Welcome back to the stage of history. Our SoulCalibur V walkthrough gets you started for combat with new tactics, unlockables, and character moves.
Unlocking Characters and Stages
SoulCalibur V has six full unlockable characters and a unique Soul for created characters. Most all of these individuals return from previous games, though their fighting styles may be different.
Kilik and Penitentiary of Destiny
Kilik can be gained by defeating him in Arcade mode. The easiest method is to play as Maxi and encounter Kilik during the sixth and final fight. If nunchucks aren't your style you can face Kilik by setting your route to Asia. You can also meet him during Legendary Souls and sometimes in Quick Battle. As a final Arcade boss, Kilik fights with Xiba's style. As a playable character Kilik is a mimic that can use the weapons of any male character. He can be fully dressed in Creation and orginal characters can access Soul of Kilik.
Unlocking Kilik also grants the stage Penitentiary of Destiny, which is a small square raft that is ripe for ring outs. During a potential last round, the battlefield shifts to a more enclosed space with two walls, though the arena's edges are jagged and uneven. The corresponding track is Samsara: The Wheel of Eternity.
Soul of Devil Jin
Original Created characters can use the style of Devil Jin from the Tekken series. You can gain this by fighting AI enemies in Quick Battle. The signature fighter is Harada TEKKEN who can be found by searching Japan. However, he has a rank A3 computer making him very challenging. You can instead fight other Devil Jin characters, mostly found in Asian countries and South America.
Devil Jin's stage music is Antares and is associted with Astral Chaos. The stage is avalible right away as it is also home to Ezio.
Alpha Patroklos and Astral Chaos: Pathway
Patroklos has a second fighting style that can be unlocked at the start of Story Mode's 13th chapter. Like others, he can probably also be found during some Quick Battles. He forgoes the shield and instead uses attacks similar to Setsuka from past SoulCalibur games. His style can be used by Original Created heroes.
Alpha Patroklos' stage is Astral Chaos: Pathway, which is unlocked by fighting against him in Quick Battle. It is similar to the normal Astral Chaos, but completely enclosed by a circular wall. His stage music is Virtuous Heart.
Pyrrha Omega and Denever Castle: Eye of Chaos
Pyrrha's second form can be unlocked by clearing the 19th chapter of Story Mode, though you do get to play as her in chapter 11. She fights in a much more aggressive style, similar to Sophitia from earlier games. As with most characters, she can be customized in Creation and Original characters can use her style.
Gaining Pyrrha Omega also unlocks the stage Denever Castle: Eye of Chaos, which is an inverted version of Nightmare's Denever Castle: Assault. Therefor, the wall covers the north side of the arena instead of the south. The stage's theme is Adorned with Evil.
Edge Master and Tower of Glory: Spiral of Good and Evil
Edge Master from the first SoulCalibur can be obtained by finishing chapter 17 of the story mode. This should be easy as there is no combat during that episode. He can also be fought during Arcade, Legendary Souls, and Quick Battle. He is a mimic character that uses all styles, both male and female. His mimic style can be given to Originals and he can be edited in Creation.
Edge Master's stage is Tower of Glory: Spiral of Good and Evil, and is unlocked by defeating him in Arcade/Legendary Souls/Quick Battle. The stage is enclosed by glass windows that break when a combatant is pushed into them, allowing for future ring outs. The stage's music is Master of Edges.
Elysium and Utopia of the Blessed
Elysium can be gained by completing the final chapter of Story Mode. Even though she uses Pyrrha Omega's style during Story Mode, she is in fact a female mimic. One difference is that she retains her Critical Edge regardless of what weapon she's wielding. Like with other characters you can edit her outfit and give her soul to Original Creations.
Along with Elysium you'll also gain the stage Utopia of the Blessed. This is an infinite arena for most rounds, but during the potential last round becomes a wall-less hexagon. The stage's music is Sacred Dawn.
Algol and Tower of Glory: Most Holy Dichotomy
The main antagonist of SoulCalibur IV is back as an unlockable. The normal means of fighting him is in Legendary Souls, which will prove to be an uphill battle. You can also find him in Quick Battle, typically in Europe where he will have a C2 computer rank. This is a much faster method than slugging through both Story Mode and Legendary Souls. There is no Soul of Algol to give your newly made creations, but the ancient king can be redressed--not like he is dressed in the first place.
Algol's arena is Tower of Glory: Most Holy Dichotomy, similar to his stage from IV. The stage is covered with eight small walls, allowing verity for both wall hits and ring outs. His them song is Regalia.