DBFZ/Frieza

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Overview

Frieza is designed to be a traditional zoner, and he's a very good one on paper; he has several fast projectiles that cover many different angles, and good normals with longer range than average. The problem is that DBFZ is very rushdown-oriented, meaning that most of the cast has just as many options (more in some cases) for getting in on him. Frieza simply can't keep his distance forever, so it's important to know what to do when the fight gets close and personal. Fortunately, Frieza has enough options up close to at least hold his own, and when he transforms into Golden FriezaDBFZ Frieza GoldenFrieza.pngGuard:
-
Startup:
34+0
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
-
, he turns into the rushdown characters he swore to destroy, breaking conventional combo structure and adding a second airdash to his arsenal. This combined with the fact that Sparking Blast pauses his timer until Golden Frieza runs out, and switching him out resets said timer, you will typically see him either as a Mid or an Anchor, where he will have enough resources to not only go Golden, but keep it online.

If you like massive normals, vicious zoning, installs, and have an appetite for destruction, then look no further than the the king of evil, the conqueror of planets, ruler of the largest, intergalactic army in the cosmos; Frieza.
Playstyle
Frieza is a strong zoning character who can push opponents away from him before attacking them with strong projectile attacks.
Pros Cons
  • Powerful Space-Control: Loads and loads of projectiles to keep the enemy at bay.
  • Incredible EX Move: EX Death SlashDBFZ Frieza DeathSlash.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    14
    Recovery:
    20
    Advantage:
    -5
    is an instant screenfiller that only costs half a bar and is safe.
  • Good Pressure: Solid framedata, especially on 2MDBFZ Frieza 2M.pngGuard:
    Low
    Startup:
    10
    Recovery:
    14
    Advantage:
    -2
    , and a pressure reset in Death SaucerDBFZ Frieza DeathSaucer.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    33
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    +2
    that simultaneously enables tricky mixups.
  • Golden Frieza: Golden FriezaDBFZ Frieza GoldenFrieza.pngGuard:
    -
    Startup:
    34+0
    Recovery:
    -
    Advantage:
    -
    is a very important tool to keep in mind, enabling for terrifying and deadly comeback potential thanks to its speed, damage and reverse beat. Sparking also pauses its timer, and switching resets it!
  • Zoner in a game favoring Rushdown: Projectiles deal nearly no chip damage, there's no chip kill, and blocking charges meter. Every character is mobile and can punish most zoning just by superjumping, or with special moves like SS4 Gogeta's 236HDBFZ SS4Gogeta LightningHammer.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    13
    Recovery:
    19
    Advantage:
    -4
    .
  • Anti-Airs: Frieza's ability to stop people from jumping over his projectiles is limited to his 2SDBFZ Frieza 2S.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    12
    Recovery:
    24
    Advantage:
    -
    and it's variations. His 2HDBFZ Frieza 2H.pngGuard:
    All
    Startup:
    15
    Recovery:
    31
    Advantage:
    -19
    also has a blindspot directly above him.
  • Support Value: True to the show, Frieza seems to care about nobody but himself, making his synergy with other characters very few and far between.

Normal Moves

5L

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
5L 400 All 6 3 13 -4
5LL 700 All 10 4 16 -6
5LLL 400 / 0,1000 All U3+ 13 3 23 -5
5L
  • Standard 5L.

5LL
  • A far reaching 5LL that's -2 when blocked at max range.

5LLL
  • Tracks fullscreen.
  • At very close range, the explosion sends them outward. Otherwise, it sends them inward.
  • No longer counted as a ki-blast so this will beat superdash.

Often useful after a vanish extension.

5M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 All 13 5 17 -6
  • Strange, proximity-based normal
  • Allows Golden Frieza to combo off of 5S at far ranges

Very odd 5M compared to most. At close range it functions the same as all the others, but farther away Frieza will automatically dash forward and then attacks either once he's close enough to the opponent to hit or after going nearly fullscreen length. Hops over a few lows, and otherwise has the same uses as other 5Ms in combos and blockstrings. Although difficult to space due to the nature of the normal, it's possible to make it up to -3 if Frieza hits from max range.

5H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
150, 100×8 All U1 13 46 (from first active frame) -12
  • Smash on the first hit, wall bounces.
  • The rocks themselves keep grounded opponent standing, can't be Super Dashed through, and disappear on Vanish.

Good for controlling ground space.

Despite the rocks being nullified by Broly's Powered Shell, the initial smash hit will break through it.

5S

(Hold OK)

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
300×6 All 9 2 [(11)1×6] 25
  • Hold or mash S to shoot all 6 Ki blasts.
  • Sixth hit launches and wall bounces.
  • Fastest Ki blast in the game.

Can be followed up with 236M > Vanish. More useful than some other Ki Blasts due to how it pierces opponents, potentially stopping assist calls. Other than that, it's pretty average and loses to Z Broly.

2L

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 Low 7 3 13 -4
  • Low-hitting 2L. Not the best range, but quite useful as a low nonetheless.

2M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
600×2 Low 10 4(10)4 14 -2
  • Frieza's main low normal.
  • Being -2 on block makes it extremely useful for stagger pressure.

2H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 All 15 3 31 -19
  • Leaves a blind spot over Frieza's head

Despite looking like it and his 5HDBFZ Frieza 5H.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
13
Recovery:
46 (from first active frame)
Advantage:
-12
firing projectiles, this is not treated as a projectile. While there's still a gap over his head, it has huge horizontal range, which can be useful in some mid-range scenarios. It also acts as a very strong followup if the opponent gets hit by Frieza's Death SaucerDBFZ Frieza DeathSaucer.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
33
Recovery:
-
Advantage:
+2
, as you are likely already crouching - enabling a full followup with SKD afterwards.

1S / 2S / 3S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 All 12 1 24
  • 1S shoots almost horizontally, 2S shoots at a 30 degree angle, 3S shoots at a 60 degree angle.
  • 1S, 2S, and 3S can cancel into eachother.

Good range and covers some useful anti-air angles, can also be cancelled into 2H even on whiff making this very safe to use when the enemy is jumping in neutral.

Good combo and neutral tool.

6M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 High 24 6 10 0
  • Universal overhead.

j.L

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 High 7 [6] 4
  • Hits at a downward angle, useful for IAD-pressure.
  • Ridiculously fast as an IAD crossup, can be converted off of with j.2S into a superdash combo.

j.M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
600×2 High 7 2(7)3
  • First hit has no range at all, second hit has much longer range.
  • Great air-to-air normal.

The first hit has the same startup as his j.L, making it excellent for combos. Be careful using on smaller characters for IAD overheads or pressure, the first hit will miss.

j.H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 High D1+ [D3+] 13 5
  • 5LLLLLLL Dynamic hit can wall bounce (during Super Combo).

  • j.H is a Heavy with a fairly good reach.
  • Smash hit causes sliding knockdown.

j.S

(Hold OK)

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
500×3 All 12 6
  • Hold or mash S to shoot all 3 blasts.
  • Piercing projectiles that also beat Super Dash, sending the opponent full screen.
  • Third hit wall bounces.

† Despite being a projectile, can be anti-air'd by Head invulnerable attacks.

j.2H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 All D1 18 5
  • Command normal that causes sliding on air hit and an immediate tech on ground hit.

Mainly used after j.2S or j.S in the corner for sliding knockdown, will keep the enemy quite close to Frieza. Can also be used as a third sneaky overhead in an IAD string, use sparingly though as it can be 2H'd.

j.2S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
600 All 14
  • Fires a ki blast in a downward angle.

The angle isn't really great, is mostly used to combo off of an IAD j.L or into j.2H for knockdowns.

Special Moves

Death Slash

236L/M/H

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236L 1100 All 14 5 26 -4
236M 1100 All 18 5 23 -2
236H 1000×2 All 14 9 20 -5
236L
  • Explodes the ground in front of Frieza.

Frieza's main way of safely ending blockstrings.


236M
  • Explodes the ground on the other half of the screen. Doesn't reach fullscreen.

Can be used after a long-range 5H or 5S to tack on some additional damage either by itself, or can be vanished for even more damage.


236H
  • Creates 2 explosions that covers the entire screen.

A good way to catch people trying to do anything. Can be casted 2 times in a row to combo in itself.

You might not survive this time

236S (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236S 300,300×4 / 0,400,850 All U2+ 13 -20
j.236S 300,300×4 / 0,400,850 All U2+ 13
  • Smash at point blank, the opponent will be locked inside the ball before it starts traveling, explodes once it touches the wall.
  • On Smash hit, becomes full invulnerable until after recovery.
  • Cancelling the move will cause the ball to explode early.

Good as a combo ender before going into Supers, can be spammed in the air if you want your opponent to be annoyed.

Death Saucer

214S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700×2, 700×2 All 33 +2
  • Throws 2 discs forward that comes back after traveling off screen.
  • Discs merely launch going forward, but cause a sliding knockdown to the opponent on the way back.
  • The return trip discs can friendly fire and hit Frieza and his assists. Friendly fire discs scale less and deal more damage to Frieza than they do to the opponent (700+560 to foe and 700+630 to Frieza).
  • Can be crouched under, including L+S Ki Charge.
  • Disappear if Frieza's hit or tagged out, but not if he blocks.

Frieza is always plus after using this in a blockstring, so it's a very strong blockstring ender. Use 5L afterwards to catch jumps/vanish ect. This move also doubles as a good combo tool in the corner, or even midscreen with assists.

Warp Smash

22S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
900 All 34 5 31 -3 4-19 All
  • Teleports a set distance forward, auto corrects. Can pull the opponent out of the corner.
  • Invulnerable from frames 4 to 19.
  • Causes a ground bounce on the opponent when they're either standing or in the air.

Can be used as a reversal, but it's very inconsistent on actually punishing the opponent since it tends to miss. It also doesn't have frame 1 invulnerability.

Z Assists

Assist A

Death Slash

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
800 All 23 5 58 +23
  • Hits slightly closer than the M version.
  • The damage buff from Golden Frieza applies to this assist as well.
  • Has a minimum distance, stunting its use.

Extremely annoying assist. Forces the opponent to respect you in neutral because of how huge its hitbox is.

Assist B

You might not survive this time

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
250, 175x3 All 19 31 +11
  • The damage buff from Golden Frieza applies to this assist as well
  • Large enough hitbox to catch vanishes.

A projectile assist that is quite fast and difficult to punish. It is good as an approach tool, working almost like Guile walking in behind a fireball for your point. It has a lot of hitstun at 51f, but has the lowest blockstun in the game for "normal" assists. The blockstun, or lack thereof, makes it nonexistent for blockstring pressure, but handy for tick throw set-ups. Your opponent might also just respect it because it looks like it has far more blockstun than it actually has.

Assist C

Psychokinesis

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60, 42x8, 700 / 42x8, 700 All 20~37 +24 ~ +29
  • Fast start up
  • Good screen carry
  • Same properties as 5H

It isn't much, but it's to be noted that the assist does an extra hit and extra damage while used at point blank range.

Super Moves

Death Ball

236L+M (Air OK) or 236H+S (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236L+M 20*N, 2600 All UDV 8+4
j.236L+M 20*N, 2600 All UDV 7+4
  • Costs 1 Ki Gauge.
  • L+M version throws towards the middle of the screen, H+S version throws towards the edge of the screen.
  • Minimum damage: 4*N, 754.

A useful level 1 super that does additional damage if done from big heights. Because of how slowly the ball travels, some characters can DHC and then get an extension afterward, usually in the form of air DR or j.H.

If Frieza is hit with Death Saucer in the middle of this move, he can then combo into You must die by my hand! without suffering from super scaling, as he hasn't entered neutral stance.

Nova Strike

214L+M (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
214L+M 4200 High UDV 11+1 -26 [+42]
j.214L+M 4200 High UDV 11+1 Until Landing 1-6F after landing All
  • Costs 3 Ki Gauges.
  • Minimum damage: 1680.
  • Inconsistent frame advantage on hit, based on which one of the two hits the ground first.

High damaging level 3. Is only one hit, which means an opponent in Sparking won't get any regeneration done during the animation, making it an excellent combo ender.

Can also be used as a reversal, though it has a tendency to go straight over the opponent in this case so this is generally not recommended.

You must die by my hand!

[H+S] while knocked down

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
480×10 All UDV 39+2 45 -68 [+35]
  • Costs 3 Ki Gauges.
  • Minimum damage: 192*10.
  • Only invulnerable during active frames.

Not a good wakeup option compares to the 2 other Lv3s he has. However, the insanely high minimum damage means it's the best combo ender, used after getting hit by his own Death Saucer. (which is kind of ironic if you think about it)

  • Oftentimes used in Golden Frieza TOD's

Golden Frieza

214H+S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
34+0 1-34 All

The Emperor comes to reclaim his throne. Just don't run out of time.

  • Costs 3 Ki Gauges. Can only be done once per match. Inputting 214H+S again will deactivate Golden Frieza.
  • During Golden Frieza, gains a 20% damage buff, a second air dash, access to full reverse beat, and increased movement speed.
  • Lasts about 21 seconds when he's the point character, won't deactivate until he returns to neutral ground stance. The timer is paused when he's in Sparking, as well as resetting the timer whenever he's tagged out or an enemy's character dies.
  • Raw startup is long, but autoguards and recovers instantly after the super flash. Startup during combos is fast, so you can go Golden Frieza mid-combo.
  • Can be used to tank raw supers and instill fear into your opponent
  • Has ~1 second of Ki gain cooldown.
  • Reverse beat gives him access to unpredicatable DR in blockstrings
  • LOOPS

Sorbet's Ray Gun

S when Golden Frieza ends

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
1200 All UDV 8+0
  • Costs 1 Ki Gauge.
  • Minimum damage: 840.
  • Has some invulnerability and hits opponent during timestop.
  • Crumples grounded opponent, causes a sliding knockdown on airborne.

Does hit off sliding knockdowns but since the shot is small and goes quite high up, it requires strict timings.

By timing the shot as late as possible into Frieza's crumple animation, you can get enough frame advantage for extra followups like Supers or even just run up 5L. Comboing after this Super doesn't receive Super scaling.

One of the most satisfying and fun ways to combo into You must die by my hand!, easily achieved by using 214S>2M>214H+S (cancelling out of golden) followed by pressing S when the second Death Saucer hits the opponent, and then clicking H+S for an easy and extremely high damage end to a Golden Frieza combo in the corner, sometimes even resulting in a TOD due to You must die by my hand!'s high minimal damage.

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