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Another melee character makes a comeback, this time being the wielder of the Binding Blade: Roy! Roy shares a lot of his moveset with Marth, but he is by no means another Lucina. Roy's Binding Blade works the opposite way of Marth's Falchion, being stronger near the hilt than at the tip, and it is shorter than the Falchion overall. Roy is also generally faster than Marth and has quicker attacks, letting him take on a more aggressive and mobile playstyle. Unfortunately, Roy's inverse tipper mechanic is a double-edged sword, reducing his range advantage by forcing him to attack up close. Roy's recovery is also one of the weaker ones in the game. Regardless, Roy is still a very solid character, a contender for the strongest swordsmen in the game.

Basic attributes[edit]

Roy is a middleweight, being quite a bit heavier than Marth and Lucina. His speed is excellent in just about every category. In terms of ground speed, Roy can outrun the likes of Pikachu and Meta Knight, while he moves through the air faster than Wario. Roy also has a high falling speed, giving an agile feel to the character.


Moveset Analysis[edit]

Standard Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) 2 button(+2 button2 button2 button) Sword Upper Roy swings his sword up.
A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button) A button(+A buttonA buttonA button)
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+2 button Blade Wave Roy swings his sword down in front of him.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button (Left control or Right control)+A button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Up lstick+A button Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+2 button Binding Arch Roy swings his sword in an arc over himself.
Up lstick+A button Up control+A button Up cpad+A button
Down lstick+A button Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+2 button Sword Thrust Roy stabs with his sword low to the ground
Down lstick+A button Down control+A button Down cpad+A button
A button while dashing A button while dashing 2 button while dashing Lunging Hook Roy slashes while lunging forward.
A button while dashing A button while dashing A button while dashing
A button while hanging A button while hanging 2 button while hanging Roy climbs up and swings his sword low.
A button while hanging A button while hanging A button while hanging

Smash Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+A button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button+2 button Slaying Slash Roy makes a powerful slash in front of him.
Smash (Left lstick or Right lstick)+A button Smash (Left control or Right control)+A button Smash (Left cpad or Right cpad)+A button
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up nunchuk+A button Up dpad+1 button+2 button Blade Inferno Roy thrusts his sword upward, burning enemies before launching them up.
Smash Up lstick+A button Smash Up control+A button Smash Up cpad+A button
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down nunchuk+A button Down dpad+1 button+2 button Low Swing Roy slashes low to the ground in both directions.
Smash Down lstick+A button Smash Down control+A button Smash Down cpad+A button

Air Attacks

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png 2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Double Spin Roy swings his sword in a circle, hitting twice on both sides.
A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Aerial Swipe Roy swings his sword downward.
Right lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Right cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Turnaround Slash Roy swings his sword upward behind him. This move makes Roy face the opposite direction in the air.
Left lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Left cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Etrurian Skies Roy swings his sword over him.
Up lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Up cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down nunchuk+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down dpad+2 buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Meteor Stab Roy stabs his sword below him. Hitting with the center of the blade results in a meteor smash.
Down lstick+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down control+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png Down cpad+A buttonControl-Modifier-Air.png

Throws

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
A button after grab A button after grab 2 button after grab Swordsman's Knee Roy knees the grabbed opponent.
A button after grab A button after grab A button after grab
Right lstick after grab Right nunchuk after grab Right dpad after grab Quick Fling Roy tosses the grabbed opponent forward.
Right lstick after grab Right control after grab Right cpad after grab
Left lstick after grab Left nunchuk after grab Left dpad after grab Stoic Toss Roy throws the grabbed opponent backward with a quick toss.
Left lstick after grab Left control after grab Left cpad after grab
Up lstick after grab Up nunchuk after grab Up dpad after grab To the Sky Roy tosses the grabbed opponent upward.
Up lstick after grab Up control after grab Up cpad after grab
Down lstick after grab Down nunchuk after grab Down dpad after grab Seal Slam Roy throws the grabbed opponent to the ground.
Down lstick after grab Down control after grab Down cpad after grab

Special Attacks[edit]

Control Attack Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
B button B button 1 button Flare Blade Roy charges up his Binding Blade then slams it into the ground, causing an explosion. A fully charged Flare Blade deals enough knockback for a guaranteed KO, but hurts Roy as well.
B button B button B button
Unavailable
Unavailable
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left nunchuk or Right nunchuk)+B button (Left dpad or Right dpad)+1 button Double-Edged Dance Roy does a combination of up to four attacks by inputting this move multiple times in quick succession. His first attack is a downward strike. For the second strike, it will be a stab by default or an upward strike if angled upward. For the third strike, it will be an upward strike by default, a higher upward strike if angled upward, or a low stab if angled downward. For the finisher, it is a slash that does sideways knockback by default, an upward slash that launches foes if angled upward, or multiple trapping stabs if angled downward.
(Left lstick or Right lstick)+B button (Left control or Right control)+B button (Left cpad or Right cpad)+B button
Unavailable
Unavailable
Up lstick+B button Up nunchuk+B button Up dpad+1 button Blazer Roy blazes through the sky while holding his sword out. The sword hits multiple times, dealing strong knockback on the final hit.
Up lstick+B button Up control+B button Up cpad+B button
Unavailable
Unavailable
Down lstick+B button Down nunchuk+B button Down dpad+1 button Counter Roy goes into his defensive stance. If he is hit during this stance, he will strike back with increased force.
Down lstick+B button Down control+B button Down cpad+B button
Unavailable
Unavailable

Taunts

Control Info
Wii U GamePad / Pro Controller Wii Remote + Nunchuk Wii Remote (sideways)
Wii Classic Controller GameCube Controller Nintendo 3DS
Up dpad 1 button Up dpad+A button Roy raises his sword to the sky and grunts.
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad
(Left dpad or Right dpad) 1 button+2 button A button Roy strikes a pose and says "boku wa makenai!"
(Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad) (Left dpad or Right dpad)
Down dpad 2 button Down dpad+A button Roy crouches and holds his palm out.
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad

Final Smash - Critical Hit[edit]

Roy spins his blade around him, then finishes with a powerful slash. Although it shares a name with Marth and Lucina's Final Smash, Roy's Critical Hit has very different properties. Since Roy performs the whole move in place, its range is limited to the reach of the Binding Blade. It can also harm enemies during the animation leading up to the critical hit, making it more effective at successfully connecting. Like most of Roy's other attacks, you want to be close to your enemies to help you land this move. The ideal position is for your back to be facing the enemy, as enemies behind you will take the most damage when you initiate the Final Smash. The finishing strike has more range than the initial swing, which might catch some opponents off-guard.