INTRODUCTION Even since his first appearance in the eighth Dragon Ball Z movie, Broly has been a fan favorite. Everyone loves playing as the raging lunatic every now and then, and nobody does it better than Broly. While he didn't fair too well in his first appearance in the Budokai series, his status in the Shin Budokai games has been elevated to say the least. Simply put, Broly beats the living hell out of anything in the game, he has tremendous reach, one of the best death moves in the game, and one of the strongest ultimates available. Broly is easily one of the most damaging characters in the game. Broly in Shin Budokai Another Road, while not exactly top tier material, is a very solid character. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BROLY ADVANTAGES - Broly has amazing reach with just about all of his rushing and slam strings. Considering the speed and priority of his slam starters, Broly has an easy time zoning the majority of the cast. - Broly is an extremely powerful character, hitting well into the 3000s with ease. With Broly's best combo hitting for 3999 damage, his only competition in the field of absolute damage is Bardock. - Gigantic Claw is an amazing death move, easily one of the best in the game. It has high priority, comes out extremely fast, and hits hard. Since the opponent can't break fall afterwards, a follow up Blaster Shell is guaranteed. - Broly's >RRR rushing string breaks the opponents guard making it harder, if not impossible, to turtle against Broly. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BROLY DISADVANTAGES - Broly has a very tough time dealing with rush down characters like Bardock, Future Trunks, Pikkon, and Krillin. These characters have high priority slam strings that allow them to get in and stay close to an opponent. Once these characters get in, it is easy for them to pick apart Broly. - Broly's size makes him very easy to juggle. There isn't a single string in the game that can miss Broly at close range, this makes comboing him much easier than normal. As in all fighting games, being the biggest just makes you the easiest target. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BROLY MAIN STRATEGY One word, zoning. Broly has a lot of power but he has to use his range to get the most of it. Letting characters get in too close is dangerous since Broly doesn't have any strings, slam or rushing, that can deal with quick, high priority slam strings. Rush down specialists like Bardock, Future Trunks, Pikkon, and Krillin are especially dangerous. Keep everyone at mid to long range, don't let ANYONE within arms reach of Broly. *Rush down and defending* Broly's main slam starter is his RRR string breaks the opponent's guard so you can use it to continue your offense. As always, be sure to energy cancel the end of the string to avoid getting punished in case the opponent aura dashes out of range or dodges the attack. To avoid being predictable, mix up Broly's >RRR with his >RSS. Keep in mind though, throwing out rushing strings by themselves is always risky business so only use these strings by themselves when the opponent is playing defensively. Otherwise, you will be taken down by just about any slam string the opponent has in their arsenal. Finally, if you have the ki for it, an aura charged Gigantic Claw will break the opponent's guard, if not pierce it entirely. Remember, both >RRR and an aura charged Gigantic Claw cut through any sort of guarding, including aura guard, so be sure to use them when the opponent is waiting it out. *Juggling* Broly has among the best set of juggling strings in the game. On top of his >R and RRS and vS strings, just be sure you energy cancel both of them to avoid getting punished. Also, since Gigantic Claw comes out blindingly fast, you can use it to get a quick pot shot in when the opponent least expects it. Since you are at the disadvantage, the general assumption is that you won't use ki unless absolutely necessary. This can play in your favor since the opponent isn't going to be expecting Gigantic Claw. Once they are hit with it, they aren't going to be as aggressive knowing that you can still have a reliable way to deal damage. While a single Gigantic Claw only does 585 damage, it quickly stacks up especially since the move is hard to teleport counter even if you know it is coming. Just remember to build your ki to regain the ki advantage so you don't become dependant on single slams and Gigantic Claw. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ COMBO SECTION *Super Quick Guide to Combo Canceling* All combo cancels are done by holding down the last S in a regular combo string then tapping guard to cancel the animation. When done fast enough, the character returns to their neutral state and can immediately start another combo string. Once mastered, the charge on the canceled S doesn't show and the full combo looks fluid without any noticeable breaks or pauses. Side Step canceling can be done by tapping down or up with guard but only works with certain combo strings. The advantage to side step canceling is that if done properly, the combo continues from the opponent's back where damage is greater. Energy attacks can also be canceled by holding down E then tapping guard, but only a few characters need use this method to cancel a string. Since energy canceling uses a small amount of ki, it isn't recommended unless it is the ONLY way to cancel a certain string for that character. Finally, the most advanced combo cancel is the Aura Cancel. While holding S, tap Aura Burst, release S, then tap S again to trigger the character's Aura Slam. This is by far the most difficult cancel to pull off but opens a whole new range of damage. After a successful Aura Smash cancel, you are granted a free Aura Rush attack so use that to close the distance and continue the combo. *The Golden Rule of Combo Canceling* NEVER under any circumstances attempt a combo that puts the opponent in ki advantage. That means that no combo should EVER go over 2.5 bars worth of ki gain for the opponent since it leaves you open for a teleport counter (which can be canceled into a combo). That also means that no combo should end in an attack that can be recovered from quickly leaving endless possibilities for a counter attack. Basically, no on the ground attacks since break fall can lead into a combo just as quickly as a teleport counter cancel. Finally, absolutely NO PURSUIT FINISHERS!!!!!! I can't stress this one enough, although they look great each pursuit attack gives the opponent back 1 whole ki bar. That means that getting a complete Pursuit combo ending in a finisher is next to impossible against anyone who knows how to teleport counter. A single pursuit attack is okay once in a while to show off, but trying for 3 is asking for trouble. All combos in this guide follow are safe to use but incase you try building your own, just keep in mind the golden rule and you should be okay. Legend: R = Rush attack S = Slam attack >= Towards opponent < = Away from opponent >> = Dash to opponent ^ = Up on the D-pad E = Energy Button - = Cancel * = Stun ~ = Side Step Cancel ' = Fully charge upcoming move [AB] = Aura Burst -[AB] = Aura Cancel ***ALL COMBOS ARE DONE AT MAX KI AGAINST GOGETA AT MAX KI*** All combos are performed on the ground without booster cards in LSSJ. Beginners Section No cancel knowledge needed 1) vS, RRR>R, RRRRSS-, SSSRSS-, >>R, ^E [Gigantic Meteor] E(triggered at 21 hits] 31 hits, 2760 damage. Opponent gains 1 ki bar 3) RSS-, SSSE-, SSSE-, vSE-, SSSE-, SSSE-, ^E [Gigantic Meteor] E(triggered at 34 hits) 44 hits, 3999 damage Opponent gains 2.4 ki bars Advance Section 1) RSS-, SSSE-, ^E [Gigantic Meteor] E (triggered at 25 hits) 35 hits, 3151 damage. Opponent gains 2.1 ki bars 2) RSS-, SSSE-, SSSE-, vSE, SSSE-, SSSE-, ^E [Gigantic Meteor] E(triggered at 31 hits) 41 hits, 3729 damage Opponent gains 2.4 ki bars ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BROLY SPECIAL MOVE RATINGS Blaster Shell: 7/10 One of the better ki blasts in the game, Blaster Shell both hits harder and travels faster than most standard ki blasts. While it isn't as good as Future Gohan's Spirit Shot or Bardock's Riot Javelin, Blaster Shell is good enough to be used reliably outside a combo. Like all ki blasts, don't spam it or you will just end up wasting ki. Gigantic Press: 7/10 Hits hard and covers a lot of ground, this physical rush packs a punch. Like most other physical death moves, Gigantic Press has a lot of priority so it will beat out all slams, rushes, and ki blasts but beware of other physical death moves. Gigantic Claw: 9/10 Hands down on of the best moves in the game, not only does Gigantic Claw come out lightning fast, since the opponent can't break fall you are guaranteed a free Blaster Shell afterwards. When fully charged or done from an aura burst, Gigantic Claw pierces normal guard and breaks aura guard. Gigantic Meteor: 9/10 Hitting in the area of 2000 damage, this is one of, if not the most, damaging ultimates in the game. The only thing keeping this move from getting a 10 is its low priority, but if it was any higher, this would be potentially be a broken attack. Warrior Race Awakening: 7/10 Given Broly's massive attack power, raising his defense isn't a bad idea. This Aura Burst Charge gets stronger the lower Broly's health is making it perfect for drawing out that last bar of health. This could turn the battle in your favor, but you have to be in base form to use it so it isn't worth the hassle. Legendary Warrior: 8/10 Hyper Armor, the third best type of Aura Burst Charge right under ki suppresion and health recovery. While this Aura Burst Charge is activated, you will not stagger from rushes or slams so you can attack freely without fear of counter attack. Be careful though, this Aura Burst Charage has one fatal flaw. Since you are unable to guard, you are wide open to death moves and ultimates. Never trigger this Aura Burst charge if the opponent has a decent amount of ki or it will cost you. Use this when the opponent has little or no ki left and left the rampage begin. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: How do you use Warrior Race Awakening and Legendary Warrior? A: In order to use any Aura Burst Charge, you have to push C (left shoulder button) and B (right shoulder button) together at the same time. Aura Burst Charges are unique to every character and can only be used once per match. Q: How do I teleport behind the opponent when they attack me? A: To perform a teleport counter, simply press forward and guard at the same time when you are attacked. Teleport counters consume 3 ki bars and can be canceled into a combo by holding down guard when you teleport. Q: How do I teleport after the opponent when I knock them away? Also, how do I do (insert special move) after the teleport? A: To perform a pursuit attack, simply press Burst (right shoulder button) after you knock the opponent away with any attack. Pursuit attacks cost 1 ki bar and can be done up to 3 times in a row. After the 3rd attack, your character will automatically hit the opponent with a special move. Be warned, each pursuit attack gives the opponent 1 ki bar back so connecting all 3 is extremely rare against a skilled opponent since they will most likely be able to teleport counter behind you for a free combo. Q: I keep seeing the computer recover health, how do I do that? A: Health recovery is an Aura Burst Charge unique to Piccolo, the Buus, Cell, Janemba, and Cooler. The best way to deal with health recovery (and any powerful Aura Burst Charge) is to stop the opponent from ever using it. Close in, stay in their face, and keep the pressure on them so they never get a chance. In the off chance they manage to get away and use it, they will be wide open so hit them with any long range death move, or even an ultimate to instantly shave off some of the health they regained. Even if the opponent manages to heal, it is only 1500 health points, easily taken away by another combo. Q: The computer keeps kicking my ass in Another Road, is there any way to deal with all of the enemies? A: The best way to deal with the gauntlet of enemies thrown at you in Another Road is to learn how to combo cancel. Instead of boosting your stats with cards and spamming >E, just learn how to combo and you'll be able to take out 3 or 4 enemies without losing a single bar of life. No I'm not exaggerating, the A.I. in Budokai simply doesn't know how to deal with extended combos from charge canceling. Once you master combo canceling, stat boosting removes all difficulty from Another Road since a combo that hits for 2000 damage normally could hit for well over 4000 damage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? ADVICE? 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