Acceleration of Suguri 2/Sora

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Credits to Nyu-13 for allowing us to transcribe their Sora guide to populate this page.

Credit to Jiraymin for frame data and other information that can be found here.

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Introduction

Ex-Army Heroine of the Past.

Overview

Sora is essentially a more aggressive version of Suguri, trading most of the versatility Suguri's kit had in exchange for aggression tools and damage.

Sora's low meter gain and and relatively high feed need her to basically play an aggressive game at almost all times in order to not fall behind. Having to constantly try to rush her opponent down and force meter.

Due to the lack of Sword Waves Sora is far more melee heavy, this mixed with her high damage and speed gives her one of the strongest melee games out of all the characters.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Sora used to be a far more simple and straightforward character, though she now gains some amount of heat for trying to play constantly aggressive. This can cause the smallest mistakes to deal high amounts of damage to her. Due to this, Sora will now require you to have a feeling of when you want to go for a lungeshot combo, when you want to stay in on them, or want to cool down, all of this increased up her difficulty a bit.

Gameplan

Farming Meter

Sora’s best meter farming tools are Charge Shot(Hold wA) and Hold wB rockets, even though rockets feed a lot of meter they also apply fairly good pressure and help with zoning.

Soras metergain is overall on the lower side and her high feed doesn't help with that, so in order to gain a meter lead you usually want to play aggressive and force meter out of your opponent, using rockets to zone them into your SPwA for LL follow ups for instance.

Generally speaking Sora gains the highest burst of meter for performing her lungeshot combo, therefor hitting LL will generate you high amounts of meter while also dealing high amounts of damage. This is why Sora should usually be played aggressively.

Playing Aggressive

As mentioned, being aggressive is what you usually want to do with Sora, the key to achieving this are Hold wB rockets and SPwA.

You usually want to zoom around your opponent and setup rockets at the edges to cut off their escape route and zone them into your SPwA. If they try to stop you with laser types attacks you can work with dwA to hit them out of it and follow up with lungeshot).

Should the denial they throw at you consist of ballistics you should be able to just swipe through a bunch of it due to the ballistic destruction property of SPwA and SPwB.

Once you have some meter you can use it to help you pin people down and engage, using D.Hyper or N.Hyper to pin them down and follow up with LL, or working with a SP.Hyper setup.

Keep in mind that after every lungeshot or loop you usually should try and cool down a bit, during this time you can work with Charge Shot to gain some meter.

Playing Defensive

Even though Sora normally wants to play aggressive there's some matchups in which you simply won't be able to (like Saki for instance), in which case Sora is also able to play defensive quite decently.

Working with chargeshot to gain meter and using rockets to keep some sort of pressure up, after you get some meter you can try to gain a lead/deepen your lead with hypers and LL, though in matchups where you struggle with engages its usually smarter to just go for 1 lungeshot to not get exploded after.

Tap wA and dwA are also very good denial tools and can help you keep people off your face.

Normal Moves

Weapon A

Beam Rifle
Weapon A
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Type Energy Shots
Beam Primary: 20% 1
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
180 ? ?
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
13 8 18
A single beam. Fast and useful.
Charged Rifle (Held)
Weapon A
Aos2 sora wa2.png
Type Energy Shots
Beam Primary: 0% 1
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
130+70x ? ?
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
30 15 50
Similar to Suguri's Charge Rifle, although it trades damage in favor of more hits. Can hit up to 6 times total. Will generally do 340 damage over 4 hits, although this can vary with positioning and similar factors.
Rifle Spread
DashWeapon A
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Type Energy Shots
Beam Primary: 10%x 6
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
60x ? ?
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
11 10 20
Fires a spray of small beams over a short range. With such a wide spread, it can be used to either blast away ballistics or just poke at your opponent.
Sword
SubWeapon A
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Type Energy Shots
Direct Primary: 0% -
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
180+60+140, w/ spWB: 180+240+130+70x(up to 5) ? 0
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
11, variable for other hits 20 (whiff / hit 1) 30 (whiff / hit 1), +10 over DC (hit 2), +10 over DC (hit 3), +10 over DC (lunge), 0 over DC (final hit)
Sora swings her sword and can add 2 additional hits on confirm, just like Suguri, Sora can also combo into a special combo, by pressing SPwB followed by wA after the first hit of SPwA, Sora will lunge through the opponent and fire an instant Charged Rifle. The Charged Rifle will still consume ammo which makes it not possible to perform it more than ~2 times in a row. Finishing with the Charged Rifle will also raise Soras Heat. When trying to perform this combo without the necessary ammo, Sora will fire an empty shot. -4 frame advantage (hit 1), -4 (hit 2), -5 (hit 3), -5 (lunge), up to +8 (Charged Rifle).

Weapon B

Launcher (Homing)
Weapon B
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Type Energy Shots
Ballistic Sub: 8%x 7
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
150x ? ?
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
13 23 33
Fires seven missiles that fire relatively straight. Will home in on the enemy's position from long range. Likely will not hit until past frame 30 at minimum.
Launcher (Staggered Launch) (Held)
Weapon B
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Type Energy Shots
Ballistic Sub: 15%x 4
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
250x ? ?
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
16 10 35
Creates four missiles that will hang around for about 1.7 seconds and then home in on your opponent. Likely will not hit until frame 120 minimum.
Slash Through
SubWeapon B
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Type Energy Shots
Direct Sub: 0% -
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
240 ? 0
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
10 21 31
A dash-by sword attack that is similar to Suguri's Thrust attack. The attack does more damage, but it only lasts for one frame. Mostly referred to as the "lunge". Can be cancelled into a Charged Rifle shot on hit. See spWA for more info.

Hypers

Hyper Spread (can also use with Dash)
Weapon AHyper
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Type Energy Shots
Direct - -
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
10x (up to 68) 0 0
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
19 22 32
A series of smaller beams that hit in a straight line. They're usually grouped tightly together but will occasionally stray, missing a couple of hits. The Dash Hyper version has a wider spread, but often results in missing unmoving targets at long range. Typically hits 21-45 times. Has a very large frame advantage (30+) when hit allowing for further combos.
Hyper Launcher
Weapon BHyper
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Type Energy Shots
Ballistic - 10
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
200x 0 0
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
13 19 49
Deploys 10 rockets behind Sora that will home in after a 1.7 second delay. Likely will not hit until frame 120 minimum.
Boisterous Dance
SubHyper
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Type Energy Shots
Direct - -
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
100+50+50+50+50+50+200 0 0
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
11 5 (whiff), 95 (hit) 15 (whiff), 105 (hit)
Swipes forward and begins a melee combo on hit, pinning someone down for ~1.3 seconds. -20 frame advantage. Hyper shield lasts for ~60 frames on whiff.
Accel Hyper: Unlimited Charge
SubWeapon BHyper
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Type Energy Shots
Direct - 1
Damage Meter Gain Grazed Meter Gain
110x (charge), 160x (shot) 0 0
Startup Canceled Recovery Full Recovery
14 66 96
Can vacuum and damage the opponent during the charge. Actual shot does more damage. Hits possibly up to fourteen times total. Shot gets fired at frame 64.

Combos

Meterless

  • SPwA > SpwB > wA > Dash Cancel > SPwA > SPwB > wA > Dash Cancel > SPwA(3 Hit)
This is generally known as Lunge Loop, its very similar to a stagger in that it is not an airtight combo and it's possible to halfshield or, for some characters, even dash out of this, though if you time it right it becomes very difficult to actually do that. Anyhow, due to this being rather essential in most of Sora's combos and to spare myself some writing, I'll be referring to this as "LL"
  • SpwA(3 Hit)
  • SpwB > wA
  • Tap wA/dwA > LL
Standard confirm from a stray hit/punish, can only do one lungeshot combo if confirming with Dash wA

Meter

  • N.Hyper/D.Hyper > LL
Doesn't work if you're too far away, should be around midrange in order for it to connect
  • Hold wB x 2-3 > SP.Hyper
Setting up rockets and using Special Hyper to pin them down in order for them to follow up, in some cases it's even possible to add LL if the rockets still hit after your hyper finishes
  • SPwA > SPwB > wA > N.Hyper > Dash Cancel > SPwA > SPwB > wA
A simple way to make consecutive lungeshots (SPwA > SPwB > wA/SPwB > wA) a 100% true follow up, can also add N.Hyper after your second lungeshot during LL to be able to add a third one


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