GGXRD-R2/Zato-1

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Overview
Overview

Zato fills the role of Guilty Gear's puppet character archetype. Paired with Eddie - his shadow - Zato can dominate the neutral game and launch arguably the most overwhelming offense in the game. Zato attacks with the press of a button, while Eddie attacks with its release (using some of the Eddie Gauge in the process). Using this Negative Edge mechanic, the duo can cover for each other's recoveries and blind spots. Their coordinated pressure can continue for as long as the Eddie Gauge remains.

Zato's two-pronged onslaught of pokes, anti-airs, and unorthodox movement can prove nightmarish to face in the neutral game. Intentional or not, Zato can also sacrifice Eddie against the opponent's attack, effectively acting as a single hit of armor. While Eddie is recovering, Zato must stall for time via smart usage of his limited solo toolset.

When the match begins, Zato's goal is to summon Eddie while keeping his advantage. This involves a constant balancing act of risk/reward as summoning can also become the opponent's angle of attack. When successful, Zato gains access to consecutive & unreactable mixups, leaving opponents in a constant state of guessing for their life.

Learning Zato can be a challenging process in many ways. In return, he offers the unique experiences of a Guilty Gear-style puppet character, found in no other game.


""Remember... My name is Zato-ONE!""
Lore:By sacrificing his eyesight, he became host to the Forbidden Beast Eddie and gained the ability to fight with his shadow. Zato was the rightful leader of the Assassin's Guild until his fall from grace, brought about by his former lover Millia Rage.
Voice:Takehito Koyasu
Playstyle
GGXRD-R2 Zato-1 Icon.png Zato-1 is a high-skill puppet character with a plethora of offensive options.
Pros Cons
  • Overwhelming Offense: With Eddie, gain access to unreactable & consecutive mixups, command grabs, and unblockables. Endless pressure in the corner, limited only by the Eddie Gauge.
  • Practical Unblockable Setups: Can set up high damage unblockables from various situations. If the opponent is cornered, Roman Cancel can be used to loop unblockables into continued pressure/mixups.
  • Excellent Space Control: Gain control over vast amounts of the screen when Eddie is summoned. Zato and Eddie can restrict different parts of the screen simultaneously, or cover each other's recoveries against a single angle of approach.
  • Horrible Defense: Among the worst defense modifiers and guts in the game. Lackluster reversal options, combined with an underwhelming dead angle attack.
  • HEAVY Reliance on Eddie: Without Eddie summoned, Zato's offensive and neutral options are heavily diminished. Poor hurtboxes, slow normals, and lack of access to frame advantage forces Zato to stall for Eddie's recovery.
  • High Difficulty: Demands extensive familiarity with negative edge, time spent perfecting setplay, and thorough practice of controlling Eddie in the neutral game via both training mode and match experience.


Eddie and Eddie Gauge
EddiePlusGauge.png

Eddie is the name of Zato's puppet. May be referred to as "Little Eddie" or "Shadow" by players of older Guilty Gear iterations.

Once summoned, Eddie is controlled independently and simultaneously alongside Zato. Zato's game plan is incomplete without Eddie, and each can be thought of as half the character. Players must very carefully manage the usage of Eddie at all times; failure to do so will leave Zato highly vulnerable.

Eddie Gauge is a resource unique to Zato. When Eddie is summoned, the Eddie Gauge will gradually deplete. Attacks using Eddie will deplete this gauge; the amount depending on the type of move used. If Eddie is hit by the opponent, the gauge will be locked, turn red, and slowly regenerate from 0% - during which Eddie cannot be re-summoned until the gauge completely refills. If he is recalled while already summoned, the gauge turns white & regenerates rapidly, and can be re-summoned at any point.

Normal Moves

5P

5K

c.S

f.S

5H

2P

2K

2S

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.
24 Mid 9 4 16 -6 -

Zato's ground-to-ground poke normal. Decent range, but suffers from a lengthy recovery. Additionally, 2S's (rather large) hurtbox appears prior to its hitbox, leaving Zato prone to all sorts of whiffpunishes. (Exhibit A)
Given the above downsides, this move is sometimes Roman Cancelled as an OS.

  • If 2S whiffs, a YRC is produced and cuts short its lengthy recovery.
  • If 2S lands, a RRC is produced and allows for hitconfirming into 22H, run up 2D, and so on.

On counterhit, 2S can be cancelled into 22H for a successful combo as long as the opponent is in range of the drill.

2H

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.
50 Mid 11 6 19 -6 -

Primarily used as a pressure tool (frametraps into Summon > Nobiru) and as a preemptive anti-air.
Counterhit 2H guarantees a knockdown. Works well in tandem with Eddie as a frametrap tool, and can catch jump outs in the corner.
Similarly to 2S, 2H's hurtbox appears before its hitbox; take caution when using it as an anti-air. However, unlike 6P, it covers a much larger area, has 2 frames faster startup, and knocks down on counterhit.
Also similarly to 2S, 2H is often YRC'd in order to prevent it from being whiffpunished.

j.P

j.K

j.S

j.H

j.D

6P

6K

6H

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.
60 Mid 13 12 23 -16 -

The big arm. Has a deceptively small hitbox which follows only the hand, rather than the entire arm.
6H's hurtbox covers a third of the entire screen, is exceptionally unsafe on block, and has a somewhat lengthy startup.
The move does reach quite far and knocks down on counterhit, but usage is advised to be kept to a minimum due to its risks.
Very niche use cases exist by exploiting its massive hurtbox (e.g. causing Faust's Love (bomb bag) to explode in range of himself).

  • added As of Ver.2.10, horizontal knockback on hit increased & horizontal knockback on counterhit increased slightly.

2D

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.
20 Low 9 6 15 -7 -

Zato's most stable knockdown option from normals such as 5P. Very frequently cancelled into Summon (236H) on hit in order to prepare Eddie mixups/pressure.
Highest damage option from a low mixup; in the corner, can lead to the following combo if Eddie is summoned: -S- > j.HD > -S- > Shadow Gallery > ...
2D > Break the Law is notably a Burst-safe point, as Zato will be fully underground by the time the opponent's Burst is active. K must be held for a very short duration for this to be the case. Example
Note that while 2D is a stable knockdown option for Zato standards, its somewhat poor reach can sometimes cause even very simple gatlings such as c.S > 2D, or heaven forbid, 5P > 2D, to drop.

5D

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Air Throw

Dead Angle Attack

Blitz Attack

Special Moves

Invite Hell

22S/H

Version 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.
22S 40 Low 18 48 Total 44 0 -
22H 40 Low 18 48 Total 44 0 -

Zato's single most important neutral tool.
22S summons a drill close to Zato, while 22H summons it further away. Differences between the two versions end here; both drills must be blocked low.
Drills can be used to combo into a knockdown (mainly via 5H > 22S/22H and CH 2S > 22H), as well as be set up meaty for followup pressure.
Each drill creates a "puddle" of shadow which Eddie can be summoned from via 214H, albeit costing a small amount of Eddie gauge. Puddles are destroyed when attacked by the opponent.
Drills cannot be YRC'd in the conventional sense of YRCing a projectile. Attempting to Drill > YRC will only leave behind a puddle, which - as a side note - has merit on its own despite the meter cost.

Break the Law

214[K]

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.
- - 13 - Total 29(Maximum 169) - 1~12 Throw
13~16~138 Full
17~20~139 Strike

Zato dips underground, becoming fully invulnerable on frame 13.
Holding the K button extends the time spent underground. Take caution as the move's recovery will increase alongside the duration of the hold.
A strong neutral option to consider if Eddie is summoned and you predict the enemy to commit to an approach.
Generally speaking, avoid using this in neutral for extended durations if Eddie is not summoned, as its recovery is fairly easily punishable without Eddie around to protect yourself.
Used frequently as a cancel from 2D in order to create a burst-safe point. K must be held for a very small duration for this to be the case. Example
Break the Law can be YRC'd out of, significantly reducing its recovery.

Summon Eddie (Recall)

236P/236K/236S/236H

Version 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.
Summon - - - - Total 38 - -
Unsummon - - - - Total 33 - -

Summons Eddie.
Inputting 236P/236K/236S will summon Eddie and have it immediately perform the respective button's attack. Inputting 236H will simply summon with no followup.
If 236P/236K/236S/236H is performed while Eddie is summoned, it will be unsummoned.
Be advised that Zato is in counterhit state for the entire duration of this move, and is especially vulnerable to IADs/other approaches during unsummon.

  • added As of Ver.2.10, unsummon no longer depletes Eddie meter if the P, K, or S buttons are released while unsummoning.

Shadow Puddle Eddie Summon

214H

Small Attack (Shou)

Release P with Shadow

Traversing Attack (Mawaru)

Release K with Shadow

Anti-air Attack (Nobiru)

Release S with Shadow

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.
50 Mid 9[20] 12 50
[Total 38]
[+15] -

Nobiru! Eddie's anti-air. Consumes approx. 20% of Eddie Gauge.
Possibly the single strongest anti-air move in the game in a vacuum. Covers an incredible amount of vertical space.
Aside from anti-air purposes, -S- can also be used as a frametrap; 5H/2H > -S- has a 2f gap, and has massive reward on counterhit. Example
Used in an incredibly easy Option Select - inputting 623S (tap S) while Eddie is summoned and on top of the opponent. If the opponent stays blocking, they will get command grabbed. If they jump, Nobiru will catch it.

Shadow Dive (Moguru)

Release H with Shadow

Drill Special

Release D with Shadow

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.
34×3 Low / Air,Mid / Air×2 146 36(3 Hit) (Summon Vanishes) - -

Chou Doriru! Eddie turns into a land mine(?). After a set period of time, it transforms into a very big Invite Hell. Consumes 100% of Eddie Gauge.
The first hit must be blocked low, and is used to perform Zato's unblockable. Usage of this move for anything other than unblockables is highly inadvisable.
Unblockable Setup Example

  • When the unblockable is performed correctly (Drill and jump normal hit on the same frame), the Drill is registered before the jump normal.
  • Thusly, Low Blitz is an effective counter to Zato's unblockable. However, Zato can slightly delay -D- in order to connect the overhead first, effectively forcing a 50/50 between High and Low Blitz.

Dead Man's Hand

214D with Shadow

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.
0, 55 Ground Throw 30 - Summon Total 77 - -

Eddie's command grab.
Very slow startup, drains a huge chunk of Eddie Gauge, has horrible combo proration, and loses both the corner and the knockdown (unless 50 meter is spent on Executor).
Has niche use cases in tandem with Zato in order to make escaping more difficult, but still remains suffer from exceptionally poor reward. Example

However, this move is useful for an entirely different application - Unsummoning while this move is ongoing allows Eddie to be Recalled, even if it completely depletes the Eddie Gauge. This is not the case with any other Eddie move, and is a property unique to Dead Man's Hand.
DMH Unsummon Example

  • added As of Ver.2.10, forward movement faster at the start, slower during active frames. Lower hurtbox on start and active frames decreased.

Damned Fang

623S

Drunkard Shade

214S

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.
30 Mid 9 10 10 -6 1~18 Throw
3~18 Reflect

Reflects specific projectiles. Throw Invulnerability on frames 1-18, and reflects projectiles on frames 3-18. Wall bounces on counterhit if close enough to the screen's edge.

Drunkard Shade can reflect the following projectiles:

  • Sol: Gunflame (236P)
  • Ky: Stun Edge (236S/236H), Air Stun Edge (j.236S/j.236H) [Fortified Stun Edge cannot be reflected.]
  • May: Don't Miss It! (214P/214K) [Beachball]
  • Millia: Tandem Top (236S/236H)
  • Venom: Ball Hit [Includes QV charged balls]
  • I-No: Antidepressant Scale (214P), Chemical Love (214K/214S)
  • Leo: Graviert Wurde ([4]6S/[4]6H)
  • Haehyun: Tuning Ball (236S/236H)
  • Raven: Schmerz Berg (236P), Gebrechlich Licht (j.236P/j.236K) [Needles]
  • Baiken: Yashagatana

added As of Ver.2.10, horizontal knock back increased & vertical knock back reduced.

Shadow Gallery

j.41236S

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.
40,25 All 7 After Landing 6(12)3 24+3 After Landing -31 7~Until 1st Landing Strike

Air-only 2-hit special move. Mostly a combo tool.
Second hit knocks down midscreen. If the opponent hits the corner, they will wallsplat and can usually be combo'd further (depending on the travel distance prior to the wallsplat).
Can also be used in tandem with Eddie to bait responses such as Burst and Dead Angle Attacks. Example

Note that Zato is vulnerable to throws for the entire duration of this move, and can be ground/air thrown at any point of time. Example

Flight

double jump

Tapping up while in the air results in Flight, rather than a Double Jump. Zato can somewhat freely maneuver in the air for a brief duration.
Flight enables and is essential for Zato's Buzzsaw F-Shiki mixup.
Also sees use in baiting anti-airs and stalling time for Eddie Gauge to replenish.

Overdrives

Amorphous

632146H [632146D]

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.
72×2 [90×2] Mid 10+5 9(2 Hit) 28 -17 1~12 Strike
[1~12 Full, 13-20 Throw]

Zato's one and only reversal attack, albeit not a very good one. Strike invulnerability runs out 3 frames before active frames, though hitting Zato does not remove Amorphous.
Has slow startup frames, a blind spot directly in front of Zato, and has 0 throw invulnerability. However, due to its rather large amount of pushback, punishing this super on block can be very difficult.

Note: Amorphous can be YRC'd.

  • Burst Overdrive increases damage to 90×2 and improves the invulnerability. [1-12f fully invulnerable, 13-20f throw invulnerable]

Executor

j.236236S

Great White

632146S with Shadow

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.
30×3 All 6 After Searching for Opponent 17 Total 22 - -

Eddie transformed into a large shark and dives underground. It then traverses towards the opponent and leaps into the air when in horizontal proximity. Repeats for a total of 3 reps.
Cannot be easily airteched on hit. In many cases, somehow manages to deal worse damage than meterless variants of combos that involve Greate White.
Potentially has some very niche uses as a method of closing rounds against opponents with very low health, and works well in tandem with Break the Law. But really, just spend that meter elsewhere.

added The following changes have been made to Greate White as of Ver.2.10:

  • Now consumes 50% of total Eddie Gauge
  • Attacks 3 times regardless of the amount of Eddie Gauge available at the time of activation.
  • If usage of Greate White does not entirely deplete the Eddie Gauge, Eddie remains summoned after the super's completion.

Instant Kill

Guzmania Magnifica

in IK mode: 236236H

External References

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