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                            The King of Fighters '97 Shermie Guide v2.0
    By Sie Kensou (SieKensou@geocities.com)
    Sie Kensou's KOF Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Arcade/9873/
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    This guide is to tell you how to use Shermie, the girl (?!) who has long 
    hair covering her eyes, and together with some holes on her dress. ;)
    Shermie is a throw-base character. Comparing to other grabblers (e.g. Clark, 
    Daimon), she is relatively weak, but she can still stand a chance in a vs 
    match if used wisely. Most player think that Shermie can only play with her 
    command throw -- ShErMiE sPiRaL (cReDiT fOr ThE nAmE: someone in the KOF 
    Mailing List). This is not true. Although her gameplay mainly based on that 
    throw, she can still trick the enemy with other moves.  So if you really 
    like Shermie, and also if you really want to know something about her, try 
    to find something out here now.
    Also note that the guide is dedicated to the normal Shermie, but not the 
    'Orochi Shermie' who blows the electric balls. If you want to know how to 
    use the O. Shermie, you can refer to the Orochi Shermie FAQ written by 
    `Rimururu (spanky@tm.net.my). That FAQ can be found in
    http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/8218/OShermie.txt (case-sensitive).,
    1. Introduction
       1.1 How to use this guide
       1.2 Where to get more information
       1.3 Background story of Shermie
           1.3.1 Story of New Face Team
           1.3.2 Profile of Shermie
    2. Moves
       2.1 Normal Moves
       2.2 Command Moves
       2.3 Special Moves
       2.4 Desperation Moves
    3. Taunt and Winning poses
       3.1 Taunt
       3.2 Winning poses
    4. Combos
    5. Strategy
       4.1 General Strategy
       4.2 Mind game
       4.3 Meter arrangement
       4.4 Against human opponent
    6. Credits
    1. Introduction
    1.1. How to use this guide
    Just read it from the very beginning to the end. This is the best way to 
    read this guide. :) In fact you can read from any part you like in any 
    order. But note that both chapter 4 and 5 assume that you are already quite 
    familiarize with Shermie's moves. So if you are not, you'd better read
    chapter 2 first beforhand.
    1.2 Where to get more information
    You can always find the most update version in the FAQs section in my 
    homepage  (http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Arcade/9873/) or in this 
    direct link 
    If you're new to the game, and you don't even know how to play it, you can 
    look for the The King of Fighters '97 Beginner's Reference by Andrew Seyoon 
    Park. The guide is located at 
    http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Alley/4810/. In that guide you may find 
    out how to control, some specific modes in the game, and some notations used 
    in this guide is also defined.
    1.3 Background story of Shermie
        1.3.1 Story of New Face Team
        1.3.2 Profile of Shermie
    2. Moves
    2.1 Normal Moves
    close/far standing A -- interruptable
       total hit(s)    : 1
       where to block  : high/low
       description     : Shermie does a short-ranged slap to the opponent.
       range           : Very short. Only can hit opponent which stand next to  
       when to use     : Only use this when you've nothing else to do. ;p
       special notes   : This move will miss on all crouching enemy.
       usefulness      : *---- (for both)
    close/far standing B -- interruptable (first hit only)
       total hit(s)    : 2
       where to block  : high/low
       description     : Shermie do a long-ranged two-hitter kick to the enemy. 
                         First kick is 
                         horizontal, and the second is a bit high-angled. One of 
                         the best choice of her pokes.
       range           : Very long. About 1/6 screen.
       when to use     : Use this to keep the enemy in certain range. This move 
                         is quite a safe poke, and can be used frequently.
       special notes   : Whenever you kick the enemy with this, try to cancel to 
                         ShErMiE sPiRaL.
       usefulness      : ****- (for both)
    close standing C -- interruptable
       total hit(s)    : 1
       where to block  : high/low
       description     : Shermie faces to the player, looks upward and opens her 
                         hands to kick the enemy.
       range           : Short.
       when to use     : This is the best choice for setting up a combo in close 
                         combat. Do this when the enemy is quite close to you.
                         But if you're not close enough with your enemy, you'd 
                         better do the crouching C instead.
       special notes   : If you do the close standing C while the enemy is 
                         blocking, try to chain to fw+B (her command move, will 
                         be mentioned later) to keep the enemy in certain range.
       usefulness      : ***--
    far standing C -- not interruptable
       total hit(s)    : 1
       where to block  : high/low
       description     : Shermie steps a bit forward, and uses her hand to hit 
                         the enemy.
       range           : Very long. Almost the same as her standing B.
       when to use     : Although the range of this move is good, it is still 
                         not so great as a poke since it has quite long start 
                         up. You can sometimes mix this move with the
                         standing B and the standing CD attack for poking the 
                         enemy, but don't use it too often.
       usefulness      : **---
    close/far standing D -- not interruptable
       total hit(s)    : 1
       where to block  : high/low
       description     : Shermie turns around a do a high-angled kick.
       range           : Just OK.
       when to use     : This move is good for anti-air. When you see your enemy 
                         try to jump to you, do this to kick him/her away. But 
                         since this move has quite a long start up, don't use
                         this as anti-airs against hops. In such case, do a 
                         crouching C instead.
                         On the other hand, since this move is high-angled, 
                         don't use this for land-
                         to-land combat (especially close combat).
       special notes   : This move to totally miss on crouching characters.
                         Also, when you're facing Benimaru, Athena, Kensou, Mai, 
                         Kim, Choi and Chris, don't use this as anti-air since 
                         they have air move which can hit you out of the 
                         standing D.
       usefulness      : **---- for (far standing D)
                         *----- for (close standing D)
    crouching A -- interruptable
    i. Normal Moves
    crouching A:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- yes
    comments -- This is the key which you can mash like crazy when your enemy
       is rolling to you. It is very fast, and bufferable. Also you can
       link this into a standing B.
       P.S. You can also use this to hit Billy out of his low A pokes.
    usefulness -- ***
    crouching B:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- This move has quite a long range, and can hit multiple times
       if your timing is good.
    usefulness -- **
    crouching C:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- yes
    comments -- This is her best normal move. It has good range, is a reliable
       anti-air, and best of all its interruptable. So when your enemy try to
       jump to you, just do the crouching C, and then link to ShErMiE sPiRaL
       if you hit the enemy on the ground. Besides, this move is also very
       good for combos. But don't use this as a poke, for it will whiff against
       many crouching characters.
    usefulness -- *****
    crouching D:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- This is a completely USELESS move. Startup is very long, and
       too predictable that your enemy can simply walk to you and do a huge
       combo when you do this move.
    usefulness -- (zero)
    jump A:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- I never use this.
    usefulness -- n/a
    jump B:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- The motions is the same as her close standing D...It has good
       air-to-air priority.
    usefulness -- ***
    jump C:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- This move has good air-to-air priority. It can counter many
       air-to-air move, for example Iori's jump D.
    usefulness -- ****
    jump D:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- This is her best choice of jump-in move which can beat some
       anti-air. It's range is long, and angled down. Also it's easy to do a
       jump in combo with this.
    usefulness -- ****
    standing CD:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- yes
    comments -- She'll leave the ground and kick the opponent. Since she leave
       the ground, you can use this to step on the enemy when he tries to 
       sweep you. Try to use this as a poke.
    usefulness -- ****
    jump CD:
    total hit(s) -- 1
    interruptable? -- yes
    comments -- This is also a good choice of air-to-air attack. Shermie's
       jump CD has the longest range in the game. Also it has very good
       priority. But it isn't useful for air-to-ground attack.
    usefulness -- ****
    ii. Command Moves
    fwd + B:
    total hit(s) -- 2
    interruptable? -- no
    comments -- This is a two part command move. The first hit kicks high,
       and the second hit is an overhead attack. Since it's range is very
       long, you can do this move far away from the enemy and it can still
       But when you use this in a chain combo, it is no longer an overhead but
       become interruptable after the second hit.
    usefulness -- ****
    iii. Special Moves
    ShErMiE sPiRaL
    motion: (near opponent) hcf+p
    type: command throw
    total hit(s) -- none
    blockable? -- no
    comments -- This is her strongest move (someone also claimed that this is
       the strongest move in the game). It has decent range (can grab enemy
       from 1/6 screen apart) and fine damage (about 10-15%). It can also be
       comboed from any interruptable normal move. Just do this when the
       opponent is in the grabbing range. :) Besides, this is a reliable
       wake up move.
    usefulness -- *****
    Shermie Shoot
    motion: hcf+k
    type: running grab
    total hit(s) -- none
    blockable? -- no
    comments -- This is an important move for her mind game (I'll mention this
       later). When doing this move, she'll laugh, and then dash to the enemy
       and grap him. You can use this after your enemy have jumped forward from
       out of air attack range to grab them (because they'll tend to block when
       landing. Good for giving a surprise to the enemy but not for using  
       often since it has short startup and long end-lag.
    usefulness -- ***
    Shermie Whip
    motion: dp+k
    type: guard cancel -> grab
    total hit(s) -- none
    blockable? -- yes
    comments -- She'll roll backward and grab the opponent. This move is 
       invincible to air attack and some crouching attack (e.g. Ralf's low C).
       It has nearly no end-lag if blocked, so you can use this move oftenly.
    usefulness -- ****
    Axel Spin Kick
    motion: qcb+k
    type: hit-base attack
    total hit(s) -- 1
    blockable? -- yes
    comments -- When doing this move, Shermie will hop to the enemy and then
       give him a kick. Shermie is totally invincible when she's hopping, and
       therefore you can do this move to jump through a fireball and attack.
       If your timing is extremely good, you can even use this move to counter
       other moves apart from fireball. (e.g. You can use this to counter
       Benimaru's dn+D!!)
    usefulness -- ****
    iv. DMs
    Shermie Flash
    motion: hcb*2+p
    type: command throw
    total hit(s) -- none
    blockable? -- no
    comments -- This is a high damage DM and its range is the same as ShErMiE
       sPiRaL. In the maxium version, Shermie will count 'one...two...three!'
       and then release. Press the buttons rapidly to slow down her counting
       speed (and thus do more damage.)
    usefulness -- *****
    Shermie Carnival
    motion: hcf*2+p
    type: command throw
    total hit(s) -- none
    blockable? no
    comments -- This is also a command throw DM. The difference between her
       two DMs is only the motion (and the graphics). Also you don't need to
       mash the key at SDM level.
    usefulness -- *****
    v. Notes on special moves (provided by Henry Moriarty (Howlin' Mad -H-) )
    1. Abbreviation 
    Half circles can be abbreviated in this game with Backdown, Forward + 
    Attack. This is useful when quick decisions or reactions must be made. 
    2. Automatic Spiral or Shoot 
    By Pressing B right after doing her Spiral, Shermie can do the Spiral if she
    is close to the opponent and if she is out of its range, the Shoot will come 
    Very neat at times... 
    3. Run & DM 
    By doing Forward, Backdown, Forward, Shermie will run at the opponent. 
    And when she is close enough to the opponent, hit the C button and she will 
    do the Spiral. Of course the button must be hit while the control input is 
    still recognized by the game system, but she can dash about half the screen 
    before the input fades away. This can also be done with her DM. 
    2.2. Combos
    [jump D] -> standing C -> fwd + B
    [jump D] -> standing C -> ShErMiE sPiRaL
    [jump D] -> standing C -> Shermie Whip
    *[jump D] -> standing C -> Shermie Flash
    *[jump D] -> standing C -> Shermie Carnival
    [standing A/crouching A] -> standing B (one hit) -> ShErMiE sPiRaL
    P.S. 1. The move in the [bracket] can be ommited.
         2. * indicates that this combo requires one stock.
    3.1. General Strategy
    OK, first talk about an Extra Mode Shermie. How to play her in Extra Mode?
    Just one tip: dodge -> throw. ;p
    OK, let's move on to advanced mode.
    The general strategy of Shermie is: be defensive. Don't always think that
    "Ah, I can just simply walk/jump near my opponent and grab him in order to
    win." This is a stupid strategy -- everyone knows that her grab has decent
    range, so who will let you to walk to him easily? Another point is that
    her normal moves are short ranged compared with other characters, so a close
    combat is not good for Shermie.
    So how to be defensive with her? My suggestion is to keep in range with
    your enemy. Just keep in a range of about two characters width and wait.
    Is this turtling? A bit. But since her moves are not good enough for
    offensing, just being defensive is a better idea.
    i. Facing non-fireball thrower
    So, when you keep in range, an enemy without fireball will normally perform
    a jump-in combo. At this time, do crouching C (which is your best anti-air)
    to beat them away. If you can hit your enemy on the ground, that's great, 
    just combo into ShErMiE sPiRaL or fw+b.  If it hit the opponent away, then 
    try to do one of these:
    1. Hop and do a jump D -> (if hit)crouching C->ShErMiE sPiRaL / (if 
       blocked) Shermie Shoot.
    2. Hop and do the ShErMiE sPiRaL without attacking.
    3. Shermie Shoot
    4. run-in grab
    5. Turtle -- just remain crouching there.
    The last choice is not recommanded (it will make you a real TURTLE!) if you
    still have a lot of time remaining. And for the first four choices, try
    to mix them up. Then your enemy has to guess: should they block your
    jump-in combo, do low As or Bs to counter your run-in grab/Shermie Shoot,
    or do an anti-air to prevent your jump-in throw? This will make your enemy
    confuse -- and thus a good chance for you.
    The above strategy is very effective, but what if your enemy doesn't jump
    to you? In such case, try to give some pressure to him. Poke them by a
    standing B or CD. If, after one or two time, your enemy try to roll or jump
    to you, repeat the above strategy. And If they tend to be defensive, you can
    suddenly do a run-in grab (dash forward -> command throw). Of course, don't
    use this oftenly -- or else they can easily counter you by low As or 
    low Bs. Just use this for a surprise.
    ii. Facing fireball thrower
    In case if you are fighting with a fireball thrower, you should change the
    strategy 'cause they will throw a fb to you instead of jump to you. Keep
    in the ideal range -- Shermie can't do anything with a fb thrower from
    a full screen apart. If they keep throwing fireball, do the Axel Spin Kick
    to escape from the fireball and kick your enemy. Don't try to jump to
    them since most fb throwers have very good anti-air.
    Then what to do after the Axel Spin Kick? If you can knock down your enemy
    by this, that's great. But if not, try to do Shermie Shoot. You opponent
    will be grabbed if they can't anticipate this.
    From a close enough distance, you can also roll to your enemy if they throw
    a fb. Of course some fbs are not easy to roll through (e.g. Robert's hcf+p)
    3.2. Mind Games
    As I've mentioned, mind game is essential for Shermie. By mixing up the
    Shermie Shoot, Shermie Whip and ShErMiE sPiRaL, you'll have your enemy
    trying to guess what you'll do. Especially when you knock down your enemy,
    the mind game is very useful. When you knock down your enemy, try to mix
    up the followings:
    1. jump-in throw (ShErMiE sPiRaL / Shermie Flash / Shermie Carnival) (if you
       think your enemy will block)
    2. poke by standing B or CD, and then do the Shermie Shoot or run-in grab
    3. close standing C -> fw+B -> Shermie Shoot
    4. get close to your opponent, and do the Shermie Whip (if your enemy try
       to do a wake-up move, they'll be grabbed)
    5. a run-in grab (if you think your enemy will block)
    6. nothing (just sit there and turtle :) ) (do this if you think your enemy
       will do a wake-up uppercut or other laggy wake-up move which could
       counter Shermie Whip)
    3.3. Meter Arrangement
    (For Advanced Mode player only)
    Shermie can't charge up her power meter quickly. So normally you'll have
    only one stock in your meter. (The meter will be charged up faster if you
    often do the standing C -> fw+B combo.) Then how to use this stock?
    If you have a chance to DM grab your enemy, do it. Don't hesitate.
    But if you don't have the chance, save it for a counter is also a good
    4. Credits
    1. The KOF Mailing List <kof-ml@umich.edu>
       Various of info about KOF there.
    2. Reiness <rleung8@ucla.edu>
       For providing some strategies of Shermie.
    3. EX Andy <asp@uclink2.berkeley.edu>
       For providing the strategy "hcf+P". :)
       In fact his Kim guide inspired me.
       The "KOF '97 Kim Kapwhan Player's Guide" can be found at:
    4. mOOnrun <moonrun@pacific.net.sg> and Matt Hall <kensou@aol.com>
       For the combos of Shermie taken from their combo faq.
       "The Ultimate King of Fighters '97 Combo FAQ" can be found at:
    5. Tony W. <mike@camtech.net.au>
       For the corrections of some mistake in the first version.
       Also he provided some strategies.
    6. Henry Moriarty (Howlin' Mad -H-) <madmanscafe@deathsdoor.com>
       He provided the some notes on special moves. (See the "Notes
       on special moves" section.)
    6. The King of Fighters'97 Graphical Manual
    7. SNK Corp.
       For making such a exciting game.
    The King of Fighters'97, Robert, 
    Athena, Benimaru, Iori, Yashiro,
    Shermie and Chris are trademarks
    of SNK Corporation, Copyright 1997.
    - Sie Kensou <SieKensou@geocities.com>

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