_____________________________________________________________________ /·/---------------------------------------------------------------------\·\ [ Game ] : Garou : Mark of the Wolves [ System ] : Arcade [ Author ] : Kertra [ E-mail ] : kartel servihoo com [ Version ] : Final [ Date ] : June 14, 2002 \·\---------------------------------------------------------------------/·/ ' ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ ' ' İ 2001-2002, Kertra. All rights reserved. ' ' ' ' This document is Copyright 2001-2002, Kertra and is protected by ' ' US Copyright Law, and the Berne Copyright Convention of 1976. You ' ' may not use this for profitable purposes. Any reproduction, partial ' ' or integral, of this document without the author's permission is ' ' illegal and strictly prohibited. Webmasters, please refer to the ' ' Copyright section for my conditions if you want to host this FAQ. ' ' ' ' All of the info contained in this FAQ has been confirmed and tested ' ' by myself along with help from direct/indirect contributors but as ' ' nobody is perfect, there may be errors/mistakes that you can point ' ' out simply by e-mailing me. The author is not responsible for any ' ' black eyes that may arise due to a sweet damaging combo connecting ' ' against a scrub or a crowd laughing at you, the Garou player, after ' ' you screwed up a pathetically easy combo. Should the first case ' ' happen, strike back. Should the second case happen, question your ' ' skills. In any case, welcome to my third MOTW FAQ and I hope you'll ' ' enjoy your stay! ' ' ' ' Garou : Mark of the Wolves and all related characters İ 2000, SNK. ' ' ' |"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""#"""| # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #¤#¤# # ' ' The latest version of this FAQ can be found at GameFAQs. Best viewed in WordPad . Anything else may make you go Riot of the Blood. Say no to everything! Say yes to nothing! Why you should read this guide: - You have nothing to do. - You want to suffer from severe brain damage. - You want to get ready for Mark of the Wolves 2. If you are French, play "IV My People" by NTM, Zoxea, Busta Flex and let's get rappin'. Otherwise, "Gravel Pit" by Wu-Tang Clan will do. +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ___TABLE OF CONTENTS_________________________________________________________ "How do we prove we exist? Maybe we do not exist." - Vivi I. Introduction II. Control Notation III. Feint Moves IV. Just Defense ·-Guard Cancelling V. Movelist ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain VI. Break Moves ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain VII. T.O.P. System ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain VIII. Super Moves ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain IX. Potential Powers ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain X. Best regular flowcharts ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain XI. Chain/break combos ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain XII. Character analysis ·- Rock Howard ·- Terry Bogard ·- Kim Dong Hwan ·- Kim Jae Hoon ·- Hotaru Futaba ·- Gato ·- Bonne Jenet ·- Marco Rodriguez ·- Hokutomaru ·- Freeman ·- Tizoc ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain XIII. Infinites ·- Kevin Rian ·- Grant ·- Kain XIV. Misc ·- Cross-over chart ·- Cancellable moves chart ·- Trivia ·- Secrets ·- Basic tips XV. Outro XVI. Legal disclaimer XVII. Contact info XVIII. Revision history XIX. Credits IMPORTANT NOTE: Marco Rodriguez is also known as Kushnood Butt and Tizoc as The Griffon Mask and uh...vice-versa... SNK screwed up with the translations again... :) Terry Bogard owns you all for free!! (Press CTRL+F to find the section or part you're interested in quickly.) ============================================================================= I. INTRODUCTION ============================================================================= "It's like I'm assisting suicide. Hate not me, hate your weakness!" - Iori Yagami This is a System & Combo FAQ for Garou: Mark of the Wolves (which btw got Best DC Fighting Game on DC if you didn't already know!). I'm writing this because there is no good Combo FAQ for the game. The System part has been added because while all the new features of the game are very important, I haven't seen any guide that deals with those exclusively and as the author of 2 character guides for the game (Butt and Terry -- along with a Kain Infinites FAQ which has been removed now), I received a lot of mails from people requesting help on the Feint Moves and the rest. So, here I am, writing this big FAQ in the hope that upon reading this, players will realize how complex Garou is and they will stop punching buttons without even knowing what's going on. I am also giving descriptions of all the Super Moves and Potential Powers since they are another important aspect of the game. I highly recommend that you read James Kuroki's FAQ too as it contains full movelists for each character along with move descriptions and tons of stuff. Well, what originally intended to be a S & C FAQ turns into a full FAQ / Movelist. There are quite a few mistakes in the lists in Kuroki's FAQ (no offense to him of course) and so, I decided to work on my own lists. I have done my own translations in most cases except a few ones which I directly took from his FAQ -- this explains why our move names differ but that doesn't really matter, right? :) I've only put movelists though -- again, Kuroki's FAQ is great because it has descriptions for every move, something which I can't be bothered with (tight schedules...). Finally, keep in mind that all the info contained in this FAQ was verified with the Neo-Geo version of the game which is just the same as the Arcade version. It also applies to the Dreamcast version of course but just to get things clear, don't mail me stuff that can only be found in the DC version (like the art galleries and I know how some things were seriously messed up during the conversion) because I won't bother to add those. This FAQ is written with the assumption that you have played a SNK fighter before and that you are quite familiar with the terms associated to all fighting games. If, however, this is your first fighting game (and you did well to start with MOTW!), there are a lot of terms in this FAQ that you probably will not understand and which will only confuse you. Should this be the case, I advise you to read Andrew Park's (aka EX Andy) Beginner's Guide which can be found under The King of Fighters '97 listing at GameFAQs. Even though MOTW is a different series, the same terms apply and will help you fully understand my FAQ. GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES GAME DATA ----------------------------------- Genre: Fighting System(s): Arcade, Neo-Geo, Dreamcast Number of players: 1 or 2 -- 1 ; Story Mode 2 ; Versus Mode Number of characters: 10 selectable + 2 hidden on Arcade 12 selectable on console -- 2 are off-screen Publisher: SNK Rating(s): Arcade & Neo-Geo - Among Top 5 Games (Neo-Geo Freak, C+) Dreamcast - Top Fighting Game of 2001 (GameSpot) If you want my opinion on any of the ports, then you can just read my reviews available at GameFAQs. ============================================================================= II. CONTROL NOTATION ============================================================================= "Repeat after me: I will never take on a god again." - Omega Rugal /Ż\ /Ż\ ub u uf | A | | B | \ | / \_/ \_/ b -- n -- f / | \ /Ż\ /Ż\ db d df | D | | C | \_/ \_/ General Notations: -------------------- n - neutral A - Weak Punch d - down B - Weak Kick u - up C - Strong Punch b - back D - Strong Kick f - forward Special Notations: -------------------- db - down-back P - Press A or C df - down-forward K - Press B or D ub - up-back AB - Low dodge attack/ Break move uf - up-forward CD - T.O.P. Attack qcf - d,df,f START - Taunt qcb - d,db,b hcf - b,db,d,df,f hcb - f,df,d,db,b dp - f,d,df rdp - b,d,db c - charge for 2 seconds h - hold last button NOTE: A/B/C/D position may be different. The buttons always represent the same thing though. Button configuration can be changed on home versions. All commands assume that you are facing right. ============================================================================= III. FEINT MOVES ============================================================================= "The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the opposite son-of-bitches die for theirs!" - George Patton Feint moves are not new but they have undergone some changes to make this feature even better. A feint move is the opening animation of a special move (specific to each character). However, your character will only perform the opening animation (can be any number of frames) and will even cry out in some cases but he/she will not perform the whole move. Instead, your recovery time will decrease such that you will have time to attack your opponent again without the latter being able to block since he's still himself recovering from your previous attack. In fact, the feint moves even enable you to perform normally impossible combos like a standing C onto a crouching C cancelled into a special move. In some situations, you even have the possibility to include more than one feint move in a combo for a lot of damage. Basically, you are just recovering faster than your opponent and thus have the advantage of an unblockable attack. This is the primary utility of the feint moves but they also have other uses. The one I've described above can be used both against CPU opponents and characters. Another use is to confuse your opponent since you'll trick them into thinking you are really going to perform the move. What happens is that he'll think that you will soon have to recover from the special move or another case is that he'll hope to counter you before being hit himself. You then only need to attack him since you don't have to recover from anything and he'll very likely drop his guard. There are only 2 commands for the feint moves, regardless of the character: f + AC, & d + AC. As I've explained above, here is the easiest combo you may pull with a feint move: stand C -> feint move -> crouch C -> special move This is only the easiest example. There are a lot of combos you can pull for each character and you can use any special moves you want, Super Moves and Potential Powers too. You may even go up to 3 feint moves with certain characters and under certain conditions like this example -- one of Terry's combos. stand C -> feint move -> stand C -> feint move -> hop -> crouch C In some cases, you may feint a move and perform a normal move but on hitting the opponent, that hit won't register as a combo. It happens that the hits don't add but it _is_ a combo, so give it what you've got. Although there are only the 2 commands listed, each feint move represents an existing move for that character. In some cases, one holds for either version of the same move while in others, each feint move is different, i.e. the first one may be a special move and the second one a P.Power. Here is the list for what the feint moves represent for each character: |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | CHARACTER | f + AC | d + AC | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Rock Howard | Shine Knuckle | Reppu Ken | | | (qcf,qcf + K) | (qcf + A) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Terry Bogard | Weak Burn Knuckle | Strong Burn Knuckle | | | (qcb + A) | (qcb + C) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Kim Dong Hwan | Weak Shiden Kyaku | Strong Shiden Kyaku | | | (qcf + B) | (qcf + D) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Kim Jae Hoon | Shakka Shuu | Hou'ou Kyaku | | | (qcf + P) | (qcf,qcf + K) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Hotaru Futaba | Hakki Shou | Sou-Shou Shin | | | (qcf + P) | (qcb + P) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Gato | Shin-Ga | Rai-Ga | | | (qcf + P) | (f,d,df + K) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Bonne Jenet | Many Many Torpedoes | Aurora | | | (qcf,qcf + P) | (qcf,qcf + K) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Marco Rodriguez | Haou Shoukou Ken | Kyokugen Ko Hou | | | (qcf,qcf + P) | (qcf,qcf + K) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Hokutomaru | Karakusa-Giri | Shuriken | | | (qcb + P) | (qcf + P) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Freeman | Full Blast | Phobia | | | (qcf,qcf + P) | (f,d,df + P) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Tizoc | Hercule's Throw | Daedalus Attack | | | (close, hcf + B) | (qcf,qcf + K) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Kevin Rian | Hell Rotor | Hell Arrest | | | (qcb + P) | (close, hcf + P) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Grant | Kokuen-Ryuu | Majin Haten Dan | | | (qcb + P) | (qcf,qcf + P) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| | | | | | Kain | Schwarzer Panzer | Himmlisher Atem | | | (charge b,f + K) | (qcf,qcf + P) | |__________________|_________________________|__________________________| ============================================================================= IV. JUST DEFENSE ============================================================================= "We seek the meaning of life because we are mortal." - Philosopher Minu This is another new feature in the game and, without doubt, the best and most important one. Just Defense occurs when you defend a move at the last second. As you do so, the words "JUST DEFENDED" will flash across the screen and if you play close attention, you'll notice how your character will have a new blocking pose where he'll seem to be repelling the attack with his bare hands. In fact, this is to enable Guard Cancel which is one of the advantages of Just Defense. Just Defense is, I'll say it again, one of the most important aspects of the game and this alone can decide the outcome of a match. Firstly, for each time you Just Defend a move, you'll recover some life. And this is made sweeter by the fact that you actually have the possibility to Just Defend multiple times against moves that cause multiple hits. That is, you can Just Defense Terry's Power Charge on the first hit and if you remain blocking for the other hits, you'll have performed it once and will gain back some life. However, if you are skilled enough to release the direction between each hit to press it again so as to achieve Just Defense 3 times in all, you'll have gained even more life back. In fact, most anti-air moves like the Rai-Ga and the Rising Tackle can be avoided this way as it is impossible to block such moves. You don't have the ability to block while you're in the air, this isn't MvC fOO!. So, it is essential to become familiar with the option. The amount of life you gain depends on the nature of the move and also how damaging the move is. For instance, you'll gain much more life back from a Just Defended Power Geyser than from a mere Power Wave. As you can see, anything can be Just Defended. The last advantage is that Just Defense gives you the ability to Guard Cancel out of it such that you'll recover before the opponent and thus attack them. This explains the weird stance of your character as he performs it. Once you have Just Defendeded a move, you can quickly counter-attack the surprised opponent with your most damaging combo. All you need to do is to perform whatever motion you intend while your character is still in the Just Defense stance and it'll come out more quickly. (Refer to subsection for more info on Guard Cancel). It is essential to master Just Defense or, at least, to become familiar with it because you'll need it a lot at the higher levels of MOTW. Some opponents take a lot of time to pull out their moves and if you have mastered the option, you'll easily be able to protect yourself while dealing damage at the same time. And vets will know that Kain can be easily defeated this way... :) --- GUARD CANCELLING -------------------------------------------------------- I have received a few e-mails requesting help on Guard c+Cancelling, so I'll try to give concise notes on it in this subsection. Guard Cancelling can only be achieved during a Just Defend. The name of the feature itself is relatively easy to figure out; it's jusr as if you were blocking and you then cancelled that block into a move. As you Just Defend any move, your character takes a blocking position but if you pay close attention, you'll notice how he/she seems ready to attack at the same time (okay, I know this doesn't make any sense but you've got to see it to understand :)). This is when you need to input the command of a special/super move and the latter will be a Guard Cancel. You need to be quite quick with the command and this isn't as easy as it sounds. Don't worry though, it becomes easy once you get the timing. When done right, the words 'GUARD CANCEL' will appear on the screen. The advantage of Guard Cancel is that it takes your opponent before he can block and thus, it's a sure hit. Anyway, if you're good at Just Defending close attacks, you would be wise to spend some time getting familiar with Guard Cancelling. It will be of a tremendous help and will allow you to win in close situations. (Note: For those familiar with Strret Fighter III: Third Strike, Guard Cancelling is just like Parry. After all, MOTW is SNK's response to SFIII.) ============================================================================= V. MOVELIST ============================================================================= "Only a fool trusts his life to a weapon!" - Gray Fox/Cyborg Ninja =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Basically, this is a rewrite of Kuroki's FAQ because there are some quite important mistakes in it. All the credit goes to him for most move names since they aren't on SNK's page anymore. (But I changed some names though -- own knowledge.) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The movelist for each character is seperated like this: |------------- [Throws] ------------| |--------- [Command moves] ---------| -> Some chars. don't have command moves. |--------- [Special Moves] ---------| |---------- [Super Moves]-----------| |------- [Potential Powers] --------| (BR) next to special move indicates that it is a break move. (BR -- X) means that only a certain version of the move is a break; obviously, it will be either A / C or B / D. T.O.P. Attacks have been left out since I've spent a seperate section on those with all descriptions. Feint Moves are also in their own section. Quick notation: --------------- dir. : press the listed direction qcf : roll the joystick from d to f (d, df, f) qcb : roll the joystick from d to b (d, db, d) hcf : roll the joystick from b to f (b, db, d, df, f) hcb : roll the joystick from f to b (f, df, d, db, b) charge : hold listed direction for 2 seconds 360° : rotate joystick clockwise once 720° : rotate joystick clockwise twice P : press A or C K : press B or D (air) : ground move can be performed in air too hold : hold button to delay the move empower : hold down button to make move become more powerful / : either command or button can be used ?-? : indicates that the range between the first move and the second move may be used (eg. b-f means any direction among b,db,d,df and d can be used) -- range always anticlockwise * : indicates that move is a follow-up (the move cannot be pulled alone) Sources for move names and lists: --------------------------------- * James Kuroki's MOTW FAQ * My KOF 2001 FAQ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ROCK HOWARD +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Koku Sen close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Reppu Ken qcf + A Double Reppu Ken qcf + C Hard Edge qcb + P Rising Tackle charge d,u + P Shinkuu Nage (BR) close to opponent, 360° + C Rassetsu* after breaking Shinkuu Nage, hold AB and release to perform Crack Counter Jou-Dan qcf + B Crack Counter Ge-Dan qcf + D Rage Run "Dunk" qcb + B Rage Run "Shift" qcb + D |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Raging Storm qcf,qcf + A Shine Knuckle qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Raging Storm qcf,qcf + C Shine Knuckle qcf,qcf + D Deadly Rave "Neo" hcb,f + A, A, A, B, B, C, C, D, D, qcb + C +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ TERRY BOGARD +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Buster Throw close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Power Wave qcf + P Burn Knuckle qcb + P Power Charge f,f + P (x3) Crack Shoot qcb + K Power Dunk (BR) f,d,df + K |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Power Geyser qcf,qcf + A Buster Wolf qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Power Geyser qcf,qcf + C Buster Wolf qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ KIM DONG HWAN +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Tai-otoshi close to opponent, f / b + C Tai-hineri in air and close to opponent, any dir. except u + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Big Jump d, ub-uf Sankaku-tobi in air and near corner, opposite dir. Ushiro-geri in air, b + C |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| KuuSaJin (BR) f,d,df + P Hishou Kyaku in air, d + K Shiden Kyaku qcf + K Raimei Zan qcb + K Ashi Binta hcb + C |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Super Dong Hwan Kyaku in air, qcf,qcf + A Raimei Dan qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Super Dong Hwan Kyaku in air, qcf,qcf + C Raimei Dan qcf,qcf + D (empower) Ore-sama Hou-Ou Kyaku qcf,qcf,qcf + C +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ KIM JAE HOON +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Tai-Otoshi close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Shou-Kyaku Hou press B during backstep (b,b) |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Shakka Shuu qcf + P (hold) Ryuusei Kyaku qcf + K Hangetsu Zan qcb + K Hien Zan (BR) charge d,u + K Tenchuu Zan* d + D from (D) Hien Zan Hishou Kyaku in air, d + B / D Hassei Waza {1}* d + B / D from Hishou Kyaku Hassei Waza {2}* qcb + B / D from Hishou Kyaku |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Hou-yoku Ten-Shou Kyaku qcf,qcf + A Hou'ou Kyaku qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Hou-yoku Ten-Shou Kyaku qcf,qcf + C (hold and let go) Hou'ou Kyaku qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ HOTARU FUTABA +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Ten Ranku-tou close to opponent, f / b + C Hanten-tou in air and close to opponent, any dir. except u + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Kou-shuu Da in air, d + B Kuuchuu Furi-Muki in air, CD |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Hakki Shou qcf + P Sou-Shou Shin qcb + P Ko-bi Kyaku (BR) qcb + K Ten-Shin Shou f,d,df + K Ren-Geki Shou in air, qcb + K Shin-Jou Tai close to opponent, hcf + D |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Sou-Shou Ten-Ren-Ge qcf,qcf + A Ten-Shou Ran-Ki qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Sou-Shou Ten-Ren-Ge qcf,qcf + C Ten-Shou Ran-Ki qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ GATO +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Dai-en Shin close to opponent, f / b + C Dan-Zetsu Dai close to opponent, f / b + D |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Sai-Gaku f + A Mu-ran-Geri f + B Kuuchuu Furi-Muki in air, CD |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Shin-Ga qcf + A / C Tsuika Kougeki* f,f + A / C from Shin-Ga Hou-zan Sai Heki-Ga charge d,u + C Rai-Ga (BR) f,d,df + K Fuu-Ga qcb + K Kou-Ga* A during Fuu-Ga Sen-Ga* B during Fuu-Ga Kyuu-Ga* C during Fuu-Ga Katsu-Ga* D during Fuu-Ga |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Zero Kiba qcf,qcf + A Tatsu Kiba qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Zero Kiba qcf,qcf + C Tatsu Kiba qcf,qcf + D Ten-Ryuu Retsu-Kiba f,d,df + AB (x3) +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ BONNE JENET +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Bye-bye Boo close to opponent, f / B + C Falling Crush in air and close to opponent, any dir. except u + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Big Jump d, ub-uf |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Buffrass qcf + P Crazy Ivan qcb + P The Hind (BR) qcf + K Gulf Tomahawk qcb + K Harrier Bee in air, d + K, K, K, K, K |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Many Many Torpedoes qcf,qcf + A Aurora qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Many Many Torpedoes qcf,qcf + C Aurora qcf,qcf + D Ab Oi Mademoiselle A, B, C during Just Defense (tap quickly) +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ MARCO RODRIGUEZ +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Kyokugen Zu-Tsuki close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Kyokugen Hiji f + A |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Kohou Ken qcf + P Kohou (BR) f,d,df + P Hien Shippu Kyaku qcf + K Jou-dan Harai qcb + A Ge-dan Harai qcb + B Ryuu-Sen Ken hold C and let go (empower : 4 levels) Ko-Sen Kyaku hold D and let go (empower : 4 levels) |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Haou Shoukou Ken qcf,qcf + A Kyokugen Ko Hou qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Haou Shoukou Ken qcf,qcf + B Kyokugen Ko Hou qcf,qcf + D Ryuuko Ranbu qcf,qcf,qcf + C, tap C -- 4 levels : Level 1 : 0 -- 2 times Level 2 : 3 -- 6 times Level 3 : 7 -- 9 times Level 1 : 10+ times +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ HOKUTOMARU +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Hikkaki close to opponent, f / b + C Non-men Tsukuri in air and close to opponent, any dir. except u + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Sliding df + B Kuuten Keri df + D Ni-dan Jump in air, ub-uf |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Shuriken qcf + P Kuuchuu Shuriken in air, qcf + P Karakusa-Giri qcb + P (hold -- dash) Kuuha Dan (BR) qcf + K Rakka-Zan: Kyou qcb + B (air) Rakka-Zan: Jitsu qcb + D (air) |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Chou Hissatsu Shuriken qcf,qcf + A (press AB to end) Ougi - Chou Hissatsu Tatsumaki qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Chou Hissatsu Shuriken qcf,qcf + C (press AB to end) Kyuukyoku Ougi - Chou Bakuen Tatsumaki qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ FREEMAN +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Gore Fest close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Nightmare qcf + P V.O.D. qcb + P (x3) Phobia f,d,df + P Morbid Angel (BR) hcf + K Crow qcb + K |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Full Blast qcf,qcf + A Creeping Death qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Full Blast qcf,qcf + A Creeping Death qcf,qcf + B +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ TIZOC +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Griffon Tower close to opponent, f / b + C Grif-Fall* df,df + C from Griffon Tower Gri-Hug close to opponent, f / b + D |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Justice Hurricane close to opponent, 360° + P Active Crash in air, qcf + A Active Tupon f,d,df + P Poseidon Wave (BR -- C) b,d,db + P Hercule's Throw close to opponent, hcf + B Olympus Over (BR -- D) qcb + K |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Big Fall Griffon close to opponent, 720° + A Daedalus Attack qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Big Fall Griffon close to opponent, 720° + C Daedalus Attack qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ KEVIN RIAN +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Poli-Throw close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Poli-Kick f + B |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Hell Rotor qcb + P (empower -- 3 levels, press D to cancel) Hell Arrest close to opponent, hcf + P Hell Snipe f,d,df + P Hell Trap (BR) qcf + K Creeper qcb + B Creeper: Low Attack* A during Creeper Creeper: Mid Attack* B during Creeper Creeper: Cancel* C during Creeper |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Lucky Strike qcf,qcf + A Gattling Freezer qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Lucky Strike qcf,qcf + C Gattling Freezer qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ GRANT +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Ankoku Otoshi close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Command Moves] ----------------------------| Ma-Heki df + C |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Kokuen-Ryuu qcb + P Kyou Chou-Jin (BR) f,d,df + P Messhou Hisetsu {1}* d + K from Kyou Chou-Jin Gou Retsu-Shou f,b,f + P Gou Dangai qcf + K Messhou Hisetsu {2} in air, d + K |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Majin Haten Dan qcf,qcf + A Majin Engetsu Rin qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Majin Haten Dan qcf,qcf + C Majin Engetsu Rin qcf,qcf + D +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ KAIN +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ |--------------------------------- [Throws] --------------------------------| Schwarze Mond close to opponent, f / b + C |------------------------------ [Special Moves] ----------------------------| Schwarze Flamme charge b,f + P Schwarze Panzer charge b,f + K Schwarze Lanze (BR) charge d,u + K |------------------------------- [Super Moves] -----------------------------| Himmlischer Atem qcf,qcf + A Himmlische Seele qcf,qcf + B |----------------------------- [Potential Powers] --------------------------| Himmlischer Atem qcf,qcf + C Himmlische Seele qcf,qcf + D ============================================================================= VI. BREAK MOVES ============================================================================= "Sorry, mister! You see, I'm strong!" - Rai As you may have seen in the movelist section, some moves have been marked with (BR) and these have been referred to as Break Moves in the key. Break moves involves stopping some special moves before they stop by themselves and following with another attack if you want. This is achieved by pressing AB during the move and as you do so, your character will stop the motion and will recover faster. The break moves are another important aspect that is essential in beating the game and in mastering your favorite character. If you pull your breakable move and it's blocked, you can thus stop it and will recover faster. This will make it harder for the opponent to hit you as you'll be able to block his attack. Thus, you won't be so easily punished. Of course, you need to remember that only a couple of moves are breakable for each character. Another advantage is that if that move connects, you can break it and follow with another move, even Super Moves or P. Potentials. Breaking gives way to more damaging combos involving more moves and is thus very important. As you can see, you'll need to be able to break the moves quickly to take advantage of it and add more hits or simply to recover faster if your attack is blocked. Below is the list of the breakable moves for each character: |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | CHARACTER | BREAKABLE MOVES | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Rock Howard | Shinkuu Nage (close, 360° + C) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Terry Bogard | Power Dunk (f,d,df + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Kim Dong Hwan | KuuSaJin (f,d,df + P) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Kim Jae Hoon | Hien Zan (charge d,u + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Hotaru Futaba | Ko-bi Kyaku (qcb + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Gato | Rai-Ga (f,d,df + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Bonne Jenet | The Hind (qcf + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Marco Rodriguez | Kohou (f,d,df + P) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Hokutomaru | Kuuha Dan (qcf + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Freeman | Morbid Angel (hcf + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Tizoc | Strong Olympus Over (qcb + D) | | | Strong Poseidon Wave (b,d,db + C) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Kevin Rian | Hell Trap (qcf + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Grant | Kyou Chou-Jin (f,d,df + P) | |_________________________|___________________________________| | | | | Kain | Schwarze Lanze (charge d,u + K) | |_________________________|___________________________________| ============================================================================= VII. T.O.P. SYSTEM ============================================================================= "You mess with BORO, you get SORRO" - BORO T.O.P. stands for Tactical Offensive Position. Before the first match when the character pics pop up, your lifebar will appear along with a white bar. As you will then see, this causes your lifebar to de divided into 3 distinct parts. These are the beginning, middle and end parts. You now have to choose where you'll set the T.O.P. in one of those 3 places. The choice is actually up to you since each player may find it more useful in a certain part (I, myself, always place T.O.P. in the beginning part since I can use it to get Miracle wins). After having placed the T.O.P. gauge, you will logically fight. Once your lifebar reaches that part which is in the orange (thus T.O.P.) section, your character will start to flash as the words "T.O.P. IN!" appear. As long as your remain in the T.O.P. area (i.e. your character remains flashing), you'll be able to benefit from certain advantages. Firstly, you'll be able to use your T.O.P. attack. Each character has a different T.O.P. attack although the command is the same regardless of the fighter, i.e. CD. Your T.O.P. attacks can be used in combos for certain characters and in general, these are very useful. You will also recover some life slowly when you are not hit. The life gained is quite small but very helpful since you'll have recovered some substantial life back if you're not hit for a long time. A great thing to do is to Just Defense all your opponent's moves while in T.O.P., this is a great way to get SS+ wins. Also, while you are in T.O.P., your offensive power increases similar to the Counter Mode in KOF. All your attacks will be more powerful and you will thus have a great advantage as it will also enable you to cause guard crush on your opponent if you're playing aggressively. As you can see, T.O.P. is yet another important aspect of the game. Your character returns to normal once his lifebar falls out of the T.O.P. range after he's hit. Now, I'll move on to describing the T.O.P. Attack of each character. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rock Howard ğğğğğğğğğğ Overhead Kick Just like the name! Rock will do a cross-up and kick the opponent from high up. Of course, it isn't always a cross-up but that's how you should use it as it will enable you to then take your opponent by surprise. The Overhead Kick is a bit slow to come out and cannot be comboed. Moreover, the recovery time is lame and if it misses, you'll be open for anything. The Overhead Kick shouldn't be used often because it can get pretty predictable since the range is always the same. Actually, just use it a couple of time to cross-up and to fool the opponent. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Terry Bogard ğğğğğğğğğğ Max Dunk Terry will ram into the opponent with his shoulder (the animation is like a low Power Charge) and will then continue with a 2-hit Power Dunk. The first attack needs to connect for Terry to do the whole move. Otherwise, he'll stop at the first hit and in this case, watch out for the recovery which is very lame! If the whole move is blocked, be even more afraid because the recovery is even bigger. The Max Dunk is quite powerful too and comboable. However, it is slow to come out and Terry can be easily thrown out during the first frames. So, use it exclusively in combos -- jump D -> stand C -> Max Dunk is very damaging and a sure winner! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kim Dong Hwan ğğğğğğğğğğ Kaiten Dong Hwan Dong Hwan will kick the opponent high once and will follow with a spinning attack. The whole move hit 5 times and is powerful enough. The Kaiten Dong Hwan is quite quick to come out but a well-timed projectile will easily stop him in his tracks and if you're unlucky enough, you'll be open for anything afterwards. It also has a nice recovery but if it misses against a close opponent, that won't change anything since Dong Hwan still needs to get up after charging forward like a mad bull. Comboable and you would be wise to take advantage of this instead of using it like a stupid masher. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kim Jae Hoon ğğğğğğğğğğ High-Angle Neri Chagi Jae Hoon will lift his foot up before bringing it down for an axe kick. The fact that he needs to turn around, raise his foot and turn towards the opponent to strike down again makes the High-Angle Neri-Chagi a sloooooooow move. However, the very good thing is that his T.O.P. attack has no lag whatsoever and it is amazing at causing guard crush. Since it is so slow to come out, there's no point in wondering whether it is comboable...There are drawbacks to using the High-Angle Neri-Chagi but if you are careful enough and time it well, pull it 3 or 4 times and you'll earn a helpful guard crush. Otherwise, I don't recommend using this at all because, even if the recovery is sweet (although you will now tell me that there is no recovery, so what the hell am I talking about? :)), any opponent will hit you even before the move comes out. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Hotaru Futaba ğğğğğğğğğğ Sen-Kai En Hotaru will flip in the air as she hits the opponent once with a sommersault kick. The Sen-Kei En is quick to come out but it has no forward range and you should pull it only when you are quite close to the opponent. It is also comboable but be warned that in some cases, the T.O.P. will miss because the normal move has pushed the opponent away. And since the recovery sucks, you will be punished for your mistake. Also, don't let its look fool you, the Sen-Kai is not a good anti-air. Okay, it may work from time to time, specially against those big and slow characters but otherwise, don't use it against air-borne opponents. It is very easy to crush and besides, the fact that Hotaru flips only vertically and doesn't move forward at all makes it too predictable. Another thing is that the jump isn't that good either. Use her T.O.P. in combos but even then, be careful. Want something better? Don't use it at all! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Gato ğğğğğğğğğğ Mou-Ko Kou Hakan Gato steps forward and strikes once with his palm (a bit like Jet Li would do in "The One" -- great movie which you should see). The attack is insanely powerful but also extremely slow to come out. Gato really takes too much time to step forward and the palm comes out as if the whole of it is glued to his body! :( And I haven't even talked of the recovery yet...Which is, do I really need to tell you, lame. There are truthfully no situations where you can safely use the Mou-Ko Kou Hazan because anybody can throw you out of it. More simply, don't use it! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Bonne Jenet ğğğğğğğğğğ Rolling Thunder Jenet will so a sommersault and if that hits, she'll do a thrust attack. The Rolling Thunder is quick to come out and can be used in combos to ensure that it connects. Note though that the first hit (during the sommersault) must connect for Jenet to do the whole move. If it is blocked or completely misses, she will fall back again and won't perform the diving kick. In both cases, the recovery is quite lame and you'll quite easily be punished. The Rolling Thunder has no forward range and this means that she can be knocked out but luckily, the speed of the move still makes that difficult (which is great!). It is also an excellent anti-air against agressive opponents. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Marco Rodriguez ğğğğğğğğğğ Zanretsu-Ken Although Marco's T.O.P. attack holds the infamous name of the Zanretsu-Ken, it is not exactly the same as that of Ryo. Marco will still punch the opponent repeatedly but he does so only 9 times and he always ends with a quick uppercut. The move is a bit slow to come out but it is surprisingly comboable after a stand C which makes it useful in such situations. The recovery is a big problem though. If it is blocked, you will still be in a difficult situation because Marco takes some time before he can resume his fighting stance again and if the opponent manages to hop back as you pull it, you're in for some damage once he finishes. It is also quite easy to Just Defense it and to Guard Cancel into an attack, so you shouldn't use it alone. Use it in a combo all the time (or don't use it). ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Hokutomaru ğğğğğğğğğğ Nin-Pou Baku-En A very funny move! Hokutomaru places a scroll in his mouth (I suppose he eventually eats it too :)) and the ground suddenly explodes to enable him to fly towards the opponent, hitting the latter with his hand. This part of the animation seems to be a rip-off from Strider Hiryuu's flying pose and it's very funny. The motion is in a diagonal direction and this makes the Nin-Pou Bakuen Jump a good anti-air. But you need to time it well though since it starts before and if you mess up, you'll be counter when you land. Comboable after a close C/D but you need to cancel on the first hit of the strong punch. If you let both hits connect, the T.O.P. may not connect since tbe second hit makes Hokutomaru retreat a few steps. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Freeman ğğğğğğğğğğ Overkill Freeman swings his hand forward as a red slash appears above his body. This slash will cause a grey spark to appear by the enemy if it hits. The Overkill is a bit slow to come out but it is still comboable. Otherwise, the recovery time sucks which is why I'd advise to use it only in combos since you can do so. The times Freeman takes to resume his fighting stance gives your opponent the time to use practically any combo. The Overkill is also a quite good anti-air but opponents may be able to predict where it will hit and thus jump such that you cannot hit them. It has good priority though and can win in some close situations thanks to its range. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Tizoc ğğğğğğğğğğ Gri-Dro Super Kick Tizoc (or The Griffon Mask if you wish) clasps his feet together and performs a drop kick. He moves forward as he does so and this gives the Gri-Dro Super Kick a great range. It is, however, slow to come out but even then, it has good chances of connecting against an opponent who has just messed up. The cool thing about this T.O.P. is that, instead of falling like he should normalyl do, Tizoc ends up crouching and immediately gets up upon doing so. Basically, this means that the attack has no recovery. Rather surprising considering Tizco's build but hey, I'm not going to refuse such an advantage either! Very powerful attack too and causes guard crush easily but it's always better to use it from far. There is a risk you'll be hit out of it if you pull it close to the opponent since it's so slow to come out. A good trick is to do a standing C and then, immediately whiff it into the T.O.P. Grant's far C can be easily cancelled. When you first perform it, your opponent will think you will really pull one and is bound to attack you as his far C has a lame recovery. If you cancel the far C into the Gri-Dro Super Kick, the move comes out faster and will connect. Anyway, even if they have the time to pull their own move, your friggin' damaging T.O.P. attack will suck their move in, so why bother! :) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kevin Rian ğğğğğğğğğğ Blast Charge Kevin does a quick shoulder charge followed by a spin attack, hitting 3 times in all. The Blast Charge comes out quite quickly but has a lame recovery time. As it is, use it only in combos because otherwise, you run the risk of being punished by a combo-maniac like me! :) Quite useful at times and being one of the quickest T.O.P. attacks, you can rely on it against opponents who mess up with their own moves. Quite powerful attack too! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Grant ğğğğğğğğğğ Majin Gan-En Grant charges forward with a sliding kick and if the kick connects against the opponent (hits or blocked), he'll continue with a shoulder attack and end with a strong punch. The Majin Gan-En is rather slow to come out and this isn't a surprise because it is a powerful T.O.P. Attack. The move has a very nice recovery and can be abused from time to time against less skilled opponents. The range during the charge is quite good too but makes the move useless against opponent who are more than half a screen away. A good way of ensuring the Majin Gan is to combo it after Grant's Gou Retsu-Shou (f,b,f + P) but you need to be quick to perform the T.O.P. for the latter to connect. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Kain ğğğğğğğğğğ Schwarzer Stob Kain performs a Slash Kick which causes the opponent to be engulfed in his cool purple flames upon hitting. This T.O.P. is a bit slow to come out but still comboable. Use it in combos most of the time to avoid being hit back after the attack is blocked. The recovery too is slow as Kain needs to resume his stance and quicker opponents will have no trouble taking advantage of that. The move's animation is quick though. Kain will move forward very quickly and the Schwarzer Stoß has a nice range too and you can use it against some far off opponents and it can still hit. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ============================================================================= VIII. SUPER MOVES ============================================================================= "Resistance is futile. It will only make things more painful." - Odin This section deals with the Super Moves which require 1 S. Power. Your gauge is filled as you perform attacks and once it's full, you can use your Super Move. When you pull out such moves, the background turns black and the animation freezes for about 1 1/2 seconds. Each character has 2 Super Moves. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROCK HOWARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Raging Storm Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Rock will concentrate for a fraction of a second before unleashing all his energy in the form of a shield that goes upwards. The Raging Storm is rather slow to come out but it is great against an air-borne opponent although Rock can be hit as he is about to perform the move since there are no invincible frames in it. Thus, a quicker opponent will have no trouble attacking you during that time which means the Raging Storm is quite unreliable and you will be easily punished if you are not careful with it. It is not even comboable, which makes it even more useless against human opponents. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Shine Knuckle Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Rock will dash toward the opponent as he does a move similar to Terry's Burn Knuckles but he will be surrounded by a gold wave instead and it has more range. However, although the Shine Knuckle causes Rock to dash forward a lot, note that it won't hit the opponent when there is a full screen distance between you two. Instead, he will stop just in front of the opponent without even hitting him once which means you can be punished if you perform the Shine Knuckle in such situations. Although the Shine Knuckle also doesn't have any invincibility time, it is extremely quick to come out and the move's speed makes that it'll take the opponent by surprise a lot of times. You can combo into it from a normal move like a stand C or even a counter special move if you're feeling naughty! Try to pull it just as the opponent is about to land to make all the hits connect because it is quite difficult to Just Defense it since it is so quick. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERRY BOGARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Power Geyser Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Terry will punch the ground (which didn't do anything to him by the way) and as he does so, a wave of energy will rise. The Power Geyser is orignally meant to be an anti-air but of course, that doesn't mean you need to use it in such situations exlusively. Still, use it whenever you can as anti-air. It is rather slow to come out though and Terry does take some time to recover, so it is easy for the opponent to attack you after a missed Power Geyser. It is comboable after a normal move too although this is relatively hard to achieve iin some cases. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Buster Wolf Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Terry will perform a Burn Knuckle wanna-be to dash forward and upon connect with the opponent, all hell will break loose as the Lonesome Wolf releases a burst of energy which will hit the poor opponent. The Buster Wolf is a much better Super Move than the Power Geyser because it is very quick to come out and it is extremely easy to include it in combos. It can even be used off a counter such that it will be impossible for the opponent to Just Defend and you will be able to deal a lot of damage. When you want to pull it alone, do so just as the opponent is about to land and time it to prevent him from defending. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM DONG HWAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Super Dong Hwan Kyaku Command: in air, qcf,qcf + A Description: Dong Hwan will charge down at the opponent with a dive kick and will continue with a a series of kicks, taking the opponent up at the same time. The S. Power Super Dong Hwan Kyaku does 6 hits in all for some nice damage. Since it is an air move, it may seem useless but since this is Dong Hwan, that is no longer a problem. Simply wait until your opponent is unsure of his next move while you happen to be up and pull it. Chances that it'll connect will be quite high. Otherwise, don't use it anywhen because of the recovery and you don't want to know what may happen in thsi case... :) Actually, Dong Hwan recovers quite quickly from it but since the opponent will very likely be near you when you land since the trajectory is predictable, it doesn't make any difference. If you manage to connect it, you can follow up with certain moves because Dong Hwan lands well before the opponent. So, it can be very useful and enables damaging combos. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Raimei Dan Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: The Raimei Dan isn't really useful as one would expect. Its animation is quite similar to the Raimei Zan but it does only 1 (although more damaging, of course) hit. The opening frames have invincibility but beyond that, it isn't that hard to knock Dong Hwan out of it and so, you'd better be careful. It isn't comboable after normal moves which is a pity because alone, it is predictable and can be Just Defended. Actually, the best way of pulling it is to do the following combo: qcf + D -> Raimei Dan. By doing so, you are first sending the opponent up and you may then use the Raimei Dan to combo in. Timing is required but it's not that hard. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM JAE HOON ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Hou-yoku Ten-Shou Kyaku Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Jae Hoon will hop towards the enemy with a Hangetsu Zan (sorta) and will continue with several Hien Zan. He'll take the enemy up (logically!) before finishing them off with another Hien Zan. This Super Move does 7 hits and is comboable after a close normal move. The most important thing you need to know about the Hou-yoku Ten-shou Kyaku is that the hop covers a very small distance. You need to be close to the opponent to pull if or the move will miss and since Jae Hoon goes up, you can just imagine what will happen if this occurs. This is why I recommend to use it in combos (best one: close C -> qcf,qcf + A). Of course, just pull it quickly when the opponent messes up since it is very fast to come out and it has a high chance of connecting. The hop is an overhead and this make it even better as some chars tend to crouch-block Super Moves. You'll thus surprise them with the overhead and every hit will connect. Otherwise, this move is a good anti-air but if you don't time it well, not all the hits will connect and besides, Jae Hoon has much better anti-airs. No need to use this one! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Hou'ou Kyaku Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Jae Hoon will rush forward and if the first attack connects, he'll follow with a series of kicks for an 8-hit move until the opponent is literally burning. Like most rush Supers Moves, it won't connect when there is a full screen distance between you and the opponent. The Hou-ou Kyaku is very quick to come out and also has a good recovery. Rely on it when the opponent forgets to block and when you're confident your next attack will connect. It is also comboable and will deal good damage when you use it after a stand C. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOTARU FUTABA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Sou-Shou Ten-Ren-Ge Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Hotaru quicly dashes forward and starts pummeling the opponent. The Sou-Shou Ten-Ren-Ge has Hotaru starts hitting right from the beginning and it has an excellent range although it will not hit against an opponent if there is a full screen seperation. Logically, since she starts hitting even in missed form, the Super will do less hits if she "meets" the opponent some steps forward. The whole move does 17 hits and it can be used in combos but this is relatively hard to achieve. Try to get used to using it combos though and you'll find it very useful. If there is a full distance between you, Hotaru will land right in front of the opponent after she has gone up to finish it. So, you'd be better not pulling the Super in such situations. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Ten-Shou Ran-Ki Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Hotaru does a flip (along with the usual energy beam, of course) and as the opponent falls down, she goes after him and sits on top of them to release a huge ball of energy in a very naughty animation. The opening frames have invincibility and will fool beginnners such that the Ten-Shou Ran-Ki will work. Moreover, since it starts with a flip, it can also be used as an anti-air. Okay, it's not a first-class anti-air but it's still useful. You must however be careful with the timing because if you mess up, you'll be wide open for anything. Even if the flip misses, Hotaru may still land on the opponent and do the last animation which is still quite damaging. Can be chained in combos. Use after breaking her Kobi-Kyaku and lie back! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GATO ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Zero Kiba Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Gato punches the opponent once (looks a lot like his stand C and does pretty much same damage) before jumping at him to twist his head with his legs. There are some cool light effects during the final part as he twists the opponent's head. The first punch needs to hit for Gato to perform the whole move since the other part is a grappling technique. This first part doesn't have too much range which makes the Zero Kiba useless when used alone. It can only be used close and is easy to Just Defend. The recovery after the first hit is somewhat crap too. Use this Super mainly in combos or after breaking the Rai-Ga but in this case, be careful with the timing! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Tatsu Kiba Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Gato kicks straight up and goes up for 7 hits if the first one connects, his body surrounded by an aura of energy all the time. The Tatsu Kiba is, above all, an anti-air. In fact, because the move has no forward range, use it to punish airborne opponents. Also quick to come out and can be used in combos to ensure that it isn't a mere waste of your power gauge. Since Gato goes all the way up, the recovery is lame though. Never pull this if you're unsure whether it will connect because Gato takes some time to come down and recovery, making it possible for your opponent to pull anything. The Tatsu Kiba also has a nice invincibility time at the beginning, and this should make it hard for your opponent to kick Gato out of it. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- BONNE JENET ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Many Many Torpedoes Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Jenet jumps forward and moves her feet so swiftly to hit her opponent that they look like torpedoes. The Many Many Torpedoes is quick to come out and can be used in combos, whether normal or chain. Moreover, it has invincibility at start and a frame rate of zero, which make it one of the best supers in the game. The recovery is good too but not much of a difference if you stop close to the opponent which is bound to happen since the move has 3/4 screen distance as range. It is bound to do block damage (excellent one too!) but prepare to take REAL damage in return! Use it in combos since these are not so hard to perform. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Aurora Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Jenet jumps and spins, forming little waves with her robe which hit the opponent for good damage. She ends with a blown kiss. The Aurora does nice damage overall. The move needs to connect for her to perform the last animation (i.e. the blown kiss). Otherwise, she doesn't perform it and just lands down. Typical anti-air move made even better that the fact that the Aurora also has forward range which is quite surprising concerning Super Moves. Even if you miss an airborne opponent, you may still hit him afterwards if he foolishly attempts to follow you. Bad recovery though since she needs to resume her stance. As a matter of fact, Jenet actually resumes her stance quickly but she's slow to land. Good Super overall, just be on the safe side and use it in combos. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCO RODRIGUEZ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Haou Shoukou Ken Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Super projectile as the name itself states. The Haou Shoukou Ken is a bit slow to come out but travels quickly. Moreover, it has full range too which makes it better than most other supers. Unluckily, it cannot be used in combos, even chain ones, since it so slow to come out. Maroc remains in the position he takes to release the projectile and this gives it a lame recovery. If the opponent is freakish enough to jump avoid it, be prepared for one sound kicking on your butt (no pun intended :)). Since this is a projectile, you'd be better using it when you are able to anticipate your opponent's next attack. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Kyokugen Ko Hou Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: By the breathtaking association of words, one can easily guess the nature of this move: a super uppercut! Thus, no forward range but instead, an extremely quick move and great anti-air. The opening frames also have invincibility to make it even better and it can be used in combos or after a breaked Ko Hou for maximum damage. The time for Marco to resume his stance upon landing is quick but would ya bet, that doesn't change anything! Use this exclusively in combos, off counters or as reversals due to the lame recovery. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOKUTOMARU ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Chou Hissatsu Shuriken Command: qcf, qcf + A (press AB to end) Description: Hokutomaru quickly throws several shurikens at the opponent. The last shuriken is bigger than the rest. If you press AB during the Chou Hissatsu Shuriken to finish it, Hokutomaru will throw the bigger one as you as you press the buttons. You may do this to reduce the recovery because the time for Hokutomaru to resume his stance normally is quite big because he turns around as he throws the last one. Besides, even though the move is quick to come out (use in combos), the opponent can attack you if they manage to jump over the shurikens. Since it can be used in combos, go for it. Or use it when the opponent screws up since it is fast to come out. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Ougi - Chou Hissatsu Tatsumaki Command: qcf, qcf + B Description: Hokutomaru holds a scroll and spins up as wind gathers around his body. The full move does 9 hits but if you include it in a chain combo, it will hit for less. Even when you perform it alone, it is kinda hard to get the full 9 hits because when it connects as a counter, it loses hit (and thus damage which makes everything really pointless since this is supposed to be an anti-air for god's sake!). You need to get the opponent really close or if they are airborne, get them to touch Hokutomaru's shoulder, to have the Ougi - Chou hit hard. It also has good priority and even if your opponent tries to get in with a cross-over attack, the Super will suck them in. You can also use it as a combo after breaking the Kuu Ha Dan but you will lose some damage along the way. This is still cool if your opponent is the turtler type because if the move misses, prepare for some punishment due to a crappy recovery! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- FREEMAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Full Blast Command: qcf,qcf + A (hold) Description: Freeman performs a giant red slash with his hands which has an excellent range. The Full Blast can be charged for 3 seconds but the damage doesn't increase. When uncharged, it is quite quick to come out and can be used in combos to ensure that it will hit. In any case, the recovery is lame, so use it in combos on ground situations if you can. Remember to release the A button immediately thoygh. Since the Full Blast can be held, it has various uses. You can use it as an anticipation move if you are sure your opponent will mess up. The good range means it can still hit even if there's some distance between you. Hold the button to trick the opponent into attacking you and release it as soon as they move and they'll very likely eat Freeman's first Super. It can also be used as anti-air but you need to time it well! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Creeping Death Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Freeman walks (half a screen distance) as you can see his shadow in a very stylish manner. If the opponent attemps to hit Freeman while he is walking with the shadow, Freeman will stop his attack and will proceed to slash them thrice. The screen turns black as he does so and you can only see the shadows of the two characters along with the slashes. As you can see, the Creeping Death is a counter move and you need to be careful while using it. You can try pulling it as soon as the opponent messes up and you feel that he's going to attack but that's extremely hard to achieve. The best way yet remains to upll it immediately after a blocked combo since the opponent will attempt to hit you, thinking he may be able to use the recovery to his advantage. If the move misses, you'll be easily punished because Freeman does a stupid pose at the end. And it is extremely easy to avoid this move, all your opponent needs to do is to prevent from attacking and he just has to attack as soon as Freeman does the last animation (so, it is very different from Lin's desperation move - Lin rOxOrs by the wat! :)). The Creeping Death is a very good super but you need to be familiar with it and to know all its pros and cons. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TIZOC ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Big Ball Griffon Command: when close, 720° + A Description: This is the standard grappler's super à la Tizoc. Tizoc grabs the opponent and slams them onto the ceiling (or the top of the screen), before putting him under his feet and landing painfully on the poor opponent. As you wold expect, the Big Ball Griffon is very powerful but a drag to pull. Personally, I still cannot achieve the 720° without jumping and thus, don't get to pull it often. If you are skilled enough to perform the motion ON THE GROUND, good for you. If, however, you find it too difficult, you can still resort to the old trick of doing a jump attack and having the latter miss (weak punch works best here) before performing the move. This trick sure works but of course, you need some luck or the opponent will hit you and you won't be able to have the move connect. Another great thing about the Big Ball Griffon is that Tizoc jumps back after landing on the opponent and the latter cannot try wake-up techniques to take you by surprise. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Daedalus Attack Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Tizoc raises his hand up and proceeds to punch the enemy hard 3 times. The Daedalus Attack is NOT a grappling technique and it's also not that damaging. A bit slow to come out and very bad recovery. Although it is not really comboable, you can try buffering a crouch/stand A into the Daedalus Attack. Some chars tend to be weak against that. The opening frames have good invincibility, you can try to make full use of that. Note that although Tizoc dashes forward as he lets loose with his huge fists, the move doesn't have a full screen distance. Instead, if the opponent is that far away, he'll do the last attack just in front of him but it will not connect. You can guess what should normally happen next... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEVIN RIAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Lucky Strike Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Kevin rolls forward -- the roll is a bit like the one when he does his Abide Mine but the difference is that this one hits. He'll follow with a few punches and finish with an uppercut. The uppercut causes the opponent to be juggled and you can add another move at the end. Moves that work best as follow-up are the Gatling Freezer (although a bit pointless), the weak Hell Snipe and the Hell Rotor (good timing required here). The Lucky Strike is fast to come out and can therefore be used in combos. The first frames also have invincibility and this will force your opponent to block if they're aware of it. Of course, that can be bad for you but luckily, this super also has a quite good recovery. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Gattling Freezer Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Kevin kicks up and a bunch of explosions (ripped off Leona?) are observed. The Gattling Freezer is a chain combo friendly move. If it connects against an opponent on the ground, that char will be frozen for a short period (he'll still be gold) and you have the possibility of comboing in another move, even the Lucky Strike if you satisfy the conditions. If it hits an airborne opponent, the latter will not really be frozen but he'll land very slowly and this gives you time to add another move in for more hits. But the Gattling Freezer is quite useless as anti-air because it's very quick to come out and chances that you'll miss are high. Even on the ground, it may not connect against crouching opponents. Although the move is quick to come out, Kevin can still be hit out of it as he takes a military pose before he kicks up. Crouching opponents will thus be able to counterhit him, so be careful. Use it in combos (normal ones or breakable ones) so that it'll hit at all times! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRANT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Majin Haten Dan Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Grant kicks up and forms a big projectile at an angle of 120° (as from his side) that covers the whole vertical distance (i.e. from the floor to the ceiling!). Obviously, the Majin Haten Dan is an anti-air. Quite quick to come out and can be comboed after Grant's f + C normal move. So, you can use it in such combos or even better, use it in chain combos since Grant can perform those quite easily. The opening frames have invincibility which makes that your opponent will have a hard time hitting Grant out of it and the Majin Haten Dan is not so easy to Just Defend. Lame recovery though since Grant turns around once after releasing the projectile. Use this super in combos, as anti-air or off a counter for maximum damage! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Majin Engetsu Rin Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Grant spins forward and he forms a circular beam around his body as he does so. If the move does connect, he'll finish with a charge but if it misses, he doesn't perform the charge and just stops instead. The whole move does 14 hits and note that if he performs the charge, Grant teleports to the other side such that, in a sense, the Majin Engetsu Rin is a cross-over. In any case, just keep in mind that you'll switch side with the opponent if the move connects. The Majin Engetsu Rin also has full range and Grant will do tick damage even to a far-away scrub. Can be used in combos, normal or chain. Also use it off counters to have it connect but note that it does less hits off counters or if you're so desperate as to be using it as an anti-air. This super also has a surprisingly good recovery. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAIN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Himmlischer Atem Command: qcf,qcf + A Description: Kain raises his hand and an arrow projectile lands just in front of him. The projectile comes down quickly and can be used as an anti-air. The Himmlischer Atem can be used just after the Himmlische Seele (as you will be able to see later) and you can have the 2 supers combo if you are close enough. The fact that the projectile lands just in front of Kain is somewhat bad since it will miss against far away opponent. The Himmlischer Atem is thus more useful in close situations. Pull it immediately when the opponent jumps with an attack as it is quite hard to Just Defense. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Himmlische Seele Command: qcf,qcf + B Description: Kain releases a blue ball of enery that has full range, i.e. the ball of enery will travel the whole screen if need be until it finally goes off-screen. Logically, the more it has travelled, the less hits it will do. If you pull it close to the opponent and it immediately connects, it will do 7 hits. Avoid pulling it against a cornered opponent since it will do at most only 3 hits as it is quick to get off-screen. You also have the ability to add in more hits as the ball hits multiple times and does so at a leasurely place. You can add Kain's regular projectile if you wish or even the Himmlishcer Atem if you have a power gauge. Freaks will want to pull 2 Himmlische Seele in quick succession but this is pointless because the second one will miss altogher as the opponent will be knocked out. It is also a juggle and you can even add more hits at the end if you're quick enough. The Himmlische Seele is his best super as I'll show in the combos and infinites sections! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ============================================================================= IX. POTENTIAL POWERS ============================================================================= "I'm a little monster who kicks big butt!" - Choi Potential Powers are even more powerful than Super Moves. In most cases, the Potential Powers are just stronger versions than Super Moves but some characters have hidden Powers, some of which are harder to pull. In order to pull these, the gauge needs to be at P. Power. When you perform such moves, the background agains turn black and the animation freezes but you'll notice some absolutely beautiful light effects that are really worth it too. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROCK HOWARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Raging Storm Command: qcf, qcf + C (hold to delay) Description: Similar to the S. Power, Rock will unleash his energy to form a shield which can also act as an anti-air. When not held, it takes more time to come out and if you charge it to the max (about 8 seconds), it is 2 times more damaging. The advantage with this one is that since it has so much charging time, you can pull it against a cornered opponent and they'll be so confused, trying to Just Defend that they'll eat the move when you release the button. In general, you can take your opponent by surprise using this and make the full 4 hits connect. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Shine Knuckle Command: qcf, qcf + D Description: The P. Potential Shine Knuckle is a real beauty. Rock will start just as he does during the S. Power but on hitting the opponent, he'll perform an elbow attack followed by an ultra-damaging Rising Tackle. The first hit must connect for Rock to perform the whole move. If it is blocked, Rock will stop right here. The P. Potential suffers from the same drawback as its weaker counterpart, i.e. it will not connect if there is a full screen distance between Rock and the opponent. Rock will end up close to the opponent and will be wide open for any attack. Again, this is made up by its comboability and for a P. Potential, the Shine Knuckle is very quick to come out. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Deadly Rave "Neo" Command: hcb,f + A, A, A, B, B, C, C, D, D, qcb + C Description: This is a "younger" version of Geese's Ryuuko Ranbu! :) Rock will hit the enemy joyfully with his fists and his legs and he'll finish by performing an energy blast DBZ-style if you get to perform the last command which is the qcb+C. The Deadly Rave "Neo" is quite hard to pull the first time but if you use Rock a lot, you'll have no problem performing it after some time as long as you are wise enough to practice. A trick you can do is to perform the hcb,f+A quickly and to tap A repeatedly until Rock performs all the hits. Then, quickly move on to B, tap until he performs the hits, etc...If you mess up when you reach C or D, it is possible to do another move quickly and the latter will combo in. Your best option in this case is the Hard Edge (hcb + P) because it is fairly quick to come out compared to his other moves. It also seems that if you pull the Deadly Neo "Rave" in a situation where only a couple of hits are needed to beat your opponent, just input those and once the words K.O. flash, Rock will perform everything else by himself (that's how I got to see the full move the first time :)). The Deadly Rave "Neo" is comboable too, abuse this sweet ability to batter all your silly opponents senseless. Like Geese's Ryuuko Ranbu, you can also stop on a given hit and instead of tapping the required buttons, perform other commands to have his special moves add up to the first hits of the Deadly Rave. I'll put an example in the combos section. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERRY BOGARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Power Geyser Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Terry will punch te ground three times and each time, he'll form a Power Geyser, which makes the entire move hit thrice. The first two geysers come out in quick succession while a fraction of a section goes by between the second and third geyser. Because of this, when you use the P. Potential Power Geyser as an anti-air, it will net only 2 hits most of the time. The second geyser will miss since it comes out so quickly after the first one which will sent the opponent up. A nice thing is that the P. Potential version comes out quicker than its weak counterpart and it may hit the opponent by surprise if you time it well. It is possible to combo it after a normal move but good luck in doing so often... :) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Buster Wolf Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Same animation as its weak version except that it comes out slower but it deals more hits upon connecting with the opponent. The Buster Wolf is comboable too -- and this is much easier to achieve -- and you can use it off a counter when the opponent is unable to block for breathtaking damage. The drawback is its recovery time but if you are quick enough, you may be able to Just Defend whatever your opponent decides to throw your way. However, better be safe than sorry, so use it most often in combos or off counters. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM DONG HWAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Super Dong Hwan Kyaku Command: in air, qcf,qcf + C Description: This time, Dong Hwan will perform 7 hits and each time, he'll include cool lighting effects which cause each kick to be even more damaging. Again, your best bet to pull it is to wait for the opponent to mess up on the ground while you happen to be up and to immediately use it. The fact that Dong Hwan also travels forward while going towards the opponent is a bonus although the first kick can be Just Defended. A nice P. Potential but doesn't have many uses. Tizoc is weak against it, abuse it to beat him quickly. Just wait for him to jump (which he does often) and drool at the magnificency of the Super Don Hwan Kyaku. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Raimei Dan Command: qcf,qcf + D (hold) Description: Thankfully, the P. Potentail Raimei Dan is better than its weak version. There are 3 levels to this charge move! The basic one (Level 1) does only 2 hits. Level 2 will hit thrice and if you hold as much as possible, it will do 4 hits and this level is very damaging! Note that the first hit is an overhead and this can save your ass in a lot of your occasions (like your opponent not knowing about that :)). It is not comboable after a normal move but can be used in a chain combo in the same way as the S. Power, i.e. qcf + D -> Raimei Dan. You will need to time it though to have the P. Potential combo in. However, only one hit of the move will connect but you'll observe that the opponent will get up as Dong Hwan is performing the third hit and it may happen that the third and the fourth hit will connect as the silly newbie forgets to block. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Ore-sama Hou-ou Kyaku Command: qcf,qcf,qcf + C Description: The Ore-sama Hou-ou Kyaku is a hidden P. Potential. Dong Hwan will run towards the opponent in a weird way (like a clown!) and will hit him continuously just as his dad would do. The move does 16 hits and has Dong Hwan take the opponent up to finish with a Hien Zan like...er...his dad...:) The Ore-same etc... is extremely damaging and very fast to come out. Combo it after the standing C and laugh as your opponent eats kick after kick. When there is a full screen distance between Dong Hwan and the opponent, he'll end up just in front of the opponent without attacking and he takes some time before he is able to block again. So, don't use it in those situations if you don't want to die in a silly way! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM JAE HOON ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Hou-yoku Ten-Shou Kyaku Command: qcf,qcf + C (hold and let go to follow up) Description: This potential does 10 hits and like its weak counterpart, involves several Hien Zans. If you hold the C button and time it accordingly, Jae Hoon will dash forwad with a fire kick and will add another hit on the falling opponent. You need to keep holding the button all the time untl you let it go though. If you release it at some point during the move and press it again before letting go, he will not perform the extra kick. This potential is quick to come out and can be used in combos. In fact, have fun using it in combos because it has a lame recovery along with no forward range and you'll be easily punished if it is blocked or misses. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Hou'ou Kyaku Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Jae Hoon rushes forward and kicks the opponent multiple times, finishing with a stylish Hien Zan. The first kick needs to connect for him to perform the whole move, otherwise he just stops (actually great since it lowers the recovery). Very quick to come out and can be used in ground or chain combos. You can also pull it quickly when the opponent messes up since, as I've already stated, it is a very fast move. This is one of the very few potential powers that have full range and this fact alone makes it very useful. Anyway, you shouldn't have problems getting it to connect and in addition, it is a very strong move. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOTARU FUTABA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Sou-Shou Ten-Ren-Ge Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Just the same as the Super Move except that it does one hit less and Hotaru finishes with a knee attack this one. The Sou-Shou Ten-Ren-Ge isn't really that damaging for a Potential Power. It is still quick to come out and can be used in combos to have all the hits connects. The recovery is exceedling crap though, specially due to the last knee attack. You can use this to cause guard damage, that's truthfully the only reason I find to it other than in ground combos. It also has a full range such that the knee attack may hit a far-away scrub. In any case, it can take the opponent by surprise. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Ten-Shou Ran-Ki Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Same as Super, Hotaru does the sommersault, lands onto the happy opponent and unleashes all her energy in a huge ball. She uses more energy here though and believe me, the Ten-Shou Ran-Ki is one hell of a Potential...Warning, major damage indeed!! Even if the opening animation misses, she may still land onto the opponent for the naughty animation and that alone will deal a pack of damage. The sommersault is quick to come out and make the Ten-Shou Ran-Ki useful in ground combos and it is great as anti-air even though you need to be careful about the timing. The opening frames have invincibility and careless openents may thus still eat it. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GATO ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Zero Kiba Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Gato punches the opponent (same animation and strength as his stand C), and will then jump to twist the opponent's neck with his legs. He will end by slamming the opponent on the ground some distance away and punching down at the same time. The move does 3 hits and is very powerful, major damage coming your opponent's way if it connects. The first hit (i.e. the punch) needs to connect for Gato to perform the whole move. Otherwise, he just stops after the punch. Can be used in combos but actually, it is better off a counter or after juggles. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Tatsu Kiba Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Gato kicks straight up as his body is surrounded by orange energy and he spins as he goes up. The Tatsu Kiba does 9 hits and has invincibility during the opening animation where Gato first does the small jump. Lame recovery since Gato needs to land and for this reason, use this Potential Power in combos or off a counter. It is also a good anti-air but note that the direction is straight up and you need to be careful with the timing or Gato will just fly past the airborne opponent. Nice move but wait, there's a third hidden one... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Ten-Ryuu Retsu-Kiba Command: f,d,df + AB (up to 3 times) Description: Can be hard to pull but if you want to be a good Gato player, mastering the Ten-Ryuu Retsu-Kiba in combos should be your first task. This is his strongest Potential Power by far if you get to pull it the 3 times. First hit is a shoulder attack, second is a palm attack (with a doubtful pose too) and the third is a strong punch with some cool energy effects surrounding it. If it is blocked, there is no need to pull the whole move because the recovery increases as you perform more hits. So, if the opponent is swift enough to block the move, stop after the shoulder attack and you might still make it through. :) Also quick to come out and can thus be used in combos. You can also pull it just as the opponent messes up but the shoulder attack doesn't have too much range and you need to be quite close to the opponent for it to connect. Anyway, you cannot go on if the shoulder attack doesn't touch the opponent. Also good at causing guard crush -- only 1 needed, next attack is good -- but truthfully, you'd have to be a complete scrub to use the Ten-Ryuu Retsu-Kiba solely for this purpose. Are you a scrub? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- BONNE JENET ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Many Many Torpedoes Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Same as its weak counterpart except it does more hits and this time, the Many Many Torpedoes travels the whole screen. It will do a measly 3 hits if there is a full screen separation between Jenet and the opponent and the latter is dumb enough to eat it but hey, that will do! :) Still comboable and is great at causing guard crush if you are _that_ desperate. Try putting it in normal combos everytime because it hits for less in chain combos or off counters. Also, the opening frames have invincibility and Jenet cannot be hit out of the move at this instant. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Aurora Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Jenet spins up-forward and hits multiple times before ending with a blown kiss (practically the same as when she hops back except that this one hits). The Aurora can be used as an anti- air but you need to be careful with the timing due to the angle at which Jenet jumps. If there is a full screen sepetation between her and the opponent, she'll land just in front of the latter and he'll be able to pull anything. Jenet takes a lot of time to land and punishment is bound to come your way! ;( Concerning the kiss, the move needs to be successful for Jenet to perform that part. If it is blocked, she will not perform it. (This actually is just as if the move missed since the opponent will be on the ground while Jenet will be taking herself for one of those mutants that can fly!) Use the Aurora in chain combos to have it fully connect without losing hits. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCO RODRIGUEZ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Haou Shoukou Ken Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Marco will throw a huge projectile which does 4 hits. The move is slow to come out, so it cannot be comboed. However, there is some invincibility at the start of the move when Marco thrusts his hands forward such that he cannot be throw out of it at this instant. The Haou Shoukou Ken travels faster than its S. Power counterpart and similarly, it will travel the whole screen. Moreover, since it is so big, it can even negate certain projectiles and even pass through those. Basically, if you pull the Haou Shoukou Ken while the opponent throws his usual projectile (provided he has one), the Super Move will cut it and is bound to connect since the opponent is still recovering. Of course, this isn't as easy as it sounds since you need to time the Haou Shoukou Ken well because of the little delay which I've already mentioned. It will also take airborne opponents by surprise a lot of times since it is so fast. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Kyokugen Ko Hou Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: The Kyokugen Ko Hou is a strong uppercut move where Marco will go up as his hand is surrounded by energy. The move does 10 hits and is comboable. In fact, use it only in combos because it has a pretty lame recovery time and if it misses, you'll be severely punished. This is a typical anti-air but the weird this is that it'll be less damaging if it connects as one. Its other purpose is as a reversal though since all the hits will connect and like I mentioned earlier, the Kyokugen Ko Hou is very damaging. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Ryuuko Ranbu Command: qcf,qcf,qcf + C (tap C repeatedly) Level 1: 0 - 2 times Level 2: 3 - 6 times Level 3: 7 - 9 times Level 4: 10+ times Description: (Thanks to KFCrispy for giving me the number of his for each level.) Marco will hit the opponent repeatedly with both his fists and his legs. Initially, I said in my Marco FAQ (which you can check out at GameFAQs -- shameless plug :)) that the move always ended with an uppercut but eventually, KFCrispy pointed out that this isn't true. The weakest version of the Ryuuko Ranbu (i.e. Level 1) will do 13 hits while Level 4 can net a whooping 22 hits. But you need to mash the buttons as if you were playing MvC if you wish to get the full hits. Anyway, provided you reach the damn 22 hits, the move ends with different animations although I still cannot say what determines the ending. It seems you'll be blessed with the other ending if you press the button _a lot_ of times (try getting 15+). To get one with it, the Ryuuko Ranbu is your best P. Potential (hence explaining why it's hidden). It is extremely quick to come out and as damaging as can be. It can be used in combos too such that by doing so, you are sure the move will effectively connect. Here's also the number hits for each level! Level 1 : 13 hits Level 2 : 19 hits Level 3 : 22 hits Level 4 : 12 hits The hits for Level 4 are, obviously, extremely powerful. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOKUTOMARU ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Chou Baku-en Kunai Command: qcf,qcf + C (press AB to end) Description: Hokutomaru throws several burning "small daggers" (sorry but I don't know the true name for this weapon but if you're into details, they're similar to Zantetsu's projectile in The Last Blade 2!) which cause the opponent to burn too as he falls down. Pressing AB during the move causes Hokutomaru to finish it early, i.e. he'll throw the big dagger before. It seems that only the big one causes the opponent to burn, the smaller ones just hit. The Chou Baku-en Kunai does 7 hits when not stopped and is quite damaging. It is quick to come outand can be used in ground and chain combos alike. Use it quickly if the opponent screws up and it may connect as it is very quick. Anyways, if it is blocked, you just have to finish it and the recovery will be lowered. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Kyuukyoku Ougi - Chou Bakuen Tatsumaki Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: This time, Hokutomaru spins up and is surrounded by fire. The opponent will burn only on the last hit, when Hokutomaru gets to the tops of the screen. Bad recovery of course since he needs to land down, so don't use this alone. Can be used as anti-air but just like with the Super Move, you need to be careful with the timing to get the maximum damage. Otherwise, some hits will be lost. Wait for the opponent to be just above Hokutomaru's shoulder and quickly pull it in such cases. It is also quick to come out and can be used in combos but it loses hits in this case and isn't so damaging anymore. Has great priority too and will win against cross-overs as long as you pull it at the right time. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- FREEMAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Full Blast Command: qcf,qcf + C (hold) Description: You will see the same horizontal slash as in the Super Move and it'll be quickly followed by a giant vertical one (although at a slight angle). Can be held for about 3 seconds but this doesn't increase the damage. You may hold the button to trick your opponent since once the button is released, the Full Blast is quick to come out and has high priority. It can also be used in combos but obviously, you need to let go of the C button immediately in such cases or the opponent will have enough time to block. The vertical range has slightly greater range than the horizontal one. If the horizontal slash misses due to screen distance, the vertical one may still connect thanks to this. But it doesn't knock the opponent down in this case and so, there is still risk of retaliation. You may also use the Full Blast as anti-air but be careful with the timing. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Creeping Death Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Freeman walks forward with a shadow and if the opponent attempts to hit him while he walks, the screen turns black and he'll slash the opponent 7 times. You can also see Freeman's shadow and the opponent's during the animation and, of course, the slashes. The last one is a bigger version of his T.O.P. Attack. Major damage with this move, os if you want to use it, note the following things. This is a counter move and if the opponent doesn't hit Freeman, he won't perform it (other than the walking animation, that is!). The best way to have it connect is to perform it immediately after a blocked combo since the opponent is liable to try and attack you at that instant. Another way is to trick the opponent into thinking that you will perform a special move and to pull it as they try to counter you. The range of the walk is less than half a screen, so you can't pull the Creeping Death from afar. As it is a counter, it isn't hard to avoid it. In fact, your opponent is safe as long as he doesn't attack. He doesn't even need to block. Thus, if you pull it at the wrong moment, it is damn easy to punish you afterwards. If you want to become a good Freeman player, mastering the Creeping Death is essential because it can decide the outcome of a versus match (specially against overly aggressive opponents)! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TIZOC ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Big Ball Griffon Command: when close, 720° + C Description: Tizoc grabs the opponent and slams him onto the ceiling before spinning down and does a suplex. The Big Ball Griffon is very damaging and 2 of it are enough to take care of any opponent. To pull it, you can try jumping and performing the motion as you land but that seldom works against challengers. The trick of a missed high move into the Potential is also predictable and thus makes it more difficult to make the move connect. It works great as a reversal once you get the thang of it though. You can also use it off Guard Cancel since your opponent won't block and after a feint move (but this is slightly more difficult). ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Daedelus Attack Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Tizoc rushes forward and punches the opponent 7 times while there are some flashy light effects in the background. Good damage if you compare it to the S. Power Daedalus Attack and P. Power Big Ball Griffon, at least this one won't be a waste of power. Slow to come out but the opening frames have invincibility, so kicking Tizoc out of it is harder than you would think. Also does good block damage but has crappy recovery and any opponent will be able to punish you if the Daedelus Attack is blocked. Use it as a reversal such that your opponent cannot block. You can also try if after a feint move but don't count on that to work often. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEVIN RIAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Lucky Strike Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Kevin rolls forward (and the roll still hits) and proceeds to punch the opponent several times before finishing with the uppercut. However, he will add a last strong explosive punch after the uppercut such that you no longer have the possibility to follow up like you could do after the Super Move version. The Lucky Strike deals good damage and is quick to come out. So, use it in combos because the recovery may pose a slight problem. Has a 3/4 screen distance. If the opponent is a screeen away, Kevin rushes forward such that he performs the last punch very close to the opponent and the light covers the latter too but it doesn't connect. Instead, you're bound to have a move connect in your belly if you're stupid enough to do that. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Gattling Freezer Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Kevin kicks up and several explosions are observed, much more than in the Super Move version. It actually does 5 hits and the opponent is frozen for a longer time and you can follow-up with certain moves to deal more damage. If you pull it against an airborne opponent, the latter will not be frozen but he'll fall so slowly that you can follow-up. If you use it an anti-air, be careful with the timing though. If you mistime it, the opponent will be able to pass through it and will very likely punish your sorry ass immediately afterwards. The Gattling Freezer is quick to come out and can be used in combos too. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRANT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Majin Haten Dan Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Grant kicks up and launches a projectile of the form of an arrow at an angle of 120°. The projectile has a full vertical distance, i.e. it goes up to the ceiling and will touch an air-borne opponent. Use, above all, as anti-air or as reversal as it is quite quick to come out. The projectile is gold this time and is extremely powerful. Be careful with the timing if you're using the Majin Haten Dan as an anti-air since it hits at an angle and you need to take that into account or you'll miss. The opening frames have invincibility and moreover, the whole move has nice priority. Bad recovery though, so use it in combos as much as you can. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Majin Engetsu Rin Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: Grants spins forward as his legs form an orange beam. The Majin Engetsu Rin has full range but this time, you don't switch side with the opponent after the charge. However, the move must still connect for Grant to perform the last charge attack. If it is blocked, he'll stop at the thirteenth hit. Quick to come out and can be used in combos. The recovery is lame, so use it in combos all the time as it is very damaging and is a great P. Potential. It loses hits off counters and in chain combos too but don't let that deter you from using it since the damage is still great. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAIN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Himmlischer Atem Command: qcf,qcf + C Description: Kain raises his hand and 3 projectile blue projectile arrows land just in front of him. The range sucks and makes the Himmlischer Atem useful only in close situations. You can also pull it as anti-air since it is quite quick to come out and difficult to avoid in such cases. Sadly, it cannot be comboed after breaking the Schwarz Cutter such that this P. Potential doesn't really have a lot of uses. Just use it as anti-air! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Move name: Himmlische Seele Command: qcf,qcf + D Description: His best P. Potential by far and if you have the game on Neo-Geo or Dreamcast (where you can good with the power bar), you will love it even more! Kain forms a ball of orange energy which will travel the whole screen distance if need be. The ball is quite slow to travel such that even if it misses the first time, you can trap the opponent such that he fall in it later. The Himmlische Seele hits multiple times and you can follow-up with a normal move meanwhile and after the ball has gone (while the opponent is landing). It is also comboable after a stand C or after breaking his Schwarz Cutter. Furthermove, it is possible to combo it after throwing a cornered opponent -- the opponent must be thrown in the corner though, i.e. no switching sides if you want to do this. Check infinites section and have fun!! :) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ============================================================================= X. BEST REGULAR FLOWCHARTS ============================================================================= "You are wrong because I am right." - Doodleheimer (from The Book of Doodleheimer?) Instead of typing long lists of combos, I have decided to put flowcharts to save space. And please note that I'm only putting each character's best combos. Feel free to send me great (flashy or damaging) combos but don't bother to tell me about small ones which I probably already know because I will not include those. If, for certain combos, hits don't add at a certain point, this means that the combo should be performed against a cornered opponent. I'm saying it right now because I won't point out if a combo is against a cornered opponent in each case. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROCK HOWARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand C | ------> | qcf + A | |__________| |____________| | qcb + P | |___________| | | | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | ------> | qcf,qcf + K | | crouch C | | |_______________| |____________| | | | | | | \|/ | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| -------> | Deadly Rave "Neo" | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |_____________________| | charge d,u + C | |__________________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stop at 9 hits | | crouch C | |__________________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcb + C | |___________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERRY BOGARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand C | ------------> | f,f + P (x3) | |__________| | crouch C | | |________________| |____________| | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f + A | <------- | |-----> | qcf + P | |_________| | | |___________| \|/ | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | qcf,qcf + P | |-----> | qcb + A | | | qcf,qcf + K | | |___________| | |_______________| | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |-----> | f,d,df + K | | qcf,qcf + C | | |______________| |_______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | T.O.P. | |__________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM DONG HWAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) It is better to start your combos with stand C when playing with Dong Hwan but D is still fine. * - Not a real combo but fools opponent. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | stand C | ------> | qcb + B* | |__________| |___________| | f,d,df + P | | T.O.P. | | |______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf,qcf + C | |___________________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM JAE HOON ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) When using QCF + P in his combos, do not hold! |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + P | | Jump D | ------> | stand C | ------> | qcf + D | |__________| |___________| | qcb + B | |___________| | | | | | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | crouch C | | qcf,qcf + P | |____________| | qcf,qcf + K | |_______________| | | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | charge d,u + D | ------> | d + D | |__________________| |_________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand C | ------> | qcf,qcf + C | |__________| |___________| |_______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | d + D | <------- | charge d,u + D | |_________| |__________________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOTARU FUTABA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + P | | jump D | -----------> | stand C | -----------> | qcb + P | |__________| |___________| | f,d,df + K | |______________| | | | | \|/ | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stand B | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |___________| | qcf,qcf + P | | qcf,qcf + K | | |_______________| | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcb + B | | T.O.P. | |___________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GATO ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| -----> | qcf + A / C | | |_______________| | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | \|/ | jump D | ------> | stand D | ----------| |__________| |___________| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | f,f + A / C | | | |_______________| | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| \|/ |-----> | f,d,df + K | | |______________| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | qcf,qcf + P | | | qcf,qcf + K | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,d,df + AB (x3) | -----> | qcb + D | |____________________| |___________| | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | B / C | |_________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- BONNE JENET ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | stand D | ------------------> | qcf + A | |__________| |___________| | |___________| | | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | |--------> | qcb + A | \|/ \|/ | |___________| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | d + D,D,D,D | | qcf,qcf + P | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |_______________| | qcf,qcf + K | |--------> | qcf + B | |_______________| | |___________| \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | T.O.P. | |__________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCO RODRIGUEZ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | crouch C | ------> | qcf + P | |__________| |____________| | qcf + B | | qcf + D | | | f,d,df + P | | |______________| | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + C | | qcf,qcf + D | | qcf,qcf,qcf + C | |___________________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand C | ------> | qcf + P | |__________| |___________| | qcf + B | | f,d,df + P | | | |______________| | | | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stand C | -----> | qcf,qcf + P | | corner | | qcf,qcf + K | |___________| | qcf,qcf,qcf + P | |___________________| | | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + D | |___________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOKUTOMARU ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) The "jump A, C" means that you need to press A and then C quickly afterwards during the same jump, i.e. 2 normal moves while jumping once. May have to cancel stand C after first hit in some places. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump A, C | ------> | stand C | ----------------> | qcf + A | |_____________| |___________| | |___________| | | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| \|/ \|/ --------> | qcf + K | |___________| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | df + D | | qcf, qcf + P | |__________| |________________| | | |------------------------------ | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + P | | qcf,qcf + K | |___________| |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- FREEMAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) For combos using his V.O.D., I'll put the command as qcf + P except when you have to use a specific version. When there is no specific version, if the combo is blocked, mix the versions and you can fool the opponent. And remember, quickly pull the Creeping Death after a blocked combo and it can connect as I explained previously. For qcf,qcf + C, do not hold. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand D | -------------------> | T.O.P. | |__________| |___________| | |__________| | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |---------> | qcf + A | | | |___________| \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + P | |---------> | f,d,df + A | |_______________| | |______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcb + P | | (x3) | |___________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TIZOC ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Well, since Tizoc is a grappler, he has only a couple of combos. Actually, even since is weird because grapplers usually have a few combos so they can have their throws connect but it isn't the case with Tizoc. Anyway, no regrets, his strength makes up for that. To get his T.O.P. connect, perform a standing C and cancel immediately into the T.O.P. attack. This can fool human opponents and even if the T.O.P is blocked, do this three times and you'll earn a useful guard crush. It is possible to do the weak Poseidon Wave and to add another hit once the opponent falls. To perform this, the opponent MUST be cornered upon being hit by the Poseidon Wave. Then, press B once the opponent is lying on the ground and the hit will combo in. Don't be too quick with the crouch B or you will miss and be wide open for anything. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEVIN RIAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Kevin has the longest chain in the game. I'm only putting the best one and from here, you may easily deduce your own because there are many things you can try with his great moves. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | stand C | -------------------> | T.O.P. | |__________| |___________| | |__________| | | | ---------------- | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | |---------> | qcb + P | | \|/ | |___________| | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | | qcf,qcf + B | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |_______________| |---------> | f,d,df + A | | | |______________| | /|\ | | | | | \|/ | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | ---------> | qcf + K | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |___________| -------> | qcf,qcf + A | |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRANT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | f + C | ----------------> | qcb + A | |__________| |_________| | |___________| | | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | |-------> | f,d,df + A | | | | |______________| \|/ \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stand A | ---> | qcf,qcf + P | |-------> | f,b,f + P | |___________| |_______________| | |_____________| | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |-------> | T.O.P. | | | |__________| \|/ | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + K | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |_______________| | f,d,df + C | -----> | d + K | |______________| |_________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAIN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Kain doesn't have a lot of regular combos (but if you're impatient and want to kick major ass with him, go the the chain/break combos and prepare to drool :)). |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | -------> | charge d,u + K | |__________| |__________________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stand C | -------> | charge b,f + A | |___________| | charge b,f + D | |__________________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + K | (check Infinites section) |_______________| ============================================================================= XI. CHAIN/BREAK COMBOS ============================================================================= Initially, I meant to work only on chain combos and did so. But then, I realized that break combos _are_ chain combos since they involve more than one move. Get it? No...? Doesn't matter, just read on. Again, I'm putting only the best combos and so, don't tell me about crappy ones. And I'd really like to get some damaging counter combos for the characters that you feel have been left out (i.e. those which you use a lot). If, for certain combos, hits don't add at a certain point, this means that the combo should be performed against a cornered opponent. I'm saying it right now because I won't point out if a combo is against a cornered opponent in each case. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROCK HOWARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | T.O.P. | |__________| /|\ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | Requires Rock | ------> | 360° + C | ------> | qcf,qcf + P | | to be cornered | | break | | qcf,qcf + K | |__________________| |____________| |_______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcb + B | ------> | qcf,qcf + D | |___________| |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERRY BOGARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand C | ------> | f,d,df + K | |__________| | crouch C | | break | |____________| |______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,d,df + K | | qcb + A | | qcf,qcf + P | | qcf,qcf + K | |_______________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | counterhit | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcb + C | ------> | airborne | ------> | stand C | | qcb + D | | opponent | | stand D | |______________| |______________| | qcf + P | |___________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,d,df + K | | qcf,qcf + C | | qcf,qcf + D | |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM DONG HWAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | stand C | --------> | f,d,df + P | |__________| |___________| | break | |______________| | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | f,d,df + P | <------- | |______________| | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | qcf,qcf,qcf + C | <-------- |___________________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + B | ------> | stand C | ---------> | f,d,df + P | |___________| |___________| | break | |______________| | | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | f,d,df + P | <---------------- |______________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + D | ------------------------------> | f,d,df + P | |___________| | | qcb + K | | | T.O.P. | | | |______________| | | | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| ---------> | qcf,qcf + B | | jump | | qcf,qcf,qcf + C | |________| |___________________| | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |-------> | d + K | | |_________| | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |-------> | qcf,qcf + A | ------> | f,d,df + P | | |_______________| | hcb + C | | |______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + C | |_______________| (·········································································) The following combo cannot be done through normal gameplay. You need to fool with the dip switches on the Neo-Geo version and if you are playing on Dreamcast, you'll have to set the power gauge to max everytime. But try pulling it in Practice even though you won't be able to do it without cheating, it's very flashy and worth it! |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + D | ------> | jump | -------> | qcf,qcf + A | |___________| |________| |_______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf,qcf + C | |___________________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM JAE HOON ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Thanks to Fancy D for poiting out that this chain is possible. I'm putting it here so that you know that in any combos which involve qcf,qcf + A at a point, you can follow with qcf,qcf + B provided you have the power bar. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + A | ------> | qcf,qcf + B | |_______________| |_______________| Here's the most basixc variation of this combo but don't forget to try out anything that comes to your mind. MOTW is crazy, crazy combos will work, let us be crazy and look great while doing so!! |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | b,b + B | ------> | qcf,qcf + A | ------> | qcf,qcf + B | |___________| |_______________| |_______________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | crouch C | ------> | charge d,u + K | |__________| |____________| | break | |__________________| | | ----------------------------------------------- | | | \|/ | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | charge d,u + D | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |__________________| | qcf,qcf + C | | qcf,qcf + A | |_______________| | qcf,qcf + K | | |_______________| | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | ----------> | charge d,u + D | -------> | d + D | | |__________________| |_________| | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | T.O.P. | |__________| (·········································································) ---------------------------------------------------- | | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | b,b + B | ------> | qcf,qcf + C | ------> | charge d,u + D | |___________| |_______________| |__________________| | | | | | | | \|/ \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| ----------------> | T.O.P. | | d + D | |__________| |_________| (·········································································) This combo cannot be pulled in usual gameplay since you require more than the P. Potential but it's nice and damaging! |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | b,b + B | ------> | qcf,qcf + C | ------> | qcf,qcf + K | |___________| |_______________| |_______________| ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOTARU FUTABA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump | ------> | qcb + B | ------> | f,d,df + K | |________| |___________| |______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + K | |_______________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stand C | -------> | qcb + B | -------> | qcf + P | |___________| | break | | f,d,df + K | |___________| | T.O.P. | |______________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + P | | qcf,qcf + K | |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GATO ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | stand D | ------> | f,d,df + K | |__________| |___________| | break | |______________| | | | \|/ | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |----> | f,d,df + K | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻ| | |______________| | qcb + D | --> | B | --> | |___________| |_____| | | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + P | | qcf,qcf + K | |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- BONNE JENET ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | stand D | ------> | qcf + B | |__________| |___________| | break | |___________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + P | | qcf,qcf + K | |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCO RODRIGUEZ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) [Combos contributed by Meta-Ukyo ] |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | stand C | ------> | f,d,df + P | ------> | qcf + K | |___________| | break | | qcf,qcf + D | |______________| |_______________| [Combos contributed by KFCripsy ] |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,d,df + C | ------> | qcf + D | ------> | stand C | | break | |___________| | crouch D | |______________| |____________| [Combo contributed by Gary Hobson ] |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | Corner | ------> | jump D | ------> | stand C | |__________| |__________| |___________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,d,df + C | | qcf,qcf + D | <------ | T.O.P. | <------ | break | |_______________| |__________| |______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOKUTOMARU ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) "Jump A, C" means you must perform A and C during one jump, i.e. as you jump, quickly press A and tap C immediately afterwards. May have to cancel stand C after first hit in some places. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump A, C | ------> | stand C | -------> | qcf + K | ------ |_____________| |___________| | break | | |___________| | | | | | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | df + D | | |__________| | | | | |------------- | -------------------------- | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf + A | | qcf,qcf + D | |___________| |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- FREEMAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Unbelievable enough, Freeman doesn't have long combos like all the other characters because the Morbid Angel (his break move - hcf + K) is hard to connect. When playing with him and as chain combos, pull the Morbid Angel. If Freeman grabs the opponent, break it immediately and pull any combo that I mentioned in the Regular Combos section. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TIZOC ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Like Freeman, Tizoc doesn't have long chains. But then, that's normal with Tizoc since he's a wrestler. To fool the opponent, f,d,df + C -> break -> f,d,df + P The opponent will try to attack and thus, the Active Tupon will catch them off-guard. Press A or C depending on distance between Tizoc and opponent. BABAYOU also pointed out that you can chain his Hercule's Throw into the Active Crash, i.e. close to opponent hcf + B -> in air, qcf + A. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEVIN RIAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Cartes sur table! Kevin Rian can be the cheapest player in the game. And there is no doubt that he has the longest chains in the game (and he has infinites too, that cheapo :)). He has truthfully too many chain combos to list, so I'll be putting the best ones. You can use the ones I've listed to make your own. Have fun! :) Notice how the second hit is a crouch C? DON'T CHANGE IT!! (I have a feeling this will be a bit hard to understand. If it's the case, e-mail me and tell me about it. If I get enough e-mails requesting the format to be changed just for Kevin, I'll do it in an update.) You'll notice that in some cases, you'll come across a combo where 3 Super Moves are included. This isn't really a mistake. Just ignore that route and go for the special moves' ones instead whenever this happens. I'd also like to point out that on home versions, you can pull these combos by cheating -- putting gauge MAX all the time. -------------------- | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | jump D | ------> | crouch C | ------> | qcf + K | ------- | |__________| |____________| | break | | | |___________| | | | | | | | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | | ------> | f,d,df + A | <------| | | | |______________| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | | | --------> | qcb + A | <------| | | | |___________| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | | ------ | qcf,qcf + A | <------ | | |_______________| | | | | | | | | | | \|/ | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | ----------> | qcf,qcf + B | ------------- |_______________| | ---------------------------------- | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + B | ---------------> | qcb + A | |_______________| | f,d,df + A | | T.O.P. | |______________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump D | ------> | crouch C | ----------> | qcf + K | |__________| |____________| | break | |___________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcb + A | <--------- | qcf,qcf + D | | f,d,df + A | |_______________| |______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRANT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | f + C | ----> | qcf + D | |__________| |_________| |___________| | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |--------> | f,d,df + C | | |______________| | | | \|/ | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + K | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + C | | d + D | |_______________| |_________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,d,df + C | -----------------------------> | T.O.P. | | break | | |__________| |______________| | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |--------------> | qcb + A | \|/ | |___________| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | f,d,df + C | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |______________| |--------------> | qcf + B | | |___________| | | | | \|/ | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| --------------> | qcf,qcf + P | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + K | | d + D | |_______________| |_________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f,b,f + P | ---------------------------> | T.O.P. | |_____________| | |__________| | | | | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | |-------------> | qcb + P | \|/ | |___________| | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | f,d,df + C | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |______________| |-------------> | qcf + B | | |___________| | | | \|/ \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + P | | d + D | | qcf,qcf + K | |_________| |_______________| ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAIN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (·········································································) Kain's break combos are harder to perform. |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | ------> | charge d,u + K | ------> | charge b,f + C | |__________| | break | | charge b,f + B | |__________________| | charge d,u + K | |__________________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | qcf,qcf + D | |_______________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | jump C | | corner | |__________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | charge d,u + K | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | break | -------> | qcf,qcf + B | ------> | qcf,qcf + B | |__________________| |_______________| |_______________| | | | | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | | charge b,f + P | -------------> | charge d,u + K | | charge b,f + K | |__________________| (·········································································) |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | corner | | charge b,f + C | | f + C | ------> | charge d,u + K | | throw | |__________________| |__________| | | \|/ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | charge b,f + C | | qcf,qcf + D | ------> | charge d,u + K | |_______________| | charge b,f + K | |__________________| ============================================================================= XII. CHARACTER ANALYSIS ============================================================================= "Now, the finish! Get up, fool!" - K' In this section, I will briefly analyse each character's pros and cons. I've typed this up after hours of gameplay (I've been playing nothing but MOTW for some time now), and do feel that all the info contained here is from an unbiased viewpoint (who's ever going to believe that!!? :D). Feel free to send me your own opinions if you want to, I'd like to know what you think about a character and how his special moves fare. Be polite though, don't go ahead and just flame me because I gave your favorite character a low rating. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROCK HOWARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rock Howard is the son of Geese Howard, the man behind everything! And he's been trained by Terry Bogard! Need I add more? :) Well, Rock _is_ strong but he has some drawbacks. Well, not a lot of those but they do hamper him in my books. I suppose this is because it's his first appearance and they didn't want to do the same mistake they did with K' in KOF (remember, he got toned down from '99 to 2000 because he was insanely strong on his _first appearance_ and even long-time '99 K' users had trouble adapting to the changes). Rock will probably be a killing machine in Garou 2... :) Rock has a great arsenal of moves although his breakable one is just plain stupid. The Shinkuu Nage is a close move and this means that when you pull it, it just has to connect. Why the hell would you want to break it for a Rasetsu (break Shinkuu Nage and hold AB) which doesn't always connect?! His Double Reppu Ken, while damaging, is slwo to come out and suffer from an even worse recovery time. His other moves are fabulous though. Great comboable moves and since he plays somewhat similar to Terry, he isn't that hard to understand. His counter moves (Crack Counter Jou-Dan/Ge-Dan) can make you win a whole match and are very useful. His Rising Tackle is cool too although it is different from the original one. Note that Rock also goes forward a bit as he performs it and goes up and this sometimes causes a couple of hits to miss. His Raging Storm is an average anti-air and the Shine Knuckle is comboable and works well off counters. Truthfully, forget about the Raging Storm because you will be using the Shine Knuckle most of the time. Then, comes the infamous Deadly Rave "Neo" which is probably the most damaging Potential Power in the move. In addition, he is quick! One of the best characters (but not the best -- scroll down if you can't wait to know who is the best :P)! OVERALL: He is the son of Geese Howard, DA MAN! 'Nuff said! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERRY BOGARD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Although there is Rock Howard who steps up to replace his deceased father, don't let that fool you! Terry Bogard is still Da Man! He may have lost his Rising Tackle but all his over moves are now better. I mean, most of his moves can hit as counter and as a result, he has a vast array of combos with some ultra damaging ones. As usual, his Power Wave is a great projectile and can confuse certain opponents. Don't abuse it though due to its recovery time but you can throw characters off-guard with it. The Power Charge -- new move but old name -- is incredible at causing guard crush. Just pull it repeatedly and laugh! His Power Dunk is a very efficient anti-air and in addition, enables his more damaging combos since it is his breakable move. By using it as a counter and breaking it, Terry can use _a lot_ of combos. He has really too many combos for only one guy (but then, that's what he's all about!). Even more incredible, his Crack Shoot seems to be blessed with the ability to counter anything. In the past, this was one of his less used moves. Now, it's the opposite simply because it is among the moves that causes counters most of the time _in the whole game_. His Super Moves and P. Potentials are useful in certain situations too and the Buster Wolf is easily comboed onto special moves to make them connect at all times. However, let us not forget the fact that Terry is now 10 years older plotwise. As a result, he has lost in speed. But that doesn't mean he is not deadly. He is still fast but to all you KOF maniacs, keep in mind that his speed abilities are not the same. Otherwise, Terry remains what he's always been; one of the best SNK characters and in addition, he's quite beginner-friendly. You'll definitely use him a lot! OVERALL: Like fine wine, Terry Bogard gets better as he gets older... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM DONG HWAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- He's actually weaker than Jae Hoon but still doing good. He rules the air, so if you're playing with him try to get your opponent up so you can make him get a taste of Dong's skills. His Kuu Sa Jin is, without doubt, his best move -- damaging and fast, plus it's damaging as hell. He also has the great ability to chain his Super moves and this alone makes him good but you need to be a skilled player to be able to use this. But anyway, Dong is a bit weak when it comes to close situations and he isn't good at keep-away. He has great super-jump though but at times, they aren't really useful specially against someone with long-range moves like Tizoc. His other moves aren't really damaging although he does have good combos. If you like to jump a lot and want a good air character, Dong Hwan should be your first choice but otherwise, he's in the low tier. OVERALL: Alien vs. Predator (lame) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KIM JAE HOON ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Much stronger than Dong Hwan, explained by the fact that he trains while his bro thinks he doesn't need it. As you may have noticed, Jae Hoon is controlled exactly like his father, so former Kiphwan players shouldn't have any problem controlling him. For sheer speed, Jae Hoon is an excellent choice. His Hou-yoku Ten-Shou Kyaku can be followed for longer, more damaging combos and his P. Powers deal good damage. He's also the only character to have a useful command move. Not only that but his Shou-Kyaku Hou (the command move) can launch devastating combos. OVERALL: Alien vs. Predator 2 (awesome) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOTARU FUTABA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Although she's quick and has good moves, she belongs to the lower tier because when you compare her with the rest, there aren't so many reasons to choose her and she comes a bit short of qualities. Hotaru rules the air but that's not much to say since she's not good in close situations. Moreover, her normal moves are not that good -- poor range and no priority. She does have good supers though but they suffer from lame recovery and thus make her quite vulnerable to attacks after those. Well, t'is not her fault you know, she's young...(but then, Bao is younger than Hotaru, so what the heck?!). She has some good combos but not really cool/long/damaging ones like the other characters. Use her if you just wanna have fun and winning is the last of your priorities. :) OVERALL: Low-tier. -- *waiting for Jazzie to insult me* ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GATO ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thankfully, Gato is a better character than his sister, Hotaru. Jumping in with attacks is really not recommended against him and he's capable of being extremely mean in close situations. He has strong moves and at the same time, is fast enough to surprise any opponent with one of those damaging combos of his. He has good Super Moves and Potential Powers to show his strength and these are very easily comboable to ensure that they do hit. His third Potential Power (hidden), the Ten-Ryuu Retsu-Kiba, takes some time to get used to because of the command. However, once you are able to combo it and to pull it quickly, behold! It is very damaging and will tear your opponents apart. He's a bit slow on the recovery side but then, this is pretty logical considering the strength of his special moves. It's a pity he doesn't have a wider range or real moves -- although he does have follow-ups -- but that doesn't change anything to Gato. OVERALL: He's an overpowered bastard. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- BONNE JENET ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jenet is a good player overall but requires some skill because her combos are not evident and most of all, her best moves require timing. She isn't really strong too but is faster than most characters and can thus confuse the poor opponent -- specially with that annoying super jump which can be cancelled into the Harrier Bee if the opponent is stupid enough to try and attack her. She's much more efficient in defensive situations. Her projectile, the Buffrass (probably stolen from Krizalid), makes difficult for her opponents to come in close and deal excellent tick damage at the same time. Moreover, if your opponent has a projectile and attemps to throw it continuously, she can easily escape since she has good jumps and is very swift. Jenet is not meant to be used aggressively though. Of course, you can take the opponent by surprise from time to time but don't abuse thsi strategy. OVERALL: Better than Blue Mary but not as good as Mai Shiranui. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCO RODRIGUEZ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Kyokugen student takes moves directly from Ryo and Takuma while throwing in some new ones. Now, as soon as you pick Marco, just keep this one thing in mind all the time: Marco is versatile, real versatile!! He is at easy in any situation and is great in the sense that he can very quickly change from a defensive to an aggressive strategy. But he is a bit slow although his strength and comboability makes up for it. He is also strong as keep-away and cheesing but personally, I don't like going for cheese moves (but if that's what you like, go for Marco). Like every Kyokugen character, he has an excellent anti-air in the Ko Hou which means that jumping in against him is not advised. However, he doesn't fare well in air situations due to crappy normal moves and his speed. But that doesn't change anything since most of the time, he'll be the most aggressive one and thus, hopefully, you won't have to jump a lot. Also watch out for the recovery time of most of his moves although just as with Takuma, you can be a scrub by using his projectiles. OVERALL: Top-tier! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOKUTOMARU ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- When I first saw Hokutomaru acting like a sissy and a lousy brat, I first thought he was a joke character (Hibiki, anyone...?) and ended up hating him. I even started thinking what the hell was going on in the producer's mind. Well, all this was before I decided to try him out. Because Hokutomaru rOxOrs. He actually is quite close to the top-tier listing but doesn't make it there mainly because he lacks strength. Like I said, Hokutomaru lacks strength but that shouldn't be much of a surprise to someone who's already played the game. Even his Supers are not really damaging. However, Hokutomaru is extremely rapid and he has the non- negligible advantage of being able to pull out his annoying projectile even in the air. His teleport moves can quickly become annoying and you can use those to get in the opponent's back and land a nice combo from behind. He also has good combos and his chain combos are not that hard to perform. My only rant here is that his second super loses some damage in break combos but I suppose that would be too much asking... :) Anyway, he would be fine even without combos since he can rely on his speed to confuse the opponent. He's really good at trapping the opponent as he can use his teleport moves while the opponent will find it hard to retaliate. OVERALL: New-gen ninja! Watch out, Eiji! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- FREEMAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- There has been some stupid rumours around Freeman when the game first came out and I get the feeling that the same questions will pop up whenever a stupid player gets the game. But putting all the junk and stupid fads aside, only one thing remains: Freeman is a top-tier character. And no, this (sound) judgement is not based on his cool looks and seiyuu or whatever else you may come up with. OK, he does look cool but once you can stop drooling to play with him, you won't take long to realize that the guy's got a handful of advantages over the rest. Firstly, like all characters of his type (i.e. "dark" type - Yagami, Setsuna, and the likes), he is blessed with an amazing speed. Whether on ground or in air, Freeman is at ease and can dish out serious damage with attacks that are quick to come out. But I haven't even mentioned the most amazing part yet. Most of his moves have an invincibility time and even if that misses, since his moves are anticipating ones due to their animation, he'll scrap his skin through most of the time. His second super can be weary at times but is actually very helpful in versus matches, specially if your opponent is an aggressive psycho. And rejoice because that is extremely damaging and it is always a true treat to be able to pull it against someone. He is also very versatile and can challenge any kind of players -- his moves enable him to deal with a lot of strategies. Ain't that kewl? But the best part is how Freeman doesn't take long to get used too. Of course, you still need to play a lot with him to really own the game but anybody can just choose him and still beat (almost) all the CPU characters. The fact is that his counter combos are relatively easy compared to the rest of the cast. The most exhilarating part is how most of his moves are extremely counter- friendly. While you need to time your moves well when controlling the other characters, the lag and invincibility in Freeman's moves makes it really easy to connect multihit counter combos on the poor CPU. Anyway, Freeman is a good character to start with and you can just guess how he is in the hands of a skilled player. OVERALL: People want him to be Orochi...ARE YOU CRAZY??!!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- TIZOC ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tizoc is a pure grappler and is thus not intended for everybody. Actually, other grapplers actually have some moves and are relatively easy to play with but don't even think about these things applying to Tizoc. Firstly, he is very slow and most of his moves, except the unblockable (i.e. close ones), have crappy recovery. His attacks take a lot of time to come out and in most cases, your opponent will have no trouble hitting Tizoc out of it. However, he will win if hits are traded since his attacks have insane priority. As a result, he's good at causing guard crush but sometimes, this isn't even remotely useful. The Hercules Throw is perhaps his most useful move since it enables follow-ups and as his moves deal a lot of damage, that's very helpful. His Daedalus Attack is not that strong and some players may thus tend to overlook it. On the other hand, the Aurora can be disgustingly powerful (if you're the opponent :)) but the command is hard (720° + P). One thing you need to always keep in mind if you want to play with Tizoc is that you will never get Miracles with him. Tizoc is happy to take hits as long as he can pull one of his powerful grappling techniques. He isn't for flashy players either since he is slow and requires strategy instead of just attacking. As you may see, playing Tizoc requires a lot of practice and time. And keep in mind that he's intended for close situations, so no turtling and defending from a distance with him. He's extremely strong, obviously, but at a cost: speed. Anyways, he'll be your best pick if you usually play with grapplers because Tizoc is a pure wrestler. OVERALL: Pure grapplers, for experts (and fans) only!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEVIN RIAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- He's great and may have long chain combos but I personally don't like him. That's not too say he isn't a good character though because this would just be my legendary bias getting in the way. :) Anyways, he's the perfect character for beginners who are not familiar with the game system yet as he has good, easy combos and decent overall stats. But he's not good at keep-away though although some of his moves do have good range. However, Kevin is more meant for close, ground situations. The Hell Trap, his break move, needs to be pulled up-close for it to connect, so I guess that just shows it. His super moves more than make up for it though. He has the option to chain his 2 Supers and as I explained above, even has infinites although they cannot be pulled normally. But even then, his long combos are enough to deal massive damage once you become familiar with him. Kevin does possess strength but he is behind in terms of speed. Well, I guess one can't have everything. :) As I said, if you're a beginner, you'd do well to start with him since he doesn't take long to become familiar with. Of course, there are better overall players than him though but he's great for a starter. OVERALL: "Up-close and personal". ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRANT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Don't let his size fool you! Grant is quick in addition to possessing sheer power. His moves are quite quick to come out and deal a lot of damage such that he doesn't even need combos. Most of all, his Gou Retsu-Shou is juggle- friendly and gives him extremely strong and easy chain combos. Although his typical anti-air, the Kyou Chou-Jin, has crappy recovery, it is a break move and as such, has plenty of uses. Well, he is the usual boss, so he has to have a good array of moves. His Majin Haten-Dan is yet another great anti-air and it has a good invincibility too to make it one of the most fearsome anti-airs in the game. More surprisingly, Grant has a hell lot of combos, which is surprising since he is much bigger than Kain. But there is one section where Grant rules: GUARD CRUSH! Give him enough time (as CPU) or get frenzy (playing with him) and Guard Crush will become your best friend. His teleport move is absolutely fantastic because it enables him to avoid certain projectiles aside from being very powerful. Add this to the fact that he can use this move in a quite easy infinite if you're a scrub. Grant is weak in the ai and a god on the ground. Due to his bulk, he's somewhat hampered in air situations and can barely scrap his way through but on the ground, he'll batter every other character senseless (yep, even the mighty Terry!). Overall, Grant is a very good character but you need to be familiar with him to be able to use him effectively. His best combos require some practice and timing while it is tough to use the Ma-Heki as it should be since it is kinda hard to pull and include in combos. Worth his title though! But still keep note that the version you get to play is weaker and deals less damage but he's still great! OVERALL: Godzilla + Jet Li! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAIN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- The true final boss and heck, he really does live up to his name! He's a charge character but that doesn't hamper him in the least. For one thing, his projectile can be used very cheaply against CPU opponents and even against nOObs. His other moves are all quite damaging and worth using a lot. He doesn't have many combos though (since all his moves are charge ones) but he doesn't need those. However, he does have 2 spectacular Super Moves and P. Potentials which are quick to come out and which deal massive damage. One of the few characters which have easy infinites (okay, these can _only_ be done in Practice mode on a home version of MOTW without cheating but that's still awesome in my book!) and his normal attacks have quite high priority compared to the rest of the case. The version you get to play with is weaker and believe it or not, players tend to control him better than the CPU since he's so predictable with his projectiles as the latter. The Schwarze Lanze, which is his breakable move, is _the_ move as it is very strong and once you break in it, any of Kain's supers will connect. The problem is to get it to connect because it is a charge d,u motion and thus rather predictable. He can also use the weak and strong version of his projectile randomly to trick the opponent since there is no way to tell what you're going to pull next until you actually do it. Yeah, excellent character but playing with him is considered cheap (with a reason too! :)). OVERALL: Good but rather predictable at times. Geese remains unsurpassed! ============================================================================= XIII. INFINITES ============================================================================= Here are the infinites which you can perform in the game. Garou is a bug-free game and there aren't many infinites. Moreover, the easiest infinites can only be done in Practice Mode on the Neo-Geo and the Dreamcast versions, they cannot be performed on Arcade unless you fool with the dip switches (only Kevin and Kain, I have done Grant's easily on Arcade). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KEVIN RIAN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kevin's infinites cannot be pulled on Arcade but they exist and you can abuse these against human challengers on home versions if the latter are stupid enough to play against you when you are playing with Kevin and the power gauge has been set at MAX. [In Arcade, you can probably mess with the dip switches and have your gauge always at maximum but don't ask me how to do so, I don't know!] Kevin Infinite #1<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ----------------- The easiest of them all is to just perform the Gattling Freezer over and over again. It doesn't matter which version you pull but it is essential that the opponent is on the ground when you perform it. It will not work against an airborne opponent. So, you'll get qcf,qcf + B -> qcf,qcf + D You can mix the versions or use the same version all the time. It's your choice, just do whatever suits you best. Kevin Infinite #2<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ----------------- This one works only against cornered opponents. Do the usual combo of Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K. Then, repeat the combo over and over again after each Gattling Freezer. You'll get Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> etc... The crouch C can be replaced with a stand C if you're more familiar with the latter. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that you have to be very quick if you pull the Super Move. The Potential Power freezes the opponent a longer time but this doesn't mean you can sleep. :) Kevin Infinite #3<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ----------------- This infinite involves only the Super Move of the Gattling Freezer. It will not work if you use the Potential Power. Do the usual Jump D -> crouch C but here, perform the Hell Trap and break it (I recommend to use the strong version). You'll have Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf + D (break). As soon as the move breaks, pull the Gattling Freezer (Super Move _ONLY_) and you'll end up with the following combo: Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf + D (break) -> qcf,qcf + B. And you just need to pull the Super Move Gattling Freezer over and over again. You need to be quick with each super though or the opponent will fall down. In short, Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf + D (break) -> qcf,qcf + B -> qcf,qcf + B -> ... As a matter of fact, you can use the Potential Power depending on the opponent's height. I suggest you try it yourself and see if it works. Well, Potential Powers do make an infinite (and the good thing is that they take less time to get to the 99 hits :)) but if you pull one too quickly or too fast, you'll screw the chain. Kevin Infinite #4<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ----------------- This one is a blend between the above infinites. Condition required: opponent cornered and skill. Start with #2: Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> crouch C ->... At any point within the combo, you can switch over to #3. A likely route for those who are impatient to break moves will be: Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> crouch C -> qcf + K (break) -> qcf,qcf + K And finally, you have to go on with #1 and you'll end up with the sick pattern of: Jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> crouch C -> qcf,qcf + K -> jump D -> crouch C -> qcf + K (break) -> qcf,qcf + K -> qcf,qcf + K -> qcf,qcf + K -> qcf,qcf + K -> 9,512,012,147 hits :) Note that when the Hell Trap is used, the next Gattling Freezer connects against an airborne opponent. So, you have to be fairly quick when pulling the following ones. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- GRANT ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Grant's infinites have been taken from the Combo FAQ by MGA available where you found this guide. Kudos to him for giving me permission to use his info.] There are 2 known infinites for Grant. The first one I haven't been able to do myself but I've heard it is indeed possible. The second one is easier but still requires skill! Both infinites require the opponent to be conered for them to work. Doing these anywhere else (well, trying to do them, I mean :)) guarantee you screwing up and being open for anything. Yes, even that 21-hit combo which you've been trying to pull for what seems like ages now. (·········································································) Grant Infinite #1 ----------------- |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f + C | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | different | ------> | f + AC | ------> | f + C | | normal move | | feint | |_________| |_______________| |__________| | /|\ | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| --------------------------------------- | f + AC | |__________| * The trick here is that the feint move will make Grant recover faster and he'll thus be able to do the f+C which will have the time to hit the opponent. This infinite is next to impossible to perform! (·········································································) Grant Infinite #2 ----------------- |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | f + C | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | different | ------> | qcf + D | ------> | f + C | | normal move | |___________| |_________| |_______________| | /|\ | | \|/ | | |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| -------------------------------------- | qcf + D | |___________| * This one is easier to perform. You need only 10 hits (pointed out in MGA's FAQ, confirmed by me) to beat the opponent since Grant is so friggin' strong but you can go up to 99 hits (even beyond but the counter stops at 99) in Practice Mode. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- KAIN ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kain has a a lot of infinites. Well, actually, they ressemble each other but hey, that still makes many. Anyway, some of you may know that I had written a Kain Infinite Combos before. I couldn't just leave these out and point you to that FAQ since it would make this one kinda incomplete. So, I mailed CJayC and asked him to take it down. I then tried to reformat it to include it in this one but truthfully, once I had finally done it, I read it and found out that it was hard to understand because there were a lot of notes to add and the flowchart made it look like a mess (as a matter of fact, this also happened with Kevin's infinites which is why I resorted to notes if you want to know everything!). In the end, I decided to just copy everything onto this guide without really changing anything. There are a few minor things that I've changed or erased, but nothing important. Here goes! [In Arcade, you can probably mess with the dip switches and have your gauge always at maximum but don't ask me how to do so, I don't know!] Firstly, the number of hits for his Super Moves and P. Potentials. '-----------' SUPER MOVES .-----------. Himmlischer Atem (qcf,qcf + A) ---> 1 hits Himmlische Steele (qcf,qcf + B) ---> 8 hits '-------------' P. POTENTIALS .-------------. Himmlischer Atem (qcf,qcf + C) ---> 3 hits Himmlische Steele (qcf,qcf + D) ---> 14 hits Now, I'll explain how to perform Kain's infinites (quite similar to how I did in Kevin's section). All the combos mentioned need not be started in the corner. But it is wise to ensure that the opponent will eventually get cornered early enough during the combo. Otherwise, something may mess up later and you'll have screwed everything. Kain Infinite #1<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ---------------- qcf,qcf + D --> qcf,qcf + D --> qcf,qcf + D --> qcf,qcf + D -> etc -> 99 hits The easiest of 'em all and if you cannot pull it, you seriously need to practice. Since the Himmlische Steele is now a P. Potential, it remains on-screen a lot longer. As a result, getting the following one to connect is easy. You may pull the next P. Potential: - While the previous one is still on-screen and is hitting the opponent. No matter how many hits this previous one has done, the following one wil connect. - When the previous one has already disappeared. The opponent should get thrown up. Just do it again and it will hit the opponent and bring him where you'll easily carry on. - When the opponent is falling down after being thrown up. You must be fast with this one though or the opponent will already be on the ground and the next won't combo. Kain Infinite #2<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ---------------- qcf,qcf + B --> qcf,qcf + B --> qcf,qcf + B --> qcf,qcf + B --> etc... The Super Move infinites is, logically, harder to perform. Mainly due to the fact that it has a shorter animation and does less hits. After the first Himmlische Steele, only 4-6 hits of the following ones will connect in each case. Thus, getting the timing well is hard and you may fail to pull it at the crucial moment. Kain Infinite #3<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ---------------- qcf,qcf + C --> qcf,qcf + C --> qcf,qcf + C --> qcf,qcf + C --> lotsa hits!! As unbelievable as it may seem, it is possible to pull this friggin' freakin' combo. Timing is essential though (and skill too!). The second Himmlischer Atem must be pulled just as the first one does 3 hits. When you perform it, the opponet should appear to be dizzy. Then, try to keep the opponent high up and be quick with each move. Kain Infinite #4<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ---------------- Combining all his Powers, there are several patterns. qcf,qcf + A --> qcf,qcf + D --> qcf,qcf + A --> qcf,qcf + D --> got it? Somewhat tough but gets easier with practice. qcf,qcf + C --> qcf,qcf + D --> qcf,qcf + D -> qcf,qcf + C -> and so on... Very easy since the Himmlische Steele will hit the opponent practically anywhere as long as you're quick to perform it. qcf,qcf + D --> qcf,qcf + C --> READ NOTES (**) ** You can now do different things. In fact, do whatever you want. I'm not going to list every single one of them since there are millions of possibilities in Practice Mode. Kain Infinite #5<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ---------------- It is now time to use special moves too to make his infinites even flashier. Stand C --> qcf,qcf + D --> anything from above Charge d,u + D (Schwarze Lance) --> break (AB) --> qcf,qcf + D --> whatever you want freak This is his the best you can do and it is very flashy! :) Kain Infinite #6<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ---------------- Here, you need to corner the opponent. As some of you may already know, Kain's throw is a juggle and you can follow with moves. Keeping this in mind, we can do the following: f + C (corner) --> qcf,qcf + D --> etc... The Super Move after the throw doesn't seem to connect. Use the Potential Power as the first move instead and from there, you can do whatever you wish for a nice infinite. ============================================================================= XIV. MISC ============================================================================= ############################################################################# /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ CROSS-OVER CHART ############################################################################# Oyé! Oyé! This is the Cross--over Chart section and well, do I really need to explain what it contains?! :) KEY :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: A/B/C/D - jump commands -> O - Move is a cross-over -> X - Move is not a cross-over Other move - List of other moves which are/can be cross-overs (command)--command - Means that cross- over move is a follow-up to the first move |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | CHARACTER | A | B | C | D | OTHER MOVES | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | ROCK HOWARD | O | X | O | X | qcb + D | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | TERRY BOGARD | X | O | X | O | f,d,df + K | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | KIM DONG HWAN | O | O | X | O | in air, d + K | | | | | | | in air, qcf,qcf + P | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | KIM JAE HOON | O | O | X | X | in air, d + K | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | HOTARU FUTABA | O | O | X | O | in air, d + B | | | | | | | in air, qcb + K | | | | | | | qcf,qcf + C | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | GATO | X | O | X | O | f,d,df + K ; (qcf + K)--B | | | | | | | (qcb + D)--C | | | | | | | (qcb + D)--D | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | BONNE JENET | X | O | O | O | qcb + D ; qcf,qcf + K | | | | | | | in air, d + K, K, K, K, K | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | MARCO RODRIGUEZ | X | X | X | X | qcf + D | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | HOKUTOMARU | O | O | X | O | none | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | FREEMAN | O | O | O | O | qcb + D ; hcf + K | | | | | | | qcf,qcf + B | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | TIZOC | X | X | O | X | (close, f + C)--df,df + C | | | | | | | qcb + K ; f,d,df + C | | | | | | | close, hcf + B | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | KEVIN RIAN | O | X | X | X | f,d,df + C ; qcb + D | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | GRANT | X | O | X | X | in air, d + B / D | | | | | | | (f,d,df + C)--d + C | | | | | | | qcf,qcf + K | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| | | | | | | | | KAIN | X | X | X | X | none | |_________________|_____|_____|_____|_____|___________________________| ############################################################################# /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ CANCELLABLE MOVES CHART ############################################################################# KEY :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: A/B/C/D - normal commands Standing - cancellable standing normal commands Crouching - cancellable crouching normal commands Far standing - cancellable standing far normal commands eg. Standing means standing A and D A - - D are cancellable ____________________________________ ===|When not associated with feint moves|=== ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ |ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ|ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ| | CHARACTER | STANDING | CROUCHING | STANDING FAR | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | ROCK HOWARD | A - C D | A B C - | A - - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | TERRY BOGARD | A B C - | A B C - | A - - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | KIM DONG HWAN | A B C - | - B C - | - B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | KIM JAE HOON | - - C D | - B C - | A B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | HOTARU FUTABA | A B C - | A B C - | A B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | GATO | A B C D | A B C - | A B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | BONNE JENET | A B C D | A B C - | A B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | MARCO RODRIGUEZ | - - C D | A - C - | - - - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | HOKUTOMARU | A B C D | A B C - | A B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | FREEMAN | A B C D | A B C - | A B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | TIZOC | A B - - | A - - - | A B C - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | KEVIN RIAN | - - C - | - - C - | - B - - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | GRANT | - - - - | - - - - | - - - D | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| | | | | | | KAIN | A B C - | A - - - | - - C - | |_________________|____________|_____________|________________| ############################################################################# /\/\/\ TRIVIA ############################################################################# A "Trivia" section? Just what the hell is this? This is only a small part but in here, you'll find all the things worth noting about the characters & games but that don't need to have a 2-page long section spent on them. I'm bound to miss stuff here, just mail me if you want to share something. · Kain's throw can be followed after if pulled against a cornered opponent. The only requirement is that he needs to throw the opponent towards the corner (basically, press f+C all the time). If this isn't proof that SNK drastically changed the Garou Dentetsu series, then I ask of you: "What is?". · Kain's Stand D does 3 hits. CHEAPO!! Too bad it cannot be cancelled. · Kain can link his crouch C onto his crouch D. · Although Jenet normally cannot cancel her far standing C, it can be comboed onto another strong punch: far C -> C. · Try this combo for Freeman: standing A -> standing A -> f + A. I have not put this in the flowchart sections because it is not damaging but it's definitely worth a look. The third hit is slap. You can also start with a jump D to increase the number of hits to 4. · Rock has the same Power than Geese originally had when he was still alive (assuming, of course, he really is dead). The Deadly Rave "Neo" looks very much like his dad's Ryuuko Ranbu (albeit the damage probably). · Some characters can now chain Super Moves, something unheard of in the Garou Dentetsu series before. · Play close to attention to the backgrounds (if you can...) and to the endings. There are a lot of references to past characters. · Tizoc actually shows his face in his ending. Namco should learn from this. · A lot of people keep wondering who is "The Gym Buster" in Marco's ending. I won't say who he is here except for this one tip: he's a very violent guy with $$$$$ on his mind all the time. It's damn easy to guess now. That's all for now. I'll probably add more later as I feel some things need to be mentioned but I'm feeling tired right now (my way of saying this is the last section I worked on :)). Feel free to send whatever you want meantime. I'll see if they're worth mentioning and will add these in an update with proper credit. ############################################################################# |------| SECRETS ############################################################################# This Secrets section is meant exclusively for Arcade players although some apply on the Neo-Geo version. In the case that the secret or code applies for the home version, I'll put (NG) next to it. PLAY AS GRANT ------------- Place the cursor on Dong Hwan, hold START and press Up, Up, Down, Down, Up, Down. A pic of Grant will appear. Note that you need to keep holding START until you press a button to select Grant. Otherwise, you will have to input the code again. PLAY AS KAIN ------------ Place the cursor on Jae Hoon, hold START and press Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Up. A pic of Kain will appear. Same notes as with Grant. I know you are wondering why my codes differ from the ones up at GameFAQs. These are the real codes. I had originally submitted them to the site but the guy who posted the other codes had them removed. The codes up there are meant for some versions of MOTW and work on emulators. However, they do not always work on Arcade machines, it all depends. The 2 codes above work EVERYTIME. If Grant/Kain doesn't appear, you are messing up. Try again. FIGHT AGAINST KAIN (NG) ----------------------- In order to fight Kain, your fighting average must be AAA. If this condition is met, you'll see a sequence after beating Grant (featuring Kain, of course) and will then be challenged by Kain. Beat him to see the real ending. ROULETTE (NG) ------------- Hold START and press any button. When you select a character with roulette, before each match (except the first), a screen appears where you'll see a "real-time" roulette with all the characters quickly appearing. Press a button to have it stop on a character or just wait for it to stop. Note that you may get Grant and Kain through roulette. SURVIVAL MODE ------------- Hold ABCD and press START. You will then play a Survival Mode (quite hard one too). CHOOSE OUTFIT (NG) ------------------ Each button gives a specific outfit. Just press a button and you'll get its respective colors. You can check out t-bob's Colors FAQ to know all the colors. CHOOSE YOUR WINNING POSE (NG) ----------------------------- Press a button immediately after beating the opponent. Each button gives a winning pose. SPECIAL TAUNTS (NG) ------------------- After beating the opponent and before the character takes his winning pose, press either f + AC or b + AC. Each character has 2 special taunts and inputting one of these commands gives one of these taunts. I think these taunts don't change anything in the background though. ############################################################################# |---------| BASIC TIPS ############################################################################# Okay, now you know all the advanced and character-specific stuff. But are you bloody sure you know the basic tips? · Get to know a bunch of combos for each character if you have no favorites. This should be your first task too if you can't choose characters because you feel there is a wide choice and always resort to the roulette. · Should you intend to master a character and always use him against human opponents, it is essential you know EVERYTHING about his normal moves, all his combos and specific situation strategies. You MUST know all about recovery times, pros and cons -- to put it bluntly, you must know that character just as you know yourself. · Get familiar with chain combos, be quick! Chain combos are now an important part of Garou and if you are not comfortable with those, there is no way you'll win. Why? Because the new game engine is such that reversals, juggles and all the rest occur all the time. So, it is necessary to be able to take advantage of your opponent floating. · Fully understand all the aspects of the game. In this case, I'm referring to S. Power, P. Potential, T.O.P., Just Defense, Counterhit. They do have a part to play you know...In fact, Just Defense is 30% of the game once you care to think of it! · Don't be snobby specially if you're a heavy arcade player. While good players are sought and respected, snobs are never popular and this attitude will even spark fights. And besides, why brag...? However strong you are, you are bound to lose one day. · When someone challenges you, don't look at him immediately. Instead, keep looking at the screen until he chooses his character. Once the bloody idiot does so, turn slowly to look at him and snicker. These are the signs of a great player and he'll very liklely be afraid and thus play badly. Of course, there are chances that he's better than you. In this case, keep staring at him and he'll be unable to focus on the game (of course, this will not always work against real expert players, so you can think of a losing statement meanwhile :D). · Taunt during matches to make them more fun and always use the special taunts at the end of the rounds. While taunting has always been present in fighters, it is even better in MOTW. I don't know if somebody has already pointed this out, so might as well do it. In MOTW, taunting during matches causes a detail in the background to change (example: the bell in Hotaru's stage). Moreover, some of the special taunts are great to watch. · Drink beer! Uh...No...Forget that last one...*feels ashamed but thirsty* · When you win, don't forget to point out how my guide helped you to attain perfection. :) ============================================================================= XV. OUTRO ============================================================================= Well, that's it! My FAQ for one of the best 2D fighters is finally complete. I have put all the sections that I felt should belong to such a FAQ and don't feel that anything is missing. So, I'll only be adding corrections and/or contributions from readers if I ever decide to update it. If you feel that some good combos are missing for a character or that I omitted to include some important notes on his/her Supers or in any other section, read the e-mail policy and send me your contributions. Also, pray remember. This FAQ may contain everything important about the game and you can practice a lot, get used to all the combos of your favorite character, become great at Just Defending...But all this doesn't mean that you have mastered that character. To master a character, you need to play with the guy/gal against challengers, A LOT OF CHALLENGERS!! And it is only after you are able to do 25 straight wins against 25 different guys with that character that you can boast to have mastered a character. And even then, who knows what awaits next...? One last note: TERRY BOGARD OwnZ jOO ALL 4 FR33!!1!!111!!!1!11!!! Whatever the game, whatever the series, whether he's been toned down... He remains The Legendary Wolf! :) (Choi rules everybody in KOF...Well, sort of...) ============================================================================= XVI. LEGAL DISCLAIMER ============================================================================= Copyright 2001-2002, Kertra. All rights reserved. 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Webmasters, if you wish to post this FAQ on your site, e-mail me first but note that I will give you permission only if you abide by these conditions: - Your site must be a non-profitable and non-commercial one. - It (the guide, not your site ^_^)must remain unaltered, not a single character is to be removed or added. - No banners or advertisements of any form are to be attached to it. - Full credit is given to me. If I do give you permission to post my FAQ, please note that I won't send you updates. It is your duty as a webmaster to check GameFAQs for the latest versions. Garou : Mark of the Wolves and all related characters İ 2000, SNK. ============================================================================= XVII. CONTACT INFO ============================================================================= If you want to mail me for contributions, comments, feedback or you want to send me some hot pics, feel free to do so. The address is found at the top of this FAQ. Note however that I will only accept certain types of e-mails and I will ignore the rest. Here's the list of those: · For God's sake, put the game as the subject line. I have no psychic powers and will not try to dechiper what your mail is about if you don't put the game as the subject. · If you send me combos, check that they do work and send them is a readable format. You don't need to make flowcharts yourself but make sure that I will easily comprehend what you are trying to say. · Do not ask me about roms and do not ask me how to unlock galleries in the Dreamcast version. Roms...never!! Galleries...these things don't interest me in the least (besides, this guide is for the Arcade and Neo*Geo versions and they don't have this additional options.. · I only accept e-mails in English since this is an English guide. Plain ol' English and no stupid messages of the type "hey dOOd, whassa teh!!111!!1". Get it? · No flashy colors, don't send me executables, files. In short, type whatever you wish to say and I will read it. · If you're just dropping a line to say "Thanks" or something like that, please note that I may not reply. I always do my best to reply but sometimes cannot due to strict time schedules. But you mails are still welcome! :) Get it? OK, now you can e-mail me if you wish! ============================================================================= XVIII. REVISION HISTORY ============================================================================= Version 1.00 (1/25/02) - FAQ finally complete after 3 weeks. Submitted to GameFAQs along with a bunch of other updated ones. Version 2.00 (1/28/02) - Major overhaul. Now a FAQ/Movelist. Move names in other sections have been changed in some cases. Also fixed the other sections; new stuff almost everywhere. Version 2.10 (1/30/02) - Fixed all sections and minor corrections. Tweaked the format a bit. Version 2.15 (2/8/02) - Typos corrected. Freeman sections changed a bit but nothing really important. Version 2.20 (2/9/02) - Rearranged Dong Hwan flowchart and corrections on Rock's Deadly Rave "Neo". Version 2.30 (2/13/02) - Nice update. More notes have been added on Super Moves and P. Potentials. Freeman overview again changed (forgot to add some stuff I intended to in v 2.15). Version 2.40 (2/15/02) - I have at last been able to state how Marco's Ryuuko Ranbu worked thanks to Fancy D. Several mistakes fixed and nice combos added for Jae Hoon. As a further note, I may add a 'Basic strategies' section on how to deal with the CPU opponents. I'll confirm that in the next update. Version 2.45 (2/17/02) - Guard Cancelling subsection added (in Just Defense section). As a sidenote, I will not add the 'Basic Strategies' because I do not play the game as often now. Sure, I can do it from memory but I can already imagine the number of e-mails flowing in to state that my strategies suck. :) Also added notes in Knowledge section and fixed some loose stuff. Version 2.50 (2/20/02) - Isn't it surprising how you can proofread a guide a few times but yet, typos still remain? Anyway, I corrected these and improved some of the T.O.P. descriptions (so the update wasn't totally useless :). Version 2.60 (3/12/02) - Edited a few sections. Version 2.65 (3/18/02) - Tweaked a few stuff in Kain sections. Also changed 'Knowledge' to Trivia'. Version 2.70 (4/11/02) - A couple of notes added. Final Version (4/25/02) - E-mail change. Final Version (7/14/02) - Noticed a few mistakes and dealt with those. ============================================================================= XIX. CREDITS ============================================================================= This guide would never have been possible without the following persons and I'd like to thank them all for their direct or indirect help. Thanks, guys! - SNK (Shin Nihon Kikaku) (v 1.00) For releasing this helluva sweet game and all the other titles which got me into video games. If it weren't for KOF, Garou, Metal Slug and LB, I would have stopped gaming but its popular series just kept getting better with each new release. And MOTW is the rOxOr1ng god of 2D fighting games, a work of art, a masterpiece, a dream come true, etc... (v 2.00) Managed to get some info from their website. - Jeff "CJayC" Veasey For posting my FAQs and reviews on his rOxOr1ng site!! Without him, you wouldn't be reading this guide and learning lotsa combos. Also, don't forget to check out the Fighting Games message board. This is, simply put, the best place to hang out on the net! - James Kuroki For writing a rOxOr1ng full FAQ for Garou. (v 1.00) Took move names from his FAQ. (v 2.00) Turned this into a FAQ/Movelist. Instead of backtracking in some cases, I took the names from his FAQ. A few names have been translated by myself (hence discrepancies). Cheers, man! - MGA For giving me permission to extract Grant's infinites from his own Combo FAQ available where you found mine. He typed those up in the original FAQ and I did a flowchart out of it. BTW, there are some helpful tips to doing long strings in his guide, check it out. - Fancy D For pointing out various mistakes I made in the FAQ. Most importantly, he told me the number of hits for each level of Marco's Ryuuko Ranbu. Also pointed out that Jae Hoon's qcf,qcf + A could be linked into his qcf,qcf + B (commands used to show S. Moves). - BABAYOU For reminding of my failure to list Jenet's third Potential (An Oi Mad.) and for pointing out that Tizoc did have a chain combo. - KFCrisy For helping me with the Ryuuko Ranbu's rOxOr1ng description (in my sOxOr1ng Marco FAQ :)) and for a sweet Marco combo. - Meta-Ukyo For contributing Marco's break combos. The third regular flowchart for Marco consists of combos which he was kind enough to contribute to my character guide. - Gary Hobson For contributing another sweet (but hard) Marco combo. - EX Andy His flowcharts in his KOF '98 Heady D! guide convinced me to use the same rOxOr1ng system here. - Special thanks to Kao Megura, Joe Palanca and John Culbert for writing ace guides for fighters -- they were the ones who inspired me to write FAQs in the first place. - NTM, IV My People, B.O.S.S., La Brigade, KDD, IAM, Secteur A, et tant d'autres! For keeping me sane while I typed this up. French rap rules everything else! - And you for reading this guide! 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