Lloyd is ranked at the top of the tier list. He has a solid projectile with Demon Fang, which can combo into itself at lower percentages. His Rising Falcon is one of the few meteor smashes in the game, which gives him one of the best edge guards in the game. Tempest is easily his best move, however, as not only does he completely envelop himself for its duration, but it can do up to 120% with one use and is also an instant kill attack. His other moves are fast, strong, and have range as well, making him one of the strongest fighters in close range combat.
Lloyd is still not without his own flaws, however. Like the other sword users, he has difficulty approaching characters with projectiles. His Demon Fang helps, but has a slower rate of fire than most projectiles, allowing characters like Mario or Zero to overwhelm him. Additionally, his air speed is only average at best, which can give him trouble when recovering.
Lloyd has strong matchups across the board, and can easily outshine many top tier characters with all of his favorable attributes.
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Lloyd and Mr. Game & Watch are the only characters that cannot be unlocked via the Skip Glitch. In Lloyd's case, due to having a fixed playtime requirement, use of the Skip Glitch hinders unlocking him rather than assists.