GGXRD/Axl Low

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Axl Low
GGXRD Axl Portrait.png

Defense Modifier: x1.06

Guts Rating: 1

Stun Resistance: 60

Jump Startup: 4F

Backdash Time: 16F

Backdash Invincibility: 1-8F

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

Overview[edit]

Axl originally lived in the 20th century. During this period, he fell in love with a girl named Megumi. He grew up in the slums and eventually found himself in the middle of a gang war. Thanks to his strength, he was able to put an end to the conflict in six months (with no casualties). It was sometime after this victory when Axl was forced to go through his first time slip into the 22nd century.

Axl enters the Sacred Knights Tournament in hopes of finding a way to get back to his own era. He was apparently led to believe that the winner of the tournament could have a wish granted to them.


Later in the series, Axl is wandering about, looking for Faust, in hopes of being cured by a doctor of such skill. He encounters various people on the way, and fights them, chalking it all up to bad luck. Then he meets up with Sol Badguy. After this, the path splits. In one ending, Axl fights Kliff Undersn and Justice, and then realizes that he's been thrown back in time once again. In the other (more likely) ending, he battles Faust, and then is diagnosed with involuntary timeslipping. Faust blames this on there being an alternate version of Axl in existence. Axl meets up with I-No, among other people, while wandering about. As is the case with many other characters, I-No is the catalyst that causes the events that follow. In the first ending, he meets up with That Man and finds out from him that Raven is the cause of his timeslipping, and it is implied that Raven is the alternate version of Axl that was diagnosed by Faust. In another, Axl fights with Zappa, and afterward begins to wonder how Megumi is faring. In his third ending, he ends up fighting a future version of himself; he also asks "himself" that if he can return to Megumi, but receives no answer. This allegedly has something to do with actions performed by Axl later on. Perhaps more light will be shed on this in later games. Interestingly, since the three endings have nothing to do with each other, and don't contradict each other in any way, it is entirely possible that they all happened. Axl first battles I-No. Depending on the method of victory, Axl may continue travelling, or he will once again be forced through time, during the first Sacred War, forced to battle Kliff Undersn, Order-Sol and even another version of himself.

In Xrd, Axl confront I-No yet again just to tell her to bring him to That Man with important information. I-No bring Axl to The Backyard to meet That Man. Axl tells That Man the message, than Axl learned that he has no way out to escape.

Strengths[edit]

  • Has extreme reach from many moves, this means he can work around most of the cast's zoning as well as harass close range fighters.
  • Strong anti-air game
  • Can often get damage and knockdown from AA hits as well as with meter.

Weaknesses[edit]

  • Pokes are slow and often situational.
  • Pressure is very reliant on frame traps.


Normal Moves[edit]

5P[edit]
5P
GGXRD Axl 5P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
28 Mid S YRP 7 6 19 -11

Mostly an anti-air, but can tag taller characters out of their setups/projectiles/what have you from full screen.

5K[edit]
5K
GGXRD Axl 5K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
16 Mid S YRP 6 3 12 -3

Axl's jab. It's not as fast as most jabs and it's on the wrong button. Dodges some low attacks by putting your foot out of the way.

c.S[edit]
c.S
GGXRD Axl c.S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
28 Mid SJ YRP 7 6 10 +1

Mostly a confirm or a poke at close range (Good throw OS, for example). A decently fast anti-air as well, but not as reliable as 2S

f.S[edit]
f.S
GGXRD Axl f.S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
33 Mid S YRP 9 3 22 -11

Huge long-range poke that's way faster than most things with the range it has. Staggers on counterhit.

5H[edit]
5H
GGXRD Axl 5H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
42 Mid S YRP 16 4 17 -2

Slow, but decent range, damage, and a little bit of upper-body invincibility. Extremely big counterhit.

2P[edit]
2P
GGXRD Axl 2P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
24 Low S YRP 12 6 18 -10

Probably your worst low poke, but nice if you need something fast at long range. Can gatling into 6H.

2K[edit]
2K
GGXRD Axl 2K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
9 Low S YRP 7 5 6 -1

Low profile like crazy. An awesome poke and an awesome tick throw. If you're going to spam a normal...

2S[edit]
2S
GGXRD Axl 2S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
22,18 Mid SJ YRP 8 9,6 15 -5

One of the best anti-air moves in the game, and your main confirm into TK Axl Bomber for knockdown. Hits twice, second hit has a vacuum property. Jump cancel-able from either hit.

2H[edit]
2H
GGXRD Axl 2H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
22,18 Low,Mid - YRP 11 8,6 16 -4

A good way to stop ground approach or just poke at someone from far away. Staggers on both hits, but doesn't really get you a combo without meter. Post 1.10 patch the second hit will knock down on counterhit.

j.P[edit]
j.P
GGXRD Axl j.P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
10 High / Air CS YRP 7 4 9 -

Kind of a weak air jab, mostly just for chaining together air normals, or dodging fireballs when you hit with a jS

j.K[edit]
j.K
GGXRD Axl j.K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
18 High / Air SJ YRP 8 8 12 -

Your best air-to-air poke, huge untech on counterhit.

j.S[edit]
j.S
GGXRD Axl j.S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
16,12 High / Air, Mid / Air S YRP 11 8,8 9 -

A very strong approach tool and safe jump from far away. Hits twice. Can even reverse gatling to j.6P.

j.H[edit]
j.H
GGXRD Axl j.H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
38 High / Air S YRP 10 12 9 -

Your main falling normal into damage. Also the best way to hit below Axl

j.D[edit]
j.D
GGXRD Axl j.D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
40 High / Air S YRP 10 2 22 / 5 Landing Recovery -

A launcher from the air. You use this to confirm air-to-ground into a real combo for no meter. Post 1.10 patch gives wall splat effect.

6P[edit]
6P
GGXRD Axl 6P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
32 Mid SJ YRP 9 3 16 -5

Upper-body invuln, but not very, and also not a very good hitbox. Situational anti-air or ground poke

3P[edit]
3P
GGXRD Axl 3P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
24 Low S YRP 11 4 8 +2

Godlike low poke and frame trap. Launches on counterhit. Great for baiting reversals.

6K[edit]
6K
GGXRD Axl 6K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
22,18 Mid,Mid SJ YRP 11 5(2)8 15 -5

An anti-air that covers a range that 2S doesn't cover. Good against jump back, and also a situational confirm into knockdown on some characters where 2S wouldn't work. Hits twice.

On grounded opponents (usually after a Shark Strike), you can combo 6K > Rensen > Melody Chain and follow up with a 5P.

6H[edit]
6H
GGXRD Axl 6H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
46 All - YRP 23 9 9 +1

A big overhead that you really want to hit meaty with. There are tricky ways to do this with 3P-6H, but the easiest way is obviously just to meaty it on oki. Gets off the ground pretty early, so it'll beat lows and prevent throws a lot of the time (Though it will lose to most throw OSes). Also good for calling out a backdash, and as a situational anti-air. Bounces opponent on counter hit leading to combos.

j.6P[edit]
j.6P
GGXRD Axl j.6P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
24 Mid S YRP 7 6 14 -

Excellent poke for certain ranges, also a good confirm from a falling jS

2D[edit]
2D
GGXRD Axl 2D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 Low S YRP 8 10 12 -8

Sweep with a decent amount of range. Not much else to say

5D[edit]
5D
GGXRD Axl 5D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 High - YRP 26 6 15 -4

We jumpin' rope, kids. Pretty telegraphed compared to other dusts, but also has some lower-body invulnerability.

Universal Mechanics[edit]

Ground Throw[edit]
Ground Throw
GGXRD Axl GroundThrow.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
0,50 Ground Throw: 78750 - R 1 - - 71

A strong, comboable throw, which can go into knockdown and decent damage for Axl against most characters in the game. Throws the opponent behind Axl, which makes the backthrow/forward throw tradeoff work backwards for Axl.

Air Throw[edit]
Air Throw
GGXRD Axl AirThrow.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
0,60 Air Throw: 192500 - R 1 - - -

Pretty standard fare airthrow. Knocks down

Dead Angle Attack[edit]
Dead Angle Attack
GGXRD Axl 6P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 All - - 9 2 17 -5

Kind of a lame DAA. It is pretty fast, but 6P is one of Axl's worst hitboxes. Not usually worth the meter.


Special Moves[edit]

Sickle Flash[edit]
Sickle Flash
[4]6S
GGXRD Axl SickleFlash.png
Sickle Flash
GGXRD Axl MelodyChain.png
Melody Chain
GGXRD Axl SpinningChainStrike.png
Spinning Chain Strike
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Attack 20×3 Mid - YRP 12 12(3 Hit) 39 -15
Melody Chain
Sicle Flash > 8 or 9
35 Mid - YRP 1 12 35 -6
Spinning Chain Strike
Sickle Flash > 2 or 3
26×5 Low - YRP 7 [2(5)]×4,2 17 -5

Sickle Flash (or "Rensengeki", usually abbreviated "rensen") is a staple of Axl's gameplan. It's fast and hard to contest on the ground, which makes it a strong tool for stopping approaches from midscreen, killing projectiles, and punishing attempts to do stuff far away from Axl in general. Rensen knocks down on hit and can be YRC'd as a pressure tool.

Melody Chain is mostly used to prevent opponents from jumping over a rensen to get in, but can also put them in an unfavorable position to tech from, and can be RC'd for a combo into knockdown.

Spinning Chain Strike provides a more damaging knockdown option in the corner, and can also be a pressure tool when Rensen gets blocked, allowing a quicker low option than is otherwise available to Axl after rensen comes out.

Artemis Hunter[edit]
Artemis Hunter
623S
GGXRD Axl ArtemisHunter.png
Benten Sama!
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
46 All - R 9 6 30 -22

A pretty standard dragon punch that doesn't leave the ground. Good for interrupting pressure or punishing approach. Knocks down on counterhit, and has less punishable recovery than most dragon punches, though it's still -22 so you can't expect not to get punished on block. Axl's ideal RC into damage.

Thunder Shadow Chain[edit]
Thunder Shadow Chain
63214S
GGXRD Axl ThunderShadowChain.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
45 High / Air - YRP 28 4 13+3 After Landing 1

A leaping crossup attack that can dodge some attacks. Moves Axl very quickly forward, and can be YRC'd to create a giant leap across the screen, letting Axl approach in a lot of diverse situations. Decent in pressure and neutral, but since it's not quick or invincible, you need quite a few frames to do it.

Spindle Spinner[edit]
Spindle Spinner
41236H
GGXRD Axl SpindleSpinner.png
It is proper etiquette to scream "YEAAAA" with Axl when this move lands, even if you're the one being hit.
GGXRD Axl SpindleSpinner2.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
0,80 Ground Throw YRP - 27 20 38 34

A very slow but far-reaching command-grab. An early RC can lead to any combo from the ground, but it's also extremely reactable and extremely punishable if the opponent jumps over it.

Heaven Can Wait[edit]
Heaven Can Wait
214P/K
GGXRD Axl HeavenCanWait.png
U wot mate?
GGXRD Axl HeavenCanWait3.png
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
P 0,80 - - RP - - Total 29 37
K 0,80 - - RP - - Total 29 60
  • P version catches Mids and Highs
  • K version catches Lows

Decent counters for shutting down long range pokes or predictable approaches. The low counter leads to a combo, but both will net you knockdown right next to the opponent.

Axl Bomber[edit]
Axl Bomber
j.623H
GGXRD Axl AxlBomber.png
Axl koompah!
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
50 All - YRP 9 4 10 After Landing -

Axl's primary combo ender, leads to knockdown and relaunches if done from low to the ground, as well as being a decent anti-air, although Axl has way better ones for most situations. Can be early YRC'd to effectively give Axl another jump.

Sparrowhawk Stance[edit]
Sparrowhawk Stance
63214H
GGXRD Axl SparrowhawkStance.png
GGXRD Axl SparrowhawkStance2.png
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Stance - - - YRP - - Maximum 188 -
→High
Stance > P
40 All - YRP 41+7 16 29 -
→Mid
Stance > K
32 All - YRP 41+7 17 24 -
→Low
Stance > S
24 All - YRP 41+11 17 29 -
End Stance
Stance > H
- - - YRP - - Total 28 -

Axl's main option for oki from the entire screen away. Loses to most projectiles, due to the attacks still having hurtboxes.


Overdrives[edit]

Sickle Storm[edit]
Sickle Storm
2363214H
GGXRD Axl SickleStorm.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
50×2,30×4 Mid - YRP 14+1 4,4(20)12{4 Hit} 39 -11
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Shark Strike[edit]
Shark Strike
214214S
GGXRD Axl SharkStrike.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
20,42 Mid, All - YRP 3+2 11(8)2 6 11
  • Performs a full-screen sickle toss similar to Rensengeki, with a follow-up that pulls in on hit or block.
  • Doesn't do much damage on its own, but on hit puts the opponent into an extended stagger that's quite useful for setting up combos.


Instant Kill[edit]

Amphora Conflagration
During IK Mode: 236236H
GGXRD Axl AmphoraConflagration1.png
GGXRD Axl AmphoraConflagration2.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
DESTROY All - - 9+15
[5+12]
5 32 -20
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