KILL la KILL IF/Ryuko

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KLKIF Ryuko.png
Health 11,500
Meter Multiplier 1.0x
Walkspeed 4th

1st (V1)

Homing Dash Speed 12th

3rd (V1)

Homing Dash Duration 90
Height 10.00
Weight 1
Jump Height -
Jump Duration -
Side Step Dash Invul 1-21
Front Step Dash Total -
Side Step Dash Total -
Back Step Dash Total -
Has Forced A Ender Yes
Has Forced B Ender Yes
Has Forced C Ender Yes

Introduction

Ryuko Matoi (纏 流子)

She is the daughter of Isshin Matoi and the main protagonist of KILL la KILL. She transferred to Honnōji Academy searching for the twin of her red Scissor Blade and the person who used it to murder her father.

Overview

Ryuko, commonly referred to as "Single Blade Ryuko" or "SBR" for short, is a grounded shoto with a strong defensive game. Ryuko is rather lacking in some areas due to her stubby normals, lackluster projectiles, and the majority of her moves being ground only. This forces her into a turtle playstyle in most matchups and she requires patience and game knowledge to know when to take her turn. Her ability to turtle is quite notable, as she can punish many options with her fast sidestep and defensive options on reaction. With her strong defensive options she can stall and time her opponents out if need be. If Ryuko achieves Valor Level 1, she becomes one of the fastest characters in the game and this can let her be way more aggressive and weave through much more than she could before, but she still suffers from her grounded kit, so use her Valor wisely. If you love to block and have patience be your guide to victory, then there's no better pick than Ryuko Matoi herself.


Playstyle
KLKIF Ryuko Icon.png Ryuko is a grounded shoto with an array of defensive options.
Pros Cons
  • Immovable Object: Difficult to run offense on or pressure thanks to her plethora of defensive options, such as her fast 2/8A, her 9f d.A, her armored sp.A, and her lightning fast sidestep which has little to no recovery, making it one of the best sidesteps in the game.
  • Lightspeed Valor: If Ryuko achieves Valor Level 1, she becomes the fastest character in the game in terms of walkspeed, gains one of the fastest homing dashes in the game, and her front, side, and back step dash all become faster and gain True Invulnerability on startup.
  • Mix-Ups: Ryuko has 50/50 mix with her 5BA and 5BC, as 5BA hits sidesteps while 5BC is a guard break. Both of these attacks are incredibly fast and the opponent will have to guess if they blocked her 5B at any point during pressure, her j.B can also be used to perform unblockables near the wall.
  • Grounded: The majority of Ryuko's kit is ground only and thus cannot hit airborne targets, which can let certain characters such as DTR, Gamagoori, and Nui get away with mistakes and run their offense with minimal risk against her.
  • Poor Range: Nearly all of Ryuko's Close Range Attacks and Break Attacks are stubby and have very short range, also none of her projectiles go fullscreen, making her neutral rather poor.
  • Low Damage: If Ryuko does manage to get a hit in, her damage is rather mediocre compared to most of the cast and it is not high enough to consistently force a Counter Burst from the opponent.
  • Dash Attack Reliance: Most of Ryuko's notable punish options are all dash attacks, making her highly susceptible to moves with Uppercut Invulnerability such as most 2/8As or 5BAs.


Valor Level 1

  • Increased movement, Step Dash, Air Dash, Homing Dash, and Aerial Homing Dash speed.
  • Reduced landing recovery on jump.
  • Step Dash gains True Invulnerability on startup.
  • Combo Route from grounded close range horizontal/vertical attack 1 changes.
  • Increased damage for Decapitation Mode attacks.


Valor Level 2

  • Break Attack Special enhanced


Notables

  • Ryuko's cancel window off of a Homing Dash is later than other characters, being on frame 33.

Close Ranged Attacks

5A
KLKIF Ryuko 5C.png
Scissor Blade: Snippit
Scissor Blade: Snippit
KLKIF Ryuko 5CC.png
Scissor Blade: Frenzy
Scissor Blade: Frenzy
KLKIF Ryuko 5CCC.png
Scissor Blade: Frenzy
Scissor Blade: Frenzy
KLKIF Ryuko 5CCCC.png
Scissor Blade: Cleaver
Scissor Blade: Cleaver
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
5A 160 - 3 14 - - +300 Damage

Advancing forward slash.

  • Can cancel into 5B or 5C.





5AA 330 - - 13 Knockdown - +300 Damage

A second slash similar to 5A that ends with a kick.

  • Can cancel into 5B or 5AAAC.





5AAA 260 - - 24 Launch - +300 Damage

Forward flip that launches the opponent.

  • Only available if 5AA hits/was blocked.





5AAAA (Ender) 1200 - - - Sliding Knockdown N/A N/A

An ender that side swaps both players and causes a sliding knockdown.

  • Only available if 5AAA hits.
  • Cannot be burst out of.
5AAAB
KLKIF Ryuko 5AAAB.png
Scissor Blade: Rampant Blade
Scissor Blade: Rampant Blade
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
1140 - - - Sliding Knockdown - -

Ryuko flings out a vertical arc-shaped projectile ahead.

  • Only available if 5AAA hits/was blocked.
  • If combo proration is 200 or higher, becomes available after certain moves as one of Ryuko's Forced B Enders.
5AAAC
KLKIF Ryuko 5AAAC1.png
KLKIF Ryuko 5AAAC2.png
Scissor Blade: Left Straight
Scissor Blade: Left Straight
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
1400 - - 22 Knockdown +600 Damage, Stun +600 Damage

Ryuko charges at the opponent with a guard breaking dash, on hit a followup jab is performed.

  • Only available if 5AA or 5AAA hits/was blocked.
  • If combo proration is 200 or higher, becomes available after certain moves as one of Ryuko's Forced C Enders.
4/6A (Ender)
KLKIF Ryuko 5CCC4C.png
Scissor Blade: Homerun
Scissor Blade: Homerun
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
810 - - - Knockdown N/A N/A

Ryuko spins the opponent right round and hurls them across the stage, can wallsplat.

  • Only available if 5AAA hits.
  • A less damaging ender but gives a good amount of meter.
  • Cannot be burst out of.
2/8A (Ender)
KLKIF Ryuko 5CCC2C.png
Scissor Blade: Uppercut
Scissor Blade: Uppercut
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
360 - - - Knockdown N/A N/A

Ryuko shoryukens the opponent, launching them.

  • Only available if 5AAA hits.
  • Can perform aerials afterwards.
4/6A
KLKIF Ryuko 4C.png
Scissor Blade: Shear
Scissor Blade: Shear
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
580 - 4 23 - - +600 Damage

Advancing forward two-hit spin.

  • Less pushback on block makes you able to cancel into 5C and still be able to Guard Break.
  • Can cancel into 5AA, d.B, or d.C.
    • At Valor Level 1, cancel options change to d.A, d.B, and d.C.
2/8A
KLKIF Ryuko 2C.png
Scissor Blade: Uppercut
Scissor Blade: Uppercut
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
350 - - 11 Knockdown - +800 Damage

Ryuko shoryukens the opponent, launching them.

  • Guard Point on startup.
  • Can cancel into 5AA (2nd hit), 5B, or 5C.
    • At Valor Level 1, cancel options change to j.AA, j.B, and j.C.
d.A
KLKIF Ryuko dC.png
Shoulder Tackle
Shoulder Tackle
KLKIF Ryuko 4CCC.png
Shoulder Tackle
Shoulder Tackle
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
d.A 100 - - 9 - - +300 Damage

A fast lunging shoulder bash.

  • Can cancel into d.B or d.C.





d.AA 480 - - - Crumple - +300 Damage

Ryuko slices the opponent with her blade twice.

  • Can cancel into 5AAA, 5B, or d.C.
j.A
KLKIF Ryuko jC.png
Scissor Blade: Kamaitachi
Scissor Blade: Kamaitachi
KLKIF Ryuko jCC.png
Scissor Blade: Kamaitachi
Scissor Blade: Kamaitachi
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
j.A 200 - - 14 Knockdown - +300 Damage

A quick forward advancing slash in the air.

  • Can cancel into j.AA, j.B, or j.AC.
    • If the cancel is perfomed as Ryuko lands, cancel options change to 5AA (2nd hit), 5B, and 5AAAC




j.AA 40*3, 180 - - - Knockdown - +300 Damage

A barrage of four aerial slashes.

  • If combo proration is 200 or higher, the final hit's damage is increased to 650 and is used as one of Ryuko's Forced A Enders.
  • Can cancel into 5AA (2nd hit), 5B, or 5AAAC on hit/block upon landing.
    • When Forced Enders become available, this move loses all cancel options.
j.AC
KLKIF Ryuko jB.png
Dragon Kick
Dragon Kick
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
1260 - - - Sliding Knockdown +640 Damage +640 Damage

A multi-hit divekick that creates a shockwave around Ryuko upon landing.

  • If done too close against normal sized characters it will crossup and whiff.
  • If combo proration is 200 or higher, becomes available after certain moves as one of Ryuko's Forced C Enders.
  • Threshold Armor on startup.
    • Threshold is 500 damage before it wears off.
sp.A
KLKIF Ryuko sC.png
Decapitation Mode: Blood Ripper
Decapitation Mode: Blood Ripper
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
Normal 1700 - - 11 Knockdown - +1760 Damage
Valor Level 1 2000 - - 11 Knockdown - +1760 Damage

Ryuko lunges forward full speed at the opponent, on hit she performs a slicing ender similar to 5AAAA, side swapping both characters.

  • Threshold Armor on startup.
    • Threshold is 1000 damage before it wears off.

Long Ranged Attacks

5B
KLKIF Ryuko 5L.png
Scissor Blade: Slash Wave
Scissor Blade: Slash Wave
KLKIF Ryuko 5LL.png
Scissor Blade: Slash Wave
Scissor Blade: Slash Wave
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
5B 400 - - 24 Knockdown - +300 Damage

Throws out a grounded projectile that travels straight ahead.




5BB 500 - - 35 Launch - +300 Damage

A followup grounded projectile with more range and speed.

  • Can travel under specific projectiles.
5BA
KLKIF Ryuko 5BA1.png
KLKIF Ryuko 5BA2.png
Scissor Blade: Split Demon
Scissor Blade: Split Demon
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
200, 150 - - - Knockdown - +300 Damage

Ryuko charges in with a hitbox before jumping forward to do an overhead slice.

  • Can be done after 5B or 5BB.
  • If combo proration is 200 or higher, the final hit's damage is increased to 600 and is used as one of Ryuko's Forced A Enders.
  • Can cancel into 5A (Ender), 4/6A (Ender), 2/8A (Ender), 5AAAB, or 5AAAC on hit.
    • When Forced Enders become available, this move loses all cancel options.
5BC
KLKIF Ryuko 5BC1.png
KLKIF Ryuko 5BC2.png
Payback
Payback
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
300, 600 - - 21 Sliding Knockdown +600 Damage, Stun +600 Damage

Ryuko shoulder tackles her way through.

  • Can be done after 5B or 5BB.
  • On hit, performs a followup kick.
  • Travels about the same distance as 5B does.
  • Lands more consistently at close to mid range after the opponent blocked/was hit by 5B.
    • If max range 5B was blocked 5BC will miss and you'll fall into their loving, whiff-punishing arms.
5[B]
KLKIF Ryuko 5(L).png
Scissor Blade: Shock Wave
Scissor Blade: Shock Wave
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
370*4 - - - Knockdown Guard Crush +600 Damage

Once charged, Ryuko jumps in the air, upon landing, Ryuko fires three waves of projectiles that spread out horizontally.

  • Can move freely while airborne.
  • Dash cancelable while charging.
  • Can change the trajectory to left or right.
  • Guard Break/Hitstun Armor on startup.
    • Threshold is 500 damage before it wears off.
d.B
KLKIF Ryuko dL.png
Scissor Blade: Ambushing Slice
Scissor Blade: Ambushing Slice
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
400*5 - - 37 Sliding Knockdown - +300 Damage

A wave of three projectiles that travel forward, erupting four times.

  • If combo proration is 200 or higher, becomes available after certain moves as one of Ryuko's Forced B Enders.
j.B
KLKIF Ryuko jL.png
Scissor Blade: Shock Wave
Scissor Blade: Shock Wave
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
140, 140*4 50 6 27 Sliding Knockdown - +300 Damage

Ryuko swings her blade downwards and throws out a row of explosions that travel straight ahead.

  • Explosions stay out on hit.
  • Can cancel into j.BA or j.AC.
    • If canceled into j.AC immediately while the opponent is against the wall, Ryuko can perform a true unblockable on specific characters.
j.BA
KLKIF Ryuko jBA.png
Scissor Blade: Raid
Scissor Blade: Raid
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
600 - - 27 Sliding Knockdown - +300 Damage

A followup spinning slam to the ground.

j.[B]
KLKIF Ryuko j(L).png
Scissor Blade: Shock Wave
Scissor Blade: Shock Wave
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
250*5 - - - Knockdown Guard Crush +600 Damage

Once charged, Ryuko fires three waves of projectiles that spread out horizontally.

  • Air Dash cancelable while charging.
  • Threshold Armor on startup.
    • Threshold is 500 damage before it wears off.
sp.B
KLKIF Ryuko sL.png
KLKIF Ryuko spB2.png
Decapitation Mode: Kamaitachi
Decapitation Mode: Kamaitachi
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
Normal 300, 250*6 - - 21 Knockdown - +300 Damage
Valor Level 1 400, 350*3, 250*3 - - 21 Knockdown - +300 Damage

Ryuko jumps in the air and fires a projectile that expands horizontally.

  • Travel distance is fullscreen and has great wallsplat potential.

Break Attacks

5C
KLKIF Ryuko 5B.png
Payback
Payback
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
900 - - 28 Sliding Knockdown +600 Damage +600 Damage

Ryuko steps forward and does a headbutt, performs a followup kick on hit.

  • Can cancel into Homing Dash on hit.
  • Dash cancelable during the startup.
d.C
KLKIF Ryuko dB.png
Left Straight
Left Straight
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
800 - - 35 Sliding Knockdown +600 Damage +600 Damage

Ryuko lunges forward with a wind up punch.

  • Can cancel into Homing Dash on hit.
  • Dash cancelable during the startup.
  • Threshold Armor on startup.
    • Threshold is 300 damage before it wears off.
j.C
KLKIF Ryuko jB.png
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
900 - - 30 Launch +600 Damage, Knockdown +600 Damage

A divekick that creates a shockwave around Ryuko upon landing.

  • If done too close against normal sized characters it will crossup and whiff.
  • Can cancel into Aerial Homing Dash on hit.
  • Air Dash cancelable during the startup.
  • True Invulnerability while descending.
sp.C
KLKIF Ryuko sB.png
Scissor Blade: Fanning Blade
Scissor Blade: Fanning Blade
KLKIF Ryuko sB Enhanced.png
Scissor Blade: Fanning Blade Wave
Scissor Blade: Fanning Blade Wave
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit Guard Break Counter Hit
Normal 2980 - - 91 Knockdown +280 Damage +280 Damage
Valor Level 2 4100 - - - Knockdown +320 Damage +320 Damage

Ryuko starts to spin rapidly in place, vacuuming in the opponent, afterwards she can move freely for the rest of the duration, and at the end of the special she aims towards the opponent with a punch ender.

  • At Valor Level 2, the vacuum effect increases in size.
  • Threshold Armor on startup.
    • Threshold is 1500 damage before it wears off.

General Moves

Step Dash
KLKIF Ryuko Sidestep.png
Version Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
Normal N/A N/A N/A 1 N/A N/A N/A

Ryuko performs a Step Dash.

  • Lowest recovery of any sidestep in the game.
Valor Level 1 N/A N/A N/A 1 N/A N/A N/A

In Valor Level 1, Ryuko's Side Step Dash becomes faster and gains True Invulnerability from frames 0-3, and then transitions into Sidestep Invulnerability from frames 4-21.

  • Her Front Step Dash and Back Step Dash gain True Invulnerability on startup as well.
Homing Dash
KLKIF Ryuko Ground Homing Dash.png
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
50 - - 18 Knockdown - +300 Damage

Ryuko homes in on the opponent and quickly attacks.

  • On hit, can perform d.A, d.B, or d.C afterwards.
  • Homing Dash can be canceled into Dash attacks after the initial startup.
  • Allows you to armor through low priority projectiles after the initial startup.
  • Dash cancelable after the initial startup.
  • Non-lethal, cannot KO.
Aerial Homing Dash
KLKIF Ryuko Air Homing Dash.png
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
50 - - 19 Knockdown - +300 Damage

Ryuko homes in on the opponent and quickly attacks.

  • On hit, can perform j.A, j.B, or j.C afterwards.
  • Allows you to armor through low priority projectiles after the initial startup.
  • Air dash cancelable after the initial startup.
  • Non-lethal, cannot KO.
Valor Burst
KLKIF Ryuko Valor Burst.png
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
1500 - - 15 Bloody Valor / Sliding Knockdown Guard Crush +300 Damage

A Burst that has been performed while your character is in a free state.

  • Once activated, you become invincible and release a multi-hit shockwave.
  • On hit, Bloody Valor will commence.
    • At Valor Level 3, Valor Burst won't trigger Bloody Valor and will only cause a Sliding Knockdown.
  • Non-lethal cannot KO.
Counter Burst
KLKIF Ryuko Valor Burst.png
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
10 - - 15 Sliding Knockdown - +590 Damage

A Burst that has been performed under the effects of hitstun or blockstun.

  • Once activated, you become invincible and knockback the opponent.
  • Counter Burst can be performed in the air.
    • You will not be able to perform any action until you land on the ground.
  • Meter Cooldown for 7 seconds.
  • Non-lethal, cannot KO.
FIBER LOST SECRET ARTS
KLKIF Ryuko IK1.png
KLKIF Ryuko Fiber Lost.png
SEN-I-SOSHITSU
SEN-I-SOSHITSU
Damage Prorate Priority Startup On Hit On Block Counter Hit
10*2, SEN-I-SOSHITSU - - - SEN-I-SOSHITSU - SEN-I-SOSHITSU

A forward flip slice similar to 5AAA.

Colors

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ARC Collab (Ragna the Bloodedge)
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Notable Players

Disclaimer: This list is derived from community input and is in no way comprehensive or a form of ranking of any kind. Our community criteria can be found here.

Usual Color Handles/Links Region Status Notes
KLKIF Ryuko Color1.png
Demydot
@Demydot
United States
United States
Inactive Plays on PS
Very patient and labby.
Example Play
KLKIF Ryuko Color1.png
Doza
@The__Doza
United States
United States
Retired Plays on PS
Old solid Ryuko player, put on quite the display at CEOTaku.
Example Play
KLKIF Ryuko Color4.png
ooluchi
@ooluchiR1
United States
United States
CA
Active Plays on PS/Steam
Homeless, created SB Ryuko's Combo Guide. divorced the L button, married to the R button. always has one eye on his opponents. avid Twitter user.
Example Play
KLKIF Ryuko Color3.png
RoyalRose
@RoyallRose
United States
United States
Active Plays on PS
Buff sp.C plz.
Example Play

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