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Fox's Arwing in a cutscene from The Subspace Emissary.

The Arwing (アーウィン Āwin?) is the brand of one-man spaceship used by the eponymous mercenary team in the Star Fox series, and is featured in every Star Fox game. As such, it has made appearances in all Super Smash Bros. games.

Super Smash Bros.

Arwings are featured in the game's opening movie alongside the Great Fox before introducing Fox, who is piloting one.

Fox utilizes the Arwing in his on-screen appearance by ejecting from it onto the stage.


An Arwing on the Sector Z stage

Arwings also appear as stage elements/obstacles in the Sector Z stage. They appear occasionally to fly around and shoot their laser beams at the Great Fox. Any character that makes contact with the lasers take a decent amount of damage. The Arwings do not always shoot, but sometimes just fly over the stage instead. Characters can jump on the Arwing while it is flying over the Great Fox. If the Arwing flies off the screen with a character on it, then that character will receive a Star KO. The Arwings do not specifically target anyone when they fire their lasers, instead going by their own patterns.

Super Smash Bros. Melee


An Arwing on the Corneria stage in Melee

Arwings return with slightly more representation, in addition to being again sighted in the game's opening FMV:

Arwings appear in the Corneria and Venom stages, serving as a stage hazard exactly as it did in the original Super Smash Bros.

Due to the removal of on-screen appearances, the Arwing does not appear when Fox enters the stage.

The Arwing features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches.

Arwing trophy

Trophy of an Arwing in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Trophy Description

The Arwing is the symbol of Star Fox. Like an F-Zero racer, it's equipped with an opposing-gravity device. It can barrel roll and flip with ease thanks to its quick acceleration and flexible control. In battle, the ship uses retractable wings for precise flying. Every Arwing has smart bombs as its sub-weapons. (Star Fox 09/93)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Arwings make return appearances yet again, and better resemble its design from Star Fox 64 than in the previous two installments due to the enhanced graphics

Due to the return of on-screen appearances, Fox ejects from an Arwing as he did from the original Super Smash. Bros., and Falco received a new on-screen appearance based on Fox's, though he ejects from an upside-down Arwing as a testament to his fearless nature.


An Arwing flying in space on the Lylat Cruise stage.

Arwings return as stage hazards in the Corneria stage, functioning identically as it did in Melee. Arwings also appear as a background element in the Lylat Cruise stage, marking the first time of them having no gameplay effect on a stage.

Arwings play a prominent role in The Subspace Emissary, as they are shown to be engaging Subspace forces numerous times, with Fox piloting two Arwings and Falco piloting one:

  • Fox's first Arwing engages the Halberd shortly after a Subspace Bomb consumes the Midair Stadium, though it is knocked out of the air by the ship's Combo Cannon and later crashes at the Lakeside. It is later destroyed by Rayquaza, though Fox ejects in time and rescues Diddy Kong from the Pokemon's clutches.

Fox piloting an Arwing in The Subspace Emissary

  • Fox's second Arwing engages the Halberd a second time (presumably after crashing the Great Fox) and successfully destroys the Combo Cannon. However, the ensuring blast blows Peach back; Zelda (as Sheik) presumed that Fox was attempting to attack Peach, and vanished and reappeared on top of the the Arwing and smashes in the cockpit window. Fox immediately ejects from the Arwing, which presumably crashed.

Falco piloting an Arwing in The Subspace Emissary

  • Falco's Arwing arrives at the scene of Fox's confrontation with Bowser and a False Diddy Kong, and Falco ejects from it to intervene. Later, Falco takes Diddy Kong and flies the Arwing toward the Smash Skiff holding Donkey Kong in trophy form, and drops Diddy Kong off in his mission to free him. After seeing the mission being a success, Falco flies the Arwing toward the Halberd and engages it, though he ejects from it later to help the fighters on the bridge fight Duon. Falco's Arwing later appears as one of the ships that distract the Subspace Gunship so Kirby can destroy it, and is the first ship to enter Subspace.

Trophy Description

Arwing Trophy

Arwing trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

A fighter ship that comprises the main combat unit of Team Star Fox. Boasting antigravity systems known as G-Diffusers, Arwings can perform barrel rolls, quick bursts of speed, and loops. They're also equipped with variable wings that can be switched in and out of combat mode. Their main armaments are their laser cannons, and their secondary weapons are smart bombs.

  • Star Fox (Super Nintendo)
  • Star Fox 64 (Nintendo 64)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U


An Arwing flying alongside Captain Falcon in the E3 2013 trailer

Arwings made their returning appearance the game's first trailer at E3 2013, where Fox is seen piloting one alongside Captain Falcon.

Arwings are again featured in Fox's and Falco's on-screen appearances.

Arwings, based on its appearance in Star Fox: Assault, make an appearance in the new stage Orbital Gate Assault, functioning as it had in the previous installments as a stage hazard and platform. However, the Arwings' function as a platform is emphasized more, as certain parts of the stage will force fighters into fighting on Arwings, and missing them will inevitably result in a KO, making the stage difficult for characters with poor recoveries such as Little Mac. Arwings return as a background element on the returning stage Lylat Cruise.

Trophy Description


Arwing trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS


The pride and joy of the Star Fox team—it gets its name from the distinct "A" shape. The adjustable wings give this ship remarkable mobility in all kinds of situations; considering all the dangerous places the Star Fox team goes, you never know when a well-timed barrel roll will save the day.


Arwing trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Arwing (Assault)

Star Fox's fighter crafts have the ability to regulate gravity, allowing them to adapt to all kinds of space environments, and have been tuned up to give them superb offensive performance. Mass-produced Arwings appear in Star Fox: Assault, but many get taken over by the invaders, forcing the Star Fox team to shoot them down.

  • Star Fox: Assault (02/2005)


Arwings are a type of fighter craft that debuted in the original Star Fox. Resembling modern day fighter jets, Arwings are the main spacecraft used by the Star Fox team in all iterations of the series since its debut. Arwings are equipped with G-Diffusors, which enable travel in space at high speeds as well as creating a barrier when the pilot performs a barrel roll. The Arwing is also armed with laser cannons, and can launch Smart Bombs as well. Arwings usually play a very critical role in the series, as it is capable of defeating other similarly capable ships and is the main fighting force against Andross's forces.