The King of Fighters '98 UMFE/Saisyu Kusanagi

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Saisyu has great offensive tools to stay close to the opponent and confirm into big metered damage or a meterless hard-knockdown. Alternatively, he can zone out the opponent with his ground-traveling fireball and a strong anti-air DP. His weakness definitely lies in his mostly short-ranged normals, which often cannot compete with the opponents' in neutral. Saisyu has to make up for this deficit with good positioning, so he can use his great jump-in normals to get in and start his pressure game.

Changes from Previous Versions

98 to 98UM


  • cl.C's activation range has been reduced, it can still be linked from a cl.A or cr.A
  • st.B now has 3 more active frames
  • f+A how has 2 frames less startup


  • qcf+P now has 3 frames less recovery
  • hcb+B now has 2 frames less startup, now connects from heavies and f+A
  • qcb+A now has 2 frames less startup, you can follow up after the second hit now


  • qcfx2+P now has less startup; both A and MAX versions have 5 frames less startup and can now connect from lights
  • qcfx2+C now has invincibility during the first active frame as well

98UM to 98UMFE


  • dp+B's second hit now has a larger hitbox, so it shouldn't whiff if the first connects
  • hcb+K now has less recovery, second hit should be easier to connect if the first connects
  • qcb+P's first hit now has a bigger hitbox and less recovery


  • qcfx2+P's A and MAX versions have faster startup

Normal Moves


  • cl.A: Can stop hops, otherwise useless. Chainable and cancelable.
  • cl.B: Use cr.A instead for more reliable range and same combo potential. Cancelable.
  • cl.C: 2f start up, 2 hits, both cancelable. Can link from cr.B. Your heavy normal for combos.
  • cl.D: Same as st.D.


  • st.A: Crappy range, can stop hops from close up but no other use for it really. Chainable.
  • st.B: Farthest range of his normals. Good as a poke. Combos after cr.B.
  • st.C: Cancelable, but slow and crappy range and whiffs on crouchers. Rarely useful.
  • st.D: Can work as anti-air against hops, but dp+P is much more reliable.


  • cr.A: Fast and good range for a cr.A. Use this in confirms and blockstrings after cr.B and as a short poke. Chainable and cancelable.
  • cr.B: Low combo starter. Links into cl.C. Chainable.
  • cr.C: Not a reliable anti-air. Can be used in punish or combo situations when too far away for cl.C. Cancelable.
  • cr.D: Cancelable sweep. Not bad at what it does.


  • j.A: Nice air-to-air.
  • j.B: Typical Kusanagi knee. Often beats weaker anti-airs and air normals, and can crossup without much hassle. VERY GOOD.
  • j.C: Decent jump-in, but nothing special about it. Use this on characters j.D might whiff on.
  • j.D: Most damaging jump button (except for j.CD). Usually used for air zoning out of a hop. Can whiff on small crouchers and low-profile moves.

CD Normals

  • st.CD: Quite fast, enough range to hit after some light-button blockstrings. Saisyu has good safe options to fish for counterhit combos with this. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.
  • j.CD: Great move. Often wins against other good moves and anti-airs thanks to good hitbox. Good for fishing counterhit combos just like regular CD.


Flaming Hammer: b/f+C (close)

Swift Shoulder Throw: b/f+D (close)

Command Moves

Thundering Hammer: f+A

  • Hits overhead when done on its own.
  • No overhead but cancelable when cancelled into. Acts as heavy normal for the purpose of comboing.
  • Combos from cl.C and true blockstring. Safe on block.

Cranium Press: f+B

  • Plus on block, but combos from nothing. You can link into a variety of moves on hit.
  • Mostly exists to extend your offense with plus frames, can be interrupted since it's not a true block string.

Special Moves

Dark Thrust: qcf+A/C

  • Ground traveling projectile. Not great but serves its purpose if used with care.

Fire Ball: dp+A/C

  • Saisyu's DP. Good reversal and reliable anti air especially C version. Both versions are very unsafe.

Divine Demolisher: hcb+B/D

  • Very slow overhead move. Not recommended. Punishable on block.

Hit Hatchet: dp+B/D

  • B version combos from cr.A, D only combos from heavy buttons.
  • Very nice go-to combo move that causes a hard knockdown and has decent damage.
  • B version is a good meterless raw punish tool, more horizontal range than DP. Unsafe on block.

Fusillade of Flame: qcb+A/C (x2)

  • Saisyu's rekka. Combos from heavy buttons. A version combos into dp+C. Best meterless damage but only soft knockdown. Unsafe on block.

Desperation Moves

Serpent Wave: qcb,hcf+A/C (can be held)

  • A/C versions are identical. Combos from heavy buttons. Deals more damage than qcfx2+A/C. Safe on block.
  • SDM deals even more damage and still more than qcfx2+AC. Plus on block.
  • Best Orochinagi archetype DM in the game

Annihilating Slicer: qcfx2+A/C

  • A version has very fast startup. Combos from cr.A and f+B. Can punish almost anything unsafe. One of the best raw super punishes in the game.
  • C version is slower than A but has lots of invul and more range. Useful as a counter in situations where invul and range matter more than speed.
  • SDM is like the A version but deals more damage. Combos from cr.A/f+B and is just as fast but no invul.


General Notes



cr.B, cr.A, dp+B
Basic low confirm, might whiff at max range cr.A.
cr.B, cl.C(1), f+A, dp+D:
Low starter frame link.


(j.X), cl.C(1), f+A, dp+D
Your go-to heavy starter.
f+B, st.B/dp+B

With Meter

cr.B, cr.A, qcfx+P
Low confirm into DM.
cl.C, f+A, qcb,hcf+P
cr.B, cl.C(1), f+A, qcb,hcf+P:
Low frame link into super.
f+B, qcfx2+P

With Quick MAX

cr.B, ABC, cl.C, f+A, qcb,hcf+P
f+B, ABC, st.C, qcb,hcf+P
cr.B, cl.C(1), f+A, qcb+A, qcb+A, ABC, qcb,hcf+P
Best combo.

Strategy & Tips


King of Fighters 98 UM FE: Saisyu Guide by Mash It Out

External Links

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition

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