The King of Fighters '98 UMFE/EX Yamazaki

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EX Yamazaki is a midrange poking character with a strong emphasis on neutral mindgames. Yamazaki's most defining feature is his serpent slash pokes which can cover space in different angles in front of him. Combine this with some good poking normals and EX Yamazaki's neutral space control becomes quite strong. Yamazaki wants to keep you guessing over which serpent slash he will do so that the opponent starts to hesitate in neutral. EX Yamazaki can then use this hesitation to go in as his own close range mixup game is quite strong with access to both an overhead and a 1f super command grab. EX Yamazaki also gets some quite damaging combos, especially when you have a lot of meter to spend.

Changes from previous versions

98UM to 98UMFE


  • st.C can cancel into special/super moves when it connects
  • f+A if not cancelled into, second hit does a hard knockdown


  • qcb+C has less recovery, is now -2 if guard cancel rolled
  • HCF+K damage increased from 13 to 21

Supers: QCFx2+P Made it easier for the downward attack to hit if a grounded opponent is hit by the rising punch

Normal Moves


  • cl. A: ok fast filler button with ok frame advantage. cancelable.
  • cl. B: another filler low button. used more than A since it is a low. cancelable.
  • cl. C: very fast combo starter and nice frame trap. cancelable.
  • cl. D: slower than cl.C but has long reaching second hitbox. only first hit is cancelable.


  • st. A: very long anti hop check.
  • st. B: a lower version of st.A. still does ok hop check. but this one is more suitable for anti run. Also can be chained or cancelled into another normal (use cr.a if possible for cancel into a combo)
  • st. C: slow punch, cancelable but too slow to utilize it.
  • st. D: a big long poke. but its large recovery making it quite risky. dont spam it.


  • cr. A: quite typical crouching jab with ok range and plus on block. cancelable.
  • cr. B: pretty long low. cancelable into itself or other light buttons such as cr.A. your main low confirm.
  • cr. C: fast upward backfist. is cancelable/whiff cancelable on first part.
  • cr. D: uncancelable sweep. quite long and fast.


  • j. A: somewhat similar to kusanagi knee, their j.B, but not as deep, leads to a crossup but not really worth it. still an ok fast jump in.
  • j. B: a very long horizontal ranged kick. nice air spacing tool, crosses up on crouchers and combos but when crossing up on standing there is no follow up
  • j. C: opposite of j.B, great vertical ranged punch. a great air control move.
  • j. D: very deep downward kick. nice close ranged jump in. but the range is very short. Can cross up on some crouchers and combo if spaced.


  • st. CD: generic st.CD. not so great.
  • HOWEVER due to the ability to whiff cancel CD into qcb+A/B/C you can use it to fake out a counter or jump/roll/dodge during the startup and punish by cancelling snake arm with D.
  • j. CD: a great jump in or air to air with fast start up and good priority.


Choke Hold: (close) b/f + C

  • regular throw, techable. Yamazaki grabs the opponent by the neck and slams them down into the ground sending them full screen away with a hard knockdown.

Whackdown Wallop: (close) b/f + D

  • regular throw, techable. yamazaki grabs the opponent by the neck and throws them into the ground behind him leaving them a small distance away from him with a hard knockdown.

Command Moves

Eviscerator (Overhead): f + A

  • causes hard knockdown. loses its properties, overhead and hard knockdown, if you cancel into it.

Special Moves

Serpent Slash (Upper): qcb + A

  • can hold pose up to 5 seconds or release his hand in that time at will.
  • Good anti airing move.
  • whiffs on all crouchers.

Serpent Slash (Mid): qcb + B

  • can hold pose up to 5 seconds or release his hand in that time at will.
  • combos from lights and heavies.
  • whiffs on short crouchers.
  • good for poking at mid range, will stop hops and other attempts at moving forwards.
  • if you hit an anti air it causes a sliding hard knockdown which allows for a qcb+C followup if near enough or even dd+B
  • can be quite susceptible to being rolled through so be ready to react to rolls with the D cancel.

Serpent Slash (Lower): qcb + C

  • can hold pose up to 5 seconds or release his hand in that time at will.
  • hits low.
  • combos from heavies.
  • can be a good sneaky low poke from far range.
  • OTG from any hard knockdown, safer than stomp OTG especially if quick maxed in Extra meter mode.
  • for some reason in max mode cannot be followed up with after dp+b so make sure to use down, down, b in maxmode after.

Big Serpent Slash (For All):

  • Hold the pose until he chatters three times, then once he chatters the third time release and he will do ALL THREE slashes from lower to upper.
  • can lead into combo into Guillotine DM or snake arm A for reset and B for meterless hard knockdown before they land.

Serpent Slash Cancel: D (During the Serpent Slash pose)

  • Yamazaki stops his stance and returns to normal.
  • can be used directly after a serpent slash to reduce the recovery on some moves. This can even allow for some new combos.
  • can also be used repeteadly with the advanced mode meter as a safe way of building meter.

Sadomazo: hcf + B/D

  • Yamazaki enters a stance that allows him to automatically counter mid and high attacks
  • Does not counter low attacks
  • D version lasts a little longer than the B version

Double Return: qcf + A/C

  • Yamazaki does a close range swiping strike.
  • Hits twice up close
  • A version will nullify projectiles and stores the return projectile for use later by inputting the same motion.
  • C version sends the projectile back immediately, is slower however.

Judgement Dagger: dp + A/C

  • Yamazaki slashes with his knife.
  • If you whiff the first slash he does not go for the second.
  • dp+A has a lot of reach so it's good to use when you're out of range of dp+B.
  • dp+C has less reach but does more damage.
  • dp+A is relatively punishable on block but dp+C is a bit safer if this does hit on block by accident and you are in Extra mode you may want to quick max and avoid the punish. Do not spam on block since its probably better to cancel normals into snake arm and then d for pressure.

Fight of Tempering: dp + B

  • Yamazaki delivers a big stomping kick with two parts.
  • The first hit hits mid and the second hit is an overhead.
  • causes hard knockdown.
  • One of Ex Yamazaki's best combo enders due to the hard knockdown and the dd+B/qcb+C followup.
  • punishable on block.

Flying Dragon Kick: down, down + B (while opponent is knocked down on the ground)

  • This is a key followup after doing Fight of Tempering.
  • Note the recovery on this move is quite long because he laughs for a moment once he finishes stomping the grounded opponent. But the entire animation is fully invincible until it ends, so it's actually Yamazaki who can react to their next move with DMs or regular throw etc.

Desperation Moves

Guillotine: qcf, qcf + A/C

  • very fast reversal move with some nice invulnerability on start up.
  • punishable on block.
  • The second part can whiff if the first part hits an airborne opponent that is too high up in the air.
  • causes hard knockdown.
  • this hard knockdown leads to, you guessed it, qcb+C/dd+B followup.
  • Max version does more damage but no follow up after for some strange reason.

Drill: (close) hcb, hcb + A/C

  • a 1 frame command grab super.
  • tap punch buttons repeatedly for different levels (there are 4 excluding level 5).
  • good for combos and mixups.
  • Drill Lv.5: Tap A+B+C repeatedly during Drill (or tap punch buttons repeatedly and finish with A+B+C)
  • a super command grab.
  • does a lot more damage.


General Notes

  • In any metered combo, you can replace qcfx2+P with qcfx2+AC or hcbx2+P with hcbx2+AC for more damage if you have 3 bars in Advanced Mode.
  • In any combo involving the d,d+B OTG follow-up, you can optionally omit it and do qcb+C for better oki in exchange for less damage.



cr.Bx1~2, cr.A, dp+B, d,d+B/qcb+C:
cl.Bx1~2, cl.A/cr.A, dp+B, d,d+B/qcb+C:


(j.X), cl.C, f+A, qcb+C:
(j.X), cl.C, dp+B, d,d+B:
f+A, d,d+B/qcb+C:
  • Overhead combo
cl.C/D(slight delay)f+A, d,d+B/qcb+C:
  • Overhead combo v2 can actually combo but is pretty tight, generally better off going for dp+b then OTG since its more damage anyway but it requires 14 frames of delay between the time you press cl.c and the time you press f+a 13 frames if you do it from cl.d any more wait will not make this combo.

With Meter


cr.B/cl.B, cr.A/cl.A, qcfx2+P:
  • You can do this as cr.B, qcf+A, qcf+P or cl.B qcf+A (hold halfway through) qcf+P for an easier cancel
cr.B/cl.B, cr.A/cl.A, hcbx2+P:
  • You can do this as cr.B, hcb+A, hcb+P or cl.B, hcb+A (hold halfway through) hcb+P for an easier cancel


(j.X), cl.C/cr.C, qcfx2+P:

With Quick MAX


(j.X), cl.C, qcb+ABC > D, walk-up cl.C, dp+B, d,d+B:
  • qcb+ABC will do the snake arm special and activate max mode at the same time: the D afterwards should be inputted immediately after the ABC to cancel the snake arm stance, then you need to walk up and hit cl.C
  • This becomes easier if you have an ABC macro and plink from ABC to D
(j.X), cl.C, qcb+ABC > D, walk-up cl.C, qcfx2+P/hcbx2+P:
  • Harder, more damaging variant ending in a super

Strategy & Tips

  • add snake cancels into your game to scare opponents into blocking
  • take advantage of whiff st.CD into snake cancel or occasionally use it to move you forward and give more range to snake arms
  • occasionally delay a blocked ligh button into a forward+A followup if you catch opponents afraid of blocking low
  • Generally if you are afraid of eating a reversal from a corner dd+B use qcb+C to set your oki up better.
  • generally wait for your opponent to make the mistake first, Ex Yamazaki is able to deal with zoners and rushdowns thanks to his great abundance of anti airs, hop checks, even a reflector that fires a projectile which can beat out a lot of projectiles. Add to this VERY good light and heavy pokes and you have yourself set, just make sure to vary your oki and not get predictable in order to maximize damage output.



External Links

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