When blocking an attack, your character will be stuck in a state where you can not move, severely limiting your options. The amount of time you are locked inot a blocking state called blockstun. Different attacks deal different amounts of blockstun, and can be affected by other factors.
Hold to block high attacks and hold to block low attacks. Mid attacks can be blocked in any direction. As a general rule for ground blocking:
- Block low until you see an overhead, then block high
- Most air attacks must be blocked high
- Every Clash Assault must be blocked high
- React to throws with Throw Escape or attacks, depending on how risky you feel
If you block incorrectly, an exclamation mark will appear to show that you made a mistake, specifically a red exclamation mark for blocking an overhead low and a yellow exclamation mark for blocking a low attack high.
Because there are relatively few grounded overheads in BBTAG, it's best to block low and react to jumps or the start-up of Clash Assaults. Not all jump attacks are overheads, however; Be sure to check each character's wiki page for details.
Hold any backward direction while in the air to block. There is no high-low blocking in the air, making it a common place for defenders to go to avoid blocking ground-based high/low/throw mixup. That's not to say that being airborne is a fail-safe defensive posture: going airborne is a risk since jumps have a lot of vulnerability on start-up and you need to deal with cross-ups and cross-unders. Air blocking has 2 more frames of blockstun compared to normal blocking.
Some attacks are unblockable (in certain circumstances or completely), meaning the only way to avoid getting hit is to move out of the way! For example, Makoto's Sirius Joltis(236C) is ground unblockable if you're not in blockstun.
Air Unblockable Attacks
Ground Reversal Actions normally cannot be blocked in the air (even if you're in blockstun), you will see a blue exclamation mark if you attempt to air block one. However these attacks can be blocked under certain circumstances:
- Have at least 1 Skill Gauge
- This does not cost Skill Gauge, you need only possess it
- Reject Guard right before the attack hits you
There is also a second class of unblockable attacks that exist because the opponent and their partner hit you with a high and low attack at the same time. Because you can not block high and low simultaneously, you are guaranteed to get hit. There is no icon to show when this happens, though you will see an exclamation mark showing that you blocked "incorrectly".
High-low unblockables are rare and do not exist outside of certain set-ups, which can almost always be escaped.
While blocking an attack, hold and press + to Reject Guard. Reject Guard will push the opponent away from you. Reject Guard costs 1 Skill Gauge, but when strategically used, it can bring a quick end to your opponent's offensive pressure by pushing them to a distance where it would be very difficult to continue pressure.
After Reject Guarding an attack, you will recover in 10 frames. The Skill Gauge will be in cooldown for 300F. So it is not the best idea to oftenly use these, especially if you're low in resources.
Reject Guard is primarily used for two things:
- Avoid mixup by pushing the opponent away and be out of range of the mixup
- Punish opponent's predictable blockstrings by Reject Guarding right before the opponent does a move with lots of recovery, giving you time to run up and punish the attack's recovery
Intelligent use of Reject Guard can be used to create opening in the opponent's offense for you to punish the opponent or to prevent the opponent from setting up scary mixups, but carries it's own risk
- Reject Guard will only push away one character
- (ie: the opponent's partner will be pushed back while their point character is unaffected)
- will not push away an opponent who does a normal throw, and you will be in Throw Reject Miss state for ?? frames after Reject Guard.
- While you are in Throw Reject Miss state, you can still do all other actions.
Press to quickly change to your partner character, allowing your previously active character to recover on the sidelines and gradually recover any lost red health. Duo Change has some recovery for the incoming character, so using it haphazardly while close to your opponent will lead to your incoming character getting punished.
- Duo Change animation is 33 frames total
- The change occurs on 4F
- The next 4 frames are invincible (frames 4-7).
- All other frame are vulnerable
A green exclamation mark will appear when a character can break a throw. Press + to break the throw and escape. The throw escape window is ?? frames.
This happens when you are thrown while in a Counter Hit state, preventing you from attempting a Throw Escape. For example, getting thrown out of an attack with a lot of start-up. Your character will glow red, a red X will appear over the exclamation mark and the words "Throw Counter" will appear on the side of the screen.
Throw Reject Miss
After inputting a Throw Escape (or pressing + during any other action), you will be locked out of Throw Escaping for a while. If you get thrown during this lockout period, a red X will appear over the exclamation mark and the words "Throw Reject Miss" will appear on the side of the screen. You will also be put into TRM state after a Reject Guard for ?? frames.
Tricking the opponent into attempting a Throw Escape or Reject Guard early, then actually throwing them is a common offensive technique in high-level play.
Press + to make your character perform a Reversal Action, a fully invincible attack functioning much like a Street Fighter-style Shoryuken or a counter like Hakumen from BlazBlue. This varies from character to character, but they are all mostly used for the same purpose: to stop the opponent's offensive momentum.
Ground Reversal Actions also function as potent anti-airs, as they are air unblockable. You can tell that a character performed a Reversal Action by the red silhouette graphical effect that'll be appear around the move. You cannot call your partner during a Reversal Action, nor can you Cross Burst if your Reversal Action is punished. Reversal Actions only deal red health on hit.
Reversal Action and Reject Guard are performed with the same buttons, so when blocking, players may accidentally get Reject Guard when they want Reversal Action. However there is a way to not accidentally get Reject Guard: do not hold back when pressing +. This carries its own risk since if you don't press + fast enough, you will get hit by the opponent's attack.
You can NOT use Active Partner Skills during the Reversal Action.
While blocking or being hit, press + to have your partner do their incoming attack to break the combo and become the point character. Cross Burst costs 100% of your Cross Gauge to activate. Using it can save your character from losing a lot of health and possibly dying when they're in a bad situation. Be warned that your incoming character is neither fully invulnerable nor safe on block, so try not to Burst at points where the opponent can readily cancel into an attack with head attribute invulnerability or block and punish.
Disabling Cross Burst
Cross Bursts can be forcibly disabled under the following conditions:
- Getting hit by a throw or throw-like move
- Getting hit by a Distortion Skill
- Getting hit during the recovery of a Reversal Action
- Getting hit by a Reversal Action
- Getting hit while your partner is on screen
- Being in hitstun while the opponent is in Resonance Blaze
The Cross Gauge will be crossed out during these situations.