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
1+3+ForwardorForward+1+3
Back Throw
1+3or1+3
ROLL ESCAPES
Forward Roll Escape
Forward+Stance Switch
Away Roll Escape
Back+Stance Switch
AIR ESCAPE
(Air) Breakaway
Down+Block
MOVE DATA
DAMAGE BLOCK DAMAGE F/BLOCK DAMAGE
N/A N/A N/A
MOVE TYPE VARIATION
N/A N/A
PROPERTIES
N/A N/A
DESCRIPTION
N/A
FRAME DATA
START-UP ACTIVE RECOVERY
N/A N/A N/A
CANCEL ADVANTAGE
N/A
HIT ADVANTAGE BLOCK ADVANTAGE F/BLOCK ADVANTAGE
N/A N/A N/A


Last Updated: May 21, 2020

Strategy


Geras is a grappler character who specializes in throwing opponents up-close while also having the ability to zone using sand attacks at longer ranges. His New Era variation gives him unique setups and has the option to cancel out of Basic Attacks, retreating to a safe distance. Geras’ Infinite Warden variation allows for higher damaging combos and gives him stronger anti-zoning and Krushing Blows. His Eternal variation allows him to summon a sand clone to attack opponents or teleport across the screen, and the ability to rewind time, going back to his previous state in the match.

Key Moves

1,1,1,1+3 – High, hit confirmable, used for mixups, triggers a Krushing Blow if the third hit is the first to connect
Forward+1,1+3,4 – Advancing mid, triggers a Krushing Blow if opponent is near the wall when hit
2,4/2,4,1 – High, staggerable, used for mixups
Forward+2,1,2 – Fast 11 frame mid, hit confirmable, -3 on block
Forward+2,2,1+3 – Fast 11 frame mid, triggers a Krushing Blow on Kounter or Punish
Forward+3,2 – Fast 11 frame mid
BackForward1 (Temporal Advantage) – Mid, combo starter
DownBack1 (Sand Trap) – Low, used for mixups, triggers a Krushing Blow if opponent is stand blocking
BackForward2 (Titan Tackle) – Throw, great corner carry, triggers a Krushing Blow if opponent is carried maximum distance before hitting the wall
DownBack2 (Big Fist) – High, triggers a Krushing Blow after two Kounter hits in a row

Strengths

  • Fast normals
  • High damage
  • Good pokes
  • Quick movement
  • Great jump attacks
  • Good throws
  • Strong Flawless Block Attacks
  • Strong Krushing Blows

Weaknesses

  • Short-ranged normals

Combo Starters

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. In Geras’ Infinite Warden variation, he is able to combo using Bed of Spikes (BackForward2), granting higher damaging combos.

Combo Enders

Geras’ combos are usually ended with Titan Tackle (BackForward2) which will carry the opponent to the corner. In Geras’ Infinite Warden variation, Bed of Spikes is used as a combo ender instead.

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.

In Geras’ New Era variation, he gains an additional projectile for zoning: Sand Pillar (DownForward3). Sand Pillar is a mid projectile that 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.

Geras is able to counterzone in his Infinite Warden variation. In this variation, Sand Trap is replaced with Quick Sand. Once Quick Sand hits, Geras will teleport towards the opponent and will be able to attack on knockdown. If timed correctly, Geras will be able to counter projectiles while teleporting away from them and 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.

In Geras’ Eternal variation, he is able to summon a sand clone with the Sand Simulacrum (DownBack3) move. Sand Simulacrum can be directed close, mid, far or very far. Once the sand clone is placed, Geras can either teleport towards it or cause it to explode. By using the far and very far versions of Sand Simulacrum, Geras will be able to effectively run from the opponent. If the opponent starts to close the gap, Geras can instantly teleport away towards the sand clone. On the other hand if the opponent is 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 useful way to pressure opponents and start Geras’ offense up-close.

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.

Stepping it Back

In Geras’ New Era variation, he gains Stepping it Back (DownDownAmplify). Stepping it Back 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.

Gauntlet of the Ages

In Geras’ Infinite Warden variation, his Big Fist is replaced with Gauntlet of the Ages (DownBack2). Gauntlet of the Ages allows Geras 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.

Reverse Time

In Geras’ Eternal variation, he gains the unique ability to rewind time with the Reverse Time (ForwardDownBack+Amplify) move. 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.

Combos


Eternal

Infinite Warden

Geras - Infinite Warden - Beginner Combos

Geras – Infinite Warden – Beginner Combos


Geras - Infinite Warden - Beginner Combos
Geras - Infinite Warden - Advanced Combos

Geras – Infinite Warden – Advanced Combos


Geras - Infinite Warden - Advanced Combos

New Era

Geras - New Era - Beginner Combos

Geras – New Era – Beginner Combos


Geras - New Era - Beginner Combos

Guides


General

Fuzzy Guarding Geras

Fuzzy Guarding Geras


In Geras’ Infinite Warden variation, he gains access to Quick Sand, and in his New Era variation, he gains access to Sand Trap. Both of these are low-hitting Special Moves that can create mixups when used within Geras’ strings. When defending against Geras, it’s important to know how to fuzzy guard these mixups. Geras can use or Quick Sand (or Sand Trap) for an overhead/low mixup. The last hit of has a start-up ...
Geras - All Gaps

Geras – All Gaps


http://youtube.com/watch?v=wmE3HcuWGkU Kombo Attack Gaps 11 – Flawless Block, Interactable Note: Flawless Blocking is character specific, both hits must be blocked low. 241 – Flawless Block F212 – Interactable Note: This gap can also be interrupted by specific moves. See here. F22 – Flawless Block, Jump, Hop Special Move Gaps New Era 1Titan Tackle – BF2 – Jump, Hop 2Titan Tackle – BF2 – Jump, Hop F2Titan Tackle – BF2 – Jump, Hop D1Titan Tackle – BF2 – All Attacks, Jump, Hop D3Titan Tackle – BF2 – All Attacks, Jump, ...
Geras Corner Restand by BxKeyz

Geras Corner Restand by BxKeyz


Geras’s string allows him to restand opponents at the end of combos. This can be especially useful in the corner as it leaves the opponent right next to you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Gj0UXOtfw The inputs for this restand in Geras’ New Era variation are: The inputs for this restand in Geras’ Infinite Warden variation are: These combos give up about 2-6% damage compared to his standard corner combos, but will keep your opponent standing and eliminate their wakeup options. The trick ...
Punishing Geras' Jab Attack

Punishing Geras’ Jab Attack


One of Geras’ primary mixups is to use either for an overhead attack or into Quick Sand or Sand Pillar for a low attack. Since this mixup starts with a high attack, the best way to apply this mixup is off of a body splash. There is a way to punish Geras for doing this before he can even use the mixup. This is done by blocking low on both hits of Geras’ ...
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 are 2 areas where you can either escape or completely punish Geras for using the string. Interactables If you are near an interactable, you can use it to escape after the 1st and 2nd hits of . Interactables that can be jumped off of will temporarily grant invincibility, allowing you to avoid ...

Eternal

Optimizing Sand Simulacrum by MonkeyBizness

Optimizing Sand Simulacrum by MonkeyBizness


In Geras’ Eternal variation, Sand Simulacrum has many uses. In the above video, MonkeyBizness shares different ways to use the Sand Simulacrum, such as for restands, block pressure and mixups.
Sand Simulacrum Restand by BurritoVoorhees

Sand Simulacrum Restand by BurritoVoorhees


In Geras’ Eternal variation, he gains access to Sand Simulacrum which allows him to create a clone of himself on the screen. He can then teleport towards the clone or explode it. In the above video, BurritoVoorhees shares how to use the sand clone for restands, as well as additional combos and setups.

Infinite Warden

Defending Against Infinite Warden Pressure

★ Defending Against Infinite Warden Pressure


Interrupting Gauntlet Pressure Geras’ Gauntlet of the Ages, or , is +3 on block. Usually he will use this within his strings for pressure. Anytime he uses Gauntlet of the Ages, there will always be a gap in which you can interrupt. The most common areas Geras will use this after is his , and . If Gauntlet of the Ages is blocked, there will be pushback. Even though Geras is at +3, you will be ...

New Era

Geras Sand Pillar Setup by BurritoVoorhees

Geras Sand Pillar Setup by BurritoVoorhees


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmHMSDl-vik In Geras’ New Era variation, he gains access to Sand Pillar, or . When Amplified, will create an hourglass that makes the Sand Pillar hit at a later time. This makes for some interesting setups in the corner. The inputs for this setup are: The best way to set up Amplified Sand Pillar is to end combos with . The above combo sacrifices about 6% damage compared to his normal 1 bar combo, but gives you much ...