All-Star Battle ★ Pannacotta Fugo
Along with most of the Part 5 heroes, Fugo makes his comeback in All-Star Battle. He was a DLC character available for $1.99 in Japan and made free in the international versions. He was confirmed in a special presentation for the game release alongside Iggy.
Unlike the previous game, Fugo can move if Purple Haze is activated, and it will follow Fugo much like the majority of Stand Users. As one of the mass majority of playable characters in the game with the "Stand" Style, Fugo can turn Purple Haze on/off, changing movesets, as well as having access to the Stand Rush ability, being able to attack in conjunction with his Stand. Fugo has 900 HP.
The game makes a number of references to the novel Purple Haze Feedback, including character interactions, Fugo's Great Heat Attack and a Special Costume based on illustrations in the book.
During a fight, Fugo can use several different attacks that were featured in both Vento Aureo as well as Purple Haze Feedback.
Fugo can summon or dismiss Purple Haze / Purple Haze Distortion, altering his available abilities.
Fugo lunges forward in a shoulder tackle. A command normal that can chain into Fugo's skills. (Comboable)
Exclusive to Fugo is a Capsule Icon that displays how many of Purple Haze's six bulbs/capsules are available. Certain attacks will release Purple Haze's Homicidal Virus, an unblockable purple cloud that inflicts gradual damage over time for a set period, with a character's health gauge turning a purple color to signify the infection. However, Fugo may suffer from its effects if he comes into contact as well.
The capsules may only reload after Fugo uses his HHA, GHA, or at the start of a new round.
When low on health, Fugo can evolve Purple Haze into Purple Haze Distortion without needing to spend Heart Heat executing his GHA. He calls out for Distortion as he grits his teeth and Purple Haze suddenly transforms. Distortion is permanent and will remain with Fugo for the rest of the match.
Appearance-wise, Purple Haze Distortion loses its red irides, back spikes, loincloth, and boots, and its armor pieces and helmet turn black.
As Distortion, the performance of Fugo's skills is enhanced, primarily in Stand ON. He also takes greatly reduced damage from the Homicidal Virus, while his opponent inversely takes much more total damage at a faster rate. Fugo's Capsules are completely reloaded upon evolving his Stand into Distortion.
Any skill marked with a star (☆) (Normal) or diamond (◇) (Stand) allows Purple Haze to break a single capsule open and release the Homicidal Virus during the attack.
Fugo summons Purple Haze to fly a distance forward and deliver a strong hook. A fast, mid-ranged attack. (Flash Cancel comboable)
With Purple Haze Distortion, this skill executes much quicker.
Wielding a fork, Fugo suddenly stabs at face-height. If it connects, he follows up by grabbing the opponent by the neck with his other hand and slamming them into the ground hard enough for them to bounce, leaving them knocked down directly in front him.
Purple Haze unleashes a wild barrage of punches, sending the opponent flying a short distance upon the final hit.
With Purple Haze Distortion, the number of punches thrown and total damage dealt is increased. (Flash Cancel comboable)
Purple Haze winds up and delivers a downwards punch while moving forward, staggering the opponent. This is a middle attack that cannot be blocked crouching, and a Stand Rush skill that Fugo can disconnect from to freely act while it is executing.
With Purple Haze Distortion, the same punch will now hit twice and deal more damage, and the attack now bounces the opponent off the ground. (Flash Cancel comboable)
Purple Haze quickly punches the ground; The attack will automatically break open a Capsule and release the Homicidal Virus, although contact for Fugo himself is unavoidable. If no Capsules are available, the attack does nothing. This is a Stand Rush skill that Fugo can disconnect from to attack the opponent while it is executing.
With Purple Haze Distortion, the punch can now directly strike the opponent in a low attack that cannot be blocked standing. (Flash Cancel comboable)
A command Throw. Purple Haze shifts forward and reaches its arm out. If it connects, Purple Haze will grab the opponent by the neck and punch them in the face, before throwing them up into the air and wildly pummeling them.
With Purple Haze Distortion, the number of punches delivered nearly doubles and total damage dealt is increased.
Purple Haze knocks the opponent down with an overhead punch as Fugo relentlessly kicks them.
Purple Haze flies out in a tempestuous flurry of punches, before delivering a final straight punch that breaks open a Capsule and releases the Homicidal Virus. Fugo himself states that Purple Haze attacks like it's about to explode, and retreats like a storm.
This HHA will restore up to 3 Capsules on activation (the Capsule broken during the attack itself is not consumed). Damage dealt is slightly increased with Purple Haze Distortion.
Facing away from his opponent, Fugo claims that he's made a decision worth betting everything on, before he turns around and reveals a Capsule between his teeth. He forcefully bites down to crush the Capsule and blows the Homicidal Virus cloud forward.
If they are hit, the opponent will cover their face and scream in agony as they begin rapidly melting from the Virus; A camera shot of their skin breaking down and dissolving is shown. Purple Haze Distortion, releasing all of its rage, begins to violently beat them, spreading the Virus into their system even more. The Stand finishes the attack by unleashing a spinning punch that sends the opponent flying as they're completely eradicated.
If Purple Haze has not already evolved into Purple Haze Distortion, executing this GHA will automatically do so, regardless if the attack successfully connects or not. This GHA also completely reloads Fugo's Capsules.
Of note is that Fugo's use of a Capsule between his teeth to unleash the viral attack references his first demonstration of Distortion's power during his final battle against Massimo Volpe in Purple Haze Feedback, while Distortion's violent follow-up assault is in reference to the battle with Illuso at the same time.
Along with Funny Valentine's GHA, Fugo's is the only special move to alter the contrast of the screen (resulting in a more black and white combination of colors to add more intensity to the special, and obscure the sight of his opponent dissolving).
Fugo is a close-ranged "Brawler" type of character, performing best at close-quarters combat. With slower special skills but faster normal attacks, he excels at aggressive offense over neutral play using Purple Haze's various high-low attacks and command Throw. His most notable trait is Purple Haze's Homicidal Virus Capsules that can be released in almost any of his skills, infecting the opponent with passive, gradual, and unmitigable health loss. Because of this, Fugo's combo effectiveness is naturally greater when combined with the opponent's Virus affliction, and even when his attacks are blocked he can ensure significant damage dealt.
Above all else, Fugo's true potential is drawn out once he ascends his Stand to Purple Haze Distortion, permanently enhancing his abilities to be faster, more damaging, and with new advantageous effects and properties. Various skills are less vulnerable to punishment, and the additional hits granted to attacks expand his combo potential. The Homicidal Virus infection grows even deadlier to the opponent, removing much greater amounts of health before it subsides while simultaneously becoming less harmful to Fugo himself.
Despite these strengths, Fugo's limited range and initially slower skills can leave him disadvantaged against opponents with superior range, such as zoners, or defensive playstyles. Until he can secure Purple Haze Distortion, his special skills can be awkward and situational, and he may suffer non-negligible health loss from his own Virus if not used wisely.
Fugo's frightening power as a fighter lies in his aggressive, brutish attacks and maneuvers. With Distortion at his side, his combat capabilities are more complete, and the Homicidal Virus inflicted on his foe turns to constant and uncontrollable health loss. When his lengthy combos and his Stand's Virus are combined, he easily becomes one of the highest-damaging characters in the game.
- In All-Star Battle, the events from the novel Purple Haze Feedback appear in the game as an extra chapter under the Part 5 Story Mode. The player controls Fugo and faces off against Giorno (with Gold Experience Requiem activated at the beginning of battle, permanently). After the fight, Fugo swears loyalty to Giorno, calling him "GioGio".