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Combo Notation GuideCharacter Name Abbreviations
7 7 8 8 9 9
4 4 5 5 6 6
1 1 2 2 3 3
Numbers represent direction on a keyboard numpad. For example, 236+P becomes 236P.
> = Proceed from the previous move to the following move.
/land = Indicate that the player must land at that point in the sequence.
, = Link the previous move into the following move.
->/~ = Cancel the previous special into a follow-up special.
dl./delay = Delay the following move.
whiff/(whiff) = The move must whiff (not hit).
c. = Close
f. = Far
j. = Jump
hj./sj. = High Jump/Super Jump
jc = Jump Cancel
hjc/sjc = High Jump Cancel/Super Jump Cancel
dc/adc = Dash Cancel/Air Dash Cancel
CH = Counter Hit
AA = Anti-Air
[X] = Hold input.
]X[ = Release input.
(move) = Move is optional.
[X] or [Y] = Perform sequence X or Y.
[sequence] xN = Repeat sequence N amount of times.
(N) = Hit N of a move or move must deal N amount of hits.
IAD = Instant Air Dash
BRC = Blue Roman Cancel
RRC = Red Roman Cancel
PRC = Purple Roman Cancel
YRC = Yellow Roman Cancel
YYXRC = Dash Input X Roman Cancel in Y direction i.e: 22PRC
XRC~Q = Cancel the X Roman Cancel into Q i.e: RRC~5K
WS = Wall Stick/Wall Splat
AN = Anji Mito
AX = Axl Low
BA = Baiken
BR = Bridget
CH = Chipp Zanuff
FA = Faust
GI = Giovanna
GO = Goldlewis
HA = Happy Chaos
IN = I-No
JC = Jack-O'
KY = Ky Kiske
LE = Leo Whitefang
MA = May
MI = Millia Rage
NA = Nagoriyuki
PO = Potemkin
RA = Ramlethal
SO = Sol Badguy
TE = Testament
ZA = Zato-1

Beginner Combos

Beginner.png Basic combos are simple combos with the fewest requirements and conditions possible. They:
  • Work against every, or almost every, character in the game
  • Can be performed from most positions in the play area
  • Require few adjustments, and if any are required they are simple

Beginner c.S Combo

Beginner c.S ComboWorks against any grounded opponent.
Very Easy
c.S > 2S > 5H > 22H

A simple combo, requiring no Eddie control, into moderate damage that also creates space for Zato to control.

Works on counter-hit and can be done from common jump-ins like j.S and j.H, if the 2S is omitted.

Can opt to safely Summon EddieGGST Zato-1 Summon Eddie.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
21
Recovery:
36 Zato
Advantage:
-
(214H) afterward, a great way to get your neutral game started.


Beginner 5K/2K Combo

Beginner 5K/2K ComboThis is the win condition.
Very Easy
5K/2K > 2D > 214H

May not seem like much, but this is one of Zato's best combos due to the strength of the okizeme he gets after a 2D knockdown.

At max range 2D may not connect after 2K, be careful with the range at which you choose to gatling into 2D. Will work off of most jump-ins, but 2K is often omitted for consistency.

The Empty Eddie SummonGGST Zato-1 Summon Eddie.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
21
Recovery:
36 Zato
Advantage:
-
(214H) afterwards leaves you in the perfect position for Zato's strongest Okizeme, however the summon itself is not safe if 2D is blocked, so be sure to confirm the hit before commiting to the summon. Alternatively, 22H can be used to hit OTG and for more damage in exchange for oki.


Core Combos

Intermediate.png Core combos balance potency with consistency. They:
  • Work against most characters of a selected weight or hurt box type
  • May require moderate adjustments to account for variables such as screen position, hit count, resources, and opposing character
  • Are expected to be consistently performable by most intermediate and advanced players who main the character

"Oppose" Anti-Air Combo

"Oppose" Anti-Air ComboLearn this and you too can play Zato.
Hard
236H / 214H~]H[, CH 2H > 214S, delay ]S[, delay 2H > 214K, [6]c.S > [3][2S] > [3][2H], delay ]S[,]H[, delay 2H > 214K, c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H

This is the core of Zato's sandwich BNBs. There are many variations for damage or meter build as well as different ways to end the combo for the best oki, but this core sequence is the first you should learn.

The delay before releasing S to get "Leap"GGST Zato-1 Leap.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
34
Advantage:
-
can vary by how far / high in the air your opponent was when the 2H connected and if the 214SGGST Zato-1 Drunkard Shade.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
9
Recovery:
12
Advantage:
-8
hit or whiffed. If the opponent files over your head you delayed too little, if they fall too far and both hits of "Leap" do not connect, you delayed too much. 2H should be delayed to connect between the two hits of "Leap", this helps stabilize the combo in addition to adding some damage. Be sure to hold forward then down-forward during the middle c.S > 2S > 2H sequence as you need to move Eddie further away from Zato. You cannot move Eddie too far away, so it's easiest to just hold the directions.

Hitting this combo near to the corner can be tricky as you often cannot move Eddie far enough away for the "Leap" to not send the opponent over your head. Instead move Eddie towards Zato so "Leap" combos them into the corner.


CH c.S/f.S/2S/5H/2D BnB

CH c.S/f.S/2S/5H/2D BnBMight require some adjustments, but get used to it.
Hard
CH Starter > 236P, dash, [3][S] > 22[H], [3], delay ]S[]H[, dash, 2[S] > 2[H], WS, Wall Ender

The combo is the core of Zato's same-side midscreen BNBs. It can be confirmed into from 5H and 2D, but the 236P must be buffered if the starter is a S normal. Additionally, CH S normals only allow for both hits of "Pierce" to combo into each other if the opponent was CH crouching.

This version of the combo is tailored for round-start distance but can work from any positioning with adjustments. If you are close enough to combo 2S > 2H instead of 2S > 22H, do so, as it allows for more time to dash up and combo afterwards and does more damage. The delays in the combo vary slightly based on the weight of the opponent, generally it's more lenient on heavy characters and harder on light characters.

The 236P, dash, 2S > 22H > ]X[ sequence is a very common string in not only Zato's combo but also his pressure, so it's important to become very comfortable doing it, and not releasing the incorrect Eddie move. Parts of this sequence are also present in many other more situational starters and mixup sequences.


Corner 5D/2D Confirm

Corner 5D/2D ConfirmExperience the power of a puppet character.
Medium
2D / 5D, ]P[, dash, c.S > 5H, ]S[, 6H > 214S, WS, Wall Ender

Being able to combo after a 5D meterlessly is one of the privileges afforded to Zato.

There are many ways to set up the mix prior to this combo, a common one is show in the clip. This combo will not work if more Eddie meter is spent than a 236P, 236K, or 236S costs before the mixup connects.

Note that as 5D does greater wall damage than 2D this combo will normally wallsplat on the second hit of "Leap" when 5D is used as the starter. A higher damage combo can be routed for that specifically, but this one will get the job done.

This combo can also be done from slightly outside the corner.


Full Combo List

  • Currently, every damage value here has only been dealt to Ky.

Theory

  • Difficulty here is assuming you are comfortable controlling Eddie movement and negative edge inputs. If you are not, many of these combos will be much more difficult until you are.
  • READ THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO ZATO COMBOS: Generally speaking you are trying to move Eddie away from you at all time in combos, as either the opponent is getting knocked away from Zato and Eddie and you want Eddie to chase them or you need Eddie to be behind them to launch them back towards Zato. As such, it's usually necessary to input moves with a forward direction in order to move Eddie while comboing. An example is c.S as 6S, 2S as 3S, and 2H as 3H. Additionally, you will often have to hold two or more buttons at once and only release the one you want (aka the one listed in the combo). After releasing this button you want to release all the other buttons you have held while Eddie is busy doing a move and can't do another. This way you can gain the ability to use these normals again without accidentally doing an Eddie move. I won't list those inputs like that for simplicity sake, but below is an example of what a more thorough notation could look like if you are confused.

Ex:

236H > CH 2H > 214[S] > ]S[ > delay 214S > c.S > 2[S] > 2[H] > delay ]S[ > delay 214S > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H.

vs

236H > CH 2H > 214[S] > ]S[ > delay 214S > 6S > 3[S] > 3[H] > delay ]S[ > ]H[ > delay 214S > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H.


P Starters

Combo Position Damage Works on Difficulty Notes Recipe Video Ver
PC PS4/5
5P/2P x3 Anywhere 38 All Very Easy More or less hits possible, depending on range and dash momentum 1.21
5P/2P > 6P Anywhere 44 All Very Easy Basic gatling into knockdown after mash. Can meaty 22H afterwards. 1.21
5P/2P x 3 > 66 RRC > 66 > 2H > 214H > 2S > 2H > 236S > 66 > 2S > 2H > WS > 214H > WB Midscreen All Very Hard If you are around half-screen, use this route instead of the above to corner carry into a wallbreak, the buffed meter usage of 236S allows you to use a second Leap and still unsummon at the end. 1.21


6P Starters

Combo Position Damage Works on Difficulty Notes Recipe Video Ver
PC PS4/5
6P > 214H Anti-air 30 All [1] Very Easy Barely counts as an actual combo, but if you're comfortable with summoning in neutral, this is the only thing you can get off of normal hit 6P 1.21
CH 6P > 22H Anywhere 56 All [1] Very Easy This is it, this is the best reward you can hope for off of 6P without spending meter 1.21
6P > RRC > 2H > 236S > c.[S] > 2[H] > ]S[ Corner 200 All [2] Easy Easier to perform, but fully consumes Eddie gauge. 1.21
6P > RRC > 2H > 236S > dash > c.S > 2[S] > 2[H] > 214H > 5H Corner 202 All [2] Easy Fully lets you refresh your Eddie gauge, but has tighter timing and is slightly more difficult to perform. Dash as close as possible to the opponent before using c.S. 1.21

S Starters

Combo Position Damage Works on Difficulty Notes Recipe Video Ver
PC PS4/5
c.S > f.S(1) > 5H > 22H Midscreen 94 All [1] Very Easy Decent combo that gives a soft knockdown, allowing for a summon. In the corner you're probably better off going for a leap loop, but midscreen this is a solid solo option. 1.21
c.S > 2H > 236S > c.[S] > 2[H] > ]S[ > dash > c.[S] > 2[H] > ]S[ Corner 232 All [2] Easy A simple leap loop off of c.S, one of the higher damage normal hit meterless combos in the game 1.21

H Starters

Combo Position Damage Works on Difficulty Notes Recipe Video Ver
PC PS4/5
236H/]H[ > CH 2H > 214[K] > [6] > (236H hits) > dash > 2S > 2H > 22H Anywhere (With Eddie ready) 184 Everyone Easy Easy route or burst bait attempt. 214[K] and [6] should be held for a brief window to allow the burst to whiff while also moving towards the opponent. If the opponent don't burst immediately, 236H will combo and you can still get a decent punish. 1.21
236H/]H[ > 2H > 214S > delay ]S[ > delay 214S > c.S > 2[S] > 2[H] > delay ]S[ > delay 214S > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H Midscreen (With Eddie ready) 205 Everyone Medium Meter build route. The delay on the first ]S[ is variable depending on how high in the air the opponent was hit, normal vs counter hit, and how far away they were. Can end in 632146S instead of 22H for corner carry, oki, and a full Eddie Meter. 1.21
236H/]H[ > 2H > 214S > delay ]S[ > c.S > 2[S] > 2[H] > delay ]S[ > 2H > 214K > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H Midscreen (With Eddie ready) 210 Everyone Medium Damage route. The delay on the first ]S[ is variable depending on how high in the air the opponent was hit, normal vs counter hit, and how far away they were. can end in 632146S after delay ]S[ > 2H for sandwich oki or replace 22H with 632146H for damage. 1.21
CH 5H > 236P > dash > 2[S] > 22[H] > ]S[ > dash > 2[S] > 22[H] > ]S[ > dash > 2S > 22H Midscreen (With Eddie ready) 241 Everyone Medium Very difficult at max range, if you are close to the wall 2S > 2H will connect for more damage and an easier ]S[ extension or a 22H / 632146S ender. 1.21
CH 6H > 66 > j.K > c.S > 5H > 22H Anywhere 154 Everyone Very Easy 1.21
CH 6H > land > j.D > land > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H Anywhere (Airborne CH only) 177 Everyone Easy Can be extended with 236S near to the corner instead of 22H or with either Super. 1.21

Jump-in Starters

Combo Position Damage Works on Difficulty Notes Recipe Video Ver
PC PS4/5
j.H > 2K > 2D > (22H / 214H) Anywhere 72 (214H) / 84 (2HH) Everyone Very Easy Simple solid jump in combo, flight can be used to delay your landing time to bait out anti-airs 1.21

D Starters

Combo Position Damage Works on Difficulty Notes Recipe Video Ver
PC PS4/5
5[D] > 8 > delay j.H > delay j.D > delay j.S > 44 > long delay j.H > j.Dx2 Anywhere 190 Everyone Medium Delay the initial j.H to allow them time to fall, then a small delay between j.D and j.S. Second j.H is delayed to allow them time to fall for j.D to connect. Generally easier on higher weight classes. 1.21
5D/2D > ]P[ > 5P > c.S > 2[S] > 2[H] > delay ]S[ > delay 214S > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H Midscreen (With Eddie out, Sandwiched, and having used a "Pierce" or "Leap" previously) 107 Everyone Medium Meter build route, can end in 632146S instead of 22H for corner carry, oki, and a full Eddie Meter. 1.21
5D/2D > ]P[ > 5P > c.S > 2[S] > 2[H] > delay ]S[ > 2H > 214K > c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H Midscreen (With Eddie out, Sandwiched, and having used a "Pierce" or "Leap" previously) 108 Everyone Medium Damage route, can end in 632146S after delay ]S[ > 2H for sandwich oki or replace 22H with 632146H for damage. 1.21
CH 2D > 236P > dash > 2[S] > 22[H] > ]S[ > dash > 2[S] > 22[H] > ]S[ > dash > 2S > 22H Midscreen (With Eddie Ready) Everyone Hard Very difficult at max range, if you are close to the wall 2S > 2H will connect for more damage and an easier ]S[ extension or a 22H / 632146S ender. 1.21

Combo Theory

Zato has two sets of combos to worry about. With and without Eddie. With Eddie can be further subdivided into combos where Eddie is already summoned or combos where Eddie is not summoned but can be. However, Zato's combo structure does not change greatly when Eddie is already out vs ready to be summoned, generally only the first few hits of the combo will differ.

When Zato does not have access to Eddie his combo potential is very limited, as he has no standard airdash to close the distance, no advancing specials, and generally slow normals and specials. Eddie-less combos are generally focused on securing a small amount of damage while giving Eddie more time to return. There are situations where Zato gets respectable damage without Eddie but generally these are limited to having meter or catching an opponent in the air.

Eddie allows Zato to really open up his combo game, granting him some of the highest combo damage in the game. Furthermore, he gets the ability to combo off hits meterlessly that no other character in the game can such as normal throws and 5D. Nearly anything becomes a combo starter when Eddie is already summoned, you are only limited by your creativity and the Eddie gauge. However, listed below are some of the most common normal starters you will see for Zato.


Combo Starters
Button Use
5P/2P Fastest Pokes. At point blank can combo into 6P for a soft knockdown.
5K/2K Low starter. Combos into 2D for a hard knockdown or can be extended with 2D > ]P[ or ]S[ if Eddie is already summoned.
c.S Primary meaty option as well as blockstring and combo filler. Confirms into 5H > 22H on grounded hit and 2S > 2H > 22H on air hit.
f.S/2S Long range pokes. Only comboable on CH or air hit into 22H. 2S or 2S > 22H can combo on air hit into 236P allowing for a much bigger combo.
5H Long range, extremely active, and hits low to the ground. Confirm into 22H for a soft knockdown. On CH 236P will fully combo.
2H Slow committal AA, generally only used as a punish combined with 236H/]H[ or as a hard read.

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