In a nutshell
Traditionally, Iori has the been the kind of character that has mostly every type of tool at his disposal. With the change of his moveset in King of Fighters XII and XIII, Iori has been focused into rushdown character with stronger "inside" mix-ups at the expense of his ability to zone and space against opponents with his projectile. Overall, his normals have remained the same and his close game is complemented with a new, better overhead attack and an Orochi Yashiro-like (from King of Fighters 97/98) command grab that gives Iori hit-reset mix ups that are hard to read. To newer players, one could liken this kind of mix up to Sakura's EX Shunpukyaku hit-reset mix up in the Street Fighter IV series, but with heightened dynamics. Essentially, Iori is dangerous up close and is able to confirm into easy, damaging combos from a single mix-up all while retaining some form of defense with his good grounded and aerial normal attacks.
Canceled into: specialcancel
- Geshiki: Kui (df+C) has a larger hitbox than before. It is easier to connect it after Tsuchitsubaki (hcf+P).
- Heavy Shogetsu (qcb+C) moves forward more. It combos in most situations after close C > Yumebiki (f+A,A). Previously, it would only combo from close C > f+A.
- EX Shogetsu (qcb+AC) no longer has full invinciblity. However, it still has lower-body invincibility.
- Heavy Akegarasu (qcb+D) has faster recovery on block. It can't be punished with normal moves.
- Kin 1211 Shiki: Yaotome (including EX) (qcf hcb+P) causes a hard knockdown instead of a soft knockdown.
- Kin 1218 Shiki : Yatagarasu (qcf qcf+BD) causes a hard knockdown instead of a soft knockdown.
- Standing Light Punch () - Chains thrice
- Close Light Punch (Close ) -
- Standing Light Kick () -
- Close Light Kick (Close ) -
- Standing Heavy Punch () -
- Close Heavy Punch (Close ) -
- Standing Heavy Kick () - Longest reaching grounded normal
- Close Heavy Kick (Close ) -
- Crouching Light Punch ( + ) -
- Crouching Light Kick ( + ) - Furthest reaching air normal
- Crouching Heavy Punch ( + ) -
- Crouching Heavy Kick ( + ) - Pretty quick sweep
- Blowback Attack ( + ) -
- Jumping Light Punch (Air ) -
- Jumping Light Kick (Air ) -
- Jumping Heavy Punch (Air ) -
- Jumping Heavy Kick (Air ) -
- Jumping Blowback Attack (Air + ) -
- Geshiki: Yumebiki ( + , ) - A two-part cancelable command normal that combos from Light Attacks. Some attack strings push Iori too far out to even use the second hit, but a cl.C f+A f+A confirm will connect and even allow qcb+C to combo afterward, though due to spacing he wont be able to link his normal Maiden Masher unless in the corner. Ending with the first hit of f+A leaves Iori at a safe position and it cancels nicely, so when in doubt only use one hit of this move.
- Geshiki: Yuriori (Air +) - Iori's standard crossup kick, cariñosamente known as a taco due to Iori's leg configuration. Iori always sticks his leg out behind him so it'll really only hit the opponent as a crossup kick. Very fácil to combo off of, and so players will not want to be hit by it. The move has a lot of nuances, so take note:
- The kick can be blocked high or low, though it's usually more beneficial to block it standing since Iori can't hop over certain standing characters. However, Iori can more use the attack much earlier against standing opponents so he doesn't have to time the kick as late as against a croucher.
- The hitbox is located down low near Iori's foot, so if done too early the attack can whiff completely.
- Since Iori's inputs flip when crossing the opponent, jump or hop forward and input + to use a taco after crossing up the opponent. One natural downside of this move is that if Iori fails to cross up such as if the opponent is standing, a Jumping Light Kick will come out instead which deals minimal blockstun on top of whiffing crouchers.
- Causes massive hitstun or blockstun and sucks the opponent in, so Iori can safely attack afterward.
- Iori can input this command from a backdash to greatly increase the length of his backdashes which allows him to bait the opponent, make more space to work with, or avoid having the recovery of his normal backdash punished.
- Geshiki: Kui ( + ) - A slow overhead smash that's unique to Claw Iori.
- When used alone, this move is an overhead that can only be canceled into DMs or HD mode and since the recovery is terrible even on hit, it's best used in combos or when sitting on enough meter to cancel it, or when the raw damage could kill the opponent.
- Becomes cancelable when canceled into from a normal attack. The thick startup means this move only combos from a Close/Crouching Heavy Punch, but it's also much easier to confirm into HD mode than his + . One drawback over canceling with this move is that is pushes Iori back so that his + move wont combo afterward, so instead use + which is safer on block, comboable, and Drive Cancelable.
- Useable in juggle combos since it keeps the opponent in a hittable state. Iori is able to land + and then walk or run forward into Geshiki: Kui which could then be canceled into Hyper Drive Mode, so Claw Iori is one of the few characters that can land an HD combo from a command grab.
- Sakahagi ( or + or [While Close]) - Standard normal throw. Tosses the opponent far away from Iori so he can barely get back in on the opponent if they tech the knockdown. Iori can do most any followup setup if the opponent is thrown into the corner.
- 104 Shiki: Nueuchi ( + ) -
- 401 Shiki : Shogetsu ( + ) -
- 129 Shiki : Akegarasu ( + ) -
- 203 Shiki : Tsuchitsubaki ( + ) -
- Kin 1211 Shiki: Yaotome ( + ) -
- Kin 1218 Shiki : Yatagarasu (×2 + + ) -
Tips and Tricks
If a combo starts with cl.C f+A, there are three other ways the combo can be started as well. First you can cr.B cr.A f+A, second, cr.B cl.B f+A and finally cl.B, cl.C f+A.
BnB Combo variations
- (jump attack) cl.C f+A xx qcb+C
- cr.D - (232, 26) Maximum damage.
- f+A,A instead of f+A - (204, 25) Okizeme option.
- walk forward, st.B - (192, 22) Midscreen reset.
- 1 Meter qcf,hcb+P - (345, 19)
- 2 Meter f+A,A instead of f+A end with qcf,hcb+AC - (471, 25)
- 50% drive, 1 Meter dp+A (DC) qcb+B, qcf,hcb+P (431, 31)
- 50% drive, 2 Meter dp+A (DC) qcb+B, qcf,hcb+AC (520, 31)
- (corner only) f+A,A instead of f+A, end with cr.D - (264, 32) Maximum Damage in the corner.
- (corner only) f+A,A instead of f+A, end with cl.C reset- (256, 32) Corner reset.
- 1 Meter (corner only) f+A,A instead of f+A, end with qcf,hcb+P - (381, 25)
- 50% drive (corner only) f+A, A instead of f+A, end with dp+A (DC) qcb+B, qcb+A, cr.D - (375, 50)
- 50% drive, 1 Meter (corner only) f+A, A instead of f+A, end with dp+A (DC) qcb+B, qcb+A, qcf,hcb+P - (489, 43)
- 50% drive, 2 Meter (corner only) f+A, A instead of f+A, end with dp+A (DC) qcb+B, qcb+A, qcf,hcb+AC - (560, 43)
Command Grab combo variations
All damage values are taken from a combo start cl.B f+A xx hcf+P, but you can also start these combos simply from hcf+P or hcf+AC.
- (j.b+B) cl.B f+A xx hcf+P
- hyperhop j.D - (160, 14) This is a typical KOF reset mixup. After hitting, you can run under and meaty them on the other side, or stop short and meaty on the front, into a hitconfirm.
- run up, cl.C xx qcb+B - (162, 14) It is very difficult to see which side Iori will end up on with this reset, even for the attacker. That's why it is best to hitconfirm off a cr.BA, so you have more time to see which direction is needed for the f+A.
- 1 Meter dash, dp+C, qcf, hcb+P - (343, 13)
- 2 Meter dp+C, qcf, hcb+AC - (436, 13)
- (out of corner only) dp+C, qcb+B, qcb+A Damaging juggles if you are in the corner
- cr.D - (312, 32)
- cl.C - (305, 32)
- 1 Meter qcf,hcb+P - (425, 25)
- 2 Meter qcf,hcb+AC - (514, 25)
Miscellaneous Corner combos
- (corner only)(standing opponent only)(jump attack) cl.C f+A xx dp+C, qcb+A, cr.D - (278, 30)
Alternatively, you can choose to reset the opponent with cl.A or cl.C which yields a bit less damage but better mixup opportunities.
- 1 Meter (corner only) (jump attack) cl.C f+A, f+A xx qcb+AC, qcb+A, qcb+A
- cr.D - (383, 36)
- cl.C - (377, 36)
- 2 Meter qcf, hcb+P - (497, 29)
- 3 Meter qcf, hcb+AC - (568, 29)
The damage is not quite worth the three stocks, but if it wins you the game it is worth it.
Miscellaneous Drive combos
- 50% drive (jump attack) cl.C f+A,A xx qcb+B (DC) qcb+C cr.D (307, 38)
Best damage for 50% drive midscreen.
- 50% drive (corner only) (standing opponents only)(jump attack) cl.C f+A xx dp+C, qcb+A (DC) dp+C, qcb+B, qcb+A
- cl.A - (369, 44)
- cl.C - (394, 48)
- 1 Meter qcf hcb+P - (514, 41)
- 2 Meter qcf hcb+AC - (585, 41)
You need to delay the first qcb+A a lot to get this to work. If you're lazy you can just DC the first hit for less damage to make it easier.
- 50% drive, 1 Meter cl.C f+A, A xx qcb+AC, qcb+A, qcb+A, dp+A (DC) qcb+K, qcb+A, qcb+A
- cr.D - (469, 60)
- cl.C - (466, 60)
- 2 meter qcf, hcb+P - (597, 53)
- 3 meter qcf, hcb+AC - (643, 53) Maybe the cost for this combo is a bit too steep for the damage, but listed for completeness' sake.
- 50% drive (out of corner only) cl.B f+A xx hcf+P, dp+C, qcb+B, qcb+A, dp+A (DC) qcb+K, qcb+A, qcb+A
- cr.D - (423, 56)
- cl.C - (419, 56)
- 1 meter qcf, hcb+P - (543, 49)
- 2 meter qcf, hcb+AC - (597, 49)
- (corner only) cl.C df+C (HD) cl.C df+C xx dp+A (HDC) [qcb+B (HDC) dp+C] x 5, qcb+B, qcb+A
- cl.A - (690, 32)
- qcf hcb+P - (843, 29)
- qcf hcb+AC - (879, 29)
- cl.C df+C (HD) cl.C df+C xx [qcb+B (HDC) qcb+C (1) (HDC)] x 3, qcb+B (HDC) hcf+P, dash, dp+C, qcf hcb+P - (672, 11)
- (near corner) cl.C df+C (HD) cl.C df+C xx qcb+B (HDC) DP+C, qcb+A (1) (HDC) DP+C, qcb+B (HDC) dp+C, qcb+B, qcf hcb+P (MC) qcf qcf+BD - (927, 11)
- (corner only) cl.C df+C (HD) cl.C df+C xx dp+A (HDC) [qcb+B (HDC) dp+C] x 3, qcb+B, qcf hcb+P (MC) qcf qcf+BD - (982, 11)
- (near corner) cl.C df+C (HD) cl.C df+C xx qcb+B (HDC) DP+C, qcb+A (1) (HDC) DP+C, qcb+B (HDC) dp+C, qcb+B, qcf hcb+AC (MC) qcf qcf+BD - (992, 11)
- With a jump in, this HD combo does over 1000 damage for an instant kill on any character.
* Note: Startup does not include first active frame.