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Amaterasu

Umvc3 amaterasu face.jpg

Amaterasu, the sun goddess, lost her physical form defeating the True Orochi. 100 years later she was resurrected in the form of a wolf who now uses her powers to restore beauty to the islands of Japan.

Contributors: Rokmode, EMC



In a nutshell Amaterasu is a unique,versatile, and underused character with a plethora of tools at her advantage thanks to her three different stances. She excels at controlling space with her respectable normals and has an admirable set of defensive tools in her arsenal. Her specials, while not bad tend to not be overpowering, and thus she is a character reliant on good reads and strong knowledge of spacing/footsies. As a result, most consider her to be one of the more difficult characters in UMVC3, but intelligent players who enjoy having access to a set of strong normals will find ammy and her support value to be rewarding and fun.

Use her reflector stance for close confrontations as it gives her access to strong option selects and allows usage of her projectile and melee counters. Her glaive stance possesses incredibly disjointed hitboxes that allow for blunt rushdown when mixed with her air dash. Finally, her rosary beads stance is largely unused yet criminally underrated. Her air normals while in this stance negate super armor and are notable for their space controlling abilities.

While certainly not a weak point character, Amaterasu is primarily used as a support character in the anchor slot. This is due to the fact that she possesses arguably the strongest assist for pure lockdown, one of the most potent Team Hyper Combos (THC), and multi-directional TAC infinites. Additionally, she is considered by most to be a top tier comeback character due to her deadly combination of Veil of Mist + level 3 xfactor. She is most commonly used with Doctor Doom due to their THC synergy and team support package.

Using a Top>High>Mid>Low standard, Amaterasu tends to be ranked in High tier by most community members. This is due to her strong support options, versatile toolset, and comeback ability. She suffers from lack of variable approach and mediocre damage. This creates many skewed matchups in which she can easily be zoned out. (Note: tiers are never set in stone and the Marvel vs Capcom 3 series tends to have one of the most disputed tier lists due to the sheer number of characters between Mid and Top tier)

Latest Tutorial Video by Philpro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CncQYS7GMs

Alternate Colors

Colors15.jpg

Players to Watch

TA|Moonz(anchor) , Zak Bennet(anchor) , Marlinpie(anchor) , X-Ray(anchor) , Udaterasu(point), Full Schedule(anchor) , rusty shackleford (point)


Character Vitals

CHARACTER DATA
Health:
Ammystam.png
Specialized Zig-Zag
Double Jump:
No
Air Dash:
Yes
Air Dash/Jump count:
1
X-FACTOR
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
X-Factor Damage Boost:
20 %
40 %
60 %
X-Factor Speed Boost:
20 %
30 %
40 %
X-Factor Duration:
11.0 s
16.0 s
21.0 s
MINIMUM DAMAGE SCALING
 
L Attacks
M Attacks
H Attacks
Special Moves
Hyper Combos
Normal:
10 %
10 %
10 %
20 %
30 %
X-Factor Lvl 1:
35 %
35 %
35 %
35 %
30 %
X-Factor Lvl 2:
35 %
35 %
35 %
35 %
30 %
X-Factor Lvl 3:
35 %
35 %
35 %
35 %
30 %

Move List

Note: This is a very long section. If you are looking for something specific, it is advised that you scroll to the top and look for your desired sub-section

Assist Types

Name
Type
Damage
Special Properties
Cross-Over Combination
Alpha.png Solar Flare
Extra.png Instant.png
0
Proj.png reflector
Okami Shuffle
Beta.png Cold Star
Shot.png Tiltdown.png
20,000 X 8
(113,600)
Proj.png
freezes opponent
Okami Shuffle
Gamma.png Bloom
Extra.png Instant.png
0
Fills 30% of one
H.C. Gauge
Okami Shuffle

Normal Moves : Solar Flare Weapon Stance (Activate Using D.png D.png L.png)

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Standing Light
L.png
30,000
Crouching Light
D.png + L.png
28,000
Rpdfire.png Low.png
Standing Medium
M.png
50,000
Crouching Medium
D.png + M.png
50,000
Low.png
Standing Heavy
H.png
60,000
chains to D.png + H.png
Crouching Heavy
D.png + H.png
60,000
Low.png
Softknockdown.png
Special
S.png
70,000
Launch.png Nocancel.png
Reflector Chain Combo Ichi
F.png + H.png
60,000
Ni
San
Shi
Solar Flare Attack
from Ichi, H.png
H.png
H.png
H.png
60,000
60,000
60,000
60,000
Jumping Light
air L.png
35,000
High.png
Jumping Medium
air M.png
48,000
High.png
Jumping Heavy
air H.png
60,000
High.png
can chain into itself to 3 hits
Jumping Special
air S.png
70,000
High.png Aircombofinisher.png
Softknockdown.png vs airborne opponent

Normal Moves : Thunder Edge Weapon Stance (Activate Using D.png D.png M.png)

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Standing Light
L.png
30,000
Crouching Light
D.png + L.png
28,000
Rpdfire.png Low.png
Standing Medium
M.png
50,000
Crouching Medium
D.png + M.png
50,000
Low.png
Standing Heavy
H.png
80,000
chains to D.png + H.png
Crouching Heavy
D.png + H.png
80,000
Low.png
Softknockdown.png
Special
S.png
70,000
Launch.png Nocancel.png
Glaive Chain Combo Ichi
F.png + H.png
80,000
can be charged
Glaive Chain Combo Ichi
(Charged version)
F.png + H.png charge
100,000
Stagger.png
Ni
San
Thunder Edge Slash
from Ichi, H.png
H.png
H.png
80,000
80,000
80,000
can be charged
can be charged
forced Groundbounce.png can be charged
Ni
San
Thunder Edge Slash
(charged versions)
from Ichi, H.png charge
H.png charge
H.png charge
100,000
100,000
100,000
Stagger.png
Stagger.png
Stagger.png
Jumping Light
air L.png
35,000
High.png
Jumping Medium
air M.png
48,000
High.png
Jumping Heavy
air H.png
90,000
High.png
can be charged
Jumping Heavy
(Charged Version)
air H.png charge
110,000
High.png
Forcedgroundbounce.png
Jumping Special
air S.png
70,000
High.png Aircombofinisher.png
Softknockdown.png vs airborne opponent
Thunder Edge Stab
air Df.png + H.png
90,000
can be charged
Otg.png
Groundbounce.png vs airborne opponent
Thunder Edge Stab
(Charged Version)
air Df.png + H.png charge
120,000
Stagger.png
Otg.png
Groundbounce.png vs airborne opponent

Normal Moves : Devout Beads Weapon Stance (Activate Using D.png D.png H.png)

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Standing Light
L.png
30,000
Crouching Light
D.png + L.png
28,000
Rpdfire.png Low.png
Standing Medium
M.png
50,000
Crouching Medium
D.png + M.png
50,000
Low.png
Standing Heavy
H.png
25,000 X 4
(79,500)
chains to D.png + H.png
Crouching Heavy
D.png + H.png
25,000 X 4
(79,500)
Low.png
Softknockdown.png
Special
S.png
70,000
Launch.png Nocancel.png
Rosary Chain Combo Ichi
F.png + H.png
25,000 X 4
(79,500)
Ni
San
Shi
Devout Beads Whip
from Ichi, H.png
H.png
H.png
H.png
25,000 X 4
25,000 X 4
25,000 X 4
25,000 X 4
(153,900)
(163,900 for full rosary combo)



Softknockdown.png
Jumping Light
air L.png
35,000
High.png
Jumping Medium
air M.png
48,000
High.png
Jumping Heavy
air H.png
25,000 X 4
(79,500)
High.png
Jumping Special
air S.png
70,000
High.png Aircombofinisher.png
Softknockdown.png vs airborne opponent

Throws

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Forward Throw
F.png + H.png
80,000
Throw.png Hardknockdown.png
Back Throw
B.png + H.png
80,000
Throw.png Hardknockdown.png
Forward Air Throw
air F.png + H.png
80,000
Airthrow.png Hardknockdown.png
Back Air Throw
air B.png + H.png
80,000
Airthrow.png Hardknockdown.png

Universal Special Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Head Charge L / M
air Qcf.png + L.png / M.png
70,000
Head Charge H
air Qcf.png + H.png
70,000
Groundbounce.png
Power Slash
(Paper)
Qcb.png + Atk.png
80,000
Proj.png
Weapon Change
D.png , D.png + Atk.png
0
L.png changes to Solar Flare
M.png changes to Thunder Edge
H.png changes to Devout Beads


Solar Flare Stance Special Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Solar Flare L
Dp.png + L.png
150,000
can be charged
Counter.png vs High.png and mid
Cptr.png
Hardknockdown.png
Solar Flare M
Dp.png + M.png
150,000
can be charged
Counter.png vs Low.png
Cptr.png
Hardknockdown.png
Solar Flare H
Dp.png + H.png
varies
can be charged
Proj.png reflector
if Proj.png cant be reflected:
Projnull.png instead


Thunder Edge Stance Special Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Thunder Edge
Qcf.png + Atk.png
100,000
can be charged
L.png stabs F.png
M.png stabs Uf.png
H.png stabs U.png
Thunder Edge
(Charged Version)
Qcf.png + Atk.png charge
150,000
Softknockdown.png
Glaive Chop
air Qcf.png + S.png
10,000 X 3 + 30,000 X 3
hits and damage can vary
slightly by height and angle


Devout Beads Stance Special Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Cold Star
Qcf.png + Atk.png
20,000 X 1 ~ 8
(20,000 ~ 113,600)
Proj.png
mashable
freezes opponent
Atk.png used determines angle:
L.png shoots F.png
M.png shoots Uf.png
H.png jumps and shoots Df.png

Hyper Moves

Name
Command
Damage
Notes (glossary)
Okami Shuffle
Qcf.png + Atk.png + Atk.png
70,000
+ 10,000 per ice hit
+ 7,000 per lightning hit
+ 80,000 for final bolt
(295,800)
Damage varies by screen location
Airok.png Proj.png
soft Knockdown.png for first hit
Otg.png Hardknockdown.png
for all other hits.
Doesn't scale normally with combo.
More research required.
Vale of Mist
Qcb.png + Atk.png + Atk.png
0
Airok.png
slow state that affects only
opponent's team.
lasts 5 seconds.
Divine Instruments
Dp.png + Atk.png + Atk.png
400,000 ~ 440,000
Mashable
Level 3 Hyper.


Analysis of Normals

See Below This section for Frame Data

Hitbox/Hurtbox Data

Hitbox Data(Missing some Stuff unfortunately)

Universal Normals

Summary: Cr. L and j. l are the best buttons in her "universal normals" arsenal

Standing L.png 2/10 usefulness outside of combos-- Basically useless. The hitbox is very small, and it doesn't hit low. It has 1 frame less startup than crouching l, but it isn't rapid fire. There is no reason to use this over crouching l aside from height adjustment in certain combos.

Standing M.png 5/10 usefulness outside of combos--Situationally useful for forward momentum. Useful for combos and has better frame data than the crouching variant, but this one doesn't hit low. Can be used in conjunction with assists to do things such as call assist, standing M, h cold star.

Standing S.png 4/10 usefulness outside of combos--Mediocre hitbox compared to some of the more crazy launchers in the game such as magneto, storm, sentinel, vergil, or doom. Only useful for combos and crossups.

Crouching L.png 9/10 usefulness outside of combos--Very strong normal. It has incredible startup speed, and it's rapid fire. This is a very good normal for mashing, especially in sword/bead stance which lack good closeup options. This is the main low threat from ammy.

Crouchingl2.gif

Demonstration of the good range on Crouching L.png


Crouching M.png 4.5/10 usefulness outside of combos--This isn't a very useful normal. It's basically like the standing variant, but her hurtbox is slightly lower, and this one hits low. It can be sometimes used to catch your opponent sleeping. Very good normal for combos as this will be your main way to hit confirm in bead stance off a crouching l. For example, cr. l cr. m, switch to sword stance, cr. l, cr. m, etc

JumpingL.png 10/10 usefulness outside of combos--Very useful normal for mixups. Can be used for fuzzy guards and can hit many characters crouching. Incredibly fast overhead when used in conjunction with air dash downforward for an instant overhead. This normal is also very good for mashing on the way down and can be used to avoid quite a few setups. For example, depending on the timing, you can actually hit dante out of acid rain incomings with j.l and still recover in time to block.

JumpingM.png 5/10 usefulness outside of combos--Decentish normal. Mostly used at super jump height when in close proximity with someone while in bead/sword stance as those stances lack quick buttons with good coverage. This button is also the easiest to use for stance cancel guard breaks. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, it will likely be covered in a later section of the wiki.

JumpingS.png 2/10 usefulness outside of combos--Terrible normal compared to her other options. Never use this. It even pushes opponents away, so you can't hit confirm off it or use it for hit confirms at all aside from falling s on grounded opponents or air dash downforward s on grounded opponents. Can be used in sword/bead stance as a way to escape pressure but is inferior to j. l in that department.

Reflector/Solar Flare Normals

Summary: Good for close option selects, making it a go to stance for close button pressing. The most "balanced" set of normals.

Standing H.png 6/10 usefulness outside of combos--Somewhat useful normal that tends to be an inferior version of the forward variant. This is probably the strongest anti-air button in reflector stance, but that's not saying a whole lot considering its competition. Very strong for Crossup setups as well and a good back grab option select.

Standing Forward H.png 7/10 usefulness outside of combos--Main means of comboing in reflector. Very strong tool since it option selects and combos into more Heavies. Good in conjunction with assists such as jam session and is special cancellable. Provides useful forward momentum which can catch opponents off guard

Crouching H.png 3/10 usefulness outside of combos--Pretty damn useless. It's jump cancellable and hits low, so I suppose you could catch a clueless opponent off guard by doing this and then a j. l. Not recommended to see use.

Jump H.png 8/10 usefulness outside of combos--Good button with an enveloping hitbox. Very useful against big characters and one of the strongest tools when used in conjunction with a lockdown assist. Extremely powerful as an option select in the corner, which will get you a significant amount of hits, especially in x-factor. While slower than the j.l variant, air dash downforward+j. h is a quick instant overhead that also option selects, making it incredibly useful. Use this normal a lot but intelligently. J. h also causes massive amounts of hitstun (like every h button in the game tbh). If you whiff this normal, it is highly advised to cancel into bead/sword and mash j. l in order to avoid being whiff punished.

Glaive Normals

Summary: The go to set of normals for sheer offense with air dash j.h. Good ground control in the form of cr. h.

StandingH.png 5/10 usefulness outside of combos--Very strange normal. It will whiff on jumping opponents very often. It is recommended that the reader go into training mode and test which angles it whiffs at. Still a good space control tool and st. h cancelled into paper is good against predictable characters like haggar. Can be cancelled on whiff.

Crouching H.png 10/10 usefulness outside of combos--VERY VERY good button. This normal is incredibly underused. It has a ridiculous hitbox and can always be hit confirmed into qcf+l (add dash after if necessary), followed by st/cr L. Use this button as a main poke as many many people will get thrown off by it. It is easily one of the best crouching pokes in the entire game. Can be cancelled on whiff.

Finalsword2 (2).gif

Demonstrating The powerful range on this normal and the ability to hit confirm from max range


Jumping H.png 9/10 usefulness outside of combos--Insanely good normal when combined with an air dash. For whatever reason, ammy gains a nice little push if you use this after an air dash, making it really easy to cross-up people. The hitbox on this normal is disjointed and difficult to contend with. This button is not special cancellable so use it wisely. Outside of air dashing, it is mostly only useful as a button when falling down. When falling, make sure you use it a good bit before you land as it will likely not become active if you use it too late. One of the best parts about this normal revolves around the fact that the user can charge it, meaning that you can confuse your opponent by waiting a little before actually initiating the active hitting frames. It is best to only charge it up slightly and after an air dash. The fully charged variant is useful for evasion as her downward momentum is temporarily slowed. The fully charged variant can be special cancelled, which is highly advised as it is not safe.

Swordjumph2.gif

Demonstrating the disjointed hitbox and forward momentum from an airdash. This normal is also easy to crossup with as shown.


Bead Normals

Summary: Ground normals not very good except for some situations. Air normals VERY good.

Standing H.png 4/10 usefulness outside of combos--Most use you will get out of this is the fact that it is so disjointed that it will actually go through effects such as eye of aggamato. Since ammy has some difficulty vs strange, this is one of your go to normals vs eye spam. Somewhat useful as a poke. Best used with jam session or bolts. It unfortunately cannot be cancelled, meaning that hit confirms are not possible. Not very useful. Has some anti air use.

Finalbeads.gif

Demonstrating the ability for this normal to go past eye of aggamato. The crouching and forward normals in bead stance also can do this.


Crouching H.png 5/10 usefulness outside of combos--Pretty much same as above. Same strengths and weaknesses except not a good anti air. If 3/4 or less of the hitbox length is used, can be xfactor hit confirmed into a combo. This makes it situationally useful like striders slide as it can be unexpected. If a dormammu player decides to stalking flare at a range in which this normal will hit, this normal will hit him out of it.

Beadscrouchh2.gif

Demonstrating this normal's ability to go through Stalking flare while Dormammu is vulnerable. Standing and forward H can do this as well in Bead Stance.


Forward H.png 4/10 usefulness outside of combos--Pretty much same as aforementioned, again without good anti air properties. This is unique in the sense that you can get a nice little built in chain combo that does very little damage. Still very disjointed making it useful for the scenarios listed above. Can harass ground based characters but must be used intelligently since it's quite unsafe. If a dormammu player decides to stalking flare at a range in which this normal will hit, this normal will hit him out of it.

Jump H.png 10/10 usefulness outside of combos--Now this is the normal you WANT to use in bead stance. The rest are pretty bad and situational, but this one is fantastic. This normal+cold star are the main uses of bead stance. While not quite as far as visually shown, its hitbox is disjointed and further than basically any other air normal. You can always combo into glaive dive if you hit someone with this, making it a rewarding poke. This is quite possibly ammy's best normal as it is special cancellable on whiff, hit, or block. Use this normal to make ammy difficult to approach, control space, hit confirm, negate super armor (does multiple hits)and to shroud yourself as you approach--ex. bead jh. cancelled into sword dive cancelled into bead jh. This is also her best falling normal as few buttons can challenge this. A good way to use this while falling is bead jh cancelled into sword jh. Air dash bead jh is somewhat outclasses by the sword variant, but it has the benefit of being less obvious since you can special cancel it. Caution: Pay attention to the range in which you use this button as you can be grabbed.

Finalrush.gif

Demonstrating ease of confirming from super jump height and ability to catch running opponents

Frame Data

Move Name Startup Active Recovery Adv. On Guard Adv. On Hit Notes
L.png 3 2 11 -1 -1
M.png 6 6 12 -1 -1
Solar Flare H.png 8 4 16 +2 +2
Thunder Edge H.png 13 4 17 +1 +1
Devout Beads H.png 15 4 30 -9 +0
Crouch L.png 4 2 12 -2 -2
Crouch M.png 7 6 12 -1 -1
Solar Flare Crouch H.png 9 4 16 +2 -
Thunder Edge Crouch H.png 13 4 19 -1 -
Devout Beads Crouch L.png 13 4 26 -5 -
S.png 7 6 18 -2 -
Jump L.png 4 4 14 +8 +8
Jump M.png 7 3 20 +13 +13
Solar Flare Jump H.png 9 5 20 +17 +17
Thunder Edge Jump H.png 17 4 17 +17 +17
Thunder Edge Jump Hold H.png 36 4 17 +17 -
Devout Beads Jump H.png 18 5 18 +17 +17
Jump S.png 11 3 22 +14 +14
Jump Up.gif / F.gif / B.gif / Down.gif + S.png 13 - Until Grounded - -
Forward Throw 1 1 - - -
Back Throw 1 1 - - -
Forward Air Throw 1 1 - - -
Back Air Throw 1 1 - - -
Alpha.gif Assist 31 24 96
Beta.gif Assist 42 8(9)43 125
Gamma.gif Assist 25 - 180
Snap Back 2 6 12 +4 -
Head Charge L.png / M.png 13 15 13 -6 -6
Head Charge H.png 18 Until Hit or Grounded 50 -7 -
Power Slash 10 - 26 +6 +6
Weapon Change - 10 - - -
Solar Flare 4 17 7 - -
Thunder Edge 12/33 At full charge 6/11 20/16 -1/+1 +1/-
Glaive Chop 21 Until Hit or Grounded 31 -14 +8
Cold Star L.png 13 1-101 22-35 -1~ -22 -1~ -14
Cold Star M.png 13 1-96 22-35 -1~ -14 -1~ -14
Cold Star H.png 18 1-92 33 -12 -12
Okami Shuffle 18+4 184 4 +1 -
Vale of Mist 20+1 - 27 - -
Divine Instruments 8+2 15 35 -28 -

Video Guides



Anchor Guide

Technology

Hard Tag to doom by HonzoGonzo
whiffed TAC concept
hard knock down reset concepts
Doom and Ammy swag concepts
Leveling up Frank with hard tag
slow down ideas with Rocket Raccoon and Amaterasu
TAC glitch
easy TAC glitch all sides

Combos


850K damage with assists
BnB's by HonzoGonzo
team combos by Adelheid Stark
combos and more
combo with beads
Ammy/Strange combo with bolts and DHC ToD

TAC Infinite


down TAC variant
Mid screen version
Side TAC variant

Tips for Fighting Amaterasu

1. Recognize her limited approach options

All she has is air dash forward, glaive dive, and ground dash. Analyze your characters' options, and you will likely find good buttons for dealing with her.

2. Abuse the recovery on her counters

Since ammy has to technically make educated guesses when using her reflector counters, you can easily abuse this by baiting them then grabbing or going low/high depending on which counter the ammy player is using. Additionally, for ammys that use projectile counter a lot, you can vary your approach to compensate for this.

3. Snap in Ammy!!

This cannot be emphasized enough. She is a legitimate problem with xfactor, and it is best to snap her in when given the opportunity, especially if the ammy player is using doom/ammy.

4. Mess with her Hurtbox

Amaterasu has a small vertical hitbox, but her body extends horizontally, which can make it difficult for her to block many setups.

5. Punish Okami Shuffle

Teleport users can simply teleport after the fire stage to get behind her and punish her. Warning: do not teleport during the beginning of the super as the fire does hit behind her. All characters can grab her out of the super if they are close enough. Set a recording dummy to okami shuffle and practice methods of punishing her.

Mission Mode

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZpqmJCPRt8



additional tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRvfgjLSx94 part 2 part 3 part 4

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS TO CONVERT THE SECTION INTO TABLES FOR VISUAL EASE

Universal Normals

Move Name Usefulness Outside of Combos Analysis Visual Visual Caption
Standing L.png 2/10 Basically useless. The hitbox is very small, and it doesn't hit low. It has 1 frame less startup than crouching l, but it isn't rapid fire. There is no reason to use this over crouching l aside from height adjustment in certain combos.
Standing M.png 5/10 Situationally useful for forward momentum. Useful for combos and has better frame data than the crouching variant, but this one doesn't hit low. Can be used in conjunction with assists to do things such as call assist, standing M, h cold star.
Standing S.png 4/10 Mediocre hitbox compared to some of the more crazy launchers in the game such as magneto, storm, sentinel, vergil, or doom. Only useful for combos and crossups.
Crouching L.png 9/10 Very strong normal. It has incredible startup speed, and it's rapid fire. This is a very good normal for mashing, especially in sword/bead stance which lack good closeup options. This is the main low threat from ammy. Crouchingl2.gif Demonstration of the good range on Crouching L.png
Crouching M.png 4.5/10 This isn't a very useful normal. It's basically like the standing variant, but her hurtbox is slightly lower, and this one hits low. It can be sometimes used to catch your opponent sleeping. Very good normal for combos as this will be your main way to hit confirm in bead stance off a crouching l. For example, cr. l cr. m, switch to sword stance, cr. l, cr. m, etc
JumpingL.png 10/10 Very useful normal for mixups. Can be used for fuzzy guards and can hit many characters crouching. Incredibly fast overhead when used in conjunction with air dash downforward for an instant overhead. This normal is also very good for mashing on the way down and can be used to avoid quite a few setups. For example, depending on the timing, you can actually hit dante out of acid rain incomings with j.l and still recover in time to block.
JumpingM.png 5/10 Decentish normal. Mostly used at super jump height when in close proximity with someone while in bead/sword stance as those stances lack quick buttons with good coverage. This button is also the easiest to use for stance cancel guard breaks. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, it will likely be covered in a later section of the wiki.
JumpingS.png 2/10 Terrible normal compared to her other options. Never use this. It even pushes opponents away, so you can't hit confirm off it or use it for hit confirms at all aside from falling s on grounded opponents or air dash downforward s on grounded opponents. Can be used in sword/bead stance as a way to escape pressure but is inferior to j. l in that department.


Solar Flare/Reflector Normals

Move Name Usefulness Outside of Combos Analysis Visual Visual Caption
Standing H.png 6/10 Somewhat useful normal that tends to be an inferior version of the forward variant. This is probably the strongest anti-air button in reflector stance, but that's not saying a whole lot considering its competition. Very strong for Crossup setups as well and a good back grab option select.
Standing Forward H.png 7/10 Main means of comboing in reflector. Very strong tool since it option selects and combos into more Heavies. Good in conjunction with assists such as jam session and is special cancellable. Provides useful forward momentum which can catch opponents off guard
Crouching H.png 3/10 Pretty damn useless. It's jump cancellable and hits low, so I suppose you could catch a clueless opponent off guard by doing this and then a j. l. Not recommended to see use.
Jump H.png 8/10 Good button with an enveloping hitbox. Very useful against big characters and one of the strongest tools when used in conjunction with a lockdown assist. Extremely powerful as an option select in the corner, which will get you a significant amount of hits, especially in x-factor. While slower than the j.l variant, air dash downforward+j. h is a quick instant overhead that also option selects, making it incredibly useful. Use this normal a lot but intelligently. J. h also causes massive amounts of hitstun (like every h button in the game tbh). If you whiff this normal, it is highly advised to cancel into bead/sword and mash j. l in order to avoid being whiff punished.