Nintendo Switch game ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ gets a new downloadable fighter

Byleth is the fifth DLC character from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass. (Photo: Nintendo)

The newest downloadable character coming to “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” has been revealed and the addition can be best described as, well, fire.

Byleth from “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” was announced by “Super Smash Bros. Ultiamte” game director Masahiro Sakurai during a Nintendo Direct event held on Thursday.  The character, which joins four new characters as part of a $24.99 Fighters Pass for the game, will be available Jan. 28.

Nintendo also announced a Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which will come with six more DLC characters. The characters and release dates have yet to be revealed.

The previously released four characters – any of which including Byleth when available can be purchased individuallyfor $5.99 – are:

  • Joker from Persona 5
  • Hero from the Dragon Quest JRPG series
  • Banjo & Kazooie from the Banjo-Kazooie series
  • Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series

The downloadable Byleth DLC will include both the male and female version of the character. Footage shown from the reveal include the characters using relic weapons from the popular strategy role-playing game.

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The relics that both heroes use change depending on the direction you press on the analog stick. Mobility is low and their grab lacks range but both Byleths excel at fighting from range.

Here’s a preview of some of Byleth’s moves:

  • Sword of the Creator: Byleth’s default weapon is the Sword of the Creator, which is good for flurry, dash and tilt attacks. It can also transform into a whip depending on the controller input, such as down-tilt, for example. Its up-smash whips enemies up into the air to launch them. The aerial version does an upward whip attack with good hit detection. Up-special makes Byleth do a Castlevania-like move where the character grabs foes with the Sword of the Creator’s whip version. Byleth’s whip also can be used as a recovery move to latch onto the edge of a stage.
  • Areadbhar : Using a side input makes Byleth use the Areadbhar relic. The forward and backward versions of this attack have pretty good reach and can even beat out Marth’s air attack. The side smash version has an even longer reach and becomes stronger by adding an upward tilt. You will need to add a downward tilt to it, however, in order to hit downed opponents. You will also want to hit foes with the tip of the lance as the damage from its handle portion will be less. This makes it a better weapon to use from distance. The side-special version makes Byleth do an upward slash with good reach. It works especially well on opponents at an upper ledge, even when far away. It also charges forward a bit when using a smash attack. It leaves you vulnerable, however, if shielded by the enemy. The aerial version hits a wide area as well but has long recovery upon landing.
  • Aymr: Byleth uses this axe relic weapon when performing downward inputs. The down air version is quite powerful and can perform a meteor effect to finish off foes away from the ledge. The down-smash makes Byleth do a round swing that covers the back and the front. The move can also launch foes. The down-special makes Byleth do a powerful move that Sakurai compared to a Falcon Punch. Although the charge-up to the move is slow and holds Byleth on the spot, it comes with a super armor effect at the beginning that lets you tank enemy attacks. Byleth can be grabbed out of it, however. On the plus side, it actually beats the Falcon Punch when done at the same time due to the super armor effect. You can even use it to drop from a platform while mid-move. It can change directions mid-move as well. Just watch out for counters, especially from other Fire Emblem characters.
  • Failnaught: This is the relic Byleth uses for neutral attacks. Perform a neutral air attack and Byleth will twirl the bow a la Pit. The move is good for doing combos. The neutral-special version fires an arrow that’s reminiscent of one of Link’s attacks. The move can be charged and is quite powerful, especially when charged all the way through. Just be careful as it leaves Byleth vulnerable. To cancel out of it, you can use the shield mechanic as long as you don’t do the move’s final extended charge. It can change directions mid-move, too, as long as you don’t enter the final extended charge once again.
  • Final Smash: Byleth’s Final Smash is called the Progenitor God Ruptured Heaven move. This is an enhanced version of the Ruptured Heaven move from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and summons Sothis to perform a powerful attack.

The Byleth DLC also comes with various costume color variations, some of which emulate the clothes of other characters from “Fire Emblem: Three Houses.” Other characters from the Fire Emblem gamealso show up in the background in Byleth’s stage, Garreg Mach Monastery.

Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and also reviews video games as part of his Technobubble features. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo.

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