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Axl Low is a long-time member is of the Guilty Gear roster. In Guilty Gear Strive, Axl Low returns with his iconic dual chain sickles. He is classified as a long-range character and uses his dual chain sickles to keep his opponents at a distance and poke them out. This guide will give players all the information they need to excel as Axl Low.

Upcomer’s Guilty Gear Strive character guides use numpad notation. Numpad notation is a universal form of notating fighting game inputs that is able to go past language barriers. It is based off numpads that can be found on a computer keyboard. Five is the joystick at neutral and the numbers branch out from there. For example, 236 would translate to “down, down-forward, forward” in numpad notation.

Guilty Gear Strive inputs

Guilty Gear Strive Input NameShorthand
PunchP
KickK
SlashS
Heavy SlashHS
DustD

Command Normals

Move NameInputDescription
Command Normal 16PAxl does a short jab forward. This move has upper body invincibility, making it a good move to counter jump-ins and aerial attacks.
Command Normal 26KAxl sends his sickle upwards in a diagonal motion. This works well as a way to shut down airborne opponents but will whiff on grounded opponents.
Command Normal 36HSAxl leaps forward and hits an overhead attack. This will hit on crouch-blocking opponents and goes over lows. Axl has advantage on block.

Special attacks

Move NameInputDescription
Sickle Flash4(Hold)2SAxl sends his sickle across the screen. This move will quickly cancel out projectiles and moves. It has followup rekkas that can be performed during the move.
Soaring Chain Strike8 during Sickle FlashAs the sickle returns to Axl, he sends it in an arc that will hit airborne opponents from behind.
Spinng Chain Strike2 during Sickle Flash (Hold OK)Axl spins his sickles as it returns from Sickle Flash. This move hits low, making it a strong option against grounded opponents. If a player holds down 2, the vacuum effect of the move will be increased.
Winter CherryS during Sickle FlashAxl makes the sickle explode during Sickle Flash. It only explodes on full extension, so it will whiff if used on a close opponent.
Winter Mantis63214HSAxl sends his sickle out along the floor and then pulls it back to hit his opponent. This move is unblockable and can be followed up on at close-range.
Snail214HS (Air OK)This attack has Axl send his sickle out to the middle of the screen. This move is good for combos taking place at mid-range but will not hit close opponents.
Rainwater214SAxl swings his sickles at his opponents feet while jumping back. This is a good way to maintain distance from an opponent and only leaves Axl with slight disadvantage on block.
Axl Bomber623HS in mid-airAxl does an upward strike that launches the opponent. It can be followed up on, depending on the angle that the opponent is hit from.

Overdrives

Move NameInputDescription
Sickle Storm236236HSAxl lights his sickles on fire, swinging them multiple times. The first hit is close with the range of the move extending from there. This is a great move to end combos with at close-range and does a ton of damage.
One Vision632146PAxl controls time and freezes his opponent. Doing the input the first time will ready the move. Performing it a second time will release the attack that freezes an opponent. The freeze can be canceled into from any move.

Josh Petrofsky is an aspiring journalist currently studying at San Diego State. Josh is a San Diego local of 10 years and is the current Fighting Game Coordinator and former President of Aztec Gaming, San Diego State's video game and esports club. During his downtime Josh like to relax by playing Apex Legends or watching old WCW shows from the 1990s.


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