Pile Driver (パイルドライバー Pairu Doraibā), called Jaguar Driver (ジャガードライバー Jag'ā Doraibā) in Japan when used by King I or King II, is a move which has been around since the first Tekken game, and is exclusive to the two Kings, the two Armor Kings, Roger/Alex and Roger Jr. Its notation is QCF+1. As of Tekken 3, the grab can be escaped with 1+2, and a late escape is possible when being held in the air, with the input being 3+4 in Tekken 3 through Tekken 4, or 1 as of Tekken 5.

Starting with Tekken 2, King I and II could chain a Pile Driver into a Double Arm Face Buster or a Boston Crab. The former move cancels the Pile Driver while the latter is performed after the Pile Driver as 2-hit combo.

The Jack series of androids also have an identically-named Pile Driver, but it is an actual Pile Driver, and is a lot more powerful than King's. The Jacks also have a version with the same input as the original Pile Driver, called the Pyramid Driver, although Prototype Jack is unable to perform either move outside of the arcade version of Tekken.

Trivia

  • In earlier move lists, Heihachi's Jumping Powerbomb was incorrectly referred to as a Pile Driver, including on Namco's official US Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament websites. In Tekken 2, Roger and Alex's versions of this move were correctly named however, and the move is referred to as a Jumping Powerbomb for all three characters in Tekken Tag Tournament's in-game move list on the PlayStation 2.

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