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Overview

Playstyle
MBAACC Roa Face.png C-Roa is a zoner with ridiculously powerful screen control and horrifying pressure.
Pros Cons
  • Pressure: Suffocating pressure that is almost inescapable.
  • Mobility: Above average speed.
  • Great meter gain: Consistent meter gain from orbs which give an insane amount of meter along with avoiding metergain penalty.
  • Neutral: Orbs which are incredibly versatile and getting even one out in a match could mean the end.
  • Whiff Punish: Access to a nearly full screen whiff punish tool in 236C.
  • Chip: Orbs deal heavy chip damage even if the opponent does respect.
  • Setting orbs: C-Roa struggles to stop fast characters from approaching without an orb on the screen, and his limited reach on his normals makes neutral play more difficult overall.
  • Committive movement: Slow dash startup and unremarkable distance from airdash without dash momentum makes it difficult to get where he wants to be in neutral.

C-Roa is considered one of the strongest characters in Current Code and generally regarded as a contender for the best character in the game. Sporting some of the most powerful special moves in the game, including his infamous orbs which have incredibly fast start up, which are air unblockable when blowback edged (holding down the button, similar to increasing a move in UNIST), can be confirmed into a combo at most ranges, and grant massive frame advantage and meter gain on block. Outside of his orbs, he sports above average ground and air speed, a myriad of reversals, and solid albeit average normals. All of these traits create a character truly worthy of the community given nickname of “War Crime”. Although he is extremely strong, he does require a lot of practice to play well as his combos are pretty difficult so be ready to spend a lot of time in training mode.

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
MB C Roa 5A.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
300 147 75% (O) -SE-, -N-, -SP-, -EX-, (J) LH LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
5 4 8 0 3.0% -

Whiff cancelable. Kinda stubby, and the outer hitbox will whiff on most crouchers. The inner hitbox is great for staggers and tick throws, and when further out the move is solid for reverse beating into as well as catching jump outs. It doesn’t push Roa very far away so it’s useful for the anti H-Moon bunker OS and since it hits crouchers you can use the anti-heat OS when resetting your pressure.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 6 Y 0 -16
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0001
5B
MB C Roa 5B.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
550 392 80% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
9 5 13 -3 5.5% -

Mid with an exceptionally long reverse beat window. It can be whiff canceled into for staggers and can be used after 22C(0) at distance to continue blockstrings as it will beat out most 2As.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 8 Y -3 -22
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0002
5C
MB F Roa 5C.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
400, 550 (825) 294, 343 (559) 80% (O), 90% (M) ~ 80% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
9 3 (10) 7 14 -16, -3 ~ 0 4.0%, 5.5% (9.5%) -

2 kicks that hit mid. Really you should always be canceling before the second hit on block, as the first hit getting ex blocked will usually result in the second hit whiffing and you dying. On top of that people can bunker out between the two hits. That’s not to say that the second hit is useless, 5C(2) is difficult to get over due to its height and covers a large area while active as it covers 2 sprite states over 7 active frames. Additionally it moves Roa forward quite a ways, so it can be used as a sort of way to get back in after getting pushed out by your pressure while throwing out a hitbox that will challenge attempts to escape. It’s situational for sure, but in conjunction with plus specials like 236[A] > 22A and 236C, you can use 5C(1) whiff to some strong results.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*2 0*2 10 Y 0 -38 / -25 ~ -22
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0003

Crouching Normals

2A
MB C Roa 2A.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
300 196 75% (O) -SE-, -N-, -SP-, -EX-, (J) LH LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
5 4 8 0 3.0% -

The normal of choice for Roa’s extended staggers and a good normal for tick throws. Like his 5A, it’s a bit stubby so it’s not that great for abare.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 6 Y 0 -16
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0004
2B
MB C Roa 2B.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
550 343 80% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) L L
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 6 14 -5 6.0% -

Another decent normal that can be used to follow up 22C(0) at distance, when spaced properly it will beat out most 5As, but it will lose to 2A mash.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 8 Y -5 -24
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0005
2C
MB C Roa 2C.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
900 686 55% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) L L
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
9 11 13 -6 9.0% -

Hard knockdown. A solid 2C that slides Roa forward and has a small disjoint, it’s useful to call out jump outs due to causing hard knockdown and having a hitbox that extends rather high up. Helps Roa establish presence in pressure outside of 2B range. Can be used as abare to challenge characters able to pressure outside of the range of 2A as it is relatively quick and since it moves him forward so much covers a large amount of ground. The disjoint will cause it to beat out a number of normals, like Nero’s 2B before frame 13 and F Nanaya’s 5B, and its relatively low startup lets Roa contest more than he would otherwise be able to. Good places to look to use it as abare are after a Reverse Beat into 2A/5A when you think they are going to follow up by poking to try to catch a jump, pokes after moves that are neutral or minus, such as F-Sion using 236A 2B, or when your opponent is using repeated non-disjointed pokes. Keep in mind though, while it’s quick and moves him quite a ways, it will still get blown up by big disjointed normals such as Warachia 2C, C-Nero 5[C] and the like.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 Y - -28
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0006

Aerial Normals

j.A
MB C Roa jA.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
250 147 75% (O) SE, N, SP, EX, J LHA LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6 4 10 - 2.5% -

Roa’s go to air to air, it’s quick and can be canceled into itself, letting you confirm or air tick throw. You can use it to cancel your forward airdashes while running away to get to the ground quicker.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 6 Y - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0007
j.B
MB C Roa jB.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
700 490 90% (O) N, SP, EX, J HA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
7 7 - - 7.0% -

Roa’s usual jump outside of the corner as it won’t push the opponent out nearly as much as j.C on block. It’s active for 7 frames so you can use it somewhat early when you are jumping in so you don’t run the risk of being airthrown. Used as an air to air for opponents under you.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 8 Y - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0008
j.C
MB C Roa jC.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
950 686 90% (O) - HA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 4 - - 9.5% -

Used heavily in IAD shenanigans as its long reach and ability to link into 2B lets Roa combo off airdash back J.C, which plays a large part in his mixups and okizeme. Another solid air to air for opponents under you, but since it’s less active than J.B its less useful for scrambles.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 Y - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 0009

Command Normals

6C
MB C Roa 6C.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000 784 65% (O) N, SP, EX, (J) LH H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 5 16 -3 10.0% -

Reverse Beatable mid command normal. Solid for calling out jump outs from too far out to use 5A, and more reliable than 2C or 5C due to hitting higher up. Generally, when using it to poke like this, cancel into 22C when farther out to get a hard knockdown on hit and plus frames on block, and 5a when a bit closer to whiff cancel back into your blockstring or confirm into 22C on hit. One strong example of this kind of tool is distanced 5C(1) > reverse beat 5A whiff cancel 6C > 22C, which is a solid way to spending 1-3 22A charges to reset pressure.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 Y - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 386

Universal Mechanics

Ground Throw
Ground Throw
4/6A+D
(~2)
MB H Roa Throw.png
Neutral Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000 392 50% - U U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
3 1 20 - 0.0% -

Roa takes the opponent by the neck then throws them forward/backward. Ground techable knockdown.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0 0 - N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 269
~2 Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
800 392 50% - U U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
3 1 20 - 0.0% -

Throws the opponent into an invincible untechable knockdown directly next to Roa.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0 0 - N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 269
Air Throw
Air Throw
j.4/6A+D
MB H Roa Airthrow.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1600 (Raw)
1200 (Ender)
588 100% - U U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
2 1 12 - 0.0% -

OTG-able ground bounce when done raw, untechable knockdown as a combo ender.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0 0 - N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - -
Shield Bunker
Shield Bunker
214D in neutral or blockstun
MB C Roa 214D.png
Bunker Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500 196 100% - LHA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
26 4 19 -5 0.0%
(-50.0% in blockstun)
Clash 1-10
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 Y - -27
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 85
(Clash) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500 196 100% - LHA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 4 19 -5 0.0%/-50.0% Strike 1-7

Similar to 6C.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 Y - -27
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 85
Heat
Heat
A+B+C
MB C Roa ABC.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
100 0 100% - U H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
19 3 25 - -100.0% (min) Full 1-21

One of the larger heat activations out there.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 6 Y - -34
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 260
Circuit Spark
Circuit Spark
A+B+C during hitstun/blockstun at MAX
MB C Roa CSpark.png
MB C Roa CSpark Air.png
Ground Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
100 0 100% - U LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
11 10 20 - removes all Full 1-39
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 N - -17
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y - - - 262
Air Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
100 0 100% - U LH
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.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y - - - 263

Special Moves

Grounded Specials

236X
MB C Roa 236A.png
A
A
MB C Roa 236A BE.png
[A]
[A]
MB C Roa 236B.png
B
B
MB C Roa 236B BE.png
[B]
[B]
MB C Roa 236C.png
EX
EX
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000 784 70% (O) -SP-, -EX- LHA LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
14 2 23 -2 (3) 10.0% -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 8 No 1 -12
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- N N 12 HS 400 [404]
[A] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1400 1176 70% (O) -SP-, -EX- LHA LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
25 2 19 7 (8) 10.0% -
  • Roa shoots a horizontal needle a short distance in front of him.

Horizontal lightning that can be blowback edged to make it +7 on block and increases the range. The blowback edged version of it can also be canceled into 236B/[B].
Can also be canceled into 22A to become +3/+8 at the earliest possible cancel.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 No 7 -8
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- N N 23 HS 400 [416]
B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
700*2 (1242) (1043) 80% (O) -SP-, -EX- LHA LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
16 4 21 -2 (1) 7.0%*2 (14.0%) -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*2 0*2 6 N 1 -10
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
1-2 N N 16 HS 401 [406]
[B] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000*2 (1774) (1217) 80% (O) -SP-, -EX- LHA LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
23 4 17 5 (4) 7.0%*2 (14.0%) -

Same properties as 236A but the blowback edged version is only +5 and canceling uncharged version into 22A is only +1.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*2 0*2 6 N 5 -6
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
1-2 N N 23 HS 401 [417]
EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1200*3 (2650) (1731) 80% (M)*3 - LH LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
4+5 10 14 3 ~ 4 -100.0% Full 4

Triple pronged lightning that is +3~4 on block, air unblockable, wall bounces and covers almost the entire screen. Just as powerful as it sounds, you will be spending most of your meter on this move as it is extremely versatile. It can be used to anti air at a distance, done out of EX Shield to beat certain safe jumps, used to continue pressure, corner carry, and a combo tool. For some reason, this move becomes even more advantageous at +5 when the first hit is EX Guarded.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0*3 0*3 8 N - -9
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
1-3 N Y*3 7 HS 402 [418]
623X
MB H Roa 623A.png
MB H Roa 623B.png
MB H Roa 623C.png
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500, 1500 (1351) (1059) 100% -EX- LH H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
5 7 42 -31, -27 3.0%, 10.0% (13.0%) -
  • Typical DP that's on the weak side but still useful as a reversal.

Air unblockable, but no invulnerability. Air version is fully air blockable but can still be used as an anti air after setting orbs to catch an air dashing opponent off guard.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0 ~ 1, 1 0*2 10 Y - -49
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y Y ~ N, N - - 490
B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500*3, 1000 (2133) (1671) 100% - LH (1), LHA (2-4) H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
4 12 46 -40, -36,
-32, -30
3.0%*3, 10.0% (19.0%) Full 1-5

A true DP with invulnerability. Not as good as an anti air since it’s only 2 frames air unblockable but can be effective in certain situations.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*4 0*4 3*3, 10 Y - -62 ~ -52
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 491
EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
400*6, 1000 (2706) (2023) 100% - LH H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
2+1 25 51 -58 (min) -100.0% Full 1-4

Fully air unblockable and each hit must be shielded individually and wall slams on hit. Air version is air blockable but still has invulnerability. Mostly situational as most of the time it’s not worth the meter.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0*6, 1 0*7 3*6, 10 Y - -58 ~ -80
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y Y*6, N - - 492
214X
Numerology - Nest of Snakes
214A/B/C (Hold OK)
(~214A/B/C)
MB C Roa 214X.png
BE Orbs appear 25% larger.
BE Orbs appear 25% larger.
MB C Roa 214X!.png
214X Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
- - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
12 1 18 - - -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
- - - - - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 580-582
214[X] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
- - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
21 1 14 - - -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
- - - - - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 580-582
~214X(!) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000 784 70% (O) - LH (/ LHA) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
17 6 4 18 10.0% -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0 0 10 N - 3
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- N Y 14 - 580-582 [590]
~214[X](!) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500*5 (1630) (1279) 70% (O) - LH LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
17 10 0 26 5.0%*5 (25.0%) -
  • The reason you play C-Roa. If his orbs were their own characters they would be better than most of the cast. For notation, 214X(!) means a specific orb is detonated, and 214[X](!) only means that the detonated orb was set as a Blowback Edge one beforehand instead of the detonation input itself being held. The only difference in frame data between detonating a ground or air orb on the ground, is that uncharged air orbs are still air blockable.

Effectively a swiss army knife of a move as it can allow you to switch between zoning and pressuring freely as well as serving as an effective anti-air due to the fact it is extremely active and will trade with almost any jump in and allows you to confirm afterwards.
With a normal orb being +18 on block and the blowback version being a whopping +26 means that blocking one can result in almost inescapable pressure when combined with rebeat pressure and his ability to cancel his specials into other specials.
Although this move is extremely powerful it does have few although hard to exploit weaknesses that should be noted. The start up is rather slow on the blow back version so if an opponent has a fullscreen attack such as a fast projectile or can position themselves to bait Roa into setting an orb they can punish accordingly. Some notable ways to do this are C-Ciel and H-Roa 236C, Nero and Wara airdash j.C, and H-Ryougi's knife throw.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0*5 0*5 10 N - 11
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
1-5 N Y*5 14 - 580-582 [591]
22X
MB C Roa 22AB.png
A/B
A/B
MB C Roa 22C.png
C
C
A (Min) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
- - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
7 1 14 - - -
  • Charges up a lightning bolt, or releases it. If the charge would go over 9, it's treated as 22C instead (i.e. doesn't add charges, just releases lightning).

Charges up +1. Can be held to continue charging, giving an additional charge every 32 frames this move is held in total, although you can cancel this move into itself rapidly to get more charges in a shorter amount of time than you would get than just holding the input.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
- - - - - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 105
B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
- - - - - -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
8 1 28 - - -

Charges up +3. Cannot be held.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
- - - - - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 101
C
0 ~ Best
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000 ~ 3500 686 ~ 2705 50% (O) - LHA ~ LH LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
15 ~ 13 2 18 ~ 8 2 ~ 18 10.0% ~ 30.0% -

Releases the lightning in front of you, expending all charges.


Details

There are actually two counters for charges: visible and hidden.

Visible: The number of charges, as displayed on the screen. If you'd end up at more than 9 charges, lightning is released.

  • Recovery is reduced with more charges. Compared to a 0-charge bolt, 1-3 charges reduces recovery by 6 frames, 4-6 by 8 frames, and 7-9 by 10 frames.
  • At 4+, it sets off your orbs.
  • At exactly 6, the lightning Circuit Breaks (400f) and deals less damage than normal, and the bolt comes out one frame later (+1 startup, -1 recovery). Knocks down if hidden charges <5 (at least one B-charge), else launches (6 A-charges).
  • At 7+, the lightning tracks the opponent's position (this tracking is not very accurate and will commonly whiff against many forms of movement including superjump forward, most runs and dashes, and C/H NecoMech forward walk)

Hidden: The number of times charges have been added. All A-version charges count fully, but B-version charges count the number of times the move was used, so each use counts as 1 instead of 3.

  • Increases damage. See table below.
  • At 0-3, airborne opponents will be knocked down.
  • At 1+, launches grounded opponents. (At 0, it only knocks them back.).
  • At 3+, launches grounded opponents higher.
  • At 4+, the launch is untechable. Airborne opponents will bounce up instead of going down. (If visible=6, airborne opponents start bouncing at 5+.)
  • At 5+, the bolt comes out two frames earlier (-2 startup, +2 recovery). This even applies to the Circuit Break bolt's +17.
  • At 6+, it is air unblockable.
  • At 9, it has a larger (4/3x) hitbox. This even applies to the Circuit Break bolt.
Damage, frame advantage by charges
Visible
charges
22B count Notes
0 1 2 3
0 1000, +2 - - -
1 1300, +14 - - -
2 1500, +14 - - -
3 1700, +14 1200, +14 - -
4 2000, +16 1500, +16 - -
5 2200, +14 1700, +16 - -
6 2000, +15 1500, +17 1200, +17 - Circuit Break
7 2800, +16 2200, +16 1700, +18 -
8 3100, +16 2600, +16 2000, +18 -
9 3500, +16 2800, +16 2200, +16 1700, +18
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0 0 10 N 8 -7 ~ 4
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- N Y 13 - 102 [554]

Aerial Specials

j.623X
MB H Roa 623A.png
MB C Roa j.623B.png
MB H Roa 623C.png
A Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500, 1500 (1351) (1059) 100% -EX- LHA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
5 7 6 - 3.0%, 10.0% (13.0%) -
  • Aerial version of Roa's DP. All versions are air blockable.

Despite being air blockable, it can still be used as an anti air after setting orbs to catch an air dashing opponent off guard.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*2 0*2 10 Y - -38
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 496
B Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
300*3, 1000 (1599) (1278) 100% - LHA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
5 12 9 - 3.0%*3, 10.0% (19.0%) -

Higher reach, but no invincibility.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*4 0*4 3*3, 10 Y - -43
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y N - - 497
EX Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
350*6, 1000 (2456) (1778) 100% - LHA H
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
3+2 25 9 - -100.0% Full 1-6

Air version is air blockable but still has invulnerability. Mostly situational as most of the time it’s not worth the meter.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
0*6, 1 0*7 3*6, 10 Y - -61
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- Y Y*6, N - - 498
214X
Numerology - Nest of Snakes (Air)
j.214A/B/C (Hold OK)
(~j.214A/B/C)
MB C Roa j.214X.png
MB C Roa j.214X!.png
j.214X Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
- - - -J- - -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
9 1 11 - - -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
- - - - - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 595-597
j.214[X] Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
- - - -SP-, -EX-, -J- - -
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
18 1 11 - - -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
- - - - - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - - - - 595-597
~j.214X(!) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
1000 784 70% (O) -J- LHA (/ LH) LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
13 6 3 - 10.0% -
Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- N N 10 - 595-597 [605]
~j.214[X](!) Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
500*5 (1630) (1279) 70% (O) - LH LH
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
13 X (10) 9 - 5.0%*5 (25.0%) -
  • Data on C-Roa's air orbs. For notation, j.214X(!) means a specific orb is detonated, and j.214[X](!) only means that the detonated orb was set as a Blowback Edge one beforehand instead of the detonation input itself being held.

The ability to cancel a blowback edge air orb set into shield, jump and DP means you can almost always stay safe after a successful orb set.
They almost go fullscreen and become air unblockable when blowback edged meaning once you get an orb out the opponent is taking a huge risk when approaching you in any way as getting hit by an orb means eating a combo into more orbs being set up.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1*5 0*5 10 N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
1-5 N N 10 - 595-597 [605]

Arc Drive

Heavenly Crashing Thunder
41236C during MAX/Heat
MBHRoaAD.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
7000 (3080) (2182) 50% (O) - LH U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
7+6 2 38 -15 removes all Full 7-8, 13-14

An almost fullscreen horizontal lightning strike which goes into a cutscene on hit, returning you to midscreen. This property of the move makes it undesirable in a combo when compared to 236C, so it is best reserved when the extra damage provided by it will kill. Regardless, it still gives an untechable hard knockdown, so even if it doesn't kill, you can get an orb or two up for oki. If your opponent consistently shields 236C, Arc Drive can be used as a gimmicky mixup as an unshieldable attack with a similar looking startup and EX flash.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - N 13 - 150 [154]

Another Arc Drive

Heavenly Crashing Thunder
41236C during Blood Heat
MBHRoaAD.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
8000 (3520) (2380) 50% (O) - LH U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
6+6 2 38 -15 removes all Full 6-7, 12-13

Functions the same as Arc Drive, but with more damage added and without the ability to hit OTG. Has less recovery on hit than AD, allowing you to link 2C into an ender.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 10 N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - N 12 - 180 [187]

Last Arc

Hollow Course - Seventeen Reincarnations
Grounded EX Shield during Blood Heat
MB C Roa LA.png
Damage Red Damage Proration Cancel Guard Shield
5000 3920 N/A - U U
First Active Active Recovery Frame Adv Circuit Invuln
4 1+1 40 - removes all Full

Fullscreen command grab Last Arc. Notable for doing fixed damage no matter how much Blood Heat gauge Roa has left. Startup is short enough that it is unavoidable if activated with a vulnerable attack that experiences hitstop (most normals and non-projectile specials). Can be avoided with throw invulnerability via things like a DP, jump startup, or super armor (excluding Kohaku's install). Things like backdash, dodge, airdodge, or clashes will not work.

Scaling Hitcount Bonus Scaling Hitstop Strength Self Hitstop Hit Advantage Shield Advantage
1 0 - N - -
Multishield Auto SC OTG Relaunch Projectile Startup Projectile Despawn Sequence ID
- - Y - - 190

General Gameplan

C-Roa is known for being an extremely oppressive character by those who are familiar with Melty. His fast dashes coupled with the ability to cancel his specials and obtaining massive frame advantage grant him not only one of the strongest pressures in the game, but also an infinite skill ceiling. It’s not wrong to highlight the fact that it’s up to the player whether C-Roa is a top tier or not, it all boils down to the dedication put forth by anyone who picks him.

His game plan consists of finding space to set his orbs in an efficient and safe way, so the Roa player doesn’t suffer any risks, and gathers neutral advantage. For that, you’ll have to be extremely cautious with your movement, as spacing determines whether your opponent will be able to close the gap between you both and score a counter hit during your orb setups. The same thought process can also apply to 22A, which is not only your go to cancel, but a great way to build more and more damage as the match progresses and will have its properties explained in a while. Your short normals make it hard to play matchups like Len and Wara, who can easily invade your space, either due catwalk in Len’s case, or the sheer speed and huge normals that Wara possesses, all requiring extra cautiousness from the player. In contrast to what the majority thinks, C-Roa isn’t unbeatable. A badly timed orb detonation, poor defense, or simple lack of patience to make his setups can surely put you in a tight spot against aggressive players and cost you the match. Also, it is extremely important C-Roa to save some meter for 236C, as it grants you a free corner carry on hit.

Being patient is your greatest weapon when learning this character, be it for playing his neutral or learning his intricate setups. Be sure you have a large amount of it by your side.

Neutral

Great part of C-Roa's neutral revolves around placing his orbs (214X / j.214X), and being able to vary their detonation timings, for that you will have to find ways to score counter hits using his normals such as 5A, 2A, 2B, 5B (a detail about his B normals: they can punish backdash attempts) and j.A. You can place orbs vertically and horizontally, and depending on your gameplan and the matchup, you can end up using one more than the other. Something crucial when playing C-Roa is knowing that charged orbs are air unblockable, deal more damage, and also have amplified range.

Regarding orb usage: vertical orbs are usually set uncharged as they have quicker startup, and significantly faster recovery compared to horizontal 214X and are mainly used in the lighting loops. As for horizontal orbs, you’ll seek to place their charged version, since they possess the advantages mentioned in the above paragraph. Seek to place charged orbs whenever there’s enough space between you and your opponent, or safely after a hard knockdown. You can also stop them from contesting your orb setups by instantly detonating one for them with 214[A] > 214[B] > 214[A](!).

The real problem is, contrary to the belief that C-Roa is unbeatable in neutral, having room for all of that. As said before: being patient with C-Roa can be game changing for anyone learning him.

Pressure

C-Roa's pressure is powerful because he can use a lot of resources to stop the opponent from trying to escape his pressure while gaining a lot of Magic Circuit in the process. It consists on using specials like 236A, 22C, 236B (sometimes), and his 5A > 5B > 2B > 2C > 5C(1) coupled to Rebeat.

The basic way to apply pressure is to simply do 2A > 2B > 5B > 5C > 236A > 22C or 22A, C-Roa is the only character in the game able to cancel specials into specials, for that reason you have more freedom when applying pressure. 236A is a great tool for this, due to its speed and leaving you plus when cancelled in 22C or 22A. Usually 236A is used after a string with normals. 2A can be used like an starter, but it is not your only one, you can start pressuring with of your any normals. 22C is mostly used when the opponent is already in the corner, because it gives you total advantage in addition to catching any escape attempts. From there, 2A will normally be used to keep pressuring.

You can implement the use of regular orbs in the pressure as well if you place them safely, for example: (Blockstring) > 236A > 214X > 22C. This 236A give you time to set one orb and hit the opponent with 22C. After that, just restart the pressure having an orb to activate freely. t is not recommended to place charged orbs in the pressure, since it's slower than a regular one, placing you in a dangerous situation.

Your 236B is a more slower and has less damaging version or your 236A and cancels only into 22A or 22C, it is only used in the loaded version, or as a form of frametrap to capture button attempts in some cases. You can also use 236[A] > 236[B] to push your opponent to the corner or even delay them as a trap to catch mashes, but don't use it too much, as shielding wins agaisnt this. Horizontal charged orbs, if set in advance, can also be used in pressure as they last for 15 seconds until they disappear and, thanks to them, your opponent will usually be afraid to press any buttons at all.

Using IAD is also a good way to start the pressure. Knowing what do to in a given situation comes with experiece

Okizeme

Well, the okizeme of C-Roa is a good okizeme since it has the chance to be able to define horizontal charged orbs always after a hard knockdown, that's usually what you want, you can also do something like 2AA > 236C, 2C > (3x Charged Orb Set) after the hard knockdown with 2c. With 22c you usually can put 2x Charged Orb Set.

After a hard knock down with 22C, a charged orb is usually set and you can detonate or try a mixup safely, since not all characters have the same wakeup time and not even the same hurtbox, the safest way is always to put one and thus keep the pressure, you will only want to use, all three orbs after a setup with 2C. For example: After 236C you can do this, or in a more advanced way: 2AA > 2B > 5C(1) > 2C > 214[A] > 22C > 214[A](!) > 2C and place three TK j.214X, this type of setup is not 100% functional in all characters and 236C remais the most practical way to do this.

You can also try an okizeme with IAD and meaty,you can also space out so you can safely use the 236a to catch shield attempts or even DP, because you can do the cancel of vertical orb set to 22A, and try to use a meaty or delay, vertical loaded orbs are also a good fit for okizeme, for example after 236C, 2C > 6C > 22C, you can do 214[X] > 22A, this will make recovery after setting the charged orb faster, giving you time to try an iad, meaty, a delay blow or even detonate the orb.

Special Cancels

One of C-Roa's defining characteristics is his ability to cancel specials into other specials. Having a grasp on what can be canceled into what is important both to efficiently play Roa as well as play against him. Roa's special cancels can be divided into three groups: orb cancels, special cancels, and EX cancels. All of these cancels work on whiff.

Orb Cancels

Some of C-Roa's specials can be cancellable specifically into orbs. These include:

  • 236A
  • 236[B]

Special Cancels

Some of C-Roa's specials can be cancelled into any special (and shield, bunker, and airdodge). This is the type of cancel that allows for triple orb sets and set into det. These include:

  • 236[A]
  • j.214[X]

EX Cancels

Although EX cancels are a universal mechanic, C-Roa's 22X specials are all considered EX moves for the purpose of EX cancels despite not costing any meter. Specials EX Cancelable into 22X include:

  • 236A/[A]/B/[B]
  • 214X/[X]

Defense

Roa is a character that requires an understanding of how to block and play patently since many characters will attempt to rush you down to prevent you from setting orbs in neutral. Roa's defensive options are relatively strong owing both C-moon mechanics, his high meter gain allowing use of these options, and his high reward that comes from spending meter defensively.

C-Moon mechanics benefit Roa massively, with strong options out of shield and EX shield as well as the high meter gain to utilize heat activation, shield bunker, and circuit spark more frequently than others:

  • EX guard compliments his already high meter gain and allows him to create space to contest a dash back in, force his turn through 236C, or return back to neutral and begin his attempt at establishing orbs.
  • Shield allows Roa to reversal out of gaps in pressure, gain plus frames with 236C, or score anti-air counterhits with EX shield 5A.
  • Roa's shield bunker can force advantageous situations for Roa and create an opening to return to neutral or utilize set orbs that will expire by the time the blockstring is over.
  • Roa's heat activation is larger than average and on hit allows him to safely establish a charged orb or two while regaining red health and sending the opponent full screen.
  • Circuit spark is enabled by Roa's high meter gain and allows him to force a left-right mixup with a charged orb on hit, further refunding a significant amount of meter.

Roa's buttons all serve specific purposes on defense and none other than 2C are particularly notable:

  • His 5A and 2A are stubby and have 5f startup but can catch out aggressive opponents trying to extend their turn.
  • His 5B and 2B are larger but have more significant startup and mostly serve to contest opponents trying to outspace A buttons.
  • 2C serves as a strong defensive button for Roa by being an advancing low that both catches jumps and beats out pokes that aren't disjointed while starting pressure through reverse beats but will get beaten out by larger disjoints such as Warachia 2C, C-Nero 5[C].
  • 5C(2) can also serve as a slow and very niche anti-air and extends a high hitbox that Roa normally does not cover without orbs.
  • Roa has another anti-air in the form of 22C which will cover the entire vertical space in front of him. Despite this, 22C not a go to anti-air owing to its slow startup and the fact that the bolt will land from where Roa inputs the motion and not where Roa is when the move becomes active. Opponents pushing Roa backwards through their forward movement will cause the bolt to whiff. 22C mainly sees use in sniping opponents high out of the air or serving as a hard callout to far airdashes.

Roa's defense is made up of using many of the melty mechanics to escape your opponent's pressure. Roa's normals each serve a purpose on defense and many of the tools such as air-to-air j.A or airthrow work just as well with Roa as they do with other characters. Despite his many tools and reverals, Roa's defense without meter is average at best and often times just blocking is the correct answer. Many of Roa's defensive options apart from blocking require risk and trigger happy Roa players will quickly find themselves out of meter and in bad situations. Players who can leverage Roa's variety of reversals and defensive options will find themselves greatly rewarded for their ability to read their opponent's offense with the ability to convert defensive situations into offensive ones. Mismanaging these options will lead to very quick losses and a lack of the resources that give Roa his top tier status.

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.

C-Roa's combos are extraordinarily open ended in their routing. Combined with the massive combination of available resources (meter, pre-set orbs, 22C charges), trying to list out all of his combos is impractical. A few key combos are listed, but it is much easier to learn individual strings that work and then learn to put them together into combos given your current resources. These "individual strings" can be seen under "Combo Snippets". The list is not 100% comprehensive, but should give you a good idea of what is possible on C-Roa.

A quick note: Due to the forward movement on all of Roa's B and C normals, dash momentum is rarely ever a factor in his combos.

Special Notation

  • X, Y, Z : Used for A, B, and C inputs on orbs that are interchangable.
    • X, Y, and Z are not necessarily different buttons if the situation allows. (ex. 214X ... 214X!, 214Y > 22C - assuming no other orbs are set, Y can be the same as X, but does not need to be)
  • (j.)214X! : Detonate orb.
  • (j.)214[X]! : Detonate charged orb.
  • 22C(X) : X = number of charges assuming only 22A is used. See 22C move description for details.

Ground Strings

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • 2A > 5B > 2B > 5C(1) > (6C)
2012


Meter Gained: 28.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 8.5%
Standard starter that works midscreen and in the corner. Omit 6C if distance is an issue.
Corner starter, grounded opponent
  • (2A > 5C(1) > 236A > 22C)x2/3 > 2A > (5B > 2B > ) 5C(1)
3591


Meter Gained: 72.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 21.7%
Corner only starter. Number of loops is char specific and can differ between standing and crouching. Omit 5B and/or 2B if distance or hit count are an issue.
236B can be used instead of 236A for more damage per rep, but it results in more hits and more pushback, making it only situationally better.

Standard Combos

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • (Ground String^) > 2C > 236A > 22A, 5A > j.C(dl)B > dj.BC > (AT)/(j.623A > j.623C)
4384


Meter Gained: 83.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 25.0%
Standard damage route, sacrificing oki. The 5A will whiff if you are too far from the opponent. To fix this, omit 6C (6C must always be omitted against Hisui).
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • (Ground String^) > 2C > 236A > 214B > 22C, (214B!, 214B > 22C)x2
3753


Meter Gained: 75.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 29.2%
Orb loops. Standard resourceless oki route. This should be your go to combo.
Normal starter, grounded opponent, 100% meter
  • (Ground String^) > 2C > 236A > 22A, (5A > ) 236C, (66)¹ 2C > (2C Oki^)
4005


Meter Gained: -48.7% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 20.2%
Metered conversion that allows Roa to get a corner knockdown from anywhere on screen. The 5A can optionally give a bit more height and damage, as well as make the timing more lenient, but it can whiff at certain distances. 236A > 22A, 236C is impossible at higher hitcounts (>11 internal).
¹The method of getting to the corner depends on how far from the corner you start. At many distances, 66 works (with time to walk forward a bit before hand), but from farther out, 66 > IAD j.C(w) or 66 5A(W) 66 can work.
Getting a point blank 2C knockdown is preferred over a spaced one for mixups, so you may want to 66 even if you are already near the corner, but be careful, as you may cross under the opponent if you do not delay it (although crossing under also has use in mixups).
Normal starter, grounded opponent
  • (Ground String^) > 2C > 214[A] > 22C, 214[A]!, (2A > ) 2C > (2C Oki^)
3102


Meter Gained: 57.3% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 24.4%
Meterless 2C oki route. Sacrifices a good bit of damage and metergain, so not always preferable.
Normal starter, grounded opponent, MAX/HEAT
  • (Ground String^) > 2C > 236A > 22C > AD
5343


Meter Gained: -MAX/HEAT Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 19.4%
Arc Drive combo. Does a lot of damage and gives alright oki (although it forces you back to midscreen). Note that AAD can not OTG and should be done immediately after 2C.

Combo Snippets

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
2C / Airborne opponent
  • (2C) > 236A > 22A, 5A > j.BC/214X!/22C/236C
-


Meter Gained: 23.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 6.9%
j.CB is more stable than j.BC at a distance.
5A > 214X! is impossible at higher hitcounts (>11 internal).
22C may whiff if your starter placed you too far away.
236C may whiff depending on distance to the opponent, distance to the corner, and character.
2C / Airborne opponent
  • (2C) > 236A > 22A, 5C
-


Meter Gained: 19.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 5.8%
This opens up Roa's damage potential greatly, but is a 1f link that is difficult to plink. Given how much Roa sacrifices for dropping a combo, this routing is not often attempted. Impossible at higher hit counts (>11 internal).
2C / Airborne opponent
  • (2C) > 236A > 214X/214[X] > 236C
-


Meter Gained: -90.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 6.3%
214[X] version is impossible at higher hit counts (>11 internal). Can be used to setup extended corner conversions for damage routes or more complicated mix-ups than the standard triple orb mix.
1 orb set
  • (214X!, 214X > 22C)xN (3 max)
-


Meter Gained: 38.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 18.0%
Orb loops
1 orb set
  • 214X!, 66 22C
-


Meter Gained: 20.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 6.0%
Close the gap on far orb hits
1 orb set
  • j.B dl C > dl j.214X!/j.214[X]! 22C, 2A/2C
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
Possible damage extension common after 2C > 236A > 214X/214[X] > 236C in the corner. May sacrifice oki depending on the routing.
Grounded opponent, 1 charged orb set
  • 214[X]! (Grounded/OTG), (2A > ) 2C
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Meter Gained: 34.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 10.2%
Meterless 2C oki. The 2C is done immediately, before the opponent has a chance to be popped up by the orb hitting.
Grounded opponent, 1 charged orb set
  • 214[X]! (Grounded/OTG), 214Y > 22A, 5A
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Meter Gained: 28.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 8.4%
Combo extension for charged orb confirms during your starter, or after OTG.
1 charged orb set
  • (214[X]!, 214[X] > 22C)xN (3 max)
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Meter Gained: 66.5% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 31.5%
Charged orb loops
1 charged orb set
  • 214[X]!, 22A, 22C
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Meter Gained: 38.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 11.4%
Allows for better combo extensions after 22C depending on how many charges you have prior
1 charged orb set
  • 214[X]!, 66 214Y > 22C
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Meter Gained: 35.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 10.5%
Convert charged orb hit into uncharged orb loops from afar.
2 charged orbs set
  • 214[X]!, j.214[X] > j.214[Y]!
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Meter Gained: 50.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 15.0%
Useful for long range confirms with double orbs out (ex. with 2 ground height charged orbs: (Ground String^) > 236A > 214[X]!, j.9 dl j.214[X] > j.214[Y]! 66 214[X]! > ...).
2 charged orbs set
  • j.214[X]!, dj.214[Z] > j.214[Y]!
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Meter Gained: 50.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 15.0%
Extra orb set off of airborne det. Useful in neutral.
4 or more 22C charges
  • 22C(>4), 214X/214[X] ( > 22A), 2A/2C
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Meter Gained: 23.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 6.9%
The following examples are without taking into account gravity scaling and should only be used as a rough guideline for height requirements.
  • 214X: 2A works grounded. 2C works at 2C > 22C height.
  • 214X > 22A: 2A works grounded (1f link). 2C works at 2C > 5A height.
  • 214[X]: 2A works at 2C > 22C height. 2C works at 2C > 6C height.
  • 214[X] > 22A: 2A works at 2A > 5C height. 2C works at 2C > 6C > 214Y! height.
Specific height
  • 22C, 2A/2C
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Meter Gained: 13.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 3.9%
22C(0): 2A can pick up after 2C hitting at about 214X!, 214Y! or 2C > 5C > 214X! height.
22C(1-3): 2A can pick up at at about 214X! or 2C > 5C height, and 2C can pick up at about 214X!, 214Y! or 2C > 5C > 214X! height.
22C(>4): The opponent is popped up, opening more options.
22C, 2A > (dl) 2C is possible, but very inconsistent.
100% meter
  • 22C, 236C (OTG)
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Meter Gained: -90.0% Meter Given (vs C-Moon): 6.3%
236C hits OTG allowing it to be confirmed at almost any point in a combo.
BLOOD HEAT
  • AAD, 2C
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
A 2C can be linked after 2C allowing for a longer combo, or 2C oki.

2C Oki

Condition Notation Damage
vs V.Sion
Notes
2C knockdown, jump cancel remaining,
in range to set orbs behind
  • tk.214[X] > j.214[Y] > j.214[Z] > j.214[X]!
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
Triple orb oki. A bit dangerous against characters with DPs, but sets up a strong mixup: j9 slight delay 44 j.C OR j9 delay j.214[Z]!.
If you set three orbs and then suddenly feel a DP coming, you can (s)dj.9 instead of detonating to try to get out of the way.
2C knockdown, jump cancel remaining,
in range to set orbs behind
  • tk.214[X] > j.214[Y] > IAD j.214[X]! / dl.IAD j.C / 2B / 5B
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
By setting up only two orbs, you can present a some more options on oki. In the order above they are: crossup mid, same side high, same side low, same side low-shield crush.
Keep in mind that depending on the character, timing the IAD j.C to not whiff overtop crouchers is difficult (and impossible vs cats).
This mix is entirely reactable but can be nice to throw in vs unexpecting opponents.
2C knockdown, jump cancel remaining
  • tk.214[X] > IABD j.C(w) 236A
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
Sacrifice orb sets for safer oki, if done quickly enough the 236A can be meaty vs standard wakeups or slower.
2C knockdown, jump cancel remaining
  • IABD j.214[X] > j.214[Y] > j.214[X]!
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
Alternate way to do safe oki while keeping an orb up after. Depending on how close you are during 2C, you may have to sacrifice hitting meaty in order to get out of range of some larger DPs.
2C knockdown, jump cancel remaining
  • tk.214[X] > (s)dj.9, dl (66/44) j.214[X]!
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Meter Gained: - Meter Given (vs C-Moon): -
Alter the timing on this setup however you need to stay out of the opponent's reversal range. Adds another layer of safety by crossing the opponent up, potentially messing up their reversal inputs. Be careful with how high you let yourself jump, as this setup puts you at risk of becoming minus if done poorly.

Additional Resources

C-Roa Match Video Database
Melty Bits: C-Roa

Notable Players

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Alma

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North America Netplay Active C-WArc main with a solid C-Roa. Found in the Melty Blood Community Server.
hikonyan (ひこにゃん)

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Kurodyne

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North America Netplay Active The best C-Roa in the west, won CEOtaku 2023. Excellent showcase of the character being played at a high level. Known liar.
Nanyako

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nouburu (ノーブル)

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Japan A-cho, Play Spot BIG ONE 2nd Inactive
ragu (らぐ)

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Japan A-cho Inactive
Red Melon (赤いメロン)

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Japan Play Spot BIG ONE 2nd Active The trademark red coat Japanese C-Roa player.

Has been playing the character at a high level for a long time, so a wide array of footage is available.

Shana

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North America Next Level Active

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