|Basic combos are simple combos with the fewest requirements and conditions possible. They:
A simple combo, requiring no Eddie control, into moderate damage that also creates space for Zato to control.
Works on counter-hit and can be done from common jump-ins like j.S and j.H, if the 2S is omitted.
May not seem like much, but this is one of Zato's best combos due to the strength of the okizeme he gets after a 2D knockdown.
At max range 2D may not connect after 2K, be careful with the range at which you choose to gatling into 2D. Will work off of most jump-ins, but 2K is often omitted for consistency.
The Empty Eddie SummonGuard:
- (214H) afterwards leaves you in the perfect position for Zato's strongest Okizeme, however the summon itself is not safe if 2D is blocked, so be sure to confirm the hit before commiting to the summon. Alternatively, 22H can be used to hit OTG and for more damage in exchange for oki.
|Core combos balance potency with consistency. They:
This is the core of Zato's sandwich BNBs. There are many variations for damage or meter build as well as different ways to end the combo for the best oki, but this core sequence is the first you should learn.
The delay before releasing S to get "Leap"Guard:
- can vary by how far / high in the air your opponent was when the 2H connected and if the 214SGuard:
-8 hit or whiffed. If the opponent files over your head you delayed too little, if they fall too far and both hits of "Leap" do not connect, you delayed too much. 2H should be delayed to connect between the two hits of "Leap", this helps stabilize the combo in addition to adding some damage. Be sure to hold forward then down-forward during the middle c.S > 2S > 2H sequence as you need to move Eddie further away from Zato. You cannot move Eddie too far away, so it's easiest to just hold the directions.
Hitting this combo near to the corner can be tricky as you often cannot move Eddie far enough away for the "Leap" to not send the opponent over your head. Instead move Eddie towards Zato so "Leap" combos them into the corner.