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Psyren136

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So we just need Johnny, Raiden, Jacqui, Kano, Kitana, D'vorah, Kotal, and Geras.

I'm pretty sure the consensus will be we win against D'vorah, Kotal, Kitana, and Kano. Not sure on the others but i'm going to wait for input before i put numbers on the list.
 

xSkeletonSmasherx69

NOBODY CAN TRULY DEFEAT ME
So we just need Johnny, Raiden, Jacqui, Kano, Kitana, D'vorah, Kotal, and Geras.

I'm pretty sure the consensus will be we win against D'vorah, Kotal, Kitana, and Kano. Not sure on the others but i'm going to wait for input before i put numbers on the list.
Ok I will fill in the rest.

Johnny: 5-5 or 6-4 Baraka.
Johnny goes toe to toe really well. His damage isn't spectacular but if you are both going in it's going to be a fair match. Does Johnny's D4 low profile Baraka's F4? If not try to catch him tossing out the poke.

Raiden: 6-4 Baraka
Not much input from me here. Raiden feels really slow. His frame data is too fair. All strings block high then low unless it's that slow, but far reaching B32. Punish the punishable stuff or grab him 100 times.

Jacqui: 5-5 or possibly 4-6 Jacqui
Jacqui is incredibly good. Baraka can keep her out a little bit, but how can you utilize his amazing damage if you aren't going toe to toe with her. This type of match is going to rely on who can open up who. Jacqui offers a lot of pressure which Baraka can't do. I would probably say it favors Jacqui.

Kano: 6-4 Baraka
Kano feels like a very gimmicky character. He was designed cool though. Just don't fall for the overhead roll move. I think it's safe on block. I haven't fought a lot of Kano's

Kitana: 5-5 or 6-4 Baraka
Kitana isn't bad. She probably zone's Baraka out better. So he would have to get in close. A lot of her stuff is safe and it is just about making good reads.

D'vorah: 6-4 Baraka
I don't really know because I haven't faced one. She is better than 7-3 I will tell you that much.

Kotal: 7-3 Baraka
Kotal is my side chick. He can do some stuff, but really he is easily punished. He is slow and his fast strings can be uppercutted easily. Poor Kotal

Geras: 3-7 Geras
Geras is OP. You can't zone him and he out footsies the hell out of you. His forward mid string is just killer. His d1 brings a tear to my eye. He is the perfect character. I'm glad he is falling endlessly in the sea of blood.
 

Snake Sound 222

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3-7 in Sub's favor? Does Baraka struggle that much against him? I was thinking that it would be 4-6 Sub or maybe 5-5.

Geras: 3-7 Geras
Geras is OP. You can't zone him and he out footsies the hell out of you. His forward mid string is just killer. His d1 brings a tear to my eye. He is the perfect character. I'm glad he is falling endlessly in the sea of blood.
You could punish a Geras that is trying to charge his gauntlet, but I'm not sure if that's part of his tournament variations or if you should even try to charge the gauntlet for long enough that Baraka has a chance to get in and punish (I've only played as Geras in the Novice Tower for the fatality trophy and his ending and fought him only a couple of times). It probably won't change the matchup though.
 

HapHaxion

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Ok I will fill in the rest.

Johnny: 5-5 or 6-4 Baraka.
Johnny goes toe to toe really well. His damage isn't spectacular but if you are both going in it's going to be a fair match. Does Johnny's D4 low profile Baraka's F4? If not try to catch him tossing out the poke.

Raiden: 6-4 Baraka
Not much input from me here. Raiden feels really slow. His frame data is too fair. All strings block high then low unless it's that slow, but far reaching B32. Punish the punishable stuff or grab him 100 times.

Jacqui: 5-5 or possibly 4-6 Jacqui
Jacqui is incredibly good. Baraka can keep her out a little bit, but how can you utilize his amazing damage if you aren't going toe to toe with her. This type of match is going to rely on who can open up who. Jacqui offers a lot of pressure which Baraka can't do. I would probably say it favors Jacqui.

Kano: 6-4 Baraka
Kano feels like a very gimmicky character. He was designed cool though. Just don't fall for the overhead roll move. I think it's safe on block. I haven't fought a lot of Kano's

Kitana: 5-5 or 6-4 Baraka
Kitana isn't bad. She probably zone's Baraka out better. So he would have to get in close. A lot of her stuff is safe and it is just about making good reads.

D'vorah: 6-4 Baraka
I don't really know because I haven't faced one. She is better than 7-3 I will tell you that much.

Kotal: 7-3 Baraka
Kotal is my side chick. He can do some stuff, but really he is easily punished. He is slow and his fast strings can be uppercutted easily. Poor Kotal

Geras: 3-7 Geras
Geras is OP. You can't zone him and he out footsies the hell out of you. His forward mid string is just killer. His d1 brings a tear to my eye. He is the perfect character. I'm glad he is falling endlessly in the sea of blood.
I don't think there are a large number of 7-3s in the game as of yet. I would be fine with most of this except I think Kitana has a slight advantage (maybe 5.5-4.5), Kotal is 6-4 (maybe 6.5-3.5 max) in favor of Baraka, Raiden may be 5.5-4.5 and Geras is maybe 4-6. Sub may also be 3.5-6.5 instead of 3-7
 
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Zoidberg747

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3-7 in Sub's favor? Does Baraka struggle that much against him? I was thinking that it would be 4-6 Sub or maybe 5-5.


You could punish a Geras that is trying to charge his gauntlet, but I'm not sure if that's part of his tournament variations or if you should even try to charge the gauntlet for long enough that Baraka has a chance to get in and punish (I've only played as Geras in the Novice Tower for the fatality trophy and his ending and fought him only a couple of times). It probably won't change the matchup though.
Where are you getting the 3-7 number from? I think Sub is his worst matchup personally but wouldn't put it at 3-7.

I also disagree with Geras being a 3-7 although it is definitely a tough matchup. You can still outfootsie and outdamage him. You have to be really patient to avoid getting hit with Sand Trap. He's super good but Baraka has so many tools it is hard to see him having anything worse than a 4-6.
 

Snake Sound 222

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Where are you getting the 3-7 number from? I think Sub is his worst matchup personally but wouldn't put it at 3-7.

I also disagree with Geras being a 3-7 although it is definitely a tough matchup. You can still outfootsie and outdamage him. You have to be really patient to avoid getting hit with Sand Trap. He's super good but Baraka has so many tools it is hard to see him having anything worse than a 4-6.
The first page has the Sub matchup listed at 3-7 in Sub's favor.
 

SLy

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Raiden: 6-4 Baraka
Not much input from me here. Raiden feels really slow. His frame data is too fair. All strings block high then low unless it's that slow, but far reaching B32. Punish the punishable stuff or grab him 100 times.
Have to disagree. This matchup comes across fairly even to me. Im confused how “fair” frame data impacts this matchup? Raiden has the tools to keep up with barakas damage which is probably the biggest threat to raiden.
 

xSkeletonSmasherx69

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Have to disagree. This matchup comes across fairly even to me. Im confused how “fair” frame data impacts this matchup? Raiden has the tools to keep up with barakas damage which is probably the biggest threat to raiden.
To be fair I don't have much experience against any real decent Raidens. What tools does he have? Can he do a 30% damage combo? I don't mind it being 5-5.
 

Zoidberg747

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Have to disagree. This matchup comes across fairly even to me. Im confused how “fair” frame data impacts this matchup? Raiden has the tools to keep up with barakas damage which is probably the biggest threat to raiden.
Raiden vs. Marauder is low key degenerate af. Raiden can just zone him out and as soon as Baraka gets close he either air supermans or teleports away. Baraka can check with sparks but if Raiden gets a lead it sucks pretty hard.

That being said Bone Picker beats him imo. Air superman is no longer an option, Raiden has a tough time dealing with the throw game and since raiden is so unsafe on almost everything Baraka will force him to hold his oki a lot. Not to mention Bone Picker does way better vs. zoning characters in general.
 
Have to disagree. This matchup comes across fairly even to me. Im confused how “fair” frame data impacts this matchup? Raiden has the tools to keep up with barakas damage which is probably the biggest threat to raiden.
I agree with you. Raiden is slow but Baraka has to play at raiden’s pace. Raiden has far better mobility with teleport(s). Plus, Baraka can’t just throw out random projectiles like he can with most characters. Teleport on a read will punish Baraka with a full 32% combo.
 
hey guys. who's been watching combobreaker? as a baraka main, how do you work around jacqui's throw reversal aside from "not throwing" ?

first time to witness a game which can add damage from a throw escape :|

EDIT: nvm on my second line; tekken says "hi" (ie: reversing king's figure four).
 
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xSkeletonSmasherx69

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Jax definitely wins this matchup (6-4). I am a firm believer of that. Baraka may get 40% off and throw what like 2 or 3 blade sparks, but he's back in after that. It's so hard to deal with pressure.
 
I think a good Jade gives Baraka a hard time, at least for me. Any tips?
Shes tricky but super punishable & she cant keep up damage wise with maruader. D4 is one of her best moves because it creates a ton of space. B4 after you block her d4. If shes jumping or throwing a lot of air glaives, read it with jd1~f4 etc. Her green kick is high so duck and shit on it if they're throwing it out willy nilly. Scrub jades will meter burn green kick on block to try and mix your punish. You can option select by timing your 112 with the meter burn sound and if they dont meter burn you'll punish and if they do, you'll, turn around and inturrupt the second hit. Try and stay within b2 range in case they jump/start glowing. Shes tricky but I think baraka-flocka-flame has the edge here. Lab them punishes guuurrrrllll
 
you guys have any reference match videos on dealing with the jax, eblack and geras MUs?

currently at a loss on how to handle them.
 

LawAbidingCitizen

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I'm still trying to figure out the Scorpion matchup.
Up close death spin (DF4) is -20 so you can punish on block with F4, but at mid range and beyond I don't know what to do about this move. I also don't know what the proper response for full-screen spear is
Scorpions death spin at max range is punishable by the entire cast. walk out of its range and jump in punch the last hit getting full combo punish.
Almost max range baraka can dash cancel into F4 for punish(tight timing).
 

LawAbidingCitizen

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you guys have any reference match videos on dealing with the jax, eblack and geras MUs?

currently at a loss on how to handle them.
Erron and Geras are bad MU's but Jax is punishable on F2D4 and is -20 (use F4) F33-1+3 F21+3 are flawless blockable. BF2 is punishable on block using 112. Amp BF2 is duckable for D2 KB. You can zone jax out all day or punish all of his options for massive damage.
 

1man3letters

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Know its early but i think bone picker might be better vs warlock shang.
Blood lunge can be used just before 2nd spark, far easier and more consistent punish over marauder options vs it.

Also who wants to be vs a damage boosted marauder
 
Know its early but i think bone picker might be better vs warlock shang.
Blood lunge can be used just before 2nd spark, far easier and more consistent punish over marauder options vs it.

Also who wants to be vs a damage boosted marauder
I play with solid shangtsung main-ers and I can attest to this. blood lunge/sweep mixups make the match up easier. also a better way to close in once they do their fancy spark zoning.