Not every Fire Emblem fighter in Smash Ultimate just carries a sword into battle (even though most of them do). One hero in particular stands out among the rest as a more tactical addition to this year’s line-up. We’re talking about Robin, the usually custom playable character from Fire Emblem: Awakening. Their book of spells sets them even further apart from the pack in this game’s overcrowded arena of fighters.
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Robin had a rough time of things in Fire Emblem: Awakening. It’s too complicated to completely retell here, so we’ll just say it involved time travel and being the avatar of an evil dragon. The nondescript tactician seems to have become all the stronger for their troubles, however. They bring some very interesting aerial moves and ranged attacks into the mix in Smash Ultimate.
According to Nintendo’s description of Robin…
A fighter that wields the Levin Sword and four different Tomes! Like in the original game, these weapons can only be used a certain number of times, so keep a close eye on the battle situation. Both the male and female versions of Robin are available, so you can choose your favorite.
Thunder (B) – Unleashes lightning magic that can be charged to cast Elthunder, Arcthunder, and Thoron.
Arcfire (Side + B) – Casts a spell to throw a ball of fire. When it hits, it triggers a pillar of flame.
Elwind (Up + B) – Casts wind magic downward, dealing damage and boosting into the air twice.
Nosferatu (Down + B) – Conjures a dark curse that steals the life force of enemies.
Pair Up (Final Smash) – Chrom dashes forward, and if he lands a hit, Robin joins him for a combination of attacks and launches the foe. After the attack, the Levin Sword and each tome are fully charged. Make sure to hit a foe with the initial dash.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Robin’s design adheres to one of Fire Emblem’s more challenging mechanics: weapon durability. Mastering the use of their tomes and swords, as well as playing around them when you expend your “ammo”, is key to mastering this atypical fighter. The good news is that if you do put in the time, Robin can be devastating. They have huge KO potential, lots of punishing moves, and are able to change up their pace at a moment’s notice.
When Robin is low on options, though, it’s easy to move in and punish them. The tactician is susceptible to big whiffs and relies on their equipment to win the fight. Playing around a good Robin means waiting for them to exhaust critical components of their arsenal and then pressuring them while they’re down.
Since Robin was the protagonist of a Fire Emblem game, they come in both male and female forms. Their costumes also change color depending on which skin you select. Sadly, there is no Fallen Robin variant for serious Fire Emblem fans to ogle.
And there you have it! Robin is one of the newest, and most interesting, additions to the Super Smash Bros. series from Fire Emblem to date. Try to play them well and not just like another incarnation of Roy, Marth, or Ike. You’ll do fine!
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.