At long last, MultiVersus Season 1 has finally arrived, boasting a massive menu of general, gameplay, and quality-of-life improvements. However, while their expansive list of updates in the latest MultiVersus Season 1 patch notes addresses multiple issues from the Open Beta test phase, more important are the character balance changes.
MultiVersus Season 1 introduces a brand-new expert-class fighter, Morty, to the fray. However, he will only be available on 23rd August 2022. In addition, Arya, Batman, LeBron James, and Steven Universe join the Free Character Rotation (ending 30th August 2022).
Some notable changes include several drastic nerfs to Velma, who quickly became a meta pick during the MultiVersus Open Beta. Similarly, Bugs Bunny also received several buffs after the developers felt he was "a bit too safe" of a selection; likewise, Finn was punished (with even more changes coming in the future).
All Character Buffs and Nerfs in MultiVersus Season 1
You can find all the character balance changes in MultiVersus below per the official patch notes by Warner Bros. To understand which characters and abilities were nerfed or buffed, the publishers have (very kindly) provided us with a legend.
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Buffs are indicated with a plus sign (+), while nerfs are marked with a minus sign (-). Any negligible changes are denoted by a tilde (~). Lastly, please note that Attacks callouts reference default controls.
Warner Bros.: The goal of these changes was to make Arya’s combos be more consistent and successful at lower skill levels.
- + Air/Ground Up Special - Hitting a fighter will now more accurately launch them at an angle to allow follow-ups for Arya
- + Air Up Attack - The first hit will now more accurately combo into the second hit.
- + Neutral Air Attack - Now has earlier branching on hit.
- + Ground Side Attack - Arya will retain velocity on first hit of side attack.
- + Ground Down Attack - Now has slightly earlier dodge branching
- ~ Air/Ground Neutral Special - Fixed a bug where Arya would not copy over capsule hitboxes on her normal neutral attacks when stealing a fighter's face.
- Set Arya's hurtbox to match her victim's hurtbox while she is disguised as them.
- Fixed a bug where Arya's top UI would be offset incorrectly when she steals a face.
- Fixed bug where Arya's disguise attack hitbox could get disconnected.
- Fixed bug where Arya's original hitboxes would be useable during disguise attacks.
- Fixed bug where the hitboxes from Arya's disguise would stay active during her normal attacks.
- ~ Air/Ground Side Special - Fixed bug where Batman would overshoot his grapple destination if the fighter he was grappling to dodged.
- Increased the overshooting distance when grappling to an ally.
- Fixed Batman grapple failing at short distances under high latency
- - Ground Side Attack - First hit added 3 frames of whiff recovery.
- - Air/Ground Neutral Attack (coming in patch 2): Batarang pick up will now return 9.45s of it’s cooldown down from 11.55s. This change helps create a window from when the batarang is used for the opponent to react. With perks like Coffeezilla causing this cooldown to be even shorter, we felt this change was necessary to create counterplay against the batarang.
Warner Bros.: Bugs Bunny is a bit too safe in everything he does. We’ve given him some additional whiff punish windows to help address this.
- ~ Air Up Special - Fixed an exploit where Bugs could spawn two rockets.
- ~ Air Side Special - Fixed an exploit where Bugs could spawn two rockets.
- - Air/Ground Neutral Special - Fixed an exploit where Bugs could spawn multiple safes without triggering his cooldown.
- - Safe HP reduced from 16 to 14.
- ~ Air Down Special - Bugs' previous tunnels will now disappear when creating new tunnels.
- - Air Up Attack
- Added 4 frames of whiff recovery.
- - Air Side Attack - Increased whiff recovery by 5 frames.
- - Air Neutral Attack - Increased whiff recovery by 5 frames.
- - Ground Down Attack - Pie max lifetime set to 8 seconds, from infinite.
- - Pie no longer applies a slow
Fighting against Finn felt too difficult as Finn felt a bit too safe and could throw out attacks without much fear of a punish due to how quickly he recovered. Hurt/Hit box foundational updates are coming soon, but will not be in this patch.
- - Passive - Attacks affected by Attack Decay no longer spawn coins
- Finn now spawns with 100 gold instead of 200
- + Air Down Special - Fixed an issue where the gem required 200 gold to spawn, but only cost 100 to spawn. Gem now requires and costs 100
- - Air Side Special - Added additional whiff recovery.
- - Ground/Air Up Special - Reduced the strength of the vacuum effect on the backpack
- Weaker hits of the backpack will no longer “overwrite” stronger knockbacks from other attacks
- Whiffing with all hits will still drop a coin
- Added whiff recovery.
- Hitboxes should better match the attack (not perfect until our planned hurt/hit box system overhaul)
- - Air Side Attack - Reduced active frames to diminish Finn’s ability to hit fighters behind him
- - Ground Down Attack - The distance Finn covers with this attack now scales with how charged the attack is.
- - Ground Side Attack - Increased whiff recovery for the first hit.
- + On The House perk - Fixed an issue where Finn still spent gold on gems spawned by the perk
- Slightly reduced the launch speed of gems spawned by the perk – this should fix issues that arose when this perk was combined with the “Make it Rain, Dog!” perk
- + Air/Ground Neutral Special - Song activation starts earlier on frame 12 instead of frame 30.
- ~ Air/Ground Down Special - Fixed bug where Garnet would be stopped by Iron Giant's collision when she moves with her down special.
- + Air Neutral Attack - Slightly higher base knockback
- ~Stuffie Bat - Harley bomb vfx shrunk to better match the explosion radius
- + Weight - Increased from 42 to 44.
- ~ VFX - Global fighter VFX now better matches Iron Giant’s size without making the screen too busy. Notable adjustments include Projectile Block buff, Speed Boost buff, and Steven Bubble debuff
- - Air/Ground Down Special - Fixed an issue where VFX trails would persist and fill up the screen
- Can no longer use cannonball attack when out of air specials
- Knockback angle changed to send fighters more horizontally and away from Iron Giant.
- Fixed issues that allowed for infinitely bouncing on enemies near the ground
- - Air/Ground Neutral Special - Gray Health from activation reduced from 2 + #bolts HP for 5 seconds to #bolts HP for 3 seconds
- Gray Health from ally overlap reduced from 5 HP for 5 seconds to 3 HP for 3 seconds
- ~ Ground Forward Special - Iron Giant grabs are correctly blocked by incompatible states.
- - Air Up Attack - Can no longer hit the same target multiple times
- - Air Neutral Attack - Final hit knockback angle changed to send fighters more horizontally and away from Iron Giant
- Increased knockback scaling
- - Ground Up Attack - Gray Health from scrap reduced from 3 HP for 5 seconds to 2 HP for 3 seconds
- Allies that consume scrap will overwrite any existing gray health they have from consuming scrap
- ~ Ground Forward Attack - Fixed attack decay not triggering for all parts of forward attack combo
- - Ground Down Attack - Gray health from art reduced from 10 HP for 10 seconds to 6 HP for 3 seconds
- - Air Down Attack - Removed instant cancel out of the attack to prevent skateboard infinites
- No longer bounces off allies
- - Ground Up Attack - Additional whiff recovery; Slightly later charge cancel window to make it a bit more committal
- ~ Air/Ground Side Special - LeBron’s solo dunk no longer spawns a shockwave on the ground.
- The alley-oop teleport version of LeBron’s dunk spawns a shockwave and will launch fighters into the shockwave. The shockwave will launch fighters into a final hit that applies Weakened debuff.
- Solo dunk knockback and hitbox size increased
- Fixed a bug where LeBron could dunk himself into the sky
- ~ Ground/Air Down Special (No Ball) - Adjusted to prevent ball spam
- + Air Side Attack - Branches earlier on hit; fix for hitbox hitting behind him too much
- + Air Neutral Attack - Branches earlier on hit to increase combo potential.
- Fix for ball neutral air branching into no ball neutral air.
- + Ground Side Attack/ Ground Down Attack - Removed shared attack decay from side attack and down attack
- + Ground Side Attack - 3 hit combo hits more consistently.
- ~ Ground Neutral Attack - Fixed angle of attack.
- ~ Basketball - Fixed some team color issues that would occur when reflecting LeBron basketball.
- Fixed an issue where LeBron could be stuck attacking without his ball while visually holding his ball
- ~ Hot Hands perk - When an ally catches a no-look pass while the Hot Hands perk is equipped, the basketball pass buff will emit flames to let allies know they will throw an ignited basketball
- + Air Up Special - Removed hitpause on ally that threw Reindog when Reindog connects in ball form
- - Air/Ground Neutral Special - Increased cooldown from 13s to 14s
- + Air Up Attack - Hitbox size increased
Warner Bros.: Shaggy’s Side Special felt a little too unpunishable, so we’ve added a bit of Whiff Recovery.
- - Rage Air Side Special - Recovery increased by two frames; now better matches rage ground side special
- Addressed an issue where Shaggy could perform two rage specials
- + Rage Ground Down Special - Shaggy’s shockwave will launch fighters into a final hit that applies Weakened debuff.
- - Ground/Air Side Special - Added 4 additional frames of whiff recovery
- - Ground Down Special - Watermelon Steven ability cooldown now begins when Watermelon Steven is rung out.
- Fixed a bug where Watermelon Steven could spawn inside ceilings and be stuck.
- ~ Air Neutral Attack - No longer will animation hitch.
- ~ VO/SFX - Fixed an issue where Steven's intro VO lines failed to play.
- ~ Taunt - Fixed an issue where Steven could only perform his up taunt.
- - Ground Neutral Attack - Added additional whiff recovery.
- - Ground Up Attack - Added additional whiff recovery.
- - Ground Down Special - Added additional whiff recovery.
Warner Bros.: This is the start of our tornado changes for Taz. We will be continuing to monitor the tornado with extra scrutiny in case additional changes are needed.
- Chicken Debuff -
- Fixed a bug where transformed fighters could receive buffs that would not appear visually when they returned to their normal form
- - Reduced chicken duration from 10 seconds to 8
- + Increased the size of the chicken
- + Air/Ground Down Special - Adjusted projectile movement direction of Taz spit projectiles to be more forward and less of a lob.
- + When Taz spits a projectile back at a fighter, the projectile will maintain its original speed.
- + Air/Ground Neutral Special - If Taz eats a projectile that can't be spit back out, he will refresh a count of his apple core ability.
- Increased size of hit collision for Taz eating projectiles on his neutral special. Also made it possible to eat projectiles a few frames earlier.
- Taz deals 1 stack of Weakened debuff everytime he chews an enemy.
- Fixed a bug that allowed for ground movement after eating an enemy fighter
- - Air/Ground Up Special - Damage reduced from 10 to 9 and base knockback reduced from 1500 to 1350
- Fixed a bug where enemy fighters could become invulnerable to the fight cloud after dodging it.
- ~ Air/Ground Side Special - Now a cooldown move with a 7-second cooldown. While the cooldown is active, side special is a weaker version of the tornado.
- Full power tornado has a 1.5 second duration and receives an additional 1 second duration after passing an ally.
- On cooldown tornado has a 0.25 second duration and does not gain additional duration by passing an ally.
- + Ground Up Attack - Now a two-hit attack. The early hit combos into the sandwich clap
Tom And Jerry
- + Tom And Jerry - Dynamite now applies projectile perk effects.
- ~ Air Normal Attacks - Fixed a bug that would prevent Tom and Jerry from using normal attacks when Air Special limit had been reached.
- - Air Up Special - Fixed an issue where Jerry would continue to have active hit frames when falling from the rocket
- - Air Side Special - Reduced move distance.
- The distance this traveled before gave Velma additional recovery that wasn’t intended.
- - Air Up Special - Reduced Weaken stacks from 3 to 2.
- - Will no longer chain into Air Down Attack as easily to prevent easy application of damage.
- - Ground Side Special - Reduced gray health from 12 HP for 4 seconds to 6 HP for 3 seconds
- - Air Down Attack - Increased Recovery
- - Air Side Attack - Added whiff recovery
- - Ground/Air Neutral Attack - Fixed issues when word bubbles would go through Bugs’ Tunnels.
- Reduced ammo count from 4 to 3
- Reduced ammo return from 11 to 10
- - Weight - Decreased weight from 63 to 60.
- - Knowledge Is Power perk - Reduced gray health from 7 HP for 5 seconds to 3 HP for 3 seconds
- + Ground/Air Neutral Special - Lowered cooldown from 13s to 12s
- + Ground Side Special - Projectile Shield comes out earlier to allow her to better react to incoming projectiles.
- ~ Air Up Attack - Hurtbox should now better match the animation.
- + Weight - Increased weight from 65 to 76
- ~ Shield of Athena Signature Perk - Adjusted scale of projectile shield for Shield of Athena signature perk to cover an edge case where projectiles would pass above it during a dodge.
That's everything related to the character buffs and nerfs in MultiVersus Season 1. You can view the full official patch notes here.
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