The King of Fighters '98 UMFE/Yashiro Nanakase

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Yashiro is a big-buttons poking character with some excellent damage from his good confirms. Yashiro shines when he is in neutral and poking. He has multiple great poking normals, as well as a series of rekkas with different followups for combos that also have some poking and mixup use. Yashiro's close-range offense is a bit limited, but he does have access to an overhead and low confirms into DMs. On defense, Yashiro does have a DP, but it's pretty slow so it's hard to rely on. Yashiro is extra deadly when he has access to Extra mode meter, as that drives his combo damage up by a lot.

Changes from Previous Versions

98 to 98UM


  • 5C's recovery has been reduced by 5 frames
  • cl.C's activation range has been reduced
  • 5B's priority has been reduced
  • j.D's active frames have been reduced
  • j.D's priority has been reduced
  • Raw 6A's startup has been decreased by 4 frames
  • 6A can now OTG
  • j.C now has a better crossup hitbox


  • 41236P's damage has been reduced
  • 41236A's recovery has been increased
  • 623P's recovery has been increased
  • 41236C now hits overhead


  • 2141236P now has invincibility, MAX version is now fast enough to combo from lights

98UM to 98UMFE


  • cl.D now hits low
  • j.C now easier to cross up with


  • 41236A now has 2 frames less recovery
  • 41236A > 236A now has 3 frames less recovery
  • 214K now does much more stun

Normal Moves


  • cl.A: Whiffs on regular crouchers. Chainable and cancelable.
  • cl.B: Not very useful, as it has a short activation range. Chainable and cancelable.
  • cl.C: Good as a close-up anti-air to catch jumps. Good combo normal. Whiffs on tiny crouchers. Cancelable.
  • cl.D: Hits low. Another good combo button. Cancelable.


  • 5A: Good long-ranged poke for checking movement, especially hops. Chainable and cancelable.
  • 5B: Great long-ranged poke. Good for stopping hops and forwards movement.
  • 5C: Fairly slow and doesn't reach very far. Very good hitbox. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.
  • 5D: Slow move with a lot of recovery. Can work as an anti-air if done early enough.


  • 2A: Great long-ranged 2A. Good for comboing and blockstrings, as well as tick throws. Chainable and cancelable.
  • 2B: Long-ranged and fairly fast 2B. One of his main low combo and blockstring starters. Chainable.
  • 2C: Great anti-air, as it comes out fast and has a lot of priority. Also great as a grounded poke for the same reasons. Cancelable.
  • 2D: A fairly slow sweep with long range and great priority. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.


  • j.A: A great jumping normal due to its nice priority. Can work as a jump-in or as an air-to-air.
  • j.B: Good air-to-air normal. Hits quite high up.
  • j.C: Good jump-in normal. Can crossup.
  • j.D: Great air-to-air normal. Whiffs on crouchers.

CD Normals

  • 5CD: Moves forward. Good priority. Cancelable on hit, block, and whiff.
  • j.CD: Great air-to-air normal when the opponent is higher up.


Liver Blow: 4/6C (close)

  • Regular throw, techable. Yashiro punches the opponent in the stomach, sending them fullscreen away with a soft knockdown.

Hatchet Throw: 4/6D (close)

  • Regular throw, techable. Yashiro picks the opponent up and slams them behind him, sending them fullscreen away with a backturned hard knockdown.

Command Moves

Regret Bash: 6A

  • Done raw, this is an overhead that causes a hard knockdown and can OTG (and can even combo into itself as a result).
  • When canceled into, it becomes cancelable combo filler.
  • When late-canceled into, it maintains its overhead property, allowing you to surprise opponents on defense.

Step Side Kick: 6B

  • This move is the same whether canceled into or done raw.
  • Good to use in combos, as it's cancelable.
  • Hits mid, but does more damage in a combo than 6A.

Special Moves

Mighty Missile Bash: 63214A/C

  • Yashiro delivers a series of punches. On hit, the last hit launches the opponent into the air.
  • The A version only does 2 hits and the C version does 4 hits.
  • The recovery is too long to connect anything after the launch without Quick MAX.
  • Both versions are very unsafe on block; therefore, this move is only really useful as a combo ender.
  • Only combos from heavies.

Dual Upper: 623A/C

  • Yashiro does a big uppercut.
  • Slow startup, but has full invincibility lasting into the active frames, making it a real reversal.
  • Also has a guard point on the first hit.
  • The A version can combo from lights, while the C version has an extra hit and does more damage.
  • The slow startup makes it hard to use as a reversal, as it's quite easily baited and punished.
  • Very unsafe on block.

Sledgehammer: 214B/D

  • Yashiro jumps up and delivers a hammerfist to the ground.
  • Hits overhead.
  • Causes a hard knockdown.
  • Very unsafe on block.

Jet Counter: 41236A/C

  • Yashiro does a quick forwards-dashing punch.
  • The A version is a small uppercut that hits mid.
  • The C version is a slower punch that hits overhead.
  • The A version will combo from heavies, but the C version won't combo from anything.
  • The A version is safer on block than the C version.
Steel Jet Counter: 236A/C (during 41236P)
  • Followup to 41236P.
  • A version has Yashiro do a straight punch that leaves the opponent standing on hit. Whiffs on short crouchers.
  • The C version has Yashiro doing an uppercut that launches the opponent. This hits on all crouchers.
  • Both of these let Yashiro combo after them if canceled with Quick MAX. Without it, he doesn't get followups from them.
  • The C version's Quick MAX combo will only connect from the 236C starter and not the 236A starter. The A version's Quick MAX combo connects from both.

Desperation Moves

Million Bash Stream: 2141236A/C (press A/C repeatedly)

  • Yashiro delivers a series of punches. Can be mashed for more hits and damage.
  • Has invincibility, so can be used as a reversal.
  • Combos from heavies but not from lights.
  • Mainly good to use for the invincibility, as it is outshined by his other DM for combos.
  • MAX version does more hits and damage, and can also be mashed for more.

Final Impact: 236236A/C (can be held)

  • Yashiro delivers a powerful punch.
  • Can combo from lights and heavies, making it Yashiro's go-to for metered combos.
  • Very fast startup, which makes it great for punishing.
  • Can be held to charge it up. The more you charge it, the longer its range becomes, and at full charge it becomes unblockable and does 40% damage.
  • MAX version works the same as the regular version, but does more damage.


General Notes:

  • Linking cr.B into cr.A is a difficult 2f link, so in combos where you need the speed of a light button but don't necessarily need to hit low you can use another cr.A in place of cr.B.
  • In any metered combo, you can replace qcfx2+P with qcfx2+AC or qcb,hcf+P with qcb,hcf+AC for more damage if you have the resources.



cr.B/cr.A, cr.Ax2, st.B
cr.B/cr.A, cr.A, dp+A


(j.X), cl.D, f+A, hcf+A > qcf+C
(j.X), cl.D, f+A, hcb+C
Does the same damage as the first combo and grants slightly better oki, but you have one less hit to hit-confirm.

With Meter


cr.B/cr.A, cr.A, cr.A/st.A, qcfx2+P


(j.X), cl.D, f+A, qcb,hcf+C > mash P
qcb,hcf+C normally does 5 hits, but you can mash to get up to 13 hits.

With Quick MAX

(j.X), cl.D, f+A, hcf+A > qcf+A, ABC, qcfx2+P

Strategy & Tips


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

External Links

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition

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