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Touhou 13.5: Hopeless Masquerade Guide.
BACK TO BASICS
To me, there is little more exciting than trying to learn a new fighting game. Each game has new mechanics, characters, and skills to learn. However, there are some things that are universal: The Basics. Getting Started Let's start up a fight and get started, right? WRONG! You're going to want to head over to that profiles button, there you should see a list of options:
The moment we've all been waiting for. This is where the game gets tricky, so listen real good. You have 6 attack buttons, which you can set during the key configuration. A, B, X, Y, C (A+B), and Z (X+Y). Pressing 6 + A or B will give you a dash attack which is good for getting in close. After dashing a set distance, your character will pass through a shockwave. At this point your dash will reach max speed, and your dash attacks will gain additional properties. Pressing Any Direction + Any of the first four attack buttons will be a Command Attack. These will be noted in detail in each characters section of the guide. Not all combinations will yield a result. X, Y, and Skill attacks will drain from your character's spirit at the bottom of the screen. This will not drain from your current stock, but shrink the size of your bar overall. If you have no Spirit Bar left and you take a heavy hit you will "Guard Crushed." While Guard Crushed you will instantly regain all your spirit, but you will be knocked back and unable to take any actions. It is difficult to get put into this state by your opponent alone, so manage Spirit well. Spellcards You will have two "wheels" on which to place your spellcards. When you take damage you will begin to accumulate blue health. If your entire health bar is blue, pressing C/Z + the proper direction will "declare" a spellcard. You need to press it again to use it. You see while spellcards are powerful and Spirit free, they will always be telegraphed. It's up to you to figure out how to land that hit. Once you declare a spellcard, a timer will appear and begin to deplete. During this time you may declare as many spellcards as you like, but you may not declare the same spellcard twice per round. This does not apply to having multiple copies of a spellcard. Upon using one of these spellcards, or once the timer fully depletes, you will begin to accumulate blue again. A round will not end while a spellcard has been declared. When a spellcard is declared, the match timer will stop until it is used or the spellcard timer runs out. This can give you the time you need to make a comeback. If you declare a Spellcard and are unable to use it, you will receive a popularity penalty. IMPORTANT! As a note, you can place specials and spellcards on either wheel, which changes the button to activate them from C to Z and vice versa. Once you get a feel for your character try and put them on whatever wheel suits you better. If you're in a pinch, you can activate a potentially game changing "Item" Spellcard, but they will always come with a nasty side effect. There's one final type of attack. A "Last Word." A Last Word can only be used when the number below the health bar is at 100% by pressing both Z & C, or A+B+X+Y. This number is "popularity" and will be described later on. Last Words are insanely powerful finishing moves, however, if you fail to kill with them, you will be left with 0 Popularity. As a final note, some Skills have different effects when assigned to different directions. Try different combinations to see what works for you. Faith Each Skill will add to Taoism(道), Shinto(神), or Buddhism(仏). Each faith gives a unique bonus.
If you haven't yet created a Profile that uses buttons you don't need to press to play the gam, do so now. For this I assign QWER for motion and the numpad for attacks. You can set your opponent to this profile by pressing the 'C' key during character select. In Training Mode the health bars will remain blue, you may declare the same spellcard as much as you want, the timer will not count down, health will return to 100% after a combo, and Spirit will return to 100%. Using Training Mode you can spend as much time as you want experimenting with spellcards and combos. Pressing the "Escape" key will open a menu that will allow you to fine tune your Training Mode experience:
Spiritual Strike Talisman: Makes you temporarily invulnerable and sends a nearby opponent flying. Can only be used once per round. Lowers Defense. Magic Mushroom: Temporarily gives you increased spirit and max spirit regeneration. Afterwards, you will be temporarily unable to use Spirit. Can only be used once per round. Virtueless Dharmacakra: Summons a nyuudo's fist to attack the air above you. Landing this fist will stun the opponent. Costs a moderate amount of maximum Spirit and goes on a short cooldown. Using it during this cooldown will increase the cooldown's length. Cannot be used while Spirit meter is flashing. Witch's Broom: Cancels many non-Skill attacks into a dash. Passively allows you to enter the second stage of a dash faster. Consumes a large amount of max Spirit when used. Koishi and Byakuren will use their own unique dashes. Reduces ability to Guard Break after use. This item cannot be used again until the effect wears off. Pagoda of Bishamonten: Summons a powerful laser that can deal up to 60% Stun. Takes a large chunk out of your Maximum and Usable Sprit. Hermit-Style Plate: Rides a small plate downwards, and can hit an opponent below you for a small amount of damage and Stun. Costs a moderate amount of Maximum Spirit. Ritual Baton: Builds Art Score while in use. Force Shield: All damage you take will passively be reduced. Can be used to further reduce damage and your opponent's ability to Guard Break, but it will no longer reduce damage for that round. Can only be used once per round. Common Talisman: Passively gives +2 to Shinto and -2 to other faiths. Not usable in battle. Hermit's Decorative Sword: Passively gives +2 to Tao and -2 to other faiths. Not usable in battle. Prayer Beads to Hide in the Bosom: Passively gives +2 to Buddhism and -2 to other faiths. Not usable in battle. Innocent Hat: Passively gives -2 to all faiths. Not usable in battle.
Creating an Icon Hopeless Masquerade has a small selection of icons to choose from, but you don't have to use one of those. Take any 32 by 32 bitmap image and put it in the game's icons folder. Now you can select that image as your icon. This icon will apparently be seen by opponents online and given to them afterwards.
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The Advocate of the Eight Million Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
The Human-Representative Magician Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
ICHIRIN KUMOI & UNZAN
The Overwhelming Youkai Ascetic Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
The Ācārya who Surpassed Primates Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
FUTO NO MONONOBE
The Feng Shui Master who Controls Dragon Lines Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
MIKO NO TOYOSATOMIMI
The Almighty Taoist who Administers Space Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
Handyman of the River Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
Imaginary Personality Holder Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
The Bake-Danuki who Always Holds Surprises Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
KOKORO NO HATA
Expressive Poker Face Ability: Skills Spellcards Last Word: Example Decks
OUTDATED IN-DEPTH REIMU GUIDE
Reimu Hakurei: The Advocate of the Eight Million Ability: Reimu is fortunate enough to have two abilities, unlike other characters. The first is that she has about twenty-five percent more spirit than other characters. The next is that when she has her back to the corner she can backdash to teleport to the other side of the screen; she is completely invincible during this teleport. General Playstyle: Reimu generally plays as a keep away character. She uses her passives to maintain pressure, and run away when the opponent starts building momentum. Her damage output very rarely reaches the potential of other characters, with or without spellcards. To get the most out of her, the opponent needs to be in the corner, as Reimu gets more out of wall bounces than she puts in. To have the greatest chance of winning you need to take full advantage of the properties of each attack in her arsenal. Her unique playstyle offers itself to unusual setups that can make her completely unpredictable, but there is always a general risk-reward system with her. Reimu is a very advanced character with an emphasis on knowing you match-ups. You need to use your extra spirit to throw danmaku attacks at a fast interval, and then run away through the corner when the opponent draws near. You need to make sure you don't spend to much time retreating, or you will lose popularity. You want to make sure that you are using the right projectiles at the right time to try and push your opponent back, or at least slow their approach. Look out for dashes, as you will need to react quickly to prevent the opponent from grazing into range, and know what attacks crush your projectiles, and what attacks your projectiles crush. Normal Attacks 5A: A fast low kick. This is a basic combo starter. Almost every bread and butter combo in Hopeless Masquerade requires you to land a full 5A combo. 5AA: Another quick low kick. This is just another part of Reimu's hitconfirm. Don't stop here. 5AAA: Reimu quickly attacks with her gohai. The final part of Reimu's hitconfirm. If this connects you're all clear for a combo. 5B/5AAAA: Reimu does a two-hit stab with her gohai. It does slightly more damage than Reimu's other heavy attacks though I don't think that makes it a good enough reason to use it. However, the gohai itself does not count as Reimu's hitbox so she can safely poke with this move. Try to make sure you combo it on the second hit, or the damage will be significantly less. While I may be pretty down on this move I will admit that if you can land it while you have a blue aura you should always and then combo it into another heavy. 6B/6AAAA: A quick swat for a wall-bounce. It's not nearly as safe a her 5B, but it is ridiculously fast. Generally, you're going to use this to continue a combo already in effect. 8B/8AAAA: Reimu ducks down and flies upward delivering a powerful kick in the process. It has quite a bit of start-up and recovery, but as it attacks from below instead of head-on, it will counter a handful of attacks. However, I don't think that justifies using it as a poke. It isn't really a good combo starter either though, as it knocks the opponent too high up to continue with most moves, but it can lead into a good combo ender in some situations that will be covered in the combo section. 2B/2AAAA: Reimu flies up and delivers a quick kick downward. Like her 8B it can be used a poke, but from above. Also like her 8B, it will counter a small handful of moves, but it's most notable for its use in combos. 66A: A quick swipe. This attack can be cancelled into any heavy attack or greater. It's use is to punish after grazing close to an enemy, but because it requires you to graze the entire attack beforehand it can be extremely limited. 6A: Reimu quickly stabs with her gohai. It's essentially the same attack as the above, but with more reach, and can only be cancelled into heavy danmaku or greater. 6B: A flying jump kick with a wallbounce. Can only be cancelled into special attacks and greater. Good if you want to knock away an opponent who's only using danmaku, but that's really too specific for me to recommend using it ever. 5X: Reimu fires a bunch of magical amulets. Amount can be increased by holding down X. Always fires directly at the opponent. Generally crushes other X attacks. Becomes homing when it passes through Reimu's 6Y gate. 5Y: Fires two large amulets. Good for locking down opponents over a distance. From mid-range you can jump diagonally after collision to get close enough to follow-up. 8Y: Fires a single large amulet upwards. A good follow-up to attacks that knock the enemy upwards, like Reimu's 8B. 2Y: Fires a single large amulet downwards. A good follow-up to attacks that have a ground-bounce, like Reimu's 2B. 6Y: This is one of Reimu's more unique attacks. It has two parts. First, Reimu fires an amulet directly ahead of her. This phase is very short, but it will generally crush all other projectiles — even stopping Marisa mid-laser, and will do minimal damage to any enemies it passes through. Afterwards, it becomes a large gate that will last several seconds. If Reimu's 5X passes through the gate it will become homing. If Reimu's Yin-Yang Orb passes through the gate it will gain speed, damage, and 10% stun. Not very useful, but worth using at least once a round to keep enemies on guard. Skills Youkai Buster: This is Reimu's signature move right here, and anything that gets in its way is tossed back into the wall behind them. Here Reimu will throw four amulets, each with 10% stun, and so long as one of them hits the opponent will be wall-bounced. However, there is a catch: Reimu will throw the amulets at a different angle depending on the direction the move is assigned to. The 6 version will throw them in a spread straight ahead, the 8 will throw them 30 degrees upwards, and the 2 thirty degrees down. The 4 is an interesting case, as it will throw them 60 degrees down. You will generally use Youkai Buster for your superior zoning. You should always have at least the 6, however the 8 & 2 are also useful for when the enemy starts trying to position themselves above or below you. I find my self getting popularity for counter hits quite often with this attack. However, this attack does have weaknesses. For one, like all danmaku attacks, it can be grazed to make it completely ineffective. The next is its significant Spirit cost. Don't throw this attack out thoughtlessly. Not only will you conserve Spirit, but you will give yourself an extra second to react if the enemy decides to start dashing. Mid-Air Ascension Kick: Now this is a fun one. Reimu performs a somersault kick straight upwards, with some variation depending on direction. 2 will have her flip in place, 4 will have her flip straight upwards, and 6 will have her flip upwards while traveling far ahead of her current position. 8 is the odd one out this time, as it will start like 4, but will then have her perform a divekick at the apex for a ground-bouce. So long as the first hit connects, the latter will as well, however said ground bounce can only be followed up with a pre-declared spellcard, and all variations will deal 40% stun. Because this move cannot hit from above, and many of it's variations travel upwards, it is best used from below the opponent. Carry one of these for its use in both combos and for it's ability to aggressively close gaps. Let your opponent take the high ground, it will make falling down all the more painful. Sub-Space Pressure Point: This is definitely the hardest move in Reimu's arsenal to use effectively. First, Reimu will throw a marker which will detonate for minimal damage when it reaches it's location, where it will stay for the remainder of the round. Reactivating any version of the ability will cause Reimu to teleport to the marker removing it and performing a divekick. The 6 & 4 version will place the marker straight ahead. When Reimu teleports if she hits immediately the opponent will be ground-bounced, if she misses she'll loop back to the top of the screen, and if she hits after that the opponent will just be knocked towards the bottom of the screen. The 8 throws the marker at the top of the screen, and Reimu will dive straight down for a ground-bounce. The 2 version will place the marker straight down, after which it will behave like the 6 & 4. The fact that it allows Reimu to teleport makes it a suitable tool for both escape and pressure. Since I don't really use it as much as I should I'll just tell you a trick I like to play with it: Toss it behind your opponent and then activate it immediately. HM has cross-ups, folks! Yin-Yang Orb: In the shooting games this orb is the key to Reimu's power. Here, not so much. When you throw it out, it will bounce around until it either hits your opponent or a projectile. Unfortunately, any projectile will destroy the orb completely, and it can be grazed on top of that. 8 and 6, will fire it upwards at at a 60 and 30 degrees angle, respectively. 2 and 4, are the same only they fire down. It will speed up and become more powerful when it passes through your 6Y. You can fire them fast enough to have 2 on screen at once, but you only have enough Spirit for 3. Maybe I'm too hard on this skill, it does bring a lot of chaos to a match, but when compared to the power of the Youkai Buster and the fact that your loadout slots are limited, I'm not sure it's worth having. However, you can get Popularity for spamming it... somehow, so it's not useless. Spellcards Fantasy Seal: Reimu rapidly fires several explosive homing orbs. This is Reimu's more damaging spellcard. In addition, it can be both declared and activated while the opponent is stunned. It is an indispensable tool for delivering that deciding blow. Omnidirectional Dragon Slaying Circle: Reimu forms a great barrier with her as the center. Like Fantasy Seal, it can be both declared and activated while the opponent is stunned, but it does slightly less damage. And that's all it takes for me to say don't take this spellcard. Neither spellcard is as useful outside of a combo as they look, and Fantasy Seal deals more damage. Maybe this spellcard is for story mode? I would have loved something like this for Suika's boss fight in IAMP. Last Word Fantasy Nature: A counter attack for melee strikes. It does great damage, but does it's reward outweigh the risk? You don't even get the chance to use it that often, but if you did... It's your decision to use it or not, but there's no way to guarantee it will work. The decision to activate is on your opponent, after all. Items Take the Talisman if you're going to use one at all. It works like the bombs of previous Touhou fighters, but with a popularity risk. It's for emergencies only, but what's most important is that it works. Reimu doesn't need any help in the Spirit department, so the mushroom is off the table, and I don't actually know how to use the Dharmacakra in any effective context. Match-ups Vs. Marisa: This is an extremely difficult match-up for Reimu. Marisa has better range, faster attacks, and her zoning is decent for a rushdown character. In addition, Marisa's passive adds a slightly unpredictable nature to the fight. Your trump cards in this fight are going to be your amulets. Your 6Y and Youkai Buster can crush all of Marisa's attacks. If you can zone Marisa with Youkai Buster, you've won. However, Youkai Buster is very expensive, and will require you to play defensively while you spirit regenerates, and 6Y has a bit of startup to it. In addition, Marisa has better damage and no reliance on the corner, so you have no choice but to dodge around. Remember to use your passive to switch sides once Marisa gets too close. Vs. Ichirin: This is a much easier fight by comparison. Ichirin's attacks are much slower than Marisa's, but she can fight at range with Unzan. In this match-up you will need to play both the role of defense and offense. Approach with 5Y, Subspace Pressure Point, Ascension Kicks, and just old fashioned grazing. You won't be able to take too many hits from her, especially if she can declare a spellcard, so make sure to not stand too close when you don't have any action to take. Other than that, it's a pretty easy fight to win. Combos Testing, please wait warmly. My Loadout [8,6,2,4] Wheel 1:[Ascension Kick, Youkai Buster, Youkai Buster, Pressure Point] Wheel 2:[Fantasy Seal, Ascension Kick, Fantasy Nature, Talisman] So here's my loadout for The Hakurei Maiden. It's a mix of things not to optimize her for any particular challenger, but to allow her to play multiple roles in a fight. I take an Item and her Last Word for fun, but feel free to replace them if they are too risky for you. Keep in mind this is just an example, I can't speak for the effectiveness of this build, just that it does work for my playstyle.