HNK/Raoh

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Overview

Overview

Raoh is slow, powerful, and more than anything else, a combo character. He is likely the most difficult character to learn, due in no small part to him being a "no basic BnBs" character. Theoretically he could perhaps be the strongest character in the game, as he is capable of performing ToD combos from any hit without spending meter. Realistically, however, converting into and executing his ToDs off of every hit is simply not humanly possible. Due to the length and difficulty of his combos, even top Raoh users will often fail to complete his combos.

While he is fairly good at applying pressure, his mix-up component is lacking due to his slow speed. Creating an opening to start his combos can, therefore, be almost as difficult as delivering the killing blow. Paired with his very poor defense—no reliable reversal as well as a crappy alternative to a backdash—this is why he is considered to be in the bottom end of the top tier. Despite his flaws, Raoh is still a very strong character—just not one that can be easily recommended to newcomers.
Playstyle
Raoh is a slow bruiser with a high skill floor that can convert almost any hit to a kill.
Pros Cons
  • You are Already Dead: Raoh can deal 100% damage off of any hit without meter, assuming you're not bad at playing him.
  • Meter Advantage: Traveling ComboFrom Hokuto no KenHitting the opponent OTG until death after a 55 hit air combo or a ground combo ending with a Banishing Strike.s recover a large amount of Boost and Aura while granting very little to his opponent.
  • Star Reducer: Raoh has decent star reduction ability, and has easy 3 star combos.
  • Critical Matchup Holes: Raoh has bad matchups against Toki and Rei, two of the strongest and most popular characters in the game.
  • No backdash: Raoh's "Kliff dodge"GGAC Kliff 214P.pngGuard:
    -
    Startup:
    -
    Recovery:
    Total 48
    Advantage:
    -
    is useless and will often result in your demise if used accidentally.
  • Poor Defense: In order to escape pressure, Raoh must spend meter. He's reliant on Musou TenseiHNK Raoh 214214B.pngGuard:
    N/A
    Startup:
    4
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    parries and power–up stocks to reclaim his turn. To make matters worse, he can be crossed–up while cornered.
  • Middling Mix: Thanks to his lumbering frame and lack of jump–cancelable normals, Raoh can't incorporate F-ShikiSometimes known as "Fuzzy Overhead". When you are in blockstun, you can switch high/low blocking, but your blocking animation and hurtbox does not change until you leave blockstun or block another attack. F-Shikis take advantage of this and use overheads that would miss on crouching characters, but not on standing characters. or left/right mixups like other top tiers can. It can be tricky to score a hit to start his combos.
Note: Specifically on the original Atomiswave hardware, switching between high and low guard takes 8 frames due to a hardware bug. This makes blocking fast high/lows very difficult. This behavior is not reflected on Flycast, or any other version of the game. Outside of the atomiswave version, Raoh swaps block normally.

HNK Raoh Stock.gif Enhanced Move Stocks

Hokuto Donryuu KohouHNK Raoh 214A.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
27
Recovery:
43 total
Advantage:
-
grants Raoh one stock, up to a maximum of three. These power–up several of Raoh's normal and special moves. Having stocks for enhanced moves available opens up many combo options, and also forces your opponent to adjust their play as well.

Normals

c.A

c.A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 7 6 -4

A short elbow jab. Very poor reach, but still can be used as an anti-air sometimes.

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c.B

c.B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 8 7 -5

A kick to the shin. Can cancel into itself. Mostly used as a combo part.

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c.C

c.C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
High 11 2 -10
  • Chargeable with a Powerup Charge.

A strong overhead punch. Doesn't hit crouching opponents. Used mostly in combos to connect to a Banishing Strike. Holding C with a powerup stock available grants Super Armor and makes it unblockable.

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c.D

c.D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All,Low 9 4()10 -11

A knee followed by a drop kick. Both hits are cancelable, and the second hits low. The first hit can be a good spot to cancel into 6B as the startup animation looks the same as the second hit.

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f.A

f.A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 7 6 -6

A quick jab while advancing forward. Mostly used in Traveling/Basuke combos. Can be used as an anti-air sometimes.

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f.B

f.B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 8 7 -5

A light kick. Fairly fast execution and good range. Good for zoning and as an anti-air.

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f.C

f.C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 18 4 -13
  • Chargeable with a Powerup Charge.

A two-handed punch. Identical to Kenshiro's far C, but due to Raoh's height it does not hit crouching opponents and is much less useful. Holding C with a powerup stock available grants Super Armor and makes it unblockable.

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Launch
  • Chargeable with a Powerup Charge

f.D

f.D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 11 6 -13

A sidekick. Its long range makes it good for zoning, but it has very long recovery. Can chain into a Banishing Strike by canceling the startup of 2D(input as D > 2CDCD or D > delay 2CD), making it a key move in combos.

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2A

2A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 6 5 6 6 -4 0

A crouching punch. 5 frame startup - this is Raoh's fastest ground normal and is the only move capable of following up after an air Sai. Can be used to get out of pressure and even as an anti-air in some cases.

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1

2B

2B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
low 7 5 -3

A crouching kick. Fairly decent range, good for zoning. Startup too slow to use to get out of pressure. As it is only a level 2 attack it can be hard to hit confirm Boost into a combo.

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2C

2C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 18 4 -17
  • Jump cancelable.
  • Chargable with a Powerup Charge.

A strong punch to the ground. Causes opponent to bounce into the air even on normal hit, but if the total hits in the combo is over ~20 at the time of it connecting, the opponent will instantly be knocked down. Holding C with a powerup charge available makes the move become unblockable and gain Super Armor, and the opponent is launched high into the air on hit (must high jump after connecting to follow up).

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Launch
  • Jump cancellable, chargeable with a Powerup Charge

2D

2D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Low 12 4 -22
  • Chargable with a Powerup Charge.

A low sweep kick. Very long range, can follow up with Insatsu, or a Grave Shoot in some situations. Like far D it is dangerous to miss with, but slightly safer as you can cancel the recovery into a Grave Shoot or Banishing Strike. Holding D with a powerup stock available makes the move unblockable and launches the opponent into the air.

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Launch
  • Chargeable with a Powerup Charge

j.A

j.A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
High 3 8

A jumping jab. 3 frame startup. Used mostly for getting out of pressure.

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j.B

j.B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
High 8 8

A jumping kick. Decent range. Used mostly for cross ups and in combos.

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j.C

j.C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
High 11 8
  • Chargeable with a Powerup Charge.

A strong air punch. Can cancel into itself. Has no landing recovery, making it the only normal Raoh can bait a Guard Cancel with. Holding C with a powerup stock available stalls your momentum, makes the move unblockable, and causes wall bounce.

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  • Chargeable with Powerup Charge

j.D

j.D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
High 11 4,4,4,3

A 4-hit kick. The last hit is almost behind Raoh, making it good for cross ups from normal and high jumps.

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Command Normals

6A

6A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 29 10 -24

A charging punch. Mostly useless except in certain Banishing Strike combos. This move will likely be the cause of your demise many times as it loves to randomly come out when you try to input a reversal chop.

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6B

6B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
High 27 4 -14

A drop kick. Hits overhead. Extremely hard to block when followed up with Boost 2B. There is no reason to ever use it without Boost or Aura as it is not cancelable and does not give advantage even on hit.

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Universal Mechanics

Throw

6C or 4C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Throw 4 4

Raoh lifts up the opponent and throws them away. Follow up possible with Boost. Cannot cancel into Musou Insatsu. Great if you have enough Boost to follow up, otherwise not worth using.

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Launch

Kick Throw

B+D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Throw 9 4

Raoh grabs the opponent by the face and smashes them to the ground. Follow up possible with Boost. Cannot cancel into Musou Insatsu. Generally only ever used to finish off a dizzied opponent.

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Launch
  • whiffs on crouch

Grave Shoot

A+C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 15 4 -5

Raoh throws up his arms, launching his opponent into the air. Short range to the sides, but extends high into the air. Aside from its use as a combo part, it also functions as an early anti-air, but suffers from long recovery. Use with caution.

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Grave Launch

Heavy Strike

A+B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Unblockable 41 2

A backhand punch. Range is short and misses on all crouching characters except Heart and Raoh. Fairly bad as far as Heavy Strikes go but still useful in some situations.

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Stagger

Banishing Strike

C+D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 19-39 4 -6

A painful looking body shot. Extremely important move used in pretty much all of Raoh's combos.

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Banishing Launch

Special Moves

Hokuto Donryuu Kohou

214A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
27 43 total

A powerup move. Allows for storing up to three powerup charges, which appear as globes above the Boost gauge. These powerups are used to strengthen several of Raoh's normal and special moves. Having powerup charges available opens up many combo options, and also forces your opponent to adjust their play as well, as they have to worry about the devastating powerup chop. As it has fairly long startup and recovery, Kohou should only be used at a distance. Even then, it is almost never safe to powerup when your opponent has Boost.

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Hokuto Goushouha

236C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 43
  • Gains a hit and starts up faster with a Powerup Charge.

A fireball move. Done on the ground, it is a 3-hit beam-type projectile capable of nullifying other projectiles. Mostly useless due to its large startup and recovery. Takes off one star on counter hit. Despite the improvements with charge, the ground version remains useless for the most part.

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  • air OK

Air Hokuto Goushouha

j.236C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 17
  • Wall bounces on Counter Hit with a Powerup Charge.

The air version is a more traditional looking fireball that travels downward at a 45 degree angle. While much more useful than the land version, after shooting off the fireball you do not recover until landing, so it is necessary to exercise caution when using this move. Takes off one star on counter hit.

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Hokuto Tenshou Raigeki

623A
Version Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Hokuto Tenshou Raigeki All 20
Hokuto Tenshou Raigeki (Enhanced) All 14

AKA Chop. Raoh winds up and then releases a delayed chop. The startup is invincible, but it wears out 9 frames before the move actually executes, making it hard to use as a reversal. On counter hit the opponent loses one star and is launched high into the air, and it is possible to follow up with a special homing jump, similar to a Grave Shoot. This move is exceptional at dealing with Guard Cancels.


The powerup version gains a second hit during the wind-up animation, making the execution much faster (8F), and is fully invulnerable. This move is a legitimate dragon punch and can be used very effectively as a reversal. Both hits can be canceled into a jump on counter hit. While much better than the normal version in almost all areas, due to its fast execution the powerup version is not suited to baiting Guard Cancels.

Version On-Hit Boost Gain Aura Gain GC Level
623A Launch (Grave Launch on CH)
623A Launch
  • 623A
  • 623A (notes: jump cancellable on counterhit)

Hokuto Raretsuken

623C
Version Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Hokuto Raretsuken All 14
Hokuto Raretsuken (Enhanced) All 14

Raoh rushes forward, punching 3 times and finishing with an uppercut. It executes very quickly and nets you a ton of meter on hit or guard. Often clashes with fireball moves and does quite a bit of chip and Guard Crush damage as well - it is especially useful against characters like Thouther and Mamiya. Takes one star and causes wall bounce on counter hit. It is only -6 on guard, but the final hit will sometimes miss if your opponent uses Aura Guard, which will allow them to punish you.


The powerup version gains 4 hits, to a total of 7, and the final uppercut takes one star. Aside from its increased chip and Guard Crush damage as well as meter building abilities, this move is a very important part of Raoh's Dribble combos.

Version On-Hit Boost Gain Aura Gain GC Level
623C Launch (Banishing Launch on CH)
623C Launch
  • 623C
  • 623C

Sai

214D
Version Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Sai All 21
Sai (Enhanced) All 21

Raoh stabs himself and his opponent through the foot, pinning them both to the ground. The opponent and Raoh stay stuck together on the ground for a certain amount of time, during which neither fighter can move (except to crouch) or use Boost.

The land version takes one star on hit, and due to its slow execution can only be comboed into using Hitstop Cancel(except vs crouching Rei). Also possesses Super Armor versus weak attacks, but you will never use it this way since this move has no real use outside of a combo. Larger window to follow up with 2A than the air version.


Only the land version can be powered up - it takes two stars on hit and becomes easier to use in wall bounce combos. The Super Armor is also improved but it remains useless. When following up with 2A the timing is slightly different than the normal land version - it is easy to mess up your combo if you use Sai without realizing you have a powerup charge, so it is important to keep this in mind.

Version On-Hit Boost Gain Aura Gain GC Level
214D Restand
214D Restand
  • 214D (notes: air OK)
  • 214D (notes: air OK)

Air Sai

j.214D
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All? 21

When performed in the air, Raoh first catches the opponent with a kick and brings them to the ground, where he then stabs them. This is without a doubt Raoh's most important move, as it plays a central role in all of his combos. Can be followed up with 2A only(2 frame window). Also it has a minimum height limitation, meaning that if you try to tiger knee it too low, you will only get a high jump air D.

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Restand
  • Minimum Height Restriction

Super Moves

Musou Insatsu

41236D during recovery of another move
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 3
  • Uses 1 bar of Aura.
  • Jump cancelable.

A unique move that allows Raoh to cancel the recovery of almost any move into a powerful kick, at the cost of one bar of Aura. With a very quick startup at only 3 frames and Super Armor, Musou Insatsu is extremely useful and causes your opponent to have to approach you very cautiously when you have meter. This can allow you to get away with a lot - for example Kohou is usually unsafe to use in most situations, but fear of an Insatsu into a potential death combo will often keep your opponent from taking advantage of this and attacking you.

Musou Insatsu can be jump canceled on guard or hit. It is also possible to Boost both the startup and recovery of it. On normal hit the opponent is launched into the air, and you will want to follow up with a normal forward jump. A counter hit will take a star and cause wall bounce, and is best followed up with an air dash B.

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  • Input during move recovery

Hikou Shinkesshuu

214214A
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
Air Unblockable 4
  • Uses 1 bar of Aura.

An anti-air super. Raoh throws his cape into the air, catching any opponent within range. This move is completely unblockable - if your opponent is in the air and in range they will be caught. Can be extremely useful to get out of pressure, but will likely result in your death if you miss. Takes off one star on normal hit and two on counter hit.

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Musou Tensei

214214B
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
N/A 4

Uses 1 bar of Aura. A 'charge' super, that after executing(left picture) grants the ability to use the special defensive maneuver Musou Tensei(middle and right pictures) up to 7 times. While active, pressing 6(for mid/high attacks) or 2(for low attacks) in time with his opponent's attack hitting will cause Raoh to teleport behind them. Specifically, the time frame for Musou activating is 5 frames within inputing the forward or downward direction. However, if the lever is returned to neutral within 5 frames of the input, the total time is extended to 11 frames. There is a roughly 15 frame window after attempting to Musou in which it is not possible to try again, which prevents continuous Musou attempts.

Musou charges carry over rounds, so it is advantageous to try to get off the super as soon as possible.

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Tenshou Honretsu

214214C
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All 30+11
  • Uses 1 bar of Aura.

An invincible charging super. Takes two stars on normal hit, three on counter. Its slow startup makes it pretty much useless as a reversal and it is not really suited for combos either. It does have some rare uses, which are covered in the Matchups section.

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Fatal K.O

Hokuto Mettenha

236C+D when opponent has 0 stars
Guard Damage Startup Active Recovery On-Block Star Damage
All FATAL KO 12+5

A deadly punch to the skull, from the final fight between Raoh and Kenshiro. A very good FKO, as it locks on the opponent and cannot miss as long as the first hit connects. Also possesses Super Armor, although it is mostly useless except as a gimmick.

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