DBFZ/Krillin

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Overview

Overview

One of the few students the legendary Master Roshi ever took on, Krillin is a classic support character who still has plenty to offer himself. Lacking in strength but bursting with creativity and a devious mind, Krillin is known for his wide and varied toolset that he can combine together to become one of the most workable characters in the game. Krillin can do a little bit of everything- he can zone well thanks to his guided ki blasts, he can lay on some solid pressure with several of his special moves, and he can perform some rather powerful mixups with the right setup. He can even heal your team thanks to tossing out Senzu Beans, which can dramatically bolster the vitality of his team members. In the right hands, Krillin can prove to be the deciding factor between death and victory as he was so many times in the original series.

Krillin's greatest weakness lies in his less than stellar size. Being one of the smallest characters in the cast, Krillin is memetic for his short, stubbly limbs, and although his ground normals are lightning fast and move him far forward, he lacks truly reliable ways to close distance. Overall, Krillin is a character who rewards planning and execution with consistency in performance, and his varied toolset means a player who commits to playing this bald bruiser can find their team strengthened by his supportive potential.
Playstyle
Krillin is a short character with short reaching normals that can make straight forward approaches somewhat difficult. However, he makes up for this in other ways with more tricky options such as his Afterimage Strike and the utility he can add to your team with his Senzu Bean assist.
Pros Cons
  • Zoning Tools: Versatile projectiles with controllable ki blasts and chargeable Kamehameha gives Krillin a decent ranged game.
  • Healer: Can be annoying to deal with due to his infinite Senzu Beans, allowing him to constantly heal his teammates' blue life or even his own.
  • Pressure Tools: Multiple tools to reset pressure with tools like Stone Throw, Afterimage feints, and 2S.
  • Mid-screen Solo Damage: By using j5S to solo rejump in mid-screen combos, Krillin can deal solid damage without the use of any assists.
  • Okizeme: Excellent okizeme tools. Solar Flare and Stone Throw both being immune to reflect push-back allowing him cover all tech options, as well as having one of the strongest level 3 oki in the game!
  • Fast Normals: Has some of the best normals in terms of frame data, 5M in particular having amazing range and low recovery making him very hard to whiff punish on top of his short stature.
  • Stubby normals: Shenron giveth, Shenron taketh away. Ground normals move him very far forward as compensation, but his air normals have no such blessing and severely lack range.
  • Anti-Air Reward: Krillin's 2H is small, forcing him to use Solar Flare as his anti-air which gives little reward.
  • High commitment projectiles: Most of his projectiles are highly committal with high recovery and don't convert into pressure in most cases making them high risk/low reward.
  • Picky Fighter: His A assist and Level 3 oki being as unique as it is, makes it so some fighters have a hard time meshing well together with Krillin.

Normal Moves

5L

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
5L 400 All 6 3 -3
5LL 700 All 9 5 -5
5LLL 1000 All U3+ 11 4 -5
5L
  • Good frame advantage.
  • Deceptive range.

Krillin scoots forwards during his 5L, giving it roughly the same range as SSJ Goku's.


5LL
  • Counts as grounded. Teen Gohan this ain't.

Moves him forward a decent amount, good for pressure


5LLL
  • Counts as grounded.

Can be followed up with JL, generally not used in optimal routing.

5M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 All 8 6 -5
  • Great range thanks to high forward momentum.
  • Tied with Zamasu for fastest 5M in the game.
  • Fixed frame advantage. No matter how meaty, it will always be -5.
  • When you are point blank with the opponent, this can actually be used as an anti reflect after 5L or 2L.

Crazy powerful normal and a staple of Krillin's ground game. It doesn't quite catch backdash, but it's good at just about everything else.

5H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 All U1 13 3 -9
  • Amazing forward movement, similar to 5M.

Another very far reaching normal despite the pathetic hitbox, this one goes about as far as a lariat would. Very handy for catching backdashes or baiting Sparking.

5S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
500×2 All 13
  • Fires two Ki Blasts, one right after another.
  • Pressing S again causes them to angle upwards, coming back down to hit the ground after 60~ frames.
  • Pressing 4S redirects the second Ki Blast only.
    • A linear hit will keep the opponent standing.
    • Falling Ki blasts will pop opponent up in the air.
  • Every version has the same hitstun.

Krillin's best neutral tool outside his beam. Firing the Ki Blasts and angling them up is often enough to make opponents freeze up out of fear of getting hit, letting Krillin run in freely and be plus when they impact.

2L

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 Low 7 3 -4
  • Very short range.

Pressure and mixup extrordinare. Not good for pressure resetting into thanks to its poor reach.

2M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
700 Low 10 5 -4
  • Krillin's main low normal.

Very safe on block and can be spaced out to gain much better advantage, making it excellent for pressure. Use 5M or 5H instead for neutral since they have more range.

2H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 All U1+ 11 3 17 -5 4- Head
  • The range speaks for itself.

Standard anti-air option with Krillin. Has short range so you need to let the opponent get deep before throwing it out. Has low recovery making it hard to whiff punish.

  • Due to its poor range, this means that the majority of the cast is allowed to crossup Krillin, with him being unable to actually 2h the crossup.

Landing this correctly means you could probably land 2H with every character.

2S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
900 All 17 5
  • Causes an explosion on the ground that launches Krillin to the same height of a normal neutral jump.
  • If it hits the opponent on the ground, they too are launched to the same height as Krillin.
  • Krillin can hold forward or back during his launch to move in that direction near the apex of the jump with better lateral speed than a normal jump.
  • Allowing him to jump during a blockstring, Krillin can always attempt an escape and a variety of mixups.
  • On hit, Krillin can follow up immediately with buttons if he moves forward towards the launched opponent.

6M

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

j.L

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
400 High 6 3
  • Has short range.

Mostly used during an aerial blockstring.

j.M

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
500×2 High 9 3(6)3
  • Good air to air normal.

Hits twice, but getting both hits to connect in combos can be finnicky depending on the juggle height.

j.H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 / 1000 High D1+ [D3+] 13 6
  • Sends the opponent downwards.

j.S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
500×2 All 12
  • Stops Krillin's air momentum
  • Pressing S again or 2S after the Ki blasts have been fired will make them curve downward towards the ground.
  • Pressing 8S will curve the Ki blasts up, then they will fall back to the ground slightly further forward.
  • These can be combined with left or right inputs to also give Krillin air momentum: 4S/1S moves left and curves down, 3S/6S moves right and curves down, 7S moves left and curves up, 9S moves right and curves up.
  • Has very high hitstun, granting Krillin rare privilege of comboing into super dash, both from the corner and midscreen, giving him extra damage for post-vanish or midscreen rejump combos.
  • Great tool in neutral, as if Krillin is low to the ground it allows him to get a 2h if an opponent attempts to disrespect with a fullscreen super dash.
  • Due to the move having low recovery, it can be cancelled into beam when at a mid range away from the opponent to act as a frame trap not allowing them to jump if they blocked the downward ki blasts.

j.2H

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
850 All U1+ 13 6
  • Sends the opponent upwards.

j.2S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
300, 900 All 15
  • Fires a Ki blast directly down below Krillin.

Good for beating anti-air attempts directly below Krillin, and is especially useful in the corner. Can also be used for gimmicky, although very ambiguous cross-up mix, as it will combo directly into super-dash. This however, does not grant very high reward on hit without resources.

Special Moves

Afterimage

236L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236L 1200 High D1 30 4 +1
236M 1200 High D1 32 4 +1
236H 1400 High D1 32 4 +3
j.236L 1000 High D1 23 4
j.236M 1000 High D1 27 4
j.236H 1200 High D1 21 4
  • Krillin creates an afterimage of himself, one above that goes for an overhead, and one below that stays the regular Krillin. This move always gives sliding knockdown anywhere on screen and is one of his main combo enders after a 5H rejump combo or after a vanish combo. Holding the button keeps Krillin below and allows him to go for a lot of conditioning.
  • 236H passes the grounded Krillin through the opponent.

Afterimage (Hold)

236[L/M/H] (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236[L] Total 33
236[M] Total 35
236[H] Total 38
j.236[L] Total 34+3L
j.236[M] Total 38+3L
j.236[H] Total 23
  • Hold the button to make the Krillin that jumps forward into an afterimage instead.

The M version goes further and is more suited for neutral than pressure. Used from up close this move will likely whiff over your opponent's head.


  • Feinting the ground version makes Krillin run in below the afterimage.
  • Feinting the air version makes Krillin fall to the ground.

A tricky tool, but the ground feint is risky since it moves you close. The air version is very fast and done immediately from a jump attacks very low to the ground.

  • With assists however, this lets you set up a very tricky 50/50 as the ex afterimage recovers very quickly. While there is not very much reward off the overhead, with some asissts that are active for a longer time such as Cell A, Gotenks B, Ui B, etc., this lets you combo after his overhead or low mixup and still be true string.

Senzu Bean

214L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
214L 25 Total 37
214M 25 Total 37
214H 25 Total 37+3L
j.214L 27 Total 51
j.214M 27 Total 51
j.214H 27 Total 51
  • Krillin auto jumps if used on the ground, has enough height to airdash before he lands.
  • Beans will heal all blue health for Krillin and his teammates, but will only heal 1000 blue health for the opponent.
  • Heals around 1000 normal health if you don't have blue health thanks to the new patch.

Sets up an assist mixup in the corner that can be completely gapless with assists that have 40 frames of blockstun or more.


L

Turns around and throws a bean offscreen, heals Assist 1 if they're still alive, even if they're on screen.


M

Turns around and throws a bean offscreen, heals Assist 2 if they're still alive, even if they're on screen.


H
  • Turns around and bounces a bean off the wall back to him.
  • Bean can only be picked up once it's on the ground.
  • If you miss, it will stay on the ground for about 5 seconds. During this time your assists, the opponent, and their assists can also pick it up.
  • If you fall on one during your death animation, you revive yourself and get switched out.

Stone Throw

22L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
22L 100 All 33 Total 53 -5
22M 100 All 33 Total 53 -5
22H 100×2 All 26 Total 47 -5
j.22L 100 All 29 Total 51
j.22M 100 All 29 Total 51
j.22H 100×2 All 27 Total 50
  • Krillin auto jumps if used on the ground, but doesn't gain enough height to do anything afterward.
  • Stones can bounce off the corner. Hitbox will be disabled if Krillin gets hit.
  • One of Krillins' best oki tools.

  • L throws a stone right in front of him.
  • If L stone is thrown after a j.H or 236H knockdown, the stone will beat Vanish, Uptech, mashing, normal tech, and will allow krillin to keep his pressure. Very scary move to have to hold in the corner.

  • M throws a stone full screen.

  • H throws both L and M stones at the same time.
  • If this is used after a 236L or 236M knockdown, will set up the same oki as the L stone after a normal j.H knockdown from a 2h or j.2h smash combo.

Kamehameha

236S (Air & Hold OK)

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236S 250×5 All 18-47 24 33 -15
j.236S 250×5 All 10 after landing 24 33 -15
  • [] is holding down S.
  • Wall bounces.
  • Cancels into SD.
  • Holding the button will allow Krillin to jump around while charging. Can't superjump nor airdash.
  • Can only charge for a limited amount of time if he stays on the ground.
  • While in air, can be hold indefinitely and released on demand. However, the instant Krillin touches the ground he will shoots it out.

Standard tool for zoning that beats super dash. The ability to hold a charge as well as use it in the air makes it a bit more versatile than some other beams.

Solar Flare

214S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
0, 1000 All D1 11 5 22 -2 4-12 Head
  • Has a large hitbox both vertically and horizontally, and long hitstun.
  • Has anti-air properties.
  • Hold the button to prevent the automatic follow-up on hit.

Safe on block and can be plus on air block. Good move to frame trap with at the end of a string, ideally with an assist behind it to continue pressure on block and pick up a combo on hit. Gives a lot of Ki on hit. If you can react to delay tech well, solar flare can actually meaty and be plus +1 to +4 and above.

Z Assists

Assist A

Senzu Bean

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Assist A 100×2 All 18 +17
Assist A Bean 72
Stone Throw A1/A2

One of the best assist in the game with extremely fast startup, great screen coverage and insane hitstop on hit practically freezing the opponent in place. Tied for fastest assist in the game with Adult Gohan's Assist ADBFZ AdultGohan JetUppercut.pngGuard:
All
Startup:
18
Recovery:
64
Advantage:
+29
, so it's great for defensive calls (with a caveat), anti air or for common approaches like Super Dash + assist. Similar to his own 22H, depending on spacing and characters' hurtboxes, the rocks can "split", with the lower one making contact immediately, while the upper one arcing all the way up and hitting them a bit later, effectively acting as 2 assist calls. You can oftentimes just throw this assist out in neutral and watch as your opponent gets hit by it, there's very little it isn't good for.

Use B assist if you want better and more consistent blockstun, otherwise this is the way to go.


Senzu Bean 4A1/A2

The second part of the this assist, and the reason why it's not a god tier defensive assist. Holding 4, 1 or 7 while calling Krillin will instead spawn him behind the point character and throw a Senzu Bean at their X coordinate. This can be a detriment if you try to call the assist while defending, as it does jack all to dissuade the opponent from pressuring you, if not even giving them some health back.

Assist B

Kamehameha

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
200×5 All 35 +30
  • Krillin performs a basic beam assist.

It's a beam assist for beam things. Compared to A, it's a more standard and practical assist as well as friendlier in blockstrings, but loses out on speed, aerial coverage and healing.

Assist C

Solar Flare

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
0, 1400 All 28 [20] +24
  • Teleports to the opponent and does 214S.
  • On hit, teleports again behind them and knocks them down into a ground bounce SKD.

Has a large hitbox but really isn't worth it compared to Krillin's other options. A is already better for anti-airs given its speed and two angles all the while still beating superdash.

Super Moves

Destructo-Disc

236L+M or 236H+S

Version Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
236L+M 2000 All UDV 9+5 -18 9-15 All
236L+M > X 1100×1~4 All UDV
Destructo-Disc
  • Invulnerable from frames 9 to 15.
  • Deals significant chip damage on block.
  • Minimum damage: 800, 330*3, 550.
  • Can be curved by holding up just like Android 18's and Base Vegeta's 236S discs.
  • Immediate solar flare meaties all techs in the corner, though it will lose to downtech -> F4 reversals outside of vanish
Chain Destructo-Disc Barrage Destructo-Disc > L/M/H/S
  • Each additional button press throws one more disc for one extra meter. Can throw a total of 5 discs.

Mashing additional discs is less efficient damage for meter than using a DHC or level 3, but it can be good to do if one super just barely won't kill and you want to keep Krillin in.

Scattering Energy Wave

214L+M or 214H+S

Damage Guard Smash Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
4050 All UDV 9+3 +35 1-21 All
  • Invulnerable from frames 1 to 21
  • Costs 3 bars.
  • First half of the move is a Lv3 beam, but the second half is only Lv1 projectiles.
  • The projectile cloud can be used for unreactable mixups with the correct setups. It is very difficult to see like Piccolo's Hellzone Grenade, albeit at thrice the cost.
  • No matter which part hits first, using this raw will always deal 100% recoverable health and doesn't give Krillin any followup opportunity.
  • Minimum damage: 1660.

After Krillin sends the beam upward the projectiles will stay on top of his opponent's current location. If this is blocked at close range, the opponent will have a hard time landing a full combo punish.

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