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Overdrive (術式強化(オーバードライブ) Ōbādoraibu, Magic Formula Enhancement) is a Magic Formula 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 Blue Grimoire, it is possible to effectively reduce the risk.[1]

In gameplay terms, Overdrive (オーバードライブ Ōbādoraibu) taps into characters’ powers to enhance certain mechanics or abilities. It is activated by pressing A+B+C+D at the same time. While active, Drive abilities are enhanced, as are certain special moves and Distortion Drives. 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 and prevent the usage of the opponent’s burst.

Like special attacks, normal attacks can be cancelled by an Overdrive. However, when Overdrives are activated this way, the duration is halved, but players are able to transition into another move immediately, like when using Rapid Cancel.

List of Overdrives

Character Overdrive Description
Ragna the Bloodedge Blood Cain Idea (ブラッドカインイデア Buraddo Kain Idea) Previously a Distortion Drive; works the same as Blood Cain 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, Suppressing Blade) 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, Meow! (ほぼ2匹になるニャス! Hobo Nibiki ni Naru Nyasu!) Previously a Distortion Drive; works the same way.
Iron Tager Voltic Field (ボルテックフィールド Borutekku Fīrudo) Forcefully pulls a magnetized opponent towards Tager.
Litchi Faye Ling The Great Wheel (大車輪 Daisharin) Move the staff with Direction + D. Previously a Distortion Drive.
Arakune Crimson Depths (クリムゾンデプス Kurimuzon Depusu) Curse Gauge does not drain while active.
Bang Shishigami Shishigami Ninja Art – Ultimate Secret: “Bang’s Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain” Revision (獅子神忍法・究極奥義「萬駆風林火山」改 Shishigami Ninpō Kyūkyoku Ōgi: “Bangu Fū-Rin-Ka-Zan” Kai) Previously a Distortion Drive; works the same way.
Carl Clover Synchro High Speed (シンクロハイスピード Shinkuro Hai Supīdo) Nirvana is strengthened.
Hakumen Fierce God (鬼神 Kishin) Magatama charge faster, can cancel D attacks into Specials.
ν-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.
Tsubaki Yayoi Second Install (セカンドインストール Sekando Insutōru) Install Gauge automatically charges.
Hazama Jörmungandr (ヨルムンガンド Yorumungando) Drive attacks are stronger, and gains Unlimited form’s Life Steal ring.
μ-No.12- Steins Geyser (シュタインズゲイザー Shutainzu Geizā) Drive attack lasers become stronger; works like her Unlimited form of this attack.
Makoto Nanaya Galaxian Impact (G(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 Endlos 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 Kyacchi) Unlimited use of current item.
Relius Clover Maxim Dance (マキシムダンス Makishimu Dansu) Ignis Gauge recharges faster. Ignis attacks faster and some of her moves are powered up.
Izayoi Freedom Justice (フリーダムジャスティス Furīdamu Jasutisu) Boosts Weaving Zero Gauge while in base form.
Amane Nishiki Cyclone (砕躯龍(サイクロン) Saikuron, Smashing Dragon Body) 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 Mind Colosseo (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.
Kagura Mutsuki Vehemence Edge (ヴィエメンスエッジ Viemensu Ejji) Removes the cooldown of stance follow-ups.
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.
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.
Celica A. Mercury Regelite (リジェライト Rijeraito) Passively heals health and strengthens Drive attacks.
Λ-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.
Hibiki Kohaku Schwarz Wraith (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 Suppressing Realm <Ark Force> (絶界<アークフォース> Zekkai <Āku Fōsu>) Allows her to use all her abilities from both modes, including block.
Es Type: Amplifier – “Avalon” (Type:Amplifier(タイプ:アンプリファイア)「アヴァロン」 Taipu: Anpurifaia – “Avaron”) Increases the number of hits of her Drive attacks.
Mai Natsume Flurry of the Snow Moon (風花雪月 Fūka Setsugetsu) Shortens the charging time for Drive attacks.
Susanoo Time of Entombment (絶葬ノ刻 Zessō no Koku) Temporarily unlocks all Susanoo’s special attacks.
Jūbei Arhat: Gleam of Five Elements (羅漢 五輪煌 Rakan: Gorinkō) Enhances “Sea Fire” and “Sea Fire: Steel”.

Duration

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
TR-0009 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-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

Trivia

  • Overdrive is a musical term that refers to an electro-acoustic effect in music.

References

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

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