Joseph is a primarily defensive character, who is optimally played patiently and attentivley due to the character's rather weak kit. Many of his attacks give him the role of a pseudo-grappler, complete with 360° and 720° joystick grapple moves, whether upclose or afar, but these are overshadowed by his attack versatility and melee range with his Stand on.
Unique Attack (特殊技)
Stand Appearance Attack
Special Move (必殺技)
Sunlight Yellow Overdrive
+ (Press Repeatably When Stand On)
Turquoise Blue Overdrive
+ (Press Repeatably, + to Pull)STAND
Super Combo (スーパーコンボ)
, + (Grab)
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Joseph's Story Mode follows his adventure to stop DIO and save his daughter. He appears as a battle when playing as one of DIO's assassins.
The PS1's Super Story Mode follows his journey in more detail, adapting fights that couldn't be featured in other versions of the game.
Stage 1 (Jotaro Kujo Stage 1)
Stage 2 (Devo the Cursed Stage 2)
Stage 3 (N'Doul Stage 3)
Stage 4 (Midler Stage 4)
Stage 5 (Alessi Stage 5)
Stage 6 (Chaka Stage 6)
Stage 7 (Vanilla Ice Stage 7)
Stage 8 (DIO Stage 8)
Leeching Off a Parent's Arm! (Adventure) (親の腕かじり！ Oya no Ude Kajiri!)
After defeating J. Geil, the group heads for Varanasi, where Joseph sees a doctor regarding a strange lump on his arm. The doctor attempts to remove Joseph's arm to prevent further infection, but is instead cut up himself. The lump, speaking aloud, reveals itself to be the Stand Empress, which has bonded itself to Joseph's arm. When a nurse comes in to check on the doctor, Empress confesses to the murder, causing the nurse to believe Joseph did the deed. Now wanted by the police, Joseph runs desperately through the city in search of a way to defeat Empress, which is steadily growing in size and assuming a humanoid form. Joseph eventually finds a barrel of coal tar, which he dips his arm into; though the tar fails to suffocate Empress, it succeeds in hardening the Stand. After revealing that he created a map of the city with his Stand Hermit Purple, Joseph uses his Stand to slice Empress apart. Secret Factor: Next you'll say, "Stop! Anything but that!" (おまえは「やめてそれだけは」という)
Complete the stage without missing a single quick-time event.
A Woman with Wonderful Legs (脚がグンバツの女 Ashi ga Gunbatsu no Onna)
Joseph is affected by Bastet's magnetism ability. The user, Mariah, reveals herself and brags about Bastet's inescapable ability before herself escaping Avdol. Joseph warns Avdol about the Stand's electric outlet, but Avdol has already touched one; thus, the two agree to split up and act individually. After the fight, Joseph and Avdol corner Mariah as their bodies begin to be crushed by the metal they've attracted. The two exploit their magnetism to crush Mariah between themselves, knocking her unconscious and nullifying her ability. Secret Factor: So you're not going to lift the magnetism? (この磁力を止めてくれないのか？)
Touch Mariah's power outlets seven times.
The Soul-Stealing Gamble (Mini-Game) (魂を奪うギャンブル Tamashī o Ubau Gyanburu)
The Joestar group travels to Giza, where a gambler named Daniel J. D'Arby challenges Polnareff to see which of two pieces of meat a cat will eat first. Polnareff guesses incorrectly, and D'Arby takes his soul with his Stand Osiris, incidentally revealing that the cat is his. In order to save Polnareff, Joseph bets his soul on a game involving dropping coins in a glass of water; whoever drops the coin that makes it spill loses. D'Arby cheats at the game and drops more coins than the glass should handle, causing Joseph to mentally surrender and forfeit his soul. Fed up with D'Arby's antics, Jotaro challenges the gambler to his favorite game, poker. Should the player choose to bluff, Jotaro chooses not to look at his cards before betting Avdol's soul, as well as his mother's. D'Arby, unable to know if Star Platinum looked at or swapped his cards, goes insane under the pressure and folds, putting him out of commission. Secret Factor: I'd have been horrified if I knew. (もし知っていたらゾッとしたぜ)
Win either the cat or coin mini-game, or win the poker mini-game by bluffing.
The Stand That Rules the World (世界を支配するスタンド Sekai o Shihai Suru Sutando)
While running from DIO, Joseph realizes the meaning of Kakyoin's message: The World's true ability is to stop time. DIO goes in for the kill, but stays his hand, as Joseph is protecting himself with the sunlight Ripple energy passed down from his grandfather. After the fight, Joseph encounters Jotaro, and barely has enough time to warn him of DIO's true power before DIO stops time. Remembering his Stand's gradual development, DIO overcomes Joseph's Ripple by throwing a knife at his throat. Time resumes, Joseph falls dead, and DIO announces that Jotaro will be the next to die. Secret Factor: Energy of the sun, Ripple! (太陽のエネルギー「波紋」ッ)
End the fight with Joseph's Hermit Web special move.
One of Josephs unused sprites using his Hermit Purple to swing around
Joseph has sprites of him using Hermit Purple to swing around. It goes unused but it was likely intended for a mid-story cutscene while DIO was chasing Joseph in Cairo. Joseph can be seen doing this in the original manga, for example|Chapter 255: DIO's World, Part 9.
Unused text sprites saying "HELP ME!", "OH MY GOD!" and "HOLY SHIT!" also exist within the game.