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Geras

Move List


INPUT COMMANDS
Straight Jab
1
Shoulder Charge
Forward+1
Knee Bash
Down+1
Heavy Fist
2
Sledge Hammer
Back+2
Body Buster
Forward+2
Rising Gauntlet
Down+2
Straight Boot
3
Flying Knee
Forward+3
Gauntlet Slam
Down+3
Chrono Kick
4
Time Sweeper
Back+4
Pounding Sand
Down+4
JUMPING ATTACKS
Quick Jab
1
Elbow Drop
2
Time Splash
Down+2
Titan Toe
3or4
HOP ATTACKS
Timequake
Up,1orUp,2
Heavy Knee
Up,3orUp,4
GETUP ATTACKS
Titan Charge
Up+2
Sand Storm
Up+3
FLAWLESS BLOCK ATTACKS
Titan Charge
Up+2
Sand Storm
Up+3
THROWS
Toward Throw
Throw+ForwardorForward+1+3
Back Throw
Throwor1+3
ROLL ESCAPES
Forward Getup Roll
Forward+Stance
Backward Getup Roll
Back+Stance
AIR ESCAPE
(Air) Breakaway
Down+Block
MOVE DATA
DAMAGE BLOCK DAMAGE F/BLOCK DAMAGE
N/A N/A N/A
MOVE TYPE
N/A
PROPERTIES
N/A N/A
DESCRIPTION
N/A
FRAME DATA
START-UP ACTIVE RECOVERY
N/A N/A N/A
CANCEL
N/A
HIT ADVANTAGE BLOCK ADVANTAGE F/BLOCK ADVANTAGE
N/A N/A N/A

Version 1.28
Last Updated: January 27, 2021

Strategy


Geras is a large body grappler character who relies on grabbing his opponents while also having the ability to attack from afar using a variety of sand attacks. Geras has the unique ability to control time, getting him out of situations where he’s at a disadvantage. He also has very quick attacks and movement, as well as strong up-close mix-ups with his command grab and sand attacks.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Fast normals
  • High damage
  • Good pokes
  • Quick movement
  • Great jump attacks
  • Good throws
  • Strong Flawless Block Attacks
  • Strong Krushing Blows
  • Short-ranged normals

Key Moves

Name Input Description
Out of Time 1,1,1,1+3 High, hit confirmable, used for mix-ups, triggers a Krushing Blow if the third hit is the first to connect
Xuid & Guid Forward+1,1+3,4 Advancing mid, triggers a Krushing Blow if opponent is near the wall when hit
The Undying 2,4,1 High, staggerable, used for mix-ups
Matter of Time Forward+2,1,2 Fast 11 frame mid, hit confirmable, -3 on block
Dangerous Chronology Forward+2,2,1+3 Fast 11 frame mid, triggers a Krushing Blow if it is a Kounter or Punish
Ripple in Time Forward+3,2 Fast 11 frame mid
Temporal Advantage BackForward1 Mid, combo starter
Sand Trap DownBack1 Low, used for mix-ups, Armor Break, triggers a Krushing Blow if opponent is stand blocking or breaks armor
Titan Tackle BackForward2 Throw, great corner carry, triggers a Krushing Blow if opponent is carried maximum distance before hitting the wall
Big Fist DownBack2 High, triggers a Krushing Blow after two Kounter hits in a row

Combo Starters

  • Temporal Advantage
  • Bed of Spikes

The main way to combo with Geras is to use any move and link it into Temporal Advantage (BackForward1). Amplifying Temporal Advantage will freeze the opponent and allow Geras to launch the opponent using a Down+2. The Bed of Spikes (BackForward2) ability gives Geras an additional combo starter, granting higher damaging combos.

Combo Enders

  • Titan Tackle
  • Sand Trap
  • Quick Sand
  • Bed of Spikes

Geras’ combos are usually ended with Titan Tackle (BackForward2) which will carry the opponent to the corner. To keep opponents nearby, Sand Trap (DownBack1) can be used instead. The Quick Sand (DownBack1) ability will switch positions with the opponent while also dealing good damage. With the Bed of Spikes ability, it will allow Geras to deal maximum damage at the end of his combos while keeping the opponent close on knockdown.

Matter of Time

Geras’ primary attack is his Matter of Time (Forward+2,1,2). Forward+2,1,2 is an 11 frame mid attack that is mainly used at close range and can be hit confirmed into a combo. Be careful when using this string as the final hit can be Flawless Blocked. To stay safe, use Big Fist (DownBack2) after the first two hits.

Alternatively, Geras can use Forward+2,2,1+3. While it does not lead into a combo, it is safe on block. The 2nd hit of this string can be jumped out of or Flawless Blocked, however the opponent must predict whether Geras will use Forward+2,1,2 or Forward+2,2,1+3. On top of that, Forward+2,2,1+3 will trigger a Krushing Blow if it hits as a Kounter or Punish. This string is best used to punish unsafe moves for high damage.

Note: Although Forward+2,2 is listed as -13 on block, it is actually -6 on block due to hitting from behind.

Out of Time

Out of Time (1,1,1,1+3) is a high attack that is best used up-close. 1, and 1,1 are -3 and -5 respectively, and can be staggered for pressure. The 3rd hit of this string is a safe overhead attack which can be used as a mix-up with Sand Trap (DownBack1). The final hit will trigger a Krushing Blow if the 3rd hit is the 1st to connect.

The Undying

Another great string to use at close range is Geras’ The Undying (2,4,1) string. 2 is a high attack and is -6 on block, which can be used as a stagger. 2,4 is a low attack and is -4 on block, which can also be staggered for pressure. 2,4,1 is an overhead attack which can be used as a mix-up with Sand Trap. This string leaves Geras at merely -1 on block. Geras is able to counterattack opponents by using a Down+1 afterwards, which will beat any attack that is slower than 7 frames.

Ripple in Time

Ripple in Time (Forward+3,2) is an 11 frame advancing mid attack. Forward+3 is -3 on block and can be staggered, while Forward+3,2 is -5 on block. Although this string does not lead into a combo, it is Geras’ fastest attack to use at mid range while keeping himself safe. Since this string is an upwards knee attack, it can easily hit opponents out of the air.

Pokes

Geras has extremely strong pokes for annoying the opponent up-close. His Down+1 has a start-up of 6 frames and is one of the fastest in the game. A key tactic is to use Down+1 after attacks that have low disadvantage on block. Attacks such as 2,4,1 and Forward+3 leave Geras anywhere from -1 to -3 on block, so poking with a Down+1 afterwards will stop any attack that does not have a fast start-up.

Geras’ Down+3, while a tad slower at 9 frames of start-up and -7 on block, has a large vertical hitbox. Unlike most characters’ Down+3 pokes which are low attacks, Geras’ Down+3 is a mid attack.

His Down+4 is a long-ranged low poke that has 12 frames of start-up and is -12 on block. Geras’ Down+4 has an extended hitbox, allowing him to attack from a distance without putting himself at risk. Although it is -12 on block, it cannot be punished when spaced out, making it Geras’ safest way to attack at mid range. A good strategy is to use Sand Trap after Down+4 to stop opponents from moving after it is blocked. Despite Sand Trap being -19 on block, it is safer when spaced out with Down+4.

Xuid & Guid

Xuid & Guid (Forward+1,1+3,4) is an advancing mid attack and is -14 on block. The final hit triggers a Krushing Blow if the opponent is near the wall when hit. Due to this string being unsafe on block, it’s best used during combos to either switch positions with the opponent or trigger its Krushing Blow. While the Krushing Blow can yield high damage, it will take the opponent out of the corner so it’s usually used when the opponent is low on health. It’s worth mentioning that this string is also Geras’ longest-reaching normal, so it can be used occasionally to attack at a distance. To attack safely, use Big Fist (DownBack2) after Forward+1.

Time Splash

Geras’ Time Splash (UpDown+2) attack is a body splash and is one of his best jump attacks. It has a great horizontal hitbox, allowing Geras to attack from behind. Time Splash is especially great when used after knocking the opponent down as Geras will be able to attack and cross the opponent up while avoiding Getup Attacks. Since Geras may appear either in front or behind the opponent after a Time Splash, it’s best to use attacks without directional inputs such as 1,1 or 2,4 after it. Be careful when using these strings because if the opponent crouch blocks after the jump attack, certain characters will be able to Flawless Block the 2nd hit and punish. If you predict that the opponent may try to Flawless Block, stagger with 1 or 2 instead.

Throws

Both Geras’ Toward and Back Throw leave the opponent close. Because of this, Geras is able to continuously throw the opponent on knockdown. The downside to Geras’ throws is that neither throw triggers a Krushing Blow, so he must rely on throw loops in order to gain damage.

Flawless Block

Geras has one of the fastest Flawless Block Attacks in the game. His Up+2 has a start-up of 9 frames, which allows Geras to punish any attack after a successful Flawless Block. Geras’ Flawless Block is generally used after attacks that leave Geras at a disadvantage, such as 1,1,1, 2,4,1, Forward+2,1,2 and Forward+3,2.

Mix-ups

By utilizing Sand Trap (DownBack1) within blockstrings, Geras is able to apply mix-ups to his opponents. Sand Trap is a low-hitting Special Move that can be directed close, mid, far or very far. Close Sand Trap can be used along with Geras’ 1,1,1,1+3 and 2,4,1 strings for an overhead/low mix-up. If the Sand Trap is blocked though, Geras will be completely punishable. It’s worth mentioning that these mix-ups can be fuzzy guarded due to the Sand Trap hitting earlier than the overheads. Thus, these mix-ups should only be used if the opponent lacks proper defense.

Titan Tackle

Titan Tackle (BackForward2) is a command grab that is mainly used up-close for mix-ups. If the opponent is blocking, Titan Tackle will grab the opponent and carry them to the corner. Titan Tackle can be extended by holding 2 to carry the opponent even farther. Furthermore, Titan Tackle will trigger a Krushing Blow if the opponent is carried maximum distance before hitting the wall. When using Titan Tackle, it’s important to be aware of how far the opponent is from the corner. When spaced properly, Titan Tackle can deal a large amount of damage because of its Krushing Blow.

Titan Tackle is one of Geras’ strongest forms of offense as it allows him to apply mix-ups that are incredibly difficult to defend against. Unlike regular throws, Titan Tackle cannot be avoided via Throw Escape. In order for the opponent to counter the Titan Tackle, they must jump in anticipation to it being used.

Titan Tackle can be done after:

1
Down+1
2
Forward+2
3
Down+3
Down+4

Titan Tackle can be used for mix-ups by either using it after these attacks, or by finishing the entire string. The most common attack to use Titan Tackle after is Geras’ Forward+2. If the opponent attempts to jump out of the Titan Tackle, this can then be mixed up by using Forward+2,1 into Big Fist or completing the Forward+2,1,2 string.

Zoning

Geras’ main tool to use in zoning is Sand Trap. Since Sand Trap can hit almost instantly anywhere on the screen, it makes for a very effective zoning move. Sand Trap does not have a good vertical hitbox, so opponents may attempt to avoid it by jumping. To counter this, react to the opponent’s jump and time the Sand Trap so that it hits as they are landing. Once the opponent is afraid to move, they will begin to block low out of fear of the Sand Trap, allowing Geras to freely control space.

Abilities


Quick Sand
DownBack1
Replaces Sand Trap. Sink into the ground and become immune to projectiles.
Gauntlet Of The Ages
DownBack2
Modifies Big Fist. Can now charge Big Fist.
Bed Of Spikes
BackForward2
Replaces Titan Tackle. Grab the opponent by the neck and throw them onto a bed of spikes.
Shifting Sands
DownDown1
Adds Shifting Sands Special Move. Summon sand to hinder the opponent's movement.
Lost Time & Spare Time
DownForward4
Adds Lost Time & Spare Time Special Moves. Add or remove time from the round timer.
Sand Simulacrum
DownBack3
Adds Sand Simulacrum Special Move. Create and teleport into a clone.
Reawakened
DownDown4
Adds Reawakened Special Move. While active you will be resurrected.
Reverse Time
ForwardDownBack+AMP
Adds Reverse Time Special Move. Gain the ability to rewind time.
Stepping It Back
DownDownAMP
Modifies Basic Attacks. Can cancel out of Basic Attacks.
Sand Pillar
DownForward3
Adds Sand Pillar Special Move. Summon a pillar of sand to rise out from the ground.

Quick Sand

The Quick Sand (DownBack1) ability replaces Geras’ Sand Trap. Quick Sand is much stronger as a counterzoning tool. Once Quick Sand hits, Geras will teleport towards the opponent and will be able to attack on knockdown. If timed correctly, Geras will completely avoid the enemy’s projectile, teleporting behind them and will be able to apply knockdown pressure. Quick Sand also triggers a Krushing Blow if it has missed twice in a row, making it even more deadly for counterzoning.

Gauntlet Of The Ages

The Gauntlet of the Ages (DownBack2) ability replaces Geras’ Big Fist move and allows him to charge his gauntlet. Geras is able to charge his gauntlet up 3 levels. Each level increases the damage on all gauntlet attacks. These attacks include Geras’ Down+2, Down+3 and DownBack21. Geras can cancel out of Gauntlet of the Ages by inputting 2 while charging. Cancelling will allow Geras to safely charge his gauntlet at certain distances.

Geras can attack with the gauntlet by inputting 1 while charging. If the gauntlet hits, its level will be reset. It will also trigger a Krushing Blow if it is fully charged. The easiest way to hit the opponent and trigger the Krushing Blow is to end a combo with Forward+1,1+3 followed by Gauntlet of the Ages. Gauntlet of the Ages can be used for pressure as well by using it after blockstrings. On block, Geras will be at +3, however it can be interrupted if the opponent reacts quick enough. It’s a good idea use Gauntlet of the Ages after different attacks so that it will be harder to react to.

Sand Simulacrum

The Sand Simulacrum (DownBack3) ability allows Geras to to summon a sand clone onto the field. Once the sand clone is placed, Geras can either teleport to the sand clone’s location (DownBack3) or cause it to explode (AMP). By using the Far and Very Far versions of Sand Simulacrum, Geras will be able to effectively run away from the opponent. If the opponent starts to close the distance, Geras can instantly teleport away towards the sand clone. On the other hand if the opponent is anywhere near the sand clone, exploding it will launch the opponent up for a combo on hit or leave Geras at +12 on block. Exploding the sand clone can be a very useful way to pressure opponents up-close and start Geras’ offense. This can be set up by knocking the opponent down in the corner with 2,4 and cancelling it into a Close Sand Simulacrum. Once set up, using any attack followed by an Amplified Sand Simulacrum will leave Geras at an advantage, allowing for a guaranteed follow-up attack.

Reverse Time

Geras gains the unique ability to rewind time with the Reverse Time (ForwardDownBack+AMP) ability. At the cost of 2 bars of Defensive Meter, Reverse Time will revert Geras back 3 seconds to his original state and position in the match. This means that Geras will be able to regenerate his health back to the amount it was at earlier if he took any damage within the last 3 seconds of the match. Additionally, Geras will be able to escape out of the opponent’s combos, which makes Reverse Time an incredibly powerful defensive move when used correctly.

Stepping it Back

Stepping it Back (DownDownAMP) allows Geras to cancel out of Basic Attacks at the cost of 1 bar of Defensive Meter, going back in time to his previous position on the screen. When done after certain attacks, Geras will be at an advantage, allowing him to attack again.

The following lists the block advantage for Geras’ Stepping it Back:

1 = -4
Forward+1 = 0
Down+1 = -13
2 = -2
Back+2 = +3
Forward+2 = -8
3 = +8
Forward+3 = +3
Down+3 = -9
4 = +8
Down+4 = -7

Stepping it Back can be done after an attack has whiffed as well. This is especially useful when attacking an opponent on knockdown. If the opponent uses a Delayed Getup to cause Geras’ attack to whiff, he will remain safe if cancelled with Stepping it Back.

Sand Pillar

With the Sand Pillar (DownForward3) ability equipped, Geras gains an additional projectile for zoning. Sand Pillar is a mid projectile and can be directed close, mid, far or very far. In contrast to Sand Trap, Sand Pillar has a larger vertical hitbox and can hit opponents out of the air, making it a useful anti-air at far range.

Sand Pillar Setups

If Sand Pillar is Amplified, Geras will summon an hourglass. After 2 seconds have passed, the hourglass will disappear and a Sand Pillar will rise from the ground. This gives Geras strong corner setups when done at the end of combos. To set up a Sand Pillar, end combos with 2,4 into Amplified Sand Pillar. Once the Sand Pillar is set up, Geras can then use any attack on knockdown which will be immediately followed by a Sand Pillar. If the Sand Pillar is blocked, Geras will be at a heavy advantage allowing for pressure.

Titan Tackle can also be used alongside Sand Pillar for mix-ups. If timed properly, Geras will be able to link a Titan Tackle off of any attack. The Titan Tackle must be timed so that it connects after the opponent blocks the Sand Pillar. In addition, Sand Pillar can keep Geras safe after attacks such as Sand Trap. This will allow Geras to safely mix the opponent up after a Sand Pillar setup.

Variations


New Era
Stepping It Back
DownDownAMP
Modifies Basic Attacks. Can cancel out of Basic Attacks.
Sand Pillar
DownForward3
Adds Sand Pillar Special Move. Summon a pillar of sand to rise out from the ground.
Infinite Warden
Quick Sand
DownBack1
Replaces Sand Trap. Sink into the ground and become immune to projectiles.
Gauntlet Of The Ages
DownBack2
Modifies Big Fist. Can now charge Big Fist.
Bed Of Spikes
BackForward2
Replaces Titan Tackle. Grab the opponent by the neck and throw them onto a bed of spikes.
Eternal
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reverse Time
ForwardDownBack+AMP
Adds Reverse Time Special Move. Gain the ability to rewind time.
Sand Simulacrum
DownBack3
Adds Sand Simulacrum Special Move. Create and teleport into a clone.

Extra Guides


Fighting Geras

★ Fighting Geras


Gaps & Punishes The 2nd hit of Geras’ string can be Flawless Blocked and punished with an . Both hits of must be blocked ...
Punishing Matter of Time

Punishing Matter of Time


Geras’ Matter of Time () string is an 11 frame mid attack that can lead into a combo. Although it is -6 on block, there ...