RIVALS OF AETHER is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Play with up to four players locally or up to two players online.
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Very Positive (61) - 81% of the 61 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,296) - 88% of the 4,296 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 28, 2017

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October 31

Patch 1.4.2 - Cooling Down

Heat Wave was a lot of fun, but now it's time to start getting ready for a cooler season. This patch is a mix of changes we've been holding on to as well as some newer updates like adding mouse support, normalizing some framedata, and other quality of life changes. Read on for the full notes below and have a happy Halloween!

Gameplay Changes
  • Keyboard controls can now be set on the character select screen.
  • Mouse buttons can now be bound to actions in the character select screen.
  • Rolls, Airdodges, and Techrolls have been normalized. New framedata:
    • ROLLS:
      • [3 startup frames - 14 active frames - 12 recovery frames]
      • [2 startup frames - 12 active frames - 12 recovery frames]
      • [20 invincibility frames - 14 recovery frames]

  • Fixed a bug that made players get caught on ledges.
  • Crouch is no longer locked out of dashing for 3 frames.
    Instead, crouching now clears the dash buffer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a crash during the intermediate offense tutorial.
  • The missed tech state can no longer be longer than the full initial duration of your hitstun.
  • Purple kill effect formula now takes SDI into consideration when checking for collision with walls/platforms/pillars/rocks.
  • Fixed a bug that caused heavy characters to be stuck in 1 extra frame of landing lag on aerials with 6 frames of landing lag compared to patch 1.4.0.
  • You can no longer wall-tech when first getting grabbed by Ori's Down Special. You can still wall tech after getting thrown.

  • Up Special multihits now force flinch.
    With 1 less frame of flinch state than normal, so it doesn't true combo into Dstrong.

  • Up Air no longer keeps moving during hitpause.
  • Orcane's roll framedata has been normalized to [3 - 14 - 12] from [3 - 11 - 16].
  • Orcane's airdodge framedata has been normalized to [2 - 12- 12] from [2 - 12 - 14].

  • Up Air angle flipper changed from 0 > 6.
    This makes it so that the move always sends left if your opponent is on the left side of you, and vice versa.
  • Wrastor's roll framedata normalized to [3 - 14 - 12] from [3 - 15 - 16].
  • Bugfix: Dying now restores Wrastor's ability to charge a strong attack.

  • Rocks will no longer hit enemies in the wrong direction when bouncing off of a wall on the first frame the rock is created.

  • Forsburn's techroll framedata has been normalized to [20 - 14] from [19 - 14].

  • Neutral Special hurtbox corrected.
    This move was using the wrong kind of collision detection making it much bigger than it seemed.
  • Up Special can no longer break Kragg's pillar if it trades with it 1 frame before Kragg lands on the pillar.
  • Absa's roll framedata normalized to [3 - 14 - 12] from [3 - 10 - 14].
  • Absa's airdodge framedata has been normalized to [2 - 12 - 12] from [2 - 11 - 10].

  • Up Special will no longer lose armor when getting hit on frame 1 by a move that sends into the hitstun land state.
  • Up Air hit 1 hit lockout increased from 0 > 1.
    This prevents moves like Forward Special from interrupting the throw.
  • Nair sourspot angle flipper changed from 0 > 6.
    Now matches the flipper of the sweetspot.
  • Etalus' roll framedata normalized to [3 - 14 - 12] from [3 - 15 - 12].

  • Ori & Sein's techroll framedata has been normalized to [20 - 14] from [18 - 16].

  • Utilt angle flipper changed from 0 > 6.
    This makes it so that the move always sends left if your opponent is on the left side of you, and vice versa.
  • Dash Attack tipper hitboxes adjusted to match the art better.

  • Up Air range reduced by 16 pixels for hit 1 and 18 pixels for hit 2.
    This change is intended to make Up Air less oppressive as a sharking tool.
  • More changes are planned for Sylvanos that didn't make it into this patch. We're taking a good hard look at his strengths and weaknesses so that we can build him up after stripping frustrating parts of his kit. Our goal is ultimately to make him both more fun to play against and more balanced and fun to play as.

  • Back Air's fist is now disjointed.
  • Charged Forward Special now slides along the ground instead of being destroyed by it.

  • Jab endlag decreased from 16 > 14.
  • Back Air multihit hitstun modifier increased from .5 > .65.
    Enough to make it good on hit without letting it confirm into Forward Strong.
  • Dash attack startup decreased from 10 > 7.
  • Dash attack damage increased from 5 > 7.
  • Dash attack knockback scaling increased from 0.35 > 0.5.
    While dash attack is still a pretty niche move, these changes will give it more utility.
  • Ustrong endlag increased from 16 > 18 (24 > 27 on whiff).
  • War Horn hitstun modifier decreased from x1 > x0.9.
  • Releasing the right stick as the shop becomes active will no longer cancel the shop.
  • Dynamo Mail's outline color now overrides the outline color change when on fire.
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October 24

Rivals Championship Series October Highlights

In honor of our RCS October monthly winner, here's some of our favorite highlights from their best games! Join in the competition to meet new players and earn exclusive Champion skins next month right here: smash.gg/RCS-NA-November

NA RCS S3 October Champion Highlights
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About This Game


RIVALS OF AETHER is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Choose a Rival to bring into the battlefield and manipulate the powers of the classical elements and animal movement. Praised for its competitive gameplay and intensive training tools, Rivals of Aether is the perfect entry to the Platform Fighter genre.

Game Features

  • Choose VERSUS MODE to duke it out in competitive 1v1 or 2v2 fights, or jump into a free-for-all.
  • Play STORY MODE to learn the backstory behind each rival and begin to uncover the hidden mysteries of Aether.
  • Dive into ABYSS MODE to see how many waves of shadowy fighters you can defeat and reach the leaderboards alone or with a friend. Customize your Abyss Mode builds and challenge your friends in ABYSS VERSUS .
  • Take your skills online in ONLINE VERSUS ! Play against your friends or test your skills in RANKED MODE to climb the leaderboard.
  • Study TUTORIAL MODE to hone your skills from beginner to advanced lessons. Or boot up PRACTICE MODE to get your hands on all the frame data and hitbox visualizations.


Zetterburn, a son of the ruling family of the Firelands, is an experienced and hardened warrior. In battle, Zetterburn uses no weapons except for his razor-sharp claws and ability to control flame.
  • BURN DAMAGE - Zetterburn's special attacks can set opponents on fire, causing them additional damage over time.
  • WILD FIRE - Zetterburn's Down Special places flames on the stage. These flames stay for a period of time, burning any opponents who come in contact with them.
  • FIRE AMP - When an opponent is burning, Zetterburn's Strong Attacks can absorb the flames and launch the burned enemy twice as far, making for an effective killing blow.

Orcane is a playful trickster, notorious for escaping even the most precarious of situations. He can transform into water and confuse enemies with a spray of bubbles.
  • PUDDLE TELEPORTATION - Orcane creates a puddle with his Neutral Special or Down Special. He can then teleport to his puddle using his Up Special as a powerful vertical blow or an effective recovery when launched off the stage.
  • BUBBLE EVAPORATION - Orcane can turn his puddle into a pillar of bubbles with his Down Special to trap enemies above the puddle.
  • WATER AMP - When standing on top of his puddle, Orcane can consume the water underneath him to perform powerful Strong Attacks with far greater range and knockback.

The youngest trainee in the history of the Air Academy, Wrastor has never lived by anyone's rules but his own. Currently an Aerial Ace for the Air Armada, Wrastor is wrecking havoc among the Armada's enemies and generals alike.
  • WINGED FLIGHT - Wrastor can jump 4 times, making him incredible at controlling the air and recovering from the toughest falls even when things look grim.
  • WIND CURRENT - Wrastor can create a Wind Current with his Forward Special, allowing him to move faster within it and chase his targets more effectively.
  • AERIAL ACE - Wrastor performs his charged Strong Attacks in the air instead of on the ground, a first for this genre.

Kragg is a defender of the colossal Aetherian Forest. Deliberate and loyal, he is one of the infamous Wall Runners who patrol the Rock Wall. Unlike other Wall Runners, Kragg has the legendary ability to control the earth with his will.
  • ROCK HURL - Kragg can pull a rock out of the ground and hurl it at opponents. After it leaves his hands, the rock becomes a solid piece of stage that either Kragg or other players can break.
  • DEFENSE BALL - Kragg can curl into a ball and roll toward enemies. Although he can be damaged while in ball form, he cannot be knocked away.
  • EARTH PILLAR - Kragg can summon a pillar of earth to his feet regardless of where he is. If Kragg is about to fall to his death, this move can quickly turn his situation around.

Forsburn is the disgraced, eldest son of the Firelands' ruling family. After being condemned by the Fire Council and his own brother, Forsburn found refuge in a group of outsiders who had rejected the flame and mastered the way of smoke.
  • SMOKE SCREEN - Forsburn can use his Neutral Special to obscure the battlefield allowing Forsburn to remain hidden inside a cloud of smoke.
  • DECOY - Through his Forward Special, Forsburn can create a smoke facsimile of himself that can attack opponents. The illusory Forsburn breaks into smoke after being hit by a single attack.
  • CONSUME/COMBUST - By using his Down Special, Forsburn can consume his smoke clouds back into his body. After consuming three clouds, Forsburn is charged up and can use Down Special again to combust: knocking opponents away at high speed.

Maypul is the self-appointed Guardian of the Aetherian Forest. She commands fearful respect throughout the forest for her unhesitating vigilantism. She uses her agility to trap any unknown intruders before they even realize she is there.
  • WATCHER'S MARK - Maypul can use her Seeds or her Watcher's Dash to mark opponents, making them susceptible to her following attacks.
  • WRAPPED UP - After marking her targets, Maypul can use her Strong Attacks or her trusty Plant to wrap marked opponents in place allowing her to follow up with another attack.
  • SLING SHOT - Maypul can use her vines to sling toward marked opponents, allowing her to elude attacks and quickly close distances.

Absa is a famed engineer and martialist of the Elders of the Air Alliance. Despite the laws of the Elders, Absa secretly developed storm techniques in the caves of the Archai mountains.
  • CLOUD CONTROL - Absa can place a cloud using her Neutral or Forward Special. This cloud hangs in the air until Absa bursts it by tapping her Neutral Special and knocking enemies away.
  • THUNDER BOLT - Absa can charge her Neutral Special to create a powerful lightning blast that connects her to her cloud. All opponents caught between the two will be knocked away at high speeds.
  • CONDENSED STORM - Absa focuses the power of a lightning bolt to the tip of her hoof. If she can line up one of her aerial kicks perfectly, she unleashes great power.

Etalus is a legendary warrior in his native land. He is one of the last surviving members of the Harbor Guard and uses the power of ice to augment his massive strength.
  • HOME ICE ADVANTAGE: Etalus can use his Forward Special or Forward Tilt to freeze the ground beneath him in order to slide across on the icy surface.
  • ARMORED UP: When standing on ice, Etalus can use his Neutral Special to absorb the ice and create ice armor around his body.
  • AVALANCHE: Etalus can use his Down Special to shatter all nearby ice, instantly freezing any enemies who are standing on it.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX Compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: 1.4GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX Compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space

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