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A comprehensive list of games and spin-off media that feature the Arwing as a playable vehicle, obstacle or cameo.

Star Fox

Arwing Blue prints

The schematics for the original Arwing from Star Fox.

The SNES manual for the first Star Fox games states that General Pepper was overlooking his own Arwings in the prototype stage of development, but did not have time to train pilots due to the urgency of the situation. It is thus implied that he hastily loaned the experimental Arwings to Star Fox as a last resort. In Star Fox, the Arwings are twin G-diffuser experimental craft constructed by the order of General Pepper. But in Star Fox 64 and onwards, the Arwings are custom-made and modified by Slippy Toad, equipped with four G-diffusers.

Background

[…] General Pepper, the commanding officer of Corneria's defense force, decided to dispatch the super-high-performance combat ship ARWING to the defense of the planet, even though it was in the prototype stage of development. Because of the urgency of the threat to Corneria, however, he did not have time to train pilots for these advanced fighters.
"We need the Star Fox Team!!"
This is the call sent out by General Pepper.[…]
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet

The Arwing's Arsenal

Blaster

This Laser Cannon, eqipped in the nose of the Arwing, fires a powerful laser beam.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet, pg 13

Twin Blaster

By collecting the Twin Blaster item, you can fire two laser beam Blasters simultaneously, one from each wing. When one ore both of your wings are destroyed, you will revert back to a single Blaster firing out of your ship's nose.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet, pg 13

Nova Bomb

This will damage all the enemies that are within range of the explosion. While it is powerful enough to destroy some enemies, very strong ones will be only damaged by this weapon. You can carry up to five of these bombs, which are obtained by collecting Nova Bomb items.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet, pg 13

Power Shield

This powerful defensive shield can be obtained by taking a Shield Item. While the Power Shield is active, your ship will become transparent (wire frame) and will not take damage from enemy attacks or collisions. After you have suffered a certain number of attacks or collided with a certain number of objects, the Power Shield will wear off and your ship will return to its original form and take normal damage.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet, pg 13

Damage

The amount of damage that is subtracted from your damage meter depend on what part of your ship is hit (or damaged in collision with an obstacle). For example, if only your wing undergoes a shock, the damage to your shield meter will only be half what it would be if the body of your ship were hit. If the damage goes beyond the tolerance of your wing, the wing will be destroyed. You should pay attention to your shield meter at all times.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet, pg 14

Recovery From Damage

Your shield meter will refill whenever you complete a stage. Certain items will also help you recover from damage. If your wing is only damaged, it will be repaired when the body of your ship is repaired. Once your wing is completely broken, you will be stuck in that condition even if your shield meter is refilled by items. The only way to repair a destroyed wing is to collect a Wing Gyro.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet, pg 14

Star Fox 64/3D

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The Arwing flying though Corneria City.

The Arwing is once again the main vehicle in Star Fox 64, being used in 13 of the main game's Missions and the default vehicle of VS Mode. The default laser is set to single and fitted with three Smart Bombs, which can be upgraded by collecting Laser Upgrades and more Smart Bombs. Barrel rolling will deflect laser fire and make sharp turns, but won't give protection against head-on collisions and reamins vulnerable when the ship needs a split second to make the next one. Keeping the Arwing in prime condition is essential to continuing to the next level, including the collection of Gold Rings to enhance the Shield Gauge and keeping the wings from breaking.

Star Fox 64 Manual

The primary fighting machine of the Star Fox team. With the G-diffuser anti-force generator, the Arwing is able to perform many different tasks.
—Star Fox 64; Instruction Booklet

Operations Manual

Developed by Arspace Dynamics Co., Ltd., the Arwing is the most powerful air and space superiority fighter in the galaxy. With its powerful laser cannon, Smart Bomb launcher and state-of-the-art G-diffuser system, the Arwing is capable of taking on multiple enemy targets simultaneously. Andross currently uses spacecraft that are inferior to the Arwing, but recent intelligence reports indicate that he is well on his way to developing a new fighter to rival it.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 10

Weapons systems

Advanced propulsion systems and spaceframe design give the Arwing superior atmospheric and space flight capabilities in combat. The Arwing's weaponry represents the cutting edge in Cornerian military technology, giving this formidable fighter the equivalent firepower of a front-line space cruiser.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 12

Cockpit

The on-board holographic imaging system allows you to switch between two external views and an in-cockpit view while in flight. The types of views available to you will vary according to your mission profile. Press the top C Button to switch views.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 10

G-diffuser

The Arwing's revolutionary G-diffuser system generates a force field that protects the ship from enemy fire and from the stresses of high speed aerobatics.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 10

Hyper laser

The Arwing's single laser cannon may seem inadequate at first for the job at hand, but you can collect one or more Laser Upgrades while in flight to increase its power.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 10

Wing

Your craft's wings will sweep back automatically for high-speed cursing and deploy automatically for increased manoeuvrability.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 10

Comments

Developed by Arspace Dynamics Co., Ltd. under exclusive contract. Because of the complexity of its components, most notably the G-diffuser system, the Arwing is not yet slated for full production. Four prototypes have been made available to the Star Fox team for flight and combat testing.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pullout map

Official Star Fox 64 site

The Arwing starfighter is the primary battle vehicle of the Star Fox Team, and is the almost the symbol of their team. Developed by Space Dynamics Co., Ltd., the Arwing is equipped with the revolutionary G-Diffuser system, an anti-gravity device which allows the pilot to accelerate or decelerate instantaneously and perform a wide variety of high performance combat maneuvers. By executing a barrel roll, the Arwing can also generate a electromagnetic shield which will deflect most optically based weapons, such as laser beams. The Arwings used by the Star Fox Team are much different from any production versions as they have been extensively modified with improved armor and advanced weapon systems, such as Hyper Laser Homing Bolts and Smart Bombs.
—Star Fox 64.com

Official Nintendo Site

The Arwing is the flagship vehicle in team Star Fox's arsenal. With powerful cannons and capable of some impressive aerial acrobatics, It's an essential ship for any serious pilot.
—Star Fox 64 3D.com

Star Fox Adventures

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The Arwing in Adventures.

Even though the player can (and will) use the Arwing in Star Fox Adventures, it is less used than in any other game. The Arwing's only use in Adventures is for travelling to and fro between Dinosaur Planet and the four SpellStone lands, using the lasers and Smart Bombs to bring down enemies and obstacles while collecting the necessary number of Gold Rings to open the GateKeeper's forcefield. The Arwing this time requires the collection of multiple Fuel Cells to receive a solo power source away from Great Fox for making the flight capabilities. Since the Arwing uses the same health meter as Fox on the surface, the wings will not break off, no matter how low the energy reaches. The Arwing is finally used during the final boss battle, against Andross in familiar scenarios to previous battles.

P.D.A Scanner Information

ARWING - Has seen better days

Star Fox Assault

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The Arwing in Assault.

In Star Fox: Assault, the Arwing appears just as it did in previous games, this time with a highly updated design, allowing more durability, speed and barrel rolls. The Arwing is used in 8 of the 10 Missions in Story Mode and used as a vehicle in VS Mode. The amount of Arwing's Smart Bombs by default are now none compared to Star Fox 64. The upgraded Arwing also seems to have been the basis for the redesigned Cornerian Fighter (or perhaps vice versa).

Star Fox: Assault Manual

The primary fighting vehicle of the Star Fox team. It has been refined and improved to have the strongest firepower in the Lylat system. It's equipped with a G-diffuser system that gives it high manoeuvrability.
—Star Fox: Assault; Instruction Booklet

Official Site Vehicle file

Name: Arwing

Description: Standard-issue spacecraft for members of Team Star Fox.

Weapons: Single plasma cannon, chargeable, with lock-on computer.

Star Fox Command

Arwing II

The Arwing II.

In Star Fox Command, the Star Fox Team was outfitted with new ships. Each pilot picked one for themselves. The Arwing and just about any other ship has the ability to fly underwater, which is similar to the purpose of the Blue-Marine. However, it is possible that the Blue-Marine is designed more for deep water exploration.

  • Fox acquired the Arwing II, a ship resembling the Arwing in Star Fox 64.
  • Slippy had the Bullfrog, a bigger ship. It has a thick nose with small wings. It is slow and difficult to maneuver, but makes up for this with it's ability to use plasma cannons, the strongest primary weapon available. Unfortunately, the Bullfrog's cannons lack the ability to charge and lock on to enemies.
  • Falco had the Sky Claw. This ship resembled the Arwing II, but with wings directed forward, more round-shaped and with claws on the end. It has a pointed nose. Though it is equipped with the simple single laser, it is the fastest and most maneuverable ship in existence and has the ability to perform multiple somersaults and Immelmann turns. It also has the ability to lock on multiple enemies when charging its laser.
  • Krystal, because of her leaving from the Star Fox Team, flew a Cornerian Starfighter, but in some of the possible pathways of the game, she is seen to own a new ship - the Cloud Runner. The design resembles the CloudRunner tribe from Star Fox Adventures.
  • In addition, both Peppy Hare and James McCloud, playable in two of the game's storylines, fly the original Arwing, which resembles the ones seen in Star Fox: Assault.

Dash Bowman's Monkey Arrow also resembled an Arwing, possibly due to Dash being a big fan of Star Fox, or perhaps due to the successful design of the Arwing having been replicated by the Cornerian Army.

Star Fox Command
Laser: Twin
Lock: Single
Smart Bombs:  ● ●
Shields: ● ● ● ● ● ●
Boost: ● ● ● ●
Time Bonus: ● ● ●

Star Fox Zero

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Corridor Mode in Star Fox Zero.

The Arwing returns in Star Fox Zero as it has always done in the games. The Arwing can now transform into a stable Walker, which enables slowed down exploration in areas that would be too small for the Arwing to reach. As well as the transformation into the Walker which returns from the unreleased Star Fox 2, players can now look through the Wii U's Gamepad for a first person mode viewpoint from the Arwing's cockpit. The Arwing's wing-tips are now tipped in yellow, and the front "nose" adorns the japanese "zero" initial seen on the game's boxart.
  • In Star Fox Zero's gameplay, as the Arwing builds up damage, you will start to see visible damage to the ship itself.
  • Using the Fox amiibo in Star Fox Zero changes the Arwings into their original SNES versions, even changing the look of their lasers.
    • Alternatively, using the Falco amiibo specifically changes Fox's Arwing to feature a black and red color scheme with the color of the lasers being changed to red (purple when Hyper), which could be seen as a reference to Poe Dameron's black X-Wing seen in The Force Awakens.
    • Alternatively, the color scheme and mechanics bear a strong resemblance to Rosa, the mother of titular protagonist Bayonetta, also developed by PlatinumGames as both have a black, red and gold color scheme and deal and receive thrice the damage to and from enemies.
    • When the black colored Arwing is acquired, the charge will fire two shots instead of one.

Arwing

Super-high performance combat ship used by members of the Star Fox Team.
—Star Fox Zero.com

Height: 5.5 sm

Length: 28 sm

Top speed: Mach 4.2

Weapons: Laser, charge shot, smart bomb

Super Smash Bros. Series

  • In Super Smash Bros. Fox used the Arwing to enter the stage. Arwings are also seen blasting at the fighters in the Sector Z stage. They can be used as temporary platforms. Deflecting the lasers with the Reflector can make a useful attack towards opponents.
Falco Screenshot SSBM

Falco on the Corneria stage.

  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Arwing appeared as a trophy along with the Wolfen. They and the Wolfen are also seen blasting at the fighters in the Corneria and Venom Stages. They too can be ridden as platforms.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it appeared as a trophy and was used again for Fox and Falco's entrances. They also appear in the background of Lylat Cruise in the asteroid belt and the Star Fox Vs. Star Wolf part of the stage. In the Subspace Emissary, Fox used it to attack the Battleship Halberd twice, but it was shot down in both tries. The first time by a claw on the Halberd, the second time by Zelda (in her Sheik disguise). Falco also used it to arrive in the nick of time to save Fox and Diddy Kong from Bowser and his Dark Cannon. Fox/Falco, in his Arwing, attacks the Subspace Gunship along with other Ships from different series in Nintendo.
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Arwings in the Orbital Gate stage.

  • In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the Arwings appear again filling the same trophy roles and acting as stage platforms and hazards. Its trophy pose is taken from Star Fox 64 3D, while the stage Arwings use their Assault style, fitting with the game's scenario.

Trophy Information

Super Smash Bros. Melee

# Name Image First Game / Move Description
178 Arwing
Arwing Trophy Melee
Star Fox / Starwing
09/93
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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name How to Unlock PictureDescription
Arwing Random
Arwing - Brawl Trophy
A fighter ship the 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 / Starwing (SNES)
  • Star Fox / Lylat Wars (N64)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Below are the full list of trophies in the Wii U version of the fourth Super Smash Bros. title. Trophies in this version generally use artwork and designs from Star Fox: Assault or Star Fox 64 3D, considering that the stage is based on Mission 8 from Assault and that the 3DS release of Star Fox 64 is currently the most recent Star Fox game. Characters who appeared in the 3DS Star Fox 64 such as the Star Wolf use artwork from Assault because there was not artwork ever released of them.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Name How to Unlock PictureDescription Trophy Box
Arwing (Assault) Stage
ArwingTrophyWiiU
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.
NA release
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 make their offensive performance top-class. Mass-produced Arwings appear in Star Fox: Assault, but many get taken over by the invaders, forcing Star Fox to shoot them down.
PAL release
  • GameCube: Star Fox: Assault (02/2005)
36. Star Fox: Assault

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Name How to Unlock PictureDescription
Arwing Series Related
ArwingTrophy3DS

The Arwing's trophy.

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.
NA release
These fighter crafts are the pride and joy of the Star Fox team. Their name derives from their shape, which is like the letter A, and their wings, which can open and close, giving them impressive mobility in all kinds of situations. There's no Mr Arwing out there that they're named after! So don't expect him to turn up in a Star Fox game.
PAL release

Star Fox 2

In Star Fox 2, the Arwing is used by Fox, which has the ability to transform into a bipedal walker. It is likely that the Landmaster replaced this concept in following games, although the transformable Walker did eventually appear alongside the tank in Star Fox Zero.

Star Fox 2
Laser: Single
Lock: Single
Energy Charge Time: ● ● ● ●
Shields: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Speed: ● ● ● ●
Special Item: Bomb (3x)

Other Games

Arwing LoZ

The early Arwing enemy designed to be included in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

  • The Arwing can be found as an enemy in Kokiri Forest of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by using an Action Replay or GameShark device. The Arwing was used as a placeholder to test Volvagia, an airborne boss.
  • The Arwing also makes an appearance in the GameCube version of Animal Crossing as a raffle prize. It appears again in Animal Crossing: Wild World and City Folk as a spotlight item. In Wild World and City Folk, if the player stands next to the Arwing and presses A, the Star Fox theme will play.
  • In Animal Crossing: City Folk, the Arwing model is the same Arwing trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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