Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are the next DLC characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but there is some confusion regarding how many fighter slots they are taking. The confusion stems from the official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website and how it numbers the fighters.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features every character from the history of the franchise, yet the series is all over the place when it comes to numbering them. The official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website lists the Ice Climbers as a single character, even though two are always present on the screen. The Pokémon Trainer is listed as three characters (Charizard, Ivysaur, and Squirtle), none of whom are the Pokémon Trainer. Rosalina and Luma are both considered a single character. Bowser Jr. is classed as a single character, even though his costumes all have different names. Duck Hunt Duo is a single character, even though it’s composed of three beings (the dog, the duck, and the person with the NES Zapper). Banjo & Kazooie are listed as a single character, as are the four different versions of Hero, and the two versions of Byleth.
The official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website lists Pyra and Mythra with different numbers, which raises the question of how many fighter slots they’re actually taking?
The official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website lists Pyra as fighter #79 and Mythra as fighter #80. Despite this, they are considered to be a single character in terms of gameplay. The official gameplay trailer for Pyra and Mythra showed them transforming into each other, which will likely be done with the down special command. This gimmick originally belonged to Princess Zelda and Sheik, as well as the Pokémon Trainer. The gimmick had to be scrapped in Super Smash Bros. 3DS, as the system couldn’t handle loading in another character mid-game without slowdown. This is also the reason the Ice Climbers were dropped in this generation. Hardware is no longer an issue, so Pyra and Mythra can use the transformation gimmick.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website also lists two empty slots for the remaining DLC fighters. This means that fans don’t have to worry about the new Xenoblade characters taking up too many fighter slots, as there are still two more characters waiting to join the roster. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans should know who the remaining Smash DLC characters are by the end of the year.
Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in March.
Source: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate