The King of Fighters 2002 UM/Iori Yagami
Super Desperation Move
- cl. A/B/C are cancel-able.
- cl. A can be canceled into his f+A, A command move, and chained into his cl.B
- cl. B is a low attack which has a close activation range.
- cl. C is one of the fastest close normals with a start-up around 2 frames. It's good for a quick close punish, and for stopping opponents jumping above your head.
- cl. D doesn't cancel into anything but it's good for a quick anti-air to stop opponents from jumping out of the corner.
- Stand A/B/D are not cancel-able at all.
- Stand A is 4 frames on block which is a good for poking at a close range to bait and block Guard Cancel Attacks. The distance on the stand A is rather short, though.
- Stand B is a good close range poke that is aimed at the opponents lower midsection. It is fast, had great recovery, and can be used to frame trap opponents with his qcb+A rekka.
- Stand C has a good attacking distance but poor recovery. It's good for moderately far punishes in close range. Be sure not to freely throw this out on whiff because its recovery is poor.
- Stand D is good for preemptively stopping hop attacks but it's whiff recovery is bad.
- cr. A/B/C are cancel-able on block and on hit.
- cr. A is chain-able into cl.B and cr.B. It has good range and is also neutral on block.
- cr. B will be used a lot for his high low/pressure, rush down and for starting combos. When running at your opponent, use this to stop your dash and to throw out a quick low attack, next to hyper hopping j.C.
- cr. C can be used to anti-air opponents but it might trade sometimes if timed incorrectly.
- cr. D isn't cancel-able on hit or on block, so whiffing it or having it blocked can leave you wide open. Use with caution.
- j. A has a rather sharp downward angle which can be good to use next to his j.C because it start quicker.
- j. B is had a very good horizontal range which is good for air-to-air attacks, and stopping incoming hop pressure if used jumping neutral, or jumping away. Be careful because it whiffs on crouching opponents.
- j. C is a very deep jump-in which will always hit crouching opponents, no matter if they are using a normal attack that can be used as anti-air against certain jumping attacks. It is also fairly hard to anti-air against as well on wake up. Use it to fully utilize his annoying high/low mixup game on a fallen opponent, or to pressure at close range next to his cr.B. It's a little weak as an air-to-air normal, so use j.B for that purpose.
- j. D can be used as an air-to-air attack during certain ranges, and as a good jump-in, but it may miss on crouching opponents if performed too early.
- Iori's shoulder thrust is cancel-able on block and hit, which has a fair good activation range. You can try to use it as a preemptive anti-hop attack, but it isn't guaranteed.
- j.CD comes out rather quick, and has a good downward angle which is good for jump-in and hyper hops. It whiffs on crouching opponents though.
Reverse Skinner - (f/b + C) close
- Iori grabs the opponent's mid-screen (looks like the liver) then slashes away causing them to fly backward almost at a half-screen distance away. Even though this throw doesn't cause a hard knockdown, the advantage is the amount of space it gives the player to being either zoning and creating more space between them, or analyze what movements the opponent may make after they tech the knockdown. If the opponent does not tech the throw, Iori has enough time to run up and meaty attack them with a j.C or a crouching B or to bait a reversal on their wake up.
- Can be broken
- Regular knockdown
Double-reverse Skinner - (f/b + D) close
- Iori slides behind the opponent then grabs their kidneys and slashes them away causing them to fly behind them almost a half-screen away. Almost the same conditions as the normal Reverse Skinner but the distance the opponent lands if the knockdown is not teched is a small amount farther.
- Can be broken
- Reverse knockdown
- Regular knockdown
Dream Blast - (f + A, A)
- Iori performs a scratching slash down, then a backhanded punch to the opponents face. The first hit isn't cancel-able in this game; but only into Maiden Masher DM (qcf~hcb+P). But, it is cancel-able on hit only if Iori is in max mode. Visually, the first hit looks exactly like his standing C (heavy punch), and it features the same amount of vulnerability if it's whiffed out in the open. It's loss of the ability to cancel on hit and on block greatly diminishes the space after his blockstrings a bit (example: cl.C, f+A, qcf+P) but maybe that takes away the possibility of the opponent Guard Rolling (GCAB) it to punish Iori.
- The second hit (the backhand punch) which can be released on the first hit's whiff, which may catch some opponents off-guard because of it the extra distance it grants Iori, and that its hitbox is at shoulder height. It may be used pre-emptively to stop incoming hops and quick dashes but try not to rely on it too much for that purpose because it has no invincibility and it doesn't release that quickly. It is cancel-able on hit/block, but you have to understand the proper distance that it will connect with, because it may outright whiff if you aren't close enough.
- First hit free cancel-able into the second hit
- First hit not cancel-able on hit outside of max mode
- Second hit cancel-able on hit
Combo Advice: You can cancel the first hit into Maiden Masher (qcf~hcb+P) but the timing is a bit strict. In max mode, you cancel it into his qcb+P rekkas, and many of his other special moves easily. For properly connecting his second hit, place a close B or a close/crouching A then inputting f+A,A. If you place any other normals or strings before it, the second hit may whiff.
Thunder Axe Shadow Reaper - (f + B)
- This is Iori's standing overhead. It's rather slow, but it can still catch someone off-guard once in a while that's committing to blocking low. It isn't cancel-able into anything on block by itself, and it is rather unsafe too if your opponent decides to strike back with something fast and of proper length to reach you before the recovery ends. On block, you can cancel this overhead into any of his special moves if canceled from any of his other cancel-able normals (example close C, f+B, qcf+A). Use this overhead attack sparingly as you can but if you forget to do so, it's okay.
- Overhead attack
- Only cancel-able on block if canceled from a cancel-able normal
Lily Breaker - in air, (b + B)
- This is one of the most useful moves Iori has always had in his arsenal. Its main use is to cross-up opponents while they're standing or crouching (with some exceptions to some characters), while either on their wake-up or even in close quarters. This can create some rather nasty and annoying mix-ups if performed correctly and if done unpredictability. It is very easy to start combos with this attack because it features a small amount of extra hit stun, and it is quite safe on block as well. Another use is to increase the distance and speed of his back-dash if performed as 'back, back + B'. This can create a lot of space between Iori and the opponent, which you can use to help apply your long range zoning with his qcf+P, or to escape, runaway or even bait reversals out of your opponent. Even offensively during pressure in the corner, you can use the animation to fake out your opponent and make them block, thinking you were going to hit them with a hop j.C or j.D. If you neglect to use this move in battle, you are minimizing Iori's mix-up potential and great way to create space between you and the opponent.
- Cross-up attack only
- Cancel-able on hit and on block
Combo Advice:It's rather easy to combo from this kick, either from his stand C, his close B, close A, or his crouching B. It's best to use this normals after because they are easy to combo into and have damaging outcomes, and just incase your cross-up is blocked. You can fall back with his relatively safe stand C, or a low attack with close B/crouching B which may catch them by surprise.
Fireball - (dp + A/C)
- This is Iori's purple dragon punch reversal move. The light punch version travels at a much lower height than the heavy punch version but doesn't have any start-up invincibility. The heavy punch version performs 3 hits upon direct impact, but is highly punishable on block and on whiff, while the light punch version does only a single hit, and has less recovery. But it is still very punishable if blocked or whiffed at a close distance. The best situations to use the light punch version is either anti-air jumps or super jumps (hyper hops are not recommended), or to be used as a very quick, and safe punish option while an opponent is in recovery. The heavy punch version should be used very sparingly because of its very bad recovery on block and whiff, but it can be used as a very risky wake-up reversal option, to anti-air super jumps, to evade and plow thru certain attacks because of its start-up invincibility, and to chip the opponent out if they are close to no health. A very useful move only when used correctly in the right situation and right time.
Combo Advice: The light and heavy punch versions can connect and combo well after Iori's close light heavy normals, but keep in mind that the opponent can tech the knockdown. During max mode, the heavy punch dp will be used in cancel in and out of his hcb+K move during a few of his combo strings.
- Regular knockdown
- Super cancellable
Dark Thrust - (qcf + A/C)
- Iori's ground projectile at both punch version travels at a good speed and its hitbox is quite high. Opponents must hop or hyper hop over them to avoid being anti-air with his dp+P. The light punch version travels at a lower pace than the heavy punch version but they deal the amount of health to the opponent. When Iori releases the projectile he is vulnerable to any jump-in attacks that may come his way while he is in recovery, so be careful. Dark Thrust is one of his best long range zoning moves if used correctly and with the right amount of spacing. On block, it can push the opponents back towards the corner at a good distance if done midscreen, while the corner, it can push Iori back a bit away from the opponent to create some space to avoid possible retaliation. Use this move carefully to zone, create space, and to make your opponent want to hop or jump towards you.
Combo Advice: This projectile (the heavy punch version) can only combo after Iori's close/crouching C, f+A,A , crouching A, and close B.
- Ground fireball
Deadly Flower - (qcb + A/C)
- This is one of Iori's most useful special move. Iori slides forward quickly slashing away with his cufflinks (or forearms or whatever) then hammers the opponent the ground violently. When done in succession it provides 3 hits and a hard knockdown. The light punch versions of the rekkas are a bit more safe on block than the heavy punch versions because the amount of space created between Iori and the opponent, while Iori is pretty in their face during the heavy punch rekkas. Some characters moves can still punish him on block if they have a move that is fast enough and has enough distance to reach him, no matter what punch version of the rekkas you use. There is also an open vulnerable gap between the 2nd and 3rd rekka (which knocks them down) so try not to end your blockstrings on the last rekka hit. On hit contact, the damage between the light and heavy punch is the same, while the hard knockdown of the light punch rekkas sends the opponent much farther away than the heavy punch version, which can provide many different okizeme wake-up options for you.
Combo Advice: Many of Iori's cancel-able normals can combo into his rekkas but be sure to know and understand that the light normals can only connect into his light punch rekkas, while his close and crouching C can connect into his heavy punch rekkas. Look in the combo section for more details.
- Hard knockdown
- Can be used up to 3 times in a row
Dark Crescent Slice - (hcb + B/D)
- Iori runs up to the opponent, slams their head on the ground, then blasts them with purple fire. The light kick version travels half screen while the heavy kick version travels at full screen. Both of the kick versions deal the same amount of damage, but the heavy kick version deals a bit more guard damage. The true property to the this move is that it is a block-able command grab that is not very safe on block. Plus the opponent can simply attack Iori while he is running towards him. The best situations to use this move is either to guard crash the opponent if their meter is dangerously low, after a hit confirmed close C, and to cancel in and out of during max mode. Overall, this move is not very useful and has extremely limited options.
Combo Advice: You can combo into his grab from Iori's close and crouching C. It gives the opponent a hard knockdown which you can use to improvise a few wake-up options. This grab will also be used during a few of his max mode combo strings.
- Hard knockdown
- Running Command grab
- Can be blocked
Scum Gale - close, (hcb, f + A/C)
- Iori grabs the opponent by their collar (or neck) then swings them around leaving them momentarily dazed and vulnerable for a few frames. This is another very useful special move that strengthens his close range offensive options. Even though this command grab isn't a 1-frame grab, and has no invincibility, it can still throw off a guarding opponent who respects the Iori player's offense too much, which can lead to good damage. The amount of time the opponent is dazed isn't very long at all, so be sure to skip to your lou and attack the opponent ASAP before they recover.
Combo Advice: While it isn't possible to combo directly into his command grab, what you do after it connects is really important. Iori can react the dazed opponent with a stand C which can go into his qcb+C rekkas, or his qcf~hcb+P super. Also, if you are quick enough, you run up with a close C to combo into his qcb+K, or f+A into qcf~hcb+P. The timing is tricky but it's worth learning.
- Deals no damage
- Slow command grab
Maiden Masher - (qcf~hcb + A/C)
- Iori rushes towards the opponent then performs a flurry of claws and scratches ending off in a blast of purple flames. A typical ranbu super that hasn't changed much compared to other KOF titles. It has moderate start-up (which isn't invincible) which can punish a fair amount of special moves that have poor recovery. Against mid-air projectiles (like Athena's Psycho Ball) he can't duck underneath them during his rush anymore, but he can use this super as a reaction anti-air against regular jumps and hyper hops. On block, the recovery is horrible, so try your best to make sure this DM connects or else you will be punished hard. There is a hard knockdown after the purple flame blast at the end, but the opponent is thrown at almost a half-screen away, so be sure to act quickly if you want to continue the pressure on their wake up.
Combo Advice: You can cancel this DM from many of his normals (except his close D) but the timings is a bit stricter in this game. You can also super cancel it from his dp+C.
- Wolf Bloom - During Maiden masher, (qcf x 4 + AC)
- If you have an extra bar to spare, and you're in the mood in inflict 10% more damage to your opponent, feel free to follow up the Maiden Masher with this extension. It also give the opponent an un-techable, hard knockdown which gives you enough time to run in and apply okizeme pressure. Keep in mind that the animation for the DM is quite long, so it may help or harm you when the clock is approaching it's final seconds. Be sure to crank out the 4 qcf's during the last hits of the Maiden Masher then hit A+C when Iori blasts them away. Practice the timing in practice mode a few times to ensure that you don't input the motions too early or too late.
- Hard knockdown
Flame Comber - (qcf x 2 + B/D)
- Iori leaps and spins towards the opponent to slam-dunk them into the ground, then spinning them around helicopter style to throw them across the screen. This DM, which is new to Iori's arsenal in 2002UM, can be somewhat gimmicky to someone that isn't familiar with it's hit properties. It's basically a full-screen overhead attack that is horribly unsafe on block. It looks like it can be a throw or a mid/high attack, but it isn't. You can even hit him out of it to score a counter hit or roll when you see him leap. Even though it does more damage than the Maiden Masher, it's very risky to use, and you can't even combo it from anything. So, if you feel that your opponent doesn't understand that this DM is simply a slow overhead, or that they have never seen it before, it's very likely they will get hit by it.
Combo Advice: The only full combo opportunities with this DM can only be found in Max Mode. You can cancel it from his qcb+P rekkas or his hcb+K command throw.
- Overhead attack
- Hard knockdown
Super Desperation Move
Maiden Masher - (qcf~hcb + AC)
- This SDM version of the Maiden Masher has a bit less start-up but outputs at least 20% more damage. It is a bit harder to combo into than the normal DM version but it's much easier in Max Mode. Even the opponent can't tech after the knockdown, Iori rises at the same time the opponent does making it impossible to apply oki pressure. It's probably best to use this super (if you have enough stocks) to punish the opponent extremely hard from whiff a special move or DM that has really bad recovery at the end of a match, or doing a Max Mode combo string.
Flame Disentangle - qcb hcf + AC
- cr. B, st.B, f+A = 10% dmg
- cr.B, cr.A, qcb+Ax3 = 19% dmg
- cl.C, qcb+A/Cx3 = 20% dmg
- cl. B, f+A,A, qcb+Cx3 = 30% dmg
- cl.C, hcb+D = 25% dmg
- cr. B, cr. A, qcf~hcb+P = 30% dmg
- cr. B, st.B, f+A, qcf~hcb+P = 32% dmg
Max Mode Combos
- cl.C/f+B/cr.B, (BC) [run] cl.C, hcb+K (1), (DC) dp+C (2), (DC) qcb+Cx2, (DC) hcb+K (1), (DC) qcb+Cx2 (2), (SC) qcfx2+D
- cl.C/f+B/cr.B, (BC) [run] cl.C, dp+C (2), (DC) hcb+K (1), (DC) dp+C (2), (DC) qcb+Cx2, (DC) dp+C (2), (SC) qcfx2+D
- cl.C/f+B/cr.B, (BC) [run] cl.C, hcb+K (1), (DC) dp+C (2), (DC) hcb+K (1), (DC) dp+C (2), (DC) qcb+Cx2, (SC) qcf~hcb+AC
- cl.C/f+B/cr.B, (BC) [run] cl.C, dp+C (2), (DC) hcb+K (1), (DC) dp+C (2), (DC) qcb+Cx2, (DC) dp+C (2), (SC) qcf~hcb+AC
- Far C/ Far D/ cl.B, f+A~A, (BC) qcb+C×2, (DC) hcb+K (1), (DC) dp+C (2), (DC) qcb+C×2, (SC) qcfx2+D or qcf~hcb+AC
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