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Faust is a recurring character in the Guilty Gear series. A doctor who lost his mind and then regained his sanity, Faust utilizes an unorthodox offense that makes him one of the most unique characters in a fighting game. In Guilty Gear Strive Faust is classified as a Unique character and for good reason. This guide will give you the information you need to excel at using Faust in Guilty Gear Strive.

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
Heavy SlashHS

Command Normals

Move NameInputDescription
Command Movement1 or 3Faust can crawl across the ground while crouching, this will evade high hitting attacks.
Command Normal 16PFaust swings his hand upward. This move has upper body invincibility, making it a good move to counter jump-ins and aerial attacks.
Command Normal 26HSFaust swings his scalpel down in a strong blow. This will hit crouch-blocking opponents and has a long range, but it takes awhile to startup.
Command Normal 3HS during standing HSA follow up for Faust’s standing HS. This move picks the opponent up and knocks them back down. It can be comboed into the special move Mix Mix Mix if Faust has corner control.
Command Normal 42K in mid-airFaust spins diagonally through the air. This is good to use to throw off an opponent expecting a normal jump-in.
Command Normal 5D (Hold)After holding D, Faust can reflect projectiles.

Special Attacks

Move NameInputDescription
Mix Mix Mix236S (Air OK)Faust spins his body rapidly while lunging forward. This move is very versatile and will cause a knockdown state on hit. You can control the direction of the attack.
What Could This Be?236PFaust throws out an item. The item that is thrown is random and each have a different effect.
Snip Snip Snip236HSFaust gives his an afro opponent after landing this command grab. The afro extends the opponents vertical hitbox, leaving them more vulnerable to attacks.
Scarecrow214P or 214K or 214SFaust vanishes and summons to scarecrows. The P version has Faust appear in the left scarecrow and attack. The K version has Faust appear in the right scarecrow and attack. The S version has Faust drop onto his enemy from above.
Thrust41236KFaust thrusts his scalpel forward. This move has full screen range so it is an excellent poke.
Pull Back4 during ThrustFaust can use Pull Back during Thrust to bring his opponent towards in a motion akin to reeling in a fish
Hole in One!HS during Pull BackFaust can use Hole in One! during Pull Back to do a golf swing at his opponent to launch them back across the screen. This must be timed correctly for it to connect.
Love236P in mid-airFaust throws a projectile resembling his head at the opponent. This projectile will explode on impact and its arc moves towards the ground. Faust can be hurt by the explosion.


Move NameInputDescription
Bone-crushing Excitement632146HSFaust causes a four leaf clover to trip his opponent, he then causes them misfortune by running a wheel chair into their toe. This move can be used as a combo ender for high damage.
W-W-What Could This Be?236236PA more powerful version of What Could This Be? that throws out many items. Like the original version, all the items are random.

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