The mostly silent teacher is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses joins the fray on Jan. 28 as the fifth Challenger Pack, with their student's weapons in tow.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai opened today's Smash Direct by saying it would be a character very few people knew of or expected, even within Nintendo. It sounds like development of Byleth was kept fairly under wraps. The video then segued into a reveal trailer where Sothis, the otherworldly god-child within Byleth's psyche, convinces Byleth to join the Smash roster.
Byleth isn't just a sword user, however. They join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with both the Sword of the Creator, their whip-like signature blade, as well as the heroic relics of the lords of each of the three houses. Edelgard's axe, Dimitri's lance, and Claude's bow all appear as special moves for Byleth.
Also included is a map featuring the Garreg Mach Monastery, even featuring the fan-favorite Gatekeeper. He's obviously too powerful to join the Super Smash Bros. cast.
Byleth is able to switch between weapons for various attacks, all relating to different directional inputs. The lance Areadbhar gives Byleth a lot of reach on their side attacks, while Edelgard's Aymr gives down-moves a little more power and armor on their attacks. Claude's bow, Failnaught, is assigned to neutral inputs, or attacks where you don't move the stick at all.
Though it is another swordfighter from the Fire Emblem series, joining the likes of Marth, Roy, Ike, Lucina, and others, Byleth looks to have a little more variety than the average Fire Emblem fighter. Byleth almost seems a bit more akin to Link than Marth.
At the end of the Direct, Sakurai also confirmed that even more fighters would be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through the Fighter Pass Vol. 2, going live for pre-purchase on Jan. 28, the same day as Byleth. This will include Challenger Packs 6-11, adding one more combatant than the previous Smash pass. At least for now, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate shows no sign of slowing down.