Blade Strangers/Ali

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Ali
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Introduction

Source Game: Code of Princess

Story

You are a computer simulation. Your existence is meaningless. Might as well use your incredibly degenerate bomb oki to wreak havoc.

Gameplay

Health: 10,000

Commanding, low-risk oki off every touch. Strong air-to-airs. Lacks in overall damage compared to some characters, but the layered mixup game involving bombs more than makes up for it.


Strengths/Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses

Move List

Light Attacks

5L
BLASTR Ali 5L.png
Light Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
400 5 0 2 M -

Your fastest light attack. Useful for taking away advantage at close range. Links from Flash after EX Hayate (5S+E~S).

5LL
BLASTR Ali 5LL.png
Light Attack 2x
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
350 7 -2 2 M -

Similar to her 6L. Used in confirms. Chains into 6H, unlike 5L.

5LLL
BLASTR Ali 5LLL.png
Light Attack 3x
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
420 13 -4 0 M -

The third hit of Ali's light string. Gives you more time to confirm and moves you forward, but is less advantageous on block compared to 5LL


6L
BLASTR Ali 6L.png
Forward Light Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
500 7 -2 2 M -

Slightly slower than 5L in exchange for more range. Links from Meteor after EX Hayate (S+E~H).

6LL
BLASTR Ali 6LL.png
Forward Light Attack 2x
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
560 13 -4 0 M -

The second hit of Ali's forward light string. Allows you time to confirm, but is less advantageous on block compared to 5LL.



2L
BLASTR Ali 2L.png
Crouching Light Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
400 5 -1 1 M -

The crouching alternative to 5L. Functions similarly, yet is slightly minus on block.

2LL
BLASTR Ali 2LL.png
Crouching Light Attack 2x
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
350 7 -2 2 M -

Very similar to 5LL in application.

2LLL
BLASTR Ali 2LLL.png
Crouching Light Attack 3x
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
420 13 -4 0 M -

Very similar to 5LLL in application.


j.L
BLASTR Ali j.L.png
Jumping Light Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
400 5 7 11 H -

A fast air-to-air. Chains into a j.H normal or into j.HS for a full pickup.


j.8L
BLASTR Ali j.8L.png
Hilt Thrust
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
400 4 7 11 H -

Another fast air-to-air with a larger hitbox, allowing you to pickup the opponent after a 2E+S launcher where j.L would give you trouble.


Heavy Attacks

5H
BLASTR Ali 5H.png
Heavy Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
850 9 -5 1 M -

A decently sized heavy normal that combos into various Hayate options on hit. Like 3H, can confirm into a late EX Hayate on hit to combo into Flash (Giving you a subsequent 5L link).


6H
BLASTR Ali 6H.png
Slide Kick
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
900 [1200] 14 [45] -6 [-3] 1 [Launches] M -

Chargeable. Charged version causes wall bounce on hit. The forward movement allows for 2E+S launch combos midscreen or picking up off an air-hit by chaining 6L6H. Mostly unsafe on block unless charged. Cancel Charged 6H into 4S into 5E for a fun and damaging corner route.



4H
BLASTR Ali 4H.png
Stomach Kick
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 7 -1 3 M -

A vertical hitbox with the lowest total duration of Ali's heavy normals. Good for high-up juggles when trying to squeeze enough advantage out of your knockdowns for Bomb setups.


2H
BLASTR Ali 2H.png
Crouching Heavy Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 8 -3 0 L -

Ali's fastest low hit. Doesn't allow you to confirm raw like her other heavy normals, but due to it's shorter duration compared to 3H, it's a great tool during bomb mixups.


3H
BLASTR Ali 3H.png
Cleave
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
900 10 -6 1 L -

A fast, far-reaching low. This move confirms into a late EX Hayate Flash on hit.


j.H
BLASTR Ali j.H.png
Jumping Heavy Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 7 9 14 H -

A fast, low-hitting hitbox. A faster alternative to j.3H, which makes it more useful for certain situations such as falling after an Air Bomb.


j.3H
BLASTR Ali j.3H.png
Axe Kick
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
800 10 10 16 H -

A very low-hitting hitbox. Covers a lot of vertical space and allows Ali to hit sooner in her jump arc than she would otherwise.


j.8H
BLASTR Ali j.8H.png
Split Kick
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
750 9 9 16 H -

Great for crossups.


Unique Attacks

5E
BLASTR Ali 5E.png
Anti Air
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
800 11 M -

Universal anti-air. Head invulnerable on frame 5. Can combo from an anti-air hit if you get a really high Counter-hit juggle, or if you cancel late with Offensive Skill.


6E
BLASTR Ali 6E.png
Overhead
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
800 21 H -

Universal overhead. 4S followed by a whiffed 5L will give you the timing needed to combo a Bomb from this. Combos into Offensive Skill otherwise.


4E
BLASTR Ali 4E.png
Knock Back
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1200 16 M -

Universal knockback attack. Crumples on counter hit. Potential followups on counter-hit are things like charged 6H.


2E
BLASTR Ali 2E.png
Sweep
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
800 9 L -

Universal sweeping attack. Knocks down. Confirms into Offensive Skill if you want damage from it.


3E
BLASTR Ali 3E.png
Chase Attack
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1500 12 OTG -

Universal Chase Attack. Can OTG and forces hard knockdown on hit. 4S into 3E allows you to OTG pickup without using Offensive Skill.


j.E
BLASTR Ali j.E.png
Jumping Knock Back
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1200 13 H -

Ground bounce on counter hit. Slow, and has a fairly small hitbox for the startup. Ground bounce starters are nothing to scoff at, however.


Skills

6S
BLASTR Ali 6S.png
Hayate
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- 11 - -

Stance. Cancellable from frame 12. This one is mostly used over Heavy due to it's startup when range isn't important.

6H+S
BLASTR Ali 6S.png
Hayate (Heavy)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- 15 - -

Stance. Cancellable from frame 16. Slower than the Light version, making it less useful for ending air combos.

6S+E
BLASTR Ali 6S.png
Hayate (EX)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- 3 - -

Requires 1/2 a bar from the Skill Gauge. Stance. Projectile invuln on frame 3. Cancellable from frame 4.

L (during Hayate)
BLASTR Ali Dust.png
Dust
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- - - -

Rumor has it, off certain normals, Ali can be at advantage if Dust is done on the earliest possible frame. Tell no one.

H (during Hayate)
BLASTR Ali Meteor.png
Meteor
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1000 21 H -

A fairly fast overhead. Reactable offline. Safe on block, advantageous on hit, but leaves a large gap off many blocked normals. EX Hayate's version links into 6L.

E (during Hayate)
BLASTR Ali Hell.png
Hell
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
800 8 L -

Ends in a fairly advantageous knockdown on air and ground hit, and can be linked into off all heavy normals.

S (during Hayate)
BLASTR Ali Flash.png
Flash
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
600 5 M -

Safe on block, advantageous on hit. The version in EX Hayate links into 5L and allows you to confirm off single hits of 5H and 3H.


2S
BLASTR Ali 2S.png
Reppukyaku
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
900 14 M -

Damage ender that leaves you close to the opponent. Not as much advantage as a Hell knockdown.

2H+S
BLASTR Ali 2H+S.png
Reppukyaku (Heavy)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1200 20 M -

Damage ender that leaves you further way from the opponent compared to the Light version. Still not as much advantage as a Hell knockdown.

2S+E
BLASTR Ali 2S+E.png
Reppukyaku (EX)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1000 9 M -

Requires 1/2 a bar of the Skill Gauge. Launches on ground or air hit. Very unsafe on block.


4S
BLASTR Ali 4S.png
Explosive Bomb
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 33 M -

Explodes after 81 frames. This move is the corner-stone of Ali's pressure. Get a decent knockdown and throw it out. As mentioned above, you can time a 6E afterwards for pickup by whiffing 5L, which also sets up timing for 2H into a similar extension. Disappears if Ali is hit.

4H+S
BLASTR Ali 4S.png
Explosive Bomb (Heavy)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 33 M -

Explodes after 91 frames. Has a further arc compared to 4S and explodes later. Useful for setups where you don't want the bomb to explodes ASAP. Disappears if Ali is hit.

4S+E
BLASTR Ali 4S.png
Explosive Bomb (EX)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
600, 600, 600 28 M -

Requires 1/2 a bar of the Skill Gauge. Explodes after 81, 91, and 101 frames. Covers the screen in Bombs, giving you a much wider timing window to approach and convert. This is actually very scary in a neutral situation, as the opponent cannot interact with the bombs and they explode later than 4S or 4HS. Disappears if Ali is hit.


j.S
BLASTR Ali j.S.png
Hayabusa
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 9 M -

An aerial attack with good horizontal range that's slightly disjointed. Makes for good air-footsies when paired with bomb. Can be quite unsafe if blocked.

j.H+S
BLASTR Ali j.H+S.png
Hayabusa (Heavy)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
900 14 H -

An aerial attack with great vertical and surprising horizontal range. Leads to full combo on air and ground hit in many situations. Disjointed and allows Ali to descend as early as she wants in her jump arc. Great for counterpoking. Great for suddenly turning a bomb you suspect will be blocked into frame advantage if you're airborne.

j.S+E
BLASTR Ali j.S.png
Hayabusa (EX)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
400,700 8 M,H -

Requires 1/2 a bar from the Skill Gauge. Pops the opponent up for further conversion. Being an EX move, it's very useful for increasing combo damage and carrying the opponent to the corner.


j.2S
BLASTR Ali j.2S.png
Uzura
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- - - -

A vertical dive that slightly follows Ali's air trajectory as she drops. Good for when you need to get grounded immediately. Great when paired with 4S. Very unsafe otherwise.

j.2H+S
BLASTR Ali j.2S.png
Uzura (Heavy)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- - - -

A safer and slower version of its lighter counterpart.

j.2S+E
BLASTR Ali j.2S.png
Uzura
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- - - -

Requires 1/2 a bar from the Skill Gauge. Comboable on a low hit and much safer than it's non-EX sisters.



j.4S
BLASTR Ali j.4S.png
Aerial Explosive Bomb
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 Jump Dependent M -

Explodes after 91 frames. Similar in application to grounded 4S, however, this move allows you to act out of an air-state when it recovers. j.4S into j.H+S, j.4S into j.2S and many other variations are useful for pressure, neutral and okizeme. Disappears if Ali is hit.

j.4H+S
BLASTR Ali j.4S.png
Aerial Explosive Bomb (Heavy)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
700 Jump Dependent M -

Explodes after 111 frames. Flies further and explodes later than j.4S, making it more useful at range to try and instigate action from your opponent. Disappears if Ali is hit.

j.4S+E
BLASTR Ali j.4S.png
Aerial Explosive Bomb (EX)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
600,600,600 Jump Dependent M -

Requires 1/2 a bar of the Skill Gauge. Explodes after 101, 111, and 121 frames. The notable thing is that this explodes far later than grounded 4E+S. Done off a forward jump, this covers a lot of ground and returns you to a state where you can approach afterwards, making it a pretty terrifying presence in neutral if you need to approach. Disappears if Ali is hit.


Universal Commands

L+H
BLASTR Ali L+H.png
Throw
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1500 7 UNB -

Universal Throw. 4S and it's ilk does combo from this, making for some degenerate full conversions into more oki.


L+E
BLASTR Ali L+E.png
Offensive Skill (horizontal)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1000 17 M -

Requires 1 bar of the Skill Gauge. Allows you to extend off anti-air 5E and 2E, or 6E when used as a mixup sans bombs.

8L+E
BLASTR Ali j.L+E.png
Offensive Skill (upward)
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1000 15 M -

Requires 1 bar of the Skill Gauge. Similar application as 5L+E, with a more vertical flavor.

j.L+E
BLASTR Ali j.L+E.png
Aerial Offensive Skill
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
1000 15 M -

Requires 1 bar of the Skill Gauge. Allows for stray air-conversions off moves like j.S where you wouldn't be able to convert otherwise.


4L+E
BLASTR Ali 4E.png
Defensive Skill
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
- - - -

Requires 1 bar of the Skill Gauge. Useful for dealing with the pressure options of certain characters. Namely Shovel Knight gem pressure.


Ultra Skills

H+S+E
BLASTR Ali H+S+E.png
Meteor Dance Lv. 1
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
2300 9 M -

Requires 1 bar of the Skill Gauge. A damaging ender when you need to finish off the opponent. Puts you fullscreen and does not lead to oki.

H+S+E 2x
BLASTR Ali H+S+E.png
Meteor Dance Lv. 2
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
3700 9 M -

Requires 2 bars of the Skill Gauge. More damage than the single-bar version. Same non-existent oki situation afterwards.


2H+S+E
BLASTR Ali 2H+S+E.png
Requiem Lv. 1
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
2000 26 UNB -

Requires 1 bar of the Skill Gauge. Frame 0 post-flash, meaning you cannot jump out if you're not in a throw invulnerable state when it goes off. Paired with 4S on knockdown, it can lead to some suspect unblockable setups. Would be way worse if trying to jump away from something like this didn't lead to full combo and oki when Ali runs her bog-standard pressure game. Leaves you in front of the opponent for some modest pressure afterwards.

2H+S+E 2x
BLASTR Ali 2H+S+E.png
Requiem Lv. 2
Damage Startup Active Recovery Block Adv Hit Adv Cancels Guard Hitbox Scaling
3200 26 UNB -

Requires 2 bars of the Skill Gauge. More damage than the single-bar version. Leaves you in front of the opponent for some modest pressure afterwards.


Strategy

Offense

Bomb Oki

Overhead: 4S > Whiff 5L > 6E > 4S Explodes > 5L Pickup

Low: 4S > walk forward > 2B > 4S Explodes > 5L pickup

Throw: 4S > walk forward > L+H > 4S Explodes > 4B pickup difficult, easier in corner

Down Attack: 4S > walk forward > 3E > 4S Explodes > 5L Pickup (the explosion should catch them trying to punish your 3E)

DP Bait: 4S > Whiff 5L > Block reversal > 4S explodes > 5L pickup

Alternative DP bait setups look like this[1]: 4S > walk back > 3B > 4S explodes > 5S~L > 2L Pickup

Can add a 2nd mixup if you use 5S+E instead

Universal Stuff

6E versus 3H is still quite the potent mixup even if you don't have a Bomb over your opponent.

Throws in this game can't be broken on reaction. Walking in and out of throw range can oftentimes provoke a reactionary throw break attempt, which can be punished with 3H and other normals.

Defense

Due to a lack of reversal options, you're getting out the ol' fashioned way. You can save meter for Guard Cancel, or you can look for outs to counterpoke or instant-air j.H+S.

Throws in this game lose outright to normals, so if you really expect a tick-throw you can 4E for CH damage.

Neutral

Depending on the matchup, you'll be throwing out Bombs and moving forward after them, jockeying for space. j.H+S is actually a very good poke here, as it masks when you actually intend to jump-in as you can do it at any point in the jump arc, and it cleanly beats out certain normals and anti-airs at range. If you can get your opponent to block a bomb, you can run throw mixups, go for an ambiguous crossup, or continue pressure.

3H is probably your longest button with the highest reward on hit, while still being a low. Learn to confirm off it right into EX Hayate > Flash to turn stray counterpokes into oki.

EX Bombs are very useful in matchups where you have trouble approaching. It's expensive, but your opponent is normally forced to answer them or risk being put in a bad situation.

Combos

Midscreen

5L,L,L,6H xx 5S~E

j.H+S > 5L,L,L,6H xx 5S~E

3H xx 5S~E

5L,L,L,6H xx 2ES > 9j.L,H xx j.5H+S > 4H xx 5S~E

6L,L,6H xx 2ES > 9j.L,H xx j.5H+S > 4H xx 5S~E

3H xx 5ES~S > 5L,L,L,6H xx 2ES > 9j.L,H xx j.5H+S > 4H xx 5S~E

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