In a special showcase for the fighters, creator Masahiro Sakurai outlined all the moves for each character, their new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 themed stage, along with song additions.
Like Zelda and Sheik in Super Smash Bros. Melee, you can switch between Pyra and Mythra on the fly by using the down special. While their basic attacks are largely the same, the main difference is Pyra prioritises power, while Mythra is designed for speed.
Each fighter however does have separate special moves, which are directly pulled from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Pyra’s neutral special is Flame Nova, where she spins her sword in a circle damaging front and back. If you hold down the button, this will increase the number of spins.
Rex joins for their final smash move (Picture: Nintendo)
Mythra in comparison has Lightning Buster for her neutral special, which unleashes a series of strikes in front. By holding down the button, you’ll extend the reach of the attack.
Pyra’s side special, Blazing End, throws her sword at opponents in a spinning flurry — which can be used to stop people from edge-guarding too. Mythra however has Photon Edge, where she warps and charges forward with attacks, similar to Sephiroth’s Octoslash.
The up special for Pyra is Prominence Revolt, where she’ll jump into the air with a slash and, if she lands, will create a fire pillar. Mythra uses Ray of Punishment, which is similar, only she shoots arrows at the top of her jump instead of crashing back down. You can also hold the button down for Mythra to unleash more arrows.
For their final smash attacks, they both recruit Xenoblade Chronicles 2 protagonist Rex. Pyra’s is called Burning Sword, where she wallops opponents with a giant sword slash. Mythra’s is Sacred Arrow, which shoots a flurry of giant arrows at opponents.
The new fighters also come with new stage Cloud Sea of Alrest, which takes place on the back of titan Azurda. Other titans and characters from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will also appear in the background, while Azurda’s head will also turn at random points, shortening the stage’s length.
Pyra and Mythra’s inclusion will also add 16 new tracks into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from Xenoblade Chronicles, bringing the total number to 27 from the franchise.
There's Mii Fighter costumes from Monster Hunter (Picture: Nintendo)
Ahead of Monster Hunter Rise later this month, Smash is celebrating with Mii Fighter costumes. For an extra dose of Capcom, there’s costumes inspired by Ghosts N Goblins too coinciding with Ghosts N Goblins Resurrection.
Pyra and Mythra are the fourth DLC fighter to be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Fighters Pass 2, following Min Min from ARMS, Minecraft’s Steve and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII. There’s two more characters left, which are set to be released before the end of 2021.
Pyra and Mythra release in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today in the US, and in the UK Friday 5th March.