DBFZ/Captain Ginyu

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Overview[edit]
Overview

Captain Ginyu is a setplay character who stands out in DBFZ as one of the cast's most unique characters. Alone, Ginyu is the most average character in the game with a completely okay toolkit and reactable mixups. Ginyu's claim to fame is his Ginyu Force, allowing him to call in Guldo, Recoome, Burter and Jeice to help him out in battle. These can be thought of as mini-assists, each with their own specific moves that all have their own quirks and opportunities. This gives Ginyu pressure unlike almost anyone else in the game, the sheer amount of creativity that can be applied to Ginyu's offensive gameplan is too vast to list, and that's without mentioning uses in neutral or Body Change. However, the Captain starts the game at somewhat of an uphill battle due to him needing to actually call his force and get his momentum started, and he has some of the most polarizing matchups in DBFZ.
If you can't rely on gimmicks or need an always-reliable kit, Ginyu might not be for you. But wild, creative and pressure-heavy players will adore the loyal, flamboyant captain.

Note: "Together We Are... The Ginyu Force!" is both the name for his special Ginyu Force call and his Level 3. As such, they will be exclusively referred to by their inputs.


"This is it! Feast your eyes on my special fighting pose!"
Lore:Captain Ginyu, Recoome, Guldo, Burter, and Jeice make up the Ginyu Force, Frieza's most elite (and most eccentric) soldiers. Be not fooled by their penchant for dramatic poses, for each member of the Ginyu Force is a dangerous one-man army unto himself. However, they would be defeated by Goku and Vegeta, with Ginyu left as the last surviving member of the troupe after his soul wound up trapped in a Namekian frog.
Playstyle
DBFZ Captain Ginyu Icon.png Captain Ginyu is a wild setplay character who must creatively use his force to lock down the opponent and begin extremely powerful pressure and okizeme.
Pros Cons
  • Extremely gimmicky: Ginyu's creative options know no bounds, while it's true that his mixup is reactable he can overwhelm an opponent with his options and catch hits easier than you'd think.
  • Matchups: Characters without solid defensive or neutral tools can find themselves completely locked down by Ginyu, unable to fight back.
  • Ginyu Force Pressure: Ginyu's pressure is almost unlimited due to his torrent of unpredictable tools. Best of all, the Force doesn't stop attacking if Ginyu gets hit, which allows them to break Ginyu out of combos or even reverse them.
  • Best Damage: Ginyu's damage is perhaps the best in the game, as well as fantastic meter gain and meter burning too. TODs are very possible with Ginyu.
  • Neutral Control: The Force gives Ginyu free beam assists, aerial denial and more.
  • Extremely gimmicky: Ginyu's desired tools are not always available to him, and can become predictable if used unwisely. All of his force calls also have key weaknesses along with their strengths.
  • Matchups: Characters with powerful, low commit neutral tools can completely shut down Ginyu's force and exploit his lack of defensive tools.
  • Pressure Requirements: Ginyu's pressure still wants assists or meter to help him get his train started, and predicted force calls can be punished heavily by Reflect. Conditioning is very important.
  • Telegraphed Force: Stray Ginyu Force Calls are very telegraphed and can be beaten by punching/shooting them before they become active.
  • Reactable Mixup: Ginyu's mixup is slow, it's the Force that lets him create mixups.
Ginyu Force
Using 5S or 236S/214S, Ginyu will call forth members of the Ginyu Force to aid him in battle. Ginyu Force members always come out in a set order. Master the rotation of the Ginyu Force member calls and synchronize his offense to capitalize on their support to achieve victory with style befitting a member of the Ginyu Force.

The Rotation for the Ginyu Force's attacks is always Guldo → Recoome → Burter → Jeice.

Only 2 extra members of the Ginyu Force can appear on screen at the same time. Ginyu Force members also don't go away if Ginyu gets hit.

Normal Moves[edit]

5L[edit]

5M[edit]

5H[edit]

2L[edit]

2M[edit]


2H[edit]

6M[edit]

j.L[edit]

j.M[edit]

j.H[edit]

j.2H[edit]

Special Moves[edit]

Strong Jersey[edit]

236L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground L 1000 All - 13 10 20 -5 -
Air L 1000 All - 13 8 20 - -
Ground M 1200 All U1+ 16 10 20 -5 -
Air M 1200 All U1+ 16 8 20 - -
Ground H 1300 All U1+ 11 10 18 -5 -
Air H 1300 All U1+ 11 8 20 - -

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236L is a pretty good neutral tag tool, scales better than 5M so you can TOD off of this as well.

  • Good range and decent startup for a lariat
  • Decent pushback on block.
  • True blockstring from 5LL and any M or H normal.

236M has a gap if used after any normal, giving you a very easy frametrap.

  • Wallbounces on Smash, vital to Ginyu's corner combos.
  • Decent pushback on block.

Cancel 236H into a force call and then catch the opponent with 2M or 5M to start a combo on the ground, in the air you'll have to work with some trickier stuff.

  • Causes wall bounce to mid screen can also be used to combo into Ginyu force members from any position.
  • True blockstring from any normal.
  • Extreme pushback on block.

  • All versions' range is reduced in the air.

All versions of Strong Jersey are incredibly vital to Ginyu's gameplan, as it can be special cancelled into 5S or 236S/214S on hit or block. Don't neglect this tool.

The Ginyu Force[edit]

5S / j.S[edit]

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground - - - 24 - Total 34 - -
Air - - - 24 - Total 45(+9L) - -

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  • Ginyu strikes a quick pose and summons a member of the Ginyu Force to perform an attack.
  • Startup refers to the first frame that Force Member appears.
  • Has both properties of a normal and a special: can be canceled into from Strong Jersey, mid-combo DR, Smash Vanish and all normals except 6M (even in Sparking).
  • Whiff cancelable into Vanish from frame 19, letting you make a safe and nearly unpunishable pressure reset, or neutral skip.

Force members warp in faster than 236S/214S and the moves are generally quick and simple as well, 5S is usually better for resetting pressure or quick pokes.


Together We Are...the Ginyu Force![edit]

236S / 214S (Air OK)


Failed Call[edit]


General Notes[edit]

  • Below are data for the Force member themselves to actually attack.
  • Ginyu is almost always given enough time to follow up with 5L after a force call on the ground, which is vital to his combo plan.
  • All Ginyu Force attacks count as projectiles, and are susceptible to projectile counters.

The cycle is Guldo -> Recoome -> Burter -> Jeice. This is your entire gameplan, don't mess it up or forget your order!

Guldo[edit]

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
5S 700 All - 20 - Total 97 +20 -
236S / 214S 0 All - 27 31 67 +20 -

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  • From the ground, aims a projectile at opponent.
  • Has limited angle, won't hit opponents that are too high up.

Good projectile due to its size, speed and tracking. Although it beats Super Dash, it will lose to beams.


  • Appears on the ground and attempts to freeze the opponent.
  • Both versions can autocorrect on sideswitch. Though, like all assists, crossup Guldo can be blocked both ways.
  • 236S will warp ahead. 214S will warp closer to Ginyu and never ahead of the opponent, sometimes as far as behind Ginyu.
  • Deals a LOT of hitstop and hitstun on hit.

236S is ultimate oki tool, catches all techs except for the most delayed downtechs. Being +20 means you're also given a good enough frame to Dragon Rush and still have it work.


Recoome[edit]

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
5S 900 All - 37~50 6 65 +35 33-Recovery Ki Blasts
236S 150*9 All - 52 45 72 +46 -
214S 2000 All - 350 13 99 +35 Projectiles

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  • Poses before rushing at the opponent with a charging knee.
  • Wall bounces on hit.

Useful for many setups to make things safe. Not very good as a pressure reset by its self due to its slow speed, if you happen to get mashed out it's likely Recoome will get hit as well.


  • Appears on the ground and fires a beam.
  • Hits more than a regular beam, but still clashes one.

Beam assist on demand! Good to call in after Guldo's 236S on wakeup, and leads to Ginyu's deadliest combos.


  • Charges in place before unleashing a huge explosion that does a ridiculous amount of hitstun and heavily scales your combo.
  • Is only invulnerable to non-Super projectiles.

The funniest thing in the entire game to hit someone with or combo into, and you don't need to disconnect the opponent's controller to do so unlike Gamma Ray. Mostly used to flex or scare an opponent, it's too slow to quickly combo into and extending a combo for seven seconds results in it dealing only 200 damage thanks to scaling. Because Recoome isn't invulnerable to physical hits, you'll have to keep corralling the opponent near him to keep his threat real in pressure. Thankfully, its massive hitbox means if the opponent does try to break out towards the end or even starts comboing Ginyu, they'll be in for a rude and utterly hilarious surprise. Otherwise, just use Eraser Gun.

Burter[edit]

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
5S 250*4 All - 9 3{(3)3}*3 68 +42 -
236S 850*4 All - 26 30(23)30(23)30(23)45 44 +20 per hit -
214S 850*2 All - 35 30(23)45 44 +20 per hit -

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  • Teleports in with a flurry of kicks. 5S will warp to the ground, j.S will warp to the air.
  • Insane tracking in combos.
  • Hits faster than Ginyu can.
  • Basically just Yamcha Assist on demand, complete with high hitstun.

Excellent pressure reset and combo extender.


  • Flies back and forth 4 times.
  • Only tracks airborne opponents from jump height and up.
  • Breaks more combos than it has any reason to.

One of the best special moves in the game. Effectively denies the opponent's right to be in the air, blocking Burter will drop them straight back down to the ground where Ginyu can catch them. Because so many combos are also in the air, Burter will free Ginyu from basically any combo thrown his way and allow a reversal.


  • Poses, then flies back and forth 2 times on the ground.
  • Vacuums the opponent out of the corner.
  • Yes, this is as good as it sounds.

God gave us Ginyu, Satan gave him corner crossups.
Not as good in neutral, but in pressure it's an unholy semi-reactable 3-way-mixup that continues into even more pressure if blocked.

Jeice[edit]

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
5S 700 All - 20 - Total 86 +25 -
236S / 214S 400*N All - 137 X{(2)X}*N - - 95-End All

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  • Warps directly above the opponent and throws a Crusher Ball at the opponent, tracks even better in combos.
  • Insane groundbounce and hitstun, Ginyu can convert off of this from fullscreen or get a Dragon Rush at the end of a combo.
  • Has Ki Blast properties.

Really dumb projectile, can frequently stuff an opponent's movements or beat out other projectiles simply because Jeice attacks from above. It has so much hitstun that you can actually link Jeice 5S into Guldo 5S in a midscreen combo.


  • Jeice and Burter launch a cooperative attack. If Burter is currently out, he will stop attacking very shortly after the input is made and warp to Jeice.
  • 236S appears at the opposite side of the screen, 214S appears behind Ginyu.
  • After charging up, they will accelerate in the other direction and shower down Ki Blasts everywhere.
  • Covers the entire screen in purple, making it harder to see Ginyu.
  • Can vacuum opponents out of the corner.
  • Has Ki Blast properties.

Similar to Burter 236S in use, except now you can also use it for grounded pressure and corner mixups. Some cheeky opponents will try to superdash out, but it's very easy to 2H and they'll likely get blasted the moment they hit Ginyu any way.


Z Assists[edit]

Assist A[edit]

Strong Jersey

Assist B[edit]

We are the Ginyu Force!

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Guldo 700 All - 39 - - +20 -
Recoome 900 All - 56 - - +35 -
Burter 250*4 All - 28 - - +44 -
Jeice 700 All - 39 - - +25 -

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  • Ginyu calls in a member of the Ginyu Force to do a special attack.
  • B assist follows a combination of two rotations, the Ginyu Force rotation (Guldo -> Recoome -> Burter -> Jeice) and an attack rotation (5S -> 236S -> 214S).
  • If the Ginyu Force rotation is changed via tagging in, the attack rotation will stay the same. For example, if the last assist call was 5S, the next assist will be 236S, no matter which member is called.
  • Body changed Ginyu B will do A assist instead of having a heart attack.


Assist C[edit]

Strong Mixer

Super Moves[edit]

Powerful Energy Wave[edit]

236L+M or 236H+S

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Level 1 2000 All UDV 9+4 - Total 68 -27 9-20 All
Level 2 2500 All UDV 9+4 - Total 68 -27 9-20 All
Level 3 3000 All UDV 9+3 - Total 67 -32 9-19 All

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  • Hold buttons during the super flash to use more Ki gauge and do more damage. Max 3 Ki gauges.
  • Minimum damage: 800 → 1100 → 1410.
  • If fully charged, the super causes a hard knockdown.
  • The charged versions are not considered Meteor Attacks, meaning you can still Ultimate Z Change from them into another super.

Really useful for meter dumping and recovers lightning fast for a Super. There are several setups Ginyu can get from other supers giving a knockdown after he fires, letting him call force and go for extremely ambigious mixups.


Body Change[edit]

214L+M (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground 0 All UDV 45+12 25 39 -24 1-76 All
Air 0 All UDV 45+12 25 39 -24 1-76 All

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  • Hold the button to deal 3000 unrecoverable damage to Ginyu during the Super freeze.
  • Switches health bars and movesets on hit, if the opponent isn't another Ginyu, they won't have access to the Ginyu Force (S normals, S specials, B assist, 214H+S) and Body Change.
  • Can only combo'd into from Guldo 236S/214S.
  • Characters affected by Body Change who are revived by Shenron will come back in the switched body, not their original one.
  • Possible to have two of the same character on your team.

Not so much a reversal as it is an anchor killer. Ginyu without the Ginyu Force is just an average, basic character who can't get very much mileage, so Body Changing their Anchor into a wounded Ginyu can be a game-winner.

An assist with a long stun such as a C assist can give you time to call Guldo's 236S to paralyze the opponent and then body change. Ginyu can also combo into it solo with very specific routes.

Together we are... the Ginyu Force![edit]

214H+S

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