This powerful brawler can be a hassle, so we have all the tech you need against him
So, you want to fight against Jax! Jax is one of the veteran characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise first appearing in Mortal Kombat II. He has appeared in several iterations and even has a daughter who appears in later Mortal Kombat games, Jacqui Briggs. As a character, Jax is generally considered to be mid-tier, but this also means that in the right hands, he is a nightmare to deal with.
To take us through all the things you need to fight against Jax, we got a Jax expert, VideoGamezYo, to show us all the tips and tricks necessary to fight against this iron-fisted monster. VideoGamezYo is a highly accomplished player with high tournament placements and several tournament wins under his belt.
We will now look at all you need to defeat Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat 11.
How to Fight JAX Guide With VideoGamezYo
First things first, let us look at Jax's playstyle. Jax is for all intents and purposes a rushdown character. He has a 9f button which facilitates his aggressive moves and he loves to get in the opponent's face to finish them off. He can also vary his style a bit and zone when necessary. This is due to his projectile. However, he only has access to a projectile when he achieves 'Heat' which he can only obtain by hitting the opponent. Therefore, all his tools point towards getting up close against the enemy.
Apart from a 9f button (F3), Jax also relies heavily on the throw mix-up game and he has a couple of grabs that are able to mess with the opponent's brain. On top of that, he gets oki from both his forward and back grabs which helps him amp up the pressure on his foes.
Jax is a man with several weaknesses that can be exploited for your gain. In this section we'll be looking at them and what you can do to take advantage of them.
Weak Against Zoners
So, like with many rushdown characters, they don't fare so well against zoners. Zoners are able to keep opponents away with projectiles and other tools. This is especially bad for Jax who needs to be in your face to be effective. Even his zoning game requires him to hit opponents to have access to projectiles. So, keeping Jax away from you is one of the best ways to fight against him. If Robocop uses projectiles against him, Jax will have to deal with a lot of chip damage, and even when he gets in his face, Robocop can simply grab him, and use his shotgun to send him back to fullscreen.
Lacks Mix-up options
The two main things a rushdown character can do to you is either force you into a mind game involving combos and grabs, or they mix-up their offense to keep things unpredictable. With Jax, he lacks good mix-up options so has to rely on his grab game which makes him a lot easier to predict. You can react to his grabs and simply block his combos. Jax has a command grab that you can't block, but since his command grab is high, you can simply duck it and punish him with a U2.
As for specific tech you can use against Jax, there are a few and we'll examine some of them here.
- Jax's 3, 3, 1 string has a flawless gap on the third hit that allows you to punish rather easily. Wily Jax players will try to avoid this by going for a command grab rather than the third hit. The other option for a Jax player will be to use BF2, but this exhausts a bar.
- Jax's 2, 2 string also has a flawless gap which could be exploited
- F3 is an unsafe move. Not everyone knows this, but his F3 is -11 on block and can be punished with a faster button including jabs.
- Any move that cancels into 'Ripped' can be interrupted. 'Ripped' (DB4) is one of Jax's most popular launch attacks and it is able to do some damage. But, it can be interrupted and you can essentially 'steal' his turn. Once you see the animation, you can start your interruption.
- Also, Jax's F2, 2, 1, DB1 can be followed by a command grab, so, if you see him doing that, you can block, duck, and counter with U2.
- On the other hand, a Jax player may do F2, 2, 1, 1, DB4 which could catch you if you try something, but to counter this you can duck OS. This will require you to slightly let go of block on the fourth hit which will open up a chance for you to counter with a U2 KB.
- Both Kitana and Mileena can poke under that string. This means that anyone who has a low profile poke might be able to get under it
Generally, since Jax is a grab-heavy character, you can use a combination of uppercuts, duck OS, tech OS, and strike OS, to ensure that you can deal with most of his offensive gameplay.
Worst Match Ups
Jax's weakness against zoners means that there are quite a number of characters you can use against him. A few of the very worst are Robocop, Cetrion, Jacqui, and Kabal. Jax is generally bad against characters who have great neutral or are great zoners.
That's about it. Jax is a great rushdown character with some glaring holes in his offense that make him susceptible to cunning opponents. If you are a Jax main who wants to learn to play the character, you should check out our Jax guide.