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Sakurai Details Newly Announced Shulk’s Moveset For Super Smash Bros

smash_bros_shulk_battleXenoblade Chronicles’ character Shulk was announced as playable in Super Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U today, and starred in a brand new trailer. But after the character’s announcement, the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai made sure to upload his daily Miiverse post, showing Shulk immersed in the battle. In a series of screenshots presented by the director, Shulk readies his sword against enemies with the Gaur Plain stage from Xenoblade Chronicles as the backdrop.

Not only did Sakurai show the upcoming brawler’s fans screenshots of Shulk in his prime, but he also detailed his moveset for the game. The Xenoblade protagonist wields a sword named the Monado which can slash enemies with a full-force beam when activated. Plus, it even has the ability to change Shulk’s features and abilities during battle. Check out what Sakurai said in full below, along with a brief description of his moves. And if you’ve still not had your fill of Smash Bros news today, remember to check out Shulk’s awesome screenshots on the official website, here.

“From Xenoblade Chronicles, Shulk joins the battle!! He’s not the type of character that would usually appear in the Smash Bros. series, but we worked really hard to make it happen. We’re very happy with how he turned out. This stage is Gaur Plain.”

“Shulk’s sword, the Monado, slashes enemies with a beam when activated, so it can strike from long range. What really makes this weapon unique is that when the Monado Arts are activated, it can change Shulk’s features and abilities! Emerge victorious in battle by changing your abilities strategically!!

“[List of Monado Arts]
翔 (Jump): higher jumps, lower defense.
疾 (Speed): faster movement, weaker attacks.
盾(Shield): higher defense, slower movement.
斬(Buster): stronger attacks, weaker launch ability.
撃(Smash): Stronger launch ability, weaker attacks, lower defense against launching.”

42 thoughts on “Sakurai Details Newly Announced Shulk’s Moveset For Super Smash Bros”

      1. I know… every new character reveal there are alwaus people who are like “OMG THEY ARE S000000ooooooOOOOO OP, MAN!!!! LIke My Mind is on fire with how much power they have!!!!”

        I just roll my eyes. Sakurai is beefing everyone up this time around. Everyone is going to be stronger or have their niches that make them a force to be reckoned with.

        1. I’m gonna main Samus again aftter seeing that her up smash is strong again. Shirtless Shulk does look nice ;) lol hugs!

        2. SherlockWillFightBilbo

          This was one of the few reveals that didn’t make me think, “Wow so OPPPP.” I’m pretty confident Little Mac will be one of the top 10 best characters, though.

        1. What? Have you tried it. It’s one of my favorite games. If all you’ve played is the demo then trust me you have no idea how the game is. The online oalone can keep you entertained for a good while, especially if you get a team. If you’ve actually tried the real game then nevermind.

          1. Yes, the demo of MH3U is what I played. I’ve played it many times over and over and never really got enjoyment out of it. How much does the actual game differ? The demo made me never want to touch any of the games. But Idk because a lot of people say the game isn’t like the demo.

            1. If it’s your first time playing the Monster Hunter series, the MH3U demo is not good at all. The demo was really made for hardened veterens of the series. The actual game is leaps and bounds better at introducing people to the series. MH3U was my first MH game, and I loved it, putting in hundreds of hours. I definitely recommend you try the full version of the game before completely giving up on it. The demo is just not good at all at introducing people to the series.

    1. Dude. Stop plugging yourself like this. It makes people lose respect for you. I mean this article doesn’t even have anything to do with Pkmn RSE.

  1. I’m loving these new characters, but if Ice Climbers are gone, it kinda feels like an incomplete roster. Don’t hate, just my opinion.

    1. nah, I agree man. I mean, I LOVE this new roster, even if Dr. Mario is announced, it wouldn’t matter because the sheer awesomeness of the new additions overshadows it. BUT, Ice Climbers felt like an integral part of smash, I didn’t even playas them, and I’d miss them.

    2. I think you’ll grow to love Rosalina&Luma just add much as the ice climbers, since they can do all the best stuff ic’s did aside from throws, but with more range/control over the partner and no penalty to your recovery move for losing them on top of being able to resummon luma at will.

    3. They’ll be DLC at least, but who knows, they could still be in the game normal, because even with the leaked roster, we still didn’t see ALL the locked characters. The leaker said himself the roster wasn’t 100% complete.

      Someone mentioned on another chat I was on that what if the character became the Ice ClimbER instead of Ice Climbers, because Sakurai was having trouble implementing both in the 3DS version at the same time.

      Popo would be the default with three different costumes and Nana is an alt skin with three different costumes. All they would have to do is beef’ em up so that they fight like a solo player instead of a duel player missing it’s partner. Probably give them a new recovery move too lol!

  2. SherlockWillFightBilbo

    That’s pretty awesome. He’ll be able to change his playstyle depending on who he’s battling.

  3. Even though I didn’t like ice climbers in smash, I still eish that the roster isn’t complete and that they (and some other characters :P) are in!

  4. Can we see more Shirtless Shulk please?

    After today’s announcement I think I found my main. Though, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to focus long enough to win any battles… ;)

  5. Interesting at least…but…do we know how he changes his arts? I assume its one of his special moves that cycles through them, but will it be instantaneous or take a moment? These could end up being critical in how many people play him (though I am sure, regardless, many will play as him only because they like him/Xenoblade)

  6. I hope we can get the High Entia battle armor as an alternate costume for Shulk. That’s one of my favorite looking outfits of the game.

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