Guilty Gear XX for the PS2

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Advanced Baiken Strategy
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Author: Arvandor

Updates:
Added a subsection "Dust Loop" to the Strategies section where I added
another variation of the loop, and some other various notes that should
help anyone learning to get a feel for Baiken's dust-loops.

E-mail: Fox0045@hotmail.com

Disclaimer:
I took the time and managed enough boredom to write up this FAQ (not to
mention the one other Baiken FAQ on gameFAQs is a bit lacking in solid
strategy, and has some moves completely wrong in terms of usefulness). 
Use of this FAQ outside of Gamefaqs is prohibited unless I am asked
permission and say otherwise.  Keep in mind that a good lot of this stuff I
tested, experimented, figured out, and play tested myself, with a wee
little bit of online help and watching match videos (the match vids helped
me the most personally).  The few sources I did get some info from I'll
site in the credits.  Feel free to e-mail me about any questions, comments,
suggestions, info I don't have, or info I listed that is wrong (I doubt it, but
it could happen).  If you send me any stupid questions or questions that can
be answered in this FAQ, you will be sacked.  Do you understand me?
SACKED!

This guide is NOT newbie friendly, I am writing this FAQ under the
assumption that you already know what RC, FRC, Burst, Dead-angle
Attacks, and other such GGXX functions are.  I use the number system for
identifying joystick/d-pad positions (blame soul calibur 2 for that one). 
Either than that, c.X stands for close, f.X stands for far, j.X stands for
jumping or already in air, dj.X means you should have double jumped, and
jc is a jump cancel.

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Table of Contents
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I.	Character Bio
II.	Basic Move List
III.	Special moves
IV.	Overdrives
V.	Combos
VI.	Strategy
VII.	Credits

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I. Character Bio
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Name: Baiken
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 99 lbs
Blood type: B
Birthday: March 5th
Eye Color: 
Nationality: Japanese
Risk Rating: C

Subject is a Japanese woman on the run from the authorities. She is still
deeply traumatized from the loss of her parents during the war. All of her
movements revolve around her ultimate goal of revenge. Her current target
is the one she regards as the creator of the Gears. Although her skill with
a Japanese sword is great, she is no match for our military might.
Additionally, her desire for revenge makes her easy to control, it would
only help our mission. She should be viewed as a serious threat.

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II. Basic Move List
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Damage based on Sol as my beating dummy, as always (has average
defense and I just love beating on the guy).

-Punches
P (8 damage)
Notes: Baiken shoves the hilt of her sword into the enemy's gut.  Its a
quick move, good gatling starter/poke.

2P (8 damage)
Notes: Baiken does a crouching hand thrust of sorts, same function as P 

6P (15, 22 damage)
Notes: Baiken does an elbow and then a back fist (2 hits).  Like many other
6P's, this move has upper body invincibility frames, making it good for
anti-air.  This move is jump cancelable, and can link to specials

j.P (10 damage)
Notes: Baiken just simply does a jumping punch, nothing special.  This
move is quick but lacks any real range, best use is to help timing in air
combos or for adding height (helps with her dust loop)

-Kicks
K (14 damage)
Notes: Baiken lifts her leg and does a thrusting kick.  Little more range
than punch, a bit slower, still a decent gatling starter.

2K (12 damage)
Notes: Baiken turns and ankle smacks her opponent with the sheath of her
sword, hitting low.  It's a great poke that hits low, unfortunately the
damage scaling makes looping after the gatling not nearly as strong.

6K (22 damage)
Notes: Similar to K in appearance, the difference being: 6K is a bit slower,
moves Baiken forward a bit as she executes the kick, and it causes stagger
on counter-hit.

j.K (18 damage)
Notes: Baiken does mid-air splits, kicking her opponent in the process.
This move is good because it will launch a grounded opponent, and it is
also her only jump-cancelable air move.

-Slashes
c.S (28 damage)
Notes: Baiken draws her sword and then thrusts it downwards into her
opponent. This move has great speed, decent damage, gatlings well, links
to specials, AND can be jump cancelled.

f.S (30 damage)
Notes: Baiken quickly draws her sword while attacking, sweeping it across
her opponent's chest and then sheathing it.  This move has the same
wonderful properties c.S has, except with added range and a slight
decrease in speed.

2S (32 damage)
Notes: Baiken thrusts out a fan from her "bag of tricks" to poke the enemy. 
This move has decent range, great speed, can gatling, and links to specials. 
Definitely a must use poke move

j.S (32 damage)
Notes: Baiken's ultimate air-poke.  Baiken thrusts a spiked mace out from
her "bag of tricks" to bash the enemy.  This move has incredible speed,
amazing priority, links to specials, and is used in all of her air combos.

-Hard Slashes
HS (44 damage)
Notes: Baiken does a really flashy movement, and sweeps her sword
downwards accross her opponent.  This move has good damage, but is slow. 
You can link specials into this move.  Best use is during gatlings; I hardly
ever use it on its own, because even when it can be used without fear of
interruption it pushes Baiken out too far to be good for pressuring.

2HS (22 damage)x3
Notes: Baiken crouches down, whips out her sword, and lets it spin, slicing
up her enemies for up to 3 hits.  This is a fantastic move, it does good
damage, comes out fairly fast, is good for anti-air as well as lockdown
and pressure, and the first two hits can be jump cancelled (if landed
counter-hit or on airborne opponent, you can jump cancel into air combo
goodness)

6HS (66 damage)
Notes: Baiken pulls out her sword and swings it downwards, HARD.  This is
her most damaging single hit normal move.  Although a bit slow, it doesn't
push out as far as HS and you can link specials into 6HS.  Good in pressure
strings or used as a meaty wake-up move.

j.HS (40 damage)
Notes: Baiken pulls out her sword and points it downwards, to stab her
foes.  This move has incredible priority, lasts a good, long time, and can
link into specials.

-Dusts
D (20 damage)
Notes: Baiken braces herself, and then unleashes a ball of what appears to
be ki energy to launch her opponents airborne.  Its somewhere ranked in
the middle as far as dusts go, it has decent range, decent speed, but
telegraphs a bit much.

2D (30 damage)
Notes: Baiken does a sort of break-dancing sweep.  This is an EXCELLENT
move.  Baiken's 2D hits low, has great range, great priority, is jump
cancelable, and can link to specials (236K combos and launches), and the
2D can combo after a number of her normal attacks (c.S, f.S, HS, 6HS). 
Great for move for adding pressure.  

j.D (50 damage)
Notes: Ahh, Baiken's infamous arm-cannon; in that "bag of tricks" Baiken
has, apparently there is a dragon (she must have some extra-dimensional
device in that sleeve of hers, maybe its where all the tatami mats come
from).  For this move, she pulls out the dragon's head, holds it like the arm
cannon it is, and blasts her opponent for great damage, and sends them
flying (causes wall bounce).  All of Baiken's most damaging combos and
famous dust-loops obviously involve using this move multiple times.  This
move is eligible for FRC.


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III. Special Moves
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Note: Most of the descriptions here are basic, I will detail combo options
and other uses later in the strategy section.

Suzuran (N/A)
63214K
Baiken pulls her sword out, and very quickly dashes about 3/4 of a screen
length at her opponent.  During this dash, Baiken is considered as blocking
high (IE lows will still hit, specials still chip, and your guard-gauge
increases from hits).

Tatami Gaeshi (40 damage)
236K
Wee the tatami mat!  Baiken raises her leg, slams it into the ground, and
up pops a green rectangular mat.  One of the meanest special moves in the
game.  The mat causes a good block stun, launches the opponent (the best
way to start all her nasty air combos), and can be done in the air for more
interesting effects I'll detail later on.  This move is eligible for False
Roman Cancel.

Youzansen (44 damage)
623S (in air)
Baiken draws her sword and swings it in a large arc ending downwards.  It
has good speed, and great priority as most air specials do, however is
unsafe if blocked.  This move has its place as air combo enders on rare
occasion, but is best used tiger-kneed to hit a crouching opponent. (Tiger
Kneed' would be 62369S) which allows you to execute the move very
quickly from a standing position.

Kabari (12 damage)
41236HS
Out from the "bag of tricks" comes a claw on the end of a chain.  Baiken
will hook the enemy and draw them towards her (even if they block they
get dragged).  This move causes stagger on normal hit.

Tetsuzansen (36 damage)
S (after Kabari)
Baiken pulls out her sword and does this really neat looking upwards
swing.  This move is uninterruptible after a blocked Kabari, but is highly
unsafe when blocked at close range, so be careful. Note: This move works
as decent anti-air if your Kabari is jumped over.

Youshijin (12 damage)
on guard 412P
Baiken thrusts an anchor from her "bag of tricks" into the ground which
then comes immediately upward right in front of Baiken.  This is Baiken's
fastest counter, but also the least safe, and has no invincibility frames,
so if done in the middle of a string it may be interrupted.  Untechable
launch on counter-hit.

Mawarikomi (N/A)
on guard 412K
Baiken's most situational counter.  Baiken sidesteps about a half a screen
length towards the direction she's blocking.  Very easily punished, its best
uses are for getting around a few select moves or out of corners.

Sakura (30 damage)
on guard 412S
Baiken draws her sword, faces the screen, and thrusts it at her opponent
with a pink flame effect.  This counter has good invincibility frames,
making it uninterruptable, and is great for discouraging gatlings and even
punishing some overdrives.

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IV. Overdrives
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Sanzu Watashi (60 damage)x3
236236S
Baiken slashes her enemy with three slow, painful slashes and shouts out
the chinese characters "Tien," "Chi," and "Nin." In respective order.  This
overdrive activates quickly, has good invincibility frames, and does
respectable damage.  Best use for this move is on wake up.

Baku (10 damage)
The Baku overdrives are all done on guard, as a sort of counter overdrive. 
Baiken pauses, and smacks her opponent with a chinese character, each
button having a different effect.  Not usually worth the tension, but can
come in handy at times.

Baku Ki
463214P
Baiken's opponent is unable to jump naturally for 14 seconds.

Baku Rin
463214K
Baiken's opponent is unable to use special attacks for 14 seconds.

Baku Ryu
463214S
Baiken's opponent does less damage for 14 seconds.

Baku Hou (16 damage) - apparently the curse goes into affect before the
overdrive hits.
463214HS
Baiken's opponent receives more damage for 14 seconds.


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V. Combos
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Alright, here I will list a few of the various combos Baiken has.  I'm not
going to list all her basic gatlings, they're easy enough to figure out, and I
won't be listing all the special circumstance combos (IE j.HS 236K land,
then air combo etc).  Those you can brainstorm/figure out on your own I
hope.  Keep in mind there are quite a few different ways of performing her
dust loops, and I will be listing the ones that I prefer to use.  I'll be
listing the combos starting from the ground and launching, but keep in
mind that any time you could air combo your opponent, the dust loop is
more than likely a viable option.  

There are so many variations on her dust loop it hurts to think about, you
can even do a mini-loop with NO tension, but 25% is best.  You usually
don't want to burn 50% as the extra damage isn't worth it (except on
problem characters like Jam where its difficult to do the full loop, and
burning the extra 25% tension would guarantee death).

Damage tested on Sol

-=No Tension=-
S 2D 236K j.S j.D (142 damage)

*(opponent in corner) S 2D 236K sj sj.P sj.S sj.D ad j.S j.D (land) S jc j.S
j.D (214 damage)

D (homing jump) S S S P S P K jc S P S D (131 damage)

6P (2 hits) jc 623S (72 damage)

on guard 412P (counter hit) dash in 6HS 2D jc j.S j.D (154 damage)

-=25% Tension=-
***(opponent in corner) S 2D 236K j.S j.D FRC qad j.D (land) sj sj.P sj.S
sj.D ad j.S j.D (land) S (241 damage)

**(opponent far from corner) S 2D 236K j.S j.D FRC qad 236K sj.S sj.D
(203 damage)

-=50% Tension=-
on guard 412S RC 236K j.S j.D (120 damage)

*(opponent in corner) on guard 412S RC 236K sj.P sj.S sj.D ad j.S j.D (land)
S jc j.S j.D (215 damage)

(opponent near corner) 62369S RC j.S j.D (114 damage)

62369S RC j.S j.D (103 damage)

6HS 236236S (207 damage)

(See Strategies/Dust Loop for more setups into the dust combo, but
without the damage listings)

* - On this, the qad Is a quick air dash, and you have to time the air dust of
it as so there is no recoil from the blast (do the dust as soon as you are
able from dashing, takes a little practice).  Also, the ad (air dash) you
must fall a bit first, the timing is relatively tricky.  These are also tricky
to perform on high floaters like Jam, but they do work. (Note: It helps to
omit any sj.P's on those problem chars).

** - This combo won't work on a few select characters (Jam is the only
one I know of, haven't done much testing on this yet) because the qad 236K
launches them too high to followup

*** - On this combo against certain characters you have to add a standing
slash after the 236K or the qad j.D after the FRC'd j.D will whiff (or at
least won't hit as consistantly).  So the combo would look like this - S 2D
236K S jc j.S j.D FRC etc...  The characters that require the extra slash are
as follows.

Ky
Slayer
Venom
Eddie
Axl
Zappa
Chip
Testament
Johnny

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VI. Strategy
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Alright, on to the strategy "I" use for Baiken.  Keep in mind this section is
very much opinion.  Everyone is welcome to their own strategy, and this is
mine (A lot of other Baiken's play VERY similarly, its not like Baiken has
much variety or flare per say.  I'm just warning you now in case you have a
different opinion on how something works or doesn't work)

-=General=-

Baiken is the ultimate turtle, and not just because of her on guard special
moves, her tatami mat helps to keep opponents from getting in when you
don't want them to.  Despite this, she can also be highly aggressive and
pressure relatively well (the combination of the two is what I think
makes her lethal).  Her biggest weakness is her lack of good wakeup
options.  If Baiken gets grounded, you have to guess right or eat more
damage.

-=Defense=-

When you are turtling your opponent has to worry about counters being
thrown out.  Some opponents will often anticipate them and try to draw
one out, since the counters are unsafe and punishable.  And although this
may keep you from using your counters during strings a lot, it also can
keep your opponent from doing their full gatlings and some of their unsafe
special attacks.  Pressuring Baiken can be very frustrating for your
opponent at times, make sure to keep it like that.  Figure out what moves
your opponent gives FREE 412S's, and use it.  Free damage is always good.
(IE Zappa's 3 centipede, another Baiken's 412S, Slayer's 214P P and 214P
K, and 236P/K etc, the list is huge, just experiment and guess and test). 
Especially since if you have the tension to spare, a free 412S could mean a
free 412S RC 236K into air combo goodness for A LOT of free damage. 
Tossing it out at the beginning of gatlings is good discouragement too if
done sparingly.

Figure out when you think you can get on guard 412P to land counter-hit or
on an airborne opponent, because that means LOTS of free damage.  Be
wary of doing this to opponents just because they're airborne however,
because they could possibly draw it out, block it as they're landing, and
then get free damage on you.  I don't suggest using this counter TOO often,
but do throw it out enough to keep your opponent sufficiently discouraged. 

Toss out tatami mats a lot.  Even semi-randomly. Air tatami mats work
especially well as they make it very difficult for an opponent to get in. 
Tatami mat also gives you a bit of tension, so feel free to back air dash
Tatami, forward air dash dust (let the recoil blast you back away from
your opponent) and so on, building up your gauge a little while turtling at
the same time.  Be sure to mix-up with attacking on the forward air dash
so they're less likely to try to punish you.

I'm sure some of you may be wondering about Baiken's overdrive counters,
the Baku series.  Personally, I NEVER use them, I just don't think it's
worth the tension.  However, if you DO use them, I wouldn't suggest doing
the increase damage one.  It doesn't increase the damage enough to make it
worth half tension (as it only increases the damage on your dust loop by
80 damage or so), and your opponent will probably just go into turtle mode
anyway.  The other two seals, either seal jump or seal special attacks, are
much better options.  Even though these are the preferred options, they
only last for 14 seconds, and any opponent who has been cursed will
probably turtle up regardless.  Thus why I never use them I suppose.

-Anti Air
2HS is a good decent option, since Baiken is already short, and she ducks
for this, a lot of air moves will whiff over her.  If it hits, you can jump
cancel before the 3rd hit and air combo.   6P is another great anti-air
move like most characters 6P's.  It has upper-body invincibility frames
that will cause air moves to whiff, and it comes out quickly.  Can be jump
cancelled for air combo.  j.S is also a good anti-air, out prioritizes AND
outranges most air moves in the game.  And the fact that you can link it to
j.D and push yourself out of range is also a bonus.

-Wakeup
Baiken doesn't have a whole lot for reliable wake up options.  Counters can
help, but that still requires guessing any mix ups correctly, and countering
lows isn't very practical.  Your only other option is 236236S if you have
the tension.  Most players don't suggest it, but I find it's a great way to
beat out meaty attacks, and as overdrives go, it does very respectable
damage, worth it in my opinion.  Its biggest drawback is that its semi-
predictable.

-=Offense=-

Offensively speaking, it helps a great deal to have at least 25% tension,
because FRC'd tatamis are great for applying more pressure. Anything you
can jump cancel is good, especially when they're cornered; if you jump
cancel a move, do j.HS or 236K as soon as you can, it is very difficult to
punish on reaction. If they do punish you can mix with jump canceling,
back air dashing out with slash to cover you.  If they try to stand up to
block the j.HS, then you can link it to an air tatami, land and pressure
some more (if j.HS hits, the tatami combos).  If you do a ground string, end
it with an FRC'd tatami, dash in, and pressure more (unless of course you
really don't feel it's worth the use of tension).

Learn when to use 41236HS; not only is it your attack with the greatest
range, but linking it out of strings and getting opponenets to block it helps
your pressure a lot.  The block stun on 41236HS is enough that the follow-
up slash is uninterruptable, and something like a 2D or a S are nearly
impossible to interrupt.  So doing something like f.S 41236HS 2D jc j.H
236K (land) f.S 236K FRC (dash in) 2K c.S HS 41236HS>S would be a good
pressure string.  Mix and match, have fun, and try to be creative :)

Although 63214K is used rarely, it is still used.  On a cornered opponent,
while applying pressure, it's good to toss it in there randomly and go for a
throw, especially since a throw into the corner can lead into the dust loop
(HS 236K to launch).  Linking 63214K after moves where you often do 236K
or 41236HS is also a good idea, very tricky to see coming that way.  If
used randomly and sparingly, it is hard to see coming and rarely punished
on reaction.

-Timing
Timing helps a lot with your pressure.  Sometimes waiting and putting a
slight delay in between something might make your opponent think its
their turn to steal the initiative, which is where you toss in a 2D or a 6K
hoping for a counter on the 6K (the stagger usually gives enough time for
2D 236K if your opponent doesn't mash out).  If your opponent likes to
mash out of stagger and you land a counter-hit 6K, mix with your 41236HS
and your 63214K-throw or just dashing in and adding more pressure. 
Playing with timing like this also empowers your tick throw game (see
tick throws below)

-High Low Mixups
Use 2K and 2D as your lows, and if you feel your opponent is blocking low
too much, feel free to put in a dust (VERY rarely) or an instant youzansen. 
If the youzansen isn't enough to discourage blocking low (because of its
moderate damage) feel free to burn the 50% tension to RC it to tack on a
good solid amount of damage; or even 75% tension to do an instant
youzansen RC j.S j.D FRC into the appropriate combo depending on screen
positioning (iad Tatami if mid screen, normal air combo if opponent is
cornered).  Dust is an obvious option, but it is slow, and telegraphs a bit
much, used very rarely and with care you may land a few once in a while.

Of all the three FRC's Baiken has, her air tatami is the hardest because of
the weird delay that changes the timing from its ground version.  However
it serves as a great offensive tool to force mixups.  Whenever you ground
an opponent, and air tatami mat is great for forcing them to block and then
continuing to apply pressure.  Now, if you FRC it, you can mix up between
landing and doing a low dust or 2K, and air dashing right after the FRC and
doing an air dash combo (j.K j.P j.S j.D works well for this).  If they block
the air dash j.K, just keep doing K P K P K P (or K P S P K P S) until you
land and then start up a ground gatling with P or 2K (for speed purposes). 

-The tick throw
A tick throw is when you go from a poke combo starter right into a throw. 
Example you rush up 2K and instead of doing 2K c.S 2D 236K or whatever,
you just 2K throw.  Very effective, and very difficult to punish on
reaction.  If you think you can throw your opponent, especially if you can
do so into the corner, feel free to do so, free dust loop if you do.

Baiken's throw gives her a lot of power.  Especially on FRC'ed mats or on
blocked air mats, since the opponent usually KNOWS interruption of the
oncoming pokes will result in counter-hit, dashing in and throwing will
catch people off guard a lot.

-Okizime
When you ground an opponent you have advantage.  Granted, Baiken often
doesn't have good Okizime opportunities against opponents (due to the
constant air comboing, they usually end up air-recovering, not grounded).
On those occasions your opponent is grounded, what is there to do? You can
go for a 6HS 236K FRC pressure, 2D jc or 236K FRC pressure, an instant
yousanzen to discourage blocking low, or tick throw.  Or if you have the
time, jump up, do a tatami at the peak of your jump so that they'll have to
stand up blocking it, and add pressure from there.

-The Dust Loop
Obviously a very important part of the Baiken damage output.  There are
quite a few setups, and two reliable versions depending on screen
positioning.
In corner (starter) j.S j.D FRC qad j.D (land) sj.P sj.S sj.D (fall a bit) 
ad j.S j.D (land) S jc j.S j.D
1/3 screen from corner or further (starter) j.S j.D FRC qad 236K j.S j.D

Note: On the 1/3 screen one, on some characters you can FRC the last j.D
and continue the loop normally, and other characters get launched too high
from the mat to even do the second j.S j.D.  The timing on the last air dash
is kinda tricky till you figure out when to air dash, keep in mind that its
probably later than you think it is, you'll be VERY close to the ground when
you execute the air dash j.S j.D.

Starters: Notice that some of these require up to 75% tension to do the
full loop, but its often quite worth it assuming you have that much tension
saved up (You'd be amazed how often you'll catch yourself with a lot of
tension that is just begging to be burned up).
Keep in mind that for actual looping, the final j.D in all those combos is
where you FRC qad 236K/j.D into the rest of the loop, whichever is
appropriate for current positioning.

In some circumstances when you're near the wall but not close enough to
do the qad j.D to continue the loop, you can do a j.D FRC 236K.  Your
opponent will bounce off the wall, and then get launched by the mat (quite
late I might add) and then you can continue looping or finish with an
aircombo or whatever

62369S RC j.S j.D
S 2D 236K j.S j.D
41236HS 2D 236K j.S j.D
iad j.S j.P j.K (land) j.S j.D
counter-hit 412P (dash in) 6HS 2D jc j.S j.D
412S RC 2D 236K j.S j.D
41236HS S RC (dash in) 6HS 2D jc j.S j.D
counter-hit 236K (dash in) 6HS 2D jc. j.S j.D
counter-hit j.D (wait for wall bounce and dash in) S jc j.S j.D
throw into corner HS 236K j.S j.D
air throw into corner's wall bounce 6HS 2D jc j.S j.D
*S HS 236K FRC iad j.D (land) 6HS 2D sjc sj.P sj.S sj.D (fall a bit) ad j.S
j.D -> (on some characters) land S jc j.S j.D
**S HS 236K FRC iad j.D (land) iad j.S j.D
6HS 2D 236K j.S j.D
air counterhit 41236HS (dash in) S jc j.S j.D

* - Hardslash often pushes you out too far for a j.S to hit (also holds true
in any situation where the tatami will hit at its absolute max range non-
counter-hit) So you have to FRC the mat, and iad j.D.  Also, this one must
be done in the corner, doing it further away changes it a bit (see below). I
also listed the full loop since its varied slightly from the standard loop I
listed.  Actually, almost any time you're launching a grounded person near
the corner with the tatami mat, this is the better way to go, FRC the mat,
iad j.D, and then relaunch with 6HS 2D.

** - the variation for doing the previous one when opponent is not
cornered, very unreliable.

Note: In all the super jump combos involving sj.P sj.S sj.D, the sj.P can be
removed, but it makes timing the air dash a bit more difficult.  Though
this is also the only way to do the full loop on some characters (by
removing the sj.P that is).
Also note, that certain characters may float high enough that any
attempts to do the fall a bit ad j.S j.D may whiff.  In these cases, try fall
a bit ad j.K 623S.  j.K reaches a bit higher, as does the 623S (j.D can combo
off of j.K, but will probably whiff under your opponent if you're going for
the j.K)

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Credits
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I'd like to give a special thanks to Ratticus1, Wraith, Manji128, Jake and
TL for suffering through repeated beatings, and still coming back to play
once in a while.  They're great sports (save maybe Wraith ;P but we don't
hold it against him)

I'd like to thank the inhabitants of the GameCombos forums for the
strategies and advice I've found there, as well as a few combo tips.  Also
thanks to Paul Benson for his FAQ, where I got the names for the special
moves I didn't know the names for, and found out what chinese characters
Baiken shouts when doing her 3 slash overdrive.  As well as UNCONKABLE's
Dust Loop guide for the useful information on how to make it work on all
characters.

Thanks from me (and probably from those of you reading this FAQ) to
Ratticus1 and Wraith for proofreading this document.  I have really bad
formatting issues, and when I start ranting about strategy sometimes
thoughts just kind of mingle together as they come to me and end up all
confused and chaotic on the screen (not to mention sometimes my
thoughts have bad grammar because I forget what tense I started the
thought in etc).

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