GGACR/Kliff Undersn

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Overview

Overview

The resident geezer with a cleaver, Kliff is a slow but devastating midrange powerhouse. Though he's sluggish, stubby, and has many extended hurtboxes, Kliff is infamous for his ability to confidently ToD most of the cast if he has the meter for it. Due to his long sword normals, he tends to work pretty well at any range closer than half a screen away. He can confirm into his combos incredibly easily, knock down without any trouble, and do OTG pickups in corner carry combos without meter. He has three good lows, multiple instant overheads (including one that works meterlessly), and one of the hardest standing Dusts to see coming in the game. His 6P, Charged 2H, FB Hellish ChargeGGAC Kliff 214PP 1.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
22
Recovery:
68
Advantage:
-56
, and 6H can all do enough dizzy damage to get an opponent seeing birds within a matter of seconds. All in all, Kliff is an offensive monster once he gets close, and his wide range of tricky and high-reward options means he can steal rounds with naught but single confirm.

On the flip side, Kliff is pretty much always seconds away from death. He's the most extreme risk/reward character in the game, and some of his stronger tools come with brutal downsides. As just one example, using 5D puts Kliff closer to being stunned, and the higher this value, the higher the chance that 2-Steps ForwardGGAC Kliff 214P.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
-
Recovery:
Total 48
Advantage:
-
will fail and leave Kliff extremely vulnerable. His neutral is also quite tough, as while he sword normals allow him to poke from far ranges, they also extend out his hurtboxes extremely far. A lack of solid mobility and poor defensive options means that Kliff often has to take big risks to take his turns back.

Kliff on offense is very strong, but must play smart when on the defensive, as his most potent tools could end up backfiring and costing him the game. If you're looking for a character with a simple yet effective gameplan, massive damage potential, and the ability to quickly flip a match in their favor, Kliff might be what you're looking for.
Playstyle
Kliff Undersn is a big range, easy damage machine, with a focus on an ability to stun opponents incredibly easily at the risk of screwing things up for himself. Huge risk and huge reward.
Pros Cons
  • Obscene Damage With Meter: Point for point, Kliff is the hardest hitting character in the game. Kliff often needs one or two interactions in the corner to instantly end the game, and if he has a full bar to work with and a big starter hits, he's easily capable of performing a ToD.
  • Deceptively Long Range: Kliff's sword normals have incredibly long reaching hitboxes which can poke or even mix up from half a screen or further. Using these intelligently can allow Kliff to mount threat from far away.
  • Great Corner Carry: Kliff can put opponents in the corner very easily, even off of stray hits. His combos consistently provide him hard knockdown with generous plus frames, allowing him to mixup how he pleases.
  • Myriad of Mixup Tools: F-ShikiSometimes known as "Fuzzy Overhead". When you are in blockstun, you can switch high/low blocking, but your blocking animation and hurtbox does not change until you leave blockstun or block another attack. F-Shikis take advantage of this and use overheads that would miss on crouching characters, but not on standing characters., a fast IADAn air dash performed from a standing position as quickly and as low to the ground as possible from a jump. Done by inputting 956 or 754 or using a dash macro., and Limb SevererGGAC Kliff j41236S.pngGuard:
    High/Air, All
    Startup:
    14
    Recovery:
    26
    Advantage:
    -6
    (FRC) give Kliff some unusual overhead opportunities. His sweepGGAC Kliff 2D.pngGuard:
    Low
    Startup:
    7
    Recovery:
    21
    Advantage:
    -14
    is incredibly fast for the range it offers and his standing DustGGAC Kliff 5D.pngGuard:
    High
    Startup:
    27
    Recovery:
    19
    Advantage:
    -6
    has an ambiguous startup animation, so Kliff has tons of ways to mix you up no matter what you're prepared for.
  • Straightforward Okizeme Plan: P Bellowing RoarGGAC Kliff 236P.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    16
    Recovery:
    Total 46
    Advantage:
    +3
    is active for nearly half a second and is always plus, giving Kliff laughably easy oki setup.
  • Small, Floaty Target: Low profile forward dashes, tiny hurtbox at neutral and floaty jump movement can make it very easy for Kliff to avoid setups or offense.
  • Stun Output: Can have the opponent dizzy off of a single good read or setup, ready to kill them from full health.
  • Powerful Pressure Exit Tool: 2-Steps Forward is a dodge that is strike invulnerable until the move ends, giving Kliff easy access to an escape option out of gaps in pressure. As an added benefit, its motion allows it to be performed while blocking safely.
  • Momentum Reverse: Kliff's Gold Burst reward on hit can completely flip the round or even the entire match. On Counter Hit in the corner, his opponent is almost certainly dead, and even in other circumstances Kliff's metered conversion potential with a full bar is extremely scary and can be nearly as decisive.
  • Limited Mobility: One of the slowest set of dashes in the game, has trouble traversing quickly and escaping the corner. Kliff must either wavedash, dashjump, Skull CrusherGGAC Kliff 214S.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    10
    Recovery:
    25
    Advantage:
    -8
    or Nape SaddleGGAC Kliff 214K.pngGuard:
    High/Air
    Startup:
    28
    Recovery:
    4+8 after landing
    Advantage:
    -6
    to cover ground, all of which carry risks.
  • Extended Hurtboxes: Many of Kliff's long range buttons greatly increase his hurtbox size, exposing him to potential counter poke opportunities.
  • Struggles Against Zoners: Despite his strong toolset, must work extremely hard to work around characters who keep him out with superior spatial control. Zoners in particular give him a hard time, as he has no real answers to what they can do.
  • Risky Defensive Options: No frame 1 invincible Dead Angle AttackGGAC Kliff 5K.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    12
    Recovery:
    12
    Advantage:
    -2
    and two reversal options, both with random elements tied to them, force Kliff to either hold the pressure or bet on high-risk, high-reward options.
  • Gets Stunned Easily: Tied for the lowest dizzy resistance in the game, Kliff has to factor this in when using 2-Steps Forward or 5D, as they raise his own stun meter which can lead to disaster later on.

Self Stun

Many of Kliff's moves raise his stun level or are affected by it.

Kliff is capable of stunning opponents within a single combo with his high damage and moves with very high base damage and high dizzy modifiers (Such as 6P and 6H). Several moves have varying interactions with his and the opponent's stun level, so that using these moves involved becomes a large consideration of risk vs reward.

  • 5D is a strong dust that is safe on block, but it raises Kliff's own stun level on each use.
  • 2-Steps ForwardGGAC Kliff 214P.pngGuard:
    -
    Startup:
    -
    Recovery:
    Total 48
    Advantage:
    -
    is a dodge that is strike invincible for its entire duration. However, each use increases Kliff's stun level, which increases the chance that the next use of this move will cause Kliff to throw out his back, leaving him free for the opponent to punish.
  • FB Hellish ChargeGGAC Kliff 214PP 1.pngGuard:
    Mid
    Startup:
    22
    Recovery:
    68
    Advantage:
    -56
    has an offensive dizzy modifier of x50 but it can only be combo'd into in specific situations. It is also not guaranteed to stun the opponent in a combo based on the opponent's stun resistance, and may not work if the opponent was recently stunned already.

All of these moves can contribute to Kliff's style of Russian Roulette. Though he can be difficult to manage defensively, Kliff is capable of dizzying and subsequently KO'ing opponents with no prior interaction, making matches very volatile and cementing Kliff's role as the glass cannon.

GGACR Kliff Nameplate.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn Portrait.png
Damage Received:1.06x
Guts Rating:0/5
Weight:Super Lightweight (x1.1)
Stun Resistance:50
Prejump:3F
Backdash:13F (1~>7F invuln)
Forward dash:34F (3~>19F low profile)
Wakeup:49F (Face Up)/ 46F (Face Down)
Unique Movement Options:Run replaced with Step Dash
Fastest Ground Abare:This character's fastest attacks for mashing or scrambles. Excludes universal throws.5P (5F)
2P (5F)
Reversal Attacks:Any reversal-esque moves this character has. Excludes universal options.214P (Dodge 1~48F Strike)
632146H (16F)

Normal Moves

5P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
10 Mid 5 7 3 0

The slap chop. Great 5F jab good for pressure starting, combos, or mashing out. Low-key one of Kliff's best normals.

  • Frequently jump cancelled for IAD mixups or IOH j.K.
  • Can bait reversals slower than 4F (!!) when meatied properly.
  • Can be canceled into non-special P and K buttons during recovery frames and on whiff.

Gatling Options: 5P, 2P, 6P, 5K, 2K, c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 6H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 3 8 1 10 10

5K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
20 Mid 6 8 12 -6

Short ranged launcher. Infrequent in neutral, but a useful tool for launching characters mid combo. Most importantly, this move can combo into partially charged 6[P] enabling Kliff to convert somewhat standard hits into his unreasonably high damage 6[H] routes.

  • Can low crush and occasionally anti-air, but is sadly not throw immune. Use it to go over Slidehead.
  • Mainly used to combo to 6{P} > 236S FRC > Fully Charged 6[H] for massive damage. This confirm as a general rule works on much of the cast midscreen but drops on most of the cast in the corner. This along with having other character specific variations and rules means that it's probably worth taking the time to test it out before attempting it on a new character if you are unsure.
  • Useful spots to use 5k in combos include dashing up and juggling with it after a low j.H, after an impossible dust in the corner, and picking characters back up after a ground slide from FRC 236S (On some characters this can even lead to the 6{P} > 236S route)
  • Can be used at the end of longer routes to pop them in the air to enable c.S > Taunt oki. Take note that later the c.S gatling is delayed, the meatier the taunt will be.
  • Against characters with wider sliding hurtboxes, can be linked meterlessly after 236S in the corner if you are close enough.

Gatling Options: 6P, c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 90% 10 7 3 Launch 24

c.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
36 Mid 7 7 15 -5

Good midrange combo starter and combo ender. Knocks down on air hit, mainly for combo enders, OTG 2S extensions, or a clutch anti-air.

  • Usually used post 5P/5K at the end of combos to set up taunt oki.
    • From air confirms, goes straight into OTG 2S > 236S.
  • Forms a trifecta of IAD'able normals with 5P and 5K.
  • Combos to IAD j.K on Counter Hit, and IAD j.S on crouching Counter Hit.

Gatling Options: 6P, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 14 6 4 17 17
  • Slams down opponent on air hit

f.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
36 Mid 11 3 15 -4

Kliff's main ranged ground poke and harassment tool. Great reach and easy confirmation to 2H or 214S.

  • Very safe when blocked at range.
  • Usually cancelled into either 2H, 2D, or 236P on block for pushback or frame advantage.
  • Can confirm from midscreen launches that are too far away to convert into closer buttons.
    • (e.g. from far j.D, 6P against extended hurtboxes, etc.)
  • Be careful, as a good portion of the blade becomes part of Kliff's hurtbox.

Gatling Options: 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 10 7 3 14 14

5H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
54 Mid 14 12 15 -8

Massive and high damage, but slow, multi purpose normal. Big damage, meterless combo starter and extension to 214S from close.

  • Large coverage Anti-Air. Hits behind Kliff.
  • Can be canceled into specials/gatlings during recovery frames.
  • Vacuums on air hit for tech traps or 623HxN to tack on as much damage as possible.
  • Staggers on ground CH, untechable float on CH. Leads to big stuff.
  • Slow startup can be beneficial for frame traps after P and K normals.
  • Can convert to big extensions after an air hit 236S.

Gatling Options: 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 20 6 5 19 18
  • Pulls in opponent on air hit
  • Staggers on ground CH (max 37F)

5D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30 High 27 6 19 -6 18~18F, 42~45F Feet
19~41F Lower Body

Ranged, safe on block 5D that confirms to knockdown and damage from anywhere. Roughly the first half of the startup reuses Kliff's crouching sprite, making this move borderline unreactable despite its actual frame data. A critical mixup tool against characters that are too short to get proper fuzzies against.

  • Airborne on frame 18, allowing Kliff to use it to bait wakeup throws.
  • Impossible dust leads to guaranteed stun against the majority of the cast in the corner if Kliff has 50 meter for FB chop routes.
  • The latter end of the active frames can be low profiled if too far away.
  • Increases Kliff's stun by 10 every use.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 15 20 5 Launch 48 18
  • Kliff is airborne from 18~41F
  • Kliff's stun rating increases by 10 on 18F
  • Even if this puts his stun rating over max he won't be dizzied unless he gets hit

6P

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
6P Lv1 32 Mid 13 7 17 -10 1~8F Above Chest
9~12F Upper Body
13~19F Above Knees
20~26F Feet
6P Lv2 36 Mid 22-70 7 28 -21
6P Lv3 40 Mid 66+5 7 28 -21

Huge stun anti-air. Slow, high recovery, and almost completely vertical, but great right above you.

  • Very high stun damage, will probably dizzy in two counterhits.
  • Combos into c.S to knock down, which converts to 2S.
  • Fully untechable knockdown on CH and leads to 236S, meaning you get huge damage with an FRC.
  • Combos to 236S meterlessly on ground hit against most midweights. Leads to frame perfect 236S FRC 6[H] near the corner.
  • Only gatlings if not charged.

Gatling Options: c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D


When partially charged, it gets fully untechable launch on hit, leading to guaranteed conversions. Will autocorrect if released properly. Kliff's real dizzy punish starter.

  • Still upper body invul during the charge, can be useful to hold it to go under moves like Order Sol's Rock It.
  • Most often used post dizzy to do stronger conversions from 236S FRC.
  • Loses the ability to gatling when charged, but can still special/super cancel.
  • Occasionally still useful as an anti-air, but it has significantly more recovery than uncharged.
  • Combos from 5K midscreen, leading to 236S FRC 6[H] confirms. Also works in the corner, but is far more character limited. (Check the combo section for more on this)

If it weren't for FB Chop, then max charged 6P would be the highest stun damage move in the game.

  • 4.5 dizzy modifier and 40 base damage means a pretty high dizzy chance.
  • Otherwise functionally identical to partial charge 6{P}.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
6P Lv1 N/A 10 7 3 Launch 28 14
6P Lv2 N/A 10 7 3 Launch 45 30
6P Lv3 N/A 10 7 3 Launch 45

6P Lv1:

  • Floats on CH (untechable for 60F)

6P Lv2:

  • Dizzy modifier x4
  • Can't gatling cancel
  • Attack occurs on 22F if button is released between 12~17F
  • Attack occurs 5F after button release if released between 18~65F

6P Lv3:

  • Dizzy modifer x4.5
  • Can't gatling cancel
  • Attack comes out 5F after button release if charged for 66F

6H

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
6H Lv1 100 High 28 9 63 -50
6H Lv2 120 High 40-79 9 63 -50
6H Lv3 200 High 70+8 9 63 -50

Big, slow-ass overhead that hits more often than it should. Head-splitting damage combo starter and occasional mixup normal. People will forget to air FD against this.

  • Staggers on hit, special cancellable for conversion or to make it safe with 236P.
  • Leads to extensive damage and will drastically raise their dizzy level even with its slight prorate.
  • Will sometimes come in clutch if you don't OS your throw with another normal.
  • Don't whiff this move.

Partial charge is a dizzy punish starter which offloads damage immediately as opposed to 6{P, but generally leads to less damage overall.

  • Same stagger as uncharged, but 20% more damage means more dizzy and greater output.
  • Even a basic 6{H} > 236S will deal a huge chunk.
  • Used post 236S, won't connect to anything else unless you use point blank 623H or Reflex Roar, or you're against Johnny. Best used here if it'll kill.

Max charge is 200 base damage. Will generally score 80-180 damage mid combo. Possible to get 1-3 per combo with meter. Touch of Death Time >:)

  • Almost fully untechable floor bounce on hit for (delayed) 214K or 236S followups.
  • Requires an air hit/floated 236S FRC that leads to the corner in order to combo into, but is always desirable if possible.
    • Most commonly done post-dizzy.
  • Too slow to be used as a combo starter out of a FB Chop against players who mash out, but might work if you score a dizzy off of a stray hit.
    • Post FB Chop, if you have 50% meter, you can FRC and do this immediately if it'll kill and they still have a burst.
  • (Generally) Don't use this in neutral.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
6H Lv1 N/A 70% 15 6 5 Stagger 35 30
6H Lv2 N/A 70% 15 6 5 Stagger 35 16 + GBounce 10
6H Lv3 N/A 70% 15 6 5 Launch 40 + GBounce 10

6H Lv1: 6H Lv2:

  • Attack occurs on 40F if button is released between 13~30F
  • Attack occurs 10F after release if released between 31~69F

6H Lv3:

  • Attack comes out 8F later if charged for 70F

2P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 Mid 5 4 7 -1

Kliff's shortest range normal. Can be used to mash out close up.

  • Probably Kliff's only reliable tick throw due to range and being -1
  • Doesn't lead to much of anything different from 5P.
  • Can be canceled into non-special P and K buttons during recovery frames and on whiff.

Gatling Options: 2P, 5P, 6P, 5K, 2K, c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 3 8 1 10 10

2K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
16 Low 7 4 13 -5 5~13F Low Profile

Kliff's main low option with decent range. Necessary for conditioning.

  • Low profiles slightly. Can go under some early jump ins or projectiles.
  • Works well when faking out a 5D by holding crouch for a bit.
  • RC and immediately j.K to force an IOH.

Gatling Options: 6P, c.S, f.S, 2S, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 80% 5 7 2 12 12

2S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
32 Mid 15 6 17 -4 4~14F, 30~32F Feet
15~26F Lower Body
27~29F Leg

Vital combo tool that hits and removes OTG. Ignores the rules.

  • Predominantly combos to 236S for KD/extension, and 5H for tech traps or character specific conversions.
  • Kliff's hop makes this an excellent low crush and frame trap tool.
  • Fairly slow button, will not combo from P or K normals.
  • Floats up slightly on OTG hit. Can link a 5P/5K deep in the corner.

Gatling Options: 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A Forced 70% 20 6 5 Crouch 20 18 + GBounce 10
  • Removes OTG status on hit

2H

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
2H Lv1 43 Low 12 4 26 -13
2H Lv2 55 Low 36-69 4 18 -5
2H Lv3 70 Low 65+4 4 18 -3

Low hitting threat from a range that only one other character can similarly threaten at. Primarily a combo tool out of S normals.

  • Will often tag people retreating or mis-approximating its reach.
  • Combos to 214S from almost anywhere but tip range, and into pressure and potential combo extension with 236P.
  • Will get tagged if it whiffs or there's another hitbox in the way when it extends.
  • Only gatlings if not charged.

Gatling Options: 5D, 2D


Partial charged 2H is easy, burst safe corner combo fodder.

  • Staggers on normal hit for easier confirms into 214K, 236S, or 236236H.
  • Loops after a 236S FRC by causing wallstick against an airborne opponent.

Max charged 2H is rarely used, but causes a wallbounce on hit.

  • Higher damage, but actually slightly harder to confirm than 2{H}.
  • Not known to have combo use, as 6[H] is preferable at the time it takes to combo this.
  • Still confirms into 236S and 236236H. Might still confirm into 2S.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
2H Lv1 N/A 11 6 4 17 16
2H Lv2 N/A 11 6 4 Stagger 45 40 + WBounce
2H Lv3 N/A 15 6 5 Launch 50 + WBounce

2H Lv1:

  • Attack is fully extended on 15F

2H Lv2:

  • Attack occurs on 36F if button is released between 26~29F
  • Attack occurs 7F after button release if released on 30~63F
  • Attack occurs 5F after button release if released on 64F
  • Can't gatling cancel

2H Lv3:

  • Dizzy modifier x1.5
  • Attack occurs 4F after button release if released on 65F
  • Can't gatling cancel

2D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
36 Low 7 10 21 -14

Oh me oh my. 7F low profile sweep with incredible range. Kliff's best normal, possibly the best sweep in the game.

  • Shifts Kliff's hurtbox and hitbox forward away from his collision box, letting him go *around* some moves.
    • This can lead to janky and confusing situations during an opponent's approach as Kliff will appear to be behind opponents in some scenarios.
  • Cancelled into Taunt for oki on hit, and into 236P for frame advantage or a conversion.
  • Links to 2S on CH. Works on normal hit against May, Baiken, Jam, Anji, I-No, Kliff, and A.B.A.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 11 6 4 Down 16

j.P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
14 High/Air 5 8 8

Great air-to-air and jumping anti-air. One of Kliff's few safe air options in exchange for having the worst range (relatively).

  • Self cancellable and low recovery, making it great for closer range air wars
  • Combos into j.S for solid damage.
  • Mostly used while rising to catch jumps and other jump moves, and OS'd with j.H for airthrow attempts.

Gatling Options: j.P, j.K, j.S, j.H

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 3 8 1 10 10

j.K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
24 High/Air 7 5 6

Great, low-reaching normal used for hitting right below Kliff, safejumps, instant overheads, and fuzzy guards. The staple Kliff mixup tool.

  • Go-to normal out of airdashes and leads to some nasty mixup situations. It doesn't have much horizontal range, so it's mainly used when you've already conditioned or forced the opponent to block.
  • Sometimes used for air confirms, particularly to lead into j.41236S or j.236D confirms.
  • Leads to significant damage out of IADs (and IOHs with meter).
  • Can be used for a tick throw by whiffing j.P afterwards, or other delayed fall attacks.

Gatling Options: j.P, j.S, j.H, j.D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 90% 5 7 2 12 12

j.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
28 High/Air 9 4 17

Decent air-to-air normal at range. Can hit deceptively deep. Combos into j.H for big conversions.

  • Works as a safejump (off j.41236S), fuzzy setup, and sometimes an IOH after j.D FDC right off the ground.
  • Big hurtbox extension. Avoid using it too closely if they're not already blocking.
  • Due to Kliff's slow fall speed, combined with this move's more subtle startup animation, you can hit after a somewhat deep j.K right before hitting the ground, and it becomes very ambiguous between it and 2K.

Gatling Options: j.H

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 80% 8 7 3 14 14

j.H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40 High/Air 10 8 19

Large, slow attack which can launch and cross up, hitting mainly behind Kliff on startup. Extremely strong as an air to air and as an air to ground because of its large hitbox, and a vital part of many important confirms. Due to its massive bully potential but specific weaknesses and counterplay, this button is overall one of Kliff's most important air normals to understand both for the Kliff player and the opponent.

  • Launches during the latter half of its active frames. This is when the hitbox is generally between directly below Kliff or in front of him.
  • Big rewards on hit, and you almost always get some sort of confirm, but there are many different routes and they can change significantly based on how the move connects.
  • Extremely large extended hurtbox. This allows many characters to tag it with a relatively long range 6p at neutral so be careful when using this move against players that know how to work around it. Additionally, if you are concerned about getting whiff punished for missed airgrabs, make sure to OS your airthrow with j.P.
  • Will always have a gap when chained into on block that can be reversal'd through (e.g. j.S > j.H is not airtight.) This window can actually work in your favor as it may tag players who buffer inputs during blockstun.
  • Can also be used as an instant overhead, despite appearances. If executed perfectly, it hits at a blazing fast 13 frames, and sets up all sorts of damaging conversions with or without meter. See here for an overview of how it works.

Requires some situational awareness for optimal use:

  • Hit as a crossup or early: keeps the opponent grounded. Confirm into 5P/c.S on landing for grounded confirms or 5K for a launch if close enough.
  • Hit later or at the launch side during a combo: launches opponents for generally big damage. Huge damage when hit as low as possible.
  • Counter hit: Fully untechable launch. You can confirm an OTG 2S from any height air counter hit, making counter hit air to air confirms extremely consistent. If you can manage to confirm into a juggle instead and thus avoid the OTG 2S proration, prepare to watch your opponent melt.
  • Non-launch grounded Counter hit: Gains a large amount of untechable time, making the followup confirm much easier.

Gatling Options: j.D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 90% 11 6 4 17 29
  • Launches opponent on ground hit if hit during last 4 active frames (untechable for 29F)

j.D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
45 High/Air 25 Until landing 14 after landing -2

Stalls Kliff's air momentum before plummeting. Used to bait anti airs, throws, and some reversals. Nearly uncontestable, but horribly unsafe if you miss.

  • Easy damage confirms in the corner, smaller things midscreen. Can begin 6[H] confirms.
  • Can be FRC'd or FDC'd before it starts. The FRC will maintain downwards momentum, but FDC will cause Kliff to float upwards very slowly.
    • This FDC can be done with a j.D right off the ground into a minimum 15f .S IOH.
  • Will always retain its landing recovery unless you (F)RC and use a different jumping special move before you hit the ground.
    • This means it's better to (F)RC and airdash and/or use j.41236S and then do something on landing if they're not conditioned to attempt an Anti-Air.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
23~24F 90% 11 6 4 Launch 27 + GBounce 10
  • Listed Frame Adv is for j.D performed at minimum height

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
55 46 pixels

Alley Oop.

  • Above average throw range. Important part of Kliff's mixup.
  • Leads to short, easy combos midscreen with OTG 2S.
  • Can lead to monstrous damage in the corner by doing a full confirm, or by combo'ing into FB Chop.
  • OS with either K or c.S for a potential launch or Anti-jump.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A Forced 50% 6 Down
  • Sends opponent on opposite side of throw direction
  • Dizzy modifier x0.8

Air Throw

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 90 pixels

Sometimes you just need to really get the point across.

  • Also above average air throw range.
  • Full confirms midscreen (Sometimes only from low heights, depending on the character) and in the corner.
  • Has exactly the same confirms as Ground Throw. Big damage or 50% meter for an almost guaranteed stun.
  • Best OS'd with j.P, though j.K and occasionally j.S work as well.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A Forced 50% 6,7 Down
  • Dizzy modifier x0.8

Dead Angle Attack

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
35 All 12 4 12 -2 5~15F Strike

Probably the worst Dead Angle in the game. Use Backdash or 214P Dodge instead.

  • The good: Safe on block, harder to low profile than most DAAs, converts near the corner.
  • Not invincible until frame 5, must be timed correctly.
  • Will always lose to multi-hit projectiles with fewer than 5f between active windows.
  • No throw invulnerability either; extremely easy to bait this janky move as it starts.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 50% 10 7 3 Launch 60

Taunt

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
8×4 All 61 ?? Total 120

Bouncing, multi-hit projectile which doesn't go away when Kliff gets hit. Who knew that calling somebody an idiot made for such good oki?

  • Can give Kliff meterless conversions off of Instant Overhead j.K/j.S when used.
  • Works best off of 2D or c.S knockdown.
  • Can cut down the recovery significantly by canceling into FD or an attacking from 62F onwards.
  • The last kana randomly spawns doubled in size for four times the damage.
  • Easily jumped over, but will generally force the opponent to make a decision when used at neutral. Each kana can be cancelled out by other projectiles.
  • Since this is a taunt it will give the opponent some tension. Make sure not to dial it in after winning a round and give the opponent 50 meter for the next one.
  • バカモン!!!!
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 3×4 7×4 3 14 14
  • Projectiles appear on 13F, 25F, 37F, 49F and will activate even if Kliff is hit
  • Projectiles disappear if they go off-screen
  • Can be canceled into anything other than movement or blocking from 62F onwards
  • Random chance last kana will be bigger size: Level 4, Damage – 32, GB+ – 10, GB- – 6, Tension – 3.84

Special Moves

Bellowing Roar

236P or 236S

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236P 32 All 16 27 Total 46 +3
236S 64 All 22 18 Total 87 -32

Lesser dragon-roar Fried Egg. Excellent oki tool at +3, and good in pressure.

  • When meatied or FRC'd, it's possible to gain nearly 30 frames of advantage.
  • Decimates one hit of other projectiles, can help negate other zoners' games.
  • Serves as a decent poke, but awful on whiff.
  • Good for conversions or pressure continuation after 2D with an FRC.
    • When used after 2D, an airdash will allow you to convert if the 2D hit, or continue pressure if it was blocked.

Greater dragon-roar Fried Egg. Enormous hitbox that deals great damage and causes floor slide for conversions or oki. Bread and Butter combo tool.

  • Horribly unsafe on block and whiff unless FRC'd.
  • Universal combos after FRC. Used in all of Kliff's major loops.
  • Meterless conversions if hit against an airborne opponent, notably after 6{P} .

The FRCs on these moves are vital to playing Kliff effectively. Learn them.

Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
236P 17~19F 3 6 5 19 18
236S 23~26F 10 6 5 Launch 67 + Slide 51

236P:

  • Destroys other projectiles
  • Attack is fully extended on 25F

236S:

  • Destroys other projectiles
  • Attack is fully extended on 31F

Skull Crusher

214S (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
214S 14×6 All 10 4×6 25 -8
j.214S 14×6 All 9 4×6 Until landing+6 -7

Transport attack, good in combos and as a (whiff) punish due to its large hitbox, speed, and range. Very difficult to punish.

  • Will beat many specific moves because of multiple hits, breaking through armor and riskier long range moves (e.g: Potemkin's slidehead and hammerfall).
  • Airborne from frame 7, will go over some things.
  • Unsafe on block, and in counterhit state for almost the entire duration, but you can still get away with this on block fairly frequently.
  • Leads to a mixup and lets Kliff get in when RC'd on block. Save yourself if the opponent can punish you consistently.
  • Combos into 2S unless you hit extremely far away.
  • Will usually not knock down an airborne opponent: they'll be able to tech the last hit and punish you.

Air drill. Leads to air knockdowns when close enough to the ground, or Tiger Knee'd.

  • Best near the corner at low height since it can combo into 2S.
  • Can confirm off of an air hit 236S near the corner to get back in and set up oki.
  • Very unsafe and not useful in neutral, but can be FRC'd when the active window ends. Don't whiff.
    • You'll want to know this FRC well, as occasionally you'll get sideswapped when attempting a j.41236S.
  • Don't use this against grounded opponents unless you get a character specific confirm or have the meter to (F)RC.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
214S N/A 14×6 6×6 4 17×5, Launch 16×5, 28
j.214S 39~41F 14×6 6×6 4 17×5, Launch 42

214S:

  • Kliff is airborne from 7~54F
  • Kliff is in CH state from 1~55F

j.214S:

  • Listed Frame Adv is for TK Air Skull Crusher performed as fast as possible (startup 12F)

Nape Saddle

214K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40 High/Air 28 8 4+8 after landing -6

Vault. Fullscreen mixup and callout tool, knocks down. Hits overhead, and will crossup depending on position.

  • Not great when blocked. Throw punishable. Can also be easily tagged in the air, as it only goes active as Kliff passes the apex of his arc.
  • Works as a character specific alternative to 236S after an OTG 2S against characters that you want to stay in against when you don't have them near the corner.
  • Can convert into 2s on high air hits.
  • FRC > j.41236S or j.H can be used for tricks, but it's not the best use of meter due to Kliff's slow fall speed.
  • Cancelling taunt into this can give you some decent options, as taunt will usually cover the recovery.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
37~43F 8 7 3 Launch 60
  • Kliff is airborne 16~43F
  • Kliff is in CH state 37~43F
  • Auto Jump Install

Scale Ripper

623H > HxN

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
14×49 Mid 7 6×48, 3 22 -8

The Pinnacle of Anti-Airs. Gigantic, completely disjointed hitbox which smacks opponents almost anywhere above you.

  • Mostly useful at the end of a combo for tacking on as many hits as possible. Very burst safe, too.
  • The lengthy recovery and varying number of hits can put Kliff in an awkward situation.
  • Kliff can move back or forth slightly while mashing more hits.
    • If this clashes while mashing, you may get a 6H which will sometimes tag opponents that are ill-prepared.
  • Will vacuum even when they tech and requires FD to airblock, so it can repeatedly reset unaware opponents.
    • If you're on the receiving end of this move, tech and hold FD until you safely touch the ground.

NOTE: This attack groups hitboxes in trios.
E.G: [1,2,3], [4,5,6], [7,1,2]...
Minimum number of hits is 7 (42F).
The "finishing attack" is hitbox #3.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 14×49 6×49 4 Launch 10
  • Can mash for more hits
  • Does 5 hits without mashing
  • Can move back and forth while attacking
  • 49th attack is a &quot
  • finishing attack&quot
  • Listed Frame Adv is for the finishing attack

2-Steps Forward

214P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Total 48 1~48F Strike

One of Kliff's defining moves in which he just steps to the side. Is strike invul for its entire duration. Can only be punished with throw.

  • Can either be followed up with Hellish Charge to put a hitbox out, or you can just wait for the recovery to end and grab or smack a button.
  • Works as a very risky reversal on wakeup, or use on oki to bait the reversals.
  • Great against lengthy moves you can react to, like supers, and can follow up with Chop or FB Chop for a huge punish.
  • Can be OS'd against and will lose to safejump > land > throw OS.
  • The closer you are to being dizzied and the more often you use it, the more chances it has of failing, which will get you killed.
  • This move cannot be canceled into.
  • Kliff 214P adds 10.24 stun to Kliff, regardless of whether or not you do a follow-up.
    • Kliff 214P does not increase Kliff's stun when it triggers Back Break state. It only increases stun when Kliff successfully dodges.

Throwing out Kliff's back
Under normal conditions, that is to say, you only input 214P in that order:

  • When Kliff's stun is less than 1/4 of his max stun, 214P is guaranteed to work
  • When Kliff's stun is between 1/4 (inclusive) and 1/2 (exclusive) of his max stun, he has a 1/8th chance to fail and break his back
  • When Kliff's stun is between 1/2 (inclusive) and 3/4 (exclusive) of his max stun, he has a 1/4th chance to fail and break his back
  • When Kliff's stun is greater than or equal to 3/4 of his max stun, he has a 1/2 chance to fail and break his back

Under abnormal conditions, and the condition appears to be whether or not you kara-cancel into 214P (even though you cannot cancel into it...?):

  • When Kliff's stun is less than 1/4 of his max stun, 214P is guaranteed to work
  • When Kliff's stun is between 1/4 (inclusive) and 1/2 (exclusive), 214P has a 1/4 chance to fail and break his back
  • When Kliff's stun is between 1/2 (inclusive) and 3/4 (exclusive), Kliff has a 1/2 chance to fail and break his back
  • When Kliff's stun is greater than or equal to 3/4 of his max stun, Kliff has a 3/4 chance to fail and break his back

Note: The reason "Max Stun" is used here instead of Kliff's default stun rating of 50, is because the dodge checks the maximum value, which can be modified. Check out the [Bear Stun] explanation for more details.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A
  • Can cancel into followup (Hellish Charge and FB Hellish Charge) from 10~41F
  • Cannot be cancelled into
  • Each time Two Steps Forward is used, Kliff's current stun rating is added to a total
  • If this total reaches 80, Kliff's back goes out, leaving him vulnerable
  • After using Two Steps Forward 4 times, Kliff's back has a chance to go out immediately, based on his current stun rating

Hellish Charge

214P > P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 Mid 4 2 23 -11 1~4F Strike

Pseudo-DP followup to dodge done as a manzai routine smack. Strike invuln until startup.

  • Staggers on hit, allowing for a throw followup if they don't mash out.
  • Tags a hit against players who do not know to safejump > throw against dodge.
  • Better conversions when RC'd, eliminates it being unsafe.
  • Risky move, but a good thing to have.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 10 7 3 Stagger 32 14
  • Dizzy modifier x1.5

Limb Severer

j.41236S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40, 32 High/Air, All 14 Until landing+12 26 -6

Kliff's main air combo knockdown tool. Strong all around move, both as a combo starter and ender.

  • Hits overhead, can cross up while cutting Kliff's horizontal momentum, and stalls in the air for occasional fakeouts.
  • Leads to a safejump with fuzzy guard setups. Has four(?) different shockwave sizes, growing larger the higher Kliff is when he initiates the move.
  • Leads to big damage, or guaranteed dizzy setups in the corner on hit with meter.
  • Can be difficult to punish due to pushback.
  • The second hit can cancel out other projectiles, keeping Kliff safe against things like Eddie's drills.
  • FRC right before it goes active to fake out into a throw or low.
  • Comes with the weakness of being out prioritized by j.214S if you get crossed under, which is *horribly* unsafe on whiff. Always keep the opponent's position in mind.
  • Can be punished by having the first hit air blocked and the second hit jumped over.

This move is overall one of Kliff's more important ones. Can be very frustrating to deal with if the opponent is not familiar with it.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
12~13F 15, 10 6, 7 5, 3 Launch 60, 53
  • 2nd hit (shockwave) destroys other projectiles
  • The longer the dive, the bigger the shockwave
  • Listed Frame Adv is for the shortest possible dive

Force Breaks

Air Bellowing Roar

j.236D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50 All 8 25 25

Big hitbox projectile which covers a huge amount of horizontal airspace. Feasts off of other projectiles.

  • Blows Kliff back on use, helping him get out of dodge, particularly when Tiger Knee'd.
  • Untechable blowback and wallbounce on hit, giving Kliff ample time to convert as they fall back towards him.
  • Recovers as soon as the active frames fade, letting Kliff airdash back in and go for something like a falling j.H for an immediate ground pickup.
  • All around strong move. Never a bad use of meter.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 3 6 5 Launch 50 + WBounce
  • Destroys other projectiles

FB Hellish Charge

214P > D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 Mid 22 2 68 -56 1~7F Strike
8~19F Upper Body

Almost guaranteed stun move (x50 modifier!). Getting tagged by this is one of the most frustrating things in the game. First you stun them, then you win.

  • Too slow to use at neutral, but can be combo'd into. Can work as a very slow punish in some instances.
  • Significantly less invuln than the meterless version.
  • Despite the ludicrously high dizzy modifier, there are many instances where the dizzy is not guaranteed. Use as early in a combo as possible when setting up.
    • Tends to work best near the corner, out of throw, airthrow, j.41236, Impossible Dust, and CH Gold Burst.
  • Becomes riskier to attempt the more you've been hit or attempted to dodge/214P. Be absolutely certain that you won't throw out your back when combo'ing into this.
  • Will perform the coughing animation regardless of hit or block/whiff. Won't give you enough time to start a combo with 6[H] unless you RC it. Kliff will still get ridiculous punishes afterwards regardless.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 10 7 3 14 14
  • Dizzy modifier x50

Overdrives

Reflex Roar

236236H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
100 All 7+1 25 Total 57 -17

Quick, full screen, high damage answer that blows through everything else. Enter the Dragon.

  • Will destroy other projectiles on screen.
  • Active for a huge amount of time, but won't fully extend until later in its active frames.
  • Often used to hitconfirm max ranged pokes into good damage. Can end combos or continue them.
  • Can be FRC'd to bait bursts, or follow with a whiffed 214K for good corner carry and a combo.
  • Wallsticks when close enough to the corner. Can do meterless confirms if close enough or if Reflex Roar hits later in its active frames.
  • Not fully invul. Kliff will get tagged before it goes active if he sticks his hand into a hitbox. Otherwise one of Kliff's best uses of 50 meter.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
9~14F 20 6 5 Launch 90 + WStick 30
  • Destroys other projectiles
  • Kliff is in CH state from 1~45F

Sole Survivor

632146H (Hold OK)

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
24, 20×14 All 16+0 6, 35×14 Total 159 -25 1~22F Strike

Extremely slow reversal that's invincible until it starts, but is very hit or miss if it connects.

  • Can be charged after the flash for more hits. Charging will also extend its throw invincibility until the button is released.
  • 0F after the first hit, so good in gaps against moves with a lot of recovery.
  • Hits at random and can knock them any given distance away from you. Can knock targets out of the hit zone and make itself completely vulnerable on hit.
  • If the opponent is sucked in on the last hit, it can combo into 2S > 236S after the knockdown.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 14, 3×14 6×15 4 Launch 59, 60×14
  • Can only RC if 1st hit touches opponent
  • Kliff is in CH state during move
  • Move has unlisted throw invulnerabilty

Instant Kill

Pulverizing Dragon's Roar

During IK Mode: 236236H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Fatal All 17+6 28 19 -28 17~20F All

Kliff's incredibly long IK preparation makes this rather impractical. FB Hellish Charge RC can give enough time to use this move, but mashing out beforehand is not particularly difficult. Generally too slow to be much use.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level Ground Hitstun Air Hitstun
N/A 20 5
  • IK Mode activation: 100F
  • Kliff is in CH state from 1~53F

Colors

GGACR Kliff Undersn normal p.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn normal k.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn normal s.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn normal h.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn normal d.png
Default P
Default K
Default S
Default H
Default D
GGACR Kliff Undersn ex p.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn ex k.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn ex s.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn ex h.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn ex d.png
EX P
EX K
EX S
EX H
EX D
GGACR Kliff Undersn slash p.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn slash k.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn slash s.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn slash h.png
AC Kliff Undersn normal h.png
Slash P
Slash K
Slash S
Slash H
Slash D1 Arcade & PC-Rollback Update Only
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GGACR Kliff Undersn reload s.png
GGACR Kliff Undersn reload h.png
AC Kliff Undersn normal d.png
Reload P
Reload K
Reload S
Reload H
Reload D1 Arcade & PC-Rollback Update Only
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GGACR Kliff Undersn reload d.png
Gold2
Shadow2
*To select your color, press the corresponding button while in the designated "color set". Color sets can be toggled through by hitting the Respect button.
1Only selectable on the Arcade and PC-Rollback versions of the game.
2Available on home ports, and are selected by pressing the "Rec. Enemy" button on the Slash or Reload color sets, respectively. Gold characters are powered up versions, Shadow characters have infinite tension. Both are banned from tournament play.

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