Action Commands are one of central mechanics of Bug Fables and a key to Combat. On any basic Attack, damaging Skill (other than Pebble Toss) or Flee attempt you will be given an Action Command. Action Commands are certain series of inputs that the player will need to do to in order to attack or defend successfully. Inputting an Action Command will power up the move, while failing it will make it weaker or completely ineffective. Additionally, almost all enemy attacks can be Blocked with an Action Command, reducing the damage.
Most commonly, action commands use the ACTION key, however the SWITCH, CANCEL and directional keys can also be used.
Action Commands can be separated into a few types:
Press with Right Timing
The most common Action Command. The ACTION, SWITCH or CANCEL key (at random) will be displayed inside a honeycomb icon with a slightly bigger hexagonal outline around it. The outline shrinks over time. You must push the displayed key when the outline overlaps with the honeycomb. Pressing the wrong key, pressing the right key too early or waiting too long will fail the command.
Vi's basic attack uses a similar Action Command. A bar with a green section will appear. An indicator will slide across the bar from left to right and return once after it reaches the end. You must press the ACTION key when the indicator in the green section. Pressing the ACTION key when the indicator is outside of the green section or waiting too long will fail the command.
Hold Down and Release
Used for Kabbu's basic Attack and Heavy Strike skill. A bar with a number of honeycombs on it will appear, with the final honeycomb being larger than the rest. You must hold the down directional key until the big honeycomb lights up, then release it. Holding the key for too a short or too long amount of time fails the command.
Push the Displayed Key
Used for Leif's basic Attack and Frigid Coffin skill. A bar with a countdown and and obscured key will appear. After the countdown ends, the key will be revealed. The possibilities are ACTION, SWITCH and CANCEL (at random). You must press the revealed key. Pressing the wrong key or waiting too long will fail the command.
A bar will appear. You must mash the ACTION key to fill up the bar. Mashing too slowly fails the command.
This Action Command is used by Dash Through. Additionally, several enemy attacks use this Action Command instead of regular Block. Some enemies with HP draining attacks will continue dealing damage until you succeed with the Action Command.
Vi's Hurricane Toss uses a modified version of this Action Command. Instead of mashing the ACTION key, you'll have to press left and right directional keys alternatively and rhythmically - pressing them too quickly will slow down the speed at which the bar fills.
Fly Drop uses a modified version of this Action Command. Instead of mashing the ACTION key, you might need to mash SWITCH and CANCEL key (at random).
In the options, the setting Mash Action Commands can change all Button Mash action commands into Button Sequence action commands.
A sequence of keys will appear. They can be any keys that are used in Action Commands, and are random each time. You have to press all the keys in their sequence. Pressing the wrong key, or waiting too long will fail the command.
Frost Bowling uses a modified version of this Action Command. Only the key you're currently supposed to input is revealed, while the others are concealed.
A reticle will appear and move around the enemy area (the type the reticle and it's movement pattern depend on the used skill). You must press the ACTION key to fire off the skill at the reticle's position. The targets the skill hits depends on where it was fired of at.
This Action Command is used to reduce the damage dealt by enemy attacks. You must press any non-directional button when an attack is about to hit the character. Successfully Blocking the attack will reduce the damage by 1 and prevent almost all of attack additional effect. Any characters who aren't being targeted by the attack will be transparent, making it easier to tell which character is being attacked.
Blocking an attack when it's almost about to hit the character will result in a Super Block, which reduces the damage by 2 instead of 1. Super Block has a different message and sound effect from regular Block. Some medals, such as Block Heal and Super Block+ enhance the effects of Super Blocking.
Each block has a 19 frame window at 60 FPS. There are 19 frames for any kinds of block, within the first 15 frames leads to a normal block followed by 4 frames for a super block (they overlap on those 19 frames). The cooldown for inputs between blocks is 36 frames.
Certain attacks require Button Mash action commands or Button Sequence action commands instead of a standard block.