DBFZ/Android 21

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Overview
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Overview

Android 21 is a tricky snowball character with absolutely fantastic neutral, overwhelming mixups and copy abilities like Kirby (she's even pink). Her projectile game is deceptively powerful, covering large spaces of the screen and not having much recovery. In tandem with her normals and certain copy abilities, Android 21 can zone the opponent out surprisingly well. Once she gets in, she has plenty of mix-up tools thanks to her air normals being great at cross-ups and a solid low 2L. As a result, Android 21 on the offense is very hard to deal with once she gets going and can spell death for a character rather quickly. However, she is rather weak defensively; a large hurtbox and basically no tools to help her get out can make her crack under pressure.


"Don't you dare interrupt my valuable snack time!"
Lore:A mysterious new Android who is somehow connected to Android 16. In her default form, she's a young woman with long, bushy hair, who wears glasses and is supposedly as smart as Dr. Gero, perhaps even more so, and her transformed state being similar to that of Majin Buu, with the ability to turn others into sweets and an insatiable hunger. She acts as the primary antagonist in the Dragon Ball FighterZ Story Mode.
Playstyle
DBFZ Android 21 Icon.png Android 21 is unique for her ability to copy abilities from her opponents with her command grab, Connoisseur Cut. Outside of her power-copying techniques, she also boasts a strong long-range game, using a combination of copied attacks and her own projectiles to wear down her enemies from a distance.
Pros Cons
  • Ability Steal: 21's move steal ability makes her setplay very strong. Most of the steals are better versions of their originals. Solar Flare, Homing Blast and Explosive Blast can all be used to cover tech options on knockdowns.
  • Great Mix-up: Fast point blank cross-ups with IAD j.M and fast 2L low makes IAD mix-up threatening. Combined with her long range command grab, she can break guard rather easily. She also gets a meaty safejump left/right 50/50 off both her level 3s midscreen.
  • Superb Neutral Game: 21 boasts some of the best normals in the game, making her neutral very strong. (2/3M, 5M, j.M, j.H) To top it off, she also has amazing projectiles with 5S, 2S, j.S, and Total Detonation Ball which can be aimed upwards.
  • Flexible Supers: Photon Wave is very easy to combo into off of 214X. She also has access to both an air and ground Level 3, although the damage on her ground level 3 is very low.
  • Resource Dependent: Will almost always need to use either assist or meter to combo into a decent sliding knockdown.
  • Volatile Gameplan: Without steals and against certain teams/characters with weaker steals, 21 may struggle in the neutral and on knockdowns.
  • Unorthodox: Almost all of 21's steal moves are strong but require awareness, this may be hard to juggle in the middle of a fast paced game like DBFZ if you're inexperienced.
Ability Absorption
There are 4 slots above Android 21's bar of meter. Each one of these slots corresponds to a version of Connoisseur Cut. From left to right, the slots are for:
  • Connoisseur Cut (236S)
  • Air Connoisseur Cut (j.236S)
  • Aerial Connoisseur Cut (214S)
  • Air Aerial Connoisseur Cut (j.214S)

After using a version Connoisseur Cut, the slot will fill up with the move that you absorbed. After this, if you use the same input that you used to absorb the move, you'll do the special move that you absorbed instead of the Connoisseur Cut. Stolen moves are single-use and will free up their slots. Sweet Tooth (214L+M) will fill all available slots at once.

Furthermore, Android 21 can chain the copied abilities by pressing the S button on hit, alternating between Connoisseur Cut and Aerial Connoisseur Cut. Using the H version of Total Detonation Ball makes 21 discard all her currently copied abilities, but in return, the move becomes stronger in proportion to how many abilities had been copied at that point.

Absorbed abilities are separated into 4 colours/categories. Using Connoisseur Cut on a character belonging to one of these categories will give you a predetermined move based on this category. The move absorbed is different depending on whether you used Connoisseur Cut (236S/j.236S) or Aerial Connoisseur Cut (214S/j.214S).

The breakdown of which character belongs to which color/category is as follows:

  • Blue (Earthlings): Gohan (Teen), Gohan (Adult), Goku, Goku (Super Saiyan), Goku (SSGSS), Goku (Ultra Instinct), Goku (GT), Goku Black, Krillin, Master Roshi, Tien, Videl, Yamcha
  • Yellow (Saiyans): Bardock, Broly, Broly (DBS), Gogeta (SS4), Gogeta (SSGSS), Gotenks, Kefla, Nappa, Trunks, Vegeta, Vegeta (Super Saiyan), Vegeta (SSGSS), Vegito (SSGSS)
  • Green (Androids): Android 16, Android 17, Android 18, Android 21, Cell, Super Baby 2
  • Purple (Aliens): Beerus, Captain Ginyu, Cooler, Frieza, Hit, Janemba, Jiren, Kid Buu, Majin Buu, Piccolo, Zamasu (Fused)

Normal Moves

5L

5M

5H

5S

2L

2M

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
2M 700 Low - 11 3 - -10 -
3M 700 Low - 17 3 - -10 -

  • Tracks opponents up to almost half a screen away.
  • Won't hit at round start distance.
  • 2M will always combo into 5H on a grounded opponent.

Unscaled, tracking 2M. This move is amazing, and is vital to combos and blockstrings alike. During pressure, 5M > 2M acts as a frame trap, while 2M > 5M works as a long-range stagger.


  • 3M is slower than 2M but tracks from about 1/2 screen to 3/4 screen.
  • Has initial proration.
  • 2M and 3M don't chain into one another like Kid Buu's.

3M > 5S > Vanish allows you to convert into a full combo. This can be used to surprise opponents who do not expect that they need to block low from so far away.

2H

2S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
450*3 All - 21 - Total 38 +4 -

  • Jumps back and fires three fireballs at a downwards angle.
  • Long startup but decently fast projectile.

21's primary zoning tool. It recovers fast enough for her to 2H a Super Dash from fullscreen, and its midair recovery allows her to air dash for a tricky pressure reset. This move alone singlehandedly wins matchups against "2-step neutral" characters like Ginyu.

Avoid becoming predictable with this normal, since 2S (and especially 5S > 2S) can be very easily stuffed with Super Dash. 2S > j.M/j.H is also vulnerable to Reflect, and at long range, 2S will be neutralised by beams.

6M

j.L

j.M

j.H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
5LLLLLLL 750 / 1000 High D3+ 13 5 - - -
j.H 750 High - 14 5 - - -

  • 5LLLLLLL Smash hit can wall bounce.

  • Massive range. Great as a jump-in, and a great combo filler.
  • Launches aerial opponents away on hit.
  • Deals a little less damage than the ordinary j.H.

Unlike most other characters, 21's j.H doesn't have Smash property, preventing her from getting sliding knockdowns from otherwise common combo moves. On the other hand, this allows her to use it liberally as a combo filler, which is part of why 21's damage is so high overall.

j.H is also an incredible oki tool. Its large, omnidirectional hitbox allows it to set up for ambiguous cross-ups midscreen, or cover most tech options in the corner.

j.S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
400*3 All - 18 - Total 45+6L - -

  • Lunges forward and throws three fireballs at a downwards angle.
  • Jumping and then immediately using j.S will actually keep 21 closer to the ground than her 2S would.

21's j.S commands space in a similar manner to her 2S, but there are some differences between the two moves. Instant j.S affects her momentum in a different manner than 2S, propelling her forwards and then bouncing back compared to jumping backwards. Take care in throwing it out, as it has an obvious animation and can be super dashed through. Her only invincible counters to Super Dash in the air is j.214S with a yellow steal and j.214L+M.

j.2H

Special Moves

Total Detonation Ball

236L/M/H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
L 900 All - 18 - Total 56 -10 -
M 900 All - 18 - Total 50 -4 -
H (Level 0) 900 All - 16 - Total 43 +1 -
H (Level 1) 700*2 All - 16 - Total 41 +5 -
H (Level 2) 700*3 All - 16 - Total 41 +10 -
H (Level 3) 700*4 All - 16 - Total 41 +15 -
H (Level 4) 700*5 All - 16 - Total 41 +20 -

  • Fast projectile.
  • Has the same properties as other beam projectiles. Blasts through weak fireballs and clashes with beams.

21's dedicated zoning tool. On top of beating weaker projectiles, 236L can be used with a high-blockstun assist to set up IAD pressure.


  • Fires the ball upward into the air at an angle (45Β°).

A reliable answer to Super Dash. On block, using 236M and calling an assist allows 21 to start her pressure. Its lower recovery than 236L not only makes it much safer on block, but also oppressive against chicken blocking in the corner.


  • Gets bigger, deals more blockstun and gains an extra hit with every move 21 has absorbed.
  • Discards all currently absorbed moves.
  • Clashes with level 1 supers if 21 has at least one absorbed move.

236H is plus on block even without absorbed abilities, allowing 21 to safely disengage from even the most poorly thought out blockstring. With absorbed abilities, its frame advantage ranges from high to absurd, and its high damage makes it a punishing combo starter/filler. At max charge, 21 can IAD j.M/j.H without fear of retaliation.

Hors d'Oeuvre Stab

214L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground L 200,800 / 200,300 / 0,1000 All U1+ 12 - - -5 -
Air L 200,800 / 200,300 / 0,1000 All U1+ 13 - - -5 -
Ground M 200,800 / 200,300 / 0,1100 All U1+ 14 - - -5 -
Air M 200,800 / 200,300 / 0,1100 All U1+ 15 - - -5 -
Ground H 600,1000 / 600,1000 / 0,1200 All U1+ 14 - - -5 -
Air H 600,1000 / 600,1000 / 0,1200 All U1+ 13 - - -5 -

  • Damage: Raw / Non-Smash / Smash
  • Smash triggers upon landing.
  • Air versions can be performed as additional followup for all Connoisseur Cuts and absorbed moves.
  • Ground M version corner bounces on Smash hit.
  • Both H versions ground bounce the opponent high into the air on Smash hit.

Connoisseur Cut

236S (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground 900 Throw D2 24 - - - -
Air 900 Throw D2 13 - +3L - -

  • Side switches on hit.
  • Can be followed up with Hors d'Oeuvre Stab by pressing L, M or H. L keeps the side switch, M and H side switch again.

Android 21 dashes forward before grabbing the opponent and impaling them with an energy spike. Its long range is offset by its single-use property, requiring 21 to discard currently absorbed abilities to use it again.

On its own, it's a slow and reactable command grab that can be universally punished with Super Dash. When combined with a low-blockstun assist, it becomes a dangerous tick throw set-up that leads to massive damage anywhere on the screen with half a bar or an assist (or neither in the corner).

Aerial Connoisseur Cut

214S (Air OK)

Absorbed Abilities

When chaining absorbed abilities, 21 begins teleporting 8 frames after pressing S and the ability being canceled into becomes active as soon as she reappears (except in the case of a raw sonic warp). "Cancellable" in the ability descriptions refers specifically to cancelling one absorbed ability into another and not anything else like regular attacks or supers.

Kamehameha DBFZ Android21 Kamehameha2.png

236S (Air OK)

Solar Flare DBFZ Android21 SolarFlare2.png

214S (Air OK)

Consecutive Energy Blast DBFZ Android21 ConsecutiveEnergyBlast2.png

236S (Air OK)

Sticky Energy Blast DBFZ Android21 StickyEnergyBlast3.png

214S (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground 1400 Throw D2 17 5 - - 1-21 Head
Air 1400 Throw D2 16 - - - 1-20 Head

  • Whiffs against crouching opponents.
  • Aerial version has much longer range. It also has anti-air properties, allowing it to cleanly beat Super Dash no matter what.
  • Wall splats into a very short sliding knockdown on hit.
  • Cancellable starting 6 frames before attack hits and during timestop.
  • Can only land once during a combo.

This move is by far her best steal. Going for a Dragon Rush with the air version of this move stocked is functionally a checkmate. It's head invincible for so long that the opponent has to heavily delay their airdash, which will get caught by your own airdash button. If they do anything else, you can just use the move and grab them. They can't do anything about it.

Explosive Energy Blast DBFZ Android21 ExplosiveEnergyBlast2.png

236S (Air OK)

Barrier Sphere DBFZ Android21 Barrier2.png

214S (Air OK)

Homing Energy Blast DBFZ Android21 HomingEnergyBlast2.png

236S (Air OK)

Sonic Warp DBFZ Android21 Sonic Warp2.png

214S (Air OK)

Z Assists

Assist A

Total Detonation Ball

Assist B

Hors d'Oeuvre Stab

Assist C

Snack Time

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
450*2, 400 All - 46 [21] - - +50 -

  • Blockstun C assist.
  • Startup in [] refers to when the opponent's point character is in hitstun.
  • Tracks to the opponent's location.
  • On hit, adds a third hit that spikes the opponent to the ground.

The "best of both worlds" assist. 50 frames of blockstun allows most characters to turn their ranged offense into close-range pressure and turns blockstrings into mix-ups. Lessened startup also makes it excellent for combo extensions, even though it will mostly be into a Dragon Rush ender. Great C assist all around, expecially due to how she is most common as a point character and DHCs remove the cooldown.

Super Moves

Photon Wave

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

Sweet Tooth

214L+M or 214H+S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
3803 All UDV 10+3 - - -29 1-20 All

  • Invulnerable from frames 1 to 21.
  • Costs 3 bars.
  • This is her DHC.
  • Fires a pink beam across the screen. On hit, 21 will turn the opponent into a dessert, take a bite out of them, then toss the remainder in disgust. If the move deals enough damage to kill, she will finish the opponent rather than deserting them.
  • Heals 500 blue health and fills all available slots on hit.
  • Minimum damage: 1521. This is the second least-damaging mainstream level 3, surpassing only Yamcha's.

Invulnerable on frame 1 makes this your invincible reversal. Being +38 on hit gives 21 just enough time to set up an ambiguous cross-up with SJ IAD float up forward j.H, or same side high with superjump IAD float up back j.H, or same side low with super IAD fastfall 2L, making it an excellent combo ender.

Excellent Full Course

j.214L+M or j.214H+S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. 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 an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they 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. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
4221 All UDV 11+3 - Until L - 1-? All

  • Invulnerable from frames 1 to 30.
  • Costs 3 bars.
  • Minimum damage: 1721.
  • Brings the opponent to the ground, setting up a hard knockdown in front of you.
  • Shares the exact same frame advantage and spacing on hit as her other level 3, Sweet Tooth, enabling the same 3 way ambiguous mixup.

Effectively 21's air DP. Unlike her grounded level 3, this does not fill all available slots on hit, making it a subpar choice if it's not going to kill.

As of version 1.25, if the opponent is in hitstun, 21 will teleport at the opponent's height before charging forward. Does indeed work after the first hit of any Hors d'Oeuvre Stab if high enough

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