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Soulcalibur VI/Mitsurugi/Strategy

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Combat Lessons

Fighting Style

Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai is a fighting style developed for use with the katana, a balanced blade with a razor-sharp cutting edge. The style employs a wide variety of offensive and defensive techniques, and a master in its use will never find themselves at a disadvantage—no matter what weapon their opponent wields, or the distance between them. Of particular note is the style's strength at close range; its powerful low and middle attacks can shred through even the strongest defense.

In addition to the Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai's basic stance, the style boasts two other unique stances: "Mist" and "Relic." Quickly switching from stance to stance allows a clever swordsman to catch their opponent off guard. The sheer variety of different techniques in Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai shows just how eager its creator was to learn new skills, and the style's constantly-evolving repertoire is perhaps its most powerful asset.

Style Lesson: Beginner

High Guard Breaking Power

At close range, use the low attack Leap of the Loach (1BB) or Stalk Shaver (1KB). If your opponent guards low, hit them with a Heaven Cannon (3B) for a lethal hit, leaving them open to a damaging combo. Getting close to your opponent and breaking through their guard is the key to victory.


Leap of the Loach
1BB
Sc 1.pngSc B.pngSc B.png 1BB - Attack Level: Sc L.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
20 16,25 -28 -10 -10 9.17%
2nd Hit does 35 damage when close
Stalk Shaver
1KB
Sc 1.pngSc K.pngSc B.png 1KB - Attack Level: Sc L.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
18 20,20 -26 -14 -14 8.3%
Normal Hit Combo, 44 damage with just frame
Heaven Cannon
3B
Sc 3.pngSc B.png 3B - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
18 26 -14 LNC LNC 8.9%
can be i19 and -13 at tip range. Tech Crouch[11-13]. Sc LH.png Against Crouch Block

Closing Distance

You can close the gap between you and your opponent by performing a Swift Edge (33_66_99AA) or a Bell Breaker (66K). Alternatively, use a Shin Slicer (1A) to duck under your opponent's high attacks.

Swift Edge
33_66_99AA
Sc 33.pngSc 5.pngSc 66.pngSc 5.pngSc 99.pngSc A.pngSc A.png (3)_(6)_(9)AA - Attack Level: Sc H.pngSc H.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
20 12,14 -8 8 8 3.34%
Bell Breaker
66K
Sc 66.pngSc K.png (6)K - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
16 20 -8 10 10 2.92%
Shin Slicer
1A
Sc 1.pngSc A.png 1A - Attack Level: Sc L.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
34 34 -14 8 8 9.17%
Tech Crouch[6-51]. Sc LH.png Whiff punish Sc H.png attack

Close Combat Basics

When fighting up close, you need to attack your opponent with a quick strike before breaking their guard. Use an Air Tale (2B) or Double Binder (6AA), a useful move against side-stepping opponents, to get them to guard, then move in for the kill.

Air Tale
2B
Sc 2.pngSc B.png 2B - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
14 14 -6 4 4 2.92%
i13 against grounded or in special situations
Double Binder
6AA
Sc 6.pngSc A.pngSc A.png 6AA - Attack Level: Sc H.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
16 14,26 2 6 6 3.34%

Style Lesson: Adept

Crush Your Opponent's Guard with Fire Brand

If an opponent defends using a reversal edge, you can turn the tables with a break attack by using the following combination: Double Binder ~ Relic (6[A]) to Fire Brand (during Relic B). Alternatively, you can aim for a counter hit with a Drawn Breath ~ Mist (4[A]) into a Cloud Cutter (during Mist BBBB).

Double Binder ~ Relic
6[A]
Sc 6.pngSc AA.png 6(A) - Attack Level: Sc H.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
16 14 0 8 8 1.67%
Sc SS.png into RLC
RLC ~ Fire Brand
RLC B
RLC Sc B.png B - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
20 26 4 STN STN 9.17%
Sc BA.png. Sc LH.png After Guard Crush
Drawn Breath ~ Mist
4[A]
Sc 4.pngSc AA.png 4(A) - Attack Level: Sc H.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
20 20 -2 8 8 4.17%
Sc SS.png into MST
MST ~ Cloud Cutter
MST BBBB
MST Sc B.pngSc B.pngSc B.pngSc B.png BBBB - Attack Level: Sc H.pngSc H.pngSc H.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
8 8,8,8,20 -18 4 LNC 15.43%

Style Lesson: Master

Exploit Your Opponent's Mistakes with Rib Ripper

If your opponent launches an attack that misses, punish them with a Rib Ripper (22_88A). It will count as a lethal hit, leaving them open to a damaging combo. The move is also useful if your opponent feints in response to, for example, a Swift Edge (33_66_99AA), or if they perform a reversal edge against a Heaven Cannon (3B). When evading attacks with an 8~way run, keep the Rib Ripper in mind.

Rib Ripper
22_88A
Sc 22.pngSc 5.pngSc 88.pngSc A.png (2)_(8)A - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
26 16 -12 4 4 4.17%
Sc LH.png on Whiff punish

Shura Blade

Performing a Critical Edge or Shura's Embrace (while soul charged 8B+K) will trigger a special powered-up state called Shura Blade. With Shura Blade active, you can perform Step Sinister Divide (during Shura Blade 236B+K), a move with a quick start-up, or follow up with the highly damaging Heaven's Advance (during During Shura Blade while rising B+KB), among other options.

Shura's Embrace
SC 8B+K
SC Sc 8.pngSc B.pngSc +.pngSc K.png 8B+K - Attack Level:
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
- - - - - -
Ends SC early. Triggers Shura Blade.
SS ~ Step Sinister Divide
Shura 236B+K
Sc 2.pngSc 3.pngSc 6.png 236 - Attack Level:
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
- - - - - -
Sc SS.png
SS Shura Sc B.pngSc +.pngSc K.png B+K - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
12 36 -22 KND KND 9.17%
Heaven's Advance
Shura wr B+KB
WR Shura Sc B.pngSc +.pngSc K.pngSc B.png B+KB - Attack Level: Sc M.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
24 65 -8 LNC LNC 11.25%
During Shura Blade

Shura Blade will deactivate at the start of the next round, so try to activate it as soon as you can in a battle.

Critical Edge

Thunderbolt Blade

Properties

A swift middle attack that deals a large amount of damage. After launching your opponent into the air with, for example, a Heaven Cannon (3B), you can use a Thunderbolt Blade to juggle them. This move is also useful after blocking a big attack that leaves your opponent open. After the move, Shura Blade will also trigger.

Thunderbolt Blade
A+B+K
Sc A.pngSc +.pngSc B.pngSc +.pngSc K.png A+B+K - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
14 76 -20 LNC LNC 10%
Triggers Shura Blade, Ukemi possible. Sc CE.png
Tips

Thunderbolt Blade is best used after a combo starter like Heaven Cannon (3B) or Sky Dance (during Mist 4B). Additionally, if your opponent tries to launch a move up close, its speed gives you the upper hand.

MST ~ Sky Dance
MST 4B
MST Sc 4.pngSc B.png 4B - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
20 20 -10 LNC LNC 9.17%

Soul Charge

Extreme Break Attack Capabilities

The middle attack Nirvana Cannon (during soul charge 3BB) and the low attack Harvest Dance (during soul charge 1KBB) can be used, boosting your offensive close-range abilities. The soul charge is an effective way of claiming victory in one fell swoop.

Nirvana Cannon
SC 3BB
SC Sc 3.pngSc B.pngSc B.png 3BB - Attack Level: Sc M.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
18 26,20 1 LNC LNC 19.75%
Sc BA.png, 2nd hit can be delayed. LH. Sc BA.png
Harvest Dance
SC 1KBB
SC Sc 1.pngSc K.pngSc B.pngSc B.png 1KBB - Attack Level: Sc L.pngSc M.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
18 20,28,22 -23 KND KND 20.25%

Punish Your Opponent with Enhanced Moves

During a soul charge, moves such as the Phoenix Tail (33_66_99A+B) and Obedience (kB) become break attacks that cannot be defended against with reversal edges. Additionally, the horizontal middle attack Feint L (bA) does increased damage and is easier to land from far away. Master these techniques and use them to enhance your close-range guard breaking abilities.

Exploding Flame Roar
SC 33_66_99A+B
SC Sc 33.pngSc 5.pngSc 66.pngSc 5.pngSc 99.pngSc A.pngSc +.pngSc B.png (3)_(6)_(9)A+B - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
30 57 0 KND KND 14.45%
Sc BA.png
Roaring Top
SC kB
SC Sc k.pngSc B.png kB - Attack Level: Sc M.pngSc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
19 22,41 4 KND KND 14.8%
Sc BA.png
Tear Step
SC bA
SC Sc b.pngSc A.png bA - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
23 35,10 -20 10 KND 9.17%
Sc AT.png on hit

Full Moon Glow

A slashing soul attack that puts you to a soul charged state. Landing a hit with it in an air combo will ground the opponent, meaning you can break your opponent's guard with soul charge techniques and possibly deal even more damage.

Full Moon Glow
236A+B+K
Sc 2.pngSc 3.pngSc 6.pngSc A.pngSc +.pngSc B.pngSc +.pngSc K.png 236A+B+K - Attack Level: Sc M.png
Impact Damage Block Hit Counter Guard Burst
16 24 -2 8 8 9%
Air Hit +4, Forces Crouch on Hit

Reversal Edge

Following Up with A

Your most damaging follow-up attack is AAA. It sends your opponent flying — useful for ring out strategies. After the attack, Shura Blade will also trigger.

Following Up with B

A successful hit gives you the chance to break your opponent's guard from up close. When your soul gauge is full, you can combo with a critical edge.

Following Up with K

You have both middle and low attacks at your disposal to use to break your opponent's guard.