Tetsuzanko (鉄山靠, tetsuzankō, lit. "iron mountain lean") is a Technique with any hand-mounted weapon that allows Bayonetta to instantly perform a forward slam attack that knocks enemies up and away from her. In both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, it is purchasable from the Gates Of Hell.
Tetsuzanko is used by rapidly pushing the control stick back and forth, followed by the punch button. Bayonetta then immediately performs the attack to slam into enemies. When she has enough magic orbs in her gauge, Tetsuzanko lets Bayonetta summon an instant Wicked Weave attack that has a nearly unlimited distance, allowing Bayonetta to chain this attack together with standard moves to inflict damage. Given the nearly unlimited range of the attack with respect to normal combat scenarios, Tetsuzanko can be used effectively as a powerful and quick long-range attack, or a good way to get extra hits in on a boss that is far away from Bayonetta.
In Bayonetta 2, using Tetsuzanko during Umbran Climax will summon Madama Butterfly. She uses the same slamming motion as Bayonetta to knock enemies into the air. An extra feature of Tetsuzanko is using it in conjunction with weapons such as Rakshasa equipped. When used, this causes Bayonetta to back away from enemies before unleashing a double Wicked Weave. The dodge that comes with backing away can activate Witch Time if timed properly against an enemy attack and this type of Witch Time activation is present in weapons that do not conjure a Wicked Weave.
Tetsuzanko appears in the Super Smash Bros. series as Bayonetta's forward throw.
- In the original Bayonetta game, using Tetsuzanko with enough magic summons a Wicked Weave without Bayonetta's outfit disappearing as it usually does with other Wicked Weave attacks. This is fixed in Bayonetta 2.
- The move is inspired by Akira Yuki's signature move from Virtua Fighter.
- When performing this move, Bayonetta will occasionally say his signature catchphrase, "十年早いんだよォ！" ("Juu'nen hayain da yo!", lit. "(You're) Ten years too early (to challenge me)!"). This extends to Super Smash Bros., where Yuki coincidentally appears as a Mii Fighter costume and an Assist Trophy (in Ultimate).
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