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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate x NieR:Automata is the name of the collaboration between Nintendo's crossover fighting game and Square Enix's NieR:Automata. As part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass 2, content from NieR:Automata would appear in the game in the form of paid downloadable content, including the protagonist 2B as an additional playable character, Amusement Park as a stage, music from the series and additional spirits. As a bonus, A2 is included as an echo fighter.

The inclusion of 2B would be revealed at E3 2020, with the character being set for release in November 23rd, 2020. 2B is the third character to be revealed for the second fighter pass, with A2 being the first downloadable echo fighter.

This page was created by Helena Harper (tbc) as a conception of 2B in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, inspired by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate x Devil May Cry, being a proof of concept.

Franchise overview

NieR:Automata is the sequel to the original Nier Gestalt/Replicant. Despite it's sequel status, it features a very different setting although is set in the same universe as the original game, just much further into the future. In this universe, humans are mostly a memory and robots run across Earth in a proxy war against invaders. The game was developed by PlatinumGames with Yoko Toro directing. The game was a surprising success, with it's announcement also coming as a surprise due to how poorly the first game was received and was a financial flop.

2B has been in many games since her debut in Nier:Automata, including appearances in mobile titles and Soulcalibur VI.

Challenger Pack

As part of the Challenger Pack, the following content is added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

#78: 2B

2B
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Yorha2Bsmashrender
SSB NieR Automata Series
Universe NieR:Automata
Availability Downloadable

YoRHa No.2 Type B (Battle) aka 2B is added as a playable character along with a wealth of brand new content for the game. She is labelled fighter #78 and features her primary outfit from NieR:Automata. She has her 2P alternate color scheme as her second costume, which first appeared in Soulcalibur VI and appears as the central character in YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse, a raid in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. Her other alternate costumes are color swaps that reference other characters from the NieR universe, including Commander White, Devola, and Kaine. Some of her alternate costumes remove the blindfold around her face as well, or add ribbons to her hairbow. She also features her Heavy Armor A costume as her final alternate costume.

2B is a very light fighter with a good amount of air game. Her ability to switch between heavy and light sword attacks allows her to do more damage at differing attack lags. She can move across the stage quickly while attacking, allowing her to propel herself and her opponent towards the edge of the stage, moreso with her heavy sword attacks. Another unique property of her sword attacks is the ability to use them dislocated from her hands, allowing her to gain greater reach. However, some attacks will add additional lag to when she can next attack, as it will become buried in the ground and 2B has to resummon it back to her to resume attacking. She is overall a very fluid fighter with some openings at the ends of her better attacks that can be punished if not careful.

2B stands out against other fighters due to her two weapon system as well as the ability to space out her attacks using Pod 042. Her moveset is also very fluid, allowing her to quickly buffer into other moves, allowing for creative combos. She is particularly strong against heavy opponents. Opponents with similar speed and/or attack strength and speed tend to be where she finds the most difficulty against. Stunning her during her moves can allow for openings to attack. Pod 042 can get around some of these problems due to him being considered a separate entity.

Moveset

Name Description
Ext3 0e1
Pod Laser
2B summons Pod 042 in front of her to fire a short shot that reaches about 2 character distances. Hold down to have Pod 042 continually fire- you can move around so long as Pod 042 is active on the screen. Each shot deals about 2% damage and stuns. While not good for attacking foes at a range, it can be used to interrupt attacking opponents fairly quickly.
Ext3 0e1 Ext3 0d6
Pod Program R050: Spear
2B summons a row of three energy spears that shoot up from the ground and stab the opponent. This can knock opponents away from the direction 2B is facing and each spear deals about 7-8% damage. When used near a ledge, it can kill at around 90%.
Ext3 0e1 Ext3 0d1
Upper Chain
2B slashes with her active sword, dealing 7-11% damage with her short sword and 17-19% damage with her heavy sword. The light sword will give her more distance in the air, but the heavy sword will deal more damage. Hold to summon Pod 042 to carry 2B, letting her descend slowly. Being hit will put 2B in a state of helplessness.
Ext3 0e1 Ext3 0d2
Evasive System
2B performs a dodge, shifting backwards as she does. If she is attacked while dodging, she will appear as three afterimages, which act as teleport points. Tilt the control stick in the direction you want to reappear in- appearing either further back, at the original dodge point, or slightly above in the air. She won't take damage if the afterimages appear.
Ext3 0e1 +
Ext3 0a6 or Ext3 0a7
Sword Switch
Pressing the shield and special attack button at the same time will switch 2B's active weapon from either the short sword or heavy sword. This effects Upper Chain and her standard attacks.
SSBUSmashBall
YoRHa Flight Unit Type B
2B disappears and a reticle will appear, rather large as well. Tilting the control stick will change where it's positioned. After 2 seconds and a half, a YoRHa Flight Unit will fly to the area outlined by the reticle and slam into foes to deal massive knockback.
SSBUSmashBall
(Metered)
Self Destruct
2B's metered Final Smash is completely different, causing 2B explode and deal massive damage around her. It also deals 50% damage to 2B and causes her to be put into a heavy stun state. Her skirt will also have been destroyed in the impact. While it is very powerful, it's also something that can be considered very risky as it damages 2B as well. To use a weaker version of 2B's normal Final Smash, use the Up Special Attack input.

#78ε: A2

A2
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
YorhaA2
SSB NieR Automata Series
Universe NieR:Automata
Availability Downloadable

YoRHa Type A (Attacker) No.2 aka A2 is 2B's echo fighter, and so far the only known echo fighter to be included with a downloadable fighter. She is labelled fighter #78ε and features her primary outfit from NieR:Automata. Her alternate costumers reference other characters from the NieR universe, such as Officer 21O and Pascal. Some of her alternate costumes feature short hair.

As 2B's echo fighter, A2 is naturally very similar to her in playstyle. However, she features a number of key differences from her:

  • Her light attacks deal less damage but are faster while her heavy attacks deal more damage but are slower in comparison to 2B. The differences between the blades are more pronounced as a result.
  • A2 features a different Down Special that allows her to deal more damage after boosting. When in Beserk Mode, she can deal damage with the dash.
  • A2 also features a different final Smash known as Berserk Mode. It is similar to Self Destruct but boosts her damage output after executing it while continually damaging her until she hits 300%.

As 2B's echo, she plays very similarly overall, but more aggressive, with her changes to the moveset making her able to fight faster with the short blade and deal more damage with the heavy blade. The differences between the two characters are a little more pronounced than usual for echo fighters, but still features a lot of the same weaknesses and strengths of her original fighter while changing things for more aggressive play.

Moveset

Name Description
Ext3 0e1
Pod Laser
A2 summons Pod 042 in front of her to fire a short shot that reaches about 2 character distances. Hold down to have Pod 042 continually fire- you can move around so long as Pod 042 is active on the screen. Each shot deals about 2% damage and stuns. While not good for attacking foes at a range, it can be used to interrupt attacking opponents fairly quickly.
Ext3 0e1 Ext3 0d6
Pod Program R050: Spear
A2 summons a row of three energy spears that shoot up from the ground and stab the opponent. This can knock opponents away from the direction A2 is facing and each spear deals about 7-8% damage. When used near a ledge, it can kill at around 90%.
Ext3 0e1 Ext3 0d1
Upper Chain
A2 slashes with her active sword, dealing 4-7% damage with her short sword and 19-24% damage with her heavy sword. The light sword will give her more distance in the air, but the heavy sword will deal more damage. Hold to summon Pod 042 to carry A2, letting her descend slowly. Being hit will put A2 in a state of helplessness.
Ext3 0e1 Ext3 0d2
Dark Boost
A2 boosts towards the opponent as opposed to 2B's backwards flip away. She will gain superarmor during this dash and her eyes briefly glow red, making attacks that follow up from the dash deal 1.3x more damage than normal. In Berserk Mode, she deals damage with the dash and her attacks gain 1.7x more power.
Ext3 0e1 +
Ext3 0a6 or Ext3 0a7
Sword Switch
Pressing the shield and special attack button at the same time will switch A2's active weapon from either the short sword or heavy sword. This effects Upper Chain and her standard attacks.
SSBUSmashBall
Berserk
A2 pulses with red electricity and goes into Berserk Mode. She gains a speed boost and a increase in attacking power, dealing 1.5x more damage with it active. However, her health will increase rapidly until she hits 300% health, in which she will end Berserk Mode. This makes the end outcome very risky, similar to Self Destruct.

Stage: Amusement Park

NieR:Automata
Amusement Park
AmusementParkNier
SSB NieR Automata Series
Universe NieR:Automata
Home Stage 2B
A2
Availability Downloadable
Max. Players 8

Amusement Park is a stage that comes bundled with the Fighter Pack. In the context of the NieR:Automata series, it is home to a bunch of robots and is nearby the robot village. Many of the robots here are passive when 2B and 9S originally go through here. While not a major part of the story of NieR:Automata the area has an iconic look to it, featuring a heart shaped hole and broken down rides.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the stage takes place on a gazebo just outside of the park. Fireworks are fired in the distance from the park, while friendly robots throw confetti in the background. The layout of the stage features a platform close to the bottom of the screen with the sides of the stage cut off to have ledges that lead down to the bottom blast area. The stage features decent sized blast ranges, although the camera is directed close to the stage.

The main platform features a roof and pillars that hold it up, as well as the main platform. The top of the roof is decorated with lights and features a additional jutting roofbit that separates one half of the roof platform in the center. It also the only part of the stage platform players can't jump through or descend down.

The stage lacks true hazards, true to how it is in it's original game. The stage also expands in size when 6 players are put into consideration, able to hold up to 8 as a result. The stage plays music from the NieR:Automata series only.

Spirits

Fighter Spirits

Spirit Acquisition
YoRHa No.2 Type B Yorha2Bsmashrender
  • Complete Classic Mode with 2B.
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 300G (after downloading 2B).
2B
YoRHa No.2A YorhaA2
  • Complete Classic Mode with A2.
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 300G (after downloading A2).
A2

Primary Spirits

Spirit Fighter + Condition Stage + Music Rank + Type When Equipped
Grimoire Weiss Robin SSBUltimate Coliseum SSBU Stage
Coliseum
★★★☆
Advanced
Power: 2,841—8,567
Magic Attack ↑
Grimoire Weiss
  • The enemy has increased melee damage.
  • The enemy has increased projectile damage.
Alien Manifestation SpiritTypeNeutral
Primary
Kaine ZeroSuitSamus SSBUltimate DistantPlanet SSBU
Distant Planet
★★☆☆
Advanced
Power: 1,791—7,192
Kaine
  • The enemy has increased melee damage.
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Killing Edge.
A Beautiful Song SpiritTypeAttack
Primary
PascalNieR ROB SSBUltimate
Villager SSBUltimateVillager SSBUltimateVillager SSBUltimate
GaurPlain SSBU
Gaur Plain
★★★★
Legendary
Power: 4,000—10,000
Pascal
  • Defeat the main fighter to win.
  • Backed by three Villagers.
  • Avoids combat where possible.
  • Fights back at 300% and has increased power to smash attacks.
Possessed by Disease (Become God) SpiritTypeShield
Primary
DevolaPoppolaNieR Yorha2BsmashrenderYorhaA2 KalosPokemonLeague SSBU
Kalos Pokémon League
★★☆☆
Advanced
Power: 1,584—6,336
Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Devola and Popola (NieR)
  • Defeat both fighters to win.
  • The enemies starts the battle with a Staff.
Bipolar Nightmare SpiritTypeGrab
Primary
DevolaPoppola Enhanced spirit. N/A ★★★☆
Ace
Power: 2,972—8,917
Magic Attack ↑
Devola and Popola (Automata) SpiritTypeGrab
Primary

Support Spirits

Spirit Fighter + Condition Stage + Music Rank + Type When Equipped
YoRHa No.9 Type S Pit SSBUltimate AmusementParkNier
Amusement Park
★★☆☆
Advanced
Screen-Flip Immunity
9S
  • The enemy has increased projectile damage.
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Ray Gun.
  • Stamina battle.
Wretched Weaponry (Dynamic) Support
YoRHa Commander Yorha2Bsmashrender
Yorha2BsmashrenderPit SSBUltimate
Mementos SSBU
Mementos
★★★☆
Ace
Chance of Double Final Smash
Commander White
  • Defeat the main fighter to win.
  • Backed by 2B and Pit.
The End of YoRHa Support
NieR Emil 2x MetaKnight SSBUltimate Mushroomy Kingdom
Mushroomy Kingdom
(Battlefield)
★★☆☆
Advanced
Freezie Equipped
Emil
  • The floor is sticky.
  • The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly.
Emil (Despair) Support
Anemone Snake SSBUltimate Gerudo Valley SSBU Stage
Gerudo Valley
★★★☆
Ace
Metal Killer
Anemone
  • The stage is covered in fog.
  • Hostile assist trophies will appear.
Birth of a Wish Support

Music

Mii Costumes

A total of 5 new Mii costumes were made available, featuring costumes inspired by characters by the Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, and Hitman franchises. Additionally, two new hats were also made downloadable, featuring attire inspired by the NieR and Dragon Quest franchises.

Trivia

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