These are various stategies discovered for the opponent Piston Honda 1. While some of these strats maybe doable in real time, these demo movies are Tool-assisted and demonstrate the strat in a frame perfect manner. These times present the fastest possible time that can be obtained with these particular strats.
The Bonzai Battering by adelikat
This was a strategy developed by me (adelikat) in 2005 to achieve the then world record of 43.97. It is a fairly random strat but is very doable in real time with enough patience. It was the first strat to achieve a sub 45 without the use of the random star punches that are demonstrated in the published TAS.
While this strategy is possible in real time this movie is Tool-assisted and represents a frame perfect version of this strategy. It achieves a 43.82 time.
(Credit goes to Matt Turk for the name of this strategy)
TODO: explain the strat
Sub 43 Strat by adelikat
Similar to my sub 44 strat, except it utilizes 1 random star punch. This makes it a far more unlikely strategy but still doable with enough patience. It demonstrates a feasible strat for going sub 43 on Piston 1 in real time.
While this strategy is possible in real time this movie is Tool-assisted and represents a frame perfect version of this strategy. It achieves a 42.82 time.
TODO: explain this strat
42.25 Strat by Sinister
This strategy utilizes one random star punch and the random energy refill and achieves a 42.25 time. It is the fastest human possible strategy known for this Fighter.
TODO: explain the strat, and calculate odds.
This strategy depends on 9 "Random jabs". All of these jabs have about a 1/32 chance of success. Thus, this strategy is unlikely to ever be reproduced unassisted.
Piston 1 is a very random fighter. His pattern has a lot of random variation, there is a random energy refill, and any punch to his face has a random chance of success!
The odds of getting the 48 Phase 3 refill instead of the usual 56 is precisely a 6/16 chance. It depends on the ending digit of the RNG (0x0018). If the digit is 3,4,5,B,C, or D, it will be a low energy refill; otherwise it is the high refill.