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How to Play Guilty Gear -Strive-: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners


Guilty Gear -Strive- (GGST) is an exciting fighting game that's fun but challenging. Here’s a simple guide to help you start and improve your skills, even if you're new to the game.

Step 1: Getting Started

1. Have Fun:

  • Start by enjoying the game. Try out different characters, hit some buttons, perform special moves, and just get a feel for the game.

  • Don’t worry about winning or losing at first. Focus on having fun and experimenting.

2. Picking a Main Character:

  • Choose a character you enjoy playing with. It’s okay to try out several characters before settling on one or two that you like the most.

  • Beginners often find Ky or Giovanna easier to start with due to their straightforward playstyles​ .

3. Using Dojo Missions:

  • Instead of jumping straight into matches, start with the Dojo missions. These missions will teach you the basic mechanics of the game in a structured way, including key moves like Roman Cancels and air dashes​​.

Step 2: Basic Strategies

1. Understanding the Buttons:

  • GGST uses five main buttons: Punch, Kick, Slash, Heavy Slash, and Dust. Familiarize yourself with what each button does​ (

  • Practice combining these buttons with different directions (Up, Down, Left, Right) to perform various moves.

2. Movement:

  • Movement is crucial. Learn how to dash (double-tap forward) and double jump (double-tap up).

  • Practice air dashes and air blocks to enhance your mobility in matches​​.

3. Balancing Offense and Defense:

  • GGST rewards aggressive play, but don’t neglect defense. Use blocking and Faultless Defense to protect yourself while looking for opportunities to attack​ .

  • Keep an eye on your Tension meter to perform powerful moves and overdrives.

Step 3: Improving Your Game (Floor 8/9)

1. Analyze Your Gameplay:

  • After each match, think about why you won or lost. Were you blocking effectively? Did you miss any combo opportunities?

  • Focus on improving specific aspects of your play, such as blocking on wakeup, performing combos, and using mix-ups.

2. Consistent Practice:

  • Regular practice helps you build muscle memory and get better at the game. Even short practice sessions are beneficial.

  • Join online communities and participate in matches to gain more experience and receive feedback from other players.

3. Learning from Others:

  • Watch high-level play on streaming platforms like Twitch to learn new strategies.

  • Use resources like YouTube guides and the Dustloop Wiki for detailed character guides and tips.

Step 4: Advanced Techniques (Floor 10+)

1. Effective Use of Roman Cancels:

  • Roman Cancels are essential for extending combos and making your attacks safer. Practice using them in different situations to enhance your gameplay.

2. Understanding Faultless Defense:

  • Learn when to use Faultless Defense to push your opponent away and create distance. It’s a crucial defensive technique.

3. Knowing Your Win Condition:

  • Every character has a unique win condition. Understand your character’s strengths and how to use them to win matches.

4. Stay Positive:

  • It’s normal to lose sometimes. Stay positive, keep practicing, and remember that everyone improves at their own pace.

Character Overview Table

Below is a table with information about each character, their weaknesses, types, and notes.

Additional Resources

To get better at GGST, check out these resources:


This guide aims to help you start and improve at Guilty Gear -Strive-. By enjoying the process, practicing regularly, and using advanced strategies, you can enhance your gameplay and have a more fulfilling experience with GGST. Remember to reach out to the community and use available resources to further your skills. Happy gaming!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Brian James is a hearing loss expert that writes ESPORTS guides and articles for the ESPORTS community.

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