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Side Step FAQ by Son Kazama

Updated: 02/11/01

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Side stepping plays a very important role in either offense or defense of any  
Tekken player may it be in T3 or TTT. It has been a revolution to this game of
King of Iron Fist Tournament series.

Many would claim falsehood of the things I say but the truth is it is very 
REAL. You cannot deny that it has given depth, variation, and versatility 
to every character in the game. Name it, it’s there - the Mishimas, 
Kazamas, Williams, Phoenix, Law, so on and so forth including the underdogs, 
the Jacks and Kuma/Panda.

Of all the fighting games out there, Tekken is almost real. Incomparable. 
But the first two releases of the series were lacking freedom. Freedom that 
would really define it as a three-dimensional (3D) game - the Side Step. 

In this document, I would like to bring to your attention the so-called 
autoSS. It's a feature unique to TTT which you can exploit to your advantage.
This is the sole reason why I called my faq "Side Stepping Tricks".


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Ethics and Legalities
Purpose of this FAQ
Revision History
Sidestepping Guidelines
Sidestep Properties
Sidestep Properties Generalization
Info on frame
Category of attacks
To Sidestep or not to sidestep...
Sidestep Applications
Anti-Sidestep Strategies to follow


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 Ethics and Legalities                                        **    **    **  
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Before you read on any further, I want you to know that I bled before being
able to come up with this. It took hours of "frustration and frustrating" 
just to analyze and come up with a generalization on how to SS attacks 

The time I spent and hours of analysis I went through in order to make this 
faq/guide/tutorial into realization is reason enough that you shouldn't mess
with my work.

In this regard, copying, editing, rewording, making profit out of this document
by copying, editing, rewording is UNETHICAL and will not go unpunished. If you 
want to mirror this document, do so but please contact me first for my 
permission. To PS mags out there, you haven't made a feature topic on SS that 
comes close to mine. 

So much for the ETHICs. Now comes the LEGALITIES.

Whether or not you make profit out of this document, the contents, regardless
being of substance or not, it is ILLEGAL to copy, edit, reword the document 
because this is my work and is protected by copyright.

Any infringement means your ASS...is mine! I will make way for all available 
means, even encouraging my grandfather, who is a book author, to help me in 
seeing to it that you rot in jail. 

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Disclaimer of this Document
For your information, there is no assurance that you will win after using this
you do things accordingly, vary your game style, adapt to your opponent, and is
able to execute moves at the right time at the right moment plus the fact that
you have that innate killer instinct, very focused, composed, a very good 
defender, and things I forgot to mention that should be included. 

And another important thing, I assume the responsibility that you are not a 
newbie, scrub, or still a scrub, and/or otherwise. All the discussions herein
are highly suited for average and high level players as only such kind of 
people have a high probability or chance of pulling off any of the things
that will be stated and discussed from now on. If by any chance you belong to
those which I have mentioned, do not despair as everyone goes through that 
stage or have gone through it but not when they played Tekken. 

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If you read up until this end of the legal stuff section, you just consumed 
about three minutes. I just wanted you to know. 

All work and analysis done by Son_Kazama except when stated therein wherever
it is applicable if the contents were borrowed referrences from other entities
or individuals.


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 Credits                                                      **    **    **  
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This tutorial on Sidestepping would not be possible if not for the man who
wrote a very good Jin faq. He is none other than Dario Natoli...Red King.
Check out his faq on Jin. It really is good. Dario is one of those faq writers 
who make it a point to publish complete and very useful guides or strats.

I would also like to mention Exar Kun and EsSenceofjr for their invalueable 
help on the completion of this faq, for their confirmations on my theories 
and queries. Most of all, putting up with me.

Of all the people whom I have mentioned, special mention goes to my forum
mate maureen of TekkenTagTournament.com's forum. You were a great help.
Your encouragement and comments kept me going on as making a faq is so tiresome
and time consuming. Your words were comforting...

Well I shouldn't forget these guys who have helped me a lot. They just didn't know.
This is tough so I have to go with Sophita first because she is one of those who 
first introduced me to the forum. It's spelled S O P H I T A and not Sophitia like
that for Soul Edge or Soul Calibur.

Here it goes. Thanks to TheAmazingRando, Blackwind, 
Baby_Nina, Tagio, abs911, victoria or Queen Victoria or Victoria's Angel, Cros, 
Superstar Keoki, aiken, tribaL, karnage, unknowngirl, Shao Khan, SuLongTong, 
Professor Jumping Jax, ultimateLEE, KaNE, DenDog220, Kimmy Fury, and a whole lot 
more impossible for me to remember. But I'm really sorry to have forgotten to name
you in here. BTW, SUPERCOP and/or PERFECTKAZUYA, you're in here too!

Jamie, what would I do without you? You've got a very good profile!!!
I wish you visited my dorm!!!!!!!! yay!

I wouldn't want to miss out on acknowledging my cousins. Alex Lopez or should
I say Sidestep king of Iron Fist. He has opened my eyes to the endless 
possibilities of the game and he showed me that no move could be invincible.
Bong Lopez for his encouragement and faith in me that I can do it and defeat 
my bad-ass Ogre-using cousin Julius Lopez. My cousin Bong plays one of the 
best Law and Bryan I've ever seen and Julius for making me believe that Ogre is
truly the god-of-fights. Also, thanks a lot to these guys because they rather
play Tekken than put up with their wives whinings. Last and the least, my
dumb-ass cousin Iya Lopez, Yhuichi "Okama" Kurata (thanks for being a 
certified ass-hole and for your attention), and my cousins wives for also 
playing Tekken. We all play Tekken!!!

There is but one last dude I forgot to mention. He has opened my eyes to 
Tekken showing me that it is, was, and will be the best ever fighting game.
Thanks Leo! 

I would also like to thank other people I matched up against. Especially that 
guy whom I fought against with one hand. It was a tight match though despite 
the fact that I lost!


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At first, I wanted to make a Jin strategy guide. Hmm? There were too many Jin 
faqs out there in the net already. Some good ones, others I cannot say...
I haven't read all the faqs on Jin, just three. Why? Just read them. Then 
I suddenly bumped into Dario, Dario Natoli who happens to be popularly known 
as "...Red King". I think most of you guys know he made a really good faq 
about Jin. I myself am a Jin player too, but not in the strictest sense. I 
favor him though. 

Anyways, if you try to look into his faq a little deeper, you will 
understand that everything in the faq is genuinely true and masterfully 
crafted. As he notes "...almost all the faqs out in the net are old and 
every trick since writing the faq are already known and too over used...". 
Atleast I think that was what he really wanted to say; I did some 
modifications with his statement. "Red King, please forgive me on 
this one."

When I emailed him, what I really wanted to do is to commend him. But 
I did just the opposite. I asked him about some of the weirdest questions, 
one would be about how to do an EWGF which he stated very well in his faq. 
STUPID. On my next e mail, I tested him. "...how would Jin fare with Law?" 
that was my question. With the answer he gave me, I was convinced on the 
concreteness of every detail in his faq. Except for some views he had on SS. 
If you are a SS-happy player you might say you can SS Bryan's f,f+3 3 out 
of 5 times in a match. But can you SS it every time? How about Hwoarang's 
f,f+3 at RIGHT STANCE, or Ogre's standing 4? Most say it is very difficult 
to SS such moves in a match. 

 # moves that travel horizontal

      Bruce and Bryan's f,f+3             Pauls d+4
      Ogre's standing 4                   Lei's db+4 
      Kuma's f+1+2
 # if you are too close to the opponent, don’t try to sidestep  
   since you’ll be poked during the first few frames of 
   the motion. Always stay atleast a half-character distance to 
   sidestep safely.*
The only credible statement made about SS is that of Lei, Paul's d+4,2 and 
Kuma's. You just can't, if and only if you SS at an arms lenght away or 
farther and even if done at the exact time of execution or earlier. 
You can SS Kuma's f+1+2, for example,  only if at a very close range. 
But you won't go that close. And if at very close range an opponent dishes 
out a WGF or TGF, you can even SS to the wrong side. As long as it is timed 
very well. How? SS the same time the input command is executed or as the 
motion to attack is starting. The same goes for Lei's sweep. If you always 
SS when you're upclose to an opponent, even Paul's Deathfist can hit you. 


My arguement is plain and simple, there are very many misconceptions of the SS 
and properties surrounding them. 

I started to deeply involve myself in the the art of SS by the mere fact that 
I got my ass whoopped by my cousin who attained mastery of SS. When I told 
Dario about that he greatly appreciated my observation and acknowledged with a 
great response.

Honestly, I don't consider my work to be a strategy guide or a faq. It's more 
of a  tutorial written down. I have not mastered the SS and auto SS art. To do 
such feat would mean incredible effort for an individual. I am still on that 
path where every player of this game has been and will be. There's always 
somebody out there I haven't met and haven't beat.


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It has occurred to me that you may be experiencing troubles on how to "swallow"
the contents in these document. One good way for you to fully utilize the 
contents herein is ask assistance from someone to play as your dummy opponent. 
You really need someone who would do what you ask them to do and would be 
willing to do it. Just don't tell them that you are training to kick the hell 
out of them.


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 Sidestepping Guidelines                                      **    **    **  
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Everything must be governed by rules all must observe; it incorporates 
a set of rules for easy understanding and for convention, synchronization.
I made the following guidelines in order for you, the reader, to SS properly. 
And remember, SS is used first and foremost for defensive purposes. When 
you learn to use it in that way, using it offensively will not be as hard as 
you think.

      1. Never rely on the SS as your bread and butter.
  	   You can't win a fight by just avoiding attacks

      2. Never SS just to annoy your opponent or because 
         it might somewhat avoid an attack. 
      3. Never SS before a move. It can get you into 
      4. A delayed SS is will not evade a hit even if 
         done correctly.     
      5. The rule SS left if the attack is done by a 
         left limb (the same goes for the right) is 
         limited to Linear attacks, and diagonal attacks 
         as stated in the Attacks-SS strats category 
         section in this document.
      6. SS at the initialization of your opponent’s 
         move/you can also SS within the starting frames 
         of the move. Takes a lot of timing and a very 
         trained sense of sight.
      7. You must be quick with your attacks after a 
         successful evasion of an opponent’s attack 
         via SS.
      8. Always perform the fastest, safest moves, 
         throws, or juggles.
      9. Always have another SS ready for a very good 
         CDer and Counter.
     10. Some attacks, minimal number, cannot be SSed 
         easily and requires an anticipated SS and 
         very close range. So as much as possible, 
         gain familiarity with what attacks these are
         and be ready to parry or block or CH.
     11. If any attack within a "string" is SSed, 
         SS again to avoid being tracked and hit 
         or opt for the best choice, counter hit/poking.
     12. Always look at your opponent's movements, not 
         yours. It applies to the game in general as 
         the starting motion reveals the attack.

The key in each and every successfull SS is a good recognition of the 
motion of the first few frames of the attack. It is indeed the hardest way
of SSing any known attack there is. As the move executes, the limb used for 
the attack is exposed but the time for you to make the decision where to SS
is so limited that it is impossible to do such feat at first try. It takes
a lot of practice and a lot of patience as you will get hit by doing such
method if that is the path you will take on how to SS attacks.

Second will be a very good guessing game. This method of SSing an attack is 
the most common and most utilized manner of SSing attacks. You just pick a 
direction. That's it!

Third would be the fact that the move your opponent will do is a part of his 
pattern; no matter how good your opponent is he has a pattern. Why did I say 
that? It's because of the fact that the moves one must use are limited by the 
character's available moves. And to add that the move one will do are the moves 
that will suit the situation in a match. Hey! would you do an unblockable 
if your opponent was completely mobile in a high level game? Come on! These 
patterns maybe a set of juggle starters or custom strings your opponent is 
doing. The mere fact that you limit the effectivity of these moves by your 
opponent will greatly affect game play and the match itself. A good game 
wasn't always short. A better game would always be a time up and a close fight. 
But that's just my opinion.

What comes next is range. Yes, range is very important. At close range, 
although you, I mean "WE", have been given by Namco at our disposal the 
ability to SS even at the wrong side at close range, some attacks are 
seemingly impossible to SS. The same goes for kicking and throw range. It's 
because of the fact that in a high level match the probability of the same 
mistake being done is very,very slim. And to add that you probably won't go 
very close to your opponent. There is always somewhat a distance gap. When 
I say very close by the way, I mean really close. You can actually see both 
characters face to face. 

Also, the diagonal attack thingy follows the general rule of SS right for 
right limb attack kinda thing. In the case Hwoarang's frontal righty stance
attack of f,f+3, it's kind of tricky as you get fooled by thinking that it 
was his other leg that does the kicking. 

If there are anything which is for you a very, very vague concept or idea, 
tell me. 

The reason why I stress such rules is because of the fact that the SS in TTT
is in a sense "overpowered". You don't need that much skill as in T3 to SS
moves you often have difficulty SS against. It is more likely that Namco will
tone this move down if another sequel is released in this already popular
Tekken series. But one good addition to the SSing property is that of the 
AutoSS. It is a powerful tool that if you master how to do it, you will get
the so-called "Psychological advantage" between you and your opponent and 
thereby shifting the balance to your side for an inevitable victory. That's if
you do...   


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It is equally important that you don't just know how to execute moves, escape
throws and stuns, and tag in or out but also how to move about as the match
goes on, progresses or expires immediately. Knowing how to SS and when to SS 
is to your advantage.

The following definitions have been made by myself for reference purposes in 
this faq and for any other future revision or discussion. It is just for the 
purpose of sliming down numerous definitions that may come out. But I do keep 
myself up-to-date about it so there will be no problem about some queries with
different definitions or terms.


SS is the abbreviation for the word side step. In the entirety of this 
document, the meaning of the above term is the normal sidestep as what 
tragic explained in his illustrations. 

BKs stands for  back turned sidestep. It basically does the same function 
but the scope of the step you make is less compared to a normal one. 

AL or armslength (characterwise) only denotes that the distance from your 
character to your opponent's is just an armslength of the average Tekken 

SSa are the standard  attacks that come off sidesteps as a package. 

NP stands for normal position or start of match, mobile, or standing position
wherein you face your opponent dead ahead. At NP and both characters are at 
the ends of the screen, a dash, charge, or run will null a SS position. The 
invincible charge as some call it, does this as the light charge can be 
avoided by SSing.        

SSw is a term for a SS done the opposite direction of the right way to SS an 
executed move. This is the hardest, trickiest SS move to pull off as perfect
timing and excellent perceptual speed are needed. This is the ultimate reward 
for knowing and understanding the properties of any given attack. I seldom pull 
through with this move so I instead use the regular one.

Stopped sidestep The stopped sidestep is accomplished by pressing f, b halfway 
through the completion of the actual SS. Such SS has distinct advantages like 
being able to SS a move to the wrong side while anticipating the move you 
actually intend to SS. The properties which a stopped SS has is the same as a 
SSw although the latter is much more complicated. A stopped SS can also be done 
by executing moves immediately after the SS - f, b, CD, SS, U, D - almost any 

Effective range of throwing is an armslength from a regular character's 
outstretched arms. Basically, you can throw your opponent if both of your
characters fists get close; the leading fist of an opponent's character is 
enough to consider a throw. The distance of throwing prowess can go farther 
depending on the situation.

Auto SS this is the ability of any character to SS any succeeding move of short
or ten strings prior to blocking any hit from the string. Using the concept of 
the Auto SS requires familiarity of string you are blocking since if you choose 
the wrong path to auto SS, you will get hit.


1   - Left Punch, square         3   - Left Kick, cross
2   - Right Punch, triangle      4   - Right Kick, circle

5   - Tag button

f   - tap forward                  Tapping is generally doing a d-pad
b   - tap backwards                or stick motion fast. Hold would 
d   - tap down                     mean you must press or tap on longer 
u   - tap up                       for that certain motion to execute.
d/f - tap down/forward 
d/b - tap down/back 
u/f - tap up/forward 
u/b - tap up/back                  Forward F or forward f means to move 
F   - hold forward                 or advance dead ahead to your opponent
B   - hold backwards               with relation to his current position.
D   - hold down                    Backwards B or backwards b is relatively
U   - hold up                      the same but is done by moving away your
D/F - hold down/forward            opponent.
D/B - hold down/back 
U/F - hold up/forward 
U/B - hold up/back 

I have only listed down conventions regarding the motion. That's the 
consideration I can give a newbie. 
I reiterate, I assume the responsibility that you are not a newbie, scrub, 
or still a scrub, and/or otherwise. All the discussions herein are highly 
suited for average and high level players as only such kind of people have 
a high probability or chance of pulling off any of the things that will be 
stated and discussed from now on. If by any chance you belong to those 
which I have mentioned, do not despair as everyone goes through that stage
or have gone through it but not when they played Tekken. 


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As in any move, SSing also have properties which are very useful if you gain 
familiarization on how to use such properties. When you are told to SS either 
right or left, it literally means to your character's right or left. 
In Player 1 position, a SS to the right directly translates into a SS to the 
screen or away from the background.


Start of match/         This is the intial position at the start of a
Mobile position         match. It would be typically be around two-arms (AL)  
                        length in distance. If you SS in a start of a match,
P1 side   P2 side       say you successfully did, you can advance an AL and
                        grab your opponent. It's quite annoying.
      _   _             Anyways, the important about knowing your distance   
     O_   _O            from your opponent is the fact that it determines 
                        the type of move you'll execute.

Normal Sidestep(SS)     After doing a full, complete SS, you'll end up close 
                        to your opponent's side. The distance is about 1/6 of
P1 side   P2 side       a complete circle or 1/3 of a half-circle. Please take
                        note that it does not completely place you adjacent
      _                 to your opponent at a 90 degree position with respect 
     O_                 to the start of match or mobile/standing position.
       \                What happens next is that you are drawn closer to your       
       \O               opponent. 
                        It is only a matter of opinion whether you are in a 
                        tight situation or a good one. If you know what to do                  
                        next, which I believe you do, you can punish your 
                        opponent no matter how fast a move is dished out.
                        After a successful SS from an opponents attack, even 
                        if he tries ducking and retaliating, you'll get him with 
                        a throw,a fast one for that matter. Just take note of 
                        recovery times and you're on your way. 

Stopped Sidestep        There are distinct advantages of ST that are 
                        completely unknown to many. But the timing is 
P1 side   P2 side       difficult. 
                        I have a simpler example than what I gave before.
      _                 I want an example that covers much of what I said.
     O_  \              You are faced with an Ogre user. Your opponent attempts 
         \O             to execute a f+2. It is an attack needing to be evaded 
                        to you right. But he also has the option to do a 
                        standing 4 for which Ogre is noted. The standing 4 of
                        Ogre can be SSed to the left. If you think about it, 
                        choosing to SS left is basically good. The reason for
                        such is because you can perform a stopped SS. You can 
                        press b for defensive purposes and you will be able to
                        evade both attacks given that you did right with the  
                        timing. But I suggest you do a  stopped SS by executing 
                        a throw ASAP. This is because you will out prioritize
                        both moves as you will catch the opponent as the 
                        character is in the frames of executing the move and 
                        gain about a neat 30 points of damage off your opponents
                        life bar.
                        Before I forget, you end up still in front of your 
                        opponent but slightly on the side facing the former if 
                        you decided to push b. The only reason you'll tap f is 
                        because you are faced with someone you're wasting time 
Wrong-way Sidestep(SSw) A good example would be that of Jin's TGF. If a Jin
                        user doesn't know how to delay and time the execution 
                        of a TGF, a SSw will evade the attack. 
                        If you notice a TGF dash, you can SS right. It will 
                        sometimes involve a ST at first followed by a SSw, 
                        that's if the opponent delays his CD attack upon the 
                        situation. This is very dangerous to do especially 
                        if you don't usually do it and know of the timing of 
                        when to SS. A single SS will also do but is very, very 
                        Try this experiment. At close range, you can SSw a TGF
                        to the right if you execute the SS the same time the 
                        CD progresses into a TGF.  
                        SSing the wrong way takes a real good guessing game 
                        skill of knowing when the attack is about to come in 
                        contact. You cannot delay your SS when we talk about 
                        going the wrong way. And to add that not all attacks 
                        can be SSw. Anything as fast as an 8-frame jab will 
                        get you everytime. When I refer to guessing game 
                        skills, it doesn't totally mean that you're facing a 
                        below-average player. Trying to defend against attacks 
                        requires guessing game skills as well in a sense that 
                        you must have an idea of what moves to defend against 
                        "will the move hit high, low, or mid?" as well as 
                        "will the next offensive be a throw?". See my point.

Auto Sidestep(orAutoSS) An auto SS requires recognition of moves and strings. 
                        It does not just end there. You must also be familiar 
 P1        P2           with what limb the succeding move will utilize as it 
    _    _              determines which way you must choose to auto SS.
   O_    _O             The foundation of the Auto SS rests upon the fact that 
                        you are able to perform thw SS motion only after the 
 P1 advances to         blocking motion of your character ends. 
 attack P2              This is very critical as if the succeeding move you 
                        will Auto SS is very fast and has good tracking ability 
 P1        P2           you will then get hit.
     _ _                 
    O_._O               Aside from this, the SS has gained a lot of advantages 
                        since T3. You will notice that SSing in TTT is a lot
 P1 connects with       easier than in T3. This is one of the reasons why I 
 hit but P2 blocks      won't put up a character SSing guide. I just told you 
 and does an            how to SS one of the seemingly impossible moves to SS, 
 auto SS while he       the hell sweep and the u_u/f+4,4,4,4.
 blocks the attack                   
                        Going back to the autoSS again, it will not be possible 
 P1         P2          to  AutoSS all moves. A perfect example would be the 
                        u_u/f+4,4,4,4. The reason behind this is due to the  
       ,                fact that the second and third hit of this string is 
      O_                too fast and is very complicated to autoSS even if it  
        \               was possible. Just imagine, you have to block low then 
       \O               input the SS command as fast as you can but in the end  
                        the tracking ability and the speed of the succeeding  
 P2 auto SS the         moves are just too much.
 blocked attack   
 to the left making     The autoSS is indeed a great innovation but the  
 P1 whiff               altering of the SS in whole was beyond what I call as 
                        being FAIR. I still adhere to skill rather than luck.  
                        You'll just get lucky.
 Take note that you
 cannot auto SS         BUT IN SOME POINT, being able to autoSS is not just 
 every move dished      done by luck if you pull it off consistently. It takes 
 out by your opponent   such skill as well to do such a move. First off, you 
 as you have to should  have knowledge in how, when, and where to SS a 
 consider the frames    particular attack in a string. You may be able to  
 you have been guard    autoSS but did you SS the right way? All moves in  
 stunned and the speed  Tekken have a natural way or direction in SSing and to  
 of the following       successfully avoid such attacks. This alone makes me  
 attack and your        think twice at times if the autoSS is really that bad,  
 character's SS speed   remember that even SSing single moves in TTT is much 
                        easier because of this innovation; Namco may have over  
                        did the SSing evasion property. 
 SSing and AutoSS details                                  

I really have to credit the people at Tekken Zaibatsu for this. I was wondering
while I was evading attacks via SS in TTT that it was so easy, far more easy 
than in T3. Sequential SSing is far more efficient this time around but not 

Since I don't know who to talk to about this matter...all I can do is to rant 
to myself about it. It's so hard as everyone who doesn't realize this turn your 
ideas down.

It is a fact that SSing in TTT by any character is tremendous as it has become 
deeper and more easy to pull off. This are the changes you should note.

Some of the people I've talked to don't even SS. Quite stupid of that guy. But 
it only shows that some tourney participants play Tekken 2D style. Gaining
further knowledge on SSing is the difference between you and a very tough 
opponent if you try to face them head on, the 2D way. It can break their 
momentum and shift the balance of the game's outcome to your side. 

I have experienced the effects of SSing back in T3. I thought I already became
good enough but good enough isn't always the best thing. Every move I did 
whiffed and I got a major ass beating. It took me about a week of pondering 
about what I was doing wrong. If you look at it, I was doing pokes which is SOP
in the game. I was caught by surprise when my Jin's white heron was SSed in the 
middle of its execution. I thought doing the u_u/f+4,4,4,4 would do something. 
But it was to no avail.

It was hard to think of a way to counter it at first. Really hard. 

In a very matched 2D battle, the SS and autoSS is a determining factor in 
whether you win or loose.

Frame Information on Sidestep 

I beg your pardon as my llustration and text graphics are grade school
level. Nevertheless, try getting my point. Also, it is not drawn exact to 
scale so please don't get ideas that you have some kind of extreme 
advantages or you are in a disadvantaged situation.

Sidestep frame info          

 ,***.****    |=====|     -. frames    
*     *       |-----|      | 1 to -.
*     *       |-----|     -' 11    |                -.
 '***'****    |-----|              |          frames |
              |     |       frames |             12  |
             _|-----|_           8 |       -.    to  | 
             \       /          to | frames |        |
        **    \     /           43 |     24 |    43  |
          **   \   /               |     to |        |
           ,***.\ /                |     43 |        |
       ** *     *:                -'       -'       -'
         **     ***  **   -  if Ogre, King, A.King, T.Ogre, or female
           '***'   **

one frame  total to start SS
With regards to offensive moves, the sidestep  has great advantges
in execution as it only needs a frame to initiate. Your opponent is so busy
and concentrated at hitting you with his move that he is unaware that you 
have just evaded the move. But this doesn't come without a set back. If you
tap u or d too late or too soon, you'll get hit. Doing a SS too soon will 
not make it into SSw. There is a big difference, I have already stated this
in the definition section of this document.

Do not abuse the use of the SS. If you try SSing all the time, most 
especially from a distance, you are in VERY BIG TROUBLE if your opponent 
dishes out an attacking having good tracking ability to your chosen path of 

Some moves require very complex motion that SSing the motion is enough grounds
to say "I got you!!!". But just be careful if and when the opponent taps f. 
Note that you still have time for another SS since the move coming out of the 
motion also has some couple of frames before it hits. 

frames 1 to 11, 11 frame total
The next section is describing an 11 frame total in which you are vulnerable
to fast pokes, attacks rendering you unable to block. This is the most 
important frame in SSw since it tells you what moves you can only SS the wrong 
way. Julia and Michelle's 1 cannot be SSw since the execution of their move is 
at 8 frames, too fast. You will not get hit during the first few frames of the 
execution of the SS. You will get hit after 8frames, theoretically. Also 
because you become too close to your opponent as SSing makes you come closer 
to your opponent. In TTT, the SS is given more depth and evasiveness.

This is also the reason why a dashed EWGF can be SSed. Even doing SSw!
If you remain observant on your opponent, he will dash in and you will 
notice that if you SS before the opponent does or tap f the CDer will be
able to follow you. All you need is composure. Notice also that the intent
of the CDer is a DEWGF. He is too busy pulling off the move. You must SS
when you see the actual crouch motion up until only the point wherein 
the opponent's character's shoulder rises. It takes time, practice, and skill
to perceive all that I have stated. It is rather difficult for some to do 
such feat because they tend to look at their characters and not of their 
opponents. When in a match, even in an actual fight, look at your opponent's
limbs to tell whether they will attack or not. 

Reaching these frames means you are home free.

frames 8 to 43, 36 frame total 
The section next to the above mentioned is detrimental to whether you kick ass
or you getting the end of what they dished. Within these frames, you have the 
option to poke or perform any attack not requiring motion input. 

Standard SS attacks can be performed after these frames.

frames 24 to 43, 20 frames elapsed
If you make it to the 25th and 40th frame, it's a pretty easy life... 
I reiterate, I assume the responsibility that you are not a newbie, scrub, 
or still a scrub, and/or otherwise. All the discussions herein are highly 
suited for average and high level players as only such kind of people have 
a high probability or chance of pulling off any of the things that will be 
stated and discussed from now on. If by any chance you belong to those 
which I have mentioned, do not despair as everyone goes through that stage
or have gone through it but not when they played Tekken. 

frames 12 to 43, 31 frame total
This is the point were in you can block attacks, especially if you perform a 
stopped SS with pressing b. 

If you noticed, you can still input commands performing standard SS attacks. 
When doing so, you give better tracking to you attack but you suffer delays.

Please remember that I also based the explanation for the frame data from my
experience in SSing. It is also understood that you SSed as a reaction to your
opponent's attack or as an anticipation to your opponent's attack. If you SS
from afar and blame me for being hit, go to a shrink!!!


from 1st to 11th you are unable to block
from 8th to 43rd attack input, such as 1,2,or the like, possible 
from 24th to 43rd motion input possible, CD, RD 
43rd end of SS animation 

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 What is an auto Sidestep?                                    **    **    **  
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As defined ealier, the auto SS is executing a SS while blocking and afterwards,
you will auto SS after the block animation has ended. Other such attacks you SS
without getting hit before SSing is a plain SS.

Take a peek at this moves:

CharacterOpponent's AttackSide Step Direction

 Lei Wulong f,N+1,2,1,2 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right
           f,N+1,2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right 
              (see #1 note)
            f,N+1,2,1,2 (after 3rd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right
 Jin Kazama b,f+2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Forest Law b+1,2,1 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
            b+1,2,1 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right
 Gun Jack 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Jack 2 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Prototype Jack 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Kuma & Panda 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Paul Phoenix FC,d/f+2,1 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right
              (see #2 note)
              FC,d/f+2,2 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right
 Heihachi Mishima b+2 Your character's Left* or Right*
              f+1,b+2,1(after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right*
 Kunimitsu f+3+4Your character's Left* or Right*
 Kazuya Mishima d/f+1Your character's Left* or Right*

Almost all attacks listed are in the category of being auto SSed. All except 
for that of 

          Heihachi's b+2
          Kunumitsu's f+3+4
          Kazuya's d/f+1

These moves can be evaded by the plain SS. Remember the definiton of the SS?

BTW, this proves that SS in TTT is a bit easier now than in T3. Try SSing while
blocking a tenstring. 

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 Back turned Sidestep                                         **    **    **  
************************************************************ **    **    ** 

I have nothing special to mention about BK due to the fact that it is not 
that used or involve in gameplay too often, only on special occasions. But 
for the sake of those who would want to know...

 ,***.****    |=====|     -  one frame  total to start SS
*     *       |-----|     
*     *       |-----|        vulnerable, cannot block
 '***'****    |-----|     -  starts to turn around at 15th  
              |     |     -  cannot block up to 21 frames
             _|-----|_       after the 21st frame, blocking possible
             \       /       till the end of animation and beyond
              \     /        
               \   /      -  40 frames for complete    
      **   ,***.\ /          Side step execution
    **  ***     *:
          *     * **      -  if Ogre, King, A.King, T.Ogre, or female
           '***'             (tail or hair! whichever applies) 

from 1st to 21st blocking impossible
 at 15th starts to face the opponent 
 from 22nd to 40thPossible to block 
 at 40thEnd of the SS animation 

It is extremely difficult for the person who will BKs as the threat of 
retaliation or offensive is not in his deck of cards. The only available 
options for someone back turned are regular kicks, punches, or to duck low.
He may even try to face towards the opponent but it takes too much time. 

Lots of risks are involved since throws are a lot damaging plus the fact that 
you cannot block.

Look at the frame data presented. What's worse is that you can't block for 
about one-third of a second against that of a normal SS, 11 frames.

Also, not all opponent tend to BK while in a match if that is not intrinsic 
of their character - turning back to opponent.

But please put in mind that an opponent in BK position becomes dangerous if 
you are careless. Do not charge in if you are not doing the invincible charge.
Fake them out. Otherwise, pray and kneel in hiding as you will get a beating...

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 Special Notice                                               **    **    **  
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Thank you very much Tekken Zaibatsu for the frame info and clarification
I had about what made the SS a more deadly art, the auto SS. Thank you castel
for putting up with me. But still...v_v

The following is what I based my work with this revised SS faq

Side Stepping

 A Side Step in Tekken Tag is achieved by tapping up or down. 
 Various characters have special attacks from the Side Step 
 movement, check the according move lists each character. 
 Besides these Side Step attack you also have other options 
 during the Side Step animation including standard attacks or 
 Side Step cancels. Take a look at the chart below for frame 
 FramesFace Forward Side StepNote
 from 1st to 11thNo blocking 
 from 8th to 43rdAttack input possible 
 from 24th to 43rdNew motion input possible 
 at 43rdEnd of the SS animation 
 A Side Step can also be done while your character has his back 
 turned towards the opponent. The chart below does not apply to 
 Ling Xiaoyu or Lei Wulong as they have special back turned 
 properties. We currently do not have to accurate frame 
 information for these two characters or the attack frames.
 FramesBack Turned Side StepNote

 from 1st to 21stNo blocking 
 at 15thChange to Face Forward Position 
 from 21st to 40thPossible to block 
 at 40thEnd of the SS animation 
NOTE: If up to the 21st frame, blocking is impossible, then it 
follows that you can only block on the succeeding frame.       

 Auto Side Step

 Auto Side Step are done beholding up or down, depending on 
 which direction you can Auto Side Step, while blocking your 
 opponent's attack. You will Side Step as soon as the block 
 animation has ended. Look at this as a bufferable Side Step. 
 The following chart lists the moves after which you can Auto 
 Side Step while blocking and the direction in which you can 
 Side Step. 
 In some cases this technique will avoid being forced to block 
 the rest of the attacks if you select the correct way to Side 
 Step, but in some other instances you get hit during the Auto 
 Side Step. The directions marked with a * indicate which way 
 to Side Step to not get hit if at all possible.
 CharacterOpponent's AttackSide Step Direction

 Lei Wulong f,N+1,2,1,2 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right
           f,N+1,2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right 
              (see #1 note)
            f,N+1,2,1,2 (after 3rd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right
 Jin Kazama b,f+2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Forest Law b+1,2,1 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
            b+1,2,1 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right
 Gun Jack 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Jack 2 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Prototype Jack 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Kuma & Panda 2,1,2 (after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right*
 Paul Phoenix FC,d/f+2,1 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right
              (see #2 note)
              FC,d/f+2,2 (after 1st hit blocked)Your character's Left or Right
 Heihachi Mishima b+2 Your character's Left* or Right*
              f+1,b+2,1(after 2nd hit blocked)Your character's Left* or Right*
 Kunimitsu f+3+4Your character's Left* or Right*
 Kazuya Mishima d/f+1Your character's Left* or Right*
 #1 A Side Step Left after the 2nd blocked punch will cause the 
    3rd to hit but you will Side Step the 4th.
 #2 If the 2nd hit is not delayed what so ever you will get hit 
    regardless of the direction you Side Step to.
The following information is shown in Text document as I cannot show the 
original HTML document. Please be advised the I showewd the original content I 
base my work since I want you, the reader, to see any difference and for you, 
the reader, to see my point.

I would like to thank tragic for the former SS frame info in this faq.
The following is his work for the T3 frame info found at


Please be reminded that only the frame information is taken.                                    
| |      |        |            |      \
|1|  11  |   17   |    25-40   |       ' 40 frames for a full Sidestep
|_|______|________|____________|____  /
 |    |       |          |          |/
 |    |       |          |          `
 |    |       |          `- advantage point of SS
 |    |       |
 |    |       `- SS can be canceled from this point on
 |    |
 |    `- frames in which you cannot block
 `- frames to initiate

Back Turned (BK) Sidestep Information
| |     |        |         |      \
|1|  9  |  9-16  |  16-22  |       ' 22 frames for a full BK Sidestep
|_|_____|________|_________|____  /
 |   |       |        |         |/
 |   |       |        |         `
 |   |       |        `- can input moves
 |   |       |
 |   |       `- considered turning around (no longer BK)
 |   |
 |   `- considered back turned to this point
 `- frames to initiate

...end of document for SS info by tragic

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 Sidestep Properties Generalization                           **    **    **  
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	1. It takes 6 SSs composed of 3 SSs to the to the background and 3 
         SSs to the to the screen to circle an opponent. Movement can be 
         interchanged. Coincidentally, it takes 6 SSs to circle an idiot.
      2. A SS extends the grabbing capability of throws. 
      3. It evades attacks,charging attacks as well as charging opponents - 
         only applies to short charges and not the long, invincible charge - 
         and places you behind your opponent's back. 
      4. SS attacks have tracking ability as long as they are delayed.
      5. You cannot block when you have started to SS for about 16 frames 
         after the execution of the initialization frame.
      6. You cannot SSw an 8 frame attack or the like. 
      7. You can SS sequential attacks or tenstrings by taking into 
         consideration the succeeding attack as you block and SSing to the 
         direction where the said attack can be SSed while blocking.
      *  The best way to SS is to SS as if you are blocking a telegraphed 
         attack. A telegraphed attack doesn't necessarily mean that the 
         attack is very slow, you just know that it is coming by the motion 
         done by executing the attack. The attack then "slows down". But 
         not all attacks can be SS as I have mentioned in the beginning.
         Auto SS is a harder form of SS. You must be able to realize that 
         you have to SS to the opposite direction of the following attack
         with regards to the attack that you blocked.


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 Info on frame                                                **    **    **  
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Hmm? you might ask what a frame is, so, I'll fill you in.

A frame is the short term for picture frame used in TV broadcasting/
Broadcasting Engineering. The frame is what composes a scene that we see on 
TV and the like. Frame rate is referred to as how fast a frame changes in a 
sec to form a scene.
Referring to NTSC standards, the frame rate is 30 frames per second. Tekken 
on the other hand runs at 60 frames per second which accounts for the fluent, 
real-like motion of the moves done by the characters. Actually, what we see 
per frame is not the whole picture but scanned line images, but you wouldn't 
want to know about it,so, there's no reason for me to discuss further on it. 
Why scanned line images? So you wouldn't be having trouble with the 
flickering screen.

Note: SS is also time governed. 

 SSing and Real-time

It occurred to me that you must be wondering about SSing in a match. you are 
in an actual fight then as the round starts both of you quickly back dashed,
SSed, the other went offemsive or a throw. You the tell yourself that I based
my work on start of match settings. Well, it's simple.

Look at your opponent's character while checking on your character as well once
in a while to see the distance gap. Spacing plays a very important role in 
Tekken. If you see your opponent's character executing a move, think about what 
limb, the path taken by the attack, and where to SS it. That is how you do it.

SSing just to confuse is fairly good as long as you are not too far away or not 
too close. I find it funny at times and intriguing about why other people
SS when they are too far away or too close. Being too far away and SSing is just
wasting time while SSig when proximity is minimal has both its pros and cons.

At such short distance, you may evade attacks that you don't even have to think 
about where to evade it. But beware that attacks such as a DF, EWGF, WGF, TGF, 
ETGF, simple pokes can hit you and will if done while you initiated motion for 
the SS. Timing of an attack is the best attack of all. 

I will elaborate on this further at the anti-SS strategies section. Please be


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 Category of attacks                                          **    **    **  
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In this section, I will not discuss each character and how and where to SS 
their attacks since what I want to teach you is to SS via reaction. You must 
learn this unique technique of executing a SS and such follow up moves such 
as a Juggle starter and/or a throw, which is to my opinion, under-rated and 
belittled. The throw is a very powerful weapon. It only becomes such as I have 
claimed if you know when to dish out the move.
I have only cited a few moves and from which character they belong to so as to
give you an idea. 
Learning the offensive nature of an attack will teach you how to defend against
it. In the end, you can never use the same attack twice...

I.  Linear attacks
There are basically two types of this kind of attack

    Vertical attacks
    Horizontal Attacks

Vertical attacks are those that run down-up and up-down. Most 
juggle starters fall under this category of attack especially kick 
attacks and uppercuts.
Avoid these attacks as stated in the RULES section. Just take note
of whether the attack is a class1, class2, class3 juggle launcher.


If you eat a class1, you go up so high and land for sometime!!!

Horizontal Attacks are further divided into two types which are the 
(1) Straight horizontal attacks which travel horizontally forward. 
Examples would be the regular 1 and 2 punches, and the lightning kick
when grounded. Next, the (2) Sweeping horizontal attacks. The mentioned
attack can be SSed by the average Tekken player with medium difficulty,
I guess so. These attacks travel horizontal while doing such attack 
in a sweeping or arcing manner. Attacks of this nature are those of
Bryan and Bruce's f,f+3, Ogre's standing 4, Jin and Jun's roundhouse 4.
For punches, Ogre and Kaz's Demon Gut punch fall under this category.

SS to the direction of your opponent’s attack if the nature of the 
attack is horizontally turning. If the attack sweeps right, SS to 
your right.

The simple rule for these attacks is the SS left for left limb, SS right
for the right limb.

One of the exceptions for this attack are hellsweeps. It utilizes a right 
limb but in fact it must be SSed to your left.

II. Specialized attacks
These type of attacks do not follow the rule stated above. If you don not
believe me, just keep on being hit by your opponent.

    Diagonal attacks
    Low horizontal attacks
    Two limb attacks
    Sequential horizontal attacks 
    Combinational attacks
    Crouch dashing arts
It seems pretty simple. But the truth is most comment on these attacks as
very hard or extremely difficult to SS.

Diagonal attacks 
Are those of Hwoarang’s f,f+3 at Right stance and, similarly, 
Xiaoyu’s f,f+3,. It is indeed very hard to SS these moves 
since the moves have annoying priority for slow moves. Against 
these,  you must SS it opposite the direction of the sweep. Moves  
like this are difficult to SS. You should opt for a grab at the 
starting motion if you ever get the chance or a counter hit.

If you try to SS these type of moves, you absolutely must not delay
your SS. You will get hit.

Low horizontal attacks
Lei's d/b+4 is a low horizontal sweep attack and SSing such a move from a 
distance is impossible. You can only do it up close. Also in this category is 
Paul's d+4. Bryan's d/f+3 is also in these category. But of all the attacks in 
this category, Bryan's sweep can be SSed easily. It just lacks speed that Paul 
and Lei's move possess.  
Don't even try SSing Paul's d+4, it'll get you in BIG TROUBLE!!!

In T3, SSing Bryan's d/f+3 will take a Jin player the necessary skills in order 
to evade this move. Heihachi's SS was simply better. 

Two limb attacks
Kuma and Panda's f+1~2 which is a two limb attack which sweep in both 
direction. To evade it, try reversing it first to get an idea of where to SS. 
Okay, just it to your ****. It's just if you forget where to SS it, reverse 
the move and the limb tells the direction of the evasion. The same goes for 
that of Nina's f+1~2. The Jacks also have two limb attacks, Eddy too. 

Hmm, since I mentioned Eddy, I''l talk about him a little.

Capoeiran Eddy Gordo's attacks can be SSed but don't get too comfy about it. 
Despite the fact that you can evade his attacks, you must be able to interrupt 
the other moves or defend against them. Besides Jin and Kaz's u_u/f+4,4,4,4, 
Eddy's attacks have impressive tracking ability. If you are not the kind of 
person with lightning fast reaction, you'd have to opt for a poke or interrupt 
as Eddy does his moves. Learn what moves Eddy has that you can SS and has not
that good a tracking ability. Also learn when and where to SS again if you are 
not in a good position for retaliation.

Eddy's stance BTW is a natural SS killer. Watch him follow you as you SS. 
The only way for you to avoid his attacks is when you SS the attack not SSing 
then hoping to evade it. Afterwhich, any fast interrupting move of Eddy's 
strings is a must or you will get hit.

Sequential horizontal attacks
Examples of sequential horizontal attacks are the hell sweeps and, Kaz and 
Jin's u/f_u+4+4+4+4 plus Jin's b+2+1. With regards to SSing these attacks, 
extreme skill and timing must be present in the player who will SS the attack.
Also, Law's punch and Hwoarang's kick arrays are in these category.

Please see the section about auto SS for more information.

(Note: My technique is one of the reasons adding to why the u_u/f+4,4,4,4
is NOT a good move. If I see someone doing this move in a match, I even 
provoke him to do it or persuade him to do that "spin thingy").


A hell sweep is a sequential horizontal attack which hits low and sweeps 
counter clockwise. If you are upclose and an opponent dishes this out, SS to 
your left and you will be able to evade being hit. If at a distance, the 
hell sweep tracks pretty well. So the only solution left for you to do is 
to defend low...just joking! What you should do is to anticipate the right 
timing of when to SS. A good distance would be...this is hard to explain and 
for you to swallow...I think you are experienced enough to tell whether the 
second sweep or the first sweep is ABOUT to hit you or not, the distance would 
be before the first hell sweep or second is about to hit. If you're really 
up to it, you'll go for the first sweep. 


This is the same technique I use with Hei's highly regarded hell sweep. Some 
people like to frighten their competition or annoy them. 

But I have varied and improved it. 

The second hit can be a WGF for Hei, roundhouse for Jin, hell sweep for Devil, 
Angel, the...Jins, and Kaz. My technique is not with out assurance, it is a 
double edged sword. If you did avoid being hit when you SSed, you can over power 
him with the follow up in my technique...that is catching the WHIRLWIND.
In Tekken, the only way you can catch someone is to do a throw. So the really 
safest way is to SS and grab your opponent! Even if Hei and Jin does a 
different move, IT DOESN'T MATTER. The throw will out prioritize their move. 
So if you have that incredible concentration and composure, your skill will 
be heightened to such level of play that I assure you ...you will not loose 
as long as you know your Tekken basics. 
(The above move is patented to me, and no one in the whole Tekken community,
game guides has ever come up with a technique or strategy to evade such 

Jin's b+2,1 can be SSed but you must act quickly if the opponent does delay
the move. It will track and hit. SS the first hit to your right. Just that.
Also, if the opponent doesn't delay, poke. 

But let me tell you that if you do not have the knack for when this move
is coming at you, no matter what you do you will get hit, SS..that's what 
I meant. And if you are experienced enough and is up to the challenge, you 
can SS this move in both directions if you see Jin move back, at times followed
by neutrality, than a sudden forward with his right elbow being shown behind
his back then a horizontal attack - right hook. If you get hit while guarding, 
SSing the next move to the right will be almost impossible...impossible if you
Auto SS the wrong way. 
You can only SS the second hit if you were not hit by the first. But if the
first hits you, tap f immediately not repeatedly because you will break your
own guard and that is quite stupid. Another alternative would be
By SSing the first hit successfully, you must interrupt the second hit at all 
cost. If you end up close while the second hit is about to make contact...it
will hit the spot. Some may use the laser canon/scrapper in a very wrong
way against SSers. Do not attempt to use this move to scare someone at a 
very wrong distance because it is fairly easy to evade the move given such

Some attacks, even at close range, just cannot be SSed.

Combinational attacks
Examples of this kind of attack are Paul's d+1,4,2 and ten strings. You don't
get the chance to SS all the moves in this type of attack but SSing the first
array of the move can be a relief. Paul's d,d/b,b+3,2,2 can back track as long
as it is delayed and all that. So be careful when you do evade the first and
second hit of this attack since if you don't guard or CH as you evaded the 
move, the back tracking last attack will hit you. That is if the opponent did 
delay the move. Otherwise, your opponent will end up showing his stuff while 
you punish him afterwards.

Crouch Dashing arts
I have menioned that the rule SS left if left limb blah, blah, blah is not all
that true. Do you SS a hell sweep done by a right limb to your right? I think
Anyways, I will not discuss about the standard CD attacks but those attacks
which revolve around the specialized use of the crouch dash, highly regarded
but are unconventional moves in reality. 


Don't try too many ss up close unless you have a decent frame advantage
.. cause wgf will pick you up out of a close ss all the time (I learned 
that the hard way) .. One little tip is IF YOU SEE A CD COMING TOWARDS YOU,
DON'T SIDESTEP. at that point it's too late and hellsweep or wgf will track
you. do the ss in anticipation for good results.


SSing a CD

You can SS a CD. All you need to do is if you see the opponent after a 
forward dash go into crouch position, dash forward and SS to your left. 
What comes next are S.O.P. which I think you know what to do by now...
punish them!!!

What's this special mention all about? 

The one thing he did a good job on was telling you not to SS sequentially.
Other than that, he doesn't know the mechanics behind the SS. It takes a keen
eye to see an EWGF coming. It doesn't take as much skill to see whether a WGF,
or hellsweep coming at you. That's just my opinion as that's the way I see it.

A good example of a CD move coming at you would be the TGF. You see the 
crouching motion as it draws near your character. SS left, throw or CH or 
Juggle. End of discussion.

Wave dash
     WGDRUC (Wave Uppercut) f,N,d,d/f,b,WS+2
     WGDRDUC (Wave Pistons) f,N,d,d/f,b,WS+1,2 
     WEWGF (Wave Electric Wind godfist)

The Wave uppercut and Pistons are two risky moves against a defensive expert.
But if they don't know it yet, it's one hell of a move and juggle starter. 
The same goes for the WEWGF. The only thing that I see as a stand out move from 
the rest of these branched wave dash forms is the WEWGF. It covers more
distance than the Wave Uppercut and Wave Pistons and it comes out faster. 
Do not let your opponent gain distance to dish these moves out. Move CLOSE as
possible to them (which I think will not be your option 4. You will not be able 
to SS this move after being guard stunned.
You can SS the WGDRUC to your left, the WGDRDUC to your right but be careful 
since the Twin Pistons of Kaz is flawless as the word goes around, which is 
The WEWGF can be SSed to the left as long as you don't SS the first CD. 
To evade the hit by an EWGF, get close to your opponent and SS the seccond CD, 
not the first CD. But if you don't get me, just block it and be prepared if the
opponent opts for a throw or hellsweep. Deal with the taunts...
What makes WEWGF better than the other two is due to the fact that you can opt
for a fake dash if you're in a tight spot. And if you notice that your opponent
knows where to SS this move, you can opt to slow down from the transition of the
first CD to forward wihich cancels the move and do the second CD at EWGd speeds.

Dash Electric Windgodfist
This move is good to pull out when an opponent whiffs at a distance. This 
variation of the CD helps the EWGF to gain ground than a normal EWGF. SSing 
this move is to SS left but pay attention to when the opponent's character 
(Jin or Hei) comes out of the CD to deliver the EWGF. This is also SSed the same
manner as a WEWGF. Get close when the second CD comes. 
The DEWGF cannot be SS if you whiffed or you are just coming out of a guard stun
as it is almost guaranteed to hit - f,f,F+3 then DEWGF. 

Wave Electric Windgodfist
This move, if the opponent is SS happy and is a bit scared of your offensive
is pretty much good to dish out if at a distance. It covers more ground than
a DEWGF. If you do not know the mechanics of this move, you'll have a hard 
time evading it.
But pay attention to when the opponent decides to attack as he will most likely 
time his move of when to dish it out even if you SS the right way. You will get
hit if you SS out of phase or timing with when the opponent executes the move.

Fake Wave
The fake wave is to lure the opponent into whiffing. If the opponent falls for
this move, what comes next is INEVITABLE if done correctly, EWGF. This is my
move of choice especially against a good Bryan player who doesn't do short
strings. Bryan's b+1~2 is an outstanding move! But I'm better because I can 
always pull the plug and say I'm the champ!!! hehehe!!!

Snake dash
The snake dash is as risky as doing a mist step. I refer to the move as Jin 
and Hei's mist step version of Kaz's mist step. The move sucks if you don't 
know how to SS correctly. You can SS to any direction but do you really have 
an idea yourself what move an opponent will do if the former stands still and 
watches your every SS while at neutral guard?
But I don't want you to get thew notion that the mist step is a bad move, it 
isn't! This move comes in handy as a guessing game tool. 

 Just my opinion...                       

The Wave Uppercut and Pistons are for masters use. Wave dashing and move coming
out of it won't work very well against defensive experts. The fake wave, it 
takes a very good perceptual speed to see what move comes out but you are 
risking retaliation if you don't know your spacing. The snake dash is as good 
as wave dashing and mist step all together minus the mist step moves that you 
have at your disposal after the SS, that's if you get to use it too much.

That's just my opinion. You have yours. Look at the First Ammendment because
I have my rights. And one of them is...you already know!

The key in SSing these moves is perceptual speed that you possess. My 
Perceptual Speed Theory (ha!) will only work if you have a good knack to see 
any of the above moves coming coupled with your ability to react as fast or 
even faster than your opponent. My theory also incorporates the thinking 
"...my move is a result of your move..." which is pretty easy to understand.
Are you buying this? 

Let me illustrate.

A dashed EWGF can be SSed. But what you need to do is to put in mind if the
opponent will push through with his attack. If he is planning up on other 
things, I suggest that you prepare an escape for a throw, and be on Active
guard. Otherwise, you'll see the opponent coming at you full speed. That is
his mistake since he is so busy pulling off an EWGF after tapping forward
that you just evaded him. 
To evade the DEWGF is to SS once the character leaves the CD into the attack.
Also, you can just dish out a throw as he draws near because it'll 
out-prioritize the opponents offensive. Once the opponent is as near as twice
an AL or lesser, you can do a throw while noticing that your character also 
moves forward. It only shows that you have out prioritized his move. 

A WEWGF takes composure to SS. If we break down and disect further into the
WEWGF, we will notice that it is a crouch dash immediately followed by a DEWGF.

It is always good to break down a good offensive's blue print rather than 
attacking it head on because at such compound level, analysis of any weak 
points for the move is very hard. But the thing is if you're trying to do the
breaking down in a match for the first time, you'll end up eating the first 
barrage of offense your opponent does.

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 To Sidestep or not to sidestep...                            **    **    **  
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If you SS often, they refer to you as the SS-happy Tekken player. If you 
don’t SS, you’re a...jack-in-the-box? So, which is which?

Let me explain.

The series was a given the ss move for various reasons. One of which was 
to add substance to a character's game style, even yours. It is there for you
to be able to evade attacks and counter hit in an offensive and defensive 

I would like to demonstrate to you, the reader of this document, the prowess 
of the sidestep against well known attacks that deplete life bars in a matter
of seconds. 


Just ss. But SS the first move of the string, most recommended, or any 
move in the string that can be SS. If the best choice is to counter hit, 
then by all means do so. You can freely, but quickly, hit your opponent in 
the back if you ss correctly. 
Some ten string users use their combos within close proximity. For this 
matter, block then counter hit or sidestep. Also, be aware of the low hitting
strings in the combo they are doing because once it hits you, you are most 
likely to take the damage of the rest of the strings. 
For those who use the ten string at a distance, you can still have a glass
of your favorite beverage after SSing the the string and ending up behind 
your opponent. This is the lousiest way of using ten strings. It's effective
for scrubs as they tend to get intimidated by the combo. Too far is 
too risky. Remember that as you play this game.


Even if your opponent taps f then CD-attack just ss to wherever 
(more on the direction stuff later) it should be SSed and you’ll find 
yourself at your opponent’s side, if and only if he follows up the CD 
with an attack such as f,f,N,d/f+1~_2_4, 4. The only thing he could do if 
he wants to execute his CD attack is to tap f to follow you. But then again
you can always CH your opponent as he does the CD motion. Buffered CD 
attacks are another story...fairly easy to evade.

The key in evading CD attacks is to let the CDr execute the attack. It takes
a lot of skill to pull a SS against a very skilled CDr. A TGF for example
can still track you down despite SSing it the right way. It takes mastery and
experience to SS CDr such as I have described. Also, these ones are dangerous.
Just the mere fact that they successfully hit you with a TGF is scary.  
Okay, okay. It's too hard. Try doing a SS against a Jin, Kaz, or Hei doing 
an u/f+4,4_4,4 (for Kaz and Jin). SS to your left then grab that dude. Also 
take note that Kaz and Jin can do the a special variation of the said move by 
pressing "u" instead of "u/f". This variation is very good to intimidate a SSer
or for okizeme purposes. It would be hard to do the "u/f" variation against, 
say, Lei so what you are left with is the "u" version. Plus the fact it takes
a shorter time for it to connect giving you a slight advantage. In other words,
if you see someone doing this as a part of their offensive, trying stteing up a 
match with a very large wager (Hey dude, if I defeat you your girlfriend is 

When doing a sequential SS, you are at a disadvantage, my friend. I have seen
the effects of what a CD preceeded by f can do. And it can do very nasty 
things to you.
It says it all. Sequential. That's what's wrong. When the CDer taps forward,
he faces you and can do and EWGF which will be your doom if you SSed it to 
the wrong side. And even if you manage to SS it to the correct side, you'll
have no guaranties of ever avoiding a hit. 
If you're in neutral guard, take note of whether your opponent will do a throw
or a low attack. That's the worst thing that can happen to you if you can't
see it coming. But if you see the opponent coming near you and is at a distance
to your advantage, give him a quick lesson not to do CD moves ever again.
Timing is the key to a successful SS. If you have won using only one move in a
match, then you know what I'm talking about. Otherwise, work on it.

The truth is, as long as you SS the right way, you can never be at 
a disadvantage. But there are exceptions which I have already mentioned.

SSing moves when you just got recovery from a lag time is a very bad idea. 
You'll only get hit while doing the SS since you just delayed it. Another
would be that the infamous convention of right limb, SS it right and etc.

*  for confused newbie, E mail me.


This kind of match is a good one and very hard and frustrating; assuming that 
both players are indeed knowledgeable SSers and not SSing just for the sake of
You both know when, where, and how to SS each others attacks. In this kind of 
match, the first one who SSs looses. Why? When you SS as your opponent observes
you, you are vulnerable to his attacks. As what Ben Cureton (tragic@toxic.net) 
has demonstrated in his analysis of the SS, there are advantage and disadvantage
points. But there are exceptions to his notations on whether it is an advantage 
or disadvantage point. 

If you are matched against someone who has a sense of direction, you will 
notice that they have been SSing so fast and is now out of axis. If you face
a Mishima player, don't despair as most won't be able to do a WGF. Many would
do a SS+2 with Jin. 

When I say out of axis, the character is now at an angle to the main axis or 
is now perpendicular to it.

** If you still are confused, try this one.

It’s a Jin vs Bryan fight. You’re Jin. Your opponent after a few seconds of 
start got you with a f,f+2 but you got up and the next thing you see is a 
f,f+4. If you SS, I suggest that you SS to your Left. You’ll be at his right 
side and you can either grab him with the f,f+2, do a E/WGF, a Tooth fairy, 
or if you got him dumb founded by making him wonder why you didn’t got hit, 
do the ultimate stupid-opponent-KO move - b+1~4. Actually doing a 
spinning godfist out of the blue leaves your opponent stunned, paralyzed 
for some unknown reason. Actually, most unblockables can do this. One of 
which I use is Heihachi’s Lightning Hammer. But I don’t suggest that you do 
unblockables every time. But if it gets them, the faq on taunts comes in 
very,very handy.

I am not saying that Bryan is a no-good character. Actually, he is so hard 
to defeat using a Mishima. You will have a hard time. But I didn't do this
document just to tell you that.

Before I forget, I would want to tell you, the reader, that frequent SSing or
a sequential SS is very, very bad. You can only do such a move if your opponent
whiffed a move. And at that stage, it still is bad. You just wasted a good 
opportunity to punish your opponent's mistake. 
Another reason why it sucks is because your opponent can dish out a move that
tracks to your chosen path of SSing, either to the left or right. And you will 
get hit. You will!

I reiterate, I assume the responsibility that you are not a newbie, scrub, 
or still a scrub, and/or otherwise. All the discussions herein are highly 
suited for average and high level players as only such kind of people have 
a high probability or chance of pulling off any of the things that will be 
stated and discussed from now on. If by any chance you belong to those 
which I have mentioned, do not despair as everyone goes through that stage
or have gone through it but not when they played Tekken. 
Also, take note of the rules I imposed on you before doing any SSing. Remember
them by heart!


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 Camera Angles                                                **    **    **  
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In Tekken, you can determine what motion input to do after a different and
confusing camera angle by observing if your character's axis is leaning to
the right or left with respect to his line-of-sight axis.

Or, if you are put in such a situation that you recognize that you reached
a point wherein you are at a 3-SS position with respect to the normal position,
the motion input you must execute must be opposite from where you first SSed on 
the first place.

I think Namco went back to the old camera angle system back in Tekken one days.
Try playing it and you'll say to yourself that you could only beat the CPU at 
easy mode since the camera angles are so frustrating!!!

I think you know that if you are out of phase regarding your axis with respect 
to your opponent, it is a very hard time. I just experienced this but both me 
and my cousin's characters were both out of axis, hard time trying to get the 
advantage over the other.


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 Sidestep Applications                                        **    **    **  
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In the strictest sense, SSing is mainly used for defensive purposes. But 
then there's always an exception.
I reiterate, I assume the responsibility that you are not a newbie, scrub, 
or still a scrub, and/or otherwise. All the discussions herein are highly 
suited for average and high level players as only such kind of people have 
a high probability or chance of pulling off any of the things that will be 
stated and discussed from now on. If by any chance you belong to those 
which I have mentioned, do not despair as everyone goes through that stage
or have gone through it but not when they played Tekken. 


Most Tekken players don't notice why others consistently SS. With reference 
to the  second property I wrote, that says it all. Some may disagree that if 
you SS and grab you must be close or closeR. NO! It's a misconception. Try 
SSing and if you are about one to three-halves arms-length away 
(characterwise), try to execute a throw. It'll grab your opponent to your 
and his surprise. Also, a back and side throw is as TRICKY to escape as a 
multi-throw because any throw can be executed for the same motion, side 
throw if grabbed by the sides...right side motion and left side motion have 
similar commands. Back throw if grabbed behind. And to add that back and 
side throws are much flashy. When your throw is being escaped, your opponent 
must be able to initiate the escape command as fast as he can, but it seems 
impossible especially if you evaded an attack. The recovery time of your 
opponent from such a move works to your advantage.

Back throws cannot be escaped! But you can always duck. That is if your 
opponent doesn't juggle you. And don't under-estimate a BIG character.

"Ah! ...beware of a good SSing Jack who always pulls off side and 
back throws." heehee!

If you end behind your opponent after SSing an attack, you have a couple of 
choices. One of which is to juggle, quick juggles I mean. If you can inflict 
juggles that can take more than 40 points of damage off your opponents life 
bar, the better. If you can't, opt for a grab for an instant 60 points 
damage. That is if your opponent does not face you before you grab. Well,
if you're trying to work on your juggle, execute one to gain better 
juggling ability. But you'll pay the price if you make a mistake.

I'm quite speechless when it comes to juggles and all that. Almost everything
about the aspect of juggling has been covered by so many faqs/guides here
in gamefaqs. 

Just for the sake of it, here I go...

To be able to do and execute juggles everytime defines the outcome 
of the match. The more devastating the juggles you know, the more the fight 
is going to be easy for you, that is if you get it to connect at all.

In high level matches, seldom do these kinds of attacks arise since
both competitors know of the damage potential if the other inflicts 
a juggle. Characters like the Mishimas and the Kazamas are natural jugglers
and deal powerful juggles. If you get juggled by a Jin player once, that 
maybe all that he needs. Each of the opponents set up attacks then link it 
with juggle follow up moves that can mean the end of the round. If you are
able to escape it, good for you. Atleast pray that your opponent miscalculates
or does a mistake.

The only thing you can do is to block or avoid it as much as possible. In my
case, avoiding a juggle starter would be the best option.


If you successfully SS and avoid a juggle starter move, you've set yourself
up for free hits at you opponent. And that means it your time to do some 
juggling yourself. And do it as fast as possible if the attack you've manage 
to avoid has quick recovery time. But be aware of the moves you dish out
for not all moves you do would create an opportunity for you to do damaging 
juggles. If you can only do juggles after such predicament in which the
damage is meager, than I suggest learn the more damaging juggle move.

Practice makes perfect. But the way you do it is the key to whether you win 
or not. You must possess excellence in execution for if not and even if 
you do know how to juggle, it would just have been a waste of time since you
can't use it to work for you. 

It is the newest addition to the game aside from new moves the characters 
were given - TAG. Tagging would only be useful if you successfully do a 
juggle starter but it will certainly complement your SS game. So let me 
discuss on tagging a little before I go on...

The Tag
One thing notable about tagging is that it is a move on its own right. 
There are pros and cons incorporated into it. One of the reasons for 
tagging is to change characters within the round for a different approach, 
mostly for offensive purposes or just to recover your main character's 
health. Also, it helps to avoid further damage inflicted to any of your
character's by "escaping" from a very bad predicament. One example would be 
okizeme. Instead of receiving more damage, you roll out and tag-in  your 
partner. Isn't that nice?!

But I think with the introduction of new features in the game of Tekken, 
the tag has been most exploited, used, and known about. Almost all of you 
Tekken buffs out there know more about the mechanics of game play behind 
tagging than SSing. 

But so much for that...

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Throw Game                                                    **    **    **  
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Does anyone do throws in Tekken anymore? I know I do.

In local arcade matches, seldom would you see someone do a throw, unless their
King, Nina, Anna, Bruce, etc. But you see, throwing is still in and can be of
great advantage to you. You can also gain psychological advantages if you know 
how to do it.

Hmm, it comes to my attention that when you do a throw, your opponent just 
escapes it with relative ease. Here's where I come in to frustrate your enemies.

I. Execute throws on whiffed moves

This will be your biggest advantage. The recovery time of your opponent works
against your opponent and not you. It'll always get your opponent and frustrate
him as it now becomes trickier to escape. As a general rule, the longer the 
recovery time, the harder it is to escape the throw and the better the chance
for you to do some damage with the throw. Also consider a back dash a whiffed 

II. Execute throws with two input escapes

It's pretty hard to escape throws with two input escapes. But if your opponent 
can escape it everytime, it'll be hard for him to know if you did such kind of 
throw we are speaking after you do a sidestep. 

Very nasty, isn't it? 

Some Tekken players can see what kind of throw you are pulling off. Kind? I mean
the kind of escape for the throw you just did. Hmm, you seem amazed. But it
isn't all that impossible. 

To basically know what throw escape to dish out when an opponent does a throw is 
to have some idea of what arm he used to grab you with. I will list them down,
and it's regardless of what throw your opponent does as long as you know what 
arm he used

          1. Throw done with the left arm extended than the right arm can
             be escaped with the inputting of 1 (square)
          2. Throw done with the right arm extended than the left arm can
             be escaped with the inputting of 2 (triangle)
          3. Throw done with both arms extended can be escaped with both
             punch buttons
          4. Throw done while on the left side can be escaped by 1
          5. Throw done while on the right side can be escaped by 2

You must remember one thing when doing such escape. You must do it before your
opponent's character twist's, lift's or lay's hand on your character. Once any
of the following have been executed, is twisting, lifting, grasping already, on 
your character, escape is inevitable even if you press the right escape button.
Being late is has never done any good, even in real life.

If you want to learn how to escape multithrows,  site dedicated to King is a 
good place to visit.

III. Execute side throws

Side throws are cool! Refer to Lee's side throws for some first hand experience
on side throws; thanks a million "maureen" - maureen of TTT.com forum. She is
quite good with Lee and Law.

Anyways, side throws are for guessing games. Aside from doing an attack or
standard SS attack, you can opt for a side throw. And it deals quite good 
damage for that matter.

The advantages of side throwing are obvious. First off, it's conceiled...whether
what throw you do since you hide behind your opponent or your back is exposed
to the screen. Second, if you evaded a move you can grab your opponent's 
character even at two armslength distance, characterwise. 

Just do it to know more. Some of the facts I told you are based on the glicthes 
in the game.

IV. Back throws

This is the ultimate throw you can ever execute but you won't usually end up 
behind your opponent. The rewards in pulling this move off out weighs the risks
that you are faced with. 

Back throws, for a fact, cannot be escaped. Period. Nothing follows. Be a scrub
all your life.

Second, back throws are very devastating. It even out-weighs  damages some 
juggles and unblockables inflict. Refer to Kaz's back throw for coolness and 
Toshin, Ogre's back throw for some kick ass damage. Actually, you can go to 
the washroom and do your stuff than come back to see the Ogre has just depleted 
a whopping 70 points of damage off your opponent.

Just remember one thing about trying to back throw, be quick about it. I asked
a friend, Blackwind, about the decency of back throwing against Jun and her
White heron after evading the third hit (Yes, you can evade the third hit).
It turns out that Jun's WH is far different than Jin's WH since it has real
good tracking ability than the latter.

Blackwind, thanks a lot for this info!!!

V. Throwing before a move

This requires EXTREME skill, COMPOSURE to it's fullest, and TIMING. If you 
think you don't have this qualities in you, don't try it. 

If you see a move coming and you have time to block it, I suggest you throw out
a throw. You can throw, Hei, Kaz, Jin as they do a WGF or that of Paul's DF. It 
is even useful against those who use unblockables (!), with some exceptions.

Hwoarang's f,f+3 can also be caught if you know the timing and if you're up
to it.

If you think you can do more damage from a juggle, do it then as long as you
know what to do because yoiu need to do it fast!

I reiterate, I assume the responsibility that you are not a newbie, scrub, 
or still a scrub, and/or otherwise. All the discussions herein are highly 
suited for average and high level players as only such kind of people have 
a high probability or chance of pulling off any of the things that will be 
stated and discussed from now on. If by any chance you belong to those 
which I have mentioned, do not despair as everyone goes through that stage
or have gone through it but not when they played Tekken. 
Also, take note of the rules I imposed on you before doing any SSing. Remember
them by heart!

VI. Miscellaneous Info on Throwing

I just want everyone to know that there are other things about throwing vaguely
known, understood. 

An opponent doing a two-fisted dive can be thrown if and only if you are close
and as long as your opponents feet do not leave the ground.

You can also throw someone doing flip kicks. But I haven't done it yet, only 
my cousin. He consistently does that if you consistently do flip kicks. So, 
sorry if I can't inform you about how to do it. I won't write down what I don't

Hmm, my friend told me that when Law does his flips kicks, you can do a throw 
as long as Law's foot is in contact with the ground, perpendicular in nature is
the position. Thanks, Blackwind!!!

I don't quite get it sometimes, but as long as I win, who cares about it!!!

Effective Range of Throwing

Almost everyone will say that to execute a throw with a a probability of one
out of one you should be done close to the opponent or half an AL. But that is
not true at all!

Give me ten reasons why you doubt me when you e mail but I'll answer your 
queries right now here in this section. I will be devoting this section to the 
analysis of the throw range ER.

Effective Range has been defined in the definition section of this faq to be
twice an AL to its maximum range. I don't think specifying the minimum range 
would do any good. But why 2AL?

The 2AL can only be confirmed on whiffs and on article five (V. Throwing before 
a move) of the Throw game section. It is only then can you execute a throw 
at its maximum distance. But keep in mind that you may find it as something 
really WEIRD. 

An example of this is when an opponent, say uses Jin, does a WGF at a distance 
from you just enough to count as twice an AL, quickly execute a throw and voila,
you got yourself about 30 points of neat damage  while leaving your opponent 
wondering what went WRONG, very wrong!!!

It's some kind of mathematical glitch which the system buffers as a valid throw.


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Why an anti-SS guide? 

The purpose of my tutorial is to impart knowledge to all about what I know about
Sidestepping and as well as knowing that SSing can evade almost all the moves
an opponent can dish out, I am also aware that not every move can be evaded.

The infamous WEWGF and DEWGF are said to be very good anti-SS moves. But is it
all that? And does it really track a SS 100%? I think you'd also be asking
that yourselves.

Nonetheless, Tekken is still a game. A game which is governed by the protocols
intrinsic to the game's program. If you are knowledgeable about all the aspects
of this rules, you are vey lucky for you are the better fighter. That's of 
course if and only if you know it and know how to use such knowledge.

SS Misconceptions                                           

No move is invincible once you get to know more about it. This is what I've 
learned. This is what I keep in mind whether I go into offense or be on the 
defensive end when I fight. Keep this in mind, make it one of your philosophies 
while fighting. 

To go on, there are many misconceptions about the SS. Let me then list some of 
them down for you.

     sequential SSing
     close proximity
     forward and back tap; 

This generally refers to the well known "if your opponent SSs, SS to cancel 
their SS" thingy. This is generally good if you're up against manageable 
opponents. It's very hard pull this off against better opponents since they 
have the option to CH you as you are in the starting frames of the SS motion or 
perform a throw depending on the proximity. This also leads to a 
sequential-SSing contest, if close, where each player SSs to get the advantage 
and nail the other. When this is most likely to happen, it is much better to 
crouch and to low pokes than quickly respond to any mid offensive done by your 
As you perform a SS out of your opponent's SS, you are vulnerable to be thrown
if and when you are up close. The throw is done as you SS and not after the 
16th frame vulnerability since you can crouch after the said frames. 
Quite decent but not that good...

sequential SSing
This is a very bad move. This move sucks since DEWGF and WEWGF will hit you. 
Especially if your opponent can do EWGF very fast, the CD motion, at close 
proximity you're a GONER!!! Don't try doing this against someone doing a Devil 
possession with Jin. I do believe Devil Jin's WGF is by then extremely fast. 
One more reason why this move is bad is because if your opponent is 
knowledgeable with SSing, a move that tracks very well to the direction 
where you are SSing is your opponent's choice.
An example of such situation would be if you sequentially SS to your right...a 
Wind Godfist really means Wind Godfist. It'll hit you unless your timing and 
distance are just right for a SSw.
But take note that DEWGF and WEWGF can only hit you if the actual EWGF move is 
preceeded by a slow forward to track a SSing opponent. A very fast WEWGF and 
DEWGF will whiff.

That's if you are facing a very good opponent. Most of the time, you're just
facing a decent levelled player who doesn't even wave dash. 

To be fair, sequential SSing is hard if you don't have a sense of what's really
going on. Remember, your opponent is also taking a chance as they won't be able 
do move that they usually do when they get out of axis. The best way to get 
to these guys, sort of a first option, is by way of poking. Strike with the 
limb closest to them.

close proximity
At this range, you can make a fool of anyone if you know when and where to SS, 
start and stop, hit and do a throw. But usually you won't end up this close and 
that you haven't experienced being this close. In this range, you can 
sequentially SS and do a SSw as long as you are not faced with the Changs and 
with anyone with an 8 frame jab.

At this range, the better pitbull player has an advantage. No body does do
serious SSing game. And if you do see someone, their just one in a million.

If you play Tekken using a stick rather than a d-pad you have an advantage 
since dashing with a d-pad is hard if you want to do a dash at high level of 
play and perform variations since blisters are inevitable. Even a seasoned d-
pad Tekken player will say so. Crouch dash, wave dash, roll dash.
Some would refer to dashing as a prelude to demolishing a SSing opponent. If 
the SSing opponent is stupid enough to SS out of the blue without any attack to 
evade, than these things are true. Otherwise, read the definition of what a SS
is really used for and rethink about this.

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There is quite a big difference between an anti-SS move/strat/technique to
a SS-tracking move. If you get hit by a SS-tracking move, you are just plain 
stupid. Read what SS means in the definiton section before you go on.

Wave dashing, leading to WEWGF, DEWGF, is a move that if your opponent SSs at
a very early stage, will track them down since the EWGF has incredible speed
to boot!


Anti-SS strat 1
Paul's Death Fist is a prime canditate for SSing. It's very slow compared to
Hei's DF but the rewards are very high IF you get them to connect. Against a 
decent player, you may not be able to sink this move in. The only solution is 
to use the property of the dash motion to your advantage.

This is how it goes

          Paul's DF motion does a crouch and is executed by d,d/f,f. If you
          hit 2, you get a DF. But the thing is your opponent can easily evade
          this move to the right. What move will you have to do in order to
          not whiff?
          Change the attack but be able to use the crouching motion of the DF.
          This is done by executing a QCF then immediately followed by d+4.
          Do you remember that d+4 with Paul is virtually impossible to SS?
          Right! And the QCF motion helps you close in the gap to prevent 
          stagger effects. What you've got is a potent tool against a correctly
          done SS.

But this move is for Tekken 3 only. For those of you who have noticed, this
move is quite one of Paul's dreaded moves in T3. They (Namco) toned it down.
It was so good in T3 that you have a guessing game for Paul's RD unlike 
for TTT.

Anti-SS strat 2
Poke when the opponent is in the first few frames and you will be so happy 
because it'll hit them. Intiendez? This is specially effective against 
someone doing a sequential SS. Also, there is a trick here. You have to poke
in between the starting and up to the 11th frame of the SS motion. This is
due to the fact that your opponent cannot block your pokes at this stage.
Another thing is that if your opponent is a persistent SSing dude. The best 
thing to do is give them the knock out move. 

Anti-SS strat 3
Slow input of forward or CD cancel for DEWGF, WEWGF will track a SSing 
opponent. This is the trick wherein it makes these two motions very effective 
as anti-SS strategies. If you always tend to do the CD cancel very fast, you 
will whiff because of such fast motion input cannot follow a SS move. That's
if the SS is done to the left. Just be careful if your opponent SS left.


          For DEWGF and before second CD for WEWGF, press forward when your
          opponent SSs. That means waiting for your opponent to SS. It will
          look as if you've executed a slow DEWGF and WEWGF but delaying the 
          forward will make the EWGF track the SS and hit your opponent. You 
          also have the option to cancel the dash into a fake dash if you ever 
          get into a tight spot and even doing an EWGF will only make you 

Anti-SS strat 4
Back dash, dash forward, SS as well, then use moves that track both to the 
left and right then use them interchangeably. This also plays as a guessing 
game for your opponent. 

Lastly, you only meet a good SSing opponent once in a blue moon. Most players
SS one way. That's either only to the left or to the right. So take note of
these little things. 

What I presented to you the reader are basics behind SSing to be incorporated 
to your game. When I started to do serious WD techniques, my SSing skills 
became below-average that at times when I needed to SS, I always get hit. 
No technique is superior. It only becomes such when you use it correctly. 
Use everything you know and start to get to know your opponent's limitations
and skills. Once you get there, you will go to another level. You don't just
learn to fight, you learn to get to know your opponent first.

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