Roy (SSBU)

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This article is about Roy's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Roy.
For information on the playable Koopaling, see Bowser Jr. (SSBU).
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Fire Emblem
Other Smash Bros. appearances in Melee
in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Critical Hit
Get up close and personal for major damage! Unlike Marth, Roy's attacks are more powerful the closer you get to the base of his blade. For his Final Smash, his sword bursts into flame and sends anyone caught in the blast flying.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

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[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Roy must then be defeated on Castle Siege.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Roy has been substantially buffed in his transition to Ultimate, his most significant improvements being 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. Some of his moves, like up aerial and Double-Edge Dance have been buffed to have improved KO potential, increasing his options at higher percentages, and KO confirms with move likes his jab and the first hit of neutral aerial have become much more consistent and reliable.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from SSB4, Roy's model features a more subdued color scheme.
  • Change Roy has a new crouching animation.
  • Change Some of Roy's moves, such as his down aerial, have fire effects added to them.
  • Change Roy's sweetspotted sword attacks now adopt the sound effects from Ike's sword, Ragnell.
  • Change Roy's side taunt has been dubbed in English and now has him saying "I won't lose!".
  • Change All of Roy's victory animations have been slightly altered with new camera angles. In addition, all of his victory lines have been dubbed in English, "That was a fierce battle!", "Failure is not an option!", and "Now the true battle begins!" respectively.


  • Buff Like all characters, Roy’s jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Roy dashes much faster (1.95 → 2.145), and as a result of initial dashes being standardized, Roy's initial dash is significantly faster (1.4 → 2.2).
  • Buff Roy's hilt sweetspots have been increased in size. This significantly improves his ranged approach, and makes him more consistent overall.
  • Buff Roy's air speed has been increased (1.24 → 1.302).
  • Nerf Roy's double jump covers less distance.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Jab's knockback growth has been reduced and its angle has been altered, significantly improving its followups.
  • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag.
  • Buff Forward smash has increased vertical range and slightly reduced startup.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (Neutral: frame 11 → 9, Forward: 13 → 8, Back: 16 → 10, Up: 14 → 8, Down: 23 → 14).
  • Buff Neutral aerial has slightly decreased startup on both hits.
  • Buff Forward aerial's autocancel window has been restored, allowing it to autocancel within a short hop.
  • Buff Up aerial has increased knockback, making it more potent for juggles and now being able to KO at very high percentages.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change Roy's forward throw is now an elbow strike to the chest, just like Marth's.
    • Nerf Forward throw has increased ending lag, removing most of its followups.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Buff Flare Blade has slightly less startup, and like with most non-storeable charge moves, Roy can now reverse the move while charging.
  • Buff As with Marth and Lucina's Dancing Blade, Double-Edge Dance transitions significantly faster into each hit. It can also now be buffered and is much harder to escape from.
    • Buff Double-Edge Dance's last hit has significantly increased knockback, which when combined with the move's other changes, now make it a viable KO option.
  • Buff Blazer travels more distance.
    • Nerf Blazer requires a longer travel distance before being able to sweetspot a ledge.
  • Change Roy now removes the Sword of Seals from its sheath once he has finished sheathing it in Critical Hit.
  • Change Critical Hit now causes a flaming background to appear once the main hit is unleashed.

Classic Mode: A Journey of Swords[edit]

Roy's opponents consist of entirely sword-fighters, with the exception of the final round.

Round Opponent Stage
1 Lucina, Chrom, and Ike Castle Siege
2 Meta Knight Halberd
3 Link (Tunic of the Wild) Skyloft
4 Shulk Gaur Plain
5 Cloud Midgar
6 Marth, male and female Corrin Coliseum
Bonus Stage
Final Master Hand Final Destination

Role in World of Light[edit]

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.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Roy Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Roy's pose in his official artwork resembles his forward tilt.
  • Roy is the first fighter to be introduced as a clone and later have an echo of their own in a later installment.
  • In Roy's character showcase video, he is seen with a new dashing animation, but in the final build of the game, he reuses his old dashing animation from Smash 4.

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