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Soul Calibur IV

Character Creation

Soul Calibur IV Walkthrough and Guide

by Michael Monette  

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Soul Calibur IV Guide - Character Creation

The ability to create original fighters—a feature first introduced in Soulcalibur III—returns in this iteration of the series. The character creation mode comes with a bevy of new features this time around such as weapon and equipment effects, and the ability to customize standard characters. To create an original character, select the created character slot on the fighter select screen. After selecting the new character's gender and fighting style, you are taken to the trait selection screen. Assigning the new character an Equipment or Battle trait only affects the auto-generation of the character. The alignment chosen only effects the “Alignment” skill.

If you don't plan to use the character in Story Mode, the Tower of Lost Souls, or special versus matches, disregard the stats on the right side of the screen and focus on making your character as flashy as possible. Otherwise, explanation is in order. Each character has five skill point categories: Power, Impact, Boost, Gauge, and Special. Each piece of equipment contributes a certain amount of points to one or two of these categories, and may also alter the character's attack, defense, and HP stats. There is a minimal variety of equipment from the get go, but more equipment becomes available for purchase as you unlock Honors (see the “Unlockables” section of this guide for details).

If you shift over to the Skill Settings tab, you'll notice that there are slots for four different skills. Each skill bears certain point requirements. For example, Hysterical Strength requires that the character have at least 50 Boost points to equip, while Soul Gauge Vamp requires that the character have 100 points available in Gauge, 30 points available in Special, and also have a style level of at least 9. The panel on the right side of the screen indicates the number of points available to work with.

Style levels are gained as a character with using that participates in battle. There is no need to “grind” for these levels; they'll come naturally as you play. As you can see, equipment plays a big part in determining the strength of your created character. For this reason you may be forced to sacrifice aesthetics for stats, therefore it's best to create characters specifically for use in the modes where stats are in effect. Once you're done designing the character, give him or her a name and select “Finish” to save.

As previously mentioned, standard character's can also be customized. Choose one of the standard characters from the fighter select menu, and then select one of the empty data slots next to that character's two default costumes. You can also alter the color of the standard characters' default costumes. To do so, from a character's equipment menu, select the first option and then the costume you wish to customize. You can then use the equipment color menu to change the color of that character's costume. The character's default weapon may also be changed in the Style/Weapon tab. When customizing a character's default costume, you can add a piece of “Special Equipment” to greatly boost their skill points. These accessories are only available to standard characters, so no equipping them on originals or altered standards.

Check out the “Skills” section of this guide for descriptions of every skill in the game.


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Mar 31st 2015 Guest
i'm going to say this once mainly just because i bloody feel like it and i'm bored as hell this game is easy and i prefer to use someone called Taki good fighting style if you ask me so i make custome characters from her fighting style so far i'm really good with it [img][/img]
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Oct 19th 2014 Guest
I want to learn who iste─če most powerful man or girl
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Mar 5th 2014 Guest
Thanks for the tips, I'm gonna make two versions of me( speed + strength) and what's-his-name from samurai 7 (the robot samurai dude)
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Nov 29th 2012 Guest
how do you make a maxi have hp drain nuffitly ring out will power and impact heal

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Sep 27th 2012 Guest
I will create Halloween characters, The Alden children, Jack and Annie, even Christmas characters.
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Aug 3rd 2012 Guest
I will create Goldilocks, Dorothy, Marie, Clara, and much more.
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Jun 28th 2012 Guest
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Jun 16th 2012 Guest
I would create BYG, B&F, Carrie, Zelda, Wendy Darling, Amy, Kelly, Kristen, MHD couples, Mortal Kombat, Daisy, Rosalina, Shira, Tiffany, Tanya, Sonya, Jade, Mileena, Kitana, Michael, movie characters, friends of the Ferguson children, the Jensen children, and the Ferguson children. Also I would create Kyla, Gabriella, Julia, Kate, Rebecca, Maria, Hannah, and much more.
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Apr 7th 2012 Guest
how do you unlock physique and muscularity customization
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Mar 7th 2012 Guest
Is there any way to use special characters like shura or ashlotte as a base in character creation? I have taken all my favorite characters and made them to my specs in character creation but I can't figure out how to unlock the specials. Is it possible?
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Dec 3rd 2011 Guest
How do i use a ring in character creation?, i have but cant select it
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Nov 15th 2011 Guest
Soul Guage Damage A, Start Dash A or B
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Oct 29th 2011 Guest
what is the best way to do critical finishes while playing.
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Oct 26th 2011 Guest
when it Soul Calibur will be published to a personal computer (PC).
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Oct 24th 2011 Guest
what would be the reason i cannot save my character after setting skills and equipment? It ALWAYS says not enough skill points for use with equipment save anyway? I don;t get it. Very frustrating.
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Jul 23rd 2011 Guest
Is there any way to get the special equipment for created characters or is it just for the standard base characters?
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Mar 24th 2011 vanish
you get vader on xbox live for miscrosoft points
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Mar 11th 2011 Guest
how to get darth vader on xbox360????
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Feb 24th 2011 Guest
How did you create Spartacus, that is awesome!
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Jan 24th 2011 Guest
This game is awesome. I created Zack from Crisis Core FF7, Sephiroth and even Spartacus, from the TV Show Spartacus: Blood and Sand
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Jan 5th 2011 Guest
How do I create an original character from scratch on the Xbox 360 version? I have use an already existing character as the base, and can not change the voice, name, body, skin color, etc.?
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Dec 24th 2010 Guest
Hey, I can't change the fighting style of standard character. Thing is, I want to keep Kilik's body proportions, but use Raphael's weapon, so I'd like to know if there's a way to change the weapon. All I wanna do is keep the body proportions, and If I can't well then how can I know them to write them down or something, because if I want to change them, it just won't let me.
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Dec 21st 2010 Guest
no u, all custome characters mimic the fight styles of other characters however if u plan on doing any special vses then its not a waste of time because u can set up the stats to best fit your play style
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Dec 17th 2010 Guest
I created a character yes it may look different but it still plays exactly like Kilk is there any way to mixup the fightings style to create a new style if not I may as well use kilk an not waste my time building a new character
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Dec 11th 2010 Guest
To select gender, you have to create a custom character (can't just modify one of the characters already in the game). The first thing it should ask is whether your character is male or female. Then, it'll ask for a fighting style. If memory serves me, the tile for the custom character is on the third row of the screen where you pick. It should have a differently coloured border.
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