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SvC Chaos: SNK Vs Capcom/Iori Yagami

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八神 庵, Yagami Iori
Difficulty Simple/Easy
Max Mode Needed? Up to you, but it helps
Tier Placement Solid (B+)
Standing Hitbox ?
Crouching Hitbox Short

Introduction

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Iori Yagami, one of the most popular characters in the KOF series and SNK characters in general, and infamously one of the strongest characters in several KOF releases. Here, he's basically a copy and paste of his KOF2002 iteration, so he still holds up quite well, however due to the system changes he does suffer a bit. Most notably, no hops, no running, and no manual Max Mode activation leaves his rushdown pressure to not be quite as good. Plus, he feels a tad slower. But if you play Iori in KOF, even if just a little, you already have enough know-how to play him in this game. After all, it's Iori - he almost never changes. Even if you prefer his Orochi form, it's still recommended to play normal Iori first just to get a hang of how Iori feels in SVC.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Good walk speed and damage
  • Great buttons in general
  • Capable of both zoning and rushdown
  • Command grab for mixups and combo extensions
  • Taco gives him easy cross up combos
  • Max Mode is very useful but not necessary
  • Level 1 super has a free followup for free damage
  • Easy to master
  • Great for learning both SVC and KOF
  • Useful, but really slow overhead
  • Iffy backdash without j.4B
  • Overall unsafe with what he does
  • Just like Kyo, he is meter hungry...
  • ...But Max Mode optimizes his damage anyways
  • Exceed is a counter
  • Is not as strong at rushdown in this game compared to KOF
  • Most of his flaws boil down to being in SVC Chaos
SVC Chaos: SNK VS Capcom Frame Data Glossary
Damage

How much damage the attack does. This takes into account no defense modifiers, so the damage assumes a 0% damage modifier.

  • Note: Damage is a little inconsistent. Example: Geese cl.A deals 5 damage. Against Zero, sometimes it does 5 pixels of damage to his life bar, other times it does 4 pixels. Against Ryu, cl.A does 4 pixels of damage, other times it does 3 pixels of damage. This info comes from the Enterbrain Mook, but most likely this is the cause of damage modifiers skewing the damage slightly, thus making it a bit inconsistent.
  • Damage values listed are pulled from the SVC Chaos Enterbrain Mook, save Athena, Red Arremer, Serious Mr. Karate and Shin Akuma. It is listed because it's an official source for this info, just keep in mind damage is not 1-to-1 due to varying health values and screwy ways the game calculates damage anyways.
  • There will be a question mark next to the four mentioned characters because it's only a guess as to what the actual damage values are (until health and damage are better understood), since they were never gathered in the Mook.
Counter Damage

How much damage the attack does on a counter hit, or when it connects with an opponent while they're performing an attack. Counter damage values listed are pulled from the SVC Chaos Enterbrain Mook, save Athena, Red Arremer, Serious Mr. Karate and Shin Akuma.

Guard

Where the attack hits, and thus where it must be blocked.

  • Mids can be blocked standing and crouching
  • Overheads must be blocked standing
  • Lows must be blocked crouching
  • Unblockable cannot be blocked
  • Throws break through block up-close
Guard Crush

How much guard meter damage the attack does to the green Guard Gauge.

Stun

How many points of stun the attack adds to the opponent's invisible Stun Gauge.

Meter

How much meter is gained for performing/landing the attack. Special moves earn meter both when activated and when they connect with the opponent, whether it hits them or they block it.

Cancel

The type of cancel the attack can perform.

  • Any - All cancel types work
  • Ch - Chain cancel; it can chain into other attacks (mostly just lights)
  • Self - Can chain only into itself
  • Cmd - Command cancel; can cancel into command normals
  • Sp - Special cancel; can cancel into special moves, and almost always this means super cancels are possible too
  • Su - Super cancel; can cancel into super moves
  • Free - Free cancel; can be cancelled in Max Mode by other special moves or super moves
  • Written only for special moves as all normals can be Free Cancelled, so writing it in for every move would be redundant
  • X - Cannot be cancelled, either outside of Max Mode or that it cannot be cancelled at all
Startup

How many frames it takes before the move becomes 'active' or has a hitbox. The SVC Chaos wiki uses classic startup notation, which does not include the first active frame. A move with 3 startup becomes active on frame 4. Super and Exceed startup will calculate both the frames before and after the super flash animation as such: X+Y, with X being the startup frames before the flash animation and Y being the startup frames after the flash animation.

  • The startup will not take into account the frames of the flash animation itself where time freezes and the opponent player cannot act.
  • Super flashes last 28 frames, whereas Exceed flashes last 27 frames.
  • Because there is currently no way to view throw boxes, it is assumed that throws/command grabs are at most 0-1 frames of startup. Truthfully, we don't actually know though.
Active

How many frames a move remains active (can hurt opponents) for. Consecutive sets of active frames on a multi-hit move are separated by a comma. (Example: 3, 4 - The attack has its first hitbox for 3 frames, then the second hitbox for 4 frames)

  • If there is a gap between sets of active frames, the gap is denoted by a number in parentheses. (Example: 3, (2), 4 - The attack is active for 3 frames, then is not active for the next two frames, followed by being active again for 4 frames.)
  • Throw boxes are not visible either through dipswitches or the hitbox viewer so it's only a guess how active throws and command grabs are, but it's probably one active frame at most.
  • This also applies to hitbox images - they will still show the push and hurtboxes of characters but outside of that, unfortunately there is no way to depict the throw boxes at the moment.
Recovery

How many frames it takes for a move to finish after it's been active.

Total

The total number of frames the attack lasts on screen for. This adds up the startup, active, and recovery frames into one number.

Hit/Block Adv

These are frame advantage values when the attack hits or is blocked. If the number is positive, then the move will end before the defender can act again. If the number is negative, the defender will be able to act before the attacker and maybe even punish.

  • SKD refers to a soft knockdown, or a knockdown you can tech roll out of.
  • HKD refers to a hard knockdown, one that you cannot tech roll out of.
  • All frame advantages assume Ryu as the opponent. If there are variable wakeup times, it is currently unknown info.
  • Frame advantages of projectiles assumes the opponent is point blank range. Any farther and this obviously changes and/or doesn't matter.
  • Block advantage assumes no use of Guard Cancel Front Step.
  • For one, it obviously decreases the attacker's frame advantage significantly.
  • When the defender uses GCFS is also a variable factor so you cannot provide a hard answer as to what the frame advantage is after GCFS, as well as how soon they cancel GCFS into an attack.
  • Generally speaking, just assume the block advantage minus the active frames of GCFS, and that's a rough estimate of the frame advantage when GCFS is performed.
  • This doesn't really matter in most cases, since the attacker will automatically be quite minus after most attacks.
Invulnerability

Indicates whether there's any frames of invulnerability during the attack.

Move List

Normal Moves

Close Normals

cl.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 6 4 5 15 +3 +1 -
  • Just a Light Attack chain starter, but not the best one. Can chain into itself and other Light Attacks. Can be normal canceled too.

cl.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Low - - - - 6 3 5 14 +4 +2 -
  • Cancelable move that hits low. Important for mixup games, and it's Iori's main Light Attack chain ender, Can't chain into other Light Attacks, sadly. Interestingly enough, you can link a cl.C after this move(And you can cancel it, leading for combos).

cl.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 3 2, 5 14 24 -1 -3 -
  • Important move for his combos, but use it if you need damage.

cl.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 6 6 13 25 +1 -1 -
  • Not that useful as a normal. Can't be normal canceled, but can catch your opponent if he jumps.

Far Normals

st.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 7 3 3 13 +6 +4 -
  • Good as a poke, and only that, because it can't be normal canceled. I think it can chain into itself on certain characters.

st.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 7 4 7 18 +1 -1 -
  • Use it as a poke. It has better reach than the Far move above too. Cannot be normal canceled.

st.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 8 3 20 31 -3 -5 -
  • Just a fast scratch, cannot be normal canceled.

st.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 11 8 20 39 -8 -10 -
  • Has the best reach on his Far normals. It's unsafe on block, your opponent can easily do a GCF and punish you after it.

Crouch Normals

cr.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 6 4 7 17 +1 -1 -
  • A simple punch that is useful for his Light Attack chains. Can chain into itself, and the other Light Attacks.

cr.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Low - - - - 6 5 5 16 +2 +0 -
  • Another Light Attack chain starter. It hits low, can chain into all of the other Light Attacks, but can't be normal cancelled. This is your go-to light starter for starting low hitting combos, and in some cases cl.B as well.

cr.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - 8 5 16 29 -1 -3 -
  • Anti-air, and an attack for combos. The timing to combo it after a jumping attack is a little different, so just use it if you need to punish the opponent for approaching you. You're better off using cl.C for combos but as an anti-air, it's a decent button.

cr.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Low - - - - 6 6 31 43 SKD -19 -
  • The classic Iori sweep with nice reach and damage that can't be normal cancelled. Iori will move a little forward during the move. Not the longest reaching sweep in the game, but it makes for a good mixup or far reaching poke. It's more dangerous now that Front Step is a factor, so be particularly wary.

Jumping Normals

(n)j.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - 4 9 - - - - -
  • Neutral/Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • Basic jump punch. Can be better used as an air-to-air as it stays out for a decent time.

(n)j.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - 5 7 - - - - -
  • Neutral/Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • Another air-to-air, but this one has better reach and with a horizontal angle. Stays out slightly less than j.A but makes a good fast air-to-air to interrupt the opponent with.

(n)j.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - 9 3 - - - - -
  • Neutral/Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • A good jump-in attack for combos and a decent air-to-air if timed well. j.D has more reach for less startup, and you may find that easier to use for jump-ins instead, but j.C is still pretty decent for what it is.

(n)j.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - 6 3, 2 - - - - -
  • Neutral/Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • Another jump-in for combos, but can be used as an air-to-air too. Possible for Iori to whiff the attack if timed poorly, but is active for slightly longer than j.C and may be easier to time as a jump-in for you. As an air-to-air it's like j.B but not as active. j.B is leass risky by staying out longer whereas j.D covers slightly more area.

Command Normals

Geshiki: Yumebiki
f.A > A
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
f.A - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • A scratch with the same animation as his f.C. Can't be normal canceled, but it's very useful on Max Mode combos.
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
f.A > [A] - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This followup is a little strange... It can be normal canceled, but the timing to make it hit needs to be perfect. This one is useful on some normal mode combos.

Geshiki: Goufu In ~Shinigame~
f.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Just a slow overhead that can't be normal canceled, but it loses this properties if canceled into(It won't act as an overhead, and can be normal canceled. Oh, it will continue being slow too). It can't combo after a normal too, so... Just use it like an overhead(I think you can do Max Mode combos beginning with it).

Geshiki: Yuri Ori
j.4B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This one is important. Very important, I can assume. If you used him on KoF 2002, you'll most likely know what this move can do. If not, just use it in the air and try to see what it can do. Huh? You haven't got a hit? Try to crossup with it, and land a combo, to see what it can do. Just hold the button to the direction Iori is facing, and press the B button when you're on your opponent's back. This move can be used after a backdash too, which will make you dash longer(Useful if you need to run away when the timer is reaching zero).

Throws

Kof.lp.pngKof.lk.png Throw
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
24 24 Throw 0 0 0 X - - - - - - -

Kof.sp.pngKof.sk.png Throw
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
24 24 Throw 0 0 0 X - - - - - - -

Guard Cancel Blowback
Kof.sp.pngKof.sk.png on Block
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
0 0 Mid 0 0 0 X - - - - - - -

Special Moves

108 Shiki: Yamibarai
qcf P
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Iori's basic ground projectile. You won't need this so much on combos, but you can use it as a meaty, or if you need to negate other projectiles. The button pressed will determine the speed of the projectile.

100 Shiki: Oniyaki
dp P
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This DP-like move has many uses! It can be used as an anti-air(Better with the A version), or on combos, because it can be max canceled(Use the C version for that, it does 3 hits too).
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -

311 Shiki: Tsumagushi
dp K
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
dp B - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
dp D - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is an interesting move for Iori. The button pressed determines the distance Iori will move. If you need to punish your opponent's projectiles, use this(While Iori's in the air, he gains autoguard hitboxes). For the hit, nothing special about it, but you max cancel it(That means, you can punish projectiles with a combo in Max Mode).

127 Shiki: Aoi Hana
qcb A x3
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
1st Rekka - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
2nd Rekka - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
3rd Rekka - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -

127 Shiki: Aoi Hana
qcb C x3
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
1st Rekka - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
2nd Rekka - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
3rd Rekka - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Probably Iori's most classic move. This Rekka move is very good on punish situations, and you can do good combos in normal mode with it. If you need, you can delay the hits(If the first one was blocked, you can delay the second one to make it hit). The button pressed will determine the speed of the punches(You can't change between the versions while doing the inputs). The 1st hit will let your opponent on the ground(It has some good combos on Max Mode involving this hit). The 2nd hit will send your opponent in the air(That means, you can juggle after in Max Mode). The 3rd hit will act as an overhead on each version, but is very unsafe no block(No Max Mode combos with it). Combo the A version from the Light Attacks(The most used, Light Attack Chains rule), and the C version from the Heavy Attacks(Most damaging, better for punish situations). Any hit can be max canceled too, leading for nice combos.

212 Shiki: Kototsuki In
hcb K
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
hcb B - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is another classic move. Iori dashes and grabs the opponent, but it's blockable(And very unsafe on block). You can use this on combos, or as an option to dash while your opponent is knocked down.
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
hcb D - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -

Kuzukaze
hcb~f P
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is a great grab(It's unblockable this time). It doesn't do damage, but you can followup with almost anything after it(The easiest followup is Iori's Rekka move). Iori will move a little forward during the grab. I think you can dash and followup with a combo, like on KoF 2002(But in there, you had a run, not a dash). Dunno if you can cancel a normal into it, but I think you could on KoF.

Super Moves

Kin 1211 Shiki: Yaotome
qcf~hcb P
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
0+(1x7)+32 0, 1, 32 Mid 0 0 0 X - - - - - - -
  • Classic move. Mainly used on combos. When this move connects , Iori will do a series of attacks, ending with a grab, and an explosion. During the dash, Iori can pass under some projectiles(Like Sagat's High Tiger). Use this on combos only, because it's very unsafe on block.

Ura 306 Shiki: Saika
qcf x4 AC
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
(1x6)+14 1, 14 X 0 0 0 X - - - - - - -
  • Follow-up only possible after Iori's ranbu super (the one listed above).
  • If you played KoF after the 2001 edition, you'll be familiar with this followup. It's better if you learn this, because it's free damage on your opponent(I mean, you won't lose meter). Iori will slash, and after it, a flame pillar will knock your opponent down. Always try to execute it(Again, it's free damage), but it's a little hard to connect with it(For me it was, but on KoF it was very easy, I can assume).

Ura 311 Shiki: Saku Tsumagushi
qcf x2 K
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
0+(32x7) 0, 32 Overhead 0 0 0 X - - - - - - -
  • Remember that special move to punish projectiles? It's a super version of it. Iori yells "Ikuzo!"(Means "Let's go!"), and grabs the opponent if it connects. It will be an overhead on each version, and does decent damage. The B version will make Iori does a (almost) fullscreen jump, and the D version will make him do a fullscreen jump.

Exceed

Chi no Bousou
Hcb.pngHcb.pngKof.lp.pngKof.sp.png
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
29x4 29 Mid 0 0 0 X 1+1 63 13 78 HKD (+6) X 1F~2F (startup), 3F~19F (Full body invul during active), 20F~65F (Upper body invul above knees)
  • Iori's counter Exceed. He will turn into his Orochi form and will make a pose. If something(Not projectiles/grabs) hit him, he will do nice damage on his opponent. It should be nice if you hit-confirm it from a normal, or something like that (You can use it as a damaging anti-air, but it can be very risky if your opponent does an empty jump. I mean, he'll see the Exceed's flash).
  • Can be interrupted with grounded or large projectiles

Strategy

Basic Strategy

Iori's gameplan

Iori is a damage-based character(That means, he is fully offensive). What do you need to do? Damage(With his easy combos), crossup combos(You know how, and the crossup ones are easy to land), mixups(You have a slow overhead and a standing low-hitting move for that), anti-airs(DP is the best one for that), meaty projectiles(Free damage is still damage) and things like that(If you're doing damage, you're okay). If you need to punish, do it with a damaging combo(Especially if you use his dash super with the followup, or in case you're in Max Mode, cancel if you punished a projectile), that's how Iori works. If you're a KoF 2002 player, of course, you can use his strategies from there, but I can't say that they will work(In that game, we had short hops, which helped on Iori's offensive game). Well, that's it, be offensive, and good luck in your future games.

Advanced Strategy

Match-Ups

Combos

SVC Chaos: SNK VS Capcom Quick Combo Notation Guide
  • cl. = close normal
  • st. = standing/far normal
  • cr. = crouching normal
  • X = any button
  • CH = counter hit
  • , = Used to separate attacks in the combo
  • / = Separates different options for the combo (mainly different starters or enders that are possible)
  • Unless otherwise stated (such as it's a link or you need to delay the attack), assume this is a chain/cancel.
  • Example: cr.B, cr.A, dp A ; cr.B chains into cr.A, then cr.A cancels into dp A
  • [b]~f = Indicates to charge back (or downback), then press forwards for the given special move
  • ( ) = Parentheses used to indicate the attack(s) within the parentheses are optional to add to the combo
  • (C) = Indicates a free cancel, aka a cancel only possible in Max Mode
  • (SC) = Indicates a super cancel via free canceling in Max Mode
  • (1) = Used to indicate how many hits of the attack should connect (or less than) before continuing with the combo
  • Example: cl.C(1), hcb P means that only one hit of cl.C should be performed before moving on to do hcb P, not more than one hit
  • [ ] = Used to distinguish combo loops or combo starters/etc. in case a certain attack is only possible after specific options
  • xN = Repeat the given loop for as many times as either possible or as many times as you wish

Starters

Starters
Combo Position Damage Stun Difficulty Notes
cl.B, cl.C TBA TBA TBA TBA Iori's link and potential starter. You can learn it if you want since it's the best followup for his crossup command normal in a combo. You can also land it on a front facing opponent, but it also suffers from inconsistency issues. Iori needs to be close enough to land the cl.B to begin with, and then link cl.C right away which more likely results in Iori getting st.C instead. There's also the likelihood that Iori gets cl.C but the opponent is pushed too far back on front hit resulting in a whiffed cl.C instead. As with almost any link in KOF in general, you DON'T need it. It's a pretty tight link, so it's better to just ignore it and go for his more consistent options as you lose almost nothing. The pushback on cl.B makes it easy to drop.
cr.B x1-2, cr.A, (f.A) TBA TBA TBA TBA Consistent low hitting light starter. Chaining cr.B into cr.A takes some practice but it's easy to learn, and something you should prioritize learning if you're playing Iori in any capacity. Omit f.A unless you're comboing into super, since f.A is only super cancellable.
cl.B, f.A~A TBA TBA TBA TBA Another light starter that also hits low, but unlike KOF, the knockback in SVC can actually prevent Iori from comboing after the f.A command normal. If this connects as a backhit, then the follow-ups afterwards are more consistent, but front hitting it's not as reliable. You can omit the second A attack if you're super cancelling to ensure the combo lands or if you're in Max Mode. Still useful to know since it doesn't drop in regular KOF, and it likely won't drop against bigger characters, just keep in mind it has consistency issues.
cl.C, (f.A~A) TBA TBA TBA TBA Heavy starter. Since the f.A is only super or free cancellable on the first hit, you usually can only do cl.C in a combo. Doing the f.A command normal will connect the first hit but the second hit will whiff.
j.4B, any starter TBA TBA TBA TBA Easiest way to confirm a cl.B, cl.C link if you want to use it. All other starters work just fine, though, and are what you'll see in most matches instead. Usually, people opt for either cl.C or cr.B, cr.A instead.

BnB Combos

BnB Combos
Combo Position Damage Stun Difficulty Notes
(j.X,) Starter, qcb P x3 TBA TBA TBA TBA Simple Iori BnB that you'll do in every match as it's an easy confirm/punish into rekka or Maiden Masher. Can be done both as a low starter and with a cl.C after a punish/front step.
(j.X,) cl.B, f.A~A, qcb A x3 TBA TBA TBA TBA The same as his normal rekka combo but with a catch to it. On backhit, it combos like normal, but on front hit, the first qcb A whiffs. It is possible to still combo the rest of the rekka so long as you cancel the first rekka very quickly. Button hold helps in this regard.
(j.X,) cl.C, hcb K TBA TBA TBA TBA Roughly the same (if not more than) damage as rekka that Iori can get, which also leads into a HKD.
hcb~f P, dash, cl.C starter combo TBA TBA TBA TBA Another staple Iori combo you'll see a lot in KOF is to combo off of his command grab. In KOF, even if you cannot perform the run up cl.C, it was only a damage optimization, so you could opt for st.C or go straight to special/super anyways. Unfortunately, that's not the case here. Iori absolutely must run up to do cl.C to start any combo since st.C is not special cancellable outside of max mode. While Iori can super cancel st.C, the super will not combo from the distance set by command grab. Either that or go right to special/super. It's easier to do here since it's a dash instead of run, so Iori will always run a set distance so timing cl.C is easier, but is still a skill you need to practice.
Super Combos
Combo Position Damage Stun Difficulty Notes
(j.X,) Starter, qcf~hcb P > qcf x4 AC TBA TBA TBA TBA Simple Iori BnB that you'll do in every match as it's an easy confirm/punish into rekka or Maiden Masher. Can be done both as a low starter and with a cl.C after a punish/front step.
cr.A, hcb~f P, cr.A, hcb~f P, dash, cl.C, qcb C x3 / qcf~hcb P > qcf x4 AC Corner TBA TBA TBA Only when Iori is in the corner. A very hard combo, but possible in a real match even though you'll likely drop it anyways. You can add a crossup attack to go in the corner too if you need a little more damage and a hit-confirm also. It might be possible to loop the cr.A > hcb~f P command grab loop midscreen as well, as it is possible in KOF, but the timing is different due to a forward dash instead of run. Combo purely for styling on the opponent. To buffer command grab, simply do half of the hcb motion, then press cr.A, and finish the motion to cancel cr.A into command grab as quickly as possible.

Needs confirmation that this works. Doing cr.A > hcb~f P whiffs the command grab on front hitting Ryu at point blank range, suggesting this is not a possible combo.

Max Mode Combos

  • Note: You can opt to replace cl.C with a light starter into f.A, but keep in mind that f.A is only cancellable into special in max mode, so you're sacrificing some max mode meter for the tradeoff of a low/light starter, and more time to hit-confirm said combo.
Max Mode Combos
Combo Position Damage Stun Difficulty Notes
(j.X) cl.C, [hcb K(1), (C)dp C(2)]xN, (SC)qcf~hcb P > qcf x4 AC TBA TBA TBA TBA One of Iori's best Max Mode combos. He has more options, but this is one of the most consistent combos while also being decently damaging. Does overall less damage than in KOF2002, but it's still a must-have if you're doing Max Mode combos to optimize Iori's damage output. Can combo into ranbu super either from dp C or hcb K, so you're not restricted to where you can super cancel.
(j.X) cl.C, [dp C(2), (C)qcb P]xN, (SC)qcf~hcb P > qcf x4 AC TBA TBA TBA TBA Just another option for a combo. Harder to land than the above since the input reader can very easily mistake your DP motion as a ranbu input buffer.
(j.X) cl.C, [dp C(2), (C)hcb K]xN, (SC)qcf x2 B TBA TBA TBA TBA A slight variant to Iori's default max mode combo. Instead of comboing into ranbu super, you super cancel into his dp K super. It must be the B version of the super, which is fast enough to combo, whereas the D version has longer startup. No real reason to go for this option beyond style points, or if you really struggle to do ranbu inputs after hcb K but need a super cancel after it. qcf x2 B will not combo off of dp C(2).
(j.X,) cl.C, hcb K(1), [(C)dp K, (C)hcb K(1),]xN, super TBA TBA TBA TBA Another max mode combo variant. Mostly just there to look cool.

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