Pai Chan Dojo
Pai has traditionally been thought of the penultimate beginner's character.
In VF3, she was both easy to control and easy to win with. While the former
has not changed much in VF4--she can still be played in a mashing manner--AM2
made her out to be a much more technical character in VF4, and winning
with Pai now takes a little more skill, mental work, and intimate knowledge
of Pai's moves. At the outset, Pai seems like a character with great strikes
and throws, but she is well rounded with parries/reversals and a strong
ground game. While Pai is still a good character to start out with, she
now requires the advanced player to utilize her depth to be competitive
at the highest levels while still having a firm understanding of her basics.
WARNING / DISCLAIMER:
This Dojo is applicable primarily to Version B of Virtua Fighter 4, the
version in most arcades outside of Japan. The PS2 version of VF4 is Version
C, which is the version dominant in Japanese arcades. There are many subtle
differences between both versions, so in applying the information in this
Dojo to the PS2 version requires a grain of salt. Also, please keep in
mind that this Dojo was written when frame statistics were not published.
Be on the lookout for an upgraded Version C Dojo soon, hopefully. ice-9,
6/2/02 - Rewrote u or d+P+K move analysis.
1/2/01 - Tweaked Moves Analysis.
12/31/01 - First publication of moves analysis, flow charts, select combos,
step 1 strategy, links and resources.
Huge thanks to Hiro of New York for translating parts of the Red and
Black Book, and for his advice on play in general. A further thanks to
all the Pai players at Versus City and Bugis Junction. Thanks to TBzone
for a few of the combos, Virtua Project for some of the moves' names,
and Mr. Bungle for collating the counter document. Also many thanks to
the folks at Arcadia and Softbank for providing the Red and Black Book
As par the course, please respect the intellectual property rights of
the author. If you wish to use any part of the guide, please e-mail me
About the Author
My name is Jeffrey Yuwono, but my Internet alias is "ice-9."
I have not been playing VF4 long, but I am a dedicated VF3 player with
a competitive playing knowledge of all the characters. I am traditionally
known as a Kage player, which I am actually trying to shake as I see myself
more as an all-around player with a special affinity for the ninja (he
was the character I first picked, from the very first VF1). If you have
any feedback, questions, or insights into VF4 Pai, please do not hesitate
to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ice-9; published December 31, 2001; last updated December