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Overview

Overview

Ghostblade is a unique space control character who fights alongside his Warrior Ghost counterpart. Using MS moves, Ghostblade can command the Ghost to attack independently from himself, making him a master of the neutral and whiff punish game, while also having options to attack and pressure in tandem with the Ghost for close range offense.

He can rule neutral by threatening high damage punishes via 5MDNFD Ghostblade 5M.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
21
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-3(point blank)
, a fullscreen projectile which he can react to and hit confirm into 5M~MDNFD Ghostblade 5MM.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
-
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-12
for a crumple on normal hit, starting high damage combos that reliably carry to the corner.

In pressure, Ghostblade makes use of the Ghost summoned from 4MDNFD Ghostblade 214M 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
40
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+
, 6MDNFD Ghostblade 236M.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
22
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+7, +45
, and j.MDNFD Ghostblade jM 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
34
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+39, +95
to mix up the opponent in between the Ghost's staggered attacks, threatening strike/throw mixups at any moment. His combo routes also naturally lead into hard knockdowns that set up powerful Ghost-assisted safejumps into further mix ups.

Where Ghostblade tends to struggle is on defense; he is the only character in the game who does not have a dedicated invincible reversal or parry, instead having a teleport in his 2MDNFD Ghostblade 623M.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
25
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
, which is not invincible on startup. This forces Ghostblade to use his slow Guard Cancel to get opponents away from him, which can be baited and punished reliably if used carelessly. In addition, Ghostblade does not have any attacks that hit above him besides the first hit of 5SDNFD Ghostblade 5S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
15
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-20
, forcing the use of rising air normals to anti air.
Lore:A Slayer that fights alongside the "Ghost"

All Slayers resist the fate of their Ghost Hands in their own ways.

However, they are unable to control their Ghost Hands when they go berserk in the end, thus leading to a tragic end.
However, some manage to escape this destiny by sharing their body; now neither dead nor alive, with their Ghost, leading to the coexistence of two souls.

Characterized by their ashen bodies and Ghost Hands that glow an icy blue, it is said that their lifelessness makes it seem as if they are but a ghost wielding a sword.
Playstyle
Ghostblade is classified as a Gimmicky type. He has many strong poking moves and fights alongside his Ghost, attacking in tandem with it or using Ghost RetracerDNFD Ghostblade 623M.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
25
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
to teleport to its position.
Pros Cons
  • Neutral King: Every one of Ghostblade's attacks posses extraordinary range, many are disjointed, and a lot of them boast great speed despite their reach.
  • Ghost Presence: Ghostblade's MS Skills are amazing screen control options, such as 6MDNFD Ghostblade 236M.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    22
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +7, +45
    keeping opponents from safely being able to jump. 5MDNFD Ghostblade 5M.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    21
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -3(point blank)
    into 5M~5MDNFD Ghostblade 5MM.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    -
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -12
    is also an amazing whiff punish tool with high damage return.
  • Strong Okizeme: Ghostblade's combos almost always end in safejumps. These can be turned into setups with Ghost that lead to threatening strike/throw mixups.
  • Corner Carry: Many of Ghostblade's combo routes naturally push the opponent deep towards the corner. He can also reliably side switch mid-combo by using the Ghost's active frames or taking advantage of the crumple state and rolling through the opponent.
  • Weak Defense: Ghostblade's reversal is not a DP and not invincible from the first frame, he's only okay in close range scrambles, and he lacks a dedicated and reliable anti air, which means Ghostblade generally struggles to defend his fragile health pool.
  • Fragile Ghost: The Ghost that is summoned with 4MDNFD Ghostblade 214M 1.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    40
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +
    , 6MDNFD Ghostblade 236M.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    22
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +7, +45
    , j.MDNFD Ghostblade jM 1.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    34
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +39, +95
    , and 5MDNFD Ghostblade 5M.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    21
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -3(point blank)
    can be killed in one strike, ending the rest of the move.
  • Meter Reliant: MP Skills are a huge part of Ghostblade's gameplan, and without resources to use them, he loses several threatening options to set the pace of the match with.

Unique Mechanic: Ghost

Ghostblade's MP Skills summon his soulbound Ghost onto the battlefield and have him attack in different ways. The Ghost can strike independently of Ghostblade, but it can also be attacked, disappearing instantly if struck by any attack, without absorbing the hit in the process.

Awakening Effect: DNFD Increase Damage Icon.png Phantasmal Binity

Awakening Effect: activates when entering Awakening mode at 30% HP or less.

Increases damage dealt to opponents by 10%. (both red and white damage are increased)

Normal Moves

5A

5A

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50 All 8 -4 none

Not very fast at 8 frames of startup, but covers a significant range to compensate. As it cannot be crouched and is relatively noncommittal, this normal is very useful in neutral, whether to apply pressure or as a whiff punish. Combo routes from it should be adjusted to account for its poor proration.

  • Decent anti-air, if not somewhat inconsistent.
  • Being an A normal, it has a huge number of cancels on contact, including 5AA for catching rolls. This makes its -4 frame advantage more appealing than at first glance.

5AA

5AA

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 All -6 none

Combo and blockstring filler. Slightly more negative than 5A but retains a huge amount of cancel options which makes it similarly scary.

  • Cancels from 5A on hit, block, or whiff.

5B

5B

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
80 All 11 -6 none

Great poke with some forward movement, allowing it to hit from roundstart. Combos into 5MDNFD Ghostblade 5M.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
21
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-3(point blank)
on regular hit at any range, allowing for a full combo when doing the followup.

  • Generally undesirable as combo filler outside of confirming from A normals, as 2B has better followups in most scenarios and may whiff if cancelled into due to this move having more range than it.

2A

2A

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
45 Low 7 -6 none

Ghostblade's fastest low. Its startup makes it difficult to use for abare, but similarly to 5A, it has great range that allows it to punish attacks that would otherwise be safe at certain spacings, allowing for a confirm into a full combo. Should not be used for neutral, however, as 5A is only one frame slower while having better range and still hitting crouchers, though 2A can catch low slides.

  • Similarly to its standing cousin, it can be scary to challenge due to the large amount of cancel options despite its poor frame advantage.

2B

2B

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
70 Low 11 -8 none

Combos into 4SDNFD Ghostblade 4S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
23
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-15
on air hit if the opponent is high enough and scaling isn't too severe; as a result, it's one of Ghostblade's most important combo filler normals, though unfortunately not fit for use in neutral due to having barely more range than 2A and more recovery.

  • Similarly to most 2Bs, this move launches on hit. On counterhit, it gives a hard knockdown.

j.A

j.A

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
45 High 7 none

Quick horizontal slash. Great air-to-air and the closest thing Ghostblade has to an anti-air (aside from 5A). Chainable to j.B which can lead into j.S for a combo on air connect.

j.B

j.B

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
70 High 10 none

Overall, j.B is a good air button. Its vertical hitbox is much deeper than j.A which makes it a much more effective jump-in.

  • Hits some crouched characters when done rising. Make sure to do it outside of blockstun to avoid the anti-fuzzy protection.
    • Rising j.B hits: Vanguard, Crusader, Hitman.
  • Hits standing opponents universally on the way up, which can make it useful as a throw tech bait.

Universal Mechanics

Throw

A+B

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
150 Throw 5 2 22 none

The crux of Ghostblade's mixup. The throw itself is unremarkable and not even very threatening, but the abundance of situations where Ghostblade can force a mixup make it a strong tool nontheless, and Ghostblade also posesses damaging routes to punish someone looking to tech this. Unlike most characters, Ghostblade doesn't really mind sending the opponent away with a midscreen throw, since he's still very powerful at that range. As for the corner, the most stable post-throw option is 5A while inputting 5B, and holding block. This will whiff against several reversals while remaining safe, starting pressure, score a combo against abare attempts, and even catch jumps or rolls. Even if the opponent chooses to block, Ghostblade gets to maintain pressure.

  • When setting up 4MDNFD Ghostblade 214M 1.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    40
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +
    in the corner, the opponent can be thrown before the first hit comes out, which will dump them into the third hit of the Ghost's attack, enabling a combo off of throw.

Guard Cancel

B+S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
70 All 23 none

Ghostblade does not possess an invincible reversal which makes this move very important for him. 0 on hit and quite pricey, which makes the following neutral situation less favorable, however it uses 2S's animation and hitbox, the range of which makes the move just about unable to backfire unless hard baited.

Special Moves

Ultimate Phantom Slash

5S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40×3, 70 All 15 -20 none

Slashes four times in a wide horizontal area around the Ghostblade, with a short pause before the final swing. While 5S is very unsafe on block, the threat of cancelling into other moves can make opponents afraid to challenge it. There is a window before the last hit to roll through it, but the freedom in cancelling the move makes it risky for the opponent to attempt this.

  • Final hit launches opponent, which can be cancelled straight into 4S for combo extensions or a knockdown.
  • Can cancel into MS or S moves during any individual hit (not 2S).

Spectral Eradication

2S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
120 All 26 -7 none

A massive horizontal slash that reaches a little more than half the screen. Key combo tool in the corner, allowing for followups on air hit (including itself) on high connect. Good neutral tool, but very punishable on whiff or roll. While it's not great in pressure due to being slow and -7, its guard damage is quite high, which makes it a strong pressure ender when you can use it from a range or it's guaranteed, like in 4M pressure strings.

  • +10 on regular hit, allowing for links up close.
  • Crumples on counterhit, letting Ghostblade dash up from max range for a damaging combo.

Drive Slash

6S DNFD Projectile Invincible Icon.pngTemporarily invincible against projectile property attacks DNFD Throw Invincible Icon.pngTemporarily invincible against throws

Name Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
6S 55 All 15 -20 none
6S~S 55 All N/A none
6S~S~S 55 All N/A none

A dashing 3-hit RekkaA series of special attacks that are only available after the first one is performed. that can only chain into subsequent strikes on hit. Has unique properties on its individual hits, though all of them are generally similar.

6S

The first hit. Has brief and unreliable throw invincibility. Very fast for it's range but in exchange it's rarely not punishable on block or if no followups are input on hit. Is a crossup but can whiff at close ranges. Has great synergy with Conversion and j.M/4M, which make it a safe tool to enforce guard bar usage and give way to strike/throw mixups. Cancels into Awakening skill.

  • Using Conversion early can make the move not even fully come out, which is useful as a hardly-reactable, long range throw setup.
  • Time the 6S between the two attacks of j.M to get a safe guard button check.
  • Stay close to the opponent before the first hit of 4M to make 6S whiff and you'll be safe in way that can even give you your turn, while checking for guard button usage.
6S~S

Identical to the first hit, but is guaranteed to hit if the first one has already landed, and not available otherwise. As such its uses are extremely limited and it's rarely, if ever, worth stopping here.


6S~S~S

Sends the opponent into a soft knockdown, securing miniscule frame advantage depending on the height of the hit. A reliable ender in juggles, but has an awkward tendency to fall out in grounded confirms with highly prorated hitstun. Can once again be cancelled into Awakening Skill.

  • Provides a slightly better knockdown than the other two attacks, nearly eliminating any reason to end in those ones, even in juggles.
  • Doing IASAlso known as a Tiger KneePerforming a special as soon as possible after becoming airborne. Usually, but not always, involves an input trick.
    For Example: 2369S for a j.236S input.
    j.M j.A will allow for a very quick safejump, but when and against who it's possible depends on the juggle height.

Soul Strike

4S DNFD Knockdown Icon.pngInflicts hard knockdown on hit DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
100 All 23 -15 none

A massive downward slash that can be cancelled into MS moves. Useful in pressure as a highly threatening tool to keep people from mindlessly rolling the gap it leaves after any hit it's cancelled into from, but heavily whiff punishable if the opponent takes the risk and guesses right. Despite the hilarious disadvantage on block, it's pretty hard to punish due to the potential followups. Inflicts a huge amount of blockstun, so cancelling it into 4M lets you recover before the opponent, which makes this a more or less true pressure reset. A cancel into 2M also leaves you up to +1.


In combos, options and routes depend on height: Higher connects can be followed with 236MSDNFD Ghostblade 236M.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
22
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+7, +45
, and 214MSDNFD Ghostblade 214M 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
40
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+
's ability to hit OTG makes it a consistent followup at any height, and a key part of most combos. Any 4S ender can lead to safejumps, but timing can vary. High hits require the safejump to be delayed, whereas grounded or low air hits guarantee it by simply holding 9 after the ender and using j.A as your meaty.

Cross Slash

j.S DNFD Overhead Icon.pngOverhead attack. Must be guarded standing DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
70, 50 All 30 +4 none

Downwards midair slash that halts air momentum and launches on hit. Risky in pressure due to its sluggish startup which makes it heavily counterable if used as a divekick, regardless its guard bar damage is nothing to be ashamed of, same for the frame advantage it leaves you with. Used during 214MSDNFD Ghostblade 214M 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
40
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+
loops to extend combos. Can be cancelled into from air normals, which is very useful as Ghostblade relies on rising j.A as his Anti-Air due to lacking a grounded one. This leads to a full combo on hit with j.A > j.B > j.S.

  • Cancels into grounded MS moves.
  • Only hits once if used as an IASAlso known as a Tiger KneePerforming a special as soon as possible after becoming airborne. Usually, but not always, involves an input trick.
    For Example: 2369S for a j.236S input.
    . This still leads to a combo.

MP Special Moves

Ghost - Single Strike

5M DNFD Projectile Icon.png5M is a projectile attack DNFD Knockdown Icon.pngDyad: Soul Cross forces a hard knockdown on hit

Name Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
Ghost: Single Strike 70 All 21 -3(point blank) 50 none
Dyad: Soul Cross 40, 80 All -12 30 none
5M

Sends the ghost fullscreen as a projectile. Can be followed up by Dyad: Soul Cross. Good neutral tool, fast enough to whiff punish some moves on reaction at full screen. Also makes for a strong and safe frame trap from pressure tools. The only move it is a true blockstring from is 4SDNFD Ghostblade 4S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
23
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-15
, which itself has no true strings into. Is always safe and becomes up to +3 at max range.

  • Cancelable into 623MDNFD Ghostblade 623M.pngGuard:
    -
    Startup:
    25
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    and 5M~MDNFD Ghostblade 5MM.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    -
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -12
    .
    • 623M cancel is safe and can be plus at max range. Also sideswaps at close range.
  • In addition to being an excellent whiff punish tool, combined with the followup this move is Ghostblade's most rewarding combo starter.

5M~5M

The Ghostblade very quickly rushes to the Ghost's destination, where they both attack the enemy simultaneously. If opponents start acting immediately after 5M, this is a risky but rewarding way to abuse that habit. As it crumples on hit, Ghostblade can confirm 5M hits and use this move on reaction for a full combo from very far away. This property also makes it a reliable tool for confirming pokes like 5B.

  • Only usable after Ghost: Single Strike.
  • Very unsafe on block.

Ghost Retracer

2M or 623M DNFD Reversal Icon.pngTemporarily fully invincible

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
- 25 40 8~?? All

Teleports the Ghostblade a set distance forwards. Despite sharing an input commonly reserved for invincible reversals, the move has very little invincibility and it is not in the early frames. This makes the move harder to properly use than other reversals, but it still retains the ability to net good reward when utilized correctly. Also useful when baiting Guard Cancels, as all but Inquisitor's will whiff completely if Retracer is done in time.

Additionally, when done while the Ghost is active from other MS moves, the teleport's destination will be the Ghost's current location, which can include mid-air positions from 6MDNFD Ghostblade 236M.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
22
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+7, +45
or j.MDNFD Ghostblade jM 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
34
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+39, +95
.

  • Less punishable than Roll, making it an alternate corner escape tool.
  • Can serve to make committal pressure tools whiff, securing Ghostblade's advantage.

Ghost: Sky Slash

6M or 236M DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack DNFD Knockdown Icon.pngInflicts hard knockdown on hit

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
50, 80 All 22 +7, +45 50 none

Launches the Ghost forward into the air at roughly a 30 degree angle, then comes back on the same path back to the Ghostblade, striking once on launch and once on return. Leaves Ghostblade at advantage even on the first hit. The angle the Ghost launches at is great at stopping opponents from jumping at midscreen or farther and can be converted into a combo.

  • Second hit will often whiff on crouching opponents and in the corner, but Ghostblade will still be plus enough to keep his turn.
  • There is enough of a gap between the two hits to time a throw.
  • The second hit slams the opponent into a soft knockdown very quickly, which can make comboing from this move difficult, but not impossible, with moves like 2S, 4S, or 2B

Ghost: Phantom Wind

4M or 214M DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
60×3 All 40 + 80 none

Summons the Ghost to move forward and attack with 3 greatly staggered slashes. The Ghostblade can move and attack freely while the Ghost is out. Hits OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground." to launch knocked down opponents back into the air for extended combos, which is used in a lot of Ghostblade's routes.

There is a gap between each hit where Ghostblade can throw the opponent, and since this move catches jump attempts, they are forced to either reversal or tech the throw, the latter can be easily baited with rising j.B into a combo. Given how difficult it is to use the Block button and Throw Break in tandem, there is potentially a crossup setup per hit if they're trying to hedge against throw attempts with a late throw break, using Roll, 2M in niche, close-range scenarios, or 6S.

  • Last hit will always knock down.
  • Has enough startup to where if a throw is done immediately after this move, the third hit will connect against a thrown opponent, allowing Ghostblade to combo.

Ghost: Targeted Hit

j.M DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
60, 80 All 34 +39, +95 50 none

One of Ghostblade's most versatile moves. Summons the ghost after a delay, dealing a falling strike that inflicts a Hard Knockdown followed by an uppercut slash, launching the opponent; both hits hit OTG. While the first hit has a deadzone between Ghostblade and the Ghost, the second hit is absolutely massive, hitting everything in a gigantic bubble around the Ghost. Using it halts all air momentum and it also lets Ghostblade attack almost immediately after, which can help bait more committal anti-airs that whiff above a certain height and give safejumps in unlikely situations. Can be cancelled into from j.A and j.B which allows for repeated, if reactable, overheads to check the opponent's defense.

  • In certain routes, most notably after 5M~M, using it as an IASAlso known as a Tiger KneePerforming a special as soon as possible after becoming airborne. Usually, but not always, involves an input trick.
    For Example: 2369S for a j.236S input.
    will grant enough time to fit a 2S between the two hits, giving a high launch and setting up for extremely damaging combos.
  • Has a throwable window before and after the first hit, which is useful in safejump oki.

Awakening Skill

Phantasmal Slayer

AS

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400[200] All 2+16 -36 none

Ghostblade's Awakening Skill. Good range, little below half screen, and has a surprising vertical hitbox for combos. Most commonly will be seen after Drive SlashDNFD Ghostblade 6SSS.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
-
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
N/A
's 3rd hit and OTG or airhit 4SDNFD Ghostblade 4S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
23
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-15
.

Colors

DNFD Ghostblade Color 1.png
DNFD Ghostblade Color 2.png
DNFD Ghostblade Color 3.png
DNFD Ghostblade Color 4.png
1
2
3
B-Type Color (DFO)
4
C-Type Color (DFO)
DNFD Ghostblade Color 5.png
DNFD Ghostblade Color 6.png
DNFD Ghostblade Color 7.png
DNFD Ghostblade Color 8.png
5
D-Type Color (DFO)
6
7
8

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