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Fhd clown.png



Introduction

Part Blanka, part M. Bison (dictator), part child molester!

Clown was unplayable in the original Fighter's History, being the next-to-last boss (and retains that spot when fighting the CPU). Unfortunately, Clown isn't strong enough in this game to have that "boss" stigma. For whatever reason some of his special attacks require a very strict charge motion, which ultimately ends up limiting some of his options and makes him a hell of a lot harder to combo with. Fortunately he does have some other strengths, such as the best normal throw in the game. Clown can definitely pull out wins, but you better know what you're doing with him.

Weak Spot

FHD-clown-neutral.png FHD-clown-squat-1.png FHD-clown-squat-2.png FHD-clown-crouch.png
Frame count - 2 2 -

Color Options

Punch Kick
Fhd-clown-color1.png Fhd-clown-color2.png

Moves List

Quick Reference

Special move name Input Nickname Note
Pick-A-Card Charge B.png,F.png + P.png fireball
Head Stamp Charge Db.png,Uf.png + P.png
Spin Attack Charge Db.png,F.png + K.png
Spin Drop Charge Db.png,U.png + K.png

Normal Moves

Light Punch Snka.gif

  • Standing (Close):
Damage 6 Startup FHD-clown-stand-close-LP.png Recovery
Chain cancel yes
Special cancel yes
On hit +5
On block +6
Frame count 2 3 4

Tiny chop with massive hitbox. Hits crouchers. Chainable into another light or hard attack.

  • Standing (Far):
Damage 10 total Startup FHD-clown-stand-far-LP-1.png FHD-clown-stand-far-LP-2.png Recovery
Chain cancel no/yes
Special cancel yes/yes
On hit +5/+7
On block +6/+8
Frame count 2 1 1 1 4

Clown flicks his wrist outward. Has incredible priority as anti-air. Actually hits twice against standing opponents, but can be crouched entirely. Only second hit is chainable. The 1st hit may not connect with the 2nd.

  • Crouching:
Damage 6 Startup FHD-clown-crouch-LP.png Recovery
Chain cancel yes
Special cancel yes
On hit +6
On block +7
Frame count 2 3 3

Crouching chop that has slightly more range than it looks, making it a decent attack. Chainable.

  • Jumping (Diagonal):
Damage 12 Startup FHD-clown-diagonal-jump-LP.png
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4

Divebomb! Has loads of priority, great move to just toss out for the duration of your jump. Can crossup.

  • Jumping (Neutral):
Damage 12 Startup FHD-clown-neutral-jump-LP.png
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4

Weird jumping headbutt. Another move that has deceivingly longer range than its hitbox would seem.

Strong Punch Snkb.gif

  • Standing (Close):
Damage 28 total Startup FHD-clown-stand-close-HP-1.png FHD-clown-stand-close-HP-2.png Recovery
Chain cancel no/no
Special cancel yes/yes
On hit -3/0
On block -8/-5
Frame count 4 2 1 3 18

Double-hit headbutt. Very good damage, would be more useful if you could cancel it into his Spin Attack, but alas... Head never becomes vulnerable.

  • Standing (Far):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-stand-far-HP.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel yes
On hit -3
On block -8
Frame count 4 6 18

Clown's best poke by far, has incredible range. Cancel it into Pick-A-Card to keep the pressure on. Arm becomes vulnerable after active part on 6 frames.

  • Crouching:
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-crouch-HP-1.png FHD-clown-crouch-HP-2.png FHD-clown-crouch-HP-3.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel yes
On hit -3
On block -8
Frame count 4 2 1 3 18

Clown does a "raise-the-roof" motion. Comes out quickly. Strong anti-air attack if you do it early. Has an annoying tendency to whiff some crouching opponents.

  • Jumping (Diagonal):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-diagonal-jump-HP.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4 6

Stronger version of the divebomb, but doesn't have as much priority. Still a solid jump-in combo starter though. May crossup.

  • Jumping (Neutral):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-neutral-jump-HP.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4 6

Animation is exact same as diagonal j.HP but hitbox is different. It has more downward priority but less forward.

Light Kick Snkc.gif

  • Standing (Close):
Damage 6 Startup FHD-clown-stand-close-LK.png Recovery
Chain cancel yes
Special cancel yes
On hit +5
On block +6
Frame count 2 3 4

Funny-looking shin kick. Activation range of this close attack is so big that f.LK can't even hit anyone on ground. And that's good. f.LK is garbage and cl.LK hits weak spot area that many other characters' chainable normals having trouble. Particularly good against Lee.

  • Standing (Far):
Damage 6 Startup FHD-clown-stand-far-LK.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel yes
On hit +5
On block +6
Frame count 2 3 4

High kick that comes out and retracts very quickly. Really really really shitty range. Don't use it.

  • Crouching:
Damage 6 Startup FHD-clown-crouch-LK.png Recovery
Chain cancel yes
Special cancel yes
On hit +6
On block +7
Frame count 2 3 3

Ground kick, the usual excellent combo starter you would expect from a crouching light kick. Chainable.

  • Jumping (Diagonal):
Damage 12 Startup FHD-clown-diagonal-jump-LK.png
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4

Ass bomb! Another air-to-air tool besides diagonal j.LP. But which of them better? j.LK got 37px of horizontal priority, while j.LP have 36px and defends only lower part. So, j.LK is an air-to-air of a choice.

  • Jumping (Neutral):
Damage 12 Startup FHD-clown-neutral-jump-LK.png
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4

Basically a jumping version of Clown's far standing LK, but with worse priority. Don't use it neither.

Strong Kick Snkd.gif

  • Standing (Close):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-stand-close-HK.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel yes
On hit -3
On block -8
Frame count 4 6 18

Very high kick. Good for anti-air if the opponent is jumping right on top of you, but make sure they're close enough or you get the far version.

  • Standing (Far):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-stand-far-HK.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
On hit -3
On block -8
Frame count 6 6 18

Clown does a small hop into a spin kick, although he's still treated as on the ground. Has less range than standing hard punch so it's not as useful as a poke, but it does seem to be good at outprioritizing sweeps. Unfortunately, this move is NOT BUFFERABLE. Clown becomes unhittable with lows at active part and 6 frames after it. Leg becomes vulnerable 2f before active part and ends 12f after it.

  • Crouching:
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-crouch-HK.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel yes
On hit kd
On block -8
Frame count 4 6 18

A sweep with decent range but not that great priority. Leg becomes vulnerable from the very start and ends 6f after active part.

  • Jumping (Diagonal):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-diagonal-jump-HK.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4 6

Has more range than any of his other jumping attacks, so it's pretty good.

  • Jumping (Neutral):
Damage 28 Startup FHD-clown-neutral-jump-HK.png Recovery
Chain cancel no
Special cancel no
Frame count 4 6

A slightly modified version of his regular jumping attack. Also has pretty good range.

Throws

Damage First/Tick
6/3
FHD-clown-throwbox.png
Range
(From pushbox)
33
  • Roll Over: B.png/F.png + Snkb.gif

Clown launches them into the air and continually juggles them with his feet, circus-style. After he's done he kicks them away, leaving them at a distance. Mash the joystick/buttons for more hits during the duration of this throw. Damage of each individual tick is very low, but they're occurs really often, thus dealing decent damage overall. With proper mashing, this throw can do over 25%! Even without mashing, this throw tends to do more damage than most character's regular throws. It's the best regular throw in the game, so make the most of it - Clown needs all the damage he can get.

Special Moves

Note: All of Clown's special moves, with the exception of Pick-A-Card, must be charged in the down-back ↙ position. If you charge in either ↓ or ←, it will not count and the move will not come out. For some reason Clown is the only character in the game with such strict limitations on how he must charge moves.
  • Pick-A-Card: Charge B.png,F.png + P.png
Damage 16 Startup FHD-clown-pickacard.png Recovery
On hit +9
On block +4
Frame count 17 1 24

Clown tosses a deadly ring of playing cards at his opponent. Your standard projectile attack, has ok startup and recovery. Usually the move of choice to buffer into, since it's the only one of his moves where you have the option of doing it after a Back or Down-Back charge... sigh.

  • Head Stamp: Charge Db.png,Uf.png + P.png
Damage 28 Startup,
grounded
Startup,
in air
FHD-clown-headstamp.png If hits If whiffs
On hit Light
kd
Hard
kd
Recovery Landing Recovery Landing
On block Depends on character height
Frame count Light 2 28 varies 6 48 6
Hard 2 14 varies 6 32 6

Clown flies into the air towards the opponent and presses down on their head with his palm (must be blocked high!). Knocks down on hit. If blocked, Clown slowly floats to the ground and basically gives the opponent a free attack. You can move Clown back and forth while he falls to the ground by moving the joystick, but it doesn't really move him far enough. The HP version flies across the screen much faster than the LP version, but it has an annoying habit of sometimes missing its target completely if the opponent moves after Clown takes flight. LP version is much more consistent at actually making contact, but since it's slower it's easier to block on reaction (or if they were recovering from a fireball, etc). Active part comes out as soon as Clown reaches opponent's head (or to be exact when he must reach it according game's calculation). In ideal situation startup will be always the same, no matter from what distance move was started. Note that you must do the EXACT motion for this move to come out - the game won't accept finishing the motion at ↑ + P, it MUST be ↗ + P.

  • Spin Attack: Charge Db.png,F.png + K.png
Damage 32 Grounded Airborne FHD-clown-spin-2.gif FHD-clown-spin-3.gif Recovery Landing
On hit Light
kd
Hard
kd
FHD-clown-spin-1.png
On block Light
-12*
Hard
-39*
Frame count Light 2 2 1f each
∞ total
20 - 6
Hard 2 2 1f each
∞ total
41 6 6

*Frame advantage is measured as recovery + landing + 2f of additional lag from active frames

Clown rolls up into a ball and launches himself at his opponent. LK version is slower but safe on block (unless you're in the corner), HK version goes wicked fast (and causes him to yell "SNAAAAAP!"), but sends him flying back into the air whether it hits/whiffs/is blocked. Quite a few characters can punish a blocked HK Spin Attack when he's coming down, so use it with caution. If the HK version whiffs, you can sometimes score a hit with it when he's falling back down to the ground, but not always.

  • Spin Drop: Charge Db.png,U.png + K.png
Damage 32 Grounded Airborne FHD-clown-spin-2.gif If hits If whiffs
On hit Light
kd
Hard
kd
FHD-clown-spin-1.png FHD-clown-spin-3.gif Recovery Landing Landing
On block Depends on character height
Frame count Light 2 2 1f each
∞ total
41 varies 6 6
Hard 2 2 1f each
∞ total
41 varies 6 6

*Frame advantage is measured as recovery + landing + 2f of additional lag from active frames

A modified version of the Spin Attack where Clown launches himself into the air at an angle, and then drops down. HK version goes slightly farther in distance than the LK version. This move is pretty good as anti-air, but keep in mind that it has no invincibility whatsoever, and can trade/get beaten clean. The best part of this move is not only that it hits on the way down, but that when done at the right distance, it can often crossup the opponent at the last second. Most opponents will instinctively hold back when he's coming down, but then get crossed up at the last second and get knocked down. Don't rely on this too much because you can obviously get anti-aired. Also note that this move has to be blocked high. If you do it at point-blank range, it's like an instant overhead! But that's if you can manage to fully charge it up when you're right up next to someone...

Combos

  • c.LP/LK, c. LP/LK, c.LP/LK xx HK Spin Attack
  • c.HP, LK/HK Spin Attack
  • LP Pick-A-Card, s.HP (1 hit) xx HP Pick-A-Card, c. HK [corner only]
  • LP Pick-A-Card, s.HP (1 hit) xx HP Pick-A-Card, HK Spin Attack
  • c.LK, c.LK, s. HP, HK Spin Attack

The last combo is very difficult. To be able to combo the Spin Attack off a standing attack, you must do the standing moves when the joystick is in neutral, before pushing f+K to do the Spin Attack. What this means is that you have to charge Down-Back while doing the crouching LK's, then hit standing HP very quickly when the joystick reaches the neutral position, then f+HK. It is a lot more difficult than it sounds, you must be very fast and need expert timing. There are other variations on this combo that you can do to combo HK Spin Attacks off standing moves, but do not attempt without lots of practice. Worth it if you can do it consistently, but it's not easy!

The Basics

With Clown you want to be as unpredictable as possible. The more unpredictable the better, since then they will be more susceptible to getting hit by a Spin Attack. Clown's HK Spin Attack in particular is excellent since it is nearly impossible to counter on reaction. But, if they block it, chances are you're in trouble. Hitting someone with a "psychic" Spin Attack always makes you look good! If you overuse Spin Attacks, chances are the opponent is going to start to turtle up a little bit and stay in blocking position more often. If this happens, it's time to abuse Clown's throw. Go for his throw whenever possible since it can do huge damage.

Once you have the lead, it's not a bad idea to play defensively. Clown can runaway very well - the Spin Drop and Head Stamp can potentially get him out of corners. Throw Pick-A-Cards at them from a distance - if your opponent doesn't have a way to go over/under/through the fireball, they'll often be forced to jump in. At the right distance, Clown's standing LP will beat almost all of their air attacks clean. Throw another fireball when they're on the ground and keep them out.

Clown doesn't have any huge damaging combos, so you need to be able to swat away at the opponent like a mosquito. Keep your cool, don't get careless because Clown's weak spot (his mask) is a common target for a lot of moves, and you can get dizzied very easily if you're not careful.

Advanced Strategy

Your specific objective for non-projectile character is Pick-A-Card spamming and also for projectile spammers use your Head Stamp.

Match-ups

Ray Lee Zaz Kar Jea Miz Sam Yun Mat Clo Fei Mar Ryo
Clown - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Vs. Clown (self):

Head Stomping Clown is best Clown

Vs. Jean:

Head Stamp it if he spam Roses and watch out with his low attacks.

Vs. Ryoko:

Standing light punch (AND HARD PUNCH), you'll always come out on top of her jumping in. Similar strategy to Marst, but keep in mind she is much more agile than him and therefore can deal with fireball spam much better.

Vs. Karnov:

Your master had advantage, Head Stomp its a good strategy but Karnov can counter easily your Rolls

Vs. Lee:

Clown must keepaway Lee Diendo with pokes and rolls, Pick a Card is awful against him but a random Head Stomp is ok

Vs. Feilin:

Clown advantange is because Head Stomp can punish his Overhead Projectile Special and get better recovery than her Uppercut and also her Dashing Crane can be countered by Pick a Card

Vs. Yungmie:

Aura Smash its beatable with Head Stomp, but beware of her NeriChagi, your meta game its based about punish her Aura Smash or get closet to her and sweep for a Roll mixup

Vs. Marstorius:

Believe it or not, Marstorius's worst matchup in the game is Clown. To win against Marstorius, literally all you have to do is runaway and throw Pick-A-Card's at him. It is near impossible for Marstorius to jump over the LP version. Marstorius will have no choice but to Rising Knee through them, and you'll always be recovered in time and can either standing LP him out of the air, or crouching HK sweep him to push him back. Such a simple tactic, and yet it works so well. Just keep away and you'll win.

Vs. Matlok:

Matlock had some advantages against you , wait if he send you a Spinning Rail and Head Stomp him

Vs. Mizoguchi:

Fair Matchup, Head Stomp is useful against him to stun

Vs. Ray:

Clown don't had good tools against his Wheel Kick, try to keep him away

Vs. Samchay:

He had better projectiles than you, try to Head Stomp him and keep him away

Vs. Zazie:

Clown had good advantages to counter his Ducking and Backdash strategies, Head Stomp is useful for stun him


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Clown
Liu Feilin
Jean Pierre
Karnov
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Matlok Jade
Makoto Mizoguchi
Ray McDougal
Ryoko Kano
Samchay Tomyamgun
Liu Yungmie
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