Roy (ロイ, Roy) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, officially confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Roy is classified as fighter #25.
Jun Fukuyama's portrayal of Roy from Smash 4 was recycled for the Japanese release of Ultimate. In international versions, Roy is now voiced by Ray Chase, who reprises his role from Fire Emblem Heroes.
How to unlock
Complete one of the following:
With the exception of the third method, Roy must then be defeated on Castle Siege.
Roy is a middleweight swordfighter, although his main attributes deviate heavily from other fellow middleweights; he boasts excellent mobility with very fast dashing, air, and falling speeds. Roy has an attribute unique to him that other swordfighters do not have which is his inverse tipper; contrary to Marth specifically, his Binding Blade does the most damage if attacking near the sword's hilt, although it does weak damage and knockback when otherwise tippered.
Roy's greatest strength is his KO potential, which is very high when compared to other middleweights, and even on par with some of the harder-hitting heavyweight fighters in the roster. In conjunction with his overall very quick frame data, he can inflict large amounts of damage in a short amount time. Attacks like his forward tilt, up tilt, and forward smash are all very fast startup-wise, with each being among the strongest attacks of their kind; notably, forward smash can KO under 50% with rage near the edge, even if uncharged. However, they each have noticeable ending lag. His up smash is an effective anti-air attack due to its quick startup, along with his sword arm gaining intangibility throughout its rather long duration.
Roy's KO potential also extends to his air game, with quick, powerful and damaging aerials; his neutral aerial is a useful combo starter, especially when using the first hit by itself on landing, which allows him to add extra damage to his combos and even KO setups at high percentages. His forward aerial autocancels in a short hop and is overall very quick, allowing him to even perform a wall of pain. At high percentages, it also boasts KO potential. Back aerial has the rare effect of turning Roy around, as well as being rather quick despite its power, KOing at around 130% from center-stage. Up aerial is a reliable juggling move due to its large arc and average knockback, and can even KO by itself at high percentages. Lastly, down aerial is a strong meteor smash when sweetspotted and boasts decent KO potential when sweetspotted on-stage.
Roy's special moveset is unique; Flare Blade is known for being one of the strongest attacks in the game. Combined with its ability to be reversed and its extremely high knockback, makes it a very potent edgeguarding tool and has very low ending lag despite this. Double-Edge Dance is a quick and efficient damage-racking series of slashes, along with being a reliable finisher at higher percentages. Blazer is an excellent out of shield option, due to gaining super armor on startup and having decent KO potential when grounded. Lastly, Counter may have a short window of active frames compared to other similar attacks, but it makes up for being the strongest counter in the game with a large 1.35x damage multiplier.
Despite Roy's numerous strengths, he has noticeable weaknesses. His biggest flaw is his own inverse tipper attribute, giving him below-average effective reach compared to other swordfighters; due to his tipper dealing weak knockback and damage, Roy cannot safely space himself from his opponent as effectively as other swordfighters and has to fight in close-quarters combat in order to do effective damage, which collectively results in Roy's moves overall being very unsafe. This is further worsened by many of his attacks having high ending lag, which makes Roy very punishable if his attacks are whiffed, shielded, or dodged.
Another flaw Roy possesses is a poor recovery; despite having among the fastest air speeds in the game, his double jump covers among the lowest distances in the game, and Blazer is a slightly mediocre recovery move at best; despite its ability to be angled horizontally (which travels decent distance) and gaining both intangibility and super armor on startup, its vertical distance is rather poor and cannot sweetspot ledges until the latter half of the duration. Roy also has a very fast falling speed and high gravity, which further worsens his recovery.
Overall, Roy is a unique swordfighter who falls under the rushdown archetype; the objective of his playstyle is to overwhelm his enemy by closing the distance between him and them quickly with fast movement, then deal large amounts of damage with fast attacks without leaving Roy himself open to punishment.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Possibly as a result of his lower-mid tier placement in Smash 4, Roy has been significantly buffed in his transition to Ultimate. His most significant improvements are from the general universal changes to Ultimate, such as the ability to dash cancel into any grounded move and decreased landing lag on his aerials, which greatly improve his approach, air game, and rushdown ability. His buffed speed and the generally faster pace of Ultimate also benefit Roy's core strategy of closing the distance on his opponents and landing hits with the Binding Blade's powerful sweetspots. This helps to further counterbalance his main weakness of needing to approach at dangerously close ranges to opponents in order to deal optimal damage and knockback; a flaw not present in other sword-fighters that had plagued him in previous games. On top of that, the sweet spots themselves have been made bigger, slightly increasing Roy's effective range and allowing him to be even more consistent with attacks. Some of Roy's moves, like up aerial and Double-Edge Dance, have been buffed to have improved KO potential, increasing his options at higher percentages. Furthermore, KO confirms with his jab and the first hit of neutral aerial have become much more consistent and reliable.
However, Roy also received nerfs during the transition. Double jump now covers less distance, and his forward and down throws have less followups and combo potential due to their increased knockback. Blazer also needs to travel half its maximum distance before it can sweetspot ledges and also deals less knockback, reducing its use as a KO option. Finally, Roy still has some of his flaws from past games, such as mediocre offstage survivability, no projectiles, and an ineffective spacing game.
Overall, Roy is considered to be more viable and much less polarizing than he was in any of his previous playable appearances, due to him now having enough raw power, range, and speed to play aggressively up close. Because to these changes, he commands a large playerbase with overall great tournament results.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: A Journey of Swords
Roy's opponents consist of entirely sword-fighters, with the exception of the final round.
Role in World of Light
Although Roy 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.
Presumably, Roy fell temporarily under Dharkon's control after Galeem was first defeated, the narration of Dharkon's introduction being vague on how many fighters he stole from Galeem.
Roy appears in The Final Battle as one of the last fighters imprisoned by Galeem. He is one of the few obligatory unlocks, defeating him leads to a fight with Master Hand and the subseqent reveal of Bayonetta's location.
Roy's Fighter Spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Roy 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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