The Training Room can be accessed by one player from the main menu, who can then select both teams and fight a helpless team of practice dummies in peace.
Not to be confused with the true Training Room, either player can toggle Sparring Mode from the the pause menu in a local match. Sparring mode instantly puts both players in a Training Room with with default settings. Sparring Mode does not let players change the Training Room options.
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Training Room Options
Before selecting characters and entering the Training Room, the player can adjust settings from the extensive list of Training Room options. Customizing the training experience allows players to get the most out of their precious, precious alone time. All of these settings can be changed from the pause menu after entering the Training Room.
Slow motion reduces the game speed, allowing the player to see individual frames clearly. The slow down does not restrict inputs and effectively increases the window for any input that requires strict timing. It does not allow impossible inputs, such switching between two distinct directions on the same frame. Slow motion has the following settings:
- Off: Default setting.
- 75%: Equivalent to 45 frames per second.
- 50%: Equivalent to 30 frames per second.
- 25%: Equivalent to 15 frames per second.
- 10%: Equivalent to 6 frames per second.
Percentages for Slow Motion are taken from 60fps base timing. The game runs faster than 60fps due to Frame Skip, which is disabled during slow motion.
When toggled on, the attack data box overlays appear beneath the HUD for both teams. The box shows game information in a numeric format, making it easier to understand than during a typical match. Attack data is set to "On" by default, and can be set to "Advanced" or simply turned "Off". Reading from left to right and top to bottom, the attack data box displays the following:
- Life: As remaining life out of base full life for the current character. This shows an appropriate full life fro the character according to team size.
- Red: The amount of recoverable damage, or red health, on the current character's life bar.
- Damage Multiplier: The damage multiplier for the team, also determined by team size.
- Hit: The damage for the last successful hit from the team. This will show chip damage it a move was blocked.
- Dmg: The total damage dealt from the last combo by the team. This will counts up for a running total of a combo in progress, then reset when a new combo starts. This will show the total chip damage from blocked combo, or block string, when appropriate.
- Max: The max damage seen in a single combo by the team since entering the Training Room.
- Combo Stage: The current information from a team relative to IPS. The first number shows the current stage of the combo, the second shows a running total of Drama accumulated by combos, and the last is the limit for Drama before activating a Infinity Breaker for the defending character in a combo.
- Frame Advantage: The attack start up frames and hit/block advantage display at the bottom of the screen. Accurate for most attacks! This is the only additional attack data feature from the "Advanced" setting.
When selected, this option displays the otherwise invisible hit boxes for the player. Characters, projectiles, and anything else on screen changes hit box color as they change state, appear or disappear, or interact with other objects on screen. Choosing 'Simple' hit boxes shows basic hurt boxes and attack boxes and the 'Advanced' setting includes an indication for Unblockable Protection, physical extent boxes, and object points. The 'Off' option is the default setting.
Hit stun bars, set to 'Off" by default, show a colored bar beneath characters in hit stun or block stun when switched 'On'. The bar starts blue then shifts colors as it drains, turns red, and disappears as the defending character recovers. Not only does this visually represent stuns, it can give a player help when trying to hit a combo with extremely strict timing.
When enabled, input display visually represents controller commands from the player. The "Stick" option shows current inputs similar the dialogue for a custom Ensemble. The "List" options shows a scrolling record of all distinct inputs from the player. Paying careful attention to input display can show wasted button inputs and imprecise directional inputs, allowing the player to work these problems out in the Training Room. Input display is set to 'Off" by default.
Any health setting from 1 pixel to 100% will lock the characters respective health bars at the chosen value, then automatically resets the bar back to that value after taking damage. The health regeneration starts when a combo ends. Health has the following settings:
- Normal: A regular health bar that does not regenerate.
- 1 pixel: A single point of life, meaning any instance of damage will kill the character.
- 10-90%: Specific life settings adjustable by 10% increments.
- 100%: A full regenerating health bar. Default option.
- Infinite: A full health bar that will not drain as a character takes damage.
Changing meter level gives a set amount of Dramatic Tension to both teams, resetting after a combo ends. Adjusting meter level setting works similar to adjusting the health setting and has the following options:
- Normal: A regular Dramatic Tension gauge that does not regenerate.
- None: No meter, meaning Tension can only be used in a combo if the combo generated it.
- 1-4: Specific values for Dramatic Tension, adjustable in 1 level increments.
- Max: 5 full levels of Tension. Default option.
- Infinite: A full Dramatic Tension bar that does not drain when used.
Characters will not die in training mode by default. Setting deaths allowed to 'Yes' will let a character die, resulting in a teammate taking point for the fallen character or, when appropriate, the end of the match. Keeping health at 100% and causing a death in the Training Room can be a bit of a challenge!
In the game's menus, the select button acts as a universal back or cancel button. In the Training Room, it can be set to control the following powerful functions:
- Save State: Pressing select for the first time flashes the screen green, indicating a saved state. A saved state remembers the position, actions, life, and tension of all characters. Pressing the select button with a saved state will flash the screen yellow and revert back to that state. Holding the select button will flash the screen red, indicating the saved state has been reset.
- Dummy Record/Playback: At first press, the select button displays a pause symbol and puts the dummy team under player control. Pressing select again displays a red symbol to indicate input recording for the dummy team. Pressing select again ends recording and resumes control for the player's original team. Additonal select inputs will display a green play symbol the the dummy team performs the recorded actions. Holding the select button will reset the recording.
- Both: At the same time! Successfully recording actions for the dummy triggers a saved state from the dummy's starting position. Playback reverts the characters to the saved state first, then performs the recorded actions for the dummy.
When using dummy record/playback, this option adjusts when and how the the dummy plays back the recorded actions. Playback mode has the following settings:
- Once: The dummy will perform the recorded actions once, then wait for another select button input before repeating the actions. Default option.
- Repeat: The dummy will loop the recorded actions. Another select button press will stop playback.
- As Reversal: The dummy will attempt the recorded actions the next time it recovers from a hit stun or a block stun.
When used in conjunction with saved states, switching recording number from 1 to 3 allows the player to save up to 3 different game states at the same time. The recording number is set to '1' by default.
Playback Side Correction
When used in conjunction with dummy record/playback, playback side correction reverses the dummy's direction inputs when switching sides with the character under player control. For example, a ↓↘→+LP input can switch from a quarter circle forward to a quarter circle back when playback side correction is set to 'Off'. Playback side correction is set to 'On' by default.
Without the aid of another person, the player in control of the Training Room can give limited commands to the dummy by choosing from the following options:
- Manual: The dummy will stand around unless given another command from a recording. Default option.
- Crouch: The dummy will hold crouch unless given another command.
- Jump: The dummy will jump in place unless given another command.
Changing this option from the default "Off" put the dummy under computer control. The "Sleepwalk" to "Nightmare" difficult settings are the same as in the single player modes.
Because the practice dummy does not normally defend itself, the player must set the dummy to block with one of the following settings:
- Never: Default option.
- After First Hit: The dummy will attempt to block after the first hit of a combo.
- Always: The dummy will block all attacks.
- First Hit Only: The dummy will block the first hit of a combo then attempt to stop blocking.
- Random: The dummy will randomly block after the first hit, always, or first hit only.
When used in conjunction with blocking, this option controls the block direction of the dummy with the following settings:
- All: Default option.
- Low: The dummy will only block low, guarding against low and mid attacks.
- High: The dummy will only block high, guarding against mid and high attacks.
When the dummy blocks, adjusting this option controls if and when the dummy will attempt to push block with the following settings:
- Never: Default option.
- 1st-10th Hit: The dummy will block, then push block after the selected number of hits.
Requiring both a blocking and a push block after setting for the dummy, this setting gives further control of the dummy's push block behavior with the following options:
- Once: After an appropriate number of blocked hits, the dummy will attempt exactly one push block input. Default option.
- Always: After the dummy starts a push block, it will attempt a push block on every hit.
- Random: After the dummy starts a push block, it will attempt additional push blocks at random.
Setting the training dummy to throw tech sets it to defend against any breakable throw. Because resetting a combo with a throw is an extremely common tactic, this option can simulate a vigilant defending player. The option has the following settings:
- Never: Default option.
- Always: The dummy will always break a throw. It still can't break a throws during a stagger or any other state where throw breaks are not normally available.
- After First Hit: The dummy will break a throw only if it recently left a hit or block stun.
- Random: The dummy will break throws at random.
This option sets the dummy's behavior after a knockdown and when it will use a Ground Recovery. The dummy still obeys the rules that apply to a regular player, so it can't do something like immediately tech after hitting the floor with a red impact effect. The option has the following settings:
- Never: The dummy will never use ground recovery.
- Backward: The dummy will use a backward ground recovery whenever it is available. Default option.
- Forward: The dummy will use a forward ground recovery whenever it is available.
- Random: The dummy will
Escape Infinite Combos
Adjusting this option determines how the practice dummy will react during an infinite combo. The dummy does not discriminate between an infinite flagged by repetitive moves watched by IPS or by Drama. The option has the following settings:
- Never: The practice dummy will never use an Infinity Breaker.
- On 1st Hit: The dummy will break an infinite combo as soon as it is triggered. Default option.
- On 2-10th Hit: The dummy will react to the infinite combo hit effects and use an Infinity Breaker after the specified number of hits.
While 'Off' by default, switching this option to 'On' commands the dummy to escape a stagger stun as fast as possible.
Force Counter Hit
Switching this option to 'Yes' from the default 'No' treats any first hit of a combo as if it was a counter hit. This allows a player to practice counter hit only combos, which can start a combo with negative Drama.
Setting this option to 'Yes' will modify the start up for all Blockbusters; the game will cut all frames of animation associated with the super flash. This means the background character portraits do not appear, the screen does not zoom in, and the start up animations for the attacking character that occur in the super flash do not animate. The induced hit stop on the defending character will still trigger. This execution for Blockbusters simulates the presentation from the Darkstalker series games. The option is set to 'No' by default, with full animation Blockbusters like during normal gameplay.