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 Though Ardors appear similar to Applauds they are much quicker, more powerful, and much much more durable. They swing their swords in long cleaving attacks with surprising speed, allowing them to effectively combo Bayonetta with a series of high-damage attacks if she is caught off-guard. Though they cannot fly they are much more agile on the ground than other humanoid Angels and have numerous attacks which they can use to close distance.Their primary attack is a set of three sword swings, the first attack is an incredibly fast sword-thrust, which sets up for it's slow sweeping attack, with the final attack being a spin-slash that is quick, powerful, and has deceptively long range despite it's animation. When performing this combo the Ardor uses the weight of it's swings to advance forwards, making a quick dodge to the left or right the most optimal way to avoid these attacks. The Ardor can also perform a long-dash attack, in which they will hold their sword over their head for a moment before dashing forwards while accompanied by beams of light, this attack does significant damage and allows the Ardor to close distance easily. In addition to these two attacks the Ardor can also perform a jumping strike, leaping up after Bayonetta and then swinging it's sword down vertically as it falls. If this attack connects it will slam Bayonetta back down to the ground, causing significant damage. In addition to these direct attacks the Ardor can also use it's massive shield to defend against bullets and counter Bayonetta's melee attacks, knocking her off balance for a split-second, and possibly allowing the Ardor to counter attack. After sufficient damage the shield will shatter. Executing Wicked Weaves or using heavy fire-power weapons like the Onyx Roses or Lt. Col. Kilgore will allow Bayonetta to break it much more quickly. Once its shield is broken the Ardor becomes much more aggressive. Its attacks will become much faster and the Ardor itself will usually sprint to keep Bayonetta in melee range, it will however be much more easy to stagger and can be juggled more easily. It also has a tendency to enter a berserk state once it's shield has been shattered.Ardor B: A more dangerous variant of the normal Ardor, like Affinity E it is wreathed in flames and like Affinity E it can only be damaged with ranged attacks such as Kulshedra and gunfire, or with Durga Fire. During Witch Time its flames do not harm Bayonetta and it can be attacked normally with any weapon. Comboing it effectively during Witch Time will extinguish the fire that cloaks its body, allowing Bayonetta to deal with it more easily, however when it recovers it will do a war-cry or taunt and reignite itself. Aside from this fiery state it acts exactly like a normal Ardor.See: Bayonetta

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