DBFZ/Janemba

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Overview
Overview

In a game that's infamous for how many characters can skip neutral, Janemba stands out for not only being a strong zoner, but an excellent neutral-focused midscreen powerhouse that can make your Superdash spamming opponent respect you. Janemba's greatest strength is his capacity for controlling the field, thanks to his fantastic ranged tools. His ki blasts are excellent tracking projectiles that can even be used in combos for a relaunch, and his very fast teleports make him incredibly difficult to hold down. His wide sword normals also have the distinct characteristic of being able to destroy enemy projectiles, which makes Janemba an effective counter-zoner. He also has two of the best Assists in the entire game in his A and B assists, with the first being a powerful combo extension tool, and the second being useful for all sorts of pressure options and blockstrings. In that sense, Janemba is a very effective Mid pick for just about every team, but don't be fooled- his solo damage and pressure options are also very strong, and he can burn meter for some very damaging combos, making him an effective and versatile Anchor as well. Though this dark purple dictator is good at quite a lot of things, his simplicity makes him somewhat predictable and his large hurtbox makes him combo food for most of the cast. Janemba is good at creating an advantage for his team and then pressing said advantage as hard as possible, making him a great support pick if you need someone to push your team to greater heights.


"Gu heh heh heh!"
Lore:Born from the body of a worker in the Other-World being possessed by escaped souls from the Soul Cleansing machine, Janemba is a heartless demon with a similar personality to Kid Buu, as well as similar powers. Janemba's base form (a large, yellow creature which appears in his intro sequence) is similar to Majin Buu, as a childish yet a godly warrior. Janemba has the ability to bend reality to his will, as he did with Hell. After a severe beatdown from Super Saiyan 3 Goku, he morphed into an even more powerful and vicious form, Super Janemba. In his super form (As he appears in FighterZ), he can change a small rock into a giant pillar, or a small toy into a sword. He is also capable of changing his body at will, such as change into cubes to teleport, or create portals for individual parts of his body. Janemba was defeated by Super Gogeta, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta, and was only defeated due to Gogeta's overwhelming power, allowing the Other-World workers to restore Hell to its normal state.
Playstyle
DBFZ Janemba Icon.png Janemba is an hybrid midrange and zoning character who controls massive portions of the screen with his attacks and anti-meta tools.
Pros Cons
  • Space Control: Tracking Ki Blasts and Sword Specials that destroy projectiles give Janemba screen control and a way around Ki Blast zoning. 22S forces opponents to stop using projectiles and assists during neutral and on successful counter enables easy pressure or even a full combo.
  • Scary Pressure: Janemba has strong pressure, enforced by a plethora of safe normals and swift command grab in Mystical Arm.
  • Phantom Shift: Janemba's main mix-up tool and pseudo-reversal, being fast and invincible starting on frame 4. Chaining two of them together lets Janemba get a screen length away while being totally safe.
  • Support Value: Janemba's assist selection is great: Assist A is a tracking Ki Blast that gives big combo extensions, Assist B is excellent for blockstrings and space control, and Assist C is a tracking assist that's +55 on block.
  • Slow Moves: The majority of Janemba's normals and special moves are on the slower side and can leave him vulnerable against faster-attacking moves.
  • Damage: Janemba's basic combo structure results in him dealing lackluster damage without using assists or sacrifice a portion of meter built using j.214H.

Normal Moves

5L

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
5L 400 All - 6 3 12 -3 -
5LL 700 All - 11 2 22 -8 -
5LLL 600*2 All U3+ 36 6 21 -11 -

5L
  • Just a jab.

Worse range and frame advantage than 2L and will whiff in more situations than you would like. Mostly used as a bridge to your autocombo normals. If it was better it would be a better complement to 5LL, but it doesn't quite check superdash.


5LL
  • Ground bounces on hit.

Large hitbox, good for mashing and "anti-airs." Extraordinary for combos and blockstrings like everyone else but it's held back by 5L.


5LLL
  • Teleports forward and can cross over the opponent. Hitbox is behind Janemba.
  • Switches sides on hit.

The online special. You can tell whether or not Janemba did 236/214S or 5LLL by the startup animation, Janemba will leer forward with this. Very slow, has a huge gap making it mashable, and unsafe on block. Use scarcely.

5M

5H

5S

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
300*4 All - 18-27 - 42 -21 -

  • 5S, 2S, j.S are similar and has some limited tracking.
  • Hold or mash S to shoot all 4 Ki blasts.
  • Can controls where he shoots with InputIcon 5.png InputIcon 1.png InputIcon 3.png InputIcon 6.png
  • Without inputs, the order is 5316.
  • 5 and 6 ground bounces airborne opponent.
  • Last Ki blast ground bounces even grounded opponent if it's 5 or 6, pops up grounded opponent if it's 1 or 3.

Janemba's Ki Blast is a tool with far more nuance than most other character's Ki Blasts. It's slow, but you can force the opponent to respect it by cancelling into Demonic Blade. Doing this with the first Ki Blast can force an opponent back to the ground and be cancelled into Mystical Arm instead of Demonic Blade once the opponent is conditioned to sit still. It's also an incredible combo tool, as steering the Ki Blasts to force a ground bounce gives way to all kinds of relaunch combos.

2L

2M

2H

2S

6M

j.L

j.M

j.H

j.S

j.2H

Special Moves

Shadow Kick

j.2M

Demonic Blade

236L/M/H (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground L 1100 All - 15 4 24 -5 -
Air L 1100 All - 15 4 26 -2 if TK -
Ground M 1200 All U1+ 19 4 24 -5 -
Air M 1200 All U1+ 19 - - -2 if tk -
Ground H 1300 All U1+ 16 4 24 -5 -
Air H 1300 All U1+ 15 4 26 -2 if tk -

  • Ridiculous range, deflects Ki blasts.

236L
  • Reaches about half screen, no step forward.
  • Safe, gapless blockstring ender.

Faster AND safer on block than a beam, but isn't full-screen and has less active frames.


236M
  • Wall bounces.
  • Ground version takes a step forward before attacking.
  • Reaches fullscreen unlike the Light version.
  • Can be used in blockstrings over 236L to add a frame trap.

236H
  • Bigger wall bounce, can be comboed off of midscreen.
  • Reaches fullscreen like the Medium version.

Mystical Arm

214L/M/H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
L 1200 Throw U1 20 4 26 - -
M 1250 Throw U1 26 4 26 - -
H 1300 Throw U1 24 4 26 - -

  • 214L always causes sliding knockdown.
  • Will whiff when immediately cancelling from anything other than Light normals, requiring you to delay the input a little to tick throw after other buttons.
  • Max range is a backdash away at 23 frame start-up.

A borderline unreactable command grab and one of the best in the game, arguably almost as good as Z Broly's. Will perfect tick throw from 5L and 2L. This gives Janemba a powerful hit/throw mix-up. You should condition with this grab so that your opponent will be inclined to mash, leading into a massive punish if you hit them.

Don't be dissuaded by the slide knockdown, as you can just go into level 3. A Janemba with meter is terrifying to block because of this, you take the frametrap and heavy damage along with it or the grab into oki that will most likely kill. It's a very bad situation for your opponent all around.


  • 214M wall bounces on Smash hit, SKD on non-Smash.
  • In the corner, can be followed up with 2M.
  • Max range is 2/3rds of the screen away at 29 frame start-up.

Good for the combo, but no, stick to the light version unless your opponent has fallen asleep.


  • 214H does a big wall bounces on Smash hit, SKD on non-Smash.
  • Can be followed up even midscreen.
  • Max range is 2/3rds of the screen away at 27 frame start-up.

Gives high reward and 24 frames isn't too awful to work with, but the light grab is still the better choice. Your opponent will be keener on reacting to this if you've been threatening with enough mixups.

Hell Gate

j.214L/M/H

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
L 350*3 All - 53 (172) 9 52 - -
M 350*3 All - 53 (232) 9 52 - -
H 350*6 All - 44? (374) 18 44? - -

  • Shoots an electric ball with no hitbox that slowly travels along the ground, bouncing off walls.
  • Only one ball can be on screen at a time. Ball detonates itself after a while.
  • Hold up during startup to make the ball floats higher up.
  • Pressing L while j.214L ball is still out will detonate it early instead of giving you L normals, same with j.214M, j.214H and their respective buttons.
  • Heavy version can combo from smash j.2H by holding up and mashing the heavy attack button, allowing for a delayed 5LL into full combo.
  • j214H is an important neutral tool and can be called safely thanks to its low recovery. j214L/M are largely useless outside of niche assist combos.

Absolutely crucial to Janemba's gameplan. Despite how it looks, Hell Gate is NOT classified as a ki-blast projectile. And so, it cannot be reflected on block or SD'd through. This allows for solo teleport oki in the corner with a SKD (excluding j.2M), on top of its uses for neutral and combos as already mentioned above.

Phantom Shift

236S or 214S (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
236S - - - invul frame 4 invul for 13 20 - 4-16 All
214S - - - invul frame 4 invul for 13 20 - 4-16 All

  • Teleports a set distance. Invulnerable from frame 4, making it a very strong escape option.
  • After inputting either versions, holding any of the 8 directions will still make him teleport to that direction anyway. Default is InputIcon 6.png for 236S and InputIcon 4.png for 214S.
  • Grounded InputIcon 2.png stays in place, InputIcon 1.png and InputIcon 3.png teleports slightly closer than InputIcon 4.png and InputIcon 6.png. All 5 off these versions keep Janemba grounded.
  • Air versions can only be performed once until landing, can also teleport back to the ground.
  • Both ground and air versions don't consume air options, they also keep super jump's momentum control.
  • Can be used in combos to link smash j.2H to j.L, letting Janemba confirm solo off of a raw superdash anywhere on screen.

Janemba's do-it-all character defining move. His grab is a better straightforward mixup, but teleport offers one thing that the grab doesn't: fakeouts, scarier okizeme setups, and neutral control. Use them in tandem to make your opponent crack under pressure, and use it with 5S, 236X and 22S to make your opponent not want to move in neutral.

Dimensional Hole

22S (Air OK)

Z Assists

Assist A

Phantom Assault

Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
250, 3x175 All - 36, 46, 56, 66 - - +50 -

  • 5S but shoots from InputIcon 5.png four times.
  • Fourth Ki Blasts ground bounces.
  • Fullscreen tracking, enable extensions even at high up.
  • Like many ki blast-based assists, can be reflected/superdashed during. Interestingly, the first Ki Blast is not reflectable.

A very strong assist and easily the best combo assist in the game. Basically a faster SSJ Vegeta A that trades the defensive usage for full screen tracking.

Fullscreen confirms off of projectiles, air DR enders and high damage combo extensions allow characters to get big boosts to damage, meter gain or both. While it shines in combos, this assist is very strong in neutral as well. Using it while your opponent is in the air forces them to hold the assist or superdash through, giving you either an easy way in or a free punish with 2H. Ultimately, Janemba A does a lot of things that few other assists can do and it does them very well.

This assist is kind of tricky to get used to and may seem weak at first, but its uses in combos and neutral more than make up for the lack of true blockstun.

Assist B

Demonic Blade

Assist C

Hellblade Flurry

Super Moves

Rakshasa's Claw

236L+M (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be guarded. SmashWhich type of cinematic this attack can trigger. StartupShows how many frame that the corresponding move needs to go through in order to reach its active frames. ActiveShows how many frames where there is an attackbox, AKA the hitbox where if the opponent touches it, they will take damage. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryShows how many frames that the character must go through after its active frames to automatically go back to a neutral stance. Frame Adv.The difference between the attacker's recovery and the period that the opponent is in blockstun. This Frame Advantage value is based off the fact that the very first active frame touches the opponent. Throws list the amount of Frame Advantage upon successfully throwing the opponent. Invul.The number of frames this attack has invulnerability, and what attribute(s) this invulnerability applies to.
Ground 2415 All UDV 9+5 - - -18 -
Air 2415 All UDV 9+4 - - - -

  • Minimum damage: 815
  • Causes sliding knockdown.
  • Teleports back to the ground on hit.
  • Cinematic Super, cutting it early by DHC does slightly less damage without any benefit.
  • Is Janemba's DHC Super.
  • Always leaves you +4 on hit, no matter the height you started at before the super.

Good damage for a super. Because of it's cinematic nature, it will always result in a sliding knockdown. The entire time the opponent is falling and sliding is open for DHC's, making it really easy to extend into other supers. In terms of a normal combo ender, does not really allow continued pressure.

Savage Skewer

236H+S

Needle Light Shower

214L+M or 214H+S (Air OK)

External References

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