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Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.png
Species Human
First appearance Final Fantasy VII (1997, Final Fantasy series)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (2015, Mario series crossovers, released as DLC)
Latest appearance Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (2018, Final Fantasy series)
Latest portrayal Takahiro Sakurai (Mario series crossovers and Final Fantasy series, Japanese)
“Konna hi ga kuru to wa, omowanakatta na. (Never thought I'd see the day...)”
Cloud Strife, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Cloud Strife is the main protagonist from Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII and its spin-off material of the Final Fantasy series. Claiming to be a former first-class SOLDIER, Cloud leads a group to stop the evil Sephiroth's plan to use the Black Materia to summon Meteor and destroy the planet. He crosses over with the Mario cast and other Nintendo characters as a newcomer and downloadable character for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, confirmed during the November 2015 Nintendo Direct.[1] While using his original design, Cloud's primary appearance in Super Smash Bros. is specifically based upon that of Dissidia Final Fantasy.[2] Players who purchase Cloud from the Nintendo eShop also get his stage based on Final Fantasy VII, Midgar.[3] Despite having almost all of his home series appearances dubbed in English, and a few earlier appearances dubbed in additional languages, Cloud speaks only Japanese in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, similar to Marth and Roy; he is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai, his Japanese voice actor from Kingdom Hearts onwards.

History[edit]

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

SmashWiki article: Cloud (SSB4)
Final Fantasy Symbol.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (downloadable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (downloadable)
Special moves
Standard:  Blade Beam
Side:  Cross Slash
Up:  Climhazzard
Down:  Limit Charge / Finishing Touch
Final Smash:  Omnislash
Battle entrance
Cloud falls onto the stage, catching his Buster Sword.

Cloud is able to move quickly on the ground, though in the air he moves more slowly and falls quickly. He wields the Buster Sword, a giant sword given to him by his deceased friend Zack Fair that gives his attacks power and range, though they generally start more slowly. He also has a Limit Break mechanic, similar to Little Mac's Power Meter. When Cloud attacks or is attacked, his Limit Gauge fills up, and when it is full Cloud is covered by a blue aura that boosts his stats, and for one use only powers up one of his special moves when one of them is used. Cloud can also charge his Limit Gauge manually with his Limit Charge down special. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Limit Gauge is displayed at all times above his character profile during a match, similar to Little Mac's Power Meter.[4]

Most of Cloud's special moves are taken from the Limit Breaks he can obtain in Final Fantasy VII. His standard special is Blade Beam, in which Cloud swings his sword to fire a beam forward. His side special is Cross Slash, in which Cloud swings his sword in the shape of a Japanese character to damage opponents. His up special is Climhazzard, in which Cloud swings his sword to propel himself directly up into the air. When the Limit Gauge is filled, Cloud's down special becomes Finishing Touch, a whirlwind that deals very minimal damage but very high knockback. His Final Smash is Omnislash, in which Cloud hits opponents into the air and rapidly and repeatedly slashes them.[1]

When customizing Cloud, he can be equipped with Sword, Suit, and Boots equipment. However, like with the other DLC characters, he lacks any custom special variations of his special moves.

Cloud's alternate colors are based upon the uniforms for the different classes of SOLDIER. He also has alternate costumes using his Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts II design, which includes the Fusion Swords in place of the Buster Sword. Two of his Advent Children costumes have a sleeve used to hide his Geostigma-infected arm, while the others leave his arm bare, revealing it without any signs of Geostigma and with the ribbon he wears in memory of Aerith Gainsborough.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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SmashWiki article: Cloud (SSBU)
Cloud's default appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Cloud's Advent Children outfit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Cloud will reappear in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the core game alongside the other DLC characters, this time as an unlockable character.

Special moves[edit]

Blade Beam[edit]

Blade Beam in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Blade Beam

Blade Beam is Cloud's first level two Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII, and his standard special move. Cloud swings his sword upward, sending out a beam that travels across the stage, following the ground, and disappearing when it reaches the end of the stage or it hits an opponent. When used in the air, the beam travels straight through the air, but deals less damage and does not travel as far.

When under the influence of a Limit Break, when Cloud uses Blade Beam he instead sends out a larger, blue slash that, when it hits opponents, deals multiple hits before launching them. The move is still weaker when used in the air.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 破晄撃
Hakōgeki
Breaking Clear Attack


Cross Slash[edit]

The Limit Break version of Cross Slash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Cross Slash

Cross Slash is Cloud's side special move, based on his second level one Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII. By pressing the special attack button up to three times, Cloud deals three attacks with five hits total, slashing in the shape of the kanji 凶 (kyō, "bad luck") to deal damage. The full attack can only be used, however, if the first and second hits connect, otherwise the attack ends.

When using the Limit Break version of the move, Cloud uses a powered-up version of the move, dealing all five slashes at once regardless.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 凶斬り
Kyōgiri
Bane Slash


Climhazzard[edit]

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

Climhazzard is Cloud's up special move, which is based on his second level two Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud thrusts his sword forward and leaps directly up into the air, sending any opponents into the air as well. By pressing the special move button again, Cloud slashes downward toward the ground, which not only damages, but can also meteor smash opponents.

When the Limit Gauge is fully charged, Climhazzard not only deals greater damage and knockback but also sends Cloud a greater distance into the air and allows for horizontal movement.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese クライムハザード
Kuraimu Hazādo
Climb Hazard


Limit Charge[edit]

Limit Charge in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Limit Charge

Limit Charge is Cloud's default down special move. When used, Cloud holds his Buster Sword out in front of himself and begins to manually fill his Limit Gauge; this can also be done by dealing or taking damage. The player can cancel the charge by moving (which will cause him to roll), grabbing, or shielding. When the Limit Gauge is full, Cloud stops charging and enters into Limit Break, increasing his stats and allowing him to, one time only, use a more powerful version of one of his special moves.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese リミットチャージ
Rimitto Chāji
Limit Charge


Finishing Touch[edit]

Finishing Touch in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Limit Charge#Finishing Touch

Finishing Touch is Cloud's second level three Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII and his down special move when under Limit Break status. When used, Cloud spins and swings his sword, creating a whirlwind that only deals 1% damage but has very high knockback.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 画竜点睛
Garyō Tensei
Finishing Touch

Final Smash[edit]

Omnislash[edit]

Omnislash in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Omnislash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
SmashWiki article: Omnislash

Omnislash is Cloud's level four Limit Break and the final one he learns in Final Fantasy VII, and acts as his Final Smash. When used, a text box like the ones that appear in Final Fantasy VII appears on screen reading "Omnislash." Cloud rushes forward and slashes an opponent up into the air where Cloud unleashes a multitude of sword strikes on the captured opponents before bringing them down to the ground, creating a large explosion that launches the trapped and any nearby opponents. Like with Marth's Critical Hit, Cloud rushes forward until he reaches an opponent, the edge of a platform, or a set distance. Unlike Critical Hit, Omnislash cannot be stopped mid-execution. If Cloud does not strike an opponent with the first slash, the Final Smash fails.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 超究武神覇斬
Chōkyū Bushin Hazan
Super Extreme Martial God Supreme Slash

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

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in Description
Cloud CloudTrophy3DS.png CloudTrophyWiiU.png FINAL FANTASY VII (11/1997) The protagonist of FINAL FANTASY VII, Cloud wields the enormous Buster Sword, a memento from his comrad Zack. Once a SOLDIER of Shinra, he now fights as a mercenary against the corporation he originally served. His decision to join AVALANCHE's insurgence, however, will transform his destiny.
Cloud (Alt.) CloudAltTrophy3DS.png CloudAltTrophyWiiU.png FINAL FANTASY VII (11/1997) Filling the Limit Gauge allows Cloud to perform a Limit Break, supercharging his next special move. His down special becomes Finishing Touch. With a huge swing of his sword, Cloud summons a whirlwind that inflicts only 1% damage, but boasts brutal launch power. Go for a KO while foes' damage is still low!
Omnislash N/A OmnislashTrophyWiiU.png Cloud sets out to prevent Sephiroth from sending Meteor crashing into the planet. The fate of the world on his shoulders, Cloud confronts his enemy one on one. He unleashes a flurry of swift slashes before delivering the finishing blow. In Smash Bros., the final strike creates an explosion, launching nearby fighters.

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

The following dialogue applies also to Mewtwo, Roy, Lucas, Ryu, Corrin, and Bayonetta, who are also downloadable fighters.

  • 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]

  • The protagonist of FINAL FANTASY VII, Cloud wields the enormous Buster Sword, a memento from his comrade Zack. Once a SOLDIER of Shinra, he now fights as a mercenary against the corporation he originally served. His decision to join AVALANCHE's insurgence, however, will transform his destiny.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラウド・ストライフ
Kuraudo Sutoraifu
Cloud Strife
Russian Клауд Страйф
Klaud Strayf
Cloud Strife
Korean 클라우드 스트라이프
Keullaudeu Seuteuraipeu
Cloud Strife
Chinese 克勞德•史特萊夫
Kèláodé Shǐtèláifū
Cloud Strife

Trivia[edit]

  • Cloud was the first third-party character in the Super Smash Bros. series whose debut title was never released on a Nintendo console (though Final Fantasy VII has since been announced to release on the Nintendo Switch). Early concepts for Final Fantasy VII, however, were created with the intention of developing a SNES title before production was delayed in favor of other projects and later restarted for Sony's PlayStation console.[5]
  • Cloud is one of two characters whose weapon changes depending on the costume. He wields the Buster Sword in his default Final Fantasy VII outfit and the Fusion Swords in his Advent Children variations. The other character is Bayonetta.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nintendo (November 12, 2015). Nintendo Direct Trailer. YouTube. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Masked Man (February 23, 2016). Nintendo Dream Interview with Sakurai: Part 2. Source Gaming. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U: Downloadable Content Info. Smashbros.com. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Nintendo. (June 12, 2018). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - E3 2018 - Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.unseen64.net/2008/04/11/final-fantasy-7-beta/