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Move List and Guide by merlin196

Version: 1.02 | Updated: 11/23/2009

The Killing Blade FAQ v1.02 


by Merlin 


INTRODUCTION
************

The Killing Blade is a one on one 2D fighting game by IGS from 1997/8. The game
is a bit similar to the Samurai Shodown games by SNK. There are 12 characters
to choose from and 2 bosses and all are armed with a weapon of some kind except
the final boss. I couldn't find an FAQ in English anywhere so decided to make
one myself. My hope is that for people starting out playing the game this FAQ
will make things a little easier. 

It's worth noting that IGS did release an enhanced version of this game called
The Killing Blade Plus. The main differences in this enhanced version are that
you get to pick three characters rather than two and also the bosses are
selectable on the character select screen. I haven't actually played it myself
so am not sure what other differences there might be between the two versions. 


STORY
*****

After the Mongol invasion of Central China the Yuan Dynasty was founded by
Kublai Khan. The people suffered greatly under the Yuan Dynasty with
pestilence, floods and drought. There was an unprising by anti-Yuan forces
in the central plains and against this background of great turmoil twelve
fighters came together in battle. Perhaps there are also sinister forces at
work during this time of great strife. 


GAMEPLAY BASICS
***************

Abbreviations Used
------------------

u	up
d	down
b	back
f	forward
qcf	quarter circle forward i.e. d,df,f
qcb	quarter circle back i.e. d,db,b
hcf	half circle forward i.e. b,db,d,df,f
hcb	half circle back i.e. f,df,d,db,b
A	light punch/slash
B	light kick
C	heavy punch/slash	
D	heavy kick


Basics
------

Each character has two different strengths of punches and kicks. 

Press up to jump. You can also jump higher by pressing up twice.

Press down to duck.

Press backward to move backwards and also to block attacks. Pressing down back
will block low attacks. You can block in mid-air and on the ground. 

Press forward to move forward.

Press forward twice to dash in that direction.

Press backward twice to dash in that direction.

Press towards or away from the opponent and C to throw them. 

Press B and C together to perform a middle attack. This can hit an opponent who
is blocking while crouching.

Press A and B together to dodge an attack.

Press and hold A and C together to charge your defensive power meter.

Press A and D together to tag. 

Press C and D together followed by a particular series of button presses to
perform a special combo.

Press A, B and C together to become 'raged'.

Press B, C and D together while raged to perform a special attack.

Taunts happen automatically once a character has been standing still for a
while.


Offensive Power Meter
---------------------

This is the red meter at the bottom of the screen. It gradually fills up as
you perform attacks whether they hit your opponent or not and also as you take
damage. When the meter is just under half full it will start flashing and you
can tag and therefore switch fighters. Tagging reduces the meter by just under
one half. Once the meter is full you will be able to peform one of your
character's super moves.


Defensive Power Meter
---------------------

This is the blue meter at the bottom of the screen just below the offensive
power meter. This meter gradually fills up whenever you block your opponent's
hits. Also you can charge the meter by pressing and holding A and C together.
The character Ling has the unique ability of being able to increase her
defensive power meter by taunting her opponent.  Once the meter is full you can
perform a 'CD combo' which is a special combo. Performing a CD combo will drain
the meter completely.


Tagging
-------

You can switch fighters during a round by tagging. To tag you press A and D
together. However you can only tag if your offensive power meter is at least
just under half full. Whenever you tag your meter decreases by just under a
half. It's possible to start a combo with one character, switch characters and
then still carry on with the combo.
 

CD Combos
---------

The CD combos are special combos you can perform once your defensive power
meter is full. These work in a similar way to the CD combos in Samurai
Shodown IV by SNK. When your defensive power meter is full press C and D
together followed by a series of button presses to pull off the special combo. 


Raged Mode
----------

You can press A, B and C at the same time to become 'raged'. This works in a
very similar way to the rage explosions in Samurai Shodown IV. You can do
this at any point in a round but only once per match. This can be useful when
an opponent is attacking you and allows you to escape from a combo. The timer
temporarily stops and both the offensive and defensive power meters turn yellow
and start to slowly drain. During this time you cannot tag or perform supers.
Before the meters have completely drained you can perform a powerful move by
pressing B, C and D together. Once the meters have completely drained the timer
starts to count down again. Your offensive power meter will stay empty for the
remainder of the match so you will be unable to tag or perform supers. Your
defensive power meter on the other hand can be filled in the normal way.


CHARACTER MOVE LIST
*******************

Note: Moves marked with an asterisk can only be performed after another attack
has been used first. They can't be used on their own.


LONG
----

Age: 24

Weapons: long sword

Hobbies: chess

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			    	Meteor Light			

f,d,df + A or C	(ground or mid-air) 	Rising Sword		

qcb + A or C 			    	Sword Dash	

qcf or qcb + A or B or C or D (mid-air) Aerial Slash 


Super Moves

d,df,hcb + A or C (mid-air)        	One Hundred Sword Strike

d,df,hcb + A or C			Shadow Sword Swing *

 
CD Combo

C+D, A, A, C, C, D, D, A, C, C, C


Notes: The Shadow Sword Swing super move can only be performed immediately
after the final hit of Long's CD combo. Long's Aerial Slash moves when
pressing A, B or C can all be followed up by an additional Aerial Slash when
pressing D.


**********


ZHUGE
-----

Age: 29

Weapons: knife

Hobbies: drinking, revenge

----------

Special Moves

qcb + A or C			    Yan Knife	

f,d,df + A or C			    Flying Chop	

qcf + A or C			    Shadow Knife 

qcb + A (mid-air)		    Arc Moon

qcb + C (mid-air)		    Flame Kick		

qcf + A or C (mid-air)		    Diving Slash

b,d,db + C			    Whirlwind Grab *

qcf + B or D 			    Wind Kick *  	


Super Moves 

qcfx2 + A or C			    Overhead Spinning Blade

qcbx2 + A (mid-air)		    Blade Dance

qcbx2 + C (mid-air)		    Firestorm


CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, B, A, C, D, B, A, C


Notes: Zhuge's Whirlwind Grab move can only be performed after connecting
with a standing C attack first. However it won't work if you are standing
too close to the opponent when connecting with the standing C. The Wind
Kick move can only be performed immediately after a crouching A. The
Shadow Knife move can be followed up by A, C, A, C and then either A or C
for some extra hits. 


**********


YIZHEN
------

Age: unknown

Weapons: dharma stick

Hobbies: unknown

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C 			Whirl Split 

qcb + A or C  			Hui Days 

qcb + B or D  			Hook Leg Sweep 

f,d,df + A or C 		Rising Staff Strike

f,d,df + B or D 		One Hundred Hit Staff	

b,d,db + A or C			Shadow Dive

qcb + A or C (mid-air)		Extending Staff Strike

b,d,db + A or C (mid-air)             "     "	
	  
f,df,d + A or C (mid-air)	      "     "

qcb + D				Wake Up Call *


Super Moves 

d,db,hcf + B or D		Hurricane Staff


CD Combo

C+D, B, B, C, C, D, D, B, C, C, C


Notes: Yizhen's Whirl Split, Hui Days and Hook Leg Sweep moves can all be
followed up by the Wake Up Call move. The Whirl Split move can be cancelled
after the first hit by pressing A. The Rising Staff Strike move is used to
counter an opponent's attack.


**********


LING
----

Age: 23

Weapons: whip

Hobbies: sightseeing 

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			Horsewhip	

qcb + A or C			Jade Belt	

b,d,db + A or C			Rising Tiger Claw 

qcb + B 			Charging Attack

qcb + D				Jumping Shadow Kick

qcf + A or C (mid-air)  	Air Horsewhip   


Super Moves 

qcfx2 + A or C			Whip of Fire

qcbx2 + B or D (mid-air)	Sliding Kick Storm 


CD Combo

C+D, B, B, C, C, D, D, B, C, C, C 


Notes: When Ling taunts her opponent after standing still for a while her
defensive power meter increases.


**********


TSAN
----

Age: 53

Weapons: two swords

Hobbies: meditation

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			 Electric Charge	 

qcf + B or D			 Drilling Slash	 

b,d,db + A or C 		 Dual Sword Swing 

b,d,db + B or D			 Bamboo Slicer	 

qcb + B or D (ground or mid-air) Sky Launcher
(followed by A or C OR B or D)

qcb + A or C (mid-air) 		 Yan Scissors 

qcf + B or D 			 Dragon Spin *

f,d,df + A or C			 Spinning Blade *	 


Super Moves 

d,db,hcf + A or C (mid-air)      Meteor Storm


CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, B, A, C, D, B, A, C


Notes: Tsan's Sky Launcher (when followed up by B or D), Dual Sword Swing and
Yan Scissors moves can all be followed up by the Spinning Blade move. The
Dragon Spin can only be performed immediately after a crouching A or B or a
standing A or B. 


**********


JINLUN
------

Age: 17

Weapons: metal hoops

Hobbies: eating candied fruit, visiting the temple

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			   Throwing Ring	

qcf + B or D			   Rotating Back Spin

f,d,df + A or C			   Ring of Fire	

qcb + C				   Ring Smasher			

qcb + B (ground or mid-air) 	   Escaping Jump
(alternatively qcf + B in mid-air)

qcb + D (ground or mid-air) 	   Eagle Dive
(followed by A or B or D to attack or C to cancel)

qcb + C				   Tiger Bite *

qcf + D				   Dragon *


Super Moves 

qcfx2 + A or C (mid-air)	   Energy Ball Shower


CD Combo

C+D, A, A, C, C, D, D, A, C, C, C 


Notes: The Throwing Ring move is enhanced if one or both of the power meters
are full. If one meter is full the move does 2 hits and if both meters are full
it does 3 hits. The Escaping Jump move is simply a dodging move. The Tiger Bite
move can only be used immediately after f + C or C, C. The Tiger Bite move can
be followed up by the Dragon move.


**********


CHINHU
------

Age: 42

Weapons: two spiked clubs

Hobbies: stealing the wages of Yuan soldiers

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			   Roaring Hammer	

f,d,df + A or C			   Dual Hammer Smash

hcb + A or C			   Rising Hammer Attack

hcb + B or D (close)		   Tiger Hold	


Super Moves 

d,db,hcf + A or C		   Energy Shockwave


CD Combo

C+D, B, B, C, C, D, D, B, C, C, C


**********


HADES
-----

Age: unknown

Weapons: book of life and death

Hobbies: unknown

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			    Book Of Death

qcf + B or D			    Book Of Death Next Paragraph

qcb + A or C			    Brush Spin

qcb + B or D 			    Reverse Shadow Attack
(followed by A or B OR C or D)

qcf or qcb + A or C (mid-air)       Green Phantom 

qcb + B or D (mid-air)		    Flying Energy Bolt	

f,d,df + A or B or C or D (mid-air) Ghost Summoning

f,d,df + A or C			    Raging Fury	*


Super Moves

qcfx2 + A or C		            Soul Ghost	

qcbx2 + A or C			    Ghost Insanity  


CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, B, A, C, D, B, A, C


Notes: The Green Phantom move must be performed close to the opponent when
pressing A. It can be used from further away when pressing C. The Raging Fury
move can only be used immediately after connecting with f + D.


**********


BUTO
----

Age: 54

Weapons: two scimitars

Hobbies: meditation, preaching, wandering through the land

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C (ground or mid-air)      Spinning Knife	

f,d,df + A or C			      Rising Arc Blade

qcb + A or C			      Sumersault Grab

qcb + B or D			      Cross-Legged Tornado		

b,d,db + A or C			      Dual Blade Slicer

b,d,db + B or D 		      Fire Sphere
(followed by A or C to attack or D to cancel)	

qcb + B or D			      Aerial Dive *


Super Moves

qcfx2 + A or C (ground or mid-air)    Spirit Summoning


CD Combo 

C+D, A, A, C, C, D, D, A, C, C, C


Notes: Buto's Aerial Dive move can only be used after pressing up twice to jump
high. 


**********


ABACUS
------

Age: 50

Weapons: abacus

Hobbies: making money, counting money, hoarding money

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			   Abacus Fire
	
qcb + A or C			   Flying Yan	

qcb + B or D			   Handstand Kick

f,d,df + A or C			   Wheel Slice	

b,d,db + A or C			   Ground Fire Sweep

b,d,db + B or D 		   Abacus Surprise Attack
(followed by B or D to attack OR A or C to cancel)


Super Moves 

qcbx2 + A or C		           Disembowelment Frenzy


CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, A, C, D, A, C, D, C


**********


ONISKA
------

Age: 25

Weapons: sword and shield

Hobbies: ninjutsu

----------

Special Moves

qcb + A				    Energy Shield	

qcb + B or D			    Insect Walking	

qcb + C (close)			    Pheonix		

f,d,df + A or C			    Rising Ground Slash

b,d,db + A or C (ground or mid-air) Crab Knife	

b,d,db + D     			    Cicada
(followed by b or f to control direction)		


Super Moves 

d,db,hcf + A or C		    Shield Energy Wave

d,db,hcf + B or D		    Kamikaze Flurry	


CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, A, C, D, A, C, D, C


Notes: Oniska's Energy Shield move is enhanced if performed while the defensive
power meter is full. 

	
**********


SHANGUAN
--------

Age: 33

Weapons: Guan knife

Hobbies: unknown 

----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			   Guan Knife Thrust	

f,d,df + A or C			   Rising Slicing Spin		   	   		   

qcb + A or C	  		   Blade Cutter

qcb + B or D 			   Rotating Blade Frenzy 

qcb + B or D (mid-air)		   Diving Lance

qcb + A or C			   Overheard Strike *


Super Moves

qcfx2 + A or C			   Flames of Justice

 
CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, A, C, D, A, C, D, C


Notes: Five of Shanguan's Guan Knife Thrust moves can be linked together when
pressing A and seven if pressing C. The Rotating Blade Frenzy move can be
followed up by the Overheard Strike move.


**********

THE BOSSES

**********


TWIN TARTARS
------------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C			   Duwu		

f,d,df + A or C			   Swinging Chop	
  
hcb + A or C			   Death Strike

 
Super Moves 

d,db,hcf + A or C		   Ghost Flame	


CD Combo

C+D, A, C, D, A, C, D, A, C, D, C


**********


LORD WIZARD
-----------

Special Moves

qcf + A or C (ground or mid-air)   Evil Yan 	  

qcb + A or C			   Evil Yan Shot	  

qcb + A or C (mid-air)		   Air Evil Yan Shot
(followed by b or f to control direction)

qcb + B or D (ground or mid-air)   Huo-Yen Spin Kick
(followed by b or f to control direction)

b,d,db + A or C			   Into The Earth	  

b,d,db + B or D			   Heaven		  


Super Moves

qcfx2 +A or C (ground or mid-air)  Evil Magic Power 


CD Combo

C+D, A, A, C, C, D, D, A, C, C, C


**********


ENDINGS
*******

Long
----

"It's over now..."

"So many beauties to make heroes bow..."

"What have I got..., what have I got"

They say they saw Long helping people like old days, but no one knows where he
went.


Zhuge
-----

"I disguise myself as Lu Tong to tease Confucious"

"Hahah... good wine... good poetry, drink up!"

Zhuge has exacted revenge for his arm. Now he has hidden himself from the world
and enjoys life in nature.


Yizhen
------

"Brother, can you tell me more about Blood Clothes sect?"

"Talk less, work more!"

Yizhen returned to Shaolin temple. He dedicates himself to martial arts and
finally becomes one of the 18 Golden Lohan who protect the temple."


Ling
----

"Lady it's done!"

"For your lover?"

"........."

"Why am I a Mongolian, and you, a Han. Are we not cursed enemies..?"

Ling was the princess of King Nuyang. At that time in China there was rebellion
against Yuan dynasty in the central plains. The Yuan dynsty was overthrown in
the next ten year. Ling fled to the north with royal family, and no one saw her
thereafter...


Tsan
----

"Master, you really want to quit?"

"My disciple, there are neither eternal friends"

"Nor eternal enemies in this world..."

"The world is unpredictable, but man is more unpredictable,"

"You must bear in mind."

"Yes, master."

Tsan went north and vanished without a trace. In the Hungwu year of Ming
dynasty, some one claimed he was his disciple and became a celebrity with the
double swords.


Jinlun
------ 

"You swindled food with your skill again, follow me home!"

"Master! I just forget to pay, that's all..."

Boy Jinlun found the recovery medicine from the Blood Clothes sect. But it
didn't work and he never recovered his human form.


Chinhu
------

"Hahahah, I hammer them until they cry out for mummy,"

"How can they beat me?"

"Cheers!"

Although the Yuan court offered to a position to Chinhu, he refused and
continued his Robin Hood lifestyles and fought against the Yuan troops.


Hades
-----

"The Blood Clothes sect tortured my followers,"

"And I finally make them pay!"

"I must restore the hell school and my country,"

"I need you all, comrades!"

"Abracadabra..."

The Judge Hades hid himself in Dali, restored the hell school, and his
followers grew in numbers... In autumn 10 years later, he joined the Ming
troops led by General Muying to drive out the Tartars (Mongolians).


Buto
----

"No one looks alike, no one looks like me"

"No lief form looks alike..."

"Do you understand?"

"Well forget it."

Monk Buto regained power and lama in court and received great respect in Yuan
court. He was knighted the first pirst of the country and stay in Dadu
(todays' Beijing) to disseminate Buddhism.


Abacus
------

"Follow me please, sir"

"Family affairs, national affairs, world affairs..."

"Making money is our affair!"

Abacus took up his old job as entrepreneur in the south. Though he was very
wealthy, he was mean.


Oniska
------

"Hum, Chinese kungfu is really great!"

"But..."

"My ninja skills are greater!"

Oniska returned to Okinawa and stay there during Yung-Le years in Ming dynasty.
He accompanied the Japanese diplomatic delegation to China. By that time, he
was a silver hair old men.


Shanguan
--------

"I fought in countless wars, I won so many battles..."

"Who else can have attained such a glory? Except me..." 

"General Shanguan!"

General Shanguan was promoted to Marshal for his work in eradicating the Blood
Clothes sect. Four years later, he was defeat in combat by Xu Da of Ming sect
in Anching. He turned to Chen Yo-Liang and became a member of his staff..."


TIPS
****

Using the Mame cheat file you can play as the bosses Twin Tartars and Lord
Wizard.

It's possible to start a match with both power meters already full. In single
player mode after you have chosen your characters on the select screen press
and hold A and D for both player 1 and 2. The CPU opponent will also start
with full power meters. You can repeat this before every match in single player
mode. In two player mode both players should press and hold start on the versus
screen. Both power meters will be fully charged throughout the match in two
player mode but in single player mode after the meters have been drained they
need to be charged in the normal way.


MISC
****

I took a lot of information from a Chinese FAQ for the game so thanks to
whoever wrote it.

Thanks to Plexo for his useful advice. 

Thanks to Dixxen for his helpful advice about several moves including Long's
second super move and also for the tip about starting a match with full power
meters.

The English in the characters endings contains a number of spelling and
grammatical errors. I decided to leave the endings exactly as they are in the
game rather than correct them.

The move names are a mixture of a few translated Chinese move names and quite
a few I made up. If I find out all the correct move names I'll add them in. 

It's possible to play The Killing Blade online on Kaillera using emulators
such as Mame32++, Final Burn Alpha and Nebula.

Please do not put this FAQ on another website or copy any part of it without
first asking permission.

If anyone has any comments to make about this FAQ then here are my contact
details:

tjeerd3 <at> yahoo.co.uk


VERSION HISTORY
***************

v1.00 23/11/09  Initial version.
v1.01 26/12/09  Added version history, added a name for Yizhen's super, listed
	        Zhuge's qcb + C (mid-air) special as a seperate move, expanded
		basics section and slightly rewrote a few parts to improve
		them.
v1.02 19/05/10	Added second super move for Long and additional special moves 
		for Buto and Ling. Added note about Jinlun's Throwing Ring
		move. Also corrected the super move for Twin Tartars which was
		written incorrectly. Added tip about how to start the match
		with full power meters. Added info about how to play as the
		bosses.


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