Cloud Strife, a character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, originates from the game “Final Fantasy VII,” which was released for the Sony PlayStation in 1997. Final Fantasy VII is a critically acclaimed role-playing game developed by Square (now Square Enix).
Appearance: In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Cloud Strife appears in his iconic design from Final Fantasy VII, featuring his spiky blond hair, oversized Buster Sword, and distinctive SOLDIER uniform. Cloud also has an alternate costume known as the “Final Fantasy VII Advent Children” outfit, which reflects his appearance in the movie “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.”
Abilities and Fighting Style: Cloud is a versatile swordsman with a focus on powerful sword strikes. He has a unique mechanic known as the “Limit Break,” which allows him to charge up and unleash enhanced special moves when the Limit Gauge is full.
- Neutral Special – Blade Beam (Limit Break: Finishing Touch): Cloud charges energy in his sword and releases a projectile. In Limit Break mode, this move becomes Finishing Touch, a powerful spinning attack.
- Side Special – Cross Slash (Limit Break: Cross Slash): Cloud delivers a series of sword slashes, with a Limit Break version that adds an additional finishing move.
- Up Special – Climhazzard (Limit Break: Climhazzard): Cloud performs a rising slash attack, with the Limit Break version providing increased height and power.
- Down Special – Limit Charge (Limit Break: Omnislash): Cloud charges his Limit Gauge, allowing him to access enhanced Limit Break versions of his special moves.
Final Smash – Omnislash: Cloud’s Final Smash involves trapping caught opponents in a cinematic sequence where he performs the iconic Omnislash, a series of powerful sword strikes.
In-Game Unlocking: Cloud is available as a downloadable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Players can purchase and download him from the Nintendo eShop.
Trophies and Spirits: Cloud has associated trophies and spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These collectibles provide additional information about Cloud’s role in Final Fantasy VII and various poses or scenes.
Crossover Gameplay: The inclusion of Cloud in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate allows players to engage in battles featuring this iconic character against fighters from different Nintendo franchises and beyond. Cloud’s unique Limit Break mechanics and powerful swordplay contribute to the diverse roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.