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Labrys
BBTag Labrys Portrait.png

Health: 16,000

Jump Startup: 4F

Backdash Time 23F / Invul: 1-7F All

Movement Options
  • Double Jump, 1 Airdash, Dash Type: Run

Overview[edit]

"Get a load a' these mooks!"

Backstory[edit]

Labrys is a gynoid robot who developed a personality and then was immediately traumatized, causing her to develop a shadow once thrown into the TV world of Persona 4, who served as the main antagonist of the first Persona 4 Arena title. Through the events of P4A, Labrys was able to overcome the trauma of her past with the help of the Investigation Team from Persona 4 and obtain her Persona, Ariadne.

Playstyle[edit]

Labrys is a rushdown character who has large buttons and several frame traps who focuses on gaining axe levels to hit the opponent with massive damage. Her 236BC super and fully charged 214BC super are the two heaviest damaging supers in the game. While most of her mixup options are negative on block, they can be covered with assists and made to convert into both high damage and strong okizeme.

Strengths/Weaknesses[edit]

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Large normals
  • Extremely high damage with Red Axe, especially on supers
  • Strong ability to convert into combos, especially from the air
  • decently fast high/low options
  • assists have large windows to active switch from, with strong situational usage on the attacks themselves
  • ability to pull herself in from near full screen using chain knuckle
  • highest damage supers in the game
  • anti-air 2B is projectile, making it so you won't clash with larger jump normals
  • strong gatlings for continued pressure and dealing with pushblock
  • strong usage of active switch and cross combo
  • Substantially higher solo combo potential than most of the cast (especially the Persona cast)
  • While large, normals are slower than most normals of a similar size
  • very few jump cancellable normals on block
  • most highs from her are unsafe on block, making active switch and assist usage a necessity to keep her safe for continued pressure
  • supers will always drain axe gauge on hit, meaning that you will have to build up your axe meter again
  • Need to consistently hit the opponent to maintain a high axe level
  • lack of vertical coverage on her DP
  • anti-air 2B does not hit behind her and has extreme whiff recovery

Special Gauge - Axe Icon[edit]

Basics

Labrys has a special axe icon on the left of Skill Gauge which changes in level depending on how often you attack with moves that utilize Labrys' axe (this includes blocked attacks). However, it will slowly decrease if you don't attack and decreases even more if you get hit or do not attack with a move that swings the axe. The levels are broken down into the following colors with 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest:

  1. No Color (Gray)
  2. Blue
  3. Green
  4. Yellow
  5. Red

The higher the level of the Axe Gauge is, the more damage she does. Once you reach her red axe level, she gains the following special properties in addition to extra damage:

  • Under Red Axe, Labrys also does significantly more chip damage when in resonance, through all of her normals and specials, including non-axe normals such as 2B and 5B.

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P4Arena axeIcon.png
Management

Before we go into how you should manage Labrys's axe level, let's go over how her levels increase and decrease and other factors to note when playing as Labrys.

  • At the start of each match, the axe gauge starts at level 3 (Green).
  • Getting hit will cause the axe meter to deplete, and can even go down to level 2(blue) and can completely empty out the gauge, bringing it to level 1 (gray)
  • The axe gauge will always drift to a level 3 (green) status, so even from maximum axe meter (glowing red axe bar) you will slowly lose axe meter until it gets to green as long as you're not hitting the opponent
  • Using certain special moves will build the gauge faster then normal moves such as Guillotine Axe.
  • Persona normals such as 2B and 5B will not build axe meter
  • Both of Labrys' supers will cause her axe gauge to deplete (except when she does the tag version of her super after her partner)
  • Labrys loses axe meter while tagged out, but this can be slowed by using her 4P and 5P, both of which build small amounts of axe meter on hit/block

Labrys' Axe management is not as much of an issue as it was in the Arena games. Labrys has several routes both with and without assists to go from green-to-red that also double as giving her air guillotine enders which allow her to also get good okizeme.


Normal Moves[edit]

4A[edit]
4A
P4Arena Labrys 5A.png
P4Arena Labrys 5AA.png
P4Arena Labrys 5AAA.png
P4AU Labrys 5AAA.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
4A - All 7 - - -8
  • Jump cancellable
  • special cancellable
  • decent upwards hitbox

Her Persona 5A, can gatling into 2A to threaten with a low and go back into 4A to confirm back into pressure

4AA - All 11 - - -8
  • special cancellable
  • can gatling into 4AAA or 5A

Her vanilla P4A 5AA, can gatling into 4AAA to launch the opponent or 5A for longer distance confirms

4AAA - All 12 - - -10
  • Launches the opponent upward, but cannot be jump cancelled
  • Special cancellable

Vanilla P4A 5AAA, is able to combo into B chain knuckle on hit. Relatively short so can occasionally whiff if 4A hit at a longer distance, so in longer range situations cancelling into 5A instead may be the better option

4AAAA - All 12 - - -11
  • knocks down on grounded hit

same as her 5AAAA


5A[edit]
5A
P4Arena Labrys 5B.png
P4AU Labrys 5AA.png
P4Arena Labrys 2B.png
P4AU Labrys 5AAA.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
5A 1500 All 10 - - -8
  • Actually out-ranges a surprising number of characters.

Your go-to ground poke.

5AA - All 10 - - -5
  • Second hit of autocombo, nothing really special.
5AAA - All 16 - - -8
  • Can whiff at certain distances

Jump cancellable, but leaves Labrys extremely punishable if pushblocked.

5AAAA - All 12 - - -11
  • Mostly used for axe meter


5B[edit]
5B
P4Arena Labrys 5D.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
5B - All 24 - - -12 (at max range)
  • Startup is sloooooow. This doesn't have much use outside of combos.

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here

5BB - All 18 - - -23
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


5C[edit]
5C
P4Arena Labrys AOA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
800 High 22 - - -10
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


2A[edit]
2A
P4Arena Labrys 2A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
1000 Low 8 - - -2
  • Despite using the axe, does not build axe level.

Usually you use this when trying to bait a dp, or picking up after j.214B where 4A wont work.


2B[edit]
2B
P4Arena Labrys 2C.png
'I had dibs on this move before Hilda'
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- All 16 - - -10
  • Head Invulnerable
  • Covers a big space in front of and above Labrys, but slow to start

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


2C[edit]
2C
P4Arena Labrys Sweep.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- Low 15 - - -8
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


j.A[edit]
j.A
P4Arena Labrys jA.png
P4Arena Labrys jBB.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
j.A - High 9 - - -
  • Your fastest aerial option, but reach and angle aren't great.

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here

j.AA - High - - - -
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


j.B[edit]
j.B
P4Arena Labrys jB.png
P4Arena Labrys jBB.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
j.B - High 16 - - -
  • Move covers a big space around Labrys
  • Slow to start up, so difficult to challenge people in the air
  • Good for crossups, jump-ins, air to airs, slices, dices, and heats your slippers for you

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here

j.BB - High - - - -
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


j.C[edit]
j.C
P4Arena Labrys jC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- All 13 - - -
  • Technically faster than your jB
  • Hitbox is decently-sized
  • Freezes you in place for the duration, making it bad for jump-ins.

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here



Universal Moves[edit]

Ground Throw[edit]
Ground Throw
5B+C
P4Arena Labrys GroundThrow.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- Throw 7 - - -
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


5th Gen Axe Slash[edit]
5th Gen Axe Slash
5A+D
P4Arena Labrys BD.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
2500 Air Unblockable 24 - - -33
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


Skills[edit]

Chain Knuckle[edit]
Chain Knuckle
236A/B
P4Arena Labrys ChainKnuckle.png
Grabrys
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
A - All 17 - - -5 (-9 at max range)
  • Fast startup.
  • A decent-ish way to interact with your opponent at about half-screen, but can't be followed up with winch dash.

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here

B - All 25 - - -5 (-11 at max range)
  • Goes nearly full-screen.

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


Winch Dash[edit]
Winch Dash
B/C Chain Knuckle > 6
P4Arena Labrys WinchDash.png
BBTag Labrys WinchDashFollowupA.png
P4Arena Labrys Sweep.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Dash
6
- - - - - -5 at point blank
  • -10 at max range from 236B
  • -11 at max range from 236C
Followup Attack A
Dash > A
- High 20 - - -21
  • Overhead, very unsafe on block.
Followup Attack B
Dash > B
- Low 12 - - -4
  • Low, safe on block though, can also continue into safejump on hit if you want to.


Guillotine Axe[edit]
Guillotine Axe
214A/B
P4Arena Labrys GuillotineAxe.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
A - - 23 - - -10
  • Faster, but cant combo solo after.
B - - 36 - - -6
  • On hit against a grounded opponent, can link into 5A

Usually used when active switching from labrys after using an assist to cover the animation for mixup. The hitstun on both versions is VERY long so you can do some pretty dumb cross combos as proration wont mess you up.


Aerial Guillotine[edit]
Aerial Guillotine
j.214A/B
P4Arena Labrys GuillotineAerial.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
A - - 12 - - -
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here

B - - 23 - - -
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


Extra Skills[edit]

EX Chain Knuckle[edit]
EX Chain Knuckle
236C
P4Arena Labrys ChainKnuckle.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - 17 - - -5 (-11 at max range)
  • Speed of A version, can follow up like B version.

Not too useful outside of some weird conversions, unless doing a safejump or 4A after the B follow up you will need 2 meter to combo.


EX Followup Attack[edit]
EX Followup Attack
Winch Dash > C
P4Arena Labrys 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- All 11 - - -5
  • On hit, will knock airborne opponents up with a set stun time, allowing for easy combo followups.

Can burn meter with 236CC 2C. Not at all good use of meter but its fun.


EX Guillotine Axe[edit]
EX Guillotine Axe
214C
P4Arena Labrys GuillotineAxe.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- All 11 - - -6
  • Two hits, can build axe quickly but cannot combo solo after.

First hit is not an overhead, giving more time for the opponent to react.


EX Aerial Guillotine[edit]
EX Aerial Guillotine
j.214C
P4Arena Labrys GuillotineAerial.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- All 12 - - -
  • Important points go here

Detailed description of the usefulness of the move go here


Partner Skills[edit]

5P[edit]
5P
5A
P4Arena Labrys 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - - - -
  • Moves forward before attacking
  • Decent for combo extensions

Hitbox can be a bit...finicky, be careful when using to follow up certain character moves.


6P[edit]
6P
Weaver's Art: Orb
P4AU Labrys WeaversArtOrb.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - - - -
  • Slow to start
  • Traps opponent on hit

When using this assist, you can active switch to labrys once it launches to have the orb cover her. It can also be used in some rather unorthodox combos.


4P[edit]
4P
4AAA
P4Arena Labrys 5AAA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - - - -
  • Decent anti-air, but lacks horizontal range.
  • Labrys comes in slightly behind you, limiting its usefulness as an offensive tool.

Not a great assist, but it does its job sometimes.



Distortion Skills[edit]

Weaver's Art: Beast[edit]
Weaver's Art: Beast
236B+C
P4Arena Labrys WeaversArtBeast.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - 4+16 - - -68
  • Will whiff if something hits the opponent after the move traps them, so a partner may screw you over.

The damage scales hard when used at the end of a longer combo. If you start a combo with red axe, it would be better to perform your super early to maximize damage.


Brutal Impact[edit]
Brutal Impact
214B+C
P4Arena Labrys BrutalImpact.png
I'm gonna smack you!
P4Arena Labrys BrutalImpact2.png
SO HARD!
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - 22+3 - - -61
  • Can be charged for extra 104 frames
  • Fully charged does an absurd amount of damage, but it's too slow to actually be useful in most situations.
  • Since the move has guard point for the duration, you can use it to HEAVILY punish raw supers with long active times, like Ziodyne.


Astral Heat[edit]

Weaver's Art: Inquisition
222B+C
P4Arena Labrys WeaversArtInquisition.png
P4Arena Labrys WeaversArtInquisition2.png
Time for your punishment!
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - - - -
  • First hit is a projectile that travels full-screen, albeit slowly
  • Punish bad full-screen distortions (Except Touga. Touga is too fast)

Can combo into this from j.214B, timing is rather fast though so be careful.



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