Focus Punish Awareness and Neutral Game Spacing
The intention of this bot is to help train your mind to identify similar looking situations separately, and do the appropriate punish for each situation without just using a default. It also trains the same sort of tendency in the 'neutral' game.
SakuraBot can be considered therefore to be a harder version of KenBot, with only slightly more difficult inputs, for most people. She will not push as much in neutral and will not jump in as often or as predictably, but is still intended to help train reactions, as well as helping players to get used to abilities of new characters they have available before players move on to other bots or Katas. In order to take maximum advantage of the free week of Sakura offered with the release of SFV:AE, this bot's more complex potential has intentionally NOT been explored. It is therefore possible that SakuraBot 2.0 will be available in the near future for those who do not consider this version of the bot to help as much against any new, relatively easy, Sakura technology.
This bot's inputs have quite a lot of leniency but the bot will change relatively heavily as you go from lenient to optimal inputs so be sure to keep this in mind when playing it. We recommend starting with lenient Acceptable inputs and occasionally attempting to re-enter them between sessions or when you feel that the situation is not training you in the aspect of the matchup that you really want. Due to this, the variant data and annotations will be more detailed than usual for an Easy level bot. To save yourself time if you just want to get right to it, don't bother too much with going into the details on those at first, just read the section for Action #3.
As with all bots, 1P Health should be set to "Normal". To practice the easy versions, leave 1P CA Gauge to "Auto-Recover", and 1P V-Gauge to also "Auto-Recover".
These settings may change based on your goals, explained in the Difficulty section below.
Settings for 2P are V-Trigger - II, Health - "Auto-Recover", V-Gauge - "Normal", CA Gauge - "Auto Recover".
Completing each action gives 1 point. Try to get to 10 points without dying, and before Sakura gets to 10 points.
- A - AntiAirs (points are also awarded for antiair attacks against her V-Skill)
- B - Sakura should do M-Shouoken, EX Shouoken, and VT-Shouoken. Punish the EX and VT with full Crush Counter punishes, while punishing the M-Shouoken normally with a different full high damage combo. Sakura gets a point whenever you use the incorrect one.
- C - From Neutral (i.e. you were not blocking at the time you press the button), combo from your character's 2MK or 2MP (for Kolin points are also given for 2HK, for characters with dash setups or advantage setups instead of combos, use those)
- D - Interrupt Sakura's forward dash, on 'reaction' (it almost always follows her overhead attack when it comes, but she is not going to do it after every Overhead)
- To train Meter Awareness, change 1P CA Gauge to "Normal", points are gained for using the correct punish based on available meter (no points gained for punishes that use neither CA Gauge nor V-Gauge).
- To train Defensive Awareness, give Sakura a point whenever she hits you with her overhead attack.
- Easy - Points given for ABCD
- Medium - Points given for BCD
- Hard - Points given for B and C only, OR B and D only depending on what you need to work on
- Extreme - Points given for D only. Sakura still gets her points from B and an additional point whenever she hits you with her Overhead attack.
Record from very close.
4/5MP (hold this MP to the end. Make no effort to make this FirstFrame, but it is ok if it happens), 4HP (must combo), quick hidden [1HK 1MK], end recording instantly and make sure not holding MK.
4/5MP (hold this MP to the end. Make no effort to make this FirstFrame, but it is ok if it happens), 4HP (must combo), quick hidden [1HK 1MK], end recording.
This input when replayed should mostly repeat one of the moves in it over and over, rather than using any specific sequence, when far away. Optimally, it does a lot of 4HP and nearly no 1HK. If you want this bot to do a lot more of Sakura's V-Skill in neutral, don't hold the MP to the end of this one at all.
From far away, 5LK, hidden [623MP (hold this MP, input must be clean or at worst 6323)], end recording instantly
From far away, 5LK, attempt hidden [623MP (hold this MP, input just needs to not cause a Hadoken in neutral when replayed)] end recording
For those who are familiar with buffering, the perfect input is supposed to buffer the 623MP motion for Shouoken within the LK so that it will cancel if the LK hits and not happen if it did not. This is probably one of the largest requirements in terms of getting it right, to improve the bot when trying to deal with its higher levels, but is not so necessary at the lower levels. It does however make the bot a bit 'too easy' at the lower levels so if you find that beating those is simple due to lots of chances to punish her. This input really requires the MP to be held while ending it or she will do even more V-Skill, which is only good for when you are getting used to that move and staying relatively far away from her. Change it as soon as possible if this was not held (use Action #4 along with this one to test).
Input this one from close enough to hit. Preferably minimum range.
1LK.1LP+LK, hidden [6MP (hold until end), 6MK], end recording when opponent character hits the ground from the throw
1LP+LK, hidden [6MP (hold until end), 6MK], end recording when opponent character hits the ground from the throw
Since this is a back-throw input, there is only a relatively small window to input the MP and MK in order to have the side switch not happen, but it should generally work without the player needing to be unreasonably fast. The 6MK 'overhead' should mostly be what you see when this is replayed. If your plink is incorrect in the Perfect version you will mostly notice it during her V-Skill. This input generally requires the MP to be held and will be detrimental to the bot with no benefit at all, if it is not, unlike Action #1 and #2 where at least it is useful a bit. Try to get this one right before even starting to use the bot. This particular input should be 'redone' the most often, even if just to test less perfect versions, as it has the most effect on the bot's rhythm and can teach interesting things when 'incorrect' in various ways.
FirstFrame 1MP+MK, 9, 66 at peak of V-Skill 'jump' arc, end recording quickly
FirstFrame MP.1MP+MK, 9, 66 at peak of V-Skill 'jump' arc, end recording quickly
236MP+HP (hold the MP until end), hidden [mash 5HP+HK (x2 minimum presses)] 214 end
236MP+LP (hold the MP until end), hidden [mash 5HP+HK] 214 end
Still in progress.