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A Drive (ドライブ Doraibu) is the materialization of a soul's power, made via the power of the Blue. It can be achieved through two methods:

The closer a soul is to the Blue, the stronger the Drive is. However, when a Drive is used, it can leave Remains of the Blue; the stronger the Drive, the longer the Remains last.

Drive can be described as a special state of soul. There are two types of carriers:

  1. Born with a Drive;
  2. Awakened Drive.

The use of a Drive consumes the magic element around the user. When there is not enough of the element, a portion of the user's soul is consumed.

Heavy torture can deprive of a Drive, like it happened in case of Karengina Parcette and her awakened Seagull.

Clavis Alucard's existence is simply like a Drive in itself because of his existence as an Illusionary Creature, while Izanami literally is the Master Unit's Drive.

XBlaze series shows a particular illness giving people Drive. They are collectively known as the Unions.

In BlazBlue gameplay, Drive is an individual ability per character that can be activated by pressing the D button. It is a system where every character has one unique ability or mechanic during gameplay. Activating Overdrive will generally enhance this ability for that character.

List of Drives

Playable characters

Character Drive Description
Ragna the Bloodedge Soul Eater (ソウルイーター Souru Ītā) Attacks that absorb a portion of the damage dealt for his own health.
Jin Kisaragi Frost Bite (零刀(フロストバイト) Furosuto Baito, Zero Blade) Attacks that freeze the opponent.
Noel Vermillion Chain Revolver (チェーンリボルバー Chēn Riborubā) An active stance, where every button is a different drive attack.
Rachel Alucard Silpheed (シルフィード Shirufīdo) Summons wind in eight different directions.
Taokaka Dancing Edge (ダンシングエッジ Danshingu Ejji) Launches in a torpedo-like fashion at the opponent.
Iron Tager Voltic Battler (ボルテックバトラー Borutekku Batorā) Attacks that magnetize opponents for a small duration.
Litchi Faye Ling Mantenbō (萬天棒, Myriad Heavens Pole) Places staff with D, changing her moveset.
Arakune Crimson (クリムゾン Kurimuzon) Attacks that fill his Curse Gauge.
Bang Shishigami Burning Heart (バーニングハート Bāningu Hāto) Attacks that light up an icon in the "Fū-Rin-Ka-Zan" Gauge on hit.
Carl Clover Automaton (オートマトン Ōtomaton) Pressing and holding the D button will cause Nirvana to become active.
Hakumen Slaying God (斬神 Zanshin) Projects a shield-like energy barrier that, when hit by an opponent's attack, will negate said attack and follow-up with an unblockable, invincible counter-attack.
ν-No.13- Sword Summoner (ソードサマナー Sōdo Samanā) Summons sword-like projectiles at different angles.
Tsubaki Yayoi Install (インストール Insutōru) Charges the Install Gauge.
Hazama Ouroboros (ウロボロス Uroborosu) Summons chains that can be used to quickly move through the battlefield or attack his opponents.
μ-No.12- Steins Gunner (シュタインズガンナー Shutainzu Gannā) Projects a Stein to the targeted location.
Makoto Nanaya Impact (インパクト Inpakuto) Holding down the D button charges the move from level 1 to level 3 and back down to level 1, while releasing the button executes attack for that particular level.
Valkenhayn R. Hellsing Werwolf (ヴェーアヴォルフ Vēavorufu) Valkenhayn transforms into a wolf.
Platinum the Trinity Magical Symphony (マジカルシンフォニー Majikaru Shinfonī) Equips an item to use in battle.
Relius Clover Detonator (デトネーター Detonētā) Summons Ignis.
Izayoi Scarlet Justice (スカーレットジャスティス Sukāretto Jasutisu) Enters Gain Art mode.
Amane Nishiki Spiral (珠波衣羅盧(スパイラル) Supairaru, Pearl Waves of Clothes Gauze Hut) Drill attacks that fills the Spiral Gauge. Drill can overheat if charged for too long.
Bullet Lock On (ロックオン Rokku On) Creates a growing orange circle around her. The opponent inside this circle is "locked on" with a special crosshair. By releasing the D button, Bullet attacks the opponent she locked on.
Azrael The Terror (ザテラー Za Terā) Reveals weak points on the opponent when making contact.
Kagura Mutsuki Black Gale (ブラックゲイル Burakku Geiru) Enters a different stance.
Kokonoe Graviton (グラヴィトン Guraviton) Sets down a bit, which produces a pulling field which will pull her opponent towards it.
Yūki Terumi Force Eater (フォースイーター Fōsu Ītā) Drive attacks have heavy Heat Gauge gain, while the opponent gains none from being hit by (or blocking) them.
Celica A. Mercury Minerva (ミネルヴァ Mineruva) Uses the Ex Machina: Minerva to help fight. D inputs control Minerva's attacks.
Λ-No.11- Sword Summoner Revision (ソードサマナー改 Sōdo Samanā Kai) Summons sword-like projectiles at different angles.
Hibiki Kohaku Double Chase (ダブルチェイス Daburu Cheisu) Allows him to make a duplicate of himself.
Naoto Kurogane Bloodedge (ブラッドエッジ Buraddoejji) Creates iron objects from blood. Eyes turn red and hair turns white through heavy usage.
Nine the Phantom The Abyss Diver (ザアビスダイバー Za Abisu Daibā) Activates a spell stored in her Active Slot.
Izanami Sand Shine <Exodus Ark> (沙麟<エクソダスアーク> Sharin <Ekusodasu Āku>) Activates Yasakani no Magatama, allowing Izanami to shoot Magatama projectiles, but removing her ability to block.
Es Crest Arts (クレストアーツ Kuresuto Ātsu) Turns the trail of her sword attacks into a trail of damage dealing Crests.
Mai Natsume Gallia Sphyra: Outseal (朱弾(ガリアスフィラ)=アウトシール Garia Sufira: Autoshīru, Red Bullet: Outseal) Throws her spear, which can home into her opponent if it misses.
Susanoo God of Military Arts (武神 Takegami) An attack that unlocks the highlighted icon.

Non-playable characters

Character Drive Description
Karengina Parcette Seagull (シーガル Shīgaru) By laying hands on the ground she can find all the nearby creatures.
Acht Veil Skin (硬化膜(ベイル・スキン) Beiru Sukin, Hardening Membrane) Produces a second skin which nulls the effects of sorcery.
Mei Amanohokosaka Blood Cain (血契印(ブラッド・カイン) Buraddo Kain, Blood Tally) Ability that condenses her blood and seals the Original Grimoire.
Artillery Unknown Shoots bullets of compressed air.
Gorō Jōizumi Screaming Jaw (雄叫顎(スクリーム・ジョウ) Sukurīmu Jō, War Cry Jaw) Creates destructive sound waves.
Tōya Kagari Unknown Controls blood.
Akira Kamewari Hekatonkheires (阡本糸(へカトンケイル) Hekatonkeiru, Thousand Basing Threads) Generates red wires.
Akio Osafune Iron Shooter (鋼鉄弾(アイアン・シューター) Aian Shūtā, Steel Bullet) Magnetism. Fires any metal objects that he touched with a high speed.
Ripper Scissor Hands (殺戮指(シザー・ハンズ) Shizā Hanzu, Slaughtering Fingers) Turns his fingers into magic element-covered blades. The wounds cannot be healed with sorcery. Also creates throwing knives.
Sechs Deadly Sign (聖傷痕(デッドリー・サイン) Deddorī Sain, Holy Scar) Turns ordinary people into Unions.
Raquel Alucard Tempest (風使い(テンペスト) Tenpesuto, Wind Tamer) Controls the wind.
Kiiro Hikagami Unknown Power to slice everything. When using Murakumo Unit, Kiiro summoned myriad swords.
Spinner Superior Unknown Unknown.
Saya Terumi Soul Eater (ソウルイーター Souru Ītā) Drains life force by the touch.

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