spirit. Ripped from Game files.
Shadow Bug
★★ 1 Trade-Off Attacks ↑ Super Smash Bros. Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese 影虫
UK English Shadow Bug
France French Matière d'ombre
Germany German Dämmer-Partikel
Spain Spanish Peste violeta
Italy Italian Cellule ombra
China Chinese (Simplified) 影虫
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 影蟲
South Korea Korean 영충
Netherlands Dutch Shadow Bug
Russia Russian Мракожук


  • Bowser is the only character not seen as a trophy prior to having a Shadow Bug clone appear.