DBFZ/Android 16

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Overview

Overview

Android 16 is a mix-up focused character that while having relatively weak neutral without meter or assists, and poor meter build, makes up with good strike/throw mix, strong 50/50 mix setups with certain assists, along with good EX moves and a long-range, armoured 5H that makes his otherwise weak neutral much scarier once he reaches midrange. While his neutral is relatively weak due to having bad ki blasts and his gap-closing options being fairly committal and often costing meter, he can make up for it once he gets close. Having a safe 5l and 2l, a fast command grab in his 236L, and a pressure reset tool in his 214S makes his pressure scary once he does get in.

With high blockstun assists, blocking him becomes even scarier as he gets access to true 50/50 and rarely even 4-way mixup set-ups utilising his 214X series with said mixups leading to full combos on hit. Android 16 has a notorious B assist, being multiple volleys of ki blasts which last for an unusually long amount of time by assist standards making it strong in both neutral and combos. Overall, play Android 16 if you want to keep the opponent on their toes during pressure and open them up quickly with command grabs and mix set-ups.

"My power was made to protect that which is precious."
Lore:Originally created by Dr. Gero for the express purpose of killing Goku, Android 16 would go on to become his ally instead during Cell's rampage. Developing a fondness for nature and animals, he would fight to protect the birds and the forests from Cell. He was destroyed, but not before playing a part in helping Gohan awaken to the state of Super Saiyan 2 before Cell snuffed him out.
Playstyle
Android 16 is a grappler who can break through his opponents' defenses with powerful command grabs and mixups.
Pros Cons
  • Big Range: Long reaching, easy to hit-confirm buttons.
  • Midscreen Options: 5H is an armoured half-screen crossing strike that can be comboed after and made safe on block, j.236H is an unblockable lariat-style move that leads to a full combo on hit, 236H is a near fullscreen grab that goes through all projectiles and assists and leads to a full combo on hit, and 214H is a very fast anti air that has good range.
  • Mix-Up Game Having a safe 5L, 2L and 5M, a pressure reset special in his 214S, and an unreactable command grab in his 236L gives Android 16 a scary strike/throw game up close. He is also one of the only characters to be able to do superdash 50/50 midscreen with an assist, as well as being able to do it in the corner.
  • Damage: Thanks to the changes to his j2H, 16 is able to get a lot of damage, corner carry, and meter gain anywhere on screen, while consistently now getting a sliding knockdown.
  • Assist: This is a pro in it's own right. 16's B assist is an incredibly strong and versatile assist that can be used in almost any situation
  • Requires Assists and/or Meter: Weak neutral without assists or meter on hand.
  • Blockstrings: Cannot true-string into safe blockstring enders without gaps or additional resources.
  • Poor Assist Punish: Has very strict routes to "happy birthday" opponents due to his combo structure.
  • Whiffing Buttons: His buttons overall are somewhat high committal, and his grabs more so, making 16 very whiff punishable.

Normal Moves

5L

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
5L 400 All 7 3 15 -4
5LL 700 All 10 4 22 -10
5LLL 1000 Throw U3+ 10 1 19
5L
  • Android 16's fastest standing normal.
    • Note that it is 7 frames, not 6.
    • This loses in 0 on block situations, but 16 has 214H which is 6 frames and gives a full combo on trades.
  • One of 16's two safe normals, making it useful for stagger pressure.

A great tool in 16's pressure, being safe and having great range for a light, allowing him to stagger with it well. Also useful for punishes, as it's very fast for its range.


5LL
  • Somewhat lacking in range and horrid on whiff.

Combo and blockstring filler. Unsafe unlike most other 5LL's, which severely limits its use.


5LLL
  • Side switches on hit.
  • Cancelling into this from a blocked 5LL always leaves the opponent in too much blockstun for the throw to work.
  • Always combos into SD and AA grabs, but AA grabs are only useful at high hitstun decay.

With it being a grab, you can set up tick throws with this using a low blockstun assist. Otherwise, you don't want to go into this because it can't grab otherwise and is a very situational combo tool.

5M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 All 11 3 17 -4
  • Ground bounces airborne opponents.

Vital to 16's rejump and corner combos, as it consistently combos into 2M. Otherwise, it's strictly blockstring filler.

5H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 All U1 15 11 21 -8 13-25 Strike Armor
  • Has super armor against high and mid strikes, loses to lows.

Sadly a light-scaling starter due to the armour. The armor takes a while to start up, best used at mid range. At close range it can be stuffed by lows, and at far range it can be hit by weak projectiles such as ki blasts.

5S

(Hold OK)

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
600Γ—2 All 15 Total 55 -10
  • Mash or hold S to get the second hit to come out.

Has weak tracking towards the opponent, but unusually high recovery. High hitstun and good damage makes this a staple of 16's combo routes.

2L

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 Low 8 3 13 -4
  • One of 16's three safe normals, making it useful for stagger pressure.
  • On block/hit, 2L can only be delay canceled into. 5L > delay 2L and 2L > delay 2L have a 4F gap on block.

Good low-hitting light normal compliments his grab game. Massive range and surprisingly good frame advantage makes this move vital to 16's pressure.

2M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 Low 13 4 24 -12
  • Average range but slow start-up for a 2M.

Mostly blockstring filler and a combo tool. Do not stagger with this.

2H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 All U1+ 15 9 23 -22 4-14 Head
15-23 Strike Armor
  • Has super armor against physical attacks.

16's go-to anti-air. 214X requires assists to convert off of, but it's useful for different things compared to 2H.

6M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 High 24 6 4+6L Β±0
  • It's an overhead.

Mostly used to catch people sleeping after conditioning them to block low. 16 does not have a good way to maintain pressure meterlessly after a 0 on block situation, so it should only be used with an assist or meter for 214H to back you up.

j.L

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 High 8 10 11
  • Big downward hitbox and long active frames, great for IADs.

The vertical hitbox leaves a lot to be desired in terms of combos, which will take some getting used to. Otherwise it's a great mixup tool due to it's nasty downwards angle.

j.M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 High 11 6 12
  • Very long range, amazing crossup tool.

Because of his non-traditional j.H, j.M is 16's strongest single-hit jump-in. This button is an amazing IAD crossup. If it doesn't combo into 5M, it will combo into 5L.

j.H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 All U1 [D3] 15 8 21 13-22 Strike Armor
  • j.H has super armor against physical attacks, loses specifically to 2H.
  • Wall splats on Smash hit. Combos into SD.
  • Values in [ ] is on Dynamic hit (from 5LLLLLLL). Wall bounces on Dynamic hit. Can be used multiple times as it doesn't require U+ Smash like other 5LLLLLLL. Combos into delayed j.236M anywhere on screen.

Almost identical to 5H. Non-smash version can combo into j.214L if 16 is under the opponent.

j.S

(Hold OK)

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
600Γ—2 All 18 Total 47+3L
  • Mash or hold S to get the second hit to come out.

16 doesn't have a real answer to superdash when he's in the air, but the angle he shoots at makes it a remarkably good counterpoke.

j.2H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 High D1 19 Until Landing 18 -5 ~ -1
  • Smash on air-to-air hit. Smash hit causes a ground bounce sliding knockdown.

Can be comboed midscreen after jM, giving 16 sliding knockdown anywhere on screen

Special Moves

Dynamite Driver

236L/M/H

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236L 1800 Throw D2 17 1 26
236M 1800 Throw U1+ β†’ D2 26 1 28 4-27 Guard P
236H 1800 Throw U1+ β†’ D2 24 1 28 4-25 Guard P
  • L stands still and reaches forward as a command grab.
  • Results in a short sliding knockdown.

This is 16's go to command grab. He doesn't get a combo off it like 236M/H, but it is completely unreactable. Due to 16's normals having high blockstun you need to delay cancel into this if you want to tick throw with it. It also doubles as his sliding knockdown combo ender from j.2H and ground combo Dragon Rushes.


  • M lunges forward after a few frames of startup. Covers 75% of the screen.
  • Smash hit throws the opponent into the wall resulting in a wallbounce. Can be easily be followed up by 214M everywhere on screen, or combo into Super Dash in the corner.
  • Non-Smash hit results in short sliding knockdown.

Trucks through any and all projectiles and assists for a free confirm into 214X. It also doubles as his sliding knockdown combo ender in midscreen combos.


  • H is almost identical to M version but comes out much faster and allows you to combo after without spending resources. Covers 85% of the screen.

Better than the M version, but still not often used.

Gliding Powerbomb

j.236L/M/H

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
j.236L 700 / 1400 Throw U1 10 +3L
j.236M 700 / 1400,200 Throw U1+ 19 +3L
j.236H 900 / 1400,200 Throw U1+ 11 +3L
  • L is the easiest version to combo into due to it having the least startup.
  • Similar to the grounded version that he does not move during the grab.

Mostly used as assist combo filler.


  • M lunges forward after a few frames of startup. Covers 65% of the screen.
  • Smash hit automatically follows up with a wall bounce throw.

Better than j.236L if you catch the opponent with it, but it's so slow that's not likely to happen. You'll mostly be using this in corner combos.


  • H is almost identical to M version but has little startup frames.

Very fast aerial command grab that reaches roughly half of the screen. Think of it as a lariat.

From a raw SD hit, you can confirm into j.236H > SD into another airstring.

Flying Powerbomb

214L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
214L 700 / 1400 Throw U1 10 +3L 4-10 Head
214M 700 / 1400 Throw U1 19 +3L 4-19 Head
214H 300,900 / 300,1500 Low, Throw U1 6 +3L -1 1-13 Head
j.214L 700 / 1400 Throw U1 10 +3L 4-10 Head
j.214M 700 / 1400 Throw U1 19 +3L 4-19 Head
j.214H 900 / 1800 Throw U1 12 +3L 1-13 Head
  • L lunges at a more vertical angle.
  • Upper body invulnerable on startup for anti-airing jump ins.

Used mostly as an alternate to j.236L in assist combos and to set up mix. Very useful for tagging jump-outs and airborne opponents close to you.

If done in a blockstring with high blockstun assists, depending on whether you hold 7 or 9 after the grab, you can either fall to the left or the right side of the opponent, giving 16 strong cross-up mix with falling j.L/j.M that he can convert into pressure on block and a combo on hit


  • M lunges at a more horizontal angle than the L version. Covers 65% of the screen.
  • Has a few frames of startup.
  • Upper body invulnerable on startup for anti-airing jump ins.

The more powerful cousin of 214L. Much better for catching jump-outs and airborne opponents in general because of the angle.


  • H Ground version has a launching hitbox.
  • Covers 75% of the screen.

The ground splash is a 6F projectile low that's safe on block. Since 16's fastest normal is 5L at 7F startup, this is your go-to move to challenge pressure, e.g. after a blocked 6M. If it trades with almost all other 6F normals, 16 will recover before the opponent does and can convert with 5LL > 5M > 2M etc. Also used in mix set-ups with assists, although usually high/low instead of left/right due to the distance it travels.

Also since it's so fast, has good range and head invul from frame 1, you can also use this as a pseudo DP.

Hell Heat

236S or 214S

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236S 270Γ—4 All 18 15 22 -1
214S 150Γ—8 All 24 15 18 +8
  • 236S shoots forward, 214S shoots directly underneath him. 214S can hit opponents in sliding knockdown, launching them back up.
  • Despite clashing with typical beams and having a high amount of hits, both versions' ability to cancel out beams is very inconsistent.
  • Both versions do very high chip damage if blocked, and are safe on Reflect.

236S is mostly a frametrap, as it has a 3-frame gap from any M/H normal which will catch almost anything that isn't invincible. 214S has a gap that can be mashed out of but is +8 in exchange and +3 on reflect, so if your opponent doesn't choose an offensive option, it's your turn no matter what. 214S's ability to OTG give 16 a rather unique assist extension route with j.2H β–· 214S + Assist.

Z Assists

Assist A

Hell Heat

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
450Γ—2 All 22 +26
  • Keeps grounded opponent standing, but can be used as a launcher for some combos.

Mediocre in essentially every way with okay start-up, poor range, underwhelming blockstun, and no special properties attached. It's easy to convert off and keeps the opponent standing for things like Majin Buu restands, but otherwise you probably won't be using this assist.

At least it's decent during clashes. Against most other assists in the game, it will usually win with its speed and priority.

Assist B

Hell Impact

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
250Γ—4 All 31 +31
  • Does j.[S](2) and then 5[S](2)
  • Ki Blast property
  • Since he fires two volleys with a large delay between them, frame advantage applies to blocking both shots of one volley.

Acts like 2 assist calls, very strong for combo extensions, neutral, and pressure if used correctly. Keep in mind that it's a ki blast so the opponent can reflect or superdash after blocking it.

Assist C

Hyper Tackle

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
450Γ—2, 400 All 35 [21] +50
  • 16 rushes in performing 5H, then 2H. If the attack succeeded, he'll teleport behind for a j.2H footdive.
  • Sadly not armoured.

Super Moves

Hell Flash

236L+M (Air OK) or 236H+S (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236L+M 335Γ—8 [300Γ—8] All UDV 9+4 49 45 -23 9-20 All
236H+S 322Γ—8 [300Γ—8] All UDV 9+4 49 45 -23 9-20 All
j.236L+M 322Γ—8 [300Γ—8] All UDV 9+4 49 45 -23 9-20 All
  • For ground version, inputting the super as 236HS causes 16 to jump into the air before doing the super, dealing less damage but having a much stronger sliding knockdown. Values in [] on ground version are for 236HS.
  • For air version, does less damage if 16 is higher up. Values in [] on air version are on far hit.
  • Minimum damage is 103*8 [96*8].
  • Causes sliding knockdown.

Midscreen, doing 236HS gives no valuable okizeme compared to 236LM. In the corner, doing 236HS allows you to airdash j.l as a safejump after landing, which will catch all tech options except for delay tech, counter hit 4f invulnerable moves, and safejump DPs and frame 1 anti-airs, making it a useful tool to add damage to a combo without sacrificing knockdown.

Hell Flash Maximum Output

214L+M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
4816 Throw UDV 9+3 1 28 1-12 All
  • Minimum damage: 1716
  • As a command grab, it can be avoided by jumping, making it less useful as a reversal option than other level 3s.
  • Gives good oki even midscreen, as you can safejump the opponent and keep pressure on them.

Bog-standard Level 3 with poor range given it's not a projectile or fullscreen charging attack. Having postflash frames completely ruins using this move as a mixup as the opponent can just buffer a jump afterwards, and it being a command grab makes it weaker as a reversal option in general. You will probably get more mileage out of using a well-timed 214H as a reversal instead.

Last Resort

214H+S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50000 Throw UDV 31+34 4 37 1-68 All, 1-105 Ki Blasts
  • Instant Kill, but it's a useless troll attack.
  • On hit, locks Android 16 out of using this again and leaves him at 1 HP. All damage lost from this Meteor is in blue health.
  • Cannot be combo'd into and only catches grounded opponents.

Due to dealing an absurd amount of damage, it's essentially an instant kill that also gives the opponent 7 bars. Good for memes and maybe for punishing certain raw Supers on the ground. Don't bother otherwise.

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