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Xianghua's playful fighting style focuses on feints, giving credence to her catchphrase "Just kidding!". While she lacks in damage, she has the tools to worm her way into an enemy's mind, conditioning them to expect one option while hitting them with another, then feinting that option into yet another option - constantly twisting the opponent's expectations and putting their reactions to the test.
If you thoroughly learn Xianghua's entire movelist and also know the opponent's moves' framedata, you can win. Until you reach that point, she suffers from fake pressure (if they block, you essentially lose your turn unless you condition them to believe you were doing a different blockstring), and her mixups can generally just be eaten by standing Guard, as her lows don't actually lead to damage most of the time. Once you know which of your opponent's moves you can punish with her i12 Critical Edge and how to cancel into stances at unpredictable times, your opponent will begin complaining about her.
|Xianghua would not recognize her own father if he were to pass her in the street, because her mother had never really spoken of him. Xianghua's mother was from the prestigious Chai family in Beijing, and taught Xianghua swordsmanship from a young age, treating her with a firm but loving hand. Xianghua sensed these moments held some deeper significance than her mother was letting on... Perhaps it had something to do with her father, she surmised. Two years after her mother's death, she decided to focus on the way of the sword. With every passing day, her passion burned ever more strongly.|