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Hakumen
BBCF Hakumen Portrait.png

Health: 12,000
Combo Rate: 60%
Prejump: 4
Backdash Time 21 / Invul: 1-21 Throw
Forward Dash Time 18 / Invul: None
Movement Options

Double Jump, Air Dash, Dash type: Step
Play-style
Defensive, Footsies, Punishing

Overview[edit]

Hakumen is one of the Six Heroes who combated the Black Beast in the series` backstory almost a century ago. After the war, he was sealed away in the boundary along with Terumi, who had betrayed the other five heroes. Kokonoe salvages a portion of his existence from the boundary and he resumes his quest for justice and to exact revenge on Terumi. His Nox Nyctores, Ookami, has the power to negate most Ars Magus and possessing the Susano'o unit allows him to freely slash through time and space.

Concerning his gameplay, Hakumen notably requires heat to use any of his special moves. The amounts required are measured in multiples of 1/8th of the entire heat meter, but to make this easier for the player to identify, his heat meter is displayed using 8 "Magatama" stocks and the bar underneath shows the progress towards generating the next one. The magatama can still be used as normal for universal mechanics such as rapid cancels in the normal way, with 4 magatama equalling 50% of a normal heat gauge and 2 equalling 25%. Unique to Hakumen is that his heat gauge will steadily increase at all times, rather than just at critical health (For Hakumen, this simply increases the gain further). Hakumen begins each round with one magatama available.

While it might seem rather limiting to need to spend heat to perform any special move, Hakumen is also one of the few characters who can cancel his specials into each other and none of his specials experience same-move proration, making his potential damage extremely high once he has the heat available. He also possesses some of the best normal moves in the game, with his sword moves covering nearly the entire match start range of the screen, generally only losing to Nine the Phantom concerning range of normal moves. Hakumen also has a solid defense with his drive described below, meaning overall Hakumen is a fairly well-rounded character with many high risk tools at his disposal for many situations, so his playstyle rewards careful patient play.

Drive: Zanshin[edit]

Zanshin projects a shield-like energy barrier that, when triggered by an opponent's attack, will negate said attack and follow-up with a invincible, but blockable, counter-attack. If a physical attack triggers Zanshin, the opponent is frozen in place making the follow-up inescapable. Also, the guardpoint protects and triggers on either sides of Hakumen, allowing him to catch any cross-ups. This gives Hakumen an effective counter to use against many of his opponent's options. In addition, many of Hakumen's normals cancel into his Drive. This makes Zanshin not only a great defensive tool, but an offensive one as well, countering attacks that may exploit holes in Hakumen's blockstrings. As an added bonus, a successful catch with Hakumen's drive will gain 1 magatama, which may be used immediately to special cancel if desired.

Overdrive: Kishin[edit]

Kishin greatly increases the magatama recharge rate as well as adding additional properties to his Distortion Drives. If combined with his Mugen distortion drive, his heat loss is frozen for the duration of the overdrive.

Strengths/Weaknesses[edit]

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Above average health
  • Passively gains meter through rounds
  • Long ranged normals that make for excellent spacing tools
  • Extremely high damage with OD and meter
  • Specials can be cancelled into each other
  • Can reset pressure in many places because of how his normals chain
  • Counters can stop both non-projectile and projectile oki
  • Backdash is throw invincible
  • Poor mobility
  • No strike/projectile invincibility on backdash; must block in a lot of situations where backdashing would be preferred.
  • Tall Hurtbox; cannot crouch under most characters' best pressure normals.
  • Highly meter dependent and therefore resource management is necessary
  • Requires extensive combo knowledge to best utilise available resources.
  • Can't open opponents up as easily due to limited pressure
  • Heavily OD reliant
  • Needs to take risks to get optimal OD confirms to win
  • Counters have a lot of recovery and leave him vulnerable.



Normal Moves[edit]

5A[edit]
5A
BBCS Hakumen 5A.png
Don't crouch please.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300 Mid 5 3 6 3 B
  • Must be barriered when in the air

Standard standing jab and one of the rare 5f normals. Be careful when using it in pressure, it whiffs on everyone crouching except Haku and Tager. It won't whiff on Relius or Kagura crouching, either, but only if they're forced into a blocking animation beforehand due to their stances. Thanks to its low start-up and recovery, it acts as a fairly useful anti-air at close range.


5B[edit]
5B
BBCS Hakumen 5B.png
Do not skip leg day.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
730 Mid 10 2 15 0 B
  • Does not hit everyone crouching from far away
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Hakumen's hurtbox moves far back during start up
  • Now combos into 2B in CF

Fairly situational 5B. While it's 0 on block and jump cancellable, it suffers from a poor horizontal hitbox which hinders its usefulness in pressure. At close range, it can gatling into 2B for a 2-frame gap frame trap or 6B for a 50/50.

In neutral, it isn't that good due to its poor hitbox and fairly high recovery. Due to its awkward hurtbox, it has some niche punishing purposes like making the first hit of Kokonoe's 214214x whiff and preventing her from using RC.


5C[edit]
5C
BBCS Hakumen 5C.png
Omae wa mou shindeiru.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1100 Mid 14 2 20 -3 B
  • 13F-15F can cut projectiles
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Hard Knockdown on Airborne opponents
  • Forces crouching on hit

Haku's standard punish move. It forces crouching on hit, which can lead to high damage combos with only one magatama with 214A > 2C. Can be cancelled into overdrive. On a 5C CH > OD if the opponent bursts immediately, there is enough time to block the burst and punish with another 5C.

In neutral, it can act as a pseudo high-reward anti-air if spaced correctly, but don't overly rely on it.


2A[edit]
2A
BBCS Hakumen 2A.png
Poke poke poke.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300 all 7 3 9 0 F

This is one of the furthest-reaching 2A of the cast, making it a great footsies tool and providing an easy way to beat out poorly spaced attacks on the ground. In pressure, it can be cancelled into itself, 2B, 6A or any special. It combos into 3C, 2B, 6A and 236B.


2B[edit]
2B
BBCS Hakumen 2B.png
The god normal.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
650 Low 8 6 15 -4 F
  • Air tight blockstring when late chaining into 5A
  • Good active frames make it good for checking approaches, catching rolls, and as a meaty.

With its superior range and quick start-up, this is one of Hakumen's best moves for footsies. Many ground approaches and attacks can be beaten outright by the reach of the hitbox on this move. This is a 8-frame low, making it a great move to keep your opponent at bay once paired up with 6B in pressure.


2C[edit]
2C
BBCS Hakumen 2C.png
Don't whiff.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1050 Mid 13 3 30 -14 B
  • Head invulnerability from frames 9-15
  • 10-18F can cut projectiles
  • Must be barriered when in the air

A decent anti-air due to its invincibility and vertical reach. However, it is slow and very punishable on whiff. If blocked, it can be cancelled into 214A or 623A to make it safe. Only use it if you know it will hit or be blocked and you have enough meter to make it safe.

As as anti-air, due to how far and the high the opponent can be after it hits, comboing after it can be fairly tricky. 2C > 9hjc J.2A works most of the time on normal and counter hit and at most height and distance. On CH, it can combo into Falling J.2C > 6A > 6B for high damage combos.


6A[edit]
6A
BBCS Hakumen 6A.png
Push it to the limit.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
720 Mid 12 4 16 -1 B
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • No head invulnerability

Situational pressure tool. In pressure, it's -1 at close range, +0 if done from a distance. While it pushes Haku-men forward, it isn't that strong in pressure as the options afterwards are limited, especially if it's barriered. 6A > 6B is gapless but heavily telegraphed, as 6A doesn't gatling into any low. On CH, it can combo into Forward Hop > 5C > 214A or 214214B, the latter being extremely rare.


6B[edit]
6B
BBCS Hakumen 6B.png
Stomp.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
590*2 High, High/Low 18 2, 6 20 -4 B,B
  • 4-22F low invulnerable
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • As of 2.0, cancels into Shippu

One of the fastest overheads in the game, but doesn't combo into anything on a normal hit. Be wary though not to abuse this move as it has a lot of recovery and is -4 on block. Can only be comboed off of on CH, rapid cancel, after a high 6A hit or into Shippu > Kishuu near the corner.

6B is also Haku-men's most versatile okizeme ender, which can lead to meaties or safejumps midscreen and in the corner.


6C[edit]
6C
BBCS Hakumen 6C.png
if(6C.doesCH()) {opponent.burst()}
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
No Charge 1500 Mid 20 3 25 -7 B
  • Can cut projectiles from 2F before the active frames to the end of the active frames
  • Fatal counter on counter hit.
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Staggers on ground counter hit.
  • Slide on on air counter hit.
Partial Charge 1700 Mid 25 3 25 -7 B
  • Can cut projectiles from 2F before the active frames to the end of the active frames
  • Fatal counter on counter hit.
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Slide on normal and counter hit.
Full Charge 2000 Mid 60 3 25 -7 B
  • 58-62F can cut projectiles
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Forces fatal counter on normal hit
  • Best opener P1/P2 and up front values by far.

While it's on paper Haku-men's best punish move, it requires a Fatal counter to be useful and can't be cancelled into overdrive. As such, 5C is most of the time more practical to use. It can be used to punish some DPs such as Ragna and Jin's 623C.

In neutral, 6C has a pretty large horizontal hitbox, but its long recovery and slow startup makes it a poor spacing tool.

6C (level 2) is essentially a combo filler in the corner since it causes slide on grounded opponents, examples include Forward Throw > 623A > 6C (level 2) or 41236C(1) > 623A > 6C (level 2).

6C (level 3) is an extremely situational punishing move. It can be used to punish Arakune's 236236C, Platinum's parry, Terumi's parry super, Azrael's astral and Mai's 236D if you OD through the descent.


3C[edit]
3C
BBCS Hakumen 3C.png
Can be used to cut your lawn.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1200 Low 8 3 28 -12 F
  • 7-14F can cut projectiles

A very fast and far reaching poke. Since it only has 8-frame of start-up, it can be used to punish EA at close range. It requires a CH or RC to combo. Up close, It can combo into 6A > 6B and 2B > 214A from further away. Since it's -12 it's extremely easy to punish as such:

Do not autopilot your combos which end with 3C in pressure.


4C[edit]
4C
BBCS Hakumen 4C.png
There is an hurtbox on the sword by the way.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
900 Mid 10 1 24 -8 B
  • Fast and long-ranged neutral tool.
  • Must be barriered when in the air

4C is one of Hakumen's prime neutral tool thanks to his great range and start-up. Be careful, as many characters can simply dash under or uses moves that low profile to avoid it (Such as Izanami's 2B). It only combos into 632146C on normal hit. On CH, it can be linked into itself, 214A or 623AA, but none of these work at max range.


j.A[edit]
j.A
BBCS Hakumen jA.png
Underrated normal.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
300 High/Air 7 3 9 - H
  • Late chains into j.B

A pretty decent tool for air to air situations, and for setting up a Throw Reject Miss on an unsuspecting opponent (IAD J.A x(1~2) > Air throw). In neutral, IAD J.A > J.C is very strong as the J.A deals with the other Air-to-air and let the J.C hit very close to the ground. It's fairly difficult to combo after J.A. On normal hit, it only combos into J.A, J.B, J.214A at certain heights; On CH, you can combo into J.C if you are upbacking or Falling J.B > 5C.


j.2A[edit]
j.2A
BBCS Hakumen j2A.png
Nice projectile.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
700 High/Air 11 12 12 - H
  • Projectile guard point 5F-24F

One of Hakumen's fastest moves for cutting the opponent's projectiles, and decent Air-to Air-tool. It only gatlings into J.C and specials, so if you use this for a jump-in at too high a height, you will land at frame disadvantage.


j.B[edit]
j.B
BBCS Hakumen jB.png
Cross-up tool.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
650 High/Air 9 3 20 - H
  • Late chains into j.A and j.2A
  • Solid crossup hitbox

An amazing normal with a better hitbox than it looks. It's a very good move very good for jump ins, and for crossing the opponent up due to its unique hitbox. On okizeme, after an air hit 6B, Hakumen can 9jc > J.A (whiff) > J.B or 669 > J.A (whiff) > J.B (to cross-up) for a left right/mix-up which also acts as a safejump. The 669 mix-up is also useful to get out of the corner.


j.C[edit]
j.C
BBCS Hakumen jC.png
Try to approach, I dare you.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1000 all 12 8 26 - H
  • Wall sticks on corner hits
  • Projectile guard point 10F-19F

This is pretty much the go-to tool for Hakumen's air-to-air game. Its hitbox extends all the way from the tip of Hakumen's blade to his shoulder, which makes it great for spacing in the air. It blows the opponent back on hit, and wall sticks in the corner. Has a plethora of followups depending on height and distance from corner, but Hotaru is the most universal followup.

On tall characters falling j.C is also a strong zoning tool. Bear in mind its slow startup means that it must be used preemptively if it is to cover low air-to-air confrontations.


j.2C[edit]
j.2C
BBCS Hakumen j2C.png
Getting beaten by Anti-airs since 2008.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1200 High/Air 16 4 30 - H
  • Projectile guard point 14F-19F


Decent air to ground tool, it has a bigger hitbox than J.B but is slower and it's harder to combo after it. Its slow speed makes it easy to anti-air so don't get too predictable with it. In the corner 6B > J.A(whiff) > J.2C acts as a safejump.


Drive Moves[edit]

5D[edit]
5D
BBCS Hakumen 5D.png
PREDICTABO.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Catch - - 6 14 40 - -
Catch (Held) - - 6 24 50 - -
Catch (Max Hold) - - 6 34 60 - -
  • Can be held
  • Only counters mids, and overheads.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Attack 0, 1000 - 16 10 10 -1 BT
  • Gain 1 magatama when activated
  • 0% heat gain multiplier
  • Swaps sides
  • Hard knockdown

The attack follow up is no longer triggered when catching a projectile (but Hakumen becomes invincible during the entire recovery) and a magatama is only given when the attack is successful. Instead, when catching a projectile, the recovery can be canceled into any special or Distortion Drives (except Astral). If cancelled into Yukikaze, it will automatically activates, won't freeze the opponent and deal 2800 damage if it hits.

5D can act as a pseudo anti-air. It combos into 236B, 623A and can be OD cancelled. It catches moves that are high or mid, but it loses to lows.


2D[edit]
2D
BBCS Hakumen 2D.png
Best drive.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Catch - - 1 8 38 - -
  • Only counters mids, and lows.
Attack 0, 1000 - 16 10 15 -6 FT
  • Gain 1 magatama when activated
  • 0% heat gain multiplier

A mid and low counter that is active frame 1, so can be used as a wake-up reversal, although the follow-up attack may miss entirely depending on the hitboxes. On hit it puts the opponent behind Hakumen, useful for corner switching with an opponent. Loses to overheads. Just like 5D, it combos into 236B, 623AA and can be OD cancelled.


6D[edit]
6D
BBCS Hakumen 6D.png
Situational counter.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Catch - - 1 9 34 - -
  • Only counters mids, and overheads.
Attack 0, 1000 - 16 10 10 -1 BT
  • Gain 1 magatama when activated
  • 0% heat gain multiplier

Where 5D is a safer prediction move with a potentially bigger reward, this is more akin to a reversal, going active in 1 frame but having bad recovery. Like 5D, it catches highs and mids, but loses to lows. Sometimes used after 6A or 6B to catch attempts at poking out. Primarily used on reaction after an OD flash or against slow overheads. It can also be used to counter some IOH like Rachel's 5B > 9jc J.2D J.A.

Unfortunately, it's very difficult to combo after it and the combos usually aren't worth doing.


j.D[edit]
j.D
BBCS Hakumen jD.png
You shouldn't have used that anti-air.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Catch - - 1 10 Until landing+17 - -
  • Only counters mids, and overheads.
  • Stalls air momentum.
Attack 0, 1000 - 14 10 6 - HT
  • Gain 1 magatama when activated
  • 0% heat gain multiplier

The anti-air-to-air and anti-anti-air drive. Can be used while falling down or after an IAD to counter moves which are otherwise tough to deal with. It is also a mindgame tool after a blocked J.214A to prevent your opponent from anti-airing you. Be careful when using it high in the air as you'll be in recovery until landing. It combos into J.2A or J.214C.

As of CF2, you regain your air options (double jump, air dash) upon a successful catch, meaning you'll always have the option of doing a small air combo of choice afterwards.


Universal Mechanics[edit]

Forward Throw[edit]
Forward Throw
B+C
BBCS Hakumen FThrow.png
Stop blocking.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1500 Throw 7 3 23 - T
  • 100% minimum damage (1500)
  • Staggers on hit

Primarily used after a 2A at close range or 623A in pressure. It combos into 2C or Forward Hop > J.214B midscreen and 623A > 6C(level 2) in the corner. Note that the first hit after Throw is unburstable. In the corner, Throw > ODc > 6C(level 2) leads to very good magatama efficient combos making it a very useful round ender.


Back Throw[edit]
Back Throw
4B+C
BBCS Hakumen BThrow.png
Get back to the corner.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
750*2 Throw 7 3 23 - T
  • 100% minimum damage (1400)

Hits twice, only the second move can be special cancelled. Unlike Forward throw this requires a magatama midscreen to continue the combo with 623A, 623AA or Delay 214A. This is mainly used when cornered to corner the opponent instead. The first hit can be rapid cancelled into 5C OD avoiding the move's proration and thus leading to very high damage under the right circumstances. This is, however, very situational and a fairly tough link.


Air Throw[edit]
Air Throw
j.B+C
BBCS Hakumen AThrow.png
No longer a touch of death.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
200, 1300 Throw 7 3 23+3L - T
  • 100% minimum damage (1500)


The second hit can combo into J.B, J.2A, J.2C (If high enough) or 2B (If too close to the ground). In the corner, combos into J.C > 6C. This is also sometimes legitimately used as an air combo ender, as not a lot of characters can deal with J.C if it's teched and to prevent some characters from using DP RC or OD on wake-up to escape.


Counter Assault[edit]
Counter Assault
6A+B (when blocking)
BBCS Hakumen 6A.png
Nobody expects this.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
0 all 13 12 18 -11 B
  • 180F meter cooldown
  • 1-20F invincibility
  • Requires 4 magatama

A fairly good counter assault with a nice hitbox, as it can't be low profiled and has decent reach. It's, however, not used very often as spending 4 magatama is most of the time not affordable or not worth it.


Crush Trigger[edit]
Crush Trigger
5A+B
BBCP Hakumen CT.png
Overdrive combo filler.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Uncharged 1000 Guard Break 32/Barrier 20 1 25 0 (With Barrier) B
Charged 1000 Guard Break 60/Barrier 30~61 1 25 0 (With barrier) B
  • Can be held
  • Requires 2 magatama
  • 100% P2 when charged
  • 180F meter cooldown

Causes guard crush on normal blocking. It staggers if hits a grounded enemy and launches otherwise, in that case it can combo into 5C or 6C. When charged, this move has a 100% P2, which means it doesn't affect the damage reduction in a combo. As such, this is a great overdrive combo filler. Primarily used after 41236C(1) or Air hit 5C in OD combos.


Specials[edit]

Fuumajin[edit]
Fuumajin
BBCP Hakumen Fuumajin.png
This is a message to all Hazama players, please stop swinging into this.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
900 all 1 92 - - P3*
  • Resets to 91 more active frames if hitbox is hit by a projectile
  • Grants 1 Magatama


Appears when Hakumen's sword connects with a projectile or a move with projectile property. Disappears after 91 frames or if it connects with the opponent. If a projectile connects with it, the 91 frame count down is reset. It doesn't disappear when Hakumen gets hit. If both hakumen's sword and his body connect with the projectile on the same frame, Hakumen is hit instead of the projectile being destroyed.


Guren[edit]
Guren
214A
BBCS Hakumen gurren.png
Pressure reset.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
950 all 14 3 15 +1 B
  • 30F meter cooldown
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Requires 1 magatama

Pressure and combo tool. Combos into 2A, 41236C or even 2C if the opponent is crouched. Being +1 on block, this is amazing at resetting pressure by using 2A afterward. However, it is fairly easy to IB as Haku-men's pressure is limited. If the opponent respects it too much, you can 214A > 6B; if they don't respect it all, you can 214A > 2D. Do not overuse it in pressure as it drains meter pretty quickly.


Kishuu[edit]
Kishuu
623A
BBCS Hakumen kishuu.png
Wavedash.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - 18T - -
  • Low profile frame 1
  • 30F meter cooldown
  • Requires 1 magatama

Has 10 frames of Head and Body invulnerability, but does not go through projectiles. In combos, this is used after air hit 5C to combo into 6A. In pressure, this is used to approach and set up throws. It can also be used after the super flash of some reversal supers to crawl under them and punish them with 5C CH / 6C FC without letting your opponent RC (Valk's 236236D / Izayoi's 236236C)


Enma[edit]
Enma
A (after kishuu)
BBCS Hakumen enma.png
Best neutral tool.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1060 Mid 6 7 16 -4 B
  • 30F meter cooldown
  • Head and Body invuln 1-8

An amazing neutral tool with a surprisingly high and far reach, deals with a plethora of pesky moves and punishes them. Midscreen, it combos into 5B (close range), 214A (far range), 5C (air hit and counter hit) or even 6A > 6B (character specific). As it's -4, it's punishable on IB by most 5A/2A. It can be canceled into 214A to make it safe.


Renka[edit]
Renka
236B
BBCF Hakumen renka.png
Combo filler.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1000*2 Low, High/Low 9 3 (12) 3 21 -5 F, B
  • 60F meter cooldown
  • Requires 2 magatama

Great combo tool at close range. It combos into 6A > 6B and IAD J.2C midscreen and J.2A > J.C in the corner. Sadly, the second hit has a poor horizontal reach limiting it's usefulness in pressure and may whiff in combos if the opponent is too far. Furthermore, it is possible to OD raid after the first hit to make the second one whiff and punish it. 236B(1) > 623A is 0 on block, this is, however, very costly. It has the fastest startup of any of Hakumen's grounded specials, so using it to cover unsafe specials gives tighter frametraps than Guren.


Zantetsu[edit]
Zantetsu
41236C
BBCS Hakumen zantetsu.png
First hit will be bursted 99% of the time.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
2100, 800 High/Air, Low/Air 21 3 (14) 3 18 -2 B,F
  • 90F meter cooldown
  • Requires 3 magatama

Standing overhead that can lead to absurd damage. Prime combo filler in OD combos that can be done after 5C or 214A. 41236C(1) > 623A is +2 on block, but similarly to 236B this is very costly. The second hit has an awful proration hence why it's avoided in long or OD combos with 623A or CT. As far as the basic 41236C combo is concerned, 41236C(2) > 6A > 6B > Air combo yields similar damage as 41236C(1) > 623A > 6A > 6B > Air combo, so the former is preferred.


Hotaru[edit]
Hotaru
j.214B
BBCS Hakumen hotaru.png
Aerial Houtenjin.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
1500 Mid 11 3 35 - H
  • 60F meter cooldown
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Gives back jump / airdash option
  • Requires 2 magatama
  • Can only be used once in the air

Even though it's invulnerable, it is not that great of a wake-up option as it is not invincible frame 1 due to the jump and easily whiff if the opponent crouches or use 2A. It's a Short/Fast starter, so combos are limited afterward. This move is however a very important combo extender as it is possible to airdash afterward into J.2C to do high damage combos or end in the corner with J.C > 6C/5C > 6A > 6B, which give a much better knockdowns than J.214A.


Tsubaki[edit]
Tsubaki
j.214C
BBCS Hakumen tsubaki.png
No longer an overhead.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
2500 Barrier 15 3 22 - H
  • 90F Heat Gauge Cooldown
  • Requires 3 magatama
  • Can only be used one time in the air
  • Projectile guard point only on blade
  • Projectile guard point 15F-17F

It guard crushes if it isn't barriered. In that case, it can combo into Forward Hop > 5C midscreen or 6C (level 2) in the corner. This can be used on wake-up to heavily punish throw attempts if your opponent is trying to play around 236236D. It combos into 6A > 6B > ... or 5C > ODc > 214A/236B > ... It's also another amazing overdrive combo filler thanks to its high damage.

Fastest startup after TK is 19 frames and 21 after a Hop.


Agito[edit]
Agito
j.214A
BBCP Hakumen Agito.png
Air ender and ends anti-air.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
950 all 12 16 Total 35 -2 P1*
  • 30F meter cooldown
  • Requires 1 magatama
  • Can only be used once in the air

Low-cost knockdown tool. Counts as a projectile, which can let it beat anti-airs that are only head invincible. On counter hit, it ground bounces and combos into J.2C or J.B depending on the height. IAD J.214A is a fairly ambiguous cross-up but doesn't combo into anything. As far as okizeme is concerned, J.214A is a fairly good ender.

  • ... > J.B2A > 9jc > J.B > J.2A > Falling J.2C > 2A: Standard ender. J.2C covers rolls and delay techs and 2A beats mashing. Weak to reversals.
  • ... 9hjc > J.B2A > 9jc > Delay J.2C > J.214A > Falling J.2C: J.2C hits meaty and acts as a safejump.
  • ... 9hjc > J.AB2A > J.214A > Falling J.2C / 2B / IAD J.B: J.2C covers rolls and delay techs. The 2B / IAD J.B can act as 50/50 mix-up.

For more details: check the okizeme doc: link


Yanagi[edit]
Yanagi
214D
BBCF Hakumen Yanagi.png
Do you like my car?
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
0, 2500 all 30 3 18 -7 BT
  • Guards attacks 4-27F
  • 30F meter cooldown
  • Requires 2 magatama
  • Unlike other drive moves, hakumen attempts the grab at the end even if he didn't block any attack.

Hakumen advances forward with a Zanshin seal that autoguards attacks and attempts to chokeslam the opponent. After guarding an attack, Hakumen can special-cancel the recovery. On block, it's -7 and therefore punishable by most 2A. It can be cancelled into 214A for a frame trap or 236B to make it gapless. Can be used to escape the corner if you think your opponent will jump, but be careful as it loses to meaties. On hit, combo into 236B or 623A > 6A > 6B. This is also a very combo OD combo ender with 6A > 6B > 214D > EA or 6A > 6B > 214D > 632146C > 623A > EA.


Distortion Drives[edit]

Kokūjin: Shippu[edit]
Kokūjin: Shippu
632146C
BBCS Hakumen shippu.png
Game, set and match.
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Sword Uncharged 3500 [4000] All 14+7 4 41 -26 B
Sword (Charged) 5000 Unblockable 14+86 4 41 - B
  • Invincible to physical attacks until super flash
  • Invincible to projectiles during charge
  • Must be barriered when in the air
  • Requires 4 magatama
  • Hold button to charge attack
  • 30% minimum damage (Uncharged: 1050/1200 (OD) Charged: 1500)
  • 180F cooldown
  • Projectile guard point on all active frames
Wave 2500 [3000] all 14+11~90 Until Offscreen - - P3*
  • 20% minimum damage (Normal: 500 OD: 600)
  • Normal Wave takes 13 frames to hit the opponent fullscreen and 12 frames in OD

Standard super combo ender. It can be canceled on block with 623A to make it safe. The OD version fires a taller, Reppuken-esque energy wave to the slash, with an excellent vertical hitbox. In neutral, this can be useful against zoners (Nu, Lambda, Rachel) or Valkenhayn in wolf form as he can't block it. The energy wave has better proration than the actual slash and wallbounces. This is used in midscreen low life OD combos with CT > 6C > 632146C (wave) > 623A > 5C > ...


Kokūjin: Yukikaze[edit]
Kokūjin: Yukikaze
236236D
BBCS Hakumen yukikaze.png
No.
BBCS Hakumen Yukikaze2.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
Catch - - 1 27 17 - -
  • 180F cooldown
  • Requires 4 magatama
  • Super flash activates only on a successful catch
  • Doesn't catch throws and unblockables
  • Freezes opponents in place if it catches a strike; yukikaze is RC-proof on strikes
  • Does not freeze if it catches projectiles
Attack 3200
[1800, 150*18, 2100]
Unblockable 1+33 12 39 - B
  • Fatal Counter

Hakumen dashes forward with a sword swing that hits everything that is chest level or lower. Hakumen is fully invincible during the recovery of Yukikaze, so it can be used to escape corner projectile oki. This is the key defensive tool in most match-ups and a life changer when you get 4 magatamas as your opponent has to play around it unless they want to lose the momentum. Since you can special cancel the attack's recovery and Hakumen is left relatively close to the opponent after a successful catch, a common way to convert into a longer combo is to use Kishuu (623A) into 5C afterwards.

Special note should be taken about the OD version: unlike most other Distortion Drives, this pauses the OD timer for about the entire duration of the move. Combine this with the version's lengthy animation, a removed meter cooldown and the fact that the accelerated meter gain of OD isn't paused, and this means that, by the time the move ends, you'll have regained pretty much all of the magatama spent for this move upon a successful catch. This can lead to even more damaging combos that can end in EA.


Kokūjin Oūgi: Mugen[edit]
Kokūjin Oūgi: Mugen
214214B
BBCS Hakumen mugen.png
RADIO!
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - 16+(90)+30 - -
  • 360F duration normally
  • Requires 8 magatama, but does not consume any upon startup. Instead, his heat gauge is rapidly depleted and the effects of this move end only when the heat gauge has emptied.
  • During Mugen, all specials and distortions may be used with no cost.
  • Gauge drain stops during OD
  • Cannot use Rapid Cancel or Counter Assault while in Mugen

Hakumen's infamous install super, allowing for some massively damaging combos. All heat gain during this time is ignored, meaning it's not possible to pad out the duration of this with anything other than Overdrive. It has a huge recovery and is therefore very hard to combo into (6C level 3 FC and 6A CH only). Alternatively, can be used in neutral as a last resort to try to turn the tide, but some characters can punish it on reaction fullscreen. In this version of the game, the main OD combos are 236B/214A > (41236C(1) > 623A)xN or (41236C(1) > 214D)xN. The latter dealing less damage but is easier to do.


Exceed Accel[edit]

Tengai
ABCD during Overdrive
BBCF Hakumen Tengai.png
One of the better EA.
BBCF Hakumen Tengai2.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
600, 1000, 1500
{600, 1000, 4500}
all 20 [10] 3 34 -10 F
  • Does not cost Heat, but inmediately ends Overdrive if used.
  • Becomes stronger and flashier with Active Flow.
  • Minimum Damage 10%

Hakumen kicks the opponent's feet on startup, then knocks them down and follows with a mighty slash. Puts Hakumen in Active Flow if he hasn't already been in it already. One of the most practical EA in the game as Haku-men can easily combo into for decent damage. The knockdown after it is poor and is possible to roll for free afterward. In the corner, if you think your opponent will forward roll, use 2B to force them to block.


Astral Heat[edit]

Kokūjin Oūgi: Akumetsu
[2]8D
BBCS Hakumen akumetsu.png
Great animation but everything else is awful, just like RWBY.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
38000 Unblockable 1+0 16 1+37 - P
  • 180F cooldown
  • Requires 8 magatama
  • Doesn't catch projectiles, grabs or doll attacks

Catches move with physical attributes and Unblockables. It loses to Doll attacks, grabs and projectiles (including Hazama's chain and his 632146C), but can still beat Jin's Astral.

Worst Astral in the game as Hakumen can hardly meet the activation requirements, can't afford it and relies on your opponent to be activated.


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