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Blocking is an integral action to keep yourself alive.

Knowing how to use which block in which situation will improve your game immeasurably. Not only will you be able to defend better and survive longer, but in some cases you will be able to resume your offense faster.

Ground Block

GGXRD BasicGuard.png
Basic ground blocking is the most common defensive option.

To guard against high attacks, simply hold back. To guard against mid attacks, hold back or down+back. To guard against low attacks, hold down+back. If you guard incorrectly, a warning sign will appear over your character. Remember, you cannot block against throws, and some attacks are unblockable.

Air Block

Air normal block works against airborne attacks, but not most ground attacks.
Use air FD against ground attacks

Basic air blocking is even easier; simply hold any backwards direction while airborne. Air blocking does not have high/low blocking, but instead comes with another restriction: basic air blocking will not work against ground based attacks.

Ground based attacks are all non-projectile attacks that are performed on the ground, such as all standing/crouching normals, ground specials, and ground supers.

Example #1: May jumps at Ky, Ky uses 2H, May gets hit because Ky is on the ground.

Example #2: Sol uses Fafnir, Potemkin attempts to jump away and gets airborne, Potemkin gets hit because Sol is on the ground.

Any time your opponent attempts to use a grounded anti-air attack, you will need to Faultless Defense instead of basic air block. Also remember that after you air block (any kind), your jump options are restored. This means that you can do something like double jump to block an aerial projectile then double jump again, or airdash afterwards, if you're not too close to ground. As with ground blocking, you also can't air block against air throws and unblockables.

Landing while in air blockstun does not cancel out the remaining blockstun - instead you will transition immediately into ground standing blockstun for the remainder of blockstun.

For example, after blocking an attack in the air that causes 20F blockstun, you land after 15F. That means after landing, you will be in blockstun for 5F before you are free to move.

Instant Block

Begin blocking right before the attack touches you. You will flash white.
Instant Block is a slightly more advanced version of normal blocking.

One must start blocking right before the opponent's attack touches them within 8 frames before the hit connects. Your character will flash white and the word "JUST" will appear on screen if you IB an attack. If you mistime an instant block, you are unable to instant block again for 30 frames. This prevents mashing IB.

The benefits of IBing are:

  • Recover faster from blockstun (for exact amounts check the Attack Level table)
  • Reduced pushback (which might be a good or bad thing depending on your character)
  • Builds a small amount of extra tension
  • Increased Tension Balance (which means more Tension later)
  • Increased Tension Balance Threshold, which allows your Tension Balance to increase to a higher rate than normally possible!
  • Air IB keeps a player airborne longer compared to normal block and FD. Use this to throw off an opponent's timing if they are planning to mix you up as you land!

IB does not allow you to make "illegal" blocks: you still must block high/low correctly, and you still must use air FD versus air unblockable attacks.

You can IB "during" attack patterns. This means that while normal blocking, you can begin IBing at any point if you can time your blocking with the opponent's attacks! Think of it as a mini-game: time your blocking to the rhythm of the opponent's hits. Keep in mind that you can indirectly increase your RISC slightly by IB blocking, so in some situations it can work against you.

Faultless Defense

Powerful defensive option, but drains your Tension as you use it!
Faultless Defense is an interesting and highly useful technique.

It's often used to negate guard damage, but it has other important uses. To perform Faultless Defense, hold any backward direction and press any two buttons except GGXRD D Prompt.png (example: InputIcon 4.pngGGXRD P Prompt.png+GGXRD K Prompt.png),. As long as the direction and button are held down, your character will continue to perform Faultless Defense.

  • Prevents chip damage
  • Increases pushback
  • Increases blockstun
  • Can air FD to block most air unblockable attacks
  • Prevents R.I.S.C. Level from increasing
  • Drastically reduces Tension Gain temporarily (reduced by 80% for 1 second)
  • Consumes Tension while used (FD is disabled when you have no Tension)
  • Air FDing an attack increases your gravity. Use this to quickly fall to the ground while air blocking if you want to perform ground only attacks (like Dead Angle Attacks)!
  • Holding FD out of a dash immediately cuts your momentum, allowing you to stop and block instantly, or even fake out your opponent! Tapping FD instead of holding it, or performing crouching FD while dashing will cause you to slide, but you'll still be able to block immediately.
  • You can cancel a clash or Danger Time clash into FD-blocking. This is a very safe option if a Danger Time occurs.

Worth repeating is that using FD in the air allows you to air block attacks that are otherwise unblockable. Air FD is the primary way to air block things like an opponent's 6P or 2H. Another point worth stressing is that FD increases pushback while blocking. This allows a player to escape an opponent's offense sooner by pushing him out of attack range! An advanced strategy is to make the opponent's attack miss by pushing him away with FD, then counter attack while the opponent is still recovering from his whiffed attack. Just like with Instant Blocking, you still must block high/low attacks correctly when using Faultless Defense. Complete knowledge and mastery of Faultless Defense is critical to high level play. Always try to keep some Tension specifically for Faultless Defense.

Unblockable Attacks

Finally, some attacks are completely unblockable, meaning the only way to avoid getting hit is to move out of the way! For example, Slayers's Undertow (632146P) is unblockable, as is Potemkin's Heavenly Potemkin Buster (236236S).

Blitz Shield

Characters will flash blue when activating Blitz Shield. Costs 25% Tension, gains 12.5% back on successful Shield.
Rejected! The opponent has been repelled and is now open to attack.
Press GGXRD H Prompt.png + any other attack button except GGXRD D Prompt.png with 25% Tension to Blitz Shield while in a neutral state.

Blitz Shield places your character in a defensive state that will deflect the opponent's attack and stun the opponent giving you the opportunity to gain momentum!. Blitz Shield can also be performed while crouching (InputIcon 2.png or InputIcon 3.png + GGXRD H Prompt.png + other button) or in the air. After successfully Shielding an attack, you become invincible to attacks for a brief period of time. If you shielded an opponent's strike, the opponent becomes repelled and is open to attack. If you shielded a projectile, the opponent is unaffected. Beware that a repelled opponent can still attempt a Blitz Shield while repelled.

Be careful while attacking a repelled opponent because they can still Blitz Shield back
Active Total Notes
Standing 1-12F 38F Guards High, Mid, and Unblockable strikes/projectiles
Crouching 1-10F 46F Guards Lows, and Unblockable strikes
Air 1-12F Until Landing + 12F Guards all strikes/projectiles
Successful Blitz allows movement while airborne
  • Blitz Shield will not work against throws, max charge Blitz Attacks, and Overdrives
  • Successfully Blitz Shielding an attack (strike only) will regain half the Tension used (12.5%) and a little bit of Burst Gauge (strike only)
  • Throws will whiff on a repelled opponent
  • Standing Blitz Shield must be performed with InputIcon 5.png. Crouching Blitz Shield must be performed with InputIcon 2.png or InputIcon 3.png. Air Blitz Shield must be performed with InputIcon 5.png. Holding back or forwards will not work!

Blitz Attack

GGXRD-R BlitzAttack.png

When performing a ground Blitz Shield, hold the GGXRD H Prompt.png button to charge the Blitz Attack, releasing the button cause you to attack. If you hold the button long enough, your character will glow red.

  • While charging, you will continue to reject attacks
  • Upon glowing red, the charge will reject all rejectable moves until release, regardless if they're high, mid or low
  • At max charge, the attack itself gains a greatly increased Attack Level and can no longer be rejected by a Blitz Reversal
  • On ground hit, causes horizontal blowback with wall stick in the corner at partial charge, crumples at max charge (or on Counter Hit at partial charge)
  • On air hit, causes horizontal blowback with wall stick in the corner at partial charge, floats with wall stick in the corner at max charge (or on Counter Hit at partial charge)
  • Partial charge version has 55% initial proration, max charge version does not prorate
  • All levels of charge steal a small amount of the opponent's Burst Gauge on hit
Name Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is a hitbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, he/she will take damage. Occurs after Startup RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The 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. Inv.Invincibility RISCThe amount the R.I.S.C. Level decreases/increases on hit/block. Click the link for the full article. ProrateAdditional Proration. CancelWhat this attack can cancel into. RomanWhat types of Roman Cancels this attack can cancel into. Y - Yellow, R - Red, P - Purple TensionThe amount of Tension gained from hitting the opponent with this attack. Specials have two values: the amount of tension gained performing the attack, and the amount gained from hitting the opponent with the attack. Click the link for the full article. LevelAttack Level determines the amount of hitstun, blockstun, etc this attack will inflict. Note that there are exceptions and they will be stated in the notes. HitboxHitbox link for this move
Blitz Attack 50 Mid (15-48)+13 3 20 -2 1~Button release: Blitz - Initial: 55% - R - 1 -
  • Hitstop 30F
  • Slighty refills own Burst and slightly drains opponent's Burst on hit
  • Blows opponent away and wall sticks opponent on hit (untechable for 40F/ 80F on CH)
  • Crumples opponent on ground CH (79F)
Blitz Attack
Max Charge
50 Mid 50+13 3 20 +5 1~50: Blitz - - - R - 4 -
  • Hitstop 30F
  • Slighty refills own Burst and slightly drains opponent's Burst on hit
  • Slightly blows opponent away on air hit (untechable for 50F/ 100F on CH)
  • Crumples opponent on ground hit

Dead Angle Attack

Your character will flash white, then attack the opponent
Dead Angle Attacks are invincible attacks that knock the opponent away and cost 50% Tension Gauge.

To perform a Dead Angle Attack, press forward + any two buttons (except GGXRD D Prompt.png, as that will cause a burst) simultaneously (InputIcon 6.pngGGXRD P Prompt.png+GGXRD K Prompt.png for example) while in blockstun. DAAs are used to hit away an attacking opponent and reset the momentum of the match. It can also be used to do a small amount of damage. Each character's DAA is unique and as a result, some are stronger than others. When the opponent is low on life, DAAs themselves do no damage. Like most other attacks, DAAs have startup, so it's possible to bait an opponent's DAA with attacks that recovers quickly or by Jump Cancel > air block. It's best to use DAAs when you are certain it will connect or else the opponent will be able to severely punish you. As mentioned in the Tension Gain section, using a DAA will reduce the amount of Tension you gain by 80% for a full 4 seconds.

Throw Break

Works for ground and air normal throws.

If you input a normal throw at the same time as an opponent within a 2 frame window (speculated), then both characters will back off and recover at the same time.

  • Only normal throws can be broken; command throws cannot be broken
  • Throw breaks CANNOT be performed while recovering from a move, so unsafe attacks are still unsafe
  • The throw break animation is fully invincible
  • Breaking air throws will reset your air options


Bursts are an extremely expensive but highly versatile tool in Guilty Gear.

To Burst, press GGXRD D Prompt.png + any other attack button. The character will rise into the air and an aura of energy will strike all around him. Bursts are strike invincible, but not throw invincible. Depending on a character's current state, the Burst will be either Blue or Gold.

Both types of bursts have their uses:

Blue Bursts

Get off me!
  • can be used while blocking or while being hit to deny the opponent damage and reset the pace of a match.
  • Blue Bursts are strike invincible during startup, but completely vulnerable while falling.
  • Blue Bursts are throw vulnerable during their entire duration.
  • Blue Bursts can be performed while OTG (on the ground). Any hits landed after an OTG burst count as OTG, meaning their damage, hitstun, and combo ability are reduced significantly. This is very powerful since it reduces most punishes to a throw at best. The downside is that you are required to be in OTG state... which usually means the opponent's combo is already over!

Gold Bursts

Full meter on hit! Cannot be comboed into.
  • can be used to gain momentum, press an advantage, and can be used on wakeup as a reversal that also grants full Tension on hit!
  • Gold Bursts are strike invincible during the recovery, so you must use an air throw, or a ground throw within 3 frames of landing, to punish a (blocked) Gold Burst.
  • Gold Bursts have more hitstun than Blue Bursts, meaning they will usually knock the opponent down (particularly on Counter Hit), and can even be combo'd off of in some cases, though they prorate heavily.
  • Gold Bursts also have more blockstun than Blue Bursts, so they're harder to punish after being blocked than Blue Bursts.

More information on bursts can be found here.


Reversals are the act of doing an action immediately after waking up or leaving blockstun.

A common example is Sol doing a reversal Volcanic Viper after getting knocked down. When performed correctly, the word "REVERSAL" will appear on the side of the screen, but this doesn't appear for all reversal actions.

3F Window: Normal, Throw, Special, Forward Dash (only if second 6 input is held), Overdrive, Blitz Shield, Instant Kill, Gold Burst (after unburstable knockdowns)

2F Window: Backdash (only if second 4 is held)

1F Window: Gold Burst (after burstable knockdowns, or from blockstun)