- This article is about Sephiroth's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Sephiroth
Sephiroth is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is the third fighter in Fighters Pass Volume 2 and the ninth downloadable character overall. His inclusion as a playable character was revealed on December 10th, 2020. He is the second fighter from Final Fantasy VII to join Smash, alongside protagonist Cloud, and the third from Square Enix alongside Cloud and Hero. He is classified as Fighter #78.
Sephiroth was released on December 22; however, if a player successfully defeats him in the Sephiroth Challenge event from December 17 - 22, they will acquire him early (this is only exclusive to those who purchased the Fighters Pass or Challenger Pack 8).
- Sephiroth can unfurl his lone black wing when he is at high damage to enter Winged Form in a similar manner to Terry's Desperation mechanic. Once his wing is active, his stats will be powered up much like Cloud with a full Limit Meter.
- In his Winged Form, Sephiroth gains super armor when doing a Smash Attack as well as a third mid-air jump.
- Though the wing can be activated at high percentages, this situation can greatly vary. For example: if Sephiroth has more Stocks than his opponent, the wing will be activated much later. If he is drastically behind in Stocks, the wing will be activated much earlier in an attempt to level the playing field.
- Sephiroth can lose his wing when he has either KO'd an opponent or himself be KO'd.
- Sephiroth wields his iconic blade, Masamune. It is currently the longest sword in the game, far outclassing Shulk's Monado and Corrin's Dragon Fang. As such, it possesses wide range but slow attack speed. Much like Marth's Exalted Falchion and Roy's Sword of Seals, much of Masamune's strength is centered on a specific area of the blade, though it depends on the attack:
- For slash attacks, the power is concentrated at its middle. The second-strongest part is the tip, and then finally the weakest being the hilt.
- For stabbing attacks, the power is transferred to the blade's tip, then the middle, and then the hilt.
- Sephiroth is one of the tallest and lightest characters in the game, making him very easy to launch at early percents.
- Much like Corrin, Sephiroth can grapple onto walls by stabbing into them with Masamune.
- Jab: Two fast kicks from his leg followed by a hit from the base of Masamune's handle.
- Grab: Traps the opponent in dark energy.
- Pummel: Hits the opponent with bursts of energy
- Edge Attack and Floor Attack: A sweeping kick.
- Dash Attack: A swipe of dark energy from his hands.
- Neutral Aerial: A pulse of dark energy that emanates from him.
- Up Aerial: A wide overhead backflip slash. Visually similar to his Up Smash.
- Forward Aerial: A forward poke of Masamune from his side. This move allows him to grapple onto walls.
- Back Aerial: A wide reverse-slash of Masamune.
- Down Aerial: Hell's Gate from Dissidia Final Fantasy, which itself is based on the infamous scene from Final Fantasy VII where he fatally stabs Aerith Gainsborough from above. A stall-and-fall where Sephiroth will stab straight down to the ground. Due to the length of Masamune, it can pass through platforms and even prevent ledge grabs. It can also Meteor Smash.
- Smash Attacks:
|Sephiroth's Special Moves|
|Standard Special||Flare / Megaflare / Gigaflare|
|Side Special||Shadow Flare|
|Up Special||Blade Dash / Octaslash|
Classic Mode: The Chosen Ones
All fighters in Sephiroth's Classic Mode are against all the bosses normally found in other characters' routes and in World of Light (outside of Galeem and Dharkon), harkening back to Boss Battles mode. This in reference to him being a boss himself in Final Fantasy VII and in subsequent appearances. The song "JENOVA" will play during the end credits.
|2||Galleom||Galleom's Stage||"Boss Battle - Super Smash Bros. Brawl"|
|3||Marx||Marx's Stage||"Vs. Marx"|
|4||Dracula||Dracula's Castle||Phase 1: "Nothing to Lose"
Phase 2: "Black Night"
|5||Ganon||Ganon's Stage||"Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form"|
|6||Giga Bowser||Final Destination||"Giga Bowser"|
|Final||Master Hand and Crazy Hand||Northern Cave (Omega form)||"One-Winged Angel"|
- Sephiroth's codename within the game's files is "edge", likely a reference to either his sword Masamune or the town built on Midgar's ruins in the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- Sephiroth is the first:
- Third-party primary antagonist.
- Character from an already-represented third-party universe to not be an Echo Fighter.
- DLC character representing a DLC universe (albeit DLC from the previous game).
- DLC character that needs to be fought first to be acquired (albeit optionally through a limited-time mode).
- Character to fight all the Classic Mode bosses in their route, as well as to not face any fighters at any point.
- Sephiroth is the second character:
- Sephiroth is the third:
- Almost all of the CG portions of Sephiroth's trailer make many references to Advent Children:
- His line "Now, I shall give Smash despair" is a variant of "Shall I give you despair?", a question he asks Cloud during their final battle.
- Sephiroth turning the skies dark green is a direct recreation of a similar scene from the film as their final battle begins (which is also referenced during their final battle in Final Fantasy VII Remake).
- The silhouetted shot where he seemingly stabs Mario is a near exact recreation of a similar shot where he impales Cloud.
- Their sword fight and Cloud's triggering of Omnislash Ver. 5 is an abridged version of their final battle in the film, where Cloud deals the finishing blow to Sephiroth. In fact, several brief shots during the sequence, such as the zoom-in on their faces and Cloud flying up to Sephiroth, are exact recreations of similar shots from the film.
- Their final dialogue in the trailer ("Stay where you belong, in my memories." "I will never be a memory.") is ripped straight from the film, where Cloud successfully defeats Sephiroth.
- Sephiroth cloaking himself in his wing before activating his Final Smash is also how he disappears after being defeated in the film.
- Cloud is in his Advent Children outfit through the entirety of the trailer, specifically the variant that exposes the ribbon tied to his arm that commemorates Aerith Gainsborough. This version of the outfit is fitting, as the sleeve covering it was torn off during the battle against Bahamut SIN by the time Sephiroth reveals himself in the film.
- The song heard throughout the trailer, "Advent: One-Winged Angel", is taken from the film's score, which also played during Cloud and Sephiroth's final battle in the movie.
- Sephiroth's trailer marks the first appearance of Cloud in CGI, as all of his previous appearances in other characters' trailers were during the gameplay portions.
- Sephiroth's trailer is the first to feature appearances from previous DLC characters in CGI, being Hero (specifically Erdrick) and Banjo & Kazooie.
- Interestingly, Sephiroth's official render for Ultimate doesn't show the full length of Masamune, instead being shortened to reach the same height as his wing. However, it is possible that this could actually be the effect of forced perspective.
- The usual fighting stance Sephiroth takes in almost all of his appearances (such as the render for his shirtless palette swap) is now his side Taunt, while the stance he takes in Ultimate is instead the one Kadaj uses in Advent Children.
- In keeping with his character, all of Sephiroth's KO lines are nothing more than very short grunts.
- Sephiroth is one of six characters whose fanfares are direct rips, the other five being Sonic, Bayonetta, Joker, Hero, and Steve.
- Sephiroth is the ninth character to have unique dialogue in a victory screen when a specific character is present, the other eight being Fox, Falco, Wolf, Palutena, Dark Pit, Robin, Lucina, and Simon. If Cloud was present in a match, Sephiroth has a chance of saying "I will never be a memory."
- His is also the first DLC fighter to have this Easter egg.
- Much like Cloud, Ultimate is Sephiroth's third appearance in a fighting game, following Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring and the Dissidia Final Fantasy series.