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    Street Fighter Alpha 3: A-ISM Gen Guide
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    VERSION 1.2
    LAST UPDATED: 4.19.99
    AUTHOR: Synn Syous <synnsyous@hotmail.com>
    
    Street Fighter Alpha 3 and all things related are copyright Capcom
    
    Sutorappu Kuru 
    Nothing but love
    
    
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    CONTENTS
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    1. INTRO
    2. NOTATION
    3. MOVE LIST
    4. MOVE ANALYSIS
    5. COMBOS
    6. STRATEGY
    7. REVISION HISTORY
    8. CLOSING
    
    
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    1. INTRO
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    Gen is a potentially very dangerous character. He has speed, priority, 
    strong combos/juggles, and is very versatile. However, he is also one of 
    the hardest characters to use in the game. It will take a lot practice 
    and a complete understanding of all his techniques before Gen can be 
    properly played and mastered. I hope you are up to the challenge. ^_^
    
    All of the information outlined in this document has been written based 
    off what I have learned through my own playing experience. A true player 
    is someone who does not follow these guidelines exactly but uses them 
    only as suggestions. I hope this guide helps you in developing your own 
    style of play.
    
    Gen isn't exactly a beginner's character, so I'm assuming you have some 
    experience with the game and at least know the fundamentals. If not, I 
    suggest you start with someone easy and read a more general FAQ that 
    covers all the basics (Kao Megura's excellent FAQ comes to mind).
    
    
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    2. NOTATION
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    Controller Directions
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      ub  u  uf
        \ | /
     b -- n -- f
        / | \
      db  d  df
    
    
    Button Layout
    =============
    
      Jab       Strong      Fierce  
    
      Short     Forward     Roundhouse
    
    
    Abbreviations
    =============
    
      P          -  Punch
      K          -  Kick
      S          -  Standing
      C          -  Crouching
      J          -  Jumping
      /          -  Means "or"
      ->         -  Separates moves in the Combo Section for clarity
    
    
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    3. MOVE LIST
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    (Information for this move list was taken from Kao Megura's Alpha 3 FAQ.)
    
     Ansatsu Ken: Sou-ryuu           Press PPP at any time  (air)
       Juraku                        b / f + PP
       Houzen                        b / f + KK
       Shuuga                        Any direction but u / d + KK  (air)
       Hyakurenkou                   Tap P rapidly 
       Gekirou                       f,d,df + K, tap K  (see notes)
       Zan'ei                        qcf,qcf + P
       Shitenshuu                    qcb,qcb + P
    
     Ansatsu Ken: Ki-ryuu            Press KKK at any time  (air) 
       Juraku                        b / f + PP 
       Houzen                        b / f + KK
       Shuuga                        Any direction but u / d + KK  (air)
       Jasen                         Charge b,f + P
       Ouga                          Charge d,ub~uf + K
       Kyoutetsu                     Press Strong
       Onkyou                        Press Fierce
       Kirou                         d + Fierce
       Satsu Jin                     d + Short
       Saizu                         Jump over someone, press Forward
       Uken -> Shakudan              In air, quickly press Roundhouse twice
       Kouga                         In air, qcb,qcb + K
       Jakouha                       qcf,d,df + K
    
      Alpha Counter:  (Sou-ryuu)  1-hit Gekirou
      Alpha Counter:  (Ki-ryuu)   1-hit advancing Soryuu-style Fierce Punch
    
      Cancellable Attacks:   JAB  STRONG  FIERCE  SHORT  FORWARD  ROUNDHOUSE
        standing Sou-ryuu     *     *       *1      *       *
        standing Ki-ryuu      *                     *       *
        crouching Sou-ryuu    *     *               *       *    
        crouching Ki-ryuu     *     *               *       *
    
     - Gen has two different "styles" of play he can use by pressing PPP
       or KKK.  Once you've changed into a certain style, you can only
       use the moves in that style (for example, in Sou-ryuu style, you
       could use the Shitenshuu but not the Ouga).  Gen normally starts
       in his PPP style, but if you switch to his KKK style, he'll
       remain in it for the rest of the game.  You can switch Gen's
       styles at any time, while jumping, blocking, attacking, when
       knocked down, while dizzy, and so on.
     - In his Sou-ryuu style, Gen can chain together his normal attacks.
       The sequence is pretty loose--the only real restriction is that
       you can't chain a stronger attack into a weaker one (like HP into
       LK).  Otherwise, just about anything is possible.
     - During the Geki Rou, you need to tap the Kick button as your
       opponent goes higher and higher into the air if you want to get the
       full hits (you'll know if you did this correctly because he'll
       finish with a kick that knocks your foe away).
     - If hit by a Shitenshuu, a timer will appear over the head of Gen's
       opponent and count down.  When it reaches zero, Gen's foe falls to
       the ground and is dizzied.  You can increase the timer speed by
       hitting your foe with multiple Shitenshuus, but your opponent can
       stop the timer by hitting you with an attack.  Note that your
       opponent is damaged during the intitial hits, each time the counter
       goes down by one, and when it hits zero and he / she is dizzied.
       The higher level you use, the more damage the Shitenshuu does during
       the intial hits and for each timer countdown.
     - During the Ouga, you can:
          * Direct your initial leap left or right by charging d,ub / uf
            instead of charging d,u (which always takes you to the wall
            behind you).
          * Do nothing when you touch a wall for a jump kick
          * Press b when you touch a wall to abort the move
          * Press f when you touch a wall for a long kick toward your foe
          * Press u when you touch a wall to move to the ceiling
             + Do nothing when you touch the ceiling to do a head stomp
             + Press ub~uf when on the ceiling to abort the move and drop
               in either direction
             + Press b / f when on the ceiling to use a dive kick in either
               direction
     - The Kyoutetsu is an overhead attack.
     - The Onkyou hits low and must be crouch-blocked.
     - The Kirou causes huge amounts of damage if it hits someone who is in
       the middle of an attack (3.5-4.0 times more damage).  However, if you
       are hit out of it, you may take lots of damage yourself.  The move
       also has a considerable delay.
     - The Satsu Jin will knock an opponent up into the air.  You can
       follow it with a Jakouha or jump after them with the attack of
       your choice.  If you use the Uken, they can't flip out afterwards.
     - Gen's jumping Ki-ryuu MK (the Saizu), works best as a cross-up
       attack.
     - During the Kouga you can:
          * Press LK for a jump kick off the left wall,
             + Then, press MK or do nothing instead for a long kick towards
               your enemy.
             + Or, press HK instead for a higher, faster long kick.
          * Press MK for a head stomp off the ceiling,
             + Then press LK instead to dive left.
             + Or, press HK instead to dive right.
          * Press HK for a jump kick off the right wall,
             + Then, press MK or do nothing instead for a long kick towards
               your enemy.
             + Or, press LK for a higher, faster long kick.
       If you do nothing, Gen will just keep jumping off opposite walls
       and kicking.  Gen can perform one extra attack per level.
     - It's easy to accidentally tap a button too much so that if you "do
       nothing" after using LK or HK to go to a wall, you'll end up doing
       the following LK or HK move instead.  To prevent this, pressing MK
       has the same effect as "doing nothing".
    
    
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    4. MOVE ANALYSIS
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    MANTIS (PPP) - a.k.a. Sou-ryuu
    ============
    
    Gen has two different styles (MANTIS and CRANE). In Mantis, Gen has  
    really quick short jumps and chain combos. Pretty much anything will
    chain as long as the next attack is of greater or equal strength. 
    You can chain in this order but not going backwards:
    
                     +------------>------------+ 
                     |                         |
    JAB/SHORT -------|                         +-------> FIERCE/ROUNDHOUSE
                     |                         |
                     +----> STRONG/FORWARD ----+
    
    You can actually chain a strong punch after a forward kick and vice  
    versa. You can also chain a Roundhouse after a Fierce and vice versa.
    However, you cannot chain a Crouching Roundhouse under any conditions.
    Perhaps Capcom thought that the knock down ability of a chain combo
    would have made Gen too powerful. Hmm... oh well.
    
    JAB
    ---
    S: Your typical standing Jab. Hits high and recovers quickly. Can be 
    used as a walk up chain combo starter but keep in mind that smaller
    characters can duck under it.
    C: A nice fast peck that is good for starting chain combos. It might
    have more priority than Gen's low short, but you're generally better
    off doing his crouching short anyway as it has more range and must be
    blocked low. Can be used to hit rising opponents in wake up games or 
    to spice up combos if you're one of those anal types who thinks doing
    3 low shorts in a row "looks bad."
    J: Useless
    
    STRONG
    ------
    S: A deep gut punch that is best used in juggles (see COMBOS). No  
    other practical uses for this one.
    C: A fast low peck that can be blocked standing. Not as much reach as 
    his low forward but has good priority and beats out other character's
    low attacks often.
    "I think for beginning Gens the crouching MP is incredibly useful.
    Here's the reason: doing a crouching MK cancel into the Zanei can be 
    tricky for beginners. So I just tell people to hit with crouching MP 
    while spinning the joystick in the Zanei motion.  Thus you get an 
    incredibly easy to do crouching(or standing also) MP into level 2 
    Zanei. Of course crouching MK into Zanei has longer range etc, but
    it's harder for scrubs to do." (Comment from Sung)
    J: Useless
    
    FIERCE
    ------
    S: A weird rising punch. Seems to beat out attacks and can even take 
    opponents out of the air (sometimes). I really don't know what to say 
    about this punch as I don't use it all that much.
    C: One of Gen's best pokes. Comes out fast and has good recovery  
    time. Use it to knock your opponents out of their attacks from long 
    range.
    J: Weird downward chop that has a little lag coming out. I think the  
    initial frames of the move hit pretty high so it can be used in air  
    to air situations.
    
    SHORT
    -----
    S: A low kick to the shins that can be blocked standing and has long
    recovery. Sucks when compared to his low short. Hell, it's useless.
    C: Your best friend. Land one of these and it's chain combo, into  
    super, into juggle, into your opponent losing around 80% of his life.  
    Throw these out a lot. You can land up to three in a row after a  
    jump-in and still chain off a low forward because of its great reach.
    Use only two just to be safe though.
    J: Can be used as a jump-in tick. Not very practical.
    
    FORWARD
    -------
    S: Fast poke with good range, but Gen's low Fierce and Roundhouse  
    kicks are by far his best pokes in Mantis. However, this _can_ be
    canceled into the Zan'ei if it connects. Don't waste any supers
    though. Make sure it connects if you try that.
    C: Your next best friend next to the low short. Comes out fast and  
    hits low. Chains easily after even 3 low shorts because of its range.  
    Cancel into a level 2 or 3 Zan'ei super and watch your opponent cry.
    J: Now we're talking... this awesome cross-up kick is one of Gen's  
    most important attacks. The kick has good range and seems to cross-up  
    very easily on even the smallest of opponents. Because of Gen's fast  
    jumps in Mantis style, you can keep jumping at your opponent trying  
    to cross-up with this. You'll usually catch them as they try to  
    counter and then it's COMBO time baby! Use prudently though.
    
    ROUNDHOUSE
    ----------
    S: Very good poke. I use this one a lot. Has about the same range as  
    his low Fierce but you don't have to be crouching. It's a good walk  
    up poke since you don't have to hold down.
    C: Gen's longest ranged attack in Mantis. Comes out fast and knocks  
    down but has a lot of lag. Make sure this one is at least blocked, 
    it does good guard meter damage anyway. You don't want to give your
    opponent a free jump-in by completely missing with this move!
    J: A great jump-in that has excellent reach and priority. You can  
    throw this out early, land, and still have time to start a chain  
    combo because of Gen's quick jump. Since you can throw it out early  
    and it has good range, it tends to stop a lot of opponents before  
    they have time to do their anti-air stuff.
    
    HYAKURENKOU (Press P rapidly)
    -----------------------------
    Gen throws out a USELESS flurry of punches. Doesn't even work that  
    well as a guard crush because you'll be lucky if it hits even twice.  
    Comes out fast so I hear people tell me it can be used to stop  
    delayed attacks as a sort of pseudo option select from a guarding  
    position. But I'm just too lazy to mash on the punch buttons and your  
    opponent can see you doing it anyway. No thanks. I've always hated  
    these kinds of moves.
    "A note about the 100FP (100 finger poke/Hyakurenkou). I use it in one
    situation. I use it to set up my distance when the enemy is in the corner
    (assuming I have no super bar). I do a jump-in HK or MK and while in the
    air start the PPPPPP (I use MP). When you land, whether or not you hit 
    them, you will get pushed back to a perfect distance.  They cannot jump,
    fireball, walk forward, or dragonpunch without getting hit." (Sung)
    
    GEKIROU (f,d,df + K)
    --------------------
    Gen does a rising multi kick air combo. Great in juggles, does good  
    damage, and looks damn cool. Unfortunately, its priority isn't all  
    that great (it sure as hell isn't a Dragon Punch) and it's relatively  
    hard to do. I put in a helluva lot of hours into Alpha 2's training  
    mode practicing this damn move before I could do it consistently and  
    I suggest you do the same. (Unless you're some kind of damn natural.)  
    You have to press the kick button at an increasingly faster rate.
    Start out slow and then start doing it faster. The last few kicks  
    should be done very quickly. One of Gen's more important moves. If 
    done against a blocking opponent on the ground, then press kick quickly
    to make Gen land faster and do some guard meter damage. You should be
    left pretty safe if done correctly. Don't count on it though.
    
    ZAN'EI (qcf,qcf + P)
    --------------------
    Gen's rushing punch super and his best super at that. This will be
    the key to getting off all those wonderful damaging combos. Comes out
    faster and goes farther at higher levels. However, its priority is
    pretty weak. Level 2 and 3 combo off nicely after a low forward. You
    don't really want to do this at level 1 or outside of a combo. Its
    main use is for the finishing touch after those chain combos.
    
    
    SHITENSHUU (qcb,qcb + P)
    ------------------------
    This move is just that... Sh*t. All joking aside though... it really  
    is a pretty sh*tty move. The concept is cool though. Combos after a  
    low Short if you're close... but that's IT. If you can keep your  
    opponent from hitting you, then it's a free dizzy. In theory this  
    would allow you to get potentially more damage off. If you feel you  
    can hold your opponent off for the length of the counter, then go for  
    it. Now I have to tell you a story. I once nailed this guy with a  
    Level 1 Death Touch and in the time it took the counter to get to 0,
    I had already gotten 3 levels of super again. Once he got knocked  
    dizzy, I killed him with a huge super/juggle combo. Heh heh... the  
    point: This move can be useful.
    "A note about the Deathtouch (Shitenshuu). The best bet for getting it is
    to cancel out of a standing MP. A standard MP cancel into Deathtouch is
    a guaranteed combo. The MP cannot be so shallow that the initial flurry
    of the Deathtouch does not hit. Obviously this is easiest after missed or
    block supers that go deep (ie missed dp supers etc). I -strongly- prefer
    to use this combo when my opponent has about 1-2 inches of life left.
    Watching the opponent flail around for the last few seconds of his life
    as you jump back and taunt is very amusing." (Comment from Sung)
    Couldn't agree more! ^_^
    
    
    CRANE (KKK) - a.k.a. Ki-ryuu
    ===========
    
    In Crane, Gen has a faster walking speed and slower higher jumps. He
    cannot chain combo in this style and most of his attacks are slower.
    Learning to use this style effectively will take time and practice.
    Most of his attacks have strange properties but when used in 
    conjunction with Gen's faster Mantis style can really throw off your 
    opponent and confuse the hell out of him.
    
    JAB
    ---
    S: A high hitting quick punch. Buy it's not exactly useless in this 
    style. It has quick recovery and you can link into a low short.
    C: Hits crouching opponents, but can be blocked standing. Recovery
    time is pretty long considering it's a jab. Not that great.
    J: Useless
    
    STRONG
    ------
    S: Gen takes a step forward and hits twice punching downward. This is
    Gen's overhead and must be blocked standing. Really slow, so be 
    cautious when sticking this out. Many opponent will try to counter
    after successfully blocking or even taking this attack. Try switching
    to Mantis and following up immediately with a Gekirou to hit them out
    of there counter attempt. Use good judgement though. Once you scare
    them into blocking you can try doing this move again or some other 
    attacks.
    C: Just like his crouching Jab but does more damage and has longer 
    recovery time.
    J: Useless
    
    FIERCE
    ------
    S: Gen takes a step forward and hits twice punching upward. The first
    hit of this attack must be blocked low. Can be switched up in cases
    where you would use Gen's top-down to cause some confusion with your
    opponent. Does good guard meter damage. Again, you can try switching
    to Mantis and immediately following up with a Gekirou.
    C: This move is cool. Gen winds up and does a huge two finger poke.
    If this move hits on counter, it does HUGE damage. About as much as a
    level 1 super. But if Gen is hit out of it, he takes more damage also.
    The range is good. About as long as his low roundhouse in Mantis. Use
    it in wake up games or after fast attacks to try to get that counter 
    hit. I don't like using this when my opponent has a super meter. It's
    too much of a risk to get hit out of this attack with a super.
    J: Gen punches downward with both his palms. It's okay.
    
    SHORT
    -----
    S: Comes out and recovers slowly. Useless.
    C: Gen does a gay low kick to his opponent's shins. This move has 
    the odd property of knocking your opponent into the air when it 
    connects. See COMBOS for more. Comes out and recovers fairly quickly.
    J: Useless.
    
    FORWARD
    -------
    S: Gen does a kick like his standing roundhouse in mantis but without
    taking a step forward first. Range is about the same as a standing 
    forward in mantis and it seems to come out slow. Never the less, it
    is one of Gen's main pokes in this style. If you must poke, then I
    suggest you switch to Mantis and just forget about this move.
    C: A low kick with okay range and slow speed. Another one of Gen's 
    important pokes in this style, but it's crap when compared to his
    Mantis stuff. Forget this move also and just use Mantis.
    NOTE: It has occurred to me that the slow speed of these moves might 
    actually be useful in that they can throw off the timing of your
    opponent. The built in delay of these moves might allow you to hit 
    your opponent during a counter attack attempt. However, you'll 
    probably want to stick with the crouching fierce for that purpose
    because you will receive a damage bonus if that move hits on counter.
    J: Now this is a good move. One of the longest cross up attacks in any
    game. Gen does a backwards kick that can be used to hit opponents that
    you jump OVER. It's hard to follow up this move, but it's great for 
    getting in a surprise hit (or two, or three... etc. Heh heh.) You can 
    actually use this move as a regular jump-in also. If you do cross up
    with this, your opponent will usually be surprised. Now is your chance
    to use Gen's slower trickier attacks. (Unless your opponent is a spaz.)
    
    ROUNDHOUSE
    ----------
    S: Gen does a quick double kick that has bad range. Not that useful by
    itself, but it's okay for following up a jump-in attack with.
    C: Gen does a handstand kick used mainly for hitting your opponent out
    of the air. Don't ever do this if your opponent is on the ground as the
    recovery time is pretty horrible.
    J: Tap Roundhouse twice in the air and Gen does a double jump kick.
    This will drive your opponent nuts because there is no telling whether
    you'll only do one or both. Heh heh. My friends hate this attack. I 
    guess that means it's really good. Unfortunately, it's always risky
    jumping while you're in Crane style because of Gen's slow ass jumps.
    Used mainly on turtles or scared people who are low on life. Looks 
    great in combos and does more damage because of the extra hit. Use it
    in guaranteed situations (like a dizzy).
    
    JASEN (Charge b,f + P)
    ----------------------
    Gen rolls forward and pokes the opponent. The actual roll hits also.
    Goes under regular fireballs. Use this to get close and stick to the
    Strong version. The Fierce goes too deep and will get you into trouble
    if it's blocked. I don't really use this move a lot but I guess it 
    wouldn't hurt to do once in a while. I'm pretty sure it does good
    guard meter damage.
    
    OUGA (Charge d,ub~uf + K)
    -------------------------
    Gen does a Cajun Strike type attack that knocks the opponent down. I
    believe this is a pretty useful move. You can fake out your opponent
    pretty well with all its different variations. I mainly use it when
    my opponent is being a turtle or just for a change of pace. You can
    also create openings with this move by suckering your opponents into
    missing with their anti-air attacks (mainly Shotokan Dragon Punches).
    Nail them with something really painful as they float down afterwards.
    
    KOUGA (In air, qcb,qcb + K)
    ---------------------------
    Kind of like a mid-air Ouga. I use it mainly to eat through my 
    opponent's anti-air. Since it's a super it goes through other characters'
    regular basic attack anti-airs (like Karin's obnoxious standing fierce)
    and some special moves also (trades with Dragon Punches... sometimes).
    Other than that I don't really see much use for this move. The Ouga
    already provides enough trickery without the cost of a super.
    
    JAKOUHA (qcf,d,df + K)
    ----------------------
    Gen's super air throw. Mainly used at the end of juggles. Doesn't seem to
    work that well on its own because you can get knocked out of it pretty
    easily. See COMBOS to find out where to use this.
    
    
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    5. COMBOS
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    Gen's best jump-in attacks are his forward (regular or cross-up) and 
    roundhouse in Mantis, and his double roundhouse in Crane. It's actually
    possible to connect with the double roundhouse in Crane, switch into 
    Mantis before or as you land, and then continue to combo your opponent 
    with Gen's chains. Very hard (especially in the arcade) but possible.
    
    
    Jump-In or Ground Combos
    ========================
    The following combos can be started on the ground or after a jump-in.
    
    
    1. (PPP) C.Short -> Gekirou (8 hits)
    
    2. (PPP) C.Short -> Gekirou (3~4 hits) -> S.Strong -> Gekirou (8 hits)
    
    3. (PPP) C.Short -> Gekirou (3~4 hits) -> S.Strong -> Gekirou (3~4 hits) 
        -> (KKK) Jakouha
    
    4. (PPP) C.Short -> C.Short -> C.Short -> C.Forward -> Level 3 Zan'ei
        -> Gekirou (3~4 hits) -> S.Strong -> Gekirou (8 hits)
    
    *5. (PPP) C.Short -> C.Short -> C.Short -> C.Forward -> Level 2 Zan'ei
        -> (KKK) C.Strong -> Jakouha
    
    6. (PPP) C.Short -> C.Short -> C.Short -> C.Forward -> Level 2 Zan'ei -> 
       Gekirou (3~4 hits) -> S.Strong -> Gekirou (3~4 hits) -> (KKK) Jakouha
    
    7. (KKK) C.Jab -> Jasen
    
    8. (KKK) S.Jab -> C.Short -> J.Roundhouse (2 Hits)
    
    9. (KKK) S.Jab -> C.Short -> J.Roundhouse (2 Hits) -> (corner) Jakouha
    
    
    Combos 2 and 3 work best after a cross up forward kick in Mantis. You have
    to hit your opponent pretty deep with the first Gekirou for best results.
    
    Combos 2, 3, 4, and 6 all involve a shortened version of the Gekirou. I
    usually use the Roundhouse version of the Gekirou, but I am told it works
    for the other versions as well. You want to time it so that the 3rd or 4th
    kick forces Gen to fall immediately after he does it. You can land before
    your opponent does and nail him with the S.Strong punch. Just to show you
    what I'm talking about... do a Roundhouse Gekirou on someone and tap kick
    as fast as you can. Gen will fall quickly after 2 or 3 kicks. That's 
    basically the idea but time it for 3~4 hits on purpose.
    
    In combos 3 and 6, the trick to switching styles fast enough for the 
    Jakouha is to do the hits for the Gekirou by pressing KKK.
    
    
    Other Combos
    ============
    
    
    10. (KKK) C.Roundhouse (as an air counter) -> Jakouha
    
    *11. Punch ground throw in the corner -> (PPP) S.Forward -> Gekirou (8 hits)
    
    12. Any ground throw in the corner -> (KKK) Jakouha
    
    *13. Punch ground throw in the corner -> (KKK) -> J.Roundhouse (2 Hits) ->
         land and immediately do a Jakouha
    
    * Combos can be seen on 3-11's Gen combo video at http://fighters.net/
    
    Aside from the above combos, Gen also has his chain combos in Mantis. All 
    of Gen's Mantis chains that involve the three low shorts and then low 
    forward can be replaced by: C.Short -> C.Strong -> C.Forward. I think that
    the latter might do more damage. Harder to time though. One chain combo 
    that you could try is C.Short -> S.Fierce -> S.Roundhouse. You can do a 
    level 2 or 3 Zan'ei after the Fierce if you want. I think this does good
    guard damage because of the Fierce and Roundhouse hits.
    
    Many of Gen's juggles can be broken out of with a well timed air recovery. 
    If you anticipate the air recovery, then you should follow up with either 
    an air throw, Gekirou, or Jakouha. The Gekirou and Jakouha by themselves
    are very hard for your opponent to air recover away from in the middle of 
    juggles. Gen's crouching Roundhouse in Crane is a good attack as well and 
    can be followed up with a Jakouha.
    
    
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    6. STRATEGY
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    General Strategies
    ==================
    
    All right! The strategy section! Basically, you want to nail your opponent
    with Gen's highly comboable Zan'ei level 2 or 3 super. Your whole damn 
    game should revolve around getting that super meter up and nailing your 
    opponent with the Zan'ei.
    
    Super Bar Management
    --------------------
    Just think about it... connect with a cross-up forward, a single simple
    little low short, or any other jump-in... and your opponent loses a lot
    of life. Not only that... because of the chain combos, you don't have to
    anticipate whether or not your opponent will block. Example: I walk up 
    with low Short with Fei Long and immediately cancel into his super. What
    if opponent blocked? I'm screwed. It's hard to see that short get blocked
    and then stop yourself from doing the super (unless you've got awesome
    reflexes). Gen does a 4 hit chain before his supers so it's easy to stop
    and _not_ do the super if the opponent blocked. Never use your supers by
    themselves unless you absolutely have to or if it's friggin guaranteed.
    There is NO reason for you to waste any super meter you've got. If you 
    play smart, your connection rate with your super should be 100% (at least 
    with the Zan'ei). I generally use only one level for all of Gen's other
    supers but it depends on the situation. You might want to burn a level 3
    Kouga to cheese your opponent to death or a level 3 Jakouha if it's likely
    to connect.
    
    Jumping Attacks
    ---------------
    Take advantage of Gen's fast jumps in Mantis. His J.Roundhouse is great.
    Feel free to abuse it against non-Shoto characters. Repeated jump-ins
    work well if done moderately, especially if you surprise your opponent 
    with a cross up forward. If any of your jump-ins connect... you know what
    to do.
    
    Poking
    ------
    When on the ground, use all of Gen's fast pokes (duh). S.Roundhouse,
    C.Roundhouse, and C.Fierce are his best ranged attacks. When you get 
    close enough, do a chain combo. Don't get frustrated if your opponent is 
    blocking all your attacks, his guard meter will go before you know it.
    When his guard meter is about to break, do a chain combo that crushes it
    mid way and be sure to follow up with the Zan'ei. Gen's strong roll in
    Crane is great for chipping off guard meter. Switch to Mantis during the
    roll and immediately follow up with a Gekirou. It usually eats out any 
    kind of counter attack (except the big moves and supers... did I really
    have to tell you that?) If the Gekirou is blocked then tap kick fast to
    get even more guard meter chipping off. Gen should land right away and 
    you should be left pretty safe. You can do this after his standing Strong
    and Fierce in Crane also.
    
    Throwing
    --------
    Oh, yeah... don't forget to THROW. You'll get a lot of throws off... 
    trust me. Especially when your opponent is expecting to block this big 
    chain combo and then you just walk up and throw. Heh heh. Once you start
    screwing with your opponent's mind then you can start connecting with 
    bigger stuff. Always watch how your opponent reacts. It's not how good
    your offense is, it's how good you are at playing defensive while you're
    attacking (if that makes any sense). The biggest thing to overcome it how
    your opponent counter attacks. Pay attention and find a way around it.
    Whoever adapts to his opponent the quickest is the winner. That's why
    it's important to mix up your game. Which is easy for Gen because he has
    2 styles (or hard if you are inexperienced. Practice.)
    
    Delayed Attacks
    ---------------
    Cut your chain combos short and then instead of throwing, walk up and
    start another chain. If your opponent flinches, then he will eat the 
    chain combo into super. Of course if he flinches into a level 3 super,
    then you don't really gain a whole lot do you. It's a nice trick but be
    prudent when using walk up throws or combos. Sometimes it's better to
    just get as much guard meter damage as possible and then start over.
    
    Okizeme
    -------
    If the opponent is flat on his back, then you've got a pretty big 
    advantage. Make sure you do lots of different okizeme (pressuring the
    downed opponent) stuff. You can try Gen's different tricky attacks in
    Crane, start a chain combo, throw, go for the cross up... a lot. There
    are so many tricks that are universal to every character. The jump in
    with no attack and throw for example. I think I read somewhere that Gen
    is a wily assassin or something to that extent. Play like one.
    
    Using Crane
    -----------
    Crane... ahhhhhh, yes. The infamous Crane style. In theory this allows
    Gen to be extremely versatile and blah blah blah. I have a hard time 
    using this style by itself. I believe that it is best used once in a 
    while just to add support to Mantis (which should be the style you're 
    in most of the time). Use it to break through big defensive players. I
    use this style a lot to get that one last cheap hit in that kills the
    guy. A lot of the moves basically screw with your opponent's mind. If
    you use them all of a sudden during your offense in Mantis, you'll be
    sure to catch your opponent by surprise. Everything in this style must
    be used with caution. Generally, you'll want all the moves in this style
    to actually connect because they all seem to have slow recovery.
    
    
    Character Specific Strategies
    =============================
    
    Okay, now for some character specific strategies. I've played against a 
    lot of different characters, but I'm only going to give strategies for
    the guys who actually were good. I've played a lot of Kens but they all
    SUCKED. I'm sure he's a good character, but I've never played any good 
    ones.
    
    
    RYU - Ahhhhhh, yes. Ryu. You'll be seeing him a lot. Why are there a 
    pretty good number of formidable Ryus but hordes of sucky Akumas and 
    Kens? Oh well. Anyway, it's the same old fireball and dragon punch crap.
    Jumping over those fireballs won't be too hard for Gen though because of
    his fast jumps in Mantis. It will be hard for Ryu to DP you on reaction,
    especially if you crossed up with a forward kick. You've got better range
    on your attacks so make sure to knock Ryu off his feet before he throws
    out any fireballs and get close. A defensive Ryu doesn't stand much of a 
    chance, but watch out if he is aggressive. He'll try to be all over you
    with low shorts and forwards (almost like what Gen does. heh heh.) But
    Gen can inflict more damage per opening than Ryu with his supers.
    
    KARIN - Karin has ONE move that will make your life hard and that is her
    standing fierce. It knocks you clean out of ALL your jump-ins except your 
    air super. Even your friggin cross ups! It's just like she creates an 
    aura around her head area. Stay on the ground until she leaves herself
    open. It's hard to face her on the ground though because her pokes seem
    to beat yours. A lot of the time during the match I just feel helpless 
    against her. You've got to make EVERY hit and super count because you 
    won't get that many opportunities to land a clean hit against this chick.
    I use Crane a lot against her actually, just to use Gen's off the wall 
    attacks and roll. They seem to be the only attacks that allow me to get 
    close. Once you knock her down STAY ON HER like stink on sh*t. Don't give
    her any breathing room, otherwise she'll get back into that perfect half
    screen away range and stop everything you do. C.Roundhouse in Mantis is 
    very important in this fight but make sure it is at least blocked! Walk
    up throw works in this fight as well. Some Karins will try to counter
    your ground pokes after a while or right away with her special counter
    moves. Throw her or delay your attacks. This will be your biggest
    opening if you anticipate it.
    
    GUY - Feel free to keep crossing up with your jumping forward in Mantis
    because Guy can't do jack about it. His 8-Fist usually misses completely.
    Your S.Roundhouse beats his S.Forward all the time and Gen generally has
    more priority. Your rising kick DP knocks him out of all his jump-ins.
    This should be a relatively easy fight. Don't get hit with one of those
    hell chain combos though. Guy has some pretty nasty damage potential 
    also. Keep in mind that he can't do his hell chain if you're crouching.
    
    CODY - I've played some crazy V-ISM Codys. They seem quite adept at 
    cornering you, knocking you dizzy, and kicking you around with those big
    V-ISM juggles. Cody has that weird friggin dodge. It's so subtle that 
    it's hard to tell one of your attacks has even been dodged! You'll want
    to stick to all your attacks that must be blocked low because he can't 
    dodge those. Do low shorts into chain combos and crouching roundhouses
    and watch his guard meter go away very quickly (it's the shortest in the
    game). Cody has good anti-air, but not if you're crossing him up. You
    should be able to beat him on the ground also. If Cody juggles you,
    there really isn't that much you can do. You'll just have to pay 
    attention to what they do after that Jab Hurricane Upper and adapt. Use
    Cody's dodge against him also. Create a pattern that consists of low 
    moves which force Cody to block. Once your opponent becomes used to 
    actually blocking, throw out an attack that can be dodged (like a low
    jab). Cody will evade but won't be pushed back. This is the best time 
    to walk up and get in a surprise throw.
    
    CHARLIE - Charlie's only chance in this game is to play offensive. His 
    defensive game has been shot to hell because all his anti-air has been 
    shafted. Feel free to jump-in. When he's doing all those low jabs, shorts
    and forwards you gotta be patient. His basic attacks are now his best 
    deal but yours are better in most cases. A really offensive Charlie can 
    be a problem though (I should know... I use him) but I've never played 
    against anyone like that. If they like to sit back and throw booms all
    day... they shouldn't last too long.
    
    ZANGIEF - He seems to have gotten stronger and a lot more priority. His
    chest and knee attacks seem to pose a problem for most players, but Gen's
    Kick DP always knocks him out of those quite nicely. Don't let him jump
    in on you... EVER. He gets close, you get slammed... literally. Stay on
    the offense and peck his ass to death. Don't let him sweep you, otherwise
    he will get close. Jumping backwards with Roundhouse is a good way of 
    getting out of all those nasty ticks. I seem to be able to jump in with 
    early Roundhouses very easily. I've only been knocked out of the air with
    his lariats a couple of times when trying cross ups. Usually he is just
    combo meat. Heh heh.
    
    
    I'm lucky if I get to play anyone besides the Shotos at the arcades I go
    to. At least my friends use different characters. I'll update the FAQ if
    I ever get to play any other different characters.
    
    
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    7. REVISION HISTORY
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    VERSION 1.2 (4.19.99_
     - Cleaned up the guide some more. Mainly spelling and grammar 
       corrections. Added some additional strategies as well.
    
    VERSION 1.1 (4.10.99)
     - Made some corrections, added this revision history section, and just
       cleaned up the guide basically. It's no longer "bootleg" people. Well,
       I hope not anyway. ^_^ Added comments sent from Sung K Im and some
       additional strategies also.
    
    VERSION 1.0 (3.20.99)
     - "The Bootleg Street Fighter Alpha 3 A-ISM Gen Guide" is born. I
       actually started writing this while I was waiting for my next class.
    
    
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    8. CLOSING
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    This FAQ was originally done on a whim and rushed out, so there are bound
    to be a few errors in here. If you have anything to correct, add, or 
    comment on, then please feel free to email me (synnsyous@hotmail.com).
    
    Special thanks goes out to:
    
    Chris MacDonald a.k.a. Kao Megura <kmegura@hotmail.com>
     - For the use of the Gen move list from his awesome Alpha 3 FAQ. Check
       it out at GameFAQs.
    
    Michael Wang a.k.a. Ingus <Isamu__dyson@hotmail.com> 
     - His Z-ISM Gen Character Guide offered great insight. Check it out at
       GameFAQs. Macross Plus is one of favorite animes, Mike!
    
    Jack Lin a.k.a. Zangief104
     - Jack must be credited with his Gamest combo translations. He's the one
       who originally posted all those funky Gekirou combos. You can find his
       translation work at http://fighters.net/ which is also a great site
       by the way.
    
    Adam Puhl a.k.a. Three-11 <three-11@fighters.net>
     - For his cool combo videos that can be found at http://fighters.net/
    
    Sung K Im <sim@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu> 
     - Sung's questions helped me to clarify some things that I had failed to 
       elaborate on in the FAQ. He also gave me some useful techniques and
       strategies.
    
    Capcom <http://www.capcom.com/>
     - For making what may possibly be the last great Street Fighter title.
       Things don't look so good for that series from here on out I believe.
       Street Fighter 3... *shudder*
    
    GameFAQs <http://www.gamefaqs.com/>
     - For hosting mine and everyone else's FAQs. It's a great source of 
       information.
    
    More thanks goes out to my arcade buddies: Michael Anthony Paine III, 
    Jason Childes, Tommy Sutton, Felix Warsowski, and John Lee. Without
    the level of challenge they provided, I would have never been able to
    come up with the advanced strategies that I did. Thanks guys!
    
    "You are a BIG fool."
    "Heh heh heh heh heh..."
    
    Don't Gen's winning poses rule? Either you love 'em or you hate 'em.
    
    One last comment... you know Gen's opening where he motions for his
    opponent to come towards him? That's the perfect time for you to say
    "Come get some." LOL! I always get a laugh out of everyone when I
    say that. Use it in light-hearted competition with your friends.
    
    Thank you for reading... now go forth and kick some @$$! ^_^