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Adachi can play either zoner or rushdown. Good Adachi players should be able to recognize when they should transition from one to another. While doing so, Adachi has plenty of room to make a variety of creative plays and setups. To be specific, he brings very solid lockdown moves for his partner in the form of B ziodyne, Magatsu Mandala, and many more if creative enough. However, being in the midrange is one of Adachi's main weaknesses. Having a persona means that trades will not go in his favor when using 5B. As a whole, Adachi possesses great utility and synergy while offering fantastic uses of Cross Tag Battles system mechanics.

Tohru Adachi

BBTag Adachi Portrait.png
23F (1~7F Inv All)
Fastest Attack
4A (6F)
A+D (Catch 1~25F)
236B+C (20F)
214B+C (17F)

Tohru Adachi is a hybrid between zoning/rushdown with really solid lockdown

  • Above average damage, especially with heat riser buff.
  • Two versions of Maziodyne that allows setups and long range harassment.
  • Said Maziodyne's B version has excellent lockdown ability, especially when combined with Active Switch.
  • Has the benefits of having persona attacks, which prevents effective enemy push block.
  • Has decent air normals.
  • Solid assist kit.
  • Mixup game solo is rather weak.
  • Persona reliant, making him more susceptible to racking up damage from Persona Break.
  • Midrange game isn’t very good, as a lot of his grounded buttons don’t sport a lot of range.
  • Hitconfirms can feel very awkward at times.
  • Lacks Anti-air options in a pinch.

Unique Ability: Heat Riser Buff

Successfully landing Adachi's Heat Riser, applies a 10% damage buff to all of Adachi's attacks. The buff is removed if Adachi gets hit. While active, a icon of Adachi face with a red ↗ will appear next to the Skill Gauge.

Heat Riser Buff icon

Normal Moves


Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
4A 1000 All 6 3 16 -5 B
4AA 1500 All 10 3 23 -9 B
4AAA 1700 Low 40 3 20 -4 F
4AAAA 1700 Low 17 3 Total: 48 -13 P1

4A - Adachi's fastest ground button. Can be used to continue combos after A Maziodyne juggles in the corner.

Version Level P1 P2
4A 2 100 75
4AA 3 100 80
4AAA 4 90 85
4AAAA 4 100 85



Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
5A 1500 All 7 3 18 -4 B
5AA 500×3 All 9 3(5)3(5)3 20 -6 B
5AAA 1500×2 All 43 3(11)3 24 -8 B
5AAAA 0×2, 2500 All 7 2 39 -22 B
  • Jump cancelable on both hit and block.
  • Only hits once.

This button can be easily be out-poked due to it's lack of range, but is still important as the buttons following this are useful for Adachi's staple combos. Jump cancellable on hit and block. Throw cancellable.

  • Jump cancellable on hit and block.

5AA is unsafe when pushblocked due to its sheer number of hits, but this can be compensated by opting for persona attacks in place of 5AA. Moves Adachi forward quite a bit as well, which makes hits into launcher combos consistent.

  • Natural frame trap and amazing starter for high damage combos.

Since this is a followup to 5AA, landing this on hit is fairly simple. Slams and then launches on hit but isn't jump cancellable, therefore this must be dialed into something else. In situations where opponents are hit while airborne, the slam and launch from this move make hitconfirming easy into 5B/2B.

5AAAA can't be followed up with anything besides Cross Raid. That being said, its long animation means that it gives plenty of time for assists to recover in time for cross raid.

Version Level P1 P2
5A 3 100 80
5AA 3 100 80
5AAA 4 100 85
5AAAA 0×2, 4 100 85



Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
5B 1700 All 13 2 24 -7 B
5BB 1700 All 18 3 26 -10 B
5BBB 1700 All 22 3 26 -10 B
  • Not a hitgrab, all 3 hits are now separate moves

Useful for pressure as Personas cant be pushblocked.[1]

5B cannot be used as a pressure tool from afar such as situations like using full screen vorpal blade. Up close however, you can jump cancel 5B even on block and it can even re-dial into 5A.

5BB Has less range than 5B but vaccuums on contact. On hit, 5BB bounces to the ground which can be combo'd into ghastly wail for a safejump or vorpal blade for highly damaging confirms.

5BBB cannot combo into ghastly wail on hit, so this is moreso recommended if going for other enders like heat riser. Note that 5BB into 5BBB has a gap so your opponent can reversal through it, but it can also be taken advantage of as a potent active switch tool.

Version Level P1 P2
5B 4 90 85
5BB 4 90 85
5BBB 4 90 85



Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
800 High 26 3 18 -4 B

Universal Overhead. Safe on block like most UNI and RWBY characters, counts as airborne only after adachi leaps.

Level P1 P2
3 100 100


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1000 Low 7 3 12 -1 F

Adachi's fastest low, but a short one. This is your go-to when going for low mixups but it's short range means you have to go in deep to connect. Chains to and from 5A

Level P1 P2
2 90 75


Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
2B 1500 All 13 5 17+16L -21 B 7~17 H
2BB 1000, 0, 2000 All 16 9 Until L+24L H
  • Jump cancelable on both hit and block.

Horribly negative on block/whiff, but can be jump-cancelled on hit and block. This will use your 2nd jump however, so be wary when throwing it out.

  • Grab followup only comes out on hit

Unburstable attack, but followups after it are quite limited. With good timing, it's possible to follow up with Heat Riser anywhere, regardless of combo timer decay. If hitstun hasn't detoriated too much, assists can be used during or after Heat Riser in the corner to follow-up (or midscreen with a wide hitting assist such as Elizabeth's 6P) but otherwise this move sees little late-combo usage.

If you're close to the corner, you can link this into Demonic Cross Slash. Atom Smasher is doable as well, but it's harder, though it can be done anywhere on the screen to compensate (after the first hit and with not too high hitstun decay). It's also special-cancellable into Maziodyne (air version), but that doesn't lead to much damage and allows the opponent to airtech.

Becomes much more threatening (espicially against air approaches) when used in Resonance, however, as it will allow confirming Heat Riser into Atom Smasher or even IK in LVL4 Blaze.

Version Level P1 P2
2B 3 90 70
2BB 4×2, 5 100 85, 100×2



Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1700 Low 14 3 22 -4 F

Sweep. Adachi advances forward during start-up.

Level P1 P2
4 90 85


Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
j.A 1500 High 8 6 12 H
j.AA 1500 High 8 3 9 H

j.A is a straight kick with decent range for air to airs. Can setup 50/50s with j.AA and 2A.

j.AA is an aerial pistol whip that hits overhead. Mostly combo filler.

Version Level P1 P2
j.A 3 80 80
j.AA 3 80 80



Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1700 All 13 3 39 H
  • On use, puts you in recovery until you land or special / super cancel.
  • If special cancelled, you regain your double jump / airdash / air normals.
  • Vorpal Blade (236C) is an excellent special to cancel into as it has the least amount of recovery frames of all air specials and makes j.B extremely safe at the cost of 1 bar.
  • Does not hit above Adachi, so be wary when engaging air-to-air combat.

A very versatile tool for Adachi's neutral, and one of the strongest air-to-ground buttons in the game. It can be used to get in easily with its fast startup and disjointed hitbox, lead to very quick crossups with IAD into a combo, or control space with IAD back + assist call.

On air-to-air hit, it forces ground tech, which does not lead to a combo without a properly timed assist.

Despite its appearance, this button hits mid, not overhead.

Level P1 P2
4 80 85


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1000, 1700 All 16 9 26 H
  • No longer a grab, air blockable and burstable on hit
  • Has a deadzone at point-blank range

Adachis old j.2C. Magatsu Izanagi dives upward to attack airborne opponents. If the first hit connects, he will automatically divekick them into the ground.

j.C, while no longer air unblockable, retains its use as a valid combo tool. Can be followed up solo both midscreen and in corner. While it shares an animation with 2BB, j.C is not a grab. Because of this the 2nd hit will sometimes whiff on opponents hit by the first.

Level P1 P2
4 80, 60 75, 100

Universal Moves

Ground Throw


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
0, 2000 Throw 7~30 3 23 T

Adachi trips the opponent then laughs at them. Can be followed up after he stops laughing for a simple OTG, or can be special cancelled fairly early once his kick lands. Magatsu mandala makes for a very rewarding and damaging followup, otherwise it is possible to special cancel into B maziodyne, followed by a quick hit into the beam for good corner carry.

Level P1 P2
0, 2 100 50
  • Minimum damage 2000

Calm Down!


Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
AD 2300 Air Unblockable 49 9 39 -21 B 1~25 Guard All
AD Attack 2300 Air Unblockable 14 9 29 -21 B 1~25 All

Adachi slowly walks forward. Any attack that hits him during the first few frames will trigger his Pain In The Ass! followup. If uninterrupted, the followup will still come out after a short time. The followup portion is Air Unblockable, but very unsafe on block.

One of the worst reversal actions in the game. A unique part of this counter reversal is that the follow up happens even if the counter isn't triggered, which means that if this move misses, the opponent has all the time in the world to prepare a hard punish, and unlike other counter reversals, the followup isn't invincible if it properly countered a move.

Version Level P1 P2
AD 4 80 60
AD Attack 4 80 60


  • On Guard Point, hitstop for Adachi is 0F. Opponent hitstop is 16F
  • Immediately cancels into AD Attack on Guard Point
  • Minimum Damage 115

AD Attack:

  • Minimum Damage 115



236A/B (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
236A 600×6 All 23 3×6 Total: 69 -15 P1
236B 200×24 All 61 3×24 Total: 69 +79 P1
j.236A 600×6 All 18 2×6 Total: 65 P1
j.236B 200×24 All 56 2×24 Total: 69 P1
  • A - Normal fullscreen beam projectile.
  • B - Slow, but very active and allows Adachi to move while it's active.

A Ziodyne is used mainly as a zoning tool. It knocks opponents relatively far as compared to most projectiles (or other beams for that matter) which leads to more fullscreen harassment. Since 236A is beam, it carries lots of priority over many other projectiles, and not to mention it is still pretty wide overall for it's speed. In resonance, it deals a fair amount of chip damage and confirms easily into Atom Smasher. Can be used for juggle opportunities in the corner if opponents were airborne.

B Ziodyne is one of Adachi's best tools. Can set up plenty of mixups with and without a partner. This projectile is really active and obscures a bit of the screen, making any mixup from this a tad more ambiguous. Be mindful that a fully blocked B ziodyne gives around half a bar of super meter. 236B is slow to activate as well, and can of course be persona broken which stops the attack from coming but leaves Adachi in the animation for a short time.

Version Level P1 P2
236A 3 80 80
236B 4 80 75
j.236A 3 80 80
j.236B 4 80 75


  • Minimum Damage 30×6 (180)


  • Minimum Damage 10×24 (240)


  • Minimum Damage 30×6 (180)


  • Minimum Damage 10×24 (240)

Heat Riser


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1200, 1800 All 16 3(15)3 41 -10 B, P1

Magatsu Izanagi performs a two hit attack that ends in a pillar of flames. If the second hit connects, Adachi gets a damage buff that lasts until he gets hit, whether on point or as an assist. This move can knock down, but only if the combo preceding it wasn't too lengthy. Knocks the opponent far away on hit.

  • This buff grants Adachi 10% bonus damage.
  • Damage applies to almost all of his moves, even moves like his assists and 5C's crash followup (even when Adachi doesn't initiate it!)
  • Does not improve his DHC damage.

Overall, do not worry about the buff that this move provides. The way that neutral is played in this game almost guarantees that a character will get hit by stray attacks as an assist character. Adachi already has easy and good damage without this buff. The only situation where you would use this move for its buff is in resonance blaze, where super cancelling the second hit can net a decent increase in damage over other super cancelled enders.

Level P1 P2
4, 5 80 80
  • Minimum Damage 60, 90 (150)

Magatsu Mandala


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
350×7 [350×12] All 43 3×7 [3×12] 27 [96] +4 B
  • Slow startup, but if it connects it will launch the opponent high into the air, making for easy follow-ups.
  • Will combo after throw.

Magatsu Mandala returns as Adachis 214B. Adachi strikes a pose as a red vortex surges around him and Magatsu Izanagi. No longer has its amazing reversal traits or its status inducing buffs, but retains its combo-extending ability. It also sees some use in corner oki it situations where B Ziodyne could be evaded. If Magatsu Izanagi is displaced from Adachi, the vortex will appear at the Persona's location.

While having a very long startup, it makes up for it by being extremely plus.

Has longer recovery frames on a successful hit on a point or assist character.

Level P1 P2
5 80 80
  • On hit, goes into values in []
  • Minimum Damage 17×12 (204)

Ghastly Wail


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
0×2, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Throw 29 3 36 T
  • Is both a command grab and a hitgrab, meaning it cannot be blocked and it can grab an opponent in hitstun.

Adachi's old command grab super returns as his 214C. Slow, but unlike most C specials it does not cost meter, making it slightly harder to react to as there's no blue flash. Grab range is smaller than the animation lets on.

Ghastly Wail is a decent mixup tool that becomes powerful when combined with Active Switch or Resonance Blaze. Adds unburstable damage onto your combo while your partner can setup a big punish. Also sees use as an ender as it does a good chunk of damage while Heat Riser is active, and grants a safejump.[2] However, in long combos there is no way to link solo into it, so it's better to go for knockdown into maziodyne.b setups if midscreen or magatsu->active switch if in the corner

Level P1 P2
0×2, 4×3, 5 100 100×2, 50
  • The stabs are considered one attack with P2: 50%
  • Minimum Damage 325

Extra Skills

Vorpal Blade

236C (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
236C 3000 All 24 8 25 -2 H Persona: 1-23
j.236C 3000 All 24 8 29 H Persona: 1-23
  • Magatsu Izanagi will appear wherever the opponent was upon the moves activation.

Adachi's old 2D/j.2D returns in all of its glory. Adachi shoots the Persona card above him as Magatsu Izanagi plunges down onto the opponent. Similar to the 2nd hit of his and Narukami's Cross Slash super. Big damage, and has a groundsplash hitbox making it harder to avoid than it looks. Though it looks like a descending slash, though, the attack doesn't actually become active until a single immediate hitbox once Magatsu Izanagi lands.

This move is great for extending combos from anywhere on screen, as it combos into 5B on hit. It can also be used as raw callout to projectiles or moves with lengthy startup, forcing the opponent to respect Adachi as long as he has meter. Has some startup, but a failed attempt at breaking the Persona can be deadly.

In addition, the air version can recover almost instantly upon landing, making for some tricky frametraps that would be very unsafe if done with the ground version of the move, or even link it into moves the ground version could not, such as A Zio and Atom Smasher.

Note that the attack is Head Attribute meaning anti-air normals can beat it out for an easy Persona Break, so do be careful about using this recklessly. Moves that are very active can also break the persona, but since it has full invul on the way down, without head invul this will only result in a "trade" at best for them.

For actually beating this move, since Magatsu Izanagi is both invulnerable and not actually hitting until he lands, the trick is to time your anti-air's head invul for as Magatsu Izanagi hits the ground, rather than trying to interrupt him as he falls.

Version Level P1 P2
236C 4 80 85
j.236C 4 80 85


  • Minimum Damage 300


  • Minimum Damage 300

Partner Skills


Get Lost!

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1500×2 All (18)+15 6(11)6 34 -21 B
  • Double hitting assist, which means it has decent block stun. Launches opponents on the 2nd hit.
Level P1 P2
4 70 85 (Once)
  • Minimum Damage 75×2 (150)


Vorpal Blade

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
2300 All (18)+41 8 31 -8 H
  • Easily Adachi's best assist. It's fast, tracks the opponent, able to anti-air and causes a hard knockdown on hit, providing excellent cover for your point character.
  • Be careful, since the persona can be destroyed VERY easily.
  • Like Adachi's 236C, this attack doesn't hit until Magatsu Izanagi lands on the ground. Unlike Adachi's 236C, Magatsu Izanagi does not have any invulnerability on the way down and can be interrupted by literally any attack before he lands.
Level P1 P2
4 70 85
  • Minimum Damage 115


Heat Riser

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1800 All (18)+16 3 39 -11 B
  • Hitbox covers a large portion behind the attack as well as the air. Very useful against aggressive jump-ins.
Level P1 P2
4 70 85
  • Minimum Damage 90

Distortion Skills

Atom Smasher

236B+C (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
236BC 930×10 [500×25] All 8+(53 Flash)+12 5,4×9
Total: 122
[Total: 149]
-41 P0,B×N 1~20 All
j.236BC 930×10 [500×25] All 8+(53 Flash)+12 5,4×9
Until L+4L P,B×9 [×24] 1~20 All

Magatsu Izanagi swings his sword, unleashing a multislash across the entire screen. Leaves Adachi wide open if the opponent blocks or is able to invul through the first slash.

This move hits everywhere similar to Akihiko's Maziodyne, allowing you to punish attacks from fullscreen on reaction. Can be used as a reversal when Adachi has 2 bars, but be careful of the moves recovery, as any punish will be a Counter Hit.

As a very interesting behavior carry-over from Ultimax, Atom Smasher does not actually perform all of the hits on its own. Instead, there is a full-screen non-damaging projectile type "hit" that, if it connects (whether on hit, block, or guard point), will trigger the rest of the slashes to be performed; these slashes themselves are not projectile attribute and are instead body attribute. If that first "hit" whiffs or is avoided through invulnerability, then the rest of the slashes will only be there for audio-visual effect, but will not actually have hitboxes. Video Example

Version Level P1 P2
236BC 3 80 60 (Once)
j.236BC 3 80 60 (Once)


  • Values in [] are for Enhanced version
  • Only does first hit on whiff
  • Minimum Damage 111×10 (1110) [50×25 (1250)]


  • Values in [] are for Enhanced version
  • Only does first hit on whiff
  • Minimum Damage 111×10 (1110) [50×25 (1250)]

Demonic Cross Slash


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
2500, 4800 [2500, 230×6, 4700] All 11+(70 Flash)+6 4 53 -36 B 1~28 All

Magastu Izanagi does the same animation as Atom Smasher, but after the first hit connects he slams down on the opponent just like Yu's version of cross slash. You're able to get a combo on counterhit, but the opponent has to practically be right next to you. Hitbox is also not like Yu's, so it'll whiff easily against opponents even slightly in the air.

Level P1 P2
5 100, 80 100, 60
  • Values in [] are for Enhanced version
  • Minimum Damage 625, 1440 (2065) [625, 57×6, 1175 (2142)]

Distortion Skill Duo

Demonic Cross Slash

P during Partner's Distortion Skill

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
1000, 1500 [1000, 100×7, 1300] All 1+(111 Flash)+1 4 53 -36 B 1~13 All
  • Heat Riser does NOT apply bonus damage to this move.
Level P1 P2
5 100 100
  • Values in [] are for Enhanced version
  • Minimum Damage 2500 [3000]

Astral Heat

Yomi Drop


Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Attribute Invuln
All 4+(60 Flash)+5 10 57 -36 T 1~22 All
  • Standard Astral Heat. Can only be used in Resonance lvl 4 and with 9 bars.
  • Hitbox is small and on the ground.
  • Tracks horizontal position of the opponent.

Adachi's Astral Heat can be hard to juggle into due to the small hitbox. It might be easier to confirm it off of moves like Ghastly Wail, the first hit of Heat Riser, or 5BBB.

Level P1 P2



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