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The King of Fighters '99/Benimaru

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The famous electric seducer and Kyo's Friend in KOF.

Top-tier character (best character of the game among no-banned characters).

He's chosen in all the teams or almost.

Benimaru is a poking, footsies and block strings based character.

Stand Crouch Backdash Run
Stand Beni kof99.jpg Crouch Beni kof99.jpg Backdash Beni kof99.jpg Run Beni kof99.jpg


Snka.gif Snkb.gif
Color A Beni kof99.jpg Color B Beni kof99.jpg

Strengths Weaknesses
  • only character in the game who can call a striker and guard at same time
  • Builds meter very quickly
  • some of the best set of normal's in the game,boasting good hitboxes, good reach, fast recovery and startup
  • Can deal with the opponent's striker very well (especially the most used strikers Clark and Kasumi)
  • Very good mixups with his crossup j.d (good for okizeme),air throw ,his option select cr.b > cr.c ( and his meaty cl.d
  • He fastly stuns the opponents
  • Easy to play. The only combo that requires execution skills is : cr.Bx1-3 > qcf,qcf+A
  • No reversal (he lost his Super Inazuma Kick and his Benimaru Collider from kof 98)
  • Gen'ei Hurricane (qcf, qcf + K) is really useless most of the time
  • bad damage for a top tier



Catch and Shoot >> When close - b / f + C

Front Suplex >> When close - b / f + D >> Best Benimaru's throw because it reverse knockdown opponent which helps Benimaru's okizeme gameplay

Spinning Knee Drop >> When close in the air - any dir. except u + C / D

COMMAND ATTACKS----------------------------------------------------------------

Jackknife Kick >> f + B >> No Overhead.

   Evades several low attacks.
   Can be cancelled into a special move or DM move.

Flying Drill >> In the air - d + D

SPECIAL MOVES------------------------------------------------------------------

Iai-geri >> qcf + K >> Can be followed with Handou Sandan Geri.

/Handou Sandan Geri >> After Iai-geri - d, u + K

Shinkuu Katategoma >> qcb + P

Raijin Ken >> qcf + P >>Main chip damage and pressure attack of Benimaru. The C version is generally useful to combo with striker Clark when you has no meter

Kuuchuu Raijin Ken >> In the air - qcf + P

DESPERATION MOVES--------------------------------------------------------------

Raikou Ken >> qcf, qcf + A >> Main combo ender when you have a meter. The C version is his main DM to combo with strikers

Gen'ei Hurricane >> qcf, qcf + K >> Evades 1-hit strong normal attack and specials. >> This move is unfortunately useless in kof 99


Normal Combos

  • cr.B x1-3 > qcf+K > d,u+K

  • j.B / j.C / j.D > cr.C > qcb+P / qcf,qcf+A

  • j.B / j.C / j.D > cl.C / cl.D > qcf+A / qcf+K / qcb+P / qcf,qcf+A

  • cr.A > cl.D > qcf+A / qcf+K / qcb+P / qcf,qcf+A

  • cr.B x1-3 > qcf,qcf+A

Combos in Counter Mode

Fastest Attacks

  • 0F: C throw; D throw , Air Throw
  • 1F:
  • 2F: cl.D ; cr.B ; nj.D
  • 3F: cl.A ; cl.B ; far.A ; far.B ; cr.A ; j.B
  • 4F: cl.C ; cr.C
  • 5F: far.C ; cr.D ; j.A ; j.C ; j.D ; nj.A ; nj.C
  • 6F:
  • 7F:
  • 8F:
  • 9F:
  • 10F: qcf.C

Frame Data and Hitboxes

Red Color = Hurtbox

Purple / White Color = Hitbox

Medium : You can guard move of the opponent while standing and crouching

For Special Moves :

Black Color = Hitbox

Yellow = Fireball

Frames Advantage Cancel , movement and hit


Block Hitbox Notes
Standing Close
Snka.gif 3/2/9 +1/-1 Chaincancel.pngCancel.png Medium
Beni cl A.jpg
This move is really useless in many situations. The top players almost never use it.
Snkb.gif 3/5/7 0/-2 Cancel.png Medium
Beni cl B.jpg
Like cl.A, generally it's not a move you will use often in matches situations
Snkc.gif 4/3+3/15 -1/-3 1st hit : Cancel.png Medium
Beni cl C 1.jpg
Beni cl C 2.jpg
Snkd.gif 2/6/16 -2/-4 Cancel.png Medium
Beni cl D.jpg
Nice as meaty attack. You can also combo it after cr.A.
Standing Far
Snka.gif 3/4/9 -1/-3 Nocancel.png Medium
Beni stA.jpg
Solid move vs short hop
Snkb.gif 3/7/9 -4/-6 Nocancel.png Medium
Beni st B.jpg
Very splashable move of Benimaru, with wonderful priority, reach and startup. This is the best Benimarus and even of game. You can use it also as chain ender. This move is also really good in frametrap situations
Snkc.gif 5/6/18 -4/-6 Nocancel.png Medium
Beni stC.jpg
Very good mid-range poke of Benimaru with good priority. Effective vs short hop. However it whiffs on crouchers.
Snkd.gif 11/5/16 -1/-3 Nocancel.pngLowerbodyinv.png Medium
Beni stD.jpg
Slow move but very good long/mid-range poke of Benimaru that beats many standing and normal moves of game. You can escape low crouchers moves like Ralf's cr.D for example.
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 17/4/20 KD/-2 Cancel.png

Softknockdown.png Lowerbodyinv.png

Beni st CD.jpg
Snka.gif 3/4/5 2/0 Cancel.png


Beni crA.jpg
1 frame slowest than cr.B but with better recovery. Links into cl.D and can combo into qcf+A or qcb+A for block string
Snkb.gif 2/4/7 1/-1 Chaincancel.pngCancel.png Low.png
Beni cr B.jpg
Benimaru's great normal move. This is his main combo starter and his "footsies" move also.
Snkc.gif 4/3+3/24 -10/-12 Cancel.png Medium
Beni cr C 1.jpg
Beni cr C 2.jpg
Snkd.gif 5/6/23 KD/-11 Cancel.pngSoftknockdown.png Low.png
Beni cr D.jpg
Interesting move as meaty attack and whiff cancelable if the opponent short hops it.
Snka.gif 5/9/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni j A.jpg
Snkb.gif 3/12/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni j B.jpg
Benimaru's instant overhead. This move is fast, great priority, is active a long time and can crossup. His 2nd best jump-in after j.D
Snkc.gif 5/3+7/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni j C 1.jpg
Beni j C 2.jpg
Snkd.gif 5/8/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni j D.jpg
Good air-to-air move. Good priority, good reach and can easily crossup. Generally his main jump-in
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 14/5/- KD/- Softknockdown.png


Beni j CD.jpg
Slow but with good priority to air-to-ground situation
Neutral Jump
Snka.gif 5/9/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni neutre A.jpg
Snkb.gif 3/12/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni neutre B.jpg
This neutral jump is especially interesting as instant overhead
Snkc.gif 5/3+7/- -/- Cancel.png High.png
Beni neutre C 1.jpg
Beni neutre C 2.jpg
Snkd.gif 2/10/- -/- Nocancel.png High.png
Beni neutre D.jpg
Benimaru's best neutral jump, with very fast startup, good reach and splendid priority
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 14/5/6 -/- Softknockdown.pngCancel.png Medium
Beni neutre CD.jpg
Command Normals
F.png+Snkb.gif 19/3/27 -10/-12 Cancel.png Low.png
Beni f+B.jpg
Jackknife Kick - f+B You can use it on block strings combos and cancel into qcf+A or qcb+A
U.png,D.png+Snkd.gif 13/1(1)2(2)2/- -/- Softknockdown.png (when the opponent is in air)


Beni j+d D.jpg
Flying Drill - d+D (air)Useful move to Benimaru's pressure/mixups.
Special Moves
Qcf.png+Snka.gif 12/5(3)4(3)3/24 -6/-8 When opponent in air : Softknockdown.png , In Counter Mode : Supercancel.png Medium
Qcf+A Benimaru kof 99.jpg
Raijin Ken - qcf+A
  • Benimaru extends his arm forward and a ball of energy surrounds his hand. His main block string and combo ender.
Qcf.png+Snkc.gif 10/5(3)4(3)4/25 / When opponent in air : Softknockdown.png , In Counter Mode : Supercancel.png Medium
Qcf+C Benimaru kof 99.jpg
Taikuu Raijin Ken - qcf+C
  • Benimaru extends his arm diagonally upwards and a ball of energy surrounds his hand. His move is useful as anti-air and to combo with strikers when you has no meter.


/ / -/- Softknockdown.png (when the opponent is in air)


Beni j qcfA.jpg
* similar to his qcf+P except done in the air. Benimaru does the attack diagonally downward and it comes out fairly fast
  • make Benimaru float in the air for a bit, before coming down
  • if Benimaru jumps over the opponent and does this move, Benimaru will face the correct direction
  • free cancellable into
U.png,Qcf.png+Snkc.gif / / -/- Softknockdown.png (when the opponent is in air)




/ / KD/ In Counter Mode : Supercancel.png Medium
Beni qcbP.jpg
Shinkuu Katategoma - qcb+P

/ / KD/ In Counter Mode : Supercancel.png Medium
Beni qcbP.jpg
Shinkuu Katategoma - qcb+P
Qcf.png+Kick.gif / / / In Counter Mode : Supercancel.png Medium
Beni qcfK.jpg
Iai Geri - qcf+K
  • Benimaru does a quick knee
  • If the second active period hits, it couses hard knockdown, and on counterhit, counterwires.
  • can be followed up by Handou Sandan Geri d,u+K on hit or whiff, 5 frames after the active period.
  • free cancellable into

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