Smash Ultimate is finally on store shelves (or just the Nintendo eShop, depending on how you roll). It’s gotten stellar reviews nearly across the board and, although it’s quite a lot like the last Super Smash Bros., there’s an enormous number of changes to cover. How about we get to it with yet another of Fanbyte’s Smash Ultimate guides!
Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.
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Marth is a Super Smash Bros. mainstay, but fans might not be as familiar with Lucina. This warrior debuted in Fire Emblem: Awakening while pretending to be the original legendary hero. That probably explains why she’s Marth’s echo fighter — a character with basically all the same moves and some slight statistical differences.
According to their official Nintendo descriptions…
Marth is an exceptional swordfighter with a long reach. He’ll do the most damage with attacks using the tip of his sword, so spacing is an important factor.
Lucina is Marth’s echo fighter, so she shares most of her standard and special attacks with Marth. However, while Marth’s attacks are more powerful when made with the tip of his blade, Lucina’s attacks just as powerful whether you use the tip or the base of the sword.
Shield Breaker (B) – Stabs with such powerful force that at max charge, he can destroy a shield in one hit!
Dancing Blade (Side + B) – Slashes opponents up to four times with repeated button presses. Tilting up or down can change each attack.
Dolphin Slash (Up + B) – Strikes upward as he rises into the air. Deals the most damage at the start.
Counter (Down + B) – Prepares for an attack and strikes back if hit. The power depends on the enemy’s attack.
Critical Hit (Final Smash) – Marth dashes forward and strikes. If the attack connects, it has the potential to be a one-hit KO. Marth dashes forward a long distance, so there’s a risk that you can self-destruct, but you can press the button again to stop.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Playing Marth feels as natural as ever. A staple since Melee and a template for many sword-wielding Fire Emblem characters to come, Marth is every bit the quick, aggressive character you would hope for. Marth can dash in and out of an enemy’s effective range, then slice in with a devastating attack. Marth is all about the neutral game. If you can learn the ropes with him, you’ll get a lot out of it.
Positioning can also turn against Marth, who doesn’t have good ways to keep out pressure and has some predictable recovery. If your enemy isn’t where Marth wants them to be, that spells trouble. Keep your spacing right and the opponent guessing, though, and you’ll be fine.
Lunina’s Strength & Weaknesses
While Lucina’s whole “thing” is changing her fate, she’s not too much of a change from her heroic inspiration, Marth. The biggest difference is that she doesn’t have “sweet” or “sour” spots on her blade. Instead, she deals consistent damage and knockback no matter the length you hit the opponent with. If Marth feels just a hair too inconsistent in the neutral game for you, Lucina can be a good pick-up.
For one, Marth now speaks English in the non-Japanese versions of the games. He’s voiced by Yuri Lowenthal if you were curious.
If you’ve played Marth before, you know his attacks do more damage if you hit opponents with the tip of your sword. Nintendo has reportedly increased the size of the hitbox on his sword and/or opponents to make that a little bit easier on casual players.
Shield Breaker, Marth’s forward sword thrust can now be angled by the player giving him an important tool for fighting off enemies.
Lucina is an all-new Echo Fighter for Marth. Her move set is nearly identical aside from one key difference. Unlike Marth, she has no sweet spot for her blade. No matter where you hit the enemy, you’ll do the same damage.
In essence, Lucina is a casual friendly Marth.
Marth’s capes, shirts, and armor all change color based on the respective outfit. He’s got the usual colors of red, green, black, and white alongside a few other cool options.
Lucina changes hair color to match all of her outfits, unlike Marth! Sadly, she doesn’t have a costume that includes her cool mask. Although Kirby does wear it when he steals Lucina’s powers.
There you have it, folks. Hopefully this guide to Lucina and Marth will prepare you for the trials ahead. But if you need a bit more help, check out the rest of our Smash Ultimate guides on Fanbyte!
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.