As the character roster for Super Smash Bros. 4 begins to fill to competition, details on the move-set and abilities of the game’s newcomers are starting to be shared. According to a report by LatinPost from Aug. 30, Masahiro Sakurai has fully detailed the moves and abilities of the latest newcomer to Super Smash Bros. 4; Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. Equipped with a weapon capable of changing his abilities, Shulk’s skills will favor the player willing to experiment and play strategically.
In a series of posts made on Miiverse, Sakurai explains the skills of Shulk’s main weapon, the Monado, and how the sword has the capability of slashing enemies from a long range. While other swordsman like Marth or Ike are primarily close-quartered combatants, the player can alter Shulk’s skills to best suit the situation and enemies on the battlefield in order to give themselves the upper hand. Find Sakurai’s full comment below:
Shulk's sword, the Monado, slashes enemies with a beam when activated, so it can strike from long range. What really makes this weapon unique is that when the Monado Arts are activated, it can change Shulk's features and abilities! Emerge victorious in battle by changing your abilities strategically!!
Players will be able to switch Shulk’s skills and abilities to five different settings: Jump, Speed, Shield, Buster, and Smash. All of these Monado Arts have their own set of advantages and weaknesses, so the player will need to play and test each one to get a firm understanding of how to utilize them properly in battle. For example, the Jump skill set will allow for Shulk to jump higher, but will result in lower defense. Meanwhile, Buster will grant Shulk with stronger attack, but a weaker launch ability. Find a complete breakdown of each skill below:
- Jump - Higher jumps, lower defense.
- Speed - Faster movement, weaker attacks.
- Shield - higher defense, slower movement.
- Buster - stronger attacks, weaker launch ability.
- Smash - Stronger launch ability, weaker attacks, lower defense against launching.