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RVR-39 Apharmd B / Battler
[アファームド・ザ・バトラー]

Introduction

Specialized fighting type virtuaroid equipped with beam tonfas on both arms.
It has high dash performance and a wide range of melee attacks, allowing it to aim for direct attacks using its tonfas. By using your napalm’s blast to disable the opponent’s attack you can approach close distances unscathed.

Character Traits

See Notation / Character Descriptions

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Excellent ground mobility. Fastest ground forward dash speed.
  • Large melee engage range. Can use quickstep for movement in more situations.
  • High melee damage and attack speed.
  • Efficient and fast dash melee.
  • Many interrupt and rushdown attacks for pressure on the ground.
  • Air forward dash grenades are good for landing small hits and approaching.
  • Good avoidance ability on the ground.
  • ! Highest guard crush ability.
  • ! Massive damage melee combos from situational confirms.
  • Low damage on all projectiles.
  • Forced to play a close range game or a very low damage ranged game.
  • One of the most difficult VRs to play effectively. Requires an advanced gameplan and tight execution to pressure opponents and get the most out of any opening.
  • Some bad matchups start to hurt viability.

Commonly Used Attacks

See Notation / Common Attack Descriptions

Neutral projectile attacks

CW
RW / cRW
cLTLW
LW
cLTCW
LTRW / cLTRW
RTRW
LTCW
RTLW / cRTLW

Movement check, Erase, Chip
Movement check, Chip
Chip, Erase, Interrupt, Chase
Erase, Chip
Movement check, High damage(range specific)
Interrupt, Combo starter, V-Armor removal
High damage
Chip, Interrupt
High damage, Prediction

Ground dash attacks

GD8:RW
GD8:cCW
GD8:cRW

Chip
Punish, Stagger
Chase

Air dash attacks

AD7/8/9:LW
AD8:RW
AD6/4:LW

Chase, Erase, Chip

Chip

Jumping attacks

jRTLW

High damage, Prediction

Special attacks

Divekick (AD8:CW 100% gauge)
Hyper activation (double jump CW)

Prediction, Punish, High damage
For damage reduction / timeout

Melee attacks

CW melee
LW melee
RW melee
RTCW melee
Quickstep melee
Ground dash RW/LW melee

Very long engage, large hitbox, hits crouching
General purpose, very fast, combo starter
Combo tool (low knockdown value)
High homing, slight anti-jump ability, OTG
Generic
Fast + speed boost, Punish, Combo ender

Strategy

General gameplan

Matchup strategy

Apharmd B / Matchups

Advanced Techniques

Approach cancellation (A-cancel) - melee technique

Input: During standing melee approach (ie. CW melee) input cLW melee and immediately release the crouch input while holding LW.
cLW is not visible and LW melee will come out instead. This gives a way to cancel a standing melee into another standing melee.

LW melee is often ideal for attacking the target and cancelling the approach of CW melee into it is a great way to get into optimal range.

Basic/intermediate Battler melee combos

Battler can deal the highest melee damage by normal means, without causing any kind of stagger. Some fairly easy to perform combos are available from hitting with a LW melee: -jc- = jump cancel
Heavyweight (Dordray, ?)
LW -jc-> LW -jc-> LW (instant death)
Intermediate weight (Raiden, ?)
LW -jc-> RW -jc-> LW
Lightweight (Cypher, ?)
LW -jc-> LW (instant death)

Apharmd-series crouch walk

Start walking, then hold the crouch input. You will continue walking with drastically increased speed. Can be combined with walking attacks such as CW and RW by holding crouch after the attack input.

Guard crush / Interrupt attacks as combo starters and extensions

Intermediate level
Interrupt attacks can be used as combo starters. Things like LTRW -> dash melee or LTCW -> dash melee are possible along with more complicated combos.
LTRW is also used for combo extensions at advanced level. This is used for true combos where you alternate melee hits with unblockable interrupts to fill gaps.

Tsubame Gaeshi

Input: LW melee -> diagonal forward QS -> diagonal Dash (same direction)-> Dash melee

Dash attack is unblockable if the opponent guarded LW melee. Also catches opponents performing jump cancel after QS. Acts as a combo if LW hit.

Simultaneous RT attack

Input RTCW and quickly release the right trigger. Both RTCW and RTLW will come out.

Additional Resources

External Guides

English

VOOT 5.2. Apharmd B guide by Rolander (2002) (old version)

Frame Data

Rough data collection by Porcupine. Startup frames, duration and forced recovery times. No data on melee attacks.

Notable Players

Apharmd B / アファームドBT

  • S Zetto / ぜっと
  • OKE TANI / 谷
  • End9n / end / えんどくん
  • Yoshino / よしのちゃん
  • Ajire
  • Marimo / まりも
  • Janus13579

western players:

  • SoulGuitarist


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