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Overview

Playstyle
Cpciel.png C-P.Ciel is a character that offers good damage, corner carry, and a very straightforward, but effective setplay that nullifies conventional Wake up options, which also deals significant chip.
Pros Cons
  • Lot's of buttons: She offers a variety of (mostly) disjointed normals that complement her ability to combo, poke, anti-air, whiff punish, and even confirm at long ranges.
  • C-Moon: Being able to ex-guard, ex-shield, and also having access to the fastest heat in the game (not counting necos) alongside with Hime, that has a pretty generous hitbox, she does better in terms of defense than H and F.
  • Horizontal Lightning: The character's defining move, uncharged versions of 214A/B and j.214A/B have their purpose as good, long range pokes in neutral, while charged versions are used for her okizeme after every single hard knockdown, which is very hard to disrespect.
  • Air to Air: C-P.Ciel j.B and j.C are good air buttons that will secure your needed air CH's to get your game started.
  • Timer Scammer: While not as good as F in that regard, C-P.Ciel combos still take a while to do, specially in the corner, creating checkmate situations in which your opponents don't have enough time to comeback.
  • Comboable throw: Just like Miyako, P.Ciel offers a combo after every successful grab anywhere on the screen, giving more reward compared to other throws in the game, and since opponents are unable to burst out, you can make them waste MAX mode with a long combo.
  • Pressure: C-P.Ciel's buttons have large cancel windows to compensate for their lack of + frames, giving her a pretty tricky offense.
  • Unorthodox combos: C-P.Ciel combo routes differ greatly from the majority of the cast, even when comparing her to the other moons, she has to do different things for damage and corner carry, which can be hard/tedious to pull off consistently.
  • Awkward Neutral: P.Ciel has bad mobility in both the air and on the ground, and out of all her moons, C is the one that has the weakest tools for neutral, so being put in an unadvantageous position is more likely to happen.
  • Air to Ground: C-P.Ciel air buttons are serviceable in air to air situations, but they are not the best against grounded opponents, so you are susceptible to being anti-aired, specially against characters that have dedicated buttons for that, like H/F-Kouma's 2B.
  • Mediocre Defense: Even with C-Moon's mechanics, she still has poor health, slower than average abare due to fastest normals having 5f startup, slower jump than the rest of the cast, and no good reversals outside of Heat, which can be baited just like any other in the game.
  • Meter Usage: She does have good meter gain but terrible meter dump options that don't help her achieve her goal, so you are most likely to use meter for Heat or burst when you are in MAX.
  • Charged Lightning is weak to bunker: 214[A]/[B] goes away if C-P.Ciel gets hit, this means that regular bunker, and specially H bunker are a strong option that your opponent has to disrespect your Okizeme, requiring you to have good reactions to Ex-Shield and punish.

Move Descriptions

Frame Data Help
Header Tooltip
Move Box Colors

Light gray = Collision Box (A move lacking one means it can go through the opponent's own collision box).
Green: Hurt Boxes.
Red: Hit(/Grab) Boxes.
Yellow: Clash Boxes (When an active hitbox strikes a clash box, the active hitbox stops being active. Multi-hit attacks can beat clash since they will still progress to the next hitbox.)
Magenta: Projectile-reflecting boxes OR Non-hit attack trigger boxes (usually).
Blue: Reflectable Projectile Boxes.

Damage Base damage done by this attack.

(X) denotes combined and scaled damage tested against standing V. Sion.

Red Damage Damage done to the recoverable red health bar by this attack. The values are inherently scaled and tested against standing V. Sion.

(X) denotes combined damage.

Proration The correction value set by this attack and the way it modifies the scaling during a string. See this page for more details.

X% (O) means X% Overrides the previous correction value in a combo if X is of a lower percentage.
X% (M) means the current correction value in a combo will be Multiplied by X%. This can also be referred to as relative proration.

Circuit Meter gained by this attack on hit.

(X%) denotes combined meter gain.
-X% denotes a meter cost.

Cancel Actions this move can be cancelled into.

SE = Self cancelable.
N = Normal cancelable.
SP = Special cancelable.
CH = Cancelable into the next part of the same attack (Chain in case of specials).
EX = EX cancelable.
J = Jump cancelable.
(X) = Cancelable only on hit.
-X- = Cancelable on whiff.

Guard The way this move must be blocked.

L = Can block crouching
H = Can block standing.
A = Can block in the air.
U = Unblockable.

Startup Amount of frames that must pass prior to reaching the active frames. Also referred to as "True Startup".
Active The amount of frames that this move will have a hitbox.

(x) denotes frame gaps where there are no hitboxes is present. Due to varied blockstuns, (x) frames are difficult to use to determine punish windows. Generally the larger the numbers, the more time you have to punish.
X denotes active frames with a duration separate from its origin move's frame data, such as projectile attacks. In this case, the total length of the move is startup+recovery only.

Recovery Frames that this move has after the active frames if not canceled. The character goes into one frame where they can block but not act afterwards, which is not counted here.
Advantage The difference in frames where you can act before your opponent when this move is blocked (assuming the move isn't canceled and the first active frame is blocked).

If the opponent uses a move with startup that is at least 2 frames less than this move's negative advantage, it will result in the opponent hitting that move.
±x~±y denotes a range of possible advantages.

Invul Lists any defensive properties this move has.

X y~z denotes X property happening between the y to z frames of the animations. If no frames are noted, it means the invincibility lasts through the entire move.

Invicibility:

Strike = Strike invincible.
Throw = Throw invincible.

Hurtbox-Based Properties:

Full = No hurtboxes are present.
High = Upper body lacks a hurtbox.
Low = Lower body lacks a hurtbox.

Miscellaneous Properties

Clash = Frames in which clash boxes are active.
Reflect = Frames in which projectile-reflecting boxes are active.
Super Armor = Frames in which the character can take hits without going into hit stun.

Normal Moves

Standing Normals

5A
Cpciel5a.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
350 98 75% (O) -SE-, -N-, -SP-, -EX-, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
7 3 9 0 3.5% -

Slightly disjointed knife stab. Mostly used for rebeats in pressure, also an emergency anti-air, but the slower startup makes it quite situational. Also, this is your only normal that is whiff-cancellable, which makes it very important for your safe heat setups.

5B
Cpciel5b.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
600 392 80% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 3 17 -5 5.0% -

Very good button, large amount of disjointed red when it gets active, and a retreating hurtbox before that happens, very important tool all around. Unfortunately it has a noticeable recovery and not a lot of active frames, so you should be careful when trying to poke your opponent, specially if it has long range buttons MBAACC Kohaku Head.png .

5C
5C
5[C]
Cpciel5c.png
MBCPCiel5XC.png
5C Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1000 686 70% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
11 3 24 -9 5.0% -

Large swipe with her pile-bunker. Very impressive range, but it's best used as a combo and punish tool, due to the large recovery on whiff, and also that it won't hit crouching opponents from further away.

5[C] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1000 686 70% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
24 3 24 -9 8.0% -

Charged version has slightly better hitboxes, moves you forward a lot, and that it wallbounces on hit. Good for catching jumps in the corner, but it's also used in combos.

Crouching Normals

2A
Cpciel2a.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
300 98 72% (O) SE, N, SP, EX, (J) L
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6 4 8 0 2.0% -

Crouching knife poke that hits low. Overall, not the best of 2A's, you can't even whiff cancel it, but it's still your main combo starter, pressure and stagger tool.

2B
Cpciel2b.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
700 441 80% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 4 17 -6 6.0% -

Crouching knife slash that doesn't hit low. This is your optimal combo starter, and your only other option outside of 3C to beat Standing shield, not used a lot outside of that due to 5B being superior in most cases.

2C
Cpciel2c.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500*2 (838) (657) 70% (O), 65% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
10 2 (7) 3 11 -8, 4 5.0%*2 (10.0%) Low 1-18

Multi hitting upward kick. Used a lot in combos, but it's nearly useless for everything else, the 2nd hit generates a lot of pushback, so you can't really abuse that +4 on block.

Jumping Normals

Notes:

  • P.Ciel's air normals cannot be canceled into other air normals, double jump, air dashes or air throw. They can still be Special/EX canceled on block, however.
  • j.A does not recover in midair, P.Ciel must land before recovering if j.A isn't canceled.
j.A
Cpcielja.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
300 98 75% (O) SP, EX LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6 4 - - 2.0% -

This is not the greatest air to air button, and the fact that it doesn't recover in the air unlike other character's j.A makes it even worse, however, it's still your fastest option, and it can make the different between you and your opponent on who's going to get the CH.

j.B
Cpcieljb.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500 392 90% (O) SP, EX HA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
7 4 - - 5.0% -

Upward knife slash. Very important tool in neutral, respectable startup and decent disjoint, it will give the Counter hits you desperately need, whether your opponent is in front or above you.

j.C
Cpcieljc.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1000 686 90% (O) SP, EX HA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
10 5 - - 7.0% -

Split-kick. Your j.C is to fish for a CH from further away, offering more active frames and having a superior disjoint than j.B, but it's very risky to do when you are closer to the opponent, due to how slow it is.

As a jumpin tool, it can hit crossup, but it's startup and upward angled hitbox makes you very vulnerable to anti-airs, even rising j.A's will beat you clean with how slow it is, so be careful on how you approach a grounded opponent.

Command Normals

6B
6B
6[B]
Cpciel6b.png
Wake up please
Wake up please
6B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
600 294 50% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
11 2 34 -18 4.0% -

Hard knockdown vs any airborne target, crucial move for your combos just like 2C.

6[B] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
700 294 50% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
25 2 34 -18 5.0% -

Charged version becomes an overhead, and it groundbounces an airbone target, which is useful for certain combos alongside 5[C].

The pretty obvious startup animation of 6[B] makes it quite reactable on it's own, but it's possible to do half charge 6B > 2A for a Overhead/Low mix, and if they manage to block, you have a chance to continue your pressure unlike F-P.Ciel.

3C
Cpciel3c.png
The Princess Sweep
The Princess Sweep
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
800 294 65% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) L
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6 4 27 -13 5.0% -

Sweet sweep. Doesn't move you forward unlike the other moons.

Very fast for being a C normal, you can always press this magic button when looking for a fast whiff punish, it can also be used as a poke, or in pressure to try and and catch your opponent doing something, but be careful because if they block it, there's a big chance you are going to return to neutral, and if it ever whiffs, you are stuck in recovery for a long time.

4C
Cpciel4c.png
Linne is that you?
Linne is that you?
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
800 686 80% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 3 23 -8 5.0% -

Upward slash similar to j.B. Exclusively used for combos.

6C
Cpciel6c.png
I'm inside
I'm inside
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1000 490 70% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 4 25 -11 5.0% Low 1-15

6C is special, it's used for both combos and pressure all around, but it has some particular uses on defense.

It offers some low-invul from frame 1, this means that, your 6C, as a mashing tool, can low crush a lot of stuff, it certainly depends on the character, but to name an example, you can avoid C-Sion's 236A entirely.

Don't try to abuse it though, because this move is very slow, and you will get blown by any mid or move that has enough hitbox to hit you out of it.

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw
MBCPCielThrow.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
600 392 30% (Any) U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
3 1 20 - 6.0% -

A ground throw that gives no knockdown but acts as a combo starter similar to Miyako, but with better reward.

Air Throw
Air Throw
j.6/4A+D
MBCPCielThrowAir.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1600 (1408, Raw)
1200
1034 30% (Any if Raw)
(SP, EX)
U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
2 1 12 - 16.0% (Raw)
12.0%
-

When done raw, P.Ciel launches the opponent upwards very high, and you can easily get a pickup after you hit the ground. If done in a combo, it acts as an extender, resetting the bounce count, use j.236A~X to get a hard knockdown.

Shield Bunker
Shield Bunker
214D in neutral or blockstun
MBCPCiel214D.png
Bunker Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500 196 50% - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
26 4 19 -5 0.0%
(-50.0% in blockstun)
Clash 1-10
(Clash) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500 196 50% - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 4 19 -5 0.0%/-50.0% Strike 1-7

Big bunker.

Heat
Heat
A+B+C
MBCPCielHeat.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
100 0 100% - U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
15 5 26 - -100.0% (min) Full 1-19

Second fastest heat startup in the game along with Hime's, generous hitbox.

Circuit Spark
Circuit Spark
A+B+C during hitstun/blockstun at MAX
MBCPCielCSpark.png
MBCPCielCSparkAir.png
Ground Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
100 0 100% - U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
11 10 20 - removes all Full 1-39
Air Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
100 0 100% - U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 10 15 - removes all Strike 1-30

Universal burst mechanic. Unlike Crescent/Full Heat activation, the hitbox and frame data doesn't vary between characters. However, you can be thrown out of this move if you input it in the air.

Special Moves

Grounded Specials

236X
Rapid Stake
236A/[A]/B/C
(236B~A/B/C)
Cpciel236a-1.png
Fpciel-3C.png
A
A
MBCPCiel236XA.png
[A]
[A]
Cpciel236b-1.png
Cpciel236b-2.png
~A
~A
Cpciel236b-3.png
~B
~B
Fpciel-3C.png
~C
~C
Cpciel236c.png
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
800*2 (1575) (964) 100%, 50% (M) - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 3 (8) 3 34 -19 7.0%*2 (14.0%) Low 23-37

First, P.Ciel dashes with her pile-bunker, and a hitbox appears to stab the opponent, the second part is an automatic, flip-kick follow up. 236A is EX cancellable on whiff until the kick animation starts.

On grounded opponents, the kick will launch them into an air techable state, but you have enough time to jump and confirm it with j.B/j.C > j.236A~X to have a hard knockdown. Hitting an already airbone opponent with this move will make them able to tech much sooner.

This is -19 on block so it’s VERY punishable, use only when you need to.

[A] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
800, 1100 (1865) (1439) 100%, 70% (?) - LH, H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 3 (19) 4 29 -35, -15 7.0%, 12.0% (19.0%) Low 34-55

Charging the move makes the kick follow up change, suddenly it has a thicker hitbox, deals more damage, and your opponent can no longer tech mid air… it also becomes an overhead, but please don’t use it for that because it’s just a knowledge check, and it’s still quite minus on block, the good use for this move is for optimal combo routes.

B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
- - - -CH- -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
- - 46 - 6 Clash 6-20

P.Ciel rushes forward pretty much like 236A, except that it moves her 3/4 of the screen very fast, and the stab hitbox is replaced with a yellow clash box.

Being only a single point of clash, multihitting attacks (and also lows) will kill you, so it’s really not MU changer or anything you can abuse in neutral, it's ok against single hit projectiles, and it certainly can work but you will get blown more often than not if you are randomly trying to catch something with the clash.

The actual good thing about 236B comes from his 3 optional follow ups, it’s important to know that if you were to cancel into any of the follow-ups listed below, you instantly lose the clash box.

~A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1200 980 50% (O) - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
23 4 30 -16 12.0% -

Large, unshieldable, and air unblockable pile-bunker explosion in front of you.

The least used follow-up, only good use is for one specific combo in the corner. Still, you might catch your opponent off-guard if you do this in neutral every once in a while, but do it from far away since it's quite minus.

~B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1500 980 100% - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
19 6 39 -27 10.0% -

This move, being also unshieldable and air unblockable, with the added bonus of a hard knockdown, might be tempting to use as an anti-air, but as you can see, the hitbox is not as big as the actual animation, and it has 39f of recovery, so if it whiffs you should get punished every single time, same thing if they block it in the ground because it’s -27.

The real use for this move is to OTG after every single combo you do, letting you start your setplay.

~C Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
700 490 70% (M)/65% (O)* - LH*
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
9 4 30 -15 5.0% Low 9-24

Your most common follow up, it is the flipkick from 236A, but it's air untechable whenever you hit a grounded opponent.

You can occasionally use it as an anti air, a regular hit doesn't give you good reward, but an air CH will give you a full combo, just be careful on how you use it, because the flipkick has a significant amount of recovery, and it's very minus, so best case scenario will be your opponent taking his turn.

EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
250*10, 1400 (3106) (1324) 100% - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
1+3 36 27 0 -100.0% -

Your worst EX move , no invul, no hard knockdown, and no + frames on block, however, this thing has a VERY situational uses against characters like H-Kohamech, in this case, to prevent spikeball resets all day, you use 236C on reaction, it's fast enough to be a punish and avoid the spikeball, returning to neutral.

623X
Shaft Drive
623A/B/C
(623A~X)
Cpciel623a.png
HPCiel-623AX+j.236AX-1.png
623A~X followup
623A~X followup
MBCPCiel623B.png
My people need me
My people need me
Cpciel623c.png
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500*3 (1336) (883) 100% -CH-, -J- LH (1), LHA (2-3)
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
5 11 19 - 5.0%, 2.0%*2 (9.0%) -

DP, your fastest abare option, hits 3 times, it doesn't have any invul, but it's still a workable anti-air, since your hurtbox shrinks a bit during startup and has a nice hitbox, the only problem is the fact that opponents can block it in the air.

Retains air options on whiff, so it's an extra option to move around instead of just using your regular jump.

~X Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
350*N 196*N 90% (M), 70% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
10 X 15 -4 2.0%*N -

Optional divekick follow up. Opponents can immediately take their turn if they block it, or do a throw punish if they are close enough.

If you hit them with the DP and you cancel in the follow up, you will be able to OTG with 3C into a combo if you can make the divekick hit 4 times, like in this example, but depends a lot on hurtboxes.

When you don't get 4 clean hits, opponents are able to tech, but you can punish a back tech with 5C > 236B, and a Forward/Neutral tech with anything else.

B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500, 1500, 110*4, 1000 (2318) (1594) 100%, 40% (O) - LH (1), LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
11 14 27 - 5.0%, 15.0%, 10.0% (30.0%) -

Very similar to A version, except this sends you flying MUCH higher, while still retaining your air options on whiff.

It's ok to sometimes throw this to reposition yourself better in neutral, just beware of how much space you are giving by doing that, since you can't use 623B and control neutral like H does.

Alright as an anti-air, because it has a much bigger hitbox and shrinks your hurtbox further than 623A, but the extra startup makes it situational, better used preemptively rather than on reaction. Only the 1st part of the move (before you leave the ground) is air unblockable, your opponent can block the rest of the move in the air.

EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1500, 250*6, 1000 (2489) (1645) 100%, 40% (O) - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
1+0 10 (~40) - -100.0% Full 1

Fake reversal, any move in contact with your hurtbox during the super flash will kill you, so you are unable to wake up with this because meaties.

Since your gameplay doesn't really need meter, you can use this move more often than the other moons, for escaping the corner whenever you see a gap in your opponent's pressure, or as an anti-air, if it ever whiffs, it also retains your air options.

214X
MBCPCiel214A.png
A
A
MBCPCiel214B.png
B
B
MBCPCiel214XAB.png
[A]/[B]
[A]/[B]
MBCPCiel214C.png
EX
EX
The reason why you should play this character.
The reason why you should play this character.
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1000 686 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
22 4 17 -6 5.0% -

Single hit, horizontal lightning. Reaches more than 3/4 of the screen.

Even though it's -6, it has some implications in pressure, since it recovers so quickly, your opponents might react slowly to it, so you can actually catch them trying to do something after you recover.

[A] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
250*14 (1514) (1184) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
34 49 64 33 0.8%*14 (11.2%) -

Charged version is your most common okizeme tool after every 236B~B, deals okay chip damage, and gives you a lot of + frames to recover, run and start your pressure.

Dissapears if C-P.Ciel gets hit during the active frames.

B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500*6 (1490) (1023) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
22 8 20 -1 1.0%*6 (6.0%) -

Very similar to A version, except the hitbox appears a bit lower to the ground, and that it becomes multihit, dealing greater chip on block. Launches on hit.

This is the most common version to use on the ground, since it's better overall, but those extra frames of recovery can really get you dead, so you should sometimes use 214A instead.

[B] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
250*17 (1528) (1195) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
30 38 60 26 0.5%*15, 2.5%*2 (12.5%) -

This, just like 214[A], can also be used as an okizeme, it deals greater chip damage on block, but offers you less + frames to work with.

You also use this for pressure resets, but it's slow so you better condition your opponent well enough.

It also disappears when you get hit during the active frames.

EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
450*10 (2151) (1876) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6+18 40 6+54 20 -100.0% -

This is a pretty sad EX move, less + frames than charged versions, no apllications in neutral, and there's no way to actually extend pressure with this during blockstrings.

The only practical use for 214C in certain cases is when your opponent is already blocking 214[A] or 214[B], to increase the chip damage when you are in MAX.

it's only redeeming quality is the fact that if C-P.Ciel gets hit, this lightning doesn't dissapear, so you can trick opponents into doing bunker when they are low on health, and they will lose.

Aerial Specials

j.236X
Shaft Drive (Air)
j.236A/B/C
(j.236A~X)
Cpcielj236a.png
HPCiel-623AX+j.236AX-1.png
j.236A~X followup
j.236A~X followup
Cpcielj236b.png
B/EX
B/EX
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500*2 (925) (543) 100% -CH- LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
10 6 12 - 2.0%*2 (4.0%) -
~X Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
350*N 196*N 90% (M), 70% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
10 X 15 -4 2.0%*N -
B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1500, 110*4, 1000 (2061) (1361) 100%, 40% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
10 5 12 - 15.0%, 10.0% (25.0%) -
EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1500, 250*9, 1000 (2674) (1754) 100%, 40% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
1+2 5 12 - -100.0% -

For some reason you have a different input for your DP in the air, but they are mostly the same as their grounded version, j.236A itself does 2 hits instead of 3, and you still have the divekick follow up, understanding how it works is important for C.Pciel combos, j.236B and j.236C are just going to be round enders.

One VERY important thing to know is the fact that air dp’s DON’T retain air options, so if you did j.236A, your only option will be the divekick, otherwise you will be vulnerable even when you hit the ground, until you recover.

j.214X
MBCPCielj214A.png
A
A
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B
B
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[A]/[B]
[A]/[B]
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EX
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No lightning sprites due to a framedisplay bug.
No lightning sprites due to a framedisplay bug.
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
1000 686 50% (O) -N-, -J- LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
26 4 14 - 5.0% -

While there's not a lot of reasons to use this over j.214B in neutral, j.214A deserves special mention because it will grant you the maximum amount of damage C-P.Ciel has to offer in combos.

[A] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
250*14 (1514) (1184) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
36 49 12 - 0.8%*14 (11.2%) -

Don't use j.214[A].

B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
500*6 (1490) (1023) 50% (O) -N-, -J- LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
26 8 10 - 1.0%*6 (6.0%) -

Main neutral tool just like the grounded version. It doesn't have extra recovery compared to j.214A, and the lower position of the hitbox actually matters now that you are in the air.

[B] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
250*17 (1528) (1195) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
35 38 12 - 0.5%*15, 2.5%*2 (12.5%) -

Don't use j.214[B].

EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
450*10 (2151) (1876) 50% (O) - LHA
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6+18 40 12 - -100.0% -

j.214C is very bad, it's only purpose is to make 236[A] “safe” which also let's you begin or reset pressure, but that's fake, since the second hit of 236[A] is not a true blockstring, and opponents can just shield it, but if they block it, and they have invul moves to go right through it, you will still get killed.

Arc Drive

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Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
700, 400*16, 2700 (3526) (2685) 50% (O) - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
3+10 18 27 -12 removes all Full 1-30

C-P.Ciel's only reversal outside of heat, she rushes in with her pilebunker, and on hit, finishes with a 236B~A-like attack that knocks the opponent down but leaves you very far from them no matter where on the screen you perform this move, which gives you bad okizeme.

Another Arc Drive

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Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
700, 400*16, 7000, 600*8 (4965) (3602) 50% (O) - LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
2+10 18 27 -12 removes all Full 1-29

Similar to Arc Drive, but the followup on hit does much more damage and launches the opponent upwards, still not particularly good okizeme.

Last Arc

Numeral Secret Crest - Heavenly Nest
Grounded EX Shield during Blood Heat
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Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard
52300 (4328 ~ 7254) (3522 ~ 5973) 50% + 50% * remaining BH time - U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
0 2 23 - removes all Full

Fullscreen-type Last Arc that is instant and goes into a cutscene on hit. P.Ciel launches the opponent into the sky and summons a 99-hit lightning strike.


General Gameplan

C-P.Ciel overall gameplan revolves around trying to secure a hit in neutral, getting that hard knockdown, locking your opponents with Lightning Okizeme, starting your offense and forcing them to guess, primarily with your strong Strike/Throw game, and if they make a mistake, you loop the process over and over again until they lose.

Neutral

Getting anything done in neutral can be challenging against some MU's, but you are already struggling in general, since you are the slowest character in the game, so a lot of patience and good decision making is crucial to play C-P.Ciel.

If you want to move in the ground, her dash has a fixed travel distance, that also allows you to dashblock, just keep in mind that you are vulnerable during that extra startup frames. Also in the ground, the most common buttons you will be using are 5B, which is good for poking and anti-airing, for long range confirms and punishes, you have 5C > 236A for a guaranteed combo even at tip range, and whenever you are looking for a whiff-punish, press your magic 3C.

623A and 623B are DP's that retain your air options when the recovery ends, so you can use those as a tool to occasionally navigate through neutral instead of jumping.

You can sometimes try to chip your opponent with 214A/B and j.214A/B, it has increased utility against characters that want to put stuff on the screen, like Nero and Aoko.

In the air you will be trying to fish for counterhits, so you switch between j.B and j.C depending on the situation, and in extreme cases you can use j.A, if you have good reactions you can confirm a regular hit with any of these into Air DP.

j.C is your best jump in tool, but it's not particularly good for that purpose, and smart opponents will try to anti-air you a lot. In order to not become too predictable with your aerial approaches, you do have air dodge, and also j.214A/B for stalling, since it does actually retain your air options.

Pressure

C-P.Ciel is not as good as H in this regard, but still okay, having access to good buttons with large cancel windows. Using them properly will allow you to set up your strong, comboable throw, and a workable overhead/low game, how do you use these tools will depend on how your opponents reacts during the match.

Most of your damage will come from your Strike/Throw game, and 95% of your pressure resets will be done with your ground dash, IAD resets are not good with this character, and you don't have guaranteed ways to extend pressure with specials or EX moves.

2A > delay 5B > 5A whiff > dash X

2A > 2B > delay 5B

2A > delay 2A > dash 5A

2AA > 2B > delay 6C

2AAA > walk Throw/Button

These are just a few examples to get started on your pressure, the cancel windows on your normals alone can make your opponents think twice before pressing a button, but it can be difficult to prevent them from doing other options.

You can check jumps, but it can be difficult to get a good confirm out of these, depends on your reactions and positioning. Your opponent can also try to shield your buttons, and it's very annoying against H and F due to the fact that you can't chicken block shield counters, your only option against those are bunker or 623C on reaction for a guaranteed punish, but even if you do this, you are still returning to neutral, so you really want to condition your opponent to stop doing these things.

Once you condition your opponent to block more often, you can complement your offense with 6[B]/6B>2A to mix your opponent from time to time.

214[B] can be used as a pressure reset, but it might not work against good players without a considerable amount of conditioning, and some character have access to EX moves they can use on reaction to punish you whenever they feel like using meter, like C/H-Ciel's 236C, so you better know what are you fighting against.

Okizeme

You do your combo, get the hard knockdown with the divekick, then OTG with 236B~B, and finally, you put a 214[A] or 214[B] on their wake-up, pretty simple. Since your setplay is based around a projectile, which lasts for a very long time, and gives you a lot of + frames, your opponents have very limited options outside of blocking, we're gonna talk about them now.

  • Shield: If they decide to do this, they are forced to shield every tick of your lightning, so it's very easy to just punish with a throw, but some opponents might purposefully sacrifice a little bit of health to do it, since shielding your okizeme gives them a lot of meter, and if you decide to punish with a throw, you are going to give them even more. Unfortunately there's no way to prevent C and F moons from doing that, but you can actually punish H moon characters way harder, if they shield your lightning, you run and make them also shield your 5A, this will make them automatically do a shield counter, and since it has a fixed startup, you can ex-shield and punish, doing more damage than with a regular throw.
  • Bunker: The overview isn't lying, your charged lightnings disappear if you get hit, so regular bunker is a strong option against it. You have a harder time against H Bunker, because it's faster, safer, and gives even more reward to your opponent with a hard knockdown. Luckily for you, bunkers have fixed startup, you only got to look out if your opponent is using H or not, so it's possible to get consistent with your Ex-shield punishes, but you still have to be cautious, since your opponent can always alter their timing when they want to disrespect your okizeme.

Defense

As C-P.Ciel, you don't struggle as much as the other two, but your defensive options are still not good, so a careful use of your system mechanics and the tools in your kit is very important to do well with this character.

You have access to a really fast heat, with a good hitbox, you use it on wake up or against predictable approaches. It will certainly save you from a lot of bad situations, but use it sparingly, since it's your only reversal, and smart opponents will try to bait it. You can also flip the coin doing wake-up shield whenever you feel like it, but you would want to block most of the time, do ex-guard as much as you can to push them away and have more opportunity to do stuff, and if you are paying attention, you can even start shielding and punish your opponent for fake stuff like F-Miyako's 421A, you can also bunker specific multi-hitting stuff, like C/H-Aoko's 63214B.

The easiest option when you notice a gap in your opponent's offense is to jump, which might have increased startup than the rest of the cast, but it still works and is not as risky as trying to press your slower than average buttons.

When you want to mash, you might be tempted to use a lot of 3C as abare, but this button has a lot of recovery on whiff, making it particularly weak against IAD resets, so i suggest mixing it up with 2A, it's not very good, but that faster recovery time might prove useful sometimes. If you are expecting an IAD reset you can always try to use 5A or 623A when you see it.

Speaking of 623A, it's faster than 2A and 3C, but take in consideration the extra time and effort to put the motion. If it whiffs or it gets blocked, you are left in the air and close to the opponent, which is not the best place to be, if the DP actually hits, sometimes you won't get a good confirm, but if you are lucky, you might get a CH trade on your favor, giving you enough time to recover and do a 3C pickup for a combo.

In any gap during your opponents pressure, you can use 623C as a sort of get out of the jail free card, since you don't need meter to do combos or extend pressure, and very few characters can actually punish you for doing it, C/H-Ciel's 236C, H-Roa's 236C and Hime with j.236C.

As a bonus, 623C can actually avoid certain setups, like C/F-Nero's 236C.


Combos

Combo Notation Help
Disclaimer: Combos are written by various writers, so the actual notation used in pages can differ from the standard one.

For more information, see Glossary and Controls.

X > Y X input is cancelled into Y.
X > delay Y Must wait for a short period before cancelling X input into Y.
X, Y X input is linked into Y, meaning Y is done after X's recovery period.
X+Y Buttons X and Y must be input simultaneously.
X/Y Either the X or Y input can be used.
X~Y This notation has two meanings.
  1. Use attack X with Y follow-up input.
  2. Input X then within a few frames, input Y. Usually used for option selects.
X(w) X input must not hit the opponent (Whiff).
j.X X input is done in the air, implies a jump/jump cancel if the previous move was done from the ground.

Applies to all air chain sections:

  • Assume a forward jump cancel if no direction is given.
  • Air chains such as j.A > j.B > j.C can be shortened to j.ABC.
sj.X X input is done after a super jump. Notated as sj8.X and sj9.X for neutral and forward super jumps respectively.
dj.X X input is done after a double jump.
sdj.X X input is done after a double super jump.
tk.X Stands for Tiger Knee. X motion must be buffered before jumping, inputting the move as close to the ground as possible. (ex. tk.236A)
(X) X is optional. Typically the combo will be easier if omitted.
[X] Input X is held down. Also referred to as Blowback Edge (BE). Depending on the character, this can indicate that this button is held down and not released until indicated by the release notation.
]X[ Input X is released. Will only appear if a button is previously held down. This type of input is referred to as Negative Edge.
{X} Button X should only be held down briefly to get a partially charged version instead of the fully charged one.
X(N) Attack "X" should only hit N times.
(XYZ)xN XYZ string must be performed N times. Combos using this notation are usually referred to as loops.
(XYZ^) A pre-existing combo labelled XYZ is inserted here for shortening purposes.
CH The first attack must be a Counter Hit.
Air CH The first attack must be a Counter Hit on an airborne opponent.
66 Performs a ground forward dash.
j.66 Performs an aerial forward dash, used as a cancel for certain characters' air strings.
IAD/IABD Performs an Instant AirDash.
AT Performs an Air Throw. (j.6/4A+D)
IH Performs an Initiative Heat.
AD Performs an Arc Drive.
AAD Performs an Another Arc Drive.

All C-P.Ciel's routes will have a demonstration video if you click on the expand button. Sometimes when you are going for j.C > j.236A~X, due to the hurtboxes of some characters like Hime, Ries, and particularly Nanaya, the divekick will make you switch sides, which really hurts your okizeme with 236B~B, so against those character, i suggest skipping j.C and doing j.236A~X, or do some more advanced corner carry combos.

Normal Combos

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > 3C > small delay > 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > j.C > j.236A~A > 236B~B
4962


Meter Gained: 78.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 25.2%
Demonstration Simple, and relatively easy combo that you can do when you are starting with the character.
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > dash > 2B > 6B > 3C > small delay > 2C > 3C > 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > j.C > j.236A~A > 236B~B
5258


Meter Gained: 103.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 38.6%
Demonstration More optimal midscreen route that you should generally go for.

Corner Combos

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > 236[A] > 2B > 6B > 3C > small delay > 2C > 3C > 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > j.C > j.236A~A > 236B~B
5469


Meter Gained: 115.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 46.5%
Demonstration Basic corner optimized combo. 236[A] only connects with the second hit in this combo.
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > 236[A] > 5[C] > 236[A] > 6[B] > 236[A] > dash 2B > 6B > 3C > 2C > 3C > delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~A > 236B~B
6018


Meter Gained: 160.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 87.8%
Demonstration Optimal corner combo, this combo takes a lot of time to pull off, also look how much meter you are giving to your opponent.
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > 236[A] > delay 236B~A > 3C > 6C > 6B > 2C > 3C > delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~A > 236B~B
5892


Meter Gained: 134.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 52,2%
DemonstrationThis combo is good since it gives less meter to the opponent than the one above, with very little damage lost, and it takes a bit less time to pull off. Against Satsuki, Ries, and Roa, you cant do 2C OTG properly, so you have 2 options, either go straight into AT, or be extra precise with the 236B~A so the 2C will hit before your opponent gets to the ground, like shown in this Video.

Advanced Combos

These routes can be optimized, i did only put the ones that give the least amount of meter to the opponent, and again, click the expand button to see a demonstration video.

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
Cornered Opponent
  • 5[C] > 4C > AT > j.236A~X > land 3C > 6C > 6B > 2B > 5A > AT > delay j.236A~X > 236B~B
4495


Meter Gained: 89% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 29.4%
Demonstration Route for 5[C] starter that gives you lightning okizeme.
Normal starter, grounded opponent, almost anywhere
  • 2A > 2B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > 6[B] > 236[A] > 5[C] > 236[A] > dash 3C > small delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~X > 236B~B
5694


Meter Gained: 118.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 43.1%
Demonstration Optimal corner carry combo. You can't do this combo when you have your back directly in the corner against small characters or the ones that have weird hurtboxes, requiring you to be just a bit further away from it.
Cornered Opponent, backthrow starter
Works On: Arcueid, Hime, Nero, Wara
  • Backthrow > 2B > 5B > 6C > 3C > 4C > 6B > 5[C] > 236[A] > 5[C] > 236[A] > dash 3C > small delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~X > 236B~B
3349 (vs Arcueid)


Meter Gained: 141,5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 56.8%
Demonstration
Cornered Opponent, backthrow starter
Works On: V.Sion, Tohno, Nanaya, Miyako, WArc, Aki, VAki, Sei, Koha, Aoko, Kouma.
  • Backthrow > 2B > 5B > 3C > 4C > 6B > 5[C] > 236[A] > 5[C] > 236[A] > dash 3C > small delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~X > 236B~B
3543


Meter Gained: 136,5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 52.8%
Demonstration You need to do a delayed 6B after the 4C against Kouma and Aoko.
Cornered Opponent, backthrow starter
Works On: Sion, Ries, Roa, Hisui, Mech.
  • Backthrow > 2B > delay 3C > 4C > 6B > 5[C] > 236[A] > 5[C] > 236[A] > dash 3C > small delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~X > 236B~B
3383 (vs Sion)


Meter Gained: 136,5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 52.8%
Demonstration
Cornered Opponent, backthrow starter
Works On: Ryougi, Len, WLen.
  • Backthrow > 2B > 3C > 4C > delay 6B > 5[C] > 236[A] > dash 3C > small delay 6C > 6B > 2B > 5C > 4C > AT > j.236A~X > 236B~B
3462 (vs Ryougi)


Meter Gained: 111,5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 37.6%
Demonstration

Safe Heat Setups

These combos give you safe heat + Lightning Okizeme, Setup #2 is for characters that the combo on Setup #1 is possible, but since they have some kind of meterless/metered reversal, they can hit you without allowing you to recover, and Setup #3 is for characters that neither of the first two options work, once again, demonstration videos for everyone.

Unfortunately no setup is good enough against C/H-Ciel's 236C, H-Ryougi's 22C, and F-Vsion's 214C, because those reversals will still hit you if you try to go for 214[A]/[B], so they are not forced to respect you whenever they have meter to spend.

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
Normal/Throw starter, cornered Opponent
Works On: Vsion , Koha, Hisui, Hime, C/H-Tohno, F-Ries, Kouma, Roa, Mech, H/F-Nero, Wara.
  • 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 6C > 236B~C > 236[A] > 5[C] > 236[A] > 6[B] > 236[A] > 6[B] > 5A(w) > Heat > 214[B]
4495


Meter Gained: 82% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 24.6%
Demonstration
Cornered Opponent, backthrow starter
Works On: Sion, Aoko, Nanaya, F-ciel, F-tohno, C/H-ries, Satsuki, C-Nero.
  • Backthrow > 236B~massive delay C > 6[B] > 236[A] > 6[B] > 236[A] > 6[B] > 5A(w) > Heat > 214[A]
1492 (vs Nanaya)


Meter Gained: 50% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 15%
Demonstration
Cornered Opponent, backthrow starter
Works On: Aki, Vaki, Sei, Miyako, Len, Wlen, WArc, C/F-Ryougi
  • Backthrow > 236B~massive delay C > walk back 3C > 6C > 6B > 5[C] > delay 236[A] > 5[C] > 6[B] > 5A(w) > Heat > 214[A]
2145 (vs Vakiha)


Meter Gained: 89% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 29.4%
Demonstration

Notable Players

Name Color Region Common Venues Status Details
ueda (上田)

Color

Japan Kirisugu Inactive The original C-P.Ciel main also known as kuga (くが) , sometimes does random stuff, but he's still the best one to watch that is from Japan.
ashie (あしぇ)

Color

Japan KorewaMelty Inactive More recent C-P.Ciel player, not that much footage to watch, but i recommend checking him out if you are starting to learn the character.
Starlow
(StarlowMora#3060)

Color

South America Netplay Active I edited the wiki, not a lot of matches to be found yet, but if you have questions about the character, i can answer, just DM me on discord. :)


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