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Gengar Shadow Punch (4A) info

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4A: 23f, knockdown on hit, pushes opponent away from you on block, 2 PSP, 80 dmg

4[A]: 43f, launches on hit, pushes opponent towards you on block, 2 PSP, 80 dmg (same damage as 4A despite charge)

 

The frame advantage on block depends on positioning, whether it's charged or uncharged, and whether it hits with one hit or both hits.

 

Uncharged - 4A

Both hits: +5~+9
Second hit only: +6~+13

 

Fully charged - 4[A]
Both hits: +7~+11
Second hit only: +12~+19

 

Details in this thread.

 

Both versions are heavy attacks so they're one of Gengar's few grounded moves that will stun on oki against a bursted opponent without needing Eevee/Victini/Mew.

 

The black rift Gengar puts directly in front of his face has projectile invulnerability from when he sticks his hand in until the fists begin to come out the other side. This can be used to true punish certain projectiles in field for a phase shift. This will not block S tier priority moves such as lasers.

 

Shadow Punch does a lot of shield damage, taking four hits to break an average guard. This can be done with even fewer Shadow Punches with chip from sY and nY in field.

 

Most characters can empty jump between the first and second hit of 4[A] on block.

The list of characters that cannot are as follows:

Weavile

Blaziken

Garchomp

Braixen

Scizor

Decidueye

Aegislash

 

About half the cast can block the first hit of uncharged 4A and walk back slightly to avoid the second hit and grab Gengar out of the endlag.

The list of characters that cannot do this are as follows:

Pikachu

Gardevoir

Gengar

Machamp

Chandelure

Scizor

Blastoise

Charizard

Suicune

Garchomp

Empoleon

 

Thanks to @LCF for the frame data research.

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