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Raiden

Move List


BASIC ATTACKS
KOMBO ATTACKS
SPECIAL MOVES
FINISHERS
ABILITIES

Version 1.28
Last Updated: May 14, 2021

Strategy


Raiden is a well-rounded character with decently strong normals and projectiles. He has great mix-up options at close-range, including an overhead, low and command grab. His combos also allow him to carry his opponents directly to the corner with his Electric Fly move. At far distances, Raiden is able to zone his opponents with lightning-based attacks, as well as counter enemy zoning with his Sparkport ability.

StrengthsWeaknesses
  • Fast normals
  • Decent zoning
  • Great counterzoning
  • Good mix-ups
  • Unsafe
  • Weak Krushing Blows

Key Moves

NameInputDescription
Downpour1,2,1High, hit confirmable, can be Flawless Blocked on 3rd hit, triggers a Krushing Blow on Punish
Power DischargeBack+1,2,1+3Fast 11 frame mid, command grab
Might of MordulusBack+3,1,2+4Low, hit confirmable, great pushback, can be Flawless Blocked on 2nd hit
Massive DestructionForward+3,2Fast 11 frame mid
Lightning BoltBackForward1High projectile, fast travel speed
Lightning StrikeDownForward2Mid projectile
Electric FlyBackForward3Advancing mid, combo ender, great corner carry, triggers a Krushing Blow if it hits at maximum range

Combo Starters

  • Storm Cell
  • Jo Push
  • Electric Current

Raiden’s combos can be started by either using his Storm Cell (DownBack2) or Jo Push (BackForward3) abilities and Amplifying them. These moves are generally used after hit confirming attacks such as Back+1,2 and Back+3,1. Raiden can also launch opponents with the Electric Current (DownBack3) ability, but must have the the Quick Charge (DownBack3) ability equipped and activated before being able to combo.

Combo Enders

  • Electric Fly
  • Summon Lightning
  • Discharge

All of Raiden’s combos are ended with Electric Fly (BackForward3) which will carry the opponent across the screen and directly to the corner. Combos can also be ended with Summon Lightning (DownBack2) for maximum damage while simultaneously Armor Breaking the opponent’s Breakaway. If Raiden has activated his Quick Charge ability and has previously blocked 3 hits, he can restand opponents in the corner by using Discharge (DownBack3). Discharge will leave Raiden at +5 on hit, allowing him to guarantee his next attack.

Power Discharge

Raiden’s main attack is his Power Discharge (Back+1,2,1+3) string. With a start-up of 11 frames, this is one of Raiden’s fastest mid attacks and can be hit confirmed into a combo. The first 2 hits leave Raiden at -8 on block. The final hit is a command grab, useful for grabbing opponents out of blocking. This can be mixed up by using a Special Move after the first 2 hits instead. It’s best to mix this up with moves that either grant a combo, such as the Storm Cell (DownBack2) ability, or are safe on block, such as the Electric Burst (DownForward2) ability. Since the opponent must release block to avoid the command grab, they’ll be prone to being hit by Raiden’s Special Moves.

It’s important to note that because Back+1,2 is -8 on block, it is completely safe against characters without a 7 frame attack. Although some characters will still be able to punish, finishing the string or use a Special Move afterwards will counter opponents for trying to punish the first 2 hits. When using this string, it’s best to mix up between Back+1,2 and Back+1,2,1+3, as well as cancelling into a Special Move to keep opponents guessing on how to punish.

Massive Destruction

The next strongest move in Raiden’s arsenal is his Massive Destruction (Forward+3,2) string. This move has a start-up of 11 frames and is also one of Raiden’s fastest mid attacks. Unlike his Back+1,2, this leaves Raiden completely safe at -6 on block. However, it does not lead into a combo on hit. The 1st hit of this string can be staggered on block for pressure. The 2nd hit is a quick overhead which can catch opponents off-guard for blocking low. This is especially useful when mixed with Raiden’s low attacks such as Back+3,1,2+4 and Forward+1,1.

Downpour

Downpour (1,2,1) is a high attack that will trigger a Krushing Blow if it hits as a Kounter or Punish. Due to this string having poor block advantage, it’s mainly used for punishing unsafe moves for high unbreakable damage.

Divine Power

Raiden can attack his opponents with his staff using his Divine Power (Forward+1,1) string. This is a high into low attack and is one of Raiden’s longest-reaching attacks. This can be a great move to throw out against jumping opponents as Raiden will attack diagonally upwards, hitting them out of the air. The 2nd hit of this string is a low attack which can catch opponents off-guard for blocking high. Since this string is a weapon attack, it can be used to attack opponents somewhat safely from a distance. If blocked, Raiden will be safe at -5.

Mix-ups

Raiden has multiple overhead and low attacks to mix his opponents up. Raiden’s Forward+3,2 ends in an overhead attack and is a great mix-up option due to being completely safe on block. This can be used as a mix-up with Raiden’s Forward+1,1 or Back+3,1,2+4 as opponents will usually be looking to block high against the overhead.

A stronger mix-up is to use Raiden’s Back+2 and Back+3,1,2+4 attacks. Back+2 is a 19 frame double-hitting overhead, while Back+3,1,2+4 is a 16 frame low combo starter. Since the overhead is unsafe on block and only knocks the opponent down on hit, it’s advised to condition the opponent with the low before going for the overhead. This mix-up is usually done in advantageous situations such as after hitting with a poke or while the opponent is knocked down. Raiden’s Back+2 also triggers a Krushing Blow if it hits twice in a row. If the opponent was hit previously by the overhead, Raiden’s mix-up becomes much deadlier as both his overhead and low will deal significant damage on hit.

Electric Fly Cancel

Although Raiden’s Electric Fly (BackForward3) is generally unsafe, it can be cancelled out of by inputting DownDown at the cost of 1 bar of Defensive Meter. Cancelling Electric Fly can be done after any attack on block and will move Raiden back to a safer distance. While Electric Fly Cancels are unsafe, the opponent must predict that it’ll be cancelled and attack immediately with an advancing move in order to punish. If the opponent tries to attack and it is not cancelled, they’ll be hit by the Electric Fly and be taken to the corner. It’s a good idea to mix up between cancelling out of Electric Fly and releasing it to make it more difficult to punish. However due to costing resources and being unsafe, Electric Fly Cancels should not be used often.

Zoning

To keep opponents away, Raiden must zone using a mixture of Lightning Bolt (BackForward1) and Lightning Strike (DownForward2) attacks. Lightning Bolt is a high projectile which can be useful for quickly stopping the opponent’s movements. While slow on start-up, it has incredibly fast travel speed, coming out near instantaneously. When Amplified, Raiden will fire an additional Lightning Bolt which will hit as a mid. Amplifying Lightning Bolt will knock the enemy down on hit and is mainly useful for preventing the opponent from advancing after ducking underneath the initial Lightning Bolt. On the other hand, Lightning Strike is a mid projectile and can be directed to hit anywhere on the screen. Lightning Strike is mostly used to hit opponents who are trying to duck underneath Raiden’s Lightning Bolt and for dealing chip damage.

Abilities


Jo Push
BackForward3
Replaces Electric Fly. Push staff towards the opponent.
Storm Cell
DownBack2
Replaces Summon Lightning. Summon an electrical current damaging the opponents if they are close.
Electric Burst
DownForward2
Replaces Lightning Strike. Create an outward electric blast.
Quick Charge
DownBack3
Adds Quick Charge Special Move. Reduce damage taken while blocking. Can Discharge to deal damage.
Rolling Thunder
DownBack3
Adds Rolling Thunder Special Move. Create a storm cloud that travels across the fightline.
Super Bolt
BackForward3
Replaces Electric Fly. Leap towards the opponent with a lightning charged attack.
Sparkport
DownUp
Adds Sparkport Special Move. Gain the ability to teleport.
Lightning Storm
DownBack2
Adds Lightning Storm Special Move. Hover above the fightline and gains access to 4 additional attacks.
Electric Current
DownBack4
Adds Electric Current Special Move. Strike the ground with staff causing an electrical current to travel down the fightline.
Lightning Rod
DownBack4
Adds Lightning Rod Special Move. Teleport staff to the fightline. Allows conducting Lightning Strikes towards the opponent.

Sparkport

Sparkport (DownUp) gives Raiden the ability to teleport across the screen. When Amplified, Raiden will teleport twice and back to his original position. Sparkport consists of 4 different versions:

DownUp – Behind Sparkport
DownUpBack – In Front Sparkport
DownUpDown – In Place Sparkport
DownUpForward – Far Sparkport

In Front / Behind – Sparkport is a great counterzoning tool and can be used to quickly approach opponents from behind. If you anticipate that the opponent will throw a projectile, use Sparkport to avoid the projectile and teleport behind them, allowing for a whiff punish before the opponent can recover. Against slower projectiles, Sparkport can also be done on reaction. Sparkport should be used with caution as Raiden can also be punished after teleporting.

In Place – The In Place Sparkport is useful while zoning to bait opponents into throwing out an attack. After using the In Place Sparkport, immediately follow it up with a Lightning Bolt. If the opponent tries to react to the Sparkport with a jab attack, they’ll be susceptible to being hit by Raiden’s projectile.

Far – To counter opponents punishing the Sparkport, use the Far version instead. After teleporting, use an advancing attack such as Forward+4 to whiff punish the opponent’s attempt at punishing. The Far Sparkport is also amazing for running away from the opponent. This is incredibly strong while zoning because if Raiden is near the corner, he can safely teleport away and continue his zoning. In addition, Far Sparkport can be done after blockstrings such as Back+1,2 to keep Raiden safe. Using Far Sparkport after blockstrings is a great way to attack opponents while at the same time retreating to a safe distance.

Amplified Sparkport – Amplifying Sparkport can be done after blockstrings as a decent form of pressure. If the opponent is expecting Raiden to teleport away or use the regular version of Sparkport, the Sparkport can be Amplified instead to continue Raiden’s offense.

Sparkport is an extremely versatile move as it not only gives Raiden amazing mobility, but it also allows him to play both offensively and defensively. It’s advised to mix up which version of Sparkport to use in order to stay unpredictable and prevent from being punished.

Electric Burst

If the Electric Burst (DownForward2) ability is equipped, Raiden can strike the ground creating an outward electric blast. Despite being -10 on block, it will push Raiden backwards leaving him safe. Electric Burst is an amazing move to use after blockstrings as it will allow Raiden to keep his distance from the opponent and reset the neutral. This is best done after Raiden’s Back+1,2 to prevent from being punished, as well as his Forward+3. It’s also a completely safe option for countering opponents trying to escape his command grab from Back+1,2,1+3.

Quick Charge

Quick Charge (DownBack3) is one of the most powerful defensive moves in the game. Once activated, Raiden will take reduced damage while blocking. After blocking 3 attacks, Discharge (DownBack3) can be used which is the fastest Special Move in the game, having a start-up of 6 frames. Discharge gives Raiden the unique ability to punish moves that are normally safe on block. Using Discharge as a Reversal will allow Raiden to punish any move that is -6 or greater on block, as well as interrupt any gap that is at least 6 frames.

For example, Liu Kang’s Back+1,2,4 string is -6 on block. This is usually safe, however Raiden can punish it with a Reversal Discharge. If Liu Kang cancels the string into his Low Fireball, there is a 7 frame gap before the fireball connects. A Reversal Discharge will interrupt this gap as well making it a great option to use after blocking this string. It’s crucial to know which specific moves Raiden can punish using his Discharge.

Electric Current Mix-ups

Electric Current (DownBack4) is a 21 frame long-reaching low attack, giving Raiden much stronger mix-up potential. If the Quick Charge ability is equipped and activated, Amplifying Electric Current will launch the opponent upwards for a combo. Electric Current can be used as a mix-up with Raiden’s overhead attacks, including his Back+1,4 and Forward+3,2. These mix-ups however should be used with caution as Electric Current leaves Raiden punishable at -23 on block.

Lightning Rod

Raiden is able to teleport his staff using the Lightning Rod (DownBack4) ability. Once placed into the ground, Raiden can redirect his lightning attacks at any nearby opponent. To redirect his Lightning Bolt (BackForward1), hold 1. To redirect his Lightning Strike (DownForward2), hold 2. The staff can also be recalled at any moment by inputting DownDown4.

Amplifying Lightning Rod will cause Raiden’s staff to conduct lightning attacks without having to use Lightning Bolt or Lightning Strike. If the opponent is near the staff, it will automatically strike the opponent. This is especially useful for keeping opponents away while zoning as it will prevent opponents from approaching and force them into blocking.

Note: While Raiden’s staff is placed into the ground, he will not be able to use any moves involving his staff. These include Raiden’s Forward+1,3,2 and Jo Push (BackForward3).

Variations


Thunder Wave
Sparkport
DownUp
Adds Sparkport Special Move. Gain the ability to teleport.
Storm Cell
DownBack2
Replaces Summon Lightning. Summon an electrical current damaging the opponents if they are close.
Raijin
Electric Burst
DownForward2
Replaces Lightning Strike. Create an outward electric blast.
Quick Charge
DownBack3
Adds Quick Charge Special Move. Reduce damage taken while blocking. Can Discharge to deal damage.
Electric Current
DownBack4
Adds Electric Current Special Move. Strike the ground with staff causing an electrical current to travel down the fightline.
Truth And Light
Jo Push
BackForward3
Replaces Electric Fly. Push staff towards the opponent.
Lightning Rod
DownBack4
Adds Lightning Rod Special Move. Teleport staff to the fightline. Allows conducting Lightning Strikes towards the opponent.

Extra Guides


Fighting Raiden

Fighting Raiden


Gaps & Punishes The final hit of this string can be Flawless Blocked, leaving Raiden at -9. This can be punished with a 7 or 8 ...
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