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Arakune

Overview

A Sector Seven scientist turned blob after insane exposure to the boundary, now with thousands of bees inside of him, he now lurks the land of Kagustuchi in search for the Azure. In Gameplay, Arakune is a very awkward character with awkward attacks, awkward movement, and an awkward playstyle. The main goal is to put your opponent in a "Cursed" State and deal big damage along with extremely safe block strings, cross ups, mix ups and even an unblocklable here and there. This is the offset to a very weak character without curse with lackluster pressure and mix up, and mediocre and predictable defensive options.

Health: 10,500
Guard Primers: 5
Play-style: Very Passive and Evasive Pre-curse - Very Offensive During Curse
Movement Options: 1 Double Jump, 2 Air Dashes, Command Dashes, Teleport-type Dash

Drive: Zero Vector
Zero Vector is the system that calculates curse meter, how much is needed to curse an opponent, what attacks inflict how much curse meter (more details on this below), how long curse last and the cap of meter gain after curse ends. During curse, Arakune can summon a variety of bugs that helps his pressure, comboability and damage. Curse lasts for roughly 14 seconds. Each bug has a cooldown before it can be summoned again (more details on this below) and Arakune cannot summon bugs when he is taking damage or in blockstun (but he can summon bugs in the few frames that he is not in blockstun in usual blockstrings). When the curse gauge depletes while bugs are hitting the opponent, any attempt to rebuild curse meter will be capped at 50%. There is no cap if bugs hit the opponent after the gauge is already depleted.

Move List

Normal Moves

Standard poke. Hit Crouchers. Good for it's range.

5A

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
160
80
84
All
1
6
3
12
-3
14
Click!

Standard ground poke, easy to confirm, jump cancellable, goes into a few other attacks, notably his rekka 6b. Simply put, Arakune best ground poke. Cancels into itself 3 times.

The main idea of using Arakune's 5a is to confirm into 6b to get curse meter or to pressure your opponent enough so you can jump back or try to continue pressure. There are better 5a's out there, but it's certainly not a bad move. The lack of a quick dash makes it hard to follow up in max range on hit or block.


Combo filler, really.

5B

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
200x3
82
80
HL
3
12
2,3,3
12
+2
17
Click!

Basically pre-curse combo filler. Due to it's speed, it's not very useful for anything else. You could use it as an emergency anti air, but it's highly unrecommended. It's good for pressure if your opponent isn't barrier blocking since it's +2, and it gatlings into 5a, but since most people barrier block Arakune (because it's so effective, seriously), it's a rare quality to luxuriate in.

No use during curse.


Standard Anti Air, not a very good one though.

5C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
800
90
90
HL
4
23
3
18
-2
24
Click!

Arakune's primary anti air, but because of it's speed and hitbox it's easy to see coming and/or cross up because the jump in was too deep. It will only really hit if you catch your opponent being reckless, or rather, it will only really hit if the circumstance is in your favor, because 5c is so slow, using it as an anti air is more of a yomi thing than reaction. If it does hit, you can confirm into 70% curse with decent execution. Few characters have little to no answer to Arakune's 5c, that said you're usually better off evading air approaches or blocking them like a man, in few cases, you would use 2b.

During curse it's good for a little extra damage, but only once due to the repeat move proration.


Funky Attack, namely used now for combo filler.

2A

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
150
80
85
L
1
10
2
12
-2
14
Click!

Kind of a bad move. it's slow, has terrible active frames and is pretty bad on Instant Block. Now it's mainly used for mix up after a 5a or to set up a curse combo.


Another Funky move, but not as funky.

2B

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
400
80
90
L
2
11
2
10
+2
14
Click!

The move no one really sees coming since it's not very useful. 2b has it's rare uses of low profiling some normals and being a anti air on some characters/air attacks. It also gatlings from 6a, making an air tight blockstring, however with barrier blocking, it's pretty moot. It cancels into itself infinitely on hit, block or whiff. Looks pretty funny.

During curse it's become very dangerous. It's hard to see with bugs everywhere so it compliments his mix up and leads into big damage.


The infamous shark.

2C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
800
100
92
L
4
13
45
16
-36
40
Click!

Arakune's useful sweep attack, decent abare quality, but try your hardest to make sure that it's never blocked (unless it will break a final primer). You can only combo with it using meter or on Fatal Counter. Both situations nets him about 70% curse meter.

During curse is when this move shines. A 2c starter will deal the most damage in any curse combo, and combined with the j.c starter (which is the runner up), you have a high/low mix up that scares everyone. 2c is also a staple tool in setting up Arakune's unblockable reset, and at it's lowest usage in curse, it's safe and breaks a primer.


Overhead, not a bad one in fact.

6A

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
600
80
89
H
3
23
2
15
0
17
Click!

Primary Overhead, on good execution will lead into 100% curse. On top of that, it's even on block and jump cancellable. On that rare chance you punish an opponent for trying to jump out, it goes into 100% curse as well. The only downside is that it's one of the slower standard speed overheads. Easy to stuff with mashing. This, like many other overheads in BB, you need to condition your opponent to block, which is tricky when using Arakune in some cases. Plus, it's his only practical overhead pre-curse, so after a while, it's easy to recognize and block.

It gets even better during curse, it goes into decent damage and is apart of his mix up in general. It can also go into a double overhead situation with his j.c.


PELVIC THRUST.

6B

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
500
100
90
HL
3
*10/6
2
25
-10
39
Click!

Pre-curse combo staple, comes after 5a for curse meter, it gatlings from 6a as well for combo variety or corner carry. No use during curse.

  • Can be used stand alone, however the start up is 10 frames this way, still good. Both versions have repeat move proration, but they don't affect each other.



Standing low.

4B

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
600
80
90
L
3
19
3
21
-7
17
Click!

One of the least used attacks in Arakune's arsenal. It's not too useful pre-curse other than to troll. It's jump cancellable and hard to see coming since it's a standing low.

During curse it's scary, because it's a standing low. Goes into decent damage, rare usage so it's hard to see coming. Nothing too special about it.


Unpractical pre-curse overhead. Combo Staple in Curse.

6C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
1000
85
89
H
3
27
2
13+19
-17
35
Click!

Arakune's other overhead, not very practical pre-curse, although it can be a decent throw bait when conditioned correctly. It rekkas into 2 other followups. The use of it shines brightly during curse, it's a combo staple and a ghetto guard crusher, on more convoluted setups it goes into a very hard to block cross up reset. Not a bad move, but it's use is in black and white.


Follow up #1 from 6c. Fruitful for it's cross up reset, not too good for anything else other than combo filler.

6C > 5C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
1000
100
92
HL
4
21
4
22
-17
44
Click!

The first rekka of his 6c, in curse, when 6c is done point blank on a emergency tech, this attack will cross up and reset the opponent, other than this little tidbit, it simply combo filler. Leads into good damage if you can land it stand alone though.


Follow up #2 from 6c. Combo filler. Nothing more.

6C > 5C > 2C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
1000
100
92
HL
4
23
4
36
-21
30
Click!

The last rekka of the whole story of 6c. A combo finisher pre-curse, more of the same in curse.


Don't use this move unless you are 100% sure it will hit (or trolling).

3C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
800
100
60
L
4
26
3
37
-21
40
Click!

Just about the worst move in Arakune's arsenal. No practical use pre-curse, no practical use in curse, terrible on block, hard to confirm, terrible recovery, simply put, this move shouldn't be used unless you KNOW it's going to hit. You can try to get lucky vs zoners or careless players, but the risk outweighs the reward greatly. Seriously, dodge this move.


Counter Assault

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
0
100
100, 86
G.Throw
0,2
4
2
22
--
12, 34
Click!
  • 1~20F fully invul
  • 2nd attack floats on hit
  • 0F hitstop
  • 180F Heat Gauge Cooldown



Pretty good air to air.

j.A

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
180
74
80
HA
1
7
1
16
--
14
Click!

Main air to air, more combo filler otherwise. It's hitbox is a good plus for a regular j.a. That's basically it. It it easier to pick up on from Counter Hit.


Arakune's most valuable attack pre-curse.

j.B

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
180x5
90
85
HA
3
10
3x5
21
--
14
Click!

Arakune best move precurse, j.b is his best offensive method after a jump or air dash, a good air to ground in general, can lead into any BnB Arakune has and if also small combo filler for a few of his air combos. You're not playing Arakune right if you're not massively overusing j.b in some way. The proper usage of it is to air dash, hold 4, and press j.b (also known as j.4b). Although that technique can be done with any air command that doesn't offer it own trajectory, j.b is the most practical in neutral. As awesome as it is pre-curse, it has almost no use during curse.


Combo filler pre-curse, high damage starter during curse.

j.C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
700
90
89
HA
3
12
3
20
--
60
Click!

J.c is a Fatal Counter. This does nothing during curse, pre-curse it's a half decent throw bait that can go into 100% curse. Other than that, it's combo filler, the hitbox nerf it got from CS1, makes j.b required for j.c to land in some range specific situations.


Air to air abare and combo filler, with high execution, it good for pressure.

j.6A/B/C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
600
80
85
HA
3
13/14/15
3/4/5
13/14
--
22
Click!

The "bird", this attack lunges Arakune forward at a fixed trajectory, which differs depending on which version you use (a, b, or c), each version makes you travel further and provides more active frames, but there is more start up and recovery the further you go. It has it's uses as abare and combo filler pre-curse, and combo filler/corner carry during curse. Not a bad move. With high execution, you can use it for pressure against certain characters on the ground by using j.6x > jc > j.4b.


Combo filler. Never try to use this as a starter.

j.2A/C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
600
80
92
All
4
21
Till Landing
21 After Landing
--
40
Click!

The Dive. It hasn't been the same since CT, because of it's recovery, it's terrible pre-curse, unless used for combos, which required decent execution to do anyway. During curse, it's a combo staple/guard crusher. Also used to set up the unblockable. A and C versions have the same frame data, but the trajectory is different. J.2a has forward movement, j.2c has backwards movement.


File:Aradive2.png
Same as above, but with a few frame differences and trajectory.

j.2A/C

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
600
80
92
All
4
22
Till Landing
22 After Landing
--
40
Click!

The B version, a few differences frame data-wise, the trajectory is straight down at a bit of a backwards angle.


Drive Moves

Interesting move.

5D

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
400
100
85
HL
4
17
18
44
-43
19
Click!

5d is a combo staple, and it can also be used as a half baked oki technique. The former is the most practical, it marginally safe on block due to the jump cancel and has good hitstun on normal and frighteningly good hitstun on CH, but whatever you do, don't whiff this move, the recovery will leave you vulnerable enough for a Fatal Counter to hit you. 5d adds 40% on hit 17% on block.


Bad Start up, don't use point blank.
2 hits, kinda unsafe in most situations, but it's a half decent for mid-range zoning.

2D

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
400, 520
90
84
All
1
19
11, (15) 12
Total 46F
-12 Off first hit
14
Click!

2d doesn't have any real use as far as combos go, that went the way of clouds having a hitbox, it's a half decent zoning tool that doesn't even combo into itself unless it's on crouching CH and with specific spacing. Don't use it point blank. It's best use is getting blue beat curse meter if the opponent refuses to emergency tech a combo, but that's it. 2d adds 12.5% per hit, on hit 8.3 per hit, on block.


Another zoning tool pre-curse, deadly reset tool during curse.
Party Time.

6D

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
800
100
89
HA
3
38
147
Total 48F
--
17
Click!

6d aka Bell Bug is just another zoning tool pre-curse, it's good for catching people off guard, limiting their movement options or taking their attention away from you to get rid of it. It's not bad, try not to use it mid or close-range or you'll be in a mess of trouble. During curse, however, this move is the "overhead" part of his unblockable reset. Super deadly. It also breaks a primer, so that's always good. 6d adds 40% on hit 20% on block.


Combo ender, zoning tool.
Hits mid, don't be fooled.

j.D

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
500
70
80
All
3
34
3
7 After Landing
+8 off lowest possible height
60
Click!

Another interesting move, j.d is a combo ender for most of Arakune's pre-curse combos and a semi-scary zoning tool that adds 100% curse up close on normal or CH (not on air hit). You can change where the bug is summoned using different commands for directional input (j.4d, j.2d, j.3d and j.6d).J.d adds 30% on hit 15% on block.


Curse Bugs

Once the curse gauge reaches 100%, it's time to summon bugs, these bugs change the entire scope of Arakune's combo potential, creating a variety of options off of the simplest hits. Although powerful, not invincible, All bugs vanish if Arakune takes a hit, and there is a cool down between summoning of the same bug. The fun stops when the Curse gauge depletes, which is about 14 game seconds after it starts. Do what you can during that time, with good execution, you'll be happy about the outcome.

A Bug

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
220
75
90
All
4
2
--
--
--
24
Click!

The combo starter bug, most basic curse set ups involve the a bug in some way. It bounces in from behind Arakune and flies away once it hits the ground. Vanishes if contact is made with anything that's not the stage floor. It's really good on block and hit, easy to confirm into a combo, it pulls the opponent in as well, so that's an "up yours" to those who rely on barrier blocking. 60 Frame cooldown after input means that in a tight window, more than one A bug can be on screen at once, the easiest bug to spam, and the most effective at it too.


Wait, we get oki too!?.

B bug

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
200x3
75
85 once
All
3
5
--
--
--
26
Click!

This a pressure/oki bug, decent block stun and forces emergency tech during a combo, another staple to the unblockable reset. It flies down at a 45 degree angle from behind Arakune. Arakune's fastest bug in terms of projectile speed. 85 Frame cooldown after bug disappears.


File:Cbug.png
Nom for massive hitstop.

C Bug

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
650
70
95
All
4
40
24
--
--
19
Click!

The Combo staple of combo staples, the C bug is there for it all, good for everything, zoning, pressure, combos, set ups, and even the unblockable reset. It comes out of the ground hungry and has 40 frames of hitstop which virtually adds to the block stun, hit stun and the start up frames to any counter assaults your opponent attempts. The awesome comes at a price of absurdly slow start up and 97 Frame cooldown after it goes away.


File:Dbug.png
Bane of everyone's existence.

D Bug

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
150xN, 500
70
90 once
AllxN, HL
3
1
1x96(33)76
--
--
36xN, 50
Click!

You're second milk and meat for combos and another important tool in the unblockable reset. The D bug come straight down from above, burrows into the ground, giving hard knockdown, then launches as an air unblockable, primer breaking moth. Second hit has bonus proration and the there is no cool down after the bug disappears from the screen.


Throws

File:Aragrab.png
Not bad, since Arakune rarely grabs. Good Range too.

Forward Throw/Back Throw

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
0, 1700
90
100, 55
120
0, 2
7
3
19
--
12, 34
Click!

The ground throw, nice damage and decent range, the only real use for this is to go into his Distortion Drive for some damage and curse meter. That said, meterless, there is no practical use for it outside of just getting some damage out.


Air Throw

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
0, 1400
100
100, 55
120
0, 4
7
3
15
--
12, 60
Click!

The air throw. When done close to the ground, leads to 100% curse, when done high in the air can go into 70% with good execution. Many people fear and hate Arakune's air grab for this reason.


Special Moves

Equals Zero (236B)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
During move
--
--
Click!

This move makes Arakune viturally invisible, good when being sneaky during evasion, or being sneaky during curse pressure. Invisibility lasts until Arakune makes any hitbox/hurtbox contact with a projectile or opposing character. Pretty good.


File:Araj236d.png
The Random Cloud.

Zero Vector (J.236D)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
24
400
Total 46F
--
--
Click!

The infamous cloud. The type of cloud is random between a homing cloud, a cloud that hovers above the opponent and a cloud that hovers around Arakune. Adds 30% curse on contact with opponent, vanishes if Arakune is thrown, hit, if Arakune summons another cloud or it's active frame reaches it's limit.


File:Araj236c.png
Combo Staple.

Y-Two Dash (J.236C)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
200x8
100
90 once
HA
3
11
3x8
11F After Landing
--
35
Click!

The "Spin" or "Wheel", this move is 100% combo staple, pre-curse and during curse. It's good for corner carry when used with j.6a/b/c. Don't use it more than once in a combo, repeat move proration. It also breaks a primer on block, which has very few uses. Still not a bad move. Decent abare when you're trying to cover your opponent's air movements.


File:Ara214a.png
A version, same animation when done airborne.
File:Ara214b.png
B version, same animation when done airborne.
File:Ara214c.png
C version.
File:Araj214c.png
C version performed in the air.

If p then q (214A/B/C, J.214A/B/C)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 48F
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 56F
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 85F
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 46F
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 54F
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 44F
--
--
Click!

Arakune's various command teleports, each version (air and ground versions included) puts him in a different spot after he teleports.

  • 214a looks like a forward jump and puts Arakune directly below where he teleported
  • 214b looks like a neutral jump and puts Arakune one character space ahead where you performed the input.
  • 214c looks like a forward dash and puts Arakune right back where you performed the input.
  • j.214a looks like a forward double jump and puts Arakune one character space ahead of where he teleported.
  • j.214b looks like a neutral double jump and puts Arakune directly below where he teleported.
  • j.214c looks like a forward air dash and puts Arakune directly below where you performed the input.

When it comes to these move, use of them is up to the player, but it's good for evasion pre-curse and good for cross ups and positioning during curse. Be careful when using them, you can get punished hard if the opponent sees the teleport coming. Sometimes you'll get it just because the circumstance was against your favor.


File:Araj44.png
Pissing off opponents since 2008.

Wall Teleport (j.44 When backed to a wall)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Total 47
--
--
Click!

Arakune's last and most annoying command teleport, when you are at a wall (either screen parameters or in the corner), air dash back and Arakune will warp from one wall to the other. Good when you're cornered pre curse, good for a fast fullscreen approach and cross up during curse. Don't get careless about this move, it takes 25 frames for the teleport to happen, that's plenty of time to get hit in most circumstances. Use this move wisely.


Distortion Drives

File:Ara236236c.png
Combo filler or Arakune's only real wake up DP

F-Inverse (236236C)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
640
80
92
all
4
5+2
108
33
-122
19
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
90x35
80
99x35
all
4
5+5
3x35
--
--
120x35
Click!

Arakune first and most practical Distortion Drive, used as a combo ender during curse, combo filler after a throw pre-curse and a pre-curse wake up DP. The latter being the least practical and very risky to do. It's an awkward DP since the range it covers is strictly vertical, unlike most other Distortions which have horizontal range, that said, it can't be used like them, still good though.


Homes in, hits low, 100% curse, swag.

F of G (J.214214D)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
400x4
80
92, 84x12, 10
LB
4, 1x12, 4
20+4
15
32F After landing
-27
19, 14x12, 50
Click!

Arakune's air Distortion Drive, made useful in CS2, now due to it's new properties, it can be comboed into, adding 100% curse on hit. Pretty much any combo that ends with j.d can be replaced with this move if you have the heat and appropriate lack of curse meter to make this move necessary. It's also good at catching AA attempts, punishing the opponent's confidence with 14 seconds of fun. Don't whiff this move, or have them block it, it's pretty bad on block and whiff, like j.d, it leaves Arakune vulnerable until he lands.


Astral Heat

File:Arastral.png
Troll move, really.

N-Infinity(632146D)

Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
death
--
--
all
4
5+216
250
117
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
death
--
--
all
4
5+236
163(65)126(65)127
178
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
death
--
--
all
4
5+246
66(153)66
94
--
--
Click!
Damage P1 P2 Guard Atk Level Startup Active Recovery Frame Adv Untech Hitbox
death
--
--
all
4
5+113
79(53)76(53)76
121
--
--
Click!

There's a reason you don't see this move, due to it's random trajectories, this move is one of the least practical Astrals you could ever attempt, there's a way to combo into it, it's only during curse, and only in certain spots with a specific trajectory that you can't even pick. On the other hand, it's troll. Breaks all primers, destroys barrier, and of course, instant death.


Strategy

The general idea of Arakune is to be passive-aggressive pre-curse, and crazy as hell during curse.

Offense

Offensively, your best friends are going to be j.b and 5a, these are your main pokes. 6a only when you condition them right. 5a > 2a is good for mix up, jump cancel when you need to, most of Arakune's attacks are jump cancellable. With good execution, rising j.b > j.4b (rising j.b > IAD > j.4b) is excellent for pressure and is one of Arakune's most dangerous pre-curse mix up. Outside of that, Arakune's offensive front is kinda weak pre-curse, but once you have curse, you're the prom queen and the world loves you. You get the opponent to block (or get it), and you go into a curse set up, then a curse combo, from there, depending on a few factors, say opponent has low health, if you are or are not running low on curse meter, you can go into a DD or attempt a reset or if they are in the corner, do the unblockable reset. Arakune's overall offense is a mix of these two.

Defense

Arakune's defense is weak. No DP, no reliable AA, a nerfed backdash, when it comes to Arakune's defense, the name of the game is evasion, do what you can to avoid having to block anything, use your command teleports, back dash, forward dash, wall teleport, all this, use the distance to set up your zoning game. When it comes down to it, you have to know how to block, learn what you can IB > backdash or punish.

Combos

Notations

> = Next notation of attack
j. = jump.attack
hj. = High Jump.attack
DC = Dive Cancel
RC = Rapid Cancel
IAD = Instant Air Dash
(N) = Only use the Nth attack of the move (for example, if j.b(2) is written, you only use the first two hits of j.b)
(text) = Whatever's listed in the parentheses is optional
Blue text = Opponent must be crouching for combo to work
Red text = Requires 50 heat in order to use the combo
Green text = Combo is character specific; check the notes to see who it works on
Yellow text = Fatal Counter combo
[*c] = close/point blank confirm
[*m] = midrange confirm
[*f] = long range confirm

Pre-curse

Midscreen

5a > 6b > j.6d

Adds 30% curse

2a > 5b > 5d

Adds 40% curse

6a > 5d

Adds 40% curse

6a > 6b > j.6d

Adds 30% curse

5c > sj.a > j.c > j.d

Adds 30% curse

j.b+c (low to the ground) > j.d > 5d > j.a > j.c > j.d

Adds 100% curse j.d may need to be delayed depending on height

[*c] 5a > 2a > 5b > 5d

Adds 40% curse

[*m] 5c > j.a > j.b (2) > j.c > j.d

Adds 30% curse

6a > 5d > IAD j.4aa > 2a > 5b > 5d > IAD j.4aa > 6b > j.6d

Adds 100% curse

5c > j.aa > j.c > j.2a > DC 5d > sj.a > j.c > j.d

Adds 70% curse
Tricky on Carl and Rachel and Jin, may require j.b (2) > j.c > j.2b instead of j.aa > j.c > j.2a

2c > delay RC 5d > sj.a > j.c > j.2a > DC 5d > sj.a > j.c > j.d

Adds 100% curse

a+b+c+d (Gold Burst) > walk forward > 5d > sj.b (2) > j.c > j.2b > DC 5d > sj.a > j.c > j.d

Adds 100% curse
Corner

5a > 6b > IAD j.6d > 6b > IAD j.6d > 5d

Corner only, Adds 100% curse

Curse Combos

Before you lay the smackdown of their candy asses, you need to mix them up and confirm into a curse combo. Since CS1, Negative Edging (abbreviated at NE) is not as important to Arakune's gameplay as it was in CT, most set ups can be done with little to no NE'ing, but there will be times when it might be necessary, either to zone, do a combo or to do a set up. Whenever you see [brackets] in the notation, that means to NE the bug. If you see ]reverse brackets[ in the notation, that is telling you to do a different command (4/5/6) and press the given button (or release it if you're NE'ing) while the recovery of a different attack is taking place (Ex. 4b > ]5cd[ ). Once you hop in training mode, you'll get the timing of NE and releasing down. The time when the bug hits will be indicated directly in the notations for instance, take the first combo. [6a > 5cd > c bug > d bug 1/2] You would have to press D during 5c, even though nothing happens immediately, you are actually summoning the d bug, which hits later in the combos, since the d bug has two individual times of connecting with the opponent, it's broken down to "d bug 1", when the d bug if descending, and "d bug 2", when it takes flight. When you see "d bug" without numbers, that assumes that the entire d bug does it's thing without anything in between.

To understand mix ups to their fullest potential, refer to the gatling table (Revolver Action Table) in the frame data

Curse Combo

j.236[cd] > delay release 6cd > 6c bug > 6d bug > 6[c] > 5cd > 2c > c bug > d bug > j.2acd > a bug > c bug > d bug > [*6a > 5c > j.a > j.c > j.d]

*This is the combo finisher and it can consist of whatever you want, if you want to replenish you curse gauge, here is a good time to do so, but if the combo consisted of bugs while curse was active, then the gauge caps at 50%. If a combo starts because bugs hit after curse became inactive, there is no cap. If their health is low, you can finish the combo with 6a > 5c > 236236c > 236236c.
Curse Set Ups

6a > 6a bug > 5cd > c bug > d bug

3aa > 6a bug > 5cd > c bug > d bug

2b > b bug > 5cd > c bug > d bug

4b > ]5cd[ > b bug > c bug > d bug

2[c] > ]6cd[ > 6c bug > 6d bug

Won't work max range. Close/mid range only.

3aa > 6a bug > 2[c] > ]6cd[ > 6c bug > 6d bug

[blocked 6acd] > j.c > j.1b

Corner Only
Resets & Etc

Re-curse

If you have 100 heat after curse ends, you can also perform a re-curse. Re-curse is very difficult, you end the combo with 6b > j.214214d > RC j.b (all hits). The scaling on j.b forces them to get out of the stagger early, but due to the properties of f.g, being unblockable once it hits, it resets the combo counter and does 100% curse.

Unblockable reset



Revolver Action Table

Frame Data and Revolver Action Table


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