The King of Fighters '98/Blue Mary

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Introduction

mary is a crackhead who has sex with dogs

Gameplay Overview

Mary is mainly a poking character, but she has a little bit of everything. Throws, anti-airs, crossups, overheads, counters, etc. That said, she's not Iori or something. She is not as easy to use as most characters, since her good combo damage options are unsafe in different ways, and her safer ones require very good execution. Still, she is a very solid mid-tier character. For beginners, she's not bad; a good character to learn fundamentals with, but there are friendlier choices.

Combos

  • cl.B (optional), cl.C (1/2 hits),f+A (optional) xx Backdrop Real (hcb,f+P)/M. Typhoon (hcb,hcb+K)/M. Dynamite Swing (qcf,qcf+K)/D Vertical Arrow~M. Snatcher (dp+K~dp+K) (max meterless damage, whiffs on some crouchers)
  • cr.A/B,cr.A/cl.A/st.A xx Backdrop Real (hcb,f+P)/M. Typhoon (hcb,hcb+K)/M. Dynamite Swing (qcf,qcf+K)
  • cr.A/Bx3,st.B
  • cl.B, M. Dynamite Swing (qcf,qcf+K)
  • M. Head Buster (qcb+D), Vertical Arrow (dp+K)/M. Dynamite Swing (qcf,qcf+K)
  • corner M. Dynamite Swing (qcf,qcf+K) (knee hits, grab whiffs), Backdrop Real (hcb,f+P)

For the first combo, note that close C is not safe on block, and f+A is REALLY not safe on block. Ending with dp+D like noted is for maximum meterless damage. It is also the best option in the corner, because it ends with a back turned knockdown, so you can go for a corner crossup afterwards. Mid-screen you should use the hcb,f+P throw.

For supers, Typhoon does a tiny bit more damage than Dynamite Swing, but Dynamite Swing has an easier command for some people, especially when comboed from cr.B,cr.A. For that combo into Typhoon, input f,d/f,d,d/b+B,b,f,d/f,d,d/b+A,b+K. Into Dynamite Swing you can input d+B,d/f,f+A,qcf+K.

I highly recommend always using the D version of Dynamite Swing. The knee part flies higher, and therefore the grab part reaches higher as well and hits more consistently, especially against someone in the air. This is really obvious when doing it off of a qcb+D counter. You CAN use the B version, but you have to time it extremely late.

The whiffed Dynamite Swing into Backdrop Real is an OTG combo, perform the grab just before/right as they touch the ground.

In-depth Analysis

Normal Throws

b or f+C = Breakable, reverse knockdown, back turned, un-rollable.

b or f+D - Breakable, reverse knockdown, back turned, un-rollable.

C throw preferred, leaves them closer and sets up for a safe jump better.

Normal Moves

Standing A - Hits most characters crouching. Can be an anti-air vs short hop, but the range/height is a bit low.

Standing B - One of the best pokes in the game. Super fast, good range, good recovery. Use this 10000x a match.

Standing C - Please don't use this move. I actually made an entry for this move to tell you how bad it is. It's really bad.

Standing D - Can go over lows, similar to Kyo's. Otherwise sucks.

Standing CD - Nice, fast + long range and cancelable of course. Good to use in a similar fashion as cr.C.

Close A - Can be used as combo filler over cr.A.

Close B - Fast, links into close C. Good as a meaty.

Close C - Main big combo damage move. Fast, 2 hits, cancelable on both of them. Actives from far for a close attack. The bad news is that it is unsafe from fast + long range attacks. Try mixing up by canceling into qcf+B when it gets blocked.

Crouching A - Average cr.A, cancelable, etc.

Crouching B - A very nice cr.B. Use to poke and combo from. Her hitbox shrinks down a bit during this, which makes it a great poking tool along with st.B.

Crouching C - Super unsafe recovery, but cancelable. You can use this to cancel into some of her specials from ranges where you can't use close C.

Crouching D - Slow, average range, punishable sweep. Pretty meaty as you'd expect from a sweep, but really you should stay away from it.

Jumping A - Not a bad air-to-ground attack.

Jumping B - Reaches really far down, can be used as an instant overhead.

Jumping D - One of the best jumping attacks in the game. Fast, nice angle/hitbox, crosses up. Can be used as an instant overhead (short hop only usually). You'll be using this 95% of the time you are in the air.

Jumping CD - Good for air-to-air.

Command Normals

f+A - Slow overhead when done alone. Faster, non-overhead, and cancelable when chained. Unsafe on block either way. Used in combos from close C. Just make sure you don't cancel into it on block.

f+B - Slow shitty unsafe don't use it ever.

d/f+B - Great anti-air especially for high angles. Shrinks her hitbox to be lower as well.

Special Moves

M. Spider aka Stridum aka Bryan! (qcf+P) - A/C control the distance traveled. Jumping throw kind of like O.Yashiro's except it does static damage. Ends in a back turned, un-rollable knockdown for the opponent. If it misses, you're probably screwed. Against a good player you should never use it.

Spin Fall aka Peephole aka Pee Hole (qcf+K) - B/D control the distance. Goes over all ground attacks, including ground fireballs. Won't combo from anything, but good to cancel into because it's safe on block. Note that you can get thrown on block if you land close enough (in the corner).

Vertical Arrow~M. Snatcher aka Branch Can Allow~Snatch (dp+K~dp+K) - B version has no invincibility, D version has invincibility up to the hit (aka will trade with meaties as a reversal). Great anti-air, great damage. Ends in a back turned, un-rollable knockdown for the opponent, although it puts them far (great in the corner). If the D version hits twice, you can do the followup before the second hit connects, so pay attention for this if you want max damage.

Straight Slicer~Crab Clutch aka Hey!~Crotch! (charge b,f+K~qcf+K) - Goes under a lot of high/mid attacks, including mid-height (Athena/Kensou) fireballs, though it takes a moment to go low. Ridiculously meaty, and a good option for long-range anti-air. Ends in a face forward, un-rollable knockdown for the opponent.

M. Reverse Facelock (qcb+B) - Counter/reversal move against jumping attacks and special moves. Ends in a back turned, un-rollable knockdown for the opponent.

M. Head Buster (qcb+D) - Counter/reversal move against normal ground attacks. After she flips them up, you can followup with a Vertical Arrow or Dynamite Swing, or just a superjump D for a reset/running cross-under setup.

Backdrop Real aka Gudbai (hcb,f+P) - Instant, nice range command throw. Good to end combos with or in mixups, etc.

Desperation Moves

M. Splash Rose (qcf,hcb+P) - This really doesn't get used much. It doesn't combo off of lights, and it does less damage than her other supers. The only application is that you can crossup someone on wakeup with it, by timing it so that you are just past them as they stand up. You can perform this setup from a hcb,f+P command throw. Not the most smart or practical use of meter, though.

M. Dynamite Swing (qcf,qcf+K) - An instant, invincible, anti-air super. Really, really good. Always use the D version, as the throw portion will reach higher and not whiff nearly as much as the B version will. MAX version does more damage.

M. Typhoon aka Bloody Tampon (hcb,hcb+K) - Instant throw super. Best combo damage. The whiff is a little weird, since she takes a moment to jump (this won't hit anything). It looks similar to her Dynamite Swing, so you might get away with whiffing it. MAX version does more damage.