Samurai Shodown IV/Haohmaru
Haohmaru, the drunk and lovable protagonist of the series is back, and he’s coming back swinging. While both Techniques lost some of their stronger gimmicks in the shift from SS3 to SS4, Haohmaru is still both an honest midrange character and also a complete and total gorilla.
Slash, sadly, lost almost everything that gave him an identity apart from Bust in SamSho 4. He lost his air specials and Zankousen from SamSho 3, and gained hardly anything new to make up for it. This means his gameplay is basic Haohmaru stuff with relatively little spice. He’s got everything he needs to succeed, and is absolutely one of the stronger characters, but Bust has all of that combined with way better offensive and defensive presence.
Bust’s moveset is kept mostly intact, with nerfs across the board. He’s not going to be turning fireballs into infinites this time, but his tools and combos remain some of the most potent in the entire game. In spite of the toning down Gou Ha received, it still manages to open up an infinite that can be done regardless of screen position. Even if he didn’t have everything better by default in this Technique, Gou Ha alone would still render Bust the superior pick.
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3S While Opponent is down
8S While Opponent is down
|Light Pursuit (Unarmed)
u.3S While Opponent is down
|Heavy Pursuit (Unarmed)
u.8S While Opponent is down
Special Moves and WFTs
|Shippu Kogetsu Zan
623S While Running
|Tenha Fujinzan (WFT)
|Tenha Dankuu Retsu Zan (WFT)
Samurai Continuous Slash
|Hit #||6CD - 1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||6th||7th||8th||9th||10th||11th||12th||13th||14th|
Other CD Combos
- Throw > 5B or 66C
- Back throw > 66A > 14-hit CD
- Does not work on Nakoruru, Hanzo, Galford, or Kyoshiro
- Throw > WFT
- Throw > 14-hit CD
- Does not work on Nakoruru, Rimururu, Hanzo, Kyoshiro, Genjuro, Basara, Shizumaru
- Back throw > rising j.C > 14-hit CD or 5B > WFT
- Only works on Kyoshiro, Gaira, Amakusa, Ukyo, Jubei, Zankuro
- 14-hit CD (12) or n.5B xx 623S or WFT
- (Corner) CD BBC > 236A > 8S OTG
- BC > 623S or CD combo
- n.5C xx 623S or CD combo
- Tight link. Most consistent with 623A.
- [u.5S xx AB]xN
- Unarmed infinite taking advantage of the cancel rules of AB sidesteps. Impractical but doable. Character limited.
- [Backhit n.2B xx AB]xN
- (During Rage Explosion) j.C > n.5B > Rage 14-hit CD (8) > n.5B > Rage 14-hit CD (8) > n.5B > Rage 14-hit CD (6) xx WFT
- Backhit (n.)5B xx 421A/B
- Backhit n.5C xx Rage 421S
- n.5C xx WFT
- CD BBC > WFT
- 14-hit CD (12) or n.5B xx 421A > 8S OTG
- 14-hit CD (12) xx 623D > 623S or WFT or CD combo
- 236S > j.C or 623S or WFT or Issen or CD combo
- (Corner) 421S > WFT
- Limited to Nakoruru, Rimururu, Galford, Kyoshiro, Shizumaru, Gaira, and Tam Tam. Timing also varies depending on the character.
- (Corner) j.C > 14-hit CD (12) xx 623D > CD BBC > 236A > WFT > 8S OTG
- Against Nakoruru, Galford, Genjuro and Hanzo, connecting off of CD BBC is more difficult.
- Back throw > [5B xx 623D]xN
- Only works on Galford, Tam Tam, Zankuro. Infinite combo.
- [Backhit n.5B xx 623D]xN
- Infinite involving backhit shoulder charge. Against Basara, this works on front hit, too.
- [14-hit CD (12) > 623D]xN
- Infinite with shoulder charge.
- [CD BBC > 236S]xN
- (Backhit n.5B xx) [Backhit 421S]xN
- Basara only infinite combo. Can be done anywhere on the screen, but midscreen you may need to occasionally microwalk forwards to make sure it doesn't drop. Still a very easy combo, however, leaving you a ton of room to input 421S.