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Zex Siegfried

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Name: Zex Siegfried
Voice Actor: Yuki Kaji
Element: Wind
Health: 21000

Zex Siegfried is the main character of Deck Make Million Arthur, or he was going to be, but then the game got canceled. This sent Zex into a downward spiral of depression until he was invited to the Millionth annual Arcana Blood tournament. Now Zex is on a mission to steal as many elements as he can, hoping to find one that can fill the void in his heart.

Overview

Zex is very good at keeping up pressure, he can do blockstrings that either end with him even, plus, or safe all within range to threaten command grab or a pressure reset. He also gets high damage on nearly any confirm and works with a wide variety of assists thanks to his element steal mechanic giving him access to extra elements depending on the matchup.

Normal Moves

5A
5A
MAAB Zex 5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 6f - - +0 -

Jump cancelable, can be low profiled


5AA
5AA
MAAB Zex 5AA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 5f - - -13 -

Jump cancelable


5AAA
5AAA
MAAB Zex 5AAA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 5f - - -9 -


5AAAA
5AAAA
MAAB Zex 5AAAA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 24 - - -13 -

Builds tons of meter on hit, gives knockdown. Staple meterless ender.


5B
5B
MAAB Zex 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 10f - - -10 -

Jump cancelable. Hits very far out but has a lot of recovery, good for footsies and punishing rolls but be mindful of not whiffing and keep in mind that at further ranges 5C will often only hit once. This move can also be low profiled.


5C
5C
MAAB Zex 5C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 11f - - -4 -

Hits twice, pushes out to a space where many characters don't have good options and at -4 it's safe enough that depending on the matchup zex usually has good answers to those options. The hitbox isn't as tall as it looks but it can still hit anti-air, since it's not jump cancelable it can be hard to take advantage of AA hits.


6C
6C
MAAB Zex 6C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 10f - - -12 -

Jump cancelable, Zex moves forward when he uppercuts which can make it move underneath a jump-in. 5C chains into 6C which can let Zex go into an air combo but the short range of 6C means this isn't a very common situation.


2A
2A
MAAB Zex 2A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- L 7f - - -1 -

hits further than 5A and hits low


2B
2B
MAAB Zex 2B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H/L 9f - - -6 -

Jump cancelable, the hitbox goes pretty far out and it recovers quickly, good meaty if you're worried about a roll as it usually recovers fast enough to let you punish and can be done far enough away that Zex will be in range to punish.


2C
2C
MAAB Zex 2C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- L 14f - - -13 -


j.A
j.A
MAAB Zex jA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H 7f - - - -

Jump cancelable, hits cross-up


j.B
j.B
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Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H 11f - - - -

Jump cancelable


j.C
j.C
MAAB Zex jC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- H 13f - - - -

Hits cross-up


Elemental Attacks

5D
Andvaranaut
5D
MAAB Zex 5D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - 18f - - -10 Wind

Acquires an element for 214D, the element is dependent on the opponent


j.D
Andvaranaut
j.D
MAAB Zex j.D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - 17f - - - Wind

Acquires an element for 214D, the element is dependent on the opponent


Throws

5/6B+C
Forward Throw
5/6B+C
MAAB Zex FT.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw 7f - - - Throw


4B+C
Back Throw
4B+C
MAAB Zex BT.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw 7f - - - Throw


j.B+C
Air Throw
j.B+C
MAAB Zex AT.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw 5f - - - Throw


Special Moves

236[A/B/C]
Gram
MAAB Zex 236A.png
~A
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~B
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~C
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - 11f - - +0 (uncharged) +7 (charged) Neutral

Can hold. The gap between the sword hit and the projectile hit is 5f when uncharged, 13f when charged


623A/B/C
Balmung
623A/B/C
MAAB Zex 623.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - 13 (A) 16 (B) 21 (C) - - -15 (A) -7 (B) -13 (C) -


j.623A/B/C
Nothung
j.623A/B/C
MAAB Zex j623.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - 17f (A) 16f (B) 15f (C) - - - -

The B and C versions of this move have smaller preliminary hitboxes for several frames at around Zech's eye level before extending downward. Because this move is mainly used as an instant overhead, the A version is still the best option, as its hitbox starts out the largest and extends downwards a frame later.


214[D]
Elemental Predator
214[D]
MAAB Zex 214D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - - - -

Zex can only do this move if he has no element acquired. He'll stick out his hand and absorb any projectile that touches it, acquiring a stock for 214D(below). The element of the stock is determined by the projectile absorbed.


214D(while acquired)
Elemental Cannon
214D while in Acquired State
MAAB Zex 214D214D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - 12f - - +15 Variable

Air ok. Element changes based on Acquired State.


623D
Savage Assault Suction
623D
MAAB Zex 623D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- Throw 27f - - - Wind

Command Grab, Enters Acquired State, can be throw teched, but the window is extremely tight.


Million Skill

236XX
Excalibur Gram
236XX
MAAB Zex MS1.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - - -23 Neutral


623XX
Excalibur Balmung
623XX
MAAB Zex MS2.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - - -20 -


j.623XX
Excalibur Nothung
j.623XX
MAAB Zex MS3.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - - - -


Million Excalibur

Malevolent Glare
(Andvara Notes)

214XX
MAAB Zex ME.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Attribute
- - - - - -164 -


Strategy

Neutral

Zex doesn't have much in the way of particularly scary mix-ups. He doesn't have any standing overheads (although he does have an instant overhead) and his command grab is slow enough to react to. But he makes up for that with notably ignorant normals. In neutral, 5C covers the space in front of him really well and will stop some approaches like thief slide that otherwise low profile normals like 5B, j.B works like 5C only airborne, 5B is a long reaching poke although it's recovery makes it a bit risky, 2B doesn't cover as much space and it's hitbox is real low, but it recovers noticeably faster than 5B.

Pressure

Nearly all of his buttons are either jump cancelable (5A, 5AA, 2B, 5B, 6C) or dash cancelable (5AA, 5B, 2B, 5C(1), 5C(2)) which gives Zex a lot of flexibility on block. Zex also has multiple safe ways to disengage (besides jump canceling back or backdash canceling a normal) as 5C is only slightly negative, 236X is neutral, and 236[X] is advantageous. Defensively 6C leaves a lot to be desired, it's somewhat slow and moves forward which makes it whiff at times. Air to airing with j.A or j.B if you're early enough can be a good solution. Zex's only reversals outside of system mechanics are 623XX and 214XX. The hitbox on 214XX is pretty narrow, tho extremely tall, it can be useful in some specific instances but on block or whiff there's over 2 full seconds of recovery. 623XX is a little more consistent, and the ability to cancel it into enchant boost on block makes it prefrable to 214XX in a lot of situations as zex builds so much meter that trading 200 for pressure is well worth it if you're confident it'll make contact.

Mix-up

Aside from the basic mix-ups of delayed airdash j.C/no airdash 2A or normal throw attempts, Zex doesn't have anything built in except for dash cancels which all leave him negative, but he has a few other scary tools. By TKing 623X (6239X, the button must be input slightly delayed from the up input so as to not cancel the jump start-up.) Zex can do an overhead while rising. This "instant" overhead isn't exactly instant, it's about 21f overall, but still difficult to react to. Zex can't combo off this, even with meter or an assist, but that assumes your opponent was ready to tech immediately, so a black beat pickup off of an assist is not unreasonable to get, alternatively you can cancel into an assist like Lancelot for oki. Another strong mix-up is canceling 5B or 2B into an airdash after pushing yourself about a bit. If you're midscreen and time a j.B to come out at the end of the air dash Zex will have switched sides and turn around as the air dash ends, letting the j.B cross-up.

Assist Synergy

Zex's 214D uniquely forces Zex to consider his opponent's element when choosing assists for combo extension, as he gets different elemental charges depending on who he's fighting.

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  • Fay gives counterhits after 5D itself, making it good for combo extensions no matter what.

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  • Mercenary Arthur is probably the most commonly used assist for Zechs. Allows hard knockdown and corner carry from just about every starter he has, ground, air, throws, you name it. Decently large hitbox and plus when used in neutral as a zoning assist. When not running Fay, easily replaces her in all her combos at the cost of one more assist gem.

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  • Constantine is a support assist that summons a slow moving ice orb at head level that covers air dash space very well. Leads to throw/command grab setups in the corner when cancelled off Gram post-okizeme. Allows real conversions off j623 overhead. The orb does not go away if the opponent techs a throw attempt.

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  • Lancelot is a support assist that puts a shield up that absorbs hits and triggers a counter attack, he will eventually attack on his own if nothing hits his shield. Use midscreen to secure an approach or in the corner to scare the opponent from mashing and wake up reverals. Also allows combos off throw and j623 overhead. Somewhat easily safe-jumped and the attack hitbox doesn't extend that far behind him.

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  • Balin is neutral game choice for Zechs. Usually Zechs has no issue in neutral with jB, but Balin is very nice to have vs people who only have Mercenary as their zoning assist choice. It hits faster at a very nice angle vs someone using Mercenary raw in the air and it's more plus on block as well.

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  • Arthur Sorcery King is purely a zoning choice for Zechs. While he can be used in combos, his main use is threatening a full screen horizontal punish/zone tool when Elemental Cannon is not available.

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  • Uasaha is there for one thing: damage. Her ability to combo after 5D/jD/623D/623xx and Mercenary Arthur's ability to combo immediately after her and keep knockdown means a Zechs with full resources is easily threatening 10K+ off any stray hit confirm. Her downside is that she is an obvious burst point.

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  • Guinevere doesn't add much damage, but she makes your opponent's assists cost more, useful if you want to try and shut out a particularly annoying assist, but it's very dependent on what loadout your opponent uses.

Combos

While Zex is technically wind element, he has the ability to steal whatever elements he's fighting against. So he potentially also has access to fire/ice attacks solo. This can open up some extra assist synergy depending on the matchup.

Basic Combos

  • confirm ground hit > 214D(with charge) > 623C > 623XX
Cash out an element charge into super. 214D does a lot of damage, so even though this looks really basic it does a decent amount.
  • 6C > jump cancel > j.A > j.B > jump cancel > j.A > j.B > 623C(2) > 623XX
anti-air combo route, you can use this same route on air to airs but your height might necessitate some slight changes. If you have no meter or don't want to spend the bar you can end it with the 623C for knockdown.
  • Throw > A+B+C > run up > 5AA > jump cancel > j.A > j.B > jump cancel > j.A > j.B > 623C
basic throw combo. Also works with air throw cause Zex's air throw is just him landing and then doing ground throw

Solo Combos

  • 5AAAA(A)
Auto Combo add the extra A for a super. builds lots of meter and is very stable.
  • 2AAA/5AA > 5B > 5C > 5D / (623C > 214XX)
ezpz confirm into 5D for the charge. Or super for damage.
  • 2AAAA/5AAA > 623D
Alt ez confirm for command grab ender.
  • 5B > 2C > 214D > microdash > 5C > 5D (> 623XX)
Corner combo utilizing a 214D stock. Do auto combo after the dash instead for meter.
  • Throw (both hits) > A+B+C > run > 5AA > 5B > jump cancel > j.A > j.B > double jump > j.A > j.B > 623C
Combo off throw, can also end in j.D
  • 623D > A+B+C > 214D(fire) > run > 5AAAA
Combo off of command grab vs fire characters, since 623D is wind attribute a fire shot will counter hit and get them out of the OTG state
  • 623D > A+B+C > 214D(ice) > 5AAAA
Combo off of command grab vs ice characters. The ice charge of the 214D will setup a counterhit on any normal due to the native wind charge off enchant boost.

Support Knight Combos

Single Assist

Fay
Faye.png

Fay shoots a fireball straight ahead. It pops the opponent up on hit. Fay's fire element gives a counter hit after 5D and j.D, launching the opponent and allowing for combos after elemental absorb no matter what element is taken

  • confirm ground hit > 5D > Fay assist > 5AAAA/5AAA > 623C > 623XX
If you only want to learn one Zex combo, learn this one. It doesn't uses 214D which means both that you'll have it available in neutral and that you don't need to care what element your opponent is. If you can't or don't want to use an assist you can cancel the 5D directly into 623XX.
  • 5AA > 5B > 5C > 5D > Fay assist > [9] > j.B(1) > land > 5AAAA
This combo will still work with a 2 hit j.B, but the timing to get it to hit twice and be low enough for auto combo to fully connect is kind of tight. Don't finish this with super, it wont hit properly. If you find the j.B timing hard you can omit it and run up into auto combo instead. This combo builds 85 meter.
  • 5AA > 5B > 5C > 5D > Fay assist > delay > 214D(ice) > 623D
Variation on the above when fighting ice characters, you can also end this in auto combo for meter.
  • 5AA > 5B > 5C > 5D > Fay assist > [9] > j.B(1) > land > 6C > jump cancel > j.A > j.B > double jump > j.A > j.B > 623C(2) > 623XX
Variation of the above ending in super. Without the super it's still more damage, but the difference is really minimal, only about .1k. You can sub the 6C for a 5AA if it's giving you trouble, if you do omit the double jump and go straight into 623C(2) > 623XX. The damage is lower (by about .1k) but it works at more heights of j.B
Elle
Elle.png

Elle shoots an ice ball, similar to Fay but rather than launching up on hit she freezes the opponent in place. Freezing an opponent will make 5D counterhit, and vs wind characters freezing them after a 5D lets Zex followup with 214D for a counterhit. Elle is generally not as useful in neutral as Evaine, the other 1 cost ice assist, but she's faster which gives her more utility for enchant boost assist link combos.

  • 5B > 5C > 5D > elle assist > 214D (wind) > run > 5AAAA / (5AAA > 623C > 623XX)
Combo from 5D using elle to get a CH 214D against wind characters. The auto combo on the end is good for meter building, sub the last A for 623C to combo into super if you already have meter.
  • 5B > 5C > 5D > elle assist > 214D (wind) > 623D
Alternate version ending in 623D for oki and to maintain a 214D charge
  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 623C > enchant boost > elle assist > tkj.D > air dash > j.B > land > 5AAAA
Doesn't really do much more damage than a basic bnb, but you rebuild most of the resources you spend on it since the assist call isn't a cancel and you end the enchant boost with an auto combo. The assist point is rebuilt just after the last hit of the combo, so if you want to cancel it into a 2 cost assist you need to delay the cancel a bit to actually rebuild the stock.
  • Throw (1) > enchant boost > elle assist > tkj.D > air dash > j.B > land > 5AAAA
Again, not a lot of damage but not a lot of resources spent either. Use this for midscreen
  • Throw (2) > enchant boost > elle assist > 6C > IAD > j.B > 5AAAA
Corner version, does notably more damage since you get the full throw. You can also do 5C and dash cancel into the auto combo if the IAD is too hard, there's not much damage difference but the air dash can be canceled into block making this version less safe to burst
Evaine
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Evaine spikes a watermelon that bounces around the screen, and freezes on hit. The freeze will cause 5D or j.D to counter hit mid-combo which can setup for cool and damaging combos. Vs wind element characters Evaine can be used to charge them with ice after a 5D, then using the wind charge from the 5D wall bounce the opponent and continue the combo.

  • 5B > 5C > 5D > evaine assist > 214D (wind) > run > 5AAAA / (5AAA > 623C > 623XX)
Combo from 5D using evaine to get a CH 214D against wind characters. The auto combo on the end is good for meter building, sub the last A for 623C to combo into super if you already have meter.
  • 5B > 5C > 5D > evaine assist > 214D (wind) > 623D
Alternate version ending in 623D for oki and to maintain a 214D charge.
  • 6C > j.B > evaine assist > j.214D (wind)> land > run > j.B > double jump > j.B(1) > j.C
AA combo using evaine against wind attribute 214D
Enide
Enide.png

Enide appears in front of Zex and does a big wind explosion, knocking the opponent back very far. Enide's wind atribute lets her setup 214D coutnerhits against fire characters.

  • 5AA > 5B > 5C > 5D > enide assist > delay > 214D(fire) > run > 5AAAA
Fire variation of the 1 cost assist bnb. Because Endie launches the opponent Zex has less time to move after 214D, making this variation a little bit harder than the others.
Sorcery King Arthur
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Sorcery King dashes almost fullscreen and slashes. In neutral you can kind of use him like a no-setup-required ice 214D that has more hitstun. In pressure Sorcery King is plus so you can use him to extend blockstrings from a blocked 623 or really anything else. In combos he works like a faster, more damaging, further range, higher hitstun Elle. Costing 2 mana kind of sucks but you can link into him off of a corner 214D (or midscreen if it's an ice 214D) or after an enchant boost.

  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 623C > sorcery king assist > tkj.D > air dash > j.B > land > 5AAAA / (5AAA > 623C > 623XX)
Combo from 623C. You can swap out the post assist bit for really anything that works off a CH 5D/j.D
  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 623C > enchant boost > sorcery king assist > tkj.D > air dash > j.B > 5AAAA
Same thing as the above combo, but using enchant boost to avoid assist canceling and let mana regen, about 1 stock will come back by the time the combo ends.
  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 5D > enchant boost > sorcery king assist > 5C > dash cancel > 5AAAA
General combo route for any time when sorcery king hits otg after an enchant boost
  • 623D > sorcery king assist > 214D (wind) > run up > 5AAAA
Combo off of command grab vs wind characters
  • Throw (1) > enchant boost > sorcery king assist > tkj.D > air dash > j.B > land > 5AAAA
Better in terms of damage than the elle one just off the back of sorcery king being higher damage
  • Throw (2) > enchant boost > sorcery king assist > run up > 5C > dash cancel > 5AAAA
You can do this combo midscreen but you need to dash right away and the timing on the 5C from midscreen is pretty hard. The closer you are to the corner the easier it is
Mercenary Arthur
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Mercenary Arthur appears in front of Zex and falls down with his sword ala helmbreaker. When he hits the ground a shockwave will carry the opponent rather far, making for good corner carry provided you then end the combo. As a fire element Merc benefits from the wind charge of 5D/j.D/enchant boost setting up for counter hits.

  • 6C > j.B > j.D > mercenary arthur assist > airdash > land > 5C (1) > 5D (> 623XX)
Mercenary Arthur spawns at Zex's location and brings opponents down with him, letting you convert an air combo into a ground ender.
  • 623D > mercenary arthur assist > run > 5AAAA
Combo from command grab using Mercenary Arthur assist
Claire
Claire.png

Claire drops a fire trap in front of Zex, can be set close by holding 4, far by holding 6, or inbetween by not holding either. Canceling from an auto combo ender and setting a trap leads to some oki.

  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 236A > claire assist > 236A hits > 5D > claire hits > run up > 5AAAA
you have to be pretty close for the 236A to hit. Normally 236A will only combo into crouching opponents but the projectile still travels during the flash of assist call or something
Pharsalia
Pharsalia.png

Ice beam that you can call after 623XX for extra easy damage, if you're in the corner you can do a 5D and get a CH and/or another super.

  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 5D > 623XX > pharsalia assist > 5D > 623XX
Example of double super using Pharsalia, needs to be near the corner for the 5D to combo
  • 5A > 5B > 5C > 5D > 623XX > pharsalia assist > 214XX
Resource dump with pharsalia, you need to be basically inside the corner
Little Grey
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By comboing into Little Grey Zex can get enough hitstun to whiff a burst or neutral enchant boost for more meter or a longer install time. It's more cool than it is useful but it's very cool. Using Little Grey for oki can also be useful since the long blockstun lets Zex setup delay airdash mixups.

  • 5A > 5A > 5B > 5C > evaine assist > 5D > little grey assist > 214D > whiff burst > little grey hits > 623C > 623XX > pharsalia > 214XX
Example of whiffing burst mid combo. The non-little grey assists can be swapped out for other ice/level 3 assists, the important thing is the CH 5D into little grey into 214D for the extra hitstun.

Multiple Assists

  • 5AA > 5B > 5C > 5D > mercenary arthur assist > j.B > j.D > evaine assist > j.D > j.214D (fire) > air dash > j.C
3 mana corner combo vs fire attribute characters that also uses Evaine. Bisclavret requires a slight delay
  • 2A > 5B > 5B > 5C > 214D > microdash > 6C > j.B > j.D > mercenary arthur > land > 5D > 623XX > cu chulainn assist > 214XX
300 bar, 5 mana combo. Does ~14.5k

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Characters

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