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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Release Date:
Mar 28, 2017

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January 4

Rivals Esports: Challengers Approaching at Genesis 6

The Rivals Championship Series finals are approaching fast at Genesis 6! Tune in from Frebruary 1st - 3rd to see the best players from around the world go head to head over 3 days of competition. With the title of the Season 3 Champion and over $12,000 on the line, this event is a must see for Rivals fans.


If you'd like to join these players (and many more) there's still time to sign up. Register or find out more about the event at https://smash.gg/G6

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November 21, 2018

Patch 1.4.3 - Time to Rank Up

We are still hard at work on netcode and matchmaking changes but before we can release those, we wanted to give players a chance to experience our new Ranked Mode updates. We have reworked the progression and rewards and are excited for players to progress! We also have some balance changes targeting our three newest characters who came out earlier this year.

Ranked Mode Update
  • We have replaced Ranked Score as the main progression in Ranked Mode with a Ranked Tier system. There are 6 Ranked Tiers which each have 5 Ranked Levels inside their Tiers.
  • Players progress through the levels by earning Stars. Each star that you earn progresses you higher into the Ranked Level. You'll need 5 Stars to complete a Ranked Level such as going from Bronze 5 to Bronze 4.

  • There are three different ways to earn stars:
    • Winning: Each set win gives you one star.
    • Win Streaks: While on a win streak of 3 or more, you earn 1 extra star. While on a win streak of 5 or more, you earn 2 extra stars.
    • Tier Difference: If you play an opponent who is a higher tier than you, you'll earn 1 star for each tier they are above you.
  • Each Tier has its own rules and rewards:
    • Bronze Tier:
      • Rules: You cannot lose stars.
      • Matchmaking: Bronze, Silver, Gold
      • Rewards: Player Icon
    • Silver Tier:
      • Rules: You cannot lose stars.
      • Matchmaking: Bronze, Silver, Gold
      • Rewards: Player Icon, Tier Border
    • Gold Tier:
      • Rules: You cannot lose a star to drop a Ranked Level.
        (ex. from Gold 3 to Gold 4)
      • Matchmaking: Bronze, Silver, Gold
      • Rewards: Player Icon, Tier Border, Ranked Color Palette
    •  Platinum Tier:
      • Rules: You cannot drop below Platinum 5.
      • Matchmaking: Platinum, Diamond, Master
      • Rewards: Player Icon, Tier Border, To be Decided
    • Diamond Tier:
      • Rules: You cannot drop below Diamond 5.
      • Matchmaking: Platinum, Diamond, Master
      • Rewards: Player Icon, Tier Border, To be Decided
    • Master Tier:
      • Rules: Your Master Score is your position on the Ranked Leaderboard. You no longer win or lose stars.
      • Matchmaking: Platinum, Diamond, Master
      • Rewards: Player Icon, Tier Border, To be Decided
  • Ranked Mode still uses Ranked Score (ELO) behind the scenes for every set even before reaching Master. This score is used to calculate your leaderboard position.
  • We have lowered the Disconnect Rate punishment from 35% to 20% so players with high disconnect rates will have low Master positions.
  • We now have a system to reset the Ranked Level and Ranked Score of repeat cheaters. Please report cheaters WITH their Steam Profile URL to contact@rivalsofaether.com and we'll investigate the reports.

Character Mastery:
  • While playing Ranked Mode, you can level up your characters from 1-10 by playing Ranked Matches.
  • Each win will earn you more experience than a loss but just playing a single match with that character will net you some experience!
  • Here are our current plans for rewards:
    • Character Mastery Level 3: Character Emote Unlock.
    • Character Mastery Level 7: Character Emote Icon.
    • Character Mastery Level 10: To Be Decided
Emote System

  • Ranked and all the other online modes benefit from the introduction of a new Emote System.
  • Players can now share pre-built messages with each other while matched in a game lobby. The messages vary from greetings to questions to small suggestions.
  • If you progress your character mastery levels, you can unlock fun messages to send your opponent while matching your favorite character.
  • Let us know on the subreddit or discord what kind of new Emotes you would like to see added to the game!
Rivals Rep Icon Contest
In concert with the ranked progression changes above, we're moving forward into the 4th season of Rivals ranked play. To make the start of this season even more exciting we’re announcing the return of a fan-favorite special event, the Rivals Rep Icon Contest, where you can help your favorite featured team get a skin in the game!

To find out more details on this community competition read the full post here.

Christmas Colors
Tis the season! Err... or at least close enough. Your Halloween colors have been replaced with festive Christmas skins. As always, these are usable in all game modes and can be accessed simply by rotating through your Rivals' colors on the character select screen.

Gameplay and Balance Changes

  • Landing no longer clears the right stick's buffer. Instead, it turns it into a normal 6 frame buffer instead of the 8 frame right stick buffer.
  • Tilt stick will no longer allow you to cancel a jab into a backward tilt.
  • Purple aether kill effect logic adjusted: now checks all even numbered DI angles (19 total) instead of just checking 7.
    • OLD:
      • check full DI in
      • check no DI
      • check full DI out
      • check 12 degrees in
      • check 12 degrees out
      • check 6 degrees in
      • check 6 degrees out
    • NEW:
      • do all old calculations
      • check remaining even numbered angles (12 different angles)

  • Jumping during the hitpause of Nspecial will always buffer a jump after hitpause ends.
    (This is useful for jumping after hitting a pillar or activating the purple kill effect)
  • Uspecial's final hitbox now has knockback staling: BKB starts at 7 and goes down to 5 (the current value) by the end of movement. This makes early hit Uspecial stronger.
  • Dspecial's spike hitbox is no longer techable and forces a missed tech instead of bouncing the opponent off the ground.

  • Standing on overlapping puddles will no longer cause Fspecial to fail to absorb the puddle.

  • Hitting Ranno's bubble and Sylvanos' flower with Fspecial now only lets you jump cancel for the next 20 frames instead of indefinitely.

  • Clone will no longer get locked out of exploding if his first explosion is interrupted (such as pillar breaking under him during the move's startup).

  • Can no longer hit himself when throwing a rock with Uair.
  • Can no longer fastfall while being hit during armored Uspecial.
  • No longers gets the benefits of being on ice when standing under low, ice-covered platforms.

  • Can no longer bash Lily when she's being despawned.
  • Double jumping while trying to use Uspecial while it's unavailable will no longer cause Ori to superjump.

  • Bubble knockback will no longer reverse for outward hitting moves if the attacking player is facing left.

Sylvanos is getting a minor rework where we looked at his entire kit and wanted to balance out some of his annoying tendencies and distribute power elsewhere. We reworked his final two jabs to make them more varied and to differentiate Jab Special more from Neutral Special. We also took a look at the Neutral Special Flower to open up some creativity in how Sylvanos players choose to use grass instead of just coating the bottom platform with grass as often as possible.

    • Jab 1 range shortened.
    • Jab 3 replaced with large repeatable jabs.

  • Jab special now spawns lower and travels a very short distance, allowing Sylvanos to place flowers on the ground underneath platforms. It will now also combo if the opponent DI's jab 2 inward.
  • Ftilt projectile now deals no knockback ever.
  • Ftilt startup: 7 > 5 (reverted to pre-1.4.0).
  • Utilt startup: 6 > 8 (reverted to pre-1.4.0).
  • Sylvanos no longer jumps upward during the startup of Utilt, making the move significantly better as an anti-air.
  • Dstrong angle: 55 > 50.
  • Uair solo hit2 removed.
  • Uair 2 base knockback: 7 > 8.
  • Uair 2 knockback scaling: .5 > .65.
  • Nspecial multihit damage: 2 > 1 (total damage: 14 > 10).
  • Can now have 3 flowers out (when 3 flowers are active, the oldest flower is colored differently from the other two).
  • Flowers only grow a small area of grass instead of the full platform (they still prevent the whole platform's grass from dying when Sylvanos is away).
  • Flowers now destroy the grass around them when they are hit.
  • Flowers no longer have a single tile of grass missing.
  • Grass no longer ages while Sylvanos is in hitpause from hitting an opponent.
  • Jump cancelling Fspecial locks him out of airdodging for 10 frames.
  • Uspecial's bite is now invincible until the hitbox comes out.
  • Dspecial now has a visual to show the howl's range.
  • Grass on the left edge of a platform will no longer die when using Dspecial.

Elliana is getting a couple buffs but she might have more in store down the road. She is a unique character with a meta that is still developing so we want to be careful when it comes to buffing and nerfing this hothead.
  • Dash attack endlag: 18 > 16 (27 > 24 on whiff).
  • Ftilt startup: 9 > 7.
  • Fair hitbox size increased.
  • Fspecial will no longer trigger the purple kill effect if the opponent is stuck.

Shovel Knight is FUN! Just like in his own game, the character is very fun to play as and against. The buffs we have for him are to make him more effective when he is playing well. By racking up damage a bit faster, he can start going for his unique kill options earlier.
  • Jab/Nair damage: 5 > 6.
  • Ftilt/Fair damage: 3 > 4.
  • Utilt damage: 5 > 8.
  • Utilt will no longer break Kragg's pillar after it loses its hitbox.
  • Dair damage: 6 > 7 (normal hit) and 7 > 10 (spike hit).
  • Dstrong strongest hit hitpause scaling: 0 > 1 (bug fix).
  • Mobile Gear now gets destroyed at the bottom blastzone instead of slightly above it.
  • Uspecial's spike hitbox is no longer techable and forces a missed tech instead of bouncing the opponent off the ground.
  • Dstrong's spike hitboxes force a missed tech instead of bouncing the opponent off the ground.
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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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