Nintendo recently announced fan-favorite villain from Final Fantasy 7 (and Final Fantasy 7 Remake) Sephiroth is the latest DLC fighter to join the humongous roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Challenger Pack 8 is launching on December 22, but you can unlock Sephiroth early by completing a special boss battle.

To gain access to the Sephiroth Challenge, you’ll need to pre-order Challenger Pack 8, either separately ($5.99), or as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2 ($29.99). Fight the JRPG villain and complete the challenge on any difficulty to unlock Sephiroth, as well as the Northern Cave stage and nine new musical tracks, including his infamous boss theme, “One-Winged Angel.”

Sephiroth is the second character from Final Fantasy 7 to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, after main protagonist Cloud. Sephiroth is a faster, lighter fighter, but also taller. Wielding the powerful Masamune, Sephiroth employs fast air attacks, spells, and throws.

The new Northern Cave stage represents a climactic encounter with the boss, and features powerful summons in the background. In Classic Mode, Sephiroth takes on a series of other video game bosses, such as Dracula and Ganondorf.

You can watch series creator Masahiro Sakurai provide a detailed breakdown of Sephiroth in a new developer video above.

“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues to be the largest gathering of characters in video game history,” said Nick Chavez, Senior VP, Nintendo of America. “Every time new content is added to the game, it gives players even more ways to play, more strategies to perfect and more video game history to reminisce about.”

Fighters Pass Volume 2 also includes Min Min from Arms and Steve from Minecraft. Three more fighters will be releasing throughout the next year to complete the Fighters Pass. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available exclusively on Nintendo Switch.


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