Tetsuzanko (鉄山靠, tetsuzankō, lit. "iron mountain lean") is a Technique with any hand-mounted weapon that instantly launches enemies with a forward slam. It is purchasable at The Gates of Hell in both games so far, Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.
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.
Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Tetsuzanko appears in the Super Smash Bros. series as Bayonetta's forward throw move.
- In Bayonetta, 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 directly taken from Virtua Fighter, a fighting game series developed by Bayonetta publisher SEGA.
- Occasionally, when performing Tetsuzanko, Bayonetta says in Japanese: "You're ten years too early (to challenge me)" (十年早いんだよ! Jū-nen hayain da yo!), the catchphrase of Virtua Fighter character Akira Yuki.
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