Character Creation

Soul Calibur IV Walkthrough and Guide

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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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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]

Added 31st Mar 2015, ID #535854

I want to learn who iste─če most powerful man or girl

Added 19th Oct 2014, ID #460384

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)

Added 5th Mar 2014, ID #361147

how do you make a maxi have hp drain nuffitly ring out will power and impact heal

Added 29th Nov 2012, ID #213696

I will create Halloween characters, The Alden children, Jack and Annie, even Christmas characters.

Added 27th Sep 2012, ID #189498

I will create Goldilocks, Dorothy, Marie, Clara, and much more.

Added 3rd Aug 2012, ID #171697


Added 28th Jun 2012, ID #158102

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.

Added 16th Jun 2012, ID #153466

how do you unlock physique and muscularity customization

Added 7th Apr 2012, ID #130631

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?

Added 7th Mar 2012, ID #121188

How do i use a ring in character creation?, i have but cant select it

Added 3rd Dec 2011, ID #92416

Soul Guage Damage A, Start Dash A or B

Added 15th Nov 2011, ID #87657

what is the best way to do critical finishes while playing.

Added 30th Oct 2011, ID #83914

when it Soul Calibur will be published to a personal computer (PC).

Added 26th Oct 2011, ID #83005

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.

Added 24th Oct 2011, ID #82539

Is there any way to get the special equipment for created characters or is it just for the standard base characters?

Added 23rd Jul 2011, ID #60426

you get vader on xbox live for miscrosoft points

Added 24th Mar 2011, ID #33970

how to get darth vader on xbox360????

Added 11th Mar 2011, ID #32164

How did you create Spartacus, that is awesome!

Added 24th Feb 2011, ID #30280

This game is awesome. I created Zack from Crisis Core FF7, Sephiroth and even Spartacus, from the TV Show Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Added 24th Jan 2011, ID #26677

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.?

Added 5th Jan 2011, ID #24247

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.

Added 25th Dec 2010, ID #22339

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

Added 21st Dec 2010, ID #21930

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

Added 17th Dec 2010, ID #21328

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.

Added 11th Dec 2010, ID #20724