GGST/Baiken

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Overview

Overview

Baiken comes out January 28th for Season Pass Holders, and can be purchased individually on January 31st.

Playstyle
GGST Baiken Icon.png Baiken , classified as a Balance character, is a versatile midrange swordswoman capable of turning her enemies' attacks against them.
Pros Cons
  • Midrange: Baiken excels at taking screen space and forcing her opponent away while demanding respect. Both of her grounded HS buttons are disjoints that cover forward approaches, while Hiiragi keeps people away at close range and Kabari pushes them back out if they approach carelessly.
  • Strong and Simple Oki: Tatami forces people to block on wakeup and can be used to set up all kinds of difficult pressure, especially if she has meter and tether. Her infamous TK Yousanzen is an instant overhead that can be RC'd out of to make it safe on block or combo on hit, though without meter she still has an effective strike/throw game to work with.
  • Tether: Applied with either her throw or the S variant of Kabari, the tether is a short-range rope that binds Baiken and her opponent together. Baiken's tethering allows her to stay glued to opponents and apply unique pressure/combo sequences once she's roped them into an unfavorable situation.
  • Defense: A parry active from frame 1, Hiiragi is a powerful defensive tool that allows Baiken to callout gapped/predictable pressure in ways most characters cannot. Her grab forces tether which can swing momentum incredibly in her favor, her 5f attacks yield decent reward as well, and with 50 meter she has access to a fully invulnerable super.
  • Tether: Baiken's tethering forces her to stay glued to opponents until it breaks, leading to unique damage/routes against Baiken should she make a mistake or apply it recklessly.
  • Limited Midscreen Confirms: Despite her great buttons, Baiken's ability to confirm these buttons from range without counter hit is very limited as tatami has limited range and kabari is too slow to combo. She can use these moves to link into tether, but keep in mind that it is 0 on block.
  • Risky Specials: As well as the aforementioned tether, Hiiragi and Youzansen are both important to her overall gameplay, yet immensely punishable if the opponent is expecting them.
Tether
After landing a grab or S Kabari, the opponent is connected to Baiken via a rope. Should either opponent move a certain proximity away from the other, the rope will repel them back toward their respective opponent.


The momentum/movement of the resulting pullback depends on the movement used before the pull took effect. (i.e, simply walking back will nudge you forward, whereas air dashing backward will swing you directly toward the opponent full speed).
GGST Baiken Character Guide

Normal Moves

5P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
24 All 5 2 10 -2 -

  • Baiken's fastest normal.
  • Hits all crouching opponents.

Is stubby and minus on block, but her suite of command normals means she has a very workable spread of options to threaten with from 5P.

Particularly noteworthy for a 5P as it hits crouching opponents (Including Faust crouch walk). Will still lose to attacks with heavy low profile (i.e Sol's vortex). Combos naturally into 6P or 6K > Tatami, allowing for a small combo mid-screen, chase into oki, or outright wallbreak combo in the corner.

Gatling Options: 5P, 2P, 6P, 6K, 6H

5K

c.S

f.S

5H

5D

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
Uncharged 45 High 20 3 26 -15 -
Charged 56 High 28 3 26 -10 -

Uncharged Dust
  • Uncharged dust on-hit is 0 or neutral frame advantage and causes float
  • Causes 80% proration on-hit

Universal overhead attack. Baiken performs a palm thrust infused with ki. A pretty bad overhead option considering the much quicker youzansen exists, which gatlings and naturally combos from the same attacks. Perks include being only slightly less punishable and being able to link this from 2K.


Charged Dust
  • Charged dust leads to soft knockdown (+36).
  • Holding up during the hitstop frames of charged dust will activate homing jump:
    • Doing a homing jump will cause an area shift and put the opponent into a unique high damaging air combo state.
    • Pressing any attack twice without jump/dash cancel will activate the homing jump finisher causing a hard knockdown (+23).

Similar to uncharged but is slow enough to be reacted to, but if it does land it gives a very high damaging combo no matter where you are on the screen. Like any charged dust, only use this on guaranteed punishes (Ky's RTL, Gio's Ventania, etc.) or opponents that are sleeping on defense; Very worth learning what moves can be punished with 5[D] to increases mid-screen damage potential.

6P

6K

6H

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
52 All 20 8 24 -13 -

  • 4-frame gap when immediately canceled from c.S
  • Ground bounces on counterhit.

Baiken slowly swings her sword, striking directly in front of her with a disjoint attack. Despite the animation, this attack's hitbox is entirely in front of Baiken, and it and strikes at and below her head's height. The ground bounce and large time slow effect on counterhit make this attack a potent frametrap option against characters that lack fast mash options or against players who have been conditioned out of using their fast buttons with Baiken's other pressure options.

2P

2K

2S

2H

2D

j.P

j.K

j.S

j.H

j.D

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw (Tether)

6D or 4D

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
20,60 Ground Throw (90000) 2 3 38 - none

  • Tethers opponent to Baiken.
  • Tether effect gets stronger with more distance.
  • Tether can "pull" Baiken out of her backdash or other airborne states.

Baiken's tether throw allows her to set up strong mixups and pressure at the cost of being a detriment in some matchups. Use 4[D] or 6[D] in matchups where you do not want your opponent close to you (like Potemkin). Using the tether, she can take advantage of how her backdash leaves her airborne and go for crossups, as well as setting up an easy meaty Tatami with IAD back 236K.

Ground Throw (Knockback)

6[D] or 4[D]

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
20,60 Ground Throw (90000) 2 3 38 - none

  • Alternative throw to 4D/6D.
  • Knocks opponent further away from Baiken instead of applying tether.
  • Similar damage/frame data as tethered throw.
  • Pulls opponent in if they are tethered before thrown.

An alternative throw option that lets Baiken avoid tethering the opponent on a grab. Good for potential matchups/situations where being upclose would be less preferrable.

When performing this on a tethered opponent, this allows Baiken perform cheeky crossup setups due to the pullback.

Air Throw

j.6D or j.4D

Special Moves

Tatami Gaeshi

236K (Air OK)

Version Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
236K 45,25 All 15 29 5 -3 -
j.236K 40 All 20 Until Landing Landing+7 - -

Ground Tatami
  • Physical hit in front of Baiken that launches opponents.

This move does it all. Launches opponents for combos and sets up safejumps when no combo is available. It's just slow enough to frametrap after most of Baiken's normals, giving a huge launch.


Air Tatami
  • Spawns a projectile.
  • Tatami mat is active until it lands.

IAD Tatami (or Kire Tatami) is an excellent approach tool that has been made a lot easier thanks to the extended airdash startup and dash macro.

Kabari

41236S/H

Kabari

41236H -> H

Youzansen

j.236S

Hiiragi

236P

Damage GuardHow this attack can be blocked. Throws have their throw range listed instead. StartupThe number of frames between inputting an attack and when the attack becomes active. Includes first active frame. ActiveThe number of frames for which a move has hitboxes. Occurs after Startup. RecoveryThe number of frames after a move's active frames during which the character cannot act assuming the move is not canceled. On-BlockThe 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. Invuln
130 - 1 6 39 - -

  • Baiken's counter and defensive callout.
  • Catch has a close and far version: Close catch deals high damage and knocks down, Far catch deals no damage but forces a recoil animation, resetting her and the opponent to neutral.
  • Far Catch cannot be RC'd
  • Unparryable moves include: all Happy Chaos shooting attacks, all Zato=1 Shadow moves, all Jack-O servant attacks, all Faust items, Chipp Alpha/Gamma Blade, Nagoriyuki 236S and Bloodrage explosion, Anji Fuujin > P and 632146H, Axls Rensengeki > S and One Vision, and moves that are obvious projectiles.
  • Moves that are parryable despite not seeming so include: Axl's Byakue Renshou and Snail, Potemkin's Garuda Impact and the very first hit of Giganter.

A meterless frame 1 reversal, the threat of this move alone will force opponents to vary the timing of any strings or pressure with even the slightest gaps within them unless they want to eat a sizeable chunk of damage. While mashable in blockstun, an extremely tight window for the parry can make this extremely tight to land in neutral or extended delays.

Be wary on using this move predictably without meter, the recovery will allow for very easy punishes otherwise.

If Baiken catches an attack from far away the opponent is locked into a guard crush; Unfortunately, she is forced to play out her recovery animation, and is not able to RC. This simply forces a neutral reset (Which isn't necessarily a bad situation for Baiken depending on the MU).

Overdrives

Tsurane Sanzu-watashi

236236S

Kenjyu

214214P (Air OK)

External References

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