In Super Smash Bros. 4
Roy is currently placed in the B tier in Super Smash Bros. 4. Roy has a unique moveset that can overwhelm his opponents; his Counter has a higher damage multiplier compared to other Fire Emblem characters and the AI is adept at using it with proper timing. Roy has a reverse tipper mechanic on all of his attacks; the closer he is to an enemy, the more damage he will inflict.
Despite possessing a fair amount of strengths, Roy has just as many flaws holding him back. His recovery is rather poor, and although it can be aimed, it does not cover much distance. Roy’s AI also struggles with several issues, as it has difficulty utilizing its full four-part side special. It also tends to whiff its neutral special and uses its up special at random; both of these quirks leave the character vulnerable to incoming attacks.
Overall, Roy has accrued above average tournament results and representation, though he is outclassed by Marth and Lucina. Arklaine and Supernova have both found success with Roy; Supernova boasts the unqiue distinction of claiming multiple championship titles with the character.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Roy has been significantly buffed for his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition to enhanced movement speed, many of Roy’s attack deal more damage and knockback, including his forward tilt, dash attack, and aerials. Double-Edge Dance now transitions between hits much faster, which increases its reliability and helps it to rack up damage more consistently.
However, changes to the game’s air dodge mechanics do not benefit Roy, as his recovery is more easily gimped even at low percentages. To add to this issue, Roy’s double jump grants less vertical height, worsening his recovery even further.
By all accounts, Roy has improved considerably and is more on par with his fellow Fire Emblem representatives. As in Smash 4, he continues to accrue above-average tournament results and representation, though he has not yet won a standard competition.
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