Malin (KOF:XI)

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Introduction

Malin is a pretty fast character. She's also the only one who can Super Jump the entire Screen. Which is perfectly fit for runaway tactics. She also deals great damage and her Leader Desperation Move (LDM) is one of the best in the entire game. Also, she's really reliable when it comes to fill stocks. So you can stock up, and if she's not the leader, call on someone who can correctly spent all those stocks. And since she has the longest jump in the game, she's one of the best air-to-air fighters, seconding only Bonne Jenet. Enough with the Introduction, let's go!

Move List

At a glance

Normal throw
Malin Rocket (throw) f/b + C or D
Command moves
Crimson Scorpion f + B
Special moves
Yellow Jacket (Terrestrial) (Super Cancelable) qcf + P
Yellow Jacket (Aerial) (Super Cancelable. C version, only) dp + P
Yellow Jacket (During Jump) (During jump)any direction + AC
┗ Yellow Jacket (Direction Change) (During Yellow Jacket (Terrestrial) or Yellow Jacket (During Jump)) any direction + AC
Demon Arachnid qcb + P
Poison Scorpion (Super Cancelable) qcf + K
Desperation Moves
MayFly (Dream Cancelable) (qcf)x2 + K
Queen Bee (During jump) (qcf)x2 + P
Leader Desperation Moves
Smashing Salamander (qcf)x2 + BO

Normal moves

  • cl. A - Does good damage and is comboable into. Best choice against HH.
  • cl. B - Medium damage. Is only comboable after another cl. B. Is comboable into.
  • cl. C - Regular damage for a normal fierce. Comboable into. Somewhat good against jump-ins.
  • cl. D - Best choice for a ground combo starter. Does slightly more damage than cl. C. Is comboable into.


  • st. A - Good damage, and is comboable into. Works just like his cl. counterpart.
  • st. B - Same as cl. B.
  • st. C - Malin will move forward with this move. Nice range, use it cautious though, it's not safe.
  • st. D - Good as an anti-air. Malin will do a frontflip while kicking with the her Tennis' knives. It's not safe against sweeps, like Kyo's st. D, or Elisabeth's.
  • st. BO - Very good range, nice damage. Unsafe on block.


  • cr. A - Good priority, nice poke. Good range. Good damage. Comboable into.
  • cr. B - Nice poke. Not very good range though. Use it to combo into cr. A. Not comboable into anything but cr. A.
  • cr. C - Upward claw attack. Nice for jump controlling. Poor range. Good damage. Comboable into.
  • cr. D - Sliding forward low kick. Has a HH range. Also a long startup.


  • j. A - Downward knife attack. Little damage, good priority. But not useful.
  • j. B - Downward foot attack. Nice range, good priority. Regular, overall.
  • j. C - Downward dagger attack. Good range, good priority. Nice damage. Very, very useful in air-to-ground. Best performance when used in a HH.
  • j. D - Semi-circular Tennis' knives attack. Somewhat like her st. D, but using only one foot. Her best air-to-air option.
  • j. BO - Horizontal attack. Also a good choice in air-to-air.

Command moves

  • Crimson Scorpion
  • f + B
  • Combos from strong attacks. When not cancelled into, it is an overhead. The not-cancelled-into version stuns for a while, but you cannot use a combo to avoid anything afterwards (since it cannot be cancelled because it wasn’t cancelled into).

Special Moves

  • Yellow Jacket (terrestrial)
  • qcf + P
  • Forward Dashing move with a little time on air. Good for approaching. Unsafe on block, made safe if a Yellow Jacket (During air) version is made afterwards. C version will keep Malin on air for a little longer, while A version just floats across mid screen.
  • Super cancelable into both of her DMs. The trick to cancel into MayFly is to wait until Malin lands and then use the DM. To cancel into Queen Bee, just do another qcf + P while Malin is in the air.

  • Yellow Jacket (aerial)
  • dp + P
  • Upward Dashing move. A version will move straight up, while C version moves diagonally front upwards. A version is useless. C version is a good anti-air move if used correctly. Requires training though.
  • Super cancelable into MayFly and Smashing Salamander. Just as the move lands, make another qcf + K to cancel into MayFly, or qcf + BO to cancel into Smashing Salamander.

  • Yellow Jacket (During Jump)
  • (during jump)any direction + AC
  • It goes half screen in the selected direction, hitting everything on its way.
  • Super cancelable into Queen Bee. No tricks to apply on this one. Requires good hit confirming skills.
  • Yellow Jacket (Direction Change)
  • (during Yellow Jacket (During Jump) or Yellow Jacket (terrestrial)) any direction + AC
  • It goes half screen in the selected direction, hitting everything on its way. Only useful to make safe some unsafe moves, changing the direction backwards.
  • Super cancelable into Queen Bee. No tricks to apply on this one. Requires good hit confirming skills.

  • Demon Arachnid
  • qcb + P
  • Malin throws a Yo-yo which has blades on it. It keeps flying on the screen for 2 seconds. Good for combo setups.

  • Poison Scorpion
  • qcf + K
  • Malin uses her knives as electrical conductors and shocks the opponent. It's her best move in the game. Always use it to confirm a combo, whether the opponent has blocked or not because it does good stun damage, it does good block damage, it fills up stock pretty quickly, and finally it knocks you opponent away very easily. B version has good priority, while D version has slow startup.
  • Super cancelable into MayFly and Smashing Salamander. MayFly will most likely not link if your opponent is not close enough.

Desperation Moves

  • MayFly
  • (qcf)x2 + K
  • Infamous Malin's upward Kick which doesn't work as an anti-air so good. It's does good damage, and it's a really cool move. But you'll most likely only use this move when super canceling.
  • It dream cancel into Smashing Salamander. You must be fast, though.
  • Queen Bee
  • (during jump)(qcf)x2 + P
  • It's a good DM when used in reaction. It will not counterhits on air, like Leona's V-Slasher. It's good in an air-to-ground, and only that. Good damage.

Leader Desperation Moves

  • Smashing Salamander
  • (qcf)x2 + BO
  • Very, very good LDM. It's an overhead, and it comes out fast. You can always try for a d+B into Smashing Salamander when you have the stocks. Also, if you land it correctly and people don't tech roll it, you can KILL him with another Smashing Salamander. That's right, 2 Smashing Salamanders = easiest 100% combo ever.

Combos

Basic Stuff

  • j. C, cl. D, f + B, qcf + B
  • j. C, d+B, d+A, qcf+A, (Super Cancel) (qcf)x2 + A.
  • j. C, cl. D, f + B, dp + C, (Super Cancel) (qcf)x2 + D, (Dream Cancel) (qcf)x2 + BO.
  • (qcf)x2 + BO, OTG (qcf)x2 + BO.
  • (corner)j. C. cl. D, f + B, dp + C, (Super Cancel) (qcf)x2 + D, wait until the opponent falls, OTG (qcf)x2 + BO.

Basics

Malin's Objective

If she's your Leader, always use her as a second character. She's strong enough to not be in first, and is even more dangerous with Stocks.

If she's not your Leader, she can go first. Her primary use will be to build stocks, working as a battery character. She's fast, think about it. You may leave her alive for a runaway game once in a while.

Weakness

She's not very good to deal with ground-to-air stuff. Most likely, someone with a nice jumping attack range will be trouble for her. Her most reliable attack when it comes to this is her dp + C, but it requires training.

Colors

  • Square: Regular pallete. Maroom shirt covering a white long sleeved shirt, same Maroon socks and white skirt. Blonde Hair.
  • X button: Blue shirt covering a white long sleeved shirt, white skirt. Blond Hair.
  • Triangle: Golden shirt covering a white long sleeved shirt, white skirt. Green Hair.
  • Circle: Pink shirt covering a purple long sleeved shirt, purple skirt. Blond Hair.
  • R1+Square: Skin color shirt covering a white long sleeved shirt, white skirt. Blonde Hair.
  • R1+X: Aqua shirt covering a skin color long sleeved shirt, skin colored skirt. White Hair.
  • R1+Triangle: White shirt covering a pink long sleeved shirt, pink skirt. Tanned Skin. Blonde Hair.
  • R1+Circle: Red shirt covering a yellow long sleeved shirt, yellow skirt. Pink Hair.
  • L1+Square: Baby blue shirt covering an orange long sleeved shirt, orange skirt. Black hair.
  • L1+X: Green shirt covering a navy blue long sleeved shirt, navy blue skirt. Blond Hair.
  • L1+Triangle: Navy blue shirt covering a black long sleeved shirt, black skirt. Dark orange hair.
  • L1+Circle: Maroon shirt covering an orange long sleeved shirt, orange skirt. Aqua hair.


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