[GE3] Heavy Moon Overview

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Heavy Moon weapon overview.

Heavy Moon is a moon-shaped blade that is able to transform into a Battleaxe and a Chainsaw. Heavy Moon has’s AXE MODE (officially called Moon Axe Form) allow it to attack with a vicious barrage of attacks in the form of Moon Storm and Moon Slash. This is vaguely similar to the Boost Mode of the Boost Hammer. Its Raging Moon attack transforms the weapon into a chainsaw after a long charge and then digs it into the Aragami for a multi-hitting powerful attack. Heavy Moon has a good selection of Burst Arts that allows it to handle most situations.

Heavy Moon deals both Crush & Slash typed damage. The Heavy Moon’s Battleaxe Mode also has a slight increase in damage depending on how much OP you have so it benefits from increased max OP skills.

Strengths:

  • Good damage
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Offers a lot of variety in how it can be played
  • Battleaxe Mode doesn’t drain Stamina
  • Good selection of Burst Arts
  • Has more Jump & Step Burst Arts than most weapons

Weaknesses:

  • Rather short range
  • Raging Moon can be a bit hard to use effectively

Heavy Moon is for players who like style and variety. The Heavy Moon’s moveset is straightforward and easy to understand. Its also a fun weapon to use and has a good set of Burst Arts that can cover all situations. Heavy Moon is a weapon with little faults and it is also an easy weapon to use aside from learning how to use Raging Moon proficiently. Therefore, it is suitable for both beginners and advanced players alike who want a solid weapon that they can get a lot of mileage out of.


HEAVY MOON BASICS

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Ground Light Attack Combo ◼>◼>◼>◼

Basic combo. 4 horizontal swinging attacks.

Ground Heavy Attack Combo

▲>▲>▲>▲

Basic combo. 4 vertical slashing attacks.

Air Light Attack Combo AIR ◼>◼

Basic air combo. 2 Quick full body swinging attacks in mid air.

Air Heavy Attack AIR ▲

Basic air attack. Sonic the Hedgehog.

Light Step Attack Step+◼

Basic step attack. Steps in with a fast one arm swinging attack.

Heavy Step Attack Step+▲

Basic step attack. Performs an upwards rising attack.

MOON STORM R1+◼ then ◼

Enters AXE MODE and viciously swings the weapon from left to right. Consecutive swings increase attack speed. Infinite Spam OK.

MOON SLASH

R1+◼ then ▲

Enters AXE MODE and delivers a high momentum finisher.

RAGING MOON Hold ◼ then release

 Enters AXE MODE. Then converts into a chainsaw to rip the Aragami to shreds. Tapping ◼ on hit digs in to the target. You may also activate Raging Moon during Moon Storm to reduce charging time.

SPECIAL  AXE MODE attack damage is increased depending on how much OP you have. Therefore, increasing your max OP or using the Oracle Reserves on a Ray Gun will have a slight damage increase on AXE MODE attacks.

 


HEAVY MOON BURST ARTS

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SPECIAL ABILITY DESCRIPTION

GE3-BA-passives-AIR-OKx60 Allows you to perform air action follow-ups after executing the Burst Art.
GE3-BA-passives-+InfiniteOKx60 Allows you to repeat the Burst Art continuously by pressing the attack button repeatedly until you run out of Stamina.
GE3-BA-passives-ARMORx60 Allows you to ignore some incoming attacks during a portion of the Burst Art. You still take full damage, but you don’t get staggered out of the attack.
GE3-BA-passives-HP+x60 Allows you to absorb a certain amount of HP on hit.
GE3-BA-passives-OP+x60 Increases the amount of OP the Burst Art gains on hit.
GE3-BA-passives-WK-POINTx60 Increases damage to Aragami weakpoints. You know you’ve struck a weakpoint when the damage counter turns yellow.
GE3-BA-passives-DOWNEDx60 Increases damage when Aragami are downed.
GE3-BA-passives-IGNOREx60 Damage isn’t reduced when attacking an Aragami’s hardest parts. In other words, you won’t deal grey damage when using these Burst Arts.
GE3-BA-passives-ELEMENTx60 Increases damage when using an elemental weapon and an Aragami is weak to that element.

GROUND BURST ARTS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL

RecommendedSignx20 Carnage Moon

カルネージムーン

Ground Light Attack Combo Art

 Imbues the basic ground light attack combo with oracle energy.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

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GE3-BA-passives-WK-POINTx60

Fatal Upper

フェイタルアッパー

Ground Heavy Attack Combo Finisher Art

▲>▲>▲> Burst Art

 Transforms the last hit of the combo into an explosive rising attack.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

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GE3-BA-passives-AIR-OKx60

RecommendedSignx20 Moon Tempest

月昂嵐

Moon Storm Art

R1+◼ then ◼

Powers up the Moon Storm.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-+InfiniteOKx60

RecommendedSignx20 Lunar Rage

苛超風月

Moon Storm Art

R1+◼ then ◼

 Turns the Moon Storm into a heavy swinging attack. Moves you slightly forward.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-+InfiniteOKx60

RecommendedSignx20 Roaring Axe Combo

剛斧轟連撃

Moon Slash Art

R1+◼ then ▲

 Performs a powerful backhand swing in Axe Mode after the Moon Slash. Hits multiple times.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

RecommendedSignx20 Moonlit Dawn

有明月夜

Raging Moon Art

Hold ◼ then release

 Transforms the Raging Moon into a buzz-saw to rip the Aragami to pieces. Has 3 levels of charge with each level being more stronger than the last. Full charge time is extremely long.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

RecommendedSignx20 Apocalypse Axe

終焉ヲ告ゲル斧

Raging Moon Art

Hold ◼ then release

 Evolves the Raging Moon into a single overhead strike, very much like the Buster Blade’s Charge Crush.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-explosionge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-DOWNEDx60

JUMP BURST ARTS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL

RecommendedSignx20 Lunar Orbit

十六夜

Air Light Attack Combo Art

 Powers up the basic air combo with crescent slash effects.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-ELEMENTx60

Lunatic Force

ルナティックフォース

Air Light Attack Combo Finisher Art

AIR ◼>◼>Burst Art

 Adds two additional mid air swinging attacks to the end of the basic combo.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

RecommendedSignx20 Falling Moon

落月

Air Heavy Attack Art

 Powers up the basic heavy air attack turning it into a falling full moon assault.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-explosionge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-DOWNEDx60

RecommendedSignx20 Twilight Moon

宵闇の月

Air Heavy Attack Art

 Front flips into an overhead ground rending strike. Hits multiple times.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-explosionge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-IGNOREx60

STEP BURST ARTS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL

Blade Waltz

斬斬舞

Step+◼ Art

 A quick wide range circular strike that hits twice.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-ELEMENTx60

Tempest Step

テンペスター

Step+▲ Art

 Jumps in with an acrobatic full body double swinging attack.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-ARMORx60

RecommendedSignx20 Supermoon

スーパームーン

Step+▲ Art

 Buffs the default step attack with oracle energy.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-WK-POINTx60

RecommendedSignx20 Moonlight Blade

月下美刃

Step+◼ Art

 Flips into an Axe Form Raging Moon. Tap the attack button to dig into the Aragami.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-DOWNEDx60

 


RECOMMENDED BURST ARTS

Recommended Burst Arts are indicated with a RecommendedSignx20 in the tables above. Burst Arts that are recommended are due to them having appealing qualities such as good damage output, ease of use, low risk and good reward or good special passive effects. With that being said, I highly encourage all players to try out all of the Burst Arts and use what they like and feels natural to them. I also encourage players to change their Burst Arts according to what you will be fighting on the next mission to optimize mission efficiency.

Noteworthy Ground Arts:
  • Carnage Moon (カルネージムーン)
  • Moon Tempest (月昂嵐)
  • Lunar Rage (苛超風月)
  • Roaring Axe Combo (剛斧轟連撃)
  • Moonlit Dawn (有明月夜)
  • Apocalypse Axe (終焉ヲ告ゲル斧)

The Heavy Moon has several good ground Burst Arts. Carnage Moon (カルネージムーン) is not very flashy but deals a good damage without using stamina. Both of the Moon Storm arts, Moon Tempest (月昂嵐) and Lunar Rage (苛超風月) are very strong as well and are worth using. Roaring Axe Combo (剛斧轟連撃) is deals high damage but the attack itself lasts relatively long. If you use it in the openings where you can land a Quick Devour, it will be a good source of damage. Moonlit Dawn (有明月夜) augments the Raging Moon with three levels of charge. But you almost never have enough time for charging all the way to the final charge. but even so, this art deals a very strong amount of damage just off the first charge level. Apocalypse Axe (終焉ヲ告ゲル斧) is a Charge Crush-like move and boasts the move with the longest range on the Heavy Moon. Its damage is surprisingly big for the low amount of time it takes to charge. If you preempt a down, you can usually squeeze two of these devastating attacks in for high damage.

Noteworthy Jump Arts:
  • Lunar Orbit (十六夜)
  • Falling Moon (落月)
  • Twilight Moon (宵闇の月)

Lunar Orbit (十六夜) offers good damage, a large hitbox and safe recovery making it an all round pick for an air Art. It is useful for both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground combat due to its big hitbox and fast attacks. Falling Moon (落月) deals a lot of damage to downed Aragami and attacks in a straight line underneath you. Its a little bit harder to use when Aragami are moving around but it ends in a backstep which makes it surprisingly safe. Twilight Moon (宵闇の月) is a heavy hitting art that ignores armor. Its very strong, but it has a bit of landing recovery that makes it less safe than it initially seems.

Noteworthy Step Arts:
  • Supermoon (スーパームーン)
  • Moonlight Blade (月下美刃)

The Heavy Moon has an all-round good set of Step arts. Supermoon (スーパームーン) has an awkward hitbox, but deals a good amount of damage in a short space of time. Its especially effective if you can hit a weakpoint. Moonlight Blade (月下美刃) is really powerful on downed Aragami in comparison to how quickly it comes out. The key is that you need to hit a weakpoint or a part that isn’t well armored to deal the good damage. This can be tricky due to how the art flips out as if it were a pocket knife. A good tip is to keep the part you want to hit on the left side of your step and let your character swing in to it.


HEAVY MOON SAMPLE PLAY


BURST ART EFFECTS

The complete list of Burst Art Effects can be found here:

ge3db-BurstArtEffect


 

 

 


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