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    Dragonball Z: Budokai 3
    Captain Ginyu Guide
    By: Fabian Ahmed
    Version 1.00
    
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    Table of Contents:
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    1.1: Why did I make this FAQ?
    2.1: Introduction: Out With the Old, Enter the New
    3.1: Combo and Move List: What Would Anybody do Without Them?
    4.1: Playing the Defence: Nullifiers and Stand-offs
    5.1: Playing the Offence: Speed, Long Range and the Advancing Stand-off
    6.1: Playing Offence and Defence: Combining the Two Elements into One!
    7.1: Playing the Capsule Set-ups: Come Forth, Creative Minds!
    8.1: Super Combos: A Miniature Feature That Shapes a Skilled Player
    9.1: The Final Evaluation: Just How Good are you Ginyu?
    10.1: The Credits: Where Would This Guide be Without Ďem?
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    1.1: Why did I make this FAQ?
    
    Everytime I submit an FAQ, it will always be better than the last. With
    Each FAQ I type, I always see better ways to present the information I
    Will be required to give.
    GameFAQs and Shoryuken are the only places where high level gameplay is being
    discussed. If you find anymore, show me.
    One reason why I made this FAQ was because I like Ginyu. I find him
    a pretty cool character. Iíve used him a good amount in the previous
    two Budokai games. I then decided to give him a try, and I was
    most definitely impressed. I have also been receiving plenty of
    compliments over email and AIM for my Bardock guide. People wanted me
    to continue with my work, and here you go.
    
    2.1: Introduction: Out With the Old, Enter the New
    
    Old Skool Ginyu
    
    Old Skool Ginyu was not anything special. He had no effective way to
    deal high damage at all. He relied on high attack power. He had some
    cool things to him, like his unique poses, his ability to use <-K, the
    strong ->PKK cancel, his BODY CHANGE and. . .thatís about it.
    
    But this is the world of Budokai 3. Like many other characters, Ginyu
    has improved. Great additions have been made to his platform, and the
    new gameplay mechanics have made some of his strong points back in B2
    weak. Unlike many other characters, there is not a whole lot of knowledge
    you have to discard. For example, to play Piccolo effectively
    in this game, you have to discard nearly all of your knowledge about
    him in B2 and relearn him in B3. Ginyu hardly suffers this.
    In terms of the system mechanics which include ki building, range of attacks,
    ect., Ginyu hardly has changed. The real changes are in
    his combo platform, where his launchers for his poses are different,
    his chargable <-K starter, the new death move Strong Jersey and his
    <-K+G, a new welcome edition to any Ginyu player.
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    3.1: Combo and Move List: What Would Anybody do Without Them?
    
    Move List:
    
    Milky Cannon
    Level 1 Death Move
    Ki based Death Move
    Average Cost: 1 Ki Gauge
    Damage: Triple Stacked 375(breakthrough only)
    Double Stacked 312
    Single Stacked 250
    
    This is your basic, generic level 1 death move. There is
    nothing special about the attack, and should only be used as a way to
    deal quick, effective damage. A normal level 3 milky cannon
    (breakthrough) does 375 damage. Because Ginyu lacks effective finishers
    that make the opponent unable to perform the instant recovery, this
    is worth it if its your style.
    
    Strong Jersey
    Level 2 Death Move
    Physical Based Death Move
    Average Cost: 2 Ki Guages
    Damage: Triple Stacked 525, fully charged 787(breakthrough only)
    Double Stacked: 437, fully charged 656
    Single Stacked 350, fully charged 525
    
    There is no generic physical death move, as the damage ranges are much
    different and others are used differently. Strong Jersey does decent
    damage, but without using combos effectively to build ki to make up for
    its big cost, it will not be worth it. When used on the ground however,
    it can become an effective finishing move that can lead into some good
    powering up, taunting or item using.
    
    Special Fighting Pose 1
    Level 2 Move
    Stats based Move
    Average Cost: 2 Ki Gauges
    Damage: None. For each use for up to three times, increases attack
    by 5%.
    
    A unique special move only to himself and Recoome, this maneuver
    increases attack power by 5%. You may use this up to 3 times before
    it will not be usable. Right after Ginyu starts the pose, his attack
    power will increase by 5%. So if you get knocked back, you canít stop
    the attack from increasing. Careful with the ki you use.
    
    Special Fighting Pose 2
    Level 2 Move
    Stats based Move
    Average Cost: 2 ki Gauges
    Damage: None. For each use up to three times, increases defence
    by 5%
    
    Another unique special move unique to himself and Recoome, this
    maneuver follows the same rules as special fighting pose #1, except
    it increases defence rather than attack. A very fine and dandy pose.
    
    Body Change
    Ultimate Move
    Damage: None. The players switch characters.
    Average Cost: 4 ki gauges
    
    A unique special ultimate available only to Ginyu, this ultimate can
    be deadly. The only way you can guarantee a landing is by hoping that
    the opponent will have no chance to sidestep, power hit you nor TC.
    In the capsule set up section, I list a strategy for Ginyu based
    entirely on it, and there might be a very slim chance the opponent can
    avoid it, unless they use a set-up with the same capsules except for
    the last. Ginyu switches bodies with his opponent, so its like you and
    your opponent swap characters. This can really turn the tide of a
    fight if used right.
    
    Combo List:
    
    For the sake of efficency, I will only list Ginyuís effective
    starters, stuns, combo finishers and juggle launchers.
    
    Starters:
    Here is the key. Symbols are used at the ends of the combos
    % = Can be used in both ground and air
    # = Can only be used on the ground
    @ = Can only be used in the air
    $ = Can be used on ground and air, but there are different
    variations.
    
    Stuns:
    <-K% Simply an axe kick. Landing it will make the opponent stunned.
    Great starter. Also chargable. While you charge it, Ginyu can still do
    stand-offs, a very key point. The stand-off occurs halfway, right before
    Ginyuís leg covers his face.
    <-P% Simply a chop. Chargable. Horrible reach and very weak speed.
    Should only be used after a stun/cancel.
    <-P<-P% A chop followed by a counter-chop. Should only be used after
    a stun/cancel
    ->->P# Dashing in with a chop, but the hand is shaped into a fist. Only
    available when doing from behind.
    K<-K$ High sidekick followed by an axe kick. Axe kick can be guarded,
    so its only guaranteed landing on the back. When in the air, itís the
    high sidekick followed by the uppercut kick drop kick. Pretty effective
    for juggle cancels.
    <-K+G@ Knee break. Stun only occurs when done from behind.
    <-K<-K@ Axe kick followed up with a spinning drop kick. Good to use
    when possible.
    K+G# Jumping slamming kick. Quite an odd move, but easy to sidestep.
    
    Cancels:
    ->PKK% Counterpunch, sweep, uppercut kick + drop kick. Thanks to the
    new mechanic of dodging, this becomes near useless when attacking a
    defending opponent.
    
    
    Combo Finishers:
    Note that all combo finishers are meant to be finished by taunting
    or gathering massive ki, or using items. Therefore, all finishers are
    built for ground only.
    KK->K->K. High sidekick, Mid sidekick, mid roundkick, exaggerating
    thrusting front kick. Good finisher, but takes a lot of timing and
    practice to use.
    <-P->K. Chop with jumping advancing sidekick. Very effective, but not
    very well damaging.
    <-PPP. Chop, counter chop, heavy chung. Cool to use, very hard to land
    unless juggling. Can be used as a finisher if the last hit is fully
    charged.
    ->PPPKK. Counter punch, hook punch, mid hook punch, spinning sidekick,
    strong roundkick. Cool looking and builds good ki, but requires very
    precise timing to use.
    
    Juggle Launchers:
    
    <-P+K% Uppercut. Very effective to use in a cancel, and opens many
    juggling opportunities.
    KKKK% High sidekick, mid sidekick, low sidekick, jumping knee + flying
    front kick. Very, very effective and is, if not, the best juggle
    launcher in the game as it launches opponents even higher than the
    <-P+K. Can be landed multiple times if opponent is against a wall.
    <-KP# Axe kick, jabbing uppercut. Hard to use, but the <-K makes
    it worth more its while.
    
    Juggle Stuns/Cancels:
    
    <-K+G$ A kneebreak. Landing this while juggling will make the opponent
    turn towards you more, making your juggling life a little easier.
    Executing this while the opponents stand on the ground make them fall
    down unconscious. Same thing happens in the air when executed from the
    front, except you can follow with a combo. When striking in the air
    and from behind, it stuns.
    K<-K@ High sidekick followed by the uppercut kick + dropkick. Hard to
    use, and you can only use it with the <-P+K juggle launcher as opposed
    to the KKKK.
    ->KKK->K% Sweep, mid sidekick, knee break, power knee break. Best
    used when following the <-P+K or KKKK juggle starters. The timing
    of the first ->K must be correct for it to work.
    
    As you can see, Ginyu has horrible cancel options.
    This is great for people who want to learn characters that do not
    require memorization of loads of stuns and cancels, like Bardock.
    But that does not mean Ginyu is an easy character to use effectively.
    
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    4.1: Playing the Defence: Nullifiers and Stand-offs
    
    Nullifiers- The fan made term for attacks that automatically override
    other power attacks and are used as starters
    Stand-offs- The official term used for situations where a power attack
    resists another physical attack, making the character turn blue
    
    Why are these two so important to playing a key defence?
    
    First off, youíve got a bunch of defencive maneuvers. The backpedal,
    sidestep, dodge, block and the TC. But everybody can do this, so what
    separates the weak from the strong?
    Itís the ability to lure enemies into attacking you, and using that to
    your advantage. How is this possible? By executing nullifiers and
    using stand-offs like parries of SFIII.
    
    As you might know, many characters have a <-K starter that will either
    be:
    
    A. An axe kick
    B. A sweep
    
    These are the two generic nullifiers in the game. Other characters
    might have a knee strike. This is in no way defencive.
    The axe kick/sweep will nullify the attacks as the attack finally works
    their way into hitting the opponent. For the axe kick, its when the
    character finally brings their foot up. For the sweep, its when they
    are dragging their feet after getting down on the ground.
    Remember that these will nullify normal punches and kicks easily. When
    timed right, they can override other power attacks.
    After the <-K, many characters will have different options. The ones
    who have the sweep will need to follow up with an attack that can
    stun or juggle, while the axe kick might stun the opponent long enough.
    If this isnít the case, then they require a quick stun or juggle
    starter afterward.
    Now, what does Ginyu have in terms of nullifiers?
    
    He has A. The Axe kick. This is truly unique compared to the rest,
    because it is chargable. While it charges, Ginyu is still in a position
    to use it as a nullifying stand-off, almost halfway through the attack.
    In other words, he can resist
    attacks and flash blue while charging and letting the kick come down
    to make it a standoff, and he can launch the attack get in a
    position to combo, making it a nullifier as well. This is a tricky
    part to Ginyu that many offencive players and defencive players alike
    can have trouble dealing with. Use it well, but donít get predictable,
    as when Ginyu tries to bring his foot up, he is vulnerable to the
    weakest attack.
    
    The key difference between A and B is that A is more effective but
    can start burst zone fights, and B is a little unreliable.
    
    An effective stand-off is a power attack that can stand-off within the
    first frames of the attack and last all the way through,
    and can be canceled very easily. This is different from an effective
    nullifier because the effective nullifiers can be countered during
    their preparation, while the effective stand-off cannot. You can also
    be in position to cancel it immediately, so its in a way better than a
    dodge if you can time it right. Simply because you take the hit like a
    man, and you wonít be stuck in the dodging animation. Instead, you can
    cancel and attack within a flash. Here are the most effective
    stand-offs in the game:
    
    A. The double hand scooping uppercut(ground)
    B. The double hand pound(air)
    C. The head bash(ground & air)
    D. The three sequence kick(ground & air)
    E. Fist slam
    
    
    A is usually done just by pressing P+K on the ground. If the character
    does not do anything remotely similar to that (like Teen Gohan), then
    they donít have an effective stand-off option. Just about every
    character in the game has B, and that is done in the air by
    pressing P+K. Goku and Krillin have C, and Vegetto has D. Gohan has E.
    Now what does Ginyu have?
    
    Ginyu has A, the double hand scooping uppercut. Thatís it. In the air,
    his power attack is a very quick quadruple punch, and itís only use
    is to quickly dispatch stand-offs and nullifiers.
    So when fighting on the ground, Ginyu has an effective stand-off.
    The very first frame of the motion can nullify, making it very
    effective, and you can cancel it right after you execute it, although
    the timing is also very precise.
    This is a great way to get yourself ready for fighting people who
    are predictable in their movements, and have long range starters. Most
    characters who use their long range starters pull themselves into
    close range combat anyway. So once they strike, cancel and immediately
    counter. Ginyuís only option is to use his P starter, but thatís okay.
    PPPPE will not connect, but P->PPE will. If your opponent has some
    speed issues, youíll have more options such as the KKKK juggle. You can
    also try his ->PKK cancel if you really do see an opening.
    If you can cancel P+K right, your opponent will have absolutely no idea
    what you are doing!
    
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    5.1: Playing the Offence: Speed, Long Range and the Advancing Stand-off
    
    These are the two key things in a strong offence:
    
    Range
    Speed
    Poke Game
    
    
    Why do you think Piccolo has the best offence in the game? Because his
    ->P chains are very fast and they have great range!
    Speed in this game is defined as:
    
    How fast a character can recover from a chain without relying on a
    cancel
    Can a character attack fast throughout their entire chain? Or are there
    weak points where the transition from one attack to the next is slow?
    Are their starters fast to execute?
    
    Those three points define speed in Budokai 3.
    
    A poke game is how well a character can attack with certain moves, and
    not have to cancel. Most pokes are simply done by tapping P. Others like
    Piccolo have ->P as a poke.
    
    
    What does Ginyu have in terms of speed?
    Not much. His speed is average. Fast enough so that nobody can block if he
    successfully lands his starters, but slow enough so that he can be very weak
    to sidestepping + dodging.
    
    Range is simply how far an attack can reach. With good range, you can keep
    out of reach for shorter range starters. Ginyu has two very long reaching
    starters. His K+G and his ->K. Though
    slow, it has longer reach than nearly all of the other starters in the game.
    And when using it from its maximum range, the opponent might not be able
    to respond right.
    
    There is another thing to a strong offence. Itís not as important as
    range and speed, but it helps.
    
    The advancing stand-off. Think of a stand-off maneuver, but
    advancing forward. The best example of this is the generic ->P+K. This is
    a stepping forward power counter punch. On the first frame of the attack,
    the character can still stand-off. The really cool part to this is that if you
    can time it right, you pull yourself right into close range combat. This is
    essential if your character is easily outranged, especially when fighting
    Piccolo and Dabura, or your character can play a very effective close range
    game. The main weakness is that the attack can only charge from
    halfway. You can cover a vast amount of distance.
    Do the ->P+K with Ginyu at the range
    of Piccoloís ->P, but make sure you cancel it. Youíre much closer now. Close
    enough so you can use Ginyuís awesome nullifier, the <-K. Youíll also be able
    to use ->PKK, but that is saved for the openings.
    Remember that Ginyu can do this on both the ground and the air. Donít forget
    that!
    
    Ginyu has another way to fight at long range. His K+G. Though easy to dodge
    when defending, using it as someone tries to attack from long range can be a
    great advantage. Ginyu jumps pretty high, so he will be hard to hit while in
    motion. Donít ever use this predictably, and donít ever use this one someone
    who is defending. Youíll get yer ass kicked.
    
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    6.1: Playing Offence and Defence: Combining the Two Elements into One!
    
    So now Iíve spat out the knowledge of using offence, and using defence. But
    here lies the question: How does one combine both in Budokai 3?
    
    Itís simple. The position you are in will determine what you must do
    with each character. There are times where you can just play complete
    offence, others where you use more defence, ect.
    You generally play defencive when:
    
    Your enemy can TC more than you (e.g Hercule vs Kid Buu)
    Your enemy beats you in range and is taking advantage of it (e.g Goten vs
    Piccolo)
    You have no good ways to attack a defending opponent (e.g Goku vs Gohan)
    
    You generally play offencive when:
    
    You can TC more than the opponent (e.g Kid Buu vs Hercule)
    
    When you can outreach your opponent and you take advantage of it (e.g Piccolo vs
    Goku)
    You have many mix-ups and good speed in your combos (e.g Teen Gohan vs Gohan)
    Ginyu is strictly a defencive character. He has some long reach,
    except that he lacks the speed to make good use of it.
    So with Ginyu, you canít really be the one to be the first to
    attack. You need to rely on your enemies landing the first blow.
    Because of Ginyuís chargable <-K starter, the opponent might not always
    be safe attacking a good Ginyu player.
    When Ginyu charges his stand-off attacks, youíve got four options:
    Let it go, cancel it and do whatever you want, sidestep up, sidestep
    down. Yes, as you charge, you can just execute a sidestep.
    Very tricky. So as you charge his P+K, ->P+K or his <-K, maybe even his
    <-P, you can sidestep and fool your opponent. Quite nice, I must say.
    
    If you are in air combat however, Ginyu can play some offence, but only at
    close range. His K<-K becomes available as a cancel. An attack that cannot
    be countered after being both dodged and sidestepped, this attack is good.
    Just remember it is outsped by anything faster than the generic ->P starter.
    
    Ginyuís <-K is a stun. Once you land this, or any other stun, use your combos
    and juggles. Youíve got your KKKK as a juggle launcher, <-P/<-P<-P as your
    extra stuns and if you use a KKKK/<-P+K juggle launcher, you can use his
    ->KKK->K as a juggle stun. ->PPPPPE is a solid ending if you want to taunt.
    Otherwise, a good PPPPE works. You can also try a P->PPE!
    If you have poses, use them when you can. They help. Then focus on just blocking
    if your ki drops below baseline. Remember how many times you use each pose!
    
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    7.1: Playing the Capsule Set-ups: Come Forth, Creative Minds!
    
    Capsule set-ups in Budokai 3 allow you to customize your character
    to a certain extent. They can change your stats, they can affect
    your opponent, and it can even add maneuvers to your move list.
    
    Captain Ginyu has decent potential. At the same time, he has one set-up
    that can really change the outcome of a fight if used right.
    
    These capsules are the ones you should pay biggest attention to:
    
    Medicinal Machine
    Special Pose #1
    Special Pose #2
    Battle Testament
    Any of the armours
    
    Medicinal machine cuts down overall damage more than a single slot armour,
    at the cost of 1 slot! It also doesnít reduce ki as you get hit like it says.
    Its usually a must have.
    
    If you can land your poses, youíll be in very good shape in a fight.
    Battle Testament is a good attack increaser.
    The armours Ginyu have can be important for reducing damage done to him.
    
    No Posing!
    3 Slot Armour
    Medicinal Machine
    Battle Testament
    Milky Cannon
    Milky Cannon
    
    No Posing! Version 2
    3 Slot Armour
    Medicinal Machine
    Battle Testament
    Strong Jersey
    Strong Jersey
    
    No Posing! Version 3
    3 Slot Armour
    Battle Testament
    Medicinal Machine
    Strong Jersey
    Milky Cannon
    
    Attack Bonanza
    Special Fighting Pose #1
    Potential
    Battle Testament
    Medicinal Machine
    Milky Cannon
    Milky Cannon
    
    Defence Bonanza
    Special Fighting Pose #1
    4 slot armour
    Medicinal Machine
    (Insert any 1 slot capsule of your choice here)
    
    Ginyuís Final Desparation
    Senzu Seedling
    Body Change
    
    This is the only set-up Iíll comment on. Nnamz thought up of this. Senzu
    Seedling, when activated, gives you 30 seconds of unlimited ki. Go hyper mode,
    and keep chasing after your enemy. 30 seconds of max ki going for an ultimate
    can be hard to avoid. Ginyuís launcher is cancelable at the first frames, and
    it can hit sidestepping opponents. Land it, and your opponent is stuck with
    a Ginyu who has NOTHING to offer. You should easily be able to win afterwards.
    Try this out when your energy is low.
    
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    8.1: Super Combos: A Miniature Feature That Shapes a Skilled Player
    
    Here are some sample combos to try out. As always, here is the key, followed by
    the combos themselves. All combos assume they are performed on the ground and
    youíve got a breakthrough slapped on.
    
    Also, Ginyu is hardly deep in his combo platform. His intermediate and advanced
    combos have nearly no difference. Beginner ones do obviously.
    But Ginyuís combos are so simple and easy to do that there really isnít a need
    to list many of them. His options for cancels, stuns and juggles are all low,
    so Ginyu doesnít require a big combo section.
    
    - = Cancel
    ^ = Juggle
    * = Stun
    
    Sample beginner ones:
    
    KKKK^ PPPPE
    KKKK^ ->PPPPPE
    <-K* KKKK^ PPPPE
    
    Intermediate and Advanced:
    
    <-K* <-P* ->PKK- KKKK^ ->PPPPPE
    ->PKK- KKKK^ <-K+G^ PPPPE
    ->PKK- <-K<-KE
    
    Ginyuís highest damaging combo:
    
    This combo assumes you start with 3 baseline ki w/ breakthrough, and your
    opponent has 100% defence.
    
    <-K* ->PKK(cancel + sidestep) <-P<-P* KKKK^ ->PPPPPE = 1335 damage
    
    If you find anything better following the same procedure I did, please notify
    me!
    
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    9.1: The Final Evaluation: Just How Good are you Ginyu?
    
    Lets see here:
    
              Offence: 1/10 Abysmally pathetic
              Defence: 8/10 Great
                Range: 9/10 Awesome
        Overall Speed: 5/10 Average
     Combo Resistance: 5/10 Average
     Juggle Potential: 7/10 Good
       Cancel Options: 3/10 Bad
     Damage Potential: 2/10 Terrible
    Capsule Potential: 7/10 Good
    
    Overall, Ginyu is below average, with some HORRIBLE
    downsides, such as his pathetic offence. His range rules, but his speed
    on top of it is rather weak. His capsule potential is up there due to
    some of his deadly combinations. Heís very limited on his cancels. His
    combo resistance is only average. He hardly has depth in his combo platform.
    I suggest you donít use Ginyu if youíre intention is to win a tournament filled
    with skilled Budokai 3 players. But if you use
    the Senzu Seedling + Body Change, you can win, even against the most skilled
    players, using the top tier!
    Oh yeah, Ginyu has HORRIBLE damage potential, and relies on attack power
    ups as well as his poses that beef attack.
    
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    10.1: The Credits: Where Would This Guide be Without Ďem?
    
    CJayC- Making the site
    GameFAQs- The main site I was able to submit this guide to
    Daisuke Uchiyama and Dimps- Making the game
    Nnamz-Mentioning Ginyuís awesome Senzu Seedling + Body Change
    People who complimented my work-For inspiring me to work on another Budokai
    3 guide
    Budokai Veterans-For allowing such intelligent discussion of fighting game
    theory on this game, making my skills at the game increase.
    Tears of the Moon-Getting me to finish this guide when I left it unfinished
    for a good amount of time!
    And the rest of you-For reading this guide of course!
    
    
    
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