Update (9th Feb): Added a new guide on how to deal with Lowain’s Yggdrasil Super and a Lowain vs Charlotta high-level analysis.
Update (14th Feb): Added a Skybound Arts and Super Skybound Arts punish guide.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus is out now in Asia and Japan, so you can expect a boatload of day one (and more)basic combos and protips to get you started on your journey to going pro in Arc System Works’ latest. If you’re from the US and are reading this, then think of this as an upcoming guide to get you sorted on 3rd March.

Basic Fighting Game Tips For Online Play

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Overheads beat throws. Every character has a universal overhead (B+C). Not only are they useful for catching crouching players, but you can use them to beat throws since you’re in the air when you perform them.

Sweeps and EX moves will lead to hard knockdowns. Keep this in mind if you want to do mixups.

You deal more damage with anti-airs. Better get used to countering jump-ins. If you’re on the offensive, however, be prepared to air-block. Or better yet, use air throws to counter air attacks, attacks with air properties, and backdashes.

You can roll or evade after a dash. You cannot block right after a dash, so you should either do R2+back or R2+front instead. Just be careful of lows and throws if you attempt this.

Easy inputs have lower damage when doing a high number combo. While easy inputs for Skybound Arts (QCF+R1, QC+R1+X) are convenient, it’s best you practice doing the real inputs. If you add in an easy input in a long string, your damage output is lower compared to using the actual input.

Here are a few picks for some of the more popular characters in the game.

Katalina

One of her moves (QCB + C) lets her push her opponent far off to the corner. This bread-and-butter combo set lets you maximize your damage when you get your opponent to that coveted spot.

Vaseraga

The evil-looking-but-kind-hearted tough guy has some scary corner combos thanks to his Batallion Stomp that lets his steps do the talking. Make sure to do the C version in-between attacks so that he instantly goes to the heavy steps. This combo potential works best if you power up with his unique skill.

Ferry

If you like footsies and mid-ranged nonsense, you may want to learn these advanced setups that involve the ghost doge Jiji. If you play characters like Dhalsim, Ferry is kinda like that. However, it doesn’t hurt to know some moves and setups that prevent your opponent from closing in the gap.

Charlotta

What happens when you take away Akuma’s fireball but make him half-sized: that’s Charlotta in a nutshell. A rushdown character who is quick and has crappy range, she’s perfect for getting up-close and personal. These bread-and-butter combos will net you the most damage.

Zeta

Zeta’s unique attack is a great combo-ender that pushes opponents away from her. Coupled with her parry follow-ups and flying spear attacks with varying trajectories, learning some of these combos can make your Zeta a high-flying combo machine.

Here are some general guides from punishes to high-level fight analysis to up your Granblue Fantasy game.

How To Punish Every Super/Skybound Art In The Game

Granblue Fantasy: Versus has Super moves up the wazoo. While most of them can be punished with a well-timed block, some of them are trickier than others. Check out this HiFight guide for more.

How To Fight Lowain’s Yggdrasil Super

While fighting Lowain, when he’s down to 30 per cent health and has 100 per cent Super meter, he can summon Yggdrasil. She’s a tall goddess who can put the hurt on you if you’re not wary of her moves. Here’s a video from HiFight on how to deal with this “minigame”.

Here’s A High-Ranked Lowain vs Charlotta Match Worth Analyzing

Lowain is dangerous when he’s at 30 per cent health with meter, but Charlotta can take out 40 per cent of your health once she gets an in with her many, MANY rushdown tools. This video analysis breaks down this fight to a tee.

Stay tuned to Kakuchopurei for an in-depth review of the game. In the meantime, find out more about Granblue Fantasy’s universe here.

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