Spear Pillar (テンガンざん やりのはしら Tenganzan yari no wa shira?) is a location in the Pokémon series located in the Sinnoh region. Its debut was in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, where Dialga and/or Palkia could be captured.
Spear Pillar is a playable stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and returning in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Dialga, Palkia, Azelf, Uxie, Mesprit, and Cresselia make appearances in the background to devastate the players. It is a destructible stage, which also features a cave underneath the surface which players can fight in. Spear Pillar can be unlocked by completing Event 25: The Aura Is With Me.
After the first few seconds in battle, Dialga, Palkia, or Cresselia will show up in the background of the stage. Which Pokémon will appear is determined by the tint of the stage. If it is tinted blue, Dialga or Cresselia will appear. If it is tinted pink, Palkia will appear. The Pokémon will perform different attacks when they appear:
- Shoots a vertical Hyper Beam covering a third of the stage. It can be shielded.
- Slows down the passage of time (this stacks with effects such as the Timer).
- Roars, then jumps onto the stage and attacks nearby characters with Roar of Time. There is a larger delay between the roar and jumping on to the stage than there is for other roar-signified attacks.
- Tilts the stage slightly (this is an illusion; flat surfaces don't become slopes, for example).
- Shoots a horizontal Hyper Beam that covers either the upper or lower level. It can be shielded.
- Tilts the stage at up to a 30 degree angle (again, just an illusion).
- Mirrors the stage (so that pressing right causes a character to appear to move to the left).
- Rotates the stage at a 180 degree angle (so that gravity faces up and left is right).
- Halves gravity.
- Throws a series of Psycho Cuts across the stage in straight lines from its position.
- Throws a single Psycho Cut that swoops across either the upper or lower.
Dialga and Palkia will also occasionally destroy a third of the top level of the stage.
After a while, the legendary Pokémon will vanish in a puff of smoke, leaving the brawl to continue normally for a short time. Soon enough, it will return exactly the same as before. Only one Pokémon warps in per fight—they cannot switch between themselves in the middle of a match.
This stage is universally banned in mainstream tournaments due to the large and frequent number of overly powerful and disruptive hazards that Palkia, Dialga, and Cresselia can create that frequently disrupt gameplay or easily result in a turning tide for a lucky player (particularly when Palkia flips the stage sideways or turns it upside down). The bottom cavern of the stage also acts as a large cave of life to combatants, prolonging brawls and promoting stalling. The overall stage design with the separated top area and bottom area can allow for circle camping as well.
Spear Pillar debuts in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, and can be found at the top of Mt. Coronet. In this game, the two legendary Pokémon Palkia and Dialga can be found at Spear Pillar. Team Galactic, the antagonists of Diamond, Pearl & Platinum arrive at the Spear Pillar and awaken either Dialga/Palkia (depending on the version of the game the player is playing) by using the crystalline Red Chain to control them. After having control on either one, Team Galactic was going to destroy the world and create a new universe where the boss of Team Galactic, Cyrus, is deity and king. The player must travel up Mt. Coronet to Spear Pillar, where they impede upon Team Galactic's plan to control the legendary Pokémon by defeating the admins and their boss, Cyrus, in battle. Upon defeat, Team Galactic retreats and the player has the opportunity to catch Dialga/Palkia. If the player is playing Pokémon Platinum, Cyrus will attempt to control both Dialga and Palkia but fails when Giratina appears, destroying the process and in turn, sucking both Cyrus and the player into its home, the Distortion World. High above the Spear Pillar is the Hall of Origin, where the omnipotent legendary Pokémon Arceus resides and watches over the Sinnoh region.
- In the Pokémon RPGs, Cresselia has no connection to Spear Pillar at all.
- Unlike other stages, such as Mushroomy Kingdom which identify the specific game it hails from, Spear Pillar is only given the setting Pokémon and not Pokémon Pearl or Pokémon Diamond. The same goes with Port Town Aero Dive.
- If Olimar uses his Final Smash when the stage is turned upside down, the Bulborbs still appear at the bottom of the screen.
- The cave underneath the main platform strongly resembles the Sinnoh Underground, with crystals partially burrowed in the floor and walls.
- When the stage is rotated or mirrored, even the pause screen is affected by the switch.
- If one were to move the camera and look near the back of the stage, one could see what looks like a meteorite sitting near a tree. This may be a homage to the Adamant, Lustrous and Griseous Orbs, which, in the games, are found behind Dialga, Palkia or Giratina, respectively.
- If the game is paused and the camera is zoomed in on the vertically moving platforms, the platform on the left shows a hieroglyphic drawing of Dialga, with Giratina & Palkia on the other side.
- If the player looks at the constellation at the top of the stage very closely, Arceus's face can be seen.
- This stage is the first Pokémon series stage to be banned from being used in tournaments. All the others (besides Poké Floats) are at least counterpicks.