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This article is about Hero's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Hero.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Official artwork showing the heroes from Dragon Quest XI, III, IV, and VIII.

Symbol of the Dragon Quest series.
Universe Dragon Quest
Availability Downloadable
Final Smash Gigaslash
The Hero Draws Near!
—Introduction tagline

Hero (勇者, Hero) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the second fighter from Square Enix after Cloud. He was announced during the E3 Nintendo Direct alongside Banjo & Kazooie on June 11th, 2019 as the second downloadable character from Fighters Pass Vol. 1. The default Hero is the Luminary[1] from Dragon Quest XI, while Erdrick[2] from Dragon Quest III, Solo from Dragon Quest IV and Eight from Dragon Quest VIII also appear as alternate characters like the Koopalings and Alph. Unlike the Koopalings and Alph, however, they are all listed simply as "Hero". Hero was released as part of Challenger Pack 2 on July 30th, 2019 and is classified as Fighter #72.

Mitsuki Saiga reprises her role as the Luminary from the Japanese version of Dragon Quest XI S, voicing him in all regions in place of his English voice actor, Rasmus Hardiker. Nobuyuki Hiyama, Takeshi Kusao and Yūki Kaji also debut as the voices of Erdrick, Solo and Eight, respectively, in all versions of the game.


Hero is a tall, middleweight swordsman. As a result, he has long range and his overall damage output is fittingly above-average, but he is prone to being hit easily and is very susceptible to combos. Hero has respectable overall mobility: he has a slow walking speed, slightly below-average air speed and poor air acceleration, but his dashing speed, initial dash, traction, falling speed, and fast falling speed are all either average or above-average.

Hero has a good defensive game. Similar to the three Links, Hero actually sports two shields: the standard shield action that every fighter has, and another equipped on his left arm most of the time. Hero's shield can block projectiles while he is standing idle, walking, or crouching. The wearable shield also affects the first hit of Hero's forward tilt by granting invincibility to his left arm, head and left leg because of this shield's position, similar to Palutena's dash attack and back aerial.

Hero possesses a unique fighter ability called the MP Gauge, which has a maximum of 100 Magic Points (MP) and will deplete whenever he uses a special move. MP is restored whenever he hits opponents with attacks, and also restores gradually over time. Although his special moves completely rely on the MP Gauge, they possess tremendous utility. His neutral special, Frizz, is a fireball that travels fast, far and deals decent damage, allowing Hero to disrupt enemy approaches. In addition, unlike other Frizz spells, Frizz has low vertical knockback, making it possible to start juggles or even true combos. Frizz can be charged into Frizzle, which can beat other projectiles and KO near the ledge at reasonable percentages, or Kafrizz for even more damage, knockback and traveling distance, turning it into a viable KO move even at mid percentages.

Hero's side special, Zap, has good range for its start-up, deals respectable damage and KOs at very high percentages. Zap can be charged into Zapple, which grants even more range and damage while being a vertical KO move at high percentages, or Kazap, which results in a attack that sacrifices speed and range for power, being able to KO most opponents center stage at a mere 50%. Additionally, Kazap has 15% damage-based armor, allowing it to resist oncoming attacks. Zap and its variants are disjointed melee attacks, giving them excellent range and rendering them immune to reflection and absorption.

Hero's up special, Woosh, is a quick recovery move and is also Hero's fastest and most reliable out of shield punish. Woosh can be charged into Swoosh, granting more vertical distance and horizontal mobility, or Kaswoosh, which provides tremendous vertical distance. Additionally, all Woosh spells leave behind tornadoes, which serve as lingering hitboxes that can damage opponents and gimp opposing recoveries or setup into devastating setups from below the ledge. Finally, his down special, Command Selection, gives Hero a list of four random spells which offer a wide variety of effects. Most of these spells have significant advantages and little disadvantages, which can be seen here. The Command Selection can be canceled by inputting the shield button, allowing Hero to repeatedly switch the menu of spells until he has an ideal set of them.

Hero's smash attacks all share a unique perk: they have a 1/8 chance of striking with a critical hit, doubling their damage output and significantly increasing their knockback, allowing them to KO at extremely early percentages. In addition, they cause the smash attacks to cause more shieldstun, making them slightly safer on shield. Even without this perk, Hero's smash attacks have some utility: his forward smash is his strongest smash attack in both damage and knockback, having large range to boot, making it terrific for hard reads or punishes, his up smash has high vertical range, being a reliable anti-air option, good for halting aerial opponents' approaches while remaining a good KOing tool (though it suffers from nonexistent horizontal range, being unable to hit grounded opponents), and his down smash is his weakest smash attack, though it is also his fastest and can be used to punish rolls or spot dodges. Thus, it is a reliable edge-guarding attack in its own right.

Hero's other grounded attacks still possess utility, even if they are less overwhelming than his smash attacks and special moves. Neutral attack has a respectable start-up, damage output and good range, making it good for both damage-racking at low percentages, spacing and for warding off immediate pressure. As stated earlier, forward tilt's first hit has blocking capabilities, making it a defensive option that can beat other moves or projectiles and then be followed up with a second hit—a sword slash—which offers better range, identical speed, and more power, allowing for setting up edge-guards or outright KOs near the edge.

Up tilt has wide range, which, coupled with its respectable damage output and decent startup lag, makes it a fantastic anti-air option and more consistent than up smash, along with being able to KO at high percentages. Down tilt has good range—superseding Hero's neutral attack—while offering the same speed and launching vertically; it can be used to hit opponents hanging on the edge and start set-ups. Dash attack boasts high power for an attack of its type at the cost of speed, being able to KO at a mere 80% from the edge. Lastly, Hero's up and down throws sport some utility. Up throw is his strongest throw and has situational utility as both a combo starter and KO option, being able to KO before 200%, unlike his other throws. Conversely, down throw is a good combo starter at low to medium percentages, and can lead into dangerous set-ups.

Hero's aerial moveset, while not as good as that of many other swordfighters, is impressive nonetheless. Neutral aerial has wide range around him and launches at a diagonal angle, being a situational combo starter and useful shield poking option. Forward and back aerials are both rather slow (with back aerial in particular being among the slowest of its kind), but they are respectably strong and KO middleweights beginning around 100% and 85%, respectively. Up aerial has the lowest lag out of any of Hero's aerials and deals very low damage and knockback, enabling it to effectively initiate combos into itself or other moves, or even set up KO confirms at varying percentages. Lastly, down aerial is Hero's most damaging aerial, but also one of his slowest. Its clean hit is capable of meteor smashing opponents, leading to KOs as low as 20% on offstage foes.

But for all the strengths that Hero has, they do come with a price. His access to his special moves is restricted by their reliance on MP. Without enough MP, he is unable to cast any spells, which may put him in great danger offstage as Woosh will only give him a very small boost without MP. While his Command Selection is very versatile, its random nature means that a desired spell is unlikely to be available. On top of that, some of his spells have very little utility (such as Metal Slash, which deals 1% and extremely low set knockback against non-metal opponents), while one of them, Hocus Pocus, grants any one of a slew of effects, with detrimental ones outnumbering and outweighing possible benefits.

Many of Hero's attacks suffer from slow start-up lag (dash attack), high ending lag (up tilt, down tilt, and the second hit of forward tilt), or both (forward and back aerials). Hero's below-average frame data, alongside his high raw damage output and attacks' high knockback values, collectively give him a limited combo game, since only certain attacks (particularly neutral aerial, up aerial, up throw, and down throw) can successfully generate true combos. Even then, the fast start-up of Hero's grabs is offset by their very short ranges, while up and down throws' combo potentials wane noticeably past low and medium percentages, respectively. Up aerial suffers from poor range and down tilt suffers from aforementioned high ending lag, preventing it from performing any true combos. As stated earlier, his up smash's horizontal range is nonexistent, thus making it Hero's least useful move against grounded opponents.

Due to being a tall heavyweight with slightly above-average falling speed and a lack of any fast or invincible attacks, Hero is very susceptible to combos. This weakness may be exacerbated further through Hocus Pocus' giant effect, and Oomph applying a 1.2× damage multiplier to attacks that hit him.

Overall, Hero has many strengths and many weaknesses. While he does have a plethora of magic spells at his disposal, a high overall damage output, and a healthy number of strong KO options, he suffers from sluggish frame data, a susceptibility to combos, a reliance on random chance, a limited combo game, and finite resources that are slow to recharge. While there is some potential and strategy in Hero's normal moveset, victory or defeat will frequently come down to resource management and luck. While players such as Salem and Akakikusu have shown Hero's potential at tournaments, his representation has been below-average overall. As such, his viability remains up for debate.

Update history[edit]

Hero was slightly changed via game updates, with Kaboom and Magic Burst being slightly buffed while Kafrizz was slightly nerfed. He also has some bug fixes included fixes to Zoom and Gigaslash. These changes have been largely quality-of-life updates, and Hero's competitive reception hasn’t changed as a result.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 5.0.0

  • Buff The ending lag after bouncing when prone has been decreased to be in line with the rest of the roster.
  • Nerf The final hit of Kafrizz can now be reflected, blocked by passive shields and absorbed.
  • Buff Magic Burst's looping hits deal more hitstun (0 → +2), preventing opponents from escaping them by using moves with intangibility at the start.
  • Bug fix Using Zoom while under the effect of a Super Mushroom no longer expire until the end of the move. This prevents cases where Hero would become stuck in the animation indefinitely.
  • Bug fix Fixed multiple issues with the initial hit of Gigaslash not granting opponents intangibility; it is no longer possible to perform the following glitches:
    • Bug fix Fixed an issue that resulted opponents to take damage near a stage hazard, such as lava.
    • Bug fix Fixed an issue that resulted opponents to lose 2 stocks if KOed at high percents. It no longer puts opponents in combat with no stocks remaining.
    • Bug fix Fixed an issue that resulted opponents to grapically stuck remain in the Final Smash aura.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Kaboom's first hit has much less knockback scaling (100 → 40), making it less likely to knock the opponent out of range of the explosion at higher percents.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.0.0

  • Buff Kaboom's first hit has gained a hitstun modifier of 4, preventing opponents from shielding or dodging the second hit afterward.
  • Change Hero’s placement in All-Star Mode is changed from being fought before Byleth to being fought between Mega Man and Daisy, matching the release date of Dragon Quest III rather than Dragon Quest XI S.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11.0.0

  • Change Changed the length of vulnerability when crumpling to be consistent with other fighters.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 13.0.0

  • Buff Shortened the ending lag of Gigaslash (FAF 31 → 16).


  • Hero has a unique fighter ability called the MP Gauge. His Magic Points (MP) are depleted whenever he uses his special moves, with the amount varying on the spell used. The MP Gauge has a maximum of 100 MP, and it is restored over time (at a rate of 1 point per second) or when damaging opponents with regular attacks.
    • If Hero attempts to use a spell without the required MP, he will still perform the animation, but without the actual spell being performed. In the case of Zap, there is still a hitbox that deals 2%. Additionally, when this occurs, the failed sound effect from Dragon Quest will play.
    • If Hero hits an opponent or a shield with a normal attack, he will gain MP equal to 0.8× of the hitbox's or throw's base damage, affected by no other mechanics (not even the extra damage from charging smashes) except for shield damage. As shields receive 1.19× more damage from attacks, hitting shields will generally restore more MP, unless the attack has reduced shield damage, such as his critical hit smash attacks. A resource for how much is gained can be found here.
  • While Hero is standing still, walking, or crouching, any incoming projectiles that hit his shield will simply push him back slightly instead of inflicting damage. It can block any amount of projectiles, regardless of their power.
  • Hero's smash attacks have a 1/8 chance of having a critical hit effect, triggering a Special Zoom and dealing twice as much damage. This subsequently increases their knockback by a significant amount, although forward and down smash have lower base knockback values as a slight compensation. Against shields, critical hits have negative shield damage equal to the moves' base damage, causing them to deal the same damage to shields as the standard versions and thus preventing them from easily breaking shields. However, critical hits still inflict more shieldstun due to their higher base damage, making them safer on shield.
    • The negative shield damage does not necessarily make a critical hit and a non-critical hit do the same amount of damage to a shield. This is due to the formula for damage to shields adding the shield damage after the stale-move negation/freshness multiplier, but before the 1.19 shield multiplier. The damage variation between a critical and non-critical is roughly equal to the stale/fresh multiplier, so a fresh critical will do more, but a stale critical will do less.
    • Hero cannot critical hit in Home-Run Contest.
    • When Hero lands a critical hit, a different sound effect plays depending on the costume being used; these are the critical hit sounds directly taken from their respective Dragon Quest games. As a result, Erdrick and Solo share the same critical hit sounds.

For a gallery of Hero's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% An upward slash, followed by a downward slash, followed by another upward slash. Deals decent damage and comes out on frame 6, making it fairly useful for warding off immediate pressure.
Forward tilt   5% An outward shield bash followed by an outward slash. Decent start-up, with the first hit coming out on frame 9. The first hit does not rebound, leaving the opponent open to the second hit if the first hit blocks a melee attack. The first hit also grants invincibility to Hero's head and front leg on frame 9, and on his arm and shoulder on frames 9-11, similarly to Palutena's dash attack and back aerial. The second hit can KO at around 130% near the edge. However, it has 39 frames of ending lag if the second hit misses, making it highly punishable. The first hit resembles Blockenspiel, whereas the second hit resembles the Luminary's short-range greatsword attack in Dragon Quest XI.
Up tilt   11% (blade), 9% (body) A hopping, overhead arcing slash, similar to Toon Link's up smash. Has huge range, making it a potent anti-air. However, it has noticeable ending lag, which doesn't grant it any true combos. Has strong KO potential, especially with Oomph and Psyche Up.
Down tilt   7% A baseball slide. Comes out on frame 6 like his neutral attack, but has slightly more range than it does. Although it launches vertically, it is a fairly unreliable combo starter because of its rather high ending lag compared to other down tilts. Instead, it is better at starting combos during its final frames, much like Cloud's down tilt. It resembles Leg Sweep.
Dash attack   15% (blade), 13% (body) A jumping downward slash, similar to Link's dash attack. Very powerful, being able to KO at around 80% from the edge. However, it has very slow startup at frame 21 and 29 frames of ending lag. Based on the Hero's long-range standard sword attack from Dragon Quest XI.
Forward smash   18% (blade), 16% (body), 36% (blade, critical hit), 32% (body, critical hit) A two-handed downward slash, similar to Ike and Ganondorf's forward smashes. Comes out at frame 17, but has 46 frames of ending lag, making it very unsafe. There is a chance of a critical hit occurring whenever Hero performs this move. If this happens, it becomes the strongest forward smash in the game, KOing every character near the ledge at 0% if fully charged.
Up smash   16% (blade), 14% (body), 32% (blade, critical hit), 28% (body, critical hit) An upward thrust, similar to Marth's up smash. Has decent vertical range, but extremely poor horizontal range, being unable to hit grounded opponents. There is a chance of a critical hit occurring whenever Hero performs this move. A critical hit from an up smash is extremely powerful, with uncharged versions being capable of KOing at as low as 30%. It has 37 frames of ending lag, making it easy to punish.
Down smash   13% (blade), 11% (body), 26% (blade, critical hit), 22% (body, critical hit) A kneeling inward slash in front of himself, followed by a kneeling outward slash behind himself, similar to Link's down smash. There is a chance of a critical hit occurring whenever Hero performs this move. It is the weakest out of Hero's other smash attacks, although it is the fastest and does well at punishing rolls.
Neutral aerial   9% Swings his sword around him, similar to Ike's neutral aerial. It launches at a diagonal angle, making it a somewhat decent combo tool. This combo potential is even more noticeable with Acceleratle, as Hero can follow up with forward aerial at high percentages as a KO confirm. It resembles the first portion of The Real Decoy, a Pep Power in Dragon Quest XI.
Forward aerial   12% (blade), 10% (body) A downward slash, similar to Roy's forward aerial. Somewhat slow, coming out on frame 14, but it deals moderately high knockback, enough to KO at around 100% at the edge. It also covers a wide arc, making it a good spacing and approaching tool.
Back aerial   14% (blade), 12% (body) An upward slash behind himself, similar to Toon Link's back aerial. One of the strongest back aerials in the game. Very slow startup for an aerial of its kind, at frame 18, but it boasts excellent power, KOing at around 85% at the edge. It covers behind Hero very well, being able to even hit slightly above him. If both Oomph and Psych Up are active, it can break a full shield in one hit.
Up aerial   7% A stretch kick, similar to Lucario's up aerial. Hero's fastest aerial in terms of startup, ending and landing lag, and the only one that can auto-cancel in a short hop. However, it has extremely short range, and is fairly weak; this doesn't grant it KO potential, although it offers many combo opportunities. Additionally, at high percentages on landing, this move can combo into forward and back aerial as a KO confirm.
Down aerial   16% (clean), 10% (late) A downward thrust. The clean hit meteor smashes opponents powerfully. It is also his most damaging aerial. However, it is rather slow, coming out on frame 16, and it has very high landing lag. At mid percentages (30%-65% for middleweights), hitting with the meteor hitbox on a grounded opponent can lead into his up smash (if up smash is a critical hit, it can KO middleweights starting at 30%).

The end of the ground attack is a reference to Dragon Quest III's Super Famicom box art.

Grab   Reaches out with his left hand. Hero's grab range is very short, being the second shortest in the game.
Pummel   1.3% A knee strike.
Forward throw   7% Plants his sword into the ground and then throws the opponent away. Low knockback, making it suited only for creating space or setting up an edge-guard. Psyche Up grants it KO potential at high percentages while at the edge.
Back throw   9% Performs the tomoe nage,[3] a judo throw, similar to Toon Link's back throw. Like forward throw, it is suited primarily for creating space or setting up an edge-guard. Psyche Up grants it KO potential at very high percentages while at the edge.
Up throw   7% Heaves the opponent upward, similar to Mario's up throw. Due to its low ending lag, it can combo reliably into neutral and up aerials at low percentages. It is also Hero's strongest throw, although it is rather weak for a KO throw. However, Psyche Up and/or rage can improve its KO potential noticeably.
Down throw   6% A one-handed body slam. A good combo starter that can lead to either forward and up aerials at low-mid percentages. Can also lead into Kafrizz or forward smash on larger targets at very low percentages.
Floor attack (front)   7% Slashes behind himself, then in front of himself.
Floor attack (back)   7% Slashes behind himself, then in front of himself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Slashes in front of himself, then behind himself.
Edge attack   9% Climbs up and slashes inward.
Neutral special Frizz / Frizzle / Kafrizz Frizz: 9%, 6% (late)
Frizzle: 9% (hits 1-2)
Kafrizz: 19% (hit 1), 3% (hits 2-5), 10% (edge), 8% (edge, late)
A fireball that can be charged up to become Frizzle and Kafrizz, which are stronger variants that travel increasingly farther and faster. Unlike most chargeable moves, Hero will always begin charging from the beginning if he cancels the move. He is also unable to launch the projectile if he lacks MP, forcing him to recharge his MP and use up any existing charge before he can use weaker variants again.

Frizz: A small fireball that is produced when the move is uncharged. It is quick to throw, but travels very slowly and is very weak. Frizz is the only variant of the Frizz spells that suffers from damage falloff, which means that it gets weaker and slower after traveling a certain distance. Frizz costs 6 MP to use.
Frizzle: Two intertwined fireballs that appear when the move is semi-charged. Frizzle is faster and stronger than Frizz. The two fireballs can actually break-off into separate fireballs if an opponent or attack lands on top of one of the fireballs. Frizzle is decently powerful, being able to KO at 135% near the edge. Frizzle costs 16 MP to use.
Kafrizz: The strongest version of Frizz that appears when the move is fully charged. It is a large, multi-hitting fireball deals extremely high damage and knockback, KOing at around 60% near the ledge. It also deals considerably high shield damage. Kafrizz has noticeable ending lag, though, so it can be reflected and punish Hero easily. Kafrizz costs 36 MP to use.

Side special Zap / Zapple / Kazap Zap: 3% (bolt), 2% (sword, no MP), 5% (sword + bolt), 12%/5% (lightning strike), 2.5% (lightning strike, high)
Zapple: 6% (hit 1), 14%/10% (hit 2), 5% (hit 2, high)
Kazap: 12% (lightning strike, high), 10% (lightning strike), 4% (hit 1), 6% (hit 2, front and back), 12% (hit 3, front), 10% (hit 3, back), 8% (hit 3, edge), 16%/12% (last), 6% (last, high)
A series of lightning spells that can be charged to become Zapple and Kazap.

Zap: An electric bolt that Hero fires from his sword. It has the fastest startup and endlag, but has the shortest range and is the weakest. The sword swing itself has a hitbox, so if the move is used up close, it will deal extra damage. This also means Zap can still somewhat be used without MP, although the sword swing deals only 2%. Zap costs 8 MP to use.
Zapple: A long-ranged bolt of electricity that is fired when the move is semi-charged. Has considerable range and deals great damage, making it an excellent move for spacing. Can KO at 155% from the center of Battlefield. Zapple costs 18 MP to use.
Kazap: The Hero raises his sword in the air and a lightning bolt strikes it, then performs a spinning outward slash around himself, similarly to Spin Attack. Kazap is a strong, situational finisher, KOing around 60% from center stage and around 40% near the edge if all hits connect. Kazap also has 15% damage-based armor and deceptively low ending lag. It costs 42 MP to use, the highest out of all Hero's spells.

Despite their appearances, all variations of Zap (with the exception of the first half of Kazap) are disjointed hitboxes and not projectiles. As a result, they cannot be reflected or absorbed.

Up special Woosh / Swoosh / Kaswoosh Woosh: 7%
Swoosh: 3% (hits 1-3), 4% (last)
Kaswoosh: 3% (hits 1-5), 4% (last)
A series of tornado spells that Hero uses for recovery. Can be charged to become Swoosh and Kaswoosh.

Woosh: A small and weak tornado that launches Hero slightly upward. It is very quick, however, coming out on frame 7, making it a good out of shield option. Woosh has set knockback, meaning that it will do the same amount of knockback regardless of the opponent's percentage. Woosh costs 5 MP to use.
Swoosh: A larger tornado that hits multiple times and grants a better recovery, both vertical and horizontally. Swoosh costs 9 MP to use.
Kaswoosh: Two large tornadoes that hit multiple times and grant the highest vertical recovery, making it a potent recovery move. Can KO at 148% from the center of Battlefield. Kaswoosh costs 18 MP to use.

While Kaswoosh offers the best vertical recovery of the three options, Swoosh offers the best horizontal recovery; that said, all three versions still have lackluster horizontal movement, especially at the apex of the launch. All versions of Woosh launch opponents in the opposite direction the Hero is facing, which can lead into gimps, stage spikes, and KOs, especially with Swoosh and Kaswoosh. All variants of Hero's up special are considered projectiles; as a result, opponents with reflectors can deal significant damage to Hero while he is attempting to recover simply by getting close and reflecting the tornado.

Down special Command Selection (see below) Hero chooses between a variety of four randomly-selected spells from a pop-up menu, even standing in a "thinking" position. These spells require MP to use. Shielding or jumping will close the menu, canceling the move and allowing Hero to open it again for a different set. By pressing the opposite direction when selecting a move or tilting the right stick in the opposite direction to select a move, Hero will turn around before unleashing the move, similarly to B-reversing.
Final Smash Gigaslash 7% (trapping hit), 33% (cinematic) Performs an upward slash. If successful, the seven non-playable Dragon Quest Heroes appear and bring their respective weapons together, which discharge a combined stream of electrical energy that is infused into Hero's sword. Hero then proceeds to perform Gigaslash while surrounded by the non-playable Heroes.

Command Selection spells[edit]

Main article: Command Selection
Spell MP Cost Relative odds of appearing Chance of appearing in top slot of fresh menu Damage Description
Kaboom 37 20 ≈7.3% 2% (spark), 26%/21% (explosion) A small, spark-like projectile that generates a large explosion after a set distance or on contact with opponents. The instant before the explosion pulls opponents in if they're close enough. Possesses high knockback and a very large explosion hitbox, KOing around 85% vertically. Cannot appear alongside Bang.
Bang 9 16 ≈5.8% 1.5% (spark) 14%/12% (explosion) A small, spark-like projectile that generates a small explosion after a set distance or on contact with opponents. Deals decent knockback, KOing vertically starting at around 130%. Cannot appear alongside Kaboom.
Sizzle 20 20 ≈7.3% 3% (bolt), 22% (flames) A fiery bolt-like projectile that travels quickly and leaves damaging flames on the ground in its wake. Deals high damage despite its speed. Deals decent knockback, KOing around 100% near the edge. Cannot appear alongside Sizz.
Sizz 8 16 ≈5.8% 1.5% (bolt), 12% (flames) A fiery bolt-like projectile that travels quickly. Lacks KO potential onstage, but can KO opponents offstage. Cannot appear alongside Sizzle.
Flame Slash 12 18 ≈6.6% 22% (blade), 17% (flames) A quick slash with Hero's sword cloaked in flame. Deals considerable damage and knockback, and has notable range both horizontally and vertically. The blade has significantly higher knockback output than the flames. Capable of KOing middleweights at 90% from the center of Final Destination.
Kacrackle Slash 11 18 ≈6.6% 17% (blade), 13% (frost) A quick slash with Hero's sword cloaked in frost. Freezes opponents; the blade freezes for considerably longer.
Hatchet Man 15 18 ≈6.6% 35% A forceful, downward slash which resembles his forward smash, triggering Special Zoom and a critical hit sound effect on hit. Has considerable start-up, but possesses extremely high damage and knockback output, making it capable of KOing early, around 45% from center-stage, and much earlier at the edge. It can also instantly break a full shield, similarly to a fully charged Shield Breaker.
Snooze 16 17 ≈6.2% - A forward-moving projectile that sends opponents to sleep if it connects and can pass through multiple opponents; however, it can be blocked. The projectile puts opponents to sleep for longer at close range, but gets larger at further ranges. Infamous for its ability to grant Hero a free charged forward smash, and therefore an early KO, if it hits a grounded opponent at mid percentages. Snooze can affect aerial opponents, which can KO offstage opponents should they be too far to maneuver towards the stage. However, opponents in the air are put to sleep for a much shorter amount of time, having 40% the knockback growth of the grounded hitbox; the clean aerial hitbox puts opponents to sleep for less time than the latest grounded hitbox.
Thwack 30 12 ≈4.4% 3% Hero swings his hand forward, and a large dark purple spark appears directly in front of him. Has a chance to instantly KO the opponent, with a higher chance for it to occur the more damage the opponent has. Deals next to no damage or knockback. Cannot appear alongside Whack. The formula for Whack to instantly KO is
1 + (pt - 20) / (300 - 20) * 200 + 20 * (pH / 300), where pt is the target's percent pre-hit limited to between 20% and 300%, and pH is Hero's percent limited to 300% or less. As a result, the final rate is 1% when the opponent is below 20%, and scales up to 100% when the opponent is just below 160%, with a maximum extra 20% chance if Hero is at 300%. It has a very large hitbox, and a windbox around it which pulls nearby opponents in; however, it also has considerable startup lag. It deals only 3% and weak knockback, and can be reflected, absorbed, and shielded.
Whack 10 8 ≈2.9% 1% Hero swings his hand forward, sending out a slow-moving dark purple sphere. Has a chance to instantly KO the opponent, with a higher chance for it to occur the more damage the opponent has. The move is notoriously difficult to reflect, as the speed and direction of the reflected projectile depends on the speed and direction the erratically moving projectile was travelling at the moment of reflection. As such, it will often deflect into the ground or up into the air, and in some cases will move so slowly that it seemingly stays in place. Cannot appear alongside Thwack.
Metal Slash 6 7 ≈2.6%, ≈10% (metal opponent), ≈0.5% (Spirit Battle) 1% Hero slashes his sword forward. Instantly KOs any metal opponent, including another Hero using Kaclang. When used against non-metal opponents, it will only deal 1% and weak knockback. If there is a metal opponent present when the menu is opened, it has a 4× greater chance of appearing. In Spirit Battles, however, a multiplier of 0.2× is applied to its appearance rate.
Kaclang 6 5 ≈1.8% 15% (falling) Encases Hero in metal and makes him impervious to both damage and knockback for a period of time, but also prevents him from taking any action. It cannot be canceled once activated. However, Hero can still be KO'd by another Hero using Metal Slash, and any well-timed attack is sufficient to punish him during the ending lag of the move. Using Kaclang in the air will grant the Hero a hitbox on his descent, similarly to Stone, and allow him to move left and right until he lands.
Kamikazee 1 5 ≈1.8% 0.1% (hit 1), 50% (hit 2, close), 35% (hit 2, far) Hero crosses his arms and begins to glow. After a few seconds, he explodes, instantly KOing himself and delivering heavy unblockable damage and knockback to any opponent in a large radius (though it can be avoided with dodges), and the sweetspot can KO many opponents within the 50%-60% range. Using this will count as a KO for the last opponent to hit him. Hero is intangible during the charge up. Kamikazee does not appear to be available as a menu option during the World of Light Finale.
Magic Burst All remaining MP 5 ≈1.8% max: 4.2% (loop), 11% (last) A powerful and massive blast that grows in size, similarly to a Smart Bomb's explosion. It hits multiple times and is active for a few seconds. Consumes all of Hero's remaining MP; the spell's power depends on how much MP Hero has left. The attack has extremely large range, covering half of Final Destination, and with full MP, it can KO at merely 20%. Due to these factors, along with the move itself being surprisingly quick to activate, it is widely considered to be one of, if not Hero's best command specials and arguably the most feared, albeit only in circumstances where Hero has at least around half of his MP remaining. Additionally, the move is blockable, with each hit having slightly reduced shield damage. Projectiles can also cancel out the move, and he can be hit by physical attacks at the very beginning of the move's startup, leaving Hero with no MP and at a great disadvantage, making Magic Burst a rather "high risk, high reward" move. The loop hits do very little knockback, allowing Bowser and Kazuya to Tough Guy through it. The damage dealt is multiplied by 0.2 + 0.008MP, with the value being between 0.2× and 1×.
Oomph 16 16 ≈5.8% - Increases Hero's damage output by 1.6×, knockback output by 1.1×, and damage received by 1.2×. Only affects melee attacks. Lasts for 12 seconds.
Psyche Up 14 16 ≈5.8% - Increases Hero's shield damage dealt by 1.65×, knockback output by 1.2×, and damage output by 1.2×. Functions similarly to Revenge and if stacked with Oomph, many of Hero's normal attacks will instantly break a full shield. Only affects melee attacks. Expires after landing a melee attack. Pummels count as melee attacks, and as such will use up Psyche Up.
Acceleratle 13 16 ≈5.8% - Multiplies Hero's walk, dash, air speed, air acceleration, and air friction stats by 2×-2.5×, depending on the stat. Functions similarly to Lightweight, but to a sufficiently high degree that Hero can outrun Sonic and can reach a maximum air speed more than 1.5× that of Yoshi. However, the sheer speed makes Hero more difficult to control, and it also increases knockback received by 1.1×. Lasts for 10 seconds.
Bounce 14 16 ≈5.8% - A lingering reflector that increases projectile damage by 1.5×, projectile speed by 1.4×, and projectile health by 1.1×. Like a Franklin Badge, Bounce lets Hero act while active, and overrides Hero's passive shield, allowing reflections even if he is standing and facing an opponent. One of Hero's best approach options against projectile users, due to him being able to perform any action while keeping an active reflector. Lasts for 12 seconds.
Heal 7 7 ≈2.6% Heals 11% Heals Hero by 11%. Starts with two charges, and resets to two after Hero is KO'd or scores a KO.
Zoom 8 15 ≈5.5%, ≈10.4% (close to blast line) - Hero jumps directly upward, going past the limits of the camera, then falls directly onto a random part of the stage, no matter where he was when the spell was used. Hero can act out of his descent while maintaining momentum, unless he performs an action that alters momentum. If used where there is a ceiling above Hero, he will collide against it, while still being able to act afterward. It is invulnerable as soon as Hero starts to fly. Has a 2× (≈53%) chance of appearing in Command Selection when 40 units (or closer) to the blast line.
Hocus Pocus 4 3 ≈1.1% (see below) A spell with random effects, both positive and negative, and also can take the form of other Command Selection spells.

Approximations were done with the equation (X/S), with X being the relative odds of the move and S being the sum of all moves' relative odds, including the selected move's odds.

Hocus Pocus Effects[edit]

Type Chance of occurrence Effect
Positive 4.88% Makes him giant. Note: Can not be stacked with Mega Smash and super mushroom.
Positive 1.22% Makes him invincible.
Positive 3.96% MP is refilled to 100.
Negative 6.1% Applies a timer effect to himself.
Negative 6.1% MP is reduced to 0.
Negative 6.1% Inflicts poison to himself, dealing 27.5% total.
Negative 6.1% Inflicts sleep on himself.
Negative 5.49% Makes him small.
Negative 6.1% Inflicts the flower effect on himself, dealing a maximum of 22% without mashing.
Neutral 6.1% Turns him invisible.
Neutral 47.85% One of Hero's commands is granted for 4 MP instead of the value it usually consumes.
  • If the command is Magic Burst, it will consume all MP as usual.
  • There is a small chance that the randomly-chosen spell will be Kamikazee, which further emphasizes the high-risk nature of Hocus Pocus.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Flies onto the stage using Zoom, and raises his sword vertically, similarly to his side taunt.


  • Up taunt: Puts away his sword and shield, and charges in place as a purple aura envelops around him. References Psyche Up's animation in Dragon Quest VIII.
  • Side taunt: Raises his sword vertically into the air.
  • Down taunt: Fumbles in place as a Slime meanders in front of him.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Lifts sword in front of him with a small smile.
  • Assumes an attack stance. Similar to one of Link's idle animations.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Description H - E - R - O! You're My Hero! Yuuuuu - Sha! Eeeeeeeee - roe! Held -- Held -- On - ze Held! Hip - Hip - Hip - Héro
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description ¡Es Héroe, es Héroe, eh, eh!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Hero raises his sword in the air, slashes twice and finishes in a pose.
  • Up: Hero performs Kazap and strikes a pose.
  • Right: Hero walks up to three Slimes, kneels down and looks at them with a smile. The camera angle before Hero appears also references the first-person battle screens of most Dragon Quest games.
An arrangement of the ending phase of "Overture", the main Dragon Quest theme.

In competitive play[edit]

Hero's place in competitive play has been controversial even before his introduction into the game; players were immediately divided due to the sheer amount of randomness in his toolkit, which some argued as too unpredictable for him to work as a competitively fair character. However despite the controversy, Hero initially had little impact on the metagame; while it was common to see him in pools and small-scale tournaments, he has not gone far in high-level tournaments, with his most notable national placements coming from Salem and Tsu, players who either used him as a co-main or eventually dropped the character. This can be attributed to his slow frame data, lack of reliable combo breaking options, and his reliance on MP, all of which can be exploited by opponents. Hero's randomness also plays a part in his unreliability, as it can be just as common to roll an undesired move as it is to get the best option. As a result, most players initially considered him a mid tier character at best.

More recently, however, Akakikusu had made waves with Hero by placing top 8 at several Japanese nationals, and even defeating several top Japanese players. These placements, despite being during the pandemic, were nonetheless more impressive than anyone else up to that point, leading some players to believe that Hero is better than what the general consensus is.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Hero professionals (SSBU)

Ban controversy[edit]

Hero's moveset, specifically Command Selection, has been controversial due to its randomness. Comparisons have been drawn between Command Selection and items, with the argument being that the unpredictable nature of both of them result in a less competitive environment, in which skill alone is not sufficient to win matches (coincidentally so as certain spells like Hocus Pocus grant abilities otherwise only found with items such as the Super Star and Timer). Furthermore, specific commands have also been the subject of controversy, such as Zoom which invalidates any attempts at edge-guarding, Whack and Thwack which are capable of KOing at any percentage, or Magic Burst whose blast radius can easily cover the ledge and prevent a large portion of the cast from recovering without taking significant damage. Random critical hits from his smash attacks have also stirred conversation regarding Hero's skill factor, though not quite to the same degree as Command Selection.

Finally, issues regarding language barriers have also been raised, as it is not uncommon for players to compete in countries they don’t know the language of. Therefore, a player who does not speak the language of the country in question will be at a large disadvantage, regardless of whether they are playing as or against Hero. Players against this point mention how most of the spells in languages that use the Latin alphabet are very similar to what they are in English, rendering them easily guessable, learnable and reactable, but supporters bring up languages that do not use the Latin alphabet, such as Japanese and Russian, saying that these are much harder to learn and react to in such a short amount of time. To alleviate the effects of language barriers, most tournaments in countries will usually play in English instead of the regional language due to English being the standard language used in major tournaments, especially since countries such as Portugal, Denmark and Sweden do not have their langauge available in Ultimate.

Many prominent smashers, such as Leffen and Dark Wizzy, have advocated banning Hero, while others such as Dabuz and ESAM have come out against a ban, arguing that the character has significant counter-play and has not achieved overwhelmingly high results at tournaments to the same degrees as a top-tier character. The first region to ban Hero from tournaments was South Australia, where the ban was put into effect on August 15th, 2019.[1] This was met with criticism, with players in the community such as D1 and ZeRo stating that it is too early to declare whether the character should be banned or not.

Notably, Nintendo France also banned the Hero and DLC Fighters released after September 23rd, 2019 from future tournaments in their area,[2] making Hero the first instance a character has been banned in Nintendo-run tournaments. No official reason has been given for the ban by Nintendo France at the time. However, as of September 26th, 2019, Nintendo France announced on Twitter that they have overturned the ban, making Hero and DLC Fighters released after the aforementioned date legal in Nintendo-run Tournaments for the area. [3]

Classic Mode: A History of Heroism[edit]

Hero's congratulations screen.

Every battle aside from the last one is a stamina battle, referencing the HP system in Dragon Quest and most RPGs. Additionally, every battle uses a song from the Dragon Quest universe, regardless of stage. When fighting against all of the Heroes, they will use that costume even if the player is using one of them, which was unique to Hero until the release of Byleth.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Tiny KirbyHeadBlueSSBU.png (×3) KirbyHeadRedSSBU.png Kirby Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination A reference to Slimes and She-Slimes.
2 HeroHeadSSBU.png Hero and Tiny RobinHeadRedSSBU.png Robin Yggdrasil's Altar Unflinchable Courage A fight against the Hero from Dragon Quest XI. Robin references Veronica, a party member from the aforementioned game.
3 HeroHeadSoloSSBU.png Hero Temple Wagon Wheel's March A fight against the Hero from Dragon Quest IV, Solo.
4 Rathalos Forest Hill Fighting Spirits - DRAGON QUEST III Dragons are recurring enemies in the Dragon Quest series. Rathalos could also be specifically referencing a Red Dragon, an enemy from the original Dragon Quest.
5 HeroHeadEightSSBU.png Hero and Tiny PikachuHeadSSBU.png Pikachu Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) War Cry A fight against the Hero from Dragon Quest VIII. Pikachu references the Hero's pet Pig-Rat, Munchie.
6 HeroHeadErdrickSSBU.png Hero Castle Siege (Underground Cavern) Adventure - DRAGON QUEST III A fight against the Hero from Dragon Quest III, Erdrick. The stage does not transition back to its first form.
Bonus Stage
Final RobinHeadBlueSSBU.png Robin, then Giant CharizardHeadPurpleSSBU.png Charizard Dracula's Castle (Ω form) Fighting Spirits - DRAGON QUEST III (Robin)
Battle for the Glory - DRAGON QUEST IV (Giant Charizard)
Charizard is not announced in the loading screen. References the fight against the Dragonlord from the original Dragon Quest. In that fight, the Dragonlord starts off in his human form, but upon defeat he turns into a giant dragon for the second phase.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Unlike other fighters, the music that plays differs depending on the costume selected.

Role in World of Light[edit]

The message that shows Hero's availability in World of Light

Due to his status as downloadable content, Hero does not have a legitimate role in World of Light. Instead, he is unlocked for use in the mode after freeing 10 fighters from Galeem's control. If loading an existing save file that meets this condition prior to downloading Hero, he is immediately unlocked.

However, in his reveal trailer, all four Heroes are shown fighting against puppet fighters alongside Link, which suggests he too is fighting against Galeem and Dharkon. Erdrick, in particular, also appears in Sephiroth's trailer alongside several fighters who have been warded off by Galeem and his legion of Master Hands.


DRAGON QUEST XI S Hero's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold, but only after Hero has been downloaded. Unlocking Hero in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Additionally, the other three Heroes have their own fighter spirits, which can only be obtained by purchase in the shop. Each fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Cetacea.png
Cetacea DRAGON QUEST Series •Giant King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadWhiteSSBU.png (200 HP)
Hero HeroHeadSSBU.png (70 HP)
9,500 Yggdrasil's Altar (Ω form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy has super armor but moves slower
•Timed stamina battle (1:30)
The Hero Goes Forth with a Determination Luminary

Alternate costumes[edit]

Spliced together
HeroHeadSSBU.png HeroHeadErdrickSSBU.png HeroHeadSoloSSBU.png HeroHeadEightSSBU.png HeroHeadLuminaryRedSSBU.png HeroHeadErdrickWhiteSSBU.png HeroHeadSoloOrangeSSBU.png HeroHeadEightBlueSSBU.png

Reveal trailer[edit]



  • Hero is referred within the game files with the codename "brave", a rather direct translation of his Japanese name, Yūsha. Notably, the codename was discovered as early as December 2018, after the day-one patch release, although the discovery had only been made public in January. The mysterious codename raised much speculation and debate in the community, with the most common hypothesis on the identity of the mysterious character being a Dragon Quest protagonist. Specifically, the protagonist was assumed to Erdrick, although this turned out to be partially correct due to him being an alternate character.
  • Hero's reveal trailer contains multiple references to the Dragon Quest franchise:
    • The part where Eleven was riding on Gogoat is a reference to the ridable mounts featured in Dragon Quest XI.
    • The segment where Luminary picks up a barrel and breaks it to reveal the Franklin Badge is a reference to the mini medals that can be found in every Dragon Quest game from Dragon Quest III onwards, which can often be found by breaking barrels and pots.
    • The scene where the Luminary is seen sitting by a fire at night at Gaur Plain with Zero Suit Samus and Princess Zelda is a reference to the campsite feature in Dragon Quest XI, with Samus meant to represent Jade and Zelda representing Serena, given their similar appearances.
    • The scene where Eight is seen walking through a poison pathway to obtain a beam sword is a reference to the poison bogs seen in the very first Dragon Quest game that would surround treasure and damage the player.
    • The Hero uses his Final Smash against Ridley as a reference to the Dragonlord from the first Dragon Quest, as they are both purple winged dragons with a similar appearance.
  • Hero shares his heavy carry, battering item, home run swing, and special flag animations with Link. This suggests they were imported over, as they were minor animations of low priority.
    • Additionally, he also shares his dash attack and passive shield ability with him, with the latter making him the only character who is not a variant of Link to have that ability.
  • Hero's trailer is the first of any DLC character trailer to have completely original 3D CGI animation; all previous DLC trailers either used the in-game engine, animation meant to replicate the source game, or (in the case of Corrin) pre-existing CGI animation.
    • It is also the second time an alternate character costume appears as part of any CGI animation for the game, the first being Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy in the opening of Adventure Mode: World of Light.
    • The trailer features a slight rendering issue: when the Luminary falls on the ground, causing some Slimes to scatter, one of them appears in transparency through his hair for a few frames, even though it is behind him.
  • Hero's artwork pose in the panoramic banner is similar to Young Link's pose in his official render, but mirrored.
    • Similarly, the Luminary's artwork greatly resembles Young Link's artwork from Ocarina of Time, which is used for his fighter spirit; however, the positions of the sword and shield are flipped, since the Luminary is right-handed.
  • In Japanese, Hero has a chance of calling out a spell's name, excluding the Command Selection spells. This makes him the fifth character in the series to have specific lines in the Japanese language track of a game replaced by generic grunts from the same voice actor outside of Japan after Fox, Sheik, and Falco in Melee and Mewtwo in all of its playable appearances.
    • Kirby also follows this trait as well, making it the first Copy Ability of his to have such a distinction.
  • Hero is the third playable character to feature a non-playable character in the panoramic artwork with them, featuring Slime alongside him. The first two are Olimar and Joker, who feature Mr. Saturn and Morgana with them, respectively.
  • In German, Spanish, French, and Italian, the name tag and voice clip from the announcer on the victory screen is slightly different from the one used on the character select screen, instead featuring a noticeable translation of "the" ("der Held", "el Héroe", "le Héros", and "l'Eroe"). Hero shares this trait with Wii Fit Trainer, Pokémon Trainer, Villager, Inkling, the Ice Climbers, Zombie, Enderman, and the Mii Fighters.
  • In the Japanese version, Hero is named "勇者 Yūsha" and his respective announcer voice clip reads it that way, but his name on the character select screen icon, versus splash screen and results screen is still written as "Hero". He and Young Link are the only characters with this trait, as all others have the respective romanization of their Japanese name, instead of a direct translation to English.
    • Furthermore, Hero is the only fighter to have his name entirely formatted in kanji in the Japanese version. The other fighter to have a common noun as their name, Villager, has his name written in hiragana instead.
  • Depending on which version of the Hero is being played, the critical hit sound effect from that Hero's respective game will play when they land a critical hit through a smash attack or Hatchet Man. Additionally, when a Hero lands a critical hit on another Hero, the sound effect from the victim's respective game will play, even if the attacker is a Hero from a different game.
  • Hero has additional sound effects while performing certain actions. These sounds are difficult to notice due to the volume of the game's overall sound effects.
    • While charging a smash attack, the "player attacks" sound effect from the Dragon Quest series will play.
    • When KO'd, the "enemy critical hit" sound from Dragon Quest XI plays alongside the standard KO sound.
  • Hero's Classic Mode is one of only four to feature a fight against a boss (in this case, Rathalos) outside of the boss round, the others being Bowser, Mega Man and Sephiroth, and one of the few whose boss round does not feature a designated boss, instead fighting characters who are otherwise playable (in this case, Robin and Charizard).
  • Hero, Peach, Corrin and Steve are the only characters who fight the same fighter multiple times in the Classic Mode route; in Hero's case, he fights four alternate costumes of himself in 4 different rounds and he fights female and male Robin in round 2 and final round.
    • Hero is the only one out of those to fight two different fighters twice.
  • Hero and Steve are the only characters who fight tiny opponents in their Classic Mode routes.
  • When KO'd by reaching 0 HP during his final stock in Stamina Mode, Hero uses one of his heavy knockback voice clips instead of his standard KO voice clip. This trait is shared with Mario, Dr. Mario and all vocal DLC fighters except for Joker, Banjo & Kazooie, and Byleth's Japanese voice.
    • Unusually, Erdrick's stamina KO voice clip does not begin with a slight pause. This oddity is shared with Banjo & Kazooie.
  • Because of heavy controversy regarding Hero as anti-competitive in Ultimate due to the large amount of randomness in his moveset, Hero is the fifth character to have been officially banned from any tournament matches, the first four being Meta Knight from Brawl and Mii Fighters, Cloud and Bayonetta from Smash 4.[4]
  • A special battle card was released for the arcade game Dragon Quest: Scan Battler that references both Hero's Final Smash and his reveal trailer.[5]
  • Interestingly, Hero's down taunt finishes faster when facing right if uninterrupted. A similar situation occurs with both Wolf (up taunt) and Kazuya (up taunt).
  • Hero, Meta Knight, Inkling, Banjo & Kazooie, Sephiroth, Pyra, Mythra, and Sora are the fighters who use their walking animation when navigating through the map in World of Light.


1.^ Also referred to as Eleven.
2.^ Also referred to as Arusu.
3.^ translates to "Circle Throw"