Welcome back to the Stage of Dream Rosters.
If you have missed any of the previous Dream Roster articles, here is a good list to catch up: Nintendo Kart, MvC4, Kellogg’s vs. Capcom, Fire Emblem Warriors, Disney X Mario Kart, Nintendo vs. Capcom, Microsoft Smash-Up, Kirby Fighters, Pokken Port, 100 character Smash, Konami-Smash, Sonic & Sega All Star Racing 3, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Simpsons Road Rage Racing, Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite and Dream Roster: Mario Tennis Aces! We have more of them on the works, so don’t miss out!
During Bandai Namco’s December 15th 2017 event, SoulCalibur VI gave us the first look of its character selection screen (CSS) which only had 20 slots, with merely 2 characters ready to be shown. However, the development team said in that the CSS shown wasn’t representative of the final game, hinting that there could be more than just 20 characters on the game at launch, with probably around 30 characters, similar to what Tekken 7 had on its launch, also keeping a door open for DLC.
So this week we brought you the results of an internal poll we run with Hero, Nantenjex and Voyager, to select our Top 20 essential characters that should make company to Sophitia, Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Xianghua, Kilik and Grøh in SoulCalibur VI.
It has been implied, especially by the look of the characters, that SoulCalibur VI will take place at the time of the first SoulCalibur game, but the development team also said that the game will feature characters from prior games, which makes us think that we could see characters that debuted in the series later. How could it be? Maybe the game will feature some time travel shenanigans, as the loading screen of the preview present an Astrological Clock, which also could be a clue about the story of the game, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to encounter some of the “newer” character alongside the classics.
Note: for this roster we didn’t count the Dual Blade newcomer that was revealed at the end of the announcement trailer, that just has been confirmed to be called “Grøh”, neither the “Create-A-Soul / Character Creation” spot, as it is yet to be revealed, but has been a main selling point of the series since SoulCalibur III.
Opening the list on full force, the golem is one of the most straightforward characters of the series, and if you can say that about a clay-made giant, brace yourself for the rest of the list.
#19 Setsuka & #18 Hilde
Sometimes a blade is not enough, but if an umbrella combo can take you to the top of the tier list, it’s no surprise than a lance can send you to the ban list. Remember kids, accessories are not only fashion choices.
#17 Talim & #16 Tira
This series doesn’t shy away from unconventional fighting styles, like the two represented here, one malfested and one pure of heart, both acrobatic and fast.
#15 Aeon (Lizard Man) & #14 Maxi
It’s said that dual wielding isn’t an easy feat, but this pair demonstrate that there is no better defense than a double offense.
#13 Seong Mi-na & #12 Xianghua (Already Confirmed)
On the defensive with long range moves or on the offensive with short range moves, these two ladies represent a Yin-Yang of fighting styles
You may not like him, but if you say that you won’t miss him, you are lying to yourself.
#10 Cassandra & #9 Raphael
The loyal sister and the devoted vampire father show that one of the key ingredients of the franchise is the familiar relationships between the characters.
Displacing the usurper, the OG Korean swordfighter makes a surprising comeback to bring justice to this roster.
#7 Cervantes, #6 Kilik (Already confirmed) & #5 Yoshimitsu,
The immortal pirate, the noble warrior of destiny and the skilled ninja master show that in a “sword based game” you can have some fun with your moves, use a complete different weapon or add some guns to spice the fight.
#4 Ivy & #3 Taki
They are two of the biggest icons on the video game world, fan favorites amongst the players and we are transparent enough to make sure to give them a high spot in our list.
#2 Siegfried & #1 Nightmare (Already confirmed)
To close the essential roster, and as a surprise to no one, the wielders of the eponymous Soul Edge and Soul Calibur got their well deserved spot at the top of our list.
The Soul series has never shied away of including a wide array of guest characters, from the iconic Link, Ezio and Kratos, to the astonishing inclusion of Darth Vader and Master Yoda, setting the bar very high. So for this part of the Dream Roster, despite the likely possibility that there won’t be “exclusive characters” due to the current way to promote the competitive scene, we made a shortlist of candidates that could be up to the challenge.
1.- The Hunter, from Bloodborne
Armed with the Saw Cleaver, the mysterious monster slayer could have the means to defend itself against any foe. The Saw form of the signature weapon could work as a close combat tool to deal fast damage in order to pressure the opponent away, just to catch them with the Cleaver form, and if they try to get away by side stepping, the wide range of the Hunter Blunderbuss will get them anyway.
2.- YoRHa No.2 Type B, or 2B, From NieR:Automata
Armed with the Virtuous Contract and Beastlord, the reserved android finds herself out of her timeline fighting against monsters and the humans she was built to protect. Acrobatic and fast paced would be the best way to describe her graceful approach to close quarter combat, quickly switching between her two swords to add unpredictability to a tightly designed fighting style.
3.- Wander, from Shadow of the Colossus
Armed with a forsaken Ancient sword, the determined rider would go against any odds, no matter the size of his foe, to complete a forbidden mission. Maybe he isn’t the most skilled swordsman, but with his quick reflexes, a surprisingly strong grab game, and bow dexterity without pair, he could bring any foe to its knees.
XBox One Exclusives
1.- Geralt of Rivia, from The Witcher series
Armed with a set of two swords, the White wolf has everything to go for any hunt. The ideal sword depends of the kind of adversary, silver for magical users, iron for normal foes. The Iron blade functions as his main weapon, having the Silver one ready to parry and even counter “Soul charged” moves, giving him an advantage against experienced enemies. And don’t forget that he can also use a variety of magical signs to get around.
2.- Jago, from the Killer Instinct series
Armed with a tibetan Kora, the warrior monk finds himself in another time, still looking for a challenge to cleanse his soul. Guided by the tiger spirit, he could perform a wide array of kicks and punches, depending on his sword primarily to open his enemies guards, having also his signature Endokuken to end his ultra combos.
3.- Marius Titus, from Ryse: Son of Rome
Armed with a Gladius and Scutum, the avenging centurion is ready to make his way home against any obstacle to step on his way. With a defensive style he could block incoming attacks waiting for the right moment to turn the tables with a mixed selection of combos to force the enemy to a defensive stance.
1.- Dante, from the Devil may Cry series
After a scrapped attempt to get on SoulCalibur 3, the boisterous and cool Demon investigator could get a new chance to get a hold of the two most powerful swords of gaming. Like in other crossovers, he could be a walking arsenal, using Rebellion as his main weapon, but having Ebony and Ivory under his sleeves to shoot down any attempt of escape.
2.- Dovakhiin, from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
When you think “Non Exclusive” the last dragonborn steps up as one of the characters that has appear in almost every console from the last 2 generations. Equipped with a basic iron armor set, and armed with an iron sword and shield it might look a bit generic, but it might work to introduce new players to the “Create-a-soul” mode, giving the chance to customize him or her as much as the player wants. And If your enemies don’t like your style, just Dragon shout at them.
3.- Alucard from the Castlevania Series
The prince of the night is one of the most versatile characters of his home series. Mainly using his mother heirloom sword, he would have fast jabs, with the ability to teleport behind his enemies to end combos. He also would be able to transform into a wolf for quick assaults and into a bat for evasive maneuvers. Also, as the son of Dracula he could use more malign tactics, like shooting fireballs, summoning fire pillars and even drinking the blood of his foes to recover his life bar.
Nintendo Switch Exclusives?
1.- Marth, From the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
And opening the dreamiest part of this dream roster, the idealistic Hero king of Altea wields the legendary Falchion and the eponymous Fire Emblem shield. As probably one of the most famous Nintendo swordmaster, second only to Link, he would be a balanced fighter, with good range on the offensive, keeping the famous “tipper” from the Super Smash Brother series. And maybe the spheres of the shield could be used for some special moves, like Geosphere’s area of effect damage, Starsphere’s stat buffs or maybe to open some chest.
2- Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series
The acrobatic Umbra witch packs some heat with no less than 4 guns, the Scarborough Fair, that give her an incredible range to hit her foes. Despite this advantage, she still prefers close combat, using a combination of blade slashes, whip grabs, fast kicks and dangerous swipes, finishing her combos with Wicked weaves becoming a rather complex but rewarding character to use. Perhaps this level of complexity was the reason she couldn’t be included in the last game, then again, Bayonetta knows a lot about of second chances.
3.- Ganondorf, From The Legend of Zelda Series… What?
Talk about a bait and Switch! As in Tekken 7, there is no law against including the bad guy from a series as a guest character. And if there is the chance to get SoulCalibur VI on the Switch, there is no biggest or baddest guy on Nintendo’s history that the incarnation of darkness itself. He could have moveset based on all of Ganon incarnations, including the iconic trident and a longsword for direct combat, adding magic projectiles, fire bats and teleportation for spacing and a bestial transformation to finish the fight.
Did we miss any important character? Are our choices for guests up to the task? Which character would you add to this lists? Tell us in the comments below or in our discord server