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The King of Fighters '98/Orochi Yashiro

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Orochi Yashiro

KOF98 orochiyashiro small.png

Whenever Yashiro loses his bottled water and can't pour water on himself, he gets parched and becomes Yashiro of the Parched Earth. This really pisses him off and gives him super powers and super strength that enable him to slam around niggas like ragdolls and he is really pissed until he can find some water so watch out!

In a nutshell

O.Yashiro is a mixup/poking based character with long limbs, great damage, and difficult to escape throw/attack games. Some people consider him top-tier, some consider him right under the top-tier. Either way he is a very powerful and popular character. He not a bad choice for beginners, though you might pick up some bad habits like using qcb + A at all ever in your life. He requires average-to-good execution.


Snka.gif Snkb.gif Snkc.gif Snkd.gif
OYash98 colorA.png OYash98 colorB.png OYash98 colorC.png OYash98 colorD.png

Move Analysis


Frames Advantage Cancel Block Hitbox Notes
Standing Close
Snka.gif 3/4/4 +4/+2 HL
Yash98 clA.png
Snkb.gif 3/5/9 -2/-4 HL
Yash98 clB.png
Good move to use if you want to combo into hcf + P. Not bad as a meaty, either (ie good for CD counter baits with hcf + P).
Snkc.gif 3/3+4/15 -2/-4 HL
Yash98 clC1.png
Yash98 clC2.png
Fast, cancelable.
Snkd.gif 3/5/21 -6/-8 HL
Yash98 clD.png
Same as above except does more damage but pushes back further.
Standing Far
Snka.gif 3/4/7 +1/-1 HL
Yash98 stA.png
Good long range poke. Generally Standing B is better, but this one is cancelable, so you can cancel into f + A to bait someone mashing or maybe cancel into hcf + D (very risky).
Snkb.gif 4/8/13 -9/-11 HL
Yash98 stB.png
One of the godliest pokes in the game. Fast, long range, stops short hop...stops a lot of other shit too!
Snkc.gif 10/3/32 -15/-17 HL
Yash98 stC.png
Slow recovery, but it is whiff cancelable (f + B preferred) and connects against crouchers. Still, crouching C has all this move's got and more.
Snkd.gif 8/4/33 -17/-19 HL
Yash98 stD.png
Uncancelable and super slow recovery, but it is notable that it beats some things. I see Chinese players use it sometimes in specific situations. Mess around with it if you're feeling experimental.
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 15/5/24 KD/-7 S,Su HL
Yash98 stCD.png
Great long range poke with nice priority, cancelable of course.
Snka.gif 3/4/6 +2/0 HL
Yash98 crA.png
Nice and long range for a cr.A. Cancelable into f + A as an anti-mash setup (mix up with cr.A, hcf + P tick).
Snkb.gif 6/3/10 -1/-3 L
Yash98 crB.png
It's a fast low! And it's chainable into other lights other than itself as you'd expect (timing is a little slower than other characters).
Snkc.gif 3/2+3/28 -13/-15 HL
Yash98 crC1.png
Yash98 crC2.png
One of the best ground pokes and a fantastic anti-air. The first part when his arm isn't fully extended is cancelable. As I noted above, you can use this to hit limbs and cancel into hcf + B (ie at a range where the cr.C will whiff and the hcf + B won't execute if they don't do anything).
Snkd.gif 9/3(5)5/22 KD/-9 L
Yash98 crD1.png
Yash98 crD2.png
Very long range sweep, cancelable and easily cancelable on whiff for safety.
Snka.gif 6/9/- -/- H
Yash98 jA.png
Awesome jump-in. Similar to Kyo's j.B. Can be used as an instant overhead on large characters (short hop only).
Snkb.gif 7/9 -/- H
Yash98 jB.png
Okay air-to-air or as a jump-in I guess. There are better jump attacks for those specific uses, though.
Snkc.gif 8/5 -/- H
Yash98 jC.png
Good jump-in, excellent crossup to be used with O.Yashiro's many setups. Experiment to find the crossup hitbox, it's a little weird.
Snkd.gif 7/7 -/- H
Yash98 jD.png
Awesome air-to-air and air-to-ground from long range. Short hop up/back with this is a great poke.
Snkc.gif+Snkd.gif 11/4 KD/- HL
Yash98 jCD.png
Great air-to-air when they are slightly above you obviously. Good anti-air vs Choi.
Command Normals

f + Snka.gif

22/3/24 KD/-9 H
Yash98 fA.png
Overhead and knocks down when done alone. Fast, cancelable, and non-overhead when chained.
f + Snka.gif (cancel) 12/3/24 -7/-9 S,Su HL
f + Snkb.gif 11/5/28 -13/-15 S,Su HL
Yash98 fB.png
Always fast and cancelable, does more damage than f + A but doesn't travel as far. This is the move of choice to cancel into on your opponent's wakeup, since if they reversal roll backwards, you can still whiff cancel into f + B with the same timing (close C/D > f + B) and catch their roll anyway.
Special Moves
qcb + Snka.gif 15/20/19 15 Grab
Yash98 qcbP1.png
Yash98 qcbP2.png
Crushing Earth (qcb + P)

Jumping throw that you can combo anything from. Separates scrubs from good players. In beginner play, you'll see this used often and connect often. In intermediate play, you'll see this move used less and miss about 90% of the time, sometimes being punished really badly. In high level play, you'll see this move used almost never, and every time it gets used whoever uses it loses 50% or more on the spot. I can't blame anyone for using this move if it works a lot, but don't be surprised when it gets owned if you play someone good.

qcb + Snkc.gif 19/24/22 15 Grab
hcf + Kick.gif 6+10+3/22 Grab
Yash98 hcfK.png
Dancing Earth (hcf + K)

Mostly used for comboing off of cr.C as noted above. You can use the D version to 'tick' off of a light attack, but that's just as risky as using qcb + A.

hcb f + Punch.gif 0/1/34 Grab
Yash98 hcbfP.png
Smothering Earth (hcb f + P)

Instant, good range command throw. Good for combos and run-ins.

hcf + Punch.gif 8/1/27 Grab
Yash98 hcfP.png
Tempering Earth (hcf + P)

An invincible throw with some startup. It can be canceled into to go through and grab CD counters (on reaction, even). It does no damage at the beginning but you can followup with your own attack or let the opponent hit the ground for max damage ( make sure you do a hcf + D or a couple hcb f + P's for meter). This is one of O.Yashiro's scariest mixup tools because of all the setups afterwards:

  • The most basic would be super jump D, then walk under them and mixup which side to attack from as they fall.
  • A more flashy and awkward to block mixup would be super jump D, then wait a moment and short hop C in the same direction you super jumped. This will make you jump backwards but towards your opponent. If you do it early, you will jump back over the opponent and cross them up. If you wait a movement, you will stay on the same side (but be facing away from them) and hit with a 'backwards' but non-crossup j.C for a deep combo.

The mixups get even crazier if you have them in the corner and even crazier still if you're the 2nd player and can use the 2p side corner crossup bug. Experiment!

hcb hcb + Punch.gif 0/1/34 Grab
Yash98 hcbx2P.png
Dark Hell Paradise Trap (hcb hcb + P)

Instant super command throw. Can be comboed into from just about anything. Good after empty short hop, etc. Like all instant throws, you can use it as a reversal, but if they hop you're boned.

qcf qcf + Snka.gif HL
Yash98 qcfx2P1.png
Yash98 qcfx2P2.png
Ultra Laser Blast Palm (qcf qcf + P)

You can charge it to be unblockable, but the only setup is off of hcf + P, and it's not meaty anyway so whatever.

qcf qcf + Snkc.gif HL
Yash98 qcfx2P3.png
qcf qcf + Snkb.gif 9+4/20/31 Grab
Yash98 qcfx2K.png
Malevolent God of the Earth (qcf qcf + K)

Kind of like the qcb + A move, but it does less damage and has a nifty super freeze so your opponent has all day to think of which cool combo they're gonna use to punish it. Use if you like seeing cool combos.

qcf qcf + Snkd.gif Grab


  • b or f + C - Breakable, forward knockdown, face forward, rollable.

  • b or f + D - Breakable, reverse knockdown, back turned, un-rollable.

D throw preferred, but of course his awesome command throws preferred over that.

Fastest Attacks

  • 0F: C throw; D throw; hcb f + P; hcb hcb + P
  • 1F: -
  • 2F: -
  • 3F: cl.A; cl.B; cl.C; cl.D; st.A; cr.A; cr.C
  • 4F: st.B
  • 5F: -
  • 6F: cr.B
  • 7F: -
  • 8F: st.D; hcf + P
  • 9F: cr.D
  • 10F: st.C


  • cr.C / cl.D / cl.C / st.C > f + A / f + B (optional) >
    • (S)DM Dark Hell Paradise Trap (hcb hcb + P)
    • Smothering Earth (hcb f + P)
    • B Dancing Earth (hcf + B)

  • cr.A / cl.B > Tempering Earth (hcf + P)
    • nothing... (The fall do the better damage.)
    • j.C / j.D (Reset)

  • cr.B / cr.A, cr.A, cr.A / st.A, st.B

  • cr.B / cr.A, cr.A / cl.A / st.A >
    • (S)DM Dark Hell Paradise Trap (hcb hcb + P)
    • Smothering Earth (hcb f + P)

  • qcb + P,
    • 1st combo (Preferably with cr.C, because against some characters you end up out of close range and will need to walk to use cl.C / cl.D.)

  • Simple buffers:
    • cl.B / cl.D > (S)DM hcb hcb + P
      • hcb + B/D > hcb + P
    • cr.B, st.A / cl.A > (S)DM hcb hcb + P
      • cr.B, hcb + A > hcb + P (As cr.B is not cancelable, hcb + A will chain into a normal attack.)

The first combo pretty much covers every combo you will ever do with O. Yashiro. Close D and f + B both do more damage but push further back than close C and f + A respectively. You can mix and match them and apply them in the appropriate places. For example if you're going for a very in-close mixup or a backwards/corner crossup, use D > f + B into hcb f + P / super. If you're a bit further back you may want to use close C > f + A to make sure the hcb f + P or super throw connects. At the maximum possible range (were talking hitting limbs with cr.C), use cr.C straight into hcf + B.

Strategy Corner

  • MAX: cl.D > f + A > hcb f + P

deals almost the same damage as

  • cl.D > f + A > DM hcb hcb + P

Keep this in mind, when you need to decide whether to trigger MAX or keep meter for a DM.