***Rival Schools: United by Fate/Shiritsu Justice Gakuen*** *Shoma (Syoma) Sawamura FAQ version 0.2* -Best Viewed with Courier New Font- By: Shoma No Miko (contacts listed below) NOTICE: This FAQ is NOT to be used for money-making purposes. If you want to use the FAQ to be placed on a page, please acknowledge your information and ask for permission! As always, all characters are properties of their respective owners. Don't sue me, I'm poor! ======================================================== TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1) FAQ Updates/Changes 2) Contacts and Acknowledgements 3) Introduction 4) Shoma Bio a) Profile b) Personality c) Story 5) Basic Game Controls 6) Moves List a) Special Moves b) Burning Vigor Attacks c) Team-Up Attack 7) Some Combos 8) Miscellaneous 9) Info needed/ Hopeful updates ======================================================== 1) FAQ Updates/Changes ________________________________________________________ -Changed Introduction -Tweaked the Profile -Some small, almost unnoticeable,changes to Basic Moves List -Fixed Special Moves List errors -Added a few more combos -Added "Miscellaneous" section -Fixed Info needed/ Hopeful updates section ======================================================== 2) Contacts and Acknowledgements ________________________________________________________ These are all the people,companies,magazines, etc., that have helped me put this FAQ up (or had pix!). Thanks to you all! =) -"Batsu" -Mike -Jessie -Absolute Zero's Rival Schools Page (http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Castle/9607/rival.html) -Chika's King of Fighters Zone!! (http://chika.simplenet.com) [She has RS fan art!] -Capcom (http://www.capcom.com) -Fighters' Edge (http://www.fightersedge.com) -Game Pro Magazine (http://www.gamepro.com) or AOL Keyword: Game Pro Okay, if you want to e-mail me, use one of the addresses below. If you REALLY want me to get to you quicker, try the AOL address. Please subject the e-mail "FAQ Problem". -ShomaNoMiko@rotfl.com -DaigoNoMiko@goplay.com -DaigoNoMiko@rotfl.com -SakuraIso@aol.com ======================================================== 3) Introduction ________________________________________________________ The purpose of this here FAQ is to provide somewhat of a strategy for the Rival Schools character Shoma Sawamura -my favorite character, tied with Daigo Kazama. Now that the PSX version is out in the States (Sans "School Life Mode" which really sucks), this FAQ will be updated more frequently. This can be used for both the Arcade AND the PSX, though it's really aimed for the PSX... Many players of the game overlook Shoma because of his partners (face it, Natsu and Roberto aren't really that good...) or because of his appearance (i.e, the bat makes him look like he'd be a SLOW character,swinging that around). But in reality, Shoma, in MY opinion, is one of the best characters.He's rather powerful despite his dimunitive size and he swings that bat around pretty fast. His air- combos are pretty good too. Oh, and you just can't look over his short- tempered personality! ^_^ Anyways, I hope the FAQ helps you in anyway possible with this guy. Translations aside, I tried very hard to make it understandable for you. ======================================================== 4) Shoma Bio ________________________________________________________ Sawamura Syoma "Bakurestu Suragga" Shoma (Syoma) Sawamura "Explosive Slugger" a) Profile ---------- SEX: Male BIRTHDATE: October 10th ZODIAC: Libra BLOOD TYPE: O HEIGHT: 162 cm WEIGHT: 57 kg B-W-H: 92-78-80 RELATIONSHIP: He argues with Natsu Ayuhara LIKES: Baseball DISLIKES: Big people, basketball, volleyball SKILL: Baseball SCHOOL: Gorin GOOD SUBJECT: P.E BAD SUBJECT(S): Math,English CLUB: Baseball club PART-TIME JOB: No time! ________________________________________________________ b)Personality ----------------- Has a quick temper and hates to lose. Has a strong sense of justice, but because he's so impulsive, he's always failing. Because he causes wild fights during matches, he's not really a member of the Gorin High School Baseball Team. He's extremely self-conscious about his shortness.He always fights with Natsu, who is tall and tries to make a fool out of him. Turns out, Natsu was an old friend from childhood, and now that she's become more of a woman, her casual actions have caused a lot of tension... ________________________________________________________ c)Story ---------- His older brother, an ace pitcher from the same school, Shuichi, was attacked by someone. To clear his brother's humiliation of being cut off from being able to join a pro baseball team, to find out the truth, and for revenge, Shoma goes to raid other schools. ======================================================== 5)Basic Game Controls ________________________________________________________ DIRECTIONAL LEGEND: Down.....D Up.......U F........Forward B........Back DF.......Diagonally down-forward DB.......Diagonally down-back QCF......In a continous motion, go from D,to DF,to F QCB...... " ", go from D,to DB,to B HCF...... " ",go from B,to DB, to D, to DF, to F HCB...... " ",go from F,to DF, to D, to DB, to B ATTACKS: Shoma, like every fighter, has 4 different types of basic attacking: Weak Punch.......WP Strong Punch.....SP Weak Kick........WK Strong Kick......SK RUNNING AND MOVING AROUND Shoma, like every fighter, can execute these moves: High Jump.......D,U Mid-Air Jump....When knocked into the air,press any 2 buttons together Run.............F, Hold F Hop Forward.....F,F Hop Back........B,B Sidestep........WK+SK Upper Sidestep..D,WK+SK Shoulder Ram....While running press P Slide...........While running press WK Drop Kick.......While running press SK Rival Launcher..When close, DF+SP or DF+SK DEFENSE MANEUVERS Block...........Press B Tardy Counter...Block then execute a special move Knockdown Recoveries Roll Back...Press B Roll Front..Press F Stand.......Press U Side Roll...Press D Attack......Any attack after intial recovery THROWS: Along with those basics, Shoma also has throws. To execute a throw, stand close to your opponent and press WP+SP. To escape a throw, execute a throw. Got it? And to throw crouched opponents, simply press Down and WP+SP. To escape a crouched throw, press Down and execute the throw. =)As a standing throw, he picks the opponent up as if he were practicing, then he hits them with his bat.Crouched, he powerbombs them. And from behind them, he performs a German Suplex. TAUNTING: Taunting with Shouma is rather simple. Press select anytime during the fight. Pros? You get to piss your opponent off and hear Shoma talk smack while increasing your Burning Vigor Meter (described below). Cons? It leaves you wide open for attacks. BURNING VIGOR ATTACKS: Shoma has 3 (actually 2, one can be done in the air) Burning Vigor Attacks. What's that? A special meter that is similar to the meters on SF Alpha. When on level 1 or higher, Shoma can perform a "Super" Move. The B.V Meter has 9 levels and they're carried over in between rounds. To increase the meter, do one of the following: Get hit (Don't wanna do that!) Perform Special Moves Taunting Though it doesn't pertain to Shoma, several characters (like Natsu) can team-up to help raise the meter by about 5 levels. Of course, as listed below, your B.V meter has to be at least level 2 to do a team up... TEAM-UP ATTACKS: When Shoma's B.V meter is AT LEAST on Level 2, he can team-up with his chosen partner.If Shoma is the main character (the one fighting), the move depends on the character you picked as his partner. His partner can either tag-team with Shoma to beat the opponent (like Unmasked Akira's EVA rip-off), raise Shoma's B.V meter(like Hinata's Cheer up), or even restore some of his lost health (like Tiffany's *bleh* kiss).If Shoma ISN'T the main character, his Team-Up is Grand Slam (listed below) and it's an attack. If you know that you're not very good with Shoma, have a "healer" (Natsu,Hinata,Kyoko,Tiffany) as a partner. ======================================================== 6) Moves List ________________________________________________________ a)Special Moves ---------------------- Cho-go-sok-kyu (Super Heavy, Fast ball) QCF+P Shoma pitches a rather small baseball as a projectile at his opponent. Its fast,strong, and has lovely reach.It can be done in mid-air and it will aim diagonally downward. -------------------------------------------------------- Dai-Kaiten Dahou (Big Rotating Batting Style) F,QCF+P Shoma swings his bat around pretty quickly and bats his opponent away. This is better done nearby since it hits twice. -------------------------------------------------------- Satsujin Suraidingu (Homicide Slide) QCF+K I don't know why they call this "Killer Slide". Shoma doesn't even slide! He just leaps up with a quick horizontal kick. -------------------------------------------------------- Go-kai Lead (Dynamic Lead) B + WK + SK At the beginning of the move, Shoma looks like he's taking off for a base (he looks so adorable!). You have one of two options: If you press Weak Kick after, he will perform a sliding kick. If you press Strong Kick after, he will perform "Satsujin Suraidingu". The slide usually catches people off guard but it has poor range. -------------------------------------------------------- Ippon Zuri Da-ho (Fishing-like batting style) HCB+P Shoma lifts his opponent up with his bat through their stomach, and then bats them away. ________________________________________________________ b)Burning Vigors (Done when meter is at level 1! Oh, and when you nail an opponent with a B.V, taunt them right afterwards.The meter, for some reason, fills up more. ----------------------- Bunshin Makyu (Illusionary Diabolical Pitch) QCF,QCF+P Shouma throws a baseball that appears to be like about a hundred of them, at his opponent. It hits several times (about 4 or 5) and can be done in mid-air. -------------------------------------------------------- Ho~mu Ran Dahou (Home Run Batting Style) QCB,QCB+P Shoma does a souped up version of the "Dai Katen Dahou" here, batting his opponent away. It looks pretty painful. I've noticed that sometimes when the opponent is hit,they either fly back A WHOLE DAMN LOT or fly back as if they were hit by a normal move. ________________________________________________________ c)Team-Up Attack ------------------------- Gurandu Suramu (Grand Slam) WP+WK or SP+SK Shoma's partner (in my case,Daigo ^_~),knocks the opponent up into the air and leaps up after him or her. At this time, Shoma is on the ground with his bat ready. His partner spikes the opponent down at him.Here is the part that makes me wince.Shoma then bats the opponent THE HELL AWAY with his bat. This is one of the more painful looking ones along with Boman's Backbreaker and Raizo's team-up. ======================================================== 7) Some Combos ________________________________________________________ WP,WP,SP Yield: 3 hits SK,F+SK Yield: 3 hits WP,WP,Hold F,SK Yield: 4 hits WP,WP,SK,Hold F,SP Yield: 4 hits. WP,WP,SP,Hold B,SP Yield: 4 hits. WP,WP,SP,Hold F,SK Yield: 5 Hits (Last hit takes off two hits). Jump in downwards with SP, Hold D,WK,"Dai Katen Dahou" with SP (F,QCF+SP in case you forgot). Yield: 4 hits. WP,WP,SP, Hold DF,SP,Hold U,WP,WP,WK,SP,Hold F,SP Yield: 9 hits. Hold DF,Hold U,WP,WK, "Bunshin Makyu" (QCF,QCF+SP) Yield: About 7 hits. WP,WP,SK,Hold DF,SP, Hold U,WP,WK,"Bunshin Makyu"(QCF,QCF+SP) Yield: 9 hits. This can only be done if your B.V meter is at least level 1. The last hit takes off 3 hits. ======================================================== 7)Miscellaneous ________________________________________________________ This section was made for information that could not fit any place else in this FAQ. Hey, I got some translations (kinda wonky, I suppose; my Japanese ain't all that)! Actually, I only have 3 (other than like his Burning Vigor where he says "Bunshin Makyu"). Any extra translations are appreciated! ^_^ -(When Shoma wins a match, and he rubs the back of his head) "Uh oh..I've done it again..!" -(When Shoma is knocked out) "You stupid bastard!" (Bakayarou) -(When Shoma is prepared for a fight) "Let's play ball!" Shoma's voice actor Uueda Yuji (last name first, first name last), also plays the role of Sagara Sanosuke in Rurouni Kenshin. Eh, not important, but heck, maybe you might wanna know one day. I still haven't gotten Shoma's Home Run Derby on the Evolution Disk... If someone out there knows, let me know! ======================================================== 8) Info needed/ Hopeful updates -EVEN MORE combos -Endings and Dialogue...maybe -More translations -Special tips -Home Run Derby Tips -------------------------------------------------------- Eh, it's 1:30 am Sunday Morning...Sorry about being so lazy with the FAQ..ah well. Remember, e-mail me if you have any questions. Until then, toodles. --Shoma No Miko =) November 7th--er, 8th ^_^; 1998.