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I recently got my hands on the latest BlazBlue game and have been happily beating my way through the story mode. However, whenever I decide to give the arcade mode a try, never seem to be able to beat the final encounter, the Unlimited Hazama.

From what I've gathered in my searches, there is no silver bullet solution. But are there any general hints, advices or good strategies against him? Be that general advices or spesific to Ragna (who I know how to play best, thanks to the tutorial) or some other character.

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If you're inclined to use it, in Arcade (as well as Tutorial and Story) you can taunt your opponent once per round to gain 100 Heat. You can use this to either just get in a few powerful distortion drives or Rapid-cancel combos, and perhaps close the final round with an Astral Heat.

If you can land it, an Astral Heat is almost recommended for the final round, simply due to the increased health of Hazama both for being Unlimitted and for having that life drain effect. It's better not to let a fight like that drag on.


Excluding that approach, part of the battle is a mind-game. There's always the risk of huge combo damage he can initiate very easily. A lot of this starts off with his Rising Fang, which is one of his most vicious attacks due to its high priority and invincibility frames. It punishes standard approaches very easily. Ouroburos also can come out pretty fast and usually never ends well. Furthermore, there's the omnipresent fear of his life drain. It's actually not too dangerous in terms of how much damage you take (his own attack power eclipses it too much for it to have a real impact), the real threat is that it makes blockstrings and unsuccessful attacks much worse for you.

The combination of his Rising Fang, his Ouroburos, and his life drain makes the more successful approaches involve countering his assault. In particular, abusing your own invincibility frames (Ragna's Infernal Divider D version can clash Rising Fang and still hit most of the time) to intercept his attacks works fairly well. Unless you can get some good tech trapping in the corner (Ragna in particular has a nice B → D → Gauntlet Hades combo that works very often against Hazama air-teching in a corner), you probably also want to end such counters with Hazama being a fair distance from you.

While at a distance, keeping wary of Ouroburos (an instant guard on your part can turn things around very swiftly) and using either projectiles or advancing attacks (like Hell's Fang → Additional Attack) to punish any openings will often work very well. Usually, it helps more to use attacks that knock him down again and don't leave you vulnerable for too long.

I'd say the important thing is to focus on landing your hits rather than maximizing the damage for any particular opening. If you can score a high-damage combo, wonderful, but sometimes you can settle for just the 1100 or so damage from your advancing attack or invincibility frame attack, as long as you keep landing it. You can even land these kinds of attacks successively if you time them around his wake up attacks.

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Well, it took a couple of hours and I'm betting something around 100 rounds, but I finaly beat him. Thanks for the advice. Half I already kind of knew and some I can't even pull off, but I'd say it helped never the less :) –  DJ Pirtu Apr 13 '11 at 19:02
    
@DJPirtu I'm glad that it helped in any degree. I mostly drew from recent experiences since last week I just did Score Attack with Ragna. Hell's Fang → Additional Attack pretty much presented 70% of the damage I dealt, to give some perspective of how that went over. –  Grace Note Apr 13 '11 at 19:04
    
Thx a lot. taht relly helped me out o_o never though I would recour to the internet to find a way to beat a CPU character in a Beat'emup game. xD –  user55302 Sep 15 '13 at 0:57
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I found watching this video very useful on how to defeat Unlimited Hazama.

My Advice:

As Unlimited Hazama has a giant green orb surrounding him that drains your HP and converts it to heal his own when your inside it. Its important to stay at range.. so using a variety of short bursts of melee when hes close and jumping out of range whilst spamming every range attack you have at him. The easiest strategy is to use Rachel and get Gii Cannon spamming. (As shown in the video)

WARNING - Video contains ending spoiler.

Youtube - Video Strategy Link

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