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    Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"


    "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"
    "A skilled Motswana warrior, Cyrax relies on his natural fighting ability, his chi, to carry out Lin Kuei missions. He is proud to serve, but when the Grand Master initiates a program to convert the clan into cyborgs, Cyrax resists. He is reluctant to lose his humanity, which he believes is more effective than any mechanical augmentation. He has contemplated leaving the clan, fearing that it is no longer an organization of honorable assassins. Cyrax knows, however, that such a decision means death at the hands of his former comrades. No one leaves the Lin Kuei."


    Spoiler for Basic Combos:

    See Saw: 1 1 1 (the last hit is an overhead hit so if they are crouching and blocking it will still hit them)
    Steel Fists: 1 2 1
    Power Plant: 1 2 3
    Mustard: 2 1 2 (the last hit is an overhead hit so if they are crouching and blocking it will still hit them)
    Saw Enough: 2 2 F+1
    Kombat Boots: 3 3 4
    Cyber Beatdown: B+1 2 1 2 (press 2 1 2 rapidly)


    Spoiler for Advanced Combos:

    -13 hits 40%: 2 1, EX Bomb, B+2, Dash, 2 1, Net, Dash, 3 3, Ragdoll, Throw
    -9 Hits 28%: 3 3, Net, EXbomb, B+2, Anti-Air.
    -14 hits 33%: jump punch, 2, 1, Net, B+2, Dash, 2, 1, EX Bomb, Dash, 2, 1, Ragdoll, Throw.
    -8 Hits 33%: 3 3, Net, B+2, Xray.
    -6 Hits 37%: Bomb Far, Bomb Close, Net, Xray.


    Spoiler for Special Moves:

    Bomb (Close): B B 4
    This throws out a bomb at sweep distance. This is good to keep aggressive players at bay. The EX version of this is extremely useful in setting up combos.

    Bomb (Medium): F F 4
    This throws out a bomb mid-screen. This is really good for defensive players. It also works VERY WELL against most Scorpion players. They usually keep their distance and hellfire or spear. If there is a bomb under them, they are forced to teleport. So throw a mid-bomb, then block. They will most-likely teleport punch. DO NOT punish the teleport punch with an uppercut. Punish it with the most powerful combo you can do. If they don't teleport, they will jump forward or get hit by the bomb. If either of these happen, use a net to catch them in the air.

    Bomb (Far): B B F 4
    Most of the time I don't use far bombs. But they can be useful if you are on a heavy offense with someone backing up. Throw out a far bomb then dash forward a couple times and they either have to face you head-on or take the risk of backing up into a bomb. Personally I just stick to close and far bombs. But don't be afraid to experiment.

    Net: B B 3
    Just a side note, the Net in this game looks AMAZING! It's really good for setting up easy combos. If you catch someone in a net, DO NOT punish with just a single throw or uppercut. Always take this opportunity to string a combo. The EX net is my favorite special move in the whole game because it drains a bar of the other player's super meter. You need to leave them in the EX net for a second to let it drain to the max. You'll hear a beeping sound, it will sound 5 times. Right after the 5th beep, start to combo before they break free. Most players rely on Xrays to win, and without their super meter they will not know what to do. Most of the time they won't even throw out EX specials because they keep wanting to save up for Xray. So if you're playing against the average player, using an EX net is basically disabling their super meter.

    Teleport: D B 1 >Can be done in the air
    Teleporting is great for mind games. Teleporting then sweeping the legs (B+4) can be useful. Teleporting is also a great way to build up meter. Usually when I catch people in a net I like to add in a Teleport just for a little bit of a meter boost. It's also great for getting yourself out of the corner of the screen, or putting people in the corner by luring them then teleporting.

    Buzzsaw: B F 2
    The Buzzsaw isn't that great of a special move. It puts the enemy on the ground so you can't combo from it. It can be a decent mind game trick to EX buzzsaw because it sends it flying as a projectile. But the buzzsaw is high risk and little reward so I usually don't use it.

    Reverse Kick and Ragdoll: D F 3, Throw button >Throw Immediately
    The Reverse Kick can be a good and also really flashy way to end a combo. If you go to the advanced combos, the one at the top of the list is a perfect example. Ending a combo with 3 3 D F 3 Throw adds a bit of damage and is also a crowd pleaser. I usually don't use this special by itself though.

    Anti-Air: D F 1 >Victim must be in the air
    This special move is extremely useful. It's great to use against people who jump a lot. It's also good for anti-teleporting. If you time it just right you can throw someone who just teleported. Kung Lao's teleport is the easist to anti-air. It's also good for throwing people off. Teleport once or twice, then instead of teleporting again do an anti-air next to them and it acts like a teleport putting you on the other side of them. B+2 launcher is a great setup for anti-air also. Using anti-air is also a good way to "dash" forward quickly, especially if they are in a net and you want to close the distance but not teleport to the other side of them.



    Spoiler for Tactics:

    With Cyrax you want to play defensively as well as offensively, mixing it up. I usually play defensively by throwing out a bomb or two on screen, then teleport and start my offense while they are worrying about avoiding the bombs. The MOST IMPORTANT THING that you have to know with Cyrax is what's known as the bomb trap, which I'll add a section strictly for it under this one. It's that important.

    Mixing up teleports and anti-airs as well as mixing in some bombs are great ways to play mind games. To be a good Cyrax player you have to be good at setting people up and predicting what they will do. Throwing bombs then teleporting is a good shock tactic that puts players on the edge of their seat.

    Cyrax also has some very good combos to pull off against blockers. Use the 1 1 1 or 2 1 2 combos against crouching and blocking players. He doesn't have any combos that mix in a low hit so against standing blockers you need to put a bomb under their ass, leg sweep, or throw.

    To use some of Cyrax's special moves effectively, you need to combo into them. Press 3 3 then the special move you want to do. 3 3 net and 3 3 EX bomb are my bread and butter for combos. Try not to start off a combo with the net though, because it will make the combo lower in damage. Mainly use the net in combos where you need to net them in the air to continue.

    I advise NOT using human Cyrax. Doing some combos are slightly different because of the different animations. I have a harder time performing the bomb trap with human Cyrax VS the cyborg version. The human version has a faster and safer teleport, but slower bombs and nets. Since nets and bombs are far more important than teleporting, I use the cyborg version.




    Spoiler for The Bomb Trap:
    Ahh... the infamous bomb trap. Some say it's overpowered, broken, or anything else. It is NOT! People say it's broken because they can't do anything while it's going on. But... DUH! That happens when any character combos you.

    Now, how to do the bomb trap.

    You're going to need to know the Cyber Beatdown combo, and perfect it. The Cyber Beatdown combo is in the basic combos in this thread. This combo is a command grab. When you grab them, you need to press the other buttons very quickly afterward. It's weird getting used to at first, but you'll get the hang of it.

    Once you're good at the Cyber Beatdown combo, it's time to add in the trap.

    Immediately after CB, throw a mid bomb. After the punches in CB it forces the player to stagger backwards and they cannot block or control their character. Immediately after the bomb is thrown, dash forward. Then immediately start doing a combo, I usually do 1 1 1. If timed correctly, you will get your combo off then the bomb will send them flying in the air for further comboing. I usually like to catch them in an EX net afterward.

    A good way to start the bomb trap is to capture them in a net on the ground, or jump forward towards them then land with a punch them immediately start the bomb trap combo.




    Spoiler for Cyrax's Ending:


    Let me know if this helps you guys play a better Cyrax.

    Last edited by Immortal Reaver; 05-17-2011 at 04:59 PM.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Reserved for possible use later.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    yeah baby! This is what im talking about! His bombs are so sick and rewarding once they explode under an opponent. What I like to do, after I knock my opponent down, is I quickly toss out a close bomb and a medium bomb than a net. So once they get up they will (sometimes) jump back to dodge the first bomb tossed, than they will jump forward to dodge the second bomb tossed and as they do this, I toss the net to catch them in mid-air, than if I have a full bar I pull off the xray. I am really bad with characters that rush at me because I cant take the time to set them up the way cyrax usually does (with bombs etc.) I tend to lose mostly against kung lao, smoke, and ermac. Thats my 0.02 cents. Cyrax is really fun to use if you get a hang of him.
    Last edited by DarkSideOfTheMoon; 05-09-2011 at 05:28 AM.


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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Two thumbs up. Awesome job, Reaver. IMO it could be a little more neat and be more colorful, but that's just me.


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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Came in to specifically check on bomb trap and you delivered. Well done.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Camoufrage View Post
    Two thumbs up. Awesome job, Reaver. IMO it could be a little more neat and be more colorful, but that's just me.
    Nah bud this is great. I personally feel this is neat enough, however if reaver wants to spice it up than sure, its his thread. The color is fine the way it is too. Yellow makes sense.


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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    I think my thread is very organized and it's in FULL COLOR so I don't see how it's not colorful haha. Yellow and green make sense I think.

    But thanks for the feedback guys. Hopefully this gets stickied.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    i have to post in this thread! Cyrax is the man!

    Can i just add one of his most damaging combos without the use of meter.

    u/f+2, 3,3~net, u+2, b+2, dash, 1,2,1~qcf+1.... 36 damage

    Pretty much all his combo enders have great wakeup mixups too, especially with bombs and net.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by TONY-T View Post
    i have to post in this thread! Cyrax is the man!

    Can i just add one of his most damaging combos without the use of meter.

    u/f+2, 3,3~net, u+2, b+2, dash, 1,2,1~qcf+1.... 36 damage

    Pretty much all his combo enders have great wakeup mixups too, especially with bombs and net.
    Yeah I watched your video on beating Shao Kahn, you're pretty good with Cyrax. I learned a little tip from your video. Where you EX bomb, mid bomb, uppercut them into the bomb. I came up with a pretty good 1 bar combo for 45%.

    But why is this not stickied yet?.....

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Immortal Reaver View Post
    Yeah I watched your video on beating Shao Kahn, you're pretty good with Cyrax. I learned a little tip from your video. Where you EX bomb, mid bomb, uppercut them into the bomb. I came up with a pretty good 1 bar combo for 45%.

    But why is this not stickied yet?.....
    With 1 bar you can do this...

    u/f+2, 3,3~exbomb, mid bomb, uppercut, b+2, 1,2,1~qcf+1.... 56 damage!

    To get the last hit to connect (qcf+1) you need to dash up quick after the b+2 and mash out 1,2,1 as quick as possible. this keeps them high in the air during the combo to allow the qcf+1 to hit.

    Also if you start it off without the u/f+2 it still does 53 damage. Pretty easy and it works on everyone!

    In my opinion its probably his most usefull combo, does excellent damage with only 1 bar used.

    And yea man we need this thread stickied!
    Last edited by TONY-T; 05-09-2011 at 08:29 AM.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by TONY-T View Post
    With 1 bar you can do this...

    u/f+2, 3,3~exbomb, mid bomb, uppercut, b+2, 1,2,1~qcf+1.... 56 damage!

    To get the last hit to connect (qcf+1) you need to dash up quick after the b+2 and mash out 1,2,1 as quick as possible. this keeps them high in the air during the combo to allow the qcf+1 to hit.

    Also if you start it off without the u/f+2 it still does 53 damage. Pretty easy and it works on everyone!

    In my opinion its probably his most usefull combo, does excellent damage with only 1 bar used.

    And yea man we need this thread stickied!
    Thanks for the combo. I tried for a little bit and managed to get 50% pretty easily but I need to practice a bit more to get the rest. It's kind of tricky to dash then anti-air so quickly. I'm using a normal controller also, do you use a stick?

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Since his ex bomb is his tag assist move he makes one heck of a tag partner LOL amazing what a little help from cyrax can do for jax

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Is it just me but or why cant I ever win against pure offensive/rushing characters like johnny cage and kung lao? It pisses me off so much cause I can never set them up with anything when they are always on my ass. It seems like whatever I do they block but whatever they do something i can never block there attacks because they are just too quick.


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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkSideOfTheMoon View Post
    Is it just me but or why cant I ever win against pure offensive/rushing characters like johnny cage and kung lao? It pisses me off so much cause I can never set them up with anything when they are always on my ass. It seems like whatever I do they block but whatever they do something i can never block there attacks because they are just too quick.
    I have a harder time beating those characters than others but it can still be done. For Johnny Cage just use some close bombs, so if he rushes you down he gets bombed. He doesn't have a teleport so he doesn't have many options when you do this, just be prepared for a shadow kick or his green BALLS! haha. For Kung Lao, be wary of his endless supply of hats. Usually they use the hat specials or teleport. If he teleports it's an easy punish. Sometimes when I go to teleport, he teleports first and I get an anti-air on him on accident.

    I say just go into Practice mode against a CPU character (you can change them to CPU controlled in the pause menu) and set it to hard, which is about the difficulty of your average online player.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Amazing thread Reaver! This is going to help me tons when I play Cyrax
    Only thing that kinda did disappoint me though is when you advised not to
    play as human Cyrax. I was like "awww" haha
    +rep

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sal8a View Post
    Amazing thread Reaver! This is going to help me tons when I play Cyrax
    Only thing that kinda did disappoint me though is when you advised not to
    play as human Cyrax. I was like "awww" haha
    +rep
    Thanks for the rep, I'm glad you like it.

    But I agree, it kind of sucks that I don't use the human version also. He's not THAT great looking, but it's a change of pace seeing all the specials differently. But I'd much rather get my good combos off instead of playing as a certain model. Plus when you play as the cyborg version, his balls are much bigger. So that's all that matters. haha

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    I had no idea that the EX Net drains the opponents super meter. I noticed it drains their health but not the meter. Thanks for the tips.

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    I couldnt do the trap...
    UNCHARTED 4-EVER

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Shin Li View Post
    I had no idea that the EX Net drains the opponents super meter. I noticed it drains their health but not the meter. Thanks for the tips.
    Well it only takes away 1% of their health so it's not really worth mentioning. haha

    Quote Originally Posted by Fox17 View Post
    I couldnt do the trap...
    Here is a video that might help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW9A5NVY_w4

    Thanks for the sticky whoever stickied it!

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    Re: Cyrax Thread - "Safeties Disabled; Combat Mode Engaged!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Immortal Reaver View Post
    Thanks for the combo. I tried for a little bit and managed to get 50% pretty easily but I need to practice a bit more to get the rest. It's kind of tricky to dash then anti-air so quickly. I'm using a normal controller also, do you use a stick?
    I use the standard ps3 dual shock controller.

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