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    Guilty Gear X2 - Baiken FAQ
    By: Paul Benson (pbenson@wheatonma.edu)
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    *Whew* Okay, welcome to my first FAQ!  I swear... All this legal stuff scares
    the crap outta me.  First time I played GGXX, I saw Baiken and immediately
    thought she was the coolest and hottest lookin’ piece of woman I’d seen in
    a long time.  Obviously I chose her.  She’s got AN eye!  Not even A or TWO
    but AN eye (if you don’t get it, ask an English teacher).  Anyway, Heya, and
    welcome to reading my very first FAQ!
    FAQ note1: When I make fun of the characters and stuff, please understand that
    I’m joking 99% of the time.
    FAQ note2: Please understand that FAQ note1 is a joke.
    :Baiken Overview:
      NOTE: This FAQ is written for normal Baiken.  Not EX, not Gold, or Shadow
    (black) Baiken.  I’ll give more attention to those versions later, but
    primarily this FAQ is for normal Baiken.
      Baiken is a great character.  She’s brutal, she’s crafty; she’s this
    compact bag of tricks that is divinely devilish to use.  Her strengths are that
    she’s fast, has a good move list, and is defensive.  Her weaknesses are that
    she’s close range, poorly limited offensively, her damage ratio suxs, and
    she’s defensive.  The fact that she is defensive can either be a blessing or
    a curse, depending on what you do with it.
      Baikens’s strengths are strong indeed.  She may not have much, but what she
    DOES have is pretty good.  She is one of the quickest characters in the game. 
    Combine that with quick attack speeds and she doesn’t have to guard cancel
    moves if she can stop them before they happen.  Her second strength is her move
    list.  It is awesome.  Baiken has enough creative potential in her move list to
    adapt to and do just about anything.  However, she only gets this strength when
    on the defensive.  A crazy kamikaze Baiken is one of two things: dead or lucky,
    and I’m betting on the first.
      Baiken has severe weaknesses.  She is pitifully limited when going on the
    offensive often having to resort to tricks and short painful combos to get any
    noticeable damage done.  Her second weakness is that her range is absolutely
    pathetic.  Unless she is within melee range, she can’t do much, her chain
    grab being her only long ranged move (and even that’s kinda slow).  This
    means that for Baiken to do any sort of damage she has to be uber close to her
    opponents, which is troublesome against characters like Ky who can throw
    projectiles all day.  Baiken’s third weakness is her damage ratio.  She takes
    damage the fourth most poorly in the game.  Strategically this means that
    Baiken’s opponents have to hit her less then she has to hit them (with the
    exceptions of Millia, Chipp, and Kliff).  Baiken’s last weakness is also one
    of her strengths, that she is defensive.  She is forced to be on the defensive
    too much due to her loss guard cancels.  Baiken could never match Sol or Venom
    or Johnny on open offensive ground.
      In conclusion to this basic strategical overview of Baiken, I conclude that
    Baiken has to be on the defensive, all the time.  However, there are many ways
    to be defensive and still do damage.  Being watchful, being careful, using
    counters, using her speed and mobility to be lithe, and using the tricks within
    are all good methods of turning the tides in Baiken’s favor.
    :Game Mechanics:
    Psych Burst:
      New to Guilty Gear is the idea of a Psych Burst.  When you pull these things
    off, you can kill a combo or possibly get a full tension bar depending on how
    the Psych Burst is used.  As your life decreases, the rate at which you gain
    psych (ultimately to do another psych burst) increases.
    If you just use psych, while neither being hit or hitting, you expend 2/3 of
    the psych bar.
    If you use psych while being hit, being staggered, leaning backwards, being
    thrown, or guarding you use all your psych.  BUT if you manage to smack your
    opponent, you regain 1/3 of the psych bar.
    Finally, if you manage to hit your opponent with your psych burst like an
    attack, you gain a full tension bar.
    Damage ratio: (life)
      Well, obviously Sammy is doing it right with her damage level and stuff,
    because as a smoker, Baiken has a decreased damage ratio.  Snake (from MGS)
    always took smoking damage, and so does Baiken.  However, like snake, Baiken
    has grit.  As Baiken’s life bar is slowly drained and depleted through a
    round, she starts getting angry...  This is represented in the game by her
    altered damage ratio.  As Baiken gets closer and closer to being KO’d, she
    takes less and less damage.  What this means to you and me is that Baiken
    cannot trade hits.  She will almost always have to deal more damage to her
    opponents then they have to do to her, and your opponents can afford to trade
    blows with you all day long because they know they’ll win out in the end. 
    The solution is that you have to hold to Baiken’s strategy (being defensive)
    to hold on to every scrap of life you have.
     Tension is life for the Guilty Gear player.  The more tension you have, the
    more you stuff you can do.  Overdrives, faultless defense, dead angle attacks,
    roman candles, and the timer for Instant Kills... Tension allows you to do a
    lot of stuff.  The problem is, GGXX rewards offensive actions with tension, and
    if you stay passive or defensive for too long, you are penalized with all your
    tension being taken away.  This is bad for Baiken, obviously.  Since she’s a
    defensive character, she is usually at higher risk for losing her tension. 
    Also, since your opponent is most likely doing offensive stuff while you’re
    being defensive, he/she will probably get more tension faster, giving him/her
    more options.  The good news is that there are tricks you can use to get more
    tension rather quickly. (See tricks)
      Also new to GGXX are staggers.  In a stagger, your opponent will be unable to
    block, attack, or move.  This allows for many interesting new tricks (chain
    grabbing into Baiken’s Sanzu Watashi... *grin*), but also potentially a big
    problem.  If Baiken gets staggered, she’s a sitting duck.  Take some time, go
    through the game and figure out who does what to get you staggered, and how
    long it’ll take you to get out of it.  It’s a painstaking process, but
    better that then getting staggered in front of a good dizzy player with 50%
    tension... *cringe*
    Faultless Defense:
      That green li’l shield is going to be your best friend.  Venom’s dark
    angel overdrive chipping you down?  Faultless.  Can’t get enough space
    between you and Chipp with basic blocking?  Faultless.  IS Ky hoping to kill
    you with guard damage at the end of a round?  Faultless.  Faultless defense
    fixes all.  It backs up your opponent more then a normal block, and it stops
    people from cutting your health as if it were a roll of salami (salami
    slices... they’re REALLY thin... yea).  The catch is that tension feeds
    faultless.  While in faultless defense, your tension bar is constantly being
    drained.  So, learn to use faultless along with dash breaks and Baiken’s
    Suzuran to conserve tension.
    Air Recovery:
      98% percent of the time, you can air-recover strait out of the air by pushing
    punch and kick (P+K) simultaneously along with the directional button that you
    want to recover to..  Some moves, like Johnny’s second level mist finer, have
    secondary effects beyond pain like not allowing air recoveries.  Added onto
    this nifty and highly useful feature is that you can redirect which direction
    you’re going to recover to.  Also, you can double jump again after an air
    recover, or air dash, but not both (at least not with Baiken *sigh*)
    Air Dash:
      The air dash is absolutely essential.  Don’t over use it, as Baiken isn’t
    exactly at her best in the air.  Air dashes are useful for quickly closing and
    retreating from an enemy, but be careful as you’re defenseless when you dash.
     Also, start to run and then jump and push forward (6686 in numpad) you’ll
    automatically airdash, for only having to push it ONCE.  You move quick and
    fast and pretty much bee-line it to your opponent.
    Jump Cancel:
      When you look at any particular move being done, you’ll notice that it
    consists of a certain amount of frames of animation and time in order for the
    move to go from start to completion.  A jump cancel is where during a move
    (that can be JC’d) you push up, and you interrupt the move into a jump.  The
    cHS for example.  Normally it hits three times, but if you push up after the
    first hit, you jump, canceling the other two.  You use this to cut the lag time
    on moves, mostly.
    Roman Candles:
      Roman Candles are where you push three attack buttons and hey, you just
    stopped whatever it was that you were doing.  You can stop an overdrive (the
    use would be if you were about to be attacked), you can cut recovery time off
    moves to continue/repeat a combo... they’re pretty nifty.  Not as nifty for
    Baiken though, because she has a lot better uses for 50% then a continued
    combo.  There’s also FRC’s (Fake Roman Candles) that work exactly like
    RC’s, but the timing is horribly picky about when you can pull them in a
    move.  It’s a trade-off though, because they only cost 25%.
      Baiken as well as any other character, has lots of methods of jumping.  Too
    bad she isn’t as skilled as Dante (DMC joke), but she can hold her own. 
    There are double jumps, and high jumps.  A double jump is jumping (pushing up
    again) again when you’re already in the air.  Chipp has a triple jump, Dizzy
    can double air dash, but Baiken?  She just gets the shaft and the normal,
    double jump *sigh*.  Then there’s the high jump.  There’s a sorta surreal
    shadow following Baiken as she jumps higher then a normal jump but not as high
    as if she double jumped, but she can still air dash after high jumping.  After
    a double jump, Baiken gets to fall back to the ground where your opponent is
    most likely already waiting for you.  Being in the air is dangerous for just
    that reason.  Baiken can only do so much in the air before she exhausts all her
    options, so be careful.
    Guilty Gear Mode:
    So, you just completed all 60 story modes and you got through Justice’s
    story?  Awesome!  You just got three new characters and Guilty Gear Mode!!  GG
    mode is the bomb.  Think about two flies stuck in a jar, and that’s regular. 
    Now, think about two hyper flies hopped up on who knows what stuck in a jar,
    and that’s GG mode.  It’s faster, the physics are looser, air dashes can be
    done so close to the ground... and just about everything can be jump canceled. 
    It’s nifty.
    :New controller set up:
       Hmm, after playing Guilty Gear X for so long, I began to really want to
    re-customize the controller, because there were plenty of shoulder buttons
    doing plenty of nothing :P  Now, thanks to the awesome might that is GGXX, you
    can!  Alright, I know that sounded like a REALLY bad radio commercial...  In
    any case I got really tired of jamming 3 buttons or all 4 for the Roman Candle
    or the Instant Kill.  My fingers thank whoever was it that decided to revise
    the button editing system.
         I say set it to default and then change the “P K S” to R2, and the
    “P K S HS” button to L1. Taunt goes to L2, and Dust is where it was at R1. 
    This way you have easy access to RC’s, and an IK (if you need it)
    :Move list & Pros and Cons:
     In this move list I’m going to go through each move and explain it’s
    usefulness to Baiken.
    P= punch
    K = kick
    S = slash
    HS = hard slash
    JC = jump cancel
    RC = roman candle
    FRC = fake roman candle
    D = dust attack
    T = Taunt button
    Forward = f
    Backward = b
    Jumping = j
    Crouching = c
    Quarter Circle (starting from the down position) = qc
    (Note: ‘qcf’ would mean quarter circle forward, just like a standard Capcom
    Half Circle = hc
    (Note: ‘hcf’ would mean you start pushing backwards, and then move counter
    clockwise to forward, and vice versa with ‘hcb’)
    Dragon Punch = dp
    (Note: the name comes from the standard Capcom shoto fighter dragon punch, to
    which the motion is a ‘z’ shape on the controller)
    NOTE: When/if you do research on Baiken, you’ll find some people use numpad
    notation.  Look at your number pad (the part of the keyboard that resembles
    your phone), take out the 5, and consider that your d-pad on your controller. 
    So, for example, the dragon punch would be ‘623’ in numpad notation.  I
    don’t use it here, because this is more of a beginner/intermediate FAQ then
    *whew* Alrighty, now that we got the format out of the way so everyone can
    understand what in the world I’m talking about if I say fHS (forward+HS). 
    Onto the moves!
    Standing Punch: Middle (P)
      Baiken pokes at the opponent with the hilt (saya(?)) of her katana.  It is a
    pretty weak move (only 8 damage), but not without its advantages.  Baiken is
    quite skilled at pulling off little 4-5 hit combos using this to start them
    off.  Baiken can also use the quick speed of this move to counter a lot of
    standard moves out there.
    Main use: a combo starter or counter.
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
    Standing Kick: Middle (K)
      Baiken shows off her feminine flexibility (don’t make fun or she’ll cut
    you :P) by lifting her foot about stomach level and kicking her opponent in the
    gut.  This is a move that is generally not used so often, although its off-beat
    timing is helpful during ‘time game’ tricks.  Baiken also moves ever so
    slightly closer to her opponent after using this move.
    Main use: time games
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
    Standing Slash: Far – Middle / Close – High (S)
      First of all there are two versions of this move, one that is close, and one
    that is further away.  For the far slash, Baiken pulls her katana out
    horizontally and rips it through the stomach/chest level of the opponent.  In
    the close slash, it looks like Baiken pulls the katana out strait up, and then
    stabs it into the opponent.  These are two VERY important moves.  I swear...
    with the amount of times you’ll use any of her slash moves, you’d think
    she’d wear triangle earrings pledging her allegiance to Pythagoras (math
    joke).  It’s got good reach and comes out at a nice speed.  It’s also
    easily used in or to start a combo.
    Main use: general purpose ground attack(s)
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
    Standing Hard Slash: Middle (HS)
      Baiken does a crazy hand movement and brings a diagonal overhead strike down
    on her opponent.  It’s pretty fancy, and it’s a pretty good combo finisher.
     Good reach, but S is quicker...
    Main use: general purpose ground combo finisher
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Forward Punch: Middle (for both hits) (fP)
      Alright, in this move Baiken smashes her elbow (her only elbow I might add)
    into the opponent’s chest area and then swings her palm up and hits them in
    the face.  This is generally a less used move, I think.  I suppose you could
    use it for bragging rights: “Hah! I punched you in the face!” but that
    ain’t cool.  The oddity of the timing makes this move not really good for
    combos, but semi-effective in using Time games on the opponent.
    Main use: Time Games (although not the BEST choice, it works)
    RC: Yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
    Forward Kick: Middle (fK)
      This move looks exactly like the standing kick, except that Baiken scooches
    herself forward more.  However, the fK is different because fK cause opponents
    to STAGGER.  It’s not automatic though, you have to counter-hit their moves
    in order to get the stagger, but if you get it, they will have hell to pay for
    being so close to Baiken and defenseless... I almost feel bad, almost.
    Main use: staggering / time games
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Forward Hard Slash: High (fHS)
      This is a good one.  Just watch this move a few times, ‘cuz damn it looks
    painful.  Baiken spins and grabs her katana and swings it overhead bringing all
    her momentum and muscle to push the katana as deeply into her opponent as she
    can.  It’s her strongest single move, but also one of her slowest.  Not too
    good for combos (although a roman candle can fix that...), and much more useful
    for the follow up trick, I think.
    Main use: Follow up trick / causing pain
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Jumping Punch: High (jP)
      I think this is another commonly used Baiken move.  In the air, Baiken kinda
    opens her mouth and throws and does a backhand punch in the air and conks her
    opponent in the head.  This move is good for a lot of the same reasons that the
    forward punch, or the standing punch is: countering, combo starting, and combo
    filling.  Not so good with range though, I’d still go for the jS, but this is
    still a useful move due to how fast it is.
    Main use: combo starting, combo filling, countering
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Jumping Kick: High (jK)
      Okay, in this move Baiken does the splits in mid-air and breaks her foot off
    on her opponent’s head (I wonder where Ky is lookin’ now...).  This is a
    good move. Why, you ask?  It is one of Baiken’s two moves that launch her
    opponent in the air!  Why is launching important?  Launching = air combos.
    Main use: Launching
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
    Jumping Slash: High (jS)
      This is Baiken’s key to air defense.  Out of her sleeve of tricks and
    goodness, a huge black metal spiked piece of death extends to smash whatever is
    in its way.  It’s got great reach, speed, and damage ain’t bad.  A
    backwards jump and a jumping slash can work wonders.  Usually special moves
    (moves that show up on the game’s move list) have priority, but Baiken’s jS
    beats out a lot of them.  This move should be ready at all times in you’re
    going to be in the air.
    Main use: Air defense
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Jumping Hard Slash: High (jHS)
      Ahh, the jHS.  In this move, Baiken pulls out the Katana and stabs it strait
    down into an opponent.  I cringed a little first time I saw it, it looked like
    it hurt so bad.  This is another strong move, but slower then most of her
    moves.  I think it’s really good for falling air defense.  When falling (like
    out of an air recovery high in the air) pull it out.  Sometimes your opponent
    won’t expect it and you’ll get a nice hit in.  It’s hard to combo, but
    it’s possible.  Usually your opponent will just block giving you the right of
    way all the way down.
    Main use: Falling air defense
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Crouching Punch: Middle (cP)
      For this move, Baiken in her crouch, and extends her hand apparently jabbing
    her hand into her opponent.  Looks like something out of a Kung-Fu movie...
    It’s good for the high and low games, as well as being useful for combo
    starters and filling open spaces in combos.
    Main use: High and Low / Combo starting / Combo filling
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Crouching Kick: Low (cK)
      A more interesting attack of Baiken’s, she twists her body a bit and smacks
    her opponent with the butt of her sword sheath.  This is an extremely important
    move to Baiken, because it’s one of her few moves that actually hit low. 
    This makes it incredibly important for the high and low trick. Out of five of
    her crouching attacks (don’t forget the cD) this is one of two that actually
    hit low. Baiken’s sweep is a knockdown, so there isn’t too much combo
    ability there.  With the crouching kick, Baiken hits low AND has a good
    opportunity to combo.
    Main use: High and Low
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Crouching Slash: Middle (cS)
      This is a cool lookin’ good move.  Baiken shoots a crystal spike fan’ish
    looking thing to gouge into the opponent.  The use of this move comes from its
    speed (although the cP is faster...), but more importantly its range.  It can
    hit from a little under half a screen.  It works to kill dashes into Baiken
    from a distance (chances are your opponent isn’t expecting a counter attack
    before he/she even gets off an attack), it works to use distance in the high &
    low game, and it’s pretty quick speed doesn’t hurt.
    Main use: Dash defense / distanced melee attack
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Crouching Hard Slash: Middle (cHS)
      This is one of Baiken’s most useful ground moves.  While crouching she
    curls up a bit and lets the katana spin in her hand slicing up your opponent up
    to three times.  This hits people jumping into you, running at you, it juggles
    opponents for a hot second (only if you caught them in the air), and you can
    defend with it to push an opponent back (use faultless defense to create a
    little more distance).
    Main use: General Purpose defensive move
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
    Dust Attacks
    Dust attack: Middle (D)
      For Baiken’s Dust, she braces herself and throws out her hand as if to
    throw a fireball.  A big yellow blob appears (energy?) and shoots Baiken’s
    opponent into the air.  Usually, the idea is to jump up right after doing this
    dust attack and do a long brutal combo in the air and cut a sizable chunk of
    life of your opponent’s life bar.  This is move is very slow for Baiken,
    which makes it a lower priority move because of lengthier piece of time it
    takes to pull it off.  Could try to precondition an opponent to block low and
    try it though, I suppose.  What this move also does is create some heavy duty
    Main use: Launcher into a brutal combo
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: pretty obvious :P  (yes)
    Sweep: Low (cD)
      In this move Baiken looks like she’s break dancing.  She crouches, kicks
    off the ground, and stylishly pivots off her one and only hand sweeping her
    opponent off his/her feet knocking them down.  Very similar to a SF (Street
    Fighter) sweep.  I’ve found most SF bred fighters don’t know about Guilty
    Gear sweeps, which is their loss, but it’s a must for any Baiken user. 
    Sweeping is quick, it has some range, and allows for an easy follow up fHS
    trick.  Also, it is Baiken’s other low hitting attack (the first one is the
    cK), so it is useful for High & Low games.  Pulling out a sweep catches a lot
    more people (or computer opponents for that matter) in the heat of combat then
    you’d expect.  Especially if done in repetition.
    Main use: Hitting Low / High & Low tricks
    RC: yes    FRC: no     JC: yes
    Aerial Dust Attack: High (jD)
      This is Baiken’s funkiest looking move.  What seems like a couple green
    octopus tentacles with yellow suction cups come out of her sleeve to shoot a
    blast to knock the opponent back.  It comes out fairly quickly, gives Baiken
    some breathing room (this goes back into mobility) since it backs her up a bit.
    The aerial dust attack also makes for a nice alternative to the Youzansen in
    ending air combos.  The fact that this move is FRC capable is what separates it
    from the Youzansen as a combo ender.  If you FRC, and if you’re gutsy, you
    can also FRC (the timing on FRC’s is hard to figure out, I know) into an air
    dash and try to give you opponent more hell since they have to recover out of
    it.  It looks funky, but it’s a pretty cool move.
    Main use: Alternate combo ender, creating distance, mobility
    RC: yes     FRC: yes     JC: no
      Note/Suggestion:  Throws... are in some social circles considered cheap and
    disrespectful to your opponent.  There are reasons for this.  Specifically that
    they do a lot of damage (almost as much as Baiken’s fHS) for one move, and
    are extremely easy to use.  Personally, I think they’re not the easiest move
    to pull off in GG, Baiken is a brutal character (so why not use brutal
    tactics?), and combos are preferred over throws because more damage can be
    done.  As a nicety, you may want to ask about friends opinions on throws before
    an argument starts.
    Standing Throw: (you cannot block throws) (fHS CLOSE)
     In this move, Baiken grabs her opponent throws him/her on the ground, and
    stabs him/her in the back with her katana before kicking him/her to the other
    side of the screen.  Pretty painful lookin’.  Using the Suzuran is an easy
    way to get close and throw, although they can throw you just as easily (throws
    go through blocks, remember?).  Also, if you throw into a corner, you can buy a
    little juggling time.  If you’re not in the corner, you can chase after the
    throw and use the follow up fHS trick.
    Main use: lots of damage / creating space
    RC: no     FRC: no     JC: no
    Air Throw: (can’t block throws) (jfHS CLOSE (or jbHS))
      In the air, Baiken pulls two HUGE hooks, catches her opponent, and swings
    him/her underneath Baiken and tosses him/her to the other side of the screen. 
    She throws her opponent to the opposite side that you push.  So if you do jfHS,
    she throws you opponent behind you, and vice versa.  Practice this move some,
    to find out the placement, because figuring how high or far away you can/have
    to be to air throw is a good thing to know.
    Main use: lots of damage / creating space
    RC: no     FRC: no     JC: no
    Special Moves
    Suzuran: N/A (hcb+K)
      This is probably one of Baiken’s less popularly used moves.  For this move
    Baiken draws her sword and quickly (faster then her standard run) dashes
    towards her opponent parrying anything that hits high or middle.  Overdrives,
    instant kills, Ky’s projectiles, Suzuran blocks them all.  Baiken moves
    somewhere between a third and a half of the screen, and keep in mind that she
    can NOT use faultless defense while this move is going on, so blocking via this
    move can be quite painful if used against you.  The use of this move comes in
    its application.  It can be used to get to a turtled opponent (be careful, as
    you can be still be thrown), or it can be used for an extra slice of mobility
    since it is quicker then her run.
    Main use: closing the distance between you and your opponent
    RC: no     FRC: no     JC: no
    Tatami Gaeshi: Middle (qcf+K) (Can be done in Mid-Air)
      This is the infamous Tatami. Learn to love Tatami, because the Tatami mat is
    as important to Baiken as air is to a human being.  In this special move,
    Baiken raises her leg and brings it down with a thud, kicking a Tatami mat into
    existence.  I don’t know how Arcs thought this one up, but it works.  A good
    rule to hold by is “When in doubt, Tatami.”  It’s got good range, and it
    *launches.* Launches = air combos.  The speed on this move is adequate, but the
    large weakness is that there is space between Baiken and where the Tatami comes
    out that an opponent can stand in and not take damage.  So, if your opponent is
    too close, you just left yourself completely open.  On the other hand tho, if
    they’re just close, you can use Tatami to push them back a bit.  Baiken loves
    Tatami.  For breakfast, for lunch, for snacks, and for dinner.  She loves
    looking at Tatami, she loves feeling Tatami, but most of all, Baiken loves
    kicking Tatami into opponents.
    Main use: General purpose offense/defense move
    RC: no     FRC: yes     JC: no
    Youzansen: High (air only) (dp+S)
      This is Baiken’s aerial close-quarters offensive move.  Also, just about
    every air combo you ever do should be finished with this move.  For this move,
    Baiken draws her katana in the air and makes this 270 degree swing over her
    head and ends it strait down.  For range I’d still go with the jS, or air
    Tatami, but this move works well.  There is also a trick of sorts to get this
    move done close enough to the ground to hit standing opponents, but look for
    that in tricks.
    Main use: Air combo finishing / Close Quarter Aerial Combat
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Kabari: Middle (hcf+HS)
     This is a fun move.  Baiken sorta winds up as if to throw a baseball, and then
    shoots a grappling claw out of her sleeve to grab her opponent and drags
    him/her over to where Baiken is.  This is one of her stagger moves, so chain
    grabbing and then launching into a combo/super is a pretty good idea.  This
    move is super important because it’s Baiken’s ONLY range attack.  The
    problem with it is that it’s slow from far away, and from closer range there
    are better moves to choose.  Still, it’s a good move, one that should be
    studied and learned.
    Main use: Long ranged attack
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: yes
      Tetsuzansen: Middle (Immediately after Kabari: S)
        This is the follow up move to the Kabari.  After Baiken chain grabs her
    opponent and drags their pitiful carcass over to her, she cuts them back into
    the air.  If Baiken gets her opponent from too far away, she’s our of range
    for this move, so don’t bother...  occasionally, you play against a stupid
    person who stops blocking after the Kabari, and then gets hit by this, but that
    seems more like a preconditioned tactic...  You can also RC this into a high
    jump for some extended combo’s.
    Main use: extra follow up damage from Kabari
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Guard Cancels:
    Note: Youshijin and Sakura are capable of RC’s, but not Mawarikomi.  None can
    FRC or JC.
    Second Note: All of these moves are done the same way, being different only in
    what attack button you press.  They all go from guarding stance (back) rotating
    counter-clockwise to down, plus the attack button.
      Baiken, is the almighty queen and ruler of all things counter like.  When on
    the defensive, she can do soooo much damage it makes Sol cry for his momma to
    make the torture stop (does he even have one?).  The point is, these guard
    cancels are at the core of what makes up a good Baiken; being on the defensive.
     A Baiken player that plays without guard cancels or without being on the
    defensive hasn’t even tapped her/his creative potential with tactics and
    strategy.  It’s a good thing to know that these counters can and do and will
    fail sometimes.  However, that being said, do these counters right, and your
    opponent will be stuck between choosing to getting countered or getting
    Youshijin: Middle(?) (P)
     For this counter, Baiken shoots an anchor (What the...) into the ground, only
    to have it go strait back up and slam into the opponent.  I think Baiken bribed
    her with a cookie, knocked her out and stole her anchor...  Anyway, if your
    opponent jumps into this counter, it hits, but they don’t go up.  If you hit
    a standing opponent with it, they go flying.  I don’t have the frame data to
    back this up, but I believe it’s her fastest counter as well.  Definitely an
    improvement over the GGX version...
    Main use: Anti-air guard cancel / Launcher
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Mawarikomi: N/A (K)
      Baiken’s most difficult counter (to use effectively), this one allows
    Baiken to sidestep her opponent suddenly moving forward and turning around to
    her opponent’s back.  Trying to get in close with this (example: getting
    around Ky’s projectiles) doesn’t work, you go a part of the way, turn
    around, and Ky fries you for breakfast with another one.  The difficulty of
    this move comes from its slow timing.  By the time Sol’s fHS finishes (a
    pretty slow move), Baiken doesn’t have much time to do anything that Sakura
    or Youshijin couldn’t do.  Researching the timing and counter ability on this
    move is crucial.  Get the timing right and instead you could’ve made that
    scrubby Sol eat a Sanzu Watashi.
    Main use: Laggy move guard cancel / getting out of the corner
    RC: no     FRC: no     JC: no
    Sakura: Middle (S)
      The easiest and most common of her counters, Baiken shifts to facing away
    from her opponent, and then shoves her katana into her opponents gut, shooting
    pink flame and whatnot all about.  It’s pretty quick, and can end a lot of
    standard moves, specials, and supers dead in their tracks.  Fast attacks will
    recover faster then you can get the counter out most of the time, which leaves
    you open, so be careful when you use this, and don’t use it too much.
    Main use: General purpose ground guard cancel
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    Tension Attacks
    (NOTE: All of these Tension Attacks cost 50% of your tension bar, so, if you
    don’t have 50%, you can’t perform these moves until you do get 50%)
    Dead-Angle attack: Middle (While guarding, push towards & 2 attack buttons)
      For this move, Baiken pulls out her fP, while guarding.  The speed of this
    counter is what makes it useful, although the extra speed may worth the 50% of
    your tension bar, especially when Baiken already has numerous counters already
    and they’re free.
    Main use: VERY quick countering
    RC: no      FRC: yes     JC: no
    Sanzu Watashi: Middle (qcf qcf+S)
      This is Baiken’s only offensive overdrive.  She draws her katana, and
    spills blood three times with three cuts.  She shouts out the Chinese
    characters “Tien” (the same symbol that Akuma wears on his back) “Chi”
    and “Nin” for this overdrive as she executes each stroke.  As Chinese
    characters are exceedingly complex, I won’t give out full meanings but the
    basic meaning should be “Heaven” “energy” and “people.”  This move
    rocks.  Learn it and learn it well, because you will probably end more
    opponents with this then any other move.  This move does nice damage, and it
    has insane priority.  Learn how to ‘time game’ with this move and your
    opponent will be hurting.
    Main use: Doing a lot of damage / Killing
    RC: yes     FRC: no     JC: no
    (NOTE: All Baku moves are eligible for RC, but not FRC or JC.  If you’re
    going to Roman Candle out of a Baku, you best have a GOOD reason because
    that’s 100% tension down the drain...)
      In these moves, Baiken is guarding and then rolls her arms about and smacks
    your opponent with a Chinese character. This set of four moves is what drives
    fear into the name Baiken.  With these defensive overdrives you can do a myriad
    of things.  You can make your opponent unable to jump, unable to do special
    moves (that includes tension moves), do less damage to you, and take more
    damage from you.  You also get something of a small grace period with these
    moves as your human opponent attempts to figure out what curse you just gave
    him or her.  The downside is these come out rather slow, so you have to have
    enough time to pull it off, or else your opponent will run away and that’s
    50% tension down the drain.  Pretty nifty though, eh?  The trick about these
    moves, is figuring out which Baku is the right Baku for the right time.  If you
    play someone you doesn’t jump and then put Baku Ki on them, it’s a waste of
    tension bar, because they don’t jump anyway!  On the contrary, if you nail
    someone who only uses special moves with a Baku Rin, they’re paralyzed.  What
    sucks is that the move lasts for only 14 seconds, which means that you have 14
    seconds to do whatever it is you’re trying to do before your opponent is
    freed from the effect.  That’s not a lot of time, so make it count.
         Baku Ki: Middle (on guard, hcb+P)
      This move makes your opponent lose his or her ability to jump naturally.  If
    a special move or tension move takes the character into the air, it still
    happens, but pushing “up” don’t do squat for 14 seconds.
         Baku Rin: Middle (on guard, hcb+K)
      This move makes your opponent lose his or her ability to use anything but the
    basic moves.  So all those characters with exceedingly long command lists
    *cough Chipp cough* just lost ‘em, but only for 14 seconds.
         Baku Ryu: Middle (on guard, hcb+S)
      This move makes your opponent do less damage to you.  Think of all that
    damage potential that Potemkin has... and think of him being as scrawny looking
    as Bridget for 14 seconds.  Make your grin fast, ‘cuz it lasts for 14
         Baku Hou: Middle (on guard, hcb+HS)
      *grin* With this move, you deal more damage.  A lot more damage.  Potemkin
    starts taking damage about as easily as Baiken does, while Chipp and Kliff
    start running for the hills... and well, I ain’t never seen Chipp run faster.
     He only runs for 14 seconds tho, so make it hurt for all you’re worth.
    Instant Kill: Middle (P,K,S,HS, then qcf,qcf+HS)
     Baiken’s instant kill is where she flat out runs at her opponent and then
    the background changes, and you see two silhouettes of Baiken and your
    opponent, and then he/she just falls dead, the round is instantly over in your
    favor.  The things to know about IK’s are that they’re not exactly the
    easiest moves to pull off, that if you have no tension bar it eats your life
    instead, and if you miss your tension bar is GONE (but only for the end of that
    round).  If you’re playing Baiken and you miss an instant kill, your life for
    that round just got that much harder.  Without the threat of the Baku,
    faultless defense, or Sanzu Watashi, your opponent should be wasting no time
    giving you so much punishment that Baiken just crumbles.  That being said,
    IK’s are risky things.  Great if you get it, but fatal if you don’t.
    :The Baiken Bag O’ Tricks (or sleeve...):
      Damn, this is gonna be fun to write.  Okay, this is the bag.  Baiken needs
    tricks, and brutal tricks at that.  Beyond that, if you want to screw around
    with some friends, there are tricks for that too ^_^
    The Follow up fHS:
      This is a crucial trick to learn.  Any time that your opponent falls down or
    is going to fall down (being hit out of the air, being sweeped, whatever)
    immediately follow up with a fHS.  Baiken will swing her blade into the
    opponent for some extra damage.  It doesn’t hurt that much, but it’s
    noticeable.  Some people will probably whine about hitting when they’re down,
    Baiken is quite the unforgiving character for that sort of thing.
    Dash Break:
      Basic basic trick.  This is running in ready to block on a moments notice. 
    You have to use the faultless defense though, otherwise you’ll do that skid
    stop of Baiken’s and pretty much run into your opponent saying “hellooooo,
    I’m a dumb Baiken and want to get smacked!”
    Time Games:
      Okay, the time game is where you alter the timing of the combo.  Say you
    start attacking and the opponent is blocking, pause a split second, and
    continue the attack.  What you’ll find is most of the time no one expects a
    change in your timing and rhythm, and you’ll have a whole new chance to
    continue combos and attacks.  Working familiar combos are best (such as
    S-S-HS), but any move that comes out very quickly is perfectly fine.  When the
    screen reads out “counter-hit” just about every other second, or when you
    open up your opponent to do the same combo you just did again; you know
    you’re doing this right.
    Fake Cornering:
      Since Baiken is a defensive character, it’s best to put her on the
    defensive, where she is at her most versatile.  Fake cornering is where you
    deliberately put yourself in the corner to lure your opponent into attacking
    you.  When this happens, and Baiken is on the defensive, it’s time to show
    them what a cornered and angry Baiken is all about.  HOWEVER, note that being
    in the corner means that you better be highly prepared, because your opponent
    should waste no time giving you an exceptional amount of pressure.
    Time Traps:
      This is a different kind of trick and it’s completely useless if you’re
    playing with infinite time.  The trick is that you stay on the defensive the
    whole round, chipping off life when it’s completely safe, and drawing the
    match out.  As time goes on, this forces your opponent to attack and attempt to
    beat the Baiken defense.  Otherwise, they’ll lose by time.
    Air Feints:
      As you’re probably noticing, most of these tricks and techniques revolve
    around the basic concept of getting your opponent to come after you, to be on
    the defensive, and punish them horribly the split second they’re vulnerable. 
    The air feint is the same kind of trick.  Air dash strait into them while
    pushing back on the controller.  You’ll defend if they attack, but don’t
    use faultless defense, because they can see the green and may not fall for it. 
    The goal of the trick is to get closer (like with Zato or Testament), or to
    lure them into attacking while your defending and leaving themselves open.
    High & Low:
      This is an interesting trick/strategy which should be familiar to most
    fighting gamers.  The point is to get your opponent to expect you to attack
    either high or low, and then attack the other way.  If they think you’ll go
    up, sweep.  If they block low, give them pain with Baiken’s fHS.  The key to
    the High & Low trick is the running crouch.  From crouching, Baiken still has
    many crouching attacks which still hit middle, and less that hit low, but the
    point is that when crouching, your opponent doesn’t know whether you’re
    going to go high or low.   Unfortunately, Baiken doesn’t have much for low
    hits, but see the move list (above) for more info on which moves you can use to
    hit low, middle and high.
    (NOTE: Baiken is so short that most high/middle/low attacks can be blocked
    simply by a low block)
    Defensive Tatami:
      The defensive Tatami is when you jump backwards and create some Tatami.  The
    effect of the trick is that A) you create a second or sob’s worth of air
    defense, and B) that Tatami will fall hurting (or at least forcing an opponent
    to block) your opponent.  Learn to love the Tatami, and the Tatami will learn
    to love you.
    Tatami Flood:
      This trick is, to flood your opponent with Tatami.  Every second you have is
    chipping at their life bar with Tatami guard damage.  Jumping Tatami combined
    with standing Tatami, Tatami jumping forward... Tatami jumping back... if your
    opponent isn’t cursing the creators of Tatami, you ain’t making enough.  In
    a corner, a Tatami Flood is a sight to behold.  Plus, thanks to GGXX’s new
    addition of FRC’s to the Tatami, you can dramatically speed up some Tatami.  
     Sometimes, at the end of a match, it’s a Tatami flood that will end the
    match through the excessive guard damage made by the Tatami.
    The Precondition:
      This trick is all about setting up attacks in advance.  It’s probably the
    hardest trick that I’m telling y’all about, because it’s high risk and
    the payoff is anything but guaranteed.  The idea is to precondition your
    opponent to defend a certain way.  For example:  Baiken runs in and uses her
    fHS, then uses it again and again and again.  The next time Baiken runs in, the
    enemy is to expect you to use Baiken’s fHS, but instead Baiken sweeps doing
    damage.  This is preconditioning, and using that preset reaction you just spent
    some time working at to create an opening in your opponent.  There are all
    sorts of ways to do it.  I used to play a friend of mine who likes to play
    Chipp sometimes.  I’d let him hit me with Chipp’s alpha blade, then let him
    hit me a few more times.  Now, my friend thinks that he’ll keep getting me
    with the alpha blade, and that’s when I defend, like I could’ve done all
    along, and gave him a slice of hell that won the match.  It’s a tough trick,
    because a lot of things can go wrong with it.  It’s a gamble, but if you do
    it right, the payoff can be huge.
    The Baiken Legend:
      This is more of a social trick, but it’s fun sometimes.  Here’s what to
    do:  When playing with a group of friends, let everyone (regardless of skill)
    get you down to down to an itty bitty piece of life, before beating them. 
    Also, when you beat them, it should be something stylish, like a special move,
    a combo, or Balkan’s triple slash, and then act like it was a tough battle. 
    Sigh, compliment the player, and keep a poker face.  If you do it right,
    everyone should start being like “Yo... we ALMOST got him (or her)!” and
    they’ll keep trying.  Not too be overdone, I should add, but it’s an
    amusing trick.  The real trick is that Baiken is at her best when the life bar
    is down.  She starts taking less damage as her life bar goes down (only really
    matters with that last third though) and she gets burst more easily.  Check out
    Gamecombo’s charts on guts and stuff for the %’s and numbers.
     If you can spare enough time in a match to actually pull off a complete taunt,
    I have to give mad props to you.  Taunts take a bit of time to completely go
    through, but if you pull it off, my hat goes off to you.  This isn’t a trick
    per se, but more for style points.
    Ground Youzansen: High
      This is a tough trick to learn, it takes a while and some hard practice. 
    Basically, you’re re-learning the dragon punch motion, backwards.  You push
    down, then down and forward (last two-thirds of the youzansen), then up, and
    finally forward.  Since you complete the motion for the Youzansen a split
    second after you jump, GGXX still recognizes the command, and you do a
    Youzansen so close to the ground it hits grounded opponents.  It’s a nifty
    trick for combos and such, you should experiment.
    Tension Tricks:
      So, you need more tension, eh?  Make Baiken run.  Perform useless and
    meaningless Tatami.  Air dash (towards the opponent).  As long as you don’t
    stay still for too long, GGXX won’t take away your tension, and it rewards
    running towards opponents, air dashing, and special moves with tension.  It’s
    not as good as actually attacking and hitting the opponent, but if you’re
    caught in a jam and need tension, it works.
    Doin’ the Kenshin thing:
      For all us Kenshin lovers, y’know how Kenshin sees someone fight, or sees a
    technique, and after the first time it’s done it becomes useless to the
    opponent because Kenshin already knows how to counter it in a thousand
    different ways?  Baiken does the same thing.  When playing, you have to be very
    perceptive and watch what the opponent does.  Offensive?  Defensive?  Does
    he/she like to jump a lot?  Favorite Combo’s?  Common attack patterns?  Does
    she/he only use a few moves or all of a character’s moves?  Within a
    relatively short space of time, Baiken needs to know her opponent better than
    they know themselves.  Once you figure out how to read your opponents like
    books and adapt accordingly, your opponents don’t stand a chance.
    NOTE: There’s truth to that old saying “In the beginner’s mind there are
    many options, but in the master’s mind there are few.”  Be cautious of
    beginning players, because there is no strategy to read.
    Come and Go:
      A mobility trick, this is where Baiken comes very close to the opponent then
    backs up quickly in order to lure your opponent to coming after you.  Once your
    opponent comes after you, it’s a matter of using Tatami or guard cancels or
    any number of her defensive moves.  The risk of this trick is in the beginning
    and the follow up.  You have to make sure you can get in close without getting
    hurt, and make sure that you can punish your opponent when they do come after
    Keepin’ a low profile:
      This is a defensive trick by omission.  Here’s how it works.  When you play
    as Baiken, you’ll usually have particular combo’s or special moves that you
    prefer over another, just like your opponent.  This trick is where you keep
    some of your special moves and combo’s under wraps and don’t use them. 
    Then, when necessary or for style points, you pull out a style and trick that
    nobody ever thought you had.  Because nobody has seen the trick before, it’s
    new territory and you’ll generally be able to do what you’re trying to do,
    assuming you pull the trick off successfully.  Always try and keep a few
    secrets though.  *grin*
    I think I can, I think I can:
      As stupid as this sounds, if you go into a GGXX match depressed because your
    car died, your significant other is cheating on you, and you lost your job, you
    ain’t gonna do well.  Instead, be thinking that that car was dying anyway,
    your significant other had all those annoying habits anyway, your job sucked,
    and you’ll probably do better in GGXX.  Having the right attitude is the
    point here.  Be firmly confident that you’re good and you’ll do fine.  If
    you don’t think you can get to 999 in survival and kick that sorry Sol’s
    carcass, you never will.  Try to have a good attitude!
    :Baiken against them all:
      NOTE: As an added cool thing to do, spend some time VS every character in
    training on the highest difficulty.  It can be hard, yea, but you can also
    learn to adapt to the characters before you ever have to really face them. 
    Familiarity with the enemy character will do miracles for you.
    About the CPU:  The computer’s main strength is its technical and cold
    mathematical proficiency.  In training when you see the input commands, you may
    notice that you pop in a few more buttons or directional buttons then
    necessary.  The computer will never do that.  The computer’s thumb or wrist
    will never get tired, and the computer will never get anxious, nervous, or
    apprehensive.  Instead, the computer is a collection of numbers and various
    complex patterns.  The problem with the computer is that it will never adapt to
    particular strategy.  The CPU can never learn, because it can’t modify what
    programming it was given.  So, when you find a trick and abuse the computer
    with it, it will never realize that you’re doing the same thing, over, and
    over, and over.
    About Human Opponents:  Human opponents are much scarier then any computer. 
    Think about 2000+ years of evolution sitting down to play some GGXX and you
    begin to understand.  Human opponents are bundles of instincts and intuitions
    that learn.  The same trick rarely works more then a few times on a human, a
    human gets better over time, and what’s scarier, is that a human can learn to
    pull your tricks on you, and you’ll fall for them.
    Note about the “about’s”: Keep this stuff in mind when playing against
    the computer or human opponents, because the strategies used against both will
     Ky Kiske:
      Ky Kiske is probably the most basic and balanced fighter in GGXX, and Baiken
    is probably the most defensive character in the game.  Consequently, a good Ky
    can and will put Baiken on the offensive with projectiles, and then swat her
    with his longer reaching sword when she gets to close (his defense ain’t
    bad).  The key to beating this trap is to use Ky’s slower moves and
    Baiken’s faster moves and speed against him.  Ky is generally slower then
    Baiken; his moves are slower, and he’s slightly less quick on his feet. 
    It’s a game of his reach and your speed here... and if you’re quicker then
    his reach, it’s your win.
     Sol Badguy:
      Ahh... Sol.  Sol is so completely offensive he doesn’t even know the word
    “defense.”  The 60 billion double dollar (Trigun joke ^_^) question is, is
    your defense better then his offense?  Both characters are playing to their
    particular strengths in this match.  Remember that his Ground Viper hits LOW,
    then MIDDLE.  If you don’t change your guard to match, you’ll wind up in
    the air.  Stay on the defensive and be VERY very fast.  Leave yourself open for
    a second and Sol will give Baiken so much pain...  Watch, learn, and kick his
    sorry carcass when you’re done.  With the amount of Sol players out there, a
    little time to learn Sol is well spent for the amount of people you’ll send
    home trying to figure out what went wrong.
      This bub is a pain to kill.  Not that it’s overly difficult, but it takes
    so damn long... *sigh* Anyway... Potemkin is SLOW.  Potemkin is STRONG. 
    Potemkin is quite durable.  Use your ability to dash and his inability to keep
    away and stay away.  If you get caught by that Potemkin Buster, you’re toast.
     Good Potemkin users try to cover up for his slow speed with his quicker
    attacks. My advice is: BE CAREFUL.  He doesn’t have to hit you that much to
    finish you... five fHS and you’re gone.  Use Baiken’s speed and mobility to
    pick and choose exactly when you want to attack.
     Chipp Zanuff:
      You those guys who get in your face about anything and don’t back up? 
    Chipp’s like that.  He’s fast, yea, but he bruises in stiff wind.  Chipp is
    one of the few characters that Baiken can afford to trade hits with, because at
    the end of the round, Baiken will come out on top.  I’ve come to find that
    there are generally two types of Chipp players.  The first kind are the ones
    who simply seek to confuse you (teleports, limited invisibility) and chip off
    life where they can.  The second kind is the kind that stay so close to Baiken
    you can smell what Chipp had for lunch (usually using his quicker moves and
    short combos).  The best Chipp I ever played gave me no more then the time it
    takes me to blink before Chipp’s blade is halfway up Baiken’s rear. 
    Remember that Baiken does NOT have to catch Chipp, she waits for Chipp.  Make
    the Japanese wannabe come to Baiken, he will come.  Baku Rin works well,
    considering how long Chipp’s move list is, and a Baku Hou is just brutal...
     Jam Kuradoberie:
      Jam, like Chipp, is a fast character.  She’s faster then Baiken anyway. 
    The strategies used with Jam revolve around her ability to combo just about
    anything.  Once you get hit, you’re taking pain.  Her charge moves leave her
    open, her combo’s are usually 4-__ hits, and they just come out one after
    another.  Learning Jam’s attack patterns and how and what she tends to do and
    favor is paramount to your ability to block getting hit, since she’s usually
    open after she fails a combo.  A Baku Ryu can help with the combo damage and
    allow you to be more offensive...
      May is a hidden find.  Not a whole lot of people use her, but that anchor is
    death.  She has moderate speed, she’s powerful, and she can take a hit.  May
    has this anchor / restive rolling / dolphin strategy which is very basic and
    works very well.  The trick is to keep your guard cancels ready and use lots of
    tricks that leave her defense open, such as air feints, precondition, Suzuran,
    etc.  Don’t be hasty, and cut her apart a piece at a time.
      Dizzy is a tough one.  Y’know, for a passive gear she sure packs a punch...
    One word of advice is to be EXTREMELY careful once she gets 50% of her tension
    bar and can launch into her accursed overdrives.  Lots of her moves are slower
    then most in starting, but have really good recovery times.  Also, many of
    Dizzy’s moves are projectiles and work with her excellent range.  The key to
    beating her is to stay close, and very watchful.  Find the tiniest crack in her
    defense and exploit it.  A Baku Rin can do miracles against Dizzy, killing all
    of those annoying projectiles..
      As a friend of mine put it, Venom is the “Rushdown King.”  What this
    means is that Venom has a wide variety of projectiles and moves that allow him
    to rush you from any number of directions stomping you to the ground.  His
    “dark angel” overdrive should never be blocked, but jumped over because it
    will chip your life away like a jackhammer.  I swear... If Indiana Jones ever
    saw that ball he’d piss his pants.  Making Baiken take a more offensive
    strategy is the general idea.  Use Baiken’s speed and quick attacks to
    counter and throw Venom off his guard.  Tatami floods can exert an amazing
    amount of pressure, which is necessary to keep Venom pinned down.
     Oh man, is Johnny a tough one.  This bub is built to bear.  Alright speed,
    good damage, good durability... *sigh* good Johnny’s are a paiiiiiiiin.  The
    coins, the Bacchus Sigh, and the Mist finers... *oi* Johnny be good.  So what
    do you do?  Be hella-careful.  Keep your distance.  Stay JUST out of range of
    his fHS and mist finers.  If you see that smoke, run for your life.  A good
    Johnny will smack the bejeezus out of you if you EVER get caught with that
    smoke.  This match is where time games, high and low, precondition, air feints,
    ANYTHING that could give Baiken an edge needs to be used.
      I’ve heard that Bridget is the most popular character in Japan, and this...
    sexually confused individual is pretty nifty.  He’s fast (it’s really a
    he), and his move list has incredible variety.  That yo-yo of his can do
    practically anything. His supers are quite strong.  The trick to beating
    Bridget is to have prolonged exposure to him.  The more time that’s spent
    around him, the less confusing his moves become and the easier it becomes to
    see him for what he really is: dead.
      Millia can be hard or easy.  She’s fast, has innovative moves (I ain’t
    NEVER seen anybody ride their hair for a weapon), and has good combo ability. 
    That Lust Shaker of hers is a huge pressure weapon.  She (unlike so many
    characters) is pretty strong in the air, so staying in the air is bad and using
    air feints against Millia is a good idea.  Do NOT get hit.  If you get hit on
    the ground you can expect the combo to be around 9-15 hits long, and that it
    will HURT.  She’s got a double air dash which allows her to move around
    easier then Baiken, but her moves still don’t do so much damage.  She still
    takes damage worse then Baiken, tho.  Even though her basic move list is very
    capable of creativity and variation, her specials are... good the first time,
    but they quickly grow old and seen, and adapted to.  She’s fairly easy
    character to defend against, despite her speed.  Trade hits, pressure her,
    watch her, and don’t stay on the ground or in the air long enough for her to
    make use of it.
     Eddie (Zato-1):
      So I don’t confuse the lot of you, I’m referring to the character as
    Zato, and the shadow as Eddie, just like GGX.  This dude rocks.  Good Zato’s
    can crush Baiken like an ant if they ever get the first hit they need to start
    the whole complex series of death they have plotted.  Eddie can be used to lead
    and take a hit, so guard cancels are risky as Eddie could be hit and not Zato. 
    And the pressure and zone strategies that Zato can pull off are just mind
    boggling.  Mastering the timing of Baiken and the distance necessary to keep
    safe is essential.  Offensive strategies generally fail due to Zato’s ability
    to attack from afar while he is safe.  Using safe guard cancels, the Come & Go
    trick (as well as plenty of others), tricky timing, and distance are all
    necessary to bring Zato down.
      Faust is the craziest character I’ve ever seen.  Playing him is a pain
    because he’s got long reach (he’s 9 feet tall!!), his moves may not combo
    too easily, but he does good damage.  Also, he is so friggin’ unpredictable
    that you have no idea of what this crazy bag lunatic is going to do.  The good
    news is that his range costs him speed.  Most of his moves are highly laggy
    (read: easy to punish).  Prolonged exposure to his moves (just like with Zappa)
    is usually necessary since they’re rather unorthodox.  Another good thing to
    keep in mind is that people choose Faust almost less than they choose Baiken to
    master, so you probably won’t have to face master a Faust too often.
      The thing to know about Slayer is that he’s watching you as much as
    you’re watching him.  He’s not so quick, but his teleport can be extremely
    annoying, his dandy step can trick you (it has four things it can do (the last
    is if Slayer does nothing)), and he takes damage almost as well as Potemkin. 
    Also account for his one hit moves that do lots of damage.  Staying completely
    on the defensive for too long is a bad idea.  The key to beating slayer is to
    finding out when and where Baiken should counter, time game, or be mobile. 
    Figure that out, and Baiken owns Slayer.
      Zappa is great just for the shock value.  Most of his moves are so confusing
    looking that the opponent isn’t really sure where the hits are coming from. 
    Zappa needs orbs, and he’s gonna use all the evil spirits he can muster to
    get them in order to get the big spirit.  The ghost spirits are used for ranged
    attacks (don’t get hit or it’s gonna be like Testament and the bird).  The
    dog is just annoying because it can just sit there like a mine and you forget
    about it, and the sword is the most annoying of all, but it’s kinda slow, so
    it’s easy to see coming.  Keeping a comfortable distance is a good safe way
    of keeping Zappa from getting spirits, and poking works pretty nicely.
    Axl Low:
      This guy has RANGE.  Most of his standard moves have immense range trapping
    ability while Axl charges moves (he’s a charge character.)  He’s also quite
    slow.  Beware his counters though, because good Axl’s can usually make those
    count.  The Suzuran, the Kabari, and the air dash are really good moves to use
    because of their ability to attack from afar or move in quickly.  Once close,
    staying on guard and using counters is a good idea.
      Anji... What kind of crazy weirdo uses FANS for a weapon?  I mean, what’s
    he gonna do, fan AIR at you?  *shrugs* I suppose it doesn’t really matter how
    stupid they are when they’re beating you six feet under.  The fans allow Anji
    to auto-guard (think the Suzuran) while attacking for some of his standard
    moves (like the fHS, the HS, etc.)  He does supers with those fans, he creates
    butterflies out of energy that attack you (and once again if you block) with
    those fans, and he can snatch you out of the air and zap you with blue energy
    with those fans.  Them fans are pretty beastly for fans.  Use your counters,
    speed, and eye.  Having a good sense of timing (when to attack, when not to
    attack) is crucial to beating Anji.
      It really, REALLY sucks if you have to play against a Baiken player. 
    Instead, it becomes more like a chess match, as who can do better when both
    have the same stuff.  The advantage here is that both have the exact same
    advantages and weaknesses.  How would YOU fight YOURself?
      Out of all the new characters, I think I-No is the most dangerous (and
    promiscuous, but that’s a different story).  With I-No, you have to relearn
    how to do a basic block.  Her high/low game is so varied it’s one of her big
    strengths, and her move list is very quick so she can counter most of
    Baiken’s slower moves.  Also, remember that just about all the moves she does
    on the ground can be done in the air as well, so be CAREFUL about going into
    the air, because I-No can do lots of nasty stuff once she gets airborne.  Keep
    your counters ready, and keep defensive.  I-No can cancel into her air
    overdrive or her ground overdrive easily, and they do a nice chunk of damage. 
    Baiken will probably be turtling more with I-No then anyone else.
      Testament is a trap and zone character akin to Zato.  This means that if
    Baiken gives Testament a chance to start setting up traps, she’s dead.  The
    advantage that Testament has is his ability to attack Baiken from all sides of
    the screen.  This means that Testament can sit in one spot and trap Baiken on
    the ground, in the air, it doesn’t matter... *sigh*  A good testament will
    quake the ground you stand on with demons and poison the air with skulls and
    not give Baiken 2 inches to call her own.  However, most of his moves are on
    the laggy side, so stay close, stay defensive, and abuse his lagginess.
    *Kliff, Robo-Ky, and Justice are not being covered*
      Name: Baiken
      Height: 5’4’’
      Weight: 99 lbs. (I think she lied :P)
      Birthday: March 5th
      Blood Type: B
      Nationality: Japanese
      Baiken’s story (in a nutshell) is that in the war with the gears she lost
    her parent’s, her right arm and her left eye.  She remembers it though.  She
    remembers the guy that did it.  From that day on, she learned to use a Katana
    (Japanese sword), made her missing arm into a bag of tricks and death, and is
    currently hunting down “That Man,” that did this to her.  Why?  To kill
    Color Costumes:
      Welcome to Baiken’s wardrobe!  I love changing the colors on this woman,
    she looks great in so many colors...  When you choose Baiken for training,
    arcade, or .vs, you can change Baiken’s color depending on what button you
    push to choose her.  Her sword changes color sometimes too.  Also, there is SP
    version of Baiken which gives you another 6 colors (yay!!)  Anyway, onto the
    first color:
      Square:  This is the basic pink hair, white kimono with a pink moon.
      X: This is what I dub, the “Kenshin” color, probably put in due to
    popular request...  Baiken’s hair is red, with a white kimono and red moon. 
    Looks a lot like Kenshin from the series.
      Triangle:  I don’t pick this color so much, but it’s an improvement over
    it’s GGX’s counterpart (damn, that one looked bad).  Baiken has dark red
    hair, a red kimono with a dark red moon.
      Circle:  I like it... Baiken becomes a brunette, has a green kimono with a
    brown moon.
      Start:  My favorite color of all.  I like to reserve this color for big
    matches or such, it just looks so good...  Baiken has brown hair, a brown obi,
    this moss green kimono with a brown moon.  Very cool.
      Dust:  This color looks pretty good, but I don’t like the red blade... 
    Baiken has grey/white hair, a black kimono, and the moon is white.  It’s
      SP Square: a funky looking color, Baiken has hair the same color as a
    sunflower, and her kimono is light pink.
      SP X:  Good color... Baiken has grey hair, a blue kimono, and a white/grey
    moon.  She almost looks like a medieval fantasy character.
      SP Triangle:  Weird color... Baiken’s hair is winter green, the kimono is
    white with a lime green, and a dark green moon.  Also known as ‘Evergreen
      SP Circle:  Funky color #2.  Baiken has light brown hair, dark yellow kimono,
    and a light brown moon.
      SP Start:  This is Shadow Baiken.  She’s all black (ink black) It plays the
    same as normal Baiken, except that she has infinite tension.
      SP Dust:  Gold Baiken!  She’s faster, stronger, can take more hits, has
    infinite tension and her tatami’s NEVER go away.
    EX mode:
      The EX Baiken is a tricky thing.  All of her guard cancels just became
    standard special moves.  This means that you can’t guard, then counter... you
    just counter, no guarding.  However, this also means that you don’t have to
    wait for the hit before you counter.  For example: Sol’s fHS just got stopped
    before it happened.  If you use counters a lot, like a good Baiken should, then
    this can be great.  Pulling out the counters quicker allows for more of
    anticipating strategy then a guard counter strategy.  Baiken’s Mawarikomi
    just become a beast because it got SO much faster since it’s a standard move
    now.  She also got a new overdrive, but the Sanzu Watashi is better, in my
    Random Baiken Thoughts...
      This is the only section that I get to free form blab on about Baiken, yay!
     Rant #1
      What’s up with the Tatami?!  How is Baiken going to be kicking the ground
    (or the air which is even crazier, and tatami pops up?!  This is nutz, absolut
    crazy Guilty Gear nutz.
     Rant #2
      Two things that I was always wondering about is what the moon (is it a moon?)
    on her kimono is.  Is it a symbol?  It looks like some sort of sun, or whatnot,
    but who knows...  The other thing is about the face paint.  What is that all
    about?!  Maybe she ran with a different crowd in her adolescent days, and the
    tattoo’s are the result?  I read in Shiva’s Baiken FAQ that Baiken did the
    face paint to consider herself a warrior instead of a woman... *shrugs* no
     Rant #3
      What’s up between Baiken and Anji??  I think Anji likes Baiken (or did, or
    still does, etc) and Baiken knows.  In Baiken’s third ending, Anji calls her
    a goddess, a Japanese beauty, after she agrees to forgive him for ... well, you
    play and find out!  In any case, is it just because they’re both Japanese? 
    Pretty sketchy...  Anji’s ending (one of them, I forget which) picture also
    shows him defending her, while she has the “huh?” look and rummaging her
    hair like she just woke up...
     Rant #4
      So Baiken loves drinking (stated under hobbies in the GGX manual), huh?  I
    wonder how good her walking is with a head full of Sake and no depth perception
    (she’s got one eye remember?)... Good thing Baiken doesn’t know how to
    drive :P
     Rant #5
      She’s got ONE arm.  An arm... just looking at her, you can see how beefy
    her shoulder line is, packed with muscle.  Girl is one fit girl... Probably
    beats lots of people at arm-wrestling :P  Still, one arm?!
     Rant #6
      What’s up with her right arm.  Y’know... the one that’s a torn empty
    sleeve.  Where claws, anchors, spikes, mace-like looking things... and then
    there’s the aerial dust attack with the tentacle stuff...  I’m confused. 
    She’s like... go-go gadget and kenshin made female :P
     Rant #7
      Why is it that no one ever chooses Baiken?  Lots of people choose Sol, and
    Chipp, Millia, Anji, Zato (eddie), but Baiken?  Nope.  *sigh*
     Rant #8
      Anyone notice how Baiken’s chest is somewhat revealing?  I swear... girl
    has a rack that sends even Lara Croft home :P
     Rant #9
      When watching the extra movie, who else thought that Baiken fights A LOT like
    Kenshin during the first OAV’s?  Crazy...
     Rant #10
      Think about Baiken’s story for a sec.  Think about, if as a kid, this nasty
    piece of work destroyed your home, your parents, and robbed you of an eye and
    arm.  How many of us would want vengeance and pursue it to the end of our
     Rant #11
      I keep repeating myself a lot when I call Baiken brutal and there’s a
    reason for it, to enforce the playing style that suits her story and
    personality.  For all us anime fans, you remember the Kenshin OAV’s?  The
    first ones’s, where we see kenshin as the Hitokiri Battousai?  Naiken is a
    lot like that.  Kenshin was as stone cold as they come.  Alert, ready, calm and
    brutal is what he was.  Baiken is a lot like that.
     Rant #12
      To completely conflict with my last rant, Baiken also seems to be a forgiving
    and understanding character.  She was going to kill Anji, but instead offered
    him a way out.  It makes me wonder what would happen if Baiken finally was able
    to beat “that man.”  The quick and easy answer would be to say that she’d
    kill him, but I’m not so sure...
     Rant #13
      Baiken and Kenshin.  Coincidence? I think not.  Similar temperaments, looks,
    weapon (but different style), and voice (done by the same voice actress
    (that’s right, kenshin was voiced by a woman, just like bart simpson)). 
    Although, Baiken is this weird mix of Kenshin... It seems more that she’s a
    blend of the older kenshin (like in the series and last OAV’s), and the
    younger kenshin (like in the first OAV’s).  I’ve been researching the past
    and I guess the creator of GG even thought Kenshin was a woman at first, always
    drawing him with breasts.  Crazy, eh?
    :Attack Combinations:
    NOTE:  Using combos for Baiken is a must.  I mean, look at her!  She’s got
    one eye?  One arm? ...If I lost an arm and an eye, I’d be hella-pissed.  The
    point is, Baiken is a pissed off brutal character.  Hit them when they’re
    down (I routinely follow-up just about every sweep or fall with a fHS), hit
    them when they’re up, when they’re standing... Do it often and do it HARD. 
    Baiken is a brutal character and she does brutal damage.  In training find out
    how much damage you can do in as few hits as possible.  Keep the guard settings
    to “limited,” and “NT” to test your combo.
          Sweep-tatami (this one launches, so make sure to follow up with an air
    Air Combos
    (Pre-Note: Baiken is pretty weak in the air, her Youzansen, jS, and aerial dust
    attack being her effective moves)
    (Note: Even if you fall and can’t keep up with the character, you can also
    use ground tatami to keep the opponent in the air.)
    (Double Note: Remember that even though you CAN do these combos, an experienced
    player should be able to air recover right out of it, psych burst to end the
    combo, etc..)
    (Triple note: a lot of the advanced combo’s use the jumping kick or Tatami
    because they both are launchers.  I encourage experimentation rather then
    following some other dude’s combo.  So, use the jK, and the Tatami, and see
    what you can come up with!)
         p-air tatami (land, jump back up) – another combo
         s-p-k-JC-s-air dust
    (Ending Note: you didn’t think I was going to put down ALL my combo’s, did
    ya?  EXPERIMENT.  EXPERIMENT.  EXPERIMENT.  Be the proverbial mad scientist and
    come with all sorts of crazy combo’s and variations to give your opponent
    pain!  Use the tatami’s FRC!  Use the air tatami’s FRC!!  Juggle!!  Pain!! 
    Use the air dusts FRC and air dash back in bringing the crates of whoopass!! 
    Be as sadistic and cruel with your combo’s as possible!! You’ll be a lot
    better player if you can create combo’s rather then having to depend on other
    sources for combo’s, so experiment! ^_^)
    :Training strategy for Baiken:
           Okay, welcome to class.  You could probably use a training method like
    this for any fighting game and any character, but I developed it for using
    Baiken and showing other people how to use Baiken.  It starts with mobility and
    defense.  Building those skills is essential (and I repeat: essential) for a
    good Baiken player, and from there to learning attacks, strategies, etc...
      First things first, this training strategy isn’t designed for tournament
    play.  It’s designed for people who have no idea of how to play a fighting
    game to take a look, spend a few hours, and be able to have fun when the
    friends decides to put GGXX in.  In other words, it’s to properly get in the
      That being said, here’s the first lesson.  Read the manual, watch the game
    for a little bit, get your head ready to learn.  Learn to block and move
    forward, learn to run and back-step, learn to air dash forward and backwards. 
    Learn how to move your character around the screen with relative ease.  A game
    I came up with is to play “tag.”  1P is “it” first, and whoever is it
    at the end of the round loses, regardless of health (you tag your opponent with
    a single punch.  No more, no less).  The point here is to learn mobility with
      Second lesson is to start learning attacks.  Read the move list I give
    earlier in this FAQ, learn the basic moves, then the special moves (especially
    tatami and the guard cancels).  Finally learn the overdrive’s and Instant
    Kill.  Then start to experiment with the different moves and see what sort of
    crazy combo’s you can come up with, or just borrow the ones listed earlier in
    this FAQ ^_^
      So, Now that you know moves but haven’t played squat, go through the game
    multiple times.  Lesson three is story mode, survival mode, arcade mode.  Do
    ‘em all and see how far you can get!  The point here is to integrate what you
    just learned into actual playing, so that you don’t have to think: “Um...
    how do I do ___ move again?” during the middle of a round.  Once you know all
    of Baiken’s moves, and all the ways she can move around, and gain some game
    experience; you’re done with the lesson ^_^
    !!!Congrats!!!  At this point, you are no longer a beginner and are an
    intermediate player.  At this point, you should be able to start picking up
    other characters and having fun at parties and such without losing too badly or
    feeling bad for doing horribly.  A thing to remember is don’t play for too
    long.  Take whole day breaks to do other things, and leave the game alone.  The
    reason for this is that playing too long and too hard will make you do worse. 
    Take it easy, have fun with it, and you’ll do great! ^_^
      Lesson four is learning the more intermediate techniques.  Use training mode
    and figure out what Roman Candles do, using faultless defense, instant block,
    air recoveries, and read the tricks section earlier in this FAQ and start
    integrating these tricks into play.  You’ll learn to integrate these
    techniques by going the game multiple times again.
      Lesson five is learning analysis.  This one is best done if you get a friend
    who knows how to play the game pretty well.  Ask him/her to pick a particular
    strategy to use (being offensive, over using one move, jump attacking too much,
    etc...), without him/her telling you what he/she is going to pick.  Set the
    rounds to one, and the time to 30 seconds.  As Baiken you avoid for 30 seconds
    as your friend does the strategy and at the end you have to know what strategy
    it was.  Then do it again, this time as a duel, your friend using the EXACT
    same strategy.  The point is to learn how to read your opponents, see patterns
    and favorite’s moves, and to adapt.  Don’t get mad if it doesn’t work the
    first time, it takes time to learn how to read opponents.  Many opponents have
    favorite combo’s and moves that they like to use, but the trick is to
    recognize them when they’re used, and how to adapt and defend against them.
      Lesson six is going back through all those lessons, and doing it again. 
    Relearn all her moves, and all the ways she can move around.  Relearn all her
    attacks, etc.  When you get back to this lesson, take a break, ‘cuz you’re
    doing awesome.
      !!!! CONGRATS !!!!
      At this point, you should be pretty good at GGXX with Baiken.  Go check out
    other characters... play with friends, have fun with it.  It’s a game, after
    all, and games are supposed to be fun ^_^
      The last lesson that I’m putting here is to venture out.  Play with a wide
    variety of opponents and spread the GG phenomenom all over ^_^
    :Special Thanks:
      To David, for being an awesome challenge any day of the week.
      To EChang, for a well informed FAQ, I referred to it many times.
      To Mike, Steve, and Chuck, for allowing all that “research.”
      To Shiva Nataraja, for a Baiken FAQ that got me on the right track.
      To Ed, for introducing me to GG so many years ago.
      To Dice, for teaching me the way of the fighting game.
      To Gamecombos, for providing such a factually well informed site.
      To Sony, for providing an awesome gaming platform.
      To Arcs Systems Development, for creating such an incredible game.
      To Sammy, for publishing such an incredible game.
      To GameFaqs for allowing this FAQ to even be in existence.
      And to you, the reader, for putting up with a thirty page FAQ.
    Well done, good reader, you’ve made it to the end.  Thanks for reading ^_^
    Copyright 2003 Paul Benson

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