Critical bursts are a new element introduced in Dead or Alive 5.

Overview[edit | edit source]

When an opponent is affected by a critical burst, they will become momentarily stunned and completely helpless, leaving them open for Power Blows, Power Launchers, or juggling moves.

Criteria[edit | edit source]

In order for a critical burst to be properly performed, the user must have already engaged in a critical combo (any combination of strikes on an opponent undergoing critical stun from a critical hit). A visual cue is to observe the text reading "CRITICAL STUN" under the opponent's health bar. When it turns from white to red, that is the cue that shows that a critical burst can be performed.

Another cue is to observe the opponent's health bar: when an opponent enters critical stun, a portion of their health bar flashes white to indicate the amount of damage that can be done to them before the critical stun is broken (i.e. doing more damage will knock the opponent down or launch them). To take full advantage of critical stun, the critical burst should be used as late as possible, when the flashing white portion is no longer visible. This allows for the most damaging possible combos, although there is more of a risk that the opponent will hold before the critical burst is performed.

Note that some strikes will floor or launch an opponent (thus ending the critical stun) even before the full damage limit of the critical stun has been reached. This may be used to juggle the opponent sooner and thus prevent them from holding. Also note that using the same strike twice in a row during a critical combo will always end the critical stun regardless of how much damage has been done. Furthermore, note that knocking an opponent into a breakable object can re-induce a critical stun and lengthen the combo, however, a critical burst cannot be performed more than once within a single critical combo.

List of Critical Bursts[edit | edit source]

Character Critical Burst(s) Command(s)
Akira Yuki
  • Senzankou
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Alpha-152
  • 66P.
  • 3K.
  • C.R.U.S.H.
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
  • 3 / Down-ForwardKick
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Ayane
  • Soshoha
  • Hyoka-Sen
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
  • (back to foe) 4 / BackHoldPlusKick
Bass Armstrong
  • Bear Crash
  • 3 / Down-ForwardPunchPlusKick
Bayman
  • Palm Arrow
  • 7 / Up-BackPunch
Brad Wong
  • Koso
  • Dokuritsu Koso
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
  • (During Dokuritsu-Ho)6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
Christie
  • Sojatotsu
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Ein
  • Morote-Zuki
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Eliot
  • Keppo-Bakei
  • 1 / Down-BackPunchPlusKick
Gen Fu
  • Kobokuha
  • 3 / Down-ForwardPunchPlusKick
Hayate
  • Kasane-Ate
  • 7 / Up-BackPunch
Helena Douglas
  • Kyuho-Ryoin-Sho
  • Tenshin-Yakuho-Hekishu
  • Tsuhai-Sho
  • 7 / Up-BackPunch
  • (back to foe)7 / Up-BackPunch
  • (during Bokuho) 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Hitomi
  • Morote-Zuki
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Honoka
  • Bear Crash
  • Exploding Fist
  • 3 / Down-ForwardPunchPlusKick
  • (during Hissatsu-no-Kamae) Hold Punch
Jacky Bryant
  • Step-in Middle Kick
  • Step-in Back Kick
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardHoldPlusKick
  • (during Slide Shuffle) Kick
Jann Lee
  • Boardbreaker Chop
  • Dragon Burst
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
  • (during Dragon Stance) PunchPlusKick
Kasumi
  • Tenshin-Sho
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Kokoro
  • Unshoshu
  • 7 / Up-BackPunch
Leifang
  • Sho-Kinda
  • 236 / Quarter-circle ForwardPunch
Leon
  • Burst Blow
  • Hold PunchPlusHold Kick
Lisa Hamilton
  • Back Spin Kick
  • Swing Elbow
  • 236 / Quarter-circle ForwardKick
  • (back to foe) 7 / Up-BackPunch
Mai Shiranui
  • Hototogisu
  • PunchPlusKick
Marie Rose
  • Gungnir
  • Rose Lariat
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
  • (back to foe) PunchPlusKick
Mila
  • Corkscrew Strike
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Momiji
  • Kasane-Ate
  • Enku-Kyaku
  • PunchPlusKick
  • (during Tenku) Kick
Naotora Ii
  • Nadeshiko
  • PunchPlusKick
Nyotengu
  • Tengu-Te
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
Pai Chan
  • Bajou Kaikyuu
  • Bokutai-Hi'en Toushinshou
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
  • (during Bokutai) Punch
Phase 4
  • Hiburi
  • Seiran-Sho
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
  • (during Chifu) PunchPlusKick
Rachel
  • Venom Fang
  • 6 / Forward6 / ForwardPunch
Raidou
  • Goriki-Soha-Sho
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Rig
  • Twin Fist Reverse Punch
  • Sitting Stance- Reverse Punch
  • PunchPlusKick
  • (during Bending Stance) PunchPlusKick
Ryu Hayabusa
  • Chiryuso
  • Chiryu-Ongyoin
  • PunchPlusKick
  • PunchPlusKickHold 4 / Back
Sarah Bryant
  • Rolling Elbow
  • 236 / Quarter-circle ForwardPunchPlusKick
Tina Armstrong
  • Saddle Crash
  • Short Range Lariat
  • 7 / Up-BackPunchPunchPunch
  • 6 / ForwardPunchPlusKick
Zack
  • Bazooka Kick
  • Crazy Headbutt
  • 236 / Quarter-circle ForwardKick
  • (while swaying) PunchPlusKick

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tina is the only character with a critical burst that hits 3 times.
  • Tina and Leon are the only characters that are capable of entering a critical burst without initiating a critical combo.
  • Helena and Alpha-152 both have the most critical bursts.
  • Ryu is the only character who can enter a special stance from his critical burst.


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