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Overdrive (術式強化(オーバードライブ) Ōbādoraibu, Technique Formula Enhancement) is an Ars Magus which helps reduce the burden on the body of its user when said user begins the usage of massive abilities. However, Kagura described it as being a burden itself, as well as a dangerous asset, for in the case that one was incapable of properly controlling it, the user's soul could even be sucked into the Boundary. Through the utilization of the Azure Grimoire, it is possible to effectively reduce the risk.[1]

In gameplay terms, it replaces the Gold Burst from the first two installments. Overdrive builds up over time, after which it is activated by pressing A+B+C+D. Overdrives increase attack power and grant character-specific benefits. Its duration depends on the character's health, generally lasting from about five to fifteen seconds, with more time being added the lower the HP amount. When used, Overdrives freeze the stage timer.

List of Overdrives

Character Overdrive Description
Ragna the Bloodedge Blood Kain IDEA (ブラッドカインイデア Buraddo Kain Idea) Previously a Distortion Drive; works the same as Blood Kain from BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, except with no life loss.
Jin Kisaragi Frost End (絶刀(フロストエンド) Furosto Endo) All of Yukianesa's attacks freeze the opponent.
Noel Vermillion Chain Quasar (チェーンクェイサー Chēn Keisā) Increases speed of Drive moves.
Rachel Alucard Elfried (エルフリード Erufurīdo) Silpheed Gauge charges faster.
Taokaka Almost Becoming Two! (ほぼ二匹になる! Hobo Nihiki ni Naru!) Previously a Distortion Drive; works the same way.
Carl Clover Synchronized High Speed (シンクロハイスピード Shinkuro Hai Supīdo) Nirvana is strengthened.
Litchi Faye Ling The Great Wheel (大車輪 Daisharin) Move the staff with Direction + D. Previously a Distortion Drive.
Arakune Crimson Depth (クリムゾンデプス Kurimuzon Depusu) Curse Gauge does not drain while active.
Iron Tager Voltech Field (ボルテックフィールド Borutekku Fīrudo) Forcefully pulls a magnetized opponent towards Tager.
Bang Shishigami Shishigami-Style Forbidden Art: "Fū-Rin-Ka-Zan" (獅子神忍法・究極奥義・「萬駆風林火山」 Shishigami Ninpō Kyūkyō Ōgi: "Bangu Fū-Rin-Ka-Zan") Previously a Distortion Drive; works the same way.
Nu -No. 13- Unlimited Drive (アンリミテッドドライブ Anrimiteddo Doraibu) Drive attacks summon two swords, like her Unlimited form.
Lambda -No. 11- Elysium (エリュシオン Eryushion) Swords summoned with her Drive increase in size and deal more damage, in addition to granting new properties to some of her special moves.
Hakumen Kishin (鬼神) Magatama charge faster, can cancel D attacks into Specials.
Hazama Jörmungand (ヨルムンガンド Yorumungando) Drive attacks are stronger, and gains Unlimited form's Life Steal ring.
Tsubaki Yayoi Second Install (セカンドインストール Sekando Insutōru) Install Gauge automatically charges.
Mu -No. 12- Steins Geiser (シュタインズガイザー Shutainzu Gaizā) Drive attack lasers become stronger; works like her Unlimited form of this attack.
Makoto Nanaya Galaxian Impact (ギャラクシアンインパクト Gyarakushian Inpakuto) All Drive moves are Level G. All Drive moves also act as if hit during a Fatal Counter
Valkenhayn R. Hellsing Endless Wolf (エンドレスウルフ Endoresu Urufu) Wolf Gauge charges much faster.
Platinum the Trinity Magical Heart Catch (マジカルハートキャッチ Majikaru Hāto Kyatchi) Unlimited use of current item.
Relius Clover Maximum Dance (マキシマダンス Makishima Dansu) Ignis Gauge recharges faster. Ignis attacks faster and some of her moves are powered up.
Amane Nishiki Cyclone (砕躯龍(サイクロン) Saikuron) All Drive attacks are on maximum level.
Bullet Heat the Beat (ヒート・ザ・ビート Hīto za Bīto) Permanent Heat Up state while active.
Azrael Mental Colosseum (マインドコロッセオ Maindo Korosseo) All attacks act as though they’d hit weak points. Weakpoints are also applied on block.
Izayoi Freedom Justice (フリーダムジャスティス Furīdamu Jasutisu) Boosts Reiori Gauge while in base form.
Kagura Mutsuki Infinite Coupling (ヴィエメンスエッジ Viemensu Ejji) Removes the cooldown of stance follow-ups.
Yūki Terumi Nightmare Reaper (ナイトメアリーパー Naitomea Rīpā) Strengthens the priority and damage of Drive attacks while also enabling Heat Gauge absorption.
Kokonoe Graviton Rage (グラヴィトンレイジ Guraviton Reiji) Strengthens the effects of any Graviton attacks, while reducing the amount of meter needed to use them.
Celica A. Mercury Regelite (リジェライト Rijeraito) Passively heals health and strengthens Drive attacks.
Hibiki Kohaku Schwarz Reis (シュバルツレイス Shubarutsu Reisu) Accelerates his Drive.
Naoto Kurogane Blood Repulsor (ブラッドリパルサー Buraddo Riparusā) Charged Drive attacks have faster startup, strengthens his Enhancer.
Nine the Phantom Burning Red (バニングレッド Baningu Reddo) Stores elements into her Active Slot even on whiff.
Izanami Zekkai <Ark Force> (絶界<アークフォース>) Allows her to use all her abilities from both modes, including block.
Es Type: Amplifier "Avalon" (Type:Amplifier「アヴァロン」 Type:Amplifier "Avaron") Increases the number of hits of her Drive attacks.
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Overdrive Duration (in frames)[2]
Character 100 – 90% 89 – 80% 79 – 70% 69 – 60% 59 – 50% 49 – 40% 39 – 30% 29 – 20% 19 – 10% 9 – 0%
Amane Nishiki 180 210 240 270 300 420 480 540 600 720
Azrael 180 210 240 270 360 390 420 480 600 720
Bang Shishigami 120 120 180 240 240 300 360 360 600 600
Bullet 180 210 240 270 300 360 390 420 540 600
Hakumen 120 150 180 210 240 300 360 420 480 540
Iron Tager 180 210 240 300 360 420 480 510 540 600
Jin Kisaragi 180 240 300 360 420 480 540 600 660 720
Litchi Faye Ling 180 210 240 270 300 390 420 450 600 600
Makoto Nanaya 180 210 240 270 300 330 360 420 480 600
Nu -No. 13- 180 210 240 270 300 420 480 540 600 720
Ragna the Bloodedge 120 210 210 270 300 390 420 450 480 600
Tsubaki Yayoi 180 210 240 270 300 390 480 580 630 780
Everyone Else 180 210 240 270 300 390 420 450 480 600


  1. BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Story Mode, Sector Seven Story, Episode 7
  2. For BlazBlue: Chronophantasma

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