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                           SOUL CALIBUR 3: LIZARDMAN FAQ
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written by TwistedRyu
crazytwisted@email.com OR demonxheihachi@hotmail.com
DemonxHeihachi (soulcalibur.com forum name)

Author's Note:
This guide is the work of ME, TwistedRyu. You may not for any reasons make use
of this guide personally without my permission.

The following sites are granted permission to use my FAQ:
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. Changes to Lizardman
3. Move List
4. Move Analysis
5. Offensive Strategies
-Ring Out/Wall Game (Ring Out Moves/Wall Pressure)
-Range (Close, Mid, Far)
-Wake Ups (Wake Up Moves, VS Tech Situations, Wake Up Set Ups, Tech Traps)
-Set-Ups (Frame Traps, Escapeable DOS mixups, Throw setups)
-Punishing (Whiff Punishing, General Punishing)
6. Defensive Strategies
-Guarding
-Guard Impact/Just Impact
-Counter/Retaliation
-8WR/Anti 8WR (Good 8WR moves to use/Moves to cut step)
7. Top Ten Move List (staple moves)
8. Combos (Juggles, Stun Combos, Wall Combos, Miscellaneous Combos, Sequences)
9. VS Strategies (all regular characters only, no bonus with FEW exceptions)
10. Credits

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1. Introduction
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It's a little unfortunate that Soul Calibur 3 is already dying out on its
PS2 release, but an arcade version is around the corner. I still play
Soul Calibur 3 regardless.

Anyway, I've got a little bored on Mitsurugi so I've decided to move onto
my secondary characters. Lizardman is another of my favorites and as you
can see, this guide was made to cover him. I'm not good honestly, but
Lizardman is really fun to play as, and there aren't alot of guides being
updated for Soul Calibur 3.

This FAQ is going to be short and simple, mainly because I have no access
to my Playstation 2 at the moment. And DO note that this guide may not be
for you, since it's literally basic and won't emphasize a lot as far as
strategies go. Oh and by the way, I assume you understand the basics of
Soul Calibur and the game mechanics, so try to understand the conventions
(look at my FAQ/Move List guide, it's still not updated and probably
won't be updated for a ton of years, lol). I'm afraid you'll have no
alternative but to get used to all these symbols.

Now on to the good stuff.

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2. Changes to Lizardman
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This is primarily a list of all of his new moves. Lizardman now has changed
quite a bit; he gained a couple of unique moves. Although Lizardman's still
not his own unique character, because he still shares a lot of the Alexandra
sister moves, except they fundamentally share different properties.

236 - New stance; Lizardman crouches onto all fours, known as Crawl or CRWL
===
Although this stance has a few new moves, it is used to execute Lizardman's
headbutt (now 236K instead of 236B), so I still consider it old in some
cases. However the stance itself is pretty useful, it tech crouches under
highs (and some mids), has access to FC/WS/stance moves, and the startup
can be Variable Cancelled. This helps block any dangerous mids if you
anticipate them coming. However Lizardman's maneuverability is restricted, as
he can only move back and forth. Guarding returns Lizardman back to normal
stance, but that's not recommended especially if you have a good chance of
connecting with the moves in this stance (which are all mid).

236A,B - An exact version of the sister's 236A, except followed with a frontal
****** flip that knocks the opponent down with the shield.
Lizardman abandoned the 236A,A copy of Sophitia and settles for something to
prove his aerial skills with a shield flip. It knocks down for some wake ups,
but the real juice comes from getting a counter hit, which causes the second
hit to bounce instead for juggle followups. Flashy, but very unsafe, not to
mention, Lizard's in the air, thus having to take some time to recover upon
landing. I don't think it is interruptible in-between hits.

236B:B - Lizardman's equivalent to Bryan Fury's WS+2,b_f+2 in Tekken.
******
Lizardman's other move in CRWL, mainly used for countering and punishing
for huge damage. On counter hit, the first hit causes a Lift Crumple Fall
Stun, although I'd suggest following with the :B afterwards since it's
guaranteed normal or counter, and can do heavy damage. Btw, the first hit
on normal causes a Lift Stun in case you miss your :B JF input (not so much
of a JF, but I still consider it anyways) and pushes the opponent back a
small distance. I think it's safe on block.

4B - Lizardman proceeds to slap the opponent in the face with his shield.
**
A little slow, and it hits high making it duckable. The good thing is that
the first hit is safe, knocks back a bit on normal, and causes a Fall
Back Stun on counter hit for good damage. Lizardman also steps forward a bit.

3A - Lizardman smacks the opponent in the stomach with the side of the axe.
**
Another poke, not too useful because it doesn't offer anything, normal or
CH.

44K - Lizardman rears back, and comes down in a desperate attempt to maul
*** and devour the opponent's head (he sure seems to have an appetite).
A new ground AT, which purpose is to serve as a combo ender. It's useful
mainly in wall combos. Outside of a combo though, it does knock down,
forces crouch on block, and tech crouches upon start up. The AT only
happens when your opponent's head is facing towards you, so unfortunately
this AT is very situational outside of a combo otherwise.

1A,K - Lizardman swipes at the opponent's feet and then headbutts after.
****
Very strong for a low; it does 25%+ alone (66 dmg), and offers a ring
out opportunity. Unfortunately it does telegraph itself quite a bit and
suffers immense recovery on block, making it difficult to use as a
Paul d+4,2-esque move. Decent range and tech crouch is what's going for
it, but the odds of landing it are slim. Doesn't mean you can't try,
though.

44B - Lizardman steps forward and takes a swing upwards.
***
New launcher, though the damage is alright it is dreadfully slow and is
punishable on block. Would have been nice if it hits grounded, in which
it doesn't.

66B - Lizardman turns around and slams the ground in front of him with
*** all his might.
His only useful launcher IMO, it's more safe on block (as it forces
crouch), bounces for a lot of damage, good range and *actually* hits
grounded opponents, as opposed to Lizardman's other launchers. One
of his best new moves. Probably steppable, but the reward is worth it.

There's more that I missed, but I'll get them later...

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3. Move List
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Complete move list, ripped right out of my FAQ/Move List. Any corrections,
comments, additions or missing stuff, please email me and I'll add them
(and credit in return).

THROWS         DAMAGE        POSITION         ESCAPE           GROUNDED
=======================================================================
A+G            55            FRONT            A                   FDFA
B+G            45            FRONT            B                   FDFA
A+G_B+G        58            LEFT             A_B                 FUFT
A+G_B+G        55            RIGHT            A_B                 FUFA #1
A+G_B+G        60            BACK             Voldo and Astaroth  FDFT
214B+G         65            FRONT            B                   FUFT
=======================================================================

#1: Lizardman will end up in BT position.

HORIZONTAL ATTACKS    DAMAGE              HEIGHT         PROPERTIES
=======================================================================
A,A                   13,20               hh             NC
A,K                   13,19               hL             NC
1A,K                  25,41/50            Lm             NC, RO, TS(mini)
2A                    14                  sl
3A                    29                  m
4A                    34                  h              OB
6A                    21                  h
66A                   36                  m              DOSc
FC A                  15                  sl
WS A                  33                  h
BT A                  25                  h
BT 2A                 15                  l
7_8_9A                25/29_33            h              OS/RO
WL A                  20/24_28            L              TS/TS(JG)
=======================================================================

VERTICAL ATTACKS      DAMAGE              HEIGHT         PROPERTIES
=======================================================================
B,B                   16,22               mm             NC
B,K                   16,26               mh             NC, OS
B2B,B,B,K             15,7,7,7,45         LLLm           NCc (first two), RO
B2K                   15,38               Lm             RO
1B                    23                  M
2B,K                  16,40               mm             NCc, RO
3B                    32                  M              JG
4B                    20                  h              FBSc
6B                    30                  m              ROc
44B                   28                  m              JG #1
66B                   39                  M              BN, FrC
FC B                  18                  M
WS B                  18                  M
BT B                  30                  m
BT 2B                 23                  M
7_8_9B                30_34_38            m
WL B                  24/28_32            M              JG
=======================================================================

#1: Will lift higher on CH.

KICK ATTACKS          DAMAGE              HEIGHT         PROPERTIES
=======================================================================
K                     16                  h
1K                    28                  L              TS(mini)
2K                    12                  L
3K                    22                  m
4K                    27                  h              OS, ROc
6K                    30                  m
7K                    20,17               Mm             NC, RO #1
44K                   25/47               M              KND, FrC, AT #2
66K                   40                  m              RO
66K6                  48                  m              RO, KND(RO) #3
FC K                  12                  L
WS K,K,K              16,16,15,18,15,13   mMmMmm         NCc, RO #1
BT K                  23                  h
BT 2K                 13                  L              TS(mini)
8_9K                  28_32               m
WL K                  15_19_23            m
=======================================================================

#1: Last hit will whiff if the first connects shallow. If the last hit
connects, opponent can air control.
#2: AT activates on a FD opponent (head first) and causes 47 damage.
#3: Will Knockdown(RO) on an airborne opponent only.

EIGHT-WAY RUN ATTACK  DAMAGE              HEIGHT         PROPERTIES
=======================================================================
Run K                 28                  L              TS(mini)
3_9A                  42                  h              RO
3_9B                  30,10               M              JG #1
3_9[B]                40,13               M              JG, GB
3_9K                  28                  M              KNDc, FrC
1_7_2_8_3_9A+B        18,30               MM             NC, RO
8A,A                  22,31               hh             OS, NCc
2A,A                  31,22               hh             OS, NCc
2_8B                  34                  h              RO
2_8K                  25                  L
1_7A,K                22,25               lL             TS(mini)
1_7B                  27                  m              RS
1_7K                  30                  L              TS(mini)
=======================================================================

#1: Not sure why this happens, but GB OCCASIONALLY appears by itself. I have
not listed GB despite this fact because it doesn't happen often on a standing
opponent.

SIMULTANEOUS ATTACK   DAMAGE           HEIGHT   PROPERTIES
=======================================================================
A+B                   34               M        KND, FrC
66A+B                 51               m        KND(RO)
B+K                   33               m        GI-Downward, KND(S), FrC #1
1B+K                  46,15            UL       JG
1B+K,G
4B+K                  30               m        CFSc #2
4B+K,G                27               M        RO
8B+K                  35               M        KND(S)
8[B+K]{1}             40               M        KND(S), GB
8[B+K]                55               UM       KND(S), QS
66B+K,A,B             23,18,22,7       mhm      NCc, JG, CSc #2
66B+K,A>B             23,18,22,7       mhm      NC (first two hits), JG, CSc #2
BT B+K                28               L        TS(mini)
A+K                   38               h        TAS
=======================================================================

#1: Guard Impacts downward strikes only. Knockdown(S) property is available
only after a successful GI.
#2: Crumple Fall Stun will not come in effect if move hits shallow.
#3: Second hit causes Crumple Stun. Some followups can be blocked however,
based on timing or how far opponent is from recovering (some mids work well
such as 236K).

STANCE ATTACK         DAMAGE              HEIGHT          PROPERTIES
=======================================================================
236 - Crawling Stance #1
236 4_6
236 G
236A,B                20,32/40            mm              NC, BNc/BN #2 #3
236B                  25                  m               LS, LCFSc #4
236B:B                25,43               mm              NC, BN #3
236K                  45                  m               RO
=======================================================================

#1: Has the option of being Variable Cancelled; MUST be done before Lizardman
enters CRWL stance fully.
#2: Opponent can tech roll after the second hit if both hits connect.
#3: Opponent cannot tech roll after bounce. (Must be second hit that connects
for 236A,B).
#4: Lift Crumple Fall Stun can RO.

Character Specific Conventions:
CRWL - Crawling Stance

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4. In-Depth Move Analysis
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Although I prefer having staple-at hand moves, there are plenty of other
moves that I think are useful, but are too situational or are underused
and overlooked to be used. I'm therefore covering the whole moveset of
Lizardman's, minus the BT, jump (unless it's special) and WL attacks.

THROWS
======
Throws are a must for every character - for one, they are unblockable,
and two they are used to set up an opponent for wakeups. One of the
more important things to consider about throws are the break inputs
and throw range. Lizardman's throw range is very short; he has to
literally be pointblank in order to get off a throw. However, Lizardman's
throw game is blessed with a command throw (B-escapeable) that is unGIable
and an A+G throw that rings out to his left. The damage yields (well for
his standard front throws) are low, but they put the opponent in a
comfortable position to initiate wakeups. I will not discuss side/back
throws.

A+G            55            FRONT            A                   FDFA
=======================================================================
Lizardman plants his shield into the opponents' stomach, lifts them up
and smashes them right behind Lizardman. This throw rings out to
Lizardman's left, however it requires good positioning, which makes it
difficult to use as a ring out move, and further handicapped by its
A break, which obviously makes the throw easy to break. Despite these
facts, the A+G is a good standard throw for Lizardman, as this is
stronger than his other standard throw, puts the opponent in a decent
position for wake ups, and most importantly, it changes positions.
Useful to avoid getting ringed out. Mix with Lizardman's command throw
to make it difficult to break.

B+G            45            FRONT            B                   FDFA
======================================================================
Lizardman smashes his shield into the opponent's face, then turns them
around before tossing them upwards, resulting in the opponent landing
right on his tail. This is one of the weakest standard throws in the
game, and it's absoluely horrible in Lizardman's case. The fact that
it doesn't change positions and Lizardman steps away a bit afterwards
ruins the positioning for the possible wakeup game afterwards. Although
this is a B break, Lizardman has a command throw that shares this
same trait and is much harder to break, in addition to dealing more
damage.

214B+G         65            FRONT            B                   FUFT
======================================================================
Lizardman's only command throw. Lizardman uses the opponent's shoulders
as a support and climbs up, then starts "bicycle" kicking a few times,
before eventually backflipping, kicking the opponent in the face. Being
his most damaging throw, this should be used to mix up with the basic
A+G throw. The B escape sounds like this is easy to break, however the
escape window is shorter as opposed to regular throw. A bonus with
command throws is that they are unGIable (they can be JI'ed, although
the timing needs to be precise) - leaving your opponent's only options
to either ducking (regular crouching or tech crouching) or striking
before the throw comes out. The wakeup game afterwards is a little
lacking, but the damage makes it up. Careful with the QCB command,
if done too fast you are more than likely to do the B+G throw
instead.

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HORIZONTAL ATTACKS
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Lizardman's horizontals consist of basic tools, most of them in the poking
category. Some do catch 8WR'ners, but for the most part, they are used
to set up for the frame advantage to get out the more potent attacks.

A,A                   13,20               hh             NC
===============================================================================
Double axe swipe to the face. This has a nice little step built-in, making it a
great way to apply pressure while preventing any risks that may lie ahead. As
long as the first swipe connects, the second is guaranteed to follow. It's a
standard poke attack for many, but for Lizardman's case it is not to be
neglected. Though it hits high and can be ducked, as long as you don't abuse
it, it's a fine move to use occasionally.

A,K                   13,19               hL             NC
===============================================================================
A swipe, alternating with a low kick, ala Sophitia. It's a teeeeny bit less
damaging than A,A, but hits low and grounded opponents. Don't expect that it
will catch turtlers off guard though, the turn-around to low kick is fairly
noticeable. Still, being a NC on hit is nice, although I'd use A,A over this
mainly for the advantage, and the kick followup lacks the step-in property,
making it a little harder to pressure.

1A,K                  25,41/50            Lm             NC, RO, TS(mini)
===============================================================================
Low swipe to the feet, followed by a headbutt. Very damaging low and provides
a ring out opportunity, but veeerrrry punishable on block. At least, it tech
crouches and has considerable range, making it a good anti-high with good
reaction skills. But it can be seen coming.

2A                    14                  sl
===============================================================================
A swipe to the opponent's er... midsection. As for why it's a special low that
can be blocked standing, I don't know... maybe you can ask Namco that. Anyway
it's the universal interrupt for most characters, for one it's as fast as your
basic A, and it tech crouches, much safer than say, 1A,K. The damage is pitiful
yes, but eh, it would be too overpowered. Can be easily breaked by Bs, so be
cautioned.

3A                    29                  m
===============================================================================
A swipe to the opponent's stomach. More of another poking tool. It has
considerable range, but nothing useful to offer on hit or even counter hit.

4A                    34                  h              OB
===============================================================================
A slow turn around slash. No longer can be charged, meaning no more combo and
frame advantage post-block. It's high too, and it's sluggishness makes it
easy to duck. On hit it exposes the opponent's back, good for a throw
opportunity. I don't think it can cut step, I'll have to look in on that.

6A                    21                  h
===============================================================================
A slap to the face with the shield. Another... poke, that's high and offers
nothing unique on hit or counter hit. It's a little slow too. I'd rather go for
an A,A advantage-wise.

66A                   36                  m              DOSc
==============================================================================
A mid strike to the stomach, the same as Sophitia's. It's has a unique
property, not shared however, in that on counter hit, it causes a Double Over
Stun. Albeit escapeable, you're still setup for mixups that net good damage,
but if your opponent fails to escape the stun, they're going to get crushed by
the followups afterwards for 50%+ damage. If your opponent likes to step, 66A
will make them promise not to.
I use this to catch my opponents off guard at the beginning of the match if
they don't attack first, it works well if they like stepping. Even if blocked
Lizardman still keeps a reasonable distance between him and his opponent,
although I don't think 66A is punishable anyway (gotta check). On counter hit,
mix with 1A,K/66B if they catch on and escape. Otherwise you can kiss half of
your opponent's life away.

FC A                  15                  sl
==============================================================================
2A done while crouching. Only a teeeeeeny bit stronger than 2A alone, but the
properties are for the most part, the same.

WS A                  33                  h
==============================================================================
The exact copy of the sisters' WS A, but without any useful properties
applied. A lot less in terms of damage, and hits high. Stick with WS B.

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VERTICAL ATTACKS
================

As you might expect, Lizardman's verticals are the core of his main damage
dealing. With a couple of pokes to complement the bigger and badder moves
comes a ring out, juggle/combo, and mixup game. Since 80% of the verticals
are mids, they are a must for your offensive appetite. The flaws are obvious
in that they have limited to no tracking ability, and usually give worse
disadvantage on block than horizontals.

B,B                   16,22               mm             NC
=============================================================================
Lizardman's "other" poking tool. As opposed to A,A, B,B is slightly more
damaging, hits mid, and is more concentrated on covering the front, due to 
the stabbing part of the second B. What this lacks of the A,A like A,K, is 
the built-in mini step, thus having no forward momentum to continue pressure. 
You also get less advantage on hit than an A. Due to step being MUCH weaker 
in SC3, it's a little easier to hit opponents with verticals, provided that you 
start right before they step. A safe basic mixup among Lizardman's pokes, use 
when the advantage is only minor to consider unloading the bad boys.

B,K                   16,25               mh             NC, OS
============================================================================
Last time I checked, B,K was less damaging than B,B. For whatever
bizarre reason Namco has up their sleeve, B,K is now more damaging than B,B.
The second hit is a high rather than a mid as with B,B, making it duckable
on block. However, the positives outweigh the negatives in that the K is
guaranteed as long as the B hits, and it turns the opponent around to expose
their side. Since they're close you can get a throw opportunity, or have
other mixups for that purpose. An excellent punisher after unsafe moves as
long as the opponent is close. 41 + mixups = priceless.

B2B,B,B,K             15,7,7,7,45         LLLm           NCc (first two), RO
============================================================================
Lizardman goes for the swing... and instead aims for his opponent's toe and
starts stabbing them mercilessly, and finishes off with a headbutt for good
measure. A highly amusing attack that serves more as of an annoyance. Only
the first two hits are an NC on counter, the rest of the followups are not
guaranteed. Even the headbutt ending doesn't give them any incentive to
remain crouching to get hit, they can block it (in addition, Lizardman
remains stationary), and recieve advantage. However on grounded opponents,
the first stab bounces them a little, thus making the following stabs
connect. After a knock down of some sort, B2B,B,B is great way to end a
round. But for general combat purposes, it isn't useful.

B2K                   15,38               Lm             RO
===========================================================================
Instead of going through all those stabs, Lizardman simply crushes the
opponent - with a headbutt. It's still overall useless, the whole thing
doesn't even combo, and they can just stand there and block. A bit of
damage does add up if they don't block the first hit and remain guarding
while standing. Still, I would prefer otherwise.

1B                    23                  M
===========================================================================
Lizardman slams the ground in front of him. This tech crouches, but is
overall safe on block. After most knock downs, 1B usually follows for a
bit of damage. Not too reliable as a ground hit, because it doesn't hit
techs well and has no tracking either. But for the least, you're safe.
I suppose this could make a good mid range poke (it does do okay damage,
to say the least).

2B,K                  16,40               mm             NCc, RO
===========================================================================
Lizardman bends for a smack to the legs with his shield, and follows up with
a headbutt. A natural combo on CH. One of Lizardman's best moves, for one
thing it tech crouches under highs and breaks 2As, and two it does very good
damage. It further enhances with the ring out opportunity Lizardman gets. An
ender for some stun combos, but as a standalone attack it's very useful
nonetheless.

3B                    32                  M              JG
============================================================================
Lizardman's generic launcher, although the rewards aren't too good for the
most part. Lizardman's own 3B comes out a little slow, is very punishable
on block and whiff, doesn't track, and has terrible range. Additionally,
it's not a perfect ground hit, as 3B needs to hit at a certain angle for
the axe to swipe a grounded opponent. On hit 236K afterwards is guaranteed
for 68 damage, but on far you have to settle for another 3B for 54. The
sisters' 3B are far more useful AND damaging than this, sadly.

4B                    20                  h              FBSc
============================================================================
Lizardman's own bitchslapping move, with a shield. A little like Cassandra's
6A,A,A, except a little slower, but more damaging (without counting the
crumple stun + 3B combo with the last hit) with its followups. On hit the
bitchslap knocks the opponent back a bit. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention it
causes Lizardman to step forward a bit, good in mid range. On counter, it
causes a fall back stun, which IMO should be followed up with 44K for 71
unless there are walls/edges, then you should follow with 236K. Useful for
CH hunting after a poke.

6B                    30                  m              ROc
============================================================================
A stabbing attack identical to the second hit of B,B. This is an okay mid
range poke that gives a small ring out and wake up opportunity on counter hit,
and decent damage alone. But it has no tracking ability, and can whiff pretty
easily. This does serve to cut your opponent from closing in, and Lizardman
is stationary while he stabs, making it safe from getting mixed up on block.
The ring out distance on counter hit is minimal, but it sets up for wall 
combos not possible with the other wallsplat starters, and is useful for
keepaway purposes.

44B                   28                  m              JG
=============================================================================
Lizardman slightly comes in and takes a rather lazy swing upwards. It's his
new launcher, which unfortunately is pretty useless, except after a GI.
The damage potential is fairly average, being only slightly damaging than
his 3B. While it does lift higher on counter hit, it's very hard to get one
considering it's slow execution. But use it like most 44Bs; step back, wait
for a whiff, then come charging in. Your best option afterwards is a 66A+B,
and on counter, a 66K6, 66B will do craploads of damage.

66B                   39                  M              BN, FrC
============================================================================
Another new launcher, no longer a ripoff of Sophitia's 66B like in SC2.
Sadly, it's Lizardman's only "real" launcher, being the fact that it's
semi-safe than his other launchers (it forces crouch on block). The damage
options are pretty decent afterwards, but highly dependent on bounce
height. The range is decent and it hits grounded opponents as well (use
against back rolls). On whiff, prepare for some nasty punishment.

FC B                  18                  M
=========================================================================
A simple downward axe slash. It does slightly more damage than FC A and
hits grounded opponents, a little like its brother 1B. Not bad for a simple
poke, it just comes out a little slower than FC A.

WS B                  18                  M
=========================================================================
A simple turn around upwards axe swipe. Exact version of the sisters'.
This one hits grounded though (and does slightly less damage as well).
Good for FC/WS mixups, and as with all pokes, it is safe on block (not
too much disadvantage).

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KICK ATTACKS
============

They are one of the only form of physical, non-weapon attacks in the game,
and usually serve certain purposes that vary as they go. Lizardman's kicks
are nothing special, save for being very safe in most cases, and sporting
a couple of lows. As a bonus, they can't be breaked, but their hitboxes
are smaller. If they come in contact with an attack, the kicker usually gets
hit.

K                     16                  h
=========================================================================
A basic, to the face kick. Surprisingly, this is just as strong as
Lizardman's standard B, and as fast as an A. This lacks the frontal range
of both, and like an A it can be ducked. Another basic poke in Lizardman's
arsenal, it's safe on block and whiff, and no tracking. A regular A,A
will do.

1K                    28                  L              TS(mini)
========================================================================
Lizardman crouches and sweeps, similar to that of Alex/Roger/Roger Jr
in Tekken. It trips on hit for a nice wakeup game, tech crouches and hits
grounded opponents. But as with most (if not) all lows now in Soul Calibur
3, this is very unsafe on block. At least, you have a free 1B after this,
making it compareable to Mitsurugi's 2K,B in terms of damage. Without a
doubt, Lizardman's best low.

2K                    12                  L
========================================================================
A simple crouching sweep, just like with most standard 2Ks. This is your
basic wakeup attack, it has no rewards, but is safe if it misses, at
the expense of losing the chances of dealing major damage. It's also a
basic mixup against turtlers, if they stand and guard, a 2K will catch
them off guard. The damage isn't a lot, although every little bit helps.

3K                    22                  m
=======================================================================
The standard sidekick that most characters possess. The range is about
the same as a simple B, although the damage is a little higher. It's
mid, making it one of Lizardman's basic high/mid/low mixups.

4K                    27                  h              OS, ROc
=======================================================================
The second hit of B,K done alone. The roundhouse has an additional
property to ring out to Lizardman's right on counter hit, but otherwise
as a stand alone attack it isn't useful. It's too slow to be a threat,
not too mention that it also hits high, and therefore duckable on 
reaction.

6K                    30                  m
=======================================================================
Another move from Alex/Roger/Roger Jr in Tekken, a basic headbutt. The
damage is considerable, although it does not have any extra properties,
and it doesn't even knock down airborne opponents. Plus, the range is
verrry short, you virtually have to be close in order to get the headbutt
to connect.

7K                    20,17               Mm             NC, RO
=======================================================================
Yet another of the trademark Alexandra sister moves. Lizardman back
flips for two hits. The first hit launches a bit, and the second hit (the
legs) connects during the opponent's night time flight. However, do note
that the second hit will not connect if the first connects shallow or hits
a grounded/launched opponent. Additionally, the second hit gives the
opponent the ability to air control, thus allowing them to get the heck
away from you, leaving a fairly small wakeup game afterwards. Oh well,
although the backflip part does move Lizardman backwards, but to no avail,
as it's punishable on block or whiff. A pleasing way to end a round, try
taking advantage of it after most knock downs, since the kickflip comes
out pretty fast.

44K                   25/47               M              KND, FrC, AT
=======================================================================
It's lunch time! And it's not so surprising when you look at an
animal equipped with jaws ready to rip the flesh out of your head... anyway,
that's practically what this move (well, not all of it) is. Despite
being slow, Lizardman rears back a bit and tech crouches during the
startup (thus avoiding some short ranged moves). The knock down is nice,
though the recovery hampers your chances of a wakeup game afterwards.
Thankfully, it's safe on block (because the bite forces crouch). The
move is particularly satisfying when the AT (which comes out only
when an opponent is lying with their head towards you) comes out, but
in most cases this is usually only possible in some of the combo
opportunities available (ones that usually give a crumple fall stun
like CH 4B+K). While situational, 44K is certainly not a move to
neglect.

66K                   40                  m              RO
=======================================================================
Lizardman steps forward and thrashes the opponent by kicking them in
the stomach as their cue to get out of his way. This is SC2 66[K]. It 
no longer knocks down for a free 66B followup (well if you count SC2's 
66B and not SC3's 66B), although it still rings out. On block the disadvantage 
is worse because it no longer pushes the opponent back either. You're 
basically right in their hands when they block it, making you an easy victim 
for mixups. The damage is decreased as well. Not very useful in SC3, as you 
can see.

66K6                  48                  m              RO, KND(RO)
========================================================================
Basically 66K except with an added thrusting sort of motion, which
increases the ring out potential. Apart from doing more damage, this
is unique in the fact that on an airborne opponent, it knocks them down
similar to the sisters' 66A+B on an airborne opponent, and gives a free
66B followup afterwards. In essence, this is SC2 66K, except delayed a
little less, and a lot less powerful. Otherwise it retains the properties
of 66K, and slightly decreases the disadvantage on block because it pushes
the opponent back a bit.

FC K                  12                  L
==========================================================================
2K done crouching. The properties are overall the exact same, view 2K
for more info.

WS K,K,K              16,16,15,18,15,13   mMmMmm         NCc, RO
==========================================================================
One of the most devastating WS attacks in the game. Lizardman flips forward
with two hits (using the legs), then follows up with an longer flip (and
two more hits), and then ends with a 7K (for six hits total). All hits tech
jump, making this formidable against lows. Also upon the unlikely chance of
a counter hit, all following hits are GUARANTEED to connect, for MAJOR
damage (95, about 40%, which = 96 damage). While very situational and
impractical, it is very flashy and is satisfying once you land it. The 7K
properties remain similar other than the fact that the initial backflip does
not hit grounded opponents. Careful anticipation can mean huge damage.

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8WR RUN ATTACKS
===============

8WR run attacks are usually certain moves altered and do more damage than
their non 8WR-components. However there are a few moves that can be used
in 8WR as well, generally for punishing after stepping a move that has
no tracking ability.

Run K                 28                  L              TS(mini)
===========================================================================
The universal slide, Lizardman's version is one of the weakest, but overall
the fact remains unchanged in that the recovery upon blocking a slide is
hideous. Plus the running part already indicates that you're charging in
at the opponent, allowing them to prepare for whatever stupid/daring
assault you have in mind. This is so useless that you shouldn't even use it
at all, unless you're a newbie.

3_9A                  42                  h              RO
==========================================================================
Lizardman spins around and comes out with a big swipe. Although high, it
does decent damage and has the ability to ring out. A good move for the
cautioned opponent whom is trying to retreat and get away from the edge
of the ring by means of 8WR'ning. The turnaround swipe covers a decent angle
pretty well, and the direction used will increase chances of nailing an
opponent just as they are about to run away. IMO, Lizardman's best
anti-step move.

3_9B                  30,10               M              JG
=========================================================================
The big, bad guy for Lizardman's punishment after stepping a non-tracking,
slow recovering move. Lizardman lowers his shield, then quickly drives it
upwards into a big uppercut. This launches REALLY high, but Lizardman
ends up in back turned position, thus forcing you to turn around to do
some really damaging followups. Very powerful and extremely damaging,
this does 111 damage max, although it isn't without it's flaws either.
This thing has sluggish recovery, and very VERY punishable on block.
Used correctly however, this can regret your opponent from ever
whiffing on accident. Finally, this thing hits grounded opponents much
like how 3B does, in that you need to be at a certain angle for 33_99B
to hit. There are better options, however 8WR 3_9B can be a very
devastating tech trap, or even deadly in wall combos.

3_9[B]                40,13               M              JG, GB
=======================================================================
Ha, Lizardman can charge his 3_9B whereas Sophitia cannot. Aside from
doing more damage, the uppercut now gains the ability to guard break.
The recovery is obviously a lot more safe than 3_9B uncharged, though
you'll still be at disadvantage because the recovery is massive enough
to allow Lizardman employ any mixups afterwards. The charge gives a
warning to recieve an immediate counter attack from the opponent, in
which you can release immediately and hit THEM before they can strike.
A great tool after GI if the opponent decides to GI instantly, the delay
catches them off guard. If they VC, then charge it fully and release to
reduce the recovery and the risk of getting punished afterwards.

3_9K                  28                  M              KNDc
========================================================================
One of Lizardman's most useful tech jumps and one of my favorite moves.
Lizardman flips and stomps his opponent in the process, knocking them
down. This move is safe enough, is very fast, hits grounded opponents,
and moves Lizardman in without risking of getting intercepted. Plus,
you're close enough to initiate a wakeup game. The damage is okay for
a tech jump like this. A good all-around move.

1_7_2_8_3_9A+B        18,30               MM             NC, RO
=======================================================================
His/Sophitia's old 3A+B. The properties have changed a lot, it no
longer stuns or launches. However it does still combo on hit and
offer a strong ring out opportunity. Both hits connect on grounded
opponents. The bulk of the damage comes from the second hit, which does
the ring out while the first is the build up. Pretty solid after
stepping a linear move, though 33B is usually preferable, unless you're
aiming for a ring out or pressuring for the wall.

8A,A                  22,31               hh             OS, NCc
========================================================================
A shield slap to the left, then to the right. A natural combo on counter
hit and it exposes the opponent's side. The hits track somewhat, but hit
high. Great for creating a throw opportunity. The second hit can be blocked
even if the first is a counter hit when the move is done off angle, so
be aware of your positioning.

2A,A                  31,22               hh             OS, NCc
=========================================================================
Essentially the reverse of 8A,A. This one does more damage on counter
hit, yet the properties are still the same. A more damaging option than
8A,A in juggles however.

2_8B                  34                  h              RO
=========================================================================
Another "get the **** out of my face" move. Lizardman punches the opponent
in the face with his shield, similar to that of Sophitia. Lights out! It
comes out pretty fast and has decent range and damage for a poke. The ring out
actually leaves your opponent close enough still to initiate a wakeup game.
It's a high and therefore duckable. Good for whiff punishing.

2_8K                  25                  L
=======================================================================
The exact same as Sophitia's 4K without the crazy frame advantage on
counter hit. This is very useless because it's too slow to be of any
threat and doesn't offer much in terms of followups. The advantage is
better than 2K and better range, and that's probably the only potential this
low has.

1_7A,K                22,25               lL             TS(mini)
========================================================================
Lizardman sweeps at the opponent's feet with the axe and follows up with
a 1K sweep. The whole thing is not a combo either way, and the first hit
doesn't even hit grounded opponents. The second hit trips, but your
opponent can guard right before it connects. It doesn't even have a mid
alternative, thus losing any mixup opportunities within this one move
alone.

1_7B                  27                  m              RS
========================================================================
Lizardman rears back, then stabs the opponent right in the stomach. This
causes a rise stun on hit, which pushes them back for spacing and can
ring out if close enough to the edge. Aside from being mid and doing
considerable damage, there are other pokes that serve the same purpose
better. It's a decent ring out tool as a juggle, though.

1_7K                  30                  L              TS(mini)
=========================================================================
Yet another variation of Lizardman's 1K sweep. Slightly more damaging,
but less reliable overall command-wise. I'd still stick with 1K mainly
for its reliability, and the potential wake and damage Lizardman gets
off of it.

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SIMULTANEOUS ATTACKS
====================

These double input moves possess various properties, but usually they
are more lethal than singular attacks. Lizardman's got himself quite
a list of useful, all-around attacks in this game, namely the
dubbed "Jurassic Chop" A+B and a lot of combo/tech crouch moves as well.

A+B                   34               M        KND, FrC
=====================================================================
AKA Jurassic Chop. Lizardman leaps in midair and comes crashing down
with his axe. One of his main long range moves. Albeit no tracking,
it's useful for its safety, and the long tech jump afterwards. The
damage is considerable for a long range attack, and it knocks down
for a decent wakeup attack (you can usually follow up with 1B for a bit
of damage). It hits grounded opponents as well, though 66B does better for
its potential damage. Being vertical for the most part, A+B has no tracking.
Careful against tech crouch moves, you may overshoot or whiff.

66A+B                 51               m        KND(RO)
========================================================================
This is actually the old sisters' 66A+B (they now point their sword up
in a 45-degree angle rather than straight ahead). It's one of Lizardman's
power strikes. The range is quite long too, plus the knockdown gives a free
1B provided you are close. Now an ender for some launchers that lift high
enough. Though the disadvantage on block is bad, the stab does push the
opponent back a distance.

B+K                   33               m       GI-Downward Strikes, FrC, KND(S)
===============================================================================
A slower version of Lizardman's 6K, except with a GI property associated. This
GI is unique in that it guard impacts ALL downward strikes, whether it is a
horizontal, vertical, kick or anything else. Additionally, a successful GI
will provide the KND(S) property, allowing a 44K followup afterwards for
HUGE damage. A perfect move to use since step has been weakened in SC3, you'll
have to find the right time to use it though. The GI window is fairly long
enough to grant the possibility of GIing a downward strike.

1B+K                  46,15            UL       JG
=============================================================================
Lizardman crawls and moves back a bit, then rolls forward into a ball (not
THAT kind, you sick *******). Upon contact, the opponent will get launched,
much like how 33_99B launches. The opponent will fly backwards, BUT the
followups afterwards are very range dependent, you need to hit from max range
to leave them close enough, then you can get your followups afterwards.
However, difficulty of getting it to land is too much to warrant any chance
of using this crap of a move at all. The cancel leaves Lizardman in FDFA
position, which is bad enough - you just gave the opponent a free hit/wakeup
game.

4B+K                  30               m        CFSc
=============================================================================
One of his multiple varieties of tech crouch moves. Lizardman bends down and
hops forward, bashing the unfortunate victim unlucky enough to get in his
way. The damage isn't too special, although 4B+K pushes the opponent back on
hit. This is IMO Lizardman's best non CRWL anti-high, due to the crumple fall 
stun on CH (which I should warn that 4B+K must be deep for the stun to
result), giving a free 44K. It's safe on block, which is a plus, however
Lizardman moves in during the head bash, making it easy for the opponent to
mix up.

4B+K,G                27               M        RO
============================================================================
Toned down from SC2. No longer a combo ender (or should I say there's only one
hit now). It does ring out during both a normal and airborne (juggled)
opponent, perfect for the "touchdown" finish. The use of 4B+K,G as a ground hit
is extremely limited, you can't tack it after a crumple fall stun now. A whiff
guarantees trouble. I'd suggest using it only for a round ender or ring out
purposes. Why'd bother otherwise when you can get damage with CH 4B+K?

8B+K                  35               M        KND(S)
============================================================================
Another of the trademark sisters' moves. Lizardman leaps up and comes down
with a huge shield pound, causing a KND(S). An odd tech jump, to say the
least - it causes a KND(S), yet the recovery is too long for a followup,
and that handicaps the chances of a wakeup game - so you might as well
attempt a mixup instead. 44K is "guaranteed" afterwards though, specifically
as a tech trap. However it does less damage than the AT and the opponent has
more than enough time to rise to safety, since the 44K has too big of a 
recovery on a non-AT to attempt wakeups afterwards.

8[B+K]{1}             40               M        KND(S), GB
==========================================================================
The same as above, except Lizardman pauses for a second before doing blah
blah blah. This half-charged version carries a guard break property, but
you're still in disadvantage no matter what - it's just slightly reduced.

8[B+K]                55               UM       KND(S), QS
==========================================================================
The same as above, except Lizardman takes his sweet time before doing blah
blah blah (get the point already?). This fully charged, unblockable version
causes a quake stun if it misses, rendering the opponent vulnerable for a
free followup afterwards. Then again, with the huge startup time you'll
probably do more than proving your stupidity/recklessness by the sound
of the properties of this move.

66B+K,A,B             23,18,22,7       mhm      NCc, JG, CSc
==========================================================================
Interestingly, Lizardman still keeps Sophitia's 66B+K,A,B. This move can
be very devastating depending on how you use it, though the benefits are
rather obvious - the whole thing combos on CH, it launches (same as 33B)
for ridiculous amounts of damage, delayable (the last hit tracks somewhat),
and the first hit can be a bait to setup the crumple stun of the second hit.
The first two hits are safe and are guaranteed for decent damage, while the
last 33B-copy is unsafe. The delay is very impractical and it isn't worth
practicing, since the launcher part is the only part that's unsafe. Look
for the CH (red) spark and let everything fly. Or stop at just the first
hit, if otherwise.

BT B+K                28               L        TS(mini)
==========================================================================
Instead of the usual 1K-rip off sweep, Lizardman instead sweeps using his
tail (like in his B+G throw). The properties are still the same, regardless,
though a free hit or wakeup game afterwards will suffice. It comes out
pretty fast, to say the least.

A+K                   38               h        TAS
==========================================================================
YET another trademark move of Sophitia's (this DOES make sense in a way,
seeing that Lizardman was added to SC1 and Cassandra came a long way into
SC2). This doesn't ring out like Sophitia's; rather, it causes a turn-around
stun, giving a free (and only followup worth it) 44K. Great for GI-bait,
that's probably the only instance you should use this move, seeing it's
slow and hits high. The delay will easily catch an unwary GI-er off guard
if they GI early, and it's almost impossible to VC and duck on reaction (they
could still guard it however).

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CRAWL ATTACKS
=============

Lizardman's unique stance added in this version of Soul Calibur 3.
The moves in this stance are mainly for comboing purposes, however
they aren't to be neglected because they serve other purposes such
as punishing. Plus, the stance puts Lizardman in crouching position,
allowing him to duck highs and some mids (like Siegfried's B6), which
is a nice bonus. And when you add in the VC, this stance is defensive
just as much as it is offensive. The moves in this stance compose
mainly of mids.

236 4_6/236 G
=====================================================================
Lizardman's basic CRWL movements. Because the stance considers
Lizardman crouching, it therefore restricts his movement. He can only
move forward or backward, so any strikes such as mids can connect.
Tapping G reverts Lizardman back to normal stance, which is NOT
recommended as Lizardman cannot block any incoming attacks.

236A,B                20,32/40            mm              NC, BNc/BN
====================================================================
A clone of the sisters' 236A, but to suit his style, Lizardman does
a frontal flip. This move is just like Cassandra's 236A,B in that it 
knocks down. Some wakeups are possible afterwards, however thanks to the
JF tech system your opponent can tech roll afterwards with perfect
timing and avoid falling victim to your deadly setups. On CH, the
second hit bounces instead, giving a free 236K afterwards for good
damage. The rewards are somewhat rotten in the fact that it has terrible
recovery on block. Thankfully, the second hit is kinda fast, and
prevents any intercept inbetween threats. Your opposition can just
stand there and block the second hit, unfortunately.

236B:B                25,43               mm              NC, AT, BN
========================================================================
Well technically, the :B isn't so much of a JF, but you're required to
hit B when the first B hits. Also, the JF will not come out on block.
IMO, Lizardman's best move out of this stance. It has decent range,
causes lift stun on hit (and LCFS on CH), and the :B is guaranteed
no matter what. The bounce that results afterwards CANNOT be teched,
and your opponent's head is towards you, giving a free 44K afterwards
for great damage. This is still punishable, so use it after a whiff
as a result of ducking a high to slam down an 87 damage guaranteed
combo for free afterwards.

236K                  45                  m               RO
========================================================================
Lizardman's signature headbutt and main power hit. This has the shortest
range out of the CRWL attacks, and less damage potential overall (unless
you count walls/edge, in which this becomes a deadly wall combo starter
or instant win with a ring out). It's still a primary juggle/stun combo
ender, and the options further expand if your opponent hits a wall
afterwards for devastating wall combos. The damage has been decreased
a bit. Futhermore, the headbutt isn't a useful move outside of combos,
if there is a whiff you might as well go for 236B:B + options instead.
However the main benefit of 236K is that it is the faster of the three
attacks in CRWL. With CRWL moving Lizardman into a crouching position,
and the fact that he cannot be hit by highs (and some mids), your
opponent can't interrupt the headbutt. 


***********************
5. Offensive Strategies
***********************

RING OUT/WALL GAME
==================
Ring out is not one of Lizardman's strengths, due to his lack of them.
However, his ring out moves have good range, knock back a good distance,
and deal great damage on their own. Additionally, Lizardman's main
ring out moves concentrate on ringing out to his front; you do not need
to worry about positioning the opponent to the side of the ring, and not
guaranteeing a ring out. The non-frontal concentrated ring outs for
Lizardman are useless, as they require CH (good to keep in mind). The
following moves ring out:

A+G (left, close to edge)
1A,K (front)
WL A (8_9 version, front and close)
B2B,B,B,K (front)
B2B,K (front)
2B,K (front)
3B (front and close, also over low walls)
6B (counter hit required, front and close)
44B (longest ring out launcher, front over low walls also)
66B (front and over low walls also)
WL B (9 version only, close and over low walls also)
1K (front and close)
4K (counter hit required, to the right)
7K (front and close)
66K (front)
66K6 (front, longer ring out than 66K)
WS K,K,K (last hit, same as 7K)
BT 2K (front and very close)
Run K (front and very close)
8WR 3_9A (front and over walls)
8WR 3_9B/[B] (back to and near edge)
8WR Any direction (except 4 or 6)+A+B (front)
8WR 2_8B (front)
8WR 1_7A,K (front and very close)
8WR 1_7B (front and very close)
8WR 1_7K (front and very close)
66A+B (front)
4B+K,G (front)
236A,B (front and close to edge)
236K (front)

As you can see, most of the ring out moves in Lizardman's arsenal ring out
to his front.

IMO, the best ring out moves for Lizardman are 8WR 3_9A, 236K, and 8WR 2_8B.
8WR 3_9A serves to discourage opponents from 8WR'ning when near the edge,
as it has a 360-degree coverage, plus rings out to his front and over low
walls. 236K is great, generally the opponent usually tries busting out
short bursts of quick attacks to stall you from getting them out (like
highs, for example). If your 8WR 3_9A attempts are being foiled, duck
under and come right back up with a headbutt to ring out. Lastly, 8WR 2_8B
is one of Lizardman's safer ring out moves. It lacks the damage of the first
two ring out moves, in return for having better range and speed. During the
startup I believe 8WR 2_8B tech crouches, gotta recheck...

WALL GAME
---------
Lizardman's wall game is easily one of his main strengths (due to the sheer
damage potential he gets off of almost ANY combo starter). There are a
number of knockback moves that easily accomplish this task, however your
first goal is to obviously find some way to position the opponent right
next to the wall, before letting everything fly (Nightmare does this well
with his 236K,K followup after most of his combos), hence wall pressure.
Wall combos are a lot rewarding in SC, but they have to be worked on in order
to do any sort of punishment than say, Tekken 5.
Some moves that work for this situation:

A,A: Standard poke. Safe & Lizardman steps in a bit during the second swipe.
B,B: Has more frontal range than A,A, but does not have a built-in mini step.
236K: Once you've ducked a high and there is a wall straight ahead, headbutt
them towards the wall. The knock back distance is quite long, thus making it
easy to achieve a wallsplat. Only thing is, this is unsafe and poor range -
don't use it until the opponent does the first move.
6B: Good for keepaway tactics and spacing. Decent range, but linear.
2B,K: Use it for CH hunting/mixup purposes. Remember this thing tech crouches,
it will kill highs, and will break 2As if done early enough.

- Whenever there are walled stages, try directing your opponent towards it,
then mix them up and pressure them. Should they be influenced and fall in your
hands, then let everything fly.

- Wall combos are dependent on distance, so the shorter the recovery of the
move, the better the chance of doing a damaging wall combo in close proximity
to the wall rather than a short simple, but less damaging one with a longer
recovery move. HOWEVER, Lizardman's wall game IMO is one of the best, thanks to
his 44K AT. Should you pin the opponent with a longer recovery move and happen
to be close to the wall, you can immediately finish off with 44K for
respectable damage. Whereas, other characters with strong wall games must be at 
a certain distance away from/close to the wall in order to deal out the most 
damage.

- Most wall pressure games involve poking, and for good reasons. One, poking
gives you setups, two they push your opponent towards the wall safely without
any risk of suffering major punishment. Lizardman can accomplish this well,
thanks to his variety of pokes and strong knockback moves. 2B,K is good for 
this
purpose, and if you manage to get a stun that guarantees 236K/2B,K, then you're
on the way to high damage.

For wall combos, view the wall combo section.

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RANGE
=====
Lizardman plays pretty good from all ranges. Who needs a big rod ala Kilik or
axe ala Astaroth? An important asset in this case is that Lizardman can easily
move in or out of range. He can mantain pressure just as easily as he can hold
his ground against stronger foes.

CLOSE RANGE
-----------
The typical "in-your face" range for characters. A lot of poking wars are waged
right here, but for those that play keep away tend to lean on spacing in order
to keep themselves at a distance. Lizardman in this case, should use short
bursts of quick attacks to set the opponent up. A,A here can be a common
strike in this range, for its horizontal range cuts down steppers (it IS high
however, not good against a character with a plethora of tech crouch moves).
When your foe starts getting reckless and poke happy, mixup with 2B,K/2A, they
should be pretty fast to either interrupt or trade hits (watch out with 2A as
it can be breaked pretty easily).

MID RANGE
---------
From this range, you can take advantage of a couple of moves that are either:
1) risky to use in close range or 2) take a while to come out. The former
is usually the only reason to avoid doing such potentially dangerous moves
in close. CRWL stance will place Lizardman back in close range, and a
successful whiff can be capitalized on by punishing with a 236B:B, 44K
combo afterwards. Lows are sometimes a good bet if your opponent switches to
defensive and turtles up the match, if they can't read it then it's a good
time to get them to worry (1A,K just to be plain stupid/daring, or 1K for
reliability). 8WR'ning occasionally occurs, so make use of 8WR 3_9A.

LONG RANGE
----------
The range you're probably thinking of just to come prepared with longer
pole-type weapons? Not a problem for Lizardman! A major drawback to
Lizardman's long ranged moves is that they are either unsafe or have
no tracking. Well screw that, A+B isn't a problem for this. The long
tech jump avoids lows, in addition to reurning Lizardman back into
close range to continue pressure, for less risk in return. CRWL is
another good candidate at long range, it moves Lizardman in without
being fully commited to an attack (treat it like an "auto-counter
stance - wait to catch the opponent twitching, and tap K for a headbutt
or B:B after a whiff). Against keep away characters (such as Astaroth),
you may want to move in bit by bit in order to avoid being thrown into
potential setups. For this purpose, 8WR 3_9K is great because it comes
out pretty fast, tech jumps like A+B and less riskier on whiff (if
stepped of course, but still punishable depending on range). 4B or 66A
works well for CH hunting (well step-counter if THEY come after you), the
latter usually being better because of better range and unduckable.
Most players usually prefer holding back for breathing space before
warming up; attacking may not be a good option in case your opponent
knows what your doing. The choice is mainly yours, hold back and
re-plan or rush in and pressure. Thankfully with Lizardman's playstyle,
he does both very well (after all, being an animal can lead to SOME
unexpecting results. You'll never know for sure).

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WAKEUPS
=======
Just for a quick definition, wakeup (or okizeme) is basically the act of
pressuring a grounded opponent, preventing them from getting up and back
into fighting stance. In Soul Calibur 3, wakeups are ALOT more hazardous
to the opponent knocked down; careless teching can lead to suffering
punishment. Additionally, with the advent of tech traps in Soul Calibur
3, there's never any knowledge of what may happen next - tech or not
to tech?

These are all the ground hits in Lizardman's arsenal:
A,K (second hit)
1A
WL A
B2B,B,B
1B
3B (off axis)
66B
FC B
WS B
BT 2B
WL B
1K
2K
7K
44K
FC K
WS K,K (second and fourth hits)
BT 2K
Run K
8WR 3_9B (off axis)
8WR 3_9[B] (off axis)
8WR 3_9K
8WR any direction except 4/6+A+B
8WR 1_7A,K (second hit)
8WR 1_7K
A+B
1B+K
4B+K,G
8B+K
8[B+K]{1}
8[B+K]
BT B+K

From this list, you'll notice Lizardman lacks a lot of decent options
for wakeups. Most of them do piddly damage or are too situational.
The applications for an effective wakeup game are simple, have quick
lows/mids at hand, encourage your opponent to block low once he/she
starts to rise, then switch to damaging mids. The lows are used to
aggravate risers, then once the opponent gets used to blocking low,
the mids will put the hurting on them.

THE USELESS MOVES:
A,K/8WR 1_7A,K - Very little damage, coupled with the fact that only the
second hit is the actual low makes these two moves pointless.

B2B,B,B or B2 - B2B,B,B should really be used for the annoyance factor
or opponents who don't tech. The damage is not worth it, and has absolutely
no tracking (the good side is, Lizardman is stationary and the subsequent
stabs have better recovery than just one). B2 is ridiculously slow to come
out, and easy to tech.

WL A, BT B, BT B+K, BT 2B, WL B, FC B, FC K, WS B, Run K - These all take too
much time to come out, requiring a jump or being BT. The FC moves already
have a standing version, and WS B does little to no damage.

3B/8WR 3_9B - Require being off axis, or the opponent teching in order to
hit. Good damage for mids and stationary, yet the conditions do not merit
using these two (the second has horrible recovery on whiff). 8WR 3_9B seems
to have decent tracking to hit side rolls, but can be teched backwards.

1B+K, 4B+K,G, 8B+K, 8[B+K]{1}, 8[B+K] - Guaranteed to whiff, take too much
time to execute, and can be side rolled.

8WR any direction except 4 or 6+A+B - Aside from being the most damage
out of Lizardman's wakeup attacks, this pushes out. The recovery prevents
any options afterwards. Seems to hit side rolls, but on back the second hit
can whiff.

44K - The damage isn't worth much. However it is quite fast and Lizardman
is safe if blocked. The damage mainly comes from the attack throw, there
are other more damaging and/or reliable alternatives.

7K - The backflip creates decent space, however the mediocre recovery
prevents any pressure afterwards. In addition, the backflip doesn't hit
side techs/back techs well. Good way to end a round however.

Most of the wakeup moves above are generally useless or do piddly damage.
However, some of the moves DO have a use, except they are either too
situational or restricted by not being able to hit certain techs/having
poor recovery/lack any pressure afterwards.

My wakeup game with Lizardman consists of:
2K - General safe poke. Yes, the damage is retardedly low, but it's more
reliable and safe in the event of a whiff. The kick pushes the opponent
back a bit, although the recovery is quick enough to allow for additional
pressuring options afterwards.

1K/8WR 1_7K - Good circular range, hits opponents teching to the left well,
but not to the right. A good damaging sweep that's still fast enough and great
for mixing up a riser. However, your options afterwards (regarding a ground
hit) are restricted by the long recovery, and the time Lizardman needs to get
up himself.

66B - General mid power strike, excellent for catching back rolls, decent
damage for a mid ground hit, and the possible chance of bouncing for even
more options/damage afterwards. Can be mixed with 1K/2K to really throw
the opponent's timing off, safe if blocked (forces crouch).

A+B/8WR 3_9K - Aside from being safe and fast, the real usage of these
two moves is their tech jump, and can be used to avoid any attacks done
after an opponent rises. In general, I would go with 8WR 3_9K as it's
a little less risky on whiff, comes out a little faster than A+B and
the immediate downward kick will counter any attempts to strike Lizardman.
A+B can be suited to hit back rolls. Although both move Lizardman in, so
a successful hit allows Lizardman to press the attack and continue the
pressure.

VERSUS TECH SITUATIONS
----------------------
NORMAL - The most riskiest tech option. Your opponent is practically
         vulnerable to ANY move of your choosing. No idiot would
         dare try this unless they are at a distance, or just can't
         figure out how to tech and rise properly. Almost anything
         hits here.

FORWARD - About the same league as with Normal, except high moves will
          not connect until the opponent is finished rolling. Follow
          the same for the above.

BACK - No longer safe in SC3 (in SC2 you could get out of range by most
       wakeup strikes). Back rolls are now limited in distance, almost
       any attack that has decent range will connect. 66B is a great
       option here, if successful it can bounce or knock the opponent
       back down for more wakeups. A+B/8WR 3_9K advances Lizardman,
       allowing for pressure afterwards.

LEFT - (to be updated)

RIGHT - (to be updated)


WAKE-UP SETUPS
--------------

A good wakeup game requires positioning and range. You need to be
in close range most of the time; this is your comfortable spot,
where the opponent has no chance of escaping your wrath tech or not.
Wake Up setups are fit for this task, they keep you within close range
AND have enough recovery, allowing you to pull out nasty setups.

GOOD WAKEUP SETUPS: (Leave you & your opponent close enough)
236A,B - A good risk vs reward, the risk is that the whole thing is
punishable on block, the reward is that it does good damage, and
the auto-spike gives free ground hits afterwards. The wakeup situation
can be nullified with JF tech, but you're still at advantage afterwards.

A+B - Fairly obvious, a long tech jump, knock down on hit, and brings
Lizardman close. Plus, it's safer on block than 236A,B.

8WR 3_9K - Anything A+B can do, 8WR 3_9K can do as well. With better 
recovery as opposed to A+B, this can lead to nastier setups.

(to be updated)

TECH TRAPS
----------

Ripped off from Tekken, tech traps play a major role in Soul Calibur 3.
Firstly, they detail the true dangers of the wake up system in SC3. As
in, a wrong tech at the wrong time will result in taking a full hit
and more damage afterwards. Secondly, almost ALL characters have the
benefits of the tech traps, not one character in SC3 has the most
potential for damage (there are SOME that have potential for nasty
setups, ala Astaroth and his 4B) or overpowered in that category. Tech
traps require more timing than in Tekken, to help balance out those
who have nasty setups or potential followups afterwards.

Also, for tech traps to avoid being too Tekken-like, there are a few
restrictions (besides timing):
1) Tech traps done after a juggled opponent are not possible. You can
simply hold guard during the tech roll and block any additional hits.
HOWEVER, a "spike" attack (moves that knock down airborne opponents
to the ground immediately) will completely nullify a tech roll from
being down (this can be countered however, by doing a "JF" tech roll,
which is unique in that the spiked opponent can immediately rise with
no harm afterwards). A spiked opponent can then either take a ground
hit (with spiked moves that do allow this), or tech and risk taking a
full 100% hit and any followups afterwards. For the moves that spike
but do not allow any free ground hits can only have two options, one
the opponent can JF tech, or two, the opponent can simply rise to
avoid being attacked afterwards. The main advantage is that you have
enough advantage afterwards to mixup, even if the opponent JF techs.
A throw (214B+G preferable) is recommended if the opponent chooses to
rise/JF tech, but only if you're in range.
2) Moves that stun the opponent and/or knock him/her down are the actual
victims of tech traps. Though they are prone to extra hits during the
stun, if the attacker simply lets them fall, it puts the grounded opponent
at a guessing game - stay low and take a free hit or tech and risk
heavy punishment? In most cases it's generally better to get a free hit
and tech to safety rather than tech immediately - however knowing your
opponent's weak side can help sometimes, as you can tech in that weak
spot to avoid any damage in the process.

Here a couple of tech traps snatched from the amount of hours spent
in Practice. They may not be 100% reliable if used in a real match, take
caution.

The general format for them goes like this:

Tech Trap Starter
-Tech Trap Move N (damage dealt) | Hits X tech
->Info

A+B_CH 8WR 3_9K
-3B | Hits right, forward and back techs.
-> If done too early, 3B may not launch, but if done too late, 3B will
whiff. 236K afterwards should do ~100+ damage.

-1K/8WR 1_7K | Hits left, forward and back techs.
-> As opposed to 3B, this is guaranteed to tech trap for a full 100% hit.
1B afterwards should do ~70+ damage.

-66A (74) | Hits left, forward and back techs.
-> The only real use of this is to get frame advantage and continue
pressure (keeps Lizardman close as well). The damage afterwards isn't much
compared to the above tech traps.

-66B | Hits forward and back techs.
-> While the damage is very decent, this doesn't hit side techs, which limits
its usage. 66A+B afterwards should do ~100+ damage.


8B+K_8[B+K]{1}_8[B+K]
-3B | Hits right, forward and back techs.
-> Nothing is guaranteed after 8B+K, making it a good opportunity to set up
devious traps. 3B can be done early as opposed to the above situation, and
can rack up ~100+ damage with a 236K followup afterwards.

-44K | Hits all techs
-> This is pretty much Lizardman's only tech trap capable of securing a hit
on all techs. Sadly, the damage is rather poor, and the recoveryt time of 44K 
makes it impossible to get anymore wakeup opportunities despite the knockdown..

(to be updated)

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SET-UPS
=======

This section regards frame advantage and possible followups afterwards
that can really mess with the flow of your opponent. They involve
either frame traps, escapeable DOS mixups, or throw mixups.

FRAME TRAPS
-----------

(to be updated)

ESCAPEABLE DOS MIXUPS
---------------------

Lizardman has one DOS move; 66A. This move only causes Double Over Stun
on CH. When your opponent breaks the stun however, you have lots of setups:

General (Staple) Mixups:
1A,K/3B - Good/very similar damage (1A,K 66, and 3B, 236K 68). 3B is very
fast enough to catch duckers, while 1A,K should encourage your opponent
TO duck. The only drawback is that if your opponent is good and blocks
on reaction, you're at heavy disadvantage from both moves.

1K/236... - 1K is fast as 3B, and nets a bit of extra damage afterwards
with 1B. While not damaging as 1A,K, 1K is just a tad safer in case it
gets blocked. CRWL is used mainly to catch opponents off guard. They
may think you're going after them with a low (due to Lizardman crouching)...
but guess again. Once they block low, hit them really fast with any of
the three mids in CRWL. It's also safe overall as long as you don't attack
first and your opponent blocks prior to escaping the stun, though you'll
trade advantage for safety + possible risks afterwards.

214B+G/mid - The throw should be a no-brainer for the unfortunate victim
who's just started to learn how to escape, but is still unprepared
afterwards. The damage is reasonable, and hard to escape, plus cannot
be GI'ed. Once you trained them to duck, punish with a mid and watch
them squirm in disgust.

Other DOS escape mixups are good, but these are the ones I rely on the
most.

THROW SETUPS
------------

A throw is good for the damage it deals and the wakeups available
afterwards, in addition to being unblockable. But you cannot always
attempt a throw everytime, you have to be at pointblank range in order
to get them off. Plus, a throw is considered high (unless the character
is supplied with crouch throws as well), if ducked you're in a world
of hurt. When mixed up occasionally, throws can catch opponents off
guard really easy. Throws have been tweaked in SC3, you can grab opponents 
out of their attacks somewhat easily. The reason for this section is that 
Lizardman's throw range is one of the shortest in SC3, making it hard to
attempt throws occasionally without the assistance of advancing moves and
high hit stun.

Possible throw setups:
CH 66A, Throw: Only when escaped. Best choice here is 214B+G to avoid having it
breaked too easily.

9K: Nice advantage on hit, advances Lizardman and puts him close enough. You
can go for a throw here.

B,K: Strong natural combo and causes the opponent to expose their side. Almost
anything here is virtually uninterruptible, so you can go for any mixup besides
a throw. You're a little out of range, though.

4A: Not quite good seeing as it is high and the animation is kinda readable.
The sluggishness makes getting out the move harder overall. 4A does expose
the opponent's back, except you're out of range more than you'd be with B,K.
You can try this against steppers, supposedly.

A,A: Second swipe advances Lizardman, and is a poke itself. A safe way to
come in close range and useful means of gaining frame advantage. Even if
you don't end up close enough for a throw, you can mix with a mid/low
afterwards.

Keep in mind, A+G is good for wakes and 214B+G difficult to escape (good
damage as well), so mix them up and interchange to avoid having the throws
broken.

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PUNISHING
=========

One of your main focuses is to ALWAYS exploit any situation where free damage
opportunities are given. Punishing is one such thing. You always want to
score the most damaging hit possible and unload everything. Whiff, punish!
Block an unsafe move, punish! This is easier said than done, however with
practice put into (near) perfection you'll turn from a reptile pet to a
machine of mass murder. The following punishers will deal with the MAX
damage given within the situation, and will be reliable to use in most
cases. If the advantage is minor (at least -12 or so), I will list any
move that has the same advantage that can be used along with move X.

WHIFF PUNISHING
---------------
This varies a lot. The type of punishers available during a whiff all depend.

8WR Punishing: After stepping a move that has no tracking, 8WR 3_9B into your
               recommended followup.
Duck Punishing: Hopefully you're in CRWL when doing this. Use CRWL B:B, 44K
                afterwards for good damage. Otherwise, if you ducked a high on
                reaction, either WS A or enter CRWL really fast and try to
                punish with a CRWL K headbutt. If not possible, then just stay
                in CRWL.
Retreat Punishing: 44B into combo. Be barely out of range and strike as soon as
                   the attack ends.
Long Range Punishing: 66B. 8WR 3_9K for speed, or A+B to close in and keep
                      pressure with wake ups.
Close Range Punishing: B,B or B,K for speed, damage & safety. A whiff with
                       a short ranged move such as 2A can be answered with 3B.
Mid Range Punishing: There's a plenty. 66B (after a whiff or twitch), 3B (if
                     close), CRWL moves (except for CRWL K if you're not
close),
                     66A+B (wall pressure, knockdown & wakes), 66K (same as
                     66A+B minus wakes). Really, anything that has good range
                     works well.

PUNISHING
---------
The following is a list of moves that can be punished by Lizardman from each
character. The format is as follows:

CHARACTER
Character's Move = Lizardman's Punisher n
                   Lizardman's Punisher n

Punishers will have one or more of the following:
(Max Damage) Most damaging out of the punishers listed.
(Mixups) Less damage, but mixup options are available afterwards.
(Reliable) Guaranteed to connect without any risks.
(Buffer) Do punisher really fast within recovery limit.

(To be updated)


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6. DEFENSIVE STRATEGIES
***********************

GUARDING
========
It's basic, but seriously, many players end up being rocks to withstand
punishment, when in reality they have no clue as to what is going to
come up next. When the next happens, they still are rocks, and then they
suddenly lose their defense, become vulnerable, and can't fight back.
Against some characters, turtling works well against them (Setsuka is
a good example) because they lack lows or a decent mixup game. Once
pit against characters that actually have lows, guarding cannot help as
much.

Okay, so let's go over the functions of guarding. It serves as a defense
mechanism, and blocks every attack except unblockables (which are too
slow... go figure). There are two guards, a low and a high. A high
guard blocks all mids and highs, with the exception of lows. A low
guard will blocks lows, avoid highs, and take mids. Those are just
the basics.

So why guard? To avoid getting mixed up. To avoid taking damage. To
avoid taking risks. And to avoid falling into potential setups/baits.
In return, the blocker is rewarded with advantage, and with a move
that's unsafe enough, punishment.

However, most players tend to continuously block, and like in the above
example, become "rocks". They are stationary, and cannot move until they
drop their guard. So what happens next? An attack is about to come, the
player drops their guard and... K.O..

IMO, SC3 is all about taking risks now. If you simply stand there and
guard, block, wait for an opening and return fire, you are NEVER
getting anywhere. Worse of all, the guard that is common in this
situation is the high guard - which makes low attacks (even unsafe
ones) exploitable. Guarding builds up too much, which leads to the
inability to "read" attacks coming. Sure, what about taking risks? You
mantain an offensive, a turtler who knows what he/she is doing can come
back even after taking a couple of hits, and will retaliate.

Knowledge of being defensive is not enough. You have to WORK on being
offensive sometimes. This isn't always the case (such as the sisters).
When turtlers expect an attack coming, block it and retaliate, as long
as the attack is not unsafe, the opposing opponent can block and return
fire.

There are a couple of ways you can get around turtlers. Mixups, throws,
lows (if high guard), mids (if crouch guard), deception (like cancels to
make the defender drop their guard) and unblockables (not recommended).

After getting advantage, mixup with lows/mids. Use poking lows such as
2K. Sure, the damage isn't much, but every little bit helps. Pokes
serve as annoyance factors and distractions in order to unleash your
bigger moves.

Throws are an excellent way to actually teach newcomers how to guard
properly. Throws are unblockable, come out quick, and can be escaped
only by reaction. Should your opposing opponent portrait none of these
functions in their guarding misery, you can easily beat them. For
Lizardman, 214B+G_A+G are good throws for this situation. Once you
get them crouching, then mix up with mids and lows to make them more
aware of what can happen next.

Deception can be tricky if your opponent knows how to guard properly,
and block moves on reaction. A blocked move can mean free punishment,
or mixups in return. Try cancelling with simple moves such as A. Get
the opponent to drop their guard once they notice you aren't attacking
them, and catch them off guard with a fast move afterwards.

Unblockables are a laugh, you are probably desperate if you EVER used
an unblockable yourself. However, the truth is no one will EVER use
unblockables except in very situational cases.

While being very basic, guarding is used too frequently and handicaps
the newcomers trying to build a good offense. Hopefully, this will
grasp your mind and learn how to be a better player without being
too defensive all the time.

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GUARD IMPACT/JUST IMPACT
========================

Generally speaking, Guard Impact is a lot less useful now in SC3 (it wasn't
quite useful in previous SCs, except to give the GI'er an opportunity to mixup
and strike if their current moveset consisted of slow moves). Most players
don't bother with it, because a whiff = nasty punishment. You CANNOT block for 
a long time should you whiff your GI attempt (whether it is intentional or 
after getting Guard Impacted yourself).

Getting them to match up certain moves is difficult, plus with the VC glitches
in the game, the opponent does not need to re-guard impact. They can simply 
block afterwards to avoid taking risks with a bait guard impact.

Which leads to other options. BTW if I recall, you have +16 frame advantage
after a Parry, and +6 with a Repel. NOTHING is guaranteed, however this gives
the GI-er a great opportunity to mixup and throw the GI'ed opponent's GI
timing off. Usually, this involves slow moves, especially if the GI'ed
person GI's immediately (should they not know how to VC).

With VC put aside, here are good options after a successful GI (including both
parry and repel, and both Guard Impacted and Re-Guard Impacted situations):

A+K - This is one of Lizardman's slowest moves that is useless on its own.
However after a guard impact, this becomes gold. The damage is quite good with
the free 44K afterwards. Also, the startup animation is rather deceptive
because the kick delays itself quite a bit before coming out. For a repel, A+K 
will whiff afterwards if the opponent doesn't GI, keep that in mind.

8WR 3_9B - Ah yes, the shield uppercut. Same as above, but chargeable for a
guard crush. A useful way to deal with VC depending on how fast the opponent
VCs, if they VC too late you break their guard. This can set up for some nasty
mixups (especially if your opponent thinks you're at advantage afterwards).
But a hit with it and you're just one step away from victory.

214B+G - While unGIable and hard to escape, the GI will push the opponent back
a bit, so doing 214B+G immediately afterwards may whiff (for a repel it WILL
whiff, as the opponent is crouching). The fact that 214B+G can only be JI'ed
doesn't neglect its usefulness. Against a good GI-er, this is a great weapon
against them as long as they don't time their JI perfectly. Beware the short
range, use a dash in for further mixups with other moves.

CRWL - IMO, Lizardman's best GI tool. Since Lizardman enters CRWL, the opponent
can easily be tricked into GIing if they believe you're going for a low.
After a successful whiff, CRWL B:B, 44K or CRWL A,B for wakes. Only headbutt
for wall pressure/ring out, since it has the shortest range.


JUST IMPACT
-----------

A new addition to SC3, Just Impact is basically an advanced, tricky to master
Guard Impact. You GI just before an attack is *about* to come in contact with
you at the very last second. The flash is red as opposed to the green of a
regular Guard Impact. This is hard to pull consistently, but thankfully you
don't have to worry about it too much. The opponent can STILL re-GI after
a JI, however because JI tends to be a surprise maneuver the opponent usually
forgets to GI. Also with the red flash, all of your attacks register as counter
hits (120% of its normal damage), allowing you to follow with deadly CH moves
such as 66B+K,A,B. Btw, Just Impacts can ONLY be done with a Parry, not with a
Repel.

Otherwise, Just Impact does not have any real use in gameplay. You can use it
in the same fashion as an ordinary guard impact, except it provides the GI-er a
small to large reward with the CH bonus. Even then, doing Just Impact can be
tricky. GI'ed opponents can be thrown off with quick moves, thus preventing the
possibility of doing Just Impact consistently in a real match.

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COUNTER/RETALIATION
===================

Expose your opponent's weak spots and use it against them. That's not to say
you can always spot the following situations and always make the most of it,
however you should always be alert and exploit these scenarios if they occur.

What you should look for:
- Any tactic that is used frequently
Depends on the particular situation, whether your opponent tries to go on a
rampage with rushdown or turtling up and waiting to retaliate.

- Any abuse of a particular move
A good example is throwing. If you block you're giving the opponent an
opportunity to throw as long as they're close enough. Another is repeated
barrages of pokes. You can easily deal twice or more damage than getting
poked at several times (getting poke can lead to the annoyance factor though).

- Any whiff (check punishing section)
ALWAYS try to squeeze the most damage available as possible. For Lizardman,
B,K/B,B works nice, and both deal respectable damage.

- Sticking to simple mind games such as poke, block, retaliate
Employ your mixups in this particular situation. That will keep the opponent
from return firing.

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8WR/ANTI-8WR
------------

8WR has been toned down A LOT from the previous Soul Caliburs. With most
verticals being able to track, you can't always expect to step one unless
you're far out of range. Though you can still step-guard in Soul Calibur 3,
it is far less useful as a defense against anti-8WR moves. Guarding after
stepping requires a bit of time to enter, you can still get hit even before
entering a guarding position.

8WR usually happens after/during the following:
- When two players are out of range
- After stepping a move that is linear or only tracks to one side
- When buffered as a sidestep, in order to have instant access to 8WR moves

1) When two players are out of range:
From here, you can move in (you'll have to eventually to resume battle unless
stalling time), or stay back and re-think your strategy. A safe way to move in
is with 8WR 3_9K once you enter mid range.

2) After stepping a move that is linear or only tracks to one side
Punish afterwards with 8WR 3_9B. 8WR 2_8B/8WR any direction except 4 or 6+A+B
for wall pressure. For safety, choice number two is recommended.

3) When buffered as a sidestep, in order to have instant access to 8WR moves
You have many advantages here. A sidestep is better than doing an 8WR for
a couple of reasons. One, it happens faster than an 8WR, allowing you to
evade even attacks that can hit 8WRners normally. Two, you have instant access
to 8WR moves. And three, this can be important in certain combos, you NEED to
buffer 8WR (or sidestep) in order to follow up with the attacks in the combo.


ANTI-8WR
--------

This is one of Lizardman's weak areas. He is a very LINEAR character. Nearly
all of his moves have poor area coverage or only cover to one side. This can
be a problem against 8WR'ners, it can be very easy for them to predict your
anti-8WR, and exploit Lizardman's weakness. This is an (incomplete) list of
moves that can be used against 8WR (regarding left and right ONLY).

A,A (Both)
2A (Both)
3A (Right)
66A (Both)
1K (Both)

(to be updated)


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7. Top Ten Moves (staple moves)
*******************************

These are the moves that I rely on that work for me in most cases. Everyone
has their own, but the following is based on my preference or experience.
Also, they are not in any order whatsoever.

A,A/4B - Basic yet very quick pokes. They move Lizardman in to apply pressure
afterwards. 4B is a great move for CH hunting, giving out 71+ damage. A,A is
great for 8WR opponents.

2K/2A - Quick safe (well 2A is) tech crouch moves. 2K is a reliable basic
wakeup attack, and 2A is a reliable basic FC/WS setup (though Lizardman's
FC/WS game sucks), plus tech catches well, setting the opponent up for
mixups.

66A - To catch 8WR'ners and for CH hunting. The DOS gives numerous setups
if broken, and if not you can rip the opponent apart with the 50%+ damage
followups afterwards. It's also safe on block, sort of.

A+B/8WR 3_9K - Safe on block moves to use in closing the gap between
Lizardman and the opponent. A+B knocks down for wakeups, and 8WR 3_9K
gives decent advantage on hit (puts opponent in a crouching position as
well). Decent tech jumps to beat out low/semi-low attacks (watch out for
A+B as it's possible to overshoot).

66B - Lizardman's only decent, safe launcher that offers great damage on
hit, and forces crouch on block. The range is pretty good as well, and
works nicely against back rolls during wakeups. Another 66B after a 66B
hit usually tech catches most of the time.

CRWL - Great tech crouch properties, combo possibilities galore, decent
damage and good mind games off of it. Any whiff can be answered by
CRWL B:B, 44K_CRWL A,B, 66B or wakes. The startup can be cancelled with
VC for defense purposes.

A+G/214B+G - Good throws to use & mixup. A+G has an easy break but offers
good wakes, while 214B+G is harder to break, does more damage but puts
minimal distance inbetween. They have short range however, use after moves
that give decent hit stun and leave you in reasonable range for throw
mixups.

B,B/B,K - Great punishers in a -13~-14 situation. B,K offers better mixups
and damage, while B,B is unduckable with the second hit and does slightly
better than B,K to wall pressure.

2B,K - Almost forgot this. Best CH hunter IMO for Lizardman. Tech crouches,
combo on CH for great damage, rings out, and works nice as a wall pressure
move (the 2B part sort of pushes). 2B has enough weight to break 2As, in
addition to better range.

8WR 3_9B/8WR 3_9A - The other two good 8WR moves for Lizardman. 8WR 3_9B is
a decent risk vs reward move in that the damage potential is insane, in
return for horrible recovery on block. 8WR 3_9A moves Lizardman in, has
better range than 8WR 3_9B, a little safer, rings out and good against an
opponent backed up into a edge.


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8. COMBOS
*********

Here is a full list of combos compiled, that are 100% guaranteed or are
very reliable followups overall.

JUGGLE COMBOS
-------------
Soul Calibur 3 isn't Tekken, so it doesn't incorporate the mega large
8 hit combos like Tekken does. Instead, you have three options after
a launch - damage, wakeups, or ring out. The reason for this is that
the first hit is ALWAYS guaranteed, but any subsequent hits afterwards
can be air controlled out of. The first hit is always important as it
has the least damage penalty (80% of a move's normal damage), and therefore
will yield the most damage after a launch.

Format for Juggles:
Launcher/Juggle Starter
Followup (damage) Damage | Wakes | Ring Out
-> Notes

3B juggle combos
================
3B, 236K (68) Damage
-> The most damaging option after 3B. Will not hit if 3B hits far.

3B, 8WR 3_9A (64) Wakes
-> Oh yeah I forgot, wake followups will put Lizardman in a comfortable
position afterwards, or limit the opponent's ability to air control far
away backwards. This requires 8WR buffering, and must be done quickly.

3B, B,K (61) Basic anti-AC combo
One of the few multi-hit juggles Lizardman possesses. This isn't a good
option however due to the second hit strengthening the opponent's ability
to AC. 8WR 3_9A is better when out of range for 236K.

3B, 3B (54) All Ranges
-> In case you are out of range when 3B connects, this works reliably.

66B juggle combos
=================
66B, 66A+B (80-81) Damage
-> Bounce must be high enough in order for the 66A+B to connect. Otherwise,
the opponent can block 66A+B.

8WR 2_8A,A (79) Anti-AC combo
-> On a higher bounce, delay 8WR 2_8A,A to avoid getting the second hit
to miss. On a lower bounce, you don't need to delay. With two hits,
opponent can air control farther away than with one hit.

4B+K,G (63) Ring Out
-> A good juggle to go for in case you're near an edge. The knock back
distance is pretty good.

44B juggle combos
=================
44B, 66A+B (69-70) Damage
-> The 70 damage will be dealt if 66A+B is buffered quickly. Notice 44B
is a regular launch, therefore it doesn't require a delay in timing, as
opposed to 66B.

44B, 6A, 66A (68) Anti-AC combo
-> Depending on where your opponent air controls, really. The 66A can hit
if buffered fast enough. And 6A must hit slightly early (though not too
early or it will whiff), which will increase the floating time allowing 66A
to hit afterwards. Not always guaranteed, but 66A has a good chance of
hitting air controls.

Counter Hit 44B juggle combos
=============================
CH 44B, 66K6, 66B (99) Damage
-> That is quite a lot of damage; and very easy to do. However 44B is hard
to land CH consistently. Other followups include: A+B for 96-97 damage (better
wake ups than 66B due to slightly fast recovery) and B2B,B,B (yes, the WHOLE
thing). 8WR 3_9B also works for 1 point extra, total of 100, but I believe
it's distance-dependent, otherwise it's easy (IIRC).

CH 44B, 8WR 3_9B (66-67) Wakes
-> The 8WR 3_9B will cause a flip, thus nullifying the opponent's ability to
air control. They'll land near your feet, giving great wake up options. You can
sneak a 2K in here for up to 75 points of damage (not guaranteed). On the 
opponent's back, you can do MORE hits afterwards with: 236K for 102 points, and 
B,B for 95 points (I think, gotta check), making this combo really long. That 
is, if you get it to connect on the opponent's back.

8WR 3_9B/CH 66B+K,A,B juggle combos
===================================
For charged 8WR 3_9[B] combos, add 13 more points of damage.

8WR 3_9B/CH 66B+K,A,B, G (turn around), 66K6, 66B (110/150) Damage
-> A whopping 110/150 points of damage! With a counter hit (regarding 8WR 3_9B)
the combo does slightly more than half a lifebar (half = 120 points on default
lifebars, 240 points max). After CH 66B+K,A,B, the timing is very TIGHT. You 
have to turn around VERY quickly and do the 66K6, 66B afterwards, however the 
tricky timing is worth it because getting the whole thing off will do 60% of 
a lifebar! Alternately, you can trade the free 66B by going for a possible 44K 
trap of sorts (somewhat). If you get 44K to hit AT (otherwise it does slightly 
less damage), you'll increase the 29 damage of 66B with 43-44 damage with the 
AT for a possible 124-125/164-165 points of damage. Great option with 8WR 3_9B 
as a GI option/whiff punisher.

8WR 3_9B/CH66B+K,A,B, G (turn around), 66K6, 8WR 3_9B (111/149) Damage
-> You may be wondering why I put this alternative instead of in the above
combo. That's because for some strange reason, the damage differs with the
two starters. The 8WR 3_9B ender does one point more than 66B with 8WR 3_9B
as the starter, but does one point less than 66B with CH 66B+K,A,B as the
starter. The damage is still pretty similar, either way. However 66B gives
better wakes than 8WR 3_9B as the ender as it leaves Lizardman close and
has better overall recovery.

8WR 3_9B/CH 66B+K,A,B, G (turn around), 66A+B (84/120) Reliability
-> This is slightly easier to pull off than the above combos and does less
overall damage. For 8WR 3_9B this is not recommended, 66K6, 66B is much
better overall. For CH 66B+K,A,B, this is the better option as getting
66K6, 66B off is difficult. You'll still end up with half of a life bar
gone, which is still good enough.

WL B juggle combos
==================
WL B, 236K (64-68) Damage
-> The damage values are based on WL B (8 version) and WL B (9) version.
This is the most damaging option afterwards, and IMO should be used simply
because the launch height after WL B is rather low.

Counter Hit CRWL A,B juggle combos
==================================
CH CRWL A,B, 236K (77) Damage
-> A little hard to get off, you have to wait a bit for the opponent to
fall after the bounce in order for the headbutt to connect (due to its
short range).

CH CRWL A,B, 22A+B (75) Reliability
-> Much easier to get off than the headbutt followup above, however because
of the two hits, your opponent's ability to air control is strengthened (the
recovery isn't good afterwards, either).

CRWL A,B (second hit) juggle combos
===================================
CRWL A,B (second hit), 44K (80)
-> Technically not a juggle, but bleh. The opponent cannot tech after landing,
ala Tekken. The damage is good than the B followup with the first hit
connecting, though wakes are usually the better option.

CRWL B:B juggle combos
======================
CRWL B:B, 44K (87) Damage/Wakes
-> Technically not a juggle, again. Anyway, this is the most damaging option
out of CRWL B:B. You have to wait for the opponent to land before following up 
with 44K. The opponent cannot tech upon landing, ala Tekken. The damage is 
sweet 
for a rather simple move/JF such as this, making it a great move to use after
ducking under highs with CRWL.

CRWL B:B, 236K (81) Reliability
-> The damage is still pretty good, although the 44K followup is better as
it gives some wake ups afterward.

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STUN COMBOS
===========

Stun combos are different from Tekken, once again. Instead of juggling after
the stun move, you get at least one free hit that is powerful or grounds the
opponent afterwards. Certain stun moves provide enough time for the attacker
to followup with a full 100% strike rather than a 80% damage penalty strike.
This usually means juggle combos are possible, or a mid move that is generally
fast and can re-balance the opponent to set them up for mixups, or knock back
for ring out/wall combo possibilities. However, due to the stun combo system
in SC3, stun hits recieve a penalty, where as in SC2, you can't re-stun but
100% standing hits after the stun means more damage overall. Getting multiple
stuns/hits during a stun combo therefore does less overall damage, so it's 
better to get the most damage with a launch (if possible) or ground hit.

There are no CH 66A combos listed, due to it being a DOS. However, if you do
get the DOS and the opponent doesn't escape, 236B:B, 44K or 8WR 3_9B, G,
66K6, 66B/33_99B are the best options afterwards, for over 50% life. Lizardman
doesn't have much in terms of stun comboing, but fortunately, the stun combos
he has focus primarily on doing the most damage afterward.

A+K stun combos
===============
A+K, 44K (82)
-> About the only real followup you should use, it's one of the couple of
instances that can be taken advantage of with the 44K AT. Good damage.

CH 236B stun combos
===================
CH 236B, 44K (80)
-> Seeing a familiar pattern here? The damage is fairly good, however it's
best to go for the :B JF AT, then the 44K AT for even better damage.

CH 4B stun combos
=================
CH 4B, 44K (71)
-> Not the most damaging followup (it has an equivalent), but generally better
as it gives some wake ups, afterwards.

CH 4B, 236K (71)
-> A great option near a wall, the headbutt will smash the opponent into it and
you can continue afterwards for insane damage with wall combos. It's a good 
ring 
out option as well, provided there's no wall ahead, and you're somewhat close 
to
it.

CH 4B, 2B,K (70)
-> While slightly less damage than the above followups, 2B,K is stronger than
236K in terms of wall pressure/ring out, as the first hit slightly pushes the
opponent and the headbutt afterwards expands on that distance.

CH 4B+K stun combos (requires a close range hit)
===================
CH 4B+K, 44K (83)
-> Yet another stun to exploit 44K's AT. Handicapped by the fact that it
requires a close hit in order to stun on CH, but at least it tech crouches,
making the event of a CH more likely.

B+K stun combos (requires guard impact vs downward strikes)
===============
B+K GI, 44K (82)
-> While yet another move to exploit the 44K AT, this one's actually good. The
guard impact feature is pretty useful against a downward strike, to counter and
punish for great damage.

66A+B stun combos (well, technically it's really a knock down)
=================
66A+B, 1B (67)
-> Need to be close during 66A+B hit. Despite the damage of 66A+B, the
followups are quite scarce and don't really do as much damage.

8[B+K] stun combos (needs to miss for quake stun, opponent must not block)
==================
Any 236B:B combo
Any 236A,B combo
Any 3B combo
-> Note that the damages of the followups will be the same as their respective
combo starters listed in the section where they contain them (as in, CRWL B:B,
44K will do 87 damage).

CH (66B+K),A stun combos (tapping G helps to get out some B moves)
========================
CH (66B+K),A, 236K (69)
-> Two points less than CH 4B, 236K, except it has slightly stronger wall
pressure with the forward momentum of both hits.

CH (66B+K),A, 2B,K (68)
-> Ditto to the above. Handicapped by the fact that it is a B followup, and
may do the last hit of the whole 66B+K,A,B string.

CH (66B+K),A, 7K (59)
-> For teh win!

CH (66B+K),A, B,B (55)
-> Simple followup. I forgot, B,K doesn't work in this case, since the opponent
is crouching in the stun.

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WALL COMBOS
===========

The wall system in Soul Calibur 3 works differently than Tekken 4/5's as well.
After a wall hit, the opponent is stunned and you can do almost anything
here - ground hit, launcher, stun (has to be a move that independently stuns
WITHOUT CH), pokes, and various other things. A high wall hit (usually caused
by a launcher) will automatically make the opponent bounce off, allowing you to
juggle them in a similar fashion (with other semi-launcher moves that usually
don't offer juggles normally). In addition, ground hits that are done as soon
as the opponent hits the ground are UNTECHABLE/GUARDABLE (it must be done FAST,
otherwise your opponent CAN guard your followup).

However, the wall system penalizes your followups afterwards greatly - the
first hit after a wall stun will do 63% of its normal damage, and a juggle hit
after a wall bounce will do 52% of its normal damage. The most damaging
followup isn't always the best option, wall combos depend a lot on range and
recovery. So for example, if you're close, and you succeeded in slamming the
opponent against the wall, but with a move that has hideous recovery, you can
only go for a ground hit. Also for wall bounces, range and the time the
opponent hits the wall is important too. The later the opponent hits the
wall, the more options that you have  afterwards, and with further range allows
Lizardman stuff like 66K6 -> followups to work.

Lizardman's wall game is one of the best, he can easily capitalize on this
huge damage opportunity with a successful wall hit. Even when you're not at
a 1/4 distance away from the wall, you can simply 44K afterwards to get
respectable damage. Thus, Lizardman can do damage no matter the wall hit
situation.

Wall Bounces and Wall Splat combos will each have their own individual
sections.


WALL BOUNCE COMBOS
------------------

Wall Bounce combo                   Damage           Range           Wall Hit
=============================================================================
3B, 44K                             85               Any             Any
3B, 66K6, 66B                       90               Far             Late

WL B (9 version), 66K6, 66B         93               Far             Late

44B, 66K6, 66B                      85               Far to Mid      Late

236A, 236K                          47               Close           Any

[8A works, but I'm using 9A]
9A, 66K6, 66B                       ??(90+)          Any             Any


WALL SPLAT COMBOS
-----------------

Wall Splat Combo                    Damage           Range          Difficulty
==============================================================================
66A+B, 44K                          100              Any            Easy
66A+B, 236K                         99               Mid            Medium
66A+B, B,B                          94               Mid            Easy
66A+B, B2B,B,B                      84               Any            Easy

66K, 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B         143              Mid            Medium-Hard
66K, 236B:B, 44K                    129              Mid            Medium
66K, 3B, 44K                        122              Mid            Medium
66K, 44K                            87               Mid to Close   Easy-Medium

66K6, 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B        155-156          Mid            Medium-Hard
66K6, 236B:B, 44K                   138              Mid            Medium
66K6, 3B, 44K                       127-128          Mid to Close   Easy-Medium
66K6, 44K                           97               Mid to Close   Easy-Medium

(1A),K, 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B      155              Mid            Medium-Hard
(1A),K, 236B:B, 44K                 141              Mid            Medum
(1A),K, 3B, 44K                     133              Mid to Close   Medium
(1A),K, 66B, 66A+B                  106              Mid            Medium

CH 6B, 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B       136              Any            Easy-Medium
CH 6B, 236B:B, 44K                  122              Any            Easy-Medium
CH 6B, 3B, 44K                      115              Any            Easy-Medium
CH 6B, A+K, 44K                     108              Mid            Easy

(B2),K, 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B      141              Mid            Medium-Hard
(B2),K, 236B:B, 44K                 126              Mid            Medium
(B2),K, 3B, 44K                     120              Mid            Medium
(B2),K, 66B, 66A+B                  111              Mid            Medium
(B2),K, 44K                         85               Mid to Close   Easy-Medium

[Wall to Right] CH 4K, 44K          77               Any            Easy-Medium

[(B2B,B,B,)K or 236K]
8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B              149              Mid            Medium
236B:B, 44K                         135              Mid            Medium
3B, 44K                             128              Mid            Easy-Medium
66B, 66A+B                          119              Mid            Easy-Medium
44K                                 93               Any            Easy-Medium

CH 2B,K, 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B     163              Mid            Medium-Hard
CH 2B,K, 236B:B, 44K                145              Mid            Medium
CH 2B,K, 3B, 44K                    140              Mid            Easy-Medium
CH 2B,K, 66B, 66A+B                 133              Mid            Easy-Medium
CH 2B,K, 44K                        106              Any            Easy-Medium

CH (66B+K),A, 236K:
8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B              175              Mid            Medium-Hard
236B:B, 44K                         158              Mid            Medium
3B, 44K                             151              Mid            Medium

CH (66B+K),A, 2B,K, 44K             115              Far            Easy-Medium

CH 4B, 236K:
8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6, 66B              176              Mid            Medium-Hard
236B:B, 44K                         161              Mid            Medium

Notes:
-As you can see, the wall splat list is filled with similar (if not the exact
same) wall splat combos. This is because they do the most damage overall, and
I'm feeling generous to list the appropriate damages for each wall stun
starter.
-Not all 44K combos require being close. Some may need a bit of distance away
from the wall, because 44K upclose has a good chance of whiffing. Also, all
44K combos (regarding wall, not after things like 3B, 44K) require a slight
delay in order to do the AT (this seems so with the 4K starter). I personally 
listed 44K in situations where you end up being too close to the wall and 
unable 
to do any of the "mid"-distance followups (well I haven't listed all of them,
but you get the idea).
-8WR 3_9B still does the extra point of damage during the 8WR 3_9B, G, 66K6
wall combo, you can replace 66B with 8WR 3_9B for a little bit of damage.

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MISCELLANEOUS COMBOS
====================

Combos that don't fit in the above categories (too situational).

A+B (back hit), B,B (74)
A+B (back hit), B2B,B,B (66)
CH 44B (back hit), 8WR 3_9B, 236K (102)


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9. VERSUS CHARACTER STRATEGIES
******************************

Match discussions are for the top to next top tier characters.

VERSUS ASTAROTH
===============

Even for a big guy, Astaroth is all about power. Though he has lots of
damage, the real core of his offense comes from his excellent throw
game, his wake up and the ability to keep away/space. However, Astaroth
has toned down quite a bit, his 66B now hits special mid and most of
his basic pokes (like B6) hits high instead of mid.

- The main strength of Astaroth is his throw game. Astaroth has the most
versatile set of throws - command, regular, ground, air, attack and crouch
throws. B-escaping should be your top priority. Astaroth has a lot more B
breakable throws than As, and they do INSANE damage. He can also charge
certain throws up to increase the pain they will do. BTW, if you ever let
him get off one of his throws, he gets damage, mixups, wakeups and/or space.
NO other character has such unique traits off of their throws.

- IMO, Astaroth has the best GI game, thanks to his wider variety of command
throws, which CANNOT be GIed (and JI is too difficult to achieve, plus it
can only be done with a Parry). This is also his main source of spacing and
setups. Even if VC'ed, Astaroth's throws will GO right through. Crouch after
VCing? Say hello to 2A+G_B+G.

- Even with an excellent throw game, Astaroth is further complemented with
great damage potential. He has a couple of power hits in his arsenal, and
can PUNISH for great damage with 66B (at i14 it's one of the best punishers
in the game). His combos are also very sick in terms of damage, though
the starters themselves are telegraphed or too slow to connect.

- Upclose, Astaroth will try to keep you away in order to set up for a throw
game. Expect a couple of 6Ks, B6Ks, 6As, 66Bs, and 4B. Beware of the last
one especially, if he gets a CH it will knock you down and set up for nasty
tech traps with ANOTHER 4B and crouch throws. If you ever get grounded, ALWAYS
stay down and take a free hit (unless it's a slow one) than rolling, only to
get hit with another 4B or a crouch throw. The first few moves set up for
combos on CH (the B6K and 6A,B are guaranteed on CH), and 66B pushes back on
block, making it fairly safe.

(to be updated)


***********
10. CREDITS
***********

First off:
- My sisters and parents for giving me the money to buy this awesome game.
- Namco! Although they did mess up on SC3 with all these weird glitches,
they've made the game unbelievable. It's a step forward from SC2. Still, it
has yet to compete with it's oldest brother on the Dreamcast.
- http://www.soulcalibur.com, Every Soul Calibur info you need to know is
right at this great site.
- You, for reading this FAQ.
- Me for typing this all out. Hell, I need some credit, do I not?

PROPS TO...
-----------
- http://www.soulcalibur.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=113
Main forum for Lizardman in Soul Arena. View here for some detailed info
on Lizardman (sadly, it's fairly dead).

-> Combo Thread
http://www.soulcalibur.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=26653

-> Strat Thread
http://www.soulcalibur.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=26650

-> Some Versus Strategies against Characters and their key moves
http://www.soulcalibur.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=28599

-> Frame Traps (no frame data yet, gotta wait)
http://www.soulcalibur.com/forums/s...;threadid=28456

-> All the people on this forum...

-> And any Lizardman fans. Reptiles rule! Er, sort of.

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REVISION HISTORY
=====================================

February 11, 2006
-----------------
= Started FAQ.
-> Intro, Table of Contents, Changes to Lizardman, Move List, In-Depth Move
Analysis.
= Submitted (not yet viewable).

February 12, 2006
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-> Finishing In-Depth Move Analysis section.

February 13, 2006
-----------------
-> Completed In-Depth Move Analysis.
-> Added some missing properties.
-> Starting Strategies section.

February 14, 2006
-----------------
-> Added Credits.
-> Finishing Offensive Strategies section.

February 15, 2006
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-> Offensive Strategies finished.
-> Starting Defensive Strategies.
-> Made some corrections.
-> Updated Tech Traps section.

February 16, 2006
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-> Finished Defensive Strategies.
-> Finished Top Ten Moves.
-> Starting Combo section.

February 17, 2006
-----------------
-> Finished Combo section.
-> Starting (and need to update) Versus Strategies.

May 28, 2006
------------
-> Fixed a couple of typos, added and changed some move info.
-> Added a few extra combos and notes.
-> Added a tech trap.