Mii Swordfighter (SSBU)
The Mii Swordfighter (Mii剣術タイプ, Mii Fencing Type) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They were confirmed as a playable character on June 12th, 2018, along with the other Mii Fighter types, Brawler and Gunner. Mii Swordfighter is classified as Fighter #52.
As with the other Mii Fighters, they have 12 voice options, provided by Yūji Kishi, Takashi Ōhara, Ryōtarō Okiayu, Michihiko Hagi, Hideo Ishikawa, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Umeka Shōji, Ayumi Fujimura, Makiko Ōmoto, Minami Takayama, and Kimiko Saitō.
The Mii Swordfighter has had their physical attributes reworked to all be relatively average. No longer determinant on the weight given to whatever Mii they're based on, the Mii Swordfighter is now an average-height, semi-heavyweight fighter, being heavy as Cloud. Their walk and running speed are fairly average, however they have a relatively high air speed and bear the distinction of being the only Mii Fighter who cannot wall jump. Being a Mii Fighter, the Mii Swordfighter's special moves are determinant on the player's choice, as each special move slot can hold one of three available moves. They possess a total of 12 special moves: Gale Strike, Shuriken of Light, and Blurring Blade (Neutral Special), Airborne Assault, Gale Stab, and Chakram (Side Special), Stone Scabbard, Skyward Slash Dash, and Hero's Spin (Up Special), and Blade Counter, Reversal Slash, and Power Thrust (Down Special).
One of the greatest strengths of the Mii Swordfighter is their extremely versatile and flexible set of specials, some of which are among the strongest moves in the game. Gale Strike and Chakram are fantastic projectiles which excel at distancing opponents, racking up damage, and edgeguarding. Gale Strike is among the Mii Swordfighter's best moves; while slow for a projectile, it does good damage, is an excellent tool to setup kill confirms due to its large hitbox and fixed knockback, and is very potent at ledgetrapping. Landing a Gale Strike allows the Mii Swordfighter to confirm into a multitude of moves such as back aerial, forward aerial, up aerial, Hero's Spin, and Chakram. Hero's Spin in particular is an extremely potent kill option, being able to take stocks as low as around 40% when confirming out of a Gale Strike at the ledge. Chakram is another potent projectile that is good for both initiating and deterring approaches. The smash input version is good for edgeguarding opponents with especially poor recoveries (i.e. Belmonts and Cloud) and the tilt input version allows the Mii Swordfighter to pressure the ledge and confirm into many different moves, providing them with two tools that establish a good defense-oriented playstyle. Along with being one of the few swordfighters that have access to projectiles, the Mii Swordfighter is also the only one that possesses a reflector in the form of Reversal Slash, which allows them to counter campy, projectile-heavy opponents as well. Additionally, Blade Counter, like other counters, can effectively edgeguard those who possess poor recoveries, though it isn't as effective for KO'ing near the side blast lines due to its' extensive vertical knockback. However, this does provide it with consistent KO potential.
Outside of their strong projectiles, the Mii Swordfighter possesses a few of fast and powerful normals. Back and up aerial are both very fast and powerful, the former of which is a strong tool to use for spacing and the latter for anti-airs and racking damage. Forward and neutral aerial both serve as average spacing tools, with forward air's multihits giving Mii Swordfighter several confirms on grounded opponents. Additionally, almost all of the Swordfighter's aerials can easily be comboed into from their down throw, giving the character extremely reliable damage from grabs. This, along with low aerial landing lag (with the exception of down aerial at 18 frames) results in the Mii Swordfighter having an above average aerial game due to most of their aerials being potential combo starters, while their down aerial, despite having weak set knockback, is great for gimping opponents with subpar recoveries alongside neutral and back aerial. The Mii Swordfighter's tilts, with the exception of forward tilt, are quite fast and are pretty reliable sources of damage and combo potential. Swordfighter's jab combo is relatively strong and launches at a very low angle, making it an option at setting up edgeguards and gimps. Their up tilt is generally used for juggling and starting combos at medium percentages, while their down tilt and forward tilt and down tilt are more geared towards spacing and poking. The former is able to KO at mid-to-high percents near the ledge, making it a decent KO move, while the latter is safe on shield if spaced, can be used repeatedly without much risk, and reliably leads into combos at lower percents, making it another dependable combo starter the Swordfighter has.
Alongside their potent aerials and tilts are a set of powerful smash attacks and specials. While forward and up smash are both relatively laggy, they both boast a considerable amount of KO power and the same can be said for Blurring Blade and Power Thrust, the former which can KO at extremely low percents when fully charged at the edge of Final Destination.
Additionally, the Mii Swordfighter arguably has the best recovery options out of the three Mii Fighters. As in SSB4, Airborne Assault and Gale Stab both boast an incredible amount of horizontal distance while Stone Scabbard provides a high vertical distance. Skyward Slash Dash is a move similar to that of Fire Fox (with a difference being that it is disjointed), allowing the Mii Swordfighter to have both increased distance and a trajectory that can mix up edgeguarding opponents.
However, in spite of the variety of strengths that the Mii Swordfighter has, they are not without their weaknesses. For a swordfighter, they have one of (if not the worst) disjoints in the game. Many of their swift normals simply have a lack of range in comparison to other swordfighters such as Lucina and Ike. Additionally, as mentioned before, their mobility is also very lackluster compared to other disjoint users given their average dashing/walking and air acceleration speeds, which makes it difficult for them to keep up with faster, rushdown-based characters (i.e. Sonic). While many of their specials have some form of use, there are a few that provide utility that's considered to be overshadowed compared to other specials, such as Gale Stab, which has trouble snapping to the ledge and has limited KO power and damage unless charged; and Blurring Blade, which suffers from being completely unsafe on shield, having to be charged to gain its high power, and not only sacrificing the use of two great projectiles to be used, but also having limited range itself. While Airborne Assault provides great recovery and sports surprising KO power, its "detection hitbox" mechanic means it will always lose hitbox trades and sometimes even miss opponents it should have hit, as well as being unsafe on shield, limiting its use to reading defensive options or poor aerial approaches, as well as situationally hitting ledge-hanging characters.
Furthermore, while many of the Mii Swordfighter's normals are good, their smash attacks are all very laggy and have generally poor reach, especially their up smash, which does not have a vacuum effect like that of Link, Samus, or the Mii Gunner while their good normals begin to lose their utility at higher percentages. Down tilt loses its' combo ability at mid percentages and up tilt is a fairly sluggish move against faster opponents. Additionally, their grab game is subpar, though not to the same extent as Cloud. Aside from down throw, the Mii Swordfighter's throws offer mediocre utility, especially their up throw, which deals extremely low knockback and damage and has no true follow ups. Their throws also have mediocre KO power, with their strongest throw being back throw (which doesn't KO at around 180% at the edge of Final Destination). While Gale Strike and Chakram are still very good projectiles, their start and end lag are both substantial in comparison to other projectiles, making them unsafe to use up close, further exacerbating their struggle against faster characters and giving them a rather poor neutral. Lastly, while their recovery can be very flexible, some of them either offer poor distance or are quite linear, such as Stone Scabbard which provides no horizontal distance and poses a great risk of self destructing, and Hero's Spin, which while is a good out of shield option and has a very powerful final hit, exchanges said strengths for very poor distance.
Overall, the Mii Swordfighter is a jack of all trades amalgamation of all weapon based fighters. The ability to mix and match several different special moves adds a unique layer of versatility by allowing several different playstyles for the same basic fighter, making Mii Swordfighter among the most unpredictable to fight against. However, all of the customizable special moves have a fatal flaw to prevent them from being overpowered and/or are an inferior version of a similar move other fighters possess. Mii swordfighter is capable of walling out opponents, racking up damage, and securing a plethora of different kill confirms. They excel in mid-close range combat and ledgetrapping with the usage of Chakram and Gale Strike and can restrict projectile usage with Reversal Slash. However, they exchange these strengths for a variety of laggy finishers, a subpar grab game and average movement speed. Despite this, their strengths do outweigh their weaknesses and they have a good number of favorable or even matchups. As a result, the Mii Swordfighter has seen a surprisingly high amount of representation and results in tournaments.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Much like the Mii Gunner, the Mii Swordfighter retains most of their previous moveset, with the majority of the Swordfighter's changes being alterations to how their moves behave. While their changes are not as drastic as the Mii Brawler (who received four entirely new special moves), the Swordfighter has received an abundance of buffs (possibly as a result for being the lowest ranked Mii and newcomer in Super Smash Bros. 4). Like the other Mii Fighters, the Mii Swordfighter now has set attributes, including middling weight (which is identical to that of a default-sized Mii Fighter in SSB4) alongside high air speed, but average or below-average stats otherwise (falling speed, air acceleration, walk speed, run speed). As a result, the Swordfighter's role as the middle-ground Mii Fighter has been reinforced.
The Swordfighter's default moveset has not been changed significantly, with only several attacks being altered (dash attack is now a wide dashing slash, and up smash now consists of two slashes that can hit three times in front). However, the Swordfighter's aerial attacks have been given lowered lag due to the universal reduction of landing lag, patching up the Swordfighter's notorious lag issues in SSB4. As a result, the Swordfighter arguably benefits the most from universal changes (in comparison to the other Mii Fighters), as many of their aerials can now start true combos and function as safe landing options, which is additionally beneficial due to their use of a disjointed weapon.
The biggest changes come from the Swordfighter's special moves. While only one of their special moves has been renamed (Slash Launcher is now Gale Stab), the majority of the Swordfighter's specials have significantly improved utility. Many now deal much higher damage, stronger knockback, or both (like Blurring Blade for example) giving the Swordfighter an abundance of powerful damage racking, KO options and fixing another of their former weaknesses.
The Swordfighter now has access to extremely effective combo starters courtesy of changes to their projectiles: Gale Strike deals much more damage, functions as a standard projectile, and now has fixed knockback with high hitstun, making it one of the most powerful combo initiators in the Swordfighter's arsenal. Shuriken of Light can now lock opponents despite its lowered damage, and gains speed as it travels. Chakram travels faster when smash thrown and deals more damage, while the slow version now lingers and returns to where it was thrown, turning it into an approach-deterring and ledge-trapping tool.
Finally, due to the changes to their specials, the Swordfighter's previously mediocre default moveset has been addressed with buffs, allowing them to function just as effectively with their default moveset. Alongside the buffed Gale Strike, Stone Scabbard functions much better for recovery and is capable of KOing, Airborne Assault now gives the Swordfighter a half-second window to prevent helplessness and deals more knockback, and Blade Counter can now initiate combos at low percents, or KO effectively due to its vertical angle.
However, the Mii Swordfighter is not without its nerfs. Like the other Miis, they now have set attributes, which make them easier to learn when playing against them. Their set attributes also make their mobility, despite being buffed overall, average while still being mediocre compared to most other swordfighters. However, their biggest nerf(s) are their decreased hitbox sizes for some of their default moveset. While other moves had their hitbox sizes increased, there are not as many and most of them are special moves. This worsens Mii Swordfighter's spacing and disjoint while also making one of their main weaknesses more exploitable.
The Mii Swordfighter still retains some other glaring weaknesses, including below-average frame data for many of their ground moves, and extremely weak throws, both of which have not altered significantly from their transition to Ultimate (and in the case of their throws, have not been changed at all).
Because of the slew of buffs to their neutral and special moves, the Mii Swordfighter is now far more flexible and the usage of Chakram and Gale Strike allows them to have a more rushdown-oriented or zoner playstyle.
Overall, the Mii Swordfighter's numerous buffs heavily outweigh their nerfs, making them much more effective than in Smash 4; the Swordfighter has attained surprisingly decent representation in the early metagame as a result of this and is arguably the strongest of the 3 Mii Fighters. However, the Swordfighter's viability compared to the cast and, more significantly, their impact on the metagame, are still yet to be determined.
Throws and other attacks
Mii Swordfighter so far has received the fewest changes in patches compared to the other Mii Fighters (due to not receiving any buffs or nerfs in patches 2.0.0 and 3.1.0 unlike the other Miis). The Swordfighter has been given few changes throughout the game but has mainly received nerfs. In patch 3.0.0, Chakram, Gale Strike, and Shuriken of Light were nerfed, as a result of all dealing less shield damage due to the overall nerf to projectiles from the patch.
On the other hand, Mii Swordfighter has received some buffs. In patch 3.0.0 and patch 4.0.0 respectively, their edge attack was given more range, and Blurring Blade was made to connect more reliably. In patch 7.0.0 increased Mii Swordfighter's shield size; They were the only Mii Fighter that received this change.
In patch 9.0.0, Mii Swordfighter received a buff to Hero's Spin, making the move connect with itself more reliably. This change was simply reverting a shadow nerf from 2.0.0 that caused Hero's Spin to not connect on the final hit unless the player moved backwards on their joystick for the last hit. Being an undocumented change, it was rumored to have been an accident, the rumor being supported by 9.0.0's hotfix of the move.
Patch 12.0.0, provided Mii Swordfighter with a handful of small buffs to some of his special moves. Airborne Assault deals 2% more damage and does more knockback, now becoming a decent KO move. Stone Scabbard's last hit does more damage and knockback. Blade Counter's intangibility starts 1 frame faster, has faster counter detection, and has less ending lag on activation. And finally, Power Thrust starts 2 frames faster.
As a result of these changes, Mii Swordfighter is a slightly better character than they were at launch.
For a gallery of Mii Swordfighter's hitboxes, see here.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
In the early metagame of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many people have realized that the Mii Swordfighter had great potential to be a viable character due to having stronger frame data (with their aerials having the most notable change), better combo tools than the previous game, and a stronger set of kill confirms their moveset. This overall led to being considered a high-tier character at best, being the strongest of the Mii Fighters.
However, as the meta advanced, the viewpoint on the Mii Swordfighter's opinion has gone down considerably from release. Pros such as ESAM and ZeRo have come to believe that while they have a strong set of kill confirms and projectiles, they possess one of, if not the worst disjoint in the game, a below average speed for a swordfighter, lackluster throws aside from down throw, and struggle against rushdown and characters with significantly better disjoints such as Cloud, Lucina, and Roy. Despite this, their strengths and results in competitive play have still been well demonstrated, thanks to players such as Anonymous Moniker and Tsu, and as a result has been considered a mid tier character, though this opinion may change as the other Miis have been seeing better success, potentially leaving Mii Swordfighter as the worst of the three Mii Fighters. This opinion, however, is still debatable.
Most historically significant players
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Fall 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from July 13th, 2019 to December 15th, 2019.
Role in World of Light
Although the Mii Swordfighter does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, they were vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Defeating Mii Swordfighter automatically adds the default Mii Swordfighter under the name Mii with a default 1111 moveset to the list of Mii Fighters for all modes where Mii Swordfighters are usable. This Mii cannot be restored if deleted.
Mii Swordfighter's fighter spirit is available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold. Unlocking Mii Swordfighter 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. Unlike most fighters, the spirit for Mii Swordfighter only uses the default Swordfighter's artwork from Ultimate.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
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