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Press A, B, and C to perform normal attacks. Depending on the current state of your character (standing, crouching, jumping), your character will perform a different attack. As a general rule, A attacks are weak and fast, C attacks are strong and slow, and B attacks are somewhere in between. Some characters, most notably Tsubaki, have follow-up attacks to their normals, which are executed by pushing the attack button again.

Normal Attacks can usually cancel into one another, generally following the order A > B > C > D. However, this is not a steadfast rule. Consult the Revolver Action section of your character's frame data for exact details.

Command Normals

Every character has additional normals by pressing a direction + A/B/C that have special properties such as hitting overhead, head invincibility for anti-airing, or simply being stronger, longer reaching attacks. For example, Jin's 5A is a quick jab, while his 6A is a standing overhead. Some characters have normal attacks that are only accessible by performing another normal first, Hibiki and Tsubaki's B attacks work this way where, pressing the button again after the first performs a different attack, and Mai has a very complex set of normal moves that work in this manner.

Nearly every character has a low hitting sweep with 3C.


Drives are the unique abilities of each character in the game. Some Drives are attacks with special propeties: Ragna's allows him to regain life by hitting the opponent; Tager's magnetizes the opponent and pull them closer to him; and Carl's allows him to control a second character on the screen for tandem attacks. Not all Drive moves are attacks; instead, they power up the character or add a unique effect -- Rachel's blows a gale of wind that affects some of her specials as well as her opponent, Tsubaki's charges a gauge that she can later use to power up some of her attacks, and Noel's Drive changes the properties of her attacks during a Drive string.

Each character's Drive is very different and is explained in more detail in each character's page. Just like with normals and command normals, Drive abilities can be both normal and command inputs, with differing properties for normal and command Drive attacks: Nu summons a sword with her Drive, but the properties of the sword differ depending on the input. Nu's 5D is sword that flies horizontally, while her 4D is a sword that tracks the opponent and hits overhead; additionally, her air Drive attacks change the trajectory the sword is thrown at depending on the directional input.

Finally, some characters' Drive attacks have follow-ups, such as Nu's and Hazama's; in Nu's case, pressing D a second time will fire a second sword, so 5D hits once and 5DD hits twice, whereas Hazama can choose to follow-up his Drive attacks in a variety of ways to control his movement options. Again, not all characters' Drives function identically, so consult your character's wiki page for more details on how their Drive works.


Special attacks are performed by performing a special directional input + a button. These attacks are fancier attacks that have special properties such as invincibility or unique movement. For example, Jin can ride along the ground for a long range low attack by pressing 214B. Special attacks typically do 5% of their base damage as chip damage even on block (unless the opponent uses Barrier), but some attacks do higher percentages (most notably Amane's Drills).

Each character's special attacks are unique and are explained in more detail in each character's page.

Distortion Drive

Distortion Drives (commonly called Super Attacks) consume at least 50 Heat and are an even stronger version of Special attacks that deal large amounts of damage or have other special properties like invincibility or powering up the character. Each character's supers are unique and are explained in more detail in each character's page.

There are some common features:

  • All Distortion Drives have a brief moment where they pause time during startup (with a small number of exceptions), called the superflash. This makes them generally poor moves to throw out at neutral since it's very easy to react to them.
    • However, moves with 0 startup frames post superflash will not be reactable. This commonly appears in command grabs.
  • After the Heat is used, the player will enter 180F of Heat Gauge Cooldown.
    • Doing another Distortion Drive when in the cooldown will reset the timer rather than adding another 180F.
  • Immediately following the super flash, the other player cannot burst until the Distortion Drive has ended. (They may still activate overdrive, if able).
  • All hits of a Distortion Drive attack also prevent bursts on hit until the next hit of the combo or the opponent recovers.
  • All Distortion Drives are improved in some way during Overdrive, usually dealing more damage, but other effects can be improved too.
    • The game only checks if the player is in overdrive when activating a Distortion Drive, it does not matter if Overdrive ends while performing a Distortion Drive.
  • All push forces are ignored for the player performing a Distortion Drive (Such as Tager's Magnetism or Rachel's Slypheed)
  • Distortion Drives are often excellent combo enders due to having minimum damage.
  • Finishing a round with a Distortion Drive is declared as a Distortion Finish, this is purely a cosmetic effect.

Astral Heat

Ragna's Astral: Black Onslaught

An Astral Heat is an attack that will instantly defeat the opponent if it connects. To use your character's Astral, there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled first:

  • You must have 100 Heat.
  • You are on match point (if you win this round, you win the match)
  • Your opponent's health is below 35%.

Your portrait will blink if you can Astral

Note that you CANNOT use your Astral in a combo if the opponent started the combo at > 35% health; if your opponent's health was greater than 35% before the start of the combo, you must return to neutral (i.e., end the combo and wait for your opponent to tech) to use your Astral, in this scenario the combo is considered to have ended the instant they begin their tech roll, meaning you can activate your astral heat before they're able to move agin. However, you CAN use your Astral in a combo if you started the combo with less than 100% Heat but reach 100% by the time you wish to use your Astral.

Astral Heats use 100% Heat once the super flash appears and are burst invulnerable throughout their startup, in addition to any other invulnerability they might have; Most Astrals Heats are also fully invulnerable until at least the super flash.

Because of these restrictions, Astrals are typically only used as fancy finishing moves as there are often more practical and safe ways to use that heat. This is very dependant on the character in question.


Throws are unblockable attacks with some restrictions in place:

  • Ground throws cannot hit airborne opponents or opponents who are in jump start-up. For example, if you perform an emergency tech on the ground and hold up, you will jump as soon as possible, you will be completely throw invulnerable throughout.
  • Air throws cannot hit grounded opponents.
  • Throwing an opponent in blockstun or hitstun (or 6 frames immediately after either) will result in a purple throw, which are usually easily escapable.
  • Do not benefit from 10% bonus damage on counterhit.
  • Can still be blocked by guard points that guard against the throw attribute (Very rare, most guard points do not do this).

Once a throw has connected, both players will be completely immune to all damage and push forces from other sources until the last hit of the throw lands or the throw has been rejected. This is to prevent strange interactions from players getting interrupted during a throw's complex animations.

Normal Throws

Ragna showing off a normal ground throw and normal air throw.

To perform a normal throw, press B+C when near the opponent. There are three different types of normal throws: forward throw, back throw, and air throw.

  • To perform a forward throw, press neutral or forward +B+C while standing on the ground.
  • To perform a back throw, press 4 + B+C while standing on the ground.
  • To perform an air throw, press B+C while airborne.

All normal throws, no matter the character, have the following properties:

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupHow many frames the attack needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. The listed startup frame coincides with the move's first active frame. ActiveHow many frames where there is a hitbox that can hit an opponent. The first active frame occurs on the listed startup frame. RecoveryHow many frames that the character must go through after an attack's active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance, or the total duration of the move if it has no hitbox/creates projectiles. Frame AdvHow many frames the attacker's recovery ends before the defender's blockstun ends if the attack is blocked. A positive value indicates that the attacker recovers first, while a negative value indicates that the defender recovers first. This value usually assumes that the attack's first active frame (of each hit, if multi-hit) is blocked. AttributeSome attacks are invulnerable to attacks with specific attributes. This notes what attributes each attack possesses.
H - Head
B - Body
F - Foot
P - Projectile. Independent projectiles will have their Durability level listed, e.g. a projectile with Durability level 2 will show P2
T - Throw
D - Doll attack, such as Carl's or Relius' doll
Burst - Burst, which has its own unique attribute
InvulnFrames during which this move is invulnerable to any attacks (attributes).
Guard indicates that the move has guard point instead of normal invulnerability, and may have additional properties that affect what it guards against.
In most cases, All is shorthand for HBFPT, and does not include Burst.
Forward/Back Throw 1500 T 7 3 23 - T -
  • Minimum Damage 100%
  • Counter hit recovery
Air Throw 1500 T 7 3 23+3L - T -
  • Minimum Damage 100%
  • Counter hit recovery
  • Can only hit targets up to 60 pixels below attacker

However they do vary in terms of cancel options and how the opponent is launched away by the attack. Every throw can be followed up in some way to land a reasonable combo.

Throw Range

In addition to a hitbox overlap; throws have two further requirements to hit the opponent: The horizontal distance between the front of the two characters collision boxes must be at or below a specific number of pixels, 70 pixels at the game's native 1280x768 for standard throws. Most character collision boxes are 55px ahead of their origin, The exceptions are Tager (90px), Susanno (80px) and Valkenhayn in wolf form (115px). Some attacks move the character collision box forward temporarily, which can extend the range they can be grabbed from. Having a larger collision box works both ways, Susanno can be grabbed from a larger distance, but he can grab just as far right back (This isn't true of Valkenhayn's wolf form, who has his range extended by his width but his opponent has to be closer than normal).

For air throws the normal range is longer at 120px (140px for Tager, 90px for wolf valkenhayn). The vertical check is the same distance as horizontal in most cases, however the game can measure from any part of the attacker's collision box, but only measures to the bottom corner of the target's, meaning that air throws have much more reach above them than below.

Tager's standard throw can hit at twice the separation distance than other players (140px). Most command throws also have extended throw range, specific to that move.

Kara Throw

Certain characters can extend the range of their normal throws by taking advantage of properties of their other normal moves.

In order to make the inputs of throws slightly less strict, pressing B and C can have a small amount of time between each button press, so long as both buttons are ultimately depressed at the same time. This means that most characters's B and C moves can be cancelled into a throw very early into a throw to allow this leniency. Some characters have B or C moves that move them forward slightly during startup, meaning that if you deliberately press B and C slightly apart from each other, you start the normal move that moves you forward, move forward slightly, and then cancel it into a throw.

Special Move Throws

You aren't teching these... probably.

Some special moves the throw property. Tager's Genesic Emerald Tager Buster and Hazama's Bloody Fangs are two examples of such throws.

Special moves like this fall into two categories:

Command throws

These feature the same 100% minimum damage as normal throws, but cannot normally be broken (There is no green ! marks) and they typically have other unique properties, such as higher damage, more start-up, and additional hit effects. However, there are restrictions in place: just like with normal throws, if you use a command throw while an enemy is in hitstun or blockstun (or 6 frames immediately after either), a purple throw occurs, which is escapable.

Combo Throws

These are moves in the game that have the Throw attribute, appear to behave like throws due to being unblockable, and visually appear to be a throw move. However, these can be distinguished by how they do not incur Purple !! marks if used in a combo or during blockstun, meaning you can use them in combos like most other attacks, and they do not have 100% fixed damage. Tager's Atomic Collider and Hibiki's Pulverizing Fin are examples of such moves. Scoring counterhits with such moves also gains the 10% bonus damage most moves gain, unlike throws.

Priority of Strike vs Throw vs Command Throw

When two strikes hit each other, either a clash or trade occurs, but what happens when throws are added to the mix?

  • Throw vs Strike or Any Throw vs Command Throw: The character with Priority will lose.
  • Normal Throw vs. Normal Throw: A Throw Break occurs.

Throw Counter

You won't be able to break a throw if the opponent throws you while you are attacking them.

Throwing an opponent in a counter-hit state will result in a Throw Counter. A big red X will appear when you are thrown and "Throw Counter" will show on the side of the screen. When performing a throw during an opponent's counter-hit state, the throw cannot be escaped, even if you get a "purple" throw by landing the throw just after they recover from blocking or hitstun. Throw Counters are otherwise identical to a standard throw, so it's safe to use throws as a punish tool!

Unlike standard counterhits, throw counters do not incur an additional 10% damage

Throw Reject Miss

TRM Baby!

If an opponent inputs a throw break (for example, inputting a throw break in blockstun), then they will be unable to break throws for a while afterwards. This is used offensively by faking a throw (and tricking your opponent to attempt a throw break), then instead making them block an attack before canceling the attack into a throw. The throw will show an exclamation mark with a red X overlayed on top of it and the words Throw Reject Miss! will appear on screen.

The most common example of this is to force an opponent to block a 2A, run up as if you're about to throw, then perform 2A > throw! If the opponent fell for the fake throw and entered a throw break, they will be unable to break the throw in the 2A > throw sequence.

See the Throw Reject Miss in the Defense section for more details.

Crush Trigger

Guard Crushes. Charge attack to Guard Crush for longer.

Crush Triggers cost 25 Heat and are performed by pressing 5+A+B while standing and can be charged by holding the buttons. If the opponent does not use Barrier to block the attack, then they will be Guard Crushed! The amount of time they are Guard Crushed depends on whether the Crush Trigger was charged, with an uncharged guard crush giving about 7 frames to attack the opponent, while a charged guard crush gives over 30 frames!

Crush Triggers qualify as Special Attacks, which adds to their utility as a mix-up tool; since most normal attacks can be special-cancelled, players can cancel into a Crush Trigger as well.

Crush Triggers drain a portion of the opponent's Barrier Gauge if they are Barrier Blocked. The amount of Barrier drained depends on whether it was charged or not, with an uncharged Crush Trigger draining a small amount of Barrier, while a charged one drains a little under half of a bar.

Crush Triggers are also very useful combo tools and are used mid-combo. Some character's Crush Triggers force a hard knockdown, some ground bounce, others float the opponent very high. Whatever the case, they are all useful to help extend combos and deal more damage!

Finally, Guard points will block crush triggers and consume no barrier when doing so.


Invincible startup! None shall escape!

Press A+B+C+D while standing or airborne to activate Overdrive. Overdrive requires a full Burst Gauge to activate. Once activated, Overdrive places the character in a temporarily powered up state, which varies by character: Ragna's Overdrive enhances his life-stealing abilities, while Jin's enhances his Freeze abilities.

Overdrive Activation
Type Recovery
Normal 3+13F
Overdrive Cancel 3+3F
Guard Cancel 3+23F
  • All versions are HBFPT invulnerable for the full activation, and invulnerable to bursts before the screen freeze (frames 1-3)
  • The startup invincibility makes it useful as a reversal if you are not in hitstun (otherwise, you will get a Burst).
  • The timer is paused while Overdrive is active.
  • The Active Flow timer is also paused, essentially extending Active Flow.
  • Most Drives and Distortion Drives gain additional properties during Overdrive, see each character page for details. As a general rule, they are more damaging and are easier to use in combos, have different hit effects, etc.
  • The opponent cannot burst during your Overdrive, even if you activate it mid-combo. They may still activate overdrive in the normal way.
  • Removes Danger State, regains Barrier equal to the amount of time spent in Danger State
  • The Burst Gauge will read 3 (30% full) when Overdrive ends, as opposed to Bursting which resets it to zero.
Overdrive Duration vs. Remaining Health (in Frames)
100% - 91% 90% - 82% 81% - 73% 72% - 63% 62% - 54% 53% - 45% 44% - 35% 34% - 0%
240 270 300 330 360 390 420 480
  • Time is reduced by half when using Guard Cancel Overdrive or Overdrive Cancel
  • Overdrive timer is paused during hitstop and superflash frames

For most moves that benefit from Overdrive, including Distortion Drives, it only matters that they are activated during overdrive to get their benefits, even if Overdrive expires part way through the move. Distortion drives and Exceed Accels activated during overdrive cause some passive effects to persist until the move ends (Such as the round timer being frozen, or Hazama's lifesteal ring).

Overdrive Cancel

Very useful for combos. Lock out their Burst, then kill them!

You can cancel into Overdrive almost anytime you can cancel into a special move. While this is indeed very powerful, cancelling into Overdrive cuts your Overdrive time by half, so use your time wisely! Activating Overdrive while the opponent is in hitstun even while you are at neutral will yield an Overdrive Cancel and not a neutral Overdrive activation; jump-cancelling a move to return to neutral and subsequently activating Overdrive will not lengthen your Overdrive time.

Overdrive Cancels can be used mid-combo to make a combo unburstable and increase damage. Since they can be cancelled into from a lot of moves and activate very quickly, they can be used to make combos that otherwise do not work, similar to a rapid cancel.

When cancelling into Overdrive:

  • Start-up is 3+3, the fastest of all activation times.
  • You will see the words "Cancel Over Drive!" appear on the screen when performed.
  • Overdrive time is halved.

Overdrive Cancels are also great for baiting Bursts! Bursts have 6F startup, so if one is performed at the same time as a Overdrive Cancel, the Overdrive's recovery will not be over when the Burst activates. However, if you counter-hit an opponent with an attack that's greater than level 2, the hitstop from the attack will increase, causing the opponent's Burst start-up to increase as well. You can use this to your advantage by confirming the counter-hit into an Overdrive Cancel to negate the risk of a Burst: if the opponent chooses to Burst, performing an Overdrive Cancel will either invuln through it, or allow you to block it on reaction, thus countering the Burst.

Guard Cancel Overdrive

Press A+B+C+D while blocking to cancel out all blockstun and go into Overdrive. This is a potent way to get out of a defensive situation and then go back on the offensive! Guard Cancel Overdrive has a long startup of 3+23 as well as the short Overdrive duration of Overdrive Cancels, but the sheer power of canceling blockstun into an attack makes this a powerful technique. When scouting opportunities to use Guard Cancel Overdrive, look for attacks that have lots of recovery and then punish them with Guard Cancel Overdrive!

When using Guard Cancel Overdrive:

  • Start-up is 3+23 and is fully invincible. If performed after blocking moves with short recovery, the opponent will be able to recover during Overdrive's startup, so be careful.
  • You will see the words "Over Drive Raid" appear on the screen when successfully performed.
  • Overdrive time is halved.

Holding A+B+C+D while activating GCOD will cancel the activation directly into the character's Exceed Accel. While this is a strong option to reverse the momentum of a round, it can also backfire: as of 2.0, Exceed Accels are no longer "safe" on block (-10 for all characters except for Nu-13). They can also miss entirely, at best wasting your burst, at worst reciving a nasty punish.

Exceed Accel

Universal reversal, but only during Overdrive!

Press 5A+B+C+D during Overdrive to perform an Exceed Accel, a cinematic super that has a handful of unique properties.

  • Can be done immediately after activating Overdrive by continuing to hold all 4 buttons during Overdrive startup.
  • Does not cost meter, but immediately ends Overdrive the moment it hits or recovers, including all passive effects from being in Overdrive.
  • Invulnerable startup, giving every character a reversal option.
  • Startup is 20 frames when done at neutral, but becomes 10 frames when canceled into by holding down all four buttons or as a special cancel from another move once overdrive is already active.
    • Startup is also 10 frames if performed immediately after Overdrive Activation.
    • This means that a Overdrive > Exceed Excel effectively has startup 3+23 and Guard Cancel Overdrive > Exceed Excel has startup 2+33
  • After successfully hitting the opponent with Exceed Accel, puts you in Active Flow. You may only enter Active Flow once per round, however, so if you've already triggered Active Flow, using your Exceed Accel will not place you into Active Flow a second time.
    • Since active flow boosts your Burst regeneration, using Exceed Accel is a good way to end an overdrive to recover as much as possible.
  • Base damage is about 2000 damage normally, but if you were already in Active Flow before starting the attack, the damage increases to about 4000
  • Minimum damage around 300 normally, but increases to about 600 during Active Flow.
  • Cannot be counterhits, so never get the 10% damage bonus.
  • As of 2.0, Exceed Accels are now negative on block (-10 for all characters except Nu-13); however, not all Exceed Accels are equally punishable due to pushback, blockstun, etc. An opponent can use Guard Cancel Overdrive on reaction to blocking an EA, allowing them to escape and punish the recovery. Be careful!

Activating Overdrive Shortcuts

Players that don't use button macros (or play in arcades) sometimes accidentally perform a Crush Trigger or Rapid Cancel instead of Overdrive due to the commands overlapping. To bypass this problem, hold down A or B or C, then press the remaining buttons!

When you press a button, the game then checks to confirm whether all 4 buttons are being held down, and if so, counts it as an Overdrive activation. This means you don't need to press all of the buttons at the same time to go into Overdrive!

Example: Hold C, then press A+B+D
Example: Hold C+D, then press A+B
Example: Press and hold each button in rapid succession: [A]~[B]~[C]~[D]

While very useful, there are restrictions with this technique: it doesn't work if you Barrier when inputting buttons. For example, holding back + [A] [B] ~ C + D won't activate Overdrive. In fact, it disables activating Overdrive until all buttons are released. This technique also doesn't work for the first few frames after ground neutral tech and Emergency Tech.

This shortcut is very useful during combos -- hold down A or B or C, then press the remaining buttons for Overdrive Cancel!

Do note that this shortcut is specifically for activating Overdrive, not for using Burst or Exceed Accel.

Active Flow

Your side of the HUD will have a purple tint during Active Flow

By performing multiple offensive actions in a row, players can go into Active Flow. When you are close to entering Active Flow, the message "Attention" will appear next to the character and their burst icon will start spinning more rapidly.

See here for exact details on how to build Active Flow, but the gist of it is attacking will gradually build Active Flow, and hitting the opponent will trigger Active Flow.

Active Flow lasts for approximately 840 frames (14 seconds). This timer does not count down during Overdrive.

During Active Flow:

  • All attacks gain a 10% damage boost.
  • Burst regeneration speed increases by a factor of four.
  • Exceed Accel base damage approximately doubles.

Active Flow won't always be available:

  • Active Flow is only available once per round.
  • Using a Burst immediately ends Active Flow and disables it for the rest of the round.


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