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This article is about Marth's appearance in Super Smash Flash 2. For general information about the character, see Marth.
Marth
in Super Smash Flash 2
SSF2 Marth
Fire Emblem symbol
Marth's official pixel art.
Universe Fire Emblem
Stock icon SSF2 Marth head
Availability Starter
Weight class Medium-light
Final Smash Critical Hit
Tier A (7)

Marth is a veteran starter character in Super Smash Flash 2, and was announced along with Zero Suit Samus and Chibi-Robo at the McLeodGaming booth for Super Smash Flash 2 in APEX 2014. His sprites are custom-made and based on his appearance in Super Smash Bros Brawl and his moveset is taken directly from the same game. He uses voice clips from Super Smash Bros. Melee, which are recycled for every Smash game he appears in with the exception of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which Marth has full-English voice clips.

Marth is ranked 7th on the tier list, a noticeable drop from his 3rd position on the previous Beta tier list. Marth has disjointed range, fast attacks, amazing combo ability, great ground mobility and finishers in his tipped smash attacks; tipped up aerial, down aerial, and back aerial; and Counter, depending on how much knockback the opponent's attack had dealt. Marth has a strong air game thanks to his fast, disjointed aerials. Marth is also a good edge guarder, making it very difficult for his opponents to make it back to the stage.

However, Marth has below average weight, which makes him vulnerable to horizontal KOs. His recovery is very linear and it is difficult for him to sweetspot the ledge with Dolphin Slash, making it difficult for him to return to the stage without getting edge guarded. He has problems killing his opponents if he is unable to properly connect with his tippers, as his attacks normally have below-average knockback. He has no projectiles of his own, thus forcing him to approach when fighting against defensive zoning characters. Marth is slightly taller than most other characters, making him an easier target. He requires perfect spacing to be used to his full power.

Due to his popularity in the official Super Smash Bros. games, Marth has a large player base and fairly good representation in tournaments, occasionally leading to victory.

Attributes

MG icon See also: Marth (Super Smash Flash 2)/Hard data

Marth is a medium-light character who can be described as being emblematic of swordfighters: his playstyle revolves around spacing to keep opponents away, as well as dealing high damage and knockback, thanks to his unique tipper mechanic; essentially, his attacks get stronger as opponents get closer to Falchion's tip. His grounded movement is above-average for a character of his weight class, and due to his tipper, he has a wide array of potent KO moves, mainly with his forward smash and forward tilt. This also extends to his air game, with quick aerials that can be formidable edgeguarding tools or KO options if the tipper is landed, giving Marth an amazing air game and edgeguarding game. Additionally, despite his tipper dealing the most damage and knockback, his sourspots can also serve as useful combo tools.

Marth also possesses an excellent grab & throw game, possessing the twelfth longest grab in the game. His forward throw can chain grab most characters, while also being able to be followed up with a forward smash, if the opponent does not react, or can set up tech chases. His up throw can be followed up by up tilt or up air, depending on a character's accelerated falling speed, which can allow for some juggling. It can chain grab Fox and Falcon from 0% to mid percentages. His back throw sends opponents behind him where he might put them into unfavorable positions. His down throw can set up tech chases and, if used at the ledge, can set up some edge guarding situations.

His special moveset gives him an interesting variety of options for him to use. His neutral special, aptly named Shield Breaker, deals a good amount of shield damage, even if uncharged, and is useful for covering rolls and landings. His side special, Dancing Blade, can serve as a useful damage-racking tool, especially with the downward-angled hits, which can also deal extra shield damage due to their damage output. His up special, Dolphin Slash, is a potent out of shield option thanks to its quick startup, and decent damage and knockback output if tippered, which can make it a superb option for stage-spiking reckless edgeguarders. It also covers a good amount of vertical distance, which makes it a useful vertical recovery option. Lastly, his down special, Counter, can serve as a useful gimping tool due to its attack power (though its damage caps at 20%, making it unreliable for onstage KOing).

However, Marth's main weakness is his below average weight which allows him to be KO'd horizontally early or knocked off to far where he might not be able to recover. Also, despite having below average weight, he is susceptible to combos due to being tall and being an above average faller. Additionally due to Marth's tall frame, he is susceptible to shield stabbing due to his shield not being large enough to cover his body.

Arguably, his most prominent flaw is his reliance on his tippers and spacing to maximize his damage output. As his tippers deal the most damage and knockback, it gives Marth an extremely poor up-close game due to his sourspots' unimpressive damage and knockback output. Additionally, most of his non-tippered moves deal low shieldstun, which makes Marth very poor with attacking shields, and Shield Breaker is punishable if it misses. This tipper reliance also extends to his aerials, as they need to be sweetspotted to have decent KO potential, which give him a polarized KO game.

His main recovery move, Dolphin Slash, relies on momentum, and despite its good vertical distance, its horizontal distance is only mediocre at best, and has problems sweet spotting the ledge, which makes it easy to edge guard against. Trying to sweet spot the ledge can leave him vulnerable to edgehogging, but trying to land on stage can leave him open to being knocked offstage again. This forces players to mix up their recovery to avoid this. Additionally, while Dancing Blade can reposition Marth for safety, it cannot do this again if he is hit, and it does not reliably protect Marth most of the time unless he performs more inputs, which can lead to an SD if he goes to low.

Marth, as a sword-based character, also does not have a projectile or any means to deal with them, which gives him problems approaching characters with projectile-heavy playstyles, such as Mega Man. Marth also has problems finishing his opponents off due to the majority of his finishers needing to be tippered, outside of Counter. Thus, a Marth player must have excellent spacing to land the tipper the majority of the time. Without excellent spacing, Marth will have to resort to edgeguarding, which can be inconsistent at best due to his tippers. Additionally, while Counter can serve as a defensive tool, it is very punishable if Marth is not hit during his counter frames, and deals mediocre knockback at the 20% cap, making it unreliable at KOing.

Overall, Marth is a character who represents the archetype of swordfighters: players who use him rely on spacing to keep opponents away, while also dealing damage and knockback with his tippers.

Moveset

Ground attacks

Attack Description Damage
Standard attack Marth swings his sword twice. He can continue swinging his sword indefinitely, as long as the A button is pressed rapidly. 4%
6%
4%
6%
Forward tilt Does a quick slash forward. A safer and faster version of forward smash. 9%
12%
Up tilt Swings his sword in a large arc above his head from front to back. Useful tool against fast fallers at 20%. 9%
12%
Down tilt Does a quick crouching sword poke. 8%
10%
Dash attack Does a dashing upward diagonal slash. 10%
9%
12%
Forward smash Rotates his body counter-clockwise with a strong arc-like swing from his head to the ground. Very strong knockback if it is tippered. Otherwise, has mediocre knockback. 14%
19%
Up smash Does a powerful upward thrust. Has a hitbox at his feet that hits grounded opponents. It can now be connected from sourspot to sweetspot, which makes it easier to set up the Thundercat combo. 14%
5%
17%
Down smash Performs two crouching slashes, one in front of, then one behind him. 14%
16%

Aerial attacks

Attack Description Damage
Neutral aerial Does two horizontal slashes around himself. 4%
10%
13%
Forward aerial Does a downwards vertical slash in front of him. Can be performed twice off of a single short hop, making it good for combos. 9%
12%
Back aerial Does a reverse upwards crescent slash. The move has the rare property of turning Marth around when the move finishes. 9%
13%
Up aerial Does a forward to back upward slash. Useful for juggling. 9%
13%
Down aerial Does a forward to back downward slash. It is a spike if tippered, though its low hitstun makes it less useful at low percents. 10%
14%
14%
14%
14%

Grab and throws

Attack Description Damage
Grab Grabs the opponent. N/A
Pummel Bashes the opponent with his knee. 2%
Forward throw Grabs and pushes forward, tripping with the leg. Can chain grab and lead into a forward smash at low percentages, assuming the opponent does not DI away from Marth. 4%
Back throw Pulls and extends his leg simultaneously. 7%
Up throw Powerful upwards throw with one arm. Can chain grab Fox and Falcon. 4%
Down throw Hook his arms and drags the opponent to the floor sending the opponent backwards. 4%

Other

Attack Description Damage
Floor attack Does a quick stab to the left and right. 4%
Ledge attack Flips onto ledge with a downward diagonal slash from left to right. 4%

Special moves

Attack Name Description Damage
Standard special move Shield Breaker Stabs Falchion forward with enough power to break shields, even when uncharged. ~9.2%
~13.2%
Side special move Dancing Blade Marth swings his sword up to four times. After the first strike, the move can be altered by holding up or down while attacking to do different strikes. Marth can strike upwards on attacks 2-4 and downwards on attacks 3-4, in addition to his default attacks. 5%
3%
3%
4%
4%
4%
6%
6%
3%
3%
Up special move Dolphin Slash A leaping uppercut slash. It covers a good vertical distance, but little horizontal distance. It can stage spike and KO. 10%
13%
6%
7%
7%
Down special move Counter Marth holds his sword in reverse grip, and goes into a defensive stance to try and counter the opponents attack. If he gets hit, the opponent will be put in hitlag and be counterattack. Counter's damage and knockback may vary, although they are restricted by both a ceiling and a floor amount. 0%
X%
Final Smash Critical Hit Marth shoots forwards, one-hit KOing whoever he comes into contact with, if anyone. 60%

Misc.

Misc. Description
On-screen appearance Teleports on to the stage, wrapped in his cape.
Taunts Standard Twirls his sword, then raises it in front of him saying "皆、見ていてくれ !"
Side
Down/Up Raises sword, which causes a clashing sound.
Idle poses N/A
Victory theme A remix of an excerpt of the title theme from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.
Victory pose Spins the Falchion, then poses with it pointed to the ground and says "今回は僕の勝ちだね?"
Lose Claps for the winner.

Changes from 0.9b

Aesthetics

  • Neutral Visual effects have changed for Marth's attacks.

Attributes

  • Buff Overall, Marth's tippers are easier to land.

Ground attacks

  • Buff Up-smash is much better as there is now a first hit that leads to the s tipper.

Aerial attacks

Grabs & throws

  • Buff Up-throw has decreased knockback making it better at chain-grabbing.

Special moves

  • Nerf Dolphin Slash now has much more landing lag.
  • Buff Dolphin Slash has significantly more knockback, now killing at mid-high percentages.

In competitive play

Match ups

Notable players

Active

Inactive

Tier placement history

On the first tier list for v0.9b, Marth was 3rd of S tier on the tier list, showing off a strong start at the beginning of the metagame. For the second tier list of v0.9b, Marth dropped to 4th, still in S tier. However, for the third tier list for v0.9b, Marth dropped to 8th of A tier. This is most likely due to more characters being able to deal with Marth and mu experience against Marth allowed for him to be exploited more as the metagame went on.

Marth has been dropped to 12th of A tier on the first Beta tier list due to find weaknesses that can be exploited. However, on the second tier list of Beta, Marth has rose to the 3rd spot of the A+ tier list.

Gallery

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Artwork

Screenshots

Early designs

Misc.

Trivia

  • In the initial release of SSF2's v0.9a demo, an unfinished Marth file was included. This caused rumors and speculation about his inclusion in the upcoming v0.9b demo, which turned out to be true. This is also true for Bowser and Mr. Game & Watch, even though they came to the game on later dates.
  • Marth, along with Meta Knight, Falco, Captain Falcon, Isaac, Sonic, Black Mage, and Mega Man are the only characters so far who wear their default costumes in Team Battle when they are on the blue team.
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