| ___ ___ | |___ |___ |___ |___ |___ chaolan THE HUGE LEE FAQ(tm) Ok, I got tired of trying to make a nice little header. Deal with it. Version B October 16, 1999 Created by ultimateLee (Aaron C.) Copyright (c) 1999, 2000 Aaron Chitwood The character of Lee Chaolan and other Tekken-related things are registered trademarks and copyrights of Namco ================================================================================ ROUND ONE * Begin - it's not really a faq - revision updates - Tekken terms - character background - the Chaolan experience - why Lee? ROUND TWO * Arsenal - conventions - movelist - move category - movelist ß (with objective 'usefulness' commentary) ROUND THREE * Style - the Zen of Lee - opening gambits and stratagem - "faux pas" and dumbass mistakes - 'chicken!' - okizeme - juggles ROUND FOUR * Relationship - Lee vs ... (tips on how to beat certain characters' common styles) - Lee and ... (possible teams) - netsu - tag animation FINAL ROUND * End - thanks ================================================================================ ROUND ONE * begin - it's not really a faq Frequently Asked Questions? Not really. It's basically just a guide that contains every living detail I have gathered about the character known as Lee Chaolan. Here you will find story, details, strategy, and moves for the Silver Haired Devil. Since all those other files like this are called 'FAQ's' so is mine. But the only question I've been frequently asked is 'When are you going to start your Lee FAQ?' And now that one has been answered. This FAQ has been made by a hardcore Lee user for (future) hardcore Lee users. I have found that in other FAQs, Lee is mentioned as being no one's primary character, or suitable only for beginners. I have used Lee from the very beginning as my integral character, and there are other characters MUCH more suited for beginners, with easier moves and greater power. Ah well, I suppose there is an exception to every rule. If you are going to undertake learning Lee...be prepared to fight a different sort of game if you are used to stronger characters. I, Aaron Chitwood, am responsible for this entire piece of writing. Do NOT reuse it, or cut stuff from it, or copy it, or pretend it's yours, or spill stuff on it, or commit reprehensible acts with it. Have the respect to think of stuff for yourself, or at least give the person responsible credit. It took me a long time to learn and write about this, so please do not plagiarize. ****************************************************************** DISCLAIMER: In no event shall this document be reused, in any shape way or form, without the express consent of its grand creator, Aaron Chitwood. Linking to this document is acceptable ONLY if the following conditions are met: it is not changed in any way, credit is given to its creator, AND it is not used for financial purposes: i.e. a password web site. ****************************************************************** Lets get on with the FAQ! This is loosely based on a large post I made on the official Tekken Tag Tournament web page, but I received many responses asking me to turn it into an actual 'FAQ.' So here it finally is, in all its glory... - revision updates 10/15/99: began original 11/30/99: sent out "preview" of faq (unfinished ROUND 2) 12/4~5/99: added new section...massive work on ROUND 2 12/10/99: researched and added ADVANCED Triple Fang Technique 12/11/99: Finished ROUND 2 12/14/99: POSTED ON TTT.COM 12/15/99: MY BIRTHDAY!!! I GET TO TAKE FINAL EXAMS!!! 2/24/00: After huge break from Tekken altogether, I am back. There are three Lee FAQs already out there...but this one will blow them away. Raijin Aoki has released a Lee juggle movie which I will consider in the Juggles section 2/29/00: Finally got a chance to play...began strategy sections 3/6/00: Move correction. 4 parts of Round Three completed 3/8/00: Round Three completed 3/11~12/00: Completion of Ultimate Lee Guide version A 3/12/00: Corrections...new juggles...version B - terms Before progressing, as an experienced Tekken player you should be familiar with all of a character's "default" moves, as well as the following terms used in the FAQ (listed in random order): High: A type of attack that must be crouched under or blocked while standing Low: A type of attack that must be jumped over or blocked while crouching Mid: A type of attack that must be blocked while standing whiffing: Missing an attack; esp. a high attack being ducked by the opponent. launcher: An attack that makes its victim rise into the air, open for continuous attacks. counter-hit: The condition that occurs when an attack hits the opponent during his/her own move. retaliate: When an opponent attacks you after a block; esp. when your character has "lag time." reversal: A throw that catches a character's "mid" or "high" attack. chicken: A universal technique that will break out of a "reversal." juggle: The combination of moves ensuing a "launcher." sidestep: A step offline on the fighting field by tapping "u" or "d." crouch dash: An advancing step that moves forward while ducking. defensive: Playing style in which you guard/avoid the opponents attacks, then effectively "retaliate." offensive: Playing style in which you unleash a continuous string of quick moves that forces the opponent to stay back. usu. results in many "counter-hits." guard: Blocking an attack. mix up: A situation where the opponent does not know whether the next hit could be "Low" or "Mid." The opponent has a 50% chance of guarding successfully. break: To interrupt an attack with another, faster attack. attack strings: Groups of successive quick attacks that are not easily "broken." inescapable: Attacks, strings, combos, etc. that are entirely "unbreakable." lag time: The moments that the character is in some sort of animation; before or after the attack itself. Moves usually have balanced "lag time;" if the move has lag at the beginning, it will probably end with none. guard stun: When a blocking character is forcibly pushed back; creating "lag" animation. priority: The factor that determines which attack, out of two simultaneous techniques by the player and opponent, will hit. eat: To be hit by an obvious move because of "lag time" or stupidity. okizeme: Attacking someone grounded or trying to get up. netsu: Small power charge-up due to set number of hits to your teammate. - character background name: Lee Chaolan catch copy: Silver Haired Devil age: 27 weight: 65 kg height: 178 cm blood type: A fighting style: Mishima-style Karate and Martial Arts Lee Chaolan was originally adopted by Heihachi Mishima to be the heir to the Zaibatsu. Heihachi knew of the devil's curse within his bloodline, and also noticed that his true son Kazuya had been inherently evil since childhood (regardless of that, Heihachi had hated his child ever since his wife died while giving birth to him). Lee grew up as the favored child of the family, but never earned the respect of his brother. In the original Tekken tournament, Kazuya plotted to take the Zaibatsu from his father in a full-scale coup d'etat. Heihachi reigned as the boss of the tournament, and second-in-command Lee was arranged to defeat Kazuya, defend his honor, and prove himself to his father. Lee lost to Kazuya, and also was shunned by Heihachi. The end of the tournament marked Kazuya's victory and the apparent death of Heihachi. Lee Chaolan was further humiliated by being offered a menial secretary position by his brother. In the next tournament, Heihachi had returned, and plotted to retake the Zaibatsu. Kazuya assigns his team of guards (Lee, Anna, Baek, A. King, P. Jack, Bruce, Wang, Ganryu, and Kunimitsu) to fight in high tiers of the tourney. Ironically, Lee is assigned to fight his adoptive father, Heihachi. But there is a conspiracy within Kazuya's henchmen: Wang, a friend of Heihachi's deceased father, wants to see the Zaibatsu restored to its original honor. He plans with Lee to find the 'one' who has the power to end the curse, and to rig the tournament so that she reaches Kazuya before Heihachi (who they can assume will be the final victor). Wang is set to fight the 'one,' Jun Kazama, and makes sure that she continues on into the finals. Lee willingly fights the father who disowned him, with the purpose to delay him from reaching Kazuya before Jun Kazama does. His side agenda, however, is to not only help break the curse, but also to gain control of the corporation from his dysfunctional and demonic family. Lee Chaolan succeeds in delaying Heihachi for long enough to let Jun proceed to Kazuya, but eventually is defeated. Heihachi beats Kazuya and disposes him into a volcano via helicopter, and regains the Zaibatsu. After this, Lee Chaolan's story gets strange. In the third Tekken tournament, more than 15 years later, Lee is not a participant. However, some of his techniques are used by Ogre, the God of Fight, inferring that Lee was maybe one of his many victims. But, Ogre has moves from Anna Williams, who is very much alive in the storyline! If that scenario were NOT true, SOMETHING must have happened to Lee, because he is still an important part of the Tekken storyline. Perhaps he died at the hands of his father... Nevertheless, Lee Chaolan returns in the latest installment, Tekken Tag Tournament. No official storyline has been produced as of yet, but one theory suggests the taken souls of Ogre have returned to life. Others believe that the final character Unknown has the power to resurrect fighters, explaining several of the returning combatants. Or, TTT may only be a 'Dream Match,' in which Lee is still dead in the actual storyline, but playable in the game. (as Vice and Mature are in SNK's King of Fighters '98) Whatever the case, Lee gets a part in the Japanese arcade intro where he's driving the fantastic Honda S2000 convertible! (But...American players get to see Paul in his nameless motorcycle) A special note: Lee, for some reason, seems to be the master of glitch type moves. He has several moves that must be timed on the correct FRAME, and are usually pretty tricky and underhanded techniques. One of them, his unblockable that requires Kazuya on his team, shows Lee using electrical energy... Could Lee somehow be able to take advantage of his adopted family's heirloom power? - the Chaolan experience Lee Chaolan is a playable character in Tekken (psx), Tekken 2, and Tekken Tag Tournament (arcade). Here's the breakdown of his appearances and general essence through the series. TEKKEN: status * Sub-Boss of Kazuya Mishima, second in command of Tekken Zaibatsu type * Has all the moves of Marshall Law (except for a different LP+LK throw), a move from Paul Phoenix, two moves from Kazuya Mishima, plus a few of his own stance * Lee stands facing the opponent, with his fists in front of him, moving up and down outfit * RP, LP is indigo sleeveless mock turtleneck, black pants, brown boots, black fighting gloves / RK, LK is traditional tuxedo, with red carnation, black shoes, easily seen white socks, and black fighting gloves voice * borrowed voice from Kazuya, except has an odd laugh (?) victory * 1 is handstand back flip, jump, and laugh hit explosion * yellow fire from Marshall Law ending * no ending TEKKEN 2: status * Sub-Boss of Heihachi Mishima, secretary and personal servant of Kazuya, leader of Kazuya's elite guards type * same as Tekken, plus two new moves. Does not receive Marshall Law's new moves or variations stance * same as Tekken outfit * RP, LP is same as Tekken / RK, LK is open black vest with white unicorn emblem on back, silver necklace or dog tags (?), light blue jeans/pants, black boots, smaller black fighting gloves voice * original voice for Lee Chaolan. Does not retain the 'laugh' victory * 1 is handspring back flip into a taunting martial arts attack with sound / 2 is a beckoning martial arts stance with no sound/ 3 is same as Tekken, but with no sound hit explosion * original hit explosion for Lee Chaolan. Silver electric sparks, similar to Nina Williams' ending * Lee takes over the Zaibatsu and places his father and brother in jail. Several TV screens showcasing his victory tower over the city skyline, and Lee takes the throne seat of the Zaibatsu TEKKEN 3: n/a TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT: status * Time release secret character, driver of Honda S2000 type * same as Tekken 2, plus several new moves and a separate stance stance * stands sideways to opponent, the further hand near his face and the other by his side / can also change into Hitman Stance, standing sideways to the opponent, all of his weight on the back leg, beckoning with his front hand and holding his other hand held near his face outfit * retains all past costumes, with graphical improvements! voice * same as Tekken 2, but the 'laugh' has returned victory * same as Tekken 2, except the 'laugh' has returned in his original victory pose, and all have graphical improvements hit explosion * same as Tekken 2 ending * not yet available *NEW* character select * Lee twists his wrist while holding his glove, then looks at the opposition *NEW* universal team animation * Lee pulls on one of his black gloves *NEW* pre-match animation * Lee pulls on the other glove, looking at the opponent - why Lee? As stated above, Lee Chaolan was initially based on Marshall Law, so speed is a key strength of his. In the first Tekken, he had an edge with his original moves, which were fast, damaging, and hard to block. In Tekken 2 he became almost sub par; he received almost no new attacks. Veteran Lee players could still take advantage of his confusing original moves, but his Law-based techniques were greatly overshadowed by those of newly- improved Marshall Law. From this point on, LAW and LEE really have few similarities, because of how much Law's style changed. When played offensively and carefully, Lee could be very dangerous with counter-hits and mix-ups. Lee's main weakness was a lack of defensive moves, which left him at a disadvantage when trying to guard against opponents attacks. In Tekken Tag Tournament, Lee has been completely revamped, but remains a better offensive character. He has been given attacks that can easily break opponents moves, and his former leaning towards counter hits has become his trump card and integral fighting strategy. If you are going to use Lee Chaolan, you must have a knowledge of all his techniques. Lee literally has "a move for every occasion," and utilizing a varying strategy will help you best take advantage of Lee. Then again, the strength of a character is determined by the strength of the player. If you're a veteran Tekken player, or better yet, a veteran Lee player, you may have no problem playing him defensively. But if you are someone who recently started playing, or who only knows how to use Paul, you probably will have some difficulty. Lee Chaolan's biggest lack (lack, but not a weakness) is far- reaching, dashing middle hits. Other character's examples of that are Nina's/Anna's [f F 1+2] "Blonde Bomb," Paul's [d df f 2] "Deathfist," Jin's [f F 2] "Demon Paw," and King's [f f 4] "Konvict Kick," among others. Lee doesn't have any moves quite like this, which makes playing back dash games a little more difficult. But there are ways to compensate... Lee's biggest advantage is that he is not well-known; many TTT players have only played Tekken 3 or do not remember Lee Chaolan from Tekken 2. This not only detracts many intermediate players from picking him, but means that many of your opponents will NOT realize what they are up against. Lee and his moves are generally unknown to most fighters. Good for you. Bad for them. ================================================================================ ROUND 2 * Arsenal - conventions This FAQ uses the most popular form of convention, from a 1P point of view: Direction- u (up) ub (upback) uf (upforward) b (back) n (neutral) f (forward) db (downback) df (downforward) d (down) Button- 1 (LP) 2 (RP) T (tag) 3 (LK) 4 (RK) Other- ... (can be delayed) + (press these together, a direction with "+" means "hold") > (this move can link to another) = (optional link from the above move) ~ (press these in rapid succession) () (special note) : (input command after mentioned position) / (separates between different ways of starting a move) capitalization (HOLD the particular direction/button) If you don't get that, perhaps you should find a FAQ on "How to read conventions." - movelist *Throw 1+3 2+4 2+T (one back, and two side throws) f f+3+4> =T (tag out) AUTOTHROW Hitman Stance: 3 (normal hit only) AUTOTHROW b+3~3 on opponent guard: 4 *Technique 1 (up to five times)> =after one to four punches: 2 2 =after one to four punches: 2 F+2 2 B+1...1> =2 =3+4 (Hitman Stance) 2 2 2 F+2 2 3 (up to three times)> =after one to two kicks: F+3 =after one to two kicks: B+3 d+3> =3 (up to three times)> ==after one to two kicks: F+3 ==after one to two kicks: B+3 db+3 (possible leg stun hit) df+3 b+3> =3 =~3> ==on opponent guard only: 4 (see "Throw") uf+3 f f+3 (possible small bounce stun) f f n 3 4...> =4 =f/df 4 =d+4 while crouched: df d df 3 while rising from crouch: 3 3> =D+3 3 3 3 (to infinity)> ==during infinite string: U+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) ==during infinite string: D+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) =DF+3 3 3 3 (to infinity)> ==during infinite string: U+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) ==during infinite string: D+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) 4...4 4 4 3 4 4 u+3 f+4 b+4> (possible bounce stun) =T (tag out anytime) =3 (Hitman Stance) b b+4> =3 (Hitman Stance) d db+4 (HIGH launcher) =T (tag out on hit) while crouched: df+4> =2~2~1 (with Kazuya as partner only, see "Unblockable") d+[4...4...4] 4> =3 (Hitman Stance) d+4 n 4> =3 4 =u+3 =...4 4 =on hit: 4~3 (see "Unblockable") while crouched: ub/u/uf+4> =T (tag out on hit) while crouched: UB/U/UF+4 f+3+4 f f n 3+4 while crouched: ub/u/uf+3+4 *Sidestep sidestep: 2 left sidestep only: 4 right sidestep only: 3 *Evasive f n while crouched: ub/u/uf b b n 3+4 *Stance 3+4> (Hitman Stance) =1 (returns to Hitman Stance) =2 (far floating launcher) ==T (tag out on hit) =3 (see "Throw") =1~3 (see "Throw") =4 (possible small trip stun) =u/d (sidestep) *Unblockable db+1+2> =u u (cancels move) d+3+4 d+4 n on hit: 4~3+4 (hit-to-unblockable move) while crouched: df+4 2~2~1 (special hit-to-unblockable move, with Kazuya as partner only) *10 hit df+1 2 2 1 3 3 3 4 3 4 - move category This section is a quick reference guide to the techniques Lee possesses - for those who don't want to read through the move descriptions. The moves are grouped together according to similar hit properties. Parenthesis () mean that the enclosed move itself does not fit the category, but must be done in order to make the attack that does fit. Ellipsis ... signify that other moves, that do not necessarily fit the group, can follow the initial attack. Low hits [single or multi-hit moves that effectively hit low]: db+3 d+3... while crouched: df d df 3 D+4 4 4... while crouched: df+4 f f n 3+4 Hitman Stance: 4 Mid Hits [single or multi-hit moves that effectively hit mid]: while rising from crouch 1 or 2 or 4 df+1 or 2 or 3 or 4 (B+1) 1... (2) F+2... while rising from crouch: 3 3... b+3... f f+3 f f n 3 4... (D+4 4 4) 4... uf+4 d db+4 while crouched: tap jump+4 or hold jump+4 or jump+3+4 Hitman Stance: 2 GREAT fast out/fast recovery hits [attacks that are great for poking or interrupting, and leave Lee safe if blocked or missed]: while rising from crouch 1 or 2 or 4 1... d+1 B+1... df+1 d+2 2 f+2... d+3... while standing 3 3... 4 (4 4) d+4... f+4 sidestep: 2 Hitman Stance: 1 or 2 or 3 GREAT slower out/fast recovery hits [attacks that have a deceptive slow start, but then burst out an attack that recovers well from a block (but maybe not a miss...)]: f f+3 db+3 b+3... df+3 uf+3 b+4... b b+4... d db+4 while crouched: df+4 while crouched: jump+3+4 f+3+4 sidestep left: 4 sidestep right: 3 UNBLOCKABLE d+3+4 UNBLOCKABLE db+1+2 (u u to cancel) fast out/slower recovery hits [very fast strange attacks which are hard to defend against if used creatively...but if they ARE blocked, Lee will be left open]: 3... while crouched: df d df 3 (lagtime if blocked) f f n 3 4... (if you don't follow-up the 4 with another kick, you will lag) while crouched: tap jump+4 or hold jump+4 f f n 3+4 (lagtime if blocked) Hitman Stance: 4 (if blocked, Lee will trip) range attacks [the scarce few moves that propel Lee forward and hit far opponents...some are slow starters, others are not. Use the "Lee Step" (f n) to add range to ANY standing move]: B+1... F+1... f f n 3 4... b+3 uf+3 while crouched: df d df+3 d db+4 while crouched: df+4 f+3+4 defense moves [attacks or evasive maneuvers that will leave Lee an opportunity to block or run away...most mid hitting attacks and throws accomplish this goal as well]: d+1 df+3 (block or hit pushes opponent back) d+3...(into some mid attack...for example: d+3 3 b+3) while rising from a crouch: 3 3... (into one more kick, mid or low) uf+3 (pushes blocking opponent back) f f+3 (leaves blocking opponent staggered) f+4 d+[4 4 4] 4 3 (does the Razor's Edge kick and retreats into Hitman Stance) b+4... (on counter hit will bounce launch...can retreat into Hitman Stance...can tag out at anytime) b b+4 (retreats with attack) d db+4 (blocked hit will push opponent WAY back...tag out on hit) while crouched: jump+3+4 (leaves you lying on ground) EVASIVE b b n 3+4 launcher hits [attacks that launch the opponent into the air for possible juggle combos]: df+2 f f+3 f f n 3 db+3 (on counter hit leaves opponent staggered) b+4 d db+4 uf+4 while crouched: tap jump+4 Hitman Stance: 2 Hitman Stance: 4 (extra hit on swept opponent) tag moves [attacks or moves that allow you to change characters]: f f+3+4 (T) b+4 (T) d db+4 (on hit T) while crouched: tap jump+4 (on hit T) Hitman Stance: 2 (on hit T) stance moves [attacks from which you can move into Hitman Stance]: B+1 1 (3+4) b+4 (3) b b+4 (3) D+[4 4 4] 4 (3) Hitman Stance: 1 Mist moves [attacks that are well suited for input during a Mist Step] Any throw d+1 f+1... f+2... df+2 b+3... d+3... df+3 uf+3 while rising from a crouch (hold down briefly during step) 3 3... 4... f+4 d+4... b+4... uf+4 f+3+4 3+4... - movelist ß For those unfamiliar with Lee's arsenal, this movelist not only states every move Lee has (using the Japanese names), but describes its nature and uses. Unlike some faqs, the moves are NOT rated on some sort of "one to five" scale. Objective commentary explains each move, and the reader can decide for him/herself whether or not the move is useful. It would be unfair to condemn a good move just because I can't use it correctly, stopping others from taking advantage of it. If you are looking for something more like a "move rating," view the section: "move category": it groups together moves that have similar purposes or uses. *Throw 1+3 **Neck Fracture** Lee's trademark neck drop is the most useful normal throw because you can usually score an extra hit after it. Lee ends up on the ground next to the opponent after it's done, and a lying low kick will usually connect because of Lee's quicker recovery time. Or you can roll away, or tag out...whatever the case, this move is useful. 2+4 **Chastisement Punch** This is Marshall Law's Tekken 1 noogie throw (yawn). It's as useful as any other throw, but it's so BORING! Sure, you get that nice little "mocking your opponent" bonus, but EVERYONE has seen this. A good part of this throw is that it leaves you standing with enough time for a tag out. But most throws do that anyway, so it's nothing special. 2+T **Tag Throw** Lee's tag throw. It is the same as anyone's. As with all throws, do not over use. left side throw **Lee Harassment** Just another throw, but the embarrassment value makes it insanely fun to use. Lee laughs as he keeps the opponent grounded with an arm lock, and then steps on their head! right Side throw **Lee Stunner** Another example of Lee's stylistic and taunting moves. In this throw, Lee flips around the opponent for a reverse DDT. Not as humiliating as the Harassment, but this one is just great to watch. back throw **Face Crusher** Unfortunately, Lee's back throw is nowhere near as satisfying as his side throws. From a reversed headlock position, Lee drops to the ground. Zzzzzz... f f+3+4> =T (tag out) **Knee Drive** As far as actual usefulness goes, this move is great. It moves forward and is an easy-to-do throw that can tag out - possibly for more damage if you are fast enough (and your opponent doesn't tech roll). When inputting the commands, be sure to hold forward or you might accidentally do the F F n LK+RK slide move. AUTOTHROW Hitman Stance: 3 (normal hit only) **Scan Kick Throw** A high hitting, fast spin kick that cancels into ANOTHER humiliating throw- type move. Although the actual damage isn't spectacular, the psychological damage on your human opponent is worth it! BE CAREFUL when using this move. It can be ducked, leaving you very obviously open - and on counter-hit, the throw will not connect (read more about this move later on). AUTOTHROW b+3~3 on opponent guard only: 4 **Mist Trap** Due to the...weirdness of this move, it can weaken your game if you obsess about because of failure to make it work. The input is a back+LK middle kick IMMEDIATELY canceled into a high left kick that is blocked. Lee will force the blocking opponent to catch his leg, and then spins in the air with a countering right kick. YOU MUST INPUT THE RK COMMAND ON THE EXACT FRAME THAT SHOWS THE OPPONENT BLOCK. Most people time it too fast, so actually wait until you see the block connect before you press RK. Another thing to help pull this move off is to NOT hold the joystick back the entire time - let go of it after the first LK. So a breakdown of the entire move is: tap back+LK, immediately press LK, and on the block animation press RK. The timing must be perfect. Try it maybe...ONCE per day of playing Tekken Tag Tournament, and be very happy if you pull it off. It is yet ANOTHER very embarrassing attack on your opponent - Lee seems to have a lot of these. If you have an arcade with a very weak computer AI - and no one will versus you because of your superior Lee skills after reading this FAQ - you can play against the computer doing nothing but trying to get this move to connect. It's a very good way to get the rhythm down for the move - so well that you don't even have to think about it if you try it on a human opponent. But don't obsess! This move isn't meant to be something that works 100% of the time... *Technique 1 (up to five times)> =after one to four punches: 2 2 =after one to four punches: 2 F+2 2 **Left Jab Rush to Lee Knuckle Combo Strings** Any good Law player can take advantage of this quick (and surprisingly useful) technique. Holding forward and tapping LP will start your quick string of jabs, which are great for poking or floating the opponent on juggles. Few people will duck this particular high move, and there will be many times you can land a counter hit and get most of the punches to connect. Linking this into the RP forward+RP RP works extremely well (better than the two-high-punching RP RP), and if the opponent ends up blocking, stop BEFORE THE THIRD RP to leave yourself in a safer position. If connected, however, the last punch of any of the above strings will knock them far back. B+1 1> =2 =3+4 (Hitman Stance) **Triple Fang (quick)** This stylish move is extremely useful for Lee's great poking games, and also can be used to trick the opponent to eat a Hitman Stance move. The first punch is an extremely fast and well-ranged high backhand jab, the second is a middle poke, and the third is an backhand uppercut to the face (high again). Against expert blockers, doing this combo in its entirety can be risky. If it is blocked or not on a counter-hit, the last punch can be avoided by ducking. If they don't duck, but BLOCK the last hit, you are open for retaliation there as well. And even if it DOES hit, the last uppercut does not float the opponent (But there is a way around both of those faults! READ THE ADVANCED TRIPLE FANG ATTACK SECTION!). Luckily, Lee is able to cancel into Hitman after the second hit, opening up several possibilities. Here's an example of its use in a battle: As the opponent tags in, Lee gets a counter-hit b+1 1 2, and all three hits connect. As the opponent defends, Lee does the b+1 1, and retreats on the second blocked move. Then Lee approaches the defending opponent with b+1 1 3+4, then 2, and finally f+3+4. As the defender tries to counter Lee after the last two punches, he is launched up into the air for Lee's trademark two-hit juggle. There are so many other ways to use this; its ability to effectively move forward makes it great at interrupting or floating juggled opponents. Feel free to use this OFTEN but keep in mind which punch you're pressing in case you want to buffer a chicken (see "chicken" section). B+1...1 2 **Advanced Triple Fang** Lee does the first hit of the triple fang, waits a moment, then performs the last two hits with a shout. This is a frame variation of the "Triple Fang" combo. Similar to Jin Kazama's "Electric Wind God Fist," this move has subtle improvements over the normal version of the attack. A major fault of the normal "Triple Fang" was that, if blocked OR hit, the last punch of the combo wouldn't push the opponent very far away. However, if THIS move is performed correctly, a blocked hit will break the opponent's guard and send them back (like a blocked F+RK+LK), and a hit will knock them off their feet. In the previous "Triple Fang" commands, you press the second LP RIGHT AFTER the first LP for two very fast opening jabs - followed by the last RP backhand. IN THIS VERSION, you must delay the second LP for a little while after the first, and then press RP quickly after. <<I try to think of it like this: In the weaker version of the "Triple Fang," the time between the first two punches is shorter than the time between the last two. IN THE STRONGER, ADVANCED VERSION, I try to make sure that the time between the LAST two punches is shorter than the time between the first two. Get it?>> If you do use the Triple Fang often in your strategy, try using this version to ensure your safety. But if you plan to go into Hitman Stance after the second hit, then the normal version will work just as well. Be careful not to obsess over this move; if you mess up, prepare for something bad to happen. 2 2 2 F+2 2 **Lee Knuckle Combo** These two moves are used most effectively when combined with the Left Jab Rush, but the 2 2 variation alone or combined is weaker. Use the 2 f+2 2, and remember to stop at the second hit if blocked to avoid retaliation. If you connect a counter hit, however, use all of the punches...the last hit will always send the opponent far back. 3 (up to three times)> =after one to two kicks: F+3 =after one to two kicks: B+3 d+3> **Triple High Kick to Feint Middle Kick or Feint Hammer Kick** =3 (up to three times)> ==after one to two kicks: F+3 ==after one to two kicks: B+3 **Silver Low to Triple High Kick to Feint Middle Kick or Feint Hammer Kick** After a low side kick or not, Lee kicks up to three times and can link into a stepping middle kick or a falling axe kick. The addition of the Feint Hammer Kick makes this familiar string of kicks a lot less boring. Most people familiar with Marshall/Forest Law will try to duck under the high parts of this move, but holding back the joystick will have Lee do a short axe kick that will whack them in the head - if not push them back out of range. The Feint Hammer makes this combo string, which can be initiated by a quick low kick, very similar to his infinite kick string. Although that in itself isn't terribly important, it links Lee's techniques together nicely, giving him a very distinct style he was lacking in the previous games. Ok, maybe it just me...but it's GOOD, OK!? Anyway, if the opponent tries to counter you once they have ducked underneath one of your high kicks, cancel it into the hammer. If they are quick, it can be broken...but the opponent won't realize that unless you use it too much. Also, if they DON'T crouch, the f+3 middle kick will push them away as well. On a counter-hit, you will score all three embarrassing kicks. If you are fearing reversals, keep in mind that all of the kicks from this string are left. db+3 **Bump Kick** This is probably the greatest addition to Lee's arsenal. Lee takes a small step forward with his right foot and then turns sideways as he takes a slicing kick at their legs with his left. It is a fairly fast and confusing low leg kick that will often cause the opponent to turn sideways right in front of you. It's a bit slow at first, but the kick itself has good speed and priority. You might not get an opportunity to follow up an attack after the seeming stun, due to the distance it throws them back. But it is always nice to have an opportunity to take control of the situation. If you feel that the opponent is guarding too many of your attacks or that maybe you are running out of ideas, whip this out when you get a chance. Its range is deceptive, as it can hit sidestepping opponents as well. If you turn the opponent around, you can either try for another hit, or take the opportunity to run away. Using this too much will of course lead to low blocking, and in that case you should just switch to some middle hitting moves (see "move category"). But if you mix up your techniques, I guarantee no one will see this coming. Do this from the Mist Step if you're feeling lucky, and keep in mind its use on grounded opponents. df+3 **Stepping Middle Kick** The name pretty much describes this. A great middle attack that's a little slow to start, but is very "safe" as far as retaliation from blocking goes. If you are ever feeling like you need a good push-back move, or you want to hit a low-blocking turtle, try this. BE CAREFUL not to miss, and don't use it up too close. Rolling opponents are also susceptible to this move. b+3> =3 =~3> ==on opponent guard only: 4 (see "Throw") **Mist Wolf Kick to Mist Wolf Combination or Mist Trap** Lee leans back as he makes a long mid kick to the opponent. Add another LK, and Lee will add a quick high kick. Or, if you press LK very QUICKLY after the first kick, Lee will cancel the first kick entirely and do the high one. Why would you want to do that? Well, if the opponent happens to guard that high kick, Lee can force an inescapable Autothrow. The guarding opponent will be "possessed" to catch Lee's foot as Lee spins and kicks them down. The throw is a hard-to-do and amusing move (see where it is mentioned above as a "Throw"), but the first kick by itself is worth a lot more in a battle. Whereas you may or may not be able to pull off the Trap throw, due to nature of the move, you will ALWAYS be able to use a long-range, quick middle kick. This one is even better than the "Stepping Middle Kick," and works especially well as a defending move when your opponent approaches you. Do it from a pretty far distance, even if it looks like it won't connect. The tip of Lee's toe, if far enough away, will knock your enemy out of whatever they might be doing. Time it too early/close, and you might get knocked out of it. This move is average start and average end, which means it is balanced as far as initiation time and recovery time. Using the second hit of the SLOW version of this combo is also good, but can be ducked. Still it is fun to watch as an approaching bulldog (combo user) eats the first AND second hit of this combo. The priority on the b+3 is truly great. Remember not to press the second button too fast, or the most useful part of the combo will be erased. In the case you want to trick someone into blocking the high kick to do the throw, canceling would be a good idea (because it's the ONLY way to make the throw work). Unfortunately, your opponent might not just sit there and let you whiff/cancel the mid kick. Hopefully they will be scared enough by your mid kick to keep blocking high, which gives you a chance for the throw, IF YOU CAN PULL IT OFF. The kick throw is fun, but can ruin your game if you obsess about it. uf+3 **Quick Silver Sting** This is actually a shortened, faster version of another move Lee possesses. In this attack, Lee jumps in the air and quickly does a long range side kick that slams into the opponent. This is also a high-hitting attack, which means that a ducking character will end up safe and right next to you, ready to attack while you recover. Fortunately, this attack is hard to see coming, and will push the opponent far away from you if blocked. This is another of Lee's priceless long- range moves, great for attacking tagging in fighters who like to low jab (remember, low jabbers can be hit by high attacks, or thrown!). When you whip this out, and the opponent isn't moving, most likely they will block it (reversals are another story, but that's later). When the opponent blocks, they will be pushed back into stun animation, and you will land next to them and recover quickly enough to start a mix-up game of high-mid-low. After you land next to the enemy who blocked you, make a low jab to gain the upper hand, then bust out with a rising middle attack - or maybe a sweeping low kick, depending on what kind of defensive skills your opponent has. The only major drawback to this move is that it can be ducked, and that it is a bit obvious. Meaning: if you use this too much, your enemy will quickly recognize it, and will prepare a counter strategy. f f+3 (possible small bounce stun) **Hidari Kakato Otoshi/Left Heel Drop** Any Jin/Heihachi/Kazuya player knows the effectiveness of this move. Lee raises his left leg high and then slams it down on the opponent for a crushing mid. This is one of Lee's few "power-hits," and should be taken advantage of. Do remember the move's slower opening when using it, however, a single quick move or jab will knock you out of it if you are too close. When you are mixing your strategy and techniques up, as any good Lee player should, bring out this move every now and then. If it hits normally, you'll get good damage, and if is hits COUNTER, you can follow up with more hits as the opponent falls over. This move is also surprisingly low-risk. If the opponent defends against it, they will be left in guard stun animation, giving you the priority to do what you please. Most of the time, if you are not being obvious, an adventurous opponent who would like to jab you out of your move will get creamed with the counter-hit kick. The opening of this move may be technically slow enough for a jab to stop it, but the deceptive way it attacks makes this move extremely successful. If it is blocked, you can use the guard stun for a mix up by either doing a low move (D+RK RK RK RK) or a mid move (B+LK). Remember how grounded rollers are often hit by mid moves. And as always, beware of whiffing and reversals. f f n 3 4...> =4 =f/df 4 =d+4 **Shredder Kick Combo High/Medium/Low** Copying the same-named move from Paul Phoenix, Lee does a dash ending in neutral, then flies at the opponent with a double jump kick, followed by one of three (delayable) ending kicks. Unfortunately, all of the ending kicks can be prevented by a low jab (though very few people know that!), and if you don't perform an ending kick, you will be very much open if blocked. This is a good move to do once you have gotten yourself very far away from the opponent and would like to close the gap, due to the dash and neutral you must perform to do it. But once you are extremely skilled at dashing (don't forget the neutral), you may be able to pull this move off without much opening time at all, making it much more effective. Try this move early, and see if they know how to jab out of it. If they don't, have fun taking advantage of the mix-up game. If they do, then avoid using it, unless you are positively SURE it will hit. This move reaches far, and the first kick can actually be followed by a small juggle. If you use this too close, however, you will probably be beaten out of it. Since this move also is automatically performed when Lee is running, it can be used as a tag-in. Buffer the move as your Lee approaches the screen, and he will tag in, jumping at your opponent with the double-kick combo. Don't alienate this move from your strategy. It's great against people who are getting up, is an effective option for a tag-in attack, and has great range and POWER (one of Lee's few power hits!). Consider it for juggling options! If you are able to pull this off quickly, and without much dash, have fun making crushing juggles. while crouched: df d df 3 **Sliding** A very tricky little move that no one will see coming. From a crouched position, Lee does a little scoot dash and then executes a fast, long-range, low slide that leaves Lee on his back - after which you can follow up with another lying low sweep. This move may take a while to perfect, but with joysticks, it is very easy. The only drawback to this move is the fact that people may see you scooting around before the kick, and block low. This is problematic because after being blocked, Lee will be laying there right in front of the enemy. What you should try to do is make the opponent very fearful of your "while rising from a crouch" middle hitting moves: such as the "Infinity Kicks." That way, if the opponent sees you crouching, they will almost always block high, and get hit by the slide. Another thing to do is to execute this move as fast as you can, giving no hint that you are preparing a slide. To over-defensive types you can perform the slide DASH, but not the kick (while crouched: df d df), and then hold down to keep crouched. As your opponent tries to retaliate, you can rise up with a "while rising..." move of your choice. And if you're looking for something to add an extra hit to grounded opponents, this move will get them almost every time. while rising from crouch: 3 3> =D+3 3 3 3 (to infinity)> ==during infinite string: U+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) ==during infinite string: D+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) =DF+3 3 3 3 (to infinity)> ==during infinite string: U+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) ==during infinite string: D+3 3 3 3 (to infinity) **Infinity Kick Combo** THE trademark Lee Chaolan technique. While standing up from a crouched position, Lee kicks straight up in the air with blinding speed, and then slams his stiff leg back down for a hammer heel. From there, he links left side kicks that can be continued indefinitely. Holding up on the joystick during this infinite string will make a feint hammer heel and a high kick, and holding low will make a low kick. I try not to be too biased in my description of moves, but THIS IS THE BEST MOVE THAT LEE HAS. Since Tekken 1, I have centered my entire Lee strategy around this single move. This move has the benefit that it CANNOT be interrupted after the first hit (for the first three to four hits - once the opponent is too far away from you, they can interrupt). After the first two hits of the Mishima-style "Tsunami Kick," Lee can do either a low kick (d+LK) or a medium kick (df+LK). This is an UNBREAKABLE mix up game, ensuring that no one can defend against it 100%. Many people do not take advantage of this move, because they only want to use the "infinite" part of it, which can be easily broken. Usually, after the third total hit of this move, the opponent will be pushed too far to continue the inescapable combo. STOPPING the kicks after the third hit solves that minor problem! The only drawback of this move is that it has been toned down from Tekken 2 (but in that game, it was basically the only useful move Lee possessed). It's not as damaging as it was in Tekken 1 or 2, and also - in the previous games - Lee could usually connect a total of FOUR unbreakable kicks until the opponent was pushed back out of range. Now, only on a counter hit are you able to connect 4 hits...if you're lucky or playing against a large character. The damage, although smaller on normal hit, is still EXTREMELY GOOD on counter. Watch as the opponent's life bar is halved by three hits. Now can you see why it is a good idea to take advantage of this move!? It is fast, it is unbreakable, it has great priority, it has great RECOVERY time on a hit or block (if you remember to stop on the third kick), it contains an inescapable mix-up, it has good range, it can be continued for however many more kicks if you accidentally whiff the move, and it is an easy way to kill people who don't know what they are doing. One of the ONLY ways to defend against this ultimate technique is to sidestep, and even then, Lee will probably knock them once with his foot. It doesn't "follow" the side stepping opponent like some other characters' moves, but it generally has enough range to hit a close sidestepper! Remember to stop the kick string after that hit to leave yourself safe and in correct position! The other way an opponent can defend against this technique, besides normal blocking, is to do a reversal. But the only person that is 100% effective for is King with his inescapable Leg Reversal. 'Why is that?' you ask? ...Well, keep in mind that all of the kicks in this combo are LEFT. ALL OF THEM! If they reverse, there should be no question as to which buttons to press. If you are fighting a skilled opponent, keep your reversal chicken in mind as you employ this technique. Or better yet, FORCE them to counter it by just doing an infinite string of middle kicks. A super-advanced player could use a low parry to counter the low follow-up after the tsunami kick - if that's the case, do the middle follow-up instead (and be VERY, VERY AFRAID). Otherwise, this is a great attack! If you want, you can do the infinite kicks for a long time, but once your opponent remembers to sidestep or retaliate, you should go back to doing just the first three kicks. 4...4 4 **Machine Gun Kick** Another low-risk, lighting-quick, and useful technique. Lee does his normal RK, followed by two other snap kicks. Lee never changes his position with during these kicks, so it's extremely hard to see coming. The damage for this is very nice, but the main reasons why it is effective are its high priority and range. Also, after the first kick, you can wait a small while before you input the last two, perhaps luring your opponent in to be kicked in the face! Normally, people aren't fast enough to duck a RK, which is the only way Lee could be left open after this move. But if that happens, just do the delay. Most likely, your opponent will try to counter attack you during the opening after your first RK, and instead get knocked into the air with a counter-hit RK! Feel free to mix this one up in your strategy several times; it will also get rid of advancing combo-people or those who block very close to you. Again, reversals could be a problem (watch out for KING!), so keep in mind that it is all right-sided kicks. This is a move that can be linked off of D+RK, making it all the more deadly. 4 3 4 **Spin Kick Combo** Borrowed from the Law family, this quick spin combo seems to not be as advantageous as other moves in Lee's collection. Lee does his quick RK, spins around with a LK, and finishes with another RK. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat slower string of only high kicks. Most people familiar with Tekken will most likely duck under these kicks if they see them coming. What's worse, the opponent will have an opportunity to retaliate OR duck (and retaliate later) after the second kick in the combo - WHETHER IT HITS OR IS BLOCKED. Of course, on counter-hit you will score all three, but even still you will be left a little close to the opponent. The damage of these kicks is pretty nice, and it also can be linked from D+RK. But use it sparingly - Lee has many other moves which are a lot more effective. 4 u+3 **Lee Somersault** After his very quick RK, Lee does a fast crouch and then jumps toward the opponent with a short flip kick. The lag time before the flip is a bit slow; jabby players may hit you out of it. But the fun things about this move occur if you miss the first part. If a player thinks he/she is smart and ducks your RK, they will get hit by your mid flip kick! Also, on a counter-hit RK (which is easy to get) the opponent cannot avoid getting hit by the heavy-damaging flip. On normal hit, however, you are left open between the kicks for a few seconds, so be cautious when using this. Overall, this move is very good. The flip kick part is "safe" for Lee even if the opponent blocks, unlike the stand-alone crouching version of the flip. In exchange for that, however, the flip does not launch. Feel free to mix this up in your game play...ESPECIALLY since it also can be linked off of D+RK. f+4 **Silver Whip** Lee kicks the opponent's face so fast that you almost can't tell if he kicked or not. The opponent's head flies back as they grab their face in pain. Another example of Lee's humiliating style. After the kick, it LOOKS like Lee has a slow recovery, but it is only to make it more "fair" so Lee CAN'T follow up a connected kick with another move. On a blocked kick, Lee recovers just as fast as the blocker, so it's nothing the opponent can really use to their advantage. The move is extremely effective because of its BLINDING speed: no other move is this quick. This is the perfect tool for breaking combo strings, eliminating throws, freaking out high blockers, and stopping mashers. The only downfall of this move is it that it is high, leaving it unable to hit crouching people. You can mix this up in your strategy whenever you want, or use it as a defensive move to cross the line from retreating to offensive. The first time you use it, especially if you are fighting a combo-happy Nina or someone similar, follow it up with about three of the same move. If they are unfamiliar with Lee (as many people are), they will run into your follow-up kicks as they try to flail their arms to hit you during your seeming "lag time." If they try to wait you out and block high, do a D+RK or similar low move to frustrate them. The only bad thing that can result from this move, as always, is if you use it too much. Then the opponent will duck a lot more, and in that case, Lee is VERY open. Then again, if you use it a lot your opponent will crouch more often, allowing you to connect hits from the INFINITY KICKS, Lee's strongest move! Be careful not to be predictable, or you might earn yourself a reversal... b+4> (possible bounce stun) =T (tag out) =3 (Hitman Stance) **Silver Heel** Lee spins around in place while raising his leg, then slams it down vertically as he again faces the opponent. This move's somewhat slow start scares many people from using this move, but it should actually be taken advantage of more often! It is a good mid hit, and has several follow-ups to choose from. After the kick, Lee is able to tag out ON HIT, NO HIT, OR BLOCK. A major problem in TTT is being open when you tag in or out. With this tagging ability off the Silver Heel, Lee can hit the opponent, who will block or not, and then run off before they have a chance to react! - a much safer way than tagging while standing there. Even if you do not hit, you can avoid retaliation by running away (meaning: you whiff the attack, they come to hit you, and you're gone with a new character standing in front of them!). Whenever you are in need of a tag, and you don't want to wait to be knocked on the ground for an instant tag, do this. ANOTHER (yes another) option you have is to go into Hitman Stance, perfect if you miss or are blocked. This move is also one of Lee's few defensive attacks. Once far enough away, you can do this move, and Lee will spin in place while the opponent approaches you, whacking them in their heads (and from there, whatever follow-up you choose). Although a bit risky, you can do this move as part of an aggressive attack string, and hopefully you will get a COUNTER-HIT on a ducking or retaliating opponent. If that works, you get the goofy-looking bounce stun. ALSO: this move covers Lee's entire front AND hits side-steppers (who become very pissed at that point). Rolling opponents will also often fall for this kick. Be careful and keep in mind that you are a little open before the kick connects! b b+4> =3 (Hitman Stance) **Lee Cutter** A very nice defensive attack. Lee does a back step, does a slightly retreating turn, and then performs a backwards high roundhouse kick that covers a large arc. Although not exactly useful up close, this is a move you can do after a full back-dash to hurt approaching rivals. Once Lee begins the kick, they might try to pursue you (because you have back dashed) and then get smacked by the spin kick. This kick can hit all sidesteppers, and the LONG lag at the beginning results in a quick recovery. On a block or even if you whiff the kick over a crouching character (unlikely to happen if you don't use it up close), you'll be relatively safe. Use this whenever you can't seem to get away from your opponent. After a sidestep, this move is also very effective. YOU CAN REALLY *NOT* USE THIS MOVE TOO MUCH! Just don't be predictable, and use it whenever you want to get away. If something goes horribly wrong: such as a whiffed hit, you can always shift into Hitman Stance with a simple press of LK. d db+4 (HIGH launcher) =T **Blazing Kick** In this crowd-pleasing technique, Lee does a low step as he flings his right leg into the air, launching the opponent into the sky for one of the highest launchers in the game (another humiliating move, of course). This is one of Lee's few launchers, but at the same time one of the most effective in the game. Strangely though, Lee's low power stops him from being able to it up with massive juggles. That's why it is very fortunate that Lee can tag out of this move on hit, and let another character do his dirty-work! After the move, another character can come in, slam on the slowly falling opponent with a power move, or juggle them with a mad combo string! Although it has a slower intro than most moves, the speed with which this kick flies out may surprise opponents who think they can beat you out of it. Scenarios resulting after this move are: hitting the opponent and launching, hitting a blocked opponent and scooting them safely away, whiffing the kick and leaving yourself INCREDIBLY open, or being reversed. As you can see, the pros of this move greatly outweigh the cons. To prevent against whiffing, do this move at a nice medium range: where a jab will not hit you, but a well-ranged attack will still hit. Many people afraid of juggles will block against this a lot, but that is ok. Pay attention to when your opponent whiffs a move - Lee's speed may allow you to connect it as retaliation! In "wake up games," (hitting grounded opponents) this move is useful against those who roll away. Enjoy this attack and don't use it TOO close! Oh, and although it seems a bit difficult to do using a joystick, just remember to rotate it quickly while making sure you cover a large angle from down to downback. while crouched: df+4> =2~2~1 (with Kazuya as partner only, see "Unblockable") **Silver Tail** In a sort of mix between Law's Dragon Tail and Nina's Wipe the Floor, Lee crouches and then moves forward with a huge, inner, one-leg sweep. The move has a fast opening, fast recovery, and good range. There's not much that weakens this move at all, besides the usual "this move leaves you semi-open when blocked" (which is true for most low moves anyway). It's not likely anyone will see this coming, unless you have used it too many times. Although it's a bit slow to use up too close, in a middle range the deceptive kick will hit the opponent before they discover what has happening. To make this move even MORE deadly, make sure that the opponent is ALWAYS expecting MID hits when you crouch (Infinity, rising RK, flip...). That way, they will always block high and get swept up. If by chance you are fighting someone who can see it coming, just be farther back when you use it so you won be hurt too bad if it's blocked. On a counter-hit, you'll have an opening similar to the DB+LK "Bump Kick," where you are usually too far away to tag on an extra hit. Grounded characters are fun to tease with this attack, and since this move is so balanced and potentially dangerous, there is no reason not to use it. Also, read about the "Kazuya Only Unblockable" that links off of this move, and you'll be even more impressed (see "Unblockable" section). D+4...4...4 4> =3 (Hitman Stance) **Razor's Edge Kick Combo** Does this move need explanation? Everyone has seen this quick string of low attacks. While in a semi-standing position, Lee does three low side kicks followed with a medium turning kick. As a follow-up to this move, Lee can now go into Hitman Stance after the last kick. Also added since Tekken 2 is the ability to delay the low kicks...very useful to lure someone out of blocking. People who get hit by this move call it "cheap," but it truly is not. "Cheap" would be an easy-to-do, simple, one hit, HUGE priority move that takes off more than 2/3 your life. On a normal hit, this move is escapable by a lower block unless the opponent is hit by the third low kick (after which he/she will eat the mid kick). On a counter-hit, you can watch as Lee connects all FOUR kicks of the Razor's Edge. A quick, short RK makes it very easy to get counter-hits if you are smart, but because of the small range, smart players could just as easily jump-attack you or guard/parry low if you miss (fortunately, this is not usually the case). Because most Tekken players would rather COMPLAIN about this move instead of actually defend against it, you could probably just sit there and tap this move until you win. But to practice against possible GOOD players, you, as the Lee user, must prepare by using this move sparingly. After a bunch of Lee's high and mid attacks, opponents may forget to be watchful for this move. Also, as characters approach you, you may score a counter-hit once they come into your personal space. In breaking opponents combos, this move is pretty effective when you are up close: few things have higher priority. Using the delay is pretty nice to coax people out of blocking...or to make sure a juggled character will be hit by the kicks. In Tekken 2, if the last kick was blocked, Lee would be in BIG trouble. Now, all you have to do is cancel into Hitman once you have been blocked, and then set up your next move. From this point there are several options...you can try to do a fast high or mid attack, like the RP uppercut, the LK spin kick, or the LP jab...OR you can set up the slower but elusive RK low sweep...OR...(my favorite one) Just sit there in Hitman and watch as you auto- block their mid hit (which is most likely what they will do...). They could throw you if you do nothing in the stance, but in that case you have a sidestep or a low-moving move like the RP or RK! Again, this move is not cheap: it only hits all four times if it was a counter-hit. If you keep being counter-hit against, doesn't that show you have a hole in your strategy? And if you don't know how to block low, then you should be killed as quickly as possible anyway (and don't give me that "this controller is messed up" speech - pressing down will low block as well). As most low moves are, this move is perfect for hitting moving grounded opponents, side-steppers, and people tagging in. d+4 n 4> =3 4 =u+3 =...4 4 =on hit: 4~3+4 (see "Unblockable") **Lee Kick Combo** To mix up your D+RK strategy, you can choose from any standing RK follow up after doing the Lee Kick Combo. Lee will do the low standing RK, followed by his normal high-hitting RK. From there you can do the LK, RK for the spin kick combo, which is pretty useful if you happen upon a counter hit (see "Spin Kick Combo"). Otherwise, the u+LK somersault, and RK RK lightning kicks are your best choices. The flip, and it's slow middle part will confuse many opponents into running into it. If the opponent low blocks the first kick, he/she might retaliate during the lag on the flip kick, or get hit by the flip kick if they remain low. The triple high kicks are strange looking, and - especially if delayed - will usually catch the opponent. If they crouch during these kicks, they will most likely not know WHAT to do, seeing as how you are quickly kicking overhead. If they try anything, they WILL be hit. If, by some reason, the opponent blocks all of the hits of either of these two moves, Lee will be left at a safe range (see "Lee Somersault" and "Machine Gun Kick"). d+4 4~3+4 **Lee Combo Silver Cyclone** Formerly, a "glitch/frame-move" in Tekken 2, this attack combo is now an easier-to do, normal attack. Lee will do the low D+RK kick, and then quickly perform the Silver Cyclone unblockable. This move is never guaranteed, but is useful for its shock-factor. When you have performed D+RK RK... many times, and the opponent is starting to learn to block low, do this move. Most likely, the opponent - proud because of a successful low block - will freeze when the unblockable begins. Unsure of whether to attack, run away, or crouch, the opponent will usually stand up or attack too late, and get hit by the massive power move. A very skilled opponent, however, will recognize the charge and crouch or attack quickly enough. But because the trauma of the D+RK RK RK RK may be so deeply-ingrained in your rival's mind, the move will almost always cause him/her to mess up. The way to perform this move in Tekken 2 was extremely difficult. After a tap of D+RK (releasing the joystick), you had to input RK~LK+RK (by rubbing your finger quickly across both buttons - or using two fingers and pressing the kicks very quickly). Unfortunately, you couldn't just input them as quickly as possible, there was a certain FRAME of animation that the RK~LK+RK had to be performed in...the exact frame of the D+RK hit. Not only did this mean that you had to input RK~LK+RK with blinding speed, it meant you had to actually WAIT for a fraction of a second before inputting it. HOWEVER, in Tekken Tag Tournament, the "new" Lee has a longer opening to perform the RK~LK+RK, making it much easier to perform. But you still have to wait a few frames after inputting the initial D+RK. The move is no longer a "glitch" in my opinion either: in Tekken 2, Lee would instantly change position from the kick to the unblockable, making it look like a programming error. In TTT, there is a clean, but just as fast, transition from the kick to the unblockable, making it look like an actual technique. while crouched: ub/u/uf+4> =T (tag out) **Somersault Kick (small jump)** Although Marshall, Forrest, AND Anna all were given an easier way to execute this move, Lee Chaolan remains as the only character left who has to do the small flip kick from crouching position. Lee, either going towards, away, or straight up, flips backwards as he flings his leg out for a juggling kick. From here, Lee can tag out for a small combo from his partner, or try to do one himself. However, this move is not as reliable as it could be because: 1) The move has to be done from a full crouch...and Lee has several other more low-risk crouching and "while standing" moves. 2) If this is blocked (and it can be guarded neutrally) Lee will be open for retaliation. 3) The juggle created from this move is small, and the move itself is relatively low-damage. Lee has several other moves that involve crouching that are safer and can hurt the opponent a lot worse. Perhaps by using the retreating (jump back) version of this kick, you can defend against people running up to you. Otherwise use this move when you are sure you will connect (like after a blocked King's "Ali Kicks"), or if you are in MUCH need of mixing up your strategy. while crouched: UB/U/UF+4 **Somersault Kick (large jump)** Other Tekken fighters who have the flip kick moves DO have to use the same input commands as Lee does for this one. From a full crouch, Lee jumps sky high with a flip kick in any direction. Although the properties are the same (mid hit, same speed) this move seems to be a bit more surprising when you pull it off during a heated match. Although it doesn't juggle like the previous flip kick, if you do the retreating version of the high flip, you can defensively cover a long distance. If the opponent blocks your incoming flip, you will USUALLY be in trouble, but sometimes you land BEHIND them! This move is nice to use when you've ducked something and want to get away. Otherwise, it is a little risky, but better than the small flip kick. while crouched: ub/u/uf+3+4 **Somersault Drop** Out of Lee's assortment of flip kicks, this is the most useful. Lee goes high in the air as if he were doing his high flip kick, but then falls on the ground after flipping over 360 degrees - kicking his foot as he lands. People who aren't used to this are the most susceptible; they will think they have missed the kick part, but will be hit by the drop when they try to counter. This hits grounded opponents as well; in fact it is the move Lee uses for his tag in attack for universal tag throws. This is a great mix-up for your strategy, and if blocked, will leave you on the ground with priority for your next move. But be careful! You might set yourself up for some wake up games in the process. This is a funny move that works well in any direction, but if you use it up close, you may also land behind the opponent, further adding to their frustration. Prepare your ankle kicks (D+RK) when you land! f+3+4 **Silver Sting** The slower but more powerful version of the uf+LK technique. Lee does a quick back turn then flies forward at the opponent with a high left kick. This move, although it actually is not as "quick" as the move listed earlier, seems to be less obvious to the other player. While you turn the opponent may get hit by the kick as he/she approaches you, and even if he/she does guard, you will cause some stun so you can gather yourself and plan your next move. This move is also part of Lee's trademark Hitman Juggle; it is the perfect follow-up for the Hitman: RP launcher. The damage is good, it has a guard stun...this is another move that is very effective. Using it on tagging-in opponents will result in a direct hit, or keeping Lee safe from an incoming move (like a slide). But when using it normally, keep in mind that you're open in the air for a little while before the kick. Over-usage of this, of course, will eventually teach your opponent to duck or sidestep. But if they begin to do that, they will eat a lot of infinity kicks during the match! f f n 3+4 **Lee Sliding** This is very similar to the while crouching "Sliding" move listed above, except that Lee takes a big step, turns around in a hopping feint, then slides with his kick. This is very nice for catching people off guard, and after the slide you can connect a LK grounded sweep. If you are blocked, you will be a little open for hits laying in front of the opponent (much like the other slide move). Don't use this TOO much, or people will begin to recognize the spin part of it and always guard low. Because of the amount of ground this move covers, it is a great move to do once you have knocked someone over, and is one of the most effective moves that hits people trying to tag out. Also, if you are adept at dashing without moving forward too much, you can try this move out in closer range. *Sidestep sidestep: 2 **Rear Cross Punch** Probably Lee's most useful sidestep move. Lee will dash off to the side, and then home in on the opponent with a snake-like right punch that will knock them out of anything. The only downfall to this is that it is a high attack. However, since sidestepping is most often used to counter an opponent, it is doubtful that they will be quick enough to crouch under the punch (and blockers will be in guard stun!). From this move, you can regain the offensive if you had been retreating. Or, after the punch connects (or even if it is blocked), you will have enough time to begin a new move before your opponent can strike. If you whiff this technique, it's speed will usually let you regain control before the opponent can hurt you. As said before, the only drawback is that it's a high hit. If the opponent begins to block low every time you do a sidestep, then it is time to switch back to the infinity kicks or a heel drop mid attack. left sidestep only: 4 right sidestep only: 3 **Lee Screw Right/Left** These...somewhat odd moves are also done from a sidestep: Lee will get off line, begin to turn, and then unleash a powerful roundhouse kick which makes Lee spin around because of it's momentum. As with his sidestep punch, this is also a high move, so perceptive opponents may be able to see it coming and duck. Most likely, though, if they see it coming at all they will high block and also avoid the attack. This technique is much more useful as a retreating attack: try back stepping, then a sidestep, and then whip out this move when you see them approach. The windup at the beginning will coax them to come forward, and if they get hit, it is very worth it. This is one of Lee's few high-damage moves but also one of his slowest. For those familiar with Bruce and Bryan, this kick is similar to their f f+LK attack, except high. Use this only every so often, maybe even only once per battle...because you can get into a lot of trouble if you miss. When you sidestep and KNOW you can connect a hit, this is a very cruel (and effective) thing to do! But another thing that makes this move somewhat difficult is the fact that you must input the correct command for the respective sidestep you did. If you dash to the right, use LK...and vice versa. Sometimes, you will get this by accident and end up connecting it! No complaints there... *Evasive f n **Mist Step** A strange movement that is called un-useful by many. Others call it a crouch dash. Both are wrong. Lee dashes forward the opponent while ducking, in what APPEARS to be a crouch dash. But unlike other crouch dashes, Lee is technically in STANDING position the entire time, while he appears to be ducking! This opens up several possibilities for this move. Not only can you cancel this step and guard mid or high attacks by holding back (even though it LOOKS like you would have to be hit by mid attacks), you can also execute ANY standing move while doing this forward rush. For example, you can use the step to crouch under someone's high attacks and immediately do a throw, a D+RK string, a B+RK heel drop, a punch combo, the D+LK+RK unblockable (!!!), or whatever cruel intention you may have. Add this move to any standing move to increase its range! (see "move category: mist moves") while crouched: ub/u/uf **Fake** Lee does a short flip...like his flip kick but with no kick. I do not usually condemn moves, but there really is no purpose for this move. The only reason you should see your Lee doing this is if you did it by accident. This can confuse an opponent, but they will probably end up hitting you before you hit the ground anyway. Be wary of this move. b b n 3+4 **Flik Flak (Back flip)** The trademark Lee Back flip. This covers a lot of ground, because it combines a back dash AND a flip together. This is perfect to get rid of pesky Eddy's and Nina who's combos you cannot break because you are too close. For SUPER annoyance, just keep doing this until they come to you and play on your terms. Once you have made a gap, try moves with long wind-ups to catch them as they approach. The "Blazing Kick," the "Lee Cutter," and the sidestepping kick screws are a few great choices. Or just tag out! If you can't seem to get away from someone, don't forget that you have this move. *Stance 3+4> **Hitman Stance** Lee's great new taunting stance. As he leans back with one leg out, Lee tauntingly beckons the opponent with his left hand - while holding his other fist close to him, ready to strike. This stance will AUTO-BLOCK high and mid attacks, and if you hold back, you will move backwards and leave the stance. This move is chainable after many of Lee's attacks (see "movelist"), and has several variations to use that will keep your rival guessing. One of its "weaknesses" is long range high moves, but remember that pressing nothing will neutral guard those techniques. Of course, Lee can't block LOW in this stance, but there are very few low moves with enough range or speed to beat one of Lee's Hitman strikes. =1 (returns to Hitman Stance) **Freaker Jab** This move is a simple, quick jab done by the hand Lee uses to beckon the opponent. Not only is it a great way to knock people out of slower moves, it can be repeated forever due to the fact that it ends in Hitman Stance. If you are in Hitman close to an opponent, you can take advantage of these punches for a while. Then, as the opponent tries to retaliate, whip out one of the more powerful Hitman attacks, like the RP launcher. Of course, it can be avoided by a crouch, but that in itself leaves your opponent open. If you perform one of these punches alone, you can immediately cancel it into a LK Scan Kick, if you so desire. =2 **Scatter Blow** This is a launching move that sends your rival up and far away from you. Lee will do a low turn from the stance, then unleash his wound-up right fist for a mean uppercut. From this move (which cannot be tagged out of) there seems to be one attack that was "meant" to be its follow-up...and it is the f+LK+RK. Nothing else is as fast and or far-reaching to effectively damage the floating opponent except for the "Silver Sting." Although it seems a bit like a "canned combo," it is still effective and fun to watch! You can Tag out after the hit...but your partner will be very far away from the floated opponent. The punch itself is blindingly fast and actually is able to duck under a few high moves during the initial turn. If blocked, the opponent will be far enough away, unable to cause any massive damage to Lee. However, this move is the most expected Hitman move, except to people who aren't very familiar with Lee. Be sure to mix this up with some different Stance moves to encourage the opponent to block low. =3 **Scan Kick** A fast, high, reverse roundhouse done after Lee steps forward with his back leg. If the kick connects on CLEAN HIT, Lee will perform an opposite version of Kazuya's "Bitch Kicks" (LP+LK): kicking the opponent in the back of the head with the first swing, then slamming his leg back the other way - catching the opponent's head and driving him/her face-first into the ground. Although it is a very impressive (and humiliating) move to watch, the damage made isn't too spectacular. Due to the speed of this kick, you will often get counter-hits that will send the opponent flying backwards (no auto-throw). Although not as fun- looking, it is very effective to use on approaching rivals. Keep in mind that this is another HIGH attack, and it is one in particular that leaves you very open if missed. Most human opponents won't give you trouble by low-blocking, as long as you don't become completely predictable. Fortunately, this is an attack that leaves a blocking opponent pretty far back, but be careful and regain control fast, because the lag after this move is a bit long. This can also be performed after a Hitman: LP...canceling the punch and immediately doing the kick. =4 **Ship Slicer** Although it is the only low link off of the Hitman, it has surprising range. After a low turn on the ground, Lee does an outward sweep with his back leg. On hit, the opponent will have lost their footing and be left in the air for a brief time. This is a perfect opportunity to add on some hits with "while rising" moves, such as the infinite kick string. The move has a few drawbacks, however: the slow start is sort of a siren to very cautious player, reminding them to block low. After a successful block, Lee will trip a little and be open for a small time (usually, you will regain control before they can hit you). So to prevent opponents guarding this move, use it from a distance where approachers might run into it, or as a mix up when you have done MANY high/mid moves. Another incentive to perform this move far away is the fact that jabs and other mid/low moves can knock Lee out of the technique during the opening at the beginning. All in all, a great way to mix things up, but a dangerous move to use up close. =u/d **Hitman Sidestep** To mess with your opponents mind and/or avoid incoming attacks, remember that Lee can perform sidesteps during the Stance. It is fun and confusing to the opponent to have Lee back flip, get into the stance, and then just sit there and sidestep over and over again. The opponent will try to come knock you down, especially if they are running out of time. But little do people know, this sidestep moves Lee a little closer forward, giving you a chance to have priority over the opponents moves. Needless to say, this sidestep is an integral part of Hitman strategy. *Unblockable db+1+2> ==u u (cancels move) **Silver Fang** A typical unblockable move borrowed from the Law fighting style. After a long energy-charge, Lee races forward with a crippling mid punch. Of course, Lee is open the entire time while charging, and people who use reversals may get an easy hit (remember "chickens!"). But due to the new tag system, you can perform this if you think the opponent may tag out, and watch as the unblockable hits the tagging-in opponent rushing towards you. Skilled players will probably not leave themselves in that position, but in that case you can try it out from a distance and see what happens. The long lag time at the beginning should make you steer clear of this move when your life is low. Then again, if it connects, you will most likely have an instant win. d+3+4 **Silver Cyclone** Lee's own, inimitable unblockable. After a short "kiai-tame" (energy-charge) in the form of a crouch, Lee spins and jumps with a huge reverse roundhouse kick. This is one of the faster unblockables in the game, but as a trade-off, the hit can be ducked. This move, despite its massive lag-time if missed, will catch many opponents off guard. It is fun to use after the opponents tag, and you will quickly separate the skilled from the scrubs when you see who does and doesn't get hit by it. You might want to try this at least once during your fight, but not so many times that you let yourself be killed. The crouch Lee performs can avoid high-hitting moves - and if those happen to be particularly slow - Lee can get a counter-hit unblockable. And you have to love that scream: "WAANGYAAHH!" d+4 n~4~3+4 **Razor's Edge Silver Cyclone Combo** Formerly, a "glitch/frame-move" in Tekken 2, this attack combo is now an easier-to do, normal attack. Lee will do the low D+RK kick, and then quickly perform the Silver Cyclone unblockable. This move is never guaranteed, but is useful in its shock-factor. When you have performed D+RK RK... many times, and the opponent is starting to learn to block low, do this move. Most likely, the opponent - proud because of a successful block - will freeze when the unblockable begins. Unsure of whether to attack, run away, or crouch, the opponent will usually stand up or attack too late, and get hit by the massive power move. A very skilled opponent, however, will recognize the charge and crouch or attack quickly enough. But because the trauma of the D+RK RK RK RK may be so deeply-ingrained in your rival's mind, it will almost always surprise them and cause them to mess up. The way to perform this move in Tekken 2 was extremely difficult. After a tap of D+RK (releasing the joystick), you had to input RK~LK+RK (by rubbing your finger quickly across both buttons - or using two fingers and pressing the kicks very quickly). Unfortunately, you couldn't just input them as quickly as possible, there was a certain FRAME of animation that the RK~LK+RK had to be performed in: the exact frame of the D+RK hit. Not only did this mean that you had to do RK~LK+RK with blinding speed, it meant you had to actually WAIT for a fraction of a second before inputting it. HOWEVER, in Tekken Tag Tournament, the "new" Lee has a longer opening to perform the RK~LK+RK, making it much easier to perform. Still you have to wait a few frames after inputting the initial D+RK. The move is no longer a "glitch" in my opinion either: in Tekken 2, Lee would instantly change position from the kick to the unblockable, making it look like a programming error. In TTT, there is a clean, but just as fast, transition from the kick to the unblockable. while crouched: df+4 2~2~1 (with Kazuya as partner only) **Silver Tail to Silver Majin Senshou Ken** After the fast low sweep, Lee performs a variation of Kazuya's F+LP+RP move. Lee is enveloped in Silver energy as he lunges toward the opponent with a fierce punch. Even if it is blocked (here's the strange part) the opponent will shake and then fall over with damage as they flash with Lee's energy. The damage may not be as high as it is from Lee's brother's similar attack, but the unique unblockable quality of this moves makes it useful. If the sweep hits, the opponent will probably be knocked pretty far away. If they try to regain control from the stun, and then come towards you, they will walk right into the punch. If the sweep is blocked, the opponent may try to play it safe and block high (also resulting in a hit!). A great thing to do with this is to PURPOSEFULLY miss the sweep from far away, and watch as the approaching opponent is whacked by the punch. If you over-use this, the opponent may discover he/she can knock Lee out of the technique if up close. In that case, do the follow-up only after a successful sweep. Then the opponent can either move far away, out of range; or come forward and be hit. This move is very strange, and you will find that the opponent may fall over forwards of backwards into stun. Remember you must have Kazuya on your team to do this (but WHY?...I don't know....) *10 hit df+1 2 2 1 3 3 3 4 3 4 **10-Hit Combo** Although some think 10-hit strings are skillful and impressive, they are just canned, breakable combos that appeal to beginners. A 10-hit may be successful in getting rid of novice players, but anyone who has played Tekken for long enough will recognize the openings and counter-attack. This 10-hit combo is Law's original from Tekken 1. The respective types of hits are: mid, high, high, high, high, low, high, high, high, mid. Only use this to show off your supreme excellence with the character Lee Chaolan. ================================================================================ ROUND 3 * Style - the Zen of Lee If you're looking for someone who is similar to Law, TURN BACK NOW. The similarities between Law and Lee ended in Tekken 1. Law is now a character based on counter-hit strings and juggles, whereas Lee has no juggling strings, and not enough power-hits to make juggling his forté. If you are looking for a well-rounded character whose strength lies in speed and adaptivity, then Lee will work out great. Lee doesn't rely on previously memorized chains or single power-hits, but instead possesses the ability and the moves to react to many kinds of situations, defending against a bulldog combo player, or prying a super-defensive turtler out of his shell. To be effective with Lee, you have to KNOW his moves. He doesn't have that many, but each one of Lee's moves (especially the added ones in TTT) have a specific purpose and unique talent that will become necessary as you play different people. Quiz yourself if you have to...know each command and what position Lee will end up afterwards. Lee's arsenal has enough variety to adjust to almost any playing style...but know this: Lee's power is not as high as many of the other characters in Tekken. This may put off several people just learning him, but high damage can be achieved when you rack up several small fast hits. A deathfist may be easier for some...but the style with which Lee fights is impressive to any audience (also, Lee's powerhits are deceptive...the first four hits of the infinite kicks, counter or not, can take off half of a life bar). To help first timer Lee users out with the moves, check out the "move category" section. There, each move is put in the section that says what its most effective use is. Feel free to be creative though, just because I don't think a move is appropriate for a certain category doesn't mean it won't work there. And now, on to the specifics... - opening gambits and strategem *Opening **Quick Poke Starts** From the very start of the match, Lee has so many options in the "quick move" department. Beware making the first move in a match...characters who have a high priority and long range LP move may usually start out with it...and knock you out of yours. Otherwise, here are some great strings to start with: 1 1 1... f+4 b+3... 4 4 4 **Mix Up Starts** If your opponent is someone slower, or not prone to making the first move, you can try some of Lee's confusing moves to score the first few hits. Be careful, these could get broken, as they have lower priority. You may have to do a forward movement to get some of them to hit. b+1 1... d+3... d+4... f+3+4 f f n 3 4...(perform this with as little forward movement as possible; a very fast f f n) **"Attack the Turtle" Risk Moves** These moves are a bit risky because they have an opening at the beginning, but if your opponent is retreating from the very beginning, you'll be able to pull them off. The opening present in these moves may coax them out of blocking, making them get hit by the rest of the move! Be careful, and expect to have a lot of these attacks guarded against. These attacks may also require a dash of some sort to be effective. f f+3+4 (or a dash + throw) b+4... (going into the Hitman Stance will work extremely well if blocked) b+3~3 4 (try the Mist Trap! Why not!?) f f+3 db+3 while rising from a crouch: 3 3... (end after the third kick to be "safe") f n... (very risky, but a Mist Step will freak them out. Remember you are able to block during the entire step. Your opponent may not know that!) sidestep: 2 sidestep: 3/4 **"Be the Turtle" Defense Moves** If YOU typically play the turtle game, you will probably do a back dash during the first few seconds of the round. Here are some options that will defend against oncoming opponents and leave you in a good position. These work better after a backwards dash. b b n 3+4 (if you REALLY want to get away...from Eddy, perhaps?) 1 1... b+3... while rising from a crouch: 3 3... while crouched: df d df+3 4 4 4 f+4 b+4... b b+4... (this has a backdash built in) d db+4 while crouched: df+4 while crouched: UB+4 sidestep: 2 sidestep: 3/4 3+4... *Strategy These are only a few ways to play Lee, based on how I've been using him since the first Tekken. Take it or leave it. Most of these sections refer to the "move category" in the "Round 2" section. **Offense** Lee plays offense well if he's being a poke-fiend. Mix up his many available strings as well as his single hitting quick moves. Every now and then, do a slow starting move to mix up your timing, and hopefully lure your opponent out of guard to be hit. If you are going against someone who has a wider array of quick hits, such as Nina or Julia, this may be very dangerous. Make sure you don't end up being the one poked out of moves! A constant mix up barrage will often reward you with many counterhits, that is, until the opponent figures out what you are doing. If you find that this method is working against you, defend against the fast moves the opponent uses, then attack with a small section of attack string. There are several attacks to choose from listed in the "move category," but here is an example of a solid attack string. Choose moves with fast recovery and high priority, and mix up low and high. d+3 3 b+3...f+4...f+1 11...d+[4 4]...b+4 Perceptive players WILL be able to break through strings like these. If your opponent starts to try poking you out of stuff like this, use less, or set him up for something that he/she can't poke through, like the infinite kicks. Scoring a counter-hit infinite kicks can change the entire outcome of a match. Whatever the case, if you like this type of style be creative and set up your own custom strings. These are good categories to have, in sequence, in a string: slow out/fast recovery...fast out/fast recovery...low...mid...defense move Good strings will follow some type of pattern like this. Something to initiate it and bring you in close...some mix ups...and something that will leave you safe. Experiment and use the category section for endless combos. **Defense** Although it doesn't have as much "instant benefit," you can play Lee (or any character if you really wanted to) defensively. This doesn't JUST mean you try to block everything, but you should also make a conscious effort to get your opponent to attack. Performing a slow move with fast recovery (see "category") that misses on PURPOSE will usually entice a fellow defender to try to retaliate. But if you plan it right, you should already be in a ready position when they try to attack, where you can block or retaliate yourself. The mist step allows Lee to block at any time, so that too can confuse an opponent if you perform it up close. (from a distance) b b+4 3...(any Hitman attack) That one may be a bit obvious, but moves that end in Hitman Stance are perfect for defensive situations. And don't forget that the Hitman has auto-guard for high and mid moves, allowing the possibility to just stay in Hitman for most of the round to show off! (it does end after a block, though) Sidestepping is another great defensive maneuver of course, and don't forget to throw. In the heat of a heavy battle, many people forget about throws entirely...don't be one of those people. Watch out for throws yourself, and whenever you successfully duck a throw attempt (or any high move), come up with the infinite kicks. Keep in mind the "move category" section for stance, defense, and range moves, which are all useful for defenders. Mix both of these styles up when necessary, and you'll be set. If you want, there's the optional, "Throw out all your moves randomly and see if they connect" strategy, which is not too reliable, but great for learning new moves. Remember that if you seem to be doing badly, it is most likely that your opponent has caught on to your strategy. Let them come to you for a while and see how they like it. **Get the best Tag** Don't forget to set up a situation that will benefit your partner! And remember to tag at convenient times! Tag psychology is a brand new field in Tekken...now Tagging in/out tricks are also very important during a match, and can mean the difference between winning and losing! There are several bizarre situations you have to watch out for when Lee is up against someone tagging out, against someone tagging in, tagging out himself, or tagging in to the field. Lee vs someone trying to tag out A range attack can hit someone in the back who is trying to run away...f f n 3+4 will not only hit them, but set them up for another hit while they are laying down! From there, do it again if they try to get out! Lee vs someone trying to tag in If you're close, a throw might work, or set up a blazing kick while the teammate is running off! M favorite is to do f+3+4, which will hit any standing person, OR fly over people who come in with running slides! Against a beginner who is making you mad, perform the Silver Cyclone so the timing will make it whack right into the tagging-in opponent. Setting up a launcher is also good, if the opponent doesn't know tag-in attacks. Lee tagging out Tagging out when you just got hit by a power move is expected. Tagging out as a tech roll is expected. Do NOT tag out at an expected time! Opponents know many games to keep getting hits off of you as you try to leave. Tag out at good opportunities like when... you have grounded your opponent you're on the ground and they miss a large move randomly in the middle of a normal attack string on a juggle hit (very desirable time to tag) after b+4 (it doesn't matter if you hit or not!) Lee tagging in Of course, any running move can be done from a tag-in by pressing f f n and an attack button. Also, u~ub will cancel the run completely, AND give you a chance to tag back in the other person. Lee's unique moves that are great for tagging in are the D+4444, f+3+4, f+4...or other quick hits. Keep in mind, however, that the opponent is probably ready and waiting to hit you with something big at this point. A running move might be your best option, since if you happen to be hit, you will not float normally (unlike if launcher had hit you from a standing/running position). *"faux pas" and dumbass mistakes This is just a small blurb of common sense... Don't whiff moves or do things that leave you obviously open. I know sometimes no one means to do these things, but often the only weakness in a strategy is the player goofing up. Feinted mistakes can be good to lure in opponents, but doing something dumb will embarrass you and maybe result in your loss. Don't lose focus, and don't run into obvious traps. You might be losing against someone who only knows one move because you keep running into it; make sure to notice little qualities in a person's strategy that they tend to repeat. And remember that people are doing the same to you. This applies to anyone, and if you didn't need this info, then more power to you. *'chicken!' Lee wasn't blessed with a reversal in his move arsenal, but he is very well adapted to reverse the reversals ('chicken!'). Most people don't reverse so much that chickening is extremely important, but just in case the situation presents itself, know that Lee is great for buffering escapes. The escapes are f+LP+LK (if one of those limbs was caught) or f+RP+RK (ditto). If you have some sort of insane reaction time, you might be able to input the escape when you see your limb caught (not likely). A more realistic approach would be to buffer a chicken on likely-to-be-reversed moves. Why would Lee be better at doing this than anyone else? Because most of Lee's attacks are strings that only use one side of the body, such as the infinite kicks (left) or the laser edge (right). If you happen to be doing the infinite kicks and the opponent is obviously trying to reverse, there should be no question as what to press after the kicks that are close to the opponent (f+LK+LP), because the entire string is left. The same applies to the much- reversed last hit of the laser edge combo. To buffer means you input the 'chicken!' after the move is completed, whether or not it hits or is countered or not. That is a little extreme to do, unless you are fighting a very defensive opponent using a character equipped with reversals (Nina, Anna, Wang, Paul, Jin). King has a KICK REVERSAL which is very dangerous for Lee, and it cannot be escaped. You can set up a chicken if you're fighting someone you know likes to reverse (because they think it's some higher skill) by being repetitive with a fast move. Don't get killed, but try buffering the 'chicken!' after it each time, and eventually he/she will catch it and be very embarrassed. There are some times you can just tell when someone will reverse... *okizeme With a large crop of low hitting and otherwise tricky moves, Lee has potential to be a killer okizeme player. Of course most of Lee's low hits are guaranteed on an opponent who is lying down. db+3, f f n 3+4, (while crouched) df+4, and Hitman: 4 are all very stylish and useful moves in a ground situation. Of particular note is the Lee Sliding (f f n 3+4), which covers large ground, can hit rollers, people tagging, tech rollers, and people rolling off to the side...if it is done fast enough. If it's too late, the slide CAN be avoided by a tech roll or roll to the side...but it's not likely. You practically can end any move with this to add on a hit until the opponent finds ways to get out of it. Although the D+4444 would seem to hit a grounded opponent, it won't hit those who are lying still. But people who roll back...they are a different situation. If a person is quick to get up, you might catch them in this often, or even one of the d+4 n 4... strings for even more hits. If expect the opponent to move when you do the D+4... but they just sit there, keep in mind that you can delay each low kick. d+3... works similarly. Is the opponent not moving at all when you ground him/her up close? Coming in with the Bump Kick (db+3) will add an embarrassing hit to your opponent (lying flat or not), and at the distance it sends them, you can do a safe f f n 3+4 for YET another low kick. Mid hits are great for back or forward rollers, and you will find that many players rely on the instant back forward roll because of its ease. d db+4, b+3, f f n 3..., b+4, and infinite kicks are great for hitting people trying move while grounded. Granted, the d+4 ankle kick performed by the opponent may give you a small problem on some of the moves. But it is not likely. If you seem to have problems with that attack, just move backwards and use f f n 3+4 until they stop. Remember to not be predictable. Here is a guide to Lee's better okizeme attacks CLOSE RANGE, STILL OPPONENT db+3 (while crouched) df d df+3 (while crouched) df+4 Hitman: 4 FAR RANGE, STILL OPPONENT f f n 3+4 (while running) 4 CLOSE RANGE, MOVING OPPONENT db+3 (while rising from a crouch) 3 3... d+3... d+4... b+4 (works well when trying to get away from an offensive forward roll) f f n 3 4 (must be done fast!) b+3 FAR RANGE, MOVING OPPONENT d db+4 f f n 3 4... (this can also be used up close if you are good at it!) (while running) 3 4... (while running) 4 *juggles Lee isn't generally thought of to be a heavy-damage juggler. And truth be known he isn't. But that in no way means he is not an effective, if not incredibly stylish juggler! With Lee's variety of solid and direct attacks, there are seemingly endless combinations of attacks to try after a juggle. If you have got the moves down, show off by testing some out on a floating opponent. See what works. Obviously, the D+4444 is versatile for these situations, because it can be delayed for perfect timing. Lee's effective AIR launchers are: df+2 f f n 3... d db+4 uf+4 while crouched: tap jump+4 Hitman Stance: 2 His "tag on another hit" attacks are: f f+3 f f n 3 db+3 (on counter hit leaves opponent staggered) Hitman Stance: 4 (extra hit on swept opponent) And lastly, his bounce juggle starters (counter hit only) are: f f+3 (low bounce) b+4 (high bounce) **Independent Juggles** When setting up your own custom juggles, look for things that are similar to an offense attack string; several well-placed fast hits to continue floating the opponent. Remember that "big" opponents will not fly upwards as high, but are easier to hit. If you're going for power, a 4 u+3 or f f n 3 4 would be great to use, as they are Lee's most damaging attacks. Here are some easy ideas for juggles...they are very basic, so feel free to make up your own: HITMAN STANCE: 2, f+lk+rk uf+4, 1 1, B+1 1 2 uf+4, f+4, B+1 1, d+3 3 uf+4, D+4444 (one may miss...use delay to get correct timing) b+4 (counter), SS 3 or 4 (depending on which direction it is) b+4 (counter), D+4444 (one may miss...use delay to get correct timing) b+4 (counter), 4 u+3 b+4 (counter), f f n 3 4 4 b+4 (counter), b+4 3, HITMAN STANCE: ? (the RK sweep works well) b+4 (counter), b b+4 3, HITMAN STANCE: ? f f+3 (counter), D+4444 (one may miss...use delay to get correct timing) d db+4, Hitman: 2, D+4... (for as many hits as you can get. EX: Heihachi, one or two. Jun, three including last hit) Raijin Aoki has released a movie of SKILLFUL AND DAMAGING Lee juggles. You can probably find it at www.tekkenzaibatsu.com if you look hard enough. The timing on these is pretty insane, as you will have to master the f f n 3 4, among other things. Here are juggles found in the infamous Raijin Movie: (versus big) uf+4, 1, 1, 1, f f n 3 4 4 (remember to dash forward after each jab) uf+4, 4 4, uf+3 uf+4, 4 u+3, f f n 3 4 uf+4, 4 u+3, d db+4 d db+4, 4 4, 4 4 4 d db+4, UF n 4, f f n 3 4...4 d db+4, b b+4 3(must hit the bottom-most part of opponent, ASAP): 2 or 3 (versus big) b+4 (counter), f f n 3 4, B+1 1 3+4: 2 (versus big) b+4 (counter), f f n 3 4, f f n 3 4 4 **Tag juggles** Like stated before, you have to experiment. The only launcher well suited for a tag is the BLAZING KICK, of course. This is one of...if not THE highest launching moves in TTT. After Lee tags out, try one of your partner's normally slower HIGH POWER MOVES...watch as Heihachi's f n d df+1 slams into the falling opponent, and add a "WGF" just for fun. The only problem is that your partner may tag in and run too FAR to juggle normally...either start the next move as soon as the partner comes in, or use the run cancel (u~ub) to set up your position. Don't forget Lee's potential as a tagging in juggler. Raijin suggests: DEVIL/ANGEL: SS 2 (tag), LEE: f+3+4, 1, f f n 3 4 4 Or if you want to be lazy about it, just run in with either f f n 3 4... or f+3+4. In closing of "Round 3," I'd like a special thanks to Raijin for having the skills to develop these great combos, and the ttt.com and zaibatsu forum members for guiding me to the movie! LEE IS NOW PROVEN TO BE A GOOD JUGGLER! ================================================================================ ROUND 4 * Relationship *Lee vs ... In no way am I saying that certain characters are cheap, or that certain characters can only be played in a specific way. BUT, based on the large majority of people who DO use these following characters, and the types of moves in their respective arsenals, I have formed a small guide to beat some of the styles most often seen when playing against human opponents (i.e. mashing Eddys, deathfisting Pauls, crouchdashing Mishimas). -LEI-Let them get on the ground and do the flip to get far, far away. If the confused lei tries to lay there to trick you, rely on long range okizeme tactics (see okizeme). If you close, it would be a good idea to hit lei as soon as hit is falling in a laying position, rather than wait for him to mix you up with a sweep/juggle. If he's instead a stance player, sidestep a lot and prepare your low jab for a workout. You'll also be surprised by how many of Lei's "fast" moves can be broken by Lee's quick kicks. Just remember to attack AS SOON as you have blocked one of his slower attacks...if you are too late, you'll most likely eat a counter-hit. Look for situations where you'll duck under high moves to do the infinite... -PAUL-Dont go running head first into his moves, and for god's sake, be careful when you tag out!!!! Use D+4...etc., and don't try any blazing kicks within his range! Your biggest asset here is the F+4. After you hit Paul out of a lot of his moves, the player will usually want to show you how "good" he/she is by trying a reversal. Have your chicken buffered and ready. Since Paul is on the whole very linear, side stepping will score you many free hits. Jumping attacks also have more priority than Paul's power moves. ON HIT WITH COUNTER-DEATHFIST: hold D/B and you'll flip out of it, much to the opponents surprise. (most Paul's love to run up and tackle after that hit. If you don't do that, here's some advice I gathered from others on what to do when a running Paul approaches your grounded character. (remember to tap RP to gain recovery time) -D+RK ankle kick -Tag out as SOON as he approaches tackle range (BE CAREFUL) -RK -LP roll to side, RK -NINA ANNA MICHELLE JUN LAW OTHER FAST TYPE PEOPLE-Use F+4 to break through funny little strings that they do, and BE CAREFUL NOT TO STEP INTO HIGH PRIORITY MOVES! You might get swept up into a juggle that will down half (or more) of your life. Often people who use these characters will INTENTIONALLY make you block a move, and then hit you on counter with a high priority move if you try to retaliate. Keep back at a nice medium range where their fastest strings cannot hit you, and play your mix up game. -MISHIMA TYPE PEOPLE-For them, crouching is pretty dangerous. good thing his infinity kick has priority over most of their mid hitting uppers!!! Low fast hits are your best bet, and make sure you're far enough away...(Jin's un-devil crouch dash upper is HIGH, so it's a *little* safer...) Most of these people want to smash you with the huge and boring juggles that everyone and their grandma has seen before. It would be wise to block high consistently, and use a defensive move to gain a offensive edge (meaning, hit them out of what they are doing, and then start an attack string). Watch out for poking low attacks, even though they are the least of your problems. -KINGS-Get around by sidestepping, and beware if any of them are backturned (although Lee CAN beat that annoying donkey kick with a fast hit). Watch for throws of any kind, and prepare to duck. Granted, there are crouching grabs to look out for, but it's very unlikely that someone will try that too often. Once you duck a throw, go for those sweet four hits of the infinite...Also, the laser edge is fast enough to counter hit almost all of King's mix up Hi/lo/mids. Watch out for kick counters, and take advantage of SS 2. Uppercuts are also helpful to get KING AWAY! Backflip or do whatever you can to get out of throw range, and then abuse low hits. -EDDY-Don't get too cocky when you see a masher. Overconfidence and underestimation is the cause of 90% of Eddy-related deaths. Immediately be aware of Eddy's potential danger. GET AWAY! B,B (3+4) and flip so you can watch them twirl around by themselves (and therefore see the degree of scrub you are playing). One they begin to approach you, try the unblockable, or repeat the D+4444. That should weed out the REALLY bad ones. For semi-skilled, still get out of the way. You may find that you'll be hit often in a string. DONT PLAY THE TURTLE GAME, and if you do, block low, because that's how most Eddy players will win. You'll have better luck using DF+4/444/F+4/or from long range, d,db+4. WATCH OUT WHEN DOING THE INFINTY, Eddy moves around sideways a lot and you will be very open...DO NOT BE BEAT BY ANY EDDY OF ANYKIND. Just stay out of range and you'll be have a great advantage. Let them come to you, and rack up those counter-hits. *Lee and ... Although there really is no BAD way to have choose a team, this section just offers some insight on subjects such as playing style, character types, and juggling potential. Although any character is a great partner for Lee is your are skilled, these lists show match-up ideas based on GENERAL character analysis. (similar) indicates that these partners are thought to have a similar fighting style to Lee on the whole, which means you may need to take steps to ensure the opponent does not become used to your style. (contrast) infers that the character teamed up with Lee usually is played differently than Lee, making it necessary to play with a contrasting style. Some characters, because of their nature, fall into more than one category! These are only a few options though, play any character the way that works best for you. -SPEED (similar)-Nina, Anna, Michelle, Julia, Law, Xiaoyu, Wang, Jun These of course rely on mix-up games and priority hits and pokes, much like Lee does. To create a constant string of speed, pick one of these characters. Just don't let the similarity make you predictable. -JUGGLE (contrast)-Jin, Heihachi, Nina, Anna, Julia, Bruce, anyone with strong juggles Lee generally does not rely on juggles to win matches. Teaming up with one of these fighters will add a new strategy to the match; while Lee works the attack strings and mix ups, the other character plots the insane and damaging juggles. Tagging out with Lee's blazing kick will also create many opportunities for severe combos and embarrassment. -POWER (contrast)-Kuma, Jacks, Paul, Kings, Heihachi, Kazuya, Ganryu, Bryan, Ogres, Devil, Wang Lee is also not known for having immense strength damage-wise, so to compensate, you may want to have a heavy-hitter on your side. Play differently than you would Lee, because most power characters have a little less inclination towards string-based fighting. One of these characters can be the more imposing one (for the opponent) making Lee seem less scary after the other partner tags out. From here Lee can play a counter-hit game using his fast attacks on an approaching opponent who thinks Lee is the weaker of your team. -KICKS (similar)-Hwoarang, Baek, Eddy, Bruce, Bryan, Ogres The majority of Lee's attacks are his kicks, as are these characters'. In one of these pairings you can rely on fast kicks just as you would for Lee, making a uniquely related partnering. People may pick King when they see this team, so make sure you watch for kick reversals. Ogre and Eddy are a bit different...Eddy relies on kicks for lower priority, confusing moves, and the only reason ogre is in this group is because he has the infinite kicks. -CONFUSION (contrast)-Yoshimitsu, Kunimistu, Lei, Hwoarang, Eddy, Xiaoyu, Alex/Roger, Jun Lee's moves are direct and straight-hitting, whereas these partners' moves rely on moving off the line, stances, and confusing movements. There is no greater contrast to Lee than these types of characters. -THROWERS (contrast)-Kings, Anna, Nina, Bruce, Jacks Needless to say, these characters are strong in the throw (and linking) department. This is similar to the POWER type of pairing, because Lee is also lacking in throw moves. This is a great way to mix up playing strategy. -STYLE (similar)-Nina, Anna, Kazuya, Hwoarang, Heihachi These characters aren't exactly related, but they either have opening/losing animation with Lee, or have suits that look well with Lee. These are purely for visual purposes! Characters not found in any category are probably too hard to classify, and are more adaptable to independent situations. *netsu The number of hits Lee's opponent must take until Lee becomes netsu charged (flashing red bar) are 5 for everyone, with a few exceptions: Kazuya: must be hit 7 times Devil: must be hit 7 times Jin: Lee will not become charged with Jin on team Ogre/True Ogre: Lee will not become charged with Ogre on team These facts are interesting, because most netsu charge-up amounts relate to storylines. It is understandable that Lee would take more time to charge up for Kazuya, but why Jin? Also, Heihachi and Kazuya will not charge up for Lee at all, and Lee charges normally for Heihachi. *tag animation The tag animations using Lee known so far are: Lee+Hwoarang: Beginning-Lee looks quizzically at the energetic Hwoarang, scratching his head. Losing-Lee again looks confused at Hwoarang, who seems angry. Lee+Kazuya: Losing-Kazuya sits angrily with his back turned, as Lee sits facing the front, rolling his head around and looking depressed. Lee+Heihachi: Beginning-Lee is caught in a headlock by his foster father. Losing-Lee is being (ahem) punished by Heihachi. Spanky-spanky! Lee+???: Feel free to inform me of any that I have missed. ================================================================================ ROUND 5 * End *I honestly didn't think I would ever truly finish this, but here it is! The following people helped me create this HUGE LEE FAQ: EGM-the small Tekken guide you included in a 1994 magazine was the reason I ever became interested in Tekken. Castel-You believed me when I sent in additions to Lee's movelist! Thanks for the Lee preview movie and for linking to the Raijin movie. I look forward to seeing your Lee juggles... And stop being so mean to people who happened to start at ttt.com. I mean, its the first ttt message board, so thats the first place all the "true" hardcore (meaning crazy) players posted! Raijin Aoki-The master of f f n 3 4 has released a movie of superior Lee combos. Although most human beings could not pull them off, thank you for proving Lee is a juggling character. Your movie pulled me out of the FAQ slump and got me working again. Sophita-I'm pretty sure that on every occasion that I happened to work on the faq, I was also talking to you. Thank you for the moral support! Let us now also thank the typo-demon, the Diana Rossquirrel, and the cast of the Blair Squirrel Project! Want a tasty shake? Hundreds of TTT.com supporters-Too many to list! Thanks for actually supporting my faq even though it seemed like it was never going to be done! "Ling will show you," you were the first person to mention the Advanced Triple Fang! Keoki and Notkool have also helped with corrections/additions! Thank you! Namco's Japanese site-Gotta love the PDF movelists! Namco-What can I say!? THANK YOU! THANK YOU TO PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING THE COMMITTMENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LEE THAN D+4444 BY READING THIS FAQ!