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Exactly what are Echo Fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? There's a lot of confusion about these type of characters

Echo Fighters only have different properties, but aren't allowed to have unique attacks

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 21, 2018 at 10:12 a.m. PDT • Comments: 35

The announcement of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate provided us with quite the info drop. This game's roster so far will consist of every single fighter that has been playable in Super Smash Bros. history, Splatoon's Inkling, Super Mario Land's Daisy, and Metroid's Ridley.

An interesting term was provided to us during the big reveal. Lucina, Dark Pit, and the newly announced Daisy are being referred to as "Echo Fighters."

From what I've been seeing, there's actually been a lot of confusion about what an Echo Fighter actually is. The Men in Black 2 banner for this story may or may not be very loosely inspired by a conversation that I had with someone...

It's very important to understand that Lucina, Dark Pit, and Daisy are currently the only announced Echo Fighters. Dr. Mario is not an Echo Fighter of Mario.

Meanwhile, Toon Link and Young Link are also not Echo Fighters. Pichu does not appear to fit the criteria to be Pikachu's Echo Fighter either. Finally, while Ganondorf does share move similarities to Captain Falcon, he is definitely not an Echo Fighter.

On the Super Smash Bros. website, we are able to see that Echo Fighters share the same slot number as the character that they mirror. Their status is denoted by the epsilon symbol that sits next to that number.

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These particular Echo Fighters appear to have access to the exact same moves and attributes as the character that they mirror. With that said, they are allowed to have different idle animations, taunts, and Final Smashes.

If one character that is mirroring another has access to a move that the other doesn't, then they are no longer an Echo Fighter. They instead become two unique fighters.

Marth and Lucina have the exact same attacks and movement options. The most notable difference between the two are the properties of their attacks.

While Marth's attacks are strongest at the very tip of the sword, Lucina's blade typically deals the same amount of damage and knockback no matter how she hits the opponent. Lucina also tends to be slightly shorter than Marth which makes it so that her attacks have one pixel less range.

Some match ups are different between the two and they are played exactly the same. Like Marth, Lucina still wants to keep the opponent at a range where she is hitting with the tip of her attacks.

It's worth noting that Roy shares a number of attacks with Marth and Lucina. If "Echo Fighters" was a term that was created during Super Smash Bros. Melee's development, he could potentially be considered to be Marth's Echo Fighter.

Since then, Roy has actually developed a number of attacks that are unique to him. As a result of this, Roy and Marth have different character slots.

Looking at the case of Mario and his clone, Dr. Mario also probably would've been an Echo Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee. They have the exact same attacks and animation, but utilize different properties.

Now that Mario's down special is the F.L.U.D.D. and Dr. Mario has retained his spin, they are different enough. It's also worth mentioning that Dr. Mario now has a new down aerial attack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As for Pichu and Ganondorf, they could never actually be considered Echo Fighters. Even in Super Smash Bros. Melee, they had access to attacks that the characters that they mirrored did not.

While Captain Falcon is notable for his "Knee of Justice" forward aerial, Ganondorf always used an overhead swing of his fist. Meanwhile, Pichu and Pikachu's up smash attacks are completely different.

We are very likely to see additional Echo Fighters before the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7, 2018. It certainly is very curious that Samus's 8th color was removed and Dark Samus has yet to be spotted as an Assist Trophy.

There's a possibility that Dark Samus could become an Echo Fighter of Samus. Only time will tell if that announcement will be made.

Speculation has also been brewing that should Dixie Kong join the roster, she would be an Echo Fighter of her boyfriend, Diddy Kong. This actually seems very unlikely to me.

If Dixie Kong were an Echo Fighter, then it means that she wouldn't make use of her banana shaped hair in anything other than idle animations, taunts, or her Final Smash. At that point, it's not really Dixie Kong anymore.

This would essentially mean that she would be given a rocket barrel for her up special instead of her iconic helicopter spin. This would be very awkward to see.

I imagine if Dixie Kong were to join the roster, she would be given her own moveset. Even if she has a few copies of Diddy's moves, she would be bound to have at least one or two unique attacks, thus she would be excluded as an Echo Fighter.

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