A new year is a great time to pick up a new character and explore uncharted territory. Zato=1 (or Eddie in some past versions), has always been a stand-out character in the wacky cast. The puppet fighter has a few unique mechanics that mark his gameplay flow apart from others. While on surface he seems quite complicated, there are actually several mechanics that can help make some sense of Zato=1 and his shadow to enable effective rushdown.
The latest video from Drunkard Shade/novriltataki covers the interplay between Zato=1 and his shadow rather than going into combos. It’s a thorough breakdown of the ways to bring out the shadow and make it attack in tandem. There are several techniques that involve holding down buttons and releasing them (actually called “Negative Edging”). The video shows some methods, like developing muscle memory to keep fingers down on certain shadow attacks and knowing which Zato=1 moves have gatlings (normal attacks that cancel into other normals).
Check it out below, and if your eye has ever been on Guilty Gear‘s puppet character, he may be easier to pick up than he seems.