Serving both as the primary battle mechanic and platforming utility, the Flashfield in tandem with the Kudos system is the game-defining aspect of Azure Striker Gunvolt that sets it apart from other side-scrolling platformers.
Gunvolt can surround himself with an electrical sphere called the Flashfield. This consumes EP.
When using the Flashfield in the air, Gunvolt will hover, slowing his descent and allowing him to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.
More importantly, the Flashfield is Gunvolt's primary form of attack. While using it, he will automatically deal damage to tagged enemies regardless of their position. If a single enemy has been stacked with multiple tags, the Flashfield will deal even more damage.
The Flashfield also deals a small amount of contact damage to enemies who enter it, whether they're tagged or not. It can even block incoming projectiles, but be careful: energy-based projectiles are unblockable.
The Flashfield is Gunvolt's primary and most effective mode of damage output. Additionally, it's overall mechanic provides opportunities for technical plays that may help Gunvolt effectively outmaneuver enemy attacks.
Gunvolt can "tag," or target, enemies by shooting them with "bolts," or weapons, that he uses in battle. Tagged enemies can be electrocuted continuously through the activation of the Flashfield—even at a distance. Enemies can be marked with up to three tags, with each additional tag opening up more channels through which electricity can flow, thus increasing the damage output. Gunvolt's weapon capabilities permitting, multiple enemies may be tagged at once, allowing for multi-kills.
Each bolt permits a different maximal number of tags at a time, which in turn slightly determines battle style and gameplay. For example, the weapon "Naga" can tag up to five times at once, which opens up opportunities for multi-kills and ensures that a single enemy can be tagged for the greatest damage output. Conversely, the weapon "Mizuchi" can tag only one time at once, which would not be recommended for battle.
Flashfield & Kudos
By utilizing the Flashfield, Gunvolt can