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Initiative

The Smash Initiative is a Super Smash Bros. spinoff game developed by Project Sora and Pyro Enterprises. It is once again helmed by Pyrostar (tbc), the developer behind Super Smash Bros. Quantum and Super Smash Bros. Y, and is stated to be a breather project to assist him in developing the latter.

Gameplay

Gameplay in Initiative is meant to balance the more casual mindset of Super Smash Bros. Y, and hones in more on the competitive aspect of the series. Unlike Y's speed and maneuverability, which is a mixture of SSB4 and Brawl with some Melee aspects, Initiative focuses almost entirely on Melee attributes, ranging from overall speed to various tactical abilities and the return of wavedashing, which has been revamped into the new ability known as Strikedashing, which enables characters to dash in any direction in the air as a charging attack.

Initiative also introduces the concept of Alternate Characters or Secondary Characters. On the character selection screen, pressing X on the Cryogon controller changes all characters into their alternate form. Alternate Characters are similar to the base character, but have enough differences to warrant their separation. As such, most clones have been removed and placed as Alternate Characters.

Smash Meter

Initiative also introduces the Smash Meter, an icon located below each player's percentage. The Super Meter fills as players attack each other, filling more when the player themselves are attacked. Once the bar fills, players may press the X button to perform a Super Smash, and incredibly powerful attack. While the meter can be drained when full to use a Super Smash, it can be saved as well for a stronger Hyper Smash, which requires 2 full meters, and a much stronger Final Smash, which requires 3 full meters. If Smash Balls are turned on, they will now instantly fill all 3 required meters if broken.

The Smash Meter can also be used for other strategic maneuvers such as the ones listed below:

  • Shield Bomb: Pressing X while guarding generates a shockwave of energy around the shield that stuns opponents. Drains 3/4 of a bar.
  • Instant Charge: Pressing X while charging up a charging attack such as Giant Punch or Thoron will instantly store the maximum charge, enabling the user to quickly fire off the fully charge attack. Drains 1/2 of a bar.
  • Escape: Pressing X while grabbed by an opponent generates a shockwave that causes them to let the user go. Drains 1/4 of a bar.
  • EX Throw: Pressing X while grabbing an enemy causes the player character to perform a fifth throw variant known as an EX Throw, which tends to be more powerful than normal throws. Drains 3/4 of a bar.

Characters

Character Description Moveset Special Moves
SSB Mario SeriesSuper MarioSSB Mario Series
Mario SSB4
Mario
Veteran
Starter
The hero of the Mushroom Kingdom and probably the most well-known character in gaming. Mario is the quintessential character in both his home series and Smash. This time, however, he's gained a few new tricks for the competitive crowd. Standard - Fireball
Side - Cape
Up - Super Jump Punch
Down - Mario Tornado
Super: Firebrand
Hyper: Mega Mario
Final: Mario Finale
SSB The Legend of Zelda SeriesThe Legend of ZeldaSSB The Legend of Zelda Series
Link SSB4
Link
Veteran
Starter
Wielder of the Triforce of Courage and the hero of the land of Hyrule. Link's strength remains in both his sword and his vast array of items, giving him strong attacks up close and more varied options from afar. Standard - Arrow
Side - Boomerang
Up - Spin Attack
Down - Bomb
Super: Fire Rod
Hyper: Skyward Strike
Final: Triforce Slash
HW Ganondorf - Era of Twilight Armor
Ganondorf
Veteran
Unlockable
Wielder of the Triforce of Power, Ganondorf is the timeless adversary of Link and Zelda. While he retains his focus on slow, violent combat, he has now received an entirely new moveset based on his powerful broadsword. Standard - Warlock Cleave
Side - Demon Charge
Up - Dark Slice
Down - Dead Man's Volley
Super: Reflect
Hyper: Power Focus
Final: Beast Ganon
SSB Kirby SeriesKirbySSB Kirby Series
Kirby SSB4
Kirby
Veteran
Starter
The infantile hero of Dream Land. He is infamous for his inhaling ability, which lets him inhale an enemy in order to temporarily gain their powers and attributes. Kirby remains a glass cannon, but his exact stats now vary depending on what he has inhaled. Standard - Inhale
Side - Hammer
Up - Final Cutter
Down - Stone
Super: Cook
Hyper: Ultra Sword
Final: Hypernova
Magolor SSB4
Magolor
Newcomer
Starter
A mysterious alien from the planet Halcandra. Magolor's motives consistently vary- he has been both friend and foe to Kirby. He is a glass cannon similarly to Kirby, but takes more of a ranged focus akin to Mewtwo or Robin. Standard - Dark Orb
Side - Direct Orbs
Up - Air Twirl
Down - Spikes
Super: Star Shield
Hyper: Dark Ultra Sword
Final: CROWNED
SSB Pokémon SeriesPokémonSSB Pokémon Series
Pikachu SSB4
Pikachu
Veteran
Starter
The mascot of the entire Pokémon series. Though he's not the most powerful Pokémon in existence, Pikachu's speed is one of the best in both his home series and Smash. Beware his new Parabolic Charge ability! Standard - Electro Ball
Side - Skull Bash
Up - Quick Attack
Down - Thunder
Super: Thunderbolt
Hyper: Zap Cannon
Final: Volt Tackle
MewtwoSSB4
Mewtwo
Veteran
Unlockable
One of the most powerful Pokémon in existance, Mewtwo once again brings his psychic powers into the battle. Mewtwo remains an all-powerful glass cannon, but he now brings some new moves to the table... Standard - Shadow Ball
Side - Confusion
Up - Teleport
Down - Disable
Super: Gravity
Hyper: Psyshock
Final: Psystrike
SSB Fire Emblem SeriesFire EmblemSSB Fire Emblem Series
MarthAnarchy
Marth
Veteran
Starter
The Hero-King himself returns to the battlefield! A favorite of competitive players, Marth retains his signature style of swordsplay with a focus on positioning, but he now has additional electric attributes on some attacks. Standard - Shield Breaker
Side - Sword Dance
Up - Dolphin Slash
Down - Counter
Super: Shield Shatter
Hyper: Critical Hit
Final: Grand Sword Dance
SSBZSplatoonSymbol2SplatoonSSBZSplatoonSymbol2
Splatoon-Inkling Render 001
Inkling
Newcomer
Starter
Is it a kid or a squid? In any case, the Inkling is a master of all things colorful and gun-like, using a wide array of artistic weapons to attack from afar. With good recovery and low weight, the Inkling is a true acrobat across the battlefield. Standard - Splat Charger
Side - Splat Roller
Up - Super Jump
Down - Splat Bomb
Super: Disruptor
Hyper: Inkstrike
Final: Inkzooka

Character Description Moveset Special Moves
SSB Mario SeriesSuper MarioSSB Mario Series
Dr. Mario SSB4
Dr. Mario
Veteran
Starter
Mario after trading in his overalls for a lab coat in order to combat the Virus menace. Dr. Mario shares most of Mario's attributes, but trades a bit of recovery ability for a boost in strength. Standard - Megavitamin
Side - Sheet
Up - Super Jump Punch
Down - Dr. Tornado
Super: Medihand
Hyper: Mega Doctor
Final: Doctor Finale
SSB The Legend of Zelda SeriesThe Legend of ZeldaSSB The Legend of Zelda Series
Adult Link (Hyrule Warriors) Hylians shield and Master Sword
Link (Hero of Time)
Vet Clone
Starter
Link's incarnation in Ocarina of Time. This version of Link packs edited attributes from all his appearances in Smash, primarily Melee's lost clone, Young Link. He also packs some improved recovery options. Standard - Fire Arrow
Side - Boomerang
Up - Spin Attack
Down - Bomb
Super: Ice Rod
Hyper: Skyward Strike
Final: Triforce Slash
Demise-tloz
Demise
Vet Clone
Unlockable
The original incarnation of the dark entity that is Ganondorf. Demise is much more of a master of his broadsword, and trades some of Ganondorf's power for speed and recovery. He also possesses some electric attributes that Ganondorf lacks.. Standard - Demonic Cleave
Side - Demon Charge
Up - Dark Slice
Down - Lightning Volley
Super: Reflect
Hyper: Power Focus
Final: Lightning Storm
SSB Kirby SeriesKirbySSB Kirby Series
Keeby3D
Keeby
Vet Clone
Starter
A yellow puffball with unknown relations to Kirby. He is slightly stronger and slower than normal Kirby, but the biggest difference is Keeby's inability to inhale his opponents. Standard - Ice Breath
Side - Hammer
Up - Cutter
Down - Big Stone
Super: Cook
Hyper: Ultra Sword
Final: Crash
Daranza
Taranza
Newcomer
Starter
The spider-like Taranza may or may not have any relations to Magolor, but his moveset is quite similar. Taranza is even more powerful than Magolor, but is even more of a glass cannon- a few good hits will render him helpless. Standard - Dark Web
Side - Direct Orbs
Up - Air Twirl
Down - Spikes
Super: Spider Shield
Hyper: Dark Axe
Final: FLOWERED
SSB Pokémon SeriesPokémonSSB Pokémon Series
Pichu Smashified by KryptonLion
Pichu
Veteran
Starter
Pikachu's pre-evolution. Back in Melee, Pichu was stronger than Pikachu in most ways, but damaged itself upon using most attacks. While that remains true, he now gains Lucario's Aura ability, getting stronger the more damaged he gets! Standard - Electro Ball
Side - Wild Charge
Up - Agility
Down - Thunder
Super: Thunderbolt
Hyper: Zap Cannon
Final: Volt Tackle
PMMewtwoAlt
Mewtwo (Armored)
Vet Clone
Unlockable
Mewtwo wearing special Team Rocket-designed armor. This increases Mewtwo's weight and psychic power, making him harder to KO at the cost of recovery. The psychic boost also gives him a unique move from normal Mewtwo- Psycho Cut. Standard - Aura Sphere
Side - Psycho Cut
Up - Teleport
Down - Future Sight
Super: Gravity
Hyper: Psyshock
Final: Psystrike
SSB Fire Emblem SeriesFire EmblemSSB Fire Emblem Series
Royssb4
Roy
Veteran
Starter
The Young Lion joins the fight once again! Roy has a slightly more unorthodox fighting style than Marth, and his power is focused on the hilt of his blade rather than the tip. He also possesses his usual fire attributes. Standard - Flare Blade
Side - Double-Edge Dance
Up - Blazer
Down - Counter
Super: Flare Shatter
Hyper: Critical Hit
Final: Grand Double-Edge
SSBZSplatoonSymbol2SplatoonSSBZSplatoonSymbol2
OctolingWithoutVisor
Octoling
Newcomer
Starter
A member of the elite Octarian Army Corps, the only members of the species that can change into humanoid form. The Octoling is more of a close-range battler than the Inkling, replacing range with speed in almost any circumstance. Standard - Classic Squiffer
Side - Carbon Roller
Up - Super Jump
Down - Burst Bomb
Super: Disruptor
Hyper: Octostrike
Final: Octozooka

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