Chrome Dome (TF)
|Birthplace||Shredders Metal Shop|
|Favorite Activities||Steel Magnolias|
|Ultimate Goals||He wants to extract the "Warrior" program from his system memory.|
Have you ever wondered what you'd get if you threw Dhalsim and Zangief in some vile blender? That's right! You get an obscenity, but on good days, you get Chrome Dome! Calling Chrome a strange character would be an understatement. He's a ranged-based grappler who can really do it all. The interesting thing about him, is that he isn't held back by any specific archetype weaknesses. He's held back by Chrome Dome specific weaknesses. He's capable of zoning, but he has a mediocre fireball and struggles getting in against other fireballers. He has awesome jumping normals, but has a somewhat slow and floaty jump arc. He has great buttons; possibly the best array of normals in the game, but can have a hard time keeping opponents out of the air and has a slow walk speed. These "Cause and Effect" relationships are what make the character so interesting, and he has his fair share of strengths to make up for said weaknesses. He may have a mediocre fireball, but he can work around it with his great long-ranged grounded pokes and Chrome Spark's invincibility. He's slow and has a floaty jump arc, but he has a quick dive kick that can move him around the stage safely. He can have a hard time keeping opponents out of the air, but has a ton of things he can do with his specials that can help with that. Like many other characters, knowing Chrome Dome's quirks and oddities are mandatory if you want to really get good with this strange character. He can redizzy the turtles and War off of one grab, but there's a lot more to him than that. For one, he probably has the most gimmicky arsenal of special moves in the game. Chrome Spark is secretly a reversal and setup-up tool first and a fireball second; contrary to what is common with most projectiles. EPD is a dangerous command grab that can sneak Chrome Dome out of many bad situations and create a lot of cheap scenarios for any poor cretin who happens to fall in Chrome's deadly corner traps. All that has been mentioned doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to all of Chrome Dome's odd traits, so the question becomes "What are you waiting for"? Get out there and get creative. His options are almost limitless.
Quirks & Tech
Electric Pile Driver tricks
Electric Pile Driver being an instant grab that requires no diagonal inputs makes it a fantastic option as a punish and instant reversal. There are hundreds of ways to experiment with it, but here are a few important tricks you can do with it to really make your Chrome Dome threatening.
- Anti-air EPD
Chrome Dome lacking "The perfect anti-air" is a minor, but very real weakness for Chrome. Electric Pile Driver's awesome range can (kinda sorta) make up for it! The key is to watch where the opponent lands. Many times, players will make risky full screen jumps that will cause any jump-in normal to whiff. Use this to your advantage and throw them as soon as they land.
- Power Drill EPD Punish
Power Drill is super plus, and most of the time you will get thrown for free, but don't worry! With immaculate timing (and a bit off luck) you can time an Electric Pile Driver after Raph recovers. Whether this is a true punish or not is up for debate, but it's almost unanimously agreed that it's worth trying just in case the Raph doesn't time the throw correctly.
- EPD Fireball Trap Escape
Like the Powerdrill setup mentioned before, doing this trick successfully mostly relies on the opponent messing up. In this case, you have to either hope the opponent throws too late if you block the fireball, or; if you don't block and take the fireball, hope the opponent still attempts to throw after you get hit by it. In the gif, you can see that Raph attempts to throw after Chrome took the fireball. The Raph ended up getting a close heavy punch, and the Chrome Dome was able to throw him before the normal connected.
- EPD Corner Trap
One of the deadliest things you can do with EPD is make the opponent to block and then immediately throw them out of blockstun. This is especially viable in the corner; where you can knock the opponent over, throw a Chrome Spark, then either throw them with EPD regularly, or make them block a normal, and throw after that. The example below showcases the latter. Since the properties of Chrome's close normals vary depending on the character, you can do other setups like a far light kick or heavy kick into EPD if the character you're fighting allows it.
Chrome Spark Tricks
Chrome Spark allows for a magnitude of eccentric techniques that will definitely catch your opponents off guard. As mentioned below, Chrome Spark works as a fantastic reversal and anti-air because of its invincibility. Use these tricks to really take advantage of it.
- Chrome Spark Anti-Air
Chrome Spark can make up for Chrome Dome's mostly average anti-air game just like EPD. In fact, it may be an even better one, as it's much better for countering actual air normals rather than the opponent's landing.
- Buffered Chrome Spark Anti-Air
Chrome Spark can still be buffered after a whiffed normal. Use this to your advantage!
- Chrome Spark Fireball Trap Escape
Chrome Dome's best option against fireball traps. There's no exact timing for this, so try and get a feel for which methods work best in these situations
- Chrome Spark Aska UA Dodge
A neat (and the only) way to avoid Aska's super with Chrome Dome. It's possible with both light and heavy Chrome Spark, and it must be done very late.
Left: Light Chrome Spark
Right: Heavy Chrome Spark
Pre-jump Frames : 4 frames (Hi-Speed 1) Dizzy : 640 points
Legend N = Normal chain ok S = Special cancel ok C = CPS Chain ok  = frames between next active hitbox
- = After active frame(s) For calculating total move time
Advantage is on hit and block, respectively
|Standing Light Punch|
|Close Light Punch|
|Standing Light Kick|
|Close Light Kick|
|Standing Heavy Punch|
|Close Heavy Punch|
|Back Heavy Punch|
|Standing Heavy Kick|
|Close Heavy Kick|
|Crouching Light Punch|
|Crouching Light Kick|
|Crouching Heavy Punch|
|Crouching Heavy Kick|
|Jumping Light Punch|
|Jumping Light Kick|
|Diagonal Jump Light Kick|
|Jumping Heavy Punch|
|Jumping Heavy Kick|
|Diagonal Jump Heavy Kick|
|Chrome Spark (Light)|
|Chrome Spark (Heavy)|
|Electric Pile Driver|
Serious Advantage Match-ups
- Theorized to be 8 - 2
This is the rare matchup where Chrome Dome can start zoning immediately. The game plan is to play lame, zone War out, and force force him to approach. If War ever gets close, the game becomes "Who can beat who and get the game-changing read first". Most Wars will opt to try and use his standing heavy punch and heavy kick to poke you out when they get close. The best thing to do against this is to trade back with your couching heavy kick. It will lead to both of you being knocked over, but don't worry. War's options when he's in this situation are limited. If you ever knock War down, try your best to suffocate him and punish any and all of his attempts to play the game. When he's knocked over, he HAS to take damage no matter what. If he takes the hit, it will lead to a combo, if he reversal DFA's, he'll take damage from whatever jumping normal you used, if he blocks, free EPD. Remember that almost everything War can do in neutral is either punishable or easily countered by Chrome. Heavy and light turning uppercuts can be punished with Electric Pile Driver on block when done close enough. And even if the War does it far to make it safer, there's almost nothing he can do to capitalize on it. When you're zoning, It's your main opening to knock War down, and once you do, the match flips almost entirely in Chrome Dome's favor. War will get safe jumped on for the entirety of the match, and even if he does a reversal DFA to counter throw attempts, you can still just jump in on him again to start the process all over. Never give War any chances to play an annoying game with his pokes. Establish a life lead, play lame, and the match is over. Remember that if he's dizzied once, you can grab loop him to death.
- Theorized to be 7 - 3
The main game plan in this matchup is to make Leo mess up and get unnecessarily aggressive. Try to establish a life lead before he can so you can make Leo come to you, not the other way around. There is almost no reason to get aggressive immediately at round start. Back up and try to analyze whether the Leo plays offensive or defensive. An offensive Leo is what you want. His awesome jumping heavy punch is indeed a threat for Chrome Dome, but if the Leo is just mindlessly jumping in with it, it becomes an opening. Anti-air with a late Chrome Spark and slowly build up his dizzy. If the Leo is dizzied once, the game is over. Grab loop him until death. Take advantage of Leo's somewhat mediocre DP by purposefully jumping outside of its range and baiting it when he's in the corner. On the topic of the corner, this is the main place Leo does not want to be. If you're playing against a defensive Leo, focus on pushing him there and baiting Roto Cutter as mentioned before. "Baiting" it involves safe jumping, and shimmying around. One blocked Cutter can be the round. This match seems easy at a very basic level, but good Leos will definitely be a challenge. Don't give him any chances.
- Theorized to be 6.8 - 3.2
Very similar to the Leo matchup in terms of the general game plan, but you want defensive Don instead of an offensive one. This is mostly because of Ground Claw and its slow startup which makes it much easier for Chrome to get a good read and push Don into the corner. Against an offensive Don, you want to watch for jump-ins. Most Dons will opt to use j.hp and Belly Flop as their go-to jumping normals. For those, you want to anti-air with b.hp or block so you won't risk trading. Dance Attack (Headspin) is a threat, and it is the main thing that makes this match slightly better for Don than Leo. Since Chrome's jump is slow, most of your attempts to pressure Don by jumping in will be punish with a well timed Headspin. It's the main reason why you want to avoid jumping in on Don without purpose. Instead, try to figure out how and when the Don is using Headpsin and start baiting them out. With Bo Thrust, make sure to watch out for Don's overextending it, as it is only punishable when mashed longer than needed. When Don is in the corner, do the same as you would with Leo. Poke him with your buttons and Dive Kick to stop Headpsin attempts, and keep him in block strings with Chrome Spark to fish for a dizzy. Don has no good reversals to escape the corner safely.
- Theorized to be 6.5 - 3.5
The main thing to note about this matchup is Aska's great Kochou No Mai (DP). Because of its fantastic priority and invincibility, you have to play around it and be patient. You want to do this while also not allowing her to get too close and start her shenanigans. If you do get a knock-down, try not to pressure her too much. Try and analyze how the Aska uses their DP. If they're greedy with them, bait it and go for a punish. If they respect your advances and let you jump in, take advantage of that and proceed to pressure her. Chrome Dome excels in the middle screen in this matchup because of his good pokes. Keep Aska there and don't let her get too close. If the Aska gets in and does a close Hyabusa, remember that it can be punished with a well-timed EPD.
- Theorized to be 6 - 4
Like a lot of Chrome's other matches, at round start, you want to try to back up and analyze the Raph. What you want is a defensive Raph who jumps back a lot so you can push him in the corner; a place where he doesn't want to be. Dealing with a defensive Raph can be fairly difficult, though. You can be somewhat aggresive, but make sure not to be so aggresive that you essentially kill yourself. Jumping heavy punch is a good normal for calling out some of his far anti-airs, and jumping light punch is a good normal for trading with Chest Buster if you make an incorrect jump-in. Never jump-in when you're close to Raph, his amazing cr.hp will beat almost everything you throw out. When you're that close, the goal is to pressure him into making a mistake. A small one being Power Drill, and a big one being Chest Buster. Since those two moves are an essential part of Raph's tool kit, a lot of the match involves working around these moves and baiting them to get the advantage. For Power Drill, the safest way to work around it is to neutral jump with a normal like j.lp. but you can also try jump back and try to get a punish which is slightly riskier. If you get a punish on Drill, try your best to close the gap on Raph to increase your chances of putting him in the corner. As mentioned above, blocked Power Drills can be punished with an EPD, but the timing is strict. For Chest Buster, in most scenarios you can simply punish it with a lp throw. This leads into the redizzy, which is the match. If the Raph is ever pushed to the corner, this is your chance to take the round. The plan is to continuously harass Raph and take advantage of his lack of safe reversal options. This involves doing jump back lp or nj.hks to call out Power Drill, cr.hp into Chrome Spark to keep him in block strings, and b.hp to punish his attempts to jump out. Remember that you need to be correctly spaced so Chest Buster will either be blocked, or whiff completely. Keep in mind that if Raph dizzies you from midscreen, he can punish you from the left side with his redizzy, so avoid that at all costs.
Vs. Chrome Dome (self)
- 5 - 5
This matchup is basically just a big game of "who wins neutral". Play patient and let the Chrome Dome come to you. Anti-air him every time and build up small damage this way. Capitalizing on the opponents mistakes is huge in this matchup; a big one is bad Chrome Sparks that allow you to jump in for a quick knock-down combo. Don't be afraid to utilize some of Chrome's grounded pokes to punish bad moves. A funny thing to note is that this is the only matchup where EDP can really be challenged, obviously because your opponent has access to the same move. When you go in for okis, make sure to poke around outside of its range with your longer normals. Keep this knowledge in mind for when you're in disadvantaged states, too. If the opponent ever tries to do EPD setups, you can steal their turn and counter with you own. The match becomes a mess when both Chrome Domes are fighting for EPD, so always change it up a little by taking advantage of Chrome Sparks invincibility, and fighting for the life lead so you can start zoning safely again.
- Theorized to be 5 - 5
Shredder's amazing normals and special moves can be a huge problem for Chrome Dome, so this matchup mostly revolves around working around and punishing them. Chrome Dome rarely gets the chance to jump in safely on Shredder because of Knee Crush, so this forces him to play a somewhat defensive game. The crazy thing about this though, is that a defensive Chrome Dome can be very problematic for Shredder. In neutral, you should utilize lp Chrome Sparks, as the slow movement makes it hard for Shredder to properly Aura Crusher through them on reaction. From there, it's just another one of those matches that involve making the opponent make mistakes and punishing said mistakes. As mentioned before, Chrome Spark in general is very important in this match. It can works as an anti- Aura Crusher move, but be prepared for Shredders to go through it with its invincibility frames. When you have this in mind, you will find out that you can sweep him out of the Crusher and put him back where he doesn't want to be. Against defensive Shredders who like to reflect your Sparks, remember that every time he does it and you read it, you can jump in for free damage. Despite this, unless you are really in need of extra damage, it is recommended that you stay where you are and throw another Spark to counter the reflection. Make sure to switch between light and heavy Chrome Spark to keep the Shredder guessing, but remember that he can do the same mind games on you. For instance, if you throw out a Chrome Spark, the Shredder reflects it, and then you throw out another one to nullify the first, Shredder can can hit you with Aura Crusher during its recovery and start bullying you. This "Rock, Paper, Scissors" aspect of the matchup is what evens it out. Play the smarter game, watch the Shredders habits, and play around them.
Vs. Wing Nut
- Theorized to be 4-6
Funny matchup because in theory, it’s bad for BOTH Wingnut and Chrome Dome depending on who has the advantage. At its simplest, the matchup involves WN zoning. Chrome Dome struggles until he gets in, then he can end the round. Your game-plan should be bully your way in and STAY THERE. There are a couple of things Chrome Dome can do to make getting in a lot less miserable. The safest and most common option is to take to the skies and kick him in the face with jump-forward heavy kick. This is a good option because it does two jobs at one. It moves you forward, and hits WN, granting damage. The problem with this option is that if you are read whatsoever and punished with a trade air-to-air, air-to-air, or anti-air, you have to start all over again. Use it when you’re confident. Dive kicking, jumping over off of a read, Chrome Sparking through, and walking under Moon Busters are important options for patient Chrome Dome players who want to capitalize on sloppy MBs. You get no damage, but you get closer to Wing Nut, which can be round-ending. Be sure to always watch where, and which MBs are being thrown. You can catch many habits and get good positioning for whenever you do advance. Never try to forward jump a Moon Buster on reaction. You’ll get hit every time. When you are advantaged, continuously jump in on WN and prevent him from playing the game. There are some pretty nasty option selects you can use on him in this situation, but the best one is probably jump hp into cr.hp XX EPD. If Wing nut blocks the string, you’ll get EPD for an unavoidable sequence. If he doesn’t block, you get the knockdown, and will keep your turn.
[ LP Grab > jHP 2LK-2LK-2LK-2HK (dizzy) ] x ∞
Chrome Dome has a throw loop vs. the turtles.
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