42 R.O.B.

First appearance :
Gyromite (1984 - NES)

R.O.B. is a versatile character, which makes him enjoyable to play as, and quite easy to handle. In fact, it can count on its multiple projectiles to keep the opponent away, and its devastating combos that allow  it to kill its opponent way too early.

Caracteristics

 

Strengths

  • Versatile
  • Fast moves
  • Safe moves
  • Excellent zoner
  • Violent in advantage
 

Weaknesses

  • Combo food
  • Exploitable recovery
  • No OOS options on its back
  • Easily poked on its shield

Matchups

Favourable

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Combo food
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Top tier

Unfavourable

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Violent combos
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A real threat
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Blocks the gyro  

Stages

Favourable

  • Useful platforms to ledgetrap
  • Kills early and useful for the gyro

Unfavourable

  • Hard to camp with the platforms
  • Hard to settle the gyro
 

Skills

Pro Tips

Features

coup spécial de R.O.B. coup spécial de R.O.B.

Some of its moves require to wait for them to be loaded for a while. It is though possible to charge some moves on your own, like its Down B, which you can hold in order to deal more damages and to cover a much larger area. If you land a gyro on the ground while looking right, the opponent will be launched away on the right, and the same goes for the left. Two other moves also possess a loading time. His Neutral B has three loading’s levels, giving it more or less power. It loads as time goes by, the best laser being reached at 14.3 seconds. Finally, ROB possesses a fuel tank on its back, which indicates its Up B’s stamina left. When it is empty, you will have to stay grounded for a certain amount of time. Notice that his fuel is slower consumed if you mash the Up B input.

Best moves

  • NEUTRAL AIR

    It has a great range, is disjointed, lasts for a long time and has few ending lag. It allows you to keep the opponent at a reasonable distance, to start combos and to land next to characters that don't have great anti-disjointed moves. An excellent neutral tool, which is kind of safe on a shield. It explains why you can easily spam it against opponents with a bad range and with bad Out Of Shield options. Despite all of that, you should know that it is quite slow to pull out.

  • DOWN TILT

    This move is fast, doesn’t have a lot of lag and allows you to hit your opponent really fast when you get close to him. It is a great grounded option, because its lack of lag makes it possible to use it multiple times in a row. It is also very useful to hit the opponent’s shield, to deal some percentages, making of it a very low risky - extremely high rewarding Option. In fact, it is considered as the best Down Tilt of the entire game.

  • DOWN B

    With Down Tilt and Neutral Air, Down B completes the Holy Trinity. This move can be more or less loaded, in order to make it spin more or less time. Gyro is R.O.B’s main tool to keep some distance from its opponent. It is very useful to gain stage control, mostly on ledgetrap. Indeed, it puts great pressure on the opponent and on his shield, and it works as a shield against enemies’ approaches or zoners, since no projectiles can beat the Gyro once it is on the ground.

  • NEUTRAL B

    Laser, the Neutral B, can be oriented in many directions around 60 degrees and can be a great follow up after a Gyro, which controls the ground, while the laser covers the air. Laser goes out fast, and goes through everything, which makes of it a really good tool against zoners.

  • BACK AIR

    Like Neutral Air, this move is safe on shield against most of the characters, even when it is badly used, since R.O.B moves during the attack. ROB being launched, while he performs a Back Air, it is also really useful to get back on stage and to vary its recovery. And, of course, the move is also strong, and stays active for a bit. This is why it is interesting on ledgetrap for covering a lot of options, but also for 2 framing an opponent.

  • UP SMASH

    This fast move is R.O.B’s best out of shield option in order to kill, although, because of its smash attack nature, it can be hardly punished ! You will rather use it after you buried an opponent, in order to cover his extraction from the ground.

  • Contextual Options

    Quick Moves

    Safe on Shield

    OOS Options

    Down Tilt, Jab

    Up Tilt

    Forward Air

    Neutral Air

    Down Tilt

    Forward Air

    Forward Air

    Up Air, Up Smash

    Jab, Down Tilt

     

    Before leaving

    Last tips

    You spin me right round baby

    Although the character has a lot of technics and advanced combos to master, you will have first to focus on Lasers and Gyro’s management. R.O.B’s projectiles deserve to be mastered, and should not be stupidly used. Those moves have a lot of ending lag, explaining why you must use them correctly. Against a rushdown character who goes over your projectiles, you are going to have a bad time otherwise. So, it will be necessary to vary your timings by instance.

    Robot Operating side B

    Beware not to mash Side B. It is indeed a great kill option, but it remains a high risk option, since it has a ton of lag at the end, almost a second. At high percents, it can be lethal. A move to strictly reserve for when you are sure to hit with it, while edgeguarding, or even at the end of a combo. But then again, stay careful.

    The last of its kind

    R.O.B. being a versatile character, you must learn multiple ways to play it, and not focus on only on way to play it. R.O.B can be played by camping, by rushing on the opponent, by waiting for the best time to punish its opponent… You can easily vary your gameplay during a match, some matchups asking you to choose between one way or another.

    In a nutshell

    By playing R.O.B. pleasure will come from its diversity and its ability to adapt itself to how the player likes to play the most. This makes it pleasant to control, while permitting a great diversity in its gameplay. And if you master the character, you can become a true wizard, making opponent disappear at 0%. A character to reserve to players that like characters with items and the ability to camp while benefitting great hand to hand combos.

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