Devil Jin is considered a Top Tier character in Tekken 7 and he has some really strong moves. Although I personally believe that he has few moves as compared to other top tier characters such as Dragunov but all those few moves are enough to beat the opponent.
As I have been playing with Devil Jin for months, I have learned many things. I haven’t reached rank more than Vindicator but my experience can still be beneficial for the newbies who are struggling to understand how Devil Jin works. In the start, I was too confused because I didn’t knew what move to perform at what time. But I have now understood Devil Jin’s basics properly to confuse the opponent just like some Pro players do.
Note that I still can’t perform proper wavedash as it needs a lot of practice and I like to contribute more time towards Dragunov and Lei Wulong. But this doesn’t mean that those who can’t wavedash cannot use Devil Jin effectively. In fact, there are some fast confusing moves I have been using for a long time now that work 90% of the time if your opponent is in the Green or even Yellow ranks. So, let’s start right now!
Mixing Up Hell Sweep with UF 4
If you do a lot of hell sweeps, your opponent will crouch more and the risk of doing hell sweep again and again will be devastating as it is launch punishable. Of course, you can’t do it very fast at beginners level by first performing wavedash. So, the best way is to mix it up with UF 4. This can be achieved if you successfully perform the very first hell sweep with the combo.
After following up, perform hell sweep again if you are confident that the opponent will not duck and this, of course, should be done with a little bit of delay as he can stand up followed by an immediate crouch. I have seen that some of the opponents always think that if you do the hell sweep 2 times in a row, you will perform it the 3rd time a row, but you can do a UF 4 instead this time which will be a guaranteed follow up Back 4.
Make sure that you never do the hell sweep and UF 4 alternatively because it’s more likely that they will block them. Instead, do hell sweep or UF 4 2-3 times in a row.
Devil Jin has some moves that can be delayed but the best of those are the mid-ones that include the Laser Scrapper, Back 1, 2, FD 1, 2 and more. Laser Scrapper is the best tracking mid-move that is hard to avoid while sidestepping and at the same time, the opponent can’t duck. You can delay the 2nd and the 3rd hit if you want because that makes the opponent think that you won’t perform the last hit and many times it hits. But doing all the 3 hits everytime won’t let you hit the 3rd punch and in case your opponent understands how it works, he will sidestep and punish you.
So, instead use the first two hits most of the time and mix it up with the 3rd hit especially when they are near a wall resulting in a wall splat. Similarly, you can delay the 2nd hit with the FD 1, 2 which targets the mid-section and your opponent might break his defense if you bait him by performing FD 1 a few times before executing the full string.
The short wavedash into a different move
If you don’t know how to wavedash, then do not worry. A continuous fast wavedash confuses the opponent into what DJ would be doing next. This makes the opponent stand in confusion until Devil Jin performs his HellSweep or EWGF. But if you can’t perform it, then you can do one thing: Perform a single wavedash and press Forward after it to get to the neutral position with a free FF state where you can perform a demon palm or Lazer Scrapper. Many times the opponent duck in fear of a hellsweep or an electric but the mid attack will break their defence.