Wolf by JJoudrey

Version: 2.0 | Updated: 07/13/97 | Printable Version

Wolf Hawkfield FAQ 3 v2.0
    By Jes 'WolfMan' Joudrey.

    Currently this FAQ is available at The Home of Virtua Fighter Web sight
and occasionally on Rec.Games.Video.Arcade (RGVA).

Version 2.0 was completed on July 13, 1997.
Copyright 1996,1997, by Jes Joudrey.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 0 - Introduction.
        0.0    Just an Introduction.
        0.1    Why?
        0.2    Legal Stuff.
        0.3    Open Letter.
        0.4    Acknowledgements.
    Chapter 1 - Wolf's Story.
        1.0    A Little Background.
        1.1    VF Story.
        1.2    VF2 Story.
        1.3    VF3 Story.
        1.4    Extra Stuff.
    Chapter 2 - The Moves and Analysis.
        2.0    Introduction.
        2.1    High Attacks.
        2.2    Medium Attacks.
        2.3    Low Attacks.
        2.4    Ground Attacks.
        2.5    Throws
        2.5.1  High throws.
        2.5.2  Ranged Throws.
        2.5.3  Low throws.
        2.5.4  Side Throws.
        2.5.5  Behind Throws.
        2.5.6  Reversal Throws.
    Chapter 3 - Combos.
        3.1    Canned Combos.
        3.2    Functional Combos.
        3.3    Strategic Combos.
    Chapter 4 - Strategy.
        4.0    Introduction.
        4.1    The Special Tactics.
        4.1.1  'E'ing.
        4.1.2  Dash.
        4.1.3  'G'-Cancel.
        4.1.4  Senbon Punch.
        4.1.5  The Major Counter.
        4.1.6  Minor Counter.
        4.1.7  Escaping throws.
        4.1.8  Okizeme.
        4.1.9  Getting Up.
        4.1.10 The Freeze.
        4.1.11 Finishing Moves.
        4.2    Counters.
        4.3    What to do about...
        4.3.1  ...Scrubs.
        4.3.2  ...Relentless attackers.
        4.3.3  ...High/Medium/Low Mixer people.
        4.3.4  ...Shun.
        4.3.4  ...Takaarashi.
        4.3.5  ...Stages.
        4.3.6  ...Picking a stage.
        4.3.7  ...The people who KNOW you.
        4.3.8  ...Passives.
        4.4    How do I beat Computer...
        4.5    What to practice on whom.
        4.6    Alignments.
        4.6.1  Wait and Kill.
        4.6.2  Nickel and Dime.
    Chapter 5 - The Rest
        5.0    Introduction.
        5.1    Ethics.
        5.1.1  Speech Etiquette.
        5.1.2  Replay Etiquette.
        5.1.3  Thrown Rounds.
        5.1.4  Coin Etiquette.
        5.1.5  Giving Advice.
        5.1.6  Cheezy Moves.
        5.2    Easter Eggs.
        5.2.1  The Taunts.
        5.2.2  Alternate Outfits.
        5.2.3  Holding the Re-play.
        5.2.4  Dural's Background.
        5.2.5  Playing Dural.
        5.2.6  Playing the Letter Character.
        5.3    What I still want to know.
    Chapter 6 - Compressed Moves List
        6.1     High Attacks
        6.2    Medium Attacks.
        6.3    Low Attacks.
        6.4    Ground Attacks.
        6.5    Throws
        6.5.1  High throws.
        6.5.2  Ranged Throws.
        6.5.3  Low throws.
        6.5.4  Side Throws.
        6.5.5  Behind Throws.
        6.5.6  Reversal Throws.
        6.6    Combos.
        6.6.1  Canned Combos.
        6.6.2  Functional Combos.
        6.6.3  Strategic Combos.

Chapter 0 - Introduction
    - Just an Introduction.
    As with any pursuit of skill, this is a work in progress.  Some of the
information in this document will likely be found to be inaccurate, or even
down right wrong.  If you discover anything you disagree with please e-mail
me at jes@npsnet.com with your suggestions, or just let me know what you

0.1 - Why?
    Ah yes.  "Why?"...  Well the answer is, "Why Not?".  That's not
entirely true, but it's close.  In VF1 I played Sarah and Pai almost
exclusively, in VF2 I moved through those characters fairly quickly and
when it came time to change again and I realized that not only had I never
played any of the Large characters, but neither had anyone in the group I
usually played against.  So I tried Jeffry, but he was too slow.  Then I
tried Wolf, and there was no turning back.  Sure, I use other characters
once in a while, but I now consider myself a Wolf player.  Sometimes I feel
that the large slow characters have few advocates compared to the Akiras or
the Bryants and I felt it was time to share my opinions with others.  For
those of you out there who are only considering taking up Wolf I say, Give
it a try. "I liked him so much, I wrote the FAQ."

0.2 - Legal Stuff.
    Sega owns everything in here except the way I put their words together.
Apparently I actually have some rights for my effort, But I really have no
idea what they entail.  If it were only up to me I'd say you should
distribute this freely to everyone you know, put it on VF3 Web pages and
Copy bits of it into other FAQs you may be writing.  All I ask is that
either you keep it whole or I get some credit for the bits you copy. You
can't however, include any portion of this information in any form of media
which you receive payment for without 'expressed written permission' from
me.  This means magazines, restricted access web pages, etc.  Above all, I
insist that you learn to use Wolf and make this all worth while.
    I've written this entire work with the exception of Wolf's history for
each of the games to carry the VF title.  But these are, I believe, a
matter of official record.  The moves, I've read from multiple sources and
almost all were confirmed by myself.  Since 1.1 I have changed the names of
some of the moves.  The current lists have the 'official' names for each

0.3 - Open Letter.
    For me, Wolf is a study in progress.  I'm always trying to improve, and
I'm always open to new Ideas.  If you've got anything that I may want to
hear, e-mail me at jes@npsnet.com and tell me about it.  If you disagree
with something I say in here, e-mail me.  If something I say in here is
wrong, e-mail me and phone me and pester my neighbors until I fix it.  Some
of the strategy isn't that well explained, but I keep plugging away at it,
and it's getting better.

0.4 - Acknowledgements.
    Firstly, I'd like to thank Chia Jin Ngee, Colin Leong and Thomas H
Harper for posting their contributions while VF2 was the big kid on the
block.  They pretty much taught me to play.  Secondly, I'd like to thank
Jirawat Uttayaya, the person who wrote the new FAQ, the crew behind the
'Home of Virtua Fighter' Web page, and SuperDoug who was kind enough to
point me towards some more good Wolf info.  Thirdly I'd like to thank a big
heavy red-haired Canadian Wrestler.
    ...And last but not least, Sega and Yu Suzuki for the last few years of

Chapter 1 - Wolf's Story.
    - A Little Background.
    Wolf Hawkfield Was Born on February 8, 1966.  He weighs 104 kg and
stands 182 cm tall.  He hails from here in Canada, and sings Karaoke.  And
if you ever need a blood transfusion, he's there for you with his
ultra-rare type O blood (what a silly stat).
    Certain people believe Wolf is from an area near Calgary Alberta.
There is a patch of dessert near that area which could be where he fights.
Also the similarity between his Cowboy Wolf outfit and some of the Costumes
at the annual Calgary stampede is hard to ignore.  Nothing after the word
"certain" is official, but I'm going to believe it until Sega tells me

1.1    VF Story.
    He lived as a woodsman and hunter in the Canadian wilderness until he
was discovered on a scouting trip by a professional wrestling promoter. A
quiet man who loves nature, he has his gentle side. He is filled with
fighting spirit, however. Once aroused, he is not satisfied until he
finishes the job at hand.
    He was an instant star in the pro wrestling area, and successfully
defended his title several times.  Dissatisfied with the level of
competition, however, he turned in his belt and retired from the ring.
    He entered the World Fighting Tournament in search of a rival worthy of
his abilities.

1.2    VF2 Story.
    He is determined to fight against Akira again, an opponent that
defeated him at the last Tournament.

1.3    VF3 Story.
    After losing to Akira in a close match, Wolf returned to his home, and
resumed his training with the forces of nature as his opponent. One day, he
had a dream in which somebody stopped a man who was trying to destroy the
world. When he told this to a local fortune teller, he was told to "Obey
your dreams. This is something you cannot ignore."

1.4    Extra Stuff.
    Wolf has always been a muscle bound hulk, but with VF3 Sega has decided
that he should also seem a bit dumb.  I found this personally
disappointing, but I'm doing what I can (See Taunts, 5.2.1).  I also think
that by educating an army of Wolf players I'll be sure that people take him
seriously.  We will RISE up and Frankensteiner the Akiras.  We will
Ghostbuster the Aois.  And the Lions, I've been saving the T&H for you.
There, I feel much better after my rant.

Chapter 2 - The Moves and Analysis.
    - Introduction.
    This chapter introduces the most terminology of any in the faq.  All
the buttons, directions and levels must be defined.  As well as any other
relevant information.  So, lets get started.
    G -     Press the Guard Button. (Sometimes called 'Defend', but not
    P -     Press the Punch Button.
    K -     Press the Kick Button.
    E -     Press the Evade Button. (Sometimes called 'Dodge' or 'Escape',
        but not here.)
    for -   Press the stick in the direction Wolf is facing.
    back -  Press the stick towards Wolf's back.
    up -    Press the stick upwards.
    down -  Press the stick Down.
            Press and Hold the stick in the appropriate direction.
    HCT -   Half Circle Towards. ie back,down/back,down,down/for,for.
    HCA -   Half circle Away. ie for,down/for,down,down/back,back
    , -     Separate the two sides of the comma by a small pause.  The
        smaller the better.  IE. For a Punch kick combo (P,K) you would
        press P and then K.
    + -     Execute both sides of the plus simultaneously.  IE. To execute
        a Tomahawk flash (for+P+K) you press down and at the same time
        punch and kick.
    / -     Combine the directions on the two sides of the slash to get a
        45 degree angle.
    High -  This will hit a standing opponent who is not guarding.
    Medium -This will hit a standing opponent who is not guarding or anyone
    Low -   This will hit a standing opponent or a crouching opponent who
        is not guarding.
    H,M,L - Abbreviations for 'High', 'Medium' and 'Low'.
    n -     This will hit anyone who is not guarding.
         Note:  For throws, Guard is irrelevant.
    G -     This will effect someone lying on the ground.
    B -     This is for throws executed while your opponent has their back
        to you.
    S -     This is for throws executed while Wolf is at his opponents
    FC -    The execution of this move begins while crouching, or 'From
    Catch - These moves can only be executed after Wolf's Wrestling lock
    BGrab - These moves can only be executed while grabbing the opponent
        from behind after the wrestling lock up.
    -Down - This message means that Wolf is laying on the ground after the
        move finishes.
    -Wall - This move will only happen when your opponent is backed against
        a wall.
    -Sober -This note is in reference to Shun.  Moves with the '-Sober'
        flag reduce the number of drunk points that Shun has acquired.
        They also have a number which indicates how many points Shun
        Looses.  For more on drinking, see 'What to do about... Shun'
    Damage -This is a measure of the damage done by each move.  Some moves
        (like the double claw) do no damage.

    Frame Stats:  The Frame rate of VF3 is 60 Hz or 60 Frames per second.
So any move that takes 20 Frames would last one third of a second.
    Before -This is the number of frames that happen before the damage is
caused.  Being struck in this stage is a Major Counter.
    During -This is the number of frames during which the computer checks
to see if the move has hit the opponent, applying damage if it does.  Being
struck in this stage is a Major Counter.
    After - This is the number of frames during which Wolf can do nothing
except recover from the move or progress with a Canned Combo (See Chapter
3).  Being struck in this stage is a Minor Counter.

    Move Type:  Each attack move is given a type.  Moves with similar types
are reversed in a similar fashion and strike opponents in similar
positions.  That is, all High Kicks (HK) can be reversed by Wolf, as can
any Mid level kicks (MK).
    Abrev   Description                  Reversed By...
    HP    - A High Punch Attack.       - Akira, Aoi, Kage, Pai.
    HK    - A High Kick Attack.        - Akira, Aoi, Pai, Wolf.
    MK    - A Mid-Level Kick Attack.   - Akira, Aoi, Pai, Wolf.
    LP    - A Low Punch Attack.        - Akira, Aoi
    LK    - A Low Kick Attack.         - Akira, Aoi
    Elb   - A Mid-Level Elbow Attack.  - Akira, Aoi.
    Kn    - A Mid-Level Knee Attack.   - Akira, Aoi
    GR    - A Ground Attack.           - Not Reversible.
    TH    - A Standard High Throw.     - Similar Action.
    CTH   - A Catch Throw.             - Interruption Only.
    LTH   - A Low Throw.               - Not Escapable.
    BTH   - A Behind Throw.            - Similar Action.
    STH   - A Side Throw.              - ???
    BLT   - A Back Low Throw.          - Not Escapable.
    SLT   - A Side Low Throw.          - Not Escapable.
    RTH   - A Reverse Throw.           - Not Escapable.
    XX    - Doesn't fit into category. - Not Reversible or Escapable.

2.1    High Attacks.

    Straight Hammer                 P                      H
        Damage: 14    Type: HP    Before: 12    During: 2    After: 13
        A normal solitary punch.  Not much here.

    Level Back Chop                 P+K                    H
        Damage: 24    Type: HP    Before: 21    During: 2    After: 26
        Not a terribly useful move.  Of the few times I have used it was
usually blocked, and the recovery isn't that great.  This move can hit an
opponent out of those kick flips where the opponent leaves their hands on
the ground, but it's really hard to time.

    High Kick                       K                      H
        Damage: 30    Type: HK    Before: 16    During: 2    After: 23

        Standard high kick.  Not too quick, easy to reverse.

    Neck Cut Kick                   K+G                    H    -Down
        Damage: 36    Type: XX    Before: 20    During: 4    After: 37
        This move can be quite effective against someone who is charging
in.  However, it's offensive capabilities are slightly hindered by the fact
that a single lucky low punch can knock you out of it.

    Flying Knee Kick                for,for+K+G            H
        Damage: 30    Type: XX    Before: 23    During: 6    After: 48
        Good range, Moderate recovery, but won't hit crouchers.  Still,
once someone catches on to some of Wolf's stuff, this throws a bit of a cog
into the wheel.  If it's blocked, you rise fairly quickly and an immediate
double kick (K,K) hits more often than you'd think, but only until your
opponents catch on.

    Dodging Kick                    K+E                    H
        Damage: 30    Type: HK    Before: 16    During: 2    After: 23
    Duck Dodger!                    K+E,G                  -
        This is good to know.  unlike the dodging punch (below) this move
ducks under high attacks.  By G-Canceling it, you get a dodge that ducks
under high attacks and still leaves you with time to do something besides a
straight kick.  If you keep holding defence, you may find that you are
vulnerable longer than you think you should be.

    Dodging Punch                   P+E                    H
        Damage: 14    Type: HP    Before: 12    During: 2    After: 13
        Along with the Dodging Kick (above) this move is used to avoid long
range attacks.

    Shoulder Attack                 back,for+P             H
        Damage: 20-70 Type: XX    Before: 19    During: 5    After: 35
        This is very effective against anyone who misses by executing an
attack too far away.  It does good damage and covers ground quickly.  If
you start this move as soon as you realize that your opponent's attack will
miss, you should hit them.  This does not apply to punches and attacks with
almost instantaneous recovery.  Also, watch out for people crouching.  The
resulting flip is painful and embarrassing.

    Running Shoulder Attack         (Run)P+K               H
        Damage: 20-35 Type: XX    Before: 20    During: 3    After: 29
        This attack only works once Wolf has taken a few steps to gain
speed.  You should release the joystick before pressing P+K.

    Elbow Butt                      back+P                 H
        Damage: 20    Type: HP    Before: 13    During: 3    After: 31
        This is lightning fast and knocks down.  If used properly you won't
have to worry about it's recovery.  This is the move you squeeze between
your opponents PPP, PPP.  Button mashers beware.  Anytime you're opponent
isn't giving you time to react, try this.

    Tomahawk Flash                  for+P+K                H   -Sober 2
        Damage: 20    Type: HP    Before: 15    During: 3    After: 23
        This move and the Arrow Knuckle (Section 2.2) both force the
opponent into a crouched position.  If your opponent (human) is surprised,
they can be low thrown (Section 2.5.3).  Computer opponents on low levels
catch on to this attack after it's used a few times.  Since the Tomahawk
Flash hits high, they learn to duck.  That's how I practiced my low throws.
If the Tomahawk Flash hits as a major counter, a buffered low throw is

    Tomahawk Chop                   up/for+P               H   -Sober 1
        Damage: 15    Type: XX    Before: 18    During: 2    After: 17
        This move is quite useful against anyone who predictably rises with
a sweep attack.  If it hits, it can also lead to a unique throw (See
Section 3.1).

    Axe Lariat                      for+P+E                H
        Damage: 40    Type: XX    Before: 24    During: 16   After: 31
        AKA Clothes Line.  You know, Some people still think you can block
this.  You can't.  It's a hit or miss deal.  And quite an effective one at
that.  You can be hit out of it.  A pounce is not guaranteed.

2.2    Medium Attacks.

    Sonic Upper                     down/for+P             M
        Damage: 24    Type: HP    Before: 18    During: 2    After: 29
        Damage: 24    Type: HP    Before: 14    During: 2    After: 25
    Vertical Upper                  FC,down/for+P          M
        Damage: 22    Type: HP    Before: 14    During: 2    After: 23
        The uppercuts recover quickly and have enough power to lead to
float combos.  The occasional uppercut thrown into the fray can be quite
effective, just don't freeze up and miss your well deserved float.

    Body Blow                       for+P                  M
        Damage: 14    Type: HP    Before: 15    During: 2    After: 24
        This attack is not used as much in VF3 as in VF2 when it had the
same motion as the Body Slam (See Section 2.5.1).  But it's still pretty
good.  It's got a bit of range and may lead to a throw opportunity if your
opponent is expecting the Dragon Fish Blow (Section 3.1).

    Reverse Sledge Hammer           FC,for+P               M
        Damage: 30    Type: XX    Before: 14    During: 3    After: 39
        Moderate to good damage.  And if it hits, there won't be a response
for a while due to the opponent flopping about like a rag doll.

    Face Lift Kick                  down/for+K             M
        Damage: 28    Type: MK    Before: 16    During: 2    After: 37
        After VF2 I have a real problem calling this a Side kick.  I miss
the old one.  Still, use this in almost the same places as before and it
does well.  It knocks down fairly frequently and it's fast, but doesn't
have the range or visual effect that it did in VF2.  My main problem is
that it just looks wrong.

    Knee Blast                      for+K                  M
        Damage: 30    Type: Kn    Before: 15    During: 2    After: 30
        Ah, My old friend.  This is a great response for any attack your
opponent makes that you block, with the exception of the really quick
recovery moves.  Note, this knee won't knock Takaarashi down under normal
circumstances.  Recovery time of Wolf's knee has been improved over VF2 but
it's damage and floating capability have been reduced.

    Drop Kick                       up/for+K               M    -Down
        Damage: 40    Type: XX    Before: 23    During: 5    After: 29
        Damage:       Type: XX    Before: 0     During: 1    After: 76
        This move is quite effective against certain players.  Anyone who
Rolls towards you when they are rising is in trouble.  Learn to time this
move for when they begin to rise.  It's almost unfair.  Just don't muss it
up or you'll end up on your back getting kicked in the shins by Jacky.

    Rolling Sabot                   for+K+G                M
        Damage: 30    Type: HK    Before: 21    During: 2    After: 37
        Good Range, good possibility of knock down, and a Wide arc, so it
hits some evaders.  But it telegraphs, so be careful of players that can
reverse mid-level kicks.  Those who know how to evade properly it will
clean your clock.

    Front Roll kick                 back,for+K+G           M    -Down
        Damage: 30    Type: XX    Before: 34    During: 3    After: 28
        If you know someone is going to rise with an attack, stand just out
of range and initiate this attack as soon as their foot starts to swing.
Also use it to Keep opponents guessing when they think they know what
you'll do next.

    Side Middle Kick                down/for+K+E           M
        Damage: 33    Type: MK    Before: 16    During: 2    After: 37
        This move looks like Wolf's old side kick.  The reason I don't call
it that is because when it's executed, the kick will miss the opponent,
usually by going beside them into the screen.  Obviously, this was made to
catch excessive Evaders at their own game, but it will hit opponents who
are very close to Wolf.

    Toe Crush                       up+K+G                 M
        Damage: 30    Type: XX    Before: 39    During: 4    After: 28
        A Hopping Kick.  There's not much to say on this except that when
you want to do a Toe Crush (also up+K) you may accidentally pull off the
Drop Kick (up/for+K).  Merely adding the G button ensures that there will
be no mistakes.

    Screw Hook                      HCA+P                  M
        Damage: 20    Type: Elb   Before: 12    During: 2    After: 31
        A spinning Elbow.  Wolf travels towards his opponent spinning and
delivers the Elbow at the end.  It's a little tough for just 20 points

    Comet Hook                      back/down+P            M
        Damage: 19    Type: Elb   Before: 13    During: 1    After: 27
        Similar to the Elbow Butt (Section 2.1), but it doesn't knock down.
If your opponent is staggered, any buffered throw will connect without

    Arrow Knuckle                   down+P+K               M
        Damage: 20    Type: HP    Before: 13    During: 2    After: 30
        This has good range and push your opponent into a crouching
position.  Like the Tomahawk Flash (Section 2.1).  Someone Who's not used
to it may be taken by surprise enough for you to Dash in and low-throw
them, Most others will at least be unsure of what's coming next, so mix it
up a bit.

    Short Shoulder                  back,for+P+K           M
        Damage: 30    Type: XX    Before: 17    During: 4    After: 30
        This shoulder attack is accompanied by a low posture.  This gives
some leverage for a float combo (See Section 3.2 for some Follow Ups).  For
anyone having trouble floating, this is the move.  Learn it.

2.3    Low Attacks.

    Low Hammer                      down+P                 L
        Damage: 11    Type: LP    Before: 16    During: 1    After: 14
    Low Hammer                      DOWN+P                 L
        Damage: 9     Type: LP    Before: 10    During: 1    After: 14
        This move is an interrupter.  Do this to stop your opponent's
rushes.  It leads well into the Reverse Sledge Hammer.  But I'd much rather
use the Low Smash Kick (below) as it leads well into throws.

    Low Smash Kick                  down+K                 L
    Low Smash Kick                  down+K+G               L
        Damage: 17    Type: LK    Before: 16    During: 1    After: 28
        This attack has good reach and mediocre recovery.  If it hits as a
major counter, any standard high throw you buffer in will connect, even the
dreaded T&H.  This isn't something to do half way.  You should start the
throw before you know whether the MC was successful or not until you're
really good with it.  The trick is to know when you will get the MC and
when you won't.  If by some chance the attack is not a Major Counter, you
should be aware that your enemy's next attack is likely to be mid-level.
If they pause, you may even be able to reverse it.

    Low Drop Kick                   for,down+K             L
        Damage: 20    Type: LK    Before: 16    During: 1    After: 49
        This attack is hard as hell to do.  If you can, Learn it.  It has
excellent range, and the computer is the only opponent you'll face who'll
expect it.  It's quite quick but if it is blocked, you could be in trouble.

    Grizzly Lariat                  down/for+P+K           L
        Damage: 20    Type: LP    Before: 18    During: 4    After: 33
        Many non-Wolf's dislike this move.  It's Wolf's sweep and it's
sweet.  It has a broad arc which makes it hard to evade, but does trivial
damage.  A regular pounce is anything but guaranteed.  However the
Somersault drop ( aka back body splash, aka Wolf's bad back) Has a much
better success ratio.  It makes a really good opener against the computer
or when someone is getting to their feet.  Yes, it will connect at the
ready position.

2.4    Ground Attacks.

    Elbow (Pounce)                  up+P                   G
        Damage: 30    Type: GR    Before: 39    During: 3    After: 23
        Damage:       Type: GR    Before: 0     During: 1    After: 72
        The old stand by.  With the addition of varying terrain, not many
moves have true guaranteed pounces anymore.  But this is the simplest
pounce to do.  Remember, pouncing from high altitude does more damage.

    High Elbow (Pounce)             down, UP+P             G
        Damage: 40    Type: GR    Before: 39    During: 3    After: 23
        Damage:       Type: GR    Before: 0     During: 1    After: 72
        Not too much call for this.  It does a bit more damage than the
regular pounce, but it takes longer, making it less likely to hit.

    Somersault Drop                 up+K                   G
        Damage: 16    Type: TH    Before: 32    During: 3    After: 76
        Damage:       Type: GR    Before: 1     During: 1    After: 61
        AKA Back body splash AKA "Wolf's bad back"  This quick pounce
covers a lot of area, making it quite difficult to escape, but it has short
range, and if you miss, Wolf climbs slowly to his feet rubbing his sore
spine, Hence the "Wolf's bad back" thing.  If you hit the joystick just a
little to far forward Wolf does a Drop kick that has no chance of hitting,
so what I've been doing of late is pressing back/up+K.  This works without
the chance of the Drop Kick.

    Elbow Drop                      down/for+P             G
        Damage: 15    Type: GR    Before: 29    During: 2    After: 50
        A nice quick Drop onto your opponent without too long a recovery if
you miss.  It's got very little range though.  So either run in or only do
it while you're close.

    Double Claw                     down+P+G               G
        Damage: 0     Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 0    After: 80
        Face Up
        Damage: 0     Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 109  After: 1
        Face Down
        Damage: 0     Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 120  After: 1
        Wolf bends down and picks up his opponent by the neck and gives
them a shove just out of throw range.  Most ranged moves go well here, some
better than others, See the combo's Section (3.2).  As far as I know the
pick up is only a sure thing after the Ghostbuster, though I've gotten it
after a single knee and other moves.  Opponents who are easily stunned are
easy to dash in and throw.  This move can be quite useful against someone
who ends one of their attacks on the ground (ie. Shun).  You will also
realize a higher success rate if you dash up to a player's feet before
attempting the Pick Up.

    Front Roll Kick                 back,for+K+G           G
        Damage: 18    Type: GR    Before: 34    During: 3    After: 28
        Yep, This move does double duty.  Don't know what the big deal is,
but it's a pretty neat idea.

2.5    Throws

2.5.1  High throws.
    These are the standard throws.  All of these moves have no execution
time except the Wrestling Lock Up (for+P+G) which is actually a catch throw
(see 2.5.2 for a definition).  With the exception of the first stage of the
Wrestling Lock Up, each of these throws can be escaped by an opponent with
good reflexes (see 4.1.7).

    Brainbuster                     P+G                    H
        Damage: 60    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 120  After: 1
        Damage: 70    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 130  After: 1

        AKA Backfall Suplex.  This is Wolf's generic throw.  It's the
easiest to escape however, so it should be used sparingly.  This throw
works well when you and your opponent are both standing and guarding.
Since this condition only lasts a few moments, speed is required and this
throw can succeed because of it's minimal required effort and thought.

    Bodyslam                        down/for+P+G           H
        Damage: 50    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 159  After: 1
        Damage: 65    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 159  After: 1
        This is a simple move and it is unlikely that anyone will escape
from it unless they are accustomed to fighting Wolf.  It can squeeze
between certain attacks and always leaves time for an elbow drop.  This was
the general purpose throw that I used until I upgraded to the Steiner

    Bodyslam wall throw             down/for+P+G           H        -Wall
        Damage: 50+30 Type: TH    Before: 103   During: 97   After: 1
        For this to work, your opponent must be between Wolf and the wall,
as well as very close to the wall.  Wolf lifts them into the standard
position then slams them, upside down, against the wall, and then onto the
floor away from the wall.  The opportunity to use this throw is pretty
rare, so you may want to find a human who'll let you try this on them just
to see the cool animation.

    Giant Swing                     HCT+P+G                H
        Damage: 100   Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 220  After: 1
        Damage: 100   Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 235  After: 1
        AKA Twirl and Hurl (T&H).  The king.  Practice the T&H and use it
on opponents who wiff attacks with long recovery times.  It does awesome
damage and has a lot of ring out potential.  It's really difficult to
escape (back, for+P+G) and it's really cool to watch.

    Wrist Lock Throw                HCA+P+G                H
        Damage: 80    Type: TH    Before: 145   During: 60   After: 1
        Damage: 80    Type: TH    Before: 145   During: 53   After: 1
        This throw's motion is no different than the T&H except the
direction is reversed.  Unfortunately it does less damage.  Since Wolf can
get predictable with his T&H, people may eventually catch on and begin
escaping it.  That being the case, this move will serve the same purpose as
the T&H, and with a little swapping, they'll be guessing again.

    Steiner Screwdriver             down/for,down/for+P+G  H
        Damage: 80    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 194  After: 1
        Damage: 95    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 204  After: 1
        AKA Ghostbuster.  This is, in my opinion, the best throw Wolf has.
It's motion isn't too slow, and it does great damage.  It also flows into
the Double Claw ground throw or another ground attack.  It goes well after
anything your opponent does that has a slow recovery.

    Wrestling Lock up (Catch)       for+P+G                H
        Damage:       Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 0    After: 55
        When this 'throw' connects, Wolf Locks up his opponent as
professional wrestlers often do.  Alone this throw goes no damage, but it
leads to a series of possible moves that are listed below.  Each of these
throws is listed as 'Catch' under the level column.  This throw is really
easy to execute, but you should move on to the next stage as quickly as
possible, because it doesn't take long for your foe to break out of it.
This throw is easy to interrupt, even another throw will stop Wolf in his
tracks.  I would not be too surprised if it was discovered that this was a
catch throw (See Section 2.5.2 for a definition).  Most people begin to
pound P+G as soon as they are caught, so you may want to avoid any of the
standard P+G throws below.

    Thunder Fire Powerbomb          P+G                  Catch
        Damage: 40+20 Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 220  After: 1
        This is the first and easiest of the Lock-up throws to do. Wolf
hoists his opponent above his head and gives a little damage there, and
them power bombs them onto the ground for more damage.

    Front Neck Chantry              down/back+P+G        Catch
        Damage: 60    Type: TH    Before: 10    During: 1    After: 113
        With this throw, Wolf grabs his opponent the neck and flips them
over his shoulder.

    Push                            down/for+P+G         Catch
        Damage:       Type: TH    Before: 10    During: 72   After: 1
        Wolf Pushes his opponent back out of range of most normal moves.
This move alone, does no damage.

    Slingshot Front Suplex          back+P+G             Catch
        Damage: 60    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 91   After: 1
        Wolf picks up his opponent and tosses them backwards over his head.
There are ring-out possibilities here.

    Grab from Behind (Change)       for+P+G              Catch
        Damage:       Type: TH    Before: 40    During: 1    After: 100
        With this throw, Wolf spins around his opponent and Grabs them from
behind.  This throw leads to the following throws labeled 'BGrab'.  This
move alone does no damage.

    German Suplex                   P+G                  BGrab
        Damage: 70    Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 142  After: 1
        With his arms around his opponent's waste, Wolf Bridges backwards
causing his opponent to fall on their upper back.

    Tiger Suplex                    back+P+G             BGrab
        Damage: 75    Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 160  After: 1
        With his arms around his opponent's waste, Wolf first applies a
sleeper hold then Bridges backwards causing his opponent to fall on their
upper back.  Ouch.

    Calf Branding                   down/for+P+G         BGrab
        Damage: 70    Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 117  After: 1
        Wolf Jumps up and presses down and forward on his opponent, who
then stumbles forward a few steps and collapses underneath him.  If both
players fall out of the ring with this move, Wolf still wins.

    Push                            for+P+G              BGrab
        Damage:       Type: TH    Before: 1     During: 49   After: 1
        Wolf Pushes his opponent away while they still have their back to
him, However, they are as yet, no worse for wear.  Sometimes you can dash
in and behind-throw them, most times this won't work (See Section 3.2 for a
follow up).

2.5.2  Ranged Throws.
    These throws are separated from the other high throws in the FAQ for
two reasons.  Firstly, their reach is much longer and secondly, they are
risky because Wolf can be easily avoided.  What they are good for is when
an opponent does a move that would normally require Wolf to dash to throw
them.  For example, a Kick flip.  Or a charge that falls short.  Officially
these throws are called 'Catch' throws.  And officially Wolf's Wrestling
Lock up is called 'Catch'.  To avoid this confusion I'll refer to these as
Ranged throws.

    Arm Whip                        for,for+P+G            H
        Damage: 60    Type: CTH   Before: 1     During: 111  After: 1
        Damage:       Type: CTH   Before: 1     During: 0    After: 63
        Being a double action joystick move, this throw takes a little
longer to execute.  It also covers a lot of ground, ring-outs are possible.
However, once the move begins and Wolf starts to run in, the throw can be
interrupted by anything, even another P+G throw.  If this throw hits but
both players fall out of the ring, Wolf will lose as he falls first.

    Frankensteiner                  up/for+P+G             H
        Damage: 60    Type: CTH   Before: 1     During: 98   After: 1
        Damage:       Type: CTH   Before: 1     During: 0    After: 73
        The Frankensteiner is unlikely to be interrupted, however if it
misses, Wolf falls flat on his back and can be pounced.  If it hits, you're
opponent is sent flying behind you.  I've saved some bad rounds by using
this throw to ring-out opponents with a lot more health than me.  The
frankensteiner also works as a behind throw with the same stats as it's
normal use.

2.5.3  Low throws.
    The Low throws are only useful against people who are crouching.  They
are quite challenging to execute in a pressure situation where people won't
crouch for long.  And if you get one, the other player usually learns
quickly and doesn't crouch for to long any more.  A good time to try for a
low throw is after you block a sweep.  Also when an opposing Wolf's Grizzly
Lariat (down/for+P+K) is blocked, a low throw will connect.

    Double Arm Suplex               down/back+P+K+G        L
        Damage: 70    Type: LTH   Before: 20    During: 163  After: 1
        Wolf grabs his crouching opponent by the two arms and flips them

    Tiger Driver                    down/for+P+K+G         L
        Damage: 70    Type: LTH   Before: 20    During: 160  After: 1
        Wolf grabs his crouching opponent by the arms and delivers a mean
pile driver.  This allows an elbow drop.

    Side Suplex                     down+P+K+G             L
        Damage: 60    Type: LTH   Before: 20    During: 90   After: 1
        Wolf leans over his crouching opponent and grabs them from behind.
He then swings them behind him.

2.5.4  Side Throws.
        When Wolf is standing beside someone there are two normal throws
and one low throw he can do.

    Sliding Leg Scissors            P+G                    S
        Damage: 50    Type: STH   Before: 15    During: 119  After: 1
        A nice simple maneuver where Wolf falls to the ground and places
one leg in front of his opponent and swings the other one to trip them.

    Cyclone Whip                    back, for+P+G          S
    Cyclone Whip                    for, back+P+G          S
        Damage: 60    Type: STH   Before: 10    During: 81   After: 1
        Wolf Grabs the opponent's arm and falls away from them, flipping
the opponent on the ground on the other side of him.

    Close Arm Breaker               P+K+G                  SL
        Damage: 50+20 Type: SLTH  Before: 10    During: 156  After: 1
        Wolf stretches his opponent's arm and falls away from them, causing
them to flip over onto the ground.

2.5.5  Behind Throws.
    Wolf can have some real fun when his opponent is facing the other
direction.  These throws aren't as rare as they were in VF2.

    German Suplex                   P+G                    B
        Damage: 80    Type: BTH   Before: 20    During: 157  After: 1
        When you've got to act quickly, this is the move to do.  Wolf grabs
his opponent around the waist and bridges them backwards.

    Dragon Suplex                   back+P+G               B
        Damage: 85    Type: BTH   Before: 20    During: 150  After: 1
        If you think to do a back+P+G rather than the simpler P+G, do it.
It's the sleeper hold variant.

    Low German Suplex               P+K+G                  BL
        Damage: 70    Type: BLTH  Before: 20    During: 150  After: 1
        This throw is similar to the German suplex, except that it grabs
opponents who have their back to you and are in a crouched position.

2.5.6  Reversal Throws.
    Wolf's Reversal throws allow for some interesting situations.  The key
to using them is to learn when an opponent is likely to use a kick that you
can Reverse.  Once you know this, the remaining aspect is that of timing.
You must initiate the Reversal just before the opponent's kick hits.

    Dragon Screw(Mid Kick Rev)      down/back+P+K          M
        Damage: 30    Type: RTH   Before: 15    During: 85   After: 1
        This move is more or less the same as in VF2.  This is also quite
often a one time thing.  Once an opponent knows you can Reverse his
attacks, they usually become much less predictable.

    Captured (High Kick Rev)        back+P+K               H
        Damage: 40    Type: RTH   Before: 20    During: 125  After: 1
        This is a new attack.  Wolf moves inside the range of the high kick
and grabs his opponent around the chest.  He then makes them pay with a
suplex.  Note this move also does a little damage to Wolf (5 points) as the
opponent's kick hits weekly on his shoulder.

Chapter 3 - Combos.
    - Introduction.
    Wolf's power is, in my opinion, NOT in combos.  At least, not the
conventional ones.  Still, they definitely do have a place in the game and
they do often accomplish things that single moves can't.  Combos are listed
in three types: Canned, Functional, and Strategic.  More on them in their
respective sections.  Each Combo is listed with a set of statistics that
look the same as those for the above single attacks.  These stats are for
the last move in the sequence only.  For example the Jab, straight Combo
(P,P) has damage listed as 14.  Also the single punch (Section 2.1) is
listed as damage 14.  So if both of the punches in the P,P Combo hit, you
should expect 28 points of damage.

3.1    Canned Combos.
    Canned Combos are the sequences of moves that string together because
they are linked by an animation.  For example, The Jab, Straight combo
(P,P) looks different than two normal punches would because they are
animated differently.  Many Canned Combos are composed of moves that wolf
can do in any order, when ever he wants.  An example of this would be the
Hammer, Kick Combo (Normally referred to as a 'Punch, Kick' Combo).  Wolf
can kick at any time by pressing K, or Punch at any time by pressing P, but
when you press P, K  you get a punch followed very quickly by a kick.
Other moves (such as the Dragonfish Blow or Neck Rolling Throw) can only be
executed as part of a combo.

    Jab, Straight                   P,P                    HH
        Damage: 14    Type: HP    Before: 9     During: 1    After: 19
    One, Two, Uppercut              P,P,P                  HHM
        Damage: 24    Type: HP    Before: 18    During: 2    After: 29
        Pretty much self explanatory.  The double punch has it's use in
throwing an opponent off guard, but isn't very useful without a greater
purpose.  The Punches with uppercut works fairly well when you're not
exactly sure what's going on.  I only use them when someone is in the air,
and even then I'd rather use kick (K,K) or wait for them to land and do a
creative throw on them.

    2 Punches Elbow Smash           P,P,for+P              HHH
        Damage: 16    Type: HP    Before: 12    During: 2    After: 25
        This attack is a good way to get your opponent to duck.  Alone, it
has a mediocre success rate at best.  But with a little conditioning it may
lead to great low-throw possibilities.  I've just never had the patience or
money to condition an opponent.  On the machines here, the computer is
likely to duck and leave itself open to the low throw combo (see below),
but in my experience, human's usually block high.

    Body Blow, Dragonfish Blow      for+P,P                MM
        Damage: 20    Type: HP    Before: 18    During: 2    After: 37
        The body blow has good range and moderate damage.  It won't knock
the opponent down unless it hits as a major counter.  I don't recommend
using the Dragonfish more than half the time, it's recovery is fairly long,
but at least it knock's down.  These attacks have a greater success rate if
your opponent doesn't know if you will follow up with the Dragonfish or

not.  If the Dragon fish is blocked, prepare to eat SPoD.

    Screw Lariat                    HCA+P, P               MH
        Damage: 20    Type:       Before: 23    During: 2    After: 25
        A spinning double punch.  Built in with a bit of a dodge. and a
significant shortening of range.

    Double High Kick                K, K                   HH
        Damage: 20    Type: HK    Before: 21    During: 2    After: 34
        Quite an Effective evade tracker.  Of course if your opponent ducks
you are history.  The first kick usually floats enough for the second to

    Hammer, Kick                    P,K                    HH
        Damage: 20    Type: HK    Before: 12    During: 2    After: 25
        I used to be utterly relentless with this, but in VF3 it doesn't
knock down each time it hits.  It's Quick and does good damage.  Another
move to slide in during your opponent's pause.  Most people think it's
recovery is a bit longer than it really is.  If one of your P,K attacks is
blocked, try another immediately.  If it works, good, if it doesn't, don't
try it again on this opponent.  Unfortunately this attack is very easy to

    Punches, Elbow Butt                     P,P,for+P,Back+P    HHHH
        Damage: 20    Type: HP    Before: 13    During: 3    After: 31
        This combo is not what many people expect from Wolf.  The first
three attacks can be easily stopped, but not many people expect the fourth
attack.  But since any mid or low level attack will suffice to end your
charge, it's success is, in my experience, limited.

    Wrestling Lock Up (Catch)               for+P+G...          H
        This throw may be considered a canned combo, but I felt it should
be described in the throws section (2.5.1).

    Punches, Elbow, Double Arm Suplex        P,P,for+P,back/down+P+K+G HHHL
        Damage: 70    Type: LTH   Before: 20    During: 163  After: 1
        A very devastating combo.  It works well on high level cpu
opponents.  The key is to initiate the punches really far away from your
opponent, and wait a little before you input the for+P, giving them lots of
time to react, they will either crouch, evade, or be hit.  If they dodge
too soon, a sufficiently delayed Elbow may hit them.  If they are hit, you
win.  If they crouch, you win.  If they evade (dodge), you still may win.
Unfortunately this isn't too effective on humans who usually stand
defending waiting for their turn.

    Tomahawk Chop, Neck Rolling Throw       u/f+P, for+P+G      MH
        Damage: 60    Type: HTH   Before: 1     During: 0    After: 86
        This combo only succeeds when your opponent is Major Countered (See
Section 4.1.5) by the Tomahawk Chop.   The For+P+G must be executed while
the opponent is in hit stun.  When the throw comes off, you'll know because
it's not a throw you can do without the Tomahawk.  If the Up/For+P knocks
out the opponent, the throw will not connect, but Wolf will dash forward
and swish his arms through the air like he missed his For,For+P+G Catch

    Low Smash Kick, Throw                   down+K,Throw        LH
        This combo is described under the Low Smash Kick (section 2.3).
The main trick is learning when a Low Smash Kick will result in a Major
Counter and when it will simple hit.  Once you learn that, then you should
start by attempting the combo with simple throws like the BrainBuster (P+G)
until you learn the precise timing.  Then you should practice it until you
can whip off a Ghostbuster at the very least.

3.2    Functional Combos.
    Functional Combos are moves that string together well but are not
linked by any special animation.  You don't get a quicker attack by doing
them in the correct order.  But the moves themselves have a good chance of
working well together.  In most Functional Combos, once the first attack
strikes, the remainder will also connect.  There are exceptions of course.
This is the category the Float Combos usually fit into.

    Short Shoulder, Punches                 back,for+P+K,P,P,P  MHHM
        As the Shoulder is a fairly quick move, this combo/float does quite
well.  It does good damage and allows a pounce when it's finished.

    Knee, Knee                              for+K,for+K         MM
        This simple combo hits light characters on level ground.  The
steeper the decline, the greater the chance of it working on a heavier
character.  It also usually allows a pounce at the end.

    Short ShoulderX2,Shoulder Charge back,for+PK,back,for+PK,back,for+P MMM
    ( The 'Cold Shoulder' Combo. )
        This combo is one of the most challenging combos in the game.  I
think it should do more damage than it does.  It has been successfully
accomplished on Aoi and Sarah.  I wouldn't count on all the segments
connecting on a heavy foe.  When I was attempting it against Sarah, I
Evaded to the top of the stairs on her level, when she reached the top, I
began the combo.  I still barely connected the Shoulder Charge, but it did
hit, I heard the sound.

    Steiner Screwdriver,Double Claw,Frankensteiner d/f,d/fPG,dPG,u/fPG HGH
        This is quite an effective combo, provided your opponent is stunned
by the Double Claw or chooses to guard.  The damage is quite high.  But it
won't work on anyone who tends to be offensive after the Double Claw.

    Steiner Screwdriver,Double Claw,Arm Whip d/f,d/f+P+G,d+P+G,f,f+P+G HGH
        This is similar in most ways to the SS,DC,F combo above, but it is
easier for the opponent to stop.  it is more or less assured that anything
they do besides guard will prevent the Arm Whip throw from working.

    Tomahawk Flash-Side Suplex               for+P+K,dash,d+G+P+K    M-L
    Tomahawk Flash-Tiger Driver              for+P+K,dash,df+G+P+K   M-L
        The tomahawk flash has to hit as a Major Counter to guarantee the
throw but any player who attempts to merely stand up again will eat the
throw as well.  Unfortunately, this combo isn't very likely on a human foe
or anyone who ducks under the tomahawk flash.

    Steiner Screwdriver,Double Claw, Drop Kick d/f,d/f+P+G,d+P+G,u/f+K HGM
    Steiner Screwdriver,Double Claw,Axe Lariat d/f,d/f+PG,d+PG,for+P+E HGH
        These two combos are a better way to use the Double Claw.  These
have a much higher success rate than the SS,DC combos above using the
Frankensteiner and the Arm Whip.  The Drop kick hits those that duck
despite some attacks that they may make.  However if they stand and guard,
Wolf will land flat on his face.  With the other, the Axe Lariat will hit
anyone standing.  It also allows a stomp if you are lucky.  Someone who
crouches can make you pay.

    Lock up, Change, Push, Arrow Knuckle, German Suplex         HCBM-BL
        ( The 'BLT' Combo. )
        I use this combo every so often.  It does good damage but at high
risk as the behind throw is not a certainty.  Most other throws in the
Wrestling Lock up do almost as much damage without as much risk of screwing
up, but it's flashy enough for me to keep doing it.  My advice is to be
aware of where your opponent will end up after the push.  If they would be
down hill from you don't do it.  After the push is complete, you also may
want to re-evaluate whether the opponent is still in range for the throw.
If not, then abort as soon as possible and back off.  The 'BLT' stands for
'Back Low Throw'.

    Comet Hook, Throw                   back/down+P,Throw   MH
        If the Comet Hook staggers your opponent, the throw will connect as
well.  The throw must be executed as soon as the stagger animation ends.
It's a little tough to time.  The Comet Hook has a rather disappointing
effect itself, so if the throw doesn't come off, you should be ready for a
fairly speedy retaliation.

3.3    Strategic Combos.
    Strategic Combos are not guaranteed by any means.  Normally the point
of a strategic combo is to cause your opponent to react in a predictable
way.  The Strategic Combos listed here are made so that certain responses
to the early attacks are accounted for.

    Knee Blast, Backfall Suplex         for+K,P+G           MH
        Damage: 60    Type: TH    Before: 20    During: 120  After: 1
        If the knee hits, the Backfall Suplex won't.  But if the knee is
blocked (doesn't miss) then the P+G may succeed, depending on what your
opponent tries.  You could also break out of an opponent's throw.  If this
attack fails the first time you use it on an opponent, don't try it again.

    Punches, Elbow, Double Arm Suplex   P,P,for+P,back/down+P+K+G  HHHL
        Damage: 70    Type: LTH   Before: 20    During: 163  After: 1
        I'm re-listing this combo as a strategic combo because the punches
are not required to connect with the opponent.  It's better, in fact, if
the opponent duck's under them.  The throw is what you're going for after

    Rolling Sabot, Dragon Screw         for+K+G,back/down+P+K MM
        Damage: 30    Type: RTH   Before: 15    During: 85   After: 1
        The Sabot has a long range and when it's blocked, Wolf retreats
back a bit.  If your opponent likes to use some long-ish range mid-level
kick attacks, this is a pretty good time to reverse them.

Chapter 4 - Strategy.
    - Introduction.
    If there's a chapter in this FAQ that could be slightly off, this is
it.  I'm trying to write strategies that I sometimes neglect myself.
Still, I'll tell you what I know, and so-as not to give a biased view, I'll
try to interpret what I've read and been told, as well as real world

4.1    The Special Tactics.
    This section is about some of the fundamental things that any VF3
player should know, Wolf player or not.  There is a lot of info on these
subjects in various posts to rgva and articles in 'The Home of Virtua
Fighter' web sight (http://www.vfhome.com) where you can always download
the FAQ.  So if you need a more in depth analysis, that's where you should

4.1.1  'E'ing.
    The E button is used to control Wolf's (or anyone else's) position
relative to his opponent. You can move in any direction by pressing the
joystick in a direction and the E button at the same time.  The forward
directions move you towards your opponent while the back directions move
you away.  The up direction moves you into the screen, and the down
direction moves you out towards where you are physically standing.
down/for and up/for both move you closer and to the side, they are really
useful for side throws etc.  If you are far away from your opponent, any
evade, except the back directions will also move you closer to your
    Some good uses of E are... When you are close to a ring edge and wish
to get some distance, and the Okizeme Tactics (4.1.8).

4.1.2  Dash.
    Dashing is an extension of E-ing.  It moves the character quickly.
There are two ways of dashing.  One is to double-tap the joystick forward
or backward.  The other is to tap forward or backward and the E button.
This moves you a short distance quickly, so you can do throws or something
that requires you to be closer or further away.  If you have to cover a lot
of ground quickly, try tapping then holding forward, or holding forward and
E.  This makes Wolf run.  When an opponent is surprised by a Pick Up By The
Neck (down+P+G) or similar push, you can sometimes dash in and throw them
before they realize what has happened.

4.1.3  'G'-Cancel.
    G-Canceling is used to stop attacks before they finish.  It can be
confusing for an opponent and allows you to recover quickly.  Often it
allows enough time to start another attack before your opponent realizes
what's going on.  The only G-Cancel tactics that I use often are K,G to
begin a kick and recall it, and the Duck dodger (K+E,G) to evade to the
side and duck without attacking.  G-Cancel is also directly related to the
Senbon punch (See 4.1.4).

4.1.4  Senbon Punch.
    The Senbon punch was discovered in VF2.  The idea is that you begin the
P,K Combo of your favorite character, then after the punch completes (hits
or misses) you G-Cancel the Kick on as close to frame 1 as possible.  Since
the kick begins before the recovery of a single punch would be finished and
it was canceled immediately, you are left with a single punch with only 1
frame (1/60 seconds) of recovery.  In VF2 it was possible to string an
infinite number of these together in the dreaded (and cheezy) Senbon Grind.
Fortunately, his was removed from VF3.
    The Senbon Punch is a fairly simple idea, that is quite a challenge to
execute properly.  If I had more time, I'd like to include a larger section
on exactly how the Senbon Punch applies to Wolf.  But alas, I don't.  So
what I'll do is say that there are other documents and FAQs on the Senbon
Punch, so read them.

4.1.5  The Major Counter.
    The Major Counter is one Tactic that happens a lot to skilled players
whether they know what it is or not.  Basically, when you opponent starts
an attack and then you hit them with something.  This does a bit more
damage (25% I believe), causes a different sound and stuns the opponent for
a longer period than the attack normally would.  It is important for you to
learn when a Major counter has occurred and which moves are likely to cause
them.  Once this is accomplished, you have to plan on what you will do in
the case of a MC.  Some MC's leave Wolf enough time to execute a throw of
some kind.  Plan ahead so that when your low smash kick hits as a Major
Counter you've got something big coming next.
    You will know if you get a major counter because of the sound the
attack makes.  If it sounds like an anvil being hit by a chicken leg with a
steel core, then it's an MC.

4.1.6  Minor Counter.
    A minor counter is similar in most respects to a Major Counter, only
it's not as good.  When an opponent begins an attack and it executes (ie.
hits, misses, or is blocked) but they haven't yet returned to the ready
position, any hits are classified as Minor Counters (Not abbreviated 'MC').
A Minor Counter does extra damage (but only 10%).  Other than the attack
bonuses, there are no other special properties to the Minor Counter.

4.1.7  Escaping throws.
    In VF3 you can escape (almost) any throw.  For most, the way you escape
is to execute the final motion you would do if you were to use the throw.
For example, To escape a P+G throw, you would also press P+G, To escape
Sarah's Clothesline (for,for+P+G) you would press for+P+G.  However there
are exceptions to this rule.  For Wolf's two semicircle throws, and I
believe for anyone else's semi circle throws, you have to do the first and
last motions to escape.  So to escape the dreaded Twirl & Hurl (HCT+P+G)
you would have to execute a back,for+P+G, The directions are reversed for
the Wrist lock throw.
    Now that you know HOW to escape a throw, you've got to learn the
motions for every players throws in VF3.  Not a simple task.  Then you've
got to learn WHEN to escape from a throw.  There may be times when an
opponent always executes the same throw.  This is when you could try to
escape from it.  If they mix their throws well and leave you guessing but
you still want to try to escape, then you should try to escape by using a
motion that is the final motion of one of their throws and is also one of
Wolf's throws.  In this way, should they decide not to throw you, you'll
throw them, and if they do try to throw you, you still have a chance to
escape.  A good example of this is one time when I was Fighting a Computer

Sarah who had learned the Clothesline (for,for+P+G) a little too well.
When ever I thought she was going to use it, I would attempt to grab her in
the Wrestling Lock Up (for+P+G).  In two rounds, the results were, Sarah:
One Clothes Line, Wolf: One Avoided Clothes Line and one Power Bomb.  A
special note:  If you want to escape another's throw that doesn't have a
similar Wolf throw (like Sarah's back+P+G), but still be able to throw them
if they don't through you, remember that a back+P+G will still result in a
Backfall Suplex, So go for it...

4.1.8  Okizeme.
    I don't have enough space to do this topic justice in this FAQ,
however, there are other resources on the internet that deal with this
topic quite well.  The theory behind the tactic called 'okizeme' is not to
allow your opponent off the ground by pressuring them as they rise from any
knock down attack.  Firstly, it is important to be as close to the fallen
opponent as possible, so push right against them.  Each of the following
scenarios starts with Wolf standing over his fallen opponent (just how we
like him).  No matter how your opponent decides to get off the ground, it
is important that you remain pressed against them.
    Other than the basic okizeme options, if your opponent rolls towards
you, you also have the option to hit them before they begin to rise with
any well timed mid- or low-level attack.  If they don't roll toward you, or
you decide not to go for the easy knock down, then next we come to the
actual rising.  Do Not attack into an opponent's rising attack.  It very
rarely works, and usually hurts a bit.
    If your opponent rises with an attack, that attack may be dodged or
blocked, or you can hop or back off so it will miss.  If you block it, then
they will be stunned for a moment, but not long.  Try an Arm Whip
(For,For+P+G) or a Grizzly Lariat (Down/For+P+K).  If the attack you
blocked was a sweep, try a low throw.
    If the attack is missed, try any long range, quick move.  The
Frankensteiner (Up/For+P+G), the Arm Whip (For+For+P+G), the Drop Kick
(Up/For+K) and the Shoulder Charge (Back, For+P) are good examples of what
could do well here.
    There is a trick to successfully evading a rising attack, and that is,
knowing which way the attack will come from, and thus, knowing which way to
evade.  I'll get into that in a moment.  If you do manage to evade the
attack, you are left facing your opponent's side.  If your opponent
attempted a sweep, they are still in a crouching position.  Wolf has plenty
of nice attacks for this situation, but the best ones would likely be the
side throws.  Remember Wolf's Low Side Throw (P+K+G), I bet you never
thought you'd ever be able to do it in real combat, but if your opponent
did a sweep then go ahead.  It's very satisfying.
    Here's the short version of how to Evade a rising kick.  If you are on
the left hand side of the screen, press Down/For+E as soon as the kick
begins, if you are on the Right, press Up/For+E.  If you are fighting
Akira, Change Up to Down and Down to Up.  Akira's rising attacks are all
backwards.  You should know that this is immensely simplified.  There are a
fair number of exceptions to this rule, but it's a good place to start
until you get good enough to look up other Okizeme resources.  With this
rule alone, you may still maintain about a fifty percent success ratio.

4.1.9  Getting Up.
    when you've been knocked down, you have to get up.  It's a simple
premise.  However there's more to it than first meets the eye.  There are
five different places you can get to your feet once you've been knocked
down.  You can roll either into (Up+G or just G) or out (Down+G) of the
screen, you can summersault towards (For) or away (Back) from your
opponent, or you can stand up right where you are (These commands should be
pressed repeatedly and quickly).
    Once your feet leave the ground, you should take a second to evaluate
your position in the ring.  If you are close to an edge, it is a good idea
to get away from it by using an appropriate method from the above
paragraph.  Or you can set up your opponent against a wall for a wall throw
using similar maneuvering techniques.
    Now that you have chosen a position, you have to decide whether you
will do a rising attack, and if so, which one.  I've found that if you are
going to do a rising attack, it doesn't really matter which one you use.
You should mix them up as much as possible though.  Also, delay them as
long as you think you can.  I've found that this is best done by getting up
with the G Button and a delayed rising kick of some sort.
    When rising, you will at some point play someone (living or AI) that
knows how to use the Okizeme tactics described above.  When this time
comes, you will have to do some serious evaluation on whether to do a
rising attack at all.  If you do, then the delay is vital.  If not, then
prepare for your opponent to attempt a throw or an attack right away.

4.1.10 The Freeze.
    When you are fighting a computer opponent, it is possible to get them
stuck in a small AI loop.  If the opponent ducks under certain high attacks
that Wolf and other characters have, they occasionally freeze up and do
nothing but defend themselves for a little while.  The opponent has to duck
for this to work, they cannot evade or be hit.  This will allow you to
practice any throws that you want.  The best ways to cause your opponent to
hesitate are the for+P+K Tomahawk Flash, and the Elbow Bash at the end of
the P,P,For+P Combo.  This is a good time to do an immediate low throw, any

4.1.11 Finishing Moves.
    There are many moves that look good in VF3, and Wolf has his fair
share.  But there are also a few moves that really look good to end with.
Here's a few of my favorites.
    Wristlock throw into a wall or out of the ring
    Catch, Slingshot front Suplex out of the ring
    Catch, Push out of ring
    Catch, Switch, Push, Arrow Knuckle:  The "How does the floor taste?"
combo.  My Personal Favorite.
    Body Slam wall variant:  A rare move that looks too cool.
    Either Kick Counter

4.2    Counters.
    The advice I gave under the counters section of the moves chapter
(2.5.6) is still good.  Beyond their defensive purpose, you can set up
specific situations that you believe will cause your opponent to respond
with a counterable move.  For example, If you crouch while you are still
close to an opponent they may decide to sidekick you.  So you crouch and
quickly stand up doing a Dragon Screw reversal (down/back+P+K).  With luck
you will intercept the incoming attack.  Without luck, you'll look quite
foolish as some Akira SPoDs you.  Also, on certain low levels, the computer
will start the round with a normal high kick, This was how I executed the
High kick counter for the first time so long ago.

4.3    What to do about...
    This section is designed to answer questions about specific situations.
Shun and Takaarashi both have qualities that allow them to be treated as
specific situations.  As always, any comments are welcome.

4.3.1  ...Scrubs.
    Scrubs come in two flavors, the 'button masher' and the amateur.
Amateurs often do moves that are easy to block and have long recoveries,
this makes them throw fodder.  The button masher, on the other hand doesn't
know how to do any moves, but still manages to mix the levels of their
attacks, they also often don't know what the 'G' button is for.  Don't try
to throw a button masher, it's harder than it looks.  Counters can work, as
can the Elbow Butt (back+P) or a Knee Blast (for+K).

4.3.2  ...Relentless attackers.
    Unlike the 'Button Masher' this player knows exactly what is going on.
He's almost impossible to counter, unless you actually are fighting an
amateur in disguise.  The  Grizzly Lariat (down/for+P+K) is very useful, as
is the Elbow Butt (back+P), the Knee Blast (for+K) and the Facelift Kick
(down/for+K).  If they use PPP Combos or anything that uses a couple
consecutive high attacks, the Low Smash Kick (down+K) as a major counter is
an invaluable throw lead in.  If you've got some distance, the drop kick is
good.  The key is that once you hit them, they should fall down.  If this
happens a few times, it can shake them out of an aggressive pattern, giving
you the initiative.

4.3.3  ...High/Medium/Low Mixer people.
    If there was ever a question with many answers, this is it.  I may as
well be asking how to beat a 'good' player.  Firstly, you must try to
figure out which levels they are concentrating on, if any.  If their low
attacks do little damage and don't knock down, then ignore them.  This will
only work until they realize you're ignoring low attacks.  If they are
concentrating low, DO NOT ignore their attacks, if you duck for more than a
moment then you'll likely find out that that's what they were trying to get
you to do by attacking low.  Try to guard and when you're turn comes up,
try do hit them high and low so that their stop hits may not work.  The
Comet Hook (back/down+P) as a Major Counter works fairly well, as does the
Tomahawk Flash (for+P+K) MC.  Both of these lead to moderate throw
possibilities. The Grizzly Lariat is worth a good hit or two as well.  Good

4.3.4  ...Shun.
    Shun's special circumstance is his ability to do moves that are
designed only to confuse.  Shun will every so often just haul back and take
a drink.  My advice here is to drop kick immediately.  If he stands on his
hands, drop kick again.  If he suddenly sits down...  Currently I stand
back and wait for him to rise at a distance, but low attacks will work if
he doesn't get you first.  Sometimes Shun will lay down on the ground and
watch you, just stay back, or step in and guard low.  He gets up quickly,
but doesn't do too much damage.  Lastly, some of Shun's attacks leave him
sprawled on the floor.  The best option here is the Double Claw throw
(down+P+G), If you miss your opportunity don't attempt to execute this
throw late.  When it misses it has a very long recovery. Just pounce on
him, or even better use the elbow drop (more likely to hit and quick
    One of the most interesting aspects of Shun is his drinking.  As Shun
drinks, his combo's improve.  Each time he takes a swig from his bottle, he
earns a certain number of drunk points.  Each new improvement requires a
certain number of these points to do.  Wolf has two moves that cause Shun's
number of drunk points to decrease.  So if Shun's special combo's are
getting you down, go for the Tomahawk Flash (for+P+K) or Tomahawk Chop
(up/for+P) a few Times.

4.3.4  ...Takaarashi.
    Takaarashi's special circumstance is that a lot of moves won't knock
him over.  Even the Knee Blast will only rock him back.  My advice here is
to chain as many attacks together as you can.  Don't stop until he finally
falls or he successfully guards against one, then go back to using more in
depth strategies.  You will likely only get two or three extra attacks, but
if they hit, you'll find they do at least as much damage as a pounce would

4.3.5  ...Stages.
    This section is composed of a few helpful comments to help with each
level.  Don't expect anything too detailed.
    Lau's Section of the Great Wall:  Try to stay on level ground with your
opponent unless you're trying to float them.  Wolf's Knee Bash (for+K) can
lift an opponent over a low section of wall if you are lucky.  The Short
Shoulder and Uppercut have a similar effect.
    Sarah's Subway Station:  Avoid the stairs, they can really muss up a
throw.  Also, this stage feels a little narrow.  Don't panic, just evade
away from the edges if you start to get close.
    Shun's Raft:  It's difficult to throw someone who's on a different
platform than you.  You may consider backing up and letting them onto your
platform.  This level is pretty wide, don't be overly concerned with Ring
Outs until you get near the edge.
    Pai's Roof:  This is quite a simple level, but the slant adds a bit of
variety.  Floating is biased towards the uphill player, and of course, most
Ring outs occur at the bottom edge.  Just be aware.
    Lion's Library:  Try to stand on the level sections, allowing enough
room for your opponent to stand level with you.
    Jeffry's Island:  The best advice I can give on this level is to try to
stay dry.  Some people 'panic' when they get in the water because of the
potential of Ring outs.  Some of them may make foolish mistakes in an
attempt to get back to the center of the ring.
    Kage's Cliff-side Castle:  When you're standing on either the small
hill right behind player 2 an the round's start or on the stairs, throws
and High attacks won't work well.
    Jacky's Building:  It's not uncommon for the edges of this level to be
a lot closer than you think.  Whether they're hidden by the pile of girders
or if you get knocked back and find yourself with one foot in the grave.
You should be careful when using throws that exchange your relative
    Wolf's Desert:  There are no Ring Outs here.  Just fight.  But keep an
Eye on the terrain to see who's got the high ground or if you're level.
Positions change frequently.
    Akira's Dojo:  Always be aware of which sides of the ring will allow a
ring out.  Look for opportunities to capitalize on that awareness.
    Aoi's Snowy Garden:  Don't spend too much time trying to get throws
that aren't working.  Keep it simple unless the ground is smooth, or you
have some practice at the tough throws.
    Takaarashi's Sumo Ring:  Try to get the center ground in the ring and
make your opponent try to take it from you, unless you are trying to Ring
out your opponent.  Just be careful that it doesn't happen to you.

4.3.6  ...Picking a stage.
    Some machines allow the challenger to select what stage the match will
take place on.  If you're a Wolf that likes to throw a lot, then select a
flat level.  Uneven ground prevents a lot of normally simple throws.  I
recommend Takaarashi's Sumo Ring, Akira's Dojo and to a lesser extent
Wolf's Desert and Jeffry's Island.

4.3.7  ...The people who KNOW you.
    Here's another tough one.  What I'd recommend is alternating sets of
moves.  One day do a lot of throwing, the next, focus on Shoulder Attacks,
Axe Lariats and Elbows, the third day, use the K+G moves.  And try to learn
the Low Drop Kick (for,down+K).  It should be worth a few good hits.  You
will also have to alternate between the throws that you use to follow up
your Major Counters.  These can become quite predictable and easy to
escape.  One of the key things to remember is that if something isn't
working, don't keep  trying it.

4.3.8  ...Passives.
    Some players sit back quietly guarding and wait for you to act.  What
ever that action is, they'll do a quick attack (like Akira's Dashing Elbow)
that will interrupt most anything you've decided to do.  if you're at a
distance, try the Front Roll Kick (back,for+K+G).  It's slow, so when they
attack they may come up short and your attack will finish, knocking them
down.  Note: this doesn't always work.  Also a G-Canceled P,K Combo will
often catch them off guard.  If they go for it, try a second P,K
immediately.  Don't try a third, it probably won't work, and may be

4.4    How do I beat Computer...
    This section is designed to give advice to players on how to beat
certain CPU opponents.  In previous versions of VF this section was fairly
easy.  But now that the players are in a random order and the Computer

'Learns' from it's mistakes, it's become a lot more complicated.  It's
possible for a Lau on someone's machine to be a real pushover, while on the
machines here, he's one of the toughest.  Only certain characteristics will
remain constant everywhere so I'll try to deal with them.  One thing you'll
notice about these tips is that I mention the Low Kick Major Counter (which
is followed by a throw) often.  I can't stress it's use enough, but I must
be getting pretty close.
    If you are going to assume a wait and kill alignment (4.6.1) against
Lau, you must not ignore his low attacks, he will make you pay.  Also, his
recovery for most attacks is short enough to prevent any big throws.  Use
Quick attacks and wait for a rare chance to pull out a big throw.  Note:
Become familiar with Lau's Combos because some of them are longer than they
look.  Many of them have an attack strung onto the end that catches people
off guard.
    When Sarah does a Knee attack with a long recovery you must remember
that you have to wait until she lands before you can throw her.  It's often
better to combo her and pounce, especially since she's light.
Unfortunately it can be a bit of a challenge doing anything too complex to
her because of her speed.
    Shun can be really confusing.  He is designed so to fool you into
thinking it's time for you to retaliate before he's actually finished
attacking.  Memorize each of his combos so that you know which ones have
long recoveries, which leave him on the ground for you to pick up or Elbow
drop, and which leave his back to you.
    Be careful of her sweeps.  Her effectiveness against the standard 'Wait
and Kill' method prevents it's normal use.  Do not ignore her low attacks,
and don't get too fancy.
    I don't find Lion too difficult to throw, as opponents go.  As the
level increases, I stop responding with the Steiner Screwdriver as much and
switch mainly to the Body Slam.  Of course there are throws in Wolf's
arsenal which have pretty good odds of getting a Ring Out on a light
opponent...  It's also worth noting that the mid-kick reversal can be put
to good use here.
    Jeffry will mainly execute three throws on a standing opponent.  His
Fireman's Carry (P+G), his Power Slam (for+P+G) and the Crucifix PileDriver
(down/for, down/for+P+G).  Wolf has a corresponding throw for each of
these.  Just remember that your chance of escaping a throw is higher if you
stick to these throws.  Also remember that his chances will increase as
well.  When in doubt, Low Kick and go for the throw.
    The Low Kick Major Counter is invaluable here.  Whenever you start to
feel overwhelmed, just go for it.  It is important that you learn to avoid
Kage's Flying kick that strikes standing defenders.  By avoiding it you are
also almost assured a Behind Throw.  Also, if Kage begins a canned combo,
chances are that it will end with a mid-level kick, Wolf can reverse
these...  Heh, Heh, Heh.
    Go for the Frankensteiner or arm whip immediately if he misses a kick
flip.  Remember that the Beat Knuckle (aka 'Bitch Slap') leads into combo's
now.  It's a good idea to watch him to learn how long each of his combo's
can go.
    A High level computer Wolf can be close to relentless.  So you do what
you do when someone starts being overbearing, you go for the Low Kick Major
Counter and avoid anything with long recovery.
    Computer Akira is a pushover on the machines I play, even on level
eight (the max here).  I assume a Wait and Kill pose and he seems to walk
into it every time.  He's got some great moves but a lot of his recovery
times are bad enough to cause his death.  Note: That double arm (not double
palm) attack of his leaves his side facing you, do either high side throw
and it will connect without having to dash or anything.
    Despite her quick appearance, she can be a little slow sometimes.  Just
don't get predictable, remember, she can counter anything.
    At high levels Takaarashi is mean.  He can push you back to the ring's
edge before you realize that the match has started.  On low levels he'll
usually stumble into an attack with a bad recovery.  On the high levels, a
well placed Frankensteiner does good things when you're near the edge, as
do some of the moves following the Wrestling Lock Up.
    ...Dural, Dular
    Float Combos won't work well on Dural as she (it?) weighs a lot and
falls to the ground quickly.  Other than that her behavior is quite a bit
similar to Akira's, but she throws in a Kick Flip or two every now and

4.5    What to practice on whom.
    When it comes time to learn a move, there are many ways.  The most
common is to use it against the computer players.  To this end, I've made a
bit of a list to illustrate what attacks to practice against whom.  As the
CPU learns to play VF3, the amount of practice you get decreases.  On our
machine, I wouldn't do any new moves on anyone over round 4, unless they
are Takaarashi.
    It doesn't matter who's first, you'll be able to practice any move at
all against them, except the counter throws.  The reason for this is that
they don't attack consistently, they may not deliver a counterable blow in
an entire round.
    Shun, Akira, and Lion are good for low throws, especially akira.  Also,
one about level 3, you can hit your opponent a few times in a row with the
Tomahawk flash until they duck, Then you can do any low throw that you
want.  If you're trying to evade around someone and do a side throw, it
would better be someone from level one or maybe two.  The easiest person to
throw from behind is Shun.  One of his attacks launches him feet first
towards you, if this attack is blocked, he stands with his back to you long
enough to throw.
    The complex throws ie the Steiner Screwdriver, Giant Swing, and
Wrist-Lock Throw can best be practiced on Takaarashi and Akira.  In that
order.  At the start of any round, assume the "Wait and Kill" method (4.6.1
Below) and once they leave an opening, make them pay.  These are also good
people to practice the Counter throws on.
    Complex Combos can be practiced on most low levels, but some of them
(P,P,for+P,down/back+G+P+K) Require the computer to act intelligently for
the big moves to hit.  You can't count on the computer being intelligent
until about the third round.

4.6    Alignments.
    Sometimes you will observe a distinct pattern that players follow.  It
governs the way that people play.  Once you develope your alignment, you
will improve at a faster rate, however, you also get predictable.
Basically, you know what to do in certain situations, but your opponent
knows which situations you know and will try to make sure they never
happen.  Still, there are two main Alignments and I think that they would
be useful to point out.  Ideally, a player will master all alignments and
know when to switch.

4.6.1  Wait and Kill.
    The "Wait and Kill" alignment involves a lot of guarding high.  You
don't respond to low punches or small damaging moves.  Basically, you wait
for an opening that is big enough to get a sure hit through, then you
either execute a throw or a Quick attack that is guaranteed to knock down.
So while they get four puny hits that do moderate damage in total, you
execute a SS,DC,F combo and drop them well below half.  This alignment's
main strength comes in the damage Wolf dishes out when his turn comes
around.  It's weaknesses are... Low attacks that knock down ie sweeps,
other throws, and Lau.  There is a modification of this alignment that lets
Wolf Block Sweeps.  Blocking trivial low attacks only invites retribution.
    The "Wait and Kill" Alignment has two sub alignments, "Wait and Throw"
and "Wait and Knock Down".  They are separated by which moves the player
does after his turn comes around.  An accomplished "Wait and throw" Wolf
will block high until an opening arises, after which they will execute a
throw with a complexity proportional to the recovery time of the move the
opponent has just attempted.  They will block sweeps and use a Low Throw to
follow up.  They'll use a Long Range Throw whenever an opponent is
recovering out of range.  The "Wait and Knock Down" veteran, uses the drop
kick or axe lariat at range, and a variety of quick knock down attacks at
close range, like the elbow butt, the short shoulder, or the Grizzly
    It's a good idea to switch between the "Wait and..." alignments
frequently, otherwise your attacks will be blocked, and your throws

4.6.2  Nickel and Dime.
    The "Nickel and Dime" approach is more or less the opposite of the
"Wait and Kill" approach.  basically you never stop attacking unless
absolutely necessary.  You mix attacks and be sure to do a little damage
every time.  The theory being that a lot of little hits can do as much as
one large one.  This is a bit harder with Wolf, However he does have enough
variety to be quite an effective "Nickel and Dimer".  Some good moves to
initiate action are the front roll kick (Section 2.2) and the Tomahawk
Flash (Section 2.1).  During a fray, there's the Comet Hook, Screw Lariat
and Body Blow.

Chapter 5 - The Rest
    - Introduction.
    This chapter is merely some odds and ends that you may want to know
during your VF3 days.  And also some things that I'd like to know.  As
always any suggestions are appreciated, especially on the Ethics section

5.1    Ethics.
    It's rather uppity of me to write a section on ethics.  I'd like to
clarify that I am not trying to impose my judgement on anyone, and people
may disagree with a lot of what I have to say.  I just thought that someone
might care what I think and what codes some others I've seen play by.  If
not, then feel free to skip this section.

5.1.1  Speech Etiquette.
    While I'm playing I'm usually concentrating on the game.  Sometimes
people decide that now would be a good time to talk to me.  They are wrong.
I remember specifically one individual that kept insisting that I do the
crucifix piledriver.  I explained to him that Jeffry had the CPD and that I
was playing Wolf.  He continued, I ignored.  I'm not saying silence here.
But since then I've only said simple things like 'Wow! The Stun
palm-o-doom!' and "that was cool.'  Nothing that required a response.
After the match of course, anything goes.  I really enjoy discussing
matches after the fact.  This is one of the main ways that I realized some
simple flaws in my Wolf that I had been previously unaware of.

5.1.2  Replay Etiquette.
    There is some controversy over the cancellation of replays.  It's my
impression that the winner should get to decide to watch a replay.  It
bothers me when opponents cancel the moves that I worked hard to do.  But
it happens often enough that I'm starting to get used to it.  You can
insist on getting you replays played by holding all four buttons down.

5.1.3  Thrown Rounds.
    Some players do their best until they are one round away from a sweep,
then allow the other character to catch up and then kick their but in the
final round.  This is admirable.  It allows a beginner to practice rather
than be swept.  The problem is that once I throw a match, I often lose the
next two rounds and the game.  It's really embarrassing, but I just
remember who's fault it is.  Mine.

5.1.4  Coin Etiquette.
    When someone is playing it's common courtesy to ask whomever it is if
you can play against them.  Alternately, someone who's playing shouldn't
continue without looking to see if there is anyone waiting to play, lest he
be challenged without asking just to get him off the machine.

5.1.5  Giving Advice.
    When someone asks me a question or states a fact that I know to be
false, I'll answer and answer honestly.  But since I'm writing this, it's
pretty obvious that I want to spread the good word.  the other day I
defeated another player in the final round by using the Axe Lariat.  He
backed away from the machine saying "I don't understand it, I was holding
defence!" So I explained to him how you couldn't guard against it and he
had to crouch or hit me out of it.

5.1.6  Cheezy Moves.
    Next we have the controversial topic of 'cheezy moves'.  A cheesy move
is one that is 'too' good, so much so that it unbalances play.  For
example, in an early version of VF3, lion had a ground attack that could be
repeated over and over until his opponent was defeated.  Similarly, there
are the teleport moves that can be executed no matter how much distance is
between the characters.  Lastly there are the freeze moves (not those
listed above), these lock the opponent into a single position, unable to
attack until they are hit or thrown.  These three categories are considered
bugs that certain cheezy people exploit.  Using these bugs to defeat a
human opponent is wrong.  You may as well take out a knife and steal your
opponent's money.  Your opponent would likely enjoy either method equally.
(Disclaimer: DO NOT truly rob your fellow video gamers!)  If you want to
test these bugs out on a computer opponent, well that's Ok, I guess.  But
you won't learn them from me.
    There is another type of 'Cheezy' move.  These are the moves that
people assume are unbeatable until they know what to do about them.  The
senbon punch started by accident, but was fully integrated into VF3
(Without the Senbon Grind).  People thought Wolf's Low Kick (down+k) was
too good, but further investigation revealed that it was intentionally made
that way.  Certain People have thought that every character in the game was
cheezy at one time or another.  What I've learned about this is to learn to
deal with it.  A low kick can be blocked, throws can be escaped, kick flips
can be avoided.  If you use a move too much, no matter how good it is,
people will catch on, you will pay.

5.2    Easter Eggs.
    These are small undocumented features that are becoming quite common
place in arcades these days.  Taunts (5.2.1) and Outfits (5.2.2) are
nothing new, but I hope to be able to add more as they become known.

5.2.1  The Taunts.
    In VF3 each character has more taunts than ever before.  Wolf's taunts
have always been simple, but he never spoke to his biceps before.  It's up
to each of us to select a taunt from the following list that is doesn't
give people the impression that Wolf is some kind of muscle-bound fool*.
Taunts can be selected by holding the proper combination of buttons at the
end of any re-play that Wolf Wins.  The taunts are listed here.
    I'll update the rest of these as I figure them out.

    G -   "I'll raise you for your strength!"  Wolf jumps up, does the
splits, and lands, shaking his arm.  Avoid this humiliating taunt at all
    P -   "I'll raise you for your strength!"  Wolf Holds up his arm and
measures his muscle with his other hand.  Avoid this humiliating taunt at
all cost.*
    K -   Howl!  Wolf Bends forward then stands up with his hands in the
air flexing his Pectoral muscles.
    E -   Howl!  Wolf brings both elbows behind him in a double "Yes!" type
motion and then bends backwards bringing his hands up above his head.
    P+G - Howl!  Wolf raises one hand into the air reaching for the sky.
    Excellent - Howl!  Wolf leans forward and holds his arms as if he were
riding a motorcycle.  Then he shakes himself.

    * No I'm not really that hung up on Wolf.  I just think these taunts
are a bit, well, dumb.

5.2.2  Alternate Outfits.
    If you begin on the left hand side of the machine, you will normally
start with Wolf's wrestling tights (Red pants, no shirt).  If you start on
the right you will start with Cowboy Wolf (a short leather jacket, dark
pants and boots).  If you don't want the outfit you would normally start
with you must hold down your start button after moving the box onto Wolf
and then pressing an attack button to select your character while still
holding start.

5.2.3  Holding the Re-play.
    If your opponent is continually canceling your replays, it is your
right to insist that they play.  Without reverting to true violence, this
can be accomplished by holding all four buttons.  Exercise your rights

5.2.4  Dural's Background.
    It is apparently possible to play a regular match of VF3 in Dural's
modified arenas.  Dural's Arena's foreground look exactly the same as each
of the other arenas, but the background and mood is significantly
different.  It is not yet known how to get Dural's stage 100% of the time.
It is known that on certain occasions people have gotten it by holding
start between matches.  People say that they have about a 1:15 ratio of
success.  When more on this technique becomes known, I'll pass it on.

5.2.5  Playing Dural.
    Dural has many moves taken from a variety of the characters in VF3.
Each of her maneuvers is the best in it's class.  She has the best
Kickflip, the most damaging throws, and the most confusing combos.  Not to
mention her great weight, which makes her hard to float.  This would make
her easily the best character if you were to play her.  Playing Dural is
still just a rumor.  Personally, I hope that it isn't true.  I think that
being able to play Dural would be in violation of the game.  I like VF
because, despite all the cinematic maneuvers, it's still the most realistic
fighter out there.  I see playing Virtua Fighter as a toned down martial
art in it's own right.  Playing Dural is a quick, easy way to win.  Playing
Dural represents the 'Dark Side'.

5.2.6  Playing the Letter Character.
    I've seen the image of this on the Home of Virtua Fighter web sight.
>From the image, it appears as if Jeffry is fighting the character that is
used for skilled players to enter their names with.  The image quite
clearly has a life bar representing the 'Letter Man'.  This image may
simply be an early shot of what the name entrance could be, or it could
really be someone playing the letter character.  I'm actually not too
resistant to this idea, at least not as much as I am against playing Dural.
Despite what looks like colossal range due to large limbs, his/her moves
could still be on par or worse than the remaining characters.

5.3    What I still want to know.
    If anyone knows the answers to any of these questions, I'd love it if
you'd drop me a line.
    Has anyone discovered what is so bloody great about the screw lariat?

Chapter 6 - Compressed Move List.

6.1     High Attacks

Straight Hammer                 P                      H    14-HP-12-2-13
Level Back Chop                 P+K                    H    24-HP-21-2-26
High Kick                       K                      H    30-HK-16-2-23
Neck Cut Kick      -Down        K+G                    H    36-XX-20-4-37
Flying Knee Kick                for,for+K+G            H    30-XX-23-6-48
Dodging Kick                    K+E                    H    30-HK-16-2-23
Duck Dodger!                    K+E,G                  -    XX-HK-??-?-??
Dodging Punch                   P+E                    H    14-HP-12-2-13
Shoulder Attack                 back,for+P             H 20-70-XX-19-5-35
Running Shoulder Attack         (Run)P+K               H 20-35-XX-20-3-29
Elbow Butt                      back+P                 H    20-HP-13-3-31
Tomahawk Flash     -Sober 2     for+P+K                H    20-HP-15-3-23
Tomahawk Chop      -Sober 1     up/for+P               H    15-XX-18-2-17
Axe Lariat                      for+P+E                H    40-XX-24-16-31

6.2    Medium Attacks.

Sonic Upper                     down/for+P             M    24-HP-18-2-29
Vertical Upper                  FC,down/for+P          M    22-HP-14-2-23
Body Blow                       for+P                  M    14-HP-15-2-24
Reverse Sledge Hammer           FC,for+P               M    30-XX-14-3-39
Face Lift Kick                  down/for+K             M    28-MK-16-2-37
Knee Blast                      for+K                  M    30-Kn-15-2-30
Drop Kick          -Down        up/for+K               M    40-XX-23-5-29
Rolling Sabot                   for+K+G                M    30-HK-21-2-37
Front Roll kick    -Down        back,for+K+G           M    30-XX-34-3-28
Side Middle Kick                down/for+K+E           M    33-MK-16-2-37
Toe Crush                       up+K+G                 M    30-XX-39-4-28
Screw Hook                      HCA+P                  M    20-Elb-12-2-31
Comet Hook                      back/down+P            M    19-Elb-13-1-27
Arrow Knuckle                   down+P+K               M    20-HP-13-2-30
Short Shoulder                  back,for+P+K           M    30-XX-17-4-30

6.3    Low Attacks.

Low Hammer                      down+P                 L    11-LP-16-1-14
Low Smash Kick                  down+K                 L    17-LK-16-1-28
Low Drop Kick                   for,down+K             L    20-LK-16-1-49
Grizzly Lariat                  down/for+P+K           L    20-LP-18-4-33

6.4    Ground Attacks.

Elbow (Pounce)                  up+P                   G    30-GR-39-3-23
High Elbow (Pounce)             down, UP+P             G    40-GR-39-3-23
Somersault Drop                 up+K                   G    16-TH-32-3-76
Elbow Drop                      down/for+P             G    15-GR-29-2-50
Double Claw                     down+P+G               G    XX-TH-1-109-1
Front Roll Kick                 back,for+K+G           G    18-GR-34-3-28

6.5    Throws

6.5.1  High throws.

Brainbuster                     P+G                    H    60-TH-20-120-1
Bodyslam                        down/for+P+G           H    50-TH-20-159-1
Bodyslam wall throw  -Wall      down/for+P+G           H 50+30-TH-103-97-1
Giant Swing                     HCT+P+G                H    100-TH-20-220-1
Wrist Lock Throw                HCA+P+G                H    80-TH-145-60-1
Steiner Screwdriver             down/for,down/for+P+G  H    80-TH-20-194-1
Wrestling Lock up (Catch)       for+P+G                H    XX-TH-1-0-55
Thunder Fire Powerbomb          P+G                 Catch 40+20-TH-20-220-1
Front Neck Chantry              down/back+P+G        Catch  60-TH-10-1-113
Push                            down/for+P+G         Catch  XX-TH-10-72-1
Slingshot Front Suplex          back+P+G             Catch  60-TH-20-91-1
Grab from Behind (Change)       for+P+G              Catch  XX-TH-40-1-100
German Suplex                   P+G                  BGrab  70-TH-1-142-1
Tiger Suplex                    back+P+G             BGrab  75-TH-1-160-1
Calf Branding                   down/for+P+G         BGrab  70-TH-1-117-1
Push                            for+P+G              BGrab  XX-TH-1-49-1

6.5.2  Ranged Throws.

Arm Whip                        for,for+P+G            H    60-CTH-1-111-1
Frankensteiner                  up/for+P+G             H    60-CTH-1-98-1

6.5.3  Low throws.

Double Arm Suplex               down/back+P+K+G        L    70-LTH-20-163-1
Tiger Driver                    down/for+P+K+G         L    70-LTH-20-160-1
Side Suplex                     down+P+K+G             L    60-LTH-20-90-1

6.5.4  Side Throws.

Sliding Leg Scissors            P+G                    S    50-STH-15-119-1
Cyclone Whip                    back, for+P+G          S    60-STH-10-81-1
Close Arm Breaker               P+K+G                 SL 50+20-SLT-10-156-1

6.5.5  Behind Throws.

German Suplex                   P+G                    B    80-BTH-20-157-1
Dragon Suplex                   back+P+G               B    85-BTH-20-150-1
Low German Suplex               P+K+G                  BL   70-BLT-20-150-1

6.5.6  Reversal Throws.

Dragon Screw(Mid Kick Rev)      down/back+P+K          M    30-RTH-15-85-1
Captured (High Kick Rev)        back+P+K               H    40-RTH-20-125-1

6.6    Combos.

6.6.1  Canned Combos.

Jab, Straight                   P,P                    HH   14-HP-9-1-19
One, Two, Uppercut              P,P,P                  HHM  24-HP-18-2-29
2 Punches Elbow Smash           P,P,for+P              HHH  16-HP-12-2-25
Body Blow, Dragonfish Blow      for+P,P                MM   20-HP-18-2-37
Screw Lariat                    HCA+P, P               MH   20-XX-23-2-25
Double High Kick                K, K                   HH   20-HK-21-2-34
Hammer, Kick                    P,K                    HH   20-HK-12-2-25
Punches, Elbow Butt             P,P,for+P,Back+P       HHHM 20-HP-13-3-31
Punches, Elbow, Double Arm Suplex   P,P,f+P,b/d+P+K+G  HHHL 70-LTH-20-163-1
Tomahawk Chop, Neck Rolling Throw   u/f+P, for+P+G     MH   60-HTH-1-0-86
Low Smash Kick, Throw           down+K,Throw           LH
Wrestling Lock Up (Catch)       for+P+G...             H

6.6.2  Functional Combos.

Short Shoulder, Punches         back,for+P+K,P,P,P     MHHM
Knee, Knee                      for+K,for+K            MM
'Cold Shoulder' Combo           b,f+P+K,b,f+P+K,b,f+P  MMM
Steiner Screwdriver,Double Claw,Frankensteiner d/f,d/f+P+G,d+P+G,u/f+PG HGH
Steiner Screwdriver, Double Claw, Arm Whip d/f,d/f+P+G,d+P+G,f,f+P+G    HGH
Tomahawk Flash-Side Suplex      f+P+K,dash,d+G+P+K     M-L
Tomahawk Flash-Tiger Driver     f+P+K,dash,df+G+P+K    M-L
Steiner Screwdriver, Double Claw, Drop Kick   d/f,d/f+P+G,d+P+G,u/f+K   HGM
Steiner Screwdriver, Double Claw, Axe Lariat  d/f,d/f+P+G,d+P+G,for+P+E HGH
The 'BLT' Combo                 f+P+G,f+P+G,f+P+G,d+P+K,P+K+G       HCBM-BL
Comet Hook, Throw               back/down+P,Throw      MH

6.6.3  Strategic Combos.

Knee Blast, Backfall Suplex     for+K,P+G              MH   60-TH-20-120-1
Punches, Elbow, Double Arm Suplex  P,P,f+P,b/d+P+K+G   HHHL 70-LTH-20-163-1
Rolling Sabot, Dragon Screw     for+K+G,back/down+P+K  MM   30-RTH-15-85-1