Arcana Heart

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(Taken From Wikipedia): [Arcana Heart Wikipedia entry]

Arcana Heart (アルカナハート, Arukana Hāto?) is a 2D arcade fighting game developed by Examu Inc. (formerly Yuki Enterprise). The first edition was released to arcades (mostly in Japan, but a few in other countries) in late 2006. The game features an original all-female cast (each a variation of the moe Anime-Girl archetype), and after choosing a character the player chooses an "elemental alignment" which determines the character's special moves.


In mid-April 2007, a patch was released for Arcana Heart called "Arcana Heart FULL". The patch fixed a variety of issues, toning-down overly-powerful characters and "buffing up" weaker characters. A controversy arose, however, due to the fact that the patch (which is physically housed on a single custom chip) costs ¥78,000 each, whereas similar patches for similar games have been released for free (such as the patch for Melty Blood: Act Cadenza).

Console version

On July 4, 2007 it was announced that a console version of the game is slated for release on PlayStation 2 in Japan on October 11, 2007.

The home version allows the option of playing individual characters in "Original" or "Full," reflecting the original and patched versions of characters from the arcade. Voice acting was also added to all story segments.

On April 11, 2008, the game was released in North America. A notable difference between Arcana Heart and most other US PlayStation 2 titles is that the game has only Japanese voice-overs and no English voice-overs. Atlus removed the voices present in the Japanese console version's story mode as well as pre-battle and victory screens, but kept the voices used in battle.


Joystick Notation

  • F - Forward - Tilt stick forward/towards the opponent. (X-axis)
  • B - Backward/Back - Tilt stick backward/away from the opponent. (X-axis)
  • U - Up - Tilt stick upwards. (Y-axis)
  • D - Down - Tilt stick downwards. (Y-axis)
  • QCF - Quarter circle forward/Hadouken/Fireball - Tilt stick downwards, then to downwards and forward, then forward.
  • QCB - Quarter circle backward - Tilt stick downwards, then to downwards and backward, then backward.
  • HCF - Half circle forward - Tilt stick backwards, then to downwards and backward, then to downward, then to downwards and forward, then forward.
  • HCB - Half circle backward - Tilt stick forwards, then to downwards and forward, then to downward, then to downwards and backward, then backward.
  • DP - Dragon punch - Tilt stick forwards, then to downward, then to downward and forward.
  • 360/FC - Full circle - Complete a full rotation of the stick.
  • 720 - N/A - Complete a 720 degree rotation of the stick.
  • Charge - Hold a tilt - Hold the stick in either B or D (Depending) then move to F or U respectively.

X-axis functions can be used interchangeably with Y-axis functions and vice versa. X-axis functions cannot be used in conjunction with another X-axis function and vice versa.

Game Mechanics

Basic Movement

  • Walk
    • Dash
  • Jump
    • Double Jump
  • Airdash
    • Instant Airdash/IAD

Homing Gauge

The Homing Gauge is one of Arcana Heart's more interesting features. The Homing Gauge takes the form of three(3) stocks sitting above your super meter. The Homing Gauge is used to perform several key actions in Arcana Heart- Homing, Homing Cancel, Guard Cancel, Wall Tech, and Ground Tech. Each of these actions require one Homing Stock (Homing Cancel and Guard Cancel cross out the Homing Stock they used). Each Homing Stock refills on its own after a short time. Crossed out Homing Stocks won't refill until they clear, which they do on their own after a short time. Homing Stocks will NOT naturally refill during the combo in which the stocks are used in the first place (ie. if you do a homing cancel, you that stock won't start clearing up till your combo is done). Activating your Arcana (A+B+C) will refill your Homing Gauge instantly.


The most basic use of the D button. Simply pressing any direction + D when you aren't attacking or blocking an attack causes your character to dash/fly for a short burst in that direction - 5D causes your character to do a little hop in place. This uses one Homing Stock. Holding D will cause your character to continue flying/dashing after the initial burst - this does not require any extra Homing Stock! True to the name, your character will home in on your opponent, though you can still control your flight path to a certain degree by moving the stick around. You can stop Homing at any time by releasing D.

Special Cases:

  • Anutpada (Time) Arcana- ground 6D is a teleport of sorts, it takes you forward a long distance and can pass through your opponent.
  • Ohtsuchi (Stone) Arcana- ground 6D has slower startup, and has hyper armor through the entire duration of the Homing (ie. eats all hits and keeps going)
Homing Cancel

As the name implies, you can cancel moves that connect with your opponent (hit or blocked) with Homing. As with regular Homing, you can Homing Cancel in any direction by adding a joystick press, and you can extend your Homing Cancel movement by holding D. Homing Cancels cross out a Homing Stock. Homing Cancels offer a powerful tool in combos and pressure, as well as the ability to make moves safe on block. Uses for Homing Cancels are covered more extensively in the character specific pages. Homing Cancels operate like regular Homing, including the special cases.

Guard Cancel

coming soon!

Wall Tech/Ground Tech

Hold D before getting slammed against the wall to tech, thus avoiding a followup combo. This uses one Homing Stock. Holding D after hitting the ground lets you Ground Tech. Ground Techs can be cancelled into special moves and the tech itself is invincible to strikes (but not to throws!).


Each Arcana has its own set of moves and special properties, regardless of which character uses them. Once per round, you can activate your Arcana by pressing A+B+C. The initial activation can get you out of combos, though there is a slight recovery window during which you can be hit. It also completely refills your Homing Gauge, and starts draining your super meter- once your meter is empty, the activation ends. While your Arcana is activated, you will gain certain benefits (based on the Arcana) and will be able to summon the Arcana (Arcana Force - 236A+B+C) as long as you have any bar remaining. The Arcana Force takes away whatever bar you had left, regardless of whether it hits or even comes out.


Listed in order of appearance on the character select screen (from left to right)

General Strategy

coming soon!