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Capcom vs SNK 2/Yamazaki

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Introduction

CVS2 Yamazaki SNK Art.jpg
Health (at Ratio 2)
14800 High
Stun
70 Average
Dash Length
16 Frames Average
Dash Type
Slide Corpse Hop=No, Proj. Hop=No
Run Speed
7.2 Slow
Roll Distance
120 pixels Medium
Roll Duration
25f Short
Wakeup Speed compared to Ryu
0f Average

Story

Ryuji Yamazaki is a Japanese yakuza who also happens to be one of the Heavenly Kings of Orochi on the side. Yamazaki was orphaned at a young age, and had to wander the streets of his hometown. He was miserable, until one day, he saw a Yakuza boss named Sorimanchi. Yamazaki decided to dedicate the rest of his life to becoming like Sorimanchi, and quickly began participating in the Japanese criminal underworld. He rose the ranks quickly, and soon he became one of Sorimanchi's personal bodyguards. This was the happiest time in his life, as he felt Sorimanchi was a surrogate father figure for him.

However, on a business trip to Osaka, Yamazaki started to get a funny feeling. They were ambushed by a rival gang, and Sorimanchi was kidnapped. They would go on to brutally torture and kill the man Yamazaki saw as his idol. This snapped Yamazaki's fragile mind in two, causing him to become obsessed with violence. He immediately took revenge on Sorimanchi, murdering the boss who ordered his death, and fled to Hong Kong. From there, Yamazaki doesn't remember much. When the KOF series starts picking up, Geese sends Billy Kane to force Yamazaki into joining. Billy took a few goons with him for protection. Yamazaki refused to join, and a fight broke out. After Yamazaki brutally maimed one of the guards, the Orochi blood in him began pulsing, and he decided to join. At the end of the tournament, it is revealed that Yamazaki is actually one of the Hakkeshu, or Heavenly Kings of Orochi. However, Yamazaki's own tormented psyche keeps the power of Orochi at bay, and Yamazaki doesn't really want much to do with the Orochi clan in general.

Gameplay

Yamazaki is a neutral-oriented zoner style character. He has plenty of great tools to control neutral with, from his simple normals like 5HK to his 214P Serpent Slashes, which can be angled depending on strength to cover different parts of the screen. He has plenty of ways to poke, anti-air, and punish from far away. His aggressive potential is also quite high, with high damage combos using his 214K Spray Sand, which cancels into Serpent Slashes, or his 236236P Drill combo ending super. Yamazaki also builds a lot of meter because of the aforementioned Spray Sand cancels, and whiffing Spray Sand in general builds notable meter, making Yamazaki an amazing point on C/A-Groove teams. His mixup is surprisingly potent as well, with an overhead command normal and special, and a command grab.

Yamazaki lacks much in the way of knockdowns, and can also struggle hard on defense. He lacks any reversal for escaping pressure, and even with Roll Cancels, none of his specials exactly excel at this. Yamazaki has to keep opponents out and away to win, but he is much more than capable of doing that consistently, and punishing you with big damage as well.

Groove Selection

Best - A/C: A-Yamazaki is a beast of a point character. His meterbuild is stellar, you basically guarantee that your mid character with have a CC ready on entry. Yamazaki's own CC is fairly good as well, though somewhat difficult. He can play around saving the meter, keeping himself safe, and activating when he knows he has the punish for big damage, then building meter for another CC. C-Yamazaki is fairly similar, although he gets a few new tools. The cheaper Alpha Counters gives him a way to escape out of pressure, and again, his meterbuild makes it even more worth considering. He also gets more consistent damage using level 2 Guillotine and cancelling it into Spray Sand xx Serpent Slash or a level 1 Guillotine. Yamazaki has very good RCs.

Useful - S/N/P: S-Yamazaki is a great point character again. He doesn't have much reliance on meter, but thanks to his oppressive zoning, charging is actually fairly safe with him. When in Desperation he can end every combo in a level 1 Guillotine for a knockdown and a mixup, and that mixup can involve his super command grab Drill. N-Yamazaki is, again, a great point character for his meterbuilding potential. He gets to use guard cancels more often, and has guard cancel roll as well. Run and hop give him more mixup options and make his aggression scarier in general. Activating Max Mode gives him a small damage buff as well, which can be helpful. P-Yamazaki gets to parry into low damage but amazing meter gain, and that can be important for a P-Groove team where your mid can come in with a full bar. Even Yamazaki himself can parry into a level 3 Guillotine for solid damage once or twice a round.

Worst - K: K-Yamazaki has a lot less going for him. His amazing meterbuild is gone entirely, and while JD isn't useless, he doesn't get the greatest punishes from it. Yamazaki also prefers to be the one pressing buttons, not trying to interrupt the opponents buttons. When Raged, he does have higher damage, and his mixup is scarier overall. However, it just isn't worth it for such a defensive battery character.


Yamazaki is a neutral powerhouse, focusing on mindgames around his pokes and Serpent Slashes to keep the opponent at bay. When he gets in, he has decent mixup ability, and his meterbuild is some of the best in the game, making him amazing on point. Just be ready to struggle on defense. Yamazaki is best in A-Groove and C-Groove.
Pros Cons
  • Neutral: With beastly buttons like s.hk and various specials for zoning, Yamazaki can keep opponents out for entire rounds, his zoning becomes even stronger when you rollcancel, letting him poke and not worry about more dominate pokes
  • Meter Gain: Spray Sand cancels into Serpent Slashes, which builds a huge chunk of meter. This lets Yamazaki be an amazing battery, and oftentimes guarantee your mid character to have a full bar on entry
  • Damage: While Yamazaki doesn't consistently get knockdowns, he does do solid damage, and his Guillotine super is a stellar combo ender for a great knockdown and higher damage. His base Bread and Butter combo has great damage, stun, and push back while being safe on block and pushing opponent away.
  • Synergy: Thanks to his great utility as a point, and useful nature in various Grooves, it's pretty easy to toss Yamazaki onto the front of your team and get the reward of having plenty of meter to spend later on
  • Easy: Yamazaki's gameplan is simple, and he lacks any difficult execution to deal with, making him a great beginner character
  • Knockdowns: Without spending meter, Yamazaki has no knockdown special he can combo into, making what would likely be a solid mixup game much less powerful
  • Defense: Yamazaki's only reversals are his level 2 and 3 supers (level 1 grab super is good, but jumpable), which are expensive and usually not worth the cost for a point character. He relies more on smart escapes and system mechanics to get out
  • Offense: While he has some solid mixups, Yamazaki lacks a good way to enforce them without great mobility or guard crush strings that reset themselves like the top tiers have



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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
Far Lp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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5MP

Far Strong
Far Medium Punch
5MP / Far MP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Mp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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5HP

Far Fierce
Far Heavy Punch
5HP / Far HP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Hp.png - - - - - - - - - +1 +1 -

A very good cancelable normal with good reach. Ending a block string into s.hp xx Serpent Slash is safe and works on guard bar very well. The move is very safe on block if not canceled, being +1.

5LK

Far Short
Far Light Kick
5LK / Far LK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Lk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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5MK

Far Forward
Far Medium Kick
5MK / Far MK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
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5HK

Far Roundhouse
Far Heavy Kick
5HK / Far HK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Far Hk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

One of the best universal pokes in the game. This button is very dominant is most matches and plus on block/hit. Most matches this will be abused while mixing in Serpent slashes from a distance.

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
Close Lp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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clMP

Close Strong
cl.MP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Mp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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clHP

Close Fierce
Close Heavy Punch
cl.HP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Hp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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clLK

Close Short
Close Light Kick
cl.LK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Lk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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clMK

Close Forward
Close Medium Kick
cl.MK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Mk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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clHK

Close Roundhouse
Close Heavy Kick
cl.HK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Close Hk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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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
D.png+Lp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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2MP

Crouch Strong
Crouching Medium Punch
2MP / cr.MP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.png+Mp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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2HP

Crouch Fierce
Crouching Heavy Punch
2HP / cr.HP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.png+Hp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

A very solid anti air that cover the space around his head, very difficult to get around this move. Most matches it will have no issues doing it job, while other matches (like Vega) can see it lose or trade at times. In those cases mix up with counter or RC Sand Spray xx Serpent Slash.

2LK

Crouch Short
Crouching Light Kick
2LK / cr.LK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.png+Lk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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2MK

Crouch Forward
Crouching Medium Kick
2MK / cr.MK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.png+Mk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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2HK

Crouch Roundhouse
Crouching Heavy Kick
2HK / cr.HK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
D.png+Hk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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
Ub.png/U.png/Uf.png+Lp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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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
Ub.png/U.png/Uf.png+Mp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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j.HP

Jump Fierce
Jumping Heavy Punch
j.HP
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png/U.png/Uf.png+Hp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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j.LK

Jump Short
Jumping Light Kick
j.LK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png/U.png/Uf.png+Lk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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j.MK

Jump Forward
Jumping Medium Kick
j.MK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png/U.png/Uf.png+Mk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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j.HK

Jump Roundhouse
Jumping Heavy Kick
j.HK
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
Ub.png/U.png/Uf.png+Hk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Command Normals

X

Generic Command
Generic Name
Generic Input
Version Damage Stun Cancel Guard Parry Startup Active Recovery Total Adv Hit Adv Block Invul
- - - - - - - - - - - - -

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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
Close B.png/F.png+Hp.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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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
Close B.png/F.png+Hk.png - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Universal Combos

Bread and Butter

  • c.lp, c.lp, c.lk xx HK Sand Spray xx MP Serpent Slash

One of the best BnBs in the game. Does great damage while pushing the opponent away so you can continue to zone. Very good meter build and safe on block. Use MP Serpent Slash on hit and HP Serpent Slash on block.

Metered Combo

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Colors

Yamazaki CvS2 colors.png

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