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Story

Real name: Artoria Pendragon. A knight with braided blonde hair, shining blue and silver armor, and a somewhat cold attitude. She is well-known from the legends of King Arthur, wielder of the holy sword Excalibur who founded the Knights of the Round Table. Somehow, she has appeared in this world without the use of a summoning ritual. She now searches Souya for answers to this mystery.

Gameplay

Saber is a rushdown character centered around strike/throw mix-up and mobility-based whiff-punish game.

The original "Saberface" from Type-Moon's older work Fate/stay Night crossed over to Type Lumina for some reason, confounding both herself and the opponent. She sports great normal attacks for close to mid range both on the ground and in the air, but have no long range tools whatsoever. Instead, she relies on Elfin Dance (214X) dashes/backdashes to punish slow or whiffed moves, before blending the opponent with First Air (236X) rekka series, Wing Air (623X) multi-hit DP and Cross Air (236X) aerial sword dive. Smart usage of resources allows Saber to seamlessly play strike/stagger and ground/air mix-up between her special moves, leaving opponents confused.

Outside of her sword range however, Saber only has universal mechanics and her Avalon (214BC) parry that requires meter as her defensive option. Her easy mix-up tools being gated behind 236X means Saber must commit to risky strike/stagger/throw offense to get anything done.

All of these make Saber a character for intermediate-level player at least despite her simple looks. But once you gain experience and learned to make good reads on opponent's defense habit, this gender-bend king will leave your foe stupefied.

Playstyle
Coming soon
Strengths Weaknesses
  • Well Rounded: With high health and fantastic mobility, Saber has no remarkable weaknesses to directly exploit outside of her lack of a meterless reversal
  • Great Pokes: Saber has a diverse set of fast midrange pokes such as her rekka that can cover or maintain a lot of space, having great multi-purpose buttons during neutral and offense
  • Resource Efficient: Equipped with great EX cancel options, strong arc drives, and unique benefits during heat, Saber has plenty of ways to uses meter efficiently alongside her high meter gain
  • Diverse Routing: Saber's plethora of combo tools gives her consistent access to great routes everywhere on the screen alongside high damage and fantastic corner carry
  • Powerful Air Presence: With an excellent divekick series combined with her top notch set of air normals, Saber has a lot of ways to threaten the opponent above or below once she's in the air
  • Unique Arc Drive: Saber has access to Avalon, an expensive but powerful defensive counter that covers every offensive option, giving her a uniquely powerful anti-zoning/setplay tool
  • Resource Reliant: Saber is more meter reliant than most characters, often needing plenty of resources to enforce her presence on defense and offense properly
  • Mediocre Mixup Potential: Saber's mixups relative to the entire cast aren't particularly stellar, having to rely on more universal options to open the opponent up, leaving her more vulnerable to the game's plethora of defensive options
Unique Traits

Mana Burst

During the duration of Heat/Blood Heat, Excalibur is revealed from Saber's invisible winds, and all of Saber's normals involving the use of Excalibur gain Chip Damage properties in addition to gaining 5% more damage than the rest of the cast. This provides her another threat during the already powerful heat state alongside her other powerful metered options.

Additional Resources

Saber Match Video Database Combo & Tech Document Saber Discord Saber Guide by GO1

Character Summary

Move list

Moon Skills
6B+C - First Air
3B+C - Wing Air
4B+C - Elfin Dance
j.6B+C - Cross Air
Special Attacks
236A/B/C (EX OK) - First Air: Advancing attack.
> A/B/C - Second Air - Hold: Follow-up attack.
> 4A/B/C - Second Air - Defeat: Low follow-up.
> A/B/C - Second Air - Ground: Ending attack.
> 4A/B/C - Second Air - Break: Overhead follow-up.
623A/B/C (EX OK) - Wing Air: Combo tool, anti-air.
214A/B/C (EX OK) - Elfin Dance: Evasive attack.
22C (EX-Only) - Strike Air: Pressure reset, anti-air.
j.236A/B/C (EX OK) - Cross Air: Diving attack.
Arc Drives
236B+C - The Sword of Promised Victory: High damage attack.
214B+C - Avalon: High damage counter attack.
Last Arc
A+B+C+D / D in Blood Heat - The Sword of Promised Victory - Sword Dance: Very high damage attack.
Unique Attacks
6C, 3C
Blowback Edge Moves
5[C], j.[C], 214[A], 214[B]
Stats & vitals

HP Value: 12,000 (High)

Backdash:

  - 1-19 Throw Invul
  - 1-13 Strike(Includes Projectiles) Invul
  - 14-18 Projectile and Aerial Invul
  - 31 Total

Dash startup: 6

Dash actionable: 5

Jump startup: 4

Jump airtime: 38

Quick combo reference

Coming soon.

MBTL Saber Art.png

Move Analysis

Normal Moves

Standing Normals

5A
5A
5A
MBTL Saber 5A.png
MBTL Saber 5A hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
160 HL -SE-, -N-, -SP-, -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
5 2 11 17 -1 -

Quick high hitting jab

  • Saber's fastest normal
  • Very short range. Ideal for rebeats and anti-airing IADs.
  • Core to her strike/throw and will be used often for tick throws
  • Whiff cancels available from frame 10 onwards
5B
5B
5B
MBTL Saber 5B.png
MBTL Saber 5B hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
480 HL (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
8 3 19 29 -8 -

Fast and wide sword slash

  • A powerful normal poke with great startup and recovery, covers a shocking amount of space
  • Can be chained into 5C even at max range on hit and block making it an excellent way to start offense
  • The hitbox is tall enough to catch IAD approaches and fast enough to check greedy pressure resets
  • Against crouch shield, opponent enters a special guard state in which they suffer significant chip damage instead of shielding the move
5C
5C
5C
MBTL Saber 5C.png
MBTL Saber 5C hb.png
MBTL Saber 5C be hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
610 HL (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
10 4 27 40 -14 -

A large swordslam

  • Longest normal that isn't a charged or command normal.
  • Serves mainly as blockstring and combo filler.
  • High commitment poke that can incidentally anti-air IADs.
  • Pulls back during recovery and advances forwards if rebeated from.
  • Can be half charged to create frametraps from B normals
  • Against crouch shield, opponent enters a special guard state in which they suffer significant chip damage instead of shielding the move
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
990 HL (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
21 5 26 51 -14 Clash 19-20

Even larger swordslam (now featuring clash frames)

  • Gains clash frames that can power through some of the opponent's attempts to retaliate
  • Launches the opponent on hit, meaning it will always trade favorably against most attempts to stuff it
  • Staple combo filler as well as your primary way to crush attempts to crouch shield
  • 2C 5[C] beats normals active on frame 6 and trades or clashes with normals active on frame 5.

Crouching Normals

2A
2A
2+A
MBTL Saber 2A.png
MBTL Saber 2A hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
180 L - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
6 2 11 18 -1 -

A quick, crouching low sword swipe

  • Slower than most 2A's making it less ideal as a defensive option in some scenarios
  • Has the longest horizontal reach of any normal with its speed, letting Saber punish things most characters can't
  • Pressure staple for her strike throw gameplan
  • Whiff cancels available from frame 10 onwards
2B
2B
2+B
MBTL Saber 2B.png
MBTL Saber 2B hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
420 L - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
8 4 20 31 -9 -

Saber performs a quick defensive sword poke

  • A less committal low poke than 2C due to its lower startup and recovery
  • Slightly taller hitbox makes it a bit more forgiving in juggles and for catching fuzzy jump over 2A and 2C.
  • Hits low and makes for a strong combo starter, so you'll be throwing this out a fair amount
2C
2C
2+C
MBTL Saber 2C.png
MBTL Saber 2C hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
620 L - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
9 4 24 36 -11 -

Saber lunges forward with a massive sword sweep

  • Saber's longest low normal that's often used as a committal poke for catching opponents off guard
  • The large, disjointed hitbox makes it ideal for catching the landing recovery of whiffed jump normals and interrupting certain ground approaches
  • One of her best combo starters and can catch backdashes, making it a staple for all aspects of her offense

Jumping Normals

j.A
j.A
Aerial A
MBTL Saber jA.png
MBTL Saber jA hb.png
MBTL Saber jA 2 hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
140 HA (SE), (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
6 4 - - - -

A massive sword swipe in the air

  • Very high rising anti-air.
  • Excellent air-to-air option for opponents above Saber that can lead to easy guard break setups
  • Must be delayed slightly or be the second hit of a normal chain to hit crouching opponents after IAD
  • 3rd and 4th active frames are smaller than the 1st and 2nd.
  • Whiff cancels starting on frame 21 onwards
j.B
j.B
Aerial B
MBTL Saber jB.png
MBTL Saber jB hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
400 HA (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
7 4 - - - -

A quick poke towards the floor

  • Saber’s fastest hitting normal out of IAD against crouchers.
  • Can be used defensively as a faster way to cover opponents under Saber in air to air interactions
  • Must be chained out of into either j.A or j.C to keep frame advantage if done as fast as possible during the IAD.
  • Staple combo filler due to its use in rejump routes
j.C
j.C
Aerial C
MBTL Saber jC.png
MBTL Saber jC hb.png
MBTL Saber jC be hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
560 HA (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
11 5 - - - -

Saber performs another massive sword sweep towards the floor

  • Second fastest air button out of IAD.
  • Can chain into j.B for more frame advantage out of IAD and doing so allows Saber to jump cancel on block to extend pressure.
  • Saber's primary safejump option off airthrows due to its range
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
900 HA (N), (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
20 6 - - - -

Infamous Jump-In

  • Massive hitbox that covers both sides making it excellent for defensive retreats and aggressive jump ins
  • Ground bounces on ground and air hit making it an important combo starter and combo filler
  • -6 on whiff so it can be vulnerable against more patient players
  • The primary reason why trying to directly contest Saber from below can be so daunting

Command Normals

3C
3C
3+C
MBTL Saber 3C.png
MBTL Saber 3C hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
700 HL (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
10 3 25 37 -11 Head: 5-12

Saber swings to the skies

  • Dedicated launcher and anti-air
  • Launches the oppponent with a built in jump followup
  • Moves Saber forward slightly during the startup
  • A decent anti air tool due to head invul starting frame 5, but is liable to clash due to the lack of a proper low profile during startup
  • Being a command normal, ground-to-air clashes with it can net volatile results if you're not ready to jump cancel, as rebeating into 5A is not possible
6C
6C
6+C
MBTL Saber 6C.png
MBTL Saber 6C hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
700 HL (SP), (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
15 3 20 37 -6 -

Quick sword lunge

  • Wallbounces airborne opponents.
  • Does not chain into other normals
  • Moves Saber forward a large distance
  • Can be delayed to use as a frame trap, but not a particularly strong option
  • Primarily important combo filler due to its properties on hit

Universal Mechanics

Rapid Beat 2
Rapid Beat 2
X>X
MBTL Saber rapid2 1.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 2.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 3.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 4.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 1 hb.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 2 hb.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 3 hb.png
MBTL Saber rapid2 4 hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
120*4 (408) HL (SP), (EX), - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
- - - - -10 -

A flurry of quick sword strikes covering the screen

  • A strong rapid beat with a surprising amount of applications
  • Huge vacuum effect make it good for stabilizing weird hits into combos.
  • Hits about 3/4 in front of the screen. This move is huge AND air unblockable but highly unsafe on whiff.
  • Due to its erratic movement it can often run through some reversals and lead to some other odd interactions
  • Can only be special cancelled on block.
Rapid Beat 3
Rapid Beat 3
X>X>X
MBTL Saber 3C.png
MBTL Saber 3C hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
700 - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
- - - - -11 -
  • Same animation and properties as 3C. Special cancel if blocked.
Ground Throw
throw
4/6+A+D
MBTL Saber throw.png
MBTL Saber throw hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1500 - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
4 - - - +54 -

Saber throws you down delivering several blows to the chest

  • High advantage on hit.
  • Great corner carry
  • Can run all kinds of okizeme due to the long knockdown
  • The core of her offensive gameplan as a strike/throw character
Air Throw
airthrow
Aerial 4/6+A+D
MBTL Saber airthrow.png
MBTL Saber airthrow hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1200 - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
- - - - - -

Saber grabs you by the neck and slashes you to the ground

  • Her primary combo ender as it leads to a consistently powerful safejump that works everywhere on screen
  • Universal air combo ender.

Special Moves

First Air

The signature rekka of the game's premiere rekka character, a strong move with broad applications. First air's deceptively fast movement makes it a strong advancing poke in neutral, and its variety of followups and cancel options once the opponent is blocking makes it Saber's most important offensive tool. The entire rekka, outside of dash cancels and overhead followup, can be a true blockstring

First Air
236+X
MBTL Saber 236A.png
236A
MBTL Saber 236A.png
236B
MBTL Saber 236XX.png
236X~X: Second Air-Hold
MBTL Saber 236X4X.png
236X~4X: Second Air-Defeat
MBTL Saber 236XXX.png
236X~X~X: Third Air-Ground
MBTL Saber 236XX4X.png
236X~X~4X: Third Air-Break
MBTL Saber 236C 1.png
236C
MBTL Saber 236A hb.png
MBTL Saber 236B hb.png
MBTL Saber 236XX hb.png
MBTL Saber 236X4X hb.png
MBTL Saber 236XXX hb.png
MBTL Saber 236XX4X hb.png
MBTL Saber 236C 1 hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1000 HL -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
10 2 21 32 -6 -

Saber steps forward and quickly slashes the space in front of her

  • Rekka starter.
  • Saber can dash cancel her rekka and all its followups, excluding the final hit.
  • Saber's most important special in regards to offense due to its branching options and difficult counterplay
  • Safe on block at most ranges and extremely difficult to contest when spaced
  • Can only be punished point blank by specific EX reversals and Saber's own 2A in the mirror match
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1000 HL -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
12 2 23 36 -8 -
  • Rekka starter.
  • Slightly slower and worse frame advantage than the A Version
  • Moves Saber a farther distance than the A version so it can start offense from even further away
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
700 - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
13 3 23 38 -5 -
  • Rekka extender.
  • Hits mid.
  • Moves Saber further in and keeps her close on block and hit
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
700 L -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
13 3 24 39 -6 -
  • Rekka extender.
  • Hits low.
  • Spaces Saber farther away on block and pulls her hurtbox down.
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1100 HL -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
13 3 25 40 -9 -
  • Rekka ender.
  • Hits mid.
  • Often paired with 22C on block with its forward momentum to restart her offense
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
900 H -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
22 3 23 47 -9 -
  • Rekka ender.
  • Hits high.
  • A decent mixup tool enforced by dash cancels
  • Vulnerable to reversals as it cannot be made gapless from other followups
  • Can low crush due to its aerial startup
  • Unsafe on block but can easily be made safe with 22C
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
530*4 (1870) HL - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
11 - 21 78 -7 -

Saber launches a flurry of slashes then launches you to the skies

  • Rekka super.
  • Launches if 3C has not been used in the combo.
Wing Air
Wing Air
623+X
MBTL Saber 623A.png
623A
MBTL Saber 623B 1.png
623B (1)
MBTL Saber 623B 2.png
623B (2)
MBTL Saber 623C 1.png
623C (1)
MBTL Saber 623C 2.png
623C (2)
MBTL Saber 623A hb.png
MBTL Saber 623B 1 hb.png
623B (1)
MBTL Saber 623B 2 hb.png
623B (2)
MBTL Saber 623C 1 hb.png
623C (1)
MBTL Saber 623C 2 hb.png
623C (2)
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1200 HL -EX-, (J) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
11 3 21 34 -7 -

Saber quickly strikes the sky

  • One hit and jump cancelable on hit
  • An important combo tool for Saber's longer routes
  • Largely outclasses as a pressure tool by 623B
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
640*2 (1196) HL -EX-, (J) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
9 2 (8) 3 25 46 -11 -

Saber swings twice towards the sky

  • Two hits and jump cancelable on hit
  • Great combo starter due to its high hitstun
  • One of your main callout options for people attempting to jump out of Saber's corner offense
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
370*6 (1841) HL - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
4 + 4 3 (4) 8 30 52 -17 All: 1-16

Saber fires a barrage of sword strikes

  • Saber's primary invincible reversal
  • Forward movement and lack of vertical range gives it a lot of blindspots
  • Slower than average so its easier to cover on wakeup
  • Its forward movement lets it punish a lot of spaced pressure options however
Elfin Dance
Elfin Dance
214+X
MBTL Saber 214A.png
MBTL Saber 214B.png
MBTL Saber 214C.png
MBTL Saber 214A hb.png
MBTL Saber 214B hb.png
MBTL Saber 214C hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1500 HL -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
27 2 23 51 +5 -

Saber backsteps and comes back full force

  • Launches the opponent upwards on hit
  • On block, lifts the opponent from the ground and blows them a bit away
  • Difficult to capitalize on its +5 advantage due to the air options the opponent is left with combined with a severe lack of moves that hit directly above Saber
  • Solid frametrap when spaced due to the backstep pulling her hurtbox back combined with its massive hitbox and forward movement
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
- - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
- - - 35 - -

Saber backsteps and rushes forth to do nothing

  • 214A fakeout with clash frames to get through potential attempts of disrespect
  • Leaves Saber in the same spacing she was before the backstep giving her an opportunity to avoid and observe attempts to disrespect her
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1400 L -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
22 2 19 42 -4 -

Saber rushes forward to slice the oppoent's feet

  • Advancing low that goes very far.
  • Launches the opponent on hit
  • Useful in some combos and safe on block.
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
- - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
- - - 35 - -

Saber rushes forward to do nothing

  • 214B fakeout with clash frames to get through potential attempts of disrespect
  • Gives you the same forward movement of 214B without the slash leaving you in range of throw
  • Much less safe to utilize than 214A's feint due to how close it leaves you to the opponent
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1900
[Min: 456]
HL - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
11 3 25 38 0 -

Saber dashes forward after the super flash and cuts at the opponent feet

  • Leaves the opponent in a launchable state on hit
  • Travels extremely far very fast, covering almost 3/4ths of the screen in terms of distance
  • Its safety on block means you can use it as a risky callout option from far away but its not recommended
  • An important combo tool and used in a majority of her corner combos
Strike Air
Strike Air
22+C
MBTL Saber 22C.png
Pretend you're Wagner
MBTL Saber 22C hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
430*5 (1602) HL (AD) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
11 19 12 45 +8 -

Saber summons a great gust of wind

  • This is the move that ties Saber's kit together.
  • Projectile persists if Moon Drive Cancelled, allowing for safe mixups.
  • Excellent combo extension and pressure reset tool.
  • Great anti-air due to being air unblockable and having a giant hitbox.
  • If one of your unsafe special moves is blocked, cancel into this to keep your turn. It's also useful if any of them hit as it can be comboed out of fairly easily.
Cross Air
Cross Air
Aerial 236+X
MBTL Saber j236A.png
Hits once
MBTL Saber j236B.png
Hits twice
MBTL Saber j236C.png
Hits thrice
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
340, 470*2 (1153) HLA -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
11 - - - -3 (TK) -

Saber lunges downward with her sword

  • Saber's powerful divekick series
  • If it hits a quick cinematic will play
  • Grants a combo on hit
  • Can be EX cancelled on whiffed landings into options such as 22C to cover her quick descent
  • Used in guard break setups involving 22C due to its speed
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
340*4 (1216) HLA -EX- - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
15 - - - -1 (TK) -
  • This version has longer startup however perform a longer cinematic and does more damage, also side switches.
  • Generally considered a weaker but higher reward option that's safer on block
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
- H EX - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
23 - - - +4 (tk) -
  • Saber delays her descent with a charge flash giving her divekick overhead properties
  • Lacks any legitimate use as a mixup tool
  • Can be up to +6 if the attack is as low to the ground as possible
  • Can be used to delay her landing however and still retains all the EX cancel properties the other divekicks have
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
600, 500*5 (2590) HLA - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
4+6 - - - 0 (TK) -
Saber lunges quickly to the ground, performs a even longer cinematic and does not side switch. Also give HKD. 0 on block when tk'ed.

Moon Skills

Keep in mind, all moon skills' startup (and thus overall frames) decrease by 1 when in Moon Drive. You can find a full list of MD buffs here.

First Air
First Air
6+B+C
MBTL Saber 6BC.png
MBTL Saber 6BC hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
750*2 (1357) HL (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
16 - - - -4 -
  • Hits low
Saber lunges at her opponent swinging her sword twice. This move covers a lot of distance and also has clash frames, making it a good tool for blowing through things in neutral
Wing Air
Wing Air
3+B+C
MBTL Saber 3BC.png
MBTL Saber 3BC hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
520*3 (1409) HL (EX), (J) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
13 - - - -4 -
  • The Moondrive Moonskill mash. The first hit comes out right after the startup clashing, hitting people trying to hold up on the first clash.
Elfin Dance
Elfin Dance
4+B+C
MBTL Saber 4BC.png
MBTL Saber 4BC hb.png
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Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
1200 HA EX, J - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
32 - - - -3 -
  • Overhead
Similarly to 214A, Saber runs backward however this time saber leaps into the air performing her j.C. It can be a useful can opener and is also relatively safe on block. Keep in mind however that this overhead is not as ambiguous as it looks as Saber flashes blue while doing this, which allows it to be differentiated from the 214A or 214[A].
Cross Air
Cross Air
Aerial 6+B+C
MBTL Saber j6BC.png
MBTL Saber j6BC hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
380*4 (1359) HLA (EX) - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
13 - - - -3 (TK) -

Saber descends at sonic speeds

  • Saber's most important moonskill.
  • Has the same start-up as her A divekick but performs same cinematic as her B divekick.
  • Important for post moondrive scenarios and often used to bait throws defensively and offensively

Arc Drives

The Sword of Promised Victory
The Sword of Promised Victory
236+B+C
MBTL Saber 236BC.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
3500 HL - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
14 - - - - -

The iconic noble phantasm strikes down its golden blast

  • Saber's highest damage combo ender
  • Hits fullscreen in front of Saber making it an extremely reliable confirm tool
  • Air unblockable so it can stuff out some commital approaches in the air
  • Does a lot of chip and is difficult to punish fullscreen so you'll see this used as a greedy hail mary (though its not encouraged)
Avalon
Avalon
214+B+C
MBTL Saber 214BC.png
Jiren
MBTL Saber 214BC hb.png
Jiren
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
3400 - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
- - - - - -

Saber pulls out Avalon to protect her from these game's top tiers

  • Counters all attacks, including throws, projectiles, and Heat.
  • Once activated is completely inescapable and guarantees a respectable chunk of damage
  • The strongest reversal in the game due to all the listed properties above, making Saber's defense deceptively powerful with resources
  • Difficult to whiff punish due to a lack of clarity of when she is punishable
  • Notable in matchups involving zoners since it makes her a threat even when she's pushed away

Last Arc

The Sword of Promised Victory - Sword Dance
The Sword of Promised Victory - Sword Dance
A+B+C+D
MBTL Saber ABCD.png
MBTL Saber ABCD hb.png
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Hitboxes On
Damage Guard Cancel Property Cost Attribute
4800 LH - - 4 Magic Circuit -
First Active Active Recovery Overall Advantage Invul
22 4 26 52 -14 0-25 All
  • Usable with 4 full Magic Circuit gauges, at any time while in Blood Heat, or with a successful Shield while in Blood Heat.
  • Damage in Blood Heat scales with amount of Heat Gauge remaining on activate.
  • Standard Last Arc, usually only seen as a particularly flashy combo ender, but there are stronger options
  • If the opponent survives, both players are reset to the middle of the screen, with OK-ish okizeme for Saber

Reverse Beats

Rebeat Table
Attack Chain Advantage
5B/2B 5A -3
5B/2B 2A -4
5C/2C 5A -1
5C/2C 2A -2
Gap Table
Attack Chain Frame Gap
2C 5[C] 4
5B/2B 5[C] 6

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