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The Unconquered Viking, The Great Bear

Convinced he would never fall in battle, Bödvar the Bearson kicked down the doors to Valhalla and let himself in. - Mallhalla purchase description

Bödvar is the flagship legend of Brawlhalla featuring the Hammer and Sword as his weapons.

As the story goes...

"I speak, you noble vikings, of a warrior who surpassed you all. I tell of a great bear-man who overcame giants and armies, and of how he came to leave our world and challenge the Gods." -The Saga of Bödvar Bearson, first stanza

Born of a Viking mother and bear father, Bödvar grew up feared and mistrusted by his own people.

Bödvar's first nemesis was the terrible giant bear Grothnar, his own brother. By defeating Grothnar in a battle that lasted seven days, Bödvar chose to side with humanity and became the protector of the people of the north. He led his Skandian people against the Witch Queen of Helheim, slew the White Dragon Sorcerer, and lived the life of an all-conquering hero.

After he single-handedly ended the Giant Wars by trapping the fire giant king in his own volcano, Bödvar sensed his work was done. But he felt doomed to never be taken by the Valkyries to Valhalla because he could never manage to be defeated in battle. So he travelled to Asgard himself, broke down the doors, and let himself in.

Valhalla is everything Bödvar hoped - an endless reward of feasting and fighting, with himself among its greatest champions.

"Listen you nine-mothered bridge troll, I'm coming in, and the first beer I'm drinking is the one in your fist." -Bödvar to Heimdall, guardian of the gates of Asgard

Appearance

Bödvar the Viking wears typical Viking fur clothing but in a stand-out green colour. His fur shirt comes together at the waist, parted to show the rippling muscles of his chest. His shirt then joins with his pants, which are coloured the same darker green that also lines the edges of his shirt. Bödvar has no sleeves, but has a light green fur glove on each hand, giving him a firm grip on his weapons as he shows his strength in battle. Each digit of his gloved hand is tipped with a sharp nail.

Also notable is Bödvar's impressive Viking beard, which is carefully groomed, and accompanied by an equally preen mustache. His mustache is carefully held to each side by two turquoise bands. His hair, which is cut short, matches his beard in its pale blonde colour. Indeed, his hair has its own unusual tint of green, accentuated by his clothing. With Bödvar's beard and hair covering most of his head, only the small area of his eyes, mouth, and nose are visible.

Bödvar's most striking feature, however, is his ornamental headpiece. Comprised of a turquoise metal band embellished with a golden insignia, the headpiece's matches his clothing but stands out because of its metallic shine. Most imposing are the two large, pitch-black horns that the headpiece adorns Bödvar with, which extend above his head. The jet colour of dark black makes the horns stand out against the rest of his appearances, juxtaposing with the equally prominent gold colour.

His weapons, the Sword and Hammer, are bound by blue leather gilded with shining gold to match his headpiece. His 'Broad Sword' has a shining steel blade and a golden piece down the length of the blade. The 'Warhammer' instead has a stone hammerhead, which tapers to a point at one end, firmly attached by a decorative golden clasp. A decorative golden ring circumferences the hammer head's widest point, and the centre of the hammer has a turquoise ring that complements his headpiece.

Signatures

Sword

Input Description Damage Stun Force
Neutral Dragon's Doom! Bödvar jumps straight upwards into the air, taking hold of anyone in front of him. At the peak of his jump he swings his sword horizontally, hitting anything in front of him, including grabbed targets, before dropping back down. 28.95

Side

Bödvar lunges forward, swinging his sword horizontally in a single powerful strike in front. 27.07
Down Bödvar hops very slightly into the air and brings the sword down and back in an arcing sweep that hits all targets near him, starting from front to back. 27.86

Hammer

Input Description Damage Stun Force
Neutral Blood of the Bear! Bödvar brings the hammer upwards in a powerful uppercut, empowered by a large bear spirit behind him, hitting anything in front and diagonally above him. 27.51

Side

Bödvar pulls his hammer back and brings it down in a tremendous arcing overhead smash, hitting approximately everything in the hammer's smashing arc, but dealing the most to what ends up directly underneath the hammerhead. 27.15
Down Bödvar does a reaching, lunging grab with the hammer's hook end that extends far out in front. Grabbed targets are pulled in and hurled with tremendous force in the opposite direction. 26.35

Basic combos

Weapon Input Dodge Frames Damage Notes
Sword DLight, GC, NSig 7 (0 vs Spot Dodge) 33.06 • Best used for punishing a Spot Dodge.

• The closer the opponent is to Bödvar, the better.

Sword DLight, Jump, GC, SSig 0 with read 39.28 • Best used for punishing a Spot Dodge.

• Your jump should put you roughly the same height as the opponent. • A trickier, less reliable version of the highlighted NSig combo.

Sword DLight, Jump, GC, DSig 0 with read 35.75 • Best used for punishing a Spot Dodge.

• Your jump should put you roughly the same height as the opponent. • Only use instead of the highlighted combo when near the edge, due to the good downward angle.

Hammer DLight, NSig 10 (0 vs Spot Dodge) 34.2 • Should only be used to punish a Spot Dodge, as otherwise easy to avoid.
Hammer DLight, SSig 4 38.34 • Bödvar's fastest Sig combo out of the DLight

• Other, non-Sig Hammer combos are true and more useful. • Can punish a couple of dodges by turning and/or temporarily holding the Sig.

Strategy

General

Bödvar's stats are well-rounded and balanced, with no stat being especially low or high. As well as this, Bödvar has two distinctly different weapons - the fast, string-based Sword and the slower, heavy-hitting Hammer. These two facts mean Bödvar is very accessible to many players, as he has decent capability in a wide range of uses. It also means that Bödvar can control the flow of a game by switching between fast and aggressive or slow and defensive play. He is a generalist, rather than a specialist, meaning he can capably fit many play styles. His Signatures also follow this pattern, with some long and some short-ranged attacks, as well as some fast and some slow attacks. Some of his Signatures have somewhat unusual hit boxing, meaning getting the most from Bödvar can take some practice, but the Signatures themselves are very multi-purpose and have a lot of flexibility and utility. Overall, Bödvar's ability variety makes him accessible to new players, but this same variety also makes him a Legend with strong potential for both aggressive and defensive play, with the best players able to switch between the two.

Signature Use

Signatures: Bödvar
Sword An unusual Neutral Sig, acting as an anti-air but able to pick up grounded opponents. Because it is slow, it should be used carefully and sparingly. It can be used to catch opponents dodging forwards, but the Down Sig is often better for this. One notable use is if the Sig is Gravity Cancelled while near to and facing the edge of the stage. This covers a good section of the wall to hit opponents clinging to it. SwordBodvar
Sword Fairly long-ranged and hitting in a simple straight line, this is a standard Side Sig. Its decent range means it can catch out an opponent expecting a short-ranged sword attack, or quickly punish the opponent's poor dodge. This is also helped by its relatively quick start-up time. It's worth noting this Sig does not hit opponents too close to Bödvar: use the Down Sig for nearby opponents instead.
Sword Typically of Down Sigs, this is a stationary and defensive move. It's very good at hitting opponents who dodge towards the player. Also, as the attack sends opponents at a downward angle, it has a strong capacity as an edge-guarding attack when used near or over the edge. Despite appearances, however, the attack doesn't hit behind Bödvar, though it does hit stacked opponents.
Hammer Bödvar's main anti-air Hammer Sig, this attack is slow but powerful. Its hit boxes are big and long lasting, making it easier to hit an opponent approaching from above. However, due to the move's length, the player is wide open to punishment if the attack misses or gets overused. HammerBodvar
Hammer Bödvar's Hammer Side Sig is stationary and short ranged, similar to a standard Down Sig. It is his only Hammer Sig that hits close in front of him, and also hits stacked. It can also hit opponents somewhat above the ground, which is good, but it's by no means an anti-air. This is Bodvar's safe and defensive Hammer Sig.
Hammer This Signature has an unusually long reach for a Down Signature to be used aggressively. Hitting grounded opponents at such range makes it good for punishing opponents who miss their own Signature or some light attack, or dodge/dash poorly. As the attack flings the opponent in the opposite direction, it's best used when Bödvar is to the side of the stage facing inwards.

Videos

Video guide on the ideal Setup and Strategy of Bödvar created by Boomie. (September 19th, 2018)
BODVAR SETUP & GUIDE - RANK 1 BRAWLHALLA PLAYER

BODVAR SETUP & GUIDE - RANK 1 BRAWLHALLA PLAYER

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Trivia

  • Bödvar's default weapons are the Warhammer (hammer) and the Broad Sword (sword).
  • Bödvar's bot name is Bötvar.
  • Bödvar was one of the first four Legends to be developed for the game, the others being Cassidy, Lord Vraxx and Orion.
  • As Bödvar went undefeated in his entire life and made his own entry into Valhalla, he is one of the few Legends in the afterlife of Asgard who can be said to have never actually died - and, most notably, he is currently the only human mortal to do so.
  • Bödvar is listed as one of Nix's cold-cases - a rogue soul past its expiration who was never collected by a psychopomp for the afterlife.
  • Bodvar was the first legend to have sword and hammer.

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