Kick Ass With Nightmare: A Comprehensive FAQ Version 5.0 Created: 3:52 PM 11/4/02 By Allyourbase Contact: email@example.com Soul Calibur forum handle: "Omnislash" *********** Legal Stuff *********** Nightmare, Siegfried and other characters mentioned in this FAQ are the property of Namco. Soul Calibur and Soul Calibur 2 are the expressed trademarks of Namco. This FAQ is the expressed intellectual property of Allyourbase (AKA Emmanuel Lopez) and any infringement on copyright laws is bad. Readers may save or print out this FAQ as long as it is done only for private use. If you would like to post this FAQ on your site, please email me and let me know what you intend to do. Any attempt to post this FAQ without giving me credit is obviously against the law. So don't try it, or else you will get dropkicked! This FAQ appears in: - GameFAQs.com - FAQs.IGN.com If found anywhere else, I will personally email you demanding you take it down. If not, keep in mind there are harsh penalties for copyright infringement. To make sure the text is properly formatted check below 1234567890 abcdefghij If the above text lines up, you're free to go! ***************** Table of Contents ***************** I. Introduction/Why I made this FAQ II. Version History III. Getting to Know Nightmare IV. Why Be Nightmare? V. Movelist VI. Move Analysis VII. Advanced Tactics VIII. Character-specific Strategies IX. Closing Remarks X. Thanks and Dedications ************ Introduction ************ I first started playing Soul Calibur when the original came to arcades in 1997. Although the game "Soul Blade" had been out on Playstation for a while, I was more of a Tekken geek at the time. My initial reaction to SC1 was, "Oh look, Tekken with swords." I was in for a pleasant surprise. Instead, Namco was able to take some ideas from Tekken and turn it into a whole new game. My first choice of character was Nightmare, because he looked so damn scary wielding a huge sword with an eyeball in it. And so I learned and progressed, experiencing both triumph and defeat. A while passed before I could play SC again, because I didn't have a Dreamcast. When I heard SC2 was coming to arcades in July 2002, I felt a strange euphoria. Now I'm not exactly the greatest Nightmare player in the world, but I feel this guide is an accurate compilation of everything good Nightmare players say and do. This guide should be your stepping stone towards getting a better understanding of how Nightmare operates and how to make him an effective fighter for you. *************** Version History *************** 10:40 AM 9/26/03 - Added "FC/WS Out of Stances" section. 8:19 AM 9/8/03 - Just because somebody's in school doesn't mean they have to study all the time right? I'm waiting for class to start, so I'll go ahead and start the section "BT Just Frames." 3:59 PM 9/7/03 - I've completed the "Nailing the 1FS" and "The Not-So-Secret 3[B]:2G Trick." I've also updated the movelist to include the moves added in the console versions. 7:30 PM 9/5/03 - As promised, there are a whole slew of updates. The question is, are you ready? 9:36 PM 8/26/03 - I had to wait forever in line to get it, but I finally have the U.S. PS2 version. Mmm... English voice acting. 7:26 PM 5/16/03 - You heard right, I took my last final exam today! No school for the summer! Two more months till the SC2 U.S. release. I wonder if they have any more new features to add? 3:05 PM 5/06/03 - Revised the entire FAQ to comply with the new stuff in the console version of SC2. FYI, I have the PS2 version. It's sooo much fun! 3:07 PM 4/26/03 - Started the "WS [B]/3[B] Punishment" section. 3:34 PM 4/13/03 - Work commences on V4.0. 2:18 PM 3/31/03 - I've completed the "Got You Step" section. Now to move onto the tougher strat. Eh... I'll try to be quick and thorough this time. 5:00 PM 3/19/03 - War... is here. Let us all take the time to wish the men and women serving in the armed forces a speedy and safe return home. 3:21 PM 3/14/03 - Finally completed the "Nightmare Can Combo Too" section. I will now focus on the other sections I promised I'd put in there. 7:51 PM 3/10/03 - Sorry the updates are so far and few now. I'm still working the kinks out of the sections and finding more guaranteed combos. I'm sure I'll get this done sometime... 8:17 PM 2/5/03 - Man, evening classes are such a killer. I'll try to get some work started on the "Got You Step," "Nightmare Can Combo Too" and "Character Specific Strategies." In the meanwhile, my main focus is to correct some factual errors I might have made. 6:17 PM 1/24/03 - Finished the sections "8WR Buffering", "Soul Charge Strategies" and "iFC/iWS Setups", along with some other sections I probably forgot to name. With school hogging all my free time, I anticipate a major slowdown in FAQ work. 12:24 PM 1/10/03 - Started working on the "Advanced Tactics" section. 4:03 PM 1/5/03 - Whew! That was one of the most spectacular comeback victories I've ever seen! The Niners rock! Finished the "Move Analysis" section! 1:43 PM 1/4/03 - NFL playoffs start. I'll try my best to write and watch the games. Go Niners! 10:35 AM 1/1/03 - Happy New Year! I feel so trashed. I think I'll go back to sleep. 7:03 PM 12/30/02 - No actual update. Today is Kristin Kreuk's birthday. Isn't this a holiday somewhere? No?!? Well, it should be! 1:58 PM 18/9/02 - Final exams are coming around the corner. Yes! More free time! 7:16 PM 12/5/02 - Expect work to slow down for the holidays. At least finals are around the corner, so I should have a lot of free time. It's getting tough to do move analysis. Your friends only want to be punching bags for so long. 5:57 PM 11/17/02 - No real reason to say anything. Just finished watching "Smallville." Thank god they rerun that show every Sunday. Kristin Kreuk... damn... that girl is too gorgeous for words. [drools] Oh sorry, back to work! 8:58 PM 11/16/02 - Thanks go out to Donny Chan for finding out Nightmare's voice acting for me. Thanks dude! If you're a Cassandra fan (like me), or want to learn her (also like me), I suggest scoping out his Cassandra FAQ at <http://www.gamefaqs.com>. 7:26 PM 11/13/02 - I have completed Version 1.0 of "Kick Ass With Nightmare: A Comprehensive FAQ." I will now move on to V2.0, complete with "Move Analysis." Bon apetit! 2:52 PM 11/12/02 - Whew! Completed the whole entire movelist! Wrote the "Closing Remarks" section before the "Stance Roulette For Dummies" section. Isn't that doing things backwards? 6:05 PM 11/11/02 - Let's take a moment to honor the soldiers who have fought to protect our country and to honor those who out right now doing the same thing. 4:25 PM 11/4/02 - "Kick Ass With Nightmare: A Comprehensive FAQ" is born. I think I spent enough money to know just about everything there is to know about Night. Get the coffee ready! This will take a long ass time... ************************* Getting to Know Nightmare ************************* =========== Information =========== [the following information was taken from <http://www.soulcalibur.com>] Age: Unknown Weapon: Soul Edge Zweihander Weapon Name: Soul Edge (Male) Discipline: Original Birth Place: Unknown Birth Date: Unknown Parents: Unknown Other Family: Unknown Height: 5' 6" Weight: 209 lbs Blood Type: Unknown ======== Costumes ======== 1P - Nightmare wears a full suit of dark blue armor, with the visor down. The most noticeable thing is the blood-red hair on the back of his head and the horns on his helm. Otherwise, he looks like any other knight running around with a big-ass sword and a mutated right arm. A big-ass sword with a demonic eyeball in it anyway. 2P - This costume looks more like Siegfried, who Nightmare was before he came into possession of Soul Edge. He only wears the bottom half of his armor along with a light purple outer tunic. His sword doesn't look like Soul Edge, but rather a mutated version of a Zweihander. Night's chest is exposed and you can see there's a freaky lookin' eyeball on his chest. Yuck... 3P (console only) - This costume IS Siegfried from SC1. Surprised? I'm not. It's nice, but I was hoping something more original would be in the console. Oh well. ============ Voice Acting ============ Note: Thanks to Donny Chan for finding these out for me. Japanese version - Hiyama Nobuyuki (Nobuyuki also voiced Nightmare and Siegfried in the original SC game) English version - Ted D'Agostino =============== Character Story =============== At one time, Nightmare committed countless cold-blooded murders while under the control of Soul Edge. All who knew of him feared his crimson gaze and his strange, one-eyed, giant blade. Originally, he was the leader of a group of brigands known as the Black Wind, whose stronghold was located in the Black Forest near the Roman Empire. It was news of his father's death that drove him from his marauding lifestyle, resolving to find his father's killer. Hearing word of a sword known as Soul Edge, he became convinced that he could slay his father's murderer if he found this ultimate weapon. He searched through the battlegrounds in every region he traveled. Eventually, he came across a sword in a Spanish harbor that emitted a strange aura beside the corpse of its owner, who appeared to be a pirate. The dead body returned to life, covered in flames, as if to protect the sword. Upon defeating the apparition, he reached for the hilt of the mysterious blade. It was then that he heard the voice of Soul Edge, the sword that feeds on souls. It told him that if he used the souls absorbed by the sword, he would be able to resurrect his father. Accepting his new goal, the man's body began to surge with the evil energy of the sword. The energy became a beautiful pillar of light that pierced the evening sky and dissipated into the atmosphere. From that moment on, the man became Nightmare, the evil knight who would strike fear into every corner of Europe. Having determined that the power Soul Edge had at that moment was insufficient to revive his father, Nightmare attacked village after village to nourish the blade. Not satisfied, he sought out those with strong souls to feed the evil sword. The killings ended three years later, when Nightmare came across three sacrifices for his blade. One of them wielded a spirit sword called Soul Calibur, which possessed an aura that was the polar opposite of the evil power emitted by Soul Edge. The battle between the swordsmen took place in a vortex of hellfire and evil energy summoned by Soul Edge. After a raging battle, the evil sword shattered, and both Nightmare and Soul Edge fell into the collapsing void. With Soul Edge severely weakened, Nightmare regained some of his humanity. Along with lucidity came the horrifying memories of the sins he committed, as well as the fear and anger of those who were slaughtered by him. Moreover, he realized that he had been the one who murdered his father. Expelled from the void into an unfamiliar place, Nightmare disappeared into the night-the evil sword still in his grip. But Soul Edge was weaker now, and splinters of itself were left in Nightmare's footsteps. He knew Soul Edge must never fall into the hands of another man. He set off to go as far away as possible from human settlements. Yet each morning, he awakened to the sight of people slain by him during the night. While he slept, Soul Edge took over his mind and flesh, and he was burdened by this new guilt. Nevertheless, he did not choose to take his own life and end things easily. He knew that if he died, the sword would only find a new host to continue its evil ways. The only solution was to find a place where the evil could be imprisoned forever. Initially, the balance of power between him and the sword were equal. But as time wore on, his control over his body became irregular, and the sword held sway over him for slightly longer periods of time. The number of those who fell victim to the blade continued to grow. The sword healed itself gradually by feeding off the victims' souls. After four years, the sword had nearly recovered to full strength. The fragments of itself lost during its escape...The evil energy dispersed as the Evil Seed-Soul Edge's shattered companion blade-the other Soul Edge... With dominant control over its host body, Soul Edge, once again in the form of "Nightmare," began to pursue the fragments of itself that it had lost. It was on a quest to restore itself completely! But at the same time, he continued to fight the evil sword's plans with the little sanity left within him. ***************** Why Be Nightmare? ***************** Flat-out, simply stated, Nightmare (or Siegfried) is awesome. He has great power and is fairly easy to use, like Mitsurugi. Both are usually stereotyped as "beginner characters." Don't let that fool you. Despite their short learning curves, it's not impossible for either to be viable for high-level play. A short learning curve just means you'll have more time to perfect your play. Nightmare has the edge over Mitsurugi in terms of power, and you won't feel like a doofus when playing as Night. Nighty's range is up there with Kilik and Astaroth's; only Ivy can out-reach him. As such, he is a force to be reckoned with. In addition, he also has the tools necessary to survive close-quarters skirmishes to a limited degree. Night's wakeup game is among the best in the game; he has the firepower to dispense a beatdown on grounded opponents. Finally, Nightmare has a great ring out game, which can give you the psychological edge when fighting around the edges. If you're not sold on that, here's a final tidbit; Nightmare looks and plays intimidating. Now are you satisfied? ******** Movelist ******** Before we dive into the movelist, I would advise you to visit <http://www.guardimpact.com> to get a feel for game basics. Also, this will make my notations seem less foreign. Before we continue, I must define some Nightmare specific terms. NBS - Night Back Stance. This is where Nightmare has his sword behind his back. NBSR - Night Back Stance Running. Same as NBS, except Nightmare is running. NLS - Night Lower Stance. Nightmare is kneeling with the sword on the ground. NSSl - Night Side Stance Left. Nightmare is standing with the sword resting by his hip. In this stance, the sword in on his left side. NSSr - Night Side Stance Right. Same as NSSl, except the sword's resting by his right side. ====== Throws ====== Name Position Command Escape Misc. Hilt Impact front G+A A RO Soul Devour front G+B B Calamity Fall left G+A_G+B A_B RO Unholy Terror right G+A_G+B A_B RO Witch Hunt back G+A_G+B n/a #1 Flap Jack front L FC,G+A_G+B A_B RO Notes: #1: Only Voldo and Astaroth can escape. ================ Standard Attacks ================ Name Command Range Misc. Evil Eye a6 h CFS; CONSOLE ONLY Slash A h G-cancel Slash [A] h ends in NSSr Slash Cross A,A*B h,h,M delay last hit for GC Slash Cross A,A*[B] h,h,M ends in NLS Quick Back Spin Slash agA h RO Quick Back Spin Slash ag[A] h,L RO; ends in NSSl Double Grounder A2AA h,L,L Double Grounder A2a4 h,L ends in NBS Spin Slash 6A h RO Spin Slash 6[A] h RO; ends in NSSr Right Slasher 66A h Dark Bite 3A h GI's h/m attacks; #1 Leg Hack 2A l recovers crouching Shadow Slicer 1A L can RO; delay by [A] Backspin Slash 4A h G-cancel Baskspin Slash 4[A] h,L ends in NSSL; G-cancel Splitter B M G-cancel Splitter [B] M G-cancel; ends in NLS Splitter b7 n/a attack cancels into NBS Mail Splitter B,B M,M Armor Breaker bgB M Armor Breaker bg[B] M ends in NLS Armor Breaker bgBB M,SM Armor Breaker bgB[B] M,SM ends in NBS Break Kick bgBK M,m Fake Slash b7 n/a ends in NBS Gauntlet Buster b6 m Rampart Buster b4 M recovers crouching; SCUB; GC-L1 Buster Grounder B2A M,L delay second hit by [A] Buster Grounder B2a4 M second hit cancels into NBS Piercing Strike 6B m GC-L2 Thrusting Strike 6B:B m CONSOLE ONLY Piercing Fake 6b4B+K n/a ends in NLS Rook Splitter 66B M recovers crouching; SCUB Sky Splitter 3B M Sky Splitter 3[B] M ends in NBS Shadow Buster 2B M recovers crouching Shadow Buster 2[B] M ends in NLS Thrust Throw 1B M SCUB; #2 Midnight Launcher 4B M G-cancel Midnight Launcher 4[B] M G-cancel; GC; SCUB; ends in NBS Dive 44B M recovers crouching; GC-L1; SCUB Dive 44[B] M ends in NLS Fatal Dive 44BB M,SM recovers crouching; GC-L1; SCUB Fatal Dive 44B[B] M,SM ends in NBS Earth Divide 236B UB-M G-cancel Dark Kick K h G-cancel Jade Crusher 6K h knockdown on CH Rush 66K m Rush 66[K](2_8) m ends in NBS; #3 Rush Splitter 66KB m,M Rush Splitter 66K[B] m,M ends in NBS Rush Crusher 66kK m,h Dropkick 66kB h ends in knockdown; GC; SCUB Axle 3KK m,L recovers crouching = Headbutt B m Grind Low Kick 1_2K L recovers crouching Headbutt Tackle 4KK m,m Headbutt Tackle 4K[K](2_8) m,m ends in NBS; #3 Jade Smasher 44K m causes bounce stun = Breaker A h GI's h/m attacks = Breaker 2_8A m Stomping 236KKKKK L,L,L,L,L #4 Earth Trample 236[K] UB-L #5 Blaze Wind A+B M,M,M ends in NSSr Blaze Storm A+BA M,M,L Dark Soul Impact 3A+B L GC-L2 Flying Edge 2A+B M SCUB;  remains in knockdown Spin Kick A+K h = Combo K h = Slash A h = Slash [A] h ends in NSSr = Slash Cross AA*B h,h,M delay last hit for GC = Slash Cross AA*[B] h,h,M ends in NLS = Double Grounder A2AA h,L,L Night Back Stance B+K n/a ends in NBS Night Lower Stance 4B+K n/a ends in NLS NBS Running Stance 66B+K n/a ends in NBSR; #6 Night Side Stance Right 8B+K n/a ends in NSSr; #7 Leg Hack FC A l Shadow Buster FC B M Shadow Buster FC [B] M ends in NLS Grind Low Kick FC K L Maelstrom WS A Sm Maelstrom WS [A] Sm ends in NSSr Maelstrom WS AA(2) Sm,l pressing 2 cancels second hit Rising Night Kicks WS K m,m Notes: #1: Shifts to non-escapable throw on successful GI. #2: Shifts to throw on clean hit; changes position on successful throw #3: Hold 2 to twirl into foreground, 8 to twirl into background. #4: Alternate command is 2K,K,K,K,K when opponent is grounded. #5: Alternate command is 2[K] when opponent is grounded. #6: See section on Night Back Stance for NBSR attacks. #7: When character is facing right. In 2P position press 2B+K. =============================== Night Back Stance (NBS) Attacks =============================== Name Command Range Misc. Annihilation A h,m Annihilation [A] h ends in NSSr Carving Edge 2A_bA L Carving Edge 2[A]_b[A] L ends in NSSl Terror Stomper B M Knee K m remains in NBS Knee Rush K,K m,h Running _66 n/a goes to NBSR = Blood Bath A,A h,h = Blood Bath [A] h ends in NSSr = Hell Slayer B M RO Night Lower Stance 4B+K n/a ends in NLS Night Side Stance Left 2B+K n/a ends in NSSl; #1 Night Side Stance Right 8B+K n/a ends in NSSr; #1 Notes: #1: When character is facing right. In 2P position, reverse commands. ================================ Night Lower Stance (NLS) Attacks ================================ Name Command Range Misc. Leg Hacker A l Leg Hacker [A] l ends in NSSr Death Horn Charge B m Death Horn Charge [B] m ends in NBS Cannonball Splitter 6B m,m,m GC-L2 Death's Claw K m GI's h attacks Death's Claw [K] m GI's h attacks; ends in NSSl Rook Splitter A+B M GC-L1; SCUB Night Back Stance B+K n/a ends in NBS Night Side Stance Left 2B+K n/a ends in NSSl; #1 Night Side Stance Right 8B+K n/a ends in NSSr; #1 Notes: #1: When character is facing right. In 2P position, reverse commands. ====================================== Night Side Stance Right (NSSr) Attacks ====================================== Name Command Range Misc. Cross Grounder AA L,h Double Grounder Alpha A2A L,L Cannonball Lifter B M Cannonball Lifter [B] M ends in NBS Spinning Retreat bA M CFSc Night Front Kick K h DOSc; RO Reaver A+B m GC-L1 Reaver [A+B] m ends in NSSl; GC-L1 Night Back Stance B+K n/a ends in NBS Night Lower Stance 4B+K n/a ends in NLS Night Side Stance Left 2B+K n/a ends in NSSl; #1 Notes: #1: When character is facing right. In 2P position, reverse commands. ===================================== Night Side Stance Left (NSSl) Attacks ===================================== Name Command Range Misc. Cross Grounder AA L,h Double Grounder Alpha A2A L,L Cannonball Lifter B M Cannonball Lifter [B] M ends in NBS Helm Shear bA M RO Night Front Kick K h DOSc; RO Reaver A+B m GC-L1 Reaver [A+B] m ends in NSSl; GC-L1 Night Back Stance B+K n/a ends in NBS Night Lower Stance 4B+K n/a ends in NLS Night Side Stance Right 8B+K n/a ends in NSSr; #1 Notes: #1: When character is facing right. In 2P position, reverse commands. =========== 8WR Attacks =========== Remember, these attacks can only be executed if you go into 8WR run first. In case you forgot, 8WR can be done by tapping and then holding the direction you want to go. For example, to 8WR backwards, the command is 4,. Name Command Range Misc. Right Slasher 6A h Rook Splitter 6B M SCUB Sliding 6K L Dropkick 6kB h ends in knockdown; GC; SCUB Axle Winder any direction,A+K L Alternate Cross 3_9A m input affects hit direction Sky Splitter 3_9B M Sky Splitter 3_9[B] M ends in NBS Rush 3_9K m Rush 3_9[K] m ends in NBS Rush Splitter 3_9KB m,M Rush Splitter 3_9K[B] m,M ends in NBS Rush Crusher 3_9kK m,h NBS Running 6B+K n/a ends in NBSR Night Back Stance 3_9B+K n/a ends in NBS Night Side Stance Right 2B+K n/a ends in NSSr; #1 Night Side Stance Left 8B+K n/a ends in NSSl; #1 Reverse Advance Slash 8A h Reverse Advance Slash 8[A] h ends in NSSl Reverse Advance Slash 8A[A] h,h ends in NBS Reverse Advance Slash 8AAB h,h,M Reverse Advance Slash 8AA[B] h,h,M ends in NLS Reverse Revenge 8AA6B h,h,m RO Armor Pierce 2_8[B] M ends in NLS Break Kick 2_8BBK M,m Armor Pierce 2_8BBB M,M,L Armor Pierce 2_8BB[B] M,M,L ends in NLS Armor Breaker 2_8bgBB M,L Armor Breaker 2_8bgB[B] M,L ends in NLS Break Kick 2_8bgBK M,m Gauntlet Buster 2_8b6 m Rampart Buster 2_8b4 M GC-L1; SCUB Buster Grounder 2_8B2A M,L delay second hit by [A] Buster Grounder 2_8B2a4 M second hit cancels into NBS Spin Kick 2_8K h = Combo K h = Slash [A] h ends in NSSr = Slash Cross AA*B h,h,M delay last hit for GC = Slash Cross AA*[B] h,h,M ends in NLS = Double Grounder A2AA h,L,L Advancing Slash 2A h Advancing Slash 2[A] h ends in NSSl Advancing Slash 2A*[A] h,h ends in NBS Advancing Slash 2A*AB h,h,M RO Advancing Slash 2A*A[B] h,h,M ends in NLS Revenge 2A*A6B h,h,m Backspin Slash 1_4_7A h G-cancel Backspin Slash 1_4_7[A] h G-cancel; ends in NSSl Shadow Impact 1_7B L Darkside Kick 1_7K m Dive 4B M recovers crouching; GC-L1; SCUB Dive 4[B] M ends in NLS Fatal Dive 4BB M,SM recovers crouching; GC-L1; SCUB Fatal Dive 4B[B] M,SM ends in NBS Jade Smasher 4K m causes bounce stun = Breaker A h GI's h/m attacks = Breaker 2_8A h Notes: #1: When facing right. In 2P position, reverse commands. ************* Move Analysis ************* ====== Throws ====== Hilt Impact G+A escape: A Nightmare grabs his opponent and bashes them over the head with Soul Edge's hilt twice. If you're close to the edge, you can ring out. A good mixup against chronic blockers, and extremely dangerous on the edges of the arena. Soul Devour G+B escape: B The other basic throw. Night smashes his victim over the head before grabbing them by the throat and throwing them a considerable distance. Calamity Fall G+B_G+A from left escape: A_B Nightmare does his best impersonation of a professional wrestler with this side Russian Leg Sweep. Side throwing happens a lot more often than in Tekken, so take it when the oppurtunity presents itself. Unholy Terror G+B_G+A from right escape: A_B A nasty looking throw, Nightmare grabs his victim and impales them on Soul Edge. Then he throws the sword over his head with his opponent still attached. Ouch! Witch Hunt G+A_G+B from back escape: none Night's back throw is nothing to holler about. He stabs the victim in the back and shoves them away violently. Flap Jack FC G+A_G+B escape: A_B Nightmare grabs his opponent's feet and sends them flipping through the air. You'll fall in love with this throw for many reasons. First, it serves as an excellent attack after a ducked throw attempt. Second, few people know how to break this move and fewer still can readily ancipate it. Finally, it sets up Nightmare's excellent wakeup game well. A final note: you can grab fallen opponents, although you'll only flip them over for little damage. ================ Standard Attacks ================ Evil Eye (console only) a6 Nightmare smashes his opponent in the face with the hilt of Soul Edge. This causes Crumple Fall Stun on hit. A fairly slow move that doesn't cover step all too well. Use sparingly. Slash A Slash [A] A simple high-hitting horizontal slash. Nightmare has quite a range on his horizontal slashes. Use this primarily to zone out opponents and to herd them into Nightmare's ideal range. If you hold A, you will spin and shift into NSSr. You can also cancel the attack by pressing G, which is great against GI-happy opposition and for all-purpose fakeouts. It's a great tool to draw whiffed GI's. Slash Cross AA*B Slash Cross AA*[B] Two horizontal slashes followed by a huge vertical chop. Nightmare has the slowest A attack in the game and the last vertical is fairly easy to sidestep. I'd leave this out of my moveset. Quick Backspin Slash agA Quick Backspin Slash ag[A] Nightmare spins around while whipping his sword out in front of him. This is the alternate command for Nightmare's 4A. It will not produce a crumple fall stun like 4A, but it does knock people back a ways and RO's to the right.. This is a 1FS command, so you'll have to hit those inputs like mad. An easier way is to hold guard, press A, release G, re-tap and quickly hit A_[A]. (Thanks to the great Srayer for this technique) Double Grounder A2AA Double Grounder A2Aa4 One high slash, followed by two slashes at ankle level. Around the edges, the two low slashes will ring out. If you immediately press 4 before the second low slash comes out, Nightmare will cancel into NBS. I use this after opponents expect me to throw AA*B. To note, the NBS cancel works great on people who try and anticipate the followup. Spin Slash 6A Spin Slash 6[A] No Nightmare playing worth mentioning doesn't have this move in his/her arsenal. Nightmare spins around, knocking his opponent down with a horizontal slash. Hold down A to shift into NSSr. Spin Slash is marvelous at keeping opponents out of Nightmare's face. You can pull it out as they charge in and knock them away from you. It RO's to the right. Right Slasher 66A or 8WR,6A Easily confused with Spin Slash, Right Slasher is a slower and more powerful variation. If it's blocked, you get minimal frame disadvantage, so you can use it to bait people into attacking and eating CH. Dark Bite 3A Nightmare hits his opponent with a swift uppercut from his deformed hand. Dark Bite also auto-GI's high and mid-hitting horizontal attacks. On a successful auto-GI, Nightmare grabs his opponent and spikes them like a football. Touchdown! As great as it sounds, Dark Bite isn't all that great. It has horrid recovery and the damage is pathetic, even after the auto-GI throw. Leg Hack 2A A horizontal slash directed at the opponent's feet. Leg Hack is best used to get in crouching position. From there, you can launch into Night's FC/WS attacks, notably WS K, WS [B] or AA(2) and FC G+A_G+B. Shadow Slicer 1A Nightmare does a low spin slash similar to the second hit of his A2AA. It's tempting to use this on grounded opponents, but it will only hit them if they roll to the side. It's also great for cutting down people who attempt to 8WR toward you. Backspin Slash 4A or 8WR,1_4_7A Backspin Slash 4[A] or 8WR,1_4_7[A] The alternate command for agA. Holding A will shift Nightmare into NSSl. This causes crumple fall stun on hit, allowing you to initiate a combo. As such, avoid excercising the stance shift option in order to exploit your now falling foe. Try cancelling for added spice! Splitter B Splitter [B] Splitter b7 One, singular vertical slash. If you press G, you cancel the attack altogether. Holding down B will put you in NLS and hitting 7 before the slash comes out cancels into NBS. Your B slash will hit grounded opponents due to the sheer size of Soul Edge. Of course, there are better alternatives.. Mail Splitter BB Two large vertical slashes. Pretty much the standard BB combo every character has. On CH, the second slash is guaranteed. Armor Breaker bgB or 8WR,2_8bgB Armor Breaker bg[B] or 8WR,2_8bg[B] It looks like Nightmare's regular B, but with a little more startup time because the first B is G-cancelled. Holding B will shift Night into NLS. Armor Breaker bgB Armor Breaker bgB[B] A vertical slash followed by a lifting slash that looks like 2/3 of Siegfried's BBB attack from SC1, except the last lifter hits special mid and not low. That would make sense, since... uh... Nightmare was Siegfried before becoming possessed by Soul Edge. Holding B after the lifter shifts Night into NBS. This is a much better pressuring tool than BB because it has a variety of options in terms of cutting the string short and shifting into stance. Break Kick bgBK or 8WR,2_8bgBK A vertical chop followed by a kick. Use this when opponents are anticipating another vertical slash. The kick is fast and will most likely throw off an opponent's GI timing if you've conditioned them thoroughly. This is a much better pressuring tool due to its speed. Gauntlet Buster b6 or 8WR,2_8b6 It resembles a regular B slash except it comes out faster and won't hit grounded opponents. I prefer using this as a poking tool, since it's faster than Nightmare's regular B attack. It causes a Forced Crouch State on hit or block, nifty for forcing mixups. Rampart Buster b4 or 8WR,2_8b4 Think of Rampart Buster as a slower, more powerful version of Night's regular vertical slash. This is so dirty post-GI, especially if the opponent whiffs the re-GI attempt. Also nice as a SCUB. Eek! Buster Grounder B2A or 8WR,2_8B2A Buster Grounder B2a4 or 8WR,2_8B2a4 Nightmare does a vertical slash followed by a sweeping low horizontal. Pressing 4 before the second attack comes out causes Night to cancel into NBS. Delaying the second hit can mess up GI timing. Use it well. Oh yeah, tapping 4 will cause Nighty to cancel the last hit into NBS for more fakery. Nice... Piercing Strike 6B Piercing Fake 6b4B+K A lunging strike that can ring out near the edges. Nightmare reaches for this one, making it his longest-reaching B attack. Don't abuse this move because it is well-telegraphed and a savvy player can GI or step it. It's best used to interrupt a long-ranged player's strings or as a surprise attack. If you immediatlely press B+K, Nightmare will cancel the stab and shift into NLS. Nifty for scaring people. Thrusting Strike 6B:B Similar in appearance to the last hit of 8WR 2_8AA6B. Nightmare will feint a 6B, but hesitate and use this instead. This requires a JF input. Time the second press right before Nightmare is fully crouched. Rook Splitter 66B or 8WR6B Non-Nightmare players fear and loathe this move with a passion, and rightfully so. Nightmare sidesteps and delivers a crushing vertical slash. In Version A, this move had awesome tracking and sidestepping capabilities for a B attack and was highly abusable. As such, it made for a very cheap Nightmare. With Version D out, the tracking and sidestepping properties of the move were toned down, but nevertheless, it's still a viable component of your arsenal. Rook Splitter recovers crouching and also becomes unblockable after a level 3 Soul Charge ([A+B+K] in case you forget). Best used to punish charging opponents, step obvious vertical attacks or to tag impatient risers. No Nightmare player would be caught not using this move. Remember, don't abuse Rook Splitter because a well-timed GI or step will but you in a heap of trouble. Sky Splitter 3B or 8WR,3_9B Sky Splitter 3[B] or 8WR,3_9[B] Another of Nightmare's go-to moves. Night does a massive uppercut with his sword. Holding B will shift him into NBS. This is a move you will use quite often, primarily because it covers Night's front well, goes under high attacks and can hit fallen opponents. Keep in mind this move will not lift if done at its maximum range. Don't be too careless in throwing this out; Nightmare is wide open if it's blocked unless you know the not-so-secret 2G trick. More on this later. Shadow Buster 2B Shadow Buster 2[B] Vertical chop that leaves Night crouching. If you hold B, he will shift into NLS. Great for wakeups, FC/WS setups and getting into stance. Seriously, once you master the art of iFC/iWS (more on that later), you'll only use these attacks sparingly. Thrust Throw 1B Nightmare does a quick stab with his sword. On a clean hit, he will lift his sword over his head, sending the still-impaled victim flying. Ouch! If Nightmare's back is to the edge, he will throw his opponent out of the ring! Outside of this circumstance, there's very little reason to use Thrust Throw... unless of course, you're playing a total buffoon. Midnight Launcher 4B Midnight Launcher 4[B] Replacing Night's old 4B headbutt is a nifty whirling sword uppercut. To shift into NBS and Guard Crush hold down the B button. Midnight Launcher lifts 'em pretty high and if you do it by the edge of the arena, ring out is possible. Works best on wakeup with its tracking or post-GI. Throw in the G-cancel for more mind games! Gotta love those! Dive 44B or 8WR,4B Dive 44[B] or 8WR,4[B] Leaping high into the air, Night comes down hard with a big ass vertical chop. He skys like Mike and is able to leap over low attacks like Ivy's 1A. If you hold down B, Nightmare will shift into NLS. It's well-telegraphed, so it's better to leave this move out. Fatal Dive 44BB or 8WR,4BB Fatal Dive 44B[B] or 8WR,4B[B] Similar to Dive except Nightmare follows it up with a low lifting slash. Holding B will shift him into NBS. As with Dive, it's well-telegraphed putting it into "leave out" category. However, if the first hit connects, the second is guaranteed. Plus, it tracks fairly well. Surprise! Earth Divide 2,3,6B Nightmare's standing unblockable. It's got a horrid startup time and tracks like crap. If you wind up doing this, you can press G to cancel the attack. Since's a total waste of time, avoid using Earth Divide at all costs. Dark Kick K A regular standing K. Night's regular K works best when used to interrupt combos or delivering the last finishing blow. If an opponent gets in close, you can use this to lock them down and buy yourself some time. Jade Crusher 6K THE Nightmare interrupt. Night punches his opponent in the face with his grotesquely mutated right hand. If you don't incorporate this move into your arsenal, you will have headaches against speedier characters. On CH, Jade Crusher will cause the opponent to be knocked back quite a distance. The space created by CH is invaluable to Nightmare's game. Trust me, skillful use of this move is what seperates the wannabes from the pros. Rush 66K or 8WR,3_9K Rush 66[K] (2_8) or 8WR,3_9[K](2_8) Nightmare charges in with his shoulder. Holding K will shift you into NBS. (Console note: You must tap 2 or 8 to do the spin. This wasn't the case in the arcade version.) This attack is fairly safe when it's blocked, so you can set up a blockstun trap and bait people into eating CH like tacos. Rush Splitter 66KB or 8WR,3_9KB Rush Splitter 66K[B] or 8WR,3_9K[B] A shoulder charge followed by Night's 3B. Holding B will shift into NBS. On CH, the followup B is guaranteed. Unlike the regular 66K, this one leaves Nightmare vulnerable if it's blocked. The tradeoff is good because a CH 66K means the followup B is guaranteed. Mad ouchies everywhere. Rush Crusher 66kK or 8WR,3_9kK Shoulder charge followed by a Jade Crusher. This is much safer than Rush Splitter on block, since the big fist will knock people backwards. The timing on the second K is almost a JF, although you can always get it if you mash the second K. On CH, the second K is guaranteed. Dropkick 66kB or 8WR,6kB Not the most effective move, but certainly the most entertaining. Nightmare does his rendition of a pro wrestler with a spectacular running dropkick. He ends up grounded whether the kick hits or not. I mostly like to use this move to show off and elicit laughs from my audience. It is a SCUB, meaning you can use it to take out turtles. Against more experienced competition, it's best left out of your bag of tricks. Fear the dropkick! [laughs maniacally] Axel 3K,K = Headbutt B Nightmare does a sidekick, a low sweep and has the option of ending the string with a headbutt. By itself, the intial 3K is pretty speedy, thus making it viable as an interrupt. The second K will put you into FC, which is highly invaluable because of the mean FC/WS moves Night's got at his disposal. It's better to stick with the first two hits rather than finish the whole string. If the second hit is CH, the headbutt is guaranteed. Grind Low Kick 1_2K Just a plain old ducking kick that leaves Nightmare in FC. Grind Low Kick is best used to set up FC/WS moves or to poke. Avoid doing 2K, especially when the opponent is down. Otherwise, you'll wind up stomping. You will learn to love this move when fighting faster characters like Cassandra or Taki up close. Headbutt Tackle 4KK Headbutt Tackle 4K[K](2_8) Nightmare does a headbutt and a shoulder charge. When the headbutt hits, the followup shoulder charge is guaranteed. If you hold K after the shoulder charge, Night will spin and shift into NBS. Tapping 2 or 8 will determine the direction of the spin. The headbutt is a great interrupt move when in close. When I say up close, I mean REAL close. The range of the heabutt itself isn't as hot, but the shoulder ram followup makes up for it. A good and safe move to use in close, even if it's blocked. (Console note: You must tap 2 or 8 to spin into NBS. Otherwise, Night will shift without the spin.) Jade Smasher 44K or 8WR,4K = Breaker A = Breaker 2_8A After rearing back, Nightmare lunges forward with a fierce-looking punch from his mutated arm. Afterwards, you have the option of throwing out an A or 2_8A. Each of these slashes will auto-GI high and mid attacks. On hit, the punch causes bounce stun, setting up some small juggle oppurtunities. On block, you get some guard stagger, but I'm not sure what is guaranteed after that. Personally, I don't use this move too often. In the future, I'll look into it. Stomping 236KKKKK or 2KKKKK (when opponent is down) Probably Nightmare's funniest move. He steps forward and proceeds to stomp the crap out of his hapless foe. Stomping is an excellent wakeup attack, but it's best to cut the stomping short no matter how funny it is. But if you're certain you're playing against a scrub, go ahead and stomp them a mudhole! Otherwise, it's better for post-round humiliation. Earth Trample 236[K] or 2[K] (when opponent is down) It's just one powered-up stomp that does as much damage as the regular stomps combined. Earth Trample is an unblockable low. I love to set this up after I've knocked the opponent down. I just run up, charge this baby up and watch them get "deer-in-the-headlights" effect. Toe Hopping Stun results from a successful stomp. Stomp away! Blaze Wind A+B Nightmare spins his sword in front of him three times before ending in NSSr. SC1 veterans will recognize this as Siegfried's move. It covers Night's front well, advances him forward and is pretty speedy as well. Nice to throw out occasionally, but don't get too predictable with it. Blaze Storm A+BA Similar to Blaze Wind, but instead of ending in NSSr, Nightmare passes the sword behind his back for a low hit. Otherwise, the move has the same properties, and thus the same uses. Mix in with Blaze Wind for the best results. Dark Soul Impact 3A+B or 8WR,1_7B Night thrusts his sword at his foe's feet. Dark Soul Impact knocks down on hit, hits grounded opponents and can ring out if by the edge. This attack is best utilized as a surprise attack, especially when you've fooled the other player into expecting a 6B stab. Make sure you'll score a hit though, because if blocked or stepped, Nightmare will be in a vulnerable position. Flying Edge 2A+B = grounded  Another old move with a new command. Nightmare falls down with his blade extended, resulting in a devastating vertical blow. Holding 2 will keep Nightmare in the grounded position, nice if you want to set up a WS attack. Flying Edge becomes unblockable after a Soul Charge, so consider breaking this out against stubbornly defensive people. Spin Kick A+K or 8WR,2_8K = Combo K = Slash A = Slash [A] = Slash Cross AA*B = Slash Cross AA*[B] = Double Grounder A2AA Night throws out an advancing spin kick followed up by a whole plethora of options. Since Spin Kick links into most of Nightmare's standard combos, there's no excuse for predictability. Don't go crazy with Spin Kick combos, because the next hit after the kick is high. A smart opponent can easily duckand punish. On CH, AA is guaranteed after the A+K/8WR 2_8K. Night Back Stance B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance or NBS for short. Night Lower Stance 4B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Lower Stance or NLS for short. Night Back Stance Running 66B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance Running or NBSR for short. Night Side Stance Right 2B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Right. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. Night Side Stance Left 8B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Left. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. Leg Hack FC A Same as Nightmare's standing 2A. I like using this against people who attempt to run in while I'm crouching. Great for keeping people out of range. Shadow Buster FC B Shadow Buster FC [B] A smashing vertical slash identical to 2B. Holding B will shift Nightmare into NLS. Besides that, not much else. 2B is a much better FC/WS setup anyhow. Grind Low Kick FC K Same as Night's standing 1_2K. Anyone seeing a pattern here? Nice to use when everyone's expecting Nightmare's ground throw. That's eeeeeviiiil! Maelstrom WS A Maelstrom WS [A] Nightmare does a whirling slash that hits mid. Holding A will put you in NSSr. This move was slowed down in the console version. Maelstrom WS AA (2) The same as the other variations except Nightmare does two spinning slashes. Pressing 2 after the second A will cancel the second attack altogether. Remember this; it's an excellent option when facing GI-happy opponents or just to fake people out altogether. In fact, cancelling leaves you crouching so you can pull out more FC/WS trickery. Sky Splitter WS B Sky Splitter WS [B] Nightmare does a rising vertical slash similar to his 3B, except this one doesn't hit grounded. This move is invaluable for punishing a ducked high or a blocked low. Holding B will put you into NBS. Learn to love this move; it'll come in handy more than once. Rising Night Kicks WS K These two karate kicks hit mid and is damn fast. You can also bust this out from knockdown position, so it shines as a good surprise attack. Words will not express how valuable this move is against a conditioned opponent. If you can instill a healthy fear of Night's ground throw, you can annoy them with FC grabs and FC K's to no end. In addition, Rising Night Kicks is invaluable in fending off close-range assaults, especially botched throw attempts. Thus, you should try to get a feel for WS K's maximum range so you can throw it out when needed. =============================== Night Back Stance (NBS) Attacks =============================== Annihilation A Annihilation [A] Nightmare whirls Soul Edge over his head twice, hitting high and then mid. If you hold A, Annihilation only hits high and will put Nightmare into NSSr. Annihilation is best used to zone out rush-happy opponents. The range is decent and does an excellent job pushing people out. Note: You cannot do this move while in NBSR. Carving Edge 2A_bA Carving Edge 2[A]_b[A] A whirling, low-hitting slash. Holding A will shift you into NSSl. If you're too close while in NBS, I seriously recommend Carving Edge to train people to duck while still discouraging step. It'll do you a ton of good, even if it's blocked. Terran Stomper B Nightmare brings Soul Edge down for a crushing vertical blow. Chances are you will use this move quite a bit because it hurts a lot and has solid blockstun. Don't get too happy with it though, because it does take a bit of time to come out. At midrange, Terran Stomper is solid interrupt and will beat out a lot of incoming attacks. If you land 3[B] up close, this is guaranteed damage. Note: You cannot do this move while in NBSR. Knee K Simply put, Night throws out a knee while still remaining in NBS. Along with Carving Edge, another useful move when in close, due to its sheer speed. In fact, it's the fastest of all of Nightmare's stance-based moves. Thus, it's a major asset for keeping slap-happy characters like Talim out of your way. Knee Rush KK An extension of the Knee, Nightmare follows up the initial knee with a high kick. If the knee hits, the kick is guaranteed. The last kick does hit high, so it can be ducked. Stick with the Knee, it'll do you more good. Night Back Stance Running 8WR any direction Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance Running, or NBSR for short. Night Lower Stance 4B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Lower Stance or NLS for short. Night Side Stance Right 2B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Right. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. Night Side Stance Left 8B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Left. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. ======================================== Night Back Stance Running (NBSR) Attacks ======================================== Note: You can still perform NBS K,K and NBS 2A_[A] while in NBSR. Blood Bath AA Blood Bath [A] Nightmare charges in with two sweeping horizontal blows. Holding the first horizontal slash will put him into NSSr. I gotta tell you, nothing's scarier than a man charging at you preparing to swing his big-ass sword. Keep in mind, this sucker can ring out quite a distance. Hell Slayer B Charging in while in NBS, Night delivers a massive sword uppercut. By the edge, Hell Slayer will ring out like no one's business and will also tag grounded opponents. So if you're far away from a grounded foe, charging at them and making them pay might be something to consider. ================================ Night Lower Stance (NLS) Attacks ================================ Leg Hack A Leg Hack [A] Identical to Nightmare's 2A_FC A, except you can shift into NSSr by holding A. Invaluable against run-ins, and even on block will put Nightmare in a safe position to resume his offensive. Death Horn Charge B Death Horn Charge [B] Nightmare rushes forward with a stab. Holding B will put you into NBS. I like this move because it does an excellent job of pushing opponents out and is pretty safe to throw out because of the solid blockstun it provides. Mix in with other NLS attacks to cut down the opposition. Be wary of smart stepper though. Cannonball Splitter 6B Not exactly abuseable, but it has its uses. Nightmare somersaults forward while bringing his sword down for a tremendous vertical blow. Actually, opponents can be hit while Night is somersaulting forward. At midrange, this move can stuff run-ins because it covers so much ground. Up close, it's not the best option since Nightmare can be hit out of his somersault with a fast attack. Get a feel for your opponent's tendencies and this move will find a way to annoy the hell out of them. Death Claw K Death Claw [K] A twirling uppercut I've heard mixed reviews about. Holding K will shift you into NSSl. Some Nightmare players prefer his old NLS K because of its awesome interrupting ability. Others maintain Death Claw is better because it auto-GI's attacks and has more options with the stance shift. Personally, I believe this move shines in close and will catch a lot of people off guard with its odd startup time. Rook Splitter A+B Same as Night's 6,6B. It doesn't give Nightmare crazy evasion like 66B does, although it does sidestep verticals. Oh well, nice to toss in occasionally. And it does become unblockable after a lvl3 Soul Charge like 6,6B. Night Back Stance B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance or NBS for short. Night Back Stance Running 66B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance Running or NBSR for short. Night Side Stance Right 2B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Right. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. Night Side Stance Left 8B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Left. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. ====================================================== Night Side Stance Left (NSSl) and Right (NSSr) Attacks ====================================================== I put these two stances together since they share identical attacks. Both of these stances are identical, save for a few minor differences in attack levels. Each of these stances has a time and place; NSSr is not necessarily better than NSSl and vice versa. Cross Grounder AA A sweeping low slash followed by a spinning back slash. I advice against completing this string because the last hit can easily be ducked because of its startup lag. Still, best used against run-ins or people unfamiliar with Nightmare's style. Double Grounder Alpha A2A Same as Cross Grounder, except the final slash goes low. This is a step better than Cross Grounder because it forces opponents to keep blocking low at the risk of eating a low slash that can possibly Ring Out. Watch out for the WS attack after the last hit is blocked though. On CH, both slashes are guaranteed. The NSSl variation RO's to the right and NSSr RO's to the left. Cannonball Lifter B Cannonball Lifter [B] Nightmare spins around before bring his sword up high with a fierce vertical blow. Holding B will put you into NBS. A solid option if you anticipate a horizontal attack to break. Spinning Retreat bA Nightmare spins away from his opponent while whipping his sword out in a horizontal arc. Similar to NBS B~A_2A, it's a decent tool to create some space and to stuff run-ins. Holding NOTE: This move hits mid in NSSr and high in NSSl. Also, Nightmare does not spin away from his opponent when this move is performed in NSSl. Night Front Kick K Impersonating a cheerleader to the best of his ability, Nightmare breaks out with a high kick. Night Front Kick can RO on regular hit. On CH, it will cause crumple stun, making a 3[B] -> NBS B combo guaranteed. Cool... Reaver A+B Reaver [A+B] Nightmare brings the sword high over his head before bringing it down with a crushing blow. Holding A+B will shift Nightmare into the opposite NSS. For example, if you do [A+B] from NSSr, then you will shift into NSSl and vice versa. This creates very solid blockstun for you and you can probably get in a CH NSS K if you're lucky. Night Back Stance B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance or NBS for short. Night Back Stance Running 66B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Back Stance Running or NBSR for short. Night Side Stance Right 2B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Right. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. NOTE: You cannot do this command if you are already in NSSr. Night Side Stance Left 8B+K Puts Nightmare into Night Side Stance Left. This command only applies if Nightmare is in the 1P position onscreen. NOTE: You cannot do this command if you are already in NSSl.' ===================== 8WR Exclusive Attacks ===================== These attacks can only be done from 8WR. Some of Nightmare's regular attacks have 8WR equivalents. To find them, look up the move in question under the "Standard Attacks" Section. Axel Winder A+K The best of Nightmare's 8WR moves, and probably the one your opponents will come to fear. Nightmare does a spinning sweep that knocks opponents down and also hits grounded opponents. It's the Swiss Army Knife of moves! Use after a successful knockdown to tick away life or to knock down impatient risers. Any Nightmare player worth his salt swears by this move. Alternate Cross 3_9A Nightmare's old 3A from SC1. He slaps his opponent with the flat edge of the sword. You can ring out with this depending on which side you hit them towards. Holding 3 will hit them into the background and 9 will hit them into the foreground. Best used when mixed in with Nightmare's other, more popular 8WR attacks. Advancing Slash 2A Advancing Slash 2[A] Nightmare performs a horizontal slash while moving to the side. Holding A will put you into NSSl. This, along with 6A and agA form the core of Nightmare's containment arsenal. Keep in mind this command only applies to the 1P position. Reverse commands if you're on the 2P side. Advancing Slash 2A*A Advancing Slash 2A*[A] Nightmare does two high-hitting horizontal slashes while moving to the side. You can delay the second hit. Holding A during the second hit will shift you into NBS. Great for covering lots of ground and stuffing possible run-ins. Whenever possible, throw this out to keep people out of your face. Advancing Slash 2A*AB Advancing Slash 2A*A[B] Two horizontal slashes punctuated with a thunderous vertical blow. Holding B will put you into NLS. You can use this to punish people who run in, expecting you to do just 8WR,2A*A_[A]. Going to NLS opens up further options while still giving you the initiative. Revenge 2A*A6B Two horizontal slashes followed with a forward thrust. Nothing special compared to the regular Advancing Slashes, although it does ring out nicely. You'd probably want to use this if you want to create some space between you and your foe. Reverse Advancing Slash 8A Reverse Advancing Slash 8[A] Looks similar to 8WR,2A but Nightmare spins after doing his slash. Holding A will put you into NSSr. It's slower and not useful in containing stepping opponents. Still, it has its time and place. Reverse Advancing Slash 8AA Reverse Advancing Slash 8A[A] It's almost the same as the regular Advancing Slash, except you can't delay the second hit. Holding A after the second hit will shift you into NBS. On CH, this is guaranteed. Reverse Advancing Slash 8AAB Reverse Advancing Slash 8AA[B] Getting tired of seeing moves with similar names? Me too. They really should do something about it. Anyways, it's two horizontal slashes ending with a vertical chop. Holding B will shift Nightmare into NLS. Reverse Revenge 8AA6B Same as regular Revenge except for all the spinning Nighty does. Like with the regular Revenge, shy away from this unless you're fishing for a ring out or trying to play keepaway. Armor Breaker 2_8BBB Armor Breaker 2_8BB[B] Two quick vertical chops and a thrust directed at the opponent's ankles. If the second hit is CH, the third is guaranteed. Not too useful, as it is easy to sidestep. Armor Breaker 2_8bgBB Armor Breaker 2_8bgB[B] An abbreviated version of the above move. It basically skips the first chop and goes straight into the second chop and ankle thrust. Holding B will shift you into NBS. Excellent for people who jump the gun anticipating the full series. On CH, this is guaranteed. Darkside Kick 1_7K Nightmare's old 4K sidekick can only be done from 8WR in SC2. Not quite the powerhouse it used to be, it doesn't even knock down anymore either, except on CH. It can RO as well on CH. Use this maneuver to setup some nasty blockstun traps. CH 66K[B] anyone? Night Back Stance 3_9B+K Nightmare spins while getting into NBS. The direction you press will determine the direction of the spin. 3 spins Night into the foreground, 9 into the background. The spin has some evasive properties, if you quickly input G, you spin and quickly return to neutral state. NBS Running 6B+K Shifts Nightmare into Night Back Stance Running, or NBSR for short. **************** Advanced Tactics **************** =============================== The Not-So-Secret 3[B]:2G Trick =============================== Before you learn anything else, this is the most important. Normally, Nightmare eats an AA or throw after a blocked 3[B]/8WR 3_9[B]. Normally. With this trick, you can quickly move out of NBS into a defensive position, putting yourself out of harm's way. To summarize, you must input 2G at the correct time. Unlike a JF attack, you won't get a visual cue telling you that you've done the move correctly. If you don't eat a 10-11 frame A, then you're good. Otherwise, keep practicing. The 8WR version of 3[B]:2G is easier to perform. So if you're going to do 33[B]2G, then that's OK. It's just the timing for regular 3[B] is tighter. As great as it is, the 2G trick is not a cure-all. This merely makes Nightmare less suspectible to highs, mids and throws, but it doesn't protect him from lows. Remember that and be prepared to defend appropriately. ======================= Nightmare Can Combo Too ======================= Just because Nightmare is a big, hulking powerwhacker doesn't mean he can't combo like the best of them. He may not have the combo prowess of Taki or Xianghua, but he certainly has some wicked guaranteed stuff up his sleeve. Here's a list of guaranteed stuff. If you want the latest combo list visit <http://www.soulcalibur.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=595>. Natural Combos: 3[B] -> NBS B 8WR 3_9[B] -> NBS B NBS KK 4KK_[K] 6B:B:B (console only) 3KKB (if 2nd hit connects, 3rd is guaranteed) 8WR 2_8AA 44KA 44K 2_8A 44BB 44[B] -> NLS A+B WS [B] -> NBS B WL [B] -> NBS B NLS [K] -> NSSl K NSS [B] -> NBS B 3A -> 3B_[B] 66A -> 3B_[B] CH required: AA BB 66K[B]/8WR 3_9K[B] -> NBS B 66K:K/8WR 2_9K:K 8WR 2_8KAA bg[B] -> NLS A+B NSS K -> 1B NSS K -> 3[B] -> NBS B bgBB bgBK 8WR 2_8BBB (if 2nd hit connects, 3rd is guaranteed) 8WR 2_8BBK (if 2nd hit connects, 3rd is guaranteed) 8WR 2_8bgBB 8WR 2_8bgBK 6K -> 3A+B Juggles: 44K -> b6 -> 3B_[B] NBSR B -> b6 -> 3B_[B] NLS [K] -> NSSl A2A NLS [K] -> NSSl B_[B] Stun combos: 4A -> 3[B] -> NBS B (might have to step in a bit after 4A) 4A -> throw 236[K] -> 4B 236[K] -> 3[B] 236[K] -> 2A+B Regretfully, this list is small for the moment. If you have a combo that has been thoroughly tested and proven to be guaranteed, email me with the words "NM Combo" as your subject line. ====================== WS [B]/3[B] Punishment ====================== If you've ever seen Nightmare in a tournament setting, you'll come to realize landing the WS [B]/3[B] -> NBS B combination is a large component of his offense. The only problem is landing the first part. 3[B] and WS [B] leave Nightmare wide open after they're blocked, so you can't go fishing for hits. In this section, I'll list moves that Nightmare can easily punish with little risk to himself. ++++++++ Xianghua ++++++++ 2A+B (l) - WS [B] after blocking 3AK (l,h) - WS [B] after blocking first hit 2A+K,2K (L,L) - WS [B] after blocking last hit aKB (M,L) - WS [B] after blocking last hit FC 1A+BB_2B (M,h_L) - WS [B] after blocking/ducking last hit ++++ Taki ++++ 1A (L) - WS [B] after blocking BAA (m,h,L) - WS [B] after blocking 66K (sm x2) - 3[B] or WS [B] after blocking WS BB (m,M) - WS [B] after blocking PO A+K (m) - 3[B] after blocking B[K]A - Duck after second hit and WS [B] WRS KA - 3[B] after blocking first hit ++++ Maxi ++++ RC A/66A (m,M)- WS [B] after blocking 3A+K (L,h) - WS [B] after blocking BL KK (L,h) - WS [B] after blocking first hit RO KK/kBK (M,M) - WS [B] after blocking RO KA/kBA (M,l) - WS [B] after blocking 6A+B - 3[B] after blocking (will not launch) +++++++ Raphael +++++++ Notes: I have only listed the regular variations of moves. If there is an asterisk next to a listing, it means that the move also has a variation that goes into Preparation Stances. 1K (L) - WS [B] after blocking 1A (l) - WS [B] after blocking 1BB (L,L) - WS [B] after blocking last hit 6BBB (h,h,m) - 3[B] after blocking last hit* 4K (h) - 3[B] after blocking 236B/Prep C B (m) - WS [B] after blocking 8WR 2_8AA (h,L) - WS [B] after blocking last hit 8WR 2_8AB (h,m) - WS [B] after blocking last hit* 8WR 3_99AB (h,L) - WS [B] after blocking last hit* FC 3AAB (h,h,L) - WS [B] after blocking last hit * FC 3B (L) - WS [B] after blocking * Prep A 2B - WS [B] after blocking +++++++++ Mitsurugi +++++++++ 2K (L) - WS [B] after blocking 2KB (L,M) - 3[B] after blocking kB (M,M) - WS [B] after blocking (watch out for kB2!!!) 66BBB - WS [B] after blocking 1A - WS [B] after blocking 44[A] - 3[B} after blocking MST K - WS [B] after blocking +++++ Voldo +++++ MC-HT 66 (L) - WS [B] after blocking CR A+G_B+G (throw) - WS [B] after blocking (will not work if Voldo hops over you) BS 2A+B (L) - WS [B] after blocking 3A+B (h) - WS [B] after ducking CR A+B - WS [B] after blocking 2A+B - WS [B] after blocking +++++++++ Cervantes +++++++++ 1A+K (L) - WS [B] after blocking 4BK (m,h) - WS [B] after first hit and before second hit +++ Ivy +++ WS A+BA/ST AA (h,m,h) - Duck first hit and WS [B] 2A+K/8WR 2_8K (L) - WS [B] after blocking WP A+B (h) - 3[B] after blocking +++++++++ Cassandra +++++++++ 236B (m) - 3[B] after blocking 4K (m) - 3[B] after blocking 66A (m) - 3[B] after blocking kB (SM) - 3[B] or WS [B] after blocking 8WR 2_8KK (L,m) - 3[B] after blocking last hit ============= 8WR Buffering ============= Buffering an attack means to input the command while another action is happening. With 8WR buffering, you can perform 8WR attacks while you're in the middle of another attack. This technical skill is not exclusive to Nightmare, but you'll definitely want to take advantage of it because of Nighty's great 8WR moves. Let's walk through an example. 66K into 8WR A+K. To do this right, the sequence would go 6,6K~6,A+K. The trick is to do the 6,A+K motion as the 6,6K is coming out. If you did it correctly, you should see Nightmare do his shoulder ram followed by his low sweep. =============== Stance Roulette =============== Most characters have stances. Maxi, Mitsurugi, Ivy and Raphael to name a few. Stance roulette is shifting into Nightmare's different stances in a seemingly random order. Actually, an order known only to you. Unlike Maxi's Pure Soul Loops, stance roulette does not follow a preset order. The purpose behind shuffling stances is to fake out opponents and to lure them into falling for a false opening. So let's start with a simple sequence. Example #1: A roulette sequence may go NSSr -> NBS -> NSSr -> NBSR. First, you would have to get into NSSr. Now the next three commands are B+K -> 2+B+K -> B+K~6,6. If you did it correctly, you should see Nightmare move into each of the stances listed. Congratulations! You have successfully done a stance shifting sequence! Now that you have the basic concept of stance roulette down, we should move on to practical applications and theories. Example #2: Suppose you're playing against a GI-happy Kilik. You just did [B], putting you into NLS. For the most part, you tend to follow NLS with B and have been GI'ed during previous attempts. Since you've conditioned your opponent to expect this, you can now use some trickery. As the match progresses, you again get into NLS and quickly switch into NSSl by hitting 8B+K. Your opponent, already expecting the NLS B, attempts to GI. He's already whiffed so you can punish him with a CH NSSl K. Surprise! Example #3: You're pitted against an Ivy and the match has deteriorated into a long range stalemate. You have more life than your opponent and there are only 15 seconds left in the round. Stance roulette works well in this situation to force the opponent to attack on your terms. So now you shift into a seemingly random sequence of stances. Your opponent becomes so confused, they don't even notice you've shifted into NBSR! You charge and hit 'em with NBSR B. Pow! I've done my best to explain the uses of stance roulette. It's really your decision whether you want to incorporate it or not. I've seen plenty of great Nightmare players who don't use it. Before we leave this section, let's go over four key points. If you can remember these words of wisdom, you're on your way to maximizing stance roulette's full potential. 1) Stance roulette has its time and place. It usually doesn't work against faster characters like Cassandra or Taki. But it will work. Use wisely and you will have tremendous results. 2) Never shift more than twice and vary the number of shifts you do at any given roulette. Nightmare only has about 4 different stances. If you shift more than twice, you lose the appearance of weakness and thus, stance rouletting loses its fake-out power. 3) Keep the roulette unpredictable. What I mean by this is rouletting at odd intervals. I also mean varying the sequence of the roulette and the number of shifts. For example, if you always end your shifting at NBS, then it's much easier to be predictable, which is always bad. 4) Be ready to attack. This means having full knowledge of every stances' attacks. It also entails knowing in advance which stance you will attack from. Try to get roulette down where you can come up with a sequence in a split second. It's fast thinking that seperates a good shift sequence from a bad one. ================== Where's the Sword? ================== Foreword: Props go out to LAU for discovering this technical movement. Keep it up! "Where's the Sword?" or WTS, is a special subtype of stance roulette than only involves two stances. In this case, it involves rouletting between NSSr and NSSl. Although Nightmare is only shifting between two virtually identical stances, the purpose is still the same: to bait the opponent into attacking. Doing WTS is much simpler than conventional stance roulette. All it takes is manually shifting into the opposite stance. For example, if you're in NSSr, all you have to do is perform alternating shifts into NSSl and NSSr. Thus, you would shift as such: NSSr -> NSSl -> NSSr -> NSSl... and so on. If you do it right, it looks like Nightmare is shuffling Soul Edge behind his back, hence the name "Where's the Sword?" There is a special type of WTS that is called Rapid "Where's the Sword?" , or rWTS. Basically, rWTS is where Nightmare attempts to shift, but cannot. As a result, he appears to twitch spastically forward or backward. To perform this, get into an NSS stance and attempt to 8WR shift into the opposite NSS stance. For example, enter NSSr from the 1P side. The 8WR command to enter NSSl is 8B+K. What you want to do is hold 8 and mash B+K. If done correctly, you should see Nightmare twitching and repeatedly saying "Got... got... got..." The direction in which Nightmare will twitch is determined by which stance you are in while attempting to spaz out. Forwards: NSSr -> NSSl shifts Backwards: NSSl -> NSSr shifts As with most technical movements, you're best off applying this in moderation, especially against those uninitiated in Nightmare studies. ======================================= Night Back Stance Running (NBSR) Setups ======================================= Night Back Stance Running is a new stance at Nightmare's disposal. Certain attacks, such as NBS A_[A] and B, are disabled during NBSR. On the other hand, Nightmare can still use NBS K,K and 2A_[A]. NBSR also allows Nightmare to use the NBSR A... series as well as NBSR B, which factors greatly into his RO game. You can use NBSR to chase down opponents who are too far away or to move into his ideal range. The question is: how can I get into NBSR? Here are some ideal setups: 8WR,6B+K -> NBSR - Shifts Nightmare into stance without a hitch. He will advance forward and put the sword behind him in one smooth motion. This works ideally when closing in on a faraway opponent. Stance roulette -> NBSR - You might need a little practice to do this one correctly. The trick is to get into NBS with B+K and then quickly hit 6,6 on the joystick. You might have to mash the joystick to do it correctly. If that's what it takes, go for it. The only problem is you might roulette incorrectly and wind up getting into the wrong stance. Get into NBS 6,6 -> NBSR - This one is real iffy at times. It really depends on the situation and how you shift into NBSR. For example, 3[B], when used up close, gives you horrible frame disadvantage on block. Shifting into NBSR from there wouldn't be a good idea. ========================== Night Running Cancel (NRC) ========================== Nightmare can cancel NBSR by pressing G. In theory, cancelling NBSR - which we will refer to from here on as Night Running Cancel, or NRC - can be used like Taki's Possession Rush Cancel (PORC). Just to remind you, PORC is often used by a Taki player to paralyze an opponent while he/she rushes in. The opponent usually freezes up in fear of eating an attack while Taki can run in relatively untouched. NRC can be used the same way. Here's how. Example #1: NRC -> throw. Probably the most common use of NRC. You can get the opponent to freeze because they anticipate NBSR B or something. At this point, you can hold G to cancel NBSR and then go for the throw. This tactic works especially well around the edges, where NBSR can RO. Example #2: NRC -> NBS K. In an attempt to interrupt your attack, the opposition might try to poke you out of NBSR. At this point, you can throw out NBS K to beat them to the punch. NBS K has great priority so it could cut through any poke attempts. If the knee scores, try G-cancelling and going for a throw. ====================== Soul Charge Strategies ====================== Every character can power up via Soul Charge. You can perform a Soul Charge by holding down A+B+K. Soul Charge has three levels, depending on the length A+B+K is held. Each level of Soul Charge causes the character to glow a certain color. In a nutshell: SC lvl1 = green SC lvl2 = yellow SC lvl3 = blue Using a Soul Charge bestows different modifiers to certain attacks. To list: SC lvl1 = automatic CH SC lvl2 = Guard Crush (blocked attack causes opponent to stagger) SC lvl3 = certain attacks become unblockable (depicted by flame trails on character's weapon) Here's the list of Night's SC-enhanced moves, taken directly from LAU's post at the "Night's Soul Charge Strat" thread: Level 1 – moves that causes Guard Crush at this level b4 44B Level 2 – moves that cause Guard Crush at this level 6B 3A+B NSS A+B Level 3 – moves that becomes Unblockable 66B (woohoo!) NLS A+B 4,4B 4[B] 66kB 1B 3A+B 2A+B NLS 6B Usually the best time to perform a Soul Charge is after you've knocked the opponent too far away to do anything else. Remember, when you do a Soul Charge, you can still walk around or 8WR. At first, your mobility takes a hit but that only happens during the first couple of seconds of SC. ============== iFC/iWS Setups ============== In fighting games, you normally enter the crouching position by holding down on the joystick. However, doing so in SC2 will cause your character to 8WR into the foreground. Instead, the crouching state is accomplished by holding down guard and quickly holding the joystick down. Thus, the input will appear as [g2]. This is called Instant Full Crouch, or iFC for short. To further confuse you (just kidding), there's also Instant While Standing, or iWS. To go into iWS, you first must go into iFC. Then you can quickly return the joystick to neutral position while letting go of the guard button simultaneously. OK, at this point you must be extremely confused. Well, things are going to get crazier. It's possible to enter the iFC/iWS after G-cancelling an attack. To start, let's use 4A. To get to iFC from 4A, you would have to input the command 4a[g2]. If you did it correctly, you should see Nightmare start the animation for 4A, cancel and then remain crouching. The timing can be a tad tricky, but with practice, it can be done with ease. To do iWS from 4A, you would first do 4A~[G]~2 and then simultaneously relase the G button while returning the stick to neutral. ================== Got You Step (GYS) ================== Foreword: Giving credit, where credit is due, I must give mad props to LAU for discovering the Got You Step. Got You Step (which I will refer to as GYS from now on) is a funky special movement Nightmare can do. At first, GYS was considered to be a bizarre glitch in the game, but its existence was verified with the Version D patch. So the first question that must be popping in your head is, "Why the hell is it called 'Got You Step'?" Easy! When Nightmare does 8WR 2_8B+K (the spinning shift into NSSr/NSSl), he says, "Got you!" Now that we've cleared that up, let's move into the sauce of the idea. If you input another command IMMEDIATELY after 8WR 2_8B+K, say AAB, Night will spin, twitch a little, say "Got you!" and then do AAB. You can do this with other regular attacks, but sometimes you'll inadvertently do an 8WR attack or something. MGYS is the super-spazzed-out version of GYS. Nightmare basically spins several times while stuttering, "Got... got... got..." and moving in really fast. If you look closely, Nightmare is actually moving FORWARD and to the SIDE at an incredible rate. It looks extremely bizarre and has probably confused a lot of people I've played against. To do MGYS, first you have to take note of which side of the screen you're on. 8WR shift into NSSr is highly dependent on which side you're on; MGYS works better when you shift into NSSr from 8WR. To summarize, it's 8B+K on the 1P side and 2B+K on the 2P side. To perform MGYS, hold the appropriate direction and mash B+K like crazy. From 1P side, the command would be B+K~B+K~B+K~B+K. If you've done it correctly, Nightmare will spin like crazy. Let's add some more juice to this, eh? While in MGYS, you can mash A, B, or K and get an NSSr attack after the spinning stops. For example, if you perform MGYS and then mash B, you'll spin several times before busting out with NSS B. Fun, yes? Have fun, but don't abuse it! =============== Nailing the 1FS =============== For some odd reason, doing Nightmare's 1FS moves - agA_[A] and bgB_[B] - became a trillion times more difficult in SC2. Thanks to this buffering trick provided by Srayer, you can nail those 1FS's with the greatest of ease. Here's how to do it. Start by holding down the G button. Now, quickly input A or B while holding down G. Then release G as you hit A or B and quickly hit G again. Finally, hit A or B a final time. If you did it correctly, you should see Nightmare do either agA_[A] or bgB_[B]. It's much easier to do on a console, since you can rock your fingers to and fro while doing the move. In the arcade, you might have to use two fingers. In terms of notation, this action will appear as [gA]~gA. Theoretically, you can bust this out from the blocking position. To make it even sexier, try using this after G-cancelling a move. Nice! Now get practicing, young Padawan. ============= BT Just Frame ============= A Just Frame, or "JF" for short, is an attack that requires a precise button input to execute an attack. For example, 6B:B means the second B must be pressed at an exact moment otherwise it will not come out. The majority of characters have some sort of JF. BT refers to the backturned state and it comes with its own unique set of moves. It is possible perform a move and quickly perform a BT attack soon after. Most characters have BT JFs, the most notorious being Cervantes. Since Cervantes has the most plentiful BT JFs, let's use him as an example. 8A+Bg:A+B is probably the easiest to perform. When executed correctly, Cervantes will wind up for his 8A+B attack, but cancel into his BT A+B. As I hinted at earlier, Nightmare has his own BT JFs, namely BT B. You can perform his BT JF by G-cancelling 4A and 4B_[B]. Try this out in practice mode. Perform either move and cancel at the soonest possible moment Nightmare shows his back. Now, quickly cancel with G and tap B. If done properly, Nightmare will cancel and do BT B, which turns the opponent around. Go ahead and feel free to practice this. It might be difficult at first, but eventually you'll get a feel for it. The important thing to remember is you only have a certain number of frames in which you can cancel an attack, so work on timing everything. In time, you'll be able to baffle people by pulling out BT B JFs out of nowhere. ==================== FC/WS Out of Stances ==================== As if Nightmare wasn't tricky enough with his stance-based mixups, it's possible to add another dimension to his assault by inpcorporating FC/WS attacks from his stances. By holding down G and tapping/holding down 2, you can put Nightmare into an FC/WS state. From there, you can force mixups with his FC grab, which hits low, and WS [B] or WS K, which hit mid. Keep in mind, you can only do this from a manual stance shift. For example, you can enter FC/WS state by shifting with B+K, but you cannot do the same with 3[B]. In short, you can't have entered the stance through an attack or the cancellation of an attack. The lone exception is 6B:4B+K. You also can't do this from 8WR-based stance shifts, so 8WR 2_8_3_9B+K are out the question altogether. Example #1: Let's try shifting from NBS into FC grab. To do this, you'd have to press B+K, hold down G briefly, hold down 2 and press G+A. Confusing? In notation, this would appear as B+K[g]~G+A. If you did it correctly, you should see Nightmare briefly enter NBS and quickly go into his FC grab. Neat huh? Let's try something tougher. Example #2: Here's something to try out. Try shifting into NSSr and then going into WS [B]. To do so, press 2B+K (1P side only), hold down G briefly, tap 2 and press [B]. This would appar as 2B+K[g]~2[B]. This is a little trickier, since you have to hold down 2 a bit longer to register the FC state and then let go. I've messed up and done FC [B] several times. If done correctly, Nightmare will briefly go into NSSr, then crouch, and then do WS [B]. The craziness doesn't stop there! You can effectively use this in combination with stance roulette! It's entirely possible to do NBS -> NLS -> NSSr -> WS K or whathaveyou. The possiblities are limited only the by the scope of your imagination. ************** Closing Remarks *************** This strategy guide should take some of the mystery out of the Soul Calibur 2, specifically with Nightmare. Yet this guide is only the tip of the iceberg. Don't get me wrong, it's great to have the movelist memorized, but there is no substitute for experience. Nothing can be simulated to 100% accuracy. And with no actual experience under your belt, it's impossible to detect your strengths and weaknesses. Psychological issues also spring to mind. It's a common occurence among newbies to experience a sort of panic and forget what they've learned. Obviously, such episodes are counterproductive to your goal of being the best Nightmare player you can be. The only way to get around this panic is to practice and become comfortable with your arsenal and with the arcade machine. To sum it up, practice, practice, practice! With time, your game will be smooth and seemingly effortless and who knows? People might come to you for advice. Nightmare is by no means overpowered. He has his share of weaknesses and deficiencies, as does any character. How good you become is dependent on your ability to offset Nightmare's weaknesses with his strengths, your command of the movelist and your ability to adapt to your opponent's playing style. Consider every match a learning experience. At the conclusion of every match, win or lose, you should be able to critique your game. Did you mix up your attacks adequately or do you feel you got predictable? Were you too linear, or did you use sidestep/8WR correctly to gain an advantage over the opposition? It's questions like those that can pinpoint your fallacies and prompt you to take action to correct them. If you feel you can't just critique yourself objectively, grab a buddy or one of the better players out there. Sometimes, it's best to get a second opinion. So enjoy, and go show everyone the greatest nightmare! ********************** Thanks and Dedications ********************** To all those who perished in the tragic events of 9/11/2001 - I hope this great tragedy opens eyes and makes people cherish life. Your deaths will not be in vain. God bless you all. To those who continue to protect our safety overseas - We might not ever say, but I will. Thank you for sacrificing your time and possibly even your lives to defend the rights that make this country great. I wish you all the best as well as success and a safe trip home. To all my family - They have always been people I could depend on when the going gets tough. Trust me, it has been tough. If it weren't for my family, I wouldn't be half the decent and law-abiding person I am today. Thank you, I love you all! Namco - For making such a kick-ass game and a kick-ass character like Nightmare. Oh, I definitely have to thank 'em for Cassandra! She sexy. Props to the regulars on the Nightmare SC forums. To all the greatest Nightmare players: Srayer, Fury, tieTYT. You guys inspire me to play a better Nightmare every time I hit the arcade. Soulcalibur.com forums, and Guardimpact.com - Excellent resources for beginners and experts alike. No SC2 player worth his weight in quarters would not visit. I highly recommend it. Check each out at <http://www.soulcalibur.com> and <http://www.guardimpact.com>. Coldplay, Foo Fighters, U2, Elvis Presley, Coldplay, and Garbage - For providing a great soundtrack while I went to work on this FAQ. Without these awesome bands, I don't know how I'd still be up at 2 in the morning writing. Kristin Kreuk - No real reason, except for the fact she's the sexiest woman in the world!