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Nagoriyuki is one of the two new characters out for Guilty Gear Strive. A vampire samurai, he has one of the most unique character mechanics in the game. Nagoriyuki is classified as a one shot character in Guilty Gear Strive. This guide will give you the tools to excel as the vampire samurai: Nagoriyuki.

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

Character specific mechanic

Nagoriyuki has a special mechanic called Blood Rage. When performing specific attacks, Nagoriyuki will begin to fill his Blood Gauge. Some attacks will also reduce the Blood Gauge. When the Blood Gauge becomes completely filled, the character enters the Blood Rage state. While in Blood Rage, Nagoriyuki’s health begins to diminish rapidly, but the ability increases the damage and range of his S and HS attacks. He also gains access to a Blood Rage-specific Overdrive. Entering Blood Rage is not optional when the Blood Gauge reaches max, so be sure to incorporate Blood Gauge management into your game plan.

Command Normals

Move NameInputDescription
Command Normal 16PNagoriyuki does a short hand strike in front of him. This move has upper body invincibility, making it a good move to counter jump-ins and aerial attacks.
Command Normal 26KNagoriyuki stomps forward, moving forward slightly. This move hits low and is a good way to move in on your opponent.
Command Normal 36HSNagoriyuki does an overhead strike with his sword. It will knockdown your opponent and does a good amount of damage. It is hampered by a slow startup and a short range. This move will reduce the Blood Gauge.
Command Normal 4After far standing S, SThis move follows up S and moves Nagoriyuki forward. This is a good poke to approach with. This move will reduce the Blood Gauge
Command Normal 5After Command Normal 4, SThis is the third attack in this chain. It knocks down the opponent and will begin to drain the Blood Gauge fully on hit.

Special attacks

Move NameInputDescriptions
Zarameyuki236SNagoriyuki sends a copy of himself forward to attack his opponent. Other special moves can be canceled after using this move. This move will increase the Blood Gauge.
Kamuriyuki214HSNagoriyuki lunges forward to cause a knock down on his opponent. This move can be canceled out of into other special moves and is fast, making it useful in combos. This move will increase the Blood Gauge.
Shizuriyuki623HSThis move swings upwards as an anti-air attack. The move has a second hit that brings the opponent back towards the ground. This move can also be canceled out of, for combos. This move will increase the Blood Gauge.
Bloodsucking Universe623PNagoriyuki’s command grab. He steals life from his opponent, reducing their health while increasing his. This move will also reduce the Blood Gauge.
Fukyo236K or 214KNagoriyuki teleports forward or backwards depending on the input. You can use this to cancel out of recovery of special moves, and in many other situations. This move will increase the Blood Gauge.


Move NameInputDescription
Wasureyuki632146SNagoriyuki performs a barrage of sword slashes upwards. This move’s fast startup allows for it to be used as a combo ender. This move will reduce the Blood Gauge
Zansetsu632146HS during Blood RageNagoriyuki does a full screen slash forward. This move do a ton of damage if it connects. After using this move, Nagoriyuki will leave the Blood Rage state.

These moves will make great use of Nagoriyuki in Guilty Gear Strive.

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