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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 Azure. It can be achieved through two methods:

Drives manifest in many different forms, examples include Ragna the Bloodedge's Soul Eater and Raquel Alucard's Tempest. Clavis Alucard's existence is simply like a Drive in itself because of his existence as an Illusionary Creature, while Hades: Izanami literally is Master Unit's Drive, but she became her own person now.

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

In gameplay throughout the series, it normally acts as a character's main unique system mechanic with a number of some of their special moves also tailoring to it. In the main games, pressing D normally activates it, but its mechanics and functions depend solely on the character, and how it directly pertains to their special moves, with the exception of Konoe A. Mercury.

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, Cold 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.
Carl Clover Automaton (オートマトン Ōtomaton) Pressing and holding the D button will cause Nirvana to become active.
Litchi Faye Ling Mantenbō (萬天棒, Myriad Heavens Staff) Places staff with D, changing her moveset.
Arakune Crimson (クリムゾン Kurimuzon) Attacks that fill his Curse Gauge.
Iron Tager Voltic Battler (ボルテックバトラー Borutekku Batorā) Attacks that magnetize opponents for a small duration.
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.
Nu -No. 13- Sword Summoner (ソードサマナー Sōdo Samanā) Summons sword-like projectiles at different angles.
Hakumen Zanshin (斬神, Slaying God) 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.
Hazama Ouroboros (ウロボロス Uroborosu) Summons chains that can be used to quickly move through the battlefield or attack his opponents.
Tsubaki Yayoi Install (インストール Insutōru) Charges the Install Gauge.
Mu -No. 12- Steins Gunner (シュタインズガンナー Shutainzu Gan'nā) 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 Werewolf (ヴェーアヴォルフ Vēavorufu; "Werewolf" in German) 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.
Amane Nishiki Spiral (珠波衣羅盧(スパイラル) Supairaru, Sphere Wave Gown 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.
Izayoi Scarlet Justice (スカーレットジャスティス Sukāretto Jasutisu) Enters Gain Art mode.
Kagura Mutsuki Black Gale (ブラックゲイル Burakku Geiru) Enters a different stance.
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.
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.
Lambda -No. 11- Sword Summoner EX (ソードサマナー改 Sōdo Samanā Kai, Sword Summoner Revised) Summons sword-like projectiles at different angles.
Celica A. Mercury Minerva (ミネルヴァ Mineruva) Uses the Ex Machina: Minerva to help fight. D inputs control Minerva's attacks.
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.
Hibiki Kohaku Double Chase (ダブルチェイス Daburu Cheisu) Allows him to make a duplicate of himself.
Nine the Phantom None[1]/The Abyss Diver[2] Activates a spell stored in her Active Slot.
Izanami Sharin <Exodus Ark> (沙麟<エクソダスアーク> Sharin <Ekusodasu Āku>, Sand Phosphorus <Exodus Ark>) 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, Vermilion Bullet: Outseal) Throws her spear, which can home into her opponent if it misses.

Non-playable characters

Character Drive Description
Tōya Kagari Unknown Controls blood.
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.
Akira Kamewari Hekatonkheires (阡本糸(へカトンケイル) Hekatonkeiru, Thousand Origin Threads) Generates red wires.
Ripper Scissor Hands (殺戮指(シザー・ハンズ) Shizā Hanzu, Slaughtering Finger) Turns his fingers into seithr-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 Cicatrix) Turns ordinary people into Drive-Unions.
Acht Veil Skin (硬化膜(ベイル・スキン) Beiru Sukin, Hardening Film) Produces a second skin which nulls the effects of magic.
Goro Joizumi Screaming Jaw (雄叫顎(スクリーム・ジョウ) Sukurīmu Jō, War Cry Jaw) Creates destructive sound waves.
Akio Osafune Iron Shooter (鋼鉄弾(アイアン・シューター) Aian Shūtā, Steel Iron Bullet) Magnetism. Fires any metal objects that he touched with a high speed.
Artillery Unknown Shoots bullets of compressed air.
Raquel Alucard Tempest (風使い(テンペスト) Tenpesuto, Wind Tamer) Controls the wind.
Spinner Superior Unknown Unknown
Kīro Hikagami Unknown Power to slice everything. When using Murakumo Unit, Kīro summoned myriad swords.
Saya Terumi Soul Eater (ソウルイーター Souru Ītā) Drains life force by the touch.


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