Clark by Gunsmith

Version: 0.2 | Updated: 10/11/99 | Printable Version

---------------------------------Clark Guide by Gunsmith v 0.2

In it's current condition, this guide can be used
for KOF '98 (Neo Geo, Arcade, PSX, DC) and KOF '99

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Printed 17th September 1999 Gunsmith, Wu-Tech Corp. UK. 1999
2nd Edition printed 19th September 1999


          - Ground based Attack
          - Anti Air Attack
          - Anti- Anti Attack
          - Desperation Moves
        =-Appendix A (Ref)
        =-Appendix B (Credits)


Clark Steel (*0).  The mercenary from Brazil, born in the United
States.  A heavily muscled man in combat trousers and a vest
with a cap and sunglasses to hide his ever cool expression.
More Bio and story stuff later...

Beginner's Guide:

Do HCF+D when opponent is close.  Throw out stand D and Low D

Advanced Guide:

-----------------------------------------Ground Based Attacks:
Listed in order of importance.

Stand D (Far): High Priority, fast and snubs many other pokes.
It's also good for making hoppers think twice, when used just
as they start jumping (or even if they hop back).  Remember
its range hits opponents who are just about to jump or land...
Use to scare opponents into blocking, so you can start to apply
Clark's mind games (see "Strategies" section).  The Stand D
is so fast that even if you miss with it and someone rolls/
dodges (not dodge attack) past it you can simply normal throw
them [Fwd +D].

Stand C (Close): HIGH Priority move used for combo starters.  You
can use this on a waking up opponent without fear, unless your
opponent has good timing and an autoguarded DP attack.  Wherever
you connect with the first hit of the Stand C, you can combo
with HCF + D.

HCF + D: Clark's throw.  It's range is approximately the same as
his stand A.  If his stand A can connect, so can the throw.  Note
that the range increases when used as a counter- ie: used a
millisecond after the opponent tries to attack.  In '98 
(not definetely sure in '99) if the opponent starts a ground
ticking combo (which you're blocking) which links PROPERLY
the CPU will block for you the remaining hits.  However, if you 
can anticipate the ticking will end in a badly timed combo and
the opponent will still be in range, execute HCF+D WHILE 
blocking- in fact, do it even if you're getting hit.  The 
amount of times people have done a low B which hits me and
then all they hear is "ORIYA!"... of course this isn't guaranteed.
Just try it out on poorly skilled opponents for some fun.

QCF + C(Flash Elbow):  Used after [HCF+D]- the timing is as the
opponent hits Clark's shoulders.  However if you time it as
the opponent hits the floor you will miss and the opponent
will get up after you.  If done after a succession of well
timed hits, the opponent will simply expect to be hit.  This
is when you simply do [HCF+D] or if you have a stock, [HCBx 2 +C]
as you get up from the missed Flash Elbow.
This works effectively as a wake up counter.  This is based
upon the idea that the opponent simply stands there like
a dumb idiot waiting for the flash elbow.  When you miss
the flash elbow, the opponent is fully able to combo you,
so use sparingly.

DP + D: The counter move of Clark's arsenal.  It will counter
pretty much anything.  It has a split second startup in which
opponents can throw Clark, but otherwise its a guaranteed
throw.  Use when you think your opponent is going to attack
you with something other than a throw.

Stand C (Far): Slower than the Stand D but has a hand's
more range.  Use when you've convinced the opponent that you
only use Stand D.  In '99 This has changed from a backhand
to a standard punch.  I don't use this, at the moment.

QCF + A/C: These moves only work if an opponent tries to attack
at the last second as they see this move coming.  In '98,
it was better as Clark was silent and simply ran with his
standard animation.  In '99, he puts his hands up to make
it more obvious.  If opponents sees this move coming, they
can hit you with a variety of attacks.  However, if they
try something at the last second, as Clark is about to touch
them, then they will get hit and Clark can apply either of
his follow-ups.

Fwd B:
I only use this in the '98 mind game.  Stand C, Fwd B (all hit
not blocked by opponent) QCF A (which misses) HCF+ D or HCB
HCB + C.

----------------------------------------Ducking Based Attacks:
Low B: Used to start combo from a mind game or when someone's
poking you and you think they're going to do an overhead.
In '98, you could block and hammer on the button, allowing you
to block things like flying kicks and low B, A chains while
your attack would be executed at the next available time
ie: when the opponent walks, jumps, moves after poking.

Low D: Fat chunky sweep.  It seems quite slow to me, but it
doesn't stop people trying to walk over it or jump past it...

Low A/ Low C:
I simply don't use these attacks apart from the fact that
I'll apply them randomly in a safe situation just to
hopefully confuse/scare the opponent.

Clark doesn't have an instant high priority Anti-Air attack,
which proves his downfall when attacked by an offensive hopper
eg. Kyo... but you can try with these....

Jump A: Fast + High priority so this is the attack to use in
the air if you're not sure what the opponent is going to do.

Stand D: If you can walk backwards so they land in front of
you not on top of you, then you can use this effectively.
Time it as they are about to land.

Jump D: It's almost instant and aims upwards.  High Priority.
BUT you have to use from a hop's distance.  You want the
opponent to be higher in the air for most effective use.
When pinned in the corner, it's not fast enough to use against
a fast jumper like Kyo.

Jump C: If you hop at the same time as the opponent from a
hop or jump and anticpate you will meet at the same height
in the air this is the move to use.

Stand A: You've got to be close.  If you're very close
and have no time to jump, use this.  Chancy but at least
you'll get a counter hit and not get comboed.  It's better
than blocking the hit- as this gives the opponent time
to breathe and try their own mind games.

DP+ D: Use at the last second against air attacks that
will just miss your face.  Note that its slow and
only works if the opponent wants to poke after landing
from their air attack.  If they do an empty hop and hop
again or simply hop back you are open to attack.  Also,
hoppers with high priority air attacks will leave you
no time to effect the [DP+D] - you'll just get hit.

DP+ C: If some idiot makes an obvious high jump with time to
spare, hit them with this to make them think twice about
doing something so stupid.  You could have hit them with
Jump D, but this has more style (and damage).  Of course,
apply the Flash Elbow... then start (yes you've guessed it)
Clark's mind games.
Clarkification: Use [DP + C] to hit jumpers NOT hoppers.
Well that's how I use it.  I've seen it used like
an instant and deep anti-air attack but I can't
figure out how to do this properly.  It can hit
hoppers at the top height of their "hop" but every time
I use at such I get kicked in the face.  Oh well
back to the drawing board.

A (rapid): If you were fast enough to press this button
against a hopper, you might win.  I'm not fast enough
to have my finger poised over the A button ready
to rapidly press it 4 times before Kyo hops all over
my ass.

--------------------------------------------------Air attacks:
Use Jump D when certain to get a combo.
Otherwise stick with Jump A. It's safer...

--------------------------------------------Anti Anti Attacks:

Jump A:  You want to hit the opponent a millisecond
after they try to counter attack you.

EG: Yuri wants to use Low C to counter you from the air.
If she does Low C as you are at the peak of your jump
you have to do yours just after- however when you land
you can't combo.
If Yuri does her Low C at the last second and you
will hit deep with the jump A, then you can get a counter
and combo.
You can avoid the first scenario by jumping on
a waking opponent slightly late.  Trying to hop or
jump against a standing opponent will incur the
first scenario.

Jump CD: It's slow but it will knock out pretty much
anything and get a counter against DP attacks.
Just remember against Jumping opponents you want to
be higher at the time of contact.

Stand C: HIGH Priority move.  Use without fear and
even if you know you're going to get hit by a DP.
Why?  Because there's a chance they will try again
next time so you block instead and counter...

--------------------------------------------Desperation Moves:
HCB HCB + A/C :  The only DM of Clark's arsenal of er... 2
DMs that you want to use.   When you have a stock and have
time (eg: on a waking opponent or when you're blocking an
opponent's attack that has eons of recovery time or just
find yourself standing in front of someone who's just
executed a Haoshikoken and rolled past it...) combo the
Standing C with this DM by performing [HCB + C, HCB + C].
You can perform the low B, low A/Stand A, HCBx2 + A
combo with the same shortcut.
You can still apply the running DM method by executing thus:
[HCB Fwd Fwd HCB + A/C].  Clark will run forward and do
the DM.  However most veterans won't fall for this and
simply jump.   You want to catch opponents as they
BEGIN to attack...
You'd be suprised how many opponents get irked by a
walking Clark.  Perform the same technique at close
range by simply [HCB, Fwd (to walk a step forward)
HCB + A/C]...
Also remember that this DM is a grab.  If you perform
this just after an opponent BEGINS an attack, it's
range increases and it will grab anyone in it's path.
Yes you can grab Ryoku Ranbus etc.


[Stand C, HCF + D, QCF + A]
Your standard combo which you will see a lot of...

-----------------Strategies/ Mind Games-----------------------

You can replace HCF + B/D with HCF + A/C or HCB HCB + A/C.
Obviously, every opponent is different so mix up techniques to
your best judgement.  Good Luck!

-----------------------------------------------------Anti Air:
On a high jumper, do Jump A/D then run forward;

Jump D ----> C, HCF + D, QCF + A
       ----> Low B, Low A, HCF + D, QCF + A
       ----> DP + D, QCF + A
       ----> Pause - then HCF + D or DP + D

Thesis:  The first option, the opponent tries to
counter.  The second option, the opponent tries to block
high.  The third option is for opponents who block.

-------------------------------------------On Waking Opponent:

Stand a pace back.  You are still in range for Clark's
Stand C and any of his throws.

Stand C, HCF + D, QCF + A.
If the opponent blocks you are pushed back safely out
of range for any immediate counter.

Low D:
No real use apart from making the opponent want to
block low next time he gets up... so then you do
something else, like...

DP + D: Hohoho.  Some people call this move cheap.
Well, that's tough.  People say all kinds of things-
WHEN THEY LOSE.  Anyway, use this a split second
after they fully get up.

Do nothing:  Believe me, it works.  At that range
you're safe to do anything you want.  What you want
is for the opponent to freak out and try to poke.
That's when you do any of the above.

Jump and hop A into combo as they get up.
Now if you're facing an opponent who does not
have a instant anti air attack (eg: Kyo DP + A)
then mix this tactic with an empty hop, HCF + D
or empty hop, low B into combo or even
empty hop into normal throw (Fwd C/D).
Note you have to convince the opponent you have
the timing to hit them exactly as they get
up, so tag them with some hop A, Stand Cs
(even if blocked).  Then you have a much
better chance of catching them with an empty 

----------------------------Standing Close to waking opponent:

Keep that Stand C handy.  You're at more risk
here.  But you can try this below.

Low B, Low A (optional), HCF+ D, QCF + A.
Use at the last moment if you think your opponent will
block high.  They will if you keep using the Stand C.
Don't forget to duck at the last second as they
are getting up to apply the combo.

Low B, Low A (not combo), pause, HCBx2 + A
If your opponent thinks you've messed up and tries to poke,
you'll catch them with the DM.

------------------------------------------Offensive Counters:
Remember you can use these against another grappler...

Situation 1: Opponent lands an air attack that you block.
 -[HCF + D]  If they jump again upon landing, you're open
             to combo.

Situation 2: Opponent stands over you, waiting for you
             to get up.
 -[HCF + D]  If they jump again then you're open to combo-
 -[DP + C]   however you can do this instead heheheh...

Situation 3: Kyo/Iori etc (like who?) is hopping at you
             repeatedly in the corner.
 -[Panic?]   This is your chance for credit in this faq.
             The only thing I can think of is get a
             lucky stand/ hop back A.  If you have
             a stock and less than half energy use a
             CD counter.  Push the barstards back and
             get those mind games in order!!!

Situation 4: Ralf wants to play "tag knuckle"
 -[Stand D]  Heheh.  Ralf does have recovery after
             a missed [Stand C far] so walk forward
             and let him taste boot.  After a (blocked)
             jump A and a low B, the average Ralf
             will attempt a low C.  You can time a
             run forward, [close C, HCF + D] which
             will counter and connect BUT DAMN you
             have to be brave!

Situation 5: Hmmm anything else?


Anti Air : To counter an attack from the air
Anti - Anti :  To counter a counter-move
Poke : To attack the opponent with an intent to harass
       rather than combo...
Snub : To outprioritise another move.
Empty Hop : To hop and not attack from the air.

-----------------------Appendix A-----------------------------

(*1)  Gamest Mook 195: The King of Fighters 1999
      Shinseisha 1999 Japan
(*0)  Clark Steel, The King of Fighters and any other
      characters from that game mentioned are copyright
      1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999 SNK Corporation.

-----------------------Appendix B----------------------------

Gunsmith : :  Author
quang    :  For getting confused by the mind games

I'll ignore any emails covering information I already know,
so don't get offended if you send me something and it appears
in the next update without a credit to you.  This is the
first version and I have other stuff to add.  Please
wait for the version 1.0 before mailing unless you think
I reeeeally got to know something...

Next Update: Clark as a Striker.  Armor Mode Tactics.
Counter Mode Tactics.  Using Dodge Attack.   Combos?
ahh who needs em?

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