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DOA5 Hayate vs Ryu

Hayate and Ryu Hayabusa during a Cliffhanger in the Dead or Alive 5 pre-alpha demo.

Cliffhanger is a gameplay element that is introduced in Dead or Alive 5.

Similar to the Danger Zone falls in previous Dead or Alive titles, Cliffhangers are triggered when a fighter is knocked over certain edges. However, instead of simply dropping off the edge, the fallen fighter will grab onto the edge, and the player will have the choice to stay hanging, or drop.

If they decide to hang on, they risk being hit or thrown by their attacker, that will send them falling anyway with additional damage, but they can try block or reverse the attack and this will send both fighters falling down to the lower level with minimal damage, sometimes leaving the former attacked with the upper hand. If the opponent is going to perform a Cliffhanger Strike, pressing the Hold button at the right time (usually by a screen prompt) will allow said character to guard against the blow. If the guard is successful, no one will take damage upon landing. If an opponent is going to perform a Cliffhanger Throw, pressing the Throw button at the right time will not only escape the throw, but will deal damage to the opponent who tried to do the throw. If they decide instead to drop, they will take fall damage, but avoid the risk of additional damage from their attacker.[1]




Cliffhanger strikes and throws in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round


  • It's possible that the Cliffhanger's inspired by what happens on Dead or Alive 4's Waterfall Valley, while playing as Ryu Hayabusa. If the player can do his Izuna Drop throw near the Danger Zone, he and the opponent will go straight through the hole to the lower level. This is later made one of his Cliffhanger moves.
  • As is appropriate, if a character is knocked out and then tossed over a ledge, this will effectively nullify the usual resulting cliffhanger and the character will, instead, fall straight to the ground below.


  1. Now Gamer - "Dead or Alive 5 Preview"

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Playable Kasumi - Ayane - Hayate - Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Christie - La Mariposa/Lisa Hamilton - Hitomi - Bayman - Kokoro - Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong/Mr. Strong - Zack - Eliot - Gen Fu - Brad Wong - Rig - Mila - Alpha-152
Story Mode characters False Kasumi
Guest characters Akira Yuki - Sarah Bryant - Pai Chan
Non-playable characters Miyako - Muramasa - Phase 4 - Victor Donovan
Gameplay modes Story - Versus Mode - Arcade - Time Attack - Survival - Training - Online - Spectator - Album - Fight Record - Mission - Options
Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Cliffhanger - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Move Data - Power Blow - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Throws - Triangle System
Plot subjects DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DIG - Freedom Survivor - MIST - Mugen Tenshin clan - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway shinobi - Shinobi
Martial arts Ba ji quan (hakkyoku-ken) - Combat Sambo - Jeet Kune Do - Karate - Lucha libre - Mixed martial arts - Muay Thai - Ninjutsu - Pi gua quan - Professional wrestling - Snake fist - T'ai chi quan - Taekwondo - Xing yi quan - Xinyi liuhe quan - Ensei ken (yan qing quan) - Zui quan
Other terms Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Glasses - System Voice - Tournament Winners - Virtua Fighter
Stages Dead or Alive/Arrival - Depth - Dojo - The Ends of the Earth - Fighting Entertainment - Fuel - Home - Hot Zone - Lab - Sanctuary - Sakura - Scramble - The Show/The Tiger Show/Coming Soon - Street - Sweat - Temple of the Dragon/Sakura
DLC stage Zack Island
Non-playable locations Freedom Survivor - Johnny's Diner - Taylor's Bar
Dead or Alive 5 Soundtrack - Vol.2
Stage themes "Accelerator" - "Alpha-152" - "Beginning to the End" - "Can't Stop This Feeling" - "Cascade" - "Dimensions Training" - "Fire Alarm" - "Gotta Move On" - "Graceful Sounds" - "Happy Funny Crazy" - "I Feel For You" - "Into the Abyss" - "Liberation" - "Light the Fuse" - "Like a Dragon" - "Knock You Down" - "Mist Knows" - "Niug-Nep Place" - "Oblivion" - "Polluted Air" - "Primitive Rhythm" - "Rapids" - "Scream" - "The Secret of Kung-Fu" - "Skyscraper" - "Tedious Days" - "Tiger's Family" - "Tradition"
Story Mode tracks "B-boy No "B" Remix" - "Cheerful Buddhist Priest" - "Collapse" - "Desperate Situation" - "False Fate" - "I'm a Fighter" - "Knifepoint" - "let's get it" - "Mentor" - "Monster" - "Moonlit Lady" - "Omen" - "Purity" - "Serpent Dance" - "Shade" - "The Storied Journey of the Boy and the Drunk" - "Successor" - "Superstar" - "Tribal Beats" - "Trip" - "The Way is Known ~DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Main Theme~" - "Vigaku" - "The Wind is Howling" - "Zany Zapper"
Other tracks "An Invisible Shadow" - "Dimensions Training" - "Link" - "Repetition" - "Showdown" - "Urges" - "Wired"
Character themes (5+ only) "Alpha-152" - "Drunk Wolf" - "Fang" - "Flowerbed" - "Hunter's Moon" - "I Feel For You" - "Machinations" - "Mentor" - "Moonlit Lady" - "Purity" - "The Roar of the Crowd" - "Russian Roulette" - "Serpent Dance" - "Shade" - "Solitary Desperation" - "Steel Horse Rider" - "Successor" - "Tribal Beats" - "Turn On The Lights" - "The Wind is Howling" - "Zany Zapper"
Achievements - Command Lists - Costumes - Downloadable Content - Fighter Quotes - Merchandise - Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers - Tag Throws

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