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Beginner Combos

Beginner.png Basic combos are simple combos with the fewest requirements and conditions possible. They:
  • Work against every, or almost every, character in the game
  • Can be performed from most positions in the play area
  • Require few adjustments, and if any are required they are simple

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Beginner c.S ComboWorks against any grounded opponent.
Very Easy
c.S > 2S > 5H > 22H

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.

Can opt to safely Summon EddieGGST Zato-1 Summon Eddie.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
21
Recovery:
36 Zato
Advantage:
-
(214H) afterward, a great way to get your neutral game started.


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Beginner 5K/2K ComboThis is the win condition.
Very Easy
5K/2K > 2D > 214H

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 SummonGGST Zato-1 Summon Eddie.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
21
Recovery:
36 Zato
Advantage:
-
(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

Intermediate.png Core combos balance potency with consistency. They:
  • Work against most characters of a selected weight or hurt box type
  • May require moderate adjustments to account for variables such as screen position, hit count, resources, and opposing character
  • Are expected to be consistently performable by most intermediate and advanced players who main the character

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CH "Oppose" BNBLearn this and you too, can play Zato
Hard
236H / 214H~]H[, CH 2H > 214S, delay ]S[, delay 2H > 214K, [6]c.S > [3][S] > [3][H], delay ]S[,]H[, delay 2H > 214K, c.S > 2S > 2H > 22H

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"GGST Zato-1 Leap.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
34
Advantage:
-
can vary by how far / high in the air your opponent was when the 2H connected and if the 214SGGST Zato-1 Drunkard Shade.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
9
Recovery:
12
Advantage:
-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.