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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
First appearance Dōbutsu no Mori (2001)
Latest appearance Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
Effect Traps opponents in the ground.
Super Smash Bros. appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A Pitfall is an item from the Animal Crossing franchise, in which it is named Pitfall Seed. A Pitfall is a white ball with a red exclamation mark on it. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Pitfalls are an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Pitfalls are used in a similar manner as they are in the Animal Crossing games; once a pitfall is thrown on the ground, it will be buried and become completely invisible, with no change in the terrain. If a player walks over the spot in which the pitfall is hidden, a pit will open up under them and they will fall in, immobilizing them and leaving them open to attack.

Pitfalls can also be set in suspended platforms. In this case, if a player walks over the spot where the Pitfall is hidden, they will fall through the platform. However, they will not be buried if the main platform is below them. If a Pitfall is thrown at an opponent while they are in the air, the Pitfall will send them straight down.

Pitfalls do not affect the fighter who planted them. Pitfalls also have no effect on Giga Bowser, who is resistant to flinching, and Wario-Man, who is invincible.

Trophy information

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name Image Game Description
Pitfall SSBB Trophy Pitfall.png GCN SSBB graphic.png Animal Crossing
NDS SSBB graphic.png Animal Crossing: Wild World
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.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Pitfall SSB3DS Trophy Pitfall.png SSBWU Trophy Pitfall.png Item NDS SSBWU graphic.png Animal Crossing: Wild World (11/2005)
3DS SSBWU graphic.png Animal Crossing: New Leaf (06/2013)
65: Animal Crossing: Wild World Flag of USA.png 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!
Flag of Europe.png 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!


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おとしあなのタネ
Otoshiana no Tane
Pitfall Seed
Chinese 陷阱種子 (Traditional)
陷阱种子 (Simplified)
Xiànjǐng zhǒngzi
Pitfall Seed
German Falle Pitfall
Italian Trappola Trap
Russian Западня
Spanish Trampa Trap


  • The Pitfall resembles a Surprise Ball from the Yoshi franchise, although the colors are reversed.
  • If Wario hits a buried Pitfall while driving his Wario Bike, he is sent off flying, instantly KOing him.
  • If someone is buried by the Pitfall on a thin platform, half their body will be seen under it.