Rui Mishima is a country gal who packed up her bags and moved to the big city, looking for some excitement in her life. However, upon hearing that her village's treasure had been stolen, she sets out to retrieve it.
Rui's style of play is fairly straightforward, much like Hikaru's, and is well suited for new players. She excels at rushdown and functions best in the close-mid range space. Rui can be played with either a focus on shorter low damage meter building combos and high damage exceeds to seal games, or with more consistent average damage routes that use small amounts of meter.
Her only real weakness is her lack of options for dealing with characters that excel at controlling screen space, particularly Kudlak. She can't get in that easily when she's being pushed out by fireballs or traps, and she doesn't have very many answers for them, either, so knowing when to try and go in and when to wait is important as a Rui player.
Run vs Step
Both bounces have their own advantages, so it's mostly a matter of preference when it comes to which one you want to use.
Like most characters, Rui's run is her more straight forward choice. It does a better job closing gaps than her step, which makes Rui less reliant on high risk options like 214P to get in.
Stepping can be used for staggering pressure off of normals--step-canceling a blocked 5C can be a bit of a surprise for someone that isn't expecting it, and if you see an opportunity, you might be able to go for a grab or for Rui's unblockable 41236K.
Rui does a short jab with her leading hand.
Rui does a crouching short jab with her leading hand.
Rui uses her lead foot to kick the opponent's shin. Very poor horizontal reach, but good for confirms or to catch an opponent out of a slow attack at very closer range.
Rui goes for a high kick. A decent anti-air tool.
Rui kicks the opponent in the shin with her leading foot.
Rui does a 2-hit backhand with her leading hand. Integral to some BnB routes as well as the only viable starter for 41236B combos.
Rui jabs both hands outward, hitting the opponent with the ends of her tonfa.
Rui does a low, scooping swing with her lead hand. Good for confirms at midscreen but pushes enemies away enough that some combos have to omit hits that a cl.5C(1) starter could keep.
Rui uses her rear leg for a high kick. Also useful as an anti-air if you can get it to come out.
Rui uses a rolling kick that moves her forward a little bit.
Rui kicks the opponent with her back leg, knocking them down.
Rui jabs downward with her lead hand, hitting with the short end of her tonfa. A good jump-in normal, but it lacks range.
Rui kicks forward with her rear leg, keeping it horizontal. Good for air-to-air shenanigans.
Rui swings outward with her lead hand, hitting with the long end of her tonfa. Also useful for air-to-air.
Rui does a heel drop with her front leg. Even better as a jump-in normal than j.A in certain situations, as it has much better reach.
Rui performs a spinning backfist with her rear hand, stepping into the blow. Great for use in combos.
Rui kicks out behind her with her rear leg, similar to Iori's j.4B from KOF. This move has no hitbox in front of Rui, being used instead exclusively for cross-ups. Gives enough hitstun on hit for combos to continue easily afterward.
| 6 or 4D -
A 5D that moves forward (6 version) or backward (4 version).
| Mega Swing Attack - 236P (follow-up two more times)(EX O.K.)
Rui's staple move, a three-part rekka series that consists of a starter, a follow-up, and an ender. It can be started with A or C, and you can freely switch between the A and C follow-ups at each rep of the command (e.g., 236C > 236A, 236C). This series of moves is important to her combos; most of the time, you will want to use 236C starter and 236C followups only, since Rui moves forward far enough to catch the opponent at any range and 236A starter might miss. The A followups do still have use in some combos though.
Basic rekka starter, consists of an upward tonfa swing.
Similar to the A version, Rui slides forward before the strike; the tonfa's swing and hitbox are bigger.
Rui follows up with a downward swing of her tonfa.
A large upward swing proceeded by another big step.
Ends with a downward swing with both tonfas.
Rui jumps and smashes downward with her tonfa. Knocks the opponent down.
Rui does a series of hits on her own, the last hit wall slams, but too low to combo off of without a super cancel of some kind.
| Fighting Gear Kick - 623K (Air/EX O.K.!)
Rui's DP, a set of up-kicks. If you have the meter and you land a B or a D DP, you can easily cancel into 236214K (see the "Ultimate Chaos" section below for more info), leading to big damage opportunities.
A moderate vertical ascent with very little horizontal movement; 3 hits total. Leaves the opponent airborne after the last kick.
The aerial version is two kicks only.
A much lower, more horizontal attack; 3 hits total. It has slower start-up, and the coverage of the space directly above her suffers a little bit.
The aerial version has more horizontal coverage than the aerial B version, but not as much as the ground D version.
Essentially a faster D version that travels nearly full-screen; 3 hits total. It ends with a drop kick that will either put the opponent toward the wall or slam into the wall. You can follow-up the wall slam if you're close to the corner.
The aerial version is simply four upward kicks.
| Titanic Star Slide - 214P (EX O.K.!)
Rui slides along the ground and knocks down the opponent on hit. A quick and easy knockdown from most combos, but not very safe on block.
A fast slide that covers about half the screen.
A slightly slower slide that covers about 3/4ths of the screen.
A quick slide followed up by two more hits; the last is a big swing that knocks the opponent up and sends them flying. This move goes nearly full-screen thanks to that, and it's possible to get a number of combo opportunities out of it.
| Dodge and Bullet - BD
Rui performs a dodge in place, allowing her to evade non-throw attacks for a short period of time. She can cancel into this move from any cancelable normal on the ground, and it has four follow-ups, one for each attack button; if you presses nothing, she'll land without doing anything.
A faster version of her 6A backhand, which retains its cancelable properties so that you can combo out of it with special moves. Extremely useful in even her basic combos.
Rui uses a faster version of her 4D, putting some space between her and the opponent. Tends to stop offense a little cold on both your side and the opponent's, though it is useful for getting breathing room if the kick hits.
Rui steps in with a powerful overhead elbow attack; must be blocked high.
Rui performs a low sweep kick; must be blocked low.
| Guardless Disruption - 41236K
Rui steps in and swings her fist upward, aiming for the chin. On whiff you will only see the initial hit; on hit, you will see both strikes, and the second will put the enemy into a crumple state, allowing you to do a variety of things afterward. This move is unblockable.
Much quicker start-up. You can only combo into it if you use a very close-range, heavy normal, like cl.5C(1) or cl.5D.
Starts up much slower than the B version, enough so that you won't combo into it off of anything. If you've been landing a lot of B versions, you can use this to psyche an opponent out if they're expecting it to come out faster, but it's risky.
| Rising Orbit - 214K
Rui does a somersaulting spinning flip forward. This move has four follow ups (A, B, C and D), and is used in combos as well as in neutral. If the player does not input anything, Rui will return to neutral on landing with no extra recovery.
More vertical range than horizontal.
More horizontal range than vertical.
Rui swings her tonfa upward. It has good combo utility if you can do the flip command quickly enough to catch up with an opponent that's been knocked back.
Rui performs a diving kick. The angle of descent is wide enough to catch people directly in front of her. Can also be used for a cross-up if your flip has gone slightly over an opponent, although it's harder to space than the D version.
Rui grabs at the air in front of her; if she manages to grab the opponent, she pulls them to the ground with her, launching them up for an air confirm. The air grab is very fast and will very rarely lose to an air normal.
Rui does a backwards divekick, mostly used for cross-ups but you can space it such that hits on the same side too. Same properties as the B version.
Rui lands and does a sweep, much like her BD~D. Can be useful if the opponent is expecting you to come down with a divekick or whiff an air grab.
| Rainbow Drop Combination - 236214K (Air O.K.!)
When this move is used on the ground, Rui jumps into the air and performs a dive kick; in the air, she just dives. If the dive kick connects, she pulls the opponent to the ground with her, grabs them, and continues to combo, ending with a strong kick that sends the opponent to the wall. Does less damage than fighting gear special in most situations, but it works well as an air ender and can be chaos shifted in the middle to restand your opponent.
Shorter, narrower dive arc; less reliable than the D version, but is still usable if you're really close.
Wider dive arc; tends to be better to pick up random hits, and is probably the version you want to use the most.
| Fighting Gear Special - 236236K
Rui does a 2-kick version of her DP. If it hits, she does another 2-kick version, then goes into a 3-hit version that ends with her j.D, knocking the opponent to the ground. Since the vertical trajectory on the initial DP is not very high, it's not a super-reliable anti-air unless you're attempting to beat a very deep jump-in attack, and even then you might trade hits with your opponent. It'll combo off rekkas with a super cancel at almost any spacing and has good utility in exceed combos.
Extra Ultimate Chaos
| Counter Crush: Code C - 214214P
Rui takes a step and spins her tonfa. If she's hit while doing so, she counters with her BD~C, a kick that launches the opponent up, and a quick 214K~C. Unlike the regular 214K~C move, the opponent lands moderately far away from Rui, so it can be used to make space instead of staying in on the opponent if you so choose. You can also manually activate the counter by hitting A or C while rui is spinning her tonfa, giving this move some use in combos.
| Guardless Explosion - 6321463214K
Rui performs a command grab. On hit, she generates a large energy sphere that blows the enemy back; on whiff, it behaves like her 41236B. This move is unblockable, but since it has the speed of 41236B when starting up, you can combo into it from any combo that you would use to set up for 41236B. In the corner you can follow up after the energy blast. Looping this in the corner is what gives rui high damage exceed combos.
| Ultimate Summarization - 236214AC
Rui travels full screen with a rushing dash; on hit, she continues into a combo that ends with a 4-hit DP and a tonfa strike that knocks the opponent down. Does fairly good damage, but most of Rui's real strength comes from Exceed Combos, so this doesn't see that much use.
- Moves in (), such as (6A > BD~A) can be omitted from combos.
- Numbers in (), such as cl.5C(1), indicate the number of hits that you should let that move do before canceling it; for instance, cl.5C(1) means to cancel after the first hit.
- moves after ~, such as B+D~C indicate that it's a move with a followup, such as rui's B+D stance, the stuff before the ~ is the input for the move itself, the stuff after the ~ is the followup.
- sjc: super jump cancel.
all of these combos will also work in the corner
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 236C×3
A pretty basic combo that leads to a midscreen knockdown and respectable damage. After the last rekka you can use a 214A to slide right up to an opponent and then use 2C to meaty. If you do both as soon as possible the 2C will be perfectly meaty. After the 2C you can hold down 2A which will catch opponents who roll out of 2C or link off of the 2C on hit.
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 236C×3 > 236236D
Same as above but using a super cancel to unscale damage. This costs 2 bars but it does a lot. You want to get the super cancel before the opponent hits the ground, otherwise you won't unscale to 100% and it wont really be worth the meter.
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 214C
Same as the previous combos, but uses 214C instead of the rekkas for when your confirm puts you too far away for rekkas to connect.
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 214C > 214214C~C
Combo using the counter super. You need to hit C after the flash to activate the counter without taking a hit first. This wont do as much damage as the above combo, but it looks cooler.
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 214AC > 6A > sjc > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623D
A basic midscreen combo using ex 214P, you can use 2363214D as the ender instead (or cancel 623D into it) if you want more damage
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 214AC > jump > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623B
Easier version of the above for those who don't like super jump canceling. 623B should always get 1 hit, that's intentional to get a soft knockdown as opposed to an air tech. Substitute with 623D if you want better damage at the cost of letting them air tech.
2A > 2B > 2C > (6A) > 214AC > 6A > sjc > j.A > j.B > j.C > land > j.A > j.B > j.C > j,D > double jump > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623B
Rejump combo, you need to delay the first air series such that j.C hits with rui as close to the ground as possible to have enough time to rejump. Then you want to delay the final air series just a bit such that only 1 hit of 623B connects which will force a soft knockdown for oki instead of an air tech. The timing on a 1 hit 623B is really finicky, but it's also not super important, so you can choose to not worry about if you want. If you do the full rejump it should carry corner to corner.
214K~C > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > double jump > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623B
Combo off air grab
2A > 2B > 2C > 6A > BD~A > 236C×3
A variant of the first midscreen combo, with 6A > BD~A added since the extra proximity to the corner will make it easy to land.
B+D~C > otg 2B > 2C > sjc > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623D
Easy combo off of overhead starter
B+D~C > otg 2B > 5C > sjc > j.A > j.B > j.C > land > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > double jump > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623B
Combo into rejump off of overhead starter. You have to delay the first air series just like with every rejump.
623BD > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > double jump (8) > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623D
Combo off of EX DP in the corner, you can also confirm into this if you want but doing a 214AC combo is usually better
These combos can be done with 41236D as well, but you will not be able to start off with a point-blank cl.C; you will have to land the 41236D raw.
2A > 2B > cl.C(1) > 41236B > cl.5D > microdash > cl.B > cl.C(1) > sjc > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623D
A fairly simple combo off of 41236B. You can super cancel the 623D at the end with 236214D. or just use 2363214D in place of the DP if you don't want to spend 2 bars.
2A > 2B > cl.C(1) > 41236B > cl.5D > microdash > cl.B > cl.C(1) > sjc > j.A > j.B > j.C > land > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > double jump > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > j.623B
Extended version, you need to delay the first air series a bit. Also you want to delay the 623B at the end a bit so that only 1 hit connects, if you don't feel like doing that just use 623D for more damage.
2A > 2B > cl.C(1) > 41236B > 2C > j.A > j.B > j.C > double jump > j.A > j.B > j.C > j.D > 623D
Easier version if you don't like super jump canceling or don't feel confident in microdashing
2A > 2B > 2C > 6A > 236Cx3 > exceed > 214A > 236236B > chaos shift > 214C > 236236B
Very simple exceed, works from anywhere. You let all the hits of 236236B hit, chaos shift at the top of the screen and then do 214C right when you land. It looks tight but is pretty easy once you find the timing.
2A > 2B > 2C > 6A > (236Cx3 or 214C) > exceed > 214C > 6321463214D > 2C > 214C > 6321463214D > 2C >214C > 6321463214D > 2C > 236A > 236A > 236C
Only works in/near corner but does a lot of damage. You need to slightly delay the first super cancel if you use 236C, but after that you want to just mash them out asap. If you use 214C instead of 236C every super cancel can be done with the same timing. You can end with a 5A > cl.C > SJC > air combo if you want, but the damage difference isn't very noticeable since everything will porate to ~10 damage by the end so taking the knockdown is generally preferable.
2A > 2B > 2C > 6A > (236Cx3 or 214C) > exceed > 214C > 6321463214D > chaos shift > 623B > 214C > 6321463214D > chaos shift > 623B > 2363214D
Midscreen exceed using guardless explosion. you want to chaos shift as soon as possible, you can hold down the AB input to help with that. Then you want to DP as soon as possible too. It doesn't do much damage but it'll help you time the slide.
- Console Versions: You can hold R1 button while selecting a character to get an alternative color.
- Arcade Version: You can hold START button while selecting a character to get an alternative color.
|A Button||B Button||C Button||D Button|
|R1 + A Button||R1 + B Button||R1 + C Button||R1 + D Button|
- A Button: Normal version.
- B Button: Makoto Nanaya (BlazBlue).
- C Button: Cute (Queen's Blade: Spiral Chaos).
- D Button: Lunamaria Hawke (Gundam Seed Destiny).
- R1+B Buttons: Hatsune Miku (Vocaloid 2).
- R1+C Buttons: Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell).
- R1+D Buttons: Ranka (Macross Frontier).