MultiVersus probably started with the so-called Ultra Instinct Shaggy Meme. Derived from YouTubers Midya’s edit a sequence of Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur— where a hypnotized Shaggy single-handedly takes down a biker gang — it was a viral hit that some believed culminated in the development of WB’s free-to-play brawler. Because of this, it came as a shock to learn that Velma Dinkley is actually Mystery Inc.’s featured fighter MultiVersus and not shaggy.
Actually, I’m inclined to go one step further. Velma is by far one of the best characters in the game. Driven by her inquisitive nature and supportive skills, she offers fans a unique way to play. For example, Velma doesn’t throw hands, instead relying on her words during a fight. Her brilliant ideas can make rivals fly, while her motivational speeches can heal allies. Essentially, Velma will have your back and, if forced into it, smack the eternal “Jinkies” out of unsuspecting enemies.
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Velma is a force to be reckoned with in the right hands. This is despite their lack of physical ability. She’s not as fast (or deadly) as Arya Stark and doesn’t offer the explosive power that Steven Universe has. Despite this, she still surpasses both when it comes to being a proper teammate. It’s all about this MultiVersus. While there are solo and free-for-all options, the main game mode is the 2v2 team battle format. It’s give and take. Synergizing one’s abilities with those of a partner to overcome resistance. Velma does this with ease.
As a support character, Velma’s primary role is to provide assistance during combat. It does this by buffing allies and damaging/debuffing enemies. One of the things that sets them apart is the level of support and overall strength of their various skills. Take Velma’s neutral attack and special abilities. By quickly tapping the attack button, you can send out their projectiles with supporting words that specifically seek out friends and foes alike. When these word bubbles hit an enemy, they’ll juggle them around and deal some serious damage in the process. This effect changes when targeting an ally; When hit, they not only gain speed (can move faster), but also spawn additional word bubbles to attack enemies and heal Velma.
Velma’s neutral special move, called Motivational Speaker, is also a solid ability. This move emits a beam of encouragement that repeatedly hits enemies, damaging them while also applying a debuff called Weakened – a debuff that causes them to take extra damage and knockback from attacks for a limited time. Landing on an ally will not only heal them, but also emit a more powerful version of the beam.
What’s so great about these attacks (aside from the obvious)? Well, for one thing, they both offer healing. They also complement each other. The “You can do this!” beam not only weakens opposing players, but also makes them the target of Velma’s words of support. Most of their other moves are similar in this regard. Each offers a solid bit of damage, even more so when boosted by a teammate, while also offering strong buffs. The only downside is cooldown timers, which prevent Velma from spamming the better parts of her arsenal.
This type of synergistic play is found in other characters as well. Steven Universe comes to mind again. But none of them offer as many buffs and debuffs as Velma. She can bestow armor and health on her team, grant speed boosts, apply ice stacks (to slow and eventually freeze players), and weaken enemies while dealing out a ton of damage. Velma can even raise people – by throwing a book at her teammate, she can reduce the team’s cooldown, something no other character can do without the use of a perk/item. Basically, Velmla proves to be a powerful ally in all circumstances.
Noted Youtuber and fighting game expert John Crofts (jmcrofts) also believes that Velma is “insanely powerful”. In his video below, not only can you see him live up to that notion by dishing out close to 400 damage, but he also mentions how well she supports the team and that she “has the potential to be front runner.”
However, the ability that really upsets Velma has to be her passive sniffing. During a game, certain moves have a chance to produce evidence. Gather enough of these and she’ll be able to summon a police car to incapacitate the opposing team’s stealthy player. It’s similar to Steven Universe’s bubble ability, except that the police car tries to remove them from the game if they can’t break out, while the bubble just keeps people in place. Watching someone being picked up and carried off the stage is as hilarious as it is effective.
Well, this move may seem unfair. I mean, starting a fight and then calling the cops is certainly Karen-type shit. However, it takes a while to collect the necessary evidence for this call. And if Velma dies before she summons the car, she’ll have to respawn from scratch.
There are other downsides to worry about as well. For one, Velma is always a target. Removing them from the game will also remove their buffs and debuffs. Expect her to be rushed from the start. She’s also not very fast or strong on her own; MultiVersus‘ Assassins will draw circles around them, making them (in most cases) a poor choice for 1v1 matchups. After all, their Up Special doesn’t cover much. Velma players must properly use their jumps and dodges before performing this move in order to survive being knocked off a certain stage.
Despite her limitations, Velma is the Chick. EVO champion SonicFox seems to agree. While he tends to destroy opponents no matter who he uses, his video titled “Velma Might Be the Way” shows just how awesome she can be during a fight. Whether playing keep-away with word projectiles or up close and personal with their brilliant ideas. Despite her superior speed, she even outperforms Arya Stark.
Velma’s powerful attacks are boosted by her supporting abilities, making her one of the best characters in the world multiverse. In the right hands, she would be almost unbeatable, no matter who she works with. We all thought it was the Shaggy show. And in some respects, he’s definitely a solid choice for both solo and team fights. But Velma is the true ambassador of Mystery Inc. She embodies the iconic animated series (like Shaggy) while also empowering anyone foolish enough to shake her stylish frames.
Kenneth Seward Jr. is a freelance writer, editor, and illustrator covering games, films, and more. follow him @kennyufg and further Pull out.