Like most arcade fighting games, this game uses an 8 way direction joystick (or pad), and buttons. There are 4 attack buttons in total: (weak), (medium), (strong), (Drive).
And, as with other 2D fighters, BlazBlue uses Numpad Notation.
There are two layouts that you can select when you are at the arcades: Type A and Type B.
The taunt button does not have a defined location, but is generally to the upper right of the other buttons. You don't have to enforce this layout when playing at home; any layout that is comfort to you is good.
As certain moves requires multiple button presses, BBCF also presents macros for the home release. These include:
- +: Barrier/Crush Trigger/Counter Assault;
- +: Throws;
- ++: Rapid Cancel;
- +++: Overdrive/Burst.
As for the common question on "is there a dash macro?", the answer is no.
Stylish Mode is a simple way for players to perform predefined combos, special attacks, and super attacks without learning how to perform them manually. In this layout, besides the 4 buttons you are already given, there is a new SP (Special) button.
- Mashing A, B, C gives you a set of preset auto combos. D button works differently depend on characters.
- SP buttons are one-button specials that have 20% damage off; combine with different directions will give you different specials.
- They are not documented on Dustloop, so you have to find out yourself.
- You can also do the real special input which will not have the damage dropoff.
- On blocking, Barrier Guard is on by default.
- All system mechanic are still available and their input remains unchanged.
This mode isn't used in competitive play since it limits the combos, specials, supers a player can do, and forcing Barrier Guard.
- Hold or
- The most basic movement option. The character approaches or retreats from the opponent slowly.
- Hold or or
- Put the character in a crouching position, lowering their hurtboxes. Note that the hurtboxes don't shrink immediately; the character can still be hit by moves normally whiffing on crouchers until they actually crouch.
Dash (or Step)
- Dashes move the character forward at a greater speed than walking. Most characters can run; hold the second to do so. Certain characters cannot run; certain characters will have step, which moves them forward for a distance and stops.
- Backdashes move the character back for a preset distance. There is a brief period of invincibility starting from the very first frame, making it handy against certain attacks.
- or or
- Makes the character jump into the air. Pressing or will have them jump backward or forward respectively.
- or or
- Makes a higher jump into the air. You can use any downward direction for the input - doing or will still give you a High Jump.
- or or while in the air
- Jump again while in the air. Not all characters can perform a double jump.
- or while in the air
- Dash in the specified direction in mid-air. Backward air dash is a moderate option for keeping away from the opponent. Not all characters can perform an Air Dash.
Instant Air Dash (IAD)
- Instant Air Dash is a way to perform an air dash as soon as possible after a jump.
Common Offense and Defense actions
- ( or ) , or
- Press either , or to attack. You can combine these buttons with to perform another set of attacks.
- As a rule of thumb, attacks are fast and less vulnerable but deals less damage, while attacks are slower and more vulnerable but deals greater damage. attacks are a balance in between and . Some character ignore this rule however.
- certain direction + , or
- Characters can combine certain direction with , or to perform a special set of attacks. For example, is usually a low hitting sweep attack that knocks your opponent over.
- (certain direction) +
- Press (possibly with a direction) to use your drive moves. Drive are what defines BlazBlue characters, and as such they ranges very wildly from character to character. Refer to character' pages for more detail.
- (certain input) + a button
- Special moves are moves that require a more elaborate command input, and have unique effects and properties. For example, Ragna's + will perform a straight punch.
- Special moves range from standard projectiles to invincible attacks, and the list goes on. Refer to character' pages for more details.
- hold or
- Hold or to block high or low.
- High block will not block lows. A yellow exclamation mark will show if you didn't block the low.
- Low block will not block overheads. A red exclamation mark will show if you didn't block the high.
- Throws are not blockable.
- hold in the air
- Hold will allow you to block in the air. There is no difference on blocking high or low when in the air.
- Most grounded attacks are not blockable by simple Air Blocking. A blue exclamation mark will show if you attempt to block an attack that cannot be simply Air Blocked.
- Air Throws (or throws that hits airborne) are not blockable.
- or + , air OK
- Barrier Block is a stronger form of blocking that pushes back the opponent more, in the cost of Barrier Gauge.
- Barrier Block inflicts more pushback than normal block.
- Using Barrier Block will allow you to block all grounded attacks.
- If the Barrier Gauge is empty, you cannot perform Barrier Block.
- Barrier Block does not allow you to make "illegal" blocks: you still must block high/low correctly.
- Press + to perform a throw, a type of unblockable attack. Throws, in general, will only hit in very close range.
- Backward Throw is also a throw but will toss the opponent to the other side. This is useful for swapping corner positions.
- Forward Throw and Backward Throw are consider Ground throws, meaning they can only hit grounded opponents.
- + in the air
- Press + in the air to perform an Air Throw. As the name suggests, they can only hit airborne opponents.
- + while in the thrown state
- Throws do not inflict damage immediately however; there is a brief window where you can avoid the attack. Press + to break the throw and escape. You will see a big double exclamation marks when you are allowed to do this.
- There are some situations where you can't reject the throw.
Teching is the action of getting back in the stage after being hit. Various method of teching forms the special flow of how Blazblue is played.
- hold or press , or while laying on the ground
- Press no direction and hold any button while laying on the ground to get back on your feet. You will be invincible while you neutral tech (also known as ukemi).
- You can delay their neutral tech to throw off the opponent's timing should they try to go for a mixup or block string.
- + hold or press , or while laying on the ground
- Forward Roll will position you closes to the opponent while trying to get back on. Forward Roll also can pass through the opponent, if possible.
- Note that Forward Rolls is not fully invincible in the full duration of action. Use wisely!
- + hold or press , or while laying on the ground
- Backward Roll try to get away from your opponent while trying to get back on. Backward Rolls also is not fully invincible in the full duration of action.
- + hold or press , or while laying on the ground
- Quick Tech allows you to get back on your feet more quick than the options above while sacrificing all the invincibility. It can be useful for throwing off your opponent's timing and sneaking in an attck of your own.
Air Ukemi (Air Tech)
- , or + hold or press , or while in the air
- Hold any button while getting hit in the air and you will recovery with a bit of invincibility as soon as the possible in the air. You can also hold or to choose which direction you will recover.
- You can delay your air ukemi to throw off the opponent's timing should they try to go for a reset or block string.
- press , or while in Crumple state
- Crumple is a special state where your character slightly lean forward as if they are hit by a strong attack. In such cases, press , or to recover from the crumble.
Other Universal Offensive Actions
Distortion Drive COSTS AT LEAST 50 HEAT
- certain input
- Distortion Drives (commonly called Super Attacks) is an even stronger version of Special attacks that deal large amounts of damage or have other special properties, like invincibility or powering up the character.
- Each character's supers are unique and are explained in more detail in each character's page.
Crush Trigger COSTS 25 HEAT
- + , hold OK
- Crush Trigger is a special type of attack that requires the opponent to use Barrier to block the attack, otherwise they will be Guard Crushed and are left wide open to your attacks.
Rapid Cancel COSTS 50 HEAT
- + + when an attack lands
- Rapid Cancels cancels your attack and returns you to a neutral state. This can be used to extend combos, create offensive situations, or reduce the risk of other situations.
Overdrive REQUIRES FULL OVERDRIVE GAUGE
- + + + when in neutral
- Overdrive is a powerful move that places the character in a temporarily powered up state, which varies by character.
Overdrive Cancel REQUIRES FULL OVERDRIVE GAUGE
- + + + when in offensive state
- Cancel normal moves into Overdrive or in combos will result in Overdrive Cancel. While cancelling into Overdrive cuts your Overdrive time by half, Overdrive Cancels can be used mid-combo to make a combo unburstable and increase damage, or to continue pressure.
- + + + when in Overdrive
- Exceed Accel is a cinematic super that does not cost Heat and has a handful of unique properties, usually being invincible on startup.
- a state that automatically activates when performed enough offensive actions
- Active Flow is a buff that rewards offensive play. When you are close to entering Active Flow, the message "Attention" will appear next to the character.
- Active Flow grants a damage buff, a faster Overdrive Gauge regeneration, as well as a more powerful Exceed Accel.
Astral Heat COSTS 100 HEAT
- certain input UNDER certain criterions
- An Astral Heat is an attack that will instantly defeat the opponent if it connects. To use your character's Astral, there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled:
- You must have 100 Heat.
- You are on match point (if you win this round, you win the match)
- Your opponent's health is below 35% when the combo starts.
Other Defensive Actions
- blocking right before an attack lands
- Instant Block rewards you for predicting your opponents' attacks precisely, by giving you more Heat and less blockstun, allowing you to escape or find a gap to counterattack the opponent.
- Your character will flash white if you did this correctly. Instant Block does not allow you to make "illegal" blocks: you still must block high/low correctly.
Counter Assault COSTS 50 HEAT
- + when blocking
- Counter Assault is an invincible attack that does zero damage, but blows away the opponent and stops their offensive momentum.
Burst REQUIRES FULL OVERDRIVE GAUGE
- + + + when got hit
- Bursts is an invincible attack that is used to stop the opponent's offensive momentum or to act as a combo breaker.
- Bursts can be temporarily disabled under certain conditions.
Guard Cancel Overdrive REQUIRES FULL OVERDRIVE GAUGE
- + + + when blocking
- Guard Cancel Overdrive is a potent way to get out of a defensive situation and then go back on the offensive.
- a state that automatically activates when performing too many defensive actions in a row without performing any offensive actions
- Negative Penalty is a debuff that punishes inoffensive play. When you are close to Negative Penalty, the message "Negative Warning" will appear next to the character.
- Negative Penalty automatically empties your Barrier Gauge (inflicting Danger State) and prevents you from regaining any until it ends. Time to make moves when the warning is kicking in!