The original Melty Blood fighting game was revamped and re-released so many times that in its final incarnation, the roster featured a whopping 31 playable characters. Oh yeah, Melty Blood was doing gigantic fighting game rosters before it was cool. The recently released reboot, Type Lumina, has paired that roster down to a more reasonable 14, primarily made up of familiar faces from Tsukihime along with some newcomers and a highly-marketable cameo. Here’s the full roster for Melty Blood: Type Lumina.
Melty Blood: Type Lumina features these 14 playable characters:
- Arcueid Brunestud
- Shiki Tohno
- Akiha Tohno
- Hisui & Kohaku
- Kouma Kishima
- Miyako Arima
- Michael Roa Valdamjong
- Vlov Arkhangel
- Red Arcueid
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A pure-blooded vampire princess, Arcueid is a True Ancestor, a vampire who was born into her abilities naturally rather than being turned by another. Not much for standing on ceremony, Arcueid is a cheerful, free-spirited girl in general, though when it comes time to vampires, she unleashes feats of terrifying strength and fierce magic.
The eldest son of the esteemed Tohno family, Shiki’s eyes were opened to a world beyond his own when a childhood injury gifted (or cursed) him with the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Without his enchanted glasses, Shiki can see dark lines along all things, living and inanimate, and tracing those lines with his knife can instantly destroy them. While a traumatic ability to possess in daily life, it does make him uniquely qualified to battle the undead.
Head of the Tohno family in Shiki’s absence, Akiha epitomizes the classic noble lady with grace, charm, and general unapproachability. Out of the public eye, she is also a gifted spellcaster, able to conjure powerful streams of intense magical heat. While cold at first, she hides a soft spot for her estranged brother.
Seemingly a normal high school girl at a glance, Ciel is actually a trained Executor for The Holy Church, a major religious organization in Europe. Trained from a young age in the art of anti-vampire combat, she employs an arsenal of anointed weaponry to hunt down supernatural heretics. She also really likes curry. Like, a lot.
One of the twin maids to the Tohno household, Hisui is the more reserved of the two, dressed in a western-style maid uniform. While not exactly a combatant, Hisui is more than capable of holding her own using an esoteric fighting style based around cleaning tools and household objects. She allegedly possesses a secret deadly martial art, though that might just be something she made up.
The more jovial of the twin maids, Kohaku can always be spotted in her traditional Japanese kimono and apron. Kohaku has a legendary mischievous streak, with a penchant for playing matchmaker. In a fight, she utilizes a katana hidden inside her favorite broom, as well as an array of mysterious concoctions and bootleg martial arts.
Hisui & Kohaku
While the twins can handle a scrape individually, it’s when they’re together that their abilities really shine, with Hisui swinging metal pans at the front and Kohaku lobbing explosives from behind.
A member of the Kishima clan, a branch family from the Tohnos, Kouma is half-demon, and an exceptionally powerful half at that. His demon blood is so pure that he’s only human in the loosest sense, possessing terrifying magically-enhanced strength. Despite that, he’s actually a pretty chill guy, living in remote regions as a hermit seeking enlightenment. It’s when he’s distracted from that that you’ve officially got a problem.
Eldest daughter of the Arima branch family of the Tohnos, who cared for Shiki through his childhood. Miyako loves her adopted brother dearly, so when he was called back to the main family, she wasn’t really on board with the idea, following him home. Though she’s only 11 years old, she’s a skilled practitioner of bajiquan Chinese martial arts, with the kind of explosive strength that could knock a grown man on his butt.
A new teacher at Shiki’s school (and a newcomer to this series), Noel is actually an Executor for the Holy Church like Ciel, albeit one of a lesser rank. Her weapon of choice is a heavy polearm, and she’s also skilled in holy magic. She presents herself in a cute manner, which makes her popular with the male students. The female students, eh, less so.
Michael Roa Valdamjong
Roa is a Dead Apostle, a human-turned-vampire, and a particularly dangerous one to boot. When he was still human, he was a magus of great skill, having stolen knowledge from many spellcasters over multiple lifetimes. Being turned made him even stronger and harder to kill. While he’s capable of a variety of spells, his personal favorite is nicknamed “Numerology,” allowing him to conjure forth powerful bursts of electricity at will.
Another Dead Apostle (and another series newcomer), Vlov was turned while serving as a medieval-era knight. As such, he takes great pride in his senses of chivalry, duty, and honor, relishing a good fight but not going out of his way to start one unless directly provoked. Vlov’s undead state has a unique quirk in that he requires fresh blood to maintain his body heat, which in turn allows him to conjure blasts of fire. Without that heat, his blood literally turns to ice, trading fire blasts for storms of icicles.
As a True Ancestor, Arcueid is packing some serious vampiric muscle beneath her unassuming appearance. If, theoretically, that power were to ever get away from her, she would become a threat of cataclysmic proportions. Red Arcueid is a hypothetical creature, exemplifying the kind of horrors Arcueid would be capable of should she lose her inhibitions.
Artoria Pendragon, better known as the legendary hero King Arthur, who smited evil with the holy sword Excalibur. Normally, Artoria would be summoned forth by a mage participating in the Holy Grail War as a Saber-class servant, but there’s no such event in the world of Melty Blood, which means something’s gone screwy here. Obviously, Saber is the mascot of Type-Moon’s fabulously successful Fate franchise, so it’s not especially surprising she’d find her way here as a cameo character, kingly sword in tow.
That concludes the entire Melty Blood: Type Lumina roster of playable characters. You can check out the game on Steam, and visit our Melty Blood section for more content.