Variable Sword chip series (BN6)

Chip series (BN6)
Chip 6 Standard 081.png
Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd
DescriptionA magical shifting sword.
Full nameVariable Sword
ClassStandard
Library #81
ElementSword Sword
Attack power160
CodesK V W
MB28 (max 4 copies)
Chip 6 Standard 082.png
Chip Icon 6 Standard 082.png NeoVari
DescriptionA magical shifting sword.
Full nameNeo Variable Sword
ClassStandard
Library #82
ElementSword Sword
Attack power220
CodesN
MB52 (max 1 copy)

The Variable Sword chip series is a series of chips which, when holding A, may execute different attacks depending on the subsequent input.

If the player stops holding A, or keeps holding A while unable to enter a valid command code, a normal Sword attack will activate that deals its version's damage and causes Flinching, Flashing.

The attack name shows up for the opponent as soon as the initial A button is pressed, rather than after the command code is entered.

VariableSword

LongSword ↓ ↘ →
WideSword ↑ → ↓
FighterSword ← ↙ ↓ ↘ →
LifeSword ↓ ← ↑ → ↓
SonicBoom ← B → B
  • WideSword, LongSword and LifeSword has similar range to their chip and PA counterparts.
  • FighterSword attacks in a 1 wide 3 long range.
  • SonicBoom fires a forward-moving 3 wide 1 long projectile that stops when it hits an enemy or an enemy player-controlled/neutral object.

All VariableSword attacks deals 160 Element 6 Sword.png Sword element Flinching and Flashing damage.

NeoVariableSword

CrossSword ↓ → ↑
SuperSonicBoom ← → ← B
DoubleLifeSword ↑ B ↓ B ↑ B
  • CrossSword attacks the panel ahead with an X-shaped slash. Deals 220 Element 6 Sword.png Sword element Flinching and Flashing damage. Damage is doubled at the X's center for 440 damage that counts as one hit.
  • SuperSonicBoom fires an unstoppable forward-moving 3 wide 1 long projectile that goes through everything. Deals 220 Element 6 Sword.png Sword element Flinching and non-Flashing damage.
  • DoubleLifeSword fires two LifeSwords in quick succession. Deals 220 Element 6 Sword.png Sword element Flinching and non-Flashing damage per hit (the second hit after being Chip Charged by Slash Cross does cause Flashing).

When used in Beast Out:

  • Sword, CrossSword, and both versions' LifeSwords cause the user to Beast Jump to the panel directly in front of the enemy.
  • WideSword causes the user to Beast Jump to the middle panel on the column in front of the enemy.
  • LongSword and FighterSword cause the user to Beast Jump 2 panels and 3 panels respectively in front of the enemy (to attempt to hit from the farthest range possible)
  • Both versions' SonicBooms cause the user to stay in place and not spend Beast Jump frames regardless of both players' positioning.

When used in Beast Over, the AI will select one of the attacks randomly, including the normal Sword attack.

Notes

  • The game starts reading inputs from the frame after the player presses and starts holding A. As a result, holding the first input for a command code then pressing and holding A will almost always include that input in the final command. This is most notable with CrossSword where you can hold then hold A for the input followed by and to activate it. However, this also means that on the frame directly after the one when A is pressed, if the first input is released, it will be left out. In the aforementioned CrossSword example, this would mean the player has only inputted → ↑.
  • While the player is holding A, if a screen dimming attack is used, the game will not read any inputs and A will not need to be held until after the screen dimming ends, in which case inputs can be entered normally and from where the player left off before the screen dimming.
  • The game allows including "incorrect" or "unfinished" inputs without impacting the final result. This allows the player to change their input freely, as long as they finish inputting a complete command code. For example, pressing ↓ → ← ↑, or pressing ← → ← (an unfinished SuperSonicBoom input) followed by ↓ → ↑ will result in CrossSword activating.
  • The player can control the timimg of the attack by delaying the input. For example, after pressing ← → ←, the player can wait to press B and launch SuperSonicBoom.
  • The command codes can be inputted with Slash Cross by holding A after releasing the Chip Charge, transforming the attacks into forward-moving projectiles that stops after hitting something. For example, a Chip Charged FighterSword from Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd will fire a 1 wide 3 long projectile.
    • If the player stops holding A at any point after releasing the Chip Charge, the projectile will be of a normal Sword attack.
    • CrossSword will only stop if the X's center hits something, meaning the 4 corners can hit multiple enemies and objects.
    • Both versions' SonicBooms are unmodified by this Chip Charge.


Frame Data

Both versions of Variable Sword share the following frame data:

  • The command code input duration lasts 46 frames, counting from the input delay frame after the one where A is pressed. This is also the frame directly before the frame when the chip starts up and disappears on top of MegaMan. A needs to be held all the way until the player finishes inputting a valid command code.
  • The number of startup frames depends entirely on how fast the player is able to execute the command codes.
    • One input is registered per frame, meaning it is theoretically possible to complete the command code for CrossSword ↓ → ↑ in just 3 frames.
    • After the final input of a valid command code is entered, it takes 2 frames to begin the standard Sword attack animation's frame data: Sword attacks have 12 frame startup, hit on frame 13, recovery ends on frame 31. Exceptions:
      • The 2 SonicBooms have 11 frame startup, spawn and hit the 3 wide 1 long area in front of MegaMan on frame 12, recovery ends on frame 30.
      • DoubleLifeSword's second slash hits on frame 35, recovery ends on frame 53. The second slash can be interrupted on frames 14-34.
    • The maximum startup is 60 frames, either if the player holds A all the way without entering a valid command code to allow Sword to activate, or if the player manages to enter the last input (for an attack other than the 2 SonicBooms, in which case the startup will be 59 frames) at the last possible frame (frame 45, not counting the input delay frame that adds up to the 46-frame input duration).
    • Slash Cross Chip Charge does not change the startup nor the recovery for any attack.
  • Both versions' SonicBooms and Slash Cross Chip Charged projectiles spawn and hit the panel directly in front of MegaMan (including any panels in their usual hit area) for 2 frames, then they hit every subsequent column for 5 frames.
  • Beast Jumping adds 4 startup frames to all attacks, except the 2 SonicBooms which do not trigger Beast Jump.
  • Counterable on [TBA]

Competitive Overview

Variable Sword Chips are often considered difficult to use due to the command codes. However, once the player becomes comfortable with the inputs, Variable Swords can be extremely reliable sources of Element 6 Sword.png Sword element damage in PvP. Along with Chip Icon 6 Standard 084.png Muramasa, Chip Icon 6 Standard 082.png NeoVari is one of the most commonly used and off-code splashed Element 6 Sword.png Sword chips.

For Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd, the WideSword, LongSword and FighterSword options do not find use due to the limited range making them difficult to land. LifeSword and SonicBoom are usually better options because of the range advantage.

LifeSwords can be confirmed if the user has +1 area advantage with Chip Icon 6 Standard 165.png AreaGrab. While Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd deals only 160 damage, Chip Icon 6 Standard 082.png NeoVari's DoubleLifeSword deals 440 damage, which is excellent just for one Standard chip slot.

SonicBooms are much easier to land since they can cover the entire field. They do have a travel time so using them closer to the enemy is more effective in ensuring they land. SuperSonicBoom can hit the enemy multiple times if they are stepping back at the right time.

Hitting an enemy in the 4 corners of CrossSword is often sub-optimal, and hitting in the X's center is fairly difficult since it is essentially a normal Sword's range. To deal the 440 damage, CrossSword is often used during Beast Out as follow-up to a source of disable such as paralysis from Chip Icon 6 Mega 016 Gregar.png EraseMan or Chip Icon 6 Mega 031.png JudgeMan. Using the corner hit of CrossSword can be a powerful, and unexpected attack.

A Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd boosted by Slash Cross can break Chip Icon 6 Standard 184.png LifeAur. Chip Icon 6 Standard 082.png NeoVari's SuperSonicBoom can guarantee breaking Chip Icon 6 Standard 184.png LifeAur on its own. DoubleLifeSword can break Chip Icon 6 Standard 184.png LifeAur on the first hit and deal damage on the second hit (or remove Chip Icon 6 Standard 189.png AntiDmg, essentially trading 1 attack chip for 2 defensive chips). A CrossSword in the center can break Chip Icon 6 Standard 184.png LifeAur through the Aura and Chip Icon 6 Standard 170.png HolyPanl combination.


Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd can be paired with the Summon Black chip series (Chip Icon 6 Standard 101.png SumnBlk2 in V code, and Chip Icon 6 Standard 102.png SumnBlk3 in W code).

Chip Icon 6 Standard 082.png NeoVari's SuperSonicBoom on its own is a tremendous threat to Tengu Cross. It can be paired with Chip Icon 6 Giga 002 Falzar.png MetrKnuk to increase the Giga chip's chance of landing by forcing out defense before the SuperSonicBoom connects.

Counterplay

Chip Icon 6 Standard 081.png VarSwrd's SonicBoom is stopped by objects, so an enemy can hide behind one to prevent getting hit by the SonicBoom.

If the user commits to using SonicBooms on the top or bottom row, an enemy can avoid it by standing one row apart from the user. If the user has Movement Bug, they cannot reliably land SonicBooms unless they regain access to the middle row.

LifeSwords cannot be confirmed if the user has neutral area or area disadvantage caused by an enemy using Chip Icon 6 Standard 165.png AreaGrab and stepping back.

If an enemy sees the text for Chip Icon 6 Standard 082.png NeoVari activating when the user is in Beast Out, they can step forward expecting to avoid CrossSword and DoubleLifeSword.

Chip Icon 6 Standard 190.png AntiSwrd can protect an enemy from otherwise confirmed Variable Sword hits. Chip Icon 6 Standard 190.png AntiSwrd is especially problematic for the user if they have no Element 6 Cursor.png Cursor element attacks and have only Variable Sword as the only Element 6 Sword.png Sword element damage source.