Charge Blade Beginner FAQ

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# (S)AED Shortcuts

You better not be pressing O/B/RMB 3 times in Axe mode to use SAED.. here are all the ways to perform Amped Elemental Discharge (AED), or Super Amped Elemental Discharge (SAED) when your shield is charged.

# Sword Mode: Shield Thrust


PS4: (Sword mode) Any attack > △ + O > △ + O
Xbox: (Sword mode) Any attack > Y + B > Y + B
PC: (Sword mode) Any attack > LMB + RMB > LMB + RMB

 

# Sword Mode: Block Reaction


PS4: (Sword mode) Block an attack* > △ + O
Xbox: (Sword mode) Block an attack* > Y + B
PC: (Sword mode) Block an attack* > LMB + RMB

*If the attack was too powerful, your character will slide a long distance and you will be unable to SAED. Block knockback can be decreased by charging your shield, blocking with Guard Points instead of R2/RT/Ctrl, and getting the Guard skill (all three effects stacking).

 

# Axe Mode: Jumping (Morph) Slash


PS4: (Sword mode) Airborne > R2 > △ + O / (Axe mode) Airborne > △ > △ + O
Xbox: (Sword mode) Airborne > RT > Y + B / (Axe mode) Airborne > Y > Y + B
PC: (Sword mode) Airborne > Ctrl > LMB + RMB / (Axe mode) Airborne > LMB > LMB + RMB

 

# Axe Mode: from Idle


PS4: (Axe mode) △ + O
Xbox: (Axe mode) Y + B
PC: (Axe mode) LMB + RMB

 

# Axe Mode: Overhead Slash


PS4: (Sword mode) R2 + △ > △ + O / (Sheathed) R2 > △ + O / (Axe mode) ↑ + △ > △ + O
Xbox: (Sword mode) RT + Y > Y + B / (Sheathed) RT > Y + B / (Axe mode) ↑ + Y > Y + B
PC: (Sword mode) Ctrl + LMB > LMB + RMB / (Sheathed) Ctrl > LMB + RMB / (Axe mode) ↑ + LMB > LMB + RMB

 

# Axe Mode: Elemental Discharge II


PS4: (Sword mode) R2 + △ > O > O / (Sheathed) R2 > O > O / (Axe mode) O > O > O
Xbox: (Sword mode) RT + Y > B > B / (Sheathed) RT > B > B / (Axe mode) B > B > B
PC: (Sword mode) Ctrl + LMB > RMB > RMB / (Sheathed) Ctrl > RMB > RMB / (Axe mode) RMB > RMB > RMB

 

# Guard Points

# What is a Guard Point?

At certain points during some attacks, your character will have their shield facing forward in front of them. These points in the attack animation are called Guard Points and your character is considering to be blocking during them. For a full list of attacks with Guard Points and their timing, keep scrolling down.

 

# Why should I use Guard Points?

Blocking using Guard Points instead of regular blocking using R2/RT/Ctrl has several benefits.

  1. Reduced knockback when blocking (similar effect to Guard skill)
  2. If your shield is charged, blocking with a Guard Point creates a small explosion that deals a small amount of damage and some stun damage
  3. Guard Points can allow you to block earlier than pressing R2/RT/Ctrl to block (see below video)

 

 

# Sword: Morph Slash


PS4: (Sword mode) R2 + △
Xbox: (Sword mode) RT + Y
PC: (Sword mode) Ctrl + LMB

Timing:
As soon as the attack begins, lasting for about 0.5 seconds.

Notes:
By far the most commonly used Guard Point. Can be linked to from any Sword mode attack and even from blocking, but not from Charge Phials. If linked to from Condensed Elemental Slash (Sword Charge), the Guard Point window is delayed.

 

# Sword: Spinning Slash


PS4: (Sword mode) Action* > △
Xbox: (Sword mode) Action* > Y
PC: (Sword mode) Action* > LMB

*Actions that link into Spinning Slash:
– Rising Slash
– Charged Double Slash
– Condensed Elemental Slash
– Jumping Slash
– Sidestep (attack + left/right evade)

Timing:
After the character finishes turning, lasting for about 1 second.

 

# Sword: Sliding Slash


PS4: (Sword mode) Any attack > Direction + O
Xbox: (Sword mode) Any attack > Direction + B
PC: (Sword mode) Any attack > Direction + RMB

Timing:
After the character finishes the spinning slash, lasting for about 1 second.

 

# Axe: Morph Slash


PS4: (Axe mode) R2
Xbox: (Axe mode) RT
PC: (Axe mode) Ctrl

Timing:
After the character finishes turning, lasting for about 1 second.

 

# Axe: Draw Attack


PS4: (Sheathed) R2
Xbox: (Sheathed) RT
PC: (Sheathed) Ctrl

Timing:
As soon as the attack begins, lasting for about 0.25 seconds.

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