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Survival Mode

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Survival Mode is a gameplay mode found in all Dead or Alive games.


The player chooses a character and fights an endless stream of opponents until they are defeated. To stay alive a little longer, the player can collect items to replenish health. Some of these items can be viewed in Collection.

All survival fights take place in the Danger Zone. Knocking an opponent into a reactor will enable a short bonus time called Danger Reach, while doing it again will enable Double Reach.

List of collectible itemsEdit

Main article: Item Collection Datasheet (DOA2)
Main article: Item Collection Datasheet (DOA Ultimate)
Main article: Item Collection Datasheet (DOA3)


After the player has chosen a character, they are sent in the danger zone arena first with a random opponent taunting, and then their chosen character taunts. The fight begins, with each character knocked out jumps in another. All characters not chosen will first fight the player, then when all characters are knocked out, the player's chosen character will fight the player. When the character is knocked out, the sequence reshuffles and the fight continues with the other characters out to battle.

It is presumed that the costumes determine how many times an opponent has appeared. For example if a character is wearing its fourth costume, it could be that it is the fourth time the player is fighting that character.

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Main Series
Dead or Alive - Dead or Alive 2 - Dead or Alive 3 - Dead or Alive 4 - Dead or Alive 5
Spin-offs and Related Titles
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate - Dead or Alive: Dimensions - Dead or Alive Online - Dead or Alive Ultimate - Girls of DOA BlackJack
Ninja Gaiden series - Virtua Fighter series

Dead or Alive Xtreme Sub-Series
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball - Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 - Dead or Alive Paradise
Canceled Games
Dead or Alive: Code Chronos - Project Progressive

List of Dead or Alive Characters

Kasumi - Ayane - Hayate - Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Christie - Lisa Hamilton - Hitomi
Bayman - Kokoro - Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong - Zack - Eliot - Brad Wong
Rig - Mila - Ein - Gen Fu - Leon - Momiji - Rachel - Marie Rose - Nyotengu

Gameplay Modes

Story - Versus - Arcade - Time Attack - Survival - Team Battle - Training - Online - Spectator - Album - Movies
Fight Record - Titles - Help & Options - Music

Gameplay Terms

Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Cliffhanger - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Game Over
Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Move Data - Power Blow - Power Launcher - Replay - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages
Stances - Stats - Tag Throws - Triangle System

Plot Subjects

DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Ninpo - Project Alpha
Project Epsilon - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi

Other Terms

Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Glasses
Openings - System Voice - Tournament Winners

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Actors - Costumes - Fandom - Gameplay - Items - Locations - Martial Arts - Media - Merchandise
Movies - Music - Soundtracks - Staff - Stages

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