GGACR/Baiken

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Overview[edit]
Overview

Baiken is set apart from the cast due to her guard cancels, which allow her to attack during blockstun without tension. This enables her to break out of pressure and limit the opponent's options, forcing them to play a completely different game against her.

These guard cancels can be performed during hitstop/blockstop, the period of time where characters are frozen as moves make contact to emphasize the hit effects. This means that she can punish moves which are normally safe since the GC's startup occurs during the window where the opponent's move is frozen, plus the remaining active window, plus the move's recovery frames. Each guard cancel allows her to get out of a variety of pressure situations.

Additionally Baiken comes with an excellent set of normals, some very strong conversions and damage, and has a toolkit for nearly every situation. On the flip side, her conversions are quite awkward and some of her best buttons also have very limited cancel routes. Baiken also takes much higher damage than average and can get dizzied pretty quickly, so Baiken players need to play sharp or risk losing fairly quickly. However, that shouldn't matter if she is played sharply, as her tools provide her plenty of opportunities to shut down anything the other player wants to do.


Lore:After losing both of her parents from a Gear raid at a young age, Baiken saw That Man amidst the chaos, and swore her life towards revenge. In events preceding AC, she finally met with him, but Baiken had found herself unable to lay a finger on him, and was met with a man whose demeanor and words suggested that revenge was a hollow path. Confused and directionless, she sets her sights on the P.W.A.B to find an answer the only way she knows how: through battle.
Voice:Chizu Yonemoto
Playstyle
GGACR Baiken Icon.png Baiken fights at midrange, using meterless attacks while blocking, and can seal opponent's movement options and buttons.
Pros Cons
  • Tensionless guard cancels: Baiken's guard cancels allow her to act during Blockstop, forcing opponents to play cautiously even while on the offensive.
  • Powerful hitboxes: Notably 2K, S normals, 5H, j.H, j.D, and Tatami are very disjointed can be very difficult to contest.
  • Tiny hurtbox: Being short makes it difficult for many characters to land IOHs, fuzzies, or air to ground conversions against her.
  • Strong mixup tools: Youzansen instant overhead, throw conversions, a safe 5D, and the ability to play while blocking give Baiken lots of mixup options.
  • Can Seal Options and Setup: Thanks to Baku, 50 meter scores Baiken the ability to lock the opponent's buttons, and then seal their movement, set up an unblockable, or do full counter hit combos.
  • Awkwardly limited gatlings/conversions: Many of Baiken's better normals have limited conversion ability at distance, and may require counter/crouching hit confirms, or more difficult inputs (e.g. Kire Tatami).
  • Doesn't take hits well: Very low health and stun resistance, despite the best guts in the game, means Baiken can die very quickly.
  • Poor throw range: Baiken has the second worst throw range in the game.
  • Meter reliant: Baiken generally needs an FRC in order to turn strays hit into real damage and/or a knockdown while midscreen, or sometimes even in the corner.
Guard Cancel
Baiken can cancel into special moves during blockstop/blockstun. Being able to cancel bockstun into attacks is pretty strong by itself, but Blockstop is a window in which only Baiken can move. This is far more powerful of an ability than it first appears.
Guilty Bits Character Intro
GGACR Baiken Nameplate.png
GGAC Baiken Portrait.png
Prejump:3f
Weight:Super Lightweight (1.1x)
Backdash:16f (1~>9f invuln)
Movement Options:Double Jump, 1 Airdash, Ground Dash (Run)
Guts Rating:5
Defense Modifier:x1.18
Stun Resistance:55
Wakeup Time:53f (Face Up) / 50f (Face Down)
Colors
GGACR Baiken normal p.png
GGACR Baiken normal k.png
GGACR Baiken normal s.png
GGACR Baiken normal h.png
GGACR Baiken normal d.png
Default P
Default K
Default S
Default H
Default D
GGACR Baiken ex p.png
GGACR Baiken ex k.png
GGACR Baiken ex s.png
GGACR Baiken ex h.png
GGACR Baiken ex d.png
EX P
EX K
EX S
EX H
EX D
GGACR Baiken slash p.png
GGACR Baiken slash k.png
GGACR Baiken slash s.png
GGACR Baiken slash h.png
GGACR Baiken slash d.png
Slash P
Slash K
Slash S
Slash H
Slash D2
GGACR Baiken reload p.png
GGACR Baiken reload k.png
GGACR Baiken reload s.png
GGACR Baiken reload h.png
GGACR Baiken reload d.png
Reload P
Reload K
Reload S
Reload H
Reload D2
AC Baiken normal h.png
AC Baiken normal d.png
Slash D1 Arcade & PC-Rollback Update Only
Reload D1 Arcade & PC-Rollback Update Only
*To select your color, press the corresponding button while in the designated "color set". Color sets can be toggled through by hitting the Respect button.
1Only selectable on the Arcade and PC-Rollback versions of the game.
2These are available on home ports. Gold characters are powered up versions, Shadow characters have infinite tension. Both are banned from tournament play.

Normals[edit]

5P[edit]

5K[edit]

c.S[edit]

f.S[edit]

5H[edit]

6P[edit]

6K[edit]

6H[edit]

5D[edit]

2P[edit]

2K[edit]

2S[edit]

2H[edit]

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
18x3 Mid R 15 4(2)6(2)2 8 +4

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A normal which can only be chained into from 6K, but establishes pressure due to its frame advantage. Causes enough stagger on hit to convert if the opponent doesn't shake out quickly. Its recovery is low enough that even being SB'd doesn't lead to a punish for a lot of characters unless performed point blank.

  • Can be used to force the opponent to cross over during untech time

1st and 2nd hits pull in opponent on hit or block. 1st-3rd hits stagger opponent on hit (max 24F). Hitstop 6F. Pulls in opponent in air. Untechable for 26F

2D[edit]

j.P[edit]

j.K[edit]

j.S[edit]

j.H[edit]

j.D[edit]


Universal Mechanics[edit]

Ground Throw[edit]

Air Throw[edit]

Dead Angle Attack[edit]


Specials[edit]

Tatami Gaeshi[edit]

236K air OK

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
Ground 40(late 20) All F 15 17 16 -6
Air 40(late 20) All F 18 - 16 after landing -

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Staple move which is just as important as Baiken's guard cancels. These control space, end blockstrings from a distance, and start combos in the corner or with an FRC. Despite being -6, it's generally very difficult to punish this move unless IB'd/SB'd due to how far the opponent gets pushed away. Depending on the spacing when you use it, this move won't make contact immediately, but players who attempt to jump or IAD over it will have difficulty due to how high the initial hitbox reaches.

Wallbounces opponent on ground hit (36F untechable time) if it hits during 1~6F of Active Frames. Floats opponent on air hit (untechable for 32F). Floats opponent on CH (untechable for 100F). FRC timing 23~26F. Tatami disappears immediately if Baiken is hit.


The air version has some slight variation in use compared to the ground version in neutral, but still the same in combos. Tatami will drop straight down when done in the air, lacking the ground version's blowback, but still serving to cover a large portion of the screen and prevent opponents from rushing in.

In combos, it will still wallbounce if combo'd into properly, and with the FRC, it tends to lead to some of Baiken's most damaging combo strings.

Wallbounces opponent on hit (36F untechable time) if it hits during 1~6F of Active Frames. Hitstop 6F if it hits during 1~6F of Active Frames. Floats opponent on any CH (untechable for 100F) (not on Frame Data). FRC timing 18~19F. Tatami disappears immediately when Baiken is hit.

Youshijin[edit]

623P

Zakuro[edit]

While Guarding: 412P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
0,22x5,16 All RF 9 1 32 -

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Despite being a guard cancel, this is your main combo ender after corner combos, as Baiken will usually cross herself up in the corner, use the extensive hitstun of 6P > Suzuran > Zakuro to score the knockdown, and cross them back up with another jumping Tatami.

It's also Baiken's main answer to large hitbox jump ins like Johnny, Justice, or Baiken's j.H. Against airdash buttons or opponents performing a very deep jump-in, this will mostly likely whiff, leaving Baiken wide open. Zakuro is best suited to obviously high jump-ins and combos.

1st hit has initial prorate 75%. 2nd hit has forced prorate 75%. Baiken is in CH state 1~11F. FRC timing 12~13F.

Mawarikomi[edit]

While Guarding: 412K

Sakura[edit]

While Guarding: 412S

Ouren[edit]

While Guarding: 412H

Suzuran[edit]

63214K

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
- - - - - Total 30 -

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Command dash with upper body autoguard for most of its duration, can be cancelled into GCs without having to block anything.

  • Lets Baiken access GC tools in neutral.
  • Vulnerable to lows and throws, autoguard ends 5f before the move finishes.
  • Blockstop allows opponents to react and cancel hits into a low, jump, or RC to block anything that you wish to follow with.
  • Suzuran > Throw attempts can be easily jumped out of.

Autoguards High attacks 4~25F. Can cancel into Mawarikomi, Sakura, Ouren, Zakuro or FB Baku after guarding an attack. Can cancel into Mawarikomi, Sakura, Ouren, Zakuro or FB Baku 9~24F.

Youzansen[edit]

j.623S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
44 High/Air RF 6 12 15+11 after landing -25

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Frighteningly fast overhead when Tiger Knee'd, leading to Baiken's extensive corner damage and knockdown when RC'd. The ability to go into this out of any jump cancellable normal, particularly her 2D, gives you an extremely powerful mixup tool whenever the opponent is in blockstun.

Done higher in the air, it can be used to delay her fall and bait the opponent into attempting a punish. It also has an extremely early and difficult FRC point which comes before the moves goes active, but will slow and change the direction of Baiken's aerial momentum, and has its uses in corner combos.

It is, however, extremely unsafe on block, and when TK'd, will leave you wide open if it is blocked. However, you generally won't be getting any reward off of this without meter anyway, so you'll likely be saving this for when you can covert. Terrifying.

Throw invincible 1~3F. Floats opponent on hit (untechable for 28F). Baiken is in CH state during move. Baiken is in crouching state during landing recovery. FRC timing 3~4F. Fastest possible TK Youzansen has startup 9F.

Kabari[edit]

41236H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
12 Mid R 20 11 15 +2

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Grappling chain which pulls the opponent in on contact. Good if the opponent is already staggered, sliding, or for ending blockstrings ocassionally as it will catch opponents who are unprepared. Do note however that its speed will leave an opening, and those aware can low profile and punish it. Can work as a janky, predictive anti-air since Baiken's hurtbox lowers a bit.

Initial prorate 80%. Staggers opponent on ground hit (max 33F). The chain stops when it hits; Recovery begins 3F after the move hits. Pulls opponent in on hit or block. Can cancel into Tetsuzansen from 34~40F when whiffed, or from 4~9F after hit or block. Fully extended on 28F. Slides opponent and pulls in on air hit (untechable for 36F, slides for 27F).

Tetsuzansen[edit]

Kabari -> S


Force Breaks[edit]

Baku[edit]

While Guarding: 412D

Baku: XXX[edit]

Baku -> P/K/S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
18 Mid R 6+9 3 40 -24

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Followup move to Baku which applies some kind of effect to the opponent based on which button you press. All effects disappear after a set amount of time.

P Version - Sakura: Opponent loses the ability to dash, backdash, and jump. Opponent flashes dark blue. Forced Prorate 50%.
K Version - Tsuki: All hits are CH while opponent is flashing. Opponent flashes yellow. Forced Prorate on this move is 30%. *Note: A forced prorate of 75% (exact value needs verification) is applied by the first hit of all combos while the opponent is flashing.
S Version - Tsuru: Opponent loses the ability to block the next hit. Effect disappears if Baiken is hit. Forced Prorate on this move 30%. *Note: A forced prorate of 50% is applied by the first hit of a combo while the opponent is flashing.

Opponent's Burst is disabled on hit. Can cancel into followup attacks 25~36F. See notes *2.

Baku Followups[edit]

Baku:XXX -> P/K/S/H/D

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead.
High: High or air FD
Low: Low or air FD
Mid: Any ground block or air FD
CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. StartupThe time, measured in frames, which it takes for a move to become able to strike the opponent. Startup includes the frame on which the move becomes active. 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.
P 15 - R 15 3 5 +10
K 10x2 - R 18 3(6)3(7)5 8 -
S 20 - R 15 1 14 +5
H 24 - R 8 16 16 -
D 5x7 - R 9 3(4)8 20 -

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The second follow-up to Baku. Whichever follow-up is used, the opponent is locked out of using the corresponding button for the duration of the applied curse, i.e. using the P follow-up prevents the opponent from using the P button.

  • The D follow up is useful as it locks the opponent out of their Burst.
  • The H follow up can also be used to prevent the opponent from using standard throws and from teching throws, which is quite effective when applied with the "no jump/dash/backdash" debuff. The opponent will then be prevented from using reversal backdash and reversal throw, and will also be unable to jump out of throw setups or tech throws, massively crippling their defense.

Triple Tatami Gaeshi[edit]

236D


Overdrives[edit]

Tsurane Sanzu Watashi[edit]

236236S


Instant Kill[edit]

Garyou Tensei[edit]

in IK mode: 236236H


Notable Players[edit]

Name (English/Japanese) Color Location Common
Venues
Contact Status Notes Example Play
Kei enter Japan - https://twitter.com/baiken_kei Active Consistently posts combos on twitter Link
Nok enter Japan - - Active - Link
ClassicFightingGamer enter USA - SoCal Game Realms https://twitter.com/CFightingGamer Active ACPR Tournament Organizer for majors. Link
Woocash enter USA - Chicago Ignite Gaming Lounge https://twitter.com/LukeShooty Active Mains Anji Link
ShinATProof enter Japan - https://twitter.com/WeeabooNinja Active - Link
HellMonkey enter USA - SoCal - - Retired to Xrd Can FRC Youzansen Link
Maruken enter Japan Mikado - Retired to Xrd Insane execution and strategic play Link
Kuni enter Japan Mikado - Retired to Xrd - Link

NOTE: These tables are still WIP[edit]

External References[edit]

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