Rash from Battletoads guest stars in Killer Instinct - Our impressions

Earlier today at Gamescom, Microsoft officially announced Season 3 of its Xbox One and Windows 10 fighting game Killer Instinct. Season 3 will include plenty of new characters, with multiple new characters available at launch rather than just one.

More characters, story modes, and tweaks would be good enough news for fighting game players, but Microsoft dropped an even more exciting bombshell today as well. Rash from Battletoads is coming to Killer Instinct Season 3. In fact, the "beta test" version of Rash is available to play right now! Read our quick impressions, gameplay video, and how to get the amphibious new character!

How to catch this Rash

To get beta access to Rash from Battletoads, you need to either own at least one piece of Killer Instinct downloadable content (Season Pass, Combo Breaker Pack, or KI Gold) OR have played the original Battletoads in Rare Replay for Xbox One. If you haven't read our hyper-detailed Rare Replay review, hurry it up, dude!

Assuming you qualify for Rash, you still need the latest Killer Instinct update to catch him. As of this writing, the update was not available to simply download yet. It's rolling out tonight and tomorrow. Still, there is a way to force the update! Just uninstall the game and redownload it. The updated version should then download, Rash and all. If you get in a real hurry, Rash can be played in Training Mode when the game download reaches 20 percent completion.

Killer Instinct Rash from Battletoads beta

Once you get the update, Rash will automatically appear in the bottom-left corner of the character list – no need to download him separately. Naturally, he does not have a story mode, but he can be played against the AI or other players.

The beta version of Rash will be available until September 8th. He will return with Killer Instinct Season 3 in early 2016.

Killer Instinct Rash from Battletoads beta

How does Rash feel?

Iron Galaxy and Microsoft warn that Rash's appearance and moveset have not been finalized yet. The Rash we get in Season 3 won't be exactly the same as the one we scratch today. Still, he looks quite cool already. If you've ever played a Battletoads game, you'll recognize him right away. Rash is the sunglasses-wearing Battletoad. His default color is green, but his alternate color is a red that somewhat resembles the brown color of fellow Battletoad Pimple.

Rash's punches and kicks work differently than other Killer Instinct characters, for now anyway. Players can mash away at any punch or kick and they will continuously combo. Even if the enemy winds up in the air, they can keep the combo going. This reduces the need to switch between other punches and kicks in order to maintain a combo.

The 'toad with a 'tude's special moves have been lifted directly from the games. He can turn into a wrecking ball and swing across the screen (like Spider-Man in the Marvel vs. Capcom series), perform a headbutt with ram horns, and kick with a giant spiked boot.

Killer Instinct Rash from Battletoads beta

Pushing all three punches performs the Wicked Tongue, in which Rash's tongue lashes out and pulls him towards whatever it catches. Use it like Scorpion's spear in Mortal Kombat or just to move around the stage.

Rash's Instinct move "Turbo Tunnel" requires his Instinct Meter to be fully charged. After that, players can hit High Punch + High Kick to enter Instinct Mode. For the duration of the mode, any time you press HP + HK, Rash's Speeder Bike (from the infamous bike levels of Battletoads) will zoom towards your opponent. It can even be summoned in the air – Rash will hop down onto the bike and slam into his foe.

Finally, Rash has an Ultra Combo like other fighters. Ultras can only be performed when an opponent's health is very low. Whittle down your enemy's life, start a combo, and perform the Ultra input (Fireball motion + all three punches) to pull it off. Right now, Rash's Ultra is simply a very strong punch – not a true Ultra. We can expect Iron Galaxy to turn it into a full combo when Season 3 catches Rash.

Killer Instinct Rash from Battletoads beta

The modern Killer Instinct is developed by Iron Galaxy, but Killer Instinct itself is a Rare property, just like Battletoads. With Rash showing up in Killer Instinct, the Battletoads guesting in Shovel Knight, and Rare Replay including two Battletoads titles, it's safe to say that the Battletoads are coming back to the gaming world. Let's just hope we get a new Battletoads sequel soon!

  • Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition – Xbox One – ~21 GB – $39.99 – Xbox.com Link (opens in new tab)

Does Rash joining Killer Instinct scratch your itch for more Battletoads or what?

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

25 Comments
  • Looks really fun. Will be playing him online as soon as my game is finished reinstalling
  • I still have to play this game. Have it in my download history and got to download.
  • Hmmmm.... wonder if a new Battletoads game in int he works somewhere.....
  • With all this foreshadowing I can't see why there isn't development going on.
  • I'd hope so seriously along with new exclusives
  • I'm not one for fighters but I'm sure some gamer's will enjoy this. As well as the way you articulate your feelings towards this genre. Paul you are the man.
  • Thanks Swizz!
  • From a veteran player of Killer Instinct he feels so hillariously unfinished that the preview is actually kinda funny. He has one opener/linker (and its the same move) and while the ability to auto combo lights is interesting, it does so little damage (and uses a shadow ender, which is actually detrimental) that you wonder why you should try. Also, his Ultra Combo? One hit. I sat there thinking I ended it early (press any attack during the ultra animation or fight against TJ Combo with full instinct) so I tried it a few more times and was like "this is it?" But what I find most silly is how well he seems to fit in the KI universe. I'm serious! Between the pile of rocks (Aganos), the Japanese Horror Trope (Hisako) and a Cyborg GMO Dinosaur (Uh...do I need to tell you who this one is?), how far off is the idea of a guy like Rash in the game? His costume is odd (then again, everyone's retro costume is odd) but I think if they had to put in guest characters he fits fairly well.
  • Yeah, it's funny how unfinished his Ultra is, among other things. This seems to be a way to tie in to Rare Replay's release while also adding to the cool announcements from Gamescom. Glad they gave us an early peak at him instead of waiting though!
  • As mentioned in the article, he is in beta and nowhere near finished. Beta for him ends in about a month then he'll come back when season 3 is released with update design and moves.
  • I also forgot to mention two of his kicks share an animation, but with a different advantage frames values. He also doesn't have a taunt. I know he's still a beta peice but I guess I was expecting some more flesh.
  • Mashable combo? Sounds like Eddie from Tekken :)
  • Also, how does he play in the hands of a master? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hzNtzrZGKI
  • Dope!
  • Coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll !!
  • Microsoft is finally using rare right
  • Going to play right now!
  • Rare character tie ins to other MS owned IP, during a games conference. Somebody call the marketing group and tell them, you're DOING IT RIGHT. Nice write up Paul A.
  • Paul, thanks for taking the time to provide your insight and video. For nearly 3 decades, every time I see a pair of steel toed work boots, I call them . :)Battletoads Boots
  • 2D sequel please, not that 2.5D junk.
  • It's on a 2d field, just like the orignal.   PS the orignal arcade was 2.5D. It had 3d stages
  • Hmm.. I'd like to see conker added down the line..
    What do you all think of more Microsoft properties adding in th KI Universe?
    And what would be some cool ones?!
  • Master Chief should definitely be in it at some point. Or at least A Spartan. Marques from gears would also fit nicely.
  • Dual sword wielding Arbiter is what a lot of people are saying if there is a character from Halo.
  • Fun character, can't wait to see the rest of season 3