Umbran Climax is a Technique featured in Bayonetta 2. Similar to Bayonetta's use of 'Serious Mode' when fighting bosses in the first game, Umbran Climax allows every attack performed to be powered up and strengthened for a short duration. The ability is activated by pressing the L button and can only be activated when the magic gauge is full, similar to Torture Attacks.
Umbran Climax, or a variation of it, can be used by all the playable characters in Bayonetta 2 in both the Story and Tag Climax modes.
The precise effects of Umbran Climax depend on the character currently being used, though all follow the trend of a brief power up to attack.
Bayonetta & Jeanne
Bayonetta and Jeanne's Umbran Climaxes function in the same way as each other. When used, the witches glow a distinct purple color and Bayonetta's hair becomes long and flowing with a silver chain pattern laced into it, mirroring the appearance of 'Serious Mode' in the first game. The strength of Bayonetta and Jeanne's attacks are increased as well as their overall range and area-of-effect thanks to the Wicked Weaves which are called forth with every attack. Each combo also ends with an Infernal Weave, an ability that calls forth an Infernal Demon to release an devastating final attack. If either witch is not at maximum vitality, activating Umbran Climax will slowly regenerate their health for the entire time it is activated.
The demons summoned during Umbran Climax are dependent on which weapons are currently equipped and different combinations create different results depending on the combo and whether the weapon is on hands or feet.
Unlike Bayonetta and Jeanne, Rosa's Umbran Climax does not summon Wicked Weaves or demons for each of her attacks. Instead, her powered up state allows her to ride the Umbran Armor. She is able to use its attacks for the duration of her magic gauge, including it's Charge Modifiers and the effect can be used with Bayonetta and Jeanne as well if they equip the Earrings of Ruin accessory.
Balder's version of Umbran Climax is similar to Bayonetta and Jeanne's, though obviously based around the beings of Paradiso instead of the Infernal Demons. When activated, Balder gains his peacock feathered wings and is able to create huge slashing attacks with his glaive weapon. Each combo finisher can also summon the Cardinal Virtues for area of affect attacks and the particular one summoned depends on the combo being used.
In Tag Climax mode, Rodin has his own version of Umbran Climax. When activated, he creates a red shockwave around him and takes the form of Rodin, The Infinite One. In this form, all of his attacks deal more damage and possess a greater range when attacking, allowing him to exceed the damage limits of any of the other witches.
- Umbran Climax mimics the ability of the Climax Brace accessory to give Bayonetta 'Serious Mode' outside of boss battles, though only given how much magic Bayonetta has rather than being permanently activated. The Climax Brace's new ability in Bayonetta 2 to give Bayonetta unlimited magic makes it possible for Umbran Climax to be constantly activated, however.
- Umbran Climax's regeneration of health is similar to the use of the Star of Dinèta accessory through taunting opponents, though at an incremental speed rather than regaining large portions through each taunt.
Bayonetta (Gallery) • Jeanne (Gallery) • Zero • Enzo • Rodin (Gallery) • Luka • Cereza (Gallery) • Antonio Redgrave • Umbran Elder • Rosa • Father Balder (Gallery) • Jubileus the Creator
Masked Lumen (Gallery) • Loki • Loptr • Aesir
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Love Is Blue • Rakshasa • Alruna • Kafka • Chernobog • Undine • Takemikazuchi • Salamandra • Master Sword • Arwing Guns • Chain Chomp • Umbran Armor • Unforgiven • Holy Glaive
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