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System

Defense

. All guard types obey the rules of the guard levels (see below).
. There is no assisted blocking (as in "blocking the first hit of a 
  multi-hitting attack or a combo forces the character to keep guarding    
  without player's help until that attack ends). In Hinokakera guard must be 
  upheld manually. 

Guard Levels

. attack
   |
   |-> cannot be blocked (unblockable)
   '-> can be blocked
        |
        |-> unconditioned: in any stance, using any guard
        |------> overhead: while airborne or standing - any guard
        |                  while crouching - unblockable
        |---> mid or high: airborne - only with mighty or just guard
        |                  standing or crouching - any guard  
        |-----------> low: airborne - mighty or just guard
        |                  standing - unblockable
        |                  crouching - any guard
        '-----> just only: any stance, just guard only
. Levels (dubbed here as "Guard levels") usually refer to different 
  "heights" attacks hit at. Most levels require a certain stance and guard 
  type to successfully defend from. One move can incorporate several hits, 
  each with a different guard level.
. First two "levels" are general ones - the attack's either 'unblockable' as 
  it is (throws and catches), or is a 'free-guard' and may be blocked in any 
  way desired without added conditions (these are usually projectiles).
. Two more are grounded levels. If these are to be guarded by an airborne 
  character using normal block, a "Critical Hit" will be inflicted. 'Mid' 
  level hits are close to free-guards, with the aforementioned property being 
  their only distinct feature (plus, mids may be recognised as 'high' level 
  attacks, if they pass over crouching characters). 'Low' hits additionally 
  require the opponent to crouch in order to block them.
. 'Overheads' are usually, but not exclusively aerial attacks, and they 
  cannot be guarded while crouching.
. Last one, 'just-only', is a type of attack, that can be blocked only with 
  Just Guard and nothing else (no stance conditions). J-O attacks are noted 
  as unblockable within the game's official manual, although this is not the 
  case.

Normal Guard, Chip Damage, Critical Hit

. Hold '4' or '1' when being attacked to block.
. With every hit blocked, the defending character is pushed away from his or 
  her attacker. The stronger the hit is, the bigger this pushback will be.
. Most hits blocked this way, except normals, will force a small portion of 
  their damage through the defence - this is 'chip damage'. In HK, however, 
  it is impossible to suffer a chip death - one is able to keep guarding 
  forever with only one point of health left.
. When airborne, attempting to block mid and low attacks using normal guard 
  ends up with defender receiving a Critical hit.
. Hitting a guarding opponent gives less Power compared to a successful hit.

Guard Crush

. Every blocked hit depletes the guard meter. When it empties, player suffers 
  a Guard Crush (the crushing hit itself won't do any damage) and becomes 
  temporarily immobilised, open to any attack. Besides the meter itself, this 
  process is represented in-game with normal block's colour going down from 
  blue to red. Guard slowly refills while the character is not being attacked 
  or instantly resets to full after the Crush.

Mighty Guard

. Press and hold 'D4' or 'D1'.
. Can be activated at any time as long as the character has Power. Gradually 
  consumes Power during idle guarding, takes bigger chunks when actually 
  blocking hits.
. Has an increased pushback.
. Does not suffer from chip damage.
. Using Mighty Guard does not deplete the guard gauge, therefore Guard Crush 
  is impossible.
. In air, can block mid and low attacks.
. Hitting a mighty guarding opponent gives only a tiny amount of Power. 

Just Guard

. Push '4' or '1' a moment before the incoming attack hits
. Is the most effective guard type, but requires strict timing.
. Has a drastically decreased blockstun and no pushback whatsoever, boosting 
  player's chances to punish the attacker. Zero pushback also allows the 
  player to retain his or her forward momentum when just guarding (for 
  example, just guarding while running forward, won't stop or push back the 
  character - he or she will continue moving forward)
. Does not suffer from chip damage and does not deplete the guard meter.
. In air, can block mid and low attacks.
. Hitting a just guarding opponent gives no Power.

Guard Cancel

. Whenever the player is Just Guarding, he or she has an option to cancel the 
  guard into virtually any attack by simply inputting its motion - while this 
  is commonly referred to as Guard Cancelling in other fighting games, 
  Hinokakera calls it "Counter Braking".
. The input has to be at least two sequential key presses. In order to GC 
  using a weak normal, for example, one has to tap 'A' twice. Same goes for 
  command normals and groove Forces - Counter Braking with a Launcher attack 
  will require a '6B, 6B' input. 
. Another rule for Guard Cancels is that the motion must be input right after 
  the actual hit is Just Guarded (recognised by the sound), not before or 
  during it.
. With these rules in mind and quick enough input it is possible to Guard 
  Cancel into anything, including supers and overdrives (but excluding normal 
  throws, and as a side note, overdrive mode activation is also eligible for 
  a GC, but it is not visually distinct, as the ODM flash will negate the 
  GC's own yellow bubble spark)

Autoguard

. Autoguard (or Active Guard) happens when some of the move's startup and/or 
  attack frames have the ability to automatically Normal Guard without 
  interrupting the attack's animation. 
. AG won't block any kind of attack thrown at it, but only a predefined type, 
  usually falling to stronger hits. 
. The character receives more guard damage in AG frames, which makes it 
  possible, at least in theory, to be guard crushed.
. It's unclear whether autoguarding player can receive a critical hit or not.

Superarmour

. In Superarmour (or Armor Guard) frames character will flash yellow when 
  hit. While similar to autoguard in that it prevents the move from being 
  interrupted, superarmour absorbs incoming damage in its full instead of 
  blocking it, and it is possible for the character to be knocked out. 
. Depending on the move, SA frames may be both startup and active ones. If 
  latter is the case, then the character will receive increased counter 
  damage (technically, he or she will be countered).      
. SA usually works against a set type of weaker attacks. For example every 
  character's 'C' normals have SA frames against 'A' normals.
  1. Invincibility
. Similar to the above, certain frames may grant invincibility - either 
  complete or partial (ex.: against anything except throws).

Evasion

Air and Ground Recovery

. After being hit into unconsciousness, the character does not automatically 
  recover as soon as the hitstun wears off - while he or she is still 
  airborne, player has an option to manually recover via Air Recovery, also 
  known as Tech or Ukemi.
. As with jumping, tech has three directions - neutral ('D'), forward ('6D') 
  and backwards ('4D').
. When recovering, character is rendered fully invincible for a number of 
  frames.
. Variation of Tech, known as Ground Recovery becomes available when 
  character hits the ground after the fall. Its input and directions are the 
  same as those of airborne recovery.
. Since the amount of hitstun the attacks deal varies, so does the untechable 
  time. Some attacks by default or in certain situations are completely 
  untechable. Others can be recovered from only after hitting the ground 
  (i.e. using Ground Recovery). 

Force Wakeup and Wakeup Roll

. When lying on the ground, there are 3 possible wakeup solutions (without 
  attacking). First two have invincibility frames against throws.
. Wait until the character stands up by him/herself.
. Force him or her to stand up earlier by pressing 'D'.
. Finally, force to wakeup and "roll" away from the opponent at the same time 
  using the '4D' motion. The latter, however, is possible only if the 
  character is lying on his/her back. Also, the directional part of the input 
  does not mean "away from the opponent", but rather "the direction your
  character's head is facing".

Throw Escape

. To escape a normal ground throw, one must input the throw motion, '4C', the 
  second he or she is caught.
. Because of a rather strict timing - escape command must be entered almost 
  at the very moment opponent does his or her throw (even before the throw 
  "spark" appears) - it is not uncommon for escapes to happen
  unintentionally, when both players attempt to throw each other at the same
  time.

Reactive Brake

. When the character's attack is being Just Guarded, the player has an option 
  to cancel said attack in order to block a possible guard cancel, switch to 
  defence or otherwise change the tactic. RB requires 20 Brake points and a 
  '4D' input the moment the attack is Just Guarded.

Interruptive Brake

. A universal escape move done via the combination of '4' or '6' and either 
  'AD' or 'CD' when the character suffers from hitstun. IB requires precisely 
  100 Brake points to operate.
. It will immediately negate any kind of hitstun and will counter attack the 
  opponent.
. The IB attack itself does zero damage (hence no actual counter), but has 
  the highest priority (equal to that of the Overdrive Mode activation) and 
  will clash with any incoming hit. The opponent, should he or she recover 
  from attacking quickly enough, can block the I-Brake. 
. Using IB applies a penalty to the player's Brake gauge - for a while 
  (7 seconds or so) it won't regenerate. Also, hitting with IB will give a 
  small amount of Power to the opponent.  

Offence

Attack Levels

. Attack levels are a rather obscure property of every offensive move in
  Hinokakera - there are no sources elaborating on how the system works, so
  the information here comes mainly from observations.

Throws

. Every character in the game has at least 2 normal throws - one on the 
  ground and one in the air. Unique to each character is how far the opponent 
  will be thrown and whether characters will switch sides after the throw or 
  not.  
. Both are unblockable (but ground throws are escapable), have a similar 
  damage output, won't counter or get countered, and cannot be cancelled 
  after the hit (yet whiffing throws obeys the general rules and can be 
  Offensive- or Tech-braked).
. Characters who are being thrown are unable to use the Brake meter.
. Normal throws have no effect on characters who are recovering from the 
  blockstun or are in their hitstun frames (command throws work against 
  stunned characters). 

Dash Normals

. In addition to normals, there is a minimum of 2 dash normals per character 
  (except Malakh), "dash-neutral C" and "dash-crouching C", performed while 
  dashing or running. If the player chooses Technical mode, 4 more normals 
  are added - two for each attack button. Dash normals' combo options depend 
  on which reinforce mode has been chosen.

Launcher

. This command normal has a different input depending on the character but
  shares the same property of kicking the opponent high up into the air,
  allowing a follow up with the chase jump and, consequently, an air combo.
. "Launcher > chase jump" combination allows for a double jump afterwards.

Crouch-Guard Crusher

. The most common input for this command normal is '4B', although it varies 
  from character to character and is not available to everyone.  
. This attack has a special effect on crouching characters who block using 
  Normal Guard - upon hitting them, the attack will take away a greater 
  portion of their guard gauge. Even if their guard is full, crusher will 
  instantly kick it into the red zone. A partially depleted guard will be 
  crushed. 
. Although expected, it does not do any extra guard damage against crouching 
  characters who suffer from Negative Penalty, yet, as all other moves, it 
  does against standing opponents.

EX Moves

. Known also as Extra Skills, these, in turn, are a different kind of 
  specials, that obey their own set of cancelling rules, and are generally
  more powerful bridging the gap between specials and supers. 
. EXs can be divided into two groups: powered up versions of other specials 
  and standalone attacks. There are also followup attacks, that spend 25 
  Power and look like EXs, but the official manual doesn't treat them as 
  such. 
. EX moves commonly have invincibility frames somewhere on them.

Ethereal Forces

. Your average super attacks, with every character in possession of at least 
  2 of them.
. Normally spend 50 Power, with occasional followups requiring additional 25 
  Power.
. Like EXs, have invincibility as their most common property.
. During ethereals, the opponent cannot use the brake gauge.

Overdrive Mode

. Available to all characters as a "once-per-match" powerup that can be 
  activated at any time using the 63214D command, it gives a massive boost to 
  offence, as well as enhancing defense.
. The moment ODM is activated, character becomes surrounded by a colorful 
  geyser, which, itself, is a move of the highest priority. It cannot be 
  countered, but is able to counter any other attack, albeit without 
  delivering the actual counterhit damage. To balance this, HK does not 
  permit cancelling the ODM activation in any way.
. While active, the word "OverDrive" is displayed atop of the player's Power 
  meter. It starts depleting at a constant pace as soon as it's activated, 
  and nothing, besides player winning/losing the round or using the Overdrive 
  Force, can interfere with it - that way the ODM lasts around 12 seconds.
. This is what Overdrive Mode gives:
  - Character regenerates health when not guarding or unconscious;
  - Opponent's Brake gauge turns grey, thus disabling its accumulation and 
    the usage of any brake consuming techniques;
  - Player can perform an Overdrive Force;
  - Player is able to Force Cancel attacks;
  - Player gains the ability to double jump without any setups;
  - It is easier for the player to inflict high-level counters (according to 
    the official manual). 

Overdrive Force

. Available only during Overdrive Mode, this is the most powerful and 
  suitably flashy attack in character's possession with a shared 236236C 
  motion. Its only requirements are activated Overdrive Mode and 100 Brake.
. Of all the Brake consuming moves, ODF is the only one to ignore the extra 
  20 points the character can amass when low on health - once activated, ODF 
  will use the needed 100 points along with any excess.
. ODF's damage depends on how much Power the player had at the moment of
  execution. Empty Power meter results in ~4500 damage, while 100 points 
  of Power equals ~6000dmg. The trick is that by using the Power value, game 
  sets an equal damage correction for every hit in the attack sequence 
  (ignoring the usual rules of damage correction), producing a constant 75% 
  correction with zero Power and 100% with 100 Power. In addition, damage can 
  be boosted through counter or critical hits.
. If the ODF is incorporated into a combo, it will do considerably less damage 
  due to its own damage correction rules being applied. For example, Raven's 
  standing 'C' causes the next hit in the combo to deal 85% damage. If this 
  next hit is an ODF, then with 100 Power it will have a universal prorating 
  of 63,7% instead of 85%. ODF's universal prorating won't go lower than 20% 
  however.
. Once ODF is executed, Overdrive Mode ends.

Assault Vs Technical

Groove Comparison

. In Chaotic Eclipse each player can choose from one of the two grooves (or 
  Reinforce Modes) when selecting a character. Each groove has its own 
  specific Brake type and Force move (which all cost 40 Brake) along with 
  other, less noticeable differences.
                                         ASSAULT            TECHNICAL
. Number of dash normals --------------- 2*                 6*
. Dash normals are chain-cancellable --- yes                no
. Groove Brake is ---------------------- offensive          defensive/evasion
. Groove Force is ---------------------- always offensive   mainly support
. Chip damage attacks deal is ---------- increased**        normal  
  * Malakh has no dash normals in neither of the grooves, and Ashley gets 4 
    in Assault and 12 in Technical.  
 ** Meaning that A-Groove character will deal equally higher chip damage to 
    Technical and Assault characters alike.  

Assault Groove, Assault Brake, Assault Force

. Assault focuses primarily on combos and boosts the combo potential of lower 
  level attacks, i.e. normals.
. Assault brake allows to cancel the recovery of any standing, crouching, 
  dash or command normal with a '6D' motion. After AB, the character 
  automatically dashes forward, allowing the player catch up with his or her 
  opponent. Moreover, the damage correction after AB is reduced by 10%, 
  potentially bringing the correction value up to 100% (but not beyond that). 
  Assault Brake is allowed whenever the attack connects, be it an actual hit 
  or a blocked one (any guard type is ok).
. Assault Force ('3D' input) is a quick knockdown attack, that can both start 
  and continue combos. If charged (except one character) it gains additional 
  properties and can be blocked using only Just guard.

Technical Groove, Technical Brake, Technical Force

. Tech.groove is a much less straightforward mode that revolves around tricks 
  and the ability to change one's tactic on the fly.
. Technical Brake ('4D'), unlike its Assault counterpart, has nothing to do 
  with damage. In a nutshell, it's an Offensive Brake, that spends less power 
  and works only in specific situations. Those are: player's attack is 
  whiffing or the attack is being or is about to be guarded by normal or 
  mighty guard. Not all attacks are eligible for a TB, however, but the rules 
  in general are pretty loose allowing some projectiles to be T-Braked even 
  from up close.
. Similar to TB, Tech.Force ('3D') is a support move most of the time, not 
  necessarily doing damage, but giving wider combo opportunities instead. 

Miscellaneous

Negative Penalty

. If the player keeps backing away from his or her opponent without attacking 
  (as in successfully hitting the opponent) and generally goes into strong 
  defense, Negative Penalty will occur. Backdashing, walking backwards and 
  back jumping will all trigger NP. Whiffing attacks while doing so won't 
  prevent the NP. 
. Visually, the character will turn red and his or her movement speed will 
  decrease. Further running away will produce a red ripple-like effect around 
  the character - in this state the movement speed is even slower.
. Additional effect NP bestows upon its victim are increased guard damage the 
  character takes from all attacks (it's effectively doubled) and reduced 
  guard meter regeneration.
. NP uses a sort of cooldown system - standing still will eventually end the 
  NP. It will happen even faster if the character successfully attacks or, 
  which is the primary NP-negation method, moves forward. Should he or she 
  resume the runaway tactic shortly after NP has worn off - it will take 
  effect faster than before.
. Sidestepping does not count towards neither NP nor its negation. NP also 
  does not affect sidestepping speed.

Counter Hit

. Counters happen whenever player's attack hits opponent's in its startup or 
  attack frames and vice versa. Depending on the strength of opposing hits, 
  either only one will be successful or both will counter each other 
  ("trade"). Attacks' strength also influences what counter level will occur 
  - 1, 2 or 3, with higher levels generally giving more hitstun and 
  untechable frames. In addition to this, all counters, no matter which 
  level, have an increased damage (it appears to be a countering hit-only 
  bonus, not affecting the rest of the combo, if there is one). 

Critical Hit

. Critical hit happens whenever an airborne character attempts to Normal 
  guard mid or low attack. Aside from longer untechable frames, critical hit 
  modifies the actual damage correction value and hits for 130% damage (this 
  value is given in the official manual, it may and probably does work 
  differently in-game) instead of 100%. This means, hits that combo off it 
  will also do more damage, due to correction now counting down from the 
  increased value and not the usual 100%.

Clash

. Occurs when two opposing moves' hitboxes collide in their attack frames, 
  and is accompanied by a blurry lightning spark. Clash's outcome depends on 
  the strength of said attacks or, perhaps, some obscure "priority" - it's 
  not clear in HK.
. Attacks of equal strength negate each other and recover, without either  
  side taking damage. 
. If one of the hits is stronger than the other, it will negate the 
  opposition, but won't weaken itself, delivering full damage and, most 
  likely, a counter. 
. In multi-hitting/autocombo attacks (those that are a series of 
  distinguishable hits), if only a part of the sequence had clashed, 
  remaining hits will not be cancelled or negated, hitting as they would 
  normally, unless countered. 
. Weak projectiles simply disappear upon clashing.

Power Raid

. Already described as part of the "Interface" section, Power Raid happens 
  automatically when both characters are low on health and have amassed Power 
  meters worth more than 100 points. 
. When in Raid state, any Power-accumulating attack will shave Power points 
  off of the opponent's meter. The downside of this is that the player will 
  receive less Power in return.


General
Controls
FAQ
Netplay
System
HUD
Characters
Raven
Silvis Laws
Aya
Camille Enfield
Kasumi Seiga Freslight
Celes Alfort
Hardy Alfort
Clestis Farrell
Aronia Excel
kakeru
Malakh
Ashley
Aya Immortal