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Revision as of 15:56, 16 November 2020


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Normal Moves


  • cl. A/B/C/D are cancel-able.
  • cl. A/B are chain-able
  • cl. A: Hits high.
  • cl. B: Hits low.
  • cl. C: Has very fast start-up. Great combo starter and anti-air.
  • cl. D: A bit slower than cl. C.


  • Far A: Hits high and is cancel-able. Good for stopping hops.
  • Far B: Has more endlag than far A, but has more range.
  • Far C: Noticable bit of startup. Whiff/cancel-able.
  • Far D: A sobat kick that hits mid. Can avoid lows.


  • cr. A/C/D are whiff/cancel-able.
  • cr. A/B are chain-able.
  • cr. A: Hits mid. Standard outward jab.
  • cr. B: Fast low that could start combos.
  • cr. C: Hits mid. Used to react against jumps and hops.
  • cr. D: Can low profile under fireballs.


  • j. A: Ok air-to-air.
  • j. B: Great cross-up. Great jump-in from a hop. Instant-overhead.
  • j. C: Another good jump-in.
  • j. D: Could put on pressure when spaced. A bit difficult to cross-up with.
  • n. j. B: Decent air-to-air.
  • n. j. D: Good air-to-air.

Blowback Attack

  • st. CD: Soft knockdown, whiff/cancel-able. Average start-up.
  • j. CD: Soft knockdown. Pretty big hitbox.


Anvil Slam [Hachi Tetsu]: (close) b/f + C

  • Kyo smacks his opponent in the face with his forearm.
  • Regular knockdown

Swift Shoulder Throw [Issestsu Seoi Nage]: (close) b/f + D

  • Kyo throws his opponent behind him, then falls on them with his elbow.
  • Hard knockdown
  • Reverse knockdown

Command Moves

Thundering Axe Burst [Ge Shiki: Goufu Yo]: f + B

  • Two-hit axe-kick.
  • Second hit hits overhead.
  • Can be cancelled into from normals, allowing it to special-cancel. Overhead property is lost.

Drop to Naraku [Ge Shiki: Naraku Otoshi]: (in the air) down + C

  • Double-handed hammer fist.
  • Hard knockdown on airborne opponents.
  • Great cross-up. Aim to have Kyo's bent legs right over the opponent's head.

Style 818 [88 Shiki]: df + D

  • Kyo kicks near the ground twice, one foot then the other.
  • Hits low, even when cancelled into.

Special Moves

Wicked Chew [114 Shiki: Aragami] - qcf + A

  • A step into a right hook. (when facing right)
  • Has autoguard at the beginning of the move.
  • Attack can nullify projectiles.
  • Can combo from close heavy attacks.
Masticate [128 Shiki: Kono Kizu]:
(during Wicked Chew) qcf + P
  • Kyo takes another step forward and does an uppercut with his left. (when facing right)
  • Soft knockdown
Oxidation [127 Shiki: Yano Sobi] - (during Masticate) A/C, (during Wicked Chew) hcb + A/C
  • An elbow strike that hits overhead.
  • Hard knockdown
  • Combos after Kono Kizu.
  • Does not combo after Aragami on grounded opponents.
Rapids of Rage [125 Shiki: Nana Se] - (during Masticate or Oxidation from Wicked Chew) B/D
  • Kyo glides across the ground with his foot directly in front of him.
  • Soft knockdown
  • Easier to combo after Kono Kizu than Yano Sobi. Sends opponents across the entire screen.
  • Unsafe if prior parts of the rekka are blocked.
Instantaneous Smash [Ge Shiki: Migiri Ugachi] - (after Oxidation from Wicked Chew sequence = qcf + A, hcb + A/C ) A/C
  • Kyo smashes the ground with his fist.
  • Hits OTG
  • Hits low
  • This string should be used in the corner after qcf+k,k.

Poison Gnawfest [115 Shiki: Dokugami] - qcf + C

  • Spin into a left hook (when facing right)
  • Has autoguard at the beginning of the move.
  • Attack can nullify projectiles.
Recitation of Sins [401 Shiki: Tsumi Yomi] - (during Poison Gnawfest) hcb + A/C
  • After the hook, Kyo swings with the back of his fist.
  • Unsafe on block, so don't use if Dokugami is blocked.
Verdict [402 Shiki: Batsu Yomi] - (during Recitation of Sins) F + A/C
  • Final hit of the Dokugami string, a shoulder uppercut.
  • Soft knockdown
  • Even more unsafe on block after Tsumi Yomi. If the first two hits are blocked, do NOT use or you will be punished severely.

Fire Ball [100 Shiki: Oniyaki] - dp + P

  • Kyo's DP. Can be combo'd into from most normals.
  • Soft knockdown
  • Has autoguard at the beginning of the move.
  • The hitbox hits high and in front of Kyo.
  • A version deals one hit. Safer to use in combos.
  • C version deals two hits, travels higher, and has more invincibility, making it a good reversal.

R.E.D. Kick - rdp + K

  • Kyo flies through the air and lands his foot directly on top of the opponent.
  • Hits mid. Hard knockdown.
  • B version travels 1/2 screen distance.
  • D version travels 3/4 screen distance.

New Wave Smash [75 Shiki: Kai]: qcf + K, K (B or D)

  • Kyo jumps up with one foot, then after pressing kick again, kicks with the other.
  • 2nd hit juggles the opponent
  • Soft knockdown
  • B version only allows for dp+p to connect.
  • D version can be followed up with qcf+A/dp+p/rdp+k/hcb+k/DM. Can also link into the light version.

Phantom Mauler [910 Shiki: Nue Tsumi] - qcb + P

  • Kyo raises his arm in front of him, down to up.
  • Soft knockdown
  • Can counter lows when arm is lowered, and mids and highs while the arm is rising.
  • Low counter triggers Tora Fuse. It's just Migiri Ugachi, the punch to the ground. Hard knockdown.
  • Mid/High counter triggers Ryuu Iri, in which Kyo thrusts his elbow forward. Soft knockdown.
  • C version has Kyo wait a bit before rising, letting the low counter stay active for longer.

Crescent Slash [212 Shiki: Kototsuki Yo]: hcb + B/D

  • Kyo runs after the opponent, faster than his normal run, then hits the opponent with his elbow into an explosive, one-handed choke.
  • On-hit command grab. Very unsafe on block.
  • Can be combo'd into from heavy normals and f+B.
  • Hard knockdown. Allows for okizeme opportunity.
  • B version travels 3/4 screen distance.
  • D version travels full screen distance.

Desperation Moves

Final Showdown [Saishuu Kessen Ougi Mushiki] - qcf qcf + A/C

  • Kyo throws down a pillar of fire and follows up with a chain of punches.
  • Soft knockdown
  • Can be combo'd into from cr. B, cr. A.
  • DM version deals 5 hits. Press C or D at the end for a special taunt.
  • SDM version deals 14 hits.

Serpent Wave [Ura 108 Shiki: Orochinagi] - qcb hcf + A/C (push down to hold)

  • Kyo throws a wave of fire in front of him.
  • Soft knockdown
  • DM does one hit. C version seems to have slightly faster start-up and can combo from heavy attacks.
  • A version has lowerbody invincibility
  • C version has upperbody invincibility
  • SDM has Kyo set his own body on fire, having its own hitbox with up to 3 hits. The fire wave does three hits.
  • Both versions can be linked into from qcf+k.
    • If timed right, only two hits will connect. This puts the opponent in a juggle state that can be followed through with dp+C.


0 Meter combos

1.) (j.A/B/C/D), cl. C/D, qcf + C, hcb + C, f + C

  • this is an very important and well damaging combo that ends in a rollable knockdown. Be sure to practice this one and nail it 100% of the time it hits. Do not use this combo as a blockstring because the tail end of it is very punishable. If you opponent blocks the cl. C or D after you jump in, just either block and wait for them to respond with something, or continue pressure with a f + B, qcf + A, or a hyper hop B or CD. If you go far as to do the qcf + C when they are blocking, you can frame trap with if they press any buttons with a qcb + A/C counter move, or even an Oni Yaki dp + A/C if you are feeling risky. You can start this combo with a cross up Naraku Otoshi (d + C).

2.) (j.A/B/C/D), cl. C/D, rdp + B

  • ends in a unrollable knockdown. You may be punished if the rdp + B is blocked. After you knock them down, you can give them a 50/50 okizeme mixup by hitting them with a meaty j.B/C or j. d + C when they rise.

3.) (j.A/B/C/D), cl. C/D, hcb + B/D

  • the hcb + B/D ends the opponent up in a unrollable knockdown for you can walk up slightly and cross them up with a j.B/C or j. D + C

4.) in the corner only, cl. C/D, qcf + D, D, (hcb + B/rdp + B/qcf + A, hcb + A, f + A/sj.B)

  • After the qcf + D, D for more damage you can do the 'qcf + A, hcb + A, f + A' rekkas, or slightly lesser damage, but to end them in a unrollable knockdown you can end with the 'qcb + B' or 'rdp + B', and for an air reset, you can just do sj. B.

5.) cr. B, cl. C, etc.

  • useful 1-2 frame link that can give you some good damage from starting from a low attack. Cl.C can be brought into his (qcf + C, hcb + C, f + C), or (rpd + B) or his (hcb + B/D)

Desperation Move Combos

1.) cr. B, cr. A XX qcf, qcf + A/C

  • A very important combo which nets you great damage confirming from a low. Every Kyo player needs to learn this. You can add two cr.B's before the cr.A, or a cl.C to cr.B to cr.A or st. A for a 3 hit starter.

Extra Meter

1.) qcf. C, ABC, cr. A, qcf, qcf + A/C

2.) close qcf. C, ABC, cl. C, qcf. C, hcb. A/C, f+ A/C

3.) low health, cross up, qcf. C, ABC, qcb, hcf + P


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

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