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    Ivy by Basel

    Updated: 01/24/03 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    Character Faq for Ivy in Soul Calibur (for Arcade and
    Dreamcast)
    
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    Isabella Valaentine
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    A Word Before We Get Down To The Real Talk:
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    What you will read down is my strategy, which means..
    it might not be workable with you as it is with me and
    may be yes. I really do not need any E-Mail(s) asking:
    "What is good or bad" since I will fully talk about
    everything about her (including combination attacks).
    Hope it will somehow be useful to you and lead your
    play or skills to a higher level.
    
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    Why Ivy?
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    Ivy is a platinum-haired warrior on a mission to
    destroy Soul Edge. Her Ivy Blade has the longest reach
    of all the weapons. It functions as a sword in close
    combat, and transforms into a whip for mid and long
    distance attacks. She is hard to use and she needs
    someone very focusd to use her perfectly. That is why
    I prefer her the most. 
    
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    Profile:
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    Name: Isabella Valaentine (Twaisting Blade of
    Solitude)
    Also Known As: Ivy
    Weapon: Snake Sword
    Weapon: Ivy Blade
    Style: Unrelated Link
    Age: 28
    Birth Date: December 10
    Family: Adoptive parents dead through sickness. Birth
    parents unknown.
    Birthplace: London, England
    Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 128 lbs.
    Blood Type: Unknown
    
    Ivy was raised with love in the house of the English
    nobles, the Valentines. However, her father Count
    Valentine died a madman, driven to insanity through an
    obsession with alchemy. 
    
    The The house of Valentine was brought down by the
    Count's insanity. Soon after her family's fall, Ivy
    learned from her mother on her deathbed that she was
    an adopted child. Ivy, however, had no interest in her
    "true parents."
    
    Ivy eventually learned about her father's research for
    the mystical sword Soul Edge and been to follow in his
    footsteps in its quest.
    
    As Ivy learned more about Soul Edge, she discovered
    its true nature and swore to destroy the demonic
    blade. She succeeded in creating a weapon for this
    purpose through ancient sorcery.
    
    To this day, she is still oblivious about her true
    lineage...
    
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    Weapon:
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    Ivy - Ivy Blade
    
    Ivy's Snake Sword called Ivy Blade has the ability to
    expand and contract at will.
    
    Ivy researched countless weapons to find one that was
    suitable for her quest to destroy Soul Adge. Based
    upon an Asian multi-segmented whip, her sword came to
    life by Nightmare's touch. Armed with this weapon, she
    embarked on her quest.
    
    But little did she know that Ivy Blade brought to life
    by the power of Soul Edge, the same sword she sought
    to destroy. She also remained ignorant of the fact
    that her own bloodline served to strengthen the sword.
    
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    Stage:
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    Valentine Mansion
    
    Count Valentine constructed the avant-grade Valentine
    Mansion by using the wealth and political contacts
    parties that showed off the prosperity of the
    Valentine family were held in the great hall where
    expensive rose-colored marble was used in great
    abundance. 
    
    However, Count Valentine was beguiled by Soul Edge's
    powers and began to squander his riches madly in its
    pursuit. It was not long before the Valentine clan
    fell into ruin. 
    
    Ivy, the adopted daughter of the Count, remains here
    alone to pursue Soul Edge by researching alchemy and
    ancient sorcery. 
    
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    Quotes:
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    1)I'll tear everything apart!
    2)Do you want more?
    3)Sing, my sword! 
    4)This sword is my treasure!
    5)Haaaa haa haa
    6)This is the end for you!
    7)There's still more!
    8)Feisty one!
    9)Behave!
    10)Dance I say, dance!
    11)Stay away, filth!
    
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    Ending:
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    "But... it can't be..."
    
    Through her battles, her permonitions proved to be
    true. Although evil had been destroyed, the sword
    would not die. The cursed blood that flowed through
    her veins was the sword's life source. However she
    felt no hesitation in coming to terms with the truth. 
    
    "I feel as though a burden on my soul had been
    lifted..."
    
    The fetters on her curse were broken and thus began a
    new unholy quest.
    
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    Legends:
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    (For Arcade)
    Horizontal Attack = A
    Vertical Attack = B
    Kick Attack = K
    Guard = G
    
    (For Dreamcast)
    Horizontal attack = X
    Vertical attack = Y
    Kick attack = B
    Guard = A
    
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    Command List:
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    "Horizontal Attacks"
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    1)Raven Bite: A
    -
    2)Raven's Beak: A A 
    -
    3)Biting Raven: A (hold)
    -
    4)Raven Butt: Forward A
    -
    5)Raven's Egg: Forward forward A
    -
    6)Cross Madness: Down/forward A
    -
    7)Cursed Mark: Down/backward or Down A
    -
    8)Menace Slice: Backward A
    -
    9)Dancing Insanity: Backward backward A
    -
    10)Menace: While rising up A
    -
    11)Freeze Gaze: Forward A+B
    -
    12)Insanity Light: Forward forward A+B
    -
    13)Eye of Madness: Down/forward A+B
    -
    14)Supressed Insanity: Down/forward A+B (max hold)
    -
    15)Eye's Retreat: During down/forward A+B (hold) press
    directional pad
    -
    16)Madness Release: Release button during down/forward
    A+B (hold)
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    17)Mominance: Down A+B
    -
    18)Razor's Bite: Down/backward A+B
    -
    19)Crucifixion: Backward backward A+B
    -
    20)Crucifixion Nail: Backward backward A+B (hold)
    -
    21)Angel Whisper: Up/forward A+B
    -
    22)God Whisper: Up/forward A+B A
    -
    23)Masquerde of Madness: From full crouch,
    Down/forward A+B
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    24)Masquerde ~ Resting Madness: From full crouch,
    Down/forward A+B (short hold)
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    25)Masquerde ~ Suppressed Insanity: From full crouch,
    Down/forward A+B (max hold)
    -
    26)Masquerde ~ Eye's Retreat: From full crouch, press
    directional pad during Down/forward A+B (hold) 
    -
    27)Masquerde ~ Madness Release: From full crouch,
    release button during Down/forward A+B (hold)
    -
    28)Ivy Loop: While rising up A+B
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    29)Demented Loop: While rising up A+B A
    -
    30)Ancient Wheel: Down/forward A+K
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    31)Ancient WheelS: Down/forward A+K A
    - 
    32)Royal Huntress: Down A+K
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    33)Serpent's Venom: Forward, down, down/forward A+K
    -
    34)Serpent's Venom (cancel): Forward, down,
    down/forward A+K G
    
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    "Vertical Attacks"
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    35)Immortal Breeze: B
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    36)Immortal Gale: B (hold)
    -
    37)Immortal Wind: B B
    -
    38)Squire's Bow: B, forward B
    -
    39)Squire's Cage: B, forward B (hold)
    -
    40)Caged Silhouette: B, forward B (hold), K
    -
    41)Ivy Thrust: Forward B
    -
    42)Ivy Lash: Forward B (hold)
    -
    43)Ivy Lick: Forward B up or up B+K
    -
    44)Silhouette: Forward B up K or up B+K K
    -
    45)Biting Ivy Inner: Forward B (hold), down
    -
    46)Biting Ivy Outer: Forward B (hold), up
    -
    47)Serpent's Breath: Forward forward B
    -
    48)Cursed Heavens: Down/forward B
    -
    49)Cursed Brand: Down B
    -
    50)Poison Leaf: Down/backward B
    -
    51)Poison Ivy (close range): Down/backward B (hold)
    -
    52)Poison Ivy (long range): Down/backward B (hold)
    -
    53)Ivy Bite: Backward B
    -
    54)Darckside: Backward backward B
    -
    55)Venom Lash: Down, down/backward, backward B
    -
    56)Ivy Masquerade: From full crouch, Down/forward B
    -
    57)Ivy Masquerade Lash: From full crouch, Down/forward
    B (hold)
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    58)Pride: From full crouch, Down/backward B
    -
    59)Shameless: While rising up B
    -
    60)Embrace of Guilt: Forward B+K (hold)
    -
    61)Fear's Void: Down/backward or Down or Down/forward
    B+K
    -
    62)Heel Explosion: Backward B+K
    -
    63)Heel Explosion (cancel): Backward B+K G
    -
    64)Exile: Backward backward B+K
    -
    65)Suppressed Exile: Backward backward B+K (max hold)
    -
    66)Exile Release: Release button during Backward
    backward B+K (max hold)
    -
    67)Asylum: While rising up B+K (Guard Impact is
    Possible)
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    68)Spiral Embrace: Backward B A (Guard Impact is
    Possible)
    -
    69)Spiral Punishment: Backward B A, B (Guard Impact is
    Possible)
    -
    70)Spiral Dominance: Backward B A, B "hold" (Guard
    Impact is Possible)
    
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    "Kick Attacks"
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    71)Night Swallow: K
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    72)Raven Knee: Forward K
    -
    73)Mind Shatter: Forward forward K
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    74)Black Mind Shatter: Forward forward K (hold)
    -
    75)Foul Kick: Down/forward K
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    76)Rage Kick: Down/forward K (hold)
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    77)Charmer Silhouette: Down K
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    78)Serpent Silhouette: Down, down/forward K
    -
    79)Evil Sparrow: Down/backward K
    -
    80)Raven Catcher: Backward K
    -
    81)Diving Raven: Backward backward K
    -
    82)Pleasure: K down
    -
    83)Rising Cross: While rising up K
    -
    84)Nail Cross: From full crouch, Down/forward K
    
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    "8 Way Run Attacks"
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    85)Raven's Egg: While running, Forward A
    -
    86)Wolf Lash Outer: While running, Down/forward A
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    87)Wolf Lash Inner: While running, Up/forward A
    -
    88)Ancient Wheel: While running, Down/backward or
    up/backward A
    -
    89)Ancient Wheels: While running, Down/backward or
    up/backward A A
    -
    90)Dancing Insanity: While running, Backward A
    -
    91)Insanity Light: While running, Down or up A... or
    while running, Forward A+B
    -
    92)Crucifixion: While running, Backward A+B
    -
    93)Crucifixion Nail: While running, Backward A+B
    (hold)
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    94)Serpent's Breath: While running, Forward B
    -
    95)Poison Leaf: While running, Down/forward or
    up/forward B
    -
    96)Poison Ivy (close range): While running,
    Down/forward or up/forward B (hold)
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    97)Poison Ivy (long range): While running,
    Down/forward or up/forward B (hold)
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    98)Drowning Madness: While running, Up or down B
    -
    99)Darkside: While running, Down/backward or backward
    or up/backward B
    -
    100)Embrace of Guilt: While running, Forward B+K
    -
    101)Embrace of Lust: While running, Forward B+K (hold)
    -
    102)Exile: While running, Backward B+K
    -
    103)Suppressed Exile: While running, Backward B+K (max
    hold)
    -
    104)Exile Retreat: While running, press directional
    pad during Backward B+K (hold)
    -
    105)Exile Release: While running, release button
    during Backward B+K (hold)
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    106)Sliding: While running, Forward K
    -
    107)Evil Sparrow: While running, Down/forward or
    up/forward K 
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    108)Royal Huntress: While running, Down or up K
    -
    109)Ramble Sobat: While running, Down/backward or
    up/backward K
    -
    110)Diving Raven: While running, Backward K
    -
    111)Lamenting Tail: While running in any direction
    with whip A+B
    -
    112)Pleasure Lash: While running in any direction with
    whip B+K
    
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    "Throw Attacks"
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    113)Primal Dominance: Approaching Enemy A+G
    -
    114)Dominion Throw: Approaching Enemy B+G
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    115)Heartless Guide: Approaching Enemy from left side
    A+G or B+G
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    116)Sunset Cradle: Approaching Enemy from right side
    A+G or B+G
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    117)Sweet Dominance: Approaching Enemy from behind A+G
    or B+G
    -
    118)Summon Suffering: Approaching Enemy Down/forward,
    up/backward, forward, down, down/forward,
    down/backward A+B
    -
    119)Biting Raven: A "hold" (during long range counter
    hit)
    -
    120)Insanity Light: Forward forward A+B (attack throw
    occurs only if hit connects at close range)
    -
    121)Insanity Feast: Forward forward A+B then backward
    (attack throw occurs only if hit connects at close
    range)
    -
    122)Embrace of Lust (short range): Forward B+K (hold)
    -
    123)Embrace of Lust (long range): Forward B+K (hold)
    -
    124)Ivy Lick: While enemy is in mid-air, Forward B up
    or up B+K
    -
    125)Squire's Cage: While enemy is in mid-air, B
    forward B (hold)
    -
    126)Insanity Light: While running, Up or down A
    (attack throw occurs only if hit connects at close
    range)
    -
    127)Insanity Feast: While running, Up or down A then
    backward (attack throw occurs only if hit connects at
    close range)
    -
    128)Lamenting Tail: During whip state A+K (attack
    throw occurs only if hit connects at long range)
    -
    129)Lamenting Tail: While running in any direction
    with whip A+K (attack throw occurs only if hit
    connects at close range)
    
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    "Special Attacks"
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    130)Punishment Change ~ Whip to Sword: Down,
    down/forward, forward or down, down/backward, backward
    (weapon shape changes)
    -
    131)Pleasure Change: A+B (Guard Impact & weapon shape
    change occurs)
    -
    132)Lamenting Tail: During whip state A+K
    -
    133)Lamenting Tail: While running in any direction
    with whip A+K
    -
    134)Pleasure Lash: During whip state B+K
    -
    135)Ivy Custom Combo: Forward K, forward B (hold)
    down, backward backward A, backward B A B (hold),
    up/forward A+B A, down, down/backward, backward B
     
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    Strategy:
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    Ivy is a character that depends on her long range
    moves more than the close range ones. She has so many
    good and damaging moves but they need to be used
    correctly in time or you will be wide open for your
    opponent to knock you off. You have to keep your
    opponent away as long as you could so that you can own
    the match from the very start. How? I will tell you
    how. 
    
    You need to know ALL her moves and I mean all... even
    the Pleasure Change because it helps sometimes. I am
    very sure that many characters do not need to use some
    of their moves because they are not that useful.
    Unlike Ivy, she needs all her moves so that you can do
    okay in your matches... the close and long range moves
    of course. May be the Custom Combo can be put away. 
    
    Anyway, if you want to not be attacked, you must
    ATTACK endlessly. It is quite known for all the guys
    that this method is the best. Ivy may be is good in
    close range attack but she is WAY better in long range
    attacks. In order to keep distance between you and
    your opponent you must first know very well how to
    move your character perfectly. So, yes... you must
    learn her Step and 8 Way Run attacks too. You see! I
    said everything, didn't I?
    
    Okay, Ivy's Suppressed Exile is the greatest move so
    far for mid-air combos. But it is quite hard to get
    anybody with it. You can do it if your character is
    confused and if he or she does the 8 Way Run, simply
    cancel it with the Exile Retreat. This move also hits
    too for your good information. If your opponent is so
    tricky (to get close to you), do her Biting Ivy Inner
    or Biting Ivy Outer (depending of your opponent's
    movement). And try not to let your opponent read
    you... always change your ways in attacking. Start
    with either Biting Ivy then Darkside, Poison Ivy and
    then Venom Lash. Venom Lash is so fast and it is very
    helpful, really. Also her Embrace of Lust is great,
    because it will help you to take some good damage from
    your opponent. Also you can do Summon Suffering after
    it (if the opponent is defending). If you are so fast
    enough, believe me that the Summon Suffering will come
    in handy to you in the game. Most of the time I do
    it... I do not do any other normal throws. 
    
    Just Summon Suffering alone is good for me... I am so
    fast and I do it whenever I see any mistake from my
    opponent. But of course when I am cornered and the
    opponent wants to Ring Out me, I just easily do her
    Primal Dominance. Do not forget that her Silhouette is
    GREAT to do after Exile, Pride, God Whisper and with
    the flying opponents like Taki. Remember that after
    the Angel Whisper you do not have to proceed with the
    God Whisper... you can do Demented Loop or Asylum
    instead. Depending on what is better for you, you can
    do the Demented Loop after Ivy Loop and not and just
    do Venom Lash. You are now in close range, so you
    should use what is better and harsher for you. Also
    her Ancient Wheels are great and fast, and cancel the
    first Wheel. You do not need to always crouch to do
    the "While Rising Up moves", just do the moves that
    makes you in a crouching position like Diving Raven,
    Heel Explosion, Angel Whisper or Pride. But of course
    you need to use them wisely. Her Darkside move is
    great if you are planning on running away from your
    opponent. You can use Lamenting Tail also when you see
    your opponent is hungry for attacking you after the
    harshness you gave him or her to keep him or her away.
    Spiral Punishment can be in handy if your opponent is
    on the ground or using the 8 Way Run Attack and it has
    self Guard Impact. Also to confuse your opponent you
    can cancel the unblockable moves and FAST attack. The
    Crucifixion move is fast and good. Use it when you
    can.
    
    Do not just be stupid and run away madly whenever you
    see your opponent near you, their are characters that
    can be close to you in a flash and a lot, which means
    many times... like Taki. She can easily jump to you
    when you do any wrong move and she is fast enough to
    get near you. So you should learn how to keep your
    butt alive while you are fighting your opponent in a
    close range battle. It is kind of easy to do so, but
    know that your moves' damage won't be the same as the
    attacks from long range moves. But at least you are
    still fighting to keep Ivy alive and clear out the bad
    idea that people have against Ivy (bad close range
    character). 
    
    In close range, use the best and less lag moves like,
    Immortal Wind,, Caged Silhouette, Serpent's Breath,
    Cursed Heavens, Ivy Bite, Venom Lash, Ivy Loop,
    Ancient Wheels, Royal Huntress, Rising Cross, Nail
    Cross, Mind Shatter, Raven Catcher, Raven's Beak,
    Raven's Egg, Cursed Mark, Menace, Pride, Freeze Gaze,
    Angel Whisper, Masquerade ~ Resting Madness and many
    more. They all are good to use and will be so helpful
    for you to do something good in a close range battle
    with Taki for example. Do not believe those who say
    she is bad when it comes down to close battles. It all
    depends on you, you can always make them wrong and do
    something to prove that you are right. Yes, she might
    not deal some good damage but still she can stay alive
    and do something. Do not forget that you have the
    Guard Impact that will help you a lot. And with the
    juggle combos, just move to the area that your
    opponent is not in so that you can avoid any other hit
    that might get you out of the ring. 
    
    You have to know the Step and 8 Way Run, Throw Escaps,
    Air Control, Mid-Air Juggle Combos, Guard Impact,
    Countering Guard impact, Quick Roll, Unblockable
    Moves, Soul Charge, Counter Hit Types, Attack
    attributes and Guarding and moves while you are down
    because they are the lead for your very sure victory. 
    
    Always remember, Ivy is tougher and stronger whenever
    she screams while she is performing some great moves,
    so always try to keep her screaming and yelling until
    your opponent is completely dead or at least very
    LOST. 
    
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    Combos:
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    I will only write the names' moves (not the commands),
    I have always been so... so if anybody is not good
    with it, you can see the command list above and then
    check here again. I will list every good, bad, short,
    long, easy and hard combos. I really will not bother
    to look for sites to put any of their combos in here.
    I like to see my work completely original, but you
    might know all the combos... I will put it just for
    Ivy's fans' sake. 
    
    1)Exile, Fear's Void
    -
    2)Exile, Silhouette
    -
    3)Fear's Void, Pleasure
    -
    4)Supressed Insanity, Squire's Cage
    -
    5)Pride, B, Silhouette
    -
    6)Pride, B, Squire's Cage
    -
    7)Evil Sparrow, Razor's Bite
    -
    8)Exile, Pleasure Lash
    -
    9)God Whisper, Silhouette
    -
    10)Madness Release, Darkside
    -
    11)Cursed Heavens, Immortal Wind
    -
    12)Supressed Insanity, Spiral Embrace
    -
    13)Supressed Insanity, Asylum
    -
    14)Supressed Insanity, Ancient Wheels
    -
    15)God Whisper, Ancient Wheels
    -
    16)Madness Release, Raven's Beak
    
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    Last Word:
    ---------------
    
    Okay, Finally... it is finished. Hope I was helpful
    and useful to you. If anybody wants to use anything,
    by all means do so, but tell me so first before you do
    that. And if anybody have any doubts about any
    combination attack or cannot perform any, kindly,
    E-Mail me and I will explain it more clearly to you.
    Remember, do not stick with the rules a lot... Screw
    The Rules.
    
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    Special Thanks:
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    1)To Namco for this great game.
    2)To Gamefaqs.
    3)To all Ivy's fans, because without them, I would
    never have bothered myself to write anything at all.
    4)To all my friends for the encouragement. 
    
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    Soul Calibur is Copyright Namco Corporation and. This
    document Copyright 2003 Basel <Mr_Basel@yahoo.com>
    
    If you need to contact me to add or ask me about
    anything, E-Mail me at Mr_Basel@yahoo.com or
    Mr_Geese@hotmail.com
    
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