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Revision as of 20:07, 22 September 2022

Overview

Overview

A student of the Shotokan school of karate, Ryu has devoted his entire life to perfecting the true way of the warrior through mastery of the fireball. Now Ryu must stand tall against revitalized rivals.

The main character. Ryu is a top-4 character in Alpha 2. Ryu is the definition of solid, being able to effectively zone, rush, or turtle. Ryu is a very good beginner or expert character.

Players to watch: shanebadoo

Moveset


Playstyle

A2 Icon Ryu.png Ryu, is...

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Excellent anti-airs
  • Many good normals
  • Fast overhead
  • Very good (if basic) supers
  • Excellent zoning with the best fireball in the game
  • Tatsu knocks down, making it great against fireballs
  • DP is the best meterless counter AC and AA against jump-in CCs
  • Mediocre CC damage, meter is better spent elsewhere
  • Overhead can be unsafe on hit
  • No serious drawbacks, although almost anyone you play will know the Ryu matchup
Ryu
SFA2 Ryu Portrait.png
Health: 144
Defensive Rating: 0
Stun: 40
Walk Speed Forward: 300
Walk Speed Backward: 200
Jump Backward: 51f (3+48+0)
Neutral Jump: 50f (3+47+0)
Jump Forward: 49f (3+46+0)
Wake-Up: 51f
Quick Rise: 20f
Throw Range: 20
Colors
Punch 2 Punches Punch(Auto)
A2 Ryu Color1.png A2 Ryu Color3.png A2 Ryu ColorAuto1.png
A2 Ryu Color2.png A2 Ryu Color4.png A2 Ryu ColorAuto2.png
Kick 2 Kicks Kick(Auto)

Move List

Normal Moves

SFA2 Framedata Glossary
Damage

Units of base damage inflicted by the move (100% life bar = 144 units of health). Most moves have a damage range; the number inside the square brackets indicates which Random Damage Table the move uses to look up any additional damage and the % chance of doing so.

Stun

Units of stun inflicted by the move.

Startup

The frame the move hits on (1st active frame). Super moves with a screen freeze will separate pre- and post-screen freeze startup frames by a '+' (Ex: 5+0).

Active

The portion of a move that can hit. How many frames a move remains active for. ()=Inactive frames in-between active frames. [xN]=Repeated sequences.

Frame Adv

The frame advantage values when the attack is blocked. (Add +1 frame to all OnBlockAdv values for the move's OnHitAdv value; Ex: +2oB/+3oH, -4oB/-3oH)

Meter

The units of meter gained on whiff/block/hit. (48, 96, and 144 units of meter are required for 1, 2, and 3 bars of meter respectively)

Block

Low attacks must be blocked crouching. High attacks must be blocked standing. Mid attacks can be blocked either way.

Properties
  • Chain Cancel: Can be canceled into itself or another normal attack.
  • Special Cancel: Can be canceled into a special attack.
  • Super Cancel: Can be canceled into a super attack.
  • Throw/Air-Throw: A normal throw or command grab.
  • Soft Knockdown: Will knockdown, but opponent can quick rise or roll.
  • Hard Knockdown: Will knockdown, opponent cannot quick rise or roll.
  • Projectile: Produces a projectile (i.g. Hadoken).
  • Proj. Reflect: Will reflect an opponent's projectile back at them.
  • Proj. Absorb: Will absorb an opponent's projectile.
  • Invuln. Startup: Has frames at the start that are completely invincible.
  • Invuln. Lower: Has frames that are invincible to lower attacks.
  • Invuln. Upper: Has frames that are invincible to mid/higher attacks (aka low profile).
Frames

All framedata collected with the game speed set to normal, where the game tickrate and framerate are the same(60fps).

Speed

All framedata collected with the game speed set to normal.

Hitboxes

All hitbox images have the character standing/jumping in the exact same position, so hitbox distances can be easily compared.

  • Blue: Hurtbox - hittable area of a character.
  • Red: Hitbox - attacking area of an action.
  • Yellow: Throwbox - throwing area of an action.
  • Green: Pushbox - collidable area of a character.
  • White: Axis - core of a character from which all other boxes reference.
  • Pink: Projectile Hitbox - attacking area of a projectile.
  • Light Blue: Projectile Hurtbox - hittable area of a projectile.
CreditDamage, stun, framedata, meter, and updated hitboxes collected by A2 Icon ChunLi.pngVeri7as, November 2021

Standing

st.Lp.png

A2 Ryu st.lp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
5[0] 3 4 4 +4 0/1/2 Mid.png Rpdfire.pngChaincancel.png
Specialcancel.pngSupercancel.png
  • Can rapid fire into itself or chain cancelled into: st.Lk.png, cr.Lp.png & cr.Lk.png.

Quick jab, with small frames advantage, you can walk and do these on any opponent that can’t crouch them.

st.Mp.png

A2 Ryu st.mp 1.png
A2 Ryu st.mp 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
11[1], 6[0] 6, 6 4 3(0)6 -4 1/3/6 Mid.png Specialcancel.png
Supercancel.png
  • Hits 1 time.
  • Both hits are cancellable.

Quick one arm uppercut; good anti-air.

st.Hp.png

A2 Ryu st.hp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
17[2] 8 8 6 -3 2/5/9 Mid.png -

Straight punch which can be used as anti-air in some instances, and stop hurricane kicks etc.

st.Lk.png

A2 Ryu st.lk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
5[0] 3 7 6 -4 0/1/2 Mid.png Specialcancel.png
Supercancel.png

Good ranged kick to the shin, good priority and range.

st.Mk.png

A2 Ryu st.mk 1.png
A2 Ryu st.mk 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
8[1], 9[0] 4, 2 6 10(0)6 +1 1/1+1 per hit/4+2 Mid.png Specialcancel.png
Supercancel.png
  • First hit is cancellable.
  • Hits 2 times.

Axe kick which can be used as a anti-crossup.

st.Hk.png

A2 Ryu st.hk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
14[0] 4 10 6 +6 2/5/9 Mid.png -

A roundhouse kick that anti-airs. Good meaty to whoever cant crouch it, gives good frame advantage.

Crouching

cr.Lp.png

A2 Ryu cr.lp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
5[0] 1 4 4 +4 0/1/2 Mid.png Rpdfire.pngChaincancel.png
Specialcancel.pngSupercancel.png
  • Can rapid fire into itself or chain cancelled into: st.Lp.png, st.Lk.png & cr.Lk.png.

Little jab to the shin, not really all that great range wise. Excellent for frame-traps and tick-throw setups.

cr.Mp.png

A2 Ryu cr.mp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
10[1] 6 5 4 +5 1/3/6 Mid.png Specialcancel.png
Supercancel.png

A straight punch with good priority and frame advantage.

cr.Hp.png

A2 Ryu cr.hp 1.png
A2 Ryu cr.hp 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
15[2], 13[0] 8, 6 5 4(0)8 -2 2/5/9 Mid.png Specialcancel.png
Supercancel.png
  • Second hit is only super cancelable.
  • Hits 1 time.

Uppercut, probably one of the best normal anti-airs in the game. Also this is a super meaty, allowing link afterward.

cr.Lk.png

A2 Ryu cr.lk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
5[0] 3 5 4 +2 0/1/2 Low.png Rpdfire.pngChaincancel.png
Specialcancel.pngSupercancel.png
  • Can rapid fire into itself or chain cancelled into: st.Lp.png, st.Lk.png & cr.Lp.png.

Quick kick to the foot, combo starter.

cr.Mk.png

A2 Ryu cr.mk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
9[1] 1 6 6 +3 1/3/6 Low.png Specialcancel.png
Supercancel.png

A good reaching low kick, probably overall best poke, gives frame advantage and awesome meaty.

cr.Hk.png

A2 Ryu cr.hk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
14[2] 8 7 6 -9 2/5/9 Low.png Specialcancel.pngSupercancel.png
Softknockdown.png

A really good sweep with good range, usually a poke string ender. Note that if not cancelled its a free cc on you, and if you cancel into a hadouken, free cc on you if your opponent has a lvl 3.

Neutral Jumping

nj.Lp.png

A2 Ryu nj.lp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
9[0] 3 6 10 - 0/1/2 High.png -

nj.Mp.png

A2 Ryu nj.mp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
10[1] 6 6 8 - 1/3/6 High.png -

nj.Hp.png

A2 Ryu nj.hp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
13[2] 8 9 6 - 2/5/9 High.png -

nj.Lp.png

A2 Ryu nj.lk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
10[0] 3 5 10 - 0/1/2 High.png -

nj.Mk.png

A2 Ryu nj.mk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
11[1] 6 5 6 - 1/3/6 High.png -

nj.Hk.png

A2 Ryu nj.hk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
14[2] 8 13 6 - 2/5/9 High.png -

Diagonal Jumping

dj.Lp.png

A2 Ryu dj.lp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
9[0] 3 6 10 - 0/1/2 High.png -

dj.Mp.png

A2 Ryu dj.mp 1.png
A2 Ryu dj.mp 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
8[0], 6[0] 3, 3 10 3(0)8 - 1/1+1 per hit/4+2 High.png -
  • Hits 2 times.

A two-hit upward punch in the air, use to juggle after a connecting air hurricane kick on a grounded opponent.

dj.Hp.png

A2 Ryu dj.hp.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
13[2] 1 6 6 - 2/5/9 High.png -

A fist to the face. Good jump in with good priority, especially when done early.

dj.Lk.png

A2 Ryu dj.lk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
9[0] 3 8 10 - 0/1/2 High.png -

dj.Mk.png

A2 Ryu dj.mk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
10[1] 6 8 8 - 1/3/6 High.png Cross-up

dj.Hk.png

A2 Ryu dj.hk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
13[2] 8 7 6 - 2/5/9 High.png -

Best when used when jumping from far away, good priority.

Command Normals

Sakatsu Wari
Overhead, Collarbone Breaker
F.png + Mp.png

A2 Ryu f.mp 1.png
A2 Ryu f.mp 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
5[1], 14[0] 6, 2 23 4(0)4 -7 1/1+1 per hit/4+2 High.png -
  • Hits 2 times
  • Unsafe; can be punished by CC and fast normals.
  • Punishable on hit.
  • Tied for 2nd fastest overhead in the game. (Alpha2Overheads).

A overhead with very good range.

Senpukyaku
Hop Kick
F.png + Mk.png

A2 Ryu f.mk.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
11[1] 6 20 4 -5 1/3/6 Mid.png Lowerbodyinv.png
  • Punishable on hit.
  • Unsafe; can be punished by CC and fast normals.

Good for maintaining corner pressure, or to move in closer due to recovering faster than a LK Tatsu. It's also a Low Crush, but its frame disadvantage makes it very dangerous to just toss out during strings.

Normal Throws

Seoi Nage
Punch Throw
B.png/F.png + Mp.png/Hp.png

A2 Ryu ThrowRange.png
A2 Ryu PThrow 1.png
A2 Ryu PThrow 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
19 0 0 N/A N/A -/-/3 N/A Throw.png
Hardknockdown.png
  • Deals 9 damage when opponent tech throws.
  • Ryu's Throw Range is 20 pixels, tied for the second furthest in the game. (Alpha2ThrowRanges).

Tomoe Nage
Kick Throw
B.png/F.png + Mk.png/Hk.png

A2 Ryu ThrowRange.png
A2 Ryu KThrow 1.png
A2 Ryu KThrow 2.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
19 0 0 N/A N/A -/-/3 N/A Throw.png
Hardknockdown.png
  • Deals 9 damage when opponent tech throws.
  • Ryu's Throw Range is 20 pixels, tied for the second furthest in the game. (Alpha2ThrowRanges).

Alpha Counters

Punch Alpha Counter
(while in blockstun)Qcd.png+ P.png

A2 Ryu PAC 1.png
A2 Ryu PAC 2.png
A2 Ryu PAC 3.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
18[1], 16[0], 4[0] 8, 6, 6 4 4(0)8(0)10 -38 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Hardknockdown.png
  • Hits 1 time.
  • Can't be air-blocked until frame 12.

Used vs jump-ins and when opponent is extremely close. Does have a tendency to whiff vs deep jump-ins.

Kick Alpha Counter
(while in blockstun)Qcd.png+ K.png

A2 Ryu KAC.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
15[2] 8 4 6 -9 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Hardknockdown.png

Use on the ground, his best ac.

Special Moves

Hadoken
Fireball
Qcf.png + P.png

A2 Ryu Fireball 1.png
A2 Ryu Fireball 2.png
Version Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
Lp.png 15[5], 11[5] 8, 8 12 3(0)inf -11 4/5/7 Mid.png Proj.png
Mp.png 16[6], 12[6] 10, 10 12 3(0)inf -12 4/5/7 Mid.png Proj.png
Hp.png 18[9], 14[6] 12, 12 12 4(0)inf -13 4/5/7 Mid.png Proj.png
Softknockdown.png
  • Punishable on hit.

A fireball. His best poke, good release speed and damage. Throw a hell of alot of these but be smart with it. Throwing smart fireballs will annoy your opponent, just tossing them out will get you killed.


Lp.png

  • Speed: 300 pixels per 100 frames; slowest fireball in the game (Alpha2Fireballs).

Mp.png


Hp.png Shakunetsu Hadoken aka Red Fireball

  • Soft Knockdown when hit within the first 4 frames.
  • Speed: 450 pixels per 100 frames; 4th fastest fireball in the game (Alpha2Fireballs).

Shoryuken
Dragon Punch, Uppercut
Dp.png + P.png

A2 Ryu DP 1.png
A2 Ryu DP 2.png
A2 Ryu DP 3.png
Version Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
Lp.png 19[7], 16[7], 3[2] 8, 4, 4 4 4(0)8(0)2 -21, -17 9/9+1 per hit/12 Mid.png Startupinv.pngUpperbodyinv.png
Softknockdown.png
Mp.png 20[8], 16[8], 3[2] 10, 5, 5 4 4(0)8(0)6 -32, -28 9/9+1 per hit/12 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Softknockdown.png
Hp.png 22[10], 16[8], 3[2] 12, 6, 6 4 4(0)8(0)10 -42, -38 9/9+1 per hit/12 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Softknockdown.png
  • Unscaled damage in CC.

Lp.png - [Hitboxes pictured]

  • 3 frames of startup invul; 0 of which while active; followed by 4 frames of upper invul.; followed by 8 frames of full invul.
  • Can't be air-blocked until frame 15.
  • Hits 1 time max.

Best used as an invincible anti-air. Will also anti-air jump-in CCs. Not a great reversal because of the lower hurtbox during the first hit; it will trade with low attacks. Amazing way to build meter from full-screen when kara-canceled with cr.Hk.png (11 units).


Mp.png

  • 7 frames of startup invul; 4 of which while active.
  • Can't be air-blocked until frame 7.
  • Hits 1 time max.

Best used as a reversal. Not the best version to anit-air with because it's not invincible after the first hit.


Hp.png

  • 7 frames of startup invul; 4 of which while active.
  • Can't be air-blocked until frame 7.
  • Hits 1 time max.

Hp dp is best used as a reversal. Not the best version to anit-air with because it's not invincible after the first hit. By performing a close light, medium, or heavy DP towards the other person while they're blocking will hit them twice instead of once, which does more chip damage.

Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Hurricane Kick, Tatsu
Qcb.png + K.png

A2 Ryu Tatsu 1.png
A2 Ryu Tatsu 2.png
Version Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
Lk.png 17[0], 17[0] 8, 8 12 3(3)3 -5 6/7/8 Mid.png Softknockdown.png
Mk.png 19[1]x4 10x4 12 3[(3)3x3] -5 6/6+1 per hit/8 Mid.png Softknockdown.png
Hk.png 21[4]x6 12x6 12 3[(3)3x5] -5 6/6+1 per hit/8 Mid.png Softknockdown.png
  • Hits 1 time max.

All hits will whiff on crouching opponents. Used for mobility and to punish fireballs, use Lk.png version to pass fireballs when you cant use Hk.png version to hit opponent.

(air)Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
(air)Hurricane Kick, (air)Tatsu
(in air)Qcb.png + K.png

A2 Ryu AirTatsu 1.png
A2 Ryu AirTatsu 2.png
Version Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
Lk.png 11[4] 6 7 3 - 6/7/8 Mid.png Softknockdown.png
Mk.png 12[4], 12[4] 8, 8 7 3(15)3 - 6/6+1 per hit/8 Mid.png Softknockdown.png
Hk.png 13[4]x3 10x3 7 3(9)3(9)3 - 6/6+1 per hit/8 Mid.png Softknockdown.png
  • Hits 1 time max.

Has annoyingly great priority, also if connected against a grounded opponent allows for a dj.Mp.png or super juggle.

Hado no Kamae
Fake Fireball
Qcf.png + Taunt (Start)

A2 Ryu FakeFireball.png
Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0/-/- N/A -

Ryu will use his fireball animation where nothing comes out, but it has very fast recovery and can catch foes off-guard during a fireball war. Not used often due to the placement of the start button can vary depending on your controller setup, and a inputting it incorrectly will give you a regular taunt instead, which can be dangerous.

Super Moves

Startup Invulnerability Notes:

  • At the end of a super screen freeze, projectiles will start moving before the opponent's character is unfrozen, giving the supers more projectile invul. frames than hit invul. frames.

Shinku Hadoken
Fireball Super
Qcf.pngQcf.png + P.png

A2 Ryu FireballSuper 1.png
A2 Ryu FireballSuper 2.png
Version Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
Level 1
P.png
12[12], 11[12], 5[12] 0, 2, 2 5 9(0)inf -13 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Proj.png
Level 2
P.pngP.png
15[12], 12[12], 7[12], 6[12] 0, 1x3 5 9(0)inf -10 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Proj.png
Hardknockdown.png
Level 3
3p.png
20[12], 12[12], 10[12], 6[12], 6[12] 0, 0, 1x3 5 9(0)inf -7 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Proj.png
Hardknockdown.png

Only real use is to blow through fireballs, sucks as an Anti-Air at any level other than 1, and you have better choices anyway. Can combo off light attacks. Level 1 does not knock down, and if the opponent is close you can punished on be hit.

  • Cannot be air blocked.

Level 1

  • 4 frames of startup hit invul.; 0 of which while active.
  • 6 frames of startup projectile invul.
  • Hits 3 times.
  • Punishable on hit.

Level 2

  • 4 frames of startup hit invul.; 0 of which while active.
  • 6 frames of startup projectile invul.
  • Hits 4 times.

Level 3

  • 4 frames of startup hit invul.; 0 of which while active.
  • 6 frames of startup projectile invul.
  • Hits 5 times.

Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Hurricane Kick Super
Qcb.pngQcb.png + K.png

A2 Ryu TatsuSuper 1.png
A2 Ryu TatsuSuper 2.png
A2 Ryu TatsuSuper 3.png
Version Damage Stun Startup Active Frame Adv Meter Block Properties
Level 1
K.png
11[13], 9[13], 6[13]x3 0x4, 3 6 3[(3)3x4] 0 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Lowerbodyinv.png
Level 2
K.pngK.png
11[13], 9[13], 4[13]x7 0x8, 3 6 3[(3)3x8] +1 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Lowerbodyinv.png
Level 3
3k.png
5[13]x13 0x12, 3 6 3[(3)3x12] +2 0/0/0 Mid.png Startupinv.png
Lowerbodyinv.png

Probably the best wake-up super in the game, best used defensively than offensively. Completely safe on block and great damage. It's a good anti-cross up when you're knocked down. Ryu's pushbox is removed throughout the duration of the super. It makes for a decent chip damage option against opponents with poor Alpha Counters or zero stocks of meter.

  • A full 2 quarter-circles isn't required. Required inputs: D.pngDb.pngB.pngD.pngDb.png + K.png

Level 1

  • 5 frames of startup hit invul.; 0 of which while active.
  • 15 frames of startup projectile invul.
  • Hits 5 times.

Level 2

  • 6 frames of startup hit invul.; 1 of which while active.
  • 16 frames of startup projectile invul.
  • Hits 9 times.

Level 3

  • 7 frames of startup hit invul.; 2 of which while active.
  • 17 frames of startup projectile invul.
  • Hits 13 times.

The Basics


I like to zone with Ryu, throw lots of fireballs, all while building meter that's flexible to use. Ryu is scary cause its hard to lock him down when he has meter, after a few CCs, ACs, or a wakeup Shinku Tatsumaki your opponent might just back off. This is in your favor since his fireball is so good. The main goal is to force the opponent to make mistakes by zoning with fireballs, then anti-airing them if they jump- Ideally with a DP. HP Fireball knocks down and comes out faster than it really should. It's actually an excellent poke if your opponent likes to whiff lots of buttons in neutral.

Advanced Strategy


Well if within or a little outside sweep range go for his cc:

c.rh xx lk hurricane xN, fp dp

UPDATED: Better Customs at lvl 3

  • c.rh xx lk hurricane x3, fp dp x2
  • c.rh xx lk hurricane x2, lp dp, lp dp, hp dp
  • c.rh xx lk hurricane x3, hp fireball x4, hp dp
  • c.rh xx hp dp, hp dp, lp dp, hp dp.

Note in CC mode E. Ryu’s specials are like regular Ryu’s.

Tired of people jumping on you, well then just anti-air cc. Shoto’s have probably the best AA ccs. If no cc is available, used c.fp or s.mp (cancel into hurricane to move close or hadouken to push back). S.mk works as a anti-cross up.

Activate, s.mp xx lk hurricane xN, fp dp

Now if they jump from afar…

Activate, s.fp xx rh hurricane, fp dp

Congrats! You just made you opponent think twice about jumping on you which leads to more hadouken and cc mix-up fun! This is just a quick overview if you have any in depth question feel free to ask.

Also vs fireballers, if you hit a air hurricane kick…

immediately jump activate, j.mp xx hurricane, land, continue hurricane kick juggle, end with fp dp.


Red Fireball Setups

Ryu’s Red Fireball travels a lot faster than it should (It’s the 4th fastest in the game). When you chuck one at midrange, plenty of players will just walk right into it. You trade a slower average startup (12 Frames) for an attack with good damage, infinite priority, and a knockdown. A poke can’t get much better than that.

After a c.mk xx fireball knockdown, hold uf, j.lk at the last second. Its a safe jump in and a pressure starter. If it hits go into c.lk x2 fireball. If your opponent doesn't respect it and mashes throw or a fast normal, they'll be counter hit by c.lk x2 xx HP Fireball. This grants another knockdown into the same situation. Repeat til j.lk and c.lk is blocked or they tech roll in place.

From blocked c.lk, go for throw, or c.mk xx HP Fireball if you think they're reading your throw attempt. If they jump at you when you have meter, cc them with s.mp/c.mp xx lk hurricanes xN, end with hp dp. If they jump from afar, activate, s.fp xx hk hurricane into lk hurricanes, end with dp.

C.fp is one of the best meaties and if it hits you can link a c.mk or sweep, if blocked walk forward and throw, or go for a counter hit. S.mk is a really good anti cross up, hitting instantly above Ryu's head.


Knockdowns

To take Ryu to the next level, you need to understand the knockdown metagame in Alpha 2:

  • Any knockdown outside of Throws, Alpha Counters, or Supers can be teched.
  • Tech Rolls are not invincible, knockdowns are generally a mixup situation favoring the player on offense.

"Why would an opponent use tech roll at all if they're punishable?"

The hurtbox for rolls are quite low. It'll cleanly travel under fireballs and some high pokes. Aggressive players love teching towards their opponent to steal a turn with CC, or even cross them up with a properly spaced roll. Tech Rolls can take lots of knockdown setups off the table, and were likely implemented by Capcom to curb setplay.

  • Depending on distance, Lp.png Tech Rolls can often be safe.

To beat rolls, you can react to the opponent's tumble animation and hit them out of it. I like to use sweep, but low forward air resets the opponent and prevents them from teching again. Reading your opponent's rolling tendencies can force them into tough knockdowns where they're scared to commit to any option. Then, with Ryu's huge throw range and fast overhead you can apply some potent mixups.

Combos


cr.Lk.png, cr.Lk.png, st.Lk.png xx Hp.png Fireball or Fireball Super

cr.Lk.png, cr.Lp.png, cr.Mp.png (One-Frame Link) xx Hp.png Fireball

cr.Hp.png xx Hp.png DP

cr.Mk.png xx Hp.png Fireball or Fireball Super

j.Hk.png , cr.Mp.png xx Hp.png Fireball

j.Hk.png, cr.Mp.png, cr.Mk.png (One-Frame Link) xx Hk.png Tatsu

st.Hk.png, cr.Hk.png (One-Frame Link) - Ryu's least relevant link, here for completeness. Unfortunately st.Hk.png's startup is too slow to consistently combo from jump-ins, even the deepest ones.


Corner Only

j.Hp.png, cr.Hp.png xx Lvl 1 Tatus Super, Lvl 1 Fireball Super

j.Hk.png, cr.Mp.png, cr.Lk.png xx Hk.png Tatsu

j.Hp.png, cr.Lp.png, st.Mp.png xx Hp.png Fireball

Custom Combos


Lv1:

cr.Hk.png, Hp.png Fireball x4, Hp.png DP

cr.Hk.png, Lk.png Tatsus x2, Hp.png DP

Lv3:

cr.Hk.png, Lk.png Tatus x6, Hp.png DP

cr.Hk.png, Lp.png DP x2, Hp.png DP x2

st.Hk.png, Lp.png Fireball xN, c.Hk.png, Hp.png DP

Ryu: any lvl- cr.Hk.png xx Lk.png Tatus xN, Hp.png DP

aa cc- st.Mp.png/cr.Mp.png into above cc

Match-ups


A2 Icon Adon.png Vs. Adon: 6-4 Ryu's favor

While Adon is a weaker character, don't underestimate his simple, effective mix. Adon uses "shallow" Jaguar Tooths to bait Uppercuts and "Deep" JTs to punish fireballs on reads. Once he's dictated the pace of the match, Adon can set up Strike/Throw. Jaguar Kick is punishable on hit outside of fringe cases.

Meterless Reversals

Rising Jaguar!

A2 Icon Akuma.png Vs. Akuma: 6-4 Ryu's favor

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A2 Icon Birdie.png Vs. Birdie: 7-3 Ryu's favor

Birdie has a very threatening jump arc and potent aerial normals. He's going to jump at you, full stop.

Respect Biridie's meter. Even with one bar he has access to a dangerous anti-fireball super (Bull Revenger). BR can travel fullscreen and can give Birdie the hard knockdown he needs for his win condition. Once your opponent has built a bar, bait a bad super with whiffed normals or adjust to a closer unreactable fireball range. If Birdie makes a bad read and swings when you haven't done anything, hold up during the Super Flash to safely escape.

Most Birdies build their strategy around his high damage Custom Combo. Birdie can "safely" get meter from fullscreen using his higher priority air normals. Keep your cool and keep him out at any cost. This character essentially gets one chance per round to run their most threatening offense.

A2 Icon Charlie.png Vs. Charlie-Nash: 6-4 Ryu's favor

Ryu vs. "Guile" is a Street Fighter institution. Alpha 2 throws more variables into the mix, but the core of the matchup is still the same. Nash is a zoning god. His Fireballs have fast recovery, and he has no shortage of high priority anti-airs (st.Mp.png, st.Mk.png, st.Hk.png, Lk.pngSomersault).

On the ground, Nash pokes with cr.Mk.png and can challenge pressure with cr.Lp.png or cr.Lk.png. Both of the latter are special cancelable. Like Guile, Nash wants to bait Ryu into bad jumps and Tatsus with clever zoning. Unlike SF2 Guile, however, jumps aren't a linear interaction in Alpha 2. If you activate Custom Combo in the air and don't attack, you'll be completely invincible until you land (Strike AND Throw). This is great against anybody with consistent anti-airs.

  • Jump Sobat (Forward/Back+Mk.png) is CC punishable on hit. Some Nash players will use this during their own blocked Custom Combo as a mixup.

Punishing Sonic Booms

By design, Sonic Booms are not punishable by jump-in attacks or Tatsus on reaction. If you think something is coming, you can use one of those options pre-emptively to pass over the projectile and punish whoever threw it.

  • Tatsu is NOT projectile invincible, Ryu's hurtboxes simply travel high enough on the screen to avoid them. During Tatsu's startup and recovery, you're vulnerable.
  • I've found Mk.png and Hk.png to be the most consistent, thanks to their longer active frames. Lk.png Tatsu can pass over projectiles as well, but its shorter travel distance makes it easier to mess up. Expect to get tagged out of the startup animation on all of these specials a lot until you get it down.

Sonic Booms in Alpha 2 have strange proximity block quirks. Once Nash's projectile is on screen, you can't walk backwards and have to respect it. Even when jumped, the Sonic Boom will keep you blocking until it leaves the screen. Jab Fireball is especially annoying, and no other projectile behaves like this in Alpha 2. If you Tatsu through Nash's fireball and somehow don't knock him down, you'll be locked in place and could be vulnerable to throws.

Meterless Reversals

  • Nash's Mk.png and Hk.png Somersault are invincible reversals. Lk.png has a lingering hurtbox at his feet that can be meatied by every Shoto's cr.Mk.png or cr.Hk.png.
  • Light Somersault's Hitbox is terrible against grounded opponents. On top of getting tagged by lows, multiple Shoto pokes will low profile the Flash Kick.

Crossups

Crossup buttons in A2 are nerfed across the board from Super Turbo. Nash is a rare exception. dj.Mk.png isn't just huge, it's downright ambiguous.

A2 Icon ChunLi.png Vs. Chun-Li: 5-5 Even match-up

quite tricky. S.lk beats out chuns low fwd and I think this is applied to ryu\ken\akuma. Not quite sure about dan\sakura. You read the opponent for low fwd patterns and interupt her with s.lk, KD FB.

ryus hcf+fp is KD @ perfect ranges to counter chuns normal game. Its really effective because KD’s give you time to set her up for something.

if someone is getting fireball happy w\in the proper FB range, you pacman her FB with a shinku. She’ll stop zoning less with fb’s and you can work yours.

for the most part, ryu can’t really out footsie chun. However, his fwd+mk will go over low fwd which counts for something but its not safe from certain ranges. I’ve noticed that if you decide to turtle it up, shell walk in and out of her low fwd range to bait you to do something. Most players have patterns when they start doing this and you can time when they walk fwd and catch them with c.mk, FB. Its not great life but it is footsie and you can catch her frequently with this till they stop walking around. Chuns walk speed is too good and seems to be a staple point of her footsie mind game.

I’ve noticed that once chun has established her dominant footsie game, she’ll get in close so she can force easy pressure with her normals. This is the only time when you can try to out footsie her and get her with something. c.lk x2 super, low fwd into KD FB etc…

and the best strategy is to just use the fucking clock. Take off time. See if the other guy can actually maintain the proper moves through out the entire course of the match. I’ve noticed that some chun players are really gimmicky and when you use the clock, you’ll be able to see that gimmick more and more and you’ll eventually think of a counter. Even when you use the clock vs a smart chun, you establish the mental game and you’ll be able to work options to land hits.

a big problem with chun isn’t her normals but rather her damn CC. Its chunky life and from what i’ve seen, it can be done with 1 button lol. Its important to win the first round. Its crucial. When the 2nd round comes up, try to gain the life lead and force the chun player to burn up his CC so when the 3rd round comes aroud, you have bar, she doesn’t and you can pick her off with your CC then fight it out. Thats probably the best strat i’ve managed to come up with so far.

A2 Icon Dan.png Vs. Dan: 8-2 Ryu's favor

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A2 Icon Dhalsim.png Vs. Dhalsim: 7-3 Ryu's favor

Super Turbo Dhalsim was a little overtuned, some may say dominant. So Alpha 2 knocks him down a peg.

Most of Sim's long pokes in neutral leave him minus, and he needs very specific pressure routes to maintain plus frames up close. 2LK, his primary bully button, is a mid and -1 at best. Opt to poke with Red Fireballs to catch his stretchy limbs for a knockdown, then rotate your meaty options to keep the opponent guessing. Don't be afraid to stagger your pressure for frame traps or just throw 'em to death- Dhalsim has very few worthwhile defensive options.

j. LP and j. HP are instant overheads. Dhalsim also has a charged overhead in 4LP, but its startup is glacial: 41 Frames!

A2 Icon Akuma.png Vs. Evil Ryu:

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A2 Icon Gen.png Vs. Gen: 7-3 Ryu's favor

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A2 Icon Guy.png Vs. Guy: 6-4 Ryu's favor

You can think of Defense in this matchup as a supercharged game of Strike/Throw.

Guy can use his command dash to get in your face and run his offense- Be weary of him canceling normals on block into dash up throw. Before he closes in, however, he might try to bait Anti Air attempts with j.D.png+Mp.png.

If you find your opponent is running away with the round, knock Guy back to fullscreen with an Alpha Counter and apply some light zoning. At midscreen, I advise using Ryu's Red Fireball (Close qcf Hp.png) for its knockdown properties. Fear of getting clipped by a Hadouken and being Safe-Jumped might dissuade Guy from pressing buttons in neutral, but only if you effectively "set the tone of the match."

Much like a Grappler, Guy feeds off of opponents who hesitate. Through your buttons, you can make your opponent believe that you don't fear their strongest options:

  • Mp.png or Mk.png make this matchup far easier, in my opinion. Having solid anti-airs that are often safe to whiff and double as excellent pokes make the Shotos in Alpha 2 strong.

Knockdowns from Guy can be scary because of dash's speed and instant startup. Before you know it, he's on top of you! Guy can convert into wakeup games off of most stray hits, and his normals can catch careless tech rolls with ease.

Here are some common options from Guy on knockdowns, taken from his section:

  • cr. Mk.png (If they don’t block, they get knocked down again)
  • f+Mp.png (Overhead)
  • Tick with Lp.png or Lk.png, then throw. (Another knockdown)
  • Delay throw.
  • Do a crouching Lp.png or Lk.png, and if you think they’re going to try to Throw Reversal, activate CC instead.
  • Bait risky options with block.
A2 Icon Ken.png Vs. Ken: 4-6 Ken's favor

This matchup might actually be more homogenized in Alpha 2 than it was in Super Turbo, for many reasons. Ken's ST Kneebash Mixups made his character in my opinion, and he doesn't have them here! With that being said, Ken's roll and larger average Custom Combo damage make him play significantly more aggressive than Ryu.

Ryu's midrange Fireball Game might not be effective against certain Ken players. Kick AC is just so good, and can quickly let Ken take control of the ground game for just one bar of meter.

Meterless Reversals

DP is beefy, regardless of strength.

  • Lp.png has a lingering hurtbox on Ken's feet, certain low pokes will trade.
  • Mp.png is seen as the best reversal.
  • Hp.png is a multi hit move, but the opponent could drop out at certain ranges.

Crossups

dj.Mk.png has two active hitboxes. The earlier and more potent crossup only stays out for 2 frames, while the other is active for 10.

Shinryuken Knowledge Check

Perhaps unintentionally, Ken's Kick Super has strange recovery properties and causes a sideswitch. The Level 1 version is only -6, and it's -10 to -12 if the defender is crouch blocking.

On block, Ryu's punish options are limited. I generally go for a throw or 2MK.

A2 Icon Bison.png Vs. M. Bison (dictator): 6-4 Ryu's favor

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A2 Icon Rolento.png Vs. Rolento: 4-6 Rolento's favor

You gotta respect Stinger.

  • Rolento is slippery. Expect to see lots of Kara-Canceled Rolls for meter and "random" Custom Combo activations into 90%.

Beyond confirms into rekka and his CC, very little of Rolento's offense is combo oriented. A typical Rolento setup is multiple safe pokes canceled into a Stinger of an appropriate angle. All of Rolento's worthwhile pokes either grant frame advantage, can be canceled while minus, or are 0 on block. (Of note: LP, 2LP, 2MK, and 2HP)

Understanding where the gaps are in Rolento's pressure will let you walk him down. Similarly to Akuma's air fireball, DP can beat badly spaced or raw Stingers. The knife is never minus, so your only direct counter is a DP or taking a big risk and activating.

  • Rolento can easily dispense pressure, but lacks the defense to infight for very long; Tick throw him to death! (Unless he has meter, be very weary of when you press against a Rolento with full resources)
A2 Icon Rose.png Vs. Rose: 4-6 Rose's favor

Player Phase; Enemy Phase.

Be very afraid of Rose's Soul Illusion Super when she has meter. It rarely trades in your favor, so sometimes you just have to take the Chip Damage. Rose has no meterless reversals, making her very weak on defense initially.

Without resources, you can consider Rose to be half a character. Sure, her 2MP is probably the best normal in the game, but Ryu has an infinite priority poke of his own in Red Fireball, which will outright beat a Rose mashing at that range and put her into a strike/throw mix-up.

A2 Icon Ryu.png Vs. Ryu (mirror):

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A2 Icon Sagat.png Vs. Sagat: 6-4 Ryu's favor

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A2 Icon Sakura.png Vs. Sakura: 5-5 Even match-up

Sakura lacks a Meterless Reversal, but her normals and raw offensive power make up for whatever weaknesses she possesses on defense. In my opinion, beating Sakura is all about contesting her at her strongest ranges, maintaining a life lead as long as possible, and never letting her land a throw. One MP/HP Throw into a crossup loop can end the round, and strong Sakuras wont hesitate to walk right through gaps in your strings for a grab.

If you find control in neutral slipping away, get the hell out of there! Tiger Knee Tatsu or a simple backjump work well. Losing screen space is preferable to dying to unblockables, and Sakura can't apply her most potent left/right mixup when the opponent is cornered.

Common Buttons

  • cr. LK - 3f Startup, and grants ridiculous advantage (+3/+4). It sets up Tick Throws, chains into a knockdown, and is very hard to beat; S Tier Normal.
  • HK - "Vicki's Sledgehammer." Huge Range, and it will never trade. I wish Ryu had this button.
  • cr. HP/ HP - Sakura's DP is weak, but her Anti-Air game isn't! Both of these normals beat jumpers effortlessly. Grounded both are minus, but can be Special Canceled.
A2 Icon Sodom.png Vs. Sodom: 5-5 Even match-up

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A2 Icon Zangief.png Vs. Zangief: 6-4 Ryu's favor

Don't let the numbers above fool you, Ryu/Zangief can spiral out of control very fast.

  • Zangief his hard, and his normals are all huge.
  • A select few of his jumping attacks have incredible hitboxes, and Zangief can tick throw you out of any of them.
  • Lariat is a consistent, easy to execute anti-air. Kick Lariat is full body invincible on startup, and beats lots of grounded pokes.
  • Incredible sweep range lends itself well to Long Range Valle CC Shenanigans. Zangief can clip you out of tons of stuff, get corner carry from his CC, and threaten with an unjumpable SPD- The "Magic Grab."

Zangief isn't without weaknesses, but he's definitely a tough grappler to beat. By design, all of his grounded normals leave him at disadvantage. Thanks to pushback and their sheer range, few are unsafe, but this can give Ryu a free reversal with a projectile on block. Zoning Zangief is one of Ryu's only safe options, so this is appreciated.

Anti-airing Zangief in Alpha 2 is hard. Kneedrop has great priority and can beat all of Ryu's grounded normals. DP is practically required to keep Zangief out. Even worse, Zangief can tech roll your strongest anti-air and wake up with SPD or a CC, putting you back on the defensive.

You can't autopilot against this character, keep cool and keep him out.


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