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Braixen
Braixen
Classification Fox Pokémon
Type Fire
Implied Gender Female
Style Standard
HP 540
Synergy Gauge Size 150CC
Stance Effects High: Charges Support Gauge.

Low: Avoids High Attacks.

Unlockability Starter
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Braixen is a playable Pokémon in Pokkén Tournament. She is the evolution of Fennekin and can evolve into Delphox. She is known as the Fox Pokémon. Braixen was initially exclusive to the Wii U version of Pokkén, but was added to the arcade version on July 20th, 2016 as part of version A14.

In Pokkén Tournament Edit

Overview Edit

Braixen is a Pokémon that is best used at range. She can buff her melee attacks for decent damage, but can also buff her range attacks, leading to better damage. Braixen has certain witch motifs, though she acts in a coquette manner, being brazen at the same time. Using her torch as a fighting stick, magic wand, and broom, she is capable of creating a fiery whip out of her torch.

Strengths Edit

Flexibility Edit

Braixen has a wide array of moves to play any style of game play, whether it may be from a long distance or at a closer range. The player would generally aim to zone the opponent from afar. She can move faster than most projectile-oriented characters to play a close-range game or escape from being cornered

Utilizing Support Pokémon Edit

Only Braixen is oriented towards boosting her Support Gauge to deliver powerful combos and smoothly integrate them in her maneuvers.

Weaknesses Edit

Raw Damage Edit

Compared to other fighters, Braixen usually lacks in raw power and often has a mediocre damage output alone. Furthermore, some of her non-buffed projectiles tend to be overpowered by other ranged moves such as Aura Sphere, Psycho Cut, or Psyshock.

Low HP Count Edit

With only having 540 HP, Braixen cannot tolerate moves with a very high damage output. Getting hit by a very strong attack may often leave her with half of her maximum HP, putting her in a disadvantage if the player is not careful.

Conclusions Edit

Braixen can play a long-ranged game by the use of projectiles, but can play a close-ranged game as well. Despite having only 540 HP and mediocre damage output, she still has the tools to mitigate her weaknesses by enhancing them, or calling assistance. By outmaneuvering the opponent, Braixen can quickly strike back with a punish, further improving her mix-up game.

Special Characteristics Edit

Support Cancelling Edit

A feature only unique to Braixen is being able to do a support call after certain moves, unlike other characters who require finishing their attack animations before calling a Support Pokémon. This effectively allows her to end or cancel her attack prematurely to make allow her to quickly move again to escape from being cornered, or continue her attack with a combo.

As such, recommended supports for her in offense/defense are Support Pokémon with fast start-up times such as Emolga, Snivy, or Umbreon.

Support Building and Sunny Day Edit

Support Building Edit

Her ability to do cancel moves by calling a support is complemented by another ability unique to her, namely the ability to fill her Support Gauge a bit faster by using any attack move. This semi-passive ability allows her to fill up her Support Gauge faster than the rest, which can be potentially used for early strikes or repeated support call at a much faster rate.

This can mitigate her lack of raw power by the help of status-boosting Pokémon such as Eevee, Victini or Mismagius, and low HP by constant healing from Togekiss or Espeon.

Sunny Day Edit

A move that puts Braixen into a powered-up state, allowing her to perform one enhanced Pokémon move. These enhanced Pokémon moves become more powerful by enlarging their hitboxes, hitting more times, increasing their damages, and gaining special properties. Sunny Day also fills up the Support Gauge by a small fraction as well.

If a Sunny Day is performed while already in a boosted state, Braixen will perform an Enhanced Sunny Day, providing her with a five-second boost in her Attack stat.

Synergy Burst Edit

Aesthetics Edit

Braixen glows in a light shade of pink with stars and sparkles floating around her, similar to her enhanced state. Her torch obtains a few floating rings near the flame as well.

Character-Specific Burst Mode Effects Edit

On Synergy Burst mode, Braixen moves faster than her standard running speed. Most importantly, all Pokémon moves used in this state are always enhanced, eliminating the an initial need to use Sunny Day to enhance them.

Burst Attack - Psyfirecracker Edit

Braixen shoots out a ribbon-like spiral directly in front of her at a medium range, wrapping the opponent in a ball. She then releases spheres with star and heart motifs, and launches them at the opponent, accompanied with firecracker explosions.

Move ListEdit

Standard Moves Edit

Universal Edit

These moves behave almost the same way in both phases, with a few minor technical difference between each phase.

Input Name Description Notes Damage
X + A Counter Attack Braixen stands on one foot and parries back. Causes crumple on Critical Hit. 50
X + Hold A Counter Attack: Charge Braixen holds her counterattack stance much longer. Causes crumple on hit. 80
Y + B Grab Attack Braixen whips the foe in Field Phase.

Braixen smashes the foe with a screen of light in Duel Phase.

Fills the support gauge and automatically enhances one Pokémon move. 90 (Field Phase)

80 (Duel Phase)

Jump + Y Midair Weak Attack Braixen tosses one to four fireballs in the air. Can toss between one to four fireballs, depending on jump height. 10 per fireball
Forward + Y Ranged Attack Braixen uses her torch as a boomerang, hitting the foe multiple times.
  • Causes crumple when it hits at max range.
  • Can cancel certain projectiles.
80
Back + Y Backwards Weak Attack Braixen swings her stick like a golf club, releasing a fireball with an arcing trajectory.
  • Launches opponent.
  • In Field Phase, its direction can be changed by holding either left or right in the D-pad.
  • In Pokkén Tournament DX, this move now releases a small fireball.
  • The physical hit of the stick adds Phase Shift Points.
58 - 60 (Field Phase)

10 (Duel Phase)

Back + Hold Y Backwards Weak Attack: Charge Releases a fireball now similar to its Field Phase counterpart. 78 - 80
Back + X Back Strong Attack Braixen slides back to gain momentum and thrusts the opponent.
  • Causes crumple. Support cancel-able.
  • The sliding animation acts similar to a backwards dash step.
60
Jump + X Midair Strong Attack Braixen smashes the ground with her torch. Causes Phase Shift in Field Phase. 80
Jump + Hold X Midair Strong Attack: Charge
  • Launches the opponent slightly in the air, allowing combos to be performed.
  • Hits the opponent twice as many times.
110
Jump + R Midair Dash Braixen rides on her torch, using it like a flying broomstick.
  • Can transition to all midair attacks.
  • Direction of flight can be changed by pressing a direction.
Damageless

Field Phase Edit

Input Name Description Notes Damage
Y Ranged Attack Braixen tosses three fireballs. Can be cancelled by a Pokémon move or support call. 27
Left/Right + Y Side Ranged Attack Braixen tosses five fireballs while running sideways. Each fireball can be cancelled by a Pokémon move or support call. 40
X, X, X Homing Attack Braixen runs to the opponent and kicks them, and hits them with her torch twice.
  • Can crush grabs without fail.
  • Support cancel-able in Pokken Tournament DX.
20 + 20 + 40 (80)
X, X, Hold X Homing Attack: Charge Final hit can now break shields. 20 + 20 + 60 (100)

Duel Phase Edit

Input Name Description Notes Damage
Y, Y, Y Weak Attack Braixen jabs and hits the opponent three times. Support cancel-able and can be linked up with Pokémon moves. 20 + 16 + 42 (78)
Up + Y High Stance Weak Attack Braixen sweeps the space above her with her torch.
  • Anti-air move
  • Support cancel-able.
  • Can combo into certain moves in Pokkén Tournament DX.
60
Down + Y Low Stance Weak Attack Braixen hits the opponent with a low kick.
  • Can be cancelled by a Pokémon move or support call.
  • Can crush grabs without fail.
20
X, X Strong Attack Braixen pirouettes and hits the opponent. On the second hit, she swings her torch downwards, smashing the foe on the ground.
  • Launches the opponent on a lower height.
  • Support cancel-able.
40 + 72 (112)
Up + X High Stance Strong Attack Braixen hops, spinning her torch and damaging the opponent four times.
  • Evades low stance moves.
  • Can be cancelled by a Pokémon move (Flame Charge).
  • Can be cancelled by a mid-air dash.
  • Crushes grabs without fail.
20 + 20 + 20 + 30 (90)
Down + X Low Stance Strong Attack Braixen gets low on the ground and swipes the opponent's feet with her torch.
  • Support cancel-able.
  • Avoids high stance moves
  • Knocks down opponent when it hits.
  • In Pokkén Tournament DX, the window of time needed to evade certain mid-air attacks has been decreased.
60

Pokémon Moves Edit

Input

Name Notes Damage
A Psybeam Can perform a rolling maneuver in Field Phase by pressing left or right. Braixen becomes immune to projectiles during this rolling animation. 50
Hold A Psybeam: Setup
  • Tracks the foe's position on startup in Field Phase
  • Shoots the beam in a downward angle in Duel Phase.
50
Charge and release A Sunny Day Enhances one Pokémon move and increases Support Gauge. Damageless
Forward + A Fire Spin Trajectory can be changed with the D-Pad in Field Phase. 74
Forward + Hold A Fire Spin: Charge
  • Nearly doubles the height of the fire column.
  • Hits the opponent twice as many times as usual.
102
Back + A Fire Blast
  • Can combo into Sunny Day if B is pressed after input.
  • The non-expanded fireball stuns the foe on hit.
  • The fireball expands after travelling a short distance ahead.
57, 95 (fully expanded)
Jump + A Flame Charge 80
Up + A Flamethrower
  • Anti-air move
  • Can combo into Sunny Day if B is pressed after input.
120
Down + A Light Screen
  • Can combo into Sunny Day if B is pressed after input.
  • Defends against and counters ranged attacks.
  • Stuns the opponent on Critical Hit.
20

Enhanced Pokémon Moves Edit

Input

Name Enhanced Effect Damage
A EN Psybeam Adds a second projectile. 80
Hold A EN Psybeam: Setup In Duel Phase, the beams travel in a gentler slope. 80
Charge and release A EN Sunny Day Boosts the attack stat for five seconds. Boost duration stacks with repeated use. Damageless
Forward + A EN Fire Spin Can now launch opponents upward in the air. 103
Forward + Hold A EN Fire Spin: Charge 118
Back + A EN Fire Blast Fireball readily expands on contact with a projectile, on hit, and on block. 135, 114 (fully expanded)
Jump + A Flame Charge Adds small firecracker explosions on hit or block. 80 + 24 (with small explosions)
Up + A Flamethrower Enlarges hitbox and hits the foe twice as many times then usual. 160
Down + A Light Screen Adds two more discs of light, increasing its range. 40

Burst AttackEdit

Input

Name Notes Damage
L + R during Synergy Burst Psyfirecracker
  • Pierces counters
  • Increases Support Gauge to max
185

Version historyEdit

1.3Edit

  • Backward ranged attack guard breaks less easily.
  • Strong attack made to allow for combos on grounded opponents more easily.
  • Fire Spin made to guard break less easily.
  • Flame Charge can be avoided less easily.
  • Glitch fixed that prevented Braixen from being able to jump out of Light Screen.
  • Midair dash modified.
  • Glitch fixed that causes Support Pokémon to be unable to be called after burst attack.
  • Burst attack no longer guard breaks.

Trivia Edit

  • Two of Braixen's moves draw inspiration from Xianghua and Leixia's movesets in the Soul Calibur series.
    • Braixen's Duel Phase Strong Attack is a nod to the latter pair's Twin Rhythm move.
    • Her Backward Strong Attack is also a nod to their Vengeful Lian Hua move.
  • Braixen has the third lowest HP count in the game, tied with Gardevoir and Weavile.
  • Braixen does not have any command grabs, similar to Blaziken and Weavile.
    • Furthermore, she does not have access to any Piercing Attack, save for her own charged Counter Attack.
  • Mewtwo's Backward Ranged Attack visually resembles Braixen's Fire Spin.
    • This version of Fire Spin is not aim-able; it only targets the opponent's position on startup.
    • Its height is even greater than that of Braixen's.
    • It stuns the opponent on hit as well.
Characters in Pokkén Tournament
AegislashBlastoiseBlazikenBraixenChandelureCharizardCroagunkDarkraiDecidueyeEmpoleonGarchompGardevoirGengarLucarioMachampMewtwoPikachuPikachu LibreSceptileScizorShadow MewtwoSuicuneWeavile
Unlockable characters in the Wii U version in italics. Characters not in the Wii U version in bold.

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