The King of Fighters XIII/Ralf

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Ralf Jones

KOFXIII-Ralf Face.png

In a nutshell

Ralf "Rambo" Jones is rather different than how you may remember him. Although he is still primarily based around mid range zoning, abusing his powerful far normals like st.C and st.D, and his amazing st.CD, Ralf has also lost the use of his command grab. To make up for this, he's been given a cancelable cr.B, along with some extremely powerful basic combos that do a lot of stun and damage, making him a powerful first character. Unlike many a lot of other chars in XIII, Ralf's combos do not really involve quick inputs or juggles, but he has more of an emphasis on links. His execution requirements are fairly low (unless you are extremely bad at loose links!), and most of his game is space control with normals, so you may feel more comfortable with Ralf's slower, more basic combos and easy to grasp zoning game coming from a Street Fighter background.

Video Walkthrough

Move List

Normal Moves

Special Properties (glossary)
Standing Light Punch
Standing Light Kick
Standing Heavy Punch
Close Heavy Punch
1st hit: Cancel.png
Standing Heavy Kick
Close Heavy Kick
Crouching Light Punch
D.png + Kof.lp.png
Chaincancel.png Cancel.png
Crouching Light Kick
D.png +
Low.png Cancel.png
Crouching Heavy Punch
D.png + Kof.sp.png
Crouching Heavy Kick
D.png +
Low.png Softknockdown.png Cancel.png
Blowback Attack
Kof.sp.png +
Softknockdown.png Specialcancel.png
Jumping Light Punch
air Kof.lp.png
Jump: 45
Hop: 40
High.png Cancel.png
Jumping Light Kick
Jump: 45
Hop: 40
Jumping Heavy Punch
air Kof.sp.png
Jump: 72
Hop: 70
Jumping Heavy Kick
Jump: 70
Hop: 68
Jumping Blowback Attack
air Kof.sp.png +
Jump: 90
Hop: 80
Softknockdown.png Cancel.png

Unique Attacks

Special Properties (glossary)
Jet Upper
Df.png + Kof.lp.png


Special Properties (glossary)
Dynamite Headbutt
F.png or B.png + Kof.sp.png or (while close)
Throw.png Softknockdown.png

Special Moves

Special Properties (glossary)
Vulcan Punch
press P.png repeatedly
P.png : 20×12
Ex.png : 45×8
Burning Hammer
Qcf.png + P.png
Kof.lp.png : 60
Kof.sp.png : 50
Ex.png : 100
Ex.png : Crumple.png
Explosive Punch
Qcb.png + P.png
Kof.lp.png : 65
Kof.sp.png : 80
Ex.png : 60×2+80
Softknockdown.png Drivecancel.png
Gatling Attack
B.png (charge) F.png + P.png
Kof.lp.png : 40+35
Kof.sp.png : 40+30×2
Ex.png : 30×2+20×4+100
Kof.sp.png : Softknockdown.png
Ex.png : Hardknockdown.png
Blitzkrieg Punch
Qcf.png + P.png
P.png : 120
Ex.png : 180
Aironly.png High.png Hardknockdown.png Drivecancel.png

Desperation Moves

Special Properties (glossary)
Galactica Phantom
Qcf.png Qcf.png + P.png
P.png : 220
Ex.png : 360
Softknockdown.png Maxcancel.png
Bareback Vulcan
Qcb.png Hcf.png + K.png
Hardknockdown.png Maxcancel.png
Jet Vulcan
Hcb.png Hcb.png + Kof.lp.png + Kof.sp.png

Console Changes

  • Heavy Burning Hammer (qcf+C) has less recovery. It can combo into heavy Gatling Attack (b~f+C) without needing to cancel.
  • During Vulcan Punch (P*) (all versions), Ralf can move forward.
  • EX Burning Hammer (qcf+AC) has faster startup and can be comboed from heavy attacks.
  • Both versions of Galactica Phantom (qcf qcf+P) can be charged.
  • Crouching D has less recovery.


Move Analysis

Normal Moves

  • Standing Light Punch (Snka.gif) -
  • Standing Light Kick (Snkb.gif) -
  • Standing Heavy Punch (Snkc.gif) -
  • Close Heavy Punch (Close Snkc.gif) -
  • Standing Heavy Kick (Snkd.gif) -
  • Close Heavy Kick (Close Snkd.gif) -
  • Crouching Light Punch (Down.gif + Snka.gif) -
  • Crouching Light Kick (Down.gif + Snkb.gif) -
  • Crouching Heavy Punch (Down.gif + Snkc.gif) -
  • Crouching Heavy Kick (Down.gif + Snkd.gif) -
  • Blowback Attack (Snkc.gif + Snkd.gif) -
  • Jumping Light Punch (Air Snka.gif) -
  • Jumping Light Kick (Air Snkb.gif) -
  • Jumping Heavy Punch (Air Snkc.gif) -
  • Jumping Heavy Kick (Air Snkd.gif) -
  • Jumping Blowback Attack (Air Snkc.gif + Snkd.gif) -

Unique Attacks

  • Jet Upper (Downright.gif + Snka.gif) -


  • Dynamite Headbutt (Right.gif or Left.gif + Snkc.gif or Snkd.gif [while close]) -

Special Moves

  • Vulcan Punch (press Punch.gif repeatedly) -
    • Ex.png Vulcan Punch (press Snka.gif + Snkc.gif repeatedly) -
  • Burning Hammer (Qcf.gif + Punch.gif) -
    • Ex.png Burning Hammer (Qcf.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) -
  • Explosive Punch (Qcb.gif + Punch.gif) -
    • Ex.png Explosive Punch (Qcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) -
  • Gatling Attack (Left.gif [charge] Right.gif + Punch.gif) -
    • Ex.png Gatling Attack (Left.gif [charge] Right.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) -
  • Blitzkrieg Punch (Air Qcf.gif + Punch.gif) -
    • Ex.png Blitzkrieg Punch (Air Qcf.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) -

Desperation Moves

  • Galactica Phantom (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Punch.gif) -
    • Ex.png Galactica Phantom (Qcf.gifQcf.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) -
  • Bareback Vulcan (Down.gifDownleft.gifHcf.gif + Kick.gif) -
  • Jet Vulcan (Hcb.gifHcb.gif + Snka.gif + Snkc.gif) -

Tips and Tricks

  • Ralf's cr.B links into cl.C. Whilst his cr.B is cancelable, it doesn't lead into quite as much damage as cl.C will. Fortunately, Ralf's cr.B to cl.C link is pretty lenient, so it's recommended you learn it to get the most out of him.
  • Starting from cr.B in general for any of these links will reduce the damage of your combo by about 30, as you need to avoid using df.A.
  • Ralf's EX Gatling Attacking (charge b~f+AC) is his only comboable hard knockdown. If you feel the need to do some more sustained pressure on your opponent, you could substitute it for any DM here at the cost of a lot of damage.
  • Any instance of a combo from qcf+C into cr.C xx special/super, could be ended in cr.D sweep instead if you don't want to push your opponent a long way away for whatever reason (fireball character, etc). Again this costs you damage.


0% Drive

0 Bar

  • cr.B cr.B xx charge b~f+C - (143, 14)

A pretty weak combo from a low. It does lead to a knockdown however, which may be more favourable in some situations.

  • cr.B df.A xx qcf+C, charge b~f+A - (198, 39)

Ralf's basic combo from a low. It leaves the opponent standing next to you, so be wary of reversal attempts or command grabs. df.A may not connect from a more distanced cr.B.

  • (cr.B) cl.C df.A xx qcf+C, cr.C xx charge b~f+C - (280, 39)

Ralf's basic meterless combo. If starting from cr.B, you have to omit the df.A, and you may need to skip the df.A from distanced jumpins or just a longer ranged cl.C hit. Does great damage for a meterless combo.

  • cr.C xx qcf+C, charge b~f+A - (182, 25)

For confirming from cr.C pokes when you're fairly close. Again, leaves you close to the opponent.

  • cr.C xx charge b~f+C - (160, 15)

Combo to use when confirming from a very long range cr.C poke. If you're closer, use the combo above.

1 Bar

  • (cr.B) cl.C df.A xx qcf+C, cr.C xx qcbhcf+K - (413, 31)

Ralf's extremely powerful basic DM combo. As before, omit the df.A if starting from cr.B, or from a distanced confirm.

  • cr.B df.A xx qcf+C, qcbhcf+K - (344, 19)

The easier low confirm into DM for ralf.

  • cr.C xx qcf+C, qcbhcf+K - (334, 15)
  • cr.C xx qcbhcf+K - (296, 7)

DM combos for cr.C pokes from distance.

2 Bar

  • (cr.B) cl.C df.A xx qcf+C, cr.C xx qcfqcf+AC - (493, 32)
  • cr.B df.A xx qcf+C, qcfqcf+AC - (442, 19)
  • cr.C xx qcf+C qcfqcf+AC - (441, 15)
  • cr.C xx qcfqcf+AC - (412, 7)

Ralf's qcfqcf+AC DM does not really add that much damage for the extra bar compared to qcbhcf+K. Considering he's mostly used as a battery, you may not always want to do these combos.

50% Drive

0 Bar

  • cl.C xx qcf+C charge b~f+A (DC) qcf+C cr.C xx charge b~f+C - (309 49)
  • cr.B df.A xx qcf+C charge b~f+A (DC) qcf+C charge b~f+A - (285, 47)

Not terribly worth the drive, but can be useful nonetheless.

1 Bar

  • cl.C xx qcf+C charge b~f+A (DC) qcf+C cr.C xx qcbhcf+K - (434, 41)

You can do df.A after cl.C here and omit the cr.C to get 1 extra damage, but 9 less stun. It's better to not start from cr.B link for this combo because it actually does less than just doing the cr.B df.A combo.

  • cr.B df.A xx qcf+C charge b~f+A (DC) qcf+C qcbhcf+K - (425, 37)

2 Bar

  • cl.C xx qcf+C charge b~f+A (DC) qcf+C cr.C xx qcfqcf+AC - (496, 41)

Same applies for this combo, you can use df.A but avoid cr.B

  • cr.B df.A xx qcf+C charge b~f+A (DC) qcf+C qcfqcf+AC - (487, 37)

100% Drive

Due to Ralf's somewhat low damage in HD combos and the fact he's usually placed as first, none of these combos are really recommended to be used in a match unless you're dominating or you're playing Ralf in second or third.

1 Bar

  • (cr.B) cl.C df.A (HD) cl.C df.A qcf+C [charge b~f+A HDC qcf+C] x5 qcbhcf+K - (626, 24)

2 Bar

  • (cr.B) cl.C df.A (HD) cl.C df.A qcf+C [charge b~f+A HDC qcf+C] x5 qcbqcf+AC - (670, 24)

3 Bar

  • (cr.B) cl.C df.A (HD) cl.C df.A qcf+C [charge b~f+A HDC qcf+C] x4 charge b~f+A HDC hcbhcb+AC - (763, 16)

These combos will work half screen to the corner. Doing it past this will result in your Gatling Attack whiffing after a few reps. May also not work on all crouching chars. Try to do cl.C df.A after the HD activation as late as possible to make sure you're point blank and have pushed the opponent as far in as possible. Also possible to start HD combos with cl.C df.A xx qcf+C cr.C (HD) ...
Video for all listed Ralf HD combos

Basic Strategy

Advanced Strategy

Frame Data