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The King of Fighters '99/Ralf

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Top-tier character (in top 3 of best no-banned characters in kof99 certainly).

Ralf is a tank, counter-hit, poke and fundamental mixup type character.

Famous friend of Clark and Leona.



Dynamite Headbomb >> When close - b / f + C

Northern Light Bomb >> When close - b / f + D

COMMAND ATTACKS----------------------------------------------------------------


SPECIAL MOVES------------------------------------------------------------------

Gatling Attack >> Charge b, f + P

Super Argentine Backbreaker >> When close - hcf + K >> Unblockable.

Ralf Kick >> Charge K for 3 sec., release >> The longer you charge, the more damage you inflict.

Kyuukouka Bakudan Punch (Chijou) >> Charge d, u + P

Kyuukouka Bakudan Punch (Kuuchuu) >> In the air - qcf + P

Vulcan Punch >> Tap P repeatedly

Ralf Tackle >> hcb + K >> Has autoguard.

DESPERATION MOVES--------------------------------------------------------------

Galactica Phantom >> qcf, qcf + P >> Has autoguard (SDM). >> Especially useful to combo with Striker Clark

Baribari Vulcan punch >> qcf, hcb + P >> Evades low attacks.

Umanori Vulcan Punch >> qcb, hcf + K >> This DM can combo with many strikers like Yuri, Leona, Kasumi or Clark for example


  • cl.C > hcb+B
  • Jump Attack > cl.C or cr.A > mash C
  • Jump Attack > cl.C or cl.B or cr.A or cr.C > hcf+K
  • Jump Attack > cl.C or cr.C > qcf,hcb+P or qcb,hcf+K
  • j.C or j.D > cr.A * 2 > b charge f+C
  • cr.A * 1-3 > b charge f+C

In-depth Analysis

Qualities :

  • Very good damage (more powerful character of game with Chang)
  • Easy to play
  • Almost all his normal attacks gets huge priority, good reach and are safe, which gives him a very good frame trap gameplay thus
  • Probably the best j.CD of game cause it beats or trades all the strikers of game depending of striker. Moreover, it stays out long time and has huge priority.
  • Gets unblockable Galactica Phantom after Umanori Vulcan Punch
  • Gets a command throw and can built meter with it

Faults :

  • No fireball
  • No viable reversal

Mid-Tier as Striker.

Fastest Attacks

Ground Attacks

  • 0F: C throw; D throw; hcf + K
  • 1F: cl.A
  • 2F: cl.B; cr.A; st.A
  • 3F: ; cr.B
  • 4F: ; st.B ;
  • 5F: (b) f + A; cr.C, cr.D
  • 6F: -
  • 7F: cl.C; cl.D; (b) f + C; (S)DM hcb qcf + K
  • 8F: C rapidly; (d) u + A
  • 9F: A rapidly
  • 10F: st.D; (d) u + C
  • 11F: st.C

Air Attacks

  • 0F:
  • 1F:
  • 2F: j+A
  • 3F: nj+B
  • 4F: j+B ; nj+C
  • 5F: nj+A
  • 6F:
  • 7F:
  • 8F: j+C ; j+D ; nj+D
  • 9F:
  • 10F:
  • 11F:

Frame Data and Hitboxes

Red Color = Hurtbox

Purple / White Color = Hitbox

For Special Moves :

Black Color = Hitbox

Yellow = Fireball

Game Navigation

Frames Advantage Cancel Block Hitbox Notes
Standing Close
Snka.gif 1/6/5 +1/-1 Nocancel.png HL
Ralf cl A.jpg
Fastest close attack of game. Very effective vs short hop and good priority / hitbox. However it whiffs vs low crounching characters.
Snkb.gif 2/6/5 +1/-1 Cancel.png HL
Ralf cl B.jpg
Nice as a meaty, since you can link stuff of it. Good as a combo filler after a crossup, too.
Snkc.gif 7/4/16 0/-2 Cancel.png HL
Ralf cl C.jpg
Most damaging fast move to combo into backbreaker. Some characters can crouch under it, though.
Snkd.gif 7/4/12 +4/+2 Nocancel.png HL
Ralf cl D.jpg
This move is interesting for Ralf's mixups because it gets positive frame advantage like you can see.
Standing Far
Snka.gif 2/7/5 0/-2 Nocancel.png HL
Ralf stA.jpg
Short range, but weirdly high priority. I've seen it beat quite a lot of shit because it stays out for longer than most standing As. Anti-air vs short hop.
Snkb.gif 4/8/5 -1/-3 Nocancel.png HL
Ralf stB.jpg
Not bad, fast, hits most characters crouching, unlike standing A and it stays out for longer than standing far A
Snkc.gif 11/5/21 -6/-8 Nocancel.png HL
Ralf stC.jpg
Nice long-range poke with good power and priority.
Snkd.gif 10/7/14 -1/-3 Nocancel.png HL
Ralf stD.jpg
Can't be crouched under, so it's got that going for it. Slower and shorter-ranged than standing C, so don't use this if you can use that.
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 16/6/12 KD/+4 Specialcancel.pngSoftknockdown.png HL
Ralf CD.jpg
Nice range. Very spammable move in kof 99 and one of better CD counter of game because you can juggle combo it with Close D or Umanori Vulcan Punch when you hit opponent in counter hit.
Snka.gif 2/3/8 1/-1 Chaincancel.pngCancel.png HL
Ralf cr A.jpg
Cancelable, combo filler of choice along with cr.C for characters that can crouch under his close C.
Snkb.gif 3/4/8 0/-2 Nocancel.png Low.png
Ralf crB.jpg
It's low. Can link into backbreaker too.
Snkc.gif 5/7/10 +3/+1 Cancel.png HL
Ralf cr C.jpg
Awesome high-priority move, much like standing C but lower to the ground. Cancelable, and Ralf's most meaty attack.
Snkd.gif 5/5/14 KD/-1 Softknockdown.pngNocancel.png Low.png
Ralf cr D.jpg
A sweep which can be interesting to include it in his mixups.
Command Normals
button after Snka.gif + Snkb.gif 15/9/0 1/-1 Startupinv.png , In Counter Mode : Specialcancel.png HL
Canccel roll forward Ralf kof 99.jpg
Interesting cancel roll forward. You can combo it with cr.D or charge b, f + C.
Snka.gif 2/8/- -/- - High.png
Ralf j A.jpg
Snkb.gif 4/10/- -/- - High.png
Ralf j B.jpg
Good, fast air-to-air or air-to-ground at range. Huge priority.
Snkc.gif 8/9/- -/- - High.png
Ralf j C.jpg
Crosses up, good downward reach and good air-to-air priority.
Snkd.gif 8/10/- -/- - High.png
Ralf j D.jpg
Best jump-in combo starter along with jumping C.
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 12/9/- KD/- Softknockdown.pngSpecialcancel.png HL
Ralf j CD.jpg
Probably the best jump CD of game because it beats or trade all the strikers of game. A little slow but huge priority and blockstun.
Neutral Jump
Snka.gif 5/8/- -/- - High.png
Ralf n A.jpg
Snkb.gif 3/8/- -/- - High.png
Ralf n B.jpg
Snkc.gif 4/11/- -/- - High.png
Ralf n C.jpg
Snkd.gif 8/10/- -/- - High.png
Ralf n D.jpg
Special Moves
Hcf.png+Snkb.gif 0/1/30 -/- Throw.pngHardknockdown.png -
Special throw Ralf kof 99.jpg
Super Argentine Backbreaker - hcf + K
  • Best Ralf's special move.
  • You can use it to punish opponent. It's also the main combo ender.
Hcf.png+Snkd.gif 0/1/30 -/- Throw.pngHardknockdown.png -
Special throw Ralf kof 99.jpg
Super Argentine Backbreaker - hcf + K
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