BBTag/Rachel Alucard

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Overview
Overview

Rachel Alucard is a zoner/rushdown hybrid in BBTag with an incredibly strong okizeme vortex both solo and with her partner. Her unique mechanic is called Sylpheed, which allows her to influence the direction of certain normal and projectiles, including herself, her opponent, and both their partners. Her zoning is oppressive and flexible due to the recovery on her 236A and the angles she can cover with wind; her vortex is just as strong due to j2A and 2A being an unreactable high/low mixup that’s only made better with layered assist pressure. The transition from zoning to her rushdown/vortex game plan is made much easier due to her winding herself with 214A and 214B. Her 5A, 5AA, and 2A are all capable of deleting projectiles, which allows her to act immediately after to set up her own zoning game or rushdown pressure immediately after. If you fall behind in momentum against Rachel, it can be incredibly difficult to regain your footing as she can control the pace in any way she chooses. She can also be slippery to pin down when you do try to catch her due to the insane movement capabilities Sylpheed gives her access to.


"Devote all your best effort, or prepare to be disciplined"
Lore:Head of the infamous Alucard vampire family, Rachel is an extremely powerful individual, controlling wind and lightning. She primarily acts as an observer during the events of Blazblue, and she will rarely directly interfere with the world-altering phenomena that surround the Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. However, Rachel may occasionally gently nudge pieces into their places when she views it necessary for the benefit of the world, such as when she saved Ragna by giving him the Azure Grimoire, or when she saves a time-displaced Jin by granting him the Susano'o Unit. Rachel main goal in doing this, however, is to one day break the century-long time loop that has affected the BlazBlue universe since time immemorial. She has several servants under her command; Nago, a cat familiar, and Gii, a bat familiar, which serve as her weapons, furniture, and anger relief. Her butler, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, is also notable for being a powerful werewolf and one of the Six Heroes, a legendary group of warriors that defeated the Black Beast.
Playstyle
BBTag Rachel Icon.png Rachel Alucard
Pros Cons
  • Incredible solo mixup
  • Sylpheed is extremely versatile
  • Capable at all ranges
  • Solo looping unblockable setups
  • Good active switch windows
  • Fullscreen lockdown
  • Great with using meter
  • Flexible on anchor or point
  • Polarizing matchups
  • Very meter reliant at times
  • Few teams with good double sided synergy
  • Assists are good but are niche and difficult to use properly
  • Lack of a strong midrange poke and air to air
  • Loses fullscreen to other zoners
  • Average damage is ~5000
  • Stubby normals
  • Mediocre cashouts
  • Polarizing matchups
Drive: Sylpheed
Rachel brings her ability to control the wind into her gameplay, allowing her to manipulate herself and the objects she throws out with wind. After specific moves, input a direction to have her blow wind in that direction. She often uses this to blow wind after shooting a projectile, giving the projectile more range. She can also blow wind downwards after air normal attacks to reduce her jump height to perform fast overheads.


Normal Moves

4A

5A

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
5A 1500 All 8 6 15 -4 B -
5AA 1200 All 15 3 18 -4 B -
5AAA 180*N All 7 3*N 22L -8 H -
5AAAA 1700 All 8 6 Until L+9 - H -

  • Good counter poke
  • Jump Cancelable

Because 5A can be jump canceled, this normal is another good opportunity to go for an instant overhead j.A in your pressure.

In neutral, the wind portion of this normal has no hurtbox while having decent range of its own. This allows Rachel to use it as a counter poke to pokes with hurtboxes that extend forward a good amount.


  • Jump Cancelable

Similar to 5A, 5AA is jump cancelable and is another good opportunity to go for an instant overhead j.A mixup.

Outside of this, 5AA is mostly used in combos. However, it should be noted that at 5A's maximum spacing, 5AA will whiff. In these cases, you should cancel into 5B instead to avoid dropping the combo.

5AA also vacuums the opponent towards you, allowing you to pull them out of the corner to cross up.


  • Great for corner carry
  • Can use wind by inputting a direction as the move is coming out

Currently, the unwinded version of 5AAA doesn't see too much use outside of doing the A smart combo. If you apply a 6 wind to it, it can be great for corner, especially if you extend the combo with an assist afterwards. It's important to note this attack lasts as long as Rachel is in the air or A is hit again, meaning if you wind her in an upward direction, the hitbox will remain active until she touches the ground.


  • Knocks down

Mostly only used in the A smart combo. Requires assist to combo after, even at greater heights.

5B

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
5B 1500 All 11 3 15 -1 B -
5BB 1500 All 13 8 22 -13 B -
5BBB 1700 All 11 8 18 -7 B -

  • Great poke for intercepting ground approaches
  • Jump Cancelable
  • On air hit, blows back

Rachel's longest reaching ground poke is 5B. This button is best used to catch people off guard when they're chasing after you from the ground.


  • Moves Rachel forward a good distance, allowing it to connect even from 5B's max range

5BB is mostly just used for combos.


  • Crumples on hit, allowing combo extensions by doing microdash 5A on some characters
  • Can use wind by inputting a direction as the move is coming out

5BBB is mostly used in combos.

5C

2A

2B

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
2000 All 11 30 18 -27 B 5~23 Guard HBFP

  • Has full body guardpoint (5-23f)
  • Launches on hit
  • Can be comboed into from 5BB

Rachel's infamous cat chair, despite it being a poor reversal tool both in previous titles and in this game. Guardpoint is active on frame five, meaning that if meated properly, mashing 2B will just get Rachel counterhit. Intended as an anti-air, this attack starts up fairly quickly, has good vertical reach, and has decent untech time, meaning that on counterhit combos are possible without an assist. However, converting off of a counterhit 2B on airborne foes is more difficult than on grounded foes.

2C

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
2C 600×3 Low 10 4×2,2 17 -2 F -
2[C] 600×7 Low 10 4,4,4,4,4,4,2 17 -2 F -

  • Good combo ender on the ground
  • Can use wind by inputting a direction as the move is coming out
  • Hold C to do more hits but lose the ability to special cancel

Rachel's sweep. It's good for knocking an opponent off their feet so you can start air juggling an opponent in a combo by following it up with 236A/B~8. It's also good for ending your combos when you're on the ground since it'll knockdown and you can special cancel it into Lotus or George for oki if you have a nearby lobelia pole or Skill Gauge to spend.

j.A

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
j.A 1000 High 8 6 12 - H -
j.AA 1000 All 6 6 12 - H -

  • Great for overhead mixups

A very strong mixup tool. When combined with a 2 input to use wind, it allows for a very fast overhead option that leads to a full combo.

It can also be used as a jump in normal when combined with a 3 wind input. However, j.A doesn't have a lot of reach and can be beaten by most of anti-airs. When you use it as a jump in, it should mostly be used to catch an opponent by surprise as they're chasing after you by doing stuff like jump back > air dash j.3A.


j.AA is mostly just used in combos.

j.B

j.C


Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

5B+C

Gerbera Lute

5A+D



Skills

Tiny Lobelia

236A/B (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
236A 1230 All 11 Until Hit Total: 42 -4 P1 -
236B 1230 All 17 - Total: 44 0 P1 -
j.236A 1230 All 9 - Total: 53+9L - P1 -
j.236B 1230 All 22 - Total: 55+9L -6 P -

  • Can use wind to manipulate the direction of the projectiles
  • Active until it touches the ground

Rachel's lobelias are a key part in her neutral game. They remain active until they turn into poles, at which point they can be detonated or converted into Lotus bats. Wind manipulation can be used to either deter enemies from running directly at Rachel (236A~6 and 236A~9) or to prevent them approaching from the air (236A~8). Learning to manipulate Lobelias is extremely important to playing Rachel.

B Lobelia has slightly more startup and recovery than A Lobelia, but throws the Lobelia higher and further without wind. 236B~8 is a key component in Rachel's midscreen BnBs and 236B~9 is key in her corner combos. 236B~2 can be used in reaction to run ins.


  • Can use wind to manipulate the direction of the projectiles
  • Active until it touches the ground
  • Air A version Travels the furthest of the meterless Lobelias

Same notes as above, learning to use lobelias is important. A air Lobelia is mainly used at long distances to prevent opponents from approaching Rachel. It can be used to end an air string in a pinch, but you're better off trying to end with j.C.

Same notes as above, learning to use lobelias is important. Air B Lobelia is arguably the least useful of the Lobelias. It throws a Lobelia almost straight down from Rachel's hand, hitting opponents almost directly below Rachel. As of right now, it has no use in combos and sees little use in neutral.

Barrel Lotus

214A (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
214A 500, 1000 All 25 120 [(6)8] Total: 36 - P1 -
j.214A 500,1000 All 25 120 [(6)8] Total: 36 - P1 -

  • Great for space control
  • On hit, lotus will automatically explode into Sword Iris
  • Travels very quickly and lasts a very long time
  • Disappears if Rachel gets hit or blocks an attack

Lotus lasts for a RIDICULOUS amount of time and travels significantly faster than in previous titles, but does not stick on block nor on hit. Instead, Lotus will automatically detonate on hit, allowing for a followup if you're swift since lightning no longer stuns the opponent. Lotus remains on swap, so throwing out Lotus to force your opponent to block while Rachel swaps out isn't a bad idea. This also allows Rachel ample time to approach, set up, drop George, etc. If the opponent blocks these in the air, Rachel can call an assist and throw out her DP for an easy unblockable.

Sword Iris

214B (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
214B 1000 All 17 8 Total: 40 - P1 -
j.214B 1000 All 22 8 Total: 45 - P -

  • TK Sword Iris allows Rachel recover very fast and is very plus on block
  • Good for pressure resets

Sword Iris starts up significantly faster than in prior titles, allowing Rachel to punish random acts in her forest of rods significantly easier than before. However, since there's no stun from electric attacks in this game, converting off of rods is significantly more difficult than before, making Sword Iris much more of a zoning tool than anything else.


Extra Skills

EX Tiny Lobelia

236C (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
236C 1230×3 All 20 X(5)X(5)X Total: 57 - P1 -
j.236C 1230×3 All 22 X(2)X(2)X Total: 55+9L - P1 -

  • Can use wind to manipulate the direction of the projectiles
  • Active until they touch the ground

EX Lobelias acts exactly like Unlimited B Lobelia from CPEX. Rachel throws three lobelias at A, B, and C ranges from prior games. This is mainly used for instant setup and can coat the opponent in bats if Lotus is used immediately afterwards. Otherwise it makes the opponent second guess their approach, as Rachel can detonate or convert the rods at any time.

George the 13th

214C (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
214C 1500, 400×12 All 24 Until L (in range+18) 3×12 Total: 44 - P1 -
j.214C 1500, 400×12 All 24 Until L (in range+18) 3×12 Total: 44 - P1 -

  • Disappears if Rachel is hit
  • Can be destroyed by taking a certain amount of damage from strike attacks
  • Immune to projectiles
  • Will trigger only in proximity to the opponent and not partners
  • Does NOT disappear if Rachel swaps out and partner is hit
  • Lasts for 600 frames and has 2000 health

George is more powerful than he ever has been. Since he's immune to projectiles, he can act as a shield against characters with projectiles that travel along the ground, such as Es's waves. This does include supers, however, Jin's Touga still goes through George, but does not destroy him. George is useful if set as oki, but is easily pushblocked. However, two pushblocks are required to keep Rachel out in the corner and can be avoided entirely with an active swap, though swapping can be risky and gives Rachel's partner less time to mix up the opponent. George will always do a total 12 hits.


Partner Skills

5P

Enhanced 5AAA

6P

Tiny Lobelia

4P

Sword Iris

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
1000 All (18)+12 8 Total: (18)+42 -5 P1 -

  • Will ignite any Tiny Lobelia poles on the screen if there are any, in addition to the poleless one it usually does
  • Has some tracking when done as an active partner call
  • Infinite vertical range

The fact this detonates rods is amazing, allowing fullscreen punishes from point characters that don't normally have ranged options, such as Kanji or Waldstein. Mostly used to control space, though it can be used in combos where 5P would push the opponent too far away or would whiff.


Distortion Skills

Tempest Dahlia

236B+C (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
236BC 400×8, 800×3, 1200×3
[400×11, 800×6, 1200×3]
All 10+(34 Flash)+17 See notes Total: 74 - P2 1~27 P
j.236BC 400×8, 800×2, 1200×3
[400×11, 800×6, 1200×3]
All 10+17 See notes Total: 74 - P2 1~27 P

  • Deals a good amount of chip damage
  • Very plus on block, allowing Rachel to approach

Unlike prior titles, Tempest is not affected by Rachel's wind levels, nor does it replenish her wind. However, it remains extremely plus, making it a difficult-to-avoid super that locks down the opponent wherever they may be, unless they are directly below and behind an airborne Rachel. Most useful in the air since supers like Black Hawk Stinger, Yang's Black Hawk Stinger, and Carnage Scissosr exist. Different animals do different damage.

Baden Baden Lily

214B+C (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hurtbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. AttributesAttributes this attack possesses. Some attacks are invincible to attacks of certain attributes. Inv.The number of frames this attack has invincibility, and what attribute(s) this invincibility applies to.
214BC 1100×8 [1370×8] All 10+(33 Flash)+4 2×28 Total: 97+14L -16 P2 1~20 All
j.214BC 1100×8 [1370×8] All 10+(33 Flash)+4 2×28 Total: Until L+8 - P2 1~20 All

  • Creates a large pillar of lighting around Rachel
  • Detonates all lighting rods on the stage
  • The lighting pillar will remain even if Rachel is hit during the super
  • NOT plus on block
  • Has invuln on startup
  • Can combo after it
  • If used in air, the pillar extends all the way down to the ground

Rachel's primary combo super. Detonates poles as well, allowing for increased damage with proper setplay. The vertical distance covered can make it an interesting Distortion Skill Duo followup to some Distortions that knock opponents into the air. On whiff lighting can only hit once.

Distortion Skill Duo

Baden Baden Lily

P during partner's distortion drive


Astral Heat

Clownish Calendula

222B+C


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