10:00 am EDT, June 12, 2019

‘Smash Ultimate’ DLC characters list: Who they are, when they release

There are a few wildcards out of the Smash Ultimate DLC characters, with Nintendo still keeping a couple of tricks up their sleeves as we await the next DLC release.

The Smash Ultimate DLC characters follow a tradition started in Smash 4 wherein Nintendo slowly trickles out new characters for the game in the hopes of both selling more of the hardware/games, but also keeping the meta of the game alive.

Ultimate will have a total of six DLC characters, while Smash 4 had seven DLC characters, including Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, and newcomers Corrin, Ryu, Cloud, and Bayonetta. However, the two characters that have released, along with the four that have yet to be announced, may not encompass all of the Smash Ultimate DLC characters Nintendo is planning on developing.

All six of the Ultimate DLC characters are available to purchase in a season pass called the Fighters Pass, save for Piranha Plant. It costs $24.99, and saves you a good chunk of money in the long-run, as the Joker’s Challenger pack (which came with a stage, new music, and new Mii Fighter Costumes) costs $5.99.

Below are all of the details you need to know about the Smash Ultimate DLC characters, including how much they cost, where they came from, and how to play as them.

‘Smash Ultimate’ DLC characters list

DLC Character 1: Piranah Plant

Series: Piranha Plant finds his origins in the first Super Mario Bros. game as a common enemy. He sat within warp pipes, ready to chomp down on Mario and co. whenever they dared to cross his path. While he loses his warp pipe in favor of a flower pot in Ultimate, many of his moves relate back to even his first appearance in the Super Mario series.

Release date: Piranah Plant released on February 1, 2019.

Price: Free to anyone who registered their copy of Smash Ultimate on their My Nintendo account before the January 31, 2019 deadline. He is available for general purchase for $4.99, and he does not come with any stages or music.

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Gameplay strategies: Piranha Plant is a defensive character who heavily relies on opponents attempting to punish his very strong moves. He is a heavy character, giving him surprisingly long survivability.

Use this survivability to your advantage as you hold out your neutral-b spike ball off-stage. It will often lure in opponents, and punish them after they hit you, as the spike ball falls right onto their heads. The ball itself has amazing knockback, even if it’s rolling slowly on the ground, not unlike the launch power of Wii Fit Trainer’s soccer ball.

His down-b gives him some super armor as he charges it, and has incredible range. Combo this with a fully charged side-b poison cloud to use the purple mist as a smokescreen, and you might just catch your opponent off-guard.

DLC Character 2: Joker

Series: Joker is the main character of Persona 5, wherein he received his introduction. He shoots small guns and stabs with knives, utilizing the power of Arsene after reaching a certain damage threshold, not unlike Little Mac’s K.O. punch.

Release date: Joker released on April 17, 2019.

Price: The Joker’s Challenger pack costs $5.99, and comes with 11 Persona music tracks, one stage based on Mementos, and new Mii Fighter costumes.

Gameplay strategies: Your goal with Joker is to rack up as many tiny combos as possible, much like when you’re playing as Sheik. Speaking of Sheik, his dragdown up air looks and acts similarly to hers, with the added benefit of his up b acting as not only a ledge tether, but also a means to drag down airborne opponents.

His Arsene Persona powers up the knockback and damage output of all of his moves, save for his throws, which remain the same. Arsene changes Joker’s down b into a counter/reflector, much like Palutena’s. He has a lot more killpower to his smash attacks in this state, and his neutral b guns shoot much faster.

DLC Character 3: The Hero

Series: Dragon Quest

Release date: Summer 2019

Price: Presumably $5.99

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Gameplay strategies: The Dragon Quest Hero will have four interchangeable skins representing four of the most popular iterations of the protagonist from the Dragon Quest series. All of the characters appear to have the same moveset, which will include special moves such as Bounce and Snooze. Scrolling through the spells in a quick manner might be tough on the Smash battlefield, but much like Shulk, professional players will have no problem training their muscle memory to feel out which spell is best for each situation.

The Hero plays a lot like Breath of the Wild Link, with many of his moves mirroring Link’s, such as their dash attack and side-tilts. However, they also feel similar to Robin, in that they can charge up a magic attack using one of the spells, not unlike Robin’s neutral-b. With more spells than Robin, it’s likely that The Hero will end up being a better version of the aforementioned spellcaster.

Their recovery move sends two twisters mid-air beneath them. Trapping opponents underneath them will be key for edgeguarding and reverse edgeguarding. Much like Robin, he is a bit susceptible to gimping when attacked from above. Plan your recovery accordingly to time when the opponent will be looking to punish your return to the stage.

DLC Character 4: Banjo-Kazooie

Series: Banjo-Kazooie

Release date: Fall 2019

Price: Presumably $5.99

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Gameplay strategies: Banjo-Kazooie look and feel like Duck Hunt Dog, with both fighters relying on multiple long-range attacks to zone out opponents, along with quick bird beak jabs for close up attacks. Not much was revealed about Banjo-Kazooie’s playstyle or moveset, but one could assume that they are a somewhat heavy character that will be able to survive much longer than Duck Hunt Dog.

DLC Character 5: TBA

Series: TBA

Release date: With two and a half months in between DLC characters one and two, we can hope that this character will be released mid-January 2020.

Price: Presumably $5.99

Gameplay strategies: TBA

DLC Character 6: TBA

Series: TBA

Release date: With two and a half months in between DLC characters one and two, one can hope that this character will be released mid-April 2020.

Price: Presumably $5.99

Gameplay strategies: TBA

Who will be the remaining ‘Smash Ultimate’ DLC characters?

Speculation still runs wild as to which characters will eventually make their way into the Smash-verse via the paid DLC.

Some popular picks include Geno from Super Mario RPG, Bandana Dee from the Kirby series, and Waluigi from the Super Mario series.

Third party characters that fans are clamoring to have included as DLC characters are Shadow from the Sonic games, Goku from the Dragon Ball Z series, and any given protagonist from the Dragon Quest series.

If I were a betting man, I’d say that out of those picks, Geno is the most likely. While Waluigi would be a terrible pick for many reasons, Geno would play similarly to characters like Ness, making him an easy inclusion as an echo fighter.

The remaining four DLC characters will be released within 2019 and 2020.

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