Roy (Fire Emblem)

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This article is about the Fire Emblem character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. For the Koopaling, see Roy Koopa. For the playable character in Mario Tennis: Power Tour, see Roy (Mario Tennis: Power Tour).
FireEmblem Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Roy
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Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (downloadable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (downloadable)
Special moves
Standard:  Flare Blade
Side:  Double-Edge Dance
Up:  Blazer
Down:  Counter
Final Smash:  Critical Hit
Battle entrance
Lands on the stage, appearing from a magic circle.

“Mamoru beki mono no tame ni, makerarenai! (For those whom I must protect, I will not lose!)”
Roy, Super Smash Bros. Melee

Roy is a fifteen-year-old swordsman and the main protagonist of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, who actually made his debut as a character in the crossover game, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Roy is the son of Eliwood of the House Pherae, taking over leadership of Pherae's army in place of his ill father when the Kingdom of Bern starts invading.

Since his initial appearances, he has made subsequent minor appearances in other Fire Emblem games, and returned as a downloadable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Roy's official artwork from Super Smash Bros. Melee
Roy SSBM.png
SmashWiki article: Roy (SSBM)

Roy is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, unlocked by beating Classic or Adventure Mode as Marth or by playing 900 Melee matches, then by defeating him on Temple. During development, Nintendo of America and Masahiro Sakurai discussed possibly removing Roy for the North American release of the game, but ultimately decided to keep him in.[1] Roy's moves are similar to Marth's, but Roy's attacks are strongest at the hilt of his blade. In general, Marth's sweetspotted attacks are stronger than Roy's, but the sweetspot on Roy's sword is larger. As an aesthetic detail, some of Roy's moves deal fire damage, reflecting the fire powers of his sword in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Roy is voiced by Jun Fukuyama; like Marth, all of his voice clips are kept from the Japanese release, reflecting the Japan-only status of the Fire Emblem series at the time.

Roy's standard special move is Flare Blade, which has Roy charge a sword strike that deals an explosion. His side special move is Double-Edge Dance, which is similar to Dancing Blade. His up special move is Blazer, which sends Roy into the air as he slashes upward, dealing fire damage to opponents. Finally, his down special move is Counter, which deals more damage than Marth's version of the move (1.5x damage) but is slower and does not remain active as long.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Roy's only appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is as a Sticker, depicting his regular appearance in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. It increases the power of slashing attacks by 24.

While Roy is not a playable character in the game, files for Roy exist on the game disk, indicating that he may have been planned to be a playable character at one point.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

SmashWiki article: Roy (SSB4)

Roy is a downloadable character along with Mewtwo, Lucas, Ryu, Corrin, and Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, released the same day as Lucas and Ryu, on June 14, 2015. His appearance in this title is primarily based on his Great Lord design in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, while taking elements from his appearance as downloadable content in Fire Emblem Awakening. His voice actor from Super Smash Bros. Melee, Jun Fukuyama, reprises his role for this game, giving Roy new voice clips.

Like in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Roy's attacks are strongest when hitting closer to the hilt of the blade, with yellow sword trails that indicate the sweetspot on his sword similar to Marth. While his special moveset has not changed from his previous appearance, some of Roy's other moves and animations have been altered to further differentiate him from Marth. He also moves faster than he does in Super Smash Bros. Melee, especially while in the air, though he is also heavier than before. In addition, as a result of the redesign, Roy is around the same height as Marth rather than being shorter, though his attacks still do not reach as far. Finally, Roy has been given a Final Smash: Critical Hit, which operates differently from Marth and Lucina's version of the attack and involves him swinging his sword overhead to trap opponents before slashing them.

In the base game, one of Marth's color swaps resembles Roy's original appearance.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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Roy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Roy (SSBU)

Roy will make a reappearance as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, retaining his appearance and several of his moves from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Additionally, Chrom is playable, being an Echo Fighter of Roy, marking the first and so far only instance a character whose moves are derivative of another character receives an Echo Fighter.

Special moves[edit]

Flare Blade[edit]

SmashWiki article: Flare Blade

Flare Blade is Roy's neutral special move. Roy charges up a fiery sword strike, attacking with a slash that explodes. The move charges for as long as the player holds down the special attack button and automatically attacks when fully charged. Fully charged, Roy's Flare Blade is capable of instantly KO-ing any opponent, though Roy also takes recoil damage.

Double-Edge Dance[edit]

Double-Edge Dance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Double-Edge Dance

Double-Edge Dance is Roy's side special move. The move is similar to Marth's Dancing Blade, in that Roy performs a series of four sword slashes, and can change the attack by angling the control stick at certain points. In addition, the third down hit and the final hit for all directions deal fire damage, and the third up hit is a meteor smash rather than the third down hit.

Blazer[edit]

Blazer in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Blazer

Blazer is Roy's up special move. When used, Roy leaps into the air, slashing his sword up with a fire trail. Blazer is a slower attack compared to Marth's Dolphin Slash, but deals multiple hits of fire damage. The angle at which Blazer travels can also be controlled by tilting the control stick. The move can also be reversed on startup to make it stronger.

Counter[edit]

Roy's Counter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Counter

Counter is the down special move used by Roy as well as Marth, Ike and Lucina. The move is based on the combat of the Fire Emblem series; when one unit attacks another unit, the opposing unit counterattacks afterwards. When used, Roy enters a readied stance and automatically counterattacks whenever attacked, reflecting all damage and knockback back onto the opponent.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Roy's Counter deals more damage than Marth's, inflicting 1.5 times the damage the attack would have dealt. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, however, the multiplier has been decreased to 1.35 times the damage.

Final Smash[edit]

Critical Hit[edit]

Roy's Critical Hit in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Critical Hit

Critical Hit is the Final Smash used by Roy as well as Marth and Lucina, based upon the critical hit mechanic of the Fire Emblem series. Roy's Critical Hit functions differently from Marth and Lucina's: he does not charge forward, instead slowly swinging his sword around in an overhead arc starting from behind him, based on his critical hit animation when using the Binding Blade in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Opponents caught in the arc take repeated damage and are brought in front of Roy, where he swings his sword downward, creating a large blast and launching opponents. Like with Marth and Lucina's Critical Hit, cosmetic health bars designed after the ones from Fire Emblem Awakening appear at the end of the move, showing the opponents' health drop rapidly to 0. However, Roy's Critical Hit isn't as strong and doesn't launch as far. Strangely, at the end of the move, a sheath appears on Roy's back and he sheathes his sword, but the sheath disappears once Roy draws his sword back out.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy information[edit]

Name Image First Game / Move Description
Roy Trophy76.PNG Fire Emblem
Japan Only
The son of the lord of Pharae Principality, Roy was studying in Ostia when the Kingdom of Bern invaded League of Lycia. His father fell ill at this time, so Roy assumed leadership of Pharae's armies. After his fateful meeting with the Princess Guinevere, his destiny became inextricably linked with the fate of the entire continent.
Roy [Smash] Trophy77.PNG B: Flare Blade
Smash B: Double-Edge Dance
While Roy's moves are well balanced, he's a little on the slow side, and doesn't excel at midair combat. His blade, the Sword of Seals, gives him excellent reach, and makes his Double-Edge Dance slightly different than Marth's Dancing Blade. When it's fully charged, Roy's destructive Flare Blade delivers an instant KO.
Roy [Smash] Trophy78.PNG Up & B: Blazer
Down & B: Counter
Roy's blade is different than Marth's: he does the most damage hitting with the center of his sword. So, a fearless advance into the arms of his foe is Roy's best bet. Blazer is a bit slower than Marth's Dolphin Slash, but it's still a mighty attack that sets anyone it strikes aflame. Roy's attack after using Counter differs slightly from Marth's.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information[edit]

Name Image Game Effect
Roy Sticker Roy.png Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade [Slash] - Attack +24

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Roy RoyDLCTrophy3DS.png RoyFETrophyWiiU.png GBA Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (2002 (JP)) Roy, the main character of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, returns for the first time since Melee! In The Binding Blade, Roy led the troops of Pherae into battle in his ailing father's stead, and now he brings his speed and talent for short-range combat into this game. His sword, the Sword of Seals, is uniquely powerful at the base of the blade.
Roy (Alt.) RoyAltTrophy3DS.png RoyAltTrophyWiiU.png GBA Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (2002 (JP)) His sword, the Sword of Seals, is uniquely powerful at the base of the blade. Flare Blade creates an explosion in front of Roy that can be charged by holding down the button. Take care, though, because at the highest levels of charge, Roy himself will catch fire and take damage! His side special, Double-Edge Dance, changes for each strike after the first depending on whether you hold up or down while attacking. Flare Blade creates an explosion in front of Roy that can be charged by holding down the button. Take care, though, because at the highest levels of charge, Roy himself will catch fire and take damage! His side special, Double-Edge Dance, changes for each strike after the first depending on whether you hold up or down while attacking.
Critical Hit (Roy) N/A CriticalHitRoyTrophyWiiU.png For Roy’s Final Smash, he traps enemies in a circular swing of the blade, brings it up behind him, and then, in a blast of fire, brings the blade down for a powerful finisher! The downward attack is powerful on its own but doesn’t have much range, so make sure you’re close enough to hit your enemies with the full combo and really seal their fate!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

The following dialogue applies also to Mewtwo, Lucas, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta, all additional fighters like Roy.

  • Pit: Who is THAT?
  • Palutena: I have no data on this fighter. I can't believe it!
  • Viridi: It must be an intruder from another dimension!
  • Pit: Whoever it is, the goal remains the same: to fight and win!

amiibo[edit]

  • Roy is the main character of the Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade game. In The Binding Blade, Roy led the troops of Pherae into battle in his ailing father's stead, and now he brings his speed and talent for short-range combat into Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & Nintendo 3DS. His sword, the Sword of Seals, is uniquely powerful at the base of the blade.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロイ
Roi
Russian Рой
Roy
Korean 로이
Roi
Chinese 羅伊 (Traditional)
罗伊 (Simplified)
Luōyī

Trivia[edit]

  • Roy is the only character in Super Smash Bros. Melee who does not appear at all in Classic Mode, neither as an ally nor an opponent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soma (December 13, 2015). Sakurai Interview: Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary. Source Gaming. Retrieved December 31, 2015.