GGST/Giovanna

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Overview
Overview

Move fast, strike fast, think fast! Giovanna is an aggressive rushdown character who pressures opponents with fast flurries of attacks. Key to Giovanna’s offense is her unique step dash, which maintains its forward momentum even if she attacks during it. This allows her to slide forward across the ground and attack at the same time, which is useful for closing the gap when an opening presents itself.

Giovanna’s attack speed is top-class, notably, her 5P is the third fastest attack in the game. Her Slash buttons are strong pressure tools, c.S is plus on block and the multi-hitting nature of f.S and 2S makes it easy to hit-confirm these moves. Blockstrings can be ended with the risk-free Sepultura, or reset with the plus on block moves Sol Poente and Trovão. Sol Poente also hits overhead and is a cross-up at close range. Trovão pierces through projectiles, making it a decent approach option against zoning. Giovanna possesses a unique meter boost, which increases her damage output and defense when she has enough tension, allowing her to reap benefits from tension without needing to spend it.

If you want a character who is fast, aggressive, simple to play and has phenomenal fashion sense to boot, then Giovanna is for you.


Lore:She’s an officer in the special operations unit that protects the President of the United States.

She’s careful with her words, but still manages to come off as rude and irreverent due to her attitude. Deep down, though, she means well. She’s especially friendly with children and animals.

During battle, she allows her wolf spirit companion “Rei” to possess her and amazes her opponent with inhuman speed.
Playstyle
GGST Giovanna Icon.png Giovanna , classified as a Rush type, uses rush-down that can break down any defense. A super-powered special forces officer for the President.
Pros Cons
  • Insane Dash: Giovanna's step dash travels very far very quickly and can be cancelled into any normal, special, or backdash. This allows her to wait right outside most characters' effective range and slip in quickly.
  • Queen of Mids: all of Giovanna's buttons are quite safe and very well suited to pressure. Her buttons are only accentuated by her incredible dash, as it gives them significantly more range.
  • Meter Boost: Giovanna gains a unique buff once she reaches 50% tension, and it strengthens once she reaches 100% tension. Her meter gain is also higher than normal due to her being a step dash character.
  • Strong Offense: c.S, Sol Poente, and Trovão are all plus on block and her strong normals also make for great frametraps. Conditioning opponents to block is trivial and her plus frame options go hand in hand with her great dash and strong throw.
  • Trouble at Range: Giovanna's only dedicated anti-fireball tool is Trovão, which has slow startup (even if it is plus on block.) An incorrect read on a fireball can mean eating a punish thanks to its extended hurtbox.
Meter Boost

Giovanna gains a damage buff when she reaches half Tension (~5%), and a larger buff when she reaches full Tension (~10%). This is represented graphically with Rei glowing at half power and Giovanna turning green at full power. Using a super will keep her current damage buff until the super is over, meaning a Giovanna at full meter performing Ventania will deal ~5% more damage than a Giovanna with half meter.

Giovanna also gets defense boost when under these conditions. When she is under half meter, her defense rating is an average 1.03. However, once she gets 50% meter, her defense multiplier becomes 0.97. With full meter, her defense rating approaches Potemkin's at 0.93.


Normal Moves

5P

5K

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
30 (31) [33] All 6 4 10 -2 -

  • Main juggle tool, usually links into itself.
  • Good frame advantage and low pushback makes this a go-to tick throw button.

A very fast poke with decent range, made even better by the fact that cancelling into it out of a dash retains quite a lot of the dash momentum, extending its range to a little less than 1/4th screen. It's also excellent when combined with a dash stop, as you can space yourself out to avoid a throw.

Gatling options: 6P, 6H, 5D, 2D

c.S

f.S

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
32 [35] All 9 2(6),2(6),2 16 -4 -

  • Hits 3 times.
  • Excellent anti-backdash tool due to its active frames.
  • Don't whiff this.

Amazing pressure normal thanks to its great frame advantage. It along with 2S lets Giovanna easily hit confirm into a knockdown. She can also threaten a delay cancel 5H to make her opponent respect its -4 frame advantage and potentially reset pressure from there. Just please don't run up and do this, you die if it whiffs thanks to its multihit properties.

Gatling options: 5H, 2H

5H

5D

6P

6H

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
6H 32 (33) [35] All 17 9 15 -10 -
6HH 28 (28) [30] All 11 - - -11 -
6HHH 29 (31) [32] All 13 - - -16 -

  • Rekka-type move with follow-ups.
  • 6H puts Giovanna airborne.
  • RRC off second hit leads to easy juggle combos.

Mostly relegated to combo filler as it's highly unsafe and very slow. The only normal that naturally combos into 6H is c.S, but it's much easier to combo into on an airborne opponent. Some combos will also require the follow-ups to be delayed in order to combo.

2P

2K

2S

2H

2D

j.P

j.K

j.S

j.H

j.D

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Air Throw

Special Moves

Sepultura

214K

Trovão

236K

Sol Nascente

623S

Sol Poente

214S (Air OK)

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
214S 30 (31) [33] High (4) 30 6,(20) 3 10 +4 -
j.214S 30 (31) [33] - (4) 30 6,(20) 3 - +4 -

  • Overhead.
  • Low crush.
  • Plus on block.
  • Hits on both sides, can cross up if done close.
  • Air version has same animation but places a sigil for Giovanna to move from.
  • There are two hitboxes with the first one being behind gio with 4 frame startup

Surprisingly good as a pressure reset, but should be used sparingly due to its 30 frame startup. The first hit has some niche uses for converting a high crossup j.K into an otherwise impossible knockdown.

Overdrives

Ventania

632146H

Tempestade

j.236236H


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