The King of Fighters '98/Heavy D!

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Heavy D!

KOF98 heavyd small.png

Heavy D! is a black boxer/actor/rap artist from the U.S.A. The D in his name is a mystery.

In a nutshell

Heavy D! is a combo/poking/mixup-based character with some decent mid-range pokes and the fastest backdash in the game. He is a low-mid tier character, but he still has all the tools to win and is only really lacking a good reversal. He is not such a good character for beginners, since nothing he has is really abusable; playing Heavy D requires fast execution and good knowledge of matchups and his normal's properties to make him shine.


Snka.gif Snkb.gif Snkc.gif Snkd.gif
HeavyD98 colorA.png HeavyD98 colorB.png HeavyD98 colorC.png HeavyD98 colorD.png

In-depth Analysis


Frames Advantage Cancel Block Hitbox Notes
Standing Close
Snka.gif 2/5/8 +1/-1 C HL
HeavyD98 clA.png
Snkb.gif 4/4/6 +2/0 C HL
HeavyD98 clB.png
Snkc.gif 5/8/9 +3/+1 C HL
HeavyD98 clC.png
Snkd.gif 4/3*3/21 -4/-6 -/C HL/HL
HeavyD98 clD1.png
HeavyD98 clD2.png
Decently fast and cancelable on 2nd hit, so it makes for easy comboing/hit-confirms.
Standing Far
Snka.gif 3/3/8 +1/-1 C HL
HeavyD98 stA.png
Great anti-air vs short hop.
Snkb.gif 4/4/9 -4/-6 C HL
HeavyD98 stB.png
Slower than A, but connects on crouching opponents and is cancelable. You can use this to substitute cr.A in combos or block strings.
Snkc.gif 9/4/19 -4/-6 - HL
HeavyD98 stC.png
Decent speed/reach mid poke.
Snkd.gif 8/2+3/13 +2/0 - HL
HeavyD98 stD1.png
HeavyD98 stD2.png
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 18/4/17 KD/+1 S HL
HeavyD98 stCD.png
Snka.gif 3/4/5 +2/0 C HL
HeavyD98 crA.png
Very long range for a standard cr.A. You can hit-confirm his super from a couple of these from a pretty good range, or even whiff-punish with a single cr.A into super.
Snkb.gif 3/2/6 +2/0 - L
HeavyD98 crB.png
Your fastest low, of course. Chainable into itself, cr.A, st.A, or st.B. Links into cr.C.
Snkc.gif 3/2+4/22 -9/-11 C HL
HeavyD98 crC1.png
HeavyD98 crC2.png
Very fast and high priority move for anti-air as well as on the ground. It has bad horizontal range/recovery, but you can cancel this into a special on hit or on whiff with the same timing. Learn to do this so you don't ever whiff it raw.
Snkd.gif 7/4/16 0/-2 C L
HeavyD98 crD.png
Snka.gif 5/12 -/- - H
HeavyD98 jA.png
Awesome jump-in. Similar to Kyo's j.B or Yashiro's j.A.
Snkb.gif 5/12 -/- - H
HeavyD98 jB.png
Awesome cross-up. Hits mostly behind him, but can hit from the front as well.
Snkc.gif 6/2*(3)*7/- -/- -/- H/H
HeavyD98 jC1.png
HeavyD98 jC2.png
2-hit jump-in move. You can time it like a normal just-in and just use the 1st hit, which looks the same as his jumping A. If you use both hits, depending on when they stand up it can change the timing for comboing because the 1st hit might whiff, but it is possible to hit most crouchers with both hits. The extra hit can help with a guard break.
Snkd.gif 7/5 -/- - H
HeavyD98 jD.png
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 16/4 KD/- - HL
HeavyD98 jCD.png
Decent speed, long reach. Good for air-to-air or air-to-ground. Try using it off a hyper hop where the tip of his fist will barely reach the opponent.
Neutral Jump
Snkb.gif 5/12 -/- - H
HeavyD98 njB.png
Pretty good air-to-air.
Command Normals

f + Snka.gif

15/5/16 -1/-3 - H
HeavyD98 fA.png
Fast overhead when done alone, faster cancelable non-overhead when chained. Good for late-canceling from cr.A/C (ie chaining the f + A a little late to have it retain it's non-chained properties).
f + Snka.gif (cancel) 9/5/16 -2/-4 S HL

Normal Throws

  • b or f + C - Unbreakable (mashable), forward knockdown, face forward, rollable.

  • b or f + D - Unbreakable (mashable), reverse knockdown, back turned, un-rollable.

D version preferred, but they are both good for being unbreakable throws.

Special Moves

  • RSD aka Rolling Soul Diver (qcf + P) - Your main combo ender in meterless combos, lots of range so it won't ever miss. Both versions will combo from the same things, but A vesion has better recovery. On block it is punishable by fast long range moves like Iori's A rekkas, so be careful. The powered-up versions do more hits, and the C version knocks down.

  • Blast Upper (qcf + K) - D version is preferred due to range. A good safe move to end block strings with. It's also a good combo ender if you want a knockdown, but it's range is quite a bit less than RSD so it won't connect from that much stuff. The powered-up versions do 2 hits. As long as you space it right, qcf + D is safe on block.

  • Ducking Combination (qcb + P > qcb + P) - The first hit has invincibly as he's moving forward, so you can use this to go through fireballs or bait CD counters. A version is faster/less invincibility, C version slower/more invincibility. Note that it won't combo from anything. The followup qcb + P can be overhead (A version) or low (C version). Note that the C followup is a bit faster and will combo from the first qcb + P, but the overhead won't. The powered-up versions do additional hits and knockdown for both the first hits and the followup (depending if you stop at the first hit or not).

  • Soul Flower (qcb + K) - Slow shitty dumb ass move. Okay you can use it as an early anti-air but come on. The powered-up versions do 2 hits.

  • Dancing Beat (dp + P) - A proximity unblockable. The Shadow (powered up) version does more hits and lets you juggle from it.

  • Shadow (d d + P) - Powers up all of Heady D's specials, making them do more hits/damage/safer etc. It also powers up itself, and behaves as a proximity unblockable like his Dancing Beat. This only powers moves up for one use, it's not stackable, and it also wears off if you get hit.

Desperation Moves

  • D. Crazy (qcb hcf + P) - His main source of combo damage, and comboable from cr.A as well as heavier attacks. Very fast (you can punish incompleted Iori rekkas with it), invinciblity on startup, and punishable by very fast moves like cr.A. MAX version does more damage, and is very punishable due to a pause in the hits.

  • D. Magnum (qcf qcf + P) - The MAX version will combo off his powered-up Dancing Beat (good luck landing that), but other than that it's useless. You can charge it I guess. I mean it doesn't become unblockable or anything but if it makes you feel better then go right ahead.

Fastest Attacks

  • 0F: C throw; D throw
  • 1F: -
  • 2F: cl.A
  • 3F: st.A; cr.A; cr.B; cr.C
  • 4F: cl.B; cl.D; st.B
  • 5F: cl.C
  • 6F: -
  • 7F: cr.D
  • 8F: st.D
  • 9F: st.C
  • 10F: -


He has a lot of different variations on things so experiment!

  • Best jump-ins:
    • j.A
    • j.B (As a crossup.)
    • j.C

  • cr.B x 1+, cr.A x 1+ >
    • f + A >
      • (S)DM D. Crazy (qcb hcf + P)
      • RSD (qcf + C)
    • (S)DM D. Crazy (qcb hcf + P)

  • Point Blank: cr. B, cr.A > dp + P

If powered, see below for junggler follow ups.

  • cr.C / cl.C / cl.D (2 hits) > f + A >
    • (S)DM D. Crazy (qcb hcf + P)
    • RSD (qcf + C)
    • Blast Upper (qcf + D)

Omit f + A after cl.D if not at point blank.

  • cr.B, cr.C >
    • (S)DM D. Crazy (qcb hcf + P)
    • RSD (qcf + C)
    • Blast Upper (qcf + D)

  • Powered: .. dp + P,
    • (S)DM D. Magnum (qcf qcf + P) (MAX only)
    • qcf + D
    • st.CD (Timming required.)
    • qcb + B
    • cl.C (reset)
    • jump D (reset)

  • Simple buffers
    • cr.B, cl.A / st.A / cl.B / st.B > (S)DM qcb hcf + P
      • cr.B, qcb + A/B > hcf + P (As cr.B is not cancelable, qcb + A/B will chain into a normal attack.)

Strategy Corner

  • MAX: cr.B x 2, cr.A > f + A > qcf + C

deals ??? than

  • cr.B x 2, cr.A > f + A > qcb hcf + P

Keep this in mind, when you need to decide whether to trigger MAX or keep meter for a DM.