Competitive Mortal Kombat 11 is not for the faint-hearted. The game has a generous roster of characters all of whom have their strengths, weaknesses, frame data, and various tech. Learning to use a character requires extensive knowledge of all the options available to your character choice. Doing this on your own can be daunting, and that's why we want to offer a little help.
Here at DashFight, we are passionate about fighting games, both competitive and casual, and with top tournaments like Evo and CEO on the horizon, we thought it best to create a guide with which to help players get the best out of their characters. To this end, we've collaborated with an absolutely top player in JoshTQ, a British Erron Black player who has loads of tournament experience and is a proven winner. He will take you through all the things you need to know about Erron Black from the basics to the more advanced techniques that will surely improve you as a player and competitor.
The best buttons are vital moves for the character. These buttons could be used to improve a character's neutral game, pressure, anti-air, and so much more. So, for Erron Black, his best buttons look something like this:
1- This is an amazing anti-air button for Erron. Unfortunately, too many people ignore the value. It can be used in a number of situations and is a pretty handy tool to have.
2- The standing 2 button is a great pressure tool up close. Apart from that, it's great for whiff punishes and its quick startup makes it perfect to deal with lapses in the opposition.
B4- This is Erron's sweep and to be honest, it can be considered busted because of how good it is. It's -1 on block and the range is insane.
F4- Many people hate this move, but that's none of your concern. Thanks to this dropkick, Erron's neutral game is somewhat salvageable. It's a half screen overhead that's also safe on block and it even has a KB tied to it.
D1- This is primarily a poking move and it is one of Erron's best because of how quick it is (6f). It's a great tool to steal your turn back and even though it has been nerfed in the past, it is still a great resource.
Erron Black's Best Variation
Kustom variations are one of the most interesting mechanics in MK11 and their frequent use in tournaments means that players should pay attention to the best ones. So, here are Erron Black's best kustom variations according to JoshTQ
Cattle Toss (DBF1)
Scud Shot (DD3)
Locked and Loaded (BF4)
Erron Black's Best Strings
While strings are not the most crucial thing in a fighting game, they are certainly necessary, and having the optimal set of strings for various situations is an underrated skill. If you are using Erron Black, these are the strings you should probably look to master.
2, 1, 2, 1, 2- For greater consistency, you could input it this way: 2,1,1,1+2
B, 2, 2, 2
F, 3, 2- While great to use, it does have a flawless block gap that makes it a problematic string to use against an opponent familiar with the matchup
B, 2, U, 4- This also has a flawless block gap but is still quite successful as most people don't look for it
1, 1, 4
Erron Black's Gameplan
Fighting games have only become more and more strategic as time has passed. Therefore, you can't hope to win fights without some sort of game plan which utilizes your character's best resources to get the W.
Erron is quite versatile and can just about suit any playstyle you want. That said, his poor movement and zoning tools make him a good defensive character
Erron Black is also great on offense and can be played aggressively. At the end of the day, what really matters is your preference.
Erron Black's Bread and Butter Combos
These are the combos that make the character what they are. These combos are those you can whip out at any time and will serve you well in just about any situation.
Broken characters exist, but more often than not, they are nerfed and made mortal again. The truth is there is no perfect character. Everyone you pick has their strengths and weaknesses. Erron Black is no different, and here are some of the stuff he doesn't excel at.
His movement is not the best. While he has a decent forward dash, his back dash is nothing to write home about
His poking tools aren't so great.
His best strings are dial-in strings which are easily countered
His jump-ins are kinda weak
Erron Black Guide Conclusion
Slow movement aside, Erron Black has some really great buttons and is a great aggressive character. He might not be the easiest character to pick up, but with some perseverance and grit, you will an Erron Black expert in no time.