Dio

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Dio Brando and his stand The World (Not actual Game Art).

Introduction

Dio Brando is the main villian from the Jojos game. At first glance he may seem to similar to Jotaro Kujo to be worth considering but with extra tools, such as his teleport and unblockable eye laser, he's definetly worth a second look. He is a solid close range fighter, that is cemented at the top of the B class tier list with a good set of normals and some of the best damage in the game. Don't let his hard execution throw you off, with a bit of dedication dio can be a very rewarding character to play.

Moves List

Normal Moves

For this I will be using the numpad notations. Look at your numpad 5 being neutral and the others representing eight different directions. Also standard JoJos notation a1-3 (attack1-3) and s(stand) will be used for the buttons. I don't have the info for the dashing attacks yet, when I do I will add that.

Moves without Stand

5.a1 - typical standing jab, can be used to start combos, it is duckable by most (all?) of the cast.
2.a1 - Your standard combo starter with dio, good pressure tool, hits low, all around good move.
5.a2 - A large standing roundhouse kick. The move is decently quick and makes good anti-air, can be used in combos though not useful all the time as the only link is from 2a1
2.a2 - a quick crouching uppercut style attack. This move is also good anti-air, mostly trades but can beat stuff clean. It is cancelable and is useful for combo starters.
5.a3 - Slightly slow overhead swing (does not have to be blocked high), on hit it launches people into the air and is cancelable. It has long range so can be used as a good poke especially when canceled into 214+a. Normally used as a combo finisher. It can combo off of 2a, as a link, not super hard but takes a bit of practice.
2.a3 - Dio plunges his hand into the ground and it knocks the opponent down. A little slow on startup, and has a good amount of recovery, I do not recommend it. It is cancelable.


Moves with Stand will be added later....

Special Moves

-Muda Muda-

Description: The World rushes forward and delivers a barrage of punches. Great for combos, either starter or enders, this move is a staple move for Dio.
Normal Command: 236 + A
Notes: In stand mode this move can be done in midair.

-Mudaaaaaa!-

Description: The World rushes forward and delivers a heavy punch. Great for combos, though a little hard to combo into. It is safe on block and useful to maintain pressure. Another staple move for Dio.
Normal Command: 214 + A
Notes:While in Stand Mode this move becomes a rekka, whose second hit knocks down, but it is not safe on block anymore as dio is attached to his stand.

-Super Surprise Tiggyaizu-
Description: After a delay, Dio shoots an unblockable beam from his eyes. Can be used as a long range poke. But people with fast projectiles, like Midler can easily hit you during startup.
Normal Command: 6 -> A3 -> A2 -> A1 -> 6
Notes: Can only be performed without Stand

-The World-

Description: Dio teleports forward, depending on the button you press you go to a different place on the screen, a1 is the left, a2 goes to the center of the screen (determined by opponents position), and a3 goes to the right. The move has no hitable startup or recovery frames, but I believe like other teleports in the game may be thrown. It can be useful to keep pressure on an opponent who tries to pushblock you alot, as well as just an escape/movement tool.
Normal Command: 632 + A
Notes:Can only be performed without Stand

-Shinei!-
Description: This move replaces the teleport in Stand Mode. The World flies behind the opponent and strikes them, This move is slow and not very useful.
Normal Command: 632 + A
Notes: Can only be performed with Stand

note: move names and commands and some descriptions taken from cjayc's faq. Good work guy!

Super Moves

-Road Roller Da-

Description: Dio jumps off the screen and comes back down on top of a steamroller.
Normal Command: 214 + A + A
Notes: Can only be performed without Stand, Can be performed in mid-air
-Checkmate Da-

Description: Dio throws two handfuls of knives at the opponent.
Normal Command: 236 + A + A
Notes: Can be performed in mid-air only if your stand is out.

-Tokiyo Tomare! (Time Stop)-

Description: After a start-up delay, time freezes for the opponent.
Normal Command: 6 -> A3 -> A1 -> 6 -> S
Notes: Requires (and uses) 3 combo meter levels

-Chi no Shoukan (Bloody Summoning)-
Description: Dio rushes forward and if he connects, sticks his finger in the opponent's face and drains them.
Normal Command: A2 -> A1 -> 6 -> A1 -> A3


note: move names and commands and some descriptions taken from cjayc's faq. Good work guy!

The Basics

List of Moves you'll use alot
5.a1 - decent anti-air, good to catch people who jump back alot cancel into 236a1 for a decent anti-air combo.
2.a1 - general low poke into combo.
2.a2 or 662.a2 - decent priorty needs to be kind of close to hit, dashing version is a great combo starter also close anti-air.
5.a2 - Long range anti-air, decent poke.


Game Plan and the Mixups

Dio is in general a close range fighter, and has alot of good air to ground attacks, so abuse the jump system with alot of dashing low jump into attack, as well as high,low, throw mixups, by keeping them in guardstun with his 214a1. Below is the general mixup you can get off of 214a

The following is after the block or pushblock 214a

669.a1
This can be useful to maintain pressure and keep them guessing, j.a1 does enough hitstun that if they get hit crouching by it you can follow up with his standard combo. If they decide to block it you can procceed to go into a low, high, throw mixup as it puts you at basically neutral. Make sure after doing this to watch for people who like to mash buttons because they will hit you out of some of your mixup, but if they do you can always just cr.a and beat what they are doing and score your own combo! j.a3
This is good to do if you want to mixup which way they are going to block as well. If it hits obviously you can follow up with a combo, if they are blocking though you have a few mixups. Basically this stems from the jump system in the game. If you do a dashing low jump you depending on they distance you will cross up or not, and if you time it right even when you don't cross up you will land on the other side. This is your traditional ambiguous cross up mixup.
663.a1
dashing low to maintain pressure, if you get good at dashing low jump this becomes a serious threat because the opponent has to decide how to block pretty quickly.
'663.a2
' good if they try and jump away as a2 is an amazing anti-air.. better than doing dashing 5.a1 because this can't be ducked. It will usually beat lows if they try and hit you out of it, so if you see them go for something try canceling into 236+a3 to go for a combo off of the Murder attack.
Throw
If you are playing against someone who is really concentrating on blocking you can always just throw them useful to learn how to dash throw correctly with a 664 command. You will then stop and if you wait just a split second you should be able to throw. The throw will also catch them if they try and roll out of your mixup (happens mostly if you go for a dashing a2 or higher) or if they pushblock as pushblock has no throw invincibilty! It's very important to mix this in.
Extra
you can also follow up with a few different stand attacks, such as s+a3 for a good anti-air if they jump back or 664s+a1 for another good dashing jab, that if it hits you can follow up with a tandem attack. Also if you just want to keep them in more block stun, go for stand crush or chip you can also cancel into the Murder attack (236+a3 is the best) and go for a high low mixup through either another a1 or a jumping attack of your choice depending on what you are going for. If the Murder attack hits go for a combo. Also remember teleport is extremly fast and can be used to overcome people who keep pushblocking you out, just don't get too predictable!

more mixups and stuff to come......

Basic Combos

2.a1 xx 214a1~663a1,2a1,5a1+s,2.a1 xx 214s,a1a2,a3(repeat x3-5 times depending on your hand speed), DJ(dashing jump)a3, cr.a(repeat until stand rush ends) st.b xx 236c, j.a3, 66.a1, cr.a1X3,5a3

Advanced Strategy

Match-ups

Vs. Jotaro Kujo (JoJo):

Vs. Joseph Joestar:

Vs. Muhammed Abdul:

Vs. Kakyouin Noriaki:

Vs. Jean Pierre Polnareff:

Vs. D'Bo:

Vs. Iggy:

Vs. Midler:

Vs. Alessi:

Vs. Chaka Khan:

Vs. Vanilla Ice:

Vs. Dio:

Vs. Mariah:

Vs. Hol Horse:

Vs. Pet Shop:

Vs. Black Polnareff:

Vs. Shadow Dio: