The King of Fighters XIII/Maxima

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Maxima

KOFXIII-Maxima Face.png

In a nutshell

Maxima was a normal Canadian soldier that decided to get augmented who acts as a cyborg elder figure for the impetuous Kula and K'. Maxima's known for the large amount of Autoguard on his attacks and in KOFXIII this is no different. His normals are slow, but powerful, his jumping attacks are improved as compared to previous KOF games, and he has an instant command grab. With meter Maxima can deal heavy damage from simple combos and has access to powerful utility tools that can shut down many of the enemy's options.

Video Walkthrough

Move List

Normal Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Standing Light Punch
Kof.lp.png
30
Cancel.png
Standing Light Kick
Kof.lk.png
30
Standing Heavy Punch
Kof.sp.png
100
Autoguard.png (Cancelable if triggered) Supercancel.png
Close Heavy Punch
Kof.sp.png
50×2
Autoguard.png (Cancelable if triggered) Cancel.png
Standing Heavy Kick
Kof.sk.png
100
Autoguard.png (Cancelable if triggered)
Close Heavy Kick
Kof.sk.png
100
Autoguard.png (Cancelable if triggered) Cancel.png
Crouching Light Punch
D.png + Kof.lp.png
30
Cancel.png
Crouching Light Kick
D.png + Kof.lk.png
35
Low.png
Crouching Heavy Punch
D.png + Kof.sp.png
100
Autoguard.png (Cancelable if triggered) Cancel.png
Crouching Heavy Kick
D.png + Kof.sk.png
100
Low.png Softknockdown.png
Blowback Attack
Kof.sp.png + Kof.sk.png
110
Autoguard.png Softknockdown.png Specialcancel.png
Jumping Light Punch
Air Kof.lp.png
Jump: 45
Hop: 40
High.png Cancel.png
Jumping Light Kick
Air Kof.lk.png
Jump: 45
Hop: 40
High.png
Jumping Heavy Punch
Air Kof.sp.png
72
High.png
Hopping Heavy Punch
Air Kof.sp.png
70
High.png Cancel.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 Cancel.png

Unique Attacks

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
M9 Missile
Df.png + Kof.sp.png
80

Throw

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Dynamite Drop
F.png or B.png + Kof.sp.png or Kof.sk.png (while close)
100
Throw.png Softknockdown.png

Special Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
M4 Vapor Cannon
Qcb.png + P.png
P.png : 120
Ex.png : 80+50
Air P.png : 110
Air Ex.png : 50×2+60
Airok.png
Ground: Autoguard.png Hardknockdown.png Supercancel.png
Ground Counterhit.png : Wallbounce.png
Ground Ex.png : Wallbounce.png
Air P.png : Hardknockdown.png
M19 Blitz Cannon
Dp.png + K.png
K.png : 0+150
Ex.png : 50+150
K.png : Airthrow.png
Ex.png : Autoguard.png Drivecancel.png
Maxima Press
Hcb.png + K.png
80
Hardknockdown.png
K.png : Throw.png
Ex.png : Alters properties of follow-up
Press Plus
Maxima Press, then Qcb.png + P.png
K.png : 50
Ex.png : 120
Supercancel.png
K.png : Hardknockdown.png
Ex.png : Softknockdown.png Drivecancel.png

Desperation Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Special Properties (glossary)
Double Vapor Cannon
Qcf.png Qcf.png + P.png
P.png : 220
Ex.png : 80×2+180
Hardknockdown.png Maxcancel.png
P.png : Autoguard.png
Counterhit.png : Wallbounce.png
Ex.png : Startupinv.png
Maxima Laser
Hcb.png Hcb.png + Kof.lp.png + Kof.sp.png
(15+0)×22+120
Startupinv.png Hardknockdown.png

Console Changes

  • When the autoguard on his normal moves is triggered, he can cancel the normal move before it comes out.
  • M9 Missile (df+C) has faster recovery.
  • Maxima drops straight down after Air M4 Vapor Cannon (Air qcb+P).
  • EX Maxima Press (hcb+BD) hitbox has been buffed. He can now use it after a counterhit CD attack.
  • EX Maxima Press (hcb+BD) does not create distance when blocked, making it easier for opponents to punish.

Strategy

Move Analysis

Normal Moves

  • Standing Light Punch (Snka.gif) - Maxima's Standing Snka.gif hits at a his shoulder level which is quite tall and will intersect hops earlier at some spacings. This is mainly a quick anti-air against short hops although the startup and recovery is thicker than with other Standing Light punches.
  • Standing Light Kick (Snkb.gif) - Maxima's fastest mid-hitting grounded attack that works as a poke to bat at opponents, although the startup and recovery times are lengthy and this move can't easily be used repeatedly to keep the opponent blocking. This silly-looking back kick can anti-air in situations where the opponent lands on Maxima's boot though it's a safer bet to save this attack as a quick grounded check when not wanting to commit to Maxima's slower Heavy normals.
  • Standing Heavy Punch (Snkc.gif) - A slow straight punch similar to most Far Snkc.gif attacks that will hit crouching opponents as a heavy poke, control the hop space, and anti-air jumping attacks from the maximum spacing. Reaches a bit further than Standing Snka.gif.
    • Just before the attack gains active frames Maxima's upper body gains Autoguard properties that carry through into the active hitting frames of the attack. This window makes the attack even stronger in the above situations as the opponent is likely to be hit if the Autoguard stops an attack.
  • Close Heavy Punch (Close Snkc.gif) - A twice-hitting back knuckle attack that can be canceled on either hit. The second hit will whiff on all crouchblocking characters and can be punished by lows though the second hit connects on hit against crouchers. The startup speed is faster than Close Snkd.gif but the whiffable second hit is a real threat. The player could cancel on the first hit to enjoy the speed bonus but this leaves even less time for a hitconfirm as compared to Close Snkd.gif.
  • Standing Heavy Kick (Snkd.gif) - One of Maxima's most Guard Frame-heavy attacks. Maxima's big boot has horizontal reach and can work as an anti-air if spaced so that the opponent jumps onto his guarded active leg. The Autoguard starts to kick in as Maxima's foot is lifted up and continues through to the early active frames.
    • It can be annoying for the opponent to get around this move but the recovery is major and leaves Maxima open to a punish if mindlessly whiffed.
  • Close Heavy Kick (Close Snkd.gif) - A standard Close Heavy Kick only unlike Close Snkc.gif this will always hit crouching opponents. The startup speed is noticeably slower and can be more difficult to combo into after a crossup. If the player takes into account the startup speed and adjusts by hitting deeper or timing the attack as soon as possible it becomes a safer committal than Close Snkc.gif.
  • Crouching Light Punch (Down.gif + Snka.gif) - A low jab that can be chained and canceled on hit. The startup is 'fast' in relation to most of Maxima's normals but it slightly slower than most Crouching Light attacks. A good offensive option when up close on the opponent since it can be hitconfirmed into combos and leaves the player at a better frame advantage than a blocked Close Snkc.gif or Snkd.gif.
    • In order to combo into M9 Missile (Downright.gif + Snkc.gif) it's crucial to cancel the Crouching Snka.gif as fast as possible. If done too slow or when pushed back too far from the opponent the attack can whiff.
  • Crouching Light Kick (Down.gif + Snkb.gif) - A very slow Crouching Snkb.gif that doesn't chain into any attack. The player can link a Crouching Snka.gif afterward on hit to start a combo so the opponent has the incentive to want to block low, but after blocking one hit Maxima's Crouching Snkb.gif is too slow to continue threatening the opponent. Fortunately the player can use hops and Maxima Press (Hcb.gif + Snkb.gif) to supplement his weak low attacks.
  • Crouching Heavy Punch (Down.gif + Snkc.gif) - Maxima spreads his arms out in front of and behind himself though it only attacks to the front. Has decent horizontal reach and causes a more heavy hitstun than Crouching Snka.gif which can combo into M4 Vapor Cannon (Qcb.gif + Punch.gif).
    • There's a window of Autoguard on this attack after the startup and right up to the active frames so it can be timed to counter an enemy attack which can be canceled into a combo on hit.
    • Whiff cancelable.
  • Crouching Heavy Kick (Down.gif + Snkd.gif) - Maxima's sweep cannot be canceled so using leaves the player completely vulnerable to hops should the opponent read the low. This has a good range and still acts as a strong fundamental normal attack.
    • Good tripguard anti-air and more reliable than his weak Crouching Snkb.gif.
  • Blowback Attack (Snkc.gif + Snkd.gif) - Another Autoguard-heavy attack. Maxima swings both arms in an upward arc which is covered in Guard Frames. Works great if timed early enough to come out against a jump due to the upwardly swinging hitbox and the Autoguard which can save the player from being hit.
    • Moves Maxima forward if whiff canceled.
    • Leaves the player highly vulnerable on whiff and loses to low attacks. Canceling into M4 Vapor Cannon doesn't eliminate this issue as that move can also be easily swept.
  • Jumping Light Punch (Air Snka.gif) - A useless attack since Hopping Snkc.gif has a better hitbox with faster startup and more active frames.
  • Jumping Light Kick (Air Snkb.gif) - A very short-ranged knee attack that can cross up the opponent, though Maxima has better crossup attacks. The horizontal and vertical reach is pitiful which makes this attack not very practical.
  • Jumping Heavy Punch (Air Snkc.gif) - This is Maxima's aerial bodysplash that can only be performed from a jump or superjump. The lengthy hitbox that travels along his body makes this attack a great crossup, but the downside is that the player must commit to a full jump. Still, the hitbox is large and can be somewhat of a pain to anti-air plus Maxima can set up for guaranteed crossups after landing Maxima Press (Hcb.gif + Kick.gif).
  • Hopping Heavy Punch (Air Snkc.gif) - Traditionally Maxima has had poor aerial attacks off of a hop and had to rely on his full jumping normals which could be more easily anti-aired. This move changes that. This is a great air-to-ground attack that has a long horizontal reach on top of hitting vertically deep near the end of his arm. The startup is very fast for a Heavy normal and the great hitbox allows for a player to force the opponent to block this attack early in a hop arc, similar to the approach of Ks Jumping Snkd.gif.
    • The main bulk of the hitbox is out in front of Maxima's arm while there's no hitbox deep in toward Maxima's torso. This blind spot leaves room for the opponent to get in deep and more easily anti-air Jumping Snkc.gif. Avoid giving the opponent this breathing space by spacing Jumping Snkc.gif to hit near Maxima's arm and in cases where the opponent is too close use Jumping Snkd.gif instead.
    • Cancelable into aerial specials.
  • Jumping Heavy Kick (Air Snkd.gif) - A deeply downard-angled kick. The close vertical hitbox makes this move a preferred air-to-ground against really close opponents or for landing on very low-to-ground moves such as slides. If the opponent is outside of the short horizontal range of this attack, Jumping Snkc.gif would be a stronger approach.
    • Can cross up an opponent.
  • Jumping Blowback Attack (Air Snkc.gif + Snkd.gif) - An aerial dropkick with a powerful horizontal hitbox that can also be used as an air-to-ground attack to give the player a large frame advantage. This is Maxima's best air-to-air attack (besides Qcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) that works against opponents in front of or even slightly above the player's current position.

Unique Attacks

  • M9 Missile (Downforward.gif + Snkc.gif) - Maxima punches upward at a 60° angle that can anti-air but lacks any Guard Frames and is slow to start. Works better as an anti-air against jumps as the player can react and use the attack earlier. Cancels into Specials and DMs on hit or whiff and like most command normals it leaves the player at a disadvantage on block if uncanceled.
    • Works as a combo tool that can extend hitconfirms and even connects from Crouching Snka.gif from a close range. If spaced too far away the Downforward.gif + Snkc.gif can whiff on crouching opponents and drop the combo.
    • Keeps the opponent in a juggable state when used against an aerial enemy.

Throw

  • Dynamite Drop (Right.gif or Left.gif + Snkc.gif or Snkd.gif [while close]) - Maxima dropkicks the opponent into a soft knockdown that will push the enemy nearly fullscreen after a quickrise. The player has little frame advantage if the opponent quickrises so unless the opponent becomes cornered, then both players are set at a neutral situation.
    • The poor advantage afterward makes Maxima's normal throw one of the weaker grabs in the game, especially compared to Maxima Press (Hcb.gif + Snkb.gif). Still, the input is simple enough to punish rolls effectively and works as an easy, safe tick throw. Opting for the unwhiffable Dynamite Drop at times is safer than Maxima Press and beats more of the opponent's options than a command grab.

Special Moves

  • M4 Vapor Cannon (Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) - Maxima takes a step forward and punches while releasing steam from the pistons in his arms. This will reach 1/3 the screen as the hitbox will extend just beyond Maxima's fist. Infamous for having Autoguard or 'Guard Points/Frames' and causing a Wallbounce on a counterhit.
    • The Snka.gif version connects from Heavy attacks and causes a soft knockdown. It's also Super Cancelable into Double Vapor Cannon (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Punch.gif). There aren't any guardframes on this version though.
    • The slower Snkc.gif Vapor Cannon gains a large window of Guard Frames after activating, though it will lose to meaty attacks. This version is more suited for fishing for Counterhit pokes or for staggering blockstrings.
    • The biggest weakness of this move is that the Autoguard only covers Maxima's upper body. A simple sweep timed before the active frames will cleanly beat either Vapor Cannon.
    • Ex.png M4 Vapor Cannon (Qcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) - Combos from Light attacks and will always cause a Wallbounce. There are more Guard Points on this move though a more meter-efficient method of using this move is to save it for hitconfirms to easily deal 40% damage or more.
    • The player can follow up the wallbounce from anywhere on the screen with M9 Missile (Downright.gif + Snkc.gif) canceled into M4 Vapor Cannon (Qcb.gif + Snkc.gif) to push the opponent away or into M19 Blitz Cannon (Dp.gif + Kick.gif) to deal more damage and keep the opponent closer. If the player's back is in the corner when the wallbounce occurs, it becomes necessary to run forward in order to hit with Dp.gif + Kick.gif and the followup.
  • Air M4 Vapor Cannon (air Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) - Maxima performs an aerial Vapor Cannon angled downward at a 45° angle. As with the standard version the Autoguard becomes active only after a length of the startup. Causes a hard knockdown where the opponent bounces slightly off the ground though it's an aesthetic touch and cannot be followed up.
    • Ex.png Air M4 Vapor Cannon (air Qcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) - A magnificent aerial tool that has Autoguard from the first frame of startup. It's possible to bait reversals with intentionally bad jumps and to guard through and punish anti-airs with this attack. Keeps the opponent standing on hit so if the attack connects against a grounded opponent at a low height the player can land from their hop or jump and start a grounded combo.
  • M19 Blitz Cannon (Dp.gif + Kick.gif) - An anti-air 'Soul Throw' grab that moves Maxima upward at a 60° angle and ends with him punching the opponent into the ground about halfscreen away from Maxima. There are Guard Frames on this attack, but they take a while to come into effect and require an early input to beat a jump and an early or 'yomi' guess to beat a hop. Functions as a damaging juggle finisher that leaves the opponent somewhat close to Maxima.
    • Only conects against aerial or juggleable opponents; completely whiffs against grounded opponents.
    • Ex.png M19 Blitz Cannon (Dp.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) - An improved anti-air and even a grounded reversal option. When the player activates this attack it immediately has Autoguard which will freeze an opponent who hits Maxima which almost guarantees the grab will hit. Maxima's lower leg has a hitbox that will hit scoop up grounded opponents into the air so that the airthrow connects.
  • Maxima Press (Hcb.gif + Kick.gif) - A good command grab that carries the opponent into the corner and can either end with a lengthy hard knockdown or be followed up with Press Plus to lead into more damaging opportunities.
    • The Snkb.gif version of the throw is a short-ranged instant grab. This gives the player the option of doing tick throws and empty hops to supplement Maxima's offensive prowess. This also can work as a punish against certain moves.
      • Can be comboed into at a close range from a cancelable normal or linked into after hitting with Crouching Snkb.gif.
      • Functions as a reversal though the throw range is shorter than most other instant grabs.
    • Players familiar with Maxima from older KOF games should recognize the Snkd.gif version of Maxima Press. Maxima crouches during the lengthier startup and then drives across the screen while attempting to throw any grounded opponent in his way. The startup length is completely vulnerable and it's possible to counterpoke Maxima as he slides forward, plus the grab is telegraphed and can be jumped out of and punished. There isn't much use for this version outside of a gimmick to catch an opponent sleeping.
    • Press Plus (Hcb.gif + Kick.gif, then Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) - A Super Cancelable followup punch that must be input just after Maxima slams the opponent into the wall. The extra hit adds more damage but leaves the player with less frame advantage which doesn't allow a safejump or empty hop followup against a reversal attempt.
      • There are reasons to deliberate if the followup should be used depending on what the player wants to do next. If Maxima Press is uncanceled it puts the opponent just outside of the corner which sets up for an ambiguous crossup with Jumping Snkc.gif or leaves enough time for a safe or empty hop mixup. Ending with Press Plus and Supercanceling into Double Vapor (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Punch.gif) deals an effective amount of damage but leaves both players more at neutral. Ending with Press Plus alone still puts the player at an advantageous frame advantage and the player could abuse the fact that Maxima can't do a safehop to hop into Ex.pngAir M4 Vapor Cannon (air Qcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) to counter what an opponent may view as 'free damage' from an easily-reactable 'bad' meaty.
    • Ex.png Maxima Press (Hcb.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif) - Looks like the Snkd.gif rungrab but this is a blockable move. It can connect against an opponent early in a hop arc although there is no invulnerability or autoguard on this move.
      • The startup is faster which allows the player to combo into this move from M9 Missile (Downright.gif + Snkc.gif) which leads to heavily-damaging corner combos off of the Press Plus followup.
    • Ex.png Press Plus (Hcb.gif + Snkb.gif + Snkd.gif, then Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) - The followup to Ex.png Maxima Press launches the opponent higher in the air and can be Drive Canceled into special moves instead of just DMs. Most notable is the Drive Cancel into Ex.png M4 Vapor Cannon (Qcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) to cause a wallbounce which can be followed up with a M9 Missile (Downright.gif + Snkc.gif) followup combo.

Desperation Moves

  • Double Vapor Cannon (Qcf.gif×2 + Punch.gif) - Maxima executes a Vapor Cannon punch using both arms. The startup speed isn't too fast though this attack is covered in Guard Frames that will trap an opponent that hits Maxima. This can work as an anti-air and reversal though the attack is quite punishable on block.
  • Causes a Wallbounce on counterhit that can be followed up from certain screen positionings.
    • Double Vapor Cannon (Qcf.gif×2 + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) - Maxima steps forward for a one-two punch follwed with a sudden impact finisher. Strong as a combo finisher from something as simple as Vapor Cannon Drive Canceled into EX Double Vapor Cannon. The third hit will often drop the opponent in juggle combos or from an anti-air so its applications can be limited against aerial opponents.
    • Faster and fully invulnerable on startup.
    • Does not cause a counterhit Wallbounce.
  • Maxima Laser (Hcb.gif×2 + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) - Maxima is secretly a super robot that can fire an enormousbeam out of his chest. Maxima Laser is a crazy fast Neomax fills the screen with a beam that will anti-hir hops and punish nearly anything from fullscreen. It also deals huge damage in a combo and the final hit always deals 120 damage regardless of damage scaling. This is everything a Neomax could want to be.

Tips and Tricks

Combos

"*" next to the most important combos. First, in any combo involving 2 cr.A,'s you can start with a cr.B, but Maxima's is very slow. His d/f+C hits against crouchers, but only from close. The most consistent heavy starter is 1 hit of close C into d/f+C, since the 2nd hit of close C will whiff under some circumstances.

0% Drive

0 Bar

  • *cr.A,d/f+C xx qcb+A - (214)

Safe on block, use only one cr.A for consistency. You can replace cr.A with close C, etc.

  • cr.A,d/f+C xx hcb+K~qcb+P - (220)

Also works from cr.A x2, but requires an even closer distance, carries to corner. Of course you can do the same thing from close C (2 hits) or close C (1 hit), d/f+C.

  • *counter-hit qcb+P, d/f+C xx dp+K - (361)

If the distance is weird, you can omit the d/f+C.

1 Bar

  • *cr.A,cr.A xx qcb+PP, d/f+C xx dp+K - (348)

If they are too far away from the wallbounce, you can substitute dp+K with qcb+C, which gives a hard knockdown and pushes far to the corner.

  • counter-hit qcfx2+P, walk forward, qcb+A - (389)
  • (corner only) counter-hit qcfx2+P, d/f+C xx dp+K - (486)

2 Bars

  • cr.A,cr.A xx qcfx2+PP - (382)

You can replace cr.A's with whatever you want.

  • counter-hit qcb+P, qcfx2+PP - (482)

3 Bars

  • cr.A,cr.A xx qcb+PP, d/f+C xx qcfx2+PP - (536)
  • counter-hit qcfx2+P, qcfx2+PP - (607)

50% Drive

1 Bar

  • *hcb+K~qcb+P sc qcfx2+P - (325)

Super cancel off his command grab.

  • *hcb+KK~qcb+P dc dp+K - (329)

Only works from the EX command grab. Can be ued as a combo ender...not really relevant for that use, but it does do a tiny more damage than the drive-less combo and carries to the corner.

2 Bars

  • *hcb+K~qcb+P sc qcfx2+PP - (451)
  • hcb+KK~qcb+P sc qcfx2+P - (392)

3 Bars

  • *hcb+KK~qcb+P sc qcfx2+PP - (518)

100% Drive

As with any other character, with HD combos you can do whatever moves you like before the BC cancel, such as cr.A/B x2, or a far C/D to confirm into damage off a guard-point.

3 Bars

  • cl.C (1 hit),d/f+C hd cl.C (2 hits) xx hcbx2+PP - (597)
  • *counter-hit qcb+P, hcbx2+PP - (578)

4 Bars

  • cr.A,cr.A xx qcb+PP, hcbx2+PP - (556)
  • cl.C (1 hit),d/f+C hd cl.C (1 hit),d/f+C xx hcb+KK~qcb+P sc hcbx2+PP - (733)
  • counter-hit qcfx2+P, hcbx2+PP - (689)

5 Bars

  • cl.C (1 hit),d/f+C hd cl.D xx hcb+K~qcb+P sc qcf+PP xx hcbx2+PP - (985, 15)

If started with cl.D or a jumpin, this combo does over 1000 damage, aka, a 100%.

Team Order

1st position

Pros

Cons

2nd position

Pros

Cons

3rd position

Pros

Cons

Basic Strategy

Advanced Strategy

Frame Data