Rosalina & Luma (SSBU)
Rosalina & Luma (ロゼッタ&チコ, Rosetta & Chiko) are a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They were revealed for the game along with the rest of the veterans on June 12th, 2018. Continuing a trend often set in the Mario series, Rosalina & Luma are now unlockable characters. Rosalina & Luma are classified as fighter #48.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Rosalina & Luma must then be defeated on Mario Galaxy.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Rosalina & Luma received a mixture of buffs and nerfs in their transition from SSB4 to Ultimate, but have been overall noticeably nerfed, likely as a result of their previous top-tier placement.
The universal changes allow Rosalina & Luma to juggle and gimp opponents more easily, but make it more difficult for them to land and get back to the stage. All of their aerials have reduced landing lag, which allows them to chain moves more easily. Luma has more HP, lower respawn time, and can now be protected when Rosalina uses her shield. Star Bits has more range, enhancing its zoning utility. Gravitational Pull now auto-equips items, which makes it easier for Rosalina to retaliate with throwable objects (such as Metal Blades, Gyros, Remote Bombs and Vegetables). Rosalina's new neutral aerial has less ending lag and offers better protection when Luma is gone. Luma also receives a new damage boost when detethered from Rosalina. This incentivizes Rosalina players to send Luma out and take advantage of her zoning potential.
On the other hand, Rosalina & Luma also received critical nerfs to their potent movesets. Their neutral aerial has fewer active frames and increased startup, which makes it a less useful option for approaching which greatly hinders their ability to "wall out" certain characters. Rosalina's notorious up aerial had its endlag increased, meaning that it can no longer chain into itself as easily. Luma also does not move forward as much when using its neutral attack, which severely impedes Rosalina's ability to stop approaches, ledge trap, and zone her opponents. Finally, the biggest nerf involves Luma, who now is frailer than ever, getting KOed very easily; in addition, Luma does not benefit from its additional damage multiplier if tethered to Rosalina, making it less effective when paired with her.
Due to the significant changes in their moveset, Rosalina & Luma are forced to play much more oppressively compared to Smash 4 which changes their playstyle substantially. Due to said playstyle being considerably less effective, however, they are considered to be noticeably worse than their iteration in SSB4. This has shown in their very minimal tournament results in Ultimate's early metagame with an overall smaller player base. Her overall perception became extremely negative with players such as ZeRo, MKLeo, Dark Wizzy, and ESAM claiming that she isn't a viable character anymore, with Dabuz, who was one of the best Rosalina & Luma players in Smash 4, even claiming that she was one of the worst characters in the game. In more recent times, however, Dabuz and WaDi have started to use them as a pocket character and Kirihara placed high with them at Umebura Japan Major 2019. On top of this, they received significant buffs in the most recent patch update which helps negate some of the nerfs they received. These recent turns of events have led to her true viability to be a subject of debate.
Rosalina has received a mix of buffs and nerfs, but has been buffed overall.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: One Star after Another
The opponents are characters from space or other planets. The boss of this route, Marx, also fits in with this theme due to his final battle in Kirby Super Star taking place in space. Mario appears as a teammate in the sixth and final round. In addition, Assist Trophies summon Starfy exclusively.
Role in World of Light
Rosalina and Luma were among the fighters that were summoned to fight the army of Master Hands.
During the opening cutscene, Rosalina and Luma were present on the cliffside when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. They attempted to fly away alongside Diddy Kong, but both of them were hit by a light beam, vaporized, and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the other fighters, excluding Kirby.
Rosalina & Luma were one of the many fighters that fell under Dharkon's control upon Galeem's first defeat. They are found in the Dark Realm near the entrance of the Mysterious Dimension sub-area, where the spirit of Megaman.EXE must be confronted before approaching to them.
Rosalina’s Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Rosalina & Luma 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 them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, Rosalina makes an appearance in a few Primary and Support Spirits, and Luma appears on its own as a Support Spirit.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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