Ivy is the staple long-range specialist of Soulcalibur. Her sword can transform into a bladed whip, giving her more range than any other character - barring projectiles. Despite her incredible advantage at middle to long range, she remains a threat at point-blank range with some of the best command grabs in the game.
While not particularly a unique mechanic, the signature of Ivy's fighting style involves altering the input of her attacks to change them from close-range sword attacks to long-range whip attacks. For example, 66A sees Ivy whipping her sword diagonally in front of her, covering a short range. But 66[A] loosens the sword into a whip, which curls all the way around her to strike a second time at a longer range than the initial sword swipe.
|Daughter of the English aristocratic family the Valentines, Ivy was raised in a loving environment. Unfortunately, it was not to last. Her father's insanity and excessive spending drove him to an early grave, followed shortly afterwards by her mother. While mourning, Ivy discovered her father was an alchemist obsessed with finding Soul Edge, which he believed was the key to immortality. She understood why Soul Edge was referred to as the cursed sword, and vowed to destroy the blade that had driven her father to madness.