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|Overdrive Duration (in frames)|
|100 – 90%||89 – 80%||79 – 70%||69 – 60%||59 – 50%||49 – 40%||39 – 30%||29 – 20%||19 – 10%||9 – 0%|
Hazama has two new moves, Vengeful Viper and Shadow Serpent, which replaces Wind Serpent's Fang.
Not much has changed about Hazama in this installment, save for possible nerfs to his original Hirentotsu loop from Extend. However his new Jakatsu move is able to open up many combo possibilities for him (along with a ton of bait possibilities, not unlike his usual riling nature), and his Orochi Burensō is yet a new addition to his dangerous mixup game as a tick throw.
However, despite Hazama's little in change in comparison to the other veterans (is it me or is it some form of saturated trolling in-line with his character?), he has rather as mentioned before, suffered some notable nerfs. His Serpent's Infernal Rapture loses its once-dreaded Fatal Counter property, and his Mizuchi Rekkazan no longer hits low. Though on the upside, Hazama gains a variety of new Fatal Counter options with his 6B and Jakō, and his Gashōkyaku launching straight up instead of flinging away opens up even more combos. His infamous j.C however, has also gotten quite a nerf; the meter gain is much less significant per hit.
Overall, not much has significantly changed for Hazama, so more previous users of him may adjust a bit well. His previous potency from the previous installments has barely been toned down, as his strengths still reside in combos from any hit confirm and impressive mobility.
His Overdrive is the Jörmungandr, another variation of the Ouroboros that signifies the end of the world when it lets go of its tail. This enables Hazama to not only rid himself of his chains' "dead zones", but it also grants him his infamous life-stealing aura from his Unlimited Form.
Hazama can be a tricky-to-use character with a unique playstyle. Although his chains and slow speed are well-suited for a zoning character, he excels particularly well up-close, where he can make use of his numerous mixup and okizeme options. Unlike Hakumen, Carl, and Arakune, his "hop dash" is grounded and can be canceled at any time with normals, specials, or barrier, improving his short-range movement options, even enabling him to wavedash. It should also be noted that Hazama has one of the de facto best meter gain rates in the game, as almost all of his combos go into multiple j.Cs, which builds meter extremely quickly. It is not uncommon for a good Hazama player to always have at least 50% meter, making Serpent's Infernal Rapture a constant threat due to its Fatal Counter property. And not to mention, he already is well noted for his combos off of any hit confirm, making him quite the abare-type character.
Although he is relatively slow compared to most of the cast, Hazama is excellent for applying pressure, as his drives make slow moves that would normally be safe at fullscreen (i.e. Jin's projectiles) extremely risky, forcing opponents to play a close-up game even if their character is unsuited for it (i.e. Rachel). At the same time, however, Hazama can make the opponent's rushdown risky as well, stuffing approaches easily with his drive and his Rising Fang (214D~B) special, which is invulnerable on startup and moves Hazama back enough to be virtually safe, and punishing holes in rushdown extremely hard with Serpent's Infernal Rapture (236236B), which can deal more than 7k damage in the right circumstances. At the same time, Hazama is able to punish opponents for playing overly defensively, poking them safely from a distance with his drives and punishing bad blocking with an extremely strong mixup game consisting of crossups, overheads, and command throws.
Despite this generally well-rounded playstyle, however, Hazama's slow walking speed makes it difficult for him to catch characters fast enough to consistently get out of the reach of his chains and throw out projectiles from a safe distance. He has a comparatively difficult time against Hakumen and Arakune, who are both capable of both negating his mixup game and his approach options by hitting his chains, countering, or air dashing (Hakumen) or onslaughting him with bugs (Arakune).
Also, Hazama can only shoot out one chain at a time, so characters can move in by going around them well enough or negating them with a multitude of projectiles at once. Though it is thanks to his Ouroboros followups that he can escape projectile punishes, though one must not be reckless in which followups to use, making it a bit situational. People can also stuff Serpent's Infernal Rapture with an invincible attack or a counter, and run away with enough skill needed since Hazama must get close to his opponent to be efficient. A good runaway game is needed to stay on one's toes against Hazama. Also, if one can keep him in the air, the only tools he has on hand will be the Wind Serpent's Fang (j.214B), his j.C and his Drives. His game works best on ground to start punishment for setups to safely use his aerial tools as he has no midair Distortion Drives.
Ironically, Hazama, unlike most pressure/offensive happy characters like Ragna and Jin, lacks the range needed on his normals for long range poke punishes, as his 2B, 3C and j.B are the only pokes he has on his disposal. This means runaway playstyles are quite effective against him; thus, Hazama often needs to end up as close to his opponent as much as possible as his normals tend to have notable pushback, making his footsies game notably weak (especially on ground). His 3C is often relied on a lot, and even then, moves that can dodge the lower hitbox like Ragna's 5B (if positioned properly) can easily counter hit Hazama out of it. His low mobility also does not help matters as he must also rely on his Drive to gap-close frequently.
One other notable weakness of Hazama's his is lack of meterless reversals; due to this, he can be in a very tight spot when under pressure and due to his average amount of health, and his Drive follow ups despite providing great mobility, provide no invincibility, and must be used rationally. Because of this, Hazama relies a lot on the system mechanics to get himself out of a jam.
In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, Hazama gained several drastic changes that made him much less beginner-friendly. His normal bread and butter combos involving Devouring Fang have been removed, and replaced with complex OTG combos involving his modified 6C, which pins the opponent to the ground now allowing him to dash in and use 5C to start his air juggles. As with every character, Hazama's style was changed to allow for better pressure when the opponent is trapped in the corner.
In Extend, Hazama has gained a powerful, but very difficult new tool to use. Making use of the Tiger Knee input (2369/2147) via his Wind Serpent's Fang and the right set of moves in a combo, it is now possible for Hazama to use his Rising and/or Falling Fang in such a way that he can force the opponent into a loop. With this new tactic, Hazama is able to gain exorbitant amounts of meter in the corner while leaving the opponent utterly helpless as he combos into Serpent's Infernal Rapture from the loop for big damage. But at a cost, he seems to have lost most of his damage potential from the past two games.
Of note is that Hazama has a non-standard dash. Instead of running, he will perform a short sliding step forward and stop automatically after a set distance. This dash can be canceled with normals, specials, or barrier block.
|A standing "door knock" hand attack forward.|
Run-of-the-mill standing poke.
Cancels into itself.
|Upward outward cross slash with both knives. Hits twice.|
Decent AA hitbox and often good for OTG pickups, and can also be used for pressure. Be wary of its short horizontal range however.
|(in the air)||300||124|
|A jumping open hand jab. Same as 2A, but only more downward.|
Run-of-the-mill jumping poke.
Cancels into itself. Mainly used to check certain aerial approaches.
|(in the air)||620||256|
|Turning slash directly beneath.|
Has some startup.
Has very good crossup hitbox, and can also be used for jump-in pressure.
|Counter Assault. Same as his 5B, thus unlike more further reaching Counter Assaults, its low range means it must be used a bit sparingly.|
|Input||Japanese name||English name||English localization||Damage||Heat gain|
|(during Serpent's Benediction)||構え中断 Kamae Chūdan||Stance Break||Serpent's Haste||--||--|
|Cancels Serpent's Benediction/Jasetsu.Has some recovery.|