Samurai Shodown (1993)
Move List/Bios - Arcade/Home
Genan ShiranuiGalfordHaohmaruUkyo TachibanaCharlotteTam Tam
EarthquakeNakoruruWanfuJubei YagyuHanzo HattoriKyoshiro Senryo
Shiro Tokisada Amakusa
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Note: All commands are assuming your character is facing right.
If you are facing left, you must reverse the directional commands.
Backwards becoming Forwards and Vice Versa.
It's recommended that your controls match the default setting.

U = Up
D = Down
B = Back/Block
F = Forward
DB = Down/Back
DF = Down/Forward
UB = Up/Back
UF = Up/Forward
B D F U = Dark arrows indicate the direction must be tapped
Hold-B Hold-D Hold-F Hold-U = White arrows indicate the direction must be charged or held back for a certain amount of time
Tap = Repeatedly tap a button for brief period of time
Hold = Hold a button for a brief period of time
[LS] = Light Slash
[MS] = Medium Slash
[HS] = Hard Slash
[LK] = Light Kick
[MK] = Medium Kick
[HK] = Hard Kick
[LS] = [A]
[MS] = [B]
[HS] = [A]+[B]
[LK] = [C]
[MK] = [D]
[HK] = [C]+[D]
[LS] = [X]
[MS] = [A]
[HS] = ([L]/[R]+[X])
[LK] = [Y]
[MK] = [B]
[HK] = ([L]/[R]+[Y])

The "Weapon Required" symbol means that a weapon is required to perform the Special Move

Dash: F Hold-F
Dash Back: B Hold-B
Crawl Forward: Hold-DF
Crawl Backward:Hold-DB

Locking Swords:
When the warriors clash, sometimes they lock blades so (Tap [LS]) repeatedly to knock opponents off guard and get the upper hand.

Barehanded Sword Grab: F Hold-F (a.k.a., the "No Pain, No Pain" sprint)
When disarmed and empty handed, grab your opponent's attacks using the right timing and avoid taking damage.
The Rage Gauge:
The Rage Gauge located at the bottom of the screen rises as you take damage. The "Rage Explosion" occurs when the gauge reaches MAX, turning characters red and increasing their attack power. When time runs out, the rage ends and the gauge returns to its initial stage.

Various Items:
The Edo Express Delivery man runs through stages during duels to drop off various items.

Recovery Items:
Meat quarters (large), roasts (small), and round cuts restore life energy accordingly.

Score Items:
Safe boxes, oval coin bundles, oval coins and change add points to your score accordingly.

Ouch Items:
These are immovable bombs that explode at various intervals to damage nearby characters. Using a guard move as these explode lets you avoid injury.
Selectable Characters:

Charlotte Charlotte
Age: 27
Birthplace: France
Weapon: La Roche
Fighting Style: None (self taught fencing)
A female fencer from France, she's strong-willed and absolutely fearless with a weapon in hand. She roams the French countryside to investigate a series of calamities and put her abilities to the test. In spite of her noble background, she's most at home among the peeps.
Unique Moves:
Fall Back Toss: (F+[LS]+[MS])/(F+[MS]/[MK]) (close)
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Power Gradation: DB D DF [S]
Weapon Required Splash Fount: (Tap [S])
Earthquake Earthquake
Age: 29
Birthplace: Spanish Texas
Weapon: Fujiyama
Fighting Style: Self-taught ninjitsu
This villain is a viciously brutal American ninja standing over 3 meters tall. Availing himself of the pandemonium caused by the rash of calamities, he travels the world to rid it of its riches.
Unique Moves:
Overhead Toss: (F+[MS])/(F+[MK]) (close)
Fart Throw: (F+[LK]+[MK]) (close)
Triangle Jump: UF (in air, next to wall)
Special Moves:
Fat Bound: (DB/D/DF+Tap [K]) (in air)
Weapon Required Fat Chainsaw: (Tap [S])
Galford Galford
Age: 20
Birthplace: San Francisco, USA
Weapon: Justice Blade
Fighting Style: The Koga Ninja Arts & Ninja Arts of Galford
Bright and cheerful, Galford's the vibrant, good-guy American accompanied by his beloved dog Poppy (Female) striving to become a ninja master. Incidentally, Pahpa, Pippy, and Pippa are the female puppies who shadow Poppy.
Unique Moves:
Throw: (D+[LS]+[MS])/(D+[MS]) (in air, close)
Throw with Knife: (D+[LK]+[MK])/(D+[MK]) (in air, close)
Ground Throw: (F+[LS]+[MS])/(F+[MS]) (close)
Leg Grab Throw Slash: (F+[LK]+[MK])/(F+[MK]) (close)
Head Strike: F D DF [K] (close)
Triangle Jump: UF (in air, next to wall)
Special Moves:
Plasma Blade: D DF F [S]
Rush Dog: D DB B [S]
Mad Dog: D DB B [K]
   Throat Bite: [LK] (after Mad Dog)
   Knock Down: [MK] (after Mad Dog)
Shadow Copy: F B DB D DF F [LS]/[MS]/[LK]/[MK] Pressed button defines real body, from left to right
Imitate Replica: ([MS]+[LK]+[MK]) (when attacked, ineffective against special moves)
Replica Attack: F DF D DB B ([MS]+[LK]+[MK])
Genan Shiranui Genan Shiranui
Age: 70
Birthplace: Japan, Onigami Isle, Kikoku Island
Weapon: Azami (his wife's name)
Fighting Style: The Way of the Evil Path
A warrior of the Shiranui Clan, this grotesque, crafty, and foul being is feared even by his friends. He has succumbed to his devils and fathered two spawn (a daughter, Zakuro, and son, Mukuro) who battle for dominance of the Evil Path.
Unique Moves:
Weapon Stab: (F+[MS])
Knee Bash: (F+[MK])
Special Moves:
Poison Cloud Puff (Doku Fubuki): D DF F [S]
Slasher Spin (Nikuten Tsuki): F D DF [S]
Hanzo Hattori Hanzo Hattori
Age: 34
Birthplace: In the Mountains of Dewa (estimate), Japan
Weapon: Unnamed ninja sword
Fighting Style: Iga-ryū Ninjutsu
The mightiest of the Iga ninja is incomparably cold hearted and unsparingly self-critical, spending his days in rigorous training. He takes arms against the evil proselytizer to pry his son's body and soul from Amakusa's possession.
Unique Moves:
Throw: (D+[LS]+[MS])/(D+[MS]) (in air, close)
Throw with Knife: (D+[LK]+[MK])/(D+[MK]) (in air, close)
Shrike Dash: F D DF [K] (close)
Ground Throw: (F+[LS]+[MS])/(F+[MS]) (close)
Leg Grab Throw Slash: (F+[LK]+[MK])/(F+[MK]) (close)
Triangle Jump: UF (in air, next to wall)
Special Moves:
Flying Shuriken (Reppu Shuriken): D DF F [S]
Ninja Exploding Dragon (Ninpo Bakuen Ryu): Hold-B, F [S]
Ninja Shadow Replicates (Ninpo Kage Bunshin): F, B DB D DF [LS]/[MS]/[LK]/[MK]
   Pressed button defines real body, from left to right
Ninpo Ussemi Chizan: ([MS]+[LK]+[MK]) (when attacked, ineffective against special moves)
Ninja Teleportation (Ninpo Utsusemi Tenbu): F DF D DB B ([MS]+[LK]+[MK])
Haohmaru Haohmaru
Age: 25
Birthplace: Jōkamachi, Musashi Province, Japan
Weapon: Fugudoku (The Blowfish Blade)
Fighting Style: His own personal style
This plain-speaking and passionate warrior wanders the world seeking mighty adversaries to perfect his own style of swordplay. He's a samurai celebrity, who also enjoys fine rice wine.
Unique Moves:
Ground Throw: (F+[MS])/(F+[LS]+[MS]) (close)
Backflip Throw: (F+[MK])/(F+[LK]+[MK]) (close)
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Crescent Moon Slash (Ougi KogetsuZan): F DB D DF [S]
Weapon Required Cyclone Slash (Ougi SenpuRetsuZan): D DF F [S]
Jubei Yagyu Jubei Yagyu
Age: 39
Birthplace: Tosa, Japan
Weapon: Protector of Yamato, Steel Tiger & Sukehiro
Fighting Style: Yagyū Shinkage-ryū
Master of the Modified Shadow Style of Yagyu, Jubei treasures Bushido more than life itself and accepts his calling: leading a harsh life of wandering to perfect his technique.
Unique Moves:
Throw: (F+[MS])/(F+[LS]+[MS]) (close)
Ground Throw: (F+[MK])/(F+[LK]+[MK]) (close)
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Geyser Thrust (Kattou Suigetsu Tou): D DF F [S]
Weapon Required Sabre Thrash (Hassou Happa): (Tap [S])
Weapon Required Tsunami Sabre (Nikkaku Ratou): F D DF [S]
Kyoshiro Senryo Kyoshiro Senryo
Age: 30
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Weapon: Sewa Nyōbō (Caring Wife)
Fighting Style: Dancing Battle Kabuki
This kabuki actor, a merry fop he, likes to be noticed and put on a good show. He duels to spread the magic of kabuki to the masses and convince them of the merits of his art.
Unique Moves:
Stab Throw: (F+[MS])/(F+[LS]+[MS]) (close)
Hair Toss: (F+[MK]) (close)
Hair Strangle: (F+[LK]+[MK]) (close)
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Swirling Dance of the Demon (Kaiten Kyokubu): F D DF [S]
Fire Dance (Kaen Kyokubu): DB D DF F [S]
Weapon Required Jumping Lion (Chobi Jishi): D DB B [K]
Blood Mist Slice (Chikemuri Kuruwa): (D+[LS]+[MS]) (in air)
Fire Fan (Fuuretsu Sen): D DB B [S]
Nakoruru Nakoruru
Age: 17
Birthplace: Ainu Moshiri, Kamui Kotan, Ezochi, Japan
Weapon: Her treasured sword, Chichi-ushi (Father Bull)
Fighting Style: Dancing Sword Arts of the Shikanna-Kamui
Nakoruru, said to be her tribe's greatest warrior can also communicate with nature. Foreseeing a threat to the environment, she sets out to unroot the cause of the calamities with her trusty falcon, Mamahaha.
Unique Moves:
Throw: (F+[MS])
Trip, Sit and Stab: (F+[LS]+[MS])
Jumping Slap: (F+[LS]+[MS]) (without weapon, Tap [LS]+[MS] to slap faster)
Triple Kicks: (F+[MK])
Triangle Jump: UF (in air, next to wall)
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Victory Blade (Annu Mutsube): B DB D [S]
Weapon Required Rising Victory Blade (Le La Mutsube): D DF F [S]
The Light of Kite (Amube Yatoro): F DF D DB B [S]
Hawk Flight: D DB B [LK]
   Yatoro Poku: (DB/D/DF+[S]/[K])
   Kamui Mutsube: (B/F+[S]/[K])
Tam Tam Tam Tam
Age: 19
Birthplace: Green Hell, South America
Weapon: Henge Hange Zange (Blade That Cuts Through The Darkness)
Fighting Style: The Way of the Maya
This mighty hero of South America hides his kind heart behind a fearful battle mask. He adores children most, but their fear of him is a constant source of distress. He now scours the world to recover his village's stolen treasure, the mysterious jewel called the "Palenke Stone."
Unique Moves:
Weapon Stab: (F+[MS]/[MK])
Knee Bash: (F+[LS]+[MS])
Special Moves:
Mura Gaburu: D DF F [S]
Paguna Dios: D DB B [K]
Weapon Required Paguna Paguna: B F [S] (B/F to control movement)
Ahau Gabura: F DF D DB B [S]
Ukyo Tachibana Ukyo Tachibana
Age: 24
Birthplace: Umasugi Village, Kōka District, Ōmi Province, Japan
Weapon: A nameless weapon of his own making
Fighting Style: Shinmusō Ittō-ryū
The master duelist of the sword style of Soichi Jinmu seeks nothing but the perfect bouquet to send to Kei Odagiri, the only woman who understands Ukyo's true nature.
Unique Moves:
Scabbard Slap: (F+[MS]) (close)
Throw and Slash the flying opponent: (F+[LS]+[MS]) (close)
Trip and Stab: (F+[MK])/(F+[LK]+[MK]) (close)
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Snowfall Slash (Hiken SasameYuki): D DB B [S]
Weapon Required Swallow Swipe (Hiken TsubameGaeshi): (jump) DB D DF F [S] (in air)
Weapon Required Swallow Swipe (Hiken TsubameGaeshi): DB D DF F (jump) [S] (in air, from ground)
Weapon Required Swallow Swipe (Hiken TsubameGaeshi): DB D DF F B B [S] (while retreating)
Wanfu Wan-fu
Age: 35
Birthplace: China; descends from a certain royal family
Weapon: Zanniku Daibōchō (The Scimitar of Slice)
Fighting Style: The Shao Lin School of Spleen Slicing
A general of the Qing Dynasty, this titan has both an intellect and a craftiness that belie his looks. He strives to unify China and searches for promising recruits to achieve that end-he will go wherever a strong warrior is rumored to reside.
Unique Moves:
Grab Leap Slash: (F+[MS]) (with weapon)
Wall Throw: (F+[MS]) (without weapon)
Jumping Stab: (F+[LS]/[MS]) (with weapon)
Head Smash: (F+[LS]/[MS])
Knee Smash: (F+[MK])
Jumping Sit: (F+[LK]+[MK])
Special Moves:
Weapon Required Confucius Thunder Bomb (Shin Kikou Bakutenhoh): D DB B [S]
Weapon Required Confucius Whirlwind (Kikou Senpuu Geki): F D DF [S]
Boss Character:

Shiro Tokisada Amakusa Shiro Tokisada Amakusa (Boss)
Age: Unknown
Birthplace: Unknown
Weapon: The Gadamer Orb
Fighting Style: Unknown
Slain in his battle against the shogunate, Amakusa was resurrected through the power of the dark goddess Ambrosia. At that time, he seized Shinzo Hattori in the mountains of Dewa to serve as his physical vessel.
Special Moves:
Triangle Jump: UF (in air, next to wall)
   Dark Destroyer: [LS] (after Triangle Jump)
Underworld Lord Blast: (Hold [LS]+[MS]+[LK]+[MK]), (Release [LS]+[MS]+[LK]+[MK])
Holy Spirit Slicer: D DB B [S]
Evil Hornet Gouger: D DF F [S]/D DB B [MK]
Play as Amakusa: (Home version only)
Select any character and enter versus mode.
Lose and then save the game.
Load the game and then select Charlotte with controller 2 and continue the game.
Press START on controller 1 in the bonus phase.
Player 2 will change to Amakusa.