Richter (リヒター, Richter) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was announced as a newcomer alongside Simon, Chrom, Dark Samus, and King K. Rool during a Nintendo Direct on August 8th, 2018. He is an Echo Fighter of Simon, though the two of them actually take inspiration from each other. Richter is classified as fighter #66ε.
Richter is voiced in English by David Vincent, his recurring voice actor from Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles onward, who initially confirmed on Twitter. He is voiced in Japanese by Kiyoyuki Yanada, his voice actor from Symphony of the Night onward.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Richter must then be defeated on Dracula's Castle.
Differences from Simon
The only gameplay difference between Richter and Simon is that Richter's Holy Water has an aura effect, as opposed to Simon's Holy Water which has a flame effect, as a result of the blue flames. Because of this, Richter has a slightly better matchup against Olimar (as he can deal damage to Olimar's Red Pikmin with Holy Water), while Simon is more favorable in the matchups against Link, Toon Link and Young Link, as he can cause their explosives to forcibly detonate before reaching him. This difference should also be kept in mind when equipping certain spirits.
Otherwise, Richter plays and acts identically to Simon, with only his idle animation, taunts and victory animations being different. Choosing one is almost entirely a matter of aesthetic preference.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Classic Mode: Smash Echoes
Both the English and Japanese names refer to Echo Fighters, which Richter fights in numerical order.
One of two options will be randomly(citation needed) selected for the music that plays during the Final Round. The first option is identical to Simon's route: Nothing to Lose plays during the first phase, and Black Night plays during in the second phase. The second option is that Dance of Illusions plays throughout both phases, referencing how Rondo of Blood has the song play through both stages of Dracula's fight.
Role in World of Light
Although Richter does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.
Richter was one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. He is in the Dracula's Castle sub-area, but only makes an appearance if the player manages to destroy all the purple evil ghosts that teleport the player if touched with the use of cannonballs. If the player manages to do so, he'll appear in between the spaces for Alucard and Dracula.
Richter's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Richter in World of Light allows the player to preview the 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 them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Character Showcase Video
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