DBFZ/Cell

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Overview
Overview

Cell is a perfect and handsome Android who can do pretty much anything you ask him to, as long as you put him on Point. Cell's large range, aggressively angled beam and quick speed allow him to quickly catch and mount pressure on the opponent, which is only further complimented with his frame data and mixups. When Cell has the opponent cornered, his mixup is enhanced further, and he gains access to his infamous Cell Loops. Defensively, a cornered bug is not a squashed bug. M Perfect Attack is memetic for being an extremely proficient anti-air; if it doesn't kill you, you're put back in the corner and the next hit certainly will. That said, Cell's assists are rather situational if not outright terrible, and he also likes having assists to enable his deadliest mixups. While at least capable on his own, it's best if you put Cell first on your team. If you like being perfect at everything and Norio Wakamoto, Cell is for you.


"At last... I can finally test the power of my Perfect Form."
Lore:The ultimate creation of the mad scientist, Dr. Gero. Cell is a bio-android, created using the DNA of some of Universe 7's strongest fighters (Frieza, Goku, Vegeta, Tien, etc.), each of which change his personality (Goku's lust for battle, and Frieza's evil heart being examples of such). Cell is capable of gaining power through absorbing people into his being and, upon absorbing Androids 17 and 18, he attained his "Perfect" form, making him one of the most powerful and dangerous villains in the world, who would've destroyed the Earth if not for Gohan who, as an adolescent, defeated him.
Voice:Japanese: Norio Wakamoto English: Dameon Clarke
Playstyle
DBFZ Cell Icon.png Cell is a dangerously perfect fighter, equipped with a deadly arsenal of moves that dominate the course of the match.
Pros Cons
  • King of All Trades: The definition of perfection: outstanding range and frames on buttons, good air-to-airs, a beam that has good angles both ground and aerial, versatile combo routes, stable rejumps, and one of the most infamous TOD starters in the entire game (see below).
  • High Damage: Excellent corner carry along with rejump routes. Possesses a high variety of corner combo routes and realistic ToDTouch of DeathA combo that can KO a character from full health. routes that don't use Sparking!.
  • Relentless Pressure: Amazing stagger pressure plus frame traps, far-reaching normals such as 5LL and 5M, and 5M reliably combos off of left/right cross-ups.
  • Perfect Attack: Infamous anti-airAnti-airA move intended to hit the opponent out of the air. These moves are generally enforced with special properties such as head or full invincibility against aerial moves. that serves as a blockstring weapon, combo extender, and a ToD starter. It slices, it dices, it julienne.
  • Best Intro: HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  • Poor Assists: All of his assists are situational; A is a slow beam assist, B is a generic lariat assist, and C becomes only one hit on block.
  • Sub-par Neutral: At full-screen, all he has to re-assert pressure are beams. Without resources, his best bet is to superjump and pray a j.M connects.

Normal Moves

5L

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.
5L 400 All - 6 3 12 -3 -
5LL 700 All - 9 9 20 -5 -
5LLL 1000 Throw U3+ 9 1 18 - -

5L
  • Short jab, especially when compared to the rest of Cell's buttons.
  • 6 frames. Cell privilege.

Only use this when you really need the 6 frames or need access to 5LL. Most of the other times you'd want this, it'll whiff.


  • 5LL goes over half screen.
  • Holding InputIcon 4.png or InputIcon 2.png halves the distance Cell covers.

5L > 5LL is a "Reflect proof" string. If 5L is reflected (anywhere other than when Cell is cornered), 5LL is guaranteed to put Cell right back in the opponent's face around 1f to 4f after they've recovered, forcing them to go back to blocking or gamble a second reflect, since mashing something back is most likely gonna be stuffed.

5L > 5LL[4] > 5LLL is also useful to punish a double reflect.


  • Cancelling into 5LLL from a blocked 5LL always leaves the opponent in too much blockstun for the throw to work.
  • Can used multiple times per combo.
  • The faster of Cell's command throws.

Some characters' assists can set up tick throws with this move. It has to have 25 frames or less of blockstun and takes some timing, but 5LLL or 2M from 5LL is a low/throw mixup thats hard to deal with.

5M

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.
700 [550] All - 9 3 18 -5 -

  • Can late cancel into itself once with 4MM, even on whiff.
  • 5M > 4MM will combo on standing/crouching characters.

Excellent button after doing a left-right mixup. If it connects, you can link combo into 2M > 6H > 5H etc. If the opponent blocks, you can continue your pressure.

The core of Cell's staggers is off this button. Spaced out, 5M > 5M beats delay mash, 5M > 6H beats mashing reflect, and 5M4M beats any other kind of mashing. You can also run up and re-establish with lights once your opponent is scared of your pressure, or you can go for a mixup with 6M or DR.

5H

5S

2L

2M

2H

2S

6M

6H

Low Kick

j.L

j.M

j.H

j.S

j.2H

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.
850 All U1 15 3 19 - -

  • Knocks the opponent away horizontally instead of upwards.
  • Smash hit wall splats, combos into SD.

Your main combo extender midscreen, as it guarantees a sliding knockdown in the combos you'll use it in. Cell does not struggle to get knockdowns as he can force them with Rolling Crush, therefore the move sending outward is a huge upside for him. Practically guarantees the corner for you.

You can use it in the corner too, but corner j.2H combos are mostly for style points. Also useful as a way to combo into j.236X as in some cases it will do more than j.S > j.236X.

Special Moves

Hell Strike

j.2M

Rolling Crush

236L/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.
236L 100Γ—4, 900 All*4, High D1 8 2,2,2,2(8)3 15 -2 -
236M 100Γ—4, 1000 All*4, High D1 10 2,2,2,2(8)3 15 -2 -
236H 100Γ—4, 1200 All*4, High D1 8 2,2,2,2(8)3 15 -2 -
j.236L 100*N, 700 All*N, High D1 19 2*N(??)3 15 -2 -
j.236M 100*N, 700 All*N, High D1 19 2*N(??)3 15 -2 -
j.236H 100*N, 1000 All*N, High D1 8 2*N(??)3 15 -2 -

All Versions
  • Smash on the last overhead hit.
  • Ground verions' roll launches on hit. Air version keeps them grounded.
  • The roll portion ground bounces airborne opponent.

Cell's main combo ender, or combo extender with assists. The preceeding hits will telegraph the final overhead and theboverhead itself does not scale well. You'll only hit someone who's asleep and you won't hit very hard.


236L
  • Smash hit causes a short sliding knockdown.
  • Ground version goes half screen.
  • Air version rolls down at a 45 degree angle.

Borderline useless, especially air version. It's supposedly more consistent as a combo ender than j.236M, but there are always j.236M routes that work on every character. The only time you'll really want to use the ground version is during clashes. Oddly enough, it can also be a decent round-start option if you think your opponent is going to do a lariat-type move.

Only use j.236L when you're really really unsure if j.236M would work, e.g. on air-to-air confirms.


236M
  • Smash hit causes a ground bounce sliding knockdown.
  • Ground version goes half screen. Can alter the distance Cell travels by holding InputIcon 4.png or InputIcon 6.png.
  • Air version rolls down at a shallower angle than j.236L.

Go-to blockstring and combo ender. Air version has ridiculous corner carry and can easily be extended with assists on Smash hit.

Mid-blockstring, 236M[4] will keep Cell further away from the opponent compared to 236M while still being -2 on block.


236H
  • Smash hit causes a ground bounce sliding knockdown.
  • Roll portion hits from both sides of Cell, autocorrect on the last hit.
  • Ground version is essentially 236M but faster. Can crossover the opponent even in the corner.
  • Air version rolls straight down.

On block or hit, inputting 236H[4] can prevent him from crossing over due to the reduced travel distance. 236H[4] also prevents him from crossing over at all in the corner.

In a blockstring, this sideswitch is meaningless due to crossup protection. However, after a corner Lv3 knockdown, you can time 236H[4] vs 236H and meaty them with a left-right 50/50 as they get up. This has rather low reward if Cell only hits with the overhead, but hitting with the rolling portion will scale the followup combo much less, reaching up to 4.5k with a Vanish extension.

Air version can be used to instantly attack anything below Cell. The speed also makes it a good crossup fakeout vs IAD j.M, an extra overhead during a jump-in (23f at lowest height), and a good combo ender at high hitstun decay even if you don't have D Smash, as canceling it early will give you a ground bounce that combos into Supers.

Perfect Attack

214L/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.
214L 400, 400, 400 All - 12 3 30 -3 ~ -1 4-14 Head
214M 400, 400, 600 All U1+ 12 3 36 -3 ~ -2 3-14 Head
214H 400, 400, 1000 All U2+ 12 3 32 -1 1-14 Head

  • On hit: First kick launches, followup ground bounces, Smash on the second followup.
  • On block: 214L/M will still do their first followup, while 214H will teleport behind the opponent.
  • All versions are unscaled starter(!)

214L

Alternative blockstring ender to 236L/M. Also midscreen TOD starter since it doesn't consume Smash and you can Spark after the last hit, or used as extra damage at the end of combos (e.g. DR > 214L(2) > Super).


214M
  • Switches sides both on block/hit.
  • Smash hit corner splats.

214L and 214M look identical and are both true blockstrings. Though if you have an assist with relatively low blockstun (like Trunks A), getting it to hit in between the 2 hits of 214L/M will leave a gap, "breaking" crossup protection and allowing for a left-right 50/50.

214M is especially dangerous when Cell has his back against the corner as it's a gigantic anti-air that can be solo, meterlessly converted into a 5k combo. Not only that, since Smash 214M(3) > Spark activation whiffs against all characters, on top of being one of the few moves that can wall bounce assists, this is THE Touch of Death king and you WILL pray that Cell doesn't hit you with it.


214H
  • Has enough range to hit all characters from round start position.
  • On block, Cell recovers in midair behind the opponent, even in the corner. Can be used for mixups with assists.
  • On reflect, won't do the teleport followup, unlike L and M version.
  • On hit, ends with a grab that only hits once per combo.

The ground and air versions of this move have very different uses. The ground version is Cell's main mixup tool, as it leaves him airborne, -1, and with his air action. Any assist with 30 frames of blockstun will give a gapless high/low/crossup mixup, but it's still quite good even if you can't make it gapless. It's also useful as a wakeup tool, as it's frame 1 head invul and will teleport you out the corner.

Air Perfect Attack

j.214L/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.
j.214L 500, 500 All - 12 3 26 - 4-15 Head
j.214M 500, 500 All - 8 3 32 - 4-10 Head
j.214H 500, 500, 500 All U1+ 8 3 32 -1 4-10 Head

  • All versions restore Cell's air options on hit.
  • All versions have head-invul, giving Cell a good option to respond to superdashes while in the air.

They're also unscaled starters like ground Perfect Attack.


j.214L
  • Launches on hit, adds a follow-up that knocks down.
  • Stays same-side.

"Combo filler," typically used to keep Cell airborne by whiffing it. At certain height, j.S(2) > j.214L (whiff) recovers faster than j.S(2) on its own, letting Cell link into j.L in the corner. This is the meat of his corner loops.


j.214M
  • Launches on hit, adds a follow-up that knocks down.
  • Switches sides on hit.

Extremely fast, being able to combo from non-Smash j.H at some angles, and the sideswitch allowing Cell to Vanish to stay same side.


j.214H
  • Stays same-side.
  • Adds two extra follow-ups, Smash on the last hit.
  • Smash hit wallbounces for a combo.
  • Teleports behind the opponent on block.

Air 214H is mostly useful as a combo extender. It will always take you back to the ground on hit, which gives consistent conversions when you don't have your superdash available.

Kamehameha

236S (Air OK)

Psycho Crash

214S

Z Assists

Assist A

Kamehameha

Assist B

Shoulder Tackle

Assist C

Perfect Attack

Super Moves

Energy Field

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

Solar Kamehameha

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.
220Γ—19, 360 All UDV 9+3 85 51 -34 [+42] 1-19 All

  • Minimum damage: 1672.
  • +42 on hit, but leaves the opponent at fullscreen if you aren't in the corner.

An overall average level 3. Despite being very easy to combo into, it deals below average damage and provides very limited oki outside of the corner.

Midscreen, the best he can do is run up and meaty with 2L or attempt a delayed 214S as a gimmick.

In the corner, you can either go for a j.H safejump, SJ IAD mixup, or 236H crossup. 236H requires meter, assists, or sparking to convert off of, but it is a true 50/50. It's also unscaled. And you can use 214M to throw them back into the corner. Have fun!

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