The King of Fighters '97 Yashiro Nanakase guide v1.1
by Greg A. Kasavin
The purpose of the following pages is to tell you everything you'd ever
want to know about how to play as Yashiro Nanakase, the tall, white-
haired, high-style guitarist boxer dancer falconer of The King of
Fighters '97. Yashiro is a unique, new character who is relatively easy
to learn but considerably difficult to master because of the subtle
properties on many of his attacks. He relies on his powerful pressure
moves and a vicious mind game to win his matches. He is more than a
match for any other character in the game, and is widely considered to
be ranked in the top third of cast of characters.
Please note this guide does not address the mid-boss Orochi Yashiro
whose special move set, and therefore a great deal of his strategy, is
entirely different. This guide does, however, tell you how to fight
against him (see chapter 3.6).
1.1 About the Author
1.2 How to Use this Guide
1.3 Where to Get More Information
1.4 Character Background and General Information
1.5 Basic Information
2.0 The Moves
2.1 Special Moves
2.2 Desperation Moves
2.3 Normal Moves
2.4 Command Moves
3.0 General Strategy
3.1 Overview and Example
3.2 Ranges and Zoning
3.3 Mind Games
3.4 Watching Your Meters
3.5 Punishing Mistakes
3.6 Specific Match-Ups
4.0 Closing Acknowledgments
4.2 Version History
4.3 Copyright Information
Opening remarks about this guide and its subject.
[1.1: About the Author]
They say you shouldn't believe everything you read. With that in mind,
this section presents evidence that the author of this guide is
The author of this guide has been playing The King of Fighters '97
seriously since shortly after its release. He has played fighting games
competitively since they existed and participated in several tournaments
over the years, a few of which he won. Otherwise, he's been writing
about games, professionally and otherwise, for the last five years.
[1.2: How to Use this Guide]
While this guide is most useful when read from beginning to end, it may
otherwise be consulted as a resource in any order. Note, however, that
chapter 3 (strategy) assumes the reader's familiarity with Yashiro's
normal / special / desperation moves. To this end, you are recommended
to read chapter 2 beforehand, as it introduces certain features and
properties about Yashiro's moves which come into play later in the
[1.3: Where to Get More Information]
This guide is designed for serious King of Fighters '97 players; in
other words, if you're reading this, then this guide is probably for
you. If, however, any of the terminology in this guide is confusing to
you, please refer to Andrew Seyoon Park's comprehensive King of Fighters
'97 Beginner's Reference v.0.10 which may be found at:
Therein you will an extensive glossary of terms in addition to all the
basic rules of the game.
[1.4: Character Background]
Yashiro Nanakase, Macho Guardian of the Earth
FIGHTING STYLE: No Particular Style, Mainly Power-based Attacks
BIRTHDATE: December 31, 1973
BLOODTYPE: O & Orochi
HOBBIES: Band, Traveling
FAVORITE FOOD: Menma (pickled vegetable)
FAVORITE SPORT: Swimming
MOST VALUABLE POSSESIONS: Amber
THINGS HE HATES THE MOST: Eggplants, Narrow Places
Yashiro, the confident, self-taunt leader of the New Face Team, fights
alongside his band mates Shermie and Chris. He enters the King of
Fighters tournament in order to settle a score with Iori Yagami, a rival
musician whose popularity resulted in Yashiro's concert being canceled.
A darker power awakens within Yashiro as the tournament proceeds.
Yashiro turns out to be one of the Four Elemental Kings of the Orochi:
the Guardian of the Earth. Soon enough, Yashiro's self-serving vendetta
against Iori becomes a quest to awaken the ancient Orochi through the
tournament. His faith to this cause is such that he is prepared to
sacrifice even his own life in order to succeed.
[1.5: Basic Information]
The following contains miscellaneous information and gameplay issues at
-Missile Might Bash (hcb + P)
-Upper Duel (f, d, df + P)
-Sledgehammer (qcb + P)
-Jet Counter (hcf + P)
-Step Side Kick (fwd + B)
-Million Bash Stream (qcb, hcf + P)
-Final Impact (qcf, qcf + P)
Note: hold the button to increase power.
Advanced: A-button: Crimson jacket and eyes
D-button: Blue jacket and eyes
Extra: A-button: Dark red jacket and eyes
D-button: Navy blue jacket and eyes
[Normal Round Introduction]
Yashiro rolls his shoulders one at a time then hops in place lightly
[Special Round Introductions]
(Yashiro has no special introductions.)
Yashiro stands tall, one hand in his pocket, smirks, cocks his head at
the opponent, and beckons him to approach. Says, "Muki ni naruna, yo"
which means "Don't be so serious."
Try it when:
-The opponent is being overly defensive.
-You connect with any of Yashiro's specials.
-You defend against an opponent's desperation move.
-You take a good hit (but reveal that you're far from defeated).
You can choose your win pose when you win a round by pressing and
holding either button A, B, or C when you knock the opponent out.
A-button: Yashiro stands tall, unclenches his fist as he passes his hand
in front of his face, and grins coldly. Says, "Kenka ga tsuyoi ue ni,
otoko mae" which means "A powerful fighter, and a good-looking guy on
top of that." (Referring to himself.)
Try it when:
-You beat a female character and wish to affirm your masculinity.
-You beat an effeminate male character and wish to affirm your
-You beat a physically unattractive character and seek to characterize
the ways in which you are superior.
B-button: Yashiro uses thumb and forefinger to whistle. At his call, a
huge American bald eagle swoops down. The eagle perches on Yashiro's
outstretched arm as he smiles contentedly.
Try it when:
-You had a clean fight and won fair and square.
-You feel the A or C-button win poses are inappropriate.
-You beat Terry Bogard, the other whistler in KoF'97.
C-button: Yashiro leans back on his heels, smiles and points one hand
pistol-style toward the screen, rests his other hand in his pocket.
Says, "Tanoshinderu?" which means, "Wasn't that fun?"
Try it when:
-You devastate your opponent.
-You barely won and you want to be a jerk about it.
-You actually had a fun match.
[Loss to Time-Out]
Yashiro folds his arms and sneers.
[Preferred Mode: ADVANCED]
While Yashiro is powerful on the defense, he can win his matches quickly
and consistently with his deadly offensive game. He packs a number of
outstanding jumping attacks that are much more useful in conjunction
with Advanced mode hop jumps. Furthermore, his Advanced full run is much
more effective at closing distance with the opponent than the Extra mode
quick forward hop. Yashiro's desperation moves aren't the sort you want
to use over and over, so Extra mode's infinite DM feature isn't terribly
useful for him.
To be sure, Yashiro has several advantages in Extra mode over Advanced.
First, most characters do not transfer DM stock to him in Advanced mode.
Second, since all his special moves knock down, Yashiro tends to have
plenty of time in each round to charge his MAX gauge. Ultimately,
Advanced mode far favors the aggressive Yashiro player while Extra mode
favors a more defensive style.
2.0: The Moves
(Note: The following assume Yashiro is facing right. Mirror the motion
if facing left.)
In the following chapter, a five-point scale will be used to rate the
effectiveness of each of Yashiro's moves:
[O----] ... nearly useless; a better alternative almost always exists
[OO---] ... risky and not particularly rewarding; avoid frequent use
[OOO--] ... reliable when used occasionally and circumspectly
[OOOO-] ... useful and effective
[OOOOO] ... useful, very effective, and quite safe
[2.1: Special Moves]
What fighting games are all about. A joystick motion and the
corresponding push of a button yields any number of different special
moves for each character. If blocked, special moves nonetheless inflict
a small amount of damage to the opponent. This can add up over the
course of a round.
1. Missile Might Bash
-O \ | / O- + A/C
O O O
A four-punch flurry. Yashiro swings forward with a hook, steps in with a
backfist, swings another hook, then finishes with a huge stepping body
blow. The last hit is slow to recover. Four hits; fourth hit knocks
down; around 20% damage in total.
Only practical when canceled from a connected close standing C, close
standing D, or crouching C. This is a powerful move but it leaves
Yashiro open to punishment if the opponent successfully defends.
The secondary use of the Missile Might Bash is to finish off an opponent
who is nearly defeated through its four hits' worth of guard damage.
The C-button version is slower but hits deeper than the A-button
version, making it more reliable in combos. The A-button version is
considerably quicker and if Yashiro uses it from maximum effective range
he will escape relatively unharmed if the move is blocked.
Resist using this move frequently. Yashiro's Jet Counter, while not
quite as powerful, is safer and serves an equivalent purpose (i.e., as a
combo finisher). It's not worth risking the 20% damage this move
inflicts because Yashiro leaves himself open enough to suffer much worse
if this attack is blocked or otherwise avoided. While this move inflicts
four times the block damage and boosts the maximum gauge much faster
than the Jet Counter, Yashiro need not rely on block damage to win his
matches because of his wickedly powerful high / low game (see General
2. Upper Duel
-O | \ + A/C
An anti-air double uppercut with mid / high-level autoguard on startup.
Yashiro blocks high with his forearm, then swings the opposite arm in a
powerful upward arc. If this hit touches the opponent, Yashiro follows
up with a massive leaping uppercut. One or two hits; first hit floats,
second hit juggles; 15% damage (A-button) or 20% damage (C-button).
Superb anti-air priority with proper timing and an effective if risky
mid-level counter against standing attacks. Not practical or reliable in
combos because it hits high and whiffs versus crouching opponents.
Nevertheless, the damage and the priority make it well worthwhile.
The A-button Upper Duel is fast to recover so use it repeatedly when far
away from the opponent as an effective means of boosting the MAX gauge
for Advanced Mode players. While the primary use of this move is anti-
air defense, the C-button version in particular is useful against
standing attacks because of its lengthy autoguard. Beware, though, if
the opponent blocks the first hit of the Duel, the second hit will pop
out and leave Yashiro vulnerable.
The properties of the C-button Upper Duel versus the A-button Upper Duel
are considerably different. The A-button is much safer because of its
fast startup and recovery, but it has much less horizontal range. Its
autoguard is instantaneous, so you should use it at the last possible
instant before the opponent connects with a jump-in. The A-button Upper
Duel also makes a superb wake-up move because of this instant autoguard.
The second hit does not arc very far forward, so unless you connect
point-blank with the first hit then the second will miss. The A-button
Upper Duel combos after a close standing hit of any kind, though the
second hit will not connect except after a close A or B - unless you
combo it on a cornered opponent. Also try following up a blocked A-
button Sledgehammer (see below) with the A-button Upper Duel. If the
opponent tries to counter the blocked Sledgehammer, chances are the
autoguard on the Duel will stuff him.
The C-button Upper Duel is arguably Yashiro's most interesting and most
versatile special move. The autoguard is not instantaneous; you need to
perform the move just before the opponent's attack in order for the
autoguard to work. It is a very effective defense against hop-jump
attacks on anticipation. Unlike the A-button version, if the first hit
of the C-button Upper Duel connects then the second hit is virtually
guaranteed because of its wide arc. To compensate for the fact that the
Upper Duel is not a practical move in combos, it does huge damage on its
own. Don't get too caught up with it, however, for this move will whiff
against crouching opponents and generally leaves Yashiro very vulnerable
Commonly mis-translated as "Upper Dual" instead of the proper spelling
used in this guide - a reasonable error considering the phonetic
Japanese spelling. Otherwise, this is a very unique anti-air move that
is very powerful if you learn its unorthodox timing.
| / O- + A/C
A fast leaping high hit. Yashiro lunges forward with a roar and delivers
a walloping forearm smash to the opponent's head. Very little recovery
time. One hit; must be blocked high; flattens the opponent upon contact;
about 15% damage.
This is an outstanding pressure move, as it quickly moves Yashiro
forward (and Yashiro always wants his opponent in the corner) and has
very little recovery time if blocked. Unfortunately it is too slow to be
comboable and has lousy priority except at the end of the move. It is
very effective when buffered from Yashiro's low D, far standing A, or
standing CD. Always keep in mind that the Sledgehammer hits high; if
your opponent is blocking low all too often, this is the perfect move to
wake him up.
The A-button version leaps across about 2/5 of the screen and recovers
faster than the C-button version which reaches 3/4 the screen.
Alas, for the poor move detection in King of Fighters '97 means that the
dangerously slow Missile Might Bash will pop out instead of the
Sledgehammer all too easily. Practice hard in perfecting the distinction
between the half-circle and quarter-circle motions so that you can
perform the Sledgehammer when you need to without fear of the Missile
Might Bash coming out instead.
Also, try canceling an A-button Sledgehammer from a standing CD
counterhit for an excellent two-hit juggle.
4. Jet Counter
O- / | \ -O + A/C
O O O
A rushing punch. Yashiro blurs forward with a cloud of dust in his wake
to deliver a massive body blow. If blocked, Yashiro will almost always
recover from this move before the opponent can counterattack. One hit;
knocks down on contact; about 15% damage.
A fine all-around attack; reasonably powerful, respectably quick, good
priority over most attacks, and little recovery time adds up to the only
special move which Yashiro can afford to use often. Conveniently, the
Jet Counter knocks the opponent down when it hits, allowing Yashiro to
force the opponent into the corner or begin his sadistic high / low mind
game. The Jet Counter is also Yashiro's safest, most reliable combo
The Jet Counter is a valuable pressure move. Try canceling it from
Yashiro's far standing A to keep the opponent on the defense. Also, make
an effort to learn the Jet Counter's range precisely; its speed and
priority make it an outstanding move for zoning the opponent. The Jet
Counter also hits high enough to tag the opponent as he begins a jump.
The A-button version travels about 1/4 the screen length and recovers
slightly faster than the C-button version which spans 1/3 the screen
As good as it is, beware not to use the Jet Counter recklessly. While it
cannot be punished if blocked in most instances, Yashiro is left
vulnerable if he misses the move altogether or if he uses it too close
to the opponent.
[2.2: Desperation Moves]
These tend to decide who wins the match. Desperation Moves (DMs) do a
lot of damage and are usually comboable. When the character is powered
up, the desperation move becomes an even more powerful super desperation
move (SDM) which is typically twice as strong and has superior priority
to boot. It is always in your best interest to use an SDM instead of a
DM, except in the case where a DM is sufficient to finish the opponent.
1. Million Bash Stream
| / O- / | \ -O + A/C
O O O O O
A powered-up, faster version of the Missile Might Bash, culminating in a
massive uppercut which sends the opponent spiraling upward. Inflicts
grievous block damage, but is very slow to recover. 14 hits, 35% damage;
or 26 hits, 60% damage when powered up.
Not unlike the Missile Might Bash, only with higher priority on startup
and much more powerful if it connects. The Million Bash Stream is
readily comboable from any of Yashiro's cancelable hits. It is also more
damaging than most rushing desperation moves. It may not be the
fanciest-looking move in the game, but its effects are undeniably
The last hit of the Million Bash Stream is tricky; Yashiro adds an extra
uppercut at the end, which fools beginners into attacking him before
he's through. This sometimes lets Yashiro escape unharmed if the move is
blocked. Don't put yourself into such a risky situation in the first
place by using the Million Bash Stream only when you're certain it will
connect, i.e.: in combos.
The A-button version starts up faster than the C-button version that
starts up deeper. Use the A-button version to combo from weak hits
(crouch A, standing A) and the C-button to combo from strong hits (close
C, close D). Be respectful of its reach, though; some of Yashiro's
cancelable normals have more reach than the Million Bash Stream, so if
you cancel it from too far away you'll miss the mark.
When powered up, the Million Bash Stream is a very effective wake-up
move because of its lightning-quick initiation time and high priority.
If the opponent knocks you down and hovers over you with intent to hit
you when you get up, a wake-up Million Bash Stream will teach him a real
Very, very nasty follow-up to Yashiro's high-hitting close standing D.
Much more so than any other character in the game, Yashiro can severely
punish an opponent who crouch blocks at the wrong time. More on that in
Yashiro yells, "Icchimai, na!" as he performs this attack.
2. Final Impact
| \ -O | \ -O + A/C
O O O O
Yashiro clenches his fists and channels his powers, then lurches forward
with a stupendous punch to the abdomen. Can be powered up by holding the
appropriate button. Unblockable after 3 seconds at DM / 2 seconds at
SDM. One hit; 30% damage / 40% damage when unblockable at DM; 50% damage
/ 60% damage when unblockable at SDM.
The Final Impact is too slow to be practical in most cases. It is
arguably effective in only two circumstances:
Yashiro is invulnerable for a split-second when you unleash the move
(that is, lift your finger from the button). If the opponent tries to
counter your Final Impact charge-up with a projectile, with precise
timing you can pass right through the projectile and strike the opponent
for big damage.
The A-button version hits faster than the C-button button which has more
range. The charge time for the unblockable property is identical in
The unblockable version is an effective follow-up to a connected Upper
Duel. Buffer the command for the Final Impact just as Yashiro is landing
from the Duel so you can begin charging the attack before the opponent
hits the ground. If you time it properly, Yashiro will unleash the
unblockable Final Impact just as the opponent recovers from the Upper
Duel - and unless he times a roll or dodge perfectly, he's in for a
Otherwise, you can try and be tricky about using this move by charging
it for a moment and then releasing, but you'll find its speed to be
disappointing. It can be easily leaped over, and if blocked, it leaves
Yashiro vulnerable. To make matters worse, the move isn't particularly
strong considering how difficult it is to connect.
Yashiro yells "Otonashiku, neterou!" which means "Be still and sleep!"
as he performs Final Impact. This is a nice-looking move but it's the
least reliable attack in Yashiro's arsenal.
[2.3: Normal Moves]
Merely press A, B, C, or D from any position to accomplish a normal
punch or kick. The effective use of normal moves is absolutely crucial
to the Yashiro player's success.
[Normals at a Glance]
Key: X ... Cancelable
- ... Not cancelable
Button: Standing Far Standing Close Crouch Jump
A X X X -
B - X - -
C - X X -
D - X X(1) -
CD X N/A N/A X
-Only the first hit of Yashiro's 2-hit crouching D is cancelable.
Far Standing A (weak punch)
Yashiro leans forward and delivers a fast jab to the midsection.
Excellent range for a standing weak hit, as well as excellent speed and
high priority. Best of all, you can cancel the far standing A into any
special move or Yashiro's Step Side Kick command attack, though only the
Million Bash Stream DM is fast enough to combo from it.
Use the far standing A to keep the opponent a healthy distance from
Yashiro where he can capitalize on the long reach of his other normal
and special moves. This is an extremely safe poke and defensive players
in particular must use it frequently.
Close Standing A (weak punch)
Yashiro launches a quick elbow jab to the opponent's head. It's quick
and it's cancelable, but Yashiro's height is such that most any opponent
can crouch under this move outright. This unreliable attack is designed
to make Yashiro players think twice about hammering the A button the
whole match; the far standing A is extremely good, but if the opponent
gets in too close, this move will come out instead. In close quarters,
rely on Yashiro's standing B or crouching A rather than this.
Crouching A (weak punch)
Yashiro delivers a fast front jab from a crouching position. First-rate
speed and good reach make this an effective move. It lacks the extreme
range of the far standing A, but it is slightly quicker and more
reliable in close quarters. Yashiro can combo his Million Bash Stream DM
from a crouching A, making it that much more dangerous. This is
Yashiro's fastest normal move, and he can link up to three of them
Jumping A (weak punch)
A leaping elbow strike. Short reach and a small hit frame. Not practical
in light of Yashiro's other jumping attacks, but you may want to use
this occasionally if only to change up your game.
Far Standing B (weak kick)
A spinning roundhouse kick to the midsection. Startling range, superior
even to the far standing A. However, the slower speed and the inability
to cancel this kick make it less effective overall. Nonetheless, this
move is a good long-reach poke that is useful for keeping the opponent
at bay and whittling his life meter down.
Close Standing B (weak kick)
Knee strike to the midsection. Fast and cancelable, without the
irritating too-high hit frame of the close standing A. You can combo the
A-button Upper Duel or Million Bash Stream from this kick. While it's
not as effective as some of Yashiro's other close-in normals, it's
reliable and worth using occasionally.
Crouching B (weak kick)
Must be blocked low.
Yashiro leans forward and kicks at the opponent's ankle. While its
recovery time is a little slow for a crouching B, its exceptional reach
makes this kick useful nonetheless. Try changing up between the standing
A and this move to put a lot of pressure on the opponent. You can link a
low A after the low B, then cancel that into the Million Bash Stream.
You must be very close to the opponent for this to work and the timing
is more difficult than other low B into low A links, but the reward for
mastering this technique is worth it.
Jumping B (weak kick)
A leaping front rising kick. A huge vertical hit frame, good speed, and
notable priority makes up for this move's lacking horizontal reach. It's
an effective kick as either air-to-air or air-to-ground. Use this when
you want to get in close.
Far Standing C (strong punch)
Yashiro leans forward with a hook punch to the chest. Very slow to
recover and thus dangerous to use frequently. Nonetheless, the power,
reach and fast startup speed of this move makes it a surprisingly good
poke when used sparingly. It will hit crouching opponents unlike
Yashiro's far standing D, but it is completely useless as an anti-air
attack. Learn its range and use it occasionally but by no means often.
Close Standing C (strong punch)
Yashiro steps in with a mighty uppercut. Your run-of-the-mill
cancelable, comboable close strong hit. Missile Might Bash, Jet Counter,
Million Bash Stream, and the Step Side Kick all combo flawlessly from
this hit. Always cancel this move with something; if it's blocked,
cancel into the Jet Counter or the Step Side Kick, both of which let
Yashiro recover safely. Otherwise, the close standing C sports a hideous
Crouching C (strong punch)
Yashiro jets his forearm upward with a vertical punch. Great reach,
quick startup speed, and a huge hit frame from the ground all the way up
make this useful punch indeed. It is even effective as an anti-air
defense if used early. Recovery time is not so good, so make certain to
cancel this attack into a Jet Counter or a Step Side Kick when you use
it. The crouching C has the greatest reach of Yashiro's cancelable,
Jumping C (strong punch)
A mid-air spinning backfist angled sharply downward. Yashiro's height
lends this move exceptional reach and priority versus standing or
crouching opponents. However, the downward angle of the backfist makes
it less than reliable as an air-to-air strike. Use this move a little
early because it stays out for a long time and takes a moment to start
up. Yashiro's best air-to-ground attack.
Far Standing D (strong kick)
A 360 degree spinning hook kick to the head. Monstrous reach and a fast
startup speed compensate for this kick's treacherously slow recovery
time. Its high hit frame means this move is only effective versus
jumping or standing opponents. The kick will completely miss a crouching
opponent, leaving Yashiro extremely vulnerable to a counterattack. Learn
its reach and use this kick from its maximum range for excellent
results. Its reach also makes this kick a great counterhit against
blocked special moves.
Close Standing D (strong kick)
Must be blocked high.
A fierce swing kick to the shins. Yashiro's close standing D is the
single best normal move in the entire game. Not only is this move fast,
strong and cancelable, but it must be blocked from a standing position.
In other words, a crouching block is useless against this attack. Use
the close standing D to parlay the opponent's defensive crouch into a
powerful combo. This kick's recovery time is somewhat slow, but that is
of no importance since you should always cancel this move into either a
Jet Counter or a Step Side Kick if it's blocked. Use the close standing
D in conjunction with Yashiro's low-hitting crouch B and D kicks for
devastating results. More on this mind game in chapter 3.
Crouching D (strong kick)
Cancelable (first hit of two).
Must be blocked low.
A huge saddlehorse breakdance double sweep kick. Dreadfully slow to
recover, but its enormous reach makes this an excellent sweep
nonetheless. Like all of Yashiro's strong hits, cancel it into either
the Jet Counter or the Step Side Kick in order to alleviate the recovery
time. The crouching D is also exceptionally useful when canceled into
the fast, high-hitting A-button Sledgehammer. Also try intentionally
whiffing and canceling it into a C-button Upper Duel in anticipation of
a jump-in. This move has the single greatest reach of all of Yashiro's
normals. It out-prioritizes or trades hits with most every other sweep
and starts up very fast, so it can be used from its maximum effective
range to good effect.
Jumping D (strong kick)
A leaping hook kick. A huge horizontal hit frame makes up for this
move's lack of vertical priority. Indeed, a crouching opponent may
sometimes avoid this kick altogether. While Yashiro's jump C is his best
air-to-ground attack, the jump D and its excellent reach make it a very
potent air-to-air kick and equally effective versus larger standing or
crouching opponents. Like the jump C, the jump D must be used a little
Standing CD (knockdown blow)
Yashiro lunges forward with a powerful shoulder rush. This is the single
best standing CD in the entire game. It is uncharacteristically fast to
start up and has good reach and high priority from the ground up. It
even recovers quickly, though you'll want to cancel it into a Jet
Counter or a Sledgehammer whenever you use it. This is a remarkably
versatile move from any distance. You can use it frequently to good
effect. Note you cannot cancel Yashiro's standing CD into the Step Side
Kick command attack.
Jumping CD (knockdown blow)
An upward-angled jumping side kick. Its high hit frame makes this move
useless versus standing (let alone crouching) opponents, but its quick
startup time and high angle make it a flawlessly effective air-to-air
hit versus a high-jumping opponent. If Yashiro is below and adjacent to
the opponent in mid-air, this move will beat out virtually anything he's
[2.4: Command Moves]
Command moves act like normal moves but are accomplished in tandem with
a simple controller motion. They can be canceled into from any
cancelable normals and are often cancelable themselves, allowing for
extended combos. This isn't the case with Yashiro, though his command
move is certainly useful in its own right.
Step Side Kick
-O + B
An advancing side kick to the chest. Seemingly useless at first because
it cannot be canceled and is only moderately quick to start up and
recover, the Step Side Kick is in fact a crucial addition to Yashiro's
arsenal. It serves the invaluable purpose of canceling the recovery time
on Yashiro's slow-recovering cancelable hits. It is virtually as
powerful as a Jet Counter, which makes it a viable and safe third hit
from a jump-in combo. It is also Yashiro's only combo finisher that
doesn't knock the opponent down, and strategically significant for this
reason. Note you cannot cancel Yashiro's standing CD into the Step Side
Kick command attack.
Throws are not "cheap." (I put quotation marks around the word because
it holds little meaning any longer with respect to fighting games.) A
throw inflicts about 20% damage and can be accomplished only when
directly adjacent to the opponent. You can escape throws unscathed in
Advanced mode merely by pressing A, B, C, or D as the opponent initiates
the grab. Extra mode does not have this advantage.
-O + C
A powerful body blow (looks like the Jet Counter). This has the effect
of a typical King of Fighters '97 throw. It knocks the opponent backward
at which point he can use a recovery roll.
-O + D
Yashiro hoists his opponent over his head with one arm and slams him
down. More interesting than the Lever Blow on two accounts: First, the
opponent cannot use a recovery roll to quickly recover from the Hatchet
Throw. And second, Yashiro slams the opponent behind him with this move.
Use it when cornered to give the opponent a taste of his own medicine,
as they say.
Yashiro relies more on mind games, high/low traps, and powerful single
strikes than a great variety of combos. Nonetheless, his standard combos
are reliable and safe. Yashiro also has enough special-case and corner
combos to give expert players something to work toward. What follows is
a mostly comprehensive list of what he can do. Note moves that appear in
brackets represent optional openings.
[Jump C/D,] low C, A/C Jet Counter
[Jump C/D,] low C, C Missile Might Bash
[Jump C/D,] low C, Step Side Kick
[Jump C/D,] close stand C/D, A/C Jet Counter
[Jump C/D,] close stand C/D, C Missile Might Bash
[Jump C/D,] close stand C/D, Step Side Kick
[Jump C/D,] far stand A, A Million Bash Stream
[Jump C/D,] close stand A/B, A Million Bash Stream
[Jump C/D,] low A/B, low A, A Million Bash Stream
[Jump C/D,] low C, C Million Bash Stream
[Jump C/D,] close stand C/D, C Million Bash Stream
Close stand C/D, C Upper Duel (point-blank range)
Low C, C Upper Duel (point-blank range)
Close stand A/B, A Upper Duel (in corner for all three hits)
Low A, A Upper Duel (in corner for all three hits)
CD Knockdown Blow, A Sledgehammer (CD must counterhit)
C Upper Duel, Final Impact (first strike of Upper Duel must trade hits)
[2.7: Rolls & Dodges]
Rolls are available in Advanced mode while dodges are available in Extra
mode. Either is accomplished by pushing buttons A and B simultaneously.
Advanced mode yields a forward roll by default, though a backward roll
can be performed by pressing AB while holding backward on the joystick.
Dodges are stationary and invincible to anything but grabs. Rolls move
forward or backward a short distance (past the opponent when both
characters are adjacent) and are initially only vulnerable to grabs,
with the added stipulation of momentary vulnerability at the end.
Yashiro hand-stand somersaults forward. Very conspicuous, but misleading
in that he looks more vulnerable than he actually is. Use this against a
passive opponent to get in close or cross up. Also useful, like any
other roll, for passing through projectile attacks and special moves.
Beware of using it for any other purpose versus a more competent
opponent, for he will most likely throw you before you can recover.
Yashiro's fast Sledgehammer or his high-priority jumping attacks are his
best and safest means of closing distance with the opponent.
Yashiro hand-stand somersaults backward. Useful for giving Yashiro a
little more breathing room. Defensive players will want to back roll
whenever the opponent gets uncomfortably close since Yashiro can fight
effectively from a distance while most characters cannot. Be careful, of
course, because Yashiro will be vulnerable for a moment as he completes
Yashiro leans into the background. A run-of-the-mill dodge; nothing
tricky about it. Use it to avoid projectiles and advancing special
moves, but beware of using it too close to the opponent lest you find
yourself on the receiving end of a throw.
3.0: General Strategy
The general strategies that follow will be presented through fairly
specific examples for the sake of clarity. The following is a suggestion
on how to think about a match as a Yashiro player; it contains the
ingredients for success and places them in a useful order. But I stress
that being unpredictable is the key to consistent victory not just with
Yashiro but with any character.
[3.1: Overview and Example]
Yashiro is at his most effective when played aggressively. Granted, a
defensive Yashiro is by no means a pushover thanks to his fast, long-
range pokes and the Upper Duel. But when Yashiro is on the offense, he
can implement his infernally effective high/low mind game, his extreme
range, and his knockdown special moves to pound the opponent into the
corner and in general to completely overwhelm any character in the game.
To this end, keep moving. Yashiro is a fast runner and a good jumper.
Begin a round with a back roll (for example), then immediately charge
the opponent or hop toward him with a jumping C or D. Once in range,
pressure the opponent with standing A canceled into Step Side Kick, as
well as low D into Sledgehammer, Jet Counter, or Step Side Kick. The
range of the standing A and low D is similarly great. Ease off once in a
while with a backdash, a back roll, or a backward hop jump D.
If you pressured your opponent effectively, he'll have no choice but to
pursue when you back up in hopes that he can take the offensive. Because
of Yashiro's huge ground reach, the opponent will presumably hop toward
you. He will hop toward you momentarily after you ease off; learn to
create these openings for him and otherwise to anticipate hop jumps.
Perform the C-button Upper Duel just as the opponent leaves the ground
from the hop. The autoguard will kick in at precisely the right time,
earning you two powerful hits and him a trip to the pavement.
At this point you will want to edge closer. Once the opponent falls
(i.e., after any of Yashiro's special moves), Yashiro is at a huge
advantage. Hover two or three character widths' from the opponent's
prone body; don't get too close, especially versus grapplers. Remain
standing, and then perform a sweep into a Sledgehammer just as he
stands. An inexperienced opponent will probably block the sweep (but
perhaps not the high-hitting Sledgehammer). An experienced opponent will
sooner be hit by the low kick.
This apparent paradox, that an experienced player is less likely to
block the sweep than a beginner, has a rational explanation. An
experienced player knows all too well that Yashiro can severely punish a
crouching opponent with little difficulty. At any point, Yashiro can hop
in or rush in and attempt a close standing D (which hits high instantly,
unlike any other close standing hit in the game) and cancel that into
any of his comboable special moves, or better yet his Million Bash
Stream DM. On the other hand, Yashiro only has two moves which must be
blocked low: his crouching B and his crouching D, neither of which can
be canceled directly into a special move and neither of which is
particularly powerful. Thus the experienced player knows that he must
always err on the side of the standing block versus Yashiro. At worst he
eats the sweep. Meanwhile, a moment of hesitation in a crouch-block can
cost the opponent 70% of his health (standing D into Million Bash Stream
There's more to this situation than meets the eye. As a matter of fact,
it is possible to link a close crouching B into a crouching A which can
then be canceled into a Million Bash Stream; however, the low B into low
A link is more difficult to perform than most such links in the game. On
top of that, you need to venture into throw range in order for this to
work. But if you manage to perfect this timing then the opponent will be
in serious trouble as soon as you earn a DM stock since you can then
convert either the low B or the close standing D into a DM combo.
Otherwise, Yashiro's extremely potent close standing D makes crushing
passively defensive opponents a snap. It's just that powerful, and an
experienced King of Fighters '97 player knows and fears it for that
Throw your challenger for a spin. Don't use the close standing D; not
often, anyway. Only when you know it's going to hit. Since the opponent
knows it's suicide to low block versus Yashiro, pick away at him with
low Bs and low Ds first. You can throw him for a real spin if you pull
off the low B, low A, Million Bash Stream combo. This is even more
effective after a jump-in that sets you up for the proper close range.
Soon enough the opponent will be forced into low blocking, now
completely uncertain how to react. Anticipate this and rush forward with
the close standing D. Mix this up with a standing CD into Sledgehammer -
by now the opponent will try to counter with everything he's got, but
chances are that the CD will beat him out and the Sledgehammer will
score a counterhit.
Inevitably the high / low trap, much like the pressure game, will again
force your opponent into going airborne. Stop the high / low trap
immediately; it will only get you into trouble at this point. If you
whiff a low D now, the opponent may very well punish you with a powerful
jump-in combination. Instead, you'll want to adopt an aggressive air-to-
air or ground-to-air attack. Yashiro is top-notch versus aerial
opponents both while airborne (jump CD, jump B, jump D) and while on the
ground (Upper Duel, standing D, low C). One good Upper Duel will
probably convince your opponent to stick to the floor for a while, at
which point you can begin the pressure or mind game anew.
[3.2: Ranges and Zoning]
His reach is one of Yashiro's greatest assets. Virtually every single
one of his far standing or crouching normal moves has massive reach,
good startup speed, and good priority. However, the strong hits (i.e., C
and D hits) tend to be very slow to recover. To this end, make certain
to always cancel all cancelable strong hits into the Jet Counter, the A-
button Upper Duel (it's fast), the A-button Sledgehammer, or especially
the Step Side Kick. Of course, Yashiro's far standing strong hits aren't
cancelable, but by no means should this stop you from using them. While
the standing C and standing D are slow to recover, if you use them from
maximum range the opponent will rarely be able to counterattack if he
defends. These moves are quick enough and their range is alarming enough
to make them valuable tools for forcing the opponent into backing away
Yashiro players more inclined to a defensive game will want to center
around fighting from his maximum range, also known as zoning. Here all
of Yashiro's far standing hits and his low D will be tools of the trade
in conjunction with the Step Side Kick and Upper Duel. And never forget
to use his standing CD when the opponent gets close; it has less reach
than his other normals, but it's fast and has immense priority. Practice
and master the ranges of Yashiro's special moves as well, as they reach
even farther than his normals. If you use them from the proper (long)
range, the Jet Counter and the Sledgehammer make great zoning moves.
They're also very useful for dealing with opponents who like to back
roll frequently. If the opponent tries to out-poke you, remember the
autoguard on the Upper Duel. With proper timing, you can use it as an
effective mid-level reversal versus standing normals.
In the off chance that the opponent takes the upper hand and pushes you
into the corner or gets in too close for your liking, recall that any of
Yashiro's special moves will get you out of the tough spot. But of
course, his most effective knockdown tool at close range is his standing
CD. It recovers quite fast, but you should nonetheless cancel it into a
Sledgehammer or a Jet Counter every now and then to mix things up. And
of course, the Sledgehammer juggles after a knockdown blow counterhit.
You cannot cancel the Step Side Kick from the standing CD.
The last note about Yashiro's ranges is centered toward the aggressive
player who will want to learn precisely at which point relative to the
opponent the far standing D becomes the close standing D. A dashing
Yashiro can unleash the close standing D upon an opponent from within
one character width; any more than that and the whopping, sluggish
standing D comes out instead. The difference between a good Yashiro
player and an expert Yashiro player is just how familiar he is with the
range of the close standing D.
[3.3: Mind Games]
See Overview and Example above. As you know, the mind game is integral
to Yashiro's success. Threaten the opponent with low Bs and low Ds, then
go for the high-hitting Sledgehammer or close standing D. Yashiro's mind
game also involves tricking the opponent into jumping toward him; do so
either with a back hop jump after a heavy pressure offense or with an
intentionally whiffed A-button Upper Duel. Either of these will let you
recover with time to counter the jumper with the mighty C-button Upper
Try being tricky with the Final Impact DM if you're in the lead.
[3.4: Watching Your Meters]
An Extra Mode player should take the time to charge up whenever he
connects with one of Yashiro's many knockdown moves. The maximum charge
is best used for its 50% damage boost. Of course, don't hesitate to
combo the Million Bash Stream if you know it's going to hit.
An aggressive Advanced Mode player can quickly boost his meter with a
good pressure game of standing normals and close normals canceled into
fast specials. In most cases, you should keep charging the meter until
you have two stocks at which point you should use one stock to power up.
Go double-time on the offense; if you work fast, Yashiro will be able to
earn another stock at around the time his maximum gauge runs out. Thus
he is able to retain the advantages of the maximum gauge (125% damage
and SDM power) throughout the remainder of the match. At the same time,
the reserve stock should be kept for the deadly SDM Million Bash Stream
which is useful either in combos or as a wake-up move.
[3.5: Punishing Mistakes]
As far as Yashiro's concerned, any opponent who hesitates has made a
grave error. Just one knockdown is all the setup you need to begin
Yashiro's high / low mind game. Likewise, a passive and overly defensive
opponent is prime target for the close standing D, while an opponent
fixated on avoiding the close standing D is all set to eat a sweep or
the low B, low A link.
Otherwise, when the opponent botches a special move and leaves himself
open, try and connect a low C canceled into a Missile Might Bash to
maximize the opportunity.
The lesson in all this is, more so than any other character, an
aggressive Yashiro can convert even the slightest hesitation on the
opponent's behalf into an opportunity.
[3.6: Specific Match-Ups]
The following are guidelines as to how, in general, to approach a match
versus each character in the game. Specific advice is impossible because
each character can be played differently and opponents vary in skill and
strategy. Some repetition is in order in this chapter if only because
certain techniques in Yashiro's arsenal are effective against most other
A pressure offense may get you into trouble against Kyo, many of whose
special moves have autoguards. Likewise, Yashiro's C and D-button pokes
won't work against the Kyo player who knows how to use his reversal. As
such, you'll want to rely on Yashiro's low hits and his special moves in
order to deal with this pest. Build pressure using the far standing A
into Step Side Kick and try and trick Kyo into jumping toward you.
An all-around powerful opponent who must never be underestimated.
Benimaru is powerful at any distance, but he is most effective at
keeping his opponent at bay. Charge at him. Rush in with the close
standing D, pressure him with the hopping jump D. Try a standing CD into
A-button Sledgehammer or Jet Counter. Benimaru players tend to rely on
his virtually lag-free special moves, but Yashiro's specials are fast
enough to counter these, with good timing. Use the Jet Counter to punish
Benimaru's mistakes and zone him with your superior range. Don't jump at
him often, as Benimaru has at least three highly effective, powerful
Yashiro's high / low mind game won't work well against Goro, the most
punishing grappler in the game. If you get too close, the skilled Goro
player will catch you in a devastating super grab. Goro is very
susceptible to Yashiro's low hits and his great reach, but beware of
poking excessively lest the big man catch you in his reversal. Yashiro's
hopping jump attacks work well against Goro who won't be able to counter
these effectively even with his powerful Cloud Tosser. Watch out for
counter-pokes by means of Goro's far standing C and D.
Terry is perhaps the most fearsome opponent in the game, what with his
ability to convert just about any hit into an extremely powerful
combination. Be careful not to make mistakes fighting Terry and know
that his range, particularly on his far standing B, rivals even
Yashiro's. Since Terry must land a clean hit in order to do his damage,
you might want to play defensively against him and use the Upper Duel to
counter his advances. Likewise, you can take advantage of his lack of an
effective throwing technique by using Yashiro's high / low game to full
Short reach and low power make Andy a rather easy target with Yashiro.
Overwhelm the Andy player with Yashiro's normals and his pressure combos
and don't let him approach close enough to use his powerful Dam Breaker
Punch. Stay on the offense and pressure him into making mistakes. Andy's
Shoryudan uppercut is often not effective enough to beat out Yashiro's
jumping C. Learn from which angle to approach with your jump attacks to
yield maximum priority.
A dangerous opponent even for Yashiro. His A-button Hurricane Uppers can
cause quite a problem when used repeatedly. Don't always roll through;
you'll set yourself up for a throw. Convince yourself not to hop against
Joe either, as those hurricanes are tall enough to knock you out of the
air. High jump over the projectile and use Yashiro's aerial C punch to
punish Joe. Use the high / low mind game to the best of your ability, as
the Joe player has nothing in his arsenal to counter it directly.
Ryo may prove to be a cunning opponent with a pressure offense even
superior to Yashiro's, but the skilled Yashiro player won't let him in
close enough. Ryo relies on his jump-in combinations and his Mouko
Raijingo sliding uppercut that can be readily countered with the Upper
Duel and Yashiro's leg sweep respectively. Use Yashiro's superior reach
to keep Ryo from moving in too close, lest he use his unblockable Punch
Robert has similar reach to Yashiro and a devastating, albeit limited,
offense. Count on him to rely heavily on his Hien Sempu Kyaku four-hit
kick as part of his pressure game, and anticipate his jump-in combos and
counter with the Upper Duel. Take the offense and try and overwhelm
Robert completely; his Hien Sempu Kyaku has momentary startup lag, and
if you stay on him he won't be able to use it effectively.
Yuri proves no match for Yashiro's superior might and reach. She will
have to jump at you in order to get close, but the Upper Duel will plant
her firmly back on the ground. Stay focussed and use your height
advantage to take control of the match. If she gets too close, you risk
being subject a combo starting with her low-hitting close standing B.
Watch for it, and block low when she's in your face, especially since
she doesn't have an overhead hit.
Another dangerous opponent, Leona has reach just short of Yashiro's. Her
moves tend to have more startup lag but less recovery time than his, so
take advantage of this and out-poke her if that's the way the opponent
chooses to play. Leona doesn't have effective means of countering
Yashiro's jumping C, so use it often and keep the pressure high. Beware
of Leona's Ground Saber traps, and counter her missed special moves with
fast A and B hits. Leona is a prime target for Yashiro's mind game trap.
Serious trouble for Yashiro. Clark's tremendous reach on his Super
Argentine Backbreaker renders Yashiro's mind game null and void.
Likewise, his Rolling Cradler passes through low hits, making Yashiro's
powerful sweep far less effective than usual. Clark lacks a consistent
anti-air defense, so you'll want to hop at him frequently to build
pressure. Try zoning him with your normal moves, but beware, for Clark's
far standing D is every bit as good a poke as anything in Yashiro's
arsenal. Sucker him into jumping at you and meet him midair with a CD
Ralf cannot compete with a Yashiro player who understands his reach and
timing. The Ralf Kick can be rather easily guarded and countered with
the Upper Duel, and in general, Ralf's reach is far inferior to
Yashiro's so he won't be able to approach close enough to do any
significant damage. But watch out for his aerial Blitzkrieg Punch and be
ever respectful of his powerful desperation moves, just to stay on the
safe side. His Super Argentine Backbreaker has less reach than Clark's,
making him a better target for Yashiro's mind game.
A pesky opponent who, in proper hands, is quick enough to make trouble
for Yashiro. Her aerial Phoenix Arrow can be defended against with the
Upper Duel, but you're better off blocking it then countering with a
rush-in combo. She's got a command grab so the mind game won't work as
well as it might otherwise. Put pressure on her with your reach and
force her into jumping toward you. Don't jump toward her too often, as
her Psycho Sword is a fairly good anti air defense.
Truly an irritating opponent. Yashiro doesn't have a good means of
countering the Chokyudan projectile, which has little recovery time.
Roll through it and rush in, and attempt to dominate Kensou on the
offense so he makes a mistake. His moves, besides his uppercut-type
attacks, have close to no recovery time so don't try and counter him
with strong hits except when you know they'll connect. Don't let him
approach too close lest he tag you with his Hermit Blast desperation
move. Likewise beware, for Kensou's sweep has huge reach and is quicker
on the draw than Yashiro's own. Finally, recall that with impeccable
timing, the Final Impact desperation move will pass through projectiles.
Use it on Kensou players who become too predictable.
No less aggravating than his other teammates and more so in many ways.
What Chin lacks in reach he makes up for with priority. Don't jump at
him often, for his autoguard is wondrously effective at countering that
sort of offense. Keep him at bay with your C punch and low D kick, and
never use the far standing D against him as it will pass clearly over
his head. Chin's small stature makes hitting him with many of Yashiro's
moves rather more difficult than usual. Chin has no means of dealing
with Yashiro's mind game, so should you trip him up, make sure and use
it against him.
Don't get too cocky fighting Chizuru. Though Yashiro has superior range
and is often quicker on the draw, Chizuru's pokes have a bad habit of
turning a fight in her favor rather quickly. A poke-happy Chizuru can be
taught a valuable lesson by means of the fast autoguard on the A-button
Upper Duel. Otherwise, don't jump at her too often (her uppercut isn't
half-bad) but by all means approach directly and keep her busy trying to
block your moves.
King can't hang with Yashiro's superior reach. Take the offense by
rushing and leaping at her frequently so she won't even have time to
inflict block damage with her Surprise Rose and Mirage Kick. Keep the
pressure high with long-range pokes, but try to avoid sweeping
frequently as that will leave you open for the Surprise Rose. You can
even go for the mind game if you must.
The queen of block damage and otherwise a real nuisance to deal with
because of her defensive tendencies. Watch out for her fast fan dance
that can sap your power quickly whether you block it or not. Don't let
her use it by laying on the offense real thick. Use the mind game to
full effect, and anticipate her Squirrel Drop and her other aerial
attacks and counter with the Upper Duel. Mai doesn't have a consistently
effective air defense, so a generous helping of hop jump C punches will
do you good toward dealing with her. Don't use the far standing D often
against her, as it has a bad habit of missing the mark against her small
Watch out for Kim's low-hitting sweep and Comet Cruncher. You can smash
either of these moves with a well-timed Sledgehammer. Otherwise, make
sure and have your Upper Duel timing down, for Kim's the type who needs
to jump toward frequently. You can jump toward him almost freely, as his
Hienzan doesn't have enough priority in most cases to beat out your
jumping attacks. Pressure him with your superior reach.
This ridiculous character is not to be taken lightly. He can inflict
serious damage fast if you get too close. Rely on your reach to keep
Chang at bay, then rush him with the close standing D to set up the mind
game. Watch out, though, because the knowledgeable Chang player will use
his command grab to set you on your hindside if you get too close. Use
pressure combos to force Chang into submission.
His lightning speed and small body make Choi a rather tough nut to crack
with Yashiro. Your far standing D is suicide against this fellow, as it
will pass cleanly over his head every time. Use crouching hits to keep
him at bay, and beware of his jumping attacks - he tends to approach
from the air at an unpredictable trajectory, thus timing the Upper Duel
to counter him will often prove more difficult than it's worth. Your
Sledgehammer can be put to good use against Choi, as can the ubiquitous
mind game. Beware of laying on the offense too thick, as Choi's close
hits have a lot of priority.
Use everything in your knowledge, not to mention everything you learned
from this guide, to demonstrate to the opponent why he's not playing
Yashiro as well as he can.
Beware the unbelievable reach of the Shermie Spiral grab. Throw the mind
game out the window; Shermie's throw reach is far too great for you to
get close enough to go for the low B or close standing D. Rather, keep
her at bay with normals and jump in against her frequently. Make sure
and jump in with deep hits, lest Shermie counter with her grab as soon
as she recovers from block stun. Your standing CD, standing A into Step
Side Kick, and your low D will all come in handy, as will the A-button
Chris is a small opponent so don't use that far standing D too often or
you'll miss and be punished. Otherwise, beware his high priority Slide
Touch and keep him at bay with your far superior reach. Chris tends to
jump a lot, so get set to counter with the Upper Duel. Your mind game
will prove effective if you can catch Chris with a sweep or a Jet
Counter in order to set it up. Otherwise, don't hesitate to jump toward
him because he has no consistent means of countering your aerial
Yamazaki can outreach even Yashiro, so a defensive Yamazaki player who's
got the Snake Arm down to an art might make for some trouble. To make
matters worse, Yamazaki packs a nifty command throw that will put a
damper on your mind game should you hover too close. You'll do well to
use a lot of hopping C and D attacks against him, as his air defense
Snake Arm isn't well suited toward countering these. Try to stay
relatively close to Yamazaki at all times, and anticipate and roll
through his Snake Arms if he becomes predictable.
A deadly opponent with a move for every situation in her arsenal. If
Mary anticipates your poke and reverses it, she can juggle with her
Splash Rose desperation move to put you in a world of hurt. You're best
off putting your sweep to good use against Mary, but above all else you
must be unpredictable to defeat her. She's even got a couple of throwing
techniques that will punish your mind game. Alternate strategically
between jumping at her, zoning her with normals, hanging back and
letting her approach, and rushing her with out-and-out offense.
Billy's reach isn't difficult to overcome. Hop toward him with an aerial
D kick if he insists on poking his way to victory, and be prepared to
Upper Duel him if he takes your cue. You Sledgehammer and Jet Counter
can out-prioritize a great many of his attacks, so use them often but
not recklessly. Yashiro's attacks are usually quicker on the draw than
Billy's, so anticipate his moves and punish him before he gets a chance
to strike. You shouldn't have to resort to the mind game to beat Billy,
but he has few means of defending against it should you choose to use
More than an even match for Yashiro, and a dangerous enemy on all
accounts. A knowledgeable Iori player may prove to be quite a challenge.
Try never to jump at Iori unless you anticipate his projectile attack.
His Maiden Masher desperation move will pull Yashiro out of the air
every time, and deliver big damage at that. Likewise, Iori's Scum Gale
grab sets you up for big damage, so don't hesitate when you get close to
him. Roll through his projectile (or Final Impact through it if you're
feeling lucky) and use Yashiro's sweep and the Sledgehammer to force
Iori back into the corner. Anticipate Iori's deadly hopping jump kicks
and punches with the Upper Duel. Mix up your game between defense,
offense, and zoning to keep him guessing.
Shingo sports both a powerful offense and a respectable defense, but
once again Yashiro's range proves to be a real advantage. Stuff his
moves on anticipation with Yashiro's long-range pokes and be prepared to
counter his jump kicks with the Upper Duel. Shingo is perfect fodder
Yashiro's mind game, and he's also a sucker for sweeps. Don't let him
stay on his feet for long periods of time by pressuring him with weak
hits into jumping.
[Orochi Iori Yagami]
Beware. Your Upper Duel will prove surprisingly effective against Orochi
Iori's blazing fast jump kicks, and once you get him down, make sure and
go at him full force with the mind game - but take heed of his Scum Gale
grab. Watch out for his close standing and crouching B kicks, both of
which hit low and may be canceled into any number of more powerful
attacks. You probably won't be able to dominate Orochi Iori offensively,
so your best bet is to keep him away as best you can with long-range
standing attacks and the Duel. Don't jump at him later in the match lest
you taste the fury of the Maiden Masher.
Beware. Use the Upper Duel the moment you see Orochi Leona leave the
ground for a jumping attack; chances are your autoguard will kick in and
you'll counter. Try and take the offense and work her down with lots of
hopping attacks. Go for the mind game if you see an opportunity. Watch
out for her Victory Riser desperation move since it can counter your
jumps, and do your best to leap over or roll through her Ground Saber
lest you yourself become victim to a deadly trap.
[Orochi Yashiro Nanakase]
Don't try the mind game against a good Orochi Yashiro player. He'll slam
you to the ground faster than you can wonder what went wrong. Recall
that Orochi Yashiro is not equipped with the powerful Upper Duel, let
alone the Sledgehammer and the Jet Counter. The former move lets you
readily counter his jump-ins, which he'll inevitably use to try and set
up a throw combo. The latter two moves give you the advantage in reach.
Fear Orochi Yashiro's leaping grab, as it can even pass through the
Upper Duel. Deal with it by meeting Orochi Yashiro in mid-air with a CD
knockdown blow that will cause a counterhit at which point you can tag
him with your move of your choice before he hits the turf.
She can prove to be a nuisance with her lightning kisses, but without
her counterpart's command throw, Orochi Shermie is at a disadvantage
against the aggressive Yashiro player. Use full jumps, rather than hops,
when dealing with her, as those will help you avoid the lightning kisses
just as Shermie doesn't have an effective means of taking you out of the
air. Use rolls liberally in advancing upon her, and keep the pressure
high since most of Orochi Shermie's moves have startup lag. Be wary of
the Ankoku Raikoken desperation move; it's every bit as fast and
powerful as Benimaru's. You'll want to stay on the ground once Orochi
Shermie is equipped to hit you with a DM.
Take Chris's dangerously small size and add powerful special moves and a
strong air defense and you have yourself a real problem on your hands.
If you get too close, Orochi Chris can nail you with his unblockable
punch dance that sets you up for major damage. If you jump, Orochi Chris
can floor you with his high-priority uppercut. If you whiff a poke,
Chris can quickly counter with a powerful ground combo. Take the fight
to close quarters and change up your game frequently between fast pokes
and all-out offense in order to keep him guessing, and try and land that
close standing D. Don't let Chris's size fool you; he has considerable
Orochi is a total sucker for Yashiro's far standing C and far standing
D, so use these liberally. Jump at him with an aerial D from maximum
range, but don't get too close with your leaps or he'll nail you with
one of his counterhits. If you get in his face Orochi may well inflict
serious pain with his unblockable desperation move, so your best bet is
to stay back a bit and whittle him down with pressure combos and pokes.
He shouldn't be much trouble.
4.0: Closing Acknowledgments
This guide would not have been possible without the following:
-Andrew Seyoon Park, a.k.a. EX Andy: email@example.com
Testing, confirmations, strategies, and the idea and formatting
for this guide. Check out his KoF help page:
-Tony Wedd: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistance with editing and revising. His '97 Leona guide defined
the framework for this volume. Look for the Wedd Leona guide here:
-Chikako "Chika" Jennifer Ishikawa: email@example.com
Back story, character profile, some speech transcription and
translation. Check out Chika's King of Fighters Zone:
-Nick Des Barres: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixes and corrections.
-The King of Fighters Mailing List: email@example.com
The largest discussion forum for the King of Fighters
series on the Internet.
-The Berkeley Underground and Its Regular Patrons
The only arcade located on the UC Berkeley campus. Also one of the
only arcades in Northern California to feature KoF'97. Thanks to
all the regular challengers for the good competition.
-Neo Geo Freak Magazine
Official special move names, some combos.
-SNK Corporation of Japan
For creating the best 2D fighting game in years.
[4.2: Version History]
v0.4 October 24, 1997. Added chapter 1, chapter 2. Unreleased.
V1.0 November 12, 1997. Added chapter 3, chapter 4.
V1.01 November 13, 1997. Minor clarifications, revisions.
V1.09 November 16, 1997. Further revisions, additions to chapter 2,
V1.1 February 17, 1997. After a hiatus, added further revisions,
aesthetic corrections, additions and clarifications throughout,
and the versus guide.
A forthcoming release may contain addenda such as character-specific
match-ups if demand exists.
[4.3: Copyright Information]
This guide is intended for entertainment purposes only. Reproduction in
whole or in part in any form or in any medium without express permission
of the author is prohibited.
Legal pretensions aside, thank you for reading and enjoy the game.
Greg A. Kasavin
End of Guide v1.1 Copyright 1998 Greg A. Kasavin
All rights reserved. The King of Fighters '97 and Yashiro Nanakase are
trademarks of SNK Corporation, Copyright 1997