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    Guilty Gear -Strive-

    Game » consists of 10 releases. Released Jun 11, 2021

    The eighth main installment of the Guilty Gear fighting game series, bringing a stylish new UI and high-octane soundtrack while building on their 3D cel-shading technique (which resembles CG anime).

    Short summary describing this game.

    Guilty Gear -Strive- last edited by Nes on 04/11/24 07:36AM View full history


    Guilty Gear -Strive- is a 2.5D sci-fi fantasy fighting game developed and published by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on June 11, 2021. An arcade version was later released in Japan on July 29, 2021 for Sega's ALLS UX hardware (digitally via the ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 service).

    The eighth main installment of the Guilty Gear series (after Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and its revision), Strive builds on the stylized 3D cel-shading of Xrd -Revelator- (with new effects from the upgraded Unreal Engine 4) to give the illusion of CG anime. It also adds a new ultra-stylized UI, a high-octane soundtrack, and revamped character designs.

    The gameplay is also revamped, removing some mechanics from Xrd (such as the "Blitz Shield") while adding new ones (such as the "Wall Break"). As the title emphasizes the "IV" in Strive, it is inteded to be the fourth installment both with named installments (after Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear 2, and Guilty Gear Xrd) and "X" installments (Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear XX, and Guilty Gear Xrd).

    Similar to Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- and Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, the game presents its Story Mode as non-interactive CG anime split into multiple chapters. The story itself takes place shortly after the events of Xrd -Revelator- and is intended to conclude the series' main plotline.


    Much of the gameplay mechanics from Guilty Gear Xrd -Relevator- are retained, with some changes and additions:

    • Continuously damaging opponents who are wallstuck can now "break" the wall (Wall Break), ending the combo with a stage transition. Performing a Wall Break improves the attacker's Tension Gauge gain for a short time.
    • The Roman Cancel system was further revised, using four different color-coded RCs with different properties: Red (during an attack's recovery), Purple (during an attack's motion), Blue (while in a neutral state), and Yellow (during a blockstun). All RCs now use up 50% Tension Gauge. Yellow Roman Cancels are a replacement for Dead Angle Attacks.
    • Players can now use a Dash shortcut button for dashing in either direction (f/b + Dash).
    • Guarding an attack with a precise Faultless Defense (similar to an Instant Block) now performs an Instant Faultless Defense with increased pushback.
    • The Instant Kill, Blitz Shield (w/ Blitz Attack), Danger Time, Homing Dash, Burst Overdrive, and Operation Type mechanics are removed.


    The game includes 12 playable characters from Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and three new ones (one of which was last playable on Guilty Gear XX Accent Core) for a total of 15. Additional characters were added as post-release DLC, with a Seasonal Pass system.

    New Additions

    • Nagoriyuki, The Noble Vampire Samurai - An immortal Nightless and a noble samurai of large stature, armed with a large katana. Performing special abilities raises a special "Blood" gauge that, if not satiated by hitting certain abilities, drains his vitality and puts him into a temporary powerful "Blood Rage" state. He is the final boss and secret boss for most characters in Arcade Mode, the latter of which always has him in his Blood Rage state.

    Returning Fighters

    Post-Release DLC

    Season Pass 1

    • Jack-O', Hyper Energetic Marshal Fighter - A "Valentine" life-form who has restored the soul of the scientist Aria in her, now working alongside Sol as a bounty hunter. Along with her iron pumpkin flail "Dorpos", she fights with small robot minions (or "Servants") that she can summon and control. She has a unique regenerating "Servant Gauge" for both summoning Servants and issuing commands. Released on August 27, 2021 and returns from the Guilty Gear Xrd series.
    • Happy Chaos, Gunslinging Broken Messiah - The "Original" who taught humanity about magic, only to create conflict to amuse himself. He fights with his revolver "Crescent Moon" and is the game's "shooting" character, utilizing two different stances for aiming his weapon. Along with an Ammunition gauge (which must be manually reloaded using certain abilities), his weapon abilities rely on a unique "Concentration" gauge (which regenerates over time). Released on December 3, 2021.
    • Baiken, The Unfaltering Awakened Samurai - A wandering one-eyed one-armed samurai from the Japanese Colony. Along with a katana, she has a variety of hidden weapons. Some of her attacks cause her opponent to "tether" onto her with a rope (pulling both herself and her opponent closer together if they stray apart). She also has a unique counter-attack technique. Released on January 31, 2022 and returns from the Guilty Gear Xrd series.
    • Testament, Elegant Grim Reaper - A knight of the Holy Order who was captured and unwillingly transformed into a Gear. After being manipulated by the Conclave to restore Justice, they began to slowly regain their humanity and briefly cared for the half-Gear Dizzy. Along with some demonic familiars (EXE Beast and Succubus), they fight with attacks formed from their own blood (including their scythe's blade). Some of their special abilities puts a unique "Stain" de-buff on the opponent, where further attacks can cause a follow-up explosion. Released on March 28, 2022 and returns from the Guilty Gear XX series.

    Season Pass 2

    • Bridget, Free-Form Tricky Spinner - A famous bounty hunter from an English village that was superstitious about male twins (leading her wealthy family to raise her as a girl). Her success led to this superstition fading, but also leaving her without a purpose, and she now journeys to understand her true self. She fights with a variety of attacks and techniques with her yo-yo and weaponized teddy bear Roger. Released on August 8, 2022 and returns from the Guilty Gear XX series.
    • Sin Kiske, Ever-Growing Wild Boy - Ky's immature Human-Gear son, who was raised by Sol as a bounty hunter, using a war flag as a makeshift polearm. He has a unique regenerating "Stamina Gauge", which allows him to follow-up certain special moves and perform lightning dashes. Released on November 24, 2022 and returns from the Guilty Gear Xrd series.
    • Bedman?, Error-Prone Guardian Machine - A mechanized bed frame used by the original Bedman, reprogrammed shortly before his demise to protect his younger sister Delilah. An unorthodox fighter, Bedman? cannot double jump and can instead air-dash in any one of eight directions. Its special attacks also have delayed follow-up attacks, which can be altered with special commands. Released on April 6, 2023 and "returns" from the Guilty Gear Xrd series.
    • Asuka R♯, Master of Sorcery - A scientist who, under the alias of "That Man", used his genius and mastery of magic to create the Gears in an effort to bring peace to humanity. One of the most complex fighters in the roster, his gameplay mechanic involves drawing random one-use Spells from one of his three 30-Spell "Test Cases" (like cards from a card deck) in his tome, of which he has 26 total unique Spells. He also has a unique Mana Gauge that is used for maintaining Spells. Released on May 28, 2023.

    Season Pass 3

    • Johnny, Nautral-Born Gambler - The easy-going captain of the Jellyfish Pirates and a master of the iaido style swordplay. His main gimmick is his "Mist Finer" special, which allows him to mix-up long-ranged strikes. He can also throw playing cards at different arcs, which can be detonated with well-timed Mist Finer attacks, and do a somersaulting forward vault. Released on August 24, 2023 and returns from the Guilty Gear Xrd series.
    • Elphelt Valentine, Sweet Daydream Bullet Train - A rebelling "Valentine" life-form who left her duties at Illyria Castle to start her new rock band Speothos Venaticus. She is armed with her close-ranged magi-tech rifle "Miss Charlotte" and is known for her sequential special move (the "Chain Lollipop", which can mix-up into different combinations). Released on December 8, 2023 and returns from the Guilty Gear Xrd series.
    • A.B.A, All-Consuming Flame of Jealousy - An artificial lifeform who lived in total isolation before escaping using an ancient war relic shaped like a large key (the "Flament Nagel", who she renamed to "Paracelsus" and treats like her husband). She has her own "Jealousy Gauge" which allows her to transform into her "Jealous Rage" mode, significantly changing and buffing her abilities. Released on March 26, 2024 and returns from the Guilty Gear XX series.
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