GGACR/Johnny

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Overview

Overview

Johnny is a character with big, safe buttons, unusual but high air mobility, and high burst damage with resources. He can get around most of the cast while airborne, has large range on his pokes, and has one of the best projectiles in the game, coin, which is plus on block and covers two very oppressive arcs. Mist Finer Cancels and dash/stance Jackhound give him some difficult and unorthodox, but cool means of cancels and conversions. If you can get a handle on Johnny's movelist, then you'll gain access to some incredible offensive capabilities.

The operative word there is "if", though. Johnny is one of the more difficult characters to play in +R thanks to high execution and few quirks. Many of Johnny's optimal combos are highly character specific and require a good amount of height management to perform, meaning players may need to grind more than usual on finding combos that work for him. His ground mobility is limited without wavedashing or proper transport use, and some of his hitboxes are very awkward, meaning Johnny must often play patiently and considerately to win neutral.

If you're willing to commit to getting used to these issues and love the idea of playing one of the coolest characters in the game, Johnny might be your man.
Playstyle
Johnny is defined by a multitude of large, safe attacks and tricky movement and cancel options, requiring a form of precision to effectively cut down his foes at the slightest of exposed gaps.
Pros Cons
  • Long Horizontal Range: Johnny has strong options for controlling horizontal space such as f.S, Mist Finer, and more.
  • Good Anti-airs: 6P, 5P, and Mist Finer are potent anti-airs when used at the appropriate spacings.
  • High Damage Potential: Can find multiple conversions into complicated-yet-extensively rewarding combos. Leads to making his strike/throw game being far more threatening.
  • Very Strong Air Options: Divine Blade, Ensenga, Unchou's Iai, Killer Joker, and Johnny's air normals are all excellent tools for neutral and combos.
  • Unblockables: Using level 2 Mist Finer, Enkasu, and Bacchus Sigh, Johnny can set up unblockables during OkizemeFrom Japanese "起き攻め". Attacking an opponent about to wake up after they were knocked down, usually with meaty attacks or mix-ups..
  • Strike/Throw Mixups: Johnny's step dash and up-coin help him create throw mixups that are hard to avoid, and lead to decent reward.
  • Good Mobility: Despite not having a run, Johnny's step dash can be applied in creative ways to bolster his offense. Furthermore, his jump and superjump pair well with his strong air attacks to make it difficult for opponents to contest his air options from the ground.
  • Susceptible to Low Profile: Some of Johnny's best pokes, such as f.S, can be low profiled due to their thin hitboxes.
  • Damage Requires Resources: Johnny's high damage combos will often require coins, meter, or both.
  • Committal Pokes: In spite of his threatening tools, mishandling of any of them leads to much of his own gaps being easily exposed.
  • Stability: Johnny can have difficulty securing hard knockdowns without level 2 Mist Finer, and even then will sometimes have to choose between knockdown and damage. This problem is exacerbated by the difficulty of performing his good combo routes which can lead to the character having stability issues in competitive play.
  • Struggles with Zoning: Johnny's movement options, although great for offense, are flawed in terms of avoiding zoning tools. Furthermore, Johnny can struggle when the opponent has better normals than him in a given situation.
Note: Johnny is a character with a significant execution barrier. In order to utilize the depth of the character a player must commit to practicing their ability to input difficult techniques consistently.

Johnny has a unique resource in the form of coins. The number of coins that Johnny has is displayed above his tension meter. Johnny starts every round with 8 coins and does not get more coins until the start of the next round. Every time Johnny uses his Glitter Is Gold special one coin will be subtracted. When Johnny has 0 coins remaining, he will be unable to throw coins at the enemy with his Glitter Is Gold special. When a coin hits the enemy, Johnny's Mist Finer special will Level Up to a maximum of Level 3 from a starting level of Level 1. Hitting an enemy with a coin when Johnny has level 3 Mist Finer will still do damage, but will not level up Mist Finer further. Whenever Mist Finer is used, Mist Finer will return to Level 1, and can be leveled up again.

GGACR Johnny Nameplate.png
GGAC Johnny Portrait.png
Damage Received Mod:x1
Guts Rating:4/5
Gravity Mod:x0.98
Stun Resistance:70
Prejump:4F
Backdash:11F (1~7F Strike Invuln)
Forwards Dash:12F
Wakeup:53F (Face Up)/ 49F (Face Down)
Number of Jumps:2
Number of Air Dashes:1
Unique Movement Options:Step Dash
Divine Blade
Killer Joker
Fastest Ground Abare:This character's fastest attacks for mashing or scrambles. Excludes universal throws.5P (5F)
2P (5F)
2H (5F)
Reversal Attacks:Any reversal-esque moves this character has. Excludes universal options.632146H (8F)

Mist Cancel

Mist Cancel Advantage  
Normal Raw Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
5P 0 -2 +1 +3
5K -2 0 +3 +5
c.S +3 +2 +5 +7
f.S -7 +5 +8 +10
5H -16 +7 +10 +12
5D 0 N/A
6P -2 +2 +5 +7
6K -3 +5 +8 +10
6H -15 +7 +10 +12
3H -14 +7 +10 +12
2P +1 -2 +1 +3
2K +2 -2 +1 +3
2S -4 +2 +5 +7
2H -15 N/A
2D -8 +5 +8 +10

Although not explicitly a mechanic, Mist Canceling is an important part of Johnny's character identity. By special canceling a normal into Mist Finer StanceGGAC Johnny MistStance.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
-
Recovery:
See notes
Advantage:
-
, and then exiting Mist Finer Stance by pressing the H button, Johnny can get the effects of a special cancel without committing fully to a special move. This, in practice, allows the player to modify Johnny's frame advantage on block and on hit substantially. Some moves that are substantially minus on block can become plus on block through Mist Canceling.
For example: 5HGGAC Johnny 5H.pngGuard:
Mid
Startup:
11
Recovery:
33
Advantage:
-16/+7/+10/+12
is normally -16 on block. When Mist Canceled it becomes +7 — turning the move from punishable to advantaged.

The frame advantage from Mist Canceling becomes better as the level for Mist Finer increases. This is because the startup for Mist Finer Stance becomes faster as the level of the move goes up.


StartupThe time before an attack is active including the first active frame. For example, an attack with 10F startup means the attack will do nothing for 9 frames, then hit the opponent on the 10th frame. frames
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InactiveFrames in the middle of multi-hit attacks which cannot hit the opponent, but are after the move has become active at least once. Frames
RecoveryThe recovery of an attack refers to the amount of time an attacker must wait before he may perform another action, even blocking. Frames
Special RecoveryThe recovery of an attack refers to the amount of time an attacker must wait before they may perform another action.Recovery frames which happen under abnormal conditions, such as after landing. Frames
FRCA variant of RC which only applies to specific moves for specific time windows. Window

Normal Moves

Values for On-Block for ground normals have 4 values separated by "/":

  • First value is the normals standard frame data without performing a Mist Cancel
  • Second-Fourth values are for Level 1/2/3 Mist Cancel

5P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 Mid 5 4 6 0/-2/+1/+3
Total: 14

Sparkles. Whiffs over most crouchers.

  • A decent anti-air, though lacking the invincibility of 6P, it has faster startup and less scaling and proration.
  • On air counter-hit, can jump-cancel for an air combo. Otherwise chain to c.S, or cancel to Coin. Has similar animation to Coin.

Gatling Options: 5P, 2P, 6P, 5K, 2K, c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 6H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 3 8 1

5K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
16 Mid 6 5 9 -2/+0/+3/+5
Total: 19

All around good move. Your main poke. Good attack box, and not easily punished on whiff. The focal point of your ground game.

  • How to get around your 5K, should be the thought that permeates your opponent's mind.
  • Does not prorate, making it a good hit-confirm for combos.
  • On block, can cancel to a number of higher level moves to then Mist Cancel for greater frame advantage.

Gatling Options: 6P, c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 6 7 2

c.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
26 Mid 6 3 8 +3/+2/+5/+7
Total: 16

Sort of an intermediary between 2P and 5K. One frame slower than 2P and less range than 5K, but more frame advantage on block, and a larger hitbox, vertically.

  • A great move to use as your throw option select.

Gatling Options: 6P, 2K, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 10 7 3

f.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
34 Mid 8 3 21 -7/+5/+8/+10
Total: 31

Hits farther and harder than 5K, but whiffs over some characters and many crouchers, and even some runs. Sometimes intermittently.

  • Risky to use, but has excellent reach for its speed, so it is usually your best option for burst and whiff punishes.
  • Chains to 6H, but only combos on counter-hit or crouch-hit

Gatling Options: 2S, 2H, 6H, 3H, 5D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 14 6 4

5H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
42 Mid 11 2 33 -16/+7/+10/+12
Total: 45

Big reach. Controls a lot of space, ground-wise and air-wise.

  • Extends your hitbox forward, be mindful of this and it's startup.
  • Easily backdashed, and horrible if whiffed. Can be low profiled.
  • Great for stopping jump-outs and as a pressure tool.

Gatling Options: 5D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 20 6 5
  • Attack is fully extended on 12F

5D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
22 High 30 8 6 0
Total: 43

Very slow overhead. Johnny's only true standing overhead.

  • On block, neutral at worst, +7 at best.
  • Deceptive reach.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 8 20 3

6P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
25 Mid 11 6 10 -2/+2/+5/+7 1~4F Upper Body
5~16F Above Knees
Total: 26

Your 'go-to' anti-air. Has upper body invincibility on startup. Also a good counter-poke due to the above knee invincibility in the later frames.

Gatling Options: 5D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 80% 10 10 3

6K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30 Mid 16 4 16 -3/+5/+8/+10 7~13F Upper Body
Total: 35

A dashing upkick that covers similar ground to Johnny's forward dash while hitting sooner than a normal-cancelled dash, making it good for pressure and chasing opponents. It goes over most mid pokes and is good for tick throws when used with FRC, but is easily called out by low-hitting pokes. It also has some upper body invincibility in the middle of its startup, but is still more of a ground-to-air poke than an anti-air.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
12~13F 14 20 4
  • Wall sticks on CH (untechable for 90F, sticks for 30F)

6H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
64 Mid 18 2 32 -15/+7/+10/+12
Total: 51
  • Hit box moves back slightly at startup.
  • Long range poke, controls a lot of ground space.
  • The highest damage you can get in a single hit. Also your slowest poke.
  • Jump cancellable.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 20 9 5
  • Blows back opponent on air hit

3H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
28×2 Mid 11 8(2)2 31 -14/+7/+10/+12
Total: 53

Johnny's classic 2H from GGX originally exclusive to his EX Mode in all XX iterations, now added back as an addition to his base version moveset.

  • 2 hits. First hit hits around the feet, where 5H doesn't. Also has a lot of active frames.
  • Second hit is like a 5H. Solid meaty at max range, as it will clash with Sol's Volcanic Viper, but somewhat gimmicky as the range needed to induce a clash is a giveaway to what you are trying to do.
  • If you have ample time after your corner Bacchus Sigh setups, this is one move you can use to make sure your opponent stays in place on wakeup.
  • Can special cancel at any time, as long as the first hit has made contact.

Gatling Options: 5H, 6H

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 10×2 6×2 5

2P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
10 Mid 5 3 6 +1/-2/+1/+3
Total: 13

Like a close range version of your 5K.

  • Is all around faster than 5K, but has a little bit of proration.
  • Tends to beat and lose to the same moves as 5K.
  • Natural frame advantage on block.

Gatling Options: 5P, 2P, 6P, 5K, 2K, c.S, f.S, 2S, 5H, 2H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 90% 3 8 1

2K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 Low 8 4 4 +2/-2/+1/+3
Total: 15

Hits low. Compliments your 5K.

  • Good frame advantage on block, and has a long cancel window.
  • Naturally strong pressure tool, but is slow for its range, making it a poor choice when poking in neutral, but a good dash-in move in Johnny's effective range.
  • Properly meatied, 2K is reversal safe against many reversals.

Gatling Options: 6P, c.S, f.S, 2S, 2H, 3H, 5D, 2D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 75% 3 8 1

2S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30 Low 9 6 12 -4/+2/+5/+7
Total: 26

What 2K is to 5K, 2S is to f.S.

  • Hits low. Good active frames, good meaty, good neutral poke when f.S would whiff.
  • Prorates a lot.
  • Proper use of 2S is essential to many matchups.

Gatling Options: 5H, 2H

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 75% 8 7 3

2H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
48 Mid 5 6 29 -16
Total: 39
  • Very fast and lots of reach, both horizontally and a little bit vertically.
  • Moves you backwards.
  • Atrocious on whiff.
  • Punishable on normal hit.
  • Staggers on CH.

Gatling Options: 5D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 20 6 5
  • Staggers on ground CH (max 41F)
  • Johnny is in CH state 1~35F

2D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
25×2 Low 9 2(3)3 22 -8/+5/+8/+10
Total: 38
  • 2 hits, both low. Second hit knocks down.
  • Good to Mist Cancel off of.
  • Good blockstring filler, to train them in to the habit of blocking low.
  • Mixup which hit you Mist Cancel, to keep them wary.
  • Has a little bit more reach than 2S and it doesn't prorate, so it can be a good substitute, But it's also worse to whiff.
  • 2D(1)>Coin will connect on most of the cast at most ranges.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 11×2 6×2 4

j.P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 High/Air 6 5 9
Total: 19

Your fastest air normal.

Gatling Options: j.P, j.K, j.S, j.H, j.D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 3 8 1

j.K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
20 High/Air 8 6 8
Total: 21

Crossup. Decent air-to-ground.

Gatling Options: j.P, j.S, j.D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 5 7 2

j.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
32 High/Air 10 2 23
Total: 34
  • Crossup. Whiffs on crouching hit boxes.
  • Good air-to-air. Also good air-to-ground when spaced.
  • Can be used to zone out a lot of space.
  • Fast recovery allows for additional movements or attacks afterwards.

Gatling Options: j.H, j.D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 8 7 3

j.H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40 High/Air 13 5 21
Total: 38

Excellent air-to-ground. When spaced such that it hits at the tip, it is very hard to anti-air.

Gatling Options: j.D

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 8 7 3
  • Staggers on ground CH (max 35F)
  • Slams down opponent on air hit

j.D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
44 High/Air 8 7 14+5 after landing
Total: 33

Best air-to-air for hitting opponents above you. Crosses up.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 8 7 3

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40 45 pixels

Slightly above average range. Causes techable float. Heavy forced proration. Due to its aggressive proration, it is advised to either coin, go for knockdown, or both when you land it. Following up with damage combos is generally not worth it.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
36~39F Forced 40% 6
  • Enemy is afloat for 18F total to be hit if FRC isn't used ???

Air Throw

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 88 pixels

Average range. Wallbounces. Heavy forced proration. Bacchus Sigh, recoin, LV2 Mid combos and more are possible when opponent is air thrown into the corner.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A Forced 50% 6
  • Sends opponent on opposite side of throw direction

Dead Angle Attack

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
25 All 14 10 10 -6 1~13F All
14~23F Above Knees
14~28F Throw
Total: 33

Wallbounces. On counter-hit, a knockdown causes an un-OTG-able state.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 50% 10 7 3

Dash

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Total 12

Johnny's unique step dash has some below knee invul, allowing him to go over lows.

It also has the unique property that Johnny is considered airborne during it which means he will get floated on hit as if he was hit airborne, this can both be an advantage and a disadvantage depending on the opponent. Despite this he is still able to cancel the dash into a jump.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A
  • Airborne from 1F

Special Moves

Mist Finer Stance

236[P] or 236[K] or 236[S]

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236[P/K/S] See notes
Stance 66 14
Stance 44 14
Stance H 3

Johnny's most important tool. It's an essential Johnny technique.

  • Observe: 5H on block is -16, punishable by many characters. When Mist Canceled, it becomes +7. Better than safe, it's advantage!
  • How to Mist Cancel
    • 1. Do a move that is special cancelable.
    • 2. Special cancel in to a Mist Finer.
    • 3. Hold button to stay in Mist Stance.
    • 4. While holding button, press H to Stance Cancel (Note: Holding the button when mist cancelling is not mandatory as of Accent Core. If H is inputted during the window of mist stance startup, it will cancel at the first possible frame. However, if H is not inputted during that window, the actual Mist Finer will come out. While this technique makes it easier to perform the fastest possible mist cancelling, it is much easier to make a mistake. Thus, it is recommended to hold the button unless you have a good grasp of the timing and have good execution.)
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
236[P/K/S] N/A
Stance 66 N/A
Stance 44 N/A
Stance H N/A

236[P/K/S]:

  • Can input Mist Stance Cancel from 2F onwards
  • Startup: LV1: 8F, LV2: 5F, LV3: 3F
  • Mist Stance Step Forward and Step Backwards cannot be performed for an additional two frames, and thus are available at: LV1: 10F, LV2: 7F, LV3: 5F

Stance 66:

  • Can cancel into another Step Forward from 2~9F
  • Can cancel into Mist Stance Cancel from 10F onwards
  • Can cancel into Jackhound from 3F onwards
  • Can cancel into all Mist Stance followups from 12F onwards

Stance 44:

  • Can cancel into Mist Stance Cancel from 10F onwards
  • Can cancel into Jackhound from 3F onwards
  • Can cancel into all Mist Stance followups from 12F onwards

Stance H:

  • Fastest possible Mist Stance Cancels per level are LV1: 11(8F+3F), LV2: 8(5F+3F), LV3: 6(3F+3F)

Mist Finer: Upper

236]P[

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236P Lv1 35 Mid 9+4 4 17 -4
236P Lv2 38 Mid 6+4 4 22 -7
236P Lv3 20×9 Mid 4+4 See notes 20 -5

Level 1 Good anti-air for when your opponent is out of 6P range and/or is doing a move that will beat 6P.

  • Scores knockdown on air CH, recoin possible when near corner.
  • Removes one point of durability from projectiles, but loses hit potential.

Level 2 Causes a wallbounce on hit, vital combo tool.

  • Good anti-air and combo starter.
  • Removes one point of durability from projectiles, and does not lose hit potential, whether the projectile is deleted or not.

Level 3 A swift barrage of high and mid slashes.

  • Causes a long float state on hit.
  • Excellent anti-air. Eats about 20% meter when air blocked, and many opponents will let go of FD too early and get hit.
  • Removes one point of durability per hit from projectiles, and does not lose hit potential, whether the projectile is deleted or not.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
236P Lv1 N/A 70% 14 6 4
236P Lv2 19~20F 20 6 5
236P Lv3 N/A 20×9 3×9 5

236P Lv1:

  • Untechable on air CH for 100F
  • See note ※1

236P Lv2:

  • See note ※2

236P Lv3:

  • Active frames are: {4(3)}×3,{3(4)4(3)}×2,3(4)4
  • Forward/Backwards movement possible during attack
  • See note ※2

Mist Finer: Middle

236]K[

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236K Lv1 32 All 9+6 3 33 -19
236K Lv2 40 All 6+4 3 23 -7
236K Lv3 18×9 See notes 4+4 See notes 25 -8

Level 1

  • Knocks down on hit.
  • Useful as a poke in some match-ups.
  • Removes one point of durability from projectiles, but loses hit potential.

Level 2

  • Causes a groundslide on hit, enabling follow-ups in the corner.
  • Important conversion tool in the corner.
  • Removes one point of durability from projectiles, and does not lose hit potential, whether the projectile is deleted or not.

Level 3

  • A swift barrage of mid and low slashes.
  • The final hit causes a stagger state, but an FRC will usually be required to follow up if the opponent wiggles out.
  • Because of its range and ridiculous active time, it is useful as a sure-fire counter to virtually any sort of AbareAn attack during the opponent's pressure, intended to interrupt it..
  • Removes one point of durability per hit from projectiles, and does not lose hit potential, whether the projectile is deleted or not.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
236K Lv1 N/A 85% 14 10 4
236K Lv2 19~20F Forced 90% 20 6 5
236K Lv3 All active frames See notes 3×9 5

236K Lv1:

  • See note ※1

236K Lv2:

  • See note ※2

236K Lv3:

  • 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 9th hits have a GB+ of 15, and must be blocked Low
  • All other hits have a GB+ of 20, and can be blocked All
  • Active frames are: 3(4)4(4)2(4)3(5)2(4)3(4)3(5)2
  • Forward/Backwards movement possible during move
  • See note ※2

Mist Finer: Lower

236]S[

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236S Lv1 29 Low 9+11 2 29 -14
236S Lv2 35 Low 6+5 2 23 -6
236S Lv3 17×9 See notes 4+5 See notes 27 -10

Level 1 Sends the opponent flying towards you on hit, but they can tech quite early.

  • Removes one point of durability from projectiles, but loses hit potential.
  • Upcoin can be linked on normal hit.

Level 2 Causes the same behavior on hit as at level 1, but with greater untech time, higher float and less recovery.

  • Vital conversion tool at midscreen and when cornered.
  • Removes one point of durability from projectiles, and does not lose hit potential, whether the projectile is deleted or not.

Level 3 A swift barrage of low slashes.

  • Knocks down on hit
  • Removes one point of durability per hit from projectiles, and does not lose hit potential, whether the projectile is deleted or not.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
236S Lv1 N/A 70% 11 6 4
236S Lv2 19~20F 85% 15 6 5
236S Lv3 N/A See notes 3×9 5

236S Lv1:

  • See note ※1

236S Lv2:

  • See note ※2

236S Lv3:

  • 7th and 8th hits have GB+ of 20, can be blocked All
  • All other hits have GB+ of 15, must be blocked Low
  • Active frames are: {2(5)}×5,2(4)3(4)3(5)2
  • Forward/Backward movement possible during move
  • See note ※2

Glitter Is Gold

236H or 214H

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236H 10 All 5 33 Total 20 +4
214H 10 All 5 65 Total 20 +4

You start each round with 8 Coins. Depletes one Coin on use. On hit, increases Mist Level by one. On block, it offers good frame advantage and a way to continue pressure, but be wary of the arc the coin travels in. If used thoughtlessly, some characters may be able to hit you and/or avoid the move with moves that have low-profile properties(e.g. Ky's Stun Dipper, Sol's 2D or Grand Viper).

  • Has its uses as a zoning tool, with the 214H version as a recent addition to +R being a good way to call-out aerial approaches or to prevent liberal occurrences of them.
  • For the most part, in combos, the coins often serve more to extend them into repeated Level 2 Mist Finers in the hands of dexterous players, given the benefits of the said Level 2 versions as combo tools on their own.
    • Even then, trying to throw coins randomly may exhaust your options, but the best reward is always finding a way to stick them into a combo of any sort.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
236H N/A 0 12 3
214H N/A 0 12 3

236H:

  • Increases Mist Finer by 1 level on hit
  • Consumes 1 Coin

214H:

  • Increases Mist Finer by 1 level on hit
  • Consumes 1 Coin

Bacchus Sigh

214P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
9 100 Total 53

Causes no hitstun or blockstun. On "hit", attaches to opponent. Opponent cannot block Mist Finer attacks for as long as Bacchus Sigh is attached.

  • Projectile moves rather slowly, but has some slight tracking. Even then, trying to rely on this to land on your foe in the open isn't going to do any wonders.
  • Will attach to downed opponents, thus it's a prime oki tool should Johnny score a valuable knockdown with time to act.
  • FRC: 41f~46f - Use this to land a meaty when your knockdown is not advantegous enough.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
41~46F
  • Causes Mist Finer to becomes unblockable for 357F if the Mist touches the opponent
  • Fastest the Mist can touch the opponent at point blank range is 28F (Tested on Sol)

Ensenga

j.41236H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
6, 62 High/Air 9 2(2)3 Until landing+16 -25
Total: 31

Overhead. Not a projectile. Connecting with only the first hit gives an advantageous knockdown. This is called an Enkasu.

  • Can be tiger-kneed for a quick overhead. Leads to damaging combos when RCd.
  • First hit scores knockdown at most heights against the entire cast.
    • Second hit causes a Blowback effect, which can score knockdown at low heights.
  • Note that when both hits connect, the knockdown of the first hit is canceled out by the Blowback of the second.
  • Halts and/or slightly carries some of Johnny's aerial momentum in the air; the latter case is often so whenever this move is TK'd.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 90% 8×2 7×2 3
  • Johnny is in a crouching state during landing recovery
  • Listed Frame Adv is for TK Ensenga performed as fast as possible (2nd hit has startup 17F)

Divine Blade

623S > S

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
623S 35+5 after landing 5~17F Strike
623S > S 50 All 5+7 10 Until landing+7

Invincible from frames 5 to 17, goes away if you use Divine Blade.

  • Automatically jump-installs. Has some potential as a mix-up tool when the attack is FRCd.
  • FRC: Both on the transport itself and the attack. The trajectory of the transport is retained.
  • The FRC on the transport must be inputted with P+K+H, as S will instead perform the attack.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
623S 8~10F
623S > S 9~10F 80% 0 12 5

623S:

  • Performing FRC or Divine Blade removes invincibility
  • Johnny is airborne from 5F onwards
  • Johnny is in CH state until landing
  • Can cancel to Divine Blade from 6~34F
  • Auto Jump Install

623S > S:

  • Ground bounces on CH (untehcable for 30F)
  • FRCing restores jump options

Air Divine Blade

j.236S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50 All 13 10 Until landing+13 -7

One of your primary anti-anti airs, as it stalls your momentum when performed. Also used in shorter air combos to land an easier knockdown than performing an enkasu. Ground bounces on counter hit, allowing for a followup combo afterwards.

  • FRC: 15f~16f - Cancels out projectiles.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
15~16F 80% 0 12 5
  • Listed Frame Adv is for TK Air Divine Blade perfomed as fast as possible (startup 17F)
  • Ground bounces opponent on CH (untechable for 30F)

Killer Joker

421S > S

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
421S 34+5 after landing
421S > S 40 All 8+10 3 Until landing+14

An excellent combo tool when the attack is FRC'd. Has use as a pressure reset and commital neutral tool.

  • FRC: Both on the transport itself and the attack. The trajectory of the transport is retained.
  • The FRC on the transport must be inputted with P+K+H, as S will instead perform the attack.
Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
421S 10~12F
421S > S 13~15F 14 9 4

421S:

  • Johnny is airborne from 8F onwards
  • Johnny is in CH state until landing
  • Can cancel into Killer Joker from 9~28F

421S > S:

Air Killer Joker

j.214S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
32 All 9 3 Until landing+13
Total: 24

Important air combo tool when used with FRC. Also good for baiting out anti-airs.

  • FRC: 12f~14f - On FRC, restores air movement. Can only be done once while in the air.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
12~14F 90% 14 6 4
  • RCing and FRCing restores jump options
  • Can only perform once per jump

Force Breaks

Jackhound

214D

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
214D 50 Mid 13 2 35 -20 13~15F Strike
Stance > 214D 50 Mid 6 2 35 -20 6~8F Strike
Stance Step > 214D 50 Mid 3 2 35 -20 3~5F Strike

A mid-ranged call-out that's excellent for cutting through single-hit projectiles or just punishing someone for pressing a button. Consumes 25% Tension.

  • Staggers on ground hit (47F max). 46F float on air hit. 60% initial proration.
  • Despite its speed, it can be easily mishandled into exposing Johnny for a punish; trying to use it as a form of cross-ups is rather ill-advised.

(During Mist Stance) - Staggers on ground hit (52F max). 51F float on air hit. 70% initial proration.

(During Mist Stance Dash) - Staggers on ground hit (65F max). 47F float on air hit. 80% initial proration.

Version FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
214D N/A 60% 14 8 4
Stance > 214D N/A 70% 14 8 4
Stance Step > 214D N/A 80% 14 8 4

214D:

  • Can pass through the opponent
  • Johnny is in CH state during move
  • Can cancel into Return Jack from 28F onwards
  • Staggers on normal hit for max 47F

Stance > 214D:

  • Can pass through the opponent
  • Johnny is in CH state during move
  • Can cancel into Return Jack from 21F onwards
  • Fastest possible Mist Stance Jackhound per level (includes entering Mist Stance)- LV1: 14F (8+6), LV2: 11F (5+6), LV3: 9F (3+6)
  • Fastest possible Mist Stance Jackhound per level (includes getting into Mist Stance)- LV1: 14F (8+6), LV2: 11F (5+6), LV3: 9F (3+6)
  • Staggers on normal hit for max 56F

Stance Step > 214D:

  • Can pass through the opponent
  • Johnny is in CH state during move
  • Can cancel into Return Jack from 18F onwards
  • Fastest total startup possible, assuming you are already in Mist Stance, is 6F (3F Step Forward+3F Jackhound startup)
  • Fastest possible Mist Stance Step Jackhound per level (includes getting into Mist Stance)- LV1: 16F (10+6), LV2: 13F (7+6), LV3: 11F (5+6)
  • Fastest total startup possible, assuming you are already in Mist Stance, is 4F (1F Step Forward+3F Jackhound startup)
  • Staggers on normal hit for max 68F

Return Jack

214D > 236D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 Mid 12+1 2 65 -48 7~15F Strike

The extra addition to Jackhound added in since AC, where it helps Johnny score solid knockdowns and to help build his Mist Finer levels should he run out of coins (or wants to either conserve or combine them for a huge damage setup). Consumes 25% Tension.

  • On hit, increases Mist Level by one.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A Forced 60% 20 11 5
  • Can pass through the opponent
  • Johnny is in CH state during move
  • Increases Mist Finer by 1 level on hit

Overdrives

That's My Name

632146H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
20, 65×2 Mid 4+4 3 22 -6 1~8F All
9~10F Throw
9~17F Above Knees

Johnny's only true reversal. Think of the active hitbox as looking like a baseball bat. Always places the opponent to the right of Johnny just to line the slash trails up properly as a J.

  • The explosion is just for show. Only the slashes deal damage.
FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 20 6×3 5
  • Knocks down opponent on hit
  • Roman Cancel possible on 1st hit only
  • 1st hit forces opponent into standing state on ANY hit
  • RCing the first hit on hit has Frame Adv +25
  • 2nd and 3rd hits do not occur if 1st hit is blocked

Uncho's Iai

j.236236H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50×2 High/Air 5+3 3 24 1~9F All
10~10F Throw

A new addition in +R previously only available to his EX mode, Unchou is a unique air super. On hit it resets both Johnny and the opponent to a static vertical position (although horizontal distance is the same as when it connects) allowing you to stabilize air combos to either continue the combo, end in a level up, or further extend your damage.

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 90% 15 6×2 5

Instant Kill

Joker Trick

During IK Mode: 236236H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Fatal Mid 7+10 177 +4

Counts as a projectile. Whiffs on crouchers and characters with small hurtboxes. Does not hit dizzied: JA, DI, AB, SO, BA, HO, KL, AX, CH

FRC Window Proration Guard Bar+ Guard Bar- Level
N/A 20
  • IK Mode activation: 54F
  • Card disappears if Johnny is hit
  • Card will keep going off screen for all active frames or until it touches opponent

Colors

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.

  1. Only selectable on the Arcade and PC-Rollback versions of the game.
  2. Available on home ports, and are selected by pressing the Rec. Enemy button on the Slash or Reload color sets, respectively. Gold characters are powered up versions, Shadow characters have infinite tension. Both are banned from tournament play.


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