Skullgirls/Mechanics/Attacks

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Basic Attacks

Normal Moves

All characters have a set of normal moves which serve as the basic foundation for their move set. Each one of the 6 buttons (LP, MP, HP, LK, MK, HK) represents a distinct normal move. There are three sets of normals, standing, crouching, and jumping, which makes up 18 normals in total for each character.

Normal moves can chain cancel in combos, making many of them useful only in a sequence of attacks instead of on their own. Although normal moves usually represent a punch, kick, or an otherwise less complex action than other attacks, some of them have unexpected properties that make them more important than more advanced techniques.

Every character has a sweep attack on c.HK that causes a blue bounce, and a launcher attack which is on a different button depending on the character.

Command Normals

Some characters have command normals, additional normals that require a directional input with the attack button. Command normals will generally work exactly like the same button normal in a chain combo.

Special Moves

Performing a special move, often the most distinctive attacks for a character, requires a sequence of directional inputs, or motion, before pressing an attack button.

Super Moves

A super move uses 1 or more levels of meter to executes a powerful attack. Supers are the primary use of meter in Skullgirls. Supers offer a wide variety of utility, such as an invulnerable reversal, a high damage combo finisher, provide a setup, or other advantages. Supers that use more than one bar of meter have minimum damage scaling, with (typically) 45% minimum scaling for level 3 supers and a 55% minimum for level 5s.

During start up, a super causes a super flash effect. This effect stops the timer, zooms in on the attacking character, and displays a background portrait image of the attacking character. The meter cost is not spent until the super flash occurs. Inputs during a super flash will count towards preforming an action on the first available frame after the end of the flash.

Super flashes will inflict hit stop on the opponent. Read more here

Supers are referred to by the in-game tutorial as blockbusters, and meter as dramatic tension.

Attack Properties

Strike

A strike is any move that can be blocked. The large majority of moves in fighting games are strikes. These attacks will cause hitstun on hit and blockstun on block. This categorization of moves is primarily useful when thinking of which moves are affected by strike invulnerability, and are not affected by throw invulnerability.

Throw

Throw moves cannot be blocked, and can be avoided by jumping, or throw teching for normal throws.

Normal Throws

Every character has a normal throw using LP+LK. Normal throws can be stopped through throw teching.

All characters have a ground throw and an air throw, inputted by pressing LP+LK simultaneously. Throws will beat opponents who are blocking, and must be countered either by throw teching (inputting a throw immediately after getting thrown) or by jumping away. Throw teching causes both players to recover at the same time.

Ground throws will miss opponents in the air, and when they're in jump startup. Similarly, air throws will only work on airborne opponents.

A back throw, inputted by holding back and pressing throw, throws them behind and switches sides with the opponent. This only applies to ground throws, air throws cannot be thrown backwards.

All normal throws have a 7f of start up, stay active for 1f, and have a tech window ending 13f after the throw hits.

All throws come with 50% damage scaling and deal 100% recoverable damage.

All normal throws will miss opponents while they are in hit stun or block stun, meaning combos into a throw are not possible under most circumstances. Opponents in a stagger or crumple stun can be hit with a throw as a combo. Characters are vulnerable to throws on the first frame after hit stun, block stun, or after waking up. There are no additional frames of throw invulnerability, but holding up will avoid ground to ground throws that hit on the first frame after the stun, since throws won't connect during the opponent's jump startup.

Recovery after normal throws, or the animation after the hits, are be special and super canceled.

A successful throw animation are invulnerable and cannot be interrupted by any other characters or attacks on screen.

It is possible to cancel the start up frames of a normal move into a throw, but only LP and LK. The popular kara throw technique, as seen in other 2D fighters with a 2 button normal throw command, is possible but considerably more restricted than in older games. Throws cannot cancel the active or recovery frames of any move.

Throughout the wiki, the universal throw mechanic will be referred to as normal throws. There are other types of throws in Skullgirls too, such as hit grabs and command grabs.

Command Grabs

Command grabs are input using a motion then LP+LK. These special throws cannot be teched.

Some characters have command grab special moves, which cannot be teched like a normal throw and must be jumped away from. All command grabs have an input of some motion + LP+LK.

Command grabs are throw invulnerable during their active frames.

If two command grabs connect on the same frame, one randomly chosen throw will succeed.

Hit Grab

A move that can be blocked (is a strike) but has properties of throws, such as going into a unique animation sequence on hit and breaking armor

Anti-Air Grabs

Anti-air grabs are grounded moves that will throw opponents that are in the air. These moves are unblockable if the opponent is on the rising part of their jump arc. If they are on their way down, they can be blocked.

Projectile

Beams

A type of projecile that will instantly cover its entire range and is active for a fixed amount of time.

Invulnerable

Invulnerable moves have a window of time where they cannot be hit. Moves that are invulnerable from the first frame are especially useful as reversals.

Fully Invulnerable

Fully invulnerable moves are invulnerable to anything and cannot be hit under any circumstances.

Strike Invulnerable

Strike invulnerable moves are invulnerable to strikes only, and can be thrown.

Throw Invulnerable

Throw invulnerable moves are only invulnerable to throws, and can be hit with a strike.

Projectile Invulnerable

Projectile invulnerable moves are invulnerable to projectiles only.

Armor

Hitting an armored character will not cause them to enter hitstun, and will deal only deal 50% of the normal damage (25% for Sekhmet), except Beowulf's Grendel Flex and Gigan Arm Sweep and Robo-Fortune's Collimating Saw. Armor can be thrown, Outtaked/Snapbacked, and sweeps will ignore armor.

Hyper Armor

An armored attack with no limits on how many times it can be hit and still negate attacks. It also cannot be broken by sweeps.

Sweeps

Sweeps will ignore armor, causing a hit on an armored opponent. All c.HK attacks (c.MK for Robo-Fortune) and a few specific attacks have this property.

Launchers

Launches the opponent and the attacker can super jump cancel to follow up with an air combo on hit.

Hit Effects

Red Bounce

When a character falls to the floor with a red bounce, they cannot ground tech. Instead, the attacking character has an opportunity to hit them off the ground after the bounce. Hitting a character like this is referred to as an "off the ground" hit, or OTG, and can only be done once per combo. If a red bounce occurs when OTG has been spent in the same combo, it will instead be a blue bounce, which the opponent can ground tech.

Knockdown

A character hit by a move that causes a knockdown will fall to the ground with a red bounce, and bounce back off the ground in a hit-able state. If the character isn't hit OTG and is allowed to touch the floor again, they will land with a blue bounce and be able to ground tech.

Sliding Knockdown

A character hit by a move that causes a sliding knockdown will fall to the ground with a red bounce, and slide across the ground in a hit-able state. If the character isn't hit OTG, their slide will end in an untechable wakeup animation. This is powerful for the attacker, who can then setup okizeme.

Blue Bounce

A blue bounce allows the character to ground tech when they hit the floor. With a properly timed ground tech, the attacker cannot combo using OTG.

Soft Knockdown

A character hit by a move that causes a soft knockdown will fall to the ground in a hit-able state, and hit the ground with a blue bounce.

Invulnerable Soft Knockdown

A character hit by a move that causes an invulnerable soft knockdown will fall to the ground in an invulnerable state, and hit the ground with a blue bounce. This applies to all c.HK attacks (except Robo-Fortune) and a few specific attacks, which are impossible to combo from as a result, as long as the opponent ground techs. The only exception is if the move causing the invulnerable soft knockdown hits as OTG.

Yellow Bounce

A yellow bounce puts the character in a hit-able state and will fall to the floor with a red bounce. Hitting them before the red bounce will not spend OTG. There are no limits with how many yellow bounces can occur in a combo.

Ground Bounce

The opponent will bounce off the floor with a yellow bounce and into the air in a hitable state. When they hit the floor again, it will be a red bounce.

Wall Bounce

The opponent will hit the wall with a yellow bounce and fall to the floor in a hitable state. When they hit the floor again, it will be a red bounce. When hitting the opponent with a wall bounce move at midscreen, be sure not to walk forward until they bounce off the wall, otherwise the screen will move with them and they will not hit the wall.

Wall Splat

Green Bounce

All assists that cause a red bounce change to a green bounce. Green bounces can still be followed up with an OTG like a red bounce, however the opponent can still ground tech after a certain window of time, like a blue bounce.

Stagger

Staggers can be shortened using ← and → inputs. They are similar to hitstun except that throws will connect. Teching normal throws is still allowed.

A move that causes stagger leaves the opponent in a unique standing stun animation. All staggers start with a 60f period of vulnerability to everything for the defending player, including throws which would not normally combo. Note that normal throws can still be teched. The end of the stagger animation is 20f and is vulnerable to any attack but throws. Players can "shake out" of a stagger and shorten the stun with rapid directional inputs during the stagger. Successfully shaking out of a stagger requires 4 distinct ← or → inputs and reduces the throw vulnerable part of the stagger by up to 15f. Getting counter hit by a stagger move will not allow the defender to shake out. After the first stagger in a combo, any additional moves that would cause stagger cause a shorter, normal hit stun instead.

Crumple

Crumples are an extremely long type of untechable knockdown.

An attack that causes a crumple causes the opponent to fall to the ground from standing during a unique animation. The stun leaves the defending character vulnerable to any attack, including throws which would not normally combo. The first crumple stun in a combo starts with the defending character standing, causes a knockdown as the opponent's knees touch the ground, and then ends without allowing the defending player to use ground recovery. If a crumple occurs in a combo after already using a knockdown, the defending character becomes completely invulnerable after the initial standing part of the animation.

Hard Knockdown

The character will go through an untechable wakeup animation, regardless if OTG has been used or not.

Unique Cancel Properties

Chains Into Self

These attacks can press the button again to chain into itself, sometimes with a unique follow up move. This can be done on whiff, block, or hit.

Whiff Cancel

These normal moves can cancel into another normal move on whiff, typically the next strength of that button.

Airdash Cancel

These attacks recovery can be canceled with an air dash

Flight Cancel

Painwheel specific, some of her attacks can have their recovery canceled by flight.

Jump Cancel

Chains Backwards

These attacks can cancel into an attack in a way that breaks the universal chain rules, such as canceling a super into a special, or canceling a medium normal into a light normal.

No Cancel

These attacks have restrictions on what they can be canceled into, atypical of the normal cancel rules.


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