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1) Character Portrait

The portrait of the current character in play. Player 1 is on the left, while Player 2 is on the right. In online matches, your PSN/Steam ID is located beneath this portrait.

2) Life Gauge

This gauge displays your remaining life. If your life drops below approximately 20% of the Life Gauge and you return to neutral, or if your life drops below approximately 10% of the Life Gauge, your remaining life will start to flash. If the gauge is depleted, the round or match will end.

3) Burst Gauge

This gauge is consumed when the Psych Burst is used, but can be regained over time and by getting hit. You start the match with the gauge full.

4) Tension Gauge

This gauge is required for Overdrives, Roman Cancels, and Faultless Defense. Tension is gained by hitting an opponent, blocking or getting hit by an attack, by walking, running, jumping, or air dashing towards the opponent, and other methods. See Gauges for more info.

5) R.I.S.C. Level

This gauge increases each time you block your opponent's attacks and decreases when you are hit. Damage scaling in combos does not start until the R.I.S.C. Gauge is empty, leading to much higher damage when it is decently filled. Once the gauge reaches above 50% it will turn a brighter shade of pink, and any incoming attack will automatically be a Counter Hit if it connects.

6) Timer

Each round has a set time limit. If the timer reaches zero, then the character with the most life calculated by percentage is the winner of the round.

7) Round Counter

Each round you win will be tallied up here. If a player wins a round, the opposing player's heart will turn gray. These can be interpreted as lives. Once all of a player's hearts are gray, the other player wins the game.

8) Unique Gauge

For any character that requires a gauge for their unique mechanic, it will be placed here.

Negative Penalty

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If a player acts passively for an extended period of time, they will be afflicted with the Negative Penalty state. When this happens, your Tension Gauge will rapidly decrease for a short duration. The message indicating this ailment appears above the Tension Gauge. When a player is close to being put into this state, the System message "DANGER" will appear to warn them.

Positive Bonus


After breaking the wall and causing an Area Shift, the aggressor will be rewarded with the Positive Bonus state. When this happens, your Tension Gauge will rapidly increase for a short duration. The message indicating this power-up appears above the player's character portrait.

Combo Counter

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Indicates the number of hits dealt in the current combo. The size of the text becomes larger as the counter increases. The numbers become much larger for a moment before fading once the combo ends. Invalid or Black Beat combos are indicated by the lines on the combo counter turning purple.

System Text

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Various texts will appear on the edges of the screen, relating to any interactions that occur.