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Tien
DBFZ Tien Portrait.png
Play-style Balanced, Utility
Team Role Anchor

Overview[edit]

"There's a certain degree of luck involved in battle. But I can't rely on that. I need to train more."

Tien (AKA Tenshinhan or Tianjinfan) is a student of the Crane School (the enemy of Roshi's own Turtle Style) and was one of Goku's greatest childhood rivals. Accompanied by his doll-like companion, Chiaotzu, Tien has continued to pursue strength as a martial artist throughout the series and is considered the series' strongest full-blooded human fighter. During the Saiyan and Android sagas, Tien played secondary though important roles in the final outcomes. (Name trivia: Name is a pun based on the food of the same name.)

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tien is a well-rounded fighter who can break through his opponents' defenses with the help of Chiaotzu. With the best-scaling supers in the game, Tien is especially useful as an anchor to switch in and finish stubborn opponents.

Playstyle
DBFZ Tien Icon.png Tien is a balanced, stalwart character that with resources, has insane damage potential with Super Moves.
Pros Cons
  • Solid mixup game; multiple lows, an overhead, and a command grab.
  • Extremely high damage output with meter. All his supers boast some of the highest damage in the game scaled and unscaled, allowing him to finish off opponents easily. This is raised tenfold with the new Limit Break mechanic, making Tien's damage transcend into colossal levels.
  • The king of dumping meter. Has the best meterburn options for 1-Super and 3-Super since both do substantial additional damage. This, along with multipliers like Limit Break and Sparking!, enable Tien to potentially down a healthy opponent off nothing but meter and a conversion.
  • Very formidable with Sparking!; The HP loss from Tri-beam and Neo Tri-beam is halved, allowing subsequent Tri-Beams to be more affordable. Also unlocks access to Heavy Air Volleyball Fist in a blockstring through jump cancel, resulting in Tien gaining a small vortex.
  • Telekinesis can be used at the corner for Okizeme.
  • Medium Volleyball Fist has a guard point that goes fullscreen, which is unique only to Tien.
  • Dodon Ray Assist is handy, as it pops the opponent directly up, straight and simple.
  • Telekinesis Assist holds opponent in place like Gotenks's A assist, allowing for amazing utility which can be used to expand certain combos, help get meterless snapbacks and meterless sliding knockdowns, and also fortify block pressure with it's high blockstun.
  • Tri-beam and Neo Tri-beam consume unrecoverable health with every use.
  • Due to the nature of his super moves which spend unrecoverable HP, the more Tien gets hurt, the less utility you get out of him. The level of harm he sustains puts a cap on the amount of damage he can dish out, due to needing health to sacrifice for his supers.
  • Unremarkable damage without meter or additional assist usage. Since he has to use resources to get crazy damage, he ends up as a meter hog, and becomes unreasonable to place in a position other than Anchor.
  • Below average neutral game; His normals are a bit on the stubby side, while not having any that lunge him forward enough. Dodon Ray also has a small hitbox, which gets stuffed by a lot of moves a regular beam would not.
  • Tien's Telekinesis move, while good, fails every 3rd time it is used. You have to keep track of how many times you have used it, as if you miscount he leaves himself wide open due to Chiaotzu messing up the move.
  • Farewell, Tien... can only be used once and Tien also can't do Telekinesis after since Chiaotzu is gone. This applies to Assist B as well.
  • Assist B has pitiful tracking in neutral.
  • When Farewell, Tien... is used on an opponent in Sparking!, the grieving animation doesn't stop the Sparking! time, leaving most of their health recovered by the time of their wakeup.




Normal Moves[edit]

5L[edit]
5L
DBFZ Tien 5L.png
DBFZ Tien 5LL.png
DBFZ Tien 5LLL.png
Gentle Fist Eight Trigrams Sixty Four Palms!
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
5L 400 All - 6 3 12 -3 -
  • It has a little bit more range than most 5L, albeit slightly.
5LL 500*2 All - 9,7 3,3 17 -4 -
  • Has good forward momentum for long range confirms.
  • Also does 2 hits, which also helps with confirms.
5LLL 100*8, 250 All U3+ 13 [1 (1)]*8, 1 19 -4 -
  • Standard fair LLL launcher, does 9 hits allowing more time to think through next step than LLL usually allows if you ended up mashing it out.


5M[edit]
5M
DBFZ Tien 5M.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
700 All - 10 3 17 -4 -
  • Slides forwards pretty far


5H[edit]
5H
DBFZ Tien 5H.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
850 /1000 All U1 13 4 24 -12 -
  • Has good horizontal reach.


5S[edit]
5S
DBFZ Tien 5S.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
750 All - 15 - 26 -5 -
  • Slow recovery.
  • Single projectile.
  • Fairly mediocre.


2L[edit]
2L
DBFZ Tien 2L.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
400 Low - 7 3 13 -4 -
  • Hits low.


2M[edit]
2M
DBFZ Tien 2M.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
700 Low - 10 3 20 -7 -
  • Good startup for a 2M but also pretty stubby for one.


2H[edit]
2H
DBFZ Tien 2H.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
850 / 1000 All U1+ 12 3 28 -15 -
  • If blocked, can be cancelled into 236H for a surprise overhead with sliding knockdown.
  • Lunges him slightly forward and only hits in front of him. Not great against sharp vertically angled superdashes as the forward lunge puts the opponent behind Tien for easy punishing.


6M[edit]
6M
DBFZ Tien 6M.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
850 All - 24 6 10 0 -
  • Universal overhead.


j.L[edit]
j.L
DBFZ Tien jL.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
300*2 High [All] - 6,3 2,2 15 - -
  • Hits twice.
  • Can be used on block after super dash.

Both hits count towards scaling. Should only be used late into the combo to mitigate the extra scaling.


j.M[edit]
j.M
DBFZ Tien jM.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
700 High - 9 5 17 - -
  • Good air to air normal.


j.H[edit]
j.H
DBFZ Tien jH.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
850 / 1000 High D1+ 12 4 21 - -
  • [] is on Smash hit.


j.S[edit]
j.S
DBFZ Tien jS.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
750 All - 15 - 27 - -
  • Pushes Tien slightly away.
  • Has decent angle.
  • Can be used after Crane Strike on block after back dodge to cover yourself, still super dash vulnerable so its better not to overuse it.
  • Has enough hitstun to combo into superdash


j.2H[edit]
j.2H
DBFZ Tien j2H.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
850 All U1+ 12 3 19 - -
  • Can be followed up by 236M for a sliding knockdown at the end of air combos.


Special Moves[edit]

Volleyball Fist[edit]
Volleyball Fist
236L/M/H
DBFZ Tien VolleyballFist-M.png
M guardpoint
DBFZ Tien VolleyballFist.png
scoop
DBFZ Tien VolleyballFist-H.png
H version
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
L 700 Low - 11 8 20 -5 -
  • Tien performs a sliding low attack.
  • Press additional buttons on hit-confirm to extend the special.

The quick version of the Volleyball Fist. Useful for catching opponents off guard or spamming high attacks.

M 700 Low - 29 12 20 -5 4-21 Guard Strike & P2
  • Tien strikes a pose, gaining guard point before doing a sliding low attack.
  • Press additional buttons on hit-confirm to extend the special.
  • Guard point does not activate on frame 1, but it’s very early.
  • Blocks projectiles, mid and low attacks.
  • Loses to throws, supers, and overheads, ironic since it's a volleyball bump.
  • Due to having guard point, this version will scale your combos and followups more than L version.
  • Reaches fullscreen

Even though only the pose has autoguard, successfully blocking incoming attack will make the slide invulnerable to strikes and projectiles that aren't Supers. If timed correctly, Tien can go right through beams.

H 1800 Throw D2 24 1 29 -5 -
  • A short ranged command grab that costs half a bar.
  • Follow-up hits are automatic and cannot be vanished out of.
  • Stays same side.
  • Causes a sliding knockdown.
  • Scales like 236M.

An useful tool to confuse someone who's blocking too much in a corner.


Volleyball Fist Follow-up 1[edit]
Volleyball Fist
Follow-up 1

Volleyball Fist L/M > L/M/H on hit
DBFZ Tien VolleyballFist2.png
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
L 800 - - 12 - - - -

Using L will keep you on the same side of the opponent you are currently on. Good if you don't want to steal the corner away.

M 800 - - 12 - - - -
  • Switches side.

An important tool if you want to reposition yourself behind the enemy. Usually most useful if the "wall" behind you is closer than the one in front of you.

H 1200 - U1+ 12 - - - -
  • Leaves Tien enough time to land j.M.

By delaying button press so that Tien doesn't do Follow-up 2, you can start air combos with this.


  • Damage depends on what the starter is. Starts with 236L will do more damage than 236M.
  • All version launches the enemy vertically and follows them into the air.
  • Pressing an additional button will cause Tien to slam the enemy to the ground.


Volleyball Fist Follow-up 2[edit]
Volleyball Fist
Follow-up 2

Volleyball Fist Follow-up 1 > L/M/H on hit
DBFZ Tien VolleyballFist3.png
BOI
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
L 900 [1080] - - 31 - - - -
  • Knocks the opponent straight down.
M 900 [1080] - - 31 - - - -
  • Knocks the opponent a little further away than the L version.
H 1800 [1980] - D1 35 - - - -
  • Knocks the opponent even further away into a sliding knockdown.
  • Using this after the H version of Follow-up 1 will keep Tien grounded for additional combos. Given that the cost for an EX special is now half of a bar instead of a full bar, and the damage done by this alone is considerable, it's probably worth going for this now.

  • Damage depends on what the starter is. Starts with 236L will do more damage than 236M.
  • If you time it perfectly on any version, it does extra damage and has Smash property.
  • [] is on just frame.


Air Volleyball Fist[edit]
Air Volleyball Fist
j.236L/M/H
DBFZ Tien VolleyballFist3.png
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
L 1000 High - 15 3 18 - -
  • Causes a soft knockdown.
M 1000 High D1 20 3 18 - -
  • Causes a sliding knockdown.
  • Brings Tien higher in the air to hit, whiffs if opponent is directly in front of Tien.
  • Can link from j.2H if smash has already been used.
H 1300 High D1 17 3 18 - -
  • Causes a sliding knockdown.
  • Nearly unreactable overhead during sparking if you TK the move, but you can only continue pressure or use a super if it lands since this immediately puts the opponent in sliding knockdown.


Crane Strike[edit]
Crane Strike
214L/M/H (Air OK)
DBFZ Tien CraneStrike.png
Yamcha's Big Break (i.e. his legs)
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
Ground L 1300 High D1 26 2 24 -4 -
Air L 1200 High D1 22 Until Landing 24 - -
  • Causes a sliding knockdown.
  • Brings Tien higher in the air to hit, whiffs if opponent is directly in front of Tien.
  • Can link from j.2H if smash has already been used.
Ground M 1400 High D1 28 2 24 -4 -
Air M 1300 High D1 24 Until Landing 24 -4 -
Ground H 1500 High D1 24 2 25 -4 -
Air H 1400 High D1 20 Until Landing 24 -4 -
  • L version pops Tien back upwards on hit.
  • All versions pops Tien back upwards on block.


Dodon Ray[edit]
Dodon Ray
236S (Air OK)
DBFZ Tien DodonRay.png
A move developed to be superior to the kamehameha.
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
Ground 900 All - 19 24 25 -5 -
Air 900 All - 21 24 31 -11 -
  • Pops up the opponent.
  • Despite only being 1 hit, this will still clash with other beams.


Telekinesis[edit]
Telekinesis
214S
DBFZ Tien Telekinesis.png
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
Normal 0 All - 44 3 11 23 [42 on hit] -
Fail - - - - - 83 - -
  • Requires Chiaotzu. Won't come out if Chiaotzu is still on screen or after he self-destructs.
  • Every third use will not work and will leave Tien vulnerable.

Freezes the opponent in place, allowing for a followup combo. Best used in the corner after a knockdown.


Z Assists[edit]

Assist A[edit]
Dodon Ray
Assist A
DBFZ Tien AssistDodonRay.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
800 All - 30 24 - 20 -
  • Is very unique as a beam assist, since it pops the opponent up instead of sending them towards the wall, allowing for better midscreen confirms.
  • Allows for longer combos due to the single hit compared to other multi hitting beam assists.


Assist B[edit]
Telekinesis
Assist B
DBFZ Tien Telekinesis.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
- - - - - - - -
  • If Chiaotzu is killed by using 214HS, this assist will simply not come out.

Can replace Gotenks' A Assist if available, due to having similar properties. Also builds a tiny bit of bar for some reason.


Assist C[edit]
Volleyball Fist
Assist C
DBFZ Tien 5LLL.png
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
- - - - - - - -


Super Moves[edit]

Tri-Beam[edit]
Tri-Beam
236L+M or 236H+S (Air OK)
DBFZ Tien TriBeam.png
DBFZ Tien TriBeam-2.png
DBFZ Tien TriBeam-3.png
Dodeca-Beam
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
Ground 2400 All - 13+4 3 38 -20 13-25
Air 2400 All - 13+4 3 38 -20 13-25
  • Does unrecoverable (715)? damage to Tien. Max uses 13-14 times before minimum HP is reached.
  • Tien cannot die from self damage, and can use this even at 1 HP.
  • Will only take half self damage during Sparking.
  • Minimum damage: 960. This is the second highest damaging Lv1 Super at max scaling, losing to Base Goku's Kaioken x3 and x20.
Ground Extension 1699*2 All - - - - - -
Air Extension 1699*2 All - - - - - -
  • Hold L/M/H/S during Tri-Beam's startup for this version.
  • L or M keeps the Tiens lined up on the same side, H or S shoots from both sides.
  • Minimum damage: 713*2.


Neo Tri-Beam[edit]
Neo Tri-Beam
214L+M (Air OK)
DBFZ Tien NeoTriBeam.png
"Well ya know what...? F*ck power levels... F*ck Super Saiyans... AND F*CK YOU!"
DBFZ Tien NeoTriBeam-2.png
"SHIIIIN KIKOOOUHOOOOU!!!"
Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
Ground 3600 All - 17+3 3 85 -42 1-68
Air 3600 All - 17+3 3 85 -42 1-68
Additional Hits 1000 All - 35 3 85 -42 -
  • 3 bar super. Holding down the buttons allows him to tack on additional damage at the cost of one meter per extension. Deals unrecoverable damage to Tien on use.
  • First hit does XXXX damage to Tien, then XXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX. (exact values to be listed here later)
  • Tien cannot die from self damage, and can do the first beam even at 1 HP.
  • Will only take half self damage during Sparking (XXX at 3 bars, XXXX at 7)
  • If Tien doesn’t have enough health to continue, the Super will stop regardless of remaining meter.
  • Minimum damages for all beams are 1800, 550*4.


Farewell, Tien...[edit]
Farewell, Tien...
214H+S
DBFZ Tien FarewellTien.png
"Thank you... for everything!"
DBFZ Tien FarewellTien-2.png
"CHIAOTZUUUUU!!!"
Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv. Invul
3600 Throw - 9+1 25 40 - 1-14
  • Travels in a straight horizontal line, level with the enemy when the move as initiated.
  • Cannot be cancelled into but can be comboed into.
  • Can hit aerial opponents, but whiffs on crouching ones.
  • Won't come out if Chiaotzu is still doing Telekinesis.
  • On hit, both this super and the Telekinesis special can no longer be performed for the rest of the match.
  • Minimum damage is 2160. This is the highest damaging Lv3 Super at max scaling, not counting Supers that you can spend more bars on.

While the maximum output of this super is lower than Neo Tri-beam, the damage scaling on this move makes it an absurd combo finisher. It's also handy to catch people unawares toward the end of a match, especially if they've got a health disadvantage and are prone to blocking.


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