In Jacqui’s Upgraded variation, she gains access to Bionic Bounce, or DU. This allows Jacqui to leap off of the ground and greatly enhances her mobility.
Bionic Bounce can be used after blockstrings for pressure. This can then be cancelled mid-air into (Air) Shrapnel Blast, or DB1. If Amplified, (Air) Shrapnel Blast will allow Jacqui to use a jump attack immediately afterwards.
There is a gap between the (Air) Shrapnel Blast and jump attack, so opponents can interrupt and jab you out of the air. In order to counter this, you can use (Air) Shrapnel Blast again.
You can also mix this up by doing Close Bionic Bounce. This will allow you to attack from behind and pressure without having to spend meter on an Amplified (Air) Shrapnel Blast.
While this can be anti-aired, using (Air) Shrapnel Blast can punish your opponent for a full combo.
You will want to mix up when you use Bionic Bounce by using it after different strings to keep yourself unpredictable. This way, it’ll be more difficult for your opponent to anti-air you.
Far Bionic Bounce is a great way to get in from fullscreen. If timed correctly, Jacqui will go right over projectiles and punish your opponent.
Far Bionic Bounce also allows Jacqui to run away after doing a blockstring. Unless your opponent has a long-reaching attack, this can be difficult to punish. This can be good if you want to play it safe and need to keep your distance from your opponent. It’s also useful for switching positions or to get out of the corner.
Jump Attack / Shrapnel Blast Cancel
Shrapnel Blast has a unique property that makes Jacqui’s jump attacks extremely advantageous on block. If Shrapnel Blast is used after a jump attack and right before touching the ground, the Shrapnel Blast will not come out. This causes Jacqui to recover quicker than she normally would after a jump attack.
Jacqui can be up to +15 after a J1, up to +24 after a J2, and up to +20 after a J3.
(Air) Ground Pound, or DB3, is a low-hitting Special Move that is used in the air. This can create mixups with Jacqui’s overhead attacks.
For a basic mixup, you can do a Hop Kick for an overhead, or Hop into Ground Pound for a low. This is a very low-damaging and unsafe mixup so it should not be used often. It’s mainly used as a quick way to mix your opponent up without having to jump or use Bionic Bounce.
Jacqui’s B32 is her main string to use for mixups. B32 is a safe low starter and can be hit confirmed into Bionic Bounce for a combo. You can opt to finish the string by doing B324 for an overhead, or do B32 into Bionic Bounce Ground Pound for a low. Although B324 is -12 on block, it has a lot of pushback making it very difficult to punish or safe against most characters.
Once your opponent respects B32, you can then use B34 for pressure. There is a gap before the 2nd hit of B34, so you must condition the opponent to block B32 before using this string. B34 is +4 on block, which will allow you to get a guaranteed F31 afterwards.
When jumping at your opponent, Ground Pound and B32 can be used for a variety of mixups. This is because jump attacks are overheads when done low enough to the ground. There are 6 different mixup options to choose from:
1. J2 B32 (Overhead, Low)
2. J2 (Air) Shrapnel Blast J2 (Overhead, Overhead)
3. J2 (Air) Shrapnel Blast B32 (Overhead, Low)
4. Jump Ground Pound (Low)
5. J2 (Air) Ground Pound (Overhead, Low)
6. J2 (Air) Shrapnel Blast (Air) Ground Pound (Overhead, Low)
It can be very difficult to defend against all of these options because of the different timings on the overhead and low attacks. Not only can these mixups be done after jump-ins, but they can also be done after Bionic Bounce and Amplified Shrapnel Blast. You will want to mix up all of these options to keep your opponent guessing on how to block.