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                          THE KING OF FIGHTERS 99
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                         Ryo Sakazaki Character Guide
                                By Orochi K
                    kartelkertra <at> caramail <dot> com
                       Arcade, PSX, Neo-Geo, Dreamcast
                           v Final -- April 29, 2002


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 The latest version of this FAQ can be found at www.gamefaqs.com.



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                               E-MAIL POLICY
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 Lately, I've been recieving all types of letters. At first, it was only one
 guy so I decided to help him out since I had a lot of spare time at that time.
 But I'm now getting lots of letters and some of them are really annoying me.
 I've thus decided to put up this e-mail policy to make you understand as to
 which e-mails I will and will not reply. Please read the following carefully.

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 Please note that this is the final version of the guide. Don't bother
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                               INTRODUCTION
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 This FAQ is about Ryo, who is in the Art of Fighting Team. I'll be putting
 his combos and some nots where needed. Please e-mail if you have any corrections
 to make or if you know of any more combos.


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                                  CONTENTS
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                            1. Revision History
                            2. Controls
                            3. Ryo's Bio
                            4. Moveslist
                            5. Moves Description
                            6. Combos



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  REVISION HISTORY
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  Version 0.1 May 28, 2001.
  - Created FAQ.

  Version 0.2 May 30, 2001.
  - Corrected mistakes.
  - Added one more note.

  Version 0.3 June 1, 2001.
  - Added E-mail Policy (please read!)

  Final version on August 14, 2001.
  - Last update.

  Final version on April 29, 2002.
  - E-mail change!

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  CONTROLS
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           ub   u   uf                        A        B
             \  |  /
           b -- n -- f
             /  |  \
           db   d   df                        D        C

  General Notations:
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   n    - neutral                             A     - Weak Punch
   d    - down                                B     - Weak Kick
   u    - up                                  C     - Strong Punch
   b    - back                                D     - Strong Kick
   f    - forward


  Special Notations:
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   db   - down-back                           P     - Press A or C
   df   - down-forward                        K     - Press B or D
   ub   - up-back                             AB    - Escape
   uf   - up-forward                          CD    - Attack
   qcf  - d,df,f                              BC    - Call Striker
   qcb  - d,db,b                              ABC   - Enable Counter Mode
   hcf  - b,db,d,df,f                         BCD   - Enable Armor Mode
   hcb  - f,df,d,db,b
   dp   - f,d,df
   rdp  - b,d,db


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   RYO SAKAZAKI
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 Fighting Style:        Kyokugen-ryuu Karate  (Extreme Style Karate)
 Birthday:              8 / 2
 Age:                   24 years old
 Birthplace:            Japan  (but he's half-American)
 Blood Type:            O
 Height:                179cm
 Weight:                75kg
 Hobby:                 Doing carpentry on weekends
 Favorite Food:         Mochi (rice cake), and natto (fermented soybeans)
 Best Sport:            Sumo Wrestling
 Most Important:        Restored motorcycle and his horse, 'Tatsumaki'
 Dislikes:              Multi-legged insects (centipedes, etc.)

     "Dis Kyokugen karate will you?!  Now savor the pain it brings."

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  MOVESLIST
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 Tani Otoshi                    When close, b / f + C

 Tomoe Nage                     When close, b / f + D

 Hyouchuu Wari                  f + A

 Joudan Uke                     f + B

 Gedan Uke                      db + B

 Ko'ou Ken                      qcf + P

 Mouko Raijin Setsu             qcf + K

 Kohou Shippuu Ken              qcb + P

 Hien Shippuu Kyaku             hcb + K

 Kohou                          f,d,df + P

 Zanretsu Ken                   f,b,f + P

 Ryuuko Ranbu                   qcf,hcb + P

 Tenchi Haou Ken                qcf,qcf + P

 Haou Shoukou Ken               f,hcf + P

 Striker: "Kuuchuu Ko'ou Ken"


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  MOVES DESCRIPTION
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 Hyouchuu Wari                  f + A
 Ryo will  hit opponent with his hand for an overhead attack.

 Joudan Uke                     f + B
 This will cause Ryo to move forward while blocking standing and jumping
 attacks. When Ryo is not being attacked, it will only cause him to move
 forward.

 Gedan Uke                      db + B
 This will cause Ryo to move forward while blocking attacks which hit low.
 When Ryo is not being attacked, it will only cause him to move forward. Can
 be cancelled into a DM in Counter Mode.

 Ko'ou Ken                      qcf + P
 Ryo's fireball. Can be cancelled into a DM in Counter Mode.

 Mouko Raijin Setsu             qcf + K
 Ryo will jump over the opponent for an overhead attack.

 Kohou Shippuu Ken              qcb + P
 A 2-hit attack where Ryo hits the opponent with his fist. Can be cancelled
 into a DM in Counter Mode on the first hit only.

 Hien Shippuu Kyaku             hcb + K
 Ryo hit the opponent with his feet (hurricane kick!!)

 Kohou                          f,d,df + P
 Ryo's dragon punch. Can be cancelled into a DM in Counter Mode on the first
 hit only.

 Zanretsu Ken                   f,b,f + P
 Ryo's and Takuma's infamous 13-hit attack.

 Ryuuko Ranbu                   qcf,hcb + P
 Desperation move. Ryo will hit the opponent repeatedly before ending with the
 Kohou.

 Tenchi Haou Ken                qcf,qcf + P
 Desperation move. This move does more damage if used as a counter. The SDM
 version will guard break a blocking opponent.

 Haou Shoukou Ken               f,hcf + P
 Desperation move. Ryo's fireball which will negate some projectiles.


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  COMBOS
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 This section is divided into 4 parts: Beginners, Intermediate, Expert and
 Counter Mode.



 ***BEGINNERS***

 1. Standing C, Hyouchuu Wari(f+A)

 2. Standing C, Ko'ou Ken(qcf+P)

 3. Standing C, Hien Shippuu Kyaku(hcb+K)

 4. Standing C, Zanretsu Ken(f,b,f+P)

 5. Standing C, Kohou(f,d,df+P)


 ***INTERMEDIATE***

 1. Jumping C, Standing C, Hyouchuu Wari(f+A)

 2. Jumping C, Standing C, Ko'ou Ken(qcf+P)

 3. Jumping C, Standing C, Hien Shippuu Kyaku(hcb+K)

 4. Jumping C, Standing C, Kohou(f,d,df+P)

 5. Standing C, Ryuuko Ranbu(qcf,hcb+P)

 6. Standing C, Tenchi Haou Ken(qcf,qcf+P)


 ***EXPERT***

 1. Jumping C, Standing C, Ryuuko Ranbu(qcf,hcb+A)
    When you do the DM, use A version only.

 2. Jumping C, Standing C, Tenchi Haou Ken(qcf,qcf+P)
    Again, press A button.


 ***COUNTER MODE***

 1. Do the Gedan Uke(db+B) as the opponent attacks you and cancel into the
    Ryuuko Ranbu(qcf,hcb+A).
    Believe me, challengers won't try to attack you once you're in Counter
    Mode if you can pull this.

 2. Kohou Shippuu Ken(qcb+P), cancel on first hit into Tenchi Haou Ken(qcf,qcf+P)



 That's all the combos I've discovered so far. Remember, the Gedan Uke(db+B)
 can be cancelled into a DM in Counter Mode. This is pretty helpful against
 aggressive opponents.

 Although the Ko'ou Ken(qcf+P) can be cancelled in Counter Mode, don't do it.
 The DM has a very little chance of connecting. Do another move instead.

 You must cancel the Kohou Shippuu Ken(qcb+P) on the first hit or the rest
 will not connect.

 It is possible to cancel the Kohou Shippuu Ken(qcb+P) even before it connects.
 Do so to confuse your opponent or if you see that the opponent has dropped
 his guard.

 And please remember that in most cases, it is preferable to press A/B instead
 of C/D. This decreases the chances of your combos missing.


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                                  CREDITS
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  Special thanks go to:

  - SNK
    For making this hugely entertaining game.

  - CJayC <www.gamefaqs.com>
    For posting this guide and, of course, for such a great site.

  - Kao Megura
    I used his character bio and movelist names. He has a great KoF 99 FAQ
    which can be viewed at www.gamefaqs.com

  - Vincent Chua <www.kofonline.com>
    For running the greatest KOF site there is. I got a lot of information
    from his great site.


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