Lucina (SSB4)

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Lucina
in Super Smash Bros. 4
Lucina
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Universe Fire Emblem
Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Critical Hit
Tier B (18)
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Lucina Wakes Her Blade?!
—Introduction Tagline

Lucina (ルキナ, Lucina) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. She was confirmed during a live stream alongside Captain Falcon and Robin on the official Super Smash Bros. website on July 14th, 2014, making her the only unlockable character to be revealed before SSB4's release. Lucina is a clone of Marth, her ancestor within the Fire Emblem series. Although she was originally planned as an alternate costume for him, she was transitioned into being an entirely separate character later in development once her attacks were given differing traits; Masahiro Sakurai elaborated on this by explaining that "whenever there is even a small difference in abilities, that character gets an actual roster slot."[1] She was one of three intended alternate costumes to be made separate in this way, with the other two being the returning Dr. Mario and her fellow newcomer Dark Pit. Laura Bailey and Yū Kobayashi reprise their roles as Lucina's English and Japanese voice actors, respectively.

Lucina is currently ranked 18th out of 58 on the tier list, placing her in the B tier, making her the highest ranking clone and unlockable character. Like Marth, Lucina has good overall speed both on the ground and the air, which gives her reliable control in her movement for both approaching and retreating. Her Parallel Falchion grants her disjointed range, while the majority of her moveset has minimal start-up lag. By extension, Lucina has useful combo starters in the forms of her neutral attack's first hit, her neutral aerial's first hit and Dancing Blade, access to guaranteed horizontal KO set-ups unique to her, and respectable KO potential courtesy of her forward smash, up smash, back aerial and Shield Breaker.

The Parallel Falchion's lack of a tipper sweetspot makes Lucina's attacks less polarized than Marth's and, in turn, grants her several benefits. These include Lucina inflicting higher shieldstun at close range (which makes her slightly more difficult to punish out of shield compared to Marth's sourspotted attacks), her being slightly better at defending against close-ranged pressure (most notably against rushdown-oriented characters like Captain Falcon), and her KO potential being more consistent at high percentages.

However, Lucina also shares Marth's flaws. Her attacks have short hitbox durations, some of which also have noticeable ending lag, which can make her susceptible to punishment if she does not space efficiently. She also has a poor grab game: her throws fail to combo reliably starting at medium percentages, while only her up throw has KO potential, and only at very high percentages. Lucina is also vulnerable to edgeguarding, due to Dolphin Slash's linearity making it fairly easy to gimp. Furthermore, she is vulnerable to combos and juggling, due to her lack of reliable anti-pressure options.

The Parallel Falchion's lack of a tipper hitbox is also a double-edged sword for Lucina. While her moveset is safer overall compared to Marth's due to her attacks having consistent knockback due to lacking sourspots, having low hitlag modifiers, and dealing slightly higher shieldstun at close range, Lucina's attacks are more punishable than Marth's if not spaced well, due to Marth benefiting from the higher shieldstun caused by his tippered attacks. Despite their consistent power, Lucina's strongest KOing options are also weaker than Marth's tippered attacks, preventing her from gaining an advantage by scoring early KOs. Lastly, her higher overall knockback removes several noteworthy sourspotted combos that Marth possesses at high percentages, while her unique KO set-ups are riskier than his.

As a result of these differences, Lucina has ultimately been viewed by many professionals as being inferior to Marth. While Lucina has not achieved the breakout of impressive results that Marth has, several professionals, such as Mr. R, Dabuz, and ZeRo, believe that the gap between her and Marth is not as significant as it seems, if it exists at all. This has been reflected by their tier placements throughout SSB4's lifespan, although Lucina has managed to be viewed as a viable character like he has, courtesy of the plethora of buffs that she received from game updates. This has been most notably demonstrated by ZeRo adopting her as a co-main as of late March 2017, as he has continued winning regional and national tournaments since then.

How to unlock[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

After completing one of the two methods, Lucina must then be defeated on Arena Ferox.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

After completing one of the two methods, Lucina then must be defeated on Coliseum.

Attributes[edit]

Lucina's Parallel Falchion lacks a specific sweetspot compared to Marth's Falchion, as evident by the trails emitted by their swords' blades.

Lucina is a clone of Marth: her moveset and animations are primarily based off of his, while their attributes are identical. As such, Lucina is tied with Marth as the second lightest middleweight in the game, yet she boasts great overall mobility like he does: she has the fastest walking speed in the game, above average dashing speed and air acceleration, average air speed and falling speed, and low gravity. Lucina is also slightly shorter than Marth, although this is largely inconsequential due to her overall range being equal to his.

The primary difference between Lucina and Marth is their swords: Lucina's Parallel Falchion has a consistent damage output throughout its blade, whereas Marth's Falchion is more powerful when hitting with its blade's tip, but is significantly weaker throughout the rest of its blade. By extension, the power of all Lucina's attacks is approximate to the weighted average of Marth's sweetspotted and sourspotted attacks, if not very slightly higher. These traits collectively grant Lucina a few advantages that help her set apart from Marth; in particular, her neutral game is overall safer due to the higher shieldstun on average her moves can inflict, which makes her moves safe on shield when spaced correctly. A prime example of this is her forward aerial, which is arguably her most useful spacing option, especially when utilizing the middle or tip of her Parallel Falchion's blade.

Another advantage that Lucina possesses is her consistent KO potential: unlike Marth, precise spacing is not required for all her moves to deal dependable knockback, whereas Marth's sourspotted attacks deal mediocre damage and knockback even at high percentages. Noteworthy examples include her up smash, down aerial and Dancing Blade, which are all more powerful than Marth's equivalents in any given case. Although Lucina does not have as many intricate sourspot combos or set-ups that Marth can utilize to set up his tippers, she gains more consistent damage off her own combos than Marth due to her lack of such sourspots. She also has her own KO set-ups into other moves different from those of Marth off the first hit of neutral attack, while sharing some of them with him, and those she shares being arguably easier to perform due to a lack of a sourspot on her sword; the most prominent example is the KO combo consisting of the first hit of her neutral attack into forward smash, which is overall more effective when compared to Marth's due to her balanced hitstun and knockback.

There are also many strengths Lucina shares with Marth. Like him, many of her moves possess good range, fast start-up, and cover wide arcs, allowing her to pressure the opponent without leaving herself open to punishment. Her special moveset also possesses immense utility, and in two cases, more than that of Marth: Shield Breaker can break shields due to its high shield damage even when uncharged (breaking them much easier than Marth's version due to the lack of a sourspot), and is useful for punishing rolls. It also grants some horizontal movement, which is amplified when fully charged. Dancing Blade is a four-hit combo that has respectable utility, as it can be used to punish sidesteps and boasts combo, mix-up, KO and even recovery potentials. In comparison to Marth's version, it does not link as well due to each hit's higher knockback, but it has much better KO potential. Dolphin Slash has quick start-up, provides intangibility during its start-up, and is relatively strong upon coming out. These attributes make it Lucina's primary method of recovery, as its speed can make it difficult to intercept, especially from out of shield, while its power makes it capable of breaking combos and even stage spiking reckless edgeguard attempts. Lastly, Counter, is a counterattack with a 1.2x damage multiplier that can KO an opponent who uses a sufficiently strong attack.

The last strength she shares with Marth is her strong edgeguarding ability: her forward and back aerial's fast start-up and good range make them go-to edgeguarding moves. Down aerial is relatively quick, and can strongly meteor smash opponents if it hits at the center of the arc. Forward smash's range makes it a good choice against opponents aiming their recoveries directly towards the edge, such as Little Mac and Falco, and down tilt's range and speed make it good at exploiting an opponent's 2 frame-long vulnerability when grabbing the ledge. Both have the ability to hit below the ledge as well.

Nonetheless, Lucina also possesses notable disadvantages compared to Marth. The lack of a tipper is both a good and bad point: while the lack of a tipper does make her combos and rushdown tactics more consistently damaging than Marth's, if Lucina cannot land a KOing option, she is left with vastly inferior KOing options compared to Marth's tippered moves; she cannot secure early KOs with hard reads or gain as much positional advantage off precise spacing against approaches or shields. This makes her slightly less threatening in the neutral game; attacking opponents do not have to space their approaches relative to the Parallel Falchion's blade the same way they would with Marth's Falchion, and defending opponents do not need to adjust their spacing to avoid being hit by a tipper. As such, in order for Lucina's attacks to be safe on shield, she must still utilize her Parallel Fachion's range in order to space her moves at the middle portion or the tip of its blade. Opponents also do not have to worry about being KO'd early from a powerful and timely tippered attack, which in turn makes Lucina somewhat inferior at pressuring opponents in comparison to Marth.

She also shares some of the weaknesses Marth does: despite having below average weight and average falling speed, Lucina is susceptible to combos, and her slightly above average height makes her a rather easy target. She also has little defense against juggling, as her aerials are ineffective at relieving pressure. Though her attacks have quick start-up, many of them come with high ending and landing lag, and lack lingering hitboxes, making her attacks unsafe to use on shield up close despite their greater power. Her moveset also lacks a projectile, making her struggle against projectile-oriented characters.

While Lucina can pressure characters and force them to hold shield and block her attacks, she often struggles against shields, as improperly spaced aerials leave her susceptible to punishment, and Shield Breaker is highly punishable if predicted. This is further compounded by Lucina's fairly poor grab game, since her throws deal little knockback, fail to combo past medium percentages and fail to KO at realistic percentages, with the exception of up throw. Lastly, she is vulnerable to edgeguarding: Dolphin Slash is her only reliable recovery option, and despite being hard for edgegurders to outcome due to its speed and power, it has a linear path with fixed distance, making it predictable regardless. Due to its below average horizontal distance, she is also vulnerable to semi-spikes. She does have options to mix it up, though: Shield Breaker can aid her horizontal recovery when fully charged, while Dancing Blade stalls her after a midair jump. Even so, she is also heavily reliant on her midair jump for mixing up her recovery, and she is in significant danger of being gimped if off-stage without it.

Overall, Lucina is a "lower-risk, lower-reward" version of Marth. She trades heavy power and range for more consistent spacing and damage racking abilities, as well as more consistent KO potential. Like Mario and Pit, she has a low learning curve due to her straightforward playstyle, since she benefits from spacing at close range while also having several fast and reliably strong KOing options. Despite this, and due to Marth's more rewarding KO and spacing potentials, she must play more defensively in order to utilize her moveset to the fullest, namely her moves' consistently high knockback, though without getting the extra reward Marth obtains by doing so. While she does possess some advantages that allow her to fare better in certain matchups compared to Marth, such as Pikachu and Captain Falcon, she still lacks the main advantages that Marth's tipper provides. Despite her flaws, Lucina's actual level of viability is debatable: although her playerbase is fairly small, she receives strong results from the players who do use her, with the most notable examples being ZeRo's numerous tournament victories upon adopting her as a co-main in 2017.

Differences from Marth[edit]

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Lucina's wields the Parallel Falchion from Fire Emblem Awakening, an alternate timeline variant of Falchion.
  • Change Unlike Falchion, the Parallel Falchion lacks a tipper. This is demonstrated with its trail being white and opaque during a swing's initial and middle stages and translucent and blue during the late and final stages. Conversely, Falchion's trail is translucent and blue with an accentuated tip throughout an entire swing.
  • Change Lucina's on-screen appearance is slightly different, due to her removing her mask.
  • Change Lucina's taunts and victory poses are different.
  • Change Unlike Marth, Lucina is dubbed in English for non-Japanese versions of SSB4. She also has unique victory quotes against him and Ike.

Attributes[edit]

  • Change Lucina is slightly shorter than Marth. Although her range is the same as Marth's, her hitboxes start from a lower location due to her height.
  • Change Due to the Parallel Falchion lacking a tipper like Falchion, its entire blade deals equal damage and knockback. As a result, Lucina's attacks deal more damage and knockback than Marth's sourspotted attacks, but deal less damage and knockback than his sweetspotted attacks.
  • Change Aside from her neutral attack, the rest of Lucina's moveset lacks hitlag modifiers.
  • Change Lucina's dash's animation is faster. However, this is merely aesthetic, and is due to her height.
  • Buff Lucina's neutral attack, up tilt and sidestep retain her horizontal momentum. This grants them follow-ups that Marth lacks.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Nerf Lucina's neutral attack transitions slower (frame 18 → 19) and its second hit has less knockback scaling (75 → 45).
  • Change Lucina's up tilt deals damage based on timing rather than its hitboxes (6% (blade)/5% (body)/9% (tip) → 7.6% (early)/8.075% (clean)).
  • Change Lucina's up tilt does not move her a short distance forward.
  • Change Lucina's down tilt has different particle effects.

Special moves[edit]

  • Change Lucina's Shield Breaker's animation is much more exaggerated. She leans further than Marth does during its start-up, trembles more while rearing her arm back, and takes a step forward during its thrust.
  • Change Lucina may shout when using Dolphin Slash, whereas Marth does not vocalize when using it.
  • Change Lucina's Counter's stance is different. Incidentally, her legs are not positioned on the ground during its active hitbox window, although this quirk does not affect gameplay and is likely a modeling error. She may also say "My turn!" or "You're mine!" when she counterattacks, whereas Marth merely grunts when he counterattacks.

Update history[edit]

Initially a poorly regarded character like her ancestor, Lucina has received noticeable buffs in game updates since update 1.0.6, with most of her buffs being shared with him. These buffs further improved her overall damage output, decreased the ending lag of several combo-oriented moves and increased the knockback of many of her standard attacks, most notably up tilt. Dancing Blade was also improved due to all of its hits connecting together better, while her punishment ability became stronger than it was initially.

However, the biggest buffs Lucina received were indirect. Originally, the low shieldstun used in SSB4 made her neutral game quite unsafe, and the fact that her moves (aside from neutral attack) lack hitlag modifiers resulted in them being less safe on shield than Marth's sourspotted attacks. The changes to shield mechanics in update 1.1.1 remedied this, making her moves safer on shield, especially when compared to Marth and Roy's sourspotted moves. Shield Breaker was nerfed as a trade-off, however, as its shield breaking potential was noticeably weakened.

Update 1.1.4 increased all of the damage outputs for all of Lucina's aerials, which not only improved her aerial combo and juggle potentials, but further closed the gap between her overall damage output and Marth's. Her grounded attacks and aerial attacks' hitboxes were also increased to the point where, like Marth, her range now overreaches certain characters' ranges, such as Sheik's. When coupled with her multitude of buffs, Lucina is much better than she was during SSB4's initial release.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 1.0.4

  • Buff Neutral attack's first hit's knockback decreased: 25 (base)/60 (growth) → 20/50. This allows it to connect together better with the second hit.
  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch where using Counter after being edge-trumped no longer changes momentum​.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.6

  • Buff Neutral attack's first hit can be interrupted earlier: frame 29 → 26.
  • Buff Forward tilt can be interrupted earlier: frame 39 → 35.
  • Buff Down tilt deals 0.5% more damage: 8.075% → 8.575%.
  • Buff Forward smash deals 0.55% more damage: 14.725% → 15.275%.
  • Buff Down smash's second hit deals 0.5% more damage: 13.775% → 14.275%.
  • Buff Forward aerial deals 0.5% more damage: 8.075% → 8.575%.
  • Buff Shield Breaker deals more damage: 8.075% (uncharged)/21.85% (fully charged) → 8.575%/22.85%.
  • Buff Dancing Blade's first hit can be interrupted earlier: frame 45 → 42 and its hits connect together better.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.0.8

  • Nerf Neutral attack's first hit deals 1.425% less damage: 4.75% → 3.325%.
  • Buff Neutral attack has been improved. Its first hit launches opponents vertically and transitions faster, which makes both of its hits connect together better. Its first hit has also been given follow-up potential outside of transitioning to the second hit, which is now stronger.
  • Nerf Neutral attack can no longer jab lock due its first hit's angle alteration.
  • Buff Forward tilt deals 0.95% more damage: 9.975% → 10.925%.
  • Buff Up tilt as been improved. Its base knockback increased, it launches opponents vertically, and its ending lag decreased.
  • Buff Neutral aerial's landing lag decreased.
  • Buff Dolphin Slash's knockback scaling increased.
  • Change Dolphin Slash and Crescent Slash's hitlag multipliers increased.
  • Change Lucina may grunt when using Dolphin Slash.
  • Change In the English version, Lucina may say either "My turn!" or "You're mine!" when using Counter. In the Japanese version, she may say either "そこ!" ("There!") or "つきやり!" ("An opening!") when using Counter.

Technical changelist 1.0.8

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.0

  • Buff Neutral aerial deals more damage: 2.375% (hit 1)/6.65% (hit 2) → 3.325%/7.6%.
  • Buff Up tilt deals more damage: 6.65% (early)/7.125% (late) → 7.6%/8.075% and its ending lag decreased.
  • Buff All aerials' landing lag decreased.
  • Buff All variations of Shield Breaker have had their ending lag decreased.
  • Buff All variations of Dolphin Slash have had their landing lag decreased.
  • Change Dancing Blade's first, second and third hits' input window durations increased by 5 frames. This makes them connect together better, but makes the first hit harder to follow up with an attack other than another hit of Dancing Blade.

Technical changelist 1.1.0

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.1

  • Nerf Partially charged Shield Breaker deals less shield damage: 30 → 25.

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.3

  • Buff Multiple changes to the knockback, hitbox sizes, and damage have made Dancing Blade/Effortless Blade link better.

Technical changelist 1.1.3

Super Smash Bros. 4 1.1.4

  • Buff Neutral attack's first hit has less ending lag: 28 frames → 25.
  • Buff Neutral attack's hitbox sizes increased: 6.5u → 7u.
  • Buff Forward and up tilt's ending lag decreased: 36 frames → 33.
  • Buff Forward tilt's sour x hitbox and main hitbox sizes increased: 2u (sour x)/6.7u (main) → 2.5u/7.7u.
  • Buff Down tilt's sour x hitbox and main hitbox sizes increased: 6.7u (main)/15.2u (sour x) → 8.2u/16.7u.
  • Nerf Down tilt's y hitbox size decreased: 3.2u → 2.7u.
  • Buff Down smash's ending lag decreased: 64 frames → 54.
  • Buff All aerials deal more damage: 3.345% (neutral hit 1)/7.6% (neutral hit 2), 8.5% (forward), 9.975% (back/up), 11.4% (down sourspot)/13.3% (meteor) → 4.2%/8.5%, 10.5%, 11.8%/11.4%, 12.3%/14.2%.
  • Buff Neutral, forward and back aerials' main hitbox sizes increased: 6.7u (neutral hit 1)/6.5u (neutral hit 2), 6.7u (forward, back) → 7.7u/7.5u, 7.7u.
  • Buff Dancing Blade has been improved. Its first hit's start-up decreased: 7 → 6 and it had its grounded and aerial ending lag decreased by 1 frame

Moveset[edit]

  • Generally, Lucina's overall damage output is close to the weighted average of each of the hitboxes of Marth's attacks, based on the sizes of his sweetspots and sourspots. Marth's non-tippered moves are unchanged.
  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3.325% Two alternating upward slices. One of Lucina's most effective set-up options, as its first hit can be followed up with itself, tilt attacks, a forward aerial or a dash grab at low percentages, and a forward smash at medium to high percentages.
4.75%
Forward tilt   10.85% A lunging upward slice. Covers a very large area, making it useful for spacing. While not remarkably powerful like Marth's sweetspotted forward tilt, it deals noticeably more knockback compared to his sourspotted forward tilt, making it useful for KOs at high percentages near the edge.
Up tilt   7.6% (early), 8.075% (late) An overhead arcing slash. Deals vertical knockback and has a large hitbox that can even hit opponents behind her. Oddly, its late hit deals more damage but less knockback than its early hit. A good combo starter at low percentages and a viable KOing option at very high percentages.
Down tilt   8.575% A crouching thrust. Lucina's fastest tilt attack, it is capable of starting tech-chases, especially on heavier characters, and is useful for edgeguarding.
Dash attack   9.975% A lunging outward slash. A decent follow-up from down tilt and hits grounded opponents, although its moderate ending lag makes it unsafe on shield.
Forward smash   15.275% Rotates her body to perform a lunging downward slash. Its high base knockback and moderate knockback scaling make it Lucina's most reliable KOing option. However, while it has moderately fast start-up, it has high ending lag.
Up smash   3% (ground), 14.25% (blade) An overhead thrust. The move has an initial "quake" hitbox that knocks opponents into the main hit. It is a decent anti-air option due to its vertical range and high knockback scaling, while its deceptive horizontal range makes it capable of punishing rolls and landings. As such, it is a fairly reliable KOing option. It is also one of the few attacks in Lucina's moveset that is comparatively more reliable than Marth's, due to the positioning needed to land a sweetspot in his case.
Down smash   9.5% (hit 1), 14.275% (hit 2) A crouching outward slash in front of herself and then behind herself. The first hit deals weak knockback and it unsafe on shield due to the move's duration. However, the second hit is stronger, making it useful for catching rolls. Oddly, it launches opponents at a different angle when tippered like Marth's, despite the Parallel Falchion's lack of a tipper.
Neutral aerial   4.2% (hit 1), 8.5% (hit 2) An inward horizontal slash followed by a spinning, outward horizontal slash. A good spacing option and can it can combo into other moves as well. The first hit can chain into other moves if Lucina lands straight after, allowing it to start combos. Deals decent knockback on the second hit, making it useful near the edge of the stage, though it does not start KOing until around 160%. Oddly, it KOs approximately 5% earlier than Roy's neutral aerial, which is almost identical, yet he has to space to get similar power.
Forward aerial   10.5% A downward slash. It is fast and has good range, which make it very useful for spacing and fending off aerial opponents. However, landing with this move is very unsafe, due to its short duration and 16 frames of landing lag.
Back aerial   11.8% Rotates her body to perform an upward slice behind herself. Very similar to her forward aerial, although it has slightly more damage and knockback. Additionally, the swing starts from below instead of above, which can make it catch grounded enemies more easily. Has the interesting property of turning Lucina around, changing her facing direction. Has the most knockback of all her aerial moves, making it great for edgeguarding.
Up aerial   11.4% A backflipping, upward arcing slash. Extremely wide arc and decent damage. These factors make it a useful anti-air option and damage racking tool. If timed correctly, a late hit can connect against grounded opponents just before landing, which can lead to aerial combos.
Down aerial   12.3% (non-meteor), 14.2% (meteor) A downward arcing slash. If struck in the middle of the arc, it deals more damage and meteor smashes opponents, while its other hitboxes deal moderate knockback. However, it has high ending and landing lag, and its meteor smash hitbox only lasts for 1 frame.
Grab   Reaches out with her free hand.
Pummel   2% A knee strike. A fairly fast pummel.
Forward throw   4% Spins and flings the opponent forward. It can tech-chase, combo into a forward aerial against heavier characters at low percentages, or combo into Crescent Slash until around 150%.
Back throw   4% Tosses the opponent behind herself. It has no follow-up or KO potential due to its high ending lag and extremely low knockback scaling. However, it is very effective at launching the opponent off-stage due to its high base knockback.
Up throw   4% Heaves the opponent upward with her free hand. Lucina's only throw that has KO potential, it starts KOing at 165% and even earlier when Lucina is affected by rage.
Down throw   5% A one-armed body slam. Aesthetically, it appears almost identical to forward throw, with its only difference being a shockwave effect to indicate the opponent hitting the ground. Mechanically, it functions much differently, as it deals slightly more damage and it launches the opponent vertically rather than diagonally, which enables it to combo into her neutral, forward, back and up aerials at low to medium percentages. However, it quickly loses combo potential at medium percentages due to its high knockback scaling, as it will launch opponents too high for Lucina to follow up.
Floor attack (front)   7% Gets up while slashing to the left and then to the right.
Floor attack (back)   7% Gets into a kneeling position and then slices around herself as she gets up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Hops briskly to her feet and then does a thrust to the left and a slash to the right.
Edge attack   7% Performs an outward slash while climbing up.
Neutral special Default Shield Breaker 8.575% (uncharged), 23% (fully charged) Rears back and then performs a powerful thrust. It is chargeable and, as its name implies, deals a high amount of shield damage and can even instantly break shields when fully charged. In the air, it also grants a slight horizontal boost when uncharged, and much more horizontal distance when fully charged.
Custom 1 Storm Thrust 3.8% (uncharged), 10.45% (fully charged) The thrust emits a gust of wind from the Parallel Falchion's tip. The gust's pushing strength increases with its charge, but the thrust itself deals noticeably less damage.
Custom 2 Dashing Assault 5.7%/4.75%/2.85% (grounded uncharged early/mid/late), 6.65%/5.7%/3.8% (aerial uncharged early/mid/late), 15.2%/12.35%/8.55% (grounded fully charged early/mid/late), 16.15%/13.3%/9.5% (aerial fully charged early/mid/late) The thrust has improved range due to propelling Lucina forward, but it deals less damage.
Side special Default Dancing Blade 3.325% (first hit/second forward hit), 4.275% (third forward/upward hits), 3.325% (third downward hit), 5.7% (last forward hit), 6.65% (last upward hit), 2% (last downward hits 1-4), 4.75% (last downward hit 5) A combination of sword swings, which can be influenced by directional inputs. The finishing swing is one of three options: an upward slice with with good KO power at high percentages but low range (tilting the control stick up), a downward slash with good KO power at high percentages near the edge (no control stick input or tilting the control stick forward), or a flurry of low-angled thrusts that deal the most amount of damage but the least amount of knockback (tilting the control stick down). Like Marth's version, the first hit stalls Lucina while in midair, which can aid her recovery. It has overall greater KO potential than Marth's due to the Parallel Falchion having higher base damage than Falchion.
Custom 1 Effortless Blade 2.375% (parts 1-3), 4.275% (part 4) The swings are easier to chain together, but only the side inputted swings can be used. The first three swings also deal less damage.
Custom 2 Heavy Blade 7.6% (part 1), 9.5% (part 2), 10.45% (part 3), 13.3% (part 4 up), 14.25% (part 4 side), 2.09% (part 4 down hits 1-4), 11.4% (part 4 down hit 5) Each swing does considerably more damage and knockback, having noticeable KO potential (especially the final swing). However, startup is increased, each hit transitions slower, and it is almost impossible to chain hits together due to their increased knockback.
Up special Default Dolphin Slash 11% (clean), 7% (late blade), 6% (late body) A jumping upward slash. It deals the most damage during its first few frames and is an excellent out of shield option, due to its fast speed and its ability to be reversed. It is also useful for escaping neutral infinites should the stage have platforms to land safely on. Grants a decent amount of vertical distance, but very minimal horizontal distance.
Custom 1 Crescent Slash 7% (clean), 12% (late blade), 6% (late body) Grants more horizontal distance, but less vertical distance. The clean and late blade hits' damage outputs are also reversed. It is also a true combo from forward throw until around 150%.
Custom 2 Dolphin Jump Grants more vertical distance, but deals no damage.
Down special Default Counter 1.2x (min 8%) Parries and then counterattacks against any incoming attacks with an outward slash. Damage and knockback dealt scale on the move that is countered. It has the same properties as Marth's, along with the custom variations.
Custom 1 Easy Counter 0.7x (min 4%) The parrying stance is longer and has a wider trigger window, but the damage multiplier and the counterattack's power are weaker.
Custom 2 Iai Counter 1.3x (min 6%) Dashes behind the opponent and slashes them at a blinding speed. Has a stronger damage multiplier, activates faster, launches opponents backward and deals electric damage. However, it has a narrower trigger window.
Final Smash Critical Hit 60% Dashes at a blinding speed to perform an extremely powerful outward slash. Its immense knockback enables it to score a one-hit KO on any character. Pressing the button again will cancel the dash and immediately trigger the slash.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Warps onto the stage using warp magic and then removes the mask she wore while disguised as Marth.
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Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Twirls the Parallel Falchion and then assumes a stance highly similar to her pose from her official art in Fire Emblem Awakening, saying "Come at me!" (かかってきなさい., "Come bring it if you would.")
  • Side taunt: Turns around to have her back face the screen while sheathing the Parallel Falchion and saying "I cannot lose." (負けられませんから., "I won't lose from here on.")
  • Down taunt: Puts on the mask she used while disguised as Marth whilst she put her hand on her hip, then removes it.
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
LucinaUpTauntSSB4.jpg LucinaSideTauntSSB4.jpg LucinaDownTauntSSB4.jpg

Idle poses[edit]

  • Holds her hand to her chest, closes her eyes, and silently takes a breath.
  • Brushes her hair out of her face.
LucinaIdlePose1WiiU.jpg LucinaIdlePose2WiiU.jpg

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Lucina Cheer NTSC SSB4.ogg
Lucina Cheer JP SSB4.ogg
Description Lu-ci-na! Lu-kin-a!
Pitch Group chant Male

Victory poses[edit]

An orchestral excerpt of the title theme from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which has since become the main theme of the Fire Emblem series.
  • Points the Parallel Falchion upward and then poses, saying "Father... I won." (勝ちましたよ、お父様)
    • If Ike is present in the match, there is a chance she will instead say "And they call you the Radiant Hero?" (これがそうえんの勇者, "This is the Radiant Hero?")
  • Swings the Parallel Falchion, then performs the same pose from her official artwork, saying "The future is not written!" (未来を替えて見せます!, "Watch me change the future!")
  • Sheaths the Parallel Falchion, saying "You'll never defeat me!" (負けるはいけません!, "I cannot lose!") After winning a Team Battle, Lucina performs this pose with her back towards the screen if she does not have a point lead.
    • If Marth is present, there is a chance she will instead say "This is the Hero-King?" (これが英雄王の力?, "This is the strength of the Hero King…?")
LucinaPose1WiiU.gif LucinaPose2WiiU.gif LucinaPose3WiiU.gif

In competitive play[edit]

Official Custom Moveset Project[edit]

Character Custom sets available
LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png Lucina 3113 3123 1123 3133 1133
3121 1121 3111 1131 3131

Notable players[edit]

Active[edit]

Inactive[edit]

Tier placement and history[edit]

Upon SSB4's release, Lucina was quickly compared to Marth due to her inheriting many of the flaws he had received in his transition from Brawl, namely the lower damage output, poor grab game and low utility on some of her moves. Although the Parallel Falchion boasts consistent power, this strength has been viewed as less effective in comparison to Falchion's tipper. This resulted in Lucina being regarded as worse than Marth, as well as one of the worst chracters in the game. As time went on, however, game updates gradually improved Lucina, with the vast majority of her buffs being shared with Marth, whereas update 1.1.1 also brought her biggest, albeit indirect, buffs in the form of the changes to the shield mechanics, making her moveset much safer on shield overall, fixing a notable disadvantage and bringing this area more in line with Marth. These changes helped her mitigate some of the problems she initially had, although they were not sufficient enough in comparison to Marth's, who began developing a much more dedicated playerbase than her. As such, Lucina achieved much poorer results in comparison, which saw her ranked 47th on the first tier list, placing her in the bottom-tier and six places below Marth.

However, Lucina continued to improve over time, and gained some other significant buffs in update 1.1.4, with some of them once again being shared with Marth. These improvements allowed Lucina's offense to flow more consistently than before, giving her a niche over Marth in certain matchups. Although these buffs were still not enough to enable her to achieve significant results, even from her best players like C-Lu, they still improved her perception within the community. As a result, Lucina ranked 36th on the second tier list, resulting with her being reassessed as a mid-tier character, and gaining the fourth largest rise between the first and second tier lists. Even so, players such as ZeRo and Dabuz considered Lucina's position on the tier list as too low, due to most of her strengths being shared with Marth. To reflect the drastic improvements brought about by her subsequent buffs, Lucina is ranked 18th on the third and current tier list, which reassesses her as a high-tier character. By extension, this was the largest rise between the second and third tier lists, and made her the only bottom-tier character to become a high-tier character.

Reveal trailer[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Lucina
ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSChrom's daughter and the future Princess of Ylisse. When she arrives from a doomed future seeking to prevent it from ever happening, she goes by the name Marth before her identity is revealed. She fights much like her adopted namesake, but more than just the tip of her sword is powerful.
ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Wii UChrom's daughter and the future Princess of Ylisse. When she arrives from a doomed future seeking to prevent it from ever happening, she goes by the name Marth before her identity is revealed. She fights much like her adopted namesake, but her entire blade is equally powerful instead of having a more powerful tip.
pal Daughter of Chrom and future Princess of Ylisse. When she comes from the future to prevent a terrible future from unfolding, she goes by the name of Marth, but only until her true identity comes to light. She is a very similar fighter to Marth, except it doesn't actually matter which part of her sword she strikes with.
Nintendo 3DS: Fire Emblem: Awakening (02/2013)
Lucina (Alt.)
ntsc Lucina's moves are much like Marth's, but there are subtle differences. With Marth, you need to try to hit with the tip of his sword, but Lucina's sword is equally powerful all along the blade. Her Shield Breaker move lets her attack opponents and break their shields at the same time. Charge it fully to shatter shields in one hit.
pal Lucina's moves are much like Marth's, but there are subtle differences. With Marth, you need to try to hit with the tip of his sword, but with Lucina, it doesn't matter, making her easier to use. Her Shield Breaker move lets her damage opponents and break their shields at the same time. Charge it fully to shatter shields in one hit.
Nintendo 3DS: Fire Emblem: Awakening (02/2013)
Critical Hit (Lucina)
ntsc In Lucina's Final Smash, she raises her sword high before dashing swiftly forward to deliver a deadly blow to whomever she makes contact with first. Even if their damage is low, this strike is powerful enough to take out foes in a single hit. Just make sure you don't dash off the stage when you use it in midair!
pal In Lucina's Final Smash, she raises her sword high, then dashes swiftly forwards to deliver a deadly blow to whoever stands in her way. Even if their damage is low, this strike is powerful enough to take them out in a single hit. Just be careful not to dash off the stage if you use it in mid-air!

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Alternate costumes[edit]

Lucina Palette (SSB4).png
LucinaHeadSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadGreenSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadBlackSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadRedSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadYellowSSB4-U.png LucinaHeadNavySSB4-U.png LucinaHeadPurpleSSB4-U.png

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Lucina makes a few references to her home game:
  • Lucina is the only clone in the entire series whose special moves, including custom variations, all share the same names with the character she is a clone of. She is also only clone to share every single move with the character they are derived from.
  • Robin and Lucina are the only playable Fire Emblem characters to originate from the same game in their home series.
  • Lucina is the only unlockable character in both versions of SSB4 who was officially revealed prior to the release of SSB4 and the only unlockable character to appear in the opening movie for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
  • Lucina is the only one of the three clone characters to not share their counterpart's screen KO animation.
  • Lucina, Bowser and Dr. Mario are the only characters that players are not forced to play as in any single player Event Matches.
  • Lucina is the only Fire Emblem character whose Counter does not involve her holding her sword in a reverse grip during either her stance or counterattack. However, as stated earlier, she will instantly shift to Marth's stance for an extremely brief moment when her Counter is triggered.

References[edit]


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