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The World (Alternate Universe)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Part 7 - Steel Ball Run 


"Johnny Joestar. In this dimension,for me, you are the greatest challenge!"

~Diego Brando from an Alternate Universe


Overview

THE WORLD, also known as The World Alternate Universe (which is more commonly abbreviated as TWAU), is the Stand of Diego Brando from Another World (shortened to Alternate Diego Brando) featured in Part 7 Steel Ball Run of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It can be obtained by using the Rib Cage of the Saint's Corpse, with a 25% chance.

TWAU focuses more on ranged combat, unlike its arrow counterpart, The World, due to its decreased knife cooldowns and access to another ranged option -- the revolver. Lack of a Stand Jump also decreases potential mobility for engaging or disengaging from combat. Despite this, TWAU has slightly more crowd control options as it can blind other players with its smoke bombs. TWAU can also combine the effects of the Smoke Bomb with the revolver to cause an explosion, which has a large hitbox and ragdolls anyone caught inside the explosion except for the user. This can allow you to hide in the cloud and detonate it at a moment's notice if anyone attempts to attack. The knives, the smoke grenade, and revolver are unique in the way that they can be used, even when the Stand is deactivated or removed via Whitesnake's Spirit Disc steal.

Usually, this Stand is paired with Spin, due to it having ranged attacks, which you can combo with this stand's ranged moves. Boxing allows the user to land combos with Time Stop, or knockback foes with its uppercut allowing them to gain distance away from other relative in distance, aiding the mobility of this system compared to The World. However, Boxing doesn't benefit the zoning of this Stand at all, seeing as TWAU is mainly a ranged fighter. Hamon can also be a good choice because of its damage and defense boosts alone, but it also comes with Zoom Punch and Scarlet Overdrive which can help with TWAU's close-combat moves. However, the same issue with Boxing applies to it too.

Much like The World, and any other stand with the ability to stop time, Gold Experience Requiem can counter its Time Stop with Return to Zero. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, D4C: Love Train and other TWAU users can detonate your smoke bombs with their own revolvers. White Album's Gently Weeps ability also completely negates all your projectile moves.

Total Skill Points: 48 Points


Skills

LMB - Punch: This short move with a short cooldown deals 8.9 damage at max destructive power and can be combo'ed 5 times, ultimately dealing 44.5 damage if all 5 hit.

E - Muda Barrage: TWAU performs a flurry of fast punches that deals about 1.5 damage per hit at maxed stats while yelling 'MUDA-DA-MUDA!'

R - Stand Barrage Finisher: TWAU throws a heavy punch. This move ragdolls the player hit for a short time, dealing 17.7 damage with max stats while yelling "USSHAAA!".

Y - Chop: TWAU will deliver a heavy chop, dealing 16.9 damage at max destructive power, stunning the player hit for about 1.5 seconds. This move can be blocked, however it is not perfect blockable. This also delivers bleed damage for a short time, similar to King Crimson's chop. This move is not cancellable, has little to no end-lag or start-up, and is completely silent, so it makes it a very useful move for combo breaking or immediately after breaking someone's guard as a punish move.

T - Knife Throw: TWAU throws knives in the direction of the mouse cursor. It can be upgraded to throw 3 knives dealing 8.1 damage each at max destructive power. You do not need to have your Stand equipped to use this move, but it does more damage with your stand out. The knives also stun the victim for a short time and have an extremely low cooldown if all the knife upgrades are applied. Though, the move can be blocked.

U - Smoke Bomb: Throws a smoke-releasing bomb that covers a large area in mist, blinding people caught inside of it. You do not have to equip your Stand to use this. You can also use it then shoot it with the Pocket Revolver to cause an explosion. Note: Other TWAU/D4C's can also trigger your smoke bomb with their own pocket revolver.

X - Pocket Revolver: Shoots one bullet out of a revolver, using the mouse cursor to aim. Deals 24.2 damage at max destructive power and breaks block if tried to block it. You do not have to equip your Stand to use this.

U + X - Explosion: Shooting the smoke bomb with your Revolver will cause a large explosion. This move does not stack damage with other Smoke Bombs and will ragdoll players caught in the explosion, dealing 32.2 damage. Bypasses block.

H - Rage Mode: Upon activation, all of TWAU's melee moves damage will be increased by 25% and gain a 25% defense buff. The user can stop time temporarily when using Time Skip in this mode. The Time Stop length doesn't depend on your rage bar.

Z - Time Skip: Teleports the user a short distance in the direction of their mouse cursor.

Z - Time Stop (Rage Mode): TWAU and the user spread their arms out while yelling "Za Warudo! Ore da no jikan daze! (It's my time!)" before TWAU stops time for 5~6 seconds at max upgrade. Only other people with Stands that can stop time and have Time Stop Resistance in their skill tree can move; the player that activates the Time Stop can move until the Time Stop ends. Damage hits the enemy all at once when time resumes. Like all other Time Stops, Time Stop can be canceled by Gold Experience Requiem's Return to Zero. This move's length can't be changed by the rage bar, as it will always be whatever length you upgraded it to. Using the Time Stop at 1/4 rage bar will still give you the full 5 seconds.

Skill Tree

Throw Knife Upgrade: Reduces the cooldown to throw knives.

  • Throw Knife: 2 points
  • Throw Knife Upgrade I: 1 point
  • Throw Knife Upgrade II: 2 points
  • Throw Knife Upgrade III: 3 points
  • Triple the Knives: 4 points (throws 3 knives instead of 1)

Pocket Revolver: Withdraws a revolver and shoots in the direction of the mouse cursor.

  • Pocket Revolver: 4 points

Smoke Grenade: Throws a smoke grenade in the direction that the player is facing.

  • Smoke Grenade: 1 point

Constant Rage: Increases the duration of rage.

  • Rage Mode: 1 point
  • Constant Rage I: 1 point
  • Constant Rage II: 1 point

Destructive Power: Increases the damage done by the Stand.

  • Destructive Power I: 1 point
  • Destructive Power II: 1 point
  • Destructive Power III: 2 points
  • Destructive Power IV: 2 points
  • Destructive Power V: 2 points

Time Stop Mastery: Increases the duration of frozen time.

  • The World: 4 points
  • Time Stop Mastery I: 2 points
  • Time Stop Mastery II: 3 points
  • Time Stop Mastery III: 4 points

Time Skip: Teleports the player where their mouse cursor is (short ranged.)

  • Time Skip: 1 point

Time Stop Resistance: Allows the player to move in other players' stopped time for a few seconds.

  • Time Stop Resistance: 3 points

Anger Issues: Fills up the rage meter faster.

  • Anger Issues I: 1 point
  • Anger Issues II: 1 point

Tips, Combos and glitches

  • You can still use Smoke Bomb, Knives, and Revolver even with your Stand unequipped, though it won't trigger your rage bar.
  • You can land a chop after knives.
  • Recommended Specialities for The World Alternate Universe are Boxing, Spin or Hamon.
  • E + Hold + T (on target) + Y + U + X
  • Another good spec for TWAU is either Hamon, because of the Hamon Punch passive, or Spin, which has projectiles allowing for longer combos and spam, as well as a strong punch doing 20.3 damage while Golden Spin is charged. C+Y+T+X+T X3 M1s is a decent combo.
  • A good specless combo is T + Y + R + X + T. Good damage if done well.
  • Vampire: T+X+C+Dash away+T+G
  • Vampire: T+V+U+X
  • Vampire: C+U+X+G
  • A quick but damaging combo is E+Y+R+T
  • An easy spin projectile combo is T + V + B + T + X, if you're close enough you can follow it up with Y + C or R
  • A good combo for Hamon is G+C+T+X+Y+T+M1s+T
  • A hard spin combo which can do more than half someones health when done correctly: Y + T + X + V + B + T + R
  • A good specless combo is T+X+Z ( to player) + Y + T +R+T+M1(x2)+ T + M1(x2)+ X + m1 (x1)+ T + Y + M1(x2) + T + X
  • TWAU is a great stand for farming for bosses such as Dio and Jotaro, as the cooldown for long range attacks are very low. Therefore, you may combo them easily with very few steps.
  • Knives were fixed on the v0.885 halloween update,before this update they would not work
  • Spin: V+B+T+X, It will deal 105.1 damage, which is more than half health for a person who has max vitality. Note that this amount of damage is only dealt if the Steel Ball hits, the multi Steel Balls hit 4 times, all of the knives hit and the bullet hits.
  • With low-cooldown projectiles, TWAU may seem a long distance stand, but an underrated aspect of TWAU is it's melee capabilities. Smoke bombs can serve to bail you out of combos as you can shoot them almost instantaneously after using the move, knocking the opponent away and dealing a good deal of damage. The knives serve as fast combo starter, as they apply stun. M1 punches deal 8.9 dmg, but with rage mode activated, they deal up to 11.1 dmg each click with barrage dmg going up to a whopping 1.8. A good strategy is to repeatedly attack the opponent close-range and stun them with M1s and knives, cancelling moves and applying extreme pressure. However, make sure to avoid getting into a close-quarters fight without a plan, since if you lose your initiative you may be punished with a combo and have no means of escaping it.
  • It's unreliable to try and use projectiles during a time stop, focus on doing regular M1 punches.
  • If you are being closed in on, Time Skip can put distance between you and your opponent. This is especially helpful for very immobile Stands such as Silver Chariot, which does not have a teleport move.
  • Knives apply a very short stun effect and can be used to chain projectiles as stated above with the V+B+T+X combo, and again can also stop players who are approaching you.
  • (HAMON ONLY) If you manage to land a Chop and then Scarlet Overdrive, the Bleed and Burn from both attacks will stack.
  • While overall, stacking projectiles with Spin is probably the best, it is possible to focus on melee with TWAU. You can take Vampire or Hamon to become a bit more tanky, but these do not provide many ranged moves. Vampire does allow you to flash freeze targets, and that can make landing your knives easier.
  • If you use Time Stop and cancel it as soon as you can, then the Rage Bar will start to decrease normally. By the time the Time Stop cooldown ends, you will still have some rage left. This will allow you to Time Stop again. If you use your gun, the enemy will then fling to you and you can get an extended combo.
  • If they are off cooldown, use the knife button. The cooldown for the knives is one of, if not the shortest cooldown in the game.
  • Knives can combo into your gun because of the knives stun.
  • Be extremely wary of Made in Heaven and White Album users. Made in Heaven can use Double/Time Accel to make landing your projectiles almost impossible, and White Album's Gently Weeps makes them outright useless.

Trivia

  • Chop was originally King Crimson Requiem's Y ability, sharing the same voice line upon activation. This ability was given to TWAU on the 7th of September 2020.
  • The Rage Mode audio is a sped-up version of Haseldan's yell, a race in Rogue Lineage.
  • This Stand has been renamed "The Universe: Alternate Universe" in order to avoid copyright issues.
  • On February 2nd, 2021, due to the Stand's name change, a major bug happened where TWAU players couldn't join. This was quickly fixed.
  • The World Alternate Universe was renamed to "The Universe: Alternate Dimension", before being changed back to "The Universe: Alternate Universe".

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