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SvC Chaos: SNK Vs Capcom/Mr. Karate

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Mr.カラテ, Mr. Karate
Difficulty Easy
Max Mode Needed? Doesn't Need It
Tier Placement Solid (B+)
Standing Hitbox ?
Crouching Hitbox Short

Introduction

Mrkaratefacesvc.png

Mr. Karate, the hidden identity of Takuma Sakazaki, is a boss in the first Art of Fighting game, revealed to later be Ryo Sakazaki and Yuri Sakazaki's father. However, here he claims to not be Takuma. He's one of the stronger shotos in SVC thanks to a well-balanced moveset and ease of use, and - shockingly - they gave Mr. Karate a DP!

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Easy to play and learn
  • Fast projectile
  • Plays both the ground and air game equally well
  • Fast dashes
  • Finally got a DP
  • Running grab lets him mixup his pressure
  • Chargeable Exceed
  • Overall fundamentally sound character
  • No Ryuuko Ranbu
  • Mediocre command moves
  • Hard to combo supers
  • Pointless Max Mode combos
  • Loses to specialists
  • Bland rushdown
  • Normals are a little situational
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.
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.

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.

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.)
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.
  • 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.

Moves 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 - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is a nice move to use in his short combos. Can be cancelable, can't whiff on those low crouching chars(Unlike other cl.LPs in this game), and can even chain into itself. It's his best starter for light attack combos.

cl.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Can be used as a light attack combo starter, but it's not the best to use. The cl.A is better, really.

cl.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Fast, and good for combos.

cl.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Avoid this normal. The cl.C is better than this move. It can be used as an anti-air, but it's risky to use.

Far Normals

st.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • You don't need to use this. It's the opposite of cl.A, but with better reach.

st.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • A fast anti-air. It's good to use for situations outside of DP.

st.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Good poke. It's better than the s.A too. It has a good reach, cannot whiff on low crouching chars, but can't be canceled.

st.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is a poking move only. It's a little slow compared to the f.C, but you can use it. Mr. Karate walks a little forward when he performs this move, now it's up to you to choose what is better for him.

Crouch Normals

cr.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Really bad in light attack combos. Can be used as a safe poke too.

cr.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Almost no reach, but it's the best when used in light attack combos.

cr.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • A slow anti-air move. You can use this or his DP. Can be used in punish combos too.

cr.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • A fast sweep. Can be used as low poke(Yeah, he can use only one low poke). Cancel it if you want meter.

Jumping Normals

nj.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Neutral Jumping Attack
  • Pointless attack with basically zero reach.

j.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • Good to use as an air-to-air, or even a jump-in.

nj.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Neutral Jumping Attack
  • A neutral air-to-air move. You can use when you need.

j.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • Good jump-in. You can even crossup with this. It's not that hard to combo after this move too.

(n)j.C
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Neutral/Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • This can be his best jump-in. Use it a lot if you want to combo.

nj.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Neutral Jumping Attack
  • A fast kick that can be used in the opponent's wakeup. In combos, the j.C is better(But if you want to use this move, go ahead).

j.D
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Overhead - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Diagonal Jumping Attack
  • His best move for crossup combos(Crossups will help you a lot with Mr. Karate's combos, so master them if you want the combos for you).

Command Moves

Hisha Otoshi
b.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Bad move, really. It can negate normal projectiles, but you have better options to do that. This move isn't useful in combos(Even in Max Mode) too, so it should be better if you avoid it.

Oniguruma
f.A
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • (If used alone) A really fast move that knocks down the opponent. You can poke with this move(It will not whiff on low crouching chars, and it's fast). It can be canceled too. (If used after a normal) A really fast attack that cannot knock down your opponent. It's the best to use in combos, but it can be a little hard(You know, that combo options thing). This move's properties(It's in the beginning) can be used even after a normal(Do any cancelable normal, wait a moment, f+A. The timing is different for each normal), and you can combo(With a knockdown).

Kawara Wari
f.B
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • (If used alone) A non-cancelable overhead like Ryu's. You can use this in wakeup mixups. (If used after a normal) A simple, and non-cancelable move(But you can cancel it in Max Mode). If you delay the cancel, you can make this move an overhead, and no, unlike in the f+A, you cannot combo in this way(Just try to do like a meaty cr.B, wait a moment, f+B. It's simple to do, and it's an overhead after a low, that's a nice thing to use in mixups).

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 - - - - - - -

Special Moves

Ko'ou Ken
qcf P
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • The classic Kyokugen projectile. It's pretty fast to use, can be used in basic combos(It can combo with the cl.Heavy attacks, and with all of the Command Moves). C version is faster than the A version, and it's nice if you want to alternate between them. It's good to see that he doesn't have his invisible projectile here.

Zanretsu Ken
fbf P
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
fbf A - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
fbf C - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Takuma starts to punch the air until it hits the opponent while he isn't blocking. It's a 13 hit move(That's his record guys). The C version stays for a longer time than the A version, but if the move connects, the versions are the same in animation, and in damage(Unlike Ryo). Your opponent will gain meter while Mr. Karate punchs him, so watch out when you use it(And Mr. Karate will gain meter only when he begins the punching). Can be used as a followup to the last Special move in this list.

Kohou
dp P
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
dp A - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
dp C - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is the Kyokugen-Ryu's DP. It's really good that he got this move in his bag. Can be used in combos, but it's better if you use it defensively(As an anti-air). Can be used as a followup to the last Special Move in this list.

Mouko Burai Ken
qcb P
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
qcb A - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
qcb C - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • A punch that will come out after some autoguard frames. I don't know why, but you can actually cancel the punch in Max Mode(Like Dan), but I don't know if it can combo. The damage is really good too. Can be used as a followup to the last Special Move in this list.

Shouran Kyaku
hcb K
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
hcb B - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
hcb D - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • This is a great grab. Why? He runs(And we can't run in this game, we can only dash, and he isn't the only character that can run with Special Moves in this game). Takuma had it since the first KoF games, and it's good to see it here. He is vulnerable while he's running. D version will run longer than in the B version. This move can be better used against turtlers.

Hien Shippu Kyaku
[db]~f K
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
[db]~f B - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
Version Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
[db]~f D - - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • The classic Kyokugen kicks. This is where you will make your combos(That's why his combo options are very limited). The D version is better to use in combos, because it does more hits than in the B version, more damage, and can juggle(The juggle isn't like in KoF'94). More info about the best followups will be in the combos section.

Super Moves

Kyokugen Kohou
qcf x2 K
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Super version of his DP. Pretty good to use in combos(More details in the combos section). In the "Shin" version of Mr. Karate, the first two hits of this Super(In the Boss's case, Special) move can be max canceled, but with this version, he cannot.

Haou Shikou Ken
f~hcf P
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • The classic(And not invisible this time) Kyokugen's Super projectile. You can delay the release of the projectile by holding the button pressed. A version travels slower than in the C version(The C version is nice to use against projectile abusers). Mix between them to confuse your opponent. Delaying the release of the projectile cannot increase the damage of the Super.

Exceed

Chou Haou Shikou Ken
F.pngHcf.pngKof.lp.pngKof.sp.png
Damage Counter Dmg Guard G. Crush Stun Meter Cancel Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Invulnerability
- - Mid - - - - - - - - - - -
  • Mr. Karate throws three Super projectiles. You can delay it, like the Super above, but obviously, the damage is better. The speed of this move is the same as the C version of the Super above. If the first HSK hits the opponent in the ground, the other two will connect. If it hits in the air, the other two can connect. Like the Super, delaying the release of the projectile cannot increase the damage. Extremely good to punish those projectile abusers.

Strategy

Basic Strategy

Mr. Karate's Gameplan

Mr. Karate is a simple character to use. So what now? It should be better if you play defensively with him, but without turtling and walking backwards/blocking low everytime. You can be better with him if you master the GCF thing. So... How can I be defensive with him? I just need to spam his DP?" Not exactly. You have other good defensive options, like the HSK Super(For some characters, it's very hard to jump over it), the f, b, f+P(You can use it as an anti-air too, and it can counter some Supers too), the DP Super(Yeah, you can anti-air your opponent while doing THAT damage), and finally, the QCB+P(The autoguard startup can help you a lot against some characters). But don't worry, you have offensive options too, like the DP Super(It can be used in some combos), his Charge db, f+D(Good part of his combos will have it), your Command Moves(Except for the one who can negate normal projectiles), and the Running Grab(Nice against turtlers), but remember, don't be an agressive player with Mr. Karate, or you'll pay. If you want to alternate the time you want to be offensive, and the time you want to be defensive with him, go ahead, and good luck in your matches.

Some combos
Well... Mr. Karate isn't that combo friendly, but his options are good, and I'll put only the best options here. If you know more combos, add them here.

1- [Jump Attack] cl.C, QCF+P

Simple combo. Do it when you need. Only that.

2- [Jump Attack] cr.C,(After the charge) f+D, QCF(2x)+K/Exceed/DP+P

This is a nice combo to use if you want to punish your opponent. The DP+P is just one of the options to when you don't have meter/Exceed to use. This is one of Mr. Karate's most damaging combos(With the Super/Exceed, I mean).

3- (While you're far away from the opponent, and he/she is in a jumping state) f, HCF+A(It needs to hit him/her while he/she is jumping), Exceed

This isn't really a combo that you will use everytime, but it's possible to do anyway. You don't really need to learn this.

4- [Jump Attack] cl.A, cr.B, QCF(2x)+K

The most simple way to combo into the DP Super. Pretty good to use if you don't like charging a button. You can do it everywhere too.

Advanced Strategy

What to do in Max Mode?

Well... Mr. Karate cannot do good Max Mode combos, so... What to do? You have max cancelable moves, like your QCB+P(You cannot combo after it), and your DP(It can be max canceled, but if you can do a Special Move in 1-5 frames without those macros, go ahead). It should be better for him if you just do Supers in Max Mode.

Resets

Resets are really important in this game, and the characters who have moves with juggle properties(Like Mr. Karate) are almost experts on that. And he have 2(As I know) possible reset combos(I saw them in a video, and I could prove that they are possible). Now for the first one(You can add here if you know some more interesting resets):

(Midscreen only) Charge db, f+D(You can add a cr.C before it if you want more damage), High Jump(In the opponent's direction), j.C, dash,(When your opponent is in the ground) cr.B, QCF(2x)+K

Really good to use when you can. It's really easy to land(You can punish easily with that Charge move), and the damage is very good. It should be better if you practice it. The bad is that this reset combo can only be done while you're in midscreen(It isn't good in the corner because you'll need to dash). The dash is the most important part, because it can confuse your opponent(It can make him block in the wrong direction). Now for the second one:

(Midscreen only) Charge db, f+D(Here, you can add a cr.C too), dash, cl.C, Jump, j.D(As a crossup), cr.B, cl.A, f+A, DP+P

This reset is little harder than the first combo above, but it's good if you don't have meter. The damage is really good too(A little more than half of one bar, and that's the damage of some Supers). Mr. Karate's combos and resets aren't HUGE things, but they are good to see in a match, and that's one of the things that makes him a great character to use in this game. Oh, and if you're having trouble with one of the two resets, watch this video and jump to 2:27.

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