- Run/Dash/Walk Forward
press or hold
- Some characters like Tager do not have dashes, while others like Hazama may have unconventional dashes. Other characters have unique forward steps that require a input like Hakumen, Nine, Jubei, Azrael or Waldstein. Izayoi and Aegis can also use to perform a hover dash.
- Backstep (Backdash)
- Backsteps have a bit of invincibility on start-up, but have lots of vulnerable recovery, making them useful tools to avoid attacks but punishable.
- Air Option
- Aerial movement in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle (and most Arc System Works titles) work on a either/or system - you can either double jump or air dash, but not both. Doing either is called using an air option, and most characters only have one air option after they go airborne. Air options are regained once the character touches the ground.
- Jump / Double Jump
- Press any of the upward directions to jump. Ground jumps have some start-up where you are still considered on the ground and are invincible to throws and command throws. For most characters, jump startup is 4F, but for Tager and Waldenstein it's 6F.
- High Jump (Super Jump)
- To High Jump, start from , then quickly press any downward direction, then any upward direction. High Jumps have start-up just like normal jumps. They are used to create vertical distance between you and your opponent as well as to run away; High Jump over the opponent, then air dash away!
- Air Dash Forward / Backward
- While airborne, press to perform an air dash forward, and to perform an air dash backward. If you prefer to use buttons to air dash, press + and / to air dash forward, or A+B and to air dash backward. Air dashes are used to cover large distances quickly, but they are vulnerable during startup.
- A common tactic is to perform an air dash immediately after jumping in order to cover distance quickly and avoid ground attacks; in fact, this tactic is so common that it has its own name: Instant Air Dash (IAD). IADs are performed by pressing for a forward air dash and for a backward air dash. The idea is that the jump includes a directional input that also counts as an input for the air dash command.
- Jumps and High Jumps are not instantaneous - before going airborne, your character will enter a state called prejump, where you can not block, but are invincible to throws. If you are hit during prejump, you will enter standing hitstun.
- Characters have different amount of prejump frames, but the rule of thumb is that the heavier/slower your character is, the longer the prejump. Exact values for prejump can be found in each character's frame data.
- It is actually possible to cancel prejump into Specials, Distortion Drives and Overdrives, though for most characters is not used very often. The reason for this is that attacks that involve an Up input, such as Tager's Genesic Emerald Tager Driver (720BC) can be used without doing tricks to hide the jump input (such as whiffing moves beforehand), though it is still very difficult.
Ground and Air Recovery
- Ground Ukemi (Ground Tech)
// when knocked down
When your character is knocked to the ground, your character will automatically flash white and flip off the ground. This entire animation is 32 frames and fully invincible, but it is slow, thus giving your opponent time to set up a mixup or meaty. You can hold forward or backward directions to tech in either of those directions, else you will tech in-place.
Some attacks are unique, they disable ground ukemi for a short period of time after the opponent hits the ground, allowing for a combo extension or more time to set up okizeme. These moves are said to cause a hard knockdown. An example of this is Jin's j.214A.
- Crumple Recovery
A/B/C when Crumpled
- Some attacks place the opponent in a crumple state such as Hakumen's ground throw. The crumple state is vulnerable to attacks and after a period of time you will fall to the ground if you do not recover. Crumple recovery takes 8 frames.
- If you are attacked during the recovery, you will be automatically block the attack high/low as appropriate. However, if you are thrown during frames 6-8 of recovery, you will be considered out of hitstun, and can be thrown! If you are thrown by a command throw during frames 6-8, it will be inescapable, so watch out!
- Aerial Ukemi (Air Tech)
A/B/C+, , or when hit in the air
- After getting hit in the air, hold the button down while airborne and you will Aerial Ukemi as soon as possible. By holding left, right, or no direction at all, you can choose the direction you recover.
- Aerial Ukemi takes 15 frames and you are fully invincible the entire time.
- Usually, you will want to ukemi immediately when possible, but opponents can take advantage of this behavior by setting up a mix-up that you will be forced to block when you ukemi. A common counter to this tactic is to delay your ukemi in order to throw off the opponent's mixup timing, but this means staying in hitstun longer than usual and the opponent might get some "free" damage out of it.
- Landing Recovery
- Some moves have landing recovery like Jin's air Hishouken. This is straightforward; upon landing you will enter a landing animation where you are completely vulnerable for the specified amount of time.
- What's unique is that even for moves that don't have a specified landing recovery - like most air normals, or just jumping, there is still a unique 5F landing recovery that disables certain actions for limited amounts of time.
- 1F after landing you can cancel into all actions except forward/backward walk, all jumps, and backdash
- 5F after landing all actions are possible
Another quirk about landing is that the frame before landing, you are considered grounded meaning you can be hit by ground throw during the last frame of jumping and getting hit on the last frame will result in ground hitstun.
D when standing/crouching
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
When your main character loses their life your remaining character will come in doing a fully invincible version of their Cross Burst attack. These attacks vary from character to character, but they are all even on block.
When you KO one opponent, it's best to treat it as an okizeme situation; use the time before the opponent appears to set up some mixup!
Delayed Down Entrance
As a slight defense against this, players can delay their entrance by up to 60 frames by holding down , , or after their first character is KOed.
Momentum gained from running in BBTag (and all Arc System Works games) carries over into most other actions.
This means running then forward jump will travel further than a normal forward jump, and a running 5A will have more range than a regular 5A. While the effect for jumping is much less noticeable in BBTag since most characters automatically run when holding , characters that have a specific command to hop forward such as Hakumen and Azrael can take advantage of this.
Running standing attacks benefit from this more than other moves - you don't even need to wait for the run to activate for standing normals, simply doing from neutral is enough to give you the momentum! Other attacks need to wait for the character to build up enough speed from the run before taking advantage of running momentum.
Momentum can open up new punish and combo opportunities.
Arc System Works games typically have a lot of types of cancels, but they mostly serve the same purpose: to let you freely create combos and blockstrings. Don't be too overwhelmed, these will come second nature to you after playing enough.
- Revolver Action
- Each character has the ability to cancel certain normals into certain other normals specific to that character. Please consult your character's wiki page to find out more.
- Smart Combo
- Each character has a combo that can be done by rapidly pressing the or button. More information can be found here.
- Special Cancel
- Most normal attacks can be canceled into Skills. This is generally used to extend or finish combos, but can have other applications as well.
- Super Cancel
- Instead of canceling a normal attack into a Skill, you can cancel it into a Distortion Skill or Astral Heat instead. Since Distortion Skills typically have long recovery and/or knock the opponent away, this is usually used as combo ender. Note that unlike most ArcSys games, you cannot cancel a special move into a Distortion Skill or Astral Heat unless your active character is in Resonance Blaze.
- Jump Cancel
- Some normal attacks can be canceled into a jump or high jump. This is used in combos as well as block strings and mix-up. Many attacks can only be jump canceled on hit.
- Active Change
- By pressing during a Partner Skill, you can cancel your partner's current animation into an immediate character change. The cancel itself has an animation with recovery, so proceed with caution.
- Cross Combo
- By pressing + during a Partner Skill, you can cancel your partner's current animation and keep them on screen, allowing you to continue using Partner Skills by pressing attack buttons at the cost of all of your Cross Gauge once you reach 50% or more. See the Cross Combo section for more details on how to use it.
- Distortion Skill Duo
- By pressing during your character's Distortion Skill, you can cancel your character's Distortion Skill into your partner's Distortion Skill for 2 additional Skill Gauges.
- A clash happens when you and your opponent's attacks hit each other in a way that both attacks are nullified. See here for a more detailed visual example. During a clash each character can cancel the attack into any other attack at no cost (but not a jump, dash, block, etc.), but you must be fast to react to it. Thus when clashes happen either the players are unable to react to it because it is unexpected, or they understand how the attacks interact well enough to intentionally cause a clash to cancel out the opponent's attack, then retaliate with their own!
When you hold down an attack button, the game repeats the button input every frame for as long as the button is held down for up to 3 frames (speculated). This means that difficult links are easier to do by holding the button a little earlier than usual.
The technique is useful for punishing opponent's blocked attacks as quickly as possible.
Similarly, the same principle can be applied to runs/backsteps/airdashes!
If you input a run within 3F (speculated) of the end of an attack's recovery, then regardless of any directional inputs after that, you will begin dashing as soon as recovery ends. This can also be done any time while your character can not move, such as during blockstun, on wakeup, etc.
This technique is especially useful for runs because it gives your attacks more range for free; by buffering both an attack and a run, you will attack as soon as possible while sliding forward! This technique is useful for linking together combos as well as punishing things after blocking. In fact, some combos rely on this property to link a running 5A/B/C or else the combo wouldn't work.
Super Flash Buffer
During an opponent's super flash/freeze (when they perform a super attack, the screen freezes briefly), you can input commands and they will be executed immediately after the super flash ends. This means that provided you are not in the middle of an attack, it is trivially easy to react to an opponent's super attacks with an attack of your own.
This buffer is often used to execute an invincible attack (such as your own super or Reversal Action) that will avoid the opponent's attack! This is because supers usually have a bit of startup even AFTER the super flash. If you can have an invincible attack out before the opponent's attack becomes active, then you can avoid the attack!
Super attacks list their startup values as: startup pre-flash + startup post-flash.
Meaning an attack with startup 5+5 has 5 frames of startup, then the super flash, then hits the opponent after 5 more frames for a total of 10 frames of startup.
- Supers With No Startup After Super Flash
- Some supers are special: they have no additional startup after the super flash. This means that super flash buffer is useless against these supers because the attack will already be active immediately following the super freeze - you can think of the superflash as just a formality, the super has already become active.
- Tager's Super Throw (Genesic Emerald Tager Buster) is a prime example of this; you must already have some way to avoid Tager's Super Throw BEFORE the super flash or else it will be too late.