Garou: Mark of the Wolves/Kevin Rian
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Gameplay Overview
- 3 Move List
- 4 Attributes
- 5 Frame Data
- 6 Hitboxes
- 7 Hitboxes and Attack Notes
- 8 Combos
- 9 T.O.P. Notes
- 10 Overall Strategy
- 11 Matchup Notes
- 12 Advanced Tactics
-Only low break move in the game
-Far A is really strong
-Supers are also really strong
-Very good dash
-Infinite corner blockstring
-Best command grab in the game
-Not reliable anti-air besides supers
-No combo from 2B if not meaty
Originally, his designer gave him knife attacks to improve his reach but this was taken out due to balancing issues.
Kevin is the most versatile character in the game. Builds meter really fast with his special cancels. He can play offensively or defensively and still control the match. He has some of the longest combos in game. Once Kevin has P super, the match becomes his to control. The opponent must fear and respect Kevin with full super, even if its an inexperienced Kevin. Even without meter Kevin can still be scary with his command grab, guard crush corner loop and high/low options. This is why most players consider him the best in the game.
Command Normal Moves
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 a move/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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Hitboxes and Attack Notes
Hell Trap+ (Break)
Kevin will move forward with a low attack, followed by a grab. This move is going to be important for corner lock downs as its his break, and he recovers very fast from it. The first hit goes low, and if blocked can be canceled with the break input. If it does hit, the grab will automatically grab them. The second hit of this move is a grab, but it registers as a normal attack. Since its an attack, it can be JD and punished.
This move has 3 levels. The version hits mid, while the is an overhead. The version comes out a bit slower, but can be worth it for mix ups as many would expect Kevin to do his + attack. The version is the best follow up to his break, but it must be timed correctly, other wise it will whiff. This move has three levels, a level 2 must be done in order to hit after break. Doing this move by itself isn't the best thing to do, but it can be done every now and then to throw off your opponent. This move also leads into all of his advanced tricks with cancels. For more about his cancels read Kevin Cancel's
Close range command grab that will throw them away from Kevin. This is a great move, especially since many people never see it coming. Throw it in with your mix ups, empty cancel into it, tick into it.
Kevin crawls on the ground like a commando and can follow up with an overhead, or a low attack. Since's hes on the ground, attacks that don't hit low-mid or low will not touch him. He also has some invincibility frames which allow him to get out of bad situations. His follow-up will got low on the opponent. it doesn't come out very fast, but it can be affective at times. The follow-up is an over head, which comes out slower that his follow-up. If blocked Kevin is in trouble, but if it hits, he scores a knockdown. Use both of these moves sparingly, and remember to mix it up with them, don't stick to one follow-up. You can also do a follow-up which will get Kevin off the ground, and is another trick to build meter with him, but not anywhere near as fast as doing it with his cancels.
Kevin will do a roll that takes him about two character lengths ahead of where he was. This move sounds great since its a semi invincible roll, but its recovery isn't the best, and once used a few times, it becomes quite obvious to a seasoned player when it will be used again. Many people tend to use this move to escape from the corner, but if the opponent predicts it, Kevin can get punished. Try not to abuse this move or rely on this move too much. This move can lead to a decent wake up game, but you will be thrown more often than anything else. Use this move wisely.
An arching air attack. This move can be a decent anti-air if the opponent is at the right height, but its best not to rely on this. Its a great follow up after his + break. it doesn't require any special timing, and as long as you are close enough the version will hit them 100% of the time. The version is also -1 on block, so it is very hard to punish. The version travels higher and further, and it will not hit grounded opponents, which makes it a pretty useless version.
This will go through some moves, has a fair amount of invulnerability frames. Mostly used after a ++ or in combo and has to be timed right, otherwise the super will whiff the last few hits. Can be used as a high risk high reward reversal.
Damage on this super is very low, but this is easily one of the best supers in the game. When hit, the opponent will be frozen for a couple of seconds, which allows Kevin to continue with his onslaught. The version comes out slow, and should never be thrown out randomly as it doesn't have a good hit box and can be stuffed out easily. Two can be connected in the same combo, or one followed by an super. The version comes out instantly and is easily the best move for juggling. The overall best option is for Kevin to sit on his meter until he can throw out a version in a combo.
Kevin has perhaps the most damaging combos in the game; he is 2nd to non in this field. While not all of his combos may be posted as of this writing, the ones given may suffice for even the most amateur of players. All combos can be preformed anywhere unless noted.
Note: damage is based on the majority of the cast. All combos will do slightly less on Grant and Tizoc and slightly more on Jenet, Hotaru and Hokutomaru
These combos require no feinting, and can be preformed by all skill levels.
St. xx + (break), + 24 damage
St. xx + (break), + 30 damage
St. xx + (break), + 28 damage
St. xx + (break), + 34 damage
St. xx + (break), , + , 50 damage
St. xx + (break), , + , 67 damage
These combos implement feinting and break with P or S Power
St. xx , xx (break), (hold)
St. xx , (FC), dash, St. xx (break), (hold)
St., St. xx (break), dash,
St. xx , (FC), dash, St. xx (break), dash,
You will notice that in a number of combos here and in Anywhere, you will have to Hold A for his special move to hit. Your best bet is to hold it for a split second to get it's Lvl. 2 ver. In addition, you can 'buffer' the QCB during Kevin's recovery from attacks then when holding LP, you most likely will get the Lvl. 2 ver. immediately.
Finally, only his Lvl. 2 & 3 ver. of his QCB+P will hit a juggled opponent.
2- For the QCFx2+LK to connect easily, you must hit your opponent with the 2nd QCB+A somewhat 'early' this will knock them high enough for the super to hit them.
3- The difference between adding in the QCF+K and not, is approximately 7 points of damage.
4- You can get some energy for your power gauge by doing QCB+(A+D) then QCF+B, Break-->QCB+ A (Hold) then release. This method makes it so that the QCF+K will connect easily, however you might need to practice this method as it requires performing the QCB+(A+D) as soon as Kevin recovers (attempt the buffering trick mentioned previously).
Kevin's T.O.P attack is a charging roll which has 10 frames of start up and is -5 on block (unsafe).
On guard it has huge Guard Crush potential (taking out about 40% of an average guard meter).
When used to Guard Crush, Kevin has the ability to combo after the Guard Crush.
Being unsafe, the TOP shouldn't be used on guard when it won't crush.
- Guard Crushing :
This is probably one of the easiest guardcrush loop in the game, however it has a weakness : your opponent can stand up, making the Hell Trap hit (it hits low).
The Kevin player should look at the animation of his opponent to see if he is standing up and be ready to confirm.
- Meter Building :
- Jenet :
2AB xx B Super can anti-air divekicks, allowing for Jenet specific combo. The super will combo even if it hits her in the air, allowing for a Jenet specific juggle, such as C rotor C xx B Super.
Crawl makes divekicks whiff, allowing to lowprofile the divekick and punish it by getting up when she lands.
Jenet specific combos allow to juggle her with C or D air resets, for example hop D > Bingo will combo even if the hop D hit her aiborne.
This leads to a few things, the main being meter building. Canceling the move into a s. builds meter very fast, and is the easiest way to build meter with the cancels. You can also cancel the move into itself ( + into + or vice-vera), but its a bit tricker to do it consistently, but we'll get to that later, for now we'll show how to do the simple and safer cancel.
When doing the + you can hit any button with and it will cancel into the button that was pressed with , for instance, if you were to do the move then press + you will get a s. . So the easiest option for building meter in this situation is to cancel the special with + or ++. These will result in a s/c which comes out and recovers the fastest.
The more complex way of building meter isn't too hard. You do + then piano , , this will lead one special into another special, and Kevin will never leave his charge animation but build twice the meter in the same amount of time . The meter build can continue from there, for example: + , , , , , ...and so on. If done right, Kevin will never leave his hunched anymation. This has to be done right, otherwise it will lead to Kevin being open for an attack. Once you have this down, the safest thing to do would be to cancel into one special, then a s/c. . It may seem tempting to keep going and build your meter, but it isn't the safest thing to do since the opponent can rush in during the middle of the cancels.
His cancels can be used for more than just meter building. Combos, mind games, and more can be done with the cancels.
Many people seem to have trouble doing his cancels in T.O.P mode, especially anything involving +. People usually get his T.O.P attack to come out instead of a attack. The way to fix this is to throw in an extra button when you do the cancel. So if you wanted to do two s. 's using the cancels in top, you would have to do it like: s. , +, , ++. Adding the extra button will make it so the T.O.P attack doesn't come out, and instead you get the input you wanted.
- Building meter (the rotor dance):
Kevin has the fastest meter building tool in the game thanks to this cancel, however it requires a bit of execution.
To understand how it works, let's break it down :
- => stand will come out, because in this game pressing 2 boutons at once prevents specials from comming out.
- ~ => pressing will karacancel the stand (cancel it before it is active), and since a was buffered, the C rotor will come out (the usual input being ). Kevin is now performing his C rotor.
- C rotor > => it will cancel the C rotor with a stand . At this point, you can press C again to karacancel the stA into a rotor which you can cancel again, etc.
Execution tip : pressing A+D at the same time with your index finger makes it much easier, do qcb A+D with your index, then C right after with your middle finger.
This takes fast execution and once mastered, you need to figure out "How do I get out of it to avoid being punished?".
To get out of it, after pressing C (rotor comes out), you can press backdash+D to backdash out of it, or AD to stA out of it, or 2ABD to anti-air with 2AB (or anything else allowing you to cancel the rotor, but these are usually the safest options).