Do you know anything about the hidden abilities in the big star weapons? I've searched and couldn't find a list anywhere. Some of them (like the one for Musahsi and also one of the swords that Ryu can use) definitely have a range bonus build in. And I think Ayene's big star daggers have some sort of whirlwind effect that pulls people into her combos. Those are just the ones I've noticed.
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