Garou: Mark of the Wolves/Kain
Kain is the final boss in Garou. He is uncle to Rock Howard, and runs the family business after Geese's death.
Pros: -Can Combo 2 S-Power Moves -Good Zoning Moves -Excellent Poking Normals
Cons: -Low Stamina -Slow Special Recovery
Special Command Moves
When a move can be canceled, it can either be canceled into a special/super/feint. Some moves that can't be canceled when they hit can be canceled when the opponent blocks while some moves that can be Special/Super canceled cannot be Feint Canceled.
Command = the input for the attack.
Start Up = How many start up frames an attack has.
Hit = When the attack hits.
Block = When the attack is blocked.
+ signifies how many advantage frames the attacker has.
- signifies how many disadvantage frames the attacker has.
KD means the attack will knock the opponent down.
Data from Howard's Arena
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- Probably his most damaging combo, but getting the QCFx2+K super to connect can be a bit tricky, and the opponent can always escape your throw... Note: You MUST use the P-power super, the S-power version DOES NOT hit!
j./,cr. , HP xxQCFx2+LP,QCFx2+LK,Charge Down then Up+ OR Charge Back then Forward+LK OR TOP Attack
j./,cr. , HP xxQCFx2+HP,Charge Down then Up+ OR Charge Back then Forward+LK OR TOP Attack(1)
Jumping K,Standing HP-Feint->cr. ,QCFx2+LK,QCFx2+LK,Charge Down then Up+ OR Charge Back then Forward+LK OR TOP Attack(2)
j. or ,cr. , HP,TOP Attack
(1)When in TOP, this combo does more damage than the one above if the TOP Attack is used to finish the combo.
Kain's top move travels forward, covering a fair amount of distance and is good for one hit that knocks down your opponent. Besides doing a super, this is one of the most damaging moves you can finish a combo with.
Kain can be both a keep away or rushdown character, but most people prefer his keep away style the most. Since Kain has the right tools to keep opponents guessing with both of his angled and horizontal projectiles.
Also his qcfX2 + A/C is a great anti-air, even while you're getting hit it usually ends up trading with the whatever move the opponent tries to do. If you want to rush with him you'll have to learn how to use the charge tricks, which make Kain seems like he never needs to charge.
Another thing with Kain is to learn what pokes beat what as well like all other characters. Kain has some great pokes from his stand A/B, even his stand D is a somewhat decent distant poke but has some recovery behind it. Just don't use it a lot or up close or you'll end up eating a super. Also use his d + AB into stand C on wake-up situations since it beats most wake-up specials and even sometimes supers if timed correctly. Kain's low dodge attack is a great wake-up move as well since sometimes its hard to see when he'll do it and it hits twice. If you do it just right on wake-up it leaves Kain pretty much safe from anything after it. Learn to break with his charge down, up + B/D consistantly as this is one of his main combo starters. It also helps you gain super meter when you might need more meter in certain situation. It's also a great poke as it beats most other specials and supers as well at times.
Use whiff Breaked Schwarze Lanze to build meter, it has a ridiculously low charge time and can be thus done in quick succesion.
Comboing his Crouching B into a S. Lanze (Charge Down then U+K:-
The trick is to first land a Crouching B on them. Usually you can land about 2 at most to be able to combo afterwards in the corner. Mid screen you can only land 1 Crouching B on the opponent as 2 Crouching Bs will cause the S. Lanze to whiff. Now for the method of doing it, same method for doing the Guard Cancel shortcuts. What you do is while the Crouching B hits them when they are in hit stun do a quick up then go back to down, after the Crouching B is done from its animation then hit B again. What happens is since you already started with a Crouching B you gained the charge needed for the S. Lanze from it. So when you do the Up then Down again then hit B it makes it so the move is able to combo afterwards. It does sound tricky but in reality its pretty simple, it gives you enough time to pull it off. So just remember hit Crouching B, then Up, back to Down, then hit B again to combo into the move, you can also Break it afterwards but has to be done pretty quick. So with this tool added to Kain's other options this really helps him in his corner game for mixups. Since most of Kain's moves are charges so most people don't except him to be able to combo into those moves from crouch attacks. With this trick also comes new combos that Kain can use in an actual match as well.
Guard Cancel Shortcuts:
The whole Guard Cancel section explains how the shortcuts for GCs work so Kains is the same. Just have the charge of the move you want to do lets says any of his Charge Back then Forward+P or K (S. Flamme or Panzer). Charge it for a second then hit Foward then hit Back, or even Down-Back, again to JD the move you want to JD. After that just hit which move you want to pull off with P or K. It should Guard Cancel right when you hit the button you want with no problems. Also you can Guard Cancel his S. Lanze as well. Though there are 2 ways of doing it, I find the first method easier in certain situations. Charge Down then , either press Back or Down-Back to JD then hit Up+K right when you JD. The other method is jumping in but charging as you jump then before you land input Down, Up, then hit Back or Down-Back as you land then the button to Guard Cancel into it. Try both methods out and see which one works best for you.
It's possible to cancel Kain's backdash into any of his specials/supers, that includes his TOP attack. The timing is pretty instant about a 2 frame window to input the special/super/TOP attack. So for instance if you want to cancel his charge kick hold d, u + B/D during the backdash, you would need to do it as:
hold d, do a quick backdash then hit up + B/D the instant you backdash. It's a real quick cancel and the timing is very hard but possible to do. Requires a lot of practice to get it down.