Kula (XIV)

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Movelist

(*) = EX OK

(!) = MAX OK

Throws

Ice Coffin - close Bk.gif / Fd.gif + C.gif

Ice Sledge - close Bk.gif / Fd.gif + D.gif

Command Normals

One Inch - Fd.gif + A.gif

Slider Shoot - Df.gif + B.gif

Special Moves

Diamond Breath - Qcf.gif + A.gif / C.gif *

Crow Bite - Dp.gif + A.gif / C.gif *

Ray Spin - Qcb.gif + B.gif / D.gif *

Ray Spin (Stand) - after Ray Spin, Fd.gif + B.gif
Ray Spin (Sit) - after Ray Spin, Fd.gif + D.gif

Counter Shell - Qcb.gif + A.gif / C.gif *

Super Special Moves

Diamond Edge - Qcf.gif Qcf.gif + A.gif / C.gif !

Frozen Arena - Qcf.gif Qcf.gif + B.gif / D.gif !


Climax Desperation Move

Glacier Ridge - Hcb.gif Hcb.gif + A.gif C.gif

Quick Combo Reference

Quick Combo Reference

Notation Key (place notation here)

0 Meter

Anywhere
Low, Anywhere
Low, Anywhere

(Combo 1) = (damage number here) dmg
(Combo 2) = (damage number here) dmg
(Combo 3) = (damage number here) = 231 dmg

1 Meter

Corner
Anywhere
Low, Anywhere

(Combo 1) = (damage number here) dmg
(Combo 2) = (damage number here) dmg
(Combo 3) = (damage number here) dmg

2 Meters Anywhere (Combo 1) = (damage number here) dmg

Gameplay Overview

Kula is a well-rounded character with a plethora of pokes, anti-airs, pressure moves, and damaging specials that make her appealing to use at any spot on one's team. She also handles zoning characters extremely well due to specials such as Diamond Breath and Counter Shell. In terms of offense, st.B, cr.B, st.C, and CD are all great pokes and potential combo starters. j.C and j.CD give her terrific aerials, pressure tools and a deadly cross up tool in the former. Ray Spin allows her to pressure foes, dodge projectiles, and even make blockstrings safe. Crow Bite gives her a mostly solid reversal as well as a damaging combo tool. She builds meter very well and is a nightmare to deal with once she corners an opponent.

Her only notable weaknesses are lack of a grounded overhead, forcing players to rely more on fundamentals to successfully mix up opponents and weak blockstrings that can be interrupted by fast or invincible moves. Against smart players, she will not be able to ‘autopilot’ into her blockstrings.

Other than that, she is a very solid character that new players and veterans alike will enjoy due to her ease of use and the utility she provides for teams.

Normals

Standing

  • st. A: A quick ice stab. Can stop hops and be used as a poke but inferior to st. B for either purpose due to st.A’s inferior range, damage and startup. -3 on block. Special Cancel-able and chain-able into her other light normals.
  • st. B: Kula does a kick with great horizontal range. With 5 frame startup, it makes a great poke and hop stopper. Now hits almost all crouching characters without having to be comboed into. Even on block. Cancel-able on hit. st. B now moves Kula forward, increasing her to chance to stay grounded for the first hit of C Crow Bites (dp+C), making her Super Cancels from the special more consistent. Can cancel into B Ray Spin for a nice blockstring, though opponents can stuff the special with invincible moves or 1-frame command throws. Also does enough hitstun to start MAX MODE combos.
  • st. C: Kula does a slow ice stab. Excellent horizontal poke and confirm tool. Reaches even further than st. B and allows an easy 2-hit confirm into B Ray Spin (qcb+B) and deals a lot of damage. That confirm can be punished by many invincible 2-bar supers though. Even on block.
  • st. D: Kula performs an ice-shrouded high kick. Can be utilized as an anti-air though very slow. Has poor horizontal range. Completely misses crouching characters. -4 on block. Not special cancel-able, but super cancel-able.

Close

  • cl. A: Kula does a close-ranged ice stab. One of her fastest hop stoppers at 4-frames. Chain-able into her other light normals. Even on block. Special cancel-able.
  • cl. B: Kula does a quick spin kick. Has wide hitbox and can stuff hops. -2 on block. Special cancel-able but not chain-able.
  • cl. C: Cancel-able, 2-hit confirm with great 4-frame startup. Kula’s go-to punish normal. First hit forces crouchers to stand. -10 on block. Both hits are cancel-able. First hit should always be canceled into f+A (One Inch) as it does more damage that simply doing cl.C’s 2 hits.
  • cl. D: Kula does a 2-hit axe kick. Like cl.C, both hits are cancel-able. cl.D is stronger than cl.C but much slower at 8 frames. Good for punishing very slow moves and during MAX MODE combos. Can also anti-air foes right above Kula. -8 on block.

Crouching

  • cr. A: Kula sits down and kicks upward. Has decent range and lowers her hurtbox, so it can be used as an anti-air. -4 on block. Special Cancel-able but not chain-able.
  • cr. B: Kula bends down and delivers a very fast, long reaching kick. One of her best normals. Chains into itself most of her light normals, is even on block, hits low, and is special cancel-able. Good to confirm into st.B. 4-frame startup.
  • cr. C: Kula freezes her hair and thrusts it upward. Makes a good anti-air but too slow to stop hops. Very punishable if whiffed. -1 on block. Not special-cancelable
  • cr. D: Quick sweep with great range. Can be used as a long distance poke. Hits low and knocks down on hit. -5 on block. Special-cancelable.

Jumping

  • j. A: Excellent fast hop-in and air to ground. Cannot be low-profiled. Can be used as instant overhead as a dangerous gamble, but would be punished. Can also start combos if the later active frames hit.
  • j. B: Good air to air. Susceptible to low profile anti-airs.
  • j. C: Stronger than Jump A, but slower. Cannot be low-profiled. Moderately fast hop-in. Safer as instant overhead but easier to react to. Can be used as crossover attack.
  • j. D: Long horizontal range, fairly quick. Cannot be used as crossover attack.

Blowback

  • st. CD: Kula crafts a ball of ice and thrusts it forward. Has huge range. Causes a wall splat on standing opponents, which can be canceled into D Ray Spin for followups.
  • j. CD: A flying spin kick with slow startup but great range. Makes a good air-to-air or air-to-ground for pressure. Kula can be stuffed before the move comes out due to the slow startup.

Throws

Ice Coffin - (b/f+C) close

  • Kula traps the opponent in ice before blasting them forward
  • Can be broken
  • Soft knockdown

Ice Sledge - (b/f+D) close

  • Kula bashes the opponent with ice while flipping over them
  • Can be broken
  • Hard knockdown

Command Moves

One Inch - (f+A)

  • Kula does a one inch punch that crumples the foe on hit
  • Only super-cancelable on its own
  • If canceled into, loses crumple property but becomes special cancel-able


Slider Shoot - (f+B)

  • Kula slides on the ground via ice
  • Hits low
  • Can be comboed into from her light or heavy normals
  • Can slide under a lot of high projectiles
  • Can be MAX MODE canceled on hit to create a safe jump

Special Moves

Diamond Breath - (qcf + A/C)

  • Kula exhales a frosty breath of ice
  • A Version has fast startup. Knocks down on hit. Combos from her heavy normals and is unsafe on block at -7. This version is good for canceling out an opponent’s fireballs.
  • C Version has slow startup and cannot be comboed from her normals. It is, however, positive on block (+2). Doesn’t knockdown the opponent. This version is better for ending blockstrings, frametrapping, and setting up meaties. Can be made more plus if used as an opponent is waking up.
  • Both versions can be stuffed by fast normals as they do not make true blockstrings. The C Version is especially vulnerable to being interrupted.
  • Super cancel-able

EX: Crumples on hit, allowing for followups. Particularly good during MAX MODE combos. It will also go through an opponent’s fireball and punish if close enough to opponent. -3 on block.


Crow Bite - (dp+A/C)

  • Kula does a rising uppercut coated in ice.
  • A Version has 5 frame startup and only does one hit. Has the most invincibility.
  • C Version has 4 frame startup, does three hits, and sends Kula flying farther. Only has 3 frames of invincibility. More damaging than the A Version.
  • Both versions have lots of upper body invincibility and can be used as anti-airs if timed/spaced properly.
  • Both versions can be super cancelled on the first hit, making them good in combos.
  • Very punishable if whiffed or blocked. Use caution.
  • Soft knockdown

EX: Starts up like the C Version and has 9 frames of invincibility, making it a great reversal. Also does more damage than the regular versions.


Ray Spin - (qcb+B/D)

  • Kula does a ballerina spin that ends in an icy kick
  • B Version spins a short distance forward and is low to the ground. This version is great to block string into. It is also good for mid-screen combos.
  • D Version spins a farther distance and is much higher, completely whiffing on crouching opponents. This version is good for certain mid-screen combos and corner combos. Both versions will only combo from her heavy normals or a canceled f+A.
  • Both versions have lower body invincibility and can be used to go over low normals and grounded projectiles and then punish if timed correctly.
  • Both versions are minus on block though can be made safe if canceled into her Stand follow up.
Stand - (f+B after Ray Spin)
  • Kula shoots an ice crystal out of her leg. It counts as a regular projectile, meaning it will clash with non-EX fireballs and lose to EX ones and Supers.
  • Is +5 on block, making it good for making blockstrings safe, pressuring and frame trapping.
  • If Stand hits an opponent high enough (such as after D Ray Spin), Kula can juggle.
  • There is a slight gap between Ray Spin and Stand where invincible moves or even 1-frame grabs can interrupt Kula and punish.
Sit - (f+D after Ray Spin)
  • Kula does Slider Shoot, which is still unsafe at -11.
  • Launches the foe on hit
  • Will only activate if Ray Spin makes contact
  • Whiffs on airborne foes

EX: A ‘medium Ray Spin’ that stays low to the ground like B Ray Spin but launches like C Version. More damaging than regular versions, even on block, and has 7 frames of invincibility. Stand becomes +1 after EX Ray Spin


Counter Shell - (qcb+A/C)

  • Kula swipes her hand and absorbs normal projectiles before countering with an ice crystal.
  • Only counters regular projectiles, NOT EX ones or Supers.
  • Causes soft knockdown and launches on hit

EX: Counters EX projectiles. The ice crystal she shoots back becomes 2 hits.

Super Special Moves

Diamond Edge - (qcf, qcf+A/C)

  • Kula creates a huge, diagonal pillar of ice from the ground right in front of her
  • Good in juggle combos as it connects properly on airborne foes
  • Combos easily from her heavy normals, f+A, and Crow Bite super cancels
  • Has some utility as an anti-air due to angle and size, but slow startup and no invincibility make it iffy
  • Does next to no pushback, so unsafe if blocked

Max: Creates 3 ice pillars that do great damage. Has a ton of startup invincibility but slow startup, making it a bad reversal but good for going through slower moves. Some of the pillars miss in the corner, lowering the damage.


Frozen Arena - (qcf, qcf+B/D)

  • Kula slides about half screen across the ground, leaving pillars of ice behind her.
  • Has no invincibility whatsoever
  • Combos from Kula’s heavy normals, f+A, and her Crow Bite super cancels
  • If done close enough, Kula switches side with the opponent on hit, block, or whiff.
  • Does the same damage as Diamond Edge and just as easy to combo
  • Better to use on grounded foes as it tends to lose damage during juggles
  • Sets up safe jumps; out of the corner, Kula can cross up with j.C
  • Not safe on block; opponents can buffer a super as soon as it hits and punish hard

MAX: Does more damage while setting up the same safe jumps. Good to use when you have the meter. The 2-bar super to use for Climax canceling. Still no invincibility.

Climax Super Special Moves

Glacier Ridge - (hcb, hcb+AC)

  • Kula chucks three huge pillars of ice that extend quite far, which encases the foe in ice on hit. She then causes the block of ice to burst apart, causing huge damage.
  • Has no invincibility, but the ice pillars can plow through a number of supers if spaced/timed correctly
  • Combos easily from her heavy normals, canceled f+A and Crow Bite super cancels
  • Hard knockdown

Combos

  • (any special information about the character combos if needed)

Notation


Meterless: description here

1 Meter: description here

EX: description here

0 meter

  • cr.Bx2, st.B, dp+C = (192 DMG)

(Can whiff on certain crouching characters)

  • cr.Bx2, st.B, df+B = (153 DMG)

(Hits every character You can cancel df+B into MAX MODE to create a safe jump)

  • cl.C 1 hit, f+A, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C = (279 DMG)

(4-frame punish combo)

  • cl.D 1 hit, f+A, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C = (294 DMG)

(7-frame punish combo)

  • st.C, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C = (279 DMG)

(st.C combo, hits from max range)

  • st. CD, qcb+D, dp+C = (182 DMG)

(Midscreen combo off a CD wall splat)

Corner Only

  • cl.C 1 hit, f+A, qcb+D, f+B, dp+C = (297 DMG)


  • cl.D 1 hit, f+A, qcb+D, f+B, dp+C = (312 DMG)


  • st. CD, delay qcb+D, f+B, dp+C = (277 DMG)

1 meter

  • st. CD, whiff D Ray Spin, dp+C, qcfx2+A/C = (278 DMG)
  • cl.C(1), f+A, qcb+B~f+D, dp+C(1) qcfx2+A/C = (384 DMG)

(4-frame punish; great damage. Caution: If used as confirm, note that f+A and qcb+B are minus enough to be punished with 2-bar supers from many characters)

  • cl.D(1), f+A, qcb+B~f+D, dp+C(1), qcfqcf+P = (399 DMG)

(7-frame point blank punish. Even better damage. Caution: If used as confirm, note that f+A and qcb+B are minus enough to be punished with 2-bar supers from many characters)

  • st. C, qcb+B~f+D, dp+C(1), qcfqcf+P = 391 damage

(Slow but long-range punish; far C reaches further than st.B: Caution: If used as confirm, note that f+A and qcb+B are minus enough to be punished with 2-bar supers from many characters)

  • cr.B cr.B st.B, dp+C(1) qcfqcf+K = (299 DMG)

(Two-hit low confirm. Kula is close to the opponent after this hard knockdown. She can then time a safe hop C afterwards, and even use an ambiguous crossover hop C if the opponent is not in the corner. If opponent is too far after st.B hits, Kula will be airborne for dp+C and be unable to super cancel. If opponent is too far after the second cr.B hits, st.B (and probably dp+C) will whiff too. Kula will likely eat a full combo afterwards. Can finish with qcfqcf+P instead for 5 more damage, but recovers too late to get a safe jump (though she can still get a meaty on a cornered opponent)

Corner

  • cl.C 1 hit, f+A, qcb+D, f+B, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C = (381 DMG)


  • cl.D 1 hit, f+A, qcb+D, f+B, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C = (396 DMG)


  • st.C, qcb+D, f+B, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C = (389 DMG)

2 meters

  • cr.Bx2, st.B, dp+C, qcfx2+BD = (404 DMG)

(Sets up safe jump)

  • st.C, BC, cl.C 1 hit, f+A, qcf+AC, qcfxBD = (439 DMG)

(Sets up safe jump. 4-frame punish. Good damage and knockdown. Can safe hop afterwards, and even crossover hop C if opponent isn't in the corner)

3 meters

  • CD, whiff D Ray Spin, dp+C 1 hit, hcbx2+AC = (509 DMG)
  • cr.Bx2, st.B, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+B/D, qcfx2+AC = (524 DMG)
  • cl.D 1 hit, f+A, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C 1 hit, hcbx2+AC = (599 DMG)

(7-frame punish A shortcut to execute dp+C to hcbhcb+AC is Hcb.gif Fd.gif C.gif Hcb.gif A.gif C.gif)

  • st.C, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C 1 hit, hcbx2+AC = (606 DMG)
  • cl.C 1 hit, f+A, BC, cl.D 1 hit, qcf+AC, hcbx2+AC = (529 DMG)

(Less damage but easier execution)

4 meters

  • CD, whiff D Ray Spin, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C, delay hcbx2+AC = (628 DMG)
  • cr.Bx2, st.B, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C, delay hcbx2+AC = (638 DMG)
  • cl.D 1 hit, f+A, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C, delay hcbx2+AC = (708 DMG)
  • st.C, qcb+B, f+D, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+A/C, delay hcbx2+AC = (725 DMG)

5 meters

  • cl.C 1 hit, f+A, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+BD, hcbx2+AC = (746 DMG)

(4-frame punish)

  • cl.D 1 hit, f+A, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+BD, hcbx2+AC = (761 DMG)

(7-frame punish)

  • st.C, dp+C 1 hit, qcfx2+BD, hcbx2+AC = (781 DMG)

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