What is Frame Trapping? [Gaming Definition, Meaning]

When you’re playing any video game that has competitive elements you want to win, it’s simply human nature. This couldn’t be any truer in the fighting game scene. Players who wish to excel at a tournament level or even on ranked matches will learn what works in a fighter and what they can exploit to help them win a match. Now if you’re a newbie to the fighting game scene or are trying to master the ropes, you may have heard of something called frame trapping. Well don’t worry folks, we here at Honey’s Anime are going to train you in the fighting game world with our What is Frame Trapping article.

Now you may be wondering how are we going to help you understand what frame trapping is? Well, we’re glad you asked that, new student of Fighting Game Terms 101. Down below we are going to have several games listed with explanations on how frame trapping works in them. This way you can at least visualize what a fellow gamer does in these popular fighting games and how they utilize the frame trapping technique. After you read these examples, you’ll have a better understanding of how some pros make it so far in the fighting game scene and maybe you’ll be able to excel yourself after some tough training. Now then, put that hand on the mouse and get ready to read ahead to train your mind in the gaming term known as frame trapping.

Perfect opportunity

Ever hear the saying “strike while the iron is hot”? Well, frame trapping works in that sense very well. The idea is that you’re looking for a means to trick your opponent into thinking they can attack you, but in reality, you’re going to have the edge. In the fighting games down below, this can work wonders to unleash powerful moves when either you’re cornered or when you’re fooling your enemy into believing you are. Frame trapping is one of the best tricks in any fighting game to get a much needed edge in battle. Now, if you’re still confused hopefully our examples in the form of Tekken 7 and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 will alleviate that.

1. Tekken 7

  • System/Platform: Arcade, PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2015

Once more the G Corporation and Mishima Zaibatsu are at each other’s throats and once more, their war is spewing out towards the innocents. After another one of their internal wars breaks out into the streets a young journalist finds his family destroyed as collateral damage. Deciding to record the war and show the world what’s going on behind the scenes of their everyday lives, the journalist goes into the fray and looks for those who hold power in the two factions. The journalist will realize however that this war brewing isn’t just a simple one and the stakes are higher than ever before for all who are involved. The two powers are fighting to gain control of a power that could destroy the world if left uncontrolled.

Tekken 7 is a great example of modern day frame trapping at its finest. Characters like newcomer Katarina have loads of frame traps to exploit with some of her strong kicks and moves. Frame trapping in Tekken 7 can really allow a player to launch deadly combos or even use the new Rage Arts in a tight situation. This is one of the best new fighters to launch on consoles and with it only releasing recently there’s plenty of room for you to go online and master frame trapping once you get a hang of it on practice mode or in the other various modes. Go and check out Tekken 7 as soon as you can so you can enjoy the lively community and learn the most about frame trapping from firsthand experience.

TEKKEN 7-Extened Trailer (E3 2016) (Official Trailer)

2. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

  • System/Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom, Eighting
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2011

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 aims to bring an enhanced version of the original. Fans will get to once more create their ultimate teams which fuse the world of Marvel and Capcom together in a grand fighting arena. Several new fighters join the fray such as Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider for the Marvel side and Nemesis T-Type and Frank West for the Capcom side to name a few. Newcomers can enjoy the great single player still or hop online to duke it out with friends or strangers. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is revamped with new gameplay fixes and plenty of new visual flairs to make it the definitive version. Now get ready to show the world who is the better cast of fighters in this ultimate world breaking mash up!

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a great example of frame trapping. With 36 selectable characters, a lot of fighters have certain strengths and speed that players will need to know. Take for example Vergil, who has moves that give him an outer ring of defense in the form of swords, and if a player is smart, they can lure an opponent towards them while guarding and unleash that for some serious combos. There are several other examples but we’d be here all day if we explained them all. The best way to learn about the characters for yourself is to see how they work in either single player settings or training modes and then go online to play against others. Also don’t be afraid to utilize online forums to seek other player’s wisdom for specific characters. Besides being a great game to learn frame trapping in, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a fun title with plenty of reasons to love it even now before Marvel Infinity releases.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Trailer (Official Trailer)

Do the math!

A lot of us here at Honey’s Anime cringe at the word math. However, in fighting games math is actually a pretty important aspect of getting better, especially if you wish to use frame trapping to your advantage. The idea is that every button press and movement has a slight delay in response from your controller or fight stick to the game itself. This is the fundamental in understanding how to trick another opponent into thinking they have the advantage. In the game we’re about to mention—which stands as one of the most famous for frame trapping—learning how each character’s individual timings work is the key to a nice you win screen. That’s why for our final example we look at one of the most well-known fighting games in the form of Street Fighter V.

3. Street Fighter V

  • System/Platform: PS4, PC
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom, Dimps
  • Release Date: Feb 16, 2016

M. Bison is once again hoping to use his organization—known as the Shadaloo—to take control over the world. However, various fighters are aiming to stop M.Bison such as the once deceased Charlie Nash and the Interpol warrior Chun-Li. Ryu meanwhile is still training his body to rid himself of the evil Satsui no Hadou before it can consume his soul. Though when Ryu is approached by old friends to help take down M.Bison, even Ryu knows that his training will have to wait. A new tournament is brewing in the world but this time the winner may lead the world to a despair unlike any other.

Our last example for frame trapping comes in the form of the world famous Street Fighter series but in particular Street Fighter V. The latest entry in the Street Fighter series still harkens to all the components of the past entries but that doesn’t mean veterans won’t have a thing to learn about the new implements such as the V-Trigger moves or V-Skills. Players will need to learn how to avoid being locked into combo strings by quick jabs and punches by learning the timing each moves takes for each character. Ryu and Chun-Li for example each have different speeds and players will need to really learn who can launch out a punch faster than the other one. Luckily what we love about Street Fighter V is the practice mode is more robust than ever allowing players to slow the combat down and really learn the timing needed behind each punch and kick. Street Fighter V is one of the best games to learn the more subtle math based concepts of frame trapping and we know you’ll love it too if you’re in dire need of any help you can get.

Street Fighter V- E3 2015 Trailer | PS4 (Official Trailer)

Final Thoughts

Fighting games may be fictitious in nature but they contain a lot of real world fighting elements. If you want to win in a boxing match or a martial arts tournament you need to learn to read your opponent and make what you have available work, as long as you’re not breaking the rules though. Frame trapping is exactly that, use the game’s mechanics in your favor to help gain an edge in a battle and if you can learn to master this, then before long you may be standing on the podium of the next Evo tournament. Now then grasshopper, our gaming lesson has come to a close for today. However, do not fret as we here at Honey’s Anime will continue to teach those who wish to learn even more lessons as long as you return to our site. Commenting down below also helps out as we can hear what you feel you need to know more in the world of gaming definitions.

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