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If both characters attack at the same time it will often flash orange and cancel out neutrally. Does anyone know if there is a name/term for this?

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"Attacking at the same time"? –  GnomeSlice Feb 12 '12 at 5:45

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This is commonly known as "clashing," or "weapon clash." It is not mentioned in the manual (for Soulcalibur V), but is a feature going back to Soulcalibur II (at least - not sure if it was in Soulcalibur or Soul Edge/Soul Blade).

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FYI: It was in older ones as well. Edge/Blade even had a thing where the two characters push their weapons against each other (while the player rapidly presses buttons). Whichever one wins gets the hit. –  Nicol Bolas Jun 15 '12 at 18:45

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