The hero of Dragon Quest III, Erdrick, joins the battle!

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Erdrick the Legendary Hero
"Who the hell is that?"



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Erdrick is the protagonist of what is possibly one of the most influential games of all time: Dragon Quest III.

Never heard of it? That's not too surprising. The game largely flew under the radar in the States, as it was released towards the end of the Nintendo Entertainment System's lifespan. Not only that, it was a time in which nobody really knew what a JRPG was, much less cared about it. The genre didn't really become popular in the States until later FInal Fantasy games were released, so most Westerners have never played Dragon Quest III. Japan? That's a different story.

Dragon Quest is by far the most popular JRPG series there. Just like how in the United States, many people when asked to name a JRPG can only name Final Fantasy, many people in Japan can only name Dragon Quest. Dragon Quest III was responsible for making RPGs popular in Japan and is the game which made Dragon Quest famous. The only reason it seems cliched now is because it was so influential-it was remarkable for its time.

Who is Erdrick?
Erdrick is the hero of Dragon Quest III. Admittedly, that's a spoiler. It's not actually clear until halfway through the game. In the first two games, the protagonist is the descendant of the legendary hero Erdrick. The first half of Dragon Quest III took place in an entirely different world, so it seemed to be unrelated. So when the protagonist is sent to the old one and we discover that he's the legendary hero we had heard of but never got to play, it comes as a bit of a shock. Technically, Erdrick is not even his real name. It's a title, bestowed upon him by the king. His "real" name is supposed to be the player's. Erdrick's personality and background is not extremely detailed; he's the chosen one, groomed by birth to stop the villain Baramos... and that's more or less all we get. Still, it was a simpler time. Erdrick can be male or female.

What would Erdrick offer to Smash?
There aren't many candidates for Dragon Quest characters in Super Smash Bros. The Slime is the most obvious one, but the Slime does very little besides attack and fuse with other slimes in most of the games it's in. It arguably fits better as an Assist Trophy. Erdrick is the protagonist of potentially the most popular Dragon Quest game in Japan, and as a character he's much easier to implement. Like Robin he uses both swords and magic, but he'd function very differently. He does not use any sort of tome in order to fight and his weapons do not break. Not only that, he would use Dragon Quest spells, not Fire Emblem spells. Erdrick would also fill a unique niche in Super Smash Bros. roster as a fighter who uses a sword and shield. Link also possesses a sword and shield, but he doesn't really use the shield as a weapon, whereas Erdrick could potentially incorporate the shield into his moveset. Not only that, Link uses a variety of weapons instead of magic. Erdrick also has access to many different weapons and items.


Credit to GM_3826 GM_3826 for starting the thread way back near the start of Ultimate's speculation cycle.
So now the final roster for the game has been announced. I thought for certain that once this happened the hammer would drop and we would stop gaining new supporters, but that is apparently not the case. I am personally surprised.

shinhed-ichi is right; it's difficult to see Erdrick getting into the game... but that doesn't mean that we should lose hope! It'd be an awesome moment for Dragon Quest in general. The main thing he has going for him is Vergeben's leaks. While his not have been confirmed, they have been accurate so far. He has stated that there would be two Square Enix characters, so it is possible that he could be a DLC character.


Erdrick for DLC
~Info, Leaks, and Datamines~


Since the release of Smash Ultimate, there's been significant information about Erdrick showing up as a dlc fighter.

In december some anonymous leaks popped up on 5ch, a japanese text forum, and one of them turned out to be quite notable for the information in it. It listed the two first dlc characters, one being Joker, and the other being Erdrick. Joker had already been revealed, but the rest of the details are important.

Here is a translated version of it:
5ch leak said:
Joker
The stage is Mementos
Jack Frost appears on screen with a skill
Marketing of P5R (complete version) and P5U (fighting game)
P5R is 2019
P5U is delayed because Arc is busy with the development of a Granblue fighting game


Erdrick
Stage is Alefgard
Erdrick (Male) and Erdrick (Female), 2 colors each of Anlucia and the Dragon Quest XI Hero
Slime appears on screen with a skill
Achieved through active collaboration on Square’s side
To the benefit of overseas marketing for the DQ series
Source (in japanese): Joker + Edrick

Among the claims, It lists that Mementos is the stage coming with Joker. As it turns out, it was much later found through datamined data that it is highly likely the case. Dataminers had come to know that 'jack' is the codename given for joker in the Ultimate's data, and these strings were uncovered:

Note: As of Joker's release in smash, we know that Mementos is the stage, however we've seen nothing of Jack Frost, so that's a heavy hit on the leak unless it was simply scrapped for whatever reason.

It also lists two versions for Persona 5, to come in the future. P5R did get revealed later on, and according to PolarPanda PolarPanda , who has some inside information, there is actually a P5U game that's been delayed.

This boosts the credibility of the leak, though now that it did get something wrong, it may be hard give it a lot of weight. Though it still got some things right.
As for what the leak says on Erdrick being a dlc fighter, there's not too much we can say about it yet either, but it's interesting that it lists two other characters as alternate costumes, Anlucia and Luminary.

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Luminary is the main protagonist from Dragon Quest 11, the most recent Dragon Quest game, and Anlucia is a main character from Dragon Quest 10. Both are heroes that use swords and magic just like Erdrick. (Note : there is no main character in the tenth game because it's an MMO, where you can totally customize your character, so Anlucia is the next best choice.) Both are modern characters that could contrast nicely with Erdrick as a retro pick. Character heights are pretty variable with Dragon Quest, so they could easily be designed to work fine as one fighter in Smash.
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It's hinted that Luminary has some kind of relation with Erdrick. The specifics involve a spoiler from his game, so read at your own discretion:
At the end of Dragon Quest XI, Luminary is given the title of Erdrick, as a legendary hero. Not only that, but an ending scene from the game is a recreation of an opening scene from Dragon Quest III and its world, strongly suggesting that the timeline is related and that both heroes are connected somehow.

As for Anlucia, there is no connection that we know of, but Dragon Quest X is still a modern game in the series and can fill for another female alt since Luminary has no female version.
She is recognizable enough in japan to be in the latest 'Itadaki Street' game along with Final Fantasy characters (as a crossover).

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This is her appearance in that game. Notice that it's a shorter (chibi) version of her, adding to that heights can be pretty flexible.

I might as well share a chibi Luminary too:
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Insiders & Leakers

In addition to the anonymous leak, there are leakers that have mentioned Erdrick. Two of the most notable ones are Tansut and Vergeben.
Tansut leaked Cloud as Smash 4 dlc before his reveal, and recently mentioned that he knew about him far in advance. He says that this same source told him Erdrick is going to be a dlc fighter, with a male and female alt.

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As for Vergeben, he was the most notable leaker during this smash cycle. His information was correct about most characters coming to the game before they were revealed (including that all veteran characters would be returning). He knew about some of the characters way in advance too. And, he's recently backed Erdrick for being Square Enix's second fighter, as dlc.
Vergeben said:
It was Erdrick that I heard the most & typically if someone heard about him they also heard The Luminary or vice versa. But Erdrick was the most recurring name heard overall. It's Erdrick.
Source

Lately, Vergeben's credibility has been put in question because he got information wrong in February's Nintendo Direct. He made claims about games that did not pan out. It does hurt his image, however it's important to know that from everything said, his main sources were not the ones that gave him the false information. A user called ZenythVidya pressed him for having poorly made assumptions around the information he had, including about the 2d zelda, and released private messages about what he did know. (and that he could've known better)
1) Private messages shared with Vergeben, showing that he also had good information:
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2) Zenyth's post about how Verge could've cleared things up

More from Zenyth(upset about the bad info):
The upside that help me to learn from an ERA insider contact about the Grand Prix being giant industry bulls*** spread by one individual, which the entire Nintendo community and insiders need to know.
i also told him to NEVER share rumors for upcoming directs and look what happened.
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Vergeben did get some things wrong about a few smash characters too (or at least the timing), regarding a Square Enix character and Minecraft content that he thought would come much sooner. There are some theories about why some sources thought that something from minecraft was going to be in the game, but in whatever case it still shows that we can't trust leakers 100%, especially when there's assumptions around some info, but we don't have to ignore what they got right either.
(If you want to read a bit on the theory I mentioned, you can check out this document in support of Erdrick by MintPepsi, talking about it in the Leaks and Rumors.)

Other leakers and insiders have talked about Erdrick, like Hitagi and xenother, though they don't have as good of a track record. (Note: xenother does not have a public record for leaking, but PolarPanda has backed him for having insider information.)


Datamine

Smash Ultimate was datamined and they found data for new fighters. There were two after piranha plant and both were codenamed. The first was named 'Jack', which refers to Joker, while the second is called 'Brave'. There was also fighter data for both.
Raw Data for the 'brave' fighter: https://puu.sh/CtLjZ.jpg
Stats:
Weight — 101
Max Walk Speed — 1.28
Max Run Speed — 1.74
Air Speed — 1.2
Fall Speed — 1.9
Fast Fall Speed — 2.88
Gravity — .09
Height — 13
Shield Size — 11.8
Jumps — 2
Wall Jump — False
Wall Cling — False
Crawl — False
Tether — False

What's key here is the codename itself. Dragon Quest protagonists are Heroes, and in japanese they are called Yuusha. The word can directly translate to Brave. It can be used as a noun, so even though it doesn't make sense in english, it's possible to inadvertently call a DQ hero a 'brave'. This is further backed by the fact that even the general director for the Kirby series called their shield 'the brave's shield':

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This leads a lot of people to believe that the codename in the data refers to a hero from Dragon Quest. It could also be something diferent, but it strengthens the case for Erdrick nonetheless.

One issue that some people have regarding the data is that the height stat is around Ness'. This isn't really a problem though, for three reasons. One is that a lot of data changes, especially for characters in early development, even piranha plant's data significantly changed between patches. The second is that the height stat is not taken directly from the model's height, as there are differences that the stat doesn't reflect. It may simply be used for some calculations within the game. It's still generally correlated with the characters' height, but may not need to be finalized until the end of development. Now that Joker is in the game, we can confirm that his height is higher than the value of 15. (image in training mode, counts 17 spaces)
Here is KuroganeHammer's post on pirahna plant changes. He takes care of a site dedicated to data on smash characters.
walk add accel 0.03 > 0.05
walk max speed 0.56 >0.76
base run accel 0.02 > 0.06
max run speed you know this already [note: it was a huge change]
jump heights all significantly changed
gravity 0.085 > 0.14
fall speed 1.6 > 1.95
ff speed 2.56 > 2.73
weight 94 > 112
number of jumps 3 > 2
landing lag for every move changed

theres actually a huge number of things that changed from 1.0.0 but iStop listing or I'll be here all day.
And here are extra tweets from other people about character data:


Also, here is an image that shows all characters' height values as well as their shield size. The black numbers are the height, and the red numbers are shield size. It's important to note that the order the characters are in is roughly based on the character model, not the height value. There are a few inconsistencies, including falco who's height value is quite lower than where he stands.


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The third reason that the height stat is no problem for erdrick is also an excuse to post more art ;)
The original artwork for Erdrick was chibi (a.ka. short) in style. Bonus: The second image here shows off the armor suit.

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And here is some art from the Gameboy Color game's manual (for chibi female):

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Erdrick did undergo a few revisions throughout the years. There are various designs that could be used, and sakurai could either go for a smaller retro one or one of the more modern designs, or maybe some kind of mixed redesign. In whatever case there's plenty of potential.


Erdrick and Dragon Quest for Smash!


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Erdrick's Moveset

There's a lot of weapons, skills and spells that Erdrick could use. Even if we only stick to what he can do in the original game there's quite a bit to go with.

Types of Weapons:
Swords, Axes, Flails (or Whips), Spears, & Boomerangs (in the remakes)

Types of Spells:
Fire, Lightning, Explosion, Healing, Buffing, Debuffing, & Repelling, as well as a Fast Travel spell.



(Note: I'll put the original western names in parantheses)

Firzz (Blaze)-> A simple fire spell; affects one enemy.
Heal -> A simple healing spell.
Poof (Expel ) -> Blows away weak enemies.
Zoom (Return) -> Instantaneous travel to a previously visited location.
Sizz (Firebal) -> A weak fire spell that affects a group of enemies.
Kaclang (Ironize ) -> Makes the hero immune to all enemy attacks for a short period of time.
Snooze (Sleep) -> May put a group of enemies to sleep.
Fizzle (StopSpell) -> Try to block the enemies' spell.
Holy Protection (Repel) -> Causes weak enemies to leave you alone.
Sizzle (Firebane ) -> This fire spell affects a group of enemies.
Zap -> Affects one enemy; the first lightning type spell.
Midheal (Healmore) -> A stronger form of Heal.
Boom -> Damages all targets with a powerful explosion.
Fullheal (Healall) -> Restores an ally to full health.
Zing (Vivify ) -> 50% chance to revive a deceased party member.
Omniheal (Healusall) -> Restores the party to full health.
Kazap (Thordain) -> Causes around 200 points of electrical damage to all enemies.
Evac -> Teleports outside.

There are other elemental-type spells that may be worth mentioning, even if Erdrick doesn't learn them:
Woosh -> Wind-type magic
Crack -> Ice-type magic
Zam -> Dark-type magic (stygian bolt)

In addition to other classes, if we extend beyond Dragon Quest III, there are tons of skills that heroes are able to use. Along with other weapons and spells, this makes Erdrick's moveset potential immense. It wouldn't be all that odd to be able to use later skills, as they even have Erdrick using GigaSlash or Gigagash in Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory:



Created Movesets:

Note: Most of the movesets we made showcase variety, and involve multiple weapons as well as skills beyond Dragon Quest III.


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Attacks:

A: Jab or kick
AA: Shield hit
AAA: Bigger sword hit finisher after knocking someone with the shield hit.
A-rapid: Multi-fists (fisticuff) -> Rapid random punches and kicks.

Forward-tilt: Wind Sickles (fisticuff) -> Hands charge up to then launch a wave of arcing wind forward, having great range but not a lot of knock back (maybe just a small wind box along with the damage)
Down-tilt: Leg Sweep (staff/pole) -> Use a staff weapon to sweep forward on the ground. Or simply a sweeping kick. Has a chance to trip.
Up-Tilt: Sword/Axe swing going up OR Whip hit upwards like the belmonts.

Dash Attack: Running Elemental Slash -> An elementally charged up slash like a Fire Slash, or other sword skill like Luminary has in DQ11

Forward Smash: Gigaslash ->Huge lightning infused sword attack forward and towards the ground.
Up Smash: Shining Shot (bow) -> Shoots upwards with a shining arrow that hits upwards and then rains down around erdrick to hit all around.
Down Smash: Whip attack on both sides like the belmonts OR Boom -> Big explosion all around erdrick. Third idea is a strong mace hit back and forth.

Neutral-Aerial: Axes of Evil -> Swings and spins around an axe hitting back and forth, with an effect on it like in the games, providing a big hit box around.
Forward-Aerial: A good Sword strike like some of the sword characters.
Back-Aerial: Boomerang throw or skill, like Starburst Throw backwards (wouldn't go too far, and only does a weak arm hit if boomerang is already out) OR Slime throw :p (throws a slime that looks happy to be thrown, and hits others on contact)
Up-Aerial: Axe/Sword swing up OR Bang -> could act like Ivysaur's up-air to some degree.
Down-Aerial: Whip hit downwards or Bow shooting arrow downwards -> A bit like Megaman's down-air, but faster startup and no spiking hitbox.

Specials:

B: Sizzle -> Casts fire that moves forward in a wave motion close to the ground, and also sweeps backwards at some points. (Good as a setup, or making opponents go in the air) Powered up version stays longer if charged with tension.
Side-B: Zap -> Casts lightning that goes forwards and upwards. Is more powerful version and a longer arc if charged with tension.
Up-B: Bang jump -> Casts bang downwards, causing an explosion shooting erdrick upwards. Does not put in free-fall, but can't jump after it. (Can be useful to quickly go in the air after someone and following up, or shooting arrows downwards at someone on the ground, etc) More powerful blast and height with tension charge.
Down-B: Blockenspiel (shield) -> Both a blocking ability as well as an attack. Take reduced damage and no knockback, and attack at the same time (maybe with a small delay?) with the shield. OR Tension up which has a bit of startup (or Feel the burn, which would act like Incineroar's revenge in smash). Give a charge, powering up moves (can be stacked, but may take longer or more to do so).

Grabs: Slime could come out as part of grab or some throws.

Final Smash: Gigagash. Super powered up version that hits a big and wide arc forward. Maybe even party members showing up and using MPathy to give mp to erdrick to use the powerful move, almost like a DBZ spirit bomb moment.

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Other Movesets:
1) Legendary Hero of Old, Erdrick (online document)
2) Erdrick Moveset (over multiple posts)
3) Another Erdrick Moveset;)
4) Physical Moveset (a lot of slash skills)


Dragon Quest as a Series



Many people may be interested in trying Dragon Quest but don't know where to start. Though the games have a lot of similarities, each is still significantly different enough, making each special in themselves, but not all of them are necessarily as easy to get into for people new to the series. This post from TheYungLink TheYungLink may help some:

TheYungLink said:
So I've noticed a trend with most (not all) people bouncing off of Dragon Quest in the past before trying a different game and ending up loving it. I'm going to chalk this up to how unfortunately hard it is to get into Dragon Quest without doing a little research first before diving into the series. You can't dive into any game in the series blindly since they each focus on different things.

I'll say that these are the ones you shouldn't start with:
  • Dragon Quest 1&2. The only reason you might want to start with these games is because you've heard that playing these games makes eventually playing Dragon Quest 3 way better. You heard right. However, I doubt a newcomer wants to make a 3 game commitment as their "first" foray into Dragon Quest, especially if they've already played tons of RPGs that have great stories and will be disappointed that these first couple of games merely have somewhat charming writing and tense resource management to complement the incredibly straightforward battle system.
  • Dragon Quest 7. I've actually heard okay things about this game, but it's loooooooooong. The story is apparently pretty good and it has a cool premise where you travel back in time on various islands to save them all from ruin in the present, each acting as a chapter on it's own. But it also has weird event flags on how to activate the next part of the story, which can be very frustrating if you're the kind of player that doesn't like looking at guides every step of the way.
  • Dragon Quest 9. It's completely different from the rest of the series, and whether you like it or not will have no bearing on your opinion of the other games. It's good for playing after getting familiar with the other games proper, especially since it has lots of callbacks, but it's not a proper first impression at all.
  • Dragon Quest 10. It's an MMO that's not even playable outside of Japan lol.
I'm iffy on these games as starters:
  • Dragon Quest 3. It stands on its own, and is a great RPG to play even today! But all your party members are customizable by the player, and while that's fun and affects the game on repeat playthroughs, if you're looking for cool interactions between party members you're out of luck. The exploration and battle tactics aspect of this game are timeless, however, if that's what you're into.
  • Dragon Quest 6. I played this one recently and had a good time. However, it isn't quite as impressive as the ones in the following section, and the story is neat but it isn't as thoroughly emotionally affecting as some people may want. It has a class system like Dragon Quest 3 and 7, however like in Dragon Quest 7 it takes a long time before you're even able to access it. Unlike Dragon Quest 3, however, all your party members are actual characters who develop lightly over the course of the story, so if that's giving you reservations about trying Dragon Quest 3 right away, perhaps this is a good compromise.
And these are all the best places to start for anyone interested:
  • Dragon Quest 4. Either the DS or the smartphone versions are greatly recommended, but this game has a unique hook most RPGs even today don't have: it has 5 chapters, the first 4 of which focus on a different set of party members as they each go through a little story that reveals more of the main plot. The 5th and final chapter introduces the main character proper who you finally get to control (you name them at the beginning of the game) as they find and recruit the party members of the first 4 chapters on their journey around the world to defeat the main villain. It's a super cool game. That said, you have to put a lot of time into the game to reach Chapter 5, so keep that in mind if you want to check it out. If you get the smartphone version, you won't get buttons like with the DS version, but you'll get a feature called "party chat," which is pressing the talk button to trigger a conversation with each of your party members reacting to the current situation. The writing is SUPER charming and funny and more than makes up for the fact that your finger is used for moving around rather than a D pad.
  • Dragon Quest 5. The one I started with. I'm currently replaying it and it's still my favorite game so far. You want a Dragon Quest game with a really good and gripping story? Here you go: you play as a child following around their father, and eventually learn that your mother is missing. Stuff happens, and now you're playing as an adult, and the entire world has changed, as you continue your search. The game handles themes of growing up and becoming an adult extremely well, and it helps make the "save the world" backdrop feel extremely personal. Saving the world is secondary to finding out answers about your family and friends, which you journey around the entire world to discover. Along with human party members, the hero can eventually learn to recruit monsters into their party, giving the game a great mix of customization (monsters) and character interaction (main character with the human party members). As the cherry on top, this game has party chat just like with DQ4. This game is so tender and warm, I love it with all my heart, and I'm extremely glad it's the first one I played.
  • Dragon Quest 8 and 11. I still haven't gotten around to these games, but I've heard nothing but good things about both of them. From what I know, Dragon Quest 11 is somehow even better than 8, so if anything 11 is the best modern game to try out as your first, and maybe check out 8 afterward since they're both gorgeous third person RPGs instead of the more classic top down ones like the earlier ones.
I hope this guide is of some use when it comes to anyone curious about Dragon Quest.

More info about the series in general may come in the future.
 
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Sword Goku has my 100% support.

Erdrick is probably the best main character to act as representation for the series as a whole. Being the main character of 3, and the famous ancestor of the main characters of 1 and 2.

Give me a sweet alt costume of him all decked out in his legendary armor.

Also from DQ, I'd like to see the iconic Slimes added as an Assist Trophy. Have a bunch of them drop onto the stage, and if you don't get rid of them fast enough, they combine into a King Slime and really do some damage.

Erdrick is the protagonist of the most popular Dragon Quest game in Japan
Not to nitpick, but I think DQ5 is the most popular DQ game in Japan. That game is like a cultural touchstone for an entire generation over there. The game's love interest choice is like a part of their pop culture.

That said, DQ5's characters don't have an influence that spreads across multiple games in the series like Erdrick does, so they're not as good a character choice to represent the entire series.
 
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YES!!!!!!
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Er-hem.
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If it's Dragon Quest, I automatically support.

Now Erdrick.
Awesome choice. He's certainly more popular now because of his new manga coming out (to the west?) Emblem of Roto.
But he's ways held legendary status in Japan.

Dragon Quest 3 is the game that both broke AND made DQ as a whole for me.
Excuse my little backstory:

I played DW 1 and 2 after giving up on 8. I felt like I was missing out on a lot of Roch history, which is why I stopped, and played the original.
When I got to 3, I gave up again, because it was too much of an open world, and I got lost and frustrated.

Until I played the Snes version.
Ho-ly moley!
I immediately fell in love with team game and I couldn't put it down.
DQ3 is responsible for cementing my position as a BIG fan of the series. Because right after that I started buying them all from Google Play Store.

DQ3 has to be my 2nd favorite game in the series (8 comes first). And Erdrick should be in Smash! Clashing his legendary sword with the likes of the Master Sword, Monado, Buster Sword, Falcion, etc.

His trademark magic Frizz, Zoom, Zap among others should be in his specials.
Also, the tension skill from DQ8 should also be included.

I love the idea of Slime as an assist trophy that becomes King Slime.
That works better than the ones I suggested (Alena, Carver, Terry, etc) because everyone knows Slime!


Anyway. If it isn't clear enough. Put me down on the list... Like 10 times. I can't support this thread enough.
Love the idea of both male and female Erdrick.
 
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Is it possible to get eight different Dragon Quest heroes, all alts of each other, as a single DQ rep? I haven't played much of the DQ series, and while the series is hugely popular, there isn't one character that's massively popular, not like Cloud is for FF anyway. But maybe if there's just a generic "Dragon Warrior" character with alts of many heroes throughout the series, each using the same moveset (most include a sword, right? Could be possible) it could work better to represent the series as a whole.

Heck, make Slime part of their moveset and then they'd really do a great job of showcasing Dragon Quest as a series. I mean, a hero on their own may be a tad too generic for people not familiar with the series, but add Slime to him, and you got yourself a very recognizably DQ character in the roster. The series is so popular and certainly does contain video game iconography (most importantly, that Slime) that it really should be considered the next JRPG in line that should get a playable character in Smash.

So yeah, I'm all for it.
 

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Is it possible to get eight different Dragon Quest heroes, all alts of each other, as a single DQ rep? I haven't played much of the DQ series, and while the series is hugely popular, there isn't one character that's massively popular, not like Cloud is for FF anyway. But maybe if there's just a generic "Dragon Warrior" character with alts of many heroes throughout the series, each using the same moveset (most include a sword, right? Could be possible) it could work better to represent the series as a whole.

Heck, make Slime part of their moveset and then they'd really do a great job of showcasing Dragon Quest as a series. I mean, a hero on their own may be a tad too generic for people not familiar with the series, but add Slime to him, and you got yourself a very recognizably DQ character in the roster. The series is so popular and certainly does contain video game iconography (most importantly, that Slime) that it really should be considered the next JRPG in line that should get a playable character in Smash.

So yeah, I'm all for it.
Oh that'd be a great idea. The only weird one would probably be DQ5 man, who canonically wields a wooden staff (though they could just give him a sword for the hell of it).
 

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Oh that'd be a great idea. The only weird one would probably be DQ5 man, who canonically wields a wooden staff (though they could just give him a sword for the hell of it).
If they could make Viridi a Mii Sword fighter with a scythe, I think they can pull off a staff used like a sword.
 
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Is it possible to get eight different Dragon Quest heroes, all alts of each other, as a single DQ rep?
I dunno about that.

This isn't like Animal Crossing or Splatoon where the 8 characters are just a generic player create-a-character. The different DQ protags are all different characters.

Though, I wish I could say "They all have different personalities and skillsets!", but...they actually kinda don't. They're all very much generic heroes.

But I still think they'd be better off just going with Erdrick, then maybe adding another as an echo fighter later.
 
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I was thinking more like the Koopalings or Alph. After looking up most of the heroes, they actually do all share a general body shape, size, and weapons... It's actually, and strangely, possible.

Though, I could imagine it feeling like a bit much, but I don't know, I think it'd be cool for fans to have different generations of DQ all represented in one character package (plus Slime, heh).
 

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Yeah. All heroes except 7 and 9 have pretty much the same build.

Although somebody did bring up an interesting point....
What if each of them means a separate licence?
Not sure what the boundaries are in that regard. But I love the idea of being able to select from other protagonists.
 

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DQIII is my most nostalgic game of all time. I've played that game through, like, 10 times, so you'd better believe I support Erdrick for Smash!
 

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That's..!
That's more than I have, and DQ3 is my most played DQ game. :O

I've played it 4-5 times only.
Haha, I first played it when I was, I think, 7 years old. So I've been playing the game for around 17 years now, and I do tend to revisit it every year or two. I just never seem to get tired of it. It's one of those games I can always start up and always feel joy.

Though, that count is inflated by the fact I restarted it a couple times as a kid because I kept getting stuck. xD So that 10 times count isn't quite from start to finish every time. I think from start to finish I've played it around 6 or 7 times.
 

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Something like Bowser Jr where each alt is a different character would work well, so 8 of the MC of Dragon Quest of the main DQ games.
 

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No idea why I never came to this thread, but please put me down for support. I absolutely love Dragon Quest and would be thrilled to see the series make it into Smash in any form. While I've never played DQ 3 as of yet (I've only played 4, 5, 7, 8, and the two Heroes games as of now), I feel that Erdrick has the best shot at making it in. Honestly, I'd be fine with any DQ character really.

I never thought the series had a chance to be in Smash (which saddened me greatly), but after that recent "leak" I've been feeling slight hope that it actually could happen. I don't want to hype myself up too much, but just the thought of DQ getting into Smash makes me super happy.
 

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No idea why I never came to this thread, but please put me down for support. I absolutely love Dragon Quest and would be thrilled to see the series make it into Smash in any form. While I've never played DQ 3 as of yet (I've only played 4, 5, 7, 8, and the two Heroes games as of now), I feel that Erdrick has the best shot at making it in. Honestly, I'd be fine with any DQ character really.

I never thought the series had a chance to be in Smash (which saddened me greatly), but after that recent "leak" I've been feeling slight hope that it actually could happen. I don't want to hype myself up too much, but just the thought of DQ getting into Smash makes me super happy.
Added you to the supporters list.
 
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I’m with this. I’ve always thought a Dragon Quest Hero would be really cool. I’ve never played 3, so I don’t really know much about Erdrick, specifically. But I do know that Dragon Quest has more than enough influence to warrant a character in Smash, and this guy seems perfect for the job and would be a perfect follow up to Cloud. I support!
 

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He isn’t the most iconic character, but I think he makes sense. Dragon Quest is the next most iconic Square Enix (or JRPG franchise) franchise, and Erdrick is basically their equivalent to Cloud. Count me in as a supporter.
 
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Sorry for the (4 years late) reply! I would love to see Erdrick in Smash, or any Dragon Quest character honestly, even Slime would work. I've talked to people about Erdrick before, but they all say the same thing - that he'd just be another swordsfighter (all of them have never played Dragon Quest lol), so I'm glad you addressed that here as well. He could use abilities from different games honestly, like some of the MC's powers in Dragon Quest 11, maybe? He definitely has my 100% support though, he is by far my most wanted newcomer.
Move set ideas!
Neutral special could be a charge attack maybe, not something he'd keep like Lucario's Aura Sphere though. The spells would be Frizz, Kafrizz, Frizzle
Recovery would obviously be the Chimera Wing, and since you bonk your head on the ceiling when you use it, it could hurt other players if you hit them (though i dont know if he'd fall down, that'd make his recovery useless)
Side special ??? I'm not too sure honestly maybe he could use a spear, whip, or Hela's hammer?
Down special would use his shield I think, maybe a block or defending move? not too sure how it'd work haha
Final Smash: Maybe he would call 3 other party members and do a finishing blow or something? Again not sure, would be easier if I had played DQ3 (i plan to soon, i've only gotten to 4,5, and 11 lol)
 
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I support Erdrick for Smash. He's my most wanted Dragon Quest character.
I wouldn't mind others like 1, 5, 8, or 11, but being in Smash basically makes you an icon, and I think Erdrick deserves it the most!

Anyone know if Square is the only one needed to contact in order to get his rights?
 
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To the character? Probably.

The bigger problem is the music. Which, as with Final Fantasy, is composer owned.
Hmm, well I'm sure Sakurai could gets the rights, but it might mean only a few songs in, like Final Fantasy.
What are your choices? I'm guessing these

 
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I actually don't have much of a music preferance honesty.

Other than the iconic main theme, I don't really think the music in DQ is that great.
 
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I do like the music.
It's obviously not on par with other amazing soundtracks out there. But at least the battle themes do it for me.
It feels like watching a battle on a theatre stage. And I think it would provide some nice variety.

Of course we'd be lucky to get 2 songs. So... maybe DQ3 Battle theme for obvious reasons. And since there's no boss stage, maybe go with DQ11's?

Unless they go for something obscurer where it's easier to get the rights, like Dragon Quest Swords battle music which is one of my favorites.
If I'm not mistaken, Sugiyama did NOT compose this one. The entire DQS OST was composed by another person. Sugiyama only supervised the main theme (and I reckon, the church theme which is the same from DQ8).

My favorite battle themes are
DQ5,
DQ11,
DQ7
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DQ3,
DQM,
Wow! Thank you so much for doing it!
I'll put it below my sig soon.
 
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I actually don't have much of a music preferance honesty.

Other than the iconic main theme, I don't really think the music in DQ is that great.
While I don't agree, I can't blame you, really. I really like all the battle themes, and the world map themes, but yeahhh it isn't on par with other RPGs for the most part

Wow! Thank you so much for doing it!
I'll put it below my sig soon.
I'm glad you like it!
 

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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you guys on DQ's music.

To me, Dragon Quest music is beautiful and quite unique sounding. I don't believe there's any other game series out there that sounds quite like DQ, and it really adds to the franchise's classic, special vibe that you just won't find anywhere else. I know that may sound sorta cheesy, but I find that the music has this way of sounding grandiose and almost sort of magical at times. I can't really find the words to explain it, but a lot of the music almost sounds like stuff you'd hear in some old black and white movie or something.

I guess DQ's music isn't everyone's thing, but I think it lends the series a really unique feel that I can't really describe. Just listen to some of these and tell me the series doesn't have some great music:

The ocean

Memories of a Lost World

Mysterious Tower

Homeland

I'm no music expert, but there's just so much...feeling and atmosphere in some of DQ's music. I really like it. Of course, not every song is amazing. I think you could say that about any video game series, though.

Edit: Here's one more, just because.

Lively Village
 
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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you guys on DQ's music.

To me, Dragon Quest music is beautiful and quite unique sounding. I don't believe there's any other game series out there that sounds quite like DQ, and it really adds to the franchise's classic, special vibe that you just won't find anywhere else. I know that may sound sorta cheesy, but I find that the music has this way of sounding grandiose and almost sort of magical at times. I can't really find the words to explain it, but a lot of the music almost sounds like stuff you'd hear in some old black and white movie or something.
Oh no, I agree with you, I personally love the Dragon Quest Music especially the Symphonic Suite versions but it gets overshadowed by music in other RPGs, I feel. Dragon Quest XI using the MIDI version of the songs, instead of the Symphonic Suite versions, for some reason, is what I mean. I'm the minority who thinks the MIDI versions sound good still but I'm not gonna argue that the Symphonic Suite versions aren't superior
TL;DR I love Dragon Quest's music but I understand people who don't like it and I feel like other RPGs do it better at times
 

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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you guys on DQ's music.

To me, Dragon Quest music is beautiful and quite unique sounding. I don't believe there's any other game series out there that sounds quite like DQ, and it really adds to the franchise's classic, special vibe that you just won't find anywhere else. I know that may sound sorta cheesy, but I find that the music has this way of sounding grandiose and almost sort of magical at times. I can't really find the words to explain it, but a lot of the music almost sounds like stuff you'd hear in some old black and white movie or something.

I guess DQ's music isn't everyone's thing, but I think it lends the series a really unique feel that I can't really describe. Just listen to some of these and tell me the series doesn't have some great music:

The ocean

Memories of a Lost World

Mysterious Tower

Homeland

I'm no music expert, but there's just so much...feeling and atmosphere in some of DQ's music. I really like it. Of course, not every song is amazing. I think you could say that about any video game series, though.
In risk of sounding like I'm backpedalling, I never said it was BAD music. It's actually pretty good, and it has been on my smartphone for over a year.
I even sing the town and overworld themes to my baby son to make him sleep.

But I do admit I have composers I like more. (For example, Yuzo Koshiro, Jake Kauffman, Yasunori Mistuda, to name a few) But not TOO many more. DQ music is still in my top 5 favorite.
It's classical vibe is definitely what sets it apart from other OSTs. In fact... I feel like it has a lot of similarities to the BG music in Dragon Ball anime (original japanese soundtrack).
 
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I don't think the music is bad either, it's just...fine.

Like, I wouldn't listen to a DQ soundtrack on it's own the way I would with a Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Mega Man, Street Fighter, etc. soundtrack. I don't just find myself humming random DQ tunes to myself during the day.

And I do think the quality of the compositions has been declining as the series goes on. But that's probably because the composer is, like, 90.
 
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I don't think the music is bad either, it's just...fine.

Like, I wouldn't listen to a DQ soundtrack on it's own the way I would with a Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Mega Man, Street Fighter, etc. soundtrack. I don't just find myself humming random DQ tunes to myself during the day.

And I do think the quality of the compositions has been declining as the series goes on. But that's probably because the composer is, like, 90.
Hey, everyone's got their own opinions, my dude. I respect yours.

I've been hearing about the quality of the music declining in 11, but I haven't played it yet, so I'm not exactly sure what people are talking about. I do know that the composer is very old now (and has a lot of...controversy surrounding him lately). If he gets replaced, I really hope that they try to keep the classic tone of the music. I'm sure there's someone out there who could emulate DQ's unique sounding vibe, and heck, probably even improve upon it.
 
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Put me down as a supporter for Erdrick! Dragon Quest is crazy influential and even if it still hasn't made waves outside of Japan, its undeniable place in video game history means it will fit right into Smash, whose third party characters are all undeniable video game icons.

I've played 1, 2, 3, and 5. I played 5 first, then started from the beginning. I'll get to 4 later.

If Erdrick joins the battle, the dialogue box that shows what happens every turn needs to be implemented somehow, it's too iconic to how traditional DQ is.
 
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