Them's Fightin' Herds/Arizona

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Character

Profile

Name: Arizona
Species: Cow
Stages: Sunset Prarie, Peaceful Homestead
Voice Actor: Tara Strong


Gameplan

A character with great close-range normals and mixup potential, who uses more committal mid-range options to drag her opponents into the blender. Her magic system utilizes lassos to grab opponents from midrange or maneuver opponents mid-combo. Each successful lasso builds a magic stock, which allows her to use magic options to bolster her combos, defense, and neutral. Once she's built enough resources through her mixup game, she can unleash powerful combos with her Level 2 Super, which is the only move that refunds Juggle Decay mid-combo.

Unique Mechanics

Short Hop, Super Jump, Forward Run

Normal Moves

5A
5A
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
35 HL 5 5 14 1 -1 0 15

Your fastest normal. Not the best range, but its speed makes it useful in up-close scenarios.

6A
6A
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Your best friend.
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
90 HL 8 5 24 -10 -7 40 55

Arizona's only reliable anti-air, and a good one at that. Works very well in conjunction with her mid-range tools, and is necessary for certain matchups. One of Arizona's best normals, so learn to use it well.

5B
5B
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
100 HL 8 5 17 1 -2 -30 30

Good punish starter and combo filler.

6B
6B
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The People's Elbow
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
185 H 24 5 26 Bounce -10 -15 45

Airborne on frame 10, can high-profile many lower-hitting normals. Uses a groundbounce, even on a grounded opponent. Can be cancelled into from any normal besides 3C, making it great for up-close mixups, especially considering how many lows Arizona has. It's unsafe on block though, so don't overdo it.

5C
5C
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Meaty!
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
175 HL 12 10 15 0 -4 -55 45

Can be made extremely + on hit/block if used meaty. Strong punish starter, and has a small disjoint on the first active frame.

2A
2A
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
30 L 6 5 13 1 -1 0 15

The first of many lows. This is Arizona's fastest low normal. It can be cancelled into itself or 5A once per string. It has very low damage for a combo starter, but it also an incredibly safe confirm starter due to being only -1.

2B
2B
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
90 L 8 5 15 1 -2 -20 40

Arizona's second low. It moves Arizona forward a bit, and has good framedata overall. It reaches further than 5B while having the same startup, making it more reliable in iffy punish scenarios.

2C
2C
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
140 L 13 8 24 HKD +32 -9 50 -50

Arizona's slowest and most unsafe normal (not counting 3C). It has many active frames, is very disjointed, hits low, and leads to a HKD when JD is not maxed out. It's very useful in combos, both as filler and as an ender.

3C
3C
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
160 HL 11 3 30 Launch -17 -70 30

Probably Arizona's worst normal. Horrible on block, whiffs on crouchers, and doesn't lead to any good combo routes. You probably shouldn't use this, unless you're a beginner.


j.A
j.A
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
45 H 6 1 13 - - -40 40

Arizona's quickest air normal, hitting in front and slightly under her. It moves her hurtbox up a bit, and therefore can be done extremely low to the ground. Its speed also makes it ideal for fuzzy guard scenarios, if you can convince your opponent to not pushblock. Its biggest downside is the fact that it only has a single active frame, making it less than ideal for air-to-air scenarios.

j.B
j.B
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Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
110 H 10 5 14 - - -85 75

Good horizontal reach. Not good as a jump-in, due to not hitting underneath Arizona at all. It is best used in conjunction with shorthops, effectively as a mid-range poke. Otherwise, works great in combos and as an air-to-air.

j.C
j.C
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Crossup: The Normal
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
80, 100 H 19 1(5)3 8 - - -150,-145 50,55

The definitive Arizona normal. A slow, two-hit air normal with a huge variety of uses. When used on an airborne opponent, it causes a groundbounce. It hits below her, making it her best jump-in. It works ridiculously well as a crossup. When used with shorthops, it becomes a decently quick overhead that leads to pressure on block and some of her longer combos on hit. It can work as an air-to-air when used with superjump. Overall, this is one of her best moves.


Special Moves

Headbuck
Headbuck
236A/B/C/D
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236A
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236B
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236C
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236D
Version Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
A 160 HL 12 5 15 5 -9 45 45

Whiffs crouchers, cancels into 236B or 236C.

B 230 HL 17 5 15 KD -11 - -

Whiffs on crouchers. It can sometimes work as an incidental anti-air.

C 290 HL 21 5 22 Tumble -14 75 75

The tumble counts as a groundbounce. Mostly used as a combo extender, especially in the corner.

D 210 HL 10 5 22 Wallstick -14 35 35

Has one hit of armor, starting at frame 1. Costs one magic.


Stomp
Stomp
22A/B/C/D
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22A
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22B
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22C
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22D
Version Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
A 40,70 L 10 2,5 18 KD -7 20,45 20,45

All non-magic stomps have two hitboxes. One comes out faster and will only hit up-close, grounded opponents. The second hitbox is the mid-range shockwave. which comes out 2 frames after the initial close hitbox. Arizona's 22A can be cancelled into 22B or 22C, and any of her stomps can cancel into her headbucks (236X).

B 80,120 L 15 2,5 18 KD -9 20,70 20,70
C 150,150 L 18 2,5 19 KD -11 60,75 60,75

Pops the opponent up a decent amount, allowing for combos. All stomps are jump-cancellable, but 22C utilizes this the most. Can be jump cancelled to allow for Stomp Loops for style.

D 35 Unblockable 34 2 35 Launch - 10 10

Fullscreen unblockable that costs 2 Magic. Can be jump-cancelled on hit, allowing for a followup from any distance.


Super

Trample
236XX
FHT Arizona Super.png
Y'all in for a...
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Tramplin'!
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
770 HL 3 30 113 HKD +19 -49 - -

The single fastest, highest first-hit damage, most unsafe move in the game. Has invincibility for the first 10 frames, and infinite armor frames 11-32. It loses damage the longer it's active. Not good as a combo ender, due to suffering heavily from scaling and having terrible oki. A very scary reversal.

Follow Up

Rebound
214XX
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Roundabout...
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Rodeo!
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
250 HL 64 11 22 - - - -240

Refunds 240 JD, and allows for followups afterwards. Can only be cancelled into from 236XX on hit.


Throws

Forward Throw
Forward Throw
B+C / 6B+C
TFH Arizona FT.png
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
50,50,340 Throw 6 1 18 HKD +22 - - -

The only throw that is impossible to combo from, making it the weakest damage-wise. However, it still grants a close-range HKD, giving it its own utility.


Back Throw
Back Throw
4B+C
TFH Arizona BT.png
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
50,50,340 Throw 6 1 18 HKD +35 - - -

The only differences between this and her forward throw are the distance it leaves the opponent and the frame advantage afterwards. This one throws the opponent much further away.

Air Throw
Air Throw
j.B+C
TFH Arizona AT.png
Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
300 Throw 8 3 13 HKD +17 - - -

Brings the opponent straight down and leaves them in a HKD situation.


Magic

Arizona can use magic for a wide variety of uses. She has a maximum of 3 stacks of mana, but can only obtain it by lassoing opponents.

5D
Lasso
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5D
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2D
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4D
Version Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
5D - UNB 20 1 25 Stagger +16 - 55 55

Causes a stagger on hit. Only hits grounded, standing opponents in neutral. Can catch airborne opponents if they are being combo'd. Forces 20% extra scaling on the rest of the combo. Grants one magic stock on hit.

2D 150 UNB 20 1 25 HKD +32 - 30 30

Switches sides and leaves the opponent in a HKD. Can hit grounded opponents in neutral, even if they are crouching. Does not allow a combo afterwards, making it relatively unrewarding on hit compared to her other lassos. Grants one magic stock on hit.

4D 100 UNB 20 1 25 Bounce - - -

Only hits airborne opponents. Useful as a callout on midrange jumps or as a pickup after a ranged stomp. Switches sides and uses a groundbounce. Forces 20% extra scaling on the rest of the combo. Grants one magic stock on hit.


Magic Specials
Magic Specials
TFH Arizona 236D.png
Magic Headbuck - 236D
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Magic Stomp - 22D
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Magic Dash
TFH Arizona 214D.png
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Counter
Version Base Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Adv on Hit Adv on Block First Hit Juggle Decay Base Juggle Decay
236D 210 HL 10 5 22 Wallstick -14 35 35

Has one hit of armor, starting at frame 1. Costs one magic.

22D 35 Unblockable 34 2 35 Launch - 10 10

Fullscreen unblockable that costs 2 Magic. Can be jump-cancelled on hit, allowing for a followup from any distance.

41236D - - - - 29 - - - -

Uses 1 Magic. Projectile invincible dash that can side switch. Has a low hurtbox, but can still be hit if you're not careful. Training mode says it's 45 frames, but it's effectively 29 if you count for the slowdown.

214D - - 1 15 25 - - - -

Uses 1 Magic. Counters any non-super strike or projectile. Vulnerable to throws.

214D (Success) 400 HL 33 9 4 KD 1 0 0

If hit during the 15 frames of counter state, Arizona lashes out with a powerful counterattack. She has an all-guard state while attacking, meaning she can't take normal damage, only chip damage. She can be thrown out of this followup, though doing so is difficult. This move can never benefit from counterhit damage bonus.


Combos

Them's Fightin' Herds allows for a lot of creativity with your combos, and it's difficult to provide a list of BnBs because of how the Juggle Decay system works. For now, these are the important things to note about Arizona's combos.

Combo States

Arizona has access to Groundbounces, a Wallstick, and a Stagger. Each of these is only allowed once per combo. You can have one bounce, one stagger, and one stick per combo. Attempting to do a second will usually leave the opponent in a soft knockdown.

Arizona has several Groundbounces to worry about. They are the following:

-6B (Even if used on a grounded opponent, it will eat your groundbounce.)

-jC (Only the second hit, and only on airborne opponents.)

-4D (Also switches sides.)

-236C (The tumble state counts as a groundbounce.)

This means that you can only have one of these per combo, unless you plan on ending the combo with a second one. You must be mindful of this, or else you may prematurely end a combo unexpectedly and be punished for trying to continue it.

It's much easier to remember her stagger and wallstick. Her stagger is 5D (Neutral Lasso), and her wallstick is 236D (Magic Headbuck). The stagger can be used to restand opponents and is great as a reset tool. The wallstick is pretty much only used as a combo extender.

Juggle Decay

Juggle Decay is the little bar underneath your opponent's health bar that fills up as you combo them. When it fills up, a few key things happen. Your opponent will automatically become airborne, meaning standing resets are no longer possible. They will become heavier as the combo continues, and will build more meter per hit than you. Staggers will end earlier, and any move (except super) that Hard Knockdowns the opponent will instead give a Soft Knockdown, which removes the possibility of guaranteed oki/setups.

This is important for Arizona because it heavily influences the way her combos work. She is one of the characters that has to care the most about Juggle Decay, due to how useful resets and HKDs are for her.

Basic Routes

5A 5B 5C 3C jA jB jC 5A 5B 5C - Known as the Magic Series, this is the "universal" combo route that is shown in every character's command list. It's only listed here because it shows that you can use jC to extend combos, but overall this combo is not recommended at all. It does pretty bad damage, it's inconsistent with the way jC hits, and it teaches bad habits, such as using 3C. The only purpose this combo serves is if you can't perform special moves at all. Otherwise the next combo is much better for beginners.

(Normals) 5C 22A 22C 236A 236C 2D - BnB combo/ender. This ender is probably the best route if you're just starting off or if you don't know where to take a combo. It makes use of Arizona's specials cancelling into each other, it gives you a magic stock, and more often than not it ends in a Hard Knockdown depending on how many normals you use before 5C. Cancelling into 22A is far safer on block than 3C, and if you realize the opponent is blocking, you can stop there. Most people are bad at punishing 22A, especially with the threat of frametrapping into 22C, so you can generally end there safely. Remember that 236C cannot tumble the opponent if you've already used a bounce, which is most important to remember after 6B. If you're unsure, do 236B instead of 236C.

(Normals) 2C 236B 5D - This route makes use of the 5D stagger. You can end the combo here for a reset, or combine it with the above route for a decently damaging combo that gives you two magic. If you use both in one combo, you probably won't be getting a HKD.

(Normals) 2C 22C jB - You can do this a couple times in one combo. It's a pretty decent route, though nailing the timing of 2C 22C can be difficult. Doing 22A 22C is easier, though less efficient in terms of JD and damage.

3C jB jA jB - One of the only routes to use 3C. The main purpose of this is to extend a combo pre-JD without using your groundbounce. The timing differs depending on if you used 2C before the 3C or not.

Corner

236C 2B 2C 22B 236B - It's much easier to use 236C as a combo extender in the corner. If the opponent is cornered, try to save your groundbounce for this ender to increase your damage.

3C jC (Backdash) 5B 5C 2C 5D - You can also do this after 236C. It's one of the only ways to land a rope on a cornered opponent.

22C 236B 5A - You can link 5A after 236B in the corner, which can help add some damage.

236D - Very easy tool to use in the corner for extensions.

Super

Don't end with Level 1 Super unless it will kill. Save your meter for Level 2. You can extend after a Level 2 with the following techniques:

-Dash into 4D/5D: The easiest extender. Don't use these if you already used them before the Super. (You probably shouldn't use ropes before super anyway, because ropes lower the damage for the rest of your combo.)

-Magic Dash: Moves you to the perfect position to catch the opponent with some normals.

-Forward Dash: Very tricky to time, but with good dashing and timing, you can link normals without needing to use Magic Dash.

Hard Knockdowns/Resets

Arizona thrives on the mixup game. Here are some important moves that allow you to mix your opponent up. Remember that these only work if Juggle Decay is not maxed out.

-2C: Easy to use combo ender, leaves you +32, giving you plenty of time to go for a crossup/shorthop/dashup low/dashup throw/whatever you want.

-2D: Another good combo ender, usually used after a 236B or 236C. This one leaves you further than 2C, but you can still cross the opponent up with dash jC from that range. Be aware that it switches sides on connect.

-5D: Restands the opponent and allows a reset. You're not quite + enough to safely go for a shorthop/6B, as the opponent can 5A to interrupt.

-6A: Forces the opponent to stand and jump cancels. You can do this after a 5D to better cover your reset.

-Throw: It's possible to combo into throw after 5D, though the opponent can tech it if they're paying attention. Throw has decent damage and oki while adding nothing to the JD bar.

-236A: On a grounded opponent, it leaves the opponent close to you and leaves you +5. Many people don't expect a reset here.

More Resources

Candel's Arizona Guide (Comes with combo files for practicing different routes.): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gN2awIxSJEmhTGsmoNF8Xw9P76Hiu_CReVFHNKM40QM/edit?usp=sharing

More difficult, optimized Arizona routes with damage numbers: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EDUOAf8N3j_IRVIw9SaigzV4Ydk7ClBVGr9v5_JxWG4/edit?usp=sharing


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