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The King of Fighters 2002 UM/Yashiro Nanakase

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Liver Blow - close, / +

Hatchet Throw - close, / +

Command Moves

Regret Bash - +

Step Side Kick - +

Special Moves

Dual Upper - + /

Jet Counter - + /

Steel Jet Counter - + /

Sledgehammer - + /

Mighty Missile Bash - + /

Desperation Moves

Final Impact: + /

Super Desperation Moves

Final Impact - +

Million Bash Stream - + (Mash for more hits)

Hidden Super Desperation Move

"ERROR... "code**2002** - +

Quick Starter Combo Reference


0 Bar


Corner Only

cr.Ax1~2, cr.A/st.A, hcb+A = 17%
(jump-in), cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, st.B/j.D = 28-32%

(jump-in), cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, dp+A = 36%

1 Bar


cr.Ax2, cr.A/st.A, qcfx2+A = 32%
(jump-in), cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, qcfx2+A = 47%

3 Bar


(jump-in), cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, qcfx2+AC = 59%

Gameplay Overview

Yashiro Nanakase is a close range character with good damage but limited mixups.
Pros Cons
  • Damaging combos: Yashiro is one of the characters who can truly boast simple AND damaging combos. He easily gets good damage for any amount of bar, all he needs a clean hit to score it.
  • Long limbs: Since his first appearance, Yashiro has been known for his long pokes. This game is no exception. His light pokes reach far and work great to check the opponent. The range on his j.D, cr.D and cr.C is likewise very good.
  • Blockstrings / frametraps: One of the key features of Yashiro is his ability to create long blockstrings with ambiguous enders. It's not so easy to predict when there's a real gap in them, which can catch a lot of opponents off guard if they're impatient. Paired with cr.A pressure, long blockstrings often make the base of Yashiro's play.
  • Lack of mixups: Yashiro's cr.B is extremely hard to chain, which almost destroys his high/low game, and even from his cr.A he doesn't get much aside for his DM. Not only that, he has virtually no crossup to speak of (unlike e.g. Kyo who has similarly limited options from cr.B). With no other ways to open up the opponent (like command grabs or setups), Yashiro may often struggle to actually land a clean hit that he needs so much.
  • Needs to be close: While Yashiro has some long pokes, he needs to be close to actually be threatening. At the same time, he may suffer versus strong zoners, as he is not that mobile.
  • Limited anti-airs / reversals: For a close-range / rushdown character, Yashiro has a pretty inconsistent DP that leaves a lot to be desired.

Yashiro is a close / mid range character who mostly excels at pokes, blockstrings and big combos. On paper, his combo damage is very high, both with and without bar. However, his very limited confirms and mixups make it hard for him to actually land the said combos. Not only that, he can be very reliant on getting into close range. For this reason, the most common way to play Yashiro at high level is often just using his long blockstrings / frametraps and "punching the opponent until they open up".



  • st. A is a cancel-able jab that is good poking at a close range
  • st. B is a quick long ranged kick that is very good to use as a poke
  • st. C is a short ranged right hook punch that moves Yashiro forward slightly
  • st. D is a reversed roundhouse kick which can be used as an standing anti-air but it is fairly slow, and may activate into cl. D if someone hops in too close. It also whiffs on some crouching opponents.


  • cl. A/B/C/D are cancel-able
  • cl. A is a cancel-able quick back hand punch that may be used in some combos. It whiffs on some crouching opponents.
  • cl. B looks like a low, but hits mid.
  • cl. C is a close uppercut that is used in the beginning of his combos, and covers the front of his head in-case someone tries to jump over Yashiro at a close range.
  • cl. D hits mid, and is also used in the beginning of many of his combos.


  • cr. A/C/D are cancel-able
  • cr. A is chain-able into itself, st. A, cl. A and st. B
  • cr. B is chain-able into cr. A, cl. A and st. A
  • cr. A is a long ranged jab that can be used poke and to apply pressure
  • cr. B is a very short crouching kick that is hard to combo into Yashiro's cr. A
  • cr. C is a very good uppercut that can be used as an anti-air
  • cr. D is long range two hit sweep that can be whiff cancelled


  • j. A is a jumping jab that can be used in many ways, as a air-to-air, ground-to-air, or a jump-in attack. It can also hit crouching opponents rather easily.
  • j. B is a swinging jump kick that can be used as an air-to-air
  • j. C is good to as a jump-in attack to start combos but it whiffs on some crouching opponents.
  • j. D is good to use as an air-to-air or to use from air-to-ground.


  • st. CD is a cancel-able shoulder tackle. Pushes Yashiro back away from the opponent if blocked.
  • j. CD is a high angled kick that is good for air-to-air but whiffs on some crouching opponents.


Liver Blow - close (b/f + C)

  • Yashiro quick grabs the opponent then uppercuts them in the midsection. They land near the corner of the screen.
  • Soft knockdown

Hatchet Throw - close (b/f + D)

  • Yashiro picks up and slams the opponent; switching sides.
  • Hard knockdown

Command Moves

Regret Bash - (f + A)

  • Yashiro steps forward then slams his fist on the ground. Good to use in combos after his cl. C or cl. D as an easy confirm.
  • Hits overhead by itself
  • Cancel-able only when cancelled into

Step Side Kick - (f + B)

  • Yashiro steps forward to deliver a side kick. When used in some combos, it can push Yashiro back a bit far to connect a special move, but the push back can be used if blocked.
  • Cancel-able only when cancelled into

Special Moves

Dual Upper - (dp + A/C)

  • This is a dragon punch uppercut with auto-guard (or armor) during the start-up. Light punch version (A) hits twice, while the heavy punch version (C) hits three times has more damage, but slower start-up with more auto-guard. Good to use at the end of certain combos that place the opponent in an juggle-able state, and good to use as a reversal option.
  • If whiffed, Yashiro stays grounded completing one half of the animation, but he can still be punished during the recovery.

Combo Advice: Try in the corner, cl.C/cl.D, f+A, hcf+A+C, qcf+C, dp+A

Jet Counter - (hcf + A/C)

  • These are Yashiro forward dash punches. Both punch versions have different versions, and have their own follow-ups. They are a little risky to use in neutral space because Yashiro can be knocked or poked out of them, so they are best used in combos.
  • Light punch version is an uppercut aimed at the opponent's jaw that doesn't knockdown. On block, it can be punished by fast specials, supers and light normal attacks that can reach him.
  • The heavy punch version is downward swinging punch that hits overhead. A little harder to punish on block than the light punch version.
Steel Jet Counter - (qcf + A/C during Jet Counter)
  • These punch follow-ups must be start by whatever version Jet Counter you use, or else they will not come out.
  • The light punch Steel Jet Counter punch is a straight punch aimed at the opponent's face. It doesn't knockdown, but if blocked Yashiro is pushed back a good distance away from the opponent. Only very fast Desperation Moves can punish it (example, Terry's qcfx2+K).
  • The heavy punch Steel Jet Counter punch ends an uppercut that launches the opponent in the air. If you hit the opponent with the first heavy punch Jet Counter, this follow-up will connect. If blocked, the opponent can punish with a fast normal, special or DM that can reach him while Yashiro is in recovery. The opponent is in a juggle-able state while they are in the air, but Yashiro recovers too slowly.
  • The heavy punch Steel Jet Counter is Super Cancel-able but whatever Desperation Move it will cancel into will whiff.
  • There is a glitch that enables the use of combining the light punch Jet Counter with the heavy punch Steel Jet Counter punch (the uppercut) follow that enables Yashiro to recover fast enough to hit the opponent while they are mid-air. You input hcf + A+C (which performs the hcf+A) then qcf + C (which performs the qcf + C uppercut). You will be able to follow-up with a jump normal for a reset, a dp + A if done in the corner, or his qcfx2 + P (or qcfx2 + A+C) Desperation Move for big damage. Even if you don't follow up with anything, the opponent gets a soft knockdown.

Sledgehammer - (qcb + B/D)

  • Yashiro jumps and leaps toward the opponent with a swinging hammer punch aimed at the top of the opponent's head. Hits overhead, has no invincibility, and has poor recovery if whiffed or blocked. It can be used to evade certain low aiming moves, some projectiles and low skimming projectiles. You can also use it as a mix-up surprise if someone blocks your cr. D sweep, you can cancel out of the first hit, and it will still hit overhead. Use this move moderately with careful spacing because it is unsafe on block, and he can get hit out of it.
  • If hit, the opponent lands at Yashiro's feet, and recovers before they wake-up.
  • The light kick version has Yashiro leaping at a distance little less than his forward hop
  • The heavy kick version has Yashiro leaping almost a half screen distance.
  • Hard knockdown

Mighty Missle Bash - hcb + A/C

  • Yashiro delivers a bunch of left and right hooks at the opponent's face. Best used in combos, because if used by themselves, Yashiro can be hit out of the punches, and on block they are unsafe.
  • Light punch version (A) hits twice while the heavy punch version hits 5 times. Use the heavy punch version (C) at the end of combos for more damage.
  • Light punch version is Super Cancel-able
  • Soft knockdown

Desperation Moves

Final Impact - qcf, qcf +A/C (push down to hold)

  • This is Yashiro's powerful straight punch that can be charged fully for more damage plus a counter wire wall bounce. By itself, it is a very useful DM that has very fast start-up great range, and good damage. If blocked or whiffed, it's obviously punishable, so it's best to keep it at the tail end of combos, or as a whiff punish. It doesn't have any invincibility either, so try not to use it as a reversal option or plow through block-strings.
  • Light punch version and the heavy punch version has the same damage and start-up but the heavy punch version has a bit more range.
  • Can be charged
  • Full charge causes wire damage
  • Soft knockdown

Combo Advice: Try cl.C/cl.D, f+A, hcf+A+C, qcf+C, (wait) qcfx2+A/C that does around 480 damage points.

Super Desperation Moves

Final Impact - (qcf, qcf + A+C) push down to hold

  • Same as the DM version but with a bit more damage
  • Soft knockdown

Combo Advice: Try cl.C/cl.D, f+A, hcf+A+C, qcf+C, (wait) qcfx2+A+C that does around 600 damage points.

Million Bash Stream - (qcb, hcf + A+C) tap A/C repeatedly for more hits and damage

  • This Super DM is the powerful combination of Mighty Missile Bash and ends with the Dual Upper uppercut. Best used at the end of combos since he can get hit out of his punches, and it ends with an uppercut if whiffed (or block) which is highly punishable.
  • Compared to his Final Impact SDM, it's a bit less useful (in terms of whiff punishing, or punishing unsafe moves on block) but it's fun to mash the buttons to get more hits and damage.
  • There are 3 levels to this super, with no mashing you get 7 hits = 260 damage. Medium mashing: 13 hits = 300 damage, heavy mashing: 23 hits = 400 damage
  • Hard knockdown

Hidden Super Desperation Move

ERROR... "code**2002**: qcb, hcf + B+D

  • Yashiro rushes towards the opponent to unleash a flurry of rapid punches, kicks, to end with the Dual Upper uppercut. This is pretty much a ranbu type super. If it's blocked then the attacks don't come out, and it is hard to punish Yashiro.
  • The distance Yashiro dashes toward the opponent is 1/2 screen distance, plus one character space. Yashiro can be easily hit during the dash.
  • Soft knockdown

Combo Advice: Midscreen, it is possible to combo this HSDM from cl.C/cl.D, f+A. But the damage isn't as great as if you used cl.C/cl.D, f+A, hcf+A+C, qcf+C, qcfx2+A+C that is easier to confirm into. But in the corner, you can do cl.C/cl.D, f+A, hcf+A+C, qcf+C into HSDM to get 660 damage points.


Written as is you can add a jump-in to every combo provided you remove a cr.A if the combo starts with one.

Replacing cl.C and f+A by cl.D and f+B does more damage but also more pushback, making them harder to fit with a jump-in.
Similarly, you can replace the first cr.A of a chain with cr.B for a low starter but the timing for cr.B, cr.A is annoyingly awkward so it's not recommended.

cl.A whiffs on everyone crouching but Whip and Chang so make sure the opponent is standing or you're far enough to get the more reliable far A, like after 2 cr.As.
His max combos carry a lot so the corner ones can actually start more than 70% of the screen away from it. They only need to end in the corner.

0 Stock


  • cr.Ax1~2, cr.A/st.A, hcb+A / st.B
Good and easy poke string. hcb+A does more damage but it's very punishable if you don't properly confirm into it. If unsure, stick to st.B. 17% with hcb+A.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, sj.D / st.B

Your main, very reliable bnb. sj.D gives you better damage and carry and is a better reset altogether, use st.B to keep your distance. Stop on hcf+AC on block to stay pretty safe. 32% with sj.D.


 ★ cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, dp+A

Corner ender for the bnb, good damage and solid oki. Stop on hcf+AC on block to stay pretty safe. 36%.

1 Stock


 ★ cr.Ax1~2, cr.A/st.A, qcfx2+A

Not a low conversion which sucks but still practical since cr.A is fast and has decent range. Do it as cr.Ax1~2, qcf, cr.A/st.A, qcf+A. 33%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, qcfx2+A

One of the best 1 bar conversions the game has to offer, easy, good carry and very damaging. If you have 1 stock, this is the combo you want to do. Stop on hcf+AC on block to stay pretty safe. 47%.

2 Stocks

You can replace cl.C, f+A, BC run with f+A, BC run for a good overhead starter into the same max routes.


  • cr.Ax1~2, cr.A/st.A, st.B, qcfx2+C(Max Bypass)
Utterly unnecessary, it's just flashy, 1 bar version preferred. Do it as cr.A/st.A, qcf, st.B, qcf+BC. 36%.
  • cr.Ax1~2, BC, st.A/B, (C)hcb+A(1), (C)hcf+A, (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC > qcf+C, qcfx2+A
Too tight for comfort. Making the first cr.A a cr.B gives you a low starter but it gets even tighter. Overall not very practical, it's better to open the opponent to f+A overhead into max for mix-up. 46%.
  • cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC, [ (C)dp+C(1), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, qcfx2+A
Old and now obsolete 02og max combo. 55%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, [ (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, qcfx2+A

Main 02um max combo route. Easier and deals more damage than the previous one. 58%.


  • cr.Ax1~2, BC, st.A/B, (C)hcb+A(1), (C)hcf+A, (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC > qcf+C, dp+A(1), (SC) qcfx2+P (charge slightly)
Similarly, can find use but too situational and/or finicky to be practical. 54%.
  • cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC, [ (C)dp+C(1), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, dp+A(1), (SC) qcfx2+P (charge slightly)
Optimized corner version of the 02og route. Still obsolete. 63%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, [ (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, dp+A(1), (SC) qcfx2+P (charge slightly)

Optimized corner version of the main 02um route. 65%.

3 Stocks


  • cr.Ax1~2, cr.A/st.A, qcfx2+AC
cr.A being good makes this route usable but it's fairly expensive for not much damage. Do it as cr.Ax1~2, qcf, cr.A/st.A, qcf+AC. 45%.
  • cl.C, f+A, hcf+A+C > qcf+C, qcfx2+AC
Easy and damaging non-max combo to just dump meter on if you can't use max mode yet. 59%.
  • cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, hcf+AC > qcf+C, qcfx2+AC
The most basic max combo you would see beginner Yashiro players use and that you should make sure you stop using. Less damage than the previous and utter waste of max time. 55%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, [ (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, qcfx2+AC

Main 02um max combo route. Easy and very good damage. 70%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, [ (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+A, (SC) qcb,hcf+AC

More damaging ender for the previous combo. You can use dp+C(1) instead of qcf+A but it's incredibly tight for very little reward, not recommended. qcf+A whiffs on crouching (Benimaru, Mature, Vice, Andy, Yuri, Athena, Kensou, Leona, K', Kula, Foxy, Angel). Omit it on those, in which case you should reverse the loop since hcb+C(3) would be easier to SC. Will full mash, 36 hits, 75%.


  • cl.C, f+A, hcf+A+C > qcf+C, qcb,hcf+BD
Easy and damaging corner non-max combo to just dump meter on if you can't use max mode yet. 65%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, [ (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, dp+A(1), (SC) qcfx2+AC (charge slightly)

Optimized corner version of the main 02um route for 3 bars. 73%.

 ★ cl.C, f+A, BC run, cl.C, f+A, [ (C)hcb+C(3), (C)hcf+AC ]x2, > qcf+C, qcb,hcf+BD

Best damage. Corner 02um max combo route with HSDM. Easy and very good damage. 76%.


Yashiro Combo Tutorial by Grey_FGC
KOF 2002 UM - Yashiro combos paso a paso by Chavoiia
Yashiro -Max- combos by Franck Frost
2k2um Yashiro Vs Combos by Dark Chaotix
야시로 플레이 모음(Yashiro Best Rounds) - Battlepage.com (배틀페이지)

External Links

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