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                AMATEUR GUIDE
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Marvel Vs. Capcom Amateur Guide
by Joe Zaza (joezaza@geocities.com)
Version 0.5

(C) MCMXCIX - MM Joe Zaza

A brief note:
              
Any section of this document that begins with this indicator (//) is merely my
subjective take on a matter and not to be taken as fact. It is either my
opinion, personal advice, or just a side-note. These sections will be
indicated as over either with this symbol (\\) or whenever another section in
the document begins.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS - MvC FAQ
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Revision History

A Fighter's Dictionary
        The Main Entry Word
           Arrangement Of Entries * Cross References * Variant Names *
           Hyphenated Compounds * Abbreviated Words * Sub-Definitions
        Part Of Speech Labels
        Word Etymology
        Dictionary

Gameplay Basics
        Moving
           Standing * Crouching * Dashing * Jumping * Super Jumping * Dashing
           (Air)
        Attacking
           Normal Attacks * Command Attacks * Throws * Special Attacks * Hyper
           Combinations/Super Attacks * Crossover Combinations/Team Supers *
           Duo Team Attack/Two On One * Crossover Assistants/Helpers
        Switching
        Blocking
           Standing Block * Crouching Block * Air Block * Advancing Guard
           (Push) * Crossover Counter

Who In The Hell Is Joe Zaza?

Acknowledgements

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REVISION HISTORY
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Version 0.5: Released 12 - 16 - 99

A beta version of the guide. I am publishing it pending questions, comments,
and objections before I submit the first version. (joezaza@geocities.com)

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A FIGHTER'S DICTIONARY 
======================

THE MAIN ENTRY WORD
===================

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A. Arrangement of Entries
-------------------------

All main entries, including single words and hyphenated compounds are listed
in strict alphabetical order and are set in uppercase type, extending fully to
the left of the document. They are followed (from left to right) by a colon
(:), which is followed by the word's part of speech.

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B. Cross References
-------------------

Every word that has its own entry is listed in uppercase type the first time
it is mentioned in an entry block. Every time that it is mentioned thereafter,
it will be listed in lowercase type.

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C. Variant Names
----------------

Variant names for words with the same definition are indicated with an AKA in
the parenthesis that follows the entry word of what I think is to be the
'proper' definition. Some of the more common names have separate entry blocks
that will simply cross-refer to that 'proper' definition.

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D. Hyphenated Compounds
-----------------------

Every entry that has more than one word will have a hyphen between every word.
This is done to prevent the reader from confusing two separate cross
references that are side by side from the cross reference of a single,
hyphenated compound.

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E. Abbreviated Words
--------------------

Entries that define abbreviated words or parts of a word will indicate what
the abbreviation stands for in the parenthesis that follows the entry word.

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F. Sub-Definitions
------------------

Some definitions will have sub-definitions that attempt to explain the
significance of the concept when applied to the game. These, I hope, should
help clarify the word's usage even more.

PART OF SPEECH LABELS
=====================

Part of speech labels are given for every main entry word. The following
labels for the parts of speeches into which words are classified in
traditional English grammar are used in this dictionary. They appear following
the entry word in parenthesized, uppercase type.

N.   noun
V.   verb
ADJ. adjective

When an entry word has more than one part of speech, double dashes introduce
each different part of speech in the entry block and each part of speech label
appears in parenthesized, uppercase type.

WORD ETYMOLOGY
==============

The old notion that there is a single, true meaning for a word has been
replaced by the concept that words are essentially nothing more than
controversial symbols whose use and pronunciation may vary even from person to
person, let alone group to group. Over the course of time (since Street
Fighter II...) such variations may so alter the form and meaning that only
patient retrospection can trace the course by which a modern term (or word
used by myself) has come to its present use, sense, and form.

Finding satisfaction with each and every word's definition has proved to be
impossible, but I went ahead and wrapped the thing up (I'd rather have a
common frame of reference for the versus game terminology than simple,
unfounded jargon.). I've gathered every definition from the context in
which I hear or see the corresponding word being used; they are usually either
uttered in an arcade or written in an FAQ (The alternative to doing this,
which is asking people "What does 'this word' mean?" either on the arcade
floor or by E-mail usually proves to be too complicated for those I ask...
Gathering a consensus for the definition of a term, either in the arcade or on
the internet, proves to be even harder.). 

I cannot justly say that the definitions I assign these terms are completely
unbiased by myself because such a statement would be a lie. I did, however,
try my best to prevent myself from doing so by taking precautionary measures
such as gathering different perspectives for the meanings and seeking
confirmation from many other people. Nevertheless, I am sure that anyone
experienced who reads this FAQ will take issue with at least several of the
definitions that I have assigned to specific words. I am all ears to those who
dissent with entries in my dictionary (E-mail me any concerns). However, I
will not immediately change definitions for such people unless I 1) am
provided with sufficient evidence against the meanings I assign to such terms
and 2) get a consensus from at least six other experienced fighters. Know from
now on that I hold none of my definitions in high regard (I don't consider
this dictionary to be proclaimed or accepted as absolute truth, nor a
universal referral.).

I don't go through the trouble of studying the origin and development of the
words I use for one reason: such a pursuit would be esoteric, endlessly
debatable, and ultimately, too cumbersome. I have relied and will rely on the
general, implied consensus to help me define these terms. Hell, most people
don't stop to think about what the word they just used meant. The purpose of
this dictionary is to provide a ground for those who do and to help introduce
new peeps into the world of crossover games.

= = =
= A =
= = =

AC-FINISHER: (N; abbr. Air Combo Finisher) an ATTACK that will finish an
AIR-COMBO

An AC-finisher can be a NORMAL-ATTACK, SPECIAL-ATTACK or even a SUPER-ATTACK.
Sometimes after an AC-finisher is executed, the FLYING-SCREEN will be
activated, sending your opponent crashing to the ground. Otherwise, an AC-
finisher will send your opponent too far out of range for you to follow up
with any more attacks. Knowing which moves are AC-finishers is a valuable part
of being a COMBO master.

*Always* finish your air combos with an AC-finisher... if not, your opponent
has the opportunity to COUNTER-ATTACK, which is definitely not wanted.

ADVANCING GUARD: (N)  a move (activated by all pressing all three punch
buttons during BLOCK-STUN) that literally pushes the opponent away while
you are BLOCKING: can be done both on the ground and in the air

AIR-COMBO: (N)  a series of air ATTACKS that CANCEL or LINK into each other

Air-combos can be done by either JUMPING-IN, CHASING, or LAUNCHING. The most
assured way to perform one, though, is by launching. 

AIR-TICK: (N)  a form of TICKING that involves a mid-air THROW after the
opponent repeatedly JUMPS-IN on you unsuccessfully

//I think this definition is a bit unclear and that the term is best defined
through example: Suppose player one is standing his/her ground when player two
jumps-in. Player one, then, uses a quick ground anti-air to prevent attack.
Player two blocks it, and for some inexplicable reason, jumps-in again. The
same process is repeated by player one and once again, player two blocks and
lands. He jumps in again (I don't know why the hell some people do this...),
but this time player one, knowing that player two expects to block an anti-air
(thusly is not attacking), jumps toward him and performs a mid-air throw.
The whole process sounds idiotic, but it *does* happen, and when it does,
most people fall for this tick. I can't for the life of me understand why
someone would wave a "I'm predictable!" flag like that, but it happens.

ANTI-AIR: (N)  an ATTACK that can be used to prevent your opponent from
JUMPING-IN on you

The better the PRIORITY, the better the anti-air.

ANTI-CHASER: (N)  an ATTACK that can be used to prevent your opponent from
CHASING you

ANTI-FIREBALL: (N)  an ATTACK that can connect with an opponent who is in the
process of shooting a PROJECTILE

Anti-fireballs usually require anticipation and split second timing.

ATTACK: (N)  any move that has the potential to lessen the life on a LIFE-
GAUGE

See the entries for NORMAL-ATTACKS, SPECIAL-ATTACKS, and SUPER-ATTACKS for
more information.

//The word "move" as a noun is often used interchangeably with attack (Some
people refer to what I call in this dictionary 'normal-attacks', 'special-
attacks' and 'super-attacks' as 'normal moves', 'special moves' and so on.)
This is probably because the word "move" (as a noun) is used for any action
that breaks you away from the normal stance (Since the word 'move', as a noun,
means the act of changing place or position.). Using that rationale, every
ATTACK is a move.

Although this particular semantic relationship is justified, I use the word
"attack" according to the definition above and "move" according to any
incidence of changing position for the sake of less confusion.

ATTACK-NOTATION: (N)  the system of abbreviations used to represent attack
buttons or combination of such

People use many different sets of attack-notations throughout their FAQs and
game guides. The ones one might use in such a document usually correspond with
those attacks listed in his/her particular legend. Here is a list of the ones
I use:

AP......................any punch
AK......................any kick
LP......................light punch  (jab)
MP......................medium punch (strong)
HP......................heavy punch  (fierce)
LK......................light kick   (short)
MK......................medium kick  (forward)
HK......................heavy kick   (roundhouse)
2P......................two punches
2K......................two kicks
3P......................all punches
3K......................all kicks

& indicates a pressure of the last attack button with the following one (e.g.
  HP & HK; switch)

See MOTION.

= = =
= B =
= = =

BLOCK: (V; BLOCKED, BLOCKING)  to impede the passage or progress of an ATTACK

If and when you block any NORMAL-ATTACKS, your character will is not damaged.
However, when you block any SPECIAL-ATTACKS/HYPER-COMBOINATIONS, every
CONNECTION the attack makes will CHIP from your LIFE-GAUGE.

If the opponent blocks your attack(s), that implies that it (they) "connected
unsuccessfully".

Most THROWS cannot be blocked.

BLOCK-STUN: (N)  the effect or condition of BLOCKING an ATTACK

You cannot attack or move until block-stun ends. You can however, perform a
MOTION just before it ends and REVERSE an attack when it does. You cannot be
thrown or grabbed during block-stun.

BUFFER: (V; BUFFERED, BUFFERING)  1) see CANCEL; buffers are notated in COMBO
diagrams as "XX" 2) to absorb a part of the damage a HIT gives; see DAMAGE-
BUFFERING

= = =
= C =
= = =

CANCEL: (V; CANCELLED, CANCELING; AKA BUFFER; AKA CHAIN) to interrupt a move
or ATTACK from its course of action

NORMAL-ATTACKS may be cancelled into certain others if they make a CONNECTION.
The order that they can be cancelled in, however, depends on a character's
COMBO-SYSTEM (Canceling normal-attacks into others is called CHAINING.).
Normal-attacks can always be cancelled into SPECIAL-ATTACKS and SUPER-ATTACKS
whether they make a connection or not (This kind of canceling is called
buffering.). Special-attacks, however cannot be cancelled under any
circumstances (There is only one exception to this rule, which is Hulk's Gamma
Charge.) SUPER-ATTACKS can never be cancelled.

CHAIN: (V; CHAINED, CHAINING) see CANCEL; chains are notated in COMBO diagrams
as "->"

CHASE: (V; CHASED, CHASING)  to jump and follow a mid-air opponent in order to
harm them

Because of your relative position to the opponent (they have the high ground),
chasing is usually not a good idea. It should only be considered if you have
an air ATTACK that heads upward and has high PRIORITY.

CHEAP: (ADJ)  costing little labor or trouble; easily got

Cheap is usually said of tricks or strategies that are easy to do for people.
It should not be said of people. (It is an insult that, ironically, is most
commonly reserved for people who those that use it *lose* to... Since it means
'easily got', whoever says such of a person in similar cases is contradicting
him/her self. As a consequent, it makes people who use it in such a manner not
too bright.)

//If you master a certain move or procedure that is generally hard to do, it
has become cheap for you to do. Cheap is a relative term, remember that.

As far as I or anyone who accepts this definition is concerned, it's good to
be cheap.\\

//Wolverine is a cheap character. First of all, he can chain all six of his 
NORMAL-ATTACKS in almost any of their forms (sans super-jumping). In addition
to this, almost all his ground normals have unpunishable recovery time once
they CONNECT (The only ones that do are his S. fierce, S. rhouse, and his
Sliding Claw COMMAND-ATTACK.). Second, he has an excellent DASH that is fast
and hard to see coming. Third, his walk is fast enough to catch you with
certain forms of TICKS, and fourth, two of his SUPER-ATTACKS have almost
instant start-up, making them easy as pie to COMBO.

So, if you call Wolverine cheap, you are right. But, just because you play
against someone who picks a cheap character doesn't necessarily mean that he/
she sucks or has eliminated certain characters you can pick to win the battle.
All it means is that you'll have to struggle more than he/she does to earn the
victory. The key to winning against a character who is cheap is to play better
than its human counterpart (that is, to exploit his/her errors.), not the
character. If Wolverine is fast, then *you* are going to need faster reflexes
and perception, whether you use Zangief, Hulk or even Wolverine himself.

CHIP: (N)  BLOCK damage; the pixel(s) of strength a blocked SPECIAL/SUPER-
ATTACK causes --(V; CHIPPED, CHIPPING)  to use a SPECIAL-ATTACK/
HYPER-COMBINATION primarily for its block damage

Chipping is often attempted by a fighter whenever their opponent is either low
on life (5%) or close to dying (has a few pixels of life left).

CLOSE: (V; CLOSED, CLOSING)  to draw near horizontally or vertically, cutting
off any escape in either fashion

COMBO: (V; COMBOED, COMBOING; short for COMBINATION) to CANCEL or LINK ATTACKS
into others --(N)  any series of successfully CONNECTED attacks that follow
this process

See DAMAGE-BUFFERING for more information.

COMBO-SYSTEM: (N; AKA MAGIC SERIES) the set or arrangement of NORMAL-ATTACKS
that can be CHAINED into others

There are five types of combo-systems in Marvel Vs. Capcom:

1) ZIG ZAG: (AKA full scale, hunter) allows the cancellation of...

any punch button into any punch or kick of higher strength value.
any kick button into any punch or kick of higher strength value.
any punch button into any kick of equal strength value.

//Everyone of the following diagrams display the order in which the normal-
attacks can be chained... keep in mind that you can make a jump from any low
number to any number higher than itself, that you can start on any number with
a precedent, (2, 3, 4, or even 5 if you so choose) and that you can *never go
backward*.\\

ZIG ZAG Diagram:
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 3 | | 5 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 2 | | 4 | | 6 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/

SJ ZIG ZAG, which is a variation of ZIG ZAG, does not allow you to chain
fierce into roundhouse in a super jump.

SJ ZIG ZAG Diagram:
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 3 | | 5 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 2 | | 4 | | 5 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
        
2) STRONGER: (formerly zig zag; AKA higher) allows the cancellation of...

any normal-attack into any normal-attack of higher strength value.

STRONGER Diagram:
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 2 | | 3 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 2 | | 3 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/

3) WEAK START:  allows the cancellation of...

any light attack (jab, short) into any punch or kick of higher strength value.

WEAK START Diagram:
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 2 | | 2 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 2 | | 2 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
                              
4) ONE TO ONE PUNCH TO KICK:  allows the cancellation of...

any punch into any kick.

ONE TO ONE PUNCH TO KICK Diagram:
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 1 | | 1 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 2 | | 2 | | 2 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/

5) NONE:  doesn't allow chaining

NONE Diagram:
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 1 | | 1 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/
  _     _     _
 / \   / \   / \
| 1 | | 1 | | 1 |
 \_/   \_/   \_/

COMBOABILITY: (N)  the condition of being COMBOABLE

COMBOABLE: (ADJ)  that can be COMBOED into successfully

COMMAND-ATTACK: (N)  any NORMAL-ATTACK that requires the positioning of the
joystick in a certain direction to perform

A few well-known examples of command-attacks are Ryu's Overhead Punch (towards
+MP), Chun-Li's Mini Kikosho (towards+HP), Zangief's Knee Dive (down+MK while
jumping), Morrigan's Shell Kick (down+MK while jumping), Strider's Sliding
Kick (down towards+HK), Jin's Tornado Drill (down+HK while jumping), Captain
America's Axe Kick (down+HK while jumping), War Machine's Knee Dive (down+MK
while jumping), and, what I believe is to be the most famous (or infamous,
rather) Wolverine's Drop Kick (down+HK while jumping).

CONNECT: (V; CONNECTED, CONNECTING)  to make a CONNECTION

CONNECTION: (N)  an ATTACK (other than a throw) that touches the opponent; a
connection is either a HIT (successful connection) or a BLOCKED attack
(unsuccessful connection)

NORMAL-ATTACKS, no matter what COMBO-SYSTEM they have, cannot be CHAINED
into others unless they CONNECT.

COUNTER-ATTACK: (N)  any ATTACK that swiftly follows any move that your
opponent pulls; ANTI-AIRS, ANTI-CHASERS, and ANTI-FIREBALLS are examples of
counter-attacks

CROSS: (V; CROSSED, CROSSING)  to go or extend from one side of your opponent
to the other: either with over, under, or through

Crossing the opponent implies the reversal of the directions which both of you
face, move forward and BLOCK.

Crossing the opponent can either be extremely useful or a potentially fatal
mistake. Learning to use (and consistently defend against) this procedure will
advance your OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE skills considerably.

CROSS-UP: (N)  any ATTACK and/or move that either CROSSES a character quickly
or is done a short time prior to a character crossing the opponent

Examples of cross-ups as moves include the ROLL, Wolverine's Berserker Slash,
and Hulk's dash. Examples of a cross-up as an attack include War Machine's War
Destroyer, Jin's Great Cyclone, and Ken's Shinryuuken.

OFFENSIVELY using a cross-up to your advantage requires anticipation of your
opponent's position, good timing, and sometimes, some fancy finger work. If
you find that your opponent simply cannot defend against cross-ups, using
moves of this sort should be all it takes to win the match.

Defending against cross-ups, whether they be attacks or moves, is tough. Since
they reverse the direction that you use to BLOCK quickly, the best way to
defend against any cross-up is usually to hold the joystick in (what you
thought was) the direction going toward the opponent... which, of course, is
against your instincts. When you are confronted with these types of moves,
think fast and use your head.

CROSSOVER-ASSISTANT: (N; AKA HELPER) any of twenty-two characters (called by
pressing MP & MK) that help your team attack your opponent(s); each "helper"
has a unique form of attacking and can be summoned a designated amount of
times

Helpers can be used to set up HYPER-COMBINATIONS, distract, CHIP, or just
plain hurt your opponent.

You can pick whichever helper you want to use by holding start and a variable
combination of buttons after you pick your second character. Below is a
listing of every helper button code:

               NAME               BUTTON CODE          USES
               -----------------------------------------------
               Unknown Soldier    LP                   4 times
               Lou                MP                   8 times
               Saki               HP                   7 times
               Pure and Fur       LK                   5 times
               Psylocke           MK                   5 times
               Michelle Heart     LP + LK              6 times
               Arthur             LP + MP              8 times
               Juggernaut         LP + MK              3 times
               Ton-Pooh           LP + HP              9 times
               Thor               LK + MP              8 times
               Magneto            LK + HP              7 times
               Iceman             MP + MK              4 times
               Devilot            MP + HP              5 times
               US Agent           MK + HP              5 times
               Cyclops            LP + LK + MP         7 times
               Storm              LP + LK + HP         6 times
               Colossus           LP + MP + MK         5 times
               Anita              LP + MP + HP         5 times
               Shadow (hidden)    LP + MK + HP         3 times
               Jubilee            LK + MP + HP         8 times
               Sentinel (hidden)  MP + MK + HP         4 times
               Rogue              LP + MP + HP + LK    6 times

//Personally, I despise helpers. First of all, I feel that you can easily grow
dependent on them. Some people just suffer without Colossus or Psylocke...
It's also a damned shame when you see someone depend on their helper for their
offensive strategy. These types will just use them, dash in, use them, dash
in, etc. until they run out. Then, they will subsequently withdraw into the
corner for the rest of the match. I believe that without helpers, we might
have had a better general growth of offensive skill in this game's crowd.

I also believe that they have distracted from many of the newer character's
overall moves and strategies. (Morrigan, Captain Commando, Megaman, Strider
Hiryu, Jin, and Venom are all new to the Marvel games!) Without helpers, I
bet that the MvC crowd would have seen many of the newer, technical combos for
these characters only a short while after the game was released. Hell, we are
still finding more new and improved combos for these guys today! 

CROSSOVER-COMBO: (N; short for CROSSOVER-COMBINATION; AKA TEAM-SUPER) a form
of SWITCHING (Level 2; QCF+HP & HK) that involves both members of your team
performing a variable SUPER-ATTACK simultaneously

Every character in Marvel Vs. Capcom has a specific HYPER-COMBINATION (which
is usually conducive to attacking an opponent on the ground) that they perform
during the crossover-combo. This attack requires two levels of HYPER-
METER.

//The following table shows which super-attack each character will use when
the crossover-combo is activated. Note that, for some people, the super-
attack will be different if the crossover-combo is not activated by that 
character.\\

Chun-Li              Kikosho (Active), Constrained Senretsu Kyaku (Inactive)
Ryu                  Shinkuu Hadouken (CWA)
 Ken                 Shouryuu Reppa (CWA)
 Akuma               Messatsu Gou Hadou (CWA)
Zangief              Double Final Atomic Buster (Active), Hyper Lariat
                     (Inactive)
Morrigan             Soul Eraser (Active), Constrained (Inactive)
Captain Commando     Captain Sword (CWA)
Megaman              Hyper Megaman (Active), Constrained (Inactive)
Strider Hiryu        Legion (Active), Constrained (Inactive)
Spider-Man           Crawler Assault (CWA)
Jin                  Blodia Punch (CWA)
Captain America      Hyper Stars N' Stripes (Active; CWA), Hyper Charging
                     Star (Inactive)
Venom                Constrained Death Bite (CWA)
Hulk                 Constrained Gamma Wave (CWA)
Gambit               Royal Flush (CWA)
War Machine          Proton Cannon (Active), Constrained (Inactive)
Wolverine            Berserker Barrage X (CWA)
Hyper Venom          Constrained Death Bite (CWA)
Orange Hulk          Constrained Gamma Wave (CWA)
Gold War Machine     Proton Cannon
Shadow Lady          Big Bang Laser (Active), Constrained (Inactive)
Lilith               Brilliant Shower
Roll                 Constrained Hyper Roll

Constrained = This means that during the crossover-combo, either the super-
attack will not last as long as it usually does, that certain elements of the
attack are hindered, or that the attack cannot reach its full damage
potential.

CWA = This indicates that the attack can be (C)OMBOED (W)hile (A)ctive. More
specifically, the super-attack can be comboed if that character activates the
crossover-combo.

CROSSOVER-COUNTER: (N; AKA COUNTER) an ATTACK (Level 1; BTD+HP & HK during
BLOCK-STUN) that, when performed, will SWITCH the current character that is
playing on screen with his/her partner

After that partner comes in, he/she will perform a variable SPECIAL-ATTACK.

//The following table shows which special-attack each character will use when
the crossover-counter is activated.\\

Chun-Li              Kikoken
Ryu                  Hadouken
 Ken                 Hadouken
 Akuma               Gou Hadouken
Zangief              Running Bear Grab
 Iron Body Zangief   Vodka Fire
Morrigan             Soul Fist
Captain Commando     Captain Corridor
Megaman              Mega Upper
Strider Hiryu        Ame No Murakamo
Spider-Man           Spider Sting
Jin                  Saotome Dynamite
Captain America      Charging Star
Venom                Venom Fang
Hulk                 Gamma Charge
Gambit               Jab Cajun Slash
War Machine          Repulsor Blast
Wolverine            Berserker Barrage
Hyper Venom          Lunge Bite
Orange Hulk          Gamma Charge
Gold War Machine     Shoulder Cannon
Shadow Lady          Miracle Drill
Lilith               Soul Flash
Roll                 Roll Buster
 
= = =
= D =
= = =

DAMAGE-BUFFERING: (N)  a system of processing damage that lessens the power of
each proceeding ATTACK that HITS in a COMBO

The more hits that are behind one in a combo, the less that hit takes off
(compared to how much damage the move would give outside of a combo). The
more powerful the proceeding hit in a combo, the more the BUFFERING [2] on 
the next.

One more quality the damage-buffering system has that is exclusive to Marvel
VS. Capcom is that HELPERS buffer any hits that combo after them immensely
(...compared to a normal-attack hit with the same damage value.).

//If you were hit somebody with a jab -> strong -> fierce combo, fierce
wouldn't take off as much in that combo as it would if you were to do a strong
-> fierce combo. Furthermore, fierce wouldn't take off as much in *that* combo
as it would if you were to do a jab -> fierce combo, and finally, it wouldn't
do as much damage as fierce would alone (outside of a combo.).\\

Characters without HIT-STUN (Gold War Machine and Iron Body Zangief) do not
have damage-buffering.

DASH: (N)  any move activated by either by tapping the joystick twice in any
direction or by holding that direction while pressing all three punch buttons

Dashes are relatively quick ways to get around (quick relative to your
character's walking speed.). They do not increase your character's walking
speed in any proportion to his/her walk, but they are always faster than it.

You can CANCEL both ground and air dashes by doing a NORMAL-ATTACK, but you
can also cancel ground ones by holding the joystick in the direction opposite
of where the dash is headed. Furthermore, you can cancel any ground dash by
ducking; doing this will give you a bit of leverage before you come to a
complete stop. Remember, though, that canceling the dash by performing a
standing normal-attack gives way more leverage than when canceling it by
ducking (...and then attacking.) This means that by canceling the dash with a
standing normal-attack, you can follow up with more hits than if you cancel
with a ducking attack... *Very* useful information.

DEFENSIVE: (ADJ)  of or for a scheme; strategy which involves the use of
consistent defense in order to attack whenever the opponent's offense is
flawed or fails

DUO-TEAM-ATTACK: (N; AKA TWO-ON-ONE) a procedure (Level 2/3; QCB+HP & HK)
that, when activated, will make your active character taunt the opponent while
your inactive character jumps on-screen attacking; once your then inactive
player lands, both characters will be controllable (active) for a limited
amount of time (depending on how much HYPER-METER you had when you activated
the procedure) and have unlimited hyper-meter during that time

There are certain restrictions to the duo-team-attack. One is that supers that
affect the screen in any way will not be able to be done. (e.g. Chun-Li's
Sichisei Senkuu Kyaku and Jin's Blodia Vulcan will not work.) Another is that
the FLYING SCREEN procedure cannot be activated. This means that SUPER-ATTACKS
like Venom's Death Bite and Hulk's Gamma Wave will not have their normal
damage potential. CROSSOVER-ASSISTANTS cannot be called (by whoever activated
the procedure) when the procedure is activated, and Level 3 super-attacks
cannot be done at any time.

//Now that you know its restrictions, the move doesn't seem too hot to trot,
huh? In actuality, it is a good move. It just takes a bit of practice to get
used to. Once experienced with it, you can try and exploit one of the many
INFINITE COMBO possibilities it can yield. It also works great for assured
CHIPPING damage. Did I mention that this is the only reason why characters
such as Gold War Machine and Roll stand a chance in this game? When used
offensively, it is very challenging to combat.

Defending against this move seems like a long, complicated endeavor (While the
move at its most lasts about twelve seconds.). I think the key to resisting
substantial damage during this ATTACK is to remember that being OFFENSIVE is
the biggest mistake you can make (...until the procedure is about to end, that
is.). This is because both opposing characters as a whole have no recovery
time that you can exploit. As soon as one of their attacks end, the other
one's can begin, leaving you in the helpless state of either BLOCKING or
evading. 

This, I believe is where you should put you evasive maneuvers to the test.
What you have to do is keep moving away from both opponents. While doing so,
steer clear of both of their vast array of attacks and make sure you don't
screw up. Else, it could mean looking through sewer realty pamphlets for the
rest of your life.

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FIREBALL: (N)  see PROJECTILE

FLYING-SCREEN: (N)  the act or process when the game's view (screen) follows a
character who is being dragged by or flying from their opponent's HIT

AC-FINISHERS, HYPER-COMBINATIONS, and KNOCK-OUTS all may activate this
procedure.

Every time the flying screen is activated, the character who landed the hit
dashes on screen to catch up with his/her opponent. This is a requirement for
a hit to qualify as one that activates flying screen.

If you recover in time to perform an OTG to the opponent after you
successfully CONNECTED a ground ATTACK that is supposed to activate flying
screen but is done in the corner, you cannot perform a "LAUNCH cancel",
SPECIAL-ATTACK, CROSSOVER-ASSISTANT (HELPERS), hyper-combination, CROSSOVER-
COMBINATION, DUO-TEAM-ATTACK, or SWITCH until the opponent recovers. You can,
however, perform a quick chain COMBO afterwards.

(In a nutshell, any attack that can cancel normal-attacks [other than normal-
attacks themselves] cannot be done after a ground flying screen attack has
been done to the opponent in the corner.)

//Damn it, that crud was a mouthful! Wolverine lovers should understand that
part more than the common Joe.

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HELPER: (N)  see CROSSOVER-ASSISTANT

HIT: (V; HIT, HITTING)  to come against, usually with force; attack. --(N)
the act of an ATTACK delivering its full damage to the opponent

To make a hit implies that your attack "CONNECTED successfully".

HIT-STUN: (N)  the effect or condition of being HIT; in which you are
recovering from said HIT

You cannot attack or move until this stun ends. Furthermore, you cannot be
thrown or grabbed during hit-stun (...unless the grab can be blocked.).
Characters who cannot block (Iron Body Mode Zangief, Gold War Machine) do not
have any hit-stun.

HYPER-COMBO: (N; short for HYPER-COMBINATION; AKA SUPER) any of a character's
several SUPER-ATTACKS; requires at least one level of HYPER-METER to activate

Whenever a hyper-combo is executed, the character gets into a certain
position that is followed by a freeze frame. (The time that it takes to get
into this position is usually the difference between whether the attack can be
COMBOED easily or not.) After the freeze frame, the character attacks. (Any
non-BLOCKING opponent who is close to the character after this freeze frame
will be HIT.)

Supers, on average, take fifty percent from your LIFE-GAUGE if not comboed.
They can veritably turn the game around for a losing character.

There are ten types of hyper-combos:

AUTO COMBOS..(Sichisei Senkuu Kyaku, Eternal Slumber [Level 3], Darkness
              Illusion, Captain Storm, Ragnarok, Maximum Spider, Ultimate Web
              Throw, Blodia Vulcan, Great Cyclone, Final Justice, Venom Web,
              Weapon X, Final Mission [Level 3], Luminous Illusion)

             require the start-up attack to connect in order to deliver the
             rest of the combo. "Auto combo" supers usually involve only one
             hit when blocked.

BARRAGES...  (Kikosho, Shinkuu Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku, Rush Drill, Beat Plane,
              Ouroburos, Blodia Punch, Gamma Quake, Fatal Claw)

             hit with multiple attacks from a close range. Some have a vacuum
             effect when they connect.

BEAMS...     (Shinkuu-Hadouken, Messatsu Gou Hadou [Akuma], Soul Eraser, Hyper
              Megaman, Proton Cannon, Big Bang Laser, Hyper Roll)

             shoot a stream of energy that encompasses the full screen's
             horizontal range. "Beam" supers hold the opponent in place when
             they connect. With the exception of Ryu's, all beam supers
             encompass full screen range instantaneously after the freeze
             frame.

BOMBARDINGS..(Tenma Gou Zankuu [Akuma], Beat Plane, Legion, Royal Flush, War
              Destroyer, Proton Cannon [Gold War Machine], Brilliant Shower,
              Galaxy Missile)

             hit with multiple attacks from a long range.

GRABS...     (Shin Goku Satsu [Akuma, Level 3], Final Atomic Buster, Double
              Final Atomic Buster [Level 2 CROSSOVER-COMBO], Ultra Final
              Atomic Buster [Level 3])

             are unblockable supers that seize the opponent at close range.
             "Grab" supers cannot be comboed since grabs do not work when the
             opponent is in any HIT-STUN frame.

MODE CHANGES.(Ryu Mode Switch, Ken Mode Switch, Akuma Mode Switch, Zangief
              Mode Switch, Iron Body Zangief Mode Switch, Berserker Rage)

             are supers that change either the speed, REGULAR, SPECIAL, or
             super moves of the character.

RISINGS...   (Hazan Tenshou Kyaku, Shin Shouryuu Ken, Shinryuuken [Ken],
              Siberian Blizzard [Iron Body Zangief], Captain Sword, Great
              Cyclone, Gamma Crush, War Destroyer, Splendor Love)

             hit with some sort of vertical incline. Most can be comboed off
             of a LAUNCHER. These are ANTI-AIR supers.

RUSHINGS...  (Senretsu Kyaku, Shippuu Jinrai Kyaku [Ken], Shouryuu Reppa [Ken]
              Messatsu Gou Shouryuu [Akuma], Crawler Assault, Hyper Charging
              Star, Hyper Stars N' Stripes, Berserker Barrage X)

             hit with quick and multiple hits while moving towards the
             opponent.

WAVEFORMS... (Silhouette Blade, Death Bite, Gamma Wave, Cajun Explosion)

             are multiple projectiles that hit in either an up and down or
             curving and undulating motion. Some will drag the opponent to the
             end of the screen and activate flying screen when they hit.
             These, unlike beam supers, take some time to get from you to a
             far away opponent.

HYPER-METER: (N)  a gauge, located at the bottom of the screen beneath your
LIFE-GAUGE, that allows you to do CROSSOVER-COUNTERS, HYPER-COMBINATIONS, 
CROSSOVER-COMBINATIONS, and DUO-TEAM-ATTACKS; this gauge gains meter whenever
you attack or are HIT

BLOCKED ATTACKS gain more than those that are missed, and ATTACKS that HIT
gain the most. (COMBOS gain lots!)

REGULAR-MOVES gain more than SPECIALS (!?). The more powerful the attack, the
more meter you gain.

A Crossover-counter requires one level of hyper meter.

Hyper-combos usually require one as well, but some require three (Shin Goku
Satsu, Ultra Atomic Buster, Eternal Slumber, Final Mission).

Crossover-combos require two levels of hyper meter.

Duo-team-attacks require at least two.  The hyper-meter becomes empty when
the Duo-team-attack is finished.

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INFINITE: (N)  any COMBO that can be perpetuated forever

There aren't many infinites in Marvel Vs. Capcom. Those that exist are
extremely hard to perpetuate until your opponent dies (see DAMAGE-BUFFERING)
Since they are so difficult to use effectively (i.e. to the extent of
KNOCKING-OUT your opponent,), infinites aren't CHEAP (don't come easy).

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JUMP-IN: (V; JUMPED IN, JUMPING IN)  an offensive jump; any jump that could
put your character directly in front of the opponent --(N)  short for JUMP-IN-
ATTACK

If you HIT your opponent while jumping-in (or if you land), you've
"successfully jumped-in"; if you block (or get hit by) an ANTI-AIR while
jumping-in, you've "unsuccessfully jumped-in".

JUMP-IN-ATTACK: (N)  any jumping ATTACK (or set of attacks) used when jumping
in on your opponent

JUMP-IN-TICK: (N)  a form of TICKING that involves a JUMP-IN-ATTACK followed
by a ground THROW

//This form of ticking is pretty rare nowadays but nonetheless useful. The
reason that it works is because most people block low expecting a low kick
followed by some sort of ground COMBO after a jump-in-attack. If the opponent
gets too predictable in that respect, they deserve to be punished with this.
 
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KEEP-AWAY: (N)  a scheme; strategy that involves the use of long range moves
and/or PROJECTILES in order to keep the opponent from CLOSING in

KNOCK-OUT: (N)  whenever any of your two character's LIFE-GAUGES run out of
"yellow" life

When both of either player one's or two's characters get knocked-out, the game
is over.

KNOCKDOWN: (N)  any ATTACK that can floor; put your opponent on his/her back

Knockdowns can be used in ground COMBOS to effectively end them while leaving
your character relatively SAFE. The greatest thing about knockdowns is that
they can set up OTG-COMBOS. The most disadvantageous feature of knockdowns is
the fact that the opponent can ROLL, which could avoid and punish your
attempted OTG or put you in a CROSSED position. 

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LAUNCH: (V; LAUNCHED, LAUNCHING)  to send your opponent helplessly into the
air; launches are notated in COMBO diagrams as "^"

This action is usually followed by an AIR-COMBO. See LAUNCHER.

LAUNCHER: (N)  any ATTACK that will send your opponent helplessly into the
air

All launchers can be CANCELLED into super jumps by simply pressing up
immediately after contact is made. Launchers are, without a doubt, some of the
most important NORMAL-ATTACKS in the game. They are great for setting up AIR-
COMBOS. If you don't know your characters launcher, then you are going to have
a lot of trouble with your OFFENSIVE game.

LIFE-GAUGE: (N)  any of two gauges, located at the top of the screen (...top
left for player one, top right for player two.), that indicate how much life
both characters have left

Your active character's (...the one currently in the arena) life gauge is
highlighted, your reserve character's isn't (Both are highlighted during a
DUO-TEAM-ATTACK.). When HIT or CHIPPED, a variable amount of yellow in the
meter will be depleted, leaving a fraction of that damage in red. This red
life can then be gained back (...that is, turned back into yellow.) whenever
you SWITCH that character out. However, if you switch a healing character back
into the arena before his/her new yellow has been fully regained, your lose
all of your previous red life.

Your character will be KNOCKED-OUT whenever he/she runs out of yellow (No
matter how much red is left.). If both of your character's life gauges run out
of yellow, you lose.

LINK: (V; LINKED, LINKING) to HIT an opponent, during his/her HIT-STUN, with
an ATTACK after one that has fully recovered; to COMBO without CANCELLING;
links are notated in COMBO diagrams as ","

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MAGIC-SERIES: (N)  see COMBO-SYSTEM

MEET: (V; MET, MEETING)  to encounter a mid-air opponent who is at the same
vertical and horizontal range as you

MISS: (N)  to fail to CONNECT on the part of an ATTACK; an attack that misses
does not connect at all

MOTION: (N)  any of several joystick movement processes that are used to
perform DASHES, COMMAND-ATTACKS, SPECIAL-ATTACKS, and SUPER-ATTACKS

The most common motions are listed below:

//All of the following motions assume your character is facing right; starting
from the position of player one. If you at any time are facing left, you must
then reverse the motion to execute its respective move.\\

QUATER CIRCLE FORWARD; QCF        | \   --O
                                  O   O

QUATER CIRCLE BACK; QCB           |    / O--
                                  O  O

BACK TO DOWN; BTD                 O--   / |
                                      O   O

DRAGON PUNCH; DP                  --O | \   --O
                                      O   O

REVERSE DRAGON PUNCH; RDP         O-- |   / O--
                                      O O

HALF CIRCLE FORWARD; HCF          O--   / | \   --O
                                      O   O   O

HALF CIRCLE BACK; HCB             --O \   |   / O--
                                        O O O

CHARGE BACK; CB                   O-- (Wait 2 sec.) --O

CHARGE DOWN; CD                   | (Wait 2 sec.) O
                                  O                |

FULL CIRCLE; 360                  --O \   |   / O-- O   O
                                        O O O         \ |

//The full circle motion isn't 360 degrees. It is, in fact 270 degrees. Ever
since the emergence of Zangief in Street Fighter II, the general fighting game
crowd have hated this motion. True, it is a bit tough to do at first, but give
it a little practice and you should easily get used to it; a plus for this
move is that you don't have to reverse the motion when facing left. Trust me,
as an alright Zangief player (...but then again, I give myself too much
credit!) the benefits are worth it! This motion is, like, the universal key to
his unlocked power (...that and The Joe Snider's "Triple Option"... Oh,
alright, his strong THROW, too. Damn Zangief and his glorious bounty!).\\

Here is a list of the motion-notations that I most frequently use:

 S. standing
 D. dashing
 C. crouching
 J. jumping
SJ. super jumping
AD. air dashing
FL. flying

+ indicates a combination of the last direction (in the previous motion) with
  the following attack (e.g. QCF+2P; most supers)

See ATTACK-NOTATION.

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NORMAL-ATTACK: (N)  any of six ATTACKS, namely, jab, strong, fierce, short,
forward and roundhouse

You can perform three versions of all six: Those while standing, those while
ducking, and those while jumping. Every one of these moves have different
properties.

Jab (LP) and short (LK), commonly referred to as light attacks, are weak, but
quick (...relative to your character's overall power and speed. i.e. Hulk's
jabs are more powerful, but not as fast as Wolverine's.).

Strong (MP) and Forward (MK), both have medium strength and speed. These are
generally called medium attacks.

Fierce (HP) and Roundhouse (HK) (heavy attacks), are powerful, but slow in
start up and recovery.

See the entries for BLOCK, CANCEL and COMBO for more information.

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OFFENSIVE: (ADJ)  of or for a scheme; strategy which involves the use of
tactful offense in order to HIT whenever the opponent's defense is flawed or
fails
                              
OTG: (N; abbr. for Off The Ground) the act or process of HITTING the
opponent while on his/her back; usually knocking the opponent off of the
ground

OTG's always take a fraction off of the ATTACK'S normal damage potential.

OTG-COMBO: (N)  any COMBO that requires an OTG to set up

//Most OTG combos are unreliable. Since most are done after THROWS or SWEEPS,
The opponent can usually ROLL afterwards and HIT you while you try them as a
consequent. If your opponent doesn't know how to roll (or doesn't roll
often...) then you *could* try them.

Then again, why fight people who can't roll?

Ultimately, I suggest that you don't grow dependent on these types of combos.

OVERHEAD: (N)  any ground ATTACK that will hit a ducking opponent who is
BLOCKING

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PIXIE: (N)  any character who has the ability to stay CLOSED in on his/her
opponent with a consistent offense

For a character to be a pixie, he/she must have a quick dash, fast "light"
NORMAL-ATTACKS and at least a "stronger" COMBO-SYSTEM. While most pixies are
relatively small, not all small characters are pixies (Cases in point: Roll
and Megaman.).

POKE: (V; POKED, POKING)  to incessantly CONNECT (unsuccessfully) with quick
ground ATTACKS while CLOSING in on the opponent

POKING-TICK: (N)  a form of TICKING that involves POKING followed by a ground
THROW

//The reason people fall for this one is because they just stand there
BLOCKING and expecting more poking instead of a throw.
 
PRIORITY: (N)  1) the fact or condition of being prior; before; precedence in
time, order, importance, etc. 2) a supreme effort in attacking

When opposing ATTACKS meet each other, the fighter whose attack has more
priority will CANCEL the other's, thus HITTING that fighter's opponent; those
attacks with more priority will hit, those with less will be hit.

PROJECTILE: (N)  an object designed to be hurled or shot forward, such as a
beam, fireball, missile, etc.

PUSH: (V; PUSHED, PUSHING)  to use ADVANCING-GUARD

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ROLL: (V; ROLLED, ROLLING)  to recover by moving along the ground after being
knocked down (BTD+P before you land; the stronger the punch, the longer the
roll)

While rolling, your character will be completely invincible. Most of the time,
you will use your opportunity to roll after either a THROW or KNOCKDOWN (...to
avoid possible OTG-COMBOS.).

Keep in mind that if you are HIT with an ATTACK that activates FLYING SCREEN
(...or normally does,), that you cannot roll. This isn't really too dangerous,
though, because there aren't too many times when the opponent can follow up
with an OTG after the flying screen procedure is activated.
                              
REVERSE: (V; REVERSED, REVERSING)  to perform either a SPECIAL-ATTACK or
SUPER-ATTACK as soon as some sort of stun has ended; performing a special-
attack immediately after you get up (from a knockdown) also counts as a
reversal

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SAFE: (ADJ)  involves no risk

Any ATTACK without punishable recovery time is generally referred to as safe.
However, while attacks that have exploitable *start up time* are unsafe, the
generally accepted definition rarely accounts for such cases.

SAFE-COMBO: (N)  a combo that involves no risk

Safe-combos are generally referred to as any combo that, when blocked by the
opponent, leaves you free of exploitable recovery time... however, this
generally accepted definition does not account for hits (within such a combo)
that have exploitable *start up time*.

SPECIAL-ATTACK: (N)  an ATTACK, performed with variable joystick MOTIONS and
button combinations, that can BUFFER [1] NORMAL-ATTACKS

Special-attacks are usually more powerful improvements of normal-attacks and
THROWS. Unlike SUPER-ATTACKS, special-attacks can be done without HYPER-METER.
Most special-attacks cannot be cancelled in Marvel Vs. Capcom.

Most special-attacks that can be done both on the ground and in the air are
"better" on the ground. (e.g. Ryu's Hadouken has less recovery on the ground;
Zangief's Spinning Pile Driver can't be tech-hit on the ground, etc.)

//The three most well known special-attacks are Hadouken (The Fireball), Tatsu
Maki Senpuu Kyaku (The Hurricane Kick) and Shouryuuken (The Dragon Punch,
DP+P).

STRIKE: (N)  a ground ATTACK that, if connected successfully, will send the
opponent to the end of the screen; strikes can end ground COMBOS and, in some
cases, begin AIR-COMBOS

SUPER-ATTACK: (N)  1) see HYPER-COMBO 2) an ATTACK, performed with variable
joystick MOTIONS and button combinations, that can BUFFER (1st sense) NORMAL-
ATTACKS; Super-attacks require at least one level of HYPER-METER

Super-attacks are usually more powerful improvements of SPECIAL-ATTACKS.
Unlike special-attacks, though, super-attacks need hyper-meter to be
performed.

Some super-attacks that can be done both on the ground and in the air are
"better" on the ground. (e.g. Ryu's Shinkuu Hadouken has less recovery on the
ground; Wolverine's Fatal Claw has less start-up time on the ground, etc.)

SUSPENSION: (N)  any jumping ATTACK that slows or stops the fall of your
character when jumping

Suspension attacks can be used for delaying your fall into a SUPER-ATTACK or
ANTI-AIR. Examples of suspension attacks include wall bounces, double (or
triple) jumps, certain air dashes, etc.

SWEEP: (N)  any ground ATTACK (other than a THROW) that will knock the
opponent down (see KNOCKDOWN)

SWITCH: (V; SWITCHED, SWITCHING)  to exchange your active character (i.e. the
character that is currently in the arena) with your inactive character

Switching can be done in five ways (...in order of preference):

1) By pressing both heavy ATTACK buttons. This will make your active player
taunt while the inactive character jumps on-screen attacking. When the
inactive player lands, he/she will taunt the opponent briefly and subsequently
be able to be controlled.

//In order to do this successfully, you will have to HIT the opponent with the
attack your inactive character jumps on-screen with. This, I find, is best
done by COMBOING it off of a LAUNCHER or a KNOCKDOWN, or by CROSSING the
opponent up with it (...before the opponent lands after jumping over you.).
Otherwise, that new character is likely to be substantially damaged when
he/she taunts the opponent. This is the most preferable way to switch because
A) you don't lose any HYPER-METER over the exchange and B) it's better than
#5! (See below.)\\

2) By performing a CROSSOVER-COUNTER. After the inactive player performs
his/her variable SPECIAL-ATTACK, he/she will be able to be controlled.

3) By performing a CROSSOVER-COMBO. After both characters perform their
corresponding SUPER-ATTACK, the before inactive player will be able to be
controlled. If, however, the opponent hits the active player before the
inactive player gains control, the active player will resume controllability.

4) By performing a DUO-TEAM-ATTACK. If both characters are not attacking
when the duo-team-attack is over, then the previously active character will
leave. If, however, the characters are in the process of attacking then
whoever finishes their attack first will leave.

5) By getting your active player knocked out. After he/she is, the inactive
player will jump on screen and gain controllability.

Finally, it is worthy to note that you cannot switch in any of the preceding
manners while a HELPER is on-screen. Sorry!

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TECH-HIT: (V. HIT, HITTING)  to either escape from the beginning of a THROW or
to land on your feet after a throw (...or bounce from a slam.)

The first kind of tech-hit is preferable since it will avoid damage; the
latter is not since the damage will already have been done.

The only throws that cannot be tech-hit are:

Zangief's strong throw.
Zangief's Spinning Pile Driver (Ground).
Spider-Man's Web Throw.
Venom's Web Throw.
Any "grab" HYPER-COMBINATION.
 
//If you get thrown and cannot tech-hit the first part, it's usually pointless
to try and tech-hit during the second opportunity. The only exception to this
"rule" belongs to Gambit's "Kinetic Charge" throw that allows the opponent to
perform an OTG hit afterwards. In a usual "throw, OTG" case like this, ROLLING
is a good bet (You might be able to roll behind the opponent and catch him/her
off guard while they try to attack you!), but in the case of Gambit's throw,
you cannot roll. Learn, then, to tech-hit the second part of throws (...which,
by the way, is WAY easier to do consistently than tech-hitting the first!)
solely for the sake of avoiding the post hits of this dangerous one! =)
                                
THROW: (N)  any ATTACK that will seize your opponent; most throws must be done
when there is no space between both player's characters

After being grabbed, the opponent will endure either a throw, toss, choke-
hold, slam or combination of these. Afterwards, the opponent will be released
and fall to the ground, being either able to recover or knocked down (see
KNOCKDOWN). 

Throws can be done both on ground or mid-air, and most are done by holding
towards (...or back) + any medium or heavy NORMAL-ATTACK.

Most throws are unblockable. The only four exceptions to this rule are:

Spider-Man's Web Throw.
Jin's Saotome Crush.
Venom's Web Throw.
Hulk's Gamma Tornado.

"Grab" HYPER-COMBINATIONS are considered to be throws since they seize the
opponent. "Auto combos" supers aren't since they COMBO the opponent.

TICK: (V; TICKED, TICKING)  to THROW the opponent by surprise

See AIR-TICK, JUMP-IN-TICK, and POKING-TICK.

//TICK gets its name from a particularly cheap procedure done by Guile of
Street Fighter II. Back then, all he had to do was walk up to the opponent,
make them block a jab and subsequently throw them. (This was due to his good
throw range.) The particular sound that blocked jab made gave the procedure
its name.

TRAVEL: (V; TRAVELED, TRAVELLING)  to move towards any particular spot; to
position yourself in any certain OFFENSIVE or DEFENSIVE position

Travelling is moving to a spot as opposed to CLOSING, which is moving towards
your opponent.

TURTLE: (N)  a player who is always DEFENSIVE

Because they practice it so often, turtles usually have less defensive flaws.
Being a turtle is being a good defense player, so to speak.

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GAMEPLAY BASICS 
===============   

This is a list of givens for most fighting games. It is imperative that you
learn about these basic rules before trying to master a character.

MOVING - Before you pass this off as too basic, think of this: there are,
======   potentially, thirteen ways to move with each character (...using the
         joystick alone!). You should to get to know these procedures if you
         want to be more mobile or evasive.

*Important*

Every joystick command in this section assumes that you are facing right (The
first player's starting point.). If you are facing left, simply reverse the
right or leftward motions.

--------
STANDING
--------

While your character is standing, he/she will be able to perform certain
attacks. Namely jab, strong, fierce, short, forward and roundhouse. (See
ATTACKING for more details.)

* RESTING: Your character stands, breathing and performing his or her
  -------- appropriate stance.

You are completely vulnerable to enemy attack during this pose; Just standing
there is something you should rarely do.

-* TOWARD: Your character walks towards the opponent at a designated pace
   ------- until you depress the joystick.

Some characters walk fast, others slow. People seem to generally accept that
the faster your character's walk is, the better. I also happen to think this
is true. With a slower character, you eliminate important options such as
ticking and evasive maneuvering. But, despite all the advantages fast walkers
have, there are some drawbacks to using a speed demon. Since you are
completely vulnerable to enemy attacks during this move, a fast walk is
potentially dangerous for inexperienced players, who tend to be on the slow
side (If you happen to fall into this category, don't fret... Your eye-hand
coordination should speed up with time.). Tempting as it is to rush into
battle and use pixies, I suggest that beginners learn to master slow to
mid-speed characters and work their way up from there.

*- BACKWARD: Your character walks away from the opponent at a designated pace                                                              
   --------- until you depress the joystick. / Your character blocks high.

Since holding the joystick away from the enemy has two purposes, you might be
a little confused when starting out. Here is the key to understanding the
command: No matter where you are on-screen, if the opponent is attacking or if
there is a projectile on-screen with the potential for damaging you, you will
cease to walk backward and stand your ground blocking. In other words, when
the opponent attacks, you will block; if not, you will walk backwards. As a
walk, this move could prove to be useful as a retreat when the action between
you and the enemy is too hot for your character to withstand (Although I
recommend using the BACKWARD DASH instead.). As a block, this is one of your
primary defensive tools. Note that the block cannot defend against most low
kicks and sweeps. See BLOCKING for more details.

---------
CROUCHING
---------

While crouching, your character has different versions of all six basic forms
of attack.

| DOWNWARD: Your character crouches until you depress the joystick.
* ---------

Although crouching as an evasive maneuver is something you will rarely do
(...but will at *one* time or another, mind you!), you should soon learn to
utilize your crouching attacks often.

\   TOWARD+DOWNWARD: Your character crouches until you depress the joystick.
  * ----------------

Unless you have a special attack that requires you to hold toward+downward,
you really shouldn't do this too often.

  / BACK+DOWNWARD: Your character crouches until you depress the joystick. /
*   -------------- Your character blocks low.

This is an important move. Like BACKWARD, you are in your crouching frames
until an attack is thrown by the enemy. As a block, this move protects against
all low kicks and sweeps but cannot guard against jumping blows. See BLOCKING
for more details.

-------
DASHING (Ground)
-------

A dash is a quick sprint in a designated direction. You can interrupt both
ground dashes by either attacking, crouching, jumping/super jumping, or
heading in the opposite direction.

-* -* FORWARD DASH: Your character dashes toward the opponent.
      -------------

This primarily offensive tool is always a bit risky to do. If your opponent
has a long range ground move that he or she knows how to use, dashing in all
the time would not be a great idea. Note that along with being able to
interrupt this move by either jumping or attacking, you can also stop it by
holding back (thusly blocking). Remember, also, that interrupting the dash
with a crouching attack will lower its inertia considerably as opposed to
interrupting it with a standing attack (This fact, of course, allows for more
hits in a dashing combo.). I always suggest that when dashing in to use an
attack that leads into a combo that counts.

*- *- BACKWARD DASH: Your character dashes away from the opponent.
      --------------

This move is basically a retreat from any heavy action. It is extremely
important to note that you cannot block during this move. If you dash back and
see a hyper combo heading your way, SUPER JUMP! =)

-------
JUMPING
-------

While jumping, your character has different versions of all six basic forms of
attack. You can also block while jumping (in any direction), which is done by
holding back. These regular jumps (as opposed to super jumps) are usually
about twice your character's size in height.

* UPWARD: Your character jumps straight up over and over until you depress the
| ------- joystick.

The straight up jump is not too handy. Most people use this move primarily to
evade fast-travelling fireballs. See BLOCKING for more details.

  * TOWARD+UPWARD: Your character jumps toward the opponent until you depress
/   -------------- the joystick.

The frontward jump is, of course, an offensive tool... and a powerful one at
that. This is the main set-up for a jump-in attack! Be careful when using this
move, though, because unless he or she is recovering from a missed move, the
enemy is likely to use his or her best anti-air to defend themselves from any
jump-in. If so, block it and beware before jumping in again.

*   BACK+UPWARD: Your character jumps away from the opponent until you depress
  \ ------------ the joystick.
        
While this is basically a retreat move, you can also use it to foil an
attempted dash-in by smacking him/her with your longest vertical range jumping
attack. You should rarely have to block when jumping backward, but if you need
to, act accordingly.

*- BACKWARD: Your character blocks while jumping.
   --------- 

The air block has a few practical purposes... first of all, it helps to
prevent messy cross ups: if your opponent tries to jump over you or cross you
while you are on the ground, you can jump backward and air block to avoid the
tedious process of shifting the joystick to block appropriately. Lastly, it
will help you block projectiles that you unsuccessfully jump over. Cool.
However, amid these little niceties, the air block has a glitch that you must
look out for... even though only advanced players take advantage of this
(...as far as I can tell): the "air guard crush". Now what it is, is a
procedure that lets you or your opponent make his/her/your opponent stop
air blocking. Of course, him/her/you may take serious advantage of the glitch
during that time when he's/she's/you're not blocking. Here's how the procedure
is done:

Make the opponent air block something that will hold him/her in place; you can
also make him/her air block something in the corner. Afterward, he/she won't
be able to block for a ways down... however, this period of time in which he/
she can't block is pretty short... Think of the timing required to hit him/her
in these terms: when he/she blocks something at the apogee of a regular jump, 
he/she cannot block the rest of the way down. During this period of time,
he/she cannot block or perform normal/command attacks (He/She, however, can
still do specials/super attacks.), therefore being relatively unable to
retaliate to most offenses. Hit him/her subsequently with a either a quick
normal attack that will lead into a stronger/super combo or with a plain ol'
super. There are many times when you can take advantage of this, such as
whenever your opponent pushes a ground to air projectile (such as helpers) or
whenever his/her second character comes in from the corner (...after his/her
first character is K.O.'ed.).

Since most people simply don't know about the air guard crush, they usually
wonder "What the hell happened?" when they are victimized by it.

-------------
SUPER JUMPING
-------------

A super jump is a controllable and extremely high jump (six to eight times
your character's height!) in which you can do an unlimited amount of attacks
until you land. The only qualities that the super jump retains from the
regular jump are 1) Its set of attacks, and 2) The fact that you can block
while performing one.

| * SUPER JUMP: Your character jumps extremely high.
* | -----------

This move has a hundred and one uses aside from its primary one, the air
combo. Besides being the best evasive maneuver, the super jump can be used to
get across the screen relatively safely, escape from corner traps, dodge
ground supers, chase your opponent... and that's just the beginning! I'm sure
that once you perform the move a few times, you'll get the hang of it...

Now, before I leave you with the impression that this ist ze woond-err move,
beware that there are a few dangers to super jumping. First of all, if you are
travelling, you could be chased... Have your best anti-chaser ready in this
case. If you don't have a good anti-chasing move, you should always have a
plan before travelling. Second of all, if you are being offensive, you are way
more likely to get smacked with an anti-air when you super jump (The opponent
can see it coming for miles!), so keep your guard up! And last, but not least,
you could land into a attempt at chipping; i.e. a super move (Shinkuu
Hadouken, Legion, Kikosho, and the like.). If you have a suspender, use it
should that happen; if not, be careful if you are low on life.

I think the bottom line is that you should always be careful whenever you
super jump, no matter if it seems like your opponent is a mile away... always
have your wits about you.

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DASHING (Air)
-------

The dashes of the air sort simply involve using the jump in conjunction with
the dash.

-* -*   * DASHING JUMP: Your character, using his/her dashing leverage, jumps
      /   ------------- toward the opponent.

If are from a 3/4 to full screen's distance away from the opponent and you'd
rather not subject yourself to the dangers of the super jump, (chasing,
landing into a super move) this move makes a great offense. Since this move
makes you go farther than the conventional frontward jump, you should have
space between you and the opponent when you land, giving you a chance for more
hits in a possible ground combo follow-up to any jump-in attack. I don't
suggest using this move against an opponent who is close to you.

-* -*            AIR DASH: Your character dashes toward the opponent while in
 (while jumping) --------- the air.

This is a dangerous yet powerful tool for those who have it at their disposal.
You are unable to block while performing this move, and the only way you can
interrupt it is by attacking, so be careful. That being said, you can use this
move to get behind an enemy who throws out a missed super, trick the opponent
into using an anti-air and subsequently smacking them, or to just get away.
Familiarize yourself with your character's air dash before using it left and
right.

ATTACKING - Attacks in this game, as opposed to those in Street Fighter II and
=========   the like, are fast and furious. Watching experienced players do
            their thing with little or no trouble is really a sight to see,
            whether you are an avid gamer or not. Hell, even *blocked combos*
            look more action packed than SFII!

--------------
NOMRAL ATTACKS
--------------

These attacks are activated simply by pressing the buttons before you on the
game panel. There are six basic forms of attack that can be used either when
standing, crouching, or jumping. These are called jab, strong, fierce (The
punches), short, forward and roundhouse (The kicks). Here is a brief overview
of what every form is like:

(S.)TANDING...
--------------

jab is often a quick (relative to the character's overall attack speed), short
range punch that is level with the character's face. Most of the time, they
travel at a 0o angle.

//Almost all jabs in general (whether they be standing, crouching, or
jumping...) are faster than short. This is good to know and keep in mind
whenever confronted with speed-requisite situations.\\

short is quick like jab, but rather than reach at a zero degree angle, it
usually will hit downward towards the ground. Otherwise, it will be level with
the character's gut and travel at a zero degree angle as well.

strong is not too slow on start up, but it requires a bit of anticipation to
hit with in and of itself (...that is, outside of a combo.). Most standing
strongs will hit at either a farther 0o angle or at an upward angle. A few of
the character's S. strongs are launchers.

forward is almost always an outward gut thrust. They require just about the
same timing as standing strongs. These are great for comboing upward hitting
special moves.

fierce is either a slow and hard hitting face punch or a strike. Most have
exploitable recovery time as well. Be careful when using these.

roundhouse is usually an anti-air that doesn't combo well on the ground.

(C.)ROUCHING...
---------------

jab is usually a quick and low 0o punch. Almost always faster than crouching
short. (Hulk is the only exception to this rule.)

short is often either at a 0o or downward angle. Lots faster compared to the
crouching medium attacks.

strong is either a launcher of some kind or a out/downward smack. Best kept in
combos (Unless you can't, of course.).

forward is often at times the character's longest ranged move. Most of them
combo into projectiles nicely as well.

fierce is either the character's launcher or a 0o pounder. Most that aren't
launchers will knock the opponent too far away to follow up with a combo.

roundhouse is the universal knockdown (sweep). If your character's C. rhouse
isn't a sweep, then it will probably knock your opponent to far away to follow
up with more hits. (Yes, I know Wolverine is an exception.) Very useful.

(J.)UMPING... / (SJ.) SUPER JUMPING...
--------------------------------------

jab usually either hits at a 0o or downward angle. Not great for jumping in
with, but those that hit at a 0o angle are great for meeting a mid-air
opponent. Very high priority.

short almost always hits downward. Those that do are great for starting
jump-in combos. Good priority as well.

strongs are a big bowl of Chex mix. Some hit upward, some hit downward, and
some go straight out (0o). If it goes upward, they are good chasers, if they
go downward, they should be used as jump-ins, and if they go straight out, use
them for meeting people mid-air.

forwards are just about the same as strongs.

fierce usually hits downward. It could make a great solo jump-in attack.
Because it usually has low priority (...in comparison to the medium and light
attacks), it probably isn't a good idea to fit it into a jump-in combo (Unless
it does have good priority, of course.).

roundhouse will either travel at a 0o or downward angle. Could be a good solo
jump-in as well. Use with the same rationale as J. Fierce.

*IMPORTANT*

For more information, see my dictionary's definition for NORMAL-ATTACKS if you
haven't already.

---------------
COMMAND ATTACKS
---------------

Command attacks are performed by pressing a normal attack button while holding
the joystick in a certain direction (...other than down when on the ground.).
They are, in effect, different or extended versions of normal attacks. Most
can be cancelled as if they were normal attacks; in accordance with the
character's combo system.

Types of command attacks:

ALTERNATES - activated by pressing a variable normal attack while holding a
----------   variable joystick direction.

These are basically every type of command attack that serve no special purpose
other than change the direction or look of the attack. Every alternate
command attack is listed below:

Chun-Li's Mini Kikosho............T+Fierce (Not cancelable)
Chun-Li's Stomp Kick..............D+Forward (Air)
[Every] Ryu's Face Kick...........U+Forward (Air)
[Every] Ryu's Slash Kick..........U+Rhouse (Air)
Zangief's Head Butt...............U+Strong (Air)
Zangief's Body Punch..............T+Fierce (Air)
Morrigan's Cape Sweep.............DT+Fierce
Captain America's Spread Kick.....U+Rhouse (Air)
Captain America's Axe Kick........D+Rhouse (Air)
War Machine's Hand Beam Up........U+Rhouse (Air)
War Machine's Hand Beam Down......D+Rhouse (Air)
War Machine's Upward Kick.........U+Rhouse (Air)

DIVES - activated by pressing a variable normal attack while holding down when
-----   airborne

These will interrupt the rise/fall of your character's jump and send him/her
hurtling toward the ground with an attack. They can usually be chained into
a variable normal attack (in accordance with your combo system) if they
connect. Otherwise, the only way that you can cancel them (which, in effect,
will stop the character from heading towards the ground...) is by performing a
mid-air special/super attack. Useful for throwing the opponent off in terms of
expecting your course of travel. Every dive command attack is listed below:

Zangief's Elbow Drop..............D+strong (Not cancelable)
Morrigan's Shell Pierce...........D+rhouse
Jin's Tornado Drill...............D+rhouse (Not cancelable)
War Machine's Knee Dive...........D+forward
Wolverine's Dive Kick.............D+rhouse

//Wolverine's Dive Kick now makes a 90o vertical drop, as opposed to his
previous version of the move which made a slight diagonal drop. It is also now
performed with roundhouse instead of forward (?). Because of the change in
which button you use to perform it, you can no longer chain a connection of
this move into his J. Fierce... but for some reason, you can chain it into a
J. Rhouse... (!) Why? I don't know... it defies the constraints of his combo 
system, but it works. Because it does, however, it is more useful than his
previous dive kick: Now, when you chain the command attack into his J.
Rhouse, Wolvy will cross the opponent, forcing him/her to block using the
opposite direction to protect from the attack.

On top of the cross-up fact, it rips him away from his jump more abruptly than
the previous dive kick, making it harder for the opponent to see coming. I
mean, what more can you do to make this character easy to use? =)

DOUBLE-HITS - activated by interrupting a normal attack with itself
-----------   

Don't confuse double-hit command attacks with double-hit normal attacks.
Double-hit normal attacks are those that can potentially hit twice after you
press the button once (e.g. Chun-Li's J. rhouse, Ryu's S. forward, Zangief's
S. rhouse, Morrigan's C. jab, Jin's S, C. forward and J. rhouse, Venom's S.
forward, S, J. rhouse and J. fierce, Hulk's C. fierce, War Machine's C.
rhouse...). Double-hit command attacks are those that require you to press the
normal attack button twice to perform. Every double-hit command attack is
listed below:

Captain America's S. forward
War Machine's S. jab
Wolverine's S, J. strong and S. forward

SOARINGS - activated by pressing a variable normal attack while holding down
--------   when airborne

These will position your opponent in a variable attacking frame until they
land. Unlike dive command attacks, they will not change the course of your
jump. These are very dangerous to do early when super-jumping, since you will
be unable to block until you reach the ground. soaring command attacks can be
chained into other normal attacks when they connect (depending on the
character's combo system) and can always be cancelled into mid-air special\
super attacks whether they do or not. I believe their primary use are as jump-
ins. Every soaring command attack is listed below:

Zangief's Knee Dive...............D+forward
Zangief's Body Splash.............D+fierce
Morrigan's Shell Kick.............D+forward

LUNGES - activated by pressing a variable normal attack while holding towards
------   when on the ground

These will propel your character toward the opponent while attacking. They
cannot be cancelled. Every lunge command attack is listed below:

Ryu's Whirlwind Kick..............T+forward
[Akuma] Ryu's Whirlwind Kick......T+forward
Zangief's Ground Elbow Drop.......T+strong
Morrigan's Insane Flip Kick.......T+forward

OVERHEADS - activated by pressing a variable normal attack while holding a
---------   certain direction when on the ground

These will move your character slightly toward the opponent while performing
an overhead attack. Every overhead command attack is listed below:

Chun-Li's Neckbreaker Kick........DT+rhouse
Ryu's Collarbone Splitter.........T+strong
[Ken] Ryu's Heel Split............T+forward
[Akuma] Ryu's Skull Destroyer.....T+strong

SLIDES - activated by pressing a variable normal attack while holding down-
------   towards

These will make your character slide across the ground. They will sweep the
opponent if they hit. Every one has exploitable recovery time and can be
cancelled into special/super attacks. I would use them sparingly.

Strider's Slide Kick..............DT+rhouse
Wolverine's Sliding Claw..........DT+fierce

//Wolverine's Sliding Claw can be cancelled into any one of his ground
roundhouses.

------
THROWS
------

Throws are activated by pressing a variable normal attack button (either a
medium or heavy attack) while holding towards or away from the opponent when
close to him/her. Throws can be done either on the ground or in the air and
cannot be blocked. This makes them one of the best forms of offense.

There are, basically, two types of throws: Tosses and chokeholds. A toss is
either a slam, throw or anything that will only inflict damage as a result of
one attack. A chokehold is a grab, during which your character will hit the
opponent repeatedly and subsequently throw or hit them away. Repeated button
mashing will usually heighten the damage given in a chokehold throw. Whichever
one is more useful depends on the context of your game.

//Throws have been called cheap since day one. This is probably because they
exploit an inactive opponent rather an active one. This failure to exploit
activities such as temporary vulnerability, start-up time, recovery time and
the like prevent one whose main strategy is throwing from learning those
weaknesses. My take on this is: yes; generally, throws are cheap. According to
my definition, they are. But of course, as I said, my definition is a relative
one. This is why I say "*Generally*, throws are cheap.". 

I think the reason that a general (or common) fighter gets thrown so often is
because he/she finds too much security in blocking. He/she thinks that since
blocking will protect from *every* form of attack substantially enough that
doing so constantly is a sufficient form of defense. This is where he/she is
wrong...

Why? Lets examine the previous paragraph's thought processes. First of all,
the accented "every" is problematic since it is a generalization (or 'all'
statement). Generalizations are usually not good philosophies to accept points
upon, because they only work if you test them and get the same result in every
single situation possible. This infers that in order for the conclusion to be
a good one to hold, you would have to test if blocking would protect you
substantially from every single form of attack. Most people wouldn't go
through such trouble and *don't* before they act upon such a maxim, making it
a bad one. They think that, for practicality's sake, they should jump to that
conclusion...

As we already know, throws cannot be blocked, so the results of such a test
would show that "No. Blocking does not protect substantially from every form
of attack." This means that the rest of the inferences following the
generalization statement crumble, and that we must form a new strategy
concerning what a "good defense" is.

Well, boys and girls, we now know that fighting games don't exactly depend
upon practicality, don't we?

The conclusion of the argument is that blocking constantly is a sufficient (or
good) form of defense. Well, since we have already come to the conclusion that
blocking simply will not protect you substantially from every form of attack,
we should know by now that it isn't. Certainly, blocking protects from most
forms of attack, but since it doesn't protect from throws, a good defense
requires protection from them as well.

As to whether or not using an offensive strategy that is made up primarily of
throwing takes less skill than depending on your opponents recovery time to
get your hits in, I would have to agree with the general consensus... that is,
I would say that it does take more skill to learn the many nuances of hitting
and exploiting your opponent during recovery time than it is to just depend on
throwing (and following up on) your opponent over and over again. But in doing
so, I can never diminish the skill it takes to throw (and not be thrown)
consistently. While an offensive strategy that depends upon exploiting
recovery time requires you to have a good knowledge of every character's
exploitable moves and procedures, throwing consistently requires you to have
an impeccable knowledge of what you're opponent is about to do (anticipation),
and acquiring that sort of sixth sense takes, at the very least, some
practice. Therefore, I cannot detract from the overall value that strategy
has.

Saying "X is cheap." and expecting someone to believe that it is gospel is
never a good idea, in my opinion, since, in my opinion, "cheap" is a relative
term. Throws are cheap *relative* to a general fighting game crowd, who do not
defend well against throws. But, to an experienced fighting game crowd, say, a
group of people in a national tournament, throws are not cheap, since an
experienced crowd would most likely be very able to defend against them. My
advice to you and any who have said something ala "X is cheap." (I know I
have!) is to always think before making a descriptive claim (i.e. a claim that
states the way the world is) and modify them with a phrase such as, "In my
experience,", "As far as I have seen,", "Generally," and the like.\\

The damage throws give can be evaded by throwing your opponent at the exact
same time. This is called a tech-hit. They are, ;-) in my experience,
extremely hard to time and not practical enough for you to depend upon. My
advice in this case is to not let your opponent get close enough to throw you
at all.

//Like I just said, the best defense against throws is to not let your
opponent get close enough to do it at all. If you are being offensive, of
course, this is not an issue, because you are the aggressor. But, if you are
being primarily defensive, don't let the opponent jump-in, dash-in, or get
near enough to throw you in general... In this case, the old saying that goes,
"The best defense is a good offense." stands.

Another issue I wanted to address is whether or not blocking *does*
substantially protect you from most forms of attack. I know that the
cumulative effects of chipping damage can, at times (Duo team attacks,
Strider's Legion, Chun-Li's Kikosho) pose a threat, and that blocking every
attack beside throws could get you in trouble because of that fact... To
clarify this issue, what I meant by substantially was the initial difference
of damage between when an attack hits and when it is blocked, not in the long
run scheme of the fight.

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SPECIAL ATTACKS
---------------

Special attacks are usually activated with a variable joystick motion in
combination with a normal attack button. Those that are not are activated by
pressing a combination or sequence of normal attack buttons. They take some
time to master, but are nonetheless useful (possibly essential) to experienced
gameplay.

There are ten categories that a special attack can fall under. They are all
listed below:

INDEPENDENT PROJECTILE - Special attacks that will make your character shoot
----------------------   or "call" a projectile that can exist without
                         requiring him/her to maintain some sort of position.

Examples of independent projectiles include Chun-Li's Kikoken, Ryu's Hadouken,
Morrigan's Soul Fist, etc. Generally, people seem to think that these are
necessities.

DEPENDENT PROJECTILE - Special attacks that will make your character shoot or
--------------------   "call" a projectile that requires him/her to maintain
                       some sort of position.

There are only two dependent projectiles in Marvel Vs. Capcom: Iron Body
Zangief's Vodka Fire and Venom's Venom Rush. I believe that the most memorable
one is Dhalsim's Yoga Flame.

QUICK PROJECTILE - Dependent projectiles that cover the screen almost as soon
----------------   as they are activated.

These are pretty rare, too. The only five quick projectiles in MvC are:
Captain Commando's Captain Fire, Gambit's Kinetic and Trick Card, and War
Machine's High and Low Shoulder Cannon. They are rarities in other games as
well.

BODY PROJECTILE - Special attacks that involve a lunge or movement of the
---------------   character's body.

Examples include Chun-Li's Axe Kick (Sen'en Shuu), Ryu's Hurricane Kick,
Zangief's Banishing Fist (Green Glove), Captain Commando's Captain Kick, etc.
These can usually be more risky than the average special attack, since they
can put your body in a potentially harmful way.

ANTI AIR - Body projectiles that attack the opponent while lifting your
--------   character from the ground.

Chun-Li's Tenshou Kyaku, Ryu's Shouryuu Ken, Morrigan's Shadow Blade,
Megaman's Mega Upper, etc. These are even more dangerous to use than body
projectiles because if they miss or are blocked, your recovery time is *very*
exploitable.

DIVE - Mid-air body projectiles that attack the opponent while plummeting to
----   the ground.

Not too dangerous to use since they have high priority. There are only two in
MvC: [Akuma] Ryu's Dive Kick, and Hyper Venom's Diving ??.

STATIONARY - Special attacks that can harm the opponent while your character
----------   is standing still.

These can sometimes make good anti-airs. Some examples are Chun-Li's Lightning
Legs, Zangief's Lariat, Captain Commando's Captain Corridor, Jin's Saotome
Dynamite, etc. Can be dangerous to pull at times... just make sure your
opponent won't expect them.

THROW - Special attacks that will seize your opponent.
-----

Most of the time, throw special attacks cannot be blocked. Unfortunately,
half of them can be blocked in MvC. Those that can be blocked are Spider-Man's
Web Throw, Jin's Saotome Crush, Venom's Web Throw, and Hulk's Gamma Tornado.
Those that cannot be blocked are Zangief's Spinning Pile Driver, Running Bear
Grab, and Flying Grab and Morrigan's Vector Drain. Those that cannot be
blocked should always be done with caution.

MOBILE - Special attacks that move your character to a different position.
------

Of course, these really aren't "attacks". Examples include [Akuma] Ryu's
Teleport, Strider's Teleport, and Captain America's Cartwheel... Correct me if
I'm wrong, but I think that's all of them!

MODE CHANGE - Special attacks that may affect other attacks.
-----------

Examples include Megaman's Item Change, Strider's Formation A (1st), Captain
America's Shield Slash, War Machine's Flying, etc.

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HYPER COMBINATIONS/SUPER ATTACKS
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Super attacks are usually activated with a variable joystick motion in
combination with two normal attack buttons. Those that are not are activated
by pressing a combination or sequence of normal attack buttons. They are
easily mastered after you learn to use special attacks. The main difference
between these and special attacks is 1) they require hyper-meter to use, and
2) they take off loads of damage! Some of these moves can be comboed into
after normal attacks (!These are called 'Super combos'!). Super attacks can
turn the tables of the match in either your or your opponent's favor.
Mastering your character's super attacks/combos is a must.

There are many different types of super attacks, and they are all extensively
listed under my dictionary's definition for HYPER-COMBO. If you want, you can
go back and check it out if you haven't already.

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CROSSOVER COMBINATIONS/TEAM SUPERS
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A team super is an attack (activated by QCF+HP & HK) that requires two levels
of hyper-meter to perform. When activated, your active character will begin a
variable super attack and wait for your inactive character to jump on-screen.
When he/she does, both will perform their variable super attacks
simultaneously. Afterwards, the character who activated the team super will be
switched out (Unless he/she gets hit during his/her recovery time.).

While two levels of hyper-meter seems pretty steep, keep in mind that 1) some
of these babies can be comboed, and 2) they can effectively switch a hurting
character out. I say, if you can hit with it, go for it.

Crossover combinations are covered more extensively under my dictionary's
definition, CROSSOVER-COMBO. You should go and check it out if you haven't
already.

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DUO TEAM ATTACK/TWO ON ONE
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A duo team attack is a procedure that, when activated (QCB+HP & HK), will make
your active character taunt your opponent while your inactive character jumps
on-screen. When he/she lands, you 1) are then in control of both of your
characters at the same time and 2) have infinite hyper-meter for a limited
time. It requires two to three levels of hyper-meter to be done.

The duo team attack and its restrictions are, once again, discussed more
extensively in my dictionary's definition for DUO-TEAM-ATTACK. Check it out if
you haven't already. (I need some new material!)

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CROSSOVER ASSISTANTS/HELPERS
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Helpers are characters that will either be automatically or personally
selected after you pick your second character. They are always called out with
both medium attacks (MP & MK) and have a limited number of uses. You can
cancel almost all normal attacks by calling a helper.

People generally uses helpers as easy, neat-o, peachy keen ways to combo their
super attacks. I'm all for that course of action if my helper hits my
opponent, but I am not all for being dependent on such a strategy. (Learning
how to use you main characters is *way* better, in my opinion.) There are,
basically three types of helpers:

BODY PROJECTILE - Helpers that come on-screen and use their body to attack.
---------------   

These helpers each have individually practical (Yes, I said the P-word.) uses.

The body projectile helpers are Lou, Ton-Pooh, Devilot, Shadow, and Rogue.

CHARGING - Body projectile helpers that slide across the screen.
--------

These seem to be the most popular kind of helper. If they hit your opponent,
they will drag him/her almost, if not all the way across the screen making
them fish bait for a super attack.

The charging helpers are Psylocke, Juggernaut, US Agent, Colossus, and
Sentinel.

PROJECTILE - Helpers that shoot or "call" a projectile on screen.
----------

These will come in, shoot or "call" their projectile, and leave. In my
opinion, they are very hard to hit with (The opponent can usually see them
coming for miles.).

The projectile helpers are Unknown Soldier, Lou, Saki, Pure and Fur, Michelle
Heart, Arthur, Thor, Magneto, Iceman, Cyclops, Storm, Anita, Shadow, and
Jubilee.

Agh... Once again, refer to the CROSSOVER-ASSISTANT definition in my
dictionary for more information.

SWITCHING - See my dictionary's definition for SWITCHING for detailed
=========   information.

BLOCKING - Blocking will most likely be your most used tool of defense in the
========   game. Having a firm grip on blocking technique is a must.

In general, you block by holding the joystick away from your opponent. Since
doing so can also change the direction in which your character travels, you
might be a little confused when first learning to use the block. Although I
explained this a couple of commands ago, here is the key to understanding the
command once again, in a nutshell: If your opponent attacks while you are
holding back (in any way), you will block; if not, you are free to move
backward.

Block-stun is the effect or condition of blocking an attack. You will usually
slide or reel back a bit after blocking any attack; that is the block-stun.
You cannot attack or move until block-stun ends. You can however, perform a
motion just before it ends and reverse an attack when it does. You cannot be
thrown or grabbed during block-stun, either.

The following is a list of blocking techniques; know them well:

*IMPORTANT*

Every joystick command in this section assumes that you are facing right (The
first player's starting point.). If you are facing left, simply reverse the
right or leftward motions.

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*- STANDING BLOCK: Your character blocks high.
   ---------------

Blocking high (or blocking while standing) protects against all but crouching
kick attacks. It will prevent air attacks, standing attacks, and crouching
punch attacks from hitting you.

Generally, the standing block is used mostly for blocking incoming air attacks
rather than ground attacks, which is a good idea, because if you block a close
ground attack high, your opponent can simply combo into a crouching kick in
order to hit you.

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  / CROUCHING BLOCK: Your character blocks low.
*   ----------------

Blocking low (or blocking while crouching) protects against all but jumping
and overhead attacks. It will prevent standing attacks and all forms of
crouching attacks from hitting you.

People usually use the crouching block to block all ground attacks. If they
didn't, they would be vulnerable to every crouching kick available to their
opponent. As soon as your opponent jumps, though, switch to standing block or
else they could quickly take advantage of your position... as for overheads,
most are slow, so you should be able to see them coming. Handy move.

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*-               AIR BLOCK: Your character block while mid-air.
 (while jumping) ----------

The air block protects from all forms of attack beside throws. It is mostly
used whenever you anticipate an anti-air, chasing attack, or anti-chaser.

The air block makes jumping relatively safe (as opposed to games that don't
have it). You will probably use it in more situations than the ones I have
given.

//If you haven't read about the air guard crush, read the section under
MOVING; JUMPING; BACKWARD. It *could be* vital information.

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LP+MP+HP          ADVANCING GUARD: Your character pushes his/her opponent
 (While blocking) ---------------- away. Can only be done during block-stun.

The advancing guard can be done during any form of blocking. It's great for
keeping pokers (and tickers) off of your back.

Pushing while air blocking is dangerous, though, because a few seconds after
you do so, your character will be unable to block (The air guard crush is
especially dangerous if your opponent knows how to take advantage of it.)
Since it also doesn't push your opponent as far as a ground push would, I
recommend against using it at all.

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BTD+HP & HK       CROSSOVER COUNTER: Your character switches with his/her
 (While blocking) ------------------ partner, who comes on-screen attacking.
                                     (Requires one level of hyper-meter.)

The 'counter', as most people call it, is a handy way to switch out a damaged
character. However, if your opponent is aware that you are capable of doing
this, he/she will probably not attack you when you are almost dead, so don't
depend on it.

Please see my dictionary's entries on ADVANCING GUARD, BLOCK, BLOCK-STUN, and
CROSSOVER-COUNTER for more information.

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WHO IN THE HELL IS JOE ZAZA?
============================

I am about 5'7 feet tall, I have black hair, black eyes (from getting my ass
beat so often), and a huge chip on my shoulder. My real name is Jose Lafaurie,
and sometimes I go by Joe. I gots a brother, his name is Ricardo Jr. (AKA
Dasrik). I am 19 (10/27/80) and am currently going to Riverside Community
College in Moreno Valley, California. If you think you know me, holla "What's
up, Joe?" and gimme five fingers next time we meet.

For those of y'all who remember matches better than faces, I am known to play
most with a Spider-Man/Venom team. However, I also can kick it with Zangief,
Ryu, CapAm, and Jin (I haven't used his ass in *too* long.). I detest using
Strider and Wolverine, but if you got a hankering to see me play them, ask me
to and my quarter is yours.

This is my first FAQ. I wrote it for all the peeps out there who either can't
play fighting games for jack and for all the Wolverine addicts (Get some
skill and stop trying to rationalize that crap.).

My philosophy for video gaming is the same as with any sport: It ain't whether
you win or lose, it's how well you play. So, if you see me having an episode
after I lost a game, it ain't *cuz* I lost, it's cuz I sucked. Oh yeah, and
while I got a soap box to stand on, let me address the issue of trash talking.
Yes, I do it a lot. No, I won't try to justify it. But for God's sake, people,
don't beat a brother down for doing it. First of all: everything I say when
I'm on the game is just trash. It ain't written gospel that you should take
to heart. Second, when I'm on the game, I'm nervous. I'm sure everyone (with
the exception of kids and special cases) can relate. It's just a 'tude that
seems to come with the territory. I cannot control it very well, but I'll try.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
================

Webster's New World Dictionary - for an excerpt from "Word Etymology".

Kao Megura - for the helper code list.

Migs Rustia - for a lot of the sub/primary definitions. You really should
update your website, Migs... or lack thereof. =)

Anybody who plays at Brunswick Recreational Center in Moreno Valley,
California... Especially Andre, Das, Chip, Keshin, Mario... I learned from all
of you. *Especially* Keshin... you damn, trash talk hating... =) I don't even
want to think of how much money I spent on you... Andre... ya damned "Super
Sayjin"... keep it up, man. When Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 comes out, you'll be
whooping my ass.

All those who play at The SU in Cal State San Bernardino... the only ones I
remember from that joint are Damien and Chief... I'll whoop all you non-
rolling, helper dependent, two hit comboing asses now! You guys are so damn
old school, y'all playin' with Jesus. =)

Capcom - I know you suckas can't even hear me, but stop making such whack ass
games... I mean, they're the bomb and all, but... they whack! Oh, and for the
love of hell, stop throwing that punk ass "bigfoot" Wolverine into your damned
games... I know he your cash cow, but DAIMN!

...and everyone who's smart enough to admit that they don't know enough.

Nuff love fo y'all... peace.

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