Consider myself a Hugo specialist. Now, saying this, I’ll tell you as forwardly put as possible. If you’re opponent is decent, you’re going to take damage getting in, just know this ahead of time and don’t get frustrated. Using charged lariatxx fwd. dash to get through fireballs is good, just use it sparingly. Depending on the situation, if my opponent is running away I’ll purposely jump onto fireballs and tech roll forward. Again, use it sparringly. Nobody is going to go toe-to-toe with a Hugo unless the matchup is ridiculously in their favor or he’s got zero meter(i.e: Chun Li), so you’re going to be chasing alot. This means he’s not very good to start with.
So you need need to partner him with 1 of 2 things:
–Someone who can zone
–Someone who can get in
Now, if you’re reads are typically good then once you’re in…you’re in. Quick charging lariats for punishing frequent backdashes are great, which leads into cr. jab, lp.clap, backbreak. Also, there is no jumping away from him either while you have meter. EX backbreaker shuts this tactic down. In regards to him being crossed up easily, lk.backbreak will keep people honest if their jump ins aren’t precise, and if they are, then EX backbreak (it’s 100% anti air, even on your wakeup).
Good pressure building tactics are:
cr. lk > lp.clap x3 (100 damage in chip) Doesn’t link, it frame traps. Consider this more of a scrub killer rather than an advanced tactic as alot of players take big damage (alot of counter-hits)from trying to hit buttons.
cr. lk > lp.clap, dd.mk x2 (Hits overhead) This will bring you in close enough for a free jump in with splash (HP) (against anyone without a 3fr reversal) that typically will crossup.
[*]cr. lk > lp.clap, cr. jab > fwd. dash cr. jab, 360. (Useful against people who block alot or players you’ve trained to block against Tactic #1.)
Also, any splash you land in the air, regardless of how low to the ground you can always pick them up with cr.jab, lp.clap > backbreak. Doesn’t matter if it’s counter-hit or not. Hugo gets juggle potential from that always.
I would have been more thorough with this write up but I’ve got to get back to work. Lol hope this helped.