With our controllers you have the ability to actuate both Left and Right at the same time. This is what we call an SOCD (Simultaneous Opposing Cardinal Directions). Our default setting for Left + Right SOCD is "Neutral" meaning the controller outputs a 'center' position for the directions. This offers the opportunity for many interesting things that we'll showcase with Rivals of Aether. Note: Though this blog showcases Smash Box, the same ideas apply to Hit Box as well.
For more info on SOCD, check out our Introduction to SOCD and Resolutions.
If you have any questions about Rivals on Smash Box, be sure to join our Discord and hop into the #rivals-of-aether channel. Also be sure to explore the "Smash Box" and "RoA" tags at the bottom of the post for more How-To content.
When "SOCD" is stated in input transcripts, this means "Left + Right."
This is the default button layout we are using.
Run Cancel into Walk
With SOCD you can cancel a Run into a Stand. From there you can go into anything.
Hold Forward > SOCD > X2/Tilt 1/Tilt 2 + Forward
Run Cancel into Tilt Stick
You can even go straight into Tilt Attacks with Tilt Stick.
Hold Forward > SOCD > C-Stick
Run Cancel into Jab and Up/Down Tilts
If you have the Strong Attack option OFF in Rivals, you can go into tilts directly too.
Jab: Hold Forward > SOCD + A
Up / Down Tilt: Hold Forward > SOCD + Up/Down + Attack
Run Cancel into Forward Tilt
Very similar to above, but in order to prevent a dash attack we're going to hold a tilt modifier to guarantee the tilt attack.
Hold Forward > SOCD > X2/Tilt 1/Tilt 2 + Forward + Attack
Neutral Special from Run
SOCD Neutral also works for Specials. Here we can run right into a Neutral Special.
Hold Forward > SOCD + Special
Turn Around Neutral Special
We can use the same idea from above to actually force which direction we're facing with the Neutral Special.
Go Forward > Press Back > SOCD + Special
Go Forward > Jump > Press Back > SOCD + Special
Walk into Dash
You can even get a Dash directly out of a Walk.
Start a Walk with a Modifier (either X2, Tilt 1, or Tilt 2):
Hold Forward > Release the Modifier > Tap SOCD > Forward
Pivots can be quite difficult, but with SOCD Neutral you can hone in on the precision that you need.
Dash Forward > Dash Back >> INSTANTLY SOCD + Jump
Note: This could be easier for some by having Tap Jump on and using Up as your Jump button.
If you have any more questions, please check out our "How To" blogs as well as the #rivals-of-aether channel in our Discord - all linked below.
May your inputs be blessed,