Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received some great DLC characters, and the roster is just about to get better with the inclusion of Sephiroth, Final Fantasy VII’s villain, and one of the most iconic video game characters ever.
Those good enough to beat him in an intense match have been able to unlock Sephiorth earlier, but the wait is now almost over, as the character is becoming available to all in just a few hours. So, was the wait for this character worth it? Let us find out.
Sephiroth is yet another swordsman, but he is unlike every other one seen in Smash Ultimate thanks to his signature weapon. The Masamune has incredible reach, especially in Dash A and Up A attacks. This blade also lets Sephiroth perform a very unique Wall Grab, as he can stab the side of any stage to recover using Forward A. Sephiroth’s Smash Attacks are also quite powerful: Side B has huge launching power, while Down B can also be used as a ranged attack to control space, thanks to the debris.
Special Attacks are what make Sephiroth feel unique, potentially giving him tons of versatility. Neutral B is Flare, Omegaflare, and Gigaflare, ranged attacks. By holding down the button, it is possible to increase damage for reduced range. Side B is Shadow Flare, another ranged attack that goes off a set amount of time that can be used for setups or to keep the opponent from going on the offensive. Up B is Blade Dash, a single dashing strike that can be aimed in any direction. The charged version is Octaslash, which features more slashes. Down B is Scintilla, a counter attack that only covers the front, so it is inferior to most counter-attacks in the game.
Sephiroth has two unique mechanics that set him apart from the other Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters. The first one, which he shared with other swordsmen, is Sweet Spot. Thanks to this mechanic, Sephiroth deals more damage when he hits opponents with the middle of the blade. Damage decreases when opponents are too close or too far.
The second mechanic unique to Sephiroth is Winged Form. This form activates when he is in danger and it gives him a triple jump, super armor on all smash attacks and increased strength and speed. As the Winged Form activation mechanics are not yet completely clear as of now, you should not rely on it too much. Not that you have any need to, as Sephiroth’s moveset is extremely good even in the normal form, if used properly.
How To Play Sephiroth
Sephiroth is looking to be an extremely solid character, but not an extremely newcomer-friendly one. Most of his attacks have long recovery, and they can be punished easily by fast characters. As such, mastery of Shadow Flare is extremely important, as the orbs going off can make it more difficult for opponents to punish any whiffed attack.
As Sephiroth’s Sweet Spot is the middle of the Masamune, the character should be used, mostly in mid-range. The combination of Shadow Flare and the Flare spells make him a solid long-range fighter as well, allowing him to control space with ease if used correctly. It is still too early to know where he excels the most, but it surely won’t take long for any pro to show the world how deadly Sephiroth truly is.