GGST/Potemkin

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Overview
Overview

Long-ranged attacks, good durability and powerful throws are what makes up the hulking juggernaut, Potemkin. His signature move is Potemkin Buster, a fast command grab with long range and tremendous power.

Potemkin’s gameplan revolves around finding ways to land Potemkin Buster and using other moves to punish counter-play. He has a wide array of anti-airs to stop jumping, such as Heat Knuckle, an anti-air throw. Large normals, such as f.S and 5H, allow him to challenge both grounded and aerial opponents from ranges beyond throw range. 6H is particularly large, and his normals can be canceled into Mega Fist to close space or to disengage.

Potemkin’s weak point is slow movement, he can neither run nor air dash. He struggles against zoning as a result. Don’t be discouraged, Potemkin has several gap-closing tools. Hammer Fall is a forward sliding attack. Slide Head creates a shock wave that knocks grounded opponents down unless they block low. Both the aforementioned moves can also armor through one hit. He can even use F.D.B. to reflect projectiles. Right back at ya!

While useful, Potemkin’s gap-closing tools are unconventional and have weak points, so moving forward is unfavorable despite being necessary. However, his high durability and power offset this weakness somewhat.

Potemkin is recommended for players who want to utilize powerful throws and long-ranged normals to instill fear in their opponent and punish them harder than anyone else!


Lore:Potemkin, a proud and indomitable fortress of a man is a soldier hailing from the nation of Zepp.

Once a former slave, he joined current Zeppian President Gabriel in a revolt against the corrupt regime. Now, he is a high-ranking member of the President's personal guard and performs various tasks for the sake of his country. Despite the genetic mutation that gave him his intimidating appearance and burly frame, Potemkin would prefer to settle matters with words and diplomacy rather than violence.

Potemkin is a gentle giant. He is polite to others, a stalwart ally, and even enjoys art in his free time.
Playstyle
GGST Potemkin Icon.png Potemkin, classified as a Power Grappler, is the mainstay grappler of the Guilty Gear series. He is slow, but durable and deals tremendous damage once you are in his grasp.
Pros Cons
  • Absurd Damage Output: In Strive, Potemkin Buster's damage levels have been cranked up to ridiculous levels, as well as Potemkin's normal and counter-hit combos doing easily above average levels of damage.
  • High Defensive Stats: Potemkin's defense modifier is the highest in the game, other than Giovanna in her powered up state. This allows you to take more hits and use your life bar as a resource.
  • Large Hitboxes: Boasting some of the largest hitboxes in the game which lend him above average area control, such as f.S, 5H, or 2D.
  • Terrifying Strike-Throw Mix: Potemkin's high damage, long range, good uses of meter, and surprisingly deceptive Kara-Buster can make it very scary to actively contest Potemkin's offense.
  • Armor: Both Hammerfall and Slide Head have armor properties. This allows Potemkin to deal with certain moves well and to have a good neutral presence.
  • Lack of Mobility: Potemkin possesses no run, air dash, or step dash. This means that it takes a lot of effort to close the gap, and the ways that he does so are unconventional.
  • Large Hurtboxes: A big body means that whiff punishing his larger attacks will be easier than average, and he will have to start block some attacks earlier than other characters due to his wide and tall hurtbox.
  • Zoner Issues: Characters such as Axl are very difficult to deal with to Potemkin. Due to his limited mobility you have to rely on patience and your tools, such as F.D.B. and Slide Head, to make your way through.


Normal Moves

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
50 [62] High 20~27 [28] 8 21 -15 [-10] -

  • Data in [] represents values when fully charged.
  • Causes floating crumple on ground hit.
  • Deals more damage and launches opponent on hit when fully charged.
  • Homing jump cancelable on raw hit when fully charged.
  • Homing jump cancel forces an Area Shift.

Potemkin's version of the universal overhead. Uncharged version can be fairly rewarding on counter hit, but if you manage to get the charged version off Potemkin is rewarded with immense damage.

6P

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
42 All 11 7 25 -15 -

  • frames 1-4 upper-body invul
  • frames 5-17 above knees invul

Potemkin's go to anti-air. You'd think that due to his size, he'd have a hard time anti-airing, but this 6P has him sit down and still gives him a bunch of upper body invulnerability. Its great hitbox size smacks a lot of things out of the sky.

You will need meter to get any kind of real combo out of a hit, but on counter hit it gives a hard knockdown and the perfect range to set up Garuda Oki.

6K

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 All 22 5 24 -12 -

  • Can be kara-canceled into any special for extra range.

A very slow gap closing shoulder tackle. A situational move that can be cancelled into from most normals, and cancels into specials. 6K>FDB will catch some opponents who are not actively expecting it. 6K can also be delay cancelled into Pot Buster or cancelled into Mega Fist to supplement this mixup.

One of the main usages of 6K in Strive is that it can now be kara-cancelled, meaning Potemkin can cancel the startup of 6K into special moves, preserving the forward movement it provides. This can result in a forward moving and slightly slower Potemkin Buster or Garuda Impact, a safe on block Mega Fist, and so on.

An overview of Potemkin's kara cancels can be viewed on his Strategy Page.

6H

2P

2K

2S

2H

2D

j.P

j.K

j.S

j.H

j.D

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Air Throw

Special Moves

Potemkin Buster

632146P

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
175 Ground Throw 5 4 37 - -

  • Exhibits some strange behavior where it will not hit opponents beyond point blank range until frame 6.

Potemkin's main command grab. Your entire game plan revolves around getting your opponent into this. Does massive damage on hit, has good range, and decent startup.

To extend its range, Kara Cancel 6K into it. This is done easiest by plinking the Potemkin Buster input with K~P (so your input will be 632146K~P). This is generally referred to as "Kara Buster" and is important for catching opponents from further away. It'll also increase the startup by 1-2 frames, so if you're already close there's not much reason to do it outside of getting a better tick throw window.

Heat Knuckle

623H

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
0,8*7,60 Air Guard Crush 12 4 18 +10~+1 -

  • Automatic Wall Break in the corner.
  • If blocked, opponent has landing recovery frames cancelled and can immediately act upon landing.
  • Potbuster is not guaranteed at certain heights.
  • A c.S or 5K can check an attempt to jump a PB attempt after blocked Heat Knuckle.
  • Advantage is height-dependent ranging from +10 to +1

Heat Knuckle is Potemkin's anti-air grab. As of Strive, Heat Knuckle is no longer an unblockable hit throw?, Potemkin reaches his hand up at about a 45-degree angle, and if the opponent is caught, an animation will play out before the opponent is blasted away. If Heat Knuckle is blocked, it puts the opponent in a guard crush state where they are unable to burst or YRC until landing.

Useful for catching airdash-happy opponents and opponents who use early jump buttons (Ram, Axl, Sol, etc). At close range, it puts Potemkin at advantage, but at any range outside of 5P, you're back to neutral.

Mega Fist

236P or 214P

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
236P 60 High 25 7 16 -6 -
214P 60 (75) High 25 7 6 +4 (-2) -

Potemkin leaps forward or backward with a heavy double-punch. Due to Potemkin leaping in the air, mega fist is able to easily avoid most enemy attacks, usually causing an easy counter-hit. The large hit box leads to most anti-air attempts trading unless timed properly with a large hitbox. If used sparingly and with good spacing, it is a strong advancing tool.

  • Punishable on block, but can be safe at longer ranges due to its pushback.
  • If spaced such that it hits the opponent's toes, it's less disadvantageous on block and hit.
  • The kara version (236K~P) travels a much greater distance. Closes the gap on zoners quickly and is safer than Hammer Fall if blocked.
Backwards
  • Advantageous on block
  • Doing 2146K~P will perform a Kara Backwards Megafist. This will move Potemkin very slightly forward, at the cost of his +4 advantage (becomes -2 on block but also gains 15 damage). Performing Kara Backwards Megafist grants Potemkin a very damaging combo filler both midscreen and in corner.

This is the version you want to actually be using, simply because KBMFKara Backwards Mega Fist is safe on block and travels basically the same distance any way. It's also easy to confirm on hit and is basically better in every single way. The added startup and mildly different travel distance is an incredibly small price to pay for complete safety should this be blocked.

If you find yourself in a neutral situation, you might occasionally want to use Forward over this, but defensively and just about everywhere else Backwards and KBMF are the way to go.

On defense Backwards Megafist is an excellent tool to call out lows and throws due to how quickly his hurtbox is pulled upwards. This allows Potemkin to force some characters to significantly tighten their frame traps to a 1 frame window, such as GGST Chipp Zanuff Icon.png Chipp's Resshou into Rokusai. The large hitbox also makes it almost impossible to whiff punish when coupled with its very low recovery.

Slide Head

236S

Hammer Fall

[4]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
Hammer Fall 58 All 18~47 2f 26 -9 -
Break
Hammer Fall > P
N/A N/A - - 27 - -

  • Potemkin's best forward movement option.
  • Can be canceled into Hammerfall Break by pressing P while Potemkin is moving.
  • Has a single hit of armor starting on frame 9. Will lose to any projectile with multiple hits.
  • Can force the earliest possible break by inputting H + P at the same time.

Potemkin lurches forward and clamps his fists together. Causes soft knockdown/instant tech on hit. The break cancel window is much larger than previous iterations, so you can be VERY liberal with your distance. Practice the timing, you don't want to whiff Hammerfall in someone's face.

F.D.B.

63214S (Hold 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
Flick 55 [75] All 21~28 [28~38] 3 20 -6 -
Reflected 50 All 1 - - +11 -

  • Can be held to vary timing
  • Frame trap from heavy normals (cS, 6K, etc.)

Potemkin leans down and flicks. This is both an anti-projectile move and a mid range poke. A key part of Potemkin's anti-zoning toolkit. The attack has decent range and a very strong hitbox that is difficult to contest with if done pre-emptively. On hit it will knock the opponent away, allowing you to advance towards the corner.

If Potemkin is hit by a projectile before he releases his finger, he will counter it with a blast wave that travels a long distance and destroys other projectiles along the way. The animation is misleading for countering projectiles: you do not need to time the flick to counter projectiles. The projectile just needs to collide with Potemkin while he's holding the flick. The projectile parry window starts on frame 2 and is extended by charging the move with S.

FDB Reflectable Projectiles Table
Character Move
Anji Shitsu (Both butterfly and bird)

Fuujin Followup Shin: Ichishiki

Axl Rensen (green fullscreen sickle)

Winter Cherry Rensen Followup (explosion)

Chipp
Faust Love (Bag and explosion)

What Could This Be? - Bomb (Explosion only)

What Could This Be? - Meteors (Hitting another meteor nullifies reflected projectile)

Giovanna
Goldlewis Skyfish

Thunderbird

I-no Antidepressant Scale

Chemical Love

Ky Kiske Stun Edge (ground, air)

Charged Stun Edge

j.D

Leo Whitefang Gravierte Wurde (S and H versions)
May Arisugawa Sparkle (P and K versions)
Millia Rage Tandem Top (S and H version)
Nagoriyuki Zarameyuki

Blood Rage activation

Potemkin
Ramlethal Valentine Banjoneto (S and H versions) (Nullifies reflected projectile)

Banjoneto Followup Explosion (May nullify reflected projectile) Kara flick is necessary to guarantee your projectile will not break

Sol Badguy Gunflame
Zato-1 "That's a lot!"

Invite Hell

Garuda Impact

214H

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
73 Guard Crush 28 11 24 +19 -

Potemkin rears back and unleashes a blast from the gauntlet on his arm. One of his main oki tools, with many ways to set up a meaty Garuda. Builds up RISC and has ridiculous chip damage even on block. On hit, leads to easy Potbuster confirms.

  • Can be made DP safe by spacing it properly to make reversal DP whiff for a counterhit starter combo.
    • Beats reversal backdash too.
    • Some reversal Overdrives can beat Garuda oki however.
  • Guard Crush state leaves the opponent in an unthrowable state but a 2D/Potbuster mix can be attempted near the end of the crush animation.
    • Guard Crush blockstun does not provide the opponent with an additional 5 frames of throw-protection after ending, unlike regular blockstun.
      • Properly timed Potbusters are capable of connecting as soon as the Guard Crush animation ends.
    • 2D will catch jump/mash/backdash while Potbuster will scoop up attempts to block the 2D.
    • Fuzzy jump works pretty decently versus this setup though. However, Potemkin is capable of sniping fuzzy jump attempts by delaying buttons to clip the pre-jump frames for a full combo. For this reason, moves like 2H after a blocked Garuda in corner can be an extremely punishing call-out to fuzzy jumps.
  • Against characters with no DP, Kara Cancel Garuda followed by c.S sets up a powerful strike/throw mix with potential to end rounds if the opponent guesses wrong.

More about Garuda Oki can be found on Potemkin's Strategy Page.

Overdrives

Heavenly Potemkin Buster

236236S

Giganter Kai

632146H


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Overview Missing information about kara canceling as a unique(?) mechanic and how specials interact with kara 6K. Need Invincibility/Armor descriptions, Some moves that have extra effects don't have descriptions (see giganteer kai projectile). Some minor editing about move usages as well. 15/20
Combos Missing videos for most of the combos. 8/10
Strategy Needs explanation for gameplan in neutral as well as counterplay. 14/20
Frame Data Missing some minor specifications, some questions how to framedata Giganter, but in general it's complete 47/50
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