The King of Fighters 2002 UM/EX Kensou

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Movelist

Throws

Inch Blast - close, Bk.gif / Fd.gif + C.gif

Psychic Slam - close, Bk.gif / Fd.gif + D.gif

Command Moves

Tiger Takedown Punch - Fd.gif + A.gif

Reverse Mass Kick - Fd.gif + B.gif

Special Moves

Arrow Dash Blast - Qcb.gif + A.gif / C.gif

Dragon Drubbing - Dp.gif + A.gif / C.gif (Mash C.gif for more hits)

Dragon Scale Tackle - Rdp.gif + A.gif / C.gif

Earth Dragon Fang Nibble - Hcf.gif + A.gif

Heaven Dragon Fang Nibble - Hcf.gif + C.gif

Arrow Kick - Qcf.gif + B.gif / D.gif

Dragon Uppercut - Rdp.gif + B.gif / D.gif

Dragon Talon Tear - in air, Qcb.gif + A.gif / C.gif

Desperation Moves

Dragon God Kick - Qcf.gifDf.gifQcb.gif + B.gif

Dragon God Drubbing - Qcf.gifDf.gifQcb.gif + D.gif

Super Dragon Fist - Qcf.gifQcf.gif + A.gif / C.gif

Super Desperation Move

Dragon God Drubbing - Qcf.gifDf.gifQcb.gif + B.gifD.gif

Hidden Super Desperation Move

Arrow Dash Dragon Crunch - Qcf.gifBk.gifFd.gif + A.gifC.gif

Quick Starter Combo Reference

Notation

0 Bar

Low

Anywhere

cr.B, cr.A, qcb+A = 19%

(jump-in), cr.A, qcb+A = 17%

1 Bar

Low

Anywhere

cr.B, cr.A, st.A, qcfx2+P = 34%
• Note: You can do this as cr.A, qcf, cr.A/st.A, qcf+P

(jump-in), cr.Ax1~2, st.A, qcfx2+P = 32-35%

2 Bar

Anywhere

(jump-in), cr.A, rdp+D(2), (SC) qcfx2+P = 42%

3 Bar

Low, HSDM

Anywhere, HDSM

cr.B, cr.A, cr.A/st.A, qcf,b,f+AC = 52%
• Note: You can do this as cr.A, qcf, cr.A/st.A, b,f+AC

(jump-in), cr.Ax1~2, st.A, qcf,b,f+AC = 53%

Gameplay Overview

EX Kensou is based on his version from KoF '99-2001. In those games, Kensou lost his projectile, so he won't use it for zoning and poking like his non-EX version. However, he gained a few good close ranged moves to make up for it. These moves allow for bigger combos and are often quite safe on block, however EX Kensou is still held back by his slow hop, average mixups and slow buttons. That said, with bar, he gets access to pretty good and easy Max Mode combos.

Normals

Close

  • cl.A/B/C/D are all cancellable
  • cl.A/B chain into themselves
  • cl.A chains into cl.B

Standing

  • s.A/C are cancellable
  • s.B is EX Kensou's furthest poke
  • s.C is a two hit move that is cancellable on the 2nd hit. Has very decent range and usually connects both hits.

Crouching

  • cr.A/B chain into themselves
  • cr.A chains into cr.B
  • cr.A/C are cancellable

Jumping

  • j.B remains EX Kensou's best crossup tool
  • j.C is also a good crossup on crouching opponents and can be quite ambiguous.
  • j.D has a better hitbox than normal Kensou and is yet another crossup tool

Blowback

  • standing and jumping CD both cause soft knockdown
  • s.CD is whiff cancellable
  • j.CD has a nice downward angle and can be effective as preemptive air-to-air or jump in attack.

Throws

Inch Blast - (b/f + C)

  • causes hard knockdown

Psychic Slam - (b/f + D)

  • causes soft knockdown

Command Moves

Tiger Takedown Punch - (f + A)

  • EX Kensou slams his fists downward on the opponent. Hits overhead.
  • can combo into it and it becomes special cancellable, but loses the overhead property
  • could be used in a frame trap like: cl.C, f+A, pause hcb+p

Reverse Mass Kick - (f + B)

  • EX Kensou performs a hop-like flying kick. Hits mid.
  • can combo into it and it special cancellable on hit even when not comboed into
  • can use it as an advancing move with anti-hop properties.
  • lacks low body armor enough to be super effective at beating out lows.

Special Moves

Arrow Dash Blast - (qcb + A/C)

  • EX Kensou dashes forward with a fist, hitting twice and causing soft knockdown.
  • hits mid
  • can be combo into
  • A version goes half the screen to hit. C version goes full screen so could be used as a punisher from many distances
  • both versions are negative on block, but C version is extremely negative
  • Super cancellable

Dragon Drubbing - (dp + A/C) (C rapidly)

  • EX Kensou flings fist after fist at the opponent ending in an upward double strike causing soft knockdown
  • hits mid
  • can be combo into
  • C version can be rapidly pressed to achieve two extra hits
  • both versions are pretty negative on block
  • Super cancellable

Dragon Scale Tackle - (rdp + A/C)

  • EX Kensou throws out a damaging back hand to the opponent
  • both versions cause soft knockdown
  • A version is stationary and 1 hit whereas C version EX Kensou dashes forward a bit and is two hits.
  • cannot be comboed into
  • both versions have upper body armor able to absorb a hit and continue the attack
  • use can use the frame of armor to absorb a mid fireball like Athena's
  • no armor to lows so can be hit out of it if opponent guesses right

Earth Dragon Fang Nibble - (hcf + A)

  • EX Kensou launches himself at the opponent in a flurry of punches & kicks
  • it is a grounded horizontal attack that hits mid
  • causes soft knockdown
  • can be comboed into
  • pretty negative on block

Heaven Dragon Fang Nibble - (hcf + C)

  • an upward diagonal kick hitting multiple times
  • hits high so will whiff on crouching opponents
  • can be comboed into
  • situational anti-air

Arrow Kick - (qcf + B/D)

  • EX Kensou plants his palm and smashes the opponent upward with a vertical kick
  • hits twice and causes a soft knockdown
  • on hit creates a juggle state where EX Kensou can follow up with lots of options or a reset
  • unlike normal Kensou, can combo into this move. In the corner you can get more combo options into it
  • the first part of the active frames of both versions will negate fireballs and continue to the upward kick
  • not a very effective reversal or anti-air

Dragon Uppercut - (rpd + B/D)

  • Kensou spins upward in a cyclone of kicks
  • unlike normal Kensou you can't combo into them
  • B version is faster and covers less vertical space
  • C version moves Kensou forward a bit more and covers more vertical space
  • both versions are unsafe on block
  • B version is EX Kensou's go to reversal
  • Super cancellable

Dragon Talon Tear - (qcb + A/C) in air

  • Kensou strike diagonally downward with his fists.
  • hits mid
  • unlike normal Kensou can't be comboed into
  • A version is faster
  • C version has a longer pause before descending and hits for 1 more hit than A version
  • both versions be tiger kneed (qcb,ub+p)
  • both versions are negative on block another difference from normal Kensou

Desperation Moves

Dragon God Kick - (qcf, hcb + B)

  • super version of his (hcf+A) move ending with an upward kick
  • Hits mid
  • soft knockdown
  • can combo into it
  • first hit of the super hits from 1/3 the screen away for punishing purposes
  • great way to end a combo if you have stock

Dragon God Drubbing - (qcf, hcb + D)

  • super version of his (hcf+C) move
  • Hits pretty high, completely whiffs on low crouchers unless you combo cl.D into it point blank, in which case it'll only whiff on crouching(Yuri, Kensou, Kula).
  • can combo into it
  • connects from about 1/3 screen for punishing purposes

Super Dragon Fist - (qcf x 2 + A/C)

  • EX Kensou clobbers his opponents with a super version of his (dp+A/C) moves
  • unlike the special there is no difference between the two moves.
  • hits mid
  • causes hard knockdown
  • can combo into it

Super Desperation Move

Dragon God Drubbing - (qcf, hcb + BD)

  • EX version of his qcf,hcb+D
  • Hits pretty high, completely whiffs on low crouchers unless you combo cl.D into it point blank, in which case iit'll only whiff on crouching(Yuri, Kensou, Kula).
  • causes soft knockdown
  • for punishing purposes it has the same range as his (qcf,hcb+D) super
  • can combo into it
  • great way to add damage to finish a match

Hidden Super Desperation Move

Arrow Dash Dragon Crunch - (qcf, b, f + AC)

  • EX Kensou dashes fist first into the opponent and upon hitting unleashes a wave of energy through them
  • causes hard knockdown
  • will connect from full screen as a punish
  • combos from most of his cancelable normals

Combos

You can often replace cr.A by other buttons but note that cr.A is your fastest and safest button.

0 stock

Anywhere

 ★ cr.B/j.X, cr.Ax1~2, st.B

A safe 4 hits string useful for some chip.

 ★ cr.B, cr.A, qcb+A/dp+C(6)

The main low bnb you can default to. qcb+A does more damage but dp+C is slightly safer though you'll mainly use it in the corner as noted below.

 ★ j.X, cr.A, qcb+A/rdp+D/dp+C(6)

Main bnb off a jump-in. rdp+D does more than qcb+A and dp+C but is much worse on block and lacks horizontal range so you want a deep jump-in for it.
  • j.X, cl.D, hcf+A
Decent jump-in conversion. cl.D is a bit slow so make sure your jump-in is deep enough, hcf+A is bad on block. Default to the previous one.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, run, rdp+D/hcf+C
Best midscreen meterless damage without jump-in.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, qcb+C
Easier but less damaging version of the previous.

Corner

  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, TK j.qcb+A, rdp+D/hcf+C
More damaging corner version of the previous route. The TK isn't tight.

 ★ j.X, cr.B/A, cr.A/st.A, dp+C(6), rdp+D/hcf+C

Most damaging meterless combo.


1 stock

Anywhere

 ★ cr.B, cr.A, cr.A/st.A, qcfx2+P

Good low 3 hit confirm into super. Input it as cr.B, cr.A, qcf, cr.A/st.A then qcf+P triggers super.

 ★ j.X, cr.Ax1~2, st.A, qcfx2+P

Jump-in version of the previous.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, qcf,hcb+D
Not much damage but nice and easy.


2 stocks

Anywhere

 ★ cr.B/A, cr.A/st.A, qcb+A(1), (SC) qcfx2+P

Main grounded SC conversion. You can use dp+C(6), (SC) qcf,hcb+D instead for an easier but less damaging conversion.

 ★ j.X, cr.A, qcb+A(1)/rdp+D(2), (SC) qcfx2+P

Main jump-in SC conversion. You can use dp+C(6), (SC) qcf,hcb+D instead for an easier but less damaging conversion.
  • rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D
SC conversion from rdp+D anti-air. Super can miss even if rdp+D properly did two hits.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, run, rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D
Best midscreen 2 bars non-max damage without jump-in.
  • j.X, cl.D, BC run, cl.D/st.A/cr.A, (dp+C(3), (C) rdp+D(2))x2, (C) dp+C(3~4), (SC) qcfx2+P
A fairly simple but damaging route. If you use cl.D after BC run against middle and low crouchers, you have to cancel the first rdp+D on the first hit or the combo drops. If you add a jump-in, you should stick to st.A/cr.A after max.
  • j.X, cl.D, BC run, cl.D/st.A/cr.A, dp+C(3~5), (C) rdp+D(2), dp+C(3~4), (C) rdp+D(2), (C) qcb+C(1), (SC) qcfx2+P
Optimized version of the previous and highest 2 bar damage with qcfx2+P as ender. Same issue with middle and low crouchers but if you do at least 4 hits with the first dp+C it works without a need to cancel rdp+D early.

 ★ j.X, cl.D, BC run, st.A/cr.A, rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(3~5), rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(3), (C) rdp+D(2), (SC) qcfx2+P

Less damage but the easiest and most consistent route. A nice and easy one to default to.

Corner

  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, TK j.qcb+A, rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D
More damaging corner version of the previous non-max combo.

 ★ j.X, cr.A, cr.A/st.A, dp+C(6), rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D

Most damaging 2 stocks non-max combo.

 ★ j.X, cl.D, BC run, st.A/cr.A, rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(3~5), (C) rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(6), (link) rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D

Easy max route you can default to in corner.


3 stocks

Anywhere

 ★ j.X, cr.Ax1~2, cr.A/st.A, qcf,b,f+AC

Simple jump-in confirm into HDSM
  • [(cl.D, f+A) or (cr.B/A, cr.A, cr.A/st.A)], qcf,b,f+AC
Grounded version.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, qcf,b,f+AC
  • In 2 stocks max combo listed under Anywhere, replace the DM ender by qcf,hcb+BD
  • j.X, cl.D, BC run, cl.D/st.A/cr.A, (dp+C(3), (C) rdp+D(2))x2, (C) qcf+B, qcf,b,f+AC
In dead corner you have to delay HDSM so that it comes out right as the falling opponent is at your height. To have enough max left for that, you need to cancel the last rdp+D on the first hit and not the second.

Corner

  • cl.D, f+A, qcf,hcb+BD
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, TK j.qcb+A, qcf,b,f+AC
In the corner, you need to time the HDSM so that it starts right as the falling opponent is at your height.
  • In 2 stocks max combo listed under Corner, replace the DM ender by qcf,hcb+BD


4 stocks

Anywhere

  • cr.B, cr.A/st.A, dp+C(6), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
Must Super Cancel as soon as possible after the hit or super doesn't fully connect midscreen.
  • j.X, cr.A, qcb+A(1)/rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
Main jump-in SC conversion.
  • rdp+D(1), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
SC conversion from rdp+D anti-air. On top of being stupidly hard, this one whiffs rather easily, to avoid.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, run, rdp+D(1), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
Again, too hard despite the odds of the super not fully connecting, to avoid.
  • In 2 stocks max combo listed under Anywhere, replace the last two moves by (C) qcf+B, run, rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D

Corner

  • j.X, cr.A, cr.A/st.A, dp+C(6), rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
Most damaging 4 stocks combo.
  • cl.D, (delay) qcf+B, TK j.qcb+A, (delay) rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
If the first hit of the super doesn't connect, it'll whiff altogether so you need to delay rdp+D so that the opponent is low enough for the 1st hit to connect.
  • In 2 stocks max combo listed under Anywhere, replace the last two moves by (C) qcf+B, TK j.qcb+A, rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+D


5 stocks

Corner

  • j.X, cl.D, BC run, st.A/cr.A, rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(3~5), rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(3), (C) rdp+D(2), (C) dp+C(6), rdp+D(2), (SC) qcf,hcb+BD
  • j.X, cl.D, BC run, cl.D/st.A/cr.A, (dp+C(3), (C) rdp+D(2))x2, (C) dp+C(3~4), (C) qcf+B, TK j.qcb+A, qcf,b,f+AC
Most damaging combo.

Videos

Ex Kensou combos by Franck Frost
阿澤.Aze (Kensou Best Rounds)
Ex Kensou Master Class

External Links

Check EX Kensou's frame data

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