Rolento is going to be a very popular choice when Ultra hits next summer. I can see it happening already. A quick, nimble, short-to-mid-ranger, he has a versatile, free-flowing style all his own. Spiritually reminiscent of Guy, but with a whole load more options, Rolento’s hard, mid-range stick attacks are offset very nicely indeed by a handful of swift, multi-hitting baton-twirls. The special version, initiated by way of a fireball motion, can be chained three times like Fei Long’s Rekka Ken, to either round a combo off with immense flair or close space with extreme prejudice.
His jumping medium punch is a similarly tasty whirling dervish of a move, hitting deep for some delicious cross-up damage. He also has great potential for wrong-footing his opponent, with a couple of escape and evasion flips, and a brilliant pogo-stick move using his baton, which clears him from low attacks and grants him throw immunity to boot. It’s positively screaming for Scrooge McDuck reskin DLC, obviously. Additionally, his floor game is strengthened by a great sliding sweep and a bomb-laying backward roll just perfect for trapping opponents jumping in. Mix in a nifty little mid-air knife throw that comes out of nowhere, a lovely medium-punch anti-air hit, and a brutal long-range, whip-based Ultra that will kill fireball spammers stone-dead, and you have one of the most versatile and immediately explorable fighters in the new line-up.