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Smash Bros. Ultimate Patch Notes: Update Adds Sephiroth, Makes Buffs

Sephiroth is officially here, but the update also changes existing fighters.


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 10.1 update is now live, bringing with it Sephiroth and the rest of Smash Bros.' new Final Fantasy-themed content. The update has also made a handful of fighter adjustments, with Nintendo now releasing the list of fighters that have been tweaked. You can check out the full patch notes below.

The Sephiroth Challenger Pack is now available to purchase and use for players who didn't already unlock him early, along with a handful of Final Fantasy-themed outfits for Mii Fighters. 13 new Final Fantasy characters have been added as Spirits in the shop, including Tifa, Aerith, Barret, and even summons like Shiva and Ifrit.

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Cloud has also received a minor cosmetic tweak, with his Final Smash now triggering Omnislash Ver. 5 instead of a regular Omnislash for P2, P4, P6, and P8 color variants. The effect is the same, with the change being purely aesthetic.

Nintendo has also released the list of fighter adjustments added in the new patch--they mostly look to be buffs to various characters, with range increases and tweaks that make regular attacks "easier to hit multiple times." The characters that have been changed include Fox, Luigi, Zelda, Pichu, Young Link, Toon Link, Olimar, Rosalina, Mii Gunner, and Duck Hunt. You can see the full list of tweaks here.

Nintendo is currently giving away a free Smash Ultimate item pack for Switch Online subscribers, including a handful of helpful items for the game's Spirit Board mode.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 10.1 Patch Notes

  • Offline
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
      • Tifa
      • Barret
      • Aerith
      • Red XIII
      • Cid
      • Cait Sith
      • Yuffie
      • Vincent
      • The Turks & Rufus Shinra
      • Bahamut ZERO
      • Chocobo & Moogle
      • Shiva
      • Ifrit
    • You can now switch between different artwork for Cloud's spirit.
  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Sephiroth Challenger Pack
      • Barret's Outfit
      • Tifa's Outfit
      • Aerith's Outfit
      • Chocobo Hat
      • Geno Hat + Outfit
    • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
    • You can now switch between "Random from all songs" and "Random from My Music" for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages.
      • To switch between options, access My Music via the Options or the Vault and then press the X Button.
    • The Final Smash for Cloud's P2, P4, P6, and P8 color variations has been changed to Omnislash Ver. 5. (This essentially functions the same as a regular Omnislash.)
    • Game-balance adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Fighter Adjustments

FoxForward Air AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Increased attack range of the first attack to fourth attack.
FoxDown Air AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Increased attack range.
LuigiDash AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
ZeldaSide Smash AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Increased final attack's range.
PichuSide Smash AttackIncreased final attack's range.
Younk LinkUp SpecialMade it easier to hit multiple times when using the move in the air.
Toon LinkUp SpecialMade it easier to hit multiple times when using the move in the air.
OlimarUp SpecialAfter throwing a Pikmin with a side smash attack or side special, if there are other Pikmin nearby when using up special, an air attack using a Pikmin will occur.
Rosalina & LumaForward Air AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Decreased the attack range above the skirt's hemline, and made it easier to continue with later attacks.
Increased final attack's range.
Mii GunnerUp ThrowAdjusted launch angle.
Increased attack range for the shot fired after the throw.
Duck HuntSide Smash AttackMade it easier to hit multiple times.
Decreased the time that an opponent can hitstun shuffle during the first and second attacks.

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