Dead or Alive 6 (also known as DOA6) is the sixth main versus-fighting installment in the Dead or Alive franchise. It was announced on June 8th 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It was released worldwide on March 1st, 2019. It was also released in the Arcades in Japan on July 18, 2019.[1]

Running on a new engine for the eighth generation of consoles, new features include visible damage on the fighters during the course of the fight. New mechanics introduced are the Fatal Rush and Break Gauge while the sweat effects from Dead or Alive 5 return and are more pronounced.

Plot summaryEdit

"After a sinister incident in a village… Kasumi, a successor of the legendary Mugen Tenshin ninja clan, abandoned her clan and became a “runaway ninja,” secretly living in a hermitage in a mountain village.

Meanwhile, Helena Douglas, president of the new DOATEC, is involved in an incident… The sudden of an individual with special powers sent shivers down her spine…

And yet another…. A so-called genius chuckles at a mysterious light emitting an aura…

Behind a quiet time, a sinister plan is set in motion. The passing days are about to be unduly overturned due to an open desire.

As Kasumi writes to her mother, her pen overflows with hesitation. …It’s not over yet."


DOA6 Select

Character select screen





The Power Blow and Power Launcher from the previous game have been removed. New is the Break Gauge which sits under the life bar, starting the first round half-full. It can be used in various ways with the Special Button button (or Hold ButtonPlus SignPunch ButtonPlus SignKick Button):

  • Fatal Rush (Special ButtonSpecial ButtonSpecial ButtonSpecial Button): A chain of up to four high strikes that will put the opponent into a Fatal Stun. If the meter is full, the combo will finish with a Break Blow. Some characters have special follow ups from fatal rushes, such as being able to feint into stances, or even cancelling into standard attacks.
  • Side Attack (Special Button while Up ArrowSpecial Button or Down ArrowSpecial Button): A quick attack that can be done while side-stepping. Requires 25% of the meter as of version 1.05.
  • Break Hold (Back ArrowSpecial Button): A hold that can be used against any type of strike: high, mid, or low. Requires half of the meter.
  • Break Blow (Front ArrowSpecial Button): A powerful strike that goes through the opponent's attack. Requires a full meter. Can also be cancelled into a Break Blow cancel by pressing H upon successful hit, which allows the player to use the fatal stun status to pursue more combo damage.

The game retains the 4-point hold system which has been standard since Dead or Alive 2, while including the option for a 3-point hold as in Dead or Alive Dimensions. The system in use will always be displayed under the timer.

The juggle Ground Bounce system is also enhanced for the game, allowing players to bound their opponent on the ground for a finisher, with different inputs depending on character. All characters have an attack that does increased damage if done up close to a prone opponent.

4-Way 3-Way
High Punch Up-Back ArrowHold Button Up-Back ArrowHold Button
High Kick
Mid Punch Back ArrowHold Button Back ArrowHold Button
Mid Kick Front ArrowHold Button
Low Punch Down-Back ArrowHold Button Down-Back ArrowHold Button
Low Kick


Promotional Images
Fighter Cards
Announcement Trailers

See also Edit


  • It was originally planned to be released on February 15, 2019, until it was delayed two weeks to "further polish its balance, gameplay, and expressivity."[4]
  • According to the developers, it does not feature the five characters who were first exclusively introduced in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 updates, namely Venus Vacation and Scarlet, as they "weren't fighters"[5].
    • On a related note, the developers also indicated that Momiji and Rachel are not in the game due to their ties to the Ninja Gaiden franchise. However, Momiji was later added as a DLC character. Developers also implied that they're considering adding Gen Fu in the future.
  • If fighters are hit with a Break Blow, this will cause a new mechanic where outfits that have the ability to rip will become torn, or shirts or jackets will be removed as if ripped off. Characters who also have tied hairstyles will have their hair untied loose and hats and other accessories will be removed as well.
  • Characters in the game can receive bruises and wounds from battles, however, this can be disabled in the options.
  • Characters only have one intro and win pose currently, with intro dialogue changing depending on if the characters have a relationship of some sort with one another.
  • If you move the camera around after a win pose, the defeated character will be in their lose pose. Previously you could hear them panting, but as of the beta, you can only hear them if you use a certain button to change the camera focus to the defeated fighter.
  • Dead or Alive 6 is the first game whose menus won't have a camera view of any of the playable stages displayed in the background (The playable fighters will be displayed instead). It is also the first game whose character selection menu will have its own theme since Dead or Alive 1.
  • The characters that were first introduced exclusively in the Dead or Alive 5 updates, from Ultimate to Last Round, but had no role in that game's story mode play a part in the plot of the 6th game (although in the case of Phase 4, it was more the mass-produced versions rather than the prototype from the DOA5 updates).
  • This is the second Dead or Alive game where the moves in the Command Lists have no names, the first being Dead or Alive: Dimensions.
  • Dead or Alive 6 is the first in the series to have a recurring Guest Fighter, namely Mai Shiranui.
    • On a related note, it is also the first game to have story modes attached to DLC characters.

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Dead or Alive 6
Playable KasumiAyaneHayateRyu HayabusaHelena DouglasChristieLa MariposaHitomiBaymanKokoroJann LeeLeifangTina ArmstrongBass ArmstrongZackEliotBrad WongRigMilaMomijiMarie RosePhase 4NyotenguHonokaRaidouDiegoNiCO
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Gameplay terms AttacksBoss BattlesCharacter SelectComboCounter BlowCritical HitDanger ZoneGame OverHoldsKnocked OutMatchReplaySide SteppingSpecial MovesStagesStancesAttack ChangeThrowsTriangle System
Plot subjects DOATECDead or Alive World Combat ChampionshipMugen Tenshin clanMISTNukeninProject AlphaShinobi
Martial arts Ba ji quanCombat SamboHonoka FuJeet Kune DoKarateLucha libreMixed martial artsMuay ThaiNinjutsuPencak SilatPi gua quanProfessional wrestlingSnake fistStreet FightingSystemaT'ai chi quanTaekwondoTengu-doXing yi quanXinyi liuhe quanZui quan
Other terms CabbageCreditsCutscenesEndingsGlassesSystem VoiceTournament WinnersThe King of Fighters series
Stages A.P.O.Chamber of PotentialChinese FestivalDOA ColosseumForbidden FortuneHidden GardenLost ParadiseMiyabiThe MuscleRoad RageSeaside EdenSweatThe ThrowdownUnforgettableZero
Dead or Alive 6 Soundtrack
Stage themes "Abandoned" • "the afterimage of KURENAI" • "the afterimage of SHIKKOKU" • "Can't Stop This Feeling" • "Co-Destruction" • "Cold Punishment" • "DEAD OR ALIVE" • "Fall into Infinity" • "Gotta Move On ~DEAD OR ALIVE 6 Remix~" • "The Great Sailing" • "Jintsuriki" • "THE MUSCLE" • "THE NAMELESS GO MAD" • "Orientronic" • "Virtue" • "with the Goddess" • "Zany Zapper" • "THE ZEN"
Story Mode tracks "Alone / Dissidents" • "Bloody Nocturne" • "Blazed up Melpomene" • "Drunk Jam Session" • "Free" • "Knifepoint" • "Machinations" • "Marie and Honoka" • "Oiran Drive" • "Our Little Secret" • "RAI-GEN-TAI-TEN" • "The Roar of the Crowd" • "YES or YES"
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~"
Optional character themes
Dead or Alive "AYA" • "Blade of "RYU"" • "Code Name "BAYMAN"" • "Concentration" • "DEAD OR ALIVE" • "The Fist of TAIKYOKU Blows up" • "Heated Heartbeat" • "Ketsui no Toki" • "Kokou no Kenshi" • "Megadeath" • "No Money" • "Power is Beauty ~more beautiful mix~" • "Superstar"
Dead or Alive 2 "B-boy no "B"" • "Blazed up Melpomene" • "Grand Style" • "Hitohira" • "Natural High" • "Tehu Tehu" • "The Shooted" • "YES or YES" • "You Are Under My Control"
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"
Dead or Alive 4 "Drunk Wolf" • "Fang" • "Flowerbed" • "Hunter's Moon" • "I Feel For You" • "Moonlit Lady" • "Purity" • "Russian Roulette" • "Serpent Dance" • "Solitary Desperation" • "Steel Horse Rider" • "Serpent Dance" • "Shade" • "Successor" • "Tribal Beats" • "Turn On The Lights" • "The Wind is Howling" • "Zany Zapper"
Dead or Alive 5 "Bloody Nocturne" • "Dead or Alive Reboot" • "Fuga ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" • "Machinations" • "Oiran Drive" • "Our Little Secret" • "The Roar of the Crowd" • "Sacred Flower"
Dead or Alive 6 "Icicle"
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Canceled games Dead or Alive: Code ChronosProject Progressive
Related series Ninja Gaiden seriesVirtua Fighter seriesWarriors seriesThe King of Fighters series
Playable characters Main cast KasumiZackRyu HayabusaBaymanLeifangGen FuTina ArmstrongJann LeeBass Armstrong/Mr. StrongAyaneHelena DouglasLeonEinHayateHitomiBrad WongChristieLa Mariposa/Lisa HamiltonKokoroEliotRigMilaMomijiRachelMarie RosePhase 4NyotenguHonokaDiegoNiCO
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Gameplay terms AttacksBoss BattlesCharacter SelectCliffhangerComboCounter BlowCritical HitDanger ZoneGame OverHoldsKnocked OutMatchMove DataPower BlowPower LauncherReplaySide SteppingSpecial MovesStagesStancesTag ThrowsAttack ChangeTriangle System
Plot subjects DOATECDead or Alive World Combat ChampionshipMugen Tenshin clanNinpoNukenin (missing shinobi)Project AlphaProject EpsilonShinobiTengu
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