HTML Jedi Knight 2 FAQ v.33

Please post addition questions / corrections / etc. to me, Bradley Olson, or to the JediKnight2.net forums. No question is too complex or stupid!

Table of Content:

Introduction / How to Use Stuff:

     
Brief Introduction
      How to use this FAQ.
      Why is this FAQ divided the way it is?
      Common Abbreviations

Standard Jedi Knight 2 Questions:

General Questions:
      Is a expansion pack planned for the game?
      Where can I find the XXXXXX mod / map / skin?
      Where are screenshots that I have taken placed?

Console Questions:
      What is the Console?
      How do I activate / use the Console?
      What are the Console Commands / CVars?

Single Player Issues:

General Single Player Questions:
      Why does the single player Console report that I have version 1.03 when I have upgraded to version 1.04?
      How do I install a new single player map?
      Why hasn't XXXXXX been made for single player yet?

Cheating in Single Player:
      How do I cheat in single player?
      How do I activate / deactivate Cheat Mode in single player?
      What are the Cheat Codes for single player?

Single Player Moves:
      What Moves are there in single player?

Double and Dual Lightsabers Questions:
      Are there Dual Wield or Double Lightsabers in single player?

Problems and Troubleshooting:
      Why am I getting a "ERROR: filename length > MAX_QPATH" message and how do I fix it?

Multiplayer Issues:

General Multiplayer Questions:
      What are / how do I get the Hidden Skins in multiplayer?
      Why does the multiplayer AI act differently than the single player AI?
      How do I make a colored Player Name?
      How do I install a multiplayer Mod?

Cheating in Multiplayer:
      How do I cheat in multiplayer?
      How do I activate Cheat Mode in multiplayer?
      What are the Cheat Codes for multiplayer?

Doublebladed and Dual Wielded Lightsabers Questions:
      Are there Dual Wielded or Doublebladed Lightsabers in multiplayer?
      How do I get a Doublebladed Lightsaber by cheating?
      Is there a way to not have to reenter the Cheat Code for the doublebladed saber every time I die or change maps?

Multiplayer Moves:
      What Moves are there in multiplayer?
      How do I Kick?
      How do I Taunt?

Game Glitch Questions:
      I've seen people standing with their lightsabers orbiting around them. How do I do that?
      I've seen people glide down from a jump. How do they do that?

Problems and Troubleshooting:
      Why are the teams in a team match get messed up when the map is changed?
      Why am I getting a "ERROR: filename length > MAX_QPATH" message and how do I fix it?
      Why do the Bots just spaz jump in this new map I got / made?

Jedi Knight 2 Reference Tables:

Console Commands and Cvars List:
      Alphabetical Index

Moves Tables:
      Single Player Moves:
               General Moves
               Jedi Acrobatics
               Special Attacks

      Multiplayer Moves:
               General Moves
               Jedi Acrobatics
               Special Attacks


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Final Words




The FAQ


Introduction / How to Use Stuff:


Brief Introduction

     This FAQ came into being after I spent a few frustraighting hours trying to figure out how to turn on dismemberment in multiplayer.  Every forum post that mentioning dismemberment had a different answer but none of them worked.  After some semi-hard work I figured it out.  Sometime later I realized that people without my level of computer knowledge wouldn't have had the patience or experience to figure it out. What about them?  The forums are a big mountain of information that is only half-correct or always vague. Most tutorials and FAQs that have been released are out of date and incomplete.  And the Game Manual only explains the basics of a game that has a deep complex engine and multiple game altering patches.  So, I decided to compile a list of all the FAQs and undocumented data I could.  This is the result. Enjoy and feel free to just send me comments, suggestions, questions, etc. This FAQ is for you.  So, the more I hear from you, the better I can make the FAQ.  Enjoy!

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How to use this FAQ.

     With some hard work I've gotten this FAQ in a easy click-to-read format. Simply click on the desired question or section, and your broaser will automatically take you to the correct section of the FAQ page.

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Why is this FAQ divided the way it is?

     I have divided this FAQ on two division factors.  The first is if you're using Mods (will be explained later) or not.  And the second factor; singleplayer or multiplayer.  In reality, JK2 uses two seperate sets of code (internal game stuff) to run the game.  So basically, the multiplayer and singleplayer modes of JK2 are totally different games.  They both use the same graphics and engine but the gameplay, cheat codes, etc. are separate and distinct.

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Common Abbreviations

      Here is a table of abbreviations that I use during this FAQ.

Common Jedi Knight 2 Abbreviations
Abbreviation Meaning
JK2 Jedi Knight 2
>= Greater Than or Equal To
Mod Game Modification

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Standard Jedi Knight 2 Questions:

General Questions:

Is a expansion pack planned for the game?

      At this time no expansion pack is being officially worked on. ; However, Raven has stated that if the sales figures for JK2 are good enough, they will make a expansion release.

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Where can I find the XXXXXX mod / map / skin?

      Try www.jediknightII.net; www.jk2files.com; www.jedioutcastmaps.com; www.massassi.net or www.google.com.

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Where are screenshots that I have taken placed?

      When you take a screenshot the game, by default, places the screenshot into the \GameData\base\screenshots directory.  This directory will not exist until you take a screenshot.

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Console Questions:

What is the Console?

      The Console is the way you send commands directly to the Jedi Knight 2 Engine.  In addition, you'll see a record of all the chat and game messages that you have received in the current map / session.  This is very helpful to see messages you have missed or to take a closer look at how the Jedi Knight 2 Engine works. The Console appears as a transparent overlay that covers about 1/3 of the screen.

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How do I activate / use the Console?

      To activate / deactivate the Console, press Shift + Tilde (The Tilde is left of the 1 and has a ~ printed on it.).
      To scroll up and down the message history, press Page Up or Page Down.
      To enter a command, type in the command and press Enter. Some commands in multiplayer may require a "/" before the command.
      Example: /THEDESTROYER
      Press the Up & Down Arrow Keys to cycle thru previously entered in commands.
      I've also found that entering in the first letter(s) of the command and pressing enter will list all commands with those starting letters. Note:  To do this in Multiplayer you must use a "/" before the letter(s).

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What are the Console Commands / CVars?

     I have compiled a descriptive list of Console Commands / CVars in the Reference Table section.

      To go to the alphabetical listing of Console Commands / Cvars, click here.

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Single Player Issues:

General Single Player Questions

Why does the single player Console report that I have version 1.03 when I have upgraded to version 1.04?

      It appears that the 1.04 patch didn't update the single player version number.  Nothing is wrong, your single player is up-to-date.

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How do I install a new single player map?

      Ether follow the map's readme file or do the following:

  1. Unzip the map to your GameData\base directory.
  2. Determine the name of the map's *.pk3 (it should now be in the GameData\base directory)
  3. Start up single player.
  4. Activate the Console (Shift + ~).
  5. Type in map nameofyourmap and press Enter.
      This should load the map.

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Why hasn't XXXXXX been made for single player yet?

      Unfortunately, the source code for single player hasn't been released by Raven yet.  This means that most of single player is not modifiable until then.

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Cheating in Single Player:

How do I cheat in single player?

      To cheat in Jedi Knight 2 you must activate Cheat Mode and then enter in the desired Cheat Codes.  You do both while in the Console.  The Cheat Codes for single player and multiplayer are totally different.  Don't waste your time even trying.

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How do I activate / disactivate Cheat Mode in Single Player?

      To enter Cheat Mode in single player, do the following:

  1. Activate the Console.
  2. Enter HelpUsObi 1. This is not case sensitive.
  3. Enjoy!

      Cheat Mode seems to stay on inbetween levels but the Cheat Codes do not. ; You can turn off Cheat Mode with HelpUsObi 0.  However, this does lock on the active Cheat Codes until you reactivate Cheat Mode and manually disable them.

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What are the Cheat Codes for Single Player?

      Note:  I personally checked all these Cheat Codes out.  These are ALL valid Cheat Codes.  You have to reenter individual Cheat Codes inbetween levels, but Cheat Mode seems to remain on inbetween levels.

god

      Cheat Code; Single Player; Toggle

      Invincibility.

noclip

      Cheat Code; Single Player; Toggle

      This turns off collision detection for the level / sabers / etc.  Basically, you become invincible, able to fly, and can move thru walls.  However, you can't fire your guns or swing your Lightsaber.  Press Jump to go up and press Crouch to go down. Pressing Primary Fire causes you to move REALLY fast with your movement keys.  This cheat can mess up your current game (as you can end up where you're not suppose to go) and give you weird graphic errors (the empty space outside the normal map looks like a hall of mirrors).  I'd save before trying this one.

notarget

      Cheat Code; Single Player; Toggle

      Makes you invisible to the NPCs.  They won't attack you.

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Single Player Moves:

What Moves are there in single player?

      There are several types of Moves for Jedi Knight 2 including:

      The Moves for multiplayer are similar but have slightly different mechanics.  I've created a reference table of the single player Jedi Knight 2 moves here.

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Double and Dual Lightsabers Questions:

Are there Dual Wield or Double Lightsabers in single player?

      Unfortunately, there are no Dual Wield or Double Lightsabers in single player and won't be until Raven releases the Single Player Source Code.  See here.

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Problems and Troubleshooting:

Why am I getting a "ERROR: filename length > MAX_QPATH" message and how do I fix it?

      It's due to one of your files having a path/file name that is too long for the game engine. The normal fix for this is to restall JK2 to a shorter directory path. (Something like C:\games\JK2\ instead of C:\Program Files\Games\Activision\Ravensoft\Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast.)

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Multiplayer Issues:

General Multiplayer Questions:

What are / how do I get the Hidden Skins in Multiplayer?

      The Hidden Skins in Multiplayer are some skins that come with the game but aren't listed in the normal Model Selection Menu.  To get use them, go to the Console and enter in model HiddenSkinName.  This will switch your current Player Model to the Hidden Skin you selected.

Hidden Skin Names
Character Skin Name
2nd Jedi jedi/j2
Imperial Commander imperial/commander
Imperial Officer imperial/officer
Reborn Acrobat reborn/acrobat
Reborn Boss reborn/boss
Reborn Fencer reborn/fencer
Reborn Force User reborn/forceuser

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Why does the multiplayer AI act differently than the single player AI?

      Two separate teams worked on the multiplayer and single player code.  Also, the multiplayer bots are designed to fight humans while single player AI is just suppose to "play the part".

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How do I make a colored Player Name?

      Press shift and 6 to make an ^, then press the number assigned to the desired color.

Number / Color Table
Number Color
1 Red
2 Green
3 Yellow
4 Blue
5 Cyan
6 Pink
7 White

      So USA would be done like this: ^1U^7S^4A

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How do I install a multiplayer Mod?

      It depends on the type of Mod.

Maps, Saber Hilts, and Saber Blades must go into the /GameData/Base/ directory in your JK2 game directory.

      For all gameplay Mods or Combo Mods you have a choice:

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Cheating in Multiplayer:

How do I cheat in multiplayer?

      To cheat in Jedi Knight 2 you must activate Cheat Mode and then enter in the desired Cheat Codes.  You do both while in the Console.  The Cheat Codes for single player and multiplayer are totally different.  Don't waste your time even trying.

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How do I activate Cheat Mode in multiplayer?

      To enter Cheat Mode in multiplayer, do the following while acting as the Server:

  1. Activate the Console.
  2. Enter devmap nameofmap.  Example: devmap FFA_Bespin.  This will change the current map to the map you enter in.
  3. Enjoy!

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What are the Cheat Codes for multiplayer?

      Note:  I personally checked all these Cheat Codes out.  These are ALL valid Cheat Codes.  You have to reenter individual Cheat Codes inbetween levels, but Cheat Mode seems to remain on inbetween levels.  Remember that multiplayer Console Commands sometimes require a "/" before the command.


THEDESTROYER

      Gives you a Doublebladed Lightsaber.  You'll know it worked by the screen shaking and the message "The Destroyer Cometh!".  The Doublebladed Lightesaber blocks better than a standard blade.  In addition, you will lose the doublebladed saber on death or map change.  Note: You must have your saber out and deactivated for this command to work.

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Doublebladed and Dual Lightsabers Questions:


Are there Dual Wielded or Doublebladed Lightsabers in multiplayer?

      Yes, Yes, and no.  In pure Jedi Knight 2 you can get a Doublebladed Saber by cheating.   With a Mod (JediMod) you can use Dual Wielded or Doublebladed Sabers without cheating.

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How do I get a Doublebladed Lightsaber by cheating?

      Do the following in multiplayer:

      NOTE: You must be the server or be on a server with cheats enabled to use this cheat.  In addition, you will lose the doublebladed saber on death or map change.

  1. Pull out your lightsaber and deactivate it.
  2. Enter cheat mode.
  3. Type in "/THEDESTROYER" into the console.

This will make the screen shake and you will activate your new doublebladed saber. Enjoy!

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Is there a way to not have to reenter the Cheat Code for the doublebladed saber every time I die or change maps?

      I doubt it.  You could bind "/thedestroyer" to a key or try JediMod. (I'm pretty sure it keeps double / dual sabers thru death.)

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Multiplayer Moves:


What Moves are there in multiplayer?

      There are several types of Moves for Jedi Knight 2 including:

      The Moves for single player are similar but have slightly different mechanics.  I've created a reference table of the multiplayer Jedi Knight 2 moves here.

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How do I Kick?

      There are two forms of the kick:  forward and sideways.

      Prerequiste:  Level 2 Force Jump
      Chance to Hit:  ~50%
      Damage:  Forward Kick:  18 Body
                       Side Kick:  20 Body

      How to do a Forward Kick:  While in midair, press jump when close to an opponent.  This will cause you to run up his body and kick him in the face.

      How To do a Side Kick:  Strafe sideways into an opponent and press jump. You will flip sideways off your opponent.

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How do I Taunt?

      To bind Taunt to a key (so you can use it), you do the following:

  1. Activate the Console.
  2. Enter bind akey +taunt.  Replace akey with the key you wish to press to do your taunt.
  3. Enjoy!

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Game Glitch Questions:


I've seen people standing with their lightsabers orbiting around them. How do I do that?

      It's a game glitch that hasn't been fixed yet.  You do it by:

  1. Throw your saber.
  2. Hold down Primary Fire.
  3. Dodge the saber as it returns to you.
  4. Ether stand still and press your Taunt Button or continue to dodge your blade.

      NOTE:  To finish the orbiting just release your Primary Fire.  This move is tricky and takes some practice to get right.  It is much easier to do in wide open areas.

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I've seen people glide down from a jump. How do they do that?

      It's a bug in the older 1.03 version of the game.  Before version 1.04 you could do the Blue Lunge in the midair.  If it was done repeatively you'd slowly "glide" to the ground.

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Problems and Troubleshooting:


Why are the teams in a team match get messed up when the map is changed?

      The game doesn't remember teams inbetween maps.  If you have Auto Even Teams set to On, the computer is will automatically assign players to teams as players join the game.  Since the players basically reconnect to the server every time the map changes, the teams will be different than before the map change.

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Why do the Bots just spaz jump in this new map I got / made?

      The person who built the map didn't put in Bot support.  The only way to fix this is to add Bot support yourself or "bug the mapper" until s/he adds Bot support.

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Jedi Knight 2 Reference Tables:

Console Commands and Cvars List:

Alphabetical Listing of Console Commands:

      There are a vast number of commands for the Console. These are divided into two catagories: Commands and CVars. As of now, there isn't a complete guide available for all the JK2 Console Commands. However, here is a short list that I have compiled in alphabetical order:


cg_dismember #

      Multiplayer; Client side Command
      Default:  0
      Recommended:  100 / 300

      Controls the ability to dismember / maim players on their deaths. Higher values seem to increase the likelyhood of dismemberment. Most people recommend 100 or 300 for best effect.

Input Values
0 = Off
1 = Arms/Legs Only
3 = Everything

      Note: Both the Server and the Client must have this set to non-zero to see any dismemberment in the game.


cmdlist

      Wildcards

      Lists all commands in alphabetical order.


cvarlist

      Wildcards

      Lists all cvars in alphabetical order.


fraglimit #

      Multiplayer; Server side Command

      Sets the kill limit for the server.  In Duel Mode this sets the kill limit for individual duels and not the overall kill limit.


g_dismember #

      Multiplayer; Server side Command
      Default:  0
      Recommended:  100 / 300

      Controls the ability to dismember / maim players on their deaths. Higher values seem to increase the likelyhood of dismemberment. Most people recommend 100 or 300 for best effect.

Input Values
0 = Off
1 = Arms/Legs Only
3 = Everything

      Note: Both the Server and the Client must have this set to non-zero to see any dismemberment in the game.


g_saberghoul2collision #

      Boolean; Multiplayer; Server side Command
      Default:  0
      Recommended:  1

      Toggles the Ghoul 2 system.  Basically, it improves collision detection and results in more actually reported hits, blocks, and dismemberments.


g_sabertracesaberfirst #

      Boolean; Multiplayer; Server side Command
      Default:  1
      Recommended:  1

      Controls the priority of saber collision.  Sabers tend to collide more when this is set to on.


vtaunt

      nonfunctional?

      Old Quake 3 command.  Used to make player say a random taunt.  Doesn't seem to do anything in JK2.

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Moves Tables:

Single Player Moves:

Single Player General Moves
These are well covered in the Jedi Knight 2 Game Manual


Single Player Jedi Acrobatics
Note:  Requires a Force Jump Level >= 2
Name How Description
High Jump (Forwards) tap Forward + hold Jump A "Matrix"-style spread-arm forward jump.  You can repress Forward after the inital tab to jump forward farther.
High Jump (Sideways) tab Left / Right + hold Jump A sideways dive jump.  You can repress Left / Right after the inital tab to jump left / right farther.
Wall Flip (Forward) Run into wall + Jump Run a short ways up the wall, then backflip off.  Forward / Back controls how far away you land from the wall.
Wall Flip (Sideways) Strafe sideways(Running) into wall + Jump Sideway flip off wall.  Left / Right controls how far you flip away from the wall.
Wall Walk Forward (Run) + Strafe into wall + Jump "Wall Walk" for short period of time.  Left / Right controls movement on wall; Pressing Jump will cause you to flip off the wall.  The wall must be perfectly vertical surfaces.  However, the wall can be curved. (You can Wall Walk up columns!)


Single Player Special Attacks
All Specials Attacks are high damage attacks that usually go thru defenses.
Name Stance How Description
Backstab Blue Opponent close behind you + Back + Primary Fire Obi-Wan Style backward thrust.  Going to Walk Mode seems to make this move easier to do.  You can manually swing around while in move to widen attack arc.
Backsweep Non-Blue Opponent close behind you + Back + Primary Fire Slow, dramatic, low backspin sweep.  Designed to hit targets on the ground. Going to Walk Mode seems to make this move easier to do.  You can manually swing around while in move to widen attack arc.
Death From Above Red Forward (Run) + tap Jump + Primary Fire Forward Diving Overhead Two-Handed Dealer of Death.  Very High Damage.  Long Recovery period. This one is hard to land but deals a LOT of damage if it does.  You can manually swing around while in move to widen attack arc.
Flying Downward Strike Yellow Opponent close infront of you + Forward (Run) + tap Jump + Primary Fire Jump into the air, flip, and strike down at your opponent. There are three varations of this move based on how many steps you run before you go into the move: 1-2 Steps = One-Handed Stab; 3-5 Steps = One-Handed Swipe; 5+ Steps = Two-Handed Half Swing. However, the effect / damage seems to remain constant.


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Multiplayer Player Moves:

Multiplayer General Moves
These are well covered in the Jedi Knight 2 Game Manual


Multiplayer Jedi Acrobatics
Note:  Requires a Force Jump Level >= 2
Name How Description
High Jump (Forwards) tap Forward + hold Jump A "Matrix"-style spread-arm forward jump.  You can repress Forward after the inital tab to jump forward farther.
High Jump (Sideways) tab Left / Right + hold Jump A sideways dive jump.  You can repress Left / Right after the inital tab to jump left / right farther.
Kick (Forward) Ground: Facing Opponent + Touching Opponent + double tap Jump
Midair: Facing opponent + Touching Opponent + Jump
Run up Opponent's body and kick him in the face.  Good chance for Knockdown.  Deals damage directly to body.
Kick (Sideways) Strafe sideways into Opponent + Jump Sideways flip off Opponent.  Good chance for Knockdown.  Deals damage directly to body.
Wall Flip (Forward) Ground: Run into wall +double tap Jump
Midair: Run into wall + Jump
Run a short ways up the wall, then backflip off.  Forward / Back controls how far away you land from the wall.  First tap on jump jumps you up the wall, the second makes you flip off it.
Wall Flip (Sideways) Strafe sideways(Running) into wall + Jump Sideway flip off wall.  Left / Right controls how far you flip away from the wall.
Wall Walk Forward (Run) + Strafe into wall + Jump "Wall Walk" for short period of time.  Left / Right controls movement on wall; Pressing Jump will cause you to flip off the wall.  The wall must be perfectly vertical surfaces.  However, the wall can be curved. (You can Wall Walk up columns!)


Multiplayer Special Attacks
All Specials Attacks are high damage attacks that usually go thru defenses.
Name Stance How Description
Backstab Blue Opponent close behind you + Back + Primary Fire Obi-Wan Style backward thrust.  Going to Walk Mode seems to make this move easier to do.  You can manually swing around while in move to widen attack arc.
Backsweep Non-Blue Opponent close behind you + Back + Primary Fire Slow, dramatic, low backspin sweep.  Designed to hit targets on the ground. Going to Walk Mode seems to make this move easier to do.  You can manually swing around while in move to widen attack arc.
Death From Above Red Forward (Run) + tap Jump + Primary Fire Forward Diving Overhead Two-Handed Dealer of Death.  Very High Damage.  Long Recovery period. This one is hard to land but deals a LOT of damage if it does.  You can manually swing around while in move to widen attack arc.
Flying Downward Strike Yellow Opponent close infront of you + Forward (Run) + tap Jump + Primary Fire Jump into the air, flip, and one-handed downward slice at your opponent.


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Sources:

      Homosexual Ewok:  How do I Taunt?; How do I make a colored Player Name?
      thehomicidalegg:  Kick Damage; How do I get the Hidden Skins?; I've seen people standing with their lightsabers orbiting around them. How do I do that
      Dest:  JediMod Questions
      JediNight:  Some of Cheat Codes

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Final Words:

      This was written and complied by Razor Ace.

      Feel free to rip items from this document as long as you source it.

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