Under Night In-Birth/UNIST/Byakuya
They nest. The web will lure and consume any prey that goes near. He, for her, and her for
herself, they fight. Her feelings point in one direction, to a friend defeated. She sips on
blood, and mud alike, chasing a shadow. His eight legs will crawl through the night once
more, carrying with him her feelings.
Byakuya is an in-birth who fights to protect his sister Tsukiyomi who is not his sister but actually an in-birth manipulating Byakuya for her own means except that actually Tsukiyomi is Byakuya's sister except that Byakuya is not a person but is actually a spider. I think.
Health: 10, 500
Character Trait: Some of Byakuya's moves set web traps on screen. Webs can steal GRD from the opponent. On hit, webs will remove slightly more than one and a half blocks of GRD from the opponent, giving Byakuya a little more than half of a block in return. If the opponent removes the web with an attack, they will lose exactly one block of GRD and Byakuya will gain none. Additionally, webs will snare opponents on hit for a relatively long time, allowing for easy follow up combos.
Vorpal Trait: Byakuya's webs remove and steal more GRD on hit, as well as removing more from the opponent when being broken by attacks. On hit, the opponent will lose close to one and three-quarters of their GRD blocks, while Byakuya gains approximately 3 quarters of one block. When being removed by attacks, the opponent loses very slightly more than one block of GRD.
Byakuya is primarily a "setplay"-type character with strong offense but weak defense. While the wide range of his normals are excellent for neutral and pressure, his flawed reversals means that it is very difficult for Byakuya to escape pressure once he is pushed on the defense.
Byakuya's neutral game is strongest at midrange, where he can make good use of his relatively fast, extremely long-ranged normals to keep opponents out of their comfortable ranges, which will generally be shorter than Byakuya's. His 2B and 2C have extremely long range and fast startup and hit low, forcing opponents to commit to low blocking once Byakuya is in range. Versus airborne opponents, 5B has a very tall vertical hitbox and can be used to cover multiple angles of approach with relatively low commitment. 66B/C and 236B are slightly higher-commitment pokes, but have extremely long range and are easily capable of catching opponents who are not expecting to have to block from so far away.
Byakuya suffers more at close range, where his lack of a safe 5f poke (his 2A is 6f and -3, compared to many characters who have 5f jabs that are only -1 or -2 at worst) hinders his ability to stagger pressure with jabs. Similarly, Byakuya has difficult matchups against characters who are able to stuff his approaches from further away than his optimal midrange pokes, such as Gordeau, Vatista, Hilda, Yuzuriha, etc. Due to his lack of a real projectile and otherwise slow dash speed, he has a hard time avoiding projectiles, and being forced to block them will significantly hinder or entirely negate his attempts to close space. His 214X~X moves allow him to move past some moves, but they are extremely high commitment mobility tools that can be stuffed on reaction, so his best bet is typically to stagger dash in a little bit at a time and block often.
On pressure, Byakuya actually has no safe normals (the safest being blocked 2A or 2A whiff cancel off a blocked 5C move, both of which are still -3) but he is able to make up for this with the fact that his normals can all be canceled extremely late, meaning that it will be very difficult for the opponent to tell when his moves are actually unsafe and when he is just delaying them for a frametrap. As such, Byakuya can easily train opponents to respect his pressure, allowing him to safely set up 214X webs for mixup and pressure (which can otherwise be disrespected by mashing) or simply do things that would otherwise be hugely unsafe (such as 5C dash up throw). Because his normals are all unsafe, it is easy for opponents to mash reversals through them; however, Byakuya's huge range often pushes him far back enough that most reversals whiff, meaning the Byakuya player needs to have a good sense of the opponent's reversal options and adjust his pressure accordingly. Once Byakuya confirms a hit, his combos almost always deal high damage, build lots of meter and GRD, have good carry and enable side switching if necessary, so he keeps momentum extremely well. Again, some characters deal with web oki setups more effectively than others, so a sense of the matchup is necessary to do well.
On defense, Byakuya has serviceable but flawed metered reversals, his EX "How Shall I Cook You?" which can be jumped over and loses to throws and unblockable attacks, and his Infinite Worth "Become A Part of Me", which can also be jumped over. However, thanks to the huge range and relatively fast startup on his B moves, he is often able to wait out pressure until the opponent pushes himself too far out, and poke out of pressure when the opponent is at frame disadvantage and cannot reach him with any move that would normally be fast enough to beat a B poke. As such, green shield's pushback and blockstun reduction are extremely useful for Byakuya, especially since he builds meter and GRD very quickly and thus typically has a lot of meter to spare.
L = Low, H = High, UNB = Unblockable, CS = Chain Shift
Startup includes the first active frame.
|I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here
|I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here (charged)
|How Shall I Cook You?
After How Shall I Cook You?
|I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here
|No Point in Running
After I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here
After No Point in Running
|You're Almost Ready to Eat
|You're Almost Ready to Eat (feint)
|Become a Part of Me
Infinite Worth EXS
Byakuya's pressure and setplay becomes more oppressive once the opponent is in the corner, and landing web hits steals the opponent's GRD. Thus, aside from raw damage, the more corner carry and web hits you can deal in a combo the better. Additionally, as a major part of Byakuya's setplay revolves around 623C, you will also need to keep track of when the combo route you are choosing will let you combo into 623C, if at all.
As you learn more optimal combos, they will generally be optimized for specific aspects by sacrificing some of these other aspects. Be conscious of the trade-offs you make between damage, corner carry, web hits, and 623C oki, and apply them properly to your given situation.
Universal route off ground A/B/C starters
2A (5B) 2B 2C 236A~delay4A 66B 236A~6A6A (623C)
- Mission 3-1. A basic starting point for people trying out the Byakuya life to see if it's right for them. Lets you get used to rekka-into-web combos, the recovery timing after a web set, and playing around with 623C oki when you have the meter.
2A (5B) 2B 2C 236A~delay4A 66B 236A~4AAA 2C 236A~4AAA
2A (5B) 2B 2C 236A~delay4A 66B 236A~4AAA 2C 236A 623C
- A harder variation to the above, with more web hits and more corner carry.
- Take this opportunity to grind the fastest timing of 236A~4AAA into your muscle memory. You will absolutely need it for many of Byakuya's better combos.
2A (5B) 2B 5C (2C) 236B~4A 214CC~delayA 2B 236A~4AAA 2B 236A~4AAA
2A (5B) 2B 5C (2C) 236B~4A 214CC~delayA 2B 236A~4AAA 2B 236A~6A6A 236C (CS 236A~6A6A 236C)/41236D
- Probably the best general use combo route; can add normals in parens for extra damage with better starters but combo listed will work even off 2A. Offers close-to-optimal meterless damage for most basic ground starters, substantial corner carry, and hits with four webs for massive GRD advantage.
- End with rekkas instead of 4AAA if you want to go into IW or EX for more damage.
- Practical and optimal pretty much anywhere. If you have to learn one combo, go with this one.
2A (5B) 2B 5C (2C) 236B~4A 214CC~delayA 2B 236A~4AAA 2C 236A 623C > web setup
- Same as above but gives up a bit of corner carry and GRD drain for 623C oki setup potential. 623C still does quite a bit of damage and drains an additional GRD on hit so the tradeoff isn't as severe as the shortened combo makes it look. This should generally be your default route if you have the meter to spare.
2A (5B) 2B 5C (2C) 236B~4AAB j.A(whiff) 2B > standard routes
- Sideswap route. Deals slightly less damage than the above and doesn't steal as much GRD, but otherwise works pretty much identically.
5B/2B 5C 2C 236B~4AAC 214CC~delayA 2B 236A~6A6A (236C)
- Corner carry route. The standard route already carries pretty far but this one carries REALLY far, at the cost of having less GRD drain and no 623C oki option.
- Note that this only works off B starters or better.
2A 2B 2C 5C 214BBX etc.
- Alternative starter. Generally not recommended as a default confirm because being forced to keep 5C for combos after 2C cuts off a lot of your pressure options.
- 2B works in lieu of 5C if 5C has already been used and 2B has not.
- Prorates hitstun slightly less than 236B route, so still useful for very bad proration starters (i.e. 2A 2A 2B 2C).
5B/2B 2C 236B~4A 66C 214CAA 2C 236B4AAA 2C 236A~6A6A
- Swag carry combo for style points.
2B 5B 2C 5C 214BBB JA(whiff), 66B 236A~4ABB JA(whiff), 66B 236A~6A6A
- Combo from official Byakuya introduction video.
- Switches side twice for swag (not really good, if you are looking for carry, unfortunately).
3C (anti-air or grounded) J2C JC 2C 5C 214BAA 2C 236B~4AAA 2C 236A~6A6A
- Basic 3C anti-air combo.
- Works off ground hit but don't expect to hit it super often since the visual difference between 3C low and 3[C] overhead is super obvious.
3[C](overhead) 214CAA etc.
- Pickup from overhead. Goes into pretty much all standard routes, albeit with heavy damage proration.
Strong starter > web snare > 2C 5C j.2C j.C 2C 236A~4AAA > ender
- Extremely high damage route. Doesn't drain as much grid due to lack of web hits but deals massive damage.
- Only works off good starters, i.e. B or C normals.
Strong starter > web snare > 214C~4AA~delayA 2B j.2C j.C 2B 214A~4AAA > ender
- Compromise between damage and GRD drain. Doesn't do as much damage as the above combo but doesn't sacrifice any web hits so you still get maximum GRD drain.
Dash attack starters:
66B 236X etc.
- Pretty much just continue with the 236X portion of your preferred combo here.
66C(8) 214BAA/214CAA 2B 236A~4AAA 2C 236A~4AAA
- Must cancel before last hit. If last hit connects, opponent will wallbounce and the web will miss unless the opponent was already cornered.
- Choose 214B or 214C depending on the spacing. If the opponent is too close and you use 214C, you may get an accidental sideswap.
Force Function starters:
B+C CS 2C etc.
- Standard pickup from B+C overhead. CS is required in the general course.
B+C (corner) 2A 5B j.ABC 2B 214BBB 2B etc.
- Pickup off point-blank B+C in the corner. 2A only reaches if very close in the corner.
B+C (CH) 2B 214B etc.
- Counterhit confirm off B+C. Counterhit adds extra untech time allowing 2B to pick them up.
J2[C] land 5C 214A etc.
- Basic pick up from low air J2[C] hits.
J2[C] land 5C JB JC J214BAA 2C 236B4AAA 2C 236A6A6A
- Works only in corner, but does high damage (3.4k with Vorpal)
214 trap starters:
Trap hits > 2C 236B~4A etc.
- Standard pickup. It is possible to hit the opponent before they are launched by the trap (i.e. with 2B) but confirming it in practice can be difficult. Better to go straight into 2C.
- Note that trap trigger will use up your first long-duration snare stun so you will have to go straight into followups after your first web set (no double web hits).
Trap hits > 66C 214B etc.
- In case too far to dash in with 2C.
Web trap placement follow up attack starter:
Follow up A attack > dash 2C etc.
- Usual combo routes.
Follow up B attack > j.A(whiff) 2A 5B j.ABC 2B 214B etc.
- Standard followup route. You have less time to follow up since the opponent is already on the ground, so go straight into a 2A pickup to be safe.
Follow up B attack > J2[C] land 5C 214B etc.
- Works only in corner but adds a fair bit of damage.
Oki set ups with web traps after 623C:
Corner 623C > dash-through 214BBD TK j.214BB
- The standard three-web corner setup.
- 623C used in the corner places Byakuya behind the opponent and the dash is required to get the opponent back into the corner.
- The TK j.214BB allows Byakuya to set the third web and safely jump out of the corner before the opponent wakes up.
- Timing is rather tight to finish the setup and also have time to threaten with optional meaty pressure, learning the dash timing and fastest cancel timings for web followups is important.
Corner 623C > TK j.214B 214B
- Sets two webs instead of three but is easier to execute than the above setup. Also, the TK is done at the start, so an execution error with the TK will give you enough time to leave the corner anyway.
- Does not require a dash because doing the TK j.214B floats you out before setting the grounded web.
Midscreen 623C > TK j.214BBD 214A
- Sets three webs behind the opponent and locks them in place not allowing them to tech backwards out of web placements.
Midscreen 623C > jump forwards j.214BBD 214A
- Looks visually similar to the standard three-web corner setup, but far less effective due to the opponent being able to back-tech out of all of it. Listing this only to explain why to not use this setup.
Midscreen 623C > Jump back j.214CAA 214AAD
- Sets two webs in front of opponent and one behind. Webs will not trigger immediately on the opponent's wakeup but will trigger if he moves at all. Ground and air web in front of opponent make it difficult for him to mash as he can potentially be snared by both webs if he fails to hit both of them in one attack. Moreover, if you block his attack, you can green shield him backwards into the web behind for a free combo.
Corner 623C > 214AAD TK j.214BBB (whiff) falling j.B
- Three-web setup that leads into a safejump setup. Do j.214BBB whiff as the opponent falls out of the 623C web, requires a bit of timing vs. faster DPs.
- If the opponent doesn't have a DP or you don't think he will use it, you can delay the j.214BBB whiff slightly to get more forward movement and still get meaty falling j.B into an ambiguous landing crossup.
- Opponent can avoid being safejumped by doing normal wakeup (not holding any buttons). In this case you still have enough time to do a regular meaty.
- You can switch the order of the jumping and ground web placements (i.e. doing j.214AAD first instead of 214AAD to slightly alter the web arrangement if you prefer.
Corner 623C > 214BB TK j.214BBD
- Three-web setup that puts you into corner with one meaty web and webs above and behind opponent, cutting multiple wakeup options. You are DP-safe and mashing will lose to webs (either meaty ground web if not a low or otherwise green shield into web behind). They will be forced into blocking the web above if they jump leading to free air-unblockable.
- Note that opponent can throw you to clear the webs (even if you tech the throw). Either just tech the throw for the free frame advantage or call it out with a meaty.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YcrmbYi82w - Advanced BnB video
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