Smash Ultimate is here at least — and the reviews have been highly positive. It’s been well over four years since the previous game in the series, but Super Smash Bros. feels as fresh as ever on Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch. There’s a lot more to do this time around, too. Smash Ultimate is far and away the most complete package we’ve ever gotten from the series. And we really mean “complete” in the most literal sense.
The Smash Ultimate roster brings 74 different playable fighters at launch. Every single previous Smash character is back again, along with a heaping helping of fresh faces. Although that does include multiple “echo fighters”: heroes and villains that mirror other characters, with slightly different stats.
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Roy and Chrom are a pair of straightforward leading men from the Fire Emblem franchise.
According to Nintendo’s official description of Roy…
Get up close and personal for major damage! Unlike Marth, Roy’s attacks are more powerful the closer you get to the base of his blade. For his Final Smash, his sword bursts into flame and sends anyone caught in the blast flying.
And here’s what the company says about Chrom…
The protagonist of Fire Emblem Awakening joins the battle as Roy’s echo fighter. His Final Smash is Awakening Aether. Like Aether in the original game, this move has Chrom charge toward his opponent, slashing with his sword.
Roy & Chrom Moves
Flare Blade (B) – Slashes downward with a flaming sword so powerfully that he can even damage himself.
Double-Edge Dance (Side + B) – Slashes opponents up to four times, with repeated button presses. tilting up or down can change each attack.
Blazer (Up + B) – Jumps into the air with a slash wrapped in flames. The jump angle can be altered.
Counter (Down + B) – Readies himself and turns aside any attack, sending it back against his foe, with greater force.
Critical Hit (Final Smash) – Roy swings his blade around to catch enemies, and then brings the sword down to finish them off in a blast of fire. The initial swing not only hits opponents in front of Roy, but also those behind him.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Roy is, without a doubt, our boy. And as the secondary template (alongside Marth) for Fire Emblem characters in Smash Ultimate, he’s still pretty fun to play. Roy is all about power: finding the sweet spot on his sword to slam the enemy for massive knockouts. He’s got some speed, too, so don’t be afraid to dash around a bit.
His recovery is a little lacking, as is his air game. And at higher levels of play, Roy wants to find those sweet spots just as often. If you’re not up on your positioning, Roy can be a“feast or famine” character. Keep it on the ground, and on your terms, and you’ll be fine.
Chrom is much like Roy, save for one very important note: his Up-B recovery move is not Roy’s, but rather Ike’s. This gives Chrom some surprisingly powerful combos and options Roy doesn’t have. It also makes him an early candidate for the top-level Fire Emblem Smashers.
Roy is our boy and he’s got a the usual Fire Emblem color swaps.
Chrom’s outfits are a little more subdued since he doesn’t have all the shiny armor pieces that Roy does.
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All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.