The King of Fighters 2002 UM/Kyo - 1

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  • cl.A/B/C/D are cancel-able


  • Standing A/B has short reach and is cancel-able
  • Standing A is good for stopping incoming hops
  • Standing C is a backhand punch that is not cancel-able
  • Standing D is a sobat kick that has lower body invincibility


  • cr. A/B/C is cancel-able
  • cr. B hits low
  • cr. C is a uppercut that has the same animation as Kusanagi's qcb+P
  • cr. D is a very fast sweep that is cancel-able and whiff cancel-able


  • Jumping A is ok air-to-air and does nice and easy cross up
  • Jumping B is a good air-to-ground tool especially during hops
  • Jumping C crosses-up
  • Jumping D is good to use as an air-to-air attack

Blowback Attack

  • Standing CD comes out slow, Decent range
  • Standing CD can OTG special moves(Dark Thrust) and DM's can combo if the opponent does not ground tech
  • Jumping CD can be used as an air-to-air and is good use for applying pressure


Anvil Slam - (b/f + C close)

  • Kyo-1 grabs the opponent and performs a shoulder thrust knocking them back.
  • Standard knockdown
  • Can be broken

Swift Shoulder Throw - (b/f + D close)

  • Kyo-1 flips the opponent and follows up with an elbow drop.
  • Standard grab
  • Can be broken

Command Moves

Kurokami - (f + A)

  • Kyo-1 steps in while shifting his body forward and strikes(Like a flame-less Poison Gnaw Fest). Kurokami is a decent command move due to it being able to cancel all special moves,DM's, SDM,and HSDM. It do not come out slow nor fast, and its one of the very few pokes he has. Kurokami can be mainly utilized as an poke and pressure tool.
  • Some cons about this move is that although it can cancel into all of his specials, it will not combo into some specials (Dark Thrust and New wave Smash)and his SDM(Serpent Wave). It is also punish-able if performed up close on block and if the opponent has a move that can reach him during his recovery.
  • Free Cancel-able

Honofuri - (f + B)

  • Kyo-1 takes two steps forward and uses his elbow to perform a overhead. Honofuri is a tricky overhead that has good speed and it deals good damage.
  • Overhead Attack
  • Special Cancel-able when cancelled into. Overhead property is lost but the move doesn't combo from any of his normals still.
  • Better suited as a Max mode starter (e.g. f+B, f+A~)

Instantaneous Smash - (df + C)

  • Kyo-1 strikes bends down to his knees and strikes the ground(OTG). When you perform a BnB or any combo that knocks an opponent to the ground and they fail to tech, Instantaneous Smash is the best tool to punish.
  • Has push-back if blocked but can be punished by special moves that can reach Kyo-1 during his recovery.
  • Hits Low
  • OTG (On The Ground) OK

Special Attacks

Dark Thrust - qcf + A/C

  • Kyo-1 creates a fire in his hand and spikes it to the floor traveling towards the opponent. Unlike most projectiles Dark thrust comes out very slow and Can connect even if opponent is down. When you perform a combo and cannot reach the opponent for a df+C its best to resort to dark thrust for the OTG damage. It also has bad recovery so be mindful when using to zone.
  • OTG OK

Spinning Kick - dp + B/D

  • Kyo-1 performs a jumping roundhouse kick(B Version), Kyo-1 performs a two aerial roundhouse kicks and Knocks the opponents hard to the ground bry ending with an somersault heel kick. Spinning kick is Kyo-1 best special attack. It has most damage(varies from B or D), Combos from an launch, and its B version can be used as an anti-air. Spinning kick is primarily used in his BnB due to the lack of speed and reach most of his special attacks have.

New Wave Smash - qcf + B/D~K

  • Kyo-1 Performs a rising kick and can follow up with another airborne. New wave Smash (Like every other variation) is primarily used as a launch attack. Kyo-1's New wave Smash is fast but has poor range. The strong variant launches the opponent higher into the air and allows follow-ups because of the juggle after the second kick. The weak version also juggles but the follow-up will only hit while they're still about a neutral jumps distance from the ground.

Blue Ogre - qcb + A/C

  • Kyo-1 dashes forward while striking with his elbow and if it connects he performs a rising shoulder attack. It comes out very fast and is super cancel-able. Some drawbacks that this special move has is that its reach is very poor and leaves Kyo-1 completely open if blocked/whiff. Its best to use Blue Ogre as a punish tool.
  • Super Cancel-able


Serpent Wave - qcb, hcf + A/C(Push down to hold)

  • Kyo-1 Creates a small flame in his palm and then throws creating a large spark knocking the opponent back. Serpent Wave is on of the main reasons why Kyo-1 is dangerous at close range. It does good damage, can be canceled/combo into from a majority of his moves set, and has good range. When holding down on A/C the damage will not increase nor will it become unblock-able. A version has lower body invincibility and its C version has upper body invincibility and is great for punishing predicted jump-in's.

Vermilion Heaven Exorcism - qcf x 2 + A/C

  • Kyo-1 smashes the ground then a large flame circle his hand then swiftly burn across the ground. VHE (abbreviation) is a combination of his Instantaneous Smash and Dark Thrust and share both properties. The versions A/C dictate its effects. A version comes out very fast compared to his C, It launches the opponent airborne and can combo into. The C version is very slow, Has very great hit-stun, and cannot combo. Even though the C version takes longer the damage does not change.
  • OTG OK

Super DM

Serpent Wave - qcb, hcf + A/C

  • Kyo-1 mimics the same motions as his DM version but is completely surrounded with flames upon its completion. SDM version of Serpent wave has very little difference compared to his DM version. SDM version is slower, It has full body invincibility, and its damage significantly increase.


Tenuuzan - qcb, hcf + BD

  • Kyo-1 Holds flames in his hand and instead of throwing them instantly he performs a heavy/swift strike then unleashes a barrage of flames knocking the opponent away. Tenuuzan does not have the invincibility of his DM and SDM versions, deals very good damage, and like his other versions it can combo from a majority of his BnB's and normals.


If the opponent doesn't tech-roll/quick rise, provided the combo doesn't already end with one you can follow it with an OTG df+C, qcf+C, or qcfx2+A.

You can't OTG after a grounded qcb,hcf+A/C unless it reaches the corner.
If dp+D doesn't reach the corner you can only OTG with run-in qcfx2+A when dp+D is done after cr.B, st.B or j.X, cl.C.

0 stock

  • cr.Bx1~2, st.B, qcb+A / dp+D
dp+D whiffs on every crouchers but Daimon, Chang, and Maxima, Seth, Whip, Xiangfei.
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, qcb+A / dp+D
dp+D is fairly inconsistent unless you reach the corner and whiffs on everyone crouching but Daimon, Chang, and Maxima, Seth, Whip, Xiangfei. If unsure, remove f+A.
  • cl.C, qcf+D>K, run dp+D
Delaying qcf+D's 2nd kick helps.

1 stock

  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, qcfx2+A (midscreen, great corner carry)
Replace j.X, cl.C, f+A by cr.Bx1~2, st.B for a low starter.
  • cl.C, qcf+D>K, qcb,hcf+A
  • cl.C, qcf+D>K, run qcfx2+A (midscreen, great corner carry)
  • cl.C, qcf+D>K, run dp+D, OTG qcfx2+A (approaching corner)
Delaying qcf+D's 2nd kick helps.
  • j.X, cl.C, qcf+D>K, BC, qcb+A [1 hit] SC to qcb,hcf+A (corner)
  • j.X, cl.C, qcf+D>K, BC, qcb+A [1 hit], dp+D, OTG qcfx2+A (corner)

2 stocks

  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, qcb+A [2 hit], SC to qcfx2+A (midscreen, great corner carry)
Replace j.X, cl.C, f+A by cr.Bx1~2, st.B for a low starter.
  • j.X, cl.C, qcf+D>K, BC, qcb+A [2 hit] SC to qcb,hcf+AC (corner)

Replace j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C by cr.Bx1~2, st.BC in max combos for a low starter.

  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, qcb+A [2 hit], qcf+D>K, run up qcb+A [1 hit] SC to qcb,hcf+A (midscreen)
You can use qcb+C instead of qcb+A before the SC for slightly more damage but a harder link. Delaying qcf+D's 2nd kick helps.
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, qcb+A [2 hit], qcf+D>K, run up qcb+A [1 hit], dp+D, OTG qcfx2+A (approaching corner)
You can use qcb+C instead of qcb+A before dp+D for slightly more damage but a harder link. Delaying qcf+D's 2nd kick helps.
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, qcb+A [2 hit], qcf+D>K, backdash or walk back, qcb+A [1 hit], qcf+B>K, qcb+C [1 hit], dp+D, OTG qcfx2+A (corner)
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, qcb+A [2 hit], qcf+D>K, backdash or walk back, qcb+A [1 hit], qcf+B>K, backdash or walk back, qcb+A [1 hit], qcf+B>K, (qcb+C [1 hit]) SC to qcb,hcf+A (corner)

3 stocks

  • Replace qcb,hcf+A/C by qcb,hcf+AC in 2 stocks combos
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, qcb+A [2 hit], qcf+D>K, qcb,hcf+BD
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, qcb+A [2 hit], qcf+D>K, backdash or walk back, qcb+A [1 hit], qcf+B>K, backdash or walk back, qcb+A [1 hit], qcf+B>K, qcb,hcf+BD (corner)
  • j.X, cl.C, f+A, qcb,hcf+BD
  • j.X, cl.C, df+C, qcb+BC, hcf+BD (max bypass)
Replace j.X, cl.C by cr.Bx1~2, st.B for a low starter.


  • j.A, j.B and j.C can all be used to crossup. j.C won't work on crouching opponents aside from Daimon, Maxima, Chang. j.A is the better and most consistent option.
  • qcfx2+C DM will stun the opponent allowing a followup if only the fireball part hits them (hits low). qcfx2+C has invincibility.
  • qcb,hcf+BD has complete invincibility until you let it go (can be held by holding BD)
  • qcb,hcf+A has lower body invincibility, C version has upper body.

Frame Specifics

Frame Advantage

Close Normals

cl.A - 3F (-1F)

cl.B - 4F (-4F)

cl.C - 3F (-7F)

cl.D - 5F (-11F)

Far Normals

st.A - 3 (-1F)

st.B - 4F (-4F)

st.C - 9F (-8F)

st.D - 13F (-7F)

CD - 19F (-4F)

Crouch Normals

cr.A - 4F (+1F)

cr.B - 4F (+0F)

cr.C - 4F (-10F)

cr.D - 7F (-7F)

Command Normals

Kurokami (f+A) - 13F (-16F)

Honofuri (f+B) - 21F (-8F)

Instantaneous Smash (df+C) - 11F (-16F)

Special Attacks

Dark Thrust (qcf+A) - 22F (-9F)→Close Guard

Dark Thrust (qcf+C) - 17F (-6F)→Close Guard

Blue Ogre (qcb+A) - 6F (-13F)

Blue Ogre (qcb+C) - 13F (-19F)

New Wave Smash (qcf+B~B) - 14F (-5F~+2F)

New Wave Smash (qcf+D~D)

  • [Start-up] - 18F
  • [2] - (-5F~+2F)

Spinning Kick (dp+B) - 10F (-19F)

Spinning Kick (dp+D) - 9F


Orochinagi (qcb hcf+A) - 21F (-19F)

Orochinagi (qcb hcf+C) - 19F (-23F)

Vermilion Heaven Exorcism (qcfx2+A)

  • [Start-up] - 6F (-41F)
  • [Whole Guard] - (-8F)

Vermilion Heaven Exorcism (qcfx2+C)

  • [Start-up] - 27F (-36F)
  • [Whole Guard] - (+15F)


Orochinagi (qcb hcf+AC)

  • [Flame Aura] - 3F 
  • [Attack] - 20F (-3F)


Tenuuzan (qcb hcf+BD) - 15F (-1F)


Kyo-1 -Max- combos by Franck Frost
Nikolai-保力達 (Kyo-1 Best Rounds)
쿄-1 플레이 모음(Kyo-1 Best Rounds) - CupRamon (컵라몬)
Kyo-1 Master Class

Training Mode Video >copy and paste here,

External Links

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