Robot. Ky. Gimmic-ky.
Ky's robotic doppelganger who plays very differently, despite having a few similar normals. Robo-Ky plays a fairly well-rounded, strike/throw game, but in addition, requires managing his unique meter systems. His electric meter system changes the strengths and utility of much of his moveset, ranging from weak and pitiable moves to high damage and very quick stun output. His heat gauge affects some of his other moves by changing their hitstun and damage output, but Robo-Ky needs to take care to ensure that this meter doesn't hit 100%, otherwise he'll self destruct, get knocked down, and lose all of his momentum.
Robo has the potential to be a tricky and damaging character once you become strong at managing his resources.
Robo-Ky plays a fairly well-rounded, strike/throw game, but in addition, requires managing his unique meter systems.
- High defense and very difficult to stun.
- High stun potential in the corner from various starters, with meter.
- One of two characters that can delay their wakeup, forcing the opponent to adjust the timing of their pressure.
- Is heavily rewarded for instant blocking as he gains meter quickly from it compared to other characters.
- Good at controlling a large air space in front of him, restricting the opponent’s movement.
- At high meter has one of the best DP anti-airs in the game.
- Strong tick throw and frame trap game.
- Meter dependence on special moves makes him vulnerable at round start in some matchups, and overally very resource intensive.
- 5 frame jump startup combined with a low jump height makes him one of the least mobile characters in the game.
- Low average damage off random hits on top of limited gatling routes with unconventional normals. His big burst damage combos generally leave him with no resources and very high heat.
- No real means of securing a knockdown from an air combo.
- High heat (80+) can lock Robo out of certain tools out of fear of overheating.
- Can be locked out of combo routes due to having too much meter. Requires improvisation to convert based on available meter and current heat.
- Has few opportunities to lock the opponent down to safely use his high/low tools.
Robo-Ky's Electric and Heat Gauges
After picking Robo, one can clearly see that his tension gauge looks different from everybody else’s. Instead of the standard bar, his only indicates meter in increments of 10%. His special moves change properties based on this meter, which can be charged mainly by using and standing over his 2D Mat move (His sweep is instead allocated to his 2S).
For the following meter ranges, his specials are set to corresponding levels:
- 0 bars = Lvl 1 specials
- 1-4 bars = Lvl 2 specials
- 5-10 bars = Lvl 3 specials
Overall, his lvl 1 specials are pretty useless and have minimal use, while his Lvl 2 and 3 specials each have their particular uses.
Robo-Ky has a second, circular gauge that tells his temperature with tick marks for every 10°C.
This gauge, representing heat, changes the properties of his 6H, 2S and 2H. At 80+ heat, Robo does more damage and has additional hitstun, giving him combos limited to high heat. Additionally, and often overlooked, at 80+ heat all his normals will do chip damage! This catches many people off guard!
80+ heat damage seems to be calculated by removing the last digit of the damage value, and adding the resulting number to the damage of the move. So if a move normally does 20 damage, it would do 22 at 80+ heat. 42 would do 46, 15 would do 16, etc. This persists through damage scaling.
- 30-49 heat, 30 is the lowest default value of heat
- 50-79 heat
- 80-99 heat
- At 100 heat, Robo-ky overheats and does self inflicted damage, gets knocked down, and has his heat reset back to 30.