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Attacks are one of the core components in Brawlhalla. Each player must attack in order to KO their opponents and ensure their victory.

Damage[edit | edit source]

Brawlhalla's damage system doesn't use health or hit points. Legends instead have a damage meter which shows how much total damage they have taken. As the damage taken by a Legend increases, the Legend is knocked further by each attack, making them easier to KO as the game goes on. Often, players on high damage (red to black; see below) are killed quickly by a single powerful attack. A player therefore has two challenges: firstly to put their opponent into high damage, and secondly to secure the critical KO afterwards.

The damage an attack deals is the same for every Legend, and is only modified by a Legends Stats - namely, a Legend's Strength and Defense stats. Two Legends with the same Strength will deal the same damage with the same attack to the same opponent. A Legend's Signatures are unique, and have individually assigned damage and force values - these attacks are not affected by stats. The damage made by a legend with the same attack stat as his opponent defense is the weapon's base damage value.

The amount of damage a Legend has received is indicated by:

  • a damage indicator that uses color to show damage (found in the top right of the screen)
  • the colour the Legend flashes when hit which corresponds to the color on the damage indicator

The colors can be expressed as white, yellow, orange, red and black (shown below). However, each color has a range of shades on a gradient. For example, a pale orange color denotes less damage than a deep orange color, though each are of course orange.

Damage can also be expressed as a number. Colors give an effective system understood by all for expressing damage, which is incredibly useful during the heat of battle. However, numbers can go into much more detail. Only players who are very familiar with the game will be concerned with numerical values.

Damage is capped at 700 damage (according to the game’s Training Mode settings) though reaching close to 700 damage in a real game is unheard of. The majority of KOs happen at around 150-200 damage. Once a player's damage meter reaches red (between 150 to 700 damage), the knockback from each attack drastically increases. The table below breaks down this relationship.

Amount of damage Colour of damage indicator Additional notes
0 White No hits at all – the normal color right after (re)spawning
50 Yellow After taking a few hits
100 Orange After a couple of combos
150 Red This player is one short combo away from getting KOd by most signatures
200 Darker Red Even the most defensive of signatures will KO this player
250 Even Darker Red Even a light unarmed attack will KO this player
300 and more Many Bruises Black Practically unseen in fights – even a thrown weapon will KO this player. Sudden Death puts all surviving players at this color.

Items[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

For more in depth information on Weapons and Weapon throws, see Weapons

Weapons are the best means of dealing damage and knocking out your opponent. They will generally allow a Legend to extend their reach and increase their damage output during a fight, as well as allowing them to instantly change their fighting style mid-match. Weapons can be used to attack your opponent, and can also be thrown to attack your opponent at range.


Gadgets[edit | edit source]

For more in depth information, see Gadgets

Gadgets are various items that appear on a Brawlhalla stage during a brawl.

Most gadgets are throwable items that will deal damage to your opponent, though the Horn, in addition to being throwable, can be used to call your Sidekick across the stage to:

  • bring a weapon to the location you used the item from that you or your opponents can pickup.
  • do damage in a horizontal line, which can be used to damage or distract your opponent

Gadget Catching[edit | edit source]

By pressing the grab button at the right moment, you can catch any Gadget thrown in the air. This technique is useful against opponents throwing bombs but also risky. To pratice this technique, a special bomb catching training room is available in Training Mode.

Attacking[edit | edit source]

Overview and Light Attacks[edit | edit source]

The primary aim of the game is to attack the opponent. All attacks deal both damage and knockback to varying degrees.

You can attack using:

Each Legend has two different weapons, as well as a universal set of unarmed attacks.

When attacking, three parameters are taken into account.

  • Light / Heavy Attacks - two types of attack, each assigned a separate button.
  • Aerial / Grounded Attacks - different attacks according to whether or not the player is in the air.
  • Direction - different attacks according to directional inputs: the assigned Up/Down/Left/Right keys. This produces either 'Neutral', 'Side' or 'Down' inputs ('Up' and 'No Input' are both under 'Neutral').

Following these three different criteria, every single weapon in the game has 11 different attacks available to it (there is no Aerial Side Heavy). They can be written in a range of ways, but are mostly described as below. (Sometimes N, S and D denote Neutral, Side and Down respectively). Attacks that don't said 'Air' or 'Aerial' are presumed grounded.

Type Light Attacks Heavy Attacks
Grounded
Attacks
• Neutral Light
• Side Light
• Down Light
• Neutral Heavy
• Side Heavy
• Down Heavy
Aerial
Attacks †
• Aerial Neutral Light
• Aerial Side Light
• Aerial Down Light
• Recovery

• Ground Pound

† There are only two Aerial Heavy attacks. The Aerial Neutral Heavy is referred to as a Recovery, and the Down Heavy is referred to as a Ground Pound. There is no Aerial Side Heavy, and these names better describe the attacks.

Legend Specific Signature Attacks

All grounded Heavy attacks are also Signature Attacks. This is because they are utterly unique to a specific Legend and Weapon. For example, the attack produced when Asuri, holding a Sword, does a Neutral Heavy is utterly unique to Asuri's Sword. The same is true for her Side and Down Heavies with the Sword. Hence, every weapon has three Signatures attached to it. By subtraction, every Legend has 6 Signatures attached to them, three for each of their weapons. To write this, one would say the Legend's name and weapon, such as: Asuri's Neutral Sword or Gnash's Down Hammer.

Due to the similarity between the use of the word Heavy and Signature, these terms can be interchangeable. There are two instances where one would call an attack a Heavy but not a Signature. Firstly, there is no Aerial Signature. Every Spear Legend, for example, performs exactly the same Spear Recovery and Spear Ground Pound. The words Recovery and Ground Pound remove any confusion. Secondly, unarmed Heavy attacks are not technically Signatures. Every Legend shares exactly the same set of unarmed attacks. The unarmed Heavy attacks are therefore not unique, and not 'Signatures'. However, all players would understand what an Unarmed Side Heavy was - the difference here is technical, and unimportant.


Stun[edit | edit source]

In addition to dealing damage to an opponent, successful attacks will also Stun an opponent for a short period of time. While an opponent is stunned, they cannot move or attack - all inputs will fail for the duration of the stun.

Different attacks stun opponents for different times - an attack that stuns an opponent for a long time may not do a lot of damage or knockback, and vice versa. Certain attacks that "grab" the opponent and move them around when they land will stun the opponent for the duration of the attack.


Knockback[edit | edit source]

All attacks knock your opponent away - the value of 'how much knockback' an attack has is called Force.

There are 2 different types of Forces:

  • Variable force: Affected by damage, strength, and charge time. Variable force scales with those conditions and is generally responsible for what makes something a good KO attack.
  • Fixed force: NOT affected by damage, strength, or charge time. Fixed force is what is essentially responsible for the base knockback of attacks at white.

Different attacks have different amounts of force that they apply to your opponents. An attack that has a lot of force does not necessarily deal a lot of damage and vice versa - though this is very often the case. Additionally, force is amplified by how much damage your opponent has taken - the more damage your opponent has taken before your hit, the farther they will fly when even small amounts of force are applied to them.

A Legend's strength stat also affects knockback by changing the minimum resulting force of an attack. The higher the strength value, the higher the minimum force.


Startup Time[edit | edit source]

Startup time is how long it takes for an attack to start after pressing the attack button.

Light attacks generally have a faster startup, and heavy attacks generally have slower.

During startup time, the player can't do anything like the attack they just performed is queued up. A player could take advantage of this time to land their own attack.


Recovery Time[edit | edit source]

Recovery time is how long it takes for an attack animation to end after the attack has been performed.

Light attacks generally have faster recovery, and heavy attacks generally have slower.

Much like startup time, the player can't do anything during recovery time, making it an opportune moment for other players to strike.


Charging[edit | edit source]

When holding down on the heavy attack or throw button, the player charges their attack or throw.

Charging makes the attack/throw occur later, and deal slightly more damage. Throws will also launch at a faster speed.

If a player runs off of a platform while charging an attack, they can continue to charge while moving downward. This is called a slide-charged attack.

Charging attacks should be used very carefully, as it gives an opportunity for your opponent to set up and counterattack you.


Gravity Cancel[edit | edit source]

If a player performs a spot-dodge (dodge without moving) in mid-air, and attacks immediately afterwards, they will perform the grounded variant of an attack while in air. This is called a gravity cancel.

Gravity cancelling can be especially useful for heavy attacks, as recoveries and ground pounds are not always viable attack options.

Unique Attacks[edit | edit source]

Certain weapons and attacks have unique properties attached to them.

Active Inputs[edit | edit source]

Active inputs are an attack property unique to the Scythe and several Signature attacks. The core concept of active inputs is that holding a different directional key after an initial hit will result in the attack finishing in a different way. Active input attacks only have two variant outcomes; one for holding the relevant directional key, and one for holding any other directional key (or none at all).

The following is a list of active input attacks in Brawlhalla. Note that the direction "other" means any direction other than the previously specified one.

Weapon/Legend Attack Direction Held Outcome
Scythe Icon.png
Scythe
Side Light Forward The user swings their Scythe a second time, causing knockback.
Other The user quickly kicks the opponent in the air with little knockback.
Down Light Forward The user kicks the opponent forward, causing knockback.
Other The user spins their Scythe with the opponent caught in it, carrying the opponent to the opposite side of the user.
Neutral Air Backwards The user carries the opponent to their other side and kicks them horizontally.
Other The user kicks the opponent diagonally forward, causing knockback.
Down Air Backwards The user carries the opponent backwards with their Scythe.
Other The user throws the opponent diagonally downward with their Scythe.
Scythe Icon.png Down Sig Forward Mordex twirls his Scythe and launches his opponent forward.
Other Mordex quickly launches his opponent backwards.
Gauntlets Icon.png Down Sig Forward Mordex throws his opponent diagonally downward with great force.
Other Mordex lobs his opponent directly upward.
Orb Icon.png Side Sig Downward Fait spikes her opponent diagonally downward, with very little knockback.
Other Fait blasts her opponent forward.
Orb Icon.png Down Sig Forward Fait shoots her opponent forward.
Other Fait shoots her opponent directly upward.
Gauntlets Icon.png Side Sig Upward On the final blow of her attack, Petra uppercuts her opponent to the sky.
Other Petra punches her opponent forward.
Scythe Icon.png Side Sig Forward Volkov teleports above his opponent and slashes them diagonally downward.
Other Volkov teleports behind his opponent, throwing them backwards.
Katars Icon.png Neutral Sig Backward Mako spikes her opponent diagonally downward and backward.
Other Mako spikes her opponent diagonally downward and forward.


Openers, Bridges & Closers[edit | edit source]

All possible non-sig moves on Greatsword

The Greatsword has a unique kit that includes three types of attacks: openers, bridges, and closers. These are light attacks used together to create unique strings only possible with the Greatsword.

Each of these attacks has unique distinctions:

  • Opener: The first attack, has very little knockback and is used to set up a bridge or closer attack.
  • Bridge: Another attack with little knockback, this is used to cause more damage between an opener and a closer. A bridge can only be used after an opener attack if it is a different light attack than the opener.
  • Closer: The final attack, with very heavy knockback. Closers occur after bridge attacks or by using the same light attack as the opener.

In addition to the uniqueness of each attack, each attack will affect what the subsequent attack will be. For example, a Down Opener will cause a Down Closer to be a spin attack, but a Side Bridge will cause a Down Closer to be a ground slam attack. This expands the moveset of the Greatsword and allows it to perform 16 unique grounded Light attacks, compared to the regular 3.


Active Hitbox[edit | edit source]

Certain Signature attacks have an active hitbox while charging, meaning if an opponent touches the attack while the user is charging they will take damage. This is sometimes referred to as "chainsaw," due to Ulgrim's chainsaw being the first instance of this type of Signature attack.

List of Signatures with an active hitbox:

Legend Attack
Rocket Lance Icon.png Down Sig
Axe Icon.png Down Sig
Blasters Icon.png Neutral Sig
Axe Icon.png Side Sig
Cannon Icon.png Neutral Sig
Cannon Icon.png Side Sig
Cannon Icon.png Side Sig
Spear Icon.png Down Sig
Axe Icon.png Side Sig
Grapple Hammer Icon.png Neutral Sig
Scythe Icon.png Down Sig
Blasters Icon.png Down Sig


Steerable Signatures[edit | edit source]

A limited amount of Signature attacks allow the user to change their movement direction while charging the attack (or during the attack, depending on the Signature). This movement is a lot more limited than regular movement, with not much movement ramp-up if alternating steering directions.

List of steerable Signatures:

Legend Attack Notes
Axe Icon.png Down Sig During charge.
Gauntlets Icon.png Down Sig
Katars Icon.png Down Sig During attack.
Grapple Hammer Icon.png Down Sig During charge.
Steering backwards cancels most movement.


Teleporting Signatures[edit | edit source]

Some Signature attacks will teleport the user directly to another location, marked by a visual indicator. Unlike regular moving Signatures, the opponent can not be hurt if they are between the user's initial location and the teleport destination.

Teleporting Signatures can be cut short if used into walls, allowing their hitbox to come out quicker.

List of teleporting Signatures:

Legend Attack Visual Indicator
Sword Icon.png Down Sig White, glowing star
Scythe Icon.png Down Sig Purple star
Gauntlets Icon.png Down Sig Small red flash, disappears quickly


Transforming Signatures[edit | edit source]

Transforming Signatures are Signatures that change properties if charged for a longer time. Most of these Signatures simply reach further when charged, with an indicator to show when the Signature has transformed.

Most of these Signatures can be fully transformed during a charged Gravity Cancel, with the exception of Xull (who can charge halfway) and Petra (who can't at all).

List of transforming Signatures:

Legend Attack Uncharged Attack Charged Attack Indicator
Cannon Icon.png Down Sig A single lava plume shoots from the ground. 2-3 lava plumes shoot from the ground. More molten rocks in the ground.
Gauntlets Icon.png Neutral Sig Rayman punches upward. The punch reaches further. Rayman's fist starts to glow yellow.
Gauntlets Icon.png Side Sig Rayman punches forward. The punch reaches further.
Scythe Icon.png Neutral Sig A single star shoots upward. Three stars shoot up, all slightly higher. A star appears on the ground, Fait crosses her arms and a sound plays.
Scythe Icon.png Side Sig Three small stars shoot forward. A single star shoots much further forward. The Scythe flickers purple and a star appears on it.
Orb Icon.png Side Sig Petra's orb shoots forward. The orb shoots out faster and goes further. Petra leans further forward, with her Orb behind her head.
Axe Icon.png Side Sig Volkov slashes his axe forwards. Volkov flies into the air and slashes downwards, performing a completely new move. Volkov starts to fly.

Technique[edit | edit source]

Combo[edit | edit source]

A combo is when a player lands multiple attacks in rapid succession on an opponent without getting hit. Combos are a fast way to build up damage on the opponent.

Generally, combos use light attacks, as their fast startup and recovery times make it easy to chain multiple hits together.


True Combo[edit | edit source]

A true combo is a type of combo where there are no dodge frames between attacks. This occurs when the stun of the first attack is longer than the recovery time of the first attack and the startup time of the second attack.

True combos can be tested in Training mode with the "Show Stun" option enabled - if no dodge frames appear after the first attack, the combo is true.


Gimping[edit | edit source]

A gimp is when a player is knocked out, typically at low damage, because their recovery was interrupted by an attack.

Attacking an opponent who is mid-recovery cancels their recovery. If they are low enough on the screen and have no jumps or dodges left, attacking them to block or interrupt their recovery can secure you a knockout.


X-Pivot[edit | edit source]

An X-pivot is when your momentum is cancelled out by movement from an attack going in the other direction.

To perform an X-pivot, dash or chase dodge and immediately after change directions and attack. If your attack has some forward momentum, your momentum will quickly be shifted to the opposite direction, making it a good surprise attack.


Slide charge[edit | edit source]

A slide-charged attack is when a heavy attack is performed off-stage by using the momentum from a dash to slide off of a platform.

Unlike a gravity cancel, a slide-charged attack can be charged for the complete duration of the heavy attack. Additionally, the user will fall for as long as they are not atop a platform. Gravity will not affect the user when the attack is active, however.