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Bullet Time Battle, (also called Machinegun Talk Battle in the Japanese version) is an element of the Class Trials in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. It occurs when Makoto Naegi encounters resistance from people who refuse to believe an accusation of murder or certain evidence in dispute and resort to desperate assertions. It is usually done to protect themselves or someone else.
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In B.T.B, you must obliterate assertions made by the opponent by locking onto their assertions and then firing manually to destroy the assertions. When you destroy the assertions, the opponent's Influence gauge will take damage; should you fail to destroy the assertions in time, your Influence gauge will be damaged. You must time locking and shooting to the tempo - repeated successes will increase the tempo but misses will decrease the tempo.
Once the opponent's Influence gauge is low, they will make a final statement, which is a weak point that must be destroyed using the correct Truth Bullet. If the statement is not shot in time, you will take damage and the opponent will regain part of their Influence gauge.
Should you run out of time or Influence, you will lose the Bullet Time Battle.
Additional mechanics appear throughout the game.
- In Chapter 2, you gain Fever Time and your opponent gains Negative Time. Fever Time automatically increases tempo to the maximum setting and allows you to lock on, fire and later reload at your own pace as you cannot miss the tempo. In Negative Time, the tempo markers disappear, forcing you to guess how you can use Fever Time to counter Negative Time, as hinted in the instructions.
- In Chapter 3, your bullet stock becomes limited, forcing you to time occasional reloads to the tempo in between locking onto and shooting down assertions.
- In the second B.T.B of Chapter 4, you will have multiple Truth Bullets to use against the final statement, which you scroll through like a normal Nonstop Debate.
Characters with Bullet Time Battles
- Leon Kuwata (Chapter 1): Attempting to deny being the murderer of Sayaka Maizono.
- Kiyotaka Ishimaru (Chapter 2): Attempting to defend Mondo Owada from accusations of murdering Chihiro Fujisaki.
- Celestia Ludenberg (Chapter 3): Attempting to deny the method used to transport Kiyotaka Ishimaru's body to the repository.
- Yasuhiro Hagakure (Chapter 4): Attempting to deny being the murderer of Sakura Ogami.
- Toko Fukawa (Chapter 4): Attempting to deny being the murderer of Sakura Ogami.
- Aoi Asahina (Chapter 4): Attempting to frame herself for Sakura's death, in order to have the remaining students killed.
- Toko Fukawa (Chapter 5): Attempting to push through her opinion on Mukuro Ikusaba's murder.
- Monokuma (Chapter 6, first time): Attempting to deny Mukuro's true cause of death.
- Monokuma (Chapter 6, second time): Challenging Makoto to prove that Monokuma attempted to conceal the identity of the mastermind from the students.
- Junko Enoshima (Chapter 6): Making a last-ditch effort to drive Makoto into despair before he defeats her.