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Three tips to improve your Byleth play in Smash Ultimate

Published: 5/Feb/2020 23:14

by Michael Gwilliam


Byleth is the most recent fighter to join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. As is customary with new fighting game additions, players have been experimenting with the character to see where she ranks in competitive tier lists.

Notably, her kit is one of the more dynamic of the sword-wielders, boasting a strong recovery and a long F-Smash and Up-Smashes.

In order to get the most out of the Fire Emblem character, players must bear in mind a few key elements. Here are three tips that will help elevate your Byleth gameplay and put you ahead of the competition.

Fire Emblem's Byleth from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement.

Up-Air is your bread and butter

Byleth has a good juggle game and up-air is an incredibly strong option that can help rack up tons of damage and kill early.

A good trick to remember is up-tilting to knock your opponent upwards before following up with an up-air and more up-airs afterwards. Up-tilt’s range should not be underestimated, as it can catch opponents who aren’t properly spaced off-guard.

A nice combo is down-tilt into up-tilt and then you can follow it with up-air or execute a playground of hurt at lower percentages.

A lot of pros seemed mixed on Byleth’s place in tier lists.

On stages like Battlefield, making use of the platforms to assist with your juggles is key. Landing on platforms will help extend combos, pile on the damage and make landing a nightmare for the opposition.

Use Neutral B to force jumps

Byleth’s arrow is a bit of a double-edged sword. If you hold down neutral B for too long, you will commit to a strong, powerful projectile, but you won’t be able to cancel out of it.

However, by charging a weaker arrow, you can bait your opponent into jumping, cancel the arrow and punish them with an assortment of aerials.

Byleth is the eighth Fire Emblem fighter in Smash.

You can mix up this play too, by occasionally firing the arrow to apply shield pressure or by using it while your foe is offstage to deal more damage and score kills.

That said, be mindful of how long you’re charging it; The last thing you want is to be locked in place and take an easily-punishable position.

Don’t be afraid to go deep

Byleth has one of the best recoveries in the game and can easily get back to the stage after chasing after an opponent.

When an opponent is launched off-stage, your best bet is to give chase and punish them further. Some fighters won’t be able to get back on stage after an additional hit, and this can help secure easy stocks.

It’s also important to note that her Up-B will always prioritize a ledge recovery as opposed to an offensive option when offstage, unless you’re extremely far out. Be mindful of this if you try to attempt some spikes to dunk on your adversaries.

Byleth may be considered a bit underwhelming by some pros such as Melee legend Leffen, but that doesn’t mean she lacks the tools to get results. Top-ranked Ultimate prodigy Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez has already won a Mexico City tournament with the Fire Emblem fighter, so anything is possible.

Be sure to study hard, watch pros and learn her matchups to get a better understanding of Byleth, if you choose to main her.


Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton


Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.