Samurai Shodown III (1995)
Move List/Bios - Arcade/Home
BasaraGenjuro KibagamiHaohmaruShizumaru HisameGalfordGaira Caffeine
Kyoshiro SenryoUkyo TachibanaRimururuNakoruruHanzo HattoriShiro Tokisada Amakusa
Kuroko
Zankuro Minazuki
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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.

Key:
U = Up
D = Down
B = Back/Block (can block in air as well)
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
Universal:
[LS] = Light Slash
[MS] = Medium Slash
[HS] = Hard Slash
[K] = Kick

[S] = Any Slash
NeoGeo:
[LS] = [A]
[MS] = [B]
[HS] = [C]
[K] = [D]

[S] = [A]/[B]/[C]
 

[Slash] = Slash Mode
[Bust] = Bust Mode
[Slash/Bust] = Both Modes
Dash: F Hold-F
Dash Back: B Hold-B
Roll Away: B/F (while getting up)
Catch opponent's weapon (disarmed): B DB D DF F
Block Stun Opponent (armed): B DB D DF F
Pulling Guard Crush: (F+[LK])
Pushing Guard Crush: (B+[LK])
Crouching Sweep Kick: (DF+[K])
Standing Kick: (F+[K])
Light Kick: (DB+[K])
Side Step: ([LS]+[MS]) (far)
Behind Step: (F+[LS]+[MS]) (close)
Charge POW: ([LS]+[MS]+[LK])
Hop Crush: (F+[MS]+[LK])

Super Specials:
Super Specials can be done only when the Power Gauge is full.
The Rage Gauge:
The Rage Gauge at the bottom of the screen rises as characters are attacked. When it reaches MAX the "Rage Explosion" occurs, turning characters red and increasing their attack strength.
Once a certain amount of time elapses, this subsides and the gauge returns to its initial state.

Various Items:
As characters duel it out, recovery items and danger items will randomly drop from above.

Recovery Items:
Meat roasts from on high. Snatch these to restore a fourth of your life energy.

Danger Item:
That means bombs. They explode a second after they fall. If a player in a guard is caught in the blast, it will break his defensive stance and render him/her vulnerable to attack.
Selectable Characters:

Basara Basara
Info:
Age: 23
Birthplace: Tamba, Japan
Weapon: Togabtogoroshi (The Evil-Doer Destroyer)
Fighting Style: Instinct
Bio:
This youth was murdered along with his beloved during one of The Demon's indiscriminate massacres. His rage resurrected him, pulling him from Death's maw for a single purpose: killing Zankuro.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Sashi Ashi: (D+[K]) (in air)
Tomobiki: B DB D DF F [LS] (close)
Kage Nui: F DF D DB B [S]
Kage Sui: D DB B [K]
Sora Sashi: D DF F [S] (in air)
Chi Sashi: D DF F [S]
Nue Dama: B D DB [HS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Sashi Ashi: (D+[K]) (in air)
Tomobiki: B DB D DF F [LS] (close)
Kage Ide: F DB D DF [S]
Sora Sashi: D DF F [S] (in air)
Chi Sashi: D DF F [S]
Kage Damashi: F B F ([LS]/[MS]/[HS]/[K])
   Shadow Leap: [LS]
   Shadow Jump: [MS]
   Shadow Walk: [HS]
   Real Leap: [K]
Super Specials:
[Slash] Shadow Dance Payback (Kagemai Mukui): B DB D DF F B ([LS]+[MS])
[Bust] Shadow Dance Dream Pull (Kagemai Yume Biki): B DB D DF F B ([MS]+[HS])
Gaira Caffeine Gaira Caffeine
Info:
Age: 18
Birthplace: Hida, Japan
Weapon: Namu abi Dabi
Fighting Style: None in particular
Bio:
Gaira's Nicotine's grandson. One day, he stormed from his grandfather's temple after a big fight with Nicotine only to witness a shocking scene: a crimson demon, drenched in his victims' blood. At first, Gaira trembled before the raw evil and cruelty, but soon hate seethed within him to propel him into action.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Buchinomeshi: (D+[HS]) (in air)
100 Heavens Body Blow: (D+[K]) (in air)
Katsu: D DB B [LS]
Jishin Gan: D D ([LS]+[MS])
Kachi Age: F D DF [S]
Midare Uchi: D DF F ([LS]+[MS])
Tsukamuzo Kumitenjo: B D DB [LS]
Tsukamuzo Ishiatama: B D DB [MS]
Tsukamuzo Shirimekuri: B D DB [HS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Hyakkan Otoshi: (D+[K]) (in air)
Deadly Pokes (Buchikorushi): D DF F [S]
Katsu: D DB B [LS]
Jishin Gan: D D ([LS]+[MS])
Enshin Satsu Ten: D DB B F ([LS]+[MS])
Enshin Satsu Yomi: D DB B F ([HS]+[K])
Super Specials:
[Slash/Bust] Kenbu: D DF F D DF ([LS]+[MS])
Galford Galford
Info:
Age: 20
Birthplace: San Francisco, USA
Weapon: Justice Blade
Fighting Style: The Koga Ninja Arts & Ninja Arts of Galford
Bio:
The American Ninja Galford fights alongside his beloved dog Poppy. During his travel of various lands, the survivors of a village once destroyed by The Demon beseeched him to defeat this evil being. At their request, Galford swings into action-for their sake, and for Justice!
[Slash] Special Moves:
Plasma Blade: D DF F [S]
Shadow Copy: F B DB D DF F ([LS]/[MS])
   Left: [LS]
   Right: [MS]
Replica Attack: F DF D DB B ([LS]+[HS])/([MS]+[K])
   Left: ([LS]+[HS])
   Right: ([MS]+[K])
Rolling Crush: F D DF [HS]
Rush Dog: D DB B [LS]
Plasma Dog: D DB B, D DB B [LS]
Machine Gun Dog: D DB B [MS]
Replica Dog: D DB B [HS]
Overhead Crash: D DB B [K]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Plasma Break: D DF F [S]
Shadow Copy: F B DB D DF F ([LS]/[MS])
   Left: [LS]
   Right: [MS]
Replica Attack: F DF D DB B ([LS]+[HS])/([MS]+[K])
   Left: ([LS]+[HS])
   Right: ([MS]+[K])
Imitate Replica: ([LS]+[HS])/([MS]+[K]) (when hit)
   Left: ([LS]+[HS])
   Right: ([MS]+[K])
Lightning Slash: F D DF [HS]
Strike Heads: F D DF [K] (close)
Dash Strike Heads: F D DF [K] (when running)
Plasma Factor: (F/DF+[LS]+[MS])
Super Specials:
[Slash] Double Mega Strike Heads: F B DB D DF F [HS]/[K]
[Bust] Lightning Strike Three: F DF D DB B F [HS]
Genjuro Kibagami Genjuro Kibagami
Info:
Age: 28
Birthplace: Anjo Village, Yamashiro Province, Japan
Weapon: The famous sword Baio-Doku (Poison of the Plum Nightengale)
Fighting Style: The Sword Arts of the Ancient Shadow
Bio:
Genjuro's endless quest has but one purpose to it: killing Haohmaru. For him, the easiest way to solve all problems rests in his left hand and a single guilt-free slash of his sword. Like The Demon, one fate awaits those who oppose him.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Sanren Satsu Kiba: F D DF [S]
San Ren Satsu: D DF F [S], D DF F [S], D DF F [S]
Ouka Zan: D DB B [S]
Scarlet Slash (Kurenai): F DF D [S]
Shizuku Jin: B D DB [HS] (close)
[Bust] Special Moves:
Tou Ha Kouyoku Jin: F D DF [S]
San Ku Satsu: D DF F [S], D DF F [S], D DF F [S],
Ura Ouka Shoubo: D DB B [S]
Shigure: F DF D [S]
Death of 100 Demons (Hyakki Satsu): F B F [HS]
Super Specials:
[Slash] Gokou Zan: F B DB D DF F ([LS]+[MS])
[Bust] Reverse Five Flash (Ura Gokou): F B DB D DF F ([HS]+[K])
Hanzo Hattori Hanzo Hattori
Info:
Age: 34
Birthplace: In the Mountains of Dewa (estimate), Japan
Weapon: Unnamed ninja sword
Fighting Style: Iga-ryū Ninjutsu
Bio:
Hanzo Hattori, the mightiest of the Iga Ninja, has accepted the mission to investigate and slay "The Demon," who committed a series of massacres three years ago and now kills samurai and swordsman. Hanzo, however, has a dim inkling of his true identity: "It must be my old friend..."
[Slash] Special Moves:
Ninpo Shizune: D D [LS]
Ninpo Bakuen Ryu: D DB B [S]
Reppu Shuriken: D DF F [S] (in air)
Ninpo Kage Bunshin: F, B DB D DF F ([LS]/[MS])
   Left: [LS]
   Right: [MS]
Ninpo Utsusemi Tenbu: F DF D DB B ([MS]+[HS]+[K])
Ninpo Utsusemi Chizan: B DB D DF F ([MS]+[HS]+[K])
Ninpo Miwagari no Jutsu Hotoke/Tenbu: ([LS]+[HS]) (when hit)
Ninpo Miwagari no Jutsu Oni/Chizan: ([MS]+[K]) (when hit)
Mozu Otoshi: F D DF ([HS]+[K]) (close)
Mozu Otoshi Hayate: F D DF ([HS]+[K]) (when running)
[Bust] Special Moves:
Ninpo Shizune: D D [LS]
Ninpo Bakuen Ryu: D DB B [S]
Reppu Shuriken: D DF F [S] (in air)
Ninpo Kage Bunshin: F B DB D DF F ([LS]/[MS])
   Left: [LS]
   Right: [MS]
Ninpo Utsusemi Tenbu: F DF D DB B ([MS]+[HS]+[K])
Ninpo Utsusemi Chizan: B DB D DF F ([MS]+[HS]+[K])
Ninpo Enbu: B D DB [LS]/[MS]/[HS]/[K]
   Far Left Air: [LS]
   Far Left: [MS]
   Far Right Air: [HS]
   Far Right: [K]
Ninpo Bakuen Mijin Gakure: F D DF ([HS]+[K]) (close)
Super Specials:
[Slash] Fujite Mijin Gakure: D D D ([LS]+[MS])
[Bust] Fujite Doku Ryu: F DF D DB B F ([HS]+[K])
Haohmaru Haohmaru
Info:
Age: 25
Birthplace: Jōkamachi, Musashi Province, Japan
Weapon: Fugudoku (The Blowfish Blade)
Fighting Style: His own personal style
Bio:
One day on his quest to sharpen his swordsmanship skills, he promised a child who survived an attack on his village to slay the demon responsible. This child was none other than the very baby who stopped the Demon's killing spree-the very child of the Demon himself....
[Slash] Special Moves:
Cyclone Slash (Ougi Senpu Retsu Zan): D DF F [S]
Air Cyclone Slash (Kuuchuu Senpu Retsu Zan): D DF F [S] (in air)
Crescent Moon Slash (Ougi Kogetsuzan): F D DF [S]
Hurricane Thrust (Ougi Shippu KogetsuZan): F D DF [S] (while running)
Earthquake Slice (Ougi ResshinZan): B D DB [HS]
Air Earthquake Slice (Kuuchu ResshinZan): D DB B [HS] (in air)
Tenha Seikou Zan: F DF D DB B [HS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Cyclone Slash Sen (Ougi Senpu Retsu Zan Sen): D DF F [S]
Crescent Moon Slash (Ougi Kogetsuzan): F D DF [S]
Serene Slice (Nagi Yaiba): D DB B F [HS]
Typhoon Wave (Senpu Ha): D DF F [K]
Sword Shockwave (Gou Ha): F D DF [K]
Super Specials:
[Slash] Hiougi Tenha Fujin Zan: F D DF F D DF ([LS]+[MS])
[Bust] Hiougi Tenha Danku Retsu Zan: F B DB D DF F ([HS]+[K])
Kyoshiro Senryo Kyoshiro Senryo
Info:
Age: 30
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Weapon: Sewa Nyōbō (Caring Wife)
Fighting Style: Dancing Battle Kabuki
Bio:
Kyoshiro, who seeks aesthetic perfection in dance through battle, views The Demon during one of his massacres. Strongly impressed by this "Dance of the Demon," Kyoshiro, too, desires to move as beautifully and begins his pursuit of Zankuro.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Kaen Kyokubu: D DF F [S]
Kaiten Kyokubu: F D DF [S]
Chobi Jishi: F DF D DB B [S]
Kyoshiro Enbu: D DF F, D DF F [HS]
Chikemuri Kuruwa: (D+[LS]) (in air)
Gama Jigoku: F, B DB D DF F ([LS]+[HS])
Ootsunami: D DB B [S]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Kaen Kyokubu: D DF F [S]
Chikaze Goma: F D DF [S]
Chobi Jishi Ranshin: F DF D DB B [S]
Kyoshiro Enbu: D DF F, D DF F [HS]
Chikemuri Kuruwa: (D+[LS]) (in air)
Yamata no Orochi: D DB B DB F [HS]
Super Specials:
[Slash/Bust] Aragotoshi Kyoshiro Oni no Mai: D DF F D DF F ([MS]+[HS])
Nakoruru Nakoruru
Info:
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
Bio:
As always the air of Nature swaddles Nakoruru within its calm and kind embrace, but her powers as a medium have grown enabling her to sense a faint disturbance. Nakoruru, unnerved by the unnatural rage of The Demon, departs with Mamahaha and Shikuru to save the his tortured soul.
[Slash] Special Moves:
LeLa O Chikiri: F D DF [K] (close)
Rising Victory Blade (Le La Mutsube): D DF F [S]
Victory Blade (Annu Mutsube): B DB D [S]
Kamui Rimuse: B D DB [S]
Mamahaha Flight: D DB B [K]
   Get off Bird: (DB/D/DF+[K])
   Yatoro Poku: [LS]/[MS]/[HS]
   Kamui Mutsube: D DF F [HS]
The light of Kite Lelashe (Amube Yatoro): F DF D DB B [LS]/[MS]/[HS]
   Lelashe: [LS]
   Shichikapu Etu Brute: [MS]
   Shichikabu Amyu: [HS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
LeLa O Chikiri: F D DF [K] (close)
Rising Victory Blade (Le La Mutsube): D DF F [S]
Victory Blade (Annu Mutsube): B DB D [S]
Kamui Rimuse: B D DB [S]
Wolf Pounce (Ookami Ni Noru): D DB B [K]
   Get off Wolf: (UB/U/UF+[K])
   Riding Wolf Attack: [LS]/[MS]/[HS]
   Meru Shikite: B DB D [HS]
   Kanto Shikite: D DF F [HS]
   Imeru Shikite: F D DF [HS] (in air)
   Epunkine Shikite: ([LS]+[HS]) (when knocked down)
Super Specials:
[Slash] Elerushi Kamui Rimuse: F DF D DB B, F DF D DB B ([LS]+[MS])
[Bust] Nubeki Kamui Shikite: B DB D DF F D DF ([MS]+[HS])
Rimururu Rimururu
Info:
Age: 14
Birthplace: Ainu Moshiri, Kamui Kotan, Ezochi
Weapon: Hahakuru
Fighting Style: Shikanna-Kamui-ryū Tōbu-jutsu
Bio:
Rimruru is Nakoruru's younger sister and hopes to rival her one day. Although her powers fall far short of Nakoruru, she still packs quite a punch as a medium. Rimruru's still a novice, but when she realizes Amakusa is attempting to corrupt the natural order, she sets out on her own to defend Mother Nature.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Konru Memu: B DB D [LS]
Rupushi Kuare Nishi: D DF F [S]
Konru Shiraru: F DF D [LS] (in air)
Rupushi Nu Tiu: F DF D DB B [MS] (close)
Kamui Shitsuki: D DB B F [HS]
Konru Nonno: F D DF [LS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Konru Memu: B DB D [LS]
Rupushi Kuare Toitoi: D DF F [S]
Konru Shiraru: F DF D [LS] (in air)
Rupushi Nu Yaku: F DF D DB B [K] (close)
Rupushi Tum: (F/DF+[LS]+[MS])
Upun On: (Tap [S])
Super Specials:
[Slash] Rupushi Kamui Emushi Nishi: F DF D DB B, F DF D DB B ([HS]+[K])
[Bust] Rupushi Kamui Emushi Toitoi: F DF D DB B, F DF D DB B ([HS]+[K])
Shiro Tokisada Amakusa Shiro Tokisada Amakusa
Info:
Age: Unknown
Birthplace: Unknown
Weapon: The Gadamer Orb
Fighting Style: Unknown
Bio:
Resurrected as a servant to the Dark Deity, Amakusa kills the "human scum" and refers to this as "the freeing of souls" which will send his being to a higher plane of sanctity. Amakusa now sets his sights on The Demon and his infinite power-the former he will kill, the latter he will obtain.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Evil Hornet Gouger Forward (Oumaga Toki Mae): B DB D DF F [K]
Evil Hornet Gouger Backward (Oumaga Toki Ushiro): F DF D DB B [K]
Holy Spirit Slicer (Shirei Jin): D DF F [S]
Dark Destroyer (Nanji Anten Nyumetsu Seyo): F, B DB D DF F [HS], [S]
Judgment Blow (Kairetsu Sho): F DF D [HS]
Phoenix Flash (Tensho Houoh Jin): B F B F [S] (from afar)
Miasma Plasma (Shoki Dan): B DB B [LS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Evil Hornet Gouger Forward (Oumaga Toki Mae): B DB D DF F [K]
Evil Hornet Gouger Backward (Oumaga Toki Ushiro): F DF D DB B [K]
Underworld Lord Blast (Meifu Mashou Dan): D DF F [S]
[Slash/Bust] Dark Destroyer (Nanji Anten Nyumetsu Seyo): F B DB D DF F [HS], [S]
Judgment Blow (Kairetsu Sho): F DF D [HS]
Kouma Shorai Ha: B F B F [S] (from afar)
Miasma Plasma (Shoki Dan): B DB B [LS]
Super Specials:
[Slash/Bust] Legend of Hades Blitz (Kyomei Jisatsu Jin): B F D DF ([LS]+[MS])
Shizumaru Hisame Shizumaru Hisame
Info:
Age: 12 (Assumed)
Birthplace: Unknown
Weapon: Misty Rain (umbrella)
Fighting Style: The Way of the Scarlet Sword
Bio:
Shizumaru's the amnesiac searching for his own past. All he recalls is a brilliant flashing arc of light followed by a vermillion haze in which a phantasm performed horrifying acts. Relying on this shard of memory, he believes it alone is the key. And so he presses on to find The Demon and his past.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Hidden Dragon Kirisame Jin (Hito Ryu Kirisame Jin): D DF F [S]
Hidden Dragon Shin Uryu Kyorakuzan (Hito Ryu Shin Uryu Kyoraku Zan): B D DB [S]
Hidden Dragon Baiu Ensatsujin (Hito Ryu Baiu Ensatsu Jin): F D DF [S]
Hidden Dragon Samidare Giri (Hito Ryu Samidare Giri): F DF D DB B [S]
Hidden Dragon Hisame Gaeshi (Hito Ryu Hisame Gaeshi): B DB D DF F [LS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Hidden Dragon Kirisame Jin (Hito Ryu Kirisame Jin): D DF F [S]
Hidden Dragon Samidare Giri (Hito Ryu Baiu Ensatsu Jin): B D DB [S]
Hidden Dragon Baiu Ensatsujin (Hito Ryu Samidare Giri): F D DF [S]
Hidden Dragon Purple Dust (Hito Ryu Shigure): (D+[HS]) (in air)
Hidden Dragon Kosame (Hito Ryu Kosame): (U+[HS]) (in air)
Super Specials:
[Slash] Hidden Dragon Kinjite Bouu Kyoufuzan (HitoRyuKinjite BouuKyoufuZan): F DF D DB B, F DF D DB B ([HS]+[K])
[Bust] Hidden Dragon Kinjite Uryu Ressatujin (HitoRyuKinjite UryuRessatuJin): F B DB D DF F ([LS]+[MS])
Ukyo Tachibana Ukyo Tachibana
Info:
Age: 24
Birthplace: Umasugi Village, Kōka District, Ōmi Province, Japan
Weapon: A nameless weapon of his own making
Fighting Style: Shinmusō Ittō-ryū
Bio:
Upon a visit after a long Absence from his old training dojo for disciples of the Shinmusou Ittou Ryu, he finds a sea of blood and the remains of disciples scattered about the floor. His barely breathing master tells him of "The Demon" and expires. Ukyo vows revenge.
[Slash] Special Moves:
Hiken Sasame Yuki: D DB B [S] ([K] to fake)
Hiken Tsubame Gaeshi: DB D DF F [S] (in air)
Hiken Oboro Gatana: D DF F [S]
Concealed Sabre: F DF D DB B [HS]
   Heaven's Gales: [LS]
   Warrior Wind: [MS]
[Bust] Special Moves:
Hiken Sasame Yuki Sen: D DB B [S]
Hiken Tsubame Gaeshi: DB D DF F [S] (in air)
Concealed Sabre Dream Mist: DF D DB B F [HS]
Hiken Kagero: F D DF [HS]
Super Specials:
[Slash]*Tsubame Roku Ren: F DF D DB B F ([MS]+[HS])
[Bust]*Musou Zanko Ka: F B F ([HS]+[K])
Hidden Character:

Kuroko Kuroko (Hidden)
Info:
Age: Unknown
Birthplace: Kawachi, Japan
Weapon: None/Flags
Fighting Style: Unknown
Bio:
Maybe he's just tired of judging people; anyway, this time "Slick" is ready to be a contender.
Special Moves:
N/A
Super Specials:
N/A
Boss Character:

Zankuro Minazuki Zankuro Minazuki (Boss)
Info:
Age: 45
Birthplace: Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, Japan
Weapon: Kougon Onkokumaru (The Crimson Blade of Hell's Rage)
Fighting Style: Art of the Infinitely Peerless Blade
Bio:
The man known as "The Demon." He's a master of the Arts of the Infinitely Peerless Blade, but he is known only as an indiscriminate killer. Now he calmly awaits a suitable warrior who will face him in battle.
[Slash/Bust] Special Moves:
Demon Flash (Mugenryuu Shippuuzan): D DF F [S]
Electric Demon Razor Swipe (Mugenryuu Mugenhou): D DB B F [S]
God Sword Crush (Mugenryuu Tenkuzurezan): F D DF [S]
Face Crush (Mugenryuu Muhouken): when neutral, B F [LS]
Mugenryuu Ittouzan: B DB D ([LS]+[MS])
Halting Demon Skull Splitter (Mugenryuu Tenchuu): (D+[HS]) (in air)
Mugenryuu Fudou (Tsuujou Waza Atemi): B DB D DF F [K]
Super Specials:
[Slash/Bust] Raging Demon Denial Quake Strike (Ougi Musou Shingekiken): D D D DF F ([LS]+[MS])
Play as Zankuro Minazuki:
Join in a 1P game on controller 2. At the character select screen, move the joystick from Shizumaru...
B B B D F F U F D F F U B B
You should return to Shizumaru. Once there when the timer reaches 3 seconds left, press at the same time.
Zankuro should appear.



















































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