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Paul Phoenix

Sfxt paul face.jpg

Forest and Marshall Law's best friend. The self proclaimed "Strongest in the Universe", Paul is constantly trying to prove himself. He is pretty much the Tekken mix of Dan and Ryu. A resilient fighter constantly challenging himself to become stronger but a little comedic in his efforts.


In a nutshell


Paul is a high damage close range fighter. Players will work hard to get in and be rewarded by hitting the opponent like an eighteen wheeler truck. Working with a character with good movement, Paul can be tagged for beefy damage. Paul can then be kept in to pressure the opponent at close range or switched out in the case opponent goes too far away. Paul is a linear character who excels at one thing, damage. A little meter and proper execution can kill opponent in 2-3 combos and has great comeback potential. Players will find a fun, crazy, character who rewards smart patient play with dumb fast damage.

Video Walkthrough

High quality tutorial covering basics.


Moves

Normal Attacks

Name
Command
Notes
Standing Light Punch
Lp.png
Speccancel.png
Standing Medium Punch
Mp.png
Speccancel.png
Standing Hard Punch
Hp.png
Speccancel.png Chcrumple.png
Standing Light Kick
Lk.png
Standing Medium Kick
Mk.png
Standing Hard Kick
Hk.png
Close Light Punch
(near opponent) Lp.png
Speccancel.png
Close Medium Punch
(near opponent) Mp.png
Speccancel.png
Close Hard Punch
(near opponent) Hp.png
Speccancel.png
Close Light Kick
(near opponent) Lk.png
Close Medium Kick
(near opponent) Mk.png
Close Hard Kick
(near opponent) Hk.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Light Punch
D.png + Lp.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Medium Punch
D.png + Mp.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Hard Punch
D.png + Hp.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Light Kick
D.png + Lk.png
Low.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Medium Kick
D.png + Mk.png
Low.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Hard Kick
D.png + Hk.png
Low.png
Hardknockdown.png
Jump Light Punch
Ub.png / Uf.png + Lp.png
High.png
Jump Medium Punch
Ub.png / Uf.png + Mp.png
High.png
Neutral Jump Hard Punch
U.png + Hp.png
High.png
Angled Jump Hard Punch
Ub.png / Uf.png + Hp.png
High.png
Jump Light Kick
Ub.png / Uf.png + Lk.png
High.png
Jump Medium Kick
Ub.png / Uf.png + Mk.png
High.png
crossup
Neutral Jump Hard Kick
U.png + Hk.png
High.png
Angled Jump Hard Kick
Ub.png / Uf.png + Hk.png
High.png

Unique Attacks

Name
Command
Notes
Hammer of the Gods
F.png + Mp.png
High.png
Groundbounce.png when hitting airborne characters or Counterhit.png on crouching characters
Hammer Punch
F.png + Hp.png
High.png
Speccancel.png only into Phoenix Smasher
Hang Over
F.png + Hp.png ---.png Df.png + Hk.png ---.png P.png
High.png on 1st hit
Low.png on 2nd hit
1st and 2nd only combo on Counterhit.png
Bone Breaker
Df.png + Hk.png ---.png P.png
Low.png Knockdown.png 1st hit 2nd hit pushes away on hit
   Demolition man
(Hang Over or
Bone Breaker on hit or block)
P.png
Knockdown.png Speccancel.png into Burning Fist (Super) Will not connect unless on Counter.png hit or in the corner. On block it pushes the opponent away making it somewhat safe.

Throws

Name
Command
Notes
Push Away
F.png or N.png + Lp.png + Lk.png
Throw.png
Foot Launch
B.png + Lp.png + Lk.png
Throw.png

Special Moves

Name
Command
Notes
Mountain Raze
Hcf.png + K.png
Ex.png
Knockdown.png juggle
Shredder
Dp.png + K.png
Ex.png
Knockdown.png
Sway
Qcb.png + P.png
Ex.png
L.png dodges back
M.png dodge and hit
dodge and Knockdown.png
Ex.png dodge and Wallbounce.png
Mortar Punch
Dp.png + P.png
Ex.png
High.png
Hardknockdown.png
Groundbounce.png on Ex.png
Groundbounce.png vs airborne
Phoenix Smasher
Qcf.png + P.png
Ex.png Chrg.png
Hardknockdown.png
Wallbounce.png on Ex.png

Super Combo

Name
Command
Notes
Burning Fist
Qcf.png + 3p.png

Move Analysis

Normal Moves

Name
Command
Notes
Standing Light Punch
Lp.png
Speccancel.png
Standing Medium Punch
Mp.png
Speccancel.png
Standing Hard Punch
Hp.png
Speccancel.png Chcrumple.png
Standing Light Kick
Lk.png
Standing Medium Kick
Mk.png
Standing Hard Kick
Hk.png
Close Light Punch
(near opponent) Lp.png
Speccancel.png
Close Medium Punch
(near opponent) Mp.png
Speccancel.png
Close Hard Punch
(near opponent) Hp.png
Speccancel.png
Close Light Kick
(near opponent) Lk.png
Close Medium Kick
(near opponent) Mk.png
Close Hard Kick
(near opponent) Hk.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Light Punch
D.png + Lp.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Medium Punch
D.png + Mp.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Hard Punch
D.png + Hp.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Light Kick
D.png + Lk.png
Low.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Medium Kick
D.png + Mk.png
Low.png
Speccancel.png
Crouching Hard Kick
D.png + Hk.png
Low.png
Hardknockdown.png
Jump Light Punch
Ub.png / Uf.png + Lp.png
High.png
Jump Medium Punch
Ub.png / Uf.png + Mp.png
High.png
Neutral Jump Hard Punch
U.png + Hp.png
High.png
Angled Jump Hard Punch
Ub.png / Uf.png + Hp.png
High.png
Jump Light Kick
Ub.png / Uf.png + Lk.png
High.png
Jump Medium Kick
Ub.png / Uf.png + Mk.png
High.png
crossup
Neutral Jump Hard Kick
U.png + Hk.png
High.png
Angled Jump Hard Kick
Ub.png / Uf.png + Hk.png
High.png

Unique Attacks

Name
Command
Notes
Hammer of the Gods
F.png + Mp.png
High.png
Groundbounce.png on airborne and counterhit. This move only really comes with the basic mixups Paul has. Mix with Bone Breaker to switch up the opponent who are crouch happy. A better overhead alternative to Hammer Punch since it is safer. It is also better than Mortar Punch since it is not as easy to get hit out of.
Hammer Punch
F.png + Hp.png
High.png
Speccancel.png only into Phoenix Smasher. This move is not safe but a good option for damage and you can also Cancel.png into Ex.png Phoenix Smasher for combos.
Hang Over
F.png + Hp.png ---.png Df.png + Hk.png ---.png P.png
High.png on 1st hit
Low.png on 2nd hit
1st and 2nd only combo on counterhit. Another basic mixup that should be used sparingly since it can interupted. You have to be careful when trying to mixup with Paul since his bag of tricks is very limited.
Bone Breaker
Df.png + Hk.png ---.png P.png
Low.png Knockdown.png 1st hit 2nd hit pushes away on hit. Decent Low.png to abuse if people don't expect it too often. You can use in tandem with Paul's overheads to mixup the opponent.
   Demolition man
(Hang Over or
Bone Breaker on hit or block)
P.png
Knockdown.png Speccancel.png into Burning Fist (Super) Will not connect unless on Counter.png hit or in the corner. On block it pushes the opponent away making it a safer tool than Paul's other tools.

Normal Throws

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Push Away
F.png or N.png + Lp.png + Lk.png
Throw.png Standard Throw.png with 130 damage. Good setups into tick throw.
Foot Launch
B.png + Lp.png + Lk.png
Throw.png Standard 130 damage.

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Special Moves

Name
Command
Notes
Mountain Raze
Hcf.png + K.png
Ex.png
Knockdown.png While this move is projectile invincible it is not safe on block at all. DO NOT USE IT RECKLESSLY. Unless you patiently read/react to the projectile save this move for your hit confirms for the valuable juggle state it gives. Keep it mind to only use it once per combo as the 2nd mountain raze will just knockdown. Punish projectiles and Launch.png the opponent for your damaging BnBs. Essentially treat it as a combo starter for the juggle state.
Shredder
Dp.png + K.png
Ex.png
Knockdown.png LK.png is invincible to air attacks and therefore your go to anti-air on reaction. MK.png is not invincible to ground attack so punish those mindless opponents you face. HK.png is great after the first mountain raze as it will add damage as well as keep the opponent airborne to end with HP/HK xx Deathfist(Phoenix Smasher) so basically combo filler. Keep in mind however that all normal Shredder will whiff on crouching characters leading to a huge punish from them. If they crouching and you need a wakeup move use Ex.png Shredder Kicks as it is completely invincible and will hit crouchers.
Sway
Qcb.png + P.png
Ex.png
LP.png dodges back farther than his backdash so use this to end blockstrings if you really want a safe ender.
MP.png dodges, avoids lows, and hits overhead. You can link a cr. MP.png afterwards as well for a combo.
HP.png dodge and knockdown. Unsafe no real practical use. Flashy spin animation on Counter.png hit.
Ex.png dodge projectile invuln. and Wallbounce.png
Mortar Punch
Dp.png + P.png
Ex.png
High.png
Hardknockdown.png
Groundbounce.png on Ex.png
Groundbounce.png vs airborne LP.png goes a short distance just past right in Front.png of Paul. MP.png goes farther maybe 2 character spaces away. While HP.png goes the farthest. All punches are overheads and safe on block however keep in mind that it is very telegraphed and you can be hit out of the animation. Speaking of which Paul avoids projectiles if he is above them in his animation. Same can be said for lows however opponents can still catch him on startup.
Phoenix Smasher
Qcf.png + P.png
Ex.png Chrg.png
Hardknockdown.png
Wallbounce.png on Ex.png Hit with this and you essentially cripple your opponent for life. No seriously this move hits hard. Also hits the opponent far away from you for better or for worse. Great corner carry. Damage is 120 on all versions. Counter.png hit however has a special animation and hits the opponent for 230 damage. Ex.png does a Wallbounce.png and has the same sound effect as the last hit of Ryu's Ex.png srk. This is your combo ender for everything. Push your opponent to the corner for the better damage Paul gets and just break down the opponent there.

Super Combos

Name
Command
Notes
Burning Fist
Qcf.png + 3p.png
While Paul does benefit from meter. It should be better saved for tag Cancel.png combos and switching characters when Paul is in trouble. The super does good damage and looks nice, but overall save meter unless you know it will the opponent.

The Basics

Paul is best saved as an anchor or secondary character. He is not good on point and you will struggle with closing in the opponent, especially against more mobile characters.

Movement

Paul's movement is limited to sub-par walkspeed and okay special moves that can close the gap. Mountain Raze and Mortar Punch are your only specials to get closer to your opponent. Save Mountain Raze for combo filler or when you read that your opponent will try to do a fireball. Mountain Raze will immediately get you in close and lead to a high damage combo. Mortar Punch is best used sparingly since you can get hit out of it very easily. You can get really good damage if you get counterhit st.HP but otherwise save it for when you think you can catch your opponent off-guard. They can block the move and you be will fine since it will leave you at advantage. Phoenix Smasher and other specials are unsafe and you will get punished. LP Sway can keep Paul safe but sacrifices distance. Paul's best option is to be tagged in. Having a character with good mobility will allow Paul to dish out the damage safely and surely. Characters like Yoshimitsu with stronger movement and ways to setup tag combos can greatly help allow Paul to do what he does best.

Damage

Paul is a simple high damage character. His combos are basic and easy to perform while dishing out aforementioned high damage. Basic combo goes as such, normal xx(canceled into) Mountain Raze followed by HK Shredder Kicks then cl.HP/HK xx Phoenix Smasher (Death Fist). One of the best things about Paul is that he is consistent. Meaning in most situations Paul will be able to pull off this combo and even better, with little to no meter used. Paul does not have a plethora of cancelable moves like other characters. But all of them allow Paul to cripple the character and push towards the corner and limit their options. Phoenix Smasher is your go to combo ender. It does the most damage scaled and unscaled and smashes the opponent to the corner. This move by itself does good damage and is pretty flashy, but unsafe. This move is the reason why Paul can tack on so much damage on the end of his combos. And again HK Shredder to cl HP/HK xx Phoenix Smasher will the latter portion of most if not all the combos you need.

Spacing

Some would say this goes with movement but until they edit this guide and make it better... Yeah. Paul needs to be in close range to do damage plain and simple. He does not have good normals to keep the opponent in check. cr.MK is his only long range low that is relatively safe and cancelable. st.MP and HP are of note as well but MP has poor range while HP is somewhat unsafe. Paul has poor range in general so again it is important to find a tag character for him that can get in close. Sway can help by keeping Paul safe with LP Sway and fakeout the opponent with MP Sway. Close the gap characters can run away from you with Phoenix Smasher (Death Fist). By ending with Death Fist the opponent is thrown towards the corner and should you tag cancel your partner character will be right beside the opponent as they get up. This allows you to build more meter to repeat the process with Paul for damage and safety.

Normals

Paul's normals are pretty crappy. His good normals include his light punches, medium punches, cr.mk, st.hp, st.mk, and past that depends on preference. Everything else is combo filler at best. cr.mk serves like a shoto low crouching middle kick. It is special cancelable and good for hit confirms. His launcher is pretty bad, other than the low crush properties, the range is very short. But the upside is that his normals do lead to his damage easily. lk Raze is very easy to combo into from most of his cancelable normals which then leads to his high damage combos which leads to setups provided you have meter. st.hp is notable for causing crumple on counterhit which leads to huge combos. Use mp and mk for spacing as hp is slow and risky. lp is good to pester the opponent and setup for tick throws.

Meter

Meter is not super important to Paul. It is better saved for tag mechanics explained in the advanced section. But Paul builds it well and can use it. EX Mountain Raze is a waste of meter, the added range and invincibility is okay but it still does not travel far and you waste a bar where you were probably better off just switching to your partner. EX Sway is also a waste of meter, the only time you would use it would be to catch a sleeping opponent since it does allow for big combos. EX Shredder is a waste but it is Paul's only real threat as a reversal move since it does not whiff on crouchers. EX Shredder also does not allow for the combo followups normal shredder does so be wary. EX Mortar gives you the ground bounces instantly and combos more easily off of Paul's heavy normals which will be expanded on later but mainly it is not a complete waste of meter but still not something to abuse. EX Phoenix Smasher is awesome since it gives a wall bounce which leads to a combo, this is arguably the best place to spend meter if necessary. The reason being you can get this move off of many normals and Hammer Punch/Paul's slower overhead. Paul's super is okay but should only be used when it would kill an opponent or if you desperately need the space to switch characters, it looks hella cool though.

Partner Choice

Paul's mobility sucks, during the update his offense skyrockted and his defense got a little better but Paul still needs help. He has ways around fireballs but can still get spaced out by them. Find a character that cover's his weaknesses, Yoshimitsu, Guy, etc. are mobile characters who can help Paul get in are switch out with him when needed. Dudley also gets a mention for his fantastic walk speed and ability to close the gap on an opponent. Choose one who can help Paul but that you also have fun using.

Advanced Strategy

Meter/Chain System

The reason we mention meter again is to use meter as a way to boost Paul's normals. Paul's normals cannot link to much but you are still able to chain cancel all of his normals. So that weird st.lk he has can lead to decent damage and a safe switch out with Partner's. Using the chain system boosts pokes or normals you use in the neutral game to attack/test your opponent. Paul's normals really lend themselves to the chain system and his st.hp and hk have far reach on top of easily chaining into his sub-par launcher. Use this system to safely switch to your partner and tack on damage if you have meter. Poking your opponent with st.mk might not do much at first but should you get a hit you have immediate access to 2 options. 1 option allows you to spend meter for a big combo while the other option is to go through the chain which then allows for a safe tag in. Spending meter is not always advised because combos scale more using the chain system but the option is there.

Spacing

Combos

Great video covering basic to advanced combos. Has notation and general requirements like meter and corner specific. Refer to this for most if not all the Paul combos you need. I think it lacks combos from tag but that will be covered later.

Bread and Butters

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Hit Confirm Combos

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Advanced Combos

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Combos Into Supers

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