7 8 9 A B C 4 5 6 1 2 3 D E
This is the standard layout for the game, with numericals representing directions and a five-button layout. (Think of the number pad on your keyboard).
- A, B, and C correspond to weak, medium, and heavy attacks respectively.
- The D button functions as shield, which is a parry mechanism. Specifics of the D button vary with the Moon style.
- 236D/j.236D (After successful Shield): Launching counter hit follow up. Can be guarded if timed right. (Full Moon only)
- The E button is the in-game macro button which just comes out as different button combinations depending only on the direction held (regardless of the character's state). Does not do anything on diagonals.
- 5E: Acts as A+B+C.
- [ground only] Activate Heat or Blood Heat (Crescent), Charge or Active Blood Heat (Full).
- [ground/air](while being hit) Circuit Spark (Crescent, Full; Half in a special case).
- 4/6E: Acts as A+D (resulting in 4A+D / 6A+D)
- Throw/Air Throw and Throw Tech.
- 2E: Acts as A+B. Results in 2A+B.
- Dodge and Air Dodge (Crescent, Half).
- 5E: Acts as A+B+C.
The only direction/button combination that can't be done with the E button is 4/6 A+B or j.4/6 A+B, which gives you a dash/backdash or airdash/airbackdash.
66 / 6A+B = Dash Forward 44 / 4A+B = Backdash 66 / 6A+B in the air = Air Dash Forward 44 / 4A+B in the air = Air Dash Backwards (upward direction 7/8/9) = Jump in the direction specified (upward direction 7/8/9) [air] = Double Jump in the direction specified (once per airtime) (downward direction 1/2/3, then upward direction 7/8/9) = Super Jump (super jump command) [air] = Super Double Jump 6956 = Instant Air Dash (also shortened to iad or IAD) 6A+D / 4A+D = Throw in the direction specified 6A+D / 4A+D [air] = Air Throw in the direction specified 6A+D / 4A+D (at time of getting thrown) = Throw Tech 2A+B = Dodge (Cresent and Half Moon only) 2A+B [air] = Air Dodge (Cresent and Half Moon only) 214D = Shield Bunker Option Selects 1A+D = Break Throw / Shield random shit
Movement and Metagame
Commands will assume facing right, and using the numpad notation above. Commands will be underlined.
- Block: Hold any direction away from your opponent. You will only actually block when an opponent's attack would hit you.
- Note: Holding up-back on the ground (7) in neutral state will cause you to jump, leaving you vulnerable during the startup frames. Any block in the air will count as an air block. In general, air blocks are vulnerable to grounded attacks except projectiles.
- Holding directly back (4) will put you into a standing block against approaching attacks. Standing blocks block high attacks (such as most non-projectile attacks) and mid attacks but not low attacks.
- Holding down-back (1) will put you into a crouching position, from which you can only crouch block. Crouch blocks block mid attacks and low attacks but not high attacks.
- EX Guard: Similar to Guilty Gear instant block or Garou just defend. Input a guard right before an attack connects and there will be a gold flash and the words "EX Guard". A multi-hit attack or block string can be EX Guarded multiple times: tap away even during blockstun. Will restore guard meter if successful, and will reduce blockstun by 2f (need confirmation on this). Will also increase your magic circuit gain and reduce opponent's magic circuit gain from the attack.
- (Neutral) Jump(8): AKA jumping straight up. This is very different from Jump(7) and Jump(9), in that you can drift forward or backward in the air by pressing 6 or 4, respectively, before you reach the top of the jump arc.
- Doublejump: Input by pressing an upward direction in the air to jump in that direction. Will force you to face toward the opponent. Must land or get hit before you are able to do it again. Neutral double jump can drift like neutral jump.
- Superjump: Tap any downward direction, then up (for upward superjump) or up-toward (for forward superjump). A jump that goes farther, higher, and faster than usual.
- Super Double Jump: A doublejump that goes higher and farther than usual. Can be input in two ways: the Superjump command, or just tap 9 with 1f timing. While the 1f timing sounds difficult in theory, it is very easy to do if you need to do a super doublejump during a combo: Just press and release 9 during the hitstop of the air move you are going to super doublejump cancel.
- Dashes and dodges
- Dash: Press 66 or 6A+B to dash forward and 44 or 4A+B to dash away. Most (all?) ground backdashes have some invincibility frames.
- Air Dash: Input the dash command in the air to go in that direction. Will NOT force you to face toward the opponent. Must land or get hit before you are able to do it again.
- Ground Dodge: Available to Crescent and Half moon only. Input by pressing 2E or 2A+B on the ground. Ground dodges have invincible startup, and are only strike invincible throughout their duration. Meaning they can still be thrown.
- Air Dodge: Available to Crescent and Half moon only. Input by pressing 2E or 2A+B in the air. Same properties as ground dodge, but has two extra properties: they will reduce your air momentum and will turn your character in the right direction if you were facing the wrong one. You will be unable to act until you touch the ground or get hit.
- Throw tech: Pressing A+D when just grabbed by a regular throw. You can tech out of throws with 1A+D as an option select, which would come out as shield if you aren't grabbed.
- Ground Tech: Some knockdown-inducing moves allow you to ground tech. Ground techs can go either forwards, backwards, or neutral, which are input by pressing 6, 4, or 8 respectively right before you hit the ground. All techs have a bit of recovery at the end. Neutral techs start up a bit faster than forwards and back techs.
- Air Tech: Press any button in the air once hitstun has ended to recover. If you are holding a leftward or rightward direction, you will tech leftward or rightward.