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Ky Kiske
GGXRD Ky Portrait.png

Defense Modifier: x1.03

Guts Rating: 2

Stun Resistance: 60

Jump Startup: 3F

Backdash Time: 16F

Backdash Invincibility: 1-9F

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

Overview[edit]

Ky is one of the poster boys for the Guilty Gear series and fulfills the role of a simple, well rounded character. Both charismatic and possessing a strong sense of justice, Ky now assumes his position as king reigning over the land of Illyria. However, when he hears of the uprising of a new threat to the world, Ramlethal Valentine, things become complicated for him. Planning to remove this obstacle in the way of his people's peace, Ky plans his assault!

Ky does well at midrange with some useful pokes and a variety of projectiles at his disposal. He is a character that can rapidly switch between keeping the opponent away and turning on the offensive. Some would be quick to assume that Ky is just your average "Shoto." However, there are certain things in his arsenal that can prove this wrong. In GGXRD, Ky was given the addition of "Grinders" (see Durandal Call below) which further augment his already proficient versatility. With this addition, Ky now has better options for spacing, setups, and okizeme. Ky excels at confirming knockdown from ground gatlings, and also greatly benefits from the reworked meter system, giving him useful options with enough tension. This effectively makes some aspects of his game easier and deadlier!

Strengths[edit]

  • Strong neutral game with fast and long reaching normals and good projectiles.
  • Has a tool for every situation, including two of the best anti-airs in the game.
  • Grinders make his projectiles even stronger and give him great oki.
  • Good character for beginners due to his simple game plan and low execution requirement.

Weaknesses[edit]

  • Low average damage.
  • Standard Jack of All Trades, while he has a tool for every situation, he doesn't excel at any area.

Durandal Call[edit]

Powered up projectiles

Ky can use specific attacks (5D, j.D, 236D) to summon small floating portals called Grinders that last for 2-3 seconds. Shoot a projectile through a Grinder and it will become stronger, giving Ky more versatility in his gameplay. Stun Edges become full screen beams for zoning, Charged Stun Edges become long lasting projectiles for okizeme, and Sacred Edge sticks the opponent to the wall for combos.

Normal Moves[edit]

5P[edit]
5P
GGXRD Ky 5P.png
That way!
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
8 Mid CSJ YRP 5 4 5 +1
  • Use for anti air when 6P would fail (opponent too close or in crossup scenarios)
  • Mashable attack when oppoent attempts tick throw and other setups

While useful, 5P is a "backup plan". Ky has stronger tools in most situations. Mash 5P when in the above scenarios.


5K[edit]
5K
GGXRD Ky 5K.png
Standing low
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
12 Low SJ YRP 5 8 7 -5
  • Fast standing low
  • Meaty 5K as okizeme

5K is often used in mixups (empty jump > 5K) as well as in okizeme when you don't have enough time to use Charged Stun Edge. Because 5K has lots of active frames, it can be used as a meaty to maintain frame advantage while performing okizeme.


c.S[edit]
c.S
GGXRD Ky cS.png
CH fishing tool
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
28 Mid SJ YRP 7 2 18 -1
  • Staple in combos and blockstrings due to being jump cancelable as well as having many gatling options
  • Option select throw by performing 6H~S or 4H~S.

When close to the opponent, press 6H~S or 4H~S to execute a throw. If the opponent dodges the throw (jumping, backdashing), then a c.S will come out instead! This is much faster that 5H or 6H and has more cancel options afterwards, making it a safer option overall than 4H/6H.


f.S[edit]
f.S
GGXRD Ky fS.png
The button everyone is afraid of
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
28 Mid S YRP 10 6 19 -11
  • Fast long range harassment tool
  • On crouching hit or counter hit, combos into 3H
  • Can be avoided with low profile attacks

Ky's farthest reaching ground normal and standard poking tools thanks to its long range. Use f.S at max range to lock down the opponent and prevent them from advancing/escaping.

Ky's hurtbox is extended very far forward during and after the attack, so opponents can punish this if used recklessly. Mix it up with 5H, 2S, and Stun Edge if they start to find ways around f.S.


5H[edit]
5HS
GGXRD Ky 5H.png
Tag em' with a stagger
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
42 Mid S YRP 10 6 12 +1
  • Shorter range version of f.S with safer hurtbox and faster recovery
  • Occasional anti air tool

Long reaching normal that is safe on block. Use with f.S, 2S, and Stun Edge to stop the opponent from getting close to you.


6P[edit]
6P
GGXRD Ky 6P.png
It is perpetual, it keeps the country clean
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 Mid S YRP 9 5 15 -6
  • Ky's main anti air attack
  • Occasional ground footsie tool

6P is your go-to anti air attack. Cancel into c.S and confirm whether the opponent was hit or not. On hit, perform a combo, on block, cancel into f.S > Stun Edge, or jump and air dash backwards.


6K[edit]
6K
GGXRD Ky 6K.png
Pressure reset and frame trap
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
32 Mid S YRP 19 2 11 +4
  • Ky steps forward before attacking
  • Pressure reset tool
  • c.S > 6K > 236D, 2D > 236H for knockdown plus Charged Stun Edge okizeme.

Because this attack is plus on block and moves Ky forward, this allows Ky to start a new blockstring afterwards. The downside is its slow startup will lose to jumping/backdashing/mashing, so the opponent must be conditioned to block before this can be effectively used.


6H[edit]
6HS
GGXRD Ky 6H.png
COCONUT!
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30x2 Mid SJ YRP 23 8,2 2 +15
  • Okizeme tool
  • Forces opponent into crouching state on ground hit, enabling combos into f.S > 3H

Strong Okizeme tool that when timed correctly will beat most reversals, with the notable exception of Blitz Shield! Because this attack has such short recovery, whiffing a 6H on oki can be used as a fakeout!


3H[edit]
3HS
GGXRD Ky 3H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
35 Mid S YRP 15 4 25 -12
  • Combos from f.S on crouching hit and counter hit
  • On hit, combo into Greed Sever. On block, cancel into Split Ciel or Stun Edge to remain safe

Ky slides forward before slashing, making 3H YRC a great tool to close distance quickly. While 3H does combo from f.S, it won't work from max range f.S.


5D[edit]
5D
GGXRD Ky 5D.png
I HAVE THE POWERRRRRR
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 HF - YRP 28 13 11 -5
  • Standing overhead
  • Summons a Grinder

Ky can summon Grinders faster with Split Ciel (236D) so it's not recommended for much other than the occasional sneaky unexpected overhead.


2P[edit]
2P
GGXRD Ky 2P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
6 Mid CS YRP 5 4 4 +2
  • Fast mashable attack to interrupt blockstrings and tick throws
2K[edit]
2K
GGXRD Ky 2K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
14 Low S YRP 5 4 6 ±0
  • Low attack that reaches farther than 5K
2S[edit]
2S
GGXRD Ky 2S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 Low S YRP 9 2 15 -3
  • Long range Low
  • Harrasment tool along with f.S and 5H.

Use this attack to stop advancing opponents who try do low profile attacks to go under f.S and 5H. On block, cancel into Stun Edge to make it safe. On hit, cancel into 2D or Stun Dipper to combo into knockdown.

2H[edit]
2HS
GGXRD Ky 2H.png
There is no true escape
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
28x2 Mid SJ YRP 11 1,4 20 -7
  • Pulls in opponent on air hit
  • Launches and pulls in opponent on Counter Hit
  • Jump cancellable

Used in combos and as a preemptive anti air attack since it hits much farther and higher than 6P. Use it to hit opponents who like to jump around outside of 6P range.


2D[edit]
2D
GGXRD Ky 2D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 Low SJ YRP 7 12 12 -10
  • Fast long range sweep
  • 2D > Charged Stun Edge for Oki
j.P[edit]
j.P
GGXRD Ky jP.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
6 HA CSJ YRP 6 6 6 -
  • Occasional anti-air
  • Occasional air-to-air
  • Cancels into itself and j.S, and j.S can cancel into j.P.

This is a safe, but low reward anti air when the opponent attempts to perform delayed jump-in attacks.

Super jump P is a great way to interrupt opponents approaching you from above when airborne.

When you catch an opponent blocking in the air, mash j.P > j.S > j.P until you touch the ground to force the opponent to block a mixup on landing.


j.K[edit]
j.K
GGXRD Ky jK.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
16 HA S YRP 7 4 12 -
  • Long range air attack
  • Cancel into j.S to and confirm into combo or jump away.

j.K is very fast and hits very far, making it a great for air-to-air encounters.

j.S[edit]
j.S
GGXRD Ky jS.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
28 HA SJ YRP 7 3 21 -
  • Jump-in tool

Ky's standard jump-in attack. Jump cancelable as well, making a core part of air combos.

j.H[edit]
j.HS
GGXRD Ky jH.png
Beastly hitbox
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
38 HA S YRP 13 4 23 -
  • Zoning tool. Safe, long range, low reward

j.H hits very far as well as slightly below Ky. It can even beat anti air attacks when positioned properly at max range! For the most part, Ky uses this right before landing when jumping to control the space in front of him. It's startup frames are also useful when doing empty jump mixups, where you would fake an overhead.


j.D[edit]
j.D
GGXRD Ky jD.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
40 All - YRP 38 13 25 Total + 8 after landing -
  • Stationary projectile for zoning
  • Creates a Grinder afterwards
  • Disappears if Ky gets hit
  • Has landing recovery unless YRC or double jump after j.D
  • Can only j.D once per jump

The cross has considerable startup, so it's best to use this from a distance. j.D creates a Grinder which will stay out longer than the actual attack, allowing you to immediately use Air Stun Edge afterwards for a powered up shot! If done close enough to the ground, ground Stun Edges can be used on the Grinder as well. Be aware that j.D suspends Ky in the air briefly during the animation. This move generally sees its use for zoning and okizeme.


Universal Mechanics[edit]

Ground Throw[edit]
Ground Throw
GGXRD Ky throw.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
60 Ground Throw: 75250 - R 1 - - +49
  • Standard Throw, 65% Forced Proration
  • RC to add a bit of extra damage. Run forward at the start of the throw RC to add a bit of extra corner carry too.


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

Basic air throw used to catch those who jump out of your pressure. Enemies land below for knockdown and enough time for oki.

  • Standard Throw, 65% Forced Proration
  • RC to add a bit of extra damage


Dead Angle Attack[edit]
Dead Angle Attack
GGXRD Ky 6P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 Mid - - 12 3 24 -13

Standard Dead Angle.


Special Moves[edit]

Stun Edge[edit]
Stun Edge
236S
GGXRD Ky StunEdge.png
GGXRD Ky StunEdge2.png
Thunder and sparks in the heart of the dark
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Normal 30 All - YRP 10 Until Corner Total 46 -10
  • Zoning tool, blockstring ender
  • YRC to recover faster and still have the projectile active
  • Can be avoided with low profile moves

One of Ky's classic tools for zoning, midscreen,and blockstrings. Should be used after blocked normals to make them safe or YRC which can be used to approach the opponent. With this YRC, Ky has the option to immediately react to incoming hits to effectively avoid damage or attempt an anti-air if they choose to jump over it. Be careful, as certain moves that low profile can completely duck the Stun Edge and even characters such as Faust who can crouch under it with ease.

Durandal Call 40 All - R ~+9 3 - +5
  • Becomes a full-screen beam
  • Knocks down opponent on CH
  • Can be avoided with low profile moves

Using a Stun Edge with Durandal Call turns it into a fullscreen beam. On counter hit it knocks down, and can go through other projectiles. An interesting thing to note is that it has been shown to ignore Potemkin's F.D.B. projectile when it's active.


Charged Stun Edge[edit]
Charged Stun Edge
236HS
GGXRD Ky ChargedStunEdge.png
Oki tool
GGXRD Ky ChargedStunEdge2.png
*The* oki tool
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Normal 20x3 All - YRP 38 Until Corner Total 69 +14
Durandal Call 20x6 All - R ~+9 59 - +18
  • Main use is for okizeme after knockdown
  • Both can be avoided with low profile moves

A charged version of Ky's Stun Edge that moves across the screen horizontally with full range but is larger and slower than the normal variant. Hits three times instead of one, and is mainly used for okizeme after knockdown. This move will allow ample time to further assault the opponent if they are blocking or being hit. Be careful as this move has a slower startup and is risky if used too close. To fix this, it can be YRC'd which not only makes it safer, but usable for blockstrings. This, just like 236S can be avoided by low profile moves.


Combining a Grinder with 236HS will cause it to become much stronger as an okizeme tool as it becomes a large stationary projectile that deals lots of blockstun. Forcing an opponent to wake up into this gives you plenty of time to jump in and go for a high/low mixup without fear of reversals.


Air Stun Edge[edit]
Air Stun Edge
j.236S/HS
GGXRD Ky AirStunEdge.png
GGXRD Ky AirStunEdge2.png
Control opponents' approach angles
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
S, Normal 33 All - YRP 21 Until Ground Total: 41 + 14 after landing -
HS, Normal 33 All - YRP 21 Until Ground Total: 41 + 14 after landing -
S, Durandal Call 43 All - R ~+9 3 - -
HS, Durandal Call 43 All - R ~+9 3 - -
  • S shoots at a more shallow angle than HS
  • Shoot through a Grinder to get a beam, just like the ground version.

Ky has frame advantage when TK'd. This a great tool for corner lockdown. Stuns the opponent for a long time on counter hit, giving you lots of time confirm, run in, and perform a quick combo on the opponent for knock down. Observant players can even confirm Counter Hits into 3HS!


Vapor Thrust[edit]
Vapor Thrust
623S/HS (air OK)
GGXRD Ky VaporThrust.png
VAPPPA THRASTO!!
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
S 48 Mid - R 9 3 32 + 9 Landing -30
HS 48 Mid - R 11 4 35 + 9 Landing -34
Air 48 All - R 9 3 9 After landing -
  • S version loses invincibility before it becomes active, but is faster than H
  • Both ground versions will miss vs low profile attacks
  • Can not be YRC'd or PRC'd
  • Exact invincibility for S: is 1-8F Full. HS: 1-10 Full, 11-15F Strike

As far as wakeup reversals go, Vapor Thrust is risky; it loses to low profile and safe jump attacks, so players need to be sure the opponent isn't doing one of those before attempting this.

The HS version is used frequently in the corner for VT loops


Stun Dipper[edit]
Stun Dipper
236K
GGXRD Ky StunDipper.png
F I V E F R A M E S
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
12, 32 Low, Mid - YRP 5 14(7)3 26 -15
  • low profiles many moves in the game
  • Used to ensure knockdown where 2D won't reach
  • Punishable on block and whiff
  • Frames 1-4 upper body invincibility; Frames 5-18 invincible above the knee

Low profile sliding attack that leads to knockdown where 2D won't reach. The slide is a low and the slash hits mid. Be aware that if this move is used too close, the second hit won't combo, so only use it after gatlings where 2D won't knockdown. 2nd hit knocks down, giving you enough time to run up 6HS afterwards.


Greed Sever[edit]
Greed Sever
214K
GGXRD Ky GreedSever.png
Atone for your sins!
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 High / Air - YRP 19 14 5 + 11 Landing -13
  • Overhead
  • Combo tool
  • Airborne from frame 4

Heavily telegraphed overhead, primarily used in combos especially after 3HS. Do note that while the startup is 19F, it does not hit crouching opponents until much later (22F speculated).


Split Ciel[edit]
Split Ciel
236D
GGXRD Ky SplitCiel.png
You can't look away! You can't get away!
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
40 Mid - YRP 15 3 15 -1
  • Fast way to summon a Grinder
  • When near the corner, 236D > 2D > 236HS for okizeme
  • Lower body invincible in the middle of the startup (5-12F)

On air hit (typically after 2D), blows the opponent away full screen, so use it when near the corner to force the opponent to wake up into a powered up 236HS.

As an anti-zoning tool use Split Ciel as a fast way to get a grinder out, which forces the opponent to second guess shooting out their own projectile or else you can retaliate with a powered up Stun Edge and hit them from fullscreen immedaitely.

Another tactic is to do 236HS YRC, run forwards > Split Ciel! Run forward far enough and you can get a powered up 236HS! This allows you a very safe approach that can end with lots of blockstun.


Overdrives[edit]

Ride The Lightning[edit]
Ride The Lightning
632146HS (air OK)
GGXRD Ky RideTheLightning.png
Flash before my eyes, now it's time to die
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Ground 36x5 Mid - YRP 10+1 42 18 -22
Air 36x5 All - YRP 10+1 42 Until Landing +6 After Landing -
  • Fully invincible from 1-25F (air version 1-17F). Projectile invincible during all active frames.
  • Use air version to knockdown midscreen (most of the time). Wall sticks opponent in the corner, but they can tech.

Reversal super that does decent damage, but isn't faster than any of Ky's other reversal options. Having said that, the fact that it moves forward lets it beat oki options that Vapor Thrust would lose to. Its projectile invincibility also gives it unique utility in beating things like Millia's disc oki and Elphelt's Grenade-unblockable setups. The additional damage this attack does during Hellfire also makes it useful for tacking on a bit of extra damage for the KO.


Sacred Edge[edit]
Sacred Edge
236236P
GGXRD Ky SacredEdge.png
GGXRD Ky SacredEdge2.png
The Lightning strikes, cracking the night
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Normal 27x5 All - YRP 5+3 Until Corner Total 36 +7
Durandal Call 100 All - R ~+1 3 - +6
  • Normal version is often used mid screen 2D > Sacred Edge, run up c.S > 2H > combo.
  • Durandal Call version wall sticks opponent in the corner. Common combo route near the corner is to do Split Ciel, Sacred Edge > combo.


Instant Kill[edit]

Rising Force
in IK mode: 236236H
GGXRD Ky RisingForce.png
GGXRD Ky RisingForce2.png
They are modest to greed, generous to the truth of the world, when the heart is peaceful the seven seas cry-
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Normal DESTROY All - - 9+12 4 30 -17
Conclusion Conditions Complete DESTROY All - - 5+12 4 30 -17

Fairly fast Instant Kill, but not useful outside of specific setups. Here are a couple of easy IK combo when Conclusion Conditions Complete:

  • H Vapor Thrust > RC > land > Activate > IK. Requires 100% Tension
  • 5D Near the corner > Homing Dash > Activate > IK. Requires 50% Tension
  • Near the corner > 5K > c.S > 6K > Split Ciel > RC > 5D > Homing Dash > Activate > IK. Requires 100% Tension
  • Split Ciel > RC > Activate > IK. Requires 100% Tension. Need to be not too far from the opponent when Split Ciel hits.
    • e.g. c.S > 6K > Split Ciel > RC > Activate > IK.
  • Counter-hit Greed Sever > RC > Activate > IK. Requires 100% Tension. If the opponent is airborne then RC won't be needed, meaning you only require 50% Tension.



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