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Joe Higashi

KOFXIII-Joe Face.png

In a nutshell

The Hot-blooded Muay Thai champ is back again. Joe's one of the stronger offensive/spacial control characters in XIII with large, full-screen projectiles that allow him to control a huge amount of the playing space. His close game is stronger than ever with great frame traps, hit-confirms and corner damage, while his mid-distance normals work great for passive offense or defense, especially for keeping an opponent cornered. Joe's an alright choice for a beginning zoning character as well as being a great character for spicy, seasoned players, but keep in mind that Joe requires some executional feats to get the most damage out of his combos.

Video Walkthrough

Move List

Normal Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Standing Light Punch
Kof.lp.png
25
Chaincancel.png Cancel.png
Standing Light Kick
Kof.lk.png
30
Specialcancel.png
Standing Heavy Punch
Kof.sp.png
80
Close Heavy Punch
Close Kof.sp.png
70
Cancel.png
Standing Heavy Kick
Kof.sk.png
70
Cancel.png
Crouching Light Punch
D.png + Kof.lp.png
25
Chaincancel.png Cancel.png
Crouching Light Kick
D.png + Kof.lk.png
30
Low.png Chaincancel.png
Crouching Heavy Punch
D.png + Kof.sp.png
70
Cancel.png
Crouching Heavy Kick
D.png + Kof.sk.png
80
Low.png Softknockdown.png Cancel.png
Blowback Attack
Kof.sp.png + Kof.sk.png
75
Softknockdown.png Specialcancel.png
Jumping Light Punch
Air Kof.lp.png
Jump: 45
Hop: 40
High.png
Jumping Light Kick
Air Kof.lk.png
Jump: 45
Hop: 40
High.png
Jumping Heavy Punch
Air Kof.sp.png
Jump: 72
Hop: 70
High.png
Jumping Heavy Kick
Air Kof.sk.png
Jump: 70
Hop: 68
High.png
Jumping Blowback Attack
Air Kof.sp.png + Kof.sk.png
Jump: 90
Hop: 80
Softknockdown.png

Unique Attacks

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Step-In Middle Kick
F.png + Kof.lk.png
60
Cancel.png
Sliding
Df.png + Kof.lk.png
75
Low.png Softknockdown.png Cancelable into Bakuretsuken

Throw

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Shushouboku ~ Hiza Jigoku
F.png or B.png + Kof.sp.png or Kof.sk.png (While Close)
30×2+48
Throw.png Softknockdown.png

Special Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Hurricane Upper
Hcf.png + P.png
P.png : 60
Ex.png : 40×2+60
Supercancel.png
Tiger Kick
Dp.png + K.png
K.png : 50×2
Ex.png : 120+80
Softknockdown.png Drivecancel.png
Kof.sk.png : Startupinv.png
Ex.png : Startupinv.png
Slash Kick
Hcf.png + K.png
Kof.lk.png : 70
Kof.sk.png : 90
Ex.png : 70×2
Softknockdown.png Drivecancel.png
Bakuretsuken
Press P.png Repeatedly
P.png : 10×n
Ex.png : 20×6+40+70
Drivecancel.png
Ex.png : Softknockdown.png
Bakuretsuken Finish
P.png Bakuretsuken,
then Qcb.png + P.png
30+50
Softknockdown.png Drivecancel.png
Ougon no Kakato
Qcb.png + K.png
K.png : 35×4
Ex.png : 60×4
Softknockdown.png

Desperation Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Screw Upper
Qcf.png Qcf.png + P.png
P.png : 20×13
Ex.png : 16×18+16(20)+20
Softknockdown.png
Bakuretsu Hurricane Tiger Kakato
Qcf.png Hcb.png + P.png
10×8+30+30(60)+60
Hardknockdown.png Maxcancel.png
Screw Straight
Qcf.png Qcf.png + Kof.lk.png + Kof.sk.png
18×25
Softknockdown.png

Console Changes

  • Sliding (df+B) can be canceled into Bakuretsuken (P*), but not any other specials.
  • After Sliding (df+B) hits, it has an extended cancel window. As noted above, it can't be canceled with anything but Bakuretsuken, but he can go into HD mode from the slide.
  • Slash Kick (hcf+K) can be Drive-canceled.
  • EX Tiger Kick (dp+BD) has faster startup. It has become a strong forward-moving invincible move.
  • EX Screw Upper (qcf qcf+AC) will stay in position when it hits. With this change, Joe can't be punished afterwards when he hits the opponent with it in the corner.
  • Screw Straight (qcf qcf+BD) has faster startup. It has no invincibility and it counts towards the projectile limit.

Strategy

Move Analysis

Normal Moves

  • Standing Light Punch (Snka.gif) - Joe does a quick forward jab as usual for any other Standing Light Punch. While an anti-air against hops, this attack will hit crouching opponents, can be canceled into Joe's Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) as a hitconfirm, and can be canceled into specials. Due to the reach and speed of this move, a player can easily pressure an opponent by walking forward and pressing Standing Light Punch to shut down hop attempts while being too fast to react to and act accordingly. An opponent will really want to block this move as one hit can turn into a knockdown, but successive blocks can eat away at the opponent's Guard Meter. Once pushed outside of Standing Light Punch's range, the Joe player could walk forward for more pressure, bait out a sweep and hop over it, cancel into a special move or command normal before going outside of this move's hit range, or attack with a longer-ranged poke.
    • A great punishing option when canceled into Right.gif + Snkb.gif. The quick speed and extra reach can punish in more situations than Close Snkc.gif.
  • Standing Light Kick (Snkb.gif) - A fast snap kick reaching straight forward. The range is nearly identical to Standing Light Punch, while having a slightly shorter startup period. While special-cancelable, it does not cancel into any of Joe's command normals. While this move may not be used as often as Standing Light Punch, the hitbox is positioned lower than Standing Light Punch's, meaning that certain short hitboxes (such as a crouching Chin) can be hit by this move. In addition the timing is a hair different, giving it use inside of frame traps to create different gaps in a blockstring.
  • Standing Heavy Punch (Snkc.gif) - A buff straight punch. Similar to other Standing Heavy Punches, it has great utility as a preventive anti-air and heavy poke. Unlike Standing Light Punch, it will whiff on crouching opponents other than Daimon and Raiden. Combined with the longer startup and recovery times, Standing Light Punch is a much safer move to whiff, but situations still arise where a high horizontal poke is needed.
  • Close Heavy Punch (Close Snkc.gif) - Joe leans forward and elbows the opponent. This move is typically canceled into Joe's Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) command normal for a combo or blockstring, canceled on its own to mix up blockstrings to discourage Guard Cancel Rolls, or not canceled at all for a frame trap setup. A pretty standard close normal with a big hitbox and fast startup speed, but lacks application as an anti-air.
  • Standing Heavy Kick (Snkd.gif) - A standing knee strike at Joe's waist level. In previous games this move had been Joe's Close Heavy Kick, but in KOF XIII is available for use at all ranges. Like a close normal, it can be canceled into Special Moves, Desperation Moves, command normals, or cancel upon whiff. This is a great move with many possible uses. The large frontal hitbox makes it a potential anti-air against long-reaching jumping normals spaced so that the tip of the incoming opponent's hitbox would hit Joe. It can also be used as a whiff cancel to cover the hop space in front of Joe before being canceled into a special while moving Joe forward due to the move's momentum. Finally, it works as an amazing poke up close; a Joe player can perform two Crouching Light Kicks then immediately perform a Standing Heavy Kick which will connect and offer full cancelable options.
    • Joe can cancel this move really late into Step-In Kick ( F.gif + Snkb.gif ) which will then cause him to move forward which is vital for a certain combos or to create slightly tighter blockstrings.
  • Crouching Light Punch (Down.gif + Snka.gif) - Joe attacks with a low elbow to the opponent. The range is so poor on this move that it can whiff after a Crouching Light Kick, while Joe's Standing Light Punch has a better, longer hitbox on top of the same cancelable properties.
    • Combos into the 'short' version of Bakuretsuken (Punch.gif x4) and keeps the player close enough to link a Crouching Snkc.gif on hit.
  • Crouching Light Kick (Down.gif + Snkb.gif) - A fast and low kick with similar application as most other Crouching Light Kicks, though Joe's has slightly above average reach. This is a player's main low threat, trip guard meaty, and hitconfirm starter as it chains into Standing Light Punch.
  • Crouching Heavy Punch (Down.gif + Snkc.gif) - Joe does a full extended punch from a crouching position. The long reach supplements Joe's poor Crouching Light Punch and works similar to Terry's Crouching Light Punch as a beefy crouching poke, similar to a Guile "Low Strong" move from the Street Fighter series. Note that if canceled into Joe's Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) command normal from maximum range, the command normal will whiff.
  • Crouching Heavy Kick (Down.gif + Snkd.gif) - Joe stretches forward into a sweep kick that scores a soft knockdown on hit. Has average range as a sweep and will connect after two Crouching Light Kicks, but also shrinks Joe's vulnerable hitbox compared to Crouching Light Kick making it more viable as a trip guard anti-air. Works well when canceled into specials such as Joe's Hurricane Upper (Hcf.gif + Punch.gif) on block to push the opponent back, or when whiff canceled into a special to tag an opponent looking to counter-poke the sweep on reaction.
  • Blowback Attack (Snkc.gif + Snkd.gif) - In previous KOF games Joe's Blowback Attack had been a slow, high step kick with little practical application, but now Joe performs a faster straight kick. The horizontal reach makes it one of Joe's longest and mid-hitting pokes in his arsenal along with his Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif). A potential anti-air if spaced so the opponent land's further out on Joe's leg, and another long normal with special and whiff cancelable properties.
  • Jumping Light Punch (Air Snka.gif) - Joe does an aerial elbow aimed at his head's height, making it a terrible air-too-ground approach. However, the high hitbox makes it a good air-to-air when Joe is approaching an airborne opponent from below, usually in a situation where the opponent committed to a full or super jump and a Joe player meets them in the air with a hop hyper hop.
  • Jumping Light Kick (Air Snkb.gif) - Joe's aerial knee attack resembling a flying Captain Morgan pose, boasting a great vertical hitbox, long active frames, and long hitstun. Comparable to Kyo's Jumping Light Kick, works as Joe's common air-to-ground normal as it can be done higher from a hop arc while still allowing time for a combo after landing. A poor choice in air-to-air situations, and due to positioning at times Jumping Heavy Kick works better as an air-to-ground due to the longer-reaching hitbox.
  • Jumping Heavy Punch (Air Snkc.gif) - Downward-angled punch with a strong vertical hitbox. While it has a strong amount of hitstun and active frames, Joe's Jumping Light Kick has a faster startup making it less likely to be stuffed by a grounded anti-air. However, Jumping Heavy Punch deals more damage and has minute active and vulnerable hitbox differences, making it a nice option to remember.
  • Jumping Heavy Kick (Air Snkd.gif) - A slightly downward kick resembling Ryu's Jumping Forward from Street Fighter. There's a few things to note about this move. The startup speed is fast, requiring a player to input the move very late or low to the ground in order to combo after hitting. This makes it a riskier move to use as a primary air-to-ground approach as opposed to Jumping Light Kick. However Joe's Jumping Heavy Kick can cross up opponents if spaced correctly, although the timing is slightly harder than with other characters primarily due to the fast startup speed. What also sets this normal apart is the longer horizontal range. While not Joe's strongest air-to-air option, it works better if an aerial opponent is slightly below Joe. The extra range also can be used to space jumps or hops so that just the tip of Joe's foot touches an opponent; this can be deceptively hard for the opponent to anti-air.
  • Jumping Blowback Attack (Air Snkc.gif + Snkd.gif) - A straight, horizontal jump kick and typically Joe's strongest air-to-air option when approaching an opponent of about the same aerial height. Starts up reasonably fast, but is too slow to be reliable against a close opponent with the initiative. A risky move to use as an air-to-ground as a crouching opponent may be able to punish on whiff if performed too early, but gives a large frame advantage if blocked high. If done from a deep safejump setup, hits crouching opponents with a meaty hitbox while giving Joe a huge frame advantage.

Unique Attacks

  • Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) - Joe kicks forward at about a 30° angle from above his waist. This is a great move with many applicable uses.
    • Like most command normals, this is Joe's combo filler that will connect from his cancelable normals; the most notable being his Close Heavy Punch, Standing Heavy Kick, Crouching Heavy Punch, and his Standing Light Punch. Even when done alone, this move can be canceled into Special Moves, Desperation Moves, or Hyper Drive Mode.
    • While visually appearing to hit at a high area, Joe's Step-In Middle Kick will hit crouching opponents. This makes for a wonderful poke, comparable to his old Standing Heavy Kick from previous KOF games (on par with Sagat's Standing Roundhouse from the Street Fighter series) but now cancelable! The recovery is fast enough to make whiffing the command normal not too big a threat as not many normals could punish the reach on whiff before Joe recovers.
    • When used during a blockstring, the opponent can Guard Cancel Roll the Step-In Middle Kick on block and punish the Joe player for canceling into Hurricane Upper (Hcf.gif + Punch.gif). If the Joe player reads this and simply does not cancel the Step-In Middle Kick, both players will be at neutral after the roll. The Joe player could also try canceling into Ougon no Kakato (Qcb.gif + Kick.gif) which is safe on block and moves Joe forward enough to be safe from a forward Guard Cancel Roll.
      • If the opponent guard rolls an normal that gets canceled into Step-In Middle Kick, the opponent can punish the whiffed command normal's recovery.
  • Sliding (Downright.gif + Snkb.gif) - Joe slides on the ground in a weird pose which hits low and causes a soft knockdown.
    • Joe's hitbox shrinks enough to pass under non-grounded projectiles, such as Andy's Hishoken (Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) or Mai's Kachousen (Qcf.gif + Punch.gif). That's about as good as it gets hitbox-wise as Joe is still vulnerable to being hopped on, making it a poor choice as a potential trip guard anti-air against attacks such as Kyo's Jumping Light Kick. Against sloppy jump-in or hop-ins, Sliding works fine as an anti-air if need be.
    • Like most slides, the deeper the opponent blocks it, the more chance of a punish or less room to press the advantage.
    • Works well when spaced safely and preemptively punishing an opponent using a projectile or catching the opponent blocking high. Otherwise, Joe's Sliding is less safe in a blockstring than his Step-In Middle Kick.

Throw

  • Sou Hiza Jigoku - (Right.gif or Left.gif + Snkc.gif or Snkd.gif [While Close]) - Joe knees the opponent in the gut three times, the third hit causing a hard knockdown. Sets up for a cross up situation or safe jump from running forward into a hyper hop. Not a "mashable throw" as in previous KOF games, as Joe will now always and only perform three knee strikes.
    • When attempting a throw, using the Snkd.gif button will generally be safer as a Standing Heavy Kick will come out if no throw is performed. Using the Snkc.gif version is preferred in the corner to keep an opponent trapped, although if a Standing Heavy Punch is performed instead, the opponent could possible crouch it and punish the Joe player.

Special Moves

  • Hurricane Upper (Hcf.gif + Punch.gif) - Joe's signature projectile in which he tosses out a mini-tornado which travels fullscreen. The projectile is tall and can be difficult to hop over without proper timing, and the hitbox extends all the way to the ground which shuts down any attempts that can go under other non-grounded projectiles. Completely safe on block, making it one of Joe's best frame trap options to cancel in to. The Snka.gif Version is incredibly useful from full to mid screen, as Joe recovers in time to run behind his projectile. The Joe player could jump and air-to-air any attempts from the opponent to jump the projectile, punish roll attempts from the opponent with a full combo, or start offensive momentum if the opponent blocks. The Snkc.gif Version travels faster which helps it combo from Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) and could further Super Cancel, but Joe stays in recovery much longer, making it more vulnerable if whiffed in terms of strict zoning applications.
    • Ex.png Hurricane Upper - (Hcf.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) - Joe sends out three fast tornadoes. Beats other projectiles and even EX projectiles well, and the third tornado is drive-cancelable and causes a soft knockdown. Be wary though as Joe is stuck in heavy recovery for the duration of this move.
  • Tiger Kick (Dp.gif + Kick.gif) - Joe's standby reversal in which he flies knee-first, traveling low to the ground and forward with a blazing knee attack. Joe continues traveling after the active frames have ended, making it easy to punish. Traditionally, Joe had moved upward at a step angle while the move had issues knocking the opponent down on hit, but both problems are gone with this iteration.
    • This is Joe's best reversal special and can work as an anti-air if opponent is low to the ground, but the invulnerability time is short enough to allow large vertical hitboxes (typically from above) to cleanly beat it. The Snkb.gif Version starts up faster with no invulnerability, while the Snkd.gif Version is unreasonably slow but at least invuln, making it the "preferred" reversal option. Yet, it is still far too slow to tag even the sloppiest of meaty hops. Both versions are identical in damage and should only be used in corner juggle combos.
      • Although better than in previous games, Tiger Kick shouldn't be heavily relied as an anti-air attack. While a capable one, there are still other anti-air and air-to-air options to Joe's disposal and be sure to capitalize on that.
    • Ex.png Tiger Kick - (Dp.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) - Improved damage and startup speed while boasting invulnerability, on top of a larger hitbox and travel distance that reaches half the screen and hits crouching characters. Functions as Joe's best reversal and anti-air attack due to the increase of speed and invulnerability. Thus, this is a great move to plow forward through oncoming opponent approaches and attacks. Better in every application than the standard versions, but is still very unsafe on block and costs one stock of meter.
  • Thrust Kick (Hcf.gif + Kick.gif) - Known also as "Slash Kick", "Slashy Kick" and "Slushie Kick" due to the pronunciation, Joe's flexed fiery foot flies forward about half of the screen. This is Joe's meterless combo ender that will always connect from Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) and knock the opponent down, while positioning the opponent closer to the corner. The hitbox connects against crouching opponents and can somewhat easily be properly spaced to be safe on block by connecting with the opponent right as Joe is about to stop. Since it could be safely spaced, Thrust Kick is a potential anti-air due to its deceptively big hitbox.
    • The Snkb.gif Version deals less damage but recovers faster due to its shorter duration that makes for easier and safer spacing whereas Snkd.gif Version is best (if not, strictly) used in combos. Note that the Snkd.gif Version wont combo from Joe's standard "cr.B, cr.B, st.A xx f.B" hitconfirm, although it will work in Joe's standard "j.B cl.C xx f.B" combos.
      • If the Snkb.gif Slash Kick hits the opponent near the end of the animation then it is sometimes posible for the player to recover and juggle the opponent freely with any move, though the most notable followup is an immediate Bakuretsuken Finish.
    • All versions of Thrust Kick could juggle from an anti-air Ougon no Kakato (Qcb.gif + Kick.gif) or counter-hit Jumping Blowback Attack. An opponent could be set up in a manner that encourages jumping over or onto Joe, and Joe could use this opportunity to set up for the above anti-air and air-to-air options to score a Thrust Kick juggle.
    • The recovery time on hit can be Drive Canceled. The Snkd.gif Drive Cancel window is especially late.
    • Ex.png Thrust Kick - (Hcf.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) - Deals more damage and hits twice while launching the opponent higher, allowing for a follow-up in the corner. Outside of the corner, spending one Super Meter stock on a Desperation Move would be a better choice to acquire better positioning and damage.
    • While punishable if blocked really deep, this version tends to bounce Joe back to safety on block, especially if used from a further distance when not blockstringed into.
  • Bakuretsuken (Punch.gif) x4 - A "mash" special activated by pressing Joe's punch buttons repeatedly. Joe begins a continuous flurry of punches that can be continued by mashing either punch button, or ended by ceasing to press buttons or by inputting the Ender motion. Joe doesn't move forward when performing this special as he did in previous KOF games, but now the move is better. Due to the fairly safe nature of the move, it can be incorporated into blockstrings for a large amount of guard damage. Against normal-sized crouching opponents, part the hitbox will whiff making it less effective for dealing guard damage. An opponent could Guard Cancel Roll out of the punches in which Joe's only defense would be to cancel into his Ender, which will auto-correct to face the opponent. Aside from blockstrings or corner combos, never use this move or activate the move by mashing too hard lest one is willing to be labeled a scrub.
    • Flawless activation of this special on command is important to Joe's toughest corner combos, links, and pressure. With exactly four inputs, Joe will only punch four times while recovering to neutral frame advantage much faster than if he had continued with more punches. This makes Joe able to combo a Crouching Light Punch into a short Bakuretsuken then link a Standing Light Punch or a Close Heavy Punch afterwards. Additionally this makes the move much safer in general, akin to when Old Joe (from King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match) could stop his punch series on command.
    • Bakuretsuken Ender (Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) - Joe does an uppercut which will knock the opponent down on hit while being slightly hard to punish on block. End the series before Joe is pushed out too far as the ender or punch series can whiff if pushed too far away.
      • Joe's most damaging corner juggle combos require a player to cancel Bakuretsuken into the Ender immediately for extended juggle potentials. To do this, buffer the Qcb.gif motion during the last input of Bakuretsuken as such: Snka.gif, Snka.gif, Snka.gif, Qcb.gif + Snka.gif
    • Ex.png Bakuretsuken - (Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) x4 - Joe automatically moves forward, punches, and then does a launcher. Combos from Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) and can be linked off of a Hurricane Upper Hcf.gif + Snka.gif. The fast speed and distance traveled allows this move to be utilized as a fast punish.
    • Launches the opponent higher than Ex.png Thrust Kick (Hcf.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif), but can be harder to incorporate into hitconfirms due to having a more challenging input.
  • Ougon no Kakato (Qcb.gif+ Kick.gif) - Joe attacks with a crushing, forward-arcing golden heel. Works as a "psychic" or preemptive anti-air as the startup is too slow to allow use on reaction, but boasts a large hitbox once started. An opponent hit out of the air is placed in a free juggle state that usually allows a Thrust Kick (Hcf.gif + Snkb.gif) to combo. The Snkd.gif Version works well for pressure as an alternative ender in blockstrings that typically finish with Hurricane Upper (Hcf.gif + Snka.gif) but be warned as both heel kicks are punishable by instant grabs unless spaced at maximum range.
    • The Snkb.gif Version of Ougon no Kakato covers moves Joe straight upward and then down and is safer on block up close while the Snkd.gif Version covers 1/3 of the screen but is unsafe against grabs if blocked deep. Ougon no Kakato deals as much guard damage as a Hurricane Upper, but is a fine addition to Joe's corner game due to it shutting down jump attempts while allowing Joe a free followup on anti-air hit, frame advantage on hit, while being mostly safe when blocked.
    • To expand, the player should pay attention to how the opponent handles Joe's blockstrings. Ending a blockstring with Hurricane Upper is susceptible to the opponent using Guard Cancel Rolls to move forward and leaves Joe open to a punishing combo. Alternatively, ending a blockstring with an Ougon no Kakato while the opponent rolls forward leaves Joe in a safer position while maintain offensive momentum. Just note that an opponent could Guard Cancel Roll backwards and try to catch Joe as he's recovering from Ougon no Kakato, but Joe could anticipate this as well and could Hurricane Upper instead while maintaining positional advantage.
    • Ex.png Ougon no Kakato (Qcb.gif+ Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) - Joe moves a little further than in the Snkb.gif Version, while starting up faster. Too slow to combo into, but on a successful hit a player has enough frame advantage to link a Close Heavy Punch into a full combo. A sort of gamble of meter usage, but commands control of both aerial and grounded space while being advantageous to Joe on hit or block as with the normal versions. Deals three times the amount of guard damage as the standard versions, nets a grounded combo on hit, and a combo follow-up against airborne opponents, making it an overall buff special. It's also completely advantageous on block.

Desperation Moves

  • Screw Upper (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Punch.gif) - Joe's trademark Desperation Move that launches a gigatec tornado from his fists. The startup is too slow to be used outside of a combo, and the opponent can roll though the Desperation Move to punish Joe on whiff; also unsafe on block. This Desperation Move can be comboed off a Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) when in the corner or in close proximity to the opponent. All hits will connect against an airborne opponent and so Screw Upper is Joe's main juggle ender.
    • Against a grounded opponent, Screw Upper will only connect off of a Standing Heavy normal canceled into a Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif). Anything more will cause too much pushback for the tornado to connect. In the corner, the Desperation Move will connect off a low hitconfirm, but using Ex.png Thrust Kick (Hcf.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) would allow for more damage anyway.
    • Ex.png Screw Upper (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) - Joe chucks out a fiery tornado that moves forward all the way through the entire screen. Unlike the standard version, the EX Screw Upper will launch the opponent on hit and deal all of its damage when it drops the opponent on the ground. It's worth mentioning that the startup is faster, thus making Ex.png Screw Upper better as a gimmick or abare/reckless anti-air and if it connects it will always get full damage where the standard version can sometimes drop the opponent in certain instances.
      • MAX Cancels very nicely into Screw Straight for a really cool auto-finish.
  • Bakuretsu Hurricane Tiger Kakato (Down.gifDownright.gifHcb.gif + Punch.gif) - Joe decided to use every move he knew to create this creatively-titled Desperation Move. Joe moves forward into a multi-hitting auto-combo (otherwise known as a 'ranbu') in which he unleashes an explosion of punches before tossing out Hurricane Uppers, then lifting the opponent with a Tiger Kick to knock them down with a Ougon no Kakato. The main use of this move to end a combo from midscreen as the Desperation Move will always combo from Step-In Middle Kick (Right.gif + Snkb.gif) while carrying the opponent far towards the corner and netting a hard knockdown. If the opponent is cornered, Ex.png Thrust Kick (Hcf.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) would allow for more damage from a corner juggle or reset for the same amount of meter, making Joe much more scary to fight against when cornered. Pretty simple in use, just practice canceling into this move. Unsafe on block.
    • Only one or two hits will connect against an aerial opponent, making the rest of the DM unsafe on hit. Use Screw Upper or any other move in those instances.
  • Screw Straight (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) - Joe finally learned how to optimize a cyclone's hitbox; he took a tip from Daimos and flipped it sideways. The game pauses as Joe starts to wind up his arm, and as he begins to punch forward the game resumes before he releases a horizontal tornado out of his fist. Great HD combo ender that feels really good to MAX Cancel into.
    • Joe's Neomax is fast enough to anti-air full jumps on reaction or punish specials such as projectiles from a full screen's length. From a mid screen distance to full screen's length, an opponent cannot jump over the Neomax or roll through it. The only way to avoid the chip damage would be to Guard Cancel Roll multiple times.

Tips and Tricks

Combos

  • Joe can start any of his listed combos from a jump-in of choice.
  • For a light hitconfirm, Joe can do: cr.B cr.B st.A f+B xx... or st.A cr.B st.A f+B xx.. or any other light chain series variation.

0 meter, 0% Drive

  • cl.C/D f.A xx hcf+D - (208, 19)
    • Joe's standard meterless BnB combo. Really pushes the opponent toward the corner.
  • (corner) st.A/cr.A xx (P) x 4, cr.C f+B xx hcf+B, (P) x 4 xx qcb+P, nj.D - (288, 41)
    • A Haregoro special. Cancel a deep light punch into the aforementioned 'light' bakuretsuken and then tightly link into cr.C which will push Joe far enough out of the corner which makes Slash Kick hit late, allowing him to land a Bakuretsuken Finisher afterward and get the hit reset for added damage (time the j.D early to get it to hit). Pretty intense as a meterless combo, but Bakuretsuken frametraps are strong on block in case the link fails or the opponent blocks.
  • cr.A xx A/C x4, cl.C f.B xx hcf+D - (215, 25)
    • Less stylish and damaging than the above combo, but it's much easier to link the cl.C so it's an alright alternative.
  • Anti-air qcb+B/D, hcf+B - (~131, ~12)
    • The slash kick isn't always guaranteed, though a qcb+D anti-air makes it much easier to combo afterward with.
  • (counter hit) j.CD, hcf+B - (166,14)
  • (counter hit) j.CD, hcf+B, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P, (P)xn xx qcb+P, nj.D - (395, 54)
    • Easy j.CD counterhit followup, and in the corner Joe can do mad damage and stun for free.

1 Meter, 0% Drive

  • cl.C f+B xx qcf,hcb+P - (313, 11)
    • An old classic. Carries the opponent far and gives the Joe player a hard knockdown, yet not enough time to safely hop without being anti-aired.
  • cr.A xx (P) x 4, cr.C xx qcf,hcb+P - (267)
    • Alternative hitconfirm into BHTK. Instead of linking the cr.C the player can instead link Joe's DM directly after Bakuretsuken for 223 damage.
  • [Corner] cl.C f+B xx hcf+BD, dp+B, (P) x 4 xx qcb+P, (P) x n xx qcb+P, nj.D - (446, 51)
    • Heavy corner combo that only costs one super stock. The second Bakuretsuken is a little tricky to land since the opponent should bounce from Joe's fists twice before it's time to cancel into the finisher. Again, forgo the second mash punch if wanting to keep things simpler.
  • qcb+BD, cl.C f+B xx hcf+D - (303, 19)
    • Simple combo off of an abare EX golden heel. It's not too wise to throw it out randomly, but be ready to combo afterward it if hits.
  • (corner) cl.D f+B xx hcf+A, (A+C)x4, qcb+B, (P)x 4 [Instant Cancel] qcb+P [One Hit], dp+B, (P)x 4 [One hit] qcb+P [One Hit], qcb+B, (P)x 4 [Instant Cancel] qcb+P [One Hit], (P) x n xx qcb+P, nj.D - (450, 75)
    • cl.D must be canceled very late into f+B in order to keep Joe close enough to combo into hcf+A. At any rate, you can skip that part and do cl.C f+B xx (A+C) x 4 to start the combo and get around the same amount of damage, though less stun.

1 Meter, 50% Drive

  • (corner) j.D cl.C f+B xx hcf+A, (A+C)x4, qcb+K, (P)x 4 [Instant Cancel] qcb+P [One Hit], dp+B, (P)x 4 [One hit] qcb+P [One Hit], qcb+B, (P)x 4 [Instant Cancel] qcb+P [One Hit] (DC) qcb+D, (P)x 4 [Instant Cancel] qcb+P [One Hit], dp+B, (P)x 4 [One hit] qcb+P [One Hit], (P)x 4 [Hits twice] qcb+P [One Hit], nj.D - (540, 116)
    • (Video Here) An extension of the above combo; Joe's old 100% stun corner combo, but now it leaves the opponent with 4 stun points left over. The main trick to this combo is mastering Joe's Bakuretsuken (Punch.gifx4) and Ender (Qcb.gif + Punch.gif). Most uses of Bakuretsuken are instantly canceled into the Ender, and for the combo to be successful only the second hit of the uppercut should connect which allows for special moves to juggle afterward.
  • (corner) cl.C f+B xx hcf+BD, dp+B (P) x 4 ~ qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P) x 4 ~ qcb+P, dp+B, (P) x 4 ~ qcb+P, (P) x 4, qcb+P, nj.D - (535, 85)
    • Simple extension off Joe's usual 1 meter corner BnB. The second Bakuretsuken will again bounce the opponent twice before the Finisher will connect.

Stun Combos

0 Bar, 80% Drive

  • (corner) j.CD (counter hit), qcb+K, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P, (P)xn qcb+P, nj.D(stun) - (530, 120)
    • Stun setup from a j.CD counter hit. This makes Joe's best air-to-air for punishing hop/jump escapes from the corner even more effective and even if the j.CD isn't a counterhit and the player goes into qcb+K, Joe will recover before the opponent can rise. Note that the combo does well over 120 stun so the opponent will fall out before the nj.D. Nets ~1.9 super bars, ~15% Drive.

1 Bar, 80% Drive

  • (Near Corner) st.D f+B xx hcf+BD, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P, (P)xn qcb+P, nj.D (stun) - (599, 120)
  • (Near Corner) cr.B st.A f+B xx hcf+BD, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P, (P)xn qcb+P, nj.D - (539, 118)
  • (Near Corner) cr.B cr.B st.A f+B xx hcf+BD, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P (DC) qcb+D, (P)x4~qcb+P, dp+B, (P)x4~qcb+P, (P)xn qcb+P, nj.D (stun) - (533, 120)
    • Note that starting from a simple cr.B st.A confirm doesn't fully stun, though if a jumping attack is added beforehand or if you get two cr.Bs before starting it'll stun. Builds about 70% bar and 15% drive afterward for the stun followup. Video that demonstrates most of the combo, though it tacks on an unnecessary qcb+BD.

HD Combos

  • (corner)cl.C f+B (BC) cl.C df+B xx hcf+D (DC) [dp+B (1) [DC] qcb+K] x 3, dp+B xx ender
    • An easy corner HD combo that can does over 55% meterless and can be ended with dp+B xx Screw Upper/Straight for 70/80%.
  • cl.C f+B (BC) cl.C df+B xx hcf+D (cross under) (HDC) [dp+B (1) (HDC) hcf+D] x3 (HDC) qcf qcf+BD - (805)
    • A swag midscreen HD combo. Begins with the same setup as the corner combo which eases the difficulty some. Each cross under dp+B must be input backwards since Joe goes on the other side of the opponent, so buffer it ahead of time as rdp+B. The Neo Max at the end must be input backwards during the heavy Slash Kick's recovery.

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2nd position

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3rd position

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Basic Strategy

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