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Break Blows are a mechanic introduced in Dead or Alive 6 along with the meter system. If the player has a full meter, they will be able to perform a break blow, a powerful attack that will end the attack with a hard hitting strike that sends the opponent flying backwards rolling on the ground. Break blows are able to also "parry" enemy attacks, as they will will shut down the foe's attack like how parry based attacks do for specific hit levels. Break blows will deal more damage as well when performed by themselves rather than in a longer combo, and they will also still send the opponent flying backwards into a danger zone even if you had already sent the opponent into a danger zone or breakable part of the environment, which would normally not allow the player to use another breakable or danger zone again until after the combo is over. Break blows can also be used as a fatal rush ender if the player does not hold the back button while performing it to cancel the break blow transition. They will also cause massive destruction of breakbles if they are done in certain situations like after having just previously just knocked your foe into a danger zone before using the break blow immediately as they are about to fall.


While break blows are useful, they are able to be beat with low strikes and they can be thrown for hi counter damage during the attack since the strike has parry/hold properties. They are safe however when blocked and you'll still be at a slight advantage.

If the player presses the H or hold button after performing a break blow, this will result in a break blow "cancel", a technique that leaves the foe briefly standing left in a fatal stun state, allowing the player to go for a higher damaging combo than if the break blow was done by itself. In this situation, the only way the opponent can escape is by performing a break hold to escape the initial cancel, otherwise they'll be vulnerable to more damage. The player can either for a launch combo, another fatal stun before launching them with a fatal sit down stun attack if they have one, or you can go for a regular stun set up for even more damage if you feel confident, although the opponent will be able to normally hold you if you use an attack without a fatal stun in this situation.


Visually, a past break blow will be able to be noted since after a break blow, the hit opponent will have facial bruises(although characters like Tamaki may not have them), ripped or removed clothing if the outfit had a rip feature or a part that can be removed, and the character will have their hair undone(some characters like Brad however won't, and some characters like Helena and Kokoro have hairstyles that will not result in this) and worn loose. Stomach bruises will also be visible as well if the costume has an open area that shows the stomach, and hat and glasses will often disappear as well too.





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Other tracks "Act Of Universe" • "Circle" • "Conditioning" • "Deep Impact" • "Dimensions Training" • "D.O.A." • "Excelsior" • "FACE" • "Evolution" • "Have a Break!" • "Headliners" • "Ignition" • "Intersection" • "The New Century" • "Ontology" • "Physical System" • "Result" • "Showdown" • "Transcendence" • "ULTIMATE" • "Urges" • "X-ray" • "Zero Hour"
DLC tracks "the afterimage ~club mix~" • "Baby Dry Your Eyes" • "Boogie Circuit" • "Coconut Groove" • "Empty" • "FACE ~club mix~" • "Hold My Lovin'" • "Honey" • "In The Sunset" • "Let's Go Together" • "Like the Blue Sky" • "Playa Del Sol" • "Tropical Beat" • "Violet Eyed Beauty" • "with the Goddess ~club mix~"
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Dead or Alive 3 "Blood Tie" • "Cracker" • "Eternity" • "I don't believe it!" • "It's to Show" • "Knifepoint" • "Look Ahead" • "Mayflower" • "Monster" • "Power Shovel" • "Prismatic Butterfly" • "Reincarnate" • "Trip" • "True Beauty"
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