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Overview
Overview

Katalina is a well-rounded character based on the ShotoShort for "shotokan"A character archetype defined by being similar in some way to Ryu or Ken Masters from Street Fighter. Shotos usually have a horizontal fireball, an invincible reversal, and a forward moving special move. archetype. While her play style is similar to Gran's, she excels at a longer range due to many of her rapier-based attacks and dash follow-up from her Light Wall; this means Katalina can afford to fight more defensively, while effectively complimenting her offense.


"I wield this sword to protect those dear to me."
Lore:A former knight of the Erste Empire.

Her strong sense of justice led her to betray the empire and free Lyria, the very prisoner she was charged with guarding.
Now, having become a pillar of strength for the entire crew, she is both Gran and Lyria's greatest supporter —and Vyrn's greatest admirer.
She employs skillful swordplay and a magic blade in her fighting style, utilizing techniques that are peerless in both beauty and strength.

When it comes to battle, there are few situations she can't handle.
Voice:English: Erica Lindbeck/Japanese: Miyuki Sawashiro
Playstyle
GBVS Katalina Icon.png Katalina is a well-rounded character who plays footsies at a slightly longer range with her far-reaching attacks.
Pros Cons
  • Powerful pokes: Her pokes are fast, long-reaching, recover quickly and can be confirmed or buffered into Enchanted Lands from any range.
  • Excellent anti-airs: Between 2H, f.H and Emerald Sword, Katalina can reliably anti-air any air approach and get high damage out of it.
  • Versatile specials: Frozen Blade projectile, Emerald Sword Anti-Air and reversal, along with Enchanted Lands advancing stab let her control neutral effectively and convert hits into damage in the corner.
  • High corner damage: Any hit close to the corner can be converted into H Enchanted Lands for strong reward.
  • Linear: She has one effective game plan, playing some variation of footsies. Against characters that don't need to play that sort of game with her she's in trouble.
  • Reliance on Enchanted Lands: Relies heavily on hit-confirming Enchanted Lands from pokes. If Enchanted Lands is on cooldown, her damage potential and neutral threat go down greatly.
  • Can't cook: Do not let her if you still value your life.

Normal Moves

c.L

c.M

c.H

Auto Combo

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. 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 a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she 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. On BlockThe 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. On Hit Invuln
c.XX 350 Mid - - - -3 +1 -
c.XXX 350 Mid - - - -4 0 -

Katalina's autocombo doesn't put her airborne on the second hit like some other characters, which is useful for hitconfirming on the second, rather than the third hit, for better damage. It also moves her forward a bit during the startup of the second hit, creating some midscreen fireball link options. By inputting two hits of an autocombo, then canceling the second hit into a special just as it begins to start up, you will move forward a bit in addition to the special attack.

GBVS Katalina 5XXX.gif Example using 5L string.

f.L

f.M

f.H

2L

2M

2H

2U

j.L

j.M

j.H

j.U

Unique Action

Light Wall

5U

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. 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 a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she 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. On BlockThe 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. On Hit Invuln
Slash
Level 1
700 Mid 14~??+9 6 24 -15 KD -
Slash
Level 2
1000 Mid 14~??+9 6 24 -13 KD -
Slash
Level 3
1200 Mid 14~??+9 6 24 -11 Crumple -
Frontstep
5U > 66
- - - - 19 -5/-3/-1 KD/KD(+7)/Crumple -
Backstep
5U > 44
- - - - 22 -8/-6/-4 KD/KD/Crumple -

Gives Katalina armor for one hit and reduces the damage by 40%. Follows up with a slash when the button is released or when charged to maximum, but the attack has no armor. Both the barrier and the slash are forward and backdash cancellable. With the buff granting her knockdowns on hit, it is a decent option to punish fireballs or single-hit forward advancing moves. It has also opened up a more damaging combo route if opting for a 623L air reset combo ender.

Holding 5U powers up the attack:

  • Releasing immediately does a forward advancing slash with the lowest level reward. On aerial hit, it is possible to connect a c.L after a frontstep.
  • Charged halfway the screen will shake, and will grant combos by canceling into frontstep.
  • Charged to maximum the attack will release itself and crumple the opponent on hit.
  • If your opponent connects an attack with the shield they can cancel normally.

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Air Throw

Overhead Attack

Special Moves

Frozen Blade GBVS Fireball.png

236X or 5S

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. 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 a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she 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. On BlockThe 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. On Hit Invuln
236L 800 All 16 - Total 42 -9 -5 -
236M 800 All 16 - Total 42 -9 -5 -
236H 350×3 All 16 - Total 42 +2 +6 -

Shoots an ice sword projectile. Your traditional fireball. This move is absolutely vital to your gameplan, and you will be cancelling most of your pokes into this to make them safe and even plus in some situations.


L Fireball
  • The slow one.

M Fireball
  • The fast one.

H Fireball
  • Hits three times.
  • Hard knockdown on air hit.

The extra 2 hits will extend blockstun and corner combos.

Emerald Sword GBVS Parry.png

623X or 6S

Enchanted Lands GBVS Charge.png GBVS SpecialCharge.png

214X or 2/4S

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. 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 a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she 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. On BlockThe 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. On Hit Invuln
214L 1000 Mid 17 6 21 -10 (at worst) KD -
214M 1400 Mid 21 6 21 -8 (at worst) KD -
214H 1200 [1800] Mid 16 [17-76] 8 21 -10 (at worst) [+2] HKD -

A quickly advancing rapier thrust. This is unsafe on block at most ranges, so it's important to properly hitconfirm into it or space it correctly.


L Version
  • Basic knockdown ender.

Highly unsafe on block, but vital for securing knockdowns. You will learn how to hitconfirm this or you will die trying.


M Version
  • Does a backstep first before advancing.
  • Wallbounces on counterhit.

The backthrust is useful for whiff punishing, as it can dodge and punish pokes like Ferry's 5M/2M.


H Version
  • Wallbounces in the corner.
  • Can be charged for a guard crush.

Its powerful when near the corner, since you can convert any hit into lots of damage.

Skybound Art

Blades of Frost

236236H or 236S

Super Skybound Art

Realm of Ice

236236U or 236S+U

Colors

Colors
Color 1
Color 2
Color 3
Color 4
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Color 5
Color 6
Color 7
Color 8
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Color 9
Color 10
Color 11
Color 12
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Color 13
Color 14
Color 15
Color 16
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Color 17
Color 18
Color 19
GBVS Katalina Color 17.png
GBVS Katalina Color 18.png
GBVS Katalina Color 19.png
Weapons
01
02
03
04
GBVS Katalina Weapon 01.png
GBVS Katalina Weapon 02.png
GBVS Katalina Weapon 03.png
GBVS Katalina Weapon 04.png
05
06
07
08
GBVS Katalina Weapon 05.png
GBVS Katalina Weapon 06.png
GBVS Katalina Weapon 07.png
GBVS Katalina Weapon 08.png


External References

Katalina Match Video Database

Katalina Combo Theory: DP Juggles by cococolaco

GBVS Katalina Primer by Tenryuga

GRANBLUE FANTASY VERSUS - Katalina 101 by LordKnight

KATALINA - Character Guide, Basic Combos, Neutral: Granblue Versus by jtails

GBVS Katalina safe jump & safe jab setup カタリナ詐欺飛び集

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