Smash Ultimate will be a lot of players’ first introduction to some of Nintendo’s most obscure games. While Kid Icarus isn’t the most difficult game to recognize, the series has been largely dormant for quite some time. So it’s interesting that the developer has chosen to represent that franchise with not one, but two versions of its protagonist — Pit and Dark Pit. Granted, the latter battler is an Echo Fighter, so many of his moves mirror his lighter counterpart. Still, when there are this many fighters on the roster, any tiny difference can be huge in the right circumstances.
Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.
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Naturally, both versions of Pit rely heavily on their signature bows. So expect some ranged shenanigans no matter which of the two you’re fighting (or fighting as).
According to normal Pit’s official Nintendo character description…
Pit is a well-balanced, well-rounded character with a defensive special that nullifies long distance attacks and excellent recovery. And did we mention he rides a chariot of light in his Final Smash? He’s a great choice for new players!
And here’s what they have to say about Dark Pit…
Dark Pit is Pit’s echo fighter. His abilities are mostly the same as Pit’s, but his hair and clothes are different colors, he summons different weapons, and celebrates victory to a different tune.
Pit & Dark Pit Moves
Palutena Bow (B) – Fires a guidable arrow. While charging, the bow can be aimed straight up.
Upperdash Arm (Side + B) – Dashes forward and uppercuts opponents. Can deflect projectiles.
Power of Flight (Up + B) – Flies high through the air. The flight angle can be changes while charging.
Guardian Orbitars (Down + B) – Shields his front and back and reflects projectiles, but he’s vulnerable from above.
Killer Wail (Final Smash) – Pit boards the Lightning Chariot and targets opponents with a targeting reticle before charging forward and launching any opponents he hits.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Pit is an odd mix of swordfighter and archer — not unlike Link. He’s also a master of the neutral game, utilizing good sword swipes and long-range attacks to control the pace of any fight. He’s an all-rounder, making him very beginner-friendly and forgiving, especially alongside his excellent recovery.
But while Pit can scrap all day, he has some trouble landing the knockout compared to other fighters. It’s not uncommon to get foes to high percentages and not be able to close out the match, so stay patient and keep looking for good openings.
Dark Pit’s Strengths & Weaknesses
Dark Pit boasts most of the same attributes as Pit, save a few changes to his special moves. Dark Pit’s bow deals more damage and knockback in exchange for less control. Meanwhile, his Electroshock Arm deals slightly more damage as well. Otherwise, just skim the above for some Dark Pit hints.
Pit can be told apart from Dark Pit due to the halos around his arms and his hair which is never black.
Dark Pit’s Outfits
Fans clamored for the Kid Icarus franchise to make its return for years. And while it finally did (on 3DS in 2012) we haven’t seen much more of either Pit or Dark Pit since. So it’s nice that the pair gets to pop back into the limelight for a little while. Hopefully, this guide will give you all the tips you need to make them shine in their rare cameo.
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.