GGST/Ky Kiske

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Overview

Overview

Ky is a versatile and consistent character who possesses many moves with good speed and range. His varied move set makes him comfortable at any range, but he excels in mid-ranged neutral.

Where Ky's neutral shines in its versatility. He uses his far-reaching f.S and 2S to check opponents at mid range and complements them with his 6P or 6H, all of which have Disjointed HitboxA particular type of hitbox that has no nearby associated hurtbox, enabling attacks to have certain areas that cannot be hit by an opponent's attacks in return.es, good reach and/or good frame data. 5K and 2D are lows for close range poking with many active frames. Frustrated foes that approach him carelessly can be intercepted by his strong space control tools and anti-airs. At longer ranges, Ky can use Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
Total 46
Advantage:
-15
to contest zoning or apply Shock State, albeit with high risk and low damage. He can take more risks by using Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
Low, All
Startup:
5
Recovery:
26
Advantage:
-15 [-10]
as a quick Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short. poke if he has meter to make it rewarding on hit and safe on block, or Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
-2~+6 [+4~+12]
to occasionally hard callout jumps or backdashes.

On the offensive, Ky is most notable for his safe OkizemeFrom Japanese "起き攻め". Attacking an opponent about to wake up after they were knocked down, usually with meaty attacks or mix-ups. with his Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+22 [+25]
and MeatyHitting an opponent to cover the moment as they lose invincibility. The most common one is performing an attack early on okizeme to gain frame advantage and bait reversals. 5K, and basic but rewarding strike/throw with moves like 6H, 2D, and Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
-8 [-6]
. With Shock State applied, Vapor ThrustGGST Ky Kiske 623H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
44
Advantage:
-38
enables high damage combos in the corner, and with Ride the LightningGGST Ky Kiske 632146H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
8+1
Recovery:
99
Advantage:
-82
, Ky can easily carry opponents to the corner, break the wall and retain pressure while utilizing Positive Bonus to quickly regain the spent meter. Finally, if he gets the right knockdown and/or is close to the corner, he can get strong left/right mix-ups with airdash FDC safe jumps, or good high/low mix with j.D stalling in the air.

Ky's defensive options are varied, including a big but slow meterless DPDragon Punch A move that has invulnerability during its startup, long recovery, and a rising motion. in Vapor ThrustGGST Ky Kiske 623S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11
Recovery:
43
Advantage:
-33
and his fast invincible Ride the Lightning Overdrive. He reliably scores great reward from his 2P AbareAn attack during the opponent's pressure, intended to interrupt it. thanks to Dire Eclat providing a hard knockdown with far corner carry and Shock State. Furthermore, his aforementioned Stun Dipper shares the same startup speed as his 5P/2P jabs and is a highly rewarding abare option specifically when used with Roman Cancel to convert it into a combo on hit.

With his diverse move set, Ky has a tool for every situation and can quickly switch between keeping the opponent away and turning on the offensive.
Playstyle
Ky Kiske is an all-rounder with tools to compete both on the ground and in the air at most ranges, classified as a Balance type.
Pros Cons
  • Jack of All Trades: Ky's tools can handle all manners of offensive and defensive situations at various ranges. He has good gap-closing tools and decent close-range pressure, as well as multiple projectiles that cover different angles and a meterless DPDragon Punch A move that has invulnerability during its startup, long recovery, and a rising motion..
  • Excellent Space Control: Ky's normals are great space control tools, both on the ground and in the air. Combining good movement with buttons like f.S, 6H, j.K and j.S can make him difficult to approach.
  • Fantastic Call-Out Tools: A diligent Ky player can take advantage of his numerous callout tools, like 6P, 6H, and Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
    Low, All
    Startup:
    5
    Recovery:
    26
    Advantage:
    -15 [-10]
    . Ky reliably gets knockdowns from these reads, leading into okizeme and continued pressure.
  • Strong Okizeme: Ky gets strong pressure and mix-ups from most knockdowns using FDC safe jumps and Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    39
    Recovery:
    Total 62
    Advantage:
    +22 [+25]
    .
  • Strike/Throw Reliant: While in some situations he's able to apply reliably strong mix-ups, Ky lacks fast plus on block normals outside of c.S and is otherwise reliant on linear stagger pressure. Opponents making use of universal defensive mechanics like Faultless Defense, fuzzy jump defense, and dash-blocking can force Ky to take multiple risks (or spend meter) to continue his offense. This leaves Ky more prone to significantly losing his momentum when his most common blockstring enders leave him at negative frame advantage.
  • Situational Midscreen Confirms: Ky usually needs to fish for specific hits such as 2D and 6H, or spend meter to get good reward from midscreen hits. Without spending meter, most of his common pokes will often result in a short string into a Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
    Low, All
    Startup:
    5
    Recovery:
    26
    Advantage:
    -15 [-10]
    or Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    14
    Recovery:
    25
    Advantage:
    -8 [-6]
    ender, even on counterhit.

Shock State

Ky's projectiles (except for j.D) and Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
-8 [-6]
special move temporarily put the opponent into Shock State on contact. Shock State lasts for varying amounts of time based on the move, and can either be used by Ky or is ended if Ky is hit. Hitting an opponent in Shock State with most of Ky's special moves removes the Shock State (or reapplies it) in exchange for bonus effects varying from more damage, more blockstun, and better hit effects, allowing for more damaging combos or stronger okizeme. Check the Strategy page for more details.

Ky Kiske
GGST Ky Kiske Portrait.png
Defense:1.00
Guts Rating:2
Prejump:4
Backdash:20/1~5 strike invuln/1~15 airborne
Weight:Normal
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.623S/H (11F/13F)
632146H (9F)

Normal Moves

StartupThe time before an attack is active including the first active frame. For example, an attack with 10F startup means the attack will do nothing for 9 frames, then hit the opponent on the 10th frame. frames
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ActiveThe active frames of an attack refers to the amount of time an attack can hit the opponent. Frames
InactiveFrames in the middle of multi-hit attacks which cannot hit the opponent, but are after the move has become active at least once. Frames
RecoveryThe recovery of an attack refers to the amount of time an attacker must wait before he may perform another action, even blocking. Frames
Special RecoveryThe recovery of an attack refers to the amount of time an attacker must wait before he may perform another action.Recovery frames which happen under abnormal conditions, such as after landing. Frames

5P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
26 All 5 4 7 -1 none

A quick jab that's useful as a fast anti-air, or in a situation where a 6P input would be crossed up. On airborne opponents, confirm hits by picking up with 2S > 5H. On air block, take advantage of their landing recovery and start pressure.


Gatling Options: 5P, 2P, 6P, 6K, 6H

5K

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
30 Low 7 8 6 -2 none

Excellent normal that can gatling into 2D for a double low sequence that leads to a knockdown and OkizemeFrom Japanese "起き攻め". Attacking an opponent about to wake up after they were knocked down, usually with meaty attacks or mix-ups.. When using 5K on okizeme, time it to hit as a Meaty AttackHitting an opponent to cover the moment as they lose invincibility. The most common one is performing an attack early on okizeme to gain frame advantage and bait reversals. to significantly increase its frame advantage up to +5 on block for stronger pressure and combos. Timing it this way can also be safe against many reversal attempts while still hitting meaty. Due to its long active frames and low recovery, it can be used as a solid poke for close range play.

  • Jump and dash cancelable. Earliest dash cancel is -11 on block.


Gatling Options: 6P, 6K, 6H, 5D, 2D

c.S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
42 All 7 6 10 +1 none

Often used to start pressure at close range or as a Meaty AttackHitting an opponent to cover the moment as they lose invincibility. The most common one is performing an attack early on okizeme to gain frame advantage and bait reversals. after a knockdown. Its speed, wide variety of gatling options, and mid Counter Hit slowdown also make it a go-to move for punishes. In pressure, it can be both delay canceled, dash canceled, or jump canceled to create frame traps and bait defensive options (such as c.S > 2S). Since it's plus on block, you can follow up with frame traps, go for a reset by dashing up with another c.S or go for a throw.

c.S deals slightly less wall damage if it hits an airborne opponent the frame before they hit the ground. This causes some combo routes to have apparently random wall stick timing.

  • Jump and dash cancelable. Earliest dash cancel is -6 on block.
  • Ground bounces on air hit.


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

f.S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
34 All 12 6 13 -5 none

One of Ky's best mid-ranged pokes alongside 2SGGST Ky Kiske 2S.pngGuard:
Low
Startup:
10
Recovery:
20
Advantage:
-8
. It boasts good horizontal range with a large Disjointed HitboxA particular type of hitbox that has no nearby associated hurtbox, enabling attacks to have certain areas that cannot be hit by an opponent's attacks in return., and quick recovery. However, its startup is on the slower end for an f.S move and it can be avoided entirely by Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short. attacks.

As a poke relative to 2S, it has triple the amount of active frames, a disjoint nearly twice as large, and is safer on block. Dashing before f.S carries enough momentum to give it more range than 2S.

It's often canceled into 5HGGST Ky Kiske 5H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
21
Advantage:
-8
(with a natural 1 frame gap) and Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
Total 46
Advantage:
-15
in pressure, and counter-poking with it to score Counter Hits provides a reliable combo into Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
Low, All
Startup:
5
Recovery:
26
Advantage:
-15 [-10]
.

  • Does not extend its hurtbox until it becomes active and has a large disjoint while active, but has a lingering extended hurtbox during recovery.


Gatling Options: 5H, 2H

5H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
48 All 14 6 21 -8 none

A chunky swing that's slower than Ky's S normals, but has a bit more range. Sees lots of use to air juggle during combos, since it pops them up high enough to combo into a special or Overdrive. Though it is unsafe on block, it can be difficult to punish at max range and is commonly cancelled into Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
Total 46
Advantage:
-15
when ending pressure. Since 5H deals a lot of hitstun, it is a reliable way to confirm into Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
Low, All
Startup:
5
Recovery:
26
Advantage:
-15 [-10]
and Ride the LightningGGST Ky Kiske 632146H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
8+1
Recovery:
99
Advantage:
-82
even on non-Counter Hit.

  • Launches vertically on air hit.
  • Does not extend its hurtbox until it becomes active and is disjointed while active, but Ky moves his body hurtbox significantly forward during startup and has a lingering extended hurtbox during recovery.

5D

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
Uncharged 45 High 20 4 25 -15 none
Charged 56 High 28 4 25 -10 none
Uncharged Dust

Universal overhead attack that's pretty fast, and Ky's only grounded overhead besides. It can gatling from 5K, 2K, or c.S for an unsafe mix-up that can be made safe on block or converted into a full combo on hit by using Roman Cancel.


Charged Dust
  • Holding any upwards direction during the hitstop of Charged Dust will perform a Homing Jump:
    • Performing a Homing Jump puts the opponent into a unique high damaging air combo state and will cause an Area Shift afterwards, resetting character positions to neutral at slightly farther than round start distance.
    • Pressing any attack twice in a row without jump/dash canceling will perform a unique Finishing Blow attack, causing a hard knockdown and leaving Ky at +23 instead of neutral (+-0).
Similar to uncharged Dust but is slow enough for opponents to reliably react to. On raw hit, it results in a very high damage Homing Jump combo. Due to its slow startup Charged Dust is primarily used for juggling during combos to add damage after a Red Roman Cancel launch or Counter Hit c.S, but can also be used for simple punishes on extremely unsafe moves.

2P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
22 All 5 4 8 -2 none

Ky's go-to fast normal. Good for mashing out of blockstrings, 5f punishes, or starting low-risk pressure. Stagger 2P > 2P to scout the opponent's defensive options, then confirm into 6P > 214S for a hard knockdown on hit.

Be aware that the hitbox is high enough to whiff over various Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short. attacks.

Gatling Options: 5P, 2P, 6P, 6K, 6H

2K

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
26 Low 6 4 10 -2 none

A kick with a great balance of speed and range. It's a low-risk check in neutral with longer range than 5K, and Ky's fastest low mixup. It's often used to link together combos, such as the OTG pickup after Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
-8 [-6]
, or continue to combo airborne opponents after landing when hitting with an air normal. Often canceled into 2D for a knockdown, or into 6H for combos in the corner.

  • 1 frame faster low than 5K.


Gatling Options: 6P, 6K, 6H, 5D, 2D

2S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
32 Low 10 2 20 -8 none

One of Ky's main poke, with a great balance of range, speed, and cancel options. Often canceled into 5H (with a natural 1 frame gap) in pressure and combos, and Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
Low, All
Startup:
5
Recovery:
26
Advantage:
-15 [-10]
on max range Counter Hits. Can be used to pick up airborne opponents with 2S > 5H juggles.

  • Slightly longer range than f.S but a much smaller Disjointed HitboxA particular type of hitbox that has no nearby associated hurtbox, enabling attacks to have certain areas that cannot be hit by an opponent's attacks in return., only near the tip.
  • Unlike 5H and 6H the hurtbox starts retracting immediately during recovery, making it harder to whiff punish.


Gatling Options: 5H, 2H

2H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
14, 40 All 11 1,4 28 -13 none
Committal anti-air or frame trap when delay cancelled from c.S that can lead to huge damage on Counter Hit. Not so good to swing all the time during neutral, as it extends Ky's hurtbox significantly and has a very long recovery on whiff.

2D

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
34 Low 10 6 18 -10 none
A sweeping kick that grants a hard knockdown close to Ky, allowing him to start his strong OkizemeFrom Japanese "起き攻め". Attacking an opponent about to wake up after they were knocked down, usually with meaty attacks or mix-ups. game. If the opponent is too close to Ky on hit, delay Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+22 [+25]
slightly or it'll pass through their invulnerable wakeup frames. The airborne state and resulting slowdown from Counter Hit 2D leads to Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
-2~+6 [+4~+12]
loops for big damage and corner carry.

6P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
34 All 9 5 17 -8 1-3f Upper Body
4-13f Above Knees

Ky's main anti-air and an all-around strong normal due to its upper body invulnerability. Though it doesn't combo into much besides Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
-8 [-6]
on non-Counter Hit, it's great for ensuring that whatever is coming from the air has the best possible chance of being beaten. Against grounded opponents, it's invaluable for countering pokes that Ky otherwise finds hard to contest, like Ramlethal's f.SGGST Ramlethal Valentine fS.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11
Recovery:
21
Advantage:
-10 [-13]
. When used in combos, 6P is a important cancel from 5P/2P mash into Dire Eclat's hard knockdown.

  • Invulnerable above the knees from the startup until the beginning of recovery.
  • Launches away on air hit, but leaves standing on ground hit.
  • Hard knockdown on air Counter Hit.

6K

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
40 All 25 2 11 +4 none

A risky pressure reset with slow startup that's best used after conditioning the opponent to block with frame traps. Relative to Ky's other pressure reset in Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
-2~+6 [+4~+12]
, 6K does not require Shock State to be plus on block and remains grounded should the opponent call out the startup with a Counter Hit.

  • Special cancelable.
  • Moves Ky forwards slightly.
  • Leaves a gap that can be mash out of.

6H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
52 All 15 4 20 -7 none

A huge swing that's great as a haymaker in neutral or for whiff punishing moves pre-emtively. It has long startup and recovery similar to 5H, but because it hits lower to the ground in comparison it will beat virtually all 6Ps and Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short. attacks like Sol's Night Raid VortexGGST Sol Badguy 214S 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
15~31 [32]
Recovery:
32 [26]
Advantage:
-17
. It leads to great reward on Counter Hit when used in pressure as an auto-timed (4f gap) frame trap from 5K and a manually-timed (-1f gap) one from c.S. On midscreen CH it provides a large amount of corner carry when canceled into Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
-2~+6 [+4~+12]
, and on any corner hit it leads to Ky's highest damage combo routes with its wallbounce and large CH slowdown.

Ky takes a step forward during the attack, which makes for stronger pressure reset opportunities after opponents have been conditioned into not challenging the threat of CH 6H and Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
-8 [-6]
cancels.

  • Launches opponent away on hit.
  • Wall bounces on hit in the corner.
  • Combos from 5K/2K on crouching opponents.
  • Disjointed HitboxA particular type of hitbox that has no nearby associated hurtbox, enabling attacks to have certain areas that cannot be hit by an opponent's attacks in return. during the active frames, but Ky moves his body hurtbox significantly forward during startup and has a lingering 13f extended hurtbox during recovery.

j.P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
20 High 6 3 9 - none

A fast, short-ranged normal used to interrupt empty Air Dashing opponents and slower air attacks done too close to Ky. Air-to-air j.P can be confirmed easily into j.P itself or other jump moves like j.K or j.S for a combo followup.

Gatling Options: j.P

j.K

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
26 High 7 4 8 - none

Ky's main air-to-air normal. Rising j.K is difficult for a lot of characters to contest due to its quick speed and low recovery. On hit, it can be linked into another falling j.K to bring the opponent down for a ground combo. It can also be canceled into j.D for blockstrings and combos in the corner.

  • Air Dash cancelable.


Gatling Options: j.D

j.S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
32 High 7 3 21 - none

A well-rounded air slash suitable for both air-to-air and air-to-ground usage, since it is DisjointA particular type of hitbox that has no nearby associated hurtbox, enabling attacks to have certain areas that cannot be hit by an opponent's attacks in return.ed near the tip and its hitbox reaches much farther down than the animation suggests.

When used air-to-air, j.S has more range than j.K, but j.K is generally safer to use in air-to-air situations due to j.S' higher recovery. As it has mid Counter Hit slowdown, j.S reliably converts air-to-air Counter Hits into grounded combo pickups, and with 50% Tension can be confirmed into Ride the LightningGGST Ky Kiske 632146H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
8+1
Recovery:
99
Advantage:
-82
to deal great damage and break the wall even from midscreen due to the long carrying distance of RTL.

j.S also has niche use in blockstrings due to its j.D gatling and air dash cancel. j.S > 66 > j.S can open up opponents mashing throw or expecting Ky to land with a low, but the airdash leaves a large gap which can be punished. Go for it when the opponent is conditioned to block.

  • Air Dash cancelable.


Gatling Options: j.H, j.D

j.H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
44 High 13 4 23 - none

Ky's main jump-in normal along with j.S. It also works as an preemptive air-to-air that hits low enough to catch ground buttons at the same time.

Airborne opponents are launched upward allowing for air-to-air combos, or to give Ky enough time to land and convert into a grounded combo.

  • Air Dash cancelable.
  • Does not cross-up despite the animation.


Gatling Options: j.D

j.D

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
32 All 13 6 15 - none

A lightning sigil that stalls Ky's air momentum. Good for making Ky's landing timing unpredictable or as a fairly large disjoint in air-to-air situations. As it's considered a projectile, j.D can intercept most incoming projectiles, but it is not an overhead.

This move is special, jump, and air dash cancellable, making it an amazing combo filler. c.S > j.D > Air Dash is ky's optimal punish combo starter, that leads to wallbreak at midscreen, as one example. It's las used often to convert air to air normals into rewarding combos.

  • Cancelable into special moves, jump, and air dash on contact.
  • Launches grounded opponents on hit.
  • Considered a projectile.
  • Due to its projectile property, Ky don't actually experience regular strike hitstop, making it much more faster into cancels.
  • Will offten be plus on block when done descending, but otherwise very risky if rising since it whiffs on crouchers.

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

6D or 4D

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
80 90 2 3 38 - none

A critical part of Ky's pressure, granting a hard knockdown on hit and allowing him to start his strong OkizemeFrom Japanese "起き攻め". Attacking an opponent about to wake up after they were knocked down, usually with meaty attacks or mix-ups. game. It's occasionally used defensively due to its fast startup, but it's primarily used to open up opponents that have been conditioned into blocking in order to entice them to mash into frame traps.

The hard knockdown is long enough for a Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+22 [+25]
to hit MeatyHitting an opponent to cover the moment as they lose invincibility. The most common one is performing an attack early on okizeme to gain frame advantage and bait reversals., allowing for a mixup and further pressure. It's also a common choice to go directly into a safe jump/empty jump low mix-up using 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. j.H/2K.

A ground throw can be followed up at any distance with 6H to OTGThe act of hitting the opponent when they are knocked down. Short for "off the ground" or "on the ground." the opponent, which can slightly increase the meterless damage. Midscreen, this also allows cancelling the 6H into a meaty 236S. In the corner, the OTG 6H can be followed up with another meaty 6H that will frame trap and hit any non-reversal wakeup option that is not blocking (jump, backdash, wakeup button) slower than 4 frames. Against 3 frame moves, the 6H will trade.

  • Can throw the opponent either forward or backwards.
  • 75% forced proration before all damage is dealt, 50% forced proration after all damage is dealt.
  • Ky is in Counter Hit state during recovery.

Air Throw

j.6D or j.4D

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
80 200 2 3 38+10 Landing - none

A powerful, but risky tool for countering air approaches and the startup of some attacks. Use it carefully along with 6P, 2H and Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
-2~+6 [+4~+12]
to discourage jumping. Keeping the opponent on the ground limits their options and allows Ky to take advantage of his strong grounded normals.

  • Can throw the opponent either forward or backwards.
  • Hard knockdown on hit.
  • 75% forced proration before all damage is dealt, 50% forced proration after all damage is dealt.
  • Ky is in Counter Hit state during recovery.

Special Moves

Stun Edge

236S

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
236S 30 [33] All 13 Until Hit Total 46 -15 none
DI 236S 30×2 All 13 Until Hit Total 46 -11 none

A basic projectile. Stun Edge (SE) is useful against opponents that like to aggressively and preemptively use grounded normals, as Ky can stand just outside their range and fire it off to deal damage and build some Tension. Hitting an opponent with SE may convince them to stop attacking in order to react to it, opening them up for offensive approaches. It can also be used as a blockstring ender after the pushback of 5H and 6H in pressure, as long as that pushback puts Ky outside of the range of the opponent's longest buttons.

Ky is in Counter Hit state for the move's entire duration, the recovery is lengthy, and the projectile can be both Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short.d and Instant Air Dashed over. For these reasons, carefully consider when to throw it out. It's much safer to use in matchups where the opponent has poor mobility such as Potemkin, or matchups where the opponent has no fast projectile of their own such as Goldlewis Dickinson.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, SE hits twice and is a bit safer on contact. It beats other single-hitting projectiles and deals much more chip damage on block, forcing opponents to spend Tension on Faultless Defense or avoid the projectile entirely.

  • Applies Shock State to the opponent for 180 frames on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent already in Shock State.
  • Projectile immediately disappears if Ky is hit.
  • Ky is in Counter Hit state during recovery.

Charged Stun Edge

236H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
236H 20×3 [22×3] All 39 Until Hit Total 62 +22 [+25] none
DI 236H 17×5 All 39 Until Hit Total 62 +45 none

Ky's main OkizemeFrom Japanese "起き攻め". Attacking an opponent about to wake up after they were knocked down, usually with meaty attacks or mix-ups. tool after scoring a hard knockdown. Charged Stun Edge (CSE) is a large, multi-hitting projectile that is very advantageous on contact, allowing Ky to attempt further pressure and mixups. When landing a 2D at close range, delay CSE so that the projectile doesn't whiff past the opponent's wakeup. Depending on the situation, ky can either run up with c.S for basic pressure, use airdash FDC safe jumps for tricky but rewarding left/right mixups, or jump and land a j.H to start high/low mixups utilizing j.D's momentum stall.

While Ky can also use CSE in neutral to safely cover his approach, albeit with very high risk.. It has a longer startup and recovery than Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
Total 46
Advantage:
-15
, which makes it very easy to punish, allowing the opponent the opportunity to close the distance and potentially score a counter hit.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, CSE hits five times and is even more plus on block, enabling ky to true blockstring both his left/right mixups, as well as going for am empty low on either side, providing him a semi-4 way mixup. It is also enhanced indirectly by DI Stun DipperGGST Ky Kiske 236K 1.pngGuard:
Low, All
Startup:
5
Recovery:
26
Advantage:
-10
's hard knockdown, allowing CSE to be used safely afterwards where normally it could not.

  • Applies Shock State to the opponent for 300 frames on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent already in Shock State.
  • Projectile immediately disappears if Ky is hit.
  • Ky is in Counter Hit state during recovery.

Aerial Stun Edge

j.236S or j.236H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
j.236S 30 [33] All 21 Until Hit Until Landing+10 - none
j.236H 30 [33] All 21 Until Hit Until Landing+10 - none

An air projectile used to keep opponents grounded or as an anti anti-air callout. Tiger KneeAn input method to perform a special move in the air as fast as possible after you leave the ground. Almost always abbreviated to TK. For Example: 2369 for a j.236 input.ing the H version at fullscreen makes it cover a very good angle that can cover both the ground and the air, and is especially useful against other projectiles in certain matchups e.g. Testament's Grave ReaperGGST Testament j236S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
16~22
Recovery:
27
Advantage:
-4
and Leo's H Gravierte WürdeGGST Leo Whitefang Graviert Wurde.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
23
Recovery:
Total 73F
Advantage:
+11
. However, Ky has no air action after firing the projectile and has extra landing recovery, making it unsafe on whiff without a Purple Roman Cancel if an opponent evades it (such as by running underneath the H version).

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, it hits twice and deals much more chip damage on block, forcing opponents to spend Tension on Faultless Defense or avoid the projectile entirely.

  • Applies Shock State to the opponent for 180 frames on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent already in Shock State.
  • Projectile immediately disappears if Ky is hit.
  • Ky is in Counter Hit state during recovery.

Stun Dipper

236K

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
236K 20×2 [20, 22] Low, All 5 12(7)3 26 -15 [-10] 1-4f Upper Body
5-16f Above Knees
DI 236K 20, 26×2 Low, All 5 12(7)3 26 -10 1-4f Upper Body
5-16f Above Knees

Stun Dipper (SD) is a very fast sliding attack that can Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short. under many other attacks, knocking down on hit. Despite the short knockdown time, Ky remains close enough to the opponent to perform a MeatyHitting an opponent to cover the moment as they lose invincibility. The most common one is performing an attack early on okizeme to gain frame advantage and bait reversals. 5K afterwards to continue pressure. Due to the fixed time gap between the kick attack and the slash attack, SD will not properly combo when performed too close or too far from the opponent. Cancelling into it from Mid or higher Counter Hits will make it combo at any range, even point blank.

With at least 50% Tension available, Roman Cancel makes SD a huge threat. The 1st hit becomes a 5 frame low attack that can convert into a full combo at a distance where it would normally not combo, the 2nd hit leads into an extended combo for more damage, and either hit can be Roman Cancelled on block to be made safe while resetting Ky's pressure or even stealing his turn back while under an opponent's pressure.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, the slash gains an extra hit for more damage and causes a hard knockdown instead of a soft one, leaving Ky at +41. This lets him use DI Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+45
safely after DI SD hits from farther ranges whereas he normally could not at any range, or simply gain more options to mixup with afterwards off the extended knockdown.

  • The second hit removes Shock State from the opponent on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent in Shock State.

Foudre Arc

214K

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
214K 40 [44] All 24 11 6 -2~+6 [+4~+12] 10-11f Foot
12-28f Below Waist
DI 214K 16, 24×2 All 24 3,2,6 6 +7~+12 10-11f Foot
12-28f Below Waist

Foudre Arc (FA) is a slow, flying kick with a high arc, which may seem hard to use on first glance but in fact has a varriety of uses in ky's gameplan. It is a superb combo tool to provide high corner carry and optimal knockdown, a way to hard-call jumps in offense/neutral as a high risk - high reward option, a solid option to reset pressure primarily with Shock State, and is a rewarding, advantagous and potentially reversal safe meaty option after situations where the opponent is too far for Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+22 [+25]
to hit.

FA shouldn't be used recklessly as the long startup can be Counter Hit by most normals, Ky can't combo into anything on normal hit, and it's negative if blocked standing without shock state. The situation on block can change depending on how late into the attack it hits the opponent, but in general assume that Ky is -2 on standing block, and +2 on crouching block. It's good for preemptively calling out jumping opponents since it will force them back to the ground with extra landing blockstun, leaving Ky at significant advantage. It may seem like an option to beat Low ProfileWhen a character's hurtbox is entirely beneath an opponent's attack. This can be caused by crouching, certain moves, and being short. attacks, but the risk is generally not worth the reward in most situations

When the opponent is in Shock State, FA greatly improves. It can now be used to definitively reset pressure on block, since it will be Ky's advantage regardless of whether it is blocked crouching or standing. On grounded hit, it now also combos into 2K or c.S for extra damage. Keep in mind that FA can still be interrupted during the startup, so it's best to use it after the opponent is sufficiently conditioned via other options to not press anything and isn't going to react in time to counter it.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, FA retains its advantages from Shock State and deals even more damage. DI Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+45
> FA is a gapless sequence that deals a large amount of chip damage, forcing opponents to choose between taking the damage or spending a large amount of Tension on Faultless Defense.

  • Removes Shock State from the opponent on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent in Shock State.
  • Hits standing opponents on frame 27, crouching opponents on frame 29.
  • On-Block value ranges account for being more plus on block when striking later in its active frames (e.g. as a Meaty AttackHitting an opponent to cover the moment as they lose invincibility. The most common one is performing an attack early on okizeme to gain frame advantage and bait reversals.)
  • Forces opponent into crouching state on ground hit. Hard knockdown on air hit.
  • Will whiff over crouching opponents if performed too close to them.

Vapor Thrust

623S or 623H (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
623S 48 [52] All 11 4 43 -33 1-14f Strike
DI 623S 30×2 All 11 4 43 -26 1-14f Strike
623H 60 [66] All 13 8 44 -38 1-16f Strike
DI 623H 25×3 All 13 6 39 -22 1-18f Strike

An invincible reversal attack with a wide arc that reaches behind Ky's head, launching the opponent away. It's a solidl albeit slower than average reversal with a big hitbox. It's throwable, however by virtue of its long invulnerable frames and ability to be Roman Canceled on block make it a great defensive option regardless. The S version is slightly faster, while the H version launches Ky farther forward with more active frames, giving it more range. Which one to use varies depending on the situation, but S is best for speed which is generally useful on wakeup, and H is best for damage and consistently beating an attack.

If VT hits an opponent in Shock State, it deals more damage and pops them up high enough to combo afterwards with a grounded move, optimally extending combos in the corner.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, VT launches the opponent at a sharper vertical angle which leaves them closer to Ky, and you can combo from the H version even midscreen with 5K or c.S. Since it becomes a multi-hit attack, it's better to wall break with a high damage normal like 6H or 5[D] instead of Vapor Thrust while in Dragon Install.

  • Removes Shock State from the opponent on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent in Shock State.
  • Air Vapor Thrusts have a recovery of Until Landing+12f.
  • Ky is in Counter Hit state during recovery.
  • Cannot be Roman Canceled on whiff.
  • The H version is Ky's highest damage meterless wallbreaker.

Dire Eclat

214S

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
214S 40 [44] All 14 3 25 -8 [-6] none
DI 214S 20×3 All 14 3 25 -6 none

One of Ky's main combo enders, Dire Eclat (DE) gives both a hard knockdown and Shock State when other moves he has only do one or the other. It has fairly large pushback on block but is still minus, enough to be unsafe in some matchups (such as the mirror thanks to Stun Dipper) and universally if Instant Blocked.

On hit, DE allows for a safe jump with dash IAD j.H or dash Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
-2~+6 [+4~+12]
afterwards. It's also used in high-damage corner combos to apply Shock State mid-combo to allow Ky to follow up after H Vapor ThrustGGST Ky Kiske 623H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
44
Advantage:
-38
for more damage, or a wall breaker to apply Shock State before the reset to neutral.

There is a brief amount of time where the opponent is still considered in an airborne juggle state while sliding on the ground and can be relaunched with moves such as 5K/2K and 5H. Normally, DE's pushback prevents Ky from meaningfully taking advantage of this but by combining various factors such as being closer to corner, landing an air hit, or landing a Counter Hit, combos can be extended for more damage or even wall breaks.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, it hits more times and the pushback on contact is even larger.

  • Applies Shock State to the opponent for 300 frames on hit and 180 frames on block.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent already in Shock State.

Overdrives

Ride the Lightning

632146H (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
632146H 21×4, 50 [22×4, 60] All 8+1 3×4(20)2 99 -82 1-10f All
DI 632146H 10×8, 30×3 All 8+1 2×8(20)2×3 99 -79 1-15f All

A powerful attack with invincible startup and extremely long recovery. Ride the Lightning (RTL) has quick startup and lengthy forward momentum, making it adaptable as a combo ender in many situations where it can wall break from quite a distance from the corner (slightly past the middle of the stage). Since a wall break with an Overdrive deals high damage, locks the opponent out of Burst, and grants a hard knockdown, short confirms into RTL are a great option. RTL could be considered a free wall break once Ky reaches 50% Tension, as the meter spent will quickly be replenished by the resulting Positive Bonus.

The gap between the charging portion of the attack and the flourish at the end can be punished with fast attacks, Overdrives, and throws. Don't wait until the second half of RTL to Roman Cancel it to stay safe on block.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, RTL hits more times and also deals a huge amount of chip damage but much of the damage is backloaded into the interruptible 2nd half of the attack, making the chip-out usage of it more of a knowledge check/gimmick. For an air tight chip kill with 100% Tension, 236H > 66PRC (> 236H 1st hit) > 632146H is an expensive option in which RTL constantly pushes the opponent out of Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+45
, extending CSE's active time and covering RTL's gap later. It chips ~>17% on Ky if normal blocked or drains ~75% Tension on Faultless Defense.

  • The final hit removes Shock State from the opponent on contact.
  • [ ] damage values refer to hitting an opponent in Shock State.
  • Hitting an opponent in the corner with the final hit causes a Wall Break and leaves Ky +36 afterwards.

Sacred Edge

236236P

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
236236P 22×5 [26×5] All 4+3 Until Hit 32 +10 [+15] none
DI 236236P 20×8 All 4+3 Until Hit 32 +21 none

A large and fast moving projectile that's very advantageous on block. Gains more damage and frame advantage when hitting an opponent in Shock State. Usually used as combo filler to add more damage, but it also works as an anti-zoning tool as it blows through ordinary projectiles. Choosing to use it as the wall breaking Overdrive puts the opponent in Shock State in addition to the usual Overdrive wall break hard knockdown, giving Ky more pressure options afterwards. The resulting Positive Bonus will also quickly replenish the spent Tension.

In Dragon InstallGGST Ky Kiske 214214H 1.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
11+1
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
+4
, it hits more times and no longer loses hits when clashing with other attacks, increasing its utility as an anti-zoning tool.

  • Applies Shock State to the opponent for 300 frames on contact.
  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent already in Shock State.
  • Hitting an opponent in the corner causes a Wall Break and leaves Ky +36 afterwards.

Dragon Install

214214H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Invuln
80 [88] All 11+1 5 25 +4 none

Dragon Install (DI) is a transformation move for enabling comebacks. Since it has a large hitbox and is plus on block, Ky can safely enter Dragon Install during most pressure sequences as a true blockstring from any normals other than 5P/2P/5K/2K. On hit, Ky is advantaged enough to dash forward for a meaty DI Charged Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
39
Recovery:
Total 62
Advantage:
+45
. Using DI as a wall breaker to gain Positive Bonus and the Overdrive wall break hard knockdown is another potentially powerful option.

As it's only available when Ky is at low health, carefully evaluate the match state including factors such as both Ky and the opponent's health values, Burst, and Tension Meter availability when deciding whether or not to use 50% Tension on DI over another metered option like a Roman Cancel.

In DI, Ky's ground dash speed becomes lightning fast and he gains access to powered-up special moves and Overdrives. The enhanced moves can be considered of even greater power than their Shock State versions, retaining (or further improving) their enhanced frame data while dealing higher damage on hit and tripled chip damage on block. Any knockdown that leads to DI Charged Stun Edge can also lead to DI Foudre ArcGGST Ky Kiske 214K.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
24
Recovery:
6
Advantage:
+7~+12
and/or Dire EclatGGST Ky Kiske 214S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
14
Recovery:
25
Advantage:
-6
, forcing opponents to choose between taking large amounts of chip damage or spending large amounts of Tension on Faultless Defense. DI Stun EdgeGGST Ky Kiske 236S.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
Total 46
Advantage:
-11
's increased damage can bait opponents into making risky movements in order to avoid its chip damage, and catching them with stray normals can lead to DI-exclusive high-damage H Vapor ThrustGGST Ky Kiske 623H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
39
Advantage:
-22
loop combos.

  • [ ] values refer to hitting an opponent in Shock State.
  • Can only be activated when Ky is at 30% or lower HP, indicated by his health bar turning orange. He will also have a red lightning effect on his upper body when he has at least 50% Tension.
  • Enhances Ky's forwards/backwards walk and grounded forward dash speeds for the rest of the round.
  • Disables Ky's ability to inflict Shock State but enhances his special moves and Overdrives for the rest of the round.
  • 1f of startup after superflash cinematic and no invulnerability, meaning opponents can reversal through it.
  • Hitting an opponent with the activation shockwave in the corner causes a Wall Break and leaves Ky +36 afterwards.

Colors

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Color 121Ultimate Edition exclusive
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EX3Pre-order exclusive
1Ultimate Edition exclusive
3Pre-order exclusive

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