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Overview

Overview

Zato fills the role of Guilty Gear's puppet character archetype. Paired with Eddie - his shadow - Zato can dominate the neutral game and launch arguably the most overwhelming offense in the game. Zato attacks with the press of a button, while Eddie attacks with its release (using some of the Eddie Gauge in the process). Using this Negative Edge mechanic, the duo can cover for each other's recoveries and blind spots. Their coordinated pressure can continue for as long as the Eddie Gauge remains.

Zato's two-pronged onslaught of pokes, anti-airs, and unorthodox movement can prove nightmarish to face in the neutral game. Intentional or not, Zato can also sacrifice Eddie against the opponent's attack, effectively acting as a single hit of armor. While Eddie is recovering, Zato must stall for time via smart usage of his limited solo toolset.

When the match begins, Zato's goal is to summon Eddie while keeping his advantage. This involves a constant balancing act of risk/reward as summoning can also become the opponent's angle of attack. When successful, Zato gains access to consecutive & unreactable mixups, leaving opponents in a constant state of guessing for their life.

Learning Zato can be a challenging process in many ways. In return, he offers the unique experiences of a Guilty Gear-style puppet character, found in no other game.
Playstyle
Zato-1 is a high-skill puppet character with a plethora of offensive options.
Pros Cons
  • Overwhelming Offense: With Eddie, gain access to unreactable & consecutive mixups, command grabs, and unblockables. Endless pressure in the corner, limited only by the Eddie Gauge.
  • Practical Unblockable Setups: Can set up high damage unblockables from various situations. If the opponent is cornered, Roman Cancel can be used to loop unblockables into continued pressure/mixups.
  • Excellent Space Control: Gain control over vast amounts of the screen when Eddie is summoned. Zato and Eddie can restrict different parts of the screen simultaneously, or cover each other's recoveries against a single angle of approach.
  • Horrible Defense: Among the worst defense modifiers and guts in the game. Lackluster reversal options, combined with an underwhelming dead angle attack.
  • HEAVY Reliance on Eddie: Without Eddie summoned, Zato's offensive and neutral options are heavily diminished. Poor hurtboxes, slow normals, and lack of access to frame advantage forces Zato to stall for Eddie's recovery.
  • High Difficulty: Demands extensive familiarity with negative edge, time spent perfecting setplay, and thorough practice of controlling Eddie in the neutral game via both training mode and match experience.

Eddie and Eddie Gauge

EddiePlusGauge.png

Eddie is the name of Zato's puppet. May be referred to as "Little Eddie" or "Shadow" by players of older Guilty Gear iterations.

Once summoned, Eddie is controlled independently and simultaneously alongside Zato. Zato's game plan is incomplete without Eddie, and each can be thought of as half the character. Players must very carefully manage the usage of Eddie at all times; failure to do so will leave Zato highly vulnerable.

Eddie Gauge is a resource unique to Zato. When Eddie is summoned, the Eddie Gauge will gradually deplete. Attacks using Eddie will deplete this gauge; the amount depending on the type of move used. If Eddie is hit by the opponent, the gauge will be locked, turn red, and slowly regenerate from 0% - during which Eddie cannot be re-summoned until the gauge completely refills. If he is recalled while already summoned, the gauge turns white & regenerates rapidly, and can be re-summoned at any point.

Normal Moves

5P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
9 Mid 5 4 7 -1

Zato's fastest normal. Has good range for a 5P, and is commonly seen comboing into 2D for knockdown and okizeme.

Can situationally be used as an anti-air - for example, against I-no's hover dash or Raven's airdash.

5P is a fairly safe roundstart opener that can counter very specific roundstart options by the opponent, such as Johnny's Coin.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Initial: 90% 3 8

5K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
12 Low 8 4 8 -2

Standing low with decent range. Can be jump cancelled.

While 2K has 1F faster startup, 5K is often used as the empty jump low option during flight mixups due to differences in gatlings.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Initial: 70% 3 8

c.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30 Mid 9 5 9 ±0

Primarily a combo/blockstring filler, and occasionally used for punishes.

Can cancel into 2D (or somewhat situationally, 5H > 22S/22H) for a knockdown.

Also used to continue combos against airborne opponents in hitstun (most commonly from meaty 22S, counterhit Nobiru, corner counterhit 2H, and corner counterhit j.D).

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

f.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
20×4 Mid 7 3×4 20 -9

Primarily a combo/blockstring tool.

Can gatling into the next normal after any of its 4 hits, allowing for modular spacing at which to end your combos and blockstrings.

If hit close to the opponent, can be crouch confirmed for a knockdown (fS > 5H > 22H). Using RRC is necessary against most standing characters (fS > 2S > 22H).

Being a multi-hit normal, fS can be very effective against moves with armor (most notably, Potemkin's Hammer Fall).

  • Can gatling into 6H.
Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

5H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
25×3 Mid 13 2,6,3 15 +1

Another move with multiple (3) hits. Unlike in XX, the 3rd hit can be special cancelled.

Needs proper spacing for a 22S/22H knockdown. Without running momentum, certain gatlings into 5H will leave a gap and fail to combo.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
4 10 6

5D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
22 High 25 3 24 -13 1~51 Foot

The universal overhead.

Uniquely to Zato, 5D is commonly used as a corner combo extender with the help of Eddie - e.g. (2K > -P- > 5D6), (-K- > 5D6), (5P > c.S > -P- > 5D6) - without the need for a wallslump.

Has foot invulnerability on frames 1~51, and Zato is treated as airborne for the duration. This can lead to highly specific counterplay against Potemkin's Slide Head (Example).

Provides some interesting but niche combo applications midscreen when used alongside Eddie. (Example 1, Example 2)

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 80% 10 20

6P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
22×2 Mid 13 4,4 12 -2 1~16 Upper Body

One of Zato's primary anti-airs. Has upper body invulnerability from frames 1~16.

6P is a 2-hit move, and its upper body invulnerability is lost by the time the second hit is active.

Can very situationally be used to punish long-ranged pokes such as Faust's f.S.

Similarly to c.S, 6P can be used to continue combos against airborne opponents in hitstun.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7
  • Stun value: 44x2

6K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30 High 23 5 14 -5

Overhead normal. Staggers on hit.

Against experienced players, 6K is mostly unreliable as a mixup option due to its relatively lengthy startup and should be used sparingly - especially if Eddie is not summoned.

On hit, should you be willing to spend meter, RRC > Damned Fang or 5D6 are excellent options to stall for Eddie gauge recovery.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 75% 10 7
  • Staggers opponent on hit. Max duration 39F, Frame Adv: +1 to +21

6H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
60 Mid 13 12 23 -16

The big arm. Has a deceptively small hitbox which follows only the hand, rather than the entire arm.

6H's hurtbox covers a third of the entire screen, is exceptionally unsafe on block, and has a somewhat lengthy startup.

The move does reach quite far and knocks down on counterhit, but usage is advised to be kept to a minimum due to its risks.

Very niche use cases exist by exploiting its massive hurtbox (e.g. causing Faust's Love (bomb bag) to explode in range of himself).

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
4 20 6

2P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
8 Mid 6 4 8 -2

An alternative poke to 5P. Likewise, 2P can combo into 2D for knockdown.

Has some unique use cases apart from 5P due to the lower positioning of the hitbox.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Initial: 80% 3 8

2K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
18 Low 7 2 9 +3

Candidate for Zato's best normal. 2K is one of his only plus-on-block normals alongside 5H, and can be used to begin strike/throw mindgames.

2K > 5P creates a 2f gap frametrap, and can usually knock down afterwards via 2D.

On normal hit, can crouch confirm into f.S > 5H > 22H or be linked to 5P > 2D.

On counterhit, can be linked to 5P > 2D, or be cancelled into 22S for a knockdown.

  • Gatlings into 5D.
Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 80% 10 7

2S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
24 Mid 9 4 16 -6

Zato's ground-to-ground poke normal. Decent range, but suffers from a lengthy recovery. Additionally, 2S's (rather large) hurtbox appears prior to its hitbox, leaving Zato prone to all sorts of whiffpunishes. (Exhibit A)

Given the above downsides, this move is sometimes Roman Cancelled as an OS.

  • If 2S whiffs, a YRC is produced and cuts short its lengthy recovery.
  • If 2S lands, a RRC is produced and allows for hitconfirming into 22H, run up 2D, and so on.

On counterhit, 2S can be cancelled into 22H for a successful combo as long as the opponent is in range of the drill.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

2H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50 Mid 11 6 19 -6

Primarily used as a pressure tool (frametraps into Summon > Nobiru) and as a preemptive anti-air.

Counterhit 2H guarantees a knockdown. Works well in tandem with Eddie as a frametrap tool, and can catch jump outs in the corner.

Similarly to 2S, 2H's hurtbox appears before its hitbox; take caution when using it as an anti-air. However, unlike 6P, it covers a much larger area, has 2 frames faster startup, and knocks down on counterhit.

Also similarly to 2S, 2H is often YRC'd in order to prevent it from being whiffpunished.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
4 20 6

2D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
20 Low 9 6 15 -7

Zato's most stable knockdown option from normals such as 5P. Very frequently cancelled into Summon (236H) on hit in order to prepare Eddie mixups/pressure.

Highest damage option as a low mixup starter; in the corner, can lead to the following combo if Eddie is summoned: -S- > j.HD > -S- > Shadow Gallery > ... Example

2D > Break the Law is notably a Burst-safe point, as Zato will be fully underground by the time the opponent's Burst is active. K must be held for a very short duration for this to be the case. Example

Note that while 2D is a stable knockdown option for Zato standards, its somewhat poor reach can sometimes cause even very simple gatlings such as c.S > 2D, or heaven forbid, 5P > 2D, to drop.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

j.P

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
13 High / Air 6 4 11

Similar to j.K but hits higher up. Useful for capitalizing off of awkward air-to-air j.K hits, as it will gatling into j.D for a decent combo.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
1 6 7

j.K

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
18 High / Air 7 6 11

Covers a decent range. Begins Zato's F-Shiki Mawaru mixups using its jump-cancellable property.

Can gatling into j.P.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 90% 10 7

j.S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
22 High / Air 7 12 12

Covers a unique range. The hitbox reaches well below Zato, but also extends way upwards after a few frames.

Like j.K, j.S can begin Zato's F-Shiki Mawaru mixups thanks to its jump-cancellable property

Good normal to use after IADs - can knockdown standing opponents via IAD > j.S > j.H > 5P > 2D.

j.S hits slightly behind Zato and can therefore be used to crossup the opponent in niche situations.

  • Can be jump-cancelled.
Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

j.H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
33 High / Air 11 6 12

Primarily a combo filler. Not jump-cancellable.

Most frequently seen being used in Zato's BnB air combo (... > j.K/j.S > j.H > j.D).

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

j.D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40 High / Air 11 4 19

Amazing air-to-air normal. j.D covers a huge amount of space and is especially useful against characters with strong aerial approaches such as Chipp and Millia.

On regular hit, buys enough time for Zato to run forwards and summon Eddie.

On counterhit, a knockdown is guaranteed as long as the opponent does not hit the wall. If the opponent does hit the wall, a wallbounce will occur and consequently may be given enough time to airtech.

Sees very common use as a combo ender.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 90% 10 7

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
0,50 Ground Throw: 85750 1 +39

Standard universal ground throw.

Can't be combo'd off of without Eddie, but provides enough time to set up Mawaru pressure midscreen after a short forward run.

Can OTG via Throw > 66 > 2K > f.S to finish off near-death opponents.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Forced: 65% NA 6,0
  • Stun value: 25

Air Throw

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
0,60 Air Throw: 192500 1

Frame advantage for Zato decreases the higher up the air throw occurs, as well as the opponent being flung further away.

In most cases, Zato's air throw unfortunately does not provide him with as much time as he'd like for proper setups afterwards.

That being said, air throw plays a huge role as a counter to aerial approaches due to Zato's limited anti-air options when Eddie isn't summoned.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Forced: 65% NA 6,0
  • Stun value: 30

Dead Angle Attack

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
25 All 13 9 18 -13 1~21 Full
22~36 Throw

Same animation as 2H. Slightly slower startup than your average Dead Angle Attack.

Note that this DAA can be low profiled, but also reaches quite far diagonally upwards.

Knocks down on counterhit only.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 50% 10 7

Blitz Attack

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Blitz Attack 50 Mid (15-48)+13 3 20 -2
Blitz Attack Max Charge 50 Mid 50+13 3 20 +5

One of Zato's few reversal options.

Thanks to Eddie, Zato has some unique combo routes that incorporate Blitz Attack. (Midscreen Example, Corner Example)

Version Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
Blitz 1 Initial: 55%
[Blitz] 4

Blitz:

  • Hitstop 30F
  • Slighty refills own Burst and slightly drains opponent's Burst on hit
  • Blows opponent away and wall sticks opponent on hit (untechable for 40F/ 80F on CH)
  • Crumples opponent on ground CH (79F)

[Blitz]:

  • Hitstop 30F
  • Slighty refills own Burst and slightly drains opponent's Burst on hit
  • Slightly blows opponent away on air hit (untechable for 50F/ 100F on CH)
  • Crumples opponent on ground hit

Special Moves

Invite Hell

22S/H

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
22S 40 Low 18 48 Total 44 0
22H 40 Low 18 48 Total 44 0

Zato's single most important neutral tool.

22S summons a drill close to Zato, while 22H summons it further away. Differences between the two versions end here; both drills must be blocked low.

Drills can be used to combo into a knockdown (mainly via 5H > 22S/22H and CH 2S > 22H), as well as be set up meaty for followup pressure.

Each drill creates a "puddle" of shadow which Eddie can be summoned from via 214H, albeit costing a small amount of Eddie gauge. Puddles are destroyed when attacked by the opponent.

Drills cannot be YRC'd in the conventional sense of YRCing a projectile. Attempting to Drill > YRC will only leave behind a puddle, which - as a side note - has merit on its own despite the meter cost.

Version Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
22S 2 2 19
22H 2 2 19

22S: 22H:

Break the Law

214[K]

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
13 Total 29(Maximum 169) 1~12 Throw
13~16~138 Full
17~20~139 Strike

Zato dips underground, becoming fully invulnerable on frame 13.

Holding the K button extends the time spent underground. Take caution as the move's recovery will increase alongside the duration of the hold.

A strong neutral option to consider if Eddie is summoned and you predict the enemy to commit to an approach.

Generally speaking, avoid using this in neutral for extended durations if Eddie is not summoned, as its recovery is fairly easily punishable without Eddie around to protect yourself.

Used frequently as a cancel from 2D in order to create a burst-safe point. K must be held for a very small duration for this to be the case. Example

Break the Law can be YRC'd out of, significantly reducing its recovery.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
  • After releasing button 1~3 Full,4~8 Strike
  • Reappearing animation depends on how long Zato spends underground.
  • 16-??F Underground: 16F recovery, ??-??F Underground: 24F recovery, ??-120F Underground: 36F recovery

Summon Eddie (Recall)

236P/K/S/H

Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Eddie Summon Total 38
Eddie Unsummon Total 33

Summons Eddie.

Inputting 236P/236K/236S will summon Eddie and have it immediately perform the respective button's attack. Inputting 236H will simply summon with no followup.

If 236P/236K/236S/236H is performed while Eddie is summoned, it will be unsummoned.

Be advised that Zato is in counterhit state for the entire duration of this move, and is especially vulnerable to IADs/other approaches during unsummon.

  • Unsummon does not deplete Eddie meter if the P, K, or S buttons are released while unsummoning.
Version Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
236P/K/S/H
Eddie > 236P/K/S/H

236P/K/S/H:

  • 10~summon can perform actions,Summon Gauge maximum 6000,-10 every 1F

Eddie > 236P/K/S/H:

  • Eddie is recalled on frame 7

Shadow Puddle Eddie Summon

214H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Total 38

Summons Eddie from the puddle's location. Consumes a small amount of Eddie Gauge to preform.

Eddie becomes actionable after about 11f into the animation. This typically causes the fastest possible Eddie move after this summon method to come out 1-2f slower than it would if the alternative methods were used, though it is possible to perfectly input the release and get the same startup as you would have you summoned Eddie doing a move of your choice. The advantage with this method is the flexibility of moving Eddie as well as creating micro delays that enable greater advantage when the opponent is inactive.

Unlike a regular Summon, using different buttons such as 214P will not result in a summon followed by an attack - for that matter, it will not result in a summon, period.

If no puddles are present, 214H will simply result in a regular Summon. This will not consume the initial amount of Eddie Gauge that a Puddle Summon normally costs.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
  • Summon Gauge:-720

Small Attack

-P- with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
25 All 7[18] 2 23
[Total 38]
[-3]

A deceptively far-reaching poke that advances Eddie slightly forwards. Consumes approx. 12% Eddie Gauge on use.

-P- is an exceptionally useful multi-purpose tool. Sees usage in combos, hitconfirms, blockstrings, pokes, frametraps, tick throws - just about anything you can imagine.

Many combos involving Mawaru/-K- can be substituted with -P- in order to conserve Eddie Gauge. Differences in damage are often negligible.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
1 2 7
  • Summon Gauge:-720
  • [ ] Values for Eddie not summoned &gt
  • 236P

Traversing Attack

-K- with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
20×3 All 14[25] 29(4 Hit) 66
[Total 38]
[+26]

The buzzsaw. Consumes approx. 29% Eddie Gauge on use.

When blocked, locks the opponent in enough blockstun to set up Zato's signature F-Shiki Buzzsaw mixup. Details

Mostly used as a pressure tool and a combo extender. Raw usage in neutral is typically not recommended, as it considerably expands Eddie's hurtbox forwards.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 2 8
  • Summon Gauge:-1800
  • [ ] Values for Eddie not summoned &gt
  • 236K

Anti-air Attack

-S- with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
50 Mid 9[20] 12 50
[Total 38]
[+15]

Eddie's anti-air. Consumes approx. 20% of Eddie Gauge.

Possibly the single strongest anti-air move in the game in a vacuum. Covers an incredible amount of vertical space.

Aside from anti-air purposes, -S- can also be used as a frametrap; 5H/2H > -S- has a 2f gap, and has massive reward on counterhit. Example

Used in an incredibly easy Option Select - inputting 623S (tap S) while Eddie is summoned and on top of the opponent. If the opponent stays blocking, they will get command grabbed. If they jump, Nobiru will catch it.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
4 2 6
  • Summon Gauge:-1200
  • [ ] Values for Eddie not summoned &gt
  • 236S

Shadow Dive

-H- with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
Total 41 1~35 Summon Invulnerable

Eddie dips underground for a set period of time while advancing forwards. Consumes approx. 11% of Eddie Gauge.

Full Invulnerability begins on frame 1. Offers very strong maneuverability around opponents' projectiles and pokes.

Eddie's movement speed during -H- is slightly faster than its walk speed, making it useful after certain knockdown situations for setting up sandwich pressure.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
  • Summon Gauge:-720

Drill Special

-D- with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
34×3 Low / Air,Mid / Air×2 146 36(3 Hit) (Summon Vanishes)

Chou Doriru! Eddie turns into a land mine(?). After a set period of time, it transforms into a very big Invite Hell. Consumes 100% of Eddie Gauge.

The first hit must be blocked low, and is used to perform Zato's unblockable. Usage of this move for anything other than unblockables is highly inadvisable.

Unblockable Setup Example

  • When the unblockable is performed correctly (Drill and jump normal hit on the same frame), the Drill is registered before the jump normal.
  • Thusly, Low Blitz is an effective counter to Zato's unblockable. However, Zato can slightly delay -D- in order to connect the overhead first, effectively forcing a 50/50 between High and Low Blitz.
Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 Initial: 85% 10 7
  • Summon Gauge:-6000
  • [ ] Values for Eddie not summoned &gt
  • 236D

Dead Man's Hand

214D with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
0, 55 Ground Throw 30 Summon Total 77

Eddie's command grab.

Very slow startup, drains a huge chunk of Eddie Gauge, has horrible combo proration, and loses both the corner and the knockdown (unless 50 meter is spent on Executor).

Has niche use cases in tandem with Zato in order to make escaping more difficult, but still suffers from exceptionally poor reward. Example

However, this move is useful for an entirely different application - Unsummoning while this move is ongoing allows Eddie to be Recalled, even if it completely depletes the Eddie Gauge. This is not the case with any other Eddie move, and is a property unique to Dead Man's Hand.

DMH Unsummon Example

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Forced: 50% NA 6,0
  • Summon Gauge:-2100
  • When Summon Gauge is above 50%, damage is 0, 65

Damned Fang

623S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
92 Ground Throw: 122500 6 Whiff Total: 43F +62

Command grab. Massive frame advantage of +62, buying enough time to set up Buzzsaw mixups. Can be combo'd into 5P and 2K (and situationally, 2D) in the corner.

Damned Fang has a very long animation, which serves two purposes:

  • Refilling the Eddie Gauge, should it not be full.
  • Positioning Eddie to use -D- and set up an unblockable. Example
Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
0 Forced: 50% NA 6,0
  • Stun value: 46

Drunkard Shade

214S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30 Mid 9 10 10 -6 1~18 Throw
3~18 Reflect

Reflects certain projectiles. Throw Invulnerability on frames 1-18, and reflects projectiles on frames 3-18. Wall bounces on counterhit if close enough to the screen's edge.

Drunkard Shade can reflect the following projectiles:

icon Gunflame (236P)
icon Stun Edge (236S/236H), Air Stun Edge (j.236S/j.236H) [Fortified Stun Edge cannot be reflected.]
icon Don't Miss It! (214P/214K) [Beachball]
icon Tandem Top (236S/236H)
icon Ball Hit [Only reflects balls in motion; includes QV-charged balls]
icon Antidepressant Scale (214P), Chemical Love (214K/214S)
icon Cassius (214P) [Anti-air projectile]
icon Graviert Wurde ([4]6S/[4]6H) [Charge Fireball]
icon Tuning Ball (236S/236H)
icon Schmerz Berg (236P), Gebrechlich Licht (j.236P/j.236K) [Needles]
icon Yashagatana [projectile followup to Azami, Suzuran]

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7

Shadow Gallery

j.41236S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
40,25 All 7 After Landing 6(12)3 24+3 After Landing -31 7~Until 1st Landing Strike

Air-only 2-hit special move. Mostly a combo tool.

Second hit knocks down midscreen. If the opponent hits the corner, they will wallsplat and can usually be combo'd further (depending on the travel distance prior to the wallsplat).

Can also be used in tandem with Eddie to bait responses such as Burst and Dead Angle Attacks. Example

Note that Zato is vulnerable to throws for the entire duration of this move, and can be ground/air thrown at any point of time. Example

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
3 14 6
  • Startup changes based on height off ground

Flight

Double jump

Tapping up while in the air results in Flight, rather than a Double Jump. Zato can somewhat freely maneuver in the air for a brief duration.

Flight enables and is essential for Zato's Buzzsaw F-Shiki mixup.

Also sees use in baiting anti-airs and stalling time for Eddie Gauge to replenish.

Overdrives

Amorphous

632146H or 632146D

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
72×2 [90×2] Mid 10+5 9(2 Hit) 28 -17 1~12 Strike
[1~12 Full, 13-20 Throw]

Zato's one and only reversal attack, albeit not a very good one. Strike invulnerability runs out 3 frames before active frames, though hitting Zato does not remove Amorphous.

Has slow startup frames, a blind spot directly in front of Zato, and has 0 throw invulnerability. However, due to its rather large amount of pushback, punishing this super on block can be very difficult.

Note: Amorphous can be YRC'd.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 7
  • Values in [ ] are for Burst version

Executor

j.236236S

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
14×N All 8+5 Until Corner 0 After Landing 8 Strike

Air-only super. Combo tool only. (Unless...)

Can carry opponents from corner to corner, dealing more damage the longer it travels. Guarantees a knockdown.

Using this super at an insufficient height may lead to disaster. Caution advised.

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
2 10 3

Great White

632146S with Shadow

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
30×3 All 6 After Searching for Opponent 17 Total 22

Eddie transformed into a large shark and dives underground. It then traverses towards the opponent and leaps into the air when in horizontal proximity. Repeats for a total of 3 reps.

Cannot be easily airteched on hit. In many cases, somehow manages to deal worse damage than meterless variants of combos that involve Greate White.

Potentially has some very niche uses as a method of closing rounds against opponents with very low health, and works well in tandem with Break the Law. But really, just spend that meter elsewhere.

  • Consumes 50% of total Eddie Gauge
  • Attacks 3 times regardless of the amount of Eddie Gauge available at the time of activation.
  • If usage of Great White does not entirely deplete the Eddie Gauge, Eddie remains summoned after the super's completion.
Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
3 Forced: 80% 10 7
  • Summon Gauge:-3000
  • Eddie appears summoned after Great White ends if Summon Gauge is not empty

Instant Kill

Guzmania Magnifica

During IK Mode: 236236H

Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery On-Block Invuln
DESTROY All 9+21
[5+18]
12 23 -18 9~41 Full
[5~34 Full]

Can be combo'd into through various routes during Hellfire. (-K- > IK Activate > IK), (Damned Fang > IK Activate > IK), (Dead Man's Hand > IK Activate > IK), (Corner Shadow Gallery > RRC > IK Activate > IK), ...

Level Proration RISC+ RISC-
3 14 6
  • [ ] Indicates when match point for you, opponent in Hell Fire state, and you have 50% Tension
  • IK Mode Activation: 68F [5F+5F]

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