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Crouch Dash

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Crouch Dash
Kazuya Crouch Dash SSBU.gif
Kazuya executing a Crouch Dash.
User Kazuya
Universe Tekken

Crouch Dash (風神ステップ, Wind God Step) is an advanced movement technique exclusive to Kazuya.

Overview[edit]

Kazuya executing perfect Crouch Dashes with the SmashBox. Notice the intangibility frames on his upper body.

The player must move Kazuya towards the opponent, then down and down-forward in a Z formation (→ ↓ ↘). The player can also crouch dash by dashing forward then flicking the C-Stick/right control stick down if the stick is set to attack. If done correctly, Kazuya will slide forward a considerable distance. His upper body is invincible during the entirety of the slide. Quickly doing this technique several times is a useful method to close gaps, apply pressure, and dodge some projectiles. Out of actions such as a spotdodge, Kazuya can close distance with minimal vulnerability windows, making him difficult to punish from a distance. It's also useful as a ledge option for similar reasons.

Because of the move's nature, pressing A or B during the crouch dash at any point can allow Kazuya to execute Dragon Uppercut, Wind God Fist or Spinning Demon to Left Hook. Inputting A just as the downward or downward-forward inputs are used for the crouch dash lets Kazuya use Electric Wind God Fist. If Rage is active, then holding the button allows Kazuya to use his Rage Drive. Finally, it's possible to delay an A input to perform Demon God Fist out of crouch dash, as Kazuya enters a "leaving crouch" animation as it ends. Grabbing isn't possible during a crouch dash, instead executing either Wind God Fist, Dragon Uppercut, or even Gates of Hell depending on how the input was performed.

Origin[edit]

Kazuya executing a crouch dash in Tekken 7.

Crouch dashing originated in the first Tekken game. From Tekken 3 onwards, it became possible to cancel a crouch dash into another repeatedly, and such technique was named wavedash by the Tekken Community. While far more commonly known as a technique in Melee within the Smash Community, the term was adopted by the latter for its similarity in execution and effects. Starting from Tekken 2, Kazuya can use his Mist Step to perform a "simplified" version, which can then be used to execute a Perfect Electric Wind God Fist, a Dragon Uppercut, or a Spinning Demon. Mist Step to any crouch dash move is the fastest way to execute them in the series, as Kazuya can perform the moves 1 frame faster than the other Mishimas from a standing position; however, he cannot perform a Perfect Electric Wind God Fist while dashing or wavedashing, since the Mist Step input is disabled while he's moving.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese 風神ステップ, Wind God Step
UK English Crouch Dash
France French Crouch Dash
Germany German Crouch Dash
Italy Italian Crouch Dash
Spain Spanish Crouch Dash
China Chinese Crouch Dash
South Korea Korean Crouch Dash
Netherlands Dutch Hurkveeg
Russia Russian Рывок в приседе