GUILTY GEAR XX: THE MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL DIZZY FAQ (v1.4, 4-27-03) by Edward Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org) VERSION HISTORY v1.4 (4-27-03) "Basics" section revised specifically for Dizzy. Okizeme added to the advanced strategies section. Invincibility added to the advanced strategies section. v1.3 (2-11-03) Some info on EX Mode added. v1.2 (2-08-03) Corrections made. More strategies and combos added. v1.1 (2-04-03) Added the Gatling Flowchart, finished up the Advanced Strategies section, more combos. Added a Frequently Asked Questions section. v1.0 (1-19-03) First version. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Conventions 3. Quick Movelist 4. Basics 5. Detailed Movelist 6. Combos 7. Advanced Strategies 8. Extras 9. Frequently Asked Questions 10. Credits 1. INTRODUCTION This is an FAQ for my favorite character from Guilty Gear XX: The Midnight Carnival, Dizzy. She was the boss of GGX, and she makes her return as a regular character in GGXX. Her fighting style is extremely unusual; she has two "guardians", Undine and Necro, attached to her via her black and white wings, and the majority of her attacks involve them in some form or the other. Here is the official info on Dizzy as provided by the Guilty Gear XX Burst Encyclopedia, an excellent mook published by Enterbrain (ISBN 4-7577-0934-X). Profile Height: 167 cm Bloodtype: Unable to be analyzed Weight: 56 kg Birthplace: Unknown Birthday: December 25th (assumed) Eye Color: Reddish Brown Hobbies: Grooming her wings (?) Important Things: Parents who raised her, the forest animals Dislikes: Poachers Voice Actress: Fujita Kazue Battle Style As a half-human, half-Gear, her Gear personality protects Dizzy and counterattacks regardless of her will. Her body is able to morph into anything. Personality A half-breed born between Gear and Human. She has grown up rapidly since her birth, and despite her current appearace she is 3 years old. She possesses the ability to rapidly assimilate information, and her current mental age is perhaps over 20. Because she was ostracized, she feels some distrust towards humans, but she possesses a pure heart. She loves nature and humanity, and hates fighting. But, she is not a simple pacifist, and understanding the natural cycle of human existence and destruction, she accepts the hard fate pressed upon her. Back Story In a certain village, she was found as an abandoned child and accepted as a human child. After a childless old couple adopted her, she grew rapidly mentally and physically, and half a year later the people of the village were afraid of her. Then, one day her tail and wings became evident, and it was decided that she must be a Gear. But, the old couple who had raised her as their own child did not agree with the others of the village. To protect her from the villagers, the old couple hid her in a certain place. It was the forest called the "Devil's Living Place" that no one dared enter. GGXX Story Having hidden away in a cave in the "Devil's Living Place", she was finally discovered by the humans, and was pursued without mercy. However, no matter how much people attacked her, she always drove them away without hurting them seriously, but her ability to do so was quickly running out. Then finally, she was defeated by Sol, the man who held the power of Gears. Afterwards, the one who appeared in front of her was the pirate leader Johnny. Now at the end of her solitude, Dizzy has gained many warm friends. Her current responsibilities are helping out and cooking. 2. CONVENTIONS Directions u/b -- up and back u -- up u/f -- up and forward f -- forward d/f -- down and forward d -- down d/b -- down and back b -- back u/b -- up and back qcf -- quarter circle forward (d, d/f, f) qcb -- quarter circle back (d, d/b, b) hcf -- half circle forward (b, d/b, d, d/f, f) hcb -- half circle back (f, d/f, d, d/b, b) dp -- dragon punch (f, d, d/f) rdp -- reverse dragon punch (b, d, d/b) c. -- crouching j. -- jumping Attack Buttons P -- Punch K -- Kick S -- Slash H -- Hard Slash D -- Dust Other [x] -- button 'X' should be held (T) -- throw; move must be performed extremely close to opponent and is unblockable (C) -- chargeable; move changes if attack button is held down (MA) -- move must be performed in midair (AMA) -- move can also be performed in midair (GC) -- guard cancel; move must be performed while guarding R -- move is eligible for Roman Cancel F -- move is eligible for False Roman Cancel J -- move is eligible for Jump Cancel X -- move is NOT eligible for basic Cancel --> -- followup 3. QUICK MOVELIST Basic Moves Command C Damage Punch P R/J 10 Kick K R/J 16 Slash S (close) R/J 24 Far Slash S (far) R 20x5 Hard Slash H R 40 Dust D R/X 20 Crouching Punch d/db/df+P R 8 Crouching Kick d/db/df+K R 18 Crouching Slash d/db/df+S R/J 28 Crouching Hard Slash d/db/df+H R 49 Sweep d/db/df+D R 38 Jump Punch (MA) P R/J 12 Jump Kick (MA) K R/J 16 Jump Slash (MA) S R/J 28 Jump Hard Slash (MA) H R 42 Knockdown (MA) D R 30+40 Forward Punch f+P R 26 Forward Hard Slash f+H R/J 38x2 Dead Angle Attack (GC) f+two R/X 25 Throw (T) f/b+H - 55 Air Throw (MA)(T) f/b+H - 60 Normal Moves Hajime wa Tada no Akari Datta n Desu qcf+S - 20x3 Sakana wo Karu Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu qcf+H F 60 Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu rdp+S - 25+55 Yoku Hanashi Aite ni Natte Kuremasu *1 qcb+P/K/S/H - 25/25/45/45 Hitori ni Shite Kudasai *2 (MA) qcb+P/K - 45 Tension Moves Imperial Ray hcb, f+S F 32xn Necro Okotta Baai *3 df, hcf, b, f+P - 34x6 Gamma Ray *4 f, b, f, hcf+H - 12x5+13x32 Instant Kill Dizzy has no Instant Kill. *1 P, K produces multiple bites. S produces an upward-moving laser; H produces a downward moving laser. *2 P produces a bubble to Dizzy's side, K produces a bubble below. The bubble must be hit by another attack from Dizzy to have any effect. *3 This is unblockable, but the opponent must be standing over the symbol that appears on the ground for it to hit. *4 Requires a full tension bar to perform. FRC Timing Sakana wo Karu Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu: 2-frame window 18 frames from when ice spike first appears Imperial Ray: 2-frame window from when the very first flame appears ****************************************************************************** EX Mode Changes New Moves Michael Sword qcf+H R 30x2 Necro Install *1 qcb, qcb+S - - *1 Tension Move. For about 6 seconds, Dizzy will be sped up and is immune to most attacks. After the period is over she will be dizzy for a short while. Altered Moves Jump Slash *1 (MA) S R/J 30 Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta N Desu (AMA) rdp+S/H F 25/55 --> Release *2 --> P - - Imperial Ray *3 hcb, f+S - 32xn Necro Okotta Baai *4 df, hcf, b, f+P - 32+15x8+10x6 *1 Identical to GGX's version. *2 Only S version releases. H version fires immediately. *3 Tension Move. Animation changes. Start up, recovery slower. More frames of invincibility. No longer FRCable. *4 Tension Move. Is now a counterattack stance. If counterattack fails, Dizzy loses no tension. Lost Moves Sakana wo Karu Toku ni Tsukatta n Desu FRC Timing Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta N Desu (S): 2-frame window from when Undine first creates ball of electricity Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta N Desu (H): 2-frame window from when Undine first creates ball of electricity ****************************************************************************** Gold Mode Changes Any of the Hanashi Aite's stay out until hit; they may be controlled by pressing P, K, S, or HS. Hajime wa Tada Hikari now does not disappear after hitting three times. Dizzy regenerates. 4. BASICS GAUGE BASICS Guard Gauge This gauge represents how much you have been blocking. It starts off half filled. As you take damage, the guard gauge decreases; as you block, the guard gauge increases. If you neither take damage nor block, it slowly returns to its middle position. The more empty the guard gauge is, the less damage you take. Thus, the last hit of an 8-hit combo will do substantially less damage than it would alone, since your guard gauge would be practically empty. If the guard gauge is more full, moves do not do more damage by themselves, but until the gauge empties until 50% full all hits will be full damage. Thus, combos will do substantially more damage with higher guard gauges. If you continuously block, your guard gauge will fill up so much that it will start flashing at 3/4 full. At this point any hit you take will immediately be a counter hit. Tension Gauge As you move towards the enemy, inflict damage, or take damage, your tension gauge gradually fills up. Tension has a number of different uses, including tension attacks, Fortress Defense, Instant Kill, Dead Angle Attacks, Roman Cancels, and False Roman Cancels; see below for details. Tension is not carried over between rounds. The bar changes colors; at less than 1/4 filled, it is blue, and can only be used for Fortress Defense or Instant Kill. At between 1/4 and 1/2 full, it is green, and can be used for False Roman Cancels. Between 1/2 and all full, it is red, and can be used for Dead Angle Attacks, Roman Cancels, and tension attacks. Finally, if the bar is completely full, it turns gold. At this point it can be used for Gamma Ray. Using tension by any means besides tension moves makes it harder to regain tension for a short period of time. Specifically, after performing FD you will gain tension at a reduced rate of 20% for 1 second. After a Roman Cancel or Dead Angle Attack, you will gain tension at a reduced rate of 20% for 4 seconds. Finally, if you get hit with a Negative Penalty you will gain tension at a reduced rate of 20% for 10 seconds. Negative Penalty If you turtle, i.e., you sit back and play ultradefensively, not attacking, you will get hit with a negative penalty. This reduces your tension gauge to zilch, and you'll have to fill it up all over again. Also, it becomes harder to fill it up again for a period of time (only 20% fill rate for 10 seconds!), and you will also get dizzy more easily. So in other words, try not to turtle. Burst Gauge The Burst Gauge is new to GGXX. It too fills up as you inflict damage and take damage during a round, but unlike Tension, it does carry over between rounds. The Burst Gauge has two uses. Both uses are applied by pressing D and one other attack button. If you use a Burst while you are being attacked, the Burst will serve as a combo breaker; the opponent will be pushed away, and you'll be able to counterattack at your leisure. This kind of burst is blue in color and takes the entire Burst Gauage to perform; if you hit with the pushback, you will get 1/3 of the Burst Gauge back. If you use a Burst otherwise, it will be an attack. This kind of burst is yellow in color and only takes 2/3 of the Burst Gauge. The attack is hard to hit with, but the bonus is that if you hit with the Burst attack your tension gauge immediately fills to maximum. Also, the yellow burst will make you invincible to everything except air throws until you reach the ground. MOVEMENT BASICS Double Jump By pressing an up direction in midair, you can jump to an even higher height. Some characters had triple jumps in GGX (Chipp, Dizzy, Justice) but Dizzy has lost this ability. High Jump By pressing a down direction and then an up direction in rapid succession, you will perform a high jump. A shadow will follow the character during a high jump, and obviously you can reach higher than you could with a normal jump. You can't mix double jumps and high jumps, though. Dizzy can double air dash after a high jump. Dash By double tapping forward or back, most characters can dash. This lets you move around quickly, but be warned: you cannot block while dashing. You can also dash in midair. If you jump forward and press forward again, this counts as two forwards, so your character will jump forward and immediately airdash. Dizzy can airdash or airbackdash two times in a row, making her extremely mobile. ATTACK BASICS Attack Levels Attack levels determine how the attack can be blocked. Standing attacks can be blocked high or low, or in midair with Faultless/Fortress Defense. You CANNOT block moves from a grounded opponent while you are in midair, normally. Mid attacks must be blocked standing; they will hit a crouching character. This includes most midair attacks and dust attacks. Low attacks must be blocked crouching. This category includes sweeps and some (but not all) crouching moves. Dizzy's low attacks are her c.K and her c.D. Basic Attacks Basic attacks are simply performed by pressing P, K, S, or H. By pressing these same buttons while crouching, or while in midair, you can perform different basic attacks. f+P and f+H are also basic attacks; S changes whether close or far from the opponent. Some characters also have f+K basic attacks, but Dizzy doesn't have one. Special Attacks Special Attacks are what makes each character unique. The commands to perform them are similarly unique. See the movelist for details. Tension Attacks Also known as "Awakening Attacks" or "Overdrives". These attacks require half of a tension bar to perform. The exceptions are Dizzy's Gamma Ray and Justice's Gamma Ray, which take a full tension bar to perform. Like Special Attacks, the properties and inputs vary depending on your character. Instant Kill Also known as "One Hit Kill" or "Destroy" moves. If you successfully hit with this move, the opponent instantly loses the round, no matter how much health he or she has left. To perform an instant kill, press all four attack buttons at the same time. This will put you into instant kill mode. While in instant kill mode, your tension gauge gradually decreases. You will be unable to perform any other move that requires tension. Also, if your tension runs out, you will slowly lose health instead. Once you perform the move, or once you cancel instant kill by pressing all four buttons again, you will no longer lose tension/health. The instant kill is performed by pressing qcf, qcf+H, with one exception: May, whose instant kill is hcf, hcf+H. Again, the property of each instant kill is different. Also, regardless of whether you hit with the instant kill or not, you will lose your tension gauge for the rest of the round. However, this is all a moot point for Dizzy, who has no instant kill, unfortunately. Just beware if the opponent enters IK Mode. Dust Attacks Formerly performed by pressing S+H, in GGXX the Dust Attack is performed simply by pressing the handy new Dust (D) button. These moves are unique from character to character, but generally they take long to execute, long to recover, and don't do much damage. The advantage is that they float the opponent extremely high. If the move hits, you can immediately chase after the opponent by pressing up, and proceed to hit the opponent with your best air combo. Sweep Pressing d+D will perform a sweep. The sweep must be blocked low, and if it hits, the opponent will be knocked to the ground. Knockdown Attack Pressing D in midair will perform a knockdown. If it hits, the opponent will be knocked to the ground or back against the wall. In Dizzy's case, the "knockdown" actually floats the opponent. Throw Throws must be performed extremely close to the opponent, by pressing either f+H or b+H. They are usually very damaging, and cannot be blocked. Once a throw is started, there is no way to escape. Getting close enough to perform the throw, though, is quite a challenge. Dashing in and pressing H doesn't work because this will just give the f+H basic move; you must either release f and press f again, or stop your dash and press b+H. Air Throw New to GGXX are air throws. They are performed exactly the same as a regular throw, but obviously, both you and your opponent must be in midair. They also tend to have better range than ground throws, about twice as far in most cases. Basic Cancel The most basic form of cancelling, is of course, the basic cancel. This refers to cancelling the recovery time of a basic move (i.e., a move that most characters have, like standing S, or f+P, or f+H, or jumping K...) into a special move (such as Faust's qcf+P or Sol's qcb+S). Most basic moves can be cancelled into special moves with few exceptions. Jump Cancel Certain basic moves can have their recovery time cancelled into a jump simply by pressing up as soon as the move connects. Whether you can perform a JC depends on the move, so experiment with each character. I have designated Jump Cancellable moves with a "J" in the movelist for each character. If the basic move floats, like Dizzy's f+H, then you can use the jump cancel to set the hapless opponent up for a float combo. Faultless Defense Cancel As opposed to my previous revision when I said that FDC's were removed, they are still in the game although their use is more limited. To perform a FDC, perform the Faultless Defense motion (b+P+K) during the first two frames of execution of a move. The move must not be part of a combo for this to work. This will cut the move short while taking a little tension. Also, certain air-moves, such as Faust's d+K, can be FDCed, making him drop to the ground quickly. Roman Cancel By pressing three attack buttons other than D at the same time, you can perform a roman cancel. This will stop all recovery time of a move and allow you to attack immediately. However, it takes 50% tension to perform. Obviously, this is the core to many comboes. Note that you can only perform a roman cancel if you hit the enemy, regardless of whether they block or not. Whiffed moves cannot be RCed. False Roman Cancel New to GGXX, the false roman cancel is similar to the RC in many aspects. It is performed the same. However, there are a few differences. Not every move is eligible for FRC, and the timing is very strict - probably within 1/5th of a second of a certain point during the move. Also, you do not have to connect with the opponent to perform a FRC. FRCs also take only 25% tension. Finally, a successful FRC will glow blue instead of red. Dizzy has two FRCable moves - Sakana wo Karu Toki (qcf+H) and Imperial Ray (hcb, f+S). In EX Mode, only Dizzy's Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki (rdp+S/H) is FRCable. Dizzy (no, not the character) If you hit your opponent with a long combo or with powerful hits in succession, they may become dizzy. While dizzy, a character cannot perform any moves, and cannot block. They are basically open to anything. Dizzy time may be shortened by mashing the buttons and shaking the lever around. Stagger New to GGXX is staggering. Some moves stagger the opponent. While staggered, a character cannot attack or block. Think of staggers as a mini-dizzy. Like Dizzying, staggering may be nullified by mashing buttons or shaking the lever. Dizzy's only staggering move is her far standing S, which staggers on the next-to-last hit. DEFENSE BASICS Adjusted Damage You might have noticed that Chipp take much more damage than Potemkin for any given move. Even with the same Guard Gauge levels, different characters will take different amounts of damage for any given attack. The exact adjustment is given in the chart below. Please note that activating Guilty Gear mode changes this chart. Slayer 0.96 I-No 1.00 Zappa 1.00 Bridget 1.06 Sol 1.00 Ky 1.03 May 1.06 Millia 1.21 Eddie 1.06 Potemkin 0.87 Chipp 1.30 Faust 1.00 Baiken 1.18 Jam 1.06 Johnny 1.00 Axl 1.06 Anji 1.06 Venom 1.00 Testament 1.00 Dizzy 1.06 Kliff 1.31 Justice 1.06 Robo Ky 1.07 (Guilty Gear Mode enabled) Slayer 1.00 I-No 1.03 Zappa 1.03 Bridget 1.10 Sol 1.03 Ky 1.07 May 1.10 Millia 1.25 Eddie 1.10 Potemkin 0.91 Chipp 1.34 Faust 1.03 Baiken 1.22 Jam 1.10 Johnny 1.03 Axl 1.10 Anji 1.10 Venom 1.03 Testament 1.03 Dizzy 1.10 Kliff 1.35 Justice 1.10 Robo Ky 1.11 Blocking Blocking is performed simply by pressing back or d/b. Standing blocks will guard against anything but low attacks; crouching blocks will guard against anything but mid. You can also block attacks in midair; however, you cannot block attacks that come from a grounded opponent while in midair. Fortress/Faultless Defense By pressing P+K while guarding, your character will be surrounded by an aura. At the same time, your tension meter gradually decreases. While engaged in FD, you will not take any guard damage. You will also not accumulate any guard gauge, and your opponent will be knocked backwards. However, you must still pay attention to attack levels, and if you run out of tension, you can no longer perform FD. Another bonus is that you can block attacks from a grounded opponent while in midair if you utilize FD. Air Recovery If you are knocked into the air, you can press any attack button besides D to right yourself. After righting yourself, you may attack, but beware that this also opens you up to attack from the opponent. Also, certain attacks are not open to recovery. Generally, counter hits cannot be recovered for a longer period of time, and many cannot be recovered at all. Dizzy's qcf+H doesn't let the opponent recover at all, as does Imperial Ray and Necro Okotta Baai. Dead Angle Attacks Dead Angle Attacks serve as universal counter attacks. They are performed by pressing forward and two attack buttons aside from D while blocking. This takes 50% tension to perform. The Dead Angle Attacks are usually short range and low on damage, so use them wisely. However they usually have many frames of invincibility. Instant Block If you block an attack up to eight frames before it connects, your character will flash white and you will take no damage. The advantages are that this reduces guard stun, knocks the enemy back somewhat, and for a period of time you will gain tension more easily. The knockback and the guard stun ranges are less than normal guard and FD. The timing is QUITE severe so don't try for it unless you are sure. Opposing Hit If two attacks of approximately the same strength hit each other at the same time, a flash of lightning hits and neither character will take any damage. Both characters can cancel the remaining recovery time of their moves, so input another move if the first move was only one hit. OTHER NOTES Unlike other games, Guilty Gear is not all about combos. Since damage inflicted during comboes decreases drastically, it may not be in your best interests to use them. For instance, Faust's qcf, qcf+S tension attack can do up to 90% LESS damage even as the second hit of a combo. Also, the damage from combos starting with d+P or d+K, an oft-abused tactic in GGX, has been reduced substantially, between 10-30% depending on character. 5. DETAILED MOVELIST This section describes in detail each and every one of Dizzy's moves. Quantitative values (damage, frames, etc.) are from the GGXX Mook. Qualitative values are my own opinion. Each listing has the name of the move, the command input, and the detailed properties of the move. In cases where more than one convention can be used to describe the commmand input, I have listed all of them. Abbreviations used are as follows: Dmg: Damage. Damages are variable for each character; Chipp will take 130% of the damage listed, whereas Potemkin will take only 88%. I-No, Zappa, Sol, Faust, Johnny, Venom, and Testament take 100%. Dizzy takes 106%. Ten: Tension Gauge. If two numbers are shown, the first is the amount of tension gained for performing the move, and the second is the amount gained for hitting the opponent with it. Can: Cancel Possibilities. Includes J - Jump Cancel, R - Roman Cancel, F - False Roman Cancel. Moves that cannot be basic Cancelled will have an X designation. Lvl: Attack Level. Ranges from 1 to 5, with 5 the highest. This affects things like opponent knockback, stun, and so on. Blo: Block Level. Designates how an opponent may block the attack. S - Standing, C - Crouching, A - In Midair, and F - In Midair only with Faultless Defense. Frm: Frame Information. This entry will have up to four values. The first number is the number of frames until the attack actually begins; the second is for how long the attack takes place; the third number is the number of recovery frames after the attack is over. The fourth number represents the number of frames disadvantage you will be at if the attack is blocked; negative means that you will indeed be at the disadvantage, whereas a positive number means you actually recover faster than the opponent if they block. (If you whiff, of course, they will always have the advantage.) Projectiles do not have recovery frames but have a "total" number of frames listed - this designates for how long Dizzy cannot move, as usually she can start moving again while the projectile is still on the screen. Punch P Dmg 10; Ten 1.4; Can R; Lvl 1; Blo SCF Frm 5, 2, 12, -4 Dizzy throws her hand out, which morphs into a claw. Decent speed, but f+P is preferred in many situations. Kick K Dmg 16; Ten 2.6; Can JR; Lvl 3; Blo SCF Frm 7, 4, 14, -4 Dizzy throws her leg out backwards. Useful since her areas of vulnerability are towards her back while doing this move, so it's great to use from a dash. Also, should you catch the opponent in the midair (including back dashing for most characters), you can easily cancel K into close S jump cancelled into an air combo. Near Slash S (close) Dmg 24; Ten 2.6; Can JR; Lvl 3; Blo SCF Frm 5, 2, 12, +1 Dizzy's arm becomes a scythe-like blade which attacks the opponent. This move is extremely fast (as fast as her punch), and what makes it better than her punch is her ability to jump cancel it. Also, the guard stun on the move is such that you actually have a small, 1-frame advantage over the opponent if they block it. However, because of the close-range nature of this move, it's best used for combos. From here, chaining either into the far S (if the opponent is grounded) or jumping and cancelling into an air combo (if the opponent is airborne) are good strategies. Furthermore, this move has a x2 dizzy rating modifier. Far Slash S (far) Dmg 20x5; Ten 2.6; Can R; Lvl 3; Blo SCF Frm 8, 2-2-2-2-6, 12, -4 Undine appears and creates a forward spike of ice that can hit the opponent up to 5 times. This moves can be cancelled into other moves easily, does great damage to the opponent, and has fairly good priority. Also, if the opponent blocks it, the take a fairly high amount of Guard Gauge increase, and the knockback usually knocks them too far away to counterattack easily. Great move for almost all situations. The fourth hit of this move staggers the opponent, but only for 35 frames at most, so you are unlikely to be able to get much use out of this property. Keep in mind that this move is no longer JCable as it was in GGX. Hard Slash H Dmg 40; Ten 3.8; Can R; Lvl 4; Blo SCF Frm 13, 6, 15, -4 Dizzy's arm transforms into a large beast-like jaw that attacks the opponent. Good range, but otherwise it's fairly slow, and it does less damage than Dizzy's far S. However, it gives a lot of tension compared to most of her other moves and its range is better than most, so there are situations where it is useful. Dust D Dmg 20; Ten 2.6; Can RX; Lvl 3; Blo SF Frm 29, 22, 19, -28 Necro taps Dizzy on the shoulder, distracting both her and Undine, while he launches the opponent with an uppercut. Like all Dust Attacks, slow to start up, slow to recover. Basically, the only time you'd want to use this move is if you catch the opponent off guard, or if you had just blocked/avoided a high-recovery move. On the plus side it has a x1.5 dizzy rating modifier. Crouching Punch d/db/df+P; 1/2/3+P; c.P Dmg 8; Ten 1.4; Can R; Lvl 1; Blo SCF Frm 7, 3, 9, -2 Dizzy extends her hand while her nails grow outward. Not a wholly useful move; it's slower, less damaging, and more blockable than her crouching kick. However, it can relaunch opponents who are very close to the ground, and further chaining into close S in this case is recommended. Also note that if this move is used to start a combo, subsequent moves in that combo will have their damage reduced to 70%. Crouching Kick d/db/df+K; 1/2/3+K; c.K Dmg 18; Ten 2.6; Can R; Lvl 2; Blo C Frm 6, 4, 9, -1 Dizzy whips her tail forward, hitting the opponent in their feet. One of only two moves of Dizzy's that hits low, this move is extremely useful to break opponent's guards. Unfortunately, combos starting with this move prorate the combo's damage by 70%. Still, it's better than nothing, so use this move often, and mix it into your combos. Crouching Slash d/db/df+S; 1/2/3+S; c.S Dmg 28; Ten 2.6; Can JR; Lvl 3; Blo SCF Frm 7, 3, 22, -11 Dizzy crouches forward while her wings become fully upright. The huge merit of this move is that only her body is vulnerable; her wings are basically invincible, and therefore it's extremely hard for an opponent, especially an airborne one, to hit her while she's performing this move. It's best used as an anti-air, since it can be jump cancelled directly into an air combo. Crouching Hard Slash d/db/df+H; 1/2/3+H; c.H Dmg 49; Ten 3.8; Can R; Lvl 5; Blo SCF Frm 7, 4, 38, -23 One of Dizzy's crucial moves, Necro comes out, turns his arm into a giant axe, and swings it down at the opponent. This move has great damage and is also one of Dizzy's few level 5 attacks. Recovery is slow and Dizzy's quite vulnerable if the opponent blocks, so cancelling of this move into qcf+H (if this move hits) or qcf+S/rdp+S (if they block) is highly recommended. Another point to remember is that on counter hit, this move bounces the opponent into the air - followup appropriately. Also, this move has a x1.25 dizzy rating modifier. Sweep d/db/df+D; 1/2/3+D; c.D Dmg 30; Ten 3.8; Can R; Lvl 5; Blo C Frm 13, 3, 44, -28 Necro pulls Dizzy's tail, tripping her, and uses the momentum to perform a falling elbow drop on the opponent. This move hits low, but cannot be cancelled into other basic moves. Thus its use in combos is fairly limited. Jump Punch (MA) P; j.P Dmg 12; Ten 1.4; Can JR; Lvl 1; Blo SA Frm 6, 2, 10 Dizzy crosses her arms and extends a spike out of one her hands. The reach of the move is good but otherwise the range is pretty poor. Can be used as part of an air combo. Jump Kick (MA) K; j.K Dmg 16; Ten 2.6; Can JR; Lvl 2; Blo SA Frm 4, 12, 12 Dizzy gathers her legs together and knees the opponent. The range of this move is EXTREMELY poor, but it has the merits of being very fast. Jump Slash (MA) S; j.S Dmg 26; Ten 2.6; Can JR; Lvl 3; Blo SA Frm 9, 4, 16 Undine extends an icespike, much like Dizzy's far S, though the spike only hits once. Great horizontal range, but otherwise kind of poor, as it is easy to miss completely. A merit is that this is Dizzy's most damaging jump-cancellable attack, and is therefore the backbone of many of her air combos - practice this move and how to hit with it often. Jump Hard Slash (MA) H; j.H Dmg 42; Ten 3.8; Can R; Lvl 5; Blo SA Frm 10, 4, 28 Necro becomes a giant claw and extends forward. Great range and reach, and a very useful move for hitting both grounded and airborned opponents alike. A bit on the slow side, however, and this move cannot be cancelled into basic moves, making its use in air combos (other than Dust combos) limited. Knockdown (MA) D; j.D Dmg 30+40; Ten 3.8; Can R; Lvl 4; Blo SA Frm 10, 12-3, 16 Necro uses Dizzy as a weapon and swings her around. Hits the opponent twice; great range, and floats grounded opponents. However the move is rather slow and leaves Dizzy somewhat vulnerable, so don't overuse it. Forward Punch f+P; 6+P Dmg 26; Ten 2.6; Can R; Lvl 3; Blo SCF Frm 11, 4, 19, -9 Necro becomes a dragon's head which reaches forward and bites the opponent. As with almost all forward punches, Dizzy's upper body becomes invincible during the execution of the move, so it is a great all-around attack, especially against airborne opponents. Also, the move cancels into close S, so it is a great combo starter. On counter hit, it floats the opponent as well, but it cannot be jump cancelled by itself, so again, chain into close S, and then jump cancel for an air combo. Forward Hard Slash f+H; 6+H Dmg 38x2; Ten 3.8; Can JR; Lvl 5; Blo SCF Frm 18, 9-3, 29, -12 Dizzy's tail turns into a large toothy beast, which floats the opponent. Slow, and high recovery time, but it floats the opponent and can be cancelled at any time and jump cancelled after the second hit, making it a great move in certain situations. Perhaps the easiest way to float the opponent for an air combo. Dead Angle Attack (GC) f+any two; (GC) 6+two; DAA Dmg 25; Ten 2.6; Can RX; Lvl 3; Blo SCA Frm 11, 2, 13, -11 The animation is similar to Dizzy's f+P, but her invincibility time and the move's properties are improved. This move causes wall bounce and so followup attacks are possible if the opponent has his back to the wall. Still, there are probably better ways to use tension. Throw (T) b/f+H; 4/6+H Dmg 55; Ten 0; Can X; Lvl -; Blo - Necro holds the opponent up, and then turns into a swarm of snakes which all bite the opponent. Dizzy probably has the second best throw in the game (after Johnny) as followup is very easy after the move and thus more damage is practically guaranteed. However, as with most throws, combos off the throw will be prorated 50%. Air Throw (MA) (T) b/f+H; j.4/6+H Dmg 55; Ten 0; Can X; Lvl -; Blo - Undine grabs the opponent, while Necro punches them. The opponent bounces off the wall, making followup a possibility. Another special point is that unlike most throws, this throw does NOT prorate combos 50%, and thus you can get fairly good damage off this throw. Performing it in the first place is a challenge, though. Hajime wa Tada no Akari Datta n Desu qcf+S; 236+S Dmg 20x3; Ten 2.0+1.2; Can -; Lvl 1; Blo SCA Frm 32, 47, 0, -8 (Total 54 frames) Necro appears and throws a spinning scythe into the air, which curves forward and upwards from Dizzy in a J pattern. Compared to Dizzy's other projectiles, this move takes an awfully long time to startup and recover, and the effective range isn't very good (grounded opponents only get hit if you're standing fairly close). Also, once the scythe hits the opponent three times, it disappears. On the plus side, even if Dizzy takes damage the scythe itself doesn't disappear, which makes it useful to stop rushers. If you think the opponent is going to try and air-dash in (or in I-No's case, just dash in), throw one of these out along with some other projectiles for pressure. Sakana wo Karu Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu qcf+H; 236+H Dmg 60; Ten 2.5+1.2; Can F; Lvl 3; Blo SCA Frm 14, 8, 41, -23 Undine appears and creates a large ice spike approximately half a screen away. The damage and startup of this move are excellent, and it works well as a combo ender. Despite the large recovery time, the distance of the move and the guard stun inflicted ensure that it will be hard for the opponent to counter attack even if they block. New to this move from GGX is the ability to False Roman Cancel. The timing is relatively tough (approximately right before Undine flips her hands down at the wrist), but a successful FRC'ed move launches the opponent into the air and allows followup with the ground or air combo of your choice, or even another ice spike. Pretty much the only "downside" to this move is the fact that it has only a x0.25 dizzy rating modifier. Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu rdp+S; 421+S Dmg 25+55; Ten 2.5+1.2; Can -; Lvl 3,2; Blo SCA Frm 22, 18-15, -, - (Total 37 frames) Undine creates a ball of electricity that travels straight upwards; upon reaching the apex of its flight, it turns into a lightning spear that homes in on the opponent's current position and flies straight towards them. The upwards portion can be used as an anti-air move, and in the event that it hits they will be downed and you can follow up with an air combo. The homing is average, and if the opponent moves quickly once the spear fires off, they can dodge it. The primary use of this move is to attempt to pin down the opponent and home in on them. However, unlike Dizzy's other projectiles, if she takes damage the projectile immediately disappears. Yoku Hanashi Aite ni Natte Kuremasu (P) qcb+P; 214+P Dmg 25x3; Ten 1.0+1.2; Can -; Lvl 1; Blo SCA Frm 14, 3-3-3, -, - (Total 36 frames) Undine creates an ice "fish" type projectile that runs forward, biting the opponent up to three times. Unlike other projectiles this one travels directly forward from Dizzy, so she can use it as a shield to rush in and pressure the opponent. However also unlike other projectiles, the opponent can destroy this one by hitting it directly. Another thing about this and the other variations of this move is that after the fish disappears, Dizzy must wait 61 frames (about one full second) before being able to perform the move again. Yoku Hanashi Aite ni Natte Kuremasu (K) qcb+K; 214+K Dmg 25x2; Ten 1.0+1.2; Can -; Lvl 1; Blo SCA Frm 17, 3-3, -, - (Total 36 frames) Similar to the P version, only the fish travels further before the first bite, and it only bites twice. However, it bites slower than the other fish as well. The difference between the two is really a matter of preference, depending on what distance from the opponent you are at and whether you anticipate you can pin them down successfully or not. Yoku Hanashi Aite ni Natte Kuremasu (S) qcb+S; 214+S Dmg 45; Ten 1.0+1.2; Can -; Lvl 3; Blo SCA Frm 40, 23, -, - (Total 41 frames) This fish floats upwards and then shoots a laser out of its mouth. The laser is instant but the startup itself is slow. Also, since the fish floats upwards, this move will not hit most standing characters. Because it's so slow, it's not really useful for anti-air, and thus really about the only use for this move is to force the opponent to stay on the ground as you rush them instead of letting them jump up and over you. Yoku Hanashi Aite ni Natte Kuremasu (H) qcb+H; 214+H Dmg 45; Ten 1.0+1.2; Can -; Lvl 3; Blo SCA Frm 40, 27, -, - (Total 36 frames) Similar to the S version, this version curves down instead of up. Thus it hits standing opponents instead of airborne opponents. The startup has been slowed down drastically from GGX, but it's still useful to keep the opponent on the defensive, as there are very few moves that have priority over the laser. Hitori ni Shite Kudasai (MA) qcb+P/K; j.214+P/K Dmg 45; Ten 2.0+2.0; Can -; Lvl 4; Blo SCA Frm 9, 159, -, - (before attack); 13, 5, -, - (after attack) Undine creates a bubble that floats in midair and drifts slowly forward. P version drifts horizontally; K version drifts downwards at approximately a 45 degree angle. The bubble itself has no attack merits, but if the bubble is touched by an attack from Dizzy, including projectiles, it pops, releasing smaller bubbles out in all directions. If these bubbles hit the opponent, they will be knocked into the air and unable to recover for quite a long time. Since the bubble itself has no attack, it's not very useful as a lockdown move, but coupling it with Gatlings or other projectiles may make it useful, as you can launch your opponent fairly easily. Imperial Ray hcb, f+S; 632146+S Dmg 32xn; Ten -; Can RF; Lvl 3; Blo SCA Frm 7+0, -, -, - (Total 32 frames) One of Dizzy's tension moves and a staple of her combos. Dizzy spreads her arms outward and a large row of flames shoots across the screen. This move has extremely fast startup (7 frames, the same as her regular standing K) and best of all, it has ZERO post-tension spark startup frames. What this means is that if the opponent is standing in the area where the first flame appears and they are not blocking when the spark goes off, they won't be able to block AT ALL. This makes Imperial Ray a great ender for combos. This move is best used when you're backed up against the wall; if you run forward after the flames start, you can usually get up to 7 hits in unless the opponent hits the other wall. There is also a very small (3 frame) window of invincibility, so in some cases it can be useful as a counter. This move also can be FRCed, though the added damage you can inflict from it may not be enough to warrant use of 75% tension. Necro Okotta Baai d/f, hcf, b, f+P; 34123646+P Dmg 34x6; Ten -; Can -; Lvl 3; Blo - Frm 9+4, 20, 10, - Dizzy clutches her head and a large magic circle, approximately half a screen in length in front of Dizzy, materializes in the ground. If the opponent steps into the circle, they are sucked into the ground and trapped in a coffin. Meanwhile, Necro, who has momentarily taken over Dizzy, draws a bow and fires 6 bolts at the opponent in the coffin. The biggest merit of this move is that it is UNBLOCKABLE. The downside of this move is its complicated input (the most difficult in the game) and the fact that if the opponent is not stunned or in the middle of a move, they can easily avoid it altogether by jumping, which coincidentally leaves you open. However the first 12 frames of this move give Dizzy invincibility, which makes it useful as a counter in some cases. Gamma Ray f, b, f, hcf+H; 64641236+H Dmg 12x5+13x32; Ten -; Can -; Lvl 5; Blo SCA Frm 16+7, 6-25-6, -, - The move Dizzy opponents fear and hate. Necro appears and shoots three lasers at the opponent, floating them. Then, his cloak transforms into a dragon head, which fires off an extremely large beam at the opponent, smacking them multiple times. Great damage, but it requires a full bar of tension. Also, this move is not as cheap as Dizzy critics would have you believe - Dizzy is totally vulnerable during this process, so projectiles, teleporting attacks, and what not can all force her to waste half, or even the whole bar of tension. On the plus side, the guard damage alone from this move is insane, not to mention its detrimental effects on your opponent's Guard Gauge, or tension gauge should he choose to use FD. 6. COMBOS All combos tested on Sol unless noted otherwise. Gatling Flowcharts ------------------ For the gatlings, in general moves can be skipped in a chain. For instance, in the chart below, going from P directly to f+P is a valid gatling. Exceptions will be noted. Groups in parenthesis can switch between one another as indicated, and any move within the parenthesis may switch out into the next move; for instance, both P and c.P can cancel into K. Jump cancellable moves are designated with an asterisk. Grounded (P* <-> c.P) -> K*/c.K -> (f+P <-> close S* -> far S -> c.S*) -> H/c.H P*/f+P -> f+H* * P, c.P can be cancelled into itself * Far S must be the second or later move in a gatling * f+H can be performed only from P or f+P * f+H may be jump cancelled only after the second hit * H may not be performed directly from c.K Air P* -> K*/S*/H K* -> P*/S* S* -> P*/H/D H -> X D -> X * P can be cancelled into itself No Tension ---------- Throw, dash, H, qcf+H (3 Hits, 94 damage) Throw, dash, d+P, far S, qcf+H (7 Hits, 96 damage) Throw, qcf+H, FRC, dash, f+H, JC, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H (9 Hits, 136 damage) D, homing jump, j.H, j.H, j.S, j.P, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.P, j.S, j.H (11 Hits, 146 damage) midair qcb+K, close S, d+S, JC, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H (8 Hits, 165 damage) rdp+S, dash, f+P, close S, far S, d+H, qcf+H (7 Hits, 182 damage) D, homing jump, j.H, qcb+K, land, H, qcf+H, H, qcf+H (7 Hits, 184 damage) rdp+S, dash, f+H, JC, j.P, j.S, JC, j.P, j.S, j.H (8 Hits, 185 damage) rdp+S, dash, f+H, JC, j.P, j.S, JC, j.P, j.S, J.D (9 Hits, 195 damage) qcb+H, dash, d+H, rdp+S, S, JC, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H (8 hits, 204 damage -- HARD!) against wall: low jump qcb+K, d+H, rdp+S, JC j.P, j.S, JC, j.P, j.S, j.H (9 hits, 205 damage -- HARD!) against wall: low jump qcb+K, d+H, rdp+S, j.K, j.qcb+K, land, rdp+S, j.K, j.qcb+K, land... (Semi-infinite?) 25% Tension ----------- Throw, dash, d+H, qcf+H, FRC, dash, f+H, JC, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H (10 Hits, 147 damage) K, close S, d+H, qcf+H, FRC, dash, K, far S, qcf+S (10 Hits, 192 damage) dash, close S, f+P, close S, d+H, qcf+H, FRC, dash, close S, JC, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H (11 Hits, 202 damage) f+P, close S, far S, d+H, qcf+H, FRC, dash, f+H, JC, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H (12 Hits, 226 damage) against wall: qcf+H, FRC, dash, rdp+S, j.K, j.qcb+P, j.qcb+P, j.K, land, rdp+S, j.K, j.qcb+P, j.qcb+P, j.K, land... etc. (Semi-infinite?) dash, K, H, d+D, qcf+H, FRC, f+H, JC, j.S, j.P, j.S, JC, j.S, j.H 50% Tension ----------- K, close S, hcb, f+S, jump, air dash, air dash, j.H (10 Hits, 167 damage) d+H, hcb, f+S, dash, far S (11 Hits, 198 damage) qcb+H, dash, K, d+S, d+H, hcb, f+S, dash (11 Hits, 205 damage) low air qcb+K, d+H, rdp+S, hcb, f+S, dash (10 Hits, 233 damage) 75% Tension ----------- hcb, f+S, FRC, dash, j.P, j.S, JC, j.P, j.S, j.H (11 Hits, 175 damage) d+H, hcb, f+S, FRC, dash, jump, j.K, j.S, JC, j.K, j.S, j.H (11 Hits, 204 damage) 100% Tension ------------ f+H, f, b, f, hcf+H (38 Hits, 167 damage - tested on Testament, not worth it!) d+H, RC, d+H, RC, d+H, qcf+H (4 Hits, 181 damage) qcf+H, FRC, dash, qcf+H, FRC, dash, qcf+H, FRC, dash, qcf+H, FRC, dash, qcf+H (5 Hits, 248 damage) More to come later. 7. ADVANCED STRATEGIES FLOATS AND AIR COMBOS As air combos can be a very good source of damage, it's important to know what options Dizzy has for floating the opponent and what options she has for following up once the opponent is airborne. First, for a standing opponent, these moves will float the opponent: f+H (second hit), rdp+S (first hit), f+P (counter hit only), d+H (counter hit only, more specifically a ground bounce), qcf+H (must be FRCed), hcb, f+S (must be FRCed), (MA) qcb+P/K (must be used along with another attack or projectile). The easiest ones to use are the f+H and the f+P CH, though a good player will have practiced the FRCed qcf+H to the point where it becomes automatic (of course, it still requires 25% tension). Dizzy's optimum normal air combo (without the use of RCs and such) is probably jump S, P, S, jump cancel S, H. This does 107 damage by itself. Alternatively, ending with jump cancel S, D does 122 damage if both hits on the jump dust hit. However this will not happen in all situations. In some cases the opponent will fall at such a rate that jump P, S, jump cancel P, S, H is required. SAKANA WO KARU TOKI FRC The backbone to many a Dizzy combo. This allows Dizzy to float opponents at a slightly further range than her f+H and with less risk, in exchange for 25% tension. The timing is rather strict - only 2 frames, or 1/30th of a second - but the followup is well worth it. After a successful FRC, there are a number of things one can do, although most require dashing in. Far S adds a good number of hits and damage and can be cancelled into almost anything, including another Sakana wo Karu Toki. Another option is using f+H as a relaunch and then going into an air combo. IMPERIAL RAY FRC Although not as useful as the Sakana wo Karu Toki FRC, this still has its uses. Again the timing is quite tricky, but again the big advantage is that the opponent cannot tech out of it if pulled off successfully. Unlike Sakana wo Karu Toki the opponent is floated much higher and much longer. See the 75% Tension Combos section for some examples, although I am sure there are bigger and better combos out there. HITORI NI SHITE KUDASAI CANCEL This "trick" uses the simple fact that after performing Hitori ni Shite Kudasai (qcb+P/K in midair), Dizzy can perform any other action she could normally do in midair. Two of Dizzy's most powerful air moves, jump H and jump D, normally leave her totally vulnerable in midair after they are finished (i.e., she can't do anything until she reaches the ground again). This problem is solved by always cancelling jump H or jump D into Hitori ni Shite Kudasai. Although the attack itself probably won't hit, the recovery of the move allows Dizzy to do any of her normal air options - jump cancelling, air dashing, more jump attacks, and most importantly, blocking. If your jump H is blocked, cancelling into Hitori ni Shite Kudasai and then immediately applying Faultless Defense may be the only thing that saves you from massive damage. INSTANT HITORI NI SHITE KUDASAI This "trick" works for almost any character, not just Dizzy, but in Dizzy's case it involves Hitori ni Shite Kudasai. The trick is buffering a jump into any midair special move - in Dizzy's case, her only special move in midair is the qcb+P/K. This move can actually be performed very close to the ground, simply by going qcb, u/b+P/K (2147+P/K in the other notation). This is actually very important for Dizzy as it allows her to create the Hitori ni Shite Kudasai bubble immediately and with very fast recovery on the ground, and the bubble basically turns ANY of Dizzy's ground moves into a float. PROJECTILE DEFENSE This refers to the fact that many projectiles cancel each other. For instance, Hajime wa Tada no Hikari (qcf+S) can cancel Sol's Gunflame, Ky's Stun Edge, or even a Stun Edge Charge Attack (since each does three hits), or May's dolphins, among others. It even cancels three out of Sacred Edge's five hits (but sadly the other two will still hit you). Even better though is a Hanashi Aite (qcb+P/K/S/H). Not only does this cancel most projectiles, but it actually acts as a shield for most attacks, projectile or otherwise. Standing H or f+H (provided they only hit once) can actually go right through you if you have a Hanashi Aite in front of you. A Hanashi Aite can even cancel May's Great Yamada Attack (the giant whale), making it pass harmlessly through you. Now THAT's effective shielding. NECRO OKOTTA BAAI/GAMMA RAY BUFFER This trick takes advantage of the fact that GGXX accepts imprecise commands within a certain frame of each other. What this means is that Necro Okotta Baai/Gamma Ray can be performed with hcfx3+P or H, respectively. This works because the command for Necro Okotta Baai, df, hcf, b, f+P, is contained within the sequence hcfx3+P (b, db, d, DF, f, B, DB, D, DF, F, B, db, d, df, F+P) and likewise for Gamma Ray. Since hcfx3 is generally easier to perform than the "correct" input for these moves, this makes it easier to perform the moves in the heat of the moment, and can even lead to comboing these moves. Necro Okotta Baai, in particular, can actually be comboed off of something like far S, H, if you're fast on the fingers. A related trick also involves buffering. If you screw up the commands for Necro Okotta Baai or Gamma Ray, all you'll get is a simple f+P or f+H - not terribly ideal, and quite punishable if you whiff. The trick takes advantage of the fact that the game software interprets a button press and a button release identically. So, if you've knocked the opponent down and want to try a Necro Okotta Baai as soon as they get up, rather than doing the old df, hcf, b, f+P and risking a f+P, you can try df+[P] (hold the P), hcf, b, f+release P. This gives you the same effect, but instead of risking a f+P if you screw up, you performed a crouch P (very low recovery!) at the very beginning of the string and then the rest was just motion. OKIZEME Okizeme (coming from the Japanese words "okiru", to wake up, and "semeru", to attack) refers to attacking an opponent as he is getting up to keep him on the defensive, and hopefully, down the opponent again. Dizzy has several useful moves that make her okizeme games one of the better ones. qcb+P/K - multiple bites keep the opponent blocking and also serve as a shield, absorbing one hit qcb+S/H - laser fish cover the entire screen horizontally at once qcf+H - icespike, in most cases opponent cannot tech out after being hit f/b+H - (air) throw, both allow followups for added damage and still leave open the possibility of not letting the opponent tech Dizzy's basic okizeme flowchart follows as such: Opponent downed in the middle of the screen: qcb+H -> low air dash j.S -> close S, far S, qcf+H | | | |-----------> air dash j.H, land, ground combo ending with | | qcf+H | | | ------------> land, c.K, ground combo ending with qcf+H | ----------------------> air throw, combo ending with qcf+H The theory hinges on how the opponent reacts to the laser fish, which you should time so that the laser comes out just a little after they get up. If they jump, the low air dash j.S hits them, and then the laser combos them into a float, so you finish with close S, far S, qcf+H, then repeat. If they don't jump, and crouch block instead, you hit them with j.H, which stuns long enough that you can get a ground combo in; finish again with qcf+H and repeat. If they standing block, dash in to fake an air attack, land and do c.K, and again, ground combo. Alternatively, if they jump you can attempt to air throw them, though this is a little riskier, though it can do much more damage. Opponent downed in the corner (Dizzy's corner trap): qcb+P -> throw -> c.P, close S, far S, qcf+H | | -----> c.P, c.K -> close S, far S, qcf+H | | -----> Dust -> j.(H, H, S, P, S, P, S, JC, S, D) One of the most evil corner traps in the game. qcb+P has short range but bites three times. (If the opponent gets knocked down in the corner and you are far away, you might want to throw out a qcb+K, which has longer range, but it only bites twice.) Once the opponent gets up, he'll be attacked by the fish. Dash in (just out of throw range), and throw out c.P repeatedly (to stop the opponent from trying to throw you). If the opponent fails to block low, then cancel into c.K, hit a ground combo, then hit qcf+H, and repeat. If the opponent blocks low, either Dust them, or throw them at the right time. The key point to remember is that the opponent cannot be thrown while in guard stun, or for the 5 frames after guard stun is over. Luckily, the bite fishes are level 1 attacks (inflict 8 frames of guard stun), and it seems to take approximately 20 frames in between bites, which gives you ample time to throw them. Thus, if you're going to throw them, wait until just before the next bite connects to throw. Dizzy's throw is so good that after it hits, you can dash in, hit them with c.P to refloat, then end with a combo that again ends with qcf+H. By repeating this cycle over and over again, most opponents can be trapped indefinitely in the corner if they lack Burst. Even better, the ice fish absorbs a single hit, so if the opponent tries to counterattack with some wakeup that does only one hit, it will hit the fish, and not Dizzy - after which you can throw the opponent and continue as usual. INVINCIBILITY One of the critical points in Guilty Gear is knowing exactly what moves provide what kind of invincibility, so you can exploit them to its maximum effect. Unfortunately, Dizzy has no move with oodles of invincibility, like Sol's Volcanic Viper or Ky's Vapor Slash. Thus, using invincibility frames with Dizzy is more a specific art and not something you can always rely on. The following moves of Dizzy have invincibility: Dash (frames 1 - indefinite): Feet only Backdash (1-9): Totally invincible Imperial Ray (5-7): Invincibile to hitting attacks (i.e., not throws) Necro Okotta Baai (1-12): Totally invincible 1-8, invincible to hitting attacks 9-12 Imperial Ray (EX) (1-22): Invincible to hitting attacks Necro Okotta Baai (EX) (2-55): Invincible to any non-projectile, blockable attack (initiates counterattack) Necro Install (1-28): Totally invincible 1-27, invincible to hitting attacks 28. EX Dizzy has far more invincibility than normal Dizzy. Still, in both modes Dizzy really has only major invincibility during a Tension attack, hence she must burn tension to do it. Backdashes are great but the window is limited. You're invincible only for the first 9 frames, and the whole thing is 16 frames, so you can easily be hit out of the later part of it. Dizzy's forward dash is one of the most unique moves in the entire game, as it has unlimited invincibility (basically, as long as you're dashing, it's active), but it's for her feet only. If you look carefully, this is because she's floating off the ground when she dashes. What this means is that SOME (not all) low attacks will totally fail to hit you if you're dashing. Here's a list of all the moves in the game which you can avoid simply by using Dizzy's dash. SLAYER Crouching Kick Crouching Hard Slash Sweep I-NO Crouching Kick Crouching Slash (depends on frame of animation; avoids most of the time) ZAPPA Crouching Kick Sweep BRIDGET Crouching Kick Sweep Kick Start My Heart Brake (KSMH itself hits; Brake doesn't) SOL Crouching Kick Ground Viper (first two hits only) KY Crouching Kick Sweep Stun Dipper (first hit only) MAY Crouching Kick Sweep d/f+K MILLIA Crouching Kick Crouching Slash Sweep (sometimes) Iron Sabre EDDIE Kick Sweep POTEMKIN Crouching Kick Slide Head (avoids Earthquake only) CHIPP Crouching Kick FAUST Crouching Punch Mini-Faust BAIKEN Crouching Kick JAM Crouching Kick Sweep Ashiharai JOHNNY Crouching Kick Mist Finer (low) AXL Crouching Kick Sweep Rensen Ougi: Midaregami ANJI Crouching Kick Sweep VENOM Crouching Kick Sweep TESTAMENT Crouching Kick DIZZY Crouching Kick Sweep Necro Okotta Baai ROBO KY Crouching Kick Sweep Impala Hunt KLIFF Crouching Kick JUSTICE (None) 8. EXTRAS EX MODE EX Mode Dizzy is very interesting for a number of reasons. She loses her icespike, and the associated FRC and followups, but she gains quite a few nice surprises in the meantime. Jump Slash (MA) S; j.S Dmg 30; Ten 2.6; Can R; Lvl 3; Blo SA Frm 6, 16, 0 EX Jump Slash returns to its GGX incarnation - Undine creates a giant scythe-like blade as Dizzy somersaults in the air. This move has AWESOME range and can hit even crouching opponents, and opponents behind Dizzy. Basically the only downside to this move is the fact that it is pretty much not jump cancellable. Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu (AMA) rdp+S/H; 421+S/H (also in midair) Dmg 25/55; Ten 2.5+1.2; Can F; Lvl 3; Blo SCA Frm 65/31, 265 (47 frames total) Undine creates a ball of electricity. This move has several alterations from the normal version. First, it can be performed in midair. Second, its trajectory is altered - it no longer travels upward first (and thus this move loses its floating capabilities) but instead homes in directly on the opponent. Third, its input is altered - S creates a floating ball that stays in place until either the opponent gets close, or the Dizzy player presses P. This version only does 25 damage. The H version releases immediately and does 55 damage. Finally, this move now is FRCable, slightly before Undine creates the actual ball. This doesn't have much use coupled with the S version, but used with the H version, it allows Dizzy to use the homing arrow as a shield while dashing in and pressuring the opponent. Michael Sword qcf+H; 236+H Dmg 30x2; Ten 0.0+7.2; Can R; Lvl 4; Blo SCF Frm 14, 3-3, 25, -14 Dizzy's replacement for the Sakana wo Karu Toki icespike. Her arm turns into a large sword-like implement which hits the opponent twice, knocking them down. The range of this move is awesome - nearly 2/3rds of a screen - and if the first hit hits, the second hit is guaranteed to hit as well. In sum it only does 3 points less damage than the icespike. Although I don't know the actual value, this move gives a LOT of tension as well, more than any of Dizzy's other moves. It can also be used as a great anti- air. As an added bonus, this is a Roman Cancellable move - a great boon for Dizzy as in normal mode none of her special moves are RCable! Imperial Ray hcb, f+S; 632146+S Dmg 32xn; Ten -; Can R; Lvl ?; Blo SCA Frm 10+0, -, - (71 frames total) The most obvious change to this move is the change in animation, as Dizzy returns to her shadow form briefly during this move. The upshot is that both startup and recovery are slowed, making this move less effective as a counter and as a combo starter. The FRC potential of this move is also lost. In exchange, the frames of invincibility are a lot longer, and so you won't run into the problem of being hit while performing Imperial Ray and only one of the flames going off that you might have with the normal version. Necro Okotta Baai d/f, hcf, b, f+P; 34123646+P Dmg 36+24x8+34x6; Ten -; Can -; Lvl ?; Blo - Frm 65 frames total Another altered move, this move becomes a counter. When performed, Dizzy crosses her arms for about 2 seconds. If she is not attacked during this time, no tension is used. If she is attacked by a method other than projectile or throw, even with another overdrive, the counter activates and 50% tension is used. (Dizzy cannot perform this move at all without 50% tension). First a single flame from Imperial Ray shoots the opponent upward; then several lightning arrows akin to Ki no Mi wo Toru hit the opponent; finally Necro momentarily takes over Dizzy and fires off several arrows at the opponent. This move is one of the best counters in the game due to its large window of countering, and the move in general is quite demoralizing to the opponent. However, the complicated input may make it not so useful. This is probably best used against players who tend to attack you as soon as they get up from the ground. Necro Install qcf, qcb+S; 214214+S Dmg 0; Ten -; Can -; Lvl -; Blo - Frm 28+0 A new tension move for Dizzy. Akin to Sol's Dragon Install, Necro comes out briefly and empowers Dizzy for a period of approximately six seconds. Unlike Sol's Dragon Install, this move does not power up Dizzy in any other way than speeding her up (a lot, though recovery times for moves are not speeded up much), but it DOES grant her near-complete invincibility for the move's duration! Basically, only throws or other tension attacks can damage Dizzy while she is glowing red. All other moves do one damage only and otherwise do not stun Dizzy in any way. At the end of the period Dizzy will clutch her head for a short period of time and be completely vulnerable, just like Sol's Dragon Install. SP MODE Gold Dizzy is fairly ridiculous. Her powers include: Any of the Hanashi Aite's (qcb+P/K/S/H) stay out permanently unless they are hit. What this means is that if you perform qcb+H, the fish comes out, performs the laser, and continues hovering around Dizzy. If you press H again, the fish performs the laser again! This can lead to virtual infinite combos against opponents simply by floating them and then sicing the fish on them with P or K while you also attack them. Hajime wa Tada no Akari (qcf+S) now hits many, many more times. Coupled with Gold Mode's standard increase in power, a single qcf+S can now do 10 hits, 190 damage. As if these weren't enough, Gold Dizzy also regenerates. COLORS These are the color swaps you can choose when playing Dizzy. P (standard): Blue green-hair, yellow bow, black leather outfit and tail, white sleeves, white and black wings, white boots, light blue Undine, dark green Necro. K: Blond hair, red bow, yellow leather outfit and tail, black sleeves, gray wings, yellow boots, gray Undine, dark green Necro. S: Brown hair, brown bow, red leather outfit and tail, dark red sleeves, dark brown wings, red boots, light brown Undine, light green Necro. H: Brown hair, blue bow, green leather outfit and tail, white sleeves, gold wings, white boots, gold Undine, gold Necro. D: Orange hair, dark skin, purple bow, white leather outfit and tail, white sleeves, white and black wings, white boots, light blue Undine, dark green Necro. Start: Red hair, pale white skin, yellow bow, black leather outfit and tail, black sleeves, red wings, black boots, pink Undine, red Necro. L1+P: Light blue hair, yellow bow, white leather outfit and tail, white sleeves, white and grey wings, white boots, light blue Undine, dark green Necro. L1+K: Orange hair, white bow, pink leather outfit and tail, white sleeves, pink and purple wings, white boots, pink Undine, light blue Necro. L1+S: Blond hair, pink bow, red leather outfit and tail, white sleeves, pink wings, white boots, dark blue Undine, light green Necro. L1+H: Blond hair, pink bow, light green leather outfit and tail, yellow sleeves, white and light blue wings, yellow boots, light blue Undine, light green Necro. L1+D: All gold. L1+Start: All shadow; dark blue Undine, dark brown Necro. TRANSLATIONS Move Names Hajime wa Tada no Akari Datta n Desu: At first it was just for light. Sakana wo Karu Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu: This was used for fishing. Ki no Mi wo Toru Toki ni Tsukatta n Desu: This was to get fruit off trees. Yoku Hanashi Aite ni Natte Kuremasu: They became conversation partners. Hitori ni Shite Kudasai: Please leave me alone. Necro Okotta Baai: When Necro Gets Angry Quotes Pre-Battle Kyou wa souji touban na no de...: Today's cleaning duty so... Kyou wa shokuji touban na no de...: Today's cooking duty so... Kyou wa uchiage to ka de...: Today's launch day so... ...hayaku kaeritain desu ga...: ...I'd like to go home quickly. ...minna wo matasetakunain desu ga...: ...I don't want to make everyone wait... ...Nagaku ha irenain desu ga...: ...I can't stay here long. (vs. Johnny) Are? Kyou wa "tsukekonda" ja nain desu ka?: Oh? Weren't you going to "take advantage" today? (vs. Johnny) May ni kotozukeraretan desu kedo...: I wanted to leave May a message, but... (vs. Johnny) Eetoo, "bangohannuki" ni shimasu yo.: Um, you're going to "skip dinner"... (vs. Testament) Hai, minna nakayoku shite kuremasu.: Yes, everyone's treating me well. (vs. Testament) Arigatou, Testament.: Thanks, Testament. (vs. Testament) Johnny-san ga ichido asobi ni koi tte ittemashita.: Johnny said for you to come over and visit sometime. (vs. Justice) Totemo... fushigi na kanji...: Such a strange feeling... (vs. Justice) Kono kotachi ga sawaideru...: These children are restless... (vs. Justice) Anata wa... dare?: Who... are you? Win Minna, katta yo.: Everyone, I won. Ano, mou kaette mo ii desu ka.: Um, can I go home now? Ikenai, yuuhan ni maniau ka na...: Oh no, I might not make it to dinner... Lose Doushite...: Why... Okaasan...: Mother... Otoosan...: Father... Minna... sayonara...: Everyone... goodbye... Otouban ga...: My chores... Taunt Onegai, futari tomo yamete.: Please, stop it you two. Ii ko dakara yamete.: You're good kids, so stop that. Dou shiyou...: What should I do... Respect Sore hodo no chikara ga aru no ni...: You have that much strength... Amari shigeki suru to kono kotachi ga...: If you provoke me too much these two will... Watashi wo koroshitai no desu ka?: Do you want to kill me? Aa, Undine, daijoubu da yo.: Ah, it's okay, Undine. Naze ka Necro ga yorokondemasu.: For some reason Necro seems happy. Fuku wo yogosu to minna ni okorarerun desu.: If I get my clothes dirty everybody will be angry... Scalpel Kore wa nani?: What's this? Dizzied (none) Staggered Are? Nani ga...: Huh? What... Psych Burst Aah! Psych Burst Counter (Necro) Yatte kureta na!: Now you've done it! Air Recovery (none) Throw Onegai, yamete!: Please, stop! Dust Nani?: What? Doushita no?: What's wrong? Overdrive Da...me...: N...o... Mou... yamete...: Please... stop it... Ku, kurushii...: I-it hurts... Necro Okotta Baai (Necro) Ore wa kagen wo shiran zo!: I don't know how to hold back! (Necro) Gesshudomo ga...: Trash... (Necro) Ikite wa kairen zo!: You won't come back alive! Gamma Ray Dare mo kizu tsuketaku nai no!: I don't want to hurt anybody! Postfight Speech vs. Sol: Eeto, mou daijoubu desu yo ne? Yuushoku mataseru to, minna ni sugoi okokrarerun de, mou oitomashimasu. Um, are you okay? If dinner is late everyone will get really angry, so I'll leave now. vs. Ky: Gomennasai, mada jyouzu ni chikara kagen ga dekinain desu. I'm sorry, I still can't hold back my strength very well. vs. May: Mou, abunai ja nai desu ka. Nani surun desu ka, ikinari? Geez, that was dangerous! What are you doing, all of a sudden. vs. Millia: Ano, watashi... mou shoukin kakatte nai mitai desu yo? Um, I... don't have a bounty on me anymore, I think... vs. Axl: Go, gomennasai! Konna ni hashagu no, hisashiburi de... chikara haichaimashita? S-sorry! It's been a long time since I've been this cheerful. Are you okay? vs. Potemkin: Gomennasai. Ima wa kaeri wo matte kureru hitotachi ga irun desu. I'm sorry. Now I have people who are waiting for me to return. vs. Chipp: Sugoi! Hari no ana wo toosu kougeki desu ne. Watashi nan ka bukiyou de, itsu mo kowashite bakkari nan desu yo. Amazing! Your attacks could go through the eye of a needle. I'm so clumsy, I always break things... vs. Eddie: Hito ka dou ka... kenka suru kikkake wa aru ka mo shiremasen ga, nakayoku naru kikkake ni wa kankei nain desu yo. Are you human, or... you might have a reason for fighting, but that has nothing to do with a reason to become friends. vs. Baiken: Ochitsuite kudasai! Doushite tatakau tokoro kara hajimenakya ikenain desu ka? Calm down, please! Why does it have to start with fighting? vs. Faust: Oisha-sama? Go, gomennasai! Totemo isoide ita mono desu kara! Mr. Doctor? I'm sorry! I'm in a big hurry! vs. Testament: Watashi ga ima, shiawase na no mo... anata ga ite kureta okage desu. Arigatou gozaimasu. The reason I am happy now... is because of you. Thank you. vs. Jam: E to... kourai ninjin to anzuzake to... otsukai tanomareta dake dattan desu kedo... Um... korean carrot and apricot sake... I just ordered it from the maid, but... vs. Anji: Kyaa! Odorokasanaide kudasai. Kono kotachi ga seigyo wo hanaretara, daikega ja sumanain desu yo. Kyaa! Please don't surprise me. If I lose control of these two, you'll probably get injured. vs. Johnny: Bangohan wa chanto youi shimasu kara. Eto... shokuzai wo katte konakucha! I'll fix dinner, so... Um... ah, I have to go buy ingredients! vs. Venom: Watashi nara tomokaku... kuruu no minna ni te wo dashitara, okorimasu yo? If I were you, well... if I acted against the crew they'd get angry, you know? vs. Dizzy: Eeto... ima, watashi ga ikiteiru to omowareru to, nanka seijiteki ni mazuin da sou desu. Um... it seems that the fact I'm living now is somehow politically bad... vs. Slayer: Do, doushita no, Undine? Sore ijou shitara, kono hito shinjau yo! Onegai yamete! Wh, what's wrong, Undine! If you go further this man will die! Please stop it! vs. I-No: (Necro ga zenryoku wo dashita... kono hito wa ittai?) (Necro used his full strength... this person is...?) vs. Zappa: Mite kudasai, hora. Watashi ni mo futatsu tsuiteirun desu yo. Moshikashite... douryou no kata desu ka? Please look, see? I also have two supporters. Maybe... are we alike? vs. Bridget: Watashi ni mou shoukin wa kakattemasen yo? Sore to, shoukin wa Jam-san ga mottechaimashita... I don't have a bounty on me anymore, you know? And, Jam took the bounty anyway... vs. Robo Ky: Do-dou shiyou... barabara ni nachatta. Suimasen, ima, tsunagimasu ne. Wh-what should I do? It fell apart. Sorry, I'll put you back together now... vs. Kliff: Otoosan ni... niteru. Onegai, shinanaide... You look like... father. Please, don't die. vs. Justice: Ano... daijoubu desu ka? (Nan darou, kono natsukashii kimochi...) Um... are you all right? (What is this nostalgic feeling...) 9. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Here I will put frequently asked questions of any sort having to do with Dizzy. Storyline, gameplay... whatever. Q. Is Necro a servant of The Man? A. No, no, and no. I don't know where this rumor came up, but there are several proofs against it. Most recently, in one of Slayer's endings in GGXX, he refers to The Man's "Three Servants" - Raven, I-No, and Justice. There is no "room" for Necro. More convincingly, both the GGXX Mook (pg. 208) and the Drafting Artworks (pg. 229) reveal that Necro (and Undine as well) were brought into existence by Dizzy's Gear Nature at the same time as she got wings and a tail. The Drafting Artworks even refers to him as a kind of "system" (perhaps an immune system with an attitude?) rather than a separate entity. Q. Who is Dizzy's father? A. This is a point of some contention. In Sol's GGX+ ending #3, That Man is heard to say "So he had a child... unexpected.", referring to Dizzy. And in GGXX, That Man tells Dizzy "You have traces of him in you." So who is That Man talking about? There are two major competing theories right now, that either Sol or Justice is Dizzy's father. There are several good pieces of evidence for both. First, for Sol, Dizzy's Ending #2 and Sol's Ending #2 hint that Sol may be Dizzy's father. After Sol rescues her, Dizzy wakes up and feels confused that despite using her power, she feels warm and peaceful. Later when April comes to pick her up, Dizzy mentions that she feels oddly nostalgic, and April asks if maybe she had memories of her real mother - or father. Sol has shown in several instances paternal protectiveness over Dizzy, and this may mean that he is her father. On the other hand, Dizzy shares many, many physical characteristics with Justice (a tail; their crouching K; their standing S) and many move names (Imperial Ray; Gamma Ray; in EX mode, Michael Sword). In the GGXX console version, Dizzy also has pre-battle quotes with Justice, including "Totemo... fushigi na kanji." (Such a strange feeling.). Her post battle quote with Justice includes the line "Nan darou, kono natsukashii kimochi..." (What is this nostalgic feeling?). In GGXX's Story Mode, the Shuusen Kanrikyoku's report on Dizzy says that she appears to have the same power as Justice over other Gears - in other words, the power to impart free will on otherwise subservient Gears. (Indeed, this may be the only reason Testament is still alive.) Whichever the case, it's almost certain that at least one of the two is her parent, and there's even a theory that Justice was actually female and that both Sol and Justice are her parents. (This would contradict somewhat with Justice's GGXX or Sol's original GG ending in which Justice doesn't recognize Sol, however). Q. Is that super-laser (the brilliant white laser I've seen in Story/Mission Mode) performable? If so, how? A. Answer: no. The GGXX Complete Guide describes this move (the official name is "Hikari no Tsubasa", or "Wings of Light") as a Boss Dizzy-only move - which means that without fancy hacking with a Gameshark, no human would be able to do this move. 10. CREDITS Stygian Ablyss, Craiken, Ben "tragic" Cureton, Xerlic, Destin, and Kono for combos, gameplay tips, corrections, and tech notes. Sammy, ArcSystem Works, and Ishiwatari Daisuke for another great game This FAQ copyright 2003 to Edward Chang. Retransmission in any form without express permission of the author is strictly forbidden.