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Free Step Dodge

A Dead or Alive community forum for players who enjoy the series of Dead or Alive.

It's with a heavy heart that Roger Tung, known to the West Coast DOA community as DOA-Knee (Middle, green/yellow jacket), has recently passed away. DOA-Knee was a character loyalist to Marie Rose, and he was one of the most well-respected players in the community.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of DOA-Knee. In the words of Electrified Mann, "Learn to use all that energy you have to be more positive and supportive towards one another as you never know it could be your last time speaking to them."


If you have any stories with DOA-Knee, please feel free to share with the community.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in honor of this month I have decided that 20% of the price for the White & Pink Hoodies in the Free Step Dodge Shop will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the end of the month. That's about $12 for every White & Pink hoodie sold. There are two options currently available for hoodies: Zipped and Pull Over.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization which has raised $569.4 million to support clinical and translational research at medical institutions worldwide. BCRF currently funds over 200 researchers in 6 continents and 13 countries. As of 2014, BCRF directs more than 91 cents of every dollar raised to breast cancer research and breast cancer awareness programs. BCRF has received exceptional recognition from several organizations that monitor and provide comprehensive, unbiased information on charities. CharityWatch, formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy, continues to award BCRF an "A+" rating.


While this might be a rumor for now the history posted on Steamdb would suggest that Core Fighters is definitely coming to the PC platform. Now while PC play has been a bit controversial in some areas, it would appear that Team NINJA is still supporting Steam players, giving everyone a chance to play a fighting game for free (with option of paid DLC characters) that is actually worth your time.

This might not come as too surprising since Team NINJA has accrued over 7,000,000 downloads on systems, and the recent release of Mai has also brought players from past versions of DOA5 back in as well as curious King of Fighters fans.

If you haven't played DOA5 yet, and would like to try it out please keep coming to FSD for all the latest updates on Core Fighters for PC, and you can also join the FreeStepDodge Group on Steam to look for other ambitious fighters playing on PC now.

Three years ago the community blew the damn roof off at TFC with some truly kick ass matches -- and I believe it was one of the first times in our offline history that we were very strongly viewed by other people from the FGC displaying not only talented players, but incredibly fluid and well animated gameplay played at its finest.

Now here we are in 2016; and another TFC is upon us. Our community is a lot bigger now than it ever has been, and we are continuing to see players like you evolve their tactics over the years. Remember that this TFC has free DOA5LR entry; so now is the time to show how far you have come along.

This will also be the very first tournament to host our new character Mai Shiranui. Players exploring her deeply have noticed that she is very good in a lot of areas, but is not without weaknesses. Players also said that Alpha-152 was either trash or mediocre depending on who you asked -- but then XcaliburBladeZ put that to rest at DOA5's first NEC Tournament and people petitioned to have her banned shortly after. It will be interesting to see her in action at The Fall Classic, a tournament that also debuted Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.

If you want to look the part at the event, why not peruse the community shop for some attire? There you can purchase some premium threads and support the offline scene in the process. Doesn't it feel good to be a fighter? See you at the tourney!

Register for The Fall Classic 2K16 hosted by BigEGaming now!
For years now, community members have been unable to literally wear their Dead or Alive pride on their sleeves. We here at Free Step Dodge have deemed this unacceptable and, finally, have taken decisive action to remedy this problem! Worry no longer, friends, as the Free Step Dodge store has officially opened its digital doors for business!

Some folks got a preview of the content at the recent Summer Jam event in Philadelphia and may have heard some rumblings about designs along the way. As of this very moment, you can head over to the store and start placing orders. Shirts are made to order, so you are not ordering a product sitting on a shelf. You place the order, your shirt is made just for you, and it will then be shipped, so give yourself a comfortable window to get the item. Check the site for a more detailed description but allow up to a week for the printing before shipment. There are designs currently available with buttons (BUTTONS!) straight from the games old and new as well as the 'I'm a Fighter' and 'I'm a Fraud' designs. Probably should buy one of each of the latter two before tournaments just in case...


Designs often come in multiple colors as well. Just pick the shirt you want and look for the color options on the product page. New items, including products beyond shirts, are also in the works. If you do not currently see an item you like, just check back in a day or two. The product line will be continuously bolstered with new designs, so favorite the storefront and make a habit of checking for that sweet, sweet newness.

Not in the United States? No problem at all. During checkout, entering your address will populate applicable shipping...

It was recently announced at Tokyo Game Show 2016 that the inaugural EVO Japan is set for January 2018. Along with the announcement is a list of well-known fighting game community partnerships in Japan such as VFR (for Virtua Fighter’s Beat-Tribe Cup series), the legendary Mikado Arcade, KVO, Cooperation Cup, Game Newton, Tekken's MASTERCUP series, and much more. The partnership that stood out from the rest is Playse, which is known for hosting DOA tournaments in Japan.

In addition, former Shoryuken writer Ian “iantothemax” Walker speculated a tweet listing three 3D fighting games and the website of their communities, with FreeStepDodge being one of them.

This isn't the first time DOA has appeared at EVO, since DOA4 appeared at EVO 2006. Could this mean something huge for the DOA community? We’ll have to wait and see when the EVO Japan lineup is announced at EVO 2017 in July.
Mai has been officially released for play with Last Round and people have already begun to take her to the lab; figuring out her tech and mastering her combos. If you are unfamiliar with this iconic fighter, allow @DestructionBomb to give you a demonstration of perhaps one of the most beautiful move sets I have ever seen in a 3D Fighter via the combo and command training:

Another educational and recommended source is viewing the Twitch Channel of professional player @EMPEROR_COW. He says that the character is fast, and has viable range -- but like most every other character, Mai is not without flaws and weaknesses. Check his channel out if you want over five hours of Day 1 content.

FreeStepDodge has you covered on a discussion topic, plus a growing combo thread... you can also easily submit your best matches and lab work discoveries to the FSD Media Section which now has over 7,000 videos dedicated to DOA5 posted from members of the community. Good luck figuring out the new character fighters!
Mai is probably the biggest character reveal we have seen since Marie Rose, and she is available now on Playstation Network, Steam and XBOX Live. She's available in two different SKUs, price differing depending on the amount of costumes you would like to see her in. With the patch you can also buy the new King of Fighters outfits for various characters.

What are your initial thoughts on Mai? Feel free to share all of your newly found tech/combos in her exclusive character forum. You can also share matches you've recorded and stream online using FSD as your primary source to expand your knowledge outside of your typical lab routine.
In DOA5LR, 2 laws must be respected in order to land a strike on the opponent.
1. The hitbox of a strike must collide with the opponent's hurtbox. That also implies that you're not hitting the opponent during invincible frames which usually occur during universal Rising animations.
2. The statuses of both characters must not conflict. Some examples of "conflicts" include:
- Crouching status is invincible to High Punch/High Kick strikes
- Down status is only vulnerable to strikes labelled as "Ground Strike". Every Low Punch/Low Kick shares such feature. Only certain Medium Punches/Medium Kicks also do.
- Jump (evade lows) status is invincible to Low Punch/Low Kick strikes.
- Other unique move-specific statuses not shown in the Move Details, such as Helena's Bokuho 22, which this thread is going to discuss.

Teishitsu also known as Bokuho duck (22 During Bokuho stance with Helena) is a move marked as "SP" in the Command List (which probably means Special Property).
It lasts for 16 frames. The entirety of those 16 frames have Crouching status, which means Highs are completely avoided, and they're also considered invincible from every strike in the game except for those with the Ground Strike property. It doesn't matter if the hitbox of your strike is clearly touching the ducking Helena, it would still not hit her because law #2 was not fulfilled.
You can start a Bokuho duck in a very short time by inputting 2P+K > 22 as fast as possible. Only 4+1 frames of animation are necessary to start ducking.

However, you may think:
"I don't believe you, I was definitely able to hit an Helena out of her continous Bokuho ducking with a mid that doesn't have Ground Strike property, look!"

NOTE: the recorded dummy in the GIF was tool assisted just to make sure that the Helena was...


1. Kwiggle
2. Crazy Steady
3. Hajin

If you've missed any of the tournament this far you can check out all of the matches at primdirectivegaming's twitch channel. The charity show is still going now and results will be posted later after the event. You are getting a great viewing of tournament regulars: Crazy Steady, Shazzmatazzles, Hajin, Kwiggle (surprise!), Black Moon Rising and more -- so stay tuned with this West Coast Major staple.