Garou: Mark of the Wolves/Hotaru

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Introduction

To come.

Gameplay Overview

To come.

Move List

Command Normal Moves

Kou-shuu Da (Needle Kick): Down+B in the air
Cross-over: Press CD in the air

Special Command Moves

Hakki-shou: QCF+P
Shajou Tai: HCF+D next to opponent
Sou-shou Shin: QCB+P
Kobi-kyaku: QCB+K
Rengeki-shuu: QCB+K in the air
Tenshin-shuu: F, D, DF+K

Super Moves

Sou-shou Ten Renge (Heavenly Lotus): QCFx2+P
Tenshou Ranki: QCFx2+K

Attributes

To come.

Frame Data

Standing Close: (point blank-soonest possible connect)

A i7 +5

B i8 +1

C i11 -1

D i10 -8

Standing Far:

A i9 +2

B i10 +2

C i13 +1

D i15 -2

Crouching: (Point blank range)

A i8 +2

B i8 +2

C i9 -5

D i11 KD/-14

A+B i27 Hit:-1 Block:+5

d+A+B i12 Hit:-3 Block:+3

C+D(TOP) i13 KD/-24

Throw (f+C & b+C)

Instant. 2 frame delay like any other move, then throw animation begins. Throw breaks leave both at even frame advantage.

Specials:

dp+B i6 KD/-12

dp+D i6 KD/-31 (Weird. If you do f,d,df+K, it takes 7 frames to connect from the button press. If you do f,d,df,K, it takes 6 frames to connect from the button press.Tested, and all specials are this way. All numbers adjust to smallest possible from button press.)

hcf+D i13

qcf+P i15 -5 (point blank)

qcb+A i14 KD/-11

qcb+C i22 KD/-1 (Not a typo)

qcb+K i17 KD/-19 (+12 if Brake'd)

qcf,qcf+A KD/-51 (Yes, you can actually jump, land, and jump again before she can do anything)

qcf,qcf+C KD/-14 (This is assuming you stay and block the final dive. You can actually move before then, but run a good risk of getting hit with the dive if you jump. You can backdash so the dive misses, and have all the time in the world the smack her)

qcf,qcf+B Vacuum KD/-33 (Blocking the dive)

qcf,qcf+D Vacuum KD/-32 (Blocking the dive)

Attack Notes

To come.

Combos

Anywhere:-
1) Jumping C/D-->Crouching C-->QCF+C
2) Jumping C/D-->Standing D-->QCFx2+P

Corner only:-
3) Jumping C/D-->Crouching C-->QCB+C
4) Jumping C/D-->Crouching C-->QCB+B, Break-->F, D, DF+D OR QCFx2+K
5) Down+B in the air, Jumping D (link/chain)xxQCB+B-->QCFx2+K
6) Jumping C/D-->Crouching C-->QCB+B, Break-->QCB+D in the air-->QCFx2+K

TOP+Corner only:-
7) Jumping C/D-->Crouching C-->QCB+B, Break-->TOP Attack
8) Jumping C/D-->Crouching C-->QCB+B, Break-->TOP Attack-->QCFx2+K

Bread'n'Butter Combos

st. b xx qcb b(break w/ab), qcf c (37/31)

cr. a xx qcb b(break w/ab), qcf c (35/29)

st. c/cr. c/st. d xx qcb b(break w/ab), qcf c (40/34)

cr. a(x2) xx qcb a (28/19)

st. c/cr. c xx qcb c (36/28)

st. d xx qcfx2 p (64/45 s, 88/60 p)

Corner stuff(corner only)

st. c xx qcb b(break w/ab), dp d (39/32)

st. c xx qcb b(break w/ab), qcfx2 k (73/55 s, 99/72 p)

j. d xx qcb b(air), qcfx2 k (73/54 s, 99/71 p)

Counter hit stuff

qcb b(counter hit, break w/ab), qcb b(break w/ab), qcf c (46/40)

qcb b(counter hit, break w/ab), qcfx2 k (58/45 s, 84/62 p)

(corner)qcb b(counter hit, break w/ab), qcb b(break w/ab), qcfx2 k (79/61 s, 105/78 p)

(near corner)air qcb d(air counter hit), dp d (31/25)

(near corner)air qcb d(air counter hit), qcfx2 k (65/48 s, 91/65 p)

qcf c(air counter hit), qcf c (32/30)

T.O.P. Notes

She does a flip kick like Marshall Law. Probably one of the worst in the game IMO, but you could use it as an anti air when the opponent is right above you.

Overall Strategy

Hotaru maybe a little weak in the health department, but she can also compete in the right person's hands. She has a lot of tools to place her in situations where the opponent has to guess, and also, if guessing wrong, can lead to a lot of damage.

Useful normals(standing):

st. a(far/close): Well, everyone's standing a's are pretty abusive, her's isn't any different.

st. b(close): It's a really good poke, and it can be used to start combos on a hit.

st. c(close): Also pretty good combo starter. It does some pretty good guard damange as well, so involve it in block strings if you can.

st. d(far/close): Use the far standing d in range, to make it very effective. The close standing D is an easy hit confirm with her punch super.

Useful(crouching):

cr. a: Basic pretty much. You can also combo from it.

cr. b: Pretty ok poke. I think you can combo supers from it.

cr. c: This is yes. This has pretty good range, and is hit confirmable. Just use it well however, and make sure you always cancel it into something.

cr. d: Sweep, it's pretty alright. Use it mostly when you need to knockdown when you can't combo.

Useful(jumping):

j. b: Air to air poke, can link to j. a on a ground it as well.

j. d: Air to ground poke, pretty good, and can cancel it to the air kick.

j. down + b: Very useful in some situations. Use this whenever you are above the opponent, or as a wakeup option on low jump.

Make sure you find ways to apply her normals, so that you don't get punished. Also, make sure you either hit with the air qcb k or whiff it. Make sure you don't get blocked, you will be punished severely. Also, if you need to faint anything, use the f + ac one. It is a lot easier to connect with things with that.

Matchup Notes

To come.

Advanced Tactics

When Hotaru is working properly, she can use her positioning to mixup the opponent in a lot of ways. Here are some ones that you should work on.

Opponent in the air:

j. down + b, then...

--j. d into combo

--land and throw

--land and do a low into combo

--cd and another j. down + b into something else

Off of any air counter hit(note that all the air down + b stuff applies as well):

run up, j. d then...

--cancel into the air kick(can kick super off of this in the corner)

--cancel into the air kick(whiffed), and mixup more

--throw

--throw a low into a combo

--overhead

--dp, reflect kick, or qcb p

run up, s. a then...

--jump, cd, j. d into combo

--low jump down + b into mixup

--run up, hcf + d throw

--low attack into combo

After knocking the opponent down:

low jump down + b then...

--cd, land, sweep

--cd, j. d into combo

--cd, land, throw

Miscellaneous:

Get into a good habit of using her fireballs properly. Most of the time, you want to dash back, and then fire one off. This way the opponent cannot punish you at all. Also, you can use her fireballs as anti airs if timed right and they can catch backdashers a lot. Make sure you do this as well.

Also, remember that Hotaru has an air throw. Whenever an opponent throws an early jumping normal, press up, down + c to do a low jump air throw and snag em out of the air. This puts you in a good position, as to where you can mixup.

Her supers are good outside of combos as well. The kick super is a very good anti air, just watch out, as it is good for long jumps, it will whiff or not hit all the way if the opponent is straight above you. The punch super is good to tick away that last bit of life left. Also rememeber this sequence; qcb p(blocked), dp or punch super. This is Hotaru's frame trap. If the opponent flinches at all, thinking they can punish this move, then they will be punished in retaliation. You can get this off only once per match, so use it wisely.

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