The Hero from Dragon Quest VIII, known as Eight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, originates from the Dragon Quest series, a popular Japanese role-playing game (RPG) franchise developed by Square Enix. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was first released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004.
Appearance: Eight, or the Hero from Dragon Quest VIII, appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate wearing his iconic blue armor and wielding a sword. His design is inspired by the character from the Dragon Quest series, featuring distinctive clothing and a bandana.
Abilities and Fighting Style: As with other Dragon Quest Heroes, Eight is a versatile character with a combination of physical attacks and magical spells. He uses a sword in close combat and can cast a variety of spells from the command menu, enhancing his strategic options in battle.
- Neutral Special – Frizz / Frizzle / Kafrizz: Eight charges up and releases a fireball. The charge level determines the spell’s power.
- Side Special – Zap / Zapple / Kazap: Eight summons lightning, and the spell’s power depends on how long the button is held.
- Up Special – Woosh / Swoosh / Kaswoosh: Eight creates a tornado, providing vertical recovery. The spell’s power varies based on the charge.
- Down Special – Command Selection: Eight opens a command menu to select special moves, including powerful attacks like Kamikazee and Thwack.
Final Smash – Gigaslash: Eight’s Final Smash involves trapping caught opponents in a cinematic sequence where he performs the powerful Gigaslash, dealing significant damage.
In-Game Unlocking: Eight is available as downloadable content (DLC) in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Players can acquire him by purchasing the Fighter Pass or the Challenger Pack 3.
Trophies and Spirits: Eight has associated trophies and spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These collectibles provide additional information about the Dragon Quest series and various poses or scenes.
Crossover Gameplay: The inclusion of Eight from Dragon Quest VIII in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate allows players to engage in battles featuring this iconic RPG character against fighters from different Nintendo franchises and beyond. Eight’s diverse moveset, spellcasting mechanics, and connection to the Dragon Quest series make him a unique and exciting addition to the diverse roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.