Lucina (SSBU)

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Lucina
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Fire Emblem
Other Smash Bros. appearance in SSB4


Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Critical Hit
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Lucina is Marth's echo fighter, so she shares most of her standard and special attacks with Marth. However, while Marth's attacks are more powerful when made with the tip of his blade, Lucina's attacks just as powerful whether you use the tip or the base of the sword.
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Lucina (ルキナ, Lucina) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018. She is an Echo Fighter of Marth, thus being classified as fighter #21ε.

Laura Bailey and Yū Kobayashi's portrayals of Lucina from SSB4 were repurposed for the English and Japanese versions of Ultimate, respectively.

How to unlock

Complete one of the following:

Lucina must then be defeated on Arena Ferox for all three methods.

Attributes

As in SSB4, the primary difference between Lucina and Marth is that Lucina lacks a tipper, meaning that her sword attacks deal equal damage throughout her blade. While her sword attacks deal more damage and knockback than Marth's weak sourspots, they deal less damage and knockback than his powerful tipper sweetspots. Theoretically, Marth deals more overall damage when played optimally and can kill earlier, but Lucina can deal consistent damage and kill more reliably without worrying about precise spacing, and her KOing potential is significantly more consistent in comparison, especially at higher percents.

Overall, whether a person wants to use Lucina or Marth is based on their playstyle. Marth relies on spacing, more defensive play, and early KOs with his powerful tippers. Lucina can be played more aggressively, and relies on her more effective combos to increase the damage enough so she can KO the opponent. Marth can be more rewarding if used right, but Lucina's consistent damage and knockback gives her a stronger up-close game, makes her attacks significantly safer on shield and on hit than Marth's sourspotted moves, and gives her better matchups against smaller or faster characters that Marth can have a hard time landing his tippers against, such as Pikachu or Fox. Even without a tipper, Lucina is still extremely effective at spacing. She also shares Marth's other strengths, such as his decent mobility, above-average frame data, strong juggling and edgeguarding capabilities, and decent out of shield options. As such, she is considered to be one of the easiest and most versatile characters in the game, even when compared to Marth.

Despite her strengths and versatility, Lucina is not without flaws, most of them shared with Marth. As a solely sword-based character, her otherwise-excellent neutral game suffers from her lack of a projectile, and she can struggle against projectile-heavy characters and playstyles. This ties in with her vulnerability once she loses the neutral game, as despite having a below-average weight and only average falling speed, Lucina is susceptible to combos, and her tall hurtbox provides an easy target. Dolphin Slash is her only reliable combo-breaker, but as it leaves her helpless, it can inadvertently put her in an even worse position. Also, while Counter can be used defensively, it leaves Lucina extremely vulnerable to punishment should it whiff. Lucina also has little defense against juggling, as her aerials are ineffective at relieving pressure; though her attacks have quick startup, many of them come with high ending lag, and also suffer from short hitbox durations.

Like with Marth, Lucina's weak throws are another notable weakness. Except for her up throw, they have low knockback scaling, preventing them from KOing at realistic percents, while up throw can only KO starting at 160% if Lucina has no rage. Her throw game is poor as well; aside from having a fairly fast pummel, Lucina's throws deal low damage and have high base knockback, making them poor for combos and damage-racking outside of very low percents, such as aerials at 0%. However, it should be noted that the high base knockback of her throws allow Lucina to take advantage of her good edgeguarding capability, especially at the edge.

Lucina herself is somewhat vulnerable to edgeguarding, though she has options for mix-ups with her recovery. Dolphin Slash is her only reliable vertical recovery option, and while it is still a threat to edgeguarders due to its speed and high stage spike ability, its path is linear and its distance fixed, making it fairly predictable. Additionally, since this move grants little horizontal distance, Lucina is vulnerable to semi-spikes. While Shield Breaker can aid her horizontal recovery, it covers little distance without charging. Lucina is also heavily reliant on her double jump for mix-ups in his recovery, and is in significant danger if offstage without it.

Differences from Marth

As mentioned above, the primary difference between Lucina and Marth is that Lucina lacks a tipper, meaning that her sword attacks deal equal damage throughout her blade. This means that Lucina will be able to rack up damage and KO much more consistently, but in turn does not have the option to Ko as early as Marth does.

Lucina was also slightly recloned from her previous appearance in SSB4, as she is no longer smaller than Marth (which increases the size of her hurtbox but improves her range), her up tilt will now move her forward slightly, and she no longer keeps her momentum on her neutral attack and up tilt. Despite losing these somewhat negligible differences, she keeps one other difference from SSB4: her up tilt has a unique sweetspot based on how late into the swing the opponent is hit. This ensures that she can rack up damage more easily with her up tilt as long as she is facing away from her opponent.

While Lucina and Marth have largely identical attacks, mobility attributes and frame data, the lack of a tipper spreads across Lucina's entire moveset, making her one of the more unique Echo Fighters alongside her father Chrom and Ken. As such, these three characters are expected to have their own spots on the tier list, and are expected to be permitted to be used alongside their base fighters in Squad Strike. Lucina has obtained excellent results and representation early in the Ultimate metagame, especially compared to Marth; as such, she is near-universally considered to be the best swordfighter in the game.

Aesthetics

  • Change As with all other Echo Fighters, Lucina has different taunts and victory animations.
  • Change Lucina's on-screen appearance is slightly different from that of Marth, as she removes her mask. She also has a different No Contest animation as well.
  • Change Unlike all other Echo Fighters, Lucina's Screen KO animation is different from Marth's.
  • Change Lucina's victory theme is different from that of Marth, being a remix of the Fire Emblem Awakening song "Id (Purpose)."
  • Change Lucina's sword trails are completely opaque, while Marth's are only opaque at the tip of his blade.

Attributes

  • Change Unlike the Falchion, the Parallel Falchion lacks a tipper. As such, its entire blade deals equal damage and knockback on most attacks, equal to the weighted average of Marth's sweetspotted and sourspotted attacks.
    • Buff Moves that move Lucina forward, such as Dancing Blade, are more effective than Marth's variants, due to the forward movement counteracting with the tipper.
    • Buff Lucina can rack up damage more easily than Marth, as most of his Falchion is composed of its sourspot.
    • Buff This makes Lucina's combos, edgeguarding and KOing ability much more consistent, and gives her a significantly better up-close game.
    • Nerf Lucina's damage output and knockback values are lower than Marth's sweetspots. This renders her incapable of securing extremely early KOs like Marth can.
  • Change Aside from her neutral attack and Dancing Blade, the rest of Lucina's moveset lacks hitlag modifiers.
  • Buff Lucina's spot dodge retains her horizontal momentum, granting it follow-ups that Marth's lacks.

Ground attacks

  • Buff Lucina's up tilt (named "Anti-air Slash" in the in-game tips) has a unique timing-based sweetspot. On the later half of the slash, the attack does more damage while also having weaker knockback. The combination of less knockback and more damage allows her up tilt to rack more damage than Marth's as long as she is facing away from her opponent.
    • Nerf Since the timing-based sweetspot deals less knockback, it cannot be used to reliably KO as much as Marth's variant.

Special moves

  • Shield Breaker:
    • Buff Lucina's Shield Breaker's animation is different. She leans farther back during its start-up; trembles more exaggeratedly while rearing her arm back; and takes a step forward during its thrust. This marginally improves Lucina's horizontal recovery potential compared to Marth's, due to her hitbox being slightly wider when using this move. This change is also reflected when Kirby copies the move.
  • Dolphin Slash:
    • Change Lucina may shout when using Dolphin Slash, whereas Marth does not vocalize when using it.
  • Counter:
    • Change Lucina's Counter's stance is different. She also has different quotes when she counterattacks, saying either "My turn!" or "You're mine!"
  • Critical Hit:
    • Change Lucina utters "Time to change fate!" when using her Final Smash, whereas Marth merely grunts.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4

Like Marth, Lucina received a mixture of buffs and nerfs, but unlike him, she was buffed overall. Lucina highly benefits from the universal changes in Ultimate, particularly in terms of aerials and tilts. In addition, the new engine is also a benefit to Lucina's balanced blade, to an extent far greater than Marth's more polarized blade, as the faster pace of the game allows her greater close-combat capabilities to be an advantage in certain situations. Unlike most clones, Lucina became slightly more similar to Marth, though a majority of her reclonings were negligible (such as her being slightly shorter, or a few moves not stopping her momentum).

The direct nerfs shared between Marth and Lucina, such as the first hit of neutral attack no longer having jab cancel potential or the reduced range on forward and back aerials, generally affect Lucina much less than Marth as she does not have to rely on tippers, while the direct buffs generally benefit Lucina more than they benefit Marth.

As a result of her direct and indirect buffs, Lucina has been a very high-placing character in Ultimate's metagame so far, with impressive results and excellent representation. As such, she is generally considered to be significantly superior to Marth, who has had lackluster results and representation, and is also generally regarded as the best swordfighter in the game, akin to her ancestor in Melee, Meta Knight in Brawl and Cloud in SSB4.

Aesthetics

  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Lucina's model features a more subdued color scheme. Her clothing now has simple detailing, her hair has been reshaped, and her face appears sharper, with her cheeks now showing a slight pink blush.
  • Change Lucina has several new basic animations. Her idle, crouch, and sidestep all have new animations, and her jump animations have all been changed as well, resembling (but not identical to) Roy's jumps in SSB4. She also has a new screen KO animation.
  • Change Lucina now occasionally vocalizes when performing her first jump.
  • Change Lucina's victory theme is now a snippet of the Fire Emblem Awakening song, "Id (Purpose)". [1]

Attributes

  • Buff Like all characters, Lucina's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Lucina walks faster (1.5 → 1.575).
  • Buff Lucina runs significantly faster (1.785 → 1.964).
    • Buff Lucina's initial dash is significantly faster (1.5 → 2.255).
  • Buff Lucina's air speed is faster (1.02 → 1.071).
  • Buff Lucina's traction is much higher (0.055 → 0.114).
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (FAF 31 → 30).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup with less intangibility (frames 4-17 → 5-16), and more ending lag (FAF 31 → 35).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 27 → 26).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-27 → 3-29).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 33 → 53).
  • Change Lucina is taller, and is now as tall as Marth. This increases her range, but also increases her hurtbox, making her easier to hit
  • Buff Lucina has a new jump animation where she picks up her feet more, allowing her to short hop over certain projectiles.

Ground attacks

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit much faster (frame 18 → 11), allowing it to connect better.
    • Nerf Neutral attack does not retain Lucina's horizontal momentum anymore; like Marth, she stops if she uses her neutral attack.
    • Nerf Both hits have shorter durations, with the second hit also having more startup (frames 5-7 → 5-6 (hit 1), 3-5 → 4-5 (hit 2)).
    • Nerf Both hits have higher hitlag multipliers (0.7× → 1.3×), giving opponents more time to SDI the first hit and DI the second hit.
    • Nerf The first hit has altered angles (78°/65°/90° → 361°/361°/180°/361°) and knockback (55 base/30 scaling → 30 base/15/12/12/12 scaling) to keep opponents close to Lucina, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows it to jab lock much like Smash 4 before update 1.0.8, but most importantly removes all its guaranteed jab cancel setups.
    • Change The first hit has an altered animation where Lucina swings in a more horizontal arc, matching its hitboxes better.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt deals slightly more damage (10.925% → 11%), albeit with knockback scaling compensated (77 → 74).
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Up tilt does not retain Lucina's horizontal momentum anymore; like Marth, she stops if she uses her up tilt.
    • Change Lucina's up tilt has her move forward just like Marth's. This improves its horizontal range, but makes it harder to repeatedly land the stronger late hit.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack deals more damage (9.975% → 10.925%).
    • Buff It deals more knockback (48 base/58 scaling → 75/67), giving it KO potential.
    • Buff It has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 1.5×, which combined with the increased shieldstun for ground attacks makes it safer on shield.
    • Change The move has a different animation, with Lucina swinging in a slightly more horizontal arc.
  • Forward smash:
    • Nerf Forward smash has less knockback scaling (80 → 73).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's launcher hitbox can no longer hit on the same frame as the sword hitboxes and override their knockback at low percents, making it more consistent.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash launches at a consistent angle (75°/361° (hit 1), 60°/361° (hit 2) → 361°), allowing it to set up edgeguards and KO near edges more effectively, despite lower base knockback on both hits (60 (both) → 55 (front)/45 (back)).
    • Nerf It has one frame more ending lag (FAF 55 → 56).

Aerial attacks

  • Buff All aerials have reduced landing lag (12 frames → 7 (neutral), 16 → 10 (forward), 17 → 10 (back), 14 → 8 (up), 24 → 14 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial's first hit has more base knockback (30 → 45/45/35) and altered angles (80°/75°/65°/90° → 75°/80°/90°), allowing it to connect into the second hit while rising, and improving its combo potential on landing when combined with its lower landing lag.
    • Buff It deals slightly more damage (4.2% → 4.275% (hit 1), 8.5% → 8.55% (hit 2)).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Nerf Forward aerial has altered hitbox placements (2u/0u/7.7u → 3.5u/0u/7.5u (Z-offset), 0u/0u/0u → 1u/1u/1u (X-offset)), and the hitboxes are smaller overall (3.5u/3.5u/3.5u → 3u/3.8u/3u), reducing its range.
    • Change It has less knockback scaling (85 → 77), hindering its KO potential, but allowing it to combo for longer.
  • Back aerial:
    • Nerf Back aerial has altered hitbox placements (2.0u/0u/7.7u → 3.7u/0u/7u (Z-offset), 0u/0u/0u → 0u/2u/0u (X-offset)), reducing its range.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves down aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its lower landing lag.
    • Buff It deals slightly more damage (12.3% → 12.35% (non-meteor), 14.2% → 14.25% (meteor)).
    • Buff The meteor smash hitbox is larger (4.3u → 5u).
    • Change The meteor hitbox has a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.2×).

Throws and other attacks

  • Grabs:
    • Buff Standing grab has less startup (frame 7 → 6).
    • Nerf All grabs have increased ending lag (FAF 30 → 35 (standing), 37 → 43 (dash), 35 → 38 (pivot)).
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have more startup (frame 8 → 9 (dash), 9 → 10 (pivot)).
  • Change The speed of Lucina's throws is no longer weight-dependent. This improves her down throw's combo potential on heavyweights, but reduces it on lightweights.
  • Nerf All of Lucina's throws except up throw release the opponent slower (frame 15 → 18 (forward), 9 → 19 (back), 16 → 20 (down)), making them easier to DI.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.3%).
    • Change It deals more hitlag (4 frames → 14), but has much less startup (frame 6 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 16 → 7).
  • Forward throw:
    • Change Lucina has a new forward throw, a quick elbow strike to the opponent's chest.
    • Nerf Due to the faster knockback physics, it has lost its combo potential.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw deals more damage (4% → 5%).
    • Nerf It has less knockback scaling (120 → 102), KOing slightly later despite its higher damage output.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw deals less damage (5% → 4%), with knockback scaling compensated (50 → 57).
    • Nerf The faster knockback physics hinder its combo potential, due to its high base knockback compared to other throws.
    • Change Its animation has been changed slightly, with Lucina slamming the opponent onto the ground with a more exaggerated throw.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves

  • Shield Breaker:
    • Buff Shield Breaker can be angled vertically.
    • Buff It deals 1.15× its regular damage if it hits an opponent's head.
    • Nerf Shield Breaker has less knockback scaling (95 → 90).
    • Nerf Fully charged Shield Breaker has slightly more start-up (frame 78 → 79).
    • Change Shield Breaker only has the Parallel Falchion glow purple instead of Lucina's whole body.
    • Change The move triggers Special Zoom upon breaking an opponent's shield.
  • Dancing Blade:
    • Buff All swings except the first have less startup (frame 9 → 5 (second, neutral), 7 → 4 (second, up), 6 → 4 (third, neutral), 8 → 5 (third, up & down), 13 → 7 (fourth, neutral & down), 11 → 6 (fourth, up)), allowing the move to execute faster and connect all hits more reliably.
    • Buff All swings except the fourth ones have lower hitlag multipliers (1× → 0.5× (first), 0.7× (second & third)), allowing the move to transition faster and making it harder to SDI out of.
    • Buff All swings except the fourth ones deal less knockback (25 base/75 scaling → 25/30 (first), 30/30 → 30/25 (second, neutral), 30/60 → 30/25 (second, up), 40/43 → 55/30 (third, neutral), 40/50 → 55/30/30/50 (third, up), 50/28 → 40/30 (third, down)), improving their linking ability at high percents.
    • Buff The first swing has less ending lag (FAF 42 → 40 (grounded), 32 → 30 (aerial)), as does the fourth upward swing (FAF 51 → 45).
    • Buff The first two neutral swings have different angles (78°/92°/20° → 361°/90°/361° (first), 60°/65°/40° → 361° (second)), granting them the ability to lock.
    • Buff The fourth downward swing's hits after the first are faster (frame 19, 25, 31, 37 → 10, 13, 16, 19), and the first four hits have less knockback scaling (40 → 20), allowing them to connect better and preventing opponents from jumping out of them at low percents.
      • Nerf However, it has much more ending lag in combination with the faster swings (FAF 72 → 75).
    • Nerf All swings deal less damage (3.325% → 2.85% (first & second), 4.275% → 3.325% (third, neutral & up), 4.75% → 3.325% (third, down), 5.7% → 4.75% (fourth, neutral), 6.65% → 5.7% (fourth, up), 4.75% → 4.275% (fourth, down, last hit)).
    • Nerf The first swing has more startup (frame 6 → 9).
    • Nerf The fourth forward swing has lower knockback overall (60 base/130 scaling → 74 base/115 scaling), which alongside its lower damage hinders its KO potential.
    • Nerf The fourth upward swing has more base knockback (60 → 80/85), but drastically less knockback scaling (118 → 40), removing its ability to KO at realistic percents.
    • Change Dancing Blade's neutral swings all have altered animations, except for the third. The first one is an outward swing similar to her forward tilt, the second is a vertical swing instead of a horizontal one, and the final swing no longer has Lucina spinning before she slashes the opponent.
    • Change The third downward swing has an altered animation, now being a low outward swing instead of a stab.
  • Dolphin Slash:
    • Nerf Dolphin Slash has more landing lag (20 frames → 24).
    • Change It leaves multiple afterimages of Lucina during the leap.
  • Counter:
    • Buff Counter's counterattack has less startup (frame 5 → 4).
    • Nerf Counter has more ending lag (counter: FAF 60 → 65, attack: FAF 36 → 41).
    • Change If a powerful enough attack is countered, it causes a large yellow flash, and plays the noise from Critical Hit if the counterattack successfully lands.
  • Critical Hit:
    • Buff Due to the changes to teching, Critical Hit is almost impossible to tech, though at some circumstances such as Shulk's Shield Monado Art, it can still be teched at very low percentages.

Update history

Unlike Marth, who has remained largely intact, Lucina has been slightly nerfed overall, likely as a result of her perceived top-tier status. Update 3.0.0 increased the range of her dash grab, much like Marth, Roy and her father. The nerfs to the shield damage of various projectiles also benefits Lucina, making it easier for her to overcome projectile camping from various characters. However, update 3.1.0 reduced the knockback scaling of her forward smash and forward aerial, somewhat hindering her KO ability, though forward aerial's combo potential has somewhat improved as a result.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1.1.0

  • Change The animation for swinging with a battering weapon has been updated.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Buff Dash grab has more range.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Nerf Forward smash has less knockback scaling (77 → 73).
  • Change Forward aerial has less knockback scaling (81 → 77), hindering its KO potential, but allowing it to combo for longer.

Moveset

  • Lucina's overall damage output is close to the weighted average of each of the hitboxes of Marth's attacks.

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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3.325% Slashes the Parallel Falchion twice in front of herself. The first hit can also jab lock.
4.75%
Forward tilt   11% A fast upward swipe while leaning forward. Has a large arc that is useful for spacing. Can hit opponents standing on top of some platforms.
Up tilt Anti-air Slash 7.6% (early), 8.075% (late) Swings the Parallel Falchion in a large arc above her head, with a large hitbox that can hit enemies behind her. Lucina's up tilt has a timing-based sweetspot unlike Marth's version; on the latter half of the swing, Lucina deals more damage but less knockback, allowing her to rack up damage more easily as long as she is facing away from her opponent. Covers platforms very well and is useful for juggling and starting aerial combos.
Down tilt   8.5% A quick crouching sword poke. Lucina's fastest tilt, which is useful for interrupting grounded approaches and creating space. Deals semi-spike knockback, making it useful for edgeguarding. Knocks opponents into a tumble around 80%, which can force opponents into a tech chase situation.
Dash attack   10.925% A quick, running, upward-sweeping diagonal slash. Deals decent knockback, KOing middleweights at the edge around 130%. Has notable ending lag and low hitlag, making it rather unsafe against shields. The ability to use the faster and safer forward tilt out of a dash makes this move's use rather niche.
Forward smash Dragon Killer 15.275% Rotates her body counter-clockwise with a strong overarching one-handed swing from her head to the ground. Very fast startup for a forward smash, but has high ending lag. Deals considerably high knockback, KOing middleweights at the edge around 76%.
Up smash Justice Sword 3% (ground), 14.25% (blade). A quick, upward thrust. The weak grounded hit can knock nearby opponents into the main attack. Good for aerial protection and chasing down landing opponents.
Down smash   9.5% (hit 1), 14.275%} (hit 2) Sweeps the Parallel Falchion on the ground toward the front outward then toward the back inward. The back hit is noticeably stronger than the front hit. Lucina's fastest smash attack, though it also has high ending lag.
Neutral aerial   4.275% (hit 1), 8.55% (hit 2) Two horizontal slashes around herself via an inward slash followed into a full 360° outward spin. The second hit can hit on both sides of Lucina, and can be used to create space by short hopping then fast-falling immediately after using the move in the air. The first hit has low knockback scaling, which, combined with fast falling and the move's low landing lag, allows it to combo into many of Lucina's tilts, and even her forward smash, even at high percentages. The second hit has moderate knockback, KOing middleweights at the edge around 120%.
Forward aerial   10.5% Does a descending crescent slash in front of her with great coverage. This is Lucina's best tool for air combat, and its reasonably low landing lag makes it very safe when spaced properly. Lucina can also use this move more reliably than Marth can, as it deals relatively high damage and knockback throughout. Around 27%, it begins to knock opponents into a tumble, which can force a tech-chase situation. KOs middleweights at the edge around 143%.
Back aerial About Face 11.875% An upward crescent slash behind her in an inward swipe. Has the interesting property of turning Lucina around, changing the direction she is facing. Similar use to her forward aerial, although with more knockback and a smaller hitbox. Safe on shield when spaced low to the ground. Rather strong given its speed, KOing middleweights at the edge around 110%.
Up aerial   11.4% An overhead crescent slash with good coverage, ending in a delayed somersault. Lucina's fastest aerial, it is good for juggling thanks to its large arc, making it a good anti-air as well, and has moderate knockback. Due to its angle, it makes a reliable combo starter. Compared to Marth's, it loses true combo percent potential sooner due to its greater knockback.
Down aerial   12.35% (non-meteor), 14.25% (meteor) A downward, wide crescent slash with large coverage. If the attack connects at the middle of the swinging arc (directly below Lucina), it serves as a powerful meteor smash. However, the meteor smash window lasts only one frame (frame 11). Can be useful against cross-ups and as an out of shield option as it starts behind Lucina and covers a wide area below her.
Grab   Reaches out with her free hand.
Pummel   1.3% A knee strike.
Forward throw   4% An elbow strike with her sword arm. Can be used to set up edgeguards, but it is not useful for comboing or KOing.
Back throw   4% Tosses the opponent over her leg, sending them behind her. Its high base knockback allows her to set up edgeguarding, but it cannot combo or KO reliably.
Up throw   5% A powerful one-armed upward throw. Lucina's strongest throw, which can KO at around 170%.
Down throw   4% Throws opponent to the ground with one arm, bouncing them upwards. Lucina's combo throw. At low to mid percents, its angle and high base knockback allow it to follow up into an up or back aerial depending on DI, or only an up aerial at higher percents. Despite having low knockback scaling, it still loses its combo potential around roughly 80%-90%.
Floor attack (front)   7% Spins around gracefully and slashes the Parallel Falchion in a circle.
Floor attack (back)   7% Swings the Parallel Falchion behind, then in front of her before getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Stabs behind her, then slashes in front of herself before getting up.
Edge attack   9% Backflips onto the stage and slashes.
Neutral special Shield Breaker 8.575% (uncharged), 23% (fully charged) Lucina assumes a readying stance and charges the Parallel Falchion at chest level before powerfully thrusting it forward. This attack deals massive shield damage even when uncharged, and will instantly break shields at full charge, although it can be safely perfect shielded. The aerial version gives Lucina a very slight horizontal boost, while a fully charged aerial version will thrust Lucina in whatever direction she is facing, giving her a strong horizontal recovery option, albeit with very high startup. Can be angled up or down, though this does not change the damage or knockback. The attack deals 1.15× regular damage if it hits the opponent's head, though this appears to be out-prioritized by any hitbox striking a non-head hurtbox.
Side special Dancing Blade Varies (see below) A sequence of sword slashes with several variations based on directional input. Four slashes total, with each capable of being altered in direction, allowing for eighteen total possible combinations. Standard strikes are trailed red, high strikes are trailed blue, and low strikes are trailed green (see table below for details and limits of the move).
Up special Dolphin Slash 11% (clean), 7% (late blade), 6% (late body) Lucina performs a high-speed jumping uppercut slash that can be B-reversed. Has a powerful sweetspot and grants very slight intangibility in the first few frames, which can easily cause stage-spikes under the right circumstances. Grants good vertical distance but is rather lacking in horizontal distance. Does not snap to the edge until after its hitbox is gone.
Down special Counter 1.2× (minimum 8%) Lucina assumes a defensive stance and retaliates against incoming attacks. The power of the counterattack scales with the strength of the attack blocked. Starts up on frame 6 and lasts 22 frames. Ineffective against projectiles and attacks with sufficiently long reach, such as many of Shulk's or Simon's tilts and smash attacks.
Final Smash Critical Hit 60% Lucina raises the Parallel Falchion skyward, uttering "Time to change fate!", then lunges in one direction, attacking the first opponent she connects. Immense knockback, enough to one-hit KO any character on any roofless stage. This move is impossible to tech unless using FS Meter or against Shulk's Shield Monado Art at very low percentages. Pressing the special button again will cause her to stop mid-dash.
Dancing Blade
Hit Damage Description
First Hit (Neutral) 2.85% Does an outward slash. Deals very little knockback even at extremely high percents. Can lock. The tip of the sword lifts opponents off the ground slightly, making it combo into the second hit more consistently.
Second Hit (Up) 2.85% An upward lifting slash. Has greater vertical reach than the first hit or the second neutral hit. Lifts opponents slightly off the ground, with the tip of the sword pulling them in slightly.
Second Hit (Neutral) 2.85% Does an inward slash. Has a shorter hitbox than the first hit, which can lead to it sometimes missing if the first hit is landed from too far away. Deals very little knockback, even at extremely high percents. Can lock.
Third Hit (Up) 3.325% Does an upward slash while turning clockwise. Launches opponents up and away, leading into the upward finisher.
Third Hit (Neutral) 3.325% Takes a step forward and does a leaning outward slash. May push opponents too far away for the fourth hit to connect at high percents.
Third Hit (Down) 3.325% Leans in and does a horizontal slash low to the ground. Deals less knockback than the other third hits, which can make it useful for connecting with the neutral finisher at higher percents, when the third neutral hit may send too far away.
Fourth Hit (Up) 5.7% Twirls counterclockwise and does an upward slash. Launches opponents up, making it useful for starting juggling strings. Has the least ending lag of the three finishers. Fairly low knockback. Has greater vertical reach than any other hit of the move.
Fourth Hit (Neutral) 4.75% Turns counterclockwise, steps forward, and does very powerful vertical slash downward. This is the strongest finisher in regards to knockback, KOing middleweights near the edge by itself around 118%.
Fourth Hit (Down) 2% (hit 1-4), 4.275% (hit 5) Does a flurry of five lower stabs. Deals the most damage of the three finishers, wearing down shields well, and can shield poke low shields. Has the highest ending lag of the three finishers.

On-screen appearance

  • Warps onto the stage using warp magic, and then removes the mask she wears while disguised as Marth.

Taunts

  • 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 at me.")
  • 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 now.")
  • Down taunt: Puts on the mask she used while disguised as Marth, while putting her hand on her hip; she then removes the mask.

Idle poses

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

Victory poses

  • Left: Swings her sword, then assumes a pose similar to her official SSB4 render, saying "The future is not written!" ("未来を変えて見せます!", Watch me change the future!).
  • Up: Points her sword upward, then poses, saying "Father, I won." ("勝ちましたよ、お父様", I won, Father.).
    • If Ike was present in the match, there is a chance she will instead say "And they call you the Radiant Hero?" ("これが蒼炎の勇者?", This is the Radiant Hero?).
  • Right: Sheaths her sword, saying "You'll never defeat me!" ("負けるわけにはいきません!", I cannot lose!).
    • If Marth was present in the match, 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?).
A short orchestral cover of "Id (Purpose)" from Fire Emblem Awakening.

In competitive play

Notable players

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.

Active

Inactive

Classic Mode: A Path of Heroes

Lucina's congratulations screen.

All of Lucina's opponents are Fire Emblem characters. They appear in reverse of the order their respective games were released, likely referencing Lucina traveling into the past in her own game.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Corrin (×2) (CorrinHeadSSBU.pngCorrinHeadFemaleSSBU.png) Find Mii Lost in Thoughts All Alone (Remix)
2 Chrom ChromHeadSSBU.png Arena Ferox Conquest (Ablaze)
3 Robin (×2) (RobinHeadSSBU.pngRobinHeadFemaleSSBU.png) Reset Bomb Forest Id (Purpose)
4 Ike IkeHeadSSBU.png Castle Siege Eternal Bond
5 Roy RoyHeadSSBU.png Norfair Beyond Distant Skies - Roy's Departure
6 Marth MarthHeadSSBU.png Coliseum Story 5 Meeting
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination Master Hand (Less than 7.0 intensity)
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (Intensity 7.0 or higher)
On intensity 7.0 and higher, Crazy Hand fights alongside Master Hand.

Note: Additionally, every stage plays a track from the Fire Emblem universe, no matter what universe the stage originates from.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Lucina has Id (Purpose) accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light

Finding Lucina in World of Light

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

Lucina was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. She can be found in the area that resembles the remains of a clockwork guarded by the spirit of Omega Ridley.

Fighter Battle

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
21ε
Lucina SSBU.png
Lucina Attack 10,000 Arena Ferox (Ω form) Id (Purpose)


Spirits

Lucina's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Lucina 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. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces it with the fighter's artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles

As the main opponent

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
620
NewMysteryoftheFireEmblem Caeda.png
Caeda Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Marth MarthHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
13,500 Temple (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Dangerously high winds are in effect
•The enemy has increased move speed and reduced weight
Story 5 Meeting
627
Minerva.png
Minerva Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadGreenSSBU.png
Shield
3,500 Skyworld N/A •The enemy has increased jump power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Story 5 Meeting
629
Pegasus Sisters Spirit.png
Pegasus Sisters Fire Emblem series Lucina (×3) (LucinaHeadGreenSSBU.pngLucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.pngLucinaHeadNavySSBU.png)
Grab
8,900 Skyworld (clouds only) N/A •The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random
•The enemy has an extra midair jump
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Medley
653
Eirika.png
Eirika Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Ike IkeHeadBlueSSBU.png
Shield
9,200 Coliseum N/A •The enemy has increased attack power
•The enemy has increased move speed
•The enemy has increased jump power
Preparing to Advance
657
Titania.png
Titania Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Grab
1,700 Castle Siege (Ω form) •Attack Power ↓ •You have reduced attack power
•The enemy has increased attack power
The Devoted
670
Tharja.png
Tharja Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadNavySSBU.png
Grab
4,100 Kalos Pokémon League (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Poison Cloud •The stage is covered in a poisonous cloud
•The enemy's special moves have increased power
Conquest (Ablaze)
671
Anna.png
Anna Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Neutral
3,300 Castle Siege (Throne Room) •Strengthen Weapon
•Item: Swords
•All fighters' melee weapons have increased power after a little while
•Items will be pulled toward the enemy
Code Name: F.E.
675
Severa.png
Severa Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Neutral
1,700 Coliseum (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random Duty (Ablaze)
679
Hinoka.png
Hinoka Fire Emblem series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Attack
9,800 Suzaku Castle (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Dangerously high winds are in effect
•The enemy has an extra midair jump
Lost in Thoughts All Alone (Remix)
952
Fiora2.png
Fiora Xenoblade Chronicles series Lucina LucinaHeadYellowSSBU.png
Shulk ShulkHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
9,300 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) •Defense ↓ •You have reduced defense after a little while Time to Fight! - Xenoblade Chronicles
967
Pyra.png
Pyra Xenoblade Chronicles series Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shulk ShulkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
13,900 Halberd •Item: Fire Bar
•Hazard: Lava Floor
•The floor is lava
•The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Bar
Still, Move Forward!
972
Morag.png
Mòrag Xenoblade Chronicles series Lucina LucinaHeadNavySSBU.png
Palutena PalutenaHeadBlueSSBU.png
Attack
2,400 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The floor is lava
Battle!! - Xenoblade Chronicles 2
1,205
Milly.png
Milly Baten Kaitos series Lucina LucinaHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Neutral
1,700 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with an Ore Club The Valedictory Elegy
1,227
AISYA SPIRIT.PNG
Aisya ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat Lucina LucinaHeadYellowSSBU.png
Shield
2,500 Bridge of Eldin (hazards off) Assist Trophy Enemies (Shovel Knight)
Bob-omb Festival
•Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Attack - Soma Bringer
1,251
Calista.png
Calista The Last Story Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png
Grab
3,700 Reset Bomb Forest N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun

As a minion

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
966
Rexspirit.png
Rex Xenoblade Chronicles series Shulk ShulkHeadBlueSSBU.png
Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Shield
9,900 Kongo Jungle (Ω form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
Stamina battle
•The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Bar
Battle!! - Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pyra
1,250
Zael.png
Zael The Last Story Simon SimonHeadBlueSSBU.png
Lucina LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Attack
3,600 Temple •Sudden Damage •You'll occasionally take sudden damage when the enemy's at high damage Battle Scene / Final Boss - Golden Sun Calista

Alternate costumes

Lucina Palette (SSBU).png
LucinaHeadSSBU.png LucinaHeadGreenSSBU.png LucinaHeadBlackSSBU.png LucinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png LucinaHeadRedSSBU.png LucinaHeadYellowSSBU.png LucinaHeadNavySSBU.png LucinaHeadPurpleSSBU.png

Gallery

Character Showcase Video

Trivia

  • At least two of Lucina's screenshots on the Ultimate site allude to events from Fire Emblem Awakening.
    • The screenshot depicting her alongside Marth alludes to their kinship as descendant and ancestor, respectively.
    • The screenshot of her taunting defensively in front of Charizard alludes to "The Threat of Silence" paralogue from Awakening, in which the Shepherds must protect the draconic Tiki.
  • Lucina is the only Echo Fighter to not have the same gender as the character she is based on. In this case, Marth, the character she is based on, is male, whereas Lucina is female.
  • In early builds of the game, Lucina's idle animation was unchanged from Super Smash Bros. 4, while Marth received a new one. However, her idle was changed to match Marth's new one in the final build.
  • Due to Lucina's height being changed to Marth's height, she stands the same height as her father Chrom, who in the Fire Emblem games is significantly taller than Lucina.
  • Lucina, Marth, Young Link, Roy, Chrom, and Wolf are the only characters that uses their crouching animation from their previous Smash Bros. game when holding a small item (in Chrom's case, he uses Roy's previous crouching animation).
    • This makes Lucina, Marth, and Wolf the only characters to have both updated idle and crouching animations, but transitions to their previous animation when holding a small item.
  • Lucina's unique voice clip when winning against Ike ("And they call you the Radiant Hero?") is missing from the Sound Test.
  • Lucina is the only Awakening character who is always fought on the Arena Ferox stage as Robin is never fought on the stage and Chrom only does so outside of World of Light.