The King of Fighters '98 UMFE/EX Terry
EX Terry is a character with tools for every distance, like a fireball for long distances and solid pokes for midrange, but close up is where he shines. He has great confirms from both lows and jump-ins, a mix of frametraps and true blockstrings, and great combo damage. One of his best aspects is that his go-to strings are good combos on hit and safe blockstrings/frametraps on block, letting him autopilot his way through. With Extra mode meter, he also gets access to some very damaging Quick MAX combos that make him a lot scarier. His weaknesses include fairly weak anti-airing options, and a lack of mixups outside of the general system tools.
Terry has more hard knockdowns, and thus better left right mixups.
EX Terry's power wave, round wave, and fire kick, in addition to the same crackshoot as Terry, let him mix up how he sneaks in the frame advantage in a blockstring, making him better at that part of Terry's game.
Terry's combos can lead to hard knockdown.
EX Terry's combos can do more damage than Terry's, against standing opponents. Standconfirming is useful for EX Terry.
Terry has a motion DP. Power wave isn't much of a projectile; it's more of a long range poke that can only ever be slightly positive. Power charge is a fast forward moving attack with an unremarkable hitbox that loses to most active pokes, but is a great way to capitalise on frame advantage and a good punishment move.
EX Terry has a flash kick style reversal and anti air. Power wave is almost always significantly positive on block. His slide, fire kick, is a great poke that can go under a lot, but must be cancelled to a special to be safe, which makes it vulnerable to guard cancel rolling if used too often and too predictably.
Terry has pretty good guard gauge damage, and has an easy way to avoid ever wasting a guard crush.
EX Terry has even better guard gauge damage, longer strings, and better ways to sneak in frame advantage to do even more, but he doesn't have any easy way to avoid wasting a guard crush
|Preferred System Mechanics||
Terry can use either kind of meter. Stocks build quickly because he spams many special moves, but charge gives him better combos and crossup and crossunder setups. Rolling combined with running unlocks more left right mixups, and running by itself increases the range at which he can end combos in power dunk for a hard knockdown, while stepping and dodging don't give him anything beyond the universal, although he can always combo a dodge strike to power charge and then hitconfirm it, which is more than many characters get with the dodge strike.
EX Terry spams even more special moves than Terry, which could be good for a stock battery, but quickmax also improves his combos, and gives him an infamous combo against standing opponents that does more damage than anything Terry has. Running and rolling let him use the hard knockdown from his D grab for setups, but other than that, he has no hard knockdowns, so his system choices are up to user preference.
Changes from Previous Versions
98 to 98UM
- The activation range of cl.D has been reduced
- st.D's priority has been reduced
- Full jump j.D now has less downwards priority, meaning that you can no longer use it to instant overhead on regular height crouchers; hop j.D still works for instant overheads, though
- qcf+P now has 5 frames less recovery
- d~u+P now has some throw invincibility on startup
- hcf+B's damage has been reduced by 5 points
- hcf+D's damage has been reduced by 6 points
- dp+P has been added as a new move, it is special-cancelable on hit or block
- qcb,db,f+P's hit effect is now the one from Real Bout Fatal Fury Special
- Third hit of qcb,db,f+AC has had its hitbox increased behind it
- All hits of qcb,db,f+AC now connect even at the edge of the screen; it will drop if used all the way in the corner though.
98UM to 98UMFE
- st.B's damage has been increased from 5 to 6 points
- qcb+D's recovery has been reduced by 3 frames
- qcb+D's hitbox has been extended downwards, it can now hit short crouchers
- hcf+K is now special-cancelable into any other special than another hcf+K
- qcf+C now builds less meter
- d~u+C now has extra invincibility
- qcb,db,f+P now has 8 frames faster startup, but it no longer has invincibility after the super flash.
- cl.A: A standard cl.A. Whiffs on short crouchers. Chainable and cancelable.
- cl.B: Will hit all crouchers. Cancelable.
- cl.C: Two-hitting cl.C. Good to use in combos, as both hits are cancelable, making it easy to confirm from. Cancelable.
- cl.D: Larger activation range than cl.C, but only does 1 hit. Has a lot of active frames, so good as a meaty. Cancelable.
- st.A: Standard jab. Good for stopping hops. Whiffs on regular crouchers. Chainable and cancelable.
- st.B: Good far-reaching midrange poke.
- st.C: Whiffs on low crouchers. Comes out at a nice height for stopping hops.
- st.D: Slow startup and recovery. Long range.
- cr.A: Standard crouching jab. Chainable and cancelable.
- cr.B: EX Terry's main low confirm option. Chainable.
- cr.C: Fairly fast, nice range and combo-able. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.
- cr.D: A long-range sweep with fairly long startup. Decent for midrange poking when canceled. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.
- j.A: Nice priority for air-to-airs. Can also be used as a jump-in.
- j.B: Mostly good as an air-to-air. Whiffs on regular crouchers.
- j.C: Decent jump-in. Can crossup.
- j.D: His most-used jump-in and a great multipurpose tool. It's good as an air-to-air and as a jump-in. It can also crossup, and the hop version can instant overhead on regular-height crouchers.
- st.CD: Slow attack with a lot of startup. Has a lot of low invincibility. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.
- j.CD: Great jump-in for pressure due to its downwards angle.
- Regular throw, techable. EX Terry grabs the opponent and uppercuts them, sending them almost fullscreen away and causing a soft knockdown.
- Regular throw, techable. EX Terry slams the opponent to the ground behind him, sending them almost fullscreen away and causing a backturned hard knockdown.
- Two-hitting move for combos and blockstrings.
- The second hit can whiff if there's too much pushback before the f+A.
- Only the second hit is cancelable.
- Has two hitboxes, the first one in front of him and the second one diagonally above him. Only hits once, however.
- The second hitbox can function as an anti-air, and in fact works as EX Terry's main anti-air normal against full jumps.
- Good to use in combos that starts with lights, as f+A won't combo from them.
- A dash punch. A version goes a short distance and C version goes fullscreen.
- A version is a good pressure tool, as it's safe when properly spaced out, works as a preemptive anti-air to catch jump-outs, and has a good hitbox to catch pokes.
- C version is safe from fullscreen away and can be used as a way to get in, but use it sparingly as its slow startup makes it easy to react to and stuff.
- Can be low-profiled and then punished by some moves.
- A grounded projectile. A version travels slower than the C version.
- Good zoning and pressure tool, as it's safe on block.
- Can be hopped over.
- Has a deadzone right in front of EX Terry.
- Moves with low invincibility can go through the projectile.
- A close-ranged stationary projectile.
- On hit and block it's special- and super-cancelable, so you can use it to extend pressure or combos.
- Long startup and recovery, making it very punishable on whiff since you can't cancel it into something safe.
- Also very punishable on block and hit if you don't cancel it into anything.
- An arching kick. B version travels shorter and lower down than the D version.
- B version is a good preemptive anti-air, and can be fairly safe on block if spaced.
- B version will whiff on short crouchers.
- D version takes longer to come out, but is plus on block and does multiple hits.
- As an anti-air, D version hits higher up than B version.
- Only the last hit of the D version will hit short crouchers.
- A sliding kick with two hits.
- The first hit of the sliding kick hits low and is special-cancelable, meaning you can make some true blockstrings and frame traps when combined with his other specials.
- The second hit hits mid and is only cancelable into d~u+P.
- Good move to cancel into both in combos and on block, as it has a lot of reach and comes out fast so you can combo even from long range.
- Unsafe on block unless the first hit is canceled into qcf+A or qcb+B.
- When not canceled, it launches the opponent so you can do a j.D for a reset. If you just let the opponent fall, it causes a soft knockdown.
- EX Terry's DP. A big upwards-traveling spinning kick. A version goes a shorter distance but comes out faster.
- A version has startup invincibility and can be used as a fast anti-air.
- C version has invincibility lasting into the active frames, making it a good reversal.
- Unsafe on block or whiff.
- Causes a soft knockdown.
- A large energy wave in front of EX Terry.
- Hitbox extends a ways upwards and in front of EX Terry, so it works great as an anti-air.
- Its large range also makes it easy to combo into from all of his super-cancelable tools.
- Has full startup invincibility, but none on the active frames, so it can trade.
- Causes a soft knockdown.
- The MAX version does 3 big power geysers in a row, each appearing increasingly far out from EX Terry.
- Does more damage, but the last hit can whiff if the move was done too close to the corner.
- Causes a soft knockdown.
- In any metered combo, qcb,db,f+P can be replaced with qcb,db,f+AC for more damage if you have the resources.
cr.B, cr.A, cr.A, df+C, hcf+K, d~u+C/qcf+A/j.D
- Low confirm combo. The d~u+P ender is for max damage, the qcf+A is for safety on block, and the j.D is for a reset.
(j.X), cl.C, f+A, hcf+K, d~u+C/qcf+A/j.D
- Standard combo from a jump-in or a heavy starter. On a jump-in, you need to go into f+A on the first hit of cl.C for the combo to work.
cr.B, cr.A, cr.A, df+C, qcb,db,f+P
- Low confirm into DM.
(j.X), cl.C, f+A, qcb,db,f+P
- Simple combo into DM from a jump-in or heavy starter.
With Quick MAX
cr.B, cr.A, cr.A, df+C, hcf+K, ABC, qcb,db,f+P
- Low confirm into Quick MAX that allows a DM to connect after the second hit of hcf+K.
(j.X), cl.C, df+C, hcf+K(1), qcb+D, ABC, cr.A, df+C, qcb,db,f+P
- A Quick MAX combo that works on standing opponents only, as the qcb+D will whiff on crouchers. On a crossup starter, you can replace the last cr.A with a cl.D for more damage.