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Dragon Quest's Hero Joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Lineup

The creator of the Smash series details the latest DLC.

Jul 31, 2019

By: Max Cannon

After being announced by Nintendo during their E3 2019 Direct last month, players have been waiting to play with the latest DLC fighter joining the roster in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. The Hero is a new character from Square-Enix's Dragon Quest series, which released the latest game in the series last year for the PlayStation 4 and PC but is getting ported to the Nintendo Switch as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition. The creator of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed the latest character's features in a new video. Check out the details below. 

The special moves you'll pick from the menu, like Bounce, will really set Hero apart.The special moves you'll pick from the menu, like Bounce, will really set Hero apart.

The Many Different Heroes

While Hero is mostly marketed as Eleven, the main character of the most recent Dragon Quest game, you have multiple different character skins to choose from aside from simple color changes. Solo from Dragon Quest III, Eight from Dragon Quest VIII, and Arusu from Dragon Quest III who bears a bit of a resemblance to a character you'd see in Dragon Ball. There's a reason for that visual similarity as Dragon Quest uses art from Akira Toriyama who is also the creator of the world-famous Dragon Ball series, in fact, one of the character's taunts is an energy charge very similar to one you'd see from Goku in Dragon Ball Z. So if you're not feeling the look of one of the characters/color sets, take a look at the different options and see if there's a look that sticks out to you. Though you're using the same moveset regardless of which appearance you take, there's a lot to cover in this character's moves. 

The different characters you can choose from when selecting Hero.The different characters you can choose from when selecting Hero.

A Hero's Moveset

Looking at Hero's health will show you a magic meter exclusive to this character, when using your special B-attacks you'll want to an eye on that guage. That special attack uses fire, electricity, and a high-flying recovery move that can be charged to greater affect by holding down B, however you'll need enough magic to successfully use the move. Your meter will slowly refill overtime but if you don't have enough magic you won't be doing much of anything. The really interesting part of this character comes from when you use your down-special to bring up the attack menu. The options that appear here are totally random so you'll need to put in a bit of time to get familiar with all your choices.

Hero's final smash brings in heroes from across the Dragon Quest series.Hero's final smash brings in heroes from across the Dragon Quest series.

You'll maybe get lucky enough to damage an opponent with a Flame Slash, or get back a bit of life with a Heal. While a traditional RPG slows things down enough to give you time to casually look through your options, in the middle of a fight you're going to need to be quick and experiment with everything available. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents “Hero”


If you're interested in checking out Hero alongside their new stage and collection of songs, you may want to purchase the character for $5.99 or get access to every upcoming character with the $24.99 Fighters Pass which will get you Joker, 2 new mystery characters, and Banjo & Kazooie later this fall. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate check out our review of the game!

Share Your Thoughts!

Are you going to get the new character? Or are you going to stick with the base lineup? Are you a Dragon Quest fan? Share your thoughts below!