Kicking off their Super Smash Con panel, the team behind Rivals of Aether released the trailer for one of their future DLC characters: Ranno, a poison-themed water elemental character. Alongside Ranno, the trailer also announced that the Ori and Sein DLC will launch on August 23rd.
Alongside the trailer's live premiere, developers Dan Fornace and Trevor Youngblood and community manager George "Etalus" Rogers discussed Ranno's moveset and his unique mechanics. The first and simplest of which is his super jump, which can be performed by full hopping out of a crouch for extra height.
Ranno's defining mechanic is his poison stack. Certain attacks - including his jab combo, strong attacks, and side and up specials - add a stack of poison to the opponent on hit. Poisoned opponents take damage every time they attack, though landing a hit removes a stack of poison.
Ranno can also trap opponents in large bubbles, either by launching them into one placed on the field with his neutral special or by hitting them with his down special, a long-range command grab using his tongue. Trapped opponents are left wide open to combos and stay trapped longer for each stack of poison they have.
Alongside their poison effect, Ranno's side special and up special both have their own unique properties. His side special is a weak projectile that can be charged to fire up to four projectiles in a narrow spread. His up special travels a relatively short distance, but it has two different follow-up attacks - a stationary spinning attack that fires projectiles, and a dive kick.
Rivals of Aether is available on Steam and on Xbox One. Ranno will launch in late 2017 alongside three as of yet unannounced DLC characters.
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