Cloud (SSBU)

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This article is about Cloud's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Cloud Strife.
Cloud
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Final Fantasy
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4


Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Omnislash
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He's the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. You can also select his Advent Children outfit. Charging up his Limit Gauge increases his special move abilities! Land a powerful hit!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Cloud (クラウド, Cloud) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Cloud is classified as fighter #61.

Takahiro Sakurai reprises his role as Cloud's voice through his recordings from Super Smash Bros. 4.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Cloud must then be defeated on Midgar.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Cloud has been nerfed from his transition into Ultimate. While his recovery is safer and his aerials have less landing lag, his range and damage output have been nerfed, worsening his combo game, and his smash attacks have more ending lag. His most significant nerf is his Limit Break, which disappears if not used up in 15 seconds; this means that Cloud can no longer save Limit for as long as he wants.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Cloud's model features a more subdued color scheme. His clothing features subtle detailing.

Attributes[edit]

  • Buff Like all characters, Cloud's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Cloud's initial dash speed (1.8 → 2.145) and run speed (1.97 → 2.167) are much faster.
  • Buff Cloud walks slightly faster (1.1 → 1.155).
  • Buff Cloud's air speed is slightly higher (1.1 → 1.155).
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (frame 32 → 30).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup (frames 4 → 5) and ending lag (frame 32 → 35).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (frame 28 → 26).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (frame 34 → 48).
  • Change Cloud's Limit Break gauge is shown persistently above his damage meter.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first and second hits have altered angles and knockback to keep opponents close to Cloud, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows them to connect better and jab lock.
    • Nerf Consecutive uses of the first hit are slower (11 → 15 frames).
    • Change Cloud's leg for the first hit is angled lower, making the animation more consistent with the hitbox.
  • Forward smash:
    • Nerf Forward smash has slightly increased ending lag (frame 64 → 67).
  • Up smash:
    • Nerf Up smash has slightly increased ending lag (frame 47 → 49).
  • Down smash:
    • Nerf Down smash deals less damage (4% → 3% (hit 1), 12% → 11% (hit 2)) and knockback, hindering its KO potential.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have reduced landing lag (15 frames → 9 (neutral), 18 frames → 11 (forward), 14 frames → 8 (back), 15 frames → 9 (up), 26 frames → 16 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Nerf Neutral aerial has an altered animation with reduced range.
  • Up aerial:
    • Nerf Up aerial has more startup (frame 7 → 8) with its animation unchanged, reducing its range below Cloud and preventing it from hitting grounded opponents as easily.
    • Nerf It has slightly reduced horizontal range.
    • Nerf It autocancels later (frame 26 → 32), no longer doing so from a short hop fast fall and immediately after its hitboxes cease.
    • Change It deals less damage (12% → 11% (clean), 8.5% → 8% (late)) and knockback, hindering its KO potential, but allowing it to combo better on landing.
  • Down aerial:
    • Nerf Down aerial has a shorter duration (frames 11-42 → 11-38) and autocancels later (frame 43 → 46), making its late hit harder to combo with.
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (frame 60 → 65).

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Nerf All grabs have more startup (frame 7/10/11 (standing/dash/pivot) → 9/12/13) and ending lag (frame 32/40/37 → 37/45/40).
  • Pummel:
    • Change Pummel is faster, but deals significantly less damage (3% → 1.2%).
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw releases opponents slower (frame 18 → 27), making it easier to DI. The decreased hitstun at higher percents also worsens its combo potential compared to other down throws, due to its more horizontal trajectory.
    • Change It is no longer weight-dependent.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (8% → 10%).

Special Moves[edit]

  • Change With the exception of Limit Blade Beam, all of Cloud's Limit Break specials now trigger the Special Zoom when hitting an opponent.
  • Blade Beam:
    • Buff Blade Beam has less ending lag (frame 61 → 54). This does not apply to the Limit Break version.
  • Cross Slash:
    • Nerf Limit Cross Slash's strikes slow down significantly when hitting a shield. While this doesn't change the safety of the move on shield, it gives opponents substantially more time to react and punish Cloud after shielding all of the hits.
    • Nerf Limit Cross Slash's last hit deals slightly less knockback.
    • Change Cross Slash's visual effects have a sharper design inspired by Dissidia Final Fantasy instead of the brush-like strokes from Smash 4.
  • Climhazzard:
    • Buff Cloud can now tech at the peak of Climhazzard's height.
    • Buff There is now a wider window for the downward slash to snap the ledge.
    • Buff The move has has less landing lag (41 → 26 frames).
    • Nerf The sourspot of the downward slash has significantly less base knockback.
      • Change This also applies to the sweetspot, but in exchange for being less reliable for meteor smashing offstage opponents, the grounded hit connects far more reliably, no longer giving opponents the opportunity to tech on the ground before it connects.
    • Nerf The window to input the downward slash is much shorter.
  • Limit Charge / Finishing Touch:
    • Buff Cloud fills his Limit Gauge faster from dealing damage, requiring only 150% damage for a full charge (down from 250% damage).
    • Nerf Canceling Limit Charge is no longer instantaneous, instead incurring 7 frames of lag, leaving Cloud more vulnerable when charging it.
    • Nerf If hit during Limit Charge, including the lag from canceling it, Cloud now loses the amount of Limit he would have otherwise gained.
    • Nerf Cloud loses his Limit Break if it is not used within 15 seconds of reaching full charge, requiring it to be charged again.[1] This makes his Limit Breaks much easier to avoid, and prevents him from having his stats increased indefinitely.
    • Buff Finishing Touch has less startup (frame 16 → 14).
    • Nerf Finishing Touch has more ending lag (frame 80 → 86).
    • Nerf Finishing Touch has a smaller hitbox.

Classic Mode: A Ride? Not Interested.[edit]

All of Cloud's battles are done on vehicle stages. This is a reference to the fact that he suffers from motion sickness.

Round Opponent Stage
1 Toon Link Spirit Train
2 Fox and Falco Corneria
3 Meta Knight Halberd
4 Mario, Yoshi, and Peach Rainbow Cruise
5 Captain Falcon Big Blue
6 Wolf Lylat Cruise
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination

Role in World of Light[edit]

Although Cloud does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Cloud is unlocked in the Sacred Realm in the World of Dark, guarding the Master Sword required to dispel the darkness clouding the top part of the land which makes up the Triforce of Power.

Alternate costumes[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

Character Showcase Video[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • A section of Cloud's trailer picture him using his side taunt with R.O.B. in the distance, who is promptly struck by either Pikachu's or Pichu's Thunder. This is a direct reference to magic-casting and its animation in Final Fantasy, with Thunder being a basic black magic spell. This may also be a reference to the Bolt spell from Cloud's respective game, Final Fantasy VII, as it's one of his starting spells.
  • Cloud’s official render resembles his idle animation from Final Fantasy VII and Super Smash Bros., as well as Ike's official render for Brawl.
  • With Marth and Roy now dubbed in English for international releases of Ultimate, Cloud is the only playable character with an established English voice actor to speak Japanese in all versions of Ultimate.
  • Cloud is the only character who battles on Rainbow Cruise and Spirit Train in his Classic Mode campaign.

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