Guilty Gear Xrd Location Test Shows Off Axl, Faust, I-No, And Slayer

By Sato . November 6, 2013 . 11:30am

Heaven or hell, Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- Location Test Round 2, let’s rock! This past weekend, Arc System Works held their second Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- location test, where they introduced new game systems, and new characters in Axl, Faust, I-No, and Slayer. Famitsu have shared some impressions from their time spent at the event.


The first new system introduced in the location test is the “Blitz Shield” ability. Using the Blitz Shield grants you a split second of invulnerability, allowing you to parry your opponent’s attacks. Similar to regular guards, Blitz Shield will have middle and low guards, and when successfully used, it will repel opponent attacks, leaving them open for a counterattack.


The Blitz Shield can also be done in mid-air, which adds a new defensive and offensive element to the fight. When you’re hit by a Blitz Shield, your guard will be left open; however, unlike the Slashback feature that was introduced in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, you’ll also be able to perform certain actions, such as your own Blitz Shield, to counter the counter. Using this ability will eat up a quarter of your Tension Meter, so overusing it could have its drawbacks.


Next up, Famitsu shared a little on the subject of Roman Cancels. As previously revealed, there will be three different types of Roman Cancels: Yellow, Red and Purple. While the Yellow Roman Cancel uses only 25% of your meter, Red and Purple use 50%. While not much was revealed about the Purple Roman Cancel, Famitsu mentions that it seems to appear when you mistime the Yellow, causing you to use more of your meter.


Similar to past games of the series, you’ll still be able to use Yellow Roman Cancels against projectiles, and also as a “Forced Roman Cancel”.


Finally, Famitsu shares some notes on the four new recently introduced characters:



Axl will still be using his famous sickle and chain combo of using long-ranged attacks to his advantage, followed by powerful combos. Axl will have even more of a long-ranged advantage this time arond, as he’ll have special attacks that can hit high, mid, and low areas, and the hits are said to pack quite the punch, including additional follow up hits.



Similar to Axl, Faust will be using plenty of long-ranged attacks, with special attacks featuring the element of surprise with random item, making him a bit of a gamble-type character. One of his items includes a black hole-like object, that sucks both players into one spot.




Slayer will have his high power attacks, especially once he starts using his “Pile Bunker,” but he’ll also have new ways of getting past his opponents’ defense, and is considered to now be a character who even novice players to the fighting game genre will have no problem picking up. His “Dandy Step” moves have also been upgraded.



I-No has also seen some changes in her moveset, as the input for “Chemical Love” has been changed, so it is easier to handle. She’ll also have various special attacks that can be combined with her Hover Dash ability, which is said to go well with Roman Cancels.


Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- is slated for release in spring 2014.

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  • I-no, that you know, that I-no =^_^=

    • AkuLord3

      Clever that I-no someone else who did this 83

  • endril


  • Go2hell66

    Fause too strong plz nerf!!!

  • Xaltmas

    Including a tag for Xbox One, like it’s coming out for it.

    Getting my hopes up and such.

    • Suzaku

      I really wouldn’t if I were you.

  • Tenno Seremel

    Johnny is more dandy


  • HalcyonCross

    Maybe now we won’t need mutant hands to play I-no! Awesome.

  • z_merquise

    Dang, look at those backgrounds. Even if the screenshots are blurry, it looked so great and well-detailed.

    So cool to see Axl, Faust and Slayer. They’re one of the characters I mostly play in GG. I-no is looking good too.

    Now when’s Dizzy?

    • colorblindnightmare

      Follwed by….When’s Johnny?

    • d3v

      Based on the story prologue from the 25th anniversary book, Dizzy will most likely be sitting this one out since she’s still frozen in time as the “Maiden of the Grove” from Overture.

  • ivanchu77

    Glad they made I-No easier to play now, it was so frustating playing with her before

  • Dianatos

    Slayer’s is the only name written correctly.

  • Linhua

    … damn it, Jam… sweetheart where are you…??

    … where’s that epic entrance you always come in with… i’m waiting .-.

  • AkuLord3

    Slayer’s in and well be a bit easy to play (same with I-no THANK GOD) which is good…Now where’s my Baiken and THEN i can let loose!

  • Demeanor

    Need Jam, liek NAU XD Spring ’14? Closer than I thought! (and close to BB as well!)
    EDIT: oh silly me, that’s probably arcades in Jpn :P

  • Pdugna

    This game is looking so damn smooth for what they are doing with it…no compromise :D Can’t wait for it to come out gunna play it on PS4 ^.^

  • Scipio

    Some leaked footage.

    Oh lord, she liked it.

    • MrRobbyM

      That was AMAZING

    • Final Aura

      thats going to be my new avatar :P

    • Göran Isacson

      Faust: the man with the ~magic~ touch.

      Though I think he probably has to wash his hands after doing that to I-No, giving her pleasure is probably not something he foresaw or desired. Guy’s not exactly a fan of her attitude…

  • colorblindnightmare

    I liked the footage so much I saved it to my computer……Does that make me a bad person? All joking aside though, Arc continues to impress. Dear god.

  • thaKingRocka

    This is the best I have ever seen from UE3.

  • d3v

    Dunno why XBox One is tagged when as far as we know, this is a PS3 and PS4 exclusive.

  • hazelnut1112

    Is this announced for Xbone as well?
    At least both consoles will get a good fighting game now.

  • Göran Isacson

    So, a guard impact-like feature and Roman cancel has an extra level of skill added to it… and Faust has improved his space-manipulation powers. That’s kinda cool, and something I kind of predicted would happen if he kept polishing his powers. The dude can draw out meteors from space, makes sense he would soon be opening up black holes. I also wonder if he can like, open a rift in time and space to the Sun, or maybe open a portal to Jupiter and throw people into that MASSIVE tornado. That’d be kinda awesome.

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