GGST/Zato-1

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Overview
Overview

Zato-One is the former leader of the Assassin's Guild who traded his vision with the power to control his shadow, namely Eddie. New to Strive, Zato possesses the ability to command Eddie to cancel his moves into each other, allowing the two to launch even more coordinated attacks. Zato's unique controls can make him hard to master, and playing as him can require higher execution and character knowledge than average.


Lore:The former leader of the Assassin's Guild, now revived after once experiencing death.

Before his resurrection, he was a calm and thoughtful person. However, after all he went through, he ended up unable to feel an emotional response to anything. He no longer finds significance in anything in his life, be it good or bad, nor can he feel joy or anger.

The closest he gets to feeling emotion would be his feelings for Millia.
Playstyle
GGST Zato-1 Icon.png Zato-1, classified as a Technical type, is a shadow wielder who can pressure his opponent with simultaneous attacks.
Pros Cons
  • Eddie Offense: Zato is essentially two characters in one. Eddie can keep the opponent locked down while Zato goes for a mixup option, and Eddie can keep Zato safe should it not work out or start a combo if Zato was right.
  • Eddie Neutral: Their partnership in pressure also extends to neutral. Eddie's Oppose can tank attacks while Zato runs in to punish. Drunkard Shade also launches Eddie very far, allowing Zato to threaten with fullscreen Leap.
  • Unconventional Movement: Zato has a fly instead of a double jump, which he can also use to approach while covering the ground with Eddie. Zato can also descend into the ground with Break The Law, letting him go under most things the opponent can throw at him.
  • Very Weak Defense: Zato has no reliable reversals, metered or not. Additionally, Zato has weak abare, with his fastest normals coming in at 6 frames, meaning he cannot mash out of well timed tick throws. Finally, nothing combos from his P buttons if more than one is used, limiting his reward even if he does mash successfully.
  • Eddie Reliant: Zato is incredibly weak without Eddie to cover his mixups and neutral and lack of combos.
  • Extended hurtboxes: Zato's normals all have huge, slowly retreating hurtboxes, making many of his attacks not only easier to punish compared to the rest of the cast, but also deceivingly prone to trading.
  • Low Health: Zato's high damage multiplier and minimum guts rating places his effective health among the lowest in the game. Coupled with his aformentioned defensive weakness this makes Zato very vulnerable to quick and painful rounds.
Eddie Gauge
Zato has a gauge above his tension gauge for Eddie. The gauge signifies Eddie's health (3000 HP). When Eddie is summoned, it will gradually decrease by 5 HP every frame when idle, and each of Eddie's attacks use up a certain amount of the gauge.

If Eddie is unsummoned before the gauge runs out, the gauge will turn white, and quickly recover (55 HP recovered each frame until full). Eddie can be summoned again at any time during this.

If Eddie or Zato is hit by an attack, or the shadow gauge is depleted fully, the gauge will turn red and will recover at a slower rate (15 HP recovered every frame until full, 200f duration). During this time, Zato cannot summon Eddie until the gauge is full again. Avoiding this as much as possible is important to preserving Eddie.

Controlling Eddie
When summoned with either 214H, 632146S, or 236X, Zato will summon Eddie. Eddie can be moved backwards or forwards with the 4/6 directions respectively (you can also use 1/3 if you only want to move Eddie while keeping Zato stationary). To have Eddie attack, you can release P, K, S, or H, or doing 236X for the respective Eddie attack. Eddie attacks can be canceled into each other by using 236X, even into themselves, but make Zato vulnerable as he does a clapping animation for a short period of time. Because of this, using the 236X versions of specials is not suitable outside of summoning Eddie to do an immediate attack or cancelling other Eddie attacks. Therefore to master Zato, you will have to master holding and releasing specific buttons while Eddie is out.

For more information on how to practice controlling Eddie, refer to novriltataki's How to Zato video below. (While the video uses Xrd for the example, most tips stated in the video are applicable to Zato in Strive.)


Normal Moves

5P

5K

c.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
30 All 9 6 13 -2 -

  • Is jump cancelable

Combo/blockstring filler. When blocked, you can go into c.S > 5H > 22H or 236P to create a frametrap, the latter of which is a great way to summon Eddie safely in pressure.

c.S can also be used in Leap loop combos (c.S > 2H > -S-...), but generally, doing 2S > 2H > -S- nets more damage. Use c.S in leap loops when you cannot pick up with 2S, or intend to end the loop, by doing ... > c.S > 2S > 2H > ender.

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

f.S

5H

5D

6P

6K

6H

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
65 All 30 4 11 -4 -

  • Airborne frames 8-33
  • Can be canceled with flight on block for a high/low mixup

Command normal where Zato leaps into the air and does an attack. Great way to bait lower hitting attacks or throw attempts, as you can combo after on counter hit. Because you can airdash out of this move, it is a great mixup tool at your disposal. This can be mashed out of so it is best often used in sync with Eddie to ensure the opponent cannot punish you.

2P

2K

2S

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
35 All 11 4 20 -10 -

  • Hurtbox extends before the hitbox becomes active

One of your best pokes. Fairly fast, covers good range. Can cancel 2S into 22H, summon Eddie, or do nothing and see how the opponent responds after. Take note that every characater, except Potemkin and Nagoriyuki, can jump out of 2S > 22H (Potemkin can Megafist out), so only cancel into 22H to condition players to jump or when you know they will respect you. 2S does have an extended hurtbox when used, so exercising caution when throwing out this move is important. This also allows it to be fairly easy to punish on whiff.

2S is also a cornerstone in Leap loop combos (-S- > 2S > 2H > ...), making it an essential combo filler piece with Eddie in play.

Gatling Options: 5H, 2H

2H

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
48 All 13 7 26 -13 -

  • Vertically long range anti-air.
  • Extends Zato's hurtbox so it can trade or lose to many moves when timed incorrectly.

While it does not have any upper body invul like 6P, 2H is great at catching opponents above Zato, and has ridiculously good reward on counter hit, allowing you to do Leap loops anywhere on the screen, or go into j.D if hit high enough for a solo conversion. On normal hit, can combo into 22H for a soft knockdown, but can also be used as an ender to summon Eddie and go for oki. Also an integral combo filler piece in many of Zato's combos incorporating Eddie. Do note that 2H does extend Zato's hurtbox.

2D

j.P

j.K

j.S

j.H

j.D

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 High 11 4 22 - -

Zato quickly moves horizontally while doing a biting attack. This move can be a really good movement tool, acting as an alternate airdash, allowing Zato to move around in the air more freely, whilst also putting out an attack. It also has the tendency to beat out a lot of other air attacks, so it is a great way to check people in the air from farther away.

Hitting aerial opponents with this move will launch them upwards, allowing Zato to combo off it if he's close to the ground - especially on Counterhit.

When combined with PRC, it can carry Zato across the screen very fast, which is very useful in matchups where he can have trouble approaching as easily, such as GGST Axl Low Icon.png Axl.

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Air Throw

Special Moves

Flight

Dash in any direction (Air only)

By inputting the same direction quickly twice while airborne or pressing the dash button while holding a direction, Zato will fly in the specified direction (e.g. 66 to fly forwards). If you dash directly up, Zato will fly in place. While flight is activated, Zato can be move around freely in 8 different directions and ends either when an attack is inputted during flight, Zato lands, or Zato has been flying for too long. Zato can cancel 6H and all air normals into flight on hit or block as long as he still has an air action available.

Summon Eddie

214H

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
Summon Eddie - - 36 total - - - -
Unsummon Eddie - - 32 total - - - -

Integral move to playing Zato. Zato summons Eddie, which can then use all of his following attacks by releasing P, K, S or H, or by doing 236P/K/S/H, the latter input allowing you to cancel Eddie attacks into other attacks (e.g. 236P > 236S), but leaves Zato vulnerable fot a short period of time.

Use this summon after a knockdown to set up your okizeme or if you want to summon Eddie in neutral without doing an attack immediately, so you can decide how to respond to what the opponent is doing after.

To unsummon Eddie, do 214H while Eddie is already summoned, allowing you to preserve Eddie's longevity and summon him again much faster.

"Pierce"

]P[ when summoned or 236P

Primary Eddie attack to control ground space. Can be used to push your offense on grounded opponents from neutral. Note that there's a gap between the two hits. Keep this in mind because smart opponents can mash during this and kill Eddie if you do not condition them to respect it. You can cover this gap by attacking in-between the two hits. You can take advantage of the gap on block by grabbing them inbetween the first and second hit, with either Normal Throw or 623S.

You can use 236P after a blocked 5H to create a frametrap that summons in Eddie. If you have 50% tension, you can do 66PRC after the 236P to make both hits of Pierce a true blockstring, and set up a mixup afterwards.

"That's a lot"

]K[ when summoned or 236K

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
]K[ 22*4 All 19 - - - -
236K 22*4 All 27 - - +55 -

  • ]K[ only works when Eddie is already summoned, whereas 236K can be done regardless if Eddie is summoned or not
  • Uses 375 HP of Eddie gauge for each hit (upwards to 1500 HP)

Eddie creates 4 drills that go across the screen horizontally, and pushes the opponent away from Eddie's position. While not great in neutral, it is a cornerstone of Zato's okizeme with Eddie, shining when used after a knockdown to set up ambiguous high/low mixups.

"Leap"

]S[ when summoned or 236S

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
]S[ 20, 60 All 13 2x13 34 - -
236S 20, 60 All 21 2x13 34 [36 Total] +46 -

  • ]S[ only works when Eddie is already summoned, whereas 236S can be done regardless if Eddie is summoned or not
  • Uses 1500 HP of Eddie gauge
  • Recovery values in [ ] refer to Zato's animation for 236S.

Arguably Eddie's best attack. Anti air attack that drags the opponent back to the ground when blocked, allowing you to continue your offense. In addition, it is a staple in Zato's higher damage combos, as Zato can loop into this move so long as he has enough Eddie gauge available. Example of the loop would be (corner) c.S > 2H > -S- > ...

"Oppose"

]H[ when summoned or 236H

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
]H[ 30*3 All 66 3x6 (Summon Vanishes) - 8~59 Guardpoint
236H 30*3 All 74 3x6 (Summon Vanishes) [36 Total] - 16~67 Guardpoint

  • ]H[ only works when Eddie is already summoned, whereas 236H can be done regardless if Eddie is summoned or not
  • Uses 20 HP of Eddie gauge each frame the move is active. Each hit from the attack phase uses 520HP (upwards to 1560 HP)
  • Recovery values in [ ] refer to Zato's animation for 236H.
  • Can guardpoint anything except throws (whiffs), Overdrives, burst, or RRC

Use this attack to bait predictable approaches or attempts from the opponent to gain offense, and punish afterwards, usually with 214S or 623S.

It is also a great anti air option when you know the opponent will approach from the air, but aren't exactly sure what angle they will approach from. Use 214S or 2H after Oppose blocks the jump in to punish with a damaging Leap Loop.

Invite Hell

22H

Break The Law

214[K]

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
- - 28 Total (Max 95) - - - 13~[71] Full, 14~21~[77] Strike

  • Values in [] refer to when 214[K] is fully held down

Zato goes into the ground, and is invincible to all attacks the as long as he is doing this move. Zato stays in the ground as long as K is held down. However, the longer Zato does this move, the more recovery it will have when he comes back up, and Zato will be forced out of the move after a certain period of time. This move synergizes well with Eddie out, as you can control him while Zato is safe from any danger.

Can also be used to bait bursts during a combo, provided you have the right read.

Damned Fang

623S

Drunkard Shade

214S

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
Drunkard Shade 31 All 9 10 12 -8 3~18 Reflect
Eddie Dash - - 30 Total - - - -

  • Reflects projectiles starting Frame 3

Can reflect certain, non-overdrive projectiles, such as Sol's Gunflame or Ky's Stun Edge. In addition, if Eddie is summoned and nearby when using this move, Drunkard Shade will yeet Eddie forward, making it a great way to quickly reposition Eddie, or sandwich the opponent between Zato and Eddie, allowing for enhanced pressure.

Drunkard Shade Reflectable Projectiles Table
Character Move
Anji Shitsu (Both butterfly and bird)
Axl
Chipp
Faust Love (Bag only)
Giovanna
I-no Antidepressant Scale

Chemical Love (Nullifies it)

Ky Kiske Stun Edge (Ground, Air)

Charged Stun Edge

j.D (Nullifies it)

Leo Whitefang Gravierte Wurde (S and H versions)
May
Millia Rage Tandem Top (S and H version)
Nagoriyuki Blood Rage activation (Nullifies it)
Potemkin

F.D.B (Projectile)

Ramlethal Valentine Banjoneto Followup Explosion
Sol Badguy Gunflame
Zato-1 Invite Hell

Overdrives

Amorphous

632146H

Sun Void

632146S (air OK)


87% complete
Page Status %
Overview Complete 20/20
Combos Very barebones at the moment, has some essentials to help get players started, but definitely can use more refinement. 4/10
Strategy Nearly complete, just need matchup tips against every character. 18/20
Frame Data Nearly complete, need full framedata for 236K/]K[ and supers, need attack level and risc gain values 45/50
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