Marvel vs Capcom 2/Magneto

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Story

Magneto, born Max Eisenhardt, later known as Erik Magnus Lensherr, is a character from the X-Men series by Marvel. He is a mutant with a powerful ability to control all forms of magnetism. Viewing humankind as morally and naturally inferior, he aims to conquer the world in order to establish mutantkind as the dominant species; however, his extreme methods and cynical outlook derive from his desire to protect fellow mutants from the atrocities he endured as a child during the Holocaust.

Gameplay

The basis for Marvel's Master of Magnetism is pure rushdown. From his basic Hyper-Grav xx Tempest combos to his never-ending line of possible resets and infinite combos, his rushdown game is unmatched by any character on the roster. What he lacks in versatility, he makes up for in speed and mixups. If you like overwhelmingly oppressive rushdown, and are willing to overcome his steep learning curve, this is the character for you.

Magneto is a pixie rushdown character capable of devastating damage and lightning-fast offense and mixups.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Rushdown God: The fastest character in the game, bar none. You can maneuver around assists, projectiles and pokes with Mag's 8-way airdash or his fullscreen grounded dash and wind up in your opponent's face almost instantly if they're not careful.
  • 8-Way Air Dash: Possesses the fastest air dash in the game, giving him almost full control of the screen.
  • ROM Infinite: One of the deadliest infinites in the game, which can be converted into off most stray hits with a good assist. Can combo into/out of Magnetic Tempest in the corner for even more damage/DHC to reset the scaling.
  • Mixups: Magneto has arguably the fastest useful overhead in the game in his tri-jump, along with a 1-frame low and nearly infinite reset points in many of his optimal combos. Even his throws allow him to pick up combos from anywhere on screen, so he can threaten with every angle of attack at close-range.
  • Meter Build: Second to only Storm in this regard. His supers are good, but he's not reliant on them because he's got plenty of utility to work with.
  • EM Disruptor Assist: One of the better keep-away assists in the game. Sentinel in particular gets a lot out of this assist, and other zoners get similar benefits from it.
  • Guardbreak Into Infinite: Easy guardbreak on incoming into his infinite allows him to massacre opposing teams with one or two clean hits.
  • Steep Learning Curve: Rewards advanced understanding of the game engine and its inner workings. Can be frustrating to learn when compared to many of the other god-tiers' respective strengths (AHVB, fastfly, etc.)
  • High Execution: Extremely complex combos require nerves of steel and lots of practice, so it's very possible you might mess up.
  • Reliant On Rushdown: Magneto can't zone or chip that well, so you'll have to take the risk of getting close in order to use him effectively.
  • Counter-Play: Many teams and tactics have been conceived and designed solely to counter Magneto, just like the other god tiers.
  • Footies: His safe jab-style attacks can be out-prioritized with good anticipation.
  • Low Life: Magneto has below average health, meaning he can't tank stray hits the way characters like Sentinel can.

Character Summary

Special Moves

EM Disruptor (Air OK)
  • Hcf.png + P.png
Hyper-Gravitation
  • Hcb.png + K.png
Magnetic Force Field
  • Hcf.png + K.png
Magnetic Blast
  • U.pngUf.pngF.png + P.png
Flight
  • Qcb.png + Lk.pngHk.png
Super Moves

Magnetic Shockwave
  • Qcf.png + Lp.pngHp.png
Magnetic Tempest (air OK, mash for more hits)
  • Qcf.png + Lk.pngHk.png
Assist Moves

Type α - Projectile Type
  • Assist: Lp.png EM Disruptor
  • Counter: Lp.png EM Disruptor
  • Combination: Magnetic Shockwave
Type β - Capture Type
  • Assist: Lk.png Hyper Gravitation
  • Counter: Lk.png Hyper Gravitation
  • Combination: Magnetic Tempest
Type γ - Launcher Type
  • Assist: D.pngHp.png
  • Counter: D.pngHp.png
  • Combination: Magnetic Tempest
MVC2 magneto art.png

Colors

First row: LP, HP, A1. Second row: LK, HK, A2.

Mvc2-magneto.png

Moves List

Normal Moves

Standing Normals

5LP
5LP
Magneto s.lp.png
Zap
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
4 3 3 9 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, SJ, Super - - -

Basic standing jab, fast and decent range.


5MP
5MP
Magneto s.mp(1).png
Magneto s.mp(2).png
Magneto s.mp(3).png
Quick launcher, sends up at 75 degree angle
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
7 9 11 11 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Launcher SJ - - -

Generally better to just chain into 2HP for launcher, but still nice to have as an auto-combo.


5HP
5HP
Magneto s.hp(1).png
Magneto s.hp(2).png
Magneto s.hp(3).png
Nice big disjoint
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
13 6 7 24 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Special, SJ, Super - - -


5LK
5LK
Magneto s.lk.png
Check out the disjoint on this baby
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
5 7 2 17 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, SJ, Super - - -

Placeholder text


5MK
5MK
Magneto s.forward(1).png
Magneto s.forward(2).png
Leg swipe, another disjoint
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
7 7 7 19 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Special, SJ, Super - - -

Placeholder text


5HK
5HK
Magneto s.hk(1).png
Magneto s.hk(2).png
Magneto s.hk(3).png
"Huh-hah!"
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
9 + 4 7 20 16 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Launcher Special, SJ, Super - - -

Hits twice. The first hit is useful for comboing into magnetic shockwave. Two hit's is good for setting up ROM against Sentinel.


Crouching Normals

2LP
2LP
Magneto c.lp.png
Another quick zap
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
4 4 3 11 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, Super - - -

5LP but crouching.


2MP
2MP
Magneto c.mp.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
7 9 14 38 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile Chain, Special, Super, SJ Cancellable - - -

Placeholder text


2HP
2HP
Magneto c.hp.png
OOH! OOH! OOH! OOH!
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
13 7 8 25 HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
- Special, SJ, Super - - -

The easiest of Mags' three launchers to use. Sends them straight up, unlike 5MP and 5HK


2LK
2LK
Magneto c.lk.png
foot poke with 1 frame startup
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
4 2 4 9 L
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, SJ, Super - - -

One of the fastest moves in the game. Great for hitting the opponent Otg.png


2MK
2MK
Magneto c.forward.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
6+3 4 8 21 L
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Special, Super SJ cancellable - - -

good for hitconfirming with assists like Psylocke AA


2HK
2HK
Magneto c.hk.png
Slide, sort of like Mega Man's
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
13 7 27 8 L
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
- - - - -

Good range and hitbox. can combo into Hyper-Grav under certain conditions


Jumping Normals

j.LP
j.LP
Magneto j.lp.png
Nice big hitbox
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
4 4 8 12 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, Super - - -

Placeholder text


j.MP
j.MP
Magneto j.mp.png
Quick air zap- similar in animation to 5LP
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
7 5 16 12 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, Super - - -

Placeholder text


j.HP
j.HP
Magneto j.hp.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
13 8 13 8 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Flying screen Special, Super - - -

good landing hitbox. cancelling j.HP > airdash > j.HP is his best whiff meter build option.


j.LK
j.LK
Magneto j.lk.png
Great air combo ingredient
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
4 3 10 11 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, Super - - -

Slightly bigger than jLP, deceptive sprite-hitbox. Core tool for his infinite


j.3LK
df + j.LK
Magneto j.df.lk.png
Command normal aerial
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
4 3 10 9 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, Super - - -

Key normal of his. Influences the opponent's trajectory based on Magneto's momentum. Enables many of his infinites


8MK
j.MK
Magneto j.forward.png
Nice move for your air combos
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
7 3 1 30 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
None Chain, Special, Super - - -

Pops the opponent straight up on hit. good normal for setting up magneto's tricky resets.


8HK
j.HK
Magneto j.hk.png
Air combo ender- kicks them to the curb hard
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
14 7 6 15 H
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Flying Screen Special, Super - - -

Faster and a little bigger than jHP. Good jump-in


Universal Mechanics

Throw (Punch)
4/6HP // B.png or F.png + Hp.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
16 - - - N/A
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Throw None - - -
Throw (Kick)
4/6HK // B.png or F.png + Hk.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
16 - - - N/A
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Throw None - - -


Special Moves

EM Disruptor
HCF+P // Hcf.png + Lp.png or Hp.png (Air OK)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile Super - - -

A decent full-screen projectile. Use only the TK jab version as the other has dangerously more lag. Use this when turtling or when trying to establish full-screen distance. Alright option against Sentinel's trying to fly back or Storm's building meter close to the ground.


Hyper Gravitation (Air OK)
HCB+K // Hcb.png + Lk.png or Hk.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile Super - - -

Homing projectile, mainly used in combos due to it causing a capture state. Either version can be used in most combos, but outside of it always use the roundhouse version to be safe. Experience-wise, it has its moments outside of combos both good and bad, so use it sparingly as it has tremendous lag. Good situations would be when the opponent is falling down to you from a superjump, or when baiting him to attack your "unprotected" assist. When it connects perform his launcher as soon as you're in range as this can be mashed out of easily.


Magnetic Force Field
HCF+K // Hcf.png + Lk.png or Hk.png (Air OK)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Counter Super - - -

A counter move in which Magneto conjures a circular field around him to protect him against physical attacks, though it is too short to be of any use unless when fooling around. Avoid this like the plague.


Magnetic Blast
U,UF,F+P // U.pngUf.pngF.png + P.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile None - - -

Magneto lets out a slow-moving projectile with a weird angle. The main use of this move is to delay your descent, the projectile is just icing on the cake. Good situations would be to avoid Doom's molecular shield assist, Sentinel unblockable and some ground-based traps.


Flight
QCB+KK // Qcb.png + Lk.png + Hk.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Flight Super - - -

Magneto does a quick spin and then floats steadily. You cannot block while in this mode. You can move by either holding the stick to anywhere you want to float to, or using his PP airdash which is a hundred times faster and a million times more useful. Do the motion again and you will fall to the ground (You can be hit while falling unless you have Unfly mode). Be warned that doing this the wrong way (HCB + KK) will make him do a Hyper-Grav which will get him killed. This has a similar use to the Magnetic Blast: to delay your descent. This can be used to avoid Sentinel's unblockable (as Justin Wong popularized) and, in conjuction with airdashing, avoid the infamous Strider/Doom trap. He can also be in Unfly mode which makes it a little bit safer to use. Don't bother using this in combos.


Assist Moves

EM Disruptor
A1 // A2
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile N/A - - -

Magneto comes out and does the fierce version of his EM Disruptor. This assist has so many uses—zoning, quick ground control, more damaging resets and combos, you can even use this as a pseudo-AAA!

If there's a character that benefits the most from this assist, it's Sentinel. It gives the robot more powerful combos (e.g. launch lk mp ff.lp + Mag-A f.hp xx LP Rocket Punch), better zoning and keepaway games. It also serves Cable and his keepaway very well. This assist forms the backbone of teams Rowtron and Combofiend and for this reason you should strive to keep Magneto alive for the late game 'clutch'.

Using this as a pseudo-AAA means pushblocking off your opponent's overheads while calling Magneto to brush him off you.


Hyper Gravitation
A1 // A2
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile N/A - - -

Magneto performs the HK version of Hyper-Gravitation.


Crouching Heavy Punch
A1 // A2
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Launcher N/A - - -

Magneto performs his 2HP launcher.


Super Moves

Magnetic Shockwave
QCF+PP // Qcf.png + Lp.pngHp.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile N/A - - -

Magneto reels his arm back and slams it down the ground, creating successive columns of blue Magnetic energy that shoot upward from the ground in front of him.

  • Whenever the opponent's point character gets hit by the super the game goes into "Flying Screen" as the camera follows the opponent until the super ends. But if the super hits an assist and not the point character, the assist gets hit normally but the game does not go into Flying Screen.
  • It hits 8-10 times midscreen but in the corner the super ends once the column reaches the far end of the playing field. Because of this reason you should avoid using this when you've got the opponent cornered.
  • There are many dangers in using this outside of combos since Magneto is completely vulnerable during the super. First, when you're up close and you Shockwave, they can pushblock the super and kill you for free. Also, be aware that against a lucky and/or incredibly skilled opponent, they can completely avoid getting hit by using either a forward air dash or an air super that propels them forward. To improve their chances even more, they can call an assist to shield themselves from the columns and hit you.
  • This super can't be mashed to increase damage.
  • This super is greatly affected by damage scaling, so use this only in short combos or if you're in desperate need to push the opponent into the corner, because otherwise you're just wasting a bar.
  • This combos off of many attacks but the most notable of them are: Hyper-Grav, s.hk (1 hit), c.hp, c.hk (OTG or juggle). For some reason, doing c.hp xx Shockwave often adds one more Shockwave hit.
  • This super is seldom used in high-level play because after Shockwave hits, Magneto is too far away from the opponent to start any real mix-ups and gives your opponent the chance to regain momentum. For this reason, it has fallen out of favor in lieu of the "five fierce combo" which doesn't cost a bar and gets the opponent right next to you for possible follow-ups.
  • Generally, this is the safer super to DHC Magneto in, but you still have to take your chances.
  • If the first hit of the Shockwave 'trades' with an incoming move from the opponent's point character, the Shockwave seems cancel after the current shockwave, Flying Screen occurs, Flying Screen finishes, and then the Shockwave reappears and finishes. Video example. Note that Magneto does not actually take damage from this 'trade'.


Magnetic Tempest
QCF+KK // Qcf.png + Lk.pngHk.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery Guard
- - - - HL
Special Property Cancel Adv. Hit Adv. Guard Adv. Pushblock
Projectile N/A - - -

Magneto lets out numerous metal shards from his hands that shoot out in random directions except behind him.

  • This unlike Magneto's Shockwave super can be mashed for more damage (I can't confirm this, though most people do it anyway).
  • This is used primarily in the corner, utilizing the Hyper-Grav xx Tempest combo which inflicts a respectable amount of damage when it connects. (HGxxTempest works because the super flash screen kills four frames, letting the HG hit nearly instantly.) The drawback is that it can be escaped if the opponent counter-mashes out of the HG. Less commonly seen but definitely more useful is using this in conjunction with an assist that takes the place of the Hyper-Grav to make the Tempest combo into it, coined as the "unmashable" Tempest combo.
  • This is a 1-frame start-up super which means that if you're fast enough you can DHC Magneto out before something hits him (Hail and most non-beam projectiles).
  • Be aware that the shards deal rather poor amounts of chip damage and the super doesn't cover the space behind him so think twice before using it outside of combos, especially at close range.
  • A rare occasion to use this is when both the point character and his assist is cornered, both of them are hit by your AAA (Cable-b and CapCom-b are prime examples) and are thrown away to the top of the screen, you can SJ up and Tempest so that the assist will get hit by the shards as soon as it falls toward the ground. His point will block the shards and makes it safe from retaliation.
  • This super has a weird property—your momentum before you perform the super (either you're going up in the air or falling down) is retained after the super ends. What this means is that when you TK the super (QCF -> UF + KK) and it ends, you will shoot upward as if you've just started superjumping. This property gives him the ability to tack on the Hyper-Grav xx Tempest combo between reps of the ROM infinite which makes it even more scary.
  • The best situation to DHC Magneto in safely with this is when you have your back against the corner AND you're full screen away from the opponent. Watch out against beamers.
  • You can use this super's long DHCing window to let him fill the screen first with shards to cover your next character before you DHC him out e.g. Mags is full screen away from the opponent, he does his Tempest super, then he lets the super fill the screen with shards, and he DHCs into Cable's Time Flip super. Cable will be safe against most forms of retaliation.



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