First off, we need to preface this post by saying: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokémon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the eleventh of 22 “episodes” by Redonkulous Gaming. We will provide overviews of all the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Decidueye
- Health Pool: 600 HP
- Pokémon Type: Standard
- Play-Style: Relentless
- Speed: Average to Good
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Support Focused
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
Decidueye is a relentless attacker and can make quick work of his enemies. He is an offensive specialist with average speed, but is quick to land attacks. Decidueye has abilities that allow you to attack your opponent from long, mid, and melee range making him especially dangerous. In the field phase, utilize lateral movement and (Y) to charge opponents and bring them to duel phase. Jumping attacks in field phase are also especially effective to dodge and attack with (X) while in midair.
Once in duel phase, Decidueye has a good arsenal available both in the form of special attacks as well as combos. Pressing (A) will shoot Spirit Shackles which is a ranged attack and if you hold (A) and then release you will also release a mini-tornado which will briefly stun your opponent upon contact. (FORWARD+A) will make Decidueye perform Fury Attack, and it is also a very good opening to perform a strong and easy to execute combo:
This will perform Fury Attack, followed by Razer Leaf, and put you into “soaring stance.” From there, when you press (A) for a final time, you will perform a strong grab attack to finish off the combo.
(BACK+A) will perform frenzy plant and allow you to distance yourself from your opponent. This is especially helpful if you are backed up against the boundary of the arena, or if you have your opponent backed up. Be weary of power fighters in these situations.
Decidueye does have a good grab (B+Y) attack, but just like all fighters, it can be easily countered, so use with caution.
The best way to be effective with Decidueye is to balance your offense with more offense. You will still need to be strategic with your shield, but if you give your opponent space to attack you are opening yourself up to disappointment. The best defense is a good offense here, and keeping the pressure on your opponent with combos like this is ideal:
FROM MIDAIR (X)(Y,Y,Y,Y)(Y) which will swoop down on your opponent and unleash a flurry of feathers. Another effective and simple combo to use is (X+A)(FORWARD+X,X,X) to perform a critical attack and control your opponent by consecutively thrashing them while they are in the air.
Try the below sequence when you have the opening to briefly stun your opponent. If executed correctly, you will spin them (effectively stunning them) and follow up with a burst of attacks ending in a special attack.
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Decidueye stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: Decidueye is already pretty powerful offensively, so the best part about his synergy phase is the defensive buff and increased ease in landing combos. We give him a score of 8 here.
- Coolness Factor: Decidueye is a very unique fighter and because of that he stands out among the others. We think that’s pretty cool, but his score is still just a 7. Even with that extra purple glow, there are still cooler looking fighters in this game.
- Finisher: Decidueye’s finishing (ultimate) move is pretty average by itself. It does just over 200 HP damage, which is pretty close to the average norm. You can couple it with the combo below for some extra damage, but the end result is only about 30 HP additional damage. Decidueye gets a strong 8 for his finisher.
In addition to your playable Pokémon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokémon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokémon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Jirachi: Jirachi enhances your synergy burst/ ultimate move, so time his use accordingly. If used prior to being in synergy phase he increases your synergy gauge to get there faster.
- Whimsicott: Whimsicott protects against ranged attacks and heals you, both of which can be very useful
The choice is yours, so be sure to play around with other support options that fit your play-style!
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