This guide could use another proofread/revamp or two but I think it's a significantly better update than the previous one making it worth putting out here despite the shortcomings. Hopefully it gets better and better. Last updated: 3/16/2017
Start - This guide is not going to cover the most basic things about Phantom Dust. If you know what the different skill types are in the game and messed around with building an arsenal a little, the guide shouldn't be too hard to follow. Try this link for an introduction otherwise: http://phantomdusted.com/skill-guide-introduction/
This guide will throw skill names around, not always saying what they do. You can check out a list of all the skills in the game for reference at the following link:
Before we get into the
there a 2 terms used throughout that help you
understand what I'm talking about.
Special Jump Skill - This refers to any arsenal skills that send yout character high in the sky like the skills Jump, Skywalk, Levitate, and Demon's Wing. This term is mostly used in descriptions of the best places you can place environmentals to make them hard or even impossible for others to reach without a Special Jump Skill of their own.
Hand - This is mostly used to describe skills you have equipped. When you lose or unequip a skill, they leave your "hand". A "bad hand" is having your skills from your arsenal given to you in a bad order.(Like in card games)
Phantom Dust Online Strategy Guide - Version 2 - Rebirth
Here is an outline of the topics in the guide. Feel free to skip around areas. A lot of the earlier focus in the guide is on the different mechanics and tricks in the gameplay along with strategy. At section 17PD, the guide starts talking more heavily about strategies and gives a rundown of what the different schools offer. By 20PD a run down of a lot of different arsenal possibilities is given and followed up with additional combos and other tricks listings.
1PD Choosing your character type. Strengths and Weaknesses of each character type. Strategies around each type.
2APD General Ways of Dodging and Hitting with Attacks Effectively
2BPD Dodging and using Specific Attack Types more Effectively
3PD Shields/Defensive Moves - Basics and Tricks for dealing with Opponents' Defenses
4PD Using Erase Skills Effectively and Dealing With Them
5PD Environmental Floating/Hanging: How to Do it and Ways to Stop it. A brief word on Environmentals
6PD Stat Changers - Benefits and Dealing With Them
7PD Effects of Increased/Decreased Homing
8PD Value of Manual Aim
9PD Skills with Greater ranges than expressed, or skills that work better at different ranges than listed.
10PD Debris Tips - Using Them as Attacks and Defenses
11PD Hit All Skill Tricks and Extra Uses
12PD Timing Tricks(i.e. Crush vs. Reduce Entropy. Chaos + Vicious Balance, Chill Breeze + Neutralization)
13PD Advanced Aura Regen Tricks
14PD Swords/Short Range Rankings - Rates Swords and Short Range Moves' Accuracy
15PD Skills With Same Animations and Sound Effects(partial listing)
16PD Stages Guide with locations to float Environmentals and other tricks and level strategies
17PD Run down of Schools - Gives a listing of features in each School
18PD General Arsenal Design Tips and Management
19PD Strategies around certain game types
20PD List and Description of Various Arsenal Concepts: Recommendations and Strategies against each type
21PD Skill Combos
22PD All the other things you didn’t know about in Phantom Dust
23PD 1.0 Original Xbox/360 Older Version Guidance and 1.2 players playing against 1.0 Players System Link or Xlink Kai Play etc.
24PD Making the most of a situation, Dealing with Bad Connections
25PD Other Place to learn/talk/compete in Phantom Dust
26PD - Game Saves Only for Original Xbox and 360 (And Other ways of getting skills and money quickly)
27 PD - End of Guide
Phantom Dust Online Strategy Guide
The type of character you choose to play as will have an important impact on what strategies will be more effective for you. There are several types of character styles to consider. Some characters jump when you press in the Left analog stick. Other characters either Cartwheel or Roll when pushing in the left analog stick. Rollers are similar to cartwheelers and any reference to cartwheeler will apply to rollers as well.( their main differences get discussed later on in this section)
There are also ground based "special" monster characters like the floating eyeball Ommato that are enemy characters in the game normally. When you press in the left analog stick when using them they will make a slight dodging maneuver. In the original Phantom Dust, characters are unlocked by beating specific levels in the game. While in the character select screen, if you hold L + R triggers while over a regular character's picture the name can change if you unlocked an enemy character. Each character portrait has a potential alternate enemy character type you can choose by holding L + R. To unlock characters in the original game you had to complete certain missions like to get Freia in you have to complete the City of Memory Mission.
These characters jump, and there are 2 different types with different advantages and disadvantages:
Default Jumper - Default Jumpers are basically all male jumpers and Gyne. (not Tsubutaki)
Freia Jumpers - The character Freia is the only character that fits this description. She has a jump landing delay, but she can uniquely dodge more projectiles, including Reincarnation which other jumpers can't dodge.
Tsubutaki, Worst Jumper? - Although Tsubutaki has a jump landing delay like Freia, she does not have the same dodging abilities that Freia has with her jump. This could make Tsubutaki the worst jumper in the game. This is new to me, so I will update this in the future if she has some other unknown advantages. Any weaknesses Freia has in this guide are also weaknesses Tsubutaki has. (And she doesn't get the same advantages Freia has)
Differences between Default Jumpers and Freia - Compared to Default Jumpers, Freia Jumpers have a delayed recovery time in moving again after each time they have jumped. It has to do with how they were programmed to animate and land with a stagger. Even though they have a landing delay, they have a dodging advantage over the Default Jumpers. When they jump to the side in a certain way, they can dodge more types of projectile moves than the Default Jumpers can, including skills like Reincarnation and Blazing Bullet. Here is a YouTube video showing how a player named Maalik dodges Reincarnation by jumping at the right time with Freia:
Sometimes it helps to pause movement before attempting the jump dodge with them. If you are dodging while in motion it may reduce your chances of dodging a move correctly. Basically if you stand still and jump to the side right before you would get hit you will be able to dodge a lot more moves. If you try to keep Freia moving you may have a better chance of hitting them with some moves. Changing the range you shoot at to mix up their timing might also help them mess up their dodge attempts.
Unlike the Freia, Default Jumpers in the game do not have a delay in recovering from a regular jump's landing. The lack of delayed landing with Default Jumpers makes it easier to continually dodge certain things like Lasers, but Freia can mash jump to try to keep up.
Speed Reductions - Freia and Tusbutaki do have a major weakness against moves that lower their speed. Default Jumpers and Cartwheeling characters can use their jump/cartwheel to still get around levels fairly well when slowed down. Freia Jumpers delayed recovery in landing jumps can make getting around difficult when speed is lowered. It can get pretty hard to dodge Rain attacks when slowed down by speed decreasers like Burden. It's best to mash jump with Freia that are slowed down when dodging, their ability to jump again may be a bit faster than you think and can still help dodge certain moves.
Main Advantages of Jumping (For both types)Nullifying Moves and Stun Effects - This is perhaps the most important ability Jumpers have and it is not the most obvious. They have the ability to cancel many Status skill stun effects by jumping into the move, which knocks you down, leaving you invulnerable to most follow up moves. An example: Someone fires Paralyze at you, if you jump into it you can fall to the ground but get up unparalyzed, temporarily immune as you get up. This jumping trick can negate many skills. Some arsenals try stunning their opponent with Erase, Status, and Special skills and then follow up with an attack. If you jump into a skill with a stun effect, you can nullify many or all of their effects without even paying any aura to do so. Even skills like Teleport can be entirely negated by jumping into them, even though there doesn’t seem to be any real reason why the skill shouldn’t work when it hits its target.
Erase Skill Stun Nullifications - Besides completely nullifying certain skills entirely, you can nullify certain effects that come with them. Someone may fire Dragon Slayer to erase your shield, such as Glacial Wall. You have nothing to stop Dragon Slayer's effect. However, you can stop its stun effect on you. When you are hit by Dragon Slayer you also get stunned by it, IF you are standing. If you got hit while standing this is a perfect chance for your opponent to follow up with an attack you can’t stop. However, if you see Dragon Slayer coming and you know there is no other way you can stop the skill, jumping into it will negate the stun effect that you would normally suffer from if you just stood up and got hit. In contrast, a Dragon Slayer that hits a cartwheeler with a shield is normally a guaranteed chance for you to follow up with a fast attack that your opponent won’t be able to do anything about.
Attack Damage Nullifications- Jumping can also reduce the amount of damage you take from multiple attacks about to hit you. If you know your opponent is attempting to fire or hit you with a move more than once and you see no other way of dodging or stopping the attacks, jumping into the first attack will cause you to fall when hit into a mostly invulnerable state. This will reduce the damage you take instead of staying on your feet and getting hit by the rest of the follow up attacks. A cartwheeler that is hit by an attack is often vulnerable to several more attacks following up because you stagger while you get hit by certain attacks.
Dodging Hit All skills - Hit All skills are skills that will affect everyone on the field regardless of any dodging/shield ability. Skills like Quantum Decay, Mobilize, Still Moment, and Armaros fit this description. Hit All is meant for skills that automatically affect people. If you jump into the air at the right time as the skill is taking affect you will get knocked down. This is useful for a few reasons:
Negate Hit All Skill Effects - Some of the best skills to jump in the air for when their about to take effect are Mobilize and Still Moment. If you stand up and you are not in the air, no matter what you will be affected by those moves. Why get teleported to your opponents spawn point by Mobilize when you can avoid whatever nasty plan he has by simply jumping in the air? And although Still Moment will still paralyze you for a very brief second as you get up from falling, you have a greater chance of not getting hit by the attack your opponent intends to land on you.
Stops Hit All Skills From Stun Trapping You - By jumping into the air you will avoid the stun affect that comes with being affected by an Hit All skill. If you are in the air when a Hit All skill occurs you will get knocked out of the sky into a mostly invulnerable state. Without jumping to dodge hit all stun effects, some player could attempt to fire a slow moving attack at you and then cast a Hit All like Fairy Ring that stuns you as the attack heads towards you which you will now have little to stop the attack with.(only auto shields) If you jump you can avoid the standing stun and probably avoid the follow up attack entirely. In tag team matches or even Battle Royale your opponents have a greater chance of setting this up as one can cast the Hit All moves with a stun effect while the other person fires an attack at you as the effect is about to take place.
Note: There will be times when you would rather be hit by the stun effect but this is just one more option you have available as a jumper. There is less of a delay if you just let yourself get stunned by Hit All moves versus jumping to make yourself fall. It maybe more useful to just let yourself be stunned when you're closely pursuing an opponent.
Orb/Amulet vs Erase Hit All Skills - You will not be able to use these jump tricks on Erase Hit all’s if you have a usable Orb or Amulet equipped.(You won't get stunned by the erase move anyway though) Even if a Hit All Erase skill really doesn’t affect anything on you, it will still knock you out of the sky when it takes effect. The only exceptions are the skill called Phantom Dust and the skill Place of Invisibility.
Hit All Clarification - While you could technically call moves that form a Hole by each player a hit all move, that is not what Hit All skills are considered in this guide. Holes are dodgeable. Hit All is only used in reference to skills that target all and work automatically. Holes that target all will simply be referred to as Hole skills.
Other Jumper Advantages / TechniquesHoles and crawlers are easier to deal with, Sometimes Arc Attacks too - Jumpers can have an easier time dodging Crawler and Hole attacks than the other character types. In some ways jumpers can dodge arc attacks more easily too. Methods of dodging holes, crawlers, and arc attacks are explained in the Using and Dodging attacks section. Crawlers can be a bit harder to dodge with Freia. Default Jumpers probably have an easier time dodging multiple arc attacks, but a Freia Jumper might have a better dodging window against a single arc attack shot.(especially against unexpected ones)
Easier to Place or Float Environmentals - Jumpers generally have an easier time to find good places to put out or float an Environmental skill. It's also easier to pick up someone else's environmental. ( Environmental Floating Section ) Jumpers can place an Environmental somewhere a cartwheeler can't reach yet still be able to later take down the Environmental if needed.
Better Mobility - Jumpers usually have an easier time getting around levels because jumping generally gives you more options and places you can go. You can even jump onto the broken bridge in the middle of the tree in Palace.( Jump to Stage Section ) When playing against a cartwheeler you can escape their pursuits if you bring them to areas they can’t easily follow you to. Simple example:
In Palace your Cartwheeling opponent is chasing you up the stairs. You jump off in the middle of the stairway, he can not follow you as quickly as he’d like. Plus you can dodge attacks like Twister more easily by jumping off stair ways with banisters versus a cartwheeler who might get caught in between the banisters with no way of escaping.( they could try to cartwheel out of range though)
Return to Spawn More Easily - Jumping also makes it easier to find spots to jump off of and fall off the level to get yourself back to your spawn point quickly. It does 3 damage to you but there are situations where it's worth it. Additionally if you want to lower your health to take advantage of certain skills it's a quick and fairly safe way to do so.(although it maybe an obvious one to your opponent) You can also use it as a surprise teleportation trick on opponents closer to your spawn as you appear unexpectantly by them. (Jump off stage unexpectedly to surprise someone by your spawn.
Jump and Attack - Jumpers can jump into the air and fire attacks.(for attacks that allow this) This gives you more ways of attacking and throwing off your opponent. It is even possible to jump higher than an opponent's shield that only protects the front parts, and hit them with certain projectiles.(not always easy though) Jumping and shooting is also an easy way of ensuring you dodge hole attacks.
Jumping Can Nullify Landmine Stun Effects - Jumpers can nullify the stun effects or the entire affect of certain landmine skills without need for a shield. If you step into the area that has the mine detonate and jump into the air in time before getting hit by the mine explosion, you can nullify certain skills. You’ll fall and not get stunned by something like Freeze Gas. Anti Gravity Trap and Teleportrap can be completely nullified if you jump into their explosions. Some like Vapor Cloud are a little more difficult but if you time it right, you’ll fall down instead of getting stunned. If you use Boost Mine, jumping into the mine is often a safer option than standing there being stunned by the boost effect, leaving you open to attacks. You can even set up a mine to jump into and if you get hit by the explosion first you can use it to nullifying attack moves heading your way.
Getting Around Speed Reduction Slow Downs- If a jumper has been hit by moves that lower their speed (i.e. Burden) Their ability to jump can get them around faster than walking around in some cases.(Such as when you have -4 speed.) This is not an advantage over cartwheelers but it is another useful trick with jumpers. Freia Jumpers get hurt the most by reductions in speed because her jump has a movement delay when landing. Repeatedly jumping can still help get around faster with even Freia. Jumps done by Default Jumpers are a lot better at getting around speed reductions.
Jump to Dodge Attacks - Jumping can avoid many attacks. More than you might think. There are cases where jumping helps to dodge or throw off the homing of an attack. The details of how to dodge each attack with jumping will be explained in greater detail in the dodging section. Freia Jumpers often have a better dodging ability than Default Jumpers.
Helps Set Up Sword Fakes - Jumping can set up sword fakes more easily.(Especially with Default Jumpers)
Ledge Jumping Technique - In this game when jumpers begin to step off a platform's ledge one foot hangs in the air off the ledge. If timed right you can jump while your body already has a foot leading off the ground. This can get you around areas in ways you did not think possible before. If you find yourself starting to stumble off a ledge, you can jump back to try to recover yourself from falling. Ledge jumping gets shown and talked about in the stage section of the guide, particularly in the City section and shows an alternate way to get around the level.. But here is a video just showing how you can jump while being practically in the air. It is just showing the concept and an easy place to practice it rather than showing a useful example:
Jump to Recover From A Move Quicker -
It seems that if you mash the analog stick to jump right after doing a
move you can sometimes start moving sooner than if you stood around
waiting. Helpful for dodging if it works. Hard to tell but worth
Disadvanatages or Ways of Foiling Jumpers:
More Attacks Are Undodgeable - Jumpers are vulnerable to a greater number of attacks. Without a defensive/evasive skills(or speed increases) there are some skills that are impossible or near impossible to dodge with jumpers, provided they are shot at the right range and height. If you end up in a situation where you have lost your defenses and your opponent has an open enough shot on you, you could end up pretty screwed. Skills such as Fire of Gehenna, and Heat from the Void are impossible to dodge if they're shot at their correct ranges. It should be noted though that Freia Jumpers have less projectiles that they are vulnerable to than Default Jumpers. There are also some skills that are much less forgiving to dodge than if you cartwheeled. A cartwheeler can still have a good chance of dodging a large number of attacks without a defensive move. As a jumper, if you're caught in the open by something like Fire of Gehenna, your best option maybe to stay by a ledge and jump off it when shot at. You'll take only 3 damage and your opponent just lost 2 life. Better than taking 6 damage while your opponent takes 2.
Punish Jumpers Using Jump Stun Invulnerabilities - There are moves you can use to make a jumper pay for constantly jumping to nullify skills' stun effects. You can always use moves affective against downed opponents. Skills like Backdraft Bullet, Pursuit, Gravity Press, and Geyser Impact are among the choices you have available. In some cases you could always use the extra time on the ground an opponent has to position yourself a little better.
Jumper’s "cartwheel" - A jumper can use the skill Dash to basically fill in for the cartwheel ability cartwheelers have.(It is actually superior to cartwheeling but you have to pay to use it and hold a slot for it) This is a great skill for dodging and traveling around faster and is even useful for Cartwheelers.
This ends the jumper section but it's highly recommended to check out the Cartwheeler section as well to see what other advantages and weaknesses Cartwheelers have against you.
Dodging Ability - This is the best reason to choose a cartwheeler. A cartwheeler can dodge nearly any singly performed ATTACK in the game if he has the space, reflexes, and the knowledge of how to.(By attacks I mean only the red skills) This does not include most erase skills and many status/special projectiles. Currently it appears Psycho Kinesis and Power maybe the only attacks they can’t truly dodge when given enough room.(even when an attack is shot at proper range) At this time I’ll put Ricochet Laser in a troubling class of its own, but I think more movement and cartwheeling throws it off from hitting people. There are some attacks that are harder to dodge in the open, like crawlers, but most attacks shot in the open are easier to dodge. This is in the case of an attack shot only once. If you shoot an attack more than once it can be difficult or impossible to dodge. This idea is covered in more detail in the Dodging and Using Attack Types More Effectively section.
Attacks that are more difficult for Cartwheelers
Crawler attacks - Crawler attacks are harder for a cartwheeler to dodge. The more open a space a cartwheeler is in, the harder it is to dodge a crawler. Crawlers can be dodged though by diverting them off a cliff or into a wall by cartwheeling away at the right time. Some crawlers will circle you and follow you till they hit. Dodging crawlers is covered more in the dodging section. Depending on the range a crawler is shot at, a cartwheeler will have to decide on different dodging tactics. The good news is that there aren’t a lot of crawler skills and some are pricey, making them harder to spam without Optimization down. If you can keep your opponent away from ledges and walls when they’re in the open you will make it very hard, if not impossible for them to cartwheel out of a crawler.
Hole attacks - While it's true cartwheelers can dodge hole attacks, it is harder, and you are more likely to get trapped by a well placed one when in more closed in areas. A jumper can generally jump out of the attack in most areas pretty easily once they get the hang of it. For Cartwheelers troubled by holes, Absorb and Shelter shield types will protect you from them.
Other Cartwheeler Details
Better at Dodging Swords - Although it is often best to dodge short range skills by moving to the side, there are also a lot of short range attacks that a cartwheel can have you escape from just because it takes you a far enough distance away from the moves coming at you. If you're not confident that moving to the side to dodge to a sword will work,you can cartwheel for some extra insurance in dodging . It is usually easier to dodge blades that swing like Psycho Blade with a cartwheeler.
Spending Less Time and Aura on Defense - Because a cartwheeler’s ability can save aura by relying less on defenses, they can sometimes take greater advantage of Environmentals like Irregular Rhythm(doubles cost of skills for everyone) and Memory Lapse.(all skills are now single use) These skills will curtail many of your opponents’ chances to shoot multiple attacks at you. It also hinders those who would try to use a skill constantly for its stun effect like Dazzle. Since in many situations you can ideally dodge attacks shot just once, you could really slow down your opponent or render skills that are now single use ineffective.
Travels Greater Distance When Dealing With Lowered Speed - Cartwheelers with reduced speed can cover greater distances than a jumper who has reduced speed. However, when you cartwheel you can't recover aura while in the cartwheeling motion.
Laser Dodging Advantages - Cartwheelers have a better chance of dodging a laser you're unprepared to dodge than an unprepared jumper. Cartwheelers probably have a better chance dodging lasers when their homing is boosted as well.
Arc Attacks and having to Dodge them Repeatedly - Dodging the long range arc lasers that curve can be harder to deal with a as a cartwheeler when they are shot over and over and may become impossible after awhile. If a jumper has the space they can keep jumping their way out of them if they keep moving and jumping towards the inside part of the arc.
Mine Explosion Evading Option - If you're ready, you can cartwheel through landmine explosions as long as you stay away from the center part. Cartwheeling will also help you escape your own Fast Bomb detonation better than a jumper. Immediate Remote Mine detonations can also be dodged more easily with cartwheelers.
Weaknesses and getting around some of themCartwheeling Halts Aura Regeneration - Although you might save aura by cartwheeling to dodge an attack, whenever you use the cartwheel your aura regeneration is halted. If you cartwheel around continuously and you really need aura you will not be getting much back till you stop cartwheeling. There are little moments between cartwheeling where you might be able to regain a small sliver of aura while you continue to try to dodge while cartwheeling repeatedly.
More Vulnerable to Erase and Status/Special Skills - While most of the red attacks can be cartwheeled out of, there’s practically no cartwheeling out of many erase or stun projectiles. If someone fires a Dragon Slayer at the right range and you only have a Psychic Wall to protect you, you will get hit, and have to suffer the stun affect that comes with it.(there are of course a few course shields like Gust that can still divert Dragon Slayer) You will also have to suffer the affects of many skills that a jumper can simply jump into to negate the stun effect.(Like Dazzle)
Hit All Skill Vulnerability - It is much harder to dodge/negate Hit All skills like Mobilize and Still Moment with cartwheelers.(Your cartwheeler must get in the air somehow)
Ways of Avoiding Stun Effects - The skills Amulet and Orb can protect against erase moves that cause stun effects. Otherwise your only hope in dodging the erase/status projectiles stun effects without a proper shield or evasion skill is to cartwheel off of a height as you are shot at. The same goes for dodging skills like Mobilize.(cartwheel off as it's about to take effect) Getting out of Hit All stun effects can be hard to pull off. Be careful where you do this as you can take fall damage if you fall from a high enough spot when trying to nullify stun effects of these moves.
More Vulnerable When Stumbling Around or When About to Be Hit By Staggering Attacks - If you find yourself stumbling around in a match and you leave yourself open to a barrage of attacks, you may end up getting hit several times from your opponent despite your best dodging efforts. If you catch yourself stumbling with a jumper and see you are about to be hit by a ton of attacks(i.e. several Rapid Cannons, Lingering Flames,) you can jump into the first shot to fall and stop the rest of the shots from hurting you.
Cornering Tips - Cornering a cartwheeler into narrow areas can make it hard for them to escape or dodge some attacks. It's best for a cartwheeler to keep in mind whether going into certain areas will back them into a corner. When you do get cornered, sometimes cartwheeling into the opposite direction around an opponent can still save you.
Reduced Level Mobility - Although cartwheelers can get in situations where they can’t get around with the same ease a jumper has, you will find there are more places you can cartwheel or walk off of than you think. Cartwheeling off certain heights can also get you to certain areas quicker than you thought. Experimenting will be key in figuring out how to get around levels best with a cartwheeler. This may also affect your skill considerations as you might want more permanent skills that you can easily use to repeatedly destroy barriers around you so you can maneuver around the level more easily. Look around for small objects that you can walk up on to go on top of other objects. Palace has some stepping areas allowing a cartwheeler to go into the central pit. (Useful for returning to spawn) Go to stages section for some cartwheeling travel tips.
Cartwheeler’s "jump" - Although a cartwheeler lacks the ability to jump, they can use Special Jump Skills like Levitate, Skywalk, Ki's "Jump" skill, and Demon’s wing to make themselves more mobile. It should be noted with Skywalk, Demon’s Wing, and Levitate you can simply press the button assigned to the skill to make yourself float down at any time you choose instead of waiting for your character to eventually sink down.
Close Range Hop Trick- Some attack animations can be substituted for jumping. If you hyperkick in range of a person on an adjacent platform you can hop on over to them with the attacks sometimes. Sometimes you can use short range moves to pass over objects: ADD VIDEO
Cartwheel As Needed - Many moves can be dodged without cartwheeling. Don’t use your cartwheel when you don’t have to. It’ll slow down your aura regen and make it easier for you to get trapped. You can usually dodge a move once with a cartwheel but the 2nd time you may struggle to escape.(that’s why you don’t do it if you don’t have to)
Rollers generally have the same abilities and weaknesses a cartwheeler has, so read the cartwheeling section. Perhaps because I'm farily new to using Rollers, it feels a little harder to judge when to use their roll move to cross sections like I would with a cartwheeler. Sometimes it helps to think that the forward roll they do will give them a little push up onto objects when their roll meets them. Cartwheelers seem to feel a little more intuitive in this area but I can't make a fair judgment on Cartwheeler mobility vs Roller mobility. They seem just as capable in this area...
There are 2 types of Rollers - One type we'll call Human Rollers(which is only JD and Cuff Button) The other type we'll call "Non-Human" Rollers.(which includes Guard and all the enemy roller characters.)
Human Rollers - These character do roundhouse kicks with bigger hit boxes than other characters making them the best kickers in the game.(use with Hyper Kick) While this is true offline I've never really been able to tell if it is much more effective. Lag may be just too much of a factor but it's worth a shot trying JD or Cuff in your kicking arsenals. The area of their kicks is larger on the Human Roller's left side. Evading their kicks by going to the left is recommended.
Non-Human Rollers - These rollers have one advantage over the Human Rollers. Non-Human rollers are noticeably taller which can be annoying camera wise, but it actually provides an advantage against jumpers trying to dodge Flame Sword type moves. All Jumpers are unable to jump straight up to dodge the Flame Sword type swings made by Non-Human Rollers. It will hit them if they try. Non-Human Rollers kick moves seem similarly effective to the other characters that aren't Human Rollers.
Speculation - In general some think rollers might be more useful in dodging certain attacks. At this time I can not figure out a true concrete dodging difference between the cartwheelers and rollers. Some have said rolls move faster than cartwheels making it better for pursuing an opponent. Some also feel they can’t roll out of certain moves as often as a roller, but I'm not sure. Personally I don't like the height of some of the rollers and the space they take up which can make it harder to see and time when dodging certain attacks. But having a Flame Sword advantage against jumpers, might make up for it. Anthro might be easier than some others to look around with. (I have not really looked into any possible differences between the Non-Human Roller characters. While Rollers generally can get around similar to Cartwheelers you may find the roll a little less graceful getting around.
Other Character types("Special Characters")
In the original Phantom Dust, you can unlock enemy characters by beating certain levels. Hold L+R at the character select screen and move around the menu. Enemy Character names will show up if you unlocked certain characters. Go over different characters to see which ones you've unlocked.
Some hidden characters like Omatto, Ceno, or Catoptro have their own special moves when you click in the analog stick. Their almost like a cartwheel/roll in the way it sends your character moving but these characters don’t travel very far when their move is used.(some might go further than others) You can dodge some attacks with these moves but not nearly as many as rollers or cartwheelers because these characters go much shorter distances. Because of this they are more vulnerable to holes to the point where their dodge move often can’t escape the attack.(holes can still be dodged in other ways sometimes) Most of these characters have the hardest times with crawler and arc attack moves.(even the playable characters that float will still be hit by both holes and crawlers) The disappearing animation some of these characters have may give you the impression you can "disappear" through attacks. It is only an animation, and attacks will hit the characters as they normally would.
Ceno's "Jump"- One way Ceno stands out is that when it does certain moves it makes an animations which causes the character to hop up into the sky a little, this can be used as a way to actually hop over crawlers if you time it right. Some example moves you can do this with are Shatter or Venom fang.(There are quite a few moves) You can technically jump dodge Holes with those skills too, but I've found it really hard to dodge with when I tested it. Perhaps you may find an easier way to dodge them than when I ran tests on it.
Movement Traits - Some "Special Characters" feel clunky but they generally move the same speed as the other characters but some like the Catoptro may have slower turning reactions.
Different Animations - Some of the skill animations for these characters differ from that of normal characters.(Swords especially) Because of these differences they can throw off opponents more accustomed to dodging other character types of close range moves. They can also be slightly tricky with the Faith Crawler moves and Ki's Crawling Bullet. Non special characters give off different animations for the Faith Crawlers and Ki's Crawling Bullet. Special character animations for it look similar to each other. (a fairly minor seeming advantage...)
Arc Attack Weakness - These characters are easily the weakest characters against Arc style attacks.
Biggest Benefit - The biggest strength for some of these unique characters is the way their swords/blades work differently. Ceno might have the toughest to dodge Psycho Blade type in the game.
Dash - Lowering the homing of your opponents and using dash as a main defense is pretty useful for these character types, especially when they focus on using close range swords.
Main Use Of Special Character Type - The main reason you would choose these character types are for arsenals emphasizing swords. They can be hard for people unfamiliar with dodging them. Check out the sword section in the dodging section to see exact differences between the character types. If you do decide you want to use these characters, you want to structure your arsenal around dealing the weaknesses mentioned above. Things like carrying shelter or absorb skills will be important in dealing with holes or crawlers. (Course shields are another option for projectiles) Carrying Special Jumping Skills could also aid in overcoming mobility weaknesses.Effects of character Choice on Arsenals
Debate: Jumpers vs. Cartwheelers/Rollers
So which one is better? That depends on the situation. One is not concretely better than the other all the time. I will say though a cartwheeler seems to have more advantages in the amount of attacks he can dodge.(but that doesn't really matter if your opponents are not using those attacks) A lot of it depends on your arsenal, your opponent's arsenal, the level your playing, and sometimes even where you are currently at in the level. You can get a bad hand and sometimes survive thanks to your cartwheeling ability and survive where a jumper would get killed. However you're going to wish you could jump when your opponents are using crawlers, stun moves, and some other moves you're weaker against. A cartwheeler can lose out on chances to pursue someone or get away from someone because they lack the ability to jump. In tag there are more opportunities to exploit cartwheelers weaknesses with stun moves or double teaming than there are in one on one. A jumper on the other hand can jump into most stun moves and avoid the effect almost entirely.
If you really want the best chances to win, get good at using a cartwheeler and learn how to maneuver through each level with them. But also build some arsenals suited for a jumper. Jumping around is generally easier to pick up than cartwheeling. Then again Freia's unique dodging methods can also take time to pick up. Think specifically about what your character's weak against and how your arsenal can get around those weaknesses. Then depending on your opponent and the level your playing at, you can adopt your different strategies and characters to deal with your opponents style and characters.
This section explains how to use the attack types more effectively as well as how to dodge them. It includes strategies for both Cartwheelers and Jumpers.Spamming - Spamming is using an attack over and over in succession. It is an important tactic to use in this game. Sometimes it is only when moves are used over and over that a target finally gets hit. It is one of the best ways to deal with the excellent dodging ability of a cartwheeler. In many situations a player can avoid one attack you used on them but dodging a second one coming at them can be a real nuisance and even impossible. Crawlers such as Venom Fang are a perfect example. Mash on the skill button your using and you’d be surprised how quickly one can perform certain skills over and over again including many sword attacks. Someone might dodge your first sword swing but they might not be ready or will be trapped by the second one that comes at them. This goes the same for someone just using skills to defend in general. If you give your opponent enough time to recover aura to keep casting his Fortress of Iron and Reverse, you’ll find that many of your arsenals won’t get anywhere in hitting your opponent.
Making Spamming Easier - Having lots of aura as well as cheap costing skills make it easier for one to spam. Playing the environmental Optimization will also make it much easier to spam even more expensive skills. Keep in mind that it will also make it easier for your opponent to do so as well.(and use expensive shields more easily)
Spamming Timing - Spamming doesn’t always mean firing repatedly as quickly as possible. If you give a little time before firing off the second attack you may also throw your opponents dodging off. Experiment with timing to see where it is better to spam rapidly or to wait a little before using the skill again.
Ways of Cutting Down on Spamming - Good ways to stop spammers are to use shields that halt activities like ones that erase attacks(Flash Hole) or freeze their buttons.(Glacial wall) Reverse is a great way to turn someone’s spamming against themselves.(but it can be overcome by careful spamming) Anything that lowers a person’s Level is another way to cut down on a lot of spamming. The environmental skills Memory Lapse and Irregular Rhythm are other good ways to stop a lot of spamming. Taking down an Optimization that is out is another way and often a necessary one to turn the tide. You can also fire your own attacks in reaction. People who spam too often leave themselves open to an attack. In many situations you won't mind taking two 1 damage Lingering Flames in exchange for nailing them with a Psycho Spear.
Combo Stun moves with Attacks - Many Special, Erase, and Status skills have some of the best homing and range in the game. They are usually much better at hitting than most attacks. Many of them carry an automatic stun effect when they hit an opponent that can give you an opening to hit them with another move.(Dazzle, then use Rail Gun) All erase moves that affect someone will stun them. A perfect example is to shoot Dragon Slayer at someone with a Glacial Wall. When their hit, they will be stunned briefly and you can follow up with a fast enough attack that can hit them before they recover. Moves that reverse stats will stun anyone with a numbered stat(even if its from an environmental). If people aren’t affected by a skill like Dragon Slayer because they have no shield, or have an Orb/Amulet, they will not suffer the stun effects that normally come from being hit by erase moves. You can still use moves like Dragon Slayer or Neutralization to knock someone out of the air even if they don’t have something like a shield or stat to erase.(If they can use Orb or Amulet they can avoid erase moves knocking them out of the sky) Moves that carry a stun effect are a great way to connect attacks that cartwheelers might normally dodge with ease. This can be effective on jumpers too, but jumpers can jump into the air as they get shot by stun moves, to fall to the ground and negate much of the stun effect. You can still use moves that effect people when their on the ground though like Backdraft Bullet or Gravity Press. Most stun moves have long range reach even if the description says medium range.
Hitting by Using Mixed Speed Attacks - Combine attacks in this game that move at different speeds. If you use attacks that have mixed speeds you can make it very hard for someone to dodge both of the skills. An example is to combine Demon’s Fire and Fire of Gehenna. If you fire a Demon’s Fire at someone and they try to cartwheel away from the move as your about to fire off a Fire of Gehenna, they will get nailed by Fire of Gehenna because they won’t be able to recover in time to dodge it.
Mixed Speed Attacks Can Get Past Defenses or Combine Damage to break shields - Using mixed speed moves is also a great way to get past someone using shields with slower recovery times.(usually anything that’s not a Brush shield) Your opponent puts up their shield to block the slow move and right as the shield goes down your fast move can go right through before they can put their shield up again. A well timed combination of Seal of Death and Fire of Gehenna can do this as well. Even people with Brush shields can be too flustered to block both attacks. Alternatively, If both attacks manage to hit a shield the damage combines and can break the shield if it's over the shields defense power.(Keep in mind if an erase shield blocks 2 moves they will both be erased.)
Slower Moving Skill List - Below
is a short list of the main skills that you can shoot that
have slower speeds
and sometimes longer ranges
than most other moves. Moves not listed are ones you might
about comboing with these slower moves as they are faster or time
nicely with the moves listed below. List of slower moves by
Impact Burst - Could create odd timing combinations because of varied range and ricochets of the attack.
Psycho Kinesis / Power at long ranges.(theses 2 skills have long range capability even though they're listed as medium range. Comboable at long range)
* - Homing Boosts Can Be Helpful in Encouraging Blocking.
Ricochet Laser - Possible at perhaps mid to longer range.
Particle Mortar* (Max Distance est 60000)
* - You would use these skills at a longer range generally when considering combo potential
Young White Dragon - Move is slow leading to people opting to walk away from it more than blocking it. Perhaps has combo potential with close range moves though.
Dragon Bullet - Seems slightly slower than Ki Cannon but still a fairly quick speed.
All Nature based crawlers can combo at varied ranges due to speed differences.(Root of Tree, Tree of Fang, Entangle, Curse of Earth)
* - These 2 tornado/Move type skills listed assume people would block them with a shield. However, people have a greater tendency to just try to dodge them. Only shelter shields can block them anyway. They can make comboed in shots hard to see though. So while you might not expect them to be blocked, take advantage of it when opponents do block them.
Will o the Wisp
Judge of Anubis
Joke of Anubis
Wings of Hope
Swarm of Moths
Dance of Moths - Has potential to mix with close range moves.due to a very slow speed.
Agonies of Death
Scream of Evil
All Faith crawlers at varied ranges can work due to different speeds.(Venom Fang, Crawlers, Spore Schism)
Bloody Ritual is a slower Level Erase projectile and can combo in faster moves with it.
Seal of Death
Illusion of Death - Unblockable But can be used in combinations with faster moves to cause difficulty blocking/dodging. Can also be used against people who use Course shields to protect against Illusion of Death. They could nullify/redirect or Reverse the Illusion of Death, but you could shoot a follow up move as their defense animation occurs.
Other Speed Moves - There are some other moves that can be a little slower than than the fastest ones. You might try to combo a Reincarnation with a Vibration Blaster as an example. At farther distances there is a possibility for some other moves you might be able to combo together. Even if they don't actually combo hit them, their speeds might be different enough to trip up an opponent, get past a shield, or hit an opponent who's unable to do another block.(due to lack of aura left)
Comboing vs Spamming and Mixed Speed Attacks - Comboing stun moves/effects with attacks or spamming or using mixed speed attacks are all effective ways of hitting someone. When deciding on using stun moves or not you should consider whether comboing is even necessary. Spamming and Mixed Speed attacks can be just as effective in some situations, and can give you more room to carry other moves. It can also cost you less aura to do. When considering whether to have a skill like Dazzle or Pressure for stunning you should consider if its really going to be necessary or if spamming/mixed speed attacks will do the job by themselves. I think this especially applies to One on One matches. In other modes like Tag, stun moves are easier to repeatedly set up because you have a teammate who can follow up with a move or distract an opponent. This doesn’t mean stun moves are useless in One on One. This is just something to consider in arsenal design.
Other General Defensive and Offensive Tips
Hiding Behind Objects and Dealing
With People Hiding - There
you can hide
behind to absorb attacks. Many do not ever disappear. Even something
tiny like a pole that remains out can continually absorb attacks
including some short range skills. Moves that explode or go through walls can help
get an opponent out of hiding. Parabolas and Arc attacks sometimes get
around objects otherwise protecting your opponents. Manually
Aimed attacks can get around
hiding opponents by aiming at something like a foot
opponent that is still left open. .
Get out of Ideal Range - If you can get out of the ideal range of moves you can dodge/avoid a lot of attacks. You can do this either by getting too far away so they don’t reach or by getting so close that you can move around to the side of whatever move is targeting you. Be aware that projectiles that aren’t in the attack/red category usually have a much greater range than expressed in their descriptions.(A lot of them can go pretty long distances and still be very accurate)
Don’t be indecisive - If your going to dodge a move by going to the side of the projectiles don’t change your mind in the middle of it and try and go in the opposite direction to the side. You will often get nailed if you do this. Jump or Cartwheel to try and improve your chances of escaping if you do decide to change direction to dodge a projectile.Wait for an opening - Sometimes its best to wait for an opponent to make a move and then follow up with your own attack as you dodge their own. One example is to dodge a short range attack and follow up with your own.(depending on how quick you are it can be impossible for them to react with a cartwheel, jump or shield) A great time to attack someone is also when their trying to use some move that would power themselves up. While their performing that action they are left wide open. People who try to use Healing Water right as they get up can leave themselves wide open to attacks.
Eye for an Eye - One of the times when an opponent is most vulnerable is when they are making an attack themselves. If an opponent starts up a move, you can start your own up in counter reaction. Some short range and projectile moves have quicker start up animations then others so you can sometimes hit them before they can even use their own attack on you. Other times you may be glad to risk taking a Psycho Knife hit if it gives you the chance to connect a Photon Burst. The same goes for projectiles, someone fires a blazing bullet at you from the sky, you probably wouldn’t mind taking 3 damage from it to get a chance to shoot a Lack or a Psycho Spear at them while they're open. You could also try to carry auto shields to protect yourself as you make a counter attack. Rail Gun can be effective as a way of firing in reaction to someone’s move. Firing in reaction to someone can also be a useful way of stopping someone who plans on using multiple attacks. If someone is trying to counter react to your attack, try to cartwheel or use a shield as soon as possible. You’d be surprised by how quickly you can recover from doing some moves to use a shield or to cartwheel. And if you can’t do either you might as well try to jump or move out of the way. If nothing else it will stop the combo or spammed moves from hitting more than once.
Change Speed or Homing Ability - Using skills that lower
or increasing your speed will help in making attacks easier to dodge.
You can escape the reach of more attacks with higher speeds. On the
other hand you can boost your homing or lower your opponents' speed
to make it harder for them to dodge. Lowered speeds can be
especially effective against Freia type jumpers. There is a
separate section on
that talks about what kinds of skills are effected most by losses or
increases in homing. Some moves appear to be a waste of time to spend
improving homing for. Increased speeds can also make it easier to set
attacks or to pursue someone.
Confine or corner opponent - Generally the attacks are more effective when an opponent is boxed. However, crawlers can be more difficult to deal with in open spaces.
Aim Manually - Sometimes its better to just shoot a projectile manually, especially if you have your homing greatly reduced. It can make you less predictable too. This is given more attention in the Manual Aim section. You manual aim by turning lock on off and putting the camera in the direction you want to aim before firing. Your character automatically turns in the camera's direction upon choosing a move to use)
See which skills are more reliable - Through experimentation you’ll find that some attacks are simply more accurate or faster than others whether you're using ranged moves or short range attacks. Keep in mind though that some attacks are effective at slightly different ranges. A far medium Blaster shot is a lot harder for Default Jumpers to dodge then one shot at close medium range.
Always keep moving - his can’t be stressed enough. Simply moving to the side back and forth can dodge a Rail Gun or a surprise Charged Particle. If you can keep moving back and forth side to side while your trying to set things up you have a greater chance of dodging attacks without having to cartwheel or jump. It also generally keeps you more awake and ready to dodge any surprises your opponent has for you. Many straight on projectiles can be dodged simply by moving to the side, so take advantage of this fact. The only thing that might take issue with this idea is when using Freia. For dealing with difficult to dodge attacks stopping movement and then jumping to the left or right just before the move would land can be more useful. If you can comfortably pause when needed, you can keep taking advantage of moving to the side to dodge things with even Freia.
Use your character’s ability - Whether you’re a jumper or a cartwheeler or whatever, you should obviously use your ability if you know there’s no better way to dodge an attack. Jumping is even necessary for jumpers to even dodge certain projectile attacks and well placed close range moves. You may think your traveling the same distance by just walking to the side but jumping to the side sometimes give you the extra distance you need to escape.(especially if you have had your speed reduced) This could be because jumping makes you travel a little faster or it just throws off the homing on certain attacks. Freia Jumpers need to jump to dodge the better homing attacks that Default Jumpers can't dodge. If you’re not using your cartwheeler to dodge, I don’t know why you're even using them. Cartwheeling on an angle to the side of a projectile into close range can help easily dodge many projectiles. However, cartwheeling to the side at the right time will give you just about all you need to dodge nearly all none close range/crawler attack skills in the game.(even if their shot at the right range.) Even the special characters weak evasion moves can dodge a few more attacks that would normally hit them if they chose not to use the dodge move..
2BPD Dodging and using Specific Attack Types more Effectively
This section goes into detail on how to deal with and use different categories of attacks. This also includes some specialized attack types.
Parabola attacks - Most parabolas can be dodged simply by moving to the side. (Don’t be indecisive) Even as some get higher homing its still quite possible to dodge with a jump or Cartwheel.(sometimes gets impossible for jumpers) Some of them become a lot harder to dodge with increased homing. Sometimes you can also move closer to your opponent to escape the range of a parabola by getting under it. It can be more useful to cartwheel under a Gungnir than to the side.
Parabolas are generally easy to dodge when given enough space to move to the side. Firing them at heights where you are higher or lower than your opponent can make them harder to dodge or at least anticipate. You can get a very close medium range with parabolas and be pretty accurate. Skills like Levitate and Skywalk can work well with parabolas.(i.e Bomb, Big Bomb) Some like Psycho Spear do not work that much better with Levitate and Skywalk but you could throw someone off or have the attack go over some shields because of the increased height.(Shield Section for specifics) It's possible to throw Bomb and some others parabolas close range and have it land on your opponent.(and even yourself)
Fall Attacks - These are similar in style to parabola attacks, but some have a much better default homing. Going to the side is sometimes enough to dodge them but you may need to cartwheel to be able to dodge some of these attacks. Moving forward under their range can also help dodge sometimes. Other times you’ll run right into the Fall attack. Jumping can aid in dodging occasionally too, other times it will throw you right into the move. These moves are often more effective when you are at a different height than your opponent. Experiment with the places where you can fire these moves. You may be surprised seeing where they can work. Like they may appear under the bridges your on and still hit someone below. With just +2 homing, the following Fall attacks are no longer dodgeable without cartwheeling: Sign of Saints, Meteor, Demon’s Venom, Arrow of Artemis, Thor's Hammer.(Jumpers can't dodge them if they have +2 homing) It's a good idea to practice using these skills at different heights. If you're not careful you can some times cause the fall move to form behind you and hit yourself.
Arc attacks -These include attacks like Laser and Arc of Fire. These attacks go on an arc of sorts and arrive at their target. It is possible to constantly keep running to the side of the arc and jumping to dodge over and over each time it is shot.(even on the less forgiving ones like Vibration Laser) Against most arc lasers you want to move forward and to the right on an angle. Against Twist Laser though you use a forward and to the left dodging technique. (RECHECK TRIPLE LASERS) Most people, whether they cartwheel or jump, tend to get hit by these attacks after they are shot over and over enough. Jumpers probably have a better chance of dodging over and over than cartwheelers. On the other hand, its easier to dodge ones that catch you off guard with a cartwheeler. A cartwheeler can get away with cartwheeling on the outside of an arc sometimes.(doing it on the inside is recommended though) To clarify this, look at the skill Vibration Laser. You are better off cartwheeling to the right to dodge this laser. If you cartwheel to the left you're more likely to get hit. However, sometimes you can get away with cartwheeling to the left to dodge them.
Watch out for players who try to manually aim these attacks at closer ranges. They can have a decent shot at hitting you with these manually.(Especially Vibration Laser) Getting into a closer range can help avoid arc attacks that are locked on to you. You can also look for objects that will block the arc from reaching you. It is also possible to jump dodge these attacks without moving much to the side with a jumper.(it'll take some practice) You can jump to the side and pivot back to where you were. (VIDEO?) This works for both jumper types. Some lasers can be harder to dodge if they're shot at you from a height that is higher than you.
Hole Attacks - Moving in one direction and then switching into a different direction can dodge the hole if you have enough space and are ready for it. Jumping out of it is safer and more reliable. Timing is crucial against hole attacks. You often have a little more time than you think to jump out of them, so try not to jump too early when you think a hole attack will be used. It is sometimes necessary to cartwheel in a direction out of the holes range to avoid it when your in confined areas. Hopping off to a lower height will also avoid the hole forming over you. If you jump and shoot a projectile you’ll be pretty safe from falling into holes. I do not believe hole attacks are effected by homing. Only Shelter and Absorb shields can block them. Sometimes you can stand on objects like the tree branch sticking out of the ground in Palace to avoid the hole forming under you. Its easier to use all hit hole attacks with a jumper. Another easy way of using all hit holes is to use it at a ledge and walk off after using it. All hit holes will target invisible opponents the same as if they're visible. Holes accuracy can be very iffy. If you hit someone with an attack causing stagger and follow up with a hole move, the stagger will sometimes cause the opponent to dodge the hole. You can see this when using something like Greedy Spirit and you try to use Disentegrate to combo with it. Sometimes it helps, other times it helps the opponent dodge it! So lower your expectations when comboing. You can still have holes work in combination with mines that stagger and erase move staggers like Dragon Slayers.
Rain Attacks - Most of the time it is possible to avoid these by continuing to move in a single direction if you don’t stumble around. Sometimes changing in 2 directions(like forward then left) can give you some extra insurance. Stun moves can be useful in setting these up.(Paralyze/Paralyze Barrier for example) Rain will often catch people taking air lifts or players who are staying within the same location to do something like walk up a spiral of stairs.(Lucifer’s Arrow in Panorama) Some rain attacks are less forgiving than others. I do not believe homing effects rain moves. The more you stumble around when these moves take place the more likely you’ll be hit. Even when you have reduced speeds you still have a good chance of dodging rain attacks if you use your jump or cartwheel to move). Freia can be especially weak aginst Rain when their speeds are lowered.(mashing jump is still helpful for it) Killer Satellite and the Lightning/Thunder rain moves are covered separately from this section. Shelter shields are the only shield types that can block any rain attacks. The timing of blocking rain can be a little tricky. If you block very early your shield could block one piece that's coming down, but then another one can still fall to strike you. If that happens it's probably best to mash your shield move to come out again to protect you. (that is if you have the aura to block twice)
Quick Rain Rank Accuracy List* - From Subjective Experience Most Aggressive/Likely to hit down to least accurate Rain. Every Single one of these listed rain moves have been dodged by just walking around in tests. Still it seems like some might be less forgiving. So you can read this short list and see if it's accurate or not.
Blazing Storm, Rain of Rocks
Lucifer's Arrow (not sure if this as good belongs in 1st or 2nd category)
2nd - Rain of Fire, Rain of Rocks. (Rain of Fire maybe a little better)
3rd - Photon Shower (Might be long in 2nd place rank)
4th - Celestial Ship, Binding Needle.
* - List does not include Nature's Lightning Rain or Killer Satellite.(Their treated as different attacks in the guide)
Move Attacks - These are just the 3 tornado type moves.(Whirlwind, Twister, Tornado) Usually you can just run to the side or away from them to avoid them. These can work as a good counter attack on someone walking right up to you or trying to hit you with a close range attack, so be careful in how you approach someone using these. Narrow spots like stairways are good for these moves. The only shield type that blocks this move are Shelters.(And only Erase Shell can erase them) It will get past any other shield. Areas with lower heights will stop these moves from continuing into an area and cause them to stick around in a spot or disappear. Be careful not to walk into your own move. Some people place ones like Whirlwind over an opponent tag teammate’s body making it difficult to get to. You will take extra damage from these attacks when they knock you up a high enough height.(causing falling damage) These attacks aren't affected by homing and manual aim is sometimes rather useful with them. If they go over landmines they will detonate them. You can jump into these "move" attacks to stop the lift up affect that sends grounded players into the sky. You still get hurt by Tornado type move when jumping into them but you fall to the ground instead of being tossed into the sky.
Mines - Planting these in areas opponents are likely to overlook is effective. It is also effective to plant them at an opponent’s spawn point, on their capsules, on a dead opponent’s body in tag, under an environmental put out, or even your own spawn point to catch someone carelessly trying to erase your capsules. If you see a mine its easy to walk within the radius where they will detonate and turn back in time to avoid it.(Remote Mine and Timer Mine will not detonate if you do this though) You can fire projectiles at a spot where any mine is set. As long as you don’t cartwheel directly into the core of the explosion it's possible go right past the explosion unaffected.
Jumping Into Mines - If you jump into stun type mines you can avoid the stun effect entirely by getting knocked down by it.(Vapor Cloud requires good timing with this though) You can use this defensively with your own mines to avoid attacks an opponent fires. (Jump into the mine before an attack hits you)
Some mines have an obvious circle around them like Freeze Gas. Others like Teleportrap, Gravity Mine, and Vapor Cloud are very hard to see. They only have a clear gaseous form to them. Most mines that don’t do damage have a stun effect to them when they hit a standing opponent. Attack based mines will knock someone over no matter what damage they do. Mines can sometimes be set off if someone is at a slightly lower height and a part of them moves into the radius of detonation.
Mines are also a good way to deter someone from following you. Don’t be lazy about where you place landmines. An opponent who sees them can walk up to them with shields or easily block status mines with a Glacial Wall or Paralyze Barrier without even risking breaking their shield. Attack mines could get needlessly erased too.
Remote Mines and Timer Mine can not be detonated from some attacks like other mines. Moves that explode will cause them to detonate though. Hole moves, Move attacks, and also Killer Satellite can detonate these mines. You can recognize Remote Mine/Timer Mine as they create a very visible red landmine.
"Double Landmine": It is possible to place a Remote Mine and another mine on top of it. It's only possible to block one of the explosions as Remote Mine delays its detonation and players have no time to throw up a defense again. Only autoshields can protect from the second hit. Even if one mine breaks a shield with the first explosion, there is no time to put a second shield up. It is also possible to place 2 non Remote Mines at the same spot if you put the second one down immediately and walk away.(Easier to do with a cartwheeler) Their damage will combine against any shield that blocks.(Like Sensor Mines) If an opponent doesn't realize you put 2 sensor mines in the same spot, you could break a lot of shields depending on your strength. If you have +2 attack, the 2 detonated mines will break any shield in the game. If an opponent uses Glacial Wall not realizing you put 2 sensor mines at the same spot, you'll break the shield.Crawlers - These skills have great homing but they can also be diverted into walls or off ledges by jumping at the right time or cartwheeling away from the crawler so that it hits a wall or falls off a ledge before it can turn around. As long as these attacks don’t hit anything, some of them will stay out trying to reach their target for a while before fizzling out. You can drop crawlers from high heights and they’ll follow right after your opponent on a lower level. The worst place to deal with these moves is in open spaces.
Projectiles - Projectiles are just that, things you shoot that go straight on after a target. There are many different types, some more accurate than others. There are 2 basic types though: General Homing Projectiles and Tracking Projectiles.
General Homing/Straight on Projectiles
If you keep yourself moving to the side as a projectile is shot, you can dodge many projectiles just by simply doing so. For Cartwheelers, timing is key to dodging some of . the higher homing attacks like Giga Ruin, Fire of Gehenna, and Heat from the Void. Generally the closer a projectile is to you the less chance it will have of hitting you when you cartwheel. In a level open space situation there are practically no straight on attack projectiles that are truly impossible to dodge by a cartwheel, if a projectile is shot just once. Boosted homing can make some impossible to dodge.(see homing section) If you’re using a Default Jumper, jumping when dodging to the side can help save you from some of projectiles that would normally hit you otherwise.
When 2 or more projectiles are shot, some become impossible to dodge. Keep in mind that some of these attacks are a lot more effective at hitting Default Jumpers when done at a farther medium range rather than a close medium range. Freia can dodge more of these types of projectiles than Default Jumpers.(Even some far medium range ones) When using Freia, standing still for a second and then jumping to the side right before you would get hit will help dodge more attacks.
These are skills that follow opponents more rather than follow a single straight path. They are among the more difficult to dodge skills. Some are extra effective when spammed. Some tracking projectiles are Agonies of Death, Judge/Joke of Anubis, Demon’s Fire, Will’o the Wisp, and El Bomb. In some cases rather than trying to dodge these attacks right away, running can be a better tactic because some skills start slower than your character so you can set yourself up in a better dodging situation. It is possible in open space situations to dodge Judge of Anubis with a Cartwheeler, and sometimes possible with a jumper.
Cartwheelers Dodging Tracking Projectiles- For a cartwheeler to dodge something like the Anubis attacks you will want to cartwheel on an angle forward but just to the side of these kinds of attacks. It is hard but possible to do. I’d generally recommend dodging the really hard ones like the Anubis attacks and Agonies of Death as a last resort. Sometimes these skills can still be dodged by cartwheeling to the side if you time it right (like Agonies of Death) but cartwheeling forward is more necessary with other attacks like the Anubis ones.(Wings of Hope too) The Anubis attacks can follow you even making 180 turns. Keep moving away from them if they continue to follow you, cartwheel again if you can. Though you may not be able to throw off their homing, if you keep away long enough, sometimes these skills disappear before reaching their target. The same applies with Will’O the Wisp and El Bomb. You can dodge these moves more in the typical side ways fashion but they will often follow you. You may have to cartwheel a second time to truly throw off the homing. They can also disappear after a chasing you little bit more. If someone fires these moves at a range that is not really optimal(too close) it's possible to cartwheel around your opponent to dodge these moves. Diverting these projectiles into walls/ledges similar to the way you can dodge crawlers is another option.
Jumpers Dodging Tracking Projectiles - Jumpers can sometimes trick the Anubis attacks as well by running away with a bit of a u turn in your direction. As the attack follows you in a u-turn-ish direction jump forward and you can sometimes divert these attacks. Experiment with skills that you think follow like the Anubis ones. Agonies of Death is possible to dodge in some level open space situations with a Default Jumper but it's not especially reliable. Jumping down to lower heights can also give you enough time to get away from these moves or throw off their homing till they disappear. Freia Jumpers can use their jump to dodge quite a few things reliably including Agonies of Death. Most of the time jumpers have a much easier time with Demon’s Fire, El Bomb, and Will’O the Wisp than cartwheelers. You need to use your jumping ability when dodging to the side against them. Sometimes jumping forward past them is another way of throwing off the homing after jumping to the side. Jumping in different ways can throw off the homing of these moves. Experiment to get the hang of throwing off the homing with jumping.
More on Tracking Projectiles - These moves follow people up in the air as well and can also work well when used in the air. Scream of Evil is another tracking move that is not too hard to dodge when shot once, but boosted homing could make these very difficult to deal with. Agonies of Death may be one of the few projectiles which are harder to dodge when done at a closer medium range. Homing boosts can make some of these moves very hard to dodge.
Power, Psycho Kinesis - These projectiles are undodgable by any character when in an ideal situation. They can also send projectiles long distance even though the description lists them as medium ranged. One other thing to note with them is that you can use debris from far ranges sometimes. An example is when you're on Palace's second floor, you can actually activate Psycho Kinesis and it can pick up and throw objects from the first floor at other players.
Projectiles as close range attacks - You’d be surprised at the times in which you can use moves like Reincarnation or Demons Fire up close on someone and how good they can still hit. Vibration Laser is probably the best close range projectile attack when you are using manual aim.
Hand to Hand, non sword based moves- To dodge these, move to the side at the instant the move is done. The closer you are to an opponent, the easier it is to dodge to the side of the attack. If you’re a jumper and you feel that moving to the side won’t be enough, jump to the side. Jumping is often required to dodge moves when you have lowered speed. Do not jump straight up in place against a hand to hand attack, it won’t work. Walking away from the attack is likely to fail unless you boost your speed or were far from it when it started. Unfortunately lag can also contribute to people dodging these moves without even attempting to dodge to the side. Just walking straight away from a melee move at normal speed doesn't work offline, but online if your playing with enough lag you can escape some moves without even an effort. If a cartwheeler has enough space, he can usually cartwheel out of the range of any hand/foot attack. It is probably better to cartwheel to the side if you feel like walking to the side won’t be enough.
These skills are more effective when you perform them at a far close range. If you do this, some moves can’t be dodged by just moving to the side. If your in a narrow area like a stairway you can set up harder situations for an opponent to dodge. These can be good counter moves to an opponent’s attacks(even swords) because they often have quick start up times. Some hand to hand moves are clearly more accurate than others. A lot of Faith short range moves are very easy to dodge. The more cornered someone is, the better. Persistence sometimes pays off while other times a move that causes an opponent to be stunned or stumble in dodging is necessary. Close up attacks will chase someone who is on a platform at an equal or lower height than you. If someone is in the sky and gets into close range you can also perform a melee that will chase them as if they were in close range. These moves can miss your opponents if they are too much higher or lower than you. Like if you chase someone upstairs, your attack has a chance of missing because your attack is hitting at too low of a height.
Rollers JD + Cuff Button - Human Rollers have roundhouse kicks that have a bigger hit range on their left than any other character. If you have a choice, going to the left is more likely to dodge Human Roller kicks.(Can't say just how much it makes a difference as you probably still have a good chance of dodging to the right anyway)
Short Range Melee Sword Moves - What’s written here is what is effective in online play. In split screen mode some of these ideas work the same but there can be much less forgiveness in dodging. I don’t know if this has to do with a little lag or if they changed the way swords work online. There are a variety of swords in this game. They each have a different area they can cover. Though some have swords have different reach or are less forgiving, there are really 2 main sword types that require different dodging methods. There are swords that start swinging from the user’s left and wrap around to the right at the end.(Flame Sword, Psycho Knife) Then there are swords that start out on the user’s right and swing around over to the left side.(Psycho Blade, Excalibur) Another way of thinking about it is to move away from the side where the sword starts up. You’ll see visually there are just two distinct styles of swords that all the rest are similar to. Since the visual definition of each can be confusing I’ll just refer to the visual examples. When you see a sword that swings like a Flame Sword then you use the tactics that you would normally use to dodge a Flame sword. When you see a sword that swings like a Psycho Blade you’ll use the same tactics you would normally use to dodge a Psycho Blade.
Left and Right - If
you use both Sword
types in combination you will make it harder for someone to
correctly dodge them.(i.e. use Flame Sword + Psycho Blade)
If you see your opponent is moving in a direction to dodge one type of sword melee you're using, use the other type and they could trip up dodging. Cartwheelers usually have the best options for dodging short range attacks. On the other hand a Jumper has an easier time pursuing people with close range attacks because they usually get around the Stage more easily. Just like with hand to hand moves, if you are chasing someone at a different height than you, it is possible for the moves to miss.(by having the sword swing too high or low)
Dodging/Using Flame Sword Types - When a person starts up a Flame Sword animation style move, have your character move the left side to dodge the sword. They will go flying past you if they used lock on. You need to be close to your opponent to just walk to the side. If your at a far close range this method will not work.(without a lot of lag) Using Flame Sword types from a far close range can be a good way of catching people who are lazy about dodging them. If you see that an opponent is attacking from a far close range you have a few dodging options:
As a Jumper:
You can try jumping to the left, walking is not enough. Its possible to jump straight up to dodge a Flame Sword move if you time it right. The timing can be difficult to repeatedly to do. But there are some people who are pretty good at this. However, jumping straight up will not work against opponents using Non-Human Rollers characters. Most Special Type Monster Swords also can't be dodged by jumping straight up.(Everyone but Ceno probably) One other option you have is to try jumping away out of the range of the attack when your is using a Flame Sword type move at a far close range..
As a Cartwheeler/Roller:
You can cartwheel to the left and easily escape Flame Sword types when you find moving the left won't work. You can also cartwheel forward and to the left of an opponent so they go past you. You can usually cartwheel away and out of the reach of Swords if they started at a far close range.(Provided you have the space) You'd be surprised though that sometimes cartwheels to the right can still dodge these swords.(less reliable though) You can mess around with Guard in the single player mode at the Highway Level, "Odd Friendship" mission. You can swing a sword at Guard in different ways and catch him dodging them in surprising ways that you may have just thought was due to lag online.
Improving Chances - For catching people dodging swords try to follow up with another sword attack if they dodged the first one. They may fail to jump the sword this time, or they may not be able to cartwheel into an area that doesn’t corner them into an attack. Being persistent or following up with another strike is often necessary to catch people. You can also use shields or moves like Tiger’s strength to mess with their dodging.(use Tiger’s Strength and trick them into cartwheeling into a corner and follow right up with your sword)
Turning Lock On Off - If you turn off your camera lock on, you will stand in place when performing a flame sword type move. This can catch people off guard trying to walk to the left of you. Its also valuable to do when an opponent is at a ledge. An opponent can try to get you to swing a sword at a ledge so that they dodge you and your swords charge causes you to fall off the stage.
Keep Opponent on the Right when using Flame Sword types - If you keep someone to your right with these swords you have a better chance of hitting them.
Drive Targets to Corners - Try to circle around an opponent and drive them towards walls or barriers so that they won’t be able to easily cartwheel away. You may have more time than you think to intimidate an opponent into corners with these moves.(This goes for all close range attacks)
Dodging/Using Psycho Blade Types
When a person starts up a Psycho Blade animation, move your character to the right of the opponent to dodge the blade. They will usually go flying past you if they used lock on. You need to be close to your opponent to just walk to the side. If you're at a far close range this method will not work.(without lag) Using Psycho Blade types from a far close range can be a good way of catching people who are lazy about dodging them. However, Compared to Flame Sword types you may want to get a little closer but not super close because you will give your opponent less dodging options. When dodging, keep yourself going to the right of an opponent using Psycho Blade types. While this method does work it does not work offline reliably, you do actually need some sort of lag or something is programmed differently online to actually dodge Psycho Blade types in this manner.
Backstrikes - Psycho Blade types also start their swing towards the back right, which can sometimes be used to hit an opponent behind you while your try to slash another opponent at the same time. (You'll hit both players if they line up)
Dodging Options As a Jumper:
You can try jumping to the right when walking to the right is not enough. Unlike Flame Sword types, you can’t jump these blades in as many ways. Besides going to the right you can only jump away from Psycho Blade moves if they started up at a far close range. Jump as your moving away from the Psycho Blade and if you time it right you’ll get past it. This doesn't work reliably offline but sometimes does online due to lag or something. The reason I say this is you may think you're at a far close range but lag may position you closer to your opponent than you actually think you are when you try to dodge.
As a Cartwheeler:
You can cartwheel to the right and usually escape. You can cartwheel forward and to the right of an opponent so they go past you. You can sometimes cartwheel away and out of the reach of Blades if they started at a far close range.(Provided you have the space) Dodging success can be influenced by lag. Offline, cartwheels do not save you from Psycho Blade attacks as easily.
Cartwheeling away from a far close range does work offline and online. If online, it isn't always your best option as either a jumper or cartwheeler. It's worth trying if you can't cartwheel/jump/move to the right. The reason why cartwheeling straight away from far close range isn't always the best is because an opponent can follow up with a second blade swing as you fail to recover in time to cartwheel again or you get cornered after dodging the first swing. Cartwheeling to the side can help you continue to escape when you're in a condition where it works. It usually does work online.
Follow Up - For
Blades try to
follow up with another Psycho Blade attack if they dodged the first.
They may fail to jump the sword the second time, or they may not be
cartwheel into an area that doesn’t corner them into an
Being persistent and following up with another strike is often
necessary to catch people. It may be repetitive but sometimes
you can wear down your opponent this way.
The monster creatures that don't roll or jump such as Catoptro, Ceno, and Ommato swing their swords in different ways and require different dodging methods.
Ommato, Scoto and Claustro, Catoptro Flame Sword Types - Their Flame Swords are similar to human ones except you can no longer stand in front of them and jump straight up to dodge the sword from the middle. You can still move, jump or cartwheel to the left to avoid them. You have to be more careful to stay away from them when going to the left because they are less forgiving in being walked out of.(maintain distance with them when moving and don’t circle into the back part of their sword) Like with Non-Human Roller Flame Swords, you can't jump straight up to dodge them. You must at least be partially to the left of the sword or blade when jumping away from even far close range. You can still cartwheel out of range from a far close range though.
Psycho Blade- The Psycho Blade types of these characters actually swing much like Flame Sword types. The Psycho Blade starts on user’s left and curves right. Jumping to the left from a decent distance away might be necessary to dodge from a far close range. Online you might be able to walk to the left to dodge.(depending on lag) In a way, all the special characters besides Ceno are easier to think of how to dodge as it's best to dodge the left no matter what sword type they use.
Ceno - Ceno has one of the craziest looking Psycho Blade types. Ceno does not make any noise when using skills except the attack’s actual sound which can throw off people's dodging timing. You might be able to dodge Ceno Psycho Blade types in the standard way online, which is by going to the right. Other wise jump or cartwheel to the right to dodge. Ceno's Flame Sword type looks more like the normal humanoid style. Surprisingly, Ceno perhaps the easiest Flame Sword type to dodge in the game. You can dodge it by walking or jumping to the left. You can jump straight up to dodge too. Unlike anyone else, you can also jump dodge their Flame Sword types by jumping to the right. This is helpful as you could just dodge to the right against either sword types as a jumper. I do think Ceno's might have the toughest Psycho Blade type to dodge in the game though. As a carthweeler against Ceno, you'll dodge the way you normally would against Human sword users.(Psycho Blade types are probably less forgiving than usual though)
Mix Ups - You might confuse opponents trying to dodge blades if one player used a Ceno character partnered with an Ommato type teammate.Getting Melee Swords Past Barrier, Brush, and Reflect shields
Barrier, Brush, and Reflect shields only block Melee moves that hit from the front. Because Flame Swords and Psycho Blades can wrap around past a target when they swing, it's possible to hit people trying to block these moves with those shields due to the wrap around. If you attack someone so that a piece of your flame sword wraps around past the shield’s front you can hit them despite the fact they put up a shield. This isn’t always easy to do but it can be done. Usually your best chance of this working is when your opponent is not actually locked onto you but still trying to block you.
Aerials - Sword attacks can chase someone who is on a platform at an equal or lower height than you. If someone is in the sky and gets into close range you can also perform a swing that will chase and can nail an opponent. If you do use a sword from a higher height on an opponent in close range at a lower height your blade might be able to go over certain shields and hit an opponent.(not sure)
Obstacle/Debris Protection - Hiding behind obstacles/debris can stop sword moves from hitting you sometimes. Though it's also possible for them to wrap around past them.
Sword Fake - If you stand far enough at the edge of a platform or object you can perform a sword move that will get canceled. Your character will make an attack sound and a small animation may start up but it never completes and doesn’t cost you aura.(it cancels the move) You can use this to fake someone into putting up a shield up and then following right up with the a real sword slash while their still vulnerable. An example where you can do this is on the short low level permanent ground platforms you can hop on in the City level. It's also possible at Highway as this video shows(click image to enable video):
If you want to see a good sword fake in a real match, check out this external video link out from about 3:50 to 4:00 : https://youtu.be/hQB0FfOXAVU?t=231
You'll see the player Gaignun on the stairs perform a Sword Fake with Flame Sword animating at the edge of a stair, and you'll even see the player Nathan 0 get tricked into using his shield by it.
Sword Rankings - You can see the Sword Ranking section for some specifics on the different sword accuracies/rankings.Close Range Skip - If you are a bit higher up level than your opponent, but still in close range, you can do a short range attack that chases your opponent. This is useful more for non jumpers because it can get you over and obstacle more quickly. A specific example is at Palace. If you're on one of the lower portions of the stairs but still high enough that you would have to walk back and around the stairs to hit someone, you can activate your short ranged move and it will cause your character to slide off the stair platform chasing your opponent. Here is a video example:
Miscellaneous Attacks -This covers the odd end attacks that are more unique in dealing with or using.
Photon Wave/Burst - These 2 attacks are considered mine attacks. The great part about them is that only a few shields in the whole game can erase the attack.(they’re not considered close range moves) As long as you are moving away from the blast of these moves you have a good chance of escaping them. It’s important to note that even after the animation of these moves disappears the attack is still in affect for a little more time. This means that striking or running into your opponent right after these moves are done can get you hurt if you move in too soon. Though a lot of people don’t want to admit getting caught in these, persistence can sometimes catch people who keep walking away.(especially the more cornered they are) Be careful of what debris you destroy around you with them. These are a great counter to short range moves and have a good surprise effect. Be careful, opponents can sometimes still get their attacks in before being blown away by this move. An opponent who doesn’t know or suspect you're using these moves can sometimes be beaten to the punch in putting up a defense since this skill has a quick and surprising start up time. They could try to block but they are often beat by these moves' start up time if you are close. That is another reason why it is wise to maintain space between you and the person you're trying to block.
You can block these moves with a shield and follow right up with an attack without worrying about being hit by the explosion and its usual carry over effect. Blocking the front of the explosion will protect you from any animation that seeps over you. Only Barrier, Shelter, and Reflect shields work against these attacks. Photon Burst is such a popular skill that you should use caution in charging any Optical school opponent with 7 aura and an attack you don't know he has. It sometimes seems like explosions are more forgiving to walk past in laggy situations. Use caution when dealing with this move because you don't know how much leeway you'll get in trying to dodge the explosion online. Block, Then Burst - If you are worried about getting hit by an opponent's close range attack while you try to use Photon Wave/Burst, you can choose to block the attack first and then immediately use Photon Wave/Burst right after blocking. Your opponent has a very narrow window to use a shield or try to cartwheel after using a close range move against your shield. So although a person can technically block your follow up Photon Wave/Burst, they often won't because of the small window of time they have to block/cartwheel.
Killer Satellite - Killer Satellite is a rain attack. If you are moving in one direction and then change to another while the red circle is over you, you can usually cause the attack to miss. Don’t be indecisive. This only works if Killer Satellite is used on you while you were moving. If you were standing still when this move was used it stays in one spot more, you won’t be able to trick it to go in the opposite direction. Instead move in one direction away from the circle as much as possible. Don’t turn back for a little bit after you think you dodged it because this skill has a habit of lingering around after it seems done. Cartwheeling can also help avoid this attack when your lazy about throwing off its tracking. I don’t think this skill is effected by homing effects. Killer Satellite can be aimed manually and can blow up landmines including Remote Mine if their in the area Killer Satellite appears. Manually Aimed Killer Satellite sets up the attack to appear at a set medium range.
Lightning Rain Attacks - These are nature rain moves with a Lightning Style animation. It’s less possible to avoid these if you just move in one direction. Its usually best to move in one direction and shift to another like Forward and Left, or something like Back and then Right. It's pretty easy to just cartwheel away from the radius of this attack as well. These moves do not seem to be effected by homing. They appear to be less forgiving than other Rain attacks.
Ricochet Laser - Its best to avoid closed in areas where its most effective. It does not have to be in long range to be effective. It can be effective in close or medium range.(Perhaps more so) Changing the directions you move in may throw off the homing as well as jumping on every bounce, but I don’t really know. Homing may help this move. Do not run into the front of the move as its activated. You can erase it with a shield if you time it right. Ricochet Lasers can not be diverted by Gust, Change Course, and Reverse shields.(they will go through and hit you) Reflect Mirror won't reflect it, but can block it. This move with Optimization has a bit of an infamous reputation at the Panorama stage. Keep moving to lower the amount of lasers that can catch you when trying to dodge. Almost always a good idea to take Optimization down if someone else is using Ricochet Laser. These lasers can sometimes go through certain walls and floors particularly at Panorama.
Impact Burst - This funky skill bounces all over the place till it hits or flies off somewhere. This skill is easy to dodge where there’s no walls. The more confined you are the harder it is to deal with.
You have 3 general options when a wall is behind you as its fired:
1. When the bomb is fired at you move to the side. If you are by a wall get ready to move in the opposite direction when it passes you. This will often be enough to dodge it. But watch where this move bounces and move to the side of it each time it bounces off a wall. Jumping might throw off the homing of this when its bouncing around like crazy. Changing the height your at can help a lot too. If your at a higher height going down to a lower level of the stage after the bomb passes you can make it hard for it to follow you.
2. Carry a Shelter or Absorb shield and use it right when you think the bomb will bounce towards you. You could also use Invulnerability, Void, or let an Auto Shield take care of blocking it.
3. This move can hit you straight on if its fired close enough to you. If it lines up in front of you, blocking it before it confusingly bounces all over the place can be a safer approach than trying to dodge and react to its bounces.
Impact From Above - Another effective way of using this move is to fire down on an opponent from a higher height. The bomb will bounce off the ground that it hits and will head towards your the opponent. Same directional dodging can be attempted against an Impact Burst being used in this way.
This section covers the basics of shields/defensive moves and some of the lesser known things about them.
Breaking Shields - If you do more damage than a shield’s defense when it blocks, the shield will break and leave the blocker's hand. It is possible for shields to block multiple attacks at once. If the damage total of 2 blocked attacks is higher than its defense, the shield will break.
Shield Choice Strategy - Although some shields have weak defense, they usually are cheaper to use or serve some other purpose like gaining life, freezing or paralyzing an opponent, regaining aura or erasing an attack. Sometimes these effects are more valuable than a more durable defense.
Act Right After a Shield Breaks - Whenever a shield breaks from damage you can instantly move around again or throw up another shield / use a different move.(in most cases)
Brush - These shields can quickly block several attacks.(if you have the aura to use them) Because they block quickly you need accurate timing. Brush shields can not protect against explosions.(they can brush attacks to the side before they explode though.) It's also possible that side way swipes of swords can get past brush shields if they wrap around past the front part. Be careful about brushing attacks that can explode because they can be diverted into walls or the ground by you and cause an explosion that might hit you. Also be careful not to divert moves into dangerous debris next to you. Some of City's debris often randomly ends up hitting people doing this. Brush Shields have the quickest reaction and recovery time but require you to be more precise than with other shields. Its also possible that side way swipes of swords can get past brush shields if they wrap around past the front part.
Brush Shield Changes - In the original Phantom Dust there is a difference between Brush shields used offline versus Brush shields in online play. In online play, these shields no longer have the brush back stun effect that knocks an opponent back when a short range move is blocked. Offline it's possible to even knock people off ledges with the brush back effect. Online play eliminated the brush back effect. The closest thing to the using brush back effect online is to use the skill Sword Slap.(which doesn't actually block moves)
Barrier - These shields have a slower recovery time than brush shields. One reason you may prefer a barrier shield is that they can block explosions, including Photon Burst. They also protect for a longer period of time, so you don’t have to be as exact when blocking. Attacks that go far enough over your head can get past Barrier Shields. Its also possible that side way swipes of swords can get past barrier shields if they wrap around past the front part.
Course -These shields only work on moves that shoot projectiles or hurl objects at you, they either reverse a projectile or divert a projectile to the side.(watch out for exploding projectiles that are redirected to the side) You never have to worry about these defenses breaking. They can also divert projectiles that penetrate shields like Dragon Slayer to the side. If you turn off your lock on and aim skills manually at some Course shields like Gust and Change Course, they will go through the shield and hit the opponent. (it doesn’t really make sense but that’s how it works.) If you move to the side as a projectile is shot at you, you can attempt to avoid manually aimed attacks while still trying to use your Course shield. These shields do not protect against explosions. If you manually aim at Reverse you will not be hit by your Reversed projectile unless you really try to line yourself up with it or get hit by its explosion.(it will always look close) Manually aimed attacks do not go through the Course shields named Reverse and About Face. Due to the slower recovery time of these shields you can overwhelm some of them with carefully timed shots. These shields have a bigger radius of protection than you may think, and can divert several projectiles that reach it at the same time.(like if your triple teamed) These shields will redirect projectiles that come at you from any angle.(360 degree protection) With Reverse you can redirect projectiles shot at you from even behind your back.(Even though it doesn't look like you should) Some Course shields require you to put up the shield earlier than other shields. If you block too late, the shield will fail to protect you. Not a single Course shield can divert/reverse the attack known as Ricochet Laser.
Reflect - These shields are strange. They can block close range attacks, explosions, and they also reflect projectiles back at an opponent more quickly then Reverse or About Face. They're basically like barrier shields that can reflect projectiles. The biggest down side to them is that they can only reflect back projectiles that don’t break the shield.(which is 4 defense max with Reflect Mirror/Barrier) They also are selective about the kinds of ranged projectiles they reflect. Parabolas and Crawlers do not reflect back but Arc Lasers do. Other skills like a weak Finisher will not even get reflected. Dragon Slayer penetrates and erases Reflect shields. Reverse and About Face are course shields, not Reflect shields; and they don't have weaknesses to Dragon Slayer. Compared to Reverse and About Face, Reflected projectiles fly back faster at the shooter making them harder to avoid. Bomb Shot and Ice Lance are among other unusual moves that can be reflected with Reflect shields. Manually aimed attacks attacks that get reflected will cause them to not hit you. It will go through you even though it looks like it'll hit you.
Absorb Shields -These shields can only block Hole attacks and Projectiles. They have a similar recovery time to barrier shields. Besides shelter shields, they are the only defense type that can block Holes. Although the original game's memory boxes claim Absorb Shields have a protection range similar to barrier shields, it is incorrect. Absorb shields have 360 degree protection enabling you to block attacks even when being shot at from behind. You can also block people shooting at you from above. Compared to shelter shields, Absorb shields can't block Rain or Move attacks.
Shelter - These shields provide 360 degree protection helping to protect you from back and aerial attacks. They protect from any attack in the game, be it Rain, Projectiles, Melee, Holes, or Mines.(one exception is Illusion of death) These are the only shields that protect against the Move attacks Twister, Tornado, or Whirlwind. Erase Shell is the only shield in the game that can erase rain and Move attacks. Because of the 360 degree protection they have, you don’t have to worry about melee attacks hitting you in the back or on the side. Some of them have a slow enough recovery rate that a second projectile shot(via spamming) can slip through. Be careful about blocking rain with these moves. If you block too early, it's possible for the shield to block one rain projectile and then be hit with another projectile from the same rain move. If you delay a little before blocking rain you can get by with one block. If you block early it is possible to quickly throw your shield up again after blocking one part of the Rain.
Auto Shields - These shields are all shelter types and automatically protect you from any effect / skill that doesn’t penetrate shields or automatically Hit All. All of them except Guardian Angel are one time use. These are the only shields that can protect you from attacks when your in the air. If hit in the air when using a Special Jump Skill like Levitate before descending you'll freeze with the shield animation in the air. However if your on your way down and your hit, you'll get a slight interruption and can follow up with an attack right away. If you just use a regular jump in the air when hit with these shields you will not get the protective delay.(which is useful) If you're on the ground when auto shields get set off, you will be interrupted and go through a shield animation. Protecting Air is a unique shelter shield that lets you completely move even when walking on the ground.(there's no movement delay, but skills moves can still get cancelled out if the shield is set off early enough)
"Blocking" For a Teammate - You can block melee attacks done to your teammate, if you hang around his attacker and his melee move hits. This doesn't protect your teammate but if you're using an erase shield like Fortress of Iron you can erase the opponent's close range move to take the pressure off your teammate. Glacial Wall or Paralyze Barrier could help too.
Dash - This is a great skill. It doesn’t cost much and you can dodge tons of attacks with this skill provided you Dash correctly.(Don’t Dash into a wall as your opponent swings a sword at you) Don’t count on this defense to do everything for you. Despite that, it’s a great skill. Most Status and Erase skills can hit you even if you Dash to dodge. Lower someone's homing by 3 and you can dodge even those moves with Dash.(Use Dense Fog or Magnetic Field)
Invulnerability - A skill that makes you invulnerable to damage done by the first attack that hits you. You will still be effected by any effects on those attacks and all other status, erase, and special skills will still affect you when they hit.(except piercing) If your opponent’s attacks are all powerful enough to knock you down, you can just keep getting up and making yourself invulnerable if you have the aura. To counter someone doing this sometimes you can hit a person with attacks before their Invulnerability is set up. Other than that grab a skill that is weak enough so that it won’t knock your opponent over. Be aware that the Succubus moves in faith will steal Level from you equal to their strength even if they do no actual life damage to you when they hit. Attacks with erase or freeze effects will still affect you still. You can use Necronomicon with this skill to protect yourself from the special effects of attack moves. Orb or Amulet can be used against Erase moves to maintain your Invulnerable state.
Void - Makes your status invulnerable for 15 seconds against damage. There is a special status symbol on players that used Void. You can also notice a large faint circular blue aura surrounding players in the Void state. If you get Neutralized or affected by a skill that resets your status you’ll lose the invincibility. Just like Invulnerability, you can still get knocked down by attacks that hit and be effected by any additional effects on them. Be aware that the Succubus moves in faith will steal aura from you equal to their strength even though they do no actual damage to you. You can use Necronomicon to negate the add effect attacks have. Orb or Amulet can help in dealing with erase moves.
Charge/Surprise Attack and Retreat/Return/Teleportrap - These moves can teleport you around. Be careful about timing with these. If you Charge or Retreat right as a projectile starts up it can still follow you if your remain in its range and sight. Instead wait a little for the projectile to come at you and then teleport with these moves if you can. Be especially careful with Giga Ruin and Agonies of Death. Some attacks like Giga Ruin will probably still track an opponent teleporting from Teleportrap or Teleport if they were teleported at the start up of the move and still remain in the attack's sight.
High Speeds - Moves that increase your speed make it easier to dodge or escape someone. It also makes it easier to pursue someone.
Anti Piercing - Some shields have an ability called Anti Piercing. Attacks like Psycho Spear that have piercing will do damage to an opponent who blocks with a shield weaker than the attack. If you block a Psycho Spear(Attack of 8) with a Photon Barrier(Defense of 1) you will take 7 damage because that’s how much more powerful the attack was than your defense. If you use Psycho school's Wall which has anti piercing, none of Psycho Spear’s extra damage will carry over and hurt you. The environmental Necronomicon can negate piercing effects.
Know your shields - Take some time to look at the shields in the arsenal creation pictures. Getting to know what shields look like and how powerful they are is very useful. You’ll know when you can break them and you’ll know when someone’s trying to use one that has a bad effect on you. You can pull up a list of shields with picture animations by going through Phantom Dusted's arsenal creator. Click an aura particle slot and then choose the Defense section to take a look(not Mobile Compatible for pictures) : http://phantomdusted.com/arsenal-lab/#/arsenal/create
Some helpful numbers on shields: An attack of 5 or more will break any erase shield except for Fortress of Iron.(Requires 8+ damage) Fortress of Iron costs 4 so you can try overwhelming it with low cost moves. Black Hole looking shields erase projectiles. (Having 3 or 4 defense) They can't block explosions or short range moves. Glacial Wall and short range erase shield Iron Skin requires 4 or more damage to break them. Vacuum Wall is a Dark Colored shield that's 6 cost to use and requires 5 or more damage to break. Fortress of Iron only erases melee moves. Erase Shell and Paralyze Barrier require 3 or more damage to break. The shield that makes a purple circle is Photon Barrier which can break from 2+ damage. If your opponent has 4 aura when blocking it will recover the broken Photon Barrier. Try to repeatedly attack them to force the Photon Barrier's use till they can't pay enough to keep it anymore.
"I keep failing to block" - Everyone messes up sometimes. It takes practice to get used to timing blocks of some moves. And if you catch yourself blocking too early, try to put your shield up again before a move hits. Brush skills are the hardest shields to block with because they require good timing. Shelter shields are among the easiest. If you think you are going to block a move, move your thumb over to the button you think you're to likely to hit to be ready. After a while you can get an idea about when you're probably going to be attacking and probably going to be defending in a match.
Active Defense - Don’t just stand around waiting to block people’s attacks. You should move when being pursued even if you do want to block an attack. Keep yourself in a good position to defend an attack so you don’t end up letting someone slip past your shield. If you just stand around waiting to react to someone’s attack, you give them a better chance of slipping past your shields.
It also makes you more prone to getting psyched out. You don’t always know what someone will do either. Sure you can block a lot of attacks with Photon Barrier but your going to pay for it if you try to block a Psycho Spear which you probably could have dodged if you kept yourself open to dodging the move. Why give someone the chance to position themselves over you and fire a Rock Shot down on you that your Vacuum Wall can’t defend when they're that high up over you?
The only exception to constantly moving is if you use Freia as they require a slight pause and then jump to the side to avoid some of the harder to dodge projectiles. With Freia, you'll have to choose between moving to the side to dodge vs pausing and then jumping to dodge certain attacks. Starting out you're probably better off sticking with moving to the side.
Just Defended - This is a risky technique with minor benefit. When you block moves, your shields can go down quickly right after a hit is registered on your shield. When you perform a blocking move your aura regen pauses. Now think of this situation, your opponent is shooting lasers at you. They take some time to reach you. Certain non brush shields stay up for a decent amount of time so you can block relatively early and your shield will stay up and still block the projectile on impact. Instead of blocking early, you can choose to block a bit later when the laser is just about to hit you. The shield will block and go down pretty quickly. If you block just in time you will charge a little more aura than if you blocked earlier because going into a shield block animation halts aura regen till the blocking is resolved. So if you choose to block just in time before being hit you might be able to build up a little more aura possibly enabling you to block an extra time than if you just kept choosing to block earlier. While this is a legitimate trick, you 're often better off making sure you blocked a move than trying to build a little more aura quickly.
Beating Shields and other Defensive Moves
For getting swords past shields you can check out the sword dodging /attacking section.
Note that any close up tactics explained here to fake someone out into using a shield can also fake someone into doing a cartwheel or jump when they don’t need to. This can make your target easier to hit as well.
Shields can be challenging to deal with as some can erase most of your attacks simply by blocking with an erase shield. Some arsenals are designed to stall you by erasing many of your attacks with defenses and then attack you while you have a lacking offense.
Options Against Defenses
Erase Based Options
1) There are 4 erase skills that were made to erase an opponent’s shield. These 4 are Dragon Slayer, Judge of Ares, Shield Slayer, and Lost Dragon.(All but Lost Dragon penetrate shields)
2) Erase skills like Lack can also stop a lot of shields if you get an open shot. It can also stop Dash, Charge, Retreat, and Invulnerability.
3) You can use Wind Pressure or Turbulence to stop someone who’s using defensive moves like Dash, Charge, Retreat or Invulnerability.
4) There are also several attack skills in the Nature and Ki schools that erase shields if they hit.(Lightning Sword, Dragon Punch etc.) Orb/Amulet can't protect from them either.
5) Most Erase projectile moves usually have good enough homing to hit people who use Dash.(i.e. Lack)
6) Erase moves can also be used as projectiles to hit erase shield users without worrying about erase shields erasing your projectiles.(Like Disremember, Hungry Demon)
7) Erasing capsules of an opponent is one way of forcing opponents to do something besides hold on to defenses. They'll either have to drop some or you can just go right on deleting their arsenal.
8) Erase/Lower opponents' Level. If you lower an opponent's Level you can stop them from continuing to use shields over and over.(especially more expensive ones) A Fortress of Iron can block a lot of attacks and not be broken but if opponents don’t have the aura to use it over and over they will be overwhelmed. Take down the Optimization if you are having trouble with expensive shields.9) Tiger Prevails - This move goes through shield defenses and stuns the target if they have an attack equipped. You can try to follow up with another move while the target goes through a stun animation. This can be hard because as Tiger Prevails costs 7 to use, Recollection may help though.
Damage Focused Shield Breaking Options
1) Carrying some skills with high attack power is one way to break shields.
2) If you carry a move that boosts strength like Trance or Tiger’s strength you can make some of your attacks more likely to break shields. Even just raising your strength by one with Lunar Force or Heat will have skills like Vibration Blaster take out a lot more shields.
3) If you carry retain/lock moves like Reincarnation, Arrow of Artemis, Seal of Death, or Sign Of Saints you can use them without worrying about being erased.(Reincarnation will cost a total of 6 aura to retain if blocked by an erase shield. Arrow of Artemis will cost 9 to retain when an erase shield blocks it)
4) You can use piercing moves or use the environmental skill Berserk to give piercing to all attacks. Pretty useful against Photon Barrier.
5) If a person is using Photon Barrier over and over, keep breaking the shield till they don’t have the aura left to keep it. Taking an Optimization down can help.
Use Stun Moves or Moves/Tricks that Bypass Shields
1) Certain Special/Status moves have great homing and have a stun effect. Dazzle can easily hit opponents using Dash. Stun moves give you an opening for attacks.
2) Special/Status Moves can be used repeatedly to stun opponents, without having to worry about erase shields getting rid of Special/Status moves from your hand. The only shield skills to really watch out for when doing this are Glacial Wall, Paralyze Barrier, Absorb Energy, and Reverse/Reflect shields.
3) Use your own Glacial Wall to freeze someone’s buttons and follow up with your own attack bypassing your opponent's defensive moves.4) Illusion of Death will hit anyone trying to use a non course shield.(it goes through them)
6) If you can shoot from a high enough height you can sometimes get past the protective radius of some non shelter, non absorb, non course shield types. Its possible to jump and shoot over someone’s head if your in the right position.7) The skill Freeze Shot can actually do damage if you give yourself extra strength. The bonus here is that Erase Shields can’t stop it.(It's a glitch)
Overwhelm Opponent's Defenses
1) You can overwhelm someone with spamming or use combination attacks of mixed speeds. If you fire one skill that an opponent blocks and you can follow up with another skill or the same skill you can sometimes hit an opponent before they can put their defense up again. This is can be useful when dealing with Course or Reverse Course moves.
2) Spamming moves is also helpful in catching people who constantly Dash.
3) Firing two attacks at different speeds can force an opponent to block one move and not have time to block the second attack one coming at them.
4) In some cases you can fire a slow moving attack like Dance of Moths and Lightning Speed past it, to follow up with a melee move.
2) You can cause people to waste aura or an entire single use shield by firing an attack manually aiming away from the opponent but close enough to scare them to block.
3) Sneak up on someone with camo moves like Optical Camo or Demon’s Wing.
4) Use psych out tactics to avoid getting attacks erased. You can run up to an opponent with certain moves like a brush shield or a tiger’s strength and do it in front of their faces causing them to block because they thought you were going to attack them. You can even Dash into someone’s face to scare them. Sometimes these things can fool someone to put their shield up giving you enough time to follow up with an attack before they can block again.(some shields don’t recover in time, or an opponent will not react quick enough or have the aura to block again) This can be a great way of getting free melee shots in. Sometimes you can even get twitchy people to waste a single use shield if you just walk in front of their face and do a move like Purify for no reason. These tactics would never work on a computer opponent but can work on people. If you do get fooled, try to use the shield quickly again. It might save you still. On more advanced opponents you may get into an elaborate psych out game where you'll have to try to psych them into using their shield twice before striking with an attack they can't block.
5) Sometimes using moves with deceptive timing like some crawlers or a move like Swarm/Dance of Moths will cause someone to block too early and leave themselves open.
6) Wait for opponents to make a move themselves if they're just going to stand around defending all day.
7) Photon Burst and Wave can surprise a person eager to block the first time. If you walk up to someone in the face who plans on blocking what they think is a melee you can sometimes use these moves before they can get their shield up. This is because these moves have a quicker start up time. You can try this with other skills too and succeed sometimes. This could be due to lag or the person just not being ready to block in time. I probably wouldn’t risk it with other attacks if you suspect they have a shield that will erase your attack.
8) Sometimes firing unexpectedly can mess up those using Change Course or Gust as they fail to block in time.
Dealing with Defenses with Environmentals or with Recall Focused Strategies
1) If there are a few shields in a particular school that trouble you, you can carry an Anti School Environmental.
2) Playing Reduce Entropy or Chaos can limit the types of defenses people can use. Chaos can stop both Dash and Photon Barrier from being used. By limiting skills by costs you can also guess more what kind of shields a player could use against you, as well as the ones they just can't. Chaos will stop many Faith, Ki, and Optical defensive moves. Reduce Entropy can stop some of the more popular Psycho Defenses.(though there still are some Psycho Options usable with it out) Nature probably has the most flexible shield set against Reduce Entropy and Chaos.
3) Memory Lapse can limit defense a lot. Force the opponent to use the shield and that defense is no longer an issue.
4) Messing with aura with environmentals like Irregular Rhythm or Fatigue can be effective at stopping opponent's from using costly shields comfortably.
5) If someone has put the Optimization environmental out, and they're troubling you with expensive defenses like Reverse or Fortress of Iron, take the Optimization down. You’ll make it a lot harder for them to defend or use these expensive moves including one's like Charge and Retreat.
6) You can use arsenals that revolve around single use moves or use Recall to worry less about getting moves erased.(As long as you have some moves that actually break some shields)
Erase skills are great for keeping someone in check by lowering their Level, getting rid of pesky moves, negating strength boosters, or just erasing people to death by destroying all of the opponents' remaining capsules.
Anti Erase Skills - One of the easier ways of dealing with erase skills is to add the skill Orb or Amulet to your arsenal.(these do not stop capsule erasing or attacks or shields that have an erase effect.) You can use erase skills that delete erase skills from people’s hands like Turbulence or Wind Pressure. There is the environmental Commandments that stops all erase skills from being used for one minute. Necronomicon stops attack skills with erase effects from erasing you when they damage you.(Like Lightning Sword)
Attacks / Defenses that Protect Against Erase - Photon Barrier, Reincarnation, and Arrow of Artemis will retain themselves if you have enough aura to pay for retaining those skills when you're hit by erase skills. Even better is how these skills are often targeted by skills like Disremember, making it harder for someone to erase your other skills. Retain effect/Single Use moves are also immune to the commonly used Erase skill known as Lack. If you have several single use skills equipped you can also bait people into wasting Lack on you.
Skills that lock to your buttons like Seal of Death or Sign of Saints also have protection from erase moves. If your skill is locked or you have enough to retain the attacks listed, you can stop erase shields from erasing those attacks. For example, if you have 6 aura and you shoot Reincarnation at someone's erase shield like Flash Hole, you can prevent Reincarnation from being erased. (You get to break the erase shield at the same time if you do enough damage)
Holding on to Aura Particles - Holding onto aura particles can also help stop Heat from the Void or Vicious Balance from being as effective.(Use the particle after a Vicious Balance occurs ) If you have about 7 Level you might not need to really bring yourself up to 8 right away, if you find you do you can always use the aura particle any time anyway. Skills like Disremember can target aura particles in your hand first before going after more valued skills. This will also have attacks like Psycho Burst do less damage to you. The only risk of holding the particles is they could get erased by a Turbulence or Wind Pressure. If you hear the sound of the skill Turbulence, its best to use your aura particles to avoid its erase stun effect.
Counter Environmentals - If there are only certain erase skills that really get to you, you could even use something like Anti School Environmentals, Reduce Entropy, or Chaos to reduce the choices of erase skills usable.(Be aware Chaos will negate Orb and Amulet though, but it will screw Vicious Balance arsenals especially if they don't have a 3 cost anti environmentals) Although its not the perfect solution, Optimization can nullify a lot of the harm that Level erasing skills cause.
Dealing with Capsule Erasers - As for dealing with people who want to erase capsules, one of the best ways is to wait for them to try and then shoot them when they’re in the act of erasing capsules. The sound of capsule erasing is pretty loud, so if your away from your spawn you are likely to notice that something is going on by the sound going off. You can check your skill count to get an idea of what’s going on. If your capsules have changed in some way that is another sure sign.
Recall Protection - Recall can help in dealing with erase arsenals that don’t lower your level.
Use Some Low Cost Moves - If you have some low costing skills in your arsenal, you will not be hurt as badly by skills that lower your Level.
Some Protection Against "Your" Erase Skills - Orb/Amulet can protects against some of your own erase moves(like Reflected Erase moves or the hole version of Disintegrate ). It won’t protect against any automatic Hit All erase moves like Vicious Balance or Quantum Decay used by you. If your teammate uses a Hit All erase skill, Orb/Amulet will protect you from its effect.
If You Can't Beat Them... - Carry your own erase skills. Throwing in a Vicious Balance can bring opponents down to your level if you're losing a lot of level.
Making sure Erase skills work and other tricks
Do they have Orb/Amulet? If your opponent doesn’t have any yellow in his hand then your erase skill will succeed if it hits. But if he does have yellow you will have to think about whether they have Orb or Amulet in hand and whether using a one time use skill is worth the risk it if it might get canceled. If you see someone using a known yellow skill like Dazzle, then you know the single yellow move isn't Orb/Amulet and can freely erase them.
Freeze to Almost Guarantee Erase- If you want to almost guarantee an erase skill will work on your opponent one of the better ways is to use skills that freeze all their buttons like Ice Sword, Glacial wall, Freeze Gas, and Chill Breeze(when timed with a partner). You can use Frostbite on any yellow skills to prevent them from working.(if they have no yellow skills that aren't Frozen then they can't prevent your erase moves' effects. Freezing someone and then trying to erase a retain skill like Reincarnation won’t work though.(unless they can’t pay the 2 aura to retain)Chaos - If you play the Environmental Chaos you will also guarantee that your usable erase skills won’t be stopped by anything like Orb or Amulet.
Deleting Retain Skills
- If you know your opponent has Reincarnation and you
want to erase it with Tiger Slayer, wait for
their aura to get below 2 and then hit them. Much like Orb
can exhaust their aura to try and stop people from retaining
Acceleration - This environmental is sometimes used to speed up capsule erasing. Especially with Recall arsenals with multi capsule erasers like Violent Change..
Necronomicon to counter retain moves - This environmental takes away the add effect on attacks. This takes away the retain ability Reincarnation and Arrow of Artemis have so you can erase it or make the skill only single use.(basically erasing it after its next use) It will also let you use erase shields and low defense shields more safely as piercing is removed from attacks.
Call, Speed Up, Violent Change, Recall - A nice use of Call I saw someone do was to use Call and Speed Ups to run away from his opponent and quickly pick up more capsules with Call so that he could repeatedly Violent Change his opponent who couldn't catch up to him.
Deceptive Capsule Erasing - If you are erasing capsules or walking to your opponent's capsules and look like you're going to erase one, you can trick your opponent who's watching. If you use a crawler type move, it has a similar animation to single capsule erasers.(Like Shatter) People will think they can make an attack on you and leave themselves open to a crawler attack. They also might not put their shield up in time if caught by surprise.
Fake "Diabolical Trick" - The skills Shatter and Eliminate have similar animations to Diabolical Trick. But they either can't erase an aura particle capsule or a skill capsule. You may be able to trick opponents into thinking you do have Diabolical Trick. If they see you go to their capsules and erase one with Shatter or Eliminate they might think you have Diabolical Trick. If the opponent seems eager to pick up another capsule before you can delete it, you can walk up to another capsule that your Shatter or Eliminate can't erase. If the opponent is too eager to pick up a capsule before letting you erase it, you can start up Shatter or Eliminate's animation and trick them into picking up the capsule even if your capsule erasing move can't actually erase it. You might get away with this a few times before they realize what you're actually doing to them.
Extra Erase Trick - If you fire an erase skill at someone in the air and they don't have Orb or Amulet they will get knocked out of the sky and take fall damage. Neutralization can do this even if you don't have a stat to erase on someone with it. This even works with the hit all skills like Crush.
More Erase Strategies - If you want to see more ideas with erase check out the arsenals section, especially the Erase arsenal types and the Recall section. Here's 2 arsenal listings you can check to see:
To see Erasing types: Click here
To see Recall with strategies including Erasing types : Click here
Environmentals are the light blue skills that create little light blue crystals on the field when used. Only one can be out at a time. Anyone who tries to put an environmental down while another is already out will have their Environmental not work, and skill leaves the player's hand. If you walk up to the environmental crystal on the stage, you can pick it up like an aura particle to disable it. Environmentals are powerful and can be used for many different reasons. They change something about what’s going on in the game. If you want to see the arsenal section listing about all the different Floating Environmental arsenal strategies, check out the Floating Environmentals Arsenal Strategy section.
How to float Environmentals:
This trick is regarded by some as a cheap tactic but many consider it legitimate, including the original creators. It is available for you to use whether you think it really belongs in the game or not. It makes some arsenal ideas much more workable and can create some interesting situations.
Basically one goes on top of a place in a level where there is a destructible object or floor. They place the environmental skill over the destructible area and then destroy the floor or object. This effectively floats the blue crystal in the air so it can’t be picked up.(if the object they did it off of is high/unreachable enough) If you jump in the air to try to take down the floating environmental crystal, you will find that despite the logic of this you can not take it down. Pair this up with a skill like Reduce Entropy or Memory Lapse and you’ll find you have the ability to severely cripple quite a few arsenals with just a single floated environmental. There are many environmentals that can take advantage of this. Keep in mind just because you can float an environmental, it's not always best to float an environmental because you can find that it's actually helping your opponent more than yourself.(Optimization) Since Orb/Amulet will protect against Anti Environmental erase skills, they can make it even more difficult to take down a floated environmental. If the tip of your head can touch the Environmental from the ground you can still take it down.
Alternate ways to float an Environmental - If you jump down on an object from a high height, it can eventually break an object and allow it to float. It has to be done more than once sometimes on larger objections. Another option is to use a Hit All move that causes you to fall on an object to cause Environmental floating. To see a demonstration of this, click here.How to deal with floated environmentals:
Use Skills that Stop Environmentals - Put erase skills in your arsenal that get rid of environmentals. (Judgement, Crush, Starting Point, Return to Nature) You could also try to erase an opponent’s skills to stop them from ever putting it out. Certain erase skills like Turbulence will get rid of environmentals in players’ hands. Wind pressure and some other direct Ki Erase moves can potentially take out Environmentals held by an opponent.
**THIS IS UNDERLOOKED - If you time the use of your environmental erasing skill you can erase more environmentals than you think. Example: You see your opponent is carrying an Environmental in his hand. You have Crush in your hand. Normally that will erase any Environmental that is out but one Environmental it can’t stop once its out is Reduce Entropy. Reduce Entropy stops any skill from being used that costs 3 or more. So… Wait for your opponent to start up the animation for Reduce Entropy. As he is in the process of doing the animation to make it take effect, use Crush. If you time it right your opponent will put the Environmental into play and Crush’s effects will take effect right after Reduce Entropy has taken affect. Since Crush was done before Reduce Entropy actually came into effect it will still work and erase the Reduce Entropy that is out. You couldn't have erased it with Crush if you tried to use it any time after it took effect. While you won't see if the player's environmental might actually be useful to you, generally it's better to erase someone’s environmental before it takes place than finding out later that it’s really bad for you.
*Note: This will not stop Memory Lapse’s effect of making a skill single use. (It will erase Memory Lapse, of course before you lose it, unless the opponent had a usable Orb or Amulet)
Use your own Environmental skills - Even float them.(not a requirement though) If you aren’t using an environmental skill in your arsenal then you should really take a look and see if there’s not anything that you could possibly use for something, even if it's Unison.(which if you hide it, your opponent may try to put their Environmental out and waste it before he realizes you have it out) If your environmental is out, opponents will have to come to you to get it or find a skill that erases it to put their own out. You could even lay landmines by it. Your opponent is likely to not even see ones like Vapor Cloud because it only gives off a gaseous affect that the glow of the environmental further obscures. With Freeze Mine, it can help stop your opponent from even picking up the environmental. If you don’t think your opponent is going to play an environmental later you could always take down the environmental to get an aura particle you need. Cheap costing ones at 2 or 3 aura can often sub for an aura particle without too much cost to your arsenal's speed. Knowing about land mine traps it would be a good idea to shoot something by an environmental that is out so you can avoid land mines yourself.
Destroy places that an opponent is likely to float the Environmental skill at - You will have to learn the layouts of each level. Depending on the level this can be a hard task to complete. You could always choose levels where it’s not as easy to float if you really want to avoid it. Even delaying someone's ability to float an environmental can help you win the match. The Lane levels do not have any place where it can be floated. There are sections in the Stages Section at each stage listing that tell you some of the best places to float or place environmentals.
Did the player really float the Environmental? - Walk towards the environmental skill if it’s in the air. If your head can touch it while your on the ground then you can still pick it up. You’d be surprised by the places where you could position yourself on the ground to reach high enough to touch the Environmental. See if you can reach at the ledge where environmentals seems to be floating, you might be able to reach out and touch it to take it down.
Punish them - If you know your opponent wants to float the Environmental, get your attacks ready.(this even goes even if he just wants to use the environmental) The second he starts up the animation hit him. If you're fast enough you’ll cancel out the animation. Even if he still manages to float the environmental after getting hit a few times, it could cost him the match.
Don’t give up! - Your arsenal may get severely crippled but your opponent may not actually have a good game plan to finish you off. You could always get a draw by dodging everything. And use debris to hurt your opponent.
Against Orb and Amulet - If your opponent has a yellow skill equipped, they may have Orb or Amulet which can protect against Environmental erasing moves. Your best bet is to Freeze your opponent’s buttons or wait for them to have 0 aura if they're using Memory Lapse or before using a one use environmental eraser. For any other environmental you could try to use infinite use ones repeatedly to lower opponent level so that Orb or Amulet can no longer protect against it.(Amulet gets exhausted on its 3rd use) Also if you can tell that the only yellow skill your opponent using is something like Dazzle or Dash, then you're free to erase the Environmental. Greedy Spirit with really fast timing of an erase move is another option to erase an environmental against Orb/Amulet users.
If you want to see specific arsenal strategies on floating/using Environmentals go to the Floating Environmental Arsenals section.
There are a variety of skills in this game that change the traits of your characters. This includes changes in Strength, Speed, Homing, Aura Regeneration(how quickly your aura recharges), Invulnerability to damage,(Void), and Cloaking(Optical Camo among others), and Mind Reading ability. Traits that are purely negative include poisoned buttons, frozen button(s), scrambled buttons, paralysis state, being decoyed(can only lock onto the person who Decoyed you). Having a boost in stats over an opponent can sometimes turn the match over to you. All these moves are important to consider in dealing with other people’s arsenals.
Skills like Purify or Neutralization will negate any of the above effects on a player. They carry a brief stun effect with them when they neutralize any effect.(including against Decoy and Mind Reading) Sometimes you can use this to your advantage to stun a person and follow up with an attack.
Armaros, Armaros Watch, and Angel’s Breath - These skills will reverse any of the number based stat moves. You can also stun people with Armaros moves if an environmental is out that gives someone a numbered stat. It won’t reverse the stat created by an Environmental though, but it still stuns.(which is a good Dazzle length stun time) If a person's stat numbers break out to even values these moves won't stun the player or even reverse stats. So if you have -1 attack on you and someone puts Lunar Force out, you'll display zero plus or minus status effects and won't be able to reverse your stats. You can avoid the stun effect from these moves while your stats are not listed as a plus or minus number. But you also can't reverse the -1 attack attribute on you. So if Lunar Force is taken away, you will be back to -1 attack. It's useful to keep this in mind when you want to reverse your stats. Lunar Force will have to be disabled to reverse your lowered attack power in this example.
Environmental Stats - When thinking of trying to affect stats, don’t forget about using Environmentals. One Burden combined with Increased Gravity will dramatically lower an opponent’s speed.
Strategies around Changes in Stats
Changes in Strength - A change in strength will make your attacks stronger or weaker. This should be especially noted in using attacks that have cheap casting cost that are often weaker without stat boosters. Some skills are much more effective when they have an extra boost in strength. Tiger’s Strength and Trance are both great stat boosters that you can use over and over without worrying as much about being purified or Armarosed for long. Fire of Gehenna can do 6 damage but with just 1 extra strength it can break a lot more shields in the game. Projectile, rain, and hole attacks that hit that do 3-4 damage cause a player to stagger briefly in their movement when hit. If an mid-long range attack does 2 or less damage, characters hit by it will be able to recover and move quicker than when they get hit by a 3-4 damage version of the attack. Other strength stat boosters include Heat, Stimulate, Friendship, and Lunar Force. Although Trance and Tiger’s Strength can’t be combined to get +4 strength, other stat boosters like Heat and Lunar Force can be used in combination with Trance or Tiger’s Strength to get more than +2 strength.(Martials Arts Scroll can’t be combined with Tiger’s Strength or Trance either)
Make 0 cost moves do damage - Some notable skills to boost strength on are the charge up moves you can spend 0 aura to use over and over. With a stat buff they will do damage even though you spent nearly 0 aura. It can be difficult for someone to try to dodge several Ki Palms, Ki Cannons, or Gungnirs.
Make Penalties of Attacks Worthwhile - A lot of faith attacks with life penalties benefit greatly from strength stat boosts. Scream of Evil is a much weaker skill without strength boosts.
Make Attacks Extra Punishing - If you use moves like Pursuit or Backdraft Bullet and stat buffs, you can do a dramatically more damage to an opponent. Lets say you use tiger’s strength and then flame sword an opponent for 5, you can then follow up with pursuit to do 5 more damage. That’s typically half of someone’s life with just one connected blow.
Fatal Combinations - 2 Gravity Presses with +2 strength will do 20 damage.
With the right numbers you can make some very devastating attack combos.
Another nice example is having +2 strength with Trance and hitting someone with Greedy Spirit for 4, follow up with Swift Blow for 9 while their stunned from Greedy Spirit, and then Sky Pursuit them for 5. This combination does 18 damage for just 2 aura.
Knockdown Effect - There is a general rule in this game that any combination of projectiles that do 5 or more damage within roughly 3 seconds will knock an opponent down. If a close range move deals damage to an opponent and it adds up to 3 or more damage within 3 seconds, the attack will knock your opponent down.
Examples Explaining Knockdown Effect Differences: Someone shoots a Sonic Boom and hits a target for 1 damage. One second later the same target is Psycho Knifed for 2 damage. This total adds up to 3 damage which causes a knockdown when 3 or more total damage is done in short range. To clarify the difference if you Psycho Knife someone for 2 damage and a second later hit them with Sonic Boom for 1 damage they will remain standing as projectile damage combinations must add up to 5 or more to cause knockdown. (in this example another 2 damage from projectiles need to be done within in the same 3 seconds to cause a knockdown)
Knockdown Benefits - By boosting strength and knocking an opponent down, you make it easier to continue attacks on them, plus you bought yourself time to regenerate aura. If you have attacks that work while someone’s down, it's easier to set them up with your strength boosts causing more knockdown opportunities. A 2 damage Ice Sword might not take out an opponent with a few hits but if you boost up the strength of the sword it becomes that much more realistic to take someone out with mostly an Ice Sword. The knockdown effect helps your aura recharge to keep up with the increased aura cost that occurs every time you use Ice Sword.
Exceptions to Knockdown - Some specialized projectiles and short range moves will knock someone down even if they do less than 5 damage(projectiles) or 3 damage(melee). Thor’s Hammer, Vampire Bats, and Succubus Tempt are some that knock down despite doing less than the usual amounts. High-Speed Punch must do 5 or more damage to cause knockdown. Explosions will knock someone over even if they do 0 damage.
Loss of Strength - There are skills that lower your strength. Usually its only negative to lose strength. Less moves will knock an opponent down in one blow and some moves become pretty useless. There might be an attack though that works better with less strength because it doesn’t knock down an opponent because of lowered strength. On the plus side if your opponent has lowered attack power, your shields will have a better chance of lasting longer.
Earthquake + Digestion and lowered attack - Some moves that can have beneficial effects with lowered Strength include doing the combo of Earthquake with - 1 strength by something like Holy Ray. You block the Earthquake you used with the shield Digestion to gain life. You can do this over and over and not break the shield where Earthquake normally would break digestion at its normal 3 damage strength.
Fast Bomb For 0 Damage - If you can lower your strength by 2, you can do 0 damage to knock yourself down over and over. If timed right you can avoid some attacks by blowing yourself up for 0 damage. Being put into the knock down state makes you semi-invulnerable to many slower moves in the game.
A Few Multiple Hit Options Become Available With Lowered Attack Power - Lightning Sword can erase 2 shields on an opponent before knocking them down if you have -1 strength. Stormblade can erase 3 attacks before knocking someone down if you don't boost your strength. With -1 attack Stormblade can erase 4 attacks without ever knocking someone down. With +1 strength it can only erase 2 attacks before it knocks the opponent down. Though possible some of this requires a lot of aura or Optimization. One other possible move that might be useful with -1 attack is Blazing Storm. It will hit for 4 damage and cause a player to stagger when it hits. With the stagger from the first 4 damage hit, another 4 damage Blazing Rain can hit the player doing a total of 8 damage to the target before they are knocked down.(instead of knocking someone down with the default 5 damage of Blazing Storm) Illusion of Death with -1 attack (making it 4 damage) can go through non course shields, and not down your target as usual. As they get hit by it and stagger you can follow up with another move. Dance of Moths comboed with a close range move may have some potential as well.(The now 4 damage Dance of Moths won't knock down a hit opponent, allowing you to combo in another attack)
Boosted Aura Regen - This makes it easier to do moves over and over again. Meditation and Etho’s Inspiration are typically the only skills that are normally positive in aura regen. But its also possible to Armaros yourself to reverse the lowered aura regen that comes with Heat or Stimulate. There’s also Desertification to lower everyone’s aura regen. Basically this will just change the rate at which someone can do moves. Depending on what number school case you choose you will have different aura regen rates. 3 School cases are the slowest, and 1 School cases are the fastest. With a 3 school arsenal you may find the regeneration rate a little slower than desired especially when trying to use moves that costs 5+ aura. 3 school cases are punished the most by having further lowered regen rates. A boosted Regen rate can help out. With the correct aura regen rate, there are some infinite stun tricks one can do, including one that is fatal. It's a little complicated, so if you're a beginner feel free to skip the section about to be linked: Advanced Aura Regen Tricks Section
Speed - Boosted speed can make it much easier to dodge or run from attacks. It can also help to pursue an opponent. Even a +2 boost in speed makes it much easier to pursue someone moving at normal speed.(can help close range moves especially) Speed boosts can help avoid situations like someone running around the tree all day at Palace. Lowered Speed does make it harder to dodge too. -4 speed will feel really slow. It should be noted that if you jump around you can actually move faster than walking when your speed gets this low. Cartwheeling also gets around faster than walking at slow speeds. You will still be able to dodge moves with the cartwheel pretty effectively still and some with jumps as well. While possible it's still easier to get overwhelmed when being slowed down. Freia is hurt the most by reduced speed. This is because their jumps delay movement when landing. Skills that put you in the air like Levitate or Skywalk bypass lowered speed stats. You’ll move at a bit quicker than normal speed with these moves. Moves to change speeds with include Burden, Speed Up, Lightning Speed, Increased Gravity, Reduced Gravity, and Heat Devil.
Invulnerable State -The Ki skill Void makes all attack skills do 0 damage. It doesn’t negate any effects that come with them. A skill like Dragon Punch, an attack that erases a target's shield when hitting the target, will erase the shield in the Voided player's hand, even though the Voided player takes 0 damage from the Dragon Punch attack. Erase, Special, and Status skills still work as normal on you as well. Succubus attacks still take Level from you even though they do 0 actual damage to you. You can use Necronomicon to stop those effects while being in the Void state. There is a special status symbol on players in Void's invulnerability state. You can also notice a large faint circular blue aura surrounding players in the Void state.
Invisible - While Invisible, you're hard to see and can't be locked onto. If any skill or effect hits you in any way(including hit all moves) you will be revealed. If you use something like Optical Camo while a projectile is heading right towards you it will still lock on to you. Anti environmental skills will reveal you too if you don’t have Orb/Amulet. Hit All Hole moves that target everyone will still form around Invisible players.(Like Earthquake or Jackpot) Amulet and Orb can stop Erase based Hit All moves from revealing your character. (Skills that give invisibility are Optical Camo, Demon's Wing, Place of Invisibility, and Heat Devil)
Scrambled Buttons -The skill Dazzle scrambles the button assignment of skills equpped on a person. However, if you use your control pad(not the analog stick) you can push in each direction to see what skills are assigned to each button until Dazzle's scramble wears off. (Example: Push down on the pad to see what skill the A button will perform while Dazzled) Every time you're Dazzled your skills get newly scrambled.
Movement Paralyzed - Any move like Paralyze, Paralyze Barrier or Still Moment have these electrical lines that surround you and stop you from moving while affected. However, if you don’t move(don’t move on the analog pad) you can still use skills even if they cause you to move a little. It's also possible to jump in place or cartwheel while paralyzed.(you won’t go as far though) Melee moves won’t travel very far when Movement is paralyzed.
Truly Paralyzed - You can’t do anything with this effect and you are totally open unless you suddenly have an auto shield you can use. Moves like Pressure, Pin Down and Entangle have this effect. Lift up and Anti Gravity trap are similar to this except they throw someone up in the sky when they stun.
Poisoned Buttons - Some skills poison a person so that whenever poisoned players hit a skill button they take 1 damage. You’ll see purple and skulls on your skills till the poison clears. If you poison an opponent it can make it easier to continue to attack them. People often try to avoid using skills when poisoned. If they do start coming after you, just avoiding their moves will cause them damage. If Backdraft is also down someone will take 2 damage when they press a poisoned button.
Frozen Buttons - Some moves freeze all buttons on a person they affect.(Glacial Wall, Ice Sword among others) A great time to pursue your opponents is when their frozen. You can also get around Orb/Amulet when they're frozen. Frostbite freezes a single button on a person that can’t be unfrozen unless you use something like Neutralization. Freeze Shot only freezes one button for 10 seconds. Good at least for momentarily stopping Orb/Amulet.
Decoy - You can only lock onto the person who hit you with Decoy till the effect wears off.(after 10 seconds) If the person is invisible during this time you can’t lock onto anyone. While the Decoy state doesn't show up as an effect, you can remove it from yourself or others with Purify and other state resetting moves. Some players have comboed Decoy with Purify to put opponents into longer stun states. ( Decoy then Purify and Follow up with a move that will hit while opponent is stunned by the Purify effect.
Inverted Controls - While this effect is on you, you will move in the opposite direction that you push on the analog. The second this trait disappears you will revert back to normal movement which can throw you off to fall off a ledge if you're not careful. If you think the effect is about to wear off it might be best to stand still.
By boosting homing some attacks become impossible to dodge for
even cartwheelers. It's also easier to
overwhelm someone when you have boosted homing. Loss of homing can make
some skills a lot less useful. Combining Traveling Thought
with an Acquisition can be a quick
way of giving you very high homing. Combining Dense Fog with a Magnetic
Field can dramatically lower an opponent’s homing.
See the next section for more details on homing.
Skills like Acquisition and Traveling Thought improve your homing ability. Magnetic Field and Dense Fog will reduce homing on players' moves.
Skills not Affected By Homing Changes - Holes, Rain, Move, Mines, and Close up attacks don't seem to get improvements from homing increases. They seem just as dodgeable.(but they're just as accurate with lower homing too)
Boosting Homing - While increased homing raises the effectiveness of some skills against a jumping character, it may not significantly improve much in dealing with a cartwheeler’s dodging ability, which may make you reconsider if bothering to spend the time boosting your homing is really worth it. Cartwheelers generally can dodge many attacks much the same as they did before. While the attacks track better, even many good tracking projectiles with +5 homing can be cartwheeled out of if the player does it correctly. They are still harder to dodge though. Increased homing will help, just don’t expect most skills to be anything on par with most status and erase skills homing unless you have really high homing.
You should consider what attacks you're using and how much they actually benefit from homing changes. A Fire of Gehenna does not really need a boost in homing against jumpers. However, a Scream of Evil may becomes extra effective with increased homing. If you do decide to commit to large homing boosting, Fire of Gehenna with +7 homing may be impossible to cartwheel out of.
Fall Skill Boosts - A lot of Fall Skills become undodgeable for jumpers with just + 2 Homing and force a cartwheeler to use their cartwheel.
Limited Skill Boosts - Skills like Rail Gun and Trench Mortar do get more accurate homing, but it can be rather slight and may not be worth it.
Freia Jumpers - While some moves may not need homing boosts against Default Jumpers, boosted homing may make certain attacks impossible for even Freia to dodge.
Test Skills - Because of all these variations in homing, you're going to have to mess around with the different skills to see just how useful boosted homing will be in your arsenal.
Effects of Lowered Homing - Reduced homing can make you miss your targets quite a bit more with even a small reduction. You may want to reconsider if using Acquisition to boost homing is worth the risk of getting Armarosed into having low homing. Definitely be prepared to have some sort of skill that resets/reverses your homing back to normal or a positive number if you do plan on improving your homing. You may want hold on to an extra acquisition to offset any reversal. The environmental Dense Fog and the skill Magnetic Field directly affect people’s homing in a negative way. Close range attacks don’t get affected by lowered homing, Dense Fog can fit in great with short range oriented arsenals.
Dash Boost - Dash can avoid highly accurate status and erase moves when an opponent has just -3 homing. This will make a person with Dash hard to touch.
Counter Dash - If you get your Homing up to -1 while Dense Fog is out, your highly accurate status / erase moves will not be dodgeable by Dash again. Doing this allows your Dashes to take advantage of the lowered accuracy of your opponents' Special/Erase skills while you can still have your own status and erase moves be effective against opponents using Dash.
Cartwheelers vs Defaultly Accurate Erase/Special/Status - Reducing someone's homing on highly accurate Erase/Special skills do give cartwheelers more chances to dodge them. While possible it can still be a challenge to dodge them at medium range when the opponent has as much as -6 homing.(there maybe an undodgeable range still at medium, but there is more of a successful dodging window for cartwheels when homing is-6). However, some of these skills with even -6 homing appear to be impossible to cartwheel dodge when shot at long ranges.
More Jump Dodging Opportunities - Freia can jump dodge Fire of Gehenna among other things if the homing is at -3.(At least sometimes) Default jumpers with a little more reduced homing on an opponent can jump dodge more moves too. (Even with only -3 homing there will be more skills a Default Jumper can dodge. Not as much as Freia though)
Faith Crawlers Affected by Homing - Although crawlers do get affected by having -3 homing, they still do rather well against cartwheelers in the open. Something like -6 homing crawlers do become much easier to divert or even just escape by rolling and moving away from even in open areas.
Spamming, Combination Attacks, and Combos vs. Boosted Homing - When making an arsenal think about if you really benefit from boosted homing or if spamming single attacks, using combinations of attacks, or combo stuns will be more effective. Another idea to consider is whether you would rather use skills that lower someone’s speed as a way of hitting them easier. Or you could lower their speed and raise your homing to make things really difficult.
Manual Aiming is a technique that gets more and more useful once you start learning the nature of this game. You manually aim by turning off the lock on with the R Trigger button. It does not matter where your character is facing, you will aim in the direction where you have the camera facing. You could run backwards and have the camera rotated on to the right, the second you activate an attack your character will turn towards the direction the camera is facing and will fire.(into the air, ground, or wherever you're aiming) Keep in mind you can shoot attacks downward with manual aim while in the air.
Manual Aiming is good for the following reasons:
1) Fake Out Opponent Shields - The easiest use, you can intentionally miss an opponent to psych him out and make him use his shields. He’ll waste his aura and if it’s a one time use one like Eraser he’ll have wasted it completely. You can use this to avoid erase shields and still get your attacks through if you have more aura than he can handle for your attacks. By seeing his shields you can see if your attack has what it takes to break the shield.(with experience you’ll start to know what shields look like which) By finding out he has a Glacial Wall or a Flash Hole and you only have a Bullet of Fire it's probably not going to be worth it to continue to pursue him with a Bullet of Fire if you know he’s going to block it.
2) **Under Noticed - Going through certain Course Shields Weakness: Manually aimed projectiles will go through the defense skills Gust, Bend, and Change Course which would otherwise divert any projectile attack at a very low cost. It makes no sense why manual shots get through them but that’s just how it goes.
3) Gives Safety Against Reflecting and Reversing Shields - Your manually aimed attack will generally not hit you if it gets Reversed/Reflected back at you. The only times they'll really hit you is if you actually make the effort to line yourself up with the attack they reflected.(if you don’t try you’ll be fine) That doesn’t mean explosions these reflected attacks have aren’t going to hurt you. But on the whole you are going to be pretty safe from manually aimed attacks that are Reversed/Reflected. Doesn't make sense but it works.
4) Explosive attacks - Skills like Bomb Shot can be used in new ways. Fire at the ground your opponent is heading towards a location and you could catch him in the explosion. You can fire something like a Bomb Shot on the ground in front of someone using Reverse, the explosion will go through the opponents shield and nail him.(Works against Brush and Absorb shields too) Bomb can be used similarly as an explosion, it’s much harder to do since it’s a parabola attack and gets thrown at a set distance when manually aimed. Still you can once in a while have manually aimed explosions from parabola bombs hit people.
5) Better than Regular Homing - Some people find skills like Rail Gun more effective when they manually aim with it. Some have gotten so good at it that you have to put your shield up or cartwheel even in close range to hope to dodge them. Manual aiming shots can be more effective against an opponent than the default tracking some projectiles perform. The unpredictability of your manual aim can be more threatening to opponents as well.
6) Laser and Arc Attack Benefits - Manual aiming Arc attacks let you make the most of what you have. Skills that arc aren’t usually going to hit someone when they are out of optimal range when you are locked on to them. However, you can still hit people with Laser and Sonic Boom type of attacks if you aim it manually so the arc the attack has curves towards your opponent. This can make these attacks quite effective at closer ranges. One of the best and easiest skills to practice manual aim with is Vibration Laser. It has a pretty good arc with which it can hit people with. It is fast and cheap so it can be threatening to opponents thinking of getting close and hard to time blocking. Among good places to try manual aiming at would be on narrow stairways where you opponent has little room to move. While you can chain two Vibration Lasers pretty quickly to knock someone down, having attack power raised to by +2 can knock people over in just one shot with it.
7) Blow Up Land Mines on the Field- It can be a safer way to get rid of someone’s land mines than walking close towards them or using a shield. Instead, manually aim at the ground where the mine is. (works on every mine type except Remote Mine and Timer Mine) Manual aiming moves that cause explosions, or are Hole based, Move Type, or Killer Satellite can even destroy Remote and Timer Mines and also be able to detonate any other mines they manage to hit.
8) "Manual Aim" with Close attacks - When you perform close range attacks without being locked on to someone, you will perform a default attack animation and generally not move very far. Usually you go in a forward direction about a step. You can do this to try to throw off an opponent who’s dodging your attacks too well with lock on always on. Mixing up lock on with manual aim can make close up attacks harder to anticipate. Some of your opponents will also try to dodge you while at a ledge and to try to lead you to fall off from the charging forward you normally do when lock on is used with short range moves. If you turn off lock on when your close to ledge you will avoid possibly falling off and still have a chance of hitting your opponent anyway.(you’ll only take a step and perform the attack) You could use a close up attack at far close range with lock on turned off to trick your opponent into using his shield or aura without getting affected by something like an erase shield or flying into someone’s photon wave. Be careful to stay distant with this because it's pretty easy for someone to catch many close up attacks that intentionally stop short with an erase shield anyway.(Especially swords)
9) "Manual Aim" with Parabola Attacks - No matter how you aim towards the ground or the sky, you will always fire parabola attacks at the same distance in the direction you point the camera at. Only jumping and firing will vary the area where parabolas will land. You may have some luck with explosive moves though once in a while with this.
10) "Manual Aim" Rain Attacks - With lock on off, Rain attacks appear at a default distance every time. You can guide Rain to locations to destroy debris or potential landmines at locations. Even Killer Satellite manually aimed can blow up landmines. When Killer Satellite is not locked on to someone at long range, the distance it appears at will be a medium range instead. Other manual rain skills may have different than default ranges too.
11) "Manual Aim" Holes - Hole attacks have a default location where they appear as well when manually aiming. Hole attacks that target everyone go after their targets in the same way with lock on being on or off.(Tremor, Massive Quake, Jackpot, Earthquake) You can manually aim hole moves to detonate landmines on the ground.(Like with Pin Down)
12) Reduced Homing - If someone has decreased your homing ability, manual aim maybe your only chance of hitting your opponent with some attacks.
13) Manual Aimed Crawlers - Will just follow a straight path. It might be possible to fake an opponent out but its pretty obvious when your firing away from an opponent with these.
14) Hitting Hiding Players - When using manual aim, if you touch any part of a person with your attack it counts as a hit. It doesn't matter if it's their head their foot. So if someone is hiding behind a pole you may be able to hit a body part that is slightly exposed.
Drawbacks of Manual Aim and X damage attacks relying on something about an opponent. - Some attacks in this game do X damage to an opponent depending on something about the opponent. Some examples are do X damage according to how much aura opponent has,(Aura Backflow) or how much more life they have than you.(Judge of Anubis) If you manually aim attacks like this that do X damage, they will do only 0 damage + whatever extra strength buffs you have on yourself.(its dumb but that’s how their programmed) Example : Fire Heat from the Void manually at someone with no buttons assigned and it will do 0 damage.(when it would do 8 locked onto someone) Use Tiger’s Strength and manually aim and you’ll only do 2 damage with no lock on.(when it would do 10 with locked on shots) This rule does not apply to Finisher, Compressor, Crystallization, Memory of Battle, Bundled Blaster and Laser, and X skills you charge up to do damage with.(Ki Palm, Gungnir etc.) Only the ones that rely on something about your opponent will do only 0 + X whatever strength buff you have on yourself when used without lock on.
The only time this can be used strictly to your advantage is with manually aimed Joke or Judge of Anubis. If your life is too low or too high for these moves to do damage, your damage can be reduced to 0 even if you're using stat buffs. Locked on versions of these moves can end up doing less damage than a manually aimed version. (It's not very practical though) An example with Joke of Anubis: Your opponent has 20 Life and you have 19. You have +1 strength. If you fire Joke of Anubis while locked on in this situation, you'll do 0 damage. If you manually aimed Joke of Anubis in this situation you will do 1 damage to the target.
Each skill has a range listed that states where they are best used at. In many cases these descriptions are accurate. Other times these ranges are off in some way. There are quite a few attack skills that can reach a little past the listed medium range and still hit. Others have a true long range reach despite having an incorrect description.(Rail Gun, Spore Schism) I think Rail Gun can be less forgiving to dodge at longer ranges even. All crawlers besides Crawling Bullet can reach long ranges. An even bigger issue is that most status, special, and erase skills can go way further than the ranges listed and have really good accuracy anyway. Manual aim makes some skills like Bomb Shot and arc attacks practical at closer ranges too. For other skills its not really going to matter what range you fire at. Most crawlers and a manually aimed Bomb Shot are just as effective or more effective at shorter ranges. Impact Burst can be harder to anticipate when its shot at a closer range. A Bomb Shot is actually probably easiest to dodge at long range.
I have no definitive list at this time of Attack skills that reach longer ranges than listed, it's best to just experiment at this point in time. Some moves with different distances than listed:
1) The Following Attacks can reach Long Distances: Rail Gun, Power, Psycho Kinesis, Entangle, Tree of Fang, Root of Tree, Curse of Earth, and Disremember can go long distances.
2) Good at any range : Ricochet Laser (just as good at short and medium ranges,) Rapid Cannon, Charged Particle , Venom Fang, Crawlers, Impact Burst, Ground Laser.
3) All other Status, Erase, and Special moves are very accurate at long range except : Freeze Shot, Cooling, and Vacuum Bullet.
4) Bloody Ritual - This skill can reach quite a bit further than medium range but not nearly as long ranged as most erase skills.(Generally not as accurate either)
Long Range Distance Limit - Although some moves are fully "long range" there is a long distance limit for some skills but not for some others. Many long range moves can not home or track a target that is roughly past 60,000. (I don't know what the measurement units are but when you lock on to a target you see a number that goes up or down as you move depending on the distance between you and the target.) Many lasers have the 60,000 range limit.
In Phantom Dust there are many destructible things in the environment. Use them to your advantage and be careful of areas where things are likely to get messy. Certain debris will actually float around erratically by simply being hit by something. The Dawn City type of levels debris can be hard to predict the movement of. Falling debris can do up to 9 damage.
A harmless seeming broken bridge that is barely moving can still hurt you, so don't assume their safe even though sometimes you can walk through the falling apart debris that is settling.
A sign floating ever so slowly on Dawn City can knock you over. Be careful of the couches at Panorama, swords like Psycho Blade start swinging behind you and can launch couch debris into you if you're not careful. You could even try baiting opponents into attacking you by them.
Remember it is not just your attack skills that can make debris fly. Anything like a status skill will often make debris fly after a single or a few hits. Other times a move will require a higher strength to be able to destroy certain pieces of debris. Some short range moves can strangely be unable to break certain debris at times.
Some debris like the bridge pieces in Palace will disappear only after they start to settle to the ground. People are generally a little more cautious to do anything when this happens because they don’t want to get hurt themselves. However, while these pieces are disappearing it’s the perfect time to fire off an attack that will go through the disappearing debris to catch your opponent off guard.
If your are disabled by something or you just don’t have anything in your arsenal left to take care of your opponent try to draw him to locations where he could accidentally cause debris to fall on him. Even the smallest bit of debris can do damage and it could be enough to end the match in your favor. Watch as your opponent tries to Flame Sword you to death as he accidentally hits something seemingly harmless like a table doing the 2 damage you need to take him out.
"Debris" as defense
Any objects you see on the level that are solid and can’t be destroyed can be used to protect yourself from attacks. Classic examples are the poles in Palace, where once the tops are broken you can stand in front of what’s left of the pole and anything shot at you that hits it will be nullified.(with some exceptions). This can even make it harder for some melee attacks to hit you. Destructible debris can be used for protection but be ready to dodge it when it breaks.
A Hit All skill is a skill that will affect everyone on the field regardless of any dodging/shield ability. In this guide, Hit All moves don't include moves that create holes or affect capsules. Skills like Mobilize, Still Moment, Armaros and Quantum Decay fit the description of a Hit All skill. If you jump into the air at the right time as a Hit All skill is taking affect you will get knocked down. This is useful for a few reasons:
Cancel or Reduce Stun Effects - Some of the best skills to jump in the air for when their about to take effect are Mobilize and Still Moment. If you stand up and you are not in the air, no matter what you will be affected by these moves. Why get teleported to your opponent’s spawn point by Mobilize when you don't have to? And although Still Moment will still paralyze you for a very brief second as you get up, you have a greater chance of not getting hit by the attack your opponent intends to land on you.
Many Hit All skills leave a stun effect that often occurs when being affected by a Hit All skill. Some only give you that stun effect if an erase/status skill will work on you.(Getting Purified or Armarosed when having +1 attack power) Other moves force the stun effect.(Quantum Amp) Some player could attempt to fire a slow moving attack at you and then cast a Hit All skill that stuns you as the attack heads towards you which you won't be able to escape. If you jump you can avoid the stun and probably the attack entirely. In tag team matches or even Battle Royale your opponents have a greater chance of setting this up as one can cast the Hit All skill with a stun effect while another person fires an attack at you as the stun effect is about to occur.
There will be times when you would rather be hit by the stun effect while standing, but this is just one more option you have available as a jumper. There is less of a delay if you just let yourself get stunned versus jumping to make yourself fall into a mostly invulnerable state. It maybe more useful to just let yourself be stunned when you're closely pursuing an opponent.(but risky)
Hit All skills as offensive moves.
Any Hit All skill will automatically knock an opponent out of the air. Skills that may not be too useful in a situation get extra uses with this tactic. Have an opponent who keeps taking to the air, why not use Crush to knock them out of the air and make them take fall damage? Skills like Orb and Amulet protect against erase effects that do this but just about any other Hit All skill will knock someone out of the air no matter what.
*The only Hit All skills that will not knock you out of the sky as it takes effect are the skills Phantom Dust and Place of Invisibility.
Using a Hit
All Move to
Float an Environmental - If
you use a Hit All move that affects you while standing at the edge of a
ledge your character can go into a fall state causing your body to
crash to the ground.(Except when using Mobilize yourself)
When your body
crashing to the ground, if you are near the object you put an
Environmental over, your body crashes and will destroy the object
taking damage provided you took a short fall. This
is useful if you have no other skill to break an object with when
your environmental. Just be aware that if you fall from a
enough level your body will take fall damage. Below is a
video showing the idea in action:
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An example of a timing trick was explained already in dealing with Environmental Floating. Basically, the idea of timing Hit All effects in certain ways can give you new ways of getting past people’s arsenals or other effects. In the Environmental Floating section it explained how Crush is able erase Reduce Entropy in the right situation. Here’s another use of timing skills to work together. Timing Tricks can often be taken advantage of more easily in a tag team match.
Example: Chill Breeze, this skill freezes everyone’s buttons for 10 seconds automatically. This seems kind of limited in use. However, if you take a teammate and have him fire Neutralization at you right as the Chill Breeze is about to take effect, you will be hit by Neutralization and unfrozen while everyone else runs around frozen. This opens a lot of options for you. Some powerful things can be done with everyone else frozen. If you really want, it's possible to Neutralize your teammate and then have him Annoying Gift Neutralization and Chill Breeze over and over to freeze your opponents infinitely if you don't mess up the timing. I’ll talk a little more about strategies with this in the Chill Breeze Loop Arsenals section. A video clip of this example is here:
Another Example: Say you and your tag teammate are running arsenals that make use of Vicious Balance heavily as part of your strategy. You're running arsenals that are Ki and Faith only. You already tried to Vicious Balance your opponents once only to find that both their Orb and Amulet skill has stopped it. You really need to lower their Level but you can’t seem to get them to lower their aura down to a point where they couldn’t use Orb/Amulet. You just got another Vicious Balance which costs 2 to use. Your teammate has been holding onto Chaos(Enviro which makes skills that cost 2 or less unusable like Orb and Amulet) With Chaos you can actually override your opponents Orb and Amulet and still use Vicious Balance on them.(even though Vicious Balance costs 2 itself) If you coordinate with your team mate where as he’s placing Chaos down you use Vicious Balance while he’s already doing the animation to put Chaos out, if all is timed right, not only will Chaos stop your opponent’s Orbs/Amulets from protecting them but your Vicious Balance will still carry through and harm them. This is because with correct timing, Chaos’ restriction on 2 cost skills takes effect before the use of Vicious Balance actually starts to take effect. With Chaos actually out you can’t use Vicious Balance but since you used it right before Chaos actually takes effect, you overrode its restriction while still managing to negate your opponent’s Orbs/Amulets from protecting them against Vicious Balance. I don’t think you’ll want chaos down the rest of the match so pick it up. Another example: Chill Breeze timed with a useable Environmental erasing move will erase any environmental out even if your opponent has Orb.
Kill Timing Trick - Another good trick in Tag that requires good timing is the following situation: You have a teammate with a Dash and a Turbulence in his hand. Your teammate has 2 life left and the opponents are at a distance giving you trouble with Dazzle. Your teammate could use Turbulence but he also needs to not lose his Dash move. This can be accomplished. When a player activates the Turbulence skill you have a split second to do something before it takes effect. So as your teammate finishes doing Turbulence slash him to 0 health with your flame sword right before Turbulence actually takes effect. Since knocked out players can't have their skills erased, your now dead teammate won't lose their Dash, but your opponent's Dazzle still gets erased by Turbulence. After killing your teammate and having their Turbulence take effect, simply resurrect your teammate and they will still have their Dash move.
are quite a few other ideas you can try around timing tricks.
Try to think of them as they could yield new combos or ways out of
things you never thought would work before. Some like
the Chill Breeze
+ Neutralization + Annoying Gift + combo move can be very powerful.
Loop Arsenals section)
13PD Advanced Aura Regen Tricks
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Entangle Infinite stunning - Although Aura Regen is usually thought of as something that lets you use moves faster, there are some tricks you can do that are impossible without quick enough aura regen. One example is using the skill Entangle with an Optimization down. If you use a 2 or 1 school arsenal case, your default regen will allow you to stun someone with Entangle infinitely. This is because you can get 2 aura and use it before Entangle's stun state ends. You can use this to your advantage, if it’s 1 on 1 you can force a draw. If your close enough to your spawn when locking an opponent into stun, you can dig through your arsenal for something that will hurt your opponent badly or outright kill them. In tag if one opponent is knocked out, and you stun your other opponent, your teammate could Diabolical Trick the stunned opponent to death. If you use a 3 school arsenal, your Entangle can eventually be broken out of. If you want to stun someone infinitely with Entangle with a 3 school arsenal, you have to boost your aura regen to at least +1 with something like a Meditation or Ethos Inspiration.
Keep in mind moves like Heat and Stimulate lower your aura regen. If you have -3 aura regen in a 2 school arsenal, you can’t entangle someone infinitely.
Pin Down Infinite Stunning - Pin Down can be used with Optimization to stun someone infinitely. A single school Ki arsenal can definitely stun someone forever with Pin Down when aura regen is at its default value or better. I am not quite sure that a 2 school arsenal can do Pin Down infinitely. It maybe possible but the user has to make sure to use Pin Down as soon as the aura hits 3. If your finding Pin Down failing to stun people infinitely, then getting +2 aura regen should do the trick.(maybe even just +1) If you’re using 3 schools it will take +4 aura regen to stun someone infinitely .
Infinite Attacking and Stunning - If you time it right, it maybe possible for a teammate to damage an opponent you have stunned, and then have you quickly hit them with Entangle while they stagger from the attack. Your teammate might have to use a projectile that does 3-4 damage, as doing so causes an extended stagger allowing you more time to restun the opponent. Your teammate and you would keep it up till the opponent is dead. Some 2 damage melee moves like Psycho Knife might cause a long enough stagger as well.(doing 3+ damage knocks a player down when using most short range moves) A series of Hi-Speed Punch hits might be work well in between Entangle stuns. Keep in mind to delay hurting an opponent for 4 seconds before attacking again. If a player takes 5+ damage from non melee moves within 3 seconds, they automatically get knocked down. Something similar with Pin Down may work as well, though not with a teammate's melee moves as they are likely to get caught in Pin Down too. Having a quicker aura regen may make that setup a little easier to time. Entangle seems easier and more practical to do this with though infinite stun and attacks with.
Stun Kill Loop by Self -
There has been
one theoretical aura regen infinite stun kill loop a player can do all
themselves. It's doable If you
use the rain attack
Fire Storm with Entangle and Optimization. You
potentially keep hurting and stunning someone all by
It must be in a 1
or 2 school arsenal with no
negative aura regen in the 2 school’s case.
Fire Storm must do at least 3 or 4 damage max.(5 Knocks
breaking the stun. Having
less than 3 damage
causes Firestorm to not stagger opponents as much breaking
them out of stuns.
Opponents need to stagger from the attack so you
can reEntangle them. When
you Entangle someone there is a period
of time where you regenerate aura to stun them again.
If you delay stunning someone immediately
with Entangle again it is possible to build up small amounts of extra
a time. Something
like not reEntangling till you
recharge to 2.5 aura, then recharge to 3 before reEntangling. You might
re entangle after getting only a quarter extra recharged aura from
you are able to reEntangle at approximately 3.5 aura, entangle them
aura) and you have 1.5 aura left, let your aura charge to 2.5 and
then use Fire Storm. Fire
Storm hits the opponent causing a stagger
and buys you enough time to reEntangle them.(mash
to get it out as quick as possible)
You can do 3-4 damage about every 40 seconds. If you feel
messing up with the
regen count, you can always just reEntangle someone and start building
again from 2. So
why is this theoretical? Unfortunately,
Fire Storm’s accuracy can be iffy. Sometimes
it will miss people
that are Entangled in the stun state.
Without Fire Storm’s stagger hit, your opponent
can break of out of the
Fire Storm misses sometimes
it doesn’t. Frustrating. If
a 1 school Nature arsenal and
Optimization gets put out you can safely do this. The 1
school case has a faster regen
rate so you can build up more aura while Entangling someone.
You can build your aura
all the way up to 5 if
you build up slow enough. This
guarantee the move's success because you’ll entangle for 2,
use fire storm
immediately, and then use Entangle right away. If Fire Storm
not a big deal because the second Entangle
can be cast quick enough to restun your opponent, giving you another
try get Fire Storm to hit. Here’s
video showing a 2 school case and how aura gets slowly built up and the
with Fire Storm missing:
might think that I was slightly off on the last Fire Storm
getting out, but I’ve had other instances go that far and
knows… see if you can work it yourself)
you’re looking at the stun state and see
it disappearing on an opponent, there is still a delay between when the
can actually move/use skills again, giving you enough time to restun.
Another alternate scheme that could work and probably won’t be as likely to miss, but it’s a lot harder to set up. Use the skill Blazing Storm and have -1 attack so it no longer knocks down opponents. It will just take Fire Storm’s place. The same tricks apply but this Rain move maybe more reliable in hitting every time. But getting -1 attack, an optimization, staying at 15 life and entangling someone is much harder to set up than just using Entangle + Fire Storm with an Optimization out.
Lucifer's Arrow should also work like the Fire Storm setup. Since you need to stay 2 school with Faith and Nature, someone else will have to put the Optimization down.(or shoot Ethos Inspiration at you one or two times to make up for slowed 3 school regen rate)
Alternate Infinite Stun Regen Ideas:
The above situations except Blazing Storm are some of the more practical Aura Regen related tricks, but there might be other infinite stun situations you can create with the right aura regen rate.
Person with a single school arsenal with very high aura regen + Crush - Can keep opponent’s with lower aura Regen + Orb from getting above 2 aura.
Other Tricks - These next ones may work, it's too hard to tell at this point if people can jump or cartwheel out of these or not. You may have to alternate storing a little extra aura between doing the stun move.
1 School Faith arsenal with + 6 Aura Regen, Angel’s Breath, Lunar Force – Seems to create infinite stun on anyone who’s strength is either a positive or negative value. Can also be done to anyone with stats with a plus or minus value. (So you wouldn't need to use Lunar Force)
1 School Faith - Fusion or Annoying Gift with +6 aura Regen with Optimization - This might stun infinitely.
Two School Versions - Alternatively to the One School Faith setups listed above, you can go 2 school but you need +9 aura regen to make them work.
Ways of Boosting Aura Regen - There are a few ways to get aura regen rates up for the player using the stun moves.(we’ll call him the “Stunner”) Teammate gets their own aura regen up from Meditation, Stunner player Doppleganger’s the teammates regen rate. Someone shoots enough Ethos Inspiration at the Stunner. Annoying Gift Meditations to Stunner. Stunner Annoying gifts teammate Ethos Inspiration.
2 School Entangle with Optimization, Particle Convert, and Evaporate + Recall - This is a stupid and limited solo combo. You can manage to Entangle with up to 4 aura regenerated in a 2 school arsenal case. If you can entangle someone from your spawn point and they're fairly close, you might be able to slowly erase their arsenal as you go through yours. All Erasing and Recall moves would be affordable when Optimization is out. So when you get to 4 aura, Entangle Them, then use Particle Convert, Evaporate, or Recall. Once you do one of those moves while they're still Entangled, you can recover another 2 aura to reEntangle your opponent again. It's really tedious to do and pretty much requires an entire arsenal dedicated to it to even make it happen. Interesting though.
to Right Swords - These Swords Start by swinging
from the left and finish swinging to right.
Psycho Knife, Knife Grind – Compared to all other Swords, they have a smaller range they can hit an opponent with. Still pretty solid moves.
Flame Sword, Lightning Sword and Laser Sword – These swords seem to have the same level of accuracy.
Ice Sword – This Sword seems a bit more accurate than the previous swords mentioned.
Mist Blade + Life Giving Sword – Mist Blade and Life Giving Sword have the same animation and accuracy. These 2 swords have a wider swing than the previous swords making it more accurate. If you stand behind someone closely that is swinging these swords, it is possible to be considered hit by it and take damage.
Right to Left Swords - These Swords Start by swinging from the right and finish swinging to the left.
Vacuum Slash – It is the least accurate sword of its type. It is still not a bad weapon as it’s cheap to use and can break a lot of shields if blocked. Sometimes it is better to use it when someone is coming towards you instead of chasing someone. It’s been known to miss things in ridiculous ways at times.
Psycho Blade – This sword is the second least accurate of its kind. Its accuracy in the original PD is better in offline play, but can be inconsistent online.
Muramasa Blade and True Muramasa – These seem a bit better in accuracy than Psycho Blade. The 1.2 version of True Muramasa has a pretty stiff penalty making it hard to use repeatedly. If you miss your opponent once and then hit them on your second try you and your opponent have lost an equal amount of life. Muramasa Blade is much more useful because of its high damage which allows it to break any shield in the game.
Frostbite - Not a life damaging skill but it is a right to left sword style with seemingly good accuracy.
Sword - This
is perhaps the most accurate sword in the game.(Tied with Excaliburs) It
does good damage for a cheap cost.
Can be devastating early on.
Excalibur and Excaliber – These 2 swords are tied with Blazing Sword for being the most accurate blades of its kind. Exalibur has the best damage for an infinite use blade and is reliable for closing matches. Although the Excaliber’s damage is random, it’s accuracy and lower cost can make it more attractive than Psycho Blade. If you add some attack buff moves you can dish out damage even when it decides to deal 0 randomly.
on hand to hand moves -
is kind of hard to definitively determine the best hand to
moves. The majority are kind of a slide hit with a kind of
hit with something like Psycho Burst. Perhaps Aura Backflow and
Dance of Death follow similar styles of hitting. Hyper Kick
and Leg Throw have a fairly similar success rate in hitting opponents.
High Speed Punch seems harder to hit people with.
thing that is certain, most of Faith's hand to hand moves have bad
whether it's Dhampir Fang, Annoying Gift, Fusion or Song of Succubus.
effects can be pretty powerful when they do connect but stunning or
distracting someone with something else will be important.
are just plain over priced for the low hit success rate. Faith's
of the Curse has an ok amount of accuracy though.(but its low damage
and limited to 3 use.(Basically has Psycho Wave's accuracy)
Skills with Same Animations and Sound Effects(partial listing) Some
skills have the same
animations and sounds as other skills. These animations can
trick players who
normally expect one skill but are actually dealing with another. For
example if you fire Seal of Death which keeps getting blocked, and then
fire Illusion of Death at someone they could mistakenly think its
another Seal of Death and try to block Illusion of Death which goes
through all shields except Course types. The
skill Mobilize has the
same animation and sound as
Armaros. Armaros can be pretty harmless to someone with no
stat buffs, but Mobilize could put you into a
trap. Because of this, it is often best to jump whenever you see/hear
animation to make sure you dodge the effect of
potential Mobilizes.(being in the air when
Mobilize takes effect stops you from being teleported.) You
might also know if they
only have 3 aura
and that there’s no way they could play Mobilize(unless
optimization is down). Jumping is a safe bet. With some skills you can
figure out which skill it is by how quickly it moves but other times it
will take guess work. Another
example, you may
have a Flame Sword
that keeps getting blocked by what looks like the shield Wall,
but it is actually
Failing Wall.(defense 7, loses 1 defense every time you use it) If you
think that its failing wall, you can keep striking at your opponent in
an attempt to get them to lower their shield to below 3 defense. But
you are more likely to think that they're using a Wall which will not
break under a 3 damage flame sword. There’s very few ways you
know for sure which shield is actually used unless you make them use it
enough.(if it eventually breaks or runs out, it was a failing wall.
Though I will say in this case few people ever use Failing
is a list of skills
with the same animation. Ex.
Skill #1 has same
animation and sometimes same sound as > Skill#2 Armaros
> Mobilize Lightning
Shield Slayer (great
confusion tactic) - If you see your opponent has no erase skills then
they are using a Lightning Sword. If they do have purple in
hand you'll never know for sure. Seal
of Death >
Illusion of Death Quiet
Days > Still
Moment - Still moment is
probably more common, I would just jump when I see someone in this
animation as its useful to do so. Bomb
Shot > Impact
Excaliber(these are different skills despite the similar
do different damage amounts. Excalibur requires the
to have 7 skills or less left to use) Laser
Shell > Erase
Shell(both are pretty
frequently used but the cost of 6 for Erase Shell can clue you into
whether or not someone's using it) Vibration
El Bomb - Similar start up animation. Fast
Wave > Photon
Attack used previously(a
good tricking strategy. Ex. Person sees you only have 2 aura so the
person thinks you couldn’t use Photon Burst for a while.
Recollect it and your likely to catch them off guard) Crawlers
animation is different from other crawler moves in that it looks like
your shooting a projectile, except with Omatto characters) Mist
Blade > Life
Giving sword Gravity
Teleportrap > Anti Gravity Trap > Vapor Cloud Muramasa
True Muramasa Ki
Cannon > Dragon
Bullet > Young White Dragon(similar charge start up
their missing a skill it was return) Remote
Mine > Timer
Mine(you'll run into
remote mine more.(maybe 99% of the time). These 2 mines are the only
mines that don't work by
how close someone is to them. They leave a red mine on the ground. I
don't believe there are any other mines that look quite like these 2
unless you count Fast Bomb) Surprise
missing a skill it was Surprise Attack) > Charge Swarm
of Moths(Usually more
common) > Dance of Moths Slide
Laser > Twist
Laser - Same animation but the arcs shoot from opposite
more often) > Withering Curse Vacuum
Wall(you will see
this one a lot more) > Dark Shelter Vicious
Judge of Ares > Fairy Ring Psycho Wave > Arms of the
Curse - Probably will see Psycho Wave more. There
are many others but I
do not feel like
continuing this list for now. If you go to Phantom Dusted's
arsenal creation you can look up the animations of each skill to find
ones that are similar or the same. Just click an aura
particle slot and then a move type to see the animations(won't show
animations or images on a mobile device...): http://phantomdusted.com/arsenal-lab/#/arsenal/create
15PD Skills with Same Animations and Sound Effects(partial listing)
Some skills have the same animations and sounds as other skills. These animations can trick players who normally expect one skill but are actually dealing with another. For example if you fire Seal of Death which keeps getting blocked, and then fire Illusion of Death at someone they could mistakenly think its another Seal of Death and try to block Illusion of Death which goes through all shields except Course types.
The skill Mobilize has the same animation and sound as Armaros. Armaros can be pretty harmless to someone with no stat buffs, but Mobilize could put you into a trap. Because of this, it is often best to jump whenever you see/hear this animation to make sure you dodge the effect of potential Mobilizes.(being in the air when Mobilize takes effect stops you from being teleported.)
You might also know if they only have 3 aura and that there’s no way they could play Mobilize(unless optimization is down). Jumping is a safe bet. With some skills you can figure out which skill it is by how quickly it moves but other times it will take guess work.
Another example, you may have a Flame Sword that keeps getting blocked by what looks like the shield Wall, but it is actually Failing Wall.(defense 7, loses 1 defense every time you use it) If you think that its failing wall, you can keep striking at your opponent in an attempt to get them to lower their shield to below 3 defense. But you are more likely to think that they're using a Wall which will not break under a 3 damage flame sword. There’s very few ways you can know for sure which shield is actually used unless you make them use it enough.(if it eventually breaks or runs out, it was a failing wall. Though I will say in this case few people ever use Failing Wall....
Here is a list of skills with the same animation.
Ex. Skill #1 has same animation and sometimes same sound as > Skill#2
Armaros > Mobilize
Lightning Sword > Shield Slayer (great confusion tactic) - If you see your opponent has no erase skills then they are using a Lightning Sword. If they do have purple in their hand you'll never know for sure.
Seal of Death > Illusion of Death
Quiet Days > Still Moment - Still moment is probably more common, I would just jump when I see someone in this animation as its useful to do so.
Bomb Shot > Impact Burst
Excalibur > Excaliber(these are different skills despite the similar spelling and do different damage amounts. Excalibur requires the arsenal to have 7 skills or less left to use)
Laser Shell > Erase Shell(both are pretty frequently used but the cost of 6 for Erase Shell can clue you into whether or not someone's using it)
Vibration Blaster > El Bomb - Similar start up animation.
Fast Wave > Photon Wave
Recollection > The Attack used previously(a good tricking strategy. Ex. Person sees you only have 2 aura so the person thinks you couldn’t use Photon Burst for a while. Recollect it and your likely to catch them off guard)
Crawlers > Crawling Bullet(the starting animation is different from other crawler moves in that it looks like your shooting a projectile, except with Omatto characters)
Mist Blade > Life Giving sword
Gravity Mine > Teleportrap > Anti Gravity Trap > Vapor Cloud
Muramasa Blade > True Muramasa
Ki Cannon > Dragon Bullet > Young White Dragon(similar charge start up animation)
Retreat > Return(if their missing a skill it was return)
Remote Mine > Timer Mine(you'll run into remote mine more.(maybe 99% of the time). These 2 mines are the only mines that don't work by how close someone is to them. They leave a red mine on the ground. I don't believe there are any other mines that look quite like these 2 unless you count Fast Bomb)
Surprise Attack(if they're missing a skill it was Surprise Attack) > Charge
Swarm of Moths(Usually more common) > Dance of Moths
Slide Laser > Twist Laser - Same animation but the arcs shoot from opposite sides.
Confusion Gas(probably see more often) > Withering Curse
Vacuum Wall(you will see this one a lot more) > Dark Shelter
Vicious Balance > Judge of Ares > Fairy Ring
Psycho Wave > Arms of the Curse - Probably will see Psycho Wave more.
There are many others but I do not feel like continuing this list for now. If you go to Phantom Dusted's arsenal creation you can look up the animations of each skill to find ones that are similar or the same. Just click an aura particle slot and then a move type to see the animations(won't show animations or images on a mobile device...):
Sometimes this level will have breakable bridges in the middle or they will already be broken down other times. You’ll find a wide range of skills here can be effective though some of the long range moves can be harder to use. There are a lot of permanent debris spots that you can use to divert attacks to like poles. There is a tree branch that touches the ground that you can walk up along. Be wary that normal attacks can go through this branch. You can also use hole attacks while standing on this branch without worrying about being hit by the Hole attack you use as it forms on the ground below. A lot of the breakable guard rails on the 2nd floor can protect you from projectile attacks if you stand behind them. As a cartwheeler you may find it beneficial to break up some of these rails to make getting around easier. There are more places to hide from rain attacks than you may think here.(Like second floor ceilings have some protection. It can be possible to get situations where you are chasing an opponent around the tree all day. To help avoid this you could use skills that make you faster or use attacks that go through walls. You could also use capsule erasers like Diabolical Trick to try force them to come towards you. Some Rain can manage to hit people still on the side where the tree hangs over people in the shadows.
1. If the bridges are broken it is still possible to get up on the middle part of the level with a jumper. It doesn’t seem possible with non jumpers without a Special Jump Skill.(like Levitate) Here is a thread with pictures that describes one way you can climb up to the middle platform:
video showing an
example of jumping up the tree.(Click image to enable video):
2. If the match starts with the bridges already broken, it is possible to cartwheel or jump across the gaps where the bridges are broken up against the side walls. If you move your characters up against the edge of the walls you’ll see you can walk on those small gaps. Its easiest to see this at the Noble Palace Version. If there was a bridge and it's broken these small gaps won't be available for you to cross with.
3. You can Skywalk up to a high part of the tree in palace. Go to the middle section of the second floor and if you Skywalk up along the branches your character will start to move up along the branch till you find a spot with a branch you can land on. There is a branch you can stand on from above. Here's a video of it :
4. If you stand at the top of one of the escalators,(not the stairs) you'll find many projectiles shot at you from the other escalator will get absorbed by the escalator barrier. You can try parabola or arc moves to try and move someone away from them. Manual aiming projectiles towards the upper half of a players body could also hit someone who just plans to stand at the escalator barrier.
If you put the environmental far enough in the middle of either of the 2 breakable bridges you can float an environmental. You may have to make sure to break the entire part of the bridge floating as sometimes people can still manage to reach the floating environmenta by the other half broken part. By the 2 escalators there is a box or 2 that you can float an environmental off of.(there are some benches surrounding them. If you don’t do it on one of the high boxes here its still possible for someone to walk under the environmental and pick it up. There are 2 boxes in the back walls by the regular stairways closer to the tree. If you use these, make sure to place it far enough from the wall. If you don't there is actually a small piece of floor that raises a player's height there enabling their head to touch the environmental and take it down if its not placed out far enough..
There are also some skinny signs that you can hop on at this stage. Place an environmental on them there and break the pole and it will float. This includes the signs on poles and the signs towards the bottom of the escalators. You could also try Skywalking up the tree or putting an environmental in the middle gap between the 2 breakable bridges to make it hard for most people or arsenals to pick it up.
6. Glitches - There is a wall one can jump into to fall through the stage and take 3 damage to return to your spawn.
7. Ledge Jumping trick - If you are on the second floor across from one of the escalators, you can use a Ledge Jump to jump past an escalator:
Environmental Floating/Placing Locations:
There are tons of locations to float here. Any breakable floors or walls out of standing reach will work. There are also some overhanging bridge pieces you can hop on and then later break as well. Sometimes there are walls to block the outer barrier. You can hop on them although some might require a Special Jumping skill to land on them. There are also some unbreakable tops only reachable with Special Jump Skills to practically make them unreachable unless opponents have Special Jump Skills themselves.
Here are 2 demonstrations of cartwheelers rolling across some barriers at certain areas of the map:
2) Second Demonstration:
is a short cut you can Ledge Jump from the stairs to another portion of
bridge as shown in this screen shot. Even though it's a
jumper in the video, cartwheels can also get across too:
Highway Glitches - It is possible for someone to get outside the barrier normally blocking players off from the building structure on highway's first floor. (Guess its something like a gas station or shop?) Possible to stake yourself out there too.
This level is the most closed in level. There is not a lot of space for you to use normal rain attacks except Lucifer's Arrow.(Which can be rather useful here) Other rain moves can still work at the outer most parts of the stage. Where there's a view on the outside world is where they can still work. The ceiling does not protect from Rain at parts of that area, but the stairway structures do. There is a lot of debris especially in the middle interior sections of the stage. You can use Power or Psycho Kinesis with the debris here. Parts of the second floor can collapse when hit by enough attacks. Because of the closed in nature and boundaries here, moves that go through walls can be extra effective.(Thor’s Hammer) This is also a great level to set land mines around. Watch the door entrances for them. Unlike most other levels there is no pit here.(there maybe a glitch that you can fall into though)
1. This level has some issues. Ricochet Laser can bounce through walls sometimes making it a difficult skill to deal with here. I’d get rid Optimization if it's being used here and it doesn’t help your arsenal much. Erase shields will be very helpful for dealing with Ricochet Laser. Ricochet Laser is a strong move to use at this stage and does not require long range to work good like its description says.
2. Be careful of the couches in this level. They can take you by surprise and do a lot of damage to you. Make sure when you're using a Psycho Blade type sword that the back swing of the attack won't hit a couch when you activate it. If too close to one, you could end up taking 6 damage from launching one of these couches.
3. In the middle interior of the first and second floor, there are some unbreakable shelves and some unbreakable lockers against the wall.
4. Glitches - There are some ways to climb a floor in a way not intended in the level. Its also possible to shoot some projectiles through a stairway which your not supposed to be able to do unless you're using a move that actually goes through objects. There is also a way to get on the outer part of the stage past the barrier.
There are many places to float here. Find a high enough piece of debris like a stack of boxes and certain lockers and you're pretty much set for floating the environmental. You can also break the 2nd floor level where you place an Environmental. There are some tall unbreakable structures that can't be reached without a Special Jumping move like Skywalk or hopping on other breakable objects. If you're having trouble finding a floating spot you can jump onto one of the unbreakable structures against the wall.(keep in mind some are not high enough) These high objects are on both the first and second floor of the outside part of panorama and some more objects are in the interior levels of panorama. So if you can't find an object to float with, you might do just as well with one of these tall structures. Some could need use of a Special Jumping Skill for an opponent to actually reach the Environmental. Also some of the high objects can be reached by going on an object like a couch. After you place the Environmental on the tall object destroy the couch so no one else can just reach your Environmental by jumping on an object.
On the whole this level and Highway are the most open spaced levels in the game and can be the most punishing to people without defenses. There are some spots you can seek shelter behind though. Pink air lifts are often set up at this level but other times there are none. This level can be noticeably more difficult to get around with a non jumper.(Especially when there are no airlifts) Its possible to roll across some ledges to get around more quickly. If you are a jumper facing a cartwheeler there are spots you can jump to that a cartwheeler won’t be able to chase you to and will have to walk a longer distance around to get to you. It is possible to jump or cartwheel across a corner edge in the level by the one of the floating trucks.(video coming up...) Debris that gets destroyed can be hard to predict how to dodge and can do a lot of damage.
1. The air lifts can be a helpful aid to fire attacks down on someone. You can also fly up with them to try to dodge moves. Sometimes you’ll find there’s a surprising amount of signs up in the air that you can destroy and have fall on your opponent due to the weird ways they move. Breaking debris around your opponent here has a better than usual chance of hitting someone here.
2. The platform below the floating trucks can be jumped over to the other platform below. It is also possible to jump or cartwheel from the lower structure below the floating truck to the higher one. It doesn't look like you can but it does work. Jumping or rolling to this spot to can get you around certain areas more quickly than just taking the "stairway looking thing" the level has to get you up. Here's a cartwheeler demonstrating how you can get up the platform. (Jumps will also work)
3. Cartwheeling and Ledge Jumping Opportunity - The end of the level with less platforms has a wide gap between it and the mid lower level. Instead of taking the little bridge piece to get to the next part of City, you can actually clear a jump or cartwheel to the next platform if the next platform doesn't have a sign or if you are jumping from a sign on your own side. As a jumper the game gives you the ability to jump even when one foot is hanging off a platform as you move. If you jump around that point you should be able to make it to the next platform instead of having to use the bridge. Cartwheelers can clear these gaps too without the above limits. Here's the 2 kinds of jumps on video. (Which cartwheels can also clear)
Ledge Jump from sign to sign:
Here's jumping from a ledge with
no sign to another spot with no sign:
5. About the indestructible square platform against a wall - You can hop on it via air lift or with a Special Jump Skill: A Whirlwind cast from under it can reach up and still catch an opponent standing on it.(it goes through the platform)
6. Call - The initial spawn points can be especially disadvantageous when you and your teammate spawn in the middle. Because of this, Call maybe a move worth considering at this level.
is possible to use Skywalk or Demon's Wing to slowly climb
to the top height spot of the level. Do this from starting at
wall in the middle section. Then use Skywalk and push your
character towards the high platform wall. You will begin to
slowly rise up eventually reaching the top. While nice it is
risky move to do as your exposed without defenses and an opponent at
the top part of the level could just knock
8. On the side of Dawn City with a set of 3 slightly raised platforms jumpers can place Environmentals. Cartwheelers can reach them but they have to cartwheel across 3 times which can get difficult and also make them vulnerable.
9. Glitches - There are supposedly ways to make debris do no damage and be unbreakable here. Besides those glitches I’ve heard you can fly up really high in the sky to avoid attacks. You can use hit all skills to knock people out of the air that do this.
another level that can be
to travel around in as
a cartwheeler. This level provides a mix of fairly closed in
areas, some narrow open spots, and some wider areas
lots of destructible material
here. Because of the mixed nature of this level having a great variety
of moves can be helpful. There are some poles close to ledges you can
jump around that you might not normally think you could get around.
Firing moves through walls can be effective here. Confused
can be difficult to deal with here.(inverted controls) Be ready to turn
you lock on off to make moving around narrow areas easier.
have a tendency to trip and fall off the railing when Confused Gravity
There’s tons of breakable materials to float an environmental on. Besides the usual, the big green boxes that are being held on a crane can be destroyed if you damage it enough or fall from a high height onto it a few times. Barrels can easily be floated from. There are probably some objects to place environmentals that are only reachable with Special Jump Skills as well. There is also a back part of the helicopter that you can jump on to place an environmental. It's technically not floating but cartwheelers can't pick it up. And you could harass jumpers trying to get it.
can be a difficult
level to use skills in. The high ground is
pretty open. The lower level has a lot of narrow areas. There are some
fences you can hop over. As a cartwheeler you need
to get the
hang of just moving around in this level. There are some parts of the
houses that you go on that seem like you can get trapped in but there
are steps you can
walk over to exit them. The closed in nature of the lower level
makes moves that go through walls more effective. This can be a
difficult place to remember where your spawn point is or to find a dead
teammate. If you think your teammate’s going to die keep an
on them. Moves that work when at height differences can be
helpful. Some of the confining nature of the lower level are
helpful for close range moves and land mines. You
to use Crush or Judgment to knock players out
of the sky people trying to use the pink airlifts to get around. Floating/Placing locations: There
is no location where
float environmentals here. There is a building
roof top spot in the level that you can only reach with a Special
Jumping Skill. Shown below:
This can be a difficult level to use skills in. The high ground is pretty open. The lower level has a lot of narrow areas. There are some fences you can hop over. As a cartwheeler you need to get the hang of just moving around in this level. There are some parts of the houses that you go on that seem like you can get trapped in but there are steps you can walk over to exit them. The closed in nature of the lower level makes moves that go through walls more effective. This can be a difficult place to remember where your spawn point is or to find a dead teammate. If you think your teammate’s going to die keep an eye on them. Moves that work when at height differences can be helpful. Some of the confining nature of the lower level are helpful for close range moves and land mines. You might be able to use Crush or Judgment to knock players out of the sky people trying to use the pink airlifts to get around.
There is no location where you can float environmentals here. There is a building roof top spot in the level that you can only reach with a Special Jumping Skill. Shown below:
You can also try to make environmentals harder to find by putting them behind areas like some of the air lifts or behind walls. You’d be surprised how difficult it is for people to find them like this. People may become too distracted to realize a landmine is there too. There is no destructible objects at this level. Quadrasonic also points out that the building in the center of the level has a high rooftop that is hard to reach and maybe impossible for cartwheelers to get up to alone. Towards the top of the roof you'll see a stepping platform on a balcony. From that height you can attempt to jump to the roof there. While I have done it, I am not reliably good at doing it. If you can do it, it's good because it's the second toughest place to try to take an Environmental down from. Putting pressure on opponents there may trip them up as well if they try. It's harder to get up than it looks... Here's the location:
A variety of tactics can be used here. The level breaks apart as the match continues on, making skills that give you more mobility extra useful.(Skywalk) The high part of the tower can be a difficult place to be for people to attack you at, especially if you have a Hit All skill to knock people out of the air. As the level falls apart it can become increasingly difficult to get around. Some people have built arsenals specifically around knocking you out of the sky with something like Judgment while they stay up on the high tower with Called capsules and cast Violent Change.
There is no debris to break to float off of here but parts of the level break off allowing environmental floating. Watch for the grounds to flash yellowish on ground. When the flash happens, that part of the level is about to break. Besides that you can put environmentals on higher or difficult to access platforms to make it harder to get to.(Like the square top columns)
Level breakpoints – Many of the breakpoints allow you to float Environmentals but certain one's look like they float Environmentals, but are actually locations that you can still reach Environmentals and take them down from, even if you fall while doing so. About every 20 seconds a piece or multiple pieces of Sein’s level breaks apart enabling you to float environmentals. (If the ground creates a wide enough gap to be out of reach for players) The stage continues to break up for the first 5 minutes of the match and then completely stops. The way the level breaks apart is done in a set way, where specific objects will always break depending on how much time has passed. Because opponents might not anticipate floating environmentals on Sein, they maybe thrown off when you actually pull it off. The sequence of pieces falling apart are documented here with videos and a schedule.
There is going to a be listing of land mark locations detailing where and when the pieces start falling apart at the level. Here are some pictures you can put to use with the terms in the detailed section of where floors break.. (There are also videos below showing it in real time below these series of pictures and outlines). The first 2 videos combined show all locations where things break as well as some locations that break up at the same time. Since you can't be at 2 places at once the 2 videos highlight different locations. The 2nd video may skip over or repeat other locations when there aren't any simultaneous breaks occurring.
This is what is termed a 3 Bird Statue Spawn. I'm not sure what that is exactly but they look like winged birds. You'll see capsules spawn behind them and you can start the match there.
This pic below is what is termed Spawnless 3 Bird Spot and later the Spawnless 2 Bird Spot as one breaks off eventually. The difference to the 3 Bird Statue spawn is that Spawnless 3 Bird Spot is not a place someone can start at.
This is what gets referred to as Pi statues because they look like the symbol for Pi, aka 3.14..... Web search "3.14 " if you don't know what that looks likes
This picture shows what is described as the pole roof structure. As you can see it forms at a location close to a place that someone's spawn point would be. There are 2 fairly similar structures like this at the level. In this picture you can see a broken bridge piece that used to connect to the tower farther back in the picture.
This is a picture of one of the Bridge structures where ground by it or on it is going break apart during the match.
This pole roof structure shows the player on a piece a the bridge that will fall apart. If you look carefully past the player names you can see the Pi structure spawns. This will give you an idea of where the bridge piece is going to break based on how the pole structure is between the breaking bridge area and Pi structures so that you don't mistake the separate pole roof top piece on the other side of the stage.
This picture shows the square top columns. Notice behind them the bridge. This bridge will have several pieces break on it and around it. It is the bridge between the square top columns and the pole rooftop structure.(you'll see pieces start breaking there at 8:40)
This picture below shows the square top columns from a different angle by the Pi Structures. Note that floors break apart in between these 2 landmarks.
listing of where the places fall apart and when(videos are
below it) The clock starts from 10:00 counting down:
- Piece close to Pi
Statues Spawn, by a single half sized pole.
9:20 – 2 Poles with Square Tops by the pink air lift. Pole closer to the tower breaks might not actually be floatable on.
9:00 – Adjacent spot to where pole broke off at 9:20.(non manhole spot)
9:00 - End of 3 bird non spawn spot. (Go out to the edge behind them)
8:40 - Small Piece Farthest out by 3 bird non spawn spot.(right behind furthest bird out)
8:40 - Bridge Piece Breaks that is between pole roof structure and lines of square top columns.
8:20 - At the Spawnless 3 Bird spot, the bird closest to the tower breaks.(Making Spawnless 3 Bird Spot) a Spawnless 2 Bird Spot)
8:20 - Piece between PI Statues and the line of 6 square top columns(pic example only shows 4 square top columns, but there are 6)
8:00 - Piece Next to the Spawnless 2 Bird spot. (next to a sewer)
8:00 - Bridge between pole rooftop structure and lines of square top columns. (Piece Connected to previous Bridge Piece that broke)
7:40 - Piece Below bridge piece that has been breaking, by a single square top column. It’s a manhole piece. Bridge is between Pole Rooftop Structure and Square Columns.
7:40 - Piece next to a small diamond top pole by the 3 Bird Spawn area
7:20 - Piece closer to 3 bird spawn, surrounded by 2 poles and one of the bird poles in a triangular formation.
7:20 - Piece Below broken bridge close to the tower.
7:00 - Piece behind the 2 Bird Non Spawn poles. (A piece furthest out)
6:50 - Another piece by Spawnless 2 Bird poles.
6:40 - 3 Bird Spawn area, a piece next to the fountain, close to the tower.
6:40 - Huge Piece by Pi Symbol Structure.(Basically breaks the formerly together bridge closest to pie column spawn)
6:20 - Large Fountain Piece by PI Structure
6:00 - Fountain Piece by 3 Bird Spawn. (Close to the tower)
5:20 - Bridge piece by the large rooftop structure next to the Pi Symbol Spawn
5: 00 - Piece Close to tower in front of the 3 Bird Spawn.
Since some things break simultaneously, I had 2 videos made showing all the areas possible and at what time. I tacked on a 10:00 minute timer so you can associate the scheduled list with the video. (Video was made in single player mode )Three videos were made, one doing a "First Run", then a "Second Run". Second Run highlights spots that don't show up in first run's video. There is some overlap where they both go to the same spot because it's the only available one.(2nd video doesn't always repeat things shown in the first run) The 3rd video shows a Dual Screen Run showing the 2 videos simultaneously to show you where things are breaking separately from each other at the same time on Sein. If you want to see all 3 videos and try to run them simultaneously you can try them at this link (not recommended for Mobile devices) : Link to Dual Sein Video Page (You may have to use Ctrl + Plus or Minus to change site magnification if you want to see the 2 videos side by side)
So to quickly sum up, early areas should float around the Spawnless 3 Birds and open parts on the edge by them in the open. Some parts will also break from a bridge near by and around it. Towards the latter part of a match, hang out around the 3 Bird Spawn spot and the PI structure spawn. (This doesn't cover everywhere but if you wanted some shorthand version of where to look, you now have it.)
You can also check out Quadrasonic’s stage faq for some other ideas and details on the levels. I have to admit some of what I wrote was inspired by what he has written. You may find his style more concise.
17PD Run down of Schools - Gives a listing of features in each School
If you’re having trouble getting some direction on arsenal building here is a basic School Run Down of what the 5 schools offer. Each school has more than stated here, but this just gives some of the more standout features of each school. There are still other features and strategies besides what’s listed here.
Psycho has a strong focus on attack based moves with a good variety of types. Most of the best land mine skills are in this school. This school also has almost all the best parabola attacks in the game.(including Rock Shot and Psycho Spear) They are good for getting over barriers people hide behind and can also catch opponents by surprise when shot at different heights. Psycho has some of the toughest and most versatile shields in the game including Psycho shell, Psychic Wall, Change Course, and Reverse. Some are also pretty low in cost for the defense they provide. One issue with Psycho shields is that none of them erase attacks that they block. The Psycho school has the fewest erase moves in the game, but Shield Breaker, Shatter, and Crush can be rather useful. Aside from Shield Breaker for shield erasing, there is no great way for Psycho to delete skills in someone’s hand or to lower opponents' levels. Shatter can erase skill capsules at a low cost though. Psycho contains possibly the best and most accurate stun move in the game with Dazzle. The school contains moves that can either boost or reduce homing or speed stats. You can combo Burden with the environmental Abnormal Gravity to really slow opponents. Bravery Decision is often used to make quick use of power skills Excalibur, Rail Gun, and Cluster Bomb. Psycho also has teleportation moves like Charge. Other Special Jump Skills like Levitate and Skywalk are the best ones in the game and can help you get positional advantages or put environmentals in hard to reach places that are sometimes impossible to reach without a Special Jump Skill. Psycho Burst can be useful for breaking shields late game. All non course psycho shields also protect from any piercing damage. The environmental Confused Gravity can be used to trip up opponents by reversing movement controls. The school also has hole, fall, rain attacks, and impact burst to give a good variety of attacks. Psycho also has moves that can freeze an opponent’s button(s) like Freeze Gas and Freeze shot which can be helpful against Orb and Amulet when you want to use erase moves.
Optical school has a heavy focus on level control and level boosting with skills like Quantum Decay, Level Amp, Boost Mine, Level Boost, and Level Berserk. Getting your level up to 10 helps enable you to use Optical’s Vibration Laser(one of the best attacks in the game), as well as the strong and solid Vibration Blaster. Raising your level to 10 also allows you to use Optical’s Recall which lets you return lost moves you picked up back to your arsenal. Relearn also helps Recall continually regain or reuse lost skills.(Whether you Relearn a Recall or just get back a copy of a another skill you just lost, both options are available) Recall is often useful for arsenals wanting to focus on erasing multiple capsules at once via Violent Change, Particle Convert, Evaporate, or Change the World. Optical also has a heavy focus on level erase moves. Interference and Restrain are highly accurate direct moves that erase level. It also has the automatically hitting Quantum Decay which can reduce everyone’s level by half. Disentegrate can be used at good opportunities or comboed with Pressure to send an opponents down to 0 aura. Optical competes with the Faith School in having the best level erasing abilities. Some of the best long range attacks are in the Optical School, including Aura Cannon and quite a few lasers.(not all necessarily) Ricochet Laser is a unique optical move that can be particularly devastating with Optimization at Panorama and in other closed in areas. One weakness in Optical school is that it has mostly low strength defense shields with 4 being the highest, making you vulnerable to piercing. One stand out shield is Photon Barrier which can be retained for an additional 2 aura when broken/erased. Eraser can erase anything that’s not a Move or Rain based attack. Erase Shell is the only shield that can Erase any attack in the game including Rain and Move attacks.(Still can’t erase locked attack skills like Sign of Saints and retainable ones like Reincarnation) One additional kind of defensive option that Optical has is with the exploding attacks of Photon/Fast Wave and Photon Burst. If timed right you can blow someone away trying to hit you at close range, preventing their melee attack. There are quite a few straight shooting attacks in optical. Charged particle and Giga Ruin are at least unique in that they go through objects. The environmental Reduce Entropy can be devastating to those without low cost skills. Optimization is also another powerful environmental if used at the right time. Optical has neither an anti environmental skill or a stat resetting/reversing move. Bundled Blaster can be used to deal high damage to an opponent.(18 damage if you have 3 vibration blasters in your hand) It also has Doze to lower players’ strength. Paralyze, Still Moment, and Paralyze Barrier give Optical some paralyzing skills.
Ki has the most amount of ways to directly erase skills in a player’s hand with moves such as Dragon Slayer and Lack. Many of these skills are highly accurate and can go long ranges despite being labeled as medium ranged. Heat from Void can be a powerful and accurate attack when an opponent has few skills in hand thanks to your erasing. Exhaust is also available to lower someone’s level by half, encouraging people to use aura particles rather than hold them for protection against Heat From Void. Neutralization can get rid of all of an opponent’s stats. Just about every attack in Ki school is a straight forward ranged shot or a straight hitting melee move with varying accuracies. Aura Backflow and Dance of Death can deliver high damage when used in the right condition. Hyper Kick is a fairly economical melee move as well. Ki has the infinite use Tiger’s Strength to buff people’s attacks by 2, which is very useful for shield breaking and finishing opponents off quicker. It is also useful for allowing Ki Palm and Ki Cannon to repeatedly damage opponents at little cost. Ki has Pursuit and Backdraft Bullet to rack up extra damage on downed opponents. Defensively Ki is oddly in the middle. The highest attack it can block is 6 damage with Guard. Iron Skin is the only shield with an erase ability in Ki, and it only erases melee/swords. However, Ki does have the skill Dash which can dodge numerous attacks and evade things that shields never could handle repeatedly blocking. Dash can dodge most attacks but most erase projectile and status projectile moves like Dazzle can rarely be dodged when shot at default homing, so Dash can’t be used for everything. Ki also has Lightning Speed for a temporary boost of plus 5 speed which can be useful for evading multiple opponents. Ki is the only school that can boost aura regen speed directly with Meditation or Ethos Inspiration. It has no anti environmental move but it does have the skill Jump which could help reach some hard to get to environmental spots at a level like Lane. Ki has some very powerful environmental abilities that can change the pace of a match including Memory Lapse, Irregular Rhythm, Chaos and Fatigue. Chaos can be used to get past Orb and Amulet to ensure your usable erase moves can’t be nullified. It also has Stagnant Air to prevent the use of Nature's Orb skill. One could use Ki moves like Neutralization to repeatedly use up a person’s Amulet and then hit that person successfully with other erase moves. Pin Down might give your arsenal a little more variety in ways to catch an opponent. Ki School can not erase any capsule down to 0. Change the World can erase capsules of players, but it can't erase the last 3 skills. It is also not recommended to use Change the World on your own capsules.(See All the Other Details section for an explanation why) Learning can be useful in getting things such as Reincarnation without needing to devote a school to it in your arsenal.(Of course that assumes your opponent or teammate has one to give you)
Nature is considered to be the most “balanced” school. It has both moves that can erase stat changes and environmentals. It also can erase non attack or non shield moves from everyone’s hand with Turbulence or Wind Pressure. It has Orb to protect against erase moves. It has the easiest to use ice moves with Glacial Wall and Ice Sword to get around opponents with Orbs or Amulets. It has a decent set of cheap costing attacks that either deal good damage (Vacuum Slash, Tree of Fang) or have nice additional effects like freezing an opponent or erasing a shield or erasing an attack when you hit someone with skills like Ice Sword, Lightning Sword or Storm Blade. It also has the unique Move attack Twister which can only be blocked by shelter shields, making only one shield in the game able to erase it. Flame Sword is probably one of the more reliable and cost efficient close range attacks. Blazing Sword is perhaps the most accurate Blade in the game and does high damage for only 3 aura. Blazing Bullet can rack up a lot of damage quickly in a match. Should you be losing too much life, Nature also has multiple ways of regaining life. Nature also provides attack boosts with Heat and Stimulate helping to break shields. Memory of Battle can make a strong late game attack. Nature has a pretty strong variety of well protecting and useful shields. Glacial Wall is great when you just want your opponent to have their buttons frozen and lose control. Fortress of Iron erases many common close range moves without breaking. To boot, it also has 360 degree shelter protection. Wall of Current can delete melee moves for cheap and Vacuum Wall can erase any attack that barriers shields can block. (All except lock, move, rain, and retainable moves) Gust for only 2 aura can divert any projectile move not manually aimed including Dragon Slayer. Wall of Fire will block up to 6 damage for 2 aura if you’re looking to save aura. Moves like Sonic Boom and Arc of Fire can change things up a little along with Nature's rain attacks. Decoy, Earthquake and Entangle help give Nature more variety. Twister and Whirlwind can also have some intimidation factor. The environmental Forest Sanctuary can dramatically change the pace of a match by limiting attacks and also setting you up to make mostly safe use of Erase or Glacial Wall shield blocks.( No single attack can do more than 3 damage when Forest Sanctuary is out. ) Dense Fog can be useful for melee focused arsenals and it can enable you to dodge high accuracy moves with Dash against skills like Lack that were undodgeable at default homing levels. Although Nature can technically erase one single opponent capsule with Abyss, its strategic use is somewhat weak. A few Nature attacks will erase a shield or an attack in an opponent’s hand if they’re hit by the attack.
Faith has a lot of options and can have quick setups. It has cheap and highly accurate ranged attacks. Combined with Trance or Lunar Force your attacks can get even stronger. Fire of Gehenna is impossible for jumpers to dodge. Quite a few faith attacks are hard for cartwheelers to deal with especially moves like Venom Fang and Willo the Wisp. Reincarnation is another accurate attack that when combined with trance, can break any erase shield in the game besides Fortress of Iron. Reincarnation can avoid the effects of erase itself if you have 2 extra aura to retain it when it’s blocked. (costing 6 total) Reincarnation is one of the best skills in the game. The mixed speeds of Faith moves can also lead opponents to dodge one move but then get nailed by the other one coming at them. Sometimes you can time it to break shields if you set up two attacks to hit the shield at the same time.(a faster move can catch up to a slower move that’s about to hit a shield) To keep your opponents on their feet there are moves like the accurate Agonies of Death that goes through obstacles. Lucifer’s Arrow provides a rain attack that goes through objects and ceilings as well. Sign of Saints is another move that is unerasable and can be used well at mixed heights. Faith has Amulet to protect from up to 3 erase moves, giving you protection without having a skill locked to your button all game like Orb. Faith can reverse a player’s stats with Armaros, Armaros Watch, or Angel's Breath. With Armaros Watch reversing player's stats, you also get a long range accurate stun against players with stats as well. Judge of Ares can be used to get rid of numerous shields from all players. Faith also has one of the best level erasing moves in the game with Vicious Balance. Bloody Ritual can also be used to good effect as well. If you hit someone with 14 Level 3 times with it, they will be brought down to a Level of 1. Of course a lot of these great sounding moves do have a catch. A lot of them cost life to use, so there is some limit and risk to some of these moves. Tag probably has the least risk with these moves while Battle Royale players need to focus on their long term survival. It probably evens out in 1 on 1 matches. There are still quite a few good moves if the life loss ones don't sound appealing. Faith also has Rebirth and Vampire bats to help gain life back too. Faith has 2 of the best capsule Erasing skills in the game with Diabolical Trick and Violent Change. Diabolical Trick is infinite use and can get rid of any capsule. Violent Change allows the erasing of multiple capsules from a safer place than an opponent’s spawn point. Faith also has Judgment to give you an anti Environmental skill. One particular weakness in the faith school is the durability of its shields. Aside from Shield of Ruin which costs 2 life to use and blocks up to 6, the highest defense shield in Faith is Shield of Aegis for 5. Faith does have Angel’s Wing with 4 defense to erase short range moves. It also has Flash Hole and Dark Hole to erase projectile attacks. Although fairly breakable, the erase abilities are useful and cheap to pay for. Faith’s short range moves are also a bit lacking. Muramasa Blade is available though and has pretty decent accuracy for high damage that can break any shield. However, the rest of Faith’s short range moves have bad accuracy or limited use. Even though True Muramasa is the same accuracy of Muramasa Blade, its price is steeper. If you use it twice and hit only once, you have taken the same amount of damage as you dished out to your opponent. It gets even harder to justify when Fire of Gehenna will do 6 damage for only 4 aura and cost only 2 life. Some of the projectiles in Faith can be aimed close up to try to fight back against close ranged opponents. Angel Tears can be used to get rid of negative stat buffs on you while still gaining aura with the skill. Doppelganger can also set you up with a better condition. Athena’s Command could potentially be an underlooked environmental in the Faith School. It can prevent the use of big damage moves in the other schools such as Psycho Burst, Aura Backflow, Memory of Battle, Crystallization, Dance of Death, Bundled Blaster, Finisher, and X charge moves like Gungnir. It does affect some Faith moves too, but still can be worked around.
18PD General Arsenal Design Tips and Management, Missions Good for Practicing At
These tips are for standard mode. There are some tips for other modes in a later section on game types. I will try to give some general rules that have worked for me.
Deciding on Aura Count - A safe number of minimum aura to have in an arsenal that mixes some low cost and a few high cost moves is usually 14. You can raise this to 15 or 16 if you’d like but usually you don’t want anymore than 16. Having only 13 aura starts to really push it and you may find yourself struggling for aura to do something, especially if you go any lower.
However, this isn’t always the case. A Bravery Decision arsenal could have 19 aura in it and be decent. But this is because in reality you hope to wipe out the aura you don’t need. Some arsenals that focus on using mostly low cost skills can do just fine with 10 aura as well.
Things like Level Amp, Boost Mine, and Angel Tears, can make good substitutes for aura particles. Sometimes they’ll slow you down too.(Angel tears should rarely slow you down though) If you're going to put Boost Mines or Level Amps in to use Vibration moves quicker, I think the lowest aura you should consider is 12 aura. When doing this you need to try to make sure your starting aura count is 3 or better so that you can smoothly use Level Amps/ Boost Mines.(Use the back button at your start if you don't have 3 aura) You'll see that sometimes you'll have to quickly discard moves because you won't always have enough aura. In that case you will have to consider putting more aura in if it hurts your arsenal too much.
Angel Tears only cost 1 and makes a good substitutes for aura particles and can protect against stat debuffs. (Of course if you're using permanent stat buffs then you probably don't want many Angel Tears, if any in the arsenal)
Use Mix Cost skills - Try to balance between having expensive and cheap skills. If you only have expensive skills you will take longer to do anything. Relying on Optimization to use all your skills is usually a bad idea.
Decide on Duplicates - Packing more than one of a certain skill will help ensure that you get key skills more often. If you really want something every match, then putting in 3 will help that happen a lot more than just one. Experiment with going between having 1-3 of a skill in your arsenal to see just how much you want to get that skill. For example, it can be useful to have 2 Tiger's Strengths or Trances, but 3 is going to be overkill most of the time. (It is good in 0 aura arsenals though)
Have an Anti Environmental skill - If you can, it is wise to put an anti environmental skill(like Crush) in your arsenal. Being able to get rid of a floated Environmental can turn the tide of a match. You can also use these to knock people out of the sky.
Ki and Optical schools do not have any anti environmental skills, so it can be especially important to put environmentals in when only using those schools. There is always the option to go 3 school to provide yourself with an anti enviro move too. Ki can use Meditation to offset lowered aura regen rate from a 3 school case if desired.
Have Something that Deals with Status Effects - It is also helpful to put in a skill that will deal with status effects,(Purify, Neutralization, Armaros) especially ones that your opponent has. Sometimes you can protect yourself from negative status moves, but an opponent running around with +6 speed can be hard to catch till you slow him down.
Put an Environmental in - Look at the environmental skills and see if there’s not one you can put in your arsenal that will help you. This can prevent someone else from putting their own environmental out and hopefully help you more than your opponent. If you use cheap ones you can take the aura from it if you really need it. And no, Optimization will not always be helpful or worth putting in an arsenal. Sometimes there aren’t any good choices but its worth checking out when making an arsenal.
Put in a closer Heavy Hitter - I also think it's worthwhile to throw in a move with some relatively high strength in it. Each school has a skill or set up that can do this.
Defensive moves - Carrying between 3-5 defensive moves is very helpful.(less defensive moves really start to push it) Remember you don’t have to just consider shields. Moves like Dash or Lightning Speed can serve good defensive functions as well. Depending on what you want to do with an arsenal, certain defenses are more useful than others. Even people who are really good at dodging moves can benefit from having defenses. Whether you cartwheel or jump there are moves that are very troubling without a defensive move. You might get away with using no defenses in One on One, where you sacrifice having them for the sake of speed. Having no defenses can pay off but it can also give you a lot of frustrating defeats.
The other situation you could be justified in using no defenses, is when you are trying to perform an elaborate combo that doesn’t allow any space for shields. Even then, defenses can sometimes buy you the time you need to put a combo together.
Having high speeds can function defensively as well.
With trial and error you’ll see what a good amount of defenses are for your arsenal to use.
Orb/Amulet - If there are moves you really need to be able to use in an arsenal like Recall or permanent stats that you really need to have, these skills will help you keep them. Orb/Amulet can be especially useful for cartwheelers who really want to avoid the stun effects that come from erase moves. Jumpers can get by more without these because they can jump to avoid the stun effects of moves like Dragon Slayer or Restrain. That doesn't mean jumpers shouldn't ever carry these. If erasure can significantly hinder your arsenal, Orb and Amulet are valuable moves to think about using. If you're tired of Vicious Balance these can help.
Reset or Reverse moves - Having a skill that's able to reset/reverse your own stats is useful if getting your stats reversed will screw you over.
Thinking of Playing More Riskily
in this section are ones that work well for quite a few
However, it is also valid to ignore
these recommendations just to try to increase your chances of getting
other skills. It’s a risk you take, to try to speed up
your chances of getting something you want. Sometimes it pays off,
other times it will cost you the match. Starting out in this
game it's probably better to play it more safer.
Thinking of Playing More Riskily - The recommendations in this section are ones that work well for quite a few arsenals. However, it is also valid to ignore these recommendations just to try to increase your chances of getting other skills. It’s a risk you take, to try to speed up your chances of getting something you want. Sometimes it pays off, other times it will cost you the match. Starting out in this game it's probably better to play it more safer.
Bring Moves that Counter weaknesses in your arsenal - Counter Skills - If a player who has Dash can dodge everything you do easily then you might want to carry Turbulence, Wind Pressure or perhaps you can even use Chaos.(takes care of Photon Barrier users at the same time) If there is something opponents do that give your arsenal trouble there is usually something you can put in an arsenal to deal with it. There is only so much you can prepare for so pick what is most important to deal with.
1 School, 2 Schools or 3 Schools? - Depending on what school number case you choose, your aura will regenerate at a different rate. The fewer the schools in the case, the quicker your aura regenerates. If you're unsure, you'll probably find 2 schools will often give you the variety of moves you need at a good pace. Some combinations of moves can only be done with 3 schools chosen. However, if you switch to 3 schools your regeneration rate drops. This is not the worst thing in the world but it is worth considering why you're choosing to go 3 school. Sometimes there are things in different schools that do similar things and can eliminate the need for you to go 3 school. Moves like Meditation can boost your aura regen rate stat by +2 if you want 3 school regen to be quicker. Here is a comparison of the 3 different schools' aura regen rates :
A 1 School Arsenal regenerates aura like a 2 School Arsenal that has +2.5 aura regeneration.(you can't get 2.5 in the game but a single school's starting regen rate is less than +3 regen in a 2 School arsenal but more than a 2 School arsenal with +2 regen)
A 3 School Arsenal Regenerates aura like a 2 School Arsenal that has -3 aura regeneration.
If you go 3 school, you'll notice that it takes quite a bit more time to generate 5 aura to use a 5 cost skill. With 3 schools you may feel a need to use more lower cost moves. Using high cost skills and shields can get hard to work with so you may have to sacrifice a certain amount of strength or defense power so that moves are more likely to be usable when needed. Even with Optimization down certain things can get affected significantly by aura regen rates. Ricochet Laser can take noticeably longer to repeatedly use. Sometimes it is still worth it to go 3 school just to give yourself more options. One way to counter aura regen loss is with Meditation or Ethos Inspiration from a teammate. If you want to punish those using 3 schools you could play the environmental Desertification to slow them down even more. (It would be like a 4 school arsenal case if one existed)Going Single School or Two School will give you the ability to use your moves more quickly repeatedly.(because they have faster aura regeneration) It is not the biggest advantage in the world but it can be more valuable in situations where you're being heavily taxed. In One on One regen rate can be less significant than in Tag or Battle Royale. That doesn’t mean that 3 school arsenals are bad in those modes. In One on One you may wish that you could perform certain moves more quickly and the move to a 2 or 1 school arsenal can be worth sacrificing a few skills.
If you feel like an arsenal is struggling to do things in time and you already see you have a good amount of aura and balanced cost skills, then that is probably one of the best times to think about going down to a two or single school arsenal.
If you're starting out and you're unsure of yourself it is good to try to make two school arsenals. It’ll keep you focused on making the most of each school your using and gives you a good amount of versatility.
For single school arsenals, Nature and Faith are probably the most adaptable to situations, but the other schools also have their own strengths to offer. You may feel the urge to look deeper into getting a greater variety of skills from a School in a 1 school case as you'll need to look for things that substitute for what you could normally get in a 2 school arsenal. It can make you think outside the box sometimes.
Advanced Aura Regen Tricks - Although I have been saying going 3 school cases give you the most options, there are a few ways in which 3 school cases make certain tricks impossible or a lot more difficult to accomplish. Check out the Advanced Aura Regen Section if you're interested.
Not Just Attacks and Defenses - Look at all the skills you have available for each school in your arsenal. Don’t just think to use attacks and shield skills. Most arsenals benefit from having at least something that is either a Status, Special, Erase, or an Environmental skill.
Complimentary Arsenal - Try to use skills that function together in some way when you’re making arsenals. Look for skills that complement each other and maybe even deal with weaknesses your arsenal has. There are a lot of moves that were just made for each other. Take a look at the next few sections for combos, arsenals, tricks, and other ideas. The more your skills work well together, the more effective they will all be. Also look for skills that work well for you. Some people are just better at using certain skills than others. With practice though you may get good at using skills you might have once regarded as bad. If you see others using a skill well that you don’t, try to figure out what their doing that makes the skill work better for them and how you can get better yourself.
To try to find new uses for skills. You can ask yourself what other skill would work well with another skill in some way. Don’t be too quick to think a skill is complete crap. Sometimes so called crap skills can create unusual and sometimes even powerful combos. Most skills in this game have some sort of function that makes them more useful in one way than other moves.
Skills to help go through your arsenal more quickly or get specific moves
1. Mephisto's Pact - The simplest to use, when you use Mephisto's Pact it pulls up a list of the skills left in your arsenal and lets you pick one to equip yourself with. It is the most practical in trying to get a combination of moves set up. If a skill you want is on the field or spawning on it, you can't select that skill from the list.
2. Bravery Decision - It takes out all aura particles currently remaining in your arsenal except ones on the field already. Basically works best with skills like Rail Gun, Excalibur, and Cluster Bomb which require you to have 7 or less capsules left in your arsenal. Still you can try to use it for other reasons to get to certain moves quicker. People sometimes use it with Recall arsenals.(Which is covered more in the arsenal types section on Recall)
3. Accelerate - Your capsules respawn quicker while this Environmental is out, but so does your opponents'. Helps Recall arsenals go through skills more quickly.
4. Auto Capture Skills - The 3 skills Sky Pursuit, Empty Hand, and Hyper Punch are you options. You can use up to 9 of these skills in an arsenal. If all the capsules at your spawn point are currently not on the field, using any of the Auto Capture attacks will use up the move and then put the next skill that would spawn into your hand. You can get through your arsenal more quickly with this. These moves are all low cost making it easy to burn through your arsenal. It's best use seems to be for raising up the strength of your Memory of Battle or Scars of Battle moves quickly. If you want to burn through even faster you can relearn these skills to Auto-Capture 3 more skills.(The drawback to this is that Relearned moves will not add any more strength to your Memory/Scars of Battle, so relearning the auto capture skills is strictly for reducing the amount of skills left in your arsenal more.
You may also want to check out an FAQ by Delandel on making arsenals at :
There are some differences in recommendations between us but you’ll probably find some helpful things in that faq too.(I especially liked the idea of having a back up plan like Diabolical Trick.)
Ensuring that you properly pick things up in a good order will make your arsenals work better. Always be ready to use the "Back" button at the start of the match to try to get a better random assortment at the start.(Hitting the back button will equip your starting hand with a new set of 4 random skills) Look both at what’s in your hand and the colors of the 3 capsules next to you in the beginning. Think of what the ideal starting hand is for your arsenal is and whether it’s better to try a different random 4 skills at the start. The colors of the capsules at the spawn in the beginning can give you hints about whether you should change what’s in your hand. If the only green skill in your arsenal is Tiger’s Strength and you see a green capsule next to your character at the beginning of the match, you might want to change up your hand, which also has a tiger’s strength in it. If you see 3 aura particles at your spawn then you probably want a new hand for your self if you also have 4 aura particles in your hand. Be prepared to make sacrifices and burn through your arsenal quickly if you get a hand that is not so great. You will sometimes get hands that are not so great and you’ll have to give up on using certain skills just so you will still be somewhat capable when your opponent comes after you or goes after your teammate. The more you play with an arsenal the more you will get an idea of what is a good starting hand and what isn’t. Also look at your opponents' hands at the start. If they only have one or 0 aura or no shields and 2 aura, there’s a good chance they have a bad hand defensively. If you got a decent set up you can rush them and they’ll be badly prepared for your assault. A sign that your arsenal probably needs work is if after a minute passes in a match you still don't feel like your arsenal is ready to do good. (At least test it a few times as you will just get bad draws sometimes)
Pick Stuff Up! - If you have only 2 skills equipped and you're at a spawn with 3 skills, pick at least one up! You can't just wait around forever in a match. You need to pick something up so you can get other skills you need later. In rare cases if you think you're going to have skills erased you can leave some at your spawn. Otherwise you're wasting time and limiting your attack options.
Missions good for Practice in The Original Phantom Dust
These missions can be helpful to test new arsenals at:
Mission: "A Secret Thought" on City - This is a good practice level in Single Player Mode. You fight pH in a spawn that is bad for you and if you're not defended well, pH can annoy you especially when Blaster is used in a 1.2 patch game. He also uses stat debuffs to remind you why you might want to have a skill to handle stats and shields to block with. It reminds you why bothering to put in some Angel Tears might be a good idea. He also carries Eraser shields, but he can be faked out into using them so that you get used to not mindlessly attacking human opponents who have erase shields. He also cartwheels to give you some practice against them. You also get practice trying to bait his Photon Wave move and then following up at the right time. His constant Photon Rain will also make you stay awake. If you don't have any strong enough moves or buffs he can block a lot of moves easily. The level also gives you that dangerous debris to be careful of.
Mission: " Memory Wedge" at Lane - A good level for practice in dealing with pressure from multiple opponents.
Mission: "Gaze Drop" at City - This level has you team up with JD attacking more than 2 enemies. Since the AI's can sometimes be easy to beat, having to deal with extra ones can challenge your arsenal a little more. Enemies also knock JD out at times, giving you practice in trying to save your downed partner.
"Red Rose of Passion" at Panorama - I
use this as much but it can be good practice. The AI's can
and run away with high damaging stats.
Mission: "Red Rose of Passion" at Panorama - I don't use this as much but it can be good practice. The AI's can be aggressive here and run away with high damaging stats.
Mission: "An Odd Relationship" on Highway - This is a pretty easy mission but if you want to mess around with cartwheelers in a bit more of a restrained way it's not a bad choice. You can practice seeing how they can and can't dodge swords. You can mostly just hide behind walls or jump Guard's crawler moves and Disintegrate hole in the 1.2 patch version of the level.
19PD Strategies around certain game types
This is a list of most of the types of match types and offers some strategies around each type.
One on One
One on One allows a wide range of tactics and approaches. There are many ways you can go about things and you don’t have to worry about using arsenals that are compatible with a tag teammate. You also don't have to deal with being triple or double teamed for becoming too much of a threat.
In many ways this allows for greater all or nothing arsenals. You could try to go for the quick kill or try to negotiate a longer round.
In Battle Royale and Tag, certain all or nothing tactics can be less powerful as you have to contend with more things. Because you don’t have to worry about being double teamed in One on One, certain defensive skills may be less necessary. While something like a Psycho Shell is very useful in dealing with multiple unanticipated attacks, the more durable Psychic Wall could end up serving you better in One on One. In this respect shelter moves can become less necessary because it is easier to deal with skills with a regular barrier shield or some other shield, since you know there is only one player to watch. Still some shelter shields like Erase Shell or Fortress of Iron have handy additional effects and still protect against attacks shot at you from above. Cartwheelers could still find themselves favoring them too for hole protection.
Penalty Skills vs Speed - In One on One you can use certain skills that penalize you more. While someone is more likely to use Will o The Wisp and Blaster in a multi opponent set up, One on One arsenals might choose Demon's Fire and Mist Blaster instead. Both combinations of moves do the same amount of damage, but a combination of Demon's Fire and Mist Blaster costs 4 aura while Will o The Wisp and Blaster will cost 7 to combo with. That doesn't mean Mist Blaster and Demon's Fire aren't usable in other modes, it just points out the different strategy considerations.
To be the most competitive in tag, you would need to coordinate arsenals with someone. There are different options open to you in Tag than in One on One. Some very powerful combos can only be conveniently done with a tag partner. You can take on more supportive roles and use distraction tactics. Having one person stun an opponent while the other attacks is much easier to do in tag. Being able to communicate well is also important. If your going to use skills that affect your teammate in potentially negative ways, you should check with them and see if its really worth doing. A floated Memory Lapse that’s good for you might not be so great for your teammate. Don't always put Optimization out. I've seen too many matches where the tide was in one team's favor and then the leading team puts Optimization down and suddenly the opposing team becomes much more powerful. It is very rarely a good idea to put Optimization out when your teammate is dead and both your opponent's aren't. Take it down if you can when your teammate’s dead. On the other hand it can help when only one opponent is alive.
Double Team - Because you can overwhelm opponents with two people you can make arsenals that may not function so well in One on One but can play well in tag more thanks to distraction tactics. It is also important to consider whether you should try to take out your opponents around the same time or keep killing the weakest one. Being around to resurrect a teammate who’s about to die is very important. Sometimes it is best to run from a battle with an opponent to get near your teammate so he can resurrect you easily when you're about to die. This can also be an effective lure on an opponent. Shelter moves and evasive moves can be more important than in One on One because you can be attacked by 2 people at once. Sometimes its worth it to kill your teammate to resurrect him. Watch for your opponents because they could attack you as you do this.
Resurrection Tricks - Whenever you are resurrected you only get back half of the life you previously had and can’t go above that number. You can be resurrected infinitely even if your at 1 life, you don’t go to 0. If you cast a move that effects everyone while a teammate or opponent is currently knocked out that player won’t be affected. i.e. You could cast Quantum Decay or Vicious Balance after a teammate has died and not worry about lowering their level. Casting Phantom Dust(the skill) while a teammate is knocked out is another possibility.(You pick them up after doing these moves) Try to get good at giving instructions to your teammate on how to find your dead body.(you may want bright colors on your character’s costume) To resurrect a dead teammate, walk over to him and assign him to one of your buttons like you would a capsule. Go to the options and change your camera options so that you can lock onto a teammate. It will be valuable to know what’s going on with your teammate. You can remove a locked skill button from your hand if you map a dead teammate to your button.(get rid of an Orb you don’t need) Sometimes you can pick up a body lying down between a fence like in Lane. Land mines on a dead opponent can work well. Don't get killed in the middle of a pink air lift as your teammate might not be able to pick you up.
Using Lock On to Go Through Other People - If you lock on to your teammate and fire a non explosive move at them, your projectile will go through any opponents standing in the way.(Been awhile but pretty sure this is true). Its helpful for things like Friendship or Neutralization. If you lock on to an enemy and shoot a non explosive projectile and your teammate is in the way, the attack will go through your teammate and go after the opponent.. Note that In single player mode, you would hit your teammate or enemies in the way of your intended target. In online Tag, your moves will go through the unintended target unless the move can explode. Melee, Mines, Holes, Move/Twister, and Rain moves can still hurt unintended targets in online tag as well.
Not having a Teammate Lock On - While I recommend having teammate lock on turned on, some players prefer to not be able to lock onto their teammate. They can switch more quickly between the 2 opponents. They have to use manual aim to hit their teammate with something though. This is not always easy or safe to do in a match. Opponents can also jump in front of it and get hit instead. So you could end up hitting an opponent with a Friendship that was meant for your teammate. If you use teammate lock on, the Friendship will go through opponents and reach your teammate easily thanks to its good homing.
Teammate - If
you hit L1 or the White Button on your controller in a match, you
toggle on and off to have players names display with their rough
location with white text. This can give at least some
where your teammate is during a match.
Battle Royale involves more manipulating things to work in your favor and deciding who is best to go after and what evasive maneuvers you can use to escape an opponent. It is hardest here to be "suicidal" in approach because even if you take one opponent down you could still have 2 very healthy ones left. The nature of Battle Royale is very political. Using certain skills can easily annoy every player.(Violent Change for fear of being erased to death) Sitting back often seems ideal and some opponents are dumb enough to just be focused on killing each other instead of the opponent with 20 life all powered up. Watch out for other players who hang around doing little. Evasive moves like Dash and shelter shields can be helpful for blocking or avoiding moves you can’t really anticipate. At the same time, someone who seems to be dashing out of everything can soon become a target of several players who don’t want to deal with those difficulties later on. Many people have codes of conduct and if they don’t like the way you play they’ll go after you. You don’t want to appear too threatening or too weak in Battle Royale unless you feel like you really can take everyone down despite what they might try to do. Sometimes it's best to take out an opponent who you’ve weakened because they can be single minded enough to do anything to make sure you don’t win even if they die because of it. Moves that gain you life can be especially useful in surviving longer matches.
Quick Mode may not work the same in the remaster. These details are about Quick Mode in the Original Xbox version of Phantom Dust. Whatever version of Quick mode you play, you get a preset arsenal. Some arsenals are more affective than others but you really just have to make do with what you get. If you don’t want to worry about arsenal design this is the perfect place for you.(What's written here is in regards to original Phantom Dust. The remaster may have new spins on this mode) Basically do the best you can with the skills you have. If you learn the lists of skills in each preset arsenal, that could technically help you out. Here is a link that shows a list of arsenals and their contents that you can get in the original Phantom Dust Quick Battle 1.2 version (read down a little in the thread to see the 2 other arsenals that weren’t included by the original poster):
The most popular non standard mode. This can be a good place to fool around with a bunch of skills without worrying about aura so much. You’ll find a lot of standard arsenal builds in this mode are not nearly as good as they normally are. You get 40 health and you always have at least 5 Level no matter what.(the lowest you can be erased down to is 5 Level) This throws off a lot of the balance in this game. Some skills are much more useful now with the increased life cap. Take the nature skills like Blazing Bullet and Blazing Sword. Judge of Anubis is a power house with much less risk and is much easier to use. Finisher and Mist Laser, have much less consequence in being used. Using Recall is so much easier in this mode that it’s a staple in most arsenals with Optical skills. Since you always have 5 Level you can also make more types of arsenals without any aura in them. If you don’t want to worry much about the consequences of low level or getting level erased as much, this is a pretty good game type for you. It's still possible to find people erasing capsules here and it can be done quicker in some ways but a lot more people have Recall to slow down the process. People use Optimization a lot in these rooms but not always. Sometimes you can take advantage of this by using Irregular Rhythm or Fatigue.
This is a rather fun mode that gets less appreciation than it should. These are 3 minute long matches that you only have 5 life in and can’t go above it. Every time you die you come back to life a few seconds later. Whoever kills the most people wins. If there is a tie in kills, the player who died the least wins. This is a great form of Battle Royale for people sick of regular Battle Royale matches where people often stand around doing nothing for several minutes. If you hate having capsules erased its also not really a viable place for someone to erase players to death. It does have its own share of issues. Faith skills that are effective with 7 or less life are obviously easier to use with less consequence. You may find 3 players running around with a lot of Faith in their arsenals because of this. Skills like Scientism(no faith skills for a minute) are a good way of stopping these problems. Because of the quick nature of battles you may find yourself using certain one shot shields more like About Face. This mode is horribly boring with just one other opponent but fun with 3 or 4 people. There’s not really double teaming here because everyone just wants to get whatever shot they can get to kill another player.
This game type is interesting but unfortunately rare. Your arsenal can only have one skill of each in it.(no doubles) One way to get around this is to use similar skills like Rock Shot and Bomb.
Your life is limited to 10 and you start with 0 aura. The max level you can reach is 5. Much like KO Battle you can easily abuse some faith skills with low life requirements. You also don’t want to pack expensive skills. Some skills will be impossible to use without an Optimization down because of the limit. Others are impossible to use because you can’t reach 10 or more Level. Lowering someone’s level or playing Irregular Rhythm could really change the outcome of a match and really screw someone over who uses more expensive skills.
A random Environmental is always out and changes every minute in the match. This can lead to sudden swings in the match’s tide. Environmentals you use in this are useless because you can’t override or erase the automatic environmental. If you're worried about being crippled by a random environmental change, variety can be useful to have in your arsenal.
Eliminate the Odd One
This is 3 on 1 with one player at 40 life and the 3 other players at 5. Teammates can resurrect each other. Moves like Blazing Sword and Joke or Judge of Anubis can be very powerful.
Single School Only
Only single school arsenals are allowed. Carrying an Anti School Environmental could cripple one of your opponents. Think about ways in which Single School arsenals will struggle against other single school arsenals.
This is very different from regular Puny matches. You get 20 life and no Level cap. The major difference from standard is that you can’t play with arsenals that have any skills that cost 4 or more, and no x cost skills are allowed. There are a few environmentals you could use in combination with this match type that could create interesting results.
This is much different from Heavy Matches. You get 20 life and no Level cap. You start out with 0 Level . This time the major difference from standard is that you can’t play this mode if your arsenal has any skills that cost 2 or less. This means no Orb/Amulet protection but it also means no Vicious Balance. This can create some interesting options. The biggest issue is that a floated Reduce Entropy can force a draw. You might want to consider banning its use in this game type.(or at least ban floating it)An interesting strategy though would be to erase all your opponents capsules and then play Reduce Entropy so they couldn’t do anything.
20PD List and Description of Various Arsenal Concepts: Recommendations and Strategies against each type
There are many approaches to winning in this game but there are some pretty established arsenal types.
Weaknesses in all arsenals listed - There are certain environmentals that can cripple an arsenal(Memory Lapse, Reduce Entropy) or make your opponent’s arsenal too powerful.(Optimization) An opponent who has boosted their stats can also become overwhelmingly powerful. To deal with this I recommend putting a skill in that erases environmentals and erases or reverses stat buffs if you can. Sometimes you can’t, but you could try to structure your arsenals so that they can deal with most tactics. You can ignore this to boost your chances of getting other skills, but it could lead to some frustrating defeats as well.
List of Some Arsenal Concepts (some of the more complicated arsenals are towards the end. (Particularly Recall and Chill Breeze Loop arsenals)
Memory of Battle Arsenals
arsenal will include
the Nature school
and usually has a mix of single use and infinite use skills. The idea
is to try to win using a lot of attacks which also make your
Memory Of Battle skill do a lot of damage as the match continues.
don’t have to actually
use an attack
skill to add to the power of Memory of Battle, it just has to leave
your hand. So you can pick up a skill to take the place of an attack in
your hand which will then make your Memory of Battle stronger. Any of your capsule
attack skills erased from your spawn will not count towards Memory of
Battle’s strength. They have to be picked up and leave your
You can also use Scars of Battle to work
like Memory of Battle. These arsenals require you to figure out how
single use and infinite use attacks you should put in this arsenal.
There are many approaches to Memory of Battle
This arsenal will include the Nature school and usually has a mix of single use and infinite use skills. The idea is to try to win using a lot of attacks which also make your Memory Of Battle skill do a lot of damage as the match continues. You don’t have to actually use an attack skill to add to the power of Memory of Battle, it just has to leave your hand. So you can pick up a skill to take the place of an attack in your hand which will then make your Memory of Battle stronger. Any of your capsule attack skills erased from your spawn will not count towards Memory of Battle’s strength. They have to be picked up and leave your hand. You can also use Scars of Battle to work just like Memory of Battle. These arsenals require you to figure out how many single use and infinite use attacks you should put in this arsenal. There are many approaches to Memory of Battle Arsenals.
Variety Approach - Using up several single use moves can get your Memory of Battle stronger. Some skills to consider using may include things that break or erase shields. Using some cheap but strong single use attacks like Vacuum Slash or Psycho Spear is another option. A few other infinite use moves can still work well with Memory of Battle as well.
Auto Capture Approach- One of the quickest ways to boost Memory of Battle's strength is to use a bunch of auto capture skills quickly(maybe not even bothering to hit your opponent with them as they're used up) Auto capture skills automatically pick up your next skill when you use them.(even if there are no skills currently at your spawn point) The drawback to this approach is you put a heavier reliance on the power of Memory of Battle. Someone with an erase shield can take care of your Memory of Battle and you may not be left with much to do. The 3 auto capture skills available are from the Ki school and are named Sky Pursuit, Hyper Punch, and Empty Hand.(up to 9 total to possibly use)
Other Drawbacks and Options - A good cartwheeler can dodge Memory of Battle pretty easily if they're ready, so you may want to use a stun move and then follow up with Memory of Battle. You could also try boosting homing of Memory of Battle. This arsenal can work as a good assistant in tag. As far as One on One goes, it has the potential to do well, but connecting Memory of Battle will be harder against a cartwheeler. Nature has a lot of skills that can eliminate pesky stats your opponent has and it can also deal with moves like Dash with Turbulence or Wind Pressure among others.
Recall/Relearn and Memory of Battle - Any attacks you Recall or Relearn will take away from the power of Memory of Battle until that skill is unequipped again. If the Recalled skill is erased from your spawn you can never have it count towards Memory of Battle's strength.
Anti Memory of Battle - You can play the environmentals Athena's Command or Forest Sanctuary to stop a Memory of Battle from being useable.
The opposite of Memory of Battle, the attack Compressor relies on using up shields to boost strength.(Getting rid of shields from your hand also boosts Compressor's strength) There are one time use shields with useful effects like erase effects, life boosting effects, freezing effects, reflecting effects, and paralyzing effects that can help you use up your shields in a helpful way. There is also the shield Learning which can put a move it blocks into your hand if the projectile shot doesn't do enough damage to break Learning. Your teammate in tag could help you in this by shooting at you an attack/projectile you want. With Learning you can get your Compressor charged up and get a new move. Perhaps the greatest strength in Compressor comes from erasing many attacks that your opponent uses. Like Memory of Battle, Compressor is pretty easy to cartwheel out of.(hits jumpers though) It's usually a bad idea to have Compressor as your only attack because it can always be erased, but since a lot of your time will be spent erasing and delaying an opponent’s offense with shields you won’t have too many attacks in here either.
Wait Them Out or Attack the Opponent with Less Defenses - Sometimes it's best not to go on the offensive against a person with a bunch of shields like you’ll find against Compressor arsenals. Instead you can force them to pick up more stuff.(just wait out the match) In tag you could opt to go after the teammate of a Compressor arsenal who has less defenses instead of risking getting your attacks erased so easily by someone with many shields.
Shooting Through Compressor Players - In tag, shields can not block non exploding projectiles that are targeting a different player.(these projectiles will go through players that aren't meant to be the target). This means you can freely shoot projectiles at an opponent teammate who doesn't have any shields. The Compressor teammate with a bunch of shields can't protect their partner from most ranged moves. You have to lock on to the defenseless teammate to have projectiles go through a Compressor user's shields. Manually aimed attacks can be block by the Compressor player. They can also block explosions those moves create.(potentially erasing that move)
Blocking for a Teammate - Shields can erase short range, Move,(probably...) or Mine / Explosion type attacks that were locked onto someone else in Tag.
Coordination - 2 Compressor arsenals working together might be pretty powerful.
Tired of Waiting - Erasing a compressor arsenal’s capsules can be effective if the opponent is just sitting around with 4 shields in hand. Recall and Capsule erasing arsenals can be difficult for Compressor’s to deal with. Turbulence or Wind Pressure can help weaken Erasing or Recalling arsenals.
Keepers and Stopping Some of Them- Reincarnation and other locked/retain skill attacks can be good to use against Compressor arsenals to force them to waste an erase shield.(make sure you have 6 aura to retain Reincarnation). Using Necronomicon can at least stop Reincarnation and Arrow of Artemis from retaining themselves. Frostbite is technically another possible but difficult option to use to stop Lock/Retain moves.
Freeze Shot Glitch - Freeze shot fired by someone with attack strength buffs is also an option against heavily shielded Compressor players.(it can’t be erased by shields)
Stunners - Status/Special moves that stun can also be used against heavily shielded people without much risk. Glacial Wall or Paralyze Barrier could punish those players though.
Get Rid of Shields - Shield Erasers can be good against Compressor arsenals too.(Dragon Slayer, Shield Slayer, Judge of Ares, Lost Dragon, technically Lack among other erase moves) There are also several attack skills in Nature and Ki School that erase shields if you hit an opponent with it.(Lightning Sword for example)
Besides these tactics you can try to manually aim attacks away from a person’s shield to fake them out so they don’t erase your attack. Running up to someone and doing moves like Tiger’s Strength or even purify can trick a person into using a shield they have and then you can follow up with an attack while their completing the shield animation.(following up after a purify is not possible but you can waste their one time use shields) If you are faked out try to mash the shield button to try block again quickly, you might be able to get the shield up quick enough to block. If someone doesn’t have enough aura to use a shield again it’s a great chance to strike them. Because of this, level erasing can be another good tactic.(Vicious Balance, Quantum Decay) See the shields section for more on dealing with shields. If worse comes to worse you can wait for people with Compressors to attack and then counter attack with your own attack.
Note: Any shields you Recall or Relearn will take away from Compressor’s power.(until the shield leaves your hand again) Any shields erased from your spawn point don’t count towards Compressor’s power. You don’t actually have to use shields to add to the power of compressor, you just have to pick it up and have it unequip from your hand.
Anti Compressor - The environmentals Athena's Command or Forest Sanctuary can stop a Compressor from being usable.
Capsule Eraser Arsenals
These arsenals try to erase your opponents' capsules down to 0 so that they will die from it.(you lose 1 life every few seconds when there are 0 skills left in your arsenal) Oftentimes these arsenals carry a good amount of erase shields to keep pressure off them. While just about any arsenal can use Diabolical Trick, these arsenals can make extensive use of capsule erasing/altering skills like Violent Change, Particle Convert, Evaporate, and Change the World. Recall and Relearn are often a big part of these when using multiple capsule erasing/altering moves. These arsenals can be a pretty good defense against Memory Lapse arsenals when using Recall.
The Triple Team - Be careful about erasing opponents in Battle Royale, you can often be triple teamed for it, so sometimes its best to sit back and let people use up their skills till you think you can get away with some capsule erasing. If players see a lot of purple in your hand or know that your Recalling without really doing anything to anyone they can become suspicious of you. Whether you intend to use Accelerate to speed up erasing or not, people usually think you're going to erase them when you play it and it can encourage them to triple team.
Erase from Anywhere - One neat thing I saw a Recall Violent change arsenal do was the player raised their speed to high levels and kept Calling their capsules with Call with Accelerate down as well. They basically out ran the opponent and hid behind stuff while freely picking up new capsules and eventually erasing the opponent to death.
Things to Mess with Capsule
Erasers - One
tactic that can mess with capsule erasing players relying on Recall is
to keep their level below 10. A good offense can also
opponents not well equipped to defend. If your opponent has no attacks
you can basically wait around for them to use something like Violent
Change and attack in reaction. Reincarnation
is a solid attack
to deal with this. It’s really a
good idea for capsule erasers to have a few attacks anyway, as a
deterrent. Erase Back - You can
also fight back against people who intend
erase your own capsules by bringing your own capsule erasers,
Trick. If you have a higher skill count while doing this, you
discourage players from staying at your spawn to delete capsules, as
you can finish them off before they can finish you.
Punishing Capsule Pickups - Soul Cage can be used to mess with opponents who just keep picking up the capsule you're going to erase.(they take damage for picking them up)
Things to Mess with Capsule Erasers - One tactic that can mess with capsule erasing players relying on Recall is to keep their level below 10. A good offense can also overwhelm opponents not well equipped to defend. If your opponent has no attacks you can basically wait around for them to use something like Violent Change and attack in reaction. Reincarnation is a solid attack to deal with this. It’s really a good idea for capsule erasers to have a few attacks anyway, as a deterrent.
Erase Back - You can
also fight back against people who intend
erase your own capsules by bringing your own capsule erasers,
Trick. If you have a higher skill count while doing this, you
discourage players from staying at your spawn to delete capsules, as
you can finish them off before they can finish you.
Crippling Environmentals to help Capsule Erasing - An arsenal that floats Reduce Entropy can shut down a lot of arsenals. Combine Reduce Entropy with Shatter and Eliminate and you can end up erasing a lot of a person's capsules while Reduce Entropy is out. Forest Sanctuary can also help make things easier for capsule erasing arsenals.
Recall - Check out the Relearn Recall Recollection arsenal section in the listings for ideas on how set up Recall arsenals with multi capsule erasing skills. Also read the Bravery Decision arsenal section as that will tie into your possibilities with Recall.
Erase Based Arsenals - Emphasizing Skill Erasure
These arsenals pack a lot of skills that erase other skills. Some combinations of skills that work well together are Lack and Heat from the Void or Vacuum Palm.
Anti Erase - Some of the best ways of dealing with erase arsenals are to use Orb or Amulet. The environmental Commandments can buy you time as well.
Fighting against Orb and Amulet
1. Using the environmental Chaos will ensure you get past Orb and Amulet. If Orb is the only real problem you can use the anti environmental Stagnant Air.(conveniently in the Ki school where many skill erasers are found)
2. Any effects that freeze an opponent’s buttons also works in stopping Orb or Amulet.
3. You could tie the Nature or Ki based erase attacks well in these skill erase arsenals.(Storm Blade, Lightning Sword, Dragon Punch) Orb and Amulet does not stop their erase effects as they are considered attack skills .
Level Erasing As A Way To Get Rid of Opponent's Skills - Even though much of the focus on skill erasure is about getting rid of opponents' skills, using moves that reduce a person's level can also be useful.(like Exhaust) If you have an opponent with a higher level, then they can hold on to aura particles to reduce Heat From Void's damage. If they need more Level for other things, then naturally they will feel a need to use aura particles causing your Heat from Void to get powered up. They could also overwrite skills to try to get more aura, doing the skill erasing for you.
Erase Shields - Using erase shields maybe more effective than always going for a direct erase move.
Capsule Erasers - Although it may not be a focus of the arsenal, capsule erasing skills can be considered a way to indirectly erase moves from players.
Anti Dragon Slayer - Course shields are the only shield type that can stop Dragon Slayer which can often combo with other erase moves.
Holding onto Aura Particles -
If you hold onto Aura
you can use them as protection against Heat From Void and Vacuum Palm.
They can also make Disremember choose to erase them first
of more useful higher cost skills.
Holding onto Aura Particles - If you hold onto Aura Particles you can use them as protection against Heat From Void and Vacuum Palm. They can also make Disremember choose to erase them first instead of more useful higher cost skills.
Erase Based Arsenals - Emphasizing Level Erase (Vicious Balance/Quantum Decay Arsenals/Others...)
Level Erase Based arsenals have some similarities to Skill Erase Based arsenals and therefore the same strengths and weaknesses apply. However, Level Based Erase arsenals have 2 very powerful Hit All skills with the skills Quantum Decay and Vicious Balance.
Vicious Balance Arsenals - They often use mostly low cost skills. It's helpful to have a skill that lowers your level in it like Rebirth, Mist Blade, or Downcast in case someone level berserks or quantum amps you or accidentally use extra aura particles.
Signs of Vicious Balance - If you notice your opponent has a purple skill and only has 2 Level and isn’t really doing anything else, there’s a good chance that he’s waiting to use Vicious Balance. If he’s holding on to aura particles or not actually gaining level with them he’s probably also using it. If the opponent doesn’t have a lot of Level and keeps using skills that lower their level that is another sign that Vicious Balance could be in your opponent's arsenal.
2 or Less - Some
attacks that require you to have 2 or less aura can fit well in Vicious
2 or Less - Some attacks that require you to have 2 or less aura can fit well in Vicious Balance arsenals.
Quantum Decay Arsenals - You may also see a Quantum Decay arsenal using similar tactics in not doing anything and not picking up much aura. Quantum Decay arsenals may also use Level Boost or Level Berserk from a teammate to offset the amount of Level they lose from Quantum Decay.
Knocked Out Teammate Strategy - If your teammate is knocked out they will not be affected by Hit All erase moves.
Combining Level Erase Moves - Quantum Decay and Vicious Balance can obviously be used together in arsenals.(As well as other erase moves)
The Waiting Game - Aside from Orb/Amulet, you can wait or hold on to aura particles to not be affected as badly from level erase when it's done.
Anti Bloody Vicious - Chaos will wreck many Vicious Balance arsenals because skills that cost 2 or less can’t be used.(putting a Crush or Return to Nature in your Vicious Balance arsenal is recommended to deal with Chaos) Chaos also stops the use of Faith's other main level erase move, Bloody Ritual.
Optimization And Level Erase - This environmental can make much level erasing insignificant and it is recommended to take them down when trying to erase level. However, Optimization can help if you want to repeatedly use Restrain on someone to lower their level.(The stun effect of the move allows you to repeatedly Restrain an opponent who's already hit) Taking down Optimization afterwards though is necessary to make your opponent suffer from losing so much level.
Punishing Stallers - If you're playing an opponent who is being conservative about picking up aura at their spawn you can take advantage of this with the hit all erase skill Meltdown. If someone leaves 3 Aura Particles at their spawn and you do Meltdown and then Relearn it, you can bring someone from as high as level 12 down to level 0.
Freezing and Level Erase - There are several level erase based moves in Optical and Faith to lower level. Having freezing moves can help Level Erase succeed against players holding Orb or Amulet.
Attack Level Erasers- There are 2 faith attack moves called Song of Succubus and Succubus Tempt that erase level which can't be stopped by Orb or Amulet. However, their accuracy is terrible and they need decent strength buffing to be worth considering.(Trance and Lunar Force can help do this) The level you can gain from these skills can combo well with Restrain.
Alternative to Faith and Optical - Optical and Faith are the main schools with level erase moves. Additionally you could use Ki's skill Exhaust for other level erasing.
Greedy Spirit against Orb/Amulet - This move can shortly reduce opponents hit by it down to 0 aura, enabling Erase moves to work against Amulet and Orb users. You have to be very quick with the timing of this though.
These are arsenals that probably aren’t going to do that great on their own. They play more of a supportive role in combat, perfect for tag. They involve using moves that help your teammate out which can include moves like Friendship, Alleviate, and Level Berserk. You can use Doppleganger to copy the stat boosts you gave to a teammate. Another approach is to serve as more of a distraction, such as going invisible and firing Decoy at an opponent while your teammate goes after your disoriented opponent. Decoy by itself will work fine too. Other stun moves like Dazzle and Paralyze can fit well here. Annoying gifting good skills to a teammate or bad ones to opponents are other potential routes you can follow.
Dance of Death, Crystallization, Bundled Blaster, and Bundled Laser Arsenals
These skills do X damage based on the combined strength of a certain type of attack skills you have equipped. Things like Ki close range attacks for Dance of Death, "Piece" moves for Crystallization, etc.) Basically you’ll want to pick moves that make these moves powerful. Dance of Death and 3 swift blows for example or Bundled Blaster and 3 Vibration Blasters(21 damage and 18 damage respectively). Some of these styles are easier to use than others. Being invisible or having a distracted opponent can make something like Dance of Death easier to pull off. Speed boosts can help too. You could consider the skill Commandments to protect against erase moves as you could be running around without shields while using these moves. Mephisto’s Pact can make picking the most powerful attacks to go with your skill easier.(Relearning Mephisto's Pact can combine with that as well) The biggest weaknesses of Dance of Death arsenals are that it is not the hardest skill to dodge in the world.(doing it from far close range is more effective though.) While Bundled Blaster and Laser have good accuracy they can be harder to set up and are one time use.(Bundled Laser is rather hard to justify) A Bundled Blaster doing 18 damage is very powerful and punishing. Crystallization is decent for accuracy but can be reasonably cartwheeled.(jumpers can’t dodge it)
Issues - The biggest drawback to all these types are that for them to be at their most powerful you can’t have any defensive moves in your hand. This leaves you open to all sorts of erase and attack moves if you decide to make these X attacks as powerful as possible. Whether you choose a cartwheeler or jumper you will still have some attack types that you're weaker against and will be open to without defenses. Sometimes you can’t do a whole lot besides use the main move in the arsenal. On the plus side you can have good start up times for some powerful moves. It could be worth considering using just 2 moves to combine with these X moves. A Dance of Death doing 10 damage is still great damage and a second hit of it will finish off an opponent. If you go for the 21 damage version of Dance of Death with 3 Swift Blows you lose any defensive options besides speed boosts.
Some Interesting Setups and Numbers
1. Crystallization and 3 Pieces of Fires - Will let Crystallization do 9 damage. Breaks any shield.
2. Crystallization and 2 Piece of Fires - This will give you a medium range Nature skill with damage comparable to other big damage projectiles in other schools like Fire of Gehenna, Vibration Blaster, Rail Gun, and Heat from Void. Add Heats or a Stimulus to your arsenal and you can continue to compete with the other skills' high damage levels. The main alternative to Crystallization in Nature is Memory of Battle.(which is more flexible since you only need to have one Memory of Battle in hand for it to be used for big damage) Compared to Memory of Battle, Crystallization shoots out faster and can be shot while in the sky.
3. Crystallization + Piece Attack Skill that erases something on your target + Other Pieces - You can stun an opponent with a Piece move that erases something on an opponent, and follow up with Crystallization.(Crystallization is weakened afterwards though)
Dance of Death
1. Dance of Death + 3 Swift Blows - At 21 damage, a guaranteed kill in Standard mode.
2. Dance of Death + 1 Swift Blow- Gives Ki a guaranteed 7 Damage infinite use short range move while still allowing the use of other skills.(Breaks all but 2 shields in the game. Main infinite use big damage close range alternatives to Dance of Death in Ki school are Aura Backflow, and Vacuum Palm to a lesser extent. Dance of Death's damage numbers are more reliable in this setup.(but requires holding 2 skills.)
3. Dance of Death + Pursuit / Sky Pursuit - You can hold onto just the skill Pursuit/Sky Pursuit to count as close range melee moves to add to Dance of Death's strength. If you got 7-8 aura and one Dance of Death and Pursuit you can basically do 6 damage when you connect Dance of Death.(3 for hitting and then another 3 for damaging them with Pursuit while opponent is downed)
4. Dance of Death + Swift Blow + Pursuit / Sky Pursuit - Big 10 Damage set up. Allows one other move to be used with it
5. Dance of Death + 2 Swift Blows + Pursuit / Sky Pursuit - Can do 20 Damage. 2 Swift Blows and Pursuit give you a 17 damage Dance of Death. Follow up with Pursuit / Sky Pursuit to do 20 damage.
6. Dance of Death, 2 Swift Blows + Splashdown +1 extra attack power = 20 damage
1. Bundled Blaster + 3 Vibration Blasters - 18 damage. That's a lot.
2. Bundled Blaster + 2 Vibration Blasters - 12 Damage to break any shield.
3. Bundled Blaster + 1
Vibration Blaster + Blaster/Mist Blaster- 10 Damage to
break any shield. 4. Bundled Blaster + 2
Blasters/Mist Blasters - 8 Damage to
break any shield except Psychic Wall. Single School Benefit -
High Powered Bundled Blasters are one of the few ways Optical School
can break high defense shields. Bundled
Laser 1. Bundled Laser + 3
Vibration Lasers/Mist Lasers - 9 Damage. Can
break any shield.
3. Bundled Blaster + 1 Vibration Blaster + Blaster/Mist Blaster- 10 Damage to break any shield.
4. Bundled Blaster + 2 Blasters/Mist Blasters - 8 Damage to break any shield except Psychic Wall.
Single School Benefit - High Powered Bundled Blasters are one of the few ways Optical School can break high defense shields.
1. Bundled Laser + 3 Vibration Lasers/Mist Lasers - 9 Damage. Can break any shield.2. Bundled Laser + 2 Vibration Lasers/Mist Lasers - 6 damage I guess. With a stat buff you can break most shields.
3. Bundled Laser + 1 Vibration Laser / Mist Laser + Slide/Twist Laser - Breaks any projectile erase shield to let your Lasers follow up safely.
Low Cost Single school power move - Maybe there is some use in a Single School Optical looking to stay low cost while avoiding using many Blasters.
0 cost arsenals
These arsenals have 0 or X cost skills only, needing no aura. Trance and Rebirth will help you greatly. This arsenal can have trouble with shields as most 0 cost moves besides Agonies of Death can be blocked/erased easily. The greatest asset is that level erasing means squat to you and you don’t have to worry about being aura screwed at start.(can still get bad hands of course) This can work pretty well in tag especially if paired with a teammate's Vicious Balance arsenal.(it will drop everyone else to 0 level) Since aura regen will mean almost nothing to you, you should go with a 3 school arsenal case.
Get your level up to 10 or more to use powerful attacks that require 10 or more Level to use.(Vibration Laser and Vibration Blaster) The biggest downside is getting and staying at Level 10. Orb could be useful in this arsenal. You may also notice that certain moves like Laser and Blaster with a Tiger’s strength look almost as good as their vibration versions. Still, you can walk out of Laser much more easily than Vibration Laser which often requires jumping or cartwheeling to dodge. If you Tiger's Strength the Vibration moves you'll do 5 damage with Vibration Laser which will knock down opponents in one hit. Having an 8 damage strength Vibration Blaster can really hurt your opponent and break any shield in the game besides Psychic Wall.
It maybe tempting to use Vibration Laser with Optimization to make it cost 0, but you can make it easier for people to block many attacks since defense is cheap with Optimization out. Some people will opt for Optimization if they are using lots of Heats or Stimulates as the aura regen can otherwise make Vibration Laser use slower.(I'm talking about 7+ damage Vibration Laser strategies) Another mix up tactic that might work more easily with Optimization is to alternate using Triple Laser with Vibration Laser. This can make dodging timing difficult for jumpers.
El Bomb combined with Vibration Blaster can throw opponents off with the similar animations but you need lots of Level to keep it going. Level Amps, Quantum Amps and Boost Mines with Level Boost or Level Berserk can help get you up to and stay at 10 Level more easily. Using 3+ Level Amp/Boost Mine moves can help get your Level up quicker. You may find yourself getting away with just having 12 aura in these arsenals. In those kinds of setups you try to actively make sure your starting hand has 3 aura by using the back button to reshuffle when it doesn't seem you'll get 3 aura. (If you can pull that off things will go more smoothly with aura boosting skills)
Blazing Arsenals They
have at least
some Nature skills
15 or more life to use. Blazing Sword, Blazing Bullet, and Blazing
Storm are your
choices. These skills are strong and inexpensive. The biggest
keeping your self at 15 life. Healing moves and life gaining attacks
work well here. Erase or strong defense shields help keep you up on
life. These work best jumping the gun on an opponent before their
really quite ready. It's wise to have a few other moves besides Blazing
attacks. You can use moves like Vampire Bats, Life
Sword, Rafflessia Fang and Digestion to gain back
life as an
alternative to the status moves that heal. (Nature, Ki, and Faith each
moves for gaining life.) While these arsenals have a
quality to them, you need to be careful not to get hurt too much to
keep using Blazing moves.
They have at least some Nature skills that require 15 or more life to use. Blazing Sword, Blazing Bullet, and Blazing Storm are your choices. These skills are strong and inexpensive. The biggest weakness is keeping your self at 15 life. Healing moves and life gaining attacks work well here. Erase or strong defense shields help keep you up on life. These work best jumping the gun on an opponent before their really quite ready. It's wise to have a few other moves besides Blazing attacks. You can use moves like Vampire Bats, Life Giving Sword, Rafflessia Fang and Digestion to gain back life as an alternative to the status moves that heal. (Nature, Ki, and Faith each have moves for gaining life.) While these arsenals have a pressuring quality to them, you need to be careful not to get hurt too much to keep using Blazing moves.
Floating Environmental Arsenals (Every Environmental Based arsenal concept is covered here. If you want to jump ahead to the next non-Environmental arsenal types covered Click here)
These arsenals can greatly benefit from having an environmental out especially if it is floating so it can’t be grabbed. Carrying Orb will make it very hard for the environmental to be erased.(except Chaos and Stagnant Air's case) Freezing someone before you erase their environmental is a useful tactic in stopping Orb. Greedy Spirit can also be used to knock players down to 0 aura so your environmental erase can go through. (timing is hard though as hit player can regenerate aura fairly quick)
Environmental Floating Strategies
Depending on your arsenal you can be severely hurt by someone using these moves. Some Environmental floating arsenals' greatest strength is that they can cripple many arsenals and there are few things some arsenals can do when an Environmental is "permanently" down. Floating Environmental arsenals are usually tailored to get around the penalties of the environmental they play.
Having an anti environmental skill like Judgment is very useful in dealing with these arsenals. A quick rush is sometimes enough to stop these arsenals from winning. They are often much less effective without their environmental out. Also destroying places one can float an Environmental can make things just hard enough that you can defeat or greatly weaken your opponent before they get their environmental floated. If you are playing at the Lane stage there is a platform you can only reach using a Special Jump Skill. Check out the Sein level section run down to see the patterns of how the platforms break allowing you to float Environmentals there. See the floating environmentals section on more ways to thwart floating environmentals.
Some Environmentals play a supportive role like Lunar Force or Holy Ray boosting or reducing people's stats a little more. Some are much more dramatic in what they change. Note that you don't always have to float environmentals to get the most out of them. Some arsenals may benefit more from having an environmental out for only a limited time. Below are some of the strategies built around floated environmentals as well as uses of them in general.
Memory Lapse - use Reincarnation type retain or lock moves like Sign of Saints. To a lesser degree Recall can help fight against Memory Lapse. Be careful when you use your now single use skills. If your opponents do not have retain skills or Recalls, they will slowly run you out of things they can do to you. Memory Lapse can be used offensively or as a way to help erase capsules by forcing players to use up more skills. This is the hardest environmental to erase when the opponent has Orb as Memory Lapse makes any anti environmental skill into a single use move which Orb can protect from for 2 aura.
Reduce Entropy - If opponents don't have skills that cost less than 3, they can’t do anything while Reduce Entropy is down. Use mostly skills that cost 2 or less in these arsenals. Have a 3 cost anti environmental like Crush to stop the Environmental Chaos from screwing Reduce Entropy arsenals. Using Shatter and Eliminate to erase players to death while Reduce Entropy is out is one option available. You can also use these arsenals offensively as well. Interesting note: no shield with a strength greater than 6 is usable while this skill is out. A Mephisto's Pact in an arsenal with an anti environmental Judgment can serve as being like 2 Judgments to a certain degree. You can use Mephisto's Pact when you really need that one Crush or use it to get a more useful skill if your opponent isn't running Environmentals.
Chaos - If your opponents have only skills that cost 2 or less they can't do anything while Chaos is out. This can screw Reduce Entropy arsenals and many Vicious Balance arsenals. Chaos will stop Orb and Amulet allowing you to erase more easily. But it also means you can't protect Chaos with an Orb or Amulet like you can with most environmentals. Although Chaos is kind of the opposite of Reduce Entropy, it seems like more arsenals can adapt to Chaos being out than against Reduce Entropy. One difficulty with Chaos is it makes a large amount of shields unusable in Ki, Optical, and Faith arsenals. In general Psycho and Nature seem the most adaptable to Chaos being out.(not that the other schools don't offer some other strategies with it) Floating Chaos will make most of the commonly spammed lasers in the game unusable.(Triple Laser being a notable exception) Chaos will also make Reincarnation unusable too. The strongest defense available between Ki, Optical, and Faith is 4 with the 4 cost Reflect Mirror shield. If you only use those schools you may find a Cartwheeler more worth using as it can be reasonable to dodge strong attacks, while still having shields to compete against stun moves which cartwheelers are more vulnerable to. You could consider Invulnerability for defense too while Chaos is out for Faith arsenals.
Forest Sanctuary - Use debilitating shields like Glacial Wall against only 3 or less damage dealing moves. Some of the greater appeal of Forest Sanctuary is that it helps erase strategies. Limiting attacks to 3 strength max will allow your erase shields to last a lot longer. It makes it easier to repeatedly freeze someone with Glacial Wall and then start erasing their capsules as well. One way to get around Forest Sanctuary's attack limitations is to shoot a slower moving attack and then shoot a faster moving attack to try and hit someone's shield at the same time. The damage of the 2 attacks hitting simultaneously can do up to 6 damage, enough to break any erase shield besides Fortress of Iron. If your opponents boosted their strength much before Forest Sanctuary got put out, there maybe few or 0 skills they can use against you now. Although much erase gets boosted by Forest Sanctuary, attack oriented arsenals are another possibility. Using Reincarnation or stun moves could be pretty useful, rather than risking other attacks being erased first. Forest Sanctuary can limit a significant amount of attack skills while still giving you a lot of other moves that you can use compared to some of the other potentially debilitating environmentals. One other potential bonus is X cost moves or attacks that do X damage are not usable either.(Including Memory of Battle and Dance of Death) Because your attack power is limited, you will want to consider using shield erasing penetrating skills like Judge of Ares, Shield Slayer, and Dragon Slayer. (Especially if your arsenal is more attack oriented)
You may get more out of using cheaper costs moves including defenses to
outmaneuver your opponent's arsenals. Picking the shield
over Guard is one example of what you may consider.
Irregular Rhythm out will make your opponent's arsenals harder to
with while your cheaper cost skills try to get around the challenges of
everything costing more. The challenge of relying on cheaper
moves is that they tend to do less damage making it possible for some
shields to erase multiple skills. If you're using cheaper
you also run the risk of losing shields more easily. Despite
Irregular Rhythm is one of the stronger environmentals to build
arsenals around. It can also make opponent moves like a 6
cost Vacuum Wall a lot more difficult to use. Fatigue
has similar positives and negatives as Irregular Rhythm. One
to take great advantage of Fatigue is to use cheap
or X cost skills that you can use
over and over with a strength boost. i.e. Ki Cannon, Ki Palm, Lingering
Flame. If your opponent has to keep moving to dodge these
they won't be able to regenerate aura to fight back against you.
The level City provides a good example of this kind of
Fatigue also tends to be good at baiting people if you don't
float it because a lot of arsenals don't want it out.
Irregular Rhythm - You may get more out of using cheaper costs moves including defenses to outmaneuver your opponent's arsenals. Picking the shield Protect over Guard is one example of what you may consider. The hope is that keeping Irregular Rhythm out will make your opponent's arsenals harder to succeed with while your cheaper cost skills try to get around the challenges of everything costing more. The challenge of relying on cheaper moves is that they tend to do less damage making it possible for some shields to erase multiple skills. If you're using cheaper shields you also run the risk of losing shields more easily. Despite that Irregular Rhythm is one of the stronger environmentals to build arsenals around. It can also make opponent moves like a 6 cost Vacuum Wall a lot more difficult to use.
Fatigue - Fatigue has similar positives and negatives as Irregular Rhythm. One way to take great advantage of Fatigue is to use cheap or X cost skills that you can use over and over with a strength boost. i.e. Ki Cannon, Ki Palm, Lingering Flame. If your opponent has to keep moving to dodge these moves they won't be able to regenerate aura to fight back against you. The level City provides a good example of this kind of situation. Fatigue also tends to be good at baiting people if you don't float it because a lot of arsenals don't want it out.
Optimization -While there’s no definitive Optimization arsenal, there are certain skills that are expensive which are easier to use with Optimization down. Besides using powerful expensive skills more quickly it becomes easier to use other moves over and over.(Ricochet Laser with Optimization is effective on Panorama) Taking down an opponent’s Optimization can help change the tide of a match. Lowering an opponent’s level can make it a bit more difficult for someone to succeed with more expensive skills. However, Optimization can make a lot of level erase insignificant.(possibly a great reason to float it in a match) Expensive but powerful combos can become easier to do when Optimization is down as well. The biggest downside is there are many other arsenals that can benefit from Optimization being down. Sometimes you're better off not using it/floating it if you think your opponent has a bad hand. It is usually a bad idea to play Optimization when 2 opponents are alive in tag and your teammate is dead. Take it down if you can when you need to get to your teammate. Many a player has died insisting on leaving Optimization out while they try to pick up their teammate. It is much easier to get to a teammate when your opponents have a more limited amount of shots to take at you. Some interesting skill effects with Optimization: Aura Cannon will cost only 3 letting you follow up with other moves after you shoot it.(or let you reuse it more quickly if you lower your total Level) Moves like Ice Sword that cost +1 for each use will only increase by +.5 per use rounded down.(giving you greater number of uses with these skills) Entangle in a 2 School arsenal with default aura regen can stun someone Infinitely.
A risky skill to float. You're gambling that you won't need
pick up as many skills as your opponents. Erase moves will
force your opponent to pick up skills and take damage.
aside from Disremember and Capsule deleters, erase moves are
mostly single use so you may end up in a difficult situation
yourself. You might be able to counteract this with some
moves thrown in. Infinite use and retain moves are worth
considering. Other than that you may find yourself
going through with floating Soul Cage sometimes. But if your
opponents are down to 1, Soul Cage is rather nice to float.
also a good way to punish Recall arsenals.
If you're erasing an opponents capsules with Diabolical Trick, it is a
good way to punish people who try to pick up the skills you're trying
to erase. Another option with the skill is to put it out
temporarily just to do some damage to an opponent who decides
worth taking damage to pick up some capsules anyway.
Backdraft - Even more risky to float than Soul Cage. Healing moves will be even more important. Other than healing skills, there are shields and attack moves that can gain you life as well.(like Wings of Hope) Backdraft is great for cutting down on people spamming. It also makes quite a few life draining skills in Faith even more punishing to use. Level erasing an opponent is going to be extra painful as they take damage to use more aura particles. Tempting your opponent to whiff attacks will hurt them each time. Hide behind those objects! Cartwheeling could be preferable as you can dodge moves more repeatedly without using skills. But that is going to depend partly on what your opponent actually uses. If the skills are anti carthweeler then it doesn't matter that you can dodge other moves. Backdraft is powerful but not always worth floating. Floating it can lead to impossible to win situations if you or your opponents' life totals are too low to use things.
Athena's Command - Not as powerful as Forest Sanctuary but it does have some good uses. It can cut down on some spam moves. If you debuff opponents' attack power it will be impossible for them to use quite a few attacks. Overall it's not as effective for erase strategies compared to Forest Sanctuary, but it does let you use more powerful attacks. It can also stop some powerful moves from even being usable. Like Forest Sanctuary, X cost moves or attacks that do X damage are not usable. This can shut down some schools' more powerful moves like Memory of Battle, Dance of Death, Bundled Blaster, Sign of Saints, Psycho Burst, and Aura Backflow among others. The desire to use those types of moves in an arsenal may make you think twice about always floating Athena's Command.
opponent's movement controls is very disorienting for some.
It can make moves harder to dodge
the clumsy controls. Some people get a lot more rattled by it
than others. Though good in theory, it sometimes doesn't have
strong of an effect as you'd like on some players. Refinery
the classic stage to float this at as players tend to accidentally fall
ledges. It would seem to help make moves harder to dodge.
Speed reductions or even boosts might have useful effects
with throwing people off.
You'll have to see for yourself. If you want extra
confusion with an opponent you could try using Dazzle on them while
Confused Gravity - Reversing an opponent's movement controls is very disorienting for some. It can make moves harder to dodge due to the clumsy controls. Some people get a lot more rattled by it than others. Though good in theory, it sometimes doesn't have as strong of an effect as you'd like on some players. Refinery is the classic stage to float this at as players tend to accidentally fall off ledges. It would seem to help make moves harder to dodge. Speed reductions or even boosts might have useful effects with throwing people off. You'll have to see for yourself. If you want extra confusion with an opponent you could try using Dazzle on them while this is out.
Dense Fog - Reducing the default homing of players by 3 is useful for several reasons. The lowered accuracy boosts the power of moves not affected by homing. This gives a boost to close range attacks as homing doesn't affect short range moves. Other moves not affected by homing changes are Holes, Rain, Move, and Mines. Other attacks may still be pretty accurate and you should consider them.(Venom Fang) Another big deal about -3 homing is that Dash can now dodge highly accurate stun moves like Dazzle.(also makes highly accurate Erase moves dodgeable) One strategy is to get close to your opponent with short range attacks to more easily dodge ranged attacks. The -3 homing can also allow Freia Jumpers to dodge a lot more attacks with their jump, including Heat from Void and Aura Cannon*.(My notes say I've dodged Aura Cannon with -3 homing, but I've had trouble with it till -4 when testing again) Default Jumpers also can dodge more skills but there are still certain skills only the Freia Jumper type can dodge with just Dense Fog out. (with additional homing reductions from Magnetic Field, Default jumpers can dodge even more things) Cartwheelers can also dodge moves more easily with Dense Fog out. For more homing effects details check out the Homing Section.
Accelerate - Can be very useful in Recall arsenals. Can also help you get more skills quickly to speed up your strategy. Unfortunately, rather useless if you get it late game and aren't able to Recall skills.
Quiet Days - This can hinder Recall arsenals. If you feel you're at an advantage in the match, you can float it to make it harder for your opponent to get the skills they need. Also rather useless late game if no one uses Recall.
Berserk - This can be useful in arsenals with powerful attacks. You may find yourself not doing that much more damage with Berserk, so you'll have to decide whether its worth it to limit your own shields/defenses. Still it is possible for things to add up after awhile. Judge of Anubis may be one of the better attacks to use with Berserk. Course shields and Dash could be worth considering to avoid pierce attacks from opponents. An interesting thing to note is that the "Add effect" will carry over to shields that get pierced. For example if I shoot Vampire Bats at you, which gives life to me equal to the damage it does, and you block the bats with a 1 Defense Photon Barrier, you take 2 pierce damage but I also gain 2 life from the pierce damage. Another example, a Storm Blade with piercing blocked by Photon Barrier will cause your opponent to take 1 damage AND have one attack erased from their hand just like Storm Blade regularly does. One particularly nice benefit of Berserk is that it will punish people who use Photon Barrier which can sometimes be a troublesome shield to get past.
Necronomicon - This skill was mistranslated in the original Phantom Dust so I'll explain it here. It only takes away the "Add:" effect on any attack skill. Pierce attacks like Vacuum Slash have "Add: Piercing" for example. With Neconomicon out the skill can't pierce. This benefits the shield Photon Barrier a lot. In general it makes blocking attacks with shields that have low defense more safe. Vampire Bats will not give someone any life when they hit an opponent while Necronomicon is out. Other interesting effects of Necronomicon is that it will stop Reincarnation and Arrow of Artemis from retaining themselves. Necronomicon makes Invulnerability and Void safer moves as the add effect on attacks are negated. If you're in the Invulnerability or Void skill state, something like Storm Blade won't erase an attack from you when it hits you while Necronomicon is out.
Nature's Blessing - It's most interesting use is probably with Recall arsenals as you gain life back for each Aura particle captured.(It might make you consider using aura particles more than Level Amps in certain Recall arsenals) This could also be a little useful to gain life back for Blazing Arsenals too. But it's slow in doing so, and if you go the Recall route for Blazing moves, it takes quite a bit of time. The longer a match goes the less likely you'll be at 15+ Health. It could also give your opponent a little more life to last longer against your Blazing moves.(worth considering before using in a match) Another option Nature's Blessing gives you is if you want a teammate or someone else to gain a little life back, Nature's Blessing can help. Particle Convert can get you or others a little more benefit. It also "quietly" encourages people to pick up capsules so you won't have to do the capsule erasing yourself. Nature has quite a few life gaining skills making this not a particularly stand out Environmental.(Still Recall could have potential...) Not worth floating if most of your aura particles have been picked up.(unless it's to stop other environmental floating)
Commandments - Stops all Erase skills for 1 minute. Its limited time hurts its appeal. You could have erase moves not usable for up to 3 minutes of a match. Might be particularly useful when you're using skills that are more powerful when you don't have defenses equipped. Dance of Death with 3 Swift Blows for example. You can do 21 in this state and as a cartwheeler there will be less projectiles that can hit you easily.(Stops Lack for example) Recall Arsenals having to sit on Violent Changes to use might get thrown off by Commandments being used as well.
- This one is simple to justify Floating. Float it so no one
float their environmental. Unison does nothing else in the
match. You'll either use it to get an aura particle, bait
opponents, or float it to stop
anyone else from using their own environmental.
Lunar Force - A useful and practical attack buffer. It can be combined with other moves like Trance, Tiger's Strength, Heat etc.. Very useful for racking up big damage with Faith, especially when using life losing moves. As a bonus, anyone who has a positive or negative attack rating from Lunar Force can be stunned with Armaros Watch which is in the same school as Lunar Force.(Almost like giving Faith a Dazzle like stun move) On the other hand opponents can benefit from Lunar Force too. You'll need to think about how tough the shields are that you will use. Fire of Gehenna combined with Trance and Lunar Force can break any shield in the game. (9 damage)Abnormal Gravity - A useful and practical speed debuffer. Hitting an opponent with 1 Burden and then putting this out can really slow an opponent down. It can be easier to Burden someone once and then place Abnormal Gravity out instead of trying to hit someone twice with Burdens. Getting someone down to -4 speed is pretty punishing, especially against Freia Jumpers. Lowered speeds can make targets easier to hit with Rain attacks among other things. Another tactic around the environmental is for people to use Skywalk. When you use Skywalk you move faster and are not effected by Abnormal Gravity's speed reducing effects.
Freezing Button Arsenals
The focus is mostly on using skills that freeze an opponent’s buttons over and over.(Glacial Wall, Ice Sword) These arsenals are pretty powerful. There are not too many moves that freeze though. Purify(from a teammate) and Necronomicon can help negate some of the freezing that goes on. Frostbite and Freeze shot are other possibilities. Ice Sword is especially nice when you raise its attack to 3+ because it causes a knockdown on your opponent allowing you to recover aura and reposition yourself. Alternatively you can erase people's capsules when you freeze someone instead of continually freezing and damaging them. Optimization can let you use moves like Ice Sword and Ice Lance much more. Forest Sanctuary works great with Glacial Wall. Using Relearns or Recalls can get you more Frostbites or get yourself another Ice Sword starting at 2 cost.
There are many powerful skills in the Faith school that cost life to use as well as some skills that only work when your life is low. These arsenals are pretty strong and can sometimes reward you for getting hurt a lot. These skills are often low cost to use too. The drawback is you can get killed in the process. A well defended opponent can be particularly punishing. And for each time you miss with these attacks your hurting yourself. Its usually a good idea to have some attacks that won’t deal damage to you when used. Skills that erase shields function well here. Joke of Anubis can obliterate you if your not careful. Having something to increase your strength like Trance or Tiger’s Strength can make these attacks a lot more effective. Luring your opponent into firing attacks that will miss you is a good way of hurting suicide arsenals. Judge of Anubis can deal a lot of damage if you end up falling behind with your arsenal. This arsenal is hardest to use in Battle Royale. Consider Berserk for piercing.
Sign of Saints Arsenals
This is an arsenal based around the skill Sign of Saints. This skill's attack power is at its most powerful when you have no other skills in hand.
About Boosting Attack Strength - Some approaches to making Sign of Saints stronger are to use stat boosting moves like Lunar Force, Heat, and Friendship. Holding onto Tiger's Strength or Trance will lower the power of Sign of Saints by 2 negating their usefulness.
One +2 Boost In Homing Is Very Useful - Boosting your homing by just +2 is a popular tactic as jumpers can't dodge Sign of Saints when homing is +2, and cartwheelers must now cartwheel to dodge the move.
Uneraseable - A big plus to this move is that its a locked skill button so it can't be erased. Since Sign of Saints is unerasable it can also be a good move just to harass or distract an opponent with over and over.
Single Use Moves - Since Sign of Saints is the strongest with less skills in hand. Having single use moves allows some flexibility while letting you power up Sign of Saints when you want.
Erase Self and try to Erase Others - Another possibility is to use Calamity with Sign Of Saints, you basically can take a shot at erasing all your opponents' skills and free up room in your hand for Sign of Saints to do max damage by letting Calamity hit yourself.(Sign of Saints is unerasable)
Using Doubles and Alternatives - If you have more than one Sign of Saints in your arsenal make sure that you don't start the match with 2 in hand. Having 2 locked buttons can be a real problem. One way to avoid this problem is to put one Sign of Saints in and put in 1 or 2 Mephisto's Pacts to pick up the one Sign of Saints in your arsenal. Keep in mind though that if your one Sign of Saints is erased from your spawn you won't be able to get it back even with Mephisto's Pact. If you play tag it is possible to pick up a teammate with a locked skill button if your Sign of Saints isn't considered useful enough in the match or you want to get rid of the 2nd one you accidentally picked up on a separate button. Remember, you can map a 2nd Sign of Saints to the same button as one Sign of Saints you already equipped instead of leaving it at your spawn point.
Discard Unneeded Capsules or Disable Environmentals - If you want to pick up a skill from your spawn without having it take up a skill slot you can hit the button your Sign of Saints is attached to so it gets rid of the capsule picked up without getting rid of your Sign of Saints. You can also disable environmentals with your Sign of Saints button instead of losing another skill.
Environmentals - Some useful environmentals with it can be Berserk and Lunar Force. Traveling Thought is another possibility but keep in mind that you will also be vulnerable to high homing attacks with just Sign of Saints in your hand.
Holding no other skills - Be careful for Heat from the Void and Vacuum Palm because they can do 6 damage to you if your only holding onto Sign of Saints.
Interesting Sign of Saints Use - Nathan 0 and The Wolf make interesting and effective use of Sign of Saints in a 4 school arsenal combination. They are running 3 school arsenals each, with one player using Memory Lapse. Instead of boosting homing as is common with Sign of Saints, they decide to boost their stats in speed, attack power, and aura regen rate. By boosting their attack to a high number they can hold more skills and still get very good damage with Sign of Saints. High speed also serves as a defensive function without having to carry a defensive skill necessarily. Since their strategy revolves around 4 different schools they also put in the time to add Meditates to deal with the slower aura regen rate that you get running 3 schools. Check out the arsenals in action:
I hesitate to call this even an arsenal because no matter what arsenal you're using, you want to do whatever you're going to do as quickly as possible. Perhaps what makes a rush arsenal different is that it focuses on using more lower cost skills to hit more quickly. Something like a Vibration or Compressor arsenals take more time to build up their power. "Rush" arsenals are intended to strike an opponent as quickly as possible. Usually this will involve using some powerful and cheap cost moves or using some cheap cost moves with stat buffing moves like Trance or Tiger's Strength. Moves like Flame Sword can be a lot more devastating when it only takes 4 hits to kill someone. Sky Pursuit, Pursuit, and Backdraft Bullet can really stack damage on an opponent in tag pretty quickly. Other moves like Vacuum Slash or Psycho Spear can do a lot of damage for little cost. The Faith School has numerous cheap skills that are especially powerful with Trance or Tiger's Strength. A perfect example is Fire of Gehenna which is impossible for a jumper to dodge at default homing. Add Trance with Fire of Gehenna and it only takes 3 hits to wipe an opponent out. By taking the low cost skill route you can harass an opponent continually in the beginning. Blazing arsenal skills can be another good rush style type example. Bravery Decision arsenals that don't use Recall can be rush oriented as well. One advantage of rush arsenals is when your skills set up right, you can take advantage of opponent's with a bad hand. It's possible to wipe someoe out before they can even do much. Some rush builds can also benefit from Mephisto's Pact because it makes it a lot easier to get a certain combination of moves together.
Ways of dealing with rushes include having something to fight back with early on or a good defense. Sometimes just lasting long enough early on is enough to turn the tide for you later in the match. Try to keep a level head and focus on avoiding the attacks when you can't do anything else. A Psycho Spear can do a lot of damage but if you're ready you can usually avoid a Psycho Spear without issue. Dodging attacks and using stall tactics are crucial.
There are different approaches to how you can try to "rush" an opponent. You can be more single minded and count on just a few sets of moves to take out an opponent or you can mix up the skills to vary the ways in which you strike an opponent. Relying on a single set of moves is perhaps the quickest way to rush but if it fails you're probably not going to win the match. The right "rush" can be a strange balancing act. If you don't carry much defense you'll leave yourself open but if you focus too much on trying to defend yourself against certain things, your arsenal becomes less of a rush arsenal. That's not to say that it isn't worth it. Unless you want to go absolutely all or nothing with your strategy you will want at least some things to defend yourself with. The biggest strength is these arsenals have quick start ups and give you a chance of hitting an opponent when their most vulnerable and perhaps less focused than if they had what they needed to work with in their hand. Of course if your early rush fails than you may have a weaker strategy to work with. But if you have a significant back up plan does that not mean your arsenal has lost some of its rushing ability for the sake of a kind of "balance"?
"Single" Death Shot Arsenals
These arsenals involve setting up a powerful move or powerful combination of moves in order to nearly guarantee your opponent’s death. Some prime candidates for this are Finisher, Judge of Anubis, or 2 Gravity Presses with +2 strength. The best ones are usually designed to have a quick start up time, and have a good way of trapping an opponent so that you can set up an open shot on them that will take them out completely.
Making it Work - There are many ways you can go about trapping an opponent or making your moves work.(Including stun moves, Environmental bait, mine traps, Berserk for piercing, and surely others...)
Finisher Set Ups - A long stun move like Entangle can be combined with Graceful Woods to shoot Finisher in time while an opponent is still stunned.
The biggest drawback to these arsenals is you'll have less left to work with if you fail to finish an opponent off. Try to think of what might hinder you from pulling off your finishing combination and put skills in that deal with those problems. The greatest appeal to these arsenals is perhaps the fact that you can get beaten up pretty badly and totally clinch the match with a single well timed "shot". If you have an opponent who keeps predictably firing a move at you over and over, you could even try to just fire your finishing attack at them at the same time to take the match. These arsenals will teach you the lesson to not be careless even if you are winning by a lot. These arsenals maybe best to use only occasionally as opponents are more likely to drop their guard after awhile. Works best in One on One.
Speeding it Up - Mephisto's Pact can help gather key moves faster. Bravery Decision and using Auto Capture attacks to go through an arsenal are other options. (Auto capture is probably the least likely to work out though)
Annoying Gift to Annoy Arsenals
Annoying Gift copies equipped skills in your hand it into your target’s hand.(Except for the button pressed to use Annoying Gift) You can actually hurt your opponent in certain ways with Annoying Gift.
Annoying Gift + Guardian Angel + ??????
In this arsenal, the skill you Annoying Gift to hurt someone with is Guardian Angel. Every time someone uses that move, they lose 2 life and go through a stun state. The trick is finding a move that forces someone into the stun state until they die.
Ki Palm or Lingering Flame - These setups were among the most popular uses of the combo. In theory you keep hitting the opponent into the Guardian Angel stun state and they eventually run out of life. Unfortunately, it is usually possible for opponents to eventually escape from the stun by mashing the jump/cartwheel button after being hit. Quite a few people aren't aware of this, so you may get away with it against certain people. You can see this happen against computer cartwheelers you stun who eventually break out of the stun. Lingering Flame does have a better chance of restunning but still seems possible to break out of... If Ki Palm actually worked it would be the quickest set up.(Possible to do it at the first spawned skills of a match)
Freia Jumper Weakness - Freia jumpers may be more weak against the Guardian Angel stuns from Ki Palm and Lingering Flame. Even if Freia Jumpers break out of the Guardian Angel stun, their landing delay may set them up to be stunned all over again. STILL IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO USE A SHIELD IF YOUR ANNOYING GIFT DOESN'T OVERWRITE.(THIS NEEDS TO BE VERIFIED)
Unbreakable - Scream of Evil is one skill that seems fast enough to definitely work easily and can't be broken out of when done at short range qucikly. The only problem is you need to have a higher life count than your opponent for it to work.
Optimization Unbreakables - Optimization has led to a few other unbreakable set ups. Unfortunately, with Optimization out there's a better chance you'll be spammed to death while carrying your own Guardian Angel.
Best Optimization Set Ups Requiring Good Manual Aim ability - Laser and Vibration Laser both cost 0 when Optimization is out and shoot quickly. If you can manually aim these quickly up close you should be able to finish your opponent off without your opponent breaking out of the stun. You can't be lazy about aiming otherwise you'll eventually miss. Laser is the quickest workable setup involving Optimization.
"Easier" Optimization Options - Two other unbreakable options people have used with Optimization are using eithr Rapid Cannon or High-Speed Punch over and over because they hit so fast repeatedly. It's easy to do up close, but you also need to build up a lot more aura to use these moves in one sweep.
Combined Unbreakables - Instead of using Optimization you can combine Scream of Evil with either Laser, Vibration Laser, Rapid Cannon, or High-Speed Punch for infinite stun. These moves can follow up from each other. This can help you get ahead of your opponent when they have more life than you. 3 Hits from these skills will do 6 damage to your opponent and might be just enough to get ahead. Once ahead in life you can just Scream of Evil the target until he's dead. The downside to this setup is you have to hold 4 skills to set it up. This means you can't have another skill to help trap someone with Annoying Gift. In some situations you could technically stay by your spawn and pick up the other skill.
Graceful Woods and Level Boosting Alternatives - Instead
of using Optimization you can boost yourself up to a lot of Level and
then use Graceful Woods. Getting 13+ Aura would be enough to use
Laser/Vibration Laser to finish off an opponent you Annoying
Gifted. This would still let you have another skill to help trap
Other Options - I tried to find the quickest and cheapest ways to stun kill someone but you may find other skills usable when combining with Optimization or Graceful Woods with a lot level/aura. I may have missed something as I've only recently explored these kind of setups..
Gifting the Guardian Angel and successfully stunning someone continually stunning them to death is kind of similar to the "single" death shot idea. Be careful, as an opponent jumper could take the risk to jump as you gift them so that they fall down and then use whatever move you were going to use on them back on you.
Other Annoying Gift to Annoy Options
Annoying Gift + Trigger - Trigger can be used by a teammate to force someone to use an Annoying Gifted skill. A not so practical but powerful Annoying Gift combo is to give an opponent Bravery Decision and Rebirth and then have a teammate trigger both buttons so all the person's aura is removed from their arsenal and their Level is reduced to 0. To avoid being Triggered, jump when Trigger is about to hit. Only skills that are usable in the air will trigger, if you can't use the move in the air, you’ll just fall and not perform the Triggered skill.
Annoying Gift + Locked Skills - You could also try to give someone locked skill button moves like Orb or Sign of Saints. You could go as far as to Frostbite the one button they still don’t have a lock on. Then your opponent can’t do anything but use the lock skill. In tag you can pick someone up on one of the locked buttons and remove the locked skill from your hand.
Annoying Gift + Pressure - This silly combo might allow you to infinitely stun one person in tag. If only one opponent is alive, you might be able to use Pressure on them infinitely if your teammate Annoying Gifts Pressure to you over and over between the stunning. Might work but I haven't tested it with other people to see. The Annoying Gifter might need to have a quicker aura regen case to Annoying Gift in time. Optimization maybe another alternative. More to tie or annoy than to win...
Shenanigans - There are some fun ridiculous tactics you can use with Annoying Gift sometimes.(Give everyone Blessed Rain over and over till they get low on skills and then erase them. Give them a Judge of Anubis and pick up a shield that reverses it back at them. Try to trigger it if your lucky) Carry Annoying Gift over into Mobilize and give people more Mobilizes.
Annoying Gift to Help Arsenals...(and sometimes still Annoy)
Alternatively you could use Annoying Gift to help your teammate reuse certain onetime use moves. Chill Breeze Loop arsenals make use of Annoying Gift in a powerful way. Other options can be stat buffers. While you can probably Gift your teammate a few times in a match without much risk, you do have to worry about your opponents taking shots at you as you do this. Person receiving the Gift should probably jump to fall down for invincibility when hit by Annoying Gift. If you put Chaos out and then Annoying Gift Quantum Decay and Boost Mine to a teammate you can erase a lot of an opponents' level. Get both players to 6 Level, use Quantum Decay, plant 2 boost mines to get back to 6-7 Level, do Quantum Decay again till you bring your opponents' Level to 0. Off course if opponents jump into your boost mines this won't work, so keep your distance.
These are arsenals that in some ways don’t make much sense to an opponent. You could put moves in that are contradictory. Like playing with both a Reduce Entropy and Chaos or an Optimization and Irregular Rhythm. Basically your arsenal appears to do one thing but it actually has another thing going on that it can do. To get around both Chaos and Reduce Entropy you can mix skills in that work under a different condition.(Recollection is actually a cool way of making skills that cost more than 3 work under Reduce Entropy) Your opponent could run through his arsenal picking up skills that cost 2 or less to deal with Reduce Entropy and then you could pick it up only to play Chaos and make them have to return to their spawn to try to find a new set of skills with costs of 3 or more. With Optimization and Irregular Rhythm you could appear to be relying on Optimization to use moves and then later bust out Irregular Rhythm much to your opponent’s surprise. You could even Vicious Balance everyone down to 2 late in a match even though you appeared to be using an arsenal relying on a high level. Obviously the best strength of this arsenal type is the unpredictability it can have. But since you’re working around 2 different approaches it can be difficult to be as focused since some moves you use won’t work as well under the different conditions you set. Might work best in Battle Royale for flexibility and the chance to draw out matches.
Phantom Dust(the skill) arsenals
First let's get out of the way what you need to cast Phantom Dust. By yourself you need Faith, Nature, and Optical skills in your arsenal. You want Level Boost and Level Amps or Boost mines to raise your level. A teammate could also use Level Berserk on you instead, or less efficiently, Annoying Gift you with Level raising move moves like Level Boost. You pretty much must have Graceful Woods in your arsenal to use Phantom Dust. Its not practical to regenerate 45-99 aura. If you want Phantom Dust to cost 45 you will use Optimization.
Now you can technically use Phantom Dust. What's it do to players not knocked out?
1. It brings everyone's Level down to 0. (Orb and Amulet don't stop this)
2. Your life is refilled to the max.(20 by default) If you got knocked out once in a tag match you will only get life refilled to 10.
3. All skills that you have used up or had erased from your hand will be returned to your arsenal. Any capsules thwart were erased at your spawn will not be returned to your arsenal. Note: The Phantom Dust skill you use does not go back into your arsenal. You'll need more than one Phantom Dust in your arsenal if you want to repeat it multiple times.(Each Phantom Dust will recover the other Phantom Dust(s) when used) Recall could technically recover the used up Phantom Dust, but it isn't practical.
4. Any environmental put in play remains up.
5. All Player stats are reset to the default starting ones.
What Phantom Dust gets used for:
A) "Reset" the Match with a Powerful Set Up - By yourself, if you hold onto an aura particle or 2 when using Phantom Dust you can immediately bring your level up right after Phantom Dust is used. Everyone else will usually need to go to their spawn to pick up more aura particles. To make this trick particularly useful you need to have put out Optimization before casting Phantom Dust. With one or two Level or maybe even 3 from a level amp you can jump the gun in Level against your opponent. So you could use some good combination of cheap moves. Having a Blazing Sword, an Ice Sword and possibly a Glacial Wall is the best situation I can think of. Blazing Sword is hard to dodge and powerful and only costs 1. Ice Sword can stop players from picking up aura they need. The hope is to wipe your opponent out before they can get much going.
B) Knock Teammate Out, then Phantom Dust, then Resurrect - Players that are knocked out in the match won't get affected by Phantom Dust. So knock out your teammate and then cast Phantom Dust. Resurrect your teammate and he can go after the other opponents. Judge of Anubis can work quite well for this purpose since your teammate will revive at 10 if they were only knocked out once. If your opponents see Phantom Dust coming they could kill one of their own teammates to avoid it themselves.
C) Long Capsule Erase Strategy? - Erased capsules don't come back so you could delete some capsules and then use Phantom Dust and run your opponent's arsenal out little by little. While possible I'm not sure there is enough time in a match to even pull this off, especially when matches are only 10 minutes long. Might be more doable in Tag. Level Berserk could help.
D) Jokes - As a joke arsenal you can just keep recasting Phantom Dusts over and over to try to tie out the match, not actually practical. For added comic relief you could throw in Finisher if your ability to cast Phantom Dust fails. Go ahead keep popping my capsules.... Of course if they never attack you while your at max level that won't work. But you'll probably catch most players not familiar with that trick...
Copy Cat Arsenals
revolve around either
Thieving Imp, Learning or Copy. You basically throw back at your
opponent what they've done to you or steal their strategy with Thieving
Imp. These arsenals can be fun but
there are some big disadvantages to them. While Thieving Imp will at
least deprive someone of their skill, the move you steal could be
useless to you. The Memory of Battle you Copied or Stole won't be
nearly as useful as the one your opponent could be using. Learning
can't learn a move that breaks its shield. Because of this you're
almost better off playing with a strategy of your own. There are some
tricks you can do that are fun though with this arsenal style. You can
Learn someone's attack and then erase their attack with another shield
the next time they fire at you. If you use Invulnerability you can Copy
an attack move with Copy without actually taking damage. Since Copy
costs 0 it can have a
good surprise effect. Copy also has no restrictions so you could do
Agonies of Death at over 7 life if you were hit by one earlier. You
can also have
a teammate fire at you
for Learning something guaranteed. You maybe able to Recall
Thieving Imp or you
end up recalling the skill stolen instead.(I am not sure which one you
will get when you play online) You can Relearn Thieving Imp after
stealing a capsule online. For some bizarre reason this does
work offline in the original Phantom Dust.(Relearning a Thieving Imp)
Necronomicon can be
used to make Invulnerability safer to take hits with to "Copy" opponent
moves are useful to ensure you can Thieving Imp a capsule
a player picking it up instead to deprive you of a capsule.
Cage could make them hesitate to pick up a capsule you want
Thieving Imp. Relearns can also let you duplicate moves that
your opponent's strategy. You can also use Void as a safer
get hit by a move so you can reduce the bad effects you'll suffer from
in order to Copy someone's skill.
"Anti Everything" Arsenals
Anti Everything Is a term that some people give to arsenals designed to try to stop certain troubling things an opponent can do such as floated environmentals, level erase, skill erase, stat buffs, defenses, and pesky special moves like Dash, and of course, attacks. In many ways these kinds of arsenals are part of what I've already talked about in dealing with specific issues in the game. However, they try to deal with all the possible issues. In reality they can't truly do that but their designed to possibly be able to stop troublesome moves an opponent has.
Its Solutions - They may use skills like Turbulence and Wind pressure to stop people using things like environmentals, erase, and special/status skills. They also carry skills that erase environmentals that are out. They may carry Diabolical Trick as an alternative way to kill bothersome players who flee everything or just keep blocking things with shields. For protection from erase they will have Orb or Amulet in them. They should have a mixed arrangement of low cost and high cost moves to avoid trouble with Reduce Entropy or Chaos. (Reduce Entropy is usually more difficult and common) They have skills that either reset or reverse status effects on people. You may have an environmental put in to stop someone else from putting their own out.
The Dilemma - While these arsenals can have a nice balanced feel to them, depending on how far you go to be "anti everything" your offense can be underwhelming or you'll find yourself in situations that don't need all those "anti" skills . For example you can have a Turbulence and your opponent hasn't picked up anything erasable by it yet. It becomes dead weight. Another example, you can have an Orb in your hand but your opponent hasn't used any erase moves yet. Defensively the player will also use moves that try to stop particular weaknesses their characters have. Reincarnation is another popular move in these kinds of arsenals because of its reusability against erase shields and Memory Lapse. However, its very hard if impossible to be truly anti everything. If the skill you need to stop what your opponent's doing is at the bottom of your arsenal it won't do much good. However, if your arsenal is designed in general to deal with certain problems like Reduce Entropy you won't have as many problems with it. Sometimes though, the best way to stop someone's strategy is to beat him to it with your own strategy rather than trying to have something to react to every possibility. With that being said there's still a lot of good in putting at least some of the things mentioned in "anti everything" arsenals into other arsenals.
Mobilize/Teleport Trap ArsenalsIf you cast Mobilize at a ledge so that you fall off it at the end of the casting animation you will not get teleported by your Mobilize. Any character in the air when Mobilize takes effect does not get teleported and will fall from the sky. Mobilize brings everyone caught in it to the same spot as the caster started at the beginning of the game. Another way of figuring out this location is to jump in a pit to get returned to your start point. This is useful for figuring out where to set up a landmine for everyone to be Mobilized over. You could also try to Gravity Press everyone that was Mobilized two times with +2 strength to try to kill all your opponents in two blows.( you would have to mobilize off a ledge to pull this off) Target a person with at least 11 life if there is anyone above 10 life when you use Gravity Press(otherwise your lock on gets turned off and you might not be able use the 2nd Gravity Press in time on the rest of the group.) Another popular tactic is to Mobilize people onto a landmine planted at your start point.(usually Sensor Mine or Panic Gas) If you use a mine that stuns someone like Vapor Cloud or Anti Gravity Trap, if you decide to get teleported with an auto shield equipped, you’ll have enough time to follow up with an attack while the other player is still stunned by the mine. Judge of Anubis is one good idea. Sometimes people get knocked to the ground instead of getting stunned by the mines unfortunately. It seems like Vapor Cloud has this problem more than Anti Gravity Trap does. Here's a video showing the Auto-Shield + Mobilize +Judge of Anubis combo in action:
Tag Mobilized Death and Other Options - When you're hit by teleportation moves like Mobilize, if you start up a move right before you teleport it will carry over to where you've been teleported. This can lead to some useful tricks especially with Mobilize. In tag team you could have a partner cast Mobilize and if you time your 21 damage Dance of Death to carry over with Mobilize you have a good chance of knocking out your 2 opponents if they get caught in Mobilize. Sometimes it doesn’t line everyone up right but if you succeed in hitting them nothing but an auto shield or Void will protect them from this combo. If two people carry their own attacks over one might counter the other or both will hit at the same time. I’ve never seen it happen so I don’t know how it would work out. Certain spawn points seem to work better than others for lining up people with Dance of Death or other attacks via Mobilize.(Highway's had some particularly bad results at some of the spawns) I'm not certain if there is a level where Mobilize + Dance of Death will always connect. This trick can be especially effective against non jumping opponents.(though many still don’t bother to dodge it as jumpers) Some other skills you can carry over for nice effects are Calamity and Disintegrate with a teammate. (carry Amulet/ Orb for protection) The easiest skill to see how this trick works with is to have one person charge up Ki Palm the whole time while someone Mobilizes. This way you don’t have to time carrying over your move, the charged Ki Palm will release automatically when your teleported.
X Damage Based On Opponent Limit and Psycho Burst Loopholes - Any attacks that get carried over by Mobilize without targeting a player are considered manual aim, so any X moves that rely on a stat about your opponent will do 0 + your strength buff's damage. This would seem to stop someone from Psycho Bursting Mobilized opponents for any significant damage. There is still a loophole that can work with a teammate. When you use Psycho Burst it does damage based on someone you targeted in close range.(It does 0 if the target is not in close range when you activate the move) Anyone else hit by Psycho Burst will also take the same amount of damage as the person you targeted in close range.(that's just how it's programmed even if other people have lower level) So what you can do is get close to your teammate and lock on to him. Get him to level 20 and have him cast Mobilize while you're in close range. You'll use Psycho Burst right before Mobilize takes effect, if you're lucky both your opponents will line up with the 20 damage Psycho Burst hitting them.(potentially your teammate too.) I've only tested this out offline split screen but it probably works online. The only problem is that getting you and your teammate together in close range is practically saying "Hey, look we're going to Mobilize!" Best used once in a while especially against a pair of cartwheelers. Dance of Death of for 20+ damage is perhaps the best version of the idea, but Psycho Burst could be used more casually.
Alternative Psycho Burst Loophole - One other Psycho Burst loophole option is to pursue an opponent in close range and Psycho Burst right before getting Mobilized, when you get carried over your Psycho Burst will do the amount of damage equal to your target's Level. Staying in range and timing your hit with Mobilize could get difficult. (These tricks should work with Aura Backflow and other X Damage Based attacks, but they're even less practical...)
Protection from Mobilize - I am pretty sure you can’t carry shields over when Mobilize activates.(auto ones still work) Aside from jumping, carrying over your own attack seems like the best measure in dealing with Mobilize.(if you have no auto shield or Void) If you are far from your opponents they sometimes will not hear the sound of this skill making it hard for them to know to jump out of it. Some attacks like Photon Burst don’t seem like they can be carried over. Experiment to find out what does and doesn’t work.(projectiles do work but probably won’t hit)
Dance of Death Mobilize
Demonstration - Here's
a video example of
how Mobilize is cast by one player and another player's Dance of Death
can carry over. You'll see the first time Dance of Death
but the 2nd Mobilize lines right up (which can happen to both of your
opponents if you're lucky) :
Other Teleports - It is also possible to carry over moves when getting hit by Teleport or Teleportrap. Medium range X Damage moves will carry over and work as normal.Warning Signs - A sign that a Mobilize kill trap might be coming is if both opponents aren't doing anything and someone is using Mephisto's Pact. Still a lot of other arsenals could do that as well. Jumpers should really know when to jump against this move. Cartwheelers will have a harder time dodging Mobilization's transportation effect but can try taking to the sky somehow in the match or try to carry their own attack over.
Bravery Decision Arsenals
These arsenals usually are quick. You pick up some aura and burn through your arsenal with Bravery Decision mainly so you can use skills that require you to have 7 or less skills in your arsenal to usable (Excalibur, Rail Gun, and Cluster Bomb). There are many variations on this idea but they usually revolve around those 3 skills in some way and removing the aura you didn’t pick up from your arsenal. The Major 3 :
Rail Gun - Dazzle is often used as a stun move to follow up with Rail Gun. Rail Gun is also good to use as a reactionary attack or if you manually aim it. Firing it a lot can eventually catch opponents sometimes. Its also great on distracted opponents.
Cluster Bomb - Cluster Bomb is probably the hardest bomb to dodge especially with some extra homing. The speed can throw people off trying to block it too.
Excalibur - Perhaps the most accurate sword in the game and has high power.
Options and Risks - You don't need to have all 3 of these skills in your arsenal necessarily. The major short coming of this arsenal type is that if you fail with these skills you won’t have many options left in your arsenal. Anything that lowers your level or erases your skills and capsules can be fatal.(It's why it's called Bravery Decision) It might be worthwhile to carry an Orb or Amulet. A cheap fall back skill might be useful otherwise. Shield Erasers and strength boosters are also useful for breaking opponents' shields. You don’t want to end up losing to an opponent just because they had Fortress of Iron or Psychic Wall. These arsenals can also be built around using other moves and you just throw in Bravery Decision to have the option to get to your skills faster. Bravery Decision is often done though to make use of at least one of the 3 "Bravery" based skills.
Recall - One other particular reason people use Bravery Decision is for certain Recall Arsenals. The idea is to remove aura from the arsenal once you're able to use Recall.(This kind of Bravery Decision use will be covered more in the Recall section coming up)
Decide When to Use It - When using Bravery Decision in an arsenal it can be useful to determine how much level you want to get before using Bravery Decision. It is possible to use Bravery Decision and still have some sources of aura still left in your arsenal. Things like Angel Tears, Boost Mines and other aura raising moves don't get taken out from Bravery Decision. It is actually possible to start with 3 aura and use a Bravery Decision before picking up a single skill at your spawn. To make up for so few particles picked up you would put things like Level Amp, Boost Mine, or Quantum Amp in your arsenal. Since all you need is 3 aura to boost level with them, you can still boost yourself up a good amount of aura/level. It is pretty reasonable for Bravery Decision arsenals to get down to 7 skills left by the second spawn in some builds. You can even get it sometimes within the 1st spawn where only 10 seconds of the match has passed. It's extremely risky but interesting to consider. This would be one of the most extreme examples:
1x Cluster Bomb
1x Rail Gun
1x Psychic Wall
3x Bravery Decision
23 aura Particles.
arsenal note: Make sure to use the back button if you don't spawn with Bravery Decision.
Bravery Decision + Capsules About To Spawn - If you have aura particles that are about to spawn, Bravery Decision will not remove them. Sometimes you can pick up 3 capsules before deciding to Bravery Decision. One of the next 3 capsules might be an Aura particle. If you only need one, you can risk using Bravery Decision sooner. Not the best idea but might be worth doing in desperate situations.
Recall + Relearn/Recollection style Arsenals And Configurations (things are getting complicated)There are some arsenals that revolve around using a skill over and over repeatedly. Recall + Relearn and Recollection(for attacks) make it possible for you to use special one use kind of moves over and over. Ever wonder how your opponent keeps turning Invisible or how they keep firing Agonies of Death and Impact Burst at you over and over? It is likely that they're using some form of Recall, Relearn, or Recollection to keep doing it. It's also possible that they're using similar types of moves like Demon’s Wing and Optical Camo which both make a person invisible. Giga Ruin can be a pesky move for someone to keep having to deal with over and over. Another idea used is to Frostbite all of an opponent’s buttons. If you ever wanted to be able to use a certain single use move over and over, this is the best way to do it by yourself. Note that Recollection doesn’t get restricted by any of the penalties or requirements you used on an attack originally. Judge of Anubis Recollected won’t cause you to lose 3 life and Agonies of Death can be Recollected(used by it) even if you now have more than 7 life.(when it normally it couldn’t be used)
Managing Recall and Arsenal Erasing Tricks - Recall is very useful for Violent Change or other multi capsule erasing single use moves. It also keeps your skill count ahead of your opponents so you don't erase yourself to death. Recall brings back only skills that you picked up that you either used up, overwritten, or had erased from your hand. If you had a capsule erased from your spawn point by something, you can't get that capsule back with Recall. This can actually be helpful for you if you don't want a certain skill anymore in the match. If you have a skill at your spawn or aura particle you don't feel you will need for the match, you can erase it with Violent Change or Evaporate. Then when you use Recall again you have a better chance of getting the skills you need more.(Because Recall won't have a chance of Recalling the erased capsules from your spawn)
Recall Configurations - There are several kinds of configurations one can take with Recall. One that is pretty bare minimum would be 3 Recalls. With just 3 Recalls you might Recall all your skills one time through. The problem is that it is hard to continually maintain this with just 3 Recalls. You tend to eventually run out of skills. This can be a major problem if you were counting on doing Violent Change over and over. The next closest alternative that some people choose to do is to have only 2 Recalls and 2 Relearns. One problem here is that Recalls and 2 Relearns need to coordinate with each other with little room for error but it can last longer. 3 Recalls and 1 Relearn appears to be a little more reliable. It might be even more reliable than having a 2 Recall and 3 Relearn arsenal. If you lose a Recall with only 2 in an arsenal, it can get difficult to continue Recalling. Recall can't Recall itself either.(But it can Recall other Recalls already used)
How Relearning a Recall Works - If you use a Recall and then Relearn it, you're arsenal treats that as being the same Recall that was just used. So your Relearned Recall can't Recall the Recall that was just Relearned. (I know this is a confusing sentence) To try to simplify, you can't Recall a Recall unless a different Recall is used. A Relearned Recall is considered to be the same Recall that was just used. So you won't Recall an additional one when using the Relearned Recall.
Best Options for Repeated Recall - I personally like having 3 Recalls and 2 Relearns when you absolutely need to keep Recall going. It is reliable for ensuring your arsenal continually loops back what you need while allowing some mistakes. If you're making sure to Violent Change unneeded capsules occasionally while using Recall in this set up, you should be able to keep Recalling things for the entire match. While using 3 Recall and 2 Relearns, it is still possible to not be able to continually Recall things when you're not eliminating any of your own capsules. But you'll find it lasting you a long time in your matches. Probably longer than most matches will even be. If you really want to Recall over and over, having 3 Relearns with 3 Recalls will give you the best chance of succeeding.
A problem with using more and more Recall/Relearn skills is that it takes away space from actual moves that you need to help you win the match. It is a good explanation as to why people have opted for different amounts, trying to find the best fit for their arsenal.
Acceleration - This environmental can be useful with Recall since you will be cycling through a lot of skills in your arsenal.
Mephisto's Pact Exceptions/Strategies - An alternative to putting in some Relearns is to have some Mephisto's Pacts used. An arsenal with 3 Recalls and 1 Relearn with 2 Mephisto's Pacts can manage to last an entire match if you use Mephisto's Pacts to repeatedly Recall/Relearn things sooner. Having some healing move in the arsenal or using something like Nature's Blessing can make up for the life lost from using Mephisto's Pact.
Relearn and Recall Tips: You have 10 Level and there are 3 aura particles at your spawn point and you have only a Recall in your hand. Getting a Relearn would be helpful because you want to Recall again right now. However, you really want to use the Recall in your hand right now to keep pace with the match. So you use Recall and then pick up the 3 aura capsules. Pick them up, but do not use them to gain level like you might usually do. Instead, hold on to them and see if one of your next 3 capsules spawning might be a Relearn. If a Relearn shows up you can pick it up on your empty skill slot button and Relearn the Recall you previously used. So you have used Relearn and now have Recall in your hand again. You still have not used those other 3 aura particles in your hand. Unless you have Recalled almost your entire arsenal, you may be better off using your relearned Recall again before using the aura particles in your hand. If you use Recall again before using any of the aura particles in your hand, you have a greater chance of Recalling capsules that aren't just aura particles. You may actually want to be able to Recall those aura particles. If you do then use them first to gain Level and then use your Recall. More often than not you will prefer being more likely to Recall skill capsules instead of aura capsules. If you have Recalled mostly everything already, you may want to hold off on using the Recall you Relearned until you use up some skill particles you want to reuse.(to increase your chances of getting useful capsules when using Recall) While true you also need to be careful to keep some Recalls going as it is possible for players to erase that Recall from your hand with something like Turbulence. If too many Recalls/Relearns get erased like this, you may find yourself unable to continually Recall skills.
Recall arsenals can take more practice in learning to use well - It can take longer than usual to get the hang of Recall arsenals as you try to figure out where to use your Relearn and Recalls among other things.Level Amp/ Boost Mine / Level Berserk / ratios- Level boosting skills are very helpful in getting enough Level to keep Recalling things. I have found I like to have 3-4 level amps/boost mines in a typical Recall arsenal, with 12 aura minimum. In this setup, It helps to always change your starting hand to try to get 3 aura. This gets Level Amp going right away and builds your level quickly. Some people have chosen to have only 10 aura while putting in different amounts of level boosting skills. I find it a bit too frustrating at that low an amount. But the idea is even if you don't get a great start you pick up your capsules very quickly so that you get your level to reach 10, then you Recall everything that you went through because you did not have enough aura. At least at more open levels, Level Berserk is the best aura boosting option with a coordinated teammate. Boost mines also can help one partner reach the extra level of aura they need to get things moving. Quantum Amp can backfire on you as you can help your opponent's Level rise as well. It can slow down or weaken Vicious Balance arsenals to a certain degree.(Good Vicious Balance arsenals would still use moves to lower their level)
Change the World Warning - Change the World is a bad skill to use on your own capsules. The problem is the skill doesn't work the way it says it does. Change the World actually reshuffles the capsules at your spawn back into your arsenal. Then 3 RANDOM moves are removed from your arsenal.(or whatever amount of capsules you have changed on the field) Then 3 random moves left in your arsenal are respawned. This is bad because you could randomly lose your most important skills. If you use Change The World to get rid of 3 aura particles at your spawn, you might end up getting rid of 3 Recalls from your arsenal instead! The only time you would probably try Change the World on your own capsules is if your desperate or really want to try your luck. In a way this move maybe the best one to use against opponents who try to just leave less desired skills at their spawn for you to erase. This skill takes away their ability to do so. Keep in mind Change the World can't change or erase the last 3 capsules in someone's spawn. Using it with Particle Convert, Change the World could potentially fill someone's arsenal with more aura particles. Because the Particle Converted capsules you changed into aura get reshuffled into your opponent's arsenal. Then they may randomly be removed from the arsenal, or something else may get randomly deleted instead, leaving your opponent's arsenal with the aura particles.
Violent Change is often the most practical and effective multi capsule erasing skill.Bravery Decision and Recall Configurations - Bravery Decision opens up another alternative Recall scheme. Bravery Decision removes all the aura particles currently in your arsenal.( and not at your spawn) The trick is to get up to 10 Level and use Recall, then get rid of the rest of the aura particles left in your arsenal as you don't need them as much. The idea is you Recall what you want and avoid getting aura particle repeats. The challenge is that Bravery Decision only gets rid of potential aura particles you may pick up. The ones you already used can still be Recalled by Recall. The ideal situation is you get your level to 10, Recall all your skills/aura particles, then do Bravery Decision to get rid of all the aura particles stored in your arsenal. Now your arsenal will Recall more the skills you need and no longer waste space with aura particles. One problem though is you will still be able to Recall the skill Bravery Decision which is useless now if you got rid of all the aura. You can technically carry a skill that erases your capsules to accomplish getting rid of Bravery Decision. (Either Violent Change at best or Particle Convert into Evaporate) Keep in mind though that those moves will be taking up space as well.(they can be useful though) The proportion of Recalls and Relearns can vary in these sets. Because of the aura removing tricks, you may even get by on less Recalls and Relearns. You will often have to use Bravery Decision a few times to truly get all the aura particles out of your arsenal. Other things to consider is whether to put level boosting moves in. If you put them in, you'll start clogging your arsenal with level raising moves you don't need, and reduce Bravery Decision's ability to clear out your arsenal. Here's a thread of people proposing different versions:
Chill Breeze Loop arsenals
This could be a very powerful and crippling tag arsenal but I have not seen it successfully used in practice. I’ve only had a few cracks at the idea and it will take some skill between partners in setting it up continually. The basic idea is to Annoying Gift Chill Breeze and Neutralization to a teammate over and over. The loop is done in the following steps:
1. You Annoying Gift your teammate Chill Breeze and Neutralization.
2. Your teammate casts Chill Breeze, you shoot Neutralization just before Chill Breeze takes affect so your teammate becomes unfrozen.
3. Your teammate then shoots you with Neutralization to unfreeze you.
4.. You Annoying Gift Chill Breeze again all the while your opponents' are still frozen. This can be done infinitely, freezing opponents the whole time.
The tricky part is using a skill guaranteed to hurt your opponents in the small amount of time you have before you need to freeze them again. If you use Mephisto's Pact and several copies of the skills needed, you can get a very fast start up time. Before doing anything else you should set the Chill Breeze Loop up and worry about getting other key skills after you started freezing opponents infinitely.
Ways to stop: Opponents might be able to counter this trick by running into Annoying Gift and getting their own Neutralization or attacking the gifter every time he tries to use Annoying Gift. They might be able block teammate gifting by running in between the 2 players. I don't know if this works as I haven't seen it done. Opponents can't run into Neutralization though because if you use a lock on shot on a teammate it will go right through the opponents.(that's just how it works online but not in the original Single Player mode)
Anti Freeze Options - You can try using Purify or Refresh right after Chill Breeze is about to be cast. If timed right these skills will cancel the freeze effect from lasting or from effecting you. You can also bring your own Neutralization. There are some other unfreezing moves that you might benefit from.(Like Return to Nature)
Demonstration: Here's a video showing how the loop works. You'll see both players get frozen and how the Neutralization is timed to unfreeze the team. (Note you don't need Optimization to have the loop run infinitely. You need Optimization to use other skills in many setups while freezing infinitely. When using Optimization, you need a 2 school case because without it, it might not be possible to put Optimization out and have enough time and aura to still keep your opponents frozen once the loop is started. You only get about 6-7 aura to work with while opponents are frozen. Here's a video demoing how you freeze and unfreeze repeatedly:
To review, you will need someone to Annoying Gift, Chill Breeze, Neutralization and the Missing Ingredient.(the one skill to help you win) Here are some ideas and drawbacks / explanations. Most setups will only have about 6-7 aura needed to work with. It only takes 4 aura to freeze infinitely but you'll need more than that in most cases to actually start hurting your opponent. Some attempted ideas:
Annoying Gift the skill Abyss - This one doesn't work. You would have your teammate delete every opponent capsule with it. This would be the perfect skill for the job as it could set up in the first spawn of the match. The problem is it takes way too long to erase each capsule before a match ends in a draw.(It could have worked if matches were still 15 minutes, but they're only 10 now) If it were possible to erase everything in time, it would be hands down the best and quickest set up for the arsenal.
Annoying Gift the skill Change the World, have teammate finish with Diabolical Trick - In order to do this you have to use Change the World correctly. One player gifts Change the World with Chill Breeze and Neutralization. The partner must use a 2 school Faith Optical arsenal that has Optimization(which you float) and Diabolical Trick in it.(the rest can be anything else) You need a 2 School Arsenal for a teammate to cast Optimization and then regenerate 2 aura quick enough for Chill Breeze to come out in time to maintain the freeze loop. Diabolical Trick is placed in the slot where the teammate's Annoying Gift slot is.(this stops it from being overwritten) Once the teammate has Diabolical Trick, your team can quickly Change the World between each Chill Breeze Loop. When opponents are down to 3 capsules, you Diabolical Trick each of them. Before using Change the World make sure that the teammate who needs Diabolical Trick picks up their skills because Change the World actually reshuffles your spawn back into your arsenal, then Change the World randomly erases 3 skills in the arsenal and puts 3 random skills at your spawn. Since its random you could delete your Diabolical Tricks and not ever pick one up. Once you have Diabolical Trick, you can Change the World as much as you want and you won't be able to over erase you or your teammate by accident because Change the World doesn't get rid of the last 3 capsules. Once opponents are down to 3 capsules, just finish each opponent off by Diabolical Tricking their 3 remaining skills. You technically could make a configuration with Violent Change, but this set up is quicker and reduces the amount of Diabolical Tricking you might need to do to get ahead of the other team's capsule count when using Violent Change. Another alternative to Diabolical Trick is Recall + Violent Change but it is also more complicated and not as good.
Annoying Gift the skill Graceful Woods- This opens up a world of new possibilities. Previously Optimization was required to get costly things done. Now your teammate can have as much aura as they need to do something. One idea is to go for Violent Change and Recall again without needing Optimization this time.(It probably isn't as good as the Change the World set up mentioned above) You may have to do some more individual Diabolical Tricking to get ahead of opponent skill count. To win, you have to rely entirely on the arsenal of the player receiving Graceful Woods.
Giga Ruin + Still Moment ? - One alternate scheme was to use Still Moment and Giga Ruins with Recall. It would lock your opponents in place with out a shield to block Giga Ruin. Unfortunately cartwheelers can still cartwheel enough to dodge when Still Moment is used and jumpers can stop Still Moment into Giga Ruin it by staying close to the Giga Ruin shooter and jumping when Still Moment occurs. Unfortunately, I can't seem to figure out a better scheme than Violent Changes followed by Diabolical Trick as needed.(for the Graceful Woods scheme) But Graceful Woods is a new idea which you may be able to figure out something else to win with. Perhaps a new skill will be made to fully realize Graceful Woods potential in this setup. You could certainly annoy people who don't figure out how to get past Still Moment and Giga Ruin.
Annoying Gift Agonies of Death - Agonies of Death goes through anything and can be tough to dodge and costs 0. This might work at smaller levels but it takes really good coordination and can get confusing in figuring out ways to lower life to the correct level. Plus opponents might be able to just run from Agonies or stay too close for the shooter to hit. Still it might work. You'll need practice as it can get confusing switching between your teammate and opponent and then Chill Breezing in time. This does not require Optimization to work either. If you can pull this off, its the absolute best setup that can work because your teammate can carry the same exact arsenals making your chances of setting up the Chill Breeze loop higher than the alternative ideas listed. (Besides the failed Abyss scenario)Debris against Chillbreeze - One other possible counter to this arsenal could be done at City to a certain degree. You can keep causing yourself to fall on objects when hit by Chill Breeze.(while doing little damage to yourself, if any) Since objects in that level could fly in any weird direction you might cause them to hit your opponents and interrupt their Chill Breeze Loop. You would jump as Chill Breeze takes effect, causing you to go into a stunned fall state. It's possible to land on objects in this state and cause them to break. The broken objects can possibly hit the Chill Breeze opponents and break their loop.
A lot of arsenals are listed but there are other possibilities which can be based around certain themes. Skills that use mixed speed attacks, use only crawlers, only blades, rain etc. etc. Try to put moves together that compliment each other. Ex. Joke of Anubis with moves that keep your life higher than your opponent. The combos sections and "All the other things you didn’t know about in Phantom Dust" sections could help you come up with more ideas for arsenal concepts.
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PhantomDusted.com has a great advanced search feature. If you want to see arsenals made by other people with skill setups use the link coming up. A quick way to find what you're looking for is to enter in a skill as your keyword, then choose search option and select "Ubiquitous Arsenal Lab", then select "First post of topics only". This should get you topics of more fleshed out ideas. If you're not satisfied with what's found, you can uncheck the "First post of topics only" and try again. General Discussion forum can also be helpful for seeing things on arsenals sometimes too. Here's the advanced search link::
21PD Skill Combos
Many skills are more effective when used together. Many stun combos listed will not work if a player jumps in the air to cancel the stun effect. This list often tries to be general in saying what a combo is if there are many skills that can do the same thing. You may have read a lot of these ideas elsewhere in the guide, but this is kind of a quick reference that can be looked through.
Dragon Slayer + any combination of moves that can hit in time(i.e. Lack, then Fire Of Gehenna)
Shield Breaker + any move that can hit in time(i.e. Flame Sword, Photon Burst, Psycho Wave)
Move that knocks someone down(Psycho Spear) + any move that hits someone while their down(Gravity Press, Pursuit, Backdraft Bullet etc.) - Keep in mind that being knocked down includes falling from the sky so you can shoot someone with backdraft bullet after they fly in the sky from twister, or fall from the sky from a move like Judgment.
Any Erase skill that effects someone and results in a stun effect + a move quick enough to follow up and hit.
Any Status or Special Skill that has an automatic stun effect(Dazzle, Level Berserk) + a move quick enough to follow up.
Moves which are intended to stun or paralyze(Still Moment, Paralyze) + a move that can follow up and hit in time.
Greedy Spirit + Any combination of moves that can connect in time. (Does not work if person has 0 aura.)
Greedy Spirit + Any Erase move that can be cast right after someone is hit by Greedy Spirit - Guarantees your erase move will work.(Beats Orb and Amulet by sending opponent down to 0 aura) Timing is hard though.
Greedy Spirit + Hole Moves - The stagger stun that Greedy Spirit causes can actually cause a person to dodge a hole move you combo. Sometimes it does help, but lower your expectations of success as it can help them dodge the hole. There does not seem to be a consistent way to avoid this happening.
Decoy + Purify or Neutralization - Give them the Decoy effect and then Purify or Neutralize them for a longer stun effect than Decoy has.
Slow moving attack + Faster moving attack - Done to catch an opponent off guard or create hard to dodge situations. Sometimes the first attack can be blocked or dodged but the second is impossible to block with slow recovery time shields. Some moves can be combined to hit at nearly the same time to break more shields because of the combined damage. (If your doing this with 2 moves against a shield that can erase the attacks used, both skills will be erased. List of most Slower Moving Attacks
Attacks that erase(opponent must have something that can be erased when hit to be stunned, like level, shields, or an attack)i.e. Storm Blade + another move that can follow up in time.(even Storm Blade again)
Attack that staggers an opponent and is followed up by another attack quick enough.(there is usually ways to dodge the second move so its not a combo in the truest sense but it can often be successful if one attack connects and the other follows. Sometimes the placement of your opponent puts them in a hard to defend situation) An example is Laser Blade + Photon Burst.
Attack that staggers + Optimization + Entangle or Pin Down that can be done in time - You can stun the staggered person with Entangle or Pin Down if timed right and continue to make the target not able to defend themselves. Rain attacks that do 3-4 damage comboed with Entangle are one of the more practical ones. Teammate doing the attack comboed with yours is another one. With the right aura regen you can entangle someone infinitely.
Using 2 Swords with one that swings to the right and one to the left.(makes it harder to tell which way for someone to dodge) - example: Flame Sword + Blazing Sword.
Stat buffs like Tiger's Strength + Multiple Hit moves like Ricochet Laser or Triple Lasers - Each bullet created by these attacks get's +x damage. I.e. each Tiger's Strengthened Ricochet Laser does 4 damage per hit.
Irregular Rhythm + Psycho Kinesis - If you put Irregular Rhythm out, Psycho Kinesis actually will do more damage with the objects it throws. Its strange but it works. I was not able to do this with the skill Power which is similar to Psycho Kinesis.
Use a Hole attack that can target you + Digestion get free life and protection.(i.e. Earthquake + Digestion) Combine this with -1 attack(Holy Ray can do this) and you can do it over and over to gain life.
Hole Move and Absorb Energy(get extra aura. With Optimization + Earthquake + Absorb Energy you can continue to cast Earth Quake over and over) (Blocking Earthquake recovers the aura spent.)
Lightning Bolt against an opponent and Hole Move used right after - Can hit opponent with a hole move. Most moves can't do this without a chance that a stagger will actually make opponent dodge the hole instead..
Slow moving attack + Frighten (stuns an opponent to keep them in place. You can jump in the air to negate Frighten's effect)
Lightning Bolt (on opponent with shield) + Psycho Spear + Gravity Press = 20 damage combo for 8 aura.
Graceful Woods + Finisher (be able to do finisher quickly. Some stun moves like pin down or entangle, give you enough time to cast graceful woods and follow up with Finisher)
Annoying Gift + Graceful Woods - Graceful Woods user can generate a lot of aura. Has potential in Chill Breeze Loops.
Reduce Entropy floated + Shatter + Eliminate - (stops all arsenals with no skills that are less than 3 aura)
Steal Power + Finisher(potentially can take someone's aura and have enough to finish them while their semi stunned)
For Tag, Annoying Gift + Bravery Decision + Rebirth to an opponent. Have teammate use Trigger on both those buttons - Opponent will have all aura removed from their arsenal and Level now = 0.
Recall + Relearn + Recollection - quickest way to use same single use attacks over and over.
Recall + Relearn = Ways of using a certain skill over and over.(Violent Change)
Expensive attack + Recollection - A way of tricking someone into thinking you couldn’t cast a move again.(i.e. Person who comes in close after you just used Photon Burst assumes they won’t have to deal with it when you only have 2 aura)
Fatigue with 0 cost or charge up attacks that do X damage with a strength booster - Can overwhelm an opponent if you keep firing at them to force them to move.
Bravery Decision and moves that require 7 or less skills left in your arsenal to use.(Excalibur, Rail Gun, Cluster Bomb)
Mobilize + Mine at your start point - Chance to hit all opponents with a mine. If you use Mobilize at the edge off a platform you can avoid being teleported if the use of the move causes you to step of the ledge.
Mobilize + Auto Shield + Stun Mine at your the spot of Mobilization - Grants you protection from your mine and a chance to follow up. Something like Anti Gravity trap can stun your opponent long enough to follow up with a move while your shield protected you from the mine.(Something like Judge of Anubis can work great sometimes on the stunned opponent.) Sometimes stun mines knock people over. Some mines may run into this problem than others. Vapor Cloud is another stun possibility but it has given me more problems when I've tried.
Tag Combo - Mobilize + well timed Dance of Death or Disintegrate or Calamity - Can teleport everyone over into a Dance of Death or under a Disintegrate. (see Mobilize in arsenal section to understand why these work as combos.)
Tag Combo - Mobilize + Psycho Burst while locked on to a target in close range - All players Mobilized will take damage equal the level of the locked on target. (It's the only way to make Psycho Burst deal level based damage with Mobilize)
Forest Sanctuary + Glacial Wall and other low defense shields = cheap hard to break shields with good effects.
Athena's Command + Moves that lower a person's attack power - Will greatly reduce the amount of attacks they can use on you and will make them much easier to erase.
Memory Lapse floated + Recall + Locked Skills + Skills that retain themselves.(Photon Barrier, Reincarnation) - All let you continue to use skills while your opponent runs out of them.
Floated Environmental + Orb - Very hard to erase environmental. Memory Lapse and Orb are the roughest to erase.
Chill Breeze + Neutralization in tag + Annoying Gift - You can keep repeating the freeze over and over. A team mate casts Chill Breeze, as its cast you shoot neutralization. He can now do stuff while everyone else is frozen. He could neutralize you and if you have annoying gift you can start the chain all over again. To see Chill Breeze Loop arsenals in arsenal section click here.Twist Laser + Slide Laser - Lasers that hit from the left and right.(Laser or Vibration Laser could sub for Slide Laser)
Particle Convert + Over Heat
Particle Convert + Evaporate
Particle Convert + Meltdown
Relearn + Meltdown on person with 3 aura particles out - Brings person who has 12 or less Level down to 0.
Change the World + Violent Change - Quickly erase 6 capsules.
Shatter + Eliminate = Can delete any opponent capsule when used together.
Mine with effect that stuns + move quick enough to follow up.
Fast Bomb + Shelter Shields or Dash - makes it easy to avoid the explosion for jumpers. High speeds can help too.
Vicious Balance + Tag Teammate at 0 Level - Knocks everyone down to 0 Level.
Vicious Balance and moves that lose Level when you use them - Allows you to go higher than 2 Level while still having a powerful Vicious Balance when you want to.
Call + Retreat - Lets you teleport randomly around the level wherever you place each capsule.
Call + High Speeds - You can run from your opponent and keep picking up more things in your arsenal to help you.
Call + Judgment on Sein high tower ledge - You can pick up your capsules and keep causing an opponent to fall out of the sky who doesn't have Orb or Amulet. Parabolas and arc moves maybe the only moves that can possibly hit you from there. You can also do this on Lane but with less successful results.
Chaos and Erase skills - Guarantees usable erase moves will work no matter what.
Vicious Balance cast right as Chaos is put out(guarantees it will work)This can also be done to make any other low cost erase moves work even if opponent has orb or amulet.
Chill Breeze + Well timed Environmental Erase skill by a teammate - Can erase any Environmental regardless of player having an Orb or Amulet.
Giant Slayer + Chaos - Giant Slayer will prioritize erasing a player's high cost moves while Chaos prevents the low cost ones from being used.
Crystallization + Piece Skills
Bundled Blaster + Blaster Skills
Bundled Laser + Laser Skills
Calamity and Sign of Saints - Power up Sign of Saints and attempt to erase others' moves.
Annoying Gift + Ki Palm + Guardian Angel - Give the skills to an opponent and while their stunned, hit them with Ki Palm over and over. There are other alternatives like Lingering flame. This trick maybe escapable if you mash jump or cartwheell.(maybe due to lag...) Rapid Cannon over and over with enough aura will most likely guarantee a kill on your Annoying Gifted opponent.(Rapid Cannon version takes a lot of aura to do though)
Trigger a projectile button on opponent + Reverse or Reflect move back at them - Glacial Wall and Paralyze Barrier or erase shields are other possibilities.
Annoying Gift + Fast bomb - Pick up a trigger and try to make them blow themselves up. ( totally gimmicky)
Remote Mine + Other Mine next to it - Can set off a chain of explosions.
Remote Mine + Other Mine on top- Double Landmine! Lets you set 2 landmines down at same location. Shields can only block one of the explosions. When stacked, 2 explosions occur with the remote mine explosion delaying itself. This delay makes it impossible for shields to block both explosions..
2 Sensor Mines + +2 Strength = You can quickly place one mine on top of the other. Any shield that blocks it will break because the shield will take 10 damage total.
Annoying Gift + Lock Button skills + Frostbite non Annoying Gifted button - Can make a player have less options. Its possible to annoying gift 3 orbs and then Frostbite your opponents other button basically making them useless.
Optimization and 1 cost skills - Skills now cost 0 aura.
Optimization + Angel's Breath and a stat on an opponent equals infinite stunning.(if they don’t get knocked down by getting pushed off a ledge or jumping when first hit. You can actually drag someone back your spawn point doing this if you want) Great if you want a teammate to erase their capsules or if you want to pick up Finisher and use it on them. You may run out of time though before dragging your opponent to your spawn if their not close enough. Mash your jump or cartwheel move because there's a chance this can't actually infinitely stun.
Positive Stat on Opponent + Armaros/Armaros Watch/Angel's Breath - Can be used weaken opponent stats. Usually not efficient to set up a positive stat to reverse on an opponent. It is the only way to lower someone's aura regen besides using Desertification. (You'd use Ethos' Inspiration to boost someone's aura regen first, then reverse their stats)
Environmental that shows a stat number on a player and Armaros, Armaros Watch, or Angel's Breath - You can stun a player with these moves if a positive or negative number shows on the player. If you had -1 attack and someone put Lunar Force out, your stat will show as even, and the Armaros/Angel Breath moves will not stun or work on a player with an even stat number showing.
Entangle + Optimization in 2 School or less case - Can stun target infinitely. If you use Meditation in a 3 School case to have +2 regen you will be able to infinitely stun.
Pin Down + Optimization in 1 School case - Infinite stun possible. Maybe possible in 2 school case if you do it every time you hit 3 aura. If not use a Meditation to get +2 and it will work. 3 School requires +4 regen.
Entangle + Diabolical Trick + Optimization + Graceful Woods + High Level - If your opponent is in the right range you can pull this off over and over provided you have the aura. (stun them, pop a capsule while their still stunned, stun them again while they can’t do anything, pop another capsule. Optimization and a ton of aura is necessary. Alternatively you can just have a teammate do Diabolical Tricking. If you use a 1 or 2 school arsenal, Entangle can stun infinitely.)
Hit All skill that would stun an affected opponent + An attack timed right to hit opponent as they get stunned by the hit all skill.
Heat From the Void or Vacuum Palm + Skills that erase skills an opponent has on them.
Refresh vs. Chill Breeze. Venom Drip, or Still Moment - If you cast Refresh as these moves are about to take effect you can negate them from happening to you.
Fairy Ring + Fatigue or Desertification or Irregular Rhythm - Bring everyone down to 0 aura and make it harder for them to use aura.
Stagnant Air stops Orb.
Scientism stops Amulet.
Attack boosting moves will make X damage and charge moves like Ki Cannon and Gungnir do damage and be usable over and over. - Additionally, If you have something like +2 attack strength, Heat from Void will do 2 damage even if your opponent has 4 skills in his hand. Aura Leak will do 2 damage as well even if your opponent has 0 aura. Other X based attacks will also add damage. Two exceptions to this are Joke and Judge of Anubis.
Joke and Judge of Anubis life conflicts with Strength Buffs - If your life is lower than your opponent with Joke of Anubis, it will subtract damage from your stat buffs based on how much lower your life count is.(If its low enough, your attack buffs will be reduced to 0 with the move, resulting in 0 damage.(Manually aimed shots with Stat Buffs will not be affected in this way. They'll do damage equal to whatever amount your strength buff number is. If your life is higher than your opponent with Judge of Anubis, it will subtract damage from your strength buffs for each life point you have above your opponent potentially reducing your damage to 0.
Stat Buff an opponent or teammate and use Doppleganger to copy their stats. If done to an opponent you can follow up with Armaros Watch or Angel's Breath after you copy their stats.
Freeze shot + Strength Stat buffs makes it do damage.(it’s a bug)
Play Dead + Lightning Speed - Can avoid much of the -5 speed associated with Play Dead. When you use Lightning Speed after using Play Dead while you have -5 speed you don't go to normal speed with Lightning Speed. You'll go straight to +5 speed.
Place of Invisibility + All hit Hole attacks - Can cause one opponent that gets hit to be an easy target. All hit Hole attacks still target invisible opponents.
Place of Invisibility as an attack is about to hit an opponent - Makes everyone Invisible except the hit opponent.
Forest Sanctuary and Friendship - Makes less attacks usable by an opponent.
Forest Sanctuary + Freeze shot + Stat Buffs - Freeze shot bypasses the restrictions of Forest Sanctuary. Its the only skill that can go above +3 damage when Forest Sanctuary is out. This glitch might get patched in the new version of Phantom Dust.Charge + Capsule Erasers - Move around the stage erasing people's stuff.
Charge + Call - Good way of staying on top of someone’s spawn and getting your own skills still.
Two teammates Level Batonning each other equals an infinite chain of Level increases.
Annoying Gift a teammate over and over to use one use moves over and over.(including aura particles if needed)
Levitate / Sky walk + Projectiles - Can make it harder for opponents to block certain attacks.
Skywalk + Increased Gravity - Get around quicker while your opponents have reduced speeds.(Skywalk and other Special Jump Skills bypass speed limits)
Poison + Backdraft = Two damage per skill use.
Backdraft + Against and Orb on opponent + Purify - Can make person take 1 damage for using Orb over and over.(you take 1 from Purify)
Berserk + Attacks that have an effect when they hit an opponent.(the effects carry over with piercing) Lightning Sword that pierces a shield will erase another shield an opponent has. Ice Sword that pierces a shield will freeze defender's buttons. Crawling Bullet or Leg Throw that pierces will knock an opponent down.
Berserk + Powerful attacks like Finisher or Judge of Anubis.
Irregular Rhythm + Cheap costing moves or X damage charge moves when you have attack increased. i.e. Ki Cannon and Tiger's Strength.
Optimization and Charge up attacks. - You can do double the amount of damage. If you have 10 aura with Optimization down you can do 20 damage instead of 10.
Bloody Ritual + Fusion + an attack after fusing.(attack is optional)
Soul Cage + Erasing an opponent's skills. - Makes them take damage as they pick up more stuff.
Soul Cage + Capsule Erasers - If an opponent just tries to pick up capsules you are about to delete, they will take damage for it.
Athena's Command + Freeze Shot - Freeze shot bypasses the rules of damage restrictions.(If you have Freeze Shot with boosted attack it can do damage. It's a bug )
Fast Bomb and -2 attack power - Makes you harder to hit as you can knock yourself down for little cost.
Quantum Amp + Boost Mine + Level Berserk + Psycho Burst or other attacks that rely on a person's Level or aura to deal damage.
Memory of Battle and an arsenal that uses a lot of attack skills.
Compressor and an arsenal that uses a lot of defense skills.
Rebirth and 0 cost arsenals or arsenals that use little aura.
Skills that do damage to yourself + skills that work only if you have 7 or less life - Makes using 7 or less life requirement skills easier to use.
Invulnerability or Void + Copy - You can be hit by skills and take no damage from the skill but still Copy it with Copy and use it.
Necronomicon + Invulnerability or Void - You can avoid the add effects from hurting you in attacks, so you won't get frozen or have a move erased from Ice Sword or Storm Blade respectively.
Skills that normally do 0 damage + stat buffs.
Auto Capture Skills + Memory of Battle - Use auto capture skills to raise the strength of Memory of Battle and continue to pick up more skills quickly. Auto capture can pick up skills from your arsenal even when none are at your spawn.
Skills that lower your level( like Mist Blade, Downcast) + skills that require you to have 2 or less Level to use(Swift Punch)
Lunar Force down + Martial Arts Scroll + Recollected Muramasa Blade + Sky Pursuit = 21 damage combo for 6 aura. There are many better combos out there but was just trying to make Martial Arts Scroll useful. Its also a good example of thinking about how to manipulate numbers to get certain results. Trance and Stimulate or two heats could be more effective though.
Person with a single school arsenal with very high aura regen + Crush - Can keep opponent’s with lower aura Regen + Orb from getting above 2 aura.
Boost Mine + Vicious Balance + Level Lowering Move - If you place a boost mine down and then lower your level to 2, you can erase every one's level down to 2 and then step on the boost mine to get an extra boost in Level.
Optimization + Vicious Balance - Can cast Vicious Balance for one aura, lowering everyone down to 1 level if done right. (You'll want to get rid of Optimization afterwards)
Timer Mine + Mobilize + Dance of Death combo - This one's stupid but may finally provide a decent use of Timer Mine. Place the Timer Mine cast Mobilize by it so you blow yourself up and don't get teleported into your partner's Dance of Death or whatever move you want to nail other opponents with. The Timer Mine is one alternative to using auto shields or Mobilizing off a ledge.
Trigger vs Reincarnation or Arrow of Artemis - If you can out raise a person's aura, you can use Trigger to get rid of their Reincarnation. Example: if you have 8 aura and they have 6 level, if you Trigger them twice, Reincarnation will leave their hand because they can't retain it but they can still cast it a second time for 2 aura so they lose it.
Gravity Press + Geyser Impact - Can hurt people while someone is standing in the hole.(not just downed) +2 Strength and with 2 Gravity Presses in a row is possible for 20 damage. (one while they're standing and one while they're knocked down by the first one)
For the next few combos check out Boosted Aura Regen Tricks for more explanation
2 School arsenal with Entangle + Firestorm + Optimization - Maybe can create infinite stun kill loop.
1 School Faith arsenal with + 6 Aura Regen, Angel’s Breath, Lunar Force – Seems to create infinite stun on anyone who’s strength is either a positive or negative value. Can also be done to anyone with stats with a plus or minus value. Might work with +9 regen in a 2 school arsenal. Not sure if people can mash jump out of this.
1 School Faith - Fusion or Annoying Gift with +6 aura Regen with Optimization out - Might stun infinitely. Might work with +9 regen in a 2 school arsenal. Not sure if people can mash jump out of this.
2 School Entangle someone by your spawn with Optimization, Particle Convert, Evaporate, and Recall - Tedious way to erase someone in infinite stun state. Not actually good and requires most of an arsenal set up for it. You can build up little bits of extra aura when you reEntangle someone. So you get to 4 aura and reEntangle, spend the next 1-2 aura doing Particle Convert, Recall, or Evaporate. After doing one of those you can still recover enough aura to reEntangle someone.
22PD All the other things you didn’t know about in Phantom Dust
Another quick reference list with some repetition for people just jumping around guide. This is just a list of things that highlights mistranslations of skills, things you might not know about with skills, or things that don’t really make much sense but work in the game.
See Player Names - To see people's character names and where they are located in a match without locking on to someone, hit the White button at the beginning of the match and all player names will show up with the location they are at.
Necronomicon - There has been much confusion about this skill. Forget the translation. What the skill actually does is it only takes away the add effect on ATTACK skills.(red moves) You’ll stop attack skills from having piercing, erase effects, or freeze effects, auto capture effects, or life gaining effects among others when this is down. This can also stop Reincarnation and Arrow of Artemis from recovering themselves.(Preventing the Retain effect)
Freeze Shot - If you boost your strength up, this skill will do damage even though it is not an Attack skill.(red) Its due to an oversight in programming. Because of this, the skill can be a pretty good way of dealing with or overwhelming erase shields.
Manual Aim Projectiles vs Course shields - Manually aimed projectiles go through course shields that aren't the Reverse or About Face type. Manual aim attacks that are Reversed generally won't hit you when they come at you. If you make an effort to line up and get hit by it, you can, but typically these moves fly past you.
Manual Aim Against Reflect Shields - If you shoot a manually aimed shot at Reflect shields they will not hit you. They look like they will but they go through you.
Dazzle - If you are hit by this skill you can still see what buttons do what.(so you don’t have to guess what has been scrambled to what) If you press in the direction of your control pad(not the analog) you can see what buttons do what while Dazzled. Like if you press to the left pad you’ll see what skill the X button will perform if you hit it.(while you still are dazzled) Button arrangements can change every time you're hit by Dazzle.
Mephisto’s Pact - This skill is cooler than its description. When you use it a list of the skills that are left in your arsenal pops up, pick whichever one you want and you immediately get it. The list will not have the 3 capsules that are at your spawn or ones are about to respawn. If your are hit by something while looking you automatically pick the last skill you highlighted.
Bravery Decision - Will not remove the aura from your arsenal that are at your spawn point or are about to be spawned.
Locked Skills and Teammate Ressurection - In Tag Team play you can resurrect someone with one of the locked skill buttons and lose the skill at the same time. Very helpful for getting rid of things like annoying gifted Orbs or getting rid of a locked skill you don’t need.
"Picking up" skills with Skill Locked Button - If you don't want to pick up a skill to replace any buttons that are equipped, you can "pick up" the capsule with the locked button skill.(like the skill Orb) The locked button stays and capsules you just wanted to get rid of are consumed and gone without replacing the locked skill button. They can still be Recalled later too.
Downed Opponents - A downed opponent is really anyone who has been hit by a skill in a way that will send them falling to the ground. You can hit an opponent with something like Backdraft Bullet as their falling from the sky before they actually reach the ground. I.e. Twister and Backdraft Bullet them in the sky. Judgmenting someone out of the sky and hitting them with Backdraft Bullet should work but may prove difficult to hit targets as they fall.
Paralyze - If you are hit by a skill that has a paralyze effect,(Paralyze, Still Moment, Paralyze Barrier) you can still use skills, jump or cartwheel a little if you just begin to stand still. As long as you don’t move on the analog pad you can still perform any other action. This is useful as a way of defending yourself or still attacking someone. Melee attacks barely move when paralyzed though.
Memory Lapse + Photon Barrier + Reincarnation + Arrow of Artemis + Locked Skills -All skills become single use with Memory Lapse out. Photon Barrier and Reincarnation will retain themselves if you have 2 more aura to pay to keep themselves. You can keep Arrow of Artemis if you have 3 more aura to Retain it. Any skill that is locked to a button will also stay in your hand. An Orb, with a hung Memory Lapse can be very hard to stop. Freezing someone’s buttons so Orb doesn’t work and then following up with an anti enviro skill is one option. You can also try hitting opponents with Greedy Spirit and then using your anti environmental erase.(Difficult to time) Otherwise you have to wait for an opponent to get below 2 aura.
Reincarnation vs. Erase Shields - It will cost you a total of 6 aura to retain Reincarnation if its been blocked by an erase shield. (3 if Optimization is down, 12 if Irregular Rhythm is down.)
Arrow of Artemis vs. Erase Shields - It will cost you a total of 9 aura to retain Arrow of Artemis if its been blocked by an erase shield. (3 if Optimization is down, 18 if Irregular Rhythm is down.)
Erasing Reincarnation, Photon Barrier and Arrow of Artemis vs Protections They Give Against Erase - These skills can actually be erased if you're hit by an erase move that erases a skill and you can’t pay the amount it costs to retain it. If you do have the amount to pay, these moves can help protect your other skills from erase skills like Disremember and Tiger Prevails, because they can get targeted before other attacks/skills.
Locked Protection - Just like Retain moves, locked skills can protect other skills you have from being erased as they may get targeted over other skills. Example: Sign of Saints protects your lower cost moves from being erased as Giant Slayer will target Sign of Saints first and not be able to erase it.
Optimization and Irregular Rhythm - Optimization will halve the cost of using moves in anyway. Skills like Photon barrier and Reincarnation will only cost 1 to retain. Some skills become 0 to use and skills that cost +1 more to use with each use can be used a lot more with it down. On the other hand all skills with Irregular Rhythm will cost more to use in every way.(aside from 0 cost skills) Moves that charge up attacks can do up to double damage with Optimization down.(10 aura charged Ki Palm does 20 damage with Optimization down. Only 5 with Irregular Rhythm Down)
Levitation, Skywalk, Demon’s Wing - You can make your character immediately stop floating in the air if you press the same button that activated the skill. These skills override any loss of speed while your in the air traveling with them. Players travel a bit faster than normal speed when in the air with this skill.
Call Capsule Float - Just as you can float environmentals you can also float your capsules with the skill Call. The main reason you’d do this is to stop someone from erasing a capsule with something like Diabolical Trick.
Retreat + Call - Retreat teleports you to one of the random capsules on the field. If you use Call and spread out your capsules you can teleport all over the place in the level.(Even into the air if you float a capsule)
Using Charge without locking onto anyone - If you use the skill Charge without being locked onto anyone, it will take you to another random player's spawn point. Can be useful when trying to reach a teammate that is dead at their spawn.(Like if they died falling into a pit for example) You can't lock onto teammates when they're dead, but using Charge without being locked on to anyone will give you a 1/3 chance to teleport to them. If a player is dead in Battle Royale you can still randomly get put at their spawn as well.
Orb/Amulet - Does not protect against erase skills of YOURS that Hit All automatically. They will protect against your reflected Erase moves or your own erase hole moves. Orb can even protect your Environmental that is out from being erased by someone else’s skill as long as you can pay the amount to use Orb/Amulet each time someone tries to erase it. Judgement is your best anti environmental for getting past orb/amulet. You can force people to use Orb or Amulet with an erase move like Neutralization or Crush over and over, even if there’s no stat or skill to erase. This is a good way of keeping an opponents aura low. Attack skills that erase something on an opponent(Dragon Punch, Storm Blade, Lightning Sword) will erase your skills even if you do have Orb or Amulet. Orb and Amulet also don't provide protection against Song of Succubus or Succubus Tempt.
Relearn + Thieving Imp - You CAN relearn Thieving Imp with Relearn when you play online. It doesn't work offline for some reason. Recall may also recall Thieving Imp online or it might Recall the skill stolen instead.(this difference maybe changed in the remaster)
Recall - This skill has had some oddities. You can’t recall skills that were erased from your spawn point, only skills that you have actually picked up and have left your hand. Because of this Violent Change arsenals with Recall can sometimes be better off erasing their aura particles later than picking them up, reducing the chance that you'll Recall aura particles and instead get something more useful faster. You may Recall skills you’ve been annoying gifted as well as ones you stole or learned,(via Thieving Imp and Learning). Offline I have always recalled the attack I’ve stolen but it may work different online for some bizarre reason. With Learning and Recall I sometimes got the shield again and I sometimes got the skill I learned. People have said that they have sometimes gone over their 30 skill limit.(by doing things like stealing capsules or maybe even picking up dead players) It seems like most of the time though you aren’t going to reach above 29 skills left in an arsenal if you even get that high. If you use Bravery Decision all the aura that are still left in your arsenal can’t be Recalled because they're removed by Bravery Decision. Whatever didn’t get removed by a Bravery Decision can still be recalled, but you can try to use more Bravery Decisions to get rid of them then.
Phantom Dust(the skill) - This skill doesn’t reset the game like most people assume. It brings players back to their max life, sets everyone’s Level to 0, and Recalls all skills that have not been erased at a spawn point. If you are playing tag and were brought back to life once, you will only be brought back up to 10 life when this move is used. If you were dead while this skill was used you are not affected by any of Phantom Dust’s effects. Whatever environmental was left out while this skill was used remains out. The Phantom Dust skill that you used does not get reshuffled back in your arsenal unless you use another Phantom Dust or Relearn or Recall it. There are some weird things that could happen in Recalling with Annoying Gift, Learning, or Thieving Imp but I don’t care to figure it out.(you’d only get certain skills or extra ones) Time does not get reset in the match with this skill either.
Unison - This is an environmental that has no effect. It basically prevents anyone else from putting their own environmentals out. The screen flashes for a brief second when its used. It has no description at the bottom of the screen like other environmentals, the screen flash is your only indication its been used.
Ricochet Laser - This skill can go through some of the walls and floors at some levels.
Learning - Learning can learn any projectile that doesn’t penetrate defenses.(including non attacks) Learning can't learn moves that break the shield.
Frighten - You can avoid the stagger effect of frighten by jumping in the air as its used. You’ll fall down when you jump in this way.
Sensor Mines + Tiger’s Strength/Trance - These mines will get +2 attack with these skills or with other stat buffers according to when you planted the mine even if you lose that strength later and the mine hasn’t been detonated. So if you planted a sensor mine with +2 attack, the mine will do 5 damage. Martials Arts scroll is the only skill that doesn’t work this way, the second your stats go away from Martial Arts Scroll, it resets back to 3 damage.
Manual Aim and X damage attacks relying on an opponent -Some attacks in this game do X damage to an opponent depending on something about the opponent. Some examples are do X damage according to how much aura they have,(Aura Backflow) or how much more life they have than you.(Judge of Anubis) If you use these attacks without locking onto a target the attack will do 0 damage + whatever extra strength buff you have. Example : Fire Heat from the Void manually at someone with no buttons assigned and it will do 0 damage.(when it would do 8 damage if you locked onto the target when firing) Use tiger’s strength and manually aim Heat From the Void and you’ll only do 2 damage with no lock on.(when it would do 10 with lock on) This rule does not apply to Finisher, Compressor, Crystallization, Memory of Battle and X skills you charge up to damage with.(Ki Palm, Gungnir etc.) Only skills that rely on something about your opponent.
Joke and Judge of Anubis Lock on Penalties - If you use Joke of Anubis while having a an increased strength buff against someone who has more life than you, Joke of Anubis will do less damage based on the difference of how much more life your opponent has than you. So if you have plus 5 strength buff and your opponent has 2 more life than you, your Joke of Anubis locked on shot will only do 3 damage total. If you manually aim with Joke of Anubis in that situation you will do 5 damage instead. JUDGE of Anubis has a similar penalty but in an opposite way. If you have more life than someone you will do less damage based on the difference between your life. So if you have 4 more life than your opponent and a 5 strength stat buffed Judge of Anubis, you'll only do 1 damage when locking onto the player who has less life than you. A manually aimed Judge of Anubis in this situation would deal 5 damage if it hits.
Armaros Watch / Angel’s Breath / Armaros Stun Abilities - These skills have a stun effect on people even if you just have an environmental out that that causes a target to have a plus or minus stat . It won’t reverse the effect Environmentals have on the target but it still causes them to be stunned by these moves. If you have -1 strength and someone puts Lunar Force out the number stats won't show up by your name and you can't get Armarosed or even stunned by these stat reversing moves. If you want to reverse the -1 attack power in this case you'll have to take down Lunar Force in order to get these stat reverse moves to work.
Mind Reading, Void, Cloaking Moves, Decoy - Can be canceled out by skills like Purify or Neutralization.
Hit All skills vs. Cloaking moves - Any invisible person will be revealed if an automatic Hit All move was done. Amulet and Orb will only cancel out Hit All erase moves from revealing you.
Soul Cage- You can pick up the Soul Cage environmental without taking damage.(even though it says any capsule captured causes one damage)
Fusion + Backdraft/Poison - If you and an opponent are both at one and you fuse with them while poisoned or with Backdraft down, you will both die.(with you dying first for the loss) Really only useful in tag.
Frostbite and a Tag Teammate - When an opponent is trying to pick up their tag teammate, if you frostbite the button that the dead tag teammate is on, he'll be stuck in the opponent's hand till he can unfreeze himself. Sounds really hard to do but funny.
Psycho Kinesis/Power - You can be pretty far away from some of the debris you can throw. Like you can be on the second floor of Palace and throw a table that is on the 1st floor at someone if your close enough. These skills are useless on Lane levels and Sein.
Pursuit/Sky Pursuit and Backdraft Bullet can break shields and be erased by them- Anyone who blocks these moves can have their shields broken if the total strength is greater than the shield's defense. You won’t be able to hurt anyone with these but you could break a shield with them. These attacks can also be erased by erase shields so don’t be careless about using them.
Pursuit hitting advice - Sometimes standing still when you activate this skill makes it more accurate. If you push in a direction while using this you can effect how it aims(often going past or away from your opponent and missing) Another tactic that might work is to stand still turn your lock on off and then turn it right back on and then Pursuit.
Pursuit as a dodge - If you are in close range you can use Pursuit to move quickly around an opponent or to escape an attack. Depending on what direction you point your self in, you will go flying forward in a different direction. Just be careful because people can block the move and erase it or do something like Freeze your buttons with a Glacial Wall.
Backdraft Bullet In Close Ranges - You can aim backdraft manually to hit downed opponents in close range. Another trick used with Backdraft Bullet against downed players in close range is to walk back a little and the jump and shoot Backdraft Bullet at the downed opponent with lock on. It often hits and is not hard to do. Manual Aim is probably better to do if you have the ability to do aim accurately.
Annoying Gift - When you give skills to someone you don’t lose the ones you have. Its more like you copy your skills over to someone’s buttons. The Annoying Gift you use doesn’t get given to an opponent. You can’t overwrite someone’s button that has a locked skill on it.
Chaos or Reduce Entropy + Landmines - If you plant a landmine that explodes if someone walks in its range like Sensor Mine before Chaos is played. The mine you planted will still explode even if Chaos is down. A Freeze Gas planted before Reduce Entropy is put down can still explode. You just can’t plant those mines if the Environmentals were already down.
Knocked Out Opponents and Deleting/Converting Capsules - You can't affect the capsules of someone who is currently knocked out.(dead)
Hit All Moves on Downed Players - These moves won't affect knocked out players. Sometimes it can be useful to have a teammate downed to avoid certain hit all moves.
Regenerate and Play Dead - Regenerate and Play Dead increase your life at the same rate you lose it when you run out of skills. If you get erased down to 0, you won't die until someone breaks you out of the Regenerate/Play Dead state. Most arsenals should be able to deal with this as even something like a boost mine will break someone out of the regenerating state. Still you might have a match where you can force a tie with this trick.
Mobilize off a ledge - If you cast Mobilize at a ledge so that you fall off it at the end of its animation you will not get teleported by it. Any character in the air when this takes effect does not get teleported and will fall from the sky. Mobilize brings everyone caught in it to the same exact spot as you started at the beginning of the game. See Mobilize in arsenals section for more specifics on things that can and can't be carried over with Mobilize. .
Auto-Capture Attacks - If they're erased by a shield, any skill you were going to Auto-Capture gets erased as well. RECHECK
Auto-Shield Jump - If you jump as your autoshield is about to be hit, you avoid stun delay of putting the autoshield up. Better than standing still as the autoshield projects itself.
Teleportrap and Teleportation carry over effect- These moves can be cancelled out if you jump into them. However, if you start up a projectile or melee move as you are hit by these moves your attack will carry over to where you’ve been teleported. Teleportrap and Teleportation moves have more limited uses in carry over effects.(some are pretty difficult too) If you time shooting your attack right as your teleported, provided you still reasonably line up with the person you targeted, the projectile will follow the opponent. This could work as a way of throwing off an opponent in blocking or even creating surprise attacks. You could theoretically place a Teleportrap and fire off Giga Ruin as you get teleported by Teleportrap’s explosion and then the projectile will carry with you and change its course to still hit an opponent, if your are reasonably lined up still. (It won’t do 360’s to hit an opponent) The better homing skills like Giga Ruin and Agonies of Death have the best chances of succeeding. For Teleport you could try to draw a person to an area sort of by your spawn and fire Teleport at a teammate who’s targeting your opponent and they could appear behind the opponent and nail them.(its got to be really hard to pull off) If you play a cartwheeler you can also try to carry over an attack as a last ditch effort against someone who wants to teleport you over. If their waiting right where your attack teleports to they’ll be hit before they can even try something like a Muramasa Blade or Photon Burst.
Float Landmines - Some land mines can be floated off debris, like Remote Mine. Don't know if you'll get much out of it though. Believe this also applies to the breaking floors of Sein stage.
Stagger Hit - Projectiles and Rain that do 3-4 damage create a longer stagger effect on opponents than lower strength Projectiles/Rain. A Sonic Boom that hits someone and does 3 damage will cause a longer stagger delay than when it does 2 or less damage. This longer stagger can give you or your teammate a small bit of extra time to follow up with another attack.
Jumping to Higher Heights or to Lower Ones - Jumping from a high height to a low one can sometimes throw off the homing of moves. Even things like Giga Ruin can be dodged in some situations like this. You can see this by going on the stairs towards the top of highway which faces against the 2nd level structure with 3 barriers and 2 gaps. If someone shoots from that spot you can jump off the stairs from high up down to the first floor and the move can miss you. Using airlifts to jump high can also aid you in dodging attacks.
Piece of Wind - Can be thrown from the air, unlike Sonic Boom which has the same animation..
Leg Throw Use ? - Hyperkick is pretty similar even if movement is a little different. However, Leg Throw might be useful when trying to Diabolical Trick someone. Since it's a guaranteed knockdown and only costs 2. Getting to 7 aura is easier with it then trying to buff Hyperkick's strength. (Meditation could fit in to make things more doable too)
Spore Schism - If you hit a player with this you can actually stand fairly close inside the explosion and not get hurt. If you go to close to the center though, you can get hurt by it.
Long Range Distance Limit - Although some moves are "long range" there is a limit for some long range skills but not some others. Many long range moves can not home or track a target that is roughly past 60000. (I don't know what the measurements units are but when you lock on to a target it goes up or down in that number amount.) Most/All Lasers have this limit.
Avoid Locked Skill Option - If you're in a match where you think an Orb's not going to be useful, you can leave it at your spawn. But if you don't want that capsule slowing you down you could Violent Change it or Particle Convert it. Or have a teammate erase the capsule.
Erase Shields vs Skill Pick Up - Example: If you use an attack on someone with a skill mapped to your A button. Lets say Spore Schism. You use the move and as its moving towards your opponent you decide to add another skill from your spawn to your hand and also map it to the A button. If the opponent uses an appropriate erase shield on Spore Schism, the skill you just picked up into your hand will also be erased! (Unless you can pay retain on something like Reincarnation or you picked up a locked skill button)
Change the World Warning- Change the World is a bad skill to use on your own capsules. The problem is the skill doesn't work the way it says it does. Change the World actually reshuffles the skills at your spawn back into your hand. Then 3 RANDOM moves are removed from your arsenal.(or whatever amount of capsules you have changed on the field) Then 3 random moves left in your arsenal are respawned. This is bad because you could randomly lose your most important skills. If you use Change The World to get rid of 3 aura particles at your spawn, you might end up getting rid of 3 Recalls from your arsenal instead! The only time you would probably try Change the World on your own capsules is if you're desperate or really want to try your luck. In a way this move maybe the best one to use against opponents who try to just leave less desired skills at their spawn for you to erase. It takes away their ability to do so. Keep in mind Change the World can't change or erase the last 3 capsules in someone's spawn. Using it with Particle Convert could potentially fill someone's arsenal with more aura particles, leaving some puzzled as to why they never even saw certain skills in their arsenal spawn in the match. It can be hard to make a good decision if you're not sure what's left in your arsenal.
Backdraft + Life Gaining Moves - Can give you a way of using moves more regularly while your opponent falls behind in life.
Quiet Days + Erase - Can be used to keep a vulnerable player from getting moves they need all the more.
Quiet Days vs Recall - Can make it harder for Recall arsenals to get to the skills they need as the Recall process takes longer to go through.
Quiet Days + Favorable Situation - When the match is running in your favor you can use Quiet Days to make it run in your favor for a longer time...
Some Differences Between Split Screen Play and Story Mode vs Online Play Based On the Original Phantom Dust
Sword Differences - It seems like some Blade moves are much harder to dodge offline. I don’t know if it's because they changed the quality of the blades in some way or it's just lag. Melee moves are also sometimes dodged due to lag where they wouldn't be dodged so easily offline.
Brush Stun - The brush stun effect on Brush defenses against close range moves no longer knock a player back in online play. If you want a move that does that stun effect try Sword Slap.
Pushing Bodies -. When an opponent’s body is on the ground or is stationary you can’t push it like you can offline.(no more pushing people off cliffs) You can still run into people to make it harder for them to get somewhere though. Online you might be able to very slightly push falling bodies.
Almost No Debris- In split screen mode there is practically no debris at some levels and none usable by Power or Psycho Kinesis. Sein still falls apart giving you a potential environmental floating opportunity. Highway still has some breakable floors too. There are still places where only special jump skills can reach environmentals at levels, letting you virtually float Environmentals.
Thieving Imp Relearn Difference - Relearn can make another Thieving Imp in your hand online, but not offline. Very strange.
Tag Story Mode Mechanics vs Tag Online Mechanics- In tag online you don't have to worry about non exploding projectiles hitting your teammate if your locked onto an opponent when you fire and the opponent is still alive before the projectile reaches him. You can still hit a teammate with manual shots or if you lock onto him. But you can basically shoot non exploding projectiles through your teammate without having to worry about hitting him. You can still hit your teammate with melee moves as well.(basically any move that’s not medium or long range) In the single player game, teammates and you could get hit by moves meant for other targets. Online If you lock on to a teammate shooting a projectile at him, the non exploding projectiles will go through opponents in the way and reach your teammate.(Makes things like Friend Ship and Level Berserk work smoothly) Twister, Whirlwind and Tornado can also still hit your teammate online.
There is a glow around each character if they have a School in the arsenal where there is a majority of skills. If you see this glow it can tell you one of the schools players are using in their arsenal. Don’t assume that there’s much of a majority because the game always picks one school over another to display the aura around even if its evenly divided. So you could have 3 evenly divided Schools and it’ll always show one aura color around a player over the other 2. The order in which it will show when Schools are evenly divided and the colors that represent each school are the following:
Psycho - Red. (So in a tie, Psycho's Red aura will always be shown instead of the other school(s) tied amount of skills)
Optical - Yellow (This would be the next school given priority in situations where there is a tie)
Nature - Green
Ki - Blue
Faith - Purple -
Auras don’t show up around people unless they have 1 or more Level.
The original Phantom Dust's 1.2 version is a far better balanced game than the 1.0 version.(And a better game) The guide is written around the 1.2 version. But I'll highlight some things that 1.0 players can take advantage of and compare 1.0 vs 1.2 player match ups. If you have an original Xbox I would look to patch the 1.2 update. Understandably 360 consoles may not be able to do it. No one has succeeded. While there is probably a way, it could void the machine's Xbox Live use. So before you start getting angry at players using the 1.0 update, just keep that in mind.
People using the 1.0 version of the game can play with people using the 1.2 patch(through Xlink Kai or System Link) without issue as long as the 1.2 players don't use a skill above #320. If one above 320 is used it will boot all 1.0 players from the match. There's no way to play with skills above 320 with 1.0 players. Quick Mode is the one mode that isn't realistically playable between the patch types.
Generally each player's skills work the way they say in their version of game. So people can have the same name skills do more or less damage than each other. There are some exceptions that will be highlighted below.
Although 1.0 players do get some.... let's say overpowered skills, 1.2 players do have some advantages too which I'll highlight here too.I'm going to cover the main 1.0 highlights, but there are some skills that are a little more powerful or less powerful in 1.0 besides what's listed.
If you want all the changes listed, check here:
Below are the highlights:
Disintegrate - Only Orb or Amulet will protect against this move as it's a Hit All move in the 1.0 version.. Major strategies can be built around this that aren't available in the 1.2 version.
Calamity - Only Orb or Amulet will protect against this move as it's a Hit All move in the 1.0 version.. Major strategies can be built around this that aren't available in the 1.2 version.
Change the World - At only 2 cost you can delete someone's capsules quickly and easily.
Chaos - Moves that cost 3 or less are unusable.(only 2 or less in the 1.2 version) You can use even less skills and this Environmental is impossible to erase once floated.(Since all anti environmentals cost 3 or less)
Commandments- Lasts for an infinite amount of time once floated.(Only last 1 minute in 1.2) Makes erase completely unusable. Once out and floated, not even anti environmentals can stop it. It may not expire either against 1.2 players. (1.2 Player Environmental text might say No Erase for 1 minute, but the 1.0 version doesn't work that way, which might cause it to stay out infinitely even if the description says otherwise on 1.2 Player's screens) Not 100% sure on this one.Bloody Ritual - Costs 0 aura. Much easier to murder someone's level.(Easier to combo with Fusion too)
Pin Down - 4 cost maybe able to give you infinite stun if using a 1 School arsenal or some Meditations.
Decoy - In the 1.0 version, Decoy has a longer stagger when it hits. You can think of it as being a 2 cost Dazzle stun basically.
Venom Fang - Only costs 2 aura and does 3 damage. Another example of a skill that is much more powerful with only slight looking changes.
Fortress of Iron - Has 8 strength making it even harder to break. (Only 7 in 1.2)
Digestion - Able to block up to 4 damage without breaking to gain life. Very annoying tag team uses around this move. Many default damage attacks can be blocked for life.
Paralyze Barrier - Cheaper cost and higher defense allows the shield to last longer and is easier to use against a lot of default attack moves' strengths.Thor's Hammer + 2 Strength - You can break all but 2 shields in the game with this. It's interesting how much a 1 damage boost in Thor's Hammer makes it much stronger. 3 of these deals 21 damage.
Finisher - Doesn't require max aura to use. A very easy to use power skill. Very easy to use with stun moves now.
True Muramasa - You only lose 1 life when using it in 1.0, making it a lot more useful.
Jump - The Ki Skill Jump is infinite use in 1.0.
So 1.0 is better, right? Not entirely... 1.2 does have some advantages. Rain Attacks are supposed to have greater range. Brush shields are supposed to protect better. Blaster moves have better homing in 1.2.(They can be dodged from a far medium range in 1.0 with jumpers when at least default Jumpers can't dodge the 1.2 versions of blasters) Stone Shot, Throwing Stone, and Debris bullet are supposed to have better homing too. Amulet is 3 use instead of single use.(much better) Annoying Gift and Jackpot are infinite use. Ice Sword, Ice Lance, and Lightning Sword start at cheaper costs of 2. Boost Mine's cost is lowered to 3. However, every 1.0 skill highlighted above has been nerfed in some way. Some have been drastically changed.
The 1.2 update players also has some tricks that they can take advantage of that 1.0 players can't when playing cross patch.(some broken stuff even)
Disintegrate, Calamity - Probably the most broken cross patch play contradiction. If you're a 1.0 player these moves automatically hit you. Against 1.2 players though they only form as dodgeable holes. So the 1.0 players will lose all their Level or skills but 1.2 players can dodge the move as a hole. No matter which player uses it. 1.2 Players can even play Disentegrate and it will form a hole that can be dodged by 1.2 players, but 1.0 players are automatically hit by the move. In this way 1.2 arsenals won't feel as great a need for Orb either.
Chaos Exploit - 1.2 version of Chaos only disables 2 or lower cost moves. Its possible to play Chaos and use moves that cost 3 aura while 1.0 players can't. Infinite Annoying Gift and Disintegrate with Chaos is really abusive.
Decoy stun Nerfed - Regardless of who uses Decoy, anyone with a 1.2 patch that is hit by it has a shorter stun from decoy. 1.0 Players have a much longer stun animation when hit by Decoy, regardless of what patch the opponent is using.(Dazzle like stun length)
You can get yourself into bad situations in this game and still work out ways to win.. An example is your opponent just Dragon Slayered your only shield and nailed you with Fire of Gehenna. There’s no place to run and your playing a jumper character that can’t dodge the move. Instead of running away its possible to run up to a player into close range.(if they don’t keep their distance enough) Sometimes you can run through the next Fire of Gehenna they have for you while still invincible. You somehow managed to get past his latest attack and are in close range and now able to dodge the Fire of Gehenna by moving to the side. You know that if you somehow get out of close range your screwed. You only have 3 health so there’s no jumping into a pit to get to your spawn point. You only have a Flame Sword. You could just give up the match or you could stick close to your opponent the whole match no matter what. Your basically at your opponent’s whim right now. However, doing anything else besides staying close and trying to get a Sword in on your opponent is the only thing you can manage. Sometimes you have to be willing to get yourself into a bad situation where your opponent can practically go through their entire arsenal to kill you. But really it’s the only way to survive sometimes. Doing this can pay off though and sometimes you can win that match with just a Flame Sword. Another possibility when you get into bad situations is to lead an opponent far from your spawn point. Let them chase you far from your spawn.
Jump off a ledge and take 3 damage to return to your spawn point. This gives you time to get something that might help and will slow your opponent down from coming after you. I remember one match where I Lacked someone out of all their moves and I had Heat from the Void. He was a jumper I thought that this was a sure sign the match was mine. I nailed him once with it and then he got close enough to me to dodge it the rest of the time. He then led me far from his spawn point while dodging it in close range he jumped off a cliff once I couldn’t use the move again. He got back to his spawn and he managed to get enough things to eventually win the match. Look at your environment in this game, just because you lost your shield that doesn’t mean a wall won’t make a fine shield to get someone to waste their aura and moves on.
Playing people with bad connections
It is unfortunate that sometimes you and an opponent simply do not connect well and a player can get away with dodging a lot more things than they normally would if there wasn’t lag. While I’d recommend not playing people you have bad connections with I might as well say something about dealing with it. Many close range attacks are a lot more easily dodged in laggy situations and I recommend that you use attacks with good accuracy especially in these situations. Want to take advantage of lag even more you could use skills that lower people’s homing. Because of the poor hit detection in laggy situations you might as well use erase, status, and special skills which usually have the best chance of hitting. The best arsenals for these situations may be ones oriented around erasing people to death. You may struggle to hit someone with attacks who would normally be easy to hit but there’s no way your opponent is going to dodge their capsules being erased. Plus you can take advantage of avoiding their attacks due to the lag.
25PD Other Place to learn/talk/compete in Phantom Dust
There are a few sites out there that have a following for Phantom Dust. Here is a list of some sites and bulletin boards where you can find other players or discuss and learn new strategies.Phantom Dusted - The most dedicated site to Phantom Dust. Definitely check out the several message boards dedicated to different aspects of the game as well as tournament types. Some moderators have even met with the game's head designer. There is a listing of all the skills and some arsenals plus an entire bulletin board dedicated to people posting arsenals they’ve created. There is even a board dedicated to discussing each skill in the game. Got a question or need help with a certain skill? There’s a thread for each of them that you can ask questions about and search through. You can search through the Additional Skill Details board at: https://phantomdusted.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewforum.php?f=8
27PD End of the Guide
I’d like to thank any player who’s shared how to do things and tried to help others out in learning how to do things in this game. Thanks to the authors of the useful threads that I linked to as well.
List of thanks to people in alphabetical order to people who's threads I linked or who tried to contribute something to the combos, arsenals, and the all the other things... section:
Cbreeze420, Cerebral Slayer, codename BLISS, Delandel, El Davio, Enderwiggin, Gaia Proton, Gaignun, General Grievous, Gold Ninja, IsnipedyourI, jokerz2099, jook00, Kamizar, Locke, lucky03,Maallik, monkey20051, Nathan O, Pantera Opeth, Phreaker, Proto Weltall, Quadrasonic, Reavtek, Shiny New Penny, The Butter Viking, Wartex, and anyone else I forgot.
Thanks to all the Xbox team members involved with bring Phantom Dust back! : Adam Isgreen, Shannon Loftis, Ken Lobb, Phil Spencer, and everyone else involved!
I hope this faq has been helpful to someone. And if you still struggle with the game you probably just need some practice. Think about how opponents seem to keep beating you. You can either copy their strategies or come up with counters to them.(there’s usually some skills you can use to counter) Ask people for tips even. This game has a lot of possibilities and you’d be surprised at the new things you can discover.
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