Skullgirls/Mechanics/Advanced Mechanics

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Double Snap

An assist character will not fly off screen like a point character when hit by a snapback, only travel to the edge of the screen and leave after falling to the ground. If a point character and an assist get hit by the same snapback at the same time and reach the corner within 10f (approximately half a screen), the point character will get forced off the screen and leave the assist character behind. A new character cannot take the point until all other teammates are off screen. Trapping the assist character turns a snapback into a devastating double snap, where the enemy point character can continue to combo the helpless assist as long as it never hits the ground. IPS does not protect assists. A double snap often results in a highly repetitive combo, monosyllabic shouting from any spectators, a dead character, and the unfortunate defending player picking up the pieces of a broken team.

While the assist character is trapped on screen after a double snap:

  • The recently snapped point character regenerates health at a higher than normal rate.
  • The defending team slowly auto-generates additional meter.
  • All other meter gain is disabled during the double snap.
  • The timer stops until the helpless assist character is killed or leaves the screen after touching the ground.

If a snap is performed on a point character but doesn't hit the assist character, the game will turn the assist into invulnerable soft knockdown to prevent the assist character from being combo'd any further, specifically avoiding what was known as "Midscreen double snaps". However, a couple of assist setups still exist that keep the opponent's assist in hitstun during and after the snap, allowing for a midscreen followup. (video)

Land Cancel

Burst Untechable Knockdown

Double Jump Instant Overhead

Hitstop Drop

Dead Body Combos

In certain situations, an attacking character will KO an enemy point character in a combo and still be in position to continue the combo on the lifeless corpse. In addition to adding insult to injury, a Dead Body Combo prevents the next character on the enemy team from taking point for its duration. If IPS triggers from this combo, the helpless character becomes invulnerable and falls to the ground. If the body touches the ground for any reason, it will fade into the background as usual and the combo will end. Hitting a dead corpse gives full meter to the defending team and nothing to the attacking team. Despite the disadvantages, players that can pull off a Dead Body Combo can use tactic to carry the body to a corner. This creates a significant positional advantage over the opponent's next character as it enters from the side of the screen.

Hitting the dead body with a snap will remove the corpse from the match, denying Valentine the ability to revive them.

Midscreen Assist Kill

In certain situations, an attacking character will KO an enemy point character while also comboing their assist who still has life remaining. If this happens, a combo can be performed on that assist while it is on the field, where their state is similar to that when being combo'd by a double snap, allowing an infinite combo to kill the assist. If this combo ends up going past the dead body of the opponents point character, then the attacking character will auto correct to face the other side, making these combos trickier than their double snap counterparts.

  • It's only possible when the next upcoming character is on the field; if the assist was the 3rd character in order, then the 2nd character of the opponents team will come in like normal.
  • When comboing assist characters midscreen, the corners of the current screen edges are treated like corners, allowing several wallbounce tools to be used quite effectively (Parasoul sHK, Peacock MP Bang).
  • Several mechanics that are normally only available once per combo (i.e, Big Band soundstun, Filia Hairball cancel) do not apply, allowing them to be used repeatedly.

Air Actions

Characters do not regain their air actions (double jumps or air dashes) when they land. Instead, they regain them after they jump on their own again. This means that if you double jump, then get hit before you jump again, and that hit sends you in the air, you cannot double jump. Performing some moves will regain air actions as well.

Landing Recovery

Suki Cancel

Using the ability to super jump after a launcher on hit, it's useful to attack an assist with a launcher, then immediately super jump cancel and block. Hitting the assist counts as a hit, even if the point character also blocks the attack. This causes the extended lockout period on the assist in a safer way than just hitting it with an attack and not cancelling it.

Plinking Throws

LP and LK don't need to be pressed on the exact same frame to input a throw. Meaning, you may plink LK~LP which will execute a few frames of LK, then throw. This can be used in a chain where LP can chain to LK to get a faster throw from a LP normal, as opposed to waiting for the LP to recover. One practical way to use this is to do air throw after a j.LP by inputting j.LP j.LK~LP. You may need to delay your super jump cancel, but with the right timing, you can cancel the j.LP into an air throw.


The match starts with 99 ticks on the timer. One tick lasts 125 frames. This is affected by frame skip, so the real time equivalent of one tick is 1.667 seconds. 99 ticks (one whole match) is 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

Loading Screen Team Order Switching

Holding a tag command on the loading screen before a match will switch team order immediately before the fight. This will not work online. For a two character team, holding any assist command will switch the second character to start on point. For a three character team:

  • Holding the Tag In command for the second-in-line character (MP+MK) will swap the first and second characters.
  • Holding the Tag In command for the third-in-line character (HP+HK) will swap the first and third characters.
  • Holding both Tag In commands at the same time (MP+MK+HP+HK) will swap the second and third characters.

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