How to counter Min Min’s buff in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Published: 17/Jul/2020 12:36

by David Purcell


Min Min appears to be staking her claim in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate meta since being added to the Nintendo Switch game, but if you think the buffed Dragon ARM is impossible to counter, we’re going to stop you right there. 

The ARMS character was the latest to join the fight in Smash Ultimate, added on June 29, and even though members of the community have their eyes peeled clues for the next to be added to the game, the one they’ve just been introduced to can prove quite difficult to stop.

Those who have come up against the fighter will know her throwing game is a huge weapon, as it triggers a Dragon ARM buff. This buff includes a laser follow up as well as having the arm deal much more damage than usual.

This can take people out in a heartbeat if they don’t play their cards right, yet there are a few things you can do to counter it.

Throw Min Min

Min Min from Arms in Smash
Min Min can be a tricky opponent to come up against, but there are a few simple changes you can make to have things be a little easier.

Using the biggest strength against her is an easy way to get the upper hand.

Why? Well, because throwing the character will cause Min Min to lose a power-up, making it more difficult for that Dragon ARM to come out swinging.

The longer you can stall it for, the better. Some special attacks will help you pull this off, and then it’s just a case of trial and error.

Take your time

Just like every other special move buff in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s not a permanent thing and does have a cooldown period.

If you can manage to keep your distance for a short while, around 20 seconds, that will allow the buff to cool down and will open up the opportunity to land a few blows of your own afterwards. Going punch for punch with her powerful arm isn’t a great idea.

Try to bury her

Donkey Kong in smash
If you can bury Min Min, that’s a great way of ensuring the Dragon ARM buff doesn’t take you to the cleaners.

The title for this trick might sound brutal on the surface, although there’s no doubt that burying the character will go some way into stopping her from throwing a deadly punch with that Dragon ARM.

For example, if you use Donkey Kong’s side special that should be enough to knock Min Min out of her stride.

Force Min Min into a mistake

Lastly, one of the things you might want to do – and this one is more defensive than previous suggestions – is to avoid a Grounded Tech from Min Min.

If she manages to miss that, the Dragon ARM buff will be lost so this is a handy thing to know in battle. If things are looking a little tight on the offense side of things, just avoiding this move can go some way into helping you remove one of her biggest weapons.

So, there you have it. Those simple tips should help you understand how to counter Min Min’s Dragon ARM buff in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

There are, of course, other specific ways to stop it although many are specific to each character, so we tried to keep it to four that many fighters can do. If you have a tip you think we missed, hit us up on twitter @SSBUNews!


New Smash Ultimate DLC theory suggests next fighter is from Bandai Namco

Published: 4/Jan/2021 19:28

by Michael Gwilliam


With only three more DLC characters remaining in Super Smash Bros Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2, some new theories have surfaced surrounding the identity of the next challenger. Now, some are leaning towards the ninth DLC being a Bandi Namco representative.

Smash Ultimate may be the most rumor-filled video game of all time, seeing as how it takes from so many different titles throughout gaming history and mashes them together in the biggest crossover ever.

As such, it’s not strange to hear rumors about Master Chief or Doom Guy appearing in Nintendo’s flagship fighter. Now, a theory has emerged suggesting that the next character to be revealed will be from Bandai Namco, and there is some evidence to back this up.

Thanks to annoying health issues affecting the globe, Bandai Namco’s Tales of Festival 2020 was delayed from June to March 2021 as part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary.

Tales of Festival
Bandai Namco
The Tales of Festival got pushed to March 2021.

Seeing as Bandai Namco is a lead developer on Smash Ultimate, announcing a DLC fighter during or around the Tales of Festival would make sense. Even though Nintendo very rarely correlates DLC reveals with other events, sometimes circumstances align perfectly, such as when Minecraft Steve was shown off just before Minecon.

There is also some major circumstantial evidence supporting the possibility of a Tales rep appearing in Smash Ultimate. For one, while many of the Smash 4 Mii costumes have returned in Ultimate (such as Geno from Super Mario RPG), Tales of Symphonia’s Lloyd Irving’s has not.

While it’s possible Nintendo is saving his Mii costume for a future reveal, the fact that it’s currently absent means that Lloyd hasn’t been ruled out as a DLC fighter just yet.

Lloyd mii fighter poses
Where is the Lloyd Mii fighter?

Plus, Lloyd was listed in an earlier leak that claims Sakurai was given a list of characters that would be possible DLC fighters. Another fighter on the list was Yuri from Tales of Vesperia.

Could Yuri be coming to Smash in an announcement that includes the return of the Lloyd Mii costume? That could very well be the case seeing as when Sephiroth was announced, a few different Final Fantasy 7 Miis were revealed too.

Another thing to keep in mind is that back in September of 2019, voice actor Scott Menville tweeted, “I wish I could tell you about this cool voice-over project I’ve been working on but they had me sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).”

Menville is known for voicing Lloyd Irving in the English rendition of the Tales series, though it’s unclear if the voice could have been recorded so early on if the project was in fact Smash Ultimate.

One final piece of evidence pointing towards a March DLC reveal is the ever-popular Amiibo theory, which states that when amiibo waves are released, a DLC fighter is only a few weeks behind or ahead. So far, the theory has never been proven wrong and the next batch of Smash Bros amiibo with Terry, Byleth and Banjo scheduled for March 26, 2021.

Terry, Banjo and Byleth amiibos
The festival could line up nicely with amiibo theory.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the first DLC of 2021, but so far, there’s an interesting case to be made for a Bandai Namco fighter.