Viewtiful Joe Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Moves, Combos, Strategy Guide

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February 21, 2011 at 10:07 p.m. PST

Viewtiful Joe Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Moves, Combos, Strategy Guide

Character Overview
This guide is not complete, please check back for new information over time.

Viewtiful Joe is an outstanding offensive rushdown character, he also has a very small hit box which allows him to avoid some attacks that the bigger fighters cannot.

He had a weak defensive game in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, he's much improved in this area.

Joe's primary drawback is that his moves do not have much range and he has slightly below average stamina.

But his outstanding aerial moves, quick movement speed and excellent projectile have made him a solid character in the early builds of the game.

Special Moves

Voomerang (Projectile)
70,000 - 150,000
70,000 - 150,000
70,000 - 150,000


Viewtiful Joe throws out a boomerang with a really big hot box. This is his projectile attack.

This move can be charged by holding down the button you used to execute it for one second. Doing so will make this projectile gain tracking properties, so you can throw it at your opponent and have it track them down.

If this move works that same way it did in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, then when it's thrown from the ground the Light version travels straight ahead. If you charge it the whole way, then it will pass through the opponent and come back around (usually off-screen) to hit them again.

The Medium version travels about half a screen's distance forward before it flies upward. If charged, then it comes down and descends on the opponent for a second hit.

The Hard version travels above and behind Joe, and is actually a really good anti-air. If charged, it comes back from behind Joe and auto-tracks the opponent just like all the other charged versions.

From the air, almost all the properties are the same other than the Medium version, which now travels forward and then down instead of up. The charged Medium version then travels forward to home in on the opponent.

Bomb Toss (Shocking Pink)

Joe tosses out a bomb that explodes a few moments later. Holding down the button used to execute this move will delay the bomb from being thrown. You can hit these with your Voomerangs.

Be careful because you can be hit by your own bombs.

Red Hot Kick


Joe does a slicing kick in the air. The Light version travels straight down, Medium at down-towards angle and Hard is angled the same way as medium, but it hits multiple times. Unlike the Light and Medium versions, a Hard Red Hot Kick is not an overhead attack and can be blocked high or low.

Groovy Uppercut

Joe performs an Dragon Punch-like move leading with his helmet. You can combo after connecting with this, even following up with another Groovy Uppercut.

You can control the angle this flies up at.

(Mash attack button)
Auto Combo (Air Joe)

Similar to E. Honda's Hundred Hand Slap move from the Street Fighter games, mashing an attack button while airborne will make Viewtiful Joe do a series of fast attacks.

You can combo into this after landing a Groovy Uppercut.

Hyper (Super) Moves

Desperado (Level 1)


Joe fires off a huge gun. This is much easier to combo with than it was in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

Viewtiful God Hand (Level 1)


Mach Speed (Level 1)
252,000 - 286,000


Mach Speed fires off a series of rapid attacks, it's possible to combo your opponent after landing this.

Notable Normal Moves

Jumping Hard Punch
This is a great cross up attack and all around it's one of Joe's best moves. Great hit box, easy to set up combos with. You'll be using this a lot.

Type Move Class Angle
A Voomerang Shot
B Groovy Uppercut Direct
Y Bomb Toss Shot

Move Legend
— Press any Attack Button (Light, Medium or Hard)

— Light Attack

— Medium Attack

— Hard/Heavy Attack

— The Exchange/Air Combo button

— Press two of the Attack Buttons at the same time.

Costume Colors
Viewtiful Joe's main costume colors in Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Contributions to this guide by Nyoronoru, SFilp, FlashExplosion, nuRadical, SmokeRulz, Ragionus, NekoStar, Raijin, Cyclone_Arkana, Janomy, Kanta Kun, Bad_Ken, TomatoHat, Poll Dog, FeelmissUU, Trintin, Akasha, Kevinex and x Who Is Alpha.


Jeremy092387 said on October 7, 2010 at 3:05 a.m.

Really looking forward to playing Joe. He sounds vastly improved than his TvC incarnation.I'm still wondering on an aspect of his Red Hot Kick, I noticed he has his flaming dragon version. How is that executed?

I'm also assuming his Mach Speed still is the same motion. Anyone know if you can still combo after it? It looks like it can, but to my knowledge it hasn't been confirmed by anyone.

Thanks for the guide and keep up the good work.

FlashExplosion said on October 7, 2010 at 3:29 a.m.

@ jeremy092387: im not sure about your red hot kick question, however as for mach speed, yes you can still combo after that,
watch this video...
mach speed is at 0:46 and you can see him starting to combo afterwards :) hope it helped you,
and eventhubs, you forgot to put joes mach speed as a hyper?

rogeromega said on October 7, 2010 at 4:19 a.m.

@jeremy092387: in viewtiful joe (the game) i recall the flaming dragon red hot kick being, slow-motion red hot kick during which you zoom in.

Catalyst said on October 7, 2010 at 10:22 a.m.

Thanks, added a new in there about Joe's Mach Speed Hyper.

nuRadical said on October 7, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.

I played Viewtiful Joe at the Chicago Fight Club and I'm pretty sure his Slow-mo Punch is a level 1 Hyper. But, then again you don't have to believe me, I have no proof. It's probably in his gameplay vids

GerarRv said on October 7, 2010 at 4:29 p.m.

I have a question. V.Joe's Slow and Zoom was remove of he's moves?

Yeah it's a stupid question because the games if not out yet and that hyper it's floopy and hard to get into a combo.

SmokeRulz said on October 7, 2010 at 7:54 p.m.

I think Seth basically confirmed that Desperado and God Hand are his Level 1s. That makes me think that Mach Speed has become his new Level 3... which is fine by me.

JustJoeKim said on November 25, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.

when i played viewtiful joe on NYCC2010, the input for the viewtiful god hand was a quarter back, and two buttons, and mach speed was the dragon punch input, both level 1's.

julious said on December 11, 2010 at 2:33 p.m.

He's going to be my main for sure he has short range but he's quick.

Acuddlyowl said on December 31, 2010 at 5:47 p.m.

@ #7
Mach Speed appears to be a level 1 super
His gameplay/reveal Video shows him use it and it only takes 1 bar. but They could change it in the final version. who knows V.Joe Might have 3 Supers and 1 Hyper...or no hyper at all :(

Mr_Clack said on February 1, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.

Viewtiful God Hand...I wonder where they came up with that name?

cvs said on February 4, 2011 at 1:52 a.m.

@11 idk but that name so owns!

Yakitsukuse said on February 4, 2011 at 4:51 a.m.


Lol I think #11 was being sarcastic. Clearly that is an homage to God Hand, which was developed by the same studio as VJ and Okami.

Hakansoilbarrel said on February 4, 2011 at 5:55 a.m.

(Fires off a huge gun? That's not just any 'huge gun', it's Six Machine! With Sylvia in it! And those aren't just any bombs! They're Shocking Pink!)

YoshinatorZ said on February 5, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.

I wish he had his Slow and Zoom ultra from Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom. Joe is fun to play as. I'll probably play as him every once in a while. Possibly until I unlock Taskmaster.

kevinex said on February 28, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.

You should mention that hard red hot kick doesn't go straight foward like in tvc, it dives downwards like the medium one, but with a 3 hit flame kick, which can be comboed afterwards. And also mentioning that shocking pink can be pushed by voomerangs and hits, and maybe a warning saying that it's possible for yourself to get hit by it.
PS: I find vjoe jumping Heavy attack got nerfed, i liked the 3 hit kick thing, it was better for pressure, i dun know anymore tho.

portalsofmadnes said on August 25, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.

Me and my boy vJoe have punched sooooo many fools in the kidney online...i have a special place in my heart for that little fu#ker.

TheTierCritic said on December 8, 2012 at 9:56 p.m.

Ah Viewtiful Joe. One of the best fighters for air combos in the game. Especially with his air B attack. He's also pretty fast, and he can seriously hand the opponents butt to them. One of my favorite fighters in the entire game right here.

"Slow! You like that?" - Vewtiful Joe


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