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Under Night In-Birth/UNICLR/Byakuya
They nest. The web will lure and consume any prey that goes near. He, for her, and her for
He wanders with an unorthodox girl, Tsukuyomi. Byakuya's abilities enable him to cast out a myriad of blades. The power binds and rends his opponents alike. Their motivation is unknown, but it seems he fights to make Tsukuyomi's wish come true. On the Hollow Night, when many In-Births gather, they turn the town into their own "web", and hunt unsuspecting prey.
There's nothing to worry about...
Byakuya is primarily a "setplay"-type character with strong offense but weak defense. While the wide range of his normals are excellent for neutral and pressure, his flawed reversals means that it is very difficult for Byakuya to escape pressure once he is pushed on the defense.
Byakuya's neutral game is strongest at midrange, where he can make good use of his relatively fast, extremely long-ranged normals to keep opponents out of their comfortable ranges, which will generally be shorter than Byakuya's. His 2B and 2C have extremely long range and fast startup and hit low, forcing opponents to commit to low blocking once Byakuya is in range. Versus airborne opponents, 5B has a very tall vertical hitbox and can be used to cover multiple angles of approach with relatively low commitment. 66B/C and 236B are slightly higher-commitment pokes, but have extremely long range and are easily capable of catching opponents who are not expecting to have to block from so far away.
Byakuya suffers more at close range, where his lack of a safe 5f poke (his 2A is 6f and -3, compared to many characters who have 5f jabs that are only -1 or -2 at worst) hinders his ability to stagger pressure with jabs. Similarly, Byakuya has difficult matchups against characters who are able to stuff his approaches from further away than his optimal midrange pokes, such as Gordeau, Vatista, Hilda, Yuzuriha, etc. Due to his lack of a real projectile and otherwise slow dash speed, he has a hard time avoiding projectiles, and being forced to block them will significantly hinder or entirely negate his attempts to close space. His 214X~X moves allow him to move past some moves, but they are extremely high commitment mobility tools that can be stuffed on reaction, so his best bet is typically to stagger dash in a little bit at a time and block often.
On pressure, Byakuya actually has no safe normals (the safest being blocked 2A or 2A whiff cancel off a blocked 5C move, both of which are still -3) but he is able to make up for this with the fact that his normals can all be canceled extremely late, meaning that it will be very difficult for the opponent to tell when his moves are actually unsafe and when he is just delaying them for a frametrap. As such, Byakuya can easily train opponents to respect his pressure, allowing him to safely set up 214X webs for mixup and pressure (which can otherwise be disrespected by mashing) or simply do things that would otherwise be hugely unsafe (such as 5C dash up throw). Because his normals are all unsafe, it is easy for opponents to mash reversals through them; however, Byakuya's huge range often pushes him far back enough that most reversals whiff, meaning the Byakuya player needs to have a good sense of the opponent's reversal options and adjust his pressure accordingly. Once Byakuya confirms a hit, his combos almost always deal high damage, build lots of meter and GRD, have good carry and enable side switching if necessary, so he keeps momentum extremely well. Again, some characters deal with web oki setups more effectively than others, so a sense of the matchup is necessary to do well.
On defense, Byakuya has serviceable but flawed metered reversals, his EX "How Shall I Cook You?" which can be jumped over and loses to throws and unblockable attacks, and his Infinite Worth "Become A Part of Me", which can also be jumped over. However, thanks to the huge range and relatively fast startup on his B moves, he is often able to wait out pressure until the opponent pushes himself too far out, and poke out of pressure when the opponent is at frame disadvantage and cannot reach him with any move that would normally be fast enough to beat a B poke. As such, green shield's pushback and blockstun reduction are extremely useful for Byakuya, especially since he builds meter and GRD very quickly and thus typically has a lot of meter to spare.
|Health||Smart Steer Route|
|10500||5A 5B 5C 236AAA 623C|
|Forward Walk Speed||Backward Walk Speed||Jump Startup||Jump Duration|
|Dash Startup||Initial Dash Speed||Dash Acceleration||Max Dash Speed|
|Backdash Startup||Backdash Duration||Backdash Distance||Backdash Invul|
|Throw Width (pixels)||Throw Range (pixels)|
|Frame Data Help|
|Damage||Damage done by this attack.|
(x) denotes combined damage
[x] denotes minimum damage
|Guard||The way this move must be blocked.|
High = Can block standing
Low = Can block crouching
Mid = Can block standing or crouching
Air = Can block in the air
Air Shield = Can block in the air while shielding
Unblockable = Cannot be blocked
|Cancel||Actions this move can be canceled into on hit or block, unless specially noted.|
N = Normal Cancelable
SP = Special Cancelable
EX = EX/IW Cancelable
CS = Chain Shift
UNQ = Unique (See description)
TH = Throw Cancelable
X [hit only] = Hit canceleable only
X [whiff OK] = Can additionally be cancelled during whiff
|Property||Special properties this move has. Click on the property to navigate to an explanation.|
|Cost||The resources this move costs to use.|
GRD = GRD Blocks
EXS = EXS Meter
Vorpal = Vorpal
GRD Break = Causes GRD Break
|Attribute||Attributes of the attack. Mostly used in situations involving invul.|
There are two sets of attributes: Strike/Throw and Head/Foot/Dive/Projectile
Every move has a Strike/Throw attribute, but doesn't always have Head/Foot/Dive/Projectile attribute.
Strike = Strike (Anything that isn't a Throw is a Strike)
Throw = Throw
Head = Head (Most jump normals)
Foot = Foot
Dive = Some air specials
Projectile = Projectile
|Startup||Frame when the first hitbox is present.|
+ denotes the frames before and after super flash.
|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.
|Recovery||Frames that this move has after the active frames if not canceled.|
|Overall||Frames that this move takes from start to finish before the character returns to neutral.|
|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 equal or less than this move's advantage, it will result in opponent hitting that move.
±x~±x denotes a possible range of advantage. The left value is when the active frames hit sooner (generally worse) and the right value is for when the active frames hit later (generally better).
|Invul||The frames where this move cannot be hit by an attribute.|
Full = Fully invincible
Strike = Strike invincible
Throw = Throw invincible
Head = Head invincible
Foot = Foot invincible
Dive = Dive invincible
Projectile = Projectile invincible
I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here (Just Kidding)
How Shall I Cook You?
I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here
I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here (Air)
No Point in Running
I'll Plant It Somewhere Over Here (Increase)
Caught You! (Increase)
You're Almost Ready to Eat
You're Almost Ready to Eat (Feint)
Become a Part of Me
Infinite Worth EXS
Notable Rebeats and Gaps
Customization Unlocks (2000 IP Each)
Byakuya Wiki Roadmap
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Page last edited on: 2022-06-30 by FalconMan.