The King of Fighters '98/Lucky
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This is three on three street basketball
If you wanna join in you gotta answer the call.
Call, short, pass, it don't make no difference it all
'Cause when the whistle blows it's a free-for-all.
Baby better slam it gettin' ready to burn
Take a three point shot make everybody's head turn.
That's just the way it goes
Yeah I'm the finest on the court and everybody knows.
Lucky is probably the weakest of the American Sports Team. His only reliable way for finishing a combo requires meter, his specials have a long startup and can be countered heavily, and his hop is floaty. His strength lies in his long pokes which you can use to play fundamental footsies, but that's as solid as it gets. Playing Lucky in EX mode allows him to use his j.2A to pressure, but it knocks down on hit and isn't as good as other EX pressuring moves. Still, if you can set up some B-ball traps and annoy the opponent, you can edge out a win. Always try to have at least one meter on hand before Lucky is on the field so you can enter MAX Mode for more damaging footsies, or so you can complete a combo decently.
- cr.B, cr.B, cr.B xx Hell Bound (A version). Can be done off two cr.Bs for safety, or you can do two cr.Bs after a jump-in.
- cl.C xx f.A xx Lucky Driver (B version). C version of Hell Bound will combo here as well, but for less damage. Note it's possible for the f.A to whiff if not in close enough at the beginning.
- Corner: cr.B, cr.B xx Death Heel (D). Outside the corner you can only combo into Death Heel off of one cr.B or cl.C.
- cl.C xx Death Heel (D). Meterless punisher.
- MAX: cl.C xx f.B xx SDM Lucky Driver (B version). Lucky's most damaging combo that deals about 70%, and is only practical off a stun.
b or f + C - SLAM DUNK! Breakable, face forward.
b or f + D - Lucky knees into the opponent in an overly fluid manner. Mashable, unbreakable, face forward.
D version preferred as it's unbreakable.
Standing C - Whiffs crouchers due to Lucky being so tall, but works well as a preemptive hop stuffer.
Close Standing C - The precursor to Makoto's infamous st.MP. Can be chained into f.B which can cancel into a DM, so this ishis preferred close normal.
Close Standing D - A knee to the chest that cannot be canceled or chained into anything. Stick with cl.C.
Standing D - Ooh baybee! Lucky's longest poke that hits mid and reaches over a quarter of the screen. The startup is slower than far C, but it's the range you want to abuse on this poke. Use often.
Standing B - A high kick that looks similar to Benimaru's st.B, only with a smaller hitbox, making it not as useful of an option.
Standing A - A basic st.A, good for stuffing hops and has a little extra range than others.
Close Standing A - Lucky elbows the opponent. Can be crouched, and has little range.
Close Standing B - Cancelable, but does not hit low. Less useful than st.B as buffering a cr.B into cl.B and trying to get out his DM will give you a Lucky Vision instead.
Crouching A - Wide hitbox for a cr.A, and is cancelable. No reason to use instead of cr.B inside combos though.
Crouching B - Decent range and can be canceled and chained into itself. It's alright, and confirming from cr.Bs into his DM is his primary way to score damage.
Crouching C - An uncancelable poke with longer range than his cr.A. Hits further than his st.C and will not whiff crouchers.
Crouching D - A long range, cancelable sweep. The range is a few pixels shorter than his far D, but it's a good footsie tool.
Jumping A - A downward chop. Hits fairly deep vertically,
Jumping B - A flying knee similar to Kyo's j.B. Lucky's best jump-in attack.
Jumping C - Downward punch that is fickle to hit deep with, making it not the best attack to jump in with.
Jumping D - Has a long horizontal hitbox making it a good air to air, but will not hit crouching opponents.
Jumping CD - Looks almost the same as j.D, only Lucky's foot is positioned at a lower angle. Will not hit crouchers, but can air-to-air decently.
f + B - A punt that is cancelable when chained into or when done alone.
In air, d + A - Lucky does a flying dunk that goes straight down. Gives a hard knockdown on hit. Can be used during a backdash for extended backdash length, and can be used in EX Mode forward dashes to pressure.
Death Bound (qcf + P) - aka DIS BALL - Lucky bounces a ball in front of him that rebounds at a different angle depending on the version used. A version travels a higher height, and the C version stays lower. Can be used as a risky form on zoning, but do not overuse. Slow startup. Note: If a normal is canceled into Death Bound, Lucky drops the ball as it comes in and then launches a punch. This punch will NOT combo off of any move.
Death Dunk (qcb + P) - aka DIS DUNK -Lucky jumps to intercept an incoming ball and bounces it downward off the ground and into the sky. Both versions create a "V"-shaped trajectory, only the D version covers a wider distance. The startup is very slow and the opponent can jump over the ball as it goes downward. If you cancel into this move, Luck carries it out as usual.
Cyclone Break (qcb + K) - Lucky spins through the air, hitting up to four times. Works as a preemptive anti-air due to the enormous size, but can be beat out by big air-to-air hitboxes. Fairly safe on block, but slightly negative. Combos from cl.C, but not on crouchers.
Lucky Vision (qcf + K) - Lucky slides down the blacktop which can cross up opponents that are not in the corner. However, he can very easily be hit out of the animation at any part. The B version travels halfscreen, or twice the length of a roll, where the D version goes fullscreen.
Death Shoot (d, d + P / K) - SET - Lucky sets a layup. The distance the ball falls down from depends on the version used, ranging shortest to longest from A to B to C to D. The closer versions, namely A and B, are the safer ones to use as if thrown too far out the opponent can walk forward and make the ball completely whiff leaving you absolutely free to retaliation. The A and B versions can stop forward progression, although the move's startup is slow. Of all Lucky's B-ball shots, this is the safest if used wisely. Note: If canceled into, Lucky will not set up a ball, but rather use his nj.B as he's at the peak of his jump. This kick will whiff crouching opponents, so it is a terrible idea to cancel into this move :(
Death Heel (dp + K) - This move hits twice; once on the way up, and then again as he does his downward kick. It is not a reversal, and is only good inside of combos (and even rarely at that). The downward kick whiffs standing opponents, so even gimmicks with the move are bad.
Hell Bound (qcf x 2 + P) - After pointing to the sky, Lucky points to the ground with a shout of "PLAY BALL" and the gods release dunk so mighty it creates a pillar resembling a chaos dunk. The C version is slower as Lucky moves forward before dunking and is only useful off of f.B. The A version will only combo off cr.B, or cr.A. Deals moderate damage, and can be used to anti-air jumps as the pillar has infinite vertical length.
SDM version is SLOWER and will not combo from anything. Don't use it.
Lucky Driver (qcf x 2 + K) - Lucky breakdances all over the opponent. It does not have any startup invuln, so keep it for the combo (Yes, one combo).
SDM version deals more damage and has a ballin' finisher.