The King of Fighters '98/Ryo

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Ryo98 stance.gif


Ryo Sakazaki is an accomplished punchman and a master of kyokugenryu, the art of combat Lamaze. Although this allows him to punch very hard it sadly leaves him too relaxed to do combos.


Snka.gif Snkb.gif Snkc.gif Snkd.gif
Ryo98 colorA.png Ryo98 colorB.png Ryo98 colorC.png Ryo98 colorD.png

Gameplay overview


Frames Advantage Cancel Block Hitbox Notes
Standing Close
Snka.gif 3/4/9 -1/-3 C HL
Ryo98 clA.png
Can be used as combo filler instead of cr.A/B
Snkb.gif 3/7/8 -4/-6 C HL
Ryo98 clB.png
Can be used as combo filler instead of cr.A/B
Snkc.gif 2/10/13 -3/-5 C HL
Ryo98 clC.png
Very fast, extremely useful as a meaty attack. One of his best normals.
Snkd.gif 4/9/16 -7/-9 C HL
Ryo98 clD.png
Cancelable. cl.C is better
Standing Far
Snka.gif 3/3/8 +1/-1 C HL
Ryo98 stA.png
A great, versatile normal. Very good priority (can trade favorably with Yashiro's s.B, for example), decent range, can be cancelled into a hcb + K. Good to combo from cr.B.
Snkb.gif 5/2/12 -2/-4 - HL
Ryo98 stB.png
Really good long ranged poke. Even when it's not on the godly level of Yashiro's standing B, it's still a great normal move and you should abuse it to keep your opponent from getting too close / apply pressure safely.
Snkc.gif 7/6/24 -11/-13 - HL
Ryo98 stC.png
Nice damage, fast and long ranged. Watch out for the recovery.
Snkd.gif 12/4+4/16 -5/-7 - HL
Ryo98 stD1.png
Ryo98 stD2.png
long poke. anti-air on 1st hit
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 9/8/18 KD/-5 S HL
Ryo98 stCD.png
One of the best standing CDs in the game. Fast, very nice range, cancellable. Can surprise opponents running at you and beats lots of stuff.
Snka.gif 3/5/5 +2/0 C HL
Ryo98 crA.png
Standard crouching A, cancelable.
Snkb.gif 3/5/5 +2/0 - L
Ryo98 crB.png
Your main combo starter. Comes out fast and has nice range, good for footsies.
Snkc.gif 1/2+3/23 -8/-10 C (1st part) HL
Ryo98 crC1.png
Ryo98 crC2.png
Extremely fast for ground-to-ground situations. A great pressure tool; you will be cancelling it into qcf + P a lot. Links from cr.B / cr.A. Works very well as an anti-air too.
Snkd.gif 7/5/18 KD/-5 C L
Ryo98 crD.png
sweep attack. cancelable
Snka.gif 6/7/- -/- - H
Ryo98 jA.png
Snkb.gif 3/7/- -/- - H
Ryo98 jB.png
Very fast. Great jump-in. Will beat lots of stuff in an air-to-air clash.
Snkc.gif 6/4/- - H
Ryo98 jC.png
Ryo's main cross-up. Good jump-in (better than j.D) .
Snkd.gif 5/4/- -/- - H
Ryo98 jD.png
Good jump-in. Weird cross-up properties.
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 15/4/- KD/- - HL
Ryo98 jCD.png
Command Normals
f + Snka.gif 17/9/11 -/- - H
Ryo98 f+A.png
Overhead, excellent used as a meaty attack.
f + Snka.gif
-/-/- -/- - HL
Special Moves

qcf + Snka.gif

13/3+6/27 HL
Ryo98 qcfA1.png
Ryo98 qcfA2.png
Ko ou Ken (qcf + P)
qcf + Snkc.gif 19/3+6/29 HL
Ryo98 qcfC1.png
Ryo98 qcfC2.png
dp+Snka.gif 2/3+12/21 HL
Ryo98 dpA1a.png
Ryo98 dpA2a.png
Kohou (dp+P)
dp+Snkc.gif 4/3+17/28 HL
Ryo98 dpC1.png
Ryo98 dpC2.png

qcf + Snkb.gif

25/6/17 KD/-4 H
Ryo98 qcfK1.png
Ryo98 qcfK2.png
Mouko Raijin Setsu (qcf + K)
qcf + Snkd.gif 27/6/21 KD/-6 H

qcf + Snka.gif

12/2+6/32 -5/-7 HL
Ryo98 qcbP1.png
Ryo98 qcbP2.png
Mouko Raijin Gou (qcb + P)
qcf + Snkc.gif 16/3+6/35 HL
Ryo98 qcbP3.png
Ryo98 qcbP4.png
hcb + Snkb.gif 6/3+6/30 HL
Ryo98 hcbD3.png
Ryo98 hcbK2.png
Hien Shippuu Kyaku (hcb + K)
  • Both versions are unsafe and easily punishable when blocked, so use them mainly in combos. The B version can sometimes be useful to catch jumping enemies that are outside the range of your DP. Still, be careful when using it.
hcb + Snkd.gif 9/4+5+9+6/27 HL
Ryo98 hcbD3.png
Ryo98 hcbK2.png
Ryo98 hcbD3a.png
hcf + Punch.gif 7/39/14 -
Ryo98 hcfP.png
Kyokugen-ryuu Renbu Ken (hcf + P)
  • proximity unblockable
qcf hcb + Snka.gif 1+10/13/32 HL
Ryo98 qcfhcbP.png
Ryuuko Ranbu (qcf,hcb + P)

A multi hit DM. If blocked, Ryo will keep pulling attacks as if it connected, but omitting his finishing DP. This is mostly bad, as it will leave you open for a long time after it finishes, and your opponent can just Guard Cancel Roll and punish you if he has a free stock. Still, if your opponent has no stock and very little bar left, a blocked Ryuuko Ranbu (after a blocked cl.C for example) can finish him off thanks to the chip damage it deals.

  • Useful mainly in combos.
  • A version comes out faster and covers less distance, C version is the opposite. MAX version does more hits.
qcf hcb + Snkc.gif 1+12/26/36 HL
qcf hcb + Punch.gif
1+14/13(or26)/38 HL
f hcf + Snka.gif 1+12/52 HL
Ryo98 fhcfP.png
Haou Shoukou Ken (f,hcf + P)

A bigger, more damaging Ko ou Ken. Goes through normal projectiles. A version is slower, and is sometimes difficult to evade if your opponent doesn't guess which version you are doing. An early roll or jump expecting a C version will fall directly into it.

  • C version travels faster, and is sometimes good to use it as a counter to normal projectiles. Just be aware of its startup, so fast projectiles could hit you before you pull it.
  • Both versions can be good to catch jumping opponents.
  • MAX versions are bigger and deal more damage / hits. The A version has the same speed as the C version.
f hcf + Snkc.gif 1+17/55 HL
f hcf + Punch.gif
1+17/57 HL
Ryo98 fhcfP SDM.png
qcf qcf + Snka.gif 1+8/9/34 HL
Ryo98 qcfx2P.png
Tenchi Haou Ken (qcf,qcf + P)

DM version does little damage (roughly like a standing C) normally, but does around half a bar if you get a counter. Obviously, getting a counter with this move is quite difficult. You can try to trade it with any move you see coming with anticipation, but those situations will be rare.
The SDM version is quite more interesting. It deals slightly more damage than the DM version (even if you get a counter hit), but instantly dizzies your opponent. You can do c.B, c.A/s.A, SDM Tenchi Haou Ken and then follow up with anything you want (j.C, cl.C > Kyokugen-ryuu Renbu Ken (hcf + P) / D Hien Shippuu Kyaku (hcb + D) if you have no stocks, j.D, cl.C > A DM Ryuuko Ranbu if you have one stock, or, if you have two, a SDM R. Ranbu or a combo into a second SDM Tenchi Haou Ken), which makes Ryo a very scary character when in MAX mode and with a stock.

qcf qcf + Snkc.gif 1+12/9/37 HL
qcf qcf + Punch.gif
1+6/9/39 HL
Ryo98 qcfx2P SDM.png

Fastest Attacks

  • 0F: C throw; D throw
  • 1F: cr.C
  • 2F: cl.C; dp + A
  • 3F: cl.A; cl.B; st.A; cr.A; cr.B
  • 4F: cl.D; dp + C
  • 5F: st.B
  • 6F: hcb + B
  • 7F: st.C; cr.D; hcf + P; SDM qcf qcf + P
  • 8F: -
  • 9F: CD; hcb + D; DM qcf qcf + A
  • 10F: -


  • Best jump-ins:
    • j.C

  • cr.A / cr.B x 2, st.A >
    • SDM qcf qcf + P, any combo (As the opponent will be dizzed.)
    • DM qcf qcf + A
    • hcb + B

  • cr.B, cr.A / cl.A >
    • SDM qcf qcf + P, any combo (As the opponent will be dizzed.)
    • hcf + P, [junggler] (Close.)
    • hcb + D (Very close. Whiffs on some crouchers.)
    • DM qcf qcf + A
    • hcb + B

  • (cr.B, cr.C) / cl.C,
    • SDM qcf qcf + P, any combo (As the opponent will be dizzed.)
    • DM qcf hcb + P
    • DM f hcf + A
    • hcf + P, [junggler] (Close.)
    • hcb + D (Whiffs on some crouchers.)
    • qcb + C > dp + C (Very close or dp + C may miss.)
    • DM qcf qcf + P
    • qcf + A
    • f + A

  • ... hcf + P,
    • j.CD
    • qcf + A (out of the corner)
    • dp + A (corner)
    • j.C (reset)

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

His SDM qcf qcf + P followed by a simple BnB combo (like j.C, cl.C > hcb + D) deals more damage than SDM qcf hcb + P.

His DM qcf qcf + P on counter does a little more damage than cl.C > DM qcf hcb + P, but less than j.C, cl.C > DM qcf hcb + P.

Ryo is the only character that may spend 5 bars in the same combo (without tricks or special setups), like this one:

  • cr.C / cl.C / cr.A / st.A / cl.A > SDM qcf qcf + P,
    • MAX mode, j.C, cr.C / cl.C > SDM qcf qcf + P,
      • j.C, cr.C / cl.C > qcf hcb + P

Strategy Corner

  • MAX: cl.C > hcf + P, j.CD

deals ??? than

  • cl.C > qcf hcb + P

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


< Joe Higashi | Ryo Sakazaki (KoF '94-Era) | Robert Garcia >