[GE3] Long Blade Overview

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Long Blade weapon overview.

Long Blade is an all-rounder weapon. It has relatively fast attacks and offers tools for all situations. Its Zero Stance is a cancel that restores Stamina and allows you to restart your offense and its Impulse Edge is an OP consuming Gun blast that is used from Melee Form. It has a good set of Burst Arts that allows it to fight all kinds of Aragami.

Long Blade only deals Slash typed damage. Since the Impulse Edge uses OP, the Long Blade can benefit from having increased Max OP.

Strengths:

  • All-rounder weapon
  • Easy to use
  • Has a Burst Art that restores HP
  • Zero Stance is great for restoring Stamina
  • Offers high variety in being able to change Impulse Edge type of damage with Burst Arts

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t particularly excel in any single aspect
  • A little on the weaker side when compared to other Single damage typed weapons like Scythe, Hammer & Spear

This weapon is for players who like one weapon to cover all options and be able to deal with most situations. Zero Stance provides and easy way to retain Stamina so the weapon has little down time and Impulse Edge offers different kinds of typed damage thanks to its Burst Arts. The Long Blade is an overall easy weapon to use that most players should feel at home using. But it is a Jack-of-all-trades and Master-of-none.


LONG BLADE BASICS

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Ground Light Attack Combo ◼>◼>◼>◼

Basic combo. 4 Quick slashing attacks with the Long Blade.

Ground Heavy Attack Combo

▲>▲>▲>▲

Basic combo. Long range lunging attacks. Covers a great distance.

Air Light Attack Combo AIR ◼>◼

Basic air combo. Two short range upwards slices. Keeps you airborne.

Air Heavy Attack AIR ▲

Basic air attack.  A forward front flipping sword strike. Hitbox is more elevated than it initially seems. Has long landing recovery.

Light Step Attack Step+◼

Basic step attack. Overhead swipe. Good distance and recovery.

Heavy Step Attack Step+▲

Basic step attack. Lunging upwards strike.

ZERO STANCE R1+◼

Cancels the current attack and readies your character for the next action.

IMPULSE EDGE

R1+◼ then R1+◼

Fires with your Gun part during Melee Weapon Mode and performs a short range beam-like attack. Uses OP.


LONG BLADE 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

Morning Calm

朝凪の型

Ground Light Attack Combo Art

Adds oracle energy to the basic ground light attack combo.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-OP+x60

 Lifestealer Claw

命奪ノ爪

Ground Light Attack Combo Finisher Art

◼>◼>◼>Burst Art

Powers up the final strike of the basic combo.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-HP+x60

Aegis Caliber

アイギスキャリバー

Ground Heavy Attack Combo Art

Adds an oracle barrier to a powered up version of the basic combo.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-ARMORx60

RecommendedSignx20 Swift Slash

一ノ太刀 絶閃

Zero Stance Art

R1+◼ then◼

Focuses your energy and then releases a powerful overhead strike. Replaces default Zero Stance. Very long startup.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-explosionge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-WK-POINTx60

RecommendedSignx20 Flame of Purgatory

煉獄の劫火

Impulse Edge Art

R1+◼ then R1+◼

Fires a close range cluster bomb. The bomb does Gun Crush based damage. Consumes OP.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-beamge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-DOWNEDx60

RecommendedSignx20 Shining Ray

シャイニングレイ

Impulse Edge Art

R1+◼ then R1+◼

 Fires a long range concentrated beam. The beam does Gun Pierce based damage. Consumes OP.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-beamge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-ELEMENTx60

Gunner’s Paradise

ガンナーズヘヴン

Impulse Edge Art

R1+◼ then tap R1+◼

 Rapidly fires small Oracle blades in the direction you are facing. Deals Pierce Damage. Consumes OP.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-beamge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-+InfiniteOKx60

RecommendedSignx20 Soulsplitter

肉斬神断

[*Added in v1.30]

Zero Stance Art

R1+◼ then◼

 Drops into a Defensive Stance and parries any incoming attack. Damage of incoming attack affects the power of this Art. There is not much damage reduction on incoming attacks so use it carefully.

*You are able to perform a Impulse Edge after this Art whether it lands or not.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-IGNOREx60

JUMP BURST ARTS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL

Sacred Edge

セイクリッドエッジ

Air Light Attack Combo Finisher Art

AIR ◼>◼>Burst Art

 Performs a leaning diagonal slash. Leans slightly to the left.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-ELEMENTx60

RecommendedSignx20 Void Cutter

虚空斬り

Air Heavy Attack Art

 Performs a rolling somersault slash in the air. Can be chained up to 3 times. Direction can be changed in-between slashes.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-IGNOREx60

RecommendedSignx20 Spinning Descent

スピニングフォール

Air Heavy Attack Art

 Performs a rolling somersault into a heavy ground slam. Attack lands quite a distance ahead so pay attention to spacing.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-explosionge3-BAE-fireball


STEP BURST ARTS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SPECIAL

Whirlwind Sword

旋風ノ太刀

Step+◼ Art

Performs a rising strike. Hitbox is along the right side of your character.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-OP+x60

RecommendedSignx20 Flashing Blade

刹那の斬光

Step+◼ Art

Performs quick thrust straight ahead.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

RecommendedSignx20 Apsara Wings

飛天翔

Step+▲ Art

Performs heavy rising attack that takes your character into the air.

Compatible Burst Art Effect:

ge3-BAE-slashge3-BAE-fireball

GE3-BA-passives-AIR-OKx60

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:
  • Swift Slash (一ノ太刀 絶閃)
  • Flame of Purgatory (煉獄の劫火)
  • Shining Ray (シャイニングレイ)
  • Soulsplitter (肉斬神断)

Swift Slash (一ノ太刀 絶閃) is a good Art for striking weakpoints because it has a narrow and long range hitbox. It can also be steered right up until the hit, but its charge time is especially long so you would need to use this in opening where you would be able to Quick Devour or when an Aragami is down.

Soulsplitter is a powerful counter Art that ignores a % of armor. It deals good damage and has a large hitbox and is highly recommended, but you receive a lot of damage for each parry so you need to be careful of your HP.

The two Impulse Edge arts, Flame of Purgatory (煉獄の劫火) and Shining Ray (シャイニングレイ) allow you to deal different typed damage which adds variety to the ways a Long Blade can deal damage. Flame of Purgatory is especially good on downed Aragami.

Noteworthy Jump Arts:
  • Void Cutter (虚空斬り)
  • Spinning Descent (スピニングフォール)

Void Cutter (虚空斬り) deals damage that ignores a % of armor and can be performed up to 3 times which each iteration being able to be steered in any direction. It has a big vertical hitbox that can hit downed enemies if you do it closer to the ground. It a good air Art, but has a long landing recovery after the attack that makes it unsafe in a lot of situations.

Spinning Descent (スピニングフォール) does good damage but its hitbox can be a bit awkward if you aren’t familiar with the somersault’s trajectory. To land a good hit with this Art, you often need to stand a good distance away or supplement this with a backwards jump if you are at point-blank range.

Noteworthy Step Arts:
  • Apsara Wings (飛天翔)

  • Flashing Blade (刹那の斬光)

Apsara Wings (飛天翔) has a bit of startup and performs an attack similar to a Short Blade’s Rising Edge. The hitbox is expands vertically and it allows you to chain into an air Art for more damage, or an air guard/jump away for safety. Its an overall good art with a lot of use that can fit into any set of ground and air Burst Arts.

Flashing Blade (刹那の斬光) has a very narrow and awkward hitbox but provides decent damage. However, it has a long recovery time which, when considered in conjunction with its hitbox, can make it difficult to use in some situations.


LONG BLADE SAMPLE PLAY


BURST ART EFFECTS

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

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