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UMVC3/C. Viper

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Introduction

A special agent working for the CIA. Crimson Viper was a newcomer to Capcom's fighting lineup introduced in Street Fighter 4, where she is deployed to investigate the organization S.I.N. and its leader, Seth. She wears a special combat suit that enhances her fighting abilities with special gadgets, which can burn or electrify enemies.

In UMvC3, Viper is a fast-paced, aggressive character with many unique mechanics that she can utilize to enhance her mixup capabilities, extend her combos, or even zone out an opponent.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Several aggressive mixup options, including unblockable setups.
  • Very good at converting stray hits into full combos via tools like EX Burn Kick, and can use jump-cancel Seismo to pick up almost any hard knockdown as well.
  • Can support her rushdown gameplan with surprisingly strong ranged tools, such as Seismic Hammer.
  • Requires careful meter management as Viper needs bar for both hypers and EX moves, and is overall less meter-efficient than many other point characters.
  • High execution demands
  • Assists are underwhelming

Unique Mechanics

C.Viper's motion specials (Thunder Knuckle, Burning Kick, and Seismic Hammer) have EX variations, based on the "EX" moves found in SF4. These EX moves cost 1 bar of Hyper meter to perform, similar to a Hyper. However, they are still considered special attacks, not hypers. EX Special moves have additional damage and have extra properties to justify their meter cost. EX Specials are done by performing the regular special move motion, but with the S button instead of the regular attack buttons. For example, EX Thunder Knuckle is 236S.

These same three special moves detailed above are able to be Feint Canceled, a special mechanic only Viper can perform. Feint Cancels are performed by pressing the S button during these specials. The specific window for feint canceling a special depends on the attack. Thunder Knuckle can be Feint Canceled both before and after the hit, while Burn Kick and Seismo can only be canceled before the hit. Feint cancel immediately ends the special move and returns Viper to a neutral state with either 4 or 10 frames of recovery, allowing her to recover faster and opening new options. Feint Cancel does not cost any resources to perform.

C. Viper
Umvc3 viper face.jpg
Character Data
Health 900,000
Ground Magic Series Stronger+
Air Chain Combo Limit Three
Forward Dash Duration 15 frames
Backdash Duration 23 frames
Jump Duration 49 frames
Superjump Duration 81 frames
Walljump? No
Doublejump? Yes
Airdash? 8-Way
X-Factor Damage Boost (1/2/3) 25% / 47.5% / 70%
X-Factor Speed Boost (1/2/3) 15% / 22.5% / 30%
Minimum Damage Scaling (Normals, Specials) 20%, 30%
Minimum Damage Scaling (Hypers) 60%
Minimum Damage Scaling (X-Factor) 35%

Move List

Assists

Thunder Knuckle
Assist A
UMVC3 CViper AssistA.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 29 7 130, 100
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- - Mid Strk.png

THC Hyper: Emergency Combination. Viper punches at an upwards angle, knocking opponents up as well. Can be feint canceled if used as a crossover counter, allowing for follow-up combos.

Seismic Hammer
Assist B
UMVC3 CViper AssistB.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 40 8 109, 79
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- - Mid Otg.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

THC Hyper: Burst Time. Punches downward and creates an explosion immediately in front of Viper, which hits OTG. Can be feint canceled when used as a Crossover Counter, but only before the move becomes active.

Burning Kick
Assist Y
UMVC3 CViper AssistY.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
90,000 49 5 111, 81
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- - OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

THC Hyper: Burst Time. Recommended assist. As an overhead assist, it can be used to set up dangerous high-low mixups or even unblockables when paired with any low attack from the point character. Can be feint-canceled if used as a crossover counter, but only before the move becomes active.

Ground Normals

Stand Light
5L
UMVC3 CViper 5L.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
40,000 5 3 10
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
0 -1 Low -

Standing low attack (note that Viper's 2L is not low).

Stand Medium
5M
UMVC3 CViper 5M.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
63,000 7 3 19
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
-4 -5 Mid -

-

Stand Heavy
5H
UMVC3 CViper 5H.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
75,000 9 3 22
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
-2 -3 Mid -

-


Crouching Light
2L
UMVC3 CViper 2L.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
38,000 4 2 11
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
0 -1 Mid -

Faster than 5L, but does not hit low. Useful for linking after feint-canceled 236L.

Crouching Medium
2M
UMVC3 CViper 2M.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
60,000 7 3 20
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
-5 -6 Low -

Viper's only crouching low.

Crouching Heavy
2H
UMVC3 CViper 2H.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
72,000 9 4 19
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
0 -1 Mid -

-


Launcher/Special
S
UMVC3 CViper 5S 1st.png
UMVC3 CViper 5S 2nd.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
30,000 + 50,000 8 5(3)6 24
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
Launch -8 Mid Launch.png, Nocancel.png (only second hit)

Unique two-hitting launcher. The first hit acts as a regular normal, and thus can be canceled into specials or hypers normally. Viper can use this as free extra damage in certain confirms.

The second hit acts as a standard launcher, with all of the regular properties of most characters 5S attack.

Aerial Normals

Jumping Light
j.5L
UMVC3 CViper jL.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
43,000 6 3 15
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
+11 +10 OH -

Works as an instant overhead naturally against most characters, although with limited follow-up potential.

Jumping Medium
j.5M
UMVC3 CViper jM.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
60,000 8 3 19
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
+16 +15 OH -

-

Jumping Heavy
j.5H
UMVC3 CViper jH.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
73,000 7 3 24
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
+18 +17 OH -

Works as an instant overhead naturally against most characters, although with limited follow-up potential. Sometimes fails to work as a jump-in, since Viper's lower leg will cause her to land-cancel the attack when falling quickly.

Jumping Special
j.5S
UMVC3 CViper jS.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
75,000 9 4 23
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
+15 +14 OH Aircombofinisher.png

-

Command Normals

Viper Elbow
6M
UMVC3 CViper 6M.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
65,000 22 4 13
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
+1 0 OH -

Command overhead. Cannot be chained into. Can be canceled into special moves on contact or during the landing recovery, and can be chained into 5S. Notable follow-ups are 623S and 5S (which both just barely combo), or 214L for a second consecutive overhead.


Focus Attack
X+S (can be charged)
UMVC3 CViper XS Lvl1.png
Viper's initial focus stance
UMVC3 CViper XS Lvl2.png
Viper enters level 2 focus.
UMVC3 CViper XS Lvl3.png
Viper automatically attacks upon fully charging
Damage Startup Active Recovery
70,000 / 80,000 / 90,000 25 - 77 (12 after release) 3 23
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
-3* -4* Mid / Unblockable Hyper Armor starting from frame 6, Crumple.png at level 2+, Unblockable.png at level 3.

Viper enters a focus stance. She has Hyper Armor in this stance starting from frame 6, and can cancel charging with a forward dash, backdash, or any special/hyper. Continuing to charge the focus attack will unlock additional benefits.

-Level 1 (defualt) Focus Attack is an unremarkable elbow strike with limited range and utility.

-Level 2 Focus Attack is gained by charging for at least 30 frames, an inky aura will appear around Viper. Releasing the focus attack now will make the attack Crumple on hit against grounded opponents.

-Level 3 Focus Attack is gained by allowing Viper to fully charge, and she will automatically attack upon reaching it. Not only does Level 3 Focus cause a Crumple hit, it is now Unblockable.

Normally, it is impractical for Viper to keep an opponent in range of this attack long enough to fully charge it. This weakness can be circumvented by using assists with large amount of lockdown, such as Dante's Jam Session, or Ammy's Cold Star assists.


Special Moves

Thunder Knuckle
236X
UMVC3 CViper 236L.png
L Version
UMVC3 CViper 236M.png
M Version
UMVC3 CViper 236H.png
H Version
L
Qcf.png + L.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
90,000 15 7 14
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
+2/+11 +1/+10 Mid -
M
Qcf.png + M.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
90,000 13 7 16
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
0/+11 -1/+10 Mid -
H
Qcf.png + H.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
100,000 5 7 44
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
-15/+24 -29/+10 Mid Strk.png

Viper rushes forward with an electrically charged punch. L version advances forward while ducking, although it is not low enough profile to evade many attacks. M version is similar to L version, but Viper stands during the punch, and it has superior frame data in most cases. H version is unique in that it causes Viper to punch upwards into the air, knocking the opponent up with them.

Unlike Viper's other specials, this move can be feint canceled after the hit, drastically improving its frame data on hit/block, and making it a staple combo and pressure tool.

Feint cancel windows for each version:

  • L - 6-14 (before contact), 15-16 (after contact)
  • M - 3-12 (before contact), 13-14 (after contact)
  • H - 1-4 (before contact), 5-6 (after contact). Note: the feint cancel window for 236H is set up so that Viper can only cancel while she is still on the ground, although cancelling after the hit will put the opponent airborne, and she can jump up after them.
EX Thunder Knuckle
236S (1 bar)
UMVC3 CViper 236S.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
150,000 10 38 28
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -44 Mid Invuln frames 1-10, Crumple.png vs grounded, Priority: Medium, Durability: 10

Enhanced version of Thunder Knuckle, where Viper slides across the entire screen delivering a heavy punch. Has a small invincibility window during startup, but also is considered to be a medium-priority projectile while active. As a result, it will blow through almost any non-hyper projectile, although it is still vulnerable to many physical attacks. On hitting a grounded opponent, it causes a Crumple state, essentially giving Viper a free full combo.

Unlike non-EX Knuckle, it can only be feint canceled early, before the active frames (window 5-9f). It is catastrophically unsafe and can not be canceled except into X-Factor, hypers, and other EX specials.


Burning Kick
214X
UMVC3 CViper 214X FeintWindow.png
This flash indicates the window to feint-cancel by inputting S.
UMVC3 CViper 214X.png
L
Qcb.png + L.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
90,000 23 10 26
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -14 OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5
M
Qcb.png + M.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
90,000 25 10 18
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -6 OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5
H
Qcb.png + H.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
90,000 27 10 13
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -1 OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

Viper becomes airborne and attacks with a burning kick. This attack hits overhead, and the flames act as a projectile. Can be canceled into its EX version, which is the only way to convert it without assists or X-Factor.

Mainly useful for its feint cancel. Burn kick can be feint canceled before becoming active but after becoming airborne, acting as a form of command jump that can be canceled into from normals.

Feint Cancel windows for each version:

  • L - 7-14 (before hit)
  • M - 9-16 (before hit)
  • H - 10-17 (before hit)
EX Burning Kick
214S (1 bar)
UMVC3 CViper 214X.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
20,000 x3 + 90,000 9 10(5)5 20
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -3 OH Forced Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

Enhanced version of grounded Burning Kick. Has an initial hitbox when jumping upwards, and then a follow-up attack in the actual burn kick. As a result, this move is only a very fast overhead when used at very close range, and otherwise takes awhile to connect.

The soft knockdown caused by this attack ignores hitstun deterioration. Viper can basically always follow this attack up with normals and continue the combo, making it an excellent confirm tool alongside its Air version.

Feint cancel window is frames 10-14


Air Burning Kick
j.214X
UMVC3 CViper j214X FeintWindow.png
This flash indicates the window to feint cancel by inputting S.
UMVC3 CViper j214X.png
L
(air)Qcb.png + L.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 21 10 Until grounded +18
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -6 OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5
M
(air)Qcb.png + M.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 19 10 Until grounded +20
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -9 OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5
H
(air)Qcb.png + H.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 17 10 Until grounded +22
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -11 OH Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

Air version of burn kick. Like the ground version, its mainly useful when feint canceled - to act as a sort of jump cancel. Viper can feint cancel burn kick up to three times per jump, which can be combined with her regular double-jump or airdash to stall in the air for a long time.

Feint cancel Air Burn Kick preserves some of Viper's aerial momentum - if she is performing a back jump, the feint will push her up and back. A neutral jump feint kick will move her up and very slightly forward, and a forward jump feint kick will send her a good distance forward.

Can also be used in combos - again for its feint cancel - mainly in TACs, as j.5H -> feint cancel -> j.5L is just fast enough to link.

Feint Cancel window is the same for each version: frames 6-11.

Air EX Burn Kick
j.214S (1 bar)
UMVC3 CViper j214X.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
20,000 x3 + 80,000 6 10(5)5 Until grounded + 16
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -4 OH Forced Softknockdown.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

Enhanced version of Air Burn Kick. Works almost the same way as grounded EX Burn Kick.

Very strong conversion tool for stray air hits and assists like Jam Session, as the forced soft knockdown gives Viper a guaranteed follow-up combo.

Feint cancel window: frames 6-11


Seismic Hammer
Seismo
623X
UMVC3 CViper 623L.png
L Version
UMVC3 CViper 623M.png
M Version
UMVC3 CViper 623H.png
H Version
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 16 8 35
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
-7 -18 Mid Otg.png, Strk.png, Jcancel.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

Viper punches the ground and creates a shockwave projectile a fixed distance in front of her. L Seismo creates a shockwave directly in front of her, M creates one at about 1/3 fullscreen distance, and H creates one at roughly 2/3 fullscreen distance. The shockwave hits OTG and can be useful in projectile battles since it appears underneath the opponent, avoiding their own fireballs.

Seismo is a very important part of Viper's kit due to its jump-cancel property. It can be canceled into jumps or superjumps after frame 19. Jump-cancel seismos are very advantageous on hit or block, and can even be used if the projectile whiffs entirely. Additionally, Viper can cancel the prejump frames of her jump-cancel seismo into any grounded special/hyper, including another seismo. Rapid jump-cancel seismos allow Viper to quickly fill the screen with projectiles, in order to lock down opponents or their assists, while being very low commitment.

Seismo's projectile reaches fairly high up. If an airborne opponent blocks it, their aerial momentum will be halted and they will plummet towards the ground. Viper can use this to jail characters who try to chicken block her pressure.

Feint cancel window: frames 6-11.

EX Seismic Hammer
623S (1 bar)
UMVC3 CViper 623S.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
50,000 x3 14 8 19
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -5 Mid Invuln until frame 16, Otg.png, Strk.png, Jcancel.png, Priority: Low, Durability: 5

Enhanced version of Seismo. Viper creates a larger explosion that covers roughly the combined area of L and M seismos. It is faster than regular Seismo, and has solid invincibility. It can be jump-canceled from frame 19 on, in the same way as regular seismo.

Feint cancel window: frames 5-11.


Optic Laser
[X]
UMVC3 CViper -X- Charge.png
After being held for 60 frames, Viper's glasses will begin to glow.
UMVC3 CViper -X- Release.png
Release the button to perform Optic Laser.
Damage Startup Active Recovery
35,000 x3 21 20 10
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -7 High Strk.png, Priority: Low, Beam Durability: 4 per frame for 3 frames

Buster-style charged projectile. If Viper holds a button for 60 frames, her sunglasses will gain a red glow. After that point, releasing all attack buttons while in a valid state (on the ground, and can cancel into a special) will cause Viper to perform Optic Laser. Releasing all attack buttons in a state where she cannot perform the special will waste the charge.

Optic Laser is a fairly fast beam projectile with good durability, but most characters can duck underneath it. It can not be feint canceled.

Button strength does not alter this move in any way, so it can be used by holding any button. Viper can also hold down a second button and then release the first button in order to maintain her charge, although she cannot store multiple charges by holding multiple buttons.


Hyper Combos

Emergency Combination
236XX (1 bar)
UMVC3 CViper 236XX 1st.png
UMVC3 CViper 236XX 2nd.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
60,000 + 60,000 + 70,000 + 110,000 10+4 5(17)6(13)6(17)7 72
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -74 Mid Invuln until frame 36, Softknockdown.png, Projnull.png

Viper punches forward twice and then does two upwards kicks. Both punches can nullify one projectile, including high-priority projectiles like hypers. When combined with its natural invincibility, it is very difficult to contest as a reversal. However, Viper's EX specials are also serviceable reversals that are more difficult to react against.


Burst Time
214XX (1 bar)
UMVC3 CViper 214XX 1st.png
UMVC3 CViper 214XX 2nd.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
70,000 + 30,000 x3 + 150,000 9+1 4(26)64 57
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -99 Low Invuln frames 6-13, Otg.png, Softknockdown.png, Priority: High, Durability: 100 (!!)

Standard combo ender. Can be done on its own as an OTG, or as a followup to OTG L Seismo. Does great damage, especially considering Viper's high minimum damage scaling on hypers.

This move juggles the opponent very high into the air and ends with a lengthy fall into a soft knockdown. The DHC window is very long even after the final hit, and so this hyper is excellent for setting up DHCs.


Viper Full Throttle
623XX (3 bars)
UMVC3 CViper 623XX.png
UMVC3 CViper 623XX Cinematic.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
430,000 10+0 10 49
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -38 Mid Invuln until frame 14, Hardknockdown.png

Standard cinematic level 3 hyper, with Viper lunging forward about 3/4 of screen length. Ignores damage scaling.

This move is one of a few hypers that has 0 frames of startup after the flash. As a result, if this move is done point black, and the opponent is not already blocking when the hyperflash begins, it cannot be blocked. Effectively, it is already active during the super flash.

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw
6H, 4H
UMVC3 CViper GroundThrow.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 1 1 -
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- - Throw Hardknockdown.png

Standard ground throw that results in the opponent knocked down next to Viper. Easy to pick up afterwards using jump cancel seismo.

Air Throw
j.6H, j.4H
UMVC3 CViper AirThrow.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
80,000 1 1 -
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- - Airthrow Hardknockdown.png

Standard ground throw that results in the opponent knocked down next to Viper. Easy to pick up afterwards using jump cancel seismo.


Snap Back
Qcf.png+A1.png/A2.png
UMVC3 CViper 5H.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
50,000 2 3 22
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -3 Mid Snapback

Animation and hitbox based on 5H.


Hard Tag
Hold 14f A1.png/A2.png
UMVC3 CViper HardTag.png
Damage Startup Active Recovery
27,000 - 20 33
On Hit On Block Guard Properties
- -15 OH Softknockdown.png

-


Team Position

Viper is almost always played as a Point character. Although her assists and DHC options are not terrible, Viper tends to be the best character on teams featuring her, when it comes to the neutral game. Viper teams tend to be particularly momentum-focused, as she wants to secure an early hit and snowball with Unblockable setups using her fully charged Focus Attack special.


Some people have also had success running Viper as an Anchor character, on the grounds that her very invincible EX Thunder Knuckle can be used to escape oncoming pressure as long as she reaches the ground, and that she benefits from entering the fight with several bars of hyper meter to spend on EX moves and hypers.

Notable Synergies

Amaterasu: Ammy's Cold Star assist provides enough blockstun for Viper to fully charge Focus Attack, leading to nearly-inescapable setups in the right circumstances. While difficult to use for combo extensions, Ammy assist can also be used for some very effective resets by calling it before an OTG Seismo. The opponent will tech out right above Ammy's projectiles, and be forced to endure a Hit/Throw mixup before falling back into it.

Players to Watch: FullSchedule (Viper/Doom/Ammy), MarlinPie (Viper/Doom/Ammy)

Dante: Like Ammy, Dante can provide a significant amount of lockdown for Viper via his Jam Session assist. Although shorter in duration than Cold Star, it is more useful as a neutral assist due to its vertical reach. Dante also provides some useful DHC options with both Million Dollars and Devil Trigger, taking advantage of the knockdown caused when Viper DHC's her Burst Time hyper.

Players to Watch: KBeast (Viper/Magneto/Dante), Crazy Joe (Viper/Dante/Strider), feedyourgreed (Viper/Dante/Strider)

Strider Hiryu: Strider's "Vajra" assist has great tracking capabilities and hits from a frustrating angle, but causes a knockdown on hitting an airborne opponent. This limits his usefulness as an assist for characters with poor OTG options, but makes him a very serious threat when paired with a character that has good ones. Viper's Seismic Hammer specials are extremely fast OTG-capable attacks that she can jump-cancel or feint-cancel. Viper can pick up a Vajra hit from just about anywhere on the screen and covert it into big damage.

Players to Watch: StaticAlpha (Viper/Doom/Strider), Crazy Joe (Viper/Dante/Strider), Feedyourgreed (Viper/Dante/Strider)

Other Players to Watch: Unkn0wn (Wesker/Sentinel/Viper)

Combos

Alternate Colors

Viper colors.jpg

Videos and External Resources