Wu Shang is a balanced, high dexterity Chinese monk legend featuring the Gauntlets and Spear as his weapons. He is unlocked for 5400 gold. Wu Shang wears a loose orange and gray outfit, and his bald head is complemented by a dark gray beard. Large blue prayer beads adorns his chest, and the remnants of heavy iron manacles can be seen on each wrist - a reflection of his years of imprisonment as a mortal. Enlightenment, bodily mastery and situational awareness are Wu Shang's main weapons in the tournament - having spent his life holding back during combat due to his pacifist nature, the Valhallan arena gives him an excuse to let loose his full potential, to devastating effect.
Wanderer, philosopher, master of cryptic riddles! - Mallhalla purchase description
- 1 Lore
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Moveset
- 4 Strategy
- 5 Skins
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Changelog
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
"Wu Shang is a wandering monk who has renounced his violent, mysterious past and walks the earth seeking enlightenment. He seeks to avoid attention, but each week, Wu Shang must use martial arts and ancient wisdom to solve problems in a new location." - Pitch for 'Karate Chop!' a TV series clumsily based on the life of legendary warrior monk Wu Shang
A brilliant and ruthless General led the Emperor's armies to victory after victory, but his heart was empty. One day he rose from his tent, stripped off his finery, and walked away from war and power. Penniless and in rags, he came to a monastery. The monks took him in and he took up the Way of peace, discipline, and martial arts.
As his mind grew clear, he realized he didn't need to kill and took the name Wu Shang. When the angry Emperor sent his agents to attack the temple, Wu Shang defeated a company of Imperial soldiers without hurting a hair on their heads.
To protect the monastery, Wu Shang took up a life of wandering, honing the soft powers of distraction and influence. He once concealed a hundred villagers in a single willow tree. He sneaked into the palace stable and turned the emperor's horse against him. He hid a bridge from an advancing army.
Having looked for Enlightenment in every corner of the world, Wu Shang let himself be captured. The Emperor's men shackled him deep inside a volcano. There in the dark, Wu Shang breathed in the silent energy of the mountain. His inner eye opened, and he found peace. Projecting himself outwards and away, he wandered the Astral plane until a Valkyrie led him to Valhalla.
Wu Shang follows the Way in Valhalla, and is delighted he can fight without killing. Kor is teaching him how to move platforms.
"This is not the Afterlife. I know because i breathe and I still seek Enlightenment. This is but another station in the Great Wheel." -Wu Shang, responding Bodvar's welcome to Valhalla
Wu Shang wears loose fitting orange robe with the sleeves removed and the waist tightly tied with a white belt and well-worn gray kung-fu pants also tightly tied at the calf with string. A string of large blue prayer beads adorns his chest, from shoulder to waist, and his otherwise bare feet are bound completely in tight white wrapping, showing his toes. The remnants of heavy iron manacles can be seen on each wrist - echoes of his long imprisonment on Earth. He maintains a bald head but grows a long, dark gray beard, and has strongly set nose and brow line that surrounds his pupil-less eyes.
The Iron Shackles
|Input||Description||Animation||Damage (against an opponent with 5 defence)||Stun||Frame Data||Notes|
|Neutral||A leaping spin-jump with both palms extended, turning Wu Shang into a whirl of energy. Carries Wu Shang forward a good distance.||This move can be chained at least somewhat reliably off of nearly all of the gauntlet's ground light attacks, though most reliably off of the grounded side-light (with a gravity cancel). It is also functionally very similar to his neutral spear sig.|
|Wu Shang steps into a low forward palm-strike with the rear gauntlet, followed by stepping again into a high uppercut palm strike with the forward gauntlet. Hitting with any part of this attack knocks the target up and back into the air and results in an immediate followup attack in the form of Wu flash-stepping after the flying target a fixed distance and delivering a third strike with the rear gauntlet at a downwards diagonal.||This move packs a lot of force and damage, though the third followup strike is easily waylaid by obstacles, walls and third-party attacks blocking Wu's jump or keeping his opponent from flying the correct distance. In addition, be aware of its short range.|
|↓||Wu Shang sweeps a circle around him, gathering energy inwards to his core, then expels it with dual horizontal palm strikes in both directions, hitting anything on either side. Targets struck by the initial sweep are gathered inwards towards the forward half of Wu Shang's center - if the attack is not charged, the dual palm strike automatically hits gathered targets, knocking them forwards. Wu Shang does not otherwise move during this attack.||Functions similarly to other moves that draw targets inwards for a hit, such as Cassidy's lasso, or Azoth's soul summoning. Unlike those attacks, Wu Shang's followup strike is always performed, regardless of whether a target was drawn in. The move begins charging only after the initial spherical move, making it useful for fake-out attacks or delayed surprise strikes.|
|Input||Description||Animation||Damage (against an opponent with 5 defense)||Stun||Frame Data||Notes|
|Neutral||Wu Shang performs a leaping side-flip forward, whirling his spear under his head as he does so. Carries Wu Shang forward a good distance. Striking with this attack results in an immediate followup swipe with the spear, knocking the target away horizontally and slightly up.||Functions similarly to his gauntlets neutral sig.|
|Wu Shang raises his spear up behind him, then half-turns, grinding the spear's butt forward against the ground and striking it like a flint, throwing sparks forward. This carries Wu Shang forward very slightly. If the spear of the sparks strike an opponent, Wu Shang follows by half-turning back into position, stabbing the spear viciously forward as he does so. This also carries Wu Shang forward very slightly.||Bears many similarities to Hattori's spear side sig, except with much less travel distance, but a more generous hitbox. Comes out very fast, yet requires you to get closer to hit the foe.|
|↓||Wu Shang hops up onto the shaft of his spear, balancing himself on the tip of the weapon before turning and bringing the spear around for a short, but powerful swipe with the spear at where he was standing a moment ago. If this move is charged, Wu Shang lifts himself onto the spear-point before charging.||An excellent move for catching an aggressive opponent off guard, or dodging an attack that goes close to the ground. Easily punished on a miss.|
|Weapon||Inputs||What it's useful for||Damage||Stun||Other notes||Example video(s)|
Use of Signatures
Matchup strategy against specific Weapons
- To add strategy text for a Weapon when editing, simply add the name of the weapon after a "|" within the Template brackets on a new line, followed by " = " and then your text (ex: |Spear = Watch out for the ground pound!). If text already exists, use the existing field.
Matchup strategy against specific Legends
- To add strategy text for a Legend when editing, simply add the name of the Legend after a "|" within the Template brackets on a new line, followed by " = " and then your text (ex: |Cassidy = Watch out for her down sig!). If text already exists, use the existing field.
- For a breakdown of level requirements for colors by legend, see Progression. For Legend Skin color variations, see individual Skin pages, above.
- Wu Shang's default weapons are The Iron Shackles (gauntlets) and the Qiang (spear).
- Wu Shang's bot name is Wu Shandroid.
- Wu Shang is the first Legend to have a proper name that is two words, not including an honorific or descriptor (ie Queen Nai). This fits, as the majority of Chinese proper names are two words.
- Wu Shang's character and lore are heavily inspired by numerous Chinese folk and historical tales of taoists, generals, and mythical figures.
- Qiang is the Mandarin Chinese term for "spear", and in particular is associated with the style of spear that Wu Shang wields.
- For changes that applied to weapons rather than individual Legends, see individual Weapon pages.
|Click to see changes to this Legend ->|
|2.21.0||• The gold cost for Wu Shang has been reduced to 5400!|
|2.20.0||• Wu Shang the monk has entered Brawlhalla!|
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