DNFD/Crusader

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Overview

Overview

Repent, sinners! Crusader is a long-range, high-damage, big-body goliath who valiantly smites his foes from far away. He has access to a number of powerful tools that allow him to amass threat from fullscreen before charging forth and bringing the pain up close.

Many of Crusader's normals have fantastic range, though they tend to be slow. 5AADNFD Crusader 5AA.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
-
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-8
, 5BDNFD Crusader 5B Grace.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
14
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
, and especially 5SDNFD Crusader 5S.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
20
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-20
have excellent range and are capable of shutting down approaching opponents with ease. If his pokes falter, then Crusader can rely on 6SDNFD Crusader 6S.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
20
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-6
to help cover a large space in front of him with a slow-moving projectile. Crusader's j.MDNFD Crusader jM.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
15
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
is also an incredibly fast diagonally-oriented projectile that can easily shut down any approach coming his way. Working all of these zoning tools together allows for Crusader to beat back attempts at getting close to him.

If his opponent makes a mistake and gets clipped by a good starter, then Crusader is capable of immediately transitioning into close-range pressure with his signature Deflection WallDNFD Crusader 236M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
15
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+5
, which places a corner wall behind his opponent. From here, Crusader can use options like his +3 on block 2ADNFD Crusader 2A.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
8
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+3
to enforce his pressure. Crusader also has access to Grace of LemidiosDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
45
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
, a temporary buff that bestows one hit of super armor, additional lightning strikes on certain moves for combo extensions, and access to two additional MP Skills, Strike of RepentanceDNFD Crusader 214M214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
22
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-8
and ApocalypseDNFD Crusader j214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
200
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
. Both of these skills are excellent in combos and pressure, which makes applying Grace of Lemidios a strong option to consider.

Crusader's high damage and strong zoning come with a price- he's slow. Very slow. His large hitbox, sluggish pokes and slow run speed can make it difficult to contest certain matchups. Opponents who understand how slow Crusader really is can also zip by his pressure attempts with a well-timed dodge, meaning a Crusader player has to be very conscious about their chosen pressure strings. In general, whiffing any of Crusader's slow pokes can spell bad news for him, though he thankfully has solid defense with his 4SDNFD Crusader 4S.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
5
Recovery:
40
Advantage:
-
counter.

Overall, Crusader is best for people who like big-body characters and powerful zoning.
Lore:A Priest who has been blessed by God Himself that marches through any obstacle that blocks his path.

He is known for his devout faith even among Priests of his own order, Lemidia Basilica.
He believes that evil can be rehabilitated, and tries to reason first with evil entities he meets.

Bestowed with the powers of judgement and repentance after accepting God's Light, the light that shines from him is holy and resplendent.

His stoic determination to fulfill his purpose as an agent of God by protecting the weak, delivering justice to evil, and filling the world with life and brightness can be seen in his every action.
Playstyle
Crusader is classified as a Traps type. He has many moves with good range and damage. He can create walls at the opponent's location and has self-enhancing moves.
Pros Cons
  • Heavenly Zoning: Crusader's huge attacks and access to grounded and airborne projectiles allows him to very effectively strike from a safe distance, alongside the ability to force zoners to slow down with the use of Deflection WallDNFD Crusader 236M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    15
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +5
    .
  • Corner on Demand: Deflection WallDNFD Crusader 236M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    15
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +5
    allows Crusader to place the opponent in a corner situation off of virtually any hit or as a whiff punish, enabling devastating combos at will. Even when used on block, it's still plus.
  • Meterless Counter Crusader's 4S is a counter attack that does not cost any mana, allowing him to escape some situations where other characters would need to use an MP Skill in.
  • Durable: With the highest Guard Gauge and tied for the highest Health, both further enhanced during Awakening, and access to Super Armor DNFD Super Armor Icon.png through 214MDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    45
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    , Crusader is the toughest character in the game.
  • Heavy Strikes: Crusader's Normal attacks are all very slow, making it difficult to fight at close-range, and his Skills and MP Skills have considerable startup and high recovery on whiff, giving opponents opportunities to close in.
  • Limited Cancels: Crusader's A and B Normals cannot be canceled into other Normal or Skill moves. For blockstrings while outside of the GraceDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    45
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    state, he has to rely on stagger pressure in order to chip away at the guard gauge alongside the use of delayed Deflection WallDNFD Crusader 236M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    15
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +5
    .
  • Giant: Crusader is one of the largest characters in the game, making him susceptible to unique Round Start options, and air attacks can hit him much easier.
  • Slow: Crusader has the slowest movement speeds in the game, making it difficult to approach through zoning or maneuver around pokes.

Unique Mechanic: DNFD Grace Of Lemidios Icon.png Grace of Lemidios

Crusader's 214MDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
45
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
encases him with the Grace of Lemidios, activating an additional Holy Shock attack on his 5BDNFD Crusader 5B Grace.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
14
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
and 2BDNFD Crusader 2B Grace.pngGuard:
Low
Startup:
18
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
. Additionally, Crusader will receive 1 hit of Super ArmorAn attack that can absorb a single hit from the opponent (usually taking a fraction of the regular damage) before the opponent's attacks will hit you. An example of this is Potemkin's Hammerfall ([4]6P). DNFD Super Armor Icon.png during the Grace, allowing him to sustain a single blow without recoiling or interrupting his attacks.

The Grace can also be expended to activate Strike of RepentanceDNFD Crusader 214M214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
22
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-8
, inflicting opponents with the Shocked DNFD Shocked Icon.png state, preventing them from being able to jump; and ApocalypseDNFD Crusader j214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
200
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
, dispelling all negative status effects and unleashing a powerful attack. However, if it expires on its own Crusader will be unable to act for a short while. Grace lasts for approximately 8 seconds.

Awakening Effect: DNFD Defense Up Icon.png Merciful Strength

Awakening Effect: Activates when entering Awakening at 30% HP or less.
When hit, damage received is reduced by 10%. When blocking, Guard Damage received is also reduced by 10%.
When recovering White Damage, the recovery speed is increased to 300%Increasing from the standard 30 Health per second to 90 Health per second..

Normal Moves

5A

5A

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
65 Mid 10 -3 none

Slightly slow poke with a big delay when the second hit is involved

  • Hits crouching
  • Can extend 5M combos with 5S 5M if done without the minimum amount of air hits and if the opponent is high enough
  • Cannot cancel to 5AA on whiff

5AA

5AA

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
85 Mid -8 none

Excellent range normal that doesn't always reach fully when 5A is hit from farther away. Generally followed up by 236M to start combos or maintain pressure on block.

  • Only cancels to MP Skills.
  • Can only be canceled into on hit or block
  • Confirms to 5M for easy 60mp damage

5B

5B

Name Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
5B 90 Mid 14 +2 none
5B (Grace) 90, 60 Mid 14 none

Solid poke that enables higher damage wall conversions, and becomes more oppressive when Grace of LemidiosDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
45
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
is active

  • Can OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground." after 2B
  • Stronger vertical hitbox than 5A
  • The Grace thunderbolt only comes out at the tip of the hammer
  • Can be used to frame trap with 2A if hit point blank

2A

2A

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 Mid 8 +3 none

Cornerstone of Crusader's up close stagger pressure

  • Links into itself.
  • Plus on block
  • Counterhit confirms into 5AA
  • Crusader's fastest abare option

2B

2B

Name Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
2B 90 Low 18 -10 none
2B (Grace) 90, 60 Low 18 none

Crusader's only low, long range but unsafe against longer reaching normals. Opens up strong combos with 5B on hit.

  • Hard knockdowns enemies on hit midair enabling various moves to hit OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground."
  • Fairly large vertical hitbox for a low so it can hit enemies coming down
  • When Grace of LemidiosDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    45
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    is active, lightning bolt comes out tip range and makes the low plus.

j.A

j.A

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 High 7 none

Fast air to air option that can cancel into j.M for a strong combo

  • Can be very useful for hitting Dragon Knight's dragon out of the air and setting up for a spear afterwards to prevent forward approach

j.B

j.B

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
80 High 14 none

Long range air to ground normal, can hit on the way up against some other characters

  • Hard knockdowns on air hit
  • Opens up j.M loops in combos when a wall is involved
  • Can be used to set up a safe jump off of 2B
  • Very good cross-up potential

Universal Mechanics

Throw

A+B

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
150 Throw 5 2 22 none

Leaves the opponent far away unless a wall is involved

  • Sets up a mostly safe fireball if done with enough space between
  • Can be converted if ApocalypseDNFD Crusader j214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    200
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    is up, leading into nasty setplay

Guard Cancel

B+S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
70 Mid 23 none
  • Shares the same animation as 2S
  • Can hit on the way back

Skills

Hammer of Repentance

5S (Air OK) DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Name Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Hammer of Repentance 120 Mid 20 -20 none
Hammer of Repentance (Air) 130 Mid 33 -20 none

Hammer of Repentance 5S

Crusader's main zoning poke which gives him full screen presence

  • Hits roughly 4/5 of the screen
  • Has more anti air capability the closer the opponent is.
  • Very unsafe, needs to be cancelled into mana skills against some characters to prevent being punished.
  • Hits OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground."

Aerial Hammer of Repentance j.S

Much slower version of 5S, mainly used to Kara CancelA type of cancel where the beginning of an action is quickly canceled into another before the first action completes its startup. j.M

  • Generally not very useful itself unless to mix-up the timing of 5S, as it only becomes active by the time Crusader is grounded.
  • Fairly reactable but can open up mindgames with conversion

Sacred Upper

2S DNFD Knockdown Icon.pngThe descending strike (Behind Crusader) inflicts hard knockdown on hit DNFD OTG Icon.pngThe descending strike (Behind Crusader) can hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
110 Mid 18 -12 none

Mainly a combo tool, hits one time in front of him and two times behind him, can be used to catch rolls with the backhits if delayed slightly for 5B restand afterwards. Can occasionally be used as anti air on reads but it's fairly slow

  • Big anti-air.
  • Hits OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground."
  • Leaves a thunderbolt behind him with Grace of LemidiosDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    45
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    , resulting in a free OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground."'
  • Very effective at stuffing airborne that increase jump arc

Flash Sphere

6S DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30, 100 Mid 20 -6 none

A slow moving projectile that travels fullscreen. Great screen control tool that has two hits, one when the projectile is being launched out, and one at the end of the active duration, where it explodes.

  • Most characters can avoid Flash Sphere by crouching.
  • Some shorter characters, such as Dragon Knight, can run underneath it.
  • Can be used with conversion to set up better advances mid screen.
  • Becomes plus after with distance travelled

Saint Counter

4S DNFD Knockdown Icon.pngInflicts hard knockdown on hit DNFD Counter Attack Icon.pngCounters moves that are not projectiles, throws, or lows

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
150 Mid 5 15 40 none

The Holy Counter. A counter that launches the opponent full-screen, which is Crusader's favorite place for his opponent to be.

  • Cannot parry low moves, throws, or projectiles.
  • Hard knockdown on hit.
  • Combos into 5S, but the conversion tends to more limited as he cannot set up a Deflect Wall

MP Skills

Miracle Splitter

5M DNFD Projectile Invincible Icon.pngTemporarily invincible against projectile property attacks

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
80, 120 Mid 15 -14 60 none

Crusader charges forward a little further than half screen distance, then attacks with a delayed uppercut launcher.

  • Projectile invulnerable during the start of the dash portion.
  • Grants more hits when they are in the air depending on how high the first two hits are.
  • 2nd hit can be avoided by counters, dodges, armor, and DPs.
    • Conversion can be used to bait out the dp, extend pressure, make the 2nd hit safe, and improve the combo.

Haptism

2M or 623M DNFD Super Armor Icon.pngSuper Armor, allowing the move to absorb hits from the opponent while remaining active, except against throws and awakening moves

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
150 Mid 15 -30 70 ??~?? All

Crusader's "invincible" reversal option. It has 3 hits of super armor and is vulnerable to throws, but has a large horizontal hitbox on both sides and is fairly rewarding for crusader on hit as it launches the opponent nearly fullscreen. it is not foolproof however, as it can be jumped over with precise timing.

Deflection Wall

6M or 236M DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
30 Mid 15 +5 50 none

Bring the corner to them! The cornerstone of Crusader’s pressure and combos, Deflection Wall makes his pressure nearly inescapable and allows for conversions from 5AA.

  • Vertical range is practically unlimited.
  • It has very good horizontal tracking
    • Can be avoided by well timed dodge rolls which still leave crusader at plus frames
    • Swift master in awakening can avoid it all together by sprinting forward
  • Has a collision box.
  • Very strong in blockstrings as a delayed frame trap due to having low recovery and not being weak to rolls
  • Grants access to different juggles based on the height at the start of the combo

Grace of Lemidios

4M or 214M DNFD Super Armor Icon.pngGrants one temporary hit of super armor while active, except against Awakening moves

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
Mid 45 90 none

Crusader applies a suite of temporary buffs to himself for approximately 8 seconds, and gains access to two new MP Skills.

While under Grace, Crusader has 1 hit of super armor, making it very hard for characters without multi-hitting moves to deal with his pokes.

Automatic lightning follow-ups are added to 5B, 2B, 5S, j.S, and Spear of VictoryDNFD Crusader jM.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
15
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
, adding a second hit after the first that extends almost to the top of the screen. This allows for combo extensions and makes 5M and 2M much safer on block.

Strike of RepentanceDNFD Crusader 214M214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
22
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-8
and ApocalypseDNFD Crusader j214M.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
200
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
are only usable under Grace and using either will end Grace immediately. If Grace wears off without using either of these moves, Crusader enters a recovery animation that forces a counter hit, leaving him extremely vulnerable. If Grace wears off during an enemy combo, Crusader will go into this recovery immediately after hitstun ends, giving the enemy a free reset into a second combo.

Strike of Repentance

4M during Grace of Lemidios or 214M during Grace of Lemidios DNFD Knockdown Icon.pngInflicts hard knockdown on hit DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground DNFD Shocked Icon.pngDebuff inflicted on an opponent. Opponent is unable to jump temporarily.

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
150 Mid 22 -8 50 none

A huge hammer strike that despite its looks, has slightly less range than Hammer of RepentanceDNFD Crusader 5S.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
20
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-20
. In exchange, it inflicts the Shocked debuff on opponents it hits, temporarily disabling their ability to jump.

  • Removes Grace of LemidiosDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    45
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    on usage.
  • Hard knockdown on hit. Also hits OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground.".

Apocalypse

j.4M during Grace of Lemidios or j.214M during Grace of Lemidios DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground DNFD Shocked Icon.pngDebuff inflicted on an opponent. Opponent is unable to jump temporarily.

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
260 Mid 200 90 none

Crusader sets an orb of light midair while curing him of any negative debuff effects. After a short time, it turns into an orb of darkness that shoots out a large number of multi-hitting lasers, covering a large area on the ground before ending in an explosion. On block, Apocalypse allows Crusader to deal upwards of 80% guard bar damage with 5B over its duration.

Since it is highly active and has OTG properties, it allows Crusader to combo off of throw, giving him a strong setplay/mixup option.

  • Removes Grace of LemidiosDNFD Crusader 214M.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    45
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    on usage.
  • Is removed if crusader is struck before the darkness orb is out, however it persists when active.
  • Leaves Crsuader exposed during animation. A savvy opponent can punish (which, as mentioned above, removes the trap).

Spear of Victory

j.M DNFD Projectile Icon.pngIs a projectile property attack DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block MP Cost Invuln
50, 80 Mid 15 30 none

A very fast projectile that goes diagonally downward. Rises into the air a bit before throwing. When reaching the ground, the projectile explodes, extending the hitbox horizontally.

  • Can be Kara CancelA type of cancel where the beginning of an action is quickly canceled into another before the first action completes its startup.ed from j.S to do it lower to the ground, enabling unique combos and projectile pressure.
    • Without the explosion, the move will be minus, with the explosion and spacing it's plus enough for it to be a true blockstring
  • Explosion launches up after a hard knockdown allowing for bonus hits.

Awakening Skill

Ascension

AS DNFD OTG Icon.pngCan hit a knocked down opponent off the ground

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 Mid 2+16 -47 none

Crusader slams his hammer into the ground, creating a shockwave with practically unlimited vertical range that can connect against opponents juggled to the stage's height limit

  • Only connects at tip range so might require some delay as a combo ender on some routes

Colors

DNFD Crusader Color 1.png
DNFD Crusader Color 2.png
DNFD Crusader Color 3.png
DNFD Crusader Color 4.png
1
2
3
B-Type Color (DFO)
4
C-Type Color (DFO)
DNFD Crusader Color 5.png
DNFD Crusader Color 6.png
DNFD Crusader Color 7.png
DNFD Crusader Color 8.png
5
D-Type Color (DFO)
6
7
8

Navigation

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