January 31st 2014 7:00 am PT

Spinal Slashes into Killer Instinct Today

Killer Instinct‘s swashbuckling skeleton has joined the fray: Spinal will become available today for owners of the Ultra Edition and Combo Breaker Pack bundles (Note: he will automatically download for owners of those bundles.)

If you’re already comfortable with Jago, Orchid, or one of the other KI characters already available, why should you give Spinal a spin? We asked Producer Torin Rettig to list some of Spinal’s best maneuvers:

      • Power Devour: A classic Spinal move. Spinal uses his opponent’s attack to power up his own offense. Spinal absorbs opponents’ special moves and turns them into skulls that he can use to curse them. Curses siphon opponents shadow meter or instinct meter and give it to Spinal.
      • Bonerunner: A new and awesome move for Spinal. Whereas most characters can dash forward and back, Spinal has a full on run. With Bonerunner, he can run forward indefinitely and can use any move out of the run that he could if he were standing. It closes the distance on opponents fast and creates tons of pressure for the opponent. He also has an awesome maniacal laugh while running, adding to the fun.
      • Skeleport: Another classic spinal move. Spinal teleports in relation to the opponent based upon the power level of the Skeleport. He can teleport right in front of the opponent, mid distance from the opponent and behind the opponent. Perfect for set-ups, mix-ups and keeping the opponent guessing.
      • Searing Skull: When performed in a combo it trades damage for giving Spinal skulls. When Spinal has skulls Searing Skull fires them at the opponent at various angles and when they hit they curse them. Curses drain shadow meter from the opponent and give it to Spinal, allowing him to turn the tide of battle. Additionally, the shadow version of Searing Skull fires a massive chattering skull that siphons instinct meter from the opponent to Spinal. Both versions of Searing Skull can stack multiple times, increasing the drain.

Also, he looks incredibly cool – see him in action in the video above… and be sure to watch all the way to the end.

For more on Spinal straight from the pros, click on over on Xbox Wire.

Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Ross Kemp

    Meh .

    • NarcoSleepy

      Thanks for that informative post. Your engrossing analysis is always appreciated.

      • Ross Kemp

        Thank you . You are at the forefront of my mind when I idealise these comments , so as not to confuse you in anyway . Glad I got it spot on for you ( I thought it was maybe a little too simplistic , but………meh ) .

      • Brian Kvalheim

        Hopefully Ross enlightens us tomorrow with his ever so eloquent words of wisdom. I like nothing more than fellow gamers gracing us with exotic and intelligent responses to articles that move him, and us for that matter.

  • Please Clarify

    Is the Games with Gold campaign still on?

    • Dave Shay

      Yes, Kinectimals on 1st, Sonic 06 + Sonic Free Riders on 16th.

      • Arcona

        Wouldn’t be surprised if it was that bad. It’s like MS WANT Games With Gold to be a joke compared to PS+

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      • Mark Merriman

        It would take all day. By then, you would have traveled forward in real time.

  • ungeheier

    Major, when will we be able to UPGRADE our Combo Breaker edition of the game for the Ultimate Edition? Some of us want to play Classic but shouldn’t be forced to pay more just because we bought the Combo Breaker edition first.

    • Ady Carter

      Agreed. I’d love to upgrade.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVr5Cc2ovbA Rostrum of Dead

    What about xbox 360 owners ?
    Tell us the free games of Febraury.

  • Mitchell Hall

    That was a pretty cool trailer and all… but what’s up with the lack of announcement for games with gold for February?

    • Michael Burden

      Patience, the day is far from over and just beginning on the west coast at Microsoft headquarters.

    • Nick Peck

      It’s up on the front page.

    • todd Wright

      dead island and toy solders cold war

  • http://www.yakkowarner.com/ Yakko Warner

    Looks like they recorded one of my matches for the trailer. (Yeah, I’d be the one playing Jago.)

  • baconcheeswhiz89

    is the whole trading your ps3 for $100’s off of xbox one true?

    • Brian Kvalheim

      What does that have to do with Killer Instinct?!?!

      • baconcheeswhiz89

        what does your comment have to do with mine?

        i only come to this site for my xbox sources, therefore i didn’t know. figured this will be a quick way to get a response.

        besides what is their to talk about?…its literally posted above this message board numnuts.

        • Brian Kvalheim

          Listen here butt charmer, this thread is about Killer Instinct. Let’s keep it on topic. Thanks.

          • baconcheeswhiz89

            you should apply to become a mod

          • Brian Ghattas

            I’m sure Mr. Kvalheim is a master brown-noser on the Internet.

          • Brian Kvalheim

            Good one.

    • Kino

      yes it is, it’s on Microsoft’s website. And you can trade in your Xbox 360 S or 360 E also

  • Gazza!!!

    Please, please, please make the original KI available as a separate purchase in the near future.

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  • Rickard Olsson

    Watched a stream on Twitch with Spinal earlier today. Man, that character alone makes me wanna get an Xbone. Too bad MS doesn’t care about Sweden.