Sagat (ST)

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Sagat's portrait in Super Turbo

Introduction

Competitive Overview

Strengths & Weaknesses

New & Old Versions Comparison

To select O.Sagat, choose Sagat and then press ↑ ↓ ↓ ↑ Jab/Fierce, pressing Short simultaneously with the punch button for the alternate color.

Here is the list of differences:

  • Obvious stuff: O.Sagat can not tech throws and does not have a Super;
  • O.Sagat has a slightly smaller hurtbox than N.Sagat but it's unknown if it has any relevance. Note that this affects most standing normals as well so it will not be listed on the normal moves differences list;
  • O.Sagat has a faster pre-jump animation by 2 frames;
  • O.Sagat has some differences in some of his normals:
    • Close Standing Strong has slower startup;
    • Far Standing Strong can be special canceled;
    • Close Standing Fierce has slower startup and can not be special canceled but does a more damage;
    • Far Standing Fierce does more damage;
    • Crouching Fierce does more damage;
    • Second hit of Standing Short can be special canceled and it has better low-level priority but worse higher-level priority;
    • Crouching Short does more damage;
    • Standing Forward's first hit does a little more damage. Second hit can be special canceled and has better priority as a poke but worse priority as anti-air;
    • Standing Roundhouse first active part does a little more damage;
    • Crouching Roundhouse does more damage;
    • Both Jumping Fierces do more damage;
    • Diagonal Jumping Forward can not be used as a cross-up attack;
    • Both Jumping Roundhouses do more damage;
  • High Tiger Shots have the same recovery for all versions, plus a better foot hurtbox;
  • Low Tiger Shots have faster startup, the same recovery for all versions, plus a better hurtbox at his fist;
  • Fierce Tiger Uppercut is a single hit move so it always does full damage;

Color Options

Jab Strong Fierce Start Old
Sagat-lp.gif Sagat-mp.gif Sagat-hp.gif Sagat-start.gif Sagat-old1.gif
Sagat-lk.gif Sagat-mk.gif Sagat-hk.gif Sagat-hold.gif Sagat-old2.gif
Short Forward Roundhouse Hold Old Alternative

--Born2SPD

Moves Analysis

Disclaimer: To better understand the diagrams, read this.

Normal Moves

Ground Normals

  • Close Standing Jab:
Damage 12[1] Sagat stcljab1&3.png Sagat stcljab2.png Sagat stcljab1&3.png
Stun 0~5
Stun Timer 40
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +5
Frame Count 3 4 4
Simplified 1 + 3 4 4


  • Far Standing Jab:
Damage 12[1] Sagat stfarjab1&3 stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Sagat stfarjab2.png Sagat stfarjab1&3 stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Sagat stfarjab4 stfarstrng6 stfarfrc6.png
Stun 0~5
Stun Timer 40
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +4
Frame Count 3 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 3 4 5


  • Crouching Jab:
Damage 12[1] Sagat crjab1 crstrng1.png Sagat crjab2&4 crstrng2&4.png Sagat crjab3.png Sagat crjab2&4 crstrng2&4.png
Stun 0~5
Stun Timer 40
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +6
Frame Count 2 2 3 4
Simplified 1 + 4 3 4


  • Close Standing Strong:
Damage 22[1] Sagat stclstrng1&4.png Sagat stclstrng2.png Sagat stclstrng3.png Sagat stclstrng1&4.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 60
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +5
Frame Count 3 6 6 1
Simplified 1 + 3 6 7


  • Far Standing Strong:
Damage 22[1] Sagat stfarstrng1&5 stfarfrc1&5.png Sagat stfarjab1&3 stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Sagat stfarstrng3.png Sagat stfarjab1&3 stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Sagat stfarstrng1&5 stfarfrc1&5.png Sagat stfarjab4 stfarstrng6 stfarfrc6.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 60
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel No
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +5
Frame Count 3 2 4 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 5 4 9


  • Crouching Strong:
Damage 22[1] Sagat crjab1 crstrng1.png Sagat crjab2&4 crstrng2&4.png Sagat crstrng3.png Sagat crjab2&4 crstrng2&4.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 60
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +8
Frame Count 2 2 4 6
Simplified 1 + 4 4 6


  • Close Standing Fierce:
Damage 24[2] Sagat stclfrc1&4.png Sagat stclfrc2.png Sagat stclfrc3.png Sagat stclfrc1&4.png
Stun 10~16
Stun Timer 80
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +3
Frame Count 3 8 10 1
Simplified 1 + 3 8 11


  • Far Standing Fierce:
Damage 24[1] Sagat stfarstrng1&5 stfarfrc1&5.png Sagat stfarjab1&3 stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Sagat stfarfrc3.png Sagat stfarjab1&3 stfarstrng2&4 stfarfrc2&4.png Sagat stfarstrng1&5 stfarfrc1&5.png Sagat stfarjab4 stfarstrng6 stfarfrc6.png
Stun 10~16
Stun Timer 80
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel No
Super Cancel No
Frame Advantage -7
Frame Count 4 3 6 10 12 1
Simplified 1 + 7 6 23


  • Crouching Fierce:
Damage 24[2] Sagat crfrc1&3.png Sagat crfrc2.png Sagat crfrc1&3.png Sagat crfrc4.png
Stun 10~16
Stun Timer 80
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel No
Super Cancel No
Frame Advantage +3
Frame Count 6 6 12 1
Simplified 1 + 6 6 13


  • Close/Far Standing Short:
Damage 12[0] + 12[0] Sagat stclshrt1&7 stfarshrt1&7 stclfrwrd1&7 stfarfrwrd1&7 stclrh1&7 stfarrh1&7.png Sagat stclshrt2&6 stfarshrt2&6 stclfrwrd2&6 stfarfrwrd2&6 stclrh2&6 stfarrh2&6.png Sagat stclshrt3 stfarshrt3.png Sagat stclshrt4 stfarshrt4.png Sagat stclshrt5 stfarshrt5.png Sagat stclshrt2&6 stfarshrt2&6 stclfrwrd2&6 stfarfrwrd2&6 stclrh2&6 stfarrh2&6.png Sagat stclshrt1&7 stfarshrt1&7 stclfrwrd1&7 stfarfrwrd1&7 stclrh1&7 stfarrh1&7.png
Stun 0~5 + 0~5
Stun Timer 40 + 40
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes / No
Super Cancel Yes / Yes
Frame Advantage +2 / +4(+3)
Frame Count 2 1 2 2 2 2 3
Simplified 1 + 3 2 2 7


  • Crouching Short:
Damage 4[1] Sagat crshrt1&4.png Sagat crshrt2.png Sagat crshrt3.png Sagat crshrt1&4.png
Stun 0~5
Stun Timer 40
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +4
Frame Count 4 4 4 1
Simplified 1 + 4 4 5


  • Close/Far Standing Forward:
Damage 14[0] + 18[1] Sagat stclshrt1&7 stfarshrt1&7 stclfrwrd1&7 stfarfrwrd1&7 stclrh1&7 stfarrh1&7.png Sagat stclshrt2&6 stfarshrt2&6 stclfrwrd2&6 stfarfrwrd2&6 stclrh2&6 stfarrh2&6.png Sagat stclfrwrd3 stfarfrwrd3.png Sagat stclfrwrd4 stfarfrwrd4.png Sagat stclfrwrd5 stfarfrwrd5 stclrh5 stfarrh5.png Sagat stclshrt2&6 stfarshrt2&6 stclfrwrd2&6 stfarfrwrd2&6 stclrh2&6 stfarrh2&6.png Sagat stclshrt1&7 stfarshrt1&7 stclfrwrd1&7 stfarfrwrd1&7 stclrh1&7 stfarrh1&7.png
Stun 5~11 + 5~11
Stun Timer 60 + 60
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes / No
Super Cancel Yes / Yes
Frame Advantage +1 / +3(+2)
Frame Count 2 1 2 2 3 4 6
Simplified 1 + 3 2 2 13


  • Crouching Forward:
Damage 22[1] Sagat crfrwrd1&5 crrh1&5.png Sagat crfrwrd2&4 crrh2&4.png Sagat crfrwrd3.png Sagat crfrwrd2&4 crrh2&4.png Sagat crfrwrd1&5 crrh1&5.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 60
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes
Super Cancel Yes
Frame Advantage +7
Frame Count 2 2 4 3 4
Simplified 1 + 4 4 7


  • Close/Far Standing Roundhouse:
Damage 16[0] / 22[2] Sagat stclshrt1&7 stfarshrt1&7 stclfrwrd1&7 stfarfrwrd1&7 stclrh1&7 stfarrh1&7.png Sagat stclshrt2&6 stfarshrt2&6 stclfrwrd2&6 stfarfrwrd2&6 stclrh2&6 stfarrh2&6.png Sagat stclrh3 stfarrh3.png Sagat stclrh4 stfarrh4.png Sagat stclfrwrd5 stfarfrwrd5 stclrh5 stfarrh5.png Sagat stclshrt2&6 stfarshrt2&6 stclfrwrd2&6 stfarfrwrd2&6 stclrh2&6 stfarrh2&6.png Sagat stclshrt1&7 stfarshrt1&7 stclfrwrd1&7 stfarfrwrd1&7 stclrh1&7 stfarrh1&7.png
Stun 10~16 / 1~7
Stun Timer 80 / 70
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel Yes / No
Super Cancel Yes / No
Frame Advantage -7 / -4
Frame Count 2 1 3 3 6 7 10
Simplified 1 + 3 3 3 23

Great anti-air and anti-cross-up.

  • Crouching Roundhouse:
Damage 24[2] Sagat crfrwrd1&5 crrh1&5.png Sagat crfrwrd2&4 crrh2&4.png Sagat crrh3.png Sagat crfrwrd2&4 crrh2&4.png Sagat crfrwrd1&5 crrh1&5.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 130
Chain Cancel No
Special Cancel No
Super Cancel No
Frame Advantage -1
Frame Count 4 2 6 8 9
Simplified 1 + 6 6 17

This is Sagat's sweep attack. It has better range than most sweeps, so Sagat is able to safely trip jump-ins that characters such as shotos and Zangief can not.

Aerial Normals

  • Neutral Jumping Jab:
Damage 12[0] Sagat njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&3 djstrng1&3.png Sagat njjab2.png
Stun 1~7(-2)
Stun Timer 40



Frame Count 3


  • Diagonal Jumping Jab:
Damage 12[2] Sagat njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&3 djstrng1&3.png Sagat djjab2.png Sagat djjab3.png Sagat djjab4 njstrng4 djstrng4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Sagat djjab5 njstrng5 djstrng5 njfrc5 djfrc5.png
Stun 1~7(-2)
Stun Timer 40



Frame Count 3 20 4 4
Simplified 3 24


  • Neutral Jumping Strong:
Damage 22[1] Sagat njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&3 djstrng1&3.png Sagat njstrng2.png Sagat njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&3 djstrng1&3.png Sagat djjab4 njstrng4 djstrng4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Sagat djjab5 njstrng5 djstrng5 njfrc5 djfrc5.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 50(+10)



Frame Count 3 14 4 4
Simplified 3 14


  • Diagonal Jumping Strong:
Damage 22[2] Sagat njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&3 djstrng1&3.png Sagat djstrng2.png Sagat njjab1 djjab1 njstrng1&3 djstrng1&3.png Sagat djjab4 njstrng4 djstrng4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Sagat djjab5 njstrng5 djstrng5 njfrc5 djfrc5.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 50(+10)



Frame Count 3 14 4 4
Simplified 3 14


  • Neutral Jumping Fierce:
Damage 24[2] Sagat njfrc1&3 djfrc1&3.png Sagat njfrc2.png Sagat njfrc1&3 djfrc1&3.png Sagat djjab4 njstrng4 djstrng4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Sagat djjab5 njstrng5 djstrng5 njfrc5 djfrc5.png
Stun 11~17(-1)
Stun Timer 60(+20)



Frame Count 5 10 4 4
Simplified 5 10


  • Diagonal Jumping Fierce:
Damage 24[2] Sagat njfrc1&3 djfrc1&3.png Sagat djfrc2.png Sagat njfrc1&3 djfrc1&3.png Sagat djjab4 njstrng4 djstrng4 njfrc4 djfrc4.png Sagat djjab5 njstrng5 djstrng5 njfrc5 djfrc5.png
Stun 11~17(-1)
Stun Timer 60(+20)



Frame Count 5 8 4 4
Simplified 5 8


  • Neutral Jumping Short:
Damage 14[0] Sagat njshrt1.png Sagat njshrt2.png
Stun 1~7(-2)
Stun Timer 40



Frame Count 2


  • Diagonal Jumping Short:
Damage 16[1] Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png Sagat djshrt2.png
Stun 1~7(-2)
Stun Timer 40



Frame Count 2


  • Neutral Jumping Forward:
Damage 22[1] Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat njfrwrd3.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 50(+10)



Frame Count 1 2 20 3
Simplified 3 20


  • Diagonal Jumping Forward:
Damage 22[1] Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat djfrwrd3.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png
Stun 5~11
Stun Timer 50(+10)



Frame Count 1 2 20 3
Simplified 3 20


  • Neutral Jumping Roundhouse:
Damage 24[2] Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat njrh3.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png
Stun 11~17(-1)
Stun Timer 60(+20)



Frame Count 2 3 8 5
Simplified 5 8


  • Diagonal Jumping Roundhouse:
Damage 24[2] Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat djrh3.png Sagat njfrwrd2&4 djfrwrd2&4 njrh2&4 djrh2&4.png Sagat djshrt1 njfrwrd1&5 djfrwrd1&5 njrh1&5 djrh1&5.png
Stun 11~17(-1)
Stun Timer 60(+20)



Frame Count 2 3 8 5
Simplified 5 8

Throws

Sagat has only one throw, which is a shoulder toss. It is performed by moving the joystick left or right and pressing either Strong or Fierce. The direction you move the stick is the direction your enemy will get tossed at. This does around 22% damage.

Sagat's throw range is not very good: he is only at an advantage against Fei Long. Boxer's Fierce throw and T. Hawk's normal throws have less range, but those characters have longer reach options.

  • Tiger Carry: (←/→ + Strong/Fierce)
Damage 32 Sagat throw.png
Stun 7~13
Stun Timer 100
Range (from axis) 48
(from throwable box) 16

Special Moves

  • Tiger Shot a.k.a. High Tiger: (↓↘→ + P)

Detailed Input: (↓ [0~6f] ↘ [0~6f] → [0~10/9/7f] Jab/Strong/Fierce)

  • Startup:
Sagat ht1.png Sagat ht2.png Sagat ht3.png
Frame Count 6 3 1
Simplified 10
  • Active:
  • Jab Version:
Damage 18[0] Sagat ht4jab.png Sagat ht5jab.png Sagat ht6jab.png Sagat ht7jab.png Sagat ht9jab.png
Stun 9~15
Stun Timer 100
Super Meter 3

Frame Count 1 1 1 2 1...
Simplified 38
  • Strong Version:
Damage 20[0] Sagat ht4.png Sagat ht5strng.png Sagat ht6strng.png Sagat ht7strng.png Sagat ht9strng.png
Stun 9~15
Stun Timer 100
Super Meter 3

Frame Count 1 1 1 2 1...
Simplified 40
  • Fierce Version:
Damage 22[0] Sagat ht4.png Sagat ht5frc.png Sagat ht6frc.png Sagat ht7frc.png Sagat ht9frc.png
Stun 9~15
Stun Timer 100
Super Meter 3

Frame Count 1 1 1 2 1...
Simplified 42

Sagat shouts his trademark move name and throws a projectile while standing still. The strength of the punch determines the speed and damage of the projectile, being Jab the lowest and Fierce the highest. This can be avoided by crouching under the projectile.

  • Ground Tiger Shot a.k.a. Low Tiger: (↓↘→ + K)

Detailed Input: (↓ [0~6f] ↘ [0~6f] → [0~10/9/7f] Short/Forward/Roundhouse)

  • Startup:
Sagat lt1.png Sagat lt2.png Sagat lt3.png
Frame Count 6 5 1
Simplified 12
  • Active:
  • Short Version:
Damage 17[0] Sagat lt4.png Sagat lt5shrt.png Sagat lt6shrt.png Sagat lt7shrt.png Sagat lt9shrt.png
Stun 9~15
Stun Timer 100
Super Meter 3
Frame Count 1 1 1 2 1...
Simplified 38
  • Forward Version:
Damage 18[0] Sagat lt4.png Sagat lt5frwrd.png Sagat lt6frwrd.png Sagat lt7frwrd.png Sagat lt9frwrd.png
Stun 9~15
Stun Timer 100
Super Meter 3
Frame Count 1 1 1 2 1...
Simplified 40
  • Roundhouse Version:
Damage 20[0] Sagat lt4.png Sagat lt5rh.png Sagat lt6rh.png Sagat lt7rh.png Sagat lt9rh.png
Stun 9~15
Stun Timer 100
Super Meter 3
Frame Count 1 1 1 2 1...
Simplified 42

Sagat shouts his trademark move name and throws a projectile while crouching. The kick version determines the speed and damage of the projectile, being Short the lowest and Roundhouse the highest. This move hits low, so the enemy must either evade it with a jump or special move, or crouch block.

  • Tiger Uppercut: (→↓↘ + P)

Detailed Input: (→ [0~6f] ↓ [0~6f] ↘ [0~10/9/7f] Jab/Strong/Fierce)

Jab Strong Fierce Sagat tu1.png Sagat tu2.png Sagat tu3.png Sagat tu4.png Sagat tu5.png Sagat tu6.png Sagat tu7.png Sagat tu8.png Sagat tu9.png
Damage 34[2] / 32[2] 38[2] / 34[2] 18[2] + 12[2] +
4[2] + 4[2] + 4[2]
Stun 3~9 0~4 * 5
Stun Timer 40 20 * 5
Super Meter 7

Frame Count (Jab) 1 2 4 3 14 4 4 13 6
Simplified (Jab) 3 4 17 27
Frame Count (Strong) 1 2 4 3 22 4 4 15 6
Simplified (Strong) 3 4 25 29
Frame Count (Fierce) 1 2 4 3 26 4 4 17 10
Simplified (Fierce) 3 4 3 26 35

Sagat performs a punch similar to a Shoryuken that hits once for big damage(Jab and Strong versions) or juggles into 4 or 5 hits (Fierce version). This move is invulnerable for a split second, making it an unavoidable anti-air if timed right.

  • Tiger Knee Crush: (↓→↗ + K)

Detailed Input: (↓ [0~6f] → [0~6f] ↗ [0~10/9/7/3f] Short/Forward/Roundhouse/any K if you are at a jumpable state)

  • Startup + Active:
Short Forward Rh Sagat tk1.png Sagat tk2.png Sagat tk3.png Sagat tk4.png Sagat tk5.png Sagat tk6.png
Damage (22[1] / 18[1])
+ 18[1]
(24[1] / 18[1])
+ 18[1]
(26[1] / 18[1])
+ 18[1]
Stun 2~8 + 2~8
Stun Timer 90 + 90
Frame Advantage -9 / -4 -11 / -6 -13 / -8
Super Meter 6
Frame Count (Short) 1 3 3 3 2 3
Simplified (Short) 4 6 5
Frame Count (Forward) 1 3 3 3 2 4
Simplified (Forward) 4 6 6
Frame Count (Rh) 1 4 3 3 2 5
Simplified (Rh) 5 6 7
  • Recovery:
Sagat tk7.png Sagat tk8.png Sagat tk9.png Sagat tk10.png
Frame Count (Short) 6 6 1 7
Simplified (Short) 20
Frame Count (Forward) 6 6 2 7
Simplified (Forward) 21
Frame Count (Rh) 6 6 3 7
Simplified (Rh) 22

Sagat performs an aerial knee bash attack that hits up to two times. The range, damage and recovery are determined by the kick version, being Short the shortest range and recovery and lowest damage; and Roundhouse the longest reach, longest recovery and highest damage. The first attack does from 14% to 16% damage and forces standing hitstun on the enemy while the second hit does 11% damage and causes a full knock down. This move can be used to avoid projectiles if timed right, finish combos and quickly get close to the enemy, often surprising him with a throw or Tiger Uppercut. Note that with N.Sagat this move is easier to perform because of his 2-frame longer pre-jump animation.

Super Move

  • Tiger Genocide: (↓↘→↓↘ + P/K)

Detailed Input: (↓ [0~14f] ↘ [0~14f] → [0~14f] ↓ [0~14f] ↘ [0~10f] P/K)

Damage 16[0] * 6 Sagat super1.png Sagat super2.png Sagat super3.png Sagat super4.png Sagat super5.png Sagat super6.png Sagat super7.png Sagat super8.png Sagat super9.png Sagat super10.png
Stun 0~4 * 6
Stun Timer 20 * 6



Frame Count 1 + [18] + 1 4 3 3 2 4 6 7 1 2
Simplified 6 6 6 16
Sagat super11.png Sagat super12.png Sagat super13.png Sagat super14.png Sagat super15.png Sagat super16.png Sagat super17.png
Frame Count 4 3 27 4 4 15 9
Simplified 4 3 27 32

Can pass through fireballs, but doesn't have much horizontal range. You can add a HP Uppercut in the corner after the super.

The Basics

Advanced Strategy

Combos

  • Standard
    • j.HK ~ cr.MK x HK Tiger Shot
    • j.HK ~ cr.HK
  • Standing Opponent
    • j.HK ~ cl.st.HP x HK Tiger Shot (High Dizzy Potential)
  • Crossup
    • j.MK ~ st.MP xx Tiger Uppercut
      • Hit confirmable and works if Ryu is crouching.
    • j.MK ~ cr.MP/MK ~ st.HP xx RH Tiger Knee or Tiger Shot
      • Odds are ryu won't crouch, so go for this to basically win the round.

Very hit confirmable. You might even get a dizzy before you get the special cancel out. With practice, it's easy.

    • j.MK ~ cr.MP/MK ~ cr.MK xx RH Tiger Knee
      • Do this if you find you need some more time to hit confirm your combo. A Tigershot won't work, so do a tiger knee. It should almost always dizzy, but less consistent than the st.FP combo, which is guaranteed.

-- ultracombo, shotosallday (2014)

Match-ups

Matchups classified with this diagram in mind. For the old characters i guessed the positions.

--Born2SPD

Serious Advantage Match-ups

Vs. Blanka:

  • 8 - 2

Vs. Cammy:

  • 7 - 3

Advantage Match-ups

Vs. E. Honda:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Vs. Fei Long:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Vs. T. Hawk:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

You need to get your anti-airs (st.RH, cr.RH, Tiger Uppercut) ready here. Remember, a trade is much better than blocking against grapplers. If you can not react against a dive, just block it and punish it with reversal RH Tiger Knee. Try to get your super bar filled up so as to shut down his empty jump/air Jab/Condor Dive mix-up.

Vs. O. T. Hawk:

  • 6.5 - 3.5

Highly Favorable matchup, you should win a large majority of the matches playing on reaction, you must do a few unconventional things though.

Stay crouched, it's a good position, keep calm and tiger, but watch out for a DP through it, mainly a concern for N.Gat, not O.gat, due to the botched low tiger hitbox.

Don't abuse st.lk. Not a vital normal in this matchup. Cr.mk and cr.hk are better, because hawk can't dp these pokes.

Tiger uppercut must be deep, this is vital to your victory. Hawk's j.lp has high priority, and will beat a Rising Tiger Uppercut. He can also stuff you while trying to input Tiger Uppercut, leading to a 360 setup, and possibly death. So try this, buffer your Tiger Uppercut with cr.lp/lk, this will ensure you never stand when inputting your Upper, guaranteeing a Deep TU every time.

Fast reactions will almost guarantee victory. Hawk's main method of getting in on Sagat is the air game. Watch your Tigers, don't get predictable, he can Hawk Dive these if he anticipates it. Punish far/midscreen Hawk Dives with a Roundhouse Tiger knee after blocking it, and if you really wanna show Hawk who's boss, you can punish it with a Deep TU, as long as he's far enough. Make sure it's deep, or it will trade, and maybe even flat out lose if done too early. It's usually better to just wait for the tiger knee unless you're really feeling yourself.

Now onto the last two important factors of this matchup: The Hawk Dive/J.LP air mixup, and escaping the loop.

Hawk Dive mixup:

If hawk jumps in on you from a close enough range, he can do a sort of air mixup, with a hawk dive, which done at close range at the top of his jump arc will stuff your Tiger Uppercut! If he knows you know about it, he can just go for j.lp while you're scared to press buttons and just start his 360 game. Don't let this happen! Reactions! Stay crouched, get ready to do a buffered TU as soon as you see the j.lp or he's coming down and it's too late to hawk dive. And get ready to block and punish the possible hawk dive with a Fierce High Tiger shot. Tiger knee won't work here, so don't do it! you'd only put yourself in danger.

If you get caught in the loop, don't give up. Sagat is pretty much impossible to safe jump, so have your reversal timing ready. You can still be OSd, but there are ways out, it's not like you're Ryu. There still is a slight mixup factor, you can still be baited. But you can also still escape! Fight to the bitter end.

Play your tiger shot game, use low pokes in footsies, keep your cool, and react punish everything, and you should have a good time with this matchup.

-- Ultracombo (2014)

Vs. Zangief:

  • 6 - 4

Fair Match-ups

Vs. Ken:

  • 5 - 5

When throwing low Tigers, Ken's Jab SRK will be a (high-damage) nuisance, due to its range and your extended limbs. On the other hand, Sagat is one the few characters who can punish its recovery with ease. Let spammers fly just so you punch their ass out of the air after any whiffed Jab SRK they try from close range with your standing Fierce punch for high damage and stun. This move is the major issue, since it will beat your own Tiger Uppercuts, low Tigers, Tiger Knees and all jump-ins. Be ready to counter it so he will be forced to use normals and projectiles, which are worse than yours and can be punished by standing punches and aerial RH.

When you get the super, his Hadoukens will become punishable on reaction: use this to your advantage to stablish control and eventually corner him, when your super will become even more dangerous.

Vs. Dee Jay:

  • 4.5 - 5.5

Vs. Sagat (self):

Disadvantage Match-ups

Vs. Ryu:

  • 3.5 - 6.5

The major difference here is your lack of a stand short cancel and a much weaker low tiger. You can soften throws (important!) and you have a super (also important!) Also n.sagats low tiger has a more vulnerable hitbox than o.gat, meaning ryu can jump in and punish your low tiger from a farther distance and he can even do a neutral jump over your low tiger and air roundhouse your arms on the way down. Not many ryus do it, but it is possible. Due to these changes, you're going to play less of a zoning powerhouse game a "yaya-esque" style play. A fast dp is essential, for a surprise factor in the ground mixup game to keep Ryu at bay a little. Your footsies must be on point. For instance, O.gat would punish a whiffed sweep with st.lk into RH low tiger, or just RH low tiger it, if he doesn't sweep it. Why? It's easier, the sweep has more startup time than St.lk, and O.gat's low tiger travels incredibly fast, which is another nerf n.gat suffers. You'll notice his roundhouse low tiger travels slower than o.gats. So as n.gat, you want to sweep basically sweep every time, and that even requires walking forward a little to do it. You can still do st.lk, but it's not optimal.

Neutral jumping is good. if ryu sweeps a lot, neutral jump, you can roundhouse it on your down, and it doubles as anticipation for a fireball, it seems a little silly, as you can still get punished, but try it out, you'll see it's useful.

I love this. It's a punish bait. Good on Ryu's wakeup if he likes to punish jumpins with sweep. As ryu wakes up, do a jump in RH from far away, at the right time. He'll think he has time to sweep, so he will. As soon as you land, Tiger Uppercut! deep Uppercut. You can do this in other situations when you see fit, not just on wakeup. Don't let Ryu do this on you!

Learn to punish DP whiffs with tiger uppercuts of your own! You might even have to walk forward a little to do it. Tiger knee is good too, but less damaging (though necessary at farther ranges). TU is better than a sweep or st.fp punish, more damage. this makes your footsie game so much scarier.

oh, and I forgot to mention, Super. Make sure you punish bad fbs on reaction with super. Make sure Ryu knows he has to worry about it. This helps your game out.

Now last and most importantly, the fireball game. Despite all this stuff here, the fireball game is still incredibly essential in this matchup. You still need not worry about super much, the situation is the same as O.Gat's. The main loss here is your low tiger game, much weaker than o.gat's. Fear not! you can still mount a projectile offense. Some things to keep in mind:

Your low tiger's hitbox is worse, meaning ryu's fireball has to travel less farther to hit your low tiger on startup. This happens when you're trying to neutralize Ryu's Fireball pressure with your own tigers. low tiger is always a bad option, it's always better to neutralize ryu's fireball with a high tiger. Ryu's fireball seems to travel right under Sagat's arms when he does a High Tiger, giving you much more room to safely throw out a fireball.

Medium low tigers are very useful, sagat's roundhouse fireball is nerfed, meaning the added poke potential of a RH low tiger is less worth the frame advantage loss compared to that of a medium one. Incorporate medium fireballs more, it will help. However, don't discount the RH low tiger completely, it is still useful, just not totally whoreable like o.gats.

Use LK/Short low tigers at first in succession to mount a projectile offensive, and start using faster ones as you push Ryu out, but don't forget to mix it up at times too.

The high tiger. ah, the high tiger. More useful than you could imagine. The high tigers have a much faster startup than the low ones, despite being less safe, so remember you have it. Sometimes it can be the solution to your problems. Use it to try to hit ryu on fireball startup (it's really that fast) or as he jumps. If you throw one out and he ducks, you do lose a little momentum, but you're still OK as long as you maintain your composure.

The Slow/Jab/LP high tiger. This one is a beauty. So useful. Use it to mount an offense and get into your footsie/yaya game. throw one out, immediately tiger knee, and start walking forward. Ryu is locked into the ground. He has to crouch, and he can't neutralize it, that's a big frame disadvantage to him, if he doesn't get hit by it in the first place. Trying to get over it in the air is damn near suicide. It's time for footsies, baits, umeDPs. Fun times.

You can also do this tiger knee follow up with a Slow Low tiger, and it's safer too, but it doesn't lock ryu in the ground like the slow high tiger. It's still a good pressure tool, and still highly useful. also, it's more useful in a sense, cause ryu isn't gonna crouch under it, he's gonna block it, allowing you to immediately do another low tiger, so you get better fireball pressure than just sitting full screen and baiting, which if Ryu is smart, is not how Sagat, even O.gat beats Ryu. At least not on that alone. So really, it's highly useful for O.gat as well.

-- Ultracombo (2014)


Tiger Knee Wakeup Crossup


I've seen this employed to various degrees, I've seen yaya do it vs aniken, i've seen roybisel do a double tiger knee crossup, i've seen valle do a double tiger knee crossup and jump behind his opponent! Think of it like Blanka's hop. neat right? Now odds are you can't do a double tiger knee crossup, you won't have enough time. but even one crossup is a good factor to have, if your opponent's never seen it, they're pretty much bound to fall for it. If they have, you can still make them think about it, and it allows you to mount a wakeup mixup game on Ryu!

The best application of it, is to crossup Ryu with the tiger knee as he rises and land behind him. now this is risky if Ryu knows about it, so it's not abuseable. you have to do it a little late, so ryu can just do nothing and wait for you to land behind him then punish. So don't whore this move, even though it's fucking sweet. Anyways, do this is as a reversal bait, if ryu sees you walking straight into, he'll probably think you're gonna tick him or go for a crossup j.mk, and a reversal DP will be his first instinct. If timed right, you'll go right behind ryu as he does a reversal dp, free punish! usually you'll wanna do a Tiger uppercut. if he does a medium or fierce dp you must react accordingly.

Yaya doing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ltm-tSL4HPI#t=43

-- ultracombo (2014)

Vs. O. Ken:

He's more dangerous than N.Ken as all his SRKs go through projectiles. All high Tigers from mid range can be hit by Strong or Fierce Shoryuken. His crouching kicks have a higher chance of beating your Tiger Uppercut, which make him very dangerous up close.

Vs. Chun-Li:

  • 3.5 - 6.5

Vs. Guile:

  • 3.5 - 6.5

Vs. M. Bison (dictator):

  • 3.5 - 6.5

Your job is to get in and keep him blocking with aerial attacks and standing Short kick, or trap him in the corner with projectiles. From mid range, his kicks will be very dangerous: react fast and don't be predictable with your Tigers.

Vs. O. Sagat:

Everything he has is better than what you got, so just play solidly and hope for a major mistake.

Serious Disadvantage Match-ups

Vs. Balrog (boxer):

  • 2 - 8

Vs. Dhalsim:

  • 1 - 9

Vs. Vega (claw):

  • 2.5 - 7.5