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Izanami
BBCF Izanami Portrait.png

Health: 11,000

Combo Rate: 60%

Jump Startup: 4

Backdash Time 22 / Invul: 1-7

Movement Options: Levitate, Air Dash, Dash type: Run

Play-style
Rushdown/Zoning

Overview[edit]

Hades Izanami is an immortal being, death incarnate, and the true main antagonist of the BlazBlue series, as well as the former Imperator of the Novus Orbis Librarium. Using Ragna's sister, Saya, as a vessel, her goal is to reduce everything in the universe to nothing. She first appears as a playable character in BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Drive: Sharin (Exodus Arc)[edit]

Her drive is her weapon, the three large triangular pieces that float behind her, she uses these to block with and also perform various attacks. Izanami has two modes, and can switch between them by pressing the D button:

  • Normal Mode: In this mode, she has access to followups after C attacks by just pressing C again, gains access to j.2C and can block normally.
  • Active Mode: In this mode, Izanami activates her special unit, Yasakani No Magatama.
    • She gains the ability to shoot projectiles with 2D, 4D and 6D. There is a short recharge before they reappear during which time no moves that require them to be present can be performed, including switching back to normal mode
    • Drive special moves can be activated without a startup animation from Izanami herself, allowing her to use them while performing other actions.
    • If Izanami is hit, active mode immediately ends (Meaning you will be able to block normally once the combo against you finishes).

Given that Izanami needs her Sharin weapon to defend herself with, if she is not in normal mode with the sharin on her back for any reason Izanami will be unable to block. Making it important not to use her drive and certain special moves recklessly. This can be compensated for temporarily with Shield of Dreams (see below).

Unique Ability: Float[edit]

Unlike most characters, instead of a double jump, Izanami has the ability to float. While floating, Izanami can use her ground normals, special moves & even dash while in the air. However, she cannot create an actual double jump even when floating. Floating has a set time limit relative to how far from the ground she is, but Izanami can cancel the float at any time by inputting a jump motion. While floating at any height, all standing moves can be blocked with a high or low block. During this time she is still considered airborne for the purposes of moves that check the state of the player (E.g. ground throw moves can't hit her, and her own throw moves behave like an air throw)

Overdrive: Zekkai (Arc Force)[edit]

Upon activation, her Exodus Arc immediately stops any action and returns to Izanami's back in normal mode, even if it is recharging.

During overdrive Izanami has full access to the abilities of both modes at the same time and shortens the recharge time on her D attacks and specials. She can also perform her D special moves during her attacks. However there is a limitation where her Exodus arc weapon cannot be doing two things at the same time. So for instance, if you fire then using 6D, you cannot use your C followup attacks or block until the projectiles have disappeared from the screen.

Strengths/Weaknesses[edit]

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Ability to change modes between rushdown and zoning allows for a versatile playstyle.
  • Float ability provides unparalleled movement.
  • Can restore a portion of her HP and Barrier Gauges through her Distant Affection special move.
  • Shield of dreams can be used to get free mixups for a short period.
  • Unorthodox mobility.
  • Poor use of her weapon and Shield of Dreams can easily be a liability if used incorrectly.
  • Below-average health.
  • High execution barrier.


Normal Moves[edit]

5A[edit]
5A
BBCF Izanami 5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300 All 6 4 8 +0 B
  • Doesn't cancel into itself
  • Pretty standard jab


5B[edit]
5B
BBCF Izanami 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
650 All 8 5 18 -6 B
  • Izanami performs a back kick.
  • Quick and far reaching poke, similar to Ragna's and useful for the same reasons and also useful air to air when floating.


5C[edit]
5C
BBCF Izanami 5C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
840 All 11 3 24 -10 B
  • Surprisingly quick 5C, but has pretty awful recovery
  • Jump cancellable on hit only
  • Izanami's best starter alongside 2C


5CC[edit]
5CC
BBCF Izanami 5CC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
600 All 13 11 14 -8 P1*
  • Only usable when Sharin is present
  • Makes 5C slightly safer, but there's a reversal window if 5C is instant blocked
  • Can only be special cancelled, unlike the impressive array of cancels 5C has.

Performs a palm thrust while firing off her magatama projectiles.


2A[edit]
2A
BBCF Izanami 2A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300 All 6 3 9 +0 F

Performs a crouching jab.


2B[edit]
2B
BBCF Izanami 2B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
500 Low 9 6 24 -16 F

Performs a low kick. Only a low if Izanami isn't floating.


2C[edit]
2C
BBCF Izanami 2C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
880 All 19 3 27 -13 F
  • Fatal Counter

Performs a low-hitting darkness-empowered claw swipe. Boasts Izanami's best stats for an opening hit including a fatal counter, making it her go-to punish attack.


2CC[edit]
2CC
BBCF Izanami 2CC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
600 All 21 6 11 0 P1*
  • Only usable in Normal Mode

Performs a claw swipe while firing off her magatama projectiles. Vacuums on hit or block, spins opponent on CH.


6A[edit]
6A
BBCF Izanami 6A.png
Main anti-air.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
770 Mid 10 4 30+5 -14 B
  • Head invulnerable from frame 7-13

Performs an upward kick that causes you to flip backward and cancels float. On hit or block Izanami can use her float ability during recovery if done from the ground, which allows her to perform follow up combos.


6B[edit]
6B
BBCF Izanami 6B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
980 HA 25 4 21 -6 B
  • 110% bonus proration
  • Remains an overhead even when done from float state

Performs an overhead-hitting claw swipe. Leaps into the air slightly, if used when floating, Izanami will cancel the float and drop to the ground. If it hits an opponent during the fall, Izanami can cancel it into her aerial attacks. Can be done with relative impunity when shield of dreams is up due to it also hopping over most throw moves.


6C[edit]
6C
BBCF Izanami 6C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
650,650 Low, High 21 3(9)3 34 -16 F, B

Performs an upward darkness-empowered claw swipe, then follows up with a downward darkness-empowered double claw swipe. first strike hits low, and the second strike is an overhead.


6CC[edit]
6CC
BBCF Izanami 6CC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
600,600 All 17 6 21 -8 P1*
  • Only usable in Normal Mode and when the Sharin is available
  • Knocks airborne opponents downwards.


3C[edit]
3C
BBCF Izanami 3C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
900 Low 14 9 33 -15 F

Performs a low-hitting headbutt with the horn on her head. While this move stops being a low attack while floating, it still trips your opponent up if it hits (Which can look a little strange)


j.A[edit]
j.A
BBCF Izanami jA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300 High/Air 7 3 9 - H

Performs a midair palm thrust that reaches downward.


j.B[edit]
j.B
BBCF Izanami jB.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
560 High/Air 9 6 12 - H

Performs a midair back kick.


j.C[edit]
j.C
BBCF Izanami jC.png
BBCF Izanami jCC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
800, 600 High/Air, All 13 5(8)6 11 - H, P1*

Performs a midair darkness-empowered palm thrust that reaches downward.

Only does the second hit when Izanami has the Magatama equipped.


j.2C[edit]
j.2C
BBCF Izanami j2C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300xn All 13 - 16 - H
  • Only available when her Magatama weapon is available and in normal mode.
  • Spins her magatama projectiles around her while in midair.
  • Hits multiple times and lasts until landing.
  • Significantly reduces her aerial momentum during use.


Drive Moves[edit]

With the exception of 5D, All drive moves may be performed at any time while active mode is enabled and her Sharin is available. (Not that being hit disables active mode immediately)

5D[edit]
5D/j.D
BBCF Izanami 5D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - Ground: 27
Air: 30
- - - -

Switches between Normal and Active mode. When not in active mode you don't need to have the stick centred since no other D commands are possible.


4D[edit]
4D/j.4D
BBCF Izanami 4D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
400*3 All 10 20 - - P1*
  • Only usable in Active Mode

Fires her magatama projectiles. Does not quite travel full screen.


6D[edit]
6D/j.6D
BBCF Izanami 6D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
400*3 All 37 - - - P1*
  • Only usable in Active Mode
  • Disppears if Izanami is hit
  • Surprisingly good starter hit

Fires her magatama forward. Unlike 4D, the projectiles are closer together and there is a small delay before the projectiles start moving forward. Useful as an Okizeme tool to keep your opponent blocking while you pressure them. Also very good to start and continue combos when you can due to its excellent P1/P2 combo.

2D[edit]
2D/j.2D
BBCF Izanami 2D.png
Sonic Sabre?
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
400*3 All 10 - - - P1*
  • Only usable in Active Mode
  • Disppears if Izanami is hit

Creates a dark portal that she fires her magatama projectiles through in a wide pattern, covering a lot of space


3D[edit]
3D/j.3D
BBCF Izanami 3D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
400*3 All 10 - - - P1*
  • Only usable in Active Mode
  • Disppears if Izanami is hit

Fires her magatama projectiles through a dark portal in an upward motion in a wide pattern, covering a lot of space, very useful when trying to zone from the ground.


1D[edit]
1D/j.1D
BBCF Izanami 1D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
400*3 All 10 - - - P1*
  • Only usable in Active Mode
  • Disppears if Izanami is hit

Fires her magatama projectiles through a dark portal in a downward motion in a wide pattern, covering a lot of space. Generally only useful while airborne.


Universal Mechanics[edit]

Forward Throw[edit]
Forward Throw
5/6B+C
BBCF Izanami ForwardThrow.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw - - - - T
  • 100% minimum damage
  • Can be used while floating, can only catch airborne opponents during this time.
  • Hard knockdown

Grabs the opponent and slams them to the ground with a darkness-empowered claw slash.


Back Throw[edit]
Back Throw
4B+C
BBCF Izanami BackThrow.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw - - - - T
  • 100% minimum damage
  • Can be used while floating, can only catch airborne opponents during this time.

Grabs the opponent and throws them behind her with a darkness-empowered claw slash.


Air Throw[edit]
Air Throw
j.B+C
BBCF Izanami AirThrow.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw - - - - T
  • 100% minimum damage
  • Replaced with her grounded throws while Izanami is floating.

Kicks the opponent downward.


Counter Assault[edit]
Counter Assault
6A+B (While Blocking)
BBCF Izanami 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- All - - - - B

Uses her 5B animation


Crush Trigger[edit]
Crush Trigger
5A+B
BBCF Izanami CT.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Uncharged 1000 Barrier 20 1 25 0 B
Charged 1000 Barrier 30-61 1 25 0 B

Performs a thrust with her hand.


Special Moves[edit]

Ghost Peak Strike[edit]
Ghost Peak Strike
236A
BBCF Izanami Gaihou no Geki.png
DINOSAUR KING IS WHAT YOU WANNA BE, YEAH
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
800 All - 10 15 - P1*

Conjures a ghostly skeletal T-Rex head to bite the opponent, similar to Ragna's dead spike but with less range. Mostly used in combos to add damage.


Thunderbolt Lance[edit]
Thunderbolt Lance
214A/B
BBCF Izanami Tourai no Hoko A.png
BBCF Izanami Tourai no Hoko B.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
A 1200 All 25 4 16 - B
  • Fatal Counter
  • Izanami disappears for a split second, then performs a palm thrust.

Used as a combo ender in most cases, can also be used to trap predictable attacks due to its invulnerability.

B 1000 Low 28 12 16 - F
  • Izanami disappears for a split second, then performs a sliding kick.
  • If used while Izanami is floating, she will reappear in the ground.

One of the reasons your opponent needs to remain cautious while you are floating, since it gives you access to a low attack from anywhere (Albeit somewhat slow) and also gives you a tool to beat out standing anti air attacks, since it will low profile many of them and cares not for Head attribute invulnerability.


Shield of Dreams[edit]
Shield of Dreams
623B
BBCF Izanami Mujuu no Tate Activate.png
Activate
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - - - -
  • This move creates a ribcage-like purple energy shield that blocks all attacks for a short time.
  • Behaves like a high/low/barrier guard point, Izanami will experience hitstop from moves, but no blockstun.
  • Provides no protection against throws, bursts and unblockables, ends immediately if caught by any attack that it cannot block.
  • Uses up a small portion of barrier to activate and Drains Barrier meter rapidly during use, ends immediately and causes Danger State if Barrier is used up.
  • Moves that it blocks will consume a small amount of barrier, no matter the move. Crush trigger moves are blocked like any other, they do not consume additional barrier when they are blocked.

Part of what makes Izanami so damn scary. Can be used in order to take control of the match if you find yourself pushed against the wall and also just forces your opponent to try to block or evade you during this time. It also gives you a way to block while you're in active mode, mitigating some of the risk, particularly to guard cancel Exceed Accels. While it isn't completely invulnerable, opponents trying to grab you in this time are easy to prevent since they have no other options to mix it up with, and can be mitigated by using a low hover or moves like 6B.

While active, you must consider how you wish to dispel Shield of Dreams before it forces danger state. This is accomplished by using Distant affection, Stake of Supremacy or Bulwark, each of which carries their own risk. If you do get danger state, remember that you can use overdrive to prematurely end it as long as you've recovered at least some barrier.


Bulwark[edit]
Bulwark
623B
BBCF Izanami Mujuu no Tate Deactivate.png
Deactivate
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
950 All 12 24 6 - P
  • Invincible until frame 16
  • Unusually long active time

Izanami dispels the Shield of Dreams into a group of ghosts and spirits that damages the opponent on contact. Behaves much like other reversals, except your opponent is unlikely to be mashing attack buttons anyway with shield of dreams out, however this does mean that using it as late as possible to prevent danger state will be very predictable for your opponent, although it is not as punishable as other reversals. Sometimes you will need to force your combos short to use this to avoid danger state, so be aware of this.


Flaming Dome[edit]
Flaming Dome
41236C (Chargeable)
BBCF Izanami Tengai no Hi.png
BBCF Izanami Tengai no Hi 2.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
No Charge 500xn All - - - - P1*
Half Charge 500xn All - - - - P1*
Max Charge 500xn All - - Total 98 - P1*

Conjures and tosses a dark fireball. Holding down the button increases the fireball's size and damage. Worth noting is that the fireball is still active while Izanami is preparing it above her head, a feature exploited in a number of her combos.


Distant Affection[edit]
Distant Affection
63214C
BBCF Izanami Jiai no Yuu.png
Restores barrier/health on hit.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1000 Throw 13 3 40 - T

A short ranged command grab where Izanami grabs the opponent and performs a darkness-empowered double claw slash. Restore a portion of her health and barrier and dispels Shield of Dreams if successful, making it a powerful way to end shield of dreams pressure. If performed during danger state, it will not gain additional barrier.


Droplet[edit]
Droplet
41236D
BBCF Izanami Shizuku.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1000 All - 12 Total 36 (Normal mode only) - P2*
  • Izanami's magatama surrounds the opponent before firing off lasers that electrocute them.
  • If Izanami is in active mode, she does not perform a startup animation herself and can perform the move while also performing other actions. Otherwise Izanami performs a startup animation
  • Izanami cannot block until the move completes


Orchid[edit]
Orchid
63214D
BBCF Izanami Araragi.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- All - - Total 67 - P1*

Tosses her magatama in a spinning motion. If Izanami is in active mode, she does not perform a startup animation herself and can perform the move while also performing other actions. Just like Droplet, you cannot block until the move completes.


Arms of Sympathy[edit]
Arms of Sympathy
j.63214B
BBCF Izanami Renge no Kai.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
900 All 14 - - - H

Attacks the opponent with a ghostly face while in midair. Very long active time and great for covering approaches from above and stopping jumpouts in response to your approach.


Distortion Drives[edit]

Stake of Supremacy[edit]
Stake of Supremacy
236236B
BBCF Izanami Hazen no Kui.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Normal 800,500*3,2500 All 4+3 4 32 -17 B
Overdrive 800,500*5,2800 All 4+3 4 32 -17 B
  • Invincible from startup until end of active frames
  • General purpose combo-ending distortion and Izanami's only real reversal.

Izanami kicks the opponent on startup, then performs a series of midair dash attacks that end with her dragging the opponent along the ground and knocks them towards the edge of the screen, making it good for corner carrying. The Overdrive version adds more midair dashes. Used as a reversal since Izanami doesn't have immediate access to one in most cases and can also be used to add damage to most combos.


Kyomu no Koku[edit]
Hour of Nihility
214214C
BBCF Izanami Kyomu no Koko.png
ZA WARUDO! TOKI YO TOMARE!
Damage Cancel Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute Invul Hitbox
100 - Throw 7+0 6 52 - T - Click!
  • Command Throw
  • Fixed 100 damage, occurs at the end of timestop.
  • Goes active during the superflash, meaning your opponent cannot prevent the attack if they're already in a valid position to be hit.
  • On hit, Time is frozen for opponent for 3 seconds. During this time Izanami can freely attack and her opponent will be unable to block and will be completely routed to the spot for the duration.
  • During timestop, the round timer is frozen and no gauges that normally increase or deplete with time of any kind will do so (I.e. Burst, Overdrive (!) barrier, heat when low on health, character specific gauges etc...)
  • Hitting your opponent with a distortion drive or exceed accel ends the time stop, but performs that attack normally.
  • Throws of any kind performed during time stop will simply miss.
  • All hits during frozen time are considered one combo regardless of the moves used.
  • Afterwards, opponent crumples to the floor.
  • Dispels Shield of Dreams on hit.

A fairly terrifying command throw when combined with shield of dreams due to your opponent being forced to go on the defensive while it lasts. If you do manage to hit with it you'll preserve your remaining barrier without needing to risk using bulwark. Like other command throws, this can be baited in similar ways and has an awful recovery if you miss.


Jintou no Koku[edit]
Moment of Benevolence
720A, air ok
BBCF Izanami Jintou no Koku.png
ROADA ROLLA DA!
Damage Cancel Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute Invul Hitbox
- - Unblockable 121+0 0 181 - D - Click!
  • Requires 100% heat. Heat is only consumed upon successful activation
  • Izanami gathers energy then performs a pose that freezes time around the opponent rendering them unable to move or block in any way, allowing her to deal extra hits. Cancels float state on startup.
  • After time starts again, grounded opponents will collapse as if hit with a stagger move, airborne opponents will be launched backwards and wallbound.
  • Listed recovery time is the time freeze period caused by the attack.
  • During timestop, the round timer is frozen and no gauges that normally increase or deplete with time of any kind will do so (I.e. Burst, Overdrive (!) barrier, heat when low on health, character specific gauges etc...)
  • Hitting your opponent with a distortion drive or exceed accel ends the time stop.
  • Throws of any kind performed during time stop will simply miss.
  • In Overdrive, the time for activation is noticeably shorter.
  • Unblockable and unavoidable, not even invulnerability protects against it. Your opponent must notice the startup for this move and stuff it to avoid taking damage.
  • Counterhit state for entire move

Highly matchup specific move, against slower characters that you can lock down with a drive move first, it can be useful particularly in overdrive. However against characters with easy access to long range moves or high mobility, this move is almost entirely useless as you're just handing your opponent a free counterhit combo. The time freeze is the same as Hour of Nihility, however since you aren't guaranteed to be near your opponent when this moves actives, you'll get less damage since you need to spend time getting into range after time stops.


Exceed Accel[edit]

Melancholy Death (Arc Drive)
ABCD during Overdrive
BBCF Izanami Nayuta.png
Spooky scary skeletons.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Normal 600, 2400 All Fast: 10
Slow: 20
3 34 -10 B
Active Flow 600, 5100 All Fast: 10
Slow: 20
3 34 -10 B
  • Does not cost Heat, but immediately ends Overdrive if used
  • Becomes stronger and flashier with Active Flow

Izanami kicks the opponent on startup, then entraps the opponent in a ring of skulls. A horrifying scream rings out as the screen turns black and white and Izanami dons a skull mask. She then impales the opponent with her hand. On Active Flow, chains are added to the ring of skulls and the screen turns red when Izanami impales the opponent.

Puts Izanami in Active Flow if she hasn't already been in it already. Has full invuln and is safe on block, but it has no minimal damage and cannot be rapid-canceled.


Astral Heat[edit]

Eternal Darkness
1632143D
BBCF Izanami Tokoyo no Yami.png
HEEEEEERE'S JOHHNY!
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
36000 (DESTROY) All 7+15 18 81 -78 B
  • Hitbox encompasses Izanami's entire Body and quite a volume around her (Especially upwards)
  • Very long invulnerable time, and even longer active time.

Izanami uses her magatama to create a whirlwind of souls that launches the opponent into the air, then leaps after them. Still holding onto the opponent, she sends them plummeting to the ground as seven giant, ghostly skulls surround them both. The skulls converge on the opponent, sending them into the underworld while leaving Izanami unharmed.


External References[edit]



BlazBlue: Central Fictione
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