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Gazan
Gazan Beta
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Ichigo using Gazan in the air.
Universe Bleach
User(s) SSF2 Ichigo head
Effect Ichigo slashes his Zangetsu downward, meteor smashing opponents in the way.

Gazan (牙斬), also referred to by the Smash Flash DOJO!!! as Down Swipe, is Ichigo's down special move in Super Smash Flash 2.

Overview

When performed, Ichigo brings his Zangetsu in front of him and plummets to the ground with it, slashing downwards. If performed on the ground, Ichigo first does a Flash Step jumping upward. When Ichigo does this while next to an opponent, the opponent will become paralyzed for a moment and take the full force of the attack. If the special button is held while performing the grounded version, the move will be delayed and Ichigo will jump higher before plummeting. If performed in the air, Ichigo also has the ability to veer slightly to the left or right while plummeting. The attack sends opponents hit downward as a meteor smash, and it deals more damage and knockback depending on how high he fell. At minimum, it deals 6% damage and decent knockback, while at maximum, it deals 50% damage and extremely high knockback, making for a one-hit KO to opponents hit (although the height required for this can only be achieved with certain conditions).

The move is dangerous to use off-stage because Ichigo cannot stop the move's animation until he lands or grabs a ledge, causing him to plummet into the bottom blast line if there are no platforms beneath him. This also can lead to a sacrificial KO if Ichigo hits an opponent on the way down. Aside from this, the move is risky to use in general due to how easily Ichigo can be punished for using it; not only is there considerable startup lag, but Ichigo is not invincible while using his Flash Step and can be attacked from the back, or even from the ground. When the attack itself is executed, he is also vulnerable from the back, or from the ground if an opponent has a big enough hitbox to hit Ichigo before his blade touches them. The move also has ending lag and travels somewhat slowly, making it easy for opponents to avoid and punish. However, if Ichigo does hit the opponent then he will be able to follow up with another attack almost instantly, making it useful for combos.

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Trivia

  • Prior to v0.2a of the SSF2 Demo, Ichigo's down special move was instead Stunning Slash. It was changed to Gazan due to Stunning Slash being abusable and lacking creativity.
  • Prior to v0.8a, Ichigo would not jump into the air when performing Gazan on the ground, instead simply performing the same attack used in the air.
Ichigo's special moves
Standard special move Getsuga Tenshō
Side special move Engetsuzan
Up special move Kōtei-ki Tōshin
Down special move Gazan
Final Smash Bankai Ichigo