Welcome back to the stage of history. Our SoulCalibur V walkthrough gets you started for combat with new tactics, unlockables, and character moves.
Ezio of the Assassin's Creed series is SoulCalibur V's guest character. He makes use of many of his signature weapons, such as the hidden blade, short swords, and crossbow. He's a great starter character as he's not overly complex while still being powerful. Some of his attacks tend to change when used as counters.
Ezio has three great Horizontals that should be staples of your arsenal. Forward A B B strikes high-high-mid and grounds the enemy. Back-Down A has a long wind up and hits at low, but will follow up with a quick second hit when countered. Back A B will smack high and fire your crossbow for a second high hit; it can be followed up with Sidestep B for a low shot from your crossbow.
Ezio's main focus is around Vertical attacks. B B strikes twice own its own, but as a Brave Edge it becomes a four hit Unblockable. Forward B is fast and hits at high level; as a Brave Edge it becomes a Break Attack and adds in two low ranged hits from the crossbow. Forward-Down B is a quick mid stab that grounds the enemy and turns into a powerful throw as a counter. Back-Down B B B is a fast three hit mid-high-high combo with some pushback. Back B will snap Ezio Forward for a mid hit and turns into a strong throw as a counter; pressing Forward during this counter will follow up with a second strike.
Kicks are also a great means of assassination--trust us, we completed parts of Brotherhood that way. Forward-Down K hits at mid and will pop the enemy up and back. Back-Down K also hits at mid but raises your advisory into the air. Ezio's Jump K hits high and send your foe to the floor.
Ezio has a good mix of Simultaneous moves as well. A+B will tackle the enemy with a mid attack and can be followed up with Sidestep B for a low crossbow shot. Down A+B is a fast means of knocking the enemy off their feet. B+K is a strong ranged Unblockable, but also means the start up is very long. Speaking of ranged attacks, Forward B+K will let loose a quick shot from the cross bow and like many attacks can follow with Sidestep B for a second low hit. The initial crossbow shot can also be changed by instead holding Down for a low hit, or back for a delayed evasive shot. Last, B+K while turning will instead let out a quick gut stab that will floor the enemy.
Eight Way Run
Ezio also has some amazing Run Attacks. First and foremost is Forward-Run A B which goes from a mid slash to high crossbow shot; as with other crossbow moves you can follow with Sidestep B for a extra low shot. You can also mix things up and remove the middle high hit by hitting Down before the first Vertical. Sidestep-Run A A does two mid level strikes, but as a Brave Edge adds in a third hit that is both Unblockable and a Break Attack. Sidestep-Run B is only average and hits medium, but turns into a good throw as a counter. Back-Sidestep Run B is a leaping mid level Break Attack. Forward-Run K take about a second but will hit high and slam the enemy. Last, Forward-Run A+B is a strong high hit Break Attack.