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Capcom vs SNK 2/Haohmaru

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Introduction

CVS2 Haohmaru SNK Art.jpg
Health (at Ratio 2)
14000 Low
Stun
70 Average
Dash Length
15 Frames Short
Dash Type
Slide Corpse Hop=No, Proj. Hop=No
Run Speed
7.4 Slow
Roll Distance
140 pixels Far
Roll Duration
27f Long
Wakeup Speed compared to Ryu
0f Average

Story

Haohmaru is a Ronin from Japan. He's a confident and highly skilled swordsman, and devoutly follows the path of the blade. It's assumed that he's always been like this, as one of the only things known about his early life is his challenge to the incredibly skilled Ronin Jubei Yagyu. Haohmaru lost of course, but Jubei sent him to train under Nicotine Caffeine, another powerful master. There, Haohmaru befriends Genjuro Kibagami, another orphan with a tragic and bloody past. Haohmaru and Genjuro train under Nicotine Caffeine for many years, and become very close friends and training partners. However, Genjuro is a power-hungry man, and Nicotine can see this. To put his students into one final test, Nicotine gives them a challenge to fight against a large group. The reward for whoever won was the legendary and powerful sword Fugudoku. Genjuro shows his true self, and brutally murders each of his opponents, calling them weak. Haohmaru simply fights until they all give up, ending no lives. Haohmaru wins clearly, and Genjuro leaves in a raging fuss, swearing to one day kill both Haohmaru and Nicotine.

Gameplay

Haohmaru is a simple and straightforward character. In essence, he's just a guy with a sword. He has great normals for poking, solid pressure overall, and a useful fireball that knocks down at all ranges. He can even feint this fireball, a skill unique to him, which allows him to bait opponents jumping or mix how he does blockstrings. While he lacks mixups, he actually does fairly good when it comes to crushing guard bars thanks to his amazing LP normals and fireball feint mixups. While his 623P Kozetsuzan DP series aren't invincible, they still make solid anti-airs and combo enders.

What Haohmaru lacks is consistent defense and consistent damage output. His straightforward gameplan that revolves around simple neutral and fireball mindgames is about all he really has. His DP isn't invincible, he has decent but low reward buttons for mashing, and he has surprisingly low health overall, ranking in the same health tier as Dhalsim and Iori. His damage isn't the best either, as his only meterless combo ender is Kozetsuzan which likes to whiff at long range. He only has two supers as well, with one being a mediocre and level 3 only super, leaving him with a single way to viably spend meter. This too has a range issue, though not as bad, leaving Haohmaru struggling to get high damage from his pokes. If Haohmaru can garner respect from his opponent through solid neutral and smart usage of his fireball and feint, he can be very strong. He just has to get them to respect him first, and has no standout unbelievably strong tool to do so.

Groove Selection

Best - K/N/A: K-Groove is usually the most popular Groove for Haohmaru, and for good reason. JD lets him play a lot more offensively, and Rage ups the damage on his pokes by a huge margin. His level 3 Fujinzan super does notably good damage, which is a great buff for him in general. Hop and run let him play a lot more effective on the offensive as well. N-Haohmaru gets the more effective offense plus a roll on top of it, in exchange for no high damage peaks. Confirms into level 1 Fujinzan just aren't too damaging overall. Max Mode is an expensive but usually worthwhile buff however, as he gains a damage buff and a chance to do level 3 Fujinzan. A-Haohmaru is a popular beginner A-Groove pick, since his natural gameplan is very simple and rewarding in A-Groove. Alpha Counters give him a solid defensive tool, but the real juice is his simple and useful Custom Combo. Putting A-Haohmaru on the point of your A-Groove team isn't a bad idea if you don't want a difficult character on your point slot.

Useful - C: C-Haohmaru plays somewhat weaker than the other viable Grooves. While Haohmaru does have some fun level 2 cancels, they aren't very easy, and simply cancelling into his level 3 would do more damage overall making them less useful. Still, the ability to choose how much meter you spend is useful. C-Haohmaru can be seen as a more stable but less rewarding Groove overall.

Worst - P/S: P-Haohmaru lacks the scary meterless damage to make P-Groove good. A close range parry might get you a cl.HK > 623MP combo, but anything further out and your best punish tends to be just poking them. You'll rarely have a level 3, and even when you do, you likely won't get a chance to punish with it. S-Haohmaru is also fairly weak. Charging can put him in a bad spot, as good players will be looking for Haohmaru to whiff something big or throw a fireball, so leaving yourself open to a poke into super for big damage isn't worth the risk. His level 1 Fujinzan is underwhelming and only really useful for combos as well. S-Haohmaru gets very little overall.


Haohmaru is a swordsman with solid neutral buttons who uses an honest gameplan around his fireball mindgames to win. Relying on strong buttons and not much else, Haohmaru struggles in many other core areas of CvS2. Haohmaru is best in K-Groove, N-Groove, and A-Groove.
Pros Cons
  • Normals: Haohmaru's sword-based normals are disjointed and far reaching, allowing him to safely poke with things like 5/2LP, 5/2MP, and j.HP in hop Grooves
  • Fireball: Senpuretsuzan is a useful fireball that, although it is quite slow, knocks down from any range on the screen. By inputting 236K, you can even feint this fireball, which plays half the voice line but has very little recovery. This allows Haohmaru to bait and more effectively anti-air jumps, making jumping against his fireball on reaction a bit scarier
  • Guard Crush: Haohmaru's ability to string together normals on block and cancel into Senpuretsuzan for a fireball trap, Feint for a reset, or Resshinzan for a surprisingly fast and somewhat safe overhead makes his guard crush fairly strong overall
  • Simple: Haohmaru is easy and has very few gimmicks for you to learn, and while he is weak, his simplicity helps you learn CvS2 in an honest sense, making him a great beginner character
  • Defense: Without a true reversal, Haohmaru struggles to get out of pressure without spending meter on a guard cancel or reversal super
  • Mixup: While Resshinzan is safe, it is more than reactable, and a simple jab usually beats it. Againts P/K-Groove, they can parry or JD into very big damage as well. Without a threatening low confirm either, Haohmaru's mix is very strike/throw oriented
  • Damage: Unless Haohmaru has a Custom Combo or a level 3 Fujinzan, he lacks a high damage combo ender to make him scary
  • Simple: Once opponents know the few mindgames he can run, Haohmaru has very little in the way of a powerful gimmick or simple, effective tool to beat the opponent out. Haohmaru has to be played very honestly, and as such he leaves himself very open to being bullied by the top tiers who don't know what honesty even looks like



!!!THIS PAGE IS STILL A WIP. IF YOU NEED FRAME DATA NOW, REFER TO THE CVS2 BIBLE OR LOOK THROUGH EDIT HISTORY TO FIND THE LAST EDIT CONTAINING FRAME DATA IF THERE WAS ONE!!!

Normal Moves

Far Normals

5LP

Far Jab
Far Light Punch
5LP / Far LP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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5MP

Far Strong
Far Medium Punch
5MP / Far MP
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5HP

Far Fierce
Far Heavy Punch
5HP / Far HP
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5LK

Far Short
Far Light Kick
5LK / Far LK
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5MK

Far Forward
Far Medium Kick
5MK / Far MK
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5HK

Far Roundhouse
Far Heavy Kick
5HK / Far HK
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Close Standing Normals

clLP

Close Jab
Close Light Punch
cl.LP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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clMP

Close Strong
cl.MP
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clHP

Close Fierce
Close Heavy Punch
cl.HP
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clLK

Close Short
Close Light Kick
cl.LK
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clMK

Close Forward
Close Medium Kick
cl.MK
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clHK

Close Roundhouse
Close Heavy Kick
cl.HK
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Crouching Normals

2LP

Crouch Jab
Crouching Light Punch
2LP / cr.LP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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2MP

Crouch Strong
Crouching Medium Punch
2MP / cr.MP
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2HP

Crouch Fierce
Crouching Heavy Punch
2HP / cr.HP
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2LK

Crouch Short
Crouching Light Kick
2LK / cr.LK
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2MK

Crouch Forward
Crouching Medium Kick
2MK / cr.MK
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2HK

Crouch Roundhouse
Crouching Heavy Kick
2HK / cr.HK
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Jumping Normals

j.LP

Jump Jab
Jumping Light Punch
j.LP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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j.MP

Jump Strong
Jumping Medium Punch
j.MP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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j.HP

Jump Fierce
Jumping Heavy Punch
j.HP
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j.LK

Jump Short
Jumping Light Kick
j.LK
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j.MK

Jump Forward
Jumping Medium Kick
j.MK
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j.HK

Jump Roundhouse
Jumping Heavy Kick
j.HK
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Command Normals

X

Generic Command
Generic Name
Generic Input
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Throws

X

Generic Throw Name
Punch Throw
Near Opponent, 4/6HP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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X

Generic Throw Name
Kick Throw
Near Opponent, 4/6HK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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Colors

Haohmaru CvS2 colors.png


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