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Red Kyo uses a skill that can deal great damage to enemies afflicted with Ignite effects.

Hero Rating & Base Stats

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Hero Advanced Stats

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Skills

115 Shiki: Dokugami
Icon kof kyo ssr type01 skill 01.png Rank 1 Skillicon damage.png Inflicts Co-destruction damage equal to 170% of Attack on one enemy.
Rank 2 Skillicon damage.png Inflicts Co-destruction damage equal to 255% of Attack on one enemy.
Rank 3 Skillicon damage.png Inflicts Co-destruction damage equal to 425% of Attack on one enemy.


Ura 108 Shiki: Orochinagi
Icon kof kyo ssr type01 skill 02.png Rank 1

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Inflicts Blaze damage equal to 100% of Attack on all enemies.
Rank 2

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Inflicts Blaze damage equal to 150% of Attack on all enemies.
Rank 3

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Inflicts Blaze damage equal to 250% of Attack on all enemies.


Ultimate

Saishuu Kessen Ougi: Mu Shiki

Icon kof kyo ssr type01 special 01.png Inflicts damage equal to 490 / 539 / 588 / 637 / 686 / 735% of Attack on one enemy. Applies 2 Ignite effects on all enemies for 3 turns.


Unique

A Man's Spirit
Icon exclusive skill 1875501.png At the beginning of each turn, 2 Ignite effects are applied on all enemies for 3 turns, reducing damage dealt to allies by 5% for each Ignite effect on an enemy. (Excludes Death Match, applies when entering battle)


Hero Guide

[KOF '98] Kusanagi Kyo or more commonly known as Red Kyo is an exclusive unit drawn from the 7DS x KOF’98 event. Many have found his niche in PVP as a semi utility and damage dealer due to his Unique ability. He automatically applies Ignite effects to all enemies during your team’s turn, increasing the damage applied to your enemies and reducing incoming damage by the amount of Ignite effects on the enemy.

He outclasses enemy team comps without Recovery/Immunity buffs. Enemies like Blue King or Blue Lillia would be your main attack priority so Red Kyo can continue to stack the Ignite debuffs and gain an easy advantage all throughout the battle.

Although his base Defense is below average, it is compensated by high values in HP, Attack, and Recovery Rate. He is best paired with heroes that can disable Recovery skills such as Red Arthur, Red Estarossa, Red King, Red Merlin, and Red Zeldris. If you want to take advantage of Ignite debuffs against enemies without a Recovery skill, he is a solid tandem to heroes that take advantage of Ignite effects like Green Escanor, Blue Melascula, Red Melascula, and Green Monspeet.

Red Kyo is also a beast in PVE farming, including boss battles and story mode bosses that are unable to cleanse the Ignite debuffs.


Pros

  • Excels in both PVP and PVE
  • Automatically casts Ignite debuffs to enemies during your turn, instantly giving a huge advantage to your team
  • His skill effects (Blaze and Co-destruction) scales higher by the amount of Ignites applied to the enemy
  • High Attack and HP stat, making him flexible to various equipment builds (Attack / Def, HP / Def)

Cons

  • Only available via 7DS x KOF’98 draw (Limited-timed draw)
  • Low base Defense
  • Countered hard by heroes with Recovery skills
  • The Unique effect only activates when the hero is active in battle. The effect also does not apply in Death Matches.


Skill Review

115 Shiki: Dokugami - A single-target skill with Co-destruction effect, inflicting 20% increased damage per Debuff on the target that goes perfectly with his Unique ability. Deals significant damage up to a maximum of 425% attack multiplier which mostly one-shots most non-defensive type heroes.

Ura 108 Shiki: Orochinagi - An AoE skill with Blaze effect, inflicting +25% damage dealt per Ignite effect on the target that also goes perfectly with his Unique ability. Like most AoE skills, it has a low attack multiplier. However, given the right timing, it can deal a devastating blow to all enemies when you’re able to stack numerous Ignite debuffs on them.

Ultimate: Saishuu Kessen Ougi: Mu Shiki - Inflicts moderate single-target damage to an enemy. The extra effect is fundamentally used to add Ignite on all enemies that can set-up for more damage in succeeding turns.

Unique: A Man's Spirit - This ability is what makes Red Kyo extremely powerful. It simultaneously boosts your offense and defense because the Ignite effects apply automatically at the beginning of each turn, increasing the damage applied to your enemies and reducing incoming damage for each Ignite effect on the enemy. Just make sure that Red Kyo is kept alive to keep the debuffs active and prioritize attacking enemies with recovery skills to avoid getting countered.


Usage

Equipment Set - Onslaught (Attack) or Life (HP) / Iron Wall (Defense).

Substats are as follows:
Bracer/Ring - Attack
Necklace/Earring - Defense
Belt/Rune - HP

PVP - Widely used in both Ungeared (Normal) and Geared (Elite) PVP as Red Kyo can execute well with most heroes. He is extremely versatile and can be used in a lot of ways, either in offense or full utility.

PVE (Story / Farm / Sub-Quests / Boss) - Although there are heroes more viable in PVE with faster clear time (Red Howzer & Blue Demon Meliodas in Boss & Free Stages, Red Derieri in Story Mode), Red Kyo can still clear most of the PVE content with ease, especially against enemies without Recovery or Cleanse. Plus he is a safe bet and easier to gear due to his defensive capability from the Unique effect. He can also end with a decent clear time because of his AOE skill.

Demonic Beast Howlex (Crimson Demon) - Although his Unique effect doesn’t work against this demon, Red Kyo is still viable as long as he’s paired with teammates that can apply Ignite such as Red Demon Meliodas and Red Vivian.

Training Grotto - He is mainly used to counter HP-type (Green) Illusion Ambers, especially against Level 3 stages.


Gallery

Story

Kyo Kusanagi is the main protagonist in SNK's The King of Fighters video game series. He was first introduced in The King of Fighters '94 as the leader of the Japan team. He is the rival of Iori Yagami.

He was first introduced as a cocky delinquent high school student who is the heir of the Kusanagi clan, one of the three clans that sealed the legendary snake entity, Orochi, 1,800 years ago. His clan wields pyrokinetic powers, an inherited power that few members obtain. They, along with the Yasakani and Yata clans, keep one of the three sacred treasures used to contain Orochi long ago. His family's treasure is the Kusanagi Sword, and his family crest is the sun, represented in a stylized halo of fire. His official nickname is Scion of the Flame or The Cleansing Exorcising Flame.

Source: https://snk.fandom.com/wiki/Kyo_Kusanagi

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