Samurai Shodown/Earthquake

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Earthquake
アースクェイク, Āsukweiku

Introduction

Earthquake has strong control over the mid-range, with many of his key pokes knocking down on hit. His dangerous ranged lows force the opponent to crouch-block often, restricting their movement. On top of that, he has reliable and strong punishment tools from any range, and a great WFT to boot.

Somewhat surprisingly for a character of his statue, Earthquake is also remarkably difficult to pin down, as he has access to a walljump, a teleport and even a weird pseudo-divekick that can alter his jump trajectory. His jumping normals are excellent, with j.C in particular being one of the most oppressive air-to-ground normals in the entire game. On the flipside, Earthquake has some of the worst ground movement among the cast, forcing him to play a much slower paced game than other characters. His normals are also slow to recover and easy to jump over, making mistakes very costly for him.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Long reach
  • Surprisingly okay mobility
  • Reliable Punishment
  • Sluggish normals
  • Slow walk speed, slowest run speed in the game
  • Big hurtbox

Data

  • Damage Taken: 95%
  • Rage Duration: 10 seconds

Gameplan

Similar to the Strategy section of the 5sp wiki pages. List Earthquake archetype, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Sample subsections could include Neutral, Okizeme, etc.

Neutral

Okizeme

Setting up Command Grabs

Fat Bomber is a neat little addition to Earthquake's moveset that has a surprising number of useful setups. It only deals around 140 damage, but it has good range, recovers quickly and gives you a knockdown, which EQ can build momentum off of.

From A/B Chainsaw

Cancelling 5A into A Fat Chainsaw from tip range won't actually hit the opponent but it will move you into point blank range. Since Chainsaw recovers so quickly and because your opponent is probably looking for a block punish, you can sneak in a grab here. If your opponent knows about the setup, mix it up with B chainsaw.

From full screen, quickly whiff cancel 5A into B Chainsaw as a sort of pseudo-command dash. This will place you directly in front of the opponent - again, without actually hitting them. You can go into A chainsaw instead as a fake-out or into C chainsaw if you really wanna party (C Chainsaw is heavily punishable though - beware).

From 66C

66C works a bit like Zangief's f.MK in Street Fighter V - It's a very active forward moving attack that's unsafe on block but quick to recover. Because its hitbox is so tall, it also catches people trying to jump over you quite reliably. Once they respect 66C, go for the command grab.

From Fat Bomber

If you read the opponent's forward roll after a successfull Fat Bomber, do nothing and wait for your opponent to roll towards you. Rolls lose throw invulnerability on wakeup so you can do a meaty command throw and make them hate life.

From j.A/j.D

Not recommended. A deep j.A or j.D leaves you at a very small amount of frame advantage on block. This is usually enough to beat jabs with your own n.5A or 5D but not enough to get a true command grab mixup. Simply jumping will beat both options.

Normal Moves

Far Slashes

5A
5A
SamSho Earthquake 5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
40 Mid 8 - - -6 -5 Yes - Yes No

Premium jab with big range that's also special cancellable. Combos into A Chainsaw at close ranges. Hilliariously more unsafe on hit than on block. Nevertheless, this is a great button with a multitude of applications. Learn to piano 5A into each strength of Fat Chainsaw for easy access in the neutral.


5B
5B
SamSho Earthquake 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
100 Mid 14 - - -9 -14 No - Yes No

Pretty reliable mid-range poke with a nice balance of speed and range. Sadly -14, sou you'll usually eat a f.5B in retalliation if this is blocked. Causes a backflip against jumping oponents.


5C
5C
SamSho Earthquake 5C.png
footsies, lol
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
70*70*100 Mid 14 - - -10 -36 No - Yes No

Your go-to punisher if the opponent does something stupid. Guaranteed followup after backthrow from midscreen. Be careful, since the 3rd hit can whiff on very close opponents making this button punishable ON HIT!


2A
2A
SamSho Earthquake 2A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
40 Mid 8 - - -5 -5 Yes - Yes No

Functionally identical to 5A. Also combos into A Chainsaw


2B
2B
SamSho Earthquake 2B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
90 Low 13 - - KD -17 No - No No

Decently fast knockdown low with great range, therefore extremely useful.


2C
2C
SamSho Earthquake 2C.png
Three hits
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
60*60*80 Low 13 - - -21~-10 -36 No - No No

Like 5C, but a low. Slightly shorter and less damaging. Your preferred followup after forward throw.


Near Slashes

n.5A
n.5A
SamSho Earthquake n5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
40 Mid 8 - - -6 -5 Yes - Yes No

Also identical to f.5A.


n.5B
n.5B
SamSho Earthquake n5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
100 Mid 10 - - -2 -12 No - Yes No

Pretty useless button. n.5A xx A Chainsaw does more damage, gives you a knockdown and is slightly faster.


n.5C
n.5C
SamSho Earthquake n5C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
200 Mid 12 - - -4 -28 No - Yes No

Very fast for a heavy, at only 12f. Really nice punisher.


n.2A
n.2A
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
40 - 8 - - -6 -5 Yes - Yes No


n.2B
n.2B
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
100 - 8 - - -5 -12 No - Yes No


Kicks

5D
5D
SamSho Earthquake 5D.png
Hits two times
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
(20)(20) Mid, Mid 7 - - -6 -9 Yes - No Yes

Earthquakes fastest normal, although not his safest as it can be punished on hit by some characters. Has decent range and hits twice. Very useful for hit-confirming into WFT.


6D
6D
SamSho Earthquake 6D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 10 - - KD -21 No - No Yes

Knocks opponent to the other side of the screen. Apparently a decent anti-air against characters with low jump-arcs. Very unsafe on block.


2D
2D
SamSho Earthquake 2D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
30 Low 10 - - -5 -8 No - No Yes

An OK get-off-me button. Notable for having longer reach than most other 2Ds but it's mostly outclassed by 66D in almost every way.


3D
3D
SamSho Earthquake 3D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
70 Low 10 - - KD -17 No - No Yes

Earthquake's pathetic attempt at a knockdown sweep. Your hurtbox actually moves quite far down during the animation.


Dash Normals

66A
66A
SamSho Earthquake 66A.png
Earthquakes worst normal.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
40 Mid 9 - - -9 -42 No - Yes No

His worst normal. Slower than your regular 5A. -9 even on hit. Do not use 66A.


66B
66B
SamSho Earthquake 66B.png
[insert dummy thicc joke here]
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
80 High 23 - - KD -18 No - No No

Slow, long range overhead with hella active frames that knocks down on hit. Quite punishable, even at tip range so think twice before throwing this out.


66C
66C
SamSho Earthquake 66C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
130 Mid 11 - - KD -15 No - No No

Medium-risk medium-reward button with deceptively short range. Works surprisingly well as a predictive anti-air. Since you recover relatively fast from this attack, you can try and whiff this on purpose to set up a command grab.


66D
66D
SamSho Earthquake 66D.png
Sliding into your DMs like
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
60 Low 6 - - KD -9 No - No Yes

Long range, undeflectable, very fast knockdown low that is -9 at worst. Incredible normal.


Air Normals

j.A
j.A
SamSho Earthquake jA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
30 High 8 - - - - - - - -

Earthquake inherited all of his air normals from Samurai Shodown 6. If you've never played Earthquake in SS6, that's probably for the better.
j.A is just your standard air-to-air jab. Decently large hitbox and quick to come out.


j.B
j.B
SamSho Earthquake jB.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
100 - 9 - - - - - - - -

Long range air-to-air with great horizontal range. Useful in certain matchups. Doesn't hit grounded opponents at all anymore.


j.C
j.C
SamSho Earthquake jC.png
Three hits
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
50*50*60 High 12 - - - - - - - -

Extremely annoying button. Huge range, safe (or sometimes even +) on block, highly damaging. Unfortunalely too slow to be used as an instant overhead. Abuse liberally.


j.D
j.D
SamSho Earthquake jD.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
30 High 7 - - - - - - - -

j.D is probably your most reliable anti-air due to its speed and generous hitbox, especially against characters with fast jumps such as Darli and Charlotte. It can cross up and it neatly sets up command grabs for you. Great multi-purpose button.


Unarmed Normals

u.5S
u.5S
SS Earthquake u5S.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 7 - - -5 -10 - - - Yes


u.2S
u.2S
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 7 - - -3 -8 - - - Yes


ju.S
ju.S
SS Earthquake juS.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
50 High 6 - - - - - - - Yes

Very similar to j.A, but even faster, and slightly more damaging. This is actually an incredible anti-air, so don't let people jump at you for free when you get disarmed!


u.66S
u.66S
SS Earthquake u66S.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
- - - - - - - - - - Yes


Universal Mechanics

Guard Break
Guard Break (Throw)
4/5/6C+D
SS Earthquake 5CD.png
Neutral Throw Forward Throw Back Throw
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
Neutral - - - - - - - - - - -

Universal throw. Can be followed up with an attack.

Back - - - - - - - - - - -

Universal throw. Can be followed up with an attack.

Forward - - - - - - - - - - -

Universal throw. Can be followed up with an attack.


Surprise Attack
Surprise Attack (Overhead)
5B+C
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
- - - - - - - - - - -

Universal overhead.


Dodge
Dodge
5A+B
SS Earthquake 5AB.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
- - - - - - - - - - -

Universal dodge.


Counter / Blade Catch
Counter / Blade Catch
236A+B
SS Earthquake 236AB.png
Counter Blade Catch
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
Armed - - - - - - - - - - -

Universal counter. Allows you to follow up with a guaranteed attack of your own. The follow up depends on the strength of the attack you counter. If you counter a heavy slash, your opponent will be disarmed.

Disarmed - - - - - - - - - - -

Universal counter. While disarmed, your counter will disarm and knock away your opponent regardless of slash level used.


Rage Explosion
Rage Explosion
5A+B+C
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
0 - - - - - - - - - -

Unblockable pushback attack.


Lightning Blade
Lightning Blade (Issen)
5A+B+C during Rage Explosion
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
- - - - - - - - - - -

Has projectile invulnerability and anti-airs. Damage scales up beased on reamaining health. Unfortunately earthquake has the shortest issen distance in the game, making it much more difficult to catch jumps at a distance. Get used to the range of his issen so you don't accidentally issen, only to whiff right in front of their face.


Special Moves

Fat Breath
Fat Breath
214S
SamSho Earthquake Fat Breath.png
Totally not Yoga Flame
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
A - - 18 - - KD -11 - - - Yes
B - - 21 - - KD -12 - - - Yes
C - - 24 - - KD -15 - - - Yes

Fat Breath acts like a stationary multi-hit projectile on block, making it a very useful meaty in situations where your opponent can't roll out of its hitbox (i.e. they're in the corner). Each individual hit deals around 12~14 chip damage. Use A or C Fat Breath as an optimal followup after unarmed forward or backthrow respectively.


Fat Bound
Fat Bound
j.2S
SamSho Earthquake Fat Bound.png
Token Caption (Optional)
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
A - - 7 - - KD - - - - Yes

This is the most useful version. Can be done very early as a fast instant-overhead that knocks down on hit.

B - - 7 - - KD - - - - Yes

If your opponent keeps blocking and punishing A Fat Bound, use this version instead to catch their retalliation attempts. Last hit of the second bounce knocks down on hit.

C - - 7 - - KD - - - - Yes

Meme version of Fat Bound. Since the opponent can block in between the 3rd and the 4th bounce, this is completely free to punish unless the 3rd bounce actually kills.


Fat Chainsaw
Fat Chainsaw
6SS
SamSho Earthquake Fat Chainsaw.png
Sanicquake
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
A - - 10 - - KD -13 - - - No
B - - 14 - - KD -14 - - - No
C - - 19 - - KD -29 - - - No
EX - - - - - KD - - - - No

Chainsaw is a versatile, albeit somewhat wonky, special with a lot of interesting properties. All versions have brief invulerability on startup (not frame 1!) before moving forward with the A version travelling the least distance and the C/EX versions travelling the farthest. A and B Chainsaw also recover surprisingly quickly, usually only allowing for a B punish afterwards. All versions knock down on hit.


Fat Replica Attack
Fat Replica Attack
63214D
SamSho Earthquake Fat Replica Attack.png
Bonk.
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
- - 31 - - KD -59 - - - Yes

The flying body splash, which all big bodies are required by law to have. This one's actually a teleport. Earthquake disappears briefly before dropping onto his opponents from directly above them. While this might seem like an amazing recoil cancel at first glance, it is very slow, and takes ages to recover - enough for most characters to punish with SSM if they're ready for it. Use it as a hard callout, or against extremely laggy moves you wouldn't be able to punish otherwise.


Fat Bomber
Fat Bomber
236D
SamSho Earthquake Fat Bomber.png
Token Caption (Optional)
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
- - 8 - - KD - - - - Yes

Quick command grab with decent range. Allows for some pretty nasty oki, should the opponent decide to roll forward on wakeup.


Supers

Weapon Flipping Technique

Damned Earth
236B+C
SS Earthquake WFT.png
SS Earthquake WFT 2.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
408 - 8 - - - - - - - -

8f startup makes this tied for fastest WFT in the game. Has very good range and combos from A normals or 5D. On block, Earthquake will try to catch the opponent 3 more times, during which you can slightly reposition yourself and maybe mess up the opponent's punish.


Super Special Move

Earth Crisis
641236C+D
SS Earthquake SSM.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Weapon Clash Deflectable Unarmed
100*600 - 27 - - - - - - - -

Available only once per match.


Combos

List combos, use numpad notation.

Midscreen

Corner

Videos

Link to Earthquake videos and specify year it was produced or patch version in brackets.

Example: Earthquake combo video by "name of content creator" (2019).

Colors


External Links

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Characters

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