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############################################################################### ******************************************************************************* Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Dr. Doom Character FAQ Written By: Kevin Carignan (E-Mail address: Sh0ryu_Repp4@yahoo.com) Version History: Ver. 0.25 - Just begun to type up all information. First small section with Notation Guide and Movement Section submitted to GameFAQs. Updates will be submitted as frequently as i can time permitting. Ver. 0.50 - First draft rejected from gamefaqs. Apparently character specific FAQs have to be completely finsihed before submitting. Oh well... >_< I will finish typing everything up and submit it once more. ############################################################################## ****************************************************************************** Legal Shenanigans All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders. This may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited. and a violation of copyright. Simply put: I made this guide but I didn't make this game, Capcom did. If you want to use this guide any other place besides GameFAQs just send me an E-Mail and i'll tell you if you can. ****************************************************************************** ############################################################################## Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Notation Guide III. Movement IV. Normal Moves V. Special Moves VI. Hyper Combos VII. Assists VIII. Getting In IX. Game Plan X. Team Examples XI. Combo Guide XII. References XIII. Thank You, Credits, and Coming Soon ============================================================================== I. Introduction ============================================================================== Hello everyone, my name is Kevin and this is my first ever FAQ. I've visited GameFAQs for many years and I've finally decided to take the plunge and start contributing. I thought the best place to start would be with my favorite game and the character I know best. Those being MvC 3 and Dr. Doom respectively. My goal with this guide is to teach you how to use Dr. Doom to his best potential in MvC 3. I'm not going to waste space with trivial character info and things like that. I'm not here to tell you that Dr. Doom's name is Victor Von Doom, and that he's the archnemesis of the Fantastic Four. If you want to find that kind of information there are alot of better places to do so. If i can help at least one person with this guide, I will feel I have done my job correctly. If you have any questions or comments, please send me an E-Mail to the address provided above. Please put "Dr. Doom FAQ" in the subject line or I will mark it as spam and not read it. At certain points in the guide I will break topic and breifly discuss a certain aspect that I feel is relevant to the current section. This will mostly be general fighting game information or information specific to MvC 3 that I feel is necessary for a complete understanding of the material. I will try to keep these "mini sections" as brief and limited as possible. So without further ado, It's time for me to take you for a ride. /\_/\ ============================================================================== (!) DISCLAIMER (!) ============================================================================== While you read this guide I will assume you have a very basic understanding of fighting games and MvC3. Very Simple things like Blocking, Dashing, X-Factor, and assists. I will go over a couple of basics but if you've played at least one fighting game in the past 20 years and MvC3 at least once then you should be just fine. Anything more advanced I will explain to you. ============================================================================== II. Notation Guide ============================================================================== This is the shorthand I will be using to describe all actions and moves in this guide. These are the standard notations for all fighting games, excluding ones specific to MvC3 obviously. Basically if you speak to someone on a fighting game message board or something similar using these notations you should have no trouble communicating with them. These notations assume your character is facing right. Reverse them for characters facing left. These controls match the default controller type, Type A. - ST. = Standing: Indicates the standing position. For example ST. L means pressing the Light attack button while standing. - CR. = Crouching: Indicates any of the three crouching positions: Down, Down-Forward, or Down Back. For example CR. H means holding Down and pressing the Heavy attack button. - J. = Jumping: Performing an attack in the air while jumping. For example J. M means jumping then pressing the Medium attack button. - SJ. = Super Jumping: Performing an attack in the air while super jumping. For example SJ. H means pressing down then up quickly to super jump and pressing the Heavy attack button. - QCF = Quarter Circle Forward: Done by rolling the analog stick Down, Down-Forward, and Forward. Called the "Fireball Motion" because most projectile attacks, like Ryu's Hadoken, use this motion. - QCB = Quarter Circle Back: Done by rolling the analog stick Down, Down-Back, and Back. It is simply a Quarter Circle Forward in the opposite direction. - DP = Dragon Punch: Done by moving the analog stick Forward, Down, and Down-Forward. Called the "Dragon Punch Motion" because the first move to use this motion was the Shoryuken, or "Rising Dragon Punch" in Street Fighter II. - RDP = Reverse Dragon Punch: Done by moving the analog stick Back, Down, and Down-Back. It is literally a backwards dragon punch. - L = Light Attack: Done by pressing X on the X-Box 360 or Square on the PS3. - M = Medium Attack: Done by pressing Y on the X-Box 360 or Triangle on the PS3. - H = Hard Attack: Done by pressing B on the X-Box 360 or Circle on the PS3. - S = Special Attack: Done by pressing A on the X-Box 360 or X on the PS3. - ATK = Any Attack Button: This means you can press any attack button except S. - ATKx2 = Any Two Attack Buttons: Pressing any two attack buttons except S. All Hyper Combos require two attack buttons to activate. You can also dash by pressing any two attack buttons instead of double tapping a direction. This is the preferred method of dashing. - P1 = Partner 1: Done by pressing LB on the X-Box 360 or L1 on the PS3. This button calls out your first partner, the second character on your team, to perform their assist. What assist they perform is determined by what you picked at the character select screen. - P2 = Partner 2: Done by pressing RB on the X-Box 360 or R1 on the PS3. This button calls out your second partner, the third character on your team, to perform their assist. What assist they perform is determined by what you picked at the character select screen. - P1 + P2 = Partner 1 and Partner 2: Pressing the Partner 1 and Partner 2 buttons at the same time. Causes a Team Hyper Combo which depending on how much super meter you have will have one, two, or all three members of your team come on screen and perform their Hyper Combos. Which Hyper Combos your team performs depends on what assist you picked at the character select screen. - xx = Cancel: Interrupting one move before it finishes by inputting the notation for another move. The classic example being Ryu's crouching medium kick into Hadoken in every game he's ever been in. In MvC3 you do CR. M and input QCF + H before Ryu retracts his leg and the kick will be cut off and you will perform the Hadoken. This is the most common and easiest example of a cancel. The complete notation being: CR. M xx QCF + H - * = Rapid Input: Pressing a button rapidly, also called "mashing". In MvC3 all mashing moves require at least 3 quick button presses. For example *L would mean press L rapidly. - XFC = X Factor Cancel: Pressing L, M, H, and S at the same time activates X-Factor. X-Factor can be used to cancel any action standing or crouching even guarding. Doing so is aptly called an X-Factor Cancel or XFC. You cannot activate X-Factor in mid air. The most basic use of an XFC is cancelling one Hyper Combo into another. For example with Iron Man you can XFC one Proton Cannon into another for huge damage. The complete notation for that example being: QCF + ATKx2 xx XFC xx QCF + ATKx2. ============================================================================== III. Movement ============================================================================== Doom has one of the slowest walk speeds in the game. While this would be a huge disadvantage in most fighting games, like Super Street Fighter 4, because of the fast paced nature of MvC3 and Doom's many other movement options, it's almost inconsequential. Besides no matter which character you play with you won't be walking that much anyway. Dr. Doom has great movement options. He has an 8 way air dash which means you can dash in all 8 directions: Up, Down, Forward, Back, Up-Forward, Down-Forward, Up-Back, and Down-Back. This gives Doom plenty of ways to come in and strike at his opponents. His great mobility combined with his special moves means he can be a threat from basically anywhere on screen. Doom also has a very low height restriction on his air dashes. This means when you jump you can dash as soon as you are in the air. This lets Doom do very low overheads. Overheads are attacks that must be blocked standing and all air attacks are considered overheads. By switching between low attacks, high attacks, and low overheads it will be very difficult for your opponent to block. In addition all of Doom's normals except his J. H are "Dash Cancellable". That means as soon as you perform a normal move you can cancel it with a forward or backwards dash. So if a normal is blocked Doom can dash forward and continue pressuring his opponent. Likewise he can dash backwards to escape punishment if an opponent blocks a slow normal like his CR. H. Because Doom has all these benefits to his mobility both on the ground and in the air he has one major restriction. Namely, he cannot cancel his dashes. Most characters can cancel their dashes with an action like an attack or more importantly blocking. Because of this Doom cannot wavedash. Wavedashing is normally done by cancelling a dash with a crouch and then quickly dashing again. This allows characters to get in close very quickly. The good news is that Doom can do something very similar to a wavedash. What you must do is dash, then cancel the dash by jumping up forward, and because Doom has a very low height restriction on his airdashes, dash down forward back to the ground. Doom can cover a full screen distance using this method with only 3 or 4 repetitions. The faster you do it the faster Doom will go. This is not a text book wavedash, but it is still very fast and covers a great amount of distance very quickly, so it serves the same purpose. The complete notation being: F + ATKx2 xx Jump Up-Forward xx Down-Forward + ATKx2. Also whenever you need to dash it is always better to use ATKx2 instead of double tapping a direction. It is quicker, easier,and more reliable. Also it is next to impossible to consistently wavedash or dash cancel normals without using ATKx2. ============================================================================== IV. Normal Moves ============================================================================== Doom has one of the most unique sets of normal moves in the game. Besides having the ability to dash cancel all his normal moves excpet J. H, Doom's ST. M and ST. H are OTG moves. An OTG, or "Off the Ground", move is a move that can hit an opponent while they are laying on the ground and allows you to continue combos. OTG moves are most often used after knocking an opponent to the ground with S after an air combo. Most OTG moves are assists, special moves, and even a few Hyper Combos. Doom is one of just a few characters who has an OTG capable normal move, and he has two of them. As I said before they are dash cancellable. Doom also has three command normals in his arsenal. Command normals are special normal moves that activate with a direction and a normal move. Below is a list of Doom's normals and what they do, what they are good for, and what you should avoid doing with them. - ST. L = Basic generic jab that is dash cancellable. Nothing special about it. Not good to start combos with, Doom's CR. L is better served for that purpose. Even though it is a L attack. Doom's ST. L can be easily interuppted and he can be punished for a full combo. - ST. M = Doom's ST. M is OTG capable and dash cancellable. ST. M is faster than ST. H as an OTG but it is a little too fast to rely on for an OTG. It will miss alot if your timing is just a little off. So for an OTG stick with ST. H. Never use this move in an combo unless you are doing an OTG. ST. M has alot of recovery which can easily make you eat a full combo. - ST. H = Like ST. M, ST. H is an OTG capable move. It does significantly more damage than ST. M and is 2 hits. This is Doom's preferred OTG normal. The second hit will "float" the opponent a little higher in the air which makes following up with your S launcher much easier. Like all of Doom's ST. normals they have alot of recovery and can be easily punished. So only bring out a ST. H if you've been doing an air combo and are using it to OTG your opponent back in the air. ============================================================================== A note on ST. M and ST. H as OTGs ============================================================================== All characters respond to being hit differently. It's not just about size, some characters are "heavier" than others and fall quicker while some are more "floaty" and hang in the air a little longer. For example Ryu and Iron Man are about the same size. But Iron Man is a little heavier than Ryu and falls quicker when being juggled in the air. Some things that will hit Ryu might not hit Iron Man if your timing is a little off, because he falls to the ground faster. This is why it is best to use ST. H as your OTG move. The wide arc of Doom's foot plus the fact that it is two hits will guarantee that no matter who you're smacking around in the air, whether they be a giant like Sentinel or a tiny little guy like Arthur or Viewtiful Joe, you can rest assured that your combo will continue. If you do happen to miss your OTG for whatever reason remember you can always dash cancel it Forward to keep applying pressure or Back to get some breathing room and start zoning your opponent. ============================================================================== ============================================================================== - S = Your standard launcher. Hit Up-Forward to follow your opponent in the air and begin an air combo. Like all launchers you cannot cancel it into a special move or hyper combo. It can also function as a semi decent anti air. If your opponent is jumping over Doom's head from past mid screen distance he can catch them in the air. It's not a very reliable method to anti air an opponent, but it is available if you ever neeed it. In this situation follow your opponent in the air going straight Up to make sure all your hits connect. Going up forward will cause you to soar right past your opponent. - CR. L = A simple jab that hits low and is dash cancellable. This is Doom's preferred combo starter along with J. M. It is quick enough that if it is blocked Doom can be safe from punishment. - CR. M = Hits low and is dash cancellable. This move is a bit slow so the only time it should be out is after you've connected a CR. L and are continuing a combo. - CR. H = Hits low and is dash cancellable. Again the only time this move should be out is following a CR. M after you've started a combo with CR. L. Doom's sweep can be followed up with Molecular Shield and Sphere Flame for a decent chunk of damage for such a simple combo. - J. L = A quick jab that is dash cancellable. While this move is safe enough to avoid punishment you should be hitting your opponent with J. M instead. - J. M = This move, referred to as the "M & M", is two hits and an overhead. This is hands down Doom's best normal by far. All your combos should start with either CR. L or J. M. Switching between Cr. L and J. M will make it hard for your opponent to block and both lead to very damaging combos. A great strategy with Doom is to "square jump" by jumping up and dashing forward as low as possible and performing a J. M close to your opponent's head. This can be hard to block and lead into Doom's best combos. - J. H = Affectionately reffered to as "The Butter Gun" this is a very unique normal that fires a horizontal beam that covers about two-thirds of the screen. This is not a move to be used in combos, Doom has much better normals for that. This is best used to harass opponents at mid range as it builds decent meter and pushes the opponent to the corner where Doom's combos become immensely better. However do not use this move against opponents with any sort of projectile or beam attack as even the weakest projectile can go through the butter gun and hit you in the process. - J. F + H "Foot Dive" = This move propels Doom at an almost completey horizontal angle across the entire screen. This is a great move that can get you close to your opponent rather quickly. If it it connects it can be dash cancelled and followed up with J. M which leads into Doom's most damaging combos. If it is blocked Doom bounces back a slight distance and is free to do anything including block and dash. A good strategy when the Foot Dive is blocked is to either dash forward and try to connect with a J. M or dash down forward and attempt to connect a CR. L. The Foot Dive can also surprisingly beat out alot of attacks. In short it is a great tool in Doom's arsenal and integral to his entire gameplan. - J. S "Foot Dive" = This is a different version of the Foot Dive and is immensely worse than the F + H version. If it is blocked Doom cannot do anything afterward and for some strange reason raises the height restriction for Doom to airdash. This means Doom's ability to airdash super low to the ground is gone. The only thing Doom can do after a blocked S Foot Dive is hyper combo cancel into an Air Photon Array and this is very unsafe on block. The only thing you could do to make it safe is DHC into another team member with a safe super. This wastes two meters just to keep Doom safe when you could just use the F + H version and be just fine. Never use the S Foot Dive, only use the F + H version. - ST. F + H "Hard Kick" = Doom has two launchers, the standard S version that every character has and the F + H Hard Kick. The Hard Kick is not a useful move. It is much easier to use S as a launcher and after a ST. H OTG the S launcher will connect every time while the Hard Kick can miss quite frequently. The only feasible use for the Hard Kick is as an anti air when the opponent jumps at you from mid screen or further. Any closer than that and your opponent will simply travel right over it. But even in this situation Doom has better options like his J. H Butter Gun. Like the S Foot Dive you should avoid this move entirely. - ST. B + H "Hidden Missiles" = This is arguably Doom's best move and possibly the best move in the entire game. Hidden Missiles is an uncancellable normal attack in which Doom snaps his fingers and fires a missile that can track the opponent to a slight degree for a total of 8 missiles. These missiles have a myriad of uses from forcing your opponent to block, knocking your opponent out of his own combo, providing cover for you to attack behind, or providing cover for Doom to switch out to another character safely. The downside to this attack is that it takes a long time to come out. The best thing to do is cover Doom with a beam assist like Iron Man's Unibeam or Arthur's Dagger Toss. Never commit to a Hidden Missile unless you can get it out safely. It's usually impossible to get all 8 missiles out safely so it's better to fire off just 2 or 3. It'll still get the job done with less risk to you. The best time to use Hidden Missiles is after a snapback, throw, or when you K.O. a character and you won't need an assist to cover you. If you're opponent becomes scared to attack and starts blocking or just stops moving, this is your opportunity to dash in and attempt a throw or try to land a combo. ============================================================================== V. Special Moves ============================================================================== ============================================================================== The Difference Between "Projectiles" and "Beams" ============================================================================== Please note that "Projectiles" and "Beams" are two different things. A projectile is like Ryu's Hadoken, Zero's Hadangeki, Chun-Li's Kikoken, Trish's Low Voltage, and Taskmaster's Aim Master. A beam is like Magneto's Electromagnetic Disruptor, Doom's Plasma Beam, Thor's Mighty Spark and Iron Man's Unibeam. A projectile moves independent of the character that fired it, and a beam is a continuous flow of energy that is connected to the character that fired it. Projectiles are weaker than beams, but the character that fired the projectile is still free to move around. A beam is still connected to the character that fired it, meaning that if the character is hit the beam will stop from firing. This can happen alot if you recklessly use slow beam attacks like Doom's Plasma Beam and Thor's Mighty Spark. Most of the time these terms are interchangeable but when the difference is important, it will be noted. ============================================================================== ============================================================================== - Plasma Beam (QCF + ATK) = Doom's Plasma Beam is one of, if not the, best projectile attacks in the game. It can easily blow through 90% of the other projectiles in the game. Plasma Beam can easily win a firefight between two beam attacks. It does a great amount of damage and also inflicts alot of chip damage. The H version does the most damage and goes through almost all the projectiles in the game. The H version is the only version you should be using, but it does take some time to fire off. You should only use the Plasma Beam when you're sure it will connect. A very fast beam like Magneto's Electromagnetic Disruptor can hit Doom as he is starting up his Plasma Beam. Two characters are able to completely crouch under Plasma Beam, Amaterasu and Morrigan. Against these two you're better off using Molecular Shield or Air Photon Shot. - Photon Shot (QCB + ATK) = Photon Shot is one of Doom's best moves. Doom firesfive lasers from his fingertips that cover almost the entire screen. It can hit opponents on the ground and in the air. The L version is the only one you should be using as the L, M, and H versions all do the same amount of damage but the L version recovers much quicker. The only part of Doom that is vulnerable is directly above his head. If an opponent is halfway across the screen or closer, stop using Photon Shot as even the L version does not recover fast enough for Doom to defend himself. At midscreen an opponent can simply jump over Photon Shot and use an aerial attack to punish Doom. This is especially dangerous against characters like Dante and Wolverine who have very good aerial attacks that lead into full combos and can easily kill Doom. Photon Shots are great to use to keep opponents away and stop them from beginning their offense. This move is also great when used with a long range assist like Sentinel's Hyper Sentinel Force or Iron Man's Unibeam. Photon Shot is not meant to be used against other projectiles, use Plasma Beam H for that. Photon Shot's intended purpose is to limit your opponent movement and therefore stop their offense. - Molecular Shield (DP + ATK) = Also called "Rocks" for obvious reasons. Molecular Shield creates a shield around Doom that absorbs projectiles. It will not absorb beams however as the beam will only be partially absorbed by the Molecular Shield and continue on to hit Doom. Molecular Shield will then fire 4 rocks at the opponent. Molecular Shield does good chip damage and has very quick startup. This makes it useful for going through projectiles when you don't have time to blow through them with Plasma Beam H, and has the additional benefit of firing 4 rocks back at your opponent to keep applying pressure. The L version of Molecular Shield is much faster than the H version, but the projectile absorbing shield around Doom lasts much longer with the H version. Use your own discretion when deciding which version to use based on the distance from your opponent and the amount of projectiles you need to absorb. - Air Plasma Beam (Air QCF + ATK) = Air Plasma Beam is not one of Doom's best moves but it still has a few limited purposes. Air Plasma Beam fires at too low of an angle to be truly effective. You could super jump towards an opponent who is far away to catch them off guard. But that tactic isn't very effective since it's very easy to see coming, and the opponent can just dash dash under it. But against opponents who dash towards you too much, teleport too predictably, or use too many unsafe moves that bring them towards you like Haggar's Violent Axe or Hulk's Gamma Charge you can jump up quickly and punish them with an Air Plasma Beam and cancel into an Air Photon Array for decent damage. Also you can fire Air Plasma Beam 3 times in the air but you won't find much use for that. - Air Photon Shot (Air QCB + ATK) = Air Photon Shot is Doom's best special move since it serves his overall gameplan the most. The only way an opponent can avoid this attack is by super jumping over it or dashing under it before the attack even comes out which is very hard to do on reaction. Just like the ground version you should only be using the L version for the same reasons. Doom can only fire one Air Photon Shot while airborne. You can still do two more special moves in the air like normal, but because Air Plasma Beam is mostly useless, you can use Flight to maneuver freely around and gain better positioning. Or the best option which is to follow up with a F + H Foot Dive to travel behind your beams. One of Doom's best tactics is to super jump forward, fire off a L Air Photon Shot, and air dash down forward or F + H Foot Dive behind the cover of your beams to start your offense. - Flight (QCB + S) = Doom has a very short flight mode of only 100 frames, or about 2 seconds. This limits it's use to extending certain combos. But integrating Flight into Doom's combos increases their length and damage exponentially. This is a pretty adanced tactic however, and i wouldn't recommend attempting it until you are more comfortable with Doom and MvC 3 in general. ============================================================================== VI. Hyper Combos ============================================================================== - Photon Array (QCB + ATKx2) = The ground version of Photon Array is Doom's worst hyper combo. It covers up almost the entire screen but even when you're right next to the opponent it does a pathetic amount of damage. Doom has much better combo options so avoid this Hyper Combo entirely. - Air Photon Array (Air QCB + ATKx2) = This is Doom's best Hyper Combo, commonly called "The Finger Lasers". Most of Doom's combos leave him in the air so ending them with Air Photon Array is your best option. To get the most damage out of this move make sure your opponent is directly in front of Doom's fingers. After you connect with an Air Photon Array you can DHC into virtually any character's Hyper Combo extremely easily. As long as it is not a non hitting Hyper Combo (like Dante's Devil Trigger transformation or Hsien-Ko's Rimoukon power up) or a throw Hyper Combo (like Haggar's Final Haggar Buster or Thor's Mighty Punish). - Doom's Time (QCF + ATKx2) = Like all level 3 Hyper Combos, Doom's Time has some invincibility and is not affected by "damage scaling". Normally the longer a combo goes on the less damage it does. This is called "Damage Scaling", and is a system implemented in all modern fighting games. It's intended purpose is to prevent one long combo from killing a character, or even an entire team which was a big complaint people had about Marvel vs. Capcom 2. While these combos still exist iv MvC 3 they are much harder to come by and even harder to actually do. Level 3 Hyper Combos ignore this failsafe and deal their full amount of damage no matter how long the combo is. Naturally this makes adding a level 3 at the end of a very long, damaging combo a very effective strategy if you have the meter. For some characters this is very easy to do and for others it is more difficult. Characters like Ryu, Dante, Wesker, and Iron Man have incredibly easy setups into their level 3 Hyper Combos. Doom can fairly easily combo into his level 3, you just have to adjust his standard combo a bit to set it up. Doom's Time has a few other uses as well. Doom's Time is very fast and can be added to the end of a long combo where other attacks would miss. The only reliable way to do this is in the corner. Luckily most of Doom's combos put the opponent in the corner. Doom's Time is also Doom's only invincible move. Most characters have some sort of invincible move they can use to bail them out of trouble, the classic example being the Shoryuken. You could reasonably use Doom's Time as a defensive move. If you are being pressured with a constant barrage of attacks you could use Doom's Time to interrupt the opponent and catch them in your Hyper Combo. This is very risky though because if you miss you are very vulnerable and can be punished very easily and you will have lost 3 bars of super meter in the process. Although you could technically accomplish this I would not recommend it. It is much more effective to block correctly and use advancing guard, or at the very least use an invincible assist to bail you out of trouble like Haggar's Double Lariat or Tron Bonne's Gustav Fire. Doom's Time can only hit an opponent on the ground or slightly above the ground in the same area as the little portal he summons at the beginning of the Hyper Combo, about 3 to 4 character lengths in front of him. This also limits it's defensive uses. But when using Doom's combos the opponent will inevitably be pushed in the corner so positioning won't be a problem. ============================================================================== VII. Assists ============================================================================== All three of Doom's assists have their own specific uses and no matter who is on your team Doom has an assist that can be beneficial to you. - Plasma Beam (Alpha Assist) = This is one of, if not the, best beam assists in the game. It beats out most other beams in the game and does a good amount of damage and chip damage as well. The Plasma Beam is best used with characters who can teleport or switch sides quickly like Wesker, Dante, Phoenix, or Dormmamu. This lets you cross up opponents and create some situations that are very hard to block. Doom is vulnerable when he first appears to fire the Plasma Beam so make sure you can protect him and don't throw out the assist at random. - Hidden Missile (Beta Assist) = Hidden Missile is Doom's best assist and one of the best assists in the game. It is especially good for teams that like to keep people far away. The assist summons Doom and he fires 6 missiles. Doom does not move for a long time after the missiles fire and is extremely vulnerable. So this is not something you should just throw out at random. Assists take much more damage than point characters and can be killed with even a simple, basic combo. Also characters like Sentinel specialize in catching two characters at once, both the assist character and the point character together. (A little fun fact: Catching two characters in a combo at once is referred two as a "Happy Birthay" since you get free presents.) You can cover this vulnerability by dashing forward when you call the assist. This will move Doom off screen to continue firing his missiles. Also if timed correctly the Hidden Missiles assist can be used as an OTG attack. The timing is strict but can be worth learning if no one else on your team has an OTG assist like Wesker's Samurai Edge (Lower). Time the assist so that as soon as the opponent hits the ground Doom's missiles will pop them back up. Like I said the timing is tricky but once you learn it, it becomes a reliable OTG assist. The missiles can catch your opponent when they least expect it, like during a combo. Frequent use of theis assist can be difficult to deal with. Eventually they will start blocking at some point to try to avoid the missiles, which is your cue to get in close and go for a throw, overhead, low attack, etc. When summoning Doom it's best to cover him with a long range projectile attack like Iron Man's Unibeam, or Sentinel's Sentinel Force. - Molecular Shield (Gamma Assist) = Molecular Shield is the least useful of Doom's assists, but can still be useful in specific situations. Molecular Shield has very quick startup and is good to get an opponent off you and give you some breathing room if you're being smothered with attacks. Because the rocks fire out afterward you can gain some considerable distance from your opponent and can allow characters like Iron Man, Arthur, and Taskmaster to do what they do best, keep opponents at a distance. Molecular Shield can also be used to keep an opponent in the air after an OTG attack. Some characters cannot follow up their own OTG attacks without an assist, like Wolverine. For these characters an assist like Molecular Shield will allow them to continue their combo. It is also great for keeping opponents pinned down. If an opponent blocks a Molecular Shield assist, they will be stuck blocking for quite some time, just enough time to get close and attempt a throw, overhead, low attack, teleport, etc. Hidden Missile gets my vote for Doom's best assist. It has the most uses and is unlike any other assist in the game. Plasma Beam is a close second as it is a very good beam assist, but there are more benefits in general to the Hidden Missiles than just a standard beam assist. But if you really have your heart set on having a beam assist on your team I would suggest any of the following: - Iron Man's Unibeam - Magneto's Electromagnetic Disruptor - Sentinel's Sentinel Force - Taskmaster's Aim Master (H. Shot) - Arthur's Dagger Toss - Trish's High Voltage ============================================================================== VIII. Getting In ============================================================================== One of the most overlooked, but most important aspects of MvC 3 (and fighting games in general) is the art of getting in on your opponent. It's easy to get caught up in the super complex, 1,000,000+ damage combos, but none of it means squat if you can't actually hit the opponent. Every character has their own way to get to their opponent and start dealing damage. Some characters don't even need to be close to their opponent to start dealing damage. In this section I will cover the tactics Doom uses to close in on the opponent and start dealing some damage. Doom's best way to get to the opponent is through the air. Doom has excellent mobility in the air. His main way to get around is his 8 way airdash. Doom can airdash in all 8 directions: up, down, forward, back, up forward, down forward, up back, and down back. As i have said before Doom has a very low height restriction on his airdashes. You can normal jump and as soon as you are off the ground you will be able to dash. This allows you access to Doom's extended mobility options and fantastic J. M attack while still remaining very close to the ground. Doom's best tactic is to super jump towards the opponent and fire off an Air Photon Shot L and airdash down forward behind the Photon Shot toward the opponent using the Photon Shot as cover to keep you safe as you advance toward your opponent. The only way your opponent can really try to avoid this is to super jump over it or wave dash under it. Both of these options require very fast reflexes and are still not completely reliable ways to avoid both the Photon Shot and Doom. Whether the Photon Shot hits or not is irrelevant. It's purpose is to keep you safe and allow you to airdash behind it to attack your opponent almost completely safely. Against different kinds of characters you have to switch how you approach your opponent. Not all strategies work against all the different kinds of characters. If you are fighting against characters who do not have any kind of projectile or beam attack like: Haggar, Wolverine, X-23, or She Hulk you can jump towards them from mid screen and hit them with your J. H "Butter Gun". The laser beam can be instantly destroyed if it comes into contact with literally any other projectile or beam attack in the game. Also it only covers about half the screen when fired at maximum range. This is normally a bad strategy, but against these kind of projectile-less characters who have to get in close to deal damage this can become a very frustrating tactic to deal with. Be careful though and don't abuse this tactic too much as eventually your opponent will see it coming and get around it, normally with some sort of invincible move. ============================================================================== A Brief Primer on "Mix-Ups" ============================================================================== One thing alot of newer players to fighting games don't realize is that a good strategy is not one that is repeated over and over again. No matter how good something is, if your opponent knows you're going to do something, they can counter it. This is the golden rule of fighting games. A truly good strategy is one that can be changed and "mixed up" to completely overwhelm your opponent so they don't know what to do next. This normally comes in the form of switching between low attacks, over heads, and throws all of which must be blocked differently. How exactly you mix up these options is completely up to the player. Characters that can switch between these options very quickly are very good since they can leave your opponent completely stupefied. Dr. Doom is one of those characters. ============================================================================== ============================================================================== Against zoning characters designed to keep you far away like Iron Man, Dormammu, Taskmaster, or Arthur you have to change up your strategy and mindset greatly. Plasma Beam H can blow through most projectiles the opponent will throw at you, even some of the stronger ones in the game like Iron Man's Unibeam H, Arthur's Dagger Toss, or Taskmaster's Aim Master L. Plasma Beam H has a pretty long start up period so you need to make sure you are safe before you fire one off. ============================================================================== A Quick Note on the Concept of "Safety" ============================================================================== A problem i see with alot of newer players is the frequent use of "unsafe" attacks. You have to make sure what you are doing is safe before you do it. Otherwise you will be punished for it, and in a game like MvC3 a single mistake can easily mean a dead character (or two). You're basically handing the opponent the match with a sign saying "Hit Me!". For example i see alot of novice Dante players rushing towards me with his QCB + H "Jet Stream" or QCB + M "Revolver". These are very powerful moves that deal alot of damage but they are also extremely unsafe and can be seen coming a mile away. So I block the attack and go into my combo of choice. When the Dante player gets back up (if he's still standing) what do you suppose he does? He goes right into another Jet Stream/Revolver. What this Dante player should be doing is trying to poke me with his CR. L or outstanding ST. M attack. If he connects one, then he can go into his Jet Stream/Revolver or a different, longer, more damaging combo (which Dante is very good at). Attacks are either safe or unsafe and you should never commit to an unsafe attack unless you are already hitting your opponent and it will still connect. Of course if your opponent misses an unsafe attack feel free to use a high damage unsafe attack of your own to punish him. Your normal moves are the key to making sure your attacks will connect. Your L, M, H, and for some characters even S attacks. Normally L attacks are safe, M attacks are sometimes safe, and H/S attacks are almost always unsafe. This is very character dependant and it's up to you to determine which attacks are safe to use in battle. This also applies to your special moves and hyper combos as well, as even they are safe and unsafe. ============================================================================== ============================================================================== You have to make sure you have enough space between the opponent and time to fire the Plasma Beam H. Eventually you will be able to tell when is the right time and when is the wrong time to fire just naturally. Of course to be completely certain you can always use a long range assist to cover you like Sentinel's Sentinel Force or Iron Man's Unibeam. Zoning characters who can't break through your constant barrage of Plasma Beam H will have to either jump and fire at you from the air, or change their tactics altogether and come after you directly. This is exactly what you want them to do. Advance forward and pressure them with Super Jump Photon Shots, Hidden Missiles, and throws to push them into the corner where Doom's combos and offense become twice as strong. Strong beam characters backed by a beam assist, or a strong beam character beefed up with X Factor will easily go through your Plasma Beam H and will almost always hit you as well. Iron Man and Arthur form a particularly deadly duo who can blow through any projectile or beam in the game with ease and still have plenty of juice left over. X Factor makes these two impossible to deal with from the front. If you don't have a good beam assist to back up your Plasma Beam H you will have to confront the opponent directly. This is something Doom can do very easily and doesn't put him at a significant disadvantage. Since your opponent will be putting all his effort in defeating your onslaught of Plasma Beam H this would be the perfect opportunity to employ your strategy of super jumping towards your opponent, firing an Air Photon Shot L, and air dashing behind it. It will be difficult for your opponent to switch from the mindset of defeating your Plasma Beam H to suddenly defending against your attacks from the air. If your lucky you might catch the assist in your attack as well and combo two characters at once. If you do catch two characters at once that would be an ideal time to use X Factor or DHCs to knockout both characters at once. In that situation you will want to do anything you can to squeeze out as much damage as possible and knock out both characters. It's always worth it as your opponent will only be left with one character to finish the fight. For alot of characters this is a huge disadvantage and almost impossible to overcome. Even if you don't catch the opponent's assist you can be sure that since they already used their powerful beam assist you won't have to worry about it popping up again for at least a few moments. Another alternative method is to use your projectile absorbing Molecular Shield H. This won't stand up to a beam character and a beam assist together but against just one character it's something to consider. As a bonus if your Molecular Shield H does absorb the incoming projectiles it will fire 4 rocks towards your opponent which can give you enough momentum to start firing your Plasma Beam H again. You can also call a beam assist of your own while doing the Molecular Shield H for extra power and cover. Finally you can also choose to fire a few Hidden Missiles (no more than 3). These missiles can be used as cover to attack behind like Air Photon Shot L. You can also attack behind the cover of both a Hidden Missile and an Air Photon Shot L, although this isn't always possible. If you are able to, and have enough time and space between your opponent, then go for it. Otherwise try not to deliberately go for this double cover method as you will most likely get hit during the process. The missiles can knock the opponent out of firing their projectile attack or force them to block the incoming missiles. Take this opportunity to advance towards your opponent and push them towards the corner, or if nothing else have them block a Plasma Beam H and take some hefty chip damage. Remember the key is to mixup all these different ways to come at your opponent and keep them guessing. You don't want your opponent to know which avenue you're going to take to approach them. If they don't know how you're getting in, they won't know how to defend against it. One last thing on the subject of getting in. If you attack your opponent and they use advancing guard on any of your normal moves (which are your standing, crouching, and jumping L, M, and H moves) you can avoid being pushed back by dash cancelling your normal move as soon as you opponent activates advancing guard. The best attacks to dash cancel are CR. H and F + H Hard Kick as they leave your opponent blocking the longest and give you the most time to dash cancel through the adavncing guard. After you pass through the advancing guard your best option is to cancel the dash with a jump and then air dash forward and attack with J. M. The best time to dash cancel would be as soon as the actual "push" of the advancing guard activates. This will vary depending on when your opponent actual initiates the advancing guard. The timing is tricky at first but eventually you will be able to dash on reaction to the advancing guard. ============================================================================== IX. Gameplan ============================================================================== Doom's main goal is to push the opponent towards the corner. Doom becomes a much more powerful character in the corner. His combos deal more damage and it is more difficult to defend against his air based offense. Also Doom's forward throw and air forward throw both lead into extremely damaging combos in the corner. All the tactics covered in the "Getting In" section slowly back your opponent to the corner right where you want them. Every character in the game uses their super meter differently. Doom is unique in that he can build alot of meter but he doesn't have to use it to be effective. This makes him great on teams with other characters that need to use alot of meter to be effective. Characters like Dante, Magneto, and the most meter hungry character in the game, Phoenix. If Doom does choose to use meter he can end all his combos with Air Photon Array. This is a fantastic hyper combo to DHC with as literally any hyper combo that isn't a power up move or throw will connect afterward. Sphere Flame is good to use after any combo that ends with CR. H. Even a very simple combo of: CR. L, CR. M, CR. H, Sphere Flame does a decent amount of damage. Sphere Flame also has a unique quirk in that when you X Factor Cancel one Sphere Flame into another it does more damage than it technically should. Technically, if you did the math, it shouldn't be doing that much damage, but it does. What this means is that this is very good when you need to definitely, absolutely need to knock out a character. If you really need to knock out a character, especially if it's the last character on your opponents team or Doom is the last character on your team, it might be worth using your X Factor in this situation. One drawback to Doom's arsenal is that he has no quick, invincible moves he can use to get an opponent away from him. The only option Doom has is his level 3 super, Doom's Time. If you're being smothered by attacks you can try to activate Doom's Time as your opponent is recovering from their attack. Doom's Time is very fast, and has invincibility at the beginning of the attack. It only hits in a very specific area directly in front of Doom about 3 to 4 character lengths in front of him, but it will not hit if the opponent is too high off the ground. 3 bars of meter is alot to burn on a guess though. In this type of situation you're better off resorting to general defensive measures. Use advancing guard every chance you get to lower chip damage and push the opponent back to gain some breathing room. Keep in mind that advancing guard is not as effective when you are in the corner as there isn't as much room for your opponent to be pushed back. One thing you will have to learn to be effective with Doom is how to anti air your opponent to keep them from getting close to you in the first place. The most damaging option is to air throw the opponent backwards which leads into a full combo. However this is not always possible since you have to be very close to the opponent and the throw can still be broken by the opponent. Also characters with good air to air attacks like Iron Man and Wolverine can hit you before they are even in your throw range. S can be used to anti air opponents who come in directly above or behind you. Which is something characters with good mobility options like Wesker and Dante can do frequently. If the S connects simply follow the opponent into the air for a standard air combo. A key part of Doom's offense is his F + H Foot Dive. This is an amazing move that serves many purposes. It moves Doom almost completely full screen at an almost horizontal angle. You can cover alot of distance this way and if you use a good assist to back it up it becomes even better. A beam assist like Iron Man's Unibeam or Sentinel's Sentinel Force work great to protect Doom as he glides across the screen and keep the opponent pinned down. To expand on that strategy you could use an assist like Dante's Jam Session or Dormammu's Purification to control both the horizontal and vertical space on the screen. The F + H Foot Dive can be cancelled into special moves and can be done extremely low to the ground like Doom's airdashes. It can even be cancelled into an airdash which is one of Doom's main offensive tactics and is even used in most of his combos. If your Foot Dive is blocked and you don't cancel it into anything Doom will bounce off the opponent and is free to do anything, including block. As you fall from bouncing off the opponent you could fire a butter gun to keep the opponent pinned and continue your offense. However do not do this against characters with any sort of projectile or beam attack, no matter how weak it is, as it will instantly destroy the butter gun and hit you in the process. Besides the butter gun after being bounced back after a blocked Foot Dive you can air dash forward with J. M or airdash down forward and go for a CR. L low attack. There is one last bit on information on the Foot Dive. Against an opponent in the corner, if the Foot Dive hits the wall behind the opponent Doom will automatically switch sides in the corner. This can create a cross up that is nearly impossible to defend against when using a beam assist or a good space controlling assist (like Akuma's Tatsumaki Zankyaku or Chun Li's Hyakuretsukyaku). This is a very high level tactic for Doom and a beginner player won't be able to pull it off. However once you become more experienced with Doom it will be an invaluable tool in your arsenal. Keep in mind none of these strategies apply to the S Foot Dive. The S Foot Dive is only cancellable with a hyper combo, and the only air hyper combo Doom has is the Air Photon Array which is very unsafe on block. Everything useful about the F + H Foot Dive is removed from the S version. Unless used in a combo avoid this move like the plague. Once you have gotten close to your opponent, whether by cancelling a F + H Foot Dive or behind the cover of an Air Photon Shot L, your go to move is J. M. Both hits of J. M are overheads (meaning they must be blocked standing) and allow you to combo afterwards. Used by itself J. M is not hard to defend against but you can create effective mix ups by using J. M as your starting point. Here are some mixups you can create with J. M: Instead of airdashing forward and using J. M, you can airdash down forward to return to the ground almost instantly and attack with a low hitting CR. L. If it hits you can go into a full combo, if it doesn't you can stop attacking to keep yourself safe. Instead of a CR. L you can also attempt to throw the opponent backwards if you are away from the corner which also leads into a full combo. If you are near the corner you can throw your opponent into the corner for a much more damaging combo. You can also cancel the first hit of the J. M into another J. M. The reason you would do this is because the startup of the second J. M is too slow to actually hit the opponent before Doom returns to the ground. This lets you return to the ground almost instantly and go into a CR. L. Using this tactic you can go from a high attack (that must be blocked standing) to a low attack (that must be blocked crouching) almost instantly. This is very difficult for an opponent to block. If your opponent uses advancing guard against your J. M attack you can cancel it into a F + H Foot Dive and continue your offense as normal. ============================================================================== X. Team Examples ============================================================================== MvC3 is a team based fighting game. No matter how good one character is, in order to be effective all three characters on your team must function together as a whole to win. Naturally some characters work better together than others and Doom is no exception. In this section I will cover what characters work well with Doom and can form an effective team together. Beam assists can be beneficial to every team in the game. In Doom's case his airdash based offense becomes much more effective with a good beam assist backing him up. They make your Foot Dives safer, set up your Foot Dive corner cross up, make firing Hidden Missiles safer, and can give you the last push you need to win a projectile firefight when Plasma Beam H alone is not enough. The best beam assists for Doom to choose from are as follows: Iron Man - Unibeam Magneto - Electromagnetic Disruptor Sentinel - Sentinel Force (Charge) Taskmaster - Aim Master (H. Shot) Arthur - Dagger Toss A low hitting assist can be extremely beneficial for Doom as it can potentially turn all your J. M attacks into unblockable attacks. When a high attack and a low attack hit at the same time it becomes unblockable since you can't block both high and low at the same time. Since Doom's J. M is key to his offense and very easy to connect with, this becomes an extremely effective strategy for Doom. The only low hitting assists in the game are: Felicia - Rolling Buckler She Hulk - Torpedo Wesker - Samurai Edge (Lower) X-23 - Ankle Slice Wesker and She Hulk are best suited for this purpose as their assists come out very fast and can be timed to hit simultaneously with J. M with greater accuracy. Both these assists are OTG attacks which doesn't mean much to Doom since he has his OTG normals. But this can be greatly beneficial to the third character on your team since they will have an OTG assist to extend their combos. To execute the unblockable technique press the assist button just before you airdash and press M so that the assist and your J. M hit at roughly the same time. This will take some time in training mode to perfect but the result is more than worth it. In training mode set the dummy to "All Guard". If the dummy blocks the attack you need to adjust your timing. Practice enough so that the timing becomes second nature and you can execute it in battle without having to think about it. One last assist to consider is Chun Li's Hyakuretsukyaku. This assist serves multiple purposes for Doom's gameplan. It can setup Doom's Foot Dive corner cross up like a beam assist. But if your opponent happens to block it, it puts them in enough blockstun so that you can dash in close and begin your airdash mixups, or fire off a few Hidden Missiles or Plasma Beam H safely. The real benefit that seperates this from other assists is that it lets Doom perform a significantly higher damage combo in the corner. Doom's standard corner combo does about 650,000 damage. Now that's alot of damage, but a similar combo with Chun Li's assist does almost 920,000 damage. That's almost 270,000 extra damage just for picking Chun Li. To put that in perspective a large majority of characters in the game would only have about 80,000 health left if they weren't already dead. Doom's Plasma Beam L does more damage than that. With X Factor activated there's no question that it would K.O. every character in the game. If this sounds like an ace in the hole you'd like to have on your team, then consider adding Chun Li. Plus Chun Li is a good character in her own right. Doom and Wesker are two characters that work exceptionally well together, not just for the unblockable setups but together as a whole. Wesker and Doom both build alot of meter without necessarily having to use it. But if they choose to use their meter their combos become much more damaging, especially in Wesker's case. Doom's Plasma Beam assist benefits Wesker in nearly every way, and they are both great at mixing up the opponent. When using Doom I highly suggest considering putting Wesker on your team as well. One thing to consider when forming a team is how well all your characters DHC into each other. Other characters cannot DHC into Doom very well. Most of the time Doom's supers will either do little damage or miss completely. However Doom can DHC into other characters extremely well. Any combo that ends in Air Photon Array can DHC into literally any other super in the game that isn't a throw or power up move. Air Photon Array is great for starting DHCs and Sphere Flame is good for ending a DHC. Since most characters will end their super next to the opponent Doom can come in and knock the opponent into the sky. The exception to this being characters with beam supers, but in the corner the character firing the beam super will most likely be very close to the opponent and able to DHC into Sphere Flame. DHCing through your entire team, ending with Doom's Sphere Flame, and X Factor cancelling into another Sphere Flame is a very flashy technique that'll cost 4 meters and your X Factor. But it's surprisingly easy to pull off and if you have the meter and absolutely need to knock out a character it's something to consider. When you are building a team you need to decide how you are going to use your super meter. Will it all be used by one character? Will you use it for a particular DHC setup? Or do you have a very fast super which you will use defensively to punish the opponent's mistakes? Doom can build alot of meter with his combos but he doesn't have to use it to be effective. This makes him great on a team with characters who need alot of meter to be effective like Magneto, Dante, Felicia, or Phoenix. It's always a good idea to know what your gameplan is before you go into a match. Whether that be how you use your super meter, your character specific strategies, or team lineup. Now obviously things don't always go according to plan, but you will make your life alot easier if you at least have an idea of what you should be doing. ============================================================================== XI. Combo Guide ============================================================================== In this section i will cover some of Doom's important combos. These are the combos you will be doing the most. I will list them in order from easiest to the most difficult. Do not worry if you cannot do all these combos at once. In fact you won't be able to. That's normal, just practice these combos over and over, and don't skip ahead to the more difficult combos if you haven't mastered the easier ones. You will only end up frustrating yourself and stunting your growth. Work on the combos one at a time and before you know it you'll be able to do them blindfolded. I'm not even kidding. 1. CR. L, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), Air Photon Array This is a very basic combo with Doom using Dash Cancels. 2. Air F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, J. M (Both Hits), Land, CR. L, CR. M, CR. H, Sphere Flame This is Doom's most basic combo starting from a F + H Foot Dive. 3. (Away From Corner) Back Throw, ST. L, CR. M, S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), Air Photon Array This is Doom's most basic throw combo away from the corner. 4. (In The Corner) Forward Throw, CR. M, S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), Air Photon Array This is Doom's most basic throw combo in the corner. 5. Air F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, J. M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Down Forward, M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, Doom's Time This is Doom's standard combo into his Level 3. When airdashing down forward after the F + H Foot Dive wait as long as possible before hitting the opponent with J. M. This way the opponent will be low enough to connect with the CR. M afterward. 6. (In The Corner) Air F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Down Forward, CR. M, CR. H, S, F + H Foot Dive, S, Down Dive, ST, H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, S, Down Dash, ST. H (Both Hits), Molecular Shield, Sphere Flame or Doom's Time This combo utilizes Doom's unique OTG normal moves. Going from S to the Down Dash is a bit tricky at first but you'll get the hang of it. You can end this combo with Doom's Time instead of Sphere Flame if you have the meter. 7. CR. L, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Down Forward, M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Down Forward, M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), S This combo takes alot of practice to learn but you can do alot of damage without using any meter. Plus this combo builds almost one and a half bars of meter by itself. Again make sure when airdashing down forward after the first two Air F + H Foot Dives to wait as long as possible before hitting the opponent with J. M. This way the opponent will be low enough to connect with the CR. Ms afterward. If you want to burn a little meter for extra damage you could end the combo with Air Photon Array instead of S which is an excellent start for DHCs. Or after the final CR. H instead of relaunching the opponent again you could end the combo with Sphere Flame. 8. (In The Corner) CR. L, CR. M, CR. H, S, F + H Foot Dive, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), S, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits) This is another combo that involves Doom's OTG normals. For this combo to connect fully your opponent must be completely against the corner. This combo sets up a great mixup as well. You can dash cancel the ST. H and call a beam assist or an assist like Chun Li's Hyakuretsukyaku or Akuma's Tatsumaki Zankyaku and continue your offense like normal. You can jump cancel the dash and go into a J. M overhead, go for a low CR. L, or attempt a throw. You could also attempt to air throw the opponent as they recover in the air from your ST. H attack. 9. (In The Corner) Forward Air Throw, M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, S, F + H Foot Dive, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), Sphere Flame If you were to land an air throw after a ST. H like in the previous example, this would be the combo to follow up with. 10. (Away From Corner) Backwards Throw, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Down Forward, Air M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Down Forward, M (Both Hits), Land, F + H Hard Kick, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), S This is a more advanced version of combo #3. Once you have mastered that combo you can work on this one to squeeze some more damage out of your back throw. 11. (In The Corner) Forward Throw, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Forward Dash, M (Both Hits), S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), Sphere Flame This is a more advanced version of combo #4. Once you have mastered that combo you can work on this one to squeeze some more damage out of your forward throw in the corner. 12. (In The Corner) CR. L, CR. M, CR. H, S, F + H Foot Dive, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), S, S, Land, ST. H (Both Hits), S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Dive, Air Dash Forward, M (Both Hits), S, S, Land, Call Chun Li Hyakuretsukyaku Assist, ST. H, Dash Forward, Plasma Beam H, Sphere Flame This is a corner combo using Chun Li's assist like I mentioned in the Team Examples section. It does much more damage than Doom's standard corner combo, at almost 1,000,000 damage. It's something to consider when forming a team. When your opponent is being juggled by Chun Li's assist, let them fall slightly before hitting them with Plasma Beam H to get the most damage out of the combo. 13.Wesker Samurai Shot (Low) Assist, Jump, Forward Air dash, J. M (Both Hits), Land, CR. M, CR. H, S, M (Both Hits), M (Both Hits), F + H Foot Side, Forward Air Dash, M (Both Hits), Air Photon Array This is a combo starting from an unblockable set up with Wesker. This is another great DHC starter that can go into Wesker's Phantom Dance, or if you have the meter Wesker's level 3 Lost In Nightmares. When DHCing into Wesker's level 3 make sure your opponent is as low to the ground as possible so it will connect. Lost In Nightmares is one of the most powerful level 3 supers in the game so adding it to the end of Doom's combo can easily K.O. almost any character. These are alot of combos to keep track of so don't feel overwhelmed right off the bat. Start at #1 and work your way down until you are confident that you can execute each one in an actual match. When practicing combos in Training Mode set the dummy to "Auto Guard". This makes it so that if you miss the next hit in your combo the dummy will block. If this happens you know you need to adjust your timing. A good training method that I frequently use is the "Ten Times Method". This means that you practice whatever combo you are working on and try to do it ten times in a row. If you mess up, for whatever reason, you start over. If you are able to do the combo ten times in a row without making a mistake then I would say you are ready to use it in an actual match against a real opponent. Here's another helpful technique for practicing combos. If you are having trouble with a specific part of the combo, like airdash cancelling a F + H Foot Dive, instead of working on the whole combo just practice that specific part.I would suggest using the ten times method. Once you have that specific part down you can continue working on the rest of that combo. All combos can be broken down into "sections". With a particularly difficult combo you can work on each section individually. Once you can do all the sections individually, string them together into the whole combo. With higher difficulty combos this is basically required. Some of these combos are very difficult and can be frustrating when you continue to fail doing them. The best advice I can give you is to stay calm and just have patience. If you are getting frustrated, just walk away and come back to it later. Trying to practice while frustrated or angry will get you nowhere and often actually make you worse. You won't be able to do everything right off the bat. Keep a level head and just do your best. Besides it will all be worth it when you see the look on your opponent's face as he's swatted around the screen like a ragdoll for 50+ hits. Trust me. /\ _ /\ ============================================================================== XII. References ============================================================================== In this section I will provide a list of resources that will help you in your journey and MvC3. - www.shoryuken.com - This is your one and only stop for all things fighting games. News, Strategies, Tips, Articles, and the best fighting game forum on the net. Also check out their podcast Wake Up SRK. It is always chock full of goodies and top tournament players and other notables in the fighting game community are often interviewed. I highly suggest joining the forums and participating in the conversations. There is a section for MvC3 as well as for every character in the game. I would definitely recommend checking out the Dr. Doom section in the forum, it's simply fantastic. Also check out the MvC3 Hyper Guide for in depth information on the game as a whole and all the characters. -*Put Link to Max's Youtube Page*- This is Maximillian. He produces the best tutorials on the web with a unique mix of humor and great information on MvC3. I can't recommend his Dr. Doom tutorial *insert direct link to video* any higher. -*Put Link to Maj's Footsie Article*- While this isn't specific to MvC3 an amazing player named Maj wrote this series of articles on one of the most overlooked, underrated, and important aspect of fighting games, Footsies. Good footsies is what seperates good players from great players and great footsies is what seperates great players from tournament champions. Read this now. -*Link to S-Kill's Domination 101 Articles*- Seth Killian is now Capcom's "Special Advisor" for all their fighting game related ventures. But before that he was like everyone else, a fan. But unlike everyone else he was also a fantastic player and Street Fighter tournament champion. This series of articles is quite old and most were written in the heyday of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Despite that there is plenty of fantastic information for players of today's games. There's a reason Capcom listens to this man. Find out why here. There is much more information out there for you to find but these are some great places to start. You can find more helpful information through these channels. ============================================================================== XIII. Thank You and Coming Soon ============================================================================== Wow I can't believe I actually wrote my first FAQ. I honestly thought I would never finish it or even start it for that matter. Big Thanks/Shout Outs go to: Capcom: For finally making the 10 year pipe dream of MvC3 a reality. Without them we'd still be playing Karate Champ. Me: For actually finishing something I set out to do! You: The reader for well, reading! A great man once said "No thought holds any real value until it is spoken or written". But it still doesn't mean squat unless someone listens or reads it. Zero Ping of South Florida: For being awesome. Next time I'll bring the salt. My Friends: For listening to me drone on and on and on about fighting games whether they were actually interested or not. My Mom: For listening to me drone on and on and on about a whole bunch of things and for telling me that if I can do something better, than do it. Coming Soon: (Maybe...) If people respond positively to my FAQ I would like to write more for other MvC3 characters especially with Ultimate MvC3 coming out in a few days. Also for other fighting games like Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and King of Fighters XIII when it comes out. If anybody has any questions, comments, or feedback, please feel free to e-mail me at the address at the top of this FAQ. Make sure to put "Dr. Doom FAQ" in the subject line so i don't delete it. Stay Salty My Friends...