Shadow Bugs are creatures in the Adventure mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Subspace Emissary, where they appear in cutscenes. They are round, dark balls. The Halberd stores all of the Shadow Bugs and releases them across the Smash World throughout the story. When many Shadow Bugs form together, they can create Primids and other enemies. Additionally, Shadow Bugs can create False Characters, dark clones of fighters, when they come into contact with trophies of said fighters. Shadow Bugs originate from Mr. Game & Watch, and an unlimited amount can be produced from his body due to his strange properties as a 2D character in a 3D world, according to the Smash Bros. DOJO!!, the official website of the game. When Tabuu learned of this, he manipulated Mr. Game & Watch to create the Subspace Army, though Mr. Game & Watch himself was not aware of this. The Shadow Bugs are first seen in a cutscene at the Midair Stadium.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Shadow Bugs appear as an Advanced-class support spirit, using their previous trophy render. It occupies one support slot and any fighter that uses it will start battles with increased attack power but with 30% damage. The spirit's puppet fighters are four Mr. Game & Watches on the Omega form of the Pokémon Stadium stage. Aside from the Spirit Board, the spirit may also be available in Beedle's Tent, where it can be purchased for 1,000 Spirit Points.
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
|Shadow Bugs||File:BrawlTrophy134.png||Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl||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.|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Shadow Bug||File:SSBU Shadow Bug Spirit.png||Super Smash Bros. Series||Support (1)||Advanced||Trade-Off Attacks ↑||Beedle's Tent; Spirit Board||Mr. Game & Watch ×4||Hazard: Poison Cloud
||Pokémon Stadium (Ω)||Step: Subspace|
Names in other languages
|Italian||Cellule Ombra||Shadow Cell|