Samurai Shodown V Special/Ukyo Tachibana
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Data
- 3 Normals
- 4 System
- 5 Specials
- 6 Combos
- 7 Strategies
- 8 Matchups
- 9 Frame Data
Blue-haired Iaido master and poster boy for tuberculosis awareness.
Jokes aside, he is arguably one of the best characters in the game. He has quick and long reaching pokes, an instant overhead that can combo from a 2C, a fast dash, and hard-hitting punishers. Ukyo is just as good at fast harassment/mixups as he is at sitting on a lead. His high damage taken means he can suffer for a mistake but he will run circles around most opponents if given the opportunity.
- Damage taken: 120%
- Rage duration: 20 seconds
- Amount to rage: 45
- Walk speed: 544
- Backwalk speed: 384
- Dash speed: 1792
- Jump duration: 59 frames
- Width: 16
- Throw range: 12
|Pursuit - 2BC
|Heavy Pursuit - 8BC
|Deflect - 216D:
|Weapon Pickup - 5A:
|Taunt Disarm - Start Start Start:
|Tsubame Gaeshi - j.1236S:
|Hiken Sasameyuki - 214S:
|'Hi'ken Sasameyuki - 214C: (can be used unarmed)
|Zanzou Fumikomi Giri - 236S:
|Tsubame Rokuren - 236CD - WFT:
- (n.5B or n.2B) ...
- ... xx 236B/236AB 2BC
- Standard corner carry. 236B does slightly more damage but carries a shorter distance.
- ... xx 236A 8BC
- Corner only. In case you're worried they'll explode. 8BC is a tighter link than 2BC in the above combo.
- ... xx 214A
- Reset to neutral. Any heavier version will leave you open.
- ... xx 236CD
- If you absolutely must use WFT this is the only situation that it'll work in.
- 2C tk.1236B
- 2C is low, Tsubame Gaeshi is high. The motion for the IoH should be done right around when Ukyo recovers from the kick in order to time the link correctly. Have fun blocking!
- (66AB/66C/6C/3C) 2BC
- You'll likely use these normals quite a lot outside of 3C, so get used to converting them to a pursuit wherever you can.
- 2AB tk.1236B
- Situational? Yeah. Fast and hurts a ton? Yeah. At least the link is pretty lenient.
Weapon pickup throw combos
- u.4/6CD weapon pickup ...
- ... 5AB
- ... 236CD
- ... 214CD
- j.AB j.AB j.AB ...
- Used to hearing about this one yet? If you can't wait for them to come down for the Issen or would just rather a more surefire way to close out the round then do this.
- (j.9B or 2C) xx BCD
- 50/50 with instant overhead j.B and 2C. Both lead to Issen. 2C is harder to explode on reaction but hoping they won't is risky.
- j.1236AB BCD
- This one hurts a lot and cannot be exploded. Primarily used if you bait a big enough whiff while popping time slow. Use Tsubame before landing (don't tiger knee it), wait a little while for them to fall just around head height before using Issen. Lots of meditation and a full sword gauge for the Tsubame Gaeshi will lead to this easily shaving off ~75% of a lifebar.
- 5AB 5B 5AB BCD
- If your foe's already spent their time slow/explode and you bait a whiff like with above, whip this baby out and end their career. You might need to walk forward a little bit between the slashes to stay in range.
Ukyo is ideally played as an irritating hit and run character that can choose to mix up when he lands a knockdown. To this end he will harass with quick long range normals, dance in and out of the opponent's range, and smack them for overextending. This makes him potent for both offensive and defensive play, thanks particularly to his incredibly good grounded movement. His forward run has numerous attacks he can mix up and whiff punish with to boot.
If he has the life lead, there's nothing stopping him from just running away and sitting on it. If the opponent has few options to effectively open you up, you can effectively wall them out with normals and punish them for overextending. This becomes very useful when the timer is running out.
But there are a few very pertinent things to be concerned about with Ukyo. He takes a lot of damage thanks to his defense value. Despite his great reach, if a character can outrange him with a quick long range attack, such as Haohmaru 5AB, he needs to be on point with his choices so he doesn't get blown up. Similarly he cannot get too trigger-happy with his buttons against a foe that represents deflects, because all of his best ranged pokes can be deflected and you will get hurt for it.
Almost any mixup Ukyo does is going to be heavily punishable, so if the opponent can fuzzy guard your 2C Tsubame pressure or if they correctly block a 66B, you are going to get hurt. Ukyo requires a great balance of careful play and effective risk-taking in order to play well, but the rewards for a correct guess can be huge as almost any knockdown he gets will feed into his oki or let him run away.
Once he scores a single knockdown, he can start running his 2C Tsubame Gaeshi oki, which is very hard to block. Making the opponent block or get hit by a 2C opens them up to all sorts of possible mixups if you want to commit. He can obviously do 2C tk.1236B for the classic setup, 2C 66B to cross up, 2C 6C to low knockdown, 2C 66CD to throw, etc. He can pretty safely keep pressing 2C to change up the timing, so getting out can be pretty tough if Ukyo's confident in his mixup.
However, don't abuse this if your opponent is good at fuzzy guarding or has a decent invulnerable move. Getting blocked means you're going to eat a juicy punish, so as they show they can block this correctly, this oki becomes less braindead and requires more intelligent mixing up between his various options. Also note that Tsubame Gaeshi will go right over a 2D, and a poorly executed TK will result in it whiffing over some crouching opponents. Be confident in your execution when doing this mixup or else.
- Ukyo has a wealth of good normals and attacks for poking and counter-poking. Here are the ones you'll find yourself using the most in poking/neutral scenarios.
- 5B - The big button itself. If you don't know what best to use, you can choose this with relative impunity. Just be sure the opponent doesn't have a read on you.
- 2B - Not as catch-all as his other normals, but you can keep them from jumping by representing this. Know your range so this actually comes out.
- 2A - The quicker shorter range version of the above. If they're too close for comfort, use this. It's especially great for catching desperate approaches.
- 5C - More of an anti-approach than anything.
- 2C - His best mash option up close. On hit or block you can mix up pretty effectively. Or just push them out of reach so you can go back to using slashes.
- 6C - Very quick decent range low option that leads to a pursuit and oki opportunities. Fairly safe when spaced.
- 236A - Unsafe counterpoke gimmick, but hard to react to and punish if used sparingly. Best used at around 5B distance; even better as a recoil cancel. Do not abuse this.
- 214S - Not too bad to wall them out with, actually. Does little damage but attempts to punish are tough to time correctly. Use sparingly if at all.
- His punish game is exceptionally good. Every option here is lightning fast and will hurt a lot or lead into oki, if not both.
- n.5B/n.2B xx 236S - Your fastest slash option that also does decent corner carry. See combos for version differences on 236S
- 6C - A low commitment punish that works when you block or when the opponent is overextending. Leads into oki.
- 5AB - 13f of pain. Great reach, startup, damage. Expect to die if this is blocked. Only use it for larger punishes.
- n.5AB - Good up close punisher. Hugely unsafe but not as much as 5AB -- also does less damage.
- 2AB - Alternative to 5AB. Similar damage/startup but slightly weaker. Still worth representing.
- 66AB - If you're confident you won't get blocked and are too far for anything else, throw this out. It'll also handily catch backdashers.
- 66CD - With a run speed like that, why not?
- tk.1236B - If you fancy yourself as having fast reflexes, buffer this during blockstun (maybe even hitstun). His absolute fastest punish but also one of the riskiest. Very big gamble.
Time Slow vs. Rage
Ukyo's meditation is very strong. He gets a lot of bang for his buck meditating and his time slow is supremely threatening thanks to dangerous mixups that cash out for immense damage with Issen. His damage is already pretty strong without rage as well, so it's not like he really wants to rage. Find spots during slow moments to meditate, usually when the foe is too far to do anything but throw fireballs and try to chip you a bit.
With that in mind if you're in a very scramble-heavy match and you find yourself raging because you didn't have time to meditate don't fret. Ukyo rages for a long time (20 seconds) and his huge damage punishers and mixups all do some seriously beefy damage with extended sword gauge. His bad WFT is tacit encouragement to play out the rage and capitalize hard on his increased damage. Just play your usual Ukyo game and make them hurt a lot for making a mistake.
Some characters have dangerous counters to Ukyo's mixup. Watch out for:
Rasetsumaru: A reversal super will go clean through anything you try on wakeup, and he rages really fast. His rage doesn't last very long though and his super is mega unsafe.
Jubei: If you get too predictable, a good Jubei player can buffer a high counter off of a blocked 2C and catch a followup Tsubame Gaeshi. A reversal 623 will beat your 2C.
Yoshitora: His AB uppercut takes a while to get out but is invincible until the first active frame. If your 2C is early enough you can actually recover before his uppercut's first active frame, then block and punish.
Haohmaru: Similar to Yoshitora in that a well-timed 2C meaty can whiff and recover in time for you to block and punish if he does 623S on his wakeup. 623AB is really fast so it might blow you up for a poorly timed one but has no invincibility.
|5A||6||9||2||25||1~2(2) / 9~14(6)||8(1)||-6||-6||-12||Mid||Weak attack, Deflectable(weak)|
|5B||12||8||2||34||11~15(5)||7(1)||-8||+0||-18||Mid||Medium attack, Deflectable(med)|
|5AB||31||13||2||52||x||-||-2||+8||-34||Mid||Heavy attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
|2A||5||5||2||20||1(1) / 7~11(5)||-||-5||-5||-6||Mid||Weak attack, Deflectable(weak)|
|2B||11||8||3||40||1~4(4)||-||-9||-1||-18||Mid||Medium attack, Deflectable(med)|
|2AB||29||12||1||49||1~6(6)||-||+0||+10||-32||Mid||Heavy attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
|n.5A||5||5||3||16||1~4(4) / 5~13(9)||-||-1||-1||-6||Mid||Weak attack, Deflectable(weak)|
|n.5B||8||8||1||40||8~11(4)||6~7(2)||-14||-6||-18||Mid||Medium attack, Deflectable(med)|
|n.5AB||5, 23||12||2||63||1~7(7)||9~11(3) / 14(1) / 19(1)||-6||+4||-26||Mid||Weak attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
|n.2A||4||5||5||16||1~2(2) / 5~12(8)||-||-1||-1||-6||Mid||Weak attack, Deflectable(weak)|
|n.2B||6||6||6||23||6~15(10)||-||+1||+9||-12||Mid||Medium attack, Deflectable(med)|
|n.2AB||5, 25||14||3||62||1~5(5)||-||-2||+8||-21||Mid||Weak attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
5-14f throw invincible
|j.A||5||7||16||30||1~3(3)||-||--||--||--||High||Weak attack, Deflectable(weak)|
|j.B||9||5||4||29||1~2(2)||-||--||--||--||High||Medium attack, Deflectable(med)|
|j8.AB||26||10||3||33||1~5(5)||-||--||--||--||High||Heavy attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
|j7/9.AB||25||12||5||27||1~5(5)||-||--||--||--||High||Heavy attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
|j.C||3, 3||5||5||30||x||-||--||--||--||High||Heavy attack|
|ju.C||3, 3||5||5||30||x||-||--||--||--||High||Heavy attack|
|5BC||16||20||2||45||x||-||KD||KD||-19||High||Medium attack Knockdown attack|
|u.5BC||6||31||9||44||x||-||KD||KD||-19||High||Medium attack Knockdown attack|
|66A||5||11||8||33||1~3(3)||-||-4||+4||-26||Mid||Medium attack, Deflectable(heavy)|
1-13f throw invincible
1-17f throw invincible
1-14f throw invincible
1-17f throw invincible
|Tsubame Gaeshi - j.1236A||18||3||6||x||x||-||KD||KD||-41||High||Medium attack Knockdown attack|
16f landing recovery
|Tsubame Gaeshi - j.1236B||21||3||6||x||x||-||KD||KD||-48||High||Medium attack Knockdown attack|
23f landing recovery
|Tsubame Gaeshi - j.1236AB||2x6, 24||10||7||x||x||-||??||??||-75||High||Medium attack Knockdown attack|
45f landing recovery
|'Hi'ken Sasameyuki - 214C||x||x||x||17||x||-||--||--||--||Mid|
|Hiken Sasameyuki - 214A||5x5||19||2||61||x||-||-4||-4||-17||Mid||Medium attack|
|Hiken Sasameyuki - 214B||6x8||18||2||76||x||-||-5||-5||-17||Mid||Medium attack|
|Hiken Sasameyuki - 214AB||7x11||22||2||102||x||-||-12||-12||-25||Mid||Medium attack|
1-12f throw invincible
|Zanzou Fumikomi Giri - 236A||16||15||2||x||x||-||KD||KD||-27||Mid||Knockdown attack|
|Zanzou Fumikomi Giri - 236B||5, 18||15||2||x||x||-||KD||KD||-36||Mid||Medium attack Knockdown attack|
|Zanzou Fumikomi Giri - 236AB||5, 5, 10||15||2||x||x||-||KD||KD||-34||Mid||Heavy attack Knockdown attack|
|Tsubame Rokuren - 236CD||30||19||29||69||x||-||KD||KD||-59||High||Medium attack|
14-47f above ground
22f landing recovery