The Honorable Death move, also known simply as suicide, and called Self-Determination in Japan (自決 Jiketsu) is a recurrent special finisher move which debuted in Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge, followed by Samurai Shodown V and Samurai Shodown V Special.
During any moment of a round, the player can perform this move (the character must be armed):
- back, forward, down + Start button.
Then the character he is controlling will make a move with his weapon or a special move to kill himself; certain characters uses nonviolent means, like show a posture of surrender or run away. Each character has its own way to commit suicide.
As can be expected, the suicide move means the Life Gauge will be totally depleted and the player forfeits the round. Because of this, use of Honorable Death is not convenient during a round three or round two if the opponent previously won round one. The best moment to perform this move is during round one.
In Samurai Shodown IV, Honorable Death provides a benefit to the player: at the next round (if any) the character will start in Rage Mode. For Samurai Shodown V, the player receives either only a portion or a full Rage Gauge, depending on the character. Conversely, in Samurai Shodown V Special the player receives no rage energy.