Xianghua FAQ 0.1
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Quick Note:
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This list is going to be developed as I get time.  If there are any extra bits
you want to see in here, yell.

email: waidat@flirble.org

Moves from the converted text list and uses:
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=== Moves ===
--- Notations ---

Joystick positioning:

ub    u    uf

b     n     f

db    d    df


G       - Guard
A       - Horizontal Attack
B       - Vertical Attack
K       - Kick

H       - Hits High
M       - Hits Mid
L       - Hits Low
SM      - Special Medium
.       - Move also hits Grounded Opponent

A+B+K   - Soul Charge (successful attacks counter-hit)
A+B+K,G - Spirit Charge (certain moves become unguardable)

[x]     - Hold button/direction 'x'
x+y     - Press x AND y at the same time
x,y     - Press x THEN y
x/y     - Press x OR y
x~y     - Press y immediately after x, not at the same time though
    - While standing from a crouch
    - While fully crouched
    - While lying on the ground
    - While lying face down
    - While lying face up
    - Auto deflect
{SG}    - Move staggers if blocked
{SS}    - Move staggers to side
{B*}    - Fall back stun on counter hit
{C*}    - Crumple stun on counter hit
{D*}    - Double over stun on counter hit
{d*}    - Fall down stun on counter hit
!       - Unblockable



--- Throws ---
Move                Name                    Break      Height     Damage

G+A                 Yuen Chuei Shaur        A                     55
G+B                 Long Ling Sheang        B                     60
,throw             Tien E Sheang           A/B                    62
,throw             Yng Dyi Yann            A/B                   55

Can ring out

,throw             Yuh Luen Shaur          A/B                   65

--- Attacks ---
Move                Name                    Height       Damage       Note

A,A,B               Beautiful Rhythum       H,H,M        11,14,18
Good for interuption or after opponent finishes a move which has
slight recovery.

A,A,b+B,B           Tzau Lan Hua Rhythum    H,H,M,M,M    11,14,17,15,23
 ^G                  ^Cancel 4th Hit

A,A,b+B,B,B         False Tzay Lan Hua      H,H,M,M,H    11,14,17,15,35 {SG}

A,A,d/u             False Rhythum           H,H          13,13
Only used if you're trying to set opponent up for a parry

A~B                 Lian Hua Twist Left     M            32
Slow, ducks(?) can connect with d+A+B after if they don't move

A~K,B               Feung Yun Feint         M,M,L        17,18,28     {SG}

Ends in while crouching, perhaps can do  B~A, good for going
over slow low attacks

A~K,K               Doubt Feung Yun         M,M,M        17,18,27     {SG}
Last move for mix-ups, initial move(s) to advance closer to opponent, good
for going over slow low attacks.

f+A                 Cross Lian Hua          H            21

f,[f]+A             Striking Lian Hua       H            30           {SG}
Moderate reach - use for when opponent is circling/approaching unguarded


df+A                Shui Shian Strike       L            32
Good reach, slowish to start, slowish to recover

d+A                 Rhythum Halt            SM           12
Fast, recovers crouching

db+A                Chia Hua                L            22
Short reach, slow to start, but can be easily chained into another
 move

b+A                 Storming Lian Hua       M            26
Slowish to start, I think it may sidestep very direct attacks,
turns opponent a little to the side if it hits

b,[b]+A             Lan Hua Slice           M            24
Slow to start, ducks underneath high-attacks, pretty good range, slow 
recovery

b,[b]+[A]           Lan Hua                 M,M          24,20
As above, with additional attack thrown in - second attack has limited
range, but it's good for catching unwary opponents out

[G],u+A             Falling Chia Hua        L            14
Low attacks are always good, shame it doesn't really hinder opponent
in any way

u+A                 Yann Slice              M            31

,A,A            Muu Jiann Rhythm        M,M          17,15
Advances while crouched, opponent may fall for second hit


B,B                 Elegant Rhythm          M,M          15,19
Fairly quick, mix-ups possible with just single B for impatient opponents
or B, df+B for slight delay, float ability


B~A                 Lian Hua Twist Right    M            37
Parries high/mids as well as striking, but timing is hard to perfect

B~K                 Mei Hua Circle          M,M          23,34        {SG}
Haven't really found a use for this yet

f+B,A               Advancing Rhythm        H,M          22,25
Mix-up with f+B, B  This has less range than above, spins opponent on hit

f+B,B               Deadly Rhythm           H,L          22,18        {SG}
High/low attack, easy to parry once they get used to it, but a good mix-up

f,[f]+B,B           Playful Rhythm          M,M          25,33        {SG}
Slow to start off, bad if they sidestep lots.  Mix-up opportunities

 ^[b]                ^Laughing Bea Her Hua
I've managed to get this to work once off Sophitia's qcf+B thrust,
otherwise they can just run in and throw you.

df+B                Lian Hua Upper          M            28
Excellent floater, good range, a little slow to start/recover though.

d+B                 Rhythm Break            M            17
Similar in concept to d+A

db+B,A              Shan Ji                 M,L          25,26        {SG}
Good for catching opponents out with the second L.  Can be mixed up with
A+B and db+B

b+B,B               Tzao Lan Hua            M,M          15,15
Defensive attack,

 ^G                  ^Cancel 2nd hit

b+B,B,B             Tzao Lan Hua Feint      M,M,H        15,15,23     {SG}


b,[b]+B             Vengeful Lian Hua       M            40
Short step back, good lunge/ranged attack forward.  Can be used for avoiding 
incoming attacks (just) and retaliating.
Unguardable on Spirit Charge.

 ^[b]                ^Laughing Bea Her Hua

[G],u+B             Shiang Ryh Kwei         M,M          26,17        {SG}

b+B                 Yann Slash              M            28           {SG}

,B              Shaing Ryh Kwei         M,M          26,17        {SG}
Floats, good for catching opponents out, staggers

,B~A            Shaing Ryh Kwei Feint   L            26
Good for catching opponents with.  Telegraphs itself a little, but still very
useable

,df+B           Mei Guei Hua            M            37           {SG}
Floats, good range, staggers.

,df+B,B         Mei Guei Hua Feint      L            39
Funny move, slow and telegraphs itself lots so it can be blocked/parried,
or they can choose to retaliate in her paused animation.

K                   Yuen Kick               H            11
Fast kick, doesn't move her forwards

K~B,B               Outer Heh Kick          M,M          23,28        {SG}
Looks similar to her ub/u/uf+K kick, but you can tag on the B (K~B, B)
for a Playful Slice (8WR u/b+B) which floats.

f+K                 Heh Kick                H            24
Knocks them over, pretty fast, good for cheesy ring-outs.  Attack goes
from right to left (inner crescent with right leg)

f,[f]+K             Woan Shyong Swing       M            22           {SG}
Good for run-ups with stagger, a little slow, but very useable when mixed
up with throws/pressure attacks.

df+K                Sheau Shan Kick         M            16
A little slow, but a tad faster than f, [f]+K (no stagger though)
Good for mid-level 'probing'/annoyance attacks

d+K                 Woan Shyong Nibble      L            11
Very annoying, very fast low-poke attack.  One of her most useful moves.
Shame it only does damage and doesn't knock the opponent over - has to be
used as a psych tactic =)

df/uf+K             Circle Breaker          L            26
Slow, but advances Xianghua and floors on counterhits

df/uf+K~A,A,B       Circle Breaker Feint    M,M,M,L      32,17,18,28
Looks similiar to above, good for mixups/guessing games if used with
below.  Slow to start though.

df/uf+K~A,A,K       Circle Feint to Feug Yun M,M,M,M     32,17,18,27

d/db/ub/u+K         Outer Heh Kick          M            23           {SG}
Staggers, goes over low attacks, good for catching opponents out

b+K                 Shan Kick               H            18
Execution time on this isn't too bad, timing is the key here.
Guaranteed df+B connect after a hit

b, [b]+K            Ta                      M            30
Again, good for catching opponents out when you're retreating, can (just?)
connect a f, [f]+K after.  _Maybe_ a df+B if you're lucky.
Try a d+A+B or similar (f+A+B?)  if it works, tell me =)

[G]+u, as you land,K  Lian Hua Sweep        L            22
It's a sweep, and you can connect something off it if it hits =)


ub/u/uf+K           Inner Heh Kick          M            22           {SG}
Staggers on block, good for priority games

, K             Rising Shui Shian       M            22
Can ring out, she flips backwards (good for strategic retreats) and floors
opponent.  Mix this up with d+K

A+B                 Muu Jiann               M, M         18, 33 2nd hit{SG}
Good for mixups with db+B or db+B, A.  Unguardable when Spirit Charged

f+A+B               Muu Jiann Advance       M, M         18, 18
2nd hit forces opponents into crouch, this move hits floored opponents

f, f+A+B            Great Wall              M            45           {SG}
Slight sidestep before execution of this move, good for running in ...
especially if the opponent tries a straight attack.  Staggers opponent to
face side, but Xianghua's recovery time is pretty poor so no advantage is
gained really.  It's slow to start off as well

df+A+B               Lian Hua Cannon        M            37           {SG}
Unguardable with Spirit Charge, basically the only time I use this.  Floats
What connects after?

d+A+B                Yann Dive              L            23
A little slow, but good for mix-ups.
Try connecting  B~A,  df+B?

b+A+B                Muu Jiann Retreat      M, M         27,35  2nd hit {SG}
I've not found a proper use for this yet...  Initial M has very short range,
second has lots more

, A+B, B         Mei Hua Divide         L, H, H      17,14,35 3rd hit {SG}
Slow start, fairly deceptive though, I never feel the last hit is worth it

, A+B, d+B       Mei Hua Carve          L, H, L      17,14,23 3rd hit {SG}
As above, the third hit is more useful and can ring out.

, A+B            Guei                   L            12
Very short range, only really useful against newbies if opponents' feet are
by Xianghua's hands/feet.  Hilarious move =)  Use after a roll as well.

A+K                  Hou Lee
A seriously good move, it passes under high attacks but unfortunately
you can be hit out of it with mid/low attacks.  Guarding/attacking is
only good for the mid->end animation   Use lots for mixups, beware of
mid/lows though.

 ^B+K                ^Lower Great Wall      M            48           {SG}
Good for scaring opponents with, and doing lots of damage/ringing out

d+A+K, K             Lian Hua Sweep         L, L         33, 28
Very slow to start, perhaps mixing it up with Hou Lee might help?  Second hit
should be mixed up with something else

f, [f]+B+K          Advancing Bea Her Hua   Guard Impact
Deflects all H attacks.

df+B+K              Lower Great Wall        M            48           {SG}
One of her heaviest attacks, moderate speed, good damage, bad recovery, can
ring out I think it ducks under highs

d+B+K               Quake Step              SM           40           {SG}
Staggers base on proximity if opponent isn't blocking

db+B+K              Hwu Dye                 M            33
Don't sidestep, use this.  Allegedly.  At least, I think that's how it's
supposed to be used, but I haven't quite got the hang of it yet

b+B+K               Muu Ling                M            61           !
Pretty fast unblockable, doesn't hit Grounded opponents unfortunately.
Use in mix-ups where the opponent expects to block, or where they're about
to rise or perhaps f, [f]+K.  The good thing about this move is that it almost
looks as if it cancels itself half-way

 ^G                  ^Cancel

b,[b]+B+K           Retreating Bea Her Hua  M
I should get used to using this move when running away instead of tapping
back rapidly =p  I imagine it's good when fleeing/not moving away from
advancing attacks.  The only problem is the lag time between start/stopping






--- Stances ---
---> 8 Way Run (ARS)

Move                Name                    Height       Damage       Note

f+A                 Striking Lian Hua       H            30           {SG}

df/uf+A             Li                      M            33           {SG}
Bend-over stun on hit.  Float 'em =)

d/u+A               Spinning Lian Hua       M,M          18,18
Short range, but a good attack - needs careful timing though

db/ub+A             Ing Hua                 H            34
Never used it.

b+A                 Lan Hua Slice           M            24

b+[A]               Lan Hua                 M,M          24,20

f+B,B               Playful Rhythm          H,M          25,33        {SG}

 ^[b]                ^Laughing Bea Her Hua

df/uf+B             San Jann                M,M,M        24,18,18     {SG}
Good if they all connect, as the last hit floors the opponent, however
the last hit is also easily parried.  Should you miss ... panic.

d/u+B               Playful Slice           M            28
Good for small floats

db/b/ub+B           Vengeful Lian Hua       M            40           {SG}

 ^[b]                ^Laughing Bea Her Hua

f+K                 Slide                   L            26
Don't use this too often against good players

df/uf+K             Circle Breaker          L            26
Slow, but floors on counterhits

df/uf+K~A,A,B       Circle Breaker Feint    M,M,M,L      32,17,18,28

df/uf+K~A,A,K       Circle Feint to Feug Yun M,M,M,M     32,17,18,27

d/db/ub/u+K         Outer Heh Kick          M            23           {SG}

b+K                 Ta                      M            30

f+A+B               Great Wall              M            45           {SG}
Slight sidestep before execution of this move, good for running in ...
especially if the opponent tries a straight attack.  Tracks well.

df/d/db/ub/u/uf+A+B Ma Chiueh               H            28
Not sure about this one.  It has good reach, quick recovery etc.  haven't
yet used it properly in a match

A+K                 Hou Lee
Doesn't track, so using it for attacks in 8WR isn't too good.  Useful for
ducking

 ^B+K                ^Lower Great Wall      M            48           {SG}
Good for scaring people with, and doing lots of damage/ringing out

f+B+K               Advancing Bea Her Hua

df/d/db/ub/u/uf+B+K Bea Her Hua

b+B+K               Retreating Bea Her Hua


Spirit Charge Unblockables (Can be parried):
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b, b+B
df+A+B
A+B


List of juggles:
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df+B:      f+B, f+B, f+B, df+B
           f+B, f+B, f+B, df+B+K
           A, f,[f]+K
           df+B+K
           B, B, df+B

b+K:       df+B

A+B:       df+B

A~B:       d+A+B



Tips for any character:
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When running in to attack, mix up these suggestions:

i.   Slide kick
ii.  Execute different 8WR moves
iii.  Throw
iv.   Guard cancel the run and use normal moves



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