Arcade Shorthands ----------------- I will use arcade shorthands in this FAQ to represent various commands/attacks in the game, as they are much easier to write. So please read them over before reading the move lists, or asking any question on the boards. 2 = Down 4 = Left 6 = Right 8 = Up a = Main Weapon (Square) b = Melee (Triangle) c = Jump (X) cc = Boost Dash or "BD" (Double tap X) d = Search (Circle) CSa = Charge Shot (Main Weapon) (Hold Square) CSb = Charge Shot (Melee) (Hold Triangle) MCSa = Multi Charge Shot (Main Weapon) MCSb = Multi Charge Shot (Melee) ab = Sub Weapon (R1) ac = Special Shooting (L2) bc = Special Melee (R2) abc = EX Burst (R3) nb, b = Neutral melee (Triangle) 4/6b = Side melee (Left or Right + Triangle) 8b = Forward melee (Up + Triangle) 2b = Back melee (Down + Triangle) cc8b = BD melee (X, X, Up + Triangle) MA a = Main weapon in MA mode MA b = Melee in MA mode (unless mentioned otherwise, MA b is the same as nb) dir = Any direction Examples: --------- 8ab = Up + Subweapon 4/6b = Left or Right melee There are also a combination of input for combos, let me give an example: nbbb The above command indicates that you should execute Neutral Melee, then press the melee button two more times to complete the combo. bc(*)b The above command indicates that you should exceute special melee, then mash the b button. (Usually to increase the amount of damage dealt) 4/6bb-8b The above command indicates that you should execute Side Melee, press the melee button once, followed by a forward melee to complete the combo. This type of combo (identified with the -) is called origination. You can find more details on originations in the terms section.