A mysterious young man who teamed up with Ángel this KOF. His goggles and mantle compose his trademark design, and he fights foes with his transforming arm.
Unknown to most, however, is that he is actually NESTS' 9999th "perfected" clone of Kyo Kusanagi. Formerly known as K9999, he has adopted a new identity in an effort to hide himself.
Krohnen is a defensive midrange character, who harasses his opponents with oppressive normals before punishing their jump-in attempts.
- Great Normals: To the jealousy of many, Krohnen's normals are all fantastic and each offer him something valuable to his kit. His cl.D is a 17 frame overhead that can OTG, his air punches are fantastic and scary jumpins, his cl.C is a fantastic hit-confirm button, and his 2C is a bonkers midrange sweep.
- Harassment: Krohnen's drill normals and his variety of long-range pokes make it very easy for him to control the midrange and harass his opponents to death. His drill normals also build good guard bar on hit, making it difficult for turtling opponents to survive his onslaught. He also has good options for dealing with fireballs despite lacking one himself, meaning he can survive fireball pressure quite well.
- Big Damage With Meter: Krohnen has fantastic meter dump opportunities. With meter his damage also skyrockets, as it allows him to cancel his DP into 236236 A/C very easily for a big kill confirm. His metered BnB also allows him to end it at any time while always dealing respectable damage depending on the amount of meter he puts in, letting him easily retain a high threat level throughout the match.
- Rewarding Offense: Due to Heat Shield being his default ender, most of Krohnen's combos end in hard knockdown very close to him. This allows him to immediately continue his offense with a safejump and makes him a monster when he gets ahead. Being able to switch between blockstrings, frametraps, staggers, and pressure resets allow him to establish his pressure easily as well.
- Incredibly Threatening Defense: With a little bit of execution, any reversal or anti-air Krohnen does can turn into anything from 30% to full on assured death depending on how much meter he has. This makes Krohnen uniquely terrifying to offend against, as any wrong move can lead to the game itself.
- Bad Blowback: The one awful normal in Kronhen's kit is his CD. It has horrendous range and leaves him wide open for a punish. Don't use it on anything but corner offense.
- Linearity: Though Krohnen is by no means bad, he is quite linear, with defined answers to most of the problems he'll face in a match. For example, due to his lack of anti-air normals, he's very reliant on Heat Shield to punish a jumpin. In longer matches, this can result in the player getting 'downloaded'.
(*) = EX OK
(!) = MAX OK
(Hold OK) = Can hold down input briefly before releasing.
Front Crash - (close) / +
Backstab - (close) / +
Spiral Smash - +
Emergency Slide - +
Blaze Thrower - + / (*)
Heat Shield - + / (*)
Strike Slash - + / (*)
Super Special Moves
Infernal Prominence - + / (!)
Fusion Blaster - + / (!) (Hold OK)
Climax Super Special Moves
Calamity Overdrive - ++
Quick Combo Reference
Quick Combo Reference
2B - 2B - 6A = 133 dmg
2B - 2B - 3D xx (delayed) 623C = 196 dmg
c.5C - 3D xx 214B - 623A = 243 dmg
c.5D - c.5D = 115 dmg
2B - 2B - 3D xx 214B - 623A = 222 dmg
c.5C - 6A/3D xx 236236P = 238~279 dmg
2B - 2B - 3D xx 236AC - dash - 214B - 623AC - 623A = 353 dmg
(spaced) 236C - 623A xx 236236P = 347 dmg
2B - 2B - 3D xx 214B - 623A xx 236236P = 364 dmg
2B - 2B - 3D xx 214B - 623A xx 236236K - c.5D = 365 dmg
c.5C - 3D xx 236AC - dash - 623AC - 623A xx 236236P = 438 dmg
2B - 2B - 3D xx 236AC - dash - 214B - 623AC - 623A xx 236236K = 448 dmg
Far Standing Normals
Close Standing Normals
Super Special Moves
Climax Super Special Moves
Alternate input for Super Special Moves
As it stands, while the inputs for Krohnen's SDMs have been simplified, it's still possible to do the classic inputs for K9999's/Nameless' old supers. By doing Infernal Prominence as + / , the move will be performed as per usual. The same also goes for Fusion Blaster as well. Calamity Overdrive can also be done as ++++ like with K9999's and Nameless' SDMs back in Vanilla '02 and UM, respectively. These alternative inputs don't affect the properties of these moves in any way and are just there as a fun Easter Egg.
Changes from K9999/Nameless
- New Design (and Voice): Make no mistake, this is very much the same K9999 that we've seen the last of since 2002, right down to having the same two team members. The only difference here is that he's got a new (yet familiar) jacket, he always keeps his red cape on, he put on some goggles (that look strikingly similar to Alba Meira's - of Maximum Impact fame - glasses), and he's grown out his distinctive blue hair. Oh, and he's voiced by KENN (of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Parasyte fame) instead of Nozomu Sasaki, Tetsuo's VA from AKIRA.
- Toned down AKIRA References: Speaking of which, the AKIRA references have been toned down significantly. His move names are more direct and simple instead of being quotes ripped from the movie, his Raging Storm special is different, and he's replaced that fleshy abomination with more cybernetics; more on that below.
- More fire in his Attacks: In his absence, it seems like K9999 finally got used to the Kusanagi flames, because come his return as Krohnen, he's literally spitting out nothing but fire for much of his moveset. 236P is now a burst of flames instead of sand, 623P has more fire in it than it did before (and is just as strong as Nameless' equivalent move from 2002UM, if not better), and his Raging Storm is actual fire instead of a psionic blast. All of this to make him closer to Kyo (since he is a clone of him) and as far removed from Tetsuo as possible.
- EX Moves: Seeing as he's been gone for the better part of 20 years, K9999/Krohnen now has EX versions of his trademark special moves. And they're all very excellent in their own right. 236AC being a crumple stun, 623AC being one of the best moves in the game period because of its sheer versatility, and 214BD being both another great combo extender/starter and a great approach tool owing to its projectile invulnerability. Suffice to say that Krohnen is every bit as excellent with meter as his (intended) replacement was back in 2002UM, if not better.
- New animation for 214K: Compared to K9999 leaping forward and throwing a spark of flames at the opponent's face (same story with Nameless, as the animation is virtually the same as K9999's), Krohnen slashes down at the opponent with a huge blade. What this translates to in gameplay terms is a much better, more usable Special Move that works as both a very solid approach tool (especially the EX version as mentioned above) and a great combo starter/extender depending on the version used.
- Altered Super Special Moves: Okay, moreso with the "Moon..." (aka, Infernal Prominence in Krohnen's case) special rather than "You get lost too!" (aka, Fusion Blaster). In 2002, it was basically a psionic blast that, again, was taken straight from AKIRA. In XV, however, it's a big, devastating ball of fire that is liable to delete at least a third of your health bar; especially if canceled into from 623P. Fusion Blaster remains the same animation-wise, but is now infinitely more useful (especially post-Patch 1.32) as both a punish for fireballs and another great combo ender - especially the MAX version, which trades a volley of shots for a single, powerful shot that can be charged up. Oh, and that SDM that is a spoiler to AKIRA's ending? He swapped that out for a gigantic claw that's strikingly similar to one of Doc Ock's mechanical arms.
- Simpler Inputs: Oh, right. As you might've noticed above, the inputs are much, much simpler than they were back in 2002, drastically lowering Krohnen's skill ceiling and making him more intuitive to play. Though if you've still got the muscle memory from 2002, the Pretzel Motion inputs can still be performed as mentioned above. As is the norm for Climaxes in KOF XV, Krohnen's also has the same 2141236CD input as everyone else. Though the original input (263ABCD) still works too.
- Shigure (6B) is Gone: In 2002UM, Nameless carried over K's Sniper Side (6B) from XI. As K' has that move back in XV (albeit as 4B), Krohnen no longer has it in his repertoire, with his slide (3D) now being cancelable after the December 2021 Open Beta to compensate.