Joe by Twipol

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                   Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 - the Newcomers

                           Playing as Joe Higashi

                        version 1.01 - Nov. 24th 2003

                         by Twipol /

                     Copyright 2003 by François Collette

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Note : I tried to write the kind of FAQ i would be glad to read, that is, as
much precise and detailed as possible. However i did my best to avoid
superflous comments, and i hope you will find this FAQ interesting.

Anyway, please e-mail me for any comments.


Version history

1.01 - 24/11/03
Minor corrections.

1.00 - 13/10/03
First release. Second FAQ ever, the first one being devoted to RB2 Duck King.


   I) Some boring but necessary legal stuff

  II) Why on earth did i write this FAQ ?

 III) What to expect from this FAQ ?

  IV) Abbreviations

   V) Playing as Joe Higashi

  VI) Joe's moves

 VII) Joe's combos

VIII) A few last words

  IX) Usual ending stuff

                   I) The boring but necessary legal stuff

Okay, looks like nobody omits this part so i guess i have to do it as well.

So, firstly, all trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned
by their respective trademark and copyright holders, but i'm sure you've
already heard this before.

Secondly, i would like us to be friends forever, therefore don't publish the
contents of this FAQ on your website without my permission, or even worse, use
it for any commercial purpose. You are free to link to the GameFAQs FAQ list
pages, but not directly to the FAQs. Anyway you can find my e-mail above for
any request.

Bearing this in mind, every personnal use of this FAQ is allowed, like giving
it to your friends, sending it to Santa Claus or frying it into a pan with

Etc, etc, done it.

                   II) Why on earth did i write this FAQ ?

Simple, here i'm back again trying to make my modest contribution to Real Bout
2's cause. There are a very few FAQs related to this game on GameFAQs, compared
to King of Fighters games.

I wrote this FAQ to help gamers, as much as possible, fully enjoy the game,
because it is worth trying to play it in depth - and it deserves you do so.

After having explored Duck King's amazing techniques, i want to tell you a
couple of things about Joe Higashi, a much more classical, easy-to-use
character. He's my most efficient character in this game, or at least one of my
most efficients.

                     III) What to expect from this FAQ ?

I don't want to leave you alone with a big move & combo list and not any kind
of further explanations at all. That's why, besides Joe's detailed move list
and combo section, you'll find strategy notes.

Then again, you won't find overall instructions about the game engine, cause
this FAQ has been designed as an extension of general Real Bout 2 FAQs you can
also find on GameFAQs. We're gonna talk about line shifting, chain combos, big
& small jumps, breakshots, Power moves, overhead attacks... if it sounds
unfamiliar to you, first check those general FAQs.

Please note that English is not my mother tongue so if you find anything weird
here, e-mail me !

                              IV) Abbreviations

Most abbreviations used in this FAQ are very usual, but to make sure we
understand each other i prefer to explain them.

u = joystick/pad up
d =      "       down
f =      "       forward (or towards your opponent, if you prefer)
b =      "       backward

ub =     "       diagonally up/backward (so guess what for uf, db, df)

Default Neo-Geo setting for buttons is used here :
A = light punck
B = light kick
C = strong blow
D = line shift

Always lower-case letters for joystick/pad directions and upper-case letters
for action buttons. So don't mistake b for B or d for D :)

d,C means "down then C"

d+C means "down and C simultaneously"

A+B means... right, let's go on

u+d means i screwed up something

C(X hits), A means "after X hits from C, press A"

A,(A or B),B means "A, then A or B, then B". What else !?

Joystick/pad motions :
qcf = quarter-circle forward (d,df,f)
qcb = quarter-circle backward (d,db,b)
hcf = half-circle forward (b,db,d,df,f)
hcb = half-circle backward (f,df,d,db,b)
dp = dragon punch motion (f,d,df)

That's all. Why stuff like qcb,A instead of qcb+A ? Simple : in almost every
fighting game i've played so far, the proper command for any special move is
"joystick motion THEN attack button", you're not supposed to press the last
direction and the button at the same moment - even if, for obvious reasons,
it's also gonna work !

                          V) Playing as Joe Higashi

Joe is an excellent classical character, that kind of efficient all-rounder,
endowed with both fast and damaging moves and a good bunch of combo

He tends to have a rather offensive style, but he also has great counter
skills, with useful breakshot moves. One of his great strenghts is his Tiger
Kick, probably the best Dragon Punch-like move in the game, a notch above
Chonrei's. His Slash Kicks have speed, priority and range, he can fake his
projectiles, his Bakuretsu Ken is great for combos, his Ougon no Kakato can
surprise and counter sweepers and fireball junkies, and finally he has an
excellent A+B attack, again one of the best in the game along with Andy's.

Cool, huh ? Now let's check all that stuff.

                               VI) Joe's moves

A) Miscellaneous moves

1) Special taunt : d,C when opponent knocked down
Right, Joe has a pursuit move, but it's just a technically useless taunt. I
would perform this especially after a successful Screw Upper. It's not
cancelable, so don't do it from to close, or you'll be sorry .

2) Knee Kick Combo : near opponent, (b or f)+C
Joe's normal throw. It does very weak damage, so use Multiple Knees instead.

3) Multiple Knees : near opponent, df+C
Joe's command throw. Whenever you have to throw, use this one. Mash the buttons
and move left and right (i mean the directions, not yourself) for more damage.

4) Slide Kick : df+B
Good old sliding attack, that hits low. I don't use it very much, but it can
surprise the opponent from time to time.

5) Roundhouse Kick : b+B
A high, long ranged, comboable kick. It's not very useful, being less reliable
than a Tiger Kick as an anti-air move, and than an A+B attack for poking and
long-ranged two-in-ones. Maybe you can think of it against small jumps.

6) (dodging attack) : A+B
Joe performs a mid level side-hitting kick. As any A+B attack, it leaves you
invincible at the very start, and it is comboable. A great move. It has long
range, excellent priority and can always be followed by a B Slash Kick. You can
keep your opponent at respectable distance with it. You will often poke with
it, and connect B Slash Kicks into it, which means you're able to inflict
damaging 2-in-1s at far distance very often.

B) Special moves

1) Hurricane Upper : hcf,A
Joe's projectile. It's quite good because of its size. Well, use it from time
to time to pressurize your opponent, and mix it with some fakes to nail him
(see below).
Can be used as a breakshot, but it's not the best move for this.

2) Fake Hurricane Upper : d,A+C
Note that, as for any special move, the proper command is down THEN A+C and not
It's always good to have a fake projectile against human opponents ! Once they
saw you sending a couple of Hurricane Uppers, try a fake. Then either you watch
for their reaction, or you speculate ^^
- If you prefer to wait and see, you should have enough time to counter with a
Tiger Kick or b+B whenever they jump (if they shift to back line and rush, hit
them with a standing D and combo into something).
- If you have S. Power or a flashing red vitality gauge, you might want to try
a Screw Upper, and that's what i refered to as speculation. Indeed you won't be
able to check your opponent is jumping then react with a Screw Upper, it's to
slow to come out. You'll have to peform your Fake and then your Screw Upper
immediately, and hope the fake fooled the guy alright. Anyway i think you
should try this, it fells so good when successful ^^
Note that these fake "strategies" don't work against CPU, of course...

3) Bakuretsu Hurricane : hcf,C
Joe performs two Hurricane Uppers in succession. Not much to say about this, it
can be used for block damage against waking up opponents (but block damage is
very insignificant in this game), bearing in mind a H. Powered (or above)
fighter can roll to back line while standing up. Also remember this move offers
enough time for a line shifter to attack while you recover. Its good aspect is
its efficiency against other normal projectiles, which will be canceled by the
first tornado, leaving the second one ready to hit the opponent.
Can be used as a breakshot, but it's not the best move for this.

4) Slash Kick B : db,f,B
Note that this is not a charge move, you can do it instantaneously.
This is an excellent move, it travels half a screen distance very quickly, and
strikes with good priority. But i would tend to use it mainly in 2-in-1s with
A+B dodging attacks, as i suggested above.

5) Slash Kick C : db,f,C
This one travels a whole screen distance, it hits twice and is very damaging,
but if it's block, you'll be wide open for retaliation. It's better using it
as a combo finisher. Note its initial lag is a bit longer than for the B
version, thus it has less combo opportunities. If you feel like it you can also
try to launch a Hurricane upper from a whole screen distance and follow with
that move, it could surprise the opponent sometimes.

6) Fake Slash Kick : f,A+C
Note that, as for any special move, the proper command is forward THEN A+C and
not forward+A+C.
Well, nothing much to say about this. I don't have the feeling an opponent is
likely to do anything you could take advantage of when you pretend to do a
Slash Kick. Use it for fake combos (see the combo section) if you prefer this
to a fake Hurricane Upper.

7) Tiger Kick : dp,B
Cool, Joe has probably the best dragon punch-like move in the game. It is very
fast, doesn't fly too high, has an excellent priority and also a very good
range for that kind of move. Using this move should be an instictive reaction
to almost anything you see coming at close distance. It also comboes off
Can be used as a breakshot, which is good.

8) Ougon no Kakato : qcb,B
Another excellent move with good priority and strong damage. It will counter a
lot of mid-distance assaults, like sweeps and projectiles. Reliable, and also
safe, because its recovery time, when you land, is short. Once you've connected
with it, even if it's blocked, you can risk to launch a Tiger Kick or Thunder
Fire (P. Power) that would nail anyone trying to retaliate (note that it works
*very* often against CPU).
Can be used as a breakshot, but obviously this is not an appropriate use at all
for this move.

9) Bakuretsu Ken : tap A
- follow with Bakuretsu Hook : qcf,A or C
The main use for this move is combos. It now has a new follow up (C version of
Bakuretsu ken) which sets for juggle opportunities (Tiger Kick or Slash Kick B,
the latter being the more damaging). The A version of this follow up is pretty
useless : it hits overhead, but Joe doesn't have any low-hitting alternative
for this, so any player that knows the game will just block standing. Speaking
of this, Bakuretsu ken is good for some block damage, BUT not against someone
who's got H. Power or more. Indeed that kind of multi-hit assault is easy to
counter with breakshots. Also, an H. Powered knocked down opponent can roll to
back line while standing up then attack you. Even without H. Power, a good
player can counter you with a wake-up move, for example a properly timed A+B
dodging attack (the CPU is good at this...).
Can be used as a breakshot - then followed with what i suggest above. Thus Joe
has the ability to cause very good damage with a breakshot.

C) Power moves

- S. Power move
Screw Upper : f,hcf,B+C
That good old Screw Upper. Well, it looks cool but it's not the best S. Power
Special in the game. It's a bit slow to come out, making it nearly impossible
to react to something with it. You can only rely on your intuition for it, and
even so it's less reliable than Terry's Power Geyser, which delivers full
damage in one hit (with a Screw Upper you sometimes get only a few of the 6
hits). You can try to trap your opponent with a fake Hurricane Upper as i
suggested above. But if you miss, this move may leave enough time to line
shifters for retaliation.
Well, the good news is that the Screw Upper is comboable, while many characters
cannot combo with their S. Power move. I found only one way to do it, but a
decent one (no corner condition or wathever requiered). See the combo section.

- P. Power move
Thunder Fire : f,hcf,C
A very cool-looking move. It comes out instantaneously, making it highly
comboable and efficient in close situations. You might want to try it after a
blocked Ougon no Kakato, even if it's a bit risky (see above). It's a classical
P. Power move in its uses, you'll use it like most Supers in Street Fighter or
KOF (97 and above) games.

                               VII) Joe's combos

I'm not into writing a full list of possible combos without any comment. I
prefer writing comments than writing three times the same combo, changing only
the name of the special move at the end.

Thus you'll be able to design your combos as you fancy, still i'll suggest you
the most reliable possibilities in section B).

A) Combo possibilities

In this section * signals cancelable moves. I will only display * in the basic
description of chains, not in the combo examples i suggest.

1) From a standing close C

Well, the basics ^^ You can do almost anything after this : Hurricane Upper,
Bakuretsu Hurricane, Slash Kick (any version), Tiger Kick, Thunder Fire and
even Bakuretsu Ken. Yes, the timings are so cleverly designed in this game,
that you can easily press C then tap A for a successful 2-in-1. It's
theoretically possible in other games, like Street Fighter games (Chun Li's
standing fierce into her "thousand kicks" stuff) but very much harder.

2) From a standing D when opponent on backline

Same as in 1).

3) From a standing A+B
Cooool, one of Joe's great strenghts ! In close situations, you have the same
possibilities as in 1), but what's cool is that this A+B attack is very long
ranged and allows you to combo with Slash Kick B. Always be ready to do it. You
can even use the Slash Kick C but only if you're sure it's not gonna be
blocked. Also check section VI) A) about this move.

3) From a C attack while on backline

In this game, this attack allows you to follow with something as soon as you're
back to the fore line. Well, this is where Joe's "A+B into Slash Kick" comes in
handy, because of its range (its always gonna connect after a C from backline,
because your opponent will never be pushed away too far for it). Experiment
against CPU Billy Kane for example : when his life gauge flashed red he often
does his S. Power move "Cho Kaen Senpu Kon" for no apparent reason. So move
forward, move to backline, dash and press C when he's about to launch the
flames, and immediately follow with A+B then Slash Kick C.
If you see you'll end up close enough after a C attack from backline, you can
connect with one of the combos described below (like A, C, Slash Kick C).

4) Air combos

Whenever you jump on tall opponents (Franco, Yamazaki, Laurence, Krauser and
even Geese) remember you can hit them with A or B, then C while in air, then
combo as you like when landing. But it doesn't work during small jumps.
Moreover, Joe isn't very good at this, because his A and B jumping attacks are
very short-ranged.

5) Fake combos
Fakes moves (see the special moves section) can also cancel normal moves. Thus
it allows you to cancel the last frames of a normal attack, so that you get rid
of the recovey lag, leaving you enough time to follow with something else. For
all i know, for a successful fake combo, before the fake move should come an
attack of C or A+B type (good hit stun) and after the fake move should come an
attack of A or B type (comes out fast).

For example : close to the opponent, A,C, Fake Hurricane Upper (d,A+C), B,C,
Slash Kick B.

6) Main chain combo family :

(close to opponent)

           ___A*___      /___B*
A*____    /        \    /
d+A*__/  \          /  \
          \__d+B*__/    \____u+C

Right, the versions that end with C or A can't be followed by anything, they
are for beginners.

The u+C ending hits overhead. There is no low-hitting alternative for it, but
you can confuse blocking opponents with something like A,d+B,u+C (they'll have
to crouch and then to stand up quickly).

The B ending is cancelable, and a Slash Kick B, Tiger Kick or Thunder Fire will
connect, but the possibilities described below are more damaging.

Last but not least, the df+C ending is cancelable, allowing you to juggle with
Tiger Kick, Slash Kick, Ougon no Kakato (most damaging) and also Screw Upper.
This is the only way i've found to combo with a Screw Upper, and one of your
main opportunities to land this move at all. Do the whole thing standing for
this, or sometimes you won't be close enough for the 6 hits of the Screw Upper
to connect. So the best is :

A,B,df+C, Screw Upper.

(Soon after i found this out, CPU Joe did it to me !)

This combo already existed in Real Bout Special, but only with the P. Power
version of the move (which has been replaced by Thunder Fire in RB2).

7) Other chain combos

- Standing far A*,B,C
A basic 3-hit chain combo.

- (A* or d+A*),C
The best ground-based combo starter. It does more damage and causes longer hit
stun than A*,B*,B* stuff. It is both good for two-in-ones and fake combos.

- close B*,C*
Similar to the above, a little bit more damaging, but less reliable : it pushes
the opponent further (so it's less good for fake combos) and has an annoying
problem. Indeed, at a certain distance you still get the close version of
standing B, but you're to far for the C to connect. Use it only from *very*

- far B*,C*,qcf,C
Nice looking chain combo ! Make sure you're far enough to get the far version
of standing B at the beginning, because of the problem explained above. The
qcf,C command at the end activates a nice series of three kicks, none of them
being cancelable. That's a pity, but you can juggle a cornered opponent with
a Tiger Kick after the last hit ! Groovy. If your opponent is not in the corner
then replace the last part by a Slash Kick B, it will be more damaging.
That means "far B,C, Slash Kick B".

B) Best examples of combos

Technically speaking you now have all the elements you need to know to find the
examples below by yourself, but i wanted to give you them just in case.

The ground-based combos described here can also follow a jumping C, or even
sometimes a jumping A or B, C in air (but the latter wouldn't be worth the

The word "Fake" refers to a Fake Hurricane Upper (d,A+C) or a Fake Slash Kick
(f,A+C), pick the one you prefer. 

1) Most damaging ground based-combos
(without S. Power and/or flashing red life gauge)

opponent in corner : A,C, Fake, B,C,qcf,C, Tiger Kick
Nice-looking and very damaging (about 45% damage).

Without corner condition, here are the best possibilities :

- A,C, Bakuretsu Ken (4 hits - 5 in corner), Bakuretsu Hook C, Slash Kick B
- A,C, Fake, B,C, Slash Kick B

A bit less damaging, but easier :

- B,C, Slash Kick C
- A,B,df+C, Ougon no Kakato

Less damaging again, but useful when you're too far from the opponent for the
examples above :

- A+B, Slash Kick C (use B version if you're not *sure* it connects)
- far B,C, Slash Kick B

2) S. Power move combos
(requires S. Power or flashing red life gauge)

Well, as i told you above there is only one :

- A,B,df+C, Screw Upper

It does almost 50% damage.

3) P. Power move combos
(requires P. Power = S. Power AND flashing red life gauge)

Don't bother too much, at least if not in corner :

- A,C, Thunder Fire
- close B,C, Thunder Fire
- close C, Thunder Fire

It does about 50-55% damage.

This one looks nice but is slightly less damaging :

- A,B,B, Thunder Fire

4) Max number of hits & most damaging combo
(requires both P. Power and corner conditions)

Here is the best i could find :

- Jumping C, A,C, Fake, B,C, Thunder Fire

It is a 17 hits combo that does about 75% damage.
Not only does it require P. Power and corner conditions, but it also doesn't
work very well against some characters (especially small characters).

You might think that, against tall characters, you can reach 18 hits by doing
jumping (A or B), C in air instead of just jumping C, but then you'll be too
far away for the far standing B to connect later. However if you can do it,
e-mail me !

                            VIII) A few last words

- Now, let's sum up : how are you supposed to play as Joe ? Well, experiment
everything i've explained above. Often poke with A+B, followed by Slash Kick B
from time to time. Always be ready to launch a Tiger Kick, it will counter so
many things. Break the opponent's assaults from mid distance with Ougon no
Kakato. When you notice they usually try to retaliate immediately to this move
when it connects, follow with a Tiger Kick next time (or with a Thunder Fire as
a desperate attempt !). Always remember to use breakshots (Tiger Kick and
Bakuretsu Ken being the best choice for this) when you block combos. It's great
that Bakuretsu Ken can be used as breakshot, because you can follow with qcf,C
then Slash Kick B - remember this, it makes Joe an excellent breakshooter.

- Want to get rid of the CPU ? Use the techniques i suggested, but especially
Ougon no Kakato then Tiger Kick. I works very, very, very often against CPU.
You can easily beat the game at level 8 with that.

- Use his C+D taunt ! It looks and sounds very funny.

- Have you noticed that little hit-combo count bug ? When you hit opponents
with a Slash Kick B, then immediately hit them with Tiger Kick as soon as they
land back, sometimes the two hits of the Tiger Kick are added to the previous
number of hits. It happens sometimes.

- Look at the guy at the corner of the ring in Joe's stage. It's probably Hwai
Jai from Fatal Fury 1. It's funny to se him react to Joe's performances on the
ring. Franco Bash and Bob Wilson, sharing the same background, also have their
own coach at this place.

                           XI) Usual ending stuff

1) Requests

The first request is : your opinion ! Don't hesitate. Tell me what you think,
it can help me to improve my FAQs. Even if you have only nice things to say, do
it because it will encourage me to write other FAQs !

Also, if you know something that should be added to this FAQ, tell me, and you
will be given proper credit for it.

2) Things to come

Possible updates of this FAQ.

Really, e-mail me for any comments, no matter they are positive or not.

FAQs about Kim and Mai. Maybe others later. Maybe a general RB2 FAQ, because i
made some suggestions to Omega Mad and Marc "Flea" O'Neill, i had some feedback
from Flea but i suppose they no longer have the time or the motivation to
update their FAQs. However they have my respect for their work.

3) Special thanks

First i would like to thank GameFAQs staff. They had a brillant idea with that
website, also i really like the fact it gives more importance to being clear,
fast and functional than to flashy effects and agressive advertising
strategies. It becomes scarce on the internet.

I would also like to thank Matanza and Gathershot because thanks to their FAQs
i realized that fakes could be used in combos, that you could hit tall
characters twice in air and that send-to-backline moves could set an opponent
for juggles in 1-line stages.

Thanks to the Neo Encyclopedia ( )
webmasters, to Omega Mad and to Flea for their move lists and the move names.

Thanks to David Taborda, Lionel Vilner and Michael Valensi for having given
so many good hints about the Street Fighter II series in magazines, at a time
when almost nobody in France could combo a standing fierce into a dragon
punch !

Thanks to Christophe Delpierre for having written so many good reviews of
fighting games in french press so far. J'espère qu'un jour on pourra se
rencontrer, taper la discute et se faire quelques parties sur des jeux
mythiques !

Thanks to Reyda Seddiki as well, and all those who wrote in Player One at its
greatest time - je fais partie des nombreux gens que vous ne connaissez pas
mais qui se souviennent de votre travail ! Bravo.

Thanks to Renaud, Julien and Brice for being brillant sparing partners when we
have the time (avec une réserve sur Renaud qui en fait est plutôt mauvais - hey
du calme, je blague. Non pitié, pas dans les dents le tornado kick).

Thanks to Capcom and SNK for all that great fighting games.


by Twipol /
Copyright 2003 by François Collette

                          ***breathe and let do***