WWE Smackdown vs. Raw Advanced Strategy Guide ============================================================================== NOTE: This is not a comprehensive strategy guide. However, this contains more advanced strategies and techniques. This are all original and a lot of the techniques here are not found anywhere else because all these are based from experience. ============================================================================== Version 1.00 Copyright January 23, 2005 By: Alvin Go email@example.com =============================================================================== VERSION HISTORY 1.00 - First draft - rejected for lack of content 1.10 - Second draft - added more techniques =============================================================================== TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Introduction to WWE SVR and this FAQ II. Choosing your Wrestler III. Fight techniques and tips IV. Fighting styles and how to deal with them V. Acknowledgment =============================================================================== I. INTRODUCTION TO WWE SVR AND THIS FAQ WWE Smackdown vs Raw is the 6th installment of THQ and Yuke's WWE Smackdown series. It is currently the best wrestling game available. Though it is said to be an update (some even say a downgrade) from Smackdown Here Comes The Pain, any WWE fan should appreciate the gameplay and the graphics of WWE SVR. I have just bought a Playstation 2 last December 2004, and the first game that I bought was WWE SVR. Thus, the last Smackdown game that I played was the first one in Playstation 1. As a result, the new Smackdown engine and gameplay is relatively new to me. However, I realized that this is actually an advantage because I do not have to "unlearn" timings in countering and the likes from previous Smackdown games, notably Here Comes The Pain. So this work is basicallya compilation of my own observations, techniques, and experiences as a result of not studying as a result of playing WWE SVR, the only PS2 game that I'm playing at the moment. Please do not expect any move lists in this FAQ, nor any formulas for CAW; thereare way too many faqs dwelling on that. What you can expect though, are game tips, techniques, and strategies you can employ in playing the game. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Smackdown vs. Raw! Let's get it on! =============================================================================== II. CHOOSING YOUR WRESTLER The wrestler that you choose plays an important role in how you play. Take note, it is your wrestler that should dictate what strategy you choose, and not the other way around! There are six attributes that characterize a wrestler: strength, submission, durability, technique, speed, and charisma. There are wrestlers that specialize in one or more attributes, and it is important to use them to your advantage. Another thing that will determine how your wrestler fights is its weight class, ranging from ultra heavyweight to diva weight. The weight class also affect the maximum points available for each attribute. Moreover, a cruiserweight cannot perform lift moves to heavyweights. For more information on the weight system, check out the FAQ by Scott at GameFAQs. :) =============================================================================== III. FIGHT TECHNIQUES and TIPS In this section I will present the different techniques that I employ depending on my mood, the wrestler that I chose, and the wrestler that I'm facing. 1. Counter! Counter! Counter! I could not stress enough how important it is to counter. A counter could effectively turn the tide of battle, especially if it is executed at the right moment in the match. The most important thing to counter is a finisher. A finisher executed while your body is damaged could effectively end the match for you. Alternatively, if you were able to counter a finisher, then you not only waste your opponent's finisher icon, but gives yourself an opportunity to execute your finisher as well! Counters not only free yourself from attack, but also puts your opponent in a temporary groggy state, allowing you a chance to either execute your finisher, or bluff them (more on bluffs later). Counters are most important in multiple wrestler matches (such as elimination chamber, royal rumble, battle royals, fatal 4-ways, etc.) because with so many wrestlers potentially grappling or striking you, you can't possible focus on them all to deal with them. So if you find yourself surrounded by wrestlers, counter! What's cool about counters is that you don't have to focus on a wrestler to counter their moves! Proper timing in countering is crucial to successful counters. You'll have to choose to counter either strikes (L2), or grapples (R2), or less frequently, finishers (L2 + R2). Random mashing of a counter button is proven to be less effective. What IS effective, aside from a risky one button tap, is periodic tapping of the counter button. By periodic, it means about 1 tap per second, or better yet 2 taps per 3 seconds. Try it against the computer, and you're in the ground. Periodically mash the R2 button, and most often that not, you'll be able to counter the computer's ground moves against you. Remember, countering is an art that has to be mastered. Good defense will almost always give you chances for good offense. 2. He who runs lives to fight another day. Who says that grappling and striking and running attacks are all that matters in WWE SVR? Running AWAY from the opponent is another very important defensive technique that every SVR player should learn. To do so, press Triangle in spurts, meaning, don't hold it to long. Hold it just enough with a direction button to go away from an opponent's attack. If you notice, if a wrestler attempts to grapple, or to press O for that matter, he does an awkward "grabbing" motion, trying to grab his opponent. While doing this animation, it is so easy to move away from him. Sometimes, even just walking away would do, depending on the animation. Drop kicks are notably easy to move away from, as well as "pumped up" clotheslines. After running away from an opponent who attempted to grapple you, he is temporarily vulnerable to your attacks. You can either stomp on him (if he attempted a running grapple) or grapple him yourself. 3. Run 'n' Gun If your wrestler is speedy, then this technique might work best against slow and big opponents. Simply run and strike your opponents then run away from them. Vary your style. Don't just always go for running with X (strike), or running with a O (grapple moves). Go running with Square as well! This not only evades opponent attacks but also temporarily makes your opponent groggy, leaving him wide open for the attack, or better yet, a well-timed finisher! 4. Irish Whippin' Cream Don't go berserk with power moves (especially if strength isn't your wrestler's name, and durability and technique are the forte of your opponent). Irish whip your opponents to the turnbuckle! This is very effective in wearing down the body, and also allows you to execute either running strikes (X) or do high- damage, charismatic turnbuckle moves. Irish whipping is a science. Bluff your irish whips once in a while (O, then X) because irish whips are easy to counter. After irish whipping an opponent to the turnbuckle, try the following options alternatively and variably: a. Run (Triangle) and strike (X) your opponent. Alternatively, when you see an opponent running at you, start preparing to counter using the L2 button! b. Move towards the opponent and strike the opponent (X). c. Move towards the opponent and perform a grapple (O) move. d. Bluff! Run towards the opponent, and if your opponent is experienced, more often than not, he'll expect a strike. But don't strike him; instead, perform a grapple move! This works 90% of the time against human opponents. 5. Be fickle like a girl. You know why girls are sometimes irritating and exciting at the same time? It's because they're fickle and unpredictable (peace, girls =) ). In playing, being unpredictable is the name of the game. It makes you very difficult to counter, and makes it difficult for an opponent to develop a strategy to defeat you. Some people have a tendency of doing repetitive moves, such as Toe Kick, then grapple, then grapple move. This is SOOOO easy to counter. Some have a tendency of striking repeatedly. Again, this is MUCH easier to counter. Alternate between grapples and strikes. Don't be predictable, so as not to be easily countered. If you get countered a lot, then that's a sign that you're getting to be predictable. So, try changing strategy. 6. Save your finishers. It does not mean that if you've got a finisher icon, you should execute it at the first possible opportunity. Remember, if you've got a finisher icon, your opponent has an extra worry in mind. Not only does he gets to choose to counter strikes or grapples, he gets to worry about countering a finisher as well. Thus, if you've got a finisher icon and your opponent has a finisherphobia, then expect his countering percentage to go down. Don't steal a finisher unless it is necessary. By necessary, it means that you simply want to catch your opponent off-guard. To explain it, if you're using Eddie Guerrero (finisher situations: top rope, opponent on ground), then chances are your opponent will not worry as much being groggy. But if you have two icons and your opponent's finisher situation is that of facing the opponent groggy, then you can steal his finisher and most probably it won't be countered. Learn when it is best to use a finisher. If your opponent's body is still blue, or has just turned yellow, avoid using your finisher. Remember, a finisher is called a finisher because it does just that - finish off your opponent. And as a side note, don't waste finishers by playing for so long with 3 finisher icons. Your Smackdown meter does not fill up, making it go to waste. 7. Dirty tactics... Building up your dirty meter is relatively easier compared to the clean meter. First, it is much better if you use a dirty wrestler (Triple H, Ric Flair), and constantly use dirty moves such as punch to groin (Up + O, ground). Remove the covering from turnbuckles, attack your opponent while he is taunting, and irish whip your opponents to exposed turnbuckles. Sooner or later you'll realize that your dirty meter is full and your low blow finisher ready and waiting. :) 8. Honey I hit the referee... Here's a dirty and easy cheating tactic to win a match against a computer opponent. This is VERY useful when trying to accomplish certain challeges, such as the David vs Goliath challenge. Here's what you do: a. Get one chair in the North side of the ring and drop it in the ring. b. Get another chair in the South side of the ring and drop it in the ring. c. Now, irish whip your opponent to a turnbuckle (you can also opt to just hit your opponent. but the key here is to give yourself some time). d. Do a running attack against the referee! This is tricky because the ref does not stay put, and sometimes even counters your attacks. So the trick here is to do a running attack NOT directly at the referee, but somewhere to his side. See: -------------------------- | U O | | | | | | | | | | | | X R | -------------------------- Legend: O - your opponent, immobilized in the turnbuckle U - you. R - the referee X - this is the point of attack. 99% of the time you'll hit the referee. :) d. After the ref has been knocked down, grab a chair and wait for your opponent to stand up. Hit him three straight in the gut (Left/Right + O), and then do a weapon finisher (L1). e. Grab the other chair and drop it near your opponent. Make your opponent stand up and repeat d. When done right, the referee will still be knocked down after doing this with time to spare. Beware though when the ref is already up, stop what you're doing to be sure. Remember that you can hit the ref only a maximum of three times. 9. Head butt your way When fighting in a 6-man survival battle royal with a clean wrestler, this technique is very much helpful. Use someone like Christ Benoit and stand in the top turnbuckle. Then when the opponent you are focusing on is standing, or about to stand, do a headbutt. Chances are in this match, all your opponents are cluttered and will most probably be hit as well! This does wonders to your clean meter and you will notice that it builds up relatively fast! 10. Clean tactics... It's much more difficult to build up your clean tactics meter. The easiest way to do so is through diving moves. Here's one technique you should do: a. Irish whip your opponent in the turnbuckle. b. Run towards your opponent and hit Square. c. Do a diving attack. d. Repeat. Or you could also go out of the ring (when allowed) and do diving moves from there. It's faster to go up the barricades and do a diving attack. You can also try waiting for your opponent to stand up and do diving attacks. =============================================================================== IV. FIGHTING STYLES and HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM In this section, I will explain the different strategies or styles you may use for yourself, including how to deal with them. Remember, practice makes perfect. 1. Computer fighting style The fighting technique of the computer or artificial intelligence employed in the game is very much predictable. If you play often, soon you'll notice that the computer is just following a certain technique, depending on the wrestler's logic(grappler, brawler, aggressive, luchador, etc.). The logic is pretty much self-explanatory. Grapplers tend to grapple a lot (R2 may be your best friend in this case); brawlers tend to strike a lot (L2 to counter). However, the AI's technique is pretty much the same. Take note of the following AI strategy and actions: (Notice: This are all under Hard difficulty. I have no idea if the following also applies to other difficulty settings) a. The AI always, and I mean always, attempts to execute a finisher the first time it becomes available. Thus, if the computer is Triple H, and he has a finisher icon, and you became groggy in front of him, expect a Pedigree. This pretty information SHOULD prove helpful to you to counter finishers. To be able to do so, the basic thing to do is to know what your opponent's finisher is, meaning, know the situation needed for his finisher (facing a groggy opponent is the most common). Next is to know what moves cause you to be in that situation. If you know these, then it is quite easy to counter the computer. EXAMPLE: Computer: Triple H (1 finisher icon) Scenario: You attempt to power grapple Triple H. Triple H was able to counter, it, leaving you groggy. Counter: Wait for a split second, just BEFORE the SVR icon appears in the screen, and press L2 + R2. This takes practice to master, but you may also try periodically mashing L2 + R2 once you are groggy. At least 75% of the time, you should be able to counter his Pedigree. Notes: - If the computer can steal your finisher, he always attempts to do so in the firstpossible situation. Thus, in the previous example, if Triple H had 2 finisher icons and you were playing Randy Orton, expect an RKO instead of a Pedigree. This means that you should also be aware of your OWN finisher situation as well whenever your opponent already has 2 finisher icons! - The computer does not, take note, attempt a finisher when you are not inside the ring. (I'm not sure if this also applies in hardcore matches and hell in a cell matches.) But one thing is for sure, if the only way to win is for both wrestlers to be in the ring, then you're safe when you're outside the ring. The computer will NEVER attempt a finisher. b. When you're in the ground, the AI most probably will attempt to grapple you. Thus, it's a better hunch to tap R2 than L2. In fact, against the computer, it's much better to tap R2 than L2 because the computers like to grapple. c. The computer seldom counters weapon attacks. Use this to your advantage when playing no-DQ matches. 2. Aggressive/Powerful Style This style is best used when you're using a powerful wrestler like Batista. In this style, use power grapples, strong strikes to wear down your opponent. Little running is used, more on moving and grapple attempts or power clotheslinesare used. COUNTER: It is easy to counter this aggressive style. Too much concentration on offense makes it easy to defend an opponent using this style. Simply counter, and use the run and gun style to drive your opponent crazy. It is also a tendency to be monotonic using this style, so counter accordingly. 3. Striker Style This is the first style used by newbies - basically strike your opponent to death. This however is effective when using strikers such as Tajiri and RVD. Don't think this style is crap however, because if you combine lots of striking with random grapples, you can be a difficult opponent to deal with. COUNTER: Again, the L2 is your bestfriend when facing a striker. 4. Run and Gun Basically, run all around your opponent, striking and grappling while running. This is very effective using light opponents such as Rey Mysterio, even better when facing slow opponents like Big Show and Kane. This is also your best bet when facing multiple wrestlers. You'll just die trying to face a wrestler one on one. Better run and gun. Remember to alternate between X's and O's. Add an occasional Square as an added measure against counters. COUNTER: The best counter against this, is the Duck style. Or you could run and gun as well! 5. Duck style This is a defense-oriented approach. This is basically running away from your opponent's attacks using Triangle and a directional button. After ducking, you can either go on the offensive (use other styles), or keep ducking (boring!). COUNTER: The aggressive style, or the striker style are the best styles to deal with this. If you keep going for your opponent (walking, not running), it will be easy to corner your opponent and strike or grapple him. Basically, corner your opponent until he has nowhere to go. 6. Pistons style, a.k.a. Countering style This style is plain, hardcore defense, meaning using counters to spark plug their offense. In this style, simply R2 or L2 your way until you successfully counter, and then start your offensive attacks. In RTS games, this is sometimes called turtling your base. This is boring, but quite effective when mastered, especially when used with other styles as support. COUNTER: When mastered, it is difficult to counter a counter. The best way, therefore, is to be just INCONSISTENT, and UNPREDICTABLE. It is impossible to counter every move. Try combinations such as Strike Strike grapple, grapple strike grapple, grapple strike strike strike grapple, etc. Be creative. And when you're countered, expect an offensive attack, so start periodically mashing your counter buttons! 7. Luchador style This is a risk-oriented, high flying style basically composing of move combinations such as Irish whip to corner, run towards opponent, then press Square to go up the top turnbuckle, then hit an attack. Other favorite moves of a Luchador is to strike you, go up the turnbuckle, and as you are getting up, hit you with a flying attack. COUNTER: This is risk-oriented, so tap L2 to counter high flying moves. It is easy to counter, however if you get hit a lot you'll get heavy damage pretty fast. 8. Mat wrestling style In this style, what you do is basically just try to keep your opponent down. Use whatever moves you have (big boots, running strikes, whatever) just to put your opponent down. And then, start doing some ground grapples and ground strikes. When your opponent attempts to get up, get ready for another attempt to knock him down again. COUNTER: Easy to counter, just periodically mash R2. More often than not, this will do the job for you. 9. Divide and conquer This style is used for wrestling matches involving more than 1 opponent. The trick is to ISOLATE one opponent, beat him so badly, and depending on what kind of match, try to win the match using certain tactics. a. Elimination type matches (Battle royal, elimination chamber) - this style is very effective for it builds your Smackdown meter while at the same time keeping yourself away from the center of the action. Try to conserve finishers. b. Triple threat/Fatal 4 way/Armageddon hell in a cell - ISOLATE one opponent, maybe outside the ring or the cell. Beat him so badly. Then perform a running strike on another nearby opponent (when there is one) and attempt to pin or to make the beat-up opponent submit. c. Tag teams - DO NOT allow an opponent to tag. This only gives him time to build up finisher icons. Continually irish whip him towards your own turnbuckle, perform some double team moves. Running strikes against illegal opponents also help. =============================================================================== V. ACKNOWLEDGMENT: I would like to thank the following: - my family for the PS2 - "Pink" for the inspiration - WWE for giving me something to look forward to every week - THQ for the game - Microsoft for the Notepad (har! har!) COPYRIGHT 2005 by ALVIN GO No part of this FAQ may be copied without my written consent. This FAQ can only be found in www.gamefaqs.com. Everything written in this FAQ is ORIGINAL, so I will know if someone copied it. I did NOT refer to anything WHILE writing this FAQ. For clarifications, suggestions, and opinions, kindly e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to reply as much as possible. E-mail me also your techniques, styles, and tips you would like to add; I'll put it here and give you recognition of course. :) This work is protected under UN Law of Copyright Segment 2 Verse 49, which states: "All countries belonging to the United Nations must follow the Internet Anti-Plagiarism Law...anybody caught will be punished under his nation's laws.., ~1995"