Samurai Shodown/Nakoruru

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Nakoruru
ナコルル, Nakoruru

Introduction

Nakoruru has adjusted well to the new system, and with walkspeeds being universally slowed down across the cast in SamSho7, Nako’s focus on movement, paired with her hit-and-run playstyle and strong whiff punishment tools from a range make her positively stand out in the neutral game.

Nakoruru mainly plays a passive-aggressive game from just outside footsies range, where she has a variety of tools to react to her enemy’s movements. She has great anti-airs and a very annoying “projectile” in Mamahaha, that can lock down the enemy from a distance. Her short stature also makes her very hard to instant-overhead for some characters. On the other hand, Nakoruru’s normals are quite stubby, meaning she needs to create opportunities for herself to move in and deal damage. Her approach - while powerful - is also highly unsafe on block and requires the player to carefully gauge the opponent’s tendencies or else risk eating a huge punish.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • High mobility
  • Fast buttons
  • Great corner carry
  • really fast WFT
  • Short hurtbox
  • Short range on her normals
  • Risky approach options
  • Risky antiairs
  • Below-average damage

Data

  • Damage Taken: 105%
  • Rage Factor: 0.22
  • Rage Duration: 10 seconds
  • Jump: 46 frames (Average)
  • Dash Speed: Very Fast
  • Back Dash: 28 frames
  • Weapon Pickup / Drop: 50 / 79 frames


Gameplan

Neutral

  • 66A
  • 66D
  • 214S
  • 412S

Okizeme

  • Safejump j.C
  • Spaced/meaty 66D
  • 6D sideswitch on forward roll
  • 6D
  • 2B
  • 5D cancels

Normal Moves

Far Slashes

5A
5A
SS Nakoruru 5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
40 Mid 7 - 22 - -3 -5 Yes Yes Yes No

One of her main buttons, a quick lunging slash with good range. Useful for punishing attacks with minor pushback and recovery. Combos into 236A, 412A and Weapon flipping technique

5B
5B
SS Nakoruru 5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
100 Mid 13 - 38 - -5 -12 Yes Yes Yes No

Versatile attack with about as much range as Nakoruru gets for a normal. Has a surprisingly large, disjointed hitbox in front of her that makes it useful for zoning out an opponent approaching from the ground or counter-poking Tam-Tam 5B spam. Combos into 236C or 412C for big damage and corner carry. On hit or block, it is possible to option-select into a quick combo input first and then recoil cancel into whatever special you'd like (e.g., 5B xx 236C xx 214D).

5C
5C
SS Nakoruru 5C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
240 Mid 15 - 56 - -2 -16 No Yes Yes (Disarms) No

This is the most damaging single hit normal Nakoruru has. Combos after throw. Significant pushback on hit. Be careful when using this to punish due to its short range compared to other characters' 5Cs. Use 66C, 66C+D, 236S, or 412S at range instead when appropriate. Less range than 5B for some reason but its fast for a heavy attack. Good for when you are going for the finishing blow without giving them a chance to Rage Explode (compared to a combo where they can RE after the first hit), and to stop the advance of overly impatient players. Its also a decent antiair against people who jump from far away.

On block it allows for really advantageous recoil cancels (Eg: recoil cancelling into 412A has no gap inbetween so the opponent cant press anything at all)

2A
2A
SS Nakoruru 2A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
30 Mid 6 - 18 - 0 -5 Yes Yes Yes No

Check slash for close-quarters situations when you are at neutral. Poor range, but it is quick to come out and recover, so it doesn't matter if it whiffs in most situations. Combos into 236A or 412A if you know it'll hit. If you try to input this attack while walking backwards, there is a high chance that 412A will come out instead, so use 3A for the input in this situation instead.

2B
2B
SS Nakoruru 2B.png
Nako the Hedgehog
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
90 [30,30,30] Low 12 - 43 - +1 -7 No Yes No No

Her only armed low. Undeflectable, recoil cancellable and places you out of throw range if blocked. On hit its +1 which means you get to press buttons first, so you can risk it by frametrapping them with Close 5A, or go for anything else depending on how the opponent reacts. Could be useful for stopping people trying to run at you, but it doesnt travel far enough to make this more useful. Can also be used as an antiair and because of the forward movement it can lead into an ambiguous left/right situation afterwards.

2C
2C
SS Nakoruru 2C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
160 Mid 13 - 48 - -8 -28 No Yes Yes No

Her best antiar yet its still a very risky button since you are in crouching state, so mistiming it means you take a full jump combo. Despite that it has a very good hitbox which even reaches behind her (only if the opponent presses a button to extend their hurtbox tough), and most surprisingly its a good whiff punish button on the ground since it appears to have a small hurtbox, so for example it would let you hit players who are spamming 2D to keep you away (and in this scenario Far 5C would get interrupted because of its bigger horizontal hurtbox, same for Far 5B)

Near Slashes

n.5A
n.5A
SS Nakoruru 5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
30 Mid 5 - 16 - +1 -5 Yes Yes Yes No

Really fast and cancellable. Best button for close range light punishes. It also combos into Weapon Flip

n.5B
n.5B
SS Nakoruru n5B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
80 Mid 6 - 29 - -2 -12 Yes Yes Yes No

Pretty fast cancellable normal, although you have to be somewhat close to trigger the close version, so even a slightly spaced overhead, even when blocked might get you Far 5B instead. Can cancel into strong versions of specials like 236C or 421CC for large chunks of damage on punishes.

When the opponent is unnarmed, the cancel window on block is incredibly small.

n.5C
n.5C
SS Nakoruru n5C-1.png
SS Nakoruru n5C-2.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
200 [140,60] Mid 14 - 53 - +2 -28 No Yes Yes (Disarms) No

While this attack's damage on is on the lower end when compared to other characters, it makes up for this by being positive on hit and relatively fast for a C button. This combination of factors is potent after disarming an opponent since weapon recoil is not possible in this situation, allowing her to maintain advantage (and deal chip damage) when blocked.

Kicks

5D
5D
SS Nakoruru 5D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 11 - 24 - -1 -4 Yes - No Yes

Nakoruru performs a spinning crescent kick that hits above and in front of her. Will hit crouching opponents at close range but will whiff on crouchers from tip. Special-cancelling this attack will put Nakoruru at +9, allowing follow-ups like 421A to become frame traps, 214A/B to force a trade, or clinging on mamahaha before a light attack can even touch you. Do note that 5D has some push back, making a 421A cancel whiff when 5D is blocked at tip range, so take spacing into consideration when choosing what to cancel this attack into.

6D
6D
SS Nakoruru 6D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
60 [20,20,20] Mid 11 - 34 - +103 -11 - No No Yes

Nakoruru's trademark "walking up their body" attack. The first and third hits knock down on hit with plenty of time to set up okizeme afterwards. 6D recovers the instant she lands after the flip, which throws off whiff-punish timings despite having such a vulnerable looking animation. Spacing does affect whether all three hits connect since there is no "vacuum" effect, so keep that in mind when using it at a distance. Also moves Nakoruru slightly backwards while jumping, making it possible to set up side switches on forward rolling opponents. Do note that the jumping portion of this attack occurs late, so it can't be used to clear attacks that hit low to the ground right away.

If done on a cornered opponent she will be close enough to get punished with a light attack and similarly fast moves.

2D
2D
SS Nakoruru 2D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
20 Low 6 - 18 - 0 -3 - No No Yes

One of Nakoruru's fastest lows, tied with 66D. Does not knock down, but is safer in comparison. Lowers her hurtbox, but also extends it forward, which means that opponents will hit her with ground-based attacks or even throws that would normally whiff entirely were she just crouching.

3D
3D
SS Nakoruru 3D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
70 Low 12~17 - 37 - +99 -9~-4 No No No Yes

Sweep move, knocks down on hit. Can be spaced/meatied to become -4 on block, but in the end its a worse version of 66D. However, unlike 66D, her hurtbox shrinks even further during the attack so she could low profile under certain moves, and even allow her to antiair (sadly its also a crouching attack so you'll die if you fail to antiair with it)

Dash Normals

66A
66A
SS Nakoruru 5A.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
30 Mid 4 - 20 - -4 -19 No Yes Yes No

One of her main "get in" tools, with a 4 frame startup making it the fastest attack in the game outside front throw. Mix it with 66D to avoid getting deflected.

Also being both -4 on hit and having such fast recovery and little pushback, It can be used for tick throws without making yourself too obvious.

66B
66B
SS Nakoruru 66B.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
100 Mid 9 - 36 - -7 -35 No yes Yes (Disarms) No

Not very fast, -7 on hit and its a dashing medium so the recoil cancel window is very bad and getting deflected means you lose your weapon. However I ts still worth using this button sometimes because its her longest reaching run normal. Since its stays active for a while, its a decent button to get in, but in a different way than 66A and 66D, since you would want to whiff this preemptively to stop opponents who tries to check you with their own run normals (which is likely to work since most characters have longer reaching run normals than Nakoruru)

66C
66C
SS Nakoruru 66C.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
140 Mid 9 - 57 - +92 -18 No No Yes (Disarms) No

A forward-sweeping slash that knocks down, also same startup as 66B. Go-to punish normal when 5C won't reach. Not particularly useful as an anti-air despite its animation (its not nearly as good as Rimururu's 66C). The opponent has to be in the first few frames of their jump for this to intercept, and frequently loses to some crossups (Eg: Iroha's j.C)

66D
66D
SS Nakoruru 66D.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
70 Low 6~12 - 30 - +100 -8~-2 No No No Yes

Her most important run normal. Very fast low with slightly shrinked hurtbox (not nearly as much as 3D) that can be landed spaced/meaty to make it safe and lead to small mindgames. However, the range is really bad and will get beaten by run normals with better range, so if possible its best used in the mid/close range and to chase the opponent's wakeup and keep with the pressure.

Air Normals

j.A
j.A
SS Nakoruru jA.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
30 High 5 - - - - - No - No No

A quick diagonally-downward aimed slash. It is not particularly active, meaning this short-range attack is outclassed by her other jumping attacks.

j.B
j.B
SS Nakoruru jB.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
100 High 6 - - - - - No - No No

Excellent air-to-air attack due to its horizontal reach and fast start-up, so fast that it can be used on reaction to deal with jump-ins from an opponent. The vertical area of the attack is limited, but it can hit as a jump-in if timed exactly.

j.C
j.C
SS Nakoruru jC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
150 High 10 - - - - - No - No No

A premium jumping attack. Covers the area in front and above Nakoruru while being one of the fastest jumping C attacks in the game. Most used button for jump-ins, but can also air-to-air thanks to its hitbox covering the ideal space for the situation too.

j.D
j.D
SS Nakoruru jD.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
30 High 9 - - - - - No - No Yes

The most downward-reaching jump-in that Nakoruru has. Can also cross-up against wide bodies like Tam-Tam and Jubei when aimed at their back shoulder, but does not yield much advantage in this situation. If done as a deep jump-in, can guarantee follow-up damage. Has the most active frames of any jumping attack of hers.

Unarmed Normals

u.5S
u.5S
SS Nakoruru u5S.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 9 - - - -2 -7 - No No Yes
u.2S
u.2S
SS Nakoruru u2S.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 6 - - - -2 -7 - No No Yes
ju.S
ju.S
SS Nakoruru juS.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
50 High 8 - - - - - - No No Yes
u.66S
u.66S
SS Nakoruru u66S.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
- - 9 - - - - -3 - No No Yes

Knocks down on hit, providing a good opportunity to retrieve Nakoruru's weapon. Its also -3 on block so you can bait for a blade catch after.

Universal Mechanics

Guard Break
Guard Break (Throw)
4/5/6C+D
SS Nakoruru 5CD.png
Neutral/Forward Throw
SS Nakoruru 6CD.png
Back Throw
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Neutral/Forward 0 No 3 - - - +20 - - - - Yes

Universal throw. Scales followup attacks down to 80% damage.

Back 0 No 5 - - - +25 - - - No Yes

Universal throw. Scales followup attacks down to 80% damage.

Surprise Attack
Surprise Attack (Overhead)
5B+C
SS Nakoruru 5BC.png
SS Nakoruru 5uBC.png
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Armed 80 High 20 - - - +1 -12 No - No No

Upward slashing universal overhead. Can hop over low-height attacks and projectiles nearly right after pressing the input. Spikes airborne opponents.

Worth using since Nakoruru mostly has low attacks, so people are used to block low against her.

Unarmed 72 High 30~38 - 50 - - -8~0 No - No Only

Front-flipping stomp kick universal overhead. Poor range. Knocks down the opponent, but can be reacted to. Will crossup at point blank if the opponent stays crouched for some reason.

Dodge
Dodge
5A+B
SS Nakoruru 5AB.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
- - 1 16 - - - - - - - Yes

Universal dodge. Invulnerable to all attacks frames 1-10, still dodges strikes frames 10-16

Stance Break
Stance Break
A+B during Just Defense
SS Nakoruru gAB.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
0 Mid 10 - - 52 KD -19 No - - Yes

Universal Stance Break, although in Nakoruru's case it has the most startup along with Wu's, and also has very short range, making it an unreliable stance break at times.

Counter / Blade Catch
Counter / Blade Catch
236A+B
SS Nakoruru 236AB.png
Counter
SS Nakoruru u236AB-1.png
SS Nakoruru u236AB-2.png
Blade Catch
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Armed 0 N/A 2 11 34 - +35~+59 N/A N/A N/A N/A No

Universal counter. Allows you to follow up with a guaranteed attack of your own. The amount of time you have to followup depends on the strength of the attack you counter, with heavy attacks staggering the opponent for the longest amount of time. Additionally you counter a heavy slash or a running slash, your opponent will be disarmed.

Disarmed 0 N/A 2 12 22 - KD N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes

Universal counter. While disarmed, your counter will disarm and knock away your opponent regardless of slash level countered.

Rage Explosion
Rage Explosion
5A+B+C
SS Nakoruru 5ABC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
0 - - - - - - - - - - No

Unblockable, invulnerable pushback move that can be used while in hitstun.

Lightning Blade
Lightning Blade (Issen)
5A+B+C during Rage Explosion
SS Nakoruru Issen.png
SS Nakoruru Issen-2.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
300~700 Mid 9 - - - - - No - No No

Has full invulnerability, but extremely punishable on block or whiff. See Samurai Shodown/Mechanics#Rage Mechanics for more info.

Command Moves

Kamuyhum Kesupu
Kamuyhum Kesupu
j.1/2/3D
SS Nakoruru j2K.png
Kamuyhum Kesupu
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
40 High 13 - - - - - - - - Yes

Overhead kick that knocks down on hit.

Rera Kishima Tek
Rera Kishima Tek
(close in air)6D
SS Nakoruru cl6K.png
SS Nakoruru cl6K-2.png
Rera Kishima Tek
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
112 No 4 - - - - - No - No Yes

Airthrow. Probably a better alternative to JA since its the same startup but way more damage and caused a knockdown. Can combo on opponents in hitstun in the air e.g. from a reflected projectile.

Wall Jump
Wall Jump
(near wall)9
SS Nakoruru w9.png
Nature Ninja Training
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
- - - - - - - - - - - Yes

Nakoruru can jump off walls. Doing so will increase jump height and change the landing trajectory, making it difficult for the opponent to position and time an anti-air.

Special Moves

Annu Mutsube
Annu Mutsube
412S
SS Nakoruru 412S.png
Nakocar
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Light 80 Low 10 - 46 - - -14 No - No No
Medium 100 Low 16 - 59 - - -18 No - No No
Heavy 120 Low 24 - 83 - - -23 No - No No
Rage 180 [36,36,36,72] Low 17 - 76 - - -23 No - No No

Low-hitting ground slide and Nakoruru's whiff punisher at distances where her normals can't reach.
Light version travels about half screen, Medium version travels about 3/4ths screen, and Heavy/Rage versions travel fullscreen.
Note for the Rage version that at very far ranges, fewer hits will land, reducing the damage at range.

Because of the motion its a good move to do when crouch blocking, and pretty nice for whiff punishing although the A version deal somewhat low damage. It hits low so you can catch them offguard sometimes, specially if they come running at you. A/B version can go under some fireballs and normals, but 412C wont.

Rera Mutsube
Rera Mutsube
236S
SS Nakoruru 236S.png
Nakomissile
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Light 100 Mid 9 - - - - -33 No - No No
Medium 120 Mid 14 - - - - -41 No - No No
Heavy 140 Mid 16 - - - - -71 No - No No
Rage 204 [36,36,36,96] Mid 16 - - - - -71 No - No No

Rising Nako missile that knocks down on hit. Don't think too hard about the physics of this one.
Light version travels about half screen, Medium version travels about 3/4ths screen, and Heavy/Rage versions travel fullscreen.
Despite its appearance its actually not a great antiair as its not invincible and has a small hitbox which makes it very likely to trade or get beaten, but despite that you can still use it this way.

It biggest use is in combos since 236C always combos from 5B unlike 412C, the corner carry is just barely less and it deals more damage.

This move can over certain moves with vertically small hitboxes (eg: haomaru's fireball). The light version is best at this because of its fast startup

Kamui Rimuse
Kamui Rimuse
421S
SS Nakoruru 421S.png
Is it a cape? Is it a sash?
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Light 80 Mid 11 - - - -6 -13 No - No Yes
Medium 110 [60,50] Mid 13 - - - -7 -14 No - No Yes
Heavy 140 [60,40,40] Mid 18 - - - -8 -15 No - No Yes

Reflects projectiles, very active but startup is a bit slow. The different versions attack 1/2/3 times. B and A version can be used to frametrap from 5Dxx 421A/B, C version for the most optimal combo of Close 5B into C towel+followup, although you need to be at point blank for all hits of the towel to land

All versions are very unsafe on block so be very careful.

Kamui Rimuse Return
Kamui Rimuse Return
S or D after Kamui Rimuse
SS Nakoruru 421S S-S.png
Whatever it is, it's not over yet
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
50 Mid 6 - - - +103 -17 No - No Yes

After the last attack of Kamui Rimuse, you can input another button to do one final swipe that steps forward and that knocks down on hit. The gap to do the followup is so small that it can be hard to bait people into pressing buttons.

Very unsafe on block.

Amube Yatoro
Amube Yatoro
214S
SS Nakoruru 214S.png
Bird of Prey
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Light 70 Mid 21 - - - - -14 No - No Yes
Medium 70 Mid 23 - - - - -12 No - No Yes
Heavy 70 Mid 25 - - - - -10 No - No Yes

Flying bird attack that knocks down. Cannot be reflected. Will cancel out other projectiles, but the attack from Mamahaha is then negated while continuing to travel to its determined destination. While Mamahaha is returning to Nakoruru, no specials that involve the bird, including her WFT and SSM, can be used. Once Nakoruru has pointed during her startup animation, the bird will always attack, creating many trade situations.
Light version strikes just in front of Nakoruru, Medium version strikes slightly further than midscreen, and Heavy version strikes just short of fullscreen.
With good timing you are able to use the attack again shortly before Mamahaha fully returns to her original position behind Nakoruru, increasing the range slightly. This does let the Heavy version hit fullscreen. You can also hit opponents jumping over you since the fireball already becomes active when behind you.

this move extends nako's hurtbox forward a decent amount, so you'll get hit by things that look like they shouldnt reach you sometimes.

Cling to Mamahaha
Cling to Mamahaha
214D
SS Nakoruru 214K.png
Don't think too hard about the physics of THIS one either
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
- - - - - - - - - - - Yes

Bird Cling. Doesnt look that fast at first glance but its an excellent option for recoil cancelling, so much so that after certain attacks you can recoil cancel fast enough to avoid light attacks and even stance breaks. How long you can stay on the bird is determined by some sort of invisible timer, which seems to go down faster if you attack. Finally, it gives access to unique cancellable normal attacks while on the bird and one special moves which is basically a diving 412S.

Mamahaha Attack
Mamahaha Attack
S during Cling to Mamahaha
SS Nakoruru 214K S.png
Still have one hand free
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
A 30 High 5 - - - - - Yes No No No
B 100 High 6 - - - - - Yes No No No
C 150 High 7 - - - - - Yes No No No
Unarmed S 50 High - - - - - - No No No Only

Normal air attacks while hanging onto the bird. All of them are shorter ranged than their normal jumping counterparts, but the Heavy version is faster than jump C (so much so you can punish someone for whiffing a Far 5A after blocking) and can be special cancelled into Kamui Mutsube(BC) or Kamuyhum Kesupu(2D) for high damage combo.

A and B attacks dont seem very useful. They are much faster than C and have more horizontal range (and really bad vertical range, which kinda beats the point of placing yourself above the opponent), but its still not nearly enough to stop someone jumping at you since pretty much everyone has longer reaching jump attacks.

So, for the most part, stick to Cling C which will prove a very hard to deal button when they are in the corner.

Drop from Mamahaha
Drop from Mamahaha
4D or D or 6D during Cling to Mamahaha
SS Nakoruru 214K K.png
Drop from Mamahaha
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
N/A - - - - - - - - - - Yes

Drop off the hawk. The direction used influences where Nakoruru drops down.

Kamui Mutsube
Kamui Mutsube
B+C during Cling to Mamahaha
SS Nakoruru 214K BC.png
Death From Above
Version Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
Normal 140 High 6 - - - - -16~-13 - - - No
Rage 192 [48,48,48,48] High 6 - - - - -16~-13 No - No No

Leave the hawk diagonally diving. Very fast overhead that knocks down and is useful for whiff punishing, but is unsafe on block and prone to trading hits.

Its biggest advantage is being cancellable from her cling buttons making for a very damaging combo, specially with full rage.

When you get the opponent in the corner and you are harrassing them with Cling C, you can more or less visually confirm into the dive, but its very risky as the move if very unsafe on block, so practie this alot very trying.

Kamuyhum Kesupu
Kamuyhum Kesupu
1/2/3D during Cling to Mamahaha
SS Nakoruru 214K 2K.png
Kamuyhum Kesupu
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
40 High 13 - - - - - - - - Yes

If you input 1/2/3D while holding on the hawk, you'll drop with her j.2D attack. Blockstun varies slightly based on the height dropped from.

Same spin kick as its standalone version, with the major differences that it can be down much closer to the ground, and you can cancel it from your Cling normals. Cancelling Cling C into this move will create a true blockstring, so its the perfect move to safely land if you dont think you'll get a chance to land Cxx A+B.

Supers

Weapon Flipping Technique

Elelyu Kamui Rimuse
236B+C
SS Nakoruru WFT-2.png
SS Nakoruru 214K BC.png
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
408 Mid 1+7 - - - - -91 - - - No

Nakoruru hops onto the hawk and then does a diving attack similar to Kamui Mutsube, proceeds to do Kamui Rimuse and finishes with an explosive Amube Yatoro. At 8 frames of startup, this is the fastest WFT in the game. When you combine that with the fact that she's airborne during it, and you have a rather nasty punish tool. Available only during Max Rage or Rage Explosion. Disarms on hit.

Most interesting though is the way it can antiair. Because when it hits it stuns the opponent and proceeds to do a canned animation, and it doesnt matter if the opponent is in the air, but it can take some practice to land it. Best of all is that if it trades in this situation the attack will miss and you lose all your rage, but the opponent will be stunned long enough for you to perform a Super special Move.

Super Special Move

Ar Retar Kamuyhum Makiri
641236C+D
SS Nakoruru SSM-1.png
SS Nakoruru SSM-3.png
I'm sorry, but I have to kill you
Damage Guard Startup Active Recovery Total Hit Adv Block Adv Cancel Recoil Deflectable Unarmed
650 Mid 10+20 - - - - -55 No - No No

Available only once per match. Nakoruru somewhat dashes forward about half screen. If she hits her opponent she backflips off their body up to Mamahaha, who proceeds to build speed and throws Nakoruru blade-first into the opponent. Naturally, as the good girl that she is, she apologizes for any inconvenience.

It connects regardless of the opponent being on ground or air. If the opponent has jump attacks that dont hit right below, you could try baiting a jump in the corner and antiair them with SSM.

Combos

Theory

Most of your damage will come from Nakoruru's fast pokes and whiff punishing with her specials, but when it comes to combos it revolves around her 5B, which is special cancellable both in its near and far versions.
Landing either 5B lets you 236C for maximum damage, even outside of Rage. This is not possible with any other special cancellable starter and does more damage with Rage enhancement than even raw 5Cs in Rage.
However, this comes with the same caveat as other characters with rising specials: The 236S moves are extremely unsafe (SSM punishable at worst) on block and whiff. If you are uncertain about your confirms in a particular match, you can end your combos with the grounded 412S moves. In Rage, 5B 412C combos properly as well.

Midscreen

  • n.5A or 5A or 2A...
  • 236A or 412A
  • 236B+C
Hard to confirm, but does combo. Less damage than B starter.
  • n.5B or 5B...
  • 236C
  • 412B/C
C version works in Rage state only
  • 236B+C
WFT combo.
  • Deep j.C or j.D...
  • 5B 236C
  • 5B 412B/C
C version works in Rage state only.
  • 5B 236B+C
WFT combo.
  • 2C
Knocks down nearby.
  • 664 n.5B 421CC
Only from deep j.C obviously
  • 6D
Unarmed combo (from j.D) for knock down.
  • Deep neutral j.B...
  • 66C
  • 236B+C
WFT combo.
  • Throw...
  • 5C
Max meter-less damage.
  • 5B 236C
For slightly less damage, but knockdown and corner carry.
  • 5B 236B+C
WFT combo.
  • 66D
Unarmed combo for knockdown.
  • Back Throw...
  • 664 n.5B 421CC
  • (214D) C B+C

Corner

  • Throw
  • ... 5C
For damage.
  • ... 5B 236C
Throw scaling makes n.5C do less damage than this with no knockdown if you end up too close to the opponent after your throw, so be mindful of your spacing.
  • ... 5B 236B+C
WFT combo.
  • ... 66D
Unarmed combo for knockdown.
  • ... Microwalk n.5B 421CC

Videos

Colors

SS Nakoruru 1.png
SS Nakoruru 2.png
SS Nakoruru 3.png
SS Nakoruru 4.png


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