Welcome back to the stage of history. Our SoulCalibur V walkthrough gets you started for combat with new tactics, unlockables, and character moves.
Pyrrha's fighting style is mostly a combination of Sophitia and Cassandra's moves mixed in with a few original attacks. She excels at getting the enemy in the air and plenty of diverse combos.
Among her key Horizontal attacks are A K that swings at a decent speed for around 35 damage from high to mid. Back-Down A A has a slow wind up, but goes from low-mid for 46 damage and will trip up the enemy. Back A A A also isn't very fast--particularly with the first strike--but will mix into a high-low-mid for 66 damage and leave the enemy grounded; it can also become a Brave Edge with a extra low hit and bump the damage up by 28. Back A B will dish out a good 40 damage over two non-consecutive hits from high to mid and leave the enemy floored.
Pyrrha also has some good Verticals, mostly to set up her common Just Throw. First off is Forward B K which goes from a 12 damage high into a 18 damage low. She also has a staple launcher from Forward-Down B, which you'll want to follow up with another swift mid attack. Her signature Vertical is Down B B which deals 40 damage over two mid hits; the second stab to the gut can be turned into a Throw by tapping Back, and becomes even more powerful when pressed right on the frame of impact for nearly 80 damage.
Pyrrha Kicks aren't as impressive compared to the rest of her other moves. Forward-Down K K will dish out 32 damage over two mid strikes, but its main use is to send your enemy to the floor. Her Rising Kick hits high for 18 damage and exposes the enemy's back for a follow up assault.
Pyrrha can also mix things up with her Simultaneous press attacks. Rising A+B delivers a 20 damage hit to the mid level, but its real power comes for holding the input to become a Break Attack worth 10 additional damage. B+K B is a 30 damage mid-mid attack that results in Pyrrha's familiar gut stab; like with her Down B B, it can be followed up with a Throw or Just Throw by hitting Back. Down B+K B B B will dish out 34 damage over four low hits and is great for punishing both standing and downed enemies. Last, Up B+K causes Pyrrha in the air for a single drop attack that can hit at s-mid or low; it can even be powered into a stronger Unblockable worth 20 more damage by holding the input.
Eight Way Run
Pyrrha also has a strong set of eight way run attacks. Back-Sidestep Run A A goes from low to high for 38 damage, but its main function is to push back the enemy into a wall or out of the ring. Forward-Run B leads to a single shield smack that grounds the enemy for 28 damage; it can be powered into a 58 damage Brave Edge that serves as both a Break Attack and super launcher. One such great follow up--and also nice on its own--is Sidestep-Run B A K, which deals 60 damage as you whisk through the air.
Forward-Sidestep Run B is also a good move to keep in mind as it will pop the enemy up and behind you for 28 damage. Back-Run K A B delivers two instant mid hits, brings you back into the to avoid most counterattacks, and adds in a low-mid finisher. Forward-Run B+K A B mixes in mid-high-mid, lands the enemy behind you and can deal 60 damage after factoring the fall. Finally keep in mind that Pyrrha's Horizontal Throw can be powered up by running with Forward-Run A+G, though you already need to be in close to deal out the extra 30 damage.
Pyrrha's special stance is Angel Step, which is entered from a quarter circle forward. This can immediately go into a sidestep by pressing Up or Down, tough not all follow-ups work during the sidestep. For both the normal Angel Step and Angel Side Step A A goes from mid to low for 50 damage; it can be turned into a Brave Edge that deals another 12 damage from a mid strike, has Break Attack properties and will push the enemy away.
From the normal Angel Step you can also use K for a 28 damage Guard Impact, though you're somewhat exposed if you miss the hit. B will result in the signature gut stab, where you can once again tap Back for a throw or Just Throw. Exclusive for the sidestep version is B A B, which is a fantastic mid-high-mid combo that pops the enemy behind you.