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Capcom vs SNK 2/Kyo

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Introduction

CVS2 Kyo SNK Art.jpg
Health (at Ratio 2)
14400 Above Average
Stun
70 Average
Dash Length
19 Frames Very Long
Dash Type
Hop Corpse Hop=Yes, Proj. Hop=No
Run Speed
8.2 Average
Roll Distance
140 pixels Far
Roll Duration
29f Long
Wakeup Speed compared to Ryu
0f Average

Story

Kyo Kusanagi, the face of the famous King of Fighters series and the main protagonist of it's first saga, the Orochi Saga. Kyo is the heir to the Kusanagi clan, one of 3 legendary clans in possession of the three Sacred Treasures. The Kusanagi clan weilds powerful fire, and Kyo uses it very well. Kyo is a master of the Kusanagi flame, taught by his father Saisyu. Outside of his martial art skill and legendary family name, Kyo is a highschool dropout who enters the King of Fighters tournaments mostly to stop the evil guys behind them or for the fun of fighting when there are no evil guys. He has a girlfriend he loves named Yuki. In the first saga of KOF, he teamed up with his best friends Benimaru and Daimon to form Team Japan. In KOF 97', Kyo and the other Sacred Treasures Chizuru and Iori are forced to confront Team Orochi, who eventually resummon Orochi. Kyo and Iori seal Orochi back into the Earth, hopefully destroying it forever.

Gameplay

Kyo is the epitome of a rushdown character. His ability to mix and punish the opponent is almost unmatched, with massive damage output off any starter. He has a solid low confirm, a few great overheads, one of the best normal throws, and two very ambiguous crossups. Mix that with his signature rekka special Aragami, which can be followed up in multiple ways or done to leave Kyo safe at the end of a blockstring, and Kyo gets a vortex of guesses that can close out a round quick. He also has stellar defense, with great normals for mashing and a very scary DP, and plenty of good anti-airs.

This isn't without sacrifice though. Kyo struggles very hard in neutral, lacking any kind of projectile or even a consistent rewarding poke. Kyo has to take a risk to get in, whether by jumping or running or rolling, as he gets beaten in neutral by almost everyone. While he does have decent reach with normals like 5HK and 3HK, these have various weaknesses such as being crouchable or having a lot of endlag. Kyo can very rarely convert a poke into knockdown either, forcing him to rely on his up-close game to secure rounds.

If you like a character who can get in the opponents face and spin the wheel of mix until they die, you'll love Kyo. Especially if you're willing to put up with his underwhelming neutral.

Groove Selection

Best - K: Kyo can be run well with almost any groove, but shines mostly in K groove. While rolls do help him, JD and rage turn the already high damage Kyo into a punish machine, dishing out damage from almost any starter. Rage also makes his already scary oki mixup even scarier, as it only takes a few good hits for Kyo to win, and he can easily combo into level 3 Orochinagi in the corner for massive damage.

Useful - C/N/A/P: The other grooves are all varying in usefulness but generally are good. C-Kyo gets access to damaging and flashy level 2 combos and can more easily end combos in his autocombo super, alongside airblock and Alpha Counters that aid his defense. N-Kyo is sort of a lesser K-Kyo, with roll giving him a good defensive tool and RC specials for neutral use. You lose out on a lot of meter potential however, as Kyo's level 1 supers are very weak. A-Kyo gets access to the powerful Custom Combo mechanic, and in classic Kyo style his CC is highly damaging and puts your opponent in the corner where you want them. P-Kyo is shockingly good, as his meterless punishes are devastating and his level 3 punishes even more so. One good parry from P-Kyo puts your opponent deep in the corner.

Worst - S: Despite his usefulness in other grooves, S-Kyo has very little going for him. Kyo has decent but underwhelming and combo-oriented supers, so having infinite level 1s means nothing to him. S-Kyo also has to actively give up space to build meter, which harms his heavily aggro gameplan.


Kyo is a close range brawler with stellar mixup and some of the highest damage in the game. His pressure and ability to open up opponents make him terrifying up close, and his combo potential is much higher than average. He has to struggle through neutral to get there first, however. Kyo is best in K-Groove.
Pros Cons
  • Vortex: Incredible mixups up close, with overheads and lows and an amazing normal throw that all can lead into another knockdown and another mixup
  • High Damage: One of the highest average damage characters, his meterless damage output is incredibly rewarding
  • Hard Knockdowns: Easy access to hard knockdowns from his throw, j.2HP, and 623HK
  • Brawling Normals: Great up close normals for brawling and catching bad movement
  • Anti-Air: Stellar anti-air options and an amazing DP
  • Poor Neutral:Lacks a projectile or any good poke, and is often played in K-Groove where he has no rolls, meaning Kyo has to commit a lot harder to win
  • Weak Level Ones: Level 1 supers are combo unfriendly, limiting his use in Grooves without easy access to level 3s
  • Low Range: Lack of many long range buttons means he struggles to contest some of the most powerful buttons in the game
  • Weak to Zoning: Committal gameplan leads to a huge weakness to zoning and patient opponents who don't get opened up easily



Normal Moves

Far Normals

5LP

Far Jab
Light Punch
5LP / Far LP
CVS2 Kyo 5LP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Lp.png 300 3 RF/SP/SU Mid High 3 5 7 15 +5 +5 None

A quick light jab. Crouchable but has decent range and is very fast.

5MP

Far Strong
Medium Punch
5MP / Far MP
CVS2 Kyo 5MP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Mp.png 900 9 SP/SU Mid High 4 6 22 32 -5 -5 None

5MP is a strong button for whiff punishing as it combos into Kyo's 236MP and reaches quite far for a Kyo normal. Sees less use than his 2MP however, which is essentially the same button but cannot be crouched.

5HP

Far Fierce
Heavy Punch
5HP / Far HP
CVS2 Kyo 5HP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Hp.png 1400 14 None Mid High 8 6 17 31 +1 +1 None

Kyo sticks out his fist in front of him. Crouchable again, and not cancellable like 5MP. While it is fairly damaging it sees basically no use except as an occassional anti-air.

5LK

Far Short
Light Kick
5LK / Far LK
CVS2 Kyo 5LK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Lk.png 500 5 SU Mid High 5 4 14 23 -1 -1 None

A quick little kick. Useful to prod opponents with, and as a safer standing poke. Only cancels into supers, however, and only 236236P will combo from it.

5MK

Far Forward
Medium Kick
5MK / Far MK
CVS2 Kyo 5MK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Mk.png 900 9 None Mid High 8 5 19 32 -2 -2 None

Kyo kicks up into the air. One of Kyo's many useful anti-airs, notably for when opponents are farther away.

5HK

Far Roundhouse
Heavy Kick
5HK / Far HK
CVS2 Kyo 5HK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Hk.png 1300 13 SU Mid High 7 7 24 38 -5 -5 Low

One of Kyo's best moves in neutral. 5HK reaches far and starts up fast, and Kyo's foot hurtbox is gone. His lower hurtbox in general retracts far back, meaning this cleanly beats a lot of popular low pokes. One of your farthest reaching normals in general, poke around in neutral with this.

Close Normals

clLP

Close Jab
Close Light Punch
cl.LP / cl5LP
CVS2 Kyo clLP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Lp.png 400 4 RF/SP/SU Mid High 2 6 6 14 +5 +5 None

A very fast standing jab. Good get-off-me button, and would be useful for links but it can be crouched under.

clMP

Close Strong
Close Medium Punch
cl.MP / cl5MP
CVS2 Kyo clMP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Mp.png 800 8 SP/SU Mid High 3 12 11 26 0 0 None

A medium normal with plenty of active frames. Your go-to for meaties, as it can hit meaty enough to link into other normals and combos into any of his specials.

clHP

Close Fierce
Close Heavy Punch
cl.HP / cl5HP
CVS2 Kyo 5HP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Hp.png 1400 14 None Mid High 8 6 17 31 +1 +1 None

Identical to the far version, which makes it basically useless up close.

clLK

Close Short
Light Kick
cl.LK / cl5LK
CVS2 Kyo clLK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Lk.png 500 5 SP/SU Mid Mid 4 4 11 19 +3 +3 None

A low hitting kick that does not actually hit low. Not a bad button but is usually outshined by his other lights up close.

clMK

Close Forward
Close Medium Kick
cl.MK / cl5MK
CVS2 Kyo 5MK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Mk.png 1000 10 SP/SU Mid High 4 5 16 25 +1 +1 None

Despite having the same animation, MK does have a close version! It does 100 more damage and gains the ability to cancel. This is niche, as 5MK is mostly an anti-air and very niche otherwise.

clHK

Close Roundhouse
Close Heavy Kick
cl.HK / cl5HK
CVS2 Kyo clHK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Hp.png 1200 12 SP/SU Mid High 4 4 21 29 -1 -1 None

Kyo's main close normal for combos. Mainly, you'll cancel this into 236MK or 236HK and juggle from there. Used after any jump-in or to start punishes on negative moves that recover close, like DPs.

Crouching Normals

2LP

Crouching Jab
Crouching Light Punch
2LP / cr.LP
CVS2 Kyo 2LP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.pngLp.png 300 3 RF/SP/SU Mid Mid 3 4 7 14 +6 +6 None

A standard and good 2LP. Fast, mashable, and links into Kyo's strong medium normals. Usually outshined by 2LK, as they have the exact same data but 2LK is a low.

2MP

Crouching Strong
Crouching Medium Punch
2MP / cr.MP
CVS2 Kyo 2MP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.pngMp.png 800 8 SP/SU Mid Mid 4 7 9 20 +6 +6 None

One of your best normals, and perhaps your best one. Kyo's 2MP is a key normal for poking, linking, pressure, and punishing. As it's 4 frames, it'll link from a majority of things (including itself!) and is a very consistent punish after parry/JD. It reaches farther than you might expect as well, and even at max range it will combo into 236MP for a knockdown. It can be fairly hard to contest as well, as it recovers very quick and is easy to whiff. This also makes it an effective meter builder. A good do-it-all normal held back almost only by average range.

2HP

Crouching Fierce
Crouching Heavy Punch
2HP / cr.HP
CVS2 Kyo 2HP First.PNG
Starting Hitbox
CVS2 Kyo 2HP Second.PNG
Anti-Air Hitbox
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.pngHp.png 1200, 1100 12, 11 SP/SU, SU Mid High 5 6 29 40 -11 -11 None

Another good anti-air in Kyo's moveset. It reaches quite high, and the hurtbox on the arm is very small, meaning it's good at beating people above you. Usually you want to use 623P on opponents at this range, but this is good in situations where you can't react in time to do the full input.

2LK

Crouching Short
Crouching Light Kick
2LK / cr.LK
CVS2 Kyo 2LK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.pngLk.png 200 2 RF/SP/SU Low Low 3 4 7 14 +6 +6 None

Your main crouching light, and main light in general. Fast, very plus, and a low. Links into 2MP even after doing two, allowing Kyo to do long low confirms. On it's own, it combos into some faster specials and confirms into his supers.

2MK

Crouching Forward
Crouching Medium Kick
2MK / cr.MK
CVS2 Kyo 2MK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.pngMk.png 900 9 SU Low Low 7 9 16 32 -5 -5 None

A far reaching low poke. Not special cancellable and only combos into supers at close range, but not bad to toss in at the end of a blockstring for a surprise low. Even then it's outshined by 2HK. Occassionally useful but you usually have a better option, and Kyo isn't gonna win from pokes usually anyway

2HK

Crouching Roundhouse
Crouching Heavy Kick / Sweep
2HK / cr.HK
CVS2 Kyo 2HK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.pngHk.png 1300 13 None Low Low 6 6 22 34 -DWN -2 None

Kyo's sweep. Fairly standard but a bit committal since it can't be cancelled. Still can be nice to get a far knockdown or whiff punish into oki, but watch whiffing this.

Jumping Normals

8LP

Jumping Jab
Jumping Light Punch
j.LP / 8LP
CVS2 Kyo jLP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png, U.png, Uf.png+Lp.png 600 6 None High High 4 22 0 26 Varies Varies None

A fast jump normal. Has a lot of active frames, and can be useful in some ways to intercept air utilities like Bison headstomp, but has very little use otherwise.

8MP

Jumping Strong
Jumping Medium Punch
j.MP / 8MP
CVS2 Kyo jMP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png, U.png, Uf.png+Mp.png 900 9 None High High 4 10 0 14 Varies Varies None

A weaker but faster j.HP. Not much purpose.

8HP

Jumping Fierce
Jumping Heavy Punch
j.HP / 8HP
CVS2 Kyo jHP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png, U.png, Uf.png+Hp.png 1100 11 None High High 6 10 0 16 Varies Varies None

One of Kyo's heavy air normals. Does good damage, but is generally outshined by jHK both in neutral and diagonal jumps.

8LK

Jumping Short
Jumping Light kick
j.LK / 8LK
CVS2 Kyo njLK.PNG
Neutral Jump
CVS2 Kyo jLK.PNG
Diagonal Jump
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
U.png+Lk.png 600 6 None High High 4 22 0 26 Varies Varies None

Kyo sticks out his knee. Similar to jLP with high active frames and fast startup, but similarly niche, especially since it's a neutral jump normal.

Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png,Uf.png+Lk.png 500 5 None High High 4 22 0 26 Varies Varies None

A knee with lots of active frames. Also has a clean crossup hitbox, which is great to set up hop crossups after knockdowns. Surprisingly hard to contest because of how active it is.

8MK

Jumping Forward
Jumping Medium Kick
j.MK / 8MK
CVS2 Kyo jMK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png, U.png, Uf.png+Mk.png 900 9 None High High 5 7 0 12 Varies Varies None

A decent air-to-air as it's one of his farthest reaching air normals.

8HK

Jumping Roundhouse
Jumping Heavy Kick
j.HK / 8HK
CVS2 Kyo jHK.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
U.png+Hk.png 1100 11 None High High 6 10 0 16 Varies Varies None

Kyo kicks outwards. Kyo's njHK is arguably his best air-to-air, but it is a bit slow.

Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png,Uf.png+Hk.png 1200 12 None High High 6 6 0 12 Varies Varies None

Kyo's main all purpose jump in. Long reach, highest damage, and decent frame data. Not much to explain, just a good air normal.

Command Normals

6HP
Blowback
Shoulder Ram
6HP
CVS2 Kyo 6HP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
F.png+Hp.png 1300 13 SP/SU Mid High 14 13 20 47 -DWN -3 None

Kyo rams his opponent with his shoulder. Knocks them far away on hit, and can be special cancelled. Midscreen not much use as it sends too far for meaningful oki, but it's a useful meaty in the corner due to its high active frame count. Always cancel into 236LP/MP on hit to keep yourself safe. Has some use in a few combo routes.

3HK
88 Shiki
Low Kicks
3HK
CVS2 Kyo 3HK First.PNG
First Kick
CVS2 Kyo 3HK Second.PNG
Second Kick
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Df.png+Hk.png 400+800 4+8 None Mid, Low Low 11 4(8)4 20 47 0 0 None

A double kick that aims low and reaches far. An important footsies normal for Kyo, as it's fast and safe. It can be good to toss these out when in range to keep opponents from trying to approach you, and keep the pace of the match in Kyo's favor. Be careful not to whiff though as it has a decent bit of endlag.

6MK
Ge Shiki: Goufu You
Overhead Kick
6MK
CVS2 Kyo 6MK.PNG
The one missing hitbox in a sea of hitbox data...
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
F.png+Mk.png 1000 10 None High High 32 3 22 55 -5 -5 None

A long, committal, reactable overhead. Not the best overhead, as it's negative on hit and a full 32 frame startup means it's more than reactable. Still, Kyo has many lows from many ranges. If an opponent is scared to stand up vs Kyo pressure, this can be slipped in.

j2HP
Ge Shiki: Naraku Otoshi
Dunk, Axe Hands
j2HP
CVS2 Kyo j2HP.PNG
Dunk On Em
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
In Air D.png+Hp.png 1400 14 None High High 8 6 0 14 -DWN Varies None

Kyo dunks on the opponent with a two-fisted downward punch. Very very scary attack, especially when combined with low jumps. Most aerials in CvS2 do not give a knockdown on their own, and need to be linked into grounded attacks or specials. This move, however, gives an immediate and potent hard knockdown. This makes it a very scary overhead option, especially in low jump where it can be done early on giving the opponent very little time to react. After some knockdowns, Kyo can even have this setup to crossup or fake crossup, making it a key part of his vortex. This normal is especially potent vs tall characters, namely the feared top tier Sagat, as they cannot crouch under it as easily.

Throws

4/6HP
Hachi Tetsu
Punch Throw
Near Opponent, 4/6HP
CVS2 Kyo PThrow.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Near Opponent B.png/F.png+Hp.png 1700 0 None Grab Grab 3 1 13 17 -DWN Grab None

Kyo shoulders the opponent and tosses them away. Not a bad throw, but almost completely outshined by his amazing kick throw. It is however the faster throw, and one of Kyo's fastest attacks in general, making it a nice punish against certain things.

4/6HK
Issetsu Seio Nage
Kick Throw
Near Opponent, 4/6HK
CVS2 Kyo KThrow.PNG
He needs it
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Near Opponent B.png/F.png+Hk.png 1900 0 None Grab Grab 5 1 13 19 -DWN Grab None

A beast of a normal throw. Higher than average throw range makes it so Kyo can threaten tic throws and walk up throws more than most characters, and the knockdown this gives is amazing. Some of Kyo's best knockdown oki will come from his kick throw. It helps that it also does a chunk of damage, making it a tool worth fearing. It goes without saying, but a character like Kyo who already has good mixup really appreciates having a scary throw as well.

Special Moves

Aragami

Kyo's Rekka series can be intimidating at first, but the tree is fairly simple! Here is a quick rundown.
Aragami > Konokizu > Nanase/Yanosabi
Aragami > Yanosabi > Nanase/Migiri Ugachi
There are different reasons to use either of these two trees and the two possible enders for each, but memorizing the order is simple.

114 Shiki: Aragami
Rekka Starter
236LP/MP
CVS2 Kyo 236LMP.PNG
Bodega!!
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Qcf.png+Lp.png 500 2 Into Rekka Followups Mid High 15 3 11 (cancel), 29 (raw) 47 -5 -5 None
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Qcf.png+Mp.png 600 2 Into Rekka Followups Mid High 18 4 14 (cancel), 34 (raw) 56 -10 -10 None

The first hit of Kyo's rekka series. Important tools for combos and pressure, but not as good for neutral as they are in the classic KOF games. They are notably unsafe, especially the MP version, and while pushback usually makes you fairly safe from punishment you still can't threaten much after an empty Aragami. The real strength lies in making your opponent scared of what you do after. The followups make for potent frametraps, one of which being an overhead as well, meaning opponents will often standblock. This is when you can catch them with surprise lows, which Kyo has plenty of. Mix up your options after this move to keep your opponent on their toes and score knockdowns.

Konokizu

128 Shiki: Konokizu
Rekka Bridge
After Aragami, 236P
CVS2 Kyo 236P Followup.PNG
Combo Tool and Risky Frametrap
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
After Aragami, Qcf.png+P.png 600 2 Into P.png/K.png Finishers Mid High 8 3 10 (cancel), 26 (raw) 37 -2 -11 None

The combo bridge off of Aragami. Mostly you'll use this to finish combos from Aragami hitting, as the other bridge does not combo. It can also be used as a risky frametrap, and a tool to catch people jumping over Aragami. Very unsafe and not much pushback, so if this is blocked you will get punished.

Yanosabi

127 Shiki: Yanosabi
Rekka Overhead/Overhead Finisher
After Aragami, 63214P/After Konokizu, P
CVS2 Kyo 63214P Followup.PNG
Surprise Overhead
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
After Aragami, Hcb.png+P.png/After Konokizu, P.png 900 4 Into P.png/K.png Finishers High High 16 4 2 (cancel), 22 (raw) 42 -DWN -7 None

Overhead followup to Aragami. Only barely reactable, but predictable if used too much. A smart opponent will standblock Aragami always and react to whether or not you did the overhead, rather than react to you doing the overhead itself. You should still represent this tool against opponents crouchblocking, as it does give a decent knockdown on hit and is a part of why blocking Aragami is scary. As a finisher, this is used in a few juggles to knockdown, but is rare. Moreso it's used as another surprise overhead at the end of an Aragami bridge.

Nanase

127 Shiki: Nanase
Kick Ender
After Konokizu/Yanosabi, K
CVS2 Kyo KEnder.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
After Konokizu/Yanosabi K.png 700 2 None Mid High 12 8 27 47 -DWN -20 None

The kick ender for the Aragami chain. Combos from the 236P followup and gives a good knockdown with lots of corner carry. This is your preferred ender after long hitconfirms, as it's easy to combo into. Make sure that it hits however, as if this is blocked you're left open for your opponents favorite combo.

Migiri Ugachi

Ge Shiki Migiri Ugachi: 127 Shiki Yano Sabi
OTG Ender
After Yanosabi Bridge, P
CVS2 Kyo PEnder.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
After Yanosabi Bridge P.png 1300 5 None Mid Mid 15 4 36 55 -DWN -21 None

Ender specifically for the Overhead bridge. Hits OTG (Off The Ground) so it can be used after the overhead bridge knockdown to add more damage. After some corner combos, you can whiff the first parts of the rekka (236P > 63214P > P) and this will hit for extra damage. Even more unsafe than the Kick ender, so watch for this being blocked.

Dokugami

115 Shiki: Dokugami
Heavy Rekka Starter
236HP
CVS2 Kyo 236HP.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Qcf.png+Hp.png 700 3 Into Followup Mid High 20 3 5 (cancel), 32 (raw) 55 -11 -11 4 (autoguard)

A heavier version of Kyo's Aragami rekka. Unlike Aragami, this only has one tree to follow through. Dokugami is mostly useful for combos, as while it does have a few autoguard frames they're minor, and you're left unsafe on hit and block. The followups can whiff if this is done from farther out. While this would be a useful combo tool, it only combos from heavies, and Kyo has better options from heavies. Dokugami sees very little use because where it does work, Kyo has a better option.

Tsumiyomi

401 Shiki: Tsumiyomi
Heavy Rekka Bridge
After Dokugami, 63214P
CVS2 Kyo 63214 Heavy Bridge.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
After Dokugami Hcb.png+P.png 700 2 Into Finisher Mid High 6 3 4 (cancel), 20 (raw) 29 +1 -8 None

Bridge after Dokugami. Basically only used for combos, as it leaves you unsafe on block.

Batsuyomi

401 Shiki: Batsuyomi
Heavy Rekka Ender
After Tsumiyomi, 6P
CVS2 Kyo 6P Ender First.PNG
First Hitbox
CVS2 Kyo 6P Ender Second.PNG
Last Hitbox
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
After Tsumiyomi F.png+P.png 500+300 2+1 None Mid High 6 14 41 61 -DWN -36 None

Heavy rekka ender. Only to be used as a combo ender after heavy rekkas, as it has no purpose in Kyo's gameplan otherwise. Just like his other rekka enders, if this gets blocked, be prepared to see yourself in a combo video later.

Oniyaki

100 Shiki: Oniyaki
DP
623P
CVS2 Kyo 623P First.PNG
Startup Invuln
CVS2 Kyo 623P Second.PNG
First Active Frames
CVS2 Kyo 623P Third.PNG
Anti-Air Hitbox
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Dp.png+Lp.png 1000, 800 10, 8 None Mid High 4 8 38 50 -DWN -31 4 (Full), 4 (Lower)
Dp.png+Mp.png 1700, 800 17, 8 None Mid High 4 8 49 61 -DWN -42 4 (Full), 4 (Lower)
Dp.png+Hp.png 1100+800 11+8 None Mid High 4 9 60 73 -DWN -50 8 (Full), 5 (Lower)

Kyo's powerful Oniyaki DP series. Very high damage reversal and anti-air specials, but majorly risky. The HP version in particular is an occasional combo ender and reversal tool, while the LP version is best for anti-air/footsies.

RED Kicks

R.E.D. Kick
Overhead Kicks
421K
CVS2 Kyo 421K First.PNG
Rising Hitbox
CVS2 Kyo 421K Second.PNG
Falling Hitbox
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Rdp.png+Lk.png 1300, 1100 13, 11 None High High 24 14 15 53 -DWN -3 None
Rdp.png+Mk.png 1400, 1100 14, 11 None High High 31 12 14 57 -DWN -2 None
Rdp.png+Hk.png 1500, 1200 15, 12 None High High 38 10 13 61 -DWN -1 None

Overhead hitting flip kicks. While these are more than reactable as an overhead mixup, your opponent still doesn't wanna block these, as Kyo is safe and can still run offense. Instead, opponents have to anti-air this like a jump. This can catch opponents who are waiting to block moves like Aragami by surprise, and even if they do react to block, your turn isn't necessarily over. These are still risky however, as you are wide open for high damage anti-airs. Can be used as a neutral "skip" but this carries more risk than a surprise overhead cancel as the opponent will be watching to anti-air you.

Kai

75 Shiki: Kai
Upkicks, Launcher
236K
CVS2 Kyo 236K First.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Qcf.png+Lk.png 400 4 Followup Mid High 12 11 5 (cancel), 32 (raw) 55 -DWN -17 None
Qcf.png+Mk.png 400 4 Followup Mid High 18 12 5 (cancel), 35 (raw) 65 -DWN -20 None
Qcf.png+Hk.png 400 4 Followup Mid High 22 13 5 (cancel), 38 (raw) 73 -DWN -23 None

The first hit of Kyo's two part launcher series. On it's own, very unsafe and easily punished. Always do the followup K move, as in combos its what gives him juggles and on block it can be safer.

Kai Followup

75 Shiki: Kai Followup
236KK
CVS2 Kyo 236K Second.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Lk.png 500 5 None Mid High 5 6 16 27 -DWN Varies None
Mk.png 600 6 None Mid High 5 6 19 30 -DWN Varies None
Hk.png 700 7 None Mid High 5 6 22 33 -DWN Varies None

Launcher followup to Kai. Followups can only be used with the version you started with (i.e. HK followup can only be used after 236HK).

Oboroguruma

101 Shiki: Oboro Guruma
Spinning Kicks
623K
CVS2 Kyo 623K First.PNG
First Kick
CVS2 Kyo 623K Second.PNG
Second Kick
CVS2 Kyo 623K Third.PNG
Final Kick
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Dp.png+Lk.png 1400 14 None Mid High 8 8 31 47 -DWN Varies None
Dp.png+Mk.png 500+1100 5+11 None Mid High 8 6(17)6 31 68 -DWN Varies None
Dp.png+Hk.png 300+500+1200 3+5+12 None Mid High 8 6(17)6(12)2 38 89 -DWN Varies None

Kyo rises up into the air and kicks once for LK, twice for MK, and three times for HK. Powerful tools for combos, as the LK and MK versions allow for some followups after. The HK version is a fearsome combo ender, as it gives ridiculous corner carry and a great untechable knockdown. Generally, you'll only use these during combos and only after 236KK.

Kototsuki You

212 Shiki: Kototsuki You
Running Grab
63214K
CVS2 Kyo 63214K First.PNG
Elbow
CVS2 Kyo 63214K Second.PNG
Grab
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Hcb.png+Lk.png 200+1500 0 None Mid -6 5, 4 (hit) 32 (run), 4 (hit) 12 (run), 20 (hit) 49 (run), 33 (hit) -DWN -6 None
Hcb.png+Mk.png 200+1600 0 None Mid High 5, 4 (hit) 64 (run), 4 (hit) 12 (run), 20 (hit) 81 (run), 33 (hit) -DWN -6 None
Hcb.png+Hk.png 200+1700 0 None Mid High 5, 4 (hit) 48 (run), 4 (hit) 12 (run), 20 (hit) 65 (run), 33 (hit) -DWN -6 None

Kyo runs forward and elbows the opponent. On hit, he grabs them and blows them up. The LK version will run forward shortly, while the MK and HK versions will run fullscreen. Outside of whiffing the LK version as a gimmicky approach, there is almost never a reason to use these.

Supers

Final Showdown

Final Showdown
Beatdown Super
236236P
CVS2 Kyo 236236P.PNG
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Qcf.pngQcf.png+Lp.png 2800 0 None Mid High 5:8 56 35 104 -DWN -17 9 (Full)
Qcf.pngQcf.png+Mp.png 4400 0 SP/SU Mid High 5:8 56 30 99 -DWN -12 15 (Full)
Qcf.pngQcf.png+Hp.png 5800 0 None Mid High 5:8 56 30 99 -DWN -12 23 (Full)

Kyo summons a huge pillar of fire, and lunges at the opponent with a hook like his Aragami. Level 1 ends with one punch, level 2 adds another punch, and level 3 adds a high damage Oniyaki ender. Easier to combo into than Orochinagi, but does do less damage. Will combo off of lights and quick buffers, but requires a bit of close range. Gains a lot more utility in C-Groove where it can cancel into 236HKK, leading to an Orochinagi for big damage. Despite the ridiculously tall hitbox, air opponents will not get hit by this fully, making it useless as an anti-air.

Orochinagi

Ura 108 Shiki: Orochinagi
Flame Super
2141236P
CVS2 Kyo 2141236P First.PNG
Charging
CVS2 Kyo 2141236P Second.PNG
The Classic
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Qcb.pngHcf.png+Lp.png 2500 0 None Mid High 5:1~15 1~53 53 73 -DWN -20 9 (full)
Qcb.pngHcf.png+Mp.png 3700 0 SP/SU Mid High 5:1~15 1~53 53 73 -DWN -17 15 (Full)
Qcb.pngHcf.png+Hp.png 1000+4700 0 None Mid High 5:1~15 1~53 53 73 -DWN -14 23 (Full)

Kyo's signature super where he charges up his fire and then throws out a cloud of flame. Can be held, but unlike in KOF this does not increase it's damage and the max hold version is still blockable. With the level 3 version, Kyo will be covered in an active flame hitbox that can be used to make juggles consistent. Holding it is just for mindgames and to ensure max damage in juggles. These are high damage, and what you usually want to end combos in, but they can be a bit situational to land in comparison to Final Showdown. Almost always you'll land these after a Kai in the corner.

The level 1 and 2 versions are difficult to combo into, so you especially want to land the level 3 version. To land all hits of the level 3, you have to get a hit in the corner into 236HKK. Buffer the super to immediately do it as you land, and hold so they can bounce off of Kyo's body once. Then, release the super as they fall.

Colors

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