GGXRD/Zato-1

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Zato-1
GGXRD Zato-1 Portrait.png

Defense Modifier: x1.09

Guts Rating: 0

Stun Resistance: 60

Jump Startup: 3F

Backdash Time: 16F

Backdash Invincibility: 1-7F

Movement Options

Double Jump, 1 Airdash, Flight Mode (as his second jump), Dash Type: Run

  

Overview[edit]

Zato is a puppet character. Together along with Eddie, the shadow, he dominates in neutral along with his overwhelming offensive. Zato's goal at the beginning of each match is to get the shadow out. He can achieve this goal by using his many ways to get knockdown, his great pokes like 2s, and even summoning raw in neutral. With the shadow out the next goal is to get the opponent blocking. After this Zato can enforce his fuzzy mixups while the shadow keeps the opponent in block stun and also acts as combo filler.

Strengths[edit]

  • Best offensive in the game, he has it all. Fuzzes, command grabs, unblockables, never ending block stings limited only by the shadow gauge.
  • Has many reliable unblockable setups, and they do large amounts of damage. Each one can take out about 50% health meterless. They also lead you to ending with full Eddie gauge.
  • Superior ground and air game with Eddie. Both Zato and Eddie can cover each others recovery points and easily frustrate the opponent.

Weaknesses[edit]

  • No real reversal options. Best option is to block if knockdown.
  • Has below average defense. Can die very quickly
  • Without Eddie, Zato is very limited


Normal Moves[edit]

5P[edit]
5P
GGXRD Zato 5P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
9 Mid SJ YRP 5 4 7 -1

Zato's fastest move in this game. Has good range for a 5p. Combos into sweep for a knockdown and oki.

5K[edit]
5K
GGXRD Zato 5K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
12 Low SJ YRP 8 4 8 -2

A standing low. Not that good range. Used as combo filler.

c.S[edit]
5c.S
GGXRD Zato c.S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 Mid SJ YRP 9 5 9 ±0

Zato's punish. It's even on block and can chain into lots of different moves, making this a deadly tool for Zato. Can combo into 2d or 22h for a knockdown.

f.S[edit]
5f.S
GGXRD Zato f.S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
20×4 Mid S YRP 7 3×4 20 -9

Once a good move, now not so much because of nerfs. Needs 50 to do a combo that causes knockdown on normal hit. This move has multiple hits so it is good against moves like Pote's Hammer Falls.


5H[edit]
5H
GGXRD Zato 5H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25×3 Mid S YRP 13 2,6,3 15 1

Another move with many hits (3 hits). You can now special cancel the third hit. Needs proper spacing for a 22s/22h knockdown.

2P[edit]
2P
GGXRD Zato 2P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
8 Mid S YRP 6 4 8 -2

Has good range. Can combo into a 2d for knockdown or at some ranges do a combo ending in 22h for a knockdown farther away from Zato

2K[edit]
2K
GGXRD Zato 2K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
18 Low S YRP 7 2 9 3

Zato's best low mix up option. It is + and is perfect for setting up throws. Can do a combo into 22h for a knockdown far away from Zato.

2S[edit]
2S
GGXRD Zato 2S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
24 Mid S YRP 9 4 16 -6

Zato's main ground to ground poke. Nice range, but has somewhat lengthy start up and recovery. Can do a combo that ends in 22h for a knockdown far away from Zato.

2H[edit]
2H
GGXRD Zato 2H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
50 Mid S YRP 11 6 19 -6

One of Zato's Anti Airs. Has a huge untechable time. On CH it basically knocks the other person down no matter what height they are at.


j.P[edit]
j.P
GGXRD Zato j.P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
13 High / Air CS YRP 6 4 11 -

Basic air normal. Similar to jk but hits higher up.

j.K[edit]
j.K
GGXRD Zato j.K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
18 High / Air SJ YRP 7 6 11 -

Good range. Is Zato's only jump move that is jump cancel-able. Your main mix up option when doing a shadow -K- or a shadow -S- in the corner.

j.S[edit]
j.S
GGXRD Zato j.S.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
22 High / Air S YRP 7 12 12 -

Very good for Iad's. Does have a cross up hit box and can be used for cross ups.

j.H[edit]
j.H
GGXRD Zato j.H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
33 High / Air S YRP 11 6 12 -

Similar to jk but not jump cancel able. Combo filler for the most part.

j.D[edit]
j.D
GGXRD Zato j.D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
40 High / Air S YRP 11 4 19 -

This move is amazing. Very good Air to Air normal. On CH it wallsticks and you can combo after it for good damage.

6P[edit]
6P
GGXRD Zato 6P.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
22×2 Mid SJ YRP 13 4,4 12 -2

An Anti-Air for Zato. Has invincibility for the upper body frames 1-16. Can be good against Iad's but must be done a bit early because of start up. Hits twice. On ground hit can combo into 5cs 2d for a knockdown or 5h 22h for a knockdown farther away from Zato.


6K[edit]
6K
GGXRD Zato 6K.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 High - YRP 23 5 9 ±0

Overhead. Staggers on hit. Can't really do anything off of it without meter. If the opponent doesn't recover in time u can hit them with 5p and combo into knockdown.

6H[edit]
6H
GGXRD Zato 6H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
60 Mid - YRP 13 12 23 -16

The big arm. Has a great hit box and can be used as an Anti air. On CH it gives knockdown. The downsides are slow start up and very bad on block. Not used as much as 6p or 2h.

2D[edit]
2D
GGXRD Zato 2D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
20 Low SJ YRP 9 6 15 -7

Basic sweep. Nothing special about it. Gives Zato knockdown and good oki options.

5D[edit]
5D
GGXRD Zato 5D.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
22 High - YRP 25 3 24 -13

Combo filler. Can be used after a shadow -K- to do massive amounts of damage. Also has frames 1~51 Foot invulnerably.


Universal Mechanics[edit]

Ground Throw[edit]
Ground Throw
GGXRD Zato GroundThrow.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
0,50 Ground Throw: 85750 - R 1 - - 39

Normal throw. You are almost +40 off of it. Perfect for summoning. Can follow up in the corner with 2k 5fs 22s for more damage and summon.

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

Grants knockdown in the corner. Can summon or do meaty drill for pressure.

Dead Angle Attack[edit]
Dead Angle Attack
GGXRD Zato 2H.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 All - - 11 6 18 -13

Same animation as 2H. Can be low profiled very easily and can be baited just as easy. It can be good to get the other person off you and summon the shadow.


Special Moves[edit]

Invite Hell[edit]
Invite Hell
22S/H
GGXRD Zato InviteHell.png
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
S 40 Low - - 18 48 Total 42 2
H 40 Low - - 18 48 Total 42 2

Low hitting move. 22s hits closer to Zato than 22h. Both can be used for knockdown and meaty pressure.

Break the Law[edit]
Break the Law
214[K]
GGXRD Zato BreakTheLaw.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - Y 13 - Total 29(Maximum 169) -

Zato goes underground. A good defensive option if you YRC to decrease the recovery of it.


Shadow Summon[edit]
Shadow Summon
236P/K/S/H
GGXRD Zato Summon.png
Version Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
Summon - - - - - - Total 38 -
Recall - - - Y - - Total 29 -

The summon. The Staple of Zato. If you do 236p/k/s eddie will come out and do an attack. If you do 236h eddie will come out and do nothing. If 236p/k/s/h is done with the shadow out the shadow will be called back and regenerate the shadow gauge.


??? Shadow Summon[edit]
Shadow Puddle Shadow Summon
214H
GGXRD Zato PuddleSummon.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - YRP - - - -

Summon from the puddle. The shadow will come out in the spot the drill was. No moves will be done straight from the summon.


Small Attack[edit]
Small Attack
Release P with Shadow
GGXRD Zato SmallAttack.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
25 All - - 7[18] 2 Summon Total 23[Total 38] [-3]

This attack moves Eddie forward, allowing for more space control. It's great for when you have the opponent sandwiched and can be very strong to keep them in block stun. If you opponent is expecting a -k- then you can do a p 623s to catch them off guard.

Traversing Attack[edit]
Traversing Attack
Release K with Shadow
GGXRD Zato TraversingAttack.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
20×3 All - - 14[25] 29(4 Hit) Summon Total 66[Total 38] [+26]

The buzz saw. The best to make your opponent be in block stun. It allows you to perform a fuzzy mix up and allows you to combo into 5d.

Anti-Air Attack[edit]
Anti-Air Attack
Release S with Shadow
GGXRD Zato AntiAirAttack.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
50 Mid - - 9[20] 12 Summon Total 50[Total 38] [+15]

This is a fantastic attack. It works just like an anti air. You will basically control the skies with this move. Even if you whiff an anti air this move has your back. This move is also amazing in how it can be used in corner shadow pressure and uses with 623s.


Shadow Puddle[edit]
Shadow Puddle
Release H with Shadow
GGXRD Zato ShadowPuddle.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
- - - - - - Summon Total 41 -

The shadow goes underground for a small amount of time. Can be used to move the shadow forward and avoid attacks.


Drill Special[edit]
Drill Special
Release D with Shadow
GGXRD Zato DrillSpecial.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
34×3 Low / Air,Mid / Air×2 - - 146 36(3 Hit) (Summon Vanishes) -

The shadow goes into the ground and later comes out with a very big invite to hell. Hits low and can be used in unblockables. Drains all of the shadow gauge so it is only used in combos.

Dead Man's Hand[edit]
Dead Man's Hand
63214D with Shadow
GGXRD Zato DeadMansHand.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
0, 55 Ground Throw - - 30 - Summon Total 77 -

Eddie command grab. This move is very slow and drains a lot of shadow gauge. Not recommended to be used that often if at all.


Damned Fang[edit]
Damned Fang
623S
GGXRD Zato DamnedFang.png
GGXRD Zato DamnedFang2.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
92 Ground Throw: 122500 - RP 6 - - 63

Best special move that doesn't involve the shadow. If it hits you are +63. Can combo in the corner.


Drunkard Shade[edit]
Drunkard Shade
214S
GGXRD Zato DrunkardShade.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30 Mid - YRP 9 10 10 -6

Reflects some projectiles. Frames 1-18 throw invulnerably and reflects stuff frames 3-18. Wall bounces on counter hit.

Shadow Gallery[edit]
Shadow Gallery
j.41236S
GGXRD Zato ShadowGallery.png
GGXRD Zato ShadowGallery2.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
40,25 All - YRP 7 After Landing 6(12)3 24+3 After Landing -31

Air special move. Mostly used as combo filler but can be used for mix up with YRC and RC. Always knocks down on the second hit of the animation. Use it after counter hit anti air Eddie to score a knockdown, good damage and optimal okizeme options mid screen. Near corner, it wall splats for additional combos.


Flight[edit]
Flight
double jump
GGXRD Zato Flight.png
Zato has flight mode instead of double jump. He can briefly fly around the screen. This is helpful for escaping the corner and stalling time for Eddie to recover.


Overdrives[edit]

Amorphous[edit]
Amorphous
632146H
GGXRD Zato Amorphous.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
72×2 Mid - YRP 10+5 9(2 Hit) 28 -17

Zato's only real reversal. That being said it isn't that good. Slow start up and can easily be avoided. However it is actually kind of safe on block due to how far back it can push people. Be careful if you use it because if you get baited you will get hit.

Executor[edit]
Executor
j.236236S
GGXRD Zato Executor.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
14×n All - YRP 8+5 Until Corner 0 After Landing -

Zato's air super. It can take someone corner to corner and gives knockdown. Perfect for getting a knockdown off of an air combo.

Great White[edit]
Great White
632146S with Shadow
GGXRD Zato GreatWhite.png
GGXRD Zato GreatWhite2.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
30×3~5 All - Y 6 After Searching for Opponent 17 Total 22 -

If the shadow gauge is above half the shadow does 5 attacks. If it is below half it does only 3 hits. The shark comes and hits the opponent. Can combo on hit. Also has uses to end the round with 50 tension left.


Instant Kill[edit]

Guzmania Magnifica
in IK mode: 236236H
GGXRD Zato GuzmaniaMagnifica.png
GGXRD Zato GuzmaniaMagnifica2.png
GGXRD Zato GuzmaniaMagnifica3.png
Damage Guard Cancel Roman Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv.
DESTROY All - - 9+21[5+18] 12 23 -18
  • [ ] Indicates during Hell Fire

Animation like 5hs. Can combo into it from a Corner j41236s RC in Hellfire state.



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