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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Rawk Hawk: The Spirit Battle

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Happy birthday to RawkHawk2010 the staffer!

Today, February 20, happens to be KoopaTV staffer RawkHawk2010's birthday. He's now 9 years old! Wow!

As a present to his continued longevity, and to start what might be a trend for this site, I'm going to write a concept of what his Spirit Battle would be like if Rawk Hawk managed to get any representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The last time he's gotten anything was as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. With a Spirit Battle, he'll get a lot more! First some details on what kind of spirit he'd be, and then details on his actual fight and the references included.


Spirit Details


Name
Rawk Hawk
Series
Paper Mario series
Class
Advanced
Spirit Type, Ability
Support
Physical Attacks ↑

Fight Details


Characters
Opponent: Orange-coloured Incineroar
Ally: Tiny Green Yoshi (less stamina than you or your opponent)
Type & Power
Attack Type
3700 Power
Stage & Music
Boxing Ring; normal
Battle! (Gladion)
Rules
Hazard: Poison floor
Conditions
Stamina battle
Cherry pie will appear when either party is at low health
The enemy favours up specials
Here's how the fight would play out, obviously based around Rawk Hawk's Glitz Pit appearance in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Gladion's remix in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may be terrible, but it's the closest-sounding thing in the soundtrack to Rawk Hawk's battle music in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door... which I would also characterise as bad music.

Incineroar is obviously the closest fighter to Rawk based on moveset and personality (orange colour specifically, also shared with Furio Tigre), and Boxing Ring is the closest thing to the Glitz Pit. The Baby Yoshi is Mario's new partner in that chapter of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Since it's an RPG with hit points, the battle is Stamina. Baby Yoshi has less HP than either Rawk or Mario would have at that point in the game, so that should be reflected in the base Stamina values. Rawk is an Attack Type because he has 0 defence and doesn't do any grappling in his game.

The poison floor and the cake refer to Rawk Hawk allegedly trying to poison Mario and his party with a poisoned cake gift while Mario is climbing up the ranks of the Glitz Pit. For your information, the poison floor would only apply to the arenas of Boxing Ring that are outside of the ring itself, so the halls leading up to it. That's a reference to how the poisoned cake was an out-of-fight thing.

The cherry pie food item would spawn in the poisoned area, of course. As a gameplay mechanic, it's meant to try to be a cheap trick (the player character might see the cake when they're low in stamina and may wish to get it, but the effort when getting hit with poison damage probably wouldn't make it worth it) like the cake actually was in the game. Like in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, it's up to your own decision whether to fall for eating the cake, as opposed to ignoring it.

Up-B is Incineroar's Cross Chop attack, and Rawk Hawk uses the exact same Cross Chop in his own fight in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. I'll end the article with a visual comparison, and it should be clear why Rawk's spirit should be using it:


Rawk Hawk spirit battle Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Incineroar Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door Cross Chop
Above: Rawk Hawk using Cross Chop in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door on Mario and Baby Yoshi.
Below: Incineroar using Cross Chop in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Mario and Tiny Yoshi.



Ludwig wonders why the other staff members don't write nice articles for him on his December 13 birthday. Regardless, let him know what you think of the Rawk Hawk spirit battle idea, and if you have any thoughts on improving it, or if there is missed information in the description.


This is a good present for Rawk because he himself has written about the importance of the Spirit Battle references in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

4 comments :

  1. Definitely a very fitting setup for a Spirit Battle. And who knows, DLC will be a thing as well as updates, I think they've added new spirits at least once already so it's not impossible. And if the Rawk ever IS included I'd imagine what they'd actually do for his battle would be very similar to this.

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    1. I can tell you that RawkHawk2010 thought it was fitting too, or at least he commented on how very similar the Cross Chop attacks are in the picture.

      If KoopaTV does have the power to affect future DLC, though, maybe I should hold off on the Spirit Battle articles and just write about Phoenix Wright every day.

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  2. Compared to me when I was nine years old, Rawk is really advaced for his age. I could barely write complete sentences let alone a paragraph, but Rawk can write full-length articles like it's nothing. If you see this Rawk, happy belated birthday.

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    1. I showed Rawk the comment. Would be great if he replied to it directly here, but he has trouble replying to comments in his own articles, let alone someone else's.

      I was a genius at nine, believe me.

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