GGST/Axl Low

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Overview
Overview

Axl is a long range specialist who uses massive attacks to control the pace of the match. He is tricky, oppressive, and requires a sharp mindset to utilize well.

Axl uses many long-ranged attacks to cover massive sections of the screen and stifle the opponent’s approach. Against grounded opponents, 5P, 2P, f.S and 2H make for excellent space control tools. Foes that approach from the air can reliably be swatted away with large anti-airs, such as 6K and 2S.

Rensen is a full-screen special move with multiple follow-up options. Rainwater allows Axl to retreat and attack simultaneously. Patient opponents can be opened up by employing his command grab, Winter Mantis, and instant overhead j.H. Once open, Axl dishes out high damage with TK Bomber loops. Resetting to neutral is usually preferable for Axl, as his close range okizeme setups, while good, are inferior to his mid-range options.

Axl’s weakness is his defence, he has little but metered reversals. Due to his generally high whiff recovery, knowledgeable opponents can bypass his long range pokes, such as by dashing under 5P, and get in with seemingly no recourse. While his toolkit is beginner friendly, intermediate and advanced players will rely on match-up knowledge to succeed. He also requires good fundamentals, as he’s reliant on conditioning and reads to disable the enemy offence.

If you want to control the neutral at the touch of a button, but also enjoy having the option to flaunt your execution so hard you turn your opponent into a highlight clip, Axl is for you.


Lore:A young man from the 20th century with the ability to manipulate time.

A typical optimist who doesn't take things too seriously and just goes with the flow. He is compassionate to a fault and could never ignore somebody in trouble.

He despises the very idea of "death" and would never resort to taking a life, no matter the situation.
Playstyle
GGST Axl Low Icon.png Axl Low , classified as a Long Range type, is a long range attacker who can take opponents down at a distance.
Pros Cons
  • Zoning: Massive normals allow Axl to easily control wide swaths of the screen with the press of a button. He also has Rensen to push opponents out and a command grab that is fastest at fullscreen to keep the opponent on their toes.
  • Anti Airs: Great control of airspace with long-range normals and special moves. These complement his already great grounded buttons to make approaching him a nightmare.
  • Close Range Tools: Has a variety of frametraps and counterhit starters at close range. Even though he is best at midrange, Axl is no slouch when it comes to up-close offense.
  • Damage: Has relatively bad damage output, unless he has meter to spend and the opponent is cornered. Most of his buttons only let him combo into a special move for a knockdown and nothing more when they connect at max range.
  • Close/Midrange Defense: No meterless reversal or counters, and dead zones in long-range attacks at closer ranges. Axl has to be careful about what normals he picks at what range.


GGST Axl Character Guide

Normal Moves

  • All damage values are tested on Ky.

5P

5K

c.S

f.S

5H

5D

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
45 [56] High 20 [28] 6 23 -15 [-10] -

Uncharged Dust
  • Uncharged dust on-hit is 0 or neutral frame advantage and causes float
  • Causes 80% proration on-hit

Universal overhead attack that's pretty fast. Can be gatling from 5K, 2K, or c.S for a mixup.


Charged Dust
  • Data in [] represents values when fully charged.
  • Charged dust leads to soft knockdown (+36).
  • Holding up during the hitstop frames of charged dust will activate homing jump:
    • Doing a homing jump will cause an area shift and put the opponent into a unique high damaging air combo state.
    • Pressing any attack twice without jump/dash cancel will activate the homing jump finisher causing a hard knockdown (+23).
    • Homing jump combos can sometimes increase meter balance enough to activate positive bonus.

Similar to uncharged but is slow enough to be reacted to, but if it does land it gives a very high damaging combo.

6P

6K

6H

2P

2K

2S

2H

2D

j.P

j.K

j.S

j.H

j.D

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

6D or 4D

Air Throw

j.6D or j.4D

Special Moves

Sickle Flash

[4]6S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
15×3 All 24 15 29 -19~-9 -

  • Axl's longest range poke and your best friend.
  • Follow up cancel window 24~36F, Can be delayed up to 40F

Full-screen chain strike projectile. Axl's signature move. It's very commonly referred to as "Rensen" (short for the Japanese name "Rensengeki").

Projectile persists if Purple Roman Cancelled (PRC), similar to how YRC functioned in Xrd, but appears to be less useful due to the long startup and the fast speed of the projectile.

Soaring Chain Strike

8 after Sickle Flash

Spinning Chain Strike

2 after Sickle Flash (Hold OK)

Winter Cherry

S after Sickle Flash

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
40 [60] All 18 [22] 10 24 -3 [+10] -

  • Detonates the sickle.
  • Can be delayed up to 40F. Axl shouts his signature "Yes!" if delayed explosion hits. Values in [] show the delayed explosion data.

The sickle will only detonate at the maximum range of the move. If it is used anywhere other than fullscreen, it will likely whiff.

The delayed version is useful for locking down your opponent from fullscreen, as it makes the move safe and increases the damage on hit, as well as the chip damage on block. Possibly also increases the size of the explosion - at least visually.

Winter Mantis

41236H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
61 [62] Ground Throw 28 20 34 - -

  • Axl's command grab.
  • Slow but starts from the opposing corner.
  • Damage value changes at point blank range.
  • Arrives between 28~46F, Unblockable

Fullscreen command grab. It is active only during the pullback, meaning the startup goes from okay at long-range to horrendous at close range. At point blank range, Axl will perform a grounded Axl Bomber instead allowing him to combo after without the use of RC. If you don't have the meter for RC, you can still OTG with 2H to continue your pressure by cancelling it into Rensen on their wake up, while also resetting them back to fullscreen.

Rainwater

214S

Snail

214H (Air OK)

Axl Bomber

j.623H

Overdrives

Sickle Storm

236236H

One Vision

632146P

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
Installation - - 5+22 - - - -
Activation
632146P after installing
- All 8+0 1 - - -

The first input of the command, at the cost of 50% Tension, activates the install, this is indicated by a purple aura around Axl. This can only be used on the ground. Executing the command again anytime after that does NOT cost any Tension and will activate roughly 2 seconds of timestop. The activation can be done both on the ground and the air. It can be activated during normals, specials or in neutral.

The activation of One Vision can be blocked by the opponent, so it is recommended to only activate from a hit-confirm or if completely sure the opponent is committed to an attack (i.e using One Vision as a whiff punish). If One Vision is blocked, the timestop effect does not occur and the install fizzles out; as such, the spent Tension is wasted.

Install lasts 5 seconds (295F?) from when you activate it after the first input. After this, it wears off. (And plays a subtle sound effect.) - Seemingly removes Axl's hitbox during the animation, but is not strike invincible during its startup.

Effect time lasts 2 seconds (125F?) - Blockable both crouching and standing.

As of patch 1.09, Axl can now cancel specials (on hit/block) into both One Vision's installation and activation, allowing for a lot more combo routes.

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External References


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Page Status %
Overview Needs more character data as it becomes available, transparent images of moves and hitboxes where they are missing, more thorough move explanations (with properties and uses). 16/20
Combos Good job lads. Just need to keep it tidy and organised. Keep things colour coded and sorted by difficulty, followed by button (P,K,S,H,D,j). We've got videos for nearly everything, which is fantastic. All that is left is to fill in the gaps for tension gain and wherever someone was too lazy to say anything beyond how much damage a combo does. 9/10
Strategy Needs more coverage on general strategy, or at least more elaborate ones. Oki and frametraps are not really Axl's thing, but we should think about listing practical stuff like setups, safe-jumps, etc. A lot of blockstrings were removed from the combo page some time ago, so look into older revisions and transfer them to Strategy. We should reluctantly also tell people how to beat our boy Axl in the "Fighting Axl" section. 6/20
Frame Data Missing data from a few moves such as recovery and active frames for overdrives and air normals. Please list your sources somewhere as well. 40/50
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