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|Health (at Ratio 2)|
|19 Frames||Very Long|
|Hop||Corpse Hop=Yes, Proj. Hop=No|
|Wakeup Speed compared to Ryu|
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.
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.
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.
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.