ARTHUR / KATANA STYLE FAQ, Ver. 1.0 Copyright 2005 by Daniel Valentin(firstname.lastname@example.org) --------------------------------------------------- Introduction: Soul Calibur III, character-wise, is probably one of the most ambitious 3D fighting games ever. Second only to Tekken 5 in character volume, it even surpasses it if you count the Create-A-Soul mode, which lets you expand its already formidable number with your own creations. The different fighting styles you can give your different characters are some of the most interesting and often downright weirdest ever available in a fighting game. Amongst the characters in this game, there are those called Bonus Characters. These characters are characters created by Namco who are not part of the official SCIII cast, but they are just as interesting and playable as any of the "real" characters in the game. They each represent one of the fighting styles available in Create-A-Soul mode. This FAQ's topic of choice is Arthur, one of these bonus characters, and the fighting style he represents, Katana Style. I hope that by creating this FAQ, more people will be interested in writing FAQs for the other edit fighting styles, since it's be a shame for the SCIII community to just focus on the series' "real" characters and not put any attention to all the other styles available. --------------------------------------------------- CONTENTS (Note: This FAQ has been written to facilitate use of the ďFindĒ function in browsers like Mozilla Firefox. Simply use the Find function and write the number of the part of the FAQ you want to jump to. For example, by writing ď05.3", youíll jump straight to ďKicks(K Button).) 01) Version History 02) Who is Arthur?/What is Katana Style? 03) Unlocking Arthur/Who uses Katana Style? 04) Key 05) Move List 05.1) Horizontal Slash(A Button) 05.2) Vertical Slash(B Button) 05.3) Kicks(K Button) 05.4) Simultaneous buttons(A+B, A+K, B+K) 05.5) Throws 05.6) 8-way run moves 06) Why should I use Arthur/Katana Style? (pending) 07) Strategies (pending) 08) Whatís missing from this guide? 09) Thanks/acknowledgements --------------------------------------------------- 01) VERSION HISTORY -0.75(November 03, 2005): First draft of FAQ. Move list is complete, but need to add the Strategy and Why ShouldÖ sections. Maybe Iíll add more sections depending on feedback. --------------------------------------------------- 02) WHO IS ARTHUR/WHAT IS KATANA STYLE? Arthur is actually not a new character to the Soul Edge/Calibur series. He was a character exclusive to the Korean version of the first Soul Calibur. He was a palette swap/replacement to Mitsurugi. The reason for this change is that Namco didn't want to include Mitsurugi in the Korean version, since many Koreans hate the image of the samurai. Back in the past, there was war between Japan and Korea, with the Japanese trying to invade Korea and colonizing it. From these invasion attempts, the image of the samurai has been demonized by the Koreans as an image of repression and enmity. So as not to offend their Korean fans, Namco decided to change Mitsurugi into a Caucasian character. The first Soul Calibur wasn't even the first game in the series to sport this change: Mitsurugi was taken out of the Korean version of Soul Edge, too, replaced by Hwang Seong Kyung. It's interesting to note that this bit of historical trivia actually appears as part of the storyline in the games: both Hwang and Yun- Seong are members of the Korean navy, whose job was to defend the shores of Korea from foreign invaders(that's even their whole reason for looking for Soul Edge: using it as a weapon to defend their country), and Mitsurugi worked as a mercenary for the Japanese army in battles with the Korean navy. Yun-Seong even calls Mitsurugi an "enemy of my homeland" in his Tales Of Souls storyline. Anyway, in Soul Calibur III, Arthur is a bonus character which represents Katana Style, one of the selectable fighting styles in Create-A-Soul mode. I don't know if he's still the default samurai character in the Korean version(any info will be highly appreciated!), but at least in the versions outside Korea, Mitsurugi's the default samurai and Arthur's the bonus character. However, Namco did not put Arthur in the game as a palette swap, but instead made him represent the Katana Style available to created characters, and it's COMPLETELY different from Mitsurugi's fighting style(named Soul Of Mitsurugi in the game). Contrary to Yoshimitsu, who has quite a few moves from Mitsurugi's repertoire, Arthur/Katana Style is different enough that it must be practiced like a completely different character, the jump is not as easy. However, Arthur/Katana Style is QUITE fun and original, and it's IMHO a very effective style worth your time to master. Right now, it's my main style of play. --------------------------------------------------- 03) UNLOCKING ARTHUR/WHO USES KATANA STYLE? Arthur, as a bonus character, is not readily selectable. To use him, you must meet either one of these conditions: -defeat him with any character in Tales Of Souls. I don't have the exact characters you can fight with him against(I'll make sure to include it in future revisions...), but if you fight him and defeat him, he'll be unlocked when you return to the main screen. -play 550 battles in any game mode. You don't even have to WIN any battles, losing battles count towards this total. This is how I unlocked him. The Katana Style is available only to the Samurai and Swordmaster character job classes. To unlock these job classes: -Samurai: Go over Level 50 with an Assassin character in Chronicles of the Sword OR play 610 battles in any mode. Once these conditions are met, you can buy the job class in Valeria's item shop for 20000 G. -Swordmaster: Get to level 50 with ALL character classes in Chronicles of the Sword, then go above Level 50 with any character OR play 610 battles in any mode(quite obviously, the second method is MUCH easier and MUCH less time-consuming). Once these conditions are met, you can buy the job class in Valeria's item shop for 76500 G. --------------------------------------------------- 04) KEY This guide is written in the standard number/letter format accepted by most Soul Calibur players. The numbers represent directions in the controller. The directions correspond to the directions in a keyboardís number pad. For example, if you were to press downward on the controller, itíd be represented by the number 2. Directional Input: Control Layout: 7 8 9 4 N 6 1 2 3 1 = Back Down 2 = Down 3 = Down Forward 4 = Back N = Neutral 6 = Forward 7 = Back Up 8 = Up 9 = Up Forward Buttons: g = Guard Button a = Horizontal Slash Button b = Vertical Slash Button k = Kick Button Hit Level: h = Hits High m = Hits Mid l = Hits Low sm = Special Mid(a Mid that can be blocked low) sl = Special Low(a Low that can be blocked high) t = Throw u = Unblockable sp = Special move Properties: GI = Guard Impact GB = Guard Break Misc: AT = Attack Throw ST = Stance SP = Special Movement WC = While Crouching WS = While Standing WL = While Landing WJ = While Jumping FC = Forced Crouch 8WR = 8 Way Run CH = Counter Hit SWP = Sweep(the opponent is swept of his/her feet) BNC = Bounce(Opponent is bounced off the ground back into the air) DO = Double Over Stun(enemy doubles over in pain, but can recover) TH = Toe Hop Stun(enemy hops on one foot in pain, cannot recover) FB = Fall Back Stun(enemy stumbles backwards, but can recover) FD = Fall Down Stun(enemy falls down backwards, cannot recover) SD = Snap Down(opponent gets violently knocked down to his back) CS = Crumble Fall Stun(enemy crumbles in pain, cannot recover) SS = Spin Stun(enemy spins in place, cannot recover) TA = Turn Around(enemy ends up with his back towards you) BT = Back Towards opponent [ ] = Hold _ = Or : = Just Frame Input ... = Repeat Input --------------------------------------------------- 05) MOVE LIST The names for Arthurís/Katana Styleís different moves are made by me, since the game doesnít give them any names. I wonít try for colorful move names unless a move is spectacular enough to merit one, I prefer a more functional name describing the move instead. From this point on(unless otherwise noted), Iíll use ďArthurĒ to describe both Arthur and a Katana Style-using character. --------------------------------------------------- 05.1) HORIZONTAL SLASH(A BUTTON) -Double horizontal slash: a,a (h,h) Arthur does two consecutive horizontal sword slashes. Itís a pretty fast move, and a natural combo(if the first one hits, the second oneís guaranteed). -Spin slash to Sankaku-Gatame: 1a,b+k (m,mAT, 1st hit CS on CH) This technique is one of Arthurís many transitions into an attack throw. Arthur spins low and does a slash that hits mid, then he climbs on the opponentís arm and flips him over, finishing with a triangle armbar. The first hit LOOKS like it hits low(since Arthur crouches while doing the spin) but hits mid, so itís a good move to trick someone into blocking wrong. The AT is pretty fast, and good to throw out if you whiffed the 1a or the opponent is blocking low. 1a CSís on CH, so you can either follow it with a quick attack (2k works well) or continue into the AT, which is now guaranteed. -Thigh slash: 2a (sl) Arthur does a low slash to the opponentís thigh. It hits sl, which means it hits low but can be blocked high. It canít hit grounded enemies, and itís not very fast. In other words, itís basically crap. -Mid hook punch: 3a (m, DO on CH) Arthur does a hooking punch to the opponentís midsection. Itís pretty fast, and it DOís on CH, giving you a moment to follow up. -Sword butt hit: 4a (h, FD on CH) Arthur hits the opponent across the face with the butt of his sword. It FDís on CH, and even if it hits normally, the opponent ends up sideways to you. Pretty fast, too. Overall a useful attack. -Step slash: 6a (h) Arthur does a slash while stepping forward. Basically the same as a regular a, except it canít be followed up and it has a little more reach. Only use it to tag somebody in the middle of a move. -High step slice: 4a (h, FD) Arthur steps forward with a slice towards the opponentís face. Pretty good reach because of the step, pretty fast, and it FD, so it can be followed with a quick hit when the opponent lands on the ground. -Double spinning face slice: 6a (h,h) Arthur spins while slicing the opponent twice across the face. Pretty quick, good damage, and the opponent gets pushed back pretty far, making it a good attack to use to get some distance between you and your opponent. -Crouching thigh slash: WCa (sl) Exactly the same attack as the regular thigh slash, but done while crouching. -Mid rising slash: WSa (m) Arthur does a slash to the opponentís midsection as he gets up from a crouch. On hit, it pushes back a pretty good distance, giving you some breathing room. -Air spinning slash: WJa (h, TA) Arthur hops forward while spinning a slashes the opponentís face. Pretty fast, and the opponent gets TA when it hits, which can lead to big pain for him if you can follow it up quickly enough. -Late low slash: WLa (l) Arthur jumps and slashes towards the opponentís feet as he land. A very good move for surprising a foe who blocks too much, itís pretty fast and hits very low. --------------------------------------------------- 05.2) VERTICAL SLASH(B BUTTON) -Down-up slash: b,b (m,m) Arthur does two quick slashes, one downwards one upwards. Natural combo, pretty fast and with good frontal coverage. Itís also a great combo and ring out move from any launcher. -Downward butt hit: 1b (m) Arthur hits the opponent on the head with the butt of his sword. Fast, it pushes the opponent away well. -Downward slice: 2b (m) Arthur bends down while slashing his sword downwards. Fast and can hit grounded opponents. Very useful. -One-handed upward slash: 3b (m) Arthur slashes upwards with his sword using only one hand. This move is a low launcher. The opponent floats up to Arthurís eye level, so you have to be quick to follow it up. On CH, it launches higher, giving you more options. Following it with k is AWESOME as a ring out strategy, since the kick send the opponent flying backwards. -Neck palm: 4b (h, SD) Arthur thrusts his palm into the opponentís neck, snapping him to the ground. AWESOME move, even if it hits high. You can quickly follow up with an attack, and it can easily give you a few seconds to recoup if youíre being pressured by your opponent. -Forward stab: 6b (m) Arthur stabs his opponent with his sword at length. VERY useful move. It comes out fast and has great reach, awesome for poking opponents from afar. On CH, the enemy gets pushed back a LOT, so it can easily give you lots of breathing room. -Rushing elbow: 4b (m, FD) Arthur leans backwards and suddenly snaps forwards with an elbow to the belly. GREAT move. The leaning back motion can give you a little bit of space between you and the opponent, and the elbow comes out pretty fast. It ALWAYS FDís, so itís great to tag a little hit afterwards. -Butt launcher to downward slash: 6b (m,m) Arthur thrusts the butt of his sword upwards, launching his opponent, and immediately follows through with a downward slash. Great move to punish whiffs, since itís a natural combo. The launcherís not very good, since it barely gives you time to get a quick hit in as the opponent lands, but the guaranteed b afterwards more than makes up for it. It also easily rings out an opponent close to the edge. -Crouching upward slash: WCb (m) Arthur slashes upward while crouching. Just a regular move, nothing fancy about it. -Uppercut to Tomoe-Nage: WCb,b+k (m,t) Arthur does an uppercut that raises the opponent off the ground and quickly follows it with an overhead leg throw. AWESOME move. The uppercut comes out fast and hits mid, and even if the uppercutís blocked the throw comes out FAST. Great for doing some quick damage out of a defensive crouch. Also, the Tomoe-Nage is a REGULAR throw, so it hits even if the opponent is blocking! -Rising upward slash: WSb (m) This is exactly the same as the crouching upward slash, but he gets up as he slashes. -Downward aerial slash: WJb (m) Arthur jumps and slashes downward at the opponentís head. Just a quick aerial attack. Nothing special. -Downward landing slash: WLb (m, FD) Arthur jumps and does a quick downward slash. Use this as a mix-up with WLa to confuse the opponent. --------------------------------------------------- 05.3) KICKS(K BUTTON) -Snap kick: k (h) Arthur does a quick snap kick to the opponentís face. Just a regular kick, but itís best use is to hit it after a launcher to ring out the opponent. -Stomp: k:2 (sm) Arthur does a quick stomp to the opponentís feet. While not useful while standing, this is a great attack to tag a grounded opponent, since itís quite fast. -Sweep kick: 1k (l, SW on CH) Arthur does a low kick at the opponentís feet. This is an awesome attack, since Arthur gets pretty low, avoiding any high attacks, and the kick SWís the opponent on CH. Itís also great to tag a grounded opponent. -Knee: 3k (m) Arthur steps forward with a knee to the opponentís midsection. A blah attack, nothing special. -Shoulder charge into Aikido arm throw: 4k,b+k (m,mAT, 1st hit FB on CH) Arthur thrusts forward with his shoulder, ramming into the opponent, the grabs the opponent by the hand and flips him around his lateral axis(he spins around sideways). The shoulder comes out pretty fast and does good damage, and the AT is guaranteed on CH. It looks WICKED, too :) -Hooking heel kick: 6k (m, FD on hit, BNC on CH) Arthur does a hooking heel kick downwards. If the opponent gets hit, he falls down. If he gets hit on CH, he gets BOUNCED upward for major punishment! This is an AWESOME launcher on CH, you can dish out some ugly combos from this. Following it with b,b is an easy, juicy three-hit juggle combo, and it rings out beautifully. -Front flip kick: 4k (m) Arthur flips forward while kicking. Useless move. The kick comes out kinda late, and, while flipping, a quick enemy can tag you to start a juggle. I donít use this. -Upward thrust kick: 6k (m) Arthur spins and suddenly kicks upward, sending his opponent flying. AWESOME launcher, it sends the opponent REALLY high. The recoveryís kinda blah, so you canít just throw it out, but if it hits itís party time. Hit it when the opponentís near a wall and itís an all-you-can-eat juggle buffet! -Poke kick: WCk (l) Arthur pokes his opponent with a kick. Just a regular crouching attack, but it has pretty good reach. -Low heel kick: WCk (l) Arthur does a quick heel kick to the opponentís ankle. Pretty useless, since itís got crap reach, low damage and no combo potential. The poke kick can be used in the same situation and is infinitely better. -Rising knee: WSk (m, FD on hit) Arthur rises with a knee to the stomach. This is a good wake-up move, since it FDís the opponent, giving you a little time to breath. -Jumping spin kick: WJk (m) Arthur does a spinning jump kick which knocks down the opponent. AWESOME move to avoid low attacks and punish them. -Landing front kick: WLk (m) Arthur does a front kick as he lands. Blah move. --------------------------------------------------- 05.4) SIMULTANEOUS BUTTONS(A+B, A+K, B+K) -Flying triple slash: a+b,b,b (m,m,m) Arthur slashes the opponent into the air and jumps towards him, slashing a second time upwards and then a third time downwards before landing. Cool looking move, and quite damaging if it hits. Use this to punish any whiffs, and as a cool-looking juggler after a launcher. However, if used after a launcher, only do the first two hits, since the third will miss and leave you open. Also, do NOT use this move when youíre opponent is near the edge, because you can easily ring yourself out. -Harai-Goshi: 6a+b (t) Arthur dashes towards the opponent, grabs him by the arm and flips him over his shoulder, kicking with his thigh for added leverage. Use this to surprise an opponent whoís out of normal throw range, but keep in mind this is an easy throw to break free of, since it can be broken with both a or b. Itís also great to close the distance for a back grab if youíre a few steps away. -Rushing tackle slash: b+k (m,m, 1st hit FB) Arthur holds his sword low and behind him and rushes forward with a tackle, ending with an upwards slash. If the first hit lands, the second hit is basically guaranteed(at least I havenít been beaten out of it yetÖ), and the second hit launches, making this one hell of a move to rack up the damage. The tackle rings out swell, too. Itís got INSANE range, since he can start the move from really far. -Rushing tackle fake: 4b+k (sp) Arthur rushes forward just like the rushing tackle slash, but stops in his tracks. USELESS, since you canít follow it with anything. -Long rushing tackle slash: 6b+k (m,m, 1st hit FB) Arthur does a rushing tackle slash, but walks further than in the regular version. As if the original one didnít have enough rangeÖ :) -Front flip Izuna drop: 8b+k (m, air throw) Hehehe, not even the Brady Games Strategy Guide knows this :p Arthur flips forward with a quick double front kick doing pitiful damage, IF DONE ON THE ENEMY WHILE HEíS ON THE GROUND. If the enemyís on the air itís an AWESOME looking airgrab in which Arthur grabs the opponent and flips repeatedly before driving him/her headfirst into the ground. Awesome juggle finisher, looks just completely awesome. -Grappling Frenzy: a+k (sp, GI) This is an auto-counter, and what an auto-counter! Arthur deflects his opponentís blow, rushes towards him/her and flip throws him to the ground, follows up with a side-control immobilization and finishes with a neck crank. This counters high and mid attacks of ANY KIND except unblockables and throws. Horizontal attacks, vertical attacks and kicks can all be countered with this. This is a downright BRUTAL move, it will make an opponent think twice before doing anything too obvious. It also has INCREDIBLE reach, since Arthur rushes forward after deflecting the attack, so you can even counter attacks from far away(up yours, Siegfried! *WHAM!*). This is one of Arthurís absolute best moves, and one you should master as quickly as possible. It IS possible for the opponent to actually GI this move, but the timingís INSANE. Only the computerís been able to do it to me, I havenít had it GIíd by a human player. --------------------------------------------------- 05.5) THROWS (Note: Arthur has no special side throws, if a side throw is executed heíll just do the throw that corresponds to the buttons pressed) -Harai-Goshi: a+g (t) This is the exact same throw as 6a+b, only this oneís for close range. Just your regular throw, but it does switch sides with the opponent, so it can be good to turn the tables on an opponent whoís got you near the edge. -Quebradora con giro: b+g (t) Arthur grabs his opponent and executes a wrestling knee-to-back breaker. More damaging than Harai-Goshi, and doesnít flip sides with the opponent. -Double-arm reverse overhead throw: a+g_b+g_6a+b on the opponentís back (t) Arthur grabs one of the opponentís arms, turns around so theyíre back-to- back, grabs the other arm, and flips his opponent over him. NASTY looking throw, does the same damage as the Quebradora. The cool thing is that, since he can use 6a+b to execute it, Arthur can actually backgrab WAY further away than any other character in the game. --------------------------------------------------- 05.6) 8-WAY RUN MOVES -Double spinning face slice: 8WRa (h,h) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Butt launcher to downward slash: 8WRb (m,m) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Upward thrust kick: 8WRk (m) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Sliding sweep: 8WRk (l) The execution is the same, but you do this after running forward a few steps. Arthur drops to the ground with a sliding kick that sweeps the opponent off his feet. The typical running sweep everybody has. -Harai-Goshi: 8WRa+b (t) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Rolling forward thrust: 8WRa+b in any direction BUT 6 (m) Arthur rolls on the ground and thrusts his sword at the opponentís gut, knocking him down in the process. GREAT move. The roll goes very low, avoiding any high attacks, and the thrust comes out fast and hits mid. Itís also a great ring out move. -Long rushing tackle slash: 8WR__b+k (m,m, 1st hit FB) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Rushing tackle slash: 8WR_b+k (m.m, 1st hit FB) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Rushing tackle fake: 8WR__b+k (sp) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run versionÖ and just as useless. -Grappling Frenzy: 8WR[any]a+k This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. Itís AWESOME that he basically has this at his disposal no matter what direction heís moving in! -Bulldozer: 8WR__a,b (m,l, 2nd hit CS) Yes, THAT Bulldozer. PAUL PHOENIXíS Bulldozer. Arthur spins backwards towards his opponent with an elbow and follows it up with a low-hitting uppercut that lifts the opponent of the ground, and the opponent falls down in pain when he lands. This move is just as useful as in Tekken 5, which is VERY. Any mid-low hit combination is useful, and thankfully this move is fast as well. You can also omit the second button press to do just the elbow, which pushes the opponent back pretty far if it hits. Also, the second hit can ring out, too. Overall a very useful move. -Upward slash: 8WR__b (m) Arthur spins and does a quick upward slash. Comes out fast, for good whiff punishing. Otherwise, itís just a regular move. -Forward arm cross slash: 8WR_a (m, CS on CH) Arthur crosses his arms, slashing his sword. Pretty fast, and the CS on CH is very nice. -Lifting uppercut to Grappling Frenzy: 8WR_b,b+k (m,u) Arthur does an uppercut that lifts the opponent of the ground and follows it with the Grappling Frenzy as an unblockable throw! SWEET! The grabbing frenzy comes out pretty fast, and itís HARD to break out of. -Spinning back kick: 8WR_k (h) Arthur does a FAST spinning back kick to the opponentís face. Although it hits high, this move is great just because of how frigginí FAST it is. You can stuff a lot of moves with it. -Crouching sweep slash: 8WR_a (l) Arthur crouches down and sweeps the opponent of his feet with his sword. Great low attack, but itís kinda slow, so you canít just throw it out. -High step slice: 8WRa This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. -Shoulder tackle: 8WR_b (m) Arthur does a shoulder tackle that knocks the opponent down. Great for pushing rushing opponentís away and getting some breathing room. -Front kick: 8WR_k (m) Arthur does a front kick while stepping towards the opponent. Not a very good move, youíre better off using one of his other 8WR moves. -Rushing elbow: 8WRb (m, FD on hit) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version, and itís a great way to go on the offensive from a backward 8WR. -Front flip kick: 8WRk (m) This is the exact same as the non-8-way run version. --------------------------------------------------- 06) WHY SHOULD I USE ARTHUR/KATANA STYLE? (This is gonna be a pretty long section, so Iíll do it in a future update) --------------------------------------------------- 07) STRATEGIES (This section will have both general and character specific-strategies, stay tuned) --------------------------------------------------- 08) WHATíS MISSING FROM THIS GUIDE? Other than the obviously incomplete sections, I need info on Arthurís status in the Korean version. Also, any of you who have good tips on move usage or character-specific strategies for Arthur/Katana Style, please let me know at my e-mail, itíd be much appreciated :) Oh, and although itís not directly related to this guide, I do have a request for you guys: WRITE FAQS ON THE OTHER BONUS CHARACTERS/EDIT STYLES! I donít wanna see only guides on the signature series characters and have everyone neglect the bonus characters. Get crackiní people! --------------------------------------------------- 09) THANKS/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -Namco: For making such an awesome fighting game that is deep and complicated beyond my wildest expectations. -My brother Ferdi: For being so frigginí good at this game that he forces me to keep up. -The internet Soul Calibur community: For being interested enough in the game that it merits my attention as an FAQ writer. -Candy rope: Just because itís so tangy and good!