Secrets of the Manji: A Yoshimitsu Guide to Magnanimous Glory
Soul Calibur 3 
By PrimalGod v1.0


Namu!


Contents

1. Preliminary Info
	1.1 Author Comments
	1.2 FAQ Updates
	1.3 Character Profile, History, and Random Facts
	1.4 Abreviation Terminology

2. Character Movelist
	2.1 Basic Moves Worth Mentioning 
	2.2 Stances and Stance Transitions
		2.21 Pogo
		2.22 Meditation
		2.23 Dragonfly
		2.24 Super Dragonfly
	2.3 Advanced Moves
		2.31 Manji Carve Fist
		2.32 Yoshimitsu's Just Frame Moves			
		2.33 Health Recovery
		2.34 Seppuku and Other Self-Inflicting Damage Moves
		2.35 Iron-Fist Possession Random Movelist and Soul Charging
	2.4 Throws

3. Yoshimitsu Strategies
	3.1 Basic Strategies
		3.11 Defense
		3.12 Offense
		3.13 Other
	3.2 Combos 
	3.3 Other

4 Yoshimitsu's Path to Night Terror

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1 Preliminary Info

1.1 Authors Comments

	Well, I made this FAQ for everyone who wants to master Yoshimitsu, 
as he is a character of true style; when you play him, you either get 
yourself killed being a fool, or kick serious ass with a sense of near 
zen-like perfection. Yoshimitsu is not an easy character to play, and even 
harder to master, but if you stick with it, he is by far one of the most
rewarding character. When your killing blow is delivered by commiting 
honorable seppiku while sitting on the ground and you still win with a 
Perfect, you'll see what I mean. ;)

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1.2 Updates
	-Version 1.0, no updates
	-will add more detail/info for attacks (damage, hit location, etc.)

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1.3 Profile, History, and Random Facts
(Random Facts and Profile used from Roto13's Story Guide)

=Profile=

Full Name: Yoshimitsu
Nicknames: Robot Space Ninja
Weapon: Katana
Weapon Name: Yoshimitsu
Fighting Style: Manji Ninjitsu
Age: Unknown
Birth Date: Unknown
Family: Unknown
        Entire clan was massacred
        Now belongs to a band of chivalrous thieves - Manjitou
Birthplace: Base of Mount Fuji, Japan
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 126 lbs.
Hair Colour: Unknown
Eye Colour: Unknown
Blood Type: O
Random Quote: "A raging fire becomes dying embers."
Favoured By: Those of Magnanimous Glory
Day Job: Leader of the Manji Clan
Destined Battle: Nightmare, Voldo, Tira
Strangest Move: They are all strange, thats the best part!
Joke Weapon: Shepherd's Crock and Crab Flag


=Random Facts=

	Lord Ode Nobunaga invited the leader of the Manji clan to his castle.
The leader, however, was very old, so he sent the strongest warrior,
Yoshimitsu in his place. As expected, the lord was requesting the assistance
of the Manji clan. The clan, however, preferred to remain hidden during these
troubling times, so Yoshimitsu stayed at the castle for a few days, and
left. When Yoshimitsu returned, however, he found that his clan had been
massacred. It seems that the lord had an army ready to attack if the clan
leader refused to help him. The reason that the lord insisted that
Yoshimitsu stay at the castle was to buy time for the ambush. He figured
that if the clan was not going to help him, they needed to be destroyed. He
ordered his men to kill Yoshi as well, even though the was the strongest
warrior, he was alone. As he fended off the men, Yoshimitsu tried to devise
a plan to take revenge for his clansmen. His plan failed, and in Nobunaga's
brutal counter attack, Yoshimitsu lost his right arm. He managed to escape
into an underground river that only his clan knew about. While drifting
around underground, he remembered a tale of a weapon that could destroy
anyone. He decided that he would use the weapon to exact his revenge. He
left for the west.

	Yoshimitsu is actually a Tekken character. He has many of the same
moves, but Yoshimitsu in Tekken is much more futuristic. I'm not sure what
his history is in Tekken, but I really doubt that he is the same Yoshimitsu.
Tekken Yoshimitsu is also from the Manji clan, though.


	Mega Lan writes:

	"It's actually very simple. The Yoshimitsu from Tekken
	is the heir to the Yoshimitsu of SC. The Robin
	Hood-esque band that SC Yoshimitsu puts together
	passes its secrets along from generation to
	generation, culminating with the current Yoshimitsu. A
	sign that this is the case is that there's the Tekken
	2 character Kunimitsu, who is related to Yoshimitsu in
	some way. It's kinda like the comic book Phantom,
	except there isn't going to be a movie starring Billy
	Zane about Yoshimitsu."

Let's all join hands and pray that there is never another movie that is on
the same level of crap as "The Phantom."

	"Yoshi" means "Good Luck", and "Mitsu" means "Light."

	icancount2one offers this long-winded explanation about what "Namu"
means:

	"Regarding Yoshimitsu's use of "Namu"... you left that as the
	English translation "Have mercy on your soul" and that's
	somewhat inaccurate.

	"Namu" is short for "Namu Amida Butsu" (In the name of the
	Buddha Amida) which in the religion of Amida Buddhism is what
	you must say "with perfect faith" to achieve salvation.  Amida
	was a guy who forsook buddhahood unless he could save everybody
	else and create a paradise for them to live in, and apparently
	got his wish.  It's all rather similar to "faith alone"
	protestant Christianity.

	Why does Yoshimitsu say it?  Well Japanese Buddhism had a
	tendency to blend sects and incorporate Shinto, so it was
	customary for Japanese monks to say "Namu" for a dead person or
	someone who was on death's door in lieu of them saying it for
	themselves... Is Yoshimitsu a warrior-monk?  I don't know, it's
	probably more like the Boondocks Saints or Samuel L. Jackson's
	character from Pulp Fiction.  You know, making some cool
	religious reference before you waste your foe."

Well, there you go.

	Although he is referred to as the first mechanized ninja, it is
highly unlikely that he is really a robot. The nickname is probably
referring to his right arm, which is mechanical. Even if 16th century
technology was capable of creating robots, (it wasn't, D'uh.) Yoshimitsu
has a blood type, and I doubt that 16th century technology surpassed 21st
century technology. He's certainly made of wood in his SC1 2P costume,
though. His elbows are joints and he has a hole in his neck. It's actually
kind of creepy.

	Nintendo Power said that Yoshimitsu was a ghost. Then again, they also
spelled "Soul Calibur," "Caliber." They're probably not the best source for
accurate storyline information.

	Yoshimitsu's Japanese voice is done by the same guy who did the
Japanese voices for Nightmare/Siegfried and Adult Link in Ocarina of Time and
in Soul Calibur 2.

	Ode Nobunaga was an actual person who attempted to unify Japan under
his rule.

	The underground river mentioned above is Yoshimitsu's stage in SC1.
It's pretty cool. You fight on a raft with the moss on the walls of the cave
glowing in the background.

	In real life, Yoshimitsu was a Shogun in Japanese history. He became
one at eleven years old! There was also a different Yoshimitsu, who was a
swordsmith. His full name was Yamashiro Wataguchi Yoshimitsu. Thanks
newsboy64.
 
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1.4 Abreviation Terminology (from Superboogas 'Newbie Silencer' on 
www.soulcalibur3.com forums)

Numerical Conventions:

7 8 9
4 5 6
1 2 3

translates to:

u/b u u/f
b n f
d/b d d/f

Or written out fully:
up-back, up, up-forward
back, neutral, forward
down-back, down, down-forward

Hint: Look at your numberpad on your computer keyboard.
Regardless of what side you play on (1p or 2p), 6 is always forward, and 4 
is always back. Some more examples:
236 = QCF (quarter circle forward)
214 = QCB (quarter circle back)
63214 = HCB (half circle back)


Buttons

A: A horizontal attack.
B: A vertical attack.
K: A kick attack.
G: A guard.
Any: Any button can be pressed.
[any]: Hold down the button/direction.
_: Or. (B_A, meaning you can press B or A)
+: And. (B+G, meaning you have to press B and G together)
~/aB/bK/kB/bA/kA/aK: Slide input or input button immediately after. Input 
the buttons faster and in smooth conjunction. There are different timings 
for different slide inputs.

: : Just Frame input. (A:B - means B is input at the next frame)
(any): Optional.
,: Followed by. (66K,B - means B will be pressed after 66K)
<: Optional delayed input.
*: Optional delayed input. (6*B, meaning after tapping 6, you can optionally
input a B that is delayed)

=: Next in sequence.
{}: Grouping of options.
66K = forward, forward+K
66B+K = forward, foward+B+K


General Notations

h: High attack.
m: Mid attack.
l: Low attack.
H: Hits high and grounded opponents.
M: Hits mid and grounded opponents.
L: Hits low and grounded opponents.
UB-h: Unblockable high.
UB-m: Unblockable mid.
UB-M: Unblockable mid that hits grounded opponents.
UB-l: Unblockable low.
UB-L: Unblockable low that hits grounded opponents.
SM: Special Mid attack.
SL: Special Low attack.
FC: Fully crouched.
8WR: 8-Way Run.
SS: Sidestep.
GC/GB: Guard Crush/Guard Break.
RC: Recover Crouch.
iFC: Instant Full Crouch.
SP: Special Movement.
NC: Natural Combo.
NCC: Natural Combo on Counter.
BT: Back Turned.
iBT: Instant Back Turned.
lBT: Left Back Turn, opponent steps to the right.
rBT: Right Back Turn, opponent steps to the left.
WS: While Standing up
iWS: Instant While Standing.
JF: Just Frame.
SC: Soul Charge.
1FS: 1 Frame Shift.
GI: Guard Impact.
RCC: Recover Crouching Cancel.
DMG: Take damage.
FrC: Forced Crouch (opponent is forced into a crouch)
SCC: Soul Charge Cancel.
WL: While Landing from jump.
KND: Knockdown.
TC: Tech Crouch.
TJ: Tech Jump.
AC: Air Control.
AG: Advancing Guard.
RG: Retreating Guard.
GC-l#: Guard Crush on Soul Charge level number # (1-3).
Lever: Joystick movement possible.
FUFA: Face Up and Feet Away.
FUFT: Face Up and Feet Towards.
FDFA: Face Down and Feet Away.
FDFT: Face Down and Feet Towards
VC: Variable Cancel

Hit Properties

BT: Your back is facing the opponent.
OB: Forces your opponent’s back to face you.
OS: Forces your opponent’s side to face you.
OSB: Forces your opponent’s side to face you when blocked.
JG: Juggle starter.
RO: The move rings the opponent out.
CH: Requires a counter hit.
AT: Attack throw (blockable throw).
FrC: Forced Crouch on block.
FrCh: Forced crouch on hit.
GI: Guard Impact is possible.
GI-h: Guard Impact - horizontal attacks.
GI-v: Guard Impact - vertical attacks.
re-GI: reverse GI, GI opponent’s post-GI attack.
c: Counter hit modifier (for example, BNc is a bounce juggler starter on 
counter hit).

co: Crouching opponent modifier (for example BNco).
cco: Counter hit on crouching opponent modifier (for example FScco).


Stuns

BN: Bounce Stun.
DOS: Double Over Stun. This can be broken with a 5-directional input. 
Nightmare’s NSS K is broken with 8.

FS: Fall back Stun.
LS: Lift Stun.
HS: Hunch Over Stun.
CS: Crumple Stun.
CFS: Crumple Fall Stun.
STS: Sitting Stun.
TS: Thrust Stun.
QS: Quake Stun.
SPS: Spin Stun.
THS: Toe Hop Stun.
BS: Block Stagger.
GC/GB: Guard Crush/Guard Break.


Guard Impacts

GI = Guard Impact (6G, 4G, 1G or 3G)
1G = Parry (mid/low)
4G = Parry (mid/high)
3G = Repel (mid/low)
6G = Repel (mid/high)
JI = Just Impact (otherwise known as perfect GI)


Throw Breaks

ETB = Early Throw Break
NTB = Normal Throw Break
LTB = Late Throw Break


Techniques & Explanations

Frame Rate

SC3 runs on 60 FPS. FPS means frames per second. This means that in one 
second, 60 frames are moving past your eyes to show you what is happening.
 Further advanced frame data will be based upon the execution time taken 
for a move (ie. how many frames it takes for a move to become active),
 advantages and disadvantages regarding frames, etc. This is the very
 basic knowledge regarding anything technical (since frames are used 
regularly in some areas).

1 Frame Shift (1FS)

1 frame shift is actually a 1-frame input of the next command. For example,
 agA (in this instance, the small letters a and g denote a slide input of 
1FS technique) has its "g" button pressed on the next frame of input. This
 may sound pretty fast, and it is, but with practice you can do it 
consistently. The key is not to allow the 1-frame denotation to get into 
your way. The speed could also be different for different command inputs 
and different characters. So, all 1FS really requires to pull off is 
practice.

Just Frame (JF)

A JF is something that is input at the next frame. It is something like 1FS
(1FS actually falls under this category I believe). To denote a JF input, 
for example, A JF B, the denotation is A:B. JFs are relatively like 1FS in
 the sense that not all of them have the same windows or timings.

Recover Crouching Cancel (RCC)

RCC is used as a technique to cancel your recovery into a neutral position.
This merely means that certain moves that leave you in a crouch (Recover 
Crouch or RC) can therefore end in a neutral position using RCC. All you
have to do is tap 6 (normal way) near the end of a move (buffer).

Soul Charge Cancel (SCC)

SCC is merely canceling your soul charge at the earliest opportunity, doing
A+B+K~G (note that there is no need for 1FS to execute this). In SC3 you may
not move while you are doing a Soul Charge (SC), so you must cancel the 
charge before you can move. SCC should do this just fine. The level 1 
charge remains for a very small period of time.

While Standing (WS)

WS is done by going into a crouch (or from a move that RC's) and then
releasing the joystick and hitting a button at the same time. Note that 
any WS move does not have a direction associated with it.

Full Crouch (FC)

A FC is merely a crouch. To go into FC, press 2G. To remain in that mode
without blocking, merely release G and hold 2. To block in FC, 1_2_3[G] is
the way to go (this is not the same as the GI 1_3G).

Buffering

Buffering is to input the first directions for a move into the end of 
another move. For example, you do a move that has a pretty long animation,
and you want to do a move directly after it that requires an 8WR input (or 
a double input of direction, for example, 22B or B; both are the same thing).
To buffer the second move is to input the directional commands into the end
of the first move, thereby eliminating any wastage of time spent in actually
having to input the move's directions after the first move. You can also
buffer attack buttons in this way.

Note that certain moves do not allow buffers instantly after execution.

Tech Crouch (TC)

A move with TC properties indicates that it is in a crouching position by 
default (or if you like, automatically crouches during a part or all of the
move). Different TC moves may have different TC timings and frames, so 
please take note of that. Also, certain moves may have what could be called
super-TC (goes way below the normal TC).

A TC can be beaten by a special high (see below). A FC cannot be beaten by a
special high. That is the main difference between these two crouch types.

Special Mid

A SM can be blocked either standing up or in FC. Most of them can also be 
jumped over.

Special High

Unlike true highs, special highs beat out TC's. A prime example is a throw.
These do not connect on characters in FC, but they do (if they are faster) 
score a CH on TC moves (super-TC moves are not included).

Air Control (AC)

AC allows you to maneuver yourself in the air after getting hit by the first
hit after any launcher. This simply means that you can control your 
character after they have been hit at least once in the air (following a 
launcher). Remember that the launcher itself does not allow AC, but that 
any hit after that does. To AC, use 2, 4, 6, or 8. The more hits you get 
hit by in the air, the more you can AC.

[G]22/Variable Cancel (VC)
(By trag)

Formerly known as "New & Improved 2G", Variable Cancel (or VC) is a 
technique that allows you to cancel out of a variety of states/reactions 
and immediately return you to a default state.

The purpose of this thread is to show all of the known uses of VC, be it 
specific recovery cancelling, stance canceling, escaping certain auto-GI's,
and even cancelling certain moves outright. This is a work in progress, so 
as players discover more uses, I will update this post to reflect the new 
information.


[ :: Input Method :: ]

A VC is performed during a state that is normally uncancelable (or only 
cancelable by a GI). So, all of the example commands below assume you are 
in one of the states that are cancellable via the VC method.

Performing a VC is as simple as quickly tapping any combination of up or 
down twice (22, 88, 28, 82) tapping Guard with the last direction, and then
returning to neutral.

Example Command: 2.2+G.5 or 2.8+G.5 or 2.8+G.5 or 8.2+G.5

While this method appears to be the absolute correct way to do it, there is 
an "easier" way for some people. Simple hold Guard the entire time, tap 22, 
88, 28, or 82, and then release to 5.

Example Command: [G].2.2.5 or [G].8.8.5 or [G].2.8.5 or [G].8.2.5

Note: In either case, you absolutely must return the stick to 5 (Neutral) or
the cancel will not go into effect.


2.1 Basic Moves Worth Mentioning

	Ok, while I’m not going to get into a discussion about Yoshimitsu’s 
basic movelist, as everyone has access to it, I will extrapolate on some 
worthwhile moves that are easy and should be used like bread and butter. 
I’m sure I’ll miss some, but here’s at least a partial list.

A A, 6A and B B – These attacks are quick, and if A,A hits, so will B,B. 
They are great for filler, and they will make you opponent wary. 
These should be used a lot, even if only in single slashes.

3K – This is a fast kick that can easily stop your opponent in their tracks,
and you can hit them 4 times in a row or more with it, and it does decent 
damage.

WC 3K – This is a wonderful sweep, use this a LOT! Make them suffer.

11_77 A – This move is a great low attack to use, you can buffer the 11_77 
during other moves too, keep this in mind.

214 A – This is another great low attack, and can also be buffered.

66K – Knee to the face style, this is a great RO move as it hits them quite 
a distance back. It (well, the double tap) can be buffered.

6K(followed by nothing, 2K, or K) – This is a great attack against airborne 
opponents. Use the follow up extensions as you see fit, beware the 2nd K has
a delay you are locked into and the initial 6K is powerful, but if it misses,
 you are at a disadvantage as you cannot move for it’s duration.

3A, B – This is a good two-parter. The first attack stuns with a DoS and the
2nd launches to set up some follow up moves.

4K[B] – This is a great move, as if the kick hits, the UB is guaranteed if 
you hold it for the minimum time for it to become a UB. Be aware that if 
you miss the kick, it can put you in a poor spot for positioning. 

A+B – The poison breath move. This thing is great! You can hold it as long 
as you want (not cancelable) and it’s also a GB! This is great to use after 
you rush a fallen opponent. You hold A+B as they get up, then release, break
their guard, then a launcher (3B) and some heavy follow-up damage. (such as 
4K[B] or 6K).	

A+K – This is worth taking the time to master the timing. Yoshi holds his 
sword vertically for a guard impact (purple flash). The timing is a bit less
forgiving then SC2, but it’s worth getting down. It can also be used as a 
point blank attack, if you rush, stop and then A+K, it stuns and floors them.
If SC lvl 3 this point-blank attack is UB.

6B+K, B, B, B – This move, the door knocker, is a good one to use and mix 
up on. If the first one hits, and you don’t delay, I think all will hit, 
though I haven’t given it enough testing to be sure. Regardless, this is an 
excellent move to delay, switch up with other attacks/grabs.

66B+K – This is a great move as it can jump over lows and slides. If you 
hold B+K, you will land with your back to you opponent, if you only tap it, 
you will face them. This is very handy, especially for closing distance 
quickly with an offensive attack, and then landing a grab or something.

a:B – This is a great attack throw if you can land it, though it only goes 
off if you catch your opponent with a Counter Hit (they are stunned or in 
mid attack).

9B+K, K4 – This attack can me shortened, and is in fact more useful short, 
as your opponent gets used to it that way. It’s also good for hoping over 
low sweeps, hitting downed opponents, or simple ground movement/evasion.

44A – This is a good attack for catching someone in a 8WR. Yoshi spins 
around and slashes horizontally.

44B… - This move has several variations. If you do the initial move, 44B, 
Yoshi will do a long UB, rarely does it land, but when it does…

 B – a 2nd B cancels the UB and jumps Yoshi forward with a stunning high.
 A – cancels the UB and spins the blade infront of him, very nice for in-your
 -face characters like Taki, Talim, X, etc… Can also RO with this. Can press
 G to shorten the length of time Yoshi spins his sword.
 G – Cancels the move entirely.

8WR  A+B – This move is invaluable as it can be used during any movement. 
Yoshi swings his sword over his head and attacks. There are several 
variations and they should all be used. This move become UB when SC lvl 3.
 
 2B – Instead of attacking mid, you poke em in the foot! This is 
 great for getting that last little bit of damage.
 B+K – Enter Pogo.
 2B+K – Enter Meditation
 G – Cancel attack.

8WR B+K – This is a good one for closing distance and avoiding highs at the 
same time. Yoshi rolls forward and then attacks with a poke straight out. 
There are a few variations…

	B+K – Enter Pogo.
	2B+K – Enter Meditation.
	
	


2.2 Stances and Stance Transitions

Ok, so as we all know, Yoshimitsu is a weirdo, and has some crazy stances. 
But these stances can be very advantageous, and they all have fluid 
transitions between them so you can keep your opponent guessing, make them 
pay if they guess wrong, or even if they guess right ;) The stances are: 
Pogo (denoted PG), Meditation (MD), Dragonfly (DGF), and Super Dragonfly 
(SDGF). * means that this transition is in the form of an attack and does 
damage.

Pogo (Flea)

	The Pogo stance has a long and noble history in the Yoshimitsu move 
set, both in the Soul Calibur series as well as Tekken. It is entered by:

B+K (from Standing, MD, DGF, and SDFG*)
8WR A+B~B+K
8WR B+K~B+K
66A+K~A

While in this stance, you are somewhat limited in your movement, you can 
only go 3 directions; up, forward, or backwards. By holding A+B and pressing
a direction, you can jump very high, often high enough to evade a nasty hit. 

Attacks While in or Exiting Pogo:

PG 9 - Goes Forward (GC if SC)
PG 8 - Goes Up (GC if SC)
PG 7 - Goes Backwards (GC if SC)
PG A+B - Does a low stun (UB if Soul Charged). Useful if they block the hit 
from a hop since it hits low. Use this often!
PG [A+B]7_8_9 - Jumps High in the direction. (GC if SC)
PG 8B+K - Exits Pogo, Enters Dragonfly (dodges Low)
PG 2B+K - Exits Pogo, Enters MD (dodges High)
PG K - Exits Pogo with 1K launcher kick.
PG A - Exits Pogo with sweep strike (low). Can ring out.
PG B - Exits Pogo with a head butt launcher. Can be delayed.
PG K~B - Exits Pogo. Yoshi slides off the Pogo and onto his stomach (low). 
This move is useful!!
PG 66 - Exits Pogo. Yoshi scoots the blade tip on the ground in a run (low). 
This is short ranged.
PG 6[6] - Exits Pogo. Same as above except it's more of a dash, longer range.
PG G - Exits Pogo.
PG G~A+G Exits Pogo, executes throw Oni Killer
PG G~B+G Exits Pogo, executes throw Nimbus

Pros: 
+Can dodge many attacks. 
+Difficult to defend against because of approaching angle (especially A+B).
+Very versatile for exits and entry into stance.
+Useful for speedy retreat (PG 6[6]).
+Immune to Lows

Cons: 
-Movement is limited.
-Cannot side step so vertical attacks are your bane.
-Cannot Guard.

Meditation

	The Meditation (MD) stance is quite useful, both as a trap, and for 
health recovery. The stance has been in Yoshimitu's movesets for as long as 
Pogo (flea). You can enter MD by:

2B+K (from Standing/Ground, DGF, PG, SDGF*)
8WR A+B 2B+K
8WR B+K 2B+K
66A+K~B

Attacks while in or exiting MD:

NOTE: Everytime you exit this stance (short of canceling out of it or 
switching stance) Yoshi prefaces the move with a spinning teleport before 
execution. This is very useful for switching up moves as it’s hard to tell 
what Yoshi will do until after he stops spinning.

MD A - Sweep Strike (Low). Can Ring Out, has a delay before execution due to
teleport.
MD B – Spinning Jump Strike (UB). Has a delay (teleport) and a Tech Jump.
MD K – 1K launcher (Kick). Has a delay (teleport)
MD K~B – Yoshi slides forward on his stomach, hitting opponent with his head.
Great surprise! (This is the fastest exit from this stance, short of G)
MD 2B+K – Healing Pulse. Heals Yoshi slowly at first, but speed up with time.
MD A+B – Teleport to standing (Hold to change facing direction)
MD 6A+B – Teleport forward to standing. This can put you behind your opponent.
Hold to change facing direction.
MD 4A+B – Teleport backwards to standing. Hold to change facing direction.
MD B+K – Enter Pogo Stance.
MD 8B+K – Enter Dragon Fly Stance.
MD A+K – No Fear (UB). Yoshi stabs himself in the chest. Difficult to use 
properly, but deals a LOT of damage (125, 90 in first stab, 35 from twist
if you hold A+K instead of tap it) if it lands and is the ONLY self-inflicting
damage move that deals damage to your opponent first, allowing you to retain 
a Perfect J. Useful with 66A+K~B [A+K]. Do not over use! More on this later. 
MD G – Cancel Stance to Standing.


Pros:
+Can heal back damage.
+Can teleport and mix up the teleport for some great mind games.
+No Fear kicks ass!
+Immune to Highs.

Cons:
-Zero instant movement (aside from 8B+K or G), you are stuck in place for a 
moment, especially if you Heal.
-Lows are your bane.
-Cannot Block.


Dragon Fly

	The Dragon Fly(DGF) stance is new to Soul Calibur 3, but not entirely
new to Yoshimitsu, as he has it in Tekken 5. This stance puts you in a 
hovering position and can open up some interesting possibilities for Yoshi. 
You can enter this stance by:

8B+K (Standing, MD, PG, SDGF)

Moves while in Dragon Fly:

DGF A – Yoshi spins around and whaps opponent with his flag. Good reach with 
this.
DGF B – Yoshi stops flying and vertically chops.
DGF K – Yoshi stops flying and low kicks (sweep). This is a great one! Tech 
Duck.
DGF 8B+K – Enter Super Dragon Fly (SDGF) Stance. Tech Jump
DGF G – Cancels stance to standing.
DGF 8WR A+B – Yoshi propels himself with is flag, costs life but moves quickly.
DGF 2B+K – Enters MD Stance.
DGF B+K – Enters PG Stance
DGF G~A+G – Cancels out of stance and executes the throw Oni Killer.
DGF G~B+G – Cancels out of stance and executes the throw Nimbus.

Pros:
+Immune to Lows
+Some simple but effective mixup potential.
+Maneuverability

Cons:
-Costs HP to move quickly.
-Cannot Guard.
-Few actual attacks, more of a mind game stance, kinda like MD.


Super Dragon Fly (SDGF)

	The Super Dragon Fly is also new, and unique, to Soul Calibur 3. It 
gives great height and power to Yoshi for the cost of HP. I believe you can 
last about 13 seconds or so with 100 percent health, so use it for only short
periods if possible. Note: If you enter then stance and exit via Acrobatic 
Bliss You can enter this stance by:

8A+K – “What about this?!” Yoshi spins in a spiraled ascension. If you catch 
them on the side or back you can take your opponent up with you from the 
successive attacks.
DGF 8B+K

Moves while in Super Dragon Fly:

SDGF A – Yoshi does a reverse version of 8A+K
SDGF B – UB vertical VERY FAST. Use this a lot. Tap 6 to realign with 
opponent.
SDGF K:K – Yoshi does a backflip with a area stun as he lands. Hit K the 
MOMENT the ground flashes to land properly with an aGI (all except UB) and 
60 point heal. Master this.
SDGF A+K – Arial Suicide attack. A little slow, but does 160 damage to 
opponent and 90 to Yoshi. The hit box is Yoshi’s entire body as he falls, 
so you have some room for error.
SDGF B+K – UB attack straight down into Pogo stance. Looks like SDGF A+K at 
first, so you can play mind games with this.
SDGF 2B+K – Not a true UB, but might as well be. I call this the Buddha drop
(it’s actually called Dharma Drop I think) and Yoshi drops straight down 
into MD stance. The first hit is a GC and the 2nd hits them cuz of the 
first. You can RO with this accidentally off the 2nd bounce, so careful 
near an edge.
SDGF 8B+K – Drop down into DGF.
SDGF G – Cancels stance.
SDGF G~A+G – Cancels stance and executes Oni Killer throw.
SDGF G~B+G – Cancels stance and executes Nimbus throw.
SDGF 8WR A+B – Consumes health at a faster rate to move very fast. 
Useful in bursts.


Pros:
+Very high up, out of range of most attacks.
+Very powerful exits from this stance, lots of fast UB’s .
+Versitile stance, you can threaten most of the arena.

Cons:
-Consumes health to use.
-Cannot guard.

Closing Notes on Stances

	Learn to use these fluidly, they are a huge asset to Yoshimitsu and 
they will only get you dead if you use them improperly. Start by working on 
transitioning between stances. Then start with very simple combos, i.e. go 
to Pogo and hit B. Start with simple attacks and build from there. It’s very 
important to work on the 8WR A+B/B+K transition, as this is a great cover 
for your movements. Lastly, practice practice practice. 
  

2.3 Advanced Moves


2.31 Manji Carve Fist
(MCF combos compiled by Aris)

	This move is THE move. You must master it. Period. This is without a
doubt one of Yoshi’s most intimidating moves, and arguably the fastest move 
in the game. But this power comes at a price, and that price is the difficulty
of execution. When used, Yoshi does a tech duck and punches mid with a DOS 
stun VERY fast. This will interrupt most moves, or simply get there before 
your opponent can complete their attack. To use this, you must do a slide 
input 2b:A. Easy? No, because it’s a Just Input slide, you have to press 
the A 1/60th of a second after pressing 2b, and if you are standing, you 
cannot still be pressing the b when you press the A else it won’t work (if 
you are crouching, the game doesn’t care if b is still pressed). The trick 
I have found to executing this move 100% of the time is to press 2 and then 
flick your thumb tip from b to a very fast, you don’t need to press the 
buttons down all the way, just flick them across the surface. Practice this 
and you will be throwing the Manji Carve Fist every time. There is a short 
range on this move, so you have to be close, but it’s well worth it, the DOS
opens up a slew of combos. Also, if you do 2 MCF in a row, you don’t need to 
tap 2 again, simply hold it, i.e. 2b:A b:A

This move is Fundamental. This is the joint, the bridge between Yoshi's 
combos. Once you understand this, you will have mastered the most important 
aspect, fluidity between moves.

ON BLOCK 
A, 2b:A
6A, 2b:A (trades with Xs 2A)
4B, 2b:A (trades with Xs 2A)
1B+K, 2b:A
WS B, 2b:A (trades with Xs 2A)
DF A~[G], 2b:A (This one is nearly impossible to time perfectly)
2b:A, 2b:A (two in a row on block is mustard)

ON HIT 
1A, 2b:A
1AAA, 2b:A (trades with Xs 2A)
1B, 2b:A
2K, 2b:A (this is a good one)
66A+B2b, 2b:A

2.32 Just Input Moves
(Most listed originally compiled by Aris)

2b:A- FC 2b:A from standing. The trick is to let go of B before you hit A.

1A:A:A:A:A- 1A:A is not safe on block. All this does is make the last hit a 
GC which doesn’t help you much because they recover from the GC fast enough 
to still launch you if they are fast. On CH the final hit knocks down but 
they can tech roll and you cant. Useful when mixed up (e.g. 1A:A:A:A, 
1A:A~B+G, 1A:A:A 2b:A, etc.)



4:A:A:A:A:A- Not as hard as the 1A:As but just as useless if not more. Your 
stun on the last hit is longer when you fall for this one.

FC 1K:K:K:K:K- THIS ONES TIGHT! Last hits a GC and makes the whole string 
safe. Still only a NCC but on CH last hit knocks down and on top of all 
that, ITS NOT THAT HARD TO DO.

For all the spin JFs you have to hit ALL the JFs to get the GCs at the end. 
You cant miss the first one and hit the next.

SDF K:K- First of all, If you hit K out of SDF fast enough you don’t lose 
any life for it. Now there are 2 versions of this just frame. The first is 
the easy version that prevents you from falling, causes a earthquake stun 
and gains you about ten points of life back.

The second and harder version gives a auto GI when you land. This GIs 
everything but UBs(unless it's a Just Impact). And I do mean everything 
(high,mid,low A,B,Ks and throws). Now here comes the good part. Doing this 
JF gains you back about 60 POINTS OF HEALTH!!!! 

Now there’s one thing I haven’t figured out about this yet. When I was 
playing, I landed the auto GI and instantly did 1As out of it. It looked 
like it was part of the auto GI, but now when I try to duplicate it in 
P-mode, I cant. Little help?

A+K AAA, A:A – This move, the Manji Blood Petals, is something special. 
It’s a bitch to get to land right, at least the Just part of the move, but 
if you get it, Yoshi does an aGI that works on everything but Unblockables 
(even that is nullified with a Just aGI) AND he gains back 120 health!! The 
timing if you want to hit the A right after his knees start to bend but 
before they buckle. Takes practice, and even then it will prolly never be 
100%, I’m at about 1:2 myself. The trick I found that seems to work pretty 
well is to hit A the MOMENT Yoshi stops spinning from the previous spin and 
then hit A again after his knees bend. You tap it like you are counting; one,
two. Just keep trying as long as you are willing to risk another health 
damaging spin. The key is to hit the first A the moment his is standing 
still. I’ve also found that if you use the initial spinning burst, AAA, 
after the suicide, this trick seems to have an even higher success rate, 
as if it were more forgiving, perhaps because of a slight graphics lag? 
Anyways, good luck!

2.33 Health Recovery

	Health recovery can be a bit of a trick with Yoshimitsu. Sure, he’s 
the only one in the game that gets this ability (not counting special sword 
abilities), but it can be difficult to use. The moves that give health to 
Yoshi are:

Meditation – MD 2[B+K]
	This heals back slowly at first, but increases it’s speed as time 
goes on. If an opponent is locked into a move set, this is great! It is 
difficult to find a proper time to use this. It’s mostly useful for drawing 
your opponent to you and then teleporting behind them or something similar. 
Beware that if you use the healing pulse, you are locked into that state 
for about a second, plus exiting the state (unless it’s a G-cancel or Stance 
transition) takes another .5 seconds or so. Yoshi is locked for alternating 
pulses, one pulse the first moment, 2 the next, then 1 again, 2, etc…Plan 
for this.
Health Gained: Variable

Soul Siphon/Harvest – 6A+G~4/6A+G, 6A+B~4/6A+B (SS/SH respectively)
	This move is a grab that is unbreakable, though reversible if you 
opponent presses B. If your opponent presses nothing, Sour Siphon will drain 
them of 30 HP and give it to Yoshi, but Soul Harvest will give THEM 30 HP of 
Yoshi’s. If they do press B on Soul Siphon, Yoshi gives them 30 but on Soul 
Harvest, Yoshi steals 30. Use this often, it’s great at the end of a running 
charge! To an opponent who knows Yoshi’s move set, this is a great thing to 
mix up because it becomes a great mind game. Health Gained: +30/-30

Acrobatic Bliss - SDGF K:K
	As mentioned earlier, this move requires perfect timing. If you hit 
the 2nd K just as the ground flashes, Yoshi does an aGI and recovers 60 HP. 
If you do it semi-correctly, Yoshi does a less impressive pose and recovers 
10 HP. If you fail to land the 2nd K, Yoshi loses health(50). Health Gained:
+10/+60/-50

Manji Blood Petals – During 2A+K/66A+K AAA:A or A:A, or A, A, A…A:A.
	As mentioned earlier, this move is very difficult to pull off. You 
must hit the 2nd A right before Yoshi’s knees completely buckle. If you spin
again, you were too early, if you fall, you are too late. If you land it, 
Yoshi does an aGI pose that counters all except UnBlockables (unless it’s a 
JI, in which case you are a badass). Health Gained: -20(per A)/+120

2.34 Seppuku and Other Self-Inflicting Damage Moves

A Word on Seppuku

	Honorable Seppuku, practiced in medieval Japan, was a method of 
ritualistic suicide one would use to retain one’s honor when in a 
dishonorable position, such as failing your lord somehow, or other such 
heavy infractions. Yoshimitsu has 4 seppuku moves and all of them are very 
powerful, but risky. I highly encourage their use, especially if you have a 
large health lead. A charge in that ends in a 90 damage unblockable instead 
of a throw or sliding kick is a big nasty surprise, and it often wins. Just 
make sure Yoshi has enough to survive the damage else it will be a draw or 
they will win (except if you use the No Fear seppuku, this move does damage 
to your opponent first, meaning even if you have 1 HP left, and your opponent 
90, you can still win with it. In fact, you can use this and retain 
a Perfect!) 

Standing Suicide: 2[A+K] deals 90 dmg to front and 94 dmg to back to opponent
and 99 to Yoshi.

Good Lead-In Combos I have found:

66[B+K], 2A+K
MD 7_9[A+B] 2A+K
1K, 2A+K
PG 7_8_9~G 2A+K
236B, 2A+K
9B+K K, 2A+K
9A+B~G, 2A+K


Turn Standing Suicide: 66[A+K] 99 dmg to Yoshi, 110 dmg to Opponent.
Good Lead-In Combos I have found:

3B 6K 6[6] [A+K]
3A 66[A+K]
WC 2b:A 66[A+K]
WC 3K 1KKK 66[A+K]

Manji Blood Petals: From Turn/Standing Suicide A, or AAA, or A, A, ...A. On 
JF from the spin you get an aGI with 120 heal (GIs all except UB (does not 
include UBs aquired from a Soul Charge) Very tiny window for the JF(as has 
been discussed in other threads. With practice I have gotten to about 1:3 
trys. If you are interested a more indepth discussion, check http://www.
soulcalibur.com/forums/s...mp;pagenumber=1 Thanks Di.) The best approach I 
have found is to tap the button twice; once the MOMENT Yoshi stops spinning,
the 2nd when his knees bend, so it’s like tapping A to make Yoshi bounce 
kinda. 50 DMG from initial burst (AAA) if all of them hit. 20 DMG from 
subsequent ones.

Good Lead-In Combos I have found:

Costly but can be worth the UBs - 1K 2A+K AAA, A, A...
66B+K 2A+K AAA, A, A...
 

Paradise Death: while in SDF A+K. This is nice because all of Yoshi's body 
counts as a hit area AND it looks a lot like his B+K UB from this stance, 
so you can throw off your opponent sometimes. This move does more damage to 
the opponent then to Yoshi. ~90 dmg to Yoshi, 140 dmg to opponent.

Good Lead-In Combos I have found:

1K 8A+K 6A+B~A+K -This one is tricky, but awsome.

You can also do this with Yoshi's random move where he kicks them way up 
high(random move from 6A+K after SS or SH).

No Fear (aka The Honorable Seppiku): While in MD, A+K. Does two seperate 
attacks; the thrust, and the twist. 90 dmg on the initial hit, and 35 from 
the twist(this doesn't hit as often as the first hit) for a total of 125 
dmg. Looks like it does about 110~125 dmg to Yoshi as well, so be sure to 
use it wisely. As an added bonus, if it's the killing blow to your opponent,
it deals damage to them first, so you can use it and still retain a Perfect.
Use this to spite your friends and enemies.

Good Lead-In Combos I have found: 

66A+K B, A+K
3A B 6K 66A+K B, A+K
9B+K K 2B+K A+K
PG 9~G 2B+K A+K
WC 2b:A 3B 6K 66A+K B, A+K
66[B+K] 2B+K A+K
SDGF 2B+K A+K

Self-Inflicted Damage Moves

A Word on Self-Inflicted Damge Moves

	Most of these moves are difficult to use properly, but can be very 
rewarding when they are. For example, the health trade off of a Spinning 
Evade is more then worth it to dodge a vertical UnBlockable, but when used 
against a dinky hit, it’s worse then worthless. It’s important to train with
these moves. Go into Survival in Soul Arena and just screw around with them, 
get used to the timings, movements, and health limitations.

Dragon Fly (Fast Move): While in DF (which is 8B+K from standing) press A+B 
and a direction to move quickly while spending life. (Unknown Health Cost)

Super Dragon Fly: From DF, press 8B+K or, from standing, press 8A+K. From 
Standing, press 8A+K. While in this stance you lose life at (unknown rate). 

Super Dragon Fly(Fast Move): While in SDF press a direction and A+B to move 
quickly, this costs even more health and is dangerous in large quantities of
usage. It can be effective, however, to charge you opponent, or to get your 
opponent to run away from you so you can catch them with Acrobatic Bliss. 
This can also be used to dodge! Train train train!

Acrobatic Bliss From SDF (K from SDF, K again just as he lands to pose 
"How's This?!", if you hit K Just as the ground flashes, you get the same 
aGI and pose from MBP [Manji Blood Petals] but heal back 60 and get an area 
stun on near-by opponents. If you get it close, but not exact, you don’t get 
the aGI, but you DO get a 10 HP heal. I included this because if you miss 
the 2nd input you take damage (50 HP).

Soul Syphon/Harvest (SS is 6[A+B]~4 or 6B+G~4 and SH is 6[A+B] or 6B+G) The 
SS will steal 30 health from the opponent and give it to Yoshi UNLESS the 
opponent hits B, which reverses the flow. SH will GIVE 30 health to the 
opponent from Yoshi, UNLESS the opponent hits B (thinking its a SS) which 
reverses the flow and gives Yoshi health instead. The point of the SH it to 
play mind games with your opponent, or just to spite them by giving them 
health and then kicking their butt 30 DMG/Health to/from Yoshi. 
 
The Spinning Evade: 4B+K, B, B, B... You evade very fast, up to a maximum 
of about 270 degrees (you get dizzy and fall over after this point), but 
lose health while using this (anyone know how much per spin?). Very 
effective in short bursts or chasing someone who is side stepping to 
your right. This move can also be done out of the Drunken Master 
auto-evasion in Yoshi’s Iron-Fist Possession move list. Damage done to 
Yoshi is variable.

Incomplete Somersault: The Incomplete Somersault is a random move from 
Yoshi’s Iron-Fist Possession move list. To perform this, first you must be 
either Soul Charged @ lvl 1 or have preformed a Soul Siphon/Harvest, doesn’t
matter which. Then press 6A+K. If he does this move (it’s random) Yoshimitsu 
will do a tech duck and yell “Ei Sa!”. During this, you must press 8A+K to 
do a flip kick and then a follow up body slam. The attack does a total of 
52 damage to your opponent and 10 damage to Yoshi from the face plant.


2.35 Iron-Fist Possession Random Movelist and Quirks
(Some notes taken from Skyrax’s Claiming Soul FAQ.)

	This move set is unique to Yoshimitsu, and has some interesting 
applications. The Iron-Fist Possession is a move that, when preformed 
correctly, unleashes one of thirteen moves, all of which are powerful and 
useful in application. To use this correctly, you must first get a 
successful Soul Siphon/Harvest off on someone (doesn’t matter if it did 
damage to them or Yoshi) OR you Soul Charge. Now, at any point during the 
round (or until the SC fades, depending on your method of induction) you 
can press 6A+K to unleash one of the moves. If you do not get a SS/SH or a 
SC before pressing 6A+K, Yoshi will spin in place in a dud move (though you 
can use this as a taunt of course). This dud move cannot be G-cancelled. 
Some moves have continuations that can be executed by holding A+K, pressing 
8A+K or A, therefore, it is most effective to press 8A+K rapidly after the 
initial execution of a random move and the window for the follow-up is small
and fleeting. 

If it is unlocked via Soul Siphon/Harvest:
-There are 10 possible moves Yoshi will do (in this state of IFP).
-Most of these moves have potential for quick release. If used, you have a 
9/10 chance of getting something that has an immediate benefit 
(quick attack/aGI/evasion/Tech Jump/Tech Duck)
-1 of the moves has a follow-up attack. When Yoshi does a Tech Duck and 
yells "Ei sa!" press 8A+K for a flip attack (52 dmg).
-2/5 chance IFP will be a UB; 1/5 a fast UB, 1/5 slow(er). 
-3/5 chance (I think, gotta double check notes) you get get something that 
can RO.
4/5 chance the move will have something defensive (aGI, TJ, TD, auto-evasion)
-Most attacks are Mid

If it is unlocked via Soul Charge:
-There are varying degrees, different attacks unlocked at different levels 
of Soul Charge with some overlap (i.e. lvl 1 and 2 SC, but not 3, etc.)
-At level 1 SC, you can get 1 of 4 moves:
+The Flaming UB Taunt - Does 0 DMG, knocks opponent back. This is too fun. 
Cancelable. Makes a 2nd UB sound when canceled. I would love to RO an 
airborne opponent with this, lol. Sometimes you can follow-up with a 3B
uppercut.
+Drunken Master auto-evasion
+Quick Punch with follow up by pressing A during 1st. Can RO opponents.
+The "Ei Sa!" tech duck with 8A+K followup flip body slam.

-Levels 2 and 3 will be added later (consult the chart below for now).

A Word About Soul Charging
************************
I have found that it is very effective to use SCing in your Yoshi game, 
because it, like all things Yoshi, is a mind game. I have found it very 
effective to A+B+K~G in battle because not only does it open up a partial 
IFP movelist, but you begin to train your opponent to deal with level 1 
soul charges, and when, not if, they become tolerant of this, level 2s and 
3s are easier to slip in. Also, if they realize you are charging past level 
1 and rush you, you don't have to press G to cancel (assuming you've made 
it to lvl 2 SC). This means you can attack straight out of SC, even with 
IFP! Once this understanding has evolved, the SC becomes a mind game similar
to 1[B] or 4K[B]; how long will you SC? And will they be punished more if 
they try to stop you?

Personally, I have found it very effective to throw in an occasional 
A+B+K~G~6A+K during an close up exchange, such as when they are guarding 
expecting an attack because of a methodic exchange. It's fast to do, and I 
have had no problem guarding if they attack (since I am already pressing G 
by then). The lvl 1 SC IFP moves aren't the greatest, but they aren't bad. 
The taunt is instantly cancelable, the punch has a follow-up that knocks 
down (and does 55 dmg, very fast), the flip flop does 52 and has a TD and 
a TJ, and the drunken master swagger has auto evasions which are continual 
able (while Spinning Evade, B B B B to continue it) or reversible (while in 
helicopter UB, 4 to flip around).

While all of the level 1s are not totally brutal, SCing gets them used to 
the flashing lights and you can, as I mentioned earlier, slip in a level 2 
or 3. It does seem constant that the higher the soul charge level, the more 
likely you are to get something with distance in the attack (the programmers 
seemed to assume that if you SC to 3, you have some space between you and 
the opponent, so the IFP moves @ lvl 3 are ones that have a longer reach).

In conclusion, while it can be risky, the usage of IFP in general can be 
highly beneficial as not only the chance of something useful is high, but 
you can train your opponents to tolerate soul charging at varying degrees. 
But it's important to remember that risk is what Yoshimitsu is about, else 
how do you expect to reap such magnanimous glory ^_^.

Below is a list of the 13 Iron-Fisted Possession Moves:
(Updates will follow to fill in missing info)

Flaming Taunt
************
Yoshimitsu leans forward slightly and waves with his left hand in front of 
his face and yells, "Thou dids't quite well!". This move is also performed 
by Ling Xiaoyu from the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: 1
Damage: 0
Properties: UB M
Can not be done when Yoshimitsu is in normal Iron-Fisted Possession. It can, 
however, be performed at level 1 SC. Can be cancelled with G. Can't wait to 
catch an airborne opponent with this on the ring's edge for a RO, hahaha. 



Flop Spin
********
Yoshimitsu clasps his hands and spins three times quickly as he does when 
IFP is preformed without a SC or SS/SH. This is nothing but a distraction/
taunt/dud.

Soul Charge lvl: 1?
Damage: 0
Property: None
Not Cancelable. Only happens with a SC IFP (Pretty sure).


Deadly Boomerang
****************
Yoshimitsu sidesteps slightly then performs a jumping spinning high kick. 
This move is also performed by King from the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: 3
Damage: 47
Properties: H, TJ
Knockdown on hit. Ends with Yoshimitsu on the ground.


Double Slap
**********
Yoshimitsu steps forward and performs a slap with his left hand, then a 
backhanded slap with his left hand. This technique is also performed by 
Nina Williams of the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: 1
Damage: 50 (I think)
Property: H,H
Press A for second hit. Second hit knocks opponent down. Can only be 
preformed via Soul Charge lvl 1.



Drunken Master
*************
Yoshimitsu stumbles about for a few seconds, in a seemingly drunk and 
unfocused manner. This stance is also used by Lei Wulong of the Tekken 
series.

Soul Charge lvl: 1, 2
Damage: ?
Property: auto-Evasion
Cannot be G-cancelled. Performs Spinning Evade to evade vertical attacks, 
Deathcopter to evade horizontal attacks. Can contunie Spinning Evade with 
successive Bs and reverse deathcopter with ~4.


Force
******
Yoshimitsu takes a step forward and spreads his feet slightly apart, then 
spreads his forearms in a defensive position. This is also used by Jin 
Kazama of the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: 2
Damage: 30
Properties: L, UB, aGI
Will guard impact all attacks except unblockables . Will hit low 
if Yoshimitsu is (unless you get some freaky badass JI) standing on or 
close to opponent.



Heaven Divide
************
Yoshimitsu spins round once and then vanishes. Almost instantly he appears 
above and comes crashing down with a sword slice. This move is also performed
by Kunimitsu from the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: ?
Damage: 38
Properties: UB, TJ, TD?


Incomplete Somersault
**********************
Yoshimitsu crouches and throws his arms up in impatience. Then he flips up 
and performs a somersault...well almost one because he lands on his face, 
saying "What about this?!" This is also performed by Paul Phoenix of the 
Tekken series. Yoshi takes 10 damage when he lands.

Damage: 52 DMG
Properties: M, TD, TJ
Press 8B+K to perform flip after taunt.

Shadow Step
***********
Yoshimitsu takes a few steps back and to the right very quickly. This is a 
move that is also performed by Heihachi Mishima from the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: ?
Damage: N/A
Property: Evasion
Cannot be cancelled.

Burning Knuckle
************** 
Yoshimitsu jumps up REALLY high, clasps his fists together and comes 
crashing down on his opponent's head This move can also be performed by 
Armor King, Ogre and True Ogre from the Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: 3
Damage: 45
Properties: UB M, TJ?
Cannot be cancelled. Does not track if Yoshimitsu jumps over 
opponent.

Blazing Kick
**********
Moving forward while low to the ground for a second, Yoshimitsu kicks 
straight up with his right leg, sending the opponent straight up into the 
air. This move is also performed by Lee Chaolan, Ogre and True Ogre from 
the Tekken series. This variation is the Lee version: the Ogre/True Ogre 
version sends the opponent rolling away as opposed to straight up.

8A+K is a good follow-up for this.

Soul Charge lvl: 3
Damage: 22
Properties: M, TD?

Lightning Uppercut
****************
Yoshimitsu crouches low to the ground and starts spinning, then 
releases a mighty uppercut that knocks the opponent clear off the ground. 
Holding A+K does a longer version of this move with more damage. This move 
is also performed by Kazuya Mishima and pre-Tekken 4 Jin Kazama of the 
Tekken series.

Soul Charge lvl: ?
Damage: 45 , 55
Properties: TD, UB M, Variable length? 

Stone Breaker
************
Yoshimitsu crouches low and slides forward, then uppercuts with his right 
hand, sending the opponent flipping head over heels. This move is also 
performed by Paul Phoenix of the Tekken series.

4AAAAA is a good follow up for this.

Soul Charge lvl: ?
Damage: 22
Properties: TD, M


Probability Table for Iron-Fisted Possession



*Probabilities* SC lvl 1 | SC lvl 2 | SC lvl 3 | SS/SH | SS/SH w/SC 1|
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Flaming Taunt.......25%.......0...........0........0.........8.3%
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Flop Spin............0........0...........0........0.........8.3%
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Deadly Boomerang.....0........0..........20%......10%........8.3%     
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Double Slap.........25%......16.7%........0........0.........8.3%
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Drunken Master......25%.......0...........0.......10%........8.3%
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Force................0.......16.7%........0.......10%........8.3%
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Heaven Divide........0.......16.7%.......20%......10%........8.3%
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Incomplete Somersault.25%....16.7%........0.......10%........8.3%
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Shadow Step..........0........0...........0.......10%........8.3%
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Burning Knuckle......0........0..........20%......10%........8.3%
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Blazing Kick.........0.......16.7%.......20%......10%........8.3%
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Lightning Uppercut...0........0...........0.......10%........8.3% 
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Stone Breaker........0.......16.7%.......20%......10%........8.3%
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Ring Out............25%......50%.........60%......40%.......41.5%
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Unblockable.........25%......33.3%.......40%......40%.......41.5%
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Tech Duck...........25%......50%.........40%......40%.......33.2%    
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Tech Jump...........25%......33.3%.......60%......40%.......33.2%   
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aGI/aEvade..........25%......16.7%........0.......30%.......24.9%



2.4 Throws
(Compiled by Aris)

JAW SMASH 
Command = A+G
Damage = 55 points
Break = A
Wake ups = 3B will connect if they do anything (side roll, back roll, play 
dead) other then getting up and blocking. If they get up straight dash in a 
bit, then B+K~PG A+B into a combo.

JUMPING BODY SLAM 
Command = B+G
Damage = 50 points
Break = B
Wake ups = 3B will connect if they do anything (side roll, back roll, play 
dead) other then getting up and blocking. If they get up straight dash in a 
bit, then B+K~PG A+B into a combo.

ELEGANT STORM 
Command = Left side throw
Damage = 68 points
Break = System
Wake ups = poor

MANJI NINJITSU BLADE 
Command = Right side throw
Damage = 60 points
Break = System
Wake ups = 3B will hit side rollers, The opponent recovers much faster off 
this throw then most other throws. For back rollers i suggest running in 
for mix ups. Also, There is a buggy BT just frame off this throw, Very hard 
to consistantly duplicate.

TORNADO DROP 
Command = Back throw
Damage = 70 points
Break = System
Wake ups = Leaves you in back turned. BT 2K will catch side side roll, back 
roll and sweeps if they get up. BT 2B for mix up into advantage.

RAINBOW DROP 
Command = 214A+G
Damage = 68 points
Break = A
Wake ups = You have quite a bit of frame advantage after this throw. 3B will 
hit side roll and back roll. Mix up with a small dash into aother throw.

SOUL SIPHON 
Command = B+G~4
Damage = 30 points, Yoshi gets back 30 points.
Break = B (This throw has a unconventional break type. When it is broken, it
will automatically turn into the "Soul Harvest" throw which will damage 
yoshi and give your opponent 30 points of life.)
Wake ups = Opponent is left standing and can move much earlier then they can
block. For example, a standing K or A are unblockable after this throw but 
they can be SSed. To beat SS use 6A.

Notes = You get 3 tekken moves stored for the rest of the round even if 
this throw is broken. Use them with 6A+K. The do not add up, only max out @3.


SOUL HARVEST 
Command = B+G~6
Damage = Yoshi gives 30 points to the opponent from his life bar.
Break = B (This is where the Soul Siphon mix up lies. If the opponent breaks
the "Soul Harvest" throw, It will end up giveing YOU the 30 points.)
Wake ups = Opponent is left standing and can move much earlier then they can
block. For example, a standing K or A are unblockable after this throw but 
they can be SSed. To beat SS use 6A.
Notes = You get 3 tekken moves stored for the rest of the round even if 
this throw is broken. Use them with 6A+K. Max 3.

SOUL SIPHON BACK THROW 
Command = B+G~4 on opponents back
Damage = 30 points, Yoshi gets back 30 points.
Break = Unfortunatly, This can be broken the same way as the normal Soul 
Siphon throw. 
Wake ups = This throw leave your opponent standing with his back turned to 
you. You get a 100% guaranteed AA after this throw which brings the damage 
up to 63 points into frame advantage off the AA.
Notes = You get 3 tekken moves stored for the rest of the round even if 
this throw is broken. Use them with 6A+K.

ONI KILLER 
Command = Any stance, G, A+G
Damage = 55 points
Break = A
Wake ups = 3B will connect if they do anything (side roll, back roll, play 
dead) other then getting up and blocking. If they get up straight dash in a 
bit, then B+K~PG A+B into a combo.

NIMBUS 
Command = Any stance, G, B+G
Damage = 55 points
Break = B
Wake ups = 3B will connect if they do anything (side roll, back roll, play 
dead) other then getting up and blocking. If they get up straight dash in a 
bit, then B+K~PG A+B into a combo.

NINJA BLADE RUSH 
Command = CH Ba
Damage = 69 points
Break = Atack throw, No break
Wake ups = Very poor. The opponent can get up way before you can move.

BACK HAND SOUL SIPHON 
Command = CH 6A+B~4
Damage = 52 points
Break = Same as soul siphon back throw.
Wake ups = Same as soul siphon back throw. Total damage with guaranteed AA 
is 85 points.
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BACK TURNED JAW SMASH VC 
Command = BT A+[G]~22
Damage = The actual throw does no damage but the VC lets you do several 
different high damage combos.
Break = If done fast enough this throw cancel is unbreakable. Also makes it 
safe on whiff.
Combos = The best combo ive found off this throw VC is...
BT A+G~VC, [8]B+K~B+K, SDF B, 1B+K, 3B+K, 6K


3.0 Yoshimitsu Strategies

	The Tao of Yoshimitsu is a strange and rewarding path. You really 
need to have a well mapped understanding of the evolution of Yoshi’s move 
sets for him to be of use, or else you will most likely get yourself 
quickly killed, either by your opponent or yourself!  The MOST IMPORTANT 
thing about Yoshimitsu is to KEEP THEM GUESSING, but not yourself. Voldo 
may be the Prince of mixup, but Yoshi is King, Hail to the King baby. To 
keep them guessing, you have to know what you’re doing, which means move 
set familiarity. Practice stance transitions, combos, and timing timing 
timing! 

	One thing about Yoshi that helps me play him at his best is to use 
health like a resource.  Sometimes, you have to be willing to spend it to 
get it back or inflict damage. Using moves like Acrobatic Bliss to get 60 HP
or Soul Siphon for 30 are both excellent strategies for getting health back.
Meditating can be good, but an active opponent can make it hard to get 
anything worthwhile in, though using it for single pulses is good because 
it can get your opponent used to it, just be careful as you can get locked 
into it.

3.11 Offensive Strategies

	“To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our
    own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy
    is provided by the enemy himself.” – Sun Tzu

	And the enemy presents a perfect opportunity to be defeated every 
time s/he blocks. The time when an opponent expects an attack is perfect 
for a killing blow, but I’ll get to that in a moment. Yoshi is a good 
in-your-face character. Many of his sequential attacks are close up, quick, 
and mean. For example, quick-short bursts of 4AA, or 4A are good to close 
distance, and if you are point blank, 2a:B is invaluable (read the Manji 
Carve Fist section). During an attack-block exchange, you opponent pauses 
to block since he knows you will be attacking. This is when you bust out 
the Yoshi moves, like switching to Pogo or (Super)Dragonfly. If your 
opponent is @ ˝ health, 66[A+K] when they are blocking is perfect to finish 
them, remember this. Also, the Soul Siphon is a great grab to use if Yoshi 
is damaged (else it’s kinda pointless as it does less damage then a normal 
grab) as it is uninterruptible, only reversible. 

	While on the offensive, you can keep the offensive with moves like 
AA or BB or 6A. These are quick and biting, and will add up if your opponent
is not careful. Utilize your skills at transitioning quickly to keep your 
opponent guessing. A favorite of mine is to enter Pogo, and then K~B to 
stomach-slide forward and hit low. This always gets me the extra damage 
when I need it.

	Super Dragonfly has some potent attacks, such as A, which is a very 
fast UB, and 2B+K, a 2-part GC to Meditation attack, to name a few. And 
Pogo can be hard to defend against.

	The biggest advice I can offer is to keep things mixed up, use 
plenty of low attacks, and Yoshimitsu has the most UBs for a reason, use 
them, especially his turning suicide. The No Fear UB is a good one too, 
especially if you want to win with style and a Perfect, but don’t over use 
this one. His 236 A UB is great against bigger characters. One last UB that 
I want to mention is the Deathcopter, 8_7A+B, is awesome when used in short 
bursts (8_7A+B~G or 8_7A+B4). It’s also a good evasion tactic.

This Section will be expanded and organized better in later editions.


3.12 Defensive Strategies

	Yoshi played defensively really well. He has a few good attacks that
also include a tech duck or jump, and I encourage their use, as it will 
dodge a high or low (respectively). Some of his attacks also go under mid, 
like PG K~B. Evasion is your friend, so it’s best to master what makes Yoshi
move quickly. The spinning evasion, 4B+K, B, B…, is especially efficient at 
dodging vertical attacks or grabs, and even some horizontal! Use it in short 
bursts for maximum efficiency unless you see a need to prolong the spin. 
This move can quickly get you behind you opponent.

	Being in the Pogo stance is a big asset as you can quickly switch to
Meditation or Dragonfly, or attack as necessary. You can jump very high as 
needed, charge, or sneak in a meditation pulse for a quick small heal. 

	Yoshi has several quick escapes to keep in mind. The spinning evade 
(as previously mentioned), 8A+K to SDGF is a good one as it includes a tech 
duck. While in MD, 4_5_6A+B to teleport is a good one, but be careful as it 
take a split second before your actually teleport. Also, 66B+K is a nice 
diving escape. The spinning attack moves like 1AAAAA can sometimes be good 
to complete and become dizzy and Yoshi becomes dizzy, and often escapes a 
grab because of it.

	As I briefly mentioned earlier, A+K is a good defensive maneuver to 
master as it’s a GI against mids and highs and can save your ass. I think 
that it gives a frame advantage, but I’m not positive.

	The biggest thing I have to say is to play all the characters you 
can against the CPU on the hardest setting you can handle. This not only 
gets your used to how those characters moves and combos can evolve (thus 
you will know when to block low or high, etc.) but it gets you to learn how 
to use Guard Impacts, which are a must with Yoshi in my opinion.  

This section will be expanded upon and organized better in future editions.

3.13 Other Strategies

	A last word on strategies; Yoshi has a lot of moves that can vary 
in magnitude and successive attacks. It’s best to use these and use them in 
inconsistent amounts, so your opponent will never know what’s next. 

	If you are hurting for health during combat, and if you have gotten 
the timing for Acrobatic Bliss down, I highly recommend it’s use to get 60 
HP. I use this all the time and it has saved me countless times, and as 
long as your time it right, there is usually little your opponent can do. 
If they run and attack, they may be stunned or hit you while Yoshi is in 
his aGI pose. 

	Make your opponent fear the Soul Siphon grab. I often will catch my 
opponent two or three times in row with it, or I will use it once and then 
throw in a good stunning mid to punish their duck.

	Vary everything you can about Yoshi, as that is where his power lies.
And especially vary, and use, soul charging. A soul charge, canceled at 
level 1, is invauluable as it unlocks the first level of Iron-Fisted 
Possession. Consult the probability table for a better understanding of 
how this works. The best time to use a A+B+K~G 6A+K is during a attack/block
exchange when your opponent expects an attack. They see the SC, start to 
attack right when the Iron Fisted Possession goes off (don’t forget to 
press 8A+K).

The Zen of Yoshimistsu is to vary his moves so much that your rarely use 
the same move twice, or at least the same varient. It is good to follow 
your instincts once you have a good understanding of Yoshi's transitions 
and combo bridges.

3.2 Combos
(Combos compiled by SLA)

Definition of a Combo :

A combo is a series of 2 or more moves in which ALL of the hits are 
guaranteed after the first. In other words... If the opponent gets hit 
by the first hit of the combo, the rest of the following attacks will hit 
regardless of what the opponent does. The opponent CANNOT block or avoid 
the followup hits.

Natural Combos

AA
BB
1AAA
4AAA
66B,B
33_99B,B+K
6B+K,B
6K,2K
4K,B_4K,B hold
FC 1KKK

Natural Combos on Counter Hit

3A,B
6B+K,B,B,B
1AAAAA
FC 1KKKKK

Juggle Combos

3B
-6K {62}

A+B (Bad Breath)
-3B, 6K {74}

DGF B
-3B, 6K {88}

DGF K
-RCC 3B {38}

214A
-3B {54}

PG 9
-PG B, 6K {94}

33_99K
-BB {46}
-2A, FC 3K {42}

1K
-8A+K
-2A+K,A:A

9A+B
-3B {60}

FC 3K
-RCC 3B {40}

FC 3B
-3B {48}

66A+B
-3B {62}

CH 33_99K
-6K {58}

CH 33B
-6K {67}
-~B+K {50}

CH 3A,B 
-6K {73}

CH 6B+K,B,B,B
-11A {73}

CH PG B_PG [B] 
-6K {60}

SDF B
-66A+B {74}

4B
-3B {47}

Stun Combos

CH 1B+K
-6B+K,B,B,B, 2A+B_3B (close to wall)
-3A,B, 6K {81}
-3B+K, 6K {94}

CH 44B~B
-6B+K,B,B,B, 2A+B_3B (close to wall)
-3A,B, 6K {89}
-33K, 6K {78}
-3B, 6K {86}
-3B+K, 6K
-bA {88}

Wall Combos
66K (wall smash)
-3B, 6K
-4K, B hold
-44B~A

1K
-8A+K, SDGF A_B

Guaranteed Post-GC
A+B (blocked)
-3A
-BB
-2B_2K

‘Recovery’ Links (Shakeable)
CH 22_88B
-1B+K, 6B+K,B,B,B, 2A+B (angle dependent)
-1B+K, 3B, 6K
-1B+K, 3B+K, 6K